Tuesday 6th September 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, Hitchcock, Elstub, Edwards, Ibbotson, Howe, King, Abigail and Morgan. 

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Engineer for Tramways asking permission to connect the drainage from the Tram lines into the Gully shafts along King Street Newtown. Received and permission granted provided no nuisances caused and that the work is performed under the supervision of the Overseer of Works.

From the Paddington Borough Council with reference to the increase in the water and sewerage rates and inviting this Council to join in a deputation to the Premier to urge upon him the necessity of reducing the Capital debt of the Water and Sewerage Board so that it may be and able to carry on its work efficiently without imposing additional burdens upon the ratepayers. Received and cooperation granted.

From the Marrickville Borough Council concerning the Edgware and Harrow Roads as carried out by this Council and asking why the dish drain which was arranged to be constructed across Edgeware Road has not been done. Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Honourable Secretary R.R. Richardson asking the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen to an entertainment to be given in the St Georges Hall on Monday 19th of September the proceeds of which are to be handed over to the Lord Mayor of Sydney in aid of the “Nemesis Disaster Fund.” Received and patronage granted.

From the Council Clerk Waverly asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Premier to urge an Amendment in the Traffic Regulation Act in the direction of making the Police Traffic Department responsible for the formation and maintenance of stands for public vehicles.  Received.

From Francis H Wright asking if the Council will accept without prejudice the sum of £15 in full satisfaction of £19.16.3 rates due and owing to the Council. Received and the writer to be informed that the amount must be paid in full. 

REPORTS

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 9th August amounting to £713.1.1 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £835.6.8. Moved by the Mayor: “that the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried. 

The Finance Committee also reported having carefully considered the Australian Gas Company’s letter and the new agreement the lighting of the Public Lamps in the Borough recommending that the agreement be signed by the Mayor and the Corporate seal affixed thereto.  The Mayor moved: “That the committees 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 9th of August as follows:

By Bank per last statement                                            £106.17.0

by deposits                                                                   2075.8.9

To Cheques issued                                                        £713.1.0

To Balance                                                                    1454.4.9

To Cheque outstanding                                                      15.0.0                                                                                                                                £2182.5.9           Received. 

The Overseer of Works reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past two weeks and works in course of completion. Received. 

The Inspector of Nuisances reported that the contractors for the various Wards having carried out their work in a satisfactory manner and the Borough generally in a good sanitary condition.  Received. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Ibbotson moved: 1 “that the sum of £10 be voted to each of the Auditors for the last audit to 1st August 1904.” Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried. 

Alderman Abigail moved: 2 “That a lamp be placed in the Northwood Lane in a position to be determined by the Lighting Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

3 “That the lamp in front of Mr Gwins house in Australia Street be removed to the corner of Federation Road and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.” Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried. 

Order of the Day “Consideration of Alderman Hitchcock’s proposal submitted at the last meeting of the Council re desirableness of having a Building Act embodied into and passed by Parliament at an early date.” Alderman Hitchcock opened the question quoting at some length from the Bill framed and presented to Sir John Lee on 30th August 1901.  After considerable discussion the mover accepted an amendment: “That a Building Act be introduced into and passed by Parliament at the earliest possible opportunity and that the various Councils in the Metropolitan area be invited to cooperate.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. 

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 20th day of September 1904.

Signed J M Salmon, Mayor.

 


 

Tuesday 20th September 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 Ibbotson, Elstub, Abigail, Edwards, Hitchcock, Archibald, Rigg, Smith, Morgan and King. The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Howe owing to illness in his family. 

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From William Taylor Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board forwarding four copies of Superintendent Webb’s report upon the Fire Brigades of Europe and America for the use of the Council.  Received.

From the Department of Public Health advising that the 9 samples of milk submitted on the 9 instant have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst who reports that the chemical evidence in respect of sample number one is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.Received and prosecution to follow.

From the Emu and Prospect Gravel and Road Metal Company Limited bringing under notice the Superior quality of its metal as demonstrated by the City Council by means of the “Rattle” test.  Received. 

MINTUES BY THE MAYOR

The Mayor submitted a Minute setting forth at some length the desirability of minimising as far as possible the great nuisance arising from the dust which in the dry summer months courses annoyance besides being a great source of injury to health and property. Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report. 

REPORTS

Overseer of Works – The Mayor reported that owing to illness his doctor had ordered Mr Young absolute rest and a complete change for a month. Received. 

The Inspector of Nuisances among other things reported that number 58 Margaret Street is an empty house absolutely in ruins bears traces of being rats infected and generally is a source of danger to health; and therefore recommend that the necessary steps to be taken in accordance with the requirements of the Public Health Act to obtain a closing order with the ultimate view of demolition. Received and the Mayor to instruct the Inspector to serve the required notices. 

At this stage Alderman Smith asked to be excused as his presence was required elsewhere. 

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

Alderman Rigg moved: 1 “That the metalling in Charles Lane be completed at an estimated cost of £35 and referred to the Works Committee. Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

2 “That the Billet Blocks in Camden Street be tarred and metalled at an estimated cost of £8.15.0 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

3 “That Camden Lane rear of  Mr Monteith’s property be remetalled about 40 yards at an estimated cost of £10 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

4 “That Margaret Street from Reiby Street to Ferndale Street be repaired and a strip of tarred metal placed alongside the gutter stones on the southern side at an estimated cost of £18 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

5 “That the centre of the road in Pemell Street be metalled at an estimated cost of £48 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. 

Alderman Rigg moved: 6 “That the footpath’s on both sides of Augustus Street be renewed at an estimated cost of £31.10.0 and referred to the Works Committee. Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. 

In the absence of Alderman Howe the following resolution standing in his name was moved with the permission of the Council by Alderman King. 7 “That Hordern Street from prospect Street to Raper Street be tarmetalled the whole length at an estimated cost of £116 and referred to the Works Committee.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried. 

This being the business the Council rose. 

Confirmed this 4th day of October 1904.

Signed J B Smith, Mayor.

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