Tuesday 10th March 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 and a full Council.  The Mayor had on his right the Mayor of Erskineville Alderman Robinson and Alderman Jackson.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Council Clerk Petersham stating that his Council has had the matter of the condition of Liberty Street under consideration with the result is has been decided to carry out the necessary repairs estimated cost £80 provided this Council agrees to halve such expense.  Received and reply to be sent asking more particulars.
From the Secretary Commissioners for Railways advising that as this Council has agreed to accept all future responsibility in connection with the drainage in Gladstone and Trafalgar Streets the Commissioners have approved of the £40 being paid and a voucher will be passed accordingly.  Received.
From William Best calling attention to the condition of unoccupied premises in Susan and Campbell Streets.  Received and referred to the Inspector for report.
From James Campbell Architect making application for kerbing and guttering to Street in front and Lane at rear of two cottages in course of erection in Dickson Street.  Received and left in the Mayor’s hands.
From the Council Clerk Borough of Erskineville asking the cooperation of this Council on a deputation to the Railway Commissioners to endeavour to have the subway leading from Watkins Street Newtown to George Street Erskineville structurally altered. Received and cooperation granted.

From JG Baikie Angel Street complaining that Mr Hoffmann one of the Valuers in the course of carrying out his duties had spoken to her in a disrespectful manner in the hearing of persons in the neighbourhood much to her annoyance.  Received and the Mayor to enquire into the matter and report.

Petition
Alderman King presented a petition from a number of ratepayers in Wilson Street praying that thoroughfare between Erskineville Road and Watkin Street might be wood blocked.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

REPORTS

The Specification  Committee
reported having in accordance with a resolution passed by the Council on 17 February ultimo considered and prepared specifications for the Annual Contracts viz: (1) scavenging (2) Sweeping wood blocked pavements (3) Kerbing and Guttering (4) Tarpaving Footpath’s (5) Tar paving Carriageways (6) Cartage Day Labour (7) supply of Ballast (8) Carting Tar and Tarred Ashes (9) Street Watering (10) Cartage of Sand (11) Removal of Night soil (12) Supply of Blue Metal and Metal screenings (13) Stationery and Printing.  Recommend the foregoing for adoption by the Council the Mayor moved that the Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Mayors Minute
The Mayor submitted a lengthy report dealing with a sensational paragraph which appeared in the Evening “News” on the day following the last meeting of the Council calling attention to Newtown’s condition and diphtheria increasing and etc to which he replied contradicting the mischievous statements made.  Moved by Alderman Howe: “That the Mayor’s Minute be received and adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

The Overseer of Works
submitted his report for the past three weeks detailing the works carried out under his supervision and works in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported among other things that 26 cases of infectious diseases had been reported during the past three weeks of which number 22 are Scarlett fever.  Received.

Motion Pursuant to Notice
Alderman Elstub moved: this
1 “That 20 yards of gutter stones in front of the Australian Natives Hotel Regent Street be renewed at an estimated cost of £5.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Rigg moved:
2 That the Footpath in Pemell Street Northern side from Reiby Street to Webber’s property be asphalted first class at an estimated cost of £50.12.0 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
3 “That two slate Bins be erected in some part of King Street Newtown in accordance with the plans of Alderman Archibald total cost of £2.10.0 each.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
4 “That one boy be engaged at a wage of 2/1 per day to sweep up the refuse on the roadway as far as possible.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.
5 “That the Lane situated at church Street beside Doctor Levy’s house and back of Greenwoods Produce Store and other premises be taken over by this Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith.  After some discussion on the motion with the consent of the Council was withdrawn. 

General
Alderman Smith asked that a letter might be written to the Camperdown Council renewing the proposal of this Council as conveyed on 4th August 1901 to reform ballast and metal Bishopgate Street from Australia Street to Oxford Street at an estimated cost of £201.10.0 provided they give an undertaking to pay one half the cost.
The Mayor said that he would cause the communication to be sent.

This was the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 24th day of March 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 24th March 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 Salmon) and Aldermen Smith, Rigg, Morgan, Archibald, Abigail, Jones, Howe, Fallick, King, Elstub, Ibbotson.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Honourable Secretary to the Municipal Conference on Fire Brigades Boards Levy forwarding copies of resolutions passed at the meetings of the Conference held in the Municipal Association Rooms on 21st of January and 5th March 1903. Received. 

