Minutes of a meeting of the council (duly convened) held at the council chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 14th day of December, 1915, at 7-30 p.m.

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

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Secretary, Department of Public Health, intimating that pulmonary tuberculosis had been proclaimed a notifiable disease, in the Metropolitan sanitary district. Received.

Letter from Alderman W. Taylor, Municipal Representative on the Board of Fire Commissioners, of New South Wales, covering the estimates of expenditure for the year 1916, for the Sydney Fire District.

Similar letter from H. M. Webb, Secretary of the Board of Fire Commissioners, giving similar information. The amount of the contribution for the Municipality of Newtown, will be £753:3:10. The communications were received.

Letter from Messrs Collins and Mulholland, asking council’s approval of sketch plan enclosed, of “Deerbrook”, which is being transferred from Town’s Trustees to Leahy. On the recommendation of the Works committee, it was resolved, that the application be received, and the plan enclosed be approved.

Letter from the Manager, Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation, intimating that it is practically impossible to carry out any test of the CP of the electric lights on the main road, which will be satisfactory to either party, and expressing the opinion that the 1000 CP enclosed arc lamps were of the full power specified.

It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this council is still the opinion that the electric lights on the main road, known as 1000 CP enclosed arc lamps are of an obsolete type, irregular, inefficient, and unsatisfactory, and asking that this council’s application be resubmitted to the board for consideration, with a request that, under the provisions of paragraph 1 of this council’s agreement of the Corporation, dated 15th March, 1910, 1000 CP lamps of the most improved type be installed at a cost not exceeding the price mentioned in the agreement, viz., £16 per lamp per annum.

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

Letter from the Tramway Department, asking that the carriageway of Wilson St be raised nearer the Fitzroy Street tram stop. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Chief Secretary’s Department, containing regulation for the election of members, to serve on the Board of Fire Commissioners of New South Wales. Received.

Letter from Adjutant Annetts, making application for permission to play the usual Christmas carols and take up a collection within this area on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Alderman Clegg moved, that the letter be received, and the application granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Letter from the Local Government Department, intimating that the Local Government Amending Bill was introduced, and read the first time in Parliament on 2nd instant, and copies will be forwarded to the council. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association of New South Wales, outlining the alteration in the wages award of the Municipal and Shire Councils Employees’ Union, which is thought were more favorable to the council’s planning than the previous award. Received.

Letter from the Local Government Department, intimating that a sum not exceeding in the aggregate £100, may be expended out of the corporate funds, in assisting the recruiting movement, for the purpose of raising Australia’s new levy of 50,000 men. Received.

Letter from Miss Elsie Eden, complaining of the nuisance caused by the exhaust pipe from the Newtown Ice Works. It was resolved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from Walter Suchting, making application for permission to sell matches at the corner of King and Mary streets, on Friday nights. It was reported that the applicant was a respectable blind man, and it was resolved, that the letter be received, and the application granted for the time being, the council preserving the right to withdraw the permission at any time, if it is found necessary.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, M. L. A., intimating that he has requested the Minister for Public Works to receive the deputation re the extension of Liberty street to Railway Avenue. Received.

Letter from J. H. Catts, M. H. R., organising secretary, giving information re the New South Wales Recruiting Campaign for 50,000 men. Received.

Letter from Hollander and Govett, making application for the renewal of their hoarding licences within the Newtown area. Received, and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Invitation from the Mayor of Woollahra, to the official opening of the new garbage destructor, was received with thanks, and as many as possible to attend.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted its report as contained on Folio 122 of the Finance Committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £653:1:2 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening amounting to £1,040: 6: 7 be paid. Total payments from general funds since last meeting £1,693: 7: 9

The Monthly Financial Statement was submitted, in accordance with regulation 6, and disclosed a credit balance to date, of £1.432:1:4.

The following amounts were recommended in accordance with clause 2of regulation 6, as votes of appropriation from the General Fund, for the following works:-

(a) Australia Street. Top dress balance of CW, between King and Lennox streets £60: 0: 0

(b) Camden Lane. Top dress with tar £8: 0: 0

(c) May Street. Complete repairs £2:10: 0

(d) Urinal. Raise brickwork and fixed new cisterns £45: 0: 0

It was further recommended, that the Town Clerk’s estimates of receipts and expenditure for the year 1916, estimates expenditure £21,549, estimated receipts £21,549, and providing for a rate of 3-1/4d in the £ on the unimproved capital value (£1,425,657) of all rateable land in the Municipality of Newtown, be adopted as the estimated receipts and expenditure of the said Municipality for the year 1916.

