The ordinary meaning of the Council was duly convened to meet a Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, the 30th of September 1918 at 7-30 p.m.

 

At the expiration of half an hour, after the time at which the meeting of the Council was appointed to be held, a quorum was not present, and his Worship the Mayor (Alderman Harold P. Morgan) thereupon declared that such meeting stand adjourned to the date of the next ordinary meaning of the Council, viz- Tuesday 15th day of October 1918, and directed that the names of all Alderman presently be recorded in the minute book, in accordance with the provisions of Local Government Ordinance 1 (seven) A and B.

The following members of the Council were present,- His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Campbell, Pritchard, Keats, Dibble and Turtle.
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Municipality OF NEWTOWN

 

Declaration of the poll at the Extraordinary Election
Camden Ward, held 5 Oct 1918.

 

To fill the vacancy caused by the death of the late Alderman William Edwards.
To his Worship the Mayor of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown.

Sir,

I have the honour to report, in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act and Ordinance 8 (8) made thereunder, that on the fifth day of October, 1918, the following declaration of the poll was made:-

NAMES OF CANDIDATES CONGREGATION SCHOOL HALL
KING ST., NEWTOWN POLLING BOOTH A TO Z
Buzacott, Nicholas James   213
Milne, John   120
Informal   1

Majority for N. J. Buzacott —- 93

 

And in pursuance of the said Act and Ordinance, I hereby declare Nicholas James Buzacott duly elected Alderman to represent the Camden Ward in the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, for the unexpired portion of the term of the late Alderman William Edwards.

 

Signed W. G. Salmon, Town Clerk and returning officer.

Town Hall,
Newtown,
5th October 1918

 

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Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 15 October 1918, at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Pritchard, Ryan, Bloom, Dibble, Turtle, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson, Smith and Buzacott.

APOLOGIES.
An apology for non-attendance was received from Alderman Szarka, who was absent in Melbourne.

MINUTES.
The minutes of meeting held 17 September 1918, also of meeting, which lapsed 1st October, 1918, and the Returning Officer’s official notification of the election of Alderman Nicholas James Buzacott, on Saturday the fifth of October 1918, to fill the vacancy caused by the death of Alderman Edwards, were read, and were confirmed and signed, on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Bloom.

His Worship the Mayor extended a cordial welcome to Alderman Buzacott, and expressed the hope that he would have a long, pleasant and useful term of office in the Council.
Alderman Buzacott suitably responded.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from Mrs W. Edwards and family, and also from Mrs W. Shepherd and son, thanking Council for letters of sympathy.
Received.

Letter from the Kuringai Shire Council, asking co-operation in a protest against the proposed increase of 10% on railway fares.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation as desired granted.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering analysis of 40 samples of milk.
Received.

Letter from F. Stevens, asking permission to exhibit a calico sign on the Bank Hotel, railway bridge, in connection with the annual championship show of the Sydney Silky Yorkshire and Australian Terrier Club.
It was resolved that the application be received, and permission granted for a period of one week.

Letter from the General Manager, Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, calling attention to the new regulations issued under the War Precautions Act, more particularly regarding the refusal to supply new applicants with electric light and power.
Received.

Letter from the Manager, State Metal Quarries, explaining the difficulty which is at present experienced in obtaining tarpaulins to properly cover fine metal and toppings.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter left in the hands of the Town Clerk.

Letter from the Local Government Department, inquiring the Council’s probable requirements of garbage pans for the ensuing 12 months.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and Town Clerk furnish any information available.

Letter from the Department of Local Government, covering amendments in Ordinance number 33 and also in regulations numbers four and six.
Received.

Letter from the Department of Local Government, enquiring re tree planting in public roads and streets.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the Town Clerk forward the necessary information.

Letter from the Premier’s Department, intimating that the Government can see no reason why the revenue from water and sewerage should be treated in the manner proposed by the Councils.
Received.

Letter from the Shire of Hornsby, asking that locality signs be erected in such a manner as to indicate clearly to the travelling public the name of the localities through which they are passing.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation as desired granted.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Town Clerk, Botany, asking co-operation in an endeavour to have the appointment of Mr Lambourne re-considered by the Board of Fire Commissioners.
Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Band, asking permission to exhibit signs at the Bank and Rugby hotels and Enmore terminus and the M.U. Hall, in connection with a Dance to be held at an early date.
Alderman Turtle moved that permission as desired be granted for one week, provided the signs are removed the day following the event.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from D. and F. Reid, asking permission to discharge waste waters from the windows of premises number 417 King St into the Council’s gutter.
It was resolved that the application be received, and the request refused.

Letter from the Secretary, Animals Protection Society of New South Wales, asking for information as to the location of water troughs within this Municipality.
Alderman Bloom moved, that the letter be received, and the Town Clerk furnish the necessary information.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Circular letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, notifying that the Town Planning Advisory Board has been appointed, and may be consulted by the Council when necessary.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and the Department thanked for the information.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from Mrs V. M. Turner, asking on behalf of the Newtown Strong Post Committeee for the free use of the Town Hall on Monday 28th instant, to hold a Social in aid of its funds.
Alderman Keats moved, that the application be received, and the request granted.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from J. Kirkpatrick, making application for annual holiday leave.
Received, and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor.

