Minutes of a meeting of the council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday the fifth day of February, 1918, at 7-30 o’clock p.m..

PRESENT.
His honour the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Alderman Ryan, Pritchard, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Cuthbertson, Smith and Edwards.

BUSINESS.

To strike the rate for the year 1918.

His worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:-

“That this council do now make and levy a general rate of 3-1/4d in £ for the year ending 31st December, 1918, (as forecast in the Estimates approved and duly advertised), on the unimproved capital value of all rateable land within the Municipality of Newtown, to provide sufficient money to defray all its probable and reasonable expenses in the carrying out during the year of the several purposes in respect of which it is authorised, directed or obliged by the Local Government Act 1906-7-8-15-17, and ordinances and regulations made thereunder, to expend or apply funds of the area”.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting the council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 19 February, 1918.

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Minutes of a meeting of the council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, fifth February, 1918, at 7-40 p.m.

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

His worship the Mayor stated the business of the meeting to be:-

(a) To determine whether or not council grant an allowance to the Mayor for the year beginning 1st March, 1918.

(b) If it is determined to grant an allowance, to fix the amount.

(c) To elect a Mayor for the year beginning 1st March, 1918, and ending the last day of February 1919.

Alderman Szarka moved, that an allowance be granted to the Mayor commencing first day of March 1918 and ending 28th. day of February 1919.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.
Alderman Smith moved, that the Mayoral allowance commencing 1st. March 1918, and ending 28th. February 1919, be the sum of £100.
Seconded Alderman Edwards and carried.

His worship the Mayor then invited nominations for the position of Mayor. Beginning first day of March 1918, and ending 28 day of February 1919.

Alderman Smith nominated (in writing) Alderman H. D. Morgan as Mayor to the Municipality of Newtown for the period ending 28th. day of February, 1919.

There being no further nominations the Mayor then declared Alderman Harold T. Morgan duly elected Mayor of the Municipality of Newtown. Commencing first day of March 1918 and ending 28th. day of February 1919, and extended to Alderman Morgan congratulations of the council upon his unanimous election to the position of Mayor.

Alderman Morgan having suitably responded, the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, Tuesday 19th day of February, 1918.

 

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Minutes of a meeting of the council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, Tuesday 5th day of February 1918 at 8 p.m..

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

MINUTES.
The minutes of the previous Ordinary Meeting were read, and were confirmed and signed, on the motion of Alderman Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Smith.

His Worship the Mayor referred in feeling terms to the death of Charles A. Chesney, Esq, J.P., of 70 Dickson St., Newtown, an old and highly respected resident of Newtown, who had been so closely identified with the members of the Council for many years past, and moved that a letter, under the Corporate Seal of the Council, be forwarded to Miss Chesney and the members of the family, expressing this council’s deepest sympathy in their irreparable loss.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried unanimously.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from Alderman W. Taylor, intimating his willingness to attend the next meeting of the Council to give information re the qualifications of J. M. Lambourne for appointment to the position of Divisional Fire Brigades Officer of the Metropolitan Area, also a further letter intimating that he’d been called away from the city, and would not be able to attend the next meeting, and explaining fully the reasons for the promotion of Mr J. M. Lambourne.
It was resolved that the letters be received.

Letter from the St. Peter’s Council intimating its intention to comply with this Council’s request and proceed with the completion of repairs to the carriageway of May Street, and the proper blinding and rolling of same, at a total cost of £100, each council to pay a moiety of the cost.
Received.

Letter from the KuringaiKurringaiouncil, asking for co-operation in a movement to secure eight four hour morning parades, and eight four hour afternoon parades, in lieu of the present system.
Alderman Morgan moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation granted.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 27 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct.
Received.

Application from J. J. Fitzgerald, asking permission to exhibit calico sign at Croad’s Bank Hotel, in connection with St. Martha’s Annual Carnival, Leichhardt.
It was resolved that the application be received, and refused.

