Minutes of the meeting at the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 14th day of July, 1914, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Edwards.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the town clerk, Petersham, intimating that delegates from their Council had been appointed, in connection with the conference, re wood blocking for tar macadamising Stanmore and New Canterbury roads, and that the date and time of the conference will be notified in due course. Received.

Letter from the Glebe Council, asking for cooperation in a petition to the legislative Council and assembly, that a referendum be taken of the electors as to whether or not they are in favour of a Greater Sydney.

After discussion, it was thought, that at the present juncture, the petition would be of no avail, and the communication was received on the motion of Alderman Clegg, seconded by Alderman Morgan.

Letter from R. Colless, asking permission to erect a bicycle merry-go-round on portion of Smith’s state, corner of Norfolk and Whitehorse streets. It was resolved that the letter be received, on the matter left in the Mayor’s hands to grant permission for 10 days, on production of the written consent of the Department of public instruction for the use of this land by the applicant.

Letter from the Sydney Council, asking if this Council is prepared to contribute proportion of the cost of draining Robert Street, in connection with the works now being carried on. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from the Ashfield Council, asking cooperation in an endeavour to secure an amendment of the law, re the subdivision of land for building purposes. In view of the amended local government Bill now being submitted to Parliament, it was resolved that the letter be received.

Letter from the Water and Sewerage board, intimating that water will be supplied free to the new water trough, erected at the corner of King and Alice streets. Received.

Letter from Mrs Deakin, asking for a refund of her tender deposit (£5) in connection with her scavenging contract, Kingston ward. It was resolved that the application be received and referred to the Finance committee for report.

Letter from Mrs Hansen, asking for a refund of the amount paid for hire of Hall on 1st July, in connection with the Erskineville cot committee, Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that as the Council has by special resolution definitely fixed all charges and rebates in connection with the letting of the town Hall, it is regretted the application cannot be granted.

Letter from J. Wilson, making application for annual holiday leave of absence. It was resolved that the application be received, and left in the Mayor’s hands for attention.

Postcard from R. Hollis, MLA, conveying kindest regards to the Mayor and Aldermen. Received.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, M. L. A., intimating that the matter of introducing a Bill to prevent further interments in Camperdown Cemetery, has been in the first instance, referred to the Premier for consideration. Received.

Letter from G. Henderson, inviting the attendance at the Mayor and Alderman and at their annual meeting to be held on Tuesday, 21st inst, in connection with the Newtown branch of the Sydney city Mission. Received with thanks and as many as possible to attend.

Letter from the Rockdale Council, intimating that as the Hon the Minister for Public Works had already considered the question of widening Cooks River Bridge, and Rocky point Road, the dedication proposed by the Rockdale Council would not be necessary.

Letter from R. H. Gordon and co Ltd, making application to exhibit an electrical flash advertisement on the footpath opposite their premises, 304 King St., Newtown. It was resolved on the recommendation of the works committee that the application be refused.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the conference in connection with the extension of Liberty street through to Railway Avenue, also communications from the Petersham Council in connection with the same matter, embodying the following recommendations:-

(A), that application be made to the Hon the Minister for public Works, for the free dedication of the water and sewerage board’s land, the extension at Liberty street to Railway Avenue.

(B) the that the arrangements made with Mr Wheareat as outlined in the report submitted, re balance of land required to extend the Street 66 ft. wide, and to round off a latter Railway Avenue corners, be carried out. That

(c ) that a tar metalled Street, being an extension of Liberty street, 66 ft. wide, be constructed through to Railway Avenue, as shown on the plan.

(D.) that the Sydney, Petersham and Newtown councils, cooperate in carrying out the works, and bear in the equal portions the cost thereof, and that his worship the Mayor of Petersham be authorised to take the necessary action with this object in view.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the Mayor’s report on communications from the Petersham Council be received, and the recommendations submitted be approved, provided the centre of Liberty Street, including the new portion proposed to be extended through to Railway Avenue, be the common boundary between the municipalities of Newtown and Petersham, and that all necessary dedication and proclamations be made to establish the same. Seconded by Alderman Lawler and carried.

The auditor’s report and balance sheet to the period ended 30th June, 1914, was submitted by the auditors, Messrs W. H. Cadogan & Co., who certified that the whole of the Council’s accounts and procedure had been duly audited for the period ended 30th June, 1914, and were found to be in order, correct, and comply with the provisions of the local government act and regulations made thereunder.

Aldermen Turtle moved, that the auditor’s report and balance sheet be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the works committee, as contained on Folio 11 of the works committee’s reports, embodying recommendations 1 to 5, and Aldermen Turtle moved, that the works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard 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 submitted his report as contained one Folio’s 64/5 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted, and the recommendations in paragraph 2 carried into effect.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-

That it be referred to the works committee to report on the advisability of using tarred metal for blinding purposes, for road metal in lieu of clay. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

By Aldermen Turtle, asking that a letter be sent to the Water and Sewerage Board, calling attention to the unsatisfactory manner in which Brocks Lane had been left by the board’s contractors.

