Tuesday 14th May 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, Edwards, Abigail, Elstub, Cox, Ibbotson and King.An apology from Alderman Howe who is indisposed was received.

 

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

 

Reports

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 16th April last amounting to £878.16.4 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £132.14.0.  The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

The Works Committee submitted their report dated 13th instant dealing with several matters referred to them from the Council and their recommendations with regard to same.The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

 

The Health Committee submitted their report dated the 13 instant with reference to Mrs Harley’s protest against the alterations to her property as requested by the Sanitary Inspector. 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 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 Nuisances reported that the contractors under his supervision and also the block boys had during the past week carried out their work in a satisfactory manner and that there was almost an entire absence of infectious disease in the district. Received.

 

Correspondence

From the Department of Public Works with reference to a circular issued by the Department of Lands to the District Foresters relative to the employees of Councils being allowed to remove timber and material for the repair of roads without payment. Received.

From the same with reference to proposal made to the Railway Commissioners on the subject of granting concessions to Councils in connection with the carriage of road metal where such material has to be carried long distances. Received.

From D T Wiley Newtown Superior Public School inviting the Mayor and members of the Council to be present and to address pupils on the occasion of celebrating Empire Day at 10.30am on Friday 24th instant.Received and the Council Clerk to arrange.

From the same asking if the Council will grant the use of the Town Hall for a Lecture for the pupils of the school on the evening of Empire Day. Received and request complied with.

From the Council Clerk Petersham advising that the Council has been approached by a number of residence and ratepayers of Camperdown with a view to rearranging the boundaries and asking if there is any prospect of this Council taking over the Camperdown Municipality at an early date or has such proposal been abandoned.Received and reply to be sent that the negotiations have not been abandoned us is still in progress.

From George Christie calling attention to his qualification and offering his services as a municipal Auditor. Received.

From W H Cadogan applying for the position of Auditor to this Council and stating that he holds the Certificate required under the Local Government Act. Received.

From the Government Statistician advising that the abstract of Receipts and expenditure and liabilities and Assets of this municipality for the half year ended 4th February 1907 is found to be correct and that the Certificate of the Government Statistician has been affixed thereto. Received.

From Benjamin Bolton pointing out that as the result of this action against the Council now concluded he has been put to considerable expense in carrying out extensive alterations to his property 11 and 13 Fulham Street and pleading for sympathy and assist him in making the costs as light as possible.Received and to be informed that the Council declines to accede to his request.

From Andrew James Macauley stating that he is desirous of erecting an awning in front of the new Newtown Markets recently purchased by him and asking that the kerb line be put in order and the asphalt renewed on the footpath.Received and the writer to be informed that when the awning is erected a new trachyte kerb and asphalt will be placed there.

From C B Rigney asking if the Council is prepared to give £540 for his land in Angel Street otherwise he will proceed to build thereon.Received.

 

Resolved: that Motions of which Notices given take precedence of Orders of the Day.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

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

 

Orders of the Day

1 To open and consider applications for the appointment of a youth for the Office.

2 To open and consider applications for the position of second Sanitary Inspector.

3 To open and consider tenders for the erection of a strong room.

4 To confirm Resolution number 3 on the business paper dated 24th April 1907 and passed at a meeting of the Council duly called as prescribed in the Ordinances to make application under Section number 110 of the Local Government Act to acquire the right to exercise the powers therein specified.

The Mayor moved: “That Order of the Day number 4 be and the same is hereby confirmed.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider numbers 1 2 and 3 orders.

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report:Your Committee having opened and carefully considered applications for the position of Junior Clerk and second Sanitary Inspector now recommend the appointment of John Wilson and George Chandler respectively. Your Committee also considered tenders for the erection of a strong room and recommend the acceptance of the lowest tender that of C. W. Roper at £135.Moved by the Mayor seconded by Alderman Smith “that the report of the Committee of the Whole be and the same is hereby adopted.”Carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 28th day of May 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 28th May 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 King Abigail Elstub Ibbotson Rigg and Smith.

 

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

 

Reports

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 Nuisances reported that the Contractors and block boys had carried out their work in a satisfactory manner and that Robert Harvey had been proceeded against and fined 10/- and 5/- damages together with 7/-costs for opening the roadway in London Street without permission.Received.

 

Correspondence

From W. Johns Principal Public School Newtown North advising that the Minister of Public Construction has approved of the necessary action being taken with regard to the preparation of sketch plan etc for the new building. Received.

From the Borough Council Waverly asking the cooperation of this Council in a Deputation to the Railway Commissioners to request that Season Tickets be issued on the Tramways. Received.

