Minutes of the meeting of the Council (special meeting) (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Monday the third day of February 1913, at 7.30 o’clock p.m.

Present

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

Apology

an apology was received from Alderman Clegg for absence on account of an injury to his foot.

Business

By order of the Mayor.

To make a general rate of 2-3/4d. (Twopence three farthings) in the pound (£) for the year ending 31 Dec 1913, on the unimproved capital value of all rateable lands in this municipality as proposed and passed , at a meeting of the Council held on the 14th of January instant, and subsequently notified in accordance with the requirements of section 142 of the local government act, 1906-7-8, and to consider votes of appropriation for the current year.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved:-

” that this Council to now make and levy a general rate of the government from 2-3/4d (Twopence three farthings) in the pound (£) for the year ending 31 Dec 1913, on the unimproved capital value of all rateable lands in the municipality to provide sufficient money to defray all its probable and reasonable expenses in carrying out during the year of several purposes in respect of which it is authorised, directed, were obliged by the act, ordinances and regulations to expend or apply the funds of the area.’

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Votes of the Appropriation.

‘ that the sum of £1410 be now appropriated from the general fund for general purposes administrative expenses.’

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

“that the sum of £10,433 be now appropriated from general Fund Public Works.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and Carried.

“That the sum of £2104 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Health administration.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

“That the sum of £3554 be now appropriated from General Fund for Public Services.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and Carried.

” That £185 be now appropriated from General And Municipal Property.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and Carried.

There Being No Further Business the Meeting Terminated.

Confirmed at Ordinary Meeting of the Council Held at the Town Hall, Newtown on Tuesday 11th of February 1913

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor

W. G. salmon, Town Clerk


Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (special meeting) (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Monday the third day of February 1913, at 7.45 o’clock p.m.

Present

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Lawler, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith, Edwards and Bamfield.

Apology

an Apology Was Received from Alderman Clegg for Absence on Account of an Injury to His Foot.

BUSINESS

In Pursuant of Notice Given.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) Moved:-

“That the Rate of 2-3/4d. (Twopence Three Farthings) in the Pound (£) on the Unimproved Capital value of all Rateable Lands in the municipality, made and passed by Resolution of this Council at a duly constituted Meeting held this day, be and the same Is hereby confirmed, and that the Mayor and Clerk be authorised, when the Rates have Been written up in the Rate Books, to attach the Common Seal of the Council to sign the Rate Books .”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards 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 11 Feb 1913.

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor

W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk


Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (special meeting) (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Monday the third day of February 1913 at 8:00 p.m.

Present

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

Apology

an apology was received from Alderman Clegg for absence on account of an injury to his foot.

BUSINESS

The Mayor said the business of the meeting was to elect the Mayor for the period beginning 1 Mar 1913 and invited nominations in writing.

Alderman Edwards nominated Alderman W. H. Lawler.

Alderman Macready nominated Alderman Frank Bamfield.

Alderman Lawler thanked Alderman Edwards for his kindness in nominating him, but did not desire to be a candidate for this year, and therefore declined the nomination.

His worship the Mayor asked whether there were any further nominations for the first, second and third time of asking, and as there were none forthcoming declared the nominations closed and declared Alderman Frank Bamfield duly elected without opposition Mayor of the municipality of Newtown for the period beginning 1 Mar 1913, and congratulated Alderman Bamfield on his election by the unanimous vote of the Council to the honourable position of Mayor of the municipality. He trusted the year would be a successful and pleasant one to him, and any assistance he could give to make it so would be most willingly given.

Aldermen Lewis, Morgan, Macready and Turtle also offered their congratulations and the Mayor elect Alderman Bamfield had a suitably responded the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town hall Newtown on Tuesday 11 Feb 1913

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor

W. G. Salmon Town Clerk


Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 11th day of February 1913, at 7.30 o’clock p.m.

Present

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

Apologies

apologies were received from Alderman Turtle and Clegg.

The minutes of the previous ordinary meeting and three Special meetings were read confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Lawler.

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from Alderman William Taylor returning thanks for his election as a member on the board of fire commissioners for New South Wales.

Received.

Letter from sub Inspector McCrimmon intimating that the police would be instructed to assist in enforcing the provisions of ordinance 30 (21 and 23).

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and the sub Inspector thanked for his prompt attention to this matter. Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

Letter from municipality of Randwick asking cooperation in an endeavour to overcome the difficulty in obtaining extensions of water and sewerage services.

It was stated that a further sum of money had been placed at the Board’s disposal to overcome this difficulty and the letter was received.

Letter from J. J. Cohen forwarding a copy of the annual report of the Hospital Saturday fund and asking permission to make the usual annual collection in the municipality of Newtown on Saturday 3 May 1913.

Received and permission as desired granted on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Morgan.

