Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, the third day of November, 1914, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield), and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Szarka, Bloom, Elstub, Morgan, Lawler, Pritchard, Smith and Edwards.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Secretary, United Charities Fund, intimating that the date of collection has been postponed. Received.

Letter from the Railway Department, intimating that the electric lights on the St Peter’s bridge are in a cluster and work in series with one another and in the case of one being out the whole cluster would go out. Received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

Letter from the Secretary, Association for Relief of Travelling Stock, asking if this Council will be the first to inaugurate a series of public meetings, to further appeal for the better handling of stock in transit. Received.

Letter from the Manager, Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, calling attention to a proposed amendment, in the electric lighting act, which will give the City Council power to extend its mains through this municipality, for the purpose of supplying boroughs beyond its boundaries. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for consideration and report.

Letter from Messrs Hutchinson and Co, Ltd, asking if this Council will furnish reasons for the refusal to renew the licence for the advertising hoarding in Speares paddock after 31st December next. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for investigation and report.

Letter from the Marrickville Council, intimating that sum of £360, has been voted for the purpose of carrying out the Marrickville Council’s portion of the necessary repairs to Edgeware Road, it being understood that a like sum would be spent by the Newtown Council, and further intimating that it is agreed that the Newtown Council should carry out the work, under the joint supervision of the respective overseers.

Letter from the Inspector General of police, acknowledging Council’s letter, expressing approval of the action taken by the police authorities in preventing the German band from playing within the municipality of Newtown during the war crisis.

Letter from the Chief Secretary’s office, suggesting the advisability of withdrawing permit issued by this Council to J.W. Riding to collect and superintendend the collection of moneys on behalf of the Belgian relief fund. Received and to be considered in committee of the whole.

Letter from the Local Government Association, intimating that the date of the annual conference has been fixed for 24th November, 1914. Received.

Letter from the Mayoress (Mrs Frank Bamfield), covering tickets of admission to an entertainment at the Victoria Theatre, Erskineville Road, on behalf of the Newtown cot in the Royal Alexandra hospital for children. The communication was received and cooperation as desired granted.

Application from Messrs. G. and T. Wolf, submitting an amended plan of shop alterations at 276 King St Newtown. Received and to be considered in conjunction with the Works committee’s report.

His worship, the Mayor submitted a letter received by him from Mr I. N. Blake, one of the soldiers on active service with the first Australian Imperial Naval and Military expeditionary force, giving an account of their experiences in Rabaul, New Britain.

The letter, which was of an interesting nature, was received and Aldermen Turtle moved that this Council place on record its high appreciation of the excellent work being done by our Newtown boys on active service in the present war. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried unanimously.

A petition was received from Mrs.A.E. Layt, J. Layt and 44 others, asking that the necessary work be carried out in Alice Avenue. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and left in the Mayor’s hands to have the work, which has been passed, carried out as early as possible. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works Committee, held 2 Nov 1914, as contained on Folio 15 of the Works committee’s report book and embodying recommendations one to seven.

It was resolved that recommendations one to four and six inclusive be received and adopted and carried into effect and that portion of item number five, dealing with the necessity for electric fans in the town Hall be referred back to the committee for further consideration and definite information as to cost.

An application by Messrs. G. and T. Wolf for approval of a revised plan of alterations to shop window at 276 King St Newtown was considered, in conjunction with item number seven of the Works committee’s report. It was moved by Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Clegg, that the Works committee’s recommendation, as contained in item number seven be received and adopted, and the amendment plan now submitted approved.

Amendment moved by Alderman Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Morgan, that the recommendation of the Works committee as contained in item number seven be received and adopted, and the amended plan now submitted be referred to the Works committee for consideration and report. The voting being in favour of the amendment, it was then submitted as a substantive motion, and was declared carried.

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 75 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 5. In addition, a letter was submitted by the Sanitary Inspector, asking to Council’s authority, under the provisions of the public health act, to serve a notice on the owner of property numbers 32 to 34 Gibbs St., Newtown, to put said property into a sanitary state of repair.

