Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the seventh day of October 1913, and 7.30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Clegg, Turtle, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.

Apologies were received from Alderman Lawler and Rigg.

MINUTES.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Edwards seconded by Alderman Clegg.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from St Peter’s Council intimating that they are prepared to expend the sum of 25 on repairs to May Street, provided this Council spend a like amount.

The town clerk explained that the Mayor of St Peter’s verbally expressed a desire that this Council should carry out the work.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the St Peter’s Council informed that the repairs will be carried out as early as possible.

Letter from the bandmaster, Newtown Brass Band apologising for their failure to carry out the programme on the 28th ultimo, and intimating that the program would be carried out before they left for Ballarat.

Received.

Letters from the Chief Secretary intimating:-

(a) that it is impracticable to provide legislation in the matter of the Newtown Cemetery at present, but the subject will engage the attention of the Minister at a later date.

(b) acknowledging Council’s letter re Olympia Athletic Hall.

Received.

Letter from the Director- General Department of Public Works intimating that arrangements will be made for the holding of a Revision Court in connection with the triennial compilation of lists of electors.

Received and the court to be held at Newtown courthouse.

Letter from D. T. Evans asking permission to run the water from his window spray into this Council’s gutter at premises 557a King Street, Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from Mrs Lawler asking permission to erect two additional awning posts at her premises for 444 King St., Newtown.

Received and application refused on the recommendation of the Works Committee.

Letter from W. Longton asking permission to advertise the Stanmore Theatre Ltd, on Mr Gregory’s shop and Mr Spencer’s shop Enmore Road.

Received and application refused.

Letter from F. Landon asking permission to erect a calico sign on the Bridge Hotel to advertise the Pastry Workers’ union annual picnic.

Received and refused.

Letter from the Department of Public Health covering 16 samples of milk in 2 cases prosecutions were recommended for adulteration.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the recommendations carried into effect.

Letter from that Railway Commissioners intimating they had refused permission to the Austral Press and Advertising Ltd, to erect an advertising directory on the Newtown railway station as no site was available.

Received and the applicant to be informed of the Commissioners’ decision.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted the report re leasing of land adjoining town Hall and recommended that the necessary approval be applied for (under corporate seal) under section 104 of the Local Government Act to lease portion of land in not required for Council’s purposes between the town Hall and Clay’s Bridge Theatre with frontage to Bedford Street of about 16 ft. by depth of about 25 ft. with upper portion extending over Council storeroom, area about 1 1/2 perches to Edward Thorne for a period of 10 years without advertising rights at a rental of 65 per annum, and that His worship the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to sign all necessary documents under corporate seal to complete the lease, subject to the plan and specification of the proposed building and the terms of the lease being approved by this Council and subject to the Council retaining all advertising rights including right of advertising above the building or roof of building when erected.

Re application for position of typist and recommended that Miss E. Priestley be appointed for a period of three months on probation at a salary of £52 per annum and that provided satisfaction is given the appointment be continued a salary of £65 per annum, subject to termination of the appointment at any time on one month’s notice being given on either side.

It was further reported that all arrangements for a refloating of Council’s loan was successfully completed and the 36,000 debentures and interest to date were paid off by the Bank of Australasia on 1st October last.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle seconded by Alderman Macready that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) submitted a report of a meeting of the Works Committee held on seventh instant as contained on folios 269-271 of the Works Committee’s report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Clegg seconded by Alderman Edwards that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.

The Overseer of Works report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight was received.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report as contained on folio 32 of the report book was received and the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Macready moved :-

“that it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of from the placing the carriageway and parts of Sloane Street in repair.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

In consideration of Local Government Ordinance 70a “regulation of the erection of buildings” and the Works Committee’s report in regard thereto.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Clegg seconded by Alderman Lewis that the whole matter be referred back to the Works committee for further consideration and report.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Alderman Turtle asked that the lighting committee visit Australia Street where intersected by Bishopsgate Street to see if this Council in conjunction with the City Council could more effectually light this portion of the Street.

Alderman Edwards asked that the gutter stones be repaired in Darley Street near the intersection of John Street.

His worship the Mayor said he would have these matters attended to.

His worship the Mayor then on behalf of the members of the Council presented Alderman Elstub with a silver epergne to celebrate his recent wedding and conveyed to Alderman Elstub congratulations of the whole Council and the best wishes for future happiness to himself and Mrs Elstub.

Alderman Elstub having suitably responded the meeting closed.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 21 Oct 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.


Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers Newtown, on Tuesday the 21st day of October, 1913. At 7.30 o’clock p.m..

