Tuesday 12th January 1909 (No. 09/1)

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

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Salmon, Campbell, Edwards, Ibbotson, Smith, Turtle, Elstub, Clegg and Cox.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From W Taylor Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board intimating that the Estimates of expenditure for the year 1909 have been adopted and the amount fixed at £57300 as against £52200 last year being an increase of £5100 for the current year. Received.

From the Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown advising that the cash balances at the credit of the Council on 31st December were as follows:

Balance at credit of General Fund £2057.15.3
Trust account Deposits      85.9.3
On Fixed Deposit 3156.1.0

Received.

From the Department of Public Health calling attention to the Local Government Amending Act 1908 (six copies of which are to be forwarded by the government printer for the information of the Council) and the changes made in Sections 103 and 179 respecting the Sanitary Service and Garbage Service also Section 176 B re-borrowing. Received.

From the Department of Public Works (Circular 231) inviting attention to amended Ordinances rendered necessary by the passage through Parliament of the Local Government Amending Act 1908.

Received.

From the Department of Public Works re-changes necessary in the Sanitary and Garbage Service and Street Lighting Accounts consequence upon the Local Government Amending Act 1908.

Received.

From the Fire Brigades Board forwarding statement of the estimated Expenditure of the Board for the current year and the pro rata apportionment of the Contributions and of the sum now due by this Council amounting to £159.5.9 for the first quarter.

Received.

From the Traffic Superintendent NSW Government Tramways with reference to the alleged excessive speed at which trams are driven between Campbell Street St Peters and St Peters Railway Bridge stating that this matter has been very carefully watched that no regularity has been detected. Received.

From Frank Stocks 42 Ferndale Street asking permission to take his horses across the foot path to and from a vacant allotment 106 Camden Street.

Received and request granted.

From Johnston and Bennett Contractors offering the last which is being excavated in Cleveland Street at nine pence per load.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor to instruct Overseer to buy what may be required.

From the Honourable Treasurers and Secretaries of the Battalion Earthquake Disaster forwarding Subscription List number 26.

Received and to be laid on the Public Council.

From Charles C Vincent stating that it is the wish and intention of a company which he represents to assist free of charge in an entertainment in aid of the Italian Earthquake Disaster Fund in Saint Georges Hall and asking the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen.

Received and patronage granted.

From the Secretary Royal Prince Alfred Hospital with reference to the widening of the Newtown end of the Missenden Road stating that in reply to a strong appeal to the Minister for Public Works a reply has been received stating that this is a matter for the consideration of the Newtown Municipal Council with whom the House Committee should communicate.

Received.

From James Trahair Valuer reporting having completed the additional valuation for the year 1909 in accordance with the requirements of the Act and submitting a summary of the total value of the unimproved improved and annual assessed values in each Ward.

Received with and annexures and referred to the Finance Committee.

From James Trahair Valuer pointing out that in consequence of the alterations made in the Local Government Act his duties are very materially increased and applying for an additional £50 per annum for the current and next year.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Clerk applying for additional competent clerical assistance from a period of six weeks to 2 months.

Received and left with the Clerk to engage assistance.

From the Deputy Postmaster General with reference to the proposed rearrangement of the telephone service stating that before the extra apparatus is installed it will be necessary for the Council to dispose of its proprietary right in the said line at a valuation of £3.5.0 and have the service rearranged under measured rate conditions at an annual fee of £9.2.6 or £6.15.0 which ever is preferred.

Received an estimate number 1 at £9.2.6 adopted and the Mayor authorised to sign contract and agreement and to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.

Outstanding Rates

The Clerk in accordance with the requirements of clause 49 of regulation 6 submitted detailed statements showing the names of persons who on 31st December last oh to rates to the Council and the amounts of such rates owing summarised as follows:

Current Arrears Total
Camden Ward £154.9.0 140.16.3 295.5.3
Enmore Ward    38.12.8 11.6.3 49.18.11
O’Connell Ward 199.10.8 98.15.6 298.6.2
Kingston Ward    66.2.10 48.19.6 115.2.4
£458.15.2 299.17.6 758.12.8

Received and adopted and the necessary action to be taken to recover the rates.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts since 22nd of December 1908 amounting to £1052.10.7.

