Tuesday 1st July 1902

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

PRESENT
The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Salmon, Ibbotson, Jones, King, Howe, Smith, Abigail, Elstub, Archibald and Fallick.
The declaration of Alderman Fallick was read and laid upon the table and that gentleman on taking his seat was cordially welcomed by the Mayor and Aldermen.

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Secretary Postmaster General Commonwealth of Australia acknowledging receipt of the letter from the Council re the Post Office Clock.  Received. 
From the Secretary Commissioners for Railways stating that the Commissioners have approved of half the cost of asphalting the footpath on the north side of Angel Street being paid by the Department.  Received.
From Joseph John Pattison calling attention to the excessive valuation of his property 403/405 King Street and asking the Council to reduce it in accordance with the rents received by him.  Received and writer to be informed that the time for appealing having expired the Council has no power to act.
From JR Dacey Chairman of the Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly appointed to enquire into and report upon a scheme of Municipal Government for “Greater Sydney” and asking the name of some gentleman who is prepared to give evidence on behalf of the Council.  Received and made an order of the day for a Special Meeting.
From the Assistant Medical Officer of Health calling attention to the condition of premises numbers 191-195 King Street Newtown.  Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee.
From Alexander Rea complaining of a noisy business being carried on in the immediate vicinity of this residence in Simmons Street and also calling attention to the state of the Lane corner of Simmons Street and Enmore Road.  Received and that portion of the letter referring to the Lane referred to the Inspector of Nuisances.
From S.H. Dyer stating that a large number of residents of Newtown have decided to tender Alderman James Abigail senior a complimentary smoke concert on the 25 instant and asking the Council to grant a free use of the Hall for the occasion.  Received and request complied with.
From Thomas Martin Wells Street calling attention to the inadequate tram service in the part of the Borough in which he lives and asking some steps be taken by the Council in the matter.  Received and the Mayor with Aldermen Fallick, Smith, Salmon and Jones to wait upon the Railway Commissioners to urge increased service.
From Sergeant JE.  T.  Meyer and others with reference to the drainage area in Hemel Street asking that an iron grating be put over the galley near the gate and the gate left unlocked so that the tenants may have the use of the passage and offering to contribute towards the expense of the grating.  Letter received and on the motion of Alderman Ibbotson resolved that the matter be reconsidered by the Works Committee.

The Specification Committee
reported as follows:
“In accordance with a resolution passed at the last meeting of the Council on the 17th instant your Committee met and after consideration prepared a specification of the duties of Caretaker and now present the same to the Council for adoption.” 
The specification having been read and adopted the appointment of a Caretaker was left in the hands of the Mayor.

The Overseer of Works
submitted his report of a number of works carried out and in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
submitted his usual report and stated that he was handing over to his successor (Mr Tuck) and rendering all the assistance in his power.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Smith moved:
1 “That Northwood Lane from Federation Road to the boundary of the Borough be kerbed and guttered on both sides and ballasted at an estimated cost of £105 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
2 “That Roberts Lane from Federation Road to boundary of the Borough be kerbed and guttered on both sides and ballasted at an estimated cost of £118 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
3 “That Hopetoun Lane from Federation Road to boundary of the Borough be kerbed and guttered on both sides and ballasted at an estimated cost of £120 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

Alderman Jones moved:
4 That the carriageway in Wells Street from King Street to Pearl Lane be remetalled and topped dressed with tar and screenings at an estimated cost of £96.15.0 and referred to the Works Committee.  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

The Mayor moved:
5 “That the vacancy on the Finance Committee be now filled up.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.
Alderman Howe moved: “That Alderman Fallick be now appointed to fill the vacancy.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY

Consideration of petition presented at last meeting of the Council with reference to the sweeping and cleaning of King Street and Enmore Roads.  Resolved that the petition be referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.

Has concluded the business.
Confirmed this 7th day of July 1902.
Signed Harold T.J. Morgan, Mayor.

 

Monday 7th July 1902

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

Present
The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Salmon, how, Ibbotson, Advocaat, Smith, Elstub, Fallick and Archibald.  Alderman Elstub apologised to the unavoidable absence of Alderman Jones owing to illness.

