Nomination Day
3rd February 1903

Punctually at 12 o’clock noon the Returning Officer Alderman Salmon attended at the Town Hall and in the presence of a large number of ratepayers assembled publicly read the advertisement calling the meeting and also the nomination of Aldermen and Auditors as follows:
Enmore Ward
Charles Henry Ibbotson – Nominated by James Milne Contractor Crescent Street and G. H. Scurr  Ironmonger King Street Newtown and others.
Walter Gledhill – Nominated by William Henry Edwards Produce merchant 98 Chappel Street Marrickville Hugh McCready bookseller King Street Newtown and others. Declared Informal.
Camden Ward
Harold Thomas Morgan Solicitor Segenhoc Street Arncliffe Nominated by Walter Gawne Builder Station Street Newtown Thomas Saywell Merchant 6 Park Street Sydney and others.
Kingston Ward
Robert Elstub Nominated by William Thompson Freeholder 87 Wellington Street Joseph Davis 257 King Street Newtown and others.
O’Connell Ward
Henry None Howe Nominated by John Hamblin 4 Erskineville Road and Elizabeth Baldick Erskineville Road Newtown and others.
Auditors
William Henry Cadogan
Nominated by E. Quarterly Contractor King Street Newtown
J.F. Smith MLA 68 Denison Street Newtown and others.
Alfred Henry Lockman
Nominated by Jas Thompson Agent Cambridge Street Stanmore W Gledhill Estate Agent 2 Enmore Road and others.
William Marshall
Nominated by W H Goddard Bank Manager King Street Newtown and James Milne Contractor Crescent Street Newtown.
There being no more candidates than the number of Aldermen the Returning Officer declared Charles Henry Ibbotson Harold Thomas Morgan Roberts Elstub and Henry Nunn Howe duly elected Aldermen to represent the Enmore Camden Kingston and O’Connell Wards respectively in the Borough Council of Newtown for the next ensuing three years.
The number of Candidates for the Office of Auditors being in excess of the number required the Returning Officer announced that a Poll will be taken on Saturday the 7th instant commencing at 8 am and closing at 5 pm and that the Local Option Vote would be taken simultaneous with that for Auditors.
This being the formal business the returned Aldermen addressed the meeting and the proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the Returning Officer.
Polling Day
On Saturday 7th of February a poll was taken for the election of two Auditors in room of those retiring but eligible for
re-election and also the taking of the Local Option Vote with the result following:
Auditors
William Marshall  323
William Henry Cadogan 302
Alfred Henry Lockman 239
Informal      18
Local Option Vote
    Division A  Division B
 Yes No Total Yes No Total
Enmore Ward 11 24 35 9 25 34
Camden Ward 13 53 66 23 43 66
Kingston Ward 16 26 42 17 26 43
O’Connell Ward 8 32 40 9 32 41
 48 135 183 58 126 184

The will of the ratepayers as disclosed by the above vote is against the granting of new or removal of existing licenses.
On Monday, 9 February 1903 at 10:00am the Returning Officer attended at the Town Hall and officially declared Messrs William Marshall and William Henry Cadogan duly elected Auditors for the Municipal Year 1903 – 1904 in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1897.

Signed JM Salmon Returning Officer.

 

Minutes of Special Meeting held on Friday 6th of February 1903

BUSINESS

The election of Mayor for the year 1903 – 1904

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Howe, King, Ibbotson, Salmon, Abigail, Elstub, Smith, Archibald and Jones.
The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Aldermen Rigg and Fallick both of whom are out of town.
The declarations of Aldermen Ibbotson, Morgan, Howe and Elstub were laid upon the table
before proceeding with the business the Mayor requested the Council Clerk to read the following minute viz:

