Tuesday 7th April 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 (Alderman Salmon) and a full Council.

MINUTE

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Honourable Secretary Joint Municipal Councils and Progress Association of the Strathfield Hornsby line asking the cooperation of this Council in protesting against the rebuilding of Belmore Markets in front of the proposed Central Railway Station and advocating the erection of fruit and vegetable markets on one site contiguous to rail and water carriage.  Received.

Valuers Report
The Valuers (Messrs Hoffman and Trahair) submitted their final report relating to the valuation and the result of the Appeals heard at the Newtown Court on Wednesday 25th of March.  This report was supplemented by one from the Council Clerk which showed that the increase in the General rate over last year amounted to £476.5.0 while the Lighting rate exceeds that of last year by £119.1.3.  Received.

J Duggan’s Tender for Kerb and Gutter
In connection with Joseph Duggan’s tenders for kerb and guttering consideration of which was deferred at last meeting of the Council the Mayor read a report from the Overseer of Works to the effect that Pipe crossings to open and surfaced crossings and renewing worn out kerb and gutter the pipes and olds stones are removed by the Councils employees.  In one or two instances where work has been carried out in unformed or partially formed streets and lanes and the quality of material to be removed has been above the average assistance has been given to rough out the ground.  With these exceptions all other works in connection with the contract is carried out by the contractor.
Alderman Smith moved: “That in view of the Overseer’s report Mr Duggan’s tender for kerbing and guttering for the Municipal Year 1903 – 1904 be accepted.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

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

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that 10 cases of infectious diseases had been reported during the past fortnight seven of which are Scarlett fever and that the scavengers are carrying out the work in a satisfactory manner.  Received. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Abigail moved:
1 That the curb and gutter in Alton Lane be completed at an estimated cost of £12 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
2 That the Auditors (Messrs Marshall and Cadogan) be paid to the sum of ten pounds each for the last Audit to 3rd February 1903.  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The following motions by Alderman Archibald was withdrawn by consent viz:
3 That the Council Clerk be instructed to supply the following information at the next meeting of the Council.
(a)  Is it a fact that the Councils employees prepare the trenches for the kerb and gutter stones laid by the Councils Contractor for this work?
(b) And if so who pays the employee’s wages?
5 That the specification of kerb and guttering be laid on the table next Council meeting.

Alderman Archibald asked:
4 “Has all kerb and gutter work laid by the Councils contractor for the past year being supervised by the Overseer of Works and has all such work being carried out according to the Specifications.”  Answer next meeting.

Alderman Elstub Moved:
6 That a trachyte crossing 3 foot wide be substituted for the present freestone crossing at the intersection of Lands Lane and Oxford Street with return kerb at an estimated cost of £9.10.0 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
7 “That the resolution as carried by the Council on 10th March 1903 referring to the adoption of the dust bin system of street cleaning be and the same are hereby rescinded.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
(b) “that two Street orderly bins similar to those at present in use by the City Council be purchased and placed as an experiment in suitable places underneath the footway in King Street at an estimated cost of £5 each.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
(c) “That one boy be engaged at the rate of 2/1 per day to gather the debris from off the streets in the vicinity of the bins and deposit such debris in the bins.”  Alderman Jones seconded the motion.  Alderman Rigg moved that the motion be amended to read: “That a youth be engaged to gather the debris from off the streets in the vicinity of the bins and deposit such debris in the bins.”  The mover and seconder conveying the motion as amended was carried.

Alderman Rigg moved:
8 “That Pemell Lane Northern side from Simmons to Reiby Street be kerbed first class at an estimated cost of £27 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Fallick and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:
9 “That the resolution of 18 December 1903 the tar painting of Church Street at a cost of £15 be and the same is hereby rescinded.” Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
10 “That Church Street from King Street to present tarmetalling be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £273 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
11 “That the Davis Lane off Church Street be repaired with metal at a cost of £2.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

General
Alderman King moved: “That a letter be written to the local Inspector of Police asking if he will be good enough to give instructions to have persons congregating round or sitting on the Water fountain removed.”

This concluded the business.
Confirmed this 21 day of April 1903.
Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

Tuesday 21st of April 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 a full Council.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Under Secretary for Finance and Trade intimating that the grant of 2/6 in the £ can not be allowed on subscriptions for specific purposes and that the Councils claim has consequently been reduced to £501.18.7.  Received and cheque to be accepted for the amount.
From M Hardiman asking the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen to a complimentary Concert and social to be tended to Mr Joseph Hill who has had to undergo painful operation depriving him of speech and occupation and has a large family depending on him.  Received and request complied with.
From Harvey P Stewart Manager of the Lighting Sketch Advertising Company Limited asking if the Council has any objection to the Company erecting a sketch board in King Street on premises occupied by Mr Bowers or Mr Vennesche King Street.  Received.
From the Superintendent of Traffic Police Department covering letter from Messrs Vickers and Vickers Dentists who desire the removal of the cab stand at the intersection Metropolitan Road with Enmore Road and asking the Council’s opinion as to the desirableness of conceding the request.  Received and reply to be sent stating that the Council is not favourable to the request.
From R Roach (handed to the Mayor by Alderman Archibald) on behalf of the Vanmen Newtown Van stand Crescent Street intimating that it is the desire of the Vanmen using the stand to raise funds for a benefit Concert for one of their number (Mister James Nielsen) who has lost his horse and is in distressed circumstances and asking the free use of the Town Hall for the occasion.  Received and request granted.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 24th March 1903 amounting to £1459.12.0 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £422.10.6.  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 20 April with recommendations relating to a number of works referred to them from the Council.  The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committees report as now submitted be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Fallick.  Alderman Abigail moved: “That that portion of the report (No 4) relative to the Lane running from Pearl Street to Commodore Street be referred back to the Committee to enquire and report to the Council if the Lane in question has been dedicated to the Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones.
On being put the amendment was negatived and the report as read was declared carried.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of the 24th March 1903 as follows:
Balance per last statement Dr    £ 496.2.0
Cheques issued         1464.5.0
Bank of Australasia Balance Cr        288.17.7
Deposits   £2249.4.7    
   £2249.4.7    2249.4.7
Received.

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

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the Ward and Block sweeping Contractors are carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.

Question
Alderman Archibald Page 227 No 4
In reply to an enquiry by Alderman Archibald notice of which was given at last meeting the Overseer of Works furnished the following replies.
1st question yes
2nd question All works carried out by the contractor had been in accordance with the specification with the exception of (and especially where a wide stone occurs) backing off kerb to the required depth.  This has been done on the last works carried out by the Contractor and will be attended to in the future.
Alderman Archibald said it was non-compliant with the requirement of the specification relating to the backing of the kerb that he had to complain of.  The Mayor said that the matter will hence force be attended to in the manner desired by Alderman Archibald.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Jones moved:
1 That the kerb and gutter in the Lane on the northside of Newman Street from Angel to Gowrie Street be completed and the carriageway tarpaved at an estimated cost of £43.

Alderman Morgan moved:
2  That a lamp be erected in the Lane between and parallel with Maria Street and Wells Street at an estimated annual cost of £4 and that the matter be referred to the Lighting Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:
3  Northwood Street West side from Federation Road to boundary be kerbed and guttered third class and the carriageway formed ballasted and metalled 30 feet wide at an estimated cost of £140.  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 5 day of May 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

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