Tuesday 4th November 1902

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30 o’clock p.m.

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Smith, King, Fallick, Abigail, Howe, Ibbotson, Archibald, Elstub and Jones.
Apology for inability to attend was received from Alderman Salmon.

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

CORRESPONDENCE
From the Acting Deputy Postmaster General stating that it has been decided to comply with Councils request to remove the letterbox in front of the United Australia Hotel Lord and King streets to the southern side of Lord Street.  Received.
From Borough Council of Redfern asking the cooperation of this Council in an endeavour to obtain a special endorsement from the Government.  Received cooperation granted and the Members of the district to be invited to attend the proposed deputation.
From the Department of Public Health advising that the Federal Postage Act will come into operation on November 1 next it will be necessary to fix the proper amount of postage to all letters containing notifications of Infectious Diseases win forwarding the same to the Medical Officer of Health for the District and in view of this expense that the Board has decided to favourably entertain claims and to allow under section 94 of the Public Health Act the sum of 6 pence for each notification being one half of the assessed value of the work done.  The claims to be submitted quarterly on the proper vouchers.  Received and the Council to act on proposal.
From J Archibald asking that the Overseer be authorised to prepare a report for the Councils further consideration on the practicability or otherwise in the erecting Dust Bins in the main streets and pending same to stop all negotiations with reference to same.  Received.
From the Postmaster General Melbourne in reply to Council’s letter dated 13 June last stating that the Department of Home Affairs advises that the Works Department of New South Wales has been asked to carry out the necessary repairs to the Newtown Post Office Clock.  Received.
From the MacArthur Destructor Company Ltd stating that they are prepared to supply and erect on approval on a suitable site provided by the Council one of their patent Liquid Fuel Garbage Destructors capable of dealing with a maximum of two tons of garbage per hour for the sum of £2500 on the understanding that the plant should be taken over by the Council after running satisfactorily for three months.  Received.

Balance Sheet
From W H Cadogan and H Marshall Auditors advising having examined the books and vouchers of the Council for the half year ended 4th August 1902 and found the same correct as per balance sheet.  Received with balance sheet and abstract.

Petition
Alderman Archibald on behalf of 19 ratepayers and residents of Maria and Wells Street presented a petition praying the Council to have the Lane running between and parallel with said streets put in a good satisfactory state and have such other works carried out as the Council may deem necessary.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

REPORTS
The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 7th October amounting to £648.12.3 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £658.3.9.  The Mayor moved that the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

The Works Committee
reported having inspected the localities of the number of proposed works referred to them by the Council and submitted their recommendations.  Moved by the Mayor “That the Works Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Fallick and carried.

The Sanitary Committee
reported having in accordance with a resolution of the Council inspected premises number 10 Whitehorse Street recommending that the wooden floor of the closet be removed closet pan reset repairs effected to back vent and flush pipe junctions and that the necessary steps be taken to keep out the damp. In connection with this a report from the Assistant Medical Officer of Health regarding the condition of the above premises was read.
The Mayor moved: That the Sanitary Committee’s report together with that of the Medical Officer’s be received and adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 7th October as follows:
Balance per last statement Cr    £1226.3.0
Deposits            462.6.5
Cheques issued    £654.17.0
Bank of Australasia Balance Cr 1033.12.5   1688.9.5
      £1688.9.5   1688.9.5
Received.

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

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that a case of Diphtheria had occurred in the Kingston Ward 6 weeks ago which the doctor in attendance had not up to the present time notified and for which neglect he is liable to a penalty of £5 under the Public Health Act that the 15 days notice given to the owner of 10 and 12 O’Connell Street to place the premises in a sanitary condition having expired authority is asked to obtain a closing order that the Contractor for scavenging the Camden Ward is not carrying out his work in a satisfactory manner.  During the week he neglected to remove house refuse from two different premises and allowed 55 heaps of Street sweeping to remain in the gutter from the 22nd to the 24th and 25th of October.  Report received Authority given to the Inspector to proceed for closing order and that the Camden Ward scavenger be fined 1/- per heap of 55 heaps referred to in the report.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Abigail moved:
1 “That a call of the Council be made for the purpose of discussing the various clauses of the Municipal Bill now before Parliament.”  Withdrawn by consent.

Alderman Smith moved:
2 “That the tarpaved footpath in Australia Street from Bedford Street to Alton Lane be renewed first class at an estimated cost of £11.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Howe moved:
3 “That the carriageway in Little Queen Street from King Street to Camden Street be reformed and tarpaved at an estimated cost of £37 and referred to the Works Committee for report.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

Alderman Howe to move:
4 That the carriageway in Missenden Road from Longdown Street to Bligh Street be repaired where necessary at an estimated cost of £50 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

Alderman Rigg to move:
5 That the kerb and gutter from the corner of Crescent Street and Station Street be completed and repaired where necessary at an estimated cost of £15.  The motion lapsed in the absence of the mover.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 18th day of November 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 18th of November 1902

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

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Elstub, Howe, Salmon, Ibbotson, King, Smith, Archibald, Abigail and Rick.
Alderman Elstub apologised for the absence of Alderman Jones owing to indisposition and Alderman Smith for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Fallick.