Letter from Mrs L. Lawler making application to hang a cross blind to protect the window from the sun at her premises 446 King St., Newtown.

Received and the matter left in the hands of this Council’s Inspector.

Letter from S. Norris intimating that he had unwittingly committed a breach of ordinance 70 by erecting certain additions to 103 Regent St., Newtown.

Resolved at the letter be received and the matter referred to the Works committee for investigation and report.

Letter from J. A. Smith making application to use the wall of his building situated at the corner of Crescent and Station streets, Newtown, for advertising purposes.

Resolved at the letter be received and the application refused.

Mr E. Thorne submitted a plan of land at the corner of Wilson Street and Erskineville Road which he desired to be accepted for public use, it having been used by the public for many years past. His worship the Mayor intimated that he had instructed the Council’s surveyor Mr S. B. Madsen to check the plan in question, and his report was to hand certifying to the correctness of the plan, and that the land shown appear on was as used by the public.

It was resolved that the plan in question the signed by the town clerk, certifying that the land shown thereon and marked blue has been used as portion of the public thoroughfares of Wilson Street and Erskineville Road for some years past.

Letter from C. D. King claiming compensation for injuries received through falling over a drain cover.

Received and liability disclaimed as the drain in question is not the property of the Council.

REPORTS

The Finance committee submitted the usual monthly report as contained on folios 133-4 of the Finance book and 91 of the special report book which discloses that the following accounts had been examined:- accounts paid under votes of appropriation and now submitted for confirmation 861:13:3, accounts now submitted for payment 721:14: 11.

It was further reported that the matter of applications for renewal of hoarding licences have been considered by the committee and after consideration of the whole question the committee recommended that the renewals of existing hoarding licences as applied for by Messrs Hollander and Govett and I. Roff be granted and any proposal to remove existing hoarding be deferred pending the passing of the amended local government act which proposes to give councils more complete control over hoardings.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Bamfield seconded by Alderman Edwards that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, and the accounts as submitted be confirmed approved and paid.

The monthly financial statement was received and ordered to be laid upon the table.

The overseer of Works submitted his report of Works completed or in progress.

Received.

The sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folio 14 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received and the application mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved:-

That subject to the provisions of local government Ordinance number 68 a right of burial, or permit for interment, shall not be issued for any allotment within 125 yd. from the external boundary of any cemetery within the Municipality of Newtown.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

That subject to the provisions of local government Ordinance number 68 a right of burial, or permit for interment, shall not be issued for any allotment within 100 yd. from any building within the Municipality of Newtown.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

That in accordance with the provisions of Ordinance one (64) five standing committees be now appointed as follows:-

Finance committee.

Works committee.

Specification committee.

Lighting committee.

Health committee.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried

The election of committees for the ensuing term was then proceeded with and resulted as follows:-

His worship the Mayor, Chairman of all committees.

FINANCE COMMITTEE

Alderman W. Rigg, Alderman W. H. Lawler, Alderman H. T. Morgan, Alderman C. H. Turtle.

WORKS COMMITTEE

Alderman R. Elstub, Alderman W. H. Lawler, Alderman T. D. Cousins, Alderman H. T. Macready.

SPECIFICATION COMMITTEE

Alderman R. Elstub, Alderman W. H. Lawler, Alderman T. D. Cousins, Alderman H. T. Macready.

LIGHTING COMMITTEE

Alderman W. Edwards, Alderman H. T. Macready, Alderman W. L. Smith, Alderman W. C. Clegg.

HEALTH COMMITTEE

Alderman R. Elstub, Alderman W. H. Lawler, Alderman T. D. Cousins, Alderman H. T. Macready.

Questions without notice

Aldermen Lewis asked what was the nature offence for which a summons had been issued as mentioned in the sanitary inspector’s report.

It was intimated that the summons was for a breach of Ordinance 30 (21) setting up a basket for sale of goods in a public place.

Alderman Lawler asked that the kerbing and guttering be completed in Darley Lane, and at the rear of Stewart’s property King Street, also that the top dressing of the wood blocks from Bligh Street to the railway bridge the proceeded with.

The Mayor said he would give these matters his attention.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday the 25th February 1913.

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor

W. G. Salmon, town clerk


Minutes of the Meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 25th day of February 1913 at 7.30 o’clock p.m.

Present

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Alderman Clegg, Turtle, Lawler, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Smith and Bamfield.

Apologies

Apologies were received from Aldermen Edwards and Macready who were both out of town.

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

Correspondence

Letter from the clerk of Petty Sessions notifying that the Appeal Court for the hearing of appeals against Council’s assessment will be held at the courthouse Newtown on 18 Mar 1913 at 11 am.

Received.

Letter from J. W. Buik asking permission for the Enmore citizens band to play on the Newtown Bridge once a month .

Received and permission granted on the motion of Alderman Clegg seconded by Alderman Lawler

Letter from J. J. Dunn making application to exhibit a sign on his premises number 506 King St. Newtown.

