Tuesday 4 October 1904 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm. 

PRESENT

Aldermen Smith, Archibald, Rigg, Elstub, Hitchcock, King, Edwards and Ibbotson.  The Council Clerk having apologised for the absence of the Mayor Alderman Smith was voted to the chair.  Alderman Elstub apologise for the absence of Alderman Abigail owing to illness. 

MINUTES

The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

CORRESPONDENCE

From Marcus Clark and Company Limited calling attention to the state of the roadway directly in front of their business premises in Brown Street the quantity of loose metal making it appear very unsightly and otherwise objectionable and asking the Council to cause the surface to be covered with tarred ashes. Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Thomas Mulqueenie in reply to a communication from the Inspect of Nuisances directing certain alterations to be carried out to cottage number 36 Dennison Street stating that it is his intention to pull down the cottage referred to asking six months extension of time for the purpose. Received and request complied with.

From Thomas A Tester applying for a fortnight leave for a holiday as from the 15th instant.  Received and leave granted.

From Messrs G B Edwards M P and C G Hatte stating that as the question of the electric current for lighting and power purposes has now reached an active stage in the Borough and as an early settlement does not seem probable they are prepared to install an electric (plant) light and Power Plant in Newtown together with an up-to-date Refuse Destructor which will light the Borough with 14 times as much illumination as Gas at present in use and destroy the Refuse by fire to the Council’s entire satisfaction for the sum of £2400 per annum. Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report. 

REPORTS

The Finance Committeereported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 6th of September (as follows) amounting to £1949.15.5 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £175.14.11. The Chairman moved that the Finance Committees report as now submitted be and the same is here by adopted. Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried. 

The Works Committee submitted their report dated 26th of September with recommendations relative to a number of proposed works referred to them by the Council.  Alderman Archibald asked that his objection to tar metalling carriageways might be recorded. Moved by Alderman Hitchcock that the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is here by adopted. Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried. 

The Borough Treasurer submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 6 September last as follows:

By Bank Balance per last statement            £1454.4.9

By Deposits                                                 665.12.2

To Cheques issued                                  £1949.15.5

Bank Balance                                               170.1.6                                                                                                                     £2119.16.11

Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the contractors and others engaged in his Department were carrying out the work in a satisfactory manner and that as the result of prosecution a Milk vendor was fined at the Newtown Police Court on 26th September in the sum of 10/- for selling milk adulterated with water.  Received. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Hitchcock moved:1 “That 20 Camphor or other suitable trees be planted in Pemell Street (10 trees on each side) at equal distances at an estimated cost of £15.0.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg. An amendment by Alderman King to remit to the Works Committee was negatived and the Motion was then carried.

2 “That 54 Camphor or other suitable trees be planted in Metropolitan Road (27 trees on each side) at equal distances at an estimated cost of £40.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

3 “That 40 Camphor or other suitable trees be planted in Edgeware Road (20 trees on each side) at equal distances at an estimated cost of £30.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried. 

This concluding the business the Council rose. 

Confirmed this 18th day of October 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor. 

 


 

Tuesday 18th  October 1904 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm. 

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Aldermen Hitchcock, Rigg, Ibbotson, Elstub, Howe, Archibald, King, Smith, Morgan and Abigail. An apology was received from Alderman Edwards who was unable to be present owing to indisposition. 

MINUTES

The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed. 

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Secretary Commissioners for Railways in reply to a communication complaining of the inconvenienced occasioned by relaying operations on the train line in King Street stating that the Engineer has been asked to do everything possible to expedite the work and minimise the inconvenience to traffic. Received.

From Thomas North employed on the nightshift sweeping the wood blocked pavements and asking for an increase of wages. Received and referred to the Finance Committee. 

REPORTS

The Lighting Committeesubmitted its report dated 5th October recommending the erection of two new lamps and removal of three lamps to more suitable positions.Alderman Ibbotson moved that the Lighting Committees report be and is here by adopted. Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried. 

The Overseer of Works submitted a report of the works carried out 6th September to 18th October and works in progress.  Received. 

The Inspector of Nuisances reported having taken 10 samples of milk from various vendors supplying customers in the Borough the result of which will be communicated to the Council by the Board of Health after analysis.  Received. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Morgan in the presence of Alderman Edward and with the consent of the Council moved: 1 “That a strip of asphalt 264 yards long by 3 feet wide be laid alongside the gutter Northern side of Goodsell Street from Goodsell Lane to John Street at an estimated cost of £42.18.0 and referred to the Works Committee.” 

Alderman Elstub moved:2 “That 36 yards of third class kerbing and guttering be laid in Church Street in front of the Church of England at an estimated cost of £12.4.0.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

3 “That 58 yards of 1st class tarpaving be laid on the western side of Church Street in front of the Church of England at an estimated cost of £5.19.0.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. 

Alderman Archibald moved:4 “That blue metal be used as a foundation ballast in forming a street (as well as completing it) as an experiment with the view of adopting the same method in the formation of other streets should the result justify the cost and referred to the Works Committee for report.” Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried. 

This was the business and the Council rose. 

Confirmed this 1st day November 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

 

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