LAPSED MEETING.

The usual business paper was issued calling an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, to be held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 12 November 1918, but as a holiday was declared on this date to celebrate, with public rejoicing, the signing of an armistice in connection with the termination of the war, the meeting was not held
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Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 26th November 1918 at 7-30 p.m..

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

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from the Local Government Department, covering amendments in Ordinances number 1 and 5, and circular letter number 227, re Town Planning Advisory Board, were received.

Further letter from the Local Government Department, asking that a representative be appointed from this Council to a conference consisting of representatives from Sydney, Darlington and Newtown Municipal Councils, and the Railway and Tramway Commissioners, with a view to submitting a definite scheme for the reconstruction of City Road, for the consideration of the Minister for Local Government.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and this Council’s engineer (Mr Young) be appointed to represent this Council.

Letter from the President of the New South Wales Central War Loan Committeee, thanking this Council for its co-operation and assistance in raising £106,460 as Newtown’s quota of the Seventh War Loan.
Received.

Letter from W. Trantum, 270 King St, Newtown, complaining of the dust nuisance in King Street. It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that efforts will be made to minimise, as far as possible, the dust nuisance.

Letter from the Darlington Council, intimating that the matter of renewing the wood-blocked portion of King Street, within the Darlington area, is receiving consideration.
Received

Letter from H. Kleinberg, making application for permission to fix a cross blind at 162 King St.
It was resolved that the application be received and refused, as recommended by the Works Committeee.

Letter from the North Sydney Council, asking co-operation in an endeavour to have a water supply established for irrigation purposes, and Electric Light and Power.
Received.

Letter from Alderman W. Taylor, inviting the members of the Council to a demonstration to be held at the Headquarters Fire Station, Castlereagh Street, Sydney, on Thursday, 5th December 7:45 p.m..
It was resolved that the invitation be received, and accepted with thanks, Alderman Taylor to be informed that all members of the Council will if possible attend.

Letter from the Commonwealth Statistician, asking to be furnished with the average rentals of 4, 5, and 6 roomed houses within this Municipality.
Received, and the Town Clerk to furnish the information.

Letter from Con. Thomas, asking permission to exhibit advertisements at the Rugby hotel, Bank hotel, and his own premises, in connection with a benefit concert on behalf of the widow and family of the late J. G. Barnett.
Alderman Szarka moved, that the letter be received, and permission as desired granted, provided the signs in question are removed the morning following the event.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from Mrs L. Stead, asking on behalf of the Newtown Red Cross League for the free use of the Town Hall on the 5th and 19th December, to hold meetings in connection with the League.
Alderman Szarka moved, the application be received, and request granted.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Warringah Shire Council, asking co-operation in an endeavour to have all enemy subjects deported from the country, the prevention of immigration from enemy countries for a period of 25 years, with a substantial indemnity for Australia’s loss of blood and treasure, and the retention of New Guinea and Pacific Islands won from the enemy.
Received.

Letter from A. Pointing, asking permission to retain a signboard erected at its premises, 557½ King St, Newtown.
Received, and referred to the Works Committeee for report.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, and H. H. Chippindale, Relieving Police Magistrate, intimating the Revision Court will be held at 10 o’clock on Monday, 9th December, and asking the Council to appoint place and building where the Court should be held.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and the Council Chambers, Town Hall, Newtown, the place and building where the Revision Court shall be held.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letters from J. McKern, State Metal Quarries, and A.J. Annabel, cartage contractor, were received, and referred to a Committeee of the Whole Council.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 20 samples of milk.
Received.

Letter from Miss Lucas, asking for the use of the Town Hall on Friday, 6th December, at 2 p.m., to hold a school concert in aid of Mr Ponty’s fund, to provide Christmas dinners to the wives and children of soldiers still away.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the free use of the Town Hall granted for this function if available.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from Petersham Council, asking that the work of repairs, etc to Liberty Street be proceeded with.
His Worship then explained that he had issued instructions to this Council’s Engineer to proceed with the work as early as possible, and the letter was received.

Letter from Hurstville Council, asking co-operation in an emphatic protest to the Minister for Railways against the contemplated increase in passenger fares and freights.
Received.

Letter from G. P. Raymond, Honorary Secretary, Newtown, Erskineville and St Peter’s Repatriation Board, asking for the use of an office in the Town Hall building for the purpose of interviewing returned soldiers on repatriation matters generally on three days a week, and for board meetings at various times.
Alderman Dibble moved that the application be received, and left in the Mayor’s hands.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Town Clerk (W. G. Salmon) making application for annual holiday leave.
Received and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committeee submitted its report as contained on Folio 149 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation, amounting to £613: 1:6

And payment of accounts amounting to £954:17:11

Total payments from general fund since last meeting £1567: 19:5

The monthly financial statement was submitted and disclosed a credit balance to date of £2191:4:6

