Tuesday 1st December 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 Aldermen Smith, Rigg, Morgan, Howe, Jones, Abigail, Archibald, Ibbotson, Elstub and King.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Borough Council of Willoughby and asking the cooperation of this Council in an effort to secure the insertion of the clause in the Water and Sewerage amending Bill exempting Municipal Councils from liability to Water and Sewerage rates in view of the fact that the Board have the use of the Councils Assessment free of cost.
Received and request complied with.
From J G Cannon Honourable Secretary Heathcote Progress Association enclosing a Petition addressed to the Honourable W P Creek Minister for Lands praying the Crown Lands on the South Coast Railway Line from Heathcote to waterfall be surveyed in suitable areas and put up for sale by public option.  Received.
From the Town Clerk Sydney stating that the City Council have received applications from certain persons in the municipality of Newtown amongst others from the firm of C G Hatte Limited making application for the extension of the electric light through the Borough of Newtown with a view to having their premises and establishments lighted by electricity which proposal the City Council will no doubt be prepared to favourably consider provided this Council will give the necessary permission which the Act authorises it to give.
Received and referred to the Finance Committee.
From W Taylor Representative of Suburban Municipalities on the Fire Brigades Board advising that the estimates of expenditure for the maintenance of the Fire Brigades Board for the year 1904 and have been adopted and the levy fixed that the sum of £42000 the comparative statement showing a decrease of £3450 as against last year.
Received and the thanks of this Council to be conveyed to Mr Taylor for the valuable information contained in his letter.
From Mrs Annie Lawson agreeing to pay one third the cost of the footpath in front of her eight new cottages in Laura Street are asphalted at once.
Received and request complied with.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 3 November amounting to £858.12.1 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £647.10.2.
Moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Morgan: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Carried.
The Finance Committee also reported having considered the letter from Joseph Tattersall (Corporation Labourer) received at last meeting asking for an increase of wages from 7/- to 8/- per day and recommending that on the report of the Overseer of Works the request be not complied with.
The Mayor moved: That the Committee’s report as now submitted be and the same is hereby adopted.
Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried. 

The Works Committee
submitted their report dated 30th of November with recommendations respecting various works referred from the Council for their consideration.
On the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Morgan the report was adopted.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of Accounts since last report of the third November 1903 as follows:
Balance per last statement   Cr      £830.7.10
Deposits                 291.17.9
Cheques issued        £858.12.1
Balance at Credit Bank of Australasia   263.13.6      
             £1122.5.7   1122.5.7 
Received.

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

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the various contractors are carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner and with reference to a letter from 
Mr WJ Loudon received at last meeting of the Council protesting against the concreting of the WC Floors of his property in Angel Street as required by the Inspector reports that this work is most necessary in view of the bad condition of some of the WCs from which it is clear sewer air is now escaping into some of the apartments.  Received and adopted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Smith moved:
1 “That the Specification be and are hereby instructed to prepare and submit to this Council at its next meeting Specification for making the Annual Valuation of all rateable property within this Borough for the municipal year 1904 to 1905.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.
2 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report on the advisability of erecting a lamp in Cross Lane opposite Turtles Lane.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
3 “That this Council take into consideration the advisability of acquiring sufficient ground within the Borough of Newtown to build Markets thereon.”  Seconded pro forma by Alderman Smith.

Alderman Morgan moved:
4 “That the footpath on the southern side of Goodsell Street from present tarpaving be tarpaved first class at an estimated cost of £32.4.0. and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY

To consider and adopt the amended by laws.

Alderman Smith moved: “That consideration of the by laws stand an Order of the Day for a special meeting to be held on Monday the 7th instant.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 8th day of December 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 8th of December 1903

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

PRESENT

The Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Rigg, Ibbotson, Elstub, Jones, King, Archibald, Morgan, Howe and Abigail.

MINUTES

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

BUSINESS

Order of the Day
To consider and adopt the Amended By laws.
Alderman Smith moved: “That the Council go into Committee of the Whole to consider the By laws.

In Committee the By laws were considered seriatim and the following amendments were agreed to.
Clause 75 after the word footway the words “and to be the same depth in the ground as the kerbstone” were eliminated and the following words substituted “and whether of wood or cast iron the column to be placed two feet in the ground.”
Clauses 81 The following words were added after the word of five shillings “and shall be such roadway Street or footpath in good repair and condition to the satisfaction of the Overseer.”
Clause 100 After the words By laws the words “ninety-eight and” ninety-nine were added”.
In Clause 143 the words “Motor car” were added.
In Clause 146 the words “Sanitary Committee” were inserted after Mayor.

Resumed
On the Council resuming
The Mayor brought up the following report: “Your Committee of the Whole Council having considered the By laws revised by the By laws Committee now submit the same with amendments to the Council for adoption.”

