Tuesday 5th February 1907

 

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

 

Present

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

 

Mayor’s Minute

The Mayor submitted a Minute congratulating the Council on its first meeting since the publication of the Ordinances and regulations under which Councils are to administer the Local Government Act of 1906 and asking the Councils assistance in putting the Act and all Ordinances and regulations made thereunder into execution.

1st by holding the Ordinary meetings of the Council every alternate Tuesday commencing the 5th day of February 1907.

2nd That the amount of £638.8.2 standing at the credit of the Newtown Borough Council with the Bank of Australasia Newtown be withdrawn by cheque and the account closed and the said amount placed to credit of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown in the said Bank and that until the Finance Committee for the year 1907/8 is appointed those now operating on the account continue to do so.Received and made an Order of the Day for a later period of the evening.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 8th of January amounting to £579.11.10 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £183.3.11.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 Finance Committee further recommended the abandonment of the sum of £18.7.6 amount of rates accrued due in respect of premises numbers 34/36 Hordern Street (rates for 1906/7 5224/5) prior to 1892 which are not now recoverable. Moved that the Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.Seconded by Alderman Morgan and supported by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Borough Treasurer submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 8th of January 1907 which disclosed the balance at credit of the Bank of Australasia to be £638.8.2.Received.

The Overseer of Works reported that the contractors and others under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress. Received.

The Assistant Sanitary Inspector reported that the contractors and others under his supervision had carried out their work satisfactorily. It was pointed out that of late rats are more numerous than they have been for some time but that there is no cause for alarm as due to the house to house inspections that have been made of late most of the premises are in a good sanitary condition. Received.

 

Correspondence

From the Under Secretary Department of Public (Health) Works advising that Ordinances under the Local Government Act dealing with the questions of the Election of Mayor and etc have been published in the Government Gazette of 23rd January.Received.

The From the Under Secretary Department of Public (Health) Works stating that the Government Printer has been requested to forward six copies of Ordinances numbers 85 to 289 under the Shires Act but which under Proclamation in Government Gazette of 23rd of January is made to apply to Municipal Councils. Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works advising that in future the designation of the corporate body of every municipality whether it was a Borough or a Municipal District under the old Act will be the Council of the Municipality of…………… and in all legal documents correspondence and etc this change should be observed and that while it does not necessarily follow that the change must be made upon the Councils Seal where practicable it would be advisable for the sake of uniformity to also change the style of the Council on its seal.Received and made and Order of the Day at a later period.

From C B Rigney placing under offer to the Council a block of land situated in Angel Street Norfolk and Redwin Streets under Torrens Title that the sum of £550 including all buildings shares and etc standing on the property.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Secretary Fire Brigades Board forwarding a statements of the estimated Expenditure of the Board for the current year and this Council’s contribution for the year amounting to £522.19.2. Received.

Orders of the Day

1 The Confirmation of resolution number 2 on the business paper and passed on 22nd January 1907 to ask His Excellency the Governor to confer upon this Council under Section 4 sub section 5 (g) of the Local Government Act the powers specified.Moved by Alderman Smith: “That the foregoing resolution be and the same is hereby adopted and confirmed.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

2 Consideration of the Mayors Minute:

Alderman Smith moved:

(1) “That the proposal to hold the meetings of this Council every alternate Tuesday commencing the 5th day of February 1907 be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

2 “That as proposed the amount of £638.8.2 standing at the credit of the Newtown Borough Council with the Bank of Australasia Newtown be withdrawn by cheque the account closed and the said amount placed to the credit of the “Council of the Municipality of Newtown” in the bank and that until the Finance Committee for the year 1907 – 8 is appointed those operating on the account continue to do so.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

3 Consideration of letter from the Department of Public Works with reference to Official style of Municipalities Corporate Seals.Resolved that the Mayor be authorised to purchase a Seal in accordance with the suggestion conveyed in the letter from the Department.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 19th day of February 1907.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Election of Mayor for the year 1907 – 1908

 

In accordance with Part VI Section 35 sub section 5 and Ordinance number 80.

 

Minutes of Meeting of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown held in the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday the 12th day of February 1907 at 7.30pm for the purpose of collecting a Mayor.

 

Present

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

Mode of Election of Mayor.

 

Resolved that the election of Mayor be conducted with open doors and by open voting and the system of nomination.

