Minutes of Council

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the council chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 9th day of January, 1917, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and aldermen Bamfield, Bloom, Dibble, Szarka, Morgan, Ryan, Pritchard, Smith, and Edwards.

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

His worship the Mayor then extended a hearty welcome to Alderman Szarka, after his trip to other parts of the world, including America, England, and France. The welcome was heartily endorsed by the members of the council, and Alderman Szarka suitably responded, intimating that at a later stage in the evening he’d be pleased to give his brother aldermen and account of the trip.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from Mrs W. Miller, and Mrs W. H. Keam, thanking the Council for their letters of sympathy in connection with the decease of their husbands. Received.

Letter from the attorney-general, covering a map and report by the Metropolitan District Surveyor on the Newtown Cemetery. Alderman Morgan moved, that the correspondence be received, and laid upon the table, and its consideration made an order of the day at the next meeting. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from McDonnell and Moffitt, covering memorandum of dedication of land from D. Brennan for widening Wilson Street, for this council’s formal acceptance. It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works committee that this council now agrees to accept from Daniel Brennan of Newtown, in the State of New South Wales, Draper, the dedication of, and to take over as part of the highway known as Wilson Street, for all purposes, all that piece of land situate in the Municipality of Newtown, Parish of Petersham, County of Cumberland, being part of the land comprised in certificate of title, register volume number 2714, Folio 137, and being the whole of the land edged red on the plan of survey accompanying memorandum of dedication, and marked with the letter “a”, and that all documents be duly signed (where necessary, under the corporate seal of the council) and forwarded to the registrar General for registration.

Letter from the honourary secretary, Trickett Memorial fund, soliciting subscriptions. It was resolved that the letter be received, and laid upon the table.

Letter from the Alexandria Council, intimating that it has agreed to this council using the Alexandria refuse depot for depositing garbage, etc, in consideration of the payment of £60 per annum, payable quarterly, for a term of three years, with the right of renewal for a further term of three years on the same terms and conditions, and also agreeing to provide and maintain in good order, a properly constructed sleeper track to the face of the tip, and further asking when this council will be prepared to commence to use the Alexandria refuse depot. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the Alexandria Council informed that this council will use its depot at the termination of its present agreement with the St Peter’s council, which will be on the 1st April, 1917.

Letter from the St Peter’s council, acknowledging this council’s communication dated 29th December, 1916, intimating its intention to discontinue using the St Peter’s refuse depot on and after the 1st April, 1917. Received.

Letter from the manager, State Metal Quarries, intimating that there is a rise in railway freights equivalent to six pence per tonne, but as this council has already renewed the contract for the year 1917, it would not in any way be affected for the present year, and further congratulating the council upon having made such satisfactory arrangements. Received.

Letters from the Concord and Broken Hill councils, asking for cooperation in a protest against the unnecessary postponement of the aldermenic elections, from the 27th January to the 30th June, 1917. Alderman Morgan moved that the letters be received, and cooperation as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, intimating that the Minister will be glad if the council will be so good as to make its hall available for the use of the Local War Service Committee, to promote a new recruiting movement, without making any of the charges for same. It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Dibble, seconded by Alderman Morgan, that the letter be received, and the Minister informed, that this council be pleased to cooperate as indicated in his favour.

Letter from the Honorary Secretary, Newtown, service Committee, asking if the council will kindly convene a public meeting, to be held at the town Hall, Newtown, at 8 p.m., on Monday 22nd instance, to inaugurate movement in support of the present recruiting campaign, and reorganise the Local War Service Committee, and further asking if his worship the Mayor (Alderman CH Turtle) will kindly preside, and together with the members of the council, accept office on the new committee, so as to ensure the success of the new campaign. It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Ryan, seconded by Alderman Pritchard, that the letter be received, and the public meeting convened as desired, under the auspices of the Mayor and aldermen of the council.

Letter from the Enfield council, asking cooperation in an endeavour to have Alderman Griffen appointed as a member of the upper house. After discussion, it was decided that the letter be received.

Letter from the Reverend E. Gordon Huntley, inviting the attendance of the Mayor and aldermen at divine service, at the Baptist Church, on Sunday, 28th inst, 11 a.m., to assist in unveiling a roll of honour, containing over 40 names of young men from the church, who had enlisted, and are on active service abroad, and further asking that the Mayor, in his official capacity, unveil the roll of honour. It was resolved that the letter be received, and request granted, and as many of the aldermen as possible attend on the 28th instant.

Letter from M. Richmond, asking that Enmore Road, from Stanmore Road to Juliet Street, be regularly watered, and complaining of an accumulation of glass in the gutter. It was resolved, on the recommendation of the Works committee, that the letter be received, and referred to this council’s inspector for attention.

Letter from M. Owen, asking permission to erect electrical signs in front of his premises, 301 King St. It was resolved, on the recommendation of the Works committee, that Mr Owen be granted permission to erect electrical signs in front of the balcony railings of his premises, number 301 King St., provided it is properly and securely affixed to the satisfaction of the Council’s inspector, and provided further, that the sign does not extend higher than the balcony railing, or lower than the bottom of the 18 inch facia board sign usually allowed by this council.

With reference to the electrical sign in front of number 313 King St, bearing the words “the Dainty shop 313”, it was resolved, on the recommendation of the Works committee, that as this will be a bright electrical sign, fixed close up to the roof of the awning, and will not in any way intercept the view of signs of other premises, that the application be granted.

Application from W. Delve, re council’s approval of plan and specification of balcony room at the rear of his premises 175 Enmore Rd. The building inspector, having reported that this application was in good order, it was approved.

Application from Roffs Ltd, with cheque enclosed, asking for the renewal of their hoarding licences for the year 1917. It was resolved, on the recommendation of the Works committee, that the licences be renewed for the current year.

Application from Messrs Hollander & Govett, with cheque enclosed, applying for the renewal of their hoarding and Bill posters licences for the year 1917. It was resolved, on the recommendation of the Works committee, that the licences be renewed for the current year.

Letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association of New South Wales, giving details of the draft order signed by his honour, abating the rate of payment to sanitary inspectors. Received.

His worship the Mayor submitted a minute, recommending that the council allow the officers in charge of this district, in connection with the new recruiting campaign, the free use of an office at the rear of the town Hall, to facilitate the work of recruiting within this area. Alderman Bloom moved that the minute of his worship the Mayor be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a further minute, recommending that the salary of this council’s typist (Miss Q. Peter) be increased to 35 shillings per week. Alderman Morgan moved that the mayoral minute, re increase of typist salary, be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted its report, as container folio 132 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid under votes of appropriation to 31 Dec 1916, amounting to £614:5:0 be confirmed.

The monthly financial statement was submitted, and disclosed a credit balance at the 31st December 1916 of £891:7:2

A certificate of the bank balances at the 31st December 1916, was also submitted as follows:-

General fund £891:7:2 Trust fund £163:0:0 Reserves and Renewal account £660:0:0 £3714:7:2

It is further recommended that the town clerk,s estimates of receipts and expenditure for the year 1917, estimated expenditure of £21,934, estimated receipts £21,934, and providing the rate of 3-1/4 pence in the £ on the unimproved capital value (£1,468,548 of all rateable land in the Municipality of Newtown, be adopted as the estimated receipts and expenditure of this Municipality of the year 1917.

Alderman Bamfield moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed, the monthly financial statement and bank balances laid upon the table, and estimates of receipts and expenditure, amounting in each case to £21 934 and providing for a rate of 3-1/4 pence in the pound on the unimproved capital value of all rateable land, be the estimated receipts and expenditure, and estimated rate for the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, for the year ending 31 Dec 1917. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works committee, as contained in folio 59 and 60 of the Works committee’s report book, and containing recommendations 1 to 6. Alderman Morgan moved, that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, 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 in folios 162 to 165 inclusive, of the sanitary inspector’s report book, which was received and adopted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:- that the following Works authorised for the Kingston and O’Connell wards and the votes of money therefor, which lapsed on the 31st December, 1916, in pursuance of Clause 13 of regulation six be now revoted, namely:-

  1. Albemarle Street, tarpave carriageway from Baltic St to Bedford Street £87: 0: 0
  2. Albemarle Street, repair West End, top dress carriageway with two coats, and treat with prepared tar and metal screenings £75; 0: 0
  3. Church Street, renewe Freestone guttering with trachyte cubes £10: 0: 0
  4. Linthorpe Lane, widen Lane, erection fence and gate £10: 0: 0 Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:-

That the following Works authorised to the Enmore Ward, and the votes of money therefor, which lapsed on 31 Dec 1916, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation 6 be now re voted, namely:-

5. Stanmore Road, Crown carriageway from Liberty street to Enmore road £81: 5: 0 6.

Liberty Street (drainage). Lay 12 in. pipe drain from London Street, extending down Liberty Street, and connecting with main underground stormwater sewer at Trafalgar Street, with three properly constructed gully pits in Liberty Street, and one manhole at intersection of Liberty Street with Trafalgar Street. £114: 0: 0

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Alderman Szarka moved:-

That the following Works authorised for the Enmore Ward, and the vote of money, therefor, which lapsed on 31 Dec 1916, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation 6, be now re voted, namely:-

10. Belmore Street, re metal and top dress £230: 0: 0 Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Alderman Bamfield moved:-

That the following Works authorised for the O’Connell Ward, and the vote of money, therefor, which lapsed on 31st December, 1916, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation 6, be now re voted, namely:-

11. Hollis Park, asphalt paths where pedestrian traffic is most frequent, trim trees, form evenly the banks of Wilson Street, repair fence and sand tray £20: 0: 0

Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Alderman Bamfield moved for Alderman Lewis:-

That the following Works authorised for the O’Connell Ward, and the votes of money, therefor, which lapsed on 31 Dec 1916, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation 6, be now re voted, namely:-

12. Church Street, tarpave carriageway from Lennox to Victoria streets £185: 0: 0 13.

King Street, top dress foot paths from Bligh Street to Newtown railway bridge £85: 0: 0

14. King Street, top dress the woodblocked carriageway from Bligh Street, to Newtown railway bridge £365: 0: 0

15. Burren Street, tarpave carriageway £107: 0: 0

Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Alderman Bamfield moved for Alderman Clegg:-

That the following Works authorised for the O’Connell Ward, and the vote of money, therefor, which lapsed on 30 December, 1916, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation 6, be now re voted, namely:-

16. Wilson Street, repair and tarpave carriageway £1,241: 0: 0 Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:-

That the following Works authorised for Camden Ward, and the votes of money, therefor, which lapsed on 31 Dec 1916, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation 6, be now re voted, namely:-

17. Hawken Street, repair and top dress carriageway £27: 0: 0 18.

Holmwood Street, blue metal and top dress carriageway £155: 0: 0 19.

Angel Lane, form and tarpave full width, and kerb western side £105: 0:

20. John Street, tarpave carriageway from May Street. to May Ln. £75: 0: 0

21. King Street, woodblock in conjunction with Tramway Department from St Peter’s bridge to May Street £1,200: 0: 0

Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his worship the Mayor referred to the distinction, which had been conferred upon a native and old resident of this district, Lieutenant William A. Trott, he having been awarded the military Cross for conspicuous bravery in France, and moved, tht a letter of congratulations, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to his parents. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Alderman Bamfield referred in feeling turns to the sad loss, which Mr G.C. Swinbourne and family (of 329 King St., Newtown), had sustained by the death of their two sons, Lance- corporal A.C. Swinbourne, and the late Harry Swinbourne, who had fallen so nobly in battle at Gallipoli and France, and moved, that a letter be forwarded to Mr. Swinbourne , under the corporate seal of the Council, expressing this council’s sympathy and appreciation of the great and glorious sacrifice, which has been made by his two hero sons, in so nobly laying down their lives in defence of all that we as Freeborn Britishers hold dear. The motion was seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and supported by his worship the Mayor and all present, and carried unanimously.

His worship the Mayor mentioned that it would be necessary to again appoint collectors of lists in connection with the compilation of the electoral roll, under the amended Local Government Act, and moved for tenders for the work to be submitted to the next meeting of the Council, a copy of the advertisement to be forwarded to the secretary of the returned soldiers’ association.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the consideration of the supply of tartness Municipality be made in order of the day at the next meeting. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 23 Jan 1917.


Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 23rd day of January 1917, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle), and Alderman Clegg, Bloom, Szarka, Morgan, Ryan, Pritchard and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies are received from Alderman Edwards, Bamfield, Dibble and Lewis.

MINUTES.
The Minister for previous meeting were read, and were confirmed and signed, on the motion of Alderman Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Bloom.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Local Government Department, re amendments in the Local Government Act, affecting the election of Aldermen. Received.

Letter from the secretary, Local Government Association of New South Wales, re amendments in the Local Government Act, affecting the election of Aldermen. Received.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 20 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from J. W. Buik, bandmaster, Enmore and Newtown citizens band, intimating that no application will be made for a band subsidy this year, as a number of the members of the band have enlisted. Alderman Bloom moved, that the letter be received, and congratulations conveyed to the secretary of the band, as so many of its members have enlisted in defence of the Empire. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the Municipality of Windsor, asking cooperation in a protest against the Daylight Saving Act. Alderman Blair moved, that the letter be received. Seconded by Alderman Clegg.
Amendment moved by Alderman Pritchard, that the letter be received and cooperation granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka.
The voting being in favour of the amendment, it was then submitted as a substantive motion and declared carried.

Letter from Sergeant J. A. Trott, thanking Council for the letter of congratulations, as to military honours conferred upon his son. Received.

Letter from the Department of the Attorney-General, intimating that the appeal Court will be held this year at the courthouse, Newtown. Received.

Letter from the Lane Cove Council, asking cooperation in a protest against the government monopolising the meat slaughtering in the metropolitan area. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown and district AmbulanceTransport Brigade, asking permission to make their annual Street collection within this area on Saturday, 24th February, next. Alderman Clegg moved, that the letter be received, and permission as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Royal Prince Alfred hospital, drawing attention to the condition of Missenden Road, more particularly from Parramatta Road to the entrance of the hospital, also a similar letter from the secretary, Civil Ambulance Brigade. His worship the Mayor moved, that these two letters be received, and the writers informed, that the small portion of Missenden Road within this area is in reasonably good order. The balance of the roadway, more particularly referred to as being in need of repairs, being within the boundary of the city of Sydney. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Local Government Department, covering copies of amendments to regulation 5, re application for subdivisions, etc. Received.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted his annual minute, giving a brief resume of the past year’s successful work and finances.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the Mayor’s annual report be received and adopted, and in doing so heartily congratulated the Mayor upon a very satisfactory annual minute submitted by him, and the large amount of work carried out. Alderman Pritchard seconded the motion, especially referring to the great success, which had attended the efforts of the mayoress in all the social functions of the year. The motion upon being submitted, was carried unanimously.

The Council’s auditors, Messrs W. H. Cadogan, Stewart and Co, submitted their annual report, together with the balance sheet for the period ending 31st December, 1916, and certifying that all the Council’s books of accounts, vouchers and other documents have been duly audited and found correct, and in strict accordance with the provisions of the Local Government act ordinances and regulations. Alderman Clegg moved that the auditors report and balance sheet be received, and adopted, and laid upon the table. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

The list outstanding rates, duly audited in accordance with regulation 6-49 (B) was submitted, and ordered to be laid upon the table, and the matter of recovery left in the Mayor’s hands.

The Overseer of works, submitted his report of works, completed or in progress during the past fortnight, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Clegg, seconded by Alderman Ryan, that the Overseer of works’ report be received, and the plans mentioned therein referred to the works committee for report.

The Sanitary Inspector subdmitted his report as contained on Folio 166/7 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Bloom, seconded by Alderman Ryan, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Smith moved:-

That the City Council be requested to carry out the following works:-

(a) repair that portion of the carriageway of Bishopsgate St within its area. (b) upon completion of the aforesaid repairs, top dress the carriageway of Bishopsgate St, with two coats of tar and sand. (c) top dress the carriageway of Gilpin Street, from St Mary Street to Boundary Lane, also the Boundary Lane, from Gilpin Street to Trade Street, with two coats of tar and sand. The half cost of the works comprised in clause (b) and (c) to be paid by this Council. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

(a) consideration of letter and report, re the Newtown Cemetery, submitted by the Attorney-General, the Hon D. R. Hall.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter and report be received, and the attorney general be asked if he were kindly take steps, by act of Parliament, to have the Cemetery closed to further burials, and placed under the control of the Newtown Council, so that can be reverently maintained as a quiet resort to the citizens of Newtown. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

(b) tenders for the collecting of lists of electors for the Enmore, O’Connell, Camden and Kingston awards were then submitted, and Alderman Smith moved, that the council resolved into a committee of the whole to consider tenders for collection of lists, and also matters relating to the supply of tar to this Council. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Upon receiving Council, it was reported, that tenders for collection of lists of electors had been fully considered, and the committee recommended the acceptance of the following tenders:-

SJ Jordon, Enmore Ward £14:14:0 J. Pepper, Camden Ward £15:15:0 C. R. Corben, O’Connell Ward £12: 0:0 F. Tunmer, Kingston Ward £8:10:0

With reference to the supply of tar to this Council, the committee recommended that the whole matter of obtaining supplies, and the use of tar for top dressing, etc within this Municipality, be left in the hands of the Mayor, to make the best arrangements possible, and a letter to be sent to the North Sydney gas company, inquiring its terms for supplies of tar.

Alderman Pritchard moved, that the report of the committee of the whole council be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

There being no further business meeting terminated, confirmed an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 6th Feb1917.

