Tuesday 14th November 1905

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Newtown Borough Council (of Newtown) held on the above date at 7.30pm.

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Edwards) and Aldermen Ibbotson, Howe, Elstub, Morgan, Rigg, Smith, Hitchcock and Abigail.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Secretary Board of Health notifying that the Honourable the Premier has approved of the whole of the proportion of all fines received by the Council in respect of successful prosecutions under the Public Health Act being treated as part payment of the moiety of the Sanitary Inspectors salary and that in future payment of the Government contribution towards the salary of the Sanitary Inspector will be made less the total amount of the monies received by the Council from this source.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From Henry Berry and Company offering cheap crude salt for destroying weeds and grasses on roads and highways.  Received.

From Thomas Henley Municipal Representative on the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage advising that the Board have agreed to construct a relief training 3 feet in diameter along Harold and Angel Streets to Norfolk Street at an estimated cost of £925.  And a similar intimation from the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage further stating that the Councils interested must provide the gullies.  Received.

From Raine and Horne with reference to the “Linthorpe Estate” stating that the lowest price their principal Mr Brown is prepared to accept is £6000 which includes the Wilson Street frontage.

Received and to be considered in conjunction with the Works Committees report.

 

Reports

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 6th of November and amongst other things recommend that the Vendors be asked to contribute £250 towards the formation of ballasting and metalling of the streets and kerbing and guttering and asphalting the footpath’s of the “Linthorpe Estate” the total cost of which is estimated at £570.

Meantime recommend that a deputation from this Council (wait) together with the parliamentary representatives wait upon the Premier to ask that the Estate be resumed and dedicated to the Borough Council of Newtown as a public reserve.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported amongst other matters that ten persons had been proceeded with in the Newtown Police Court for loitering upon the carriageway in King Street nine of which were fined ten shillings each and one shilling costs.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Hitchcock moved:

1 “That the footpath southside of Enmore Road from Simmons Street to Metropolitan Road be renewed at an estimated cost of £62 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

2 “That the footpath in Phillips Street West side from Enmore Road to Charles Street be renewed at an estimated cost of £45 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

3 “That the footpath in Simmons Street Westside from Enmore Road to Lane be renewed at an estimated cost of £6.10.0 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

Alderman Morgan moved:

4 “That Lord Street between King Street and John Street be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £420 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

5 “That the Gas Company be requested to provide improved lamp posts for King Street and Enmore Road Newtown.”

Withdrawn.

6 “That Alice Street both sides be planted with trees at an estimated cost of £66.”

7 “That Edgeware Road on the Newtown side from May Street Sarah Street be planted with trees at an estimated cost of £42.”

8 “That may Street on the North West side be planted with trees at an estimated cost of £30.”

9 “That Goodsell Street be planted with trees on both sides at an estimated cost of £30.”  And the whole referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

General

Alderman Howe called attention to an advertisement in the Sydney Morning Herald of Saturday the 11th instant by Stanton and Sons Auctioneers announcing that Bennett’s Estate will be exposed for sale on the 18th instant and also that “the whole of the kerbing; channel lane and asphalting has been paid for; and urge that a letter be written to the vendor demanding immediate payment of the second moiety of one hundred pounds (£100) which in accordance with the agreement should have been paid on the 1st October last.  Moved accordingly and seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

This was the business.

Confirmed this 28th day of November 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 28th November 1905

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Borough Council of Newtown held on the above date at 7.30pm.

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Edwards) and Aldermen Salmon, Howe, King, Abigail, Elstub and Ibbotson.

The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Hitchcock.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Secretary Australian Gas Light Company in reply to communication from this Council asking for Gas lamps for lighting King Street and Enmore Road stating that the matter is receiving the consideration of the Board.  Received.

From James Messer of 43 Enmore Road calling attention to the danger existing at the intersection of Liberty Street with Bedford Street owing to reckless driving and instancing a case that day when his own conveyance was run in by a butchers cart and his horse injured.

Received and notices to be placed conspicuously warning persons in charge of vehicles against driving round the corners except at a walking pace and the Petersham Borough Council to be asked to cooperate.

