Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 2nd day of November, 1915, 7-30 p.m..

PRESENT.
His worship the mayor (Alderman Bamfield) and aldermen, Clegg, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Pritchard, Smith and Edwards.

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Turtle, Szarka and Lewis.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Further replies were received to the Council’s letter, suggesting that an association be formed to promote the welfare of soldiers and their relatives, and the Town Clerk reported, that to date 59 replies have been received, 29 councils cooperating. Action as suggested had already been taken by 14 councils. 10 councils referred the letter to local recruiting, patriotic, or other committees, and six councils simply. “Received” the communication. The letters and report were received.

The following 31 replies were received to Council’s letter, asking cooperation in a request to the Premier 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.

Cooperation has been granted by the municipalities of Parramatta, Lidcombe, Botany, Redfern, Moss Vale, Canley Vale, Balmain, St Peter’s, Mascot, Erskineville, Wingham, Waratah, Mosman, Hurstville, Hamilton, Drummoyne, Armidale, Campbelltown, Auburn and Burwood.

The following councils also cooperated, but would prefer the hour of closing to be 6 p.m.. North Sydney, Strathfield, and Marrickville.

The communication was “received” only by – Ashfield, Tamworth, Newcastle, Hunters Hill, Leichhardt, Goulburn, Woollahra and Ryde. The letters were received.

Letter from the Local Government Association of New South Wales, intimating their meeting will be held on 3rd November, to consider the Greater Sydney Bill, and asking that a representative be present. Alderman Clegg moved that the letter be received. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, I.O. of Rechabites, congratulating the Council upon the action they had taken in regard to the early closing of liquor bars. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Department of Public Health, covering 17 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Sydney City Mission, asking permission to collect within this area on Saturday, 4th December, 1915, in aid of the City Mission’s Funds. Alderman Clegg moved, that the application be received, and permission as desired granted, provided the collection is carried out on the same lines as in previous years. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from Miss Tynan, calling attention to the nuisance caused at the public kindergarten school, Australia Street, by the dust and Street noises, and asking that the carriageway of Australia Street be tarpaved. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that when the top dressing of Australia Street (which is now in hand) is completed, it is thought the nuisance complained of will be obviated.

Letter from R. Colbourne, asking permission to erect a merry-go-round plant on Smith’s land, King and Norfolk streets, Newtown, and enclosing letters of recommendation. A similar application was made by T. McGuire, for a captive aeroplane on the same land. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the application be received, and refused. Seconded by Alderman Clegg.

Amendment moved by Alderman Bloom, that the applications be received and granted, provided the consent of the owner of the land is first obtained, and that the usual hurdy-gurdy music is omitted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The amendment was then submitted as a substantive motion, and declared carried, T. McGuire to have the use of the land after R. Colbourne’s term has expired.

Letter from Mrs B. M. Hanson, asking on behalf of the Newtown and Erskineville Royal Alexandra Cot Fund Committee for the free use of the Town Hall, for a bazaar, to be held on the 4th and 5th November, 1915. It was resolved that the application be received, and the request granted.

Letter from P. Hunter, intimating that a recruiting meeting will be held in St. Georges Hall, Newtown, on Friday, 5th instant at 8 p.m.. Received.

Letter from Capt W. L. Garrett, asking on behalf of the Newtown and Camperdown area 33A cadet band for permission for the band to play in King Street, Newtown, on Friday, or any late shopping night, and make collection on behalf of the band’s funds. Alderman Bloom moved, that the application be received, and the whole matter of bands and Street collections be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from Miss S. Brown, asking on behalf of the Newtown Public School Old Girls’ Union, for the free use of the Town Hall, on Monday, 8th November, the whole of the proceeds to be devoted to the Newtown Allies Day Fund. It was resolved that the application be received and granted, and the writer to be asked, that a similar function be held at some future date on behalf of Soldiers Welfare Society.

