Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 2nd day of December, 1913, at 7.30 o’clock p.m..

Present.

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

Apologies.

An apology was received from Alderman Turtle.

Minutes.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from J. F. Garfield, Secretary of the Newtown and District Local Christian Endeavour Union, asking that the licence for the Olympia Athletic Hall, King and Fitzroy streets be refused.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed that it is regretted this Council has not a power to grant or hold a licence for a building of this class, the licence being granted by the Chief Secretary, under the provisions of the “Theatres and Public Hall’s Act”.

Letter from C. Robinson, asking that Georgina Lane be opened through to L’Avenue Lane.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Works committee for consideration and report.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s Office, acknowledging Council’s letter opposing the granting of a licence of a proposed stadium in a Eliza Street, and intimating that the Chief Secretary would give the Council’s opposition due consideration.

Received

Letter from the Chief Secretary, Public Instruction Department, acknowledging Council’s letter intimating that the children’s playground at L’Avenue had been fitted up with swings, etc, for the use of the children, and no space was available for tennis courts, and further intimating that the Minister had approved of the Newtown Council being given possession of school site at once, on the terms already set out, so that it might be utilised for Park or playground purposes without delay.

Received.

Letter from P. Rooney thanking Council on his own and copetitioner’s behalf for the improved light at Subway, Phillip Street.

Received.

Letter from J. Downey, asking permission to erect a cross blind at premises, corner of Enmore Road and London Street.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Brass Band, intimating that program for the summer months will be forwarded at an early date.

Received.

Letter from Tooheys Ltd, asking permission to erect an electric sign at the Shakespeare hotel, King Street, Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from A. G. Masters, asking permission to exhibit sign at the Bank Hotel, King Street, Newtown, to advertise a concert in aid of St Brigid’s convent, Marrickville.

Received and permission granted for a period of eight days.

Letter from G. Blacker asking permission to exhibit sign at the town Hall, Newtown, in connection with a benefit concert to be tendered to Mr. S. Kerridge.

Received, and matter left in the Mayor’s hands for attention.

Letter from the Secretary, Fire Brigade Board, intimating that portions of the shires of Hornsby and Kuringai, and of the Municipalities of Eastwood and Dundas have been included in the Sydney Fire district.

Received.

Letter from E. Moorhousen, asking permission to erect hoods over the window and door of number 84 Lord St..

Received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

Application from Morrow and De Putron for approval of plan of the stables at Mr F. Nelson’s premises Darley Street.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

PETITIONS.

Petition from P. King, F. Poulton and five others, asking for an additional light in Camden Street, was received and referred to the lighting committee for report.

Petition from a W. Hull, C. G. Hatte, and 70 other shopkeepers of King Street, Newtown, asking that canvas blinds be allowed in front of business premises on the main road, with shopkeepers name or advertisement thereon.

Alderman Lewis moved, at the petition be received, and the request granted, until further notice, on the following conditions:-

(1) application for Council’s permission to be made (in accordance with the ordinance in each case, stating that the nature and position of the proposed blind, and the name (if any) of the firm to be placed thereon.

(2) That the blind is of approved of material, securely fixed and maintained in good order to the satisfaction of this Council’s inspector.

(3) that no writing is exhibited thereon, except the name of the person or firm occupying the business premises, such name to be in letter is not exceeding 12 in. in length.

(4) that a clear way of not less than 7 ft. is left between the lower edge of the blind and the footway when the blind is fully lowered.

(5) that the blind is rolled up directly the sun is off the window.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler.

An amendment proposed by Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Edwards, that the petition be received and the application refused was submitted and declared lost, the substantive motion was then submitted and declared carried.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the Works and specification committee as contained on folios 283 to 286 of the Works committee’s report book in which inter-alia recommended:-

1. That are properly constructed roller shutter, in accordance with the plan prepared by the architect be constructed between the town Hall on the new business premises being erected, and that the tender of Messrs G. and T. Hastings for the sum of 38:0:0 be accepted and work carried out forthwith.

2. That a strongly constructed shed be built in the Council’s Yard, under the supervision of the architect, and that the tender of E. Boyne to construct Shed at the cost of 37 be accepted and work carried out forthwith.

3. That steel ceilings be fixed in the town clerks room in the main office at a cost of 15, the work to be carried out by the contract on for the town Hall renovations, (Mr E. Boyne).

