Minutes of meeting of the council (duly convened), held at the council chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 9th day of March, 1915, at 7-30 o’clock p.m.

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

Apologies.
An apology was received from Alderman Clegg.

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

Alderman Morgan reported having attended the conference, re application from the Shire Municipal Employees’ Union, for the increase of wages. After consideration of the whole it was resolved, that the Secretary be instructed to oppose the claims, and ask for gazettal of the previous award, governing the County of Cumberland, and committee consisting of representatives from various councils was appointed to direct proceedings, and with the secretary in the matter.

Alderman Morgan’s report was received, and he was thanked his kindness in attending to this matter.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from that Waterloo council, asking cooperation in an endeavour to secure free tramway passes for Aldermen in the metropolitan area. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Letter from the Director General, Department of Public Works, covering Ordinance number 57 (fish, oysters, etc). Received.

Letter from C. Honer, Simmons Street, complaining of the state of the footpaths. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association, intimating that an appeal will be made for the regazettal of the previous award, governing wages in the County of Cumberland Shire and Municipal Employees’ Award. Received.

Letter from R.Hollis, M. L. A., intimating that he finds himself at variance with the council in the matter of franchise, under the proposed Local Government Bill, and is in favour of a wider franchise. Received.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, M. L. A., intimating that he would give this council’s request re opposition to the proposed alteration of the franchise, under the Local Government Bill, his careful consideration. Received.

Letter from the Chamber Magistrate, intimating that the appeals against the assessments of this council will be held at the courthouse, Newtown, on the 13th April, 1915, at 10 a.m.. Received.

Letters from Mrs W. M. Gordon, Mrs L. Lawler, and Mrs E. A. Elstub, acknowledging council’s kind letters of sympathy.

Letter from D. Brennan, with plan for the widening of Wilson Street, and intimating that he is prepared to give the land to widen Wilson Street, about 20 ft. across the full width of his property, provided the council will form, and make the Street, and continue it as shown on plan to Erskineville Road.

Alderman Bloom moved, that the letter be received, and Mrs Jefferys be asked to cooperate by giving sufficient land to widen the Street through to Erskineville Road, as shown on plan, and that his worship the Mayor and town clerk, obtain all information possible in the matter, for consideration by the Finance committee, and report to this council. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from D. Henley, Esq, M. L. A., expressing his disapproval to the issue of free water meters, was received.

Letter from the Manager, Electric light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, intimating that the board cannot see the way clear to make alterations in the existing flame arc lamps on the main roads of Newtown, and offering to change every third light on the main road to a 2000 CP incandescent lamp, if the council will pay an extra £6 a per annum for these new lights, and intimating, that it is the intention of the board to replace each of the 60 CP incandescent lamps within this municipality, with nitrogen filled lamps of 80 CP, without any additional charge. Alderman Morgan moved, but the letter be received, and referred to the lighting committee for report. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from the Acting Engineer for Lines, Postmaster-General’s Department, covering plan of telephone conduits, which it is proposed to lay from the St Peter’s Bridge to May Street, along the western footpath. Received

Letter from the Town Clerk, Petersham, intimating that the report of the recent conference, re extension of Liberty Street, was submitted to their council, and received and adopted. Received.

Letter from the Director-General, Department of Public Works, covering a schedule of the principal differences between the 1914 Local Government Bill and the 1915 Bill. Alderman Turtle moved that the letter be received, and laid upon the table. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Application from AM Howarth, for approval of plan of brick cottage in Simmons Street, Newtown, was received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

Application from J. Edwards, for council’s approval of wood and iron shed at 346 Edgeware Rd., was received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted their report has contained on folios 115/6 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts, amounting to £798:6:5 and that accounts amounting to £982:0:9 be paid. Total payments from General fund since last meeting, £1700:7:2.

The monthly financial statement was submitted, in accordance with regulation six, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £4637:7:10,.

