Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at Council Chambers, Newtown, Tuesday, the 3rd September 1918, 7-30 p.m..

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

APOLOGIES.
Apologies were received from Alderman Pritchard and Bloom, Alderman Edwards being 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 Smith .

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letter from Mrs Coady and family, thanking Council for letter of sympathy.
Received.

Letter from the Secretary, New South Wales Government Railways, intimating that the Railway Commissioners are willing to bear the cost of setting back the kerb at the entrance to the railway goods yard Newtown, which is estimated at £15.
Alderman Szarka moved that the letter be received, and the work carried out, as recommended by the Works Committeee on 25 Feb 1918.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the Municipality of Forbes, asking co-operation in an endeavour to have the regulation rescinded prohibiting individuals posting newspapers to soldiers at the front.
Received.

Letter from the Deputy Postmaster General, intimating that expeditionary mails for Newtown are made up in London, and are delivered immediately they arrived at the Newtown Post Office.
Received.

Letters from the Hon D. R. Hall, F. M. Burke and C.C. Lazzarini , Ms. L. A., re the elimination of the provisions of section 131 of the Amending Local Government Bill, which provides for exemptions.
Received.

Letter from the Municipality of Homebush, asking co-operation in an endeavour to have the Local Government Act amended, so as to give Councils in the Metropolitan Area the following powers:- Construction, maintenance, and management within its area of horse saleyards, the regulation of the holding of sales, and of fees in respect of horses brought for sale or sold therein.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received and co-operation granted.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

Letter from the Petersham Council, asking co-operation in an endeavour to have the new Local Government Bill so amended that the Triennial Election of Alderman and Councillors shall take place on the first Saturday in December in each triennial year, instead of on the Saturday following the last Friday in January, as proposed in the Bill, and further to provide that the newly elected Mayor or President assume office in each year on the day succeeding his election thereto, or should the Triennial Election be altered to take place in December, then the newly elected Mayor to assume office on the first day of January following.
Alderman Turtle moved, the letter be received, co-operation granted.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Letter from the Camperdown A.L.P., thanking Council for its help by granting permission to advertise their last Euchre Party and social on the Town Hall, Newtown.
Received.

Letter from the Under Secretary, Department of Public Works, intimating that the Minister for Public Works cannot see his way clear to accede to Council’s request, to place portion of the carriageway of Wilson Street at the foot of Forbes Street, which was recently dedicated to this Council, in proper repair, before handing same over.
Alderman Turtle moved, that the letter be received, and the necessary work of placing this portion of the carriageway of Wilson Street in proper repair be carried into effect.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.

Letter from the Managing Director, Biturine Lavers Ltd, intimating that the price of distilled tar will be increased from three pence to four pence per gallon.
It was resolved that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committeee for report.

Letter from Mrs L. Stead, asking for the free use of the Town Hall for Monday, 16th instant, to hold a gift evening, in connection with the Newtown Red Cross League, to provide comforts for soldiers at the front.
Alderman Cuthbertson moved, that the letter be received, and the request granted.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Letter from the Reverend C. E. Begbie, asking permission to exhibit a sign on Mr A.G. Short’s chemist shop, corner of King and Stephen Street to advertise concert to be held on the ninth September.
Alderman Dibble moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

Letter from F. J. Thomas, asking permission to place or sign on the Bank Hotel to advertise concert, to be held by the Erskineville A.I.F. Memorial Day Fund Committeee on the ninth instant.
Alderman Smith moved, that the application be received, and granted.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

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 241 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 Cuthbertson, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

Alderman Keats moved:- that it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the advisability and proper cost of completing the tar paving in Georgina Street, between the new Jewish Synagogue and L’Avenue road.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:- that the carriageway of Bedford Street, from Newtown Bridge to Albemarle Street, be re metalled and blinded with tarred screenings, at a probable cost of £455.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading his Worship the Mayor mentioned that all the Aldermen had been elected members of the Newtown Seventh War Loan Committeee, and their attendance and co-operation was invited. The next meeting of the Committeee would be held at the Town Hall on Tuesday, 10th instant, at 4 p.m.