Alderman Smith moved: (1st) “That the report from the Committee of the Whole be received and that the By laws submitted be and the same are hereby adopted by the Council” and
(2nd) and “That the By laws be printed and forwarded to the Attorney General for approval.”
Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 15 day of December 1903.
Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 15th December 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 Aldermen King, Jones, Fallick, Archibald, Rigg, Smith, Abigail, Morgan, Elstub and Ibbotson. 

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Borough Council of Petersham inviting this Council to join in a deputation to wait upon the Commissioners for Railways to urge them to reconsider their proposal to increase the number of cars on the suburban trains (and thus curtail the number of trips now run) and instead thereof to arrange a more frequent service along the western suburban line.  Received and cooperation granted.
From Abel and Company Limited asking if the Council is likely to supply the firm with Electricity for light and power as if not it is their intention to install an electric plant for themselves.
Received and to be considered by the Finance Committee.
From Thomas Harrison stating that to lower the kerb only to the entrance to his property 19 Edgeware Road from Francis Street would be useless as he would not be able to lower the yard at the gate way owing to the sewer pipe laid there and asking the Council to reconsider the matter.
Received and the writer to be informed that his request cannot be complied with.
From George Andrews asking that he may be permitted to allow the 5´ x 5´ posts supporting the awning in front of the butchers shop at corner of Regent and Albermarle Street instead of the 6″ x 6″ posts removed to remain.
Received and the writer to be informed that 6 x 6 posts as specified in the By laws must be adhered to.  
From Michael Teehan asking for a refund of the fine of £5 imposed on 20th October last for improper performance of his contract for sweeping the wood blocks.  Received.

REPORTS

The Works Committee
submitted a report in connection with communication received from the Borough Council of Petersham respecting the flooding of certain premises in Railway Avenue Camperdown owing to the alleged fault of this Council in not having any provision of the conveying the storm water from Trade Street into the storm water channel – recommending the decision arrived at by this and the Petersham Works Committees as follows:
“Continue the kerb on the Pierce Street side to the corner of the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage’s property and cut a grip to convey the water to the stormwater drain.”
The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committees report now submitted be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Specification Committee
in accordance with a resolution passed at last meeting of the Council reported having considered and prepared specifications from making the Annual Valuation of all rateable property within the Borough for the Municipal Year 1904 – 1905 which specification is now submitted and recommended to the Council for adoption.  Further recommend: that applications be invited from two persons conjointly to make the valuation such applications to be opened and considered at next ordinary meeting of the Council.
The (Specification) Mayor moved: “That the Specification Committees report as now submitted be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

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 Contractors for the various Wards are carrying out their works in a satisfactory manner while the block boys and the men engaged sweeping the wood paved streets are giving satisfaction.  Received.

General
Alderman Abigail called attention to the suddenness with which trains are started from the various stopping places in King Street and Enmore Road and asked that a letter be written to the Department on the subject.
The Mayor said that he would cause a communication to be addressed to the Railway Commissioners.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 29 day of December 1903
Signed J Z Smith, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 29th December 1903

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

PRESENT

(The Mayor) Alderman Smith (in the Chair) and Aldermen Archibald, Jones, King, Elstub and Abigail.
Apologies were received for the unavoidable absence of The Mayor and Alderman Rigg, Ibbotson and Morgan and Alderman Fallick owing to indisposition.

MINUTES

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

REPORTS

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of first December as follows:
Bank Balance per last statement        £ 263.13.6
Deposits                  401.15.8
Cheques issued       £925.5.3
Balance Dr                 259.16.1 
              925.5.3       925.5.3 
Received.

The Overseer of Works
reported a number of works carried out under his supervision and works in progress.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported among other things that are number 121 Enmore Road there are a number of minor sanitary defects that the owner has been communicated with but refuses to carry out the necessary works and asking the Councils authority to serve an Official notice and failing compliance legal steps being taken.
Alderman Archibald moved: “That the report be received and adopted and that the Inspector be and is hereby empowered to take the necessary legal proceedings against the owner of premises number 121 Enmore Road.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY

To open and consider tenders for making the Annual Valuation for the year 1904 – 1905.
Alderman Jones moved and Alderman Abigail seconded “That consideration of the Order of the Day be postponed till the stay fortnight.”
After some discussion Alderman Jones asked leave to withdraw but Alderman King objecting the motion was put and lost.

The tenders having been opened and read the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider the same and on resuming the Acting Mayor brought up the following report: –
Your Committee of the Whole Council having considered tenders for making the Annual Valuation for the year 1904 – 1905 recommend that the tender of Messrs Hoffman and Trahair at £80 be accepted.
Resolved that the report from the Committee of the Whole be and the same is here by adopted.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 12 day of January 1904.
Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

 

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