4. That the specifications be adopted and tenders invited by advertisements to be received not later than Tuesday, 16th December, at 4 p.m. for the undermentioned annual contracts:-

A. Removal of house garbage, and cleansing of streets, lanes, and gutters in Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell wards.

B. General cartage, Street watering, cleansing, etc.

c. printing and stationery.

D. Supply of ballast.

E. Brick paving footpath.

F. Supply of blue metal and blue metal screening.

Alderman Lawler moved that the Works and specification committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The overseer of Works report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight was received, and plan mentioned in paragraph 9 approved.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report as contained on folios 37 of the sanitary inspector’s report book was received, and the application mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Lewis moved:-

That a park ranger be appointed to supervise the children’s playground, L’Avenue.For the purpose of discussion, his worship the Mayor seconded the motion pro forma, and after discussion the motion was lost.

Alderman Cousins moved:-

that the footpath be brick paved in front of number 20 Darley St. at a probable cost of £1:15:0.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 16th, December 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.


Minutes of a than meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 16th day of December, at 7.30 o’clock p.m.

Present.

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

Apologies.

Apologies for received from Alderman Clegg and and Macready.

Minutes.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown and District Local Christian Endeavour Union, asking the Council to use its influence in opposition to the proposed stadium in Eliza Street, Newtown.

Alderman Turtle moved that the letter be received, and a copy of the resolution in regard to this matter passed by the Council at its last meeting on the 18th ultimo from a be forwarded to the writer, and a copy of the letter received be forwarded to the Chief Secretary.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Public Health Department, covering 15 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct.

Received.

Letter from Dr Brown Craig, asking for additional light in King Street, near his residence.

Received, and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

Letter from Messrs Hardman Brothers, acknowledging Council’s letter containing the conditions on which they will be allowed to erect a fire escape their premises Sarah Street.

Received.

Letter from E. K. Nickless, asking permission to place the name of the firm “Nickless Music Store” on the blind at their premises 238 King St., Newtown. Received and granted on the recommendation of the Works committee.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown band, covering a copy of the proposed programme for the summer months.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter be left in the Mayor’s hands to arrange a more suitable programme with Secretary of the band.

Letter from E. Thorne, offering to pay £1:1:0 towards the costs of preparing the lease of land adjoining the town Hall, from the Newtown Council to E. Thorne , and asking for delivery of same. On the recommendation of the Finance Committee it was resolved that the letter be received, and Mr Thorne informed that the total cost of preparation and completion of the lease must be borne by himself as lessee, and that he be referred to this Council solicitors, from whom the lease may be obtained in the usual way, on payment of their cost.

Letter from the Enmore and Newtown Citizen’s brass band, J. W. Buik, bandmaster, asking for for a part of the subsidy granted by the Council in the year 1914.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Turtle, that the letter be received, and the writer informed that the request will be considered when the Estimates are before the Council for the year 1914. In the meantime the letter be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted the usual monthly report as contained on folios 102 of the report book, and 6of the warrant book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid under votes of appropriations since last meeting amounting to £782:14: 3 be confirmed and accounts submitted amounting to £1249:18:7 be paid.

The monthly financial statement under regulation 6 was submitted, and disclosed a credit balance of £289:15:10.

The committee further recommended that the rental charges under section 209 of the local government act for the year 1914 be as follows:-

Australian Gaslight Co. £216.

Electric Light and Power Supply Corp. Ltd. £86.

The committee also report having received a letter from Mr E. Thorne, offering the sum and of £1:1:0 towards the cost of lease of land adjoining the town Hall and Mr Thorne be informed that he must pay the cost of the lease, which is always paid by the lessee, and that he be referred to this Council solicitors, Messrs J. H. Clayton & for delivery of the lease, upon payment of the cost, which is the usual custom.

The committee further recommended that having in view a small credit balance in the bank after payment of the accounts passed this evening, his worship the Mayor be, and is hereby empowered to make arrangements with this Council’s bank to release the some of £1000 now at fixed deposit to the credit of reserves and renewals account, and transfer such sum to the general fund, when he (the Mayor) deems it necessary.

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

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

His worship the Mayor as chairman of the Works committee, submitted a report of the meeting held 15th December, 1913, as contained on folios 287 and 8 of the Works committee report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Rigg, seconded by Alderman Edwards that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect.

