Tuesday 2nd April 1907

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

Present

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

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

Reports

The Overseer of Worksreported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress. Received. T

he Inspector of Nuisances reported that the Contractors and block boys under his supervision had carried out their works in a satisfactory manner and the sanitary condition of the Municipality good only one case of infections having been reported. Received.

Correspondence

From E. W. Molesworth for the Trustees of the North Kingston Church of England property with reference to the proposal six month or so ago to sell to the Council a strip of land for the purpose of widening Trade Street without any present satisfactory result and as the matter has been withdrawn from their Solicitors asking that any further communications be addressed to the Trustees.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council is in communication with the Intercolonial Investment Company with regard to the reservation.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works advising that the Minister has approved of the Council temporarily borrowing a sum not exceeding £2000 under the provisions Section 176 of the Local Government Act 1906.Received and the Mayor intimated that loan was not needed as the receipts from rates was ample to meet all demands.

From James Buik apologising for refusing to supply Inspector Tuck with a sample of milk when demanded. Received.

From Hoffman and Trahair submitting final report of Valuation after Appeals of which there 10/3 at the Newtown Court on Wednesday the 20th instant when eight were dismissed and reduction made in the other two amounting to 9/-.The assessed value of all ratable property amount to £139160.10.0 and the General rate at 1/-in the £ £9658.0.6 being an increase of £244.13.0 over last year. Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Howe moved:1 “That the Specification Committee be and are hereby authorised to prepare specification for the erection of a strong room in accordance with the recommendation of the Works Committee and adopted by this Council on 19th March 1907 the same to be submitted at the next meeting of the Council.”Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

2 “That from and after this date the Public Office be closed on Saturday at 12 o’clock noon instead of at 1 o’clock pm.Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried. The Mayor to move:3 “That the Specification Committee be and are hereby authorised to prepare Specification for the office of second Sanitary Inspector and that applications be invited for the position.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Confirmed.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 16th April 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 Smith, Rigg, and Salmon also Aldermen King, Cox, Abigail, Howe and Ibbotson.  Apologies from Aldermen Edwards and Hitchcock were received.

 

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

 

Minute by the Mayor

The Mayor submitted a Minute recommending in view of the extra work which the provisions of the Local Government Act when fully brought into operation will entail in the office that a well educated youth with a knowledge of shorthand and typewriting be appointed on three months probation.Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

 

Reports

The Finance Committeereported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1941.12.4 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £368.16.7.The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

The Works Committeereported with recommendations respecting a number of matters remitted to them by the Council. The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried. The Treasurersubmitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 5th March 1907 as follows. By Balance per last statementCr£182.15.3£182.15.3By Deposits 2904.2.2By Cheques Outstanding 2.18.6To Cheques issued £1941.12.4 To BalanceCr 1448.3.7 £3089.15.113089.15.11Received.

The Overseer of Worksreported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past weeks and works in progress. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisancesamongst other matters reported (1) that J. Buck was at the Newtown Court fined £5 and costs for refusing to sell and preventing the Inspector from taking a sample of milk and Alexander Foster and Joseph Saul for trading as milk vendors while unregistered were fined £1 and £2 with costs 6 shillings/7 shillings respectively. (2) Recommending that as the proprietor of the Trocadero Skating rink had failed to put the Appliances for the prevention of fire in proper working order the license be not granted and (3) That the Scavenging Contractor for the Kingston Board has so grossly neglected his work that he has (imposed) refrained from fining Mr Macken and considers that such wholesale neglect should be dealt with in such a way by the Council that a repetition would be impossible.Alderman Ibbotson moved: “That the Inspectors report be received and adopted and with regard to that portion referring to the unsatisfactory manner in the Contractor for scavenging the Kingston Ward is carrying out the work: That Mr Macken be informed that owing to his neglect the contract is hereby cancelled in terms of Clause 19 of the specification.Seconded by Alderman Howe and supported by Alderman Salmon.An amendment by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Elstub: “That the Contractor be notified that if the work is not carried out in accordance with the specification the Contract will be cancelled was negatived.The motion having been put was declared carried.

