Tuesday 1st November 1904 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm. 

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Aldermen Archibald, Smith and Rigg also Aldermen King, Abigail, Elstub, Edwards, Morgan, Ibbotson and Howe. Alderman Archibald apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Hitchcock.

MINUTES

The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed. 

CORRESPONDENCE

From Robert Saunders stating that he has a large quantity of extra hard ironstone ballast on hand which he can offer at 1/6 per ton.  The Mayor having explained that this is the class of the ballast supplied to the Council by the Contractor the letter was received.

From the Honourable Secretary King Edward the VII Seamans Hospital asking the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen to a concert to be given in the Oddfellows Hall Wilson Street on the 30th November for the benefit of the above institution. Received and patronage granted.

From W Taylor Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board with reference to Superintendent Webb’s report on the Fire Brigades of Europe and America advising that a conference has been arranged to be held on Thursday 10th November at 8pm at the Municipal Association rooms and asking this Council to appoint two delegates to represent it.Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith appointed delegates.

From the Secretary Board of Health advising that the ten (10) samples of milk submitted on 17th instant have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst who reports that chemical evidence in respect of sample numbers 12 15 and 19 is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken. Received and the authority to prosecute granted to Inspector.

From the Council Clerk asking three weeks leave of absence from duty.  Received and request complied with.

From A F Desborough on behalf of the parents of children residents in the boroughs of Newtown and Erskineville applying for the free use of the Town Hall on the evening of the 24th instant for the purpose of holding a Concert in aid of the children’s Hospital Glebe.  Received and request acceded to. 

REPORTS

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 4th October amounting to £810.6.8 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £180.5.1. Moved by the Mayor that the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is here by adopted. Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried. 

The Committee also reported having considered Thomas North’s application for an increase of wages from 25/- per week and recommending an increase of 5/- per week.  The Mayor moved that the Committees report be and is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. 

The Works Committee submitted their report dated 26th of October relative to a number of matters referred to them from the Council for consideration .Moved by the Mayor that the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried. 

The Borough Treasurer submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of the 4th October as follows.

By Bank balance per last statement        £170.1.6

By Deposits                                           420.14.5

To Cheques issued                                £810.6.8

Balance Dr                                            219.10.9                                        

£810.6.8                            810.6.8         

Received. 

The Overseer of Works reported a variety of works completed under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received. 

The Overseer submitted a report in accordance with the resolution passed by the Council on 23rd February last at the instance of Alderman Ibbotson regarding top dressing the wood blocks with tar and screenings stating that at that time similar work was being done by the Tramway Authorities to which he has paid particular attention since its completion and in his opinion it is not a success.  Received. 

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his usual report and among other matters pointing out that there are a number of signs and partitions on and under balconies and awnings on the main roads and as they constitute a nuisance by being either a danger to or obstructing the view of the public and also affecting the lighting power of the Street lamps and asking authority to take proceedings to have the nuisance removed.  Received and adopted. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Elstub moved:1 “That the gutter stones in Lennox Street from Church Street to Mary Street 260 yards be renewed at an estimated cost of £57 and referred to the Works Committee to consider the kerb with the view of levelling the footpath on the eastern side.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. 

Alderman Abigail moved:2 “That this Council take into consideration the advisability of acquiring sufficient ground within the Borough of Newtown to build markets thereon and referred to a Committee of the Whole Council.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. 

Alderman Howe moved:3 That the tarpaving in front of numbers 37 39 43 45 and 47 Church Street be renewed at an estimated cost of £5.Seconded by Alderman King and carried. 

This concluding the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 15th day of November 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 15th November 1904 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm. 

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Aldermen Rigg, Howe, Ibbotson, Edwards, Smith, Elstub, Archibald, Hitchcock, Abigail and King. 

MINUTES

The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed. 

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Leichhardt Borough Council stating that all Public Parks and Recreation Grounds should in their opinion be vested in and under the control of the Municipal Councils and inviting the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Premier with the view of having this proposal carried into effect.Received.

From the Honourable Secretary Citizens Committee Newtown Brass Band inviting the attendance of the Aldermen at a reception to be given in honour of Mr Thomas Mellor also asking the free use of Public Hall for that purpose. Received and request complied with.

The Mayor here stated that the Council were in need of a tar boiler and that he had received letters from two persons offering to supply same at certain prices. Proposed by Alderman Edwards that the matter be referred to the Works Committee. Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. 

The Mayor also stated that he had attended a meeting of the Fire Brigades Board and that a letter containing the business of the meeting will be forwarded to the Council. 

