Tuesday 13th June 1905

Meeting 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, Elstub, Ibbotson, Howe, Abigail, Cox, Hitchcock, Morgan and King.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From E G Prichard asking for an order to supply the Council with his patent street scoops on wheels at 22/6 each.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From Thomas Reid covering (2) two letters from the

New Zealand Accident and Insurance Company re Public Risks and Employers and Employees Insurance etc.

Received and laid upon the table.

From Thomas Woods Marrickville applying for permission to open a tea and coffee stall on the Newtown Bridge between the hours of 9 pm and 6 am.  Received.

From John Wallace, T Joyce and four other residents of Hopetoun Street asking that the resolution passed by the Council in reference to the kerb and guttering in front of their respective properties be carried out as owing to the recent rains the premises have again suffered severely through the soakage.

Received and the ratepayers interested to be informed that the Council regret the position in which they are placed that unless the Camperdown Council makes provision to receiving the stormwater the work of Kerbing and guttering Hopetoun Street cannot be proceeded with at present.

From Sweet Brothers acknowledging receipt of Notice to remove all signs on awnings and balconies and within 30 days stating that they are about to pull down the greater portion of the present premises and rebuilt and asking the Council to grant an extension of time for the removal of large sign to awnings in King Street for three or four months when it is expected the new building will be completed.  Received.

From the Borough Council of Erskineville in reply to a letter from this Council stating that as desired they will have the Street numbers in King Street between Knight and Coulson Street altered.  Received.

From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners calling attention to the trouble experienced with the drainage at the Railway crossing at Edgeware Road where the Railway drain is called upon to carry away surface water from Edgeware Road which forms the boundary between the Newtown and Marrickville Municipalities and also from the Borough of St Peters and inviting a representative from this Council to meet an Officer and Officer of the Department on the ground together with representatives from the Marrickville and St Peters Councils to discuss a scheme which has been proposed to remedy the matter at an estimated cost of about £100.

Received and the Mayor to attend as this Councils representative.

From A M Laird complaining that the Inspector has forced her to get rid of her poultry and enquiring why Mrs Malcolm off 32 Ferndale Street was permitted to keep hers.

The Inspector explained that he gave Mrs M Laird the option of disposing of fowls or being prosecuted for having dirty premises and that she elected the former course.  Received.

From the Joint Secretaries of a Grand Concert in aid of the funds of the Civil Ambulance and Transport Corps to be held in the

St George Hall on Tuesday 11th July next asking the patronage and attendance of the Mayor and Aldermen.

Received and patronage granted.

A requisition from A H Lockman W G Meadows Joseph Bailey Green Brothers and about 130 others engaged in business pursuits in Newtown and asking the Mayor to call a public meeting to be held in the Town Hall at as early a date as possible for the purpose of considering the action taken by the Council in ordering the removal of all signs etc.  Received.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £553.16.0 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £722.16.8.

The Mayor moved: “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 considered Thomas A Testers letter intimating that his probationary term of three years expired on 12 May last and asking that his services may be retained at an increased salary.  Also FG Tucks application for an increase of salary and recommending as follows:

(1) That Thomas A Tester salary be increased from £65 to £78 per annum.

(2) That F G Tucks salary be increased from £156 to £170 per annum both increases to date from 1st July Proximo.

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

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated the 8th June dealing with a number of matters referred to them from the Council and the recommendations.

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

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

The Sanitary Committee

Reported in connection with the Scavenging Contract to its complaint regarding the dangerous condition of the roadway on the rubbish tip: That the North Botany Council had undertaken to expend the sum of five pounds in putting the roadway in a passable condition.

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

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

The Borough Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 16th May as follows:

By bank Balance per last statement                           £427.0.4

By Deposits                                                                    969.0.6

To Cheques issued                          £553.16.0

To Bank Balance Credit                 842.4.10

£1396.0.10 1396.0.10

Received.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out during the past fortnight and works proceeding and nearing completion.  Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported amongst other things having delivered 282 notices to owners and occupiers of property carrying on business in King Street and Enmore Road to remove all signs and other things on and under the awnings and balconies in the Borough: that a milk vendor had been prosecuted and fined £5 at the Newtown for selling adulterated milk and the proceedings are about to be taken under the By laws for the establishment of a skating rink without the consent of the Council.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Salmon moved:

1 “That Brown Street be remetalled at an estimated cost of £135 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

 

2 Alderman Cox to move:

“That the Specification Committee be and are hereby instructed to prepare specification for brick paving the footpaths.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

3 “That a letter be written to the Erskineville Council asking them to defray one half the cost of providing and placing in a position four Street orderly bins in King Street South from Wells Street to St Peters Railway Bridge and also bear a proportionate share of the cost of keeping that portion of the road clean during the daytime.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Order of the Day

Consideration of Messrs Edwards and Hatte’s proposal to light the Borough with electricity.

Alderman King moved: “That the Order be discharged.”

Seconded by Alderman Howe.

Alderman Morgan moved as an Amendment: “That the Council resolve into Committee of the Whole to consider the Order with closed doors.

Seconded by Alderman Cox.

The Amendment was put and carried and being the question before the meeting resolved in the affirmative.

 

Resumed

On resuming the Mayor reported as follows:

“Your Committee recommend that Messrs Edwards and Hatte be written to informing them that the Council decline to accept the proposal as it is the intention to invite tenders for the construction of Municipal Works for lighting the Borough.”

Alderman Morgan moved: The Committees report be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 27th day of June 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 27th June 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, Salmon, Abigail, Cox, Howe, Morgan, King and Rigg.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the St Peters Council asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Honourable the Minister for Public Works to urge upon him the necessity of widening King Street (late Cooks River Road) from Campbell Street to Cooks River Dam.

Received cooperation granted and the Member for the district to be invited.

From the Borough Council of Paddington’s asking the cooperation of this Council in an endeavour to have the construction branch of the Water and Sewerage system removed from the Department of Public Works and placed under the control of the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage and etc.

Received and to cooperate.

From John Kealman applying for permission to conduct a Stating Rink in the Trocadero Hall King Street to be used for rollerskating in all its branches only.

Received and if the Inspectors report is satisfactory permit to be granted.

From the Borough Council of Camperdown in reply to this Council’s request to have a water channel cut in Hopetoun Street from the boundary to University Street stating that the matter has been referred to their Works Committee for report.  Received.

From John Taylor asking the Council to compensate him for the loss alleged to have been sustained by him and stated £60 in connection with the flooding of his property in Edgeware Road.

Received and to be informed that the Council do not recognise any responsibility in the matter.

From H E Neville 52 Addison Road Marrickville asking the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen to a benefit concert to be tended to him at the St George’s Hall on 20th July next in recognition of services rendered by him in the cause of charity.

Received.

From John Sands submitting for approval of the Council copy of this newly published (plan) Map of Sydney and adjacent Municipalities.”  Received.

 

Reports

The Works Committee

reported under date 26th of June having further considered Messrs Stanton’s proposal in connection with the subdivