Tuesday 8th September 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 Morgan, Smith, Howe, Ibbotson, King, Rigg, Abigail, Jones, Archibald and Elstub.

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

CORRESPONDENCE
From Inspector Elliott in reply to Councils letter stating that special attention will be given by the police to the annoyance complained of and in all instances when the loitering By law can be properly enforced proceedings will be instituted against offenders.  Received.  From the Petersham Borough Council asking if this Council is willing to have the Tar metalled crossing over Liberty Street at the intersection of Stanmore Road repaired providing they pay half the expense and if so to put the work in hand at once.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor. 
From John Archibald asking if the Council can see its way to lay down 50 feet of kerb and gutter in front of his 4 new cottages in Holmwood Street as well as asphalt the footpath.  Received and writer to be informed that provision has already been made for carrying out this work.
From H Dibley Honourable Secretary Choral Society Enmore and asking if the Council will be prepared to let the Town Hall two evenings every week and at what rent.
Received and writer to be informed that the Society can have the Hall on Monday and Thursday in each week at the minimum charge of 7/6 per night: provided that the society gives way in the event of the Hall being required in any particular purpose on either of the days named.
From James [—] and Company Manufacturers Agent calling attention to the superiority of Flodmans “Handy pump” for Municipal works such as pumping water out of excavations and etc.
Received and laid upon the table.
From Michael Teehan acknowledging receipt of letter notifying him of the termination of his contract for sweeping the wood block pavements on 30 September instant.  Received and to be informed of the reason terminating the agreement.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 11th of August amounting to £1030.4.9 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £633.3.3.  Moved by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Howe and carried: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Lighting Committee
submitted their report dated 25th of August recommending the erection of two new lamps in Wilford Lane and the removal of two existing lamps in Reiby Street so as to distribute the light more evenly.
The Chairman (Alderman Rigg) moved: “That the Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”
Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Street Watering Committee
The Special Committee appointed to devise some scheme whereby a more plentiful supply of water than ordinarily available may be obtained for Street watering purposes within the Borough during the summer months reported that an abundant supply free of cost might be had from the disused pits in Mr Gentle’s Brick yard near the Boundary of the Borough and recommend the offer be availed of.
Another scheme which the Committee recommend for consideration is to obtain water from Shea’s Creek by means of pipes as far as May Street which will serve the Municipalities of St Peters Alexandria Erskineville and the Marrickville.  As there appeared however to be a want of unanimity among the members of the Committee with regard to the recommendations of the report was referred back for further consideration.

Borough Treasurer
The Borough Treasurer submitted the usual Statement of Accounts since last report of 11th August as follows:
Bank Balance per last statement Cr        £2575.1.0
Deposits                   855.5.1
Cheques issued        £1030.4.9
Balance Cr          2438.1.4
Cheque Outstanding 11th August      12.0.0
Cheque Outstanding at date              50.0.0 
             £3480.6.1   £3480.6.1
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
among other matters reported that notwithstanding verbal and written cautions the contractor for wood block sweeping continues to neglect his work in a wholesale manner failing to sweep large areas of the roadway.  “I have made four early inspections this month and the total amount of fines imposed as directed by the Council is £20 as per particulars furnished.”
The ordinary ward cleansing carried out in a satisfactory manner.
Alderman Morgan moved that the Inspector’s report be received and adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman King moved:
1 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report re the advisableness of removing the lamp in Missenden Road facing Richard Street to the opposite side.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Jones moved:
2 “That the carriageway in Laura Street be ballasted and metalled 171 yards of kerb and gutter laid and 283 yards of the footpath asphalted first class at an estimated cost of £121 to complete these works.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Howe to move:
3 “That the tarpaving in Holdsworth Street East side from Lane to Railway Lane 408 yards be renewed with 1st class material at an estimated cost of £40 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Alderman Rigg moved:
4 “That the Auditors be paid a sum of ten pounds each for the last Audit to 3rd August 1903.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
5 “That a lamp be placed at the corner of Hopetoun Lane and Federation road at an annual cost of £4 and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Tramway Newtown Bridge to Parramatta Road
The Mayor reported that the deputation appointed on 11th of August in connection with the proposal to construct a tramline along Australia Street from the Newtown Bridge to Parramatta Road waited on the Minister for Public Works on the 3rd instant when Mr O’Sullivan informed them that there was no money available for Tramway construction at present and even if there were he did not consider the proposed line would pay.

