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

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Edwards and Clegg.

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

Before proceeding with the ordinary business, his worship the Mayor referred in feeling turns to the very sudden and sad death of Ex Alderman H. D. Macready, who during his lifetime was so closely identified with the growth in progress of the municipal, public and business life of this Municipality, and he was so highly esteemed and beloved by all who knew him for his many charitable acts and kindly disposition and then moved, that a letter expressing this Council’s deepest sympathy be forwarded to Mrs Macready, under the corporate seal of the Council. The motion was seconded in sympathetic terms by Alderman Morgan, and supported by Alderman Turtle, the members of the Council expressing their unanimous esteem by silently standing.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the General Manager, Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation, intimating that as the supply of flame arc lamp carbons was exhausted, incandescent lamps would be installed on the Newtown Bridge and at Enmore. The letter was received, and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

Letter from the Municipality of Brewarrina, asking cooperation in a movement to urge upon the Minister for Defence the advisability for arrangements for the employment of interned enemy subjects on municipal or other Works, so that some return may be shown against the expenses incurred by their protection. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and cooperation granted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Enmore Men’s Brotherhood, protesting against the rebuilding of the Newtown boxing stadium. It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Morgan, seconded by Alderman Smith, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that the protest made by the Bhd has the full sympathy of this Council, but buildings of this class come under the jurisdiction of the Chief Secretary, who administers the theatres and public halls act, and has the power to grant or refuse licences for boxing exhibitions, and the writer is therefore advised to bring the objection of the Enmore Bhd under the notice of the Chief Secretary.

Letter from the Australia Day fund committee, intimating in answer to Council’s inquiry, that Australia Day funds have not been remitted to Victoria for use in that State, but an amount has been remitted to Lady Helen Munro Ferguson to provide comforts and nursing assistance for Australian overseas hospitals, such as Cairo, Malta and various places in England. Received.

Letter from the Australian Red Cross Society, New South Wales division, intimating in reply to the Council’s inquiry, that under the terms of the resolutions passed at the Australia Day meeting, all moneys paid from the Australia Day fund to their Society is used exclusively for sick and wounded soldiers and sailors in the Hospitals before leaving for the front, men returning from the front in New South Wales, and on the Australians in the hospitals in Egypt, Malta, and England. Received.

Letter from T. Davidson, asking for the more regular watering of Lord Street. Received, and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from that Health Department, covering 13 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct. Received.

Letter from JW Riding, asking permission to use wood in lieu of iron in a position at the top of the new Gospel Hall buildings, Australia Street, as iron is at present a very high price. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that permission be granted, for the use of wood in lieu of iron in the positions indicated, until such time as the non combustible materials are a more reasonable price.

In letter from T. Hogan, asking cooperation in securing the troops to join in a combined route March of recruits on the 20th September, starting at Circular Quay at 11:15 a.m.. Received and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands for attention.

Letter from the St. John’s ambulance Brigade, Australia Street, thanking Council for the use of the Town Hall on the 23rd September. Received.

Letter from FJ Brennan, architect, asking permission to fill in the spaces between the ground floor joists at his new shops, King and Wells Streets, with lime concrete. It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works committee, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that filling in with lime concrete will not be allowed but this Council will approve of the spaces between the joists being filled up to the floor level with tar, asphalt, or cement concrete.

Letter from Messrs Hennessy and Hennessy, covering a plan showing a 20 ft. right of way from Erskineville Road to the rear shops in King Street and Wilson streets, and asking that it be approved in lieu of the temporary right of way from Wilson Street. It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works committee, that subject to full compliance with the provisions of the local government act and ordinances made thereunder, this Council has no objection to the 20 ft. right of way from Wilson Street, as shown on the plan, being substituted for the temporary right of way from Wilson Street, previously granted, provided the whole of the right of way, as shown is properly formed, kerbed, ballasted, tar paved, and drained, to the satisfaction of this Council.

Letter from the United charities fund committee, thanking the Council for their consent to take up a collection, 23rd proximo, and intimating that it has been arranged with the Hon the Premier not to hold a collection this year, as it is thought it would interfere with a collection to be made for the Allies Day fund. Received.