MINUTES

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

BUSINESS
To consider JR Darcy Chairman of the Select Committee of the Legislative Assembly appointed to enquire into the report upon the scheme of Municipal Government for “Greater Sydney” and appointing a representative to give evidence on behalf of the Council.

Alderman Salmon moved: “That the Council do now resolve into Committee of the Whole to consider the above communication.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

After a lengthy and exhaustive discussion Alderman Salmon moved:
1 “That this Council is against any system of Unification.”
2 “Recommend a re-arrangement of existing Municipalities” and
3 A federation of the rearranged districts with common services.
Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.
Moved by Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.  “That the mere bee and is hereby appointed to give evidence on behalf of this Council.”
The Council resumed and progress reported.
Confirmed this 15th day of July 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 15th July 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 Smith, Howe, Salmon, Rigg, Archibald, Ibbotson, Elstub, Jones and Abigail.  A letter from Alderman Fallick apologising for his inability to be present was to read and received.

MINTUES

The Minutes of the previous Special Meeting were read confirmed and signed.

CORRESPONDENCE

From Frank Wilmont calling attention to the state of the footpath in front of his premises in Edgware road a half of which is already asphalted and asking the Council to complete the other moiety.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.
From the Borough of Ashfield referring to a previous Circular letter from that Borough asking the cooperation of this and suburban Councils generally on a deputation to the Premier to urge the inclusion of the suburbs in a bill which he has had prepared dealing with the question of Hoardings for advertising purposes within the City stating that the Premier having now expressed his approval the proposed Deputation is considered unnecessary.  Received.
From the Borough Council of Drummoyne forwarding copies of a resolution passed to the effect that the best interests of the Metropolitan Districts would be served if the construction as well as the maintenance (as at present) was vested in the Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board and viewing with disfavour the proposal of the Works Department to interfere with the construction of the Lower Canal supplying Sydney with water.  Received and cooperation granted.
From the Town Clerk Sydney stating that it is the intention of the City Council to continue the crusade against rats which was carried out during the recent plague outbreak with very good results with a view to as far as possible guard against the possibility of a fresh outbreak and asking the cooperation of this Council in the same direction.  Received and cooperation granted.
From the Secretary Commissioners for Railways in reply to Council’s letter pointing out the necessity and asking for increased service for the St Peter’s Cooks River Tramway stating that it is not possible to improve the service until additional power is available when the matter will be considered.  Received.
From S.H. Dyer thanking the Council for granting the free use of the Hall on the 25th instant for a Smoke Concert to Alderman James Abigail.  Received.
From E.A. Turtle calling attention to the state of the footpath in the front of his terrace in Federation Road and asking if the Council will have the portion asphalted.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported accounts paid under votes of appropriation since 16th of June ultimo amounting to £975.4.4 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £116.2.4.  The Mayor moved: “That the Finance Committee’s report has now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Works Committee
submitted their report dated 11 July dealing with the variety of works proposed to be carried out referred to them from the Council.  Moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Salmon. “That the Works Committee’s report has now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Carried.

The Sanitary Committee
reported having inspected premises numbers 23 and 191 195 King Street recommending that the Inspector give the required notice in accordance with section 38 part V of the Public Health Act.  Moved by the Mayor: “That the Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

The Lighting Committee
reported having on the 11th July inspected King Street from the Railway Bridge to May Street recommending the erection of one Lamp and altering the position of the existing one.  Alderman Smith moved the adoption of the report.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

The Acting Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 17th June as follows:
Balance per last statement Cr £581.17.10
Deposits     £2337.16.11 2919.14.9
Cheques issued         977.14.4
Balance Cr at date      £1942.0.5
Received.

The Overseer of Works
reported various works carried out during the past fortnight and works being proceeded with.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
submitted his report for the past fortnight which stated that he has paid special attention to the Street cleansing with the result that there is an increased amount of zeal and efficiency displayed by the contractors in the performance of their work.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
By Alderman King:
1 “That the Lane of the West side of Georgina Street be kerbed and guttered on both sides with the carriageway ballasted at an estimated cost of £4.”  Lapsed in the absence of the mover.
Alderman Smith moved
2 “That the footpath in Stanley Street from St Mary Street to the Lane 32 yards be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £3.5.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
3 “That a lamp be erected in Campbell Lane opposite Chard  Lane at a cost of £4 per annum and the same referred to the Lighting Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
4 “That the footpath in Denison Street East side from Lane to corner of Lennox Street in front of new buildings the South side be broke in and tarpaved second-class at an estimated cost of £5.10.0.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Salmon moved:
5 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of re-metalling Wilson Street from Burren Street to Queen Street at an estimated cost of £356.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
6 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of asphalting the footpath first class on the eastern side of Burren Street from Wilson Street to Railway Lane 368 yards at an estimated cost of £40.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.
7 “That Yaralla Street be remetalled and trees planted as recommended by the Works Committee at an estimated cost of £57.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Rigg moved:
8 That the carriageway in Edgeware Road from Sarah Street to Alice Street be metalled 20 feet wide at an estimated cost of £180 conditionally on the Marrickville Council paying one half the cost viz: £90.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

