Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 6th August 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 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 Turtle, seconded by Alderman Ryan.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Returned Soldiers Preference Association, Temora, asking that this Council co-operate in a movement to obtain preference from the Federal and State Governments to returned soldiers in all avenues of employment under their control, and further that a branch of the Association be formed in this area.
Alderman Bloom moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation granted so far as the matter of preference to returned soldiers is concerned, and the writer be informed that a branch of the Association in this district is not considered necessary, as the local Repatriation Committeee is safeguarding the interests of returned soldiers.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from Alderman W. Taylor, intimating that the report of the re-organisation scheme of the Board of Fire Commissioners were made public and printed, when he will have pleasure in forwarding copies to this Council, and also in attending a meeting, and going fully into the matter.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the letter be received.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Chief Secretary’s Department, acknowledging Council’s request for the publication of a report in the recent inquiry into the administration of the Board of Fire Commissioners, and intimating that the report will be printed in due course, and may be obtained from the Government Printing Office.
Received.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 40 samples of milk, in one case a caution was deemed necessary.
Received.

Letter from R.N. Pontey, Secretary of the Fruit and Vegetable Fund for Fighters Families, asking that this Council protest against the action of the Repatriation Department, in refusing his Fund permission to make a public appeal for support.
Alderman Turtle moved that the letter be received, and a letter sent to Senator Millen, asking for the favour of explanation of the statements made by Mr Pontey.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Citizens’ War Chest Fund, asking the Council’s permission to make a special collection on behalf of the “War Chest”, on or about Friday, 29th November 1918.
Alderman Pritchard moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from the Acting City Surveyor, intimating that the whole of the Boundary Lane, from Gilpin Street to Trade street will be tar dressed.
Received.

Letter from J. Feneley, making application for Council’s permission to hold Boxing Exhibitions in the Trocadero Hall, King Street, Newtown.
Alderman Ryan moved, that the application be received, and granted. Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson.
Amendment moved by Alderman Campbell, seconded by Alderman Szarka, that the applicant be asked to give particulars as to the number and dates of Boxing Exhibitions he intends to give on behalf of patriotic funds.
The amendment upon being submitted was declared lost, the substantive motion was then submitted, and was also lost.

Letter from the Redfern Council, intimating that this Council’s proposal, to place the carriageway of Forbes Street (a boundary Street) in a proper state of repair, each Council concerned to pay its fair share of the cost, is being considered, and the Redfern Council has decided not to participate in this work at the present juncture.
Received.

Letter from the Leichhardt Council, asking co-operation of this Council in urging upon the Legislature the advisability of excluding from the Local Government Bill all provisions for the exemption of any class of land from taxation for Local Government purposes.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and co-operation granted.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Red Cross League, making application for the free use of the Town Hall, on Monday, 12th instant, for the purpose of holding a Gift Evening, to assist in providing Christmas parcels for the soldiers at the front.
Alderman Keats moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from E. Goldberg, asking that the footpath in front of the new Synagogue, L’Avenue, be placed in repair.
Received, and referred to the Works Committeee.

Letter from C. Humphries, Master Brick Carter’s Association, asking for a more liberal sanding of the wood blocks during wet weather.
Alderman Cuthbertson moved, that the letter be received, and left in the Mayor’s hands for attention.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from C. N. Warren, asking for an extension of the permission granted to Mr L. A. Williams, to place his basket on the kerb line of the footpath at the corner of King and Dickson Street, for the sale of small wares.
Alderman Turtle moved that the letter be received, and the time extended for a period of three months.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

REPORTS.

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of Works, completed or in progress, and plans of buildings considered, during the past fortnight, which was received.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report, as contained in folios 237/8 of the Sanitary Inspectors report book, and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith, seconded by Alderman Szarka, that the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) moved:-

That the Petersham Council be asked to join in re-metalling the carriageway of Liberty street (a boundary Street), from London Street to the railway bridge, 20 ft. wide, generally repairing the balance of the carriageway, and top dressing the whole with 1 coat of tar, at an estimated total cost of £135, each Council to pay a moiety of the cost.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) drew attention to the very sad loss which ex-Alderman John Archibald had experienced, by the loss of his beloved son, the late Lindsay Lee Archibald, who was killed in battle while on active service in Jericho, and moved that the letter, under the Corporate Seal of the Council, be forwarded to Mr Archibald, expressing sincere sympathy.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Turtle drew attention to the death, whilst on active military service, of the late Corporal William Vincent Coady, who was Assistant Master at the Newtown Public School, and was killed in France in May last, and moved that a letter, under Corporate Seal, be forwarded to the relatives of the late corporal Coady, expressing this Council sympathy in their sad loss.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Alderman Turtle and Bloom drew attention to the tardy delivery of letters by postal authorities, especially those received from relatives on active service , and asked that a letter be sent, bringing the matter under the notice of the Department.

