Tuesday 13th January 1903

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall on the above date at 7:30pm.

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Elstub, Ibbotson, Salmon, King, Jones, Rigg, Howe and Smith Archibald.
The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Fallick.

MINUTES

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Fire Brigades Board forwarding Statement of the estimated Expenditure of the Board for the current year and of the pro rata apportionment of the Contributions of the Municipalities contributing under the provisions of the “Fire Brigades Act of 1902” together with a memo of the sum now due by this Council amounting to £122.8.3 for the first quarter as against £81.5.7 for the corresponding quarter of last year.  Received.
From W Taylor Representation of Suburban Municipalities on the Fire Brigade Board intimating that the contribution to the Fire Brigades Board for the current year has been fixed at £45450 as against £30600 last year so that there is an increase of £14850 or roughly speaking the increase amounts to 50%.  Received.
From the Leichhardt Borough Council embodying the following resolution viz: “That the Councils of the Metropolitan area be written to asking the cooperation in an effort to obtain some alteration to the “Fire Brigades Act” limiting their power to increase the amount of contribution demanded from Municipalities.”  Received and cooperation granted but are limited to the word “Act” all words following being omitted.
From Michael Rowhan asking the Council to refund a sum of three pounds being amount of deposit with tender for scavenging the Camden Ward which contract he found himself unable to take up some three years ago and consequently forfeited the deposit referred to.  Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

REPORTS

The Overseer of Works
reported various works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the Contractors for sweeping the wood blocks and cleaning the Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards are carrying out their work in an efficient manner that the Camden Ward contractor is again neglecting the gutters more particularly Lord John May and Maria Streets.  Report received and was resolved that a fine of £2 be imposed on the Contractor for Camden Ward.

Motion Pursuant to Notice
Alderman Rigg moved:
1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to consider the necessity and cost of kerbing and tarpaving Wilford Lane from Wilford Street to Station Street or otherwise deal with the same.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

ORDERS OF THE DAY

To consider Mr John Nottle’s offer of four feet of ground at £5 per foot for drainage purposes.  The Mayor reported that
Mr Nottle had called upon the Council Clerk and expressed his willingness to transfer the strip of land unreservedly.  The Mayor said that he would have a conveyance prepared and asked Alderman Archibald to put a resolution on the business paper of the next meeting to cover the cost of the land.

This being the business the Council rose.
Confirmed this 27th day of January 1903.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Thursday 22nd January 1903

REVISION COURT

In accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897 an Open Court for the purpose of revising the Municipal Lists of persons supposed to be entitled to be enrolled on the Municipal Role for the ensuing Municipal Year was held at the Town Hall on the above date at 7:30pm.

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan presiding) and Aldermen Smith, Fallick, Elstub, Jones, King, Howe, Abigail and Archibald also the Council Clerk.  The Mayor apologised for the absence of Aldermen Ibbotson and Salmon.
The Mayor declared the Court open for the Revision of the Municipal Lists and the Council Clerk produced and laid upon the table Lists for the Enmore Camden Kingston and O’Connell Wards and also the lists of claims of persons to have their names inserted on the Kingston and O’Connell and Camden Wards as follows:
Kingston Ward
Francis Victor Flannigan Occupier House and Shop 315 – 317 King Street £252 4 votes.  Allowed
 O’Connell Ward
Frederick William Hartley Lessee House and Shop 208 King Street £117 3 votes.  Allowed.
Camden Ward
John Archibald Owner Lots 22/3/24/Wells Street £5 1 vote.
Qualification already on roll and application lapsed.
The Court having after due examinations satisfied itself that Messrs Flannigan and Hartley were entitled to be enrolled ordered their names to be inserted in Alphabetical order on the Kingston and O’Connell wards respectively.  Names inserted accordingly.
Resolved that the Enmore Camden Kingston and O’Connell Wards lists as now revised be the Electoral Roles for the said Wards for the Municipal Year 1903 – 1904.
The Mayor then in Open Court wrote his initials against the names inserted signed his name to every page and also signed the certificates at the end of each list in accordance with section 64 of the Municipalities Act of 1897.

