Tuesday 6th of May 1902.

Minutes of 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 King and, Jones, Salmon, Dolman, Smith, Howe, Ibbotson and Archibald.  Aldermen Dolman and Smith apologised for the unavoidable absence of Aldermen Rigg and Elstub respectively.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Mayor of Katoomba asking the cooperation of this Council in the accompanying resolution submitted and unanimously adopted at a Public meeting held in Katoomba on the 9th April viz: “That in the opinion of this Meeting the absence of some form of Local Government for the whole of New South Wales is detrimental to the best interests of the State and that the existing Parliament be asked to take the matter seriously in hand at once and by carrying the movement to a practical result conform to the desires of the inhabitants of New South Wales.” Received.
From the Municipal Council of Rockdale Bexley seeking the co-operation of this Council with the view of asking the Government to pass a Bill enabling the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage to bear one half the cost of carrying out the Annual valuation and also that the Board be approached by Deputation to urge an allowance to all persons using water by meter equal to the charge made for meters or to abolish the charge of the same.  Received and request declined.
From I. Reginald Cohen General Secretary Metropolitan Municipal Reform Committee asking to be informed whether this Council favours the general principles contained in the draft scheme for a Sydney Metropolitan Council.  Received.

From McNamara and Smith forwarding formal dedication of the Streets and lanes of the Northwood Estate so far as they are with in this Borough and specifying the same as follows.
Hopetoun Street   Width 66ft
Hopetoun Lane   Width 20ft
Roberts Street   Width 66ft
Roberts Lane   Width 20ft
Northwood Street  Width 66ft
Northwood Lane   Width 20ft
Federation Road   Width 66ft
Moved by Alderman Smith: “That the letter be received and dedication accepted.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.
From W. Simpson J. B. Stevenson and others residents of Trade Street calling attention to the bad condition of the Lane at rear of their premises and urging that the same may be kerbed and guttered.  Received and writers to be informed work to be commenced.
From A Golding Hon General Secretary Woman’s Progressive Association of New South Wales inviting the Mayor and Aldermen of Newtown to a lecture on Municipal Reform to be given by Mrs C. Marcel President of the Association on Monday the 12th instant at 8 p.m. Received and as many as can to attend.
From John Nottle calling attention to the broken condition of the  footpath in front of his residence 37 Maria St.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

REPORTS

The Sanitary Committee
submitted a report with reference to a communication from the Board of Health pointing out that it is clear the rats in the locality of the Davies Butchering Company are badly infected with plague (rats) and also the result of the Committee’s visit of inspection of the said premises.  Moved by the Mayor: “That the Sanitary Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Overseer of Works
submitted his report enumerating various works carried out during the past fortnight and works put in hand and in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the sanitary condition of the Borough is fairly good 493 premises have been visited during the past fortnight G.E. Ardill fined 10/- for allowing filth to flow from the stable premises in Mary Street and recommending that as the three months allowed J Kent of Lord Street to demolish the premises condemned by the Sanitary Committee tenders be invited for the removal of the building.  Received.

Minute by the Mayor
The Mayor submitted a lengthy Minute with regard to the introduction of the plague into the Borough within the past fortnight and stating the action taken by him to assist the Board of Health in thoroughly cleansing the proclaimed area and further stating that as the result of a letter which he had addressed to the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage asking the loan of two blowers for the purpose of fumigating a number of old disused sewers in this Borough the Board was good enough accede to his request together with two men accustomed with the working of the blowers whose wages he agreed to pay.  Received and adopted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Salmon moved:
1 “That the carriageway in Yaralla Street be remetalled at an estimated cost of £57.”
Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Howe to move:
2 “That trachyte 3 foot wide be substituted for the present pipe crossing with return kerb at the intersection of prospect and Horden Streets at an estimated cost of £15.”
3 “That trachyte 3 foot wide be substituted for the present pipe crossing with return kerb at the intersection of Prospect and Egan Streets at an estimated cost of £15.”
Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
The two motions immediately preceding were referred to the Works Committee.

MISCELLANEOUS

Alderman Smith asked that a letter might be written to the Department calling attention to the state of the Post Office Clock to which the Mayor agreed. Attention was also called to minor repairs required to the footpaths in Church King Brown and Watkin Streets and the Mayor said he would instruct the Overseer to have the needful done.

