Tuesday 8th January 1907

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 Howe) and Aldermen Smith, Hitchcock, Morgan, Rigg, Cox, Elstub, Salmon, Edwards, Ibbotson and Abigail. MinutesThe minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

 

Mayor’s Minute

The Mayor submitted a Minute with reference to the dust nuisance caused by the machine sweeper after 11 o’clock at night expressing his pleasure in being able to report that the Overseer of Works (Mr Young) has devised a simple and economical contrivance whereby the streets will be watered and swept the same time without any additional cost of the trial which he witnessed was highly successful.  Attention was directed by the Minutes to the necessity of acquiring a piece of ground centrally situated for storing the Councils plant and as the present accommodation is in adequate.  Alderman Salmon moved: “That the Minute be received and considered in Committee of the Whole Council.”  Meantime that the thanks of the Council be accorded to Mr Young for the good service thus rendered.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Correspondence

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works

1. Advising that the Local Government Act requires municipalities to maintain all roads from 1st January instant.

2. That the Government Printer will in a few days forward copies of the Local Government Act of 1906; and 3

3. Letter advising the powers and functions of existing Municipalities and those which may be acquired.  Received and to be considered when the Act comes to hand.

From Sullivan Brothers applying on the behalf of Mr B Bolton for payment of the amount incurred by him in relaying the floors of his cottage in Fulham Street caused by waters from off the streets.  Received and to be informed that Mr Bolton has been already advised that the Council acknowledges no liability.

From William Taylor Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board advising that the estimates of expenditure for the year 1907 have been adopted and the amount fixed at £47100 as against £44100 last year.  Received and laid upon the table.

From the Department of Public Health forwarding copy report by the Government Analyst upon 14 samples of Milk submitted on 6th instant showing same to be free from adulteration or addition of preservatives.Received.

From C G Hatte asking to be informed if the Council have yet come to any decisions on the question of the electric light and garbage destruction for the Borough.Received and to be informed that the matter is still under consideration and will shortly be dealt with.

From Wormald Brothers forwarding particulars of their Simplex Fire Extinguisher together with one of the Machines for inspection.Received and to be informed that the Council is not in need of one.

From Raine and Horne with reference to the demand for payment of £125 being the second instalment of the contribution towards the formation and making of roads and footways in the Linthorpe Estate stating that the work has not yet been carried out and asking the Councils consideration of their request for an allowance. Received and the writers to be informed that they have not yet performed their part of the agreement by straightening the Lane at the rear of Wilson Street and asking them to do so without further delay.

From W C Clegg and asking if the Council will cooperate in a movement promoted for the purpose of taking steps to recognise the valuable services rendered by Inspector Elliott for the last 15 years in Newtown. Received and the Council’s patronage and assistance to be given.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 11th of December last amounting to £1032.10.3 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £685.3.5.The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Specification Committee in accordance with the resolution passed at the last council meeting reported having prepared and submitted a specification for making the valuation of all rateable property for the year 1907 – 1908 and recommending that in view of the altered circumstances and the necessity for proceeding with the valuation at once Messrs Hoffman and Trahair be appointed valuers for the year 1907 – 1908 at a remuneration of £90 Sterling.  Alderman Smith moved: “That the Committees report be received and adopted and in the event of knot acceptance of the appointment tenders to be immediately invited.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Borough Treasurersubmitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 11 December last exhibiting a credit balance of £868.5.0.Received.

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

The Inspector of Nuisancesreported that during the past month the Contractors and others under his supervision have carried out their work in a satisfactory manner. With regard to the insanitary condition of premises number 106 Campbell Street the owner had not taken any steps to carry out the necessary work it is recommended that the required steps be taken to obtain a closing order as a preliminary to demolition.Received and adopted.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Ibbotson moved:1 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to consider and report upon the advisability of erecting a gas lamp in Alice Avenue and midway between Alice Street and Camden Street.”Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried. Alderman Elstub moved:2 That the gutter stones in Lands Lane from Regent Street to Gibson Lane be renewed. 28 yards at an estimated cost of £6.Seconded by Alderman Abigail.

Alderman Cox moved as an amendment to refer the matter to the Works Committee.Seconded by Alderman Morgan.The amendment having been put and carried the question as amended was resolved in the affirmative.