Letter from L. Ward, Secretary of the Kingfisher Swimming Club, soliciting on behalf of the club the financial support of the Mayor and Aldermen. Received.

REPORTS.

The Overseer of Works, submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, and expressed the opinion, that the failure of the biturine dressing on the portion of wood blocks was due to the dampness of the blocks. Received.

The Sanitary Inspector, submitted his report as contained on Folio 111 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.

There being no further business meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 16th day of November, 1915.


Minutes of a meeting of the Council (Special Meeting), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 9th day of November, 1915, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

In accordance with the resolution of the Council, a special meeting was convened for Tuesday night the instant, at 7-30 p.m., to reconsider the Greater Sydney Bill.

At the expiration of half an hour, after the time at which the meeting was convened, a quorum was not present, and the meeting therefore lapsed.

The following were in attendance – Alderman Clegg, Ryan, Edwards, Lewis, Pritchard and Dibble.


Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 16th day of November, 1915, at 7-30 p.m..

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

MINUTES.
The minutes of the previous ordinary meeting, and notes of a special meeting, convened for the ninth instant, were read, and were confirmed and signed, on the motion of Alderman Szarka, seconded by Alderman Clegg.

Alderman Turtle explained the cause of his absence from the special meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Replies to Council’s letter to municipalities, asking cooperation in requesting the Premier to forthwith bring in legislation to give effect to the resolution of the legislative assembly, to provide for the closing of liquor bars at 9 p.m. were received as follows:-

43 municipalities cooperating, viz:- Parramatta, Lidcombe, Botany, Randwick, Moss Vale, Canley Vale, Balmain, St Peter’s, Mascot, Erskineville, North Sydney, Strathfield, Marrickville, Rockdale, North Illawarra, Alexandria, Lismore, Wollongong, Manly, Coonamble, Homebush, Canterbury, Casino, Dundas, Enfield, Granville, Liverpool, Petersham, Annandale, East Maitland, Wallendbeen, Cowra, Central Ilawarra, Rockdale, Liverpool, Annandale, Petersham, Manly, Granville, Dundas, Kempsey, Willoughby, and Bexley. The letter was “received” only by 27 councils, mostly on the grounds that the government had already taken action, Viz:- Ashfield, Tamworth, Newcastle, Hunters Hill, Leichhardt, Waterloo, South Grafton, Temora, Wollongong, Albury, Waverley, Gundagai, Ballina, Glebe, Narrandera, Bankstown, Molong, Deniliquin, Paddington, Orange, Hay, Tenterfield, Murrumburrah, Braidwood, Kogarah, Prospect and Sherwood, and Moree. The communications were received.

Letter from the Marrickville, the United Friendly Society’s Demonstration and Sports Committee, asking permission to exhibit two calico signs within the municipality of Newtown, in connection with the demonstration to be held on the 4th December. Alderman Morgan moved, that permission as desired be granted for 14 days. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Letter from Messrs Alan Taylor and Co offering 50,000 1st-class wood blocks at £10:5:0 per thousand. On the recommendation of the Works Committee it was resolved to allow the matter to stand over for the present, and inquiries to be made as to price of jarrah blocks delivered.

Letter from P. Henley Esquire, M. L. A., intimating that he is leaving for Alexandria, to take charge of the base depot for the Citizens War Chest and Comforts Club, and the patriotic leagues of other states. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter the received, and Mr Henley informed, that this Council heartily appreciate his patriotic action. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Deputy Postmaster-General, intimating that the altered times of clearance were placed on the letter receivers, more especially at Camden street, but have become detached either by children or wind in wet weather, but the lettering of the receivers will be carried out as soon as possible. Received.

Letter from the Local Government Association, with reference to the Greater Sydney Bill and franchise, was received.

Letter from the Hon General Secretary, Hospital Saturday Fund, suggesting that only two outdoor collections be allowed within this area in the year. Alderman Clegg moved, that the letter be received. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from H. Prentice, furniture dealer, calling attention to the action of James Flemming, a furniture dealer, which he thought was not in accordance with the ordinance. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Council’s inspector for report.

