Minutes of Council

Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 8 Jan 1918 at 7:30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Edwards and Bloom.

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 drew attention to the military honours gained by Lieutenant Clive Dunn, (son of J.E. Dunn Esquire, of King Street, Newtown) who had been awarded the military Cross, and also to signaller Frank Gazzard (son of Mr. Gazzard of 16 King St., Newtown) who had been awarded the military medal, and had thus upheld the best traditions of our nation, he moved that letters, under the Corporate Seal of the council, be tendered to the parents of these two gentlemen, who for some years past had been well known citizens in our midst, congratulating them on the military distinction thus gained by their sons.

Seconded by Aldermen Campbell, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from Mr and Mrs Clarence McDonald, Faithfull Wannell, and Mrs Gawne and family, thanking Council for its kind letter of sympathy.
Received.

Letter from A. G. Fife, making application for permission to erect a glass and metal showcase on the brick pier of his doorway number 254 King St., Newtown.
Received, and left in the Mayor’s hands, on the motion of Alderman Dibble, seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson.

Letters from Roffs, and Messrs Hollander and Govett, making application for the renewal of their hoarding licences within this area for the year ending 31st December, 1918.
Alderman Ryan moved that the applications be received, and the hoarding licences renewed for the period ending 31st December, 1918.
Seconded by Aldermen Szarka, 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 the Local Government Department, covering copies of amendments in ordinances number five, re payment of rates, and number 55, re signs.
Received.

Letter from A. Bayliss, Rozelle, making application for council’s permission to play a cornet within the streets of Newtown.
It was resolved that the application be received and refused.

Letter from Cadogan, Stewart and Co.(council’s auditors) offering to check arrears of rates, and post rate notices containing same each year, with their stamp endorsed thereon.
The Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved, that the letter be received, and the offer accepted.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from M. Cooper, making application for council’s permission to erect a merry-go-round for a period of 14 days on vacant land in Station Street, opposite Wilford Street.
Alderman Ryan moved that the application be received and granted, provided the permission of the owner of the land is produced.
Seconded by Aldermen Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from M. H. King, Reiby Motor Co, asking permission to place a hose box on the footpath in front of premises 56/60 Enmore Road, to install the bowser system of petrol supply for motor cars.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and application referred to the Works Committeee report.

Letter from Stan Morris making application to place a calico sign on Croads Bank Hotel to advertise a benefit to be given on the 15th of February next, at St George’s Hall, to Robert Earl, returned soldier, who is undergoing a serious operation.

Alderman Ryan moved that the application be received, and the applicant allowed to exhibit sign as requested fore a period of three weeks, provided it is removed the day following the benefit.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from W. J. Morgan, president of the Kingfisher swimming club, asking the council’s assistance in obtaining free transfer of schoolchildren travelling to and from the baths. Mr Morgan was present, and the Mayor invited him to address the Council on the question.
At the conclusion of Mr Morgan’s address Alderman Ryan moved that the letter be received, and a letter forwarded to the Minister, asking if arrangements can be made for schoolchildren to travel to and from the baths free.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

MAYORAL MINUTE.

His worship the Mayor submitted a minute re a deputation which waited upon the honourable A. G. F. James, Minister for education, on Tuesday, 18th December last, to ask that the new Enmore superior public school buildings be erected on the site acquired by the Department, as early as possible. The deputation was arranged by the Enmore parents and citizens association, and consisted of the Mayor (Alderman Turtle), Aldermen Szarka, Pritchard, and Cuthbertson, Messrs W. G. Pier and H. M. Butler, and the Town Clerk (W. G. Salmon).

The Minister in reply said that the enrolment at the Enmore superior public school was 900, the seating accommodation 833, the average attendance 771. The cost of the proposed buildings £12,000, and as there are no funds available for the work, the request must be refused to the present.
Alderman Cuthbertson moved that the MAYORAL MINUTE be received.
Seconded by Aldermen Keats, and carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committeee submitted its report as contained in folios 141/2 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended: —
Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation, amounting to £504:10:11 from the general fund.
From the trust fund £7:16:0.
A certificate of the bank balances at 31/12/17 was also submitted as follows:-

General fund (less outstanding cheques)   £1248:17:0
Trust Fund    £165:17:5
Reserves and Renewals account   £2160:0:0

Total           £3574:14:5.
It was recommended that the Town Clerk’s estimates of receipts and expenditure for the year 1918, estimated expenditure £21,846, estimated receipts £21,846, and providing for a rate of 3-1/4d in the £ on the unimproved capital value of £1,470,774) of all rateable land in the Municipality of Newtown, be adopted as the estimated receipts and expenditure this Municipality for the year 1918.

