Minutes of the Meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 11th day of March 1913, at 7. 30 o’clock P. M.

PRESENT

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

Apologies

apologies were received from Aldermen Edwards and Clegg.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) invited his worship the Mayor (Alderman Farr) of St Peter’s and Alderman Lindo of the St Peter’s Council to a seat at the Council table.

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

CORRESPONDENCE

Letters from the Secretary Board of Water Supply and Sewerage and J. G. Griffin Council’s representative thereon acknowledging complaint re rust in the water and intimating that the matter would receive attention.

Received.

Letter from the Secretary Newtown brass band asking that the annual subsidy be retained at 100.

It was resolved that the letter be received and referred to the Finance committee for report.

Letter from J. Weekley re condition of Trade and Peirce Streets.

Resolved that the letter be received and the writer informed that the matter of repairs to Peirce Street has already received attention, and that the condition of Trade Street be referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from F. W. Flaxman asking permission to place a curtain board on the awning of his premises 162 King St., Newtown.

Received and referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from Mrs M. Davis complaining of nuisance said to arise from pickle factory in Alice Street.

Resolved that the letter be received and referred to the inspector for report.

Letter from Alderman C. H. Turtle asking permission to exhibit a calico sign 10 ft. by 3 ft. affixed to the balcony railing at premises No. 12 King St., Newtown.

Alderman Lewis asked what Alderman Turtle proposed to place on the sign.

Alderman Turtle explained that it was to refer to the referendum which was to be taken on the question of a new town Hall.

Alderman Macready moved that the letter be received and the application refused.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis.

Amendment moved by Alderman Morgan and seconded by Alderman Rigg that the letter be received and the application granted subject to the Mayor’s approval of the wording to be placed on the sign.

The amendment was submitted and declared lost.

A division was called for which resulted as follows:-

For the amendment:- Aldermen Morgan, Rigg, Smith and Turtle.

Against the amendment:- Aldermen Macready, Lewis, Lawler, Cousins and Elstub.

The original motion was then submitted and declared carried.

A division was again demanded which resulted as follows:-

For the motion:- Aldermen Macready, Lewis, Lawler, Cousins and Elstub.

Against the motion:- Aldermen Morgan, Rigg, Smith and Turtle.

The motion was declared carried on division.

REPORTS

The Finance committee submitted their usual monthly report as contained on folios 135-7 of the Finance book and number 92 of the special report book which disclosed that the following accounts had been examined:-

Accounts paid under votes of appropriation £716:2:2 which were recommended for confirmation also accounts amounting to £538:9:6 which were recommended for payment.

It was further reported that the remuneration of electoral officers in connection with the poll of ratepayers to be taken on the 29th instant was considered and in accordance with the provisions of Ordinance 7 (8) it was recommended the following remunerations be fixed:-

Returning officer £3:3: 0

Substitute returning officer £1: 11: 6

Presiding officers £1: 11: 6

Poll clerks £1: 1: 0

It was resolved that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted and the accounts as submitted the approved, confirmed and paid. The monthly financial statement was received and ordered to be laid upon the table.

The works committee submitted a report as contained on folios 231-4 of the report book, embodying recommendations 1 to 13.

It was resolved that the recommendations be considered seriatum.

The whole of the recommendations were received and adopted with the exception of No. 9 which recommended “a proportion of the allotment of land which will be occupied by the building or buildings to be erected thereon will be too great, and the design submitted discloses the buildings to have too narrow a frontage to the main road, and before approval can be granted it will be necessary to alter the design so that each shop will have a frontage not less than 15 ft. to the main road, and that the applicant be informed accordingly.”

Alderman Morgan moved as an amendment on this recommendation that the application of W. P. McDonnell be received and approved.

Seconded by Alderman Macready.

The voting being in favour of the amendment it was submitted as a substantive motion, a division was called for which resulted as follows:-

For the motion:- Aldermen Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Turtle, Cousins, Smith,

Against the motion:- Alderman Lawler, Rigg and Elstub.

The motion was declared carried on division.

The overseer of works submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight.

Received

The sanitary inspector submitted his report as contained on Folio 16 of the report book. Resolved that the report be received and adopted in the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 and 4 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Cousins moved:-

” that the footpath in front of Nos.118-140 Lord St. be brick paved at a probable cost of £20.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

Alderman Elstub moved:-

“that it be referred to the lighting committee to report on the advisability of erecting an additional lamp in Eliza Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Alderman Lawler asked at a letter be sent to the railway commissioners calling their attention to the damage done to Lord Street by the extra cartage in connection with the railway improvements, and asking that the expense of the necessary repairs to Lord Street be paid by the railway commissioners.

Alderman Turtle expressed the pleasure which was felt at the visit of the Mayor and Alderman from St Peter’s Council.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed as an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 25 Mar 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 25th day of March 1913, at 7.30 o’clock P. M.

PRESENT

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

APOLOGIES

An apology was received from Alderman Macready, also a telegram from Alderman Edwards who was at Grenfell apologising for his unavoidable absence, and expressing the best wishes to the members of the Council.

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

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from H. Parkinson, senior inspector of schools, asking if the Council had any objection to the closing of a portion of Marion Lane to facilitate the enlarging of the playground at the Enmore superior public school.

