Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 10th day of March, 1914, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

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

MINUTES.
The minutes of the two previous meetings were read, and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Edwards, seconded by Alderman Lawler.

The following candidates for the position of municipal representatives on the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage were present, and addressed the Council in support of their candidature:- Alderman Henley, Drummoyne, Alderman Hastings, Leichhardt, Alderman Vincent, Erskineville, Alderman Baker, Randwick. Questions bearing upon water and sewerage matters were asked of the various candidates and answered and a vote of thanks for their attendance and address was in each case carried unanimously.

As Alderman Clegg had another important meeting to attend that evening, he then asked permission to move the notice of motion standing in his name. Permission having been granted, Alderman Clegg moved:- that it be referred to the Finance committee to report to the Council as to the probable cost of fitting up L’avenue Park as a kindergarten playground, and to make inquiries as to whether the Minister for Education, would furnish a teacher and buildings in the event of the park being so fitted up. Seconded by Alderman Morgan pro forma, and carried.

Alderman Clegg moved:- that the following work authorised for O’Connell ward and the vote of money therefor, which lapsed on 31 Jan 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six be now revoted , viz:- repairing and tar paving the carriageway of Wilson Street, £1241. Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Clegg explained the important nature of the meeting, which made it imperative for him to leave the Council, and Alderman Turtle moved, in view of the call of the whole Council made that evening, that the apology the Alderman Clegg, be deemed satisfactory and accepted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Turtle drew attention to the presence of Alderman Wheatly of the Petersham Council, and pleasure was expressed at his visit. Alderman Wheatly returned thanks.

Alderman Lawler asked permission to move the notice of motion standing in his name as he had another important engagement. Permission having been granted, Alderman Lawler moved:- that Alice Street be repaired, when necessary, and top dressed, and the footpath repaired, at a probable cost of £40. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Lawler moved:- that letter be sent to the railway commissioners, and the Alexandria Council, asking them to cooperate with this Council in wood blocking King Street, from the portion already wood blocked to May Street.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

On account of the call of the whole Council of Alderman Morgan moved, that the apology of Alderman Lawler for non-attendance be deemed satisfactory and accepted. Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Cousins are asked that the order of the day be considered next, and the Council being agreeable, his worship the Mayor submitted the matter for which call of the whole Council had been made, viz- consideration of the following recommendation made by the Works committee:-

Application for remodelling of the shop windows at number 283 King St.. Your committee find that the existing windows seriously encroach upon the Council’s footpath, and recommend that the application for any alteration to the portion erected over the path be refused.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the Works committee’s report re this matter as contained in 7.f. of the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and the recommendation the carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

After discussion, the motion was submitted and declared carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Enmore parents and citizens association, asking cooperation in an endeavour to induce the government to resume a larger area for school purposes in the Enmore Superior Public School. Alderman Morgan moved, but the letter be received, and cooperation as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Letter from Resch’s Ltd, agreeing to pay their share of the cost of tar paving at Carlisle Castle hotel. Received.

Letter from the Newtown District Ambulance & Transport Brigade, asking permission to take their annual Street collection on the 27th and 28 instant. Alderman Edwards moved, but the letter be received, and the request granted. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried. It was further decided to request the applicants to forward a copy of their balance sheet.

Letter from T. Parnell, asking that the electric light be shaded in front of his premises 26 Enmore Rd. Received, and referred to the lighting committee for report.

Letter from J. Taylor, expressing satisfaction at the Council’s action in connection with the Newtown Cemetery. Received.

Letter from the Secretary for Railways, intimating that the crossing at John Street and Edgeware Road, and obstructing stone on St Peter’s Bridge have been attended to. Received.

Letter from R. Hollis, Esq, M. L. A, thanking the Council for the cooperation in the matter of the Newtown Cemetery and improvements to Newtown Superior Public School. Received

Further letter from R. Hollis Esq, M. L. A, intimating that the deputation re the Newtown Cemetery, would wait upon the Chief Secretary on Friday 13th inst at 11-30 a.m.. Received and the members of the Council to be notified.

Further letter from R. Hollis Esq, M. L. A, thanking the Council for their courtesy in endorsing the arrangements he had made for his constituency during his holiday, and acknowledging the Council’s good wishes for himself and Mrs Hollis. Received.

Further letter from R. Hollis Esq, M. L. A, intimating that the papers re the dedication of land at L’avenue, known as Hollis Park, for recreation purposes, had been laid upon the table of the House, and in due course the necessary dedication would be made. Received.

