Tuesday 12th August 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, Jones, Abigail, Salmon, Elstub, Ibbotson, Archibald and Howe.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in answer to a communication from this Council calling attention to the condition of wood blocks in the Tramway area of King Street and Enmore road stating that the regularity is due to the longitudinal blocks which are not within the departments portion of the streets but that any portion of the Tramway area which require repair will have attention forthwith.  Received.
From Doctor Armstrong Medical Officer of Health asking at the request of the Colonial Treasurer to be furnished with a return of the number of houses in the Borough occupied by Chinese and the number occupying each tenement.  Received and information to be furnished.
From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners respecting the metalling of Wilson Street from Burren to Queen Street stating that the roadway will be disturbed if the new line
projected from Abercrombie Street to Erskineville road is approved.  Received.
From the Borough Council embodying copy of a resolution passed by that Council as follows.
“That the Glebe Council invite the cooperation of Suburban Councils within the Metropolitan Area to obtain an answer from the ratepayers on the Greater Sydney Scheme.”  Received.
From W. Gill stating that he has nearly completed a terrace of 10 cottages in Holmwood Street which will be ready for occupation in about two weeks and asking that the Street front of the property be kerbed and guttered.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From Sidney J Hanks Holmwood Street making a similar application.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From Mitchell and Cranston drawing attention to the need of forming and tarpaving footpath in front of new terraces numbers 12 to 20 Burren Street owned by Mr C.  Robinson.  Received and the writers to be informed that the matter was dealt with by the Works Committee last week.
From the Borough Council of Paddington submitting the following resolution passed by that body and asking the cooperation of this Council viz:
“That having regard to the enormous percentage of Land Tax collected within the Metropolitan area being nearly the one half of the total of the entire State and in view of the heavy annual expenditure on roads maintained out of general revenue outside the Incorporated Districts this Council is strongly of opinion that the Municipalities are firstly entitled to and endowment on the use grounds alone of 5/- in the £ at least that the Municiple Councils of the Metropolitan area be asked to join in and urging upon the Government the claims of the local governing bodies in this direction.”  Received and cooperation granted.

Petition
Alderman Jones handed the Mayor a petition from a number of Ratepayers of King Street and Enmore road stating that they understand that the Council has already affirmed the principle of having the thoroughfares named kept clean by the method of employing boys with hand brooms and shovels during the day and requesting the Council to take such steps to carry out the wish of the great majority of the ratepayers as indicated at once.  Received.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 15th July last amounting to £514.0.11 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £86.14.2.  Moved by the Mayor: “That the Finance Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Works Committee
submitted their report dated 7th August dealing with correspondence and proposed works referred to them from the Council for their consideration and amongst others the question of placing Street orderly Bins in the footpath along King Street and Enmore road regarding which a progress report was submitted some time ago.
The Committee and now recommend that 40 boxes be obtained and placed at intervals from Bucknell Street to Alice Street and on Enmore road (from) to Station Street and from Simmons Street to Stanmore Road.  The Mayor moved “that the Works Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried. 

The Sanitary Committee
submitted their report dated 7th August with reference to premises number 36 Reiby Street and numbers 8 10 12 and 14 Abercrombie Street recommending that the Inspector be instructed to take the necessary steps in accordance with the provisions of the Public Health Act in each case.
The Mayor moved that the Committees report as now read be and the same is here by adopted.  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

The Borough Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 15th July as follows:
Balance Cr per last statement    £1942.0.5
Deposits          1481.18.7
Cheques issued   £514.0.11
Balance Cr at Date   2902.15.7
Returned Cheque         7.2.6
     £3423.19.0   £3423.19.0
Received.

Overseer of Works
The Mayor read a letter from Doctor James McLeod certifying that Mr Robert Young is suffering from general debility and ought to have an absolute rest from work for at least a month.  In consequent of Mr Young’s illness there was no report submitted.

THE INSPECTOR OF NUIANCES
reported having found it necessary to fine the Scavenging Contractor for the Camden Ward for not adhering to the terms of the Specification and the completion of the alterations to the Public Urinals ordered by the Works Committee.  Received.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman King moved:
1 “That the Lane off the West side of Georgina Street be kerbed and guttered on both sides and the carriage way ballasted at an estimated cost of £40 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Archibald moved:
2 “That the unfinished portion of kerb and guttering on the North side of the Lane running between May Street and Goodsell Street be completed at an estimated cost of £33 and referred to the Works Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.
3 “That the said Lane between May and Goodsell Streets be metalled at an estimated cost of £60 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
4 “That the present pipes leading into the stormwater drain in the Lane between and parallel with Denison and Regent Streets at the rear of Hoffman’s property be removed and four pits with double grates substituted at an estimated cost of £21 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Howe moved:
5 “That it be referred to the By Laws Committee to consider the advisableness of closing the Reading room earlier than 10:00 pm the hour to which it is kept open at present.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY
To consider letter from the Secretary Municipal Association of New South Wales notifying that the 20th Annual Session of the Association will be commenced on Tuesday, 16 September next and if this Council desires to rejoin asking for a remittance of the Annual Subscription of £2.2.0.  Alderman Smith moved: “That the Council rejoin and the subscription paid.”
Ruled out of order by the Mayor.

This concluded the business and the Council rose
Confirmed this 26th day of August 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 26th of August 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 Ibbotson, Rigg, Archibald, Howe, King, Jones, Elstub, Salmon and Abigail.