The report further recommended inter alia:-

  1. that the Secretary of the Enmore and Newtown Citizens Band be asked to forward the balance sheet for the past year, in connection with his application for a subsidy, also a programme of proposed performances for the year 1915.
  2. that the remuneration of electoral officers on Saturday, 13th instant be —

Presiding officers £2:2:0 Poll clerks £1:1:0

C), that in the matter of application from F. Hoffman, for an increase in salary, the whole of salaries paid by this council had been considered, and it is now recommended that increases be made at the following rates per annum, as from 1 Mar 1915, viz:-

W. G. Salmon (town clerk) £25 R. Young (Overseer of Works) £26 J. Watson (sanitary inspector) £26 F. Hoffman (assistant sanitary inspector) £26 Q. Peter (typiste) £13

It was resolved on a motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Bloom, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect.

The Overseer of Works report of Works completed or in progress, etc, was submitted, and it was resolved that the report be received and adopted.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folio 92 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Szarka moved: —

That it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost placing footpaths in Metropolitan Road and Marion and Simmons Street in a proper state of repair. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

His worship the Mayor moved for Alderman Clegg:

That it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of placing the following in repair:- a) Leamington Lane at its eastern end. b) Crossing at the intersection of Holdsworth Street and Ivery’s Lane. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-

That the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, be requested to bring into operation, within the municipality of Newtown, “maximum-demand” rate, also to abolish the meter rentals now being charged, and thus place consumers upon an equal footing with those of Ashfield, Leichhardt, and Petersham, who are also supplied by the aforesaid Corporation. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed an ordinary meeting of the council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 23rd day of March, 1915.

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


Municipality of Newtown.
Declaration of the Poll at the Election for the Extraordinary Vacancies, in Camden and Kingston Wards, Caused by the Death of Alderman William Hunter Lawler (Camden Ward) on 16th February, 1915, and Alderman Robert Elstub, JP, (Kingston Ward), 18th February, 1915.

An Election Was Held on the 13th Day of March, 1915, the Polling Places Being, Camden Ward 522 King St., Newtown, Kingston Ward, (Principal Polling Place), Town Hall, Newtown,

To his worship the Mayor of the Council of the municipality of Newtown.

Sir,

I have the honour to report, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government act, and ordinances made thereunder, that on the 13th day of March, 1915, following Declaration of the Poll, for the election of Aldermen for the extraordinary vacancies in Camden and Kingston wards of the municipality of Newtown was made:-

CAMDEN WARD,

RYAN, Isadore Edwin 89 PAWLEY, Medway Thomas Barnabas Rowland 82 BROWN, William Edward 65 EGGLETON, William Robert Thomas, 32 Informal 5

KINGSTON WARD.

DIBBLE, William 156 FLANAGAN, Francis Victor, JP 106 GLEDHILL, Walter, JP 32 Informal 3

And in pursuance of the said act and ordinance, I hereby declare Isadore Edwin Ryan, duly elected Alderman to represent the Camden ward in the Council of the municipality of Newtown, in lieu of William Hunter Lawler, deceased. And I hereby declare William Dibble duly elected Alderman to represent the Kingston ward in the Council of the municipality of Newtown, in lieu of Robert Elstub, JP, deceased.

Signed, W. G. Salmon,
Town Clerk and Returning Officer.

Town Hall, Newtown,
13th March, 1915


Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the council chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 23rd day of March, 1915, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Morgan, Ryan, Lewis, and Clegg.

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

The Town Clerk and returning Officer (W. G. Salmon, JP), submitted the declaration of the poll as contained on folio 216 of the minute book, which declared : Edwin Ryan, duly elected Alderman to represent the Camden ward in the Council of the municipality of Newtown in lieu of William Hunter Lawler, deceased, and William Dibble duly elected Alderman to represent the Kingston ward in the Council of the municipality of Newtown, in lieu of Robert Elstub, JP, deceased. Received on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Szarka.

Alderman Smith then introduced Alderman William Dibble, who was warmly welcomed to the council chambers by his worship the Mayor. Alderman Dibble responded.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Department of Public Instruction, intimating that there will be no objection to round off the angle at the public school ground, at corner of Norfolk Street. Received.

Letter from the Balmain Council, asking the cooperation of this Council, in an endeavour to have a Royal Commission appointed, to ascertain the cause or causes of the failure in the water supply during the hot weather. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation granted. Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

Letter from H. May, asking to be relieved of the annual charge of one half the cost of an Electric light, which was placed at his request in Eliza Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and Mr May informed that it is regretted his application cannot be granted and a half cost of the light must be paid each year, as agreed by him on 27 September, 1910.

