Friday 9th September 1898

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

Present
The Mayor (Alderman W. Rigg MP) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.
The Mayor apologised for Alderman Smith who had been present at a special meeting of the finance committee this evening but whose absence from this meeting was caused through having to attend an important engagement elsewhere: also for Alderman Morgan and Abigail whose absence was caused through urgent private affairs.  Received.
Alderman Elstub as a matter of privilege apologised for his absence at the previous ordinary meeting of Council which was caused through illness in his family.
The Mayor stated that he had specially called this meeting to receive and adopt a report of the special Finance Committee on the Tenders sent in for the proposed new loan of £36,000.
Report
Special Finance Committee meetings held on the 31st August and 9th September 1898.  Present the Mayor and Aldermen Smith Cox and King.
Your Committee having considered tenders sent in for a fresh loan of £36,000 have to report the receipt of tenders for £7,000 at par and £36,000 at £96.10.0.  Total £43,000.
Your Committee having until the 8th instant for information from London and having received a cablegram from the Bank of Australasia in London that it “had not been approached” on the subject now recommend the Council to accept the following tenders viz: – £7,000 at par and £29,000 at £96.10.0.
And making first recommendation your Committee submitted that in taking the average price of the tenders on the whole transaction including redemption in 15 years will make the interest equal to £3.15.0 per centum per annum.  This will provide a saving in interest of £600 per annum and £16.12.0 per annum the cost of exchange on London and commission or in 15 years a total sum of £9250.
Your Committee also recommend that deficiency £1015 arising from the £3.10.0 per centum below par on the £29,000 which will be provided by the Bank as per arrangement be charged to a separate account in the Bank and which may be credited half yearly with the savings in interest and this in a comparatively short time be paid off.
Signed W. Rigg, Chairman.
The Mayor moved “that the report now read from the special Finance committee be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 13th day of September 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 13 September 1898

A meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown was held on the evening of the above day at 7.30

