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

PRESENT

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

Apologies

Apologies were received from Alderman Morgan, Clegg and Elstub.

Minutes

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

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from the Town Clerk Sydney intimating that the kerbing and guttering in the Boundary Lane would be carried out as early as possible.

It was resolved that the letter be received.

Letter from the Inspector General of Police intimating that Constable E. E. McCrohon favourably mentioned by this Council in connection with the arrest of a burglar in O’Connell Street Newtown has had a favorable entry made on his record sheet.

It was resolved that the letter be received.

Letter from T. C. J. Foster Secretary of the Newtown Cemetery Trustees asking that the trustees be afforded an opportunity of being heard before the Council in opposition to the resolution is carried re Cemetery.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Lewis seconded by Alderman Rigg that the letter be received and the request complied with.

Letter from the Erskineville Council asking that this Council join in necessary repairs to the Erskineville Road from the Erskineville boundary to Union Street, and the matter be treated as an urgent one.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Lawler the seconded by Alderman Edwards that the letter be received and Erskineville Council informed that this Council has pleasure in agreeing to the request.

Letter from E. A. Coates asking for reconsideration of his application for ordering the Council’s drain adjoining his premises in Pemell Street.

It was resolved that the letter be received.

Letter from J. Fernon intimating that his wife had fallen on the Phillip Street footpath on the 26th ultimo and asking for compensation.

It was resolved that the letter be received.

Letter from that Health Department covering report from the Government Analyst on 14 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct.

It was resolved that the letter be received.

Letter from Messrs. Szarka Bros asking permission to erect a canvas awning similar to the one there before at premises known as Brennan’s National Amphitheatre King Street for a period of two weeks.

It was resolved that the application be received and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands.

Letter from C. Ritchie asking permission to repaint the existing hoarding advertisement Starkey ‘s Ginger Beer on the Gable wall of Rogers Town Hall Hotel.

It was resolved that the application be received and granted subject to the Inspector’s approval and payment of fee.

Letter from J. T. Staples asking for permission to remove stables to rear of 94 Regent St..

It was resolved that the application be received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from E. Lindsay Thompson, architect, intimating that cantilever awnings would be substituted at the Carlisle Castle Hotel, Albemarle and Regent Streets in lieu of balconies shown on plan.

Received

Letter from the Director General of Public Works covering a copy of an amendment to regulation 4(25) which provides that candidates under 21 years of age may sit for an examination for Town Clerk, Auditor, Engineer or Overseer of Works.

Received.

Application from C.R. Ogden for the erection of a new workshop at number 1 Wilson St..

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Application from J. T. Staples for approval of plan of two cottages in Regent Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee submitted the usual monthly report as set forth on folios 142-143 of the Finance Book and 94 of the special Report book which recommended that accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £683: 7:8

be confirmed, and accounts submitted amounting to £397:11:5

be paid. Total payments from General Fund since last meeting £1080:19:1

See Finance Book portfolios 142-143.

It was also recommended in accordance with clause two of regulation six that the sum of £209 be voted from the General Fund to carry out the following works:-

Hordern Street re-metal from King to Prospect Streets £80:0:0

King Street relay and repair wood blocks east of BucknellStreet £25:0:0

Laura Street breakup and tarpave on south side from Commodore Street to EdgewareRoad, and relay where necessary and tarpave, portion at western end of Edgeware Road £30:0:0

Eliza Street, Tarpave footpath from May’s cottages to School of Arts £9:0:0

Wells Street, lay a strip of tarred metal 2 ft. wide about 337 yd. long on North side from Commodore Street and adjoining gutter stones £15:0:0

Liberty Street tar paint carriageway £50:0:0:

Total £209:0:0

The matter of the appointment of auditors in accordance with the requirements of regulation 7 to audit the books of account for half years ending 30th June and 31st December was considered and it was recommended that Messrs W. H. Cadogan and Company be appointed auditors for the said periods at a remuneration of £15 for each half yearly audit.

Alderman Turtle moved: that the Finance Committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the recommendations re the appointment of auditors and the voting of £209 from the General fund for certain Works be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

The Monthly Financial Statement under Regulation 6 was received and laid upon the table.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) as chairman of Works submitted a report of the meetings held on Monday 26th and Thursday 29th May as contained on folios 246-248 of the Works’s report Book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Rigg seconded by Alderman Smith that the 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 22 of the report book and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted, the applications mentioned in paragraph two approved in the authority asked for in paragraphs five and six granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Lawler moved:-

” that it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability of substituting an open crossing for the present pipe crossing at the intersection of Whitehorse and Norton streets.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability of renewing sections of the footpaths in Union,Gowrie and Munni streets.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Macready moved:-

“that it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the best means and probable cost of placing the carriageway of Edgeware Road, northern end, in a proper state of repair.”

Seconded by Alderman wreak and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

Alderman Macready moved: That are letter be sent to Mrs N. Bullen of number 7 Metropolitan Rd., expressing this council’s deepest sympathy in the sad bereavement caused by the death of her husband the late James Bullen, an old resident of the district who was so highly esteemed by all who knew him.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Alderman Lawler asked that a further letter be sent inquiring re the entrances to the St Peter’s railway station.

Alderman Edwards asked that letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners asking that the wood blocks be replaced where removed at the corner of King and Lord streets.

Alderman Lewis asked that the fence at L’Avenue playground be made secure to prevent danger from horses.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) said he would give these matters his attention.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 17 Jun 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 17th day of June 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, Edwards and Rigg.

Minutes

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

Alderman Turtle asked permission to move: That a letter under the Corporate Seal of the Council the sent to the widow of the late ex-Alderman George Foster Crozier expressive of council’s deepest and most sincere sympathy in her recent sad bereavement. Alderman Turtle spoke of the many excellent qualities of the deceased gentleman, and the keen interest he displayed in all matters affecting the welfare of the municipality of Newtown.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried unanimously.

CORRESPONDENCE

Letter from C. J. Tozer, St Paul’s College, expressing appreciation of the pleasant relationship which existed between the Council and the members of the ground committee of the University Oval in connection with the recent jubilee celebrations.

Received.

Letter from the Annandale Council asking cooperation in a movement to secure united opposition to the unified Greater Sydney bill to be prepared for submission to Parliament and all parliamentary representatives together with the mayors of municipalities to be invited to attend a conference.

Received

Letter from the Glebe Council asking cooperation in petitioning the parliamentary representatives and members of the legislative Council to oppose any scheme for united Greater Sydney until such time as the suburban property owners and electors have been enabled to record their votes in regard to the matter.

Alderman Rigg moved that the letter be received and cooperation granted. Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

Letter from the Secretary Enmore and Newtown Citizens brass band asking for financial assistance.

Alderman Clegg moved that the application be received and referred to the Finance committee for favorable consideration.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

Letter from the Chief Secretary intimating that with certain alterations to the staircase at the rear of the Hall the exits will be considered sufficient, provided the attendance at of the public is restricted to 300 persons at any one time.

Received.

Letter from A.R. Abbott asking for the disused vehicle entrances to be turned up, the footpath repaired around the theatre, and Alton lane tarpaved .

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that the application re kerb and footpath be granted, and the matter of tarpaving Alton lane stand over for further consideration.

Letter from P. Godfrey complaining of nuisance by leaves falling from Moreton Bay fig tree on property adjoining and asking for advice in the matter.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the writer referred to his solicitor, as the matter is one in which the Council cannot interfere.

Letter from Messrs Hartley and Coffill asking for a connection into this council’s stormwater channel to intercept stormwaters at the foot of Waterloo Street.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works committee that the application be granted provided the applicants pay for the cost of the work.

Letter from the Erskineville Council intimating that their officer would confer with the officer of this council relative to carrying out the necessary repairs to Erskineville Road.

Received.

Letter from the Secretary for Railways intimating that the clock on the railway bridge is to be removed to a position inside the depot yard, as the provision of a clock for public requirements is not considered a matter for the Railway Department.

Resolved that the letter be received and the Chief Commissioner asked to give the matter further consideration.

Letter from A.J. Burke intimating that he had fallen in Brown Street and asking for compensation, also suggesting that an additional light be placed in Brown Street.

Resolved that the letter be received and the writer informed that while regretting the accident, the Council cannot accept any responsibility in regard thereto, but will refer the suggestion re-extra light to this council’s Lighting Committee for report.

Letter from M. Wells, Manager of the American Novelty and Advertising company, offering to rent a portion of the Council’s premises to erect an electric change colour sign.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that the letter be received and the writer requested to send plan and specification of the structure for further consideration by the Works Committee.

Letter from W. May asking permission to erect a structure on council’s premises.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the writer be asked to send plan and specification of the structure he proposes to erect, so that the matter may be fully considered by the Works Committee.

Application from F. Foot, junior clerk, for increase of salary.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report.

Communication per favour of R.Hollis Esq M. L. A. intimating that land at L’Avenuein the area 1 rood 39-3/4 perches has been dedicated to the Council as a public park to be known as Hollis Park and the Newtown Council appointed trustees.

It was resolved that the communication be received, R.Hollis Esq M. L. A. thanked for his attention to this matter, and to inquire re the dedication of the balance of the land at the corner of Wilson and Fitzroy streets.

Application from Mrs. L. Lawler asking permission to remove blinds from 446 King St. to number 434 King St..

It was resolved that the application be received and granted subject to full compliance with this council’s requirements relating to the erection of blinds over the footway.

Application from C. Burling for council’s approval of plan and specification of house in Lord Street.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Application from Mrs M. Webster for council’s approval of plan and specification of Oxford hotel.

Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

At this juncture his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) introduced Messrs T. C. Foster and A. E. Allen representing the trustees of the Cemetery situated in Church Street Newtown, who were present to address the Council in opposition to the resolutions passed by the Council on 11 February 1913 under the provisions of the local government act and Ordinance number 68 “the regulation of the interment of the dead.”

Mr Foster reviewed the history of the Cemetery which was closed by Act of Parliament in the year 1867 and contended that it was neither a public nor a private Cemetery within the meaning of the Ordinance but a disused Cemetery and out of the purview of the act. Further that it was governed by a special act of Parliament which could not be repealed by any general act. He said no burial right as defined by the Ordinance had been issued since the year 1868 and the ground which was used as the Cemetery was the property of the Church of England. No burial was permitted without first obtaining the necessary authorities under the provisions of act 31 Victoria No. 2, the powers therein vested in the Colonial Secretary were now carried out by the Department of Public Health, who had first to be satisfied that such burial would not be injurious to health. In answer to questions asked by Alderman Clegg Mr Foster said that during the past two years about 12 or 14 burials had taken place, the trustees had taken such steps to improve the Cemetery as their limited funds would permit, but they regretted they had not been able to do all they desired as the ground was 13 acres in area and the income was limited.

Mr Allen endorsed what had been said by his cotrustees and argued that the space though not a park was still a lung in this congested area, and as he had many relatives buried there he trusted the ground would not be interfered with.

Alderman Reed moved: That Mr Foster and Mr Allen the thanked for laying their views before the Council, and that they be informed in due course of the ultimate decision arrived at in the matter.

The motion was seconded by his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) who said as representatives of the people they must safeguard the health of the many residents in the municipality living in close proximity to the Cemetery.

The motion was carried unanimously and the trustees in replying thanked the Council for their very courteous reception and attentive hearing.

His worship the Mayor submitted a minute intimating that the city council desired to change the name of Bligh Street between the city of Sydney and Newtown, as they had a Street of a similar name in the heart of the city, he suggested that the name off Royal Road would be acceptable to the Newtown Council in lieu of Bligh Street.

After discussion it was decided that it was not advisable to alter the name and the minute was withdrawn.

REPORTS

His worship the Mayor as chairman of the Works committee submitted a report of meeting held on Monday 16th instant as contained on folios 249-251 of the Works Committee report book. Alderman Reed moved that the report of the Works Committee be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards 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 23-24 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Rigg.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler that the report be received and adopted, the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted, permission given to serve notices as asked for in paragraph four, and Mrs Speare thanked for her kindness in accommodating the council with a refuse depot.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

” that the matter of Valuation and compiling of Lists of Electors for the ensuing Triennial period be referred to the Finance Committee for report.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

“That the lighting of Bligh Street the referred to the Lighting Committee for report.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Cousins moved:-

“That the carriageway at Erskineville Road from their Erskineville boundary to Union Street be placed in repair at a probable cost of £150, Erskineville Council to pay one half the cost.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned.

By Alderman Lawler asking that the Works committee inspection public school land and Smith’s land in N. Oak St. with a view to the widening of the Street and awkward corner.

Aldermen Lewis asked that the Inspector’s attention be brought to stray horses in the vicinity of the children’s playground, L’Avenue.

Alderman Reed asked that the lighting committee at their next meeting inspect various lamps, the light from which was obscured by adjacent telegraph or telephone poles.

Alderman Macready moved a letter under the corporate seal of the Council be forwarded to W. H. Pritchard expressing appreciation of the excellent medals which were struck by him commemorative of the jubilee of this municipality.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 1 Jul 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

W. G. Salmon, Town clerk.

 


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