Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 6th day of April, 1915 at 7-30 p.m.

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

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

Alderman Bloom introduced Alderman I. Edwin Ryan, JP, the newly elected Alderman for Camden Ward. His worship the Mayor extended Alderman Ryan a cordial welcome. Alderman Ryan suitably responded.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from T.S. Crawford, Esq, MLA, acknowledging Council’s letter, re the alteration of the franchise in the new Local Government Bill. Received.

Letter from JE Donaghue, Manager of the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, intimating that his board were unable to accede to the Council wishes, re “maximum demand” rate, and the abolition of meter rentals. Alderman Turtle moved that the letter be received. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Letter from W. R. Dunning, inviting the attendance of the Council to a religious service to be held by the loyal Orange Lodge, number 233, in St. Georges Hall, Newtown on Sunday, April 25. Received, and the writer to be thanked for the invitation.

Letters from Messrs Bagnell, Kerry, Eldridge, Spicer and Glover, asking that repairs be carried out to the footpath in Simmons Street. Alderman Szarka moved, that the letter be received, and the writers informed, that this work has been passed by the Council, and will be carried out an early date. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Letter from the Reverend J. J. Williams, inviting the attendance and cooperation of the members of this Council, at a harvest festival service, to be held in the Newtown Congregational church, on Sunday, April 11, as all gifts are to be auctioned on the following Monday, and the proceeds handed to the Newtown Belgian fund. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation granted. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

Application from the Secretary, Messrs Daniels Ltd, for a licence for hoarding on J. Channon’s vacant land, Gladstone Street. Alderman Clegg moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Works committee for investigation and report. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

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

Letter from H. Cohen, asking if the Council will allow him to build six cottages as per plan enclosed, in lieu of the present tables. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Works committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried out.

REPORTS.

It was decided that the Finance Committee’s report be considered in committee of the whole, at a later stage of the meeting.

The chairman of Works, submitted a report of the meeting of the Works Committee, held 24th ult, as contained in folio 24 of the Works committee’s report book. Alderman Clegg moved, that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Smith 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 in folios 94/5 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Pritchard, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, applications mentioned in paragraph 2 granted, and authority asked for in paragraph 6 be given.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

(A) to consider the advisability or otherwise of appointing additional members to the Works, Specification, and Health Committees, in lieu of Alderman Robert Elstub, JP, and Alderman W. H. Lawler, deceased. (B) if deemed advisable, to elect same.

Alderman Clegg moved, that the Works, Specification, and Health Committees consist of the present members, namely:- his worship the Mayor (Alderman Frank Bamfield, JP, chairman) and Alderman Edwards, Szarka, Turtle and Smith. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the Council do now resolve into committee of the whole, to consider with closed doors, the Finance committee’s report. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Upon resuming Council, it was reported that while in committee of the whole, the Finance Committee’s report, as contained on folios 116 and 117 of the Finance Committee report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts, amounting to £634:1:0 and that accounts amounting to £801:2:3 be paid. Total payments from the General Fund since last meeting, £1435:3:3

The monthly financial statement was submitted, in accordance with regulation six, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £5836:1:5.

The report further recommended that letters from J. A. Mansfield, and H. W. Butler, asking for band subsidies be considered at a later date.

In connection with the letter from D. Brennan, Esq, re widening of Wilson Street, together with other correspondence with reference to the same matter, it was recommended that R. Hollis, Esq, MLA, be asked to make arrangements at once, for a deputation, consisting of the members of Parliament for this district, the State member for Alexandria, and the members of this Council, to wait upon the Hon the Minister for Public Works, and request that Wilson Street be widened to one chain in width, from King Street to Erskineville Road, before the terrace of shops are erected by D. Brennan Esq.

