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

PRESENT.

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

APOLOGIES

Apologies were received from Alderman Turtle and Cousins.

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

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from the Cooma Council asking for cooperation in an endeavour to secure the amendment of the Aliens Restriction Act.

Received.

Letter from C.A. de Kantzow asking for repairs to Lane at rear of his property l’Avenue. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Consideration of letters from Hollander and Govett, W. C. Hilton, and Messrs Szarka Bros, were deferred until the consideration of the Works committee’s report.

Letter from the Petersham Council intimating that they are prepared to pay half the cost of tarpainting the carriageway of Liberty Street, if the work is carried out by this Council.

Alderman Rigg moved: that the letter be received andthe work carried out.

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

Letter from W. J. East, asking permission to attach a calico sign to the balcony railings of the Rugby Hotel on the Watkins Street side for the purpose of showing the returns of the Federal elections on the 31st instant.

Received and request refused.

Letter from Messrs Szarka Brothers, asking the Council to refuse any further renewal of the licence of Messrs Roff for the hoarding on their premises Enmore picture show.

Received and the writer to be informed that this matter cannot be dealt with, until the usual application for renewal is made by the licensees.

Letter from A. Williams, 19 Angel St., asking for further consideration of his application for compensation for damage done to furniture and effects during the recent storm.

Received and the writer to be informed the Council cannot alter their previous decision in the matter.

Letter from E. Pearce asking permission to affix calico signs on the balcony of Fay’s Hotel, Enmore Road, and Mr Pratt’s chemist shop, Enmore Road to advertise the candidature of D. Doull.

Received and application refused.

Letter from the Department of the Public Instruction intimating that the land at the corner of Wilson and Fitzroy streets will be vested by the Lands Department in the Newtown Municipal Council as trustees are subject to the condition agreed upon, viz.,the interest of the children to be conserved.

Received.

Application from W. P. McDonnell for permission to erect a temporary room in King Street Newtown as hairdressing saloon during the construction of his new premises.

Received and application granted on the condition that this temporary structure will be entirely removed on or before the first day of October 1913.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee submitted the usual monthly report is contained on folios 140-141 of the Finance book and 93 of the Special Report Book, which recommended that accounts paid under the votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £716:3:11 be confirmed, and accounts now submitted amounting to £554:15:9 be paid.

It was further recommended that the Fixed Deposits to the credit of Reserves and Renewals account amounting to £3090-18-0 which matures on 20 May 1913 be redeposited, £2000 for two years at 4%, and the balance together with all interest accrued for 12 months at 3 1/2%.

Alderman Lawler moved: that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the recommendation re fixed deposit to credit of Reserves and Renewals account be one carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Works Committee submitted the report as contained on folios 241-243 of the Works Committee’s Report Book, and it was resolved that the report be received and items 1 to 12 be adopted, and that the application of Messrs Hollander and Govett of extension of hoarding be refused, the application of Messrs Szarka Brothers to exhibit billboards be refused, and the application of W. C. Hilton, for a blind at 186 Enmore Rd. be granted subject to the usual conditions governing the regulation of blinds.

The Lighting Committee submitted their report as contained on folios 244-245 of the Report Book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Clegg seconded by Alderman Lewis that the Lighting Committee’s Report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect.

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 20 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book, and it was resolved that the report be received and the application mentioned in paragraph two granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) altered his Resolution to read as follows:-

” that it be made an order of the day for the next Ordinary Meeting of the Council to consider matters relative to the Greater Sydney inquiry now being made by Royal Commission.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Macready moved:-

“that this Council by notice in the Government Gazette signifies intention to take control of the Road known as Alice Avenue (intersecting with the north western side of Alice Street) under the provisions of section 73-3 – (c) of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8, and that before the publication of such notice the owners of the land comprising the said Road being notified of this Council’s intention to so take control.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:-

“that the footpath in Eliza Street from May’s cottages to the School of Arts be tarred at an estimated cost of 9.

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:-

“that it be referred to the Works committee to report on the advisability of renewing the gutter stones in Darley Street, North side from John Street easterly, 45 yd. and a strip of tarred metal laid 2 ft. wide adjoining the gutter stones from John Street to King Street, the whole at an estimated cost of £48.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

“That a strip of tarred metal 2 ft. wide be laid adjoining the gutter stones in Wells Street, North side, from Commodore Street westerly, about 337 yd., and estimated cost of £15.”

Seconded by Alderman Law and carried.

Alderman Macready moved for Alderman Cousins:-

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of remetalling the carriageway in Darley Street from King Street to John Street at an estimated cost of £175.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned

Alderman Lewis moved:-

“That a letter expressing this Council’s appreciation of the bravery displayed by Constable McCrohon in O’Connell Street, Newtown on the 26th ultimo, be sent to the Inspector of Police and requesting that the Constable’s action be recognised.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

Alderman Rigg expressed congratulations to his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) Alderman Lewis and the town clerk (Mr W. G. Salmon) on their appointment to the position of Justices of the Peace. Suitable acknowledgements were made.

Alderman Lawler asked that a letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners asking for information re proposed new approaches to the St Peter’s Railway Station.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) then presented to the ex-Mayor Alderman W. Rigg JP on behalf of the members of the Council a handsomely framed illuminated address expressing appreciation of his valuable services as Alderman for the past 23 years, during six of which he occupied the mayoral chair.