 

Correspondence

From C. B Rigney declining the offer of £500 for property having frontage to Angel Street Norfolk Street and Whitehorse Street.Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works advising that the power of Section number 109 (xxx) provision maintenance and management of schools of Art and etc was conferred by Proclamation in Government Gazette Number 37 of 20th March ultimo. Received.

From the Department of Public Health with reference to 18 samples of milk submitted on 2nd instant for examination by the Government advising that the chemical evidence in respect of Number 296 is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken. Received and the authority to prosecute granted.

From Mary Harley protesting against the alterations which the Inspector has ordered her to make to her Cottage and outbuildings within a month.Received and referred to the Health Committee.

From the Marrickville Municipal Council stating that it is proposed to breakup the ballast and White metal Juliet Street from Enmore Road to Harrow Road at an estimated cost of £145.4.4 and asking if this Council is prepared to pay one half the cost.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Camperdown Municipal Council advising that the Mayor had reported to the Council that a poll of the ratepayers had been taken on the question of the proposed Newtown Camperdown amalgamation resulting in a majority voting in favour and recommending that the cooperation of this Council be invited (adopted) with the view of giving effect to the wishes of the Camperdown ratepayers as expressed by the vote.Received and referred to a Special Committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Smith Salmon and Rigg.

From B Macguire with reference to the pipes on the in Leamington Avenue which he was requested on 19th November last to remove stating that he is willing to do so provided that the Council makes good the foundation that is affected.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Iceton and Faithful Solicitors representing Mrs Bligh Owner of Lots 160 165 166 and 167 Richard Street on which rates amounting to £27.2.6 are due and owing stating that they are instructed to offer to pay forthwith the sum of £12 in full satisfaction of all the claims of the Borough against the land or its owners.Received and the writers to be informed that the Council demand payment of the amount in full.

From the Council Clerk Redfern asking the cooperation of this Council in a movement which it is proposed to organise with the view of urging the Minister of Works to take into consideration the advisability of constructing a line of tramway leaving Newtown Road along Golden Grove Street into Abercrombie Street along that street to Wells Street along Wells Street to Regent Street along Regent Street along Cleveland Street to existing line of tramway in that street.Received.

From the Honourable Secretary St Johns Ambulance Brigade thanking the Council for the free use of the Hall one night a week during the past year and asking if the Council will continue to let them have the same privilege for the ensuing twelve months on Wednesdays instead of Fridays when the Hall is not otherwise engaged.Received and request complied with.

From W. Marshall and W. A Bull Auditors reporting having examined the books of the Council for the six months ended 4th February 1907 and finding everything in order and correct.Received. Questions Without Noticein connection with the proposed amalgamation of Newtown and Camperdown Alderman Smith called attention to a paragraph which appeared in the columns of the Sydney Morning Herald on the 4th instant wherein it was affirmed that the proposed union had ended in a fiasco as might have been expected and further that it had been discovered that Newtown would not or could not take the financial obligation necessary to carry the matter out and asked the members of the press present to note his declaration that the statements contained in the paragraph in question were absolutely false.Alderman Rigg following in the same strain pointed out the sound financial position of Newtown and the serious effect such misstatements might have on the credit of the Municipality if allowed to go uncontradicted. Motions Pursuant to NoticeAlderman Elstub moved:1 “That the kerb and gutter and ballasting of the carriageway at the intersection of Trade Street and Lane opposite Mrs Hearsh’s property be completed at an estimated cost of £20 and referred to the Works Committee.Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 30th day of April 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 30th April 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 Smith, Rigg, Hitchcock, Ibbotson, Edwards, Cox, Elstub, King and Abigail. The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.

