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

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

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Alderman T. Henley, MLA, re Sydney water Supply. Received.

The town clerk reported, that to date, the following replies had been received to council’s letter re the advisability of following the example set by his Majesty, King George V in regard to abstinence from alcoholic liquors during the war, and inviting the hearty cooperation and support of each municipal Council in this great patriotic movement.

Cooperation has been granted by 17 councils, namely:- Hamilton, Adamstown, Hurstville , Concord, Waterloo, Orange, Inverell, Muswellbrook, Camden, St Peter’s, Lidcombe, Strathfield, Albury, Marrickville, Cowra, Hunters Hill, Gerringong.

The letter was received only by 12 councils, namely:-Randwick, Drummoyne, Paddington, Gunnedah, Parramatta, Mosman, Mittagong, Balmain, Armidale, Ashfield, Lambton, Lane Cove.

Letter from Petersham council intimating that the conference re woodblocking and tarmacadamising of Stanmore Road, and part of New Canterbury Road, was held at the town Hall, Petersham, on the 27th April, 1915, at 3-30 p.m.. Estimated costs were considered, and as there was not a full attendance of delegates, it was decided that further meeting would be held at a date to be fixed.

Alderman Pritchard, one of the delegates to the conference, supplemented the letter by report, giving details of the deliberations of the conference, and it was resolved that the letter be received, and Alderman Pritchard thanked for his attendance to this matter.

Letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association, explaining why Alderman Dodd, of Gundagai had been elected to a seat on the wages board in place of Alderman Cole of the Glebe. Received.

Further letter from the Secretary, Local Government Association, drawing attention to the provisions of the Local Government Franchise Bill, 1915. It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Turtle, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this Council is in full accord with the views expressed in the letter, and strongly protests against the granting of adult suffrage in municipal government.

Letter from L. Bloomfield, calling attention to acts of disorder on Hollis Park after dark, asking a powerful arc lamps be installed, and offering the sum of £10 as a contribution towards the cost of same. It was resolved that the letter be received, the writer informed that the expense for lighting suggested could not be incurred at present juncture, and that the inspector of police will be informed of the acts of disorder complained of, and asked to take such remedial measures as will abate the nuisance.

Letter from Messrs Daniels’s Ltd, asking on what grounds the Council had refused their application for a hoarding. Received.

Letter from the Reverend J. J. Williams, asking for an additional lamp at the intersection of Holt and Bailey streets. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Szarka, that the letter be received, and referred to the lighting committee for consideration and report.

Letter from the Director-General, Department of Public Works, per favour of R. Hollis, Esquire, MLA, intimating that the matter of the deputation in regard to the widening of Wilson Street, from King Street to Erskineville Road, had been carefully considered, and cannot be undertaken by the Department, under these circumstances the deputation suggested would appear to be unnecessary. Received

Letter from the Secretary, Institute of Local Government Engineers of Australasia, inviting the Mayor and Alderman to a conference to be held at the town Hall, Sydney, on May 10, 11th, and 12. It was resolved that the letter be received, the invitation extended with thanks, and as many as possible attend.

Letter from the Secretary, Department of Public Health, covering analysis of eight samples of milk. In one case a prosecution has been found necessary, and under directions from his worship the Mayor has been instituted. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the Mayor’s action in this matter endorsed.

Letter from C. Ryder Crofts, making application to erect a sign in front of his balcony. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the application refused, as the sign mentioned therein at Messrs Beale and Co’s premises had been removed.

Letter from D. Brennan, re widening of Wilson Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and considered in conjunction with the order of the day.

Applications for council’s approval of plans and specifications of buildings were received from Messrs Ogden brothers, Mrs L. Lawler, Mrs Delfendahl ,R. Keats, and M. J. Buzacott, and referred to the works committee for consideration and report.

Letter from P. G. Aylmer, asking permission to erect a signboard at his premises, 26 King St.. Received and referred to the works committee for report.

Letter from Messrs Ogden brothers asking for a bridge crossing at their timber yard, Erskineville Road. Received, and referred to the works committee for report.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted its report as contained on Folio 117 of the Finance committee report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts amounting to £1588:3:3 and accounts amounting to £460:15:5 be paid. Total payments from general fund since last Finance meeting £2048:18:8

Permanent improvement loan fund, interest to 13/4/1915, £842:7:5

The monthly financial statement was also submitted in accordance with regulation six, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £5168:14:11

Alderman Szarka moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the monthly financial statement be laid upon the table. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

The overseer of works, submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the fortnight, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on Folio 97 of the sanitary inspector’s report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph three be granted. Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-
that it be referred to the works committee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of top dressing the carriageway of Philip Street with tar. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved:-
that it be referred to the lighting committee to consider the advisability of rearranging the lights at the eastern end of Lord Street, between the entrance to the railway station and King Street. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY.