 


 

Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the council chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 6th day of February, 1917, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle), and aldermen Bamfield, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Lewis, Pritchard, Smith and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Szarka and Clegg.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Mr and Mrs G. C. Swinbourne, thanking Council, for letter of sympathy. Received.

Letter from the Billposters Employees’ Association of New South Wales, asking that special supervision be exercised over itinerant Billposters. Received.

Letter from the secretary of the Newtown Brass Band, asking permission to perform on the Newtown Bridge on Sunday evenings. It was resolved that the letter be received, the hour of starting each Sunday evening to be left in the hands of his worship the Mayor.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Lands, covering a copy of the government Gazette, confirming the widening of the alignment of Wilson Street, from King Street to Erskineville Road. Received.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, intimating that he will have inquiries made, with reference to Council’s request, re the Newtown Cemetery. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Hon the attorney general asked, as this is a matter of very great interest to the Council, and the residents of Newtown, if he could kindly expedite the inquiry as much as possible, so that this Council may have a reply at least before the expiration of two months. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 35 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Valuer General, asking if this Council would supply certain information with reference to valuations within this area, and asking what is the opinion of the council as to the need for early action by the new Valuation Department within this area. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, the information supplied, and the Valuer General informed, that this Council is of the opinion, that the valuations made within this area are up-to-date and satisfactory, and there is therefore no need for early action. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Hospital Saturday Fund, asking for permission to make their 24th Annual Outdoor Collection within this Municipality, on Friday, 4th May, 1917, and further forwarding a copy of the Annual Report. Aldermen Bamfield moved, that the letter be received, and permission as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and Carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s Office, intimating that the matter of Public Meetings on the Newtown Bridge has had the Minister’s consideration, and he has directed that the matter shall remain in abeyance for the present. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Hon the Chief Secretary asked if he would kindly reconsider this matter, and take an opportunity of personally acquainting himself on Friday or Saturday evening with the conditions on the Newtown Bridge, when he will be more fully seized with the great nuisance which the Council seeks to abate. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and Carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted its Report as contained on Folio 132 of the Finance Committee’s Report Book, which recommended:-

Payments under Votes of Appropriation amounting to £935:11:11

Also Transfer from the Reserves and Renewals Account to the General Fund of £500: 0: 0

The Monthly Financial Statement was submitted, and disclosed a Credit Balance of £111:10:7

Alderman Smith moved, that the Finance Committee’s Report be received, the Accounts confirmed, and Transfer from the Reserves andRenewals Account to the General Fund be made as recommended. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and Carried.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a Report of the Meeting of the Works Committee, as contained on Folio 60/1 of the Works Committee’s Report Book, and embodying Recommendations 1 to 5 inclusive. Aldermen Bamfield moved, that the Works Committee’s Report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

The Overseer of Works Submitted His Report of Works Completed a Progress during the past Fortnight, Which Was Received.

The Sanitary Inspectors submitted his Report as contained on Folios 168/9 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book. Alderman Smith Moved, that the Report be received, and Applications mentioned in Paragraph 3 granted. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:-

That this Council do now make and lay the general rate of 3¾ pence in the £ for the year ending 31st December, 1917 (as forecast in the Estimates approved and duly advertised), on the unimproved capital value of all rateable land within the Municipality of Newtown, to provide sufficient money to defray all its probable and reasonable expenses in carrying out during the year of the several purposes in respect of which is authorised, directed or obliged by the Local Government Act, 1906-7-8-15, and ordinances and regulations made thereunder, to expend or apply the funds of the area. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:-

That it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the necessity of remetalling, blinding with tarred screenings, and top dressing with distilled tar and sand the carriageway of Darley Street, from John Street to Edgeware Road, at an estimated cost of £270. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

To nominate, under corporate seal, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act and ordinance 14 (10), an elector, in respect of the Council’s lands.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved,-that the following persons be nominated, under corporate seal of the Council, as electors in respect of land owned by the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, within this area:-

For land, Kingston Ward, assessment number 40, Town Hall, Bedford Street, Walter Grist Salmon, Town Clerk.

For land Kingston Ward, assessment number 48, shop and offices, Bedford Street, Harold Thomas Morgan, Alderman.

For land, O’Connell Ward, assessment number 1524, Council’s depot, Bligh Street, Frank Bamfield, Alderman.

For land, Camden Ward, assessment number 636, Council’s depot, Wells Street, Joseph Emanuel Bloom, Alderman.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 20th day of February, 1917.


Minutes of a special meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 6th day of February, 1917, at 8-15 p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle and Aldermen Bamfield, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Lewis, Pritchard, Smith and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies are received from Alderman Szarka and Clegg.

BUSINESS.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:-

That the rate of 3¾ pence in the £ on the unimproved capital value of all rateable lands within the Municipality of Newtown, made and passed by resolution of this Council at a duly constituted meeting held this day, be, andthe 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 Morgan, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 20th day of February, 1917.


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 20th day of February, 1917 at 7-30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies are received from Aldermen Bamfield, Bloom, Lewis, and Clegg.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales, covering statement of revenue expenditure to the year ending 31st December, 1916. Received.

A letter from the Acting Secretary, Royal Prince Alfred hospital, re Missenden Road. Received, and referred to Works committee for report.

Letter from S. M. Stevens, solicitor, covering a bill of costs in the matter of dedication of land from T. Harrison to this Council, for the widening of Linthorpe Lane. Received, and referred to the Finance committee for report.

Letter from the Department of public health, covering 20 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from A.H. McAuley, re sanitary accommodation at the Newtown markets. Received and referred to the health committee for report.

Application from his worship the Mayor (Alderman C. H. Turtle) for permission to exhibit calico signs on balconies within this area, in connection with his parliamentary campaign for the state electorate of Newtown, 50 – 6 x 2, and 500 – 3 x 2. Alderman Ryan moved, that the application be received, and refused. Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Amendment moved by Alderman Dibble, that the letter be received, and permission granted, for a term of three weeks, prior to the date of election, on condition that the whole of the signs are removed, not later than Tuesday following the date of election. Seconded by Alderman Morgan.
The voting being in favour of the amendment, it was then submitted as a substantive motion, and declared carried.

It was further directed that similar permission be granted to other candidates within this area, on application to the Town Clerk.

Applications for permission to exhibit signs were received from, – W. H. Bruce, the Dunlop Rubber company, G. Nelson, James Warris, Standard Motor Garage, Enmore Road, and C. Williams, and referred to the Works committee for consideration and report.

Letter from T. Walsh, asking permission to take collections at his public meetings for purpose of defraying expenses of his political campaign for the Newtown State electorate. Received, and refused.

Letter from W. H. Bates, Hon. secretary, Newtown district Ambulanbce Transport Brigade, asking that the date of the annual collection on behalf of the Brigade’s funds be altered from February 24 to March 10. Alderman Dibble moved, that the application be received, and granted. Seconded by Aldermen Szarka, and carried.

Letter from the Engineer for Tramways, intimating that the portion of the wood pavement between this Council’s new work and theTramway rails is being raised in accordance with this Council’s request. Received.

A letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, suggesting that floral and fruit bearing trees be planted on the streets. It was resolved that the letter be received, and consideration be given when trees are again being planted within this area.

MAYORAL MINUTE.

His worship the Mayor submitted a minute, with reference to four lots of land within this Municipality, the owners of which are unknown, and recommending that this Council’s solicitor be asked to advise as to the advisability of taking proceedings in equity to prove and recover all rates and interest due, or becoming due, so as to avoid writing off any portion of the amount, under the provisions of section 144 (7) of the local government act. Alderman Morgan moved, that the minute of his worship the Mayor be received, and referred to the Finance committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

REPORTS.

The works committee submitted its report as contained on Folio 60/1 of the Works committee’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 5 inclusive. Alderman Smith moved that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and is recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, 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 170/1 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Edwards, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received an applications made in paragraph 3 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:-

(a) that the sum of £14,184 be now appropriated from the general fund for public works expenditure.

(b) that the sum of £4,009 be now appropriated from the General fund for public services expenditure.

(c) that the sum of £1,970 be now appropriated from the General fund for public health expenditure.

(d) that the sum of £1,421 be now appropriated from the General fund for general purposes, administrative expenditure.

(e) that the sum of £350 be now appropriated from the General fund for municipal property expenditure.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved:-

(a) that the crossing in St. John’s Street to Lane at rear of Nos. 468-504 King St be renewed with trachyte cubes, at an estimated cost of £10.

(b) that the carriageway of Union Street, at its southern end, be repaired and top dressed, and the footpath tarpaved, an estimated cost of £20.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Alderman Ryan asked:-

When notice had been received by the visit of the Hon the Minister for Public works, on Wednesday, 21st instant, re extending Henderson Road tram to Newtown. His worship the Mayor replied that notice was received late on the evening of the 20 instant, and as he had a previous engagement he was unable to be present on Wednesday the 21st. He thought in future more adequate notice should be given of a visit of this nature, so as to enable all the Aldermen to be present.

Alderman Edwards asked:-
that the tree guards in Holmwood St be attended to.

There being no further business meeting terminated, confirmed and ordinary meaning of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 6th day of March, 1917.

 


 

Minute of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 6th day of March, 1917, and 7-30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Bamfield, Edwards, Lewis, and Clegg.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from the Under Secretary, Department of local government, and from the government statistician, intimating that this Council’s financial statement for the year ending the 31st December, 1916 had been examined and found to be correct. Received, and the necessary advertising to be attended to.

Letter from Messrs Backhouse and Goyder, re stormwater in Gladstone Street. Aldermen Szarka moved, that the letter be received, and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Reverend H. Begbie, asking if the Council will grant deaconesses’ house in St Paul’s Road exemption from rates, as it is in the nature of the charitable institution. It was resolved the letter be received, and the writer informed, that under the provisions of the local government act it is not possible to comply with the request made.

Letter from the Municipality of Concord, intimating the nature of the replies to the recent letter, re postponement of the municipal election. Received.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 20 samples of milk, all of which are found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering a complaint from H. N. Jones, as to the proposed erection of stables at 91 Station St., Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the Secretary of public health informed of the action taken by this Council in the matter.

Letter from W. Cooper, offering to search, re owners of four allotments of land, at present unknown to this Council. It was resolved, on the recommendation of the finance committee, that the offer be received, and the writer informed, that this Council has decided to take possession of, and lease these lands, under the provisions of section 144 of the local government act.

Letter from the Secretary, Voluntary Workers’ Association, asking for the assistance of his worship the Mayor in the erection o fa home for L.C. Kennedy, returned soldier, who is permanently disabled, and has a wife and two children. His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle, intimated, that he proposed, at an early date, calling a meeting, with a view to carrying out the wishes of the Voluntary Workers’ Association in this matter, and the letter was received, and left in the Mayor’s hands .

Letter from the Secretary, Municipal Employees Union, inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to the annual picnic, to be held on Wednesday, 7th instant. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer thanked his courteous invitation.

Applications to erect electric signs were received from J. Cherry, 359 King St., Newtown, and A. Mirabito, 113 Enmore Rd., and were granted on the recommendation of the works committee.

Letter from the Clerk of Petty Sessions, intimating that the Court of Appeal, against this Council assessments, will be held on Wednesday, 4th April, at 2 p.m. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Tar Distillation Board, intimating that it is regretted permission cannot be granted, under the provisions of the War Precautions act, for the use of crude tar by this Council. Received.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s office, intimating that the matter of the open air speaking on the Newtown Bridge will receive further consideration after the State Parliamentary elections. Received.

A petition was received from E.G. Webb, H. Downie, and 118 others, residents of Trafalgar, Philip, Gladstone, Wilford, Albemarle, Albert, and Bedford Street, complaining of the great annoyance caused by the noise of shunting, and the shouting of officials, at the Newtown goods siding, especially at night time. It was moved by Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Szarka, and supported by Alderman Pritchard, a petition be received, and a copy thereof forwarded to the railway commissioners, with an intimation that this Council is of the opinion that the complaint is well founded, and asking that the nuisance complained of by the petitioners be abated.

REPORTS.

The finance committee submitted its report as contained in Folio 133 of the finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation, amounting to £833:15:5

Also that accounts be paid, amounting to £999:15:10

Total payments from General fund since last meeting £1.833:11:3

The monthly financial statement was also submitted in accordance with regulation 6, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £527: 9: 4

It was further recommended:-

(a) that the account of S.M. Stevens, solicitor, (£3:13:0) in connection with the dedication of land from T. Harrison, Esq to this Council, for the widening of Linthorpe Lane, be paid.

(b) that in connection with the minute by his worship the Mayor, as to the recovery of rates on four lots of land, the owners of which are unknown, as follows:-

Rate no. 425 C.W., 117/ Lord Street, Skeine £32: 1: 3 Rate no. 468 C.W. 40 Darley Street D. Keys £36: 6: 9 Rate no. 480 C.W. 72 Darley Street Simpson £29: 3:10 Rate no. 1552 O’C.W. Bligh Street Owner £51: 6: 5

It was recommended that the Council proceeds, under section 148, to take possession of and lease these lands. Alderman Pritchard moved, the finance committee’s report be received an adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and all of the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the works committee, as contained in Folio 62/3 of the works committee’s report book, embodying recommendations 1 to 12. It was resolved on a motion by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Ryan, that the works committee’s report received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect.

The overseer of works submitted his report of works, completed or progress during the past fortnight, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report, as contained in Folio 172 of sanitary inspector’s report book, and was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Bloom, seconded by Alderman Dibble, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-

That it be referred to the works committee to report upon the best means and probable cost of placing the footpath in Kent Street in a proper state of repair. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved:-

(1) that an allowance for sum of £33:6:8 be voted to his worship the Mayor for the period of his term of office, beginning 1st March, and ending 30th June, 1917, being at the rate of £100 per annum. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

(2) that a further letter be sent to the Tramway Department, urging an improvement in the construction of the tram rails in front of the Congregational church, to avoid the accidents which frequently occur owing to the height of the guard rail. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Alderman Bloom moved:-

That, with a view to abating, the nuisance caused by straying dogs within this area, the Police Department be asked to enforce the provisions of section 12 (2) of the dog act, number 44, which provides that any dog found at large without being in the immediate custody, protection, or control of some competent person shall be destroyed, unless such dog has a collar around its neck, with the name and address legibly engraved thereon. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-

That the carriageway of Marian street be repaired with metal, blinded with tar screenings, and top dressed, at an estimated cost of £120. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:-

That a letter, under corporate seal,beforwarded to Mr W. H. Gocher, 27 Albert St., Newtown, conveying the congratulations to this Council upon the Military Metal having been awarded to his son, Sergeant W. W. Gocher, for conspicuous bravery, whilst on active service in France. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Alderman Pritchard drew attention to the damage done to the four bubbling fountains, by the children, and it was resolved that a letter be sent to the schoolmasters within the area, asking them to impress upon the children the necessity for proper and careful using ofthese conveniences.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 20th day of March, 1917.


Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 20th day of March, 1917, at 7-30 o’clock.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and aldermen Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Pritchard, Smith, and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Bamfield, Clegg, and Lewis.

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

DOGS.
His worship the Mayor intimated, in respect of Alderman Bloom’s motion, re destruction of stray dogs, Inspector MacDonald, in charge of the Newtown police station, had verbally intimated that he will be pleased to do all in his power to abate the nuisance caused by straying dogs. 369 were destroyed in Newtown last year, in addition to 86 from contiguous municipalities, and 67 had been destroyed this year to date. Special instructions have now been issued to police officers to keep a sharp lookout for Alice dogs. Received.

CORRESPONDENCE.
Letter from the Secretary, Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and sewerage, covering a plan showing the area in the Enmore and Camden wards, in respect of which it is proposed to proclaim a drainage rate. A discussion ensued, in the course of which it was pointed out, that Council had already contributed the sum of £1175 towards the cost of portion of the stormwater sewer, and it was resolved that the secretary of the Water and Sewerage board be requested to arrange a conference between representatives of the board and this Council in regard to the whole matter.

Application from Mrs Cremen, per favour of C. L. Tange, solicitor, for Council’s approval of plan of subdivision of land in Alice Street. Alderman Edwards moved that the application be received, and approval granted. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Application from F. Lauret, for Council’s permission to erect a merry-go-round on Mr Smith’s land, King and Norfolk streets, accompanied by the owner’s permission in writing. It was resolved that the application be granted for a term of two weeks, provided the entertainment is conducted in a thoroughly respectable manner, to the satisfaction of the police, and that the music is not offensive.

Letter from Miss Tynan, intimating that she has instructed the children of her school to carefully use sanitary bubbling fountains, and further thanking Council for repairs carried out to Australia Street. Alderman Smith moved, that the letter be received, and Miss Tynan thanked for her action in regard to the bubbling fountains. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, in carried.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, intimating that the matter of the closing of the Newtown Cemetery, and handing same over to the control of the Newtown Council has been referred to the Metropolitan District surveyor for report. Received.

Circular letter from the Redfern Council, asking cooperation in urging the government to establish an clinic, in connection with every hospital controlled by the State, for the treatment of an venereal diseases. Alderman Dibble moved that the letter be received, and cooperation granted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from the City Council, with reference to repairs to Bishopsgate Street, Gilpin Street, and Boundary Lane, and intimating that it is thought one coat of distilled tar is all that is necessary. Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor for attention. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from A.B. Thackall, complaining at banana peelings being thrown on the footpath in front of Lee’s fruit shop, 405 King St. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the Council’s Inspector for attention.

Letter from the Secretary, Hospital Collection Fund, asking the members of the Council to assist in the annual collection on the 4th May next. It was resolved, of the motion of alderman Szarka, seconded by Alderman Edwards, that the letter be received, and as many as possible assist.

