Tuesday 6th August 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 Elstub, Ibbotson, Rigg, Salmon, Edwards, Cox, King, Smith and Hitchcock. MinutesThe Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.(Alderman Howe See Page 232).

Correspondence

from the Secretary Municipal Association of New South Wales intimating that the 25th Annual Meeting will be commenced on Tuesday 24th September next and if this Council intends to be represented to supply the names of representatives appointed and forward the Annual Subscription (two guineas) for the current year.Alderman King moved and Alderman Edwards seconded “that the communication be received.”Alderman Rigg moved as an Amendment: “That the letter be received and that the Mayor and Alderman Smith be appointed representatives from the Newtown Council and the subscription paid.Seconded by Alderman Salmon. On the amendment and motion being put the motion was lost and the question as amended was then submitted and declared carried.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works (Circular 91) re-Solicitation or Collection in Public places of Gifts of money or of Subscriptions for any purpose forwarding for the information of this Council draft Ordinances prepared by the Department in connection therewith and asking whether the same will suit the purposes of this Council.Received and referred to the By laws Committee.

From Alderman Abigail stating that owing to illness he will be unable to attend the Councils meeting. Received and accepted.

From Senior Constable Scott with reference to Alderman Cox’s complaint at last meeting of the Council that some of the trees planted had been wilfully uprooted giving the names of the boys who had done the damage. Received.

From the Marrickville Municipal Council re Harrow Road confirming the arrangement arrived at with the Mayor at a recent meeting viz: That the road be repaired with white metal at an estimated cost of £52.10.2 each Council to pay half the cost.Received and work agreed to.From the same with reference to the proposed repairs to Edgeware Road agreeing to the thoroughfare being blue metal down the centre for a width of 21 feet to a point near Wells Street as suggested by this Council at a cost of £191.7.0. Received and agreed to.

From the same with regard to Juliett Street suggesting that the question of metalling this thoroughfare be allowed to stand over until after Harrow Road and Edgeware Road has been dealt with.Received.

From Thomas A Tester stating that he has been appointed to a position with the Talbragar Council and tendering his resignation as an Officer of this Council. At the same time thanking the Mayor Aldermen and Council Clerk for the courtesy at all times extended to him.Received and Mr Tester to be relieved so as to enable him to enter on his new duties on the 26th instant.

 

Requisition

Alderman Ibbotson presented at requisition signed by thirty-six (36) Owners and residents of Keig Street Newtown asking the Council to consider the advisability of changing the name of the said street on account of its being at times taken for King Street.Received and made and Order of the Day for next meeting. The Late Alderman HoweThe Mayor officially notified that since the last meeting of the Council Alderman Howe had passed over to the majority a circumstance he was sure they all regretted as the deceased gentleman was highly respected as a citizen and an Alderman and he moved that the lamentable event be recorded on the minutes and that a letter of condolence be sent to Mrs Howe and family.Seconded by Alderman Rigg supported by Aldermen Salmon and Smith and carried.

 

Extraordinary Vacancy

the Mayor reported that the necessary steps were being taken to fill the Extraordinary Vacancy this caused by the Council Clerk who by virtue of the provisions of the Local Government Act become the Returning Officer owing to the default of the Council in appointing such Officer. Action approved.

 

Reports

The Works Committee

reported under date 29th July having met and considered the matters therein remitted to them from the Council.Moved by the Mayor that the Works 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 by him during the past fortnight and works in progress. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported amongst other things that J J Martin on the 24th July was for selling adulterated milk in the district at the Newtown Court fined £3 and £2.10.0 costs: that property known as 106 Campbell Street owned by George Moulder is unfit for human habitation and recommending that steps be taken under section 61 of the Public health Act to demolish the same.Received and that portion referred to the Cemetery Committee.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Cox moved:That for the future all foot paths or streets except King Street be brick paved in lieu of tarpaving and the work carried out by day labor.(Received)Seconded by Alderman Rigg and referred to the Works Committee for report. The Mayor moved:1 “That steps be now taken to appoint a Valuer or Valuers in accordance with the provisions of Section 137 of the Local Government Act of 1906 and the suggestions contained in Circular number 80 dated 9th July 1907 from the Public works Department.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.Alderman Smith moved that the foregoing be referred to the Specification Committee to prepare specification and report.Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried. 2 “That in accordance with Section 40 sub section 4 of the Ordinance this Council do now fix the remuneration of Presiding Officers and Poll Clerks.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards.Alderman Smith moved: “That the remuneration of Presiding Officer and Poll Clerk be 31/6 and 15/- respectively.”Seconded by Alderman King and carried. 3 That in accordance with Section 39 of the Ordinances this Council do now appoint the following places as Polling Booths for the several Wards if available vizCamden Ward St Georges Number 2 Hall George Street Entrance.Enmore Ward Dispensary Hall Enmore Road.O’Connell Ward Methodist School Hall King Street.Kingston Ward Town Hall Bedford Street.Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. Questions Without NoticeAlderman Salmon asked that the trees in Georgina Street and Leamington Avenue might be pruned. Alderman Hitchcock called attention to the state of the foot paths in Cambridge Street between Cavendish Street and Enmore Road and in Enmore Road between Reiby and Simmons Streets. Alderman King asked that the work of tarpaving Richard Street might be proceeded with. This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 20th day of August 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 20th August 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, Salmon, Rigg, Hitchcock, Ibbotson, King, Elstub, Edwards and Lewis. Alderman Elstub apologise for the absence of Alderman Abigail owing to continued illness.

