Tuesday 9th September 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, Howe, Archibald, Elstub, Rigg, Jones and Abigail.
The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Ibbotson owing to illness and Alderman Howe for Alderman Salmon who was absent from the town.

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Under Secretary Public Works Department in reply to the Council’s enquiry as to whether there is any immediate prospect of the Tramway being constructed along Abercrombie Street stating that the matter is still before the Public Works Committee.  Received.
From Charles A Slater Contractor for Sweeping the Wood blocks in King Street and Enmore Road notifying that owing to the increased price of fodder and demand for an increase of wages by his men he is unable to carry out the contract except at a loss but in order that the Council may not be inconvenienced will continue the work till 7th September.  Received and tenders to be invited and considered at next meeting.
From J.F.C Booth Estimate Manager for S Hordern applying for permission to be allowed to cut holes in kerb in front of 7 shops being erected in King Street.  Received and holes to be cut by Councils Mason at the cost of Mr Hordern.
From M Barry intimating that she intends to pull down the 4 cottages (condemned by the Sanitary Committee) in Albemarle Street within two or three months as soon as plans and specifications are ready.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.
From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage stating that owing to the continuance of the drought they will be unable during the coming summer to grant this Council any water whatever for Street watering or flashing purposes and suggesting the advisability of making other provisions to meet these services.  Received.
From the Secretary United Friendly Societies Dispensary stating that His Excellency the Governor Sir Harry W Lawson has signified his intention of laying the cornerstone of the new Dispensary premises in Enmore road on Saturday 27th September at 3:00 pm and asking if the Council desire to co operate in welcoming His Excellency to the Borough.  Received and the Council to attend at the ceremony.
From James O’Connell and Son contractors Paddington stating that they are about to erect a residence for Mrs Morris in Dickson Street Newtown and asking the building alignment to Lane at side.  Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

REPORTS

The Finance Committee
reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 12th of August amounting to £535.19.5.  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 5 September dealing with requests for kerbing and guttering and asphalting as well as other works proposed to be carried out referred to them for consideration.  On the motion to adopt the report Alderman Archibald objected to the recommendation of the committee regarding the method (Alderman Abigail’s reference motion number six) to remove pipe crossings in lane parallel with Denison and Regent Streets and substituting two pipes and moved an amendment to refer this back to the Works Committee for further consideration.  After some discussion of report as amended was adopted.

The Sanitary Committee
reported having inspected premises numbers 49, 51 and 53 Egan Street 36, 48 and 50 Richard Street 66 and 68 Bligh Street and 93 Kings Street recommending that the Inspector be instructed to give the required notice in each case in accordance with the provisions of the Public Health Act of 1896.  The Mayor moved: “that the Sanitary Committee’s report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

The Specification Committee
submitted a specification prepared for the supply of 40 Street orderly Bins similar to those adopted by the City Council.  The report and Specification received and held over to be considered in conjunction with Motion number 1 by Alderman Salmon.

The Treasurer
submitted the usual statement of Accounts since last report of 12th August as follows:
Bank Balance per last statement Cr  £2909.18.1
Deposits           345.2.9
Cheques issued   £534.0.6
Bank balance Cr    2715.14.7
L.Phillips cheque dishonoured     5.5.9
     £3255.0.10   3255.0.10

Received.

The Overseer of Works
report disclosed a number of works carried out during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances reported among other matters that the Contractor for scavenging Enmore Ward had incurred a fine of 10/- for neglecting to remove Street sweepings from London Street while the contractor for the Kingston Ward had been guilty of tipping a load of House Rubbish in Federation Road which he has since removed to the Rubbish tip.  The 15 days notice given to the owner of 127 and 129 Enmore road to effect necessary alterations and additions and repairs having expired without (without) anything being done to carry out the specification authority is asked to obtain a closing order under the Public Health Act.  Resolved that the report be received the fines incurred by the Contractors named and forced and the Authority asked in respect of the numbers 127 and 129 Enmore road for obtaining a closing order granted.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
In answer to questions notice of which was given at last meeting by Alderman Abigail the Mayor replied as follows:

Question No 1 Year What was the total levied as a Special Lighting Rate How much was owing to Gas Company during each of these years
 1896-7 £9247.13.6 £1815.4.8
 1897-8    1753.17.11
 1898-9    1742.15.5
 1899-00    1717.0.8
 1900-1    1762.14.5
Question No 2  How much cash was rec’d on such rate What was the total Amt Outstanding
 1896-7 £1997.14.4 500.7.5
 1897-8  1717.15.9 481.8.11
 1898-9  1868.5.8 439.8.9
 1899-00  1927.12.0 303.1.1
 1900-1 1880.14.5 264.14.2

Question No. 3 What had been total amount pending or incurred up to date in legal expenses re E. Summerhayes.  £101.13.6.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Howe for Alderman Salmon moved:
1 That the question as decided by resolution on 26th August the adoption of a system of daily cleansing of a portion of King Street and Enmore Road be referred again to the Works Committee with the view of obtaining a report on a more efficient and less costly mode of doing the work.  Seconded by Alderman King.  The Specification prepared as already reported having been read Alderman Archibald claimed to have conceived a better and less costly pit to be constructed of Brick and cement after a lengthy discussion on the motion was put and negatived.
Alderman Smith moved: “that the Specification Committee’s report Specification be now adopted and the matter referred back to the Committee with the view of having plans and specification of an alternative scheme of Brick and cement pits prepared and submitted to the Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.
The Mayor moved: That the Corporate Seal be affixed to the By laws made under the Public Health Act and adopted by this Council on 26th August ultimo.  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried and the Seal affixed accordingly.