REPORTS

The Finance Committee reported having considered the joint letter of Messrs C G Hatter and G B Edwards offering to erect works for the purpose of lighting the borough with electricity and destroying the garbage and recommending: “That it would not be wise to enter into negotiations with private firms to carry out work this description until all efforts of the Council to do so on the behalf of the rate payers have been exhausted.  In deciding upon any scheme it is absolutely imperative in the opinion of the Committee that the destruction of garbage be provided for  .The Committee think however that the time has now arrived when all enquiries should be made by the Council with the view of carrying out the works mentioned and recommend that an Engineer be consulted and full particulars be obtained as soon as possible.  The Committee also recommend that before any definite steps are taken that the ratepayers be first consulted. The Mayor moved the adoption of the report. Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried. 

The Overseer of Works reported a number of works completed under his supervision and various works in progress.Received. The Sanitary Inspectorreported that the Ward Cleansing Contractors had been carrying out their work satisfactorily and among other things suggest that before the Machine Street Sweeper goes over the Road that the road be watered down the centre to prevent the dust nuisance.  He also stated that certain hoardings had collapsed and drawing the attention of the Council to the necessity of regulating their erection.  Received. 

General Alderman Edwards stated that the block boys neglected gathering up all the paper and the Mayor promised to have the matter attended to.Alderman Abigail called the attention of the Mayor to the dust on the main roads and he promised to have a letter written to the Railway Commissioners asking them to have the tramlines watered more frequently. 

The Mayor also called attention of the Council to a Special meeting to be held on Tuesday next 22nd instant to consider Alderman Abigail’s proposal in reference to the erection of new Markets. 

This concluding the business the Council rose. 

Confirmed this 29 day of November 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor. 

 


 

Tuesday 29th November 1904 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm. 

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Aldermen Rigg, Smith, Archibald, Abigail, Elstub, Edwards, Ibbotson, King and Morgan. 

MINUTES

The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed. 

CORRESPONDENCE

From W Taylor Representative of Suburban Municipalities on the Fire Brigades Board intimating that the conference of Representatives of Suburban Councils held on the 10th instant by a large majority rejected Mr Superintendent Webb’s proposal that the Fire Brigades organisation should be controlled and maintained by the State and carried the following resolution: “That provision should be made for maintaining the Fire Brigades under a comprehensive Local Government Bill with compulsory insurance.”  And asking if the Council is in accord with this resolution. Received and made an Order of the Day for next meeting.From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in reply to a communication relative to the more frequent watering of the train lines stating that the utmost is being done with water available to water the tracks to the best advantage but as street water is strictly speaking a Municipal Service it is thought that the Council should take up watering and not depend on the Department.  Received.

From the St Peters Municipal Council asking the cooperation of Suburban Councils in a Deputation to the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage to ask: that when the cost of water used by meter is in excess of the assessment the amount in excess should be calculated on the yearly consumption and not half yearly as at present. Received and cooperation granted.

From James Milne asking that the kerb stones running along the gable of his house in Crescent Street be shifted out about 1 foot 3 inches in to the Lane so as to protect the gable from carts turning in the Lane and offering to pay the whole cost of the work. Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Ekin and Company Estate and Insurance agent asking if the Council could give them the Insurance Business as Agents of the Commercial Union Assurance Company of the Town Hall premises and contents.  Received.

From Secretary Commissioners for Railways covering tracing showing shelter for the tram starter at Enmore Terminus which they propose erecting in front of Fay’s Hotel and asking if the Council concurs in the erection of the shelter in a position shown on tracing. Received and referred to the Works Committee. 

REPORTS

The Finance Committeereported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £444.4.11 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £696.8.1. The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committees report be and the same is here by adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. 

The Borough Treasurer submitted the usual statements of accounts since last report of 1st November as follows:

To balance per last statement     Dr £204.10.9

Outstanding cheque                             15.0.0

By Deposits                                       590.13.9

To Cheques issued                            444.4.11

By balance    Dr                                   73.2.8      

                                                     £663.15.8    663.15.8           

Received. 

The Overseer of Works reported a number of Works carried out under his supervision including repairs to Union Street completed and repairs to May Street nearing completion and other works in progress. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances reported amongst other matters having summoned three milk vendors to the Newtown Court selling adulterated milk for which offence one was fined 20/- and 10/- witness expenses while one case had to be withdrawn and the third was dismissed. The defendant in a fourth case was fined10/- with 5/- and costs for depositing rubbish in Edgeware Lane contrary to the By laws. Further the premises numbers 10 and 12 O’Connell Street condemned by the Council and for which a closing order was obtained some time ago has been demolished by the Owner. Received. 

This completed the business and the Council rose. 

Confirmed this 13th day of December 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.   

 

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