The eulogistic remarks of the Mayor were warmly supported by Alderman Morgan, Macready, Lawler, Lewis, Smith, Edwards and Clegg.

Alderman Rigg expressed appreciation of the gift.

His worship the Mayor presented to the Council on behalf of F. C. Miller “Tasma Studios” a handsome framed group of the photos of the Alderman of the Municipality of Newtown as a memento of the Jubilee Year, and moved: That the best thanks of the Council expressing appreciation of the handsome gift and artistic workmanship be forwarded to Mr Miller under Corporate Seal.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg 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 20 May 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield Mayor

W. G. Salmon Town Clerk


Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 20th day of May 1913, at 7.30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT

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

APOLOGIES

Apologies were received from Alderman Turtle and Morgan.

Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from J. Phillips expressing appreciation of the work done in Gibbes street and asking for certain alterations in the lighting.

Received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

Letter from the Railway Commissioners intimating that they cannot see their way clear to pay half the cost of placing the carriageway of Lord Street from King Street to John Street in repair.

Received.

Letter from the Public Works Department forwarding vouchers for 90 being amount granted for repairs to Margaret, Ferndale and Camden streets damaged by the construction of the Newtown-Marrickville stormwater channel.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the documents completed under the Corporate Seal of the Council and returned.

Letter from J. Kirgan (Raper Street) asking for alterations in the lighting, also repairs to lane off Hordern Street.

Received and referred to the Works and Lighting Committees for report.

Letter from H. D. Marshall asking permission to play his gramophone in the Newtown streets once a month.

Received and permission as desired granted for the first Friday in each month.

Letter from the Sydney General Poor Relief Fund re the better organisation of charitable distributions within the Municipality.

Alderman Clegg moved: That the letter be received and his worship the Mayor convene a meeting of the representatives of charitable institutions within the Municipality of Newtown to discuss the matter.

Letter from the public health Department covering 15 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct.

Received.

Letter from J. Lincoln making application to erect a blacksmith’s shop in Australia Street.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Local Government Association with reference to urging the payment of rates by the Commonwealth authorities, and that a certain sum of money be voted by the Commonwealth for the upkeep of national highways.

Alderman Rigg moved: That the letter be received and the support of this Council accorded to the movement.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Letters re Greater Sydney from the Secretary to the Royal Commission and from the Randwick Council was submitted and consideration deferred to a later stage of the evening.

REPORTS

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, and it was resolved that the report be received and the plans mentioned in paragraph six be referred to the Works Committee for report.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folio 21 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book, and it was resolved that the report be received, the application mentioned in paragraph three approved, and the permission asked for in paragraph five and six granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Edwards moved:-

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability of re metalling the carriageway of Lord Street from King Street to John Street at a probable cost of £250.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

“That an additional 60 c.p. Lamp be placed in Alice Street on the northside midway between lamp number 127 And King St.”

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of constructing an extra gully shaft in Angel Street near Abel’s gateway and connected with the stormwater drain at a probable cost of £10, the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and sewerage asked to put in a connection for same.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

Alderman Lawler moved:-

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability of re metalling the carriageway of John Street from Lord Street to Railway gates at an estimated cost of £18.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried

Alderman Rigg moved:-

“That the carriageway in Liberty Street be tar painted at a probable cost of £50, Petersham Council to pay half the cost.”

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY

To consider matters relative to the Greater Sydney inquiry now being made by the Royal Commission.

Letters were read from:-

(A) from the Secretary to the Royal Commission covering a list of subjects referred to the commission and asking the representatives be selected to voice the views of the Newtown Council on the Greater Sydney question before the Royal Commission.

(b) from the Randwick Council asking that the Government be requested to reconsider the matter of the Greater Sydney inquiry with a view to providing adequate suburban representation on the Commission.

His worship the Mayor then opened the discussion on the order of the day and concluded by moving:-

” that as the Local Government act 1906-7-8 makes ample provision under part 4, sections 1 and 3(subject to the approval of the electors concerned) for Councils to unite their respective areas when it is to their mutual advantage so to do, this Council is of the opinion that it is premature to force upon the public at the present juncture the unwelcome and unnecessary scheme called the “Greater Sydney” which a Royal Commission has been appointed to inquire into, and that the proposed scheme of amalgamation be strenuously opposed, as it would be inimical to the progress and economic administration of the Municipality of Newtown.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

The letter from the Royal Commission was then submitted and his worship the Mayor moved:-

“That the letter from the Secretary to the Royal Commission on Greater Sydney be received and Alderman Rigg be and is hereby appointed to represent this Council and give evidence before the commission.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

By Alderman Macready asking that the clock at the railway station be lowered and placed nearer the light so that it could be more easily seen after sunset.

By Alderman Rigg asking that the letter be sent to the Railway Commission is calling their attention to the necessity of carrying out the necessary works along the fence, abutting on to Bedford Street to make the paths secure and safe.

By Alderman Lawler asking the letter be sent to the Contractor for Blue Metal requesting him to carry out the terms of his contract by more promptly supplying blue metal.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 3 Jun 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield mayor.

W. G. Salmon Town Clerk


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