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

PRESENT

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

An apology was received from Alderman Clegg.

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

His worship the Mayor welcomed Alderman Edwards after his holiday in the country. Alderman Edwards thanked the Mayor and Aldermen for their kind welcome.

The returning officer’s declaration re poll of ratepayers for additional powers was submitted as contained on Folio 27 of this minute book and received on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Rigg.

CORRESPONDENCE

Letters acknowledging the Council’s sympathy were received from Mrs Marcus Clark and Mrs C. D. Pearson.

Letter from R. Hollis MLA covering communication from the Minister for education intimating that provided the necessary undertakings are entered into, the land in Wilson Street, now occupied as a playground will be dedicated to the Newtown Council.

Alderman Rigg moved: that a letter be received and Mr Hollis written to intimating that the Council are prepared to enter into the necessary undertakings to use a portion of land as an open space for children.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Letter from the Glebe Council asking cooperation in an endeavour to have the members of a convention re Greater Sydney elected by a vote of the electors of the municipalities concerned.

Alderman Rigg moved that the letter be received and cooperation as desired granted.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Letter from the Secretary for Railways intimating that the Chief Commissioner is now prepared to bear the cost of replacing the carriageway of Lord Street in repair.

Received.

Letter from International Socialist party, Newtown branch, asking permission to collect money to protest the Federal constituent of Cook at the forthcoming elections.

Received and consideration deferred till next meeting.

Letter from the Gospel and Invalids Mission asking permission to hold financial meeting on the Newtown Bridge on Friday evenings.

Received and consideration deferred till next meeting.

Letter from the Perpetual Trustee Company intimating that they have land at Wollongong suitable for a blue metal quarry.

Received.

Letter from the Young Australia league inviting the attendance of the Mayor and aldermen to the public meeting to be held in the town Hall, Sydney, on Monday 21st April at 4 p.m..

Received.

Letter from E.A. Coates re storm water drainage in Pemell Street.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from Mrs Pawley asking that the name of Laura Street be altered to Medway Street.

Received and the writer to be informed the council regret they cannot comply with a request.

Letter from the Band Master Newtown Brass Band covering Program of Public performances by the band in Newtown for the period ending 25th September 1913.

Received and program accepted.

Letter from the Civil Ambulance Brigade asking permission to place a calico sign on the Rugby Hotel for a period of two weeks advertising their Moonlight excursion.

Received and permission granted.

Also asking for the use of a room at the Town Hall to hold First Aid Classes on one night in each week for a period of six or seven weeks.

Received and the application granted.

Letter from Messrs. Abel & co. asking for a Bridge entrance to their premises in Angel Street in lieu of the present open crossing.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from Mrs M. Webster asking if the Council are prepared to offer compensation in the event of her new building being erected inside the building line so as to be in line with the adjoining buildings.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from H. J. Fitness making application for approval of plan of motor garage in Edgeware Lane.

Received and plan approved.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee submitted the usual monthly report as contained on folios 138-139 of the Finance Book and 92-93 of the Special Report Book which disclosed that the following Accounts had been examined:-

Accounts paid under votes of appropriations since last meeting amounting to 1449:7:3

Accounts submitted for payment amounting to 547:4:0 which were recommended for confirmation and payment.

Also sum of 630 Interest paid from the Permanent Improvement LoanFund.

It was further reported that the letter from Newtown Brass Band asking that the Subsidy this year be retained at 100 had been considered and the committee recommended that the writer be informed that the sum of 100 was paid last year under the special circumstance of the Jubilee Celebrations and the amount of Subsidy for 1913 will be 50 as provided for in the Estimates.

A matter of the renewal of the Council’s loan was also considered and a the committee recommended: That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government had acted and Regulation 3 made thereunder, application be made in the prescribed form under the Corporate Seal of the Council for the approval of the Governor to borrow the sum of £36,000 to repay a similar amount which was lawfully borrowed on 1 Oct 1898 for the term of 15 years for permanent improvements within the Municipality of Newtown, and that a sum equal to 2 1/2 % the gross amount of the loan viz. £900 per annum be set aside from the General Fund commencing in a 1914 to repay the loan for which approval is now asked, any amount unpaid when the loan falls due to be met by a further loan. The Finance Committee in the meantime to make all necessary enquiries as to the best terms and methods of raising the proposed loan.

Alderman Turtle Moved: Finance Committee’s Report be received and adopted, the accounts as submitted approved, confirmed and paid, and the recommendations re subsidy to Newtown Brass Band, and with reference to the renewal of this Council’s loan of £36,000 be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

The monthly financial statement under regulation 6 was received and ordered to be laid upon the table.

The Works Committee submitted their report as contained on folios 235-236 of the Report Book.

Alderman Rigg moved: That the Works Committee’s Report be received and adopted and the recommendations carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The Lighting Committee submitted a report as contained on folios 237 of the report book.

Alderman Morgan moved: That the report be received and amended by eliminating that portion recommending a new light in Alice Avenue, and the recommendation re new turn in Eliza Street be referred back to the lighting committee for further consideration.

Amendment moved by Alderman Edwards seconded by Alderman Elstub: that the report be received and adopted.

The amendment was declared carried on the following division:-

Ayes: His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Edwards, Elstub Macready, Lawler, Rigg and Cousins.

Noes: Alderman Morgan, Turtle, Lewis and Smith

The amendment was then submitted as a substantive motion and Alderman Turtle moved further amendment: that the Report be referred back to the Lighting Committee for further consideration.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis.

The voting being in favour of the amendment it was submitted as the substantive motion and declared carried.

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 18 of the report book was received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Lawler moved:-

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability of wood blocking the carriageway in King Street from St Peter’s Bridge to May St., at an estimated cost of £1170.”