Letter from the manager, Paval Co. Ltd, expressing the grateful appreciation for the manner in which the recent demonstration of Paval was facilitated by this Council and its officers. Received

Letter from E. C. Stewart, asking to the patronage of the Mayor and Alderman to a concert to be held on December 15 in the St George’s Hall, and also permission to take up a street collection in connection with a procession, which is to start from Forbes Street, and proceed via King St. to St George’s Hall on that evening. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Ryan, seconded by Alderman Clegg, the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted its report as contained on Folio 121 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid under those appropriations since last meeting, amounting to £653:13:3 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening amounting to £1072:19:6 be paid. Total payments from General fund since last meeting, £1726:12:9

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £2910:17:10

It was further recommended, that the application of Captain W. L. Garrad, on behalf of the Newtown Camperdown 33A cadet band, for permission to play in King Street, Newtown, and make collection in aid of the band’s funds, on Friday nights, be granted, until otherwise notified by this Council, in a portion of King St within the Newtown Camperdown area, viz, between the town Hall and Missenden Road.

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

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works committee, held 8th November, 1915, as contained on Folios 33/4 of the Works committee’s report book, containing recommendations 1 to 4, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Clegg, seconded by Alderman Szarka, but the Works committee’s report be received, and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect.

The Overseer of Works, submitted his report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, which was received, the plans mentioned therein, having already been dealt with by the Works committee.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on Folio 112 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.

GENERAL BUSINESS.

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:-

By Alderman Clegg — asking that more attention be paid to the condition of the swings at L’avenue playground.

His worship the Mayor reported, that a successful recruiting meeting had been held at the St George’s Hall, on Friday, 5th instant, and that the reception of the Gilgandra Cooees at Alderman Szarka’s picture theatre, where they were supplied by the committee with refreshments, and entertained, and again at the Town Hall, Newtown, where the official reception had been held, was an unqualified success, and he thanked all who had assisted in the matter.

There being no further business, the meeting terminated at 8:15 p.m.. Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 30th day of November, 1915.


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

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

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Bloom.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association of New South Wales, covering a copy of replies from the Minister for Public Instruction, re the Greater Sydney Bill. Received.

Letter from F. Flanagan, asking for the loan of the Council’s water cart, in connection with the route March to Maroubra, by the senior cadets, 34 area (Enmore division). Alderman Dibble intimated that other arrangements had now been made for a supply of City water for the cadets while at Maroubra, and the application was therefore withdrawn.

Letter from R.B. Shaw, re excessive rating under the Greater Sydney scheme. Received.

Letter from F. W. Turton, covering a plan of subdivision of land in King Street having a frontage of 135’3″ to King Street, by a depth of 100 ft.. On 120 ft. of this land, which was about to be transferred by B.H. Eve to the Prince of Wales Theatre Co Ltd., the Council had approved the erection of the picture theatre, leaving a residue, having 15’3″ frontage to King Street by a depth of 100 ft. It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works committee, that the application, with subdivision plan, be received, and Council’s approval granted.

Letter from Miss E.C. Stewart, thanking Council for their permission to collect by a procession from Forbes Street to St George’s Hall, which is being held in connection with the concert on the 15th December, 1915. Received.

Letter from the Millers Timber and Trading Co Ltd, quoting a price for Jarrah wood blocks for street paving purposes. Received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Local Government Department, with reference to an amendment in ordinance 48 was received.

Letter from Miss Ruby Board, asking if census forms might be left at the Town Hall, Newtown, for distribution to applicants in connection with the Women’s Census being arranged by the National Council of Women of New South Wales. Alderman Morgan moved, that the application be received, and permission desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Clegg, and carried.