Letter from the director-general, Department of public Works, re unprotected waterholes within the municipality, was received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Local Government Association, covering a copy of the claims of the municipal employees union, and asking for an expression of opinion in regard thereto. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this Council is in favour of allowing the union to apply to the court for the new award as provided by law.

Letter from the Manager, State Quarries, asking for a refund of the tender deposit. Received and referred to the Finance committee for report.

Letter from the Rockdale Council, asking cooperation in a deputation to the Minister for public Works, to endeavour to secure the extension of the Cooks River tram to Brighton- le-Sands. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Letter from A. Webster, asking permission to use the Eliza St footpath full width for a building hoarding during erection of the new Oxford hotel. Received and request complied with.

Letter from F. Flanagan, asking for the free use of the town Hall for the holding of a smoke concert to wish, bon voyage to R. Hollis, Esq, M. L. A. It was resolved that the letter be received and the writer informed that as the Council has decided by special resolution not to allow the free use of the town Hall for this class of entertainment, it was regretted that the application must be refused.

Letters from Alderman E. M. Clark and J. Kemp, advocating their claims for the position of municipal representatives on the water and sewerage board. Received.

The application from J. Watson, Inspector, for annual holiday leave. Received and left in the Mayor’s hands for attention.

Letter from the Board of Health covering 30 Samples of milk. In two cases a warning was considered necessary. Received.

REPORTS.

His worship, the Mayor submitted a report of the deputation, which waited upon the Minister for Public Instruction on Monday 9 Mar 1914 at 10 a.m., to ask that the present school buildings at the Newtown Superior Public School be converted into a trade school or technical College, and that land be resumed from the Congregational Church to Norfolk Street and bounded by King and White House streets, an area a little over 2 acres, estimated value £13,200 for public school purposes. An alternative suggestion was made, that the land be resumed from the portion already resumed for public school purposes, and known as Eggleton’s Paddock to Angel Street, an area of about 2 acres, estimated cost of resumption £4500, and on the site selected, modern and properly equipped school buildings be erected Mr Carmichael, in reply said, that he did not feel justified in “scrapping” the present school buildings, which were not suited for a trade school, and erecting new buildings at a cost of £10,000 or £12,000 on a site to cost say, £13,000. An investigation was being made by Mr Nangle, with a view to securing a suitable site for a trade school building, this would probably be in the vicinity of the Enmore terminus, and on this site when secured, it was proposed to erect a building suitable for a trade school. On the Norfolk street site known as Eggleton’s paddock, it was proposed to erect an infant school at a cost of £6000 to accommodate say, 400 infants. This was all that he could promise to do at present.

The report was received.

The Overseer of Works, submitted his report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight. The report was received and it was decided to write to the Secretary for Railways re charges for demurrage.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report as contained on folios 49 and 50 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book was received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph two granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That the sum of £1215 be now appropriated from the general fund for general purposes administrative expenses. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That the sum of £12,171 be now appropriated from the general fund for public Works. Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That the sum of £3493 be now appropriated from the general fund for public services. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That the sum of £1514 be now appropriated from the general fund for health administration. Seconded by Alderman Cousins and carried.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That the sum of £785 be now appropriated from the general fund for municipal property. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:-

That the following Works authorised for Enmore Ward, and the votes of money therefor which elapsed on 31 Jan 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six, be now revoted, viz:-

Simmons Street, top dress within 100 yd. of Enmore Road £11:10:0 Crescent Street, top dress within 100 yd. of Enmore Road £8: 5:0 Holt St, top dress within 100 yd. of King Street £8: 5:0 Short Street, top dressed with tar £2:15:0

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:-

That it be referred to to the Works committee to report upon the best means and probable cost of placing Alice Avenue in a proper state of repair. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

That it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of tar paving Australia Street from Albemarle Street, to Bishopsgate Street. Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved that the carriageways in the following lanes in Kingston Ward be top dressed with prepared tar and Nepean sand:-

(a) Lands Lane, estimated cost £17:10:0 (b) Brooks Lane, estimated cost £11:10:0 (c) Belmore Lane, estimated cost £11:10:0 (d) Fitzroy Lane, estimated cost £13:10:0 (e) Gipps Lane, estimated cost £11:10:0 (f) Oxford Lane, estimated cost £6:10:0 (g) Turtle Lane, estimated cost £4: 0:0

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Szarka moved:- that the carriageway in Belmore Street be re-metalled and top dressed at an estimated cost of £230. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Szarka moved:- that it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the best means and probable cost of putting the lanes in Thurnby Estate in a proper state of repair. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated,

Confirmed that an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown,

On Tuesday, 24th day of March, 1914.

