Tuesday 9th January 1906

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Edwards) and Aldermen Howe, Elstub, Ibbotson, King, Cox, Smith, Morgan, Abigail, Hitchcock and Salmon.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From J H Clayton Solicitor with reference to the Perpetual Trustee Company’s application for Certificate of Title in respect of the Grange Estate Wilson Street advising that there is no encroachment shown upon the plan and that the Companies Certificate of Title will issue.  Received.

From the Perpetual Trustee Company Limited in reply to the Council’s enquiry stating that at present they have no power to sell any part of the Grange Wilson Street for the purpose of widening the Street.  Received.

From W Taylor Suburban Representative on the Metropolitan Fire Brigade Board forwarding a detailed statement of the estimated expenditure for the year 1906 in connection with the Fire Brigade Board as adopted.

Received and W Taylor to be thanked for the very full explanation given.

From Miss F E Simpson calling attention to an error in the valuation of her property number 5 Metropolitan Road whereby she has to pay £3.3.9 instead of £2.10.0 and asking that the mistake may be rectified.

Received and the writer to be informed that she should have appealed at the proper time.

From the Honourable Secretary St John’s Ambulance Brigades thanking the Mayor and Aldermen for the free use of the Town Hall for practice drill and etc during the year ended 31st of December 1905 and asking if they will be granted the same favour during the current year.

Received and request granted.

From the Council Clerk St Peters intimating that they have made arrangements whereby they will be enabled to place under offer to this Council a depot situated in the St Peters Park for house refuse for a period of five years at a rental of seventy-five pounds p.a.

Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee for report.

From a number of property owners of Key Street asking that the work of tar metalling the street be proceeded with.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From A H Lockman stating that his claim for a refund of 15/- being amount paid to the Council as rent for the use of the Town Hall on 6th of September last was made on behalf of the Newtown Progress Association of which he is not now the Secretary.  Received.

 

Reports

The Sanitary Committee

submitted their report respecting the alleged and insanitary condition of premises numbers 56 58 and 60 Enmore Road and W B Cottage at rear of number 56 with their recommendations.

Moved by the Mayor that the Sanitary Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past month and works in progress.  Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the Contractors and others under his supervision had carried out the various work satisfactorily and that the Occupier of premises number 14 Watkins Street had been summoned and was fined 20/- and 5/- cost of keeping a filthy fowl yard.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Smith moved:

1 Australia Street from Lennox Street to the Borough of Camperdown boundary be remetalled at an estimated cost of £175 and referred to the Works Committee.

With the consent of the Council the mover amended the motion by adding the words “or tarpaved” after the word “remetalled”.

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

 

Order of the Day

To open and consider tenders for making the Annual Valuation for the Municipal Year 1906 to 7.

The following tenders were opened in Council and read viz:

Gooden and Bowes                        £80

Clifford and Davis                          £75

Hoffman and Trahair                      £90

Henderson and Dawson                 £65

Palmer Brothers                              £120

The Council went into Committee with closed doors to consider the foregoing and on resuming the Mayor reported as follows:

Your Committee of the Whole Council having considered tenders for making the Annual Valuation for the year 1906 – 1907 recommend that the tender of Messrs Hoffman and Trahair be accepted at £90.

Alderman Smith moved: “That the Committees report as now submitted be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

 

General

Alderman Hitchcock asked that a letter be written to the Deputy Postmaster General asking that a light be placed at the entrance to the Enmore Post Office and the Mayor said that he would cause this to be done.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 23rd day of January 1906.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Addendum

Alderman Elstub having called attention to the state of the Hatte Fountain and the desirability of having the water laid on again it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Morgan that the necessary repairs to the fountain be left in the hands of the Mayor.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

23rd of January 1906.

 

Monday 22nd January 1906

 

Revision Court

In accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897 an Open Court for the purpose of revising the Municipal Lists of persons supposed to be entitled to be enrolled on the Municipal Roles for the ensuing year was held in the Town Hall on the above date at 7.30pm.

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Edwards) and Aldermen Ibbotson, Morgan, Abigail, Howe, King, Elstub and Hitchcock.

