Minutes of Council

Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 12th day of January, 1915 at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Szarka, Morgan, Pritchard, Smith, and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Lawler, Bloom, Elstub, and Lewis.

MINUTES.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Clegg. A letter expressing the Council’s pleasure, at his recovery to be forwarded to Alderman Bloom.

Alderman Morgan, before the consideration of the ordinary business, with the consent of the Council, mentioned in feeling terms the decease of the late Ernest E. Guille, who for so many years took a prominent part in the business life of the Municipality, and moved that letter of condolence be sent to the widow, expressing this Council’s deepest sympathy, in her irreparable loss. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Director General of Public Works, intimating that copies of the Local Government Bill recently introduced into Parliament, will be forwarded to the Council as soon as ready. Received.

Letter from E. Iken, asking for repairs to Watkin Lane. It was resolved on the motion of the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Clegg, that the letter be received, and Mr Iken informed, that this work has already been passed by the Council, and will be carried out as early as possible.

Letter from the Municipality of Petersham, apologising for failing to keep the last appointment re proposed alterations at Liberty Street, and asking that another appointment be made to confer in regard thereto, as the City Council is now prepared to bear some portion of the cost. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the Mayor arrange for a conference of the representatives, at the Mayor’s room, Town Hall, Newtown, at an early date.

Letter from the City Treasurer, asking for payment of £5 contribution to a 50 CP Electric light at the intersection of Bishopsgate and St Mary streets.

His worship the Mayor reported, that this account had been rendered for payment of the sum in advance on the 24th July last, when he directed that a reply be sent intimating, that as this Council had now directed an additional 60 CP light at the eastern end of Bishopsgate Street, which is of as much benefit to the common joint municipalities as this 50 CP light at the western end, and further as the light in question had been removed from the centre of the roadway, and placed wholly within the city of Sydney, this Council would not continue the payment of the sum for which the account was rendered. It was resolved that the letter be received, the Mayor’s action endorsed, the writer referred to the Council’s letter dated 24 Jul 1914, and informed that this Council is not indebted for the sum mentioned.

Letter from J. Buik, asking for a continuance of the subsidy to the Enmore and Newtown Citizens Band for the year 1915. It was resolved that the letter be received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

Letter from Messrs Murphy and Maloney, solicitors, asking on behalf of Mrs Gallagher, of 80 Richard St., Newtown, for a stay of all legal proceedings for rates due. It was resolved that the letter be received, and three months grace given for the payment of the amount.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s Office, acknowledging Council’s letter of inquiry re-additional boxing stadium at Newtown. Received.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted their report, as contained on Folio 114 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended confirmation of all accounts paid from the general fund to 31 Dec 1914, amounting to £701:18:0; also, payment from trust fund, £15:0:0

The monthly financial statement was submitted, in accordance with regulation six, disclosing a credit balance at the 31/12/1914 of £1093:6:10.

Also balances as follows:-

Trust Fund 31/12/1914 £174:0:0 Reserves and Renewals account 31/12/1914 £2580:0:0 Total credit balances 31/12/14 £3847:6:10.

Rental charges under section 209 of the Local Government Act were recommended as follows:-

Australian Gaslight Co. £216:0:0 Electric Light and Power Supply Corporations £86:0:0 The lists of outstanding rates and interest was submitted, totalling £308:7:0

Alderman Edwards moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed, and all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

The Works Committee submitted their report as contained on Folio 20 of the Works Committee’s report book. Alderman Morgan moved, that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector, submitted his report as contained on Folio 85/7, sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the sanitary inspector’s report be read and adopted, and the 53 applications mentioned in paragraph 2 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

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

That this Council do now make and levy a general rate of 3d. in the pound for the year ending 31 Dec 1915, on the unimproved capital value of all rateable lands within the Municipality of Newtown, to provide sufficient money to defray all its probable and reasonable expenses in the carrying out during the year of the several purposes in respect of which it is authorised, directed, or obliged by the act, ordinances, and regulations to expend or apply the funds of the area. Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:-

That the following Works authorised for Camden Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six, be now revoted, viz:-

(a) Lord Street. Remetal carriageway, from King Street to John St £250:0:0
(b) Camden Lane. Repair with ballast and blue metal, £27:0:0 Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:-

That the following Works authorised for Enmore Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six, be now revoted, viz:-

(a) Sloane Street. Tarpave the carriageway, and repair paths: £325:0:0 (b) Metropolitan Road. Tarpave the carriageway £650:0:0 (c) Belmore Lane. Renew 70 yds of gutter stones, and repair carriage way, where necessary with bluemetal £50:0:0 (d) Alice Avenue. Form, ballast, and metal carriageway and kerb and gutter and tarpave the footpath. £190:0:0 (e) Liberty Street. Repair where necessary, and top dress with prepared tar and Nepean sand. £30:0:0 (f) (Petersham Council to pay a like sum.) Enmore Road. New wood blocks southern side of tramline, from Station Street to Simmons Street, and repair ballast where necessary £1500: 0:0 (g) Simmons Street. Top dress with tar within 100 yd. of Enmore Road, £11:10:0 (h) Crescent Street. Top dress with tar within 100 yd. of Enmore Road. £8:5:0 (i) Holt St. Top dress within 100 yd. of King Street, £8:5:0 (j) Short Street. Top dress with tar £8:5:0

