Wednesday 3rd January 1900

Minutes of Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the evening of Wednesday 3rd January 1900

Present
The Mayor (Alderman Ibbotson) and Aldermen Dolman, Jones, Smith, Cox, Salmon, Howe, Morgan, Elstub, Crozier, Rigg and King.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in reply to Councils letter complaining of the damage done to the Kerbing in King Street during the erection of the Poles for the electric Tramway stating that the work of repairs to the kerb cannot be properly completed until the wires are strained and the poles set in position.  Care will be taken that the work will be finished off in a satisfactory manner.  Received.
From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in reply to Councils communication re Holdsworth Street stating that the proposal to lay pipes to carry the storm water into the existing channel is regarded as satisfactory but so far as the railway property is concerned the work must be performed to the satisfaction of the Engineer in Chief for existing Lines.  Received.
From the Annandale Council covering copy of Resolution passed to the effect “That in the opinion of that Council no alteration of the Public Vehicle Regulation Act will be effective unless providing for the imposition of a wheel tax on all vehicles not licensed for hire.”  Received.
From the Borough of Camperdown agreeing to co-operate with this Council on a deputation to the Roads and Bridges Department with regard to the dusty condition of Newtown Road.  Received.
From Dr Armstrong Medical Officer of Health forwarding copy of his report on nuisances from a Street Gully in Angel Street Newtown complained of by Mrs Bakie.  The report state that he is satisfied that the nuisance is largely if not entirely caused by the sewage constantly flowing into the pit from Abels Confectionery Works which contains much albumen fat and other putrescible substances.  Received and to be taken into consideration with the Inspectors report.
From the Registrar Metropolitan Transit commissioners with copy of application from Edward Webster for permit to ply an Omnibus from corner of Jamiesen Street and Parramatta Road via Australia Street to Newtown Bridge and asking the opinion of the Council as to whether the running of the Bus is necessary for public convenience and the route applied for the most suitable.  Received and to be informed that this Council has no objection to the permit being granted.
From Sheerin Hennessy applying for permission to erect an Iron Awning over the footpath in front of Hotel Victory (formerly “Sir William Wallace”) in King Street south the proposed Awning being in strict accordance with the rules of the Council of the City of Sydney and from their No. 1 design.  Received and to be informed that while the council offers no objection it will take no responsibility in connection with the erection of the structure.
From M Richmond calling attention to a nuisance caused by the smoke from a chimney on premises adjoining his in Watkin Street.  Received and to be informed that he has his remedy under the provisions of Section 4 of the Smoke Nuisance Abatement Act.
From CB Rigney stating that he is about to commence building 4 colleges in Pemell Street asking that the street may be formed as soon as possible and offering to contribute towards the cost of kerbing and guttering in front of his property.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.
From Alfred Hermes with the substance of a resolution passed by the Newtown Orchestral Society having for its object the getting up of a variety entertainment on a large scale the proceeds to be handed over to the Mayor as the local contribution to the Patriotic Fund and asking the co operation of the Mayor and Aldermen.  Received and this Council to extend its patronage.
From F Jones tendering his resignation as a member of the Works Committee on the grounds that he cannot work amicably with his colleagues.  Received and resignation accepted.
Finance Committee
Reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £1100.18.11 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £161.9.9.  The Mayor moved that the report of the Finance Committee as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
With reference to Hoffman and Clarke’s (Valuers) letter respecting the Assessment of shop premises in King Street said to have been rated at the special request of Mr F Jones last year at £78 pa and recommending that the same be now written off an equivalent allowance not having been made to Mr V Solomon.  Your Committee after enquiry and carefully considering all the circumstances recommend that all the particulars relating to the matter be prepared and submitted to the Municipal Association for legal opinion.
Signed C Ibbotson, Chairman.
Considerable discussion followed the reading of this report and after Alderman Smith had at some length justified the recommendation based as it was on evidence before the Committee Alderman Morgan moved “That the report be referred to a Committee of the Whole Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
Works Committee report