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

The Financial Statement

prepared by the Clerk in accordance with Schedule IV of the Regulations was laid upon the table certified by the Chairman of the Finance Committee and disclose the balance to credit of the General Fund with the Bank of Australasia Newtown to be £2057.15.3 and £85.9.3 credit of the Trust Fund Account.

Received.

The Overseer of Works

reported having carried out a number of works during the past fortnight and works in progress.

He also reported that at the request of the engineer in charge of the construction of the Tramway in Burren Street he had restored several pieces of the footpath which were cut up also a section of the carriageway in Railway Lane and that a check for £24.1.0 had been received from the contract in payment thereof.

Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other things reported (reported) that 51 applications had been received for re-registration as milk vendors and 17 applications for permission to sell fish and rabbits with a recommendation that the same be granted.  Received and adopted.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That in accordance with the provisions of the 103rd Section of the Local Government Act 1906 and amending Act 1908 the Minister be asked to exempt this Council from the operations of the said Act relating to a special charge for the removal of House Garbage within this Municipality.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

2 “That the Corporate Seal of the Council be affixed to the above application.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Questions Without Notice

the Mayor moved that a letter be written to the city Council asking them to contribute a moiety of the cost of lighting the boundary streets and that the Clerk interview Mr Gordon the City Surveyor regarding the repairs necessary to Bligh Street and St Mary Street agreed to.

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 19th day of January 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 Tuesday 19th January 1909 (No. 09/02)

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

Present

The Mayor and Aldermen Campbell, Ibbotson, Elstub, Clegg, Edwards, Turtle and Lewis.

Alderman Turtle apologise for the absence of Alderman Smith.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From John Thomas Shave applying for permission to sell tripe and asking if any reduction can be made in the butcher’s licence.

Received and permission granted.

From the Town Clerk Paddington submitting copies of two resolutions passed by that Council affirming that every Local (Council) Authority in the State should have power to regulate exercise control over and thus prevents sites exhibitions of pugilism as have recently taken place within that Municipality and asking the consideration of this Council with the view of cooperation in a deputation to the Minister on the subject.

Received and cooperation granted.

From H May intimating that he is about to build on land at the corner of Lennox and Eliza Streets and that he would like if the Council could see its way clear to defer the course of the stormwater drain running through the property.

Received and referred to the Works Committee from report.

From the Scavenging Contractors (Messrs J Howarth A H Willard W Woodcock J H Johnson and A Poole) stating that owing to the Tip Carters award coming into operation by which employers are compelled to pay 7/-per day and asking the Council to make a corresponding increase to the contract price.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Honourable Secretary Newtown Ambulance Brigade thanking the Council for allowing them the free use of the Town Hall for Lectures and Drill practices and asking for a similar privilege during the ensuing year.

Received and request granted.

From Robert George Jackson asking that his butcher’s licence at number 381 King Street Newtown may be transferred to Mr W Beard to whom he has sold the business.

Received and application granted.

At this stage the Mayor moved the adjournment of the meeting for 20 minutes and a similar adjournment of the Special Meeting.

Mayors Financial Minute

on resuming the Mayor by minute submitted a detailed statement of the finances for the year ended 31 December 1900 and nine showing a balance at credit of the General Fund in the Bank of Australasia Newtown of £2057.15.3 and £85.9.3 at credit of Trust Account and £3156.1.0 on Fixed Deposit as a reserve to meet the cost of renewing the wood blocked streets.

Alderman Lewis moved: “That the Minute to be received and registered with the records of the Council and that the Mayor be thanked that the very able manner in which he has administered the finances during the past year.”

Seconded by Alderman Campbell supported by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Reports

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other things reported recommending the reregistration of 7 applicants as Milk vendors and the transfer of two butchers licenses.

Received and adopted.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Lewis moved: (in the absence of Alderman Salmon)

“That steps be taken by the Aldermen of this Council to show their high appreciation of the services rendered by the late Alderman James Francis Smith to the Municipality of Newtown.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and supported by Alderman Clegg and referred to the Mayor and Aldermen Elstub and Turtle.

This was the business.

Confirmed this 2nd day of February 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 19th January 1909 (No. 09/1)

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Municipal Council of Newtown held on the above date at 8.00pm.

Present

the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Campbell, Ibbotson, Elstub, Clegg, and Edwards Turtle and Lewis.