MISCELLANEOUS
Alderman Salmon having called attention to the uneven and the irregular state of the wood blocks under the control of the Railway Commissioners the Mayor said that he would cause a letter to be sent to the Department.

Confirmed this 29th day of July 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 29th July 1902

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

PRESENT

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

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Municipality of Carcoar forwarding copy of a resolution passed by that Council to the effect that the action of the Federal Government in amending the Bonus Bill making it applicable only to the States as manufacturers is one tending to the destruction of the Iron Industry and asking the cooperation of this Council by bringing the matter under the notice of the Federal Representative of this District and request him to urge the reconsideration of the matter referred to.  Received.
From the Department of Public Works acknowledging receipt of letter from this Council urging vesting the construction as well as maintenance in Metropolitan District Water Supply and Sewerage Board also re-Lower Canal supplying Sydney with Water.  Received.
From D. T. Morrow on behalf of his client T. Day making application to have the kerb and guttering laid in front of Factory in Northwood Street and at rear in Lane.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From Raine and Horne in reply to Councils letter asking when they propose to form the water tables in the Northwood Estate within the Camperdown Borough to carry the storm water is from the portion of that a state within this Borough stating that so far as that portion of that Estate which is within the Borough of Camperdown is concerned their principles have completed all the work they propose to do.  Received.
From the Municipal Association of New South Wales stating that the 20th Annual Session will be commenced on 16 September next and if this Council desires to rejoin the Association to supply the Names and addresses of the Members appointed to represent the Council at the Session and remit the Annual Subscription of £2.2.0.  Received and made an order of the day for next meeting.
From the Mayor of Camden referring to previous correspondence on the subject of Parliamentary Reform and Economy in Public Expenditure stating that a body has been performed having for its title “The Peoples Reform The” its objects being:
(1) Economy in Public Expenditure.
(2) Parliamentary Reform.
(3) Local Government.
and urging that a representative in this Borough be appointed to act on the Council of the Peoples Reform League.  Received.
From the Borough Council of Balmain stating that they have recently purchased a 12½ ton Steam Road Roller from J.  Fowler and Sons of Leads England and if at any time required by this Council offering to hire the same at the rate of three pounds (£ 3) per day including competent driver and fuel.  Received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.
From Lasseter and Company Limited in reply to an enquiry where the Road Sweeper by John Smith and Sons could be seen and inspected by the Works Committee stating that the Sweeper is the priority of the Borough of Orange and is still in their town.  Received.
From Buchanan and Smithers Solicitors with reference to notices served under the Public Health Act of 1896 on Mrs Hinton owner of premises numbers 26 and 28 Hordern Street Newtown to effect certain repairs to her properties stating that at the time of the service of the notices Mrs Hinton had let a contract for effecting all the repairs and alterations mentioned in the notices save that of raising the floors and that all these requirements have been carried out except (1) the raising of the floors and (2) the asphalting of the yards and the latter Mrs Hinton is prepared to do if the Council will waive their requirements as to the raising of the floors.  The Inspector reported that the notice embraced six requirements and of these only one that of renewing the fence was complied with to date.  Letter received and copy of Inspector’s minute to be sent to Messrs Buchanan and Smithers for their information.
From John Herbert acting on behalf of Mr Michael Lyon’s Licensee of the “Somerset” Hotel Station Street alleging negligence on the part of the Council and claiming £93 as damages for losses sustained through flooding of his cellars on 26 July instant.  Received and referred to the Works Committee and a copy of the letter together with a copy of the Overseer of works report thereon to be sent to the Railway Commissioners.
From Buchanan and Smithers Solicitors Sydney with reference to premises numbers 26 and 28 Hordern Street stating that the Owner Mrs Hinton had carried out the improvements required by the Sanitary Committee with the exception of raising the floor and asphalting the yard and the letter she is prepared to execute if the Council will waive the requirements as to the raising of the floors.  The Inspector of Nuisances reported that of six items contained in the specification only one that of renewing the old fences had been carried out.  Letter received and copy of the Inspectors report to be sent to Messrs Buchanan and Smithers.
From the Assistant Medical Officer of Health reporting on the condition of premises number 36 Reiby Street which is so injuries to health as to be unfit for human habitation.  Received and with a Minute by the Inspector with reference thereto referred to the Sanitary Committee for report.