It was further recommended, in connection with the appointment of a typiste in lieu of Miss Peter (resigned) and the re-organisation of the office staff, that the matter of the selection of a typiste at £78 per annum (after advertising, as provided by the Local Government Act) be left in the hands of the Mayor and Town Clerk to make a recommendation to the Council for appointment, and that Miss Peter be granted a fortnight salary in lieu of holiday leave now due.
Alderman Szarka moved that the Finance Committeee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of a meeting of the Works Committeee, held 11 November 1918, as contained on Folios 85/7 of the Works Committeee’s report book.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

The Town Clerk and valuer (W. G. Salmon) submitted his report valuations of all rateable property within the Municipality of Newtown, for the year 1919, in the Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell wards, together with the valuation books containing details of same, and an estimate of rate limits, a summary of such valuations and rate limits being as follows:-
WARD UIC VALUE IMP CAP. VALUE ASS.ANN.VALUE
Camden Ward 279,399 752,879 68,770
Enmore Ward 414,353 1,057,535 91,205
O’Connell Ward 507,960 1,127,875 92,579
Kingston Ward 270,698 590,582 45,990
Totals 1919 £1,472,410 £3,528,871 £298,544
Totals 1918 £1,470,495 £3,514,319 £297,687
Increase £1,915 £14,552 £857
ESTIMATE AND RATE LIMITS.

Part number 1. Limit of general rate and additional general rates taken together.
The unimproved capital value of all rateable land in the Municipality as valued by me is the sum of £1,472,410: 0: 0

The assessed annual value of all rateable land in the Municipality as valued by me is the sum of £298,544: 0: 0

2d. in the £ on the unimproved capital value £1,472,410 would yield £12,270: 1: 8

1/6 in the £ on the assessed annual value would yield £22,390:16: 0

The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy general and additional general rates is therefore sum of £34,660:17: 8.

Part No. 2. Limit of all rates (general, additional general, special, local, and loan rates) taken together.

2d. in the £ on the unimproved capital value would yield £12,270: 1: 8

2/- in the £ on the assessed annual value would yield £29,854: 8: 0.

The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy any rates (under the Local Government act) is therefore the sum of £42,124: 9: 8.

Alderman Keats moved, that the valuer’s report, together with the valuation books containing details thereof, and estimates of rate limits, be received and adopted, and the necessary information be forwarded to the Government Statistician, as provided by Ordinance 5 (23).
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

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 report, as contained on Folio 248/9 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Smith moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his Worship the Mayor (Alderman H. T. Morgan) spoke in feeling terms of the sad loss which Mr Robert Hollis and family had experienced by the death of their beloved son, the late Capt Norman Hollis, who lost his life whilst fighting in France in defence of the Empire, and moved that a letter, under the Corporate Seal of the Council be forwarded to Mr Hollis, expressing this Council’s sincere sympathy in his irreparable loss.
The motion was seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried unanimously.

His Worship the Mayor moved further the letter, under the Corporate Seal of the Council, be forwarded to Mrs William Kilborn, widow of the late William Kilborn, an employee of this Council, who recently died.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor moved, that a message be forwarded by this Council to his Excellency the Governor General of Australia, conveying an expression of loyalty to his Majesty the King, admiration for, and gratitude to the Allies’ magnificent Navy, Army, and Mercantile Marine, which has, under divine guidance and blessing, brought about an armistice, that has practically ended the war, sincere congratulations that the Allies and the world generally have been saved from the reign of Prussian terrorism, and expressing a wish that our beloved Empire may enjoy a lasting and glorious peace.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor moved, that the Council do now resolve into a Committeee of the Whole, to consider with closed doors letters from the Manager of the State Metal Quarries and A.J. Annabel, re blue metal and cartage contract.
Upon resuming Council it was reported that while in Committeee of the Whole a letter had been received from the Manager of the State Metal Quarries, intimating that he is prepared to continue supplying this Council with blue metal at the old contract rates, excepting the two and half inch metal will be two pence per time higher, namely 8/5 per ton, 1/2 inch metal nine shillings per ton, 3/4 inch metal and toppings 9/3 per ton, and your Committeee now recommends that the offer of the Manager of the State Metal Quarries be accepted for the period ending 31st December 1919.

It was further reported that an offer had been received from Mr Arthur J. Annabel, cartage contractor, intimating that he is prepared to continue his contract cartage for this Council under the terms and conditions at present existing, including the present arrangements regarding variation in wages by new awards, for the sum of £4: 10:0 for weekly carts, the Council to pay for holidays, or for casual carts 6/2 per day each cart, or if the Council so prefers to continue carting at casual rates at 15/8 per day, being 1/11-1/2 per hour, or £4:14:0 per week, for the period beginning 1st January, and ending 31 December 1919, and your Committeee now recommends that Mr Annabel’s offer be received and accepted, at 15/8 per day, being 1/11-1/2 per hour, or £4:14:0 per week, for the year ending 31st December, 1919.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the report of the Committeee of the whole Council be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Alderman Smith asked that repairs be affected to the carriageway of Albemarle Street.
The Mayor said he would have this matter attended to.

There being no further business meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 10 December 1918.
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