Tuesday 5th May 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 Aldermen Rigg, Morgan, Ibbotson, Howe, Archibald, Elstub, Jones, King and Abigail.  The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Smith and Fallick.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From R Roach thanking the Council for granting the free use of the Hall on the 11th instant for holding a concert in aid of a Vanman in distressed circumstances.  Received.
From William Crane stating that he has been for several years assessed for 80 feet of land at Richard Street not withstanding his protest that there are only 60 feet and asking the Councils consideration to this matter with a view of re-adjustment.  Received and referred to the Finance Committee.
From Thomas Hawkins asking if the Council will make an entrance to the side gate of “Buxton Cottage” his property in Erskineville Road.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

REPORTS

Lighting Committee
submitted their report dated 29th of April 1903 with recommendations relative to the various matters referred to them from the Council.  Alderman Rigg moved: That the committees report as read be and the same is here by adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

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

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that during the past fortnight six cases of Scarlett fever and four of diphtheria had been notified.  Owing to non-compliance with the specification he had after due caution fined the Contractor for Camden Ward and the Contractor for sweeping the wood blocks in the sums of 20/- and 10/- respectively.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Rigg moved:
1  That London Street from Enmore Road to Liberty Street be remetalled at a probable cost of £143 and referred to the Works Committee for report.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Alderman Abigail withdrew the following motion by consent of the Council viz:
1  “That in view of the Government Assestant by the late endowment has greatly assisted us by having work done that has been laying in obeyance so long.”

Alderman Abigail moved:
2 “That 15 men be employed for the space of one month owing to the fastest race that is now existing in the Borough of Newtown and monks the working men.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub supported by Alderman Jones and negatived.
Alderman Abigail called for a division with the following result.
For the motion:  Alderman Abigail, Elstub and Jones.
Against:  Alderman Rigg, Morgan, Ibbotson, King, Howe and Archibald.
3 “That the Mayor be empowered to employ the same.”  Lapsed.

General
Alderman King called attention to the condition of the playground of the North Newtown public school and the Mayor said that he would cause a letter to be sent to the Minister for Public Construction concerning it.
Alderman Elstub and King pointed out that the Post Office authorities are attaching Letter boxes to Telegraph polls right over the footway thus causing obstruction particularly where the footpaths are narrow.
The Mayor said that a letter would be written to the Department on the subject.

JG Griffin
Alderman Griffin Suburban Municipal Representative on the Water and Sewerage Board who was accommodated with a seat on the right of the Mayor briefly addressed the meeting and invited questions on any matter of interest to the Council and regarding which he could be of assistance.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 19th day of May 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 19th of May 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 Aldermen Morgan, Smith, Rigg, Howe, King, Jones, Abigail, Elstub, Archibald and Ibbotson.
Alderman Archibald apologised for the absence of Alderman Fallick.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From JB Taylor and Kennedy placing the St Georges Hall under offer to the Council for the sum of £13700.
Alderman Smith moved: “That the letter be received and the offer declined.”  Seconded by Alderman King.
Alderman Jones moved an amendment: The letter be received and referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report.  Seconded by Alderman Rigg.
On being put the motion was lost and the Amendment being the question before the Council was declared carried.
From the Erskineville Borough Council forwarding copy of a letter from the Railway Commissioners stating that they approve of the alterations suggested to be carried out in connection with the subway at Macdonaldtown.  Received.
From John Gillespie asking what the Council proposes to do about making Hopetoun Street and Lane as the tenants in numbers 8 to 28 are complaining of the conditions prevailing and threaten to leave.  Received and the writer to be informed that the work will be proceeded with shortly.
From JG Griffin with reference to the matter of the Newtown Baptist Church sewerage stating that it was decided by the Board to do the work provided the Church agrees to pay interest on our play.  Received and Mr Griffin to be asked to urge that this work be done without the condition.
From WC Kent drawing attention to the position in which the footpath is being laid at the side of number 1 Georgina Street and stating that it is not being put down to the levels shown when the building was commenced.  Received and Mr Kent to be informed that no alteration in level as originally given has been made.
From JH Hitchcock on the behalf of E Silver of Charters Towers submitting a plan of a proposed Street off Alice Street 36 feet wide and asking if the owner forms ballasts metals and etc the said Street if the Council would accept dedication.  Received and writer to be informed that the Council declines to take over the said Street.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported the payment of accounts under votes of appropriation since 21st of April amounting to £778.7.8 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £634.14.5.
The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

With reference to Mr William Cranes letter received at last meeting of the Council stating that he is assessed for 80 feet of land fronting Richard Street whereas there are only 60 feet.  Your Finance Committee recommend that a rebate of 7/6 be made to Mr Crane.
Moved by the Mayor that the report be 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 and suggested that the post and rail fence enclosing the open drain in Edgeware Road receive a coat of paint now that that Street is not so dusty.  Received and adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the Contractors for scavenging the various wards and sweeping the wood blocks are carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since 21st of April as follows:
Bank Balance per last statement  Cr  £288.17.7
Deposits         1442.15.10
Cheques issued    £778.7.8
Bank Balance Cr    953.5.9    
      £1731.13.5    1731.13.5 
Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Ibbotson moved:
1 “That the Specification Committee be and are hereby instructed to prepare a specification for re-numbering the houses in the Borough in accordance with the return furnished by the Valuers and submit the same at the next meeting of the Council.”
On the suggestion of Alderman Jones the mover consented to add to the resolution after the word Valuers “and fixing names on streets and lanes.”  The motion as amended was seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
2 “That the footpath in Alice Street from 165 two 183 210 yards be tarpaved first class at an estimated cost of £23 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Alderman Rigg moved:
3 That the carriageway in Cambridge Street from Enmore Road to Liberty Street be remetalled at an estimated cost of £120 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

This was the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 2 day of June 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

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