Letter from the Darlington Council, asking that conference be held of the Darlington, Newtown and surrounding municipalities, to discuss the advisability of taking some concerted action re the provision of the garbage destructor. Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the Darlington Council informed, that this Council have pleasure in cooperating in this matter, and will be pleased to appoint delegates to attend the conference to be arranged by the Darlington Council. Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from T. Phillips Gibson, intimating that Thursday 2nd October, is not convenient date for the delivery of his lecture “Flags of the empire”, on behalf of the Newtown Red Cross Society, but November 15 will be quite convenient. It was resolved that the letter be received with thanks, and referred to the Red Cross Society to see the date is suitable.

Letter from J. Campbell, architect, intimating that at present, porcelain stalls for the urinal are not procurable, and suggesting that the brick wall be carried up to the required height, and the automatic flushing apparatus fixed and connected with the existing supply and sparge pipes. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the suggestion made by Mr Campbell accepted, the work to be carried out by the various trades under his supervision. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from F. Flanagan, asking for the approval of the plan and specification, of proposed alterations to shop window front, at his premises. 315/7 King St., Newtown. Alderman Turtle moved, that the application be received, and approval granted, provided no portion of the proposed structure encroaches on this Council’s footpath. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, amendment moved by Alderman Morgan, that the application be received and granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and lost. The original motion was then submitted, and declared carried.

Letter from W. H. Buckingham, asking on behalf of the anti-German league, for permission to exhibit a sign at the Town Hall, advertising a public meeting on the Newtown Bridge, on Saturday, 11 September. Received and permission granted, providing sign is removed on or before Monday 13th instant.

Letter from Mrs Doctor Trindall, asking for free use of the Town Hall to hold a public meeting on Thursday, 7th October, on behalf of the League of Honour , to help the women of the soldiers who have gone to the front. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted. Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Application from G. A. Kitt, bookkeeper, for annual holiday leave. Received, and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands.

REPORTS.

The Works committee submitted their report as contained on Folio 31 of the Works committee’s report book, which contained recommendations 1 to 4. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Works committee’s report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, 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 is contained on Folio 107 sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received, and recommendations contained in paragraph three granted.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE .

Under this heading Alderman Turtle drew attention to the urgent need for repairs to the tar paved carriageway in Australia Street. His worship the Mayor said he was anxious first to repair the wood blocks in Enmore Road, which was in a very bad state, and the Australia Street job would then have attention.

Alderman Bloom referred to the excellent work done by R. Craig Esq in connection with the monster Australia Day art union, and moved, that a letter, under the corporate seal of the Council, be forwarded to Mr Craig, expressing this Council’s grateful appreciation of his valuable services in bringing the art union to so successful an issue. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting concluded, confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 21st September, 1915.


Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the 21st day of September, 1915, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

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

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Local Government Department, acknowledging Council’s letter re statutory provision being made to apply the Council funds for the purpose of recruiting or other purposes not specially mentioned in the act, and intimating that such provision has been made in the new Bill. Received.

Letter from the Local Government Department, intimating that the supply of the Victorian Country Roads Board report is limited, and it is regretted copies cannot be sent to each Alderman. Received.

Letter from S. Gentle, with further reference to plan of shops, King Street, and 2 lockup shops, Enmore Road, and asking that the Council’s decision in regard thereto be reconsidered. Alderman Clegg moved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this Council’s decision in regard to the matter must be adhered to. Seconded by Alderman Turtle.
Amendment moved by Alderman Pritchard, that the letter be received and referred to the Works committee for consideration and report. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and lost.
The original motion was then submitted, and declared carried.

Letter from the Universal Service League, asking the Council for an expression of opinion on the objects of the league. Alderman Clegg moved that the letter be received and the secretary of the League informed, that this Council approves of the objects of the league, and will heartily cooperate. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s Department, intimating that plans have been submitted on behalf of the Newtown Theatres limited of certain picture show premises proposed to be erected on a site King and Eliza streets, subject to the dedication of an additional width of Eliza Street, and the architects have been informed, that plans have been approved of subject to the beforegoing stipulation. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this Council is of the opinion, that no plans should be accepted by the Chief Secretary for a building in this area before the plans and specifications have first been submitted to, and approved by, this Council, under the provisions of the Local Government Act and ordinances made thereunder. Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Letter from the Joint honorary Secretaries, Allies day, asking this Council’s cooperation in forming a committee to arrange for a proper celebration of Allies Day on the 19th November, 1915, and the collecting of money for the funds. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed that this Council will be pleased to cooperate, and the matter of calling a meeting to inaugurate the funds be left in the Mayor’s hands. Seconded by Alderman Clegg, and carried.