MINUTES

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Marrickville Borough Council in reply to a letter from this Council stating that they are not prepared to expend such a large sum as £90 at the present time for repairing Edgeware Road but are quite willing to carry out the promise made when the combined Committees meet some time since that is to expend £20 in necessary repairs.  Received.
From the Town Clerk of Sydney advising that with a view to the crusade against rats being conducted on systematic lines it is suggested by the Health Committee of the City Council that the last Wednesday in each month commencing on the 27th instant be set apart for a special effort in the matter by all the suburban Councils and the City Council.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor to have posters fixed throughout the Borough notifying that poison may be obtained free at the Town Hall.
From the St Peters Council stating in reply to a letter from this Council that instruction have been given and the work of repairing May Street will be proceeded with at an early date.  Received.
From the Mayor of Manly inviting the Mayor and Aldermen of this Borough to play a game of bowls on the Manly green on Saturday 30th August.  Received and invitation accepted.
From Robert S Young (Overseer of works) applying for one month’s leave of absence owing to ill health.  Received and leave granted.
From Doctor Stokes Assistant Medical Officer of Health respecting premises numbers 16 to 34 Gibbes Street which in his opinion are dangerous to health and therefore of nuisances liable to be dealt with summarily under the Public Health and recommending proceedings under Section 43 against the owner.  Received and copy of the report to be sent to the owner notifying the works required.
From Andrew James McAulay Honourable Secretary to the St Joseph Church Bazaar Committee Stating that the Bazaar will be opened on 27th September and it will be continued for a fortnight or three weeks asking a deduction in the rent.  Received and rent reduced from 30 shillings to £1 per diem.

REPORTS

The By Laws Committee
reported having met and framed By laws under the 48th Section of the Public Health Act of 1896 now submitted for adoption and also having considered the question of closing the reading room at an earlier hour than 10:00 pm recommending: “That during the summertime the room be closed at 8.30 and winter time at 8 pm except on Saturday when it will be closed all the year round at 1:00 pm.”
The Mayor moved: “That the Committee’s report and by laws be and are hereby adopted.”  Seconded by the Alderman King.
Alderman Rigg moved an amendment to omit the hours of eight and 8:30 pm in the report with the view of inserting nine o’clock pm.  Seconded by Alderman Jones.
The Amendment on being put was negatived and after some discussion on the motion for the adoption of the report and by laws was carried.

The Overseer of Works
in the absence of Mr Young the Acting Foreman of Works reported a number of works completed and works in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the Contractors are now performing their work in a more efficient manner that he summoned the tenant of premises number 93 King St for allowing the accumulation of horse manner and at the Newtown Police Court and obtained a verdict for 40 shillings.  The 15 days notice given to Mrs Hinton to place numbers 26 and 28 Hordern Street in a sanitary condition having expired and no action taken authority is asked to apply to the Court for a closing order.  Authority is also asked to proceed against the owners of dwellings at 93 King Street 49, 51, 53 Egan Street 66 and 68 Bligh Street and 36, 48 and 50 Richard Street which are in an unsanitary condition.  Resolved that the report be received and that the Sanitary Inspector be and is hereby authorised in terms of sub section III of section 38 of the Public Health Act to apply to the court for a closing order in respect of premises numbers 26 and 28 Hordern Street and that portion of the report referring to premises in King Bligh and Richard Street referred to the Sanitary Committee.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE

The Mayor moved:
1 “That the Specification Committee be and are hereby instructed to prepare Specifications for constructing and placing Street Orderly Bins in King Street and Enmore Road in accordance with the Works Committee’s report adopted at last meeting of the Council and report at next ordinary meeting.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
2 “That the appointment of Thomas A Tester as Junior Clerk be now confirmed in accordance with the terms and conditions (dated 12 May 1902) of the Specification of Duties under which he was engaged on probation for a period of three months.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

Alderman Rigg moved:
3 “That Station Street footpath Westside from Enmore road to Gladstone Street be asphalted first class at an estimated cost of £14.0.0.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.
4 “That the footpath on the East side of same Street to the present asphalting be asphalted 3 feet wide at an estimated cost of £4.15.0.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Alderman Abigail moved:
5 “That an explanation be furnished as to the answer given to Alderman Abigail in reply to his fourth question on the business paper at this Councils meeting of 12 August which stated there was a deficiency between the amount levied as a Special Lighting rate for the Municipal Year 1901 – 02 and that owing to the Gas Company for the same period services rendered whereas by questions one and three on the same paper there was an apparent surplus of £116.19.9.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and negatived. 
6 “That steps be taken at once to carry into effect the Sanitary Committee’s recommendation as presented to and adopted by this Council on the 12th August instant re cleaning of King Street and Enmore road.”  Withdrawn.
7 “That steps be taken so as to legally terminate the agreement entered into between this Council and the Contractor for sweeping and cleansing King Street and Enmore Road on the same date when the new method of cleansing  these thoroughfares as agreed to by the Council comes into operation.  Seconded pro forma by Alderman Jones and withdrawn by consent of the Council.

Alderman Abigail asked:
1 “What was the total amount levied as a special lighting rate and how much was owing to the Australian Gas Light Company for services rendered during each of the Municipal years viz: 1896-7, 1897-8, 1898-9, 1899-00, 1900-01?
2  “How much cash was received on account of such Special Lighting Rate during each of the Municipal Years as are specified and what was the total amount of Lighting Rates outstanding at the termination of each of these years.”
3 “What has been the total amount pending or incurred by the Council up to date 1 In legal costs and 2 all other ways in connection with the prosecution of Mr E Summerhayes for the creation of an alleged nuisance by the erection of a building supposed to encroach on the footway in King Street.

Alderman Elstub moved:
8 “That the lamp on South side of Lennox Street opposite number 78 be removed easterly about 39 feet to the corner intersection of Denison Street and same referred to Lighting Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
9 “That the Lane in Denison Street and corner of the Lane at rear of Lennox Street be removed and placed at the top of Lane between Denison and Regent Streets and referred to Lighting Committee.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

This being the business the Council rose.
Confirmed this 9th day of September 1902. 
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

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