Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, Tuesday 19th March at 7:35 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.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Annandale Council, asking co-operation in a protest against the introduction of legislation on the Greater Sydney question during the currency of the present disastrous war, and that the Parliamentary Representatives be asked to use every legitimate means to prevent the passing of such legislation.
Alderman Turtle moved the letter be received and co-operation as desired granted.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Local Government Department, covering amendments to Ordinance numbers 2 and 51.
Received.

Letter from J. H. Catts, M. H. R., intimating that he will submit the suggestion for the amendment of hours of compulsory training for senior cadets to each Labour League in the Cook electorate for consideration, and ask for the appointment of a small Committeee of the Cook Federal Labour Council to consider the suggestions.
Received.

Letter from J. Lynch, asking permission to exhibit calico signs throughout the Municipality in connection with a carnival at Shrublands, Marrickville, in aid of the Father Alphonsus Memorial Church.
It was resolved that the application be received, and refused.

Letter from A. Even, asking permission to re-erect sign on butcher shop number 117 Simmons St.
On the recommendation of the Works Committeee, it was resolved that the application be received and granted until further notice, provided the sign is fixed to the satisfaction of this Council’s inspector.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Recruiting Insurers Fund Committeee, asking co-operation, and complaining of a letter received from the late Mayor (Alderman C. H. Turtle).
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed that it is thought the request of the late Mayor, for full information regarding the formation and aims and objects of the Committeee was a reasonable one, and should have been complied with.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Darlington Council, asking co-operation in a request to the Minister for Local Government to have the City Road wood-blocked, from the portion recently completed by the City Council to Forbes Street.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation granted.
Seconded pro forma by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the St Peter’s Council, asking that the Railway Commissioners be requested to erect a clock on the St. Peter’s railway station, outside the ticket office, for the convenience of the travelling public.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and a copy forwarded to the Railway Commissioners, with a request for favorable consideration.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, calling attention to various ordinances, re the extermination of rats as bubonic plague is again prevalent in China and India.
Received, and referred to the Council’s Inspector.

Letter from the Secretary, New South Wales Government Railways, intimating that the Phillip Street subway would be lit with specially protected electric lights with oyster fittings.
Alderman Szarka moved, that the letter be received, and the Commissioners thanked for their action in this matter.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from A.C. Edwards, Secretary, Produce Merchants Association, asking that the alteration in Crescent Street, to improve the approach to the goods yard, be made by this Council free of cost.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed that it is thought the decision of the Council, with estimate of cost, which is considered a most reasonable one, should first be submitted to the Commissioner for Railways for consideration.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Proportional Representation Society, covering petition to the Premier, asking that legislation be passed this year to provide for proportional representation for election of Members of the Legislative Assembly.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the petition laid upon the table for signature.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

REPORTS.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of a deputation to the Electric Light Corporation, on Tuesday 12th instant, to ask that meter rentals be discontinued in this area and that any concessions granted to other Municipalities be also granted to Newtown.
The members of the deputation, having laid their case before the Board of Directors, Mr Oliver (chairman) in reply said there were 868 private consumers in Newtown, 332 paid less than five shillings per month, including meter rent, 160 paid less than two shillings, and 80 do not average more than one shilling. Meter rents in Newtown produced £336 per annum, and in view of the largely increased working expenses and war conditions, the board regretted it could not at present forego any of its present income, as the future was causing alarm.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the Mayor’s report be received and adopted.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

The Finance Committeee submitted its report, as contained in Folio 143 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which reported having considered the log of wages and conditions which it is desired by the Federated Municipal and Shire Council Employees Union shall govern all workmen employed by Councils or Shires, and having carefully considered the log, your Committeee is of the opinion that it is unreasonable, and recommends that the General Secretary be informed that this Council refuses to agree to the conditions and scale of wages as disclosed by the log.
The Committeee further recommended that the remuneration paid to this Council’s typist (Ms Q. Peter) be increased as from 1st March 1918 by 10 shillings per week.

