Tuesday 2nd June 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 Elstub, Ibbotson, Archibald, Howe, King, Abigail, Jones, Fallick and Smith.
The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Morgan and Rigg.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Assistant Medical Officer of Health submitting a lengthy report Re: the insanitary condition of the premises numbers 63 to 75 of Gowrie Street and setting forth the alternatives necessary in order to make the premises habitable.  Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee for report.
From the Council Clerk Glebe intimating that a Rate has been struck on the property of the Gas Company within that Borough against which the Company appealed that the Assessment was confirmed on the understanding that a writ be issued against the Company in order to decide whether or not the Company is liable to pay Rates.  As this is a matter of the letter adds which affects every Municipality within the Metropolitan area it is thought that each Council should contribute towards the cost of the suit and this Council is invited to appoint a Delegate to attend a Conference at the Town Hall Glebe on the 15th instant at 8pm.  Received.
From Sophie Reynolds calling attention to the excessive valuation of her properties numbers 45 and 47 Wilson Street and asking the Council for a reduction.
Received and the writer to be informed that the Council can not interfere in the matter.
From the Under Secretary Department of Public Construction in reply to a communication from this Council stating that the Minister for Public Construction has now decided to have plans and specifications prepared for the erection of permanent school buildings at the Newtown North Public School.  Received.
From G T Walden stating that it is proposed to get up an entertainment of some kind in order to try and raise a little money in aid of the widow and six young children of Mr Matt Riley who died last week very suddenly and asking if the Council can see its way clear to grant the use of the Newtown Town Hall for this purpose.  Received and request granted.

REPORTS

The overseer of Works
submitted his fortnightly report of works carried out under his supervision during that period and works in progress.  Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that Michael Teehan the Contractor for sweeping the wood blocked pavements had handed the work over to P J Machen for 2 or 3 months or until the warm weather comes in again the reason given being that Mr Teehan is suffering from (typhoid) Bronchitis.  He also reported that the Contractors are carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.

General Business
In connection with the Street orderly bins the procuring and installing of which was left in the hands of the Mayor.  His Worship expressed his resentment at the unwarranted interference of Alderman Abigail who through ignorance or impatience had made several enquiries in Sydney why the dustbins had not been delivered when by asking at the Council meeting he could have got the information.  Such improper conduct only tended to belittle the Chief Executive Officer and he hoped Alderman Abigail would not be guilty of such indiscreet action again.

This being the business the Council rose.
Confirmed this 16 day of June 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 16th of June 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, Howe, King, Elstub, Abigail, Ibbotson, Jones, Archibald and Rigg.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From W Randall Williams and asking if the Council will have the asphalt upon the footpath in front of his new residence 35 Metropolitan Road repaired.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.
From the Engineer for Tramways bringing under notice the very unsatisfactory manner in which the sweeping by machine brooms of the tram area in King Street is being carried out large areas not being swept at all.  Received and reply to be sent that the Works Committee are taking steps to have the trouble remedied.
From the Council Clerk of Marrickville stating that at a public meeting held on Friday the 12th instant it was decided that the Aldermen of Marrickville together with the Trustees of the Park form a Committee to devise the best means of improving the Marrickville Park and to invite the cooperation of the Newtown and St Peters Councils.  Received and referred to the Enmore Ward Aldermen with (with) the view of cooperating but not to the extent of committing the Council to the expenditure of money.
From Michael Teehan Contractor for sweeping the wood blocked pavements stating that on account of the machine being worn out he is unable to carry out the cleansing of the blocks satisfactorily and hopes the Council will see its way clear to get a new machine.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 19th of May amounting to £525.5.0 and recommending accounts for payment totalling £185.8.7.
Moved by the Mayor “That the Finance Committee’s report be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Specification Committee
submitted their report dated 9th of June with reference to the proposal to renumber the houses in the Borough where alterations have been made and fixing names on streets and lanes.
The Mayor moved “That the committees report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Sanitary Committee
presented a lengthy report dated 9th of June with reference to the Medical Officer of Health’s communication relative to the condition of premises numbers 63 to 75 of Gowrie Street and recommending a number of works necessary to be carried out in order to render the premises fit for habitation.  Moved by the Mayor: “That the Sanitary Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 19th of May last as follows:
Bank balance per last statement   Cr  £953.5.9
Deposits          858.11.6
Cheques issued     £525.5.0
Bank Balance    Cr 1293.19.3       
       £1819.4.3   1811.17.3
Outstanding Cheque              7.7.0 
       £1819.4.3   1819.4.3 
Received.

The Overseer of Works
reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past two weeks and works in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported 5 cases of infectious diseases during the past fortnight the Contractor for O’Connell Ward fined 10/- for sorting out saleable articles from the house rubbish contrary to the terms of his contract.  A youth started on the ninth instant cleaning the wood blocks during the day in King Street and the Contractor for the unsatisfactory manner in which the sweeping of the wood blocks is being carried out with the machine.  The Tramway Overseer had again complained about the work and on making and inspection and the streets found in a disgraceful state.  The Contractor fined 10/- and now recommend that he be relieved of his contract.
The letter from the Engineer for Tramways and Michael Teehan were considered in conjunction with the report.
After considerable discussion – Resolved “that the portion of the report recommending that the Contractor be relieved of his contract be eliminated and the Contractor informed that any further offence will be followed up by a fine and the cancellation of his contract.  That the question of the condition of the machine be referred to the Works Committee.” 