The further consideration of all matters relative to the widening of Wilson Street, between King Street and Erskineville Road.

Alderman Edwards moved, that this Council to now dissolve into committee of the whole to consider with closed doors matters relative to the widening of Wilson Street, between King Street and Erskineville Road. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Upon resuming council it was reported, that while in committee of the whole, matters relative to the widening of Wilson Street, between King Street and Erskineville Road had been considered, and also a letter from D. Brennan regarding same, and your committee now recommended that the strip of land on the southern side of Wilson Street, from King Street to Erskineville Road, shown on the plans submitted by D. Brennan Esq, be accepted for the widening of Wilson Street, provided the land is dedicated to the council free of charge, and that the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor and the town clerk to negotiate with the owners concerned, and endeavour to obtain the free dedication of the whole of the land required, but in the event of their negotiations proving unsuccessful, then the offer made by D. Brennan Esquire, to dedicate a strip of land free, as per plan attached, for the widening of Wilson Street, be accepted, and the Mayor and town clerk be authorised to acquire from Mrs Jefferis a portion of her land required to continue the widening of Wilson Street to Erskineville Road, in accordance with the plans submitted, at a cost of £250, this Council agreeing to re-fence the boundary to Wilson Street, form, and make the Road, and make a suitable approach for vehicles to the premises owned by Mrs Jefferis, (situated at the corner of Erskineville Road and Wilson Street), and that the necessary application be made, under the corporate seal of the council, the Governor’s approval, under the provisions of the local government act, to purchase or otherwise acquire land for the purpose of widening Wilson Street, from King Street to Erskineville Road, in accordance with the plans submitted, and that his worship the Mayor and the town clerk be, and are hereby empowered to take all necessary steps, legal or otherwise, in connection with the matter. Alderman Turtle moved, that the report of the committee of the whole council be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Edwards mentioned the danger to vehicular traffic, caused by Alexandria tram stopping too close to the St Peter’s tram at this junction. He had measured between the two cars, and found more than 9 ft.. The Mayor said he would have a letter sent regarding this matter.

His worship the Mayor mentioned, that the public meeting in connection with the follow the King movement was held on the 29th of April, and was in every way a great success.

With reference to Empire Day, and the calling of the public meeting, it was found on inquiry, that the British Empire league of Newtown, had this matter already well in hand and had collected funds to carry out their program. Under the circumstances, he thought it not wise at the present juncture to duplicate their efforts, and suggested that the members of the council cooperate as far as possible, with the Empire committee in making Empire Day a success.

It was resolved that the Mayor’s suggestion in regard to this matter be adopted.

His worship the Mayor reported, in regard to Belgian day, Friday, 14th May, that a collection would be taken up on the same lines as the Hospital Saturday collection, by the same ladies’ committee, and it was resolved that permission be granted, under the provisions of Ordinance number 61, for the collection, on behalf of the National Belgian relief fund, Newtown branch, to be taken up.

Alderman Ryan asked that the Union Street footpath be placed in repair as early as possible.

This concluded the business, and the council rose at 9:25 p.m..

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the council, held at the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 19 day of May, 1915


Minutes of meeting of the council (duly convened), held at the council chambers on Tuesday, the 18th day of May, 1915, at 7-30 p.m..

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

The following additional replies received to the council’s letter asking cooperation in following the excellent example set by His Majesty King George V by abstinence from alcoholic liquors during the continuance of the war, 29 agreeing to cooperate as follows:- Canterbury, Ryde, Temora, West Maitland, Burwood, Bowral, Casino, Berry, Singleton, Penrith, Campbelltown, Dundas, Parkes, Granville, Wollongong, Eurobodalla Shire, Ermington & Rydalmere, Prospect and Sherwood, Coonamble, Liverpool, Botany, Eastwood, Enfield, Manly, Blayney, Windsor, Annandale, Walcha. 18 simply receiving the communication, viz:- Rockdale, Vaucluse, Stockton, Glebe, Lismore, Homebush, Wilcannia, Leichhardt, North Sydney, Uralla, Cootamundra, Albury, Molong, Gundagai, Kogarah, Bankstown, Cooma, Waverley. Received.

Letter from the Railway Commissioners, re Phillip Street subway, and intimating that the lamp at the top of the steps, leading from Bedford Street will be attended to. Received.

Letter from the Railway Commissioners, intimating that there is no objection to the council raising the height of the brickwork around the urinal on the Newtown Bridge, provided it is carried out and completed to the satisfaction of the Department. Received.

