Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 14th May 1918, at 7:30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Ryan and Bloom, and Alderman Edwards was absent on leave of absence granted the 30th day of April 1918.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Mrs M. Green, thanking Council for its kind letter of sympathy.
Received.

Letter from the Australian Gas Light Co, offering to lay a piece of test road with their new road making tar, if the Council had a site which they deemed suitable.
His Worship the Mayor intimated that he had submitted portion of the Enmore Road, from Edgware Road to Juliett Street, as a site for carrying out the test.
A further letter was received from the Australian Gas Light Co in reply to this offer, intimating that it would be some little time before the sites for the tests were chosen, and thanking Council for its offer.
Both letters were received, and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown District Ambulance Brigade, asking permission to conduct their annual Street collection within this Municipality on Friday the 24th instant.
Alderman Cuthbertson moved, that the application be received, and the request granted.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Salvation Army Band, asking for a share in the annual subsidy for bands.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the application be received, and referred to the Finance Committeee for report.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Comptroller, Department of Repatriation, asking that a public meeting be called, for the purpose of forming a local Committeee to deal with repatriation manners in the Municipality.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the matter of calling a public meeting left in the hands of the Mayor.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s Department, intimating that permission had been given to the holding of recruiting meetings only on the Newtown Bridge, provided such meetings are officially organised by the recruiting officer appointed by the Defence Department.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the Chief Secretary be thanked for his action in this matter.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from Mrs Nash, asking permission to erect a merry-go-round on Mr Heighway’s land King Street. The application was coming by Mr Heighway’s written consent.
Alderman Pritchard moved, and the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Marrickville Council, intimating it is considered that the work proposed to be carried out at the foot of Darley and Lord streets for the purpose of minimising the trouble hitherto experienced by stormwaters overflowing under the carriageway of Edgware Road will quite meet the case. Received.

Letter from the Glebe Council, asking for co-operation in a request, that all male citizens between the ages of 18 and 60 the immediately called up for training the home defence.
Received.

Letter from the Health Department, covering 20 samples of milk, in the case of Sample number 151 showing the addition of 5.8 added water, the prosecution was recommended.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the vendor of Sample number 151 be prosecuted, as recommended.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from E. Sewell, asking permission for an Orchestra, consisting of returned soldiers, and men who have been rejected for active service, to be allowed to play within this Municipality one morning each week.
It was resolved, that the letter be received, and left in the hands of the Mayor for further inquiries.

Letter from the Local Government Department, covering the copy of the draft clause proposed to be inserted into ordinance 39, under the Local Government Act, governing mortuaries or funeral parlours, and asking if it will meet the needs of the case, which has been brought under the notice of the Department by this Council.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the communication be received, and referred to the Works Committeee for report.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from M. E. Beecroft, asking permission to erect a merry-go-round on Mr Smith’s vacant land, King and Norfolk streets.
As the letter was accompanied by the written consent of the owner of the land, Alderman Smith moved, that the application be received, and the request granted.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Application from P.L. Burrell, asking permission to erect a box structure on the roof of the premises occupied by W. Gledhill, estate agent, Enmore Road.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Works Committeee for consideration and report.

REPORTS.

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 226/7 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 Keats, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Szarka moved:-
That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of renewing the wood blocks on Enmore Road, western side, between Crescent and Station streets.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:-
That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of renewing the wood blocks on King Street, western side, from Australia Street to Missenden Road.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Turtle drew attention to a paragraph appearing in the “Mirror” on Friday, the 10th instant, which stated that water holes in the Newtown and St Peter’s district are veritable death traps, and the authorities responsible for their neglect are also responsible for several drowning and other accidents, he moved that the Town Clerk be instructed to send a letter to the editor of the “Mirror” pointing out that the water holes in question were not within this area.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

There being no further business meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 28 May 1918.

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Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 28th of May 1918 at 7-30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies for received from Aldermen Bloom, Cuthbertson, Ryan, and Keats, and Alderman Edwards is absent on leave granted 30th day of April 1918.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Balmain Council, asking if this Council will join in a conference, re the acquisition of the business and land of the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation, Ltd.
It was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Szarka, that the letter be received, and the request granted, and that His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Harold T. Morgan) and Alderman Turtle attend the conference on behalf of this Council.

Letter from Messrs Kilborn and Willick, inviting the members of the Council to a public demonstration of their road making plant.
Received.

Letter from E. Johnston, inviting the Council’s co-operation in extending a hearty public welcome to returned soldiers.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation granted, and the help of the Newtown Win the War league, and the Newtown Red Cross Society, be invited in connection with the establishment of “Strong Posts” to welcome soldiers home.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the Manly Council, asking for co-operation in a movement to secure the insurances by the Commonwealth Government of all men who have been listed for active service since the outbreak of the war, and pay a sum equivalent to the amount to the dependants of deceased soldiers.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation granted.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

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

Letter from the Secretary for Railways, intimating that the drain on the railway property, where intersected by Edgware Road, had been cleaned out.
Received.