It was further recommended, in reply to the letter from the Public Instruction Department, asking that some scheme be formulated, to provide organised sports, etc in Hollis Park, that that Minister for Public Instruction be asked, to establish a fully equipped kindergarten playground, similar to the one just opened in Wentworth Park, Glebe, and this council will be pleased to do all in its power to assist in the scheme.

Alderman Turtle moved, but the Finance Committee’s report, with the exception of the portion dealing with the estimated receipts and expenditure, be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect, the estimates to be considered separately. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the estimated expenditure for the year 1916, be the sum of £20, 070:14:3, and the estimated income be the sum of £20,070:14.3, and the rate to be levied be a rate of three pence in the £ on the unimproved capital value. Seconded by Alderman Edwards.
Amendment moved by Alderman Clegg, that the recommendation of the Finance Committee, with regard to the estimated expenditure and income, and a rate of 3-1/4d in the £, be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

A division was called for, and resulted as follows:- For the Amendment, his worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield), and Aldermen Clegg, Morgan, Szarka, Bloom, Ryan, Pritchard and Lewis. Against the Amendment, Alderman Turtle, Edwards, Smith and Dibble.

The Amendment was then submitted as a substantive motion, when Alderman Turtle moved, that of the 3-1/4d rate proposed to be struck, a sum equal to one farthing in the £ on the unimproved capital value be now allotted to tar paving purposes only. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and lost.

The substantive motion, namely, that the recommendation of the Finance Committee for receipts and expenditure for the year 1916, estimated expenditure. £21,549, estimated receipts of £21,549, and providing for a rate of 3-1/4d. in the £ on the unimproved capital value (£1,425,657) of all rateable land within the Municipality of Newtown, be received and adopted as the estimated receipts and expenditure of the said Municipality for the year 1916, was then submitted, and declared carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works Committee, held 13 December, 1915, as contained on Folio 36/7 of the Works Committee’s report book, and containing recommendations 1 to 6.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the Works Committee’s report be received and adopted, and the architect (Mr Campbell) be asked to report as to the extra cost of work at the urinal. Seconded by Alderman Edwards.
Amendment moved by Alderman Lewis, that the Works Committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried. The Amendment was then submitted as a substantive motion, and declared carried.

The Overseer’s report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight was received.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report, as contained on folios 115 to 120 inclusive of the sanitary inspector’s report book, was submitted, and Alderman Smith moved, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted, and the authority asked for in paragraph 4 be given. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-

  1. That it be referred to the Workss committee to report on the best means and probable cost of placing Ferndale Street in repair. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.
  2. That it be referred to the Works committee to report on the advisability and probable cost of tar paving the carriageway of Margaret Street, from Ferndale Street to Simmons Street. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

ORDERS OF THE DAY.

To open and consider tenders for the annual contracts for the period beginning 1st January, 1916. The tenders having been opened, it was resolved, that they be considered while in committee of the whole with closed doors. Upon resuming council, it was reported, that while in committee of the whole, tenders for the annual contracts had been considered, and the committee now recommends, that the tender of the State Metal Quarries, for blue metal, delivered in trucks at the Newtown or St. Peters railway sidings, as per specification:-

DELIVERED FROM KIAMA QUARRIES.

2-1/2″ blue metal 8/3 per ton on trucks delivered at the Newtown or St Peter’s railway sidings. 1-1/2″ blue metal 9/-per ton. 3/4″ and topping 9/3 per ton.

DELIVERED FROM KEMBLA QUARRY.

21/2″ blue metal 7/6 per ton on trucks delivered at the Newtown or St Peter’s railway sidings. 1-1/2″ blue metal 8/- per ton. 3/4″ blue metal 8/6 per ton. Topping 8/3 per ton.

be accepted, under the corporate seal.

With reference to the tenders for printing and stationery, your committee recommends, that none of the tenders submitted be accepted, but the matter of supplies for printing and stationery be left in the hands of the Mayor and Town Clerk, to prepare a schedule of the probable year’s requirements, obtain prices for same, and accept the tender deemed most suitable. The committee’s report was received and adopted.

GENERAL BUSINESS.

Under this heading his worship the Mayor mentioned that the next meeting of the council would occur during the Christmas holidays, and it was resolved, that the meeting on the 28th instant be omitted, and the Council meet again on Tuesday, 11 January, 1916.

The Mayor then wished the members of the Council the season’s greetings, which were heartily reciprocated.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 11 th day of January, 1916.


 

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