Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the ninth day of September 1913, at 7. 30 o’clock P. M.

Present

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Turtle, Lawler, cousins, Elstub, Morgan, 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 Morgan.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from P. Rooney and A. Field asking that the subway in Phillip Street be more adequately lit.

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

Letter from the Ashfield Council asking to what extent financially and otherwise the Council would be prepared to cooperate in opposing the Watchmen, Caretaker’s and Cleaner’s claims in connection with halls, before the Arbitration Court.

Alderman Lewis moved at the letter be received, seconded by Alderman Morgan.

Amendment moved by Alderman Rigg that the communication be received and cooperation granted, the Council to donate £1:1:0 towards cost.

On being submitted to the voting the amendment was declared lost and the substantive motion was then submitted and declared carried.

Letter from J. Archibald complaining of the damage caused to Council streets by heavy traffic from the Sydney Steel Company’s Works.

Alderman Morgan moved at the letter be received and the writer informed that while in full sympathy with the complainant, it is regretted the Council has no power to prevent damage being done.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

Letter from the Department of Public Works with reference to the new building ordinance 70a.

Received.

Letter from the Newtown Civil Ambulance Brigade asking permission to exhibit three signs in connection with benefit to be tendered by the Trocadero picture palace in aid of their motor ambulance fund.

Received and permission granted for a period of two weeks as recommended by the Works committee.

Further letter asking permission for the band to play a programme of music on 22 Oct 1913.

Received and granted.

Letter from J. Caldwell asking permission to place an electrical advertising cabinet on the balcony of Croad’s Bank hotel.

It was resolved on the recommendations of the Works committee that the application be refused as the proposed cabinet would be an encroachment on the Council’s footpath.

Letter from Messrs Sly and Russell asking for certain information with reference to all properties of the rental of £32 and under.

It was resolved that the letter be received and referred to the town clerk to as far as possible supply the information desired, the town clerk to make his own charge in the matter.

Letter from the Inverell Council complaining of laxity by the executive of the Local Government Association in the matter of bringing industrial claims under the notice of the various councils.

Received.

Letter from C. S. Moorhousen asking permission to erect hoods over the window and door of cottage at 84 Lord St., Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works committee.

Letter from the Enmore and Citizens Band asking for permission to play a programme of music on the Newtown Bridge on Monday evening 22 Sep 1913 and each 4 succeeding Mondays and to take up a subscription of behalf of their uniform fund.

It was resolved that the application be received and permission granted until further notified by the Council.

Letter from F. J. Foot tendering his resignation as junior clerk to the Council as he has been appointed to a position in the Annandale Council.

Alderman Morgan moved that the resignation be accepted and a letter of congratulations under corporate seal be given to Mr Ford and that the appointment of a successor be referred to the Finance committee for report.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the Works committee as contained on folios 264-266 of the Works committee’s report book and it was resolved that the recommendations 1-8 inclusive be received and adopted, and the matter of consideration of the new building ordinance 70a referred to in recommendation 9 be made an order of the day for consideration by the Council at its next meeting.

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 adopted, and plan of cottage in London St referred to the Works committee for report.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 30 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted and applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

To nominate under corporate seal in accordance with the provisions of the local government act and ordinance 14 (10) an elector in respect of the Council’s land as follows:-

Town Hall

Bligh Street

Wells Street .

It was resolved that His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Frank Bamfield JP) be and is hereby nominated under corporate seal to vote in respect of Council’s property as follows:-

O’Connell Ward land Bligh Street

Camden Ward land Wells Street

It was further resolved that the Town Clerk (W. G. Salmon) be and is hereby nominated under corporate seal to vote in respect of Council’s property in Kingston Ward town Hall and land Bedford Street.

Alderman Turtle referred in congratulatory terms to the approaching marriage of Alderman Elstub and moved: “that the hearty congratulations of this Council be tendered to Alderman Elstub on the eve of his approaching wedding with best wishes for his future health, happiness and prosperity.”

The motion was seconded by Alderman Morgan and supported by Alderman Rigg and carried unanimously.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned.

Alderman Lawler moved that a letter be sent to the St Peter’s Council asking if they are prepared to carry out the necessary repairs to May Street.

Alderman Turtle asked that the tar painting be carried out in Regent and Australia streets.

Alderman Edwards asked that the necessary repairs be carried out to the end of Lord St.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting at the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown, on Tuesday 23 Sep 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 23rd day of September 1913, and 7.30 o’clock p.m.

Present.

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

Apologies.

Apologies for unavoidable absence received from Aldermen Rigg, Lawler, Elstub, and Cousins.

Minutes.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from W. May, bandmaster Newtown Brass Band asking for balance of annual subsidy to augment the fund in connection with the proposed visit to the Ballarat championship .

Resolved that the letter be received and request, complied with.