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 24th day of March, 1914, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

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

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Smith, who was detained through ill-health, and from Alderman Cousins.

Alderman Turtle moved that the apologies be received, and a letter be sent to Alderman Smith, expressing this council’s regret at the cause of his absence, and the hope that he would soon be restored to his usual health. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

The Newtown District Ambulance and Transport Brigade forwarded a copy of their balance sheet, which was received and laid upon the table.

Letter from John Day, goods manager, Government Railways, expressing regret at the delay in the delivery of metal and intimating that the charge made for demurrage, £3:10:0, would be waived.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer thanked for his action in the matter.

Letter from the St Peter’s Council, calling attention to danger caused by excessive blasting at the Newtown brickworks.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the Council’s officers for attention.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, intimating that he is in communication with the Minister for public instruction, with regard to the need for additional accommodation at the Enmore Superior Public School. Received.

Letter from the clerk of Petty Sessions, intimating that the Appeal Court in connection with the assessments of the Council of the municipality of Newtown, will be held at the Courthouse, Australia Street, on Tuesday, 21st day of April at 10 AM. Received.

Letter from ex-Alderman Macready, thanking Council for their kind letter of appreciation. Received.

Letters from C. Willis, and R. Reid, both of Camden Street, and also from Mrs W. Bond, Mrs A. Sim and, H. Walsh, Mrs Wilson, and 20 other residents of Gladstone Street, complaining of the damage done to their premises through the stormwaters, and asking for compensation.

It was resolved that the letters be received, and the writers informed, that this council, sincerely regret the loss and inconvenience caused by the flooding of these low-lying areas during the recent wet weather, and while no responsibility can be accepted by this council for the damage caused by the phenomenal and excessively heavy downpour of rain, the matter will be carefully investigated by this council’s Works committee and brought under the note of the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, to see if anything can be done to the board’s stormwater sewers, to obviate a recurrence of the flooding.

It was further resolved that the whole matter be referred to this council’s Works committee for investigation and report.

Letter from Mrs A. Harrison, calling attention to the damage done to her property number 16 and 18 Fulham St Newtown by the recent heavy storms, and suggesting that the gratings be enlarged, so as to take off the water more quickly. It was resolved that the letter be received and referred to this council’s Works committee for report.

Letter from the Tyree Spray Co, offering to give a demonstration of the economical manner in which roads and paths can be sprayed by their invention. It was decided on the recommendation of the Works committee, to invite Messrs Tyree and Tyree to give a demonstration on one of the streets of Newtown.

Application from Mrs P. Kirby and some, for permission to affix a sign at their branch premises number 191 King St Newtown. It was resolved that the application be received and permission granted, to place the firm’s name in the following positions:- (1) on the front window. (2) on the station of the awning, parallel to King St. (3) on the wall at entrance to shop at the right hand side. (4), the Works to be completed in accordance with this council’s regulations governing signs.

Application from A. K. Hatte, for permission to erect a sign along the balcony railings in front of the arcade. It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works committee that the application be received and permission refused.

REPORTS.

His worship, the Mayor submitted a report of the deputation, which waited upon the Chief Secretary on Friday, 13th March, 1914, to request the government to resume the Newtown Cemetery area, properly drain it, and hand it over to the Newtown Council as a park.

In reply to the representations made by the members of the deputation, the Chief Secretary, Mr Cann, said that the deputation had his sympathy, there were 17,823 buried in the old Cemetery, he was glad the deputation had not asked for the removal of the bodies, for in the case of the Devonshire Street Cemetery, the cost had averaged £20 per body. He would not give consent to any further burials in the Newtown Cemetery, and would have a report furnished to see what could be done to reasonably meet the request of the deputation.

The report was received and adopted on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Lawler.

In connection with this matter, Alderman Elstub mentioned, that a further burial had taken place in the Newtown Cemetery on Friday, 20th inst.

Alderman Pritchard moved, that in view of the very definite and welcome promises made by the Chief Secretary, “that no further burials would be permitted in the Cemetery”, the matter mentioned by Alderman Elstub be brought under the notice of the Chief Secretary, and an inquiry made, as to why his decision and directions in this matter had been disregarded. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

The Finance Committee submitted the usual monthly report as contained on Folio 104 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid under the votes of appropriation since last meeting and amounting to £447:6:7 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening amounting to £1469:15:3 be paid.

