Tuesday 6th October 1903

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and a full Council.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From Edwin P Lambert Honourable Secretary to a benefit concert tended to Mr Harvey Phillips in the Town Hall on the 14th of September last stating that owing to other attractions (and) the Concert was a financial failure and asking the Council for a refund of the rent paid viz 25/-.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.
From James Flood submitting two samples of ironstone gravel a material which he strongly recommends for forming footpaths and binding blue metal on roadways delivered at Newtown Railway Station for 6/3 and 5/- per ton according to quality.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From H C Serbutt Honourable Secretary Civil Ambulance and Transport Brigade of N.S.W.  Intimating that it has been decided to open a permanent station in Australia Street Newtown on Saturday 10th instant and asking the free use of the Hall on that occasion to enable the Committee to serve refreshments to the guests.  Received and request granted.
From W C Macdougall and Company asking the Council to furnish them with a copy of the abstract of Receipts and Expenditure for the half year ended 3rd August last for insertion in the “Newtown Chronicle” and Marrickville Weekly Review”.  Received and request not to be complied with.
From Michael Teehan applying for the return of his deposit in connection with his contract for sweeping the wood blocked pavements and asking further consideration of the decision arrived at concerning the careless performance of the work.  Received and request for a refund of deposit granted.   The portion referring to fine to be considered in conjunction with the Special Committee of the Whole Councils report.

REPORTS

The Special Committee of the Whole Council
appointed at last meeting to consider a letter received from Michael Teehan Contractor for sweeping the wood blocked pavements containing certain charges against the Inspector of Nuisances and protesting against the fines amounting to £20 imposed by the Inspector for careless performance of the work and investigate the matter as between the Contractor and Inspector submitted their report as follows:
“Your Committee reports that having fully considered the statements made in respect of this matter it confirms the action of the Inspector in imposing the fines and exonerates the Inspector from the charges of improper conduct alleged against him by the Contractor recommend is the amount of fines so imposed be reduced from £20 to £10.”
The Mayor moved and Alderman Howe seconded:
“That the report from the Committee of the Whole Council be and the same is hereby adopted.”
Alderman Smith moved as an Amendment and Alderman Archibald seconded: “That the report be received and made an order of the day for next meeting.”
Whereupon Alderman Rigg signified his intention in the event of the Amendment being lost to move a further amendment to reduce the fine to £5.
Alderman Smith with the consent of the seconder thereupon withdrew his amended motion and Alderman Rigg formerly moved: “That the report be amended by omitting the amount £10 (in figures) and substituting in lieu there of £5.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald.
After a lengthy discussion the Amendment was put and negatived.
Alderman Abigail called for a division with the following result:
For the Amendment – Aldermen Abigail, Smith, Rigg, Elstub and Archibald.
Against – Aldermen Howe, Ibbotson, Morgan, Fallick, Jones and King.
As a further Amendment Alderman Smith moved:
“That the report be received and made and Order of the Day for next meeting of the Council.”
Seconded by Alderman Archibald and negatived.
The Aldermen voting for and against as in the previous division.
Alderman Fallick moved the following Amendment.
“That further consideration of the report be deferred pending the receipt of communication from the Engineer for Tramways.”
Seconded by Alderman Rigg.
Question put and division demanded.
For the Amendment: Aldermen Abigail, Smith, Rigg, Elstub, Archibald, Fallick and Jones.
Against: Aldermen Howe, Ibbotson, Morgan and King.
Question resolved in the affirmative.

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1903.19.10 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £306.16.9.
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 8th September as follows:
By Balance per last statement      Cr  £2450.1.4
By Deposits                 300.3.1
Outstanding Cheques              172.10.0
To cheques issued     £968.14.7
To Bank Balance Cr    1903.19.10
To Outstanding Cheque       50.0.0         
           £2922.14.5    £2922.14.5 
Received.

The Overseer of Works
reported a number of works completed during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported the demolition of premises number 297 King Street in accordance with the recommendation of the Sanitary Committee also the three adjoining shops and that the Contractors under his supervision are doing their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman King moved:
1 That the carriageway in Fitzroy Street from Brocks gate to Wilson Street be reformed and tarpaved and the gutter stones repaired at an estimated cost of £87 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Howe moved:
2 That the carriageway at the intersection of Brown Street and Wilson Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £56 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
3 That the footpath in Australia Street from the Fire Station to Hotel be renewed at an estimated cost of £13 and referred to the Works Committee.
Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:
4 That the Lanes in Camden Ward designated on the map as here under be named and advertised in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1897 as follows: 
1 Lane at rear of South side of Alice Street from King Street to Pearl Street – Alice Lane.
2 Lane at rear of King Street from Alice Lane to Wells Street – King Lane.
3 Lane at rear of East side of Pearl Street from Wells Street to Alice Lane – Pearl Lane.
4 Lane at rear South side of Holmwood Street from King Lane to Pearl Lane – Holmwood Lane.
5 Lane at rear of South side of Dickson Street from King Lane to Pearl Lane – Dickson Lane.
6 Lane at rear of the North side of Wells Street from Commodore Street to Pearl Street – Wells Lane.  
7 Lane between and parallel with Wells and Maria Streets from King Street to a fence – Maria Lane.
8 Lane at rear of the North side of May Street from Goodsell Lane to St John Street – May Lane.
9 Lane at rear of King Street from Illawarra Lane to May Street – Goodsell Lane.
10 Lane at rear of the North side of Newman Street from Gowrie Street to Newman Street at rear of Newtown Markets – Railway Lane.
11 Lane at rear of South side of Erskineville Road from Gowrie Street to Union Street – Erskineville Lane.
12 Lane at rear of South side of Newman Street from Union Street to Whitehorse Street – Newman Lane.
13 Lane at rear of West side of Union Street from Harold Street to Newman Lane – Union Lane.
14 Lane at rear of East side of Angel Street from Harold Street to Newman Lane – Angel Lane.
15 Lane from Angel Street to Railway Lane – Gowrie Lane.
16 That Albert Street from Pearl Street to Commodore Street be re-named – Commodore Street. 
Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

