Minutes of Council

Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, the 13th day of January, 1914, at 7.30 o’clock.

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

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Turtle.

MINUTES.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed on the motion of Alderman Edwards, seconded by Alderman Morgan.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from J. Max Sweeney, offering to supply 2000 to 3000 tons of blue metal at seven and six per ton on trucks to Newtown railway siding. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed that the Council regrets that the offer was not made when tenders for the metal were called, the letter will, however, be filed for future reference in the event of the successful tenderer failing to supply Council’s requirements.

Letter from Messrs. Szarka Brothers, asking that the application for renewal of hoarding licences at the Enmore picture theatre be refused, as they desire to improve the front elevation of their premises. It was resolved that the letter be received and consideration deferred pending the report of the Works committee, re the hoardings generally.

Letter from W. Taylor, municipal representative on the Fire Brigades board, re expenditure for the year 1914. Received.

Letter from the Marrickville Council asking if this Council is willing to contribute £35 towards the total cost (£140 ) of repairs to Stanmore Road, between Enmore Road and Liberty street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from J. P. Palazzi, expressing satisfaction at the work of top dressing with tar carried out in Alice Street. Received, and the letter of appreciation to be acknowledged.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown brass band, intimating that he will call upon the Mayor of Newtown, to make arrangements re the summer program of the band. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Board of Fire Commissioners, intimating that the contribution from this Council to the board for the year 1914, will be £792: 11: 11. Being an increase of £48:8:5 over last year’s contribution. Received.

Letter from the Department of the Public Health, covering samples of milk, and recommending one prosecution, was received, and the recommendation to be carried into effect.

Letters from C. Ritchie, the Newman Manufacturing Company, Roberts Ltd, and Hollander and Govett, all making application for the renewal of the hoarding licences, were received and referred to this Council’s Works committee for report.

Letter from Messrs H. T. Morgan, and Morgan, intimating that their client Mrs Webster, owner of the Oxford Hotel building, corner of King and Eliza streets, Newtown, will accept this Council’s offer of £50 as contained in the letter of 13 Aug 1913, on condition that the new buildings are set back to the building line of the adjoining building, say, 2’2″, and splay the building at the corner of King and Eliza streets, say, 7 ft., as shown on the plan, and intimating that the necessary dedication and sketch prepared will be forwarded in the course of a few days.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and application be made under a corporate seal of the Council in accordance with section 129 of the “Local Government Act” for the approval of the Governor to acquire the strip of land in question.

Letter from the Water and Sewerage board, intimating that the offensive odours in Angel Street are caused by this Council’s gullies discharging direct into the board’s sewers instead of being trapped. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Chief Secretary, with further reference to the proposed boxing stadium in Eliza St, intimating that the Crown Solicitor is of the opinion that the proposed dedication as shown on the accompanying plan would make the site comply with the requirements of the ” theatres and public halls act”, and the Minister desires to know, in view of these facts, whether they have any objection to the site being used for the holding of boxing contests.

Aldermen Clegg moved, that the letter be received, and this Council expressed its dissatisfaction with the administration of the Department, and inquire why this matter has been referred back to the Council when they have already by letter dated 20th November, 1913, expressed such a decided and unanimous opinion against granting at any further boxing permit in the municipality of Newtown. Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Letters from F. W. Flanagan, J. E. Bloom, John Dunn, and W. H. Pritchard, asking the Council’s permission under the provisions of Ordinance 23-4 (B) to peruse the Council’s record giving lists of owners and ratepayers addresses, as they are candidates for the position of Alderman and the ensuing election.

It was resolved the applications be received and permission granted for these and other candidates to peruse the records in question.

Letter from D. Molen asking permission to erect an electrically illuminated sign at his premises. 230 King St., Newtown. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Application from G. Broughton for permission to erect a transparent advertising screen over the Council’s right of way, at a rental of £1 per week. It was resolved that the application be received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Mayoral Minute.
His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) submitted a mayoral minute, giving a brief review of the financial and other work done by the Council during the year 1913, and touching on various matters of interest in the income and expenditure, public works carried out, health administration, jubilee celebrations, Poll of ratepayers, refloating of Council’s loan, improvements to public schools, and thanking the Aldermen for their loyal cooperation in the past year’s work, and the town clerk and heads of departments for the efficient services rendered. Alderman Rigg moved that the minute be received, and expressed pleasure at the very satisfactory minute submitted by the Mayor, which reflected credit of all concerned, and bore testimony to the continued prosperity of the municipality of Newtown.

The motion was seconded by Aldermen Clegg, supported by Alderman Morgan and carried unanimously.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted the usual monthly report, as contained of Folio 103 of the report book and 7 of the warrant book, which recommended:-

That accounts be paid and the votes of appropriation since last meeting for the period ending 31/12/13 and amounting to 322:7: 3 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening and amounting to 256:18:9 be paid. Total payments from general fund since last meeting, £579:6:0

Also, payments from trust fund, refund of contractors deposits £30:0:0 reserves and renewals account transferred to general fund, 324: 11:6

The monthly financial statements submitted disclosed credit bank balances at the 31st December, 1913 as follows: —

General Fund, £390:5:8 Trust Fund, £ 80:0:0 Reserves and Renewals Account £3199:1:8 Total Credit Bank Balances, £3669:7:4

It was also recommended that the charges for letting of Town Hall and offices be as follows:-

Public meeting or concert, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. (per night)£1:10:0 Weddings, socials, and smoke concerts, 7:30 to 11 p.m. (per night) £1:15:0 (over time, five shillings per hour or portion of hour). Vestibule for committee meetings, 730 to 10 p.m. (per night) £0:5:0 (over time 2/6 per hour or portion of hour) Ordinary lodge meetings, 7:30 to 10 p.m. (per night) £1:0:0 For monthly or special Masonic lodge meetings with use of the room for lodge appointments, 7:30-11 p.m. per quarter, £4:10:0

For a regular weekly dances, 7:30-11 p.m. (per night) £1:5:0 with the right to cancel the engagement at any time if the conduct of the dances is deemed objectionable by the town clerk.

