Tuesday 7th June 1898.

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock. 

Present
The Mayor (Alderman W. Rigg M. P.) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Jones and King.
The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Abigail: and Alderman Cox apologised for the absence of Alderman Morgan both of whom were unavoidably detained.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Borough of Drummoyne having reference to the death of the late W. E. Gladstone and asking cooperation in forwarding to widow and family a letter of condolence and sympathy in the loss which has been sustained by them and the British Nation throughout the world.  Received and reply to be sent stating that it is the opinion of this Council that any memorial of that character should be sent through the agency of the Municipal Association which is representative of Municipal Institutions in the colony.
From Mr George Aird complaining of a nuisance arising from a premises at the corner of Munni and [—] Streets where horses are kept and the filth allowed to remain on the surface to the annoyance of the adjoining premises: Also a report on the subject from the Inspector of Nuisances in reference to what action he had taken in the matter on the 20th ultimo.  Received and referred to the Inspector for further report.
From Alderman Cox resigning his position as a member of the Works Committee.  Received and its consideration made an order of the day for next ordinary meeting of Council.
Reports
The Mayor stated in reference to the deputation of Municipal Councils which waited upon the Premier on the subject of the expense incurred in carrying out the provisions of the Public Health Act of “that the deputation had been cordially received and a promise had been given that the government would take upon itself any expense incurred in carrying out the provisions of the said act.”
The Premier also intimated that on account of the flourishing state of the revenue he thought he would be able to give the Municipalities the half crown endowment for the past year.
was resolved that the Mayor’s statement be received and that it is considered to be satisfactory also that the Premier and the Annandale Council be so informed.
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision during the last two weeks.  Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks and that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily.
Orders of the Day
To open and consider tenders for carting tar from the Gas Co. wharf in Sydney and carting ashes.
The Council resolved into a committee of the whole to open and consider the tenders.
On the Council resuming its sitting the Mayor reported recommending the acceptance of the tender of Mr Joseph Clayton at 2/9 per 100 gallons of tar and 4/-per cubic yard for tarred ashes and moved that the report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
Questions and Miscellaneous
At the request of Alderman Salmon it was decided to refer to the Works Committee for consideration and report the subject of the better disposal of the storm water drainage from Whately Street to Wilson Street: and that a letter be written to the Gas Company asking what would be the extra charge per lamp for lighting same during the five nights of the full moon.
In reply to Alderman Elstub the Mayor said he would have sundry matters in reference to a fence and drain pipes in Lennox and Denison Streets is attended to.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 21st day of June 1898.
Signed J.E. Smith, Chairman.

Tuesday 21st June 1898

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at half past seven o’clock.

Present
Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Abigail, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Jones and King.
The Council Clerk tendered an apology for the absence of the Mayor who was detained at Parliament House.
Alderman Smith was voted to the chair.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Alderman Smith apologised for Alderman Dolman who was unavoidably absent.
Correspondence
From the Australian Gas Light Company in reply to a letter from this Council stating that the extra cost for lighting the public lamps in this Borough during Moonlight nights will be ordinary lights 10/-per light per annum 80 c. power 50/- per light per annum.  Received.
From Petersham Council asking if it would be agreeable for the Works Committees of the two Councils to meet to consider the advisableness of removing the present pipe crossing at the junction of Stanmore Road and Liberty Streets and substituting an open crossing.  Received and preferred to the Works Committee as requested.
From Alderman David Davis representative of the suburban Councils on the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board stating that a meeting of the representatives of the various Councils interested the Water Supply and Sewerage in the County of Cumberland had been held at the Chamber of Manufactures in Sydney to consider a proposal of the Water and Sewerage Board to raise the minimum charge from 10/- to 15/-when it was resolved 1st “That this meeting protests against the proposal to raise the minimum rate from 10/- to 15/-.”  2nd “That each Council represented be requested to present a protest to each Member of Parliament representing its electorate.” 3rd “That a committee of seven be appointed to draw up a petition for presentation to Parliament protesting against the proposal to raise the minimum charge.”  Received and the members of the Newtown Electorates be asked to oppose the Bill in Parliament.
In connection with this matter Alderman Smith said he attended the meeting as a representative of this Council and urged the rejection of the proposal.  Also that the Mayor had sent a written apology not being able to attend that evening.  Received.
From the Burwood Council inviting cooperation in a deputation to the Premier asking for a special grant endowment on last year’s rates.  Received.
From Mr Fisher in reference to a reserve in connection with proposed subdivision of Pemell’s Estate.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From Mr Hanson complaining of an overflow of stormwater in Gowrie Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From Mr J. M. Wilson in Wells Street complaining of the state of the footpath in front of his house.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid under votes of appropriation since last £1071.1.9 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £133.4.5.  Alderman Smith moved “that the report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Special Committee upon refuse and garbage destruction reported stating that the erection and maintenance of a destructor at the present time was inadvisable and recommended that adjoining Councils be invited to confer on the subject with a view towards  joint action being taken to obtain the most improved system on more economical terms.  Adopted.
Borough Treasurer
reported that there had been received and deposited into the Bank during the last four weeks £660.12.8: that during the same period £1071.1.9 had been paid away and the balance due to the Bank at date was £1044.6.0.  Received.
Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision during the last two weeks.  Received.
Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the last two weeks and that the contractors under his supervision with doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motion is pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved
1 “That the footpath east side of Pine Street from Leamington Avenue to Railway Lane be tarpaved second-class 122 yards at an estimated cost of £9.3.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Alderman Salmon moved
2 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of laying two woodblock crossings at the intersection of Little Queen and Campbell Streets at a probable cost of £7.” Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
3 “That the Works Committee report on the best means of altering gutters and silt pits in Campbell Street with a view of doing away with stone caps over pits and probable cost of the same.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
4 “That the footpaths in Wilson Street from Erskineville Road to Brown Street be repaired at a probable cost of £7.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
5 “That wood block crossings be laid in Whately Street (both sides) at the intersection of a narrow lane at the rear of King Street at an estimated cost of £3.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
6 “That a 9 inch pipe drain be laid through Mr Webber’s land from Whately Street to Wilson Street to carry of storm waters at an estimated cost of £15.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Alderman Ibbotson moved
7 “That a sum of £15 be now voted in addition to a sum of £22 already voted in 1893 as the estimated cost of completing the tarpaving in the west side of Francis Street.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Alderman Abigail moved
8 “That 65 yards of kerb and gutter 3rd class be laid in Campbell Lane (south side) from Oxford Street to Baltic Street at an estimated cost of £21.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Alderman King moved
9 “That reference be made to the Works Committee as to the advisability of metalling or otherwise dealing with the surfaces of Randle and Pine Streets.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Orders of the Day
To elect an Alderman to fill the vacancy in the Works Committee caused by the resignation of Alderman Cox.
It was moved by Alderman Howe “that Alderman Jones be now elected to fill the said vacancy.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Questions and Miscellaneous business
Alderman Morgan suggested that the Mayor should use some of that kerbing taken up in King Street in Angel Street: Alderman Abigail suggested that he would apply to some kerbing and guttering passed for the Lane of Trade Street.  Also that something should be done with the land dedicated to the Councils of Newtown and Camperdown near Trade Street. Alderman Cox called attention to a bad place in the footpath of the Camdenville Hotel caused by sewer connections.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 5th day of July 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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