Minutes of a meeting at the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, the 5th day of October, 1915, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Szarka, Morgan, Dibble, Ryan, Lewis, Pritchard, and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Bloom and Smith. Alderman Dibble mentioned that Alderman Smith’s absence was caused by the decease of Mrs Smith’s mother. It was resolved that the apologies be received, and a letter forwarded to Alderman and Mrs Smith, expressing this Council’s sympathy in their sad loss.

CORRESPONDENCE.

The following were received to this Council’s letter, suggesting that an association be formed to promote the welfare of the soldiers and their relatives within the various municipalities, viz:- Hunters Hill, Penrith, Lambton, Parramatta, Lane Cove, Bexley, and Campbelltown cooperating. The action suggested had already been taken by -Woollahra, Marrickville, Tamworth, St Peter’s, Cabramatta and Canley Vale, Ashfield, Wingam, and Camden. Armidale referred the matter to their Red Cross Society. Auburn referred the matter to their recruiting committee. Consideration was deferred by Erskineville and Botany. Granville left the matter in their Mayor’s hands, and the communication was received only by Balmain, Strathfield and Hamilton. The communications were received.

Letter from the Town Clerk, Sydney, suggesting that a representative be appointed to meet the city surveyor, to discuss the matter of renaming streets in the city, which are a continuation of streets within the Municipality of Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the Mayor appointed to attend to the matter.

Letters from the Australian Gaslight Co, Water and Sewerage Board, Tramway Department, and Telegraph Department, acknowledging Council’s letter re tar paving to be carried out in Australia street, and intimating that the matter will have their attention. Received.

Letters from Mrs Macready, acknowledging Council’s letter of sympathy. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Paval Ltd, bringing under the Council’s notice the newly patented water soluble tar, suitable for paving of the top dressing the wood blocks, etc. Alderman Morgan moved, but the letter be received, and the writer informed, but this Council be pleased to have a demonstration of the value of Paval for top dressing wood blocks at the company’s convenience. Seconded by Alderman Clegg, and carried.

Letter from the St Peter’s Council, intimating that the sum of £50 has been voted for repairs to May Street, provided this Council contributes a like amount. Alderman Edwards moved, that the letter be received, and the Works carried out. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 12 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Application from James Walker, for approval of plan and specification of alterations to five dwellings in Australia street, was received and referred to the Works committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Works Committee submitted their report, as contained on Folio 32 of the Works committee’s report book. Alderman 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 contained on Folio 109 of the sanitary inspector’s report book. Alderman Clegg moved that the report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 4 granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Morgan moved:-
that the wood blocks of the northside of Enmore Road, from Phillip Street to Station Street, be taken up and relaid at an estimated cost of £670. Seconded by Alderman Szarka.
Amendment moved by Alderman Lewis, seconded by Alderman Clegg, that the work be referred to the Works committee for consideration and report. The discussion ensued as to the advisability of carrying out the work forthwith, as the wood blocking on the southern side was approaching completion. The amendment was lost, and the original motion was then submitted and declared carried, the work to be carried out when the southern side is complete.

Alderman Ryan moved:-
the letter be sent to the Deputy Postmaster-General, bringing under his notice the inconvenience and annoyance caused to the public by the clearing of the letter boxes within this Municipality before the hours of clearance as printed thereon. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS.

Under this heading, his worship the Mayor mentioned, that a public meeting had been convened for Friday, 8th instant, at 7-30 p.m., with the following objects:-

  1. To inaugurate the Allies Day Fund within the Municipality of Newtown, and to take steps to prepare for Allies Day celebration, on the 19th November, 1915.
  2. To form an association (in response to the petition submitted at the last meeting of the Council) to generally look after the welfare of the soldiers, and those dependent upon them within the Municipality of Newtown. The attendance of all the Alderman was requested.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 19th day of October, 1915.


Minutes of a meeting at the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 19th day of October, 1915, at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Ryan, Pritchard, Smith and Edwards.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

The following additional replies were received to Council’s letter suggesting that an association be formed to promote the welfare of the soldiers and their relatives within the Municipality:- co-operation has been promised by the Municipalities of Singleton, Lismore, Waterloo, Parkes, Manly, Liverpool, Prospect and Sherwood, Deniliquin, Alexandria, Molong, Kogarah, Aberdeen, Cowra, Bankstown, Hurstville, Adamstown, and Murrumburrah. Action as suggested, has already been taken by the municipalities of Gundagai, Cobar, West Maitland, Ballina, Moree, and Drummoyne. Gunnedah and Gulgong referred the matter to the recruiting association.Casino referred the matter to the local Empire league. Petersham left the matter in the Mayor’s hands. The letter was “received” only by Glebe and Temora. Alderman Clegg moved, that the communications be received, and the councils in the metropolitan area, or adjacent thereto, who have agreed to cooperate, be asked if they will appoint representatives to a meeting to be held at the town Hall, Newtown, the date to be arranged, when some common plan of action in regard to this movement might be arranged. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary of Newtown Band, asking permission to collect within the Streets of this area when performing, as the band was at present very short of funds. It was resolved that the application be received, and permission granted until otherwise notified by the Council.

