Tuesday 2nd August 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 Rigg MLA) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Jones and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mr Hutchison asking if the Council had any by law to suppress Sunday trading and calling attention to Sabbath desecration by persons crying newspapers for sale on Sundays. Received and the writer be informed that the Council has no by law dealing with the subject and that the subject be sent on to the Colonial Secretary to deal with.
From Mr Gardiner – Garden Architect writing on behalf of Mr H.A. Smith asking for permission to erect to 5″ x 5″ H. W. guard posts to the iron columns of a balcony in Enmore Road. Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From Mr Rossiter on the half of the Peacock Jam Factory calling attention to the state of the gutter at the entrance of the Factory in Camden Street.  Received and the overseer be instructed to attend to it.
From Mr M. Corady calling attention to the dirty state of the Lane at the rear of Newman Street.  Received and the Inspector of Nuisances be instructed to have it cleaned up.
Reports
The Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision during the last two weeks.  Received.
The Overseer also reported pursuant to a resolution of Council passed at the last meeting upon the construction of a relieving drain in connection with storm water drain in the vicinity of Harold and Gowrie Street also a plan and section of proposed drain which was estimated to cost £30 and recommending that a letter be written to the Water and Sewerage Board relative to a  syphen recently constructed by the Sewerage Construction Branch right across the waterway of Councils drain and asking to have it remedied.  Received and the recommendation adopted and the report was referred to the Works Committee for further consideration and report.
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 the work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
Questions
In reply to Alderman Smith the Mayor said he would get a report upon the number of streets that required to have fresh names put up and to Alderman Howe a letter should be written to the Commissioner for Road about the need for better tarring the wood blocks now being laid in King Street.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 16 day of August 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 16th August 1898

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

Present
The Mayor (Alderman W. Rigg M.L.A.) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Secretary to the Municipal Association of New South Wales intimating that the sixteenth annual session of the Association will be commenced on the 27th September next and asking for the names of the Aldermen appointed to represent this Council.  On a resolution moved by Alderman Salmon and Dolman it was resolved “that the letter be received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith be now appointed to represent this council at the annual meeting to be held on the 16th proximo. And that the annual subscription of £3.3.0 be sent on in due course.”
From Mr Robert Fisher surveyor a further communication having reference to the drainage of a proposed subdivision of Mr Pemell’s land Enmore Road.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for further report.
From Mr Cunningham complaining of a nuisance caused by the early commencement of sweeping the wood block pavement by the machine sweeper.  Received and it was ordered that the Inspector of Nuisances be instructed to see that the contractor did not begin to sweep before 11p.m. the time stated in his specification.
From Mr Gardiner – Garden on behalf of Mr H A Smith desiring to withdraw a former letter received at the last Council meeting having reference to the erection of some guard posts on each side of the Iron Columns of a balcony in Enmore Road. Received and the writer be informed that it had been decided to recommend the owner of the said property to substitute hardwood posts for the iron pillars as being the only safe plan.
From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners stating in reply to a letter from this Council that “as it is considered that if the lamp in front of the Railway Station turned on full at all times would prove a convenience the Commissioners have directed that this be done in future.”  Received.
From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works in reply to a letter from this Council dated the eighth instant complaining of the uneven surface of a portion of the wood block pavement in King Street between Brown Street and Whately Street on the southern side furnishing report on this subject and stating that no alteration will be made in the existing arrangements.  It was resolved that the letter be received and the department be informed that the Council did not complain of the quality of the blocks used but required them to be laid at an even surface as per specification: also that the Works Committee wait as a deputation on the Under Secretary and Commissioner Road’s to confer with him on the subject.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid under votes of appropriation since last report accounts amounting to £575.16.6 and recommending payment of accounts amounting £664.14.9.  The Mayor moved “that the Finance report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Works Committee
reported making the following recommendations.
1 That in the matter of Mr Gardiner – Garden’s application for permission to erect hardwood posts to guard the iron pillars of a balcony in Enmore Road.  The owner should substitute hard wood posts for the iron pillars as a safer and better plan.
2 That the proposal to repair tarpaving in Commodore Street be adopted – estimated cost of £12.
3 That in the matter of the overflow of stormwater in the vicinity of Angel and Harold Street when the Water and Sewerage Board has made the desired alteration in the pipes there will be no further inconvenience.
4 That the Council accept the dedication of a lane at the rear of Wilson Street situate between Watkins Street and Mr E. Molesworth’s property and take on the control and management of it.
5 That the gutter stones in Queen Street in front of Mr Newell’s property be repaired and the new cap stones be fixed at the gateway entrance.
6 That the bluestone kerbing in King Street be passed and final payment made.  The Mayor moved “that the report of the Works Committee now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”    Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
The Borough Treasurer
reported that since last report £1509.3.2 had been deposited in the bank: that during the same period £575.16.6 had been paid away and the balance due to the bank to date was £520.17.7. Received.
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: that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily and that he was proceeding with an inspection of the street names required on the lamps.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman King moved
1 “That a sum of £60 the now floated as the estimated cost of metalling Pine Street as recommended by the Works Committee in a report adopted on the fifth of July last.” Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
2 “That reference be made to the lighting committee to erect an additional lamp in Campbell Street opposite Mr Griffin’s terrace.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Alderman Smith moved
3 “That Australia Street from Kent Lane to Bishopgate Street be ballasted and metalled at an estimated cost of £212 and the same be referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
Alderman Jones moved
4 “That in the opinion of the meeting the time has arrived when some provision should be made for the erection of public urinals throughout the Municipality the same be now referred to the Works Committee for report as to the cost and sites for the erection of the same.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
The business been concluded the council rose.