Letter from the Public Health Department, covering 27 samples of milk, one of which was found to be adulterated. The Town Clerk intimated, that the necessary prosecution, under the Pure Food Act, 1908, had been authorised by the Mayor. Alderman Smith moved, that the letter be received, and the Mayor’s action endorsed. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the Petersham Council, intimating that the City Council had now offered definitely a sum of £150 as a contribution towards extension of Liberty street through to Railway Avenue. Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and subject to the land owned by the Water and Sewerage Board being dedicated free of cost to the carrying out of this work, the matter be left in the Mayor’s hands to take such further action as is deemed necessary, this Council to bear a moiety of the balance of the cost after the amount of £150 has been paid by the City Council. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the Darlington Council, intimating that the conference re garbage destructor will be held at the Town Hall, Darlington, on Monday, 27th instant, at 8 p.m., and inviting the attendance of the Mayor. Alderman Szarka moved that the letter be received, and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands for attention. Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Red Cross Society, Newtown, asking permission to take up a collection in the streets of Newtown, on behalf of the fund of their society, on Friday, 8th October next. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and permission granted. Seconded by Alderman Lewis, and carried.

Letter from J. H. Crook, covering a rough sketch of proposed dentist surgery and workshop in Church Street, and asking for an expression of opinion as to whether the Council would approve of such building on the site indicated. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, this Council cannot offer any opinion in regard to the matter until proper plans and specifications have been submitted for their consideration.

Letter from M. Stephenson, asking permission to erect a sign at West’s Newtown picture theatre. Received and referred to the Works committee for report.

Letter from L. W. Robinson, inviting the attendance of the members of the Council at a lecture by J. H. Humphries on proportional representation. Received with thanks, and as many as possible to attend.

Cards of invitation from the King Edward VII Orphanage Bazaar Committee. Received with thanks, and as many as possible to attend.

A petition was received signed by the whole of the Council, asking the Mayor to call a meeting of the citizens to form an association within the Municipality of Newtown, with the following objects:-

  1. To keep permanent record of the citizens who have enlisted for the war.
  2. To assist those entitled to assistance from the various funds, and to obtain same.
  3. To grant relief for such cases as to not come within the scope of the present fund.
  4. To obtain employment for those soldiers who have been incapacitated.
  5. And generally to look after the interests of the soldiers, and those dependent on them.

Alderman Clegg moved that the petition be received, and his worship the Mayor convene a meeting as desired, and the proposal be brought by letter under the notice of the councils of the Municipality throughout the State. Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

REPORTS.

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

Confirmation of accounts paid amounting to £713:10:9 and accounts paid amounting to £551:19:6

Total payments from general fund since last meeting £1265:10:3

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £6265:8:1

With reference to the application made by the contract of the cartage ( Annabel) for an increase in his contract price, the committee recommended that the applicant be informed that no variation of the contract can be made at the present juncture, and the application must therefore be refused. Alderman Morgan moved, that the Finance Committee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect. Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

The Overseer of Works, submitted his report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, which was received, and the plans mentioned referred to the Works committee for consideration and report.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report has contained on Folio 108 of the sanitary inspector’s report book, and it was resolved that the report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading, his worship the Mayor intimated that it was his intention to place a scroll in the vestibule recording the names of the men who had gone to the front from this Municipality.

Alderman Edwards drew attention to the need for repairs to Lord Street.

Alderman Morgan mentioned, but the wood blocks on the northside of Enmore Road were in need of renewing as much as those on the south, and intimated that he would table a motion at the next meeting on the matter.

Alderman Turtle asked that a letter be sent to the gas company, telephone, Tramway, and water and sewerage departments, intimating that it was the Council’s intention to relay a portion of Australia street with tar paving, and asking that any necessary repairs to pipes, maintenance, and cables be made at once.

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

 


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