Tuesday 2nd December 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, Elstub, Abigail, Rigg, Ibbotson, salmon, Jones, Fallick and Archibald.

MINTUES

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

CORRESPONDENCE
From the Secretary Commissioners for Railways in reply to a letter from the Council relative to the drainage on the Northern side of Gladstone Street and Trafalgar Street stating that it is considered that as provision was made by the Department to get the water away the Council should undertake the maintenance of the drains. Received and Commissioners to be requested to send an officer to inspect.
From James Budge offering to supply Dust bins similar in design size and material to the tender called by the City Council for the sum of £3.10.0 provided 50 is ordered.  Received.
From Robert Hollis with reference to Burren Street drainage stating that the matter is before the Minister for Works and the writer is hopeful that the provision desired will be obtained.  Received.
From the Town Clerk City of Sydney advising that Wednesday, 3 December (for making a special) has been set apart for a special effort in a crusade against rats by all the suburban Councils and the City Council.  Received.
From Edwards Eagar applying for a Certificate as to the restoring of the roads where opened by him to lay the cable for the British Insulator Wire Company.  Received and request not complied with.

Petition
Alderman Abigail handed to the Mayor a document purporting to be a petition signed by A Lewis Levy George Pratt 243 King Street and seven other ratepayers of the Kingston Ward praying that the Council dedicate and take over a lane situated in Church Street behind the properties of Doctor Levy and occupiers of premises 241 to 257 King Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 4th November amounting to £676.4.5 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £179.16.2.  Moved by the Mayor: “that the Finance Committee’s report as now submitted be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

The Works Committee
submitted its report dated 27th November having reference to a large number of proposed works with recommendations.  Alderman Salmon moved an amendment seconded by Alderman Archibald: That recommendation number 8 re crossing at the intersection of Maria Street and Edgeware Road be referred back for further report.  On the motion of the Mayor the report as amended was adopted.

The Lighting Committee
their report dated 1st December and recommending the erection of 4 lamps in the Northwood Estate and the removal of three others at different points to afford a better light.  Moved by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried: “That the Lighting Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of Accounts since last report of 4th November last as follows:
Bank Balance per last statement    £1033.12.5
Deposits            526.16.3
Cheques issued    £676.4.5
Balance at credit      900.4.3
Outstanding Cheque              6.0.0
      £1576.8.8  £1576.8.8 
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 Inspector of Nuisances
the five cases of Infectious disease had occurred in the Borough during the past fortnight the required inspection being made in each case: That the Contractor for scavenging the Kingston Ward had incurred a fine of 10/- for non-removal of a dead cat when requested to do so.  Attention is called to the manner in which three of the verandah posts in front of the newly altered shops in Enmore Road near Station Street had been fixed the 6 inch post finishing on the kerbstone and skew nailed into the remnant of the old 4 inch by 4 inch post underneath it.  Alderman Elstub said that from information received by him the fine of 10/- imposed on the Kingston Ward contractor was not justifiable and ought to be remitted.
Alderman Fallick said that he would take the opportunity of saying from what he could understand there was unmerited hardship surrounding the case of the Camden Ward Contractor who was fined 55/- a few weeks ago.  Resolved that the question of the signs be referred to the Mayor for investigation and report.  The report was then received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Smith moved:
1 “that the Specifications Committee be and are hereby instructed to prepare and submit to the Council at its next meeting specification for making the Annual Valuation of all rateable property within this Borough for the year1903-1904.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
2 “That the Balance sheet of the Council for the half year ending 4th August 1902 be printed (and present) 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.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones.
With the permission of the Council the mover amended the motion by omitting the words “each of” and “following” and substituting the word “typed” for “printing”.  The motion as amended was then carried.
3 “That the lamp situated in Oxford Street by the end of the residents of the Reverend Dean Slattery be removed to the opposite corner and referred to the Lighting Committee for their report.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Archibald moved:
4 “That the sum of £25 be now voted to cover the cost of tar painting and repairing where required the footpaths in Camden Ward and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
5 “That the open crossing in Commodore Street at its intersection with Wells Street be taken up and relaid with trachyte 3 feet wide at a probable cost of £16 and referred to the Works Committee for report.  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
6 “What repairs have been carried out to maintain the carriageway in Ferndale Street since taken over by this Council?”
1 “How soon after completion were the first repairs carried out?”
2 “The date of said repairs?”
3 “The cost of the same.”
The Mayor said replies would be furnished at next meeting of the Council.
7 “That owing to the unsatisfactory result obtained by tar metalling our carriageways besides the excessive cost and the unsatisfactory method of carrying out the works by contract as well as by day Labor in the opinion of this Council is that it should be discontinued.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and after a lengthy discussion negatived.

