Tuesday 5th July 1898

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

Present
The Mayor (Alderman W. Rigg MLA) and Aldermen Howe, Morgan, Abigail, Smith, Elstub, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.
Alderman Howe apologised for the absence of Alderman Salmon who was unavoidably detained and handed on to the Mayor Alderman Salmon’s written authority to move the resolution standing in his name on the business paper.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mr A. B. Webber calling the attention of the Council to the present state of the stormwater drainage through his property situate between Whately Street and Wilson Street and asking the Council to lay a pipe drain underneath the surface of his yard  and workshop to Wilson Street which he believed would have the desired effect and asking the Council to proceed with the work as soon as possible.  Received and the request acceded to.
From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage stating in reply to a letter from this Council complaining of the manner in which Messrs Sharp and Penman licensed drainers had left the footpath in Alice in front of the Camdenville Hotel – that the men referred to were not contractors under the Board and advising the Council to take proceedings against them. Received and referred to the Mayor to take whatever steps may be found necessary to restore the surface of the footway to a proper state at the expense of either the contractor or the Board.
From the Board of Health stating in reply to a letter from this Council that the Board contemplates publishing in some form instructions as to the best modes of disinfecting houses where a contagious disease has been.  Received.
From the Public Works Department covering a copy of the specification for the laying of King Street between Bligh Street and the Railway Bridge with wood blocks and stating that “owing to the decayed state of the old blocks it has been decided to largely increase the number of new blocks to be used with which and some 6 ” and 4 1/2 ” blocks nearly equal to new ones the work will they completed.”  Received and referred to the Mayor to have an interview with the department to make the best terms as to the smaller sized blocks.
The Secretary to the Municipal Association forwarded a printed copy of the monthly meeting also copies of legal opinions on Municipal subjects.  Received and laid on the table.
Reports
The Finance Committee reported as follows: –
Interim report upon matters in connection with the proposed loan of £36,000 Sterling to take up debentures falling due on the first of October 1898.
Your committee having carefully considered the above subject recommend.
1st “That the loan be floated for a period of fifteen (15) years from the first of October next 1898.”
2nd “That the rate of interest on the said loan be fixed at three pounds ten shillings (£3.10.0) per centum per annum and payable half yearly at the Bank of Australasia Newtown New South Wales.”
3 “That the principal sum – thirty six thousand pounds of the said loan be repayable at the Bank of Australasia Newtown New South Wales.”
4 “That tenders for the said loan both in this colony and in London close on Wednesday the 31st day of August 1898.”
5 “That tenders in the colony be sent in to and be opened by this Council.”
6 “That tenders in London be sent to the Bank of Australasia – head office – London and opened by the Banking authorities there.”
7 “That the Mayor be authorised to employ a Sydney Broker who has an agency in London to act in conjunction with the Bank of Australasia as circumstances may require to launch the loan in the London market.”
8 “That all further matters that may need attention or arising out of or in connection with the floating of the said loan to be left with the Finance committee to arrange.”
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman.
It was moved by the Mayor that the report of the finance committee now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
The Works Committee reported recommending
1 “That the consideration of proposed repairs to gutter stones on the east side of Lord Street between King and John streets had been postponed on account of the heavy rain at the time of visiting the place for inspection.”
2 “That the gutter stones in Union Street between Munni and Angel Streets be repaired where necessary.”
3 “That in the lane at the rear of Angel and Gowrie Streets the kerbing and guttering be extended to Harold Street: and an additional kerb be put on the top of the present kerb at the back of Mr Hanson’s yard to prevent an influx of the overflow of storm waters.”
4 “That the footpath in Wells Street in front of Mr Wilson’s house be repaired with old asphalt being removed from King Street.”
5 “That in the matter of taking over reserves for drainage purposes in connection with the proposed subdivision of Mr Pemell’s land at Enmore an authority be obtained from all parties interested in the said reserves before the Council takes over any of responsibility in connection therewith.”
6 “That this Council join with Petersham Council in repairing the present covered crossing at Stanmore Road and Petersham. The work to be done by Petersham Council.”
7 “That the open gutter crossing at the intersections of Campbell and Little Queen Streets be lifted and repaired for the present.”
8 “That the cap stones over stilt pits in Campbell Street be removed and iron plates be substituted.”
9 “That Pine Street be metalled 20 feet wide and the sides made good.”
It was moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith “that the report of the Works Committee now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Carried.
The Overseer
reported the progress that he 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 in satisfactory manner.
Motion is pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved for Alderman Salmon
1 “That it be referred to the lighting committee to report on the advisability of erecting a gas lamp at the rear of Chalder Street and Raper Street at intersection of lane running from Chalder to Raper Streets at a cost not exceeding £4.5.0 per annum.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Alderman Howe moved
2 “That it be referred to the lighting committee to erect an additional lamp in Susan Street East side at a cost not exceeding £4.5.0 per annum: also to move a lamp at the rear of Walsh’s to a more suitable site.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 19 day of July 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Here endith this minute book.
Signed Jesse Cowley, Council Clerk.
20th July 1898.