Alderman Clegg moved, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, the application mentioned in paragraph 2 granted, and the authority asked for in the sanitary inspector’s letter be given. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

That it be referred to the Finance Committee, to report upon the advisability and probable cost of carrying out the service for the removal of garbage and gutter cleansing for the whole of the municipality, under the arrangements now existing in the Enmore and Kingston wards. Seconded by Alderman Clegg.
Amendment moved by Alderman Edwards, seconded by Alderman Lawler, that this matter be referred to the Works committee for investigation and report. The amendment was lost, and a substantive motion was then submitted, and declared carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report upon the advisability of:- (a) the rearranging or increasing of lights in Macintosh and Regent lanes. (b), the advisability of providing increased lights in Oxford Street, between Albemarle and Mary streets. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS.

Under this heading Alderman Bloom referred to the necessity for a continuous ringing of the bells on the garbage carts.

Alderman Bloom also drew attention to the inconvenience caused, through the St Peter’s trams running from the St Peter’s bridge to the Newtown railway bridge, without stopping at the ordinary stops, and asked the matter be brought under the notice of the commissioner of the railways.

His worship the Mayor said he would have these matters attended to.

The council was then resolved into a committee of the whole, to consider a letter received from the Chief Secretary’s Department, re J. W. Riding.

On resuming Council, it was reported that while in committee of the whole, a letter from the Chief Secretary’s Department, re collection of moneys, on behalf of the Belgian relief fund, by J. W. Riding, was considered, and it was recommended that this matter be referred to the Finance committee for investigation and report. Alderman Edwards moved, that the committee’s report be received and adopted, 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, 17th day of November, 1914.

Signed, Frank Bamfield, Mayor.
W. G. Salmon, Town Clark


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the council chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 17th day of November, 1914, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Turtle, Szarka, Bloom, Elstub, Morgan, Lawler, Lewis, Pritchard and Smith.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Clegg and Edwards.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Ashfield Council, re proposed amendment in the city of Sydney, electric lighting act to prevent councils from withholding consent to the fixing of underground or overhead cables, within their areas, for supplying boroughs beyond, and asking that this council cooperate in opposing same. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and this council cooperate in opposing the measure. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association, calling attention to the approaching termination of the municipal wages award in the County of Cumberland, and intimating that he will immediately advise this council when any definite action in regard thereto comes to his knowledge. Received.

Acknowledgement from the Tramway Department, re Council’s letter as to trams not stopping between the St Peter’s and Newtown railway bridges at the ordinary stopping places. Received.

Letter from the Public health Department, covering nine samples of milk, and advising a prosecution in the case of Sample number 265. The Town Clerk reported, that under instructions from his worship the Mayor, legal proceedings had been instituted against the vendor of Sample number 265. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the Mayor’s action in regard thereto endorsed. Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

Letter from the Manager, Bank of Australasia, Newtown, advising that from 17th instant the interest of the Council’s loan will be at the rate of 5 1/2 percent per annum, with a similar set off on the Council’s credit balances. Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and referred to the Finance committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

Application from R. S. Young, (Overseer of Works) for annual holiday leave, was received and left in the Mayor’s hands for attention.

Application from J. Campbell for approval of alterations to No.109 Enmore Rd., Newtown, for L. McDonnell was received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted their usual monthly report as contained on Folio 111/12 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That Accounts paid out of its appropriation since last meeting

amounting to £476:16:0 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening, amounting to £855:12:0 be paid. Total payments from general fund since last meeting, £1332:8:0

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £3268:13:1.

It was recommended in accordance with clause 2 of regulation 6 a sum of £812:11:3 be voted from the general fund to carry out the following Works:-

Australia Street, repair and top dress, where necessary from Albemarle to Bishopsgate streets. £155:0:0 Edgeware Road, repair carriage way 24 ft. wide, from Harrow Road to Illawarra railway line £365:0:0 Linthorpe Street at intersection with Brown Street, kerb, gutter, and pave footpath, £20:0:0 Margaret Street, eastern side of Ferndale Street, tarpave carriageway £40:0:0 Eliza Street, near King Street, tarpave carriageway five chains from King Street, £200:0:0 May Street, trachyte crossing backed up with tarred metal, £32:11:3 £812:11:3

In a matter of the letter received from the Undersecretary, re the advisability of withdrawing a permit issued to collect moneys on the main road on behalf of the children’s relief fund, it was recommended, that further consideration of the matter be deferred till the next meeting when the committee will again report.

