Tuesday 9th July 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 Salmon, Rigg, Hitchcock, Edwards, Abigail, Cox, Elstub and Ibbotson.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Cowra Municipal Council asking the cooperation of this Council by passing a resolution similar to the following:”That the Government be petitioned to bring in at the earliest possible opportunity a Bill to make compulsory the anti-tubercle vaccination of Cattle; or at least all dairy Cattle and Cattle it is possible might be slaughtered for human consumption.” Received.

From the Public Works Department in reply to a request to be allowed to remove from Wilson Street the metal which will be stripped off the road during the construction of the Erskineville Tramway stating that the request cannot be granted. Received.

From John Herbert Solicitor demanding compensation for alleged damage to Mr John Murrays premises 90 Wells Street by the overflow of floodwater.Received and referred to the Works Committee.From the Department of Public Health advising that 15 samples of Milk submitted by this Authority have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst and that the chemical evidence in respect of number 311 is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.Received and the Mayor authorised to prosecute.

From the Department of Public Works advising that an Index to the Ordinances and Regulations has been prepared by Messrs Browning and Young Barristers at law in handy book form and as it would not be advisable for the Government to compete against a private firm the Minister has decided not to publish such an Index. Received.

From the Municipal Council of St Peters bringing to notice the condition of May Street and asking if this Council is agreeable to the expenditure of £100 in the necessary repairs each Council contributing equal shares.Received proposal agreed to and the Newtown Council to do the work or provide the metal.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 10 June amounting to £1143.5.8 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £724.10.2. Moved by the Mayor that the Finance Committees report on accounts as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

The Finance Committee submitted a special report1st With reference to the Newtown Brass Bands request to grant then use of the Town Hall on Monday and Thursday in each week for rehearsals or that a sum be set apart from the municipal fund for the upkeep of the Band.  Recommending that the Hall be not granted to the Band but that the Council grant a subsidy of £25 towards rent of a suitable Hall provided the Band gives public performances to be arranged by the Mayor for the time being.2nd The Overseer of Works (Mr Young) application for an increase of salary. Recommending that the salary of the Overseer be increased to £4 per week to commence from 5th instant.

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

The Works Committee submitted their report dated the 1st instant with recommendations touching four matters remitted from the Council for consideration.

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

The Special Committee appointed consisting of the Whole Council to confer with the Camperdown Council on the question of the proposed union of the two Municipalities reported the result of the Conference held in the Town Hall Newtown on Friday evening 21st June 1907.

 

On the motion of Alderman Rigg seconded by Alderman Salmon and supported by Alderman Abigail the report was received and adopted.

The Treasurer submitted the usual statement of accounts since his last report of 10th June 1907 exhibiting a credit balance on account with the Bank of Australasia on the 9th instant of £2162.0.2. Received.

 

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 Nuisancesreported that the scavengers and block boys under his supervision had carried out their work in a satisfactory manner and that he has procured the names of five persons who should be prosecuted for reckless driving at the Junction of Liberty Street under the Railway Bridge.Received and the Mayor authorised to institute proceedings against the persons referred to.At this stage Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Alderman Howe who is not yet well enough to attend.

 

The Mayor expressed his sincere regret at Alderman Howe’s continued and hoped that he will shortly be sufficiently restored to take his accustomed place at the Council table.Alderman Salmon moved: “that three months leave of absence be granted to Alderman Howe.”Seconded by Alderman Elstub.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

By Alderman Edwards:1 “That May Street be repaved with blue metal at an estimated cost of £60 provided the St Peters Council agrees to pay one half of the cost.”Received and Withdrawn.

The Mayor moved:2 “That the sum of £500 [500 pounds] be now placed at the credit of a Reserve Fund for renewing the wood blocks in King Street and Enmore Road when and where required.Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:3 “That a lamp be placed at the west end of Railway Lane at the intersection of Thomas Street at an annual cost of £4.”Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Rating Clauses the Mayor pointed out that at the Conference of Mayors of Municipalities held in April last a resolution: that the postponed clauses of the Local Government Act relating to Valuation and Rating come into operation on 1st instant was passed.

He moved: “That a letter be sent to the Department asking that the clauses referred to be proclaimed as early as possible.

Confirmed this 23rd day of July 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 23rd July 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, Salmon, Hitchcock, Edwards, Ibbotson, Cox, Elstub and King.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

from the Council Clerk asking the cooperation of this Council in having a vote taken of all Ratepayers of the Suburban Municipalities as to whether they are in favor of a Greater Sydney before a Bill is introduced into Parliament to merge the Metropolitan Municipalities into such Greater Sydney.Received and cooperation granted.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works with reference to the resolution passed at the recent conference to proclaim the postponed clauses of the Local Government Act relating to Valuation and rating stating that on the advice of the Honorable the Attorney General it is found that there are legal difficulties in the way of proclaiming these sections earlier than the 1st January next but notwithstanding this it is the “Opinion” of the Attorney General that the Councils may take all the preliminary steps to have the valuations made so as to strike the rate early in the year 1908. Received.

From Walter Baxter notifying his intention to make alterations and additions to premises adjoining the St Peters Railway Station owned by Mrs Gardiner.Received and referred to the Inspector and the Works Committee.

From the Marrickville Council Clerk asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Honorable the Premier to urge that a Special Grant be given this year to Municipalities in view of the fact that they have been and will be put to additional expense in administering the Local Government Act while no provisions have been made for a corresponding increase in revenue.Received and cooperation granted.

From Thomas Henderson asking permission to have the electric Light conveyed from Abel and Company’s factory to the Mission Hall Harold and Gowie Streets Newtown.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the St Peters Council Clerk agreeing to contribute £50 towards the cost of preparing May Street and asking if this Council will have the work carried out as soon as possible. Received.

From the Camperdown Council Clerk advising that it has been decided to cease negotiations with this Council on the question of the proposed union of the Municipalities of Newtown and Camperdown and thanking this Council for the care and consideration given to the subject and also the courtesy extended to them at the conference.Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public works advising that the Councils application under Section 110 Local Government Act for certain powers to be conferred on them has been notified for public information as required by Regulation 267 in Gazette of 3rd instant.Received.

 

Reports

The Finance Committeereported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since July 9 amounting to £1352.17.7 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £291.12.6.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 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 work of cleansing the streets both day and night had been carried out in a satisfactory manner and among other things that three persons had been summoned to the Newtown Court for driving round the corners at the foot of Liberty Street at a pace faster than a walk and fined 20/- each. Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman King for (Alderman Salmon) moved:1 “That the tarpaved footpath in Bligh Street be renewed where required at a cost of £62 and referred to the Works Committee.Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. 2 “That the footpath in Kirkland Avenue North side be tarpaved from Watkin Street to Burren Street at an estimated cost of £17 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. 3 “That the roadway in Susan Street be repaired with blue metal at a cost of £40 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 6th day of August 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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