Tuesday 3rd May 1904  

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7:30 pm. 

PRESENT – Aldermen Morgan, Ibbotson, Hitchcock, Elstub, Smith, King, Edwards, Abigail.The Council Clerk apologised for the unavoidable absence of the Mayor and on the motion of Alderman Ibbotson seconded by Alderman Edwards Alderman Morgan was voted to the chair.

MINUTES

The minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed and signed.At this stage the Acting Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Rigg. 

CORRESPONDENCE

From B H Keesing asking that the gas lamp in front of  Mr Charms residents Enmore Road be removed westerly so as to light the right-of-way. Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

From the Borough Council of Marrickville asking the Works Committee of this Council to meet their Works Committee at Edgeware Road on the day to be arranged with the object of coming to some definite understanding concerning the repairs to be effected to Edgeware Road. Received and meeting arranged to take place on Monday 9th instant.

From William H Drew Solicitor (2 letters) on behalf of his client Messrs William Smith Junior and William Smith Senior calling attention to the loss and injury sustained by the former by reason of an accident to his Cab on the roadway near Bishopgate Street in Wellington Street and injuries sustained by the latter whilst travelling in his son’s Cab and asking what the Council is prepared to pay towards recouping the loss sustained and compensating his clients for injuries. Received and referred to the Overseer of Works and the Ward Aldermen.

From Sullivan Brothers calling attention to the flooding of Mr Taylor’s property in Edgeware Road asking whether the Council will make amends for the damage sustained and if not to state the name of a Solicitor who will accept service.  Received. 

REPORTS

The Overseer of Works – enumerating a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in hand in a forward state.  Received. 

The Inspector of Nuisances – reported that the legal proceedings are staid with reference to premises situated in Longdown Street and also in Gibbes Street as a commencement has been made in each case to carry out the works ordered; and that the various Contractors and the block boys under his supervision are carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received. 

Motions Pursuant to Notice – Alderman Abigail moved:1 “That the lower end of Trade Street from lane to boundary be formed ballasted and metalled and that a watercourse 9 feet wide be formed with tarred metal to convey storm water from the North side of Trade Street to the storm water drain at an estimated cost of £60 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. 

Confirmed this 17th day of May 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

 


Tuesday 17th May 1904 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7:30 pm. 

PRESENT

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

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From D T Wiley Principal Superior Public School in Newtown thanking the Mayor and Aldermen for the use of the Town Hall on the evening of Wednesday the 11th instant.  Received.

From the Secretary of the Australian Gas Light Company intimating that as the High Court of Australian has held that the land occupied by the Company’s mains in the various Municipalities is liable for rates his Board has decided to increase the price at present charged for public lights in this District by the sum of £1 per lamp per annum after the expiration of the present contract on 10 July next.  But should the Council decide not to demand rates from the Company in respect of its mains or in the alternative to assess same at such nominal amount as may be agreed upon in order to comply with the Municipalities Act the Board will not enforce such increased charge against this Borough. Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Council Clerk Rockdale appending copy of a resolution passed by that Council to ask every Municipal Council within the County of Cumberland to bring under the notice of the Acting Premier the desirability of those Councils be represented at the conference to be held on 23rd instant relative to the proposed Local Government Bill.  Received.

From the Council Clerk Leichhardt advising that resolution protesting against the Railway Commissioners withdrawing the work men’s fares from early trains was adopted by that Council at its last meeting when it was decided to invite the cooperation of all the suburban Councils in an endeavour to have the concession restored.  Received. 

From John Taylor owner of Cottages 192 to 198 Edgeware Road said to have been flooded during heavy rain on 28th March and 4th April last asking the Council to reconsider the case. Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Under Secretary Chief Secretary’s  Department returning the Municipal By-laws together with a Memo from the Attorney General to the effect that the said by laws may now be confirmed and with regard to by law 86 which was thought in the first instance was too general and wide to be reasonable may now in view of the importance which the Council Clerk attaches to it and the fact that a similar by law has been allowed to the Sydney Corporation also be confirmed the Council understanding that they must take the responsibility of administering it in a reasonable manner.  Received. 

REPORTS

The Finance Committee – reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 19th April amounting to £648.11.6 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £113.17.10.  Moved by the Mayor: That the Finance Committees report be and the same is here by adopted. Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.  

In connection with communications from representatives from the Colonial Mutual Fire Insurance Company Commercial Union and the Ocean Accident and Guarantee Association submitting proposals are taking over legal liability is against the Council in regard to any action that may be taken for accident or damage to property.The Committee recommend that in view of past experience it is unadvisable to entertain the proposal.  The Mayor moved: “That the Committees report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried. 

The Works Committee – under date 25th of April reported having met and conferred with the Erskineville Works Committee regarding the repairs to be effected to Union Street when it was decided to recommend that this Council expend the sum of £60 and the Erskineville Council £50 under the joint supervision of the Borough Overseers.  Moved by the Mayor: “That the Works Committee’s report as submitted be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried. 

The Borough Treasurer – submitted the usual state and of accounts since last report of 19th April as follows:

To Balance per last statement Dr – £521.10.9

Cheques issued –                           £634.5.10

By Deposits –                               £1168.8.7

To Balance Cr at date                        £23.2.0           

                                                 £1178.18.7                   

Received. 