Received and referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from H.Cohen making application for a bridge entrance to his premises number 40 MissendenRoad.

Received and referred to the works committee for report.

The consideration of letters re land secured for theL’Avenue playground, and also retaking of Poll for additional powers section 109 (nine) was deferred pending reading of Mayoral minutes on these matters.

Application from M. Richmond asking council’s approval of plan and specification of additions to number 226 Enmore Rd.

Received and referred to works committee for report.

Letter from J. Watson making application for annual leave of absence.

Received and left in the Mayor’s hand for attention on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Elstub.

Petition from the E. Welland, W. Cox and 11 others was received asking for the abatement of nuisance at stables in Hordern Street.

Received and referred to the works committee for report.

Minute by his worship the Mayor on the recreation reserve L’Avenue and intimating that land with a frontage of 227 ft. 9- 1/4 inches to L’Avenue Road by a depth through to the children’s playground had been secured by the government for dedication to this Council on condition that the Council paid 1/4 of the cost namely £569: 8:7, and recommending that the Member of Parliament for Newtown be requested to obtain from the government a formal dedication to the Council of this land for recreation purposes.

It was resolved that the Minute of His Worship re L’Avenue recreation reserve be received and adopted.

The letter from the Undersecretary Department of Lands was then submitted, intimating that the purchase of lots of 33 to 36 L’Avenue estate, Newtown for Park purposes had been completed and asking that one fourth of this amount £569:8:7 be paid as arranged.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the money paid upon the formal dedication of the land to the Council.

A minute was submitted by his worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) re the acquisition of a town Hall, and intimated that the Minister for Works has consented to assist to the Council in every possible way in its efforts to acquire a premises known as St George’s Hall as a town Hall and municipal building for the Municipality of Newtown and recommending that the necessary steps be taken for the purpose of resuming said hall and that in the meantime arrangements be made for a poll of ratepayers to be taken under the provisions of section 110 of the local government act to acquire the powers set forth in paragraph nine of section 109 of the local government act, and recommending that the day for taking such poll of ratepayers be Saturday the 29th day of March 1913. The Minister further dealt with the relative merits of the scheme for securing St George’s Hall as compared with other schemes submitted, and expressed the opinion that if the Council are still desirous of providing a building worthy of the important municipality of Newtown, no better place than St George’s Hall could be decided upon.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved That the mayoral minute re the acquisition of a town Hall as now submitted be received and adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler.

Alderman Morgan moved as an amendment that that portion of the Mayor’s minute referring to the resumption of St George’s Hall be deleted.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and lost.

The original motion was then submitted and declared carried.

Alderman Turtle asked that his name be recorded as dissenting from the original motion and his request was granted.

The letter from the director-general of public Works was then submitted covering Governor’s order directing that a poll be taken on the question whether the powers of paragraph 9 of section 109 of the local government act shall be conferred upon this Council and forwarding forms of poll papers.

It was resolved that the communications be received and the day appointed for taking the poll of ratepayers as directed by his Excellency the Governor be the 29th day of March 1913.

REPORTS

The report of the Overseer of Works of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight and re plans and specifications of buildings was received. It was resolved that the plans be submitted to the works committee for consideration and report.

The report of the Sanitary Inspector as contained on folio 15 of the sanitary inspector’s report book was received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 5 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Lawler moved:-

“that it be referred to the works committee to report upon the advisability of fixing the kerb and guttering in Gibbes Street (where required) and tar paving of footpath on north side at an estimated cost of 27.”

Seconded by Alderman Cousins and carried.

Alderman Cousins moved:-

“that it be referred to the works committee to report upon the advisability of repairing the carriageway in Gibbes Street with blue metal, tarred metal to be used where required and say eight trees planted in the carriageway at an estimated total cost of £58.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

“That it be referred to the lighting committee to report upon the advisability of erecting an additional lamp in Norfolk Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

Alderman Clegg tendered his resignation as a member of the lighting committee which was accepted with regret, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Lawler seconded by Alderman Morgan that Alderman Cousins be a member of the lighting committee in lieu of Alderman Clegg.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Alderman Morgan drew attention to the inadvisability of using white metal where blue metal could be procured as the extra life of the blue metal could make it ultimately cheaper than white metal.

On the motion of Alderman Lawler seconded by Alderman Turtle it was resolved that the letter be sent to the Water and Sewerage board and the Council’s representative thereon, calling attention to the nuisance caused by the rusty and offensive nature of the water from the Board’s mains within this municipality.

Alderman Morgan suggested that when the main road is being dressed with tar sections of the road should be shut off from traffic so as to allow the coating of tar to set.

His Worship the Mayor said these matters would receive his attention.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday the 11th of March 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor

W. G. Salmon Town Clerk

 


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