A letter from Messrs Hutchinson and Co was also considered, asking Council’s reasons for refusing to renew a hoarding licence in Speares paddock, after 31st December next, and it was recommended, that in view of the proposed amendment in the local government act, which gives councils more complete control over hoardings and bill posters, that the application for the renewal of hoarding licences be reconsidered by the Council, when they are submitted in the ordinary way.

A letter from the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd re proposed amendment in the City of Sydney electric lighting act, which stipulates that no borough shall withhold its consent to the city council laying electric cables within its boundaries, for the purpose of supplying municipalities beyond.

The committee recommended, as the proposed amendment would seriously interfere with this council’s present arrangements for the supply of electric light, and would also prove derogatory to the Council’s powers, under the Local Government Act, the members of Parliament for this area be requested to vigorously oppose the proposed amendment, when it is submitted for their consideration.

In a matter of the advisability and probable cost of carrying out the service for the removal of garbage and gutter cleansing, the whole of the municipality, under the arrangements now existing in the Enmore and Kingston wards, the committee recommended, that tenders for the removal of garbage be called as usual, and the whole matter be considered when the tender are before the Council.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Lawler, as chairman of the Works committee, submitted a report of the meeting held 16 Nov 1914, as contained on Folio 18 of the Works committee’s report book, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Pritchard, that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect.

His worship the Mayor, as chairman of the lighting committee, submitted a report of the meeting held twelfths November 1914, as contained on Folio 17 of the committee’s reports, had Alderman Psycho moved, but the committee’s report be received and adopted, is recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Prichard 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 Folio 76 of the Sanitary Inspectors report book, and it was resolved, that the report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That the Specification Committee be and is hereby instructed to prepare specifications for the annual contracts for the year beginning 1st January, 1915. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried

Alderman Lawler moved for Alderman Edwards:-

That the carriageway of Edgeware Road (a boundary Road) be placed in repair, from Sarah Street to the railway line, at a probable total cost of £730, each Council concerned to pay a moiety of the cost (£365), as arranged with the Marrickville Council. Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS.

Under this heading Alderman Morgan moved:-

That a letter be sent to the Sydney Steel company, asking if they are prepared to make a contribution towards the cost of keeping the roads adjacent to their Works in repair as the traffic of their heavy vehicles over the carriageway is the cause of great expense to this council. Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

His worship the Mayor reported that he had, in company with Alderman Morgan, attended a meeting called at the Petersham town Hall, to further consider improvements to Liberty street. The meeting was called for Wednesday, 11 instant, but there was no attendance of either Petersham or Sydney delegates. The town clerk, Petersham, intimated that he was in receipt of the communication from the Sydney Council to the effect, that while they approved of the proposed alterations, they were not prepared to contribute any portion of the cost. Under these circumstances, and as a delegates did not put in an appearance, it was thought, the matter might stand over pending the further developments of the Greater Sydney scheme. The report was received, and the Mayor and Alderman Morgan and Turtle thanked for their efforts in connection with this matter.

Alderman Turtle drew attention to the danger caused by posts being left in the gutters by Balmain Electric Light Corporation, and asked that letter be sent to the Corporation calling their attention to this matter.

Alderman Lewis moved:-

That a letter of condolence be sent to the relatives of the late R. T. Bellamy, who was a one-time Mayor of this municipality. Alderman Morgan in seconding the motion, referred to the good work done by Mr Bellamy, during his term of office in this council. The motion was carried.

His worship the Mayor expressed sympathy with Alderman Bloom, who since the last meeting, suffered a sad bereavement through the death of his brother-in-law. Alderman Bloom thanked the Mayor and his brother Aldermen for their kind expression of sympathy.

Alderman Morgan moved:-

A letter be sent to the secretary of the Australian Gaslight Co, bringing under his notice the poor quality of gas, which is at present being supplied in the metropolitan area. Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed and ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, first day of December, 1914.

Signed, Frank Bamfield, Mayor.
W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.


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