Letter from the Tramway Department, intimating that it is necessary to have the guard rail on the tram line in front of the Congregational church, Newtown, on account of curve at this point. Received.

Letter from Messrs D. Marshall and Marks, solicitors, asking the council to accept the dedication of Soudan Lane, and the lane leading from Yaralla Street, which have been used by the public for so many years.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and this Council now agrees to accept the dedication of, and takeover for the use of the public for ever the lane as shown on the accompanying plan, known as Soudan Lane, and the lane leading from Soudan Lane to Yaralla Street, and all necessary documents in connection with such dedication will be duly signed, and the corporate seal of the council attached thereto when necessary. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Letter from the Inspector of police, Newtown Station, intimating that the conduct of objectionable persons at Hollis Park, at nighttime had received the attention of the police. Two convictions have resulted, and every effort would be made to prevent the nuisance in the future. Received, and the inspector to be thanked for his attention to this matter.

Letter from H. Holt, asking on behalf of the Rev. C.E. James for permission to exhibit calico sign at the town Hall, for six days in aid of their church concert. On the recommendation of the works committee it was resolved that the application be granted.

Letter from the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, claiming arrears of rates on lot 347 O’Connell St Newtown, now being used by the council as a depot. It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance committee to report.

Letter from the Secretary, British Empire league of Newtown, inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to Empire Day celebrations, on the 22nd and 24th instants. Received, and the invitation accepted with thanks, on motion of Alderman Bloom, seconded by Alderman Szarka.

Letter from the President, Women’s Christian Temperance union, thanking the council for their patriotic and courageous action in starting that “follow the King” movement and urging same on other councils. Received.

Letter from the Petersham council, asking cooperation in a deputation to the Hon. The Minister for Works, to urge upon him the necessity for reconstructing Stanmore and New Canterbury roads with tarmacadam. Alderman Pritchard reported the details of the meeting held in connection with this matter on the 11th instant, and it was resolved that the letter be received, cooperation as desired granted, and Aldermen Pritchard thanked for his attention to the matter.

Letter from the Tramway Department, intimating that the Alexandria trams will in future stop at a point further away from the St Peter’s trams, so as to leave more room for vehicle traffic. Received.

Letter from James Smith, asking on behalf of E. Beecroft for permission to erect on his land, King St Newtown, a merry-go-round, razzle-dazzle, and swinging boats, from Wednesday, 26 May, till Wednesday, 2nd June the inclusive. Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received, and permission granted subject to the Mayor’s approval of the music to be used in connection with these amusements.

Letter from Messrs. Cape, Kent, and Gaden, intimating that their client, Mrs Jefferis would accept the sum of £250 for the dedication of the strip of land required as per plan submitted for the widening of Wilson Street, from King Street to Erskineville Road. Received, and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands for completion.

Application to council’s approval of plan and additions to Messrs McDonald and Eklund’s works, Enmore. Received, and referred to the works committee for report.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the works committee, held 17th of May, 1915, as contained on Folios 26 and 27 of the works committee’s report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Smith, and the works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations, be carried into effect.

His worship the Mayor, as chairman of the lighting committee, submitted a report of the meeting held 17th May, 1915, as contained on Folio 27 and 28 of the report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Szarka, that the lighting 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 Sanitary Inspector submitted his report has contained in folio 98 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 2 of the one with the be granted, on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Edwards.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Morgan moved:-
That the tarpaved footpath, Trafalgar Street, be broken up and renewed, at a probable cost of £30. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Morgan mentioned, the application that has been made by the City Council to the Hon. the Chief Secretary, for a monopoly in the sale of fish in the metropolitan area, as it was found impossible to compete with private enterprise. In the face of the serious admission of weakness, he thought it would be unwise to hand official trade over to the Sydney Council, as the present healthy competition ensures good management, economy, and attention, and is for the public good, further an injustice would be done to the proprietors of the very many excellent retail shops in the suburbs, who are at present, (under efficient local supervision) complying in every way with the provisions of local government Ordinance number 57, governing the sale of fish, oysters, etc.

Alderman Morgan moved, a letter be sent to the Hon the Chief Secretary, protesting against any monopoly being granted to the Sydney Council in this important food supply, and that the cooperation of all councils in the metropolitan area be sought in this matter. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Alderman Bloom mentioned:-
the necessity for a clock in front of the town Hall, which would prove a great convenience to many people crossing the Newtown Bridge. He thought that a suitable clock might be obtained at an expenditure of from £12 to £15.

There being no further business meeting terminated at 8-30 p.m., confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the council, held the town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, first day of June, 1915.

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

 


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