Tuesday 7th April 1904
Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.
The Mayor (Alderman Salmon) and Aldermen Smith, Archibald, Abigail, Hitchcock, Elstub, Edwards, Morgan, Ibbotson and Howe.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.
From J G Griffin thanking the Council for the support accorded to him in his re-election to the honourable position of Municipal representative on the Water and Sewerage Board. Received.
From Alderman William Taylor returning his heartfelt thanks to the kind and continued consideration shown towards him by re-electing him as Municipal representative on the Fire Brigades Board. Received.
From J Baikie intimating that his property 70 Angel Street was again flooded by stormwater on the 28th March and hoping that steps will be taken to prevent a recurrence.Received and referred to the Works Committee.Meantime the writer to be informed that the matter is having attention. Received.
From George Wainwright calling attention to the state of the footpath in front of his house which in time of wet weather is flooded to the door.Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From V Henderson Valuator to the Borough of the Glebe offering his services in the matter of assessing the Gas mains should this Council take advantage of the decision that has been given against the Australian Gas Light Company. Received.
From William Crichton calling attention to the state of the kerbing at the corner of Station Street and Enmore Road asking that the same be straightened and holes cut out to receive the balcony post in front of the new shop is in course of erection. Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.
From the Acting Deputy Postmaster General notifying the conditions on which the Council is to be permitted to affix notices against driving around street corners to certain Telegraph polls in the Borough. Received.
From Sullivan Brothers Solicitors stating that they have been instructed by a Mrs EJS Taylor to inform this Council of the damage occasioned to their clients property in Edgeware Road on the 28th of March last through the overflowing of the storm waters in Camden Street and asking what reparation the Council intends making for the damage occasioned and consequent loss of rent.Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From A Henreich asking that the footpath alongside his property in Leamington Avenue corner of Randall Street and Leamington Avenue be asphalted and agreeing to pay his share of the cost.Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From W T Harrison asking what the Council intends doing with regard to the accident in his sulky when it was overturned in London Street on 23rd February last. Received.
From the Council Clerk Camperdown intimating that as a result of the conference between the Works Committees of Newtown and Camperdown re Bishopgate Street the Camperdown Council had decided not to vote any money for the purpose of repairing the said street. Received.
The Valuers submitted the following report: “Sir and Gentlemen. We have the honour to submit herewith our final report of the valuation of all property in the Borough after Appeals have been determined by the Court which was held on Wednesday 23rd ultimo before the Stipendiary Magistrate Mr Donaldson. There were altogether 33 appeals of which only seven were registered for the Magistrates decision up when called upon at the Court none of the appellants answered to their names. Having reconsidered our valuation of the number of new large properties which will not be ready for occupation has some time to come we have to report having made allowances which reduces our original estimate of revenue from the General rate by thirty pounds. The assessed value of all rateable property after appeals have been dealt with amounts to £178564 which at 1/- in the £ will give the Council £8928.4.0. Supplementing the above the Council Clerk pointed out that the net increase in the General Rate over last year amount to £380.10.0 while the Lighting Rate shows a proportionate increase of £94.17.6. Thus the two increases aggregate £475.7.6 mainly accounted for by the addition of 158 new houses. There is continued demand good residential properties in the Borough and business premises in the main thoroughfares.
The following is a statement of the General and Lighting Rates brought forward from the last half-year together with the rates for the current year and now due viz:
Outstanding General Rates 1st February 1904
Brought forward – £727.13.9
Outstanding lighting Rate – £181.14.5
Rates for current year £8928.4.0 £2232.1.0
Grand Total £12069.13.2
“Alderman Smith moved: “That the valuers report which reflected much credit on these officers be received and ordered to be recorded on the Minutes.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.
The Works Committee – Under date 28th March reported having met representatives of the Camperdown Council and conferred as to the best means of putting Bishopgate Street in a state of repair fit for vehicular traffic with the result that the Mayor (Alderman Sparks) undertook to ask his Council to vote a sum of £30 the Committee agreeing to recommend this Council to vote a like amount. A letter from the Camperdown Council declining to vote any money for the purpose of repairing the said street was read. Moved by the Mayor “that the Works Committees report be adopted and the letter from the Camperdown Council received.” Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.
The By laws Committee – reported having met to consider the proposed amendments by the Attorney General to the new By laws and asking leave to be allowed to sit again. Received and leave granted.
The Overseer of Works – reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past week and works in hand. Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances – reported that the Contractors generally and the block boys were carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner and that instructions had been given to the driver of the machine brooms that the work must not be commenced before 11 o’clock pm. Received.
MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Abigail moved:
1 “That the footpath in Federation Road from Australia Street to Hopetoun Lane be tar paved 116 yards at an estimated cost of £12.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
2 “That the carriageway in Hopetoun Street eastern side from Federation Road to the boundary be kerbed and guttered 110 yards at an estimated cost of £43 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
3 “That the pipe crossing at the intersection of Campbell Lane and Regent Street be taken up and a wood blocked crossing with return kerb be substituted at an estimated cost of £6.10.0 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
4 “That the two pipe crossings at the intersection of Lennox and Regent Streets be taken up and open trachyte crossing 4 feet wide substituted at an estimated cost of £40 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
5 “That the pipe crossing at the intersection of Lennox and Australia Streets be taken up and trachyte 4 feet wide substituted and 60 yards of kerb and guttering in Lennox Street lifted and replaced to the altered levels at an estimated cost of £35 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Alderman Howe moved:6 “That the carriageway in the Lane at the rear of King Street from Queens Street to Forbes Street be reinstated at an estimated cost of £17 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Alderman Elstub moved:7 “That in accordance with the recommendation of the Works Committee the Lane at the rear of Australia Street from Alton Lane to Lane be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £54.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
GENERAL BUSINESS – Aldermen Ibbotson, Morgan and Edwards having called attention to some matters of minor importance which the Mayor said would be looked into the business terminated.
Confirmed this 19 day of April 1904.
Signed J Salmon, Mayor.
Tuesday 19th April 1904
Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30 p.m.
The Mayor and a full Council.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.
From the Annandale Council in fighting the cooperation of this and other Councils with a view to securing the licensing of dealers in second-hand goods and forwarding copy of an Act in Victoria which covers the object in view. Received and cooperation granted.
From W Hewitt applying for the free use of the Hall for a concert to be given in aid of Mr Stratton. Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.
From Elizabeth Reeve asking if the Council will grant her the extended time (six months) to carry out the repairs to Arno Lodge Prospect Street. Received and three months from this date granted.
From Borough Council of Waverley covering copy of a resolution passed by that Council affirming the desirableness of assessing the whole of the Australian Gas Light Company’s Mains within the Borough and asking the cooperation of the Metropolitan Councils by taking combined action. Received.
From John Sands quoting the new Vertical numerical system for taking care of and indexing Correspondence under subjects and writers separately. Received and referred to the Finance Committee.
From the Under Secretary Lands Department acknowledging receipt of letter regarding the Gas Lamps in Victoria Park the light from which have been cut off stating that the letter has been referred to the Public Works Department for consideration. Received.
From the Council Clerk Erskineville asking the Works Committee of this Council to meet their Committee on a date to be arranged to inspect Union Street. Received and Monday 25th fixed upon and the Committee instructed to give attention to the state of Erskineville Road from the Railway Bridge to Union Street.
From the Honourable S and That Newtown Brass Band asking the Mayor and Aldermen to the opening of the new “Portable Band Stand” on Saturday next 23rd April at 2:30 pm. Received and Aldermen to attend.
The Finance Committee – reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 22nd March amounting to £1856.14.11 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £266.11.1. Moved by the Mayor: That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. With reference to Alderman Abigail’s proposal referred to the Committee on 8th March last to provide and annual sum of £500 for maintaining the wood blocks in King Street and Enmore road; the Finance Committee reported as follows: -“Your Committee can not recommend to devote any of its present revenue in the manner proposed recommend that future endowments be applied in the direction indicated.” Moved by the Mayor: the Committee’s report be adopted. Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.
The Works Committee – submitted a lengthy report dated the 11th April dealing with number of matters referred from the Council with their recommendations thereon. The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committee’s report as now submitted be and the same is here by adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
The By laws Committee – under date 19th of April reported having carefully considered the alterations to the new by laws suggested by the Attorney General and with the exception of number 96 relating to the distribution of hand bills and recommending the Council to adopt the Attorney Generals amendments. The Mayor moved “That the By-laws Committee’s report be and is hereby adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
The Borough Treasurer – submitted the usual statement of Accounts since last report of 22nd March as follows:
To balance per last statement Dr – £609.18.7
Cheques issued – £1872.0.7
By Deposits – £1970.8.5
By Balance Dr – £ 514.5.3
Cheque Outstanding £7.5.6
The Overseer of works – reported the works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight. Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances – reported that the contractors for the various Wards and the block boys under his supervision are carrying out their respective works in a satisfactory manner and authority is asked to take the legal steps necessary to enforce abatement of nuisances at Mr Crozier’s Terrace Gibbes Street and number 2 Longdown Street. Received and adopted.
This was the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 3rd day of May 1904.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.
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