Recommending that instead of Tar metalling the carriageway in Whitehorse Street the ballast hereon be broken up and the thoroughfare remetalled and that the Contractor be paid for the following Works passed viz: Tarpaving in Dickson Street, Angel Street, Iredale and Wilson Streets.  The Mayor moved “That the report of the Works Committee as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried. 
Specification Committee
Reported having in accordance with the resolution passed at the last Council meeting prepared specifications formatting the annual valuation of all rateable property within the Borough for the Municipal year 1900-1901; the same being laid upon the table and recommended for adoption and further recommending that tenders be invited from two persons competent to make the Annual valuation to be opened and considered at the nest ordinary meeting of the Council.  On the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Morgan the report was received and the recommendations of the Committee adopted.
The Borough Treasurer
reported that between the fifth of December 1899 and 3rd
January 1900 £342.4.3 had been received and deposited in the bank and during the same period cheques issued amounting to £1100.18.11 the bank balances being as follows:
Current account Cr – £ 121.19.5
General account Dr – £715. 10.0
£593.10.7
Received.
The Overseer of Works
reported the amount and progress of works under his supervision during the past fortnight and in connection with the renewing Tar paving disturbed for the erection of the Electric Tram Polls in King Street King Street south and Enmore Road reported having inspected the work in company with an officer from the Tramway Department and openings having been made in about 60 places found that the new material was on an average only three quarters of an inch in thickness.  The unsatisfactory nature of the work has been repeatedly pointed out to the Engineer and on the 30th December he was informed that the Council would insist upon the paths being restored to their former condition by having the ground cut out to the regular depth and proper material used.  Received and adopted.
Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the Contractors for scavenging the several wards of the Borough are doing the work in a satisfactory manner and that in company with Dr Armstrong the Medical Officer of Health he visited Able and Company’s Factory in King Street on the 28th December and inspected and an open drain in Angel Street into which a quantity of matter from Abel and Company’s flows causing a very disagreeable smell at times.  Since then application has been made to the Water and Sewerage Department for the necessary plans and when these are obtained the work of connecting with the main sewer will be started at once.  Report received and a copy of Dr Armstrong’s report to be forwarded to the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage.
Motions Pursuant to Notice
The Mayor (Alderman Ibbotson) moved:
1 “That the Council do now proceed to appoint an Alderman as Returning Officer for the election of Aldermen and Auditors to be holden on the First Tuesday in February next ensuing.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.  Alderman Rigg then moved “That Alderman Smith be and is hereby appointed Returning Officer for the next Annual election of Aldermen and auditors.”  Seconded by Alderman  Elstub and carried.
With the consent of the Council Alderman Crozier withdrew the following resolution standing in his name
2 “That an allowance of £100 per annum be granted to the Mayor in order to meet the expenses pertaining to such office the same to take effect from the February 1900.”
Questions
Alderman Smith called attention to the erection of an electric Tram pole in the middle of the roadway which he regarded as an obstruction which would be the cause of a serious accident and urged that a letter be written to the Department pointing this out.  Alderman Crozier suggested that the Contractor or the Department be asked to place a light on the pole.
Alderman Rigg also pointed out that in many cases the Poles had been erected too close to the Gas Lamps thus obscuring the light and considered the Commissioners should be asked to remove the Lamps at the cost of the Department.
F. Jones Assessment
Resolved on the motion of Alderman Dolman “That the Council do now go into Committee of the Whole to consider the Finance Committee’s report respecting the Assessment of shop premises market buildings occupied by Mr F. Jones.  The Assessors Returns copy of the Rate Notices served on Messrs Jones and Solomon and the Rate Book were laid on the table examined and considered after which the Council resumed and the Committee reported as follows: “Recommend that instead of submitting the matter to the Municipal Association for legal opinion as recommended by the Finance Committee the assessment as made and as set forth in the Rate and other Books stand as it is.  Signed C. Ibbotson Mayor.”  Moved by Alderman Morgan that the Committee’s report as now read be and is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
This being the business the Council rose.
Confirmed this 16th day of January 1900.
Signed C. Ibbotson, Mayor. 

