Tuesday 11th of March 1902

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

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Smith, Dolman, King, Archibald, Howe, Elstub, Ibbotson and Jones.  Aldermen Howe and Dolman apologised for the absence of Aldermen Salmon and Rigg respectively.

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

CORRESPONDENCE
From W Chown asking that the Lane at the back of his Cottages in Trade Street be kerbed and guttered as he understands that the money has been voted by the Council.  Received and writer to be informed that the work will be carried out in due course.
From the Borough Council Petersham stating that complaints having been made as to rubbish collecting in Liberty Street under the Railway Bridge it is suggested that necessary repairs to that portion of the street be carried out at the joint expense of the Boroughs of Newtown and Petersham.  To be considered with the Works Committees report.
From G.H. Regan Chairman Civil Ambulance Brigade St Peters Branch asking the free use of the Town Hall on Wednesday 12th instant for holding a Grand Concert in aid of the funds of the Brigade.  Received and Hall granted free.
From the Secretary to the Victoria Park Trust in reply to Councils letter stating that the Trustees to co-operate with this Council on a Deputation to the Minister for Lands to ask him to proved the necessary funds for the erection of a Rotunda in Victoria Park for the Newtown Brass Band.  Received.
From the Under Secretary Department of Lands in reply to a letter from the Council stating that Mr Secretary Crick request him to say that there are no funds available to the erection of a Rotunda in Victoria Park.  Received.

REQUISITION
A requisition from 21 residents and shopkeepers in that portion of King Street between Brown and Watkins Street is calling attention to the inefficient light from the Street lamps and asking the Council to give the matter its consideration.  Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

REPORTS
The Works Committee
submitted their report dated 7th instant and amongst other matters recommended: That the portion of the carriageway in Liberty Street from a line with the kerb on the South side of Bedford Street to a line with the kerb on the South side of Trafalgar Street be tar metalled at an estimated cost of £78 conditionally on the Petersham Council paying one half the cost.
Moved by the Mayor that the Works Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted; that the letter from the Petersham Council be received and that Council informed that the Newtown Council is prepared to pay half the cost of tar metalling as recommended by the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

The Sanitary Committee
reported having considered the letter from Mr J. G. Baikie complaining of a nuisance said to arise from a drain in Abel and Company’s’ yard and instructed by the Inspector of Nuisances to have the certain alterations made and carried out.  The Mayor moved that the report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

The Specification Committee
reported having in accordance with a resolution passed on the 25th February ultimo considered and prepared specifications for the Annual Contracts from the 1st of April 1902 to 31st March 1903 and recommending the same to the Council for adoption.  Alderman King moved: “That a clause be inserted in all the specifications to the effect that the Contractors be compelled to pay the men the minimum rate of seven shillings per day.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and after discussions put and lost.
A motion by Alderman King’s seconded by Alderman Jones: “That the Specifications for Tarpaving Footpaths and Carriageways be omitted” was withdrawn by consent.  The Mayor moved: “That the Specification Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

The Overseer of Works
reported a number of works completed and put in hand since last meeting.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
submitted his usual fortnightly report portion of which dealt with the house to house inspection and the progress made.  Received.

The Mayor
submitted a Minute describing at length the Action taken to prevent the introduction of the plague the instructions issued to the Citizens to destroy the rats on their premises and to the Councils Officers to see that the Borough is maintained in a clean and sanitary condition.  Alderman Smith moved that the Minute be received and adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

By Alderman Salmon
“That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to consider the advisability of fixing a Lamp on a bracket under the awning of 180 to King Street at a cost of £4 per annum.”
Alderman Howe produced a letter of authority from the mover and acting in accordance therewith moved that the motion be amended to read: “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to consider the desirability of rearranging the Gas Lamps in King Street with the view of getting better and more equitable results.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

This concluded the business and the Council rose
Confirmed this 25 day of March 1902.
Signed Harold T. Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 11th of March 1902

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held at the Town Hall on the above day at 8:30 p.m.