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Borough Council of Erskineville stating that in accordance with the suggestion made by this Council they are agreeable to alter the street numbers within their Borough and thus save the confusion arising through similar numbers in that portion of the road within this Borough.  Received.
From G Fletcher and Son making application for permission to erect an iron awning (Number 1 City Council Design) to “International” Hotel King and Camden Streets Newtown.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From Borough Council of Camperdown asking the cooperation of this Council in approaching the Railway Commissioners with the view of urging them to devise some scientific appliance for preventing Tramway accidents.  Received and this Council to co-operate.
From C. B. Rigney offering to contribute towards the cost of asphalting and kerb and guttering the footpath in front of his 12 new cottages in Dickson Street provided the work is carried out within two months.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From the Secretary to the Sydney City Mission asking the Councils permission to place a calico sign in connection with a Bazaar and Fete in aid of the local mission on the Town Hall balcony.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.
From JG Griffin (Suburban Representative on the Water and Sewerage board) intimating that the Board agreed to sanction the extension of the sewer to drain properties 43 and 45 Station Street Newtown.  Received.
From B.  Addison and Company Agents for Avelin and Porters steam road rollers offering to have a ten (10) ton Roller including all charges on the following terms.
For 1 day  £2.10.0
For 2 days £2.10.0 per day
For 1 Week £2.4.0 per day.
Received and to be filed.
From Josiah Gentle intimating that he has completed the erection of eight cottages in Dickson Street and would be pleased if the Council would push on with the work of kerbing and guttering already agreed upon.  Received and the work to be carried out in the ordinary course.
From F Hartmann asking the free use of the Public Hall on 10 December for a Benefit Concert in the aid of Mrs Atwood.  Received and request not to be complied with.

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

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported one case of Infectious disease during the past fortnight alterations being carried out in Messrs Abel and Company’s Factory in King Street which will have the effect of permanently abating the nuisance arising from offensive drainage discharging into Angel Street stormwater drain from the said premises and the imposition of a fine of 10/- shillings for neglect in the part of the Enmore Ward Scavenger to remove house refuse from a dwelling.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Rigg moved:
1 “That the kerb and gutter from the corner of Crescent and stations streets be completed to the Railway gates at an estimated cost of £15.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:
2 “That the sum of £534.18.0 already passed by this Council been now appropriated for the purpose of carrying into effect the Works of kerbing and guttering and forming the streets and lanes in the Northwood Estate and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
3 “That the sum of £10 been now paid to each of the Auditors Messrs Cadogan and Marshall for the last audit to 4th August 1903.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Alderman Jones to move:
4 “That a strong letter be written to the Railway Commissioners urging upon them in the interests of the public safety to extend the overlapping section of the trains from the Regent Street to the Ambulance corner City instead of from Regent Street to the Railway Station as at present.”  Lapsed in the absence of the mover.

Alderman Abigail moved:
5 “That a committee be formed out of the Council composed of the following gentlemen viz: Aldermen Salmon, Rigg, Archibald and the mover be appointed to inspect King Street and Enmore Road and the streets leading thereto and report to the next meeting of the Council upon the most suitable sites for placing underneath the footways the dustbins in accordance with a resolution passed by the Council.”  There being no seconder the motion lapsed.
6 That the balance sheet of the Council for the half year ended 4th August 1902 be printed and presented to the next meeting of the Council for the use of the Aldermen showing in detail each of the following items that appear under the heading of “Expenditure” in the Abstract of Receipts and Expenditure as already presented to the Council:
1 “Works” Specifying each work referred to and the amount paid thereon.”
2 “Services” Showing in detail the person or persons who were paid under this item and showing in the town’s services rendered by any such persons.”
3 “Improvements” Giving full detailed particulars and in which Ward of the Borough they are situated.
4 “Miscellaneous” Giving each item in the town under this description showing for what purpose each payment was made and the person primarily entitled to receive the same.”  There being no seconder the motion lapsed.

Alderman Archibald moved:
7 “That the kerb and guttering on the north side of Dickson Street be completed and footpath formed a distance of 108 yards at an estimated cost of £43 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

8 That the pipe crossing at the intersection of Maria Street and Edgeware Road be taken out and a concrete drain 2 feet wide covered with planking be substituted at an estimated cost of £28 and referred to the Works Committee for report.  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried
9 “That the Lane running off Angel Street north of Newman Street and running easterly be metalled at an estimated cost of
£12 and the same referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

MISCELLANEOUS
Inspector Hines
Resolved that a letter be sent from this council to Mr Sub Inspector Hines thanking him for his attention and unvarying courtesy in the discharge of his duties in this district during the past six months while acting in the absence on leave of Inspector Elliott.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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