Alderman Rigg moved:
8 “That the Lane from Crescent Street to Station Street be kerbed as recommended by the Works Committee and tar metalled from side to side at an estimated cost of £99.10.0 and that portion relating to tar metalling referred to the Works Committee for report and cost.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 16th day of December 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 16th December 1902

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

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Elstub, King, Salmon, Ibbotson, Howe, Rigg, Jones, Archibald, Smith and Abigail.

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

CORRESPONDENCE
From D.B.M.Clark asking permission to Boulevard his 310 feet footage to Wilford Street.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From the Borough Council of Marrickville asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Railway Commissioners requesting them to consider the question of allowing an overlap from the present inward train section ending opposite the Railway Station to the next stopping place opposite the Ambulance Brigades Quarters.  Received and cooperation granted.
From Robert Hollis M.L.A.  Advising that the Minister for Public Works has granted the request of this Council in the matter of the Burren Street drainage and that the necessary work is being proceeded with.  Received.
From John Nottle offering to sell four (4) feet of land in Maria Street for drainage purposes for the sum of five pounds per foot.  Received and to stand over until next meeting for consideration.
From W.C. Perrett Secretary New South Wales Alliance Newtown Newtown Branch advising that it is proposed to hold a Public Meeting in the Wesleyan School Hall on Friday evening 19th instant at 8pm to advocate the claims of the Alliance and inviting the Mayor and Aldermen if convenient to attend.  Received and as many Aldermen as care to attend.
From A.C. Newman, Andrew Gardiner, William Williams Thomas Bowers and several other ratepayers and residents calling attention to the services rendered by Mr Macken one of the Councils Contractors in the assisting and securing of two dangerous characters who were caught while bent on what appeared to be burglarious intentions in Lennox Street and suggesting that the Council make-up public expression of satisfaction with his conduct.  Received and the thanks of the Council to be conveyed to Mr Macken by letter.

Petition
Alderman Archibald handed to the Mayor a document purporting to be a Petition from the ratepayers in May, Lord, Maria and Wells streets complaining of the indifferent manner in which the Scavenger for the Camden Ward carries out his work and asking that consideration be given to subject and the advisability of cancelling his contract.  Received.

The Specification Committee reported:
That in accordance with the resolution passed at the last meeting of the Council they had considered and prepared specifications submitted from making the Annual Valuation of all rateable property within the Borough for the Municipal Year 1903 – 1904 which they now recommended for adoption.  Further recommending that applications be invited from two persons conjointly to make the valuation such applications to be opened and considered at next ordinary meeting of the Council.  Clause 16 that the sum to be allowed from making the valuation was left blank so that the Council might determine the amount.
Alderman Smith moved: “That the specification Committees report be received.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
Alderman Salmon moved: “that £75 be inserted in the Specification as the sum to be allowed for making the valuation.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and negatived.
Alderman Rigg moved: “That a clause 16 be struck out and a new clause substituted to the effect that tenders be invited for the work.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.  The specification as amended was then adopted.

The Overseer of Works
reported various works completed during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported: (1) That three cases of infectious disease had been reported during the past fortnight all of which are attended to in accordance with the provisions of the Public Health Act.  (2) That closing orders had been obtained against the Owners of properties numbers 10 and 12 O’Connell Street and cottage at the rear of number 30 Regent Street.  (3) That as the sanitary alterations ordered to be carried out to a dwelling being number 49 Egan Street had not been so carried out in accordance with the notice served authority is asked so that proceedings may be taken to obtaining a closing order under the Public Health Act.
(4) That several complaints had been made by the Officer in Charge of the Newtown section of the Tramway line respecting the manner in which the Contractor for sweeping the Wood Blocks is carrying out his work and a special inspection revealed that the road had been badly swept and entirely missed in another section.  Received and adopted and authority given to the Inspector of Nuisances to proceed for a closing order against the owner of premises number 49 Egan Street.