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

Letter from J. Flemming, asking for Council’s permission to retain a sign bearing his name at 511 King St., Newtown. Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from O.A. Edwards, Relieving Police Magistrate, intimating that he has been appointed to revise the lists of electors for this Municipality. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Council Chambers, Town Hall, Newtown, be the place and building where the Revision Court, to revise the list of electors within the Municipality of Newtown, shall be held. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from Messrs Hilton Browne and Co, making application for permission to affix showcases in front of their premises, 365 King St., Newtown. It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that the application be received and granted, provided no portion of the showcases is more than 3 in. in depth.

Letter from the Undersecretary, Department of Public Instruction, asking that some scheme be formulated, which could be financed and controlled by the Education Department, for organised sport, and wholesome physical exercise, on Hollis Park, Newtown. Alderman Clegg moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the Works specification committee, held Monday 29th November, 1915, as contained on Folios 34/5 of the Works committee’s report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Clegg, seconded by Alderman Pritchard, that the Works specification committee’s report be received and adopted, and tenders be called for the annual contracts, as recommended..

His worship, the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Lighting Committee, held Monday, 29th November, 1915, as contained on Folio’s 35/6 of the Lighting Committee’s report book, containing recommendations 1 to 6. Alderman Szarka moved that the Lighting Committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

The Town Clerk and Valuer, W.G. Salmon, submitted the valuer’s report, together with valuation books for the Camden, Enmore, O’Connell, and Kingston wards, which disclosed valuations for the year 1916, to be as follows:-

WARD UNIMP.CAP.VAL. IMP.CAP.VAL. ASSESSED ANN VALUE Camden £266,258 £717,969 £64,795 Enmore £403,154 £1,028,915 £86,706 O’connell £491,171 £1,064,107 £85,495 Kingston £265,074 £573,435 £43,808 TOTALS £1,425,657 £3,384,444 £280,804

Together with estimates of a rate limits as required by clause 22 of ordinance 5, made under the Local Government Act 1906-7-8, as follows:-

Part No.1. Limit of general rate and additional general rates, taken together. The unimproved capital value of all rateable land in the Municipality has valued by me is that sum of £1,425,657.

The assessed annual value of all rateable land in the Municipality as valued by me is the sum of £280,000,804.

Two pence in the £ on the unimproved capital value would yield, £11,880:9:6

1/6 in the £ on the assessed annual value would yield, £21,060:6:0

The limit beyond which the council cannot levy general and additional general rates is therefore sum of £32,940:15:6

Part No. 2. Limit of all rates (General, Additional general, Special, Local, and Loan Rates) is taken together.

Two pence in the £ on the unimproved capital value would yield, £11,880:9:6

Two shillings in the £ on the assessed annual value would yield, £28,080:8:0

The limit beyond which the council cannot levy any rates (under Local Government Act) is therefore the sum of £39,960:17:6

Alderman Clegg moved, that the valuer’s report, and valuations for the year 1916, together with estimates of rate limits, as required by clause 22 of ordinance 5, which disclosed:-

Unimproved capital value: £1,425,657 improved capital value: £3,384,444 assessed annual value: £280,804

Be received and adopted. 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 on Folio 113/4 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the sanitary inspector’s report be received and adopted, applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted, and item 4 referred to the Workss committee for report.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Pritchard moved:- that Camden Lane, be top dressed with tar, at an estimated cost of £8. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:- that the work of repairs to May St. be completed, at an estimated cost of £2:10:0. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading, his worship the Mayor mentioned that Allies’ Day had been celebrated in Newtown on November 19, and resulted in over £180 being added to the Allies State fund, a result he thought very creditable to all concerned.

Alderman Morgan asked:- that the footpath in Enmore Road, from Edgeware Road to Juliet Street, be placed in repair.

Alderman Edwards asked:- that repairs to Lord St be carried out as early as possible.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, concerned at ordinary meeting of the council, held at the Town To Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 14th day of December, 1915.

 


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