Tuesday 7th March 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 King, Abigail, Hitchcock, Cox, Elstub, Ibbotson, Howe, Rigg, Salmon and Morgan.

The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Smith owing to sickness.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the St Peters Council advising that the Water and Sewerage Board have acceded to the request of the joint deputation on the 18th ultimo viz: That the meter accounts should be calculated on the yearly consumption of water and not on the half yearly as at present.  Received.

From John Archibald thanking the Council for vote of thanks passed to the services rendered by him during his term of three years as Alderman.  Received.

From the Camperdown Council agreeing to co-operate with this Council in an endeavour to obtain a subsidy from the Government towards defraying the cost of re-metalling of the roadway.  Bligh Street.  Received.

From the Mayor of Carcoar with reference to the proposed construction of the Transcontinental Railway to which he is opposed unless justified by the Commonwealth Parliament deciding to except at Lindenhurst as the Federal City and asking the cooperation of all Municipal Councils.  Received.

From J Hubert Newman Limited offering to take a group photo of the Mayor and Aldermen and presenting each member with platinotype copy.  Received.

A similar offer from Messrs C G Hatte Limited.  Received.

From Mrs Jane Balmar W Cox and others asking the Council to accept dedication of lane at rear of the Botany View Hotel off Maria Street Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Marcus Clark and Company with reference to alteration and repairs to premises Wilford Street stating that they were willing to comply with the request but asking for three months grace as all their work men are at present engaged.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

 

From Reverend WJ Roberts on the behalf of the Sydney District Nursing Association asking they may have use of the Town Hall to hold a Public Meeting to inaugurate the movement here.

Received and Hall granted if not otherwise engaged.

From the Secretary Water and Sewerage Board with reference to the surcharge of water and sewerage into the yards of premises  117 Lower Simmons Street stating that steps are being taken to carry out certain works which will obviate further flooding.

Received.

From John Taylor calling attention to the fact that his cottages in Edgeware Road were again flooded on the 3rd and 5th instant.

Received and to be considered with the Works Committees report.

From the Newtown Workers Literary and Debating Society asking the free use of the Town Hall on the night about the second week in April next for the purpose of promoting the Society’s Interests.

Received and application granted.

From the Under Secretary advising that the Chief Secretary has approved of the moiety (£78) of the salary of Mr F G Tuck recently appointed as Sanitary Inspector under the provisions of Section 94 of the Public Health Act 1902 being paid.

Received.

From James Campbell on the behalf of Dr Baber offering to the Council for public use a triangular piece of land at the junction of Cavendish Street with Cambridge Street in front of residence now in course of erection and measuring about 8 feet 6 inches on sides and 6 feet 6 inches Base forming an acute angle on the condition that the Council will alter kerb and etc so that the footpath may continue around angle uniform in width to that now in Cavendish Street and execute the necessary levelling in connection therewith.

Received and Dr Baber to be asked to pay one half the cost meantime a letter to be written to the Postmaster General informing him of the proposed alteration and requesting the removal of the Telegraph poll to the new alignment.

From the Honourable Secretary Newtown Local Municipal Council Royal Prince Alfred Hospital stating that arrangements had been made for a grand vocal and instrument concert in aid of the funds of the Hospital at an early date and inviting the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen to make the function a success.  Received and patronage granted.

 

Reports

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 27 February with respect to various matters referred to them from the Council with their report and recommendations.

Moved that the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted and John Taylor’s letter received.

Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

 

The Specification Committee

reporting having in accordance with a resolution passed on 21st of February last prepared specifications for the Annual Contracts now submitted.

After some discussion the Mayor moved: “That the Specification Committee’s report and specification is as now read be and the same are hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

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

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other matters reported that the properties at the corner of Lennox and Denison Streets and also 18 Alice Street condemned under the Public Health Act as unfit for human habitation have been demolished and with regard to premises 61 London Street where a case of typhoid fever has occurred authority is asked to serve the necessary notice in terms of the Public Health Act 1902 requiring the owner to cause defective and exposed drainpipes to be made good and other sanitary work carried out.

Received and adopted and the authority asked given.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Morgan moved:

1 “That’s a list of all ratepayers in arrears of rates with the amount owing by each be prepared and laid upon the table.”

Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

2 “That the Works Committee report upon the best method and cost of top dressing the wood paved streets of the Borough.”

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

3 “That in the opinion of this Council it is desirable that a special Building Act for the Borough be obtained from Parliament.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

4 “That a Special Committee be now appointed for the purpose of drafting a Bill in accordance with the foregoing resolution such Committee to consist of the following.  The Mayor and Aldermen Smith, Rigg, Salmon and the mover.”

Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

 

Alderman Ibbotson moved:

5 “That the carriageway in King Street be tarmetalled throughout at an estimated cost of £195 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

Alderman Morgan moved:

6  “That the carriageway in Maria Street from John Street to Edgeware Road be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £325 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

 

Alderman Abigail moved:

7 “That the carriageway in the Lane parallel with and between Denison and Regent streets be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £58 and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

8 “That the carriageway in the Lane parallel with and between Regent and Wellington streets be tar metalled at an estimated cost of £30 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Hitchcock moved:

9 “That the carriageway in Reiby Street from Enmore Road to Fulham Street be tar metalled at an estimated cost of £385 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

10 “That the carriageway in John Street be tar metalled and about 50 yards of gutter stones renewed at an estimated cost of £205 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

Alderman Ibbotson moved:

11 “That in accordance with the recommendation of the Works Committee the carriageway in station Street from Enmore Road to Holt Street be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £285.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

General Business

Alderman Rigg moved: “That a letter be sent from this Council to ex Alderman Bellerny expressing sincere condolence with him and his family in his sad and sudden bereavement and kind appreciation of the late Mrs Bellamy’s inestimable very good qualities.”  Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

Alderman Salmon moved: “That the Government be approached with the object of getting the Gas lights in Victoria Park alongside the City Road from George Street West restored and that a letter be written to the Glebe Darlington and Camperdown Councils asking their cooperation.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Order of the Day

To consider Alderman Abigail’s proposal that the purchase of the site on which to erect Municipal Markets and has report dealing with this question.

Alderman Abigail read a lengthy report of information collected by him relating to the establishment of markets in the large towns of England and Scotland also in Sydney all of which showed considerable revenue in excess of expenditure and having expressed his belief that markets in Newtown which is the centre of a large population would prove a financial success.

Moved: “That the Council take into consideration the advisability of acquiring sufficient ground within the Borough of Newtown to build markets thereon.”

Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock.

Some discussion followed due credit being given to the mover for the trouble he had taken in connection with the subject after which the motion was put and negatived.

This was the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 21st day of March 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 21st March 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 Rigg, Salmon, Howe, Morgan, Ibbotson, Cox, Elstub, Hitchcock, King and Abigail.

Alderman Elstub apologise for the absence of Alderman Smith owing to continued illness.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From G Willis asking the Council to asphalt the footpath in front of cottage number 43 Dixon Street Camden Ward.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From the first full Council covering copy of a series of resolutions affirming the necessity of urging the Government to introduce as soon as possible after the opening of the next Session of Parliament the long promised Local Government Bill so that it may receive Legislative sanction before the Session closes etc and asking the cooperation of all Suburban Municipal Councils.  Received.

From Dan M Cawley offering a site on the banks of Sheds Creek rubbish tip for the sum of £50 per annum.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Arthur C F Webb advising that he has resumed practice as Consulting Electrical Engineer after an extensive tour in America and England in the course of which he has been in able to see the latest practice in electric Light and Power Distribution and as he understands that this Council has been considering the question of installing the electric light suggests that he is in a position to give advice based on the most recent practice.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From A T Bellerney thanking the Council for kind expression of sympathy for himself and family in this sad to read by the death of his wife.  Received.

From Hollander and Govett stating that they have received notice from the Council’s inspector that portion of the wooden wall at the commencement of Enmore road on which they are putting iron for advertising purposes is encroaching on the footpath by about an inch and trust the Council can see clear to withdraw any objections to the work they have done.

Received and the action of the Inspector endorsed.

From the deputy Postmaster General in reply to councils request to remove certain Telegraph poll now standing on a piece of land at the junction of Cavendish Street with Cambridge Street to the proposed new alignment stating that in accordance with the provisions of the Post and Telegraph At 1901 section: 85 sub section: two that the cost of removing the pole in question necessitated by proposed alteration to street alignment should be borne by this Council and asking if it will accept a debt of £5.15.0 estimated expense of effecting the desired alteration.  Received.

From W F Way with reference to a request by the Inspector to remove the sign over the foot pavement at 197 Enmore road calling attention to several others in the same row some of which are about 4 inches lower than his signboard and suggesting that all be removed at one time thus allaying any feeling of being singled out.

Received and to be informed that all concerned have received notice.

From the Chairman and Secretary (John T Smith and John Stuart) Iron Trades Council applying for the use of the Town Hall for the purpose of holding a Public Meeting to advocate the Constitution of Locomotives in New South Wales.