 

The Mayor having declared the Court open for the revision of the Municipal Lists and intimated that there were no claims nor objections the Council Clerk laid upon the table the Lists for the Enmore, Camden, Kingston and O’Connell Wards.

 

Resolved: the Enmore, Camden, Kingston and O’Connell Wards lists be the Electoral Roles that the said Wards for the Municipal year 1906 – 1907.

 

The Mayor then in open court signed his name to the every page and also signed the Certificate at the end of each list in accordance with the requirements of Section 64 of the Municipalities Act of 1897.

 

This terminated the proceedings and the Court rose.

 

Confirmed this 23rd day of January 1906.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 23rd January 1906

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Edwards) and Aldermen Rigg, Salmon, how, Ibbotson, Cox, Morgan, Smith, Hitchcock, Elstub and Abigail.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

from the Secretary Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board forwarding statement of the estimated expenditure of the Board for the current year together with a Memo of the sum now due by the Council amounting to £123.17.2 that the first quarter or £5.0.3 in excess of the quarterly payments last year.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From D J McCauley offering a site situated on the West side of Shea’s Creek and on the southern side of Ricketty Street for a garbage tip for the sum of £50 per annum.

Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee.

From Henry Tasker offering a site situated alongside of Coward Street North Botany for a garbage tip for the sum of £26 per annum.

Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee.

From the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage in reply to Councils request of 22nd of December last and asking that the lines of sewers and mains to be laid in the Linthorpe Estate might be indicated prior to the formation of the streets in order that permanent levels may be determined stating that it is premature to say where any sewers will be laid as no houses are yet erected on the estate.

Received and the Mayor to interview the Boards responsible Officers.

From the Under Secretary for Finance and Trade stating that it has been found that claims against the Government for subsidy are occasionally improperly inflated through inclusion among “Subscriptions” of receipts which are not bona fide subscriptions and cautioning all public bodies that if these improper practices are discovered action may be taken to permanently withdraw the subsidy.  Received.

From the British Imperial Oil Company Limited directing attention to the question of street joining the dual purpose of dust laying and consolidating the streets.

Received and referred to the Works Committee with the view of ascertaining the cost.

From the Secretary Newtown Brass Band asking the Councils assistance in providing a suitable room in which to hold its practice twice a week.

Received and the free use of the Hall granted to members only twice a week for practice except when the hall was engaged for public purposes under tariff conditions.

From A A Cawley Secretary Marrickville Bowling and Recreation Club inviting the Mayor Aldermen and Officers of this Council to the Official opening of the Green on Friday 26th of January at 3pm.

Received and as many as can to attend.

From Messrs Joseph Bailey A H Lockman H May W H Goddard and others requesting the Mayor to call a public meeting for the purpose of making arrangements to give Mr John Graham Station Officer in charge of the Newtown Branch of the MFB a fitting sendoff prior to his departure from the District.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1283.9.3 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £170.17.6.

The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report with their recommendations respecting various matters remitted to them from the Council.

Moved by the Mayor: the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

The Borough Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 28th November 1905 as follows:

Bank Balance per last statement                                 £464.10.4

Deposits                                                                        1276.15.2

To Cheques issued                          £1238.1.9

To Bank Balance Cr                          499.13.3

By Cheques Outstanding               5.9.6

£1,737.15.0        1,737.15.0

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 that the Contractors and others under his charge had carried out their various works in a satisfactory manner and also that on three occasions lately some persons had stolen portions of the Copper sparge pipes from the public convenience on the Bridge and asking that the necessary authority to carry out the required repairs.

Received and adopted and the words “Newtown Borough” impressed in the new pipes.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Hitchcock moved:

1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to consider the advisability of taking up the pipes at the intersection of Cambridge and Cavendish streets and substituting an open trachyte crossing.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

General Business

Alderman Ibbotson called attention to the need of better facilities for loading goods at the Newtown Goods Railway Station and asked that a letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners asking them to make better provision and a communication to the Members of the District asking them to support the Council in this matter.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

The Mayor having invited the Aldermen into his room the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 20th day of February 1906.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

 

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