Confirmed this 30 day of August 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 30 August 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. L.A) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Smith, Ibbotson, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed.
The Mayor tended an apology for Alderman Abigail whose absence was caused through a visit to a neighbouring colony. Received.
Correspondence
From Alderman Morgan apologising for his absence from the meeting which was caused through a visit to a neighbouring colony.  Received.
From Mr H. W. Bates calling attention to the fact that a right-of-way from Georgina Street to give Yaralla Street had been closed and asking to have it opened.  A paragraph from the Inspectors report was read in conjunction with the letter showing that the right-of-way referred to consisted of two lanes at the rear of properties in King and Georgina Street and it had been temporarily closed by the contractor for wood blocking King Street and further that he had been notified to move his fence.  Received.
From Mr M. Gilchrist asking the Council to do some tarpaving in Elizabeth Street between King and Longdown Streets. Received and referred to the Mayor to be dealt with.
From sundry ratepayers asking for the Town Hall to hold a public meeting to take into consideration the formation of an electoral Cricket club for Newtown.  Received and the request granted.
From North Sydney Council stating at a meeting of the delegates of Municipal Councils appointed to confer upon the subject of the proposed raising of the Sewerage Rate beyond the present maximum limit of one shilling in the £ by the Water and Sewerage Board will be held at the Town Hall Sydney on the 9th of September next.  Received.
From the Under Secretary and Commissioner for Roads Department of Public Works stating in reply to a letter from this Council asking him to receive a deputation on the subject of wood blocking King Street that before receiving a deputation he would make a personal inspection of the work.  Received.
From the principal Under Secretary Chief Secretaries Office stating in reply to a letter from this Council that the subject of repressing Sunday Trading had been referred to the Inspector General of Police.  Received.
From the Water and Sewerage Board covering a printed copy of a recent decision of the Supreme Court in the case of the Board V Alldritt a Trustee in the Johnston’s Estate at Annandale wherein an important decision was given in reference to ownership of land in the recovery of rates.  Received.
From Mr Gardiner – Garden on behalf of Mr H. A. Smith in reference to former correspondence on the subject of the erection of some wood posts to balconies at Enmore with iron columns.  Received and a reply to be sent stating that the Council declines to alter former decision on the subject viz: “that the owner should substitute hard wood for the iron pillars.”
Reports
Lighting Committee reported
recommending additional lamps to be erected as follows viz: –
1 in lane at the rear of Albermarle Street near to the back of the public school in Australia Street.
1 in Alice Street opposite the centre of Clara Street.
1 in the lane off Chalder Street opposite the centre of lane at the rear of Raper and Chalder Streets.
1 in Susan Street opposite Knight’s cottages.
1 in Campbell Street opposite Griffin’s terrace.
1 at the junction of King Street and Enmore Road in front of the City Bank similar to and of equal power to the one on the fountain on the Newtown Bridge.
Also recommending following the removals viz: – The lamp now standing in King Street in front of Mundy’s fruit shop to be moved to the opposite side of the street near to the old blacksmith’s shop: and the lamp now standing in front of the Walsh’s gate in Susan Street be moved about ten yards further towards the boundary and on the opposite side of the street: That the lamp now standing in Enmore Road near the city bank premises be dispensed with: That the Railway Commissioners be asked to substitute for the lamp now standing in front of the Railway entrance a lamp similar to and of equal power to the lamp on the fountain on the Newtown Bridge: That Messrs Sweet Bros be instructed to remove a large sign board which obstructs the light of the lamp on the balcony posts and the committee could not recommend the adoption of a proposal to have the street lamps lighted on Moonlight nights at a charge of 10/- per lamp per annum on account of the extra expense it would entail.  Alderman Ibbotson the chairman of the Committee moved “that the report of the lighting committee now read be and the same be now adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
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: that the contractors under his supervision were doing their work satisfactorily also that the number of lamps standing at the intersections of streets having names of streets on them were 66 the number having one name only were 42 and the number having no names at all were 56 the report also contained a list of the closets requiring names.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved
1 “That 32 yards of the 3rd class kerbing and guttering be laid in Chalder Street north side of O’Connell Street to lane at an estimated cost of £10.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
2 “That 43 yards of tarpaving 2nd class be laid in Chalder Street north side from O’Connell Street to lane at an estimated cost of £3.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
3 “That 32 yards of tarpaving 2nd class laid in O’Connell Street from Chalder Street to complete at an estimated cost of £2.12.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Alderman Morgan authorised Alderman Cox to move in his absence
4 “That Alice Street from Pearl Street to King Street be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £45.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and referred to the Works Committee for report.
The Mayor stated that tenders which had been invited for a loan of £36,000 in the colony and in London would close tomorrow 31st instant.  It was resolved that the finance committee with the addition of Alderman Cox be hereby authorised to open and classify the tenders and report on the same to a special meeting of Council to be called at an early date.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 13 day of September 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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