Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 11th June 1918 at 7-30 p.m..

PRESENT.
His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Pritchard, Ryan, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Turtle, Keats, Campbell, Cuthbertson and Smith. Alderman Edwards was absent on leave granted on 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 Pritchard, seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Notification from the Industrial Registrar, re claim made by Federated Employees Union of Australia, regarding wages and working conditions, was received.

Letter from the Municipality of Kogarah, re financial scheme submitted by Alderman C. W. Shields to the Kogarah Council, more particularly for the raising of loans.
Received.

Letter from A.J. Annabel, cartage contractor to this Council, intimating that a new award had come into force on the 24th May last, which increased the wages of Carters at the rate of 2/6 per week, and asking that the corresponding increase be made, as from date mentioned in the payments for the Council’s cartage, as at the time of the renewal of the cartage contract for 12 months, it was an understanding that any increase made by the award would be paid by this Council.
Alderman Turtle moved that the application be received, and the request granted. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from Lieutenant Alsop, Organising Secretary, New South Wales Recruiting Committeee, asking permission to erect a Recruiting Kiosk on the Newtown Bridge.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the application be received, and referred to the Works Committeee for report, provided that if the proposal made met the Committeee’s approval, a letter signifying the same should at once be sent to the applicant.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from A.J. Simons, asking permission to erect a merry-go-round in Darley Street.
It was resolved that the application be referred to the Inspector for report, and action thereon left in the hands of the Mayor.

Letter from the Tramway Department, asking that repairs to Liberty Street, in the vicinity of Forbes Street, be carried out as early as possible.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed of this Council’s action regarding the matter.

Letter from the Petersham Council, asking that repairs be carried out to Stanmore Road, between Liberty Street and Enmore Road.
Alderman Szarka moved, that the letter be received, and the Petersham Council informed, that arrangements have already been made with the Marrickville Council for this work to be carried out, at an estimated total cost of £81:5:0.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Christ Church, Enmore, inviting attendance of the Mayor and the Aldermen at the Anniversary Services to be held at Christ Church, Enmore, on Sunday, 30th instant.
It was resolved that the invitation be accepted with thanks, and as many as possible attend.

Letter from the Marrickville Council, intimating that the matter of the incineration of garbage from this Municipality had been referred to the Health Committeee for report.
Received.

Letter from E. J. Doran, Tramway Traffic Superintendent, intimating that the early-morning tram which leaves Newtown Bridge about 4:40 a.m. will in future be classed as a workman’s tram, as requested by Newtown Council, and the staff concerned have been instructed that Workman’s fares are to be charged on the trip referred to.

Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and a letter of thanks forwarded for the department’s prompt action in this matter.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the Manly Council, more fully intimating the nature of the operations of the Valuer General’s Department, which are considered unfair or objectionable, so far as the operations at Manly are concerned.

It was resolved the communication be received, the Mayor intimated that he will have a copy sent to each Alderman.

Letter from W. H. Toose, making application for permission to place a sign on the wall of his business premises at 213 King St.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and referred to the Works Committeee for report.

Application from Marcus Clark, for Council’s permission to lower the awning at business premises Brown Street, Newtown. It was resolved that the application 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 folios 229/232 inclusive.
Alderman Smith moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 4 granted.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Campbell moved:-

1. That Wilson Street, southern side, where intersected by Forbes Street, be made good to a proper level, between the tram line and the gutter stones, the carriageway on the northern side, from Forbes Street to Queen Street, to be placed in proper repair, and top dressed with tar screenings, and a 12 in. drain laid from Forbes Street to the stormwater drain in Holdsworth Street, connecting en route the Queen Street storm waters — a capstone and bars to be placed at the Forbes Street Inlet to the drain, as recommended by the Works Committeee, the whole at a probable cost of £170.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

2. That a letter be sent to the Darlington Council, asking that delegates confer with this Council’s Works Committeee, as to the best means and probable cost of placing Forbes Street (a boundary street) in a proper state of repair.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Dibble asked, what the terms of this Council’s agreement with the Electric Light Corporation, as it affects the supply of current to private consumers? And explained that he asked the question as the Corporation had refused to connect the current to his premises, on the ground that the wiring has been carried out by Mr Betke, whose work they refused to connect to the electric current.
His Worship the Mayor said he would have the agreement looked up, and make inquiries regarding the matter.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 25th June, 1918.
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Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 25th June, 1918, at 7-30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Aldermen Bloom and Keats. Alderman Edwards was absent on leave granted 30th 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.

