Minutes of Meeting of the Council of the municipality of Newtown duly convened held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday the 14th day of January 1913 at 7:30 p.m.

Present; Aldermen Morgan, Turtle, Elstub, Cousins, Lawler, Macready, Lewis, Smith, Edwards, Bamfield.

Apologies: an apology was received from his worship the Mayor alderman Rigg who expressed the hope that his health would be sufficiently recovered to permit him to attend the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

An apology was also received from alderman Clegg who was prevented from attending by an injury to his foot.

In the unavoidable absence of the Mayor alderman Morgan was unanimously elected chairman. The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed

Correspondence

From the Austral Press and Advertising Ltd. asking for an expression of opinion as to the merits of the Newtown Jubilee souvenir as a literary effort. It was resolved on the motion of alderman Lewis seconded by alderman Bamfield that the letter be received, and the writer informed that this Council is of opinion that the Newtown Jubilee souvenir as a literary effort is a credit to all concerned, and the compilation, printing and binding of the work most satisfactory.

A further letter from the Austral Press and Advertising Ltd intimating that the publication of the Newtown Jubilee souvenir has not been a success financially, and asking the Council to make a donation of 50 towards the cost of same.

It was resolved that the letter be received and handed to the Municipal and Citizen’s Jubilee Celebrations committee for consideration.

From the Tramway Traffic Superintendent intimating that the tramway waiting room at the St Peter’s railway bridge is now available for the travelling public.

Alderman Lawler moved that the letter be received and the superintendent thanked for his prompt attention to this matter. Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

From Mrs Hull asking that the Council pay the cost of repairing the drainpipe at her premises Bon Accord Phillip Street.

Resolved that the letter be received and referred to the Works committee for report.

From the public health department covering report of chemical examination of 16 samples of milk collected on the 19th ultimo, all of which were found to be correct.

Received.

From the director-general of public Works covering copy of the proclamation which appeared in the government Gazette of the 18th December 1912 applying Ordinance number 68 under the local government act respecting the regulation of the interment of the dead to the municipality of Newtown.

Resolved that the communication be received, any necessary advertisements inserted and the trustees of the Newtown Cemetery informed that Ordinance number 68 now applies to their Cemetery within the municipality of Newtown.

From the director-general of public Works covering a circular letter from the Superintendent of the Explosives Department, suggesting that certain precautions be taken when an application is made for permission to blast.

Resolved that the letter be received, and the advice contained therein to be acted upon.

From A.E. Barker asking if two houses may be built on land at corner of Union and Iredale Streest having a frontage of 40 ft. to Union Street by a depth of 60 ft..

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

From alderman W. Taylor M. L. A.. Intimating that the plans of the new fire station at Newtown has been completed, and the Fire Brigade’s board are inviting tenders for the erection of the new fire station at an estimated cost of 6500.

Received.

From alderman W. Taylor M. L. A.. Municipal representative on the Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales giving the Estimates of expenditure by the Fire Brigade’s board for the year 1913.

Received and to be laid on the table.

The following gentlemen wrote intimating that they have been duly nominated as candidates for the representative of the suburban municipality is on the board of fire commissioners, and setting forth their views on Fire Brigade administration.

Alderman W. Taylor, Rockdale

Alderman T. Dalton, Homebush

Alderman J. R. Charlton Mayor of Granville

Alderman J. P. Treadgold, Leichhardt

A. G. O’Donnell

Aldermen M. H. Cohen, Balmain

The various letters were read and received.

From the Chief Secretary’s department covering a copy of the regulations framed under the provisions of the Fire Brigade’s act 1907 for the election by the Councils of a member to serve on the Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales.

Resolved that the communication be received and made an order of the day for the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Letter from Secretary municipal and Shire Council employees union notifying annual picnic 5/3/1913.

Received

From Messrs Hollander and Govett the letter for permission to use two small walls for painting advertisements in connection with the paper called Splashes Weekly.

Received and refused.

Applications for permission to erect buildings were received from

WC Witham, 66 Newman St., Newtown.

W. A. Dettman, Gowrie Street, Newtown.

F M.Gurrin, 7 Munni St., Newtown.

Received and referred to Works committee for report.

Reports: —

The Auditors Messrs W. H. Cadogan & Co. submitted their report of an audit of the Council’s books of accounts for the year ending 31 Dec 1912, together with the balance sheet for the same period.

Alderman Turtle expressed pleasure at the prompt manner in which the Council’s accounts were audited and submitted to the Council, and moved that the auditor’s report and balance sheet for the year ending 31 Dec 1912 be received and adopted. Seconded by alderman Bamfield and carried.