Alderman Turtle apologise for the absence of Alderman Smith.

Order of the Day

to consider the Valuers Returns of his valuation of all rateable property for the period ending 31st December 1909.

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

Wards Unimproved Capital Value Improved Capital Value Annual Assessed Value
Camden Ward £236700 £594937 £47832
Enmore Ward 368862 917533 64647
Kingston Ward 231247 479778 33184
O’Connell Ward 462510 940557 62500
£1299319 2932805 208163

The Valuer also submitted Estimates of rate limits as follows:

Part 1 Limit of General Rates and additional general rates taken together.
The Unimproved Capital value of rateable land in the Municipality is £1299319
The Assessed Annual Value of all rateable property in the Municipality is    208163
2 pence in the £ on the unimproved Capital value would yield 108270.13.2
1/6 in the £on the Assessed Annual Value would yield 15612.4.6
The limit beyond which the Council cannot live the General and additional general rate is £26439.17.8
Part 2 Limit of all Rates (General Additional Special Local and loan Rates) taken together
2 pence in the £ on the unimproved Capital Value would yield £10827.13.2
2/-in the £ on the Annual Assessed Value would yield 20816.6.0
The limits beyond which the Council cannot levy any of rates is therefore 31643.19.2

The Mayor moved: “That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act and the Ordinances thereunder the valuers report and whose valuation of all rateable land in the Municipality as submitted be and the same is hereby approved and adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Estimates

In accordance with the valuation adopted and in accordance with the provisions of Section 142 of the Local Government Act 1906 and the Ordinances thereunder the mayors submitted the following estimates viz:

Estimated Expenditure

(a) The amount of the proposed expenditure out of the fund to which the proceeds of the rate are to be carried.

General Purposes Administrative Expenses

Salaries £ 971.0.0
Stationery and Printing    120.0.0
Advertising        8.0.0
Election Expenses      10.0.0
Office and Lighting Expenses
Petty Cash and postages      40.0.0
Forward £1169.0.0
Audit Fee      30.0.0
Valuation    50.0.0
Law costs    20.0.0 £1341.0.0

Public Works

Blue Metal £ 1500.0.0
Wages    3000.0.0
Tar Bricks and Cartage    1000.0.0
Wood Blocks      300.0.0
Ballast    120.0.0
Cement        20.0.0
Plumbing Work        15.0.0
Plant and Repairs      200.0.0
Sand for Tarpaving        50.0.0
Sand for Wood blocks        25.0.0
Blacksmiths sharpening Tools        25.0.0
Bricks for General repairs        20.0.0
Kerb and Gutter stone      100.0.0
Stores (Road Tools)        50.0.0
Timber        15.0.0
Purchase of land to widen Trade Street      122.0.0 6572.0.0

Health Administration

Garbage Service 1400.0.0
Inspector 182.0.0
Disinfectants etc    30.0.0
Law Prosecutions    20.0.0 1632.0.0

Public Services

Street Watering 130.0.0
Street Lighting 2050.0.0
Fire Brigades Board 637.2.10 2817.2.10

Municipal Property

Caretaker etc 150.0.0
Municipal Rates 140.0.0 290.0.0

Miscellaneous

Interest on Loan 1260.0.0
Annual provision by resolution for renewing blocks 500.0.0 1760.0.0
£14412.2.10

Estimated Revenue

(b) Annual in hand available for expenditure £ 2057.15.3
(c) Other revenue likely to be available    700.0.0
(d) Amount required to be raised 11654.7.7
£14412.2.10

 

(e) Total value of Unimproved land £1299319
Improved Capital value    2932805
Assessed Annual Value    208163

The Mayor moved:

That the estimates be received and considered. Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

An amendment by Clegg:

“That consideration of the estimates be postponed for a week and in the meantime that each of the Aldermen refurnished with a copy of the estimates” was seconded by Alderman Turtle and lost.

The motion was moved by the Mayor was then carried.

The estimates were then considered in detail.

The Mayor moved:

“That the estimates now before the Council be adopted and advertised as required by the Act.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved: “That the Council proposed to levy a general rate of 2¾ pence (two pence three farthings) in the £on the improved capital value of land £1299319 estimated to yield £14888.0.7 subject to appeal.

Seconded by it and Lewis and carried.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 2nd day of February 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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