Tuesday 5th March 1907

 

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

 

Present

Aldermen Smith, Hitchcock, Edwards, Ibbotson, Howe, Elstub, Cox, Abigail and King.  On the motion of Alderman Edward’s seconded by Alderman Ibbotson Alderman Howe was voted to the chair.An apology from Alderman Rigg was received.

 

Minutes

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

Finance Committee – In the absence of a quorum of the Committee the submission of this report was postponed to next meeting of the Council.

Specification Committee reported having in accordance with instructions prepared specifications for the Annual Contracts and in submitting the same with the recommendation that they be adopted further recommend that tenders be invited by advertisement to be received not later than Tuesday the 19th instant at 4 pm and to be opened and considered that evening. Alderman Smith moved: That the Specification Committee’s report together with the specification is as now submitted be and the same are hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried. The Borough Treasurer submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 5th of February last in which disclosed that the balance at credit in bank update amounted to £182.15.3. Received.

The Overseer of Works reported several works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances report which contained nothing unusual was received.

Order of the Day Consideration of letter (Circular) number 17 from the Public Works Department re-Special and Local rates.  Resolved that the Department be informed at the commencement of this Act on 1st of January 07 this Council was not levying special or local rates and that therefore there is no need for the resolution indicated.

 

Correspondence

From the Department of Public Works (dated 25th February 06) pointing out that as there was no legislated authority under the Municipalities Act or any Act repealed by Section 4 of the Local Government Act for any Municipal Council to exercise the powers of Section 109 (xxxiii) hoardings and advertisements or (XXXVlll) smoke nuisance these powers cannot be granted.Received.

From Alexander Hill Accountant Equitable Buildings Sydney stating that he has the necessary qualifications for Auditing the Councils Books under the Local Government Act and applying for the position of Auditor to the Council. Received.

From the St Peters Council asking if this Council will take action under Section 102 of the Local Government Act 1906 to cause the deep hole at the brickworks corner of Edgeware Road and May Street to be enclosed by a secure and sufficient fence.Received and to be informed that this will receive attention.

From the Under Secretary Chief Secretaries Office directing attention to the provisions of the Local Government Act which came into operation on 1st January 1907 and asking if it is the intention of this Council to apply for authority to establish its own fire brigade under the Act.Received and a reply to be sent that it is not the intention of the Council to establish a fire brigade. Notices of MotionAlderman Abigail moved: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 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried. Alderman Ibbotson moved2 Edgeware Lane from Enmore Lane to Sarah Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £273.12.0 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.3 “That Metropolitan Lane from Enmore Lane to Sarah Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £273.12.0 and referred to the Works Committee.” Alderman Howe moved:4 “That a sum of £10 be now voted as remuneration to be paid to each of the Auditors Messrs Marshall and Bull for auditing the books of the Council 4th February 1907.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 19th day of March 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 19th March 1907.

 

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

 

Present

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

 

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

 

Reports

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation during the last month amounting to £672.8.11 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £241.0.2.The Mayor moved that the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

The Works Committeesubmitted their report dated 11th March with their recommendations related to various matters remitted to them from the Council.

The Overseer of Works reported a number of works carried out under supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported amongst other matters that two days after the decision of the District Court Case Bolton versus the Municipality of Newtown he found a workman at the property in Fulham Street rectifying the defects in ventilation of space beneath floors of number 15 this being one of the matters sworn by an expert witness for the prosecution at trial as having been done previously. Received.

 

Correspondence

From the Rockdale Council forwarding copy of a resolution adopted with regard to the Dog Tax and asking the cooperation of this Council in the direction of amending the Act by giving Councils power to administer it and collecting as part of their revenue the fees payable under the same.Received.

From the Department of Lands inviting attention to a notice in the Government Gazette of the 6th March a copy of which is enclosed relating to the proposed alignment of part of Enmore Road. Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works advising that further consideration having been given by the Minister to the question of the minimum remuneration to be paid to Auditors as prescribed in regulation number 24 it has been decided to reduce the minimum amount from £5.5.0 to £2.2.0 for each Audit (not each Auditor) of a half years accounts.Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works with reference to the Council’s request for certain functions asking to be advised whether the Council have actually exercised the powers of section 109(xv) Local Government Act 1906 in providing and maintaining cemeteries. Received.

