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

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

APOLOGIES
Apologies were received from Alderman Cousins, Edwards, and Lewis,

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

Alderman Smith expressed thanks to the Council’s kind letter of sympathy during his recent illness.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from J. Gentle, calling attention to the damage done by recent stormwater drains at their brick yards. The Works committee reported, that the damage has not been done by storm waters from this municipality, and the letter was received.

Letter from the Local Government Association, re claim made by the Municipal and Shire Council’s employees, and asking whether this Council desire to avail itself of services of the secretary of the local government association, to represent them before the board. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that the Council did not desire representation.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, intimating that the Minister for Public Instruction was making careful inquiries into the matter of additional accommodation at the Enmore Superior Public School to see if it is possible to meet the wishes of this Council. Received.

Letter from the Tramway Department, intimating that they are able to recommend the woodblocking in the southern end of King St to Main Street, as suggested to this Council. Received

Letter from the Alexandria Council, intimating that it is not prepared to carry out woodblocking of King St to May Street, as suggested by this Council. Received.

Letter from the Chief Secretary’s office, intimating that the Minister has no power to refuse an application made by the owner of an exclusive right of interment in the Newtown cemetery, where such right comes within the meaning of section 1 of Act 31 Victoria number two, unless he is satisfied that such interment would be injurious to health.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Chief Secretary be asked to cause an inspection of the cemetery to be made by the board of health, and a report furnished, as to whether burials therein are insanitary and inimical to public health. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard.

The amendment moved by Alderman Clegg, that the Chief Secretary be requested to introduce an amending act to prevent burials within the Newtown cemetery, on the ground such burials are objectionable owing to the thickly populated area in the neighbourhood of the cemetery. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and lost.
The original motion was then submitted and declared carried.

Letter from the Ministerial Association, asking that Norfolk Street be widened, so as to form a continuation of Holt Street, and a wider approach to Erskineville.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this matter has already received the consideration of the Council, and it has now been referred to this Council’s finance committee for consideration and report.

Letter from Dr Bruce, asking for an additional light in Cambridge street. Received and referred to the lighting committee for report.

Letter from the Andrew Alexander L. O. L., inviting attendance at the annual meeting on Sunday 19th inst. Received and as many as possible to attend.

Letter from the Waterloo Council, intimating that the deputation, re the price of gas, and testing of meters would wait upon the Hon. The Minister for Labour and Industry on Wednesday, 15th April, and asking that representatives be appointed.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and Alderman Pritchard and Alderman Szarka to be appointed to represent this Council.

Letter from Messrs Ward Brothers, calling attention to the hawking of fish and oysters in front of their business premises, King St. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the police and this Council’s inspectors be requested to give the matter their attention. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Application from J. Smith for Council’s approval of plan of subdivision of land at the corner of King and Norfolk Street was received, and consideration deferred, pending the consideration of the Works committee’s report thereon.

PETITIONS.

A petition was received from residents of Charles street, asking that a nuisance be abated, which is caused by a pigeon box in premises Belmore Street. It was resolved that the petition be received, and referred to this Council’s health committee for consideration and report.

REPORTS.

The finance committee submitted the report as contained on Folio 105 of the finance committee’s report book, upon the amount received for Works on the Thurnby estate, and recommended that the Works on the lanes in the Thurnby on estate be carried out as specified. Alderman Morgan moved, that the finance committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of a meeting of the Works committee held Monday, 6 Apr 1914, as contained on folios six and seven of the Works committee’s report book, and Alderman Clegg moved, that the items therein be considered Seriatum. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Item 1. Plan of subdivision of land King and Norfolk Street’s submitted by J. Smith. It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works committee that the applicant be informed, that the plan must be so altered, that each allotment in Whitehorse Street, will have not less than 20 ft. frontage on the square line, and that the lanes showed on the plan of subdivision, must be formed in accordance with the levels approved by this Council, kerbed, guttered, the carriageways ballasted and tarpaved, the footways tarpaved and the land then formally dedicated to the Council, or failing the carrying out of these Works by the applicant the cost of same as estimated by this Council be paid to the Council by the applicant. Items 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 were received and adopted, and it was resolved that the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

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.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on Folio 54 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received and the recommendations contained in paragraph three and four be approved.

The inspector further reported having investigated the complaint, re excessive blasting at the Newtown brickworks, and he had been informed, that on the occasion in question, a pocket of loose shale spread more than is usual from the blast, the charge was an ordinary one, and instructions have now been issued to the men, to use every care to prevent a recurrence of the trouble from the blasting. Received.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Alderman Turtle drew attention to the need for more prompt repairs. When openings were made in the roads and footpath, and Alderman Lawler asked that the crossing and Commodore and Wells Street be cleaned out.