Letters from the Local Government Department re:-

(a) Regulation of heavy traffic in certain streets, and intimating that the matter has been referred for the consideration of the Superintendent of Traffic.
Received.
(b) Proposed new Ordinance, to fix the distance from dwelling houses at which poultry may be kept, and intimating that a number of Councils are taking action to bring the same provision into operation, and the Local Government Department will therefore add the name of the Municipality of Newtown to those to which clause 3A of Ordinance number 39 applies, if this course appears agreeable.
Alderman Smith moved that the letter be received, and the Under Secretary for Local Government informed this Council is quite agreeable to the proposed method of bringing Ordinance number 39 (3A) into operation within this area.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

(c) The overcrowding and shortage of houses, and asking for certain information regarding same.
Alderman Campbell moved, the letter be received, and information furnished as far as possible, no opinion being expressed regarding the question as to whether Local Government bodies should be empowered to undertake the provision of housing accommodation.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Municipality of Concord, asking co-operation in a protest against the remarks of J.E. West, M.H.R. for East Sydney, to the effect that Aldermen were trying to make what they can out of their positions, but Members of Parliament are above reproach.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation as desired granted.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Letter from J. Sharp, Secretary of the Enmore Men’s Brotherhood, inviting the Mayor and Alderman to attend the 500th meeting of the Brotherhood, to be held on Sunday, 30th instant, at 3 p.m..
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and as many as possible to attend.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage, asking for information re the cost of valuations within this area.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and information furnished.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

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

Letter from the Registrar Generals Department, covering heliograph of land, King and Stephen Streets, Newtown, for which Messrs Tooth and Co. applied for a certificate of indefeasible title, under the R.P. Act.
His Worship the Mayor explained that the plan included a portion of land which had been in use as portion of the public road for over 21 years, and moved that a caveat be lodged against the issuing of title for this land, as disclosed by the plan.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Town Clerk, Petersham, asking co-operation in a movement to protest against the Greater Sydney Scheme being introduced during the continuance of the present disastrous war, and requesting that delegates be appointed to attend the conference, to be held at the Town Hall, Petersham, on Monday, 8 July, at 7-45 p.m.

Alderman Dibble moved, that’s the letter be received, co-operation as desired granted, and his Worship the Mayor (Alderman Harold P. Morgan) and Alderman Turtle be appointed delegates to represent this Council.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Balmain Council, intimating the conference was held on the 19th instant, regarding the proposed purchase of works and undertakings of the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, when it was resolved that it is advisable to further consider the question, and the conference adjourned, pending further information, which should be obtained by the Balmain Council, and placed before a future meeting if necessary.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and intimated that the Councils represented were Balmain, Petersham, Leichhardt and Newtown, the Ashfield Council having intimated that they were quite satisfied with the existing conditions.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from Messrs Gartrell White Ltd, asking that repairs be effected to the crossing leading from their bakehouse to St. John Street.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the Overseer of Works for attention.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from McIlrath’s Ltd, King and Mary streets, intimating that their plate glass window had been broken through a motor car skidding and colliding therewith, and asking that a post be placed on the footpath to prevent future accidents.
On the recommendation of the Works Committeee, it was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that is regretted the request cannot be complied with.

Letter from S. Evans, Alexandria, asking permission to play an organ in the streets of Newtown one day a week.
It was resolved that the application be received, and refused.

Letter from L. E. Allen, asking our behalf of L. A. Williams for permission to offer small wares such a soap, tapes, pins, needles, etc, for sale on the footway at the corner of King and Dickson streets.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the application be received, and permission granted for one month, subject to withdrawal at any time, provided Mr Williams does not in any way impede the traffic.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from E. Goldberg, Secretary of the Newtown Hebrew Congregation, inviting the Mayor and Alderman to the laying of the foundation stone, on Sunday, 30th instant, at 3 p.m., of the new Synagogue, L’Avenue.
It was resolved that the letter be received, the invitation accepted with thanks and as many as possible attend.

Application from F.. Hoffman, Assistant Inspector, for an increase in salary, was referred to the Finance Committeee report.

REPORTS.

The Finance Committeee submitted its report as contained on folios 146/7 and the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid and the votes of appropriation, amounting to—- £646:7:6

And payment of accounts now submitted amounting to—- £730:9:9

Total payments from general fund since last meeting—- £1376:17:3

The monthly financial statement submitted, and disclosed a credit balance of—- £5165:1:3

The Committeee further recommended, in accordance with clause 2 of regulation 6, that the sum of £3373:11:6 be now voted from the general fund to carry out the following works:-

Georgina Lane, southern end, properly form and metal to connect with L’Avenue Lane, kerb
whole, top dress and renew gutter stones l’Avenue Lane.—- £195:0:0

Bedford Street. Renew tarmetalled carriageway from Pierce to Liberty streets, renew gutter
stones in vicinity overhead bridge where necessary.—- £65:10:0

Laura Street. Repair and top dress, repair portion along gutter stones with tarred metal.—- £188:0:0.