Letter from the Department of public health, covering analysis on 17 samples of milk, and recommending a prosecution in connection with Sample number 36. The town clerk reported, that under instructions from his worship the Mayor, the necessary prosecution has been instituted. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the Mayor’s action in regard thereto be endorsed.

Letter from C. Ryder Crofts, asking permission to stand advertising boards on the footpath at his premises, 209 King St, Newtown. On the recommendation of the Works Committee, it was resolved that the writer be informed that his application must be refused.

Letter from the Metropolitan board of Water Supply and Sewerage asking that Street sprinkling be discontinued during the very hot days. The Town Clerk reported, that the embargo, re Street sprinkling, had been removed and the street watering was being carried out as usual. Received.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Lands, per favour of R. Hollis, Esq, M. L. A. intimating that the sum of £25 has been paid to the credit of this Council, towards the maintenance and improvement of Hollis Park. It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Smith, and report, and that Mr Hollis be thanked for his attention to this matter.

Letter from H. W. Butler, Hon. Secretary of Batallion Committee, 34a Senior Cadets, asking for a grant towards the Cadets Band. Received, and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

Letter from J. A. Mansfield, Hon Secretary, 33b area, asking for a grant towards the band fund. Received, and referred to the Finance Committee for report on the motion of Alderman Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Letter from the Director-General, Department of Public Works, asking for an expression of opinion, as to the utility or otherwise of licensing and numbering tip carts, used in the County of Cumberland. Alderman Turtle moved, at the letter be received, and the writer informed, in the opinion of this Council, licensing and numbering tip carts, in the County of Cumberland, would be very useful in assisting the Council to easily identify any offenders within this area against the ordinances. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Application from Porter and Rowe, for Council’s approval of plan of alterations to shop window at 273 King St., Newtown, was received and approved, subject to there being no encroachment on this Council’s foot paths.

Application from W.B. Ogden, for Council’s approval of plan of timber sheds and offices, at their premises, Erskineville Road, was received and approved, subject to a satisfactory report from the Works Committee.

REPORTS.

The Works Committee submitted their report as contained on folio 23/4 of the works committee report book, and containing recommendations 1 to 8. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Works committee’s report be received and recommendations 1.to 8(c.) adopted. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved, in regard to recommendation 8(c.), that all the words after floor be deleted, and the following the substituted,-“your committee recommends, that the applicant be informed, that this room is regarded as a living room, and the Council’s regulations governing height and airspace must be complied with, and Gully sink removed to the outer air”. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Bloom moved:-
that it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of improving the street watering service in the side streets of the municipality. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-
that the Minister in charge of the Local Government Department be asked to insert a clause in the new local government Bill, giving Councils the power to enforce the paving of private lanes or right of ways, where it is deemed necessary by the Council. Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Smith moved:- that the advisability of otherwise of appointing additional members of the Works, Specification, and Health committees, be made an order of the day for the next ordinary meeting of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a communication from Miss K. Ryan, principal of the girls Department, Newtown superior public school, which inter alia invited the Alderman and their wives to a farewell gathering, to be tendered by Miss Ryan to her pupils and parents, in St. George’s Hall, Newtown, on Wednesday, 31st March, 1915, at 3 p.m., on the occasion of her retirement from the public service of the State.

Alderman Turtle moved that the letter be received, and as many as can make it conveniently attend, and that the town clerk be instructed to prepare an address, under the corporate sea of this Council, for presentation to Miss Ryan, expressing appreciation of distinguished invaluable services rendered by her in improving the minds of so many of the children of the State, more particularly during recent years within the municipality of Newtown, and conveying the hope that she may long be spared to enjoy a well earned rest in health and peace. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Alderman Pritchard mentioned, that some delay had been caused the firemen at the fire on Sunday, 21st instant, owing to their inability to secure water promptly, and it was resolved that a letter be sent, inquiring the cause of the delay.

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

Signed, Frank Bamfield, Mayor.
W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk.

 


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