Present.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Turtle, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith and Edwards.

Apologies.

Apologies were received from Alderman Lawler, Rigg, and Clegg.

Minutes.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Edwards seconded by Alderman Turtle.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Chief Secretary re proposed Olympia Athletic Hall at the corner King and Fitzroy streets, and intimating that the Chief Secretary’s Department was responsible only for the due observance of the provisions of the Theatres and Public Hall act 1908, and regulations made thereunder.

Received.

Letter from the Secretary of the Local Government Association intimating that the powers of the Council over such buildings as theatres and public Halls were to a certain extent defined in the full court case of theVon-Epler versus the North Sydney Council.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and the secretary thanked for the information furnished.

Letter from secretary, Enmore, Enmore Political Labour League, T. S. Crawford MP, Dr G. Hall Bohrsmann and R. Hollis, MP, asking permission to exhibit their election signs in connection with the forthcoming State election campaign.

It was resolved that the letters be received and the permission granted to a fix election signs parallel to the footpath, provided the position, construction, and wording of each sign is approved by this Council’s officers. Applications to be made in each case so that this Council’s Inspector may report thereon, and provided further that the signs are removed within two days after the date of the State election.

Alderman Lewis then moved that further applications for State election signs be treated in a similar manner and left in the Mayor’s hands for prompt attention.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s office, asking if the Council has any objection to the new building erected in Eliza Street being used for boxing contests provided they are under the usual police supervision and control.

It was resolved that the letter be received and a reply forwarded intimating that as no plan or specification of the proposed building has been furnished, the Council are unable to express an opinion as regards to the suitability or otherwise of the building for the purpose suggested.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of lands, per favour of R. Hollis, Esq, M. L. A., intimating that the Minister for Lands has approved of the area of 2 roods 26 1/2 perches shown on the accompanying plan at the corner of Wilson and Fitzroy streets being dedicated for public recreation.

Received.

Letter from the Electoral Telegraph Department covering plan of high tension main, and asking that care be taken when the Council’s paths are repaired adjacent thereto.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and the plan referred to the overseer for attention.

Application from W. J. Noonan for permission for the Tramway Brass Band to march from Missenden Road to Zarca Brothers picture theatre on Friday evening 24th instant.

Received and application granted.

Application from Stewart Morrison for council’s approval of plans and specifications of repairs and additions to the White Horse hotel, King Street.

The Works Overseer reported that the plans and specifications complied with the building Ordinances and Council’s regulations made thereunder, and it was resolved that the application be received and approval granted.

Application from J. J. Broadley for repairs to footpath in front of the new premises Hordern Street, and also improving the streetlighting.

It was resolved the application be received and referred to the Works and Lighting committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted the usual monthly report as contained on folios 99 and 100 of report book and 4 of the warrant book which recommended that accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £467:11:1be confirmed, and accounts submitted amounting to £750:19:5be paid. Total payments from general fund since last meeting £1218:10:6

The monthly financial statement disclosing credit balance £3,206:8:8 was also submitted.

It was further recommended that Miss Q. Peter be appointed to the position of typist in lieu of Miss E. Priestley, who through unforeseen circumstances was unable to accept the appointment. The appointment of Miss Peter is to be on the same terms and conditions as recommended for Miss Priestley.

It was further reported that the draft agreement for leasing land adjoining the Town Hall to Edward Thorne had been considered and subject to the governor’s approval under section 104 of the Local Government Act it was recommended that the lease be prepared in accordance with the draft agreement as amended by the committee for 10 years term, to date from 1st January, 1914, the rent to be paid from the date the lessee obtained possession of the land.

Alderman Turtle moved that the Finance committee’s report be received, the accounts be confirmed and paid, and the whole recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

His worship the Mayor as chairman of the Works committee submitted a report on the meeting held 21st October, 1913 as contained on folios 272/4 and containing recommendations 1-9.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle seconded by Alderman Morgan that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight.

Received.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report as contained on folios 33 of the sanitary inspector’s report book was received, application mentioned in paragraph 33 granted, and authority given to serve statutory notices as asked for in paragraph 4.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Edwards moved:-

“that May Street be repaired with blue metal at the probable cost of £50 St Peter’s Council to pay one half the cost.”

Seconded by Alderman Cousins and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

“that it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report upon the streetlighting at the intersection of Oxford and St Mary’s streets”.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned.

By Alderman Edwards asking that repairs be effected in Darley Street.

By Alderman Turtle asking that the Lighting Committee meet at an early date to report on various matters referred to them.

There being a further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 4th November, 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.


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