Tuesday 19th July 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) and Aldermen Salmon, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Dolman, Jones and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mrs Rumpf in King Street complaining of the back entrance to her shop stating that the lane had been cut down too much.  Received and referred to the overseer to deal with.
From Mr R. W. Newell complaining of the state of the gutters in Queen Street and asking for a new kerbing and guttering to be laid.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From Mr T. J. Bryant calling attention to the state of Edgeware Road between May Street and the Railway Gates.  Received and a reply be sent stating that the Council is not responsible for any action of the Water and Sewerage Board in the Streets and road.
From Mrs Chesney calling attention to the present state of Ferndale Street.  Received and the writer be informed that money has been voted to repair this street and the work will shortly be proceeded with.
From Mr J.C. Cover protesting against the action of the Council in raising the kerbing in a lane at the back of his house in Gowrie Street.  Received and the writer be informed that the work had been done to prevent storm waters from flowing into his back yard but the Council would remove it if he considered it to be objectionable.
From the Borough Council of Petersham stating that it had agreed to repair the pipe crossing at the junction of Stanmore Road and Liberty Street at a cost not exceeding £5 half the cost to be borne by this Council.  Received.
From the Borough Council of North Sydney inviting representatives of this Council to a conference on the subject of raising the maximum Sewerage rate from one shilling in the £ contemplated by the Water and Sewerage Board.  Received and the request agreed to.  The Mayor and Alderman Smith were appointed representatives of this Council.
From the Water and Sewerage Board covering a printed copy of the Board’s Medical Adviser’s report for the year ended
31st December 1897.  Also for the quarter ended 31st March 1898. Received.
Petitions
A Petition was read from a number of ratepayers and residents in Missenden Road and Susan Street asking the Council not to remove a lamp in Susan Street as proposed at a previous meeting.  Received and referred to a Lighting Committee for consideration and report.
A Petition was presented from property owners in Wilson Street between Watkins and Brown Streets praying the Council to take over a lane at the back of their respective properties and leading from Watkins Street to the boundary of Mr E. W. Molesworth’s property.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Reports
Finance Committee
Reported having paid accounts amounting to £1233.19.11 and recommending payment of accounts amounting to £62.3.2.  Also that the Committee had further considered matters in connection with the proposed fresh Debenture Loan: had arranged with this Council’s Bank to take up the Debentures falling due on the 1st of October next.  Should the loan be successfully floated in London £24,000 of the amount so raised will be devoted to that purpose and the balance be remitted to Newtown: on the other hand should the Debentures be sold in the Colony the money will be transmitted to London through the Bank.  The Bank has also promised that if necessary it will temporarily advance the whole sum holding the new Debentures as security at a rate of interest not exceeding 4 ½ percent per annum.
It was moved by Alderman Rigg (Mayor) and seconded by Alderman Smith “that the Finance report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Carried.
Borough Treasurer
reported “that £824.1.8 had been received and deposited in the bank during the last four weeks: and during the same period cheques had been issued amounting to £1233.19.11 and the balance due to the Bank at date was £1454.4.3.  Received.
Overseer of Works
reported 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 were doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Jones moved
1 “That the tarpaved footpaths in Commodore Street be repaired at an estimated cost of £12.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. Referred to the Works Committee for report.
2 “That the overseer of Works be instructed to take levels and prepare sketch for pipe drain through Mr Hanson’s property in Gowrie Street to prevent the flooding of the property by stormwater: also report on and prepare sketch showing obstruction in lines of pipes in Harold Street caused by the deviation of the pipes by Water and Sewerage Board.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
Alderman Smith moved
3 “That the deposits of £3 each sent in with tenders by the contractors for scavenging etc etc for the current contract year be returned to the several depositors.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 2nd day of August 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Month: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12