Reports

The Finance Committee reported having considered the Mayor’s Minute with regard to the need of extra clerical assistance in the office: and recommended that applications be invited from well educated youths not exceeding 17 years possessing a knowledge of shorthand and typewriting to be considered at next meeting of the Council and the selected applicant to be appointed on the three months probation at a salary of 10/-per week.

The Mayor moved: “that the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried (adopted).In connection with the recent action of Benjamin Bolton again the Council for the alleged flooding of his property in Fulham Street which resulted in a verdict for the Council the Committee recommended the payment of barrister’s and witnesses fees (Julie certified) by the Councils Solicitor amounting to £101.3.0.

The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committees recommendation be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. ReportsThe Specification Committee reported having (1st ) in accordance with resolution passed by the Council on 2nd instant prepared specifications of duties of the office of second sanitary Inspector and recommending the same for adoption and (2nd ] having carefully considered the proposal to construct a strong room adjoining the Council Clark’s room in submitting a specification for payment by Mr James Campbell Architect.

The Mayor moved: “That the Specification Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock 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 Nuisancesamongst other matters reported that Thomas Fitzgerald Senior had been fined at the Newtown Court £5 and 8/-costs for selling adulterated milk and that as the sanitary and prevention of the fire appliances have been placed in order at the Trocadero Skating Rink recommending that the application for a license be now granted.Received.

 

Correspondence

From W. R Winsor applying for a permit to carry on skating at the Rink Trocadero Hall Newtown Messrs F. V Flanagan and H. May certifying to the respectability of the applicant.Received and request complied with.

From the Under Secretary Department of Lands asking whether the Council desires the carriage and footways of Enmore Road from Station Street to King Street to be established as shown on the official plan of alignment survey made for the purpose and catalogued number 26 – 1953 a heliograph copy of which was forwarded to this office on the 11th March 1907. Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Town Clerk Sydney with reference to the conflict of opinion between the Public Works Department and the Water and Sewerage Board on the question of the removal of the vegetation in the Cataract dam which has again brought to notice the unsatisfactory nature of the present system with dual control over the water and sewerage services within the Metropolitan area stating that the Lord Mayor of Sydney has decided to call a meeting of the members of the whole of the Municipalities in the Metropolitan area to consider the question at the Town Hall on Friday the 3 instant at 4 pm. After some discussion Alderman Rigg moved: “That the letter be received and the Lord Mayor informed that this Council disapproves of the action and declines to join in the movement.”Seconded by Alderman Smith.Alderman Ibbotson moved as an Amendment: “That the letter be received and the invitation accepted.”Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works 1st Calling attention to Ordinance numbers 548 to 576 relative to the removal and disposal of Nightsoil gazetted on 20th March applicable to all Municipalities in the state as from the date of gazetted.Received.2nd Advising that Ordinances numbers 366 to 386 being repealed and fresh numbers 366 to 385 made applicable to Shires and Municipalities under the Local Government Act. Received.3rd Inviting attention (first) to numbers 414 to 419 re Ridings and wards and providing the procedure by which the boundaries of Ridings and Wards may be altered (second) Ordinances numbers 422 to 428 re Reconstitution of areas which provide the machinery by which amalgamation and separation of areas under part IV of the Local Government Act may be set in motion and (third) re-Ordinances numbers 429 to 430 re Pollution of Natural Water Courses. Received.

From the Paddington Council advising that the Minister for Public Works has agreed to receive the deputation from the Municipal Councils of the Metropolitan Area on the subject of the danger to the Public health likely to be caused by the strong friction evidenced by between the Water and Sewerage Board and the Department for Public Works on the question of undergrowth etc in the Cataract Dam Area and inviting the attendance of the Mayor and Aldermen on Friday the 9th instant at 11.45pm. Received.

From Charles Ivers offering to erect a Garbage Destructor in or near the municipality at his own expense providing that the Council are prepared to enter into a contract for a term of 10 or 15 years to allow him to destroy the whole of the garbage including tins of all descriptions on payment £10 per week or 2/- per load of 40 cubic feet.Received.