Tuesday 16th January 1900

Minutes of Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held in the Town Hall on the evening of Wednesday 16th of January 1900.

Present
The Mayor (Alderman Ibbotson) and Aldermen Smith, Howell, Elstub, Cox, Jones, King, Salmon, Crozier and Morgan.  The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Aldermen Rigg and Dolman.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
Letter from W. H. Bean and Company submitting a list of disinfectants and recommending the same as capable of effectively resisting the spread of disease.  Received.
From W. Taylor (Representative of Municipalities of the Fire Brigades Board) advising that the contribution to the Fire Brigades Board to the current year has been fixed at £25,500 an increase to that of last year of £1,500.  Received.
From the Brigades Board with Statement of the estimated expenditure of the Board for the current year and the pro rata apportionment is of the contributions of the Municipalities contributing under the provisions of the Fire Brigades Act the quarters contribution from this Council amounting to £66.17.11 being £3.1.3 per quarter or £12.5.0 p.a in excess of last year.  Received.
From Francis Gearside asking the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen to a concert to be given in the Odd Fellows Hall Wilson Street the proceeds to be devoted towards augmenting the “Patriotic Fund”.  Received and request complied with.
From the Department of Public Works intimating that the Secretary will receive a deputation from the Camperdown Darlington and Newtown Councils on the subject of the dusty condition of Newtown Road at 11:30 a.m. on the Thursday the 25th idem.  Received and as many as can to attend.
From The Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in answer to Councils letter relative to the Electric Tram Pole which has been erected on the Newtown Railway Bridge forwarding copy of the report made by the Electrical Engineer concerning the matter and stating that the Pole would not have been placed in this position had it been possible to get over the difficulty in any other manner.  Received.
From E.A. Turtle stating that he is about to erect two cottages in Pemell Street and asking that the work of forming the said Street may be proceeded with with as little delay as possible.  Received and informed that the question of forming the Street is now having the attention of the Council.
From the Suburban Newspaper and Printing Company Ltd asking why they have been deprived of their share of the Advertisements of the Borough and pointing out that in the past they have given due publicity to all matters connected with the Council entitling them to a fair share of the advertising.  Received to be informed that in the past the sum paid was greatly in excess of requirements and now it was decided to curtail expenses in this direction with out depriving the local papers of a fair share.
From Wallace and Son Solicitors stating that they have received notice of discontinuance of action of Hansen against the Borough and forwarding statement of legal costs in this matter and also in Bakewell’s prosecution.  Received and Referred to the Finance Committee.
From Perkins and Fosbery together with Letter of Dedication of Pemell Street and part of a 20 Foot Lane to the north of it also transfer of Drainage area Pemmell’s Subdivision for approval and acceptance when the sum of £50 to be applied in and towards the costs of the construction of the Street and Lane will be forwarded.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
Minute by the Mayor
The Mayor submitted a minute together with a list of rates outstanding for a number of years on vacant land the owners of which until recently were unknown. Owing to various causes he found it advisable to effect a settlement by compromise and recommended that the amounts agreed to be waived be written off the books.  Alderman Morgan said that he was familiar with most of the items referred to and considered the Mayor by effecting a settlement in the manner as stated had adopted the best and most satisfactory course.  Received and referred to the Finance Committee.
Overseer of Works
reported on the various works under his supervision during the past fortnight.  Received.
Inspector of Nuisances
reported on the sanitary work carried out during the past fortnight and that the Rubbish Tip in North Botany was being worked and kept in a satisfactory manner.  Alderman Morgan urged the necessity for vigilance on the part of the Inspector in view of the near approach of the Bubonic Plague and hoped a house to house inspection would be made.  The report was received.
The Specification Committee
reported having inspected the Town Hall premises and as directed prepared Specifications now submitted and recommended for adoption by the Council and further recommend that Tenders be invited and the work carried out after the Annual Elections under the supervision of a competent gentleman (to be appointed) who will be responsible for the due performance of the contract.  Received.
Motions Pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved:
1 “That the alterations to the Public Urinals on the Railway Bridge be carried out as recommended by the Works Committee at an estimated cost of £2.10.0 and a new tank erected in place of the present leaky one at a cost of £5.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan.  Alderman Salmon opposed the motion as in his opinion the recommendation of the Works Committee did not go far enough and moved an amendment that the question be referred back to the Specification Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Crozier.  Alderman Howe consenting the amendment was carried. 
Order of the Day
To open and consider Tenders for making the Annual Valuation of all Rateable Property in the Borough through the year 1900- 1901.  Moved by Alderman Smith that the Council do now resolve into a Committee of the Whole with closed doors to open and consider Tenders for making the annual valuation for the ensuing Municipal Year.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
In Committee the Tenders were opened and considered and on the Council resuming the following report was brought up viz: “Your Committee having opened and considered Tenders received for making the Annual Valuation for the ensuing Municipal Year will recommend the acceptance of the Tender of Messrs Hoffman and Clark at seventy pounds (£70) Sterling.” Moved by Alderman Smith that the report of the Committee of the Whole upon tenders for making the Annual Valuation be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Confirmed this 30th day of January 1900.
Signed C. Ibbotson, Mayor. 