Gentlemen
Before vacating the chair I desire with your permission to submit a brief statement of the financial operations and work done during the year ended 2nd February 1903.
Receipts
General Rate      £8030.18.2
Lighting Rate        2008.4.9 
Nuisance Prevention Charges         83.5.7
Miscellaneous Receipts         482.13.1
Bank Balance Dr.            10.19.9
        £10616.1.4
Expenditure
Dr Balance due to Bank of Australasia 3rd February 1902
General Improvements     £   186.3.5
          4840.15.10
Lighting Street Lamps       1793.0.0
        £6819.19.3
Salaries and office expenses        557.9.6
Interest on Loan and overdraft     1276.17.5
Scavenging and sweeping blocks     1299.0.0
Fire Brigades Board         325.2.5
Nuisance Prevention Charges         28.9.1
Miscellaneous Expenses         509.3.8 
        £10616.1.4
The General Rate levied at the commencement of the year amounted to £8072.9.0 and the Lighting Rate £2018.2.3.  At the same time the outstanding Rates amounted to £767.3.10 being General Rate £64.12.5 and Lighting Rate £153.11.5.
The total receipts from all services amounts to £10616.1.4 which includes a small overdraft of £10.19.9.
The General and Lighting Rates collected during the year amounted to £10039.2.11 which is only £51.8.4 short of the total rates levied for the year.  It is satisfactory to observe that this has been accomplished without recourse to legal or any other unpleasant proceedings.
The Rates outstanding on the 2nd instant are General £749.6.4 Lighting £187.13.8 total £937.0.0.  Vacant land is accountable for nearly one half of this amount.
The expenditure on works has been very large amounting to £4840.15.10 which cover the cost of Blue metal ballast tar Ashes and wages.
The item of £1299 for scavenging services shows a decrease of £42.10/- as compared with that last year while the contribution to the Fire brigades Board exhibits an increase of £27.10/- These amounts together with £1793 for lighting the streets and £1260 interest online of £36000 have absorbed all the available funds plus £10.9.9 Bank overdraft.
I consider the foregoing discloses a very satisfactory state of affairs financially and with the prospects of in creased revenue owing to the continued demand for house property and the year 1903 – 1904 must show further improvements in revenue.
During the year the Works Committee met eleven times and recommended Works estimated at a cost of £2400 to be carried out.
The Lighting Committee met three times and recommending the erection of 12 new lamps and removal of four lamps all of which have been installed.
The Sanitary Committee met eight times and did most useful although by no means agreeable work.  In the month of April the Plague broke out and as a precautionary step a house to house inspection was ordered and carried out with the result that a general cleaning up took place: 2700 tins of rat poison were distributed in the localities supposed to the rat infected.
In the latter half of the year 721 inspections and re-inspections were made and 72 notices to abate minor sanitary defects were served of which 63 have been attended to.
Thirty-three notices were served to render dwellings fit for habitation: six houses were immediately demolished by the owners nine closing orders were obtained in the Court and two of the dwellings concerned were then pulled down and the remainder repaired as directed.
The general health of the Borough has been good 63 cases of infectious disease only being recorded as against 118 cases in 1901 a decrease of about 50%.
Under the Municipalities Relief Act of 1902 the Council will be entitled to and endowment of 2/6 in the £ on the revenues of the Borough for the year 1902 to 1903.
The amount so payable will be about £1327.0.2 and will be received by the Council in the course of a few weeks and will be available expenditure on general improvements in the Borough.
The Council is to be congratulated on the highly satisfactory financial position of the Borough.
I desire to express my high appreciation of valuable and arduous work performed by the Council Clerk and also to thank him for the loyal assistance and support he has given me during my year of office.
The Overseer of Works and Inspector of Nuisances have also given me entire satisfaction.
Alderman Smith moved: “That the Minute be received and adopted and minuted.”
Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
The Mayor then stated that the business before the meeting was the election of Mayor for the year 1903 – 1904 and that he is now prepared to receive nominations for the Office.
Alderman Smith nominated Alderman Elstub.
Alderman Ibbotson nominated Alderman Morgan.
(Alderman Howe nominated Alderman Salmon.)
The Mayor said that he would accept the second nomination as an amendment which on being put was lost.
Alderman Howe then nominated Alderman Salmon seconded by Alderman Ibbotson.
On the resolution being put to the Council was found that the voting was equal for each candidate whereupon in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897 it was determined by Lot which resulted in the election of Alderman Salmon as Mayor for the current year.
The retiring Mayor congratulated Alderman Salmon on his selection and thanked the Council of the cordial support accorded to him during his term of office.
The Mayor elect having taken the Chair Alderman Smith moved: “That the best thanks of this Council the accorded to Alderman Morgan for his past valuable services as Mayor and that the same be recorded on the Minutes of the Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried by acclamation.
The Mayor having conveyed the resolution Alderman Morgan briefly and freely responded.  This terminated the business.