By Alderman Clegg, asking that the work in Bennett Street, where metal had been laid, be completed.

There being no further business, the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 28 th July, 1914.

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


Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 28th day of July, 1914, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Szarka and Clegg.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Petersham Council, asking that the work of tar paving Liberty street be carried out as early as possible, and they would be prepared to pay a moiety of the cost, estimated at £30. Received, and the works to be carried out.

Letter from the Director General, Department of Public Works, asking if the Mayor will be prepared to attend conference, re the widening of King St, from the Newtown railway bridge to the Cooks River Bridge. Received, and his worship the Mayor to attend as requested.

Letter from the Wingham Council, asking for cooperation in opposition to the universal franchise, as proposed in the new local government amendment Bill. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Deputy-Postmaster-Gen, intimating that telegraph poles, said to be obsolete, were at present, acting as stay poles, and would be removed in about five weeks time. Received.

Letter from the Secretary of the Federal Liberal candidate (Rev S. D. Carrington), asking on what conditions calico signs could be erected, on behalf of the candidate.

Aldermen Turtle moved, that communication be received, and the Mayor be, and is hereby empowered to grant permission for the fixing and display of approved signs, in connection with the approaching election, said to signs not be hung over the streets or footpath, but within the building line at the premises, and to be removed within seven days after the polling day, September 5, 1914. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, United Charities Fund, asking if the date of collection could be altered to the 24th October in lieu of the 18th as at first suggested. It was resolved that the letter be received, and permission granted for the 24th October, as requested.

Letter from St Peter’s Council, asking if this Council is prepared to pay a moiety of the cost of trachyte cube crossing for pedestrian traffic, at the foot of May Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from the Health Department, covering 19 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct.

Letter from the Local Government Department, re amendment to regulation 5. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown brass band, asking for the free use of the town Hall for a solo contest amongst the members of the band. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that the charges and rebates in connection with the town Hall, have been definitely fixed by the resolution of the Council, it is regretted the application must be refused.

Letter from the Local Government Association, re the annual conference to be held on the 29th September, 1914, at Kings Hall, Phillip Street, Sydney. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and his worship the Mayor (Alderman Frank Bamfield, JP) and Alderman Turtle be appointed the two delegates to represent this Council. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Local Government Association, calling attention to the claim made by the health inspectors’ union, in connection with the board, which they have decided to apply for, under the provisions of the Industrial Arbitration Act.

After discussion, it was resolved that the letter be received, and the secretary of the association in informed, that the claim from the inspectors’ union, as outlined, is unreasonable in many of its details and should be opposed, and that the Mayor and town clerk, furnish any information in connection with the matter, as it affects this municipality.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted the usual monthly report, as contained on Folio 108 of the finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid and the votes of appropriation since last meeting,

amounting to £433.2.1 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening amounting to £670.9.1 be paid. Total payments from general fund since last meeting, £1103.11.2

The monthly financial statement was also submitted in accordance with regulation 6 and disclosed a credit balance to date of £4979.11.1

The report further recommended that the application of Mrs C. Eaton, for a refund of tender deposit (£5) on her Kingston ward scavenging contract be refused.

That the application of S. Knowles, to be relieved of his contract for scavenging in Enmore ward, be granted, as from the1st September, 1914, and the work to be carried out for the four remaining months of the year, or until the Council deems it wise to make other arrangements, by day labour.

That the cost of suitable sites available, adjacent to the Newtown railway siding be ascertained, with a view to securing a suitable yard for the purpose of preparing tarred metal, and the storage of metal, etc, and the matter to be further considered at the next Finance committee.

Aldermen 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 Morgan.
Amendment moved by Alderman Pritchard and seconded by Alderman Lewis, that Mrs C. Eaton’s application for the refund of her tender deposit be granted. The voting being against the amendment, the original motion was then submitted, and declared carried.

The Overseer of Works, submitted a report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, and all building plans submitted was received and adopted.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report as contained on Folio 66/7 of the sanitary inspector’s report book was received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 3 approved.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Aldermen Lawler moved:-
that the tar paving of the footpath in Iredale Street south side be completed at an estimated cost of £18.5.0 Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

Aldermen Lawler moved:-
that the tar paving of the footpath in Edgeley Road, near Alice Street, be completed, at an estimated cost of £4.10.0. Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Aldermen Turtle asked:-
that the works committee inspect the gutter stones in Australia Street.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the town Hall Newtown on Tuesday, 11th day of August, 1914.

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


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