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Alderman Clegg moved:-

That the following Works authorised for O’Connell Ward, and the vote of money therefor which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six, be now revoted, viz:-

Wilson Street. Repair and tarpave carriageway £1241:0:0 seconded by his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

That the following Works authorised for Kingston Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31st December, 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six, be now revoted, viz:-

(a) Federation Road. Re-metal the carriageway £90:0:0

(b) Albemarle Street. Tar metal the carriageway from Baltic Street to Bedford Street £87:0:0

(c) Albemarle Street. Tarpave the footpath Southside from Baltic Street to Bedford Street. £9:0:0

(d) Albemarle Street. Repair the West End, and top dress the carriage way with two coats, and treat with prepared tar and metal screenings at probable cost of £75:0:0

(e) Baltic Street. Tarpave the footpath West End from Bedford Street to Albemarle Street. £13:10:0

(f) Land’s Lane. Top dress with prepared tar and Nepean sand. £17:10:0

(g) Fitzroy Lane. Top dress with prepared tar and Nepean sand £13:10:0

(h) Gipps Lane. Top dress with prepared tar and Nepean sand £11:10:0

(i) Oxford Lane. Top dress with prepared tar and Nepean sand £6:10:0

(j) Turtle Lane. Top dress with prepared tar and Nepean sand £4:0:0

(k) Australia Street. Repair where necessary, and top dress with tar from Albemarle Street to Bishopsgate Street. £155:0:0

(l) Australia Street. Renew gutter stones, where necessary, and repair and top coat the tar metalled carriageway. £140:0:0

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Clegg moved for Alderman Lewis:-

That the following Works authorised for O’Connell Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six, be now revoted,viz:-

(a) Hordern Street. Top dress with tar within 100 yd. of King Street. £6:10:0

(b) Egan Street. Top dress with tar within 100 yd. of King Street. £6:10:0

(c) Chalder Street. Tarpave carriageway from Egan Street to O’Connell Street. £74:0:0

(d) Watkin Lane. Tarpave carriageway. £125:0:0

(e) Longdown Street. Renew gutter stones from Missenden Road to Elizabeth Street and repair carriageway where necessary £60:0:0

(f) Church Street. Tarpave carriageway from Lennox Street to Victoria Street. £185:0:0

(g) King Street. Top dress footpath, from Bligh Street to Newtown railway bridge. £85:0:0

(h) King Street. Top dress the wood blocked carriageway, from Bligh Street to Newtown railway bridge. £365:0:0

Seconded by his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-

That the following Works authorised for Enmore Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31st December, 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six, be now revoted, viz:-

(a) Marian Street. Top dress with tar within 100 yd. of Enmore Road. £10:0:0

(b) Cambridge street. Top dress with tar within 100 yd. of Enmore road £13:0:0

(c) Station Street. Asphalt from Holt Street to Enmore Road and top dress with tar from Holt Street to Camden Street. £250:0:0

(d) Phillip Street. Top dress with tar within 100 yd. of Enmore Road. £13:0:0

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Alderman Szarka moved:-

That the following Works authorised for Enmore Ward, and the votes of money therefor which lapsed on the 31 Dec 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six, be now revoted, viz:-

(a) Belmore Street. Re-metal and top dress £230:0:0
(b) Gladstone Lane. Thurnby estate – form, kerb and tarpave £120:0:0

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Turtle asked:- that the work of tar paving and top dressing passed by the council be hurried on as quickly as possible, while the weather was suitable.

Alderman Edwards referred to the failure of the Electric Light at the City bank corner, and Commercial bank corner for nearly one hour during the previous week.

His worship the Mayor said he would have these matters attended to.

His worship then mentioned that the next meeting of the council would fall on Tuesday, 26th, which was a public holiday, and it was resolved that the meeting be held on Monday 25th instant, in lieu of the 26th.

There being no further business, the meeting closed, confirmed an ordinary meeting of the council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Monday, 25th day of January, 1915

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


Minutes of the meeting of the council (Special Meeting), duly convened, on Tuesday the 12th day of January, 1915, at 8-30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Morgan, Pritchard, Szarka, Smith and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Lawler, Bloom, Elstub, and Lewis.

BUSINESS.

