Tuesday 2nd May 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, Ibbotson, King, Abigail, Hitchcock, Cox and Morgan.

Alderman Abigail apologise for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Elstub.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Borough Council of Erskineville asking that provision be made to convey the stormwater from Yaralla Street and adjacent Streets into the sewer lately constructed by the Works Department as at present it remains on the surface until the lower part of Burren Street is reached.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Borough Council of Redfern stating that it is their intention to cause the cubes at the intersection of Wilson and Forbes Streets to be taken up and relaid and asking whether this Council will have similar work done at this intersection in order that the same may be uniformly repaired.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Cape Kent and Gaden Solicitors with reference to the proposed subdivision of the Linthorpe Estate stating that it is reported as the result of the survey that the title to a part of Brown Street near the Railway belongs to the Commissioners for Railways and asking to be informed what rights the Council has to the part of Brown Street in question.

Received and the writers to be informed that this is not a matter for the Council to determine.

From Thomas A Tester stating that his term of indentureship has expired and asking that his services may be retained at an increased rate of salary.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From F G Tuck with reference to his application for an increase of salary some twelve months ago when it was held over for a time and asking that the matter may now receive favourable consideration.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From John McCauley Honourable Secretary St Bedes Convent Bazaar asking for the use of the Town Hall Balcony in connection with the bazaar being held in the public Hall.

Received and application granted but the balcony not to be enclosed.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

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

 

The Inspectors

report which contained nothing of unusual importance was received.

 

Electric Lighting and etc

The Mayor intimated that with regard to the letter received at the last meeting of the Council from Messrs G B Edwards and C G Hatte he had that afternoon received specification and draft agreement proposed to be entered into in the event of the Council deciding to allow them to install an electric lighting and garbage destructing plant and moved that a special meeting of the Council be held on Tuesday the 16th instant to consider the whole matter.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

The Mayor further intimated that he had some information to give the Council relative to his Minutes submitted at last meeting which he desired should be dealt with in Committee of the Whole Council.

Alderman King moved: “That the Council do now resolve itself into Committee of the Whole with closed doors.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

On resuming the Mayor reported as follows: “Your Committee of the Whole recommend that further consideration stand over for a fortnight” and moved the adoption of the report.

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 9th day of May 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 9th May 1905

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Edwards) and Aldermen Abigail, Hitchcock, Cox, Elstub, Ibbotson, King and Morgan.

The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Rigg who was unable to be present owing to an engagement in Sydney.

 

Business

Consideration of Messrs G B Edwards and Charles G Hatte’s joint letter proposal to light the Borough with electricity and burn the refuse for the sum of £2500 per annum.

Messrs Brennan (Solicitor) and Kendall Electrical Engineers representing Messrs Edwards and Hatte were accommodated with seats on the right of the Mayor.

 

The Council Clerk having at the request of the Mayor read the Agreement proposed to be entered into as between Messrs Edwards and Hatte and the Newtown Council relative to the installation of an electric light plant and garbage destructor a lengthy discussion in which all the Aldermen took part followed and terminated by Alderman Hitchcock moving and Alderman Cox seconding: “That a vote of the ratepayers be taken as to whether the Borough shall be lighted by electricity or not.”

On Alderman Ibbotson’s moving and aldermen King’s seconding and Amendment: “That the matter stand over till next meeting.”  Alderman Hitchcock withdrew his motion and the Amendment being the question was put and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 16th day of May 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 16th May 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 Ibbotson, Morgan, Rigg, Elstub, Cox, Hitchcock, Abigail and King.

 

Minutes

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

 

Alderman Elstub apologise for the absence of Alderman Smith owing to continued illness at which there was a general expression of regret.

The Council Clerk apologised for the absence of Alderman Salmon who had a particular engagement in Sydney.

 

Correspondence

From Agnes Orr 80 Station Street protesting against the Assessment of land at the corner of Gladstone and Philip Streets be let for advertising purposes at £47 per annum and offering without prejudice to pay on an assessed annual rental value of £15 less 10%.

Received and no reduction to be made.

From F Jentsch stating that several meetings of the Ratepayers of Camperdown have recently been held for the purpose of considering the matter of amalgamating the Borough of Camperdown with that of Newtown with the result that a numerously signed petition has been signed and will be presented to the Newtown Council at its meeting this evening.

Received.

From Lewis Patard applying for registration as Rag Picker under Section 1of Section 12 of the Noxious Trades Act of 1902.

Received and as the applicant is not a resident of the Borough and the trade a most undesirable one the application refused.