Hawkins Street. Repair, and when properly consolidated top dress with tar and repair
portion along gutter stones where necessary.—- £150:0:0

May Street. Repair carriageway.—- £148:1:6

Town Hall. Paint and renovate.—- £97:10:0

Town Hall. Erect six honour boards.—- £50:10:0

Gary Street. Re-metal where necessary with tarred metal, and top dress.—- £50:0:0

Union Lane. Re-metal where necessary with tarred metal, and top dress.—- £50:0:0

Holmwood Street. Ballast, metal, and top dress carriageway between King Street and Dickson Lane, from present metalling to gutter stones, and remove four trees.—-£64:0:0

Dickson Street. Ballast, metal, and top dress carriageway, from King Street to within 4 ft. two trees East Dickson Lane from present metalling to gutter stones, remove one tree.—-£64:0:0

Belmore Lane. Re-lay 120 yd. gutter stones northside, breakup, re-metal, and top dress carriageway, and two feet strip, tarred metal where necessary along gutter stones.—-£72:0:0

Australia Street. Repair gutter stones both sides, from Albemarle to Bishopsgate streets where necessary.—-£15:0:0

Edgware Road. Remove gratings Darley Street, substitute capstones with bars, lay an additional line of 12 in. drain pipes to convey the stormwater from northern side Darley Street to Edgware Road, and at foot Lord Street carriageway Edgware Road, make up with hard metal.—-£14:0:0

King Street. Renew wood blocks westside Australia Street to Missenden Road.—-£1600:0:0

Enmore Road. Renew wood blocks westside between Crescent and station streets.—-£380:0:0

Wilson Street. Southern side where intersected by Forbes Street, make good to proper level between tram line and gutter stones, place the carriageway on northern side in proper repair, and top dress with hard screenings, lay a 12 in. drain from Forbes Street to the stormwater drain in Holdsworth Street, connecting en route the Queen St stormwaters, place a capstone at the Forbes Street Inlet to the drain.—-£170:0:0

Total.———-£3373:11:6.

Alderman Cuthbertson moved that the Finance Committeee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, and all other recommendations contained therein carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Harold P. Morgan) submitted a report of a meeting of the Works Committeee, held 20 Jun 1918, as contained on folios 81/2 of the Works Committeee’s report book, containing recommendations 1 to 5 inclusive.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations 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 on folio 233 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report.
Alderman Smith moved that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph two granted.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Ryan drew attention to the slippery nature of some portion of the wood blocks during the winter months.
His Worship the Mayor said he would call the attention of the Overseer to this matter.

Alderman Dibble asked what information had been gathered from the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, with reference to its refusal to connect electric power to wires laid by Mr Betcke at his (Alderman Dibble’s) premises, Australia and Lennox streets.
His Worship the Mayor intimated that the General Manager of the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd had intimated verbally that, owing to the unsatisfactory manner in which Mr Betcke had carried out certain works, he had been notified that in future the Corporation would refuse to connect electric current to any work done by him, under the provisions of section 19 F of its agreement with the Newtown Council, which says, — “the contractor shall not be compelled to give a supply of energy to any premises unless he is reasonably satisfied that the electric light lines, fittings, and apparatus therein, are in good order and condition, and not calculated to effect injuriously the use of energy by the contractor by any other persons”. The Chief Engineer further intimated that Mr Betcke had failed to comply with the usual regulations governing wiring of premises for electric light, he had left some of his jobs in a scandalous condition, resulting in danger and loss to the consumer and the Corporation.
Alderman Dibble intimated that he would not have complained had his work been inspected by the Corporation and found defective, but in his case the work was exposed, and might easily be inspected.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, be informed this Council considers that its action in refusing to connect up the installation at 21 Australia St., Newtown, without (as has been alleged) having applied the usual tests thereto, is not justifiable, nor in accordance with the terms of section 19 F of the agreement between the Corporation and the Council of the Municipality of Newtown.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

It was further decided that the Corporation be asked whether it would be possible to have electricians licensed, as in the case of gas fitters, or failing this, could a list of approved electricians be posted at the Town Hall, 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, 9 Jul 1918.
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