His worship, the Mayor intimated, – that the business of the Special Meeting was the confirmation of the general rate, as provided by the Local Government Act, and moved:-

That the rate of 3d. in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable lands in the Municipality of Newtown, made and passed by resolution of this council at a duly constituted meeting held this day, be, and the same is hereby confirmed: and that the Mayor and town clerk be authorised, when the rates have been written up in the rate books to attach the corporate seal of the council thereto, and duly sign each book.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed an ordinary meeting at the council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Monday, 25th day of January, 1915.

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


Minutes of meeting of the council (duly convened), held at the council chambers, Newtown, on Monday the 25th day of January, 1915, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Turtle, Szarka, Bloom, Morgan, Pritchard, Smith and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Elstub and Lawler.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Waterloo council, asking cooperation in an endeavour to have tip carts and their drivers licensed and numbered. Received.

Letter from the Petersham Council, intimating that delegates have been appointed to represent their council at the conference, re extension of Liberty street. Received, and the Mayor to fix a date the meeting.

Further letter from the Petersham Council, inviting representatives from this council to a conference with the Petersham and Marrickville councils, to consider the best means of carrying out the work of wood blocking or tar metalling Stanmore and New Canterbury roads, from Enmore Road to Palace Street, with the assistance of the Hon the Minister for Works. Received, cooperation granted, and Alderman Morgan, Szarka, and Pritchard, appointed as delegates to the conference.

Letter from Mrs E. E. Guille, acknowledging council’s kind letter of sympathy on the decease of her husband.

Letter from the director-general of public Works, covering amended ordinance, clause 8 1/2 of number 39, forbidding the accumulation of specially inflammable materials in yards. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, municipal and shire councils employees’ union, intimating that Wednesday, March 10, 1915, has been fixed for the date of the annual picnic. Received.

MAYORAL MINUTE.

His worship, the Mayor submitted a minute, recommending that a public meeting be called at the town Hall, Newtown, on Thursday, for February, 1915, for the purpose of forming a branch of the National Rifle Reserve. The procedure necessary to the forming of such a reserve, was set forth in the minute, and the matter submitted to the council for an expression of opinion.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the Mayor’s minute be received and adopted, and this council heartily support the proposal, to form a National Rifle Reserve, for the Municipality of Newtown, and the surrounding districts, and his worship the Mayor be complimented upon the concise manner in which the whole matter has been submitted to the council. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted his Annual Report, giving a brief resume of the council’s finances and work for the year ending 31st December, 1914.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the Mayor’s annual report be received and adopted, and that the Mayor be complimented upon the very satisfactory nature of the report, and the amount of work carried out during the past year. The motion was seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried unanimously.

The council’s auditors, Messrs W. H. Cadogan & Co, submitted their report, together with the balance sheet for the year ending 31st December, 1914, embodying comparisons of receipts and expenditure for the years 1913 and 1914, and showing a surplus for the period of £758:10:0.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the auditors’ report and balance sheet of this council’s accounts to the 31st December, 1914, be received and adopted, and the town clerk (W. G. Salmon, JP) be complimented upon the efficient manner in which the books and accounts of the council are kept, and that he be requested to convey to the members of staff this council’s appreciation of their services. Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The Overseer of Works, submitted his report of Works, completed or in progress during the past fortnight, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folio 88 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved the report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

  1. that the sumof £1,155 be now appropriated from the general fund for general purposes administrative expenses.
  2. that the sum of £13,266 be now appropriated from the general fund for public Works.
  3. that the sum of £3,545 be now appropriated from the general fund for public services.
  4. that the sum of £1,544 be now appropriated from the general fund for public health.
  5. that the sum of £350 be now appropriated from the general fund for municipal property expenses.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That it be referred to the Works committee to report on the advisability and probable cost of tar paving the portion of Whately Lane, east of Whately Street. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-

That it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of placing Marion Lane in a proper state of repair. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading, Alderman Turtle spoke in feeling terms of the sad bereavement that had befallen the Works overseer (Mr Young), and his family, by the death of his youngest daughter, and moved, that a letter expressing this council’s sincere sympathy be forwarded. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried unanimously.

Alderman Bloom drew attention to the need for the carrying out of Works passed for Lord Street, and asked, that the Works committee have a look at the Street at their next meeting. His worship the Mayor said that the order for this work had already been issued and he hoped to have it completed at an early date.

Alderman Edwards moved, – that a letter be sent to the Department of Education, asking them to give sufficient ground to round off the corner of Whitehorse and Norfolk streets, where the land was recently purchased by them. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Alderman Vincent (Erskineville Council), who at an earlier stage of the meeting had been welcomed by the council, was thanked his attendance, and in reply intimated, that he would be pleased a later stage to briefly inform the council of the interviews he had had with the officers of the Defence Department, re the formation of a Rifle Reserve.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed and an ordinary meeting of the council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, ninth day of February, 1915,

Signed, Frank Bamfield, Mayor.
W. G. Salmon, town clerk.

 


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