From the Council Clerk Erskineville forwarding copy of extract from a letter received by this Council from the Public Works Department relative to the storm water from Yaralla Street and others streets within this Borough and asking that provision be made by this Council for conveying the storm waters into the main sewer.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Mrs S Speare asking that the footpath alongside her house corner of Goodsell and Johns Streets be asphalted.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

 

Petition

Alderman Abigail presented a petition signed by about 250 Ratepayers and property owners of the Borough of Camperdown praying that this Council will favourably consider the desire for amalgamation with the Newtown Borough and promising loyal support in discharging the Borough’s obligations on such terms and conditions as may seem to this Council to be to the best interests of all concerned.

Received and to be considered at a special meeting of the Council.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 18th of April last amounting to £802.9.8 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £162.17.9.

Moved by the Mayor that the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

The Finance Committee also reported having had Messrs Tuck and Tester’s applications for an increase of salary before them but postponed consideration of the matter at a fuller meeting of the Committee.

Received.

 

The Specification Committee

submitted a specification prepared in accordance with the resolution of the Council passed on 4th April last for the purchase of manure collected by the Block boys.  The Committee added that they were of the opinion that the proposal was impractical.

The Mayor moved that the Specification and the Committees report be and are hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

 

The Borough Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 18th April as follows:

To Balance per last statement                  £194.7.4

To Cheques issued                                     802.9.8

To Bank Balance Cr                                   427.0.4

To Outstanding Cheque last statement       18.0.0

By Deposits                                              1441.17.4

£1441.17.4 1441.17.4

Received.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress and also reported as follows:

“On 2nd May the Water and Sewerage Board connected a manhole in the foul water sewer by means of a 12 inch pipe to a manhole in the storm water sewer at the intersection of Union and Harold streets.

Today they are putting in a 6 inch overflow pipe from sewerage service in Messrs Hansen and Covers properties in Gowrie Street and leading the same into the gutter in Gowrie Street.  I am informed it is for storm water only but I fail to see what it is to prevent other matter and stormwater being deposited on the street surface.”

Received and that portion of the report referring to the action of the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage referred to the Works Committee.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other matters reported that the Contractors for scavenging the Enmore Ward had been fined 10/- for tipping a load off Ricketty Street St Peters summonses served in three cases under the Public Health Act and against 2 Rag pickers under the Noxious Trades Act and three summonses for breaches of the By-laws.  Received.

 

Order of the Day

Further consideration of Messrs G B Edwards and C G Hatte’s proposal to light the Borough with Electricity and burn the refuse for the sum of £2500 per annum.  Alderman Ibbotson moved:

That further consideration stand over for a month.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Overseer of Works (report re Trafalgar and Gladstone Streets storm water)

In connection with the proposal of the Works Committee as set forth in their report of 17th April last to lay two lines of 18 inch pipe’s from the Trafalgar Street end of the waterway leading from Gladstone Street to the culvert in Trafalgar Street be Overseer of Works reported as follows:

“The inlet to the culvert going under the Railway is 4 feet 1 inches x 5 feet 2 inches with circle top.

About 60 yards from the entrance in Trafalgar Street it narrows down to 3 feet 10 inches x 3 feet 10 inches circular.

There is a good fall between the points and I am satisfied it will carry the extra pipes proposed at an estimated cost of £45.

Received and the work to be carried out by the Overseer as recommended by the Works Committee.”

 

Leave of Absence to Alderman Smith

Alderman Rigg at this stage expressed much regret at Alderman Smith’s absence which was a serious loss to the Council especially at this time when several important matters were before them and his knowledge and advice was much missed.

He moved: “That three months leave of absence be granted to Alderman Smith.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Storm waters in Gowrie and Angels Streets

The Mayor reported that he had received further information relative to the subject matter of his Minute which he desired to communicate to the Council in Committee of the Whole.

Alderman Morgan moved: “That the Council go into Committee of the Whole with closed doors.”

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

“Your Committee of the Whole Council having gone fully into the matter and carefully considered the Engineer’s report relative to the overflow of stormwater in the vicinity of Gowrie and Angels Streets on the 22nd of April last now report that the Council are in no way responsible for the damage done if any.”

Moved by Alderman Morgan the report from the Committee of the Whole Council now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

General

Alderman Cox

moved that a letter be written to the Erskineville Council asking them to alter the numbers on premises within their Borough in King Street between Knight Street and Concord Street as the present numbers are similar to those in King Street within this Borough.  Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

On the motion of Alderman Elstub seconded by Alderman Abigail a similar letter to be addressed to the Camperdown Council regarding the numbers of houses in Regent Street.