His worship the Mayor moved, that the Finance Committeee’s report be received, adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

His worship the Mayor submitted the report of the meeting of the Works Committeee, held 18th instant, containing recommendations 1 to 10.
Alderman Smith moved, that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, 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 in Folios 220/1 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received and adopted, and the applications mentioned in paragraph four granted.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Szarka moved for Alderman Pritchard:-

That the carriageway of Belmore Lane be broken up, remetalled, and top dressed, 120 yds., and the gutter stones on the Northern side re-laid with a strip of tarred metal along the gutter stones where required, the whole at an estimated cost of £72.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

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

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Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 2nd April 1918, at 7:30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Edwards and Cuthbertson.

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

His worship the Mayor referred in feeling terms to the decease of Mr Frank Green, of Messrs Green Brothers, one of our leading businessmen, and moved that a letter, (under the Corporate Seal of the Council) be forwarded to Mrs Green and members of the family, expressing this Council’s sincere sympathy in their irreparable loss.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Governor, Commonwealth Bank, intimating that “Tank Week” in connection with the war loan will be from the 3rd to the 10th of April inclusive, and on the 9th instant at 4 p.m. the “Tank” will arrive at Newtown, where addresses will be delivered.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the members of the Council cooperate as far as possible in making the visit of the “Tank” to Newtown a complete success.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 40 samples of milk, all of which were found to be correct.
Received.

Letter from F. M. Burke, M.L.A., intimating that matters relative to the Greater Sydney scheme as mentioned in the Council’s letter to him, will receive his serious consideration.
Received.

Letter from the Secretary to the Hon D. R. Hall, intimating that the Council’s letter, re Greater Sydney will be submitted to Mr Hall on his arrival home.
Received.

Letter from the Secretary, Railway and Tramway Service Association, calling attention to the inadequacy of the accommodation of tram cars.
Received.

Letter from the Glebe Municipality, suggesting at a conference of Municipal Shires be called, re the log and conditions of Federated Municipal and Shire Councils Employees Union.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and co-operation as desired granted.

Letter from J. R. Scott, Honorary Secretary, Newtown Parents and Citizens Association, inviting the attendance of the Mayor and Aldermen at the presentation to be made to Miss A. Macdonnell, on Wednesday 10th April at 3 p.m.
It was resolved that the letter be received with thanks, and as many as possible attention.

Letter from F. Hoffman, making application for annual holiday leave.
Received, and left in the Mayor’s hands.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committeee submitted its report, as contained in Folio 144 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid and the votes of appropriation, amounting to £840:8:10.
And the payment of accounts amounting to 600:19:9.
Total payments from general funds since last meeting £1441:8:7.

From the trust fund refund of contractors deposit £5:0:0

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed credit balance of £5358:12:2.

Alderman Campbell 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 Pritchard, and carried. His Worship the Mayor refrained from voting.

The Town Clerk and Valuer (W. G. Salmon) submitted a report of the valuations (after appeal) for property within the Municipality of Newtown, which disclosed total reduction in revenue from rates, as a result of appeals, £3:15:6, together with a summary of the valuations (after appeal) forthe yfor theding 31st December, 1918, as follows:-

Ward Unimp. Capital Val. Imp. Capital Val. Assessed Ann. Val. Revenue @ 3-1/4d in £
Camden 279,146 748,844 68,664 3,780: 2: 1
Enmore 414,091 1,054,473 91,136 5,607: 9: 8
O’Connell 506,591 1,121,404 91,890 6,860: 1: 8
Kingston 270,667 589,598 45,997 3,665: 5: 8
Totals 1918 £1,470,495 £3,514,319 £297,687 £19,912:19: 1
Totals 1917 £1,469,580 £3,483,967 £294,737 £19,887: 7: 2
Increase £915 £30,352 £2.950 £25:11:11

Alderman Turtle moved, the Valuer’s report be received and adopted.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, 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 322 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Smith moved that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Turtle moved:-
That it be referred to the Finance Committeee to consider a report regarding the recompense paid for the cleaning of the Town Hall.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading His Worship the Mayor mentioned that the meeting would be held in the Town Hall on Thursday the fourth instant to inaugurate the Australian Red Cross Day fund in the Municipality of Newtown, and invited all the members of the Council to be present.
Alderman Turtle apologised for his unavoidable absence on the evening and also that of Mrs Turtle, who would be out of town on that date

The Mayor expressed the hope that there would be a good attendance on the occasion of the visit of the “Tank” at 4 p.m. on Tuesday ninth instant, in connection with sixth War Loan.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, Tuesday 16th of April 1918.
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Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 16th April 1918, at 7:30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Edwards and Bloom.

