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

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

Apologies.
An apology was received from Alderman Edwards, who was out of town.

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 Secretary, United Charities Fund, intimating that it has been decided to take up the annual street collection on Saturday, 19th December, and asking this Council’s permission to collect in the streets of this area. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter the received, and permission as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Manager, Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, intimating that fresh arrangements will be made, so as to minimise the danger caused by poles laying in the gutters of this district, for too great a length of time. Received.

Letter from Town Clerk, Annandale, asking cooperation in a deputation to the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, to urge striking of lower water and sewerage rates next year, and thereby avoid paying heavy surplus into the Consolidated revenue. Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and cooperation as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, of the Great Australian Sports Co., asking permission to exhibit calico advertisements on shops on the main road, Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the application refused.

Letter from S. Jordan, asking the Council’s permission to affix the usual Christmas bush decorations on veranda posts on the main road during Christmas week. Alderman Morgan moved, that the application be received, and the writer informed that on account of the danger from fire, it is regretted the application must be refused. Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Letters from R. Hollis, Esq, M. L. A. and T. S. Crawford Esq, M. L.A. rethe City of Sydney, Electric Lighting Amendment Bill and intimating, that they will be pleased to watch the Council’s interest when the deal is before the house. It was resolved that the letter be received and the town clerk furnish any further information required.

Letter from E. J. Doran, Tramway Traffic Superintendent, intimating, that when the traffic is congested, or a running late, and there is a tram immediately following it, it is found necessary to run trams past a few stops, but this is only done on rare occasions when circumstances warranted. Received.

Letter from the Municipality of Manly, asking cooperation in a movement to discountenance the transacting of business with German or Austrian firms, on account of the war. Received and cooperation granted, on the motion of Aldermen Clegg, seconded by Alderman Morgan.

Letter from T. H. Wilkinson, R. S. M., intimating that the Revision Court will be held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Monday, 14 December, at 10 a.m.. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Sydney Steel Co, intimating that they cannot see their way clear to contribute towards the cost of maintaining the carriageway and streets in Newtown, adjacent to their works. Received.

Letter from the Public Health Department, covering 15 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales, intimating that Bankstown and a portion of Warringah had been added to the Sydney fire district group. Received.

Letter from R. P. Donohoe, asking permission on behalf of the Unemployed Workmen’s band to play within the streets of Newtown. Alderman Lewis moved, that the letter be received, and permission granted until further notice. Seconded by Aldermen Clegg and carried.

Letter from G. Turvey, asking permission to exhibit a sign in front of the balcony railings of his premises, Enmore Road and Crescent Street, Newtown. It was resolved on the recommendation of the works committee, that the application be received, and permission refused.

Letter from L. MacDonald, intimating that his premises 109 Enmore Rd., would not be used as a dwelling in future, but only as a picture frame shop and store. Received.

Letter from the Acme Electric Co, intimating that the electric fans, which had been fixed in the town Hall, were of a better class than those tendered for. Received.

Letter from Marcus Clark and Co Ltd, asking permission to paint the words “The Big Store, Newtown” on their awning, Brown Street, Newtown. It was resolved on the recommendation of the works committee that the application be received and permission granted.

Letter from the Secretary, Australian Gas light Co, intimating that the gas supplied within the Municipality of Newtown, is up to standard required, and if there are any definite cases of poor Supply, investigation will be made for local defects causing the poor Supply. Received, on the matter left in the Mayor’s hands for inquiries.

Letter from E. W. warren, claiming £200 compensation on behalf of his client, Mrs Ellen Duruz, 85 years of age, for injuries alleged to have been caused by falling on footpath within the Municipality of Newtown. Alderman Lewis moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed that this Council cannot recognise any liability in regard to the alleged accident. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted a report of the meeting held first December, as contained one folios 112/13 of the Finance committee’s report book, which into a earlier recommended, that the sum of £500, be transferred from the general fund to the reserves and renewals fund, for the equalisation that expenditure, and that the following amount be written off the rate of 40, or ward, as land is now unoccupied Crown land, and under the provisions of section 131 (beat) of the Local Government Act, exempt from taxation.

O’Connell ward, rate number 1451-72/6 Campbell St., Thomas Carney and Annie Rafferty £2:10:0.

Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

His worship the Mayor as chairman of the works committee, submitted a report of the meeting held 30th November, 1914, contained on folio 19.