Letter from A. leighton, Tempe Tramway Depot, asking permission to erect 12 calico signs in this Municipality, in connection with a carnival to be held on April 19, 20th, and 21st, in aid of Australia Soldiers Repatriation Fund, and a permanent memorial. Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the application granted, provided the signs are removed on or before the 23rd April next. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from E.J. Doran, Tramway Traffic Superintendent, intimating that this Council’s complaint, re the condition of the Tramway track in front of the Congregational church, King Street, Newtown, has been referred to the Tramway engineer for report. Received.

Letter from W. Epps, conveying the thanks of the house committee, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, for Council’s promise to top dress with tar the carriageway at Missenden Road. Received.

Letter from D. Kaile, asking permission to erect a merry-go-round on Mr Smith’s land, King and Norfolk streets. As the consent of the owner was not produced, the application was received only.

Letter from the Department of Public health, covering 20 samples of milk, all of which are found to be correct. Received.

Letter from W. H. Gocher, banking Council for their kind letter of congratulations in connection with the military distinction conferred upon his son, Sgt WW Gocher. Received.

Application from W. Gawne and sons, for Council’s approval of plans and specifications of alterations to shop window at 189 Enmore Rd. It was resolved that the application be received, and approval granted, provided no portion of new structure encroaches on or over this Council’s footpath.

Application from D. McAuley, for Council’s approval of plan and specification for alterations to a shop, number 81 Newman St., to a private dwelling. It was resolved that the application be received and approval granted.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, intimating that the plans of the new public school building for the Enmore School children will be ready in a month’s time, and tenders will then be called for the building. Alderman Szarka moved,that the letter be received, and the Hon D. R. Hall thanked his attention to this matter. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

REPORTS.

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 173 of the sanitary inspectors report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph three granted. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Dibble moved:-

That it be referred to the works committee to report upon the advisability of remetalling and top dressing the carriageway of Trade Street, from Boundary Lane to Pierce Street, at an estimated cost of £100. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved for Alderman Bamfield:-

That it be referred to the works committee to report upon the advisability of re metalling and top dressing the carriageway, Erskineville Road, from Wilson Street to the railway bridge, an estimated cost of £175. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Pritchard intimated that he had been verbally informed by Mr Reginald Baker, that when arrangements have been made for the erection of the cottage for L.C. Kennedy, returned and disabled soldier, he would be pleased to arrange for a number of workers from the stadium to assist in the work. Alderman Pritchard further intimated, that a returned soldier had offered to lay on the electric light free of cost. His worship the Mayor intimated, that as soon as the State elections were over, he would be pleased to make arrangements in regard to this matter.

Alderman Edwards asked when the work of repairs to the carriageway of John Street, near the brickworks would be completed. His worship the Mayor intimated that he would look into this matter, and see when the work could be placed in hand.

Alderman Ryan drew attention to the bad state of repair the carriageway of Ferndale Street. His worship the Mayor intimated that it was his intention to have this work carried out at an early date, the Street to be closed to traffic, and the material mixed on the job, so as to expedite the work.

Alderman Edwards mentioned, that he had seen some petroleum residue resembling pitch being used for road repairs, whilst in the country, and he would like some inquiries made with reference to the suitability of the material for top dressing roads. His worship the Mayor said he was pleased to have these matters brought under his notice, and would endeavour to have the necessary inquiries made.

There being no further business meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, third day of April, 1917.

 


 

Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened) held on Tuesday, the 3rd day of April, 1917, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle), and aldermen Bamfield, Szarka, Dibble, Ryan, Pritchard, Smith, and Edwards.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Secretary, Unimproved Land Values Rating League, covering circular, advocating the imposing of water and sewerage rates on unimproved land values. Received.

Letter from the Engineer for Tramways, intimating that the rails in front of the Newtown Congregational church would be altered, so as to prevent further accidents. Received, and the engineer to be thanked his prompt attention to this matter.

Letter from secretary for Railways, per favour of the Hon D. R. Hall, M. L. A, intimating that steps were being taken to minimise the noise caused by the shouting of men and other noises at the goods siding, Newtown, at nighttime. Received, and the Secretary for Railways to be thanked his prompt attention to this matter.

Letter from Messrs Slade and Brown, again complaining of unpleasant odours arising from train in Angel Street. Received, and referred to the health committee for report.

Letter from J. Bradney, complaining of a hole in the gutter in front of his premises 45 Gladstone St., Newtown. Alderman Szarka moved, that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the works overseer for attention. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Application from W. Laurisch, for Council’s approval of plan of kitchen additions and renovations to 31 Margaret St., Newtown. The inspector reported that the plan and specification were in order, and in compliance with the Ordinance and regulations covering buildings, and it was resolved that the application be received, and approval granted. Alderman Ryan said he thought all plans, without exception, should be referred to the works committee, and asked that his objection be noted on the minutes.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted its report, as contained on Folio 134 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-
Confirmation of accounts paid and the votes of appropriation amounting to £819:10:5. Also, that accounts be paid, amounting to £902:11:3

 

Total payment from general fund since last meeting £1,722:1:8

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed credit balance of £4,307:4:9

Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the monthly financial statement laid upon the table. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, 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 174 of the sanitary inspector’s report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading, Alderman Pritchard asked when the tar paving of Juliet Street, is again being attended to, that the Marrickville Council be asked to join in the work, so as to tarpave the whole of the carriageway, instead of half as at present. His worship the Mayor said he would endeavour to have this done.

Alderman Bamfield asked whether there was any definite information as to when Liberty Street would be extended to Railway Parade. His worship the Mayor said the matter was in the hands of the Petersham Council, and he would have a letter sent inquiring what had been done in the matter.

Alderman Ryan asked if the rumour that his worship the Mayor had enlisted for active service was correct. The Mayor intimated, that during the recent State election campaign he had been twitted while speaking in public by Mr Toohey, of being of military age, and yet neglecting to do his share in the defence of the Empire, he had challenged Mr Toohey to accompany him to Victoria barracks and enlist. On the 25th of March they had both offered themselves for active service in the artillery section, and were medically examined, unfortunately, he (the Mayor) was declared to be medically unfit, whilst Mr Toohey was accepted for active service. Briefly, those are the facts of the case.

Alderman Edwards drew attention to the manner in which shopkeepers sometimes sweep sand off the footpath immediately it had been top dressed. As this defeated the object of the Council to give the path a proper coating, he hoped any person offending would be warned against this practice. His worship the Mayor said he would have this matter attended to.

There being no further business the meeting terminated; confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 17th day of April, 1917.


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 17th day of April, 1917, at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the mayor (Alderman Turtle) and aldermen Bamfield, Szarka, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Pritchard, Smith, and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Clegg and Bloom.

MINUTES.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed and signed, on the motion of aldermen Bamfield, seconded by Alderman Ryan.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the town clerk, Petersham, intimating what steps have been taken, and the difficulties that have been met in regard to the extension of Liberty street through to Railway Avenue. Alderman Bamfield moved, that the letter be received, and the writer thanked for the full explanation of the matter given. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association, giving an outline of the alterations in the new wages award governing council’s employees. Received.

Letters from J. H. Catts, and R. Sleath, asking council’s permission to exhibit calico election signs on balconies in this area, during the Federal Ellection Campaign. It was resolved that letters be received, and permission as desired granted, providing the applicants undertake to remove all signs in question during the week following the date of Election (6th May, 1917).

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, re the holding of a Court for the revision of lists of electors. His worship then moved, that the letter be received, and the Council Chambers Newtown, be and is hereby appointed the place for holding the revision Court, for the revision of Lists of electors in this area, between the 17th of April, and 19 May, 1917. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from H. N. Holt, inviting the Mayor and aldermen to a social evening on 25th April, 1917, to celebrate the first anniversary of their pastor (the Rev W. Ambrose Williams). Alderman Smith moved, that the letter be received, the invitation accepted, and as many as possible attend. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from J. F. Wheatley, asking on behalf of the Tramway brass band for permission to exhibit calico sign on Croad’sBank hotel balcony, to advertise a matinee benefit given in aid of the band by Clays Bridge theatre company, on May 23. Alderman Ryan moved, that the application be received, and granted, provided the sign is removed immediately after the date of the entertainment. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary for Railways, covering a helio showing the proposed levels in connection with the extension of the wood blocking of King Street, from St Peter’s Bridge to May St., and asking that the concurrence of the Newtown and Alexandria councils be obtained. Alderman Edwards moved, that the letter be received, and the levels approved by this Council, and the matter be brought under the notice of the Alexandria Council, with a view to obtaining its approval. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 40 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from F. Hoffman, assistant inspector, making application for his annual holiday leave. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor.

Letter from the Secretary, Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, covering a plan with copy of definitions of boundaries, showing the area within this Municipality, in connection with which it is proposed to proclaim a drainage rate, in connection with the Black Wattle Bay stormwater channels and branches. His worship the Mayor intimated, that only a very small portion of this Municipality, at the intersection of King and by streets, was included in this plan, and the communication was received.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted areport of the meeting of the Works Committee, as contained in folio 63 of the works committee’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 3, and it was resolved, on the motion of alderman Bamfield, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect.

The Town Clerk and Valuer (W. G. Salmon), submitted a report of the triennial valuations, after appeal, which show the totals to be as follows:-

Ward Unimp.C.V. Imp.C.V. Ass.Ann.Val Revenue @ 3¾d in £ Camden £276,714 £734,490 £67,789 £3747:10:11 Enmore £414,414 £1,051,055 £91,214 £5612: 7:4 O’Connell £505,822 £1,104,414 £89,548 £6850:1:11 Kingston £270,755 £585,698 £45,771 £3666:15:5 ________________________________________ Total 1917 £1,467,705 £3,475,667 £294,322 £19,876:15: 7 Total 1916 £1,425,697 £3,385,480 £280,582 £19,308:11: 9 _________________________________________ Increase £42,008 £90,187 £13,740 £568: 3:10 _________________________________________

It was further recommended that owing in the first case to an error in calculation, and in the second case to an error in area, the following two adjustments in the rate books be made, under the provisions of section 135 (7) of the Local Government Act, viz:-

O’Connell Ward Ass. no. U.C.V. I.C.V. A.A.V. 46 Brown Street 932 178 328 21 28 Susan Street 1314 100 292 37

The reductions in the revenue as a result of appeal were shown to be as follows:-

Camden Ward £6: 2: 8 Enmore Ward £2: 8: 2 O’connell Ward £10:10. Kingston Ward Nil. The total being £9: 1: 8

Alderman Morgan moved, that the valuer’s report be received and adopted, and the adjustments recommended into valuations in O’Connell Ward be made an initial, as provided by the act. Seconded by aldermen Bamfield, and carried.

The acting Overseer of Works (W. Goodin), submitted a report of works completed are in progress during the past fortnight, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained folio 175/6 in the sanitary inspector’s report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received and applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Szarka moved:- that it be referred to the works committee to report upon the best means and probable cost of placing the footpaths in Augustus Street in a proper state of repair. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) referred in feeling turns to the very sad loss, which Ex Mayor W. Rigg Esq JP had experienced, by the decease of his youngest son, Mr George H. Rigg, and moved that letter of sympathy, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Mr Rigg. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Alderman Dibble referred to the death of Mrs P. Hoffman, a very old and highly respected resident of this Municipality, who had recently passed away at an advanced age, and moved that letter of sympathy, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Mr F. Hoffman and family. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Alderman Dibble asked whether anything further had been done in connection with providing proper sanitary accommodation at the Newtown markets. His worship the Mayor intimated, that the lessee, Mr A.J. MacAulay, had verbally intimated, that he was now taking steps to place the sanitary accommodation at the Newtown markets in a thoroughly sanitary and up-to-date condition.

There being no further business. The meeting terminated; confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 1st May, 1917.

 


 

Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday first day of May, 1917, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle), and aldermen Bloom, Dibble, Ryan, Pritchard, Edwards, and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received your Alderman Szarka.

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

His worship the Mayor referred in feeling terms to the death of a very old resident of the Municipality, the late Mr M. Cummings, of 29 Darley St., and moved that letter, conveying the Council’s sympathy be forwarded to Mrs Cummings and family. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

His worship the Mayor also mentioned that in company with the Mayoress (Mrs Turtle) he attended the anniversary celebration of the pastorate of the Rev Ambrose Williams, Presbyterian minister.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from W. Rigg, Esq JP, acknowledging Council’s letter of sympathy. Received.

Letter from F. Hoffman, acknowledging Council’s letter of sympathy. Received.

Letter from the Department of public health, covering 20 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from J. Jamieson, stipendiary magistrate, intimating that the revision Court, for the purpose of revision of the lists of electors for this Municipality will be held at the Council Chambers, on the 16th day of May, 1917, at 11 a.m. Received.

Letter from the Alexandria Council, intimating that the matter of levels of King Street, for the extension of the wood blocking, from St Peter’s Bridge to May St., has been referred to the foreman of works for inquiry and report, and the decision arrived at will be communicated later. Received.

Letter from the Municipality of Petersham, intimating that the matter of the extension of Liberty street to Railway Parade is being pushed on with all possible speed. Received.

Letter from the Municipality of Inverell, asking cooperation in a movement to secure the introduction of legislation, making it compulsory for all stock owners to take steps to destroy, either by trapping or poisoning, the green sheep fly, which is playing havoc with a stock of New South Wales.

Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, cooperation granted, and the matter be brought under the notice of the member for the district. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from Alderman J. M. Dodd, municipal representative on the wages board, governing the wages of Council’s employees, bringing under the Council’s notice the excellent work done by the secretary of the local government association, in obtaining the award. Received.

Letter from the Coolah Shire clerk, covering a book of eight tickets, in connection with a raffle of a blood stallion, in aid of the returned soldiers who settled on the Oban estate, Coolah. It was resolved the letter be received, and the tickets left in the hands of the town clerk.

Application from Mrs moulds, for Council’s approval of sanitary accommodation at the rear of her picture theatre, King Street. Aldermen Bloom moved, that the application be received, and approval of the plans be left in the hands of the Mayor. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

MAYORAL MINUTE.

His worship the Mayor submitted a minute, which recommended the renewing of the wood blocking on the main roads, as follows:-

King Street, from Whately street to Wilson Street….£1274:0:0
King Street, from Queen Street to Forbes Street….£399:0:0
King Street, from Missenden Road to Elizabeth Street, and regrading the northside, and renewing wood blocks where necessary….£ 316:0:0
Enmore Road from King Street Station Street….£590:0:0
Total……………£2579:0:0

Alderman Pritchard moved that the minute of his worship the Mayor received and adopted, the works recommended therein be carried out, and the amount of the cost (£2579) be now voted. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor intimated that as a quorum was not in attendance at the Finance committee he would now submit the whole of the accounts, the Council for its consideration.

The details expenditure had all been carefully checked by the members of the Finance committee president. After consideration of the accounts submitted, Alderman Dibble moved, that the accounts paid under those appropriations since last meeting, amounting to £2563:1:6 be confirmed, and the accounts now submitted for payment £479:0:10 the paid, making a total payment from the general fund since last meeting of £3042:2:4

From the permanent improvement loan fund, amount for repayment of principal and interest to 17/4/17 £1660:17:1. be paid.

Further, that the monthly financial statement, now submitted, in accordance with regulation 6, which disclosed a credit balance to date of £4248:15:11 be laid upon the table. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the works committee, as contained on Folio 64/5 of the works committee’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 7. Alderman Ryan moved, that the works committee’s report be received adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, 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 177 of the sanitary inspectors report book, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Dibble, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Smith moved:-
that the works committee be instructed to report as to the advisability and cost of carrying out the following works:- (a), the breaking up and renewing the tarmetalled carriageway of Bedford Street, from Albert Street to Pierce Street.

(b) breaking up and renewing the tarmetalled carriageway of Mary Street.

As these works were reported on favourably in the works committee’s report of even date, Alderman Dibble seconded the motion, which was carried unanimously.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Ryan mentioned that Mr G. Stonehill, treasurer of the Newtown brass band, had informed him that no reply had been received by the band re letter to the Council asking permission to play on the Newtown Bridge on Sunday nights. His worship the Mayor intimated, that a reply was posted on the 12th of February last, to the secretary of the band, A.E. Sadler, box 14, GPO, Sydney, and had not been returned to the office. He would however, have a copy sent to Mr Stonehill.

Alderman Smith asked that when the lighting committee next meet, an inspection be made of Holt Street, where intersected with Bailey Street, with a view to better lighting.

There being no further business meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 15th day of May, 1917.


Minute of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 15th day of May, 1917, 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Aldermen Szarka, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Lewis, Smith, Pritchard and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies are received from Alderman Bloom and Bamfield.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the engineer for tramways, complaining of the condition of Wilson Street, in the vicinity of Forbes and Queen streets. Received, and referred to the works committee’s report.

Letter from the town clerk, Gunnedah, asking Council’s cooperation in support of the introduction of decimal coinage, and the metric system of weights and measures throughout the British Empire, and that a letter be sent to the Sydney Chamber of Commerce in support of the proposal. Alderman Dibble moved that the letter be received, and cooperation as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from A. Turner, complaining of trouble caused his client, Mrs E. A. Coates, by stormwater s rushing into premises 11 and 13 Pemell St. Received, and referred to the works committee for report.