There being no further business to meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 21st day of April, 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 21st day of April, 1914 at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Elstub, Cousins and Clegg.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Director General of Public Works, covering Governor’s permission to purchase land at the corner of King and Eliza streets from Mrs M. Webster, for the purpose of widening the King Street footpath, for the sum of £50.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the communication be received, and all necessary documents to the purchase of this land be completed, under the corporate seal of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Letter from P. Rooney, expressing appreciation at the prompt manner in which repairs were effected to the crossing at the corner of Charles and Philip streets. Received.

Letter from the manager, State Metal Quarries, intimating that under the circumstances, it is realised that no preferential treatment could be given them in the matter of return of tender deposit asked for.

Letter from the Secretary, Board of Fire Commissioners, covering a copy of the annual statement of revenue and expenditure. Received.

Letter from the Petersham Council, asking cooperation in an endeavour to have a new road opened, directly opposite liberties street subway, extending to Railway Avenue.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter the received, and cooperation as desired. Granted, a subcommittee to be appointed to meet subcommittees from the other Council is interested, and confer re the matter. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

It was then resolved, a subcommittee consisting of his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Morgan and Turtle be appointed to deal with the matter.

Letter from the Secretary of Sydney Silky Yorkshire and Australian Terrier Association, asking if the town Hall, Newtown, would be available for the annual dog show in September next.

It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Morgan, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that there is no objection to the use of the Hall for the club’s annual dog show in September next. The arrangement of detail was left to the town clerk, and it was directed that applications for the town Hall in future be dealt with by the town clerk.

Letter from Inspector McCrimmon, intimating that the police will do all in their power to prevent persons standing on the footways on Friday and Saturday evenings selling prawns , oysters, etc. Received and inspector to be thanked for his attention in the matter.

Letter from A.J. Annabel, intimating that the new award had risen the wages of his driver from £2:5:0 to 2:8:0 per week, and asking the Council to grant him extra pay to recompense him for the rise. Received and referred to the Council’s finance committee for report.

Letter from N.J. Buzacott, intimating that Mrs Moylan’s property, 72, Bligh Street, was flooded with stormwater during the recent rain, and asking that the defects be remedied. Received, and referred to the Council’s Works committee for report.

Letter from F. Hoffman, asking for annual holiday leave. Received and left in the Mayor’s hands for attention.

Application from S. S. Howell, 46 King St., Newtown, making application for Council’s approval of plan of alterations to shop window. It was resolved that the application be received, and the approval granted.

Application from T. J. Andrews, for Council’s approval of plan and specification of coach house and stables, Bedford Street. Received and referred to the Council’s Works committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted their usual monthly report is contained on Folio 105 of the finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

The accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £2176:14:8 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening amounting to 1131:18: 4 be paid. Total payments from General fund since last meeting, £3308:13:0

The amount paid from permanent improvement loan fund 1780 8:2:3 was recommended for confirmation.

The monthly financial statement was submitted, and disclosed a credit balance of 4059:9: 11

It was further reported, that the letter from the Ministerial Association, asking that Norfolk Street be widened, has been fully considered, and the committee decided that they cannot recommend the purchase of land to widen this Street.

It was resolved 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.

His worship, the Mayor submitted a report of the Works committee has contained on Folio seven and eight of the Works committee’s report book, embodying recommendations 1 to 4, and it was resolved, that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

The town clerk and valuer submitted his report of the result of assessments submitted to the court that day, which resulted in a total reduction in rates in the various wards of £19:17:9. In some cases, an amicable settlement settlement was made, 86 assessments were submitted to the court for consideration, and in every case the Council’s valuations were upheld. It was resolved that the valuer’s report be received and adopted.

The Overseer of the 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 55 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, which was received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph two granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Lawler moved:-
that the following Works authorised for Camden ward, and the vote of money therefor, which lapsed on 31 Jan 1914, in pursuance of clause 13 of regulation six, be now revoted:- Substitute “open crossing for pipe crossing at Whitehorse and Norfolk streets at a probable cost of £18”. Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Lawler moved:-
that the tar paving of the footpath in Goodsell St Northside, from King St to lane be completed, at a probable cost of £8. Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Lawler moved:-
that it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the best means and probable cost of placing Angel Lane in repair. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Alderman Lawler asked, that a letter be sent to the railway commissioners, urging the completion of Works at St Peter’s railway station.

Alderman Edwards asked, that Alice Lane be repaired from Pearl St to Pearl Lane.

The question of land, the owners of which were unknown was raised, and it was decided to act on the recommendation of the finance committee, as contained on Folio 84 of the finance committee’s report book, and dated 21st May, 1912, and take possession under provision 148 of the “local government act”, and ordinances made thereunder, of the unoccupied lands described in the schedule thereto.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, Confirmed at an ordinary meeting at the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, fifth day of May, 1914.

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


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