Present the Mayor (Alderman W. Rigg MLA) and Aldermen Howe, Salmon, Morgan, Smith, Elstub, Cox, Dolman, Jones and King.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Ibbotson and Abigail who were unavoidably absent.
The minutes of the previous meeting ordinary and special were read and confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From Mr W. H. Bates in reference to the closing of certain lanes off Georgina Street.  Received.
From Mr Sands complaining of the present state of the footpaths in Simmons and Fulham Streets.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From Mr Ross manager of the City Bank referring to the proposed erection of an additional in front of the Bank doors and removal of one in Enmore Road and suggesting that instead of erecting the large lamp in front of the Bank an ordinary lamp be erected on the King Street side of the corner and the one in Enmore Road be allowed to remain in its present position. Received and the writer of the informed that the Council regrets that it can not alter its former decision which had been recommended by the lighting committee.
From the Hon. Secretary to the electorate Cricket Club asking for the free use of the Town Hall for another meeting of the Club on the 19th instant.  Received and the request acceded to.
From the Hon. Secretary to the Carlingford Progress Association urging the Council to take some measures towards inducing the Government to extend the Railway into the City. Received.
From the Secretary to the City Railway Extension Committee asking the Council to form a deputation to the Government to urge the extension of the Railway into the City as per the Public Works Committee’s recommendation.  Received and the Mayor and as many of the Aldermen as may make it convenient to attend.
From the Annandale Council covering a copy of a resolution strongly protesting against the exorbitant charge of 1/-in the £ on sewerage and asking this Council to join the protest.  Received.
From the principal Under Secretary Chief Secretaries Office covering a report from the Inspector General of Police on Sunday Trading.  Received and a copy of the report be sent to Mr Hutchison.
From the Under Secretary and Commissioner for Roads of Department of Public Works being a further communication on the subject of wood blocking King Street between the Railway Bridge and Bligh Street and in reply to a letter from this Council asking the Commissioner to receive a deputation on the subject of the uneven surface of a portion of the new work which the Council had objected to.  Stating that he had personally inspected the work complained of and had come to the conclusion that the Council had no just cause of complaint and therefore there was no need for the conference asked for. Resolved “that the letter be received and the Commissioner be informed that the Council will decline to take over that portion of the road in its present uneven state.”
From the Board of Health covering a copy of the Board’s Inspectors report of the state of the dairies and milk vendors premises in Newtown.  Received and referred to the Inspectors of Nuisances to see that the recommendations are carried out.
From the Secretary to the Municipal Association of New South Wales copy of the Annual Report of its proceedings.  Received.
From Mr Lannen asking for some kerbing and tarpaving to be done in Holmwood Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Reports
Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £465.14.4 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £186.12.9.  It was moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman King that the Finance report now read be in the same is hereby adopted.”  Carried.
Works Committee
reported recommending
1 “That Australia Street between Kent Lane and Bishopgate Street be ballasted and metalled at an estimated cost of £212.”
2 “That the metal repairs to Alice Street be completed at an estimated cost of £45.”
3 “That the gutter stones in Lord Street northern side be repaired where necessary.”
4 “That the subject of the erection of public urinals and the most suitable sites for same be postponed for further consideration.”
It was moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Smith “that the Works Committees report now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Carried.
Borough Treasurer
reported “that £553.14.2 had been received and deposited in the Bank since last report: that cheques had been issued amounting to £465.14.4 and the balance due to the Bank at date was £432.17.8.”  Received.
Overseer
reported the progress that had been made with the works under his supervision during the last two weeks and directed attention to the present state of that portion of Edgeware Road between Sarah Street and the Railway gates.  Also to the state of the surfaces of the carriageways from Alice Street by way of Edgeware Road, Sarah Street, Margaret Street, Holt Street to King Street South.  The report was received and it was resolved that the Marrickville Council be invited to meet the Works Committee of this Council in Edgeware Road with a view to putting it into repair and that the subject of the pipe track be brought under the notice of the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage.
Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department that the contractors were carrying out their work satisfactorily and that the improvements suggested by the Inspector of the Board of Health at the dairies of  Mr Mingay and Mr Martin were being proceeded with.  Also that two persons had been fined 5/- each for driving with out lights.  Received.
Auditors
reported having examined all the books of accounts comprising bank, receipt, cash, rate N.P. Act, petty cash, wages, stamp journals and ledger books and had found everything correct. Received.
Motions Pursuant to Notice
Alderman Elstub moved
1 “That the Regent Street be repaired where necessary at an estimated cost of £12.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
2 ” That 16 yards of tarred metalled be laid alongside the crossing in Bishopgate Street at its intersection with Denison Street at an estimated cost of £2.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
3 “That Turtle Lane from Young Lane to Lands Lane be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £24.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Alderman Howe moved
4 “That portion of Wilson Street between Queen and Burren Streets be repaired with blue metal at an estimated cost of £80.” Seconded by Alderman King and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
Questions
Alderman King called attention to the way the Street’s sweepings had been left against the kerbing in King Street in the vicinity of Forbes Street. Reference to inspection Alderman Jones called attention to a nuisance in Newman Street caused by a number of boys running trucks up and down the street.  The interference of the police to be invoked. The clerk was instructed to write to Water and Sewerage Board to urge the connection of two places in Wilson Street near the Odd Fellows Hall and two places in King Street near the White Horse Hotel. Alderman Elstub desired to have some names fixed up in the lanes in Kingston Ward.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 27 day of September 1898.
Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Tuesday 27th September 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 (Mr W. Rigg MLA) 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 Railway Commissioners in reply to a request from this Council that the lamp now standing in front of the Railway entrance on the Bridge be substituted by an incandescent three light lamp. Stating that they could not see their way to incur any further expenditure in the provision of additional lighting power at this place.  Received and the Commissioners be informed “that the Council regrets that the reply is unsatisfactory.”
From Mr William Browning offering the Council the use of a 12 ton steam roller at the rate of 7/6 per hour.  Received and the writer be informed that if the Council should require it at any time he will be communicated with.
From Mr George Brock asking the Council to lay some kerbing and guttering in a short lane at the rear of Wilson Street. Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From Marrickville Council having reference to the state of Edgware Road stating that the Works Committee would meet the Works Committee of this Council in conference on the said road on Wednesday the 5th proximo at 3.15pm.  Received and the proposal agreed to.
From Mr T. Martin complaining of the state of the guttering on the north side of Lord Street between King and John Streets. Received and referred to the overseer for attention.
Reports
Overseer
reported the progress made with the works under his supervision during the past two weeks.  Reference was also made to the shrinking of the wood blocks now being laid by a government contractor in King Street.  Received.
Inspector of Nuisances
reported the amount of work done in his department during the past two weeks: that the contractor for scavenging in the various wards were doing their work in a satisfactory manner and that sundry recommendations by the Inspector of the Board of Health at dairies were being carried out.  Received.
Motions pursuant to Notice
Alderman Jones moved
1 “That in consideration on completion of the wood blocking from the Railway Bridge to Bligh Street now being done by the government this Council will have control of about thirty thousand pounds worth of wood blocked roads.  Some steps should be taken to make some provision for the making and repairing the said roads which will be under their control and in view of the fact the Council having effected a saving of six hundred pounds per year by floating the last loan that this amount or the half of it be placed in the Bank to a fund to be called a reserve fund to provide for the making and maintaining of wood blocked roads.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan. Proforma:  After some discussion the Mayor ruled “that the motion is not in order in as much as it was contrary to a motion already passed adopting a recommendation of the Finance Committee disposing of the savings referred to.
Alderman Morgan moved
2 “That the footpath’s in Pearl Street (both sides) be repaired at a cost of £12.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
3 “That this Council is of opinion that the Borough has been unjustly treated by the government by the non-payment to the Council of the money expended on the Harold Street storm water sewer.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
4 “That the representatives of the District be requested to bring the matter before the Minister for Works and if necessary before Parliament.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
The business being concluded the Council rose.
Confirmed this 11th day of October 1898
Signed J. B. Smith, Chairman.

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