Application from N. Kennedy, for Council’s permission to erect a merry-go-round, ocean wave, and overboats, on Mr Smith’s vacant land, King Street and Norfolk Street. The application was accompanied by the consent of the owner in writing, and Alderman Edwards moved, that permission as desired be granted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from the Alexandria Council, intimating that the plan of levels submitted by the tramway department, in connection with the wood-blocking of King Street, from St Peter’s railway bridge to May St., has been approved. Alderman Edwards moved, that the letter be received, and the works carried out as early as possible. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letters from H. austin, and F. C. Bolton, in connection with the insurance of Council’s employees, under the new workmen’s compensation act, 1916. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letters be received, and referred to the Finance committee for report. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Burwood Council, suggesting that before appointments are made to the legislative Council the claims of the city, suburban and shire councils for representation should be considered. Received.

Letter from the secretary, Newtown Red Cross league, asking for free use of the town Hall for a euchre party and dance, on Monday 18 Jun 1917. Alderman Smith moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

Letter from C. Williams, asking permission to erect a noticeboard on the premises of W. Wright and sons, produce merchants, King and Georgina Street, Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the request refused.

Letter from the Secretary, Department of public health, covering 20 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Bexley Council, asking cooperation in a movement to prevent the practice of shouting or treating drinks to either the members of the military or naval forces, or civilians, during the period of the war. Received.

Letter from A. Hunt, complaining of the nuisance caused by children misusing the bubbling fountain at the intersection of Australia and Albemarle streets. Received and referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from M. T. Pawley, asking permission, on the half of the Newtown municipal labour assembly, to exhibit about 50 signs, 6 x 3, and 200 smaller ones, throughout the Municipality, during the forthcoming municipal election campaign. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the application be received, and all candidates be allowed to exhibit their signs three weeks before the election, provided they are removed within one week after the date of election. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

Letter from Miss H. E. Happ, claiming compensation (£20) in connection with injuries to her leg, alleged to have been caused through stepping into one of Council’s Street orderly bins, corner of King and Holt streets. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for consideration and report.

Application from W. Rigg, Esq, JP, for Council’s approval of subdivision of lots 28 and 29 from Gladstone St. to Augustus Street. It was resolved, on the recommendation of the works committee, that approval as desired be granted, provided the portion of the land subdivided, with frontage to Augustus Street, be regarded as one allotment.

Letter from H. E. Ogden, making application for Council’s approval of alterations to buildings at 136 Enmore Rd. Received, and referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from W. S. Lemaire, making application for Council’s approval of an electric sign, in front of his photographic studio Wilson Street. Received, and referred to the works committee for report.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of a meeting of the works committee, as contained on Folio 65 of the works committee’s report book. Alderman Lewis moved, that the works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Smith, 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 178 of the sanitary inspectors report book. Alderman Smith moved, but the sanitary inspector’s report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph three granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Szarka drew attention to the serious trouble caused to residents of the lower portion of Gladstone Street, during the recent rains, by stormwaters, and asked when the new drain, which it is proposed to lay in Liberty Street, to convey stormwaters to Trafalgar Street, will be completed. His worship the Mayor said that he would endeavour to have this work placed in hand as early as possible.

His worship the Mayor mentioned that he had noticed by a newspaper report that the Marrickville Council had decided to request the Newtown Council to confer with it. In regard to the stormwater is in Edgeware Road. If this letter came to hand during the course of the next few days, he would endeavour to arrange for a conference to be held before the next meeting.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 29th day of May, 1917.


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 29th day of May, 1917 at 7-30 p.m..

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Smith.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Messrs Slade and Brown, intimating that they are again in receipt of the complaint from their tenants, re the escape of sewer gas in Angel Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that repeated inspections by the Council and its officers have disclosed no nuisance. If however the Council is notified when an annoyance is being experienced, an immediate inspection will be made.

Letter from the Alexandria Council, intimating that it does not feel disposed to incur any expense in connection with the wood blocking of King Street, from St Peter’s Bridge to May St. As this Council’s approval of the proposed work and levels was already to hand and duly acted on, the communication was received.

Letter from the Secretary, Chamber of Commerce, intimating that every effort will be used to secure the introduction of decimal coinage, and the metric system of weights and measures throughout the British Empire. Received.

Letter from the under Secretary, Department of local government, covering an amendment of ordinance 56, respecting the sale, storage, etc of meat, and butchers refuse. Received.

Letter from the Secretary of the Canary and cage bird improvement Society, asking permission to exhibit a sign, six by three on the Oxford hotel, announcing the annual show to be held in the Newtown School of arts, on June 22 and 23rd. It was resolved that the application be received, and permission granted for two weeks prior to the date of the show, provided sign was removed not later than the 25th June.

Letter from J. Bernard, asking permission to erect a sign, five by three, on the bank, town Hall, and Scott’s hotel, King Street, in connection with the benefit being tendered to DP Kelleher, who has lost his right hand. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Szarka, that permission be granted for three weeks prior to the date of the benefit, provided the signs are removed the day following.

Letter from the Botany Council, asking cooperation in an endeavour to have military trainees drilled on Saturday morning in lieu of the afternoon and evening. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown district ambulance transport Brigade, asking permission to make the annual Street collection on the 22nd and 23rd June. It was resolved that the application be received, and left in the hands of the Mayor, and provided no Street collection has been held this year, permission be granted for the collection, to be held on one day only.

Letter from the town clerk, Sydney, intimating that the tarpainting of Bishopsgate Street, and Boundary lanes will be proceeded with, and the account forwarded to this Council in due course. Received.

Letter from the Red Seal pressing company, asking permission to erect a small electric sign on their premises, Newtown markets. It was resolved on the recommendation of the works committee that the application be granted.

Application from W. Naylor, re permission to put new doors in the front of number 38 . Juliet St. His worship the Mayor explained, but this was merely supplementing of more up-to-date doors and windows than the present old-fashioned ones, and approval was granted.

Application from W. E. Keats, for Council’s approval of plan and specification of alterations to number 51 Bucknell St. His worship the Mayor explained, that this letter was dealt with in the works committee’s report, the committee having recommended that the previous plans submitted be disapproved. Mr Keats now submitted an amended plan, which retained the premises as one dwelling, and improved by the removal of some old buildings at the rear, and the substitution of a new laundry, balcony, and sanitary accommodation. It was resolved that the plan and specification now submitted be approved.

Letter from the Secretary, Department of public health, covering 20 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted its report, as contained on folios 135/6 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:- confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £684:10:6, also, that accounts be paid, amounting to £643: 6: 9
Total payment from General since last meeting…. £1327:17:3

Also, confirmation of amount paid from the trust fund £4:0:0

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £4671:11:11

It was also recommended, in accordance with clause two of regulation six, that the sun of £2824 be now voted from the General Funds to carry out the following works:-

Union Street, repair and top dress carriageway at southern end, and tarpave footpath £20:0:0
King Street, renew wood blocks from Whately St to Wilson Street, 1274:0:0
King Street, renew wood blocks from Queen Street to Forbes Street, £399:0:0
King Street, from Missenden Road to Elizabeth Street regrade northside, and renew wood
blocks where necessary, 316:0:0
Enmore Road, renew wood blocks from King Street to Station streets, £590:0:0
Kent Street, breakup and renew footpaths£65:0:0
Trade St., re metal on top dress from Boundary lane to Pierce Street, £100:0:0
Augustus Street, breakup and relay footpaths £60:0:0
Total….£2824:0:0

The rental charges, under section 209 of the local government act, for the year beginning 1 Jan 1917, were recommended as follows:-

Australian Gaslight Co £216:0:0 Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd. £86:0:0

It was further recommended that the remuneration of electoral officers for the ensuing triennial elections be the same as that at the last triennial elections, viz:-

Returning officer £6:6:0 presiding officers £2:2:0 each. Poll clerks £1:1:0 each.

With 2/6 allowance per man for refreshments.

Correspondence from various insurance offices, with reference to Council’s liability, under the workmen’s compensation act 1916, had been considered, and the Finance committee recommended that a policy be taken out to cover this Council’s risk, under the workmen’s compensation act 1916, with the Mercantile Mutual Insurance Company.

The committee recommended that the claim of Miss Happ for compensation for injuries, alleged to have been received through her foot slipping into one of the Street orderly bins be left in the Mayor’s hands to make the necessary inquiries, and report to the next meeting of the Council.

It was further recommended that tenders be invited by advertisement for the leasing, under the provisions of the local government act and ordinances, of the following lands, the owners of which are unknown:-

Camden Ward Ass. No. 425, being Lot seven, section two, Bello Retiro Estate, Lord Street. Camden Ward Ass. No. 480, being Lot 42, section one, Bello Retiro Estate, Darley Street. O’Connell Ward Ass. No. 1552, being Lot 250, Bligh Street and Elizabeth Street. Alderman Morgan moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received, and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, the monthly financial statement laid upon the table, and all the committee’s recommendations in the following matters be carried into effect:-

(a) the votes from the General fund for works, £2824. (b) the fixing of rental charges.
(c) the remuneration of electoral officers at the ensuing triennial elections.
(d) covering this Council’s liability, under the workmen’s compensation act 1916.
(e) Miss Happ’s claim for compensation.
(f) inviting applications by advertisement policing of land, the owners of which are unknown.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the works committee, as contained on folios 66/7 of the works committee’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 10.

It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Bamfield, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect.

The Town Clerk (WG Salmon), submitted a report of the revision Court, held 16 Jun 1917, for revising the list electors, which disclosed that 7269 electors have been enrolled, being an increase of 3417 over the previous roll. Received.

The overseer of works, submitted his report of works, completed or in progress during the past fortnight, which was received. His worship the Mayor took the opportunity of complimenting the overseer of works (Mr Young) upon the very satisfactory and expeditious manner in which the wood blocking of the main road was being renewed. The remarks of his worship the Mayor were heartily endorsed by members of the Council.

The sanitary inspector, submitted his report, as contained on Folio 179 and 180 of sanitary inspectors report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, applications referred to in paragraph three granted, and the permission asked for in paragraph four be given. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his worship the Mayor moved, that a letter under corporate seal, be forwarded to Mrs N. Merton, 123 Station St Newtown, conveying congratulations of this Council on her son, private Thomas David Merton (aged 19 years) having been awarded the distinguished conduct medal for conspicuous bravery whilst fighting in France, in defence of the beloved empire. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

His worship the Mayor further intimated that an invitation had been forwarded by B. J. Fuller Esq to the members of the Council, to attend at the official opening of the Majestic theatre on Saturday next, 2nd June, three boxes had been reserved for the use of the Aldermen and their wives. It was resolved that the invitation be accepted with thanks, and Mr Fuller informed that as many as possible will attend.

Alderman Edwards drew attention to some holes needing repairs in Goodsell Street.

Alderman Pritchard drew attention to the irregularity in the collection of garbage, which was referred to the inspector for attention.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed and ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 12th day of June, 1917.

 


 

Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 12th day of June 1917, 7-30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Aldermen Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Pritchard and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies are received from Alderman Szarka and Edwards.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.
Letter from the Undersecretary of Lands, covering alignment plan of Liberty Street, where extended from Bedford Street to Railway Avenue. Received.

Letter from the Undersecretary, Department of Local Government, covering copy of amendment in ordinance number 51, respecting garbage. Received.

Letter from the manager, State Metal Quarries, re the shortage of tarpaulins in the Railway Department, and the difficulty of covering blue metal screenings in course of transit, and further suggesting that the tarred screenings should be mixed at their Kiama quarries. Alderman Dibble moved that the letter be received, and referred to the works committee for report. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, M. B. of W. S. and Sewerage, intimating that will be necessary for the Council to take steps to cut off the stormwater gullies at L’Avenue, Newtown, from the board’s sewers. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the works committee for report. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from J. E. Donoghue, (Electric light Co), asking the Council’s opinion on the electric light in the main thoroughfares being used without the outer globes. Received, and referred to the lighting committee, on the motion of Alderman Ryan, seconded by Alderman Pritchard.

Letter from the Municipality of Paddington, asking cooperation in a deputation to the Minister for works, to protest against the imposing of a drainage rate in areas already taxed for sewerage, and further suggesting that an appeal be made against the boundaries of the proposed area, as shown on the plan, and the opinion of Council be obtained, as to the legality of the rate. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and this Council cooperate, in so far as the third resolution is concerned, which suggests that a deputation wait upon the Minister for works, to protest against the imposition of this drainage rate in areas already taxed for sewerage, and that it be suggested to the Paddington Council, that a direct request be made for an amendment in the act, to prevent the imposition of the rate in question in areas where the sewerage rate is already levied. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letters from the Engineer for Tramways, intimating that the wood blocking of King Street, from St Peter’s Bridge 2 May St. will be commenced next week, and that the metal on the Tramway section in Wilson Street, will be blinded with tarred metal, if the Council treats the carriageway adjoining in a similar manner. Alderman Bloom moved, that the letter be received, and the Engineer for Tramways thanked for his promise to commence work in King Street next week, and informed that it is the Council’s intention to top dress carriageway in Wilson Street, near Forbes St, with tarred screenings, when the work of repairs is being carried out. A seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Municipality of Manly, inviting this Council’s cooperation in an endeavour to have all paid home military positions, in connection with the recruiting campaign, filled by returned soldiers. Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Department of Public health, covering 20 samples milk, one of which was found to be not in accordance with the requirements of the pure food act 1908. It was resolved that the letter be received, and legal proceedings be taken against the person from whom Sample number 182 was taken.

Letter from the conductor, Newtown brass band, complaining of the annoyance caused by the Socialists, holding their open-air meetings, Newtown Bridge, who passed ribald and jeering remarks while the band was playing, the speaker at the meeting of the third inst. also placed his hat on his head in open contempt of the band and the tune they were playing, while the National Anthem was being rendered, and further intimating that it will be impossible for the band to continue their performances on the Newtown Bridge, and at the same time keep the peace, unless the Council insists on the annoyance complained of being discontinued. It was resolved that the letter be received, and a copy sent to the Chief Secretary, with the request that the Inspector General of police be asked to take drastic action against the offenders.

Letter from Secretary, Newtown brass band, asking for as large a portion as possible of the annual band subsidy, as the band is in need of funds. Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for report. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from N. Lingard, asking permission to retain his pigeon box at premises number 15 Ferndale St. It was resolved that permission be granted, provided the applicant keeps the box thoroughly clean and limewashed, and that the pigeons cause no annoyance to the neighbours.

Letter from the Reverend H. Dunlop, asking permission for the 33A senior Cadet band to play in King Street on Friday 15th, and in Enmore Road, on Friday 22nd instant, and take up a collection on behalf of the band funds. Alderman Smith moved that the application be received, and permission granted. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from W. A. Soles, asking permission to erect a circus tent on Smith’s land, King and Norfolk streets, Newtown, and affording the written consent of the owner (J. Smith). It was resolved that the application be received, and granted, subject to the provisions of ordinance 59.

Applications for Council’s approval of plans and specifications of buildings were submitted by W. M. Martin, W. E. Keats, J. E. Campbell, and W. T. Long. Alderman Dibble moved that the application of W. M. Martin for Council’s approval of plan of alterations to the Bank Hotel be granted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and lost. Alderman Smith moved, that the whole of plans andspecifications now submitted be referred to the works and building committee for investigation and report. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

REPORTS.

The overseer of work 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 181/2 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and containing recommendations 1 to 5. Alderman Smith moved, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted, and those proposed in the same paragraph, under the provisions of ordinance 56 (3a) viz:- for licence for butcher shops and cutting carts 10 shillings each. For licence for smallgoods shops, including cooked meat, five shillings each, the licence fees fixed by this Council, as provided in the said ordinance. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Alderman Bloom asked what charges were made to the telephone Department for reinstating footpaths etc, his worship the Mayor replied, the telephone Department was charged the actual cost of the work done.

Alderman Pritchard mentioned that the annoyance caused by shouting at the Newtown goods siding was greatly reduced since the Council had made the complaint, but there was still a great deal of trouble caused by the men shouting loudly at nighttime. The Mayor replied, he would see what could be done to minimise the nuisance complained of.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

To consider tenders for three allotments of land, the owners of which are unknown.

Alderman Smith moved, that the Council to now resolve into a committee of the whole to consider tenders received for leasing of land, and other matters. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Upon resuming Council. It was reported that while in committee of the whole tenders had been received for the leasing of two allotments of land, and the committee recommended that the whole matter be referred to Finance committee for consideration and report and that the allotment of land in Darley Street, for which no tender had been received, be further advertised, and a notice placed on the land.

The committee further reported that his worship the Mayor had intimated that he had settled the claim of Miss E.Happ, for compensation for injuries received through her leg slipping into the street orderly bin at the intersection of King and Holt streets, Newtown, on 2nd May 1917, the particulars of which were described in her letter to this Council dated 14th May, 1917, for the sum of £8, and your committee now recommends the action of the Mayor in this matter be endorsed.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the report of the committee of the whole be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 26 Jun 1917.


A meeting of the council held at the council chambers Newtown on Tuesday the 26th day of June 1917. At 7-30 o’clock p.m.