Letter from Mrs H. Stead, Honorary Secretary, Newtown Red Cross League, asking for the free use of the Town Hall on Thursday, sixth June, 1918, for a Euchre Party and dance in aid of the funds of the League.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the application be received, and the request granted.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from R. G. Roach, asking for the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen, in connection with a Benefit Entertainment, to be tendered to Mr Coady, of Denison Street, Newtown, who has met with a serious accident to his eyes.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the patronage of the Council granted.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from A.Russell, asking on behalf of the Canary and Cage Bird Improvement Society of New South Wales for permission to erect a calico sign on the balcony of the Bank Hotel until the 8th June.
Alderman Szarka moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Application from Mrs Jane Morton, for Council’s approval of subdivision of land, as per plan submitted, in Alice St Newtown.
It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committeee, that the application be received, and approval granted.

Application from W. Gimbert for Council’s approval of planning specification of alterations to premises number 15 Gowrie St., Newtown.
On the recommendation of the Works Committeee, it was resolved that the application be received and refused

His Worship the Mayor mentioned that he had received further information from T. Sewell, Conductor of an Orchestra which made application to play in Newtown on one morning each week. The additional information disclosed that the Orchestra consisted of returned soldiers and sailors for the most part.
Alderman Turtle moved, that permission to play one morning each week be granted to this Orchestra, for period ending first September next, with the proviso that permission may be withdrawn at any time it is found necessary.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

REPORTS.

His Worship the estimated a report of the meeting of the Finance Committeee, held 30th of May 1918, as contained in Folio 145 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to—- £657:16:5
And payment of accounts now submitted, amounting to—- 829:14:11
Making a total payment from general fund since last meeting of—- £1487:11:5

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance of—-£4863:16:6.

It was further recommended:-

(a) That Messrs Cadogan, Stewart and company be appointed auditors for the period ending 31st December, 1918, at the remuneration of £15 each half yearly audit.

(b) That a letter be sent to the Marrickville Council, asking if they are willing to destroy the garbage of this Municipality, estimated at say 70 tons per week, and if so the terms and conditions under which they would carry out such garbage destruction.

(c) That the annual band subsidy be allotted as follows:-

Newtown Band——–£25
Newtown Tramway Band——–£5
Newtown Silver Band——–£5

Alderman Campbell moved, that the Finance Committeee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and recommendations regarding (a) Auditors, (b) Destruction of garbage, (c) Subsidy for Bands, be carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works Committeee held 27th instant, as contained in Folio 79/80 of the Works Committeee’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 6.
Alderman Smith moved that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations be carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, 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 Folio 228 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Smith moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the recommendations contained in paragraph three granted.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Pritchard moved:-
That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of properly forming and guttering Prince Street, with a view to conveying the stormwaters via Alice Avenue to Alice St.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-
That the salary of the Sanitary Inspector, Mr J. Kirkpatrick, be increased by £26 per annum, to take effect from the 1st June, 1918.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading His Worship the Mayor mentioned that an amended Local Government Act would be submitted shortly to Parliament, and as this Council suffers severely from heavy loadings of steel, bricks, etc, amounting in some cases to eight and nine tons, being taken through narrow streets quite unsuitable for that class of traffic, he moved, that a letter be sent to the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, asking if he will endeavour to obtain the insertion of a section in the amending Local Government Act, giving Councils the power to divert through traffic over a certain weight, say one ton, to the streets which are deemed by the Council suitable for same, as it will prove a great boon and saving to the various Councils concerned.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor intimated that a public meeting to form a local Repatriation Committeee would be held in the Town Hall, Newtown, on Thursday next, 30th instant, and invited all the members of the Council to be present.

His Worship the Mayor mentioned further that the members of the Red Cross League proposed holding a Euchre Party and Dance on Thursday, 6 Jun 1918, and he would be pleased if the members of the Council would attend and assist the ladies as much as possible in making this function a success.

Alderman Turtle mentioned that the foundations of two cottages at Matraville were nearly completed by the Newtown Voluntary Workers, and the laying of the foundation stones would take place at an early date. He invited all the assistance possible in connection with this work on behalf of our brave soldiers and their relatives.

Alderman Dibble drew attention to the disability under which some of our residents suffer owing to the early morning tram, which leaves Newtown Bridge about 20 minutes to five in the morning being classed as an all-night tram. The tram is used for the most part by working people, including office cleaners and others, who are for the most part unable to pay the extra charge made on the all-night trams, and he moved that the letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners, asking that this tram be classed as an early-morning tram.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 11 Jun 1918.
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