Letter from Adjutant Annetts asking on behalf of the Salvation Army for permission to collect within the Street to this area on Friday, 22nd instant on behalf of the Self-Denial Fund, the money to be devoted to the motor ambulance and other work of the army. Alderman Smith moved, that the letter be received, and permission as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from R. Thompson, asking permission to display soap advertisements on both sides of his premises, 618 King St., Newtown. It was resolved that the application be refused.

Letter from the St Peter’s Council, intimating that it is agreeable to have the repairs to May Street, already arranged for, carried out by this Council. Received, and the work to be proceeded with, on the motion of Alderman Edwards, seconded by Alderman Bloom.

Letter from the Secretary, Department of Public Health, authorising this Council’s Inspector to certify in writing to this Council as to closing orders in respect to all buildings within this area, unsuitable for habitation, as per section 16 of the Public Health Act. Received.

Letter from the Burwood municipal Council, asking cooperation in a request to the Hon. the Premier, that legislation be passed to enable the Homebush abattoirs to be used during the coming summer, so as to minimise the cattle driving nuisance, and to secure better meat for home consumption. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried. The

Letter from Miss E.I. Henry, Secretary of the Sydney University Women’s Settlement, bringing under the notice of this Council, the action taken by the Settlement in regard to the formation of a branch of the League of Honour in Newtown, and inter alia asking, that a playground be provided in Bligh Street for the children from the district. It was resolved that the letter be received, and a deputation wait upon the Hon the Minister for Education to confer re the advisability of establishing a children’s kindergarten playground on the University grounds adjoining Bligh Street.

Letter from the Secretary, Public Health Department, covering 15 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown United Friendly Societies Dispensary, covering letters received from the board, from lodges meeting at the Dispensary Hall, which complained of the insufficiency of the light in Reiby Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Lighting Committee for consideration and report.

Circular letter from the Officer-in-Charge, Local Government Department, covering a proclamation by the Governor, as to the purchase of land by any Council for the purpose of establishing or extending a public watering place. Received.

Letter from G. Cousins, asking for the use of the Town Hall, for the purpose of tendering a valedictory social to Mr W. G. Goodman, who has enlisted. It was resolved, that the letter be received, and the use of the Hall granted for one evening at lodge rates.

Application from Morrow and Deputron, for Council’s approval of plan and specification of brick wall for the Peacock Jam company, Camden street. Received, and approved.

A petition was submitted signed by eight Aldermen of the Council, asking that the undermentioned resolutions be passed:-

  1. That the Premier, be urged to forthwith bring in legislation to give effect to the resolution of the Legislative Assembly, to provide the closing of liquor bars at 9 p.m..
  2. That the municipalities of the state be requested to cooperate in the movement.

Alderman Clegg moved, that the petition be received, and the request of the petitioners complied with. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance committee submitted their report as contained on folio 21 of the Finance Committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting, amounting to £1364:7:7 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening amounting to £560:0:8 be paid. Total payments from general fund since last meeting, £1924:8:3

Permanent improvement loan fund, £707:10:6.

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £4550:5:11

It was further recommended, in accordance with clause 2 of of regulation 6, that the sum of £85 be voted from the general fund to carry out the following works:-

May Street: repair carriageway (St Peter’s Council to pay a like sum) £50:0:0 Urinal on bridge: raise brickwork and fix cisterns, £35:0:0 Total £85:0:0

Alderman Clegg 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 Szarka, and carried.

The Works Committee submitted their report as contained on folio 33 of the works committee’s report book, and Alderman 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 and adopted.

The Sanitary Inspector, submitted his report as contained on folio 110 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Dibble, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

By Alderman Edwards – complaining of the manner in which the wood blocks have been top dressed in King Street, and it was resolved that the overseer of works be asked to furnish a report, as to the reason for the inferior nature of the top dressing of the wood blocks on the western side of King Street.

Alderman Turtle moved:- that this Council place on record its appreciation of the action of Mr Arthur A. Eggleton, one of its employees, in enlisting for service with the Commonwealth Expeditionary Forces, and a copy of the resolution be forwarded under corporate seal to Mr Eggleton, and that he be informed, that he will be reinstated in his position upon his return. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Clegg, that a special meeting of the Council be called, to reconsider the Greater Sydney Bill now before the legislative assembly. It was arranged that the meeting be held on Tuesday, 9th November, 1915.

Alderman Dibble drew attention to the damage done to this Council’s ornamental trees in Hopetoun, Robert and Northwood streets, and asked that the matter be brought under the notice of the police, with a view to preventing any further damage. The mayor said he would have this done.

Alderman Clegg mentioned, that the public meeting, re the formation of the Newtown Soldiers’ Welfare Society had been successful. In company with his worship the mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and Alderman Szarka he had waited upon the Secretary of the Central Fund, who had assured them that they would be very pleased to have the cooperation and assistance of the Newtown Society, and would honour any recommendations made it by it. The report was received, and all concerned thanked for their attention to the matter.

There being no further business meeting terminated, confirmed at ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, the 2nd day of November, 1915.

 


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