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

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

His worship the Mayor referred to the decease of a very old resident of the district, Mr Nason Dawes, and moved that letter of condolence, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to the relatives of the late Mr N. Dawes. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

His worship the Mayor further referred to the sad loss. Mr A. H. Gocher, number 27 Albert St., had experienced, by the death on active service of his son, the late Sergeant WW Gocher, who was killed on active service while gallantly fighting for his country in France, and moved that letter, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Mr A. H. Gocher and family, expressing the deepest sympathy at the Council in his irreparable loss. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved that letter of sympathy be forwarded to Mr Richard Thompson, under the corporate seal of the Council, expressing the thisCouncil’s deepest sympathy in the loss of his third son within the last two months, while gallantly fighting in France in defence of our beloved empire. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

His worship the Mayor moved that letters, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Alderman M. Lewis, W. C. Clegg, and F. Bamfield, conveying the following resolution:- “that this Council places upon the minutes a record of the keen sense of regret, which is felt that the retirement of these gentlemen from the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, after terms of office extending over 10 years, and that letter, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to these gentlemen, expressing this Council’s grateful appreciation of the long invaluable services, not only as representatives of O’Connell Ward, but the Municipality, generally, and conveying to them the best wishes of the members of this Council for their continued health and prosperity, and further congratulating Alderman Bamfield, on his return (unopposed) as an Alderman of the Council of the Municipality of Petersham. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried unanimously. Alderman Lewis and Bamfield suitably responded.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown band, intimating that nine of its members had enlisted, one was killed at the Dardenelles, two have been wounded in France, five are now in the trenches fighting, and one is about to sail with the engineers. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the band congratulated upon the gallant stand its members have taken on behalf of the empire. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from W. Epps, Secretary, Royal Prince Alfred hospital, asking that steps be taken to have the surface of the carriageway of Missenden Road, from King Street to Bligh Street, kept more free from objectionable matter, and in a better state. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that the Council has already decided to top dress this portion of Missenden Road, and the work will be carried out in due course. The Council is not aware of any objectionable matter, other than the usual quantity of mud and dust, which is inseparable from the ordinary macadamised Road, if, however, the writer is aware of objectionable matter on the carriageway other than this, the Mayor will be pleased to hear in regard thereto.

Letter from H. Henderson, making application for permission to exhibit a sign on the balcony railing outside Hatte’s arcade. Received, and referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Lands, intimating that upon receipt of the Council’s request that the alignment of Liberty Street, as shown on the plan, executive approval will be sought. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the undersecretary for lands informed that this Council will be pleased to have the alignment as shown on the plan, established, and executive approval in regard thereto sought, it being understood that a similar application had been received by the lands Department from the Council of the Municipality of Petersham.

Letter from a W. Turner, with further reference to Mrs E. A. Coates’ plan, re stormwater drain near her property Pemell Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from Mrs L. Stead, asking for the free use of the town Hall on Monday, 16th July, to hold a euchre party and dance in aid of the funds of the Newtown Red Cross league. Alderman Bloom moved that the letter be received, and the application granted. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from Messrs Piggott and Stinson, solicitors, asking for Council’s cheque, value £78, amount due to Metropolitan board of water supply & Sewerage, for land purchased for the extension of Liberty Street, through to Railway Avenue, and further requesting that the Governor’s authority to acquire this land, dated the 7th day of May, 1916, be forwarded to them, as it was necessary for the completion of the matter. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the cheque and Governor’s authority be forwarded to Messrrs Piggott and Stinson as requested. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Marrickville Council, intimating that the deputation to the Minister for public works, to protest against the proposed exemption of approved playgrounds from local taxation, will take place on Thursday next, 28 instant, at 11 o’clock. It was resolved that the letter be received, and as many as possible attend.

Letter from the undersecretary, Department of Local Government, asking what was the cost of publishing the annual statement of accounts of this Council for the past three years, and the Council express its views on the general question with reference to economy during wartime. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for report.

Letter from Messrs Neville and Willard, asking permission to erect a lantern house and frame for advertising sheet on top of Opitz’s Town Hall Hotel. Received, and referred to the works committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted its report as contained on Folio 136 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation, amounting to £725:4:5, also, that accounts be paid, amounting to £1931:16:6
Total payment from general fund since last meeting; £2657:0: 11.

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £4576:10:9

It was further recommended that Messrs Cadogan, Stewart and Co., of 12 Castlereagh St., Sydney, be reappointed auditors, under the provisions of regulation 7(4) to audit the books of this Council for the year ending 31 Dec 1917, at a remuneration of £15 for each half yearly audit. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received, the accounts as recommended confirmed and paid, the monthly financial statement laid upon the table, and that Messrs Cadogan and, Stewart and Co.be appointed auditors to this Council for the year ending 31 Dec 1917, as recommended. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of a meeting of the works committee, as contained on Folio 61 of the works committee’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 3. Alderman Bamfield moved, that the works committee’s report be received and adopted, with the exception of 1(E.), stables, 465 King St., and that this matter be referred back to the committee for further consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

The overseer of works submitted his report of works completed or inprogress during the past fortnight, which was received.

The sanitary inspector submitted his report, as contained on Folio 183/5 of the sanitary inspector’s report book. Alderman Smith moved that the sanitary inspectors report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph B. granted. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Edwards asked that the work of repairs to Darley Street, from John St Edgeware Road, be carried out as early as possible.

Alderman Bloom asked that the wash away in Goodsell Street, north side, be repaired. His worship the Mayor said he would have these matters attended to.

It being the last meeting of the Council prior to the triennial elections, his worship the Mayor invited the Council, officers, and members of the press to a social reunion.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed and ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 10th day of July, 1917.

 


 

MUNICIPALITY OF NEWTOWN

DECLARATION OF THE POLL AT THE TRIENNIAL ELECTION

HELD 30TH DAY OF JUNE, 1917.

To His worship the mayor of the council of the Municipality of Newtown,

Sir,

I have the honour to report, in accordance withthe provisions of the Local government Act and ordinance 8 (8) made hereunder, that on the 30th dayof June, 1917, the following declaration of the poll was made:-

CANDIDATES CONGREG.SCHOOL HALL A to K L to Z City Totals CAMDEN WARD Bloom, Joseph Emanual 204 206 34 444 Edwards, William 213 219 36 468 Hand, Frank 14 16 1 31 Hunter, Richard Archibald 150 131 3 284 Pawley, James Matthew Medway 166 146 5 317 Pawley, Medway Thomas Barnabas 157 144 4 305 Ryan, Isidore Edwin 224 218 31 473 Informal 2 2 ENMORE WARD. DISPENSARY HALL McAllister, Alexander James 120 90 8 218 Morgan, Harold Thomas 238 257 45 540 Pennington, Oliver Cromwell 114 82 4 200 Pritchard, William Henry 236 256 39 531 Szarka, William 247 255 40 542 Thomas, Frederick George 128 104 5 237 Informal 6 4 1 11 KINGSTON WARD. TOWN HALL Burke, Thomas Edward 225 2 227 Dibble, William 374 26 400 Knight, Joseph Henry 210 3 213 Smith, Charles Dead 261 6 267 Smith, William Leslie 353 20 373 Turtle, Charles henry 380 24 404 Informal 11 11 O’CONNELL WARD. METHODIST SCHOOL HALL Campbell, James 238 308 45 591 Cuthbertson, Royden Leigh 204 188 39 431 Harris, William Francis 141 132 3 276 Keats, William Ernest 239 219 38 496 Kelly, James Michael 160 138 1 299 Nelson, Bertel Rist 39 35 6 80 Roach, Richard George 161 145 1 307 Williams, Anselm Albert 74 60 5 139 Informal 8 4 12

And in pursuance of the said act and ordinances, I hereby declare the following gentlemen, duly elected Aldermen to represent the respective wards in the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, for the ensuing triennial.:-

Camden ward – Isidore Edwin Ryan, William Edwards, Joseph Emanuel Bloom.

Enmore ward – William Szarka, Harold Thomas Morgan, William Henry Pritchard.

Kingston ward – Charles Henry Turtle, William Dibble, William Leslie Smith.

O’Connell ward – James Campbell, William Ernest Keats, Royden Leigh Cuthbertson.

Signed, W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk and returning officer. 30 Jun 1917.


Minutes of the meeting of the Council (special meeting), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 5th day of July, 1917, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Aldermen Pritchard, Ryan, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson, Smith, and Edwards.

His worship the Mayor of Darlington (Alderman Elvy) was present, and the Mayor extended a welcome to him on behalf of the Council, and expressed pleasure at his presence.

His worship the Mayor congratulated all present on their reelection, and especially welcomed Alderman Campbell, Keats and Cuthbertson, the new representatives of O’Connell ward. Alderman Campbell, Keats and Cuthbertson suitably responded.

His worship the Mayor stated that the first business of the meeting was to determine whether an allowance is to be granted to the Mayor, and if so, to fix the amount. Alderman Smith moved, that an allowance be granted to the Mayor for the period ending 28 Feb 1918, at the rate at £100 per annum. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Nominations were then invited for the position of Mayor for the period ending 28 February, 1918. Alderman Morgan and Edwards nominated (in writing), Alderman Turtle, as Mayor of the Municipality of Newtown, for the period ending 28th February 1918. The nomination was supported by Alderman Dibble. There being no further nominations, the Mayor as chairman, then declared Alderman Charles Henry Turtle, duly elected mayor of the Municipality of Newtown, for the period ending 28 Feb 1918. His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle), returned thanks for the honour thus conferred upon him, and expressed pleasure at being reelected for a further term of office.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 10th day of July, 1917.


Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 10 Jul 1917 at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Alderman Ryan, Pritchard, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Edwards.

MINUTES.
The minutes of meeting held 26 Jun 1917, the returning officer’s declaration of the poll, and minutes of the previous meeting were read, and confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Ryan, seconded by Alderman Pritchard.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Divisional Engineer for Railways, intimating that the grating, which has been removed from the stormwater Gully at the foot of Holdsworth Street, is on the footpath, and therefore appears to be a matter for this Council’s attention. After discussion, it was decided that the letter be received, and the replacing of the grating be referred to the Council’s overseer.

Letter from Alderman F. Bamfield, Honorary Secretary, United Charities Fund, asking permission to hold the annual Street collection within this area, from 7 p.m. on the 12 October, till 7 p.m. on the 13th October next. Alderman Morgan moved, that the application be received, and permission as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Undersecretary, Department of Local Government, covering copies of amendment in Ordinance number 9, respecting contested elections. Received.

Letter from Alderman T. Magney, Woollahra, drawing attention to matters relative to the greater Sydney bill. Received.

Letter from T. Bonfield (a cripple), asking permission to sell tobacco and cigarettes in the vicinity of Clay’s Bridge Theatre, from 8 p.m. to closing time. Received, and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor for attention.

Letter from the Reverend R. Noake, asking permission to erect an advertising hoarding on the unoccupied land adjoining Christ Church, Stanmore Road. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from Reg L. Baker, intimating on behalf of Stadiums Ltd, that Mr Littlejohn, Newtown district recruiting officer, has been granted the use of the block of land lately occupied by the Olympia Stadium for recruiting meetings. Received.

Letter from J. Fay, calling attention to the need of additional light at the rear of his Enmore hotel, and also for the need of additional sanitary convenience in this locality. Alderman Szarka moved, that the first matter be referred to the lighting committee, and the second to the Works committee for investigation and report. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from T. Brennan, asking that the work of tarpaving the lane at the rear of his new shops, Wilson Street, be completed as the full amount of cost (£154:14:0) had been paid to this Council. Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor for attention. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from J. F. Wigley, secretary of the Tramway Band, asking for a share of any subsidy made by this Council to bands for the current year. Alderman Bloom moved, that the application be received, and referred to the Finance committee for report. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Applications from HW Smith, and from Messrs Morrow and de Putron, for Council’s approval of plans and specifications were referred to the Works committee for report, on the motion of Alderman Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Bloom.

REPORTS.

The overseer of work 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 folios 186/7 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Bloom, that the inspector’s report be received, the prosecution recommended in paragraph 4 be proceeded with, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 5 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship the Mayor moved:-

That in accordance with the provisions of Ordinance 1(64) the following committees be now appointed:-

(a) Finance committee.
(b) Works, Building, and Specification committee. (c) Health and Lighting committee.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Bloom, that the Finance committee consist of four members in addition to the Mayor as chairman, and the following Aldermen were then elected as members of the Finance committee:-

Alderman Morgan, Bloom, Smith, and Pritchard.

It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Pritchard, that the Works committee consist of six members in addition to the Mayor as chairman, and the following Aldermen were elected members of the Works committee:-

Alderman Edwards, Dibble, Szarka, Ryan, Campbell, and Keats.

It was resolved that the Health and Lighting committee consist of four members in addition to the Mayor as chairman, and the following Aldermen were then elected members of the health and lighting committee:-

Alderman Cuthbertson, Smith, Dibble, and Keats.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Alderman Ryan drew attention to the need for repairs, where subsidence had occurred after telephone cables were laid in Angel and Camden streets.

Alderman Dibble asked that special attention be paid to the nuisance caused by banana peelings being thrown on footpath in the vicinity of number 403/5 King St.

Alderman Keats asked that letter be sent to the deputy postmaster general, asking that a telephone bureau be established in Georgina Street, near its intersection with King Street, for the convenience of the public, also that a letter be sent to the Darlington Council, drawing attention to the need for repairs to the woodblock portion of King Street within its area.

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

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 24 Jul 1917.


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 24 Jul 1917, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Alderman Pritchard, Ryan, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Edwards, who was absent through ill-health. His worship then moved, that the apology of Alderman Edwards be received, and a letter conveying the sympathy of this Council in his illness, and expressing best wishes for a speedy recovery, be sent to Alderman Edwards. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

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

His worship the Mayor submitted a mayoral minute, recommending that increases in salaries of 10 shillings per week be granted to the engineer (Mr R. S. Young), the Bookkeeper (Mr G. A. Kitt) and the counter and rate clerk (Mr J. Wilson), respectively, the increases to be operative as from 1st August 1917, thus making the salaries of these offices, engineer £5, Bookkeeper £4:10:0, counter and rate clerk £3, per week respectively. Alderman Morgan moved, that the minute of his worship the Mayor, re increasing salaries be received and adopted, and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a further minute, re use of the town Hall by the “win the war league”, and recommending that the free use of the hall be granted for Mondays, 9th and 23rd July, and that the matter of allowing recruiting bodies the free use of the town Hall on any future occasions be left in the hands of the Mayor, so as not to hamper the recruiting movement in any way. Alderman Morgan moved, that the mayoral minute, re the free use of the town Hall by recruiting bodies, be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the acting under Secretary, Department of public Works, covering copy of Gazette notice and plan, showing land on eastern side of Wilson Street, between Forbes Queen streets, dedicated under the public Works act, as in addition to the public highway. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Works Department be asked to place this portion of the carriageway of Wilson Street in proper repair, before the dedication is accepted by this Council. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from A.G. Huie, advocating the imposing of water and sewerage rates on unimproved land values. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this Council does not altogether approve of his suggestions in regard to this matter. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from Secretary, Department of Public Health, covering 20 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from A.D. Walker, managing director, Biturine Lavers Ltd, intimating that certain rebates on the cost of Bitmac will be allowed to this Council. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Reverend J. J. Willings, congratulating the Mayor and Aldermen on their re-election and expressing appreciation of their valuable services to the Municipality. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Reverend gentleman’s good wishes gratefully reciprocated. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from St Peter’s Council, asking if the Newtown Council is prepared to contribute £100 towards repairs to May Street, the work to be carried out by the St Peter’s Council. Alderman Blair moved, that the letter be received, and the St Peter’s Council informed, that this Council is prepared to pay a moiety of the total cost of repairs to May Street, estimated at £200, provided the whole of the repairs are confined to that portion of the carriageway, 12 ft. on both sides at the Centre, so as to place the carriageway 8 yd. in width down the centre of May Street in as thorough a state of repair as proposed expenditure will permit, and that this Council is agreeable to the work being carried out on this occasion by St Peter’s Council, provided the blue metal required is supplied by the Newtown Council (as this will mean a considerable saving of the ratepayers money), and that the work is carried out to the entire satisfaction at this Council’s engineer. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Metropolitan board of water supply & sewerage, intimating that no renewals or alterations are contemplated to the board’s water mains or sewers in King Street, Newtown, from St Peter’s Bridge to May Street, which is about to be woodblocked. Received.

Letter from A. Ramaciotti, making application to be allowed to erect a row of solar opal globes, under the awnings of Mr Gideon, 111 Enmore Rd., and S. J. Adams (D. Kussman) 203 King St. Alderman Sato moved, that the application be received, and permission as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from Messrs Morrow & Deputron complaining of the delay in considering plans and specifications submitted to this Council, and asking that the matter of approving plans be left in the hands of the Council’s responsible officers. Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and the town clerk be and is hereby authorised to grant approval of all plans and specifications, which are unfavourably reported on by the building surveyor and sanitary inspector. Plans and specifications which are not considered in order, to be submitted for consideration of the Council at its next meeting, the building surveyor to report to the Council on all plans submitted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from J. Kehoe, making application for permission to play anorgan in the Newtown streets. It was resolved that the application be received, and refused.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted its report, as contained in folios 137/8 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation, amounting to £669:15:5, also, that accounts be paid, amounting to £1340:14:0
Total payment from general fund since last meeting, £2010: 9: 5

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £4033:7:10

The following recommendations were also made:- (a) that a subsidy of £25 be granted to the Newtown band. (b) that asubsidy of £5 be granted to the Tramway band. (c) that the under Secretary, Department of local government, be informed that this Council is of the opinion that the expenses incurred in advertising the statements of accounts in their present form is unnecessary, and the case will be fully met by a simple advertisement, intimating that copies of the balance sheet, duly audited the year 1917, are now ready, and may be inspected at the town Hall during office hours. (d) that the highest tender, that of E.A.Turtle, be accepted, for the leasing of land, Lot 250 Bligh St., at 3/6 per week, and Lot seven, section two, Lord Street, at 2/6 per week, the Council to pay municipal rates, and the lessee all other rates, from 1 Jul 1917, and also the cost of executing the lease.