Received and to be informed that Hall can be had on hire on the usual terms.

From Inspector Elliott stating that he has given instructions to the police respecting interference with rubbish receptacles by unregistered rag pickers at night and giving the name of the Person reported to have been found guilty of the offence.

Received in the said party to be prosecuted.

From Auditors (Messrs Cadogan and Ralph) reporting that they have completed the Audit of the books of the Council for the half year ended 6 February last and found the same correct as per accompanying Balance Sheet.  Received.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 21st February amounting to £1156.19.4 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £188.8.9.

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

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

The Borough Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 21st February as follows:

To Balance per last statement        £745.6.4

To Cheques issued                          1156.19.4

By Deposits                                                                  838.18.9

by Balance Dr                                                              582.14.6

By Cheque Outstanding                 480.12.5

£1902.5.8           1902.5.8

Received.

 

The Overseer of Works

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

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported amongst other matters that verbal notice has been given to a large number of shopkeepers on the main roads to remove all signs and advertisement boards suspended from or attached to the Street awnings and asking authority for taking legal proceedings under the By laws.

Received and the necessary authority granted.

 

List of Outstanding Rates

In accordance with the resolution passed at last meeting of the Council List of Outstanding rates on 6th February 1905 was submitted received and the Council Clerk instructed to take legal proceedings for recovery at the expiry of 30 days after service of the Notice of the current years rates.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Abigail moved:

1 “That a deputation consisting of the Whole Council together with Mr J F Smith MLA Robert Hollis MLA and others wait upon the Railway Commissioners with the view of asking them to grant this Newtown Council a certain portion of the Railway premises over the rows extending from the bridge to a point to be agreed upon.”  Ruled out of Order.

2 “That tenders be called to the purchase of the manure gathered off the streets of this Borough by the boy sweepers.”

Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

3 “That the carriageway in Denison Street from Lennox Street to Bedford Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £156 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Elstub moved:

4 “That the carriageway in the Lane from Oxford Street to Bedford Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £46 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

 

Alderman Rigg moved:

5 “That the footpath Northern side of Crescent Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £37 and the Railway Commissioners asked to contribute one half the cost.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Orders of the Day

To open and consider tenders for the Annual Contracts and erection of a W CN Sarah Square.

 

Resolved that tenders be opened and read in Council.

 

The tenders having been opened and read the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider the same.

 

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report:

Your Committee having considered tenders for the Annual Contracts recommend the acceptance of the following:

For Scavenging and Removal of house refuse.

Enmore Ward Jas Stevenson at £27 per month

Camden Ward F W Turner at £20 per month

Kingston Ward See T Turner £15 per month

O’Connell Ward Joss Howarth £26.10.0 per month

Tarpaving Footpaths

W H Lawler First class 1/10½ per yard 2nd class 1/6½ per yard

Tarpaving Carriageways

W H Lawler 3/1 per yard

Supply of Ballast and Cartage

W Woodcock 3/6 per (load) yard

Supply of Sand and Cartage

C Woodcock 2/6 per load

Cartage of Tar and Tarred Ashes – Joseph E Clayton

From Kent Street         Tar    2/4 per 100 Gallons

Tarred Ashes      2/3 per yard

From Mortlake             Tar    4/9 per 100 Gallons

Tarred Ashes      4/6 per yard

From Sydney               Tar    4/9 per 100 Gallons

Tarred Ashes      4/6 per yard

General Cartage

William Eaton              9/- per day

Stationery and Printing

George Watson

1 Electoral Roles                   5/- per page

2 Rate Notices                       7/6 per 1000 in books of 250 each

3 Receipt books                     10/- per 1000 in books of 250 each

4 Business Papers                  1/9 per page 40 each time

5 Final Notice Rate payers   7/6 per 1000 and books of 250 each

6 One Rate Book                   37/6

7 For Valuers return Books  7/- each

8 Yearly Balance Sheet         £2.5.0

 

In connection with the supply of Blue Metal and Metal screenings it was decided to accept the tender of Robert

Trevethan at 7/- per cubic yard subject to inspection and the approval of the Mayor and Overseer of Works otherwise the tender of Mr Justin McSweeney at 7/6 per cubic yard to be accepted.

 

W C and Urinal

The tender of James Milne for the erection of W C and Urinals in Sarah Square for the sum of £15.14.6 was accepted.

Alderman Salmon moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole upon the tenders for the Annual Contract be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

This being the business the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 4th day of April 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

 

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