Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 13th day of July 1915, at 7-30 p.m..

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Edwards and Szarka.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Mrs C. Crook, thanking Council for their kind letter of sympathy. Received.

Letter from J. Gale, asking permission to retain a sign at his premises number 551a King St., Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed that as the sign in question constitutes a breach of this Council’s regulations governing signs, the application must be refused.

Letter from L. Thompson, asking cooperation to oppose the termination of Sir George Reid’s term of office as High Commissioner for Australia. Received.

Letter from L. P. Stephen, asking cooperation in opposing the proposed plan of taking the city railway through Hyde Park, by means of the cut and cover system. It was resolved that the letter be received.

Letter from W. C. Newson, protesting against the Socialists holding their meetings on the Newtown Bridge at the place usually occupied by the Bible teachers’ association on Sunday evenings. It was moved by Alderman Turtle, that the letter be received, and a copy forwarded to the Chief Secretary (the Hon G. Black) intimating, that it is thought unfair that the Socialists should be permitted to oust the Bible Teachers’ Association, who have been holding their meetings at the spot for some time past, and asking if he will give the police instructions to see that the association in question is not unduly interfered with, and a further letter be sent to the Hon the Premier, drawing his attention to the disloyal speeches, which are made by the so-called Socialists on the Newtown Bridge in public, which are considered distinctly detrimental to the present campaign for enisting of soldiers for the defence of the Empire. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from Miss K. Ryan, asking for the free use of the town Hall, on Monday 26th instant, for an “Old Girls Reunion”, in connection with the Newtown Superior Public School, the whole of the proceeds to be devoted to the Newtown Australia Day fund. Alderman Bloom moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted. Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

Letter from the Acting Medical Officer of Health (Dr F. M. Suckling) with reference to premises 231½ and 232 Enmore Rd., Newtown (said to be owned by Mrs Larkin) and declaring the premises to be unfit for human habitation in their present state, and recommending certain Works to be carried out to render such premises fit for human habitation.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and a closing order be served, under the provisions of the Public Health Act, and acts amending same, declaring the premises known as 231 1/2 and 232, Enmore Road, Newtown, unfit for human habitation or occupation and ordering that such premises be forthwith closed, unless Works mentioned in the doctor’s letter as repairs and alterations necessary are made in these houses or buildings, within 21 days from the date of the notice, so as to render them fit for human habitation or occupation, to the satisfaction of the local authority. Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

Letter from W. P. Young, Health Inspectors’ Society of New South Wales, asking if three delegates be appointed to meet an equal number of delegates from the employees, to discuss the claims of the society, under the arbitration act. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed that as the claims in question are at present before the Wages Board, it is not deemed wise to interfere at the present juncture. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from J. C. Keogh, making application for a lamp in front of his premises, 321 King St., Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the applicant informed that on the recommendation of this Council’s Works committee, it has been decided to grant permission to erect a 12 in. globe light in front of the premises 321 King St., Newtown, with the word ” billiards” printed on both sides of the globe.

Circular letter from M. B. of Water Supply and Sewerage, covering the annual report. Received.

Letter from A. Miller, asking on behalf of the Newtown Scots Stall for the free use of the town Hall, for a concert on Thursday, 5th August, 1915, the whole of the proceeds on behalf of the Australia Day fund. Received, and the request granted on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Pritchard.

Application from W. B. Ogden, for the Council’s permission to erect a hoarding at the rear of the premises, 13 Erskineville Rd. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Officer in Charge, Local Government Department, covering ordinance, re supply of gas. Received.

Letter from the Engineer of Lines, Postmaster General’s Department, construction branch, notifying that conduits will be laid in Australia Street, from King Street to Parramatta Road. Received.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 16 samples of milk (all correct). Received.

Letter from J. Buik, Enmore and Newtown, citizens band, giving particulars of the band’s program to the 13th December, 1915. Received.

Letter from A.R. Blewett, re new award for workmen employed by Shire and municipal councils in the County of Cumberland. Received, and the matter referred to the Finance Committee for report.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Methodist Church Choir, notifying a concert on behalf of the Australia Day fund, on the 28th instant, and inviting attendance at the Mayor and Alderman. Alderman Turtle moved, that invitation be accepted with thanks, and as many as possible, attend. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Town Clerk, Gundagai, re the election of Alderman Dodd to the Shire and Municipal wages board, and expressing the Council’s appreciation of the action of the Local Government Association in conferring this honour on Alderman Dodd. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the Gundagai Council informed, that this Council sees no reason to alter its decision previously expressed, that the appointment of Alderman Dodd to the position mentioned was a most unsuitable one. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

REPORTS.

His worship, the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works Committee, held 8th instant, as contained on Folio 29 of the Works Committee’s report book, and embracing recommendations 1 to 3. Alderman Dibble moved, that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

The Overseer of Works, submitted his report of Works completed or in progress, and also special report, with reference to the complaint of dawdling by the workmen in carrying out repairs to the wood blocks. Received.