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

The works committee submitted its report, as contained in folios 68/9 of the works committee’s report book, and containing recommendations 1 to 9 inclusive. Alderman Smith moved, that the works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

The auditors, Messrs Cadogan and Stewart & Co, submitted their report, together with a report of the balance sheet, for the period ending 30 Jun 1917, certifying that the accounts have been duly examined and audited, and are correct, and in accordance with the local government act and regulations made thereunder. Alderman Smith moved, that the auditors report on balance sheet be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, 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, has contained in folios 188/9 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bloom, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 4 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Re-voting of Works:
The authorised Works, which lapsed on 29 Jun 1917 (under the provisions of clause 13 of regulation six) were re-voted as follows, viz:-

Alderman Morgan moved:-
1. That the carriageway at Stanmore Road, from Enmore Rd to Liberty Street, be re-crowned, as arranged with the Marrickville Council, and a probable cost to this Council of £40:12:6. 2. That the drainage in Liberty Street be improved by laying a 12 in. pipe from London Street, extending down Liberty Street, and connecting with the main underground stormwater sewer at Trafalgar Street, with 3 properly constructed gully pits in Liberty Street, and a manhole at the intersection of Liberty Street, with Trafalgar Street, the whole at a probable cost of £114:0:0. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Alderman Szarka moved:-
that the carriageway at Belmore Street be re-metalled and top dressed, at an estimated cost of £230:0:0. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Alderman Bloom moved for Alderman Edwards:- 1. That Angel Lane be formed and tar paved, full width, and kerb laid on western side, at an estimated cost of £105:0:0. 2.
That the carriageway of John Street be tar paved, from May Street to May Lane, at an estimated cost of £75:0:0 3.
That the carriageway at Hawken Street be repaired and top dressed, at an estimated cost of £27:0:0 4.
That King Street, from St. Peter’s Bridge to May Street, be woodblocked, as arranged with the Tramway Department, at an estimated cost of £1200: 0:0.
5. That the carriageway of Darley Street, from John Street to Edgeware Road, be re-metalled, blinded with tar screenings, and top dressed with tar and sand, at an estimated cost of £270:0:0
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved:-
that the crossing in St. John’s Street to lane at rear of 468/504 be relaid with trachite cubes, at an estimated cost of £10:0:0 seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried

Alderman Pritchard moved:-
that the tar paved footpaths in Kent Street, be broken up and renewed, at an estimated cost of £65:0:0 seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:-
1. That the tar metalled carriageway in Bedford Street, from Albert to Pierce streets, be broken up and renewed, at an estimated cost of £305:0:0 2. That the tar metalled carriageway of Mary Street be broken up and renewed, at an estimated cost of £305:0:0. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Alderman Campbell moved:-
that the carriageway at Missenden Road, from King Street to Bligh St, be tar dressed (two coats), at an additional cost of £65:0:0. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Alderman Cuthbertson moved:-
1. That the carriageway of Church Street, from Lennox to Victoria Street, be tar paved, at an estimated cost of £185:0:0. 2. That the footpaths in King Street, from Bligh St to Newtown Bridge, be top dressed, at an estimated cost of £85:0:0. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Alderman Keats moved: is-
that asphalt paths be formed in Hollis Park, where pedestrian traffic is most frequent, the banks on the Wilson Street frontage be evenly formed, and fence and sand tray placed in order, at an estimated cost of £20:0:0

Total amount of works re-voted £3101:12:6

Alderman Keats moved:-
that the carriageway of Egan Street, be re-metalled where necessary, and top dressed (as recommended by the works committee) at an estimated cost of £55. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Alderman Keats moved:-
that it be referred to the lighting committee to report on the advisability of placing 1000 CP Electric light in the centre of Hollis Park. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Alderman Cuthbertson moved:-
that it be referred to the works and health committees to report on the best means and probable cost of providing adequate sanitary conveniences for the Municipality of Newtown. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Alderman Cuthbertson moved:-
that it be referred to the works committee to report on the best means and probable cost of providing more adequate provision for stormwater drainage at the foot of Whately Street. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Alderman Bloom moved:-
1. That the carriageway of Wells Street, from King Street to the portion already tar paved, be top dressed with tar (as recommended by the works committee) at a probable cost of £19:5:0. 2. That it be referred to the lighting committee to report upon the advisability of altering the position of Electric light number four, at the intersection of Union and Iredale streets. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-
that it be referred to the lighting committee to report upon the advisability of erecting an additional light at the intersection of Marion and Enmore Lanes. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Alderman Ryan withdrew the motion standing in his name, with reference to increase in salaries as the matter had been dealt with at a prior stage of the meeting.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Bloom asked, that the nameplate be renewed in Pearl Street, and Alice Street, or other places where they had been found indistinct.

Alderman Pritchard asked, that the lighting committee also inspect a light in London Street, near King Street, as it appeared to be superfluous.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an Ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, Tuesday 7 Aug 1917.


Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 7 Aug 1917, at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Aldermen Pritchard, Szarka, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson, and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Edwards, Bloom, and Ryan.

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

His worship the Mayor referred in feeling turns to the decease of one of this Council’s auditors, the late W. H. Cadogan, JP – F. I. I. A., who had been connected with the Council during the past 21 years, and who was held in high esteem by all who were favoured by his friendship. The Mayor moved, that a letter, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Mrs Cadogan and, conveying expressions of deepest sympathy. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried unanimously by all members of the Council rising in silence.

His worship the Mayor tabled a minute, intimating that he had been further engaged in negotiations with H. J. Reynolds, esquire, 45 Wilson St., Newtown, with reference to the vesting in the Council of a small corner of his land abutting on to Linthorpe lane, for the purpose of improving the width of the lane for vehicular traffic, where it was recently widened. Mr Reynolds, having agreed to give the land in question, free of cost, provided the Council bears all expenses in connection with same, the Mayor recommended that authority be given to take action where necessary, under the corporate seal of the Council, to secure the proper dedication of the portion of the land in question, the cost to be borne by this Council. Alderman Morgan moved, that the minute of his worship the Mayor, re dedication of land from H. J. Reynolds to this Council, be received and adopted, the recommendation of the Mayor contained therein be carried into effect, and a letter sent to Mr Reynolds, conveying grateful appreciation of this Council of his action in dedicating the land in question. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from W. F. Dawes, thanking Council for this kind letter of sympathy, in connection with the recent death of his father. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association, asking the Council to appoint two delegates to the annual conference of the association, to be held on Tuesday, 18 Sep 1917. Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from the organiser, Citizens War Chest Fund, asking Council’s permission to take up a Street collection on Friday, 28 September next. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the permission asked for granted. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Director General of Public Health, giving the Council 12 months notice to abate a nuisance, caused by the insanitary condition of the Council’s refuse depot, Alexandria, and suggesting the establishment of a refuse incinerator. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for report. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Redfern Council, asking that this Council appoint three delegates to a conference, to be held at the Redfern town Hall, on Monday, 13th August, re the advisability of cooperation by adjoining councils in the proper disposal of refuse. Alderman Steve moved, that the letter be received, and the request complied with, and that his worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Alderman Morgan and Campbell be the delegates representing this Council. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from the Erskineville Council, asking what steps the Newtown Council is taking in the matter of providing a more up-to-date method of garbage disposal. It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the letter be received, and the information regarding this Council’s action in the matter be furnished by the town clerk.

Letters from the manager, Biturine Lavers Ltd, and the Australian gas light Co, quoting a reduced rate for the supply of distilled tar and Bitmac for road dressing. Received, and referred to the Finance committee, on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Dibble.

Letter from the under Secretary, Department of public Works, covering copy of government Gazette and plan, notifying dedication of land at the corner of Wilson St and Erskineville Road, as the portion of the Wilson St carriageway. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the dedication of the small portion of land be accepted by this Council, any documents in connection therewith to be signed, if necessary under the corporate seal of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from the under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s office, intimating that in consequence of the unanimous desire of this Council, and as the result of an inspection made by the Inspector General of police and the under Secretary, the Chief Secretary has issued instructions that no further open air meetings be permitted on the Newtown Bridge. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the Minister thanked for his action in this matter. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from W. Harris, asking permission to exhibit for signs in connection with the benefit to be tendered to the widowed mother of the late Mr T. booth. Alderman Szarka moved, that the application be received, and permission granted to exhibit the signs in question for 14 days, provided they were all removed the day following the day of the social. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Health Inspectors Society of New South Wales, inviting members of the Council to attend the conference, to be held on 24th September next, and to allow this Council’s inspector facilities to also attend the conference. Alderman Smith moved, that the invitation be accepted with banks, and the writer in formed that the Council will, as far as possible, comply with the request May. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 20 samples of milk, in one instance of caution was deemed necessary, the other samples were correct. Received.

Letter from Mrs L. Brown, asking permission to erect a hoarding in front of the new building, 392 King St. for 14 days. Received, and permission granted.

Letter from Messrs J. H. Clayton & Sons, covering copy of lease of land, Lord and Bligh streets, from this Council to Ernest Alfred Turtle. The conditions of the lease were as follows:-

  1. To pay rent £15:12:0 per annum, payable by quarterly instalments of £3: 18:0, on the first day of the months of November, February, May and August, in each and every year for seven years from the first day of August, 1917.
  2. To pay taxes from the first day of July 1917, other than municipal rates.
  3. Not to assign, but this covenant shall not be construed to mean that the said lessee shall not have power to sublet.
  4. Proviso for reentry by the said lessor on nonpayment of rent, or non-performance of the covenants.
  5. The lessor covenants with the lessee for quiet enjoyment, and that the said lessee may at the expiration of the term hereby granted, remove from the said land any fence or building erected by him during the term hereby granted.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter from Messrs J. H. Clayton & Sons be received, the covenants, conditions, and reservations contained in the lease as set forth be and are hereby approved by this Council, and the lease be duly signed, as required by law, under the corporate seal the Council. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

REPORTS.

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 container Folio 190/1 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Campbell move:-

  1. That it be referred to the Works committee to report on the advisability and probable cost of recubing the carriageway of Wilson St, from Watkin St to Byron Street. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.
  2. That it be an instruction to this Council’s building inspector, that when it is desired to construct a building, the main portion of which is covered with sheet metal, the elevation abutting onto any street or road, shall be constructed of brick, stone, or concrete, and have return walls to buttress of support of such elevation not less than 6 ft. for the 1st 2 storeys in height, with an additional 6 ft. for each additional storey. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-

That it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability of breaking up and relaying the tar paved foot paths in Ferndale Street, an estimated cost of £65, and the tarpaved footpath in Margaret Street, Southside, from Ferndale Street to Simmons Street, had an estimated cost of £9:6:0.

Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Cuthbertson moved:-

  1. That it be referred to the lighting committee to report upon the advisability of more adequately lighting the approach to the railway subway at Copeland Avenue.
  2. That it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the best means and probable cost of placing the carriageway of Copeland Avenue in proper repair. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Alderman Keats moved:-

  1. That it be referred to the works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of tarpaving the carriageway of L’Avenue to 25 ft. in width, from Georgina Street, to Fitzroy Street. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.
  2. That it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the best means and probable cost of placing the footpath in Georgina Street, in the vicinity of number 44, in proper state of repair. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Alderman Cuthbertson asked:-
That some definite information be obtained regarding the extension of the tramway along Erskineville Road, so that the carriageway might be placed in proper state of repair.

Alderman Keats asked:-
That the proper authorities be requested to place in repair a portion of the wood blocked carriageway of King Street, between the tramway rails near Camden street.

The mayor said he would have these matters attended to.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 21st of August 1917.

 


 

Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 21st day of August, 1917, 7-30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle), and Aldermen Pritchard, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Edwards, Szarka, Bloom, and Ryan.

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

His worship the Mayor reported having attended a meeting held at the town Hall, Redfern, on Monday 13th instant, when representatives from Redfern, Newtown, Darlington, Waterloo, and Alexandria met to discuss the advisability of conjoint action in the matter of the establishment of the garbage incinerator. The motion that all the councils represented cooperate in establishing a garbage to structure was defeated, the representatives of the Waterloo Council intimating that their Council proposed to establish a destructor, at a cost of £13,000.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Campbell, (who apologised for their absence from the conference, owing to the strike conditions) that the Mayor be thanked for his attendance at the conference, and his report be received and adopted.

The Mayor further intimated that the Newtown branch of the voluntary work association proposed laying a new water service to the premises of Mrs Crosby Brown, the wife of a soldier at the front, on Saturday next, and moved that no demand to be made to the usual Council fees in connection with this work. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Messrs Cadogan acknowledging Council’s letter of sympathy. Received.

Letters from the local government department, asking information re main roads, and intimating that formal acknowledgement to correspondence will be discontinued during the war. Received, and information asked for to be furnished.

Letter from the Department of public health, covering 30 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Bankstown Council, asking the cooperation of this Council in entering an emphatic protest against the increased fears on the Bankstown railway line. Received.

Letter from the St Peter’s Council, intimating that it will not agree to pay a moiety of the cost of repairs to May Street, if the work is confined to that portion 12 ft. on both sides of the Centre. Received.

Letter from the honorary secretary, United charities fund, asking permission to withdraw an application to hold the annual United charities collection on 12th and 13th October next. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Willoughby Council, asking cooperation in a request that the government impose a width of tire and wheel tax on all vehicles, the revenue to be devoted to the upkeep of main roads in each Municipality. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation granted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from J. H. Catts, M. H. R., intimating that a public telephone will be established at the intersection of Georgina and King streets Newtown, as requested by this Council. Received, and the writer to be thanked for his interest in this matter.

Letter from J. Crimming, making application to sell cigarettes, books and papers on the Newtown Bridge, by means of an invalid chair. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, it is regretted the application must be refused.

Letter from WB Ogden, making application for Council’s approval of the subdivision of his land in Erskineville Road, as shown on the plan attached. Received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted its report, as contained in folios 138/9 of Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-
Confirmation of all accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £655: 0: 3 also, that accounts be paid, amounting to £686:19:9

Total payments from general fund since last meeting £1,342: 0: 0

the monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £5,679: 5: 0

It was further recommended:-

(a) that the offer of Biturine Lavers from whom this Council has been dealing for some time past, to supply distilled tar at 3d. per gallon, and Bitmac Road composition (hot in tanks) at 4¼d. per gallon, be accepted.

(b) that the amount of rates set in the ratebook against the following properties be written off, viz:-

Enmore Ward Asst.No. UCV ICV AAV Amount of rate 785 110 Edgeware Rd. 192 242 14 £2:12: 0 1089 14 James Street 234 364 16 £3: 3: 5

As the land is unoccupied Crown land, and therefore, under the provisions of section 131 (d) of the local government act, not rateable.

(c) that land in Norfolk Street, where the new public school was recently erected, and which is now occupied Crown land, and therefore rateable, under the provisions of section 135 (2) of the local government act, be and is hereby assessed and rates charged as from first August, 1917, as follows:-

Camden Ward, assessment number 1153a, Department of public instruction, number 11 Norfolk St., Southside, land. 195 ft., 2-3/4 inches to Norfolk Street by a depth of 100/217 feet 10 1/4 inches, with public school buildings thereon.

UCV £1875; ICV £8300; AAV £415; amount of rate, £25: 7:10 per annum.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Smith, 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 container in folios 192/3 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Dibble moved:-
that it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of tar paving the footpath of the Southside of Bedford Street, from the railway bridge to Albemarle Street subway. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved for Alderman Ryan:- that the Works committee report upon the advisability of requesting the Erskineville Council to join in the work of repairs to the carriageway of Union Street, at an estimated cost of £293. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Alderman Campbell moved:-
that it be referred to the lighting committee to report upon the advisability of more adequately lighting (by rearranging the existing high CP lights on the Bridge, or otherwise) the new business centre in Wilson Street, between King Street and Erskineville Road. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

His worship the mayor referred to the death of the late Lieutenant George Southerton Rigg, the elder son of G. S. Rigg Esq of Brown St, Newtown, and nephew of ex Mayor Rigg, who was recently killed while fighting in France, and moved that a letter, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Mr G. S. Rigg, conveying the deepest sympathy of the members of the Council in the untimely termination of his son’s brilliant career as a soldier. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, supported by Alderman Campbell, and carried unanimously.

Alderman Campbell moved:-
that it be left in the Mayor’s hands to forward a request to the Secretary for Railways, asking if during the dislocation of the railway service, during the strike, a few more trains could be stopped at the Newtown Station during the busy hours, morning and evening, for the convenience of the Newtown residents. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

There being no further business meeting terminated, confirmed at ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday for September 1917.

 


 

Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 4th September 1917 at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Alderman Pritchard, Ryan, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson, and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies are received from Alderman Edwards and Morgan.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Circular letter from the Department of local government, intimating surplus receipt forms the current year may be used for the ensuing year. Received.

Application from C. Phillips for permission to erect a flying machine and slide on Mr J. Smith’s land, King and Norfolk streets. It was resolved that the application be received, and granted, for a period not exceeding three weeks, provided the show is conducted to the approval of the police, and is confined to the two machines mentioned in the application.

Letter from the Secretary, Department of public health, covering 20 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, local government association of New South Wales, intimating that the annual conference had been postponed until 23rd October next. Received.

Letter from A. McGilligan, making application for permission to retain an electric sign over the footpath at his business premises, 32 Enmore Rd., Newtown. Received, and granted, provided this Council’s inspector reports favourably thereon.

Letter from the Bankstown Council, asking cooperation in a protest against the railway commissioners, forcing the card system on the State railway employees, and suggesting that all men be allowed to resume their work on the old conditions, pending inquiry by a royal commission. Received.

