Minutes of the meeting at the Council (duly convened,) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, the 5th day of May, 1914, at 7.30 o’clock.
His worship, the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield and Alderman Turtle, Szarka, Elstub, Morgan, Lawler, Lewis, Pritchard, and Smith.
Apologies were received from Alderman Edwards, Cousins, and Clegg.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Lawler.
Letter from Alderman W. Taylor, municipal representative on the board of Fire Commissioners, intimating that he had been granted leave of absence to take a trip to the old country, and that Alderman Shepherd of Berry, will attend to his duties during his absence.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and this Council extended Alderman Taylor their best wishes for a pleasant holiday trip, which is hoped would be beneficial to his health. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
Letter from the Secretary, Newtown, band, covering program for the period ending 8th September, 1914.
It was resolved that the letter be received, the program approved, and an inquiry made as to why the band failed to carry out item number three on the program, viz, performance on the bridge on Hospital Saturday.
Letter from the Erskineville Council, asking if this Council will receive a deputation of the Erskineville, Alexandria, Waterloo, and Redfern councils, on Tuesday 19 inst., re extension of the Henderson Road tramway via Wilson St Newtown.
Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Erskineville Council informed that this Council will be pleased to receive a deputation as suggested. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.
Letter from the Undersecretary, Department of Lands, per favour of R. Hollis, MP, intimating that two roods, 26 perches of land at Hollis Park, L’Avenue, has been dedicated to this Council for public recreation purposes. Received.
Letter from the Secretary, Chief Commissioner for Railways, asking that in new subdivisions of land, this Council should decline to take over the streets or lanes until any obstruction in the way of tramway poles, etc is removed, or failing such action, the cost involved in respect of such alterations must be borne by this Council.
Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Secretary for Railways informed, that this Council views with disapproval, any attempt made by the railway Department to mulct this Council in the cost involved in the removal of tramway polls etc, in connection with subdivision of land by private persons.
Seconded by Alderman Lawler.
Amendment moved by Alderman Turtle, that the letter be received and filed for future reference. Seconded by Alderman Lewis. The voting being against the amendment, the substantive motion was then submitted and declared carried.
Letter from C. Willard, making application for permission to advertise in the space over the roller shutter entrance between the town Hall, and business premises adjoining, at a rental of £1 per week. Received and ultimately on consideration of the Works committee’s report refused.
Letter from a W. Watson, Secretary of the Gospel and Invalid Mission, covering balance sheet for the period ending 31st March, 1914, and complaining that the police have removed them from the Newtown Bridge to Eliza Street.
It was resolved that the letter be received, the receipt of the balance sheet acknowledged, and the writer informed that the traffic on the public streets is controlled by the police, and if in their opinion is preferable in the interest of the traffic generally for the mission in question to hold their meetings in Eliza Street, this Council does not deem it wise to interfere.
Letter from W. G. Page, asking permission on behalf of the Newtown branch of the Socialist Party to take collections for propaganda purposes at their public meetings held on the Newtown Bridge each Saturday evening. It was resolved that the letter be received and the application refused.
Letter from Alderman T. D. Cousins, JP, resigning his office as Alderman for the Camden Ward, of the municipality of Newtown, on account of his removal to Manly.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the resignation be received with regret, and that this Council place upon the minutes, a record of the keen sense of regret, which is felt that the retirement of Alderman Thomas Draper Cousins, JP, from the Council of the municipality of Newtown, owing to his removal to Manly, and a letter, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Alderman Cousins, expressing this Council ‘s grateful appreciation of his valuable services as Alderman, and conveyed to him the best wishes of the members of this Council, for continued health and prosperity.
The motion was seconded by Alderman Morgan, and supported by his worship the Mayor and the members of the Council, all of whom referred in eulogistic terms to the valuable services rendered by Alderman Cousins to the Council. The motion was carried unanimously.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the date of the election to fill the extraordinary vacancy caused by the resignation of Alderman Cousins, be and is hereby fixed Saturday, 30th day of May, 1914, as provided by Ordinance number 11, at King Street, Camden Ward. Seconded by Alderman Smith.