Petition
Alderman Jones handed the Mayor a petition said to be signed by 118 persons carrying on business in King Street praying that the main streets be cleaned by boys during the daytime instead of by the use of the horse brush at night and stating that they learned with regret that an attempt is being made by a portion of the Council for some reason unknown to the petitioners to postpone the cleansing of the streets by the foregoing method.  Alderman salmon moved: “That in consequence of the disrespectful tone in which the Council is addressed the Petition be not received.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and after some discussion carried.

REPORTS

The Overseer of Works reported a number of Works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and also; “That during a rainstorm on Saturday 26th July through certain works being carried out by the Railway Department inside the Railway Yard these stormwater drain got blocked up causing the water to backup and rise through the Street gullies overflowing the footpath and entering through the grating over the cellar of the Hotel at the corner of Station and Crescent Street’s.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported a general improvement in the manner in which the Street cleansing is carried out the nuisance caused by soapsuds being allowed to flow from a terrace of eight cottages at the top of Iredale Street into the gutter and calling attention to the
insanitary condition of premises 297 299 301 and 303 King Street also 8 10 12 and 14 Albermarle Street.  Received and portion referring to insanitary premises referred to the Sanitary Committee.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Smith moved:
1 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report on the advisability of erecting additional Lamps on the Northwood Estate.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Ibbotson moved:
2 “That the kerb and Gutter and the Tarpaving in front of Crago’s flour mill Gladstone Street be repaired at an estimated cost of £11.”  Seconded by Alderman Rigg.  An amendment by Alderman King seconded by Alderman Jones to refer the motion to the Works Committee was negative and on being put the original motion was carried.

Alderman Smith moved:
3 “That the Street on the west side of the Roman Catholic Church from Bedford Street to Lennox Street be reformed ballasted and metalled at an estimated cost of £34 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Elstub moved:
4 That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of removing the pipe crossing at the intersection of Denison and Lennox streets and substituting Trachyte 4 feet wide at an estimated cost of £22.  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
5 That the footpath on the East side of Mary Street from Oxford Street to present tarpaving be tarpaved first class at an estimated cost of £23.10.0.  The Mayor informed the mover that this work has been already passed.

Alderman Abigail asked:
6 That a return be prepared furnishing replies to the following questions viz:
1st “What was the total amount due to the Metropolitan Gas Company for Street Lighting purposes during the Municipal Year beginning February 1901 and ending February 1902?”
2nd “What amount was paid to the Gas Company on account of the same year and how much (if any) was owing to the same Company for this period at the close of the books for the Municipal Year.?”
3rd “What was the total amount levied on the ratepayers as a Special Lighting Rate during the period referred to?”
4th “Was there a surplus or a deficiency as shown by the books in the account of this lighting rate during the same period?”
5th “If a surplus what was the amount of the cash credit and how much was due by the ratepayers in arrears?”

Alderman Jones asked:
7 1st “What has been done in the case of Mrs Graham versus the Borough of Newtown?”
2nd “What is the total cost up to date?”
3rd “What further action is proposed to be taken?”

Alderman Jones to move:
8 “That the carriageway in Angel Street from Newman Street to Harold Street be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £206 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

Alderman Rigg moved:
10 1st “That a plan be prepared showing the number of Lamps at present erected in each of the Wards of the Borough and the positions occupied by each Lamp.”
2nd “The annual income for lighting each Ward.”
3rd “The annual expenditure for lighting each Ward.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

This was the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 12th day of August 1902.
Signed Harold T.  Morgan, Mayor.

 

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