Letter from the Alexandria Council, asking that delegates be appointed to a conference to be held at the Council Chambers, Alexandria, on Wednesday, 13th instant, at 7:30 p.m., re united action in the disposal of garbage.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and the Mayor elect (Alderman Morgan) be appointed delegates to represent this Council.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from the Marrickville Council, intimating that as Enmore Road, from Stanmore Road to Juliett Street has recently been placed in repair, the Council cannot see its way clear to tarpave it at present, but will tar-paint the surface of its portion of the road when the tar paving is carried out by this Council.
Received.

Letter from Rigby and Knight, asking permission to substitute cement blocks instead of terracotta lumber in forming the cupboards at the rear of stage, and further intimating that they are prepared to paint the woodwork of the principals and windows inside the Town Hall for the sum of £5:10:0.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and the request re cement blocks complied with, and the offer to paint the interior woodwork as suggested, at £5:10:0: be accepted.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, and Council Employees Union, intimating that the annual picnic will take place on 7th March 1918. Received.

Letter from H. N. Holt, inviting the members of the Council to the unveiling of extensions to the Honour Roll on St Enoch’s Presbyterian Church, Newtown.
Alderman Smith moved, that the letter be received with thanks, and as many as possible attend.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Botany Council, asking co-operation in a request that an inquiry be held into the appointment of Mr J. Lambourne, as Fire Brigade Divisional Officer in the Metropolitan Area.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation granted.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the manager, Avon motor Co, asking permission to exhibit electric advertising signs over the awnings of Williams chemist shop, King and Mary streets, and the Tango Tea Rooms, the Bridge, Newtown.
It was resolved that the application be received, and refused.

Application from J. Leckie, for Council’s approval of renovations and repairs to Fay’s Ltd, Boot Shop, 322 King St., Newtown.
The plan and specification disclosed alterations to the awning, including a new ceiling. A discussion ensued, during which it was decided that no alterations should be allowed to the awning in question other than the substitution of a properly constructed suspended awning in lieu of the present post awning.
Alderman Morgan moved, that the applicant be informed that the plan and specification in its present form cannot be approved, the alterations other than the awning would be approved of, and the only alterations in the existing awning which would meet with the Council’s approval would be the substitution of properly constructed and up-to-date suspended awning, in lieu of the present old and out of date post awning.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka.
Amendment moved by Alderman Ryan that the matter be referred to the Works Committeee for investigation and report.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and lost.
The original motion was then submitted, and declared carried.

Letter from R.N. Ryan, J.P., covering a letter from the Secretary of the Harbour Trust Office, intimating that the Leichhardt Baths would be available for boys and girls attending schools within the Municipality one afternoon per week free of charge, and asking the assistance of the Council in this matter.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the Council assist as far as possible in securing the free use of the baths for schoolchildren.
REPORTS.

The Finance Committeee submitted its report as contained on Folio 142 of Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of the accounts paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting, amounting to — £825:9:4.
And the payment of accounts submitted this evening — £163:18:8.
Making a total expenditure from the general fund since last meeting of — £989:8:0

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance of — £440:1:7

Alderman Ryan moved that the Finance Committeee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the monthly financial statement laid upon the table.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

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

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on Folio 213/15 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book.

Alderman Smith moved, the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, the recommendations in paragraph three granted, and the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, the local authority to the Municipality of Newtown, under the provisions of the Public Health Act, 1915, having been furnished with a certificate by John Kirkpatrick, an officer of the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, authorised in writing in that behalf by the Board of Health, that houses known as number 19 Redwin St., Newtown, and number 26 Chalder St., Newtown, are unfit for human habitation, do hereby declare that such houses are not fit for human habitation, and directs that such houses shall not be inhabited by any person after the expiration of 21 days hereafter, unless specified repairs mentioned on Folios 486/7 of this Council’s Minute Book, in connection with 26 Chalder St., Newtown, and Folios 214/5 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book are made in the said houses, so as to render such houses fit for human habitation to the satisfaction of the local authority aforesaid, and that notices be served on the owners and occupiers in conformity with the terms of this resolution.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:-