A 20% deduction to be made for charitable entertainments. All payments to be made in advance.

Front office facing Australia Street, with the electric light per week, 17:6

Front office facing Australia Street, without the electric light per week, 15:0

rear office with the electric light per week, 12/6 rear office without the electric light per week, 10/0

It was further recommended that the remuneration of electoral officers for the triennial elections be the same as at last triennial election, namely: —

Returning officers, £6:6:0 Presiding officers £2:2:0 Poll clerks £1:1:0

with 2/6 allowance per man for refreshments.

Aldermen Clegg moved that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Council’s auditors, Messrs W. A. Cadogan, and Co. submitted their report of the audit of the books of the Council for the period ending 31st December, 1913, together with the balance sheet, and it was resolved by the motion of Alderman Rigg seconded by Alderman Edwards that the auditors report and balance sheet for the period ending 31st December, 1913 be received and adopted.

The Overseer of Works, submitted his report of Works completed or in progress, together with plans and specifications of new buildings or additions, and it was resolved that the report be received and all plans referred to this Council’s Works committee for report.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 42 to 44 inclusive, and it was resolved that the report be received, 66 applications mentioned in paragraph three, the registration under the “Dairies Supervision Act”, 16 applications for registration under Ordinance 57 be granted, and that all applications for renewal of hoarding licences be referred to this Council’s Works committee for consideration and report.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That new floor coverings be obtained for the vestibule, public room, and offices at an estimated cost of £25. Seconded by Aldermen Clegg and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Rigg mentioned that on account of his health, and removal from the district, he found it necessary to lighten his public duties by relinquishing his office as Alderman, he said it was with sincere regret that he took this step, as his association with the Newtown Council during the past 23 years has been a source of great pleasure to him and that though many colleagues of early years have passed to the “Great Majority” he felt that he had formed, and still held so many warm personal friendships in the Council, and amongst the residents of the municipality, that he now withdrew from public life with feelings of very sincere regret. He wished the Mayor and Aldermen, and the municipality generally continued prosperity.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) expressed to Alderman Rigg the high appreciation in which his valuable services were held. During the past 23 years he had continuously held the position of Alderman, and six, including the jubilee year, the position of Mayor, and his name will long be remembered in Newtown, as one who had rendered invaluable service in financial and other matters, he had filled a large place in advancing the interest and prosperity of their municipality.

Alderman Morgan moved that this Council record on its minutes, feeling of very deep regret with which they now heard of the intended retirement from municipal life of Alderman Rigg, and the very high appreciation in which his valuable services to the Council and municipality generally during the past 23 consecutive years of office are held, and trust that the future may have him, and the members of his this esteemed family very many happy years of health and prosperity.

This motion was seconded by Alderman Elstub and supported by Aldermen Clegg, Macready, Lewis, Edwards, Lawler, Smith and Cousins, all of whom spoke in highly eulogistic terms of invaluable services rendered to the municipality by Alderman Rigg.

The resolution was carried unanimously and with affirmation, and his worship the Mayor having conveyed the resolution, Alderman Rigg feelingly responded, thanking the Aldermen for the compliment paid him.

Alderman Edwards asked that letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners calling their attention to the need for improvement at the railway crossing and John Street and Edgeware Road.

Alderman Morgan drew attention to the need for repairs to the carriageway at College Street.

There being no further business, the meeting terminated. Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 27th January, 1914.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor
W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 27th day of January, 1914, at 7:30 o’clock.

PRESENT.
His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Lawler, Elstub, Macready, Smith, Edwards, and Rigg.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Cousins and Lewis.

MINUTES.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed on the motion of Alderman Edwards, seconded by Alderman Morgan.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from T. Pattison, asking permission to erect a sign at the premises number King Street. Received, and referred to the Inspector for report.

Letter from the Secretary for railways, acknowledging Council’s request re railway crossing at John Street and Edgeware Road, and also stone projecting above the path on St Peter’s railway bridge. Received.

REPORTS.

His worship, the Mayor as chairman of Works committee submitted a report as contained on folios one and two of the Works committee’s report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Edwards, seconded by Alderman Turtle that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

The Overseer of Works, submitted his report as contained on folios 224, of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, and plans for buildings, Missenden Road, and Bligh Street, and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted and 2 plans referred to the Works committee.

The Sanitary Inspector, submitted his report as contained on folios 45 and 46, and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted and the application mentioned in paragraph two granted.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his worship the Mayor mentioned that a verbal inquiry had been made by the Canary and Cage Bird Improvement Society, represented by Ryder Croft, of 330 King St., Newtown, asking on what terms the Council will permit the society to hold its annual show in the town Hall, on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of May. The Hall will be required from 8 to 11 p.m. on Thursday to receive the exhibits, it will be open from 2 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Self-supporting stands will be used on which to place the bird cages, and no injury will be done to the Hall.

It was resolved on the motion of Aldermen Clegg, seconded by Alderman Turtle, that where the Hall is engaged on three or more consecutive dates. A reduction of 15% be made on the fixed rates.

It being the last meeting night that the triennial period, his worship the Mayor (Alderman F. Bamfield), invited all present to join with him and other friends at a dinner to be held in the town Hall.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 10 February, 1914.

Signed, Frank Bamfield, Mayor.
W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.


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