Alderman Turtle moved, that three months leave of absence from meetings of the Council be granted to Alderman Edwards, on account of his continued indisposition.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, 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 Smith.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Sly and Russell, asking Council’s approval of sub-division of land in Fitzroy Street, the property of Angelo Nannelli.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the application be received, and the sub-division plan as submitted be approved and endorsed.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from L. Williams, making application for permission to erect signs in front of premises, 649 King St., Newtown.
It was resolved that the application be received, and referred to the Works Committeee for report.

Letter from the Superintendent of Lines, New South Wales Railways, intimating that the clock in the booking office, St Peter’s railway station, has now been removed to a new position, which it is thought will meet all reasonable requirements.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and a copy sent to the St Peter’s Council.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from Messrs Dawson and Herford, asking Council’s approval of sub-division of land in Margaret Street, Newtown, 2 3/4 inches by 90 ft., in connection with an encroachment by the adjoining property.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the application be received, the Council’s approval granted, and the necessary endorsement of sub-division plan made.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from D. Brennan, asking the Council to accept the dedication of lane off Erskineville Road, at the rear of his property, with frontage to Wilson Street, Newtown.
It was resolved that the application be received, and referred to the Works Committeee for investigation and report.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s office, asking if the Council will re-consider its decision with a view to allowing recruiting meetings in the vicinity of Newtown Bridge.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the Under Secretary informed (while reluctant to interfere with the present embargo re public meetings on the Newtown Bridge, which has proved such a great boon) in view of the urgent necessity for military recruits, this Council will offer no objection to recruiting meetings being held in Australia Street, at its intersection with the Bridge, King Street, provided the Council has the assurance of the Chief Secretary that recruiting meetings only will be allowed, such meetings to be officially organised by the recruiting officer appointed by the Defence Department for the Municipality of Newtown.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from the Petersham Council, inviting the attendance of the Mayor and Aldermen at the opening ceremony of the carnival in aid of the Red Cross Day fund, which is to take place at Petersham Park, at 3 p.m. on the 19th instant.
It was resolved that the letter be received, the invitation accepted with thanks and as many as possible attend.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown and District Ambulance and Transport Brigade, asking permission to hold a carnival on the vacant land, corner of King and Norfolk streets, Newtown, from the 2nd to the 18th of May 1918, the net profit to be divided between the Newtown District Ambulance and the Newtown Band, and further asking for the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen in connection with the carnival.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the letters be received, permission as desired granted and the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen extended in connection with the carnival.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from J. J. C. Selig, Honorary Organiser, Newtown Recruiting Office, asking permission to hold a boxing tournament in the Trocadero Hall, commencing on the 26th instant, and continuing for about four or five weeks, for the purpose of augmenting the funds already existing towards raising £1000 for the Municipality of Newtown to ensure recruits, and further asking permission to exhibit 15 Calico signs, six by three, on the main roads of the thoroughfare.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that in view of the patriotic purpose to which the funds are to be devoted, this Council will offer no objection to the boxing tournament in question, and permission be given to exhibit five signs, six by three, in the following places, – one in King Street, towards St Peter’s Bridge, one at the Enmore terminus, one in the vicinity of the Newtown Bridge, and two between the Newtown Bridge and Forbes Street, such signs to be removed immediately the tournament is concluded.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from Captain Campbell Carmichael, Chairman of the State Recruiting Committeee, asking if this Council will accept the responsibility of obtaining five men from this Municipality in connection with the 1000 military recruits he is now endeavouring to enlist.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that the members of this Council have at all times actively assisted in obtaining military recruits for military service, the local recruiting office being at the Town Hall, Newtown, and the Mayor and Aldermen will certainly use their utmost endeavours to comply with the request contained in the letter.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from Messrs Pigott and Stinson, covering Certificate of Title, volume 2828, Folio 119, of the land purchased by this Council from the Water and Sewerage Board for the purpose of extending Liberty Street through to Railway Avenue.
Alderman Cuthbertson moved, that the letter be received, and the deed filed with this Council’s legal documents.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from A. Daniels, conveying a cable message from Alderman Thomas Henley, M. L. A., expressing thanks for his re-election on the board of Water Supply and Sewerage.
Received.

