Tuesday 11th June 1907

 

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

 

Present

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

 

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

 

Reports

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £523.7.2 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £754.5.2.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 Finance Committee also reported having considered first letter from David Skinner pointing out the excess of the valuation of his property in Metropolitan Road which the valuers admitted was an error on their part and asking the necessary amend may be made. Recommending that the assessment be reduced by £7. Second letter the Council Clerk applying for an increase of salary recommending that the Council Clerk’s salary be raised to £375 and the Assistant Clerk to £110 to take effect from 1st July 1907.The Mayor moved: “That the report of the Committee as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

 

The Works Committeesubmitted their report dated 10th June with their recommendations relating to several matters remitted from the Council for their consideration. The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

 

The Special Committee appointed to consider the letter from the Camperdown Municipal Council asking the cooperation of this Council in giving effect to the wishes of the Camperdown ratepayers on the question of the proposed Amalgamation with Newtown submitted their report. Received and to be considered in Committee of the Whole with closed doors at a later period.

 

The Treasurer submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 16th April 1907 as follows:By Bank balance per last statement £1148.3.7By Deposits 2185.3.2To Cheques issued£1402.3.6 Bank Balance at date 1931.3.3 £3333.6.9 3333.6.9Received.

 

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 Nuisancesreported that the contractors and block boys under his supervision have carried out their work in a satisfactory manner. Received.

 

Correspondence

From of the Marrickville Council stating that the question of repairing Juliet Street with Blue Metal instead of white metal has been referred to the Works Committee. Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works with regard to Division of Municipalities into Wards and number of Aldermen etc. asking if the Council has any suggestions to make in the matter.Received and a reply to be sent that this Council approves of the numbers of Alderman proposed to be persisted in respect of this Municipality viz: 3 Aldermen for each of the 4 Wards.From the Secretary Commissioner for Railways stating that the requisition signed by local Newsagents in regard to letting a portion of the Railway Premises at Newtown Station for a bookstall will have consideration in connection with representations to be made by a deputation which will wait upon the Commissioners on the 11th instant in the subject. Received.

From W Simpson A V Kershler G. Hewish and others calling attention to the condition of Trade Lane at the rear of the Home of Hope which is alleged to be neglected by the contractor.Received and copy of a report by the Inspector on the matter to be sent to the Writers.

From the Balmain Municipal Council submitting a proposal for altering the Ordinances governing the method of preparation of Lists of Electors with the view of having the column “Trade or Occupation” deleted there from. Received.

From the Waverley Municipal Council advising that the Railway Commissioners have arranged to receive a Deputation from Municipal Councils at their office on Friday next 14th instant at 3pm on the subject of granting Season Tickets on the Tramways. Received.When from D. T. Morrow asking permission to erect an awning over the foot path and in Edgeware Road the same xxxx a portion of Bank Chambers now nearing completion. Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Smith moved:

1 That the carriageway in Albemarle Street from Denison Street to Wellington Street be remetalled at an estimated cost of £68.10.0 and referred to the Works Committee. Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

2 The Mayor moved:whereas on the Constitution of the Municipality of Newtown under the Local Government Act of 1906 a Special Rate leviable on all Rateable Property was in force for the following work or service were all services viz:Lighting the Streets and Lanes in the Municipality with Gas and whereas it is in the opinion of the Council advisable that such work or service be continued it is hereby resolved that a Special Rate shall be levied for the above specified work or service when and as soon as Section 153 section 6 of the said Act comes into operation and that such Special Rate shall comply with the provisions of the said Act.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg 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 under specified which are necessary for the good Government of the area.Section 109 Section (xi) The construction maintenance and management of Public Markets the regulation of the holding of Public Markets the charge and regulation of rents and fees for the use of Stalls in the buildings and places where markets are held and of Fees in respect of goods and animals brought for sale or sold therein.”Rectifying clerical omission in similar application embraced and resolution passed on 30th April 1907 of the words “the regulations of the holding of Public Markets the charge and” after the word markets in the first line.Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. The Mayor moved:

4 “That steps be now taken in accordance with the provisions of Section number 184 of the Local Government Act 1906 and Regulation number 23 to appoint an Auditor or Auditors.”Seconded by Alderman Smith who or so moved that one Order to be appointed and that the mode of his appointment and remuneration to be considered in Committee of the Whole Council.Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried. Orders of the DayResolved into Committee of the Whole Council with closed doors.1 In connection with the appointment and remuneration of an Auditor.