Resolved that the letter be received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Newtown district rugby union football club asking for the use of the hall on Tuesday evening 1st April the purpose of holding their annual meeting.

Resolved that the letter be received and request granted.

Letter from A. Williams asking for compensation in connection with damage done to his premises 19 Angel St. during the recent heavy storm.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the water and sewerage board intimating that the discoloration of the water complained of was due to the manipulation of the valves and apologising for the temporary inconvenience caused, the water again being quite clear and sweet.

Received

Letter from public health Department regarding 19 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct.

Received

Letter from the Chief Commissioner for Railways intimating that the Phillip Street subway would be swept out daily and disinfected at least twice a week.

Received

Letter from Civil Ambulance asking permission to exhibit a sign for two weeks at the town hall re midnight excursion on 16/4/1913.

Granted

Application from H. Engel to exhibit a small showcase at 268 King St., Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Application from T. W. Furse, Secretary Australian meat industry employees’ union to exhibit a calico sign at the Rugby Hotel.

Received and refused.

Application from W. H. Bates on behalf of the Liberal Association of New South Wales to erect a sign for two months at the premises of Mr Pratt, chemist, Enmore Road, Newtown.

Received and refused.

VALUERS REPORT

The town clerk and valuer (Mr W. G. Salmon) submitted a report of intimating that an open court the hearing of appeals had been held, 15 assessments were listed and the Council’s values in every case confirmed, and further recommending that in assessment number 1085 Camden board the land be revalued, eliminating the land resumed by the Crown for public school purposes and that the new valuations be:-

Asst. Ward Street owner occupier UCV ICV AAV 1085 Camden Norfolk Mrs P.Eggleton Mr Atkin 120 550 36 1085a ” ” ” Mrs P.Eggleton 120 550 36

Land in Wells Street, assessment number 653a Camden Ward in which, there was an error in the area to revalued as follows:-

Unimproved Capital Value £87 Improved Capital Value £425 Assessed Annual Value £47

That in the case of Crown land in Wilson Street, assessment number 390 O’Connell the Ward, which under the provisions of section 131 of the local government act is exempt from rating the assessment be eliminated from the Council’s books.

Unimproved capital Value £1952 Improved capital Value £2400 Assessed annual Value £136.

In the case of land in L’Avenue Road assessment numbers 538-541 (inclusive) O’Connell Ward being Crown land and exempt from rating under the provisions of section 131 of the local government act, the assessment be eliminated from the Council’s books

total unimproved capital Value £2088 Total improved Cap. Value £2102 Total Assessed Annual Value £92

Alderman Morgan moved that the valuers report be received and adopted, the recommendations contained therein carried into effect, and the necessary alterations be made in the rate books in conformity therewith and duly initialled as prescribed by the local government act and ordinances.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

The Overseer of Works submitted his usual fortnightly report of Works completed or in progress. Received.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report as contained on portfolio 17 of the report book was received and adopted, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 2 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Morgan moved:-

” that it be referred to the Finance committee to consider and report upon:-

(A) the best method and terms of a raising a loan of £36,000 to repay the current loan falling due in October 1913.

(B) the advisability or otherwise of providing a sinking fund in respect of such proposed new loan.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

Alderman Rigg asked the letter be sent to the railway commissioners calling attention to the necessity for repairs to the footpath and kerb and guttering where the railway Works were lately carried out at Liberty Street subway, also alteration of noticeboards.

Alderman Clegg referred in feeling terms to the decease of the late H. Marcus Clark who was at one time an Alderman of this Council, and moved that a letter expressing the Council sympathy be forwarded to the relatives.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Alderman Turtle referred to the decease of Ex Alderman C. T. Pearse, and moved that a letter expressing the Council’s regret be forwarded to the relatives.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

There being no further business and meeting terminated

Confirmed as an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 8 Apr 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield Mayor

W. G. Salmon town clerk


 

RESULT OF POLL OF RATEPAYERS RE TOWN HALL 29:3:13

8th April 1913

To the Mayor and Alderman

of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown

Sir and gentlemen,

I have the honour to report that the poll of the ratepayers of the municipality of Newtown was taken on the 29th day of March 1913 on the following question:-

Are you in favour of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown being granted the right to exercise the following additional powers, viz.,

Local government act Sec.109 (9)

The acquisition or erection and maintenance of the Town Hall or of any municipal building other than those required for office purposes.

The voting at the said Poll was as follows:-

In the affirmative: 79

In the negative: 422

Informal: votes 11

I therefore declare that the question submitted to the Poll has been determined in the negative

A detail of the voting at each polling place is appended signed W. G. Salmon town clerk and returning officer.

Municipality of Newtown

Poll of ratepayers taken 29th of March 1913.

Polling booth. affirmative negative informal Town Hall (Kingston Ward) 27 122 8 494 King St. (Camden Ward) 21 85 0 Dispensary Hall (Enmore Ward) 12 93 2 Methodist school Hall (O’Connell Ward) 13 96 1 Sydney – 103-104 Q.V.markets (all Wards) 6 26 0 Totals: 79 422 11

Month: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12