Your committee of the whole having carefully considered this report, now recommend that it be received and adopted, the accounts be confirmed and paid, and all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Alderman Morgan moved, that the report of the committee of the whole Council be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE

Alderman Bloom mentioned the serious inconvenience, which had been caused to businesspeople in Newtown, on Thursday, 1st inst, on account of the failure of the electric light, for not less than 20 minutes during the business hours of the evening, there should also be a person in charge of the substation in case of emergencies.

His worship the Mayor said he would have a letter sent, inquiring re these matters.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed that ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 20th day of April, 1915.

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


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, the 20th day of April, at 7-30 p.m..

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

APOLOGIES.
An apology was received from Alderman Bloom.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, MLA, acknowledging Council’s letter, re private lanes and right of ways, and intimating that the matter will have his careful consideration.

Letters from the Hon D. R. Hall, R. Hollis, TS Crawford, and S. Hickey Ms. L. A., acknowledging Council’s letter, re deputation to ask for the widening of Wilson Street, and intimating their willingness to attend.

Letter from the Director-General, Department of Public Works, intimating that with reference to the deputation, which waited upon the Minister for Public Works on the 29th May, 1914, to ask for the extension of Henderson Road Tramway to Newtown Bridge, and the widening of portion of Wilson Street and Erskineville Road, the matter of Tram extension has been referred to the Tramway advisory committee for investigation. The larger question of widening Wilson Street and Erskineville Road has been carefully considered, but cannot be undertaken by the department.

Letter from secretary, Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, intimating that the officer reports, that there was no serious delay at the fire in Ogden’s timber yard on the 21st March, and that the supply of water was adequate, further, there had been no complaints from the officer in charge of the fire brigade. Received.

Letter from the officer in Charge of Local Government, intimating that copies of the Local Government Franchise bill will be forwarded as soon as they are available from the printer.

Letter from the Glebe Council, complaining of the action of the Local Government Association in appointing Alderman Dodd of Gundagai as the municipal representative, to fill the vacancy on the wages board, caused by the resignation of Alderman Magney, as the application to the board deals only with employees in the County of Cumberland. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation granted, the association be asked for an explanation of their action in appointing a country delegate. Seconded by Alderman Clegg, and carried.

Letter from Miss K. Ryan, thinking the Council for the illuminated address presented to her on the occasion of her retirement from the public service. Received.

Letter from the Vaucluse Council, asking cooperation in an endeavour to have Empire Day proclaimed a public holiday. His worship the Mayor intimated, that this had already been done by the government, and the letter was received.

Letter from Messrs Lawrence, Son and MacDonald, asking Council’s approval for a re- subdivision of Lot 84, and part of Lot 85 Marian St., on which are built two houses, known as numbers 55 and 57. It was resolved that the application be received, and approval granted.

Letter from the Erskineville Council, agreeing to attend the deputation, re widening of Wilson Street. Received.

Letter from the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, intimating that temporary breakdown at the Powerhouse affected the whole of the electric light in Newtown on the eighth instant, but only for eight minutes. The occurrence was sincerely regretted and is due entirely to unforeseen circumstances. Received.

Letter from G. Paul, Secretary, Rosebery progress association, asking cooperation in a complaint is to the nuisance caused by noxious trades in Alexandria. Received.

Letter from D. Henley, re the water Supply and constitution of the board, and making suggestions for improvements. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, copies supplied to each Alderman, and the matter considered at the next meeting of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown band, asking for a subsidy. Received, and referred to the Finance committee for report.

Letter from F. Hoffman, making application for his annual holiday leave. Received, and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands.

Letter from D. Brennan, with further reference to the widening of Wilson Street, was submitted, and it was resolved that it be considered in committee of the whole at a later stage.

