Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, Tuesday fifth day of March 1918, at 7 30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Edwards and Ryan.

Alderman Turtle moved that a letter expressing this Council’s sincere regret at his continued ill-health, be forwarded to Alderman Edwards, expressing the hope he would soon be restored to health and strength.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Miss Chesney, thanking the Council for kind letter of sympathy in connection with the death of her father.
Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Taxi Drivers Association of New South Wales, asking permission to establish a taxi rank in Australia Street, on the west side.
Alderman Turtle moved, the letter be received, and the writer informed that it is thought it would be better for the three taxis to occupy the established rank in Bedford Street in conjunction with the cabs.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble.
Amendment moved by Alderman Bloom, that the letter be received, and referred to the Works Committeee for report.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka.
The voting being in favour of the amendment, it was then submitted as a substantive motion, and declared carried.

Letter from the Undersecretary, Department of Education, intimating that cottage No. 19 Redwin St., which has been declared by this Council unfit for human habitation, would be closed up pending a decision of the Department regarding the whole of this terrace.
Received.

Letters from the Local Government Department, and the Government Statistician, intimating that the Council’s financial statements for the year ending 31/12/17 have been examined, found in order, and may now be published.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letters be received, and the statements published according to law.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Federal Municipal and Shire Councils Employees’ Union, covering a new log of wages.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the communication be received, and the writer informed, that the demands as set out in the log are unreasonable, and this Council refuses to agree to same.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble.
Alderman Bloom moved, as an amendment, that the communication be received, and referred to the Finance Committeee for report.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka.
The voting being in favour of the amendment, it was then submitted as a substantive motion, and declared carried.

Letter from S. Morris, asking permission to exhibit a sign on Scotts Bank Hotel in connection with the benefit to be tendered to the Newtown brass band.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the application be received and granted for 14 days.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from J. F. Wigley, Secretary of the Tramway Band, making application to play in front of Clay’s Bridge Theatre from 7:30 to 8 p.m., and then in the side streets, on the fourth Friday in each month, and to take up a collection in aid of the Band’s funds.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the application granted for a period of three months, ending 31 May 1918.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from J. E. Donohue, manager, Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, intimating that the board will be pleased to receive the deputation from the Council on Tuesday 12th march at 12 noon at the Strand, George Street Sydney.
Received.

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

Letter from H. Elvy intimating that he had unwittingly made a mistake in the thickness of the timber used in the construction of the six honour boards for the Town Hall, Newtown, and offering to forego the sum of £5 on his contract price as a set off against the mistake made, and further guaranteeing his work for a period of 12 months from the date of erection.
It was resolved, on the recommendation of the Works Committeee, that the letter be received, and the offer accepted.

Letter from the Local Government Department, acknowledging Council’s letter re controlling private mortuaries and funeral parlours, and intimating that further communication will be forwarded when a decision has been arrived at.
Received.

Letter from Bowser and Co, forwarding an agreement re fixing the bowser equipment on the footpath, offering to send a sample of the boxes used for inspection, and asking that the matter be re-considered.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the writer invited to submit a sample of the equipment for inspection.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from Mrs H. Williamson, asking for the patronage of the Council to a Picture Show Entertainment at the Hub Theatre, Newtown, on 11th April, in aid of the Sisters of St Joseph School, Newtown.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the request granted.

Letter from the Secretary, Beale Musical Society, asking for permission to exhibit calico sign on the Town Hall, in connection with concert being given in the St George’s Hall, on the 14th and 16 inst., in aid of the Beale Cot Fund, Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children.
Alderman Bloom moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Enmore Parents and Citizens Association, inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to the unveiling of a Roll of Honour at the Enmore superior public school, on Saturday, ninth instant.
Alderman Szarka moved, that the invitation be received, and accepted with thanks, and as many as possible attend.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Local Government Department, intimating that cottage in Redwin Street, number 19, will be closed up so it cannot be used for human habitation for the present.
Received.

Letter from H. Henderson, asking permission to erect a lamp in front of his business premises, 23 Enmore Rd.
Received, and referred to the Works Committeee for report.

Letter from A. Brightfield, asking permission to exhibit on the Botany View Hotel, King Street, Newtown, a calico sign, advertising the Trolley, Drayman and Carters’ annual picnic.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted for two weeks.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom. Amendment moved by Alderman Pritchard that the letter be received, and the request refused. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson.
The voting being in favour of the amendment it was then submitted as a substantive motion, and declared carried.

Letter from Miss Peter, resigning her position as typist to the Council as from the 31st March, 1918.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor in case it should be a question of salary.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from W.J. Morgan, covering 20 copies of his book “The Morgan patent block system of Mensuration”.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the donor thanked for his kind gift.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committeee submitted its report as contained on Folio 143 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid in the votes of appropriation since last meeting, amounting to £943:14:1
And the payment of accounts submitted this evening, amounting to 1203:17:0
Total payment from the general fund since last meeting £2147:11:1
From the trust fund, refund of contract as deposits and transfer of rates to general fund £7:17:5
The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance to date of £2,250:3:7

Alderman Dibble 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 Keats, and carried.

The Works Committeee submitted its report as contained on Folio 75/6 of the Works Committeee’s report book.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted, with the exception of recommendations marked a to e in the concluding paragraph of the report, and the matter is marked a to e be deferred for further consideration.
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 submitted his report as contained on Folio 218/9 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Smith moved, the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

With the consent of the meeting His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) withdrew the motion standing in his name, re new Ordinance, which he intimated he would again submit at a future date.

Alderman Bloom moved:-

1. That the carriageway of Gowrie Lane be repaired with tarred metal and tar dressed, at an estimated cost of £50.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

2. That the carriageway of the Union Lane be repaired with tarred metal and tar dressed, at an estimated cost of £50.
Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

3. That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of tar metalling the carriageway of Wells Street, from King Street to the present tar paving.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

4. That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the advisability of forming, ballasting, metalling and top dressing the carriageway of Holmwood Street, from the portion at present metalled to the gutter stones, at an estimated cost of £64.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

5. That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the advisability of forming, ballasting, metalling and top dressing the carriageway of Dixon Street, from the portion at present metalled to the gutter stones, an estimated cost of £64.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

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

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

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

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

His Worship the Mayor intimated that the special meeting had been called in accordance with the provisions of section 188 of the Local Government Act and Ordinance number 22 made thereunder for the purpose of making a new Ordinance, and moved:-

Municipality OF NEWTOWN.
Resolution to make a new Ordinance.
The Council of the Municipality of Newtown here by resolves that the following new Ordinance number 39-3 A be made to apply to the above named Municipality, as follows:-

Poultry not to be kept within certain distance from dwelling house.
3A. The occupier of any premises situated within the Municipality of Newtown shall not on such premises keep, nor allow to be kept, live poultry, within the distance of 25 ft. from any dwelling house.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried, unanimously.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed and an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall, Newtown, Tuesday 2nd April 1918.
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