The rental charges, under section 209 of the Local Government act, were recommended as follows:-

The Australian gas light Co.   £216.
The Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Limited £86.
In connection with the proposal made by Alderman Cuthbertson, that a report be furnished 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, it was recommended that the proposal is not advisable.

Alderman Campbell moved that the Finance Committeee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the recommendations re:-

(A) Estimated receipts and expenditure £21,846, and rate of 3-1/4d. in the £.
(B) Rental charges for the year 1918.
(C) Re sinking fund for purchase of electric light plant be adopted and carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

The Overseer of Works Worksted his report of works completed or in progress during the past month, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report, as contained in folios 207/10 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Smith moved the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.
Seconded by Aldermen Pritchard, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Revoting of Works.

The following authorised Works, which lapsed on 31 Dec 1917, (under the provisions of clause 13 of regulation 6) were re-voted, as follows:-

Alderman Morgan moved:-

1. That the carriageway of Stanmore Road be re-crowned, from Enmore Road to Liberty Street and top dressed with tar, at an estimated cost of £40:12:6 (in conjunction with Marrickville Council).

2. That the carriageway of Enmore Road, from Edgware Road to Juliet Street, be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £250 (in conjunction with the Tramway Department). Seconded by Aldermen Pritchard, and carried.

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

Aldermen Ryan moved for Aldermen Edwards:-
1. That Angel Lane be formed, tar paved full width, and the kerb laid on western side, at an estimated cost of £105.
2. That the carriageway of John Street, from May Street to May Lane be tarpaved, at an estimated cost of £75 3. That Hawken Street be repaired and top dressed, at an estimated cost of £27.
4. That the carriageway of Darley Street, from John Street to Edgware Road, be remetalled, blinded with tar screenings, and top dressed with tar and sand, at an estimated cost of £270.
Seconded by Aldermen Pritchard, and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved:-
1. That the crossing from St Johns Street to Lane at rear of 468/504 King St. be re-laid with trachyte cubes, at an estimated cost of £10.
2. That the carriageway of Union Street be tarmetalled between Munni and Harold streets, and the balance of the carriageway repaired and tar painted, at an estimated total cost of £240, provided the Erskineville Council is prepared to pay one half the cost.
Seconded by Aldermen Keats, and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:-
1. That the tar-metalled carriageway of Bedford Street, from Albert Street to Pierce Street, be broken up and renewed, at an estimated cost of £305.
2. That the tar-metalled carriageway of Mary Street be broken up and renewed, at an estimated cost of £85.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Alderman Cuthbertson moved:-
1. That the carriageway of Church Street, from Lennox to Victoria streets be tar paved, at an estimated cost of £185.
2. That the King Street foot paths, from Bligh Street to the Newtown Bridge, be top-dressed, at an estimated cost of £85.
3. That the carriageway of Copeland Avenue be repaired and top-dressed with tar, at an estimated cost of £54.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Aldermen Keats to move:-
1. That the asphalt paths be formed in Hollis Park where pedestrian traffic is most frequent, and the banks on the Wilson Street frontage evenly formed, an estimated cost of £20.
2. That the footpath in front of number 44 Georgina St. be tar paved to join with tar paved carriageway, at an estimated cost of £11:10:0.
3. That the carriageway of L’Avenue be repaired with metal and top dressed with tar screenings at an estimated cost of £52:10:0.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Alderman Campbell to move:-
That the carriageway of Wilson Street be re-cubed, from Watkin Street to Byron Street, at an estimated cost of £525.
Seconded by Aldermen Keats, and carried.

Aldermen Pritchard moved:-
1. That the tar paved footpaths in Ferndale Street be broken up and re-laid, at an estimated cost of £65.
2. That the tar paved footpath in Margaret Street, from Ferndale Street to Simmons Street, be broken up and re-laid, at an estimated cost of £9:6:0.
3. That the carriageway of Simmons Street be repaired and tar dressed, from the portion already tar dressed to Sarah Street, at an estimated cost of £230:5:0.
Seconded by Aldermen Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Dibble moved:-
That the footpath on the south side of Bedford Street, from the railway bridge to Albemarle Street subway be tar paved, an estimated cost of £118.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved for Aldermen Bloom:-
That Wells St carriageway, from King Street to portion tar paved, be top dressed with tar, an estimated cost of £19:5:0.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

TOTAL AMOUNT VOTED:-
O’Connell Ward    £933:0:0
Enmore Ward    £825: 3:6
Camden Ward    £746:5:0
Kingston Ward    £508:0:0

TOTAL        £3012:8:6

ORDER OF THE DAY.

