Tuesday 3rd September 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, Rigg, King, Cox, Elstub, Lewis, Edwards and Ibbotson.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From Alderman Hitchcock apologising for his inability to attend the Finance and Council meetings owing to pressing business engagements in the country. Received.

From the Department of Public Construction advising that plans are now in course of preparation by the Department of Public Works in connection with the proposed improvements to the Public School at Newtown North and that it is expected that they will soon be available. Received.

From the Department of Public Works forwarding for the information of the Council the Taxation Departments List of alienated lands in the Municipality and stating that as it is probable the Council may decide to make a copy of the list before returning it the Government Printer has been requested to stock a supply of sheets for the purpose and sell them at reasonable figure to any Council requiring them. Received.

From the Department of Public Works advising that Clerks of Petty Sessions have been instructed to furnish to the Councils half yearly statements of the monies received by them and paid to the Councils. Received.

From Annie Townsend with reference to the notice served by the Sanitary Inspector specifying certain alterations and improvements to stable premises in John Street so as to bring them into conformity with the requirements of the Public Health Act and the By laws asking that before enforcing the terms of the notice the Council might inspect the premises.Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee.

From James Danaher asking to be furnished with the correct alignment of the Lane at the rear of Miller’s Photographic Studios King Street where he is carrying out alterations to the building.Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From the Manager City Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited stating that as mortgagees in possession of Kettles Estate the Society is prepared to dedicate to the Council the Lane at the foot of Georgina Street situated between a terrace of 15 houses and Lots 24 to 31 fronting Wilson Street.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From F. G. Tuck Sanitary Inspector intimating that he has been appointed Sanitary Inspector to the Hobart (Tasmanian City Council and tendering his resignation of the Office held in this Council).Alderman Rigg moved: “That the resignation be received with regret as the Council was losing a valued and painstaking Officer at the same time congratulated him on his promotion.Seconded by Alderman King supported by the Mayor and carried.”

 

Reports

Mayors Report

In connection with the resolution passed at last meeting as the result of the statement submitted by the Treasurer the Mayor reported having placed five hundred pounds with the Government Savings Bank of New South Wales on deposit bearing interest at 3% and one thousand pounds on Fixed Deposit with the Bank of Australasia for 12 months at 3% per annum.Report approved.

 

The Finance Committee

reported the recommendations of a Special Meeting held to consider the following matters remitted by the Council.1 “That tenders be invited and received up to 4 p.m. on Tuesday the 17th instant from persons competent to perform the duties of Collectors of lists for the four Wards under the Local Government Act 1906 and Ordinances.”2 “That in accordance with the Local Government Act and Regulation number 274a (2) applications be invited by advertisement from duly qualified persons for the Office of Auditor to Audit the books of this Council for the half year ending 4th February 1908.The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and adopted.

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 2 September 1907 embodying their recommendations regarding the matters remitted to them.  The Mayor moved:

 

That the Works Committees

report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.In deference to the wish of Alderman Smith – clause 1 of the report was made and Order of the Day for next meeting.

 

The Health Committee

reported with reference to the Sanitary Inspector regarding the insanitary condition of premises number 106 Campbell Street recommending that as the Owner is demolishing the buildings the matter stand over until a further report from the 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 By laws Committee

reported with reference to draft copy of Ordinances prepared by the Works Department for the carrying out of the provisions and maintenance of Garbage Destructors and collection and destruction of garbage recommending the Ordinances subject to the following amendment viz.Substitute “shall” for the word “may” after the word “Occupier” in the third line and after the word “placed” in the fourth line eliminate all the succeeding words in the proviso to clause 7 and in lieu thereof insert the words “in such senior positions as the Inspector or other Officer of the Council shall direct.”Moved by the Mayor: “That the By laws 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 off Nuisances

reported amongst other matters recommending that detailed notices under the Public Health Act and Local Government Act be served on the Owner of premises 10 and 12 Egan Street requiring him to carry out all the necessary repairs to comply with the provisions of the said Act and also recommending the prosecution of four persons concerned in the distribution of milk in the district who are not registered in Accordance with the provisions of the Dairies Supervision Act.Received and the Mayor authorised to instruct the Inspector to prosecute.

 

The Council Clerk

reported that John Wilson had completed his probationary term of three months in the office and having given satisfaction recommending that his appointment as Junior Clerk be now confirmed.Received and adopted. George H. Sparksforwarded a Circular requisition which it was proposed to send on to Superintendent Sherwood asking that some Departmental recognition should be made of Senior Constable Farrell’s courageous conduct when he recently saved a man’s life in a burning building at St Peters.Received and the Mayor authorised to sign the requisition on the behalf of the Council.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Rigg for Alderman Hitchcock moved:”That the asphalt on the Eastern side of Metropolitan Road fronting the Public School be renewed at an estimated cost of £19.10.0.”Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Orders of the Day

to open and consider tenders for the triennial valuation of all rateable property in the Municipality in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1906.The tenders having been opened and read the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider the same.On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.Your Committee of the Whole having considered tenders for making the valuation of all rateable property in the Municipality for the triennial period ending 31st December 1910 now recommend the acceptance of James Trahair’s tender of three hundred pounds sterling.”The Mayor moved that the Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. InspectorIn connection with Inspector Tucks resignation it was resolved to invite applications for the position under the previous Specifications.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 17th day of September 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 17 September 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 Rigg, Hitchcock and Aldermen Elstub, Cox, Edwards, Ibbotson and King.Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Alderman Abigail owing to continued illness and also for Alderman Smith.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

from the Department of Public Works advising that Ordinance number 796 under the Local Government Act dealing with loitering in any Municipality was proclaimed in Government Gazette number 106 of 28th August 1907. Received.