Letter from the superintendent of railway lines, intimating that, in response to the request made by this Council, 4 up morning trains will stop at Newtown, between the hours of 7 and 9 a.m., and four down and evening trains will stop between 5 and 7 p.m., during the continuance of the strike. The Mayor moved that the letter be received, and the best thanks of this Council be forwarded to the railway commissioners for the prompt attention to this Council’s request. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from T. H. Dent, asking that the Church land adjoining Christchurch, Enmore, be not assessed for the year 1918. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this is a matter which must be decided at the appeal Court.

REPORTS.

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 in Folio 194 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Alderman Bloom asked, that the portion of the carriageway at the intersection of Camden and King streets, which was recently repaired, be one tar.

Alderman Ryan asked, what information the Mayor had to submit with reference to the lighting contract?

The Mayor intimated that he would submit an minute dealing with this matter at the next meeting of the Council, and that Alderman Bloom’s request, re tar painting Camden street would receive attention.

There being no further business meeting terminated: confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council: held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 18 Sep 1917.


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 18th September 1917 at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Alderman Pritchard, Ryan, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Edwards and Szarka.

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

His worship the Mayor referred in feeling turns to the decease of Mrs M. A. Abigail, widow of the late Alderman James Abigail of this Council, and a very old resident of the district, and moved that a letter, under corporate seal, expressing the Council’s deepest sympathy with the members of the family, be forwarded to Mr J. W. Abigail. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

His worship the Mayor further mentioned the death Sergeant McCarty, the only son of Mr and Mrs FJ McCarty, of 55 Marian St., Enmore, who was killed in France, while fighting in defence of our beloved empire, and moved that a letter, under the corporate seal the Council, be forwarded to his parents, expressing this Council’s deepest sympathy in their irreparable loss. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Mr and Mrs G. Rigg, returning thanks for the Council’s letter of sympathy. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown brass band, giving the dates on which the band proposes to play a programme of music on the Newtown Bridge in the evening. Alderman Pritchard moved, but the letter be received, and the programme submitted approved. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Electric light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, intimating that it has been found necessary on account of the strike to forward a circular to each consumer, asking that strict economy be exercised in the use of electric current. Alderman Morgan moved, but the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this Council is pleased to learn that owing to the foresight of the Corporation in stocking coal, so little inconvenience has been caused to consumers of electric current within this Municipality during the strike. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from Mrs L. Stead, inviting the Mayor and Alderman to a gift evening, being held in aid of the Newtown Red Cross legal funds, on Monday, 24th instant, at 8 p.m., and asking for free use of the town Hall for that evening. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, the invitation accepted with thanks, and the free use of the town Hall granted for the evening of the 24th instant. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Woollahra Council, covering copy of resolutions to be submitted by Alderman Magney at the forthcoming conference of the local government association of New South Wales. Alderman Morgan moved, that the communication be received, and made an order of the day for consideration by the Council at its next meeting. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Application from G. A. Kitt, bookkeeper, for annual holiday leave, was received, and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands.

Letter from the Secretary, health inspectors’ Society of New South Wales, thanking Council for allowing the Inspector time off to attend the sixth annual conference, and inviting any member of the Council to be present that can find it convenient to attend. Alderman Smith moved that the letter be received, and the writer thanked for the invitation. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted its report, as contained on Folio 139 of the finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts, paid under votes of appropriation, amounting to £598:15:11.; Also, that accounts be paid, amounting to £859:19:8.
Total payment from general fund since last meeting, £1458:15:7.

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed credit balance to date of £5835:13:9.

The committee further reported having considered the rates due on vacant land, Lot 45, section six, Bedford Street (late Horbury Terrace) about 34 ft. frontage by an average depth of 92 ft., the rates on which have accrued for eight years, and are unpaid, and as the address of the reputed owner (A.W. Sorrell) is unknown, and diligent search has failed to locate the owner, recommended that the Council now gives necessary notice of its intention to take possession (under the provisions of section 148 of the local government act and ordinances made thereunder) of this unoccupied land, viz., assessment number 64 Kingston Ward (A.W. Sorrell) or owner, known as number 83 a Bedford Street (late Horbury Terrace) being Lot 45, section six, of the North Kingston estate, amount due:-

Current year £2:19:10 Arrears £12: 2: 3 Current interest £0:11: 7 Arrears Interest £2: 2: 1 Total: £17:15:9

Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and that all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, 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 195 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received and the applications mentioned in paragraph three be granted. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-
that the sum of £86:1:0 be now voted to cover the excess over amount previously voted for renewing the wooden blocks of Enmore Road, southern side, from King Street to Station Street. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-
that it be referred to the works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of repairing and tar dressing the carriageway of Simmons Street, from the portion already tar dressed to Sarah Street. Seconded the Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Alderman Bloom moved:-
that it be referred to the lighting committee to report upon the advisability of providing an additional light at the western end of Newman Street. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

There being no further business meeting terminated; confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council; held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 2 Oct 1917.

 


 

Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 2 Oct 1917, at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Aldermen Pritchard, Ryan, Dibble, Szarka, Edwards, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson, and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Bloom and Morgan.

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

His worship the mayor expressed the pleasure which the Council felt at the reappearance at the Council table of Alderman Edwards, who had been laid aside by a severe illness for some weeks past, and expressed the hope that Alderman Edwards’ accustomed health and vigour, would shortly be fully restored. Alderman Edwards expressed his thanks for the kind remarks of the Mayor and Aldermen.

His worship the Mayor moved, that a letter, under the corporate seal of the Council, be sent to J. P. Palazzi Esquire, of Alice St Newtown, expressing this Council’s sincere sympathy in connection with the death of his father, who was at one time, a resident of this Municipality. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from J. W. Abigail, and Mrs E. McCarty, thanking Council for letters of sympathy were received.

Letter from the Secretary, Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales, intimating that fire alarm pillars would be erected in lieu of those removed from telephone poles, where telephone lines had been undergrounded. His worship the Mayor moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this Council, will be pleased to be consulted before the proposed fire alarm pillars are erected, as some improvement in the location of same may be effected. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Petersham Council, intimating that the work in connection with the Liberty Street extension was about to be commenced. Received with thanks.

Letter from the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation, thanking Council for letter of appreciation. Received.

Letter from E. Thorne intimating that he will carry out the work of painting and renovating premises, adjoining the town Hall at the same time as the town Hall is being painted. Received.

Letter from Lieutenant Littlejohn, asking the Council’s permission to resume open-air meetings on the Newtown Bridge. Received.

Letter from RP Donahue, making application on behalf of a brass band of which he is a member, to play in the Streets of Newtown, and take-up a collection. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the application be received, and refused. Seconded by Alderman Ryan. Amendment moved by Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, that the application be received, and a tentative approval granted, provided the band does not play within the Municipality on dates of patriotic events. Upon being submitted the amendment was declared lost, and the substantive motion was then submitted and declared carried.

Applications from J. Kirkpatrick, Sanitary Inspector, and J. Wilson, rate clerk, for the usual annual holiday leave was received, and left in the hands of the Mayor.

PETITION.

A petition was received from J. P. Stephenson, Mattie Atkinson, and 33 others, residents of Trade Street, and locality adjacent, praying that the Council will prevent premises number 29 Trade St., being used again for the manufacture of an inflammable substance, is a fire had recently occurred in the premises. It was resolved that the petition be received, and referred to the works committee for report.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of a meeting of the works committee, held 24 Sep 1917, embodying recommendations numbers 1 to 12 inclusive. It was decided to consider the recommendations seriatum, and upon being submitted numbers 1 to 11 inclusive were received and adopted. Number 12, proposal by Alderman Cuthbertson to report upon the best means and probable cost of providing adequate sanitary conveniences for the Municipality of Newtown, be referred back to the works and health committee, on the motion of Alderman Dibble, seconded by Alderman Szarka, for fuller information, and be made an order of the day for consideration at the next ordinary meeting of the Council. It was then formally resolved, that with the amendment regarding recommendation number 12, the works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect.

The Overseer of works are submitted his report of works, completed or in progress during the past fortnight, and plans approved, and it was resolved the report be received and subject to the alterations recommended in the partitions of the plan of number to anyone King St Newtown, be endorsed.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report, as contained on Folio 196 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book, which was received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted, on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

Consideration of the letter received from Woollahra Council, covering copy of resolutions re Greater Sydney, to be moved by Alderman Magney at the local government conference. Alderman Ryan moved, that the consideration of this order of the day be adjourned to the ordinary meeting of the Council, held 30th October, 1917. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Szarka drew attention to the nuisance caused by the milk cans of the Fresh Food and Ice company being left in the lanes where they are often rolled onto the carriageway, and become a menace to vehicular traffic.

Alderman Edwards asked that a depression in the wood blocking at the corner of King and Alice streets be repaired.

Alderman Pritchard asked, that the bubbling fountains be again placed in order.

Alderman Smith drew attention to the inconvenience caused by portion of the tar melting on the carriageway, and causing inconvenience to pedestrians.

His worship the Mayor said he would give these matters his attention.

Alderman Ryan asked, that the Mayor take steps to secure the stopping of all suburban trains at the Newtown Station, as prior to the strike. The Mayor said he would like notice of motion given that this proposal, in conformity with the provisions of Ordinance 1, as some members of the Council had already left the meeting.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 16 Oct 1917.


Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers Newtown, on Tuesday 16 Oct 1917, at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Aldermen Pritchard, Ryan, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Edwards.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from J. P. Palazzi, thanking Council for letter of sympathy. Received.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 40 samples of milk, in one case, a caution was deemed necessary. Received.

Letter from T.E. Burke, making application on behalf of a relief fund committee, of which he is president, for Council’s permission to take-up a collection within the Municipality of Newtown, on Friday 19th instant. His worship the Mayor moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted, provided the collection is carried out under the supervision of the Newtown Relief Committee , already established by the State Government, and consisting of the members of Parliament for the district, the Mayor of Newtown, the clergymen whose parish or portions thereof, lie within the Municipality of Newtown, the inspector in charge of the Newtown Police, an officer of the State Relief Department, and the Town Clerk. The writer to be informed that the committee will be pleased to have his cooperation for the purpose of this collection. All monies collected to be vested in the committee arranged by the State government, who will distribute same for relieving necessitous cases of distress within the Municipality of Newtown. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from M. Richmond, asking that Enmore Road, be wood blocked, from Stanmore Road to Juliet Street. Received, and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor.

Letter from P. F. Goodin, asking if the Council will further consider the question of deepening the stormwater drain from Pemell Lane to Pemell Street, to accommodate the drainage from properties adjoining, and offering £5 towards the cost of the work. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the matter be referred to the Works Committee, in conjunction with the mover, to inspect the drain in question, and report to the Council. Mr Goodin to be invited to attend at the time of inspection. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, supported by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from Brown, Jarrett, and Brown, 127 Pitt St., Sydney, making application to place signs on the balcony railings of premises number 497 King St., Newtown. On the recommendation of the Works Committee it was resolved that the application be received and refused.

Letter from S. J. Shillington, with reference to the holding of recruiting meetings on the Newtown Bridge. The peculiar circumstances surrounding this matter, having been verbally explained to an officer of the Department, it was resolved that the application be received.

Letter from the Forbes Council, outlining certain notices of motion, which it intends placing on the business paper of the Local Government Association of New South Wales. Received.

Letter from the St Peter’s Council, intimating that it is prepared to carry out the work of repairs to May St. (a common boundary between the two municipalities) on the terms set forth in this Council’s letter of the 30th July. Alderman Ryan moved, that the letter be received, and the request of St Peter’s Council complied with. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Marrickville Cottage Hospital, asking permission to collected in the streets of this area on Saturday, 3rd November next. Alderman Dibble moved that the letter be received, and the request complied with. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from W. Harris, asking permission to exhibit signs in connection with Mrs Booth’s benefit (previously granted by the Council) on 30th October until the day following the social, November 2. Alderman Keats moved, that the letter be received, and the request complied with. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Department of Public Health, re alleged nuisance caused by offensive odours in Angel Street. Received and referred to the Inspector for report.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works and Health Committee, held 15 Oct 1917, as contained on Folio 71 of the Works Committee’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 3 inclusive. Alderman Morgan moved, that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of a meeting of the Lighting Committee , held 15 Oct 1917, as contained on Folio 71/3 of the Lighting committee’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 9 inclusive. Alderman Dibble moved, that the report be received, and its recommendations considered seriatum. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Recommendations 1 to 8 inclusive were then considered seriatum, and adopted. Recommendation number 9 was then submitted, his worship the Mayor moving the adoption of the recommendation with the addition of the words “without expense to the Council”. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard.

Whilst Alderman Ryan was speaking to the motion, the Mayor ruled the Speaker “Out of order”, as discussing matters ulterior to the question, and requested him to resume his seat. Alderman Ryan continued to discuss the matter, and the Mayor declared the meeting adjourned for three minutes. Upon the Council resuming there were present, the Mayor, and Alderman Pritchard, Ryan, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Keats, Cuthbertson and Smith. Alderman Szarka obtain the Mayor’s permission to retire, Alderman Dibble withdrew from the Council table, Alderman Cuthbertson then left. The Mayor called for a quorum, there being no response, the Mayor ordered the names of Alderman Pritchard, Ryan, Bloom, Keats and Smith, who were present at the Council table with the Mayor to be recorded, and the meeting lapsed.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 30 Oct 1917.


Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 30 Oct 1917 at 7-30 p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Alderman Pritchard, Ryan, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies are received from Alderman Edwards, Szarka and Cuthbertson.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Application from M. E. Beecroft, for permission to erect a merry-go-round on J. Smith’s land King and Norfolk streets. Alderman Morgan moved, that the application be received, and permission granted. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Sydney City Mission, asking permission to take up the annual Street collection on Saturday, 1st December. Alderman Ryan moved, that the letter be received, and the application granted. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Manly Council, asking cooperation in a movement to secure the internment of enemy aliens, and that public meeting be convened in support of the movement. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Manly Council informed, that this Council unanimously approved of the internment of enemy aliens. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from Mrs A.V. Nash, making application for permission to erect a merry-go-round on vacant piece of land in Station Street, opposite Brown’s wood and coal yard. It was resolved that the application be received, and granted, subject to the written permission of the owner of the land being produced.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown brass band, asking for a written authority to play within the streets of Newtown, as the Police had demanded same. Alderman Bloom moved, that the letter be received, and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales, intimating that the Council will be notified of the location of the proposed fire alarm pillars, when is intended to erect them. Received.

Letter from the Manager, Dairy Farmers’ Co-operative Milk Co., disclaiming any intention of offending in the matter of leaving milk cans on the public highways. Received.

Letter from W. P. Ogden, making application for Council’s approval of subdivision plan of land in Erskineville Road. Received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from Mrs Lucy Brown, asking if the Council approved of erection of an up-to-date block of residential flats on the American design, on land between King and Whitehorse streets. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the Works committee for consideration and report.

His worship the Mayor mentioned that a letter should have been to hand that evening, asking on behalf of the Ladies Committee of the Newtown Cot Fund, in connection with the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children, for the free use of the Town Hall, on Wednesday, the December next, to hold a concert on behalf of the fund. Anticipating the arrival of the letter, he (the Mayor) submitted the letter to the Council for consideration. Alderman Morgan moved, that the free use of the Town Hall be granted to the ladies at the Newtown cottage fund committee, for the evening of Wednesday, the December next. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted its report, as contained on Folio 140 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts, paid under votes of appropriation, amounting to £1660:2:3 Also, that accounts prepaid, amounting to £272:5:7. Total payment from the general fund since last meeting £1932:7:10.

From the permanent improvement loan fund interest to 15/10/17 £668:6:0

The financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £4388:5:3.

It was further recommended, in accordance with clause 2 of regulation 6, that the sum of £194:16:0 be now voted from the general fund to carry out the following Works:-

Egan Street. Remedial on top dress carriageway where necessary, £55:0:0
Georgina Street. Tarpave path in front of number 44 to join with tar paved carriageway £11:10:0
Copeland Avenue. Repair balance of carriageway, and when consolidated, top dress the whole with tar and sand £54:0:0
Ferndale Street. Breakup and relay path £65:0:0.
Margaret Street. Relay path from Ferndale to Simmons streets, £9:6:0
Total £194:16:0

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

The valuer submitted a report, recommending that the assessed annual value of assessment no. 430 O’Connell Ward, cottage and land in Brock’s Lane, owned by Mrs A. M. Friar, be altered from £72 to £35, as the A. A. value had been based on the rent paid for the furnished cottage, instead of the rent paid for the cottage unfurnished (15 shillings). Alderman Campbell moved, that the valuer’s report be received, and the recommendation contained therein be carried into effect, under the provisions of section 135 (7) of the Local Government Act, and the necessary alteration be made in the valuation book, and duly initialled. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

The consideration of the lighting committee’s report, recommendation 9, which had been adjourned from the last meeting, was resumed. The motion submitted by his worship the Mayor was altered to read, that recommendation 9 be adopted, with the addition of the words “without expense to the Council”, and that the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor to confer with Mr Donoghue, managing director, in regard thereto. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried. The whole report was then submitted, and with the alterations made, received and adopted, on the motion of Alderman Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Morgan.

The Overseer of Works reports of Works completed or in progress during the past month, on the 16th and 30th instant were received.