MINUTE BY THE MAYOR

The Mayor submitted a minute pointing out that the 30 days allowed after service of the Rate Notices having expired and notice having been given in the daily papers that legal proceedings will be taken authority is now asked for taking what steps seem expedient for the recovery of all out standing rates.
Alderman Morgan moved: “That the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to adopt what measure he deems necessary for the payment of rates by the ratepayers in arrears.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Abigail moved:
1 “That the duty of the boys now employed sweeping blocks should start from Hordern Street one side to Australia Street as far as the Bank of Australasia and from Brown Street to the corner of Wilson Street Gardeners Newspaper Shop.”  Seconded pro forma by Alderman Jones.
After Alderman Morgan had pointed out that the motion was out of order and purely a question of administration the motion lapsed.
2 “That the whole of the gutters along the said route be swept and debris picked.  Withdrawn.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 30th day of June 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 30th June 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, King, Abigail, Elstub, Rigg, Jones, Archibald, Smith and Ibbotson.
Alderman Ibbotson apologised for the absence of Alderman Howe.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in answer to Councils letter asking permission to replace the cups on the Hatte fountain at Newtown Railway Bridge and turn the water on again stating that the water in the Prospect Reservoir will not at present warrant water being turned on at this fountain and before it can be allowed Glenfield taps will have to be provided.  Received.
From Mary Hogan asking permission to close the right-of-way in Newman Street between her property and Mr Howarth’s foundry as it is a source of great annoyance to her owing to the variety of rubbish deposited there.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From the Camperdown Borough Council asking what amount this Council would be prepared to accept from them for the purpose of carrying out the work of reforming ballasting and metalling Bishopgate Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From the Assistant Medical Officer of Health calling attention to premises number 297 King Street which he visited on the 22nd and found the same in such a state that the owner should be required to demolish the building as no amount of patchwork will be sufficient to make the building free from danger to the neighbourhood.  Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee.
From the Assistant Medical Officer of Health calling attention to the condition of premises numbers 63 and 65 King both of which are reported to be in an insanitary state.  Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee.
From D T Morrow on behalf of the Loyal St John’s Lodge M.U.I.O.O.F applying for the alignment of Enmore Road in front of the property so that the front of new buildings may be correctly set.  Received and the Lands Department to be asked to outline that portion of the Enmore Road.
From William Woodcock drawing attention to the state of the footpath in front of his house in Wells Street which has been built for over four years and asking that strip of asphalt be laid there on.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

Petitions
Alderman Jones presented a petition from a number of ratepayers and residents of the Enmore and the Camden Ward praying that the Street Orderly Bin system may be extended from Bligh Street and from Enmore tram section to Railway Bridge and from Alice Street to Railway Bridge Newtown.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

Alderman Abigail presented a petition for a similar tenor from ratepayers and residents of the O’Connell Ward.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

MINUTE BY THE MAYOR

The Mayor submitted a Minute reporting having in view of the recent outbreak of plague in a neighbouring Borough instructed the inspector to make a special and thorough inspection of all produce stores butchers shops stables hotels and etc and appointed an Inspector temporarily to supervise the ordinary duties of the Inspector and further having distributed 5000 hand bills throughout the Borough warning residence of the necessity of keeping their  premises thoroughly clean and poisoning the rats.
Also reported having undertaken to purchase 30,000 to 40,000 second-hand wood blocks to be selected by the Overseer of Works at 35/- per 1000.
Alderman Morgan moved: “That the Mayors minute be received and adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Morgan moved: “That in accordance with the resolution passed on 9th April 1901 and Works Committees reports 22nd August 1901 and 7th August 1902 adopted by this Council 38 street  Orderly Bins be now installed in King Street from Bucknell Forbes Street to Alice Dickson Street and in Enmore road from King Street to Station Street and from Simmons Street to Stanmore Road at an estimated cost of £152.19.0.  Seconded by Alderman Abigail. After some discussion and suggestions by Alderman Rigg and Jones the mover consented to the following amendments viz: the omission of the words “Bucknell” and “Alice” and the insertion of the words “Forbes” and “Dickson” in lieu thereof; and the omission of all the words after King Street to the word “to” preceding the words “Stanmore Road.” 
The motion as amended was adopted.
2 “That the contract for Street sweeping be terminated by proper notice and that fresh tenders be invited for sweeping the wood blocked streets after the Street Orderly Bins shall have been placed in the said streets in accordance with the recommendation of the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:
3 “That a deputation of the Whole Council be appointed to wait upon the Railway Commissioners to ask that an overhead footbridge be erected across the Railway line from Station Street at its intersection with Crescent Street to Bedford Street to connect North Kingston with Enmore thereby giving direct access to the numerous places of worship on the one side and business places on the other.”
Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:
4 “That it be referred to the By laws Committee to consider and report on the by laws and to recommend any additional by laws they may deem advisable.  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Reports
To the Overseer of Works
submitted his report specifying the Works carried out and completed under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
among other things reported that premises number 163 King Street is not in a sanitary condition and as the premises are used as dining and refreshment rooms and the owner will neither clean nor repair recommend that the Medical Officer of Health be requested to inspect and report on the condition of the property.  Received and adopted.

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 14 day of July 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

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