Letter from the Defence Department, intimating that the hours fixed for compulsory training of senior cadets are considered to give a minimum of inconvenience to all parties concerned, whilst conserving the efficiency of the cadets.
Received.

REPORTS.

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight, and plans of new buildings.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the Overseer of Works report be received and adopted, with the exception of paragraphs A. and B. number six, and these two matters be referred to the Works Committeee for report.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained in Folio 223 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Ryan asked, that the Bridge in Alice Street, to the premises of the Peacock Jam Co, be completed as early as possible.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman H. T. Morgan) intimated that a public meeting to inaugurate the Australian Red Cross Day fund collection in Newtown was held on Thursday the fourth instant, and was well attended. The movement has been enthusiastically taken up in a strong Committeee of ladies and gentlemen, and a substantial collection is expected.

The Mayor further reported that the visit of the “Tank” to Newtown, in connection with the War Loan, took place on Tuesday, the 19th instant, at 4 p.m., and proved a great success, over £71,400 was subscribed, which reflects great credit on 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 30 Apr 1918.
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Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, Tuesday the 30th day of April 1918, at 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from W. S. Lemaire, making application for permission to place a direction sign on C. R. Topham’s awning, corner of King and Wilson streets.
It was resolved, on the recommendation of the Works Committeee, that the application be received and refused.

Letter from the Alexandria Council, intimating that it will be necessary for this Council to make other arrangements for the disposal of garbage, on or before 1st August 1918, as the Department of Public Health has ordered the discontinuance of the tip.
It was resolved the letter be received, and referred to the Finance Committeee for report.

Letter from the Marrickville Council, asking for a joint meeting of the Works Committeees, to discuss the matter of stormwater drainage of streets abutting onto Edgware Road.
This matter, having already been dealt with in the Works Committeee’s report, it was resolved that the letter be received, and a letter forwarded intimating this Council’s decision in the matter.

Letter from the Manly Council, asking co-operation in a deputation for the purpose of considering and discussing the operations of the Valuer General’s Department, with the Minister for Local Government.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation granted, in the meantime a letter be forwarded to the Manly Council, asking if they will kindly intimate the nature of the operations of the Valuer General’s Department, which are considered unfair or objectionable.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from Messrs Cadogan, Stewart and Co, intimating that Mr Stewart is about to proceed on active military service with the “Carmichael Thousand”, and asking for a continuance of this Council’s favours during his absence.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and Messrs Cadogan, Stewart and Co. informed, that the interests of the firm will not suffer so far as this Council is concerned during Mr Stewart’s absence, and further congratulating Mr Stewart upon his self-sacrificing and patriotic action in the noble cause of freedom.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committeee presented its report, as contained in Folio 144 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-
Confirmation of accounts paid in the votes of appropriation amounting to £2367:19:8
And the accounts be paid, amounting to 575:15:10

Total payments from General fund since last meeting £2943:15:6

From the permanent improvement loan fund, repayment of principal and interest £1633:17: 4

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance of £4354:2:4

It was further recommended:-

(a) That the amount paid for cleaning of Town Hall be increased at the rate of £13 per annum.

(b) That the claim of A. Eggleton, for the cost of repairs to cab, £4:15:0, alleged to have been caused by accident, through light being extinguished on barricade in Bedford Street during storm on 15th February 1918, be paid without prejudice.

Alderman Campbell 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, and the Committeee’s recommendations, re increasing payment for cleaning of Town Hall, and claim of A. Eggleton, be carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) submitted a report of the meeting of the Works Committeee, held 29th April 1918, as contained in Folio 78/9 of the Works Committeee’s report book, embodying recommendations 1 to 7.
Alderman Cuthbertson moved, that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations 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 in Folios 224/5 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Turtle moved:-
That the gutters in Australia Street both sides from Albemarle Street to Bishopsgate Street, be repaired, where necessary as recommended by the Works Committeee, at an estimated cost of £15.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading His Worship the Mayor reported that a most successful collection had been held in Newtown on the 26th instant, in aid of the Australian Red Cross Day fund, he tendered his sincere thanks to all who had worked for the success of this great patriotic effort, which had already realised £1600, and also thanked the subscribers for liberal donations. A word of special thanks was due to Aldermen Szarka, Pritchard, Turtle and Smith, for devoting the day in the interests of the funds.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 14th of May 1918.
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