Alderman Turtle drew attention to the condition of the carriageway of Erskineville Road, from King Street to the Railway Bridge, and asked that it be repaired in concrete.
His Worship the Mayor intimated that notice of motion regarding this matter would be necessary.

Alderman Turtle asked that a letter be sent to the Deputy Postmaster General, pointing out that the clock at the Post Office had not been keeping correct time for the past week.
His Worship the Mayor said he would have the letter sent.

Alderman Ryan drew attention to the increase of rented premises numbers 165/175 King St.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 17 Sep 1918.
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Minutes of a meeting of the Council (duly convened), held at the Council Chambers, Newtown, on Tuesday, 17 Sep 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.
An apology was received from Alderman Bloom.

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

His Worship the Mayor referred in feeling terms to the decease of the late Alderman William Edwards, who had died since last meeting of the Council, Alderman Edwards had been a member of the Newtown Council for the past 14 years, and occupied the Mayoral chair in the year 1905, he was held in the highest respect by his colleagues and the ratepayers and residents of the Municipality of Newtown generally, and moved that a letter, under the Corporate Seal of the Council be forwarded to Mrs Edwards and family, expressing this Council’s deepest sympathy in their irreparable loss.
Seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor expressed pleasure at the return of Alderman Pritchard after his period of sickness in the hospital. The Mayor’s remarks are endorsed by the members of the Council, and Alderman Pritchard in responding thanked the members of the Council for their many visits and other evidences of friendship during his sickness.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) moved, that a letter under the Corporate Seal of the Council, be sent to Mrs W. Shepherd, expressing sympathy in the sad loss she had experienced by the death of her husband on active service in France.
Seconded by Alderman Szarka, and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved, that a letter, under Corporate Seal, be forwarded to Mrs Abbott, expressing sympathy of this Council for the loss of her son whilst on active service.
Seconded by Alderman Dibble, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor then introduced Alderman William Taylor, Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board, who was present to explain the recent appointments by the Board, and the report of the Commission thereon.
At the conclusion of Alderman Taylor’s address, several questions were asked and answered, and his Worship the Mayor then moved a vote of thanks to Alderman Taylor for his attendance and explanation, which was seconded by Alderman Turtle, and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE.

Letters from the Under Secretary, Department of Local Government:-

(a) Re the regulation of heavy traffic within this area.
Received, and referred to the Works Committeee for report.

(b) Re materials, plant, etc available after the war.
Received.

(c) Re amendment in Ordinance number 39.
Received.

Letter from the Department of Public Health, covering 20 samples of milk (all correct).
Received.

Letter from the Darlington Council, intimating that it has been decided to adhere to its previous decision to carry out repairs to the Darlington portion of Forbes St carriageway by its own workmen.
Received.

Letter from Mrs L. Stead, asking on behalf of the Newtown Red Cross League, for the free use of the Town Hall on Wednesday evenings.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and the writer informed, that the Hall is not available for Wednesday evenings, but if the meetings of the League changed to Friday night, the Council would endeavour to comply with the League’s wishes.

Letter from the Deputy Postmaster General, intimating that the Newtown Post Office clock is being overhauled, and will, it is expected, keep reliable time as soon as the work is completed.
Received.

Letter from the Petersham Council, intimating that is willing to bear a moiety of the cost of repairing and tar dressing Liberty Street, which is estimated to cost £135.
His Worship the Mayor moved that the letter be received, and work proceeded with.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

Letter from Joe Gardiner, asking permission to fix a fascia board in front of premises 278 King St., Newtown.
It was resolved that the application be received and granted, subject to Council’s regulations governing signs.