 

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed. Extraordinary Vacancy in connection with the Extraordinary Vacancy in the Council caused by the death of the late Alderman Howe the Mayor read a notification from the Returning Officer (A Macintosh) covering copy declaration of the election (unopposed) of Nathan Lewis Lace Merchant (King Street) of 12 L Avenue Newtown as an Alderman for the Municipality of Newtown in room of Alderman Howe deceased.Received and Alderman Lewis thereupon was welcomed and took his seat.

 

Correspondence

From the Council Clerk Petersham stating that it has been agreed to have Liberty Street repaired where required at an estimated cost of £30 on the condition that this Council pays one half. Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From the Engineer for Lines Construction Branch General Post Office notifying that it is the intention of the Department to erect 2 wooden polls in Phillip Street and asking the Council to state its objection if any to the proposal within seven days otherwise the work will be proceeded with as indicated.Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

From Thomas A Tester asking to be allowed to withdraw his recent resignation tended at last meeting of the Council as circumstances had arisen at Dubbo for which he had no control.Received and request granted.

From the Department of Public Works with reference to the Provision and Maintenance of Garbage Destructors and collection and destruction of Garbage forwarding for information and consideration by this Council copy of Ordinances which have been prepared on the subject.Received and referred to the By laws Committee.

From the Department of Lands inviting attention to a notice in the Government Gazette of the 14th of August 1907 relating to the Alignment of Enmore Road under the Public Roads Act 1902.Received.

From the Municipality of Camperdown forwarding copies of resolutions passed expressing the desirableness of officially branding meat if on inspection it is found to be fit for human consumption and asking the decision of this Council on the subject. Received.

From Mrs Howe thanking the Mayor Aldermen and employees for their kind expressions of sympathy in her late bereavement. Received.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 23rd July amounting to £693.9.9 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £474.8.2.Moved by the Mayor that the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Specification Committee

reported having carefully perused and considered the Ordinances as to the making of the valuation for the year 1908 and recommending the same to the Council for adoption and further that one valuer be appointed and tenders invited from competent persons and received up to 4 o’clock pm on Tuesday 3rd September and considered by the Council that night.

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 By laws Committee reported in connection with the draft Ordinances submitted to enable Councils to deal with the solicitation of collection in Public places of gifts of money or of subscriptions for any purpose under Section number 199 (xiv) of the Local Government Act recommending the same to the Council for adoption and the department be notified to accordingly.

The Mayor moved: “That the By law Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried. The Finance Treasurer submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 9th July as follows:By Bank Balance per last statement £2162.0.2By Deposits 3347.12.2To Cheques issued£2046.7.4 To Bank Balance 3463.5.0 £5509.12.4 5509.12.4 Received.Alderman Rigg moved: that out of the above credit balance of £3463.5.0 the sum of £1500 be placed at the credit of a reserve fund on fixed deposit bearing interest the period and terms left in the hands of the Mayor.Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

The Overseer of Works

reported works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress also that uprooting and destruction of trees recently planted was still going on.

The Mayor said that he would take steps to prevent the wilful destruction of plants referred to and the report was received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the Contractors generally and the block boys had carried out their work in a satisfactory manner and asked permission to prosecute the occupier of property known as 15 Yaralla Street for neglect to remove a quantity of accumulated manure after he had been requested to do so verbally and in writing.Received and adopted.

 

Order of the Day

Consideration of requisition re changing the name of Keig Street.Alderman Smith moved: That Keig Street be renamed “Rawson Street”.Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:1 “That 21 trees be planted in College Street east side and 2 trees in the Linthorpe Street south side at the intersection of lane at an estimated cost of £17.5.0.Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried. Alderman Hitchcock moved: 2 “That the sum of £2.2.0 being the Annual Subscription be now paid to the Municipal Association of New South Wales.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried. Alderman King moved:3 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of metalling or tarpaving the carriageways in the Lanes between and parallel with Pine and Randall Streets and Randall and Holdsworth Streets.”Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried. The Mayor moved:4 “That it be referred to the Finance Committee to consider and report to this Council regarding the appointment of Collectors of lists.”Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

 

Questions Without Notice

Alderman Elstub called attention to the condition of the foot paths of Albermarle and Bishopgate Streets which should be repaired while Alderman Smith suggested renewing the asphalt. Alderman Hitchcock called attention to the state of the footpaths of Metropolitan Road and Edgeware Road which requires patching.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 3rd day of September 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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