Tuesday 7th January 1908

 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Municipal Council of Newtown held in the Town Hall on the above date at 7.30pm.

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Smith, Salmon, Ibbotson, Edwards, Hitchcock, Turtle, Lewis, Elstub and King .

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Town Clerk Bathurst forwarding copy of a resolution passed by that Council protesting against being compelled to adopt the system of Municipal Accounts proposed by the Department and asking the cooperation of all Councils in a request to the Government to have the proposed system revised by two or three competent chartered accountants with a view to the reduction of the expense and number of books and the simplification of methods.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Mosman Council covering copy of a resolution passed by them with regard to the rent charged by the Water and Sewerage Board for the use of water meters and asking this Councils cooperation in a deputation to the department or protesting against the charge with a view to obtaining the abolition of this unreasonable and irritating tax.

Received and active cooperation granted.

From the Secretary Commissioners for Railways relative to the lighting of the railway subway at the foot of Phillip Street intimating that approval has been given for a lamp to be placed on the northern side of the subway on the street so as to afford light to the steps.  Received.

From the Honourable Secretary Civil Ambulance and Transport Brigade forwarding plan and specification for the proposed signboard to be erected on the footway in the front of the Newtown branch 30 Australia Street Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Department of Public Works (Circular 158) forwarding draft Ordinances for regulating the proceedings of formal meetings which are of a shorter and simpler set of professions than the existing ordinances consisting of 206 but under the new draft reduced to 68.

Received and referred to the By laws Committee.

From the Department of Public Works (Circular 160) Proposed Ordinances re Solicitation or collection of money in Public Places.  Received.

From William Taylor Municipal Representative Fire Brigades Board submitting estimates of the Boards expenditure for the year 1908.  Received.

From the Alexandria Council Clerk intimating that the Minister for Public Works will receive the Deputation re Pedestrian Traffic between Brandling Lane Alexandria and Forbes Street Newtown on Thursday the 9th instant at 11.15am.  Received.

From Robert Reid on the half of the “Rating on Unimproved Values League” asking the free use of the Town Hall for a Public meeting on Monday 13th instant.

Received and to be informed that the Hall is engaged that evening but available on Wednesday the 15th on the terms quoted.

From J. Gentle stating that he has now completed six cottages in Holmwood Street and asking that the footpaths be kerbed and guttered and asphalted.  Received.

From the Honourable Secretary St Johns Ambulance Brigade thanking the Council for the free use of the Hall during the past 12 months for practice and asking if the same privilege will be extended to them during the coming year when the Hall is not otherwise engaged.

Received and request complied with.

From Arthur E.Moate applying for permission to build cottage in Edgeware Road according to plan submitted.

Received and referred to the Inspector.

From G. Chandler asking for an increase of salary and stating that he has recently passed the Royal Sanitary Institute examination thus qualifying for the position of a Sanitary Inspector.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Chambers Trahair submitting this valuation and report of his valuation of all property in the Municipality in accordance with the requirements and provisions of the Local Government Act 1906 and the Ordinances and regulations made thereunder.

Received and made and order of the day for consideration on the 13th instant.

 

Reports

The Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts from 1 October last as follows:

 

By Bank Balance per last statement

Cr

 

£1159.6.11

By Deposit

 

 

3645.14.7

To Cheques issued

 

£3752.8.7

 

To Balance

Cr

1052.12.11

 

 

 

£4805.1.6

4805.1.6

 

Received.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a large number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported amongst other things that two milk vendors have been prosecuted at the Newtown Court for selling milk adulterated with water and fined one in the sum of £5 and £3.10.0 costs and the other 10/- and £2.8.0 costs.  Premises in O’Connell Ward being numbers 42 and 38 40 and 46 Egan Street were reported to be in need of repairs authority was asked to compel the Owner to put them in a Sanitary condition.

Received and adopted and the authority asked for granted.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Lewis moved:

1 That as recommended by the Works Committee Georgina Street be tarmetalled 20 feet wide at an estimated cost of £95.

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 13th day of January 1908.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Monday 13th January 1908

 

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen King, Hitchcock, Elstub, Smith, Ibbotson, Edwards, Turtle and Lewis.

Apologies were received from Aldermen Salmon and Rigg.

 

Minutes

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

 

Business

Order of the Day

To consider the Valuers returns of his valuation of all ratable property for the triennial period commencing on 1st January 1908 and ending 31st December 1910.

 

The Valuers report together with the valuation for the Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards containing the valuation of all ratable property made in accordance with the provisions and requirements of the Local Government Act 1906 were before the Council and disclosed the total valuations of the separate Wards as follows:

 

 

 

Ward

Unimproved Capital Value

Improved Capital Value

Assessed Annual Value

Camden Ward

£240361

£604767

£46158

Enmore Ward

396334

929916

64716

Kingston Ward

249048

487098

32813

O’Connell Ward

486791

953624

59324

 

£1372534

2975405

203011

 

The Valuer also submitted Estimates of Rate Limits as follows:

 

Part 1

Limits of General Rates and Additional General Rates taken together.

The unimproved value of capital value of all ratable land in the Municipality as valued by me is

 

£1372534

The assessed annual value of all ratable land in the Municipality as valued by me is

 

£203011

2 pence in the £ on the unimproved capital value would yield

 

11437.15.8

1/6 in the £ on the assessed annual value would yield

15225.16.6

The limit beyond which the Council can not let the General and Additional General Rates is therefore the sum of

 

 

26663.12.2

 

Part 2

Limits of all rates General Additional Special or local and London Rates taken together.