Consideration of tenders for:-

(a) Painting and renovating Town Hall.
(b) Making and erecting honour boards.
(c) Leasing of land Bedford and Darley streets

Tenders have been opened as follows:-

Painting and renovating Town Hall.

Rigby and Knight    £92:0:0
FW Mullett    £101:11:9
F. A. Gimbert    £116:5:0
FW Orchard    £145:0:0
G. J. Baker    £159:0:0
E. Quartly    £179:0:0

Making and erecting six honour boards.

Henry Elvy    £50:10:0
F. Dickin    £63:0:0
Langdon and Langdon    £73:0:0
W. E. Smith    £85:10:0
F.W. Gissing    £96:0:0

There were no tenders received for the leasing of land.

Alderman Smith moved, that the council do now resolved into committee of the whole, to consider the tenders received.
Seconded by Aldermen Pritchard, and carried.

Upon resuming council it was reported that while in committee of the whole tenders for renovating and painting the Town Hall were considered, and your committee now recommends that the tender of Rigby and Knight, at £92, be accepted.

Tenders for making and directing the honour boards were also considered, and your committee now recommends that the tender of Henry Elvy, at £50:10:0 be accepted.
Alderman Morgan moved, that the report of the committee of the whole be received and adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble, 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 22 Jan 1918.

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Minutes of meeting of the council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 22nd January 1918, at 7 30 p.m.

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

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from A. Gazzard, Esq, thanking council for its kind letter of congratulation.
Received.

Letter from Major Shillington, asking that open air recruiting meetings be permitted on the Newtown Bridge, similar to those held during the recent referendum.
Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received, and the writer informed that this council did not grant permission for the open-air meetings held during the recent referendum. It is felt that there are many other positions in this district suitable for open-air meetings, but the council is opposed to the Newtown Bridge being used for this purpose, as it is the busiest centre of Newtown, the traffic from six important thoroughfares converging at this point, and it is therefore regretted the application must be refused.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from A. Scott, suggesting that the Newtown Council confer with Erskineville council with a view to amalgamating the two municipalities.
Received.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of the Attorney General, intimating that the Appeal Court will be held at the courthouse in Newtown, for the purpose of hearing appeals against assessments.
Received.

Letter from Messrs Rawlings and Hamilton, asking approval of plan of subdivision of land with house thereon, named as 13 Margaret St., Newtown. Alderman Pritchard moved that the letter be received, and plan of subdivision approved as recommended by the Works Committeee. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Public Works, intimating that Alderman D. Henley’s term of office will expire on 21st of March next, but he is eligible for re-election as a suburban member of the M.B. of W. S. and sewerage, and further asking for a complete list of the names at the Aldermen. Alderman Ryan moved that the letter be received, and the necessary information furnished. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letters from W. Little and L. Stead, complaining of the nuisance caused by offensive odours from private mortuary in Watkin Street on the evening of Sunday 20th instant, and asking that something be done to prevent a repetition of the nuisance. Alderman Campbell moved, with a view to preventing a repetition of the alleged nuisance, that the letter be received, and a letter sent to the Department of Public Health, asking that a regulation be made that no private mortuaries or funeral parlours should be permitted to be used within 100 ft. of any dwelling or factory, unless the same be properly constructed with tiled floor and walls, with proper inducts, and exhaust ventilation shafts carried above the roofs of the adjoining buildings, and all walls of the same be external walls. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Letter from N. H. King, further explaining the nature of the bowser petrol pump he desires to fix in front of his motor garage, 56 Enmore Rd.
Alderman Ryan moved that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.
Letter from W. F. Dobbin, secretary of the Win the War League, asking for the free use of the Town Hall for the evening of Wednesday the 30th instant.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the application left in the hands of the Mayor.

Letter from W. J. Morgan, covering copies of almanacs for the year 1918.

Received with thanks.

Letter from Miss Moriarty, making application for the free use of the Town Hall for the evening of Wednesday the 30th instant.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the application left in the hands of the Mayor.

His worship, the Mayor submitted his annual report, giving a synopsis of the work, financial and general, carried out by the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, for the year 1917.
Alderman Morgan, heartily congratulated the Mayor upon the very satisfactory report submitted, and moved that it be received and adopted.
Aldermen Ryan seconded the motion, and expressed pleasure at the comprehensive yet condensed nature of the report.
Aldermen Campbell supported the motion, which was carried unanimously.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of a meeting of the Works Committeee as contained on Folio 74 of the Works Committeee’s report book.
Aldermen Morgan moved that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.
Seconded by Aldermen Edwards, and carried.