Amendment moved by Alderman Pritchard, that the date of the election to fill the extraordinary vacancy caused by the resignation of Alderman Cousins, be and is hereby fixed for Wednesday, 27th day of May, 1914, at King Street, Camden Ward. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and lost.
The substantive motion was then submitted, and declared carried.
Letter from the Secretary, Enmore and Newtown, citizens Band, asking that the subsidy £10 be paid at once, to assist them in paying for their uniforms. It was resolved that 1/2 the amount of subsidy be paid at once, for the period ending 30th June, 1914.
Letter from H.E. Macintosh, solicitor, asking for certain information re the erection of the building by J. J. Thompson in the matter of the suit being brought by his client. Mr Cleary, against J. J. Thompson in the district Court. Received.
Letter from Messrs Crisp Bros, asking for the renewal of hoarding licence for the wall situated in Trafalgar Street, opposite the railway line, and forwarding fee for same . It was resolved that the application be received and granted for the year ending 31st December, 1914.
Letter from Harold T. Morgan and Morgan, solicitors, forwarding dedication duly executed by Mrs Webster of land in King Street, at its intersection with Eliza Street.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the formal consent of the Governor dated 24th March, 1914, having been obtained for the purchase of this land from Mrs Webster, for the sum of £50 for the widening of King Street, at its intersection with the eastern side of Eliza Street, this Council now agrees to accept the dedication of and takes over the strip of land described in the Governor’s approval for the use of the public for ever, as portion of the road or Street, and all necessary documents in connection with such dedication be duly signed, under the corporate seal of the Council, and forwarded to the registrar General for registration. Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.
Letter from J. Wilson, making application for an increase in his salary, was received and referred to the Finance committee for report.
His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the Works Committee as contained on Folio 8 and 9 of the Works committee’s report, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Prichard, seconded by Alderman Morgan, that the items 1 to 7 be considered seriatum.
Items 1 to 4 be received and adopted.
Item 5 was then submitted, which recommended that the proposal to advertise in the space between the town Hall on the shop adjoining at £1 per week be given a trial for a period of three months. Alderman Turtle moved, that the Works committee’s recommendation be received and adopted, seconded by Alderman Smith. Amendment moved by Alderman Pritchard, that the application made by C. Willard be received and refused, seconded by Alderman Lewis. A discussion ensued, and the voting being in favour of the Amendment, it was then submitted as the substantive motion and declared carried.
Items 6 and 7 were received and adopted. Alderman Turtle then moved, that the Works committee’s report, as amended, be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Morgan 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, the submitted his Report, as contained on Folio 56 of the Sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted and the application mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted.
MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.
Alderman Turtle Moved:-
That the Carriageway of Alton Lane, be tarpaved at an Estimated Cost of £55, and that the performance of this work be given preference, on account of this thoroughfare being one of the approaches to the Town Hall. Seconded by Alderman Smith and Carried.
There being no further Business the Meeting terminated, Confirmed at Ordinary Meeting of the Council, Held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 19 Day of May, 1914.
Signed, Frank Bamfield, Mayor.
W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.
Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, the 19th day of May, 1914, at 7.30 o’clock.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Clegg, Turtle, Szarka, Elstub, Morgan, Lewis, Pritchard, Smith, and Edwards.
An apology was received from Alderman Lawler, who was absent through ill-health. Alderman Turtle moved, in receiving the apology, that the letter be sent to Alderman Lawler, expressing regret his illness, and the hope that he would soon be restored to health and strength. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed & on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Szarka.
Letter from the Director General of Public Works, asking in view of the proposal by the government, to either pay rates of all Crown lands, or else grant an endowment equivalent to the amount of the rates, which would be levied on all government property, government charitable institutions, etc, that this Council will furnish a reasonable estimate of what it considers order be given in lieu of rates, including railway lands.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this Council is of the opinion, that rates should be paid on all government lands in the same ratio as private lands, and that the information asked for be furnished.