Alderman Ryan mentioned that the electric lights have been out in Alice Street, near King and Clara streets.

Alderman Cuthbertson asked that the path be repaired in front of Mr Bates Tobacconist shop, 127 King St.

His Worship the Mayor said he would give these matters his attention.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) moved, that this Council do now resolve into a Committeee of the Whole, to consider letters received from the Municipality of Alexandria, Municipality of Leichhardt and Mrs S. Spears, re the disposal of refuse.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Upon resuming Council it was reported, that while in Committeee of the Whole letters from,
(a) Municipality of Alexandria, (b) Municipality of Leichhardt, (c) Mrs Spears re the disposal and incineration of refuse, had been considered, and your Committeee now recommends that the matter of the disposal and incineration of refuse be referred to a Committeee, to consist of his Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Campbell, Pritchard, Turtle, Smith, and Bloom, to obtain all information in regard to the matter, and report generally to the Council, and further that His Worship the Mayor be empowered to make arrangements with the Leichhardt Council for the incineration of this Council’s refuse, such arrangements to be terminable on three months notice.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the report of the Committeee of the Whole be received adopted.
Seconded by Alderman bloom, and carried.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday 20 Aug 1918.

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Minutes of meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday 20th August 1918, at 7-30 p.m.

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from AldermEn Pritchard and Smith. Alderman Edwards was absent on leave granted 9th July 1918.

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

Alderman Turtle moved, that a letter, expressing this Council’s regret at Alderman Pritchard’s indisposition, and the hope that he would speedily be restored to health, be forwarded to Alderman Pritchard.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from the Bexley Council, advocating the principle of rating on capital values for water service.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, and the Bexley Council informed that this Council is opposed to the proposal.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from J. Archibald, thanking Council for kind letter of sympathy in connection with the death of his son, Lindsay, on active service.
Received.

Letter from the Darlington Council, intimating that approval cannot be granted to the proposal of Newtown Council, to place the whole of the carriageway of Forbes Street in a proper state of repair, each Council concerned to pay its fair share of the cost.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and as this would be a more economical and efficient manner to deal with the repairs to the carriageway of the Street, the Darlington and Redfern Councils be asked to re-consider their decision in regard thereto.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from the Health Inspectors’ Society of New South Wales, inviting attendance of the Mayor and Aldermen at the conference to be held on 30th September next, and further asking that facilities be afforded to this Council’s Inspector to attend the conference.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the letter be received, the invitation excepted, and the request re this Council’s Inspector be granted.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from Alderman W. Taylor, Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board, covering a copy of the report of the inquiry into the re-organisation scheme of the Board of Fire Commissioners.
Received.

Letter from the Hon D. R. Hall, intimating that he has forwarded this Council’s letter, re the elimination of the exemption provisions, as contained in section 131 of the Local Government Bill, to the Minister for Local Government for consideration.

Further letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, intimating that if this Council will get its local Member to bring forward the matter of the elimination of the exemptions in the new Local Government Bill, the Minister will be pleased to accept the decision of the majority of the Members of Parliament on the matter.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letters be received, and a copy of the letter from the Under Secretary for Local Government be forwarded to each Member of Parliament to this district.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

Letter from the Public Health Department, intimating that no action will be taken by the Department in regard to the incineration of garbage by this Municipality for a period of say two or three months.
Received.

Letter from the Minister for Repatriation (Senator Millen) re Mr Pontey’s letter, complaining that the Fruit and Vegetable Fund Committeee had been prevented from making a public street collection.
Received.

