Minutes of a meeting at the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers Newtown, on Tuesday the 2nd day of June, 1914, at 730 o’clock p.m.

His worship the Mayor declared meeting open, and called upon the town clerk to read the declaration of the poll received from the returning Officer.

The declaration of the poll as it appears on Folio 144 of the minute book was then submitted, which declared Alderman Joseph Emanuel Bloom duly elected to represent the Camden Ward in the Council for the municipality of Newtown, the remainder of the triennial, beginning 31st January, 1914.

The communication was received.

His worship the Mayor then welcomed Alderman Bloom to the Council table, and expressed the hope that his tenure of office as Alderman, would prove both pleasant and profitable to himself, the members of the Council, and the municipality generally.

Alderman Bloom returned thanks to the kind words of welcome expressed, and on taking his seat at the Council table, was welcomed by acclamation.

PRESENT.
The members of the Council then present included, his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Szarka, Bloom, Elstub, Morgan, Lawler, Smith, and Edwards.

APOLOGIES
Apologies were received for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Pritchard, who was in Melbourne, and Alderman Lewis.

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

His worship the Mayor expressed the pleasure the council felt that seeing Alderman Lawler sufficiently restored in health and strength to again attend the Council meetings. Alderman Lawler responded, and thanked the Council for the kind letter of sympathy.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Good Roads Association, asking if the Council will be agreeable for a member of the association to briefly address the Council on its aims and objects. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter the received, and the writer thanked for his kind offer, and informed that the roadways of Newtown are in such a condition, that the proffered address is thought to be unnecessary. Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Letter from the Public Instruction Department, per favour of D. R. Hall, M. L. A, intimating that tenders have been called for the new building for the infants Department in connection with the Newtown Superior Public school. Received.

Letter from J. Flemming, intimating that he had unwittingly committed a breach of the Ordinance by painting his name on awning posts, and asking if the Council will kindly allow the advertisement to remain.

It was resolved that the letter the received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from J. Smith, trustee of the estate of John Smith deceased, agreeing to formally dedicate the lane in his subdivision of land at the corner of King and Norfolk streets to the Council and also to pay £130 to form, kerb, and gutter and tarpave the lane shown on the plan, and asking as there are no funds in the estate, if the Council will allow the sale to proceed on his undertaking to pay the full amount, £130, within one calendar month from the date of sale, which is on the 20th June, 1914.

Alderman Clegg moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed that the amount must be paid before the sale is held. Seconded by Alderman Turtle. Amendment moved by Alderman Morgan, that the security now offered by the trustee be accepted. Seconded by Alderman Elstub. The voting being in favour of the amendment, a division was called for, which resulted as follows:- for the amendment, his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield), and Alderman Morgan, Elstub, Lawler, Bloom and Smith. Against the amendment, Alderman Clegg, Turtle, Szarka and Edwards.

The amendment was declared carried on division, and upon being submitted as a substantive motion, Alderman Clegg moved as a further amendment, that a bond approved off by the Mayor and town clerk, for the payment of the full amount, be prepared and signed by the trustees before the sale is held. Seconded by Alderman Turtle. The voting being in favour of the amendment, it was then submitted to the substantive motion, and declared carried.

Letter from Mrs C. Eaton, asking to be relieved of scavenging work in Kingston Ward at the end of June, as she found herself unable to satisfactorily carry out contract. Alderman Elstub moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted, and that tenders be called for the scavenging work in Kingston Ward for the period ending 31st December, 1914. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Letter from the town clerk, making application for holiday leave, and intimating that with the Council’s kind concurrence he would be pleased to take a fortnight at present, and the balance in the springtime. Alderman Morgan moved, that the application be received, and the matter be left in the Mayor’s hands. Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the deputation, which waited upon the Minister for public works on Friday, 29th May, 1914, at 12 (noon), to ask for the widening of Wilson Street, to permit of the extension of the Henderson Road tramway to Newtown.

The various speakers urged upon the Minister, the necessity for this work, and the Minister for public works (the Hon A. Griffiths) said in reply, that two years ago, he saw the need for this work, and promised to extend the tram if Wilson Street were widened. He realised that the widening of Wilson Street was too big a job to expect the Newtown Council tackle, and that nothing remained but for the government carry out the work so that the Henderson Road tramway might be extended to Newtown. He promised the deputation that the tramway would be extended, but did not bind himself to any particular route at present. The departmental valuer, Mr Seivers was going into the matter to see whether the necessary resumption could be made without any great cost to the government, and when the reports were before him, he (the Minister) would be able to definitely decide what form the resumption would take, and what route the tramway would follow. Alderman Edwards moved that the Mayor’s report be received. Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Works Committee’s report as contained on folio 10, and embracing recommendations 1 to 6was submitted, and Alderman Turtle moved, that the Works committee report be received and adopted, and its recommendations, the carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Lawler and 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 58 of the sanitary inspectors report book and Alderman Clegg moved that the sanitary inspector’s report be received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Szarka asked that the cab stand, Metropolitan Road, be placed in a proper state of repair. His worship, the Mayor said he would have this matter attended to.