Confirmed this 17 day of February 1903.
Signed JE M Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 17th February 1903

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Council held on the above date at 7:30 p.m.

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and a full Council.

DECLARATIONS

The Declarations of the Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and the Auditors Messrs William Marshall and William Henry Cadogan and were laid upon the table.

MINUTES

The Minutes of the previous meeting Nominations and election proceedings and also election of Mayor were read confirmed and signed.

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage stating that it is not intended that the charge of £ 2 per annum shall apply in any way to Municipality owned troughs which are of a design and in a position approved by the Board.  Received.
From JG Griffin intimating that the Board has agreed to the extension of the sewer to drain houses fronting Iredale Street and King Street.  Received.
From the Council Clerk Kogarah advising that at a meeting of that Council held on 27 January it was on the motion of the Mayor unanimously resolved that a letter be sent to the Conference now setting upon the question of the increased Levy by the Fire Brigades Board offering the cooperation of the Council and strong protest against the power of the Board to enforce the increase of the contributions from Municipalities and asking the cooperation of this and other councils.  Received.
From the Secretary Fire Brigades Board intimating that the arrears due by this Council to the Board amounting to £122.8.3 in respect of contributions under the Fire Brigades Act must be paid to the Board within seven days from the 5th February instant.  Received and payment to be made under protest.
From the Under Secretary Department of Public (Construction) Works asking to be informed whether any special efforts are being made by this Council for the employment of labor with a view to the relief of settlers and others in this district.  Received and to be informed that there is no money to spare for this purpose.
From Beehag Simpson and Petrie Solicitors stating that Mr GM Bedford has handed them a letter from the Inspector of Nuisances requesting Mr Bedford to make certain additions to his premises at the corner of Albemarle and Australia Street and as the property is let on the lease (to a Mr Whitehead) which expires on 11 June next asking the Council to allow the premises to continue as at present with out insisting on the required alterations it being their clients intention to pull the stables down and erect dwellings on the land at the termination of the lease.  Received and the writers to be informed that the Inspectors requirements must be complied with.
From the Medical Officer of Health forwarding a report on the condition of the Milk Shops in this district as disclosed by a recent inspection by an Inspector on his staff and asking attention to the recommendations contained therein.  Received together with report and the Inspector directed to see that the recommendations are carried out.
From James Kingsbury (address to Alderman Abigail) as follows: “Re Lane at side of my property in Church Street my Solicitor informs me that in my original deeds I had ownership of the Lane but when I placed the property under Torrens Title the Lane was not included so that I have no control over it and should be only glad if the Council would take it over.”  Received.
Letter from A. E. Austin claiming compensation for having  stopped the tar from running out of the casks in Sarah Square yard and diverting it from its course into the sewer.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

Minute by the late Mayor
The late Mayor (Alderman Morgan) submitted the following Minute.
“I held an enquiry with reference to a fine of 10/- imposed on the Contractor of scavenging the Enmore Ward on 18 November 1902 and the contractor appeal therein.  I have to recommend after hearing the Inspector and Contractor and having made personal enquiries of the occupiers that the fine be not remitted.”Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor. 6 February 1903

REPORTS

The Overseer of Works reported a number of works carried out since last meeting of the Council and Works now in hand.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that 15 cases of infectious disease had been recorded during the past three weeks three of which occurred in the Camden and four in each of the other Wards and that 9 dwellings have been fumigated in accordance with the requirements of the Public Health Act.
The Ward Scavengers in the O’Connell Kingston and Enmore wards are carrying out their duties in a satisfactory manner but  the Camden Ward contractor has been fined 10/- in each case for not sweeping Angel Gowrie and Newman Streets.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
The Mayor moved:
1 That the Council do now proceed to appoint the Standing Committees for the current Municipal year viz: Finance Works Specification Lighting Sanitary and By laws.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Finance Committee
The following Aldermen having been nominated The Mayor and Aldermen Smith Morgan and Rigg.  Alderman Abigail moved and Alderman Jones seconded an amendment.  “That the Finance Committee consist of the whole Council.”  The amendment having been put and lost.  The Mayor and Aldermen Smith Morgan and Rigg were appointed.