The Finance committee submitted the report as contained on folios 131 and 132 of the Finance book and 90 and 91 of the special report book which disclosed that the following accounts had been examined as follows: — accounts paid under votes of appropriation for the period ending 31 Dec 1912 amounting to 239:18: 6 and also accounts paid under votes of appropriation for the current month amounting to 186:14;4 which were recommended for confirmation, and recommended to payment of accounts amounting to 95:11:9.

The credit bank balances at 31 Dec 1912 were reported as follows: —

General fund: £1714:11:6 Reserves and renewals account: £3404:10:5 Trust fund: £58:0:0 Permanent improvements loan fund: £315:0:0 Total credit balances: £5492:1:11

The Estimates of the probable expenditure, and the revenue likely to be available for such expenditure as per section 142 of the local government act was submitted: —

(a) The amount of proposed expenditure out of the Fund to which the proceeds of the Rates are to be carried: £17,686: 0: 0 (b) Amount on hand available for such expenditure: £1714:11: 6 (c) Amount of other Revenue likely to be available: £1000: 0: 0 (d) Amount required to be raised by rate of such Expenditure: £14,971: 8: 6 (e) Total Value of Unimproved Land on which Rate is to be levied is: £1,307,856: 0: 0 (f) The Rate proposed to be made and levied is the sum of two pence three farthings in the pound on the Unimproved Capital Value.

And that these be the Estimates of Receipts and Expenditure of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown for the year ending 31 Dec 1913.

It was further recommended that the Rental charges for Pipes, Wires, Cables etc laid or erected within the Municipality as per Section 209 of the Local Government Act be as follows: —

Australian Gas Light Co: £216: 0: 0 Balmain Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd: £86: 0: 0 Total: £302: 0: 0

It was resolved that the Finance Committee is Report be received and adopted, Accounts submitted be approved, confirmed and paid, that the Estimates of Receipts and Expenditure be approved and adopted and publicly notified in the area as prescribed, and that the Rental charges recommended under Section 209 be the rental charges for the year 1913.

The Works Committee submitted their report as contained on folios 226 and 227 on the fifth of report of the Works Committee Report Book, and it was resolved that the Works Committee’s Report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect.

The Overseer of Works submitted his usual fortnightly report of Works completed or in progress and plans of buildings submitted for approval, and it was resolved that the overseer of Works Report be received and the plans mentioned in paragraph nine be referred to the Works Committee for report.

The Sanitary Inspectors Report as contained on folios 12 of the Sanitary Inspectors Report Book was submitted.

Alderman Turtle moved that the report be received, applications mentioned in paragraph two granted, and the applications mentioned in paragraph three relative to renewals of Hoarding Licences be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report.

Seconded by alderman Lewis and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

ALDERMAN COUSINS MOVED: —

That the following Works authorised for Camden Ward and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31st December, 1912, in pursuance of Clause 3 of Regulation 6 be now revoted: —

Gipps street, relay kerb and gutter from Whitehorse Street to number 14, tar pave crossing east side and repair where required at an estimated cost of £50

Goodsell Street footpath, South side from King Street to Goodsell Lane, complete tarpaving £8:10: 0

Gowrie Street carriageway, from Iredale Street to Munni Street, top dress and lay strip 4 feet wide along gutters £120

Darley Street gutter stones, repair with concrete £15

That the sum of £3 be floated to complete repairs to Union Street £3

Seconded by alderman Edwards and carried.

ALDERMAN LEWIS MOVED FOR ALDERMAN CLEGG: —

That the following Works authorised for O’Connell Ward and the votes of Money therefor which lapsed on the 31st December 1912, in Pursuance of Clause 3 of Regulation 6 be now revoted: —

Wilson Street, tarpave carriageway

seconded by alderman Bamfield and carried. £1241: 0: 0

ALDERMAN EDWARDS MOVED: —

That the following Works authorised for the Camden ward and the Votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31st December 1912, in pursuance of Clause 3 of Regulation 6 be now revoted

Maria lane complete kerb and gutter west side: £18

Dickson Street and Pearl Lane renew crossing: £9: 10: 0.

Edgeware Road and be repaired as follows:-tar metal between Alice and Camden streets, and portions between Lord and Alice streets, and Camden and Sarah streets, be repaired where necessary at an estimated cost of £250 (Marrickville Council to pay a Moiety)

Seconded by alderman Lawler and carried.