From the Marrickville Council pointing out the necessity of repairing Edgeware Road between Unwin Bridge Road and the Railway line with Blue Metal at an estimated cost of £130.1.9 and asking if this Council is prepared to bear half the expense. Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From F.W Arthur stating that he is the holder of the Government Certificate of qualification and applying for the position of Auditor to this Council. Received and the writer to be informed that his application will be considered with others.

From the Under Secretary for Finance and Trade advising that a suggestion has been made to the Premier and Colonial Treasurer that the Camperdown Cemetery should be closed and the remains in it removed to Rookwood and the area converted into a Reserve of an attractive character for the benefit of the surrounding Municipalities and asking to be furnished with the statement of this Councils views in regard to the proposal.Alderman Rigg moved that the letter should be received and that a reply be sent that this Council concurs in the proposed removal.Seconded by Alderman Abigail and supported generally and carried.From the Town Clerk Sydney forwarding copy of a letter from the Acting Under Secretary for Finance and Trade in reference to the proposed Deputation to the Premier on the subject of the dual control of the Water and Sewerage works and stating that it has decided to hand over the services to the control of the Greater Sydney Authority when constituted.In these circumstances it appears to the Lord Mayor that there is now no need for the proposed deputation. Received.

From Malcolm Richmond protesting against the proposed removal of the pipe crossing at the back entrance to his property 48 Watkin Street.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From W Jones Principal North Newtown public School thanking the Mayor and Aldermen for their attendances and speeches on Empire Day. Received.

From David Skinner pointing the excessive valuation of his property 58 Metropolitan Road and forwarding letter from the valuers (Messrs Hoffman and Trahair) stating that it is a clerical error on their part.  Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Edward Moon stating that a Committee has been formed to promote a benefit concert to W Walker in distressed circumstances and asking the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen. Received and request granted.

From Leslie George Eyre full of the Citizens of Newtown in fighting the Mayor and Aldermen to attend a Public Meeting (adjourned on the 17th instant) to be held in the Town Hall on the 7th proximo at 8pm. Received and the writer to be informed that the communication should have been sent through the Mayor who was convenor and presided at the meeting held on the 17th instant.

From Andrew J. McAuley submitting a plan and specification of awning proposed to be erected in front of the Newtown Markets and asking the Councils permission in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act of 1906.  Received and permission granted subject to the awning being erected to proper height.

From H T Macready representing thirteen (13) newsagents asking the Council to cooperate with them in approaching the Railway Commissioners with reference to what they consider a most injust action on the part of the Commissioners in granting a space for the erection of a shop or stall in the public waiting room at what they believe to be the ridiculous rental of 1/8 per week.  Received request complied with and a copy of the requisition to be forwarded to the Commissioners.

From the Council Clerk pointing out the extra work with the Local Government when fully brought into operation on the 1st of July will entail and asking for an increase of salary.Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

 

Petition – Alderman Abigail presented a petition signed by 500 three ratepayers and representing the number of families residing in the immediate vicinity praying that the Camperdown Cemetery may be closed and the area converted into a public park or reserve for the benefit of the people and moved:”That the petition be received and dealt with after conclusion of the business on the Agenda Paper now before the Council.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Questions Without Notice

Alderman Ibbotson asked the Overseer’s attention be directed to the necessity of repairs to the footpath on the South side of Camden Street.  Alderman Edwards had a similar request to make with regard to the footpath on the South side of Alice Street where it had recently broken up. Camperdown Amalgamation Alderman Rigg stated that the Mayor and Council Clerk of Camperdown had seen them and complained bitterly of the delay in dealing with the amalgamation question and asked if any reply had yet been received from the Departments.T  he Mayor said that no reply had yet been received and that as soon as the Departments supplied the desired information he would call a meeting to deal with it. On the suggestion of Alderman Rigg was decided that the Mayor and Alderman Smith as member for the district interview the Under Secretary and endeavor to obtain the information required.

Authority to sign Agreement – The Mayor asked authority to sign the Memorandum of Agreement attached to the Plan and Specification for the erection of a Strong room. Moved by Alderman Smith: the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to sign the said Memorandum of Agreement on the half of the Council.Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

by Alderman Salmon for whom Alderman King by authority moved:1 “That an additional lamp be erected in Wilson Street opposite Mrs Williams at a cost of £4 or that the lamp at rear of 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.”Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.2 “That this Council forms itself into a Deputation for the purpose of waiting upon the Premier the J. H. Carruthers to urge the resumption by the Government of the site known as the Camperdown Cemetery.”Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.3 in the name of Alderman Abigail viz:”That the Councils of Camperdown and Erskineville respectively be asked to appoint deputations and otherwise cooperate with this Council for the purpose of above stated.Withdrawn by consent.

 

Order of the Day

Consideration of Petition presented by Alderman Abigail at an earlier stage.Alderman Smith moved that the Petition be received and forwarded to the Honorable the Premier.  Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. This being the business the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 11th day of June 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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