PRESENT

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

BUSINESS

To Receive
 1 “The Valuers Reports and Returns of Valuation of all rateable property for the Municipal Year 1902/3.
2 The Finance Committees Estimate of the Annual Expenditure and if adopted.”
3 “To Assess and Rate all Rateable Property within the Municipality for General and Lighting purposes for the current Municipal Year in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”

1 The Valuers reported having completed a valuation of all rateable property within the Borough in accordance with the requirements of the Municipalities Act of 1897 and submitted their Returns which were laid upon the table.
The report disclosed the result of the valuation to be as follows.
Capital Value of Vacant Land  £68,140
  as against      77,960 last year
 showing a decrease of           9,820
Annual Rental Value    177,009
  as against    166,884 last year
 an increase of    £10,125
Received.
The Finance Committee in accordance with the resolution passed by the Council submitted the following Estimate of the amount (that is to say £12,250) which will be required for the now current municipal year in addition to any tolls rates or dues levied or authorised to be levied within this Municipality and to any probable income from fines voluntary contributions endowments or any other source of revenue to carry on the fencing making and repairing of any roads bridges punts piers or other public works within this Municipality and any other expenses necessary in carrying into effect the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.
The Mayor moved: “that the report of the Finance Committee as now read re: recommending £12,250 as the estimated probable expenditure for the current year be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

3 Alderman Smith moved: “That the Council do now resolve into Committee of the Whole for the purpose of making an Assessment upon all rateable property within this Borough for the current Municipal Year.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
In Committee the Valuers report and returns were considered and an assessment made thereon.
On resuming the Mayor reported as follows:
“Your Committee having considered the Valuers report and returns and made an assessment thereon now recommend the Council to adopt the same as the valuation and Assessment for the now current Municipal Year.”  Moved by the Mayor: “that the report of the Committee of the Whole as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

4 Alderman Smith moved: “That the Assessment as made in Committee be now adopted by this Council as the Assessment for the now current Municipal Year upon all rateable property in Camden, Enmore, Kingston and O’Connell Wards in this Borough under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

5 Alderman Smith moved: “That a rate of One shilling in the £ (1/-) been now levied for the current Municipal Year on the Assessed Value of rateable property in this Borough under the provisions and for the purposes of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
6 Alderman Smith moved: “That a rate of (3d) Three Pence in the £ be now levied for the current Municipal Year on the Assessed value of all rateable property in this Borough for the purposes of lighting the streets of this Borough with Gas under the provisions of the Municipalities Act of 1897.”  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
7 Alderman Smith moved: “That the Assessment now made and the rates of One Shilling in the £ and three pence in the £ be fairly transcribed into the rate book and the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to affix the Corporate Seal thereto.” Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
8 Alderman Smith moved: That the amounts in respect of such rates of One shilling in the £ and three pence in the £ already imposed shall be payable at the Office of the Council Clerk within the space of 30 days after and demand thereof made by the Council Clerk and Collector.  Seconded by Alderman Dolman and carried.
9 Moved by Alderman Smith: Monday the 14th day of April 1902 be and the same is hereby appointed that day on which Appeals may be heard at the Newtown Police Court against the Assessment of rateable property in this Borough for the current Municipal Year.  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

This concluded the business.
Confirmed this 25th day of March 1902.
Signed Harold T. Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 25th of March 1902

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

PRESENT

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen King, Smith, Rigg, Salmon, Ibbotson, Howe, Elstub, Jones, Salmon and Archibald.  An apology was received from Alderman Dolman for the unavoidable absence.

MINUTES

The minutes of the previous ordinary and special meetings were read confirmed and signed.

CORRESPONDENCE

From Smith Warren and Company Machinery Agents setting out at some length the advantage of employing Steam Road Rollers from an economic and efficient point of view as compared with the now obsolete Horse Roller.  Received.
From the Secretary Commissioners for Railways in reply to a letter from the Council stating that the Commissioners have approved of a compliance with the request to connect residence and Railway premises at St Peters Railway Station with the sewer.  Received.
From the Principal Undersecretary requesting the Council to instruct its Officers to report if they had noticed any marked increase in the number of rats in this Municipality since the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage have been fumigating certain of the City sewers with the object of destroying the rats therein.  Received and Officers to report.
From the Secretary Department of Public Health forwarding 500 tins of Rat poison for distribution from the Council Chambers to any of the householders in this District making application for it.  Received.
From the Under Secretary for Finance and Trade advising that it is the intention of the Government to introduce into Parliament during next Session a comprehensive measure dealing with the Liquor Laws of this State and inviting expressions of opinion as to the utility of the local option clauses under the present Act and whether the results of their operations have been of a representative character.  Received and made an Order of the Day for next Council meeting.
From the St Peter’s Council stating that the repairs to May Street will be proceeded with as soon as possible.  Received.
From the Borough Council of Petersham expressing their willingness to pay one half the cost (estimated at £78) for tar metalling that portion of Liberty Street from Bedford Street to Trafalgar Street as proposed by this Council.  Received.
From D. T. Morrow making application for correct alignment of Enmore Road in front of the Oddfellows Hall property.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.
From Andrew McIntyre submitting a proposal to remove and destroy the whole of the House Refuse and Street sweeping of this Borough for the sum of fourteen hundred twenty five pounds per annum (£1425).  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last reported dated 25th of February amounting to £1107.10.10 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £1012.11.10.  The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