ALDERMAN MACREADY MOVED:-

that the following Works authorised for Enmore Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1912, in pursuance of clause three of regulation six be now revoted:-

Metropolitan Road, tar pave the carriageway: £660: 0:0

Camden street, from King Street to Station St. tar pave the carriageway (first class): £186:0:0

Enmore Lane from Station Street to end of new gutters remetal with white metal, and from end of new gutters to Reiby Street, tar pave from kerb to kerb: £35:0:0

Enmore Road wood block the carriageway from Newtown railway bridge to Stanmore Road top dress: £123:0:0

Holt St top dress within 100 yd. of King Street £8:5:0

Short Street top dress within 100 yd. of King Street £2: 15:0

Crescent Street top dress within 100 yd. of King Street £8:5:0

Phillip Street top dress within 100 yd. of Enmore Road £13:0:0

Simmons Street top dress within 100 yd. of Enmore Road in £11:10:0

Marian Street top dress within 100 yd. of Enmore Road £10:0:0

Cambridge Street top dress within 100 yd. of Enmore Road £13:0:0

Reiby Street gutters be repaired where necessary with concrete £2: 0:0

Belmore Lane, renew 70 yd. of gutter stones and repair carriageway where necessary with white metal £50:0:0

Station Street asphalt from Holt Street to Enmore Road, and tar paint from Holt St to Camden street £250:0:0

Enmore Road repair footpath from Edgeware Road to Juliette Street £5:0:0

and dust bin between 210-212 Enmore Road £6:0:0

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Bamfield moved:-

That the following Works authorised for O’Connell Ward and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1912, in pursuance of clause three of regulation six be now revoted:-

Aylesbury Street South side complete kerb and gutter and tar paving to Elizabeth Street 50: 0:0

Tar pave space between building, fence or kerb on the lanes on Pine estate:-

Holdsworth Lane £5: 8 :0

Randle Lane £5:14: 0

Wilson Lane £16: 5: 0

Ivery’s Lane £15: 0: 0

Leamington Lane £8:15: 0

Lane off Church Street rear 231-7 King St. renew 23 yd. of gutter stones £6:10: 0

Seconded by alderman Lewis and carried.

Aldermen Elstub moved:-

that the following Works authorised for Kingston Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1912, in pursuance of clause three of regulation six be now revoted:-

Bedford Street top dress from King Street to Albert Street £95: 0:0

Eliza Street top dress within 100 yd. of King Street £8: 2: 6

Australia’s Street repair gutter stones in front of the kindergarten school £4: 0:0

Kent Lane carriageway tar pave from Australia Street to Denison Street £65: 0: 0

Seconded by alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Lewis moved:-

That the following Works authorised for O’Connell Ward and the votes of money there for which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1912, in pursuance of clause three of regulation six be now revoted

Hordern Street top dress within 100 yd. of King Street £6: 10 :0

Egan Street top dress within 100 yd. of King Street £6: 10 :0

Missenden Road top dress within 100 yd. of King Street £8: 2: 6

Watkin Lane tar pave carriageway £125: 0: 0

Chalder Street from Egan Street to O’Connell St tar pave carriageway £74: 10: 0

Longdown Street from Missenden Road to Elizabeth Street renew the gutter stones where required, and repair carriageway £60: 0: 0

Missenden Road ballast and metal carriageway, renew crossings at Richard and Aylesbury streets; renew the gutter stones west side from King Street to number 16, except crossings at Longdown and Campbell streets £296: 0: 0

Raper Street from O’Connell Street to Hordern Street remetal with white metal where required, and top dress carriageway; repair gutter stones where necessary £55: 0: 0

Hordern Street from King Street to Prospect Street remetal with blue metal £80: 0: 0

Church Street from Lennox to Victoria streets tar pave carriageway £185: 0: 0

King Street footpath top dress from Bligh Street to Newtown railway bridge £85:0:0

King Street wood blocked carriageway top dress from Bligh Street to Newtown railway bridge £365: 0: 0

Burren Street, repair gutter stones £3: 0: 0

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

Aldermen Lawler moved that the following Works authorised for Camden Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31st of December 1912, in pursuance of clause three of regulation six be now revoted:-

Commodore Street top dress carriageway £32 :0: 0

Hawken Street repair and top dress carriageway £27: 0: 0

Holmwood Street, blue metal carriageway and top dress £155 :0: 0

King Lane kerb between Dixon and Holmwood streets, and tar paving between Wells and Alice lanes, be completed at an estimated cost of £13: 10: 0

Dickson Street and King Lane and Holmwood Street and King Lane crossings be repaired £6: 0: 0

Alice Street from King Street to Hawken Street top dress carriageway £48: 0: 0

Seconded by Alderman Cousins and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