From the Honourable Secretary Tempe Ratepayers Association asking the cooperation of this Council in supporting a proposed Regatta and Sports day to be held on Anniversary day 26th January 1906 at Cooks River.  Received.

From the Secretary Finance and Trade in reply to the Council’s request to deputatonize [to serve a deputation] the Premier for the purpose of urging the resumption of the “Linthorpe Estate” and dedication the same as a Public Reserve to this Borough stating that the communication has been referred to the Minister for Lands to whose Department the matter of the acquisition and control of Public Parks properly belongs.  Received.

From the Registrar Generals Department transmitting copy of Gazette Notice together with Heliograph of lands situated in Wilson Street at a point where this thoroughfare is only 33 feet wide in a length of 240 feet for which application is made by the Perpetual Trustee Company Limited for a Certificate of Indefeasible Title under the Real Property Act.

Received and referred to the Councils Solicitor and if necessary a strip of 33 feet to be purchased in order to make this part uniform with the width of the Street throughout.

From the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage forwarding copies of a report by the President of the Board on the subject of the disposal of waste water from the Cataract and Nepean Rivers for irrigation purposes.

Received and a copy of the report laid before each of the Aldermen.

From the Agents for the vendor of “Linthorpe Estate” (Messrs Raine and Horne) expressing surprise that the Council was asking such a large contribution as £250 towards the cost of forming the Rhodes and asking that the question of taking over the streets at considerably less than the amount quoted might be favourably considered.

Received and the writers to be informed that the Council has determined to adhere to the Works Committee’s report.

From F G Tuck applying for a holiday leave of absence.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From John Taylor again calling attention to the damage to his property in Edgeware Road by stormwater flooding at the beginning of the year and as the rates are now overdue asking the Council to reconsider the matter either by remitting the rates or otherwise.

Received and to be informed that the proposal cannot be entertained.

From A H Lockman stating that he is directed to write and ask the Council for a refund of the amount paid to the use of the Hall viz: 15/- on Wednesday evening 6th of September last.

Received and the writer to be asked by whose authority he is making the demand for the refund.

From W H Cadogan for the Trustees of the North Kingston Mission House placing a piece of land at the disposal of the Council to widen Trade Street at a valuation to be made by Messrs Richardson and Wrench always provided that there shall be no reservation and that the property of the Trustees shall have the frontage to the said Street without any fence or interference of any kind.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 31st October amounting to £696.8.11 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £56.5.6.

Moved by the Mayor: “That Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special report respecting a communication from the Secretary of the Board of Health advising that the Premier has approved of the whole of the proportion of all fines received by the Council in respect of successful prosecutions (being) under the Health Act being treated as part payment of the moiety of  the salary of the Sanitary Inspector; Recommending that the Department of Public Health be informed that the Council declines to agree with the suggestion approved by the Premier and will adhere to the arrangement entered into and now in force.

The Mayor moved: “That the report from the Committee as now read be and is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 27th November with their recommendations and various works proposed to be carried out.

Moved by the Mayor: “That the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

 

The Borough Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 31st October 1905 as follows: –

By Balance per last statement                                     £383.14.3

By Deposits                                                                    777.0.5

To Cheques issued                          £696.4.4

To Bank Balance at date cr            464.10.4

£1,160.14.8        1,160.14.8

Received.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the contractors and others under his supervision were carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner and also having proceeded against seven persons for various breaches of the By laws and obtained convictions and fines from 1/- up to

£10 as well as costs.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

“That the Specification Committee be and are hereby (prepared) instructed to prepare specifications from making the Annual Valuation of all rateable property for the municipal year 1906 – 1907.”

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

Linthorpe Estate

On the motion of Alderman Salmon seconded by Alderman Ibbotson the Council went into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider Messrs Raine and Horne’s letter asking the Council to favourably reconsider its demand for a contribution of £250 towards the cost of forming ballasting and metalling the roads and footways in the Linthorpe Estate.

On resuming the Committee recommended that the Works Committee’s report of 6th November 1905 be adhered to.

Alderman Morgan moved that the report as submitted by the Committee of the Whole Council be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 12th day of December 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

 

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