This was the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 20 day of October 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor. 

 

Tuesday 20 of October 1903 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.

PREENT

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

MINUTES

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Honourable Secretary Northern Suburbs Municipal Committee directing attention to Section 34 Sub section C of the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Act Amendment Bill now before the Legislation of Assembly in which it is provided that the Board shall have power to levy Sewerage Rates not exceeding the amount of five pounds per centum on the Assessment of rateable property expecting only in the case of rate is less trouble in respect of the Western Suburbs Sewerage Scheme and the North Sydney and Willoughby Sewerage Scheme in which case the rates shall not exceed the amount of eight pounds per cent on the Assessment of the rateable property stating that the Committee is of opinion that the Sewerage rate should be uniform throughout the City and Suburbs the same as the water rates and asking the cooperation of this Council in an endeavour to have the Bill amended in that direction.  Received.  
From the Department of Public Works notifying that applications having recently been made for alterations and improvements to kerbing and guttering and drainage of proclaimed Main Roads under the control of the Department within Municipal areas Councils are informed that the Departmental Regulations are that such repairs and maintenance and so on are strictly municipal works.  Received.
From the Chairman Relief Boards Office intimating that the Board have on hand large quantities of 2 1/2 inch gauge hand broken road metal and would be glad if the Council will assist by purchasing a portion for Municipal Roads and at present available at the University Depot.  Received.
From the Borough Council of New Lampton forwarding copy of a resolution passed at a Municipal Conference held at New Lampton favouring the proposal of power being provided in the new Municipalities Bill to include certain and incorporated areas in boundaries of existing Municipalities.  Received.
From the Neuchatel Asphalt Company Limited setting forth the advantages of their real mineral asphalt direct from their mines in Europe and offering to lay footpath with same at a cost of 7/6 per square yard.  Received.
From Thomas Harrison stating that he requires and entrance from Francis Street into his property situated at 19 Edgeware Road so that a vehicle can get in.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From the Secretary Newtown Brass Band asking if the Council will make a reduction of the rent for the use of the Town Hall on the 23rd October when an entertainment is to be given for the purpose of raising fund to purchase uniforms for the Band.  Received and Hall to be granted free.
From the Engineer for Tramways with reference to the sweeping of the wood blocked paving in King Street and Enmore Road advising that after the action of the Council in terminating the contract and providing other means for satisfactorily carrying out the work the voucher for £10.16.0 for the month of August has been passed for payment.
From Michael Teehan asking the Council to finally consider his application the payment of the £10 fine.
Received and to be considered with the Order of the Day.

REPORTS

The Works Committee
submitted a lengthy report dated 12th October with recommendations respecting a number of proposed works referred from the Council.
Moved by the Mayor: “That the Works Committees report as now submitted be and is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried. 

The Lighting Committee
submitted their report dated 13 October recommending additional lamps and where necessary the removal of existing lamps to more suitable sites.
The Chairman (Alderman Rigg) moved: “That the Lighting Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

The Overseer of Works
reported various works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and a number of works on hand.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the Contractors and Block boys are carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner and submitted the September quarterly report for the Board of Health dealing with infectious diseases.  Received. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Archibald moved:
1 “That all resolutions that at present stand in the Councils books with reference to the Councils Newspaper advertising be and are hereby rescinded.”  Withdrawn by consent.
2 “That the Balance sheet for the future be advertised in each of the two local newspapers at a cost of £2.10.0 for each newspaper.
Seconded by Alderman Elstub.
After some discussion of the mover consented to add an amendment suggested by Alderman Rigg to omit the words “past half-year” and subscribing in lieu there of “future”.
The motion as amended was then put and carried

Alderman Rigg to move:
3 That in addition to the amount of £153 passed on the 5th May last for metalling London Street the sum of £306 be now voted tar metalling the said Street.
The mover said that in view of the cost of tarmetalling being so much in excess of the original estimate he would with the consent of the Council withdraw the motion.
Motion withdrawn accordingly.

ORDER OF THE DAY

To further consider the report from the Committee of the Whole Council submitted at the previous meeting of the Council with regard to the imperfect sweeping of the wood blocks and the fines amounting to £20 imposed on the Contractor as the result of his neglect together with letter received from the Tramway authorities agreeing to pass the voucher for £10.16.0 being the August contribution.
Alderman Rigg moved: “That the letter from the Tramway Authority’s be received and the fines reduced from £20 to £5.
Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

This concluded the business.
Confirmed this 3 day of November 1903.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

 

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