Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 10th day of August, 1915, 7-30 p.m..

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Mrs Hewson, acknowledging council’s kind letter of sympathy. Received.

Letter from Mrs Kingsbury, acknowledging council’s kind letter of sympathy. Received.

Letter from the Public Health Department, covering analysis of 20 sandals of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from the Sydney Parks Preservation Society, re carrying of the city railway through Hyde Park. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that while sympathising with the aims of the society generally, it is thought that the carrying out of the city railway as early as possible is of great public importance.

Letter from Miss Grace Stocks, asking for the free use of the Town Hall, to hold a concert in aid of the Australia Day funds. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the free use of the Town Hall granted for a suitable date, provided the whole of the funds are paid to the Newtown Australia Day committee. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from W. G. West, asking permission to retain a calico sign at his Newtown picture theatre. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed that the sign must be removed, as it constitutes a breach of this Council’s regulations governing signs.

Letter from the Railway Department, asking when the alterations to the urinal on the Newtown Bridge will be complete. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that the work is to be proceeded with forthwith.

Letter from W. Humpage, inviting the attendance of the Mayor and Alderman at a concert to be held in the Town Hall, Newtown, on Friday 13th instant, when the medals won by the Newtown football club, second-grade premiers, Australian rules, will be presented. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the invitation accepted with thanks.

Letter from the Secretary, Health Department, covering a copy of the letter received from Mr J. P. Stephenson, on alleged nuisance caused by factory premises at number 25 Trade St., Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that the Council have already taken steps to ensure the comfort of the residents adjoining this factory, and to prevent any nuisance from same.

REPORTS.

His worship the Mayor submitted a general report, expressing great appreciation of the unanimous and wholehearted support received on Australia Day, and intimated that a sum of £3300 has already been received, and further that the recruiting meeting was held at the Newtown Bridge on Wednesday 11 instant, it was largely attended, and most successful.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the Mayor’s report be received and adopted, and the recommendations contained therein, with the best thanks of this Council, be forwarded to the Secretary of the Railway and Tramway Procession, under corporate seal, for the very valuable assistance rendered to the Newtown Australia Day fund committee on Australia Day, 30th July, by providing their most interesting, unique and amusing procession. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted a report of the Works Committee as contained on Folio 29/30 of the Works committee’s report book, containing recommendations 1 to 8.

The recommendations were considered seriatum, with the following results:-

Recommendations numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8, were adopted, tenders to be called for the work mentioned in paragraph 2.

Upon recommendation number 4, plan of 2 shops, King Street, and 2 lockup shops, Enmore Road, being submitted, Alderman Turtle moved, that paragraph 4 of the Works Committee’s report be received and adopted, and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Szarka.

Alderman Morgan moved, that the matter referred to in paragraph 4 be referred back to the committee for further consideration. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and lost. The original motion was then submitted, and declared carried.

Alderman Turtle then moved that the whole of the report as submitted be received and adopted, and the recommendations contained therein 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’s report was submitted, as contained on Folio 105 of the sanitary inspectors report book. Alderman Smith moved, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received and adopted and application contained in paragraph 2 be granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Szarka drew attention to the need for repairs to the wood blocks on the Enmore Road, and it was suggested that the hole should be filled with tarred metal.

Alderman Edwards asked:- that the footpath in Holmwood Street be placed in repair, and that St Peter’s Council be asked if they are prepared to spend a sum of money in placing the carriageway in May Street, from John St to King Street in a proper state of repair.

Alderman Pritchard mentioned:- the disgraceful scene which occurred at the stadium by the outrageous conduct of a portion of the audience, in refusing to hear the Hon Premier, W. A. Holman, MLA, and leader of the opposition, the Hon CG Wade, KC, MLA, when they attended to address the meeting in support of enlistment for the defence of the Empire, and moved that a letter be sent, expressing this Council’s sympathy with these gentlemen, in most unfair and unsportsmanlike treatment they received. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

There being no further business, the meeting terminated, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 24th day of August, 1915.


Minutes of the meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 24th day of August, 1915, 7-30 o’clock p.m..

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

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Wickham Council, asking cooperation in a request to the government to close boxing halls, and prohibit boxing contests until the present War is concluded. Received.

Letter from the Secretary, St. John’s ambulance, Newtown, asking for the use of the Town Hall, at a reduced rate, for a social evening in September, for the presentation of first aid certificates, and farewell to some of their members who are leaving for the front. Alderman Morgan moved, that as the proposed social included a farewell to the members who had enlisted, the use of the Town Hall for an evening in September be granted free of charge. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Letter from D. Cohen, asking for an additional light at the rear of his premises, Egan Street, and portion of kerb to be cut down to widen his vehicle entrance. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the lighting committee to report. The matter of widening the vehicle entrance to be left in the town clerk’s hands.

Letter from the Hon Premier, and also from the Hon CG Wade, thanking the Council for their sympathy in the treatment received from a section of the audience at the stadium recently, whilst endeavouring to speak in support of enlistment of young men for the defence of the Empire. Received.