From the Paddington Council asking the cooperation of this Council in deputation to the Minister for Works with a view of representing the necessity of at once ordering the removal of the vegetation in the Cataract Dam area.Received and cooperation granted.

From W. A. Winsor applying for a permit to use the Trocadero Hall King Street Newtown as a skating rink Frank V Flanagan and H. May certifying to the respectability of the applicant.Received and permit to be granted subject to usual conditions and to payment of fees if any.

On the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Howe the Order of the day was postponed until the Motions on the business paper were disposed of. Application for an Overdraft

At this stage the Mayor pointed out that in order to meet present engagements and the interest on the loan of £3600 falling due on 1st April he had in conformity with the provisions of the Local Government Act Section 176 applied to the Minister for permission to obtain a temporary Overdraft of £2000 from the Bank of Australasia Newtown for a period of three months by which time the revenue from the rates would cover the advance.The letter to the Minister having been read Alderman Rigg moved: “That the Mayors action be and is hereby confirmed.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried (confirmed). Deputation re Tramway along Australia Street Alderman Smith reported that in accordance with a resolution passed by the Camperdown Council who asked and obtained the Cooperation of the Leichhardt and Newtown Councils in a deputation to the Minister for Public Works to urge the construction of a tram line from the Newtown Bridge along Australia Street to Parramatta Road he was at the Department on Thursday the 14th instant at 11.15am to introduce the deputation but the Camperdown Council Clerk and himself were the only representatives. Notwithstanding the Minister promised to make enquiries.

Motions Pursuant to Notice Alderman Salmon moved:

1 “That the carriageway in the lane between Brown and Watkin Streets be reformed and tarpaved at an estimated cost of £77 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

2 “That the carriageway in the lane at rear of Wilson Street from Bucknell lane to Brown Street be reformed and tarpaved at an estimated cost of £35 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried. Alderman Edwards moved:

4 “That the carriageway in Lord Street from John Street to Edgeware Road be reformed and tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £340 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

5 “That the tarpaved carriageway in Wells Street be extended easterly one chain at an estimated cost of £24 and referred to the Works Committee.”

6 “That the footpath in Angel Street West side from St John Street to brick paving be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £25 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

 

Order of the Day

To open and consider tenders for the Annual (Valuation) Contracts. Tenders

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Edwards that the tenders be opened and read in Council.

The tenders having been opened and read the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider the same.

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report:”Your Committee of the Whole having considered tenders for the annual contracts recommend the acceptance is of the following: For Scavenging and removal of house refuse. Enmore Ward Alfred Poole £27.10.0 Per Month Camden Ward F. W. Turner £21.0.0 Per Month O’Connell Ward Joseph Howarth £28.10.0 Per Month Kingston Ward P J. Mackin £15.10.0 The Month Supply of Metal and Metal Screenings Justin McSweeney 10/- per cubic yard Supply of Ballast and CartageW. Woodcock 3/9 per yard (cubic)Supply Sand and CartageA H. Willard 2/6 per loadCartage of Tar and Tarred Ashes – J. E ClaytonthreeFrom Kent Street or any City Wharf2/3 per 100 Gallons of Tar2/2 yard of Tarred AshesFrom Mortlake4/4 per yard of Tarred Ashes4/3 per 100 Gallons of TarFrom North Sydney4/6 per 100 Gallons of Tar4/6 per yard of Tarred AshesGeneral CartageW. Eaton 9/-per dayStationery and PrintingNo tender accepted.Alderman Edwards moved: “that the report of the Committee of the Whole Council upon tenders for the Annual Contracts be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

The Mayor further reported with respect to item 5 of the Works Committees report recommending further consideration.On the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Edwards report was adopted.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 2nd day of April 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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