From the Honourable Secretary Harbour Foreshores Diligence Committee forwarding copy of a letter addressed to all Parliamentary Candidates and stating that promises to support legislation in terms of the same are coming in freely from Liberal and Opposition Candidates. Received.

From the Department of Public Health advising that 19 samples of milk submitted to this Authority have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst and found free from any adulteration.Received.

From J Stewart applying for permission to erect an awning at King Street Newtown according to plan and specification submitted being premises occupied by Mr Ryan Butcher.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Sub Inspector McCrimmon submitting a report from Sergeant J. Bennett stating that he had ascertained that a Schoolboy named Herbert Morton 9 years old residing with his parents at 51 Alice Street uprooted some of the trees which have been recently plant by the Council in Alice Street. Received.

From the Municipal Association of New South Wales forwarding the Annual Report and business paper to be submitted at the next Annual Section commencing on shoes day the 24th instant. Received.From G. E. Ardill Director Sydney Rescue Work Society asking that the footpath in front of the South Sydney Woman’s Hospital stating the Street be asphalted as the condition is bad.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Department of Public Works inviting attention to the following amendment which was proclaimed in Gazette number 100 of 21st of August viz:Ordinance number 131 first line of Ordinance after the word “number” insert the words “other than the Mayor or President” such words enabling the Mayor or President when dealing with urgent matters to place more than three notices on the business paper for one meeting. Received.

From the Department of Public Works forwarding for the information of the Council to copies of the draft form of rate book which it is proposed to adopt when the regulation respecting accounts are made at the beginning of next year. Received.

From the Department of Public Works inviting attention to the 179th section of the Act which provides that the General Fund may in any Municipality be applied in addition to the several purposes specified in that section to such other purposes as the Governor may from time to time proclaim and that under the section referred to the Governor has at the request of certain Councils proclaimed that such General Fund may be applied to the maintenance and management of Public Libraries and Reading Rooms established by Councils. Received.

From M. Cox calling attention to the condition of the pavement in front of numbers 100 102 104 and 106 Bligh Street.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Samuel Davis notifying that he is about to pull down the old fence in front of his dwelling 12 London Street and instead erect a dog rail fence.Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

From WJ Knowles advising that he has signed a contract to build three shops to plan and Specification submitted and asking permission to erect same.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Justin McSweeney intimating that in a short time he will be commencing construction of the Erskineville Tramway and asking permission to close Burren Street and Watkin Street while the work is going on.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From George Christie reporting having completed the Audit of the books and accounts of the Municipality for the half year ended 6th August 1907 and found the same correct and the work performed in a way most credible. Received.

From Leon A Chesser with a lamp which the Inspector has requested him to remove from the balcony of the International Hotel corner of King and Camden Streets and asking the Council not to enforce the order.Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Medical Officer of Health (Dr Armstrong) forwarding a report on the condition of the Milk shops in this district as disclosed by a recent inspection by an Officer of his staff stating that the same were found to be clean and in a satisfactory condition.Attention called to mind recommendation contained in the report.Received and referred to the Inspector.

 

Requisition

Alderman Elstub presented at requisition from seven residents of Northwood Street asking the trees might be planted in that thoroughfare. Received.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 20th of August amounting to £2385.13.1 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £133.3.5.Moved by the Mayor that the Finance 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 Nuisances

reported that the Contractors under his charge had carried out their work in a satisfactory manner and recommending that two persons be proceeded against for driving across the footpaths in Holmwood and Bligh Streets. Received and adopted.

 

On the motion of Alderman Rigg seconded by Alderman Ibbotson the Orders of the Day were postponed until a later stage.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Elstub moved:1 “That the Gas Lamp at the intersection of Denison Street with Bishopgate Street be removed from the West side to the East side of Denison Street and referred to the Lighting Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.2 “That 14 trees be planted in Northwood Street at an estimated cost of 15/- each.”Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried. Alderman Hitchcock moved:3 “That the footpath in Stanmore Road from Enmore Road to Liberty Street be renewed and repaired where required at an estimated cost of £18.”Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried. The Mayor moved:4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to consider the desirability of procuring a combination sweeper and sprinkler.”Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. Orders of the Day1 Consideration of clause 1 of the Works Committees report of 2nd September 1907. Postponed.2 To open and consider tenders for the position of Auditor.3 To open and consider tenders for the position’s of Collectors of Lists.4 To open and consider tenders for the office of Sanitary Inspector.The foregoing tenders having been opened and publicly read the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider the same.

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.”Your Committee of the Whole Council having considered tenders for the following appointments recommend the acceptance of Mr George Christie’s tender for the office of Auditor to audit the books of the Council for the half year ending 4th February 1908 for the sum of ten pounds sterling.”The acceptance of the following tenders for the positions of Collectors of Lists viz.John Dennis Ahearn Camden Ward £12.George Mitchell Enmore Ward £12.Charles Drummond Matthew O’Connell Ward £15.Arthur Francis Desborough Kingston Ward £10.And the appointment of John Watson as Senior Sanitary Inspector at a salary of £156 per annum. Alderman King moved: “That the report from the Committee of the Whole Council as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 1st day of October 1907.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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