That the rate of 3-1/4d. In the £ on the unimproved capital value of all rateable land within the Municipality of Newtown, made and passed by resolution of this Council at a duly constituted meeting held this day, be and the same is hereby confirmed; and that the Mayor and Town Clerk be authorised, when the rates have been written up in the rate books, to attach the Corporate Seal of the Council thereto, and duly sign each book.
Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:-

That Alderman Thomas Henley, M.L.A., of “Tudor House”, College Street, Drummoyne, be and is hereby duly nominated (under Corporate Seal) as a candidate for office of suburban member on the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, at the election to be held on the 22nd March 1918.
Seconded by Alderman Edwards, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Szarka drew attention to the need for more adequate lighting and greater cleanliness in the Phillip Street Railway Subway, and it was directed that the acts of larrikinism be brought under the notice of the police, and a letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners, asking that the subway be more adequately lit and cleansed.

Alderman Edwards asked that the repairs to Darley Street be carried out as early as possible.

Alderman Pritchard asked that the work be carried out shortly in Simmons Street.
His worship the Mayor intimated it would be necessary to renew this carriageway before the tar-painting is carried out.

Alderman Ryan asked that the repairs to Hawken Street be carried out as early as possible.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 19th day of February 1918.

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Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 19th February 1918, at 7:30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Edwards, Bloom and Cuthbertson.

MINUTES.

The minutes of the previous meeting were read, and were confirmed and signed, on the motion of Alderman Ryan, seconded by Alderman Smith.

His Worship the Mayor reported having in company with Alderman Morgan, attended a conference held at the Town Hall, Alexandria, on Wednesday 13th instant, re garbage destruction. It was learned that Alexandria and St Peter’s Councils had been served a notice to discontinue depositing rubbish at their refuse depot, and had in common with other Councils been notified they must establish a properly constructed Garbage Destructor.

After consideration of the whole matter, it was decided that a joint deputation from the Councils concerned wait upon the Hon. the Minister for Public Health, asking him to stay his hand ’till after the war, as owing to the shortage of money, the special permission necessary to import plant, and the probability of the Greater Sydney Scheme being introduced shortly, it is thought the matter could be dealt with better at a later date.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the report be received and adopted, His Worship the Mayor and Alderman Morgan thanked their attendance as representatives, and again appointed to represent this Council on the deputation to the Hon the Minister for Public Health.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor further reported having interviewed Mr J. E. Donoghue, representing the Electric Light Corporation, with reference to the abolition of meter rents, hanging high C.P. lights on the main road over the centre of the carriageway, and granting to this Council any concessions which had been granted to other Councils.
Mr Donoghue had said he could not see his way clear to grant the Council’s request, the meter rents had already been reduced to six pence per month, the removal of lights to the centre of the carriageway would cost between £800 and £900, and his company were already supplying 60 and 80 C.P. lights to this Municipality in lieu of 40 and 60 as contracted for.
Alderman Morgan moved, that the Mayor’s report be received, and the Board of the Electric Light Corporation be asked to receive a deputation from this Council to discuss the question of meter rentals, or other matters affecting the electric light supply.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from F. M. Burke, M. L. A., covering copy of letter sent to him by the Inspector General of Police, re the regulation of traffic at the corner of King and Forbes streets.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and Mr Burke thanked for his interest in this matter.

Letter from the Acting Medical Officer of Health, covering copy of report by Inspector Kenway, on the alleged nuisance from the mortuary in Watkin Street, Newtown, which recommended inserting 4 – 9 x 6 air bricks near the ceiling to ventilate the mortuary.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and a letter be sent to the Minister for Local Government (with copies of complainants letters) asking if he will cause an addition to be made to Local Government Ordinance 39, governing Public Health, safety, convenience and nuisance. Providing that no private Mortuaries or funeral parlours should be permitted to be used within 100 ft. of any dwelling or factory, unless the same be properly constructed to the Council’s satisfaction, with tiled floor and walls, with proper inducts and exhaust ventilation shafts, carried above the roof of the adjoining buildings, and that all walls of same be external walls.
Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from the Undersecretary, Department of Local Government, covering amendment in Ordinance number 39.
Received.