The Mayor then called for and the following nominations were submitted by Alderman Abigail, Alderman Salmon, Alderman Ibbotson, Alderman Morgan, Alderman Rigg, Alderman Smith (declined), Alderman Rigg, Aldermen Abigail (declined),Alderman Rigg, Alderman Hitchcock.  Alderman Salmon, Morgan and Hitchcock having expressed their determination to a contest the first count gave Alderman Morgan six (6) votes Alderman Salmon for (4) votes and Alderman Hitchcock to (2) votes and finally Alderman Morgan received 7 votes to 5 votes given for Alderman Salmon whereupon the Mayor declared Alderman Morgan duly elected Mayor for the Municipal Year 1907 – 1908.

Alderman Morgan having returned thanks the meeting terminated.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

19th February 1907.

 

Tuesday 19th February 1907

 

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

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

The minutes of the previous ordinary meeting and Minutes of the meeting held on 12th February for the purpose of electing the Mayor for the ensuing Municipal Year were read confirmed and signed.

Minute by the Mayor

The Mayor submitted a statement of the finances of the Municipality with a brief review of the years operation during his term of office showing the receipts from all services amounted to £13162.2.3 the General and Lighting rates contributing £11662.15.6 being £53.1.8 in excess of the amount collected last year.  The outstanding General and Lighting rate amount to £798.2.1.  The expenditure on General Improvements amounted to £4969.17.5 which includes Wages cost of Blue Metal Ballast Kerb and guttering Tar Ashes Sand Tools and etc.Scavenging £1678.2.0 covering the cost of sweeping the gutters removing the garbage sweeping the wood blocked pavements £1931.7.3 for Street lighting £495.3.7 Fire Brigades Board and £1260.0.0 interest on loan of £36000 constitute the years expenditure and after placing £1500 at Fixed Deposit the Council has £638.8.2 at credit in current account as against £415.17.8 at the commencement of the year. Alderman Abigail moved that the Minute be received and congratulated the Mayor upon his administration and a satisfactory financial statement presented by him. Seconded by Alderman Salmon supported by Alderman Smith and Edwards.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Worksreported 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 during the previous fortnight carried out their work in a satisfactory manner sanitary inspections of various properties made and only one case of notifiable disease occurred during the last month. Received.

 

Correspondence

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works calling attention to Sections 153 (6) and 154 (4) of the Local Government Act 1906 re the levying of Special and Local Rates and the Resolutions that should be passed by the Council prior to the 30th of June relating to any Special Rates in force at present in force.Received and referred to the Committee of the Whole Council on the adoption of the valuation.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works in reply to Councils letter of 23rd of January relative to the appointment of Auditors advising that it is proposed to at once provide by regulation for the issue of an Interim Certificate to any person who on 31st December 1906 was Auditor for an existing Municipality and that on application the gentleman appointed to make the valuation to 4th February will be furnished with the necessary credentials. Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works (2 letters) re Ordinances dealing with the manner of conducting Poles of Electors and Ratepayers and making of Rolls of Ratepayers also Regulations re-acquisition of additional powers by Council. Received.

From the Council Clerk Hurstville forwarding copy of a resolution asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Railway Commissioners to ask if they can see their way to allow holders of the workman’s tickets the privilege of travelling by any train during the day thus showing some consideration for the poorer members of the community. Received.

From the Council Clerk Camperdown intimating that a Public Meeting will be held in the Town Hall there on Monday 25th instant at 8 o’clock pm for the purpose of placing before the ratepayers of Camperdown the terms of the proposed Newtown and Camperdown amalgamation scheme and asking the members of this Council to attend.Received and as many as can make it convenient to attend.

From Robert Baird Assistant Sanitary Inspector tendering his resignation with the view of taking up a similar position in North Sydney and asking to be relieved of his duties here on the 23rd instant. Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

By Alderman Abigail:1 “That the carriageway in Wellington Street from Albemarle Street to Bishopgate Street be reformed ballasted and tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £246.15.0. By Alderman Ibbotson:2 “That Edgeware Lane from Enmore lane to Sarah Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £273.12.0 and 3 “That Metropolitan Lane from Enmore lane to Sarah Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £273.12.0.””Withdrawn and to be put on the business paper on 5th of March next.

The Mayor moved:4 That the standing Committees consisting of the Finance Committee the Works Committee and the Health Committee be now appointed and such other Committees as the Council consider necessary.Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The following Committees were balloted for in accordance with Ordinance and resulted as under.

