Tuesday 9th August 1904 

PRESENT

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

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Secretary Municipal Association of N.S.W.  Intimating that the 22nd Annual Session of the Association will be commenced on Tuesday 20 September next in the Town Hall Sydney and asking a remittance £2.2.0 the Annual Subscription.Moved by Alderman Morgan that the letter be received.

The Under Secretary Department of Public Works with reference to the deputation from representatives of Camperdown Darlington and Newtown Councils which waited upon the Minister on the subject of the discontinuance of the gas lamps on the Newtown Road stating that the Minister can not see his way to depart from the previous decision.  Received.

From Sidney Walker Block boy asking for an increase of wages from 15/- a week. Received and the writer to be informed that the request cannot be entertained. 

REPORTS

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 12th July amounting to £262.1.7.The Mayor moved: “that the Finance Committee’s report as now submitted be and the same is here by adopted.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried. With regard to Mr F G Tuck’s application for an increase of salary the Finance Committee reported recommending that this reference from the Council be allowed to stand over for a time.  Moved by the Mayor: “That the Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried. 

The By laws Committee submitted their report with reference to a letter from the Chief Secretaries Department asking that the Council to adopt the set of By laws made by the better prevention of the spread of Plague by rats etc in accordance with the requirements of Section 130 (XX11) of the Municipalities Act of 1897 and recommending that the By law be adopted and the Corporate seal of the Council affixed.  Moved by the Mayor: “That the By laws Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. 

The Borough Treasurer submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 24th of June 1904 viz:

To Balance per last statement     Dr       £382.15.8

Cheques issued                                   £1116.19.10

By Deposits                                         £1591.12.6

By Balance                                              £106.17.0

To Outstanding cheque                              £15.0.0     

                                                              £1606.12.6   Received. 

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

The (Overseer of) Inspector of Nuisances reported that the Contractors and others under his supervision are carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner.  Received. 

The Inspector of Nuisances submitted a special report bearing upon the motion notice of which was given by Alderman Abigail at the last meeting of the Council to employ two additional boys to sweep the streets leading off King Street and Enmore Road. Received and referred to the Works Committee. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Archibald moved:

1 “That Edgeware Road from Alice Street to Wells Street be remetalled 20 feet wide at an estimated cost of £95 provided the Marrickville Council agrees to pay one half the cost.”Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried. 

Alderman Abigail moved: 2 “That the carriageway in Church Street between Lennox Street and Victoria Street be re-formed ballasted and tarpaved at an estimated cost of £165 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

This concluded the business and the Council rose. 

Confirmed this 23 day of August 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor. 

 


 

Tuesday 23rd August 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 Morgan, Howe, Smith, Ibbotson, King, Archibald, Abigail, Elstub, Rigg and Hitchcock. 

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From William Little Secretary N.S.W. Government Tramway Band asking permission to play a selection of music on the Newtown Bridge on Saturday August 27th. Received and request complied with.

From the Secretary Royal Prince Alfred Hospital stating that a conference between the Director’s of the Hospital and representatives of Suburban Councils was held on Friday 12th  instant on the subject of providing some form of local organisation to assist the Hospital in raising funds and submitting a scheme which was adopted as the suggested basis of the form of organisation subject to amendment if the thought desirable. Received and cooperation granted.

From the Secretary Commissioners for Railways intimating that the Commissioners have approved of half the cost of tarpaving  the footpath North side of Goodsell Street fronting St Peters Railway Station and the Station Masters residence being paid by the Department such cost not to exceed £16.7.0. Received and the work to be carried out.

From the St Peters Municipal Council calling attention to the need of repairs to the Eastern end of May Street and suggesting that an Officer from the Council meet their Officer to confer. Received and the Overseer to confer.

At this stage Alderman Rigg asked to be excused as he had to attend another meeting. 

AUDITORS REPORT

The Auditors (Messrs Cadogan and Ralph) reported having audited the books for the half year ended 1st August 1904 and found the same correct as per statement of receipt and Expenditure signed by them.  Received. 

REPORTS

The Works Committee submitted their report dated 22nd August with reference to a number of matters referred to them from the Council. The Mayor Moved that the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is here by adopted. Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried. 

The Overseer of Works reported a number of works which have been completed under his supervision during the past fortnight and other works in hand.  Received. 

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the Borough cleansing has been satisfactorily performed also the cleansing of the wood blocks by the boys and machine brooms.  He found it necessary however to find the Enmore Ward Contractor in the sum of 10/- for not depositing the House refuse at the Rubbish tip at North Botany.

Commissioners asked to take the necessary steps against the owner of property situated at 13 and 15 Albemarle Street to cause him to put the premises in a sanitary condition. Received and adopted. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Ibbotson moved: 1 “That Trafalgar Street be remetalled throughout at an estimated cost of £80 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

2 “That Gladstone Street be remetalled where required at an estimated cost of £70 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried. 

Alderman Archibald moved: 3 “That the piece of land 20 feet x 48 feet encroaching on Commodore Street at its intersection with Albert Street be resumed for the purpose of widening that thoroughfare also that the sum of £50 be paid to the owners who are willing to sell at the price and that it be referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

4 “That from and after this date the professional fees of fixing building alignments within this Borough be paid by the applicants.” Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried. 

Alderman Hitchcock moved: 5 “That in the opinion of this Council it is desirable that a Building Act on the basis of a Draft Bill presented by representatives of suburban Councils on 30th August 1901 the then Premier (Sir John See) be introduced into and passed by Parliament at the earliest possible opportunity.” Seconded by Alderman Morgan had supported by Alderman Ibbotson and made an Order of the Day for next meeting. 

This being the business the Council rose. 

Confirmed this 6th day of September 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

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