QUESTIONS

Alderman Archibald asked:
1 What is the total cost of fumigating the disused sewers of the Borough to date?  Answer: £22.16.7 for fumigating used and disused sewers.
2 What fees have been paid to the Council by builder of Terrace on Lennox Street and Denison Street?  Answer: 10/-.
3 What is the amount spent on reasphalting and kerbing around this Terrace?    Answer: estimated at £5.10.0.
4 What is the total cost of planting the eight trees in Yaralla Street?  Answer: All the accounts are not to hand.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 23 day of September 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 23rd September 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, Salmon, Howe, Ibbotson, King, Elstub, Archibald, Fallick, Jones and Abigail.

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

CORRESPONDENCE

From the Council Clerk Borough of Lane Cove asking the cooperation of this Borough in urging the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage and if need be the Public Works Department the necessity of at once providing adequate water supply for the approaching summer.  Received and cooperation granted
From the Glebe Borough Council asking the cooperation of this Council with the view of petitioning the Legislator Assembly to either expunge or amend those clauses which are not approved of in the Municipal Bill.  Received.
Mrs CS McCauley asking the use of the Balcony of the Town Hall during the evenings while the St Joseph’s Bazaar is being held.  Received and request complied with.
From M O’Shannasy calling attention to the state of the footpath in front of her newly acquired property in Alice Street.  Received and the writer to be informed that the work of repairing and asphalting will be carried out as soon as the adjoining terrace of houses is completed.
From the Secretary United Friendly Societies Dispensary asking the loan of the flags to decorate the Dispensaries site upon the occasion of laying the Cornerstone on Saturday 27th instant.  Received and request complied with.
From Harvey W Peabody and Company stating that they are bringing out from America for use by the City of Melbourne a shipment of roadbed special oil to be used for laying Street dust and will be glad if this Council can see its way to give a trial order.  Received and stand over.
From the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage asking if the Council will kindly issue instructions to its Officers and Employees to report to the Board at once any waste or misuse of water that may come under their notice while in the execution of Municipal duty.  Received and Officers requested to comply.
From Josiah Gentle stating that he is completing eight new cottages in Dickson Street and asking that kerbing and guttering be laid in front and back of the premises.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.
From James Price with reference to premises number 53 Egan Street condemned by the Sanitary Committee asking the Council to grant 6 to 8 weeks time when he undertakes to demolish the building and erect a good cottage in its place.  Received and request complied with.

REPORTS

The Specification Committee
in accordance with the resolution passed at the last meeting of the Council submitted alternative plan and specification with the construction of Brick and Cement Dust Bins and in addition the Committee submitted a specification of pits to be constructed of Blue slate slabs.  After due consideration of the two specifications Alderman Howe moved: “That the specification for Slate Pits with wrought iron frame in lieu of tallow wood as specified and lid with double hinges be adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.  Moved by Alderman Smith: “That the Council proceed to construct one slate pit and bin as specimen in accordance with the specification at once.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.
Alderman Smith moved: “That it be referred to the Works Committee to select a site for the first bin.”  Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

The Overseer of Works
reported a number of works completed since last meeting and works now in progress.  Received.
The Inspector of Nuisances
reported that the Contractor’s for scavenging the various wards are carrying out their duties in a satisfactory manner and makes application to be furnished with a disinfecting outfit to enable him to fumigate or spray any dwelling in which a case of an infectious to see this has occurred.  The estimated cost of the plant is about £5.  He also reports on the insanitary condition of numbers 6, 8, 10 and 12 O’Connell Street 28 and 30 Regent Street and a cottage at the rear of 30 Regent Street and asks for authority to proceed under the Public Health Act.  Resolved that the report be received disinfecting apparatus purchased and authority given to proceed under the Health Act in respect of the premises referred to.

MINUTE BY THE MAYOR
The Mayor by minute reported that in consequence of the unsatisfactory condition of the Rubbish Tip brought about by the neglect of the persons supposed to be in charge the North Botany Council had threatened to close the Tip.  After an interview with the Mayor and some of the Aldermen he was glad to say that a satisfactory arrangement was arrived at (subject of course to confirmation of the Councils) and he had employed a man well recommend named William Curtis to take sole charge at a daily wage of 5/- and as this man is giving every satisfaction the confirmation of his appointment is recommended.  Alderman Smith moved: “That the Mayors Minute be received and adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

MOTIONS PURSUANT TO NOTICE
Alderman Howe moved:
1 “That a Bicycle be provided for the use of the Inspector at a probable cost of £15.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

Alderman Smith moved:
2 “That Denison Street from Kent Lane to Albemarle Street be remetalled at an estimated cost of £30 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Archibald moved:
3 “That the second class kerbing and guttering in Edgeware Road between Wells and Laura Streets be completed at an estimated cost of £32 and referred to the Works Committee for report.”  Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

ORDER OF THE DAY
To open and consider tenders for sweeping the wood blocked pavements in King Street and Enmore road.  Alderman Jones moved: “That tenders be opened in Council.”  Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.
The tenders of which there were six 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 tenders for sweeping the wood blocks will recommend that the tender of PJ Macken at £25.5.0 per month be accepted.  (Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.)  Alderman Smith moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole as now read be and the same is here by adopted.”  Seconded by Alderman Archibald and carried.

This was the business and the Council rose.
Confirmed this 7th day of October 1902.
Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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