Letter from Department of Public Instruction per favour of R. Hollis Esq MLA, re widening of Norfolk Street.

Received and referred to the committee for report.

Letter from the St Peter’s Council intimating a willingness to confer on repairs to May Street.

Received and left in the Mayor’s hands for attention.

Letter from the Department of Public Health thanking the Council for assistance rendered by the use of the town Hall, Newtown, for vaccination purposes.

Received.

Letter from the Marrickville Council intimating that they were not in a position to incur the expense of repairs to Edgeware Road, but will be pleased to deal with the question in the early part of next year.

Received.

Letter from Ladies Athletic association asking the Council to become vice president of the association.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Lewis that communication be received and request complied with

Letter from the Austral Press and Advertising limited asking permission to erect an advertising sign on the railway buildings, Newtown Bridge.

It was resolved that the application be received and refused and the railway commissioner advised of this Council’s decision in the matter.

Letter from A. Melville inviting the Mayor and Alderman to the reopening ceremony of Newtown Victoria Theatre.

Alderman Turtle moved that the invitation be accepted with thanks, seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted their usual monthly report as contained on folios 97-98 of the report book and three of the warrant book which recommended that accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £492:11:3be confirmed, and accounts submitted amounting to £655:13:7be paid. Total payments from general fund since last meeting £1148:4:10

Also from the permanent improvement loan fund

Repayment of loan principal £36,000: 0:0

Interest £630:0:0

Total repayments from permanent improvement loan fund £36,630:0:0

The monthly financial statement disclosing credit balance £4370 7:1:9 was also submitted.

It was further recommended that the following amounts be written off the rate book in accordance with regulation 6 (50).

Ass. number 390 O’Connell Ward Department Public Instruction arrears of rates £22:7:4

166/1 84 Wilson St. Crown land dedicated for children’s playground arrears of rates £23:1:11

interest 14/7

Ass. no 66 O’C.Ward R. H. W. Stone, 35 Robert St. current rates £18:4 wrongly assessed being within the city of Sydney.

Ass. No 1364 E. Ward E. W. Peelgrave, 40 Simmons St arrears of interests 7:1

amount not recoverable Total £24:7:4

It was reported that the tenders for the leasing of the land adjoining the town Hall had been considered and the committee recommended that the whole matter stand over till the next meeting of the Council.

In a matter of the appointment of clerk in lieu of F.Ford resigned it was recommended (Alderman Turtle dissenting) that applications be invited for the position of typist at a salary of £52 per annum.

Your committee next considered draft bond, mortgage etc in connection with Council’s loan of £36,000 to repay a similar amount of falling due 1 Oct 1913, and now reported that such draft bond and mortgage which have been duly perused and corrected by this Council solicitor’s Messrs J. H. Clayton and Sons, has your committee’s approval and your committee now recommend:-

1. “That this Council contract a loan of £36,000 with the Bank of Australasia for the purpose of repaying an equal sum being amount borrowed in accordance with the provision of the municipalities act 1897 on the Governor’s approval to borrow that amount granted on the 13 Apr 1898 and to secure the total amount of such loan by a bond and mortgage in forms submitted by the bank’s solicitors Messrs Norton Smith and Co.”

2. “That the corporate seal be affixed to such bond and mortgage and that all other formalities and things for the purpose of completing the securities for the said loan be observed and done by the Mayor.”

Each recommendation of the Finance committee was considered Seriatim and was received and Alderman Morgan then moved: ” that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, accounts confirmed and paid and the whole of the recommendations contained therein the carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Works Committee’s report as contained on folios 267-268 of the report book was received and adopted and its recommendations ordered to be carried into effect.

The Overseer of works submitted his usual fortnightly report of works completed or in progress which was received and adopted.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folios 31 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, it was resolved that the report be received and adopted and applications mentioned in paragraph 2 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Edwards moved for Alderman Lawler:-

“that it be referred to the works committee to report upon the advisability of repairing foot paths in King Street South (where required) from Enmore Road to May Street at an estimated cost of £85.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

Consideration of local government ordinance 70a “Regulation of the Erection of Buildings” the works committee’s report in regard thereto.

It was resolved that this matter stand over for consideration till the next ordinary meeting of the Council.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Lewis drew attention to the construction of the Olympia Athletic company’s building King and Fitzroy streets. It was resolved that the whole matter be referred to this Council’s works committee for inspection and report and that a letter be sent to the Colonial Architects department asking if he would cause an inspection to determine whether the building now being erected is sufficiently strong and structurally asking if in their opinion this Council has full control under the provisions of the Local Government Act and Ordinance made thereunder over the erection of theatres and public halls within this area, or whether the ” Theatres and Public Halls Act 1908″ removes the erection of this class of buildings from the jurisdiction of the Council.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 7 Oct 1913.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor.

W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk


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