Letter from Miss F. Holland, making application on behalf of the Newtown Strong Post Committeee for the free use of the Town Hall on Wednesday, 28th instant, to hold a social evening in aid of the funds.
Alderman Keats moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

 

Letter from Miss K. Moriarty, asking on behalf of the Newtown St Johns V.A.D., for the free use of the Town Hall for the presentation of their certificates, on Thursday, 29th instant.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from Lieutenant Littlejohn, asking for the names of the members of this Council who will be eligible for membership on the Local Recruiting Committeee, so that they may be duly registered.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and the necessary information supplied.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from F. Moshinski, making application for permission to erect an electric advertising sign, over the gateway adjoining the Town Hall.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and the applicant informed that the position in question is not available for advertising purposes.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from J. A. Feneley, asking the Council’s decision, re boxing in the Newtown Trocadero be re-considered.
Received.

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

Letter from the Returned Sailors and Soldiers League of Australia, covering copies of Illuminated Certificates.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the Finance Committeee for report.
Seconded by Alderman Bloom, and carried.

Letter from R.W. Webber, making application for permission to exhibit a sign at the Bank Hotel, in connection with Marrickville Bicycle Club Euchre Party and Dance.
It was resolved that the application be received, and refused.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Band, asking permission to exhibit four calico signs, 6 x 3, on the Rugby, Bank, Enmore, and United Australia Hotels, in connection with a dance to be held in the Manchester Unity Hall on behalf of the band’s funds.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the application be received, and permission granted for 14 days prior to the date of the event, provided the signs are securely fixed, and removed the day following entertainment.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from J. Conroy and J. Green, making application to play English concertinas within this area.
It was resolved that the application be received, and refused.

Letter from the Municipality of Petersham, covering bill of costs in connection with the extension of Liberty Street through to Railway Avenue.
It was resolved on the recommendation of the Finance Committeee, that the letter be received, and the account paid.

Application from R.G. Roach, for permission to exhibit a calico sign on the Bank Hotel, in connection with the Coady Benefit, was received, and granted, on the motion of Alderman Turtle, seconded by Alderman Dibble.

Letter from Morrow and DePutron, making application to substitute a reinforced concrete bridge for the iron Bridge, as directed by the Council, in front of number 38 Stanmore Rd.
It was resolved, on the recommendation of the Works Committeee, that the application be received, and the applicant informed, that this Council prefers an iron Bridge.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, calling attention to the proposal of Messrs Montgomerie, Nielsen and Co, offering a commission of 10% to Sanitary Inspectors on orders received, and intimating that such an offer was most reprehensible, and any Inspector entertaining same would be liable to dismissal for misconduct.
Received.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government, intimating that Councils may remove timber from State forests and timber reserves for Council purposes.
Received.

The letter from Captain Alsop, covering plan of Recruiting Kiosk to be erected on the Bridge, Newtown.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the plan, dated 5th August 1918, be approved, subject to the conditions, A to E, mentioned in this Council’s letter dated 3rd July 1918.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

Letter from the Municipality of Leichhardt , covering draft copy of agreement in connection with the incineration of garbage within this Municipality.
It was resolved, on the recommendation of the Works Committeee, that the agreement be approved, subject to the following conditions:-

(a) The minimum cubic feet per week being fixed at 3520, and the amount payable therefore £12:2:0.
(b) The carts at present in use by this Council being approved, provided they are properly covered with canvas or tarpaulin covers.
(c) The garbage being conveyed to the incinerator by Catherine and Hill Streets, Leichhardt, unless such streets should be for any reason closed to traffic.

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 £607:5:9

And that accounts be paid, amounting to £667:3:2

Total payments from general fund since last meeting £1274:8: 11

The monthly financial statement (regulation six) was also submitted, and disclosed credit balance to date of £7505:5:9.

It was further reported that the letter from the Local Government Association New South Wales, asking that this Council affiliate for the current year, was considered, and the Committeee recommended that affiliation be declined.

Alderman Bloom moved that the Finance Committeee’s report be received and adopted, the accounts confirmed and paid, the monthly financial statement laid upon the table, and the recommendation, re Local Government Association of New South Wales, be carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of the Works Committeee, as contained in Folio’s 84/5 of the Works Committeee’s report book, embodying recommendations 1 to 7 inclusive.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, 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 239/40 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Bloom moved, that the Sanitary Inspectors report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph three granted.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Turtle moved:-
That the carriageway of Bedford Street, from the southern side of Albemarle Street to the existing tar paved portion of Bedford Street, be tarmetalled, as recommended by the Works Committeee, at an estimated cost of £73:10:0.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, 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, 3rd September 1918.
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