His worship the Mayor submitted a minute dealing with the lack of supper room accommodation in connection with the town Hall, and intimating that he had referred the matter to the Works committee, together with sketch plan prepared by the Council’s architect (James Campbell Esq) for consideration and report

Alderman Turtle moved, that the mayoral minute be received, and the Mayor’s action endorsed. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor as chairman of the Works committee submitted a report as detailed on folios 25/6 of the Works committee’s report book, and containing recommendations 1 to 8. The items were considered seriatum, and were adopted, 1 to 7 inclusive. Upon the submission of item 8, recommending the provision of a suitable supper room for the Town Hall, and that a plan and specification be prepared, and tenders called for the work, on the lines of the sketch plan submitted, Alderman Clegg moved, that the Works committee’s recommendation, as contained in paragraph 8 be received and adopted and carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Lewis.

Amendment moved by Alderman Morgan, that recommendation number 8 be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and lost. The original motion was then submitted, and declared carried.

The Town Clerk and Valuer (W. G. Salmon), submitted his report of the result of assessments submitted to the appeal Court on the 13th day of April, 1915, which resulted in a total reduction in rates in the various boards of £5:16:9, (O’Connell Ward £5:2:6, Kingston Ward 12 shillings, Enmore Ward 2/3). The summary of the valuation, after appeal, for the year 1915 is as follows:-

Ward UCV ICV Ass.Ann.V. Rate at 3d in the £ Camden Ward £265,008 £700,392 £63,631 £3312:12:0 Enmore Ward £401,107 £1,017,643 £86,305 £5013:16:9 O’Connell Ward £483,764 £1,039,274 £83,864 £6047:1:0 Kingston Ward £264,514 £568,094 £43,375 £3306:8:6 TOTAL £1,414,393 £3,325,403 £277,175 £17,679:18:3

Alderman Clegg moved, that the valuer’s report be received and adopted. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

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

The Sanitary Inspectors report, as contained on Folio 96 of the sanitary inspector’s report book was received, applications mentioned in paragraph 4 granted, and authorities asked for in paragraph five given, on the motion of Alderman Clegg, seconded by Alderman Turtle.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Clegg moved:-

(1) that it be referred to the Works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of placing Herbert Street in a proper state of repair. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

(2) that it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report upon the advisability of rearranging the lights in Herbert Street, so as to more efficiently light the southern end. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved:-
that the attention of the Tramway Authorities be drawn to the dangerous condition of the tram line in front of the Congregational church, King Street, Newtown, by the guard rail projecting fully 2 in. and constituting a menace to life and property. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Clegg moved:- that the Mayor convene a public meeting of the residents and schoolteachers, to consider the advisability of celebrating Empire Day, which has been proclaimed a public holiday. Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Clegg moved:-
that His worship, the Mayor convene a public meeting of the citizens, to discuss the advisability of following the excellent example set by his Majesty King George V, in regard to abstinence from alcoholic liquors during the war, and this Council pledges its hearty cooperation and support, and invites the cooperation of all municipalities in forwarding this great patriotic movement. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:-
that letter be sent to the Chief Secretary, protesting against the portion of the Newtown Bridge, below the fountain, being proclaimed a place at which open air public meetings might be held, as owing to the constant vehicular and pedestrian traffic on this portion of the Bridge, such meetings would prove a danger. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

Alderman Morgan moved:-
that letter be sent to the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, asking that the asphalt footpath in King Street, South East side, where the water main was recently laid be placed in order as soon as possible. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-
that the council do now resolve itself into committee of the whole with closed doors, to consider the communication received from D. Brennan Esquire, re widening of Wilson Street, from King Street to Erskineville Road, and asking for an immediate reply. Seconded by Alderman Clegg, and carried.

Upon resuming council, it was reported, that while in committee of the whole, the communication had been considered from D. Brennan Esquire, modifying the conditions, re reply with reference to the matter, and your committee recommends, that Mr Brennan be thanked for his letter, and informed that the council regrets, that it cannot give a definite answer in this matter at the present juncture.

Alderman Clegg moved, that the report of the committee of the whole be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

There being no further business, the council concluded its meeting at 10 p.m., confirmed an ordinary meeting of the council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 4th day of May, 1915.

 


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