MINUTE BY THE MAYOR
The Mayor submitted a Minutes stating that in accordance with a resolution of the Council he had held an enquiry concerning the causes which led to the fines imposed by the Inspector of Nuisances on the Kingston Ward Contractor Mr Macken and the Camden Ward Contractor Mr George Rowswell and after a thorough investigation particulars of which the Minute detail he recommend as follows: “that the action of the Inspector of Nuisances with reference to the Kingston Ward Contractor be endorsed”  Respecting the Camden Ward Contractor recommend that the fine with regard to 5 heaps of rubbish be confirmed but with regard to the remaining 50 heaps consisting of debris from the erection of buildings in King and May Streets which the Contractor is not bound to remove that the fines be remitted to the Contractor.
Alderman Smith moved: “That the Minute be received and the fine imposed on the Kingston Ward Contractor reduced to 5/-.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and lost.
A lengthy discussion ensued regarding the fine imposed in the Camden Ward Contractor after which Alderman Rigg moved: That in view of the conflict of opinion the fine be reduced to10/-.  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
The report was then received and adopted.

Answers to Questions
The following answers to questions by Alderman Archibald at the last meeting of the Council were furnished viz:
Repairs to Carriageway in Ferndale Street
1 Question  How soon after completion were the first repairs carried out?
Answer: 3½ months.
2   Date of said repairs.
 Answer: 8th of May 1901.
3   Cost of the same.
 Answer: £1.2.10.
Total cost of repairs to date £6.16.6.
Robert S Young, Overseer
16.12.1902.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
The Mayor moved:
1 “That the Council do now proceed to appoint an Alderman as Returning Officer for the election of Aldermen and Auditors to be holden on the first Tuesday in February next.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Alderman Abigail then moved: “That Alderman Salmon be and is hereby appointed Returning Officer for the next Annual Election of Aldermen and Auditors.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:
2 “That the footpath both sides of Robert Street be tarpaved second-class from Federation Road to the boundary at an estimated cost of £70 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
3 That the Overseer be instructed to supply and lay on the table for next Council meeting the following information: –
(a) The total cost of tarpaving little Simmons Street
(b) The total cost of saying Street had it been metalled in the usual way.
(c) The cost per yard tarpaving carriageways.
(d) The cost per yard of ordinary macadamised carriage or roadway.
(e) The cost per yard of tar metalled carriage way 2½ inch gauge.
Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried. 
4 “the prices paid to the contractor viz:
1st  For tarpaving carriageways
2nd For first-class footpaths
3rd  For second-class footpaths.”
Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
5 “Also estimate of cost per yard in each class as above carried out by the day Labour.”
Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

GENERAL BUSINESS
Resolved on the motion of Alderman Ibbotson that a letter be written to the Postmaster General asking that the Colour Box at the corner of Camden Street in front of the International Hotel be removed to the northern corner of Camden St.

This being the business the Mayor invited the Aldermen and Officers to join him in partaking of some refreshments in the Library.
After due justice had been done to the many good things provided the health of the Mayor was proposed and drunk with much enthusiasm and feelingly responded to by his Worship.
The healths of the Officers and retiring Aldermen followed and the most enjoyable couple of hours was sociably spent.

Confirmed this 30th day of December 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 30th December 1902

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

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Smith, Fallick, Howe, Jones, Archibald, Elstub, Salmon, Ibbotson and Abigail.

