Tuesday 7th October 1902

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

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Smith, King, Howe, Ibbotson, Elstub, Jones, Archibald, Fallick, Rigg and Salmon.  An apology from Alderman Abigail was received.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Bexley Council forwarding copy of a resolution passed protesting against the admission of the word “metal” from sub section two of clause 41 of the proposed new Municipalities Act asking the cooperation of this Council in the matter and manner indicated in the resolution.  Received and copy of the resolution to be forwarded to each Member for the district for the purpose of bringing the matter before the Legislator Assembly.
From Albert Bucknall asking permission to erect a Gas Lamp on the front of balcony of the Cafe Continental Billiard Salon Kings Street next to the Oxford Hotel.  Received and request granted providing that the Lamp is placed 12 feet at least above the carriageway.
From Charles A. Slater asking a refund of £5 deposit lodged with tender (accepted) for sweeping the wood blocked pavements on 27th March last.  Received.
From J.F.C. Booth asking the building alignment in Lane at rear of 7 new shops in the course of erection in King Street.  Received and matter referred to the Overseer of Works.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 9th September amounting to £1655.17.6 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £296.11.6.  Moved by the Mayor: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Works Committee
submitted their report dated 2nd October with reference to sundry proposed works referred to them for consideration all of which are recommended.  Also recommended that the specimen Slate Slab Dust Pit be placed midway between the Newtown Railway Station and the Lane adjoining the Bank Hotel.  The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 9th September as follows:
Bank Balance per last statement    £2715.14.7
Deposits            161.0.2
Returned cheque               5.5.9
Cheques issued   £1655.17.6
Bank Balance   £1226.3.0     2882.0.6
Received.

Overseer of Works
reported a number of works carried out and in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported among other things that the alterations ordered to be made to 23 and 25 King Street and 165 Enmore Road have been carried out and the premises are now in a sanitary condition.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Abigail to move:
1 “That the carriageway in Mary Street be renewed where required at an estimated cost of £22.” Lapsed in the absence of the mover.

Alderman Ibbotson to move:
2 “That the carriageway in Camden Street be remetalled from Station Street to Ferndale Street at an estimated cost of £95 and the same referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.”  Seconded by Alderman Fallick and carried.

Alderman Jones moved:
3 “That Dickson Street be kerbed and guttered 50 yards at an estimated cost of £20.”
4 “That Dickson Lane be kerbed and guttered 60 yards at an estimated cost of £24.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

Alderman Archibald moved:
5 “That all Plans showings streets and lanes and waterways on the Kettle Estate together with all papers relating to the dedication of the same be laid on the table next Council meeting.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
6 “That the asphalting of the footpath’s in Wells Street be completed at a probable cost of £20 and referred to the Works Committee.” 
7 That the asphalting in Gibbes Street footpaths be completed at a probable cost of £64 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
8 “That the footpath in Edgeware Road from Maria Street to a distance of 46 yards north of Wells Street be asphalted at a probable cost of £22 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
9 That the footpath on the North side of Holmwood Street be formed asphalted and kerbed and guttered second-class for a  distance of 120 yards at a probable cost of £96 same to be referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

MISCELLANEOUS

Alderman Salmon called attention to the inconvenience caused to residents in Erskineville Road within this Borough owing to the houses being numbered the same as houses on the other side of the Railway Bridge within the Borough of Erskineville and suggested that the Erskineville Council be asked to continue the Newtown numbers.  The Mayor said that he would have a letter written to the Erskineville Council.

Alderman Salmon called attention to the cast iron columns on which the balconies of seven new shops being erected in King Street are supported and asked that the owner be requested to have a 2 inch wrought iron rod in the centre so as to be a protection in case of accident.  The Mayor said that he would have the matter attended to.
Alderman Howe called attention to a danger which he had himself noticed and which others had also brought under his notice namely that of Tramway drivers engaging in conversation with females sitting alongside thus the attention of the official was diverted from his duty and the lives of those under his charge endangered.
The Mayor said he would have a letter written to the Commissioners on the matter.
In reply to Alderman Archibald the Mayor said that he would cause a letter to be written to the Post Office department asking that the Letter Box attached to a Telegraph Poll in front of the United Australian Hotel corner of Lord and King Streets be removed to the southern side of Lord Street.

Confirmed this 21 day of October 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 21st of October 1902

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on Tuesday 21st October 1902 at 7:30pm.

PRESENT

The Mayor and Aldermen Salmon, Abigail, Smith, Elstub, Jones, Archibald, Fallick, King, Ibbotson, Howe and Rigg .

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

CORRESPONDENCE
From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in reply to a letter from the Council bringing under notice the risk entailed owing to the attention of drivers being diverted from duty by the presence of young woman on the front of the cars stating that this matter has had attention and that the Inspectors have strict orders with regard to drivers talking to females or indeed anyone in front of the car and that the matter will be kept in view.  Received.
From G. Hall Bohrsmann notifying his intention to erect a Villa at the corner of Station Street and three W.B shops adjoining with the frontage to Enmore Road.  Received.
From James Milne asking that the work of kerbing the Lane and asphalting the footpath in front of his property in Crescent Street might be carried out at once.  Received and work to be carried out if the encroachments in the Lane are removed.
From Bell Golding inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to a lecture on Municipal Reform by Mrs Martel at the Town Hall Newtown on Monday 27th instant at 8pm.  Received and as many as can to attend.
From T.H. Fawkner stating that he has received a notice from the Inspector to render his house number 10 of Whitehorse Street fit for human habitation by 1st repairing the front downpipe and 2nd making the roof and end walls weather proof; denying that the house is unfit for human habitation and asking the Sanitary Inspector to visit it.  A minute by the Inspector explaining his action in the matter was endorsed on the letter.  Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee.
From G A Moulder stating that he has received a notice to carry out alterations and repairs to premises numbers 6 and 8 O’Connell Street owned by him which he is willing to carry out in accordance with the specification provided the Council will give him three months to carry out the work.  Received and the time asked for granted.
From Andrew J Macaulay Honourable Secretary St Josephs Bazaar Committee asking if the Council remit the rent for the 25th and 26th of September the days on which they were preparing the stores when no money was taken and offering £19 in full satisfaction of the rent payable.  Received an amount offered excepted.

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

The Inspector of Nuisances
among other matters reported that the Contractor for scavenging the Camden Ward is not carrying out the work in a satisfactory manner that preliminary notices under the Public Health Act to place the premises and repair have been served upon the owner of 10 and 12 O’Connell Street as directed closing orders obtained in respect of 127 and 129 Enmore road the work ordered by the Council at Numbers 191 and 195 King Street carried out and the premises is now fit for habitation the 15 days notice to the Owners of properties 6 and 8 O’Connell Street 28 and 30 Regent Street and a Cottage at the rear of the latter having expired the Councils authority is asked to take proceedings to obtain a closing order in respect of the said premises.  Received authority asked to proceed under the provisions of the Public Health Act granted and report adopted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Abigail moved:
1 “That the carriageway in Mary Street be renewed where required at an estimated cost of £22 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:
2 “That the carriageway in Bedford Street from King Street to Liberty Street be remetalled and 253 yards of Gutterstones renewed at an estimated cost of £295” and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

Alderman Archibald moved:
3 “That the pipe crossing at the intersection of Alice Street with Pearl Street be taken up and an open crossing substituted at a probable cost of £[–] and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
4 “That the southside footpath of Alice Street from Pearl Street to King Street be re-repaired where necessary and certain portions renewed with first-class asphalt at a cost of £47 and be hereby referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Confirmed this 4th day of November 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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