Monday 24th January 1900.

Revision Court
In accordance with the provisions of the 60th section of the Municipalities Act of 1897 an Open Court for the purpose of revising the Municipal Lists of the several Wards of this Borough of persons supposed to be entitled to vote at the election of Aldermen and Auditors during the ensuing Municipal Year was held on the evening of the above day at 8 o’clock.

Present
The Mayor (Alderman Ibbotson) and Aldermen Salmon, Smith, Elstub, Howe, Dolman, Jones, Crozier and King.
The Council Clerk produced and laid upon the table Lists for Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1897.  There being neither claims for names to be inserted nor objections to names already thereon the Lists were regularly adopted and signed by the Mayor.
This concluded the business and the Court rose.
Confirmed this 30th day of January 1900.
Signed C. Ibbotson, Mayor.

Tuesday 30th January 1900

Minutes of Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held at the Town Hall on the evening of Tuesday the 30th day of January 1900.

Present
The Mayor (Alderman Ibbotson) and Aldermen Smith, Elstub, Dolman, Cox, Morgan, Howe, King and, Jones, Salmon and Crozier.  The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Rigg.
Minutes
The minutes of the previous Ordinary meeting and Revision Court proceedings were read confirmed and signed.
Correspondence
From E. Banner, Builder, applying for permission to erect balcony across the footpath in front of five shops in King Street and Enmore Ward being built for the Misses Eve.  Received and to be informed that while the Council offers no objection the owner will be held responsible for the erection of the structure.
Aldermen unopposed
Before proceeding with the ordinary business of the meeting Alderman Smith the Returning Officer intimated that he had not received any nominations in opposition to the retiring Aldermen who were again seeking re-election and congratulated the Mayor and Aldermen Morgan, Howe, and Elstub on their return unopposed.
Correspondence
From the Under Secretary Department of Justice with reference to the Local Option Vote described by section 28 of the Liquor Act of 1898 and asking that the necessary steps be taken for obtaining an effective vote of the Ratepayers at the Annual Municipal Elections.  Received.
From D. T.  Morrow on the half of his clients Messrs F. and C. Eve making application to have the kerbing and guttering in front of their property in Linthorpe Street renewed as the buildings are now complete.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From the Borough of Erskineville in reply to a letter from this Council stating that owing to pressure of work in other parts of the Borough the Mayor cannot see his way to commence the repair of Union Street until after the ensuing Municipal Year.  Received.
From W. A.  Spencer requesting immediate attention to the open grated sewer in Sloane Street and the necessity for its being cleaned out and attended to frequently.  The Mayor and Alderman Dolman stated that they had received similar communications from this writer who did not disclose his address to enable them to reply.  Received.
From Alfred Hermes and stating that arrangements for the Patriotic Fund demonstration and concert are nearly all completed but the date of the performance depends on the convenience of the honourable The Premier W. J. Lyne and the Minister of defence Hon John See whose patronage and presence depends on his Worship The Mayor.  Received. 
