Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 9th July 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 Bloom and Smith, Alderman Edwards being absent on leave granted 16th 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 Szarka.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Balmain Council, re proposal to purchase works and undertakings of the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, and intimating that chiefly from financial difficulties the proposal, so far as the Balmain Council is concerned, has been abandoned.
Received.

Letter from M. E. Beecroft, making application for an extension of time, for one month, to run his merry-go-round on J. Smith’s land, corner of King and Norfolk streets.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Tramway Band, making application for a share in the annual subsidy for bands.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that the amount of £5 has been allotted to the Newtown Tramway Band, and will be forwarded at an early date.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the General Manager and Chief Engineer, Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Ltd, in reply to Council’s letter re the Corporation’s refusal to connect premises number 21 Australia St to the electric mains, in which the writer referred to a proposal made by ‘phone to the Town Clerk to overcome the difficulty. The Town Clerk intimated that the message by phone was that in the present instance Mr Donoghue regretted causing Alderman Dibble inconvenience, and suggested that the difficulty might be overcome if Alderman Dibble will cause the whole of the work to be carefully examined by a competent electrician, on his report, if satisfactory, the electrical energy will be connected, as the Corporation cannot depart from its decision to accept no responsibility in connection with premises fitted up by Mr Betcke. Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and Mr Donoghue be asked to cause an inspection to be made of the work at number 21 Australia St, as this Council is still of the opinion that, under the provisions of section 19F of the agreement between the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation and this Council, the usual tests should be made by the Corporation before the work is condemned.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Burwood Council, asking co-operation in the movement to express its dissatisfaction at the raising of water and sewerage rates, without the representative of the Metropolitan Councils on the Board first communicating with the Councils, and further expressing the opinion that the previous profits of the Board should be used as a set off against the present efficiency.
Alderman Turtle moved the letter be received, and co-operation granted.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from Alderman Taylor, Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board, intimating that the inquiry into the re-organisation scheme has been completed, and the whole of the papers will be tabled in the house of Parliament shortly, and he will afford for information later.

Alderman Ryan moved, that the letter be received, and Alderman Taylor invited to attend the next meeting of the Council, and give a personal explanation of the re-organisation scheme.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Silver Band, thanking Council for its donation of £5 .
Received.

Letter from J. Lane, making application for permission to have a shoe black box on the Newtown Bridge in approved position.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the application be received, and permission granted until otherwise notified by the Council. The manner of selecting the position to be left in the hands of the Mayor.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, M.B. of Water Supply and Sewerage, covering a copy of the annual report.
Received.

Letter from Mrs Simmons, making application to run her merry-go-round on vacant land at the corner of Station and Crescent streets, Newtown, for a period of two weeks. The letter was accompanied by the written permission of the owners.
It was resolved that the application be received and granted, provided no complaint is received from the police or this Council’s Officers in regard thereto.

Letter from the Secretary, Camperdown A. Labor Party, asking permission to exhibit a sign on the Town Hall balcony till the 23rd instant, in connection with the Euchre Party and Social to be given under its auspices on the 22nd instant.
Alderman Cuthbertson moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from L. Watson, Secretary of Mr M. Coady’s Benefit Committeee, asking permission to place a sign on the Town Hall to advertise the benefit.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the application be received, and permission granted for a period of two weeks prior to the benefit.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble.
Amendment by Alderman Pritchard, that the application be received, and refused.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell.
The amendment upon being submitted was declared lost, and the original motion was then submitted, and declared carried.

Letter from J. Wigley, making application to exhibit signs on the Town Hall and Botany View hotels, and at Mr Gales, King and Holmwood streets in connection with a benefit concert to be tendered to the Newtown Tramway Band, 17th instant.
Alderman Szarka moved, that the application be received, and granted, provided the signs are removed on the 18th instant.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from the Undersecretary, Chief Secretary’s Department, intimating that the Inspector General of Police has reported that the powers already provided by the Metropolitan Traffic Act provides ample machinery to make provision against using specified streets for heavy vehicles.
His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) moved, that the letter be received, and a further letter forwarded to the Chief Secretary, asking that the following streets be set aside for heavy loadings, viz:- King, Wilson, Australia, Church, Bligh, Bedford, Station, Liberty, May and Union streets, and Erskineville, Missenden, Stanmore, Edgware, and Enmore roads.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