The Council’s auditors, Mrs W. H. Cadogan, Stuart and Company submitted their annual report, together with the balance sheet for the period ending 31st December 1917, certifying that all the Council’s books of accounts, vouchers, and other documents had been duly audited and found correct, and in strict accordance with provisions of the Local Government Act, ordinances and regulations.
Aldermen Campbell moved that the auditor’s report and balance sheet be received and adopted and laid on the table.
Seconded by Aldermen Smith and carried.

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

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

The Sanitary Inspectors submitted his report, as contained on Folio 211/12 of the Sanitary Inspectors report book.
Aldermen Smith moved that the Sanitary Inspectors report be received, the applications mentioned in paragraph 3. Granted, and this Council, be satisfied that the premises mentioned in

All, 26th. shall the Street, Newtown, are in such estate as to be dangerous to health, and therefore a nuisance within the direct meaning of section 65 of the Public Health act, directs that a notice be served on the owner, requiring him to abate the said nuisance, and do such things as may be necessary for that purpose, including:-

1. Prevent waste water from flowing under kitchen and back bedroom, by providing and fixing a waste pipe on kitchen sink and cause the same to discharge properly over the gulley connected with the sewer.

2. Prevent waste water from flowing into yard and lane by providing and fixing a waste pipe on bath and causing same to discharge over a galley properly connected with the sewer.

3. Relay floor in water closet with improved impervious material.

And do such other works as will prevent a recurrence of the nuisance complained of.
Seconded by Aldermen Ryan and carried.

Motions, pursuant to notice.

Aldermen Campbell moved for Aldermen Keats:-

That the carriageway of Georgina lane be properly formed and metalled at the southern end to connect with L’avenue lane and kerb the whole, top dress with tar and gutter stones in L’avenue lane renewed where necessary, as recommended by the Works Committeee at an estimated cost of £ 195.
Seconded by Aldermen Morgan and carried

Aldermen Smith moved:-

That the tar metalled carriageway of Bedford Street from Pierce to Liberty streets be renewed and the gutter stones in the vicinity of the overhead bridge at Liberty Street renewed where necessary, as recommended by the Works Committeee at an estimated cost of £ 65: 10:0.
Seconded by Aldermen Dibble and carried.

Aldermen Ryan moved:-

That Laura Street be repaired and top dressed with tar, that portion along the gutter stones to be repaired with tarred metal as recommended by the Works Committeee at a probable total cost of £ 188.
Seconded by Aldermen Bloom and carried.

Aldermen Ryan moved:-

That the carriageway of Hawken Street be repaired, and when properly consolidated, top, dressed with tar, that portion along the gutter stones to be repaired with tarred metal, as recommended by the Works Committeee at an estimated cost of £ 150.
Seconded by Aldermen Edwards and carried.

Questions without notice.

Under this heading, the Mayor mentioned that it had been decided to dispense with the Hospital Saturday collection this year, and in lieu thereof to hold a combined collection on the 26th April next for the Red Cross Society and the Hospitals conjointly.

Aldermen Edwards asked that the corners of the public school land in Norfolk Street be rounded off.
His worship, the Mayor said he would make an inspection and see what could be done in this matter.

Aldermen Morgan asked would the Mayor cause a letter to be sent to the Marrickville Council, explaining that it has been arranged with the Tramway Department to tar pave the carriageway of Enmore Road from Stanmore Road to Juliet Street and asking will the Marrickville Council join in completing the work on its side of the carriageway so that the carriageway will be tar paved full width from Stanmore Road to Juliet Street.

His worship the Mayor said he would have a letter sent.

Aldermen Ryan moved that the Suburban Municipality’s representative on the Fire Brigades Board of New South Wales (Aldermen W. Taylor) be requested to supply this Council with full information as to the qualifications of Mr J. M. Lambourne for appointment to the position of Divisional Fire Brigades Officer in the Metropolitan Area and the reasons the board have for appointing him to that position, further the reason for overlooking the claims of Mr Grimmonds when making the appointment.
Seconded by Aldermen Dibble and carried.
Aldermen Prichard moved as an amendment that all words after ‘area’ be deleted, seconded by Aldermen Morgan and carried.

The amendment was then submitted as the substantive motion, and declared carried.

Aldermen Ryan asked, whether arrangements would be made for improving the bridge entrance to the premises of the Peacock Jam Company in Alice Street.
His worship the Mayor replied that arrangements for this work had already been made.

His worship, the Mayor mentioned that the election for Mayor would take place between the 1st. and 15th days of February, the Ordinary Meeting of the Council will be held on the fifth day of February next and to save the necessity of having a meeting on a special night. The election of Mayor would be held on the same date as the Ordinary Meeting if the members of the Council saw no objection to this procedure.

The general expression of opinion was that the suggestion made by the Mayor was a wise one.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday fifth day of February 1918. Signed, Charles H. Turtle, Mayor, W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.

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