In Committee of the WholeThe Council resolved into Committee of the whole with closed doors to consider the Mayor’s Minutes. On resuming the Mayor reported as follows:Your committee having considered the Mayors Minute recommend that the same be received and adopted. Alderman Salmon moved: “That the report from the Committee of the Whole as now read be adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 22nd January 1907.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 22nd January 1907

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

 

Correspondence

From the Council Clerk Borough of Camperdown asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Ministers for Public Works to urge the connection of the Newtown Tramway with that of Leichhardt via Australia Street.Received and request complied with.

From Sullivan Brothers with District Court Writ for £200 at the instance of Benjamin and Bolton for alleged damage to his property in Fulham Street caused by the overflow of stormwater.Received and writ to be handed to the Councils Solicitor with instructions to defend.

From the Secretary Board of Health advising that the 18 samples of Milk submitted on the 28 ultimo for analysts have been chemically examined with the result that sample number 284 which shows a deficiency of 12 2/3% of fats is such as would support a prosecution and that the vendor of number 272 received a warning.Received and the Mayor authorised to prosecute.

From F G Tuck Inspector of Nuisances applying leave of absence to enable him to obtain rest and change.Received fortnights leave granted and the question of when the leave is to date from left in the hands of the Mayor.

 

Reports

The Works Committeesubmitted their report dated the 14th instant with regard to various matters remitted to them from the Council amongst others the question of acquiring a suitable piece of land for storing the Councils plant and materials.The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

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 supervision had carried out their work in a satisfactory manner during the past fortnight. Received. Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Rigg moved:1 “That the footpaths in London Street (both sides) be asphalted at an estimated cost of £101.5.0.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried. Alderman Smith moved:

2 “That the Council do now proceed in Committee of the Whole to consider the desirability of taking the necessary steps to acquire by application to the Governor the right to exercise the powers and functions previously exercised under the Municipalities Act of 1897 and with the consent of the Council amended the motion by adding after the word whole in the first line the words “with closed doors.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

3 “That the Council recommending the appointment of the late Auditors Messrs Marshall and Bull to complete the audit of the books of the Council to 4 February 1907 in terms of Section 184 of the Local Government Act.”At the request of Alderman Cox the mover with the approval of the Council decided to consider this motion in Committee.

The Mayor moved:

4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to consider and report as to the advisability and cost of building a strong room adjoining the Council Clerk’s room.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Council resolved into Committee of the Whole. In committee Alderman Smith moved:”That the Council recommend the appointment of the late Auditors Messrs Marshall and Bull to complete the Audit of the Books of the Council to 4th February 1907 in terms of Section 184 of the Local Government Act.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg supported by Alderman Morgan and carried. Alderman Smith’s motion number 2 on the business paper relating to the powers which the Governor may grant without necessity to go through the procedure of Section number 110 of the Local Government Act having been considered.

The Council resumed and the Mayor submitted the following resolution from the Committee viz:”Resolved that this Council asked His Excellency the Governor to confer upon the under Section 4 sub section 5 (g) of the Local Government Act 1906 the following functions which this Council was at the commencement of the Local Government Act 1906 exercising and which are included amongst those which under the said Act the Council of a Municipality may acquire that is to say.”

Part XIII Division 2 Section 109 Sub Section iv 1st The Watering of the streets.

xiv 2nd The collection and destruction of garbage.

xv 3rd The provision and maintenance and management of Public cemeteries.

xvii 4th The provision maintenance and management of public urinals closets and lavatories.

xxiii 5th The regulation and control of theatres dancing saloons building used for public assemblies and places of public amusement or of public resort.

xxx 6th The provision maintenance and management of schools of art reading rooms and mechanics institutes.

xxxiii 7th The regulation(a) of hoardings; and(b) of the posting or painting of bill’s signs or advertisements.

xxxiv 8th The regulation of buildings balconies verandahs or other structures abutting on or extending over any public place and the removal thereof.

xxxviii 9th The suppression of public nuisances caused by the emission discharge or escape of smoke fumes steam oil or oil vapour either separately or any two or more in combination from premises within or partly within the area or by the discharge of waste waters or waste products from any factory or other building in the area.

xl 10th The regulation and supervision of the opening up of streets or roads for the laying pipes construction of tunnels or other purposes and etc.

xliv 11th The suppression of houses of ill fame and disorderly houses.

xlviii 12th The numbering of buildings and the power to compel owners to affix numbers in accordance with the prescribed plan.

Moved by Alderman Smith: “That the foregoing resolution be and is hereby adopted and that the same be made an Order of the Day the confirmation at the next meeting of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose. Confirmed this 5th day of February 1907.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

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