Auditors Report and Balance Sheet
From WH Cadogan and William Marshall auditors stating that they have audited the books of the Borough for the six months ended 2nd February 1903 and found the same correct as per accompanying balance sheet.  Received.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting of 24th February amounting to £1175.19.7 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £417.9.9.  Moved by the Mayor “that the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Works Committee
submitted their report dated 16th March with recommendations respecting various works referred to them from the Council.  Alderman Howe moved: “that the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
The Borough Treasurer submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 27 January 1903 as follows:
Bank Balance per last statement    £273.9.4
Deposits         1194.8.6
Bank of Australasia balance Dr      496.2.0
Cheques issued    £1963.19.10   
      £1963.19.10 £1963.19.10
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 among other matters that he found it necessary to impose a fine of 10/- on the Kingston Ward Contractor for neglecting to properly cleanse Church Street gutter and with regard to the premises in Campbell and Little Queen Street complained of at last meeting as being in an unsanitary state the owner is now carrying out (carrying out) the works necessary to render the premises sanitary.  With respect to that portion complained of as being used for immoral purposes it is suggested that the local Inspector of Police be communicated with so that he may take action in the matter.  Received and adopted.

Street Orderly Bins
The Mayor reported that after enquiry and information received and laid before him he found that street orderly bins constructed of slate and iron can not be installed for less than £4.5.0 each.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Morgan moved:
1 “That the Lane leading from Pearl Street to Commodore Street parallel with Wells Street be kerbed 6×3 hardwood kerb ballasted and tarpaved with first class asphalt at an estimated cost of £42 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Alderman Abigail (to move) moved:
2 “That the carriageway in Church Street from King Street to Lennox Street be ballasted and tarpaved first class roadwork at an estimated cost of £30.”  Alderman Smith pointed out that he had a similar resolution passed on 18th December 1900.”  The mover then withdrew the motion.

Alderman Ibbotson moved:
3 “That the footpath in Crescent Street be tarpaved on the northside 292 yards at an estimated cost of £30 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:
4 “That Dickson Street from present metalling to Pearl Lane be formed ballasted and metalled at an estimated cost of £122 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
5 “That in view of the unsatisfactory condition of the health of the Borough as disclosed in the Sanitary Inspectors report to the Council on the 10th instant the resolution of the adoption of the Mayor’s report to the Council on the same date be and is hereby rescinded.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and lost.

Orders of the Day
To open and consider tenders for the Annual Contracts Alderman Smith moved that tenders be opened and read in Council.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
The tenders having been opened and read the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider the same.
On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.  Your Committee having considered tenders for the Annual Contracts recommend the acceptance of the following:
Scavenging and Removal of refuse
Enmore Ward  James Stevenson   £26 per month
Camden Ward  Joseph E Clayton    22 per month
Kingston Ward  P J Machen     15 per month
O’Connell Ward Joseph Howarth     25 per month
Sweeping Wood blocked Pavements
Michael Teehan        27 per month
Tarpaving footpaths
W H. Lawler 1st class 1/11 2nd class 1/7 per super yard
Tarpaving Carriageways
W H Lawler 3/3 (Three shillings and three pence) per super yard
Cartage
A H Willard 10/-       per day
Supply of Ballast
W Woodcock 3/6  per cubic yard
Cartage of Tar and Tarred Ashes
Joseph E Clayton
Tar from Kent Street Gas Works   2/4 per 100 Gallons
Mortlake       5/- per 100 Gallons
Tarred Ashes from Kent Street Works  2/6 per Cubic yard
from Mortlake      4/- per Cubic yard
Supply and Cartage of Sand
C Woodcock      2/6 per Cubic yard
Supply of Blue Metal and Metal Screenings
South Coast Quarries
Blue Metal      7/6 per cubic yard
Blue Metal Screenings numbers ½
and 3/4 inch shivers     7/6 per cubic yard
Stationery and Printing – The Macdougall and Company
Electoral roles     5/6 per page
Rate Notices    8/- per 1000
Receipt Forms (Mis)   10/- per 1000
Business Papers    1/9 per Page
Notice to Ratepayers   7/6 per 1000
Rate Book    37/6
4 Valuation Books     6/- each
Half Yearly Balance Sheet  45/- per 50 copies

When considering the tender for scavenging the Enmore Ward Alderman Rigg moved and Alderman Ibbotson seconded that the tender of James Stevenson at £26 per month be accepted.”
Alderman King advocated the carrying out of this work by day Labour and on the motion being put called for a division with the following result:
For The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Aldermen Fallick, Howe, Rigg, Smith, Morgan and Ibbotson.
Against Aldermen King, Jones, Abigail, Elstub and Archibald
The motion was declared carried.

Consideration of Joseph Duggan’s tender for Kerbing and guttering was deferred pending further enquiry it being understood that the price did not include the whole of the excavation work.

The Mayor moved and Alderman Morgan seconded: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole upon the tenders for the Annual Contracts be and the same is here by adopted.  Carried.

General
Alderman Ibbotson moved: That a letter be written to the Erskineville Council calling attention to the condition of wood blocks within their boundaries in King Street.  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

This was the business and the Council rose
Confirmed this 7th day of April 1903.
Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

 

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