2 pence in the £ on the unimproved capital value would yield

 

11437.15.8

2/- in the £ on the assessed annual value would yield

20301.2.0

The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy any rates (under the Local Government Act ) is therefore the sum of

 

 

31738.17.8

 

The valuation books having been examined and considered Alderman Smith moved: “That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1906 the Valuers report and his valuation of ratable land as submitted be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Alderman Smith moved: That in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1906 the particulars of the Unimproved Capital Value the Improved Capital Value and the Assessed Annual Value of all ratable land in the Municipality be forwarded to the Government Statistician for the purposes of Sections 158 (4) 159 (3) and 158 (5) of the Act.

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.  The

 

Confirmed this 21 day of January 1908.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 21st January 1908

 

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

 

Present

the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and a full Council.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Municipal Council of Bexley inviting the cooperation of this Council in requesting the Government to provide for the payment by the Water and Sewerage Board of one third of the cost of each triennial valuation made by the Municipal Councils in the Suburban Area.  Received.

From the Department of Public Health advising that eight samples of spirits submitted by this Authority on the 4th ultimo have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst from whose report it will be seen that the chemical evidence in respect of numbers 377 and 379 is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.

Received and the Mayor authorised to prosecute.

From the Department of Public health advising that 17 samples of Milk submitted by this authority have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst from whose report it will be seen that the chemical evidence in respect of numbers 387 and 390 391 and 393 is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.  In the case of number 386 of warning might be given.

Received and the Mayor authorised to prosecute and a warning to be given to vendor number 386.

From the Secretary Fire Brigades Board forwarding statement of the estimated Expenditure of the Board for the current year and of the pro rata apportionment of the Contributions of the Municipalities contribute street under the provisions of the Fire Brigades Act 1902 together with a memo of the sum now due viz: £141.12.8.

Received.

From the Municipal Council of Erskineville inviting the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Minister for Public Works to urge upon him the necessity for the construction of a tram line from the Junction of Cleveland Street and City Road along Cleveland Street to the existing line in Castlereagh Street.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Department of Lands asking to be informed whether the Council desires the carriage and footways to be established off Enmore Road as shown on the official plan of remarking survey made for the purpose and catalogued N27: 1953 a heliographic copy of which was forwarded on 6th December 1907 and no objection to the proposed remarking has been received by the Department.

Received and request to be made.

From M A E Douglas with reference to the Councils offer of 9th March 1905 of twenty five pounds for a strip of land in Albert Street for the purpose of widening that thoroughfare and asking if the Council will renew that offer giving the privilege of the right of way to the street from the owners land.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Town Clerk Paddington asking this Councils consideration and expression of opinion on the question of entering an emphatic protest against the proposal of the Federal Government to remove the printing of postage stamps from Sydney to Melbourne and thus render necessary the establishment of costly printing works when all the requisite machinery is available in Sydney.  Received.

From Albert C Heness applying for permission to build four cottages in Burren Street.

Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

From Gray Brothers notifying that they intend to erect a furnace and forge at Mechanic Street and wish to commence without delay.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From J. Bothe Builder St Davids Road Ashfield applying for permission to the house at 68 Watkin Street according to Plan and specification submitted.

Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

From W. Mousey forwarding plan and specification of Stables Coach house proposed to be erected on premises corner of Wilson Street and Enmore Road for approval of the Council.

Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 10 December 1907 amounting to £1441.13.1 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £832.19.0.

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 Finance Committee

also reported having considered the scavengers replaced for an increase of their Contract price owing to the high price of fodder and recommending that each be paid 30/-per month in addition to the present contract price and the day carter 10/-per day instead of 9/-from first Proximo to 31st March next.

With regard to George Chandlers application for an increase of salary the Committee recommended that this stand over till the first Finance Committee meeting of the new Council.

The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committees special report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 20 January with reference to the application from the Civil ambulance for permission to erect a signboard over the foot path at the Newtown branch station 30 Australia Street recommending that the request be not granted.

Received and adopted.

 

The By laws Committee

submitted their report dated 20 January 1908 and recommendations relating to:

1 Draft Ordinances re Hoardings Signs and Advertisements.

2 Ordinances for the Prevention of the erection of any structure of calico or other flammable materials.

3 Revised Ordinances regulating procedure of Council Meetings.

The Mayor moved: “That the By laws 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 amongst other matters the owner of premises numbers 22 to 30 King Street had failed to comply with requirements to have awnings put in good repair as requested in notice served on him on 20th December last and asking authority to enforce same.

Received and the Mayor authorised to take action to compel the owners to comply with the ordinances.

 

This being the business:

the Mayor said that as this is the last meeting under the Old Act he begged to tender his best thanks to his brother Aldermen for the uniform courtesy extended to him during the past year.

Alderman Rigg moved: “That a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to the Mayor for the faithful and efficient manner in which he carried out the onerous duties of his office during the past year.

Seconded by Alderman Smith supported by all the Aldermen and unanimously carried.

Alderman Rigg having conveyed the resolution the Mayor feelingly responded to the kindly appreciation of his fellow Aldermen and whom he afterwards entertained.

 

Confirmed this 11 day of February 1908.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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