Confirmed this 22 day of September 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 22nd September 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 a full Council.
MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From J Hayden Cardew intimating that he is a candidate for the position of Suburban Member on the Water and Sewerage Board and asking if the Council will give him an audience.  Received and to be informed that it is an established rule of this Council not to hear any candidate.
From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works asking to be furnished for the information of the Inspector of Scaffolding and lifts with the weekly list of buildings which have been approved by the Council.  Received.
From the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage advising that the Board is prepared (until further notice) to allow the use of a limited quantity of water for Street sprinkling and gully and gutter flushing and etc subject to specified conditions.  Received.
From the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in reply to Councils application stating that the Board is now prepared to provide water to the Hatte fountain provided Glenfield taps are used.  Received.
From the Council Clerk Camperdown in reply to a letter from this Council asking that provision might be made for carrying these stormwater from Roberts Lane within this Borough to University Street stating that they cannot accede to the request but will be glad to entertain any other suggestion this Council May had to make in reference to the matter.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From O Goldsmith asking that kerbing and asphalting be continued to the end of his cottage nearly completed in 48 Holmwood Street.
Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.
From Mrs Eliza Davison applying for permanence to construct an awning over front of shop and dwelling 91 King Street similar in design to the next-door viz: 89.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From the Engineer for Tramways acknowledging receipt of the voucher for the Commissioners contribution towards the cost of sweeping the wood blocked pavements in King Street and Enmore Road for the month of August stating that as the sweeping of the blocks has been so unsatisfactorily carried out he is unable to pass the voucher for payment.  Received and the Mayor to interview the Commissioners.
From Michael Teehan Contractor for sweeping the wood blocked pavements with reference to the fines amounting to £20 for negligent and careless performance of his work asking the Council to fully investigate the matter.  Received and the Whole Council to be a special Committee to investigate this appeal on Monday 28th instant.

REPORTS

The Works Committee
Submitted their report dated the 14th instant recommending the carrying out of proposed works in Laura Street and Holdsworth Street and so on.
The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.”

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

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported: That only two (2) cases of infectious disease had been recorded during the past fortnight both of which are Scarlett fever.  One hundred and thirty-seven notices sent to property owners in King Street and Enmore Road to rectify defects and gutters and down pipes attached to awnings.  Notwithstanding that the Contractor for the wood block sweeping has been cautioned and fined for deliberate neglect in his work he still misses large areas of the blocks between Bligh Street and St Peters Railway Bridge.  The Contractors for scavenging the wards are carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Morgan moved:
1 “That 54 yards of kerb and guttering be laid in Holmwood Street South side at an estimated cost of £21.7.0 and footpath on the same side tarpaved 204 yards at an estimated cost of £20.8.0 as recommended by the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
2 “That 56 yards of kerb and guttering be laid in Dickson Street and South side at an estimated cost of £22.4.0 and tarpaving on same side completed (220 yards) at an estimated cost of £22 as recommended by the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
3 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report on the advisability of erecting two additional gas lamps in Holmwood Street two additional lamps in Dickson Street and five (5) additional lamps in the Lanes of the Holmwood Estate at the annual cost of £4 each.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
4 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report on the advisability of altering the position of the gas lamps in King Street between Wells Street and Alice Street.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Alderman Elstub moved:
5 “That the footpaths at St Stephen’s School Hall in Trade Street and Baltic Street (52 yards and 62 yards respectively) be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £11.4.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Jones moved:
6 “That a lamp be erected in Wells Street midway between present lamp opposite the Public School and Edgeware Road and referred to the lighting committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 6th day of October 1903.
Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.

 

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