Works Committee
The Mayor and Aldermen Smith Morgan and Fallick having been nominated Alderman Jones moved an amendment seconded by Alderman Archibald: “That the Works Committee consist of the whole Council.”  On being put the amendment was lost and the Mayor together with Aldermen Smith Morgan and Fallick appointed.
Specification committee
to consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Morgan Smith and Fallick.
Lighting Committee
to consist of Aldermen Howe Ibbotson Morgan and Rigg.
Sanitary Committee
The Mayor and Aldermen Fallick Smith and Morgan nominated.
Alderman Jones moved an amendment seconded by Alderman King: “That the Committee consist of the Whole Council.”
The amendment having been put to the meeting and negatived  the Alderman nominated were appointed the Sanitary Committee.
By laws Committee consist of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith Morgan and Rigg: The Mayor moved:
2 “That the Finance Committee be and is hereby authorised to prepare and submit to this Council an estimate of the probable Expenditure for the current Municipal Year.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
The Mayor moved:
3 “That the Specification Committee be and is hereby authorised to prepare a specification for the Annual Contracts and submit the same at the meeting of the Council to be held on the 10th Proximo.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe.
Alderman King moved: “that the motion be amended by adding the words “except Scavenging Contracts” after the words “Annual Contracts” in the motion.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald.
The amendment on being put to the meeting was negatived and the motion as it stood on the business paper carried.

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 24 day of February 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

Tuesday 24th February 1903

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

PRESENT

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

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Honourable Secretaries Lord Mayor’s Drought Relief Fun urging prompt action to relieve the sufferers by the drought and on the same subject from L Friedenreich enclosing a cheque for Five guineas as his contribution and asking that steps be taken at once to raise funds in Newtown.
Moved by Alderman Jones that the Communications be received and a Public meeting convened to organise a Saturday collection.
Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.
From William Allen Honourable Secretary Western Suburbs Ministerial Association forwarding copies of resolutions passed at a meeting with regard to the drought pledging the Association to cooperate with the Mayors in any effort they may see fit to take.
Received and to be informed that a public meeting will be arrange for organising a Saturday collection.
From the Deputy Postmaster General stating that as requested by the Council it has been decided to remove the pillar box from the corner of Camden and King streets fronting the “International” Hotel to the opposite corner on the northside of Camden Street.  Received.
From John Archibald asking that the asphalting in front of his residence be completed as well as the level crossing refixed according to his instructions with the approval of the Overseer or the Works Committee for which he is prepared to pay a third of the cost.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From J Murray Maria Street complaining of the manner in which the Street is neglected by the Contractor.
Alderman Morgan moved “that the Contract be cancelled”.  Seconded by Alderman Jones and lost.
Alderman Howe moved that it be left in the hands of the Mayor to have the streets clean.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 27th (February) January amounting to £788.0.3 and recommending accounts examined and passed by the Committee for payment amounting to £283.4.8.
Moved by the Mayor: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”
Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
The Works Committee
submitted their report recommending among other matters that the Railway Commissioners offer to allow £40 on the strict understanding that they are relieved by the Council of all future responsibility in regard to the drainage in Gladstone and Trafalgar Streets Newtown be accepted.
Alderman Fallick moved: “that the Works Committee report as now submitted be and the same is hereby adopted.”
Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Morgan moved:
1 “That the Lane running between and parallel with Wells Street and Maria Street be kerbed and guttered formed and ballasted at an estimated cost of £206 and referred to the Works Committee.”
Seconded by Alderman Jones.
Amendment by Alderman Archibald seconded by Alderman Abigail “That the amount be reduced by £140 was negatived.”
The motion as printed was then put and carried.
Alderman Morgan moved:
2 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the cost (of) and the best means of providing a concrete drain from the said Lane to Maria Street through the land recently purchased from Mr Nottle.”
Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
3 “That two bins be erected in some part of King Street in accordance with plans furnished by Alderman Archibald cost not to exceed £2 each.”
Seconded by Alderman Jones and Lost.
4 “That all works passed by the Council up to the end of 1902  take precedence of work initiated during the current Municipal Year except in regard to such works as are deemed to be of an urgent nature.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and lost.
5 “That a list of the recommendations made by the Finance Committee be typewritten and laid upon the table of the Council and a copy of the same handed to each Alderman for perusal before such recommendations are adopted by the Council.”
Seconded by Alderman Jones and lost.
6 “That a list of all works for the future to be inspected by the Works Committee be presented to each Alderman before such works are proceeded with.” 
Seconded by Alderman Jones and lost.
7 That the above resolutions shall refer only to the works included during the current Municipal Year.
Withdrawn.