His worship the Mayor said, that would be necessary to elect a member of the finance committee, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alderman Cousins. Alderman Morgan moved, that Alderman Bloom be elected a member of the finance committee. Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

There being no further business, the meeting terminated, confirmed and an ordinary meeting at the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 16th day of June, 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 16th day of June, 1914, at 7.30 o’clock p.m.

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

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Rockdale Council, asking the cooperation that this Council in a deputation to the Hon the Minister for public works, to urge upon him the necessity for widening Cooks River Road, Rockdale, especially in the vicinity of Campbell Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and cooperation as desired granted.

Letter from the Petersham Council, asking if this Council will appoint delegates to confer with delegates from Marrickville and Petersham Councils for the purpose of considering the best means of carrying out the work of the the wood blocking or tarmacadamising Stanmore Road, New Canterbury Road, from Enmore Road to Palace Street, with the assistance of the Hon. The Minister for works. It was resolved that the letter be received, and his worship the Mayor and Alderman Szarka appointed delegates to confer in connection with this matter.

Letter from the Darlington Council, intimating that the entire scheme of streetlighting in their municipality is now receiving consideration, and that some provision for the lighting of City Road, near Dr Craig’s residence, will be made, so as to comply with this Council’s request as contained in the letter of 29th ult. It was resolved that the letter be received, the Darlington Council thanked for their reply and a copy of the communication forwarded to Dr Craig.

Letter from the manager Commonwealth Bank of Australia intimating that the bank is prepared to make loans to municipalities by issuing debentures, mortgages, etc, secured on the Council’s rates and revenues. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for report.

Letter from the Secretary, Department of public health, intimating that the Board of Health has decided, after inspection by one of its medical officers, that the Camperdown Cemetery is not, in its present state, a menace to public health. Alderman Turtle moved, but the letter be received, and the member for the district be asked to urge upon the Premier the necessity for introducing a Bill during the next session of Parliament to prevent further interment in the Camperdown Cemetery, and that the cooperation of the local members be solicited. Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Letter from C. Willard, asking for permission to advertise at night time by means of a screen, at Town Hall Hotel. Received and application refused.

Letter from the Petersham Council, asking for a proposal re tar dressing Liberty Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Department of Public Instruction intimating that the request of the Council to convert Hollis Park into a kindergarten playground cannot be entertained. Received.

Letter from C.Johnson, making application to hang a blind in front of No. 68 Enmore Rd., to advertise on same. Received and application refused.

Letter from M. Smith, asking permission to have his name painted on board overhanging the footpath at No. 204 Enmore Rd., Enmore. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, which was received, and all plans referred to the Works committee for report.

The Sanitary Inspector, submitted his report as contained on folio is 59/61 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 4 granted.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

To open and considered tenders for the scavenging of Kingston Ward for period ending 31 Dec 1914. The various tenders having been considered by the Council, it was resolved that they be considered in committee with closed doors. Upon resuming Council, it was reported that while in committee of the whole, tenders for the scavenging of Kingston Ward were considered, together with report from the sanitary inspector, suggesting that the work be carried out by day labour, and the committee now recommended, that the recommendation of the Sanitary Inspector be adopted, and the work of scavenging in Kingston Ward be carried out by day labour under the supervision of the Sanitary Inspector.

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

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Edwards asked:-

That a letter be forwarded to the Railway Commissioners, calling attention to the manner in which the carriages of the funeral train on Monday, 15 inst, from the Necropolis were brought to a standstill, away from the platforms.

Alderman Pritchard asked:-
(1) that a letter be forwarded to the Telegraph Department, asking that any telegraph poles, not in use within this municipality be removed. (2) that the sign on premises corner of King and Wilson streets be removed.

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 town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 30th day of June, 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 30th day of June, 1914, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

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

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Elstub.

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 James Worwood, making application for Council’s permission to affix a temporary calico sign on his balcony, corner of King and Bucknell streets, till July 12. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the application refused.

Letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association, re amendments in the wages award. Received.

Letter from Mrs E. Blaxland, 38 Macleay St. Potts Point, asking the Council’s cooperation to inaugurate a strong effort to secure andby law an amelioration of the stock travelling conditions by rail and sea. It was resolved that the letter be received and cooperation granted.

Letter from the Secretary, United Charities Association, covering copy of their annual report and asking permission to hold their annual Street collection on Saturday, 11 October. It was resolved that the letter be received and the permission asked for granted.

Application from D. G. Diddams can, on behalf of the Aeroplane Co. of Australia Ltd for permission to erect an aeroplane for say you one month on Smith’s land, corner of King and Norfolk streets. It was resolved that the application be received, and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands to grant permission or otherwise, for one month, if he’s satisfied that the music to be used, will not be objectionable.

Letter from S. Knowles, asking the Council to relieve him of his contract for scavenging in the Enmore Ward. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for report.

Letter from C. J. Gillard, making application for permission to erect advertising screen in the space between the town Hall and shop adjoining. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the applicant informed, that the Council’s previous decision in this matter must stand. Seconded by Alderman Prichard, and carried.

Letter from A.J. Clayton, asking permission to display signs up on the balcony railings at the Manchester Unity Hall, Enmore Rd, Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received and the application refused.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, M. L. A., intimating that site has been selected in Enmore, on which it is proposed to erect a building for the girls and infants departments of the Enmore public school. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer thanked for his kind interest in this matter.

Letter from the W. Pamphilon, asking permission to rent vacant land in Lord Street, Newtown. It was decided on the recommendation of the Finance committee, that in view of the proposed amended local government act, giving Councils power to sell these lands, it would be unwise at the present juncture to grant a lease the same, and that the applicant therefore be informed accordingly.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted the usual monthly report, as contained on folio 107 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid under total appropriation since last meeting,

amounting to £1148.14.2 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening the amounting to £877.16.5 be paid. Total payments from general fund since last meeting £2026.10.7 The monthly financial statement was also submitted, in accordance with regulation 6, and disclosed a credit balance of £4710.14.7

The committee further reported that a letter from the Governor of the Commonwealth bank, re loans to municipalities had been considered, and it was recommended that as on the information obtained no saving in interest is shown, it is unwise at the present juncture to interfere with the existing arrangements regarding the loan in.

The question of leasing of land, the owners of which are unknown, situated in Lord and Darley and Bligh streets, in all four lots, was also considered, and in view of the amendment of the local government act being submitted to the next session of Parliament, which proposes to give Councils the right to sell allotments of land, of which rates have accrued for five years and upwards, the committee recommended that any further action be deferred.

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

His worship, the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Workss committee, as contained on folio 10b of the works committee’s report book, and it was resolved that the works committee’s report be received and adopted.

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of works completed or in progress since last meeting of the Council, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report as contained on folio 62/63 of the sanitary inspector’s report book was received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted, and the action set forth in paragraph 6 endorsed.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Lawler moved:-
(1), that it be referred to the works committee to report on the advisability and probable cost of placing the tarpaved carriageway in Lord Street, from John Street to Edgeware Road, in a proper state of repair. Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

(2), that tenders be called for the wood blocking passed for the carriageways of Enmore Road and King streets south, from Lord Street to the end of tram line, as previously recommended by the works committee. Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-
that it be referred to the Finance Committee, in conjunction with the mover, to report upon the advisability of securing a depot adjacent to the Newtown railway siding for preparing tarpaving and material, and the storage of metal, etc. Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE.

Alderman Lawler asked:-
(1), what is the cost per yard for the tar painting carriageways?
Answer : 2-3/4d per square yard.

(2), what is the cost per yard for tar painting footpaths?
Answer: 1-3/4d per square yard.

(3) what is the cost per yard for top dressing wood blocks?
Answer: /4.

Alderman Edwards asked:-
(1), what is the proportion of the income, which will be available in each of the four wards for the current year?
Answer

Camden Ward £1173 Enmore Ward £1826 Kingston ward, £1260 O’Connell Ward £2123

(2), what is a total amount for works recommended by the works committee to date in each of the four wards? Answer:-

Camden ward £1688 Enmore ward £4555. Kingston ward £491 O’Connell ward £2244

(3). When will the works passed the Darley and Gowrie streets, be completed?
Answer:-
The work in the Street is at present under way, and will be completed as soon as material is available.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 14th day of July, 1914.

Signed Frank Bamfield, Mayor.
W. G. Salmon, town clerk.


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