The Works Committee
reported the result of a conference with representatives from the Borough Council of Marrickville with regard to Edgeware Road.  Moved by the Mayor “That the recommendation of the Works Committee as now made be and the same are hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

The Overseer of Works
reported several works completed and a number of works put in hand and in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported among other matters that 700 premises had been inspected during the past fortnight and where defects were noticed the same were promptly remedied by the Owners.  Received.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted his usual monthly statement of Accounts since last report of the 25th February as follows.
Bank balance Dr   £297.13.1
Cheques issued    1107.10.10
Deposits      124.11.6
Bank Balance Dr    824.17.5
Cheques Outstanding    455.15.0

Motion is Pursuant to Notice
Alderman Howe moved:
1 “That 260 yards gutter be renewed in Susan Street at an estimated cost of £48 and same referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
Alderman Smith (in the absence of Alderman Rigg) moved:
2 “That the Auditors (Messrs Cadogan and Lockman) be paid a sum of ten pounds each for the last audit to 3rd February 1902.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

Alderman Archibald moved:
3 “That the carriageway in Wells Street at its intersection with Edgeware Road to Commodore Street be put in thorough repair at an estimated cost of £95 and same referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
4 “That the Lane immediately behind numbers 593/5/7 King St running off Maria Street be cut down and formed and about 37 yards on the northside kerbed and gutted third class at an estimated cost of £16 and same referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
5 “That the footpath Angel Street (Northern side) from Railway Lane to Erskineville Road be a sheltered at an estimated cost of £14 and the Railway Commissioners asked to pay one half the cost” and same referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Alderman Ibbotson moved:
6 That the footpath on the South side of Sloane Street from Symonds to Reiby Streets be tarpaved second-class 300 yards at an estimated cost of £22.10.0 and same referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY

To open and consider tenders for the Annual Contracts.
Alderman King moved: “That tenders be opened in Council and afterwards considered in Committee with closed doors.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.  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 having considered the tenders received for the Annual Contracts recommend the acceptance of the following.”

Scavenging and removal of House Refuse
Enmore Ward  James Stevenson £26 per month
Camden Ward  George Rowswell  15.10/- per month
Kingston Ward  P. J.  Macken   14 per month
O’Connell Ward  Josh Howarth   23
Sweeping Wood blocked Pavements
Charles Alfred Slater     22.10/- per month
Kerbing and guttering – Joseph Duggan
1st Class 10/9 2nd Class 8/6 3rd Class 7/6 per yard
Kerbing only 1st Class 3/6  2nd Class 3/5   3rd Class 3/5 per yard
Guttering   7/-      4/11                3/11 per yard
Blue stone Kerbing 16″x9″    9/6 per yard
    1st Class    9/3 per yard
    2nd Class    9/- per yard
Blue Stone Guttering 12″x8″    8/9 per yard
18″x8″           10/3 per yard
Blue Stone Kerbing 18″x8″ (3″Splay)  11/- per yard
Freestone   18″x8″ (3″ Splay)  5/3 per yard
Tarpaving Footpath’s – W. H. Lawler
1st Class 1/11 2nd Class 1/7 per yard super
Tarpaving Carriageways – W. H. Lawler
     2/9 per yard super
Cartage – Day Labor
Mrs Margaret Schwebel 9/6 per day
Supply of ballast – William Woodcock
     3/6 per cubic yard
Cartage of Tar and Tarred Ashes – J. E. Clayton
Tar from King Street Gas Works  2/4 per 100 Gallon
From Mortlake Works    5/-
Tarred Ashes from Kent Street Works 2/10 per yard
from Mortlake     5/- per yard
Supply and Cartage of Sand
C. Woodcock   2/6 per cubic yard
Supply of Blue Metal and Metal Screenings
South Coast Quarries
Blue Metal    8/- per cubic yard
Blue Metal Screenings
½ and ¾ Shivers   7/9 per cubic yard
Removal of Night soil
George Rowswell  6d per pan per time
Cesspits    6d per cubic foot
Stationery and Printing – George Watson
Electoral Rolls   5/6 per page
Rate Notices   7/6 per 1000 bound
Receipt forms   10/6 per 1000 forms
Business Papers    2/- per page (40 copies)
Notice Papers to Rate payers 8/- per 1000
Rate Book    40/-
for Valuation Books   7/- per book
Half Yearly Balance Sheet  50/- for 50 copies
The Mayor moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole upon the tenders for the Annual Contracts be and the same are hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 8th day of April 1902.
Signed Harold T. Morgan, Mayor.

 

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