Junior Clerk
The Mayor by Minute reported having received a letter from the Junior Clerk Harvey Eaton intimating that he had accepted a position as Apprentice Clerk in the Audit Department of the Railway service he at once invited applications for the position thus vacated and as a number had been received suggested that the Council proceed to open and consider same.
The Specification and conditions which provides that the successful candidate be taken on probation for three months and if at the expiry of that period found suitable engaged for a term of three years at a salary of £39 for the 1st £52 for the 2nd and £65 for the 3rd year having been read.  Alderman Smith moved that the same be adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.
The applications having been open and the names of the Applicants read. Alderman Smith moved “That the Council do now resolves itself into Committee of the Whole with closed doors.” Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
In Committee their qualifications and testimonials of the Applicants were considered and on resuming at the Mayor brought up the following report:
“Your Committee having considered the Applications for the position of Junior Clerk recommend that Thomas Arthur Tester be appointed on probation in terms of the Specification and conditions already adopted.”
Alderman Smith moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”
Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 20th day of May 1902
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 20th May 1902

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

PRESENT

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

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Borough Council of Marrickville inviting the cooperation of this Council with a view of obtaining a grant to Municipalities from the Government equal to if not larger than that made last year.  Received and cooperation granted.
From F Lasseter and Company Ltd stating that they have under offer for sale Smith and Sons 4 wheeled street sweeper with patent clutch and if the Council think they require it offering to forward drawing of the same.  Received and drawing and price to be obtained.
H.J. Asher Honourable Secretary Camden Parliamentary Reform Committee forwarding copies of certain resolutions unanimously carried at a public meeting held in Camden on the second instant and asking this Council to favourably consider the suggestion that a Public Meeting be held here at an early date at which similar resolutions may be submitted.  Received.
From the Borough Council of Leichhardt asking co-operation with the view of bringing the question of Local Government more prominently before the public and showing the earnestness of the Aldermen therein by holding a monster meeting of Aldermen at an early date in the Town Hall Sydney.  Received in cooperation granted. 
From Joseph Edwards, Sergeant Meyer and Mrs Ellen A Coates asking the Council to alter the proposed concrete opening (drain) sewer to a drainpipe sewer for a distance of about 110 feet from Pemell Street and agreeing to accept any responsibility as to the pipe drain.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From the Secretary Board of Health stating that premises occupied by Mr Dunbier number 235 King Street Newtown registered as a Milk vendor are reported by a sanitary officer of the Department to be most defective in construction and totally unfit for the business of a milk vendor.  Received and referred to the Inspector for report.
From the Secretary Board of Health advising that owing to the rat infested and insanitary conditions of a row of shops being number 229 to 239 King Street Special Executive authority has been sought for their quarantine for such period as may be considered necessary in the public interest.  Received.
From the Secretary Board of Health advising that the President of the Board had personally inspected premises numbers 229 to 239 King Street Newtown which were found by him to be in such a state as to come within the scope of the Public Health Act Part VI and would be glad of the Local Authority comments on the matter and also to know if any other properties in this District are in a like condition.  Received.
From Mrs CE Harris drawing attention to the nuisance caused by a willow tree at 74 O’Connell Street the roots of which are undermining her cottage and damaging the walls.  Received and the writer to be informed that the Council has no power and that she should consult her legal adviser.
From the Civil Ambulance and Transport Brigade of NSW thinking the Council for the free use of the Town Hall on 13 March last for a Concert in aid of the funds of the Brigade.  Received.
From the Honourable General Secretary of the Hospital Saturday Fund asking the free use of a room in the Town Hall on Thursday 22nd instant at 8 pm for the purpose of holding a meeting with the object of appointing a Central Committee for the Electoral divisions of Newtown with sub committees for each Municipality and asking the Mayor to preside.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor to grant free use of room or Hall.
From the Municipal Council of Tenterfield asking co-operation in making an united effort to have the proposed Municipal Bill passed into law as soon as Parliament meets.  Received cooperation granted and Members of the District to be asked to urge the necessity of passing this measure at the earliest possible moment.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 22nd April amounting to £557.4.3 and recommending accounts the payment amounting to £5.8.8.
The Mayor moved “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Lighting Committee
submitted a report dated 9 May recommending the erection of four (4) new lamps in King Street and three (3) in Enmore Road with the further recommendation that in order to give effect to the full lighting power of the new and existing lamps in King Street and Enmore Road all obstructions in the way of signs be removed.  Moved by Alderman Smith “That the Lighting Committee’s report as now read be in the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

The Sanitary Committee’s
report was made in order of the Day at a later stage.

The Acting Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 22 April as follows:
Bank Balance as her last statement £1406.2.7
Cheques issued         557.4.3
Outstanding Cheque          28.0.0
By Deposits       £1754.0.6 
bank Balance Dr           209.6.4
Outstanding Cheque             28.0.0
       £1991.6.10   1991.6.1
Received.

The Overseer of Works
reported a number of works completed and other works put in hand during the past fortnight also the progress made with the work of fumigating the old disused pipe drains. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the Contractors for Scavenging the various Wards are doing the work in a satisfactory manner and that during the past fortnight 763 premises have been visited. Received.