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

CORRESPONDENCE
Fletcher and Son in reply to a letter from the Council re-Iron  Awning erected at the International Hotel stating that three wrought iron pipes have been inserted inside each column instead of a 2½ inch pipe as requested.  Received.
From the Railway Commissioners respecting drainage at Gladstone and Trafalgar Streets stating that the Departments Engineer having met the Councils overseer explained the question of drainage at Gladstone Street to his satisfaction.
With regard to Trafalgar Street as it is reported that the work of drainage was not efficiently completed in the first place the Commissioners are prepared to deal fairly the Council and to allow the sum of £40 in connection with the matter that on the distinct understanding that they are relieved of all future responsibility in regard to the drainage referred to at Gladstone and Trafalgar Streets.    Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From the Railway Commissioners with reference to the inconvenience caused to passengers from Cooks River and Dulwich Hill having to change trains at Newtown Bridge stating that the change referred to only occurs occasionally owing to
unavoidable motor failures.  In such cases another car is prepared and held in readiness at the entrance to the yard.  Received.
From the Public Works Department in reply Councils letter asking if it can now be stated when the construction of the Abercrombie Street Tramway will be put in hand; stating that a Bill authorising the work has to be first submitted and passed by Parliament.  Received.
From The Engineer for Tramways calling attention to the unsatisfactory manner in which the sweeping of King Street from Newtown Bridge to St Peters Bridge and Enmore Road from the Bridge to Enmore Terminus is carried out by the Contractor.  Received and the Railway Commissioners to be informed that the Council has ready dealt with the matter.
From the Council Clerk Camperdown intimating that the Railway Commissioners have arranged to receive the Deputation on the subject of appliance to guard against Train accidents on Tuesday 6th January 1903 at 12 o’clock noon.  Received.
From William F Hart together with plan showing how he proposes utilising the area of vacant land owned by him situated between Alice and Princess Streets and asking the Council’s approval.  Received and to be informed that the Council has already dealt with the matter.
From James Stevenson appealing against the fine imposed for alleged neglect in not employing a box in Lane at rear of Enmore road.  Received and referred to the Mayor for report.
From Charles A  Slater explaining that a serious accident and continued ill health afterwards was the cause of his having to relinquish the contract for sweeping the wood blocks and asking if the Council will favourably reconsider his application for a refund of his Deposit.  Received and deposit to be refunded.
From JJ Pattison intimating that he has made a back entrance to numbers 399 and 401 King Street and asking permission to erect Awning in front of the said premises in King Street.  Received and request complied with.

REPORTS
The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since second December amounting to £846.2.1 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £33.2.1.  The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Works Committee
submitted their report dated 23rd December with recommendations respecting various works and other matters referred from the Council.  With regard to a petition from Doctor Levy, George Pratt and seven over Ratepayers asking the Council to accept dedication and takeover a blind Lane at the rear of numbers 241 two 257 King Street; the Committee recommend that the Council accept dedication it offered in proper form.  An amendment by Alderman Archibald moved: “That the Council takeover the Lane.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and lost.  The Mayor moved: “That the Works Committee report as now submitted be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of the second December as follows:
Balance per last statement Cr    £900.4.3
Deposits          299.7.7
Cheques issued    £852.2.1
Balance Cr       357.9.9
Outstanding Cheques          10.0.0
      £1209.11.10 £1209.11.10
Received.

The Overseer of Works
reported various works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  The report also stated that the steamroller will be in operation in Wells and Alice Streets the following morning.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
Reported the Contractor for the Enmore Ward had rendered himself liable to a fine of 10/- for tipping a load of sweepings and house rubbish near the trenches off Ricketty Street.  All matters in his department preceding satisfactorily.  Received and fine of 10/- imposed on the Contractor for the Enmore Ward.

Answers to Questions
The Mayor answered the following questions by Alderman Archibald on the business paper of the last meeting:
(a) The total cost of tarpaving Little Simmons Street
Answer  £175.12.2
(b) The total cost of the same Street had it been metalled in the usual way.
Answer  £128.8.9
(c) The cost per yard of tar metalled carriageway 2½ inch gauge.
The prices paid to the Contractor viz:
1st tarpaving carriageways?   1/11 and 2/9
2nd For first class footpaths?   1/11
3rd For second class footpaths?  1/7
Also estimates of cost per yard in each class as above carried out by day Labor.
1st   1/10 and 2/6
2nd   1/10
3rd   1/6

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Howe moved:
1 “That the tarpaving in front of New shops King and Church Streets be taken up and renewed at an estimated cost of £28.  Mr Hordern having agreed to pay one half the cost viz £14.”
Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

Alderman Rigg to move:
2 That it be referred to the Works Committee to consider the necessity and cost of kerbing and tarpaving Wilford Lane from Wilford Street to Station Street or otherwise deal with the same.  Lapsed in the absence of the mover.

ORDERS OF THE DAY
1 To open and consider tenders for making the Annual valuation of all rateable property for the Municipal Year 1903 – 1904.
The tenders having been opened and read the Council resolved into Committee of the whole with closed doors to consider the same and on resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.
Your committee of the Whole Council having considered the tenders for making the Annual Valuation for the Municipal Year 1903 – 1904 recommend that the tender of Messrs Hoffman and Trahair at £80 be accepted.
Moved by the Mayor: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
2 To consider Mr John Nottle’s offer of 4 feet of ground at £5 per foot for drainage purposes.
Resolved that this matters stand over till next meeting night.

This concluded the business.
Confirmed this 13th day of January 1903.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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