The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £319.16.3 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £318.12.3.  The Mayor moved that the report of the Finance Committee as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.  With reference to Messrs G. Wallace and Sons letter and Bill of costs in the matter of Hansen versus the Council and proceedings against Messrs Bakewell Brothers amounting to £18.14.4.  Your Finance Committee recommend that Messrs Wallis be offered £15.15.0 in full payment of the account.  Your Committee carefully considered the Mayor’s Minute of the 16th of January and subjoined list of old outstanding rates settlement of which had been effected by compromise.  Recommend that the Minute be adopted and the amount is not recoverable written off the books.  Alderman Smith moved that the Finance Committees Special report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
The Works Committee
report having considered the following matters referred to them.
1 Letter from Perkins and Fosbery with plan and Letter of Dedication of Pemell Street and 20 foot Lane also Transfer of Drainage area Pemmell’s subdivision both for acceptance.  Recommend adoption and acceptance of the said Street and Lane.  Provided that a satisfactory undertaking is given by the Vendors and others interested that the obstruction in the Lane is removed within a month from this date and that the Corporate Seal be affixed to the Transfer conveying the drainage area; also recommend that the formation of Pemell Street as well as the necessary provision for drainage in connection therewith be proceeded with at once.
2 Letter from C. B. Rigney urging that the formation of Pemell Street be proceeded with as he is about to commence building four cottagers and offering to contribute towards the cost of kerbing and guttering in front of said cottages.  Recommend that Mr Rigney be informed that the work of forming the Street will be commenced without delay and that his offer be accepted the laying of the kerb and gutter to be carried out when the condition of the Street warrants it.
Your Committee inspected and passed the following Works completed viz:
Kerbing and guttering and trachyte crossing in Bedford Street 
Kerbing and guttering and trachyte crossing in Lane Oxford Street to Baltic Street
Kerbing and guttering and trachyte crossing in Regent Street
kerbing and guttering and trachyte crossing in Bligh Street and
160 yards of Tar paving in Bligh Street and recommend that the several Contractors receive a final payment.
The Mayor moved “that the report of the Works Committee as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
The Borough Treasurer
reported that between the 3rd and 30th of January inclusive £430.10.0 had been received and deposited in the Bank and during the same period cheques issued amounting to £319.16.3 the balances at the Bank being as follows:
Current Account Cr – £242.12.11
Debenture Account Dr – £715.10.0       
£ 472.17.1
Received.
The Overseer of Works
reported on the various works carried out and in progress during the past fortnight and recommending that new guttering be laid in Little Queen Street from Campbell Street to Bligh Street before the carriage way is renewed.  Received and adopted.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the contractors for scavenging the several wards for the Borough are doing their work in a satisfactory manner and that in compliance with instructions he is giving his most attention to the sanitary conditions of the Borough throughout.  Aldermen Howe and Salmon expressed dissatisfaction with the condition of the lanes in the O’Connell Ward and urged better attention on the part of the contractor.  Report received.
Motions Pursuant to Notice
1 Alderman Cox moved
That the footpath in Norfolk Street northside from Whitehorse to Angel Street be tarpaved second class 190 yards at an estimated cost of £13.5.0.  Seconded by Alderman Jones.  An amendment by Alderman Crozier “That the matter be referred to the Works Committee” was lost.  The motion as read was then put and carried.  Confirmed this 13th day of January 1900.
Signed C. Ibbotson, Mayor. 

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