Letter from the Secretary, Sydney City Mission, asking permission to make the usual street collection on behalf of the funds of the Mission on Saturday, December 7.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the application be received, and permission granted.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Redfern Council, intimating that the previous decision, re repairs to carriageway of Forbes Street, must be adhered to.
Received.

REPORTS.

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past month, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his reports for the past month, as contained on folios 244/5 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Smith moved that the reports be received, and the applications for licences, etc, mentioned therein, be granted.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) moved:-

That the carriageway of Liberty Street (a boundary Street) be re-metalled, from London Street to the Railway Bridge, 20 feet wide, the balance of the carriageway repaired when necessary, and the whole top dressed with one coat of tar, at a total cost of £135, each Council concerned to pay a moiety of the cost, as arranged with the Petersham Council.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) moved:-

That the agreement with the Leichhardt Council, re the incineration of garbage which has been amended in accordance with the report of this Council’s Works Committeee, dated 19th August 1918, be completed under the Corporate Seal of the Council.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Alderman Keats moved:-

That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the advisability of removing the fence surrounding the old tennis court at Hollis Park.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Alderman Keats moved:-

That the following authorised work, which lapsed on the 31 December 1917 (under the provisions of section 13 of regulation six) be now re-voted, viz – Egan Street, carriageway re-metalled where necessary, and top dressed at a probable cost of £55.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.
It was a direction that the latter motion be regarded as an urgent matter.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his Worship the Mayor drew attention to the framed group of photos, which had been presented to the Council by Mr Will Lemaire, Lemaire Studios, Wilson Street, Newtown, and moved that a letter under Corporate Seal be forwarded to Mr Lemaire, expressing the Council’s appreciation of the gift, and its admiration of the artistic excellence of the work.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Alderman Cuthbertson asked, could a private business firm have a light installed in front of its business premises at the same rate as the Council pays for street lights?
His Worship the Mayor said that lights for private purposes must be arranged for privately, and not through the Council.

Alderman Dibble asked, that an emphatic protest be forwarded to the Water and Sewerage Board against the wasteful expenditure of public money during War time, and when there is so much urgent need for economy, by the publication of the Commemoration Volume in connection with the Sydney Water Supply and Sewerage.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and lost.

His Worship the Mayor moved, that a letter be sent to the Darlington Council, asking that the wood blocks be renewed on the wood-blocked portion of King Street, or City Road, within its area, so as to complete the work recently carried out by this Council.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Alderman Turtle asked, had permission been granted for the erection of a hoarding in Australia Street, opposite Albemarle Street?
His Worship the Mayor replied no, he would call for a report from the Inspector on the matter.

Alderman Ryan asked, had permission been granted to erect a lamp at 23 Enmore Rd?.
His Worship the Mayor intimated he would also have this matter inquired into by the Inspector.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 29th of October 1918.
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Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 29 October 1918, at 7-30 p.m.

PRESENT.
His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Pritchard, Ryan, Szarka, Dibble, Turtle, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson, Smith, and Buzacott.

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 Campbell, seconded by Alderman Smith.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Local Government Department, asking Council’s opinion as to the use of Tarred Macadam for road making, and generally on the best methods and materials for road construction.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the information furnished.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, intimating that the amendment suggested by the Council in the Local Government Bill will have full consideration when the Bill is before Parliament.
Received.

Letter from Mrs H. Sinclair, asking for the free use of the Town Hall for a concert to be given by Miss Ireland, in aid of “Jacks’ Day” fund, on Thursday, 7th November.
Alderman Turtle moved that the application be received, and the request granted.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, asking if the Council would have any objection to the Ordinance respecting the keeping of poultry being amended, so as to provide that poultry shall not be kept within 10 feet from the wall of any dwelling house, nor 25 feet from the door or window of same.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the Department informed that this Council is prepared to accept the proposed amendment.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from Alderman Cuthbertson, Honorary Secretary, Voluntary Workers Association, Newtown Branch, inviting the attendance of the Mayor and aldermen on Saturday, 2nd November, at 3:30 p.m., at the laying of the foundation stone of the Cottages now being built at Matraville.
Aldermen Szarka moved that the invitation be received, and accepted with thanks, and as many as possible attend.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from Mrs Dobbin, Honorary Secretary, Enmore Parents and Citizens Association, inviting the attendance of the Mayor and Aldermen at a social evening to be held at the Dispensary Hall, on Wednesday, 30th instant, at 8 p.m., in aid of the Enmore Superior Public School Prize Fund.
Alderman Pritchard moved that the invitation be received with thanks, and as many as possible attend.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from the Central Committeee, New South Wales 7th War Loan, expressing appreciation of the efforts made to raise Newtown’s quota (£100,000) of the Seventh War Loan, and forwarding the “Honour Flag” thus obtained.
Alderman Turtle moved, that this Council places on record its hearty appreciation of the financial support accorded by the citizens and ratepayers to the Newtown War Loan Committeee, in its endeavour to secure the allotted quota of £100,000, the amount fixed as a contribution to the Seventh Commonwealth War Loan from the Municipality of Newtown, the actual amount subscribed to date being £106,460, and further that the Town Clerk and Honorary Secretary of the War Loan Committeee (W. G. Salmon J. P.) be complimented upon the untiring efforts he has put forth in connection with the raising of this amount.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell.