This terminated the proceedings and the Court rose.

Confirmed this 27th day of January 1903.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 27th of January 1903

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held at the Town Hall on the above date at 7:30pm.

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Smith, Fallick, King, Howe, Ibbotson, Salmon, Elstub, Jones, Archibald, and Abigail.

MINUTES

The Minutes of the previous meeting and Revision Court proceedings were read confirmed and signed.

CORRESPONDENCE

From E A Stevens Honourable Secretary Newtown Brass Band asking if the Council would favourably consider the advisability of extending the balcony of the Town Hall Newtown to accommodate 30 bandsmen thus enabling the Band to render music at frequent periods for the benefit of the public.  Received and referred to the Finance Committee.
From E Murphy calling attention to the bad state of Station Street for want of repair.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From James Stevenson Contractor for scavenging the Enmore Ward protesting against the fine of 10/- imposed for tipping sweepings in a paddock off the Ricketty Street St Peters and stating that he did so at the request of the occupier of the premises Mrs Archibald Beacom.  Received.
From Joseph Megson stating that he has been requested by the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage to connect a piece of land now used as a wood and coal yard and asking if the Council will permit him to let the matter stand over for a few months when the lease will expire and it is proposed to rebuild on the land situated at 91 Gowrie Street Newtown.  Received and referred to the Inspector for report and if not unfavourable the Mayor authorised to sign request.
From Charles Wendt offering to contribute one third the cost towards asphalting the footpath in front of his property corner of Pemell and Reiby Streets provided the work is carried out at once.  Received and request complied with.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 13th December amounting to £367.10.6 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £843.6.10.  Moved by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith and carried “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of
30 December 1903 as follows:
Balance per last statement  Cr   £347.9.9
Deposits during month       293.10.1
Cheques issued during month £367.10.6
Balance Cr at date     273.9.4
      £640.19.10  £640.19.10 
Received.

The Overseer of Works
reported various works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works put in hand and being carried out.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the Contractors for scavenging the various wards are carrying out the work in any efficient manner and that several days were occupied in making the annual inspection of the Milk Vendors premises by the Inspector from the Board of Health who will forward a report in due course.  Report received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman King moved:
1 “That the gutter stones at the intersection with Stephen and Isabella Streets be renewed and the carriageway repaired where required at an estimated cost of £4.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Ibbotson moved:
2 “That 93 yards of first class asphalt be laid at the corner of Reiby and Pemell Streets at an estimated cost of £9.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Fallick and carried.
3 “That 2 gas lamps be placed one at each end of Pemell Lane at a cost of £4 for each per annum and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Fallick and carried.

Alderman Archibald moved:
4 “That the sum of £20 be appropriated for the purchase of four feet of land in Maria Street (from John Nottle) for drainage purposes.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
5 “That Union Street from Knight Street to Munni Street be metalled and ballasted where necessary at an estimated cost of £135 and that the Erskineville Council be asked to contribute their share of the cost.”
The mover having consented to the omission of all the words after £135 and the insertion of “conditionally on the Erskineville Councils agreeing to pay their share of the cost” the motion as amended was seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
6 “That the Works Committee be requested to visit the footpath in King Street between Holmwood and Dickson Streets for the purpose of submitting to the Council at its next meeting a scheme to prevent the nuisance caused by the soil from the vacant land being deposited on the said footpath.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS

Resolved on the motion of the Mayor “that the Corporate Seal of the Council be affixed to the Junior Clerk Thomas A. Testers Indenture.”
The Mayor reported that with Aldermen Smith and Abigail he attended a meeting of Municipal representatives to consider the steps that should be taken in connection with the increase in the Fire Brigades rate.  The meeting appointed delegates from each Council with the object of holding a meeting later on and subsequently reporting the result.

The Finance Committee
submitted a special report with reference to a letter from Michael Rowhan asking for a refund of three pounds amount of deposit lodged with tender for scavenging the Camden Ward three years recommending that as Mr Rowhan refused to take up the contract and considering the time that has elapsed and the circumstance the question be not reopened.  Received and adopted.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 17th day of February 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

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