 

This was the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 23rd day of May 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 23rd May 1905

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

 

Present

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

A telegram to Alderman Abigail from Alderman Hitchcock apologising for the latter’s unavoidable absence was received.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

The Council Clerk read a letter from H Buckland Headmaster Enmore Superior Public School inviting the Mayor and Aldermen’s attendance at the commemoration to be held at the Norwood Park on Wednesday to noon 24th instant in connection with the Empire Day Celebration.

Received and as many as can to attend.

 

Business

Consideration of Petition from Ratepayers and Property Owners of Camperdown desirous of amalgamating with the Newtown Borough.

The Mayor having invited discussion on the question before the meeting: Alderman Rigg said that personally he felt somewhat in the dark in dealing with the matter in the absence of particulars to work upon and therefore did not think much could be done under the circumstances and less formal resolution was passed to meet the Camperdown Council to discuss the matter.

He therefore moved: “That the Newtown Council having been petitioned by a number of ratepayers and property owners of Camperdown respectfully asking interview with the Camperdown Municipal Council for the purpose of discussing matters in connection with the suggested amalgamation of the Boroughs.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson.  Alderman Morgan while not wishing to throw cold water on the movements said that he was still of the opinion that this Council acted very improperly in receiving a petition from the ratepayers of Camperdown without consulting their local Council.

Aldermen Salmon, King, Abigail and Elstub spoke in favour of the motion which on being put to the meeting was carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 30th day of May 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday the 30th May 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 Elstub, Ibbotson, Morgan, Rigg, King, Abigail, Salmon and Cox.

The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Hitchcock.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Department of Public Health forwarding report by Government Analyst respecting 11 samples of milk submitted examination only one of which contained 4½ percent favoured water.

Received and the Inspector authorised to take proceedings against the vendor.

From Stanton and Son forwarding plan showing the proposed subdivision for auction sale of Bennetts Estate situated at the corner of Wilson and (King) Queen Streets and asking what contribution the Council will require for forming the gutters of Bennett Street proposed to be dedicated to the Council and also providing the drains under the ground along the passageways to carry away all stormwater.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From J Hubert Newman Limited asking the Mayor and Aldermen to favour him with a sitting for a group photograph to be reproduced in Municipal Year Book for 1905.

Received and request to be complied with.

From Thomas Henley forwarding copy of a “Municipalities Building Act” introduced by him and read the first time during the last session of Parliament asking if the Council will accord the measure a generous support and if there anything of vital  importance requiring addition or amendment to forward same without delay.

Received and referred to the Special Committee appointed to draw up a Building Act.

From the Borough Council of North Sydney embodying copy of a resolutionpassed by that Council to the effect that an Act should be passed or provisions made in the New Local Government Bill giving Councils power to control and regulate the erection of buildings and asking cooperation by bringing the proposal under the notice of the Parliamentary representative and request him to submit the matter for consideration of the Honourable the Premier.

Received and referred to the Special Committee appointed to consider this question.

From Charles H Turner, Josh Howarth, James Stevenson and F W Turner calling attention to the impossible condition of the roadway on the rubbish tip and asking that something may be done to put it in better order or that the Council will grant a sufficient amount to effect repairs.

Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee.

From Cape Kent and Gaden and asking if the Council will accept dedication of that part of Brown Street that as vested in the Railway Commissioners and the owners of Linthorpe.

Received and dedication to be accepted free of all expenses.

From CG Hatte Limited stating that they will be pleased to quote prices for Ironmongery goods with which they carry a large stock of the very best quality and hope to be favoured with orders of quota of the Councils necessaries.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From P J Cooper of 26 Charles Street calling attention to the state of the Subway situated at the foot of Phillips Street which in wet weather is almost impossible pedestrians being compelled to wade through several inches of water in parts.

Received and referred to the Railway Commissioners.

 

Reports

 

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 and Sanitary Inspector

reported amongst other things having prosecuted two persons under the Noxious Trades Act both of which appeared at the Newtown court on the 22nd instant and carrying on the trade of Rag Pickers without a license were each fined £3 or one months imprisonment.  And at the same court on the 24th instant closing Orders obtained under the Public Health Act in respect of premises numbers 13 and 15 Albemarle Street and 58 Margaret Street is being unfit to human habitation.

Alderman Morgan moved: “That the report be received and that the Inspector be and is hereby authorised to take all the necessary steps required by the Public Health Act with the object of having the premises of which closing orders had been obtained demolished.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Orders of the Day

Nil

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Elstub moved:

1 That Brocks Lane from Lands Lane be remetalled at an estimated cost of £40 and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 13th day of June 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

 

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