The Overseer of Works – report disclosed nothing unusual and was received. 

The Inspector of Nuisances – reported among other things that the overhanging 13 prospect Street has been demolished and is being rebuilt.  Received. 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Howe moved: (1) “That the gutter stones in several places in Prospect Street be renewed about 30 yards at an estimated cost of £6.10.0.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. (2) “That the gutter stones in Mechanics Street between Hordern Street and Egan Street about 35 yards be renewed at an estimated cost of £7.10.0.  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. (3) “That the gutter stones in Hordern Street West side about 26 yards from King Street be renewed at an estimated cost of £5.10.0.Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. (4) “That the gutter stones at the intersection of Prospect Street with Hordern Street Egan and O’Connell Street is be renewed at an estimated cost of £6.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried. 

GENERAL BUSINESS 

Alderman Abigail moved:”That this Council views with indignation the enormous increase in the rates charged by the Water and Sewerage Board and the Council Clerk be instructed to write to all Municipalities so affected by the same also to form a Conference by sending a portion of its members to interview the Acting Colonial Secretary and bring the matter under his notice.  And that a strong protest by letter be at once sent to the Water and Sewerage Board.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. 

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 31 day of May 1904.

Signed JM Salmon, Mayor.


 

Tuesday 31st May 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 Elstub, Smith, Archibald, Hitchcock, Edwards and Howe.Aldermen Howe and Edwards apologised for the avoidable absence of Aldermen Ibbotson and Morgan and Alderman Elstub for Alderman Abigail. 

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Under Secretary Public Works Department in reply to Council’s communication protesting against the discontinuance of the gas lamps on the Newton Road alongside the Victoria Park stating that the maintaining of these lamps is essentially a municipal matter. Received and the Darlington Camperdown and Glebe and city Council be asked co-operate with this Council on a deputation to the Secretary for Public Works on the matter.

From the Paddington Borough Council covering copy of a resolution passed by that body protesting against the proposed action of the Water and Sewerage Board in raising the sewerage rate from 7 pence to 11½ pence and asking this Council to join in such protest.  Received.

From the East Willoughby and District Progress Association asking this Council to support the following resolution passed by this Council viz:”That in view of the many anomalies in the management of the Tramways it is desirable to amend the Act in order to appoint a Special Tramway Commissioner.”  Received.

From, Thomas Henley Suburban Councils Representative on the Water and Sewerage Board pointing out that owing to a recent English decision and since supported by leading Counsel’s opinion in this State it will be incumbent upon the Of Water Supply and Sewerage to impose a uniform charge for these services on and after 1 July in the state.  Coupled with this the Auditor General isn’t differing to affix the capital date on which the Board shall pay interest and while a resolution has been carried to make the rate 10½ pence for water and 11½ pence for Sewerage subject to alteration if Capital is reduced he hopes to get the Rates down to 8 pence and 10½ pence and will be glad if this Council will pass resolutions accordingly. Received and Mr Henley to be thanked for the valuable information afforded.

From the Borough Council of Leichhardt with reference to the rating of the Australian Gas Light Companies Mains and the companies notice of intention to increase price at present charged for Public Lamps by the sum of £1 per lamp per annum and stating that the proposal is regarded as so important a character they have decided to invite all the Municipalities of the Western Suburbs to meet at the Town Hall Leichhardt to discuss the question. Received and cooperation granted. 

REPORTS

The Lighting Committee – submitted its report dated 20th May with reference to Mr E Labalestier application for a Gas lamp at the corner of Edgware Road and Enmore Road and Mr B H Keesings request to have the lamp in front of Mr Chaim’s house in Enmore Road removed further west stating that they could not recommend either of the proposals to the Council. Alderman Edwards moved: “that the Lighting Committees report be and the same is here by adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.   

The Kingston Ward Aldermen – reported with reference to Mr W H Drew’s claim on behalf of Messrs William Smith Senior and William Smith Junior for injuries and loss and injuries respectively by reason of an alleged accident to the younger Smith’s Cab said to have occurred on the 19th of March last near Bishopgate Street in Wellington Street; “that having viewed the place carefully concluded that the accident could not on account of the condition of the roadway have occurred within the boundary of Newtown.  Alderman Smith moved: “that the report be received and adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried. 

The Overseer of Works – reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past week and works now in progress.  Received. 

The Inspector of Nuisances – reported that the various contractors have carried out the work of scavenging the Wards and sweeping the gutters in a satisfactory manner and that the block boys have performed their work to his satisfaction.  Received. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Archibald moved: (1) “That the carriageway in Commodore Street be metalled at an estimated cost of £134 and referred to the Works Committee.Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. (2) “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of renewing or otherwise repairing the gutter stones in Commodore Street.”  Seconded by Edwards and carried. (3) “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of renewing or otherwise repairing the gutter stones in Maria Street.”  Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. Alderman Edwards moved: (4) “That the kerb and gutter in King Lane from Dickson Street to Wells Street be completed and the carriageway and metalled at an estimated cost of £65 and referred to the Works Committee.”Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried. 

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 14 day of June 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor 

 

 


 

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