The Sanitary Inspector’s report as contained on Folio 103 of the sanitary inspector’s report book was received, applications mentioned in paragraph two granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Bamfield) moved:-

That this Council agrees to accept the dedication of, and takeover a strip of land in Wilson Street, Newtown, from King Street to Erskineville Rd, from Mrs L. Jefferis and D. Brennan Esquire, in accordance with plans approved of, for the use of the public forever as a portion of such Road or Street, and that all necessary documents in connection with this dedication be duly signed under the corporate seal of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Alderman Bloom moved for Alderman Edwards:-

That the footpath in Angel Street, from Iredale Street to Munni Street, be broken up and renewed an estimated cost of £10:10:0. Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading, his worship the Mayor mentioned, that he had attended the Redfern town Hall to make arrangements, re Railway and Tramway procession on Australia Day, and he hoped the procession would pass through this Municipality on the 30th instant. Apart from this the arrangements for Australia Day, had been most enthusiastically taken up, and were proceeding in a very satisfactory manner.

The Mayor further reminded the delegates of the conference with the Petersham Council, re Liberty Street extension, on Wednesday, 14 instant.

There being no further business the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting at the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 27th day of July, 1915.


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, the 27th day of July, 1915, at 7-30 p.m..

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies are received from Alderman Edwards and Lewis.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Chief Secretary’s Office, acknowledging the receipt of a copy of Mr W. C. Newson’s letter, and intimating that if the Socialists secure the best bridge site on one evening, the Bible Teachers Association, are entitled to it the following night. Further, the Socialists will be warned that those who make disloyal speeches are liable to be summoned. Received.

Letter from the Premier, acknowledging Council’s letter, re disloyal speeches by parties styling themselves “Socialists”, on the Newtown Bridge, and intimating, that the matter has been referred to the Crown Solicitor for consideration. Received.

Letter from Mrs Rose Hardaker, asking for the free use of the Town Hall for a concert in aid of Australia Day funds, on August 19 next, the whole of the proceeds to be paid in through the Newtown committee. Alderman Bloom moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the premier’s office, asking for cooperation in the matter of recruiting for the expeditionary forces.

His worship, the Mayor intimated, that a meeting had been called for Saturday, 31st instant, at the Newtown Bridge, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Pritchard, that the Mayor’s action be endorsed and this Council cooperate.

Letter from HJ Carter, inviting attendance of a representative at the Town Hall, Sydney, on August 18 at 8 p.m., with a view to having all party or contentious legislation postponed until the war is ended. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Clegg, seconded by Alderman Turtle, that the letter be received, cooperation granted, and the Mayor be and is hereby appointed to represent the Council.

Letter from A. Alger, asking permission to sell wildflowers in the streets of Newtown. Alderman Clegg moved, that the letter be received, and the applicant be granted permission to sell wildflowers in the streets of Newtown, until otherwise notified by the Council. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from B.R. Edwards, asking permission to exhibit 2 signs in connection with an entertainment, being given in the St George’s Hall, on the 6 Aug 1915, on behalf of the Australian wounded. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the application be received, and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands.

Letter from R. Fortescue, asking permission to retain a sign at his premises, 633 King St., Newtown. It was resolved that the application be received, and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.

Letter from the Public Health Department, notifying Council to provide a proper garbage destructor at the expiration of six months, unless in the meantime measures have been adopted for dealing with garbage in a satisfactory manner. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance Committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Letter from the Petersham Council, intimating that the report of the conference re proposed extension of Liberty Street, held on the 14th July, has been received and adopted. Received.

A petition was submitted by J. P. Stephenson, J. B. English, and 34 others, protesting against factory being erected at 25 Trade St., Newtown, on account of smoke and dust arising from the chimney and inflammable nature of the roof. Alderman Turtle moved, that the petition be received, and referred to the Works Committee for consideration report.

REPORTS.

His worship, the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting held on Wednesday, 14th July, 9-30 a.m. re the extension of Liberty Street to Railway Parade, when it was resolved to wait upon the Lord Mayor, to ask for a definite contribution of one third of the total cost, or failing this, the sum of £150, and if successful, the work to be proceeded with forthwith, at an estimated cost of £500, exclusive of the removal of electric light poles. Alderman Morgan moved, that the report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

The Finance Committee submitted its report as contained on Folio 119 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid under the votes of appropriations since last meeting, amounting to £674:10:5 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening amounting to £656:15:11 be paid. Total payments from general fund since last meeting, £1331:6:4.

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed credit balance to date of £5661:2:0

It was further recommended, with reference to the new Wages Award within the County of Cumberland, the workmen employed by Shire and Municipal councils, that until otherwise ordered, the workmen employed on the staff, under the supervision of the Overseer of Works, (Mr Young) be paid a casual rate, (with the exception of slower or aged workers), and the men employed in the removal of garbage, under the inspector (Mr Watson’s) supervision, be paid at weekly rates. Alderman Clegg moved, that the Finance Committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and its recommendations carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

The auditors (Messrs Cadogan and Co) submitted the report of the audit of the Council’s accounts for the period ended 30th June, 1915, together with the balance sheet, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Turtle, that the auditor’s report and balance sheet be received and adopted, and the council’s the staff be complimented upon the prompt and satisfactory manner in which the report and balance sheet had been submitted. Seconded by Alderman Clegg, and carried.

The Overseer of Works, submitted his report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight. Received.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on Folio 104 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Clegg, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received and adopted and the recommendations contained in paragraph three be approved.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading, Alderman Turtle referred in feeling terms to the decease of the late Dr James Kingsbury, who was for so many years, a resident of this Municipality, and was so highly esteemed by all who had the privilege of his acquaintance, and moved, that a letter expressing this Council’s deepest sympathy be forwarded to Mrs Kingsbury, under the corporate seal of the Council. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated at 8-10 p.m.. Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 10th day of August, 1915.

 


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