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 10 day of March 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 24th February 1903

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held in the Town Hall on the above date at 8:30pm.

PRESENT

The Mayor and a full Council.

Business
To receive
1 “The Valuers report and Returns of Valuation of all rateable property for the Municipal Year 1903 – 1904.”
2 “The Finance Committees estimate of the Annual Expenditure.”
3 “To assess and rate all rateable property within the Municipality for General and Lighting purposes for the current municipal year in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.

1 The Valuers submitted their report stating that they have completed the valuation of all rateable property within the Borough in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1897.  
The report disclosed the result of the valuation to be as follows:

Capital Value of vacant land £59040 
As against   68140 Last year
Showing a decrease of     9100 chiefly accounted for by the land utilised for building purposes
Annual Rental Value £188277 
As against    177009 Last year
Exhibiting an increase of      11268 

Received.

2 “The Finance Committee in accordance with the resolution passed by the Council submitted the following estimate of the amount (that is to be £10750) which will be required for the now current Municipal Year in addition to any tolls rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this Municipality and to any probable income from fines voluntary contributions endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing making and repairing of any roads bridges punts wharves piers or other public works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”
The Mayor moved: “that the report of the Finance Committee as now read recommending £10750 as the estimated probable expenditure for the current year be and the same is here by adopted.”
Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
The Valuers returns being before the Council the Mayor moved:
3 That the Council do now resolve into Committee of the Whole for the purpose of making an assessment upon all rateable property within the Borough for the current Municipal Year.  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
In Committee the valuers report and returns were considered and an assessment made thereon.
On resuming the Mayor reported as follows:
4 “Your Committee having considered the Valuers report and returns and made an assessment thereon now recommend the Council to adopt the same as the valuation and assessment for the now current Municipal Year.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
5 “The Mayor moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
6 “That the Assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by this Council as the Assessment for the now current Municipal Year upon all rateable property in Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards in this Borough under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
7 “That a rate of one shilling in the pound (1/- in the £) be now levied for the now current Municipal Year on the Assessed value of all rateable property in this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
8 “That a rate of three pence in the pound (3d in the £) be now levied for the current Municipal Year on the assessed value of all rateable property in this Borough for the purposes of lighting the streets of this Borough with gas under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
9 That the Assessments as now made and the rates of 1/- in the £ and 3d in the £ be fairly transcribed into the Rate Book and the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to affix the corporate seal thereto.  Seconded by Alderman Fallick and carried.
10 That the amounts in respect of such rates of one shilling in the pound and three pence in the pound already imposed shall be payable at the Office of the Council Clerk within the space of 30 days after service of the rate notice and after the 2nd day of August in compliance with the By-laws.  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
11 That Wednesday the 25th day of March be and the same is hereby appointed that day on which Appeals may be heard at the Newtown Police Court against the Assessment of rateable property in this Borough for the current Municipal Year.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 10 day of March 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

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