From W. Jones Principal Public School North Newtown requesting the pleasure of the company of the Mayor and Aldermen at the Empire Day celebrations at the North Newtown Public school on Friday morning 24th May. Received.

From J. H. William’s asking one months extension of time to enable him to complete negotiations with the owner for the purchase of the property when he will do all that is required by the Inspector. Received and request complied with.

Resolved On the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Edwards that “Motions” take precedence of Orders of the Day. Motions

 

Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Salmon:1 “That an additional lamp be erected in Wilson Street opposite Mr Williams at a cost of £4 or that a lamp at the rear of the Post Office be removed to the opposite corner of Erskineville Road and Wilson Street at rear of Mr Hobson’s property subject to the report of the Lighting Committee.”Lapsed in the absence of the mover.

The Mayor moved:2 “That the drain pipe in Alice Street at intersection of Hawken Street be removed and an open tarpaved crossing substituted at an estimated cost of £15.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.3 “That this Council make application under Section 110 of the Local Government Act 1906 to acquire the right to exercise the powers here on the specified which are necessary for the good government of the area viz:Section 109(V) the compulsory connection of buildings in Municipalities towns and villages with sewers of the Council and the removal and disposal of sewerage.(xi) The construction maintenance and management public market the regulation of rents and fees for the use of stalls in buildings and places where markets are held and of fees in respect of goods and animals brought for sale or sold therein. (xiii) The establishment and maintenance of Parks and recreation grounds.(xviii) The provision maintenance and management of disinfecting chambers.(xix) The provision maintenance and management of lethal chambers.(xxiv) The establishment maintenance and management of night shelters.(xxv) The regulation and control of common lodging houses.(xxvi) The establishment maintenance and management places of public recreation or improvement.(xxix) The establishment maintenance and management of nuisances.(xxxi) The establishment maintenance and management of public gardens.(xxxii) The establishment maintenance (and management of) or subsidising of public bands or orchestras.(xxxiii) The regulation of (a) hoardings; and (b) of the posting or painting of bills signs or advertisements.(xxxiv) The rearrangement and the beautification of the area and the acquisition of land streets buildings and therefore together with the sale or lease of land or buildings after such rearrangement.(xxxvi) The carrying out by Councils of undertakings authorised by the Act for the mutual benefit of the areas of the joint control regulation management and maintenance thereof. (xxxvii) The inspection and regulation of the wholesale and retail sales and of the storage and exhibition for sale of fish and of oysters crustacean and of rabbits poultry and game. (xxxix) The regulation and prevention of the erection of any structure of calico or canvas or other flammable materials.(xli) The regulation and supervision of the sales storage exhibition conveyance and method of the delivery by carcass or otherwise of meat for human consumption and of the disposal (for) and removal of other meat and of any blood offal or otherwise or other refuse.(xlii) The regulation of the erection of buildings as to height design structure materials building line sanitation the proportions of any lot which may be occupied by the building or buildings to be erected thereon; and the sub division of land for building purposes so as to secure due ways of access to the rear as well as to the front of buildings erected or to be erected thereon.(xlv) The regulation and control of the solicitation of collection in public places of gifts of money or subscriptions for any purpose.(xlvii) The establishment control and maintenance and regulation of mortuaries.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Orders of the Day

To open and consider Tenders for Scavenging the Kingston Ward.  Resolved that the tenders be opened and read in Council.The tenders having been opened and read the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole to consider same.On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.Your Committee of the Whole Council having considered tenders for scavenging the Kingston Ward recommend the acceptance of J. Stevenson’s tender at £17.10.0 per month further recommend that in view of all the circumstances and as a matter of grace the late contract to Patrick J. Mackin be paid for the work done and the deposit of £5 refunded to him.

The Mayor moved: “That the Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 14th day of 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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