REPORTS.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of the meeting of the Works Committeee, as contained on folios 82/3 of the Works Committeee’s report book, and embodying recommendations 1 to 8 inclusive.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted.
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 on folios 224 in the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Keats moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the recommendations mentioned in paragraph three granted.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Cuthbertson moved:-
That with a view to greater efficiency in office administration, the National Cash Register Company be invited to give a demonstration of their cash registers constructed especially for the use of Municipal Councils.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Alderman Ryan moved:-
That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the best means and probable cost of placing the carriageway in Walenore Avenue in proper repair.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:-
That the footpaths on the Eastern side of Australia Street be broken up and renewed where necessary, and the remainder repaired and top dressed, as recommended by the Works Committeee, at an estimated cost of £155.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) mentioned that the three months leave of absence granted to Alderman Edwards on account of sickness had almost expired: he now moved that leave of absence for a further term of three months be granted to Alderman Edwards.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) reported that the deputation, re wood-blocking City Road, from Forbes Street to the portion recently wood-blocked by the City Council, had waited upon the Minister for Local Government on Monday, 8th instant, when the Hon. the Minister said, if a report were prepared from the Officers of the Councils concerned, he would see what could be done to have the road wood-blocked as desired.

Alderman Turtle intimated that he had attended the conference at Petersham Town Hall on Monday the 8th instant. Representatives from 33 Councils were present, and it was resolved that in the opinion of the conference the introduction of the proposed Greater Sydney Bill would be unwise and inopportune, and should not be brought before Parliament until after peace has been proclaimed. It was further decided that the Hon. the Premier be respectfully requested to receive a deputation, consisting of the representatives of the Suburban Councils to place the views of the conference before him, and endeavour to induce him to agree to their request.

Alderman Cuthbertson mentioned, that under the Amending Local Government Bill it was proposed to curtail the powers of Councils regarding advertising hoardings, and it was resolved, on the motion of Alderman Cuthbertson, seconded by Alderman Pritchard, that letters be sent to the Hon D. R. Hall, and F. M. Burke, Ms. L. A., asking when the Amending Local Government Bill is before the House of Parliament if they would use their valuable influence to secure for each Council complete control over advertising hoardings within its area.

There being no further business meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 23 Jul 1918.
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Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 23 Jul 1918, at 7-30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies for received from Alderman Szarka and Bloom, Alderman Edwards being absent on leave granted 9 Jul 1918.

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

CORRESPONDENCE.
Letter from the Marrickville Council, intimating that on the report of the Health Committeee it has been decided that at present it is inopportune to burn garbage for Newtown, owing to the small margin of safety in the event of a furnace having to be repaired, and a price will be obtained to additional cells.
Received.

Letter from the Manager, Electric Light Corporation, intimating that an inspection will be made of premises number 21 Australia St.
Received.

Letter from the Petersham Council, giving details of the Conference held on the 2nd instant, re Greater Sydney.
Received.

Letter from J.G. Griffin, Municipal Representative of the Fire Brigades Board, explaining the reasons for the increase in the water and sewerage rate.
Received.

Letter from the Randwick Council, asking co-operation in a request that the Chief Secretary be asked to make public the full report of the Commissioner in the recent Fire Brigade inquiry.
Alderman Dibble moved, the letter be received, and co-operation granted.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the Randwick Council, asking co-operation in a request to the Premier, that the water and sewerage board be made a self-contained body, retaining its own funds for its own purposes.
Alderman Turtle moved that the letter be received, and co-operation as desired granted.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Randwick Council, asking co-operation in a protest against the proposed increase in the price of gas to 4/8 per 1000 ft..
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation granted.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Chairman of the Industrial Committeee, Local Government Association of New South Wales, urging the advisability of this Council belonging to the Association, so as to bear its fair share of expense of applications in the Industrial Arbitration Court.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the matter referred to the Finance Committeee for consideration and report.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from S. F. Bowser & Co., asking that the Council re-consider the application for a kerb pump, in front of the Cambridge Garage, 38 Stanmore Rd.
It was resolved that the application be received, the Council’s previous decision in the matter to be adhered to.