Seconded by Alderman Cousins and carried.

” That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the best means of repairing and renovating the Town Hall and offices with power to obtain any expert advice deemed necessary.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

“That the Members of Parliament for the district be requested to arrange, introduce, and support a deputation from this Council to the Minister for Public Instruction for the purpose of urging the establishment and equipment of a Technical High School for Newtown.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Under this heading the following matters where mentioned:-

By Alderman Lawler:-

Calling attention to the inefficiency of the electric light by stoppages etc recently and asking that a letter expressing dissatisfaction be sent to the Managing Director.

His Worship the Mayor said he would have the letter forwarded.

By Alderman Turtle:-

Calling attention to the need of repairs to Bennett Street off Queen Street.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 22 Apr 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 22nd day of April 1913, at 7.30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT

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

An apology was received from Alderman Rigg.

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

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from the Newtown Socialist League was again submitted for consideration asking for permission to collect subscriptions at their public meetings to enable them to contest the Federal constituency of Cook at the forthcoming elections.

Alderman Turtle moved that the application be received and the request granted to 24/5/13.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Letter from the Gospel and Invalids Mission asking for permission to hold financial meetings on the Newtown Bridge on Friday evenings between the hours of 8 and 9:30 p.m. in aid of the invalids and needy.

Alderman Morgan moved: That the application be received and request granted subject to the recommendation of the Mayor, that permission be of a temporary nature so that it may be withdrawn by the Council at any time.

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

Letter from Public Health than Department covering 18 samples of milk or all of which were found to be correct.

Received.

Letter from R. Hollis M. L.A covering letter from the Hon the Minister for Public Instruction intimating that in view of the Council’s undertaking to conserve the interest of the children, arrangements will now be made for the land at the corner of Wilson and Fitzroy streets to be dedicated to the Council.

Received

Letter from F.S. Lindo covering a subscription list of behalf of young men who were instrumental in rescue work at Wanstead on 9th March 1913.

Received and be made available in the office.

Letter from the Public Works Department intimating that the sum of 90 would be allowed towards the cost of repairs to Margaret, Ferndown, Camden and other streets in Newtown when the Newtown-Marrickville stormwater channel was constructed.

Received and the Minister to be thanked his action in the matter and the work carried out.

Letter from J. E. Donahue, Manager of the Balmain Electric Light Co, intimating that it is regretted there has been any cause for complaint with reference to the electric light, and the Company will take such measures as it is hoped will obviate any further cause for complaint.

Received.

Letter from the Woollahra Council asking cooperation in a deputation to the Railway Commissioners to request that 10% reduction be made on the purchase of tram tickets, provided the minimum value of tickets purchased be 2/6.

Received.

Letter from the Railway Commissioners intimating that the necessary repairs will be carried out to Liberty St under the subway when the steelwork is placed in position.

Received.

Letter from the Austral press and Advertising Ltd offering to sell the Council 500 copies paper cover of the Newtown Jubilee Sydney for £20.

Received and the writer to be informed that it is regretted the offer cannot be accepted.

REPORTS

The report re deputation to ask for the establishment and equipment of a Technical High School at Newtown was submitted and disclosed that after the matter had been fully placed before the Under-Secretary (P. Board Esq who received the deputation) by Alderman Rigg and Turtle and Mr D.T. Wylie, Mr board in reply said the Minister had in view a scheme for the establishment of what might be known as Trade Schools which would link up the Primary School life from age of 14 by Junior Technical School 2 years, Trade School 3 years, Technical College 2 years, the student would then be 21 years of age and have completed his apprenticeship. One of these Trade Schools would be established in Newtown, and this he thought would meet all the requirements of the deputation.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved that the report be received and in doing so thanked the members of the deputation for their attendance, and apologised to his unavoidable absence. Alderman Elstub also apologised.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

The Works Committee submitted their report as contained on folios 238-240 of the Works Committee’s Report Book.

Alderman Clegg moved that the Works Committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

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

The Sanitary Expect to submitted his report as contained on folio 19 of the report book and it was resolved that the report be received, the application is mentioned in paragraph two granted, and historically given to serve the notice is mentioned in paragraph three.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

His Worship of the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability of repairing and metalling the carriageway of Bennett Street and probable cost of £56.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Smith and moved:-

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of repairing a light in Mary Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

“But it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of carrying out the following Works:-

(a) remetalling of the carriageway of Australia Street.

(b) remetalling of the carriageway of Federation Road.

(c) Tarmetalling of carriageway of Albemarle Street from Baltic Street to Bedford Street.

(d) Tarmetalling of footpath in Baltic Street (Westside) from Bedford to Albemarle Street.

(e) Tarmetalling of footpath in Albemarle Street (Southside) from Baltic to Bedford Street.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

By Alderman Turtle asking that the works of the Foundry Lane be proceeded with. The Mayor explained that the City Council had been asked to complete the kerb and guttering on their side when the balance of the work would be placed in hand.

By Alderman Turtle calling attention to the need to repairs to certain streets which had been opened up for the laying of pipes, also to the extra width of footpath occupied by hoardings in Australia Street.

By Alderman Edwards drawing attention to the need of repairs to a hole in Pearl Lane, also the Lane between Wells and Dickson streets.

By Alderman Lawler asking when the top dressing of wood and blocks would be completed. The Mayor intimated that the work was being proceeded with as quickly as the bitumen could be obtained. Also that a letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners asking to pay half the cost of the necessary repairs to Lord Street, also that holes be repaired in the John Street crossing.

The Mayor said he would give these matters his attention.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 6 May 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor

W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk

 


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