Total payments from general fund since last meeting £1917:1:10.

The monthly statement was also submitted in accordance with regulation six, which disclosed a credit balance to date of £2304:1:11

It was further recommended, that the Mayor’s action in purchasing a new piano for the town Hall at prime cost of £45 be endorsed, and the amount be now voted and paid from the general fund.

With reference to the application from the manager of that State Metal Quarries, asking for a refund of the tender deposit. £10 the committee recommended, that the application be refused.

Alderman Turtle 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 Pritchard and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works committee held 19th March, 1914, as contained on Folio 4/6 of the Works committee’s reports, and embodying recommendations 1 to 13.

Alderman Clegg moved, that the Works committee’s report, with the exception of paragraph six referring to the Thurnby estate, be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

A discussion ensued as to the Works to be carried out on the Thurnby estate, and Alderman Morgan moved that the matter be referred to the Finance committee to make a full inquiries as to the amount paid to carry out the work of forming, paving, etc., the lanes of the Thurnby estate, and the terms on which the money was received. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

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 and specifications referred to therein be referred to the Works committee for report.

The Sanitary Inspector, submitted his report as contained on Folio 53 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received, and the application is made in paragraph to be granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Szarka moved:- that it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability of breaking up and renewing tar paved footpath in Cavendish Street, South side, at an estimated cost of £30. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:- that the Works committee report upon the advisability of renewing the kerb and tar paving the footpath on the western side of Cambridge street, from Enmore Road to Cavendish Street at a probable cost of £20. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-
that the resolution of the Council passed 13th January, 1914, fixing charges for letting of Town Hall and offices be, and the same is hereby, rescinded. The notice of motion was also signed by Alderman Elstub and Cousins. Alderman Elstub seconded the motion. Alderman Morgan moved as an amendment, that the further consideration of the matter stand over for three months. Seconded by Alderman Lewis and lost.

The original motion was then submitted and declared carried. Alderman Pritchard moved:- that the charges for the Town Hall and offices be as follows:-

Town Hall, 7-30 to 10 p.m. £0:17:6 Town Hall, 7-30 to 11 p.m. £1: 2:6 Town Hall, 7-30 to 12 PM £1: 5:6 Ordinary Lodge meetings, 7-30 to 10 p.m. £0:10:0 Monthly special Masonic Lodge meetings, special room to be set aside for Lodge appointments, etc, £4:10:0 per quarter. 15% reduction if the Hall is engaged for 3 or more consecutive meetings. 25% reduction for charitable entertainments. Vestibule for committee meetings, 8 to 10 p.m. £0:5:0 All payments to be made in advance. Offices:- Front office, 10/- Rear office, 7/6 2/6 extra for each office for electric light.

Alderman Lewis moved, as an amendment, that the whole matter of charges be referred to the Finance Committee for investigation and report. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and lost.

Alderman Clegg moved, that the various charges be considered Seriatum. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

The charges were then fixed by resolution of the Council as follows:-

Town Hall, 7-30 to 10-30 p.m. £1:0:0 Town Hall, 7-30 to 11 p.m., £1:2:6 Town Hall, 7-30 to 12 PM £1:5:0 Ordinary Lodge meetings 7-30 to 10 p.m., £0:10:0 Monthly special Masonic Lodge meetings, special room to be set aside for Lodge appointments, per quarter, for one meeting night each month. per quarter, £4:10:0 Extra emergency meetings, £0:10:0 per night. 15% reduction of full rates if the Hall is engaged for 3 or more consecutive meetings on consecutive dates. 25% reduction of full rates for charitable entertainments. Vestibule for committee meetings 8 to 10 p.m. 5/-

on this item, Alderman Morgan moved an amendment, that the vestibule be not let. Seconded by Alderman Lewis.
The voting being against the amendment and division was called for, which resulted as follows:-

For the amendment, Alderman Morgan and Alderman Lewis.

Against the amendment,His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Clegg, Szarka, Elstub, Pritchard, Edwards, Turtle, and Lawler.

The amendment was declared lost on division, and the original motion, that the vestibule for committee meetings from 8-10 p.m. be 5/- was then carried.

All payments to be made in advance.

Offices:- Front office, 10 shillings per week. Rear office 7/6 per week. 2/6 extra per week for each office for electric light.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Alderman Edwards drew attention to the ashes washing into council’s gutters from the pickle factory, Alice Street, and also the need for repairs to the footpath, opposite the Town Hall hotel.

His worship the Mayor said he would have these matters 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 seventh day of April 1914.

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


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