Finance Committee – Alderman Smith, Alderman Hitchcock, Alderman Salmon and Alderman Rigg.

Works Committee – Alderman Howe, Alderman Edwards, Alderman Elstub and Alderman Salmon. Health CommitteeAlderman Howe, Alderman Edwards, Alderman Elstub and Alderman Salmon. Lighting CommitteeAlderman Cox, Alderman King, Alderman Abigail and Alderman Rigg.

Specification Committee – Alderman Smith, Alderman Rigg, Alderman Hitchcock and Alderman Salmon. By laws CommitteeAlderman Smith, Alderman Hitchcock, Alderman Salmon and Alderman Rigg. The Mayor moved: 5 “That the Finance Committee be and are hereby authorised to prepare and submit an estimate of the probable expenditure for the current Municipal Year 1907 – 8 in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Mayor moved:6 “That the Specification Committee be and are hereby authorised to prepare specifications for the Annual contracts and submit the same at the next meeting of the Council to be held on the 5th Proximo.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 5th day of March 1907.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 26th February 1907

 

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Howe) and Aldermen Ibbotson, Smith, Salmon, Edwards, King, Elstub, Abigail, Rigg and Hitchcock. Alderman Edwards apologise for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Morgan.

Busines Annual Assessment

The Mayor moved:(1) That the Council do now proceed to consider the Valuers Returns and (2) the Finance Committees estimate of the probable expenditure for the Municipal Year 1907 – 8 and if adopted make the assessment and levy General and Lighting Rates under the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1897 and the Local Government Act of 1906.Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The valuers report and returns having been laid upon the table.

The Finance Committee submitted the following report:  In accordance with the resolution passed by the Council on 19 February instant: Your Committee beg to submit the following estimate of the probable amount (that is to say £12021) which will be required for the new current year in addition to any tolls rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this Municipality and to any probable income from fines voluntary contributions endowments or any source of revenue to carry out the fencing making and repairing of any roads payments or wharves Piers or other public works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897 and the Local Government Act of 1906 and any other Act administered by the Council.  Resolved that Valuer’s returns containing the valuation of all rateable property in the Camden, Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards and the report of the Finance Committee as read recommending £12700 (twelve thousand seven hundred pounds) as the estimated probable expenditure for the now current year be and the same are hereby adopted.

The Mayor moved: “That the Council do now resolve into Committee of the Whole for the purpose of making an Assessment upon all rateable property within the Municipality for the current year.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. In CommitteeAlderman Smith moved: “That the average Annual rental value of £212214 be assessed at 9/10 and the Capital value of the fee simple of all unimproved lands viz: £42120 at 5% in accordance with the provisions of Section 141 of the Municipalities Act of 1897 and the Local Government act of 1906 and that the same be and is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

On resuming: The Mayor reported as follows.  Your Committee of the Whole Council having considered the valuers report and the valuation of all rateable property in the Municipality and made and Assessment thereon recommend the Council to adopt the same as the valuation and assessment for the now current year.”Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

Alderman Smith moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole Council as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Alderman Smith moved: “That the Assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by this Council as the Assessment for the now current Municipal Year upon all rateable property in the Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell wards in this Municipality under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Smith moved: “That a rate of one shilling in the £be now levied for the current Municipal Year on the Assessed value of all rateable property in this Municipality under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Smith moved: “That a rate of 3 pence in the £ be now levied for the now current Municipal Year on the Assessed value of all rateable property in this Municipality for the purpose of lighting the streets in this Municipality with gas under the provisions of the 143 Section of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Smith moved: “That the assessment now made and the rates of 1shilling in the £ and 3 pence in the £ be fairly transcribed into the rate book and the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.”Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

The Mayor moved: That the amounts in respect of such rates of 1 shilling in the £ and 3 pence in the £ already imposed shall be payable at the Office of the Council Clerk within the space of 30 days after service of the notice.Seconded by Alderman King and adopted. Alderman King moved: That Wednesday the 20th day of March 1907 be and the same is hereby appointed that day on which appeals may be heard at the Newtown Court House against the Assessment of all rateable property in this Municipality for the current Municipal Year.Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

This being the business the Mayor said that this would be the last occasion on which he would occupy the Mayoral chair during his term had invited the Aldermen and officers to join him in his room.

Confirmed this 5th day of March 1907.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

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