The town clerk and valuer (Mr W. G. Salmon) reported having completed the valuation for the year 1914 in accordance with the requirements of the local government act, and ordinances made thereunder, and submitted the books containing the valuation of the whole of the rateable land in the Camden, Enmore, Kingston, and O’Connell wards of the municipality of Newtown, the valuation is being as follows:-

Ward Unimproved cap. Improved cap. Assessed Ann. value Value value Camden £256,100 £677,025 £62,307 Enmore £400,117 £997,663 £84,611 O’Connell £464,433 £992,124 £82,469 Kingston £264,178 £558,612 £42,875 Totals £1,384,828 £3,225,424 £272,262

Estimates of rate limits as required by clause 22 section 5 of the ordinance, were also submitted as follows:-

Part 1. Limit of general rate and additional general rates taken together.

The unimproved capital value of all rateable land in the municipality as valued by me is the sum of £1,394,333

The assessed annual value of all rateable land in the municipality as valued by me is sum of £273,256

Twopence in the on the unimproved capital value would yield £11, 540:4:8

1/6 in the pound on the assessed annual value would yield £20,419:13:0

The limit beyond which the council cannot levy General and additional general rates is therefore sum of £31,959:17:8

Part 2 . Limit of all rates (General, additional general, special local, and loan rates) taken together.

Twopence in the £ on the unimproved capital value would yield £11,540:4:8

Two shillings in the £ on the assessed annual value would yield £27, 226:4:0

The limit beyond which the council cannot levy any rates under the local government act is therefore sum of £38,766:8:8

His Worship the Mayor moved that the valuations of all rateable land within the municipality of Newtown, as set forth in the valuation books for the Camden, Enmore, Kingston, O’Connell wards, and signed by the valuer for the triennial period commencing 1 Jan 1914, be and are hereby received and adopted by this Council as follows:-

Unimproved capital value £1,384,828

Improved capital value £3,225,424

Assessed annual value £272,262

And that the estimate of rate limits be received and laid upon the table.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried .

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

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 38 to41 inclusive of the sanitary inspector’s report book, which inter alia recommended:-

That 99 applications from milk vendors, for the renewal of the registration for the year 1914, as enumerated and detailed in the sanitary inspector’s report book be granted.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received and adopted, and the applications contained in paragraph three and four be granted.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

ORDER THE DAY.

Consideration of tenders.

To open and consider tenders for the annual contracts for the year ending 31st December 1914. The tenders having been opened in open Council, it was resolved that the tenders as consider and be accepted in committee with closed doors . Upon resuming council it was reported that while in committee of the whole, tenders for the annual contracts had been considered, and the committee now recommended that the following tenders be accepted for:-

Scavenging, removal of garbage, etc.

Camden Ward, S. Knowles, £46 per calendar month.

Enmore Ward, S. Knowles, £50 per calendar month.

O’Connell Ward, W. Tucker, £48 per calendar month.

Kingston Ward, Mrs C. Eton, £30 per calendar month.

General cartage.

A. J. Annabel, 12 /6 per day, 1/6-3/4 per hour.

Brick paving

D. Ghiggino, 3/1 per square yard.

Printing and stationery.

A Holmes, as per schedule.

Supply of ballast.

W. Woodcock, 5/6 per yard for ballast, 4 shillings per yard for brick bats.

Blue metal and screenings.

J. T. McKern as manager of the State Metal Quarries, blue metal 2 1/2 inches and 2 in. 7/11 per ton

1 1/2 inches 9 shillings per ton .

threequarters of an inch and toppings 9/3 per ton.

Alderman Lewis moved, that the committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under these are heading Alderman Lewis drew attention to the litter caused by hand bills being distributed in the Olympia athletic hall, and Alderman Turtle also mentioned the inconvenience caused to vehicular traffic, through trams and cars standing in the main road during the progress of the entertainment, instead of in the side street.

His Worship the Mayor said, that he would bring both these matters under the notice of police, and this Council’s inspector, with a view to having the trouble remedied.

If being the last meeting before the Christmas holidays, his Worship the Mayor took the opportunity of wishing one and all a very happy Christmas, and a prosperous New Year.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the council, held at the Town Hall , Newtown on Tuesday 30 Dec 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield Mayor.

W. G. Salmon Town Clerk.


Tuesday, 30th December, 1913.

The ordinary meeting of the council was duly convened for the evening of Tuesday, 30 Dec 1913, as there was no business of an urgent nature to transact, and as a number of Alderman were out-of-town owing to the Christmas holiday season, it had been previously mutually arranged that the meeting would not be held. At the time of meeting, Alderman Edwards was in attendance at the town Hall, and the quorum not being present, the meeting therefore lapsed.


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