Letters from the Registrar General, and Messrs Asher, Old and Jones, re caveat lodged at this Council against the R. P. application for Milton hotel, corner King and Stephen streets.
His Worship the Mayor intimated that the claim, re narrow strip of land along King Street, might be waived, provided the Council’s rights over the triangular piece of land on the corner were conserved.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letters be received, and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor to settle on the terms now suggested by him.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Band, thanking Council for donation of £25, and asking permission to display three Calico signs, in approved positions, in connection with a dance to be held during the first week in August.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the application be received, and permission as desired granted.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from the City Surveyor, suggesting that Trade Lane be tar painted, at an estimated cost of £6.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the City Surveyor requested to carry out the work of tar painting as suggested, this Council to pay a moiety of the cost, it being understood that the whole of this boundary Lane, from Gilpin Street to Trade Street, will be tar dressed.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Marrickville Cottage Hospital, making application to make the annual Street Collection in aid of the hospital funds on Friday, 6th September next.
Alderman Smith moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, 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 President of the Interstate Town Planning Conference, intimating that the Conference will be held at Brisbane, from the 30th July to the 6th August, 1918, and inviting the attendance of delegates.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and all members of the Council who can make it convenient to attend.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, intimating that copy of the Local Government Bill will be forwarded in due course.
Received.

Letter from the Industrial Registrar, notifying the application for an award has been made by draughtsmen and engineers.
Received.

Letter from Messrs Gartrell White and Co, asking if the Council will re-consider its decision objecting to the use of three ply wood for partitions in the new offices.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Works Committeee for a re-consideration and report.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Red Cross League, making application for the free use of the Town Hall, on Monday, the 29th instant, when a Euchre Party and Dance is to be held in aid of the league’s funds.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from Messrs Bloxham and Chambers, covering a copy of the Illuminated Soldier’s Certificate, and soliciting orders.
It was resolved that the communication be received, and the matter stand over for the present.

Letter from Mrs Taylor, intimating that Alderman Taylor is at present in Queensland, and will not be able to attend this meeting of the Council.
Received.

Letter from Mrs A. V. Nash, making application for permission to erect a merry-go-round on a vacant allotment in Lord Street. The application was accompanied by the written permission of the owner of the land.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the application be received, and permission as desired granted.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from the Lord Mayor of Sydney, asking co-operation in organising and generally promoting the success of the Seventh War Loan.
It was resolved, on the motion of his Worship the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Campbell, that the letter be received, and the Lord Mayor informed that this Council will do all in its power to ensure the success of the Seventh War Loan.

Letter from the Secretary, Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage acknowledging Council’s letter, protesting against the increase of water and sewerage rates.
Received.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, acknowledging Council’s letter, re advertising hoardings, and asking if clauses 532 and 537 in the Amended Bill meets with the Council’s approval.
It was resolved, that the letter be received, the matter to be further considered when the copy of the new Bill is to hand.

Letter from F. M. Burke, M. L. A., acknowledging Council’s letter, re advertising hoardings, and intimating that he will be pleased to carry out the Council’s wishes in the matter when the Bill is before the house.
Received.

Letter from McDonnell and Moffat, solicitors, making application for Council’s approval of plans of sub-division of land in Erskineville Road, now being conveyed from D. Brennan to G. H. O’Connor.
It was resolved, on the motion of his Worship the Mayor, seconded by Alderman Turtle, that the application be received, and the plans submitted approved, subject to the portion marked “Lane 20 ft. wide” being endorsed “Private right-of-way only”.

Letter from Lieutenant Littlejohn, inviting the Mayor and Aldermen, who are ineligible for active service, to form a Recruiting Committeee for this area.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the letter be received, and the request complied with.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

REPORTS.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of the Finance Committeee, as contained in Folio 147 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £710:8:2
And payment of accounts, amounting to £566:1:0

Total payments from general fund since last meeting £1276:9:2

The monthly financial statement was also submitted, and disclosed a credit balance of £7642:8:2

It was further recommended that the salary of the Assistant Sanitary Inspector be increased to £188:10:0 per annum, as from 1 Aug 1918.

Alderman Campbell moved that the Finance Committeee’s report be received, the accounts confirmed and paid, the monthly financial statement laid upon the table, and the recommendation, re Assistant Inspector’s salary, carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

The auditors (Messrs Cadogan, Stewart and Co) submitted their report, together with the balance sheet of the books and accounts of the Municipality, for the half-year ended 30 Jun 1918, and certified to the correctness of same.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the auditors report and balance sheet be received, and adopted.
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 on Folio 235/6 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the application mentioned in paragraph 4 granted.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Turtle suggested that the Council resolves itself into a “Committeee of the Whole” to discuss the question of garbage destruction.

After a discussion it was decided that His Worship the Mayor (Alderman H. T. Morgan) endeavour to obtain some further information regarding this matter, and when this was to hand a special meeting could be called to discuss the question, in the meantime a letter would be sent to the Department of Public Health, asking for extension of time before the completion of Council’s arrangements.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 6th August 1918.
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