Tuesday 12th November 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 Rigg, Hitchcock, Cox, Elstub, Lewis, Ibbotson, Edwards, King and Turtle.

 

Minutes

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

The Mayor received and intimation from the Returning Officer notifying that Mr Charles Henry Turtle have been duly elected Alderman to fill the Extraordinary vacancy in the Kingston Ward caused by the death of Alderman Abigail and then introduced and welcomed Alderman Turtle who took his seat after acknowledging the hearty welcome extended to him.Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Alderman Smith who is still confined to his room and the Mayor apologised for Alderman Salmon who is in the country.

 

Correspondence

From Council Clerk Redfern directing attention to a decision of Judge Rogers in the case of Evans versus Redfern Municipality given on the 19th of October at the Sydney District Court viz that under Sections 73 and 74 of the Local Government Act 1906 further duties are imposed upon Councils beyond those which were imposed by the Municipalities Act 1897 in as much as Councils have now been held bound to maintain the roads and footways in public places in a reasonable state of repair and asking the cooperation of Municipal Councils in the endeavour to have their liability defined and brought within reasonable limits by the Legislature.Received and cooperation granted.

From Robert Hollis M.L.A intimating that he attended the deputation to the Premier to ask for a Special Grant to Municipalities. Received.

From C. G. Hatte Limited inviting the Mayor and Aldermen as this is the last Council that will sit under the old Municipalities Act to have a photographic group taken which they are willing to without any expense to the Aldermen.Received and request granted.

From the Queensland Insurance Company Limited stating that they are prepared to issue a policy indemnifying the Council against any legal liability that may happen owing to the negligence of employees through any defect in the roads or footways.Received and laid upon the table.

From the Secretary Board of Health advising that five samples of spirits submitted by this Authority on the 9th ultimo have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst copy of whose report is attached. Received.

From the Secretary Board of Health intimating that the 12 samples of milk submitted on 22nd October have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst from who’s report it will be seen that the chemical evidence of number 351 (containing 16 1/2 % added water) is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.Received and the Mayor authorised to instruct the Inspector to prosecute.

From James Trahair applying for an extension of time (one month) to enable him to collect the necessary information to enable him to make the valuation early next January.Received and application granted.

From the Harbour Foreshores Vigilance Committee inviting the Members of this Council to be officially represented at a Public Demonstration to be held at the Town Hall Sydney on Wednesday 27th November at 8 pm. Received.

From the Council Clerk Balmain forwarding copy of a resolution passed by that Council and asking cooperation in a deputation to the Honourable the New South Wales Treasurer to ask for an amendment of the Auctioneers Licensing Act so that Auctioneers licenses may be issued on the same lines within Municipalities as the district licenses outside of the Metropolitan Police District.Received and cooperation granted.

From W. Eaton asking for an increase to pay for general Cartage work in consequence of the rise in the price of horsefodder.Received and the writer to be informed that the Council can not alter the contract.From Joseph Howarth James Stevenson Alfred Poole and Frederick Turner Scavenging Contractors calling attention to the very high price now ruling owing to the long spell of dry weather and asking the Council to make some reasonable allowance over and above the price now paid to enable them to carry out the work without sustaining any further losses.Received and to be informed that the Council can not alter the contract.

From E. A Turtle advising that it is his intention to build two (2) cottages in Albemarle Street and submitting plans for approval.Referred to the Works Committee and authority to be given when decided.

From E. A Turtle submitting a rough sketch of some additions to premises in Hopetoun Street owned by Mr C Turtle and asking the usual permission.Received and referred to the Works Committee and authority to be given when decided.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 15 October amounting to £948.8.5 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £279.4.2.Mayor moved: that the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

 

The Sanitary Inspector

reported amongst other things having prosecuted John Falvey at the Newtown Court for refusing to sell a sample of milk. The defendant pleaded guilty and was fined 20/- and 3/6 costs.Received.

 

Ex Alderman AbigailAlderman Rigg moved: “That a letter of condolence be written to the widow and family of the late Alderman Abigail in their bereavement and the Councils appreciation of his conscientious work as an Alderman and the valuable services rendered by him and that the same be recorded on the minutes.Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried. Municipal Lists Mayor to have the vote Resolved that the name of the Mayor for the time being be placed on the Lists of Electors in respect of the properties in the municipality owned by the Council.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 26th day of November 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 26th November 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 King, Edwards, Rigg, Ibbotson, Elstub, Cox, Lewis, Turtle, Smith and Salmon.The Mayor extended a very hearty welcome to Alderman Smith on taking his seat after a prolonged illness which Alderman Smith feelingly responded.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Manager City Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited with reference to the surface drainage of certain property in the Avenue Newtown asking the Council to inspect the site and advise as to whether there is a defective drainage from Mr Brocks property or whether the flow of water is merely natural.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Thomas Henderson City Missionary asking permission to take up a street collection in Newtown on Saturday 14th December next the date agreed to by the City Council.Received and permission granted.The Inspector General of Police intimating that John Watson has been sworn in as a Special Constable in his capacity of Inspector of Nuisances and Sanitary Inspector of the Municipality of Newtown.Received.

From the Council Clerk Broken Hill regarding its proposal submitted under date 9th August last to have the Sanitary fees made a rate and forwarding copy of a letter from the Department of Public Works dealing with the question. Received.

From the Department of Public Works asking to be furnished as early as possible with the name of the place where the Council desires the Revision Court to sit so that arrangements can be made at once for appointing those Courts.Received and Newtown Court House appointed the place.From J. W. Abigail acknowledging the Councils letter of Condolence to Mrs Abigail and family. Received.

 

Reports

The Works Committee

submitted their report on seven matters remitted from the Council for their consideration with their recommendations.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 Lighting Committeereported under date 14 November with reference to a proposed additional lamp in Wilson and the transference of a lamp in Denison Street.The Mayor moved: “That the Lighting Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out since last report and works in progress. Received. The Inspector of Nuisancesreported amongst other things having prosecuted John Falvey at the Newtown Police Court for selling milk containing 161/2% added water for which he was fined £3 and 6/- costs. Received.

 

Motions pursuant to Notice

Alderman Edwards moved:1 “That the footpath in Wells Street South side from brick paving from John Street be brick paved at an estimated cost of £36.Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.An amendment by Alderman King seconded by Alderman Smith that the motion be referred to the works Committee was negatived. Alderman Lewis moved:2 “That immediate steps be taken to have the names of streets in O’Connell Ward affixed to the Gas lamps or other places favourable for the purpose.” Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

 

Questions of Which Due Notice Has been Given

By Alderman Lewis.1 “Does the Mayor intend to take any steps for the enrolment of tenants up to 21st December next.”The Mayor replied: “The provisions of the Local Government Act will be carried out.” GeneralAlderman Turtle asked that a letter be written to the Commissioner for Railways with reference to the inadequate light in the subway at the footway of Phillip Street.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 10th day of December 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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