That the following Works authorised for Kingston Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1912, in pursuance of clause three of regulation six be now revoted:-

Lennox Street from Australia Street to Oxford Street ballast and metal with blue metal £180 :0: 0

Northwood Lane white metal and top dress £50: 0: 0

Peirce St tar pave carriageway £72: 0: 0

Federation Road, top dress carriageway £43:10: 0

Church Street footpath, the cemetery side from caretakers Lodge to Federation Road tar metal £22: 0: 0

Boundary Lane, kerb and gutter on Northside and repair carriageway with white metal £135: 0: 0

(£108:10:0 of this expense to be borne by the Sydney Council)

St Mary’s Lane from Trade Lane at Stanley Street, repair with white metal £10: 0: 0

(Moiety of this expense to be borne by Sydney Council)

9 in. drain with suitable gullies, to be laid to convey the stormwater from the western end of Boundary Lane to Kingston Road at a probable cost of £96: 0: 0

(Moiety of this expense to be borne by Sydney Council)

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

By Alderman Lawler:-

Asking that a letter be sent to the superintendent of Tramways calling his attention to the need of a warning by flagman or otherwise when trams are coming out of the depot onto the Newtown railway bridge.

Also asking that the overseer of Works be requested to report upon the delay in tar painting the wood blocks in King Street.

By Aldermen Lewis, Elstub and Edwards:-

Attention was also drawn by Aldermen Lewis, Elstub and Edwards to the way in which refuse is cast upon the various thoroughfares in the municipality, more especially on Friday evenings.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 28 Jan 1913

Signed W. Rigg Mayor

W. G. Salmon Town Clerk:


Minutes of the meeting of the Council duly convened held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday the 28th day of January 1913 at 7.30 o’clock p.m.

Present: His worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Lawler, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith, Edwards and Bamfield.

Minutes.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Lawler.

Before proceeding with the business Alderman Lewis expressed his pleasure of seeing his worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) once more in the mayoral chair and moved “that the heartiest congratulations of the meeting be extended to the Mayor on his return to health and strength once more.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and supported by Alderman Macready and Turtle and carried unanimously.

The following candidates for the position of a member to serve on the Board of Fire Commissioners for New South Wales were present and addressed the Council in support of their candidature:-

A. G. O’Donnell Esq.

Alderman James R.Charlton, Mayor of Granville.

Alderman William Taylor, Rockdale.

The thanks of the meeting were accorded to the candidates to their attendance and addresses.

Correspondence.

Letter from the Superintendent of Railway lines intimating that it would be inconvenient to stop more trains for the convenience of people marketing at Newtown, at the St Peter’s and Newtown railway stations, as the extra stoppages would penalise long-distance travellers.

Received.

Letter from The librarian, Mitchell Library asking for a copy of the Newtown Jubilee souvenir bearing the signature of his worship the Mayor and Aldermen and principal officers of the Council.

Received and request to be complied with on the motion of Alderman Clegg seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Letter from Ward brothers complaining of hawkers selling their goods on the footpaths of the main road on Friday evenings and Saturdays.

Alderman Clegg moved that the letter be received and the inspector instructed to obtain the cooperation of the police in enforcing ordinance 30 (21).

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Letter from C. A. De. Kantzow suggesting that the name L’Avenue be altered.

Alderman Turtle moved that the letter be received and the writer informed that the Council cannot see their way clear to comply with his request.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Letter from the secretary United Ancient Order of Druids asking for permission to exhibit a sign in connection with their art union.

Resolved that the letter be received and permission be granted for one week.

Letter from Messrs Marcus Clark and Co. asking permission to exhibit four calico signs on their premises Brown Street for 14 days.

Resolved that the letter be received and the request complied with.

Letter from Messrs Guille & Co. asking permission to erect an approved structure to protect their customers whilst crossing Whately Lane from their King Street to Wilson Street premises.

Resolved that that the letter be received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from W. P. McDonnell asking for permission to erect two shops on land south of the St Peter’s railway bridge having a frontage of 26 ft. to King Street.

Received and deferred for consideration to a later stage of the evening.

Letter from Messrs Spain and Cosh covering plans and specification of new fire station in Australia Street, Newtown.

Resolved that the communication be received and approval of the plans granted.

Letter from the Tramway traffic superintendent intimating that arrangements have been made for suitable precautions to be taken when the trams are leaving the depot on the Newtown railway bridge.

Resolved that the traffic superintendent be thanked his prompt compliance with the Council wishes.

Letter from W. E. Keats complaining of the annoyance caused to his tenants by the children’s sand bin adjoining his property at L’Avenue.

Received and referred to Works committee for report.