MISCELLANEOUS

In reply to Alderman Ibbotson the Mayor said that he would ascertain the cost of renewing the tarpaving in Wilson Street and reported next meeting.
Alderman Rigg asked that the tarpaving of the footpaths in Belmore and Cambridge Street both of which were passed might be gone on with.
Alderman Smith the repairs be effected to the footpath in front of new premises in Lennox Street.
Alderman Ibbotson that the crossing in front of Peacocks Jam Factory be repaired.
Alderman King that the owner of property corner of Victoria and O’Connell Street be written to calling attention to the overhanging fence which met at the Mayor said would be attended to.

Sanitary committee’s report
Alderman salmon moved: “That the Council resolve into Committee of the whole with closed doors to consider the Sanitary Committee’s report.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.
In Committee the report was fully considered and on the Council resuming the Mayor reported as follows:
1  “Your Committee having carefully considered the Sanitary Committee’s report recommended that the same be adopted.”
2  “That one month’s notice as from the 31st instant be given to the Inspector of Nuisances (Mr  H.W. Swan) that his services will not be required after 30 June ultimo.”
3  “That the Specification Committee be instructed to prepare specification of the duties of Inspector and report at a Special meeting of the Council.”
Alderman Smith moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole as now read be and the same is he by adopted.
Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

This being the business the Council rose.
Confirmed this 27th day of May 1902.
Signed Harold T.  Morgan, Mayor.

 

Extraordinary Vacancy
Kingston Ward
Nomination Day 27th May 1902.

Punctually at 12 o’clock noon the Mayor and Returning Officer (Alderman Morgan) attended at the Town Hall and in the presence of several ratepayers assembled publicly read the Advertisement calling the meeting and also the nomination of candidates for the office of Alderman to fill that the above vacancy as follows:
James Abigail Senior Grocer 45 Regent Street Newtown Nominated by Albert George Horton Boot Importer and Thomas Lincoln Junior Blacksmith Bedford Street Newtown and others.
George Forster Crozier 47 Australia Street Newtown Contractor Nominated by Joseph Bailey Provision Merchant 313 King Street Newtown and Daniel Brennan Draper 291 King Street Newtown.
The Mayor intimated that as there is more than one candidate for the vacancy a Poll will be taken on Saturday 31st instant commencing at 8 o’clock am and closing at 5 pm.
Polling place will be in the reading room of the Town Hall Bedford Street and the state of the Poll will be announced as soon as the result is known and the Official declaration made on Monday at 10 o’clock am at the Town Hall.
The candidates having addressed the meeting the proceedings terminated with a vote of thanks to the Returning Officer.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor and Returning Officer.

 

Tuesday 27th May 1902

Minutes of Special 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 Alderman Smith, Dolman, Jones, Archibald, Elstub, Ibbotson, Salmon and Rigg.

MINUTES

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

Specification Committee
in accordance with the resolution passed at last Ordinary meeting of the Council submitted a specification of the duties of Inspector of Nuisances with the recommendation that it is to the best interests of the Borough that the Inspector should devote his whole time to the discharge of the duties of that office.  The Specification having been raped was then taken clause by clause when the following additions were suggested and accepted viz:
Sub clause (a) of Clause 1 after the word certificate “or be a person otherwise competent.”
Clause 1 Sub clause (b) Powers of attendance after the time 2pm “and at such other hours as the Mayor may direct”
Clause 9 after word Council “unless directed by the Mayor.”
Alderman Smith moved: “That the Specification Committee’s report as now read with verbal additions be and is hereby adopted and that applications be invited by advertisement for the position of Inspector of Nuisances such applications to be opened and considered at next ordinary meeting of the Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Board of Health forwarding copy of an extract from a report by a Sanitary Officer of the Department with respect to disused stables at number 24 Hordern Street stating that under existing circumstances these premises appear to be dangerous to Public Health.
From the same Department with respect to condition of premises known as numbers 22, 26 and 28 Hordern Street Newtown said to be in such a state as to be unfit for human habitation and should be the subject of proceedings under the provisions of part V of the Public Health Act.  Both letters received and referred to the Sanitary Committee for report.

This being the business the Council rose.
Confirmed this 17th day of June 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

31st May 1902

A Poll for the election of one Alderman to fill the Extra ordinary Vacancy in the Kingston Ward was taken today with the following results:
James Abigail Senior  150 votes
George Forster Crozier 107 votes
Informal       2 votes
Majority for Abigail   42 votes
On Monday morning’s second June 1902 at 10 o’clock in the Town Hall the Mayor and Returning Officer (Alderman Morgan) declared James Abigail Senior duly elected Alderman for the next two years and nine months.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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