Letter from the Board of Fire Commissioners, covering statements of revenue and expenditure for the year 1917.
Received.

Letter from the Auditor General, intimating that he has been appointed to hold a departmental inquiry into the matter of Fire Brigades administration, and asking if the Council desires to submit any statement or documents in regard to the matter.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that this Council does not desire to submit any statement, documents or information in regard to this matter.
Seconded by Alderman Morgan, and carried.

Letter from the Clerk of Petty Sessions, intimating that the Appeal Court will be held at the Court House, Newtown, on Tuesday, 19th day of March next, at 3 p.m.
Received.

Letter from A.C. Edwards, asking if the Council will grant sufficient of the ground at the entrance to the goods yard, Newtown, to erect a weighbridge.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the Works Committeee for report.

Letter from W. Horrocks, Organising Secretary, Camdenville School of Arts carnival, thanking the Council for the assistance given in connection with the carnival, the funds of which are to be devoted to the Lord Mayor’s patriotic fund and the Camdenville School of arts.
Alderman Ryan asked what permission had been granted in connection with this matter. His Worship the Mayor replied that the permission of the Chief Secretary had been granted and the carnival was under the supervision of the local police. The President had personally waited upon him (the Mayor) to explain they did not know it was necessary to ask the Council’s approval until they erected a calico sign advertising the carnival, and he had now come to ask if they might proceed. In view of the permission already granted by the Chief Secretary, and the objects to which the funds were to be devoted, he (the Mayor) did not think it wise to offer any objection.
The letter was received.

Letter from Police Inspector McDonald, intimating that apart from one instance in which it is alleged a man molested two females passing through the Phillip Street Subway at 1:20 a.m. on the fifth instant, nothing has been reported to the police for the past two years, nor have the police observed any such occurrence.
Received.

REPORTS.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of a meeting of the Works Committeee as contained on Folio 75 of the Works Committeee’s Report Book.
Alderman Smith moved, that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, 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 Folios 216-7 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book.
Alderman Smith moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted, and steps be taken to bring Ordinance 39 (3A) into force in this area as suggested.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:-

1. (a) That the sum of £14,100 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Works Expenditure, for the current year.

(b) That the sum of £3,910 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Service expenditure for the current year.

(c) That the sum of £2,020 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Health expenditure, the current year.

(d) That the sum of £1341 be now appropriated from the General Fund for General Purposes administrative expenditure, for the current year.

(e) That the sum of £475 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Municipal Property expenditure, the current year.

Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

2. That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Ordinance 1-64 (a) the following standing Committeees of the Council be now appointed or elected:-

(a) Finance Committeee
(b) Works, Building and Specification Committeee.
(c) Lighting and Health Committeee.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

The following standing Committeees were then appointed:-
His worship the Mayor to be Chairman of all Committeees.
Finance Committeee:
Alderman H.T. Morgan, C. H. Turtle, W. L. Smith, J.P., W. H. Pritchard, J.P., and J. Campbell.
WORKS, BUILDING AND SPECIFICATION COMMITTEE:
Alderman H. D. Morgan, W. Edwards, J. Campbell, W. Szarka, W. Dibble, J.P., and J. E. Bloom.
LIGHTING AND HEALTH COMMITTEE:
Alderman H. D. Morgan, R.L. Cuthbertson, W. E. Keats, J.P., C. H. Turtle, and W. L. Smith, J.P.
His Worship the Mayor intimated that this was the last meeting of the Council at which he would preside during his present term as Mayor, and he desired to thank the members of the Council and the Council’s Officers for their loyal and cordial support during his tenure of office, all had conduced to make his term as Mayor in every way a distinct pleasure, and he took this last opportunity to extend his grateful appreciation for their cordial co-operation.
The Mayor’s remarks were received with acclamation.

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