The Sanitary Inspector’s reports, of the 16th and 30th instant were submitted. Alderman Smith moved that the reports by received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 2 of the 16th instant and paragraph 3 of the 30th instant be granted. In connection with paragraph 6 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report of the 30th instant, re alleged offensive odours in front of premises number 32 to 68 Angel St., the engineer was authorised to take steps to trap the gullies in this locality, where it was deemed safe and expedient so to do. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Ryan moved:-that a 60 CP lamp be substituted for the 40 CP lamp, number 234, in Cavendish Lane. His worship the Mayor ruled this motion out of order, the matter having already been dealt with in the lighting committee’s report considered this evening.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

Consideration of the letter from the Woollahra Council, covering copy of resolution submitted by Alderman Magney at the conference of the Local Government Association of New South Wales. As this matter has already been dealt with by the Local Government Association, it was resolved that the order be discharged from the business paper.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Bloom mentioned the hardship, which was inflicted on children attending the Newtown schools, by their being charged two pence for each journey when attending swimming lessons at the Drummoyne baths. He moved, that a letter be sent to the Commissioner for Railways, asking that the previous tariff of one penny for each journey be charged, as the parents of the children were in many cases, unable to bear the extra cost. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Alderman Ryan asked that he be supplied with an abstract on the lighting agreement. The Mayor said he would have one prepared for each of the Alderman.

There being no further business meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 13 Nov 1917.

 


 

Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 13 Nov 1917, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman C. H. Turtle) and Aldermen Pritchard, Szarka, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson and Smith.

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

His worship the Mayor referred to the loss sustained by the following three families, Messrs J. Hyde, 58 Denison St., Newtown, C. McDonald, 115 Campbell St Newtown, and W. H. Kendall, 25 Australian St., by the death on active service of their sons, Private J. A. Hyde, Private McDonald, and Private W. H. Kendall, respectively, who were killed whilst gallantly fighting to uphold the traditions of the British race for liberty, and moved that letters of condolence, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to each, expressing the deepest sympathy of the Council in their irreparable loss. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Alderman Keats moved that a letter of sympathy be forwarded to Mr J. E. Bayliss, under the corporate seal of the Council, expressing this Council’s deepest sympathy in the loss of his son, whilst gallantly fighting in the cause of freedom on behalf of our by the Empire. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a minute, in which he considered the time opportune for taking steps to erect a suitable honour roll for enrolling thereon the names of those residents of the Municipality, who have seen active service, and suggesting that the Council erect a suitable Honour roll on the Town Hall buildings. Alderman Pritchard moved that the minute as read be received, and referred to Finance committee, together with Alderman Campbell. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Engineer for Tramways, intimating that in his opinion good tar paving would meet the requirements rather than wood blocking the carriageway of Enmore Road, between Stanmore Road and Juliet Street. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Department requested to carry out the work at present, this Council being willing to carry out the portion within its area.

Letter from the Australian Red Cross Society, asking the cooperation of this Council in an appeal to raise funds on behalf of “our day”, on the 30th instant. Received, cooperation granted, and communication be forwarded onto the Newtown Red Cross League.

Circular letter from the Department of local Government, covering copy of amendments to Ordinance number 17 and 19. Received.

Letter from the Board of Fire Commissioners, covering proclamation, including the Municipality of Prospect and Sherwood, and portion of the Blacktown Shire, within the Sydney Fire district. Received.

Letter from H. E. C. Robinson, asking if this Council will subsidise him to the extent of £60, to enable him to prepare a map of the Municipality on a scale of two chains to an inch. It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Pritchard, that the letter be received, and referred to Finance committee.

Letter from M. T. Pawley, Secretary, Cook Labour Council, asking for permission to hold a meeting in Australia St, on Thursday next, on behalf of those opposed to conscription, also for permission to take up a collection at the meeting, and to take up a collection at a series of meetings to be held up to the day of the referendum. It was resolved that the letter be received, the requested meeting in Australia St and collection be refused, and application be made to collect at each meeting.

REPORTS.

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 200 and the Sanitary Inspector’s report book. Alderman Smith moved, the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Szarka drew attention to the continuance of placing milk cans on the footways, and asking some action to be taken to prevent same. The Mayor replied that the Police and officers of the Council have had instructions to prosecute offenders.

Alderman Keats drew attention to the annoyance cause to pedestrians on the footways, by children playing thereon with scooters, and asked for the police to remove same. The Mayor replied that he had already drawn the attention of the police to this matter.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

His worship the Mayor moved, that the Council do now resolve itself into a committee of the whole to consider the matter of the annual contracts. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

On resuming Council, it was reported that while in committee, the matter of the annual contracts was considered, and your committee now recommends that the matter stand adjourned to a next meeting of the Council. His worship the Mayor moved, that the report of the committee of the whole Council be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 27 Nov 1917.


Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 27 Nov 1917, at 7-30 p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and aldermen Pritchard, Ryan, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Campbell and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Cuthbertson, Szarka and Edwards.

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

His worship the Mayor referred in feeling turns to the loss sustained by the following three families, Mrs N. Merton, 123 Station St Newtown, of her son, Private Thomas David Merton D. C. M., who was recently awarded the distinguished conduct medal for conspicuous bravery, killed in action, H. J. Reynolds of 45 Wilson St., Newtown, of his son, Private Reynolds, killed in action, and Mr J. Kirkpatrick, 88 Alice St., Newtown, chief health inspector to this Council, of his brother, Private S. Kirkpatrick, killed in action, and moved that letters, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to each family, expressing this Council’s deepest sympathy in their irreparable loss, also expressing admiration at their gallant actions in fighting on behalf of the Empire in the cause of freedom. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Two letters from Department of public health, each covering 20 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Tramway Traffic Superintendent, acknowledging receipt of this Council’s letter, relative to the fares charged by children travelling from the Newtown Public School to Drummoyne baths, and intimating that in future the charge will be one penny for three sections, provided there is a sufficient number of children travelling to warrant the running of a special tram direct from Newtown to Drummoyne. Received.

Letter from J. J. Hurley, Principal, Newtown Superior Public School, congratulating the Council for bringing the matter of fares charged for children travelling from Newtown to Drummoyne baths under the notice of the Tramway Traffic Superintendent, and in being able to secure a restoration of the old rate. Received.

Letter from the Undersecretary, Chief Secretary’s Department, intimating that the Chief Secretary has decided to relax his previous decision in favour of meetings, in connection with the military service referendum only being held in the locality of the Newtown Bridge. Received.

Letter from the Newtown Red Cross League, asking for the free use of the Town Hall, on Monday 10 December, 1917, for purpose of holding annual meeting, and inviting the Aldermen and wives to attend. Received, and permission granted.

Letter from Chief Commissioner for Railways, intimating that it is impossible for the Department to maintain lights at either the Phillip St or Copeland Avenue subways. Received.

Letter from Erskineville Council, intimating that the present financial position of the Council does not permit entering into the work of repairs to Union Street, and that the matter will receive attention when the Estimates are being considered for the New Year. Received.

Letter from M. E. Beecroft, asking for permission to retain merry-go-round on Mr Smith’s land, corner King and Norfolk streets, for the month of December, 1917. Received, and request complied with.

Letter from the Engineer for Tramways, intimating that instructions have been given to place the work of tarpaving Enmore Road, between Stanmore Road and Juliet Street, in hand at once. Received, and Department to be informed that the work of tar paving the portion within this area will be put in hand concurrent with that of the Department.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted its report as contained on folio 140 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts, paid under votes appropriation, amounting to £656:8:1, Also, that accounts be paid, amounting to £690:1:10.

Total payments from general fund since last meeting £1346:9:11.

The financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £3109:5:3

The committee reported having considered letter from H. E. C. Robinson, asking for a subsidy of £60 to enable him to prepare a map of the Municipality, and recommended that the offer be not accepted.

The committee further reported having considered a Minute submitted by his worship the Mayor (Alderman CH Turtle). With regard to the erection of a suitable honour roll on the Town Hall buildings, and recommended that the matter stand adjourned for further consideration.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the Finance Committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts paid, and the recommendations on all other matters be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Smith, 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 201 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Pritchard drew attention to a church sign, which had been placed at the side of the Town Hall, and asked if permission had been given for same. The Mayor replied that he had given permission to place same thereon.

Alderman Bloom drew attention to a notice which had been served on the owner of premises which he was tenanting, to effect repairs, and asked for same to be enforced. The Mayor said he would bring this under the notice of the Council’s inspector.

Alderman Ryan drew attention to the condition of the WCs at the Newtown markets, and asked for something to be done. The Mayor replied he would draw the attention of the inspector to same.

COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE.

Alderman Morgan moved that the Council do now resolve itself into a committee of the whole with closed doors, to consider the matter of the annual contracts. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

The Council then resolved itself into committee. On resuming Council it was reported that while in committee of the whole the matter of the annual contracts was considered, and it was recommended that the contract of Mr Annabel be renewed, provided the proviso contained therein, requiring the Council to review the contract in the event of any alteration in awards, is removed. Alderman Morgan moved, that the report of the committee of the whole be adopted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

There being no further business, the meeting terminated, confirmed and ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 11 Dec 1917.

 


 

Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 11 Dec 1917, at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Aldermen Ryan, Pritchard, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Keats, Cuthbertson, Campbell and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Edwards.

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

His worship the Mayor referred in feeling terms, to the decease of Mr Walter Gawne, of Reiby House, Enmore, and moved that a letter, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Mr Gawne’s relatives, expressing this Council’s deepest sympathy. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Morgan referred in sympathetic terms to the decease of Mr Faithful Wannell, a very old and highly esteemed resident of Alice Street, who passed away at the advanced age of 90 years, and moved that a letter, under corporate seal, expressing this Council’s sympathy be forwarded to the relatives. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Alderman Smith referred in feeling terms to the decease of Private McInerney, on active service, and moved that a letter, under the corporate seal the Council, be forwarded to his relatives. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from Mrs Merton, WH Kendall, J. E. Bayliss and J. Kirkpatrick, thanking Council for its kind letters of sympathy. Received.

Letter from the Marrickville Council, asking for a joint meeting of the Works committees, to consider the question of improvements to the drainage of streets in this Municipality intersecting Edgeware Road. Alderman Smith moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Works committee to make the necessary appointment, and report. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letters from Alderman Taylor, representative of city and suburban municipal councils on the Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales, and also from the Secretary, Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales, covering statements showing the estimated expenditure of the year 1918, and intimating that this Council’s share of the amount is £859:4:5, an increase of 10/4 over last year’s contribution. Received.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, covering the copy of the act to amend section 209 of the Local Government Act 1906. Received.

Letter from D. Garnett, calling attention to the annoyance caused by open-air meetings in Australia Street, while concerts and other entertainments are proceeding in the Town Hall. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter left in abeyance until after the date of the referendum (20th December, 1918).

Letter from J. E. Donoghue, Manager, Electric Light and P. S. Corporation Ltd, covering amended schedule of quotations, for lamp alterations in the Municipality of Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received.

Letter from the Municipality of Petersham, covering account for £132:16:8, payment on account of works carried out in the extension of Liberty street through to Railway Avenue. On the recommendation of the Works committee it was resolved that the letter be received, and the amount paid.

Letters from WF Dobbin, Honorary Secretary of the Newtown Win the War League, asking for the free use of the Town Hall on Friday evening, 21st instant, to hold a social evening for the entertainment of soldiers in camp, and returned soldiers of Newtown and district, and further inviting the pleasure of the company of his worship the Mayor and Aldermen at the function. Alderman Dibble moved, that the letters be received, the free use of the Town Hall as desired granted, and the invitation accepted. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from Mrs P. M. Hanson, calling attention to the annoyance caused by children using scooters and Billy carts on the footpath adjacent to her residence Gowrie Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and a copy forwarded to the Inspector of Police.

Letter from the Secretary, Victoria Park racing club, asking permission to exhibit calico signs on Croad’s Bank Hotel and the United Australia Hotel, to advertise a patriotic race meeting and sports carnival on Boxing and New Year’s Day, at the Victoria racecourse. Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received, and the application left in the Mayor’s hands. Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

Letter from LG Tucker, Secretary of the Stanmore Strollers club, asking permission to retain a calico sign advertising their social at the Newtown School of arts on the 15 Dec 1917, the sign to be removed on the 17 instant. It was resolved that the application be received, and the writer informed that his request cannot be granted, and further that the sign must be removed forthwith.

Letter from A J. Annabel, cartage contractor, intimating that he cannot accept the continuance of this contract for 12 months without the proviso being included, that his contract is to be reviewed by the Council if there is any increase in wages etc, in any new award, and further intimating that if there should be a decrease he is agreeable to this Council deducting any decrease from his account each week. Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received, and Mr Annabel’s offer to continue his contract under the present rates and conditions, with the proviso mentioned therein, be accepted. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from G. Horne, making application to place a canvas awning over his window, and his business premises 150 Enmore Rd., Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

Application from Stella Montgomery, for Council’s approval of plan and specification of improvements to her veranda at 13 Susan St., Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and approval granted, provided the building line of the existing building is strictly observed.

Letter from Miss Q. Peter, making application for annual holiday leave for the year 1917. It was resolved that the application be received, and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor.

MAYORAL MINUTE.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman C. H. Turtle), submitted a minute bringing under the notice of the Council the necessity for the erection of a supper room, in accordance with plans and specifications prepared in 1915, which was designed to accommodate 114 persons, and would prove a valuable and useful adjunct to the Town Hall buildings. He recommended, if the Council approves of the proposal, that tenders be called for the work in conjunction with the proposed renovations and painting.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the Mayor’s minute be received. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard. Alderman Ryan moved as an amendment that the mayoral minute be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Campbell. In the discussion which ensued the opinions expressed that owing to the very high price of building materials at the present time, it was advisable to defer the erection of a supper room until after the war. The amendment upon being submitted was declared lost, and the original motion was then submitted and declared carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted its report, as contained on Folio 141 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts, paid under those appropriation, amounting to £338:14:0, also, that accounts be paid, amounting to £1315:17:3.

Total payment from general fund since last meeting £1654:11:3.

It was further recommended that the Council (having given the necessary notice in accordance with Local Government Ordinance 5) now takes possession (under the provisions of section 148 of the Local Government Act and ordinances made thereunder) of land, assessment number 83 a, Bedford Street (late Horbury Terrace, Kingston ward, being Lot 45, section two, of the North Kingston estate, and having a frontage of about 34 ft. to Bedford Street, by a depth of 92 ft.. The rates which have accrued, and are unpaid on same for the past eight years being:-

Current year’s rates £2: 19:10. Arrears of rates £12: 2: 3. Carried interest on rates £0: 11: 7.

Arrears of interest on rates £2: 2: 1

Total: £17: 15: 9

And that tenders be invited by advertisement for the leasing, under the provisions of the Local Government Act and ordinances of this land.

Also that tenders be invited, in accordance with plans submitted, for the erection in the Town Hall of six honour rolls in polished maple, four over the existing mirrors, and two at the rear of the hall.

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

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works committee as contained on Folio 73 of the Works committee’s report book. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

The Town Clerk and valuer (W. G. Salmon), submitted his report of the valuations of all rateable property within the Municipality of Newtown for the year 1918 in the Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards, together with the valuation books containing details of same, and estimates of rate limits, a summary of such valuations and rate limits being as follows.

Part No. 1. Limit of general rate and additional general rates, taken together. The unimproved capital value of all rateable land in the Municipality as valued by me is the sum of £1,470,774.

The assessed annual value of all rateable land in the Municipality as valued by me is the sum of £297,866.

2d. In the £ on the unimproved capital value of £1,470,774, would yield £12,256: 9: 0.

1/6 in the £ on the assessed annual value would yield £22,339: 19: 0.

The limits beyond which the council cannot levy general and additional general rates is therefore the sum of £34,596: 8: 0.

Part No. 2. Limit of all rates (general, additional general, special, local and loan rates), taken together.

2d. In the £ on the unimproved capital value would yield £12,256: 9: 0.

2/- in the £ on the assessed annual value would yield £29,786: 12: 0.

The limit beyond which the council cannot levy any rates (under the local Government act) is therefore, the sum of £42,043: 1: 0.

Alderman Pritchard moved that the valuer’s report, together with the valuation books containing details thereof, and estimates of rate limits be received and adopted, and the necessary information be forwarded to the Government statistician, as provided by Ordinance 5 (23). Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

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

It was resolved that the Overseer’s report be received, and in connection with paragraph B., plan of alterations to cottage, 13 Susan St., that the alterations and repairs be approved, provided the building line of the existing building is strictly observed, and no portion of the verandah of the building is erected nearer the footpath than at present.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report, as contained on Folio 202/6 inclusive of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Dibble, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

EMOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Cuthbertson moved:-
that it be referred to the Finance committee to report upon the advisability of establishing a sinking fund, with a view to the ultimate purchase from the Electric Light Corporation of the electric light plant and fittings within this Municipality. Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:-
that the carriageway of Enmore Road, from Edgeware Road to Juliet Street, be tarmetalled, at an estimated cost of £250. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Campbell moved:-
that two additional catch pits be constructed at the southern end of Bucknall Street, with double gratings connected to the existing drain pipes (as recommended by the Works committee) at an estimated cost of £15. Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

By Alderman Cuthbertson:-
asking that further steps be taken to cause the abatement of a nuisance caused by smoke or fumes from Webber’s factory, Whately Street.

By Alderman Pritchard:-
asking that steps be taken to abate a nuisance caused by large milk cans being left on the council’s footpath or carriageways. Alderman Morgan said this is becoming a very serious nuisance, and was a grave danger to the public, and moved that the council’s inspector be instructed to collect any of these milk cans found on the public roads, and that the offenders be located be prosecuted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

His worship the Mayor mentioned that the next date of meeting, fell on Christmas Day, and was agreed that no meeting would be held on this day.

His worship the Mayor concluded the meeting by wishing all present a Merry Christmas and trusted that the coming year would be a happier one for the nation. He invited all present to join a social gathering at the conclusion of the meeting, and the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 8 Jan 1918.