It was resolved that the report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect, with a slight Amendment in the specifications for general cartage, to provide that any person having a horse and dray suitable for Council’s work, will undertake to drive their own turnout for the full term of the contract, may submit a tender, under section 8, for any portion of the general cartage, but must state the class of work that they are tendering for. The deposit required for this class of tender to be £2, and the deposit required with tender (b) will be £5, to be increased to £20, if the tender is accepted by the Council, on the signing of the contract.

The Town Clerk and Valuer (W. G. Salmon), submitted his report of the valuations for the year 1915, in accordance with the requirements of the local government act, 1906-7-8, and ordinances made thereunder, together with the valuation boooks containing the details of all valuations for the Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell wards, of the Municipality of Newtown, the valuations being as follows:-

WARD Unimproved Improved Assessed Cap Val Cap Val Ann Val Camden ward £265,008 £700,392 £63,685 Enmore ward, £401,110 £1,017,643 £86,383 O’Connell ward, £484,174 £1,039,694 £83,999 Kingston ward £264,562 £568,142 £43,383 Totals 1915 £1,414,854 £3,325,871 £277,450 Totals 1914 £1,383,237 £3,223,904 £272,049 Increase £31,617 £101,967 £5,401

Estimates of rate limits as required by clause 22 of ordinance five, were also submitted, as follows:-

Part No. 1. Limit the general rate and additional general rates, taken together.

The unimproved capital value of all rateable land in the Municipality as valued by me is sum of – £1,414,854.

The assessed annual value of all rateable land in the Municipality as valued by me is sum of £277,450.

2d.in the pound on the unimproved capital value would yield £11,790:9:0

1/6 in the pound on the assessed annual value would yield £20,808:15:0

The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy general and additional general rates is therefore, the sum of £32,599:4:0

Part No. 2. Limit of all rates (general, additional general, special, local, and loan rates), taken together.

2d.in the pound on the unimproved capital value would yield £11,790:9:0

Two shillings in the pound on the assessed annual value would yield £27 745:0:0

The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy any rates (under the local government act) is therefore, the sum of the £39 535:9:0.

His worship the Mayor moved, that the valuations of all rateable land within the Municipality of Newtown, as set forth in the valuation books for the Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell wards, for the year commencing 1 Jan 1915, be and are hereby received by this Council, as follows:-

UNIMPROVED CAPITAL VALUE £1,414,854.

IMPROVED CAPITAL VALUE, £3,325,871.

ASSESSED ANNUAL VALUE £277 450.

And that the estimate of rate limits be received and laid upon the table. Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The acting overseer of works (W. Goodin) 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 77/8 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, which was received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 4 granted on the motion of Alderman Szarka, seconded by Alderman Pritchard.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Elstub drew attention to the condition of the path on the southern side of Federation Road, and asked for the necessary repairs. His worship, the Mayor said he would have this matter attended to.

There being no further business, the meeting terminated,

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 15th day of December, 1914.

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


Minutes of the meeting of Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 15th day of December, 1914, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies for received from Alderman Lawler and Bloom, both of whom were indisposed.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales, giving details of contributions for the year 1915, for municipalities and shires within the Sydney Fire district, which disclose the amount of Newtown Council to be £794:8:2, an increase of £91:16:3 on the previous year’s contributions. Received.

Letter from W. Taylor, representative of Municipalities in the Sydney Fire district, giving comparisons and costs for the expenditure of the board of Fire Commissioners for the year 1915. Received.

Letter from the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, asking cooperation, with a view to having all water service stop cocks placed inside the building line. Received, and cooperation as desired granted.

Letter from the Chief Gas Examiner, asking for particulars of the deficiency in gas pressure, so that the matter might be investigated by the officers of the Gas Examiner’s Department. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Lewis, seconded by Alderman Morgan, that the letter be received, and the writer asked to make a general test throughout the Municipality of Newtown, by their officers.

Letter from the Redfern Council, asking cooperation in a movement that consumption be proclaimed a notifiable disease. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Letter from the Chief Secretary’s Department, per favour of R.Hollis, Esq, M. L. A., intimating that a grant of £40 has been made to the Mayor of Newtown, for the purpose of providing Christmas cheer to the deserving poor. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Szarka, that the letter be received, Mr Hollis thanked for his kind efforts on behalf of the poor of Newtown, and requested to convey this Council thanks to the Chief Secretary for his kindness in the matter.

Letter from H. Cohen intimating that the building of sheds on his property in Susan Street, was not a wilful breach of the building ordinance, as he was not aware that buildings, other than dwelling houses required to be submitted. Received and referred to the works committee for report.