Letter from the Secretary, Newtown Band, asking admission to play in front of the Town Hall on Thursday next.
It was resolved that the letter be received, and permission granted up to 8 p.m..

Letter from G. A. Kitt for annual holiday leave was received and the matter left in the hands of the Mayor.

The Town Clerk mentioned that the letter had been received from Mr J. Cusack, in which kindest regards were sent to members of the Council and the gentleman at the reporters’ table.
It was a direction to reciprocate the good wishes.

A petition was received from W. L. Lemaire, S. Jandy, and 16 Co-petitionors, asking that an additional light be placed in Wilson Street, between King Street and Erskineville Road.
Alderman Campbell moved, that the letter be received, and referred to the lighting Committeee for report.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

REPORTS.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of the Finance Committeee, as contained on Folio 148 of the Finance Committeee’s report book, which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation mounting to £668:7:5

And accounts be paid, amounting to £1167:6:7

Total payments from General fund since last meeting £1835:14:0

The monthly financial statement, in accordance with regulation six, was also submitted, and disclosed credit balance of £7457:4:6.

Alderman Pritchard moved that the Finance Committeee’s report be received, the accounts confirmed and paid, and the monthly financial statement be laid upon the table.
Seconded by Alderman Ryan, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor submitted a report of the Works Committeee, as contained on Folio 85 of the Works Committeee’s report book.
Alderman Smith moved that the Works Committeee’s report be received and adopted, and its recommendations 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 on Folio 242/3 of the Sanitary Inspector’s report book.
Alderman Smith moved, the Sanitary Inspector’s report be received, and applications mentioned in paragraph 2 granted.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) moved:-

That in accordance with section 41 of the Local Government Act and Ordinance 11 made thereunder, Saturday, 5th October, 1918, be fixed as the day upon which the Election shall take place to fill the Extraordinary vacancy in Camden Ward caused by the death of the late Alderman William Edwards.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard, and carried.

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) moved:-

That the dedication of land at the corner of King and Stephen Streets Newtown, New South Wales, as shown on plans submitted by Tooth & Co Ltd, be and is hereby accepted (if necessary under Corporate Seal) by the Council of the Municipality of Newtown, as portion of the public highways, known as King and Stephen Street, Newtown.
Seconded by Alderman Campbell, and carried.
His Worship the Mayor moved, that when the document of dedication now submitted is completed, the Town Clerk be and is hereby empowered to withdraw the caveat lodged by this Council in respect of land described in R.P. application number 21331.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Alderman Szarka moved:-

That the kerb be set back, and the carriageway and footpath made good, and the western end of Crescent Street, to suit the new entrance to the railway goods yard, at an estimated cost of £15.
Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Alderman Campbell moved:- That the carriageway Wilson Street, at the foot of Forbes St, where recently dedicated to this Council, be ballasted and metalled, at an estimated cost of £110.
Seconded by Alderman Keats, and carried.

Alderman Campbell moved:- That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report upon the advisability and probable cost of carrying out the following work,- renewing the carriageway of Erskineville Road, from King St to Angel Street, with concrete in lieu of blue metal.
Seconded by Alderman Cuthbertson, and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:- That it be referred to the Works Committeee to report on the advisability and probable cost of renewing the asphalt footpath surrounding St Joseph’s Church, Lennox, Bedford and Station streets.
Seconded by Alderman Smith, and carried.

QUESTIONS WITHOUT NOTICE.

Under this heading Alderman Cuthbertson drew attention to notices, which had been served on certain shopkeepers, under ordinance 30, to refrain from exposing goods for sale so as to overhang any part of the footpath or of the doorway abutting onto the footpath, and asking that the Council’s Officers be instructed not to proceed further in the matter.
His Worship the Mayor intimated that the Ordinances governing obstructions on or over the footpath must be complied with.

There being no further business to meeting terminated.
Confirmed at an Ordinary Meaning of the Council, held at the Town Hall, Newtown, on Tuesday, 1 Oct 1918.
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