 

2 The Special Committees report relating to the Poll taken of the Ratepayers of Camperdown on the question of the proposed Newtown Camperdown amalgamation resulting in a majority in favor of the proposal and the invitation to this Council to cooperate in the matter so as to give effect to the wishes of the ratepayers.The foregoing masses having been considered in Committee of the Whole Council with closed doors the Council resumed and the Mayor brought up the following report viz Recommend.1st That applications be invited from qualified gentlemen for the position of Auditor to audit the books and accounts of this Council in accordance with section 184 of the Local Government Act 1906 and the regulations made thereunder and that such applicants state the remuneration required.

2nd Recommend that the Camperdown Municipal Council be informed that this Council has now come to a decision on the question of the proposed union of the Municipalities of Newtown and Camperdown and asking them to meet this Council in conference on Friday the 21 instant at 8 o’clock pm at the Town Hall here.

The Mayor moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Hall Council as now read be and is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 25th day of June 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 25th June 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 Elstub, Edwards, Rigg, Hitchcock, Smith, Salmon, King, Abigail and Ibbotson.

 

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 other works in progress. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the Contractors and others under his supervision had carried out their work in a satisfactory manner and that assisted by Mr Chandler he had taken 15 samples of milk from various vendors and delivered a portion of each to the Government Analyst for examination. Received.

 

Correspondence

Letter from the Municipal Council of Marrickville stating that they cannot see their way clear to accept the proposal to use blue metal for repairs to Juliet Street but are prepared to adhere to their previous proposal. Received and to be asked if their Works Committee will meet the Works Committee of this Council to confer on the matter.

From the Erskineville Municipal Council with reference to a proposed subdivision of land fronting Rochfort street in that Municipality plan of which was submitted for approval but declined on various grounds one of which was that a portion of land was a public highway being a continuation of Union Street to King Street and as a portion of the said street is in Newtown calling the attention of this Council to the matter.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Department of Public works advising that in accordance with the promise made by the Premier to the recent conference of Presidents of Shires and Mayors of Municipalities the Ordinances under the Local Government Act have been revised and having been regazetted in one issue; and that the work of separating the Ordinances into two sets one containing only those applying to Shires and another applying only to those applying to Municipalities will next be undertaken. Received.

From Robert S. Young Overseer of Works applying for an increase to his salary.Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

rom Andrew J. Macauley calling attention to the condition of Thomas Street owing to the recent heavy rains which requires to be put in order.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Honorary Secretary Newtown Brass Band asking the Council to reconsider the grant the use of the Town Hall for Band practice so that Monday and Thursday in each week may be set apart for the rehearsal or a sum granted by the Council for the upkeep of the Band.Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 That in accordance number 85 Sub Section 2 published in the Government Gazette number 70 of 12th June 1907 this Council do now fix the number of days Notice which shall be given of Ordinary Meetings.Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. Result that the Notice shall be sent by post or dispatched so as to reach the address of each Alderman two (2) days at least before the day appointed for an Ordinary Meeting. Resolved that the motion shall be sent by post or dispatched so as to reach the address of each Alderman to (2) days at least before the day appointed for Special Meetings. The number of days before any Ordinary or Special Meeting Notices of Motion in writing duly signed relating to any subject matter not already before the Council shall be given or delivered to the Clerk as required by Ordinance number 125.Resolved that the numbers shall be three clear days.Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. That as provided by Ordinance number 98 this Council do now alter the Order of Business from that laid down to be as follows:1 Confirmation of Minutes 2 Correspondence 3 Petitions 4 Minute by the Mayor

5 Reports from Committees and Servants 6 Motions of which Notice has been given7 Orders of the Day 8 Asking of questions of which notice has been given 9 Asking of questions without notice. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried Order of the Day. Moved by Alderman Ibbotson that the Council do now go into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider applications for the Office of Auditor. Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

In committee 19 applications were considered and on resuming the Mayor reported as follows: Your Committee having carefully considered applications for the Office of Auditor now recommend the acceptance of Mr George Christie’s F.I.A.V tender to audit the books of the Council for the half year ending the 5 August for the sum of seven pounds ten shillings; provided that Mr Christie personally carries out the work. Alderman Rigg moved: That the report of the Committee of the Whole Council as now read be and the same is hereby adopted. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

Questions without Notice

In answer to Alderman King and the Mayor said that the footpath in (King) Street would receive attention. This concluded the business and the Council rose. Confirmed this 9th day of July 1907. Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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