Application to council’s approval of plan and specification of cottage in Augustus Street, for Mr Dickson, was received and referred to the works committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted their usual monthly report, as contained on folio 113 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid under those appropriations since last meeting

Amounting to £464:12:4 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening amounting to £1158:8:1 be paid. Total payments from the general fund since last meeting £1623:0:5

The monthly financial statement which disclose the credit balance of £1736:13:7 was submitted.

In connection with the letter received from the manager of the Bank of Australasia, Newtown branch, intimating that the rate of interest on the Council’s loan, on and after the 17th November, 1914, will be 5 1/2 percent per annum with a similar set off on all credit balances, the committee recommended that the terms stated in the letter be accepted by this Council for the present.

The estimate of receipts and expenditure for the year 1915 (section 142) were submitted as follows:-

A. The amount of proposed expenditure out of the general fund to which the proceeds of the rate are to be carried.

General purposes administrative expenses £1155:0:0 Public works £13266:0:0 Public services £3545:0:0 Public health, £1544:0:0 Municipal property £350:0:0 Total £19,860:0:0 B. Amount in hand available for such expenditure £1000: 0:0 C. Other revenue likely to be available £1177:0:0 D. Amount required to be raised by rate £17 683:0:0 Total £19,860:0:0 E. Total value of unimproved land £1,414,854:0:0 Improved capital value £3,325,871:0:0 Assessed annual value, £277,450:0:0.

F. The rate proposed to be made and levied is a general rate of three pence in the pound on the unimproved capital value of all rateable land in the Municipality, estimated to yield £17 685:13:6

The committee recommended that the foregoing estimates of receipts and expenditure for the year 1915, be adopted by the Council, and advertised as provided by the Local Government Act and Ordinance. Alderman Morgan moved , that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts be confirmed and paid, and all recommendations contained therein, be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

The Overseer of works, submitted his report as contained on folios 253 of the overseer’s report book and it was resolved that the report be received, and the plan mentioned in paragraph seven approved.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report, as contained on folios 79 to 84 inclusive of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received, registrations 1 to 156 inclusive in paragraph two granted, and the applications for hoarding licences mentioned in paragraph three be referred to the works committee for consideration and report.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

To open and consider tenders for the annual contracts for the period beginning 1st January, 1915. The tenders having been opened in open Council, it was resolved that the tenders be considered in “committee of the whole”, with closed doors. Upon resuming Council, it was reported that while in committee of the whole tenders for the annual contracts had been considered, and the committee now recommended:-

(A) that the tender of A.J. Annabel for general cartage, for three years, at 13/2 per day be accepted, provided the proviso on the tender, dealing with arbitration awards, is deleted therefrom.

(B) that the tender of A. Holmes, for printing and stationery, as per schedule be accepted.

(C) that the tender of W. Woodcock, for the supply of ballast at 5/6 per cubic yard be accepted.

(D.) that the tender of the State Metal Quarries, for blue metal delivered in trucks at the Newtown or St Peter’s railway sidings 2-1/2″ blue metal 7/8 per ton.
1-1/2″ blue metal nine shillings per ton. 3/4″ blue metal and topping 9/3 per ton. be accepted.

(E) that the work of scavenging in all wards be done by this Council under the system now existing in Enmore and Kingston wards.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the report of the committee of the whole Council be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect, under corporate seal. Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS.

Alderman Turtle moved:-
that letter, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Alderman Lawler, expressing this Council’s sincere regret at his illness. Seconded by Alderman Clegg, and carried.

Alderman Lewis mentioned:-
the rumour was current, that a licence for another boxing stadium had been granted in this Municipality, and moved that letter be sent to the Chief Secretary, asking it is likely that any further licences for boxing will be granted for the Municipality the Newtown, without first submitting applications for an expression of opinion by the Council. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

His worship, the Mayor asked for an expression of opinion, as to whether the Council desired to meet on the 29th December, the date of the next Council meeting, and it was decided, as a majority of the Council would be out-of-town during the holidays, that the meeting should lapse.

It being the last meeting before the Christmas holidays, his worship the Mayor took the opportunity of expressing his grateful appreciation of the loyal cooperation of the Alderman during the past year, and his pleasure and pleasant nature of the meetings on all occasions, and concluded by wishing one or very happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

There being no further business the meeting terminated. Confirmed and an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday the 12th day of January 1915.

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