Letter from the Local Government Department, intimating that the expenditure of money by any Council in assisting the recruiting campaign will not be surcharged by the Minister, provided such expenditure does not exceed in the aggregate £50, and further, that in the event of any Council deciding to pay to any of its servants enlisting for active service at the front the difference between his ordinary pay and his military pay, no objection will be offered. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the Minister informed, that this Council is of opinion, that it would be preferable to grant statutory power to expend money in the manner suggested, rather than to extend permission to councils as an act of grace by the Minister. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, United Charities Fund, asking permission to collect within the area on Saturday, 23rd October next. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and permission as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Letter from J. Archibald, offering to sell, or exchange land at the rear terrace of six cottages, Edgeware Road, the foot of Alice Street, the Council’s land in Wells Street. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from the Hurstville Council, asking cooperation in a movement to secure the dismissal of all Germans, naturalised or otherwise, from the public service. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation as desired granted. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Public Health Department, intimating that the board of health has now confirmed the principle of granting the required authorisation in terms of section 16 of the public health act, to duly qualified sanitary inspectors, provided application be made by resolution of the Council by whom such inspector is employed.

Alderman Turtle moved, that this Council makes application, under corporate seal to have their Sanitary Inspector (Mr John Watson), duly authorised, in terms of section 16 of the Public Health Act, to certify in writing to this Council as the local authority in regard to any house or other building within this area, deemed unfit or unsafe for human habitation or occupation. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from the town clerk, Sydney, asking that the name of Bligh Street be changed to St Paul’s Road. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the city council asked for a conference with reference to the names of boundary Streets, between this Municipality and the city of Sydney, and also the names of streets within the city of Sydney, which are continuation of streets within this area. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

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

Letter from G. Pilgrim, making application to erect a flying machine on J. Smith’s land, King and Norfolk streets, Newtown. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the applicant informed, that the application must be refused, as this Council does not approve of sideshows on the main road. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from C. Johnson, 68 Enmore Rd., making application to erect a sign on his premises. Received and referred to the Works committee to report.

Letter from Mrs S. Lee, asking permission to exhibit a sign at that Town Hall, Newtown, in connection with a bazaar to be held for the King Edward VII orphanage, in the Oddfellow’s hall, Wilson St Newtown. It was resolved that the letter be received, and permission granted to exhibit a sign of the Town Hall, Newtown, from the 20th to the 25th instant.

Letter from A. J. Annabel, making application for an increase of 1-1/2 d. per hour cartage, carried out by him for this Council, as under the new wages award he has increased costs to pay. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the application referred to the Finance committee for consideration and report.

Letter from J. G. Phillips, calling attention to the provision being made for the signing of petitions on the Council’s foot paths in Newtown, by the temperance people. It was resolved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this was not done with the Council’s permission, and inquiries will be made.

Letter from C. A. Chesney, suggesting that Mr Phillips Gibson be asked to deliver his lecture on “the Flags of the Empire”, in aid of patriotic and other funds. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, the writer, thanked for his suggestion, and Mr Gibson be asked to deliver the lecture in question on behalf of the Newtown Red Cross funds, on a date to be arranged. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Application from J. Campbell, for Council’s approval of plan of additions to stables, Alice St Newtown, for Mrs Lawler. It was reported that the planners specification of these buildings were in order, and Alderman Turtle moved, that Council’s approval be granted, subject to the Inspector of buildings finding everything in accordance with the building regulations. Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Red Cross League, asking for the free use of the Town Hall on Monday, 27 September, for a concert in aid of the funds of the league. Alderman Turtle moved, that the application be received, and permission granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

The annual report of the Newtown brass band was received and laid upon the table.

Letter from the Officer in Charge of Local Government, covering the copy of the first annual report of the Country Roads board, Victoria. It was resolved that the report be received with thanks, and a request made for a copy of the report free of cost for each member of the Council.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committee submitted the report as contained on Folio 120 of the Finance committee’s report book, which recommended:-

That accounts paid on the votes of appropriation since last meeting, amounting to £692:18:9 be confirmed, and accounts submitted this evening and amounting to £597:6:7 be paid. Total payments from general funds since last meeting, £1290:5:4

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £6568:4:8

It was further recommended that the consideration of the letter from the director-general of public health, re the provision of garbage destructor, stand over for the present. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Finance committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts be confirmed and paid, and the recommendations contained therein 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, and plans referred to the Works committee.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on Folio 106 of the Inspector’s report book, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Dibble, seconded by Alderman Szarka, that the sanitary inspector’s report be received, applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be granted.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Turtle mentioned:-

The statement had appeared in the press that the sum of £20,000 of the money collected in the State of New South Wales, for the Australia Day fund, had been remitted to the Victorian branch of the Red Cross Society, and moved, that the officers of the said fund in this state be requested to supply this Council with information regarding the following questions:-

(1) has the amount of £20,000 been remitted to Victoria.

(2) if so, for what purpose is this amount to be utilised. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Alderman Turtle also moved:-

That the officers of the New South Wales branch of the Red Cross Society be requested to inform this Council, whether the money collected for the Australia Day fund has been earmarked for sole use of the wounded Australian soldiers. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

There being no further business meeting concluded, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 7th day of September, 1915.

 


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