Tuesday 1st October 1907

 

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen King, Hitchcock, Cox, Elstub, Rigg, Salmon, Lewis, Ibbotson and Edwards. Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Alderman Abigail and Smith.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works advising that arrangements had been made with the Registrar General for searches to be made in the records of his Department on the behalf of Municipal and Shire Councils provided full particulars of the land are furnished and upon payment of the fee of 2/6 for each portion of land or each separate owner in respect whereof this search is to be made.Received.

From the Department of Public Works forwarding for information copy of a Proclamation which was published in the Government Gazette of 18th September 1907 and from which it will be seen that the power applied for under section 110 Local Government Act 1906 have been conferred on the Council. Received.

From L Whitehead with plans for alterations to his shops situate corner of Bucknell and King Streets asking permission to erect hoarding around same to enable him to carry out the work.Received and referred to the Overseer of Works to deal with.

From F. W. Turner stating that owing to indifferent health he finds a difficulty in carrying out the work of scavenging and cleansing the Camden Ward and asking if in the event of his giving notice terminating the Contract the Council would refund him the five pounds deposit.Received and the writer to be informed that the Council will permit transfer of Contracts subject to approval.

From Gordon McKinnon with reference to 3 shops in course of erection between 533 and 539 King Street and the provision made for airspace and storm water and etc.received and to be considered in conjunction with the Works Committees report.

 

Reports

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 30 September with reference to several matters remitted to them from the Council with their recommendations thereon.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 Health Committee

reported with reference to a letter from Mrs Townsend regarding certain repairs and alterations required to her stable premises recommending that the stables be connected to the sewer and a brick bin built for the manure.The Mayor moved: “That the Health Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. The Treasurersubmitted the usual statement of accounts since 20th of August 1907 which disclosed that the balance at credit of the Council on 1st October 1907 was £1159.6.11. 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 Nuisancesreported that the Contractors and block boys under his charge had during the past fortnight carried out their work in a satisfactory manner. Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Hitchcock moved:1 “That in the opinion of this Council the time has arrived when the Wards of the Municipality of Newtown should be abolished and that steps should be taken prior to the close of the present Municipal Year to this end so that at the next election the Aldermen be elected as representing the whole Municipality.”The motion was not seconded and therefore lapsed.The Mayor pointed out that in reply to a letter from the Public Works Department dated 29th May last this Council by resolution approved of the number of Wards and Aldermen representing each proposed to be gazetted in respect of this Municipality.2 “In pursuance of the terms of the foregoing resolution a petition from this Council be presented to His Excellency the Governor as per clause 21 of the Local Government Act praying that the Wards be abolished as aforesaid.”Withdrawn.

 

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 15th day of October 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 15th October 1907

 

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Rigg, Salmon, Elstub, King, Edwards, Lewis and Cox.An apology was received from Alderman Hitchcock Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Aldermen Smith and Abigail owing to illness.Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

 

Correspondence

From Justin McSweeney with reference to the Erskineville Tramway stating that it will be necessary to close both sides of Burren Street as the whole area has to be excavated and that he will give the Council due notice as soon as he is prepared to go on with the work.Received.

From E Ardill agreeing to pay one half the cost of asphalting the footpath in front of the South Sydney Woman’s Hospital.Received and the work to be carried out on receipt of the amount.

From Robert S Young applying for three weeks holiday leave.Received and request granted.

From W. S. Baker Junior submitting plans and specifications of Store to be erected in Wilson Street and stables in Australia Street and asking the usual permission.Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From F H Turner intimating that a Mr Knowles of May Street Newtown is willing to take over the contract for scavenging the Camden Ward at the price paid to the writer viz £21 per month.Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1181.11.8 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £433.9.7.Moved by the Mayor: “That the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.The report also stated that owing to the continued dry weather a number of the carriageways are showing signs of breaking up while those that have been topped dressed with tar and sand are in first class order and suggesting that where side streets are in good order they should also receive a top dressing to preserve them. Received and the portion referring to top dressing of carriageways referred to the Works Committee.

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the scavenging contractors and others under his supervision had carried out their work during the past fortnight in a satisfactory manner and that five samples of spirits had been taken and submitted to the Government Analyst for examination. Received.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:1 “That the corporate seals of the Council be fixed to the appointment of John Watson as Inspector of Nuisances and Sanitary Inspector for the Municipality of Newtown.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.2 “That the Corporate Seal of the Council be affixed to the appointment of John Watson as Junior Clerk.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. Alderman Lewis moved:3 “Act to ensure the more efficient working of the Councils Sanitary Department of the salary of the Sanitary Inspector the increased to £3.10.0 per week and the salary of the Assistant Inspector to £2.10.0 per week.”The motion lapsed for want of a seconder.4 “That the salary of the youths employed at street sweeping be not less than fifteen shillings per week and that none youth under the age of eighteen years be employed at this work.”Seconded by Alderman Rigg and negatived. The Mayor moved:5 “That as recommended by the Finance Committee on the 9th July 1907 the sum of £25 be now (voted) paid to the Newtown Brass Band.Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Municipal Association