His Worship the Mayor in submitting the motion expressed his grateful appreciation of the assistance of absentee property owners, and residents and old Newtown friends, especially those of limited means, all of whom had worked hard to assist Newtown in obtaining its full quota of the Seventh War Loan.
The motion was then submitted and carried unanimously, his Worship the Mayor unfurling the “Honour Flag” in the room.
Alderman Dibble moved that the official unfurling of the “Honour Flag” take place on “Jacks’ Day”, November 1, at 3 p.m..
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from Miss Peter giving one month’s notice of her intention to resign the position of typiste, and expressing appreciation of uniform kindness extended to her by the Council and its Officers during her term of office.
Alderman Turtle moved that the resignation be accepted with regret, and Miss Peter be given a testimonial under the Corporate Seal of the Council.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from J. Wilson, making application for annual holiday leave.
It was resolved that the application be received in the matter left in the Mayor’s hands.

REPORTS.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of a Deputation which waited upon him on the 17th instant, to ask that the carriageway of Wilson Street, from King Street to Erskineville Road, be wood-blocked, or otherwise treated, so as to minimise, as far as possible, the dust nuisance. The carriageway has since been tar dressed, and at the Mayor’s request, Alderman Campbell had placed a motion on this evening’s business paper dealing with the matter
Alderman Cuthbertson moved that the Mayor’s report be received and adopted.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

The Finance Committeee submitted its report, as contained on Folio 148/9 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation, amounting to £1583: 2:10
And the payment of accounts submitted this evening, amounting to £2397:10: 11

Total payments from general fund since last meeting £3980: 13:9

Permanent Improvement Loan Fund interest to 14/10/18 £615:4:11

The monthly financial statement was submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £3660:19:10.

It was also recommended, in accordance with clause 2 of Regulation 6, that the sum of £1312 be now voted from the General Funds to carry out the following works:-

Forbes Street. From wood blocks in King Street to Wilson Street, re-metal, blind with tarred metal and roll £275: 0:0

Australia Street. Break up and renew where required on eastern side, and repair and top dress remainder £155: 0:0

Georgina Street. Remove two trees front of synagogue, connect a path to tarpaved carriageway L’Avenue, and fix kerbside of synagogue property £40: 0:0

Walenore Avenue. Re-metal 22 feet wide, renew with tarred screenings, top dress tar and sand, make sides good where required £66: 0:0

Bedford Street. Tar metal carriageway from southern side Albemarle Street to existing portion in Bedford Street £73: 10:0

Crescent Street. Setback kerb of the new entrance to railway. £15: 0:0

Wilson Street. Foot of Forbes Street, ballast and metal. £110: 0:0

Liberty Street. From London Street to railway bridge, re-metal, repair where necessary and top dress one coat tar £67: 10:0

Egan Street. Re-metal where necessary and top dress £55: 0:0

TOTAL —————————— £ 1312: 0:0

It was further recommended that the remuneration of Electoral Officers in connection with the election held 5th October for the Extraordinary Vacancy in Camden ward, be as follows:-

Returning officer —— £2: 2:0
Poll Clerk ————- £1: 1:0

Alderman Dibble moved that the Finance Committeee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, the monthly financial statement laid upon the table, and the recommendations re votes for works, and remuneration of Electoral Officers, be carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, 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 on Folio’s 239/40 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book,
it was resolved that items be considered seriatum. Items 1, 2, 3, and 5, were approved. Item number 4, referring to hoarding, 45 Australia St, was referred to the Works Committeee for consideration and report.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Campbell moved:- that it be referred to the Works Committeee to consider a report upon the advisability of concreting the carriageway of Wilson Street, from King Street to Erskineville Road.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his Worship the Mayor intimated that it would be necessary to appoint a night for the Voluntary Ballot, in connection with recruiting, and he would endeavour to arrange a night at an early date, and notify the members of the Council concerned.

Alderman Turtle moved, that the matter of reorganising the office staff be referred to the Finance Committeee for report to the next Ordinary Meeting of the Council.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Alderman Campbell asked that the cubing of Wilson Street be placed in repair as early as possible.
The Mayor said he would look into this matter and see what could be done.

Alderman Dibble asked if an invitation had been received by his Worship the Mayor to a meeting being arranged to welcome “Anzacs”.
The Mayor replied in the negative. Alderman Szarka explained that the meeting referred to was convened by the Hon D. R. Hall for the Enmore electorate, and embraced portions of Newtown, Marrickville, Petersham and Annandale.

A discussion ensued, when it was decided that his Worship the Mayor would at a later date convene a public meeting to arrange a fitting civic reception to the Anzacs who resided in the Municipality of Newtown.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 12 November 1918.
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