Tuesday 3rd November 1903

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

PRESENT

The Mayor and Alderman Rigg, Smith, Fallick, Howe, Jones, King, Ibbotson and Archibald also Alderman Abigail.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From J G Griffin advised seen that the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage have agreed to carry out the extension of the Sewerage to the That is Church.
Received.
From the Secretary Civil Ambulance and Transport Brigade of N.S.W. Newtown Branch thanking the Council for the free use of the Hall on the occasion of opening the branch on the 10th instant.  Received.
From the Council Clerk Erskineville directing attention to the lamp in the subway connecting George and Rowland Streets which is in a dangerous position and asking that the matter be brought under the notice of the Railway Commissioners.
Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.
From the Council Clerk Petersham calling attention to the necessity of making provisions for the water which at present flows from Trade Street along to the gully shaft in the railway Avenue and chokes it up by a diverting it into the stormwater channel.
Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From Messrs J J Griffin and Thomas Henley Municipal Representatives on the Water and Sewerage Board explaining the purport and provisions of the Amending Bill now before the Legislative Assembly and forwarding copy of a circular letter dated November 1898 dealing with the principle of differential rating to which no unfavourable reply was received from any Council.
Received and laid upon the table.
From C Willey asking that a lamp maybe erected at the corner of the Lane that runs by his place number 1 Georgina Street.
Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.
From E A Stevens Honourable Secretary Newtown Brass Band thanking the Mayor and Aldermen for granting the free use of the Hall for the late entertainment.  Received.
From F G Tack applying for a fortnight’s leave of absence from duty for the purpose of rest.
Received and application granted.
From Edward Smith 500 King Street and asking the free use of the Hall for the purpose of carrying out a Benefit Concert in aid of Mr Blatchford and family who are in distressed circumstances.
Received and Hall to be granted free subject to the date being free from engagement.
From Miss A Macdonnell asking the Mayor and Aldermen to extend their patronage to the Concert which will take place in St Georges on 20th November in connection with the girls Department of the Enmore Superior Public School for raising funds for school prizes.
Received and patronage granted.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £810.1.4 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £341.3.4.
Moved by the Mayor: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”
Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted statement of accounts since last report of six October as follows:
Bank Balance per last statement        £968.14.7
Deposits                 856.4.7
Cheques issued     £810.1.4
Bank Balance  Cr    830.7.10
Outstanding Cheques    184.10.0         
          £1824.19.2      1824.19.2 
Received.

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

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the various Contractors and the Block boys were all carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.

MINUTE BY MAYOR

In connection with the night sweeping of the wood blocked pavements in King Street and Enmore road the contract of which was terminated on the 30th September last the Mayor submitted a Minute stating that the work has been carried out during the month of October under the supervision of the outdoor officers with satisfactory results while the cost is but at the rate of £23.4.0 a year in excess of the amount paid to the Contractor.
After some discussion the Minute was received and adopted.

This concluded the business.
Confirmed this 17th day of November 1903.
Signed J B Smith, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 17th November 1903

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

PRESENT

Alderman Smith (in the Chair) and Aldermen Elstub, Ibbotson, Howe, Rigg, Jones, King, Archibald and Abigail.  The Council Clerk apologised for the unavoidable absence of the Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Alderman Elstub apologise for his own absence at last meeting of the Council.
A letter of apology was also received from Alderman Morgan who is still incapacitated.
Alderman Sparks of Camperdown was present and accommodated with a seat on the right of the Acting Mayor.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From Piggott and Stinton Solicitors in answer to notice served by Mr U. Ekin relative to certain requirements in connection with the property 11 King Street stating that  Mr Ekin is interested in the property with another as a purchaser but the purchase has not been actually completed the property being the subject of an application to bring the same under the Real Property Act and would therefore be glad of the matter be allowed to stand over for about three months pending information from Ireland.
Received and consideration postponed.
From W J Loudon with reference to notice served by the Inspector of Nuisances to take up the floors of WC’s of property in Angel Street and put down concrete stating that he thinks this quite unnecessary as he has already carried out all the other alterations mentioned by the Inspector.
Received and referred to the Inspector for report.
From the Council Clerk Camperdown submitting the following resolution for this Councils consideration viz:
“That this Council invite the Borough Councils of Newtown and the Glebe to a joint conference with the view of discussing the pact of the ability the absorption of the Borough of Camperdown within the new municipal areas to be known as Newtown and the Glebe respectively.”
Received and request complied with and the Camperdown Council to be asked to furnish this Council with full particulars of the scheme and the detailed financial statement prior to the meeting.
From Beehag Simpson and Petrie on the behalf of Miss F A Fooks owner of land 444 King Street Newtown and asking for the building alignment of said property as she is about to erect a building thereon.
Received and request to be complied with.
From the Paddington Borough Council submitting the following resolution for the consideration of this Council viz:
“That in view of the difficulties under which the Municipal Council at present labour this Council asked the cooperation of the various metropolitan Councils in approaching the Premier to secure the amendment of the Municipalities Act in certain directions.”
Alderman Rigg moved: “That the letter be received and cooperation granted.”
After some discussion the motion was put and lost.
On the motion of Alderman Ibbotson seconded by Alderman Howe the letter was received.
From Joseph Tattersall asking that his wages as Corporation labourer be raised from 7/- to 8/- per day.
Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

REPORTS

The By laws Committee
submitted their report together with draft copy of the new by laws for each Alderman with a recommendation that a copy lie on the public counter in the Council Clerk’s office for 10 days and that the adoption of the By laws be made an order of the day for next meeting.  Received.

The Overseer of Works
reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past week and works now in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
report stated that the Contractors and others ordinarily under the supervision were carrying their work out in a satisfactory manner.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Ibbotson (for Alderman Morgan) moved:
1 That Alice Lane be formed ballasted and kerbed and guttered on both sides (about 366 yards) at an estimated cost of £195 and referred to the Works Committee.
Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Alderman King moved:
2 That the Council Clerk be and is hereby instructed to prepare and submit to this Council a statement showing the cost of advertising for the past 10 years ending 3 August last such statement to show the last of the Abstracts of receipts and expenditure separately with the names of the newspapers containing the same and that a type written copy of such statement be presented to each Alderman. 

The mover asked to be allowed to amend the motion by adding the words “showing each year separately” after the word
“years” in the second line under the heading of this motion on the business paper.
There being no objection on the motion as amended was seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 1st day of December 1903.
Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

 

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