The Mayor reported that he had attended the recent conference of the Municipal Association and stated that he was more than ever impressed with the inability of the Association. Of the two most important resolutions one was that the delegate to the conference should be granted free railway passes and the other asked Government maps and plans should be supplied free to Municipalities. Questions of Which Due Notice had been Given.Alderman Lewis asked:1 “Is the Council taking any steps to see that tenants are enrolled on the new roll under the Local Government Act.Answer: Yes.2 How many declarations of tenancy forms have been applied for up to the present time?Answer: Twenty.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 29 day of October 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 29th October 1907

 

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Edwards, Rigg, Ibbotson, King, Cox, Elstub, Salmon, Lewis, and Hitchcock.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Town Clerk Sydney asking the cooperation of this Council in a movement requesting the Government to put a stop to the use of Government properties for advertising purposes in the city and surrounding municipalities.Received and cooperation granted.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public works (Circular number 119) covering Draft Ordinances re-sale of Meat and asking the Council to take them into consideration and afterwards advise him if they suit the circumstances of this district.Received and referred to the By laws Committee.

From the Same (Circular number 120) notifying amendment of Ordinances numbers 4 5 6 9 and 11 amended with a view to facilitating the work of preparing the Lists of Electors. Received.

From the Same in reply to the inquiry dated the 4th instant also to when the Ordinances dealing with the various powers conferred on the Council under Section 109 of the Local Government Act will be available inviting attention to the answers set opposite the respective powers referred to.Received and referred to the By laws Committee.

From the Under Secretary Department of Lands with reference to the realignment of King Street and Enmore Road stating that the necessary action on the survey plans is in progress in the Metropolitan Survey Office and on completion of that action the Gazette notification will follow in due course. Received.

From George F. Crozier tendering his resignation as Substitute Returning Officer. Received.

From the Council Clerk Alexandria asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to be formed from the whole of the Municipalities interested to the Honourable the Minister for Public Works to make provision for pedestrian traffic from Brandling Street in that Municipality to Forbes Street.Received and cooperation granted.

From Gordon McKinnon Architect applying for permission to erect an awning over the foot path on three shops under construction at 535 King Street Newtown.Received and permission granted – the Overseer having reported that the plans were according to the Councils Specification.

From the Board of Health intimating that on the recommendation of the Board the Minister has approved the payment of a moiety of the salary of £156 per annum of certificated Sanitary Inspector John Watson. Received.

From the South British Fire and Marine Insurance Company calling attention to the Councils responsibility where accidents occur on the footpaths and carriageways when these thoroughfares are not maintained in a reasonable state of repair and stating that the Company is willing to issue a Policy indemnifying the Council in cases where they are found liable. Received.

From John Dunning notifying that he intends building a cottage in Wilson Street.Received and the Writer to be asked to submit plan.

From Francis Silvester intimating that his wife had a fall on the footpath in front of 675 King Street by which she sustained serious injuries and stating that he would look to the Council for the expenses and loss of business incurred through the fall. Received.

From Justin McSweeney intimating that he proposes closing Burren Street and Watkin Street on Thursday 31st October to prepare the roadway for the Erskineville Tramway. Received.

From Mrs James Abigail and family thanking the Council for expression of kind sympathy. Received.

From W E. Keats notifying that he is about to build two Cottages in Wilson Street and forwarding plans for same. Received and referred to the Inspector. Late Alderman AbigailAt this stage the Mayor said that it was with much regret that he had to announce the death of Alderman Abigail whose body was buried on Saturday the 26th in the Waverley Cemetery.The Mayor also intimated that steps were being taken to fill the Extraordinary vacancy thus caused.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the Contractors and block boys had carried out their work in a satisfactory manner during the past fortnight and that he had taken 12 samples of milk and forwarded the same to the Government Officer for analysis. He recommended that a Vendor named John Falvey be prosecuted under Section 79 of the Public Health Act for refusing to supply a sample of milk on demand and preventing a sample being taken.Received and the Mayor authorised to instruct the Inspector to prosecute.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Rigg moved:1 “That trachyte crossing 4 feet 6 inches wide be laid at the intersection of Camden Street and Edgeware Road with tar paving from gutter stones to building line at an estimated cost of £25 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. Alderman Cox moved:2 “That the carriageway in Goodsell Street be re metalled at an estimated cost of £225 and referred to the Works Committee.Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.3 “That the footpath in Wells Street South side from King Street to present Brick paving be brick paved at an estimated cost of £21 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. Alderman Elstub moved:4 “That the carriageway in Denison Street from Alton Lane to the Lane on the South side of Lennox Street be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £190 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried. Alderman Nat Lewis moved:5 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the cost of thoroughly watering King Street between Forbes Street and the Railway Bridge during summer months.Alderman Rigg moved an amendment after the word Bridge the words “and thence to St Peters Railway Station and Enmore Terminus.”The mover having accepted the amendment the motion as amended was seconded by Alderman King and carried. GeneralAlderman Cox moved:”That the Inspector General of Police be written to asking them to appoint Mr John Watson Inspector of Nuisances and Sanitary Inspector of the Municipality of Newtown a Special Constable.” Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Question Without Notice

Alderman Cox asked the Mayor if he had received a Petition addressed to the Mayor and Aldermen and asking him to convene a Public meeting for speakers to explain of the Local Government Act.  His Worship reply that he received a requisition addressed to himself as Mayor to which he replied that as the proposed meeting is simply for the purpose of hearing addresses without any resultant object he would not be justified in granting the request.

 

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 12th day of November 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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