Letter from F. J. Anglin on behalf of the Reverend Mother Superior and community of St Bede’s convent Newtown, for the use of the town Hall for the purpose of holding a bazaar.

Resolved that the letter be received and the writer informed that as the premises are at present unlicensed it is regretted the request cannot be complied with.

Letter from H. Abrahams Superintendent Newtown District Ambulance and Transport Brigade asking permission to take up the annual Street collection on Friday and Saturday 21st and 22 Feb 1913, and the use of the room to hold their meetings in on those dates.

Resolved that the application be received and granted.

His worship the Mayor submitted a minute giving at brief resume of the past year’s work, including items of income and expenditure and dealing with the most important events of the year.

Alderman Turtle moved that the minute of his worship the Mayor be received and adopted, Alderman Bamfield in seconding the motion congratulated the Mayor on the complete information furnished and the success of the past year’s work.

The motion was carried unanimously.

REPORTS

Works Committee.

The Works committee submitted their report as contained in folios 228-230 of the Works committee’s report book.

His worship the Mayor moved that the Works Committee’s report be received and adopted

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Alderman Macready moved as an amendment that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted with the exception of paragraph 13 dealing with the application W. P. McDonnell to build two shops on land having a frontage of 26 ft. to King Street, and in this case the application of W. P. McDonnell be granted.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan.

The voting being against the amendment a division was called for which resulted as follows:-

For the amendment Alderman Macready, Morgan, cousins, Bamfield, Turtle, Smith .

Against the amendment His Worship the Mayor Alderman Rigg and Aldermen Elstub, Clegg, Lawler, and Edwards

Alderman Lewis declined to vote and under the provisions of ordinance 1(45) his vote was counted in the negative. The voting being then even His Worship the Mayor gave his casting vote against the amendment, and the amendment was declared lost.

The subsequent motion was then submitted when a division was called for which resulted as follows:-

For the motion His Worship the Mayor Alderman Rigg and Alderman Clegg, Edwards, Lawler and Elstub,

Against the motion Alderman Macready, Morgan, Cousins, Smith, Turtle, Bamfield,

Alderman Lewis again declined to vote and under the provisions of ordinance 1(45) his vote was counted in the negative and the motion was declared lost.

The report of the Overseer of Works as contained on folios 195 to-196 of the report book of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight was submitted and received.

The Sanitary Inspectors report as contained on folios 13 of the report book was submitted and it was resolved that the report be received and the application is mentioned in paragraph three granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Lewis moved:-

That it be referred to the Council’s sanitary inspector to take such action, in conjunction with the police officers, as will abate the nuisance caused by the casting of fruit peelings and other refuse upon the public thoroughfares of this municipality more especially on Friday evenings and Saturdays.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Lewis moved:-

That in accordance with the provisions of the local government act and the ordinances thereunder, an allowance be granted the Mayor of executing the office of Mayor for the ensuing term, and that the sum of 100 be the amount of such allowance.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried, on division.

For:- His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Alderman Elstub Lewis, Morgan, Smith, Lawler, Cousins and Macready,

Against:- Alderman Clegg, Turtle, Edwards and Bamfield.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

Consideration of communication from the Chief Secretary’s Department with regulations framed under the provisions of the Fire Brigades act 1909, for election by the councils of members to serve on the Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales.

The letter from the Chief Secretary’s Department and the regulations framed under the provisions of the Fire Brigades act 1909 were then read and received.

To cast three votes for a candidate for the position of a member of the Board of Fire Commissioners for New South Wales. The candidates are as follows:-

Alderman James Robert Charlton, Granville

Alderman Matthew Henry Cohen, Drummoyne

Alderman Thomas Dalton, Homebush

Arthur George O’Donnell, Sydney

Alderman William Taylor, Rockdale

Alderman James Powell Treadgold, Leichhardt

The Council then Mayor voted by ballot and as a result of the ballot His Worship the Mayor moved:-“that it be intimated (in compliance with regulation 2 part 1) made under the Fire Brigades act 1909 by letter under the corporate seal addressed to the returning officer, Town Hall, Sydney, that the Council of the municipality of Newtown at a duly convened meeting has cast three votes for Alderman William Taylor, a duly nominated candidate the position of a member to serve on the Board of Fire Commissioners for New South Wales”.

The motion was seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Under this heading Alderman Turtle drew attention to the need to renumbering the houses at L’Avenue and also in Lennox Street, and asked that the matter be referred to the inspector for attention.

His Worship the Mayor said he would issue instructions for the request to be complied with.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 11 Feb 1913

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

Signed W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk

 


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