Letter from the Secretary for Railways, re tramway poles on private subdivisions was received.
Further letter from the Secretary for Railways, re works proceeding at the St Peter’s railway station, and intimating that steelwork is now complete, and will be placed in position at an early date. Received.
Letter from the Reverend E. Denton Fethers, inviting attendance of the members of the Council at a religious service to be held in honour of Empire Day, at the St Stephen’s Church of England on Sunday, May 24 instant. It was resolved that the letter be received, the invitation accepted with thanks, and as many as possible attend.
Letter from the Secretary of the Newtown band, explaining that the inability of the band to perform on the Newtown Bridge on Hospital Saturday afternoon, was due to the illness of some of their members. Received.
Letter from Hilton Brown, making application for permission to advertise on the portion of his awning crossing the foot way, was received and referred to the Works committee for report.
Letter from the City council, covering plan of proposed alteration to the roadway at the Liberty street subway was received.
Letter from the Secretary, South Australian Royal commission, on the municipalisation of gas and electric services, asking the Council to give evidence in regard thereto. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the town clerk appointed to give evidence on the Council’s behalf.
Letter from the Secretary Newtown Harriers amateur athletic club, intimating that the members of the Council had been appointed vice presidents of the club. It was resolved that the letter be received, the honour accepted, and the members of the club thanked to their courtesy in regard to this matter.
Letters from the Secretary, Department of public health, covering 59 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct.
The government statisticians annual report on the vital statistics of Sydney and suburbs for the year 1913, was received and laid upon the table.
The Finance committee, submitted their monthly report as contained on Folio 106/7 of the finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-
That accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £456.7.8 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening amounting to 653.1.3. be paid. Total payments from General fund since last meeting , £1109.8.11
The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance of £4366.17.2 and amounts were voted under regulation 6 to carry out the following Works:-
Angel Street, repair carriageway western end where necessary with blue metal £35.
Wells Street, breakup tarpaved crossing at the intersection with Commodore street and substitute trachyte cubes. £13.0.0. Union Street, re in he new footpath from Erskineville Road to Munni Street, £1. Munni Street, renew footpath, £38.10.0 Camden Street, remove blocks at western end and ballast and tar metal, repair, where necessary from culvert to extreme western end, and repair and tarpave footpath where necessary £600.0.0 Leamington Avenue and Holdsworth Street, construct new crossing £15.0.0 Camden Street, construct gully inlet south of him side, 10 yd. south of Ferndale Street, and reconstruct grating north side Fulham Street, similar to that on South side £15.0.0 carried forward — £759.10.0
Cambridge Street, West side renew kerbing and tar paving of the footpath from Enmore Road to Cavendish Street – £20.0.0 Cavendish Street, southside breakup and re new footpath. £30.0.0 Thurnby estate, form lanes – £582.0.0
Camden Street, construct two trachyte crossings and repair footpath in front of Peacock Jam Coy’s premises -£11.0.0 repair paths around Carlisle Castle Hotel -£5.0.0 Goodsell Street, northside complete tarpaving a footpath from King Street to Lane- £8.0.0. King and Forbes streets, repair and reset kerb in King Street, from Forbes Street to Queen Street, and breakup and relay paths around new premises – £25.0.0 Alice Street,erect new water trough – £10.0.0 Alton Lane, tarpave carriageway – £55.0.0
The application of A. J. Annabel for increased payment was considered, and the committee recommended that the terms of the contract entered into by the applicant be complied with to its termination on December 31, 1914.
In the application of J. Wilson for an increase of salary, the committee recommended, that increase of £26 per annum be granted as from first June, 1914.
The committee recommended the following remuneration for electoral officers for the forthcoming by-election:- Returning Officer – £2.2.0.
Poll clerk – £1.1.0.
In a matter of appointment of auditors, the committee recommended that Messrs W. H. Cadogan and Co be appointed the auditors to audit the accounts of the municipality for the year ending 31 Dec 1914, at the remuneration of £15, per half-year.
The committee further recommended, that the Mayor be and is hereby empowered to purchase an up-to-date typewriter, an estimated cost of £25.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the various recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.
The lighting committee submitted their report as contained on Folio 1 of the lighting committee’s report book, embracing recommendations 1 to 5. Alderman Szarka moved, that the lighting committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.
The be Overseer 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 57, sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received and recommendations contained in paragraph 2 be carried into effect.
Before proceeding with orders of the day, Alderman Clegg obtained leave to move, that his worship the Mayor convene at an early date, a meeting of all interested, to form a Newtown benevolent fund. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.
ORDER OF THE DAY.
To receive the deputation from the councils of the municipalities of Erskineville, Redfern, Waterloo, and Alexandria, regarding the proposed extension of the tramway line by Henderson Road, Erskineville Road, and Wilson Street to Newtown. The Hon D. R. Hall, Attorney General and Minister for Justice introduced the deputation, the Mayor of Erskineville (Alderman Robinson), Mayor of Redfern (Alderman Leitch), Mayor of Alexandria (Alderman Ralph) and Mayor of Waterloo (Alderman Dunning). Each in turn spoke advocating the widening of Wilson Street, from Erskineville Road to King Street, to permit the extension of the tram line via Wilson Street. The work was not regarded as the duty of Newtown Council only, as it would conduce to the comfort of 60,000 people, but it was thought that all the councils here represented, should cooperate in endeavouring to have the work carried out.
Alderman Turtle moved, that having heard the views of the deputation, this council is in hearty accord with the project, and thanks the deputation for their interest in in, and it is hereby resolved that the Erskineville, Redfern, Waterloo, Alexandria, and Newtown Councils form a common joint deputation to wait upon the Hon the Minister for Public Works, and asked that sufficient land be resumed to widen Wilson Street from King Street to Erskineville Road, so as to permit of the extension of the tram line as proposed by the deputation from Henderson Road to Newtown, and that the Hon D. R. Hall be requested to make immediate arrangements to the deputation to wait upon the Hon the Minister for P (and with the Public Works, and lay the whole matter before him, the town clerks of the respective councils to notify the members of the councils of the date and time of the deputation.
The motion was seconded by Alderman Clegg, supported by his worship the Mayor (who warmly thanked the Hon D. R. Hall and members of the deputation for their attendance) and the members of the Council, and was carried unanimously.
Alderman Turtle expressed the pleasure the council felt that the presence of the Mayor of Richmond, Victoria, Councillor Webber, who was also a member of the Victorian legislative assembly, and Alderman Webber suitably responded.
There being no further business, the meeting terminated,
Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown,
On Tuesday, second day of June, 1914.
Signed, Frank Bamfield, Mayor.
W. G. Salmon, town clerk.
MUNICIPALITY OF NEWTOWN.
Declaration of the poll at the election for the extraordinary vacancy in Camden Ward, caused by the resignation of Alderman Thomas Draper Cousins. Held 30th day of May, 1914 (Saturday).
To his worship the Mayor of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown.
I have the honour to report in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act, and Ordinance in 11 made thereunder, that on the 30th day of May last. The following declaration of the poll for the election of one Alderman for the extraordinary vacancy in the Camden Ward of the municipality of Newtown was made:-
Bloom, Joseph Emanuel –155.
Milne, John — 86.
Informal — 4
The election was held at the polling booth number 522 to King Street, Newtown.
And in pursuance of the said act and Ordinance, I hereby declare Joseph Emanuel Bloom duly elected Alderman to represent the Camden Ward in the Council of the municipality of Newtown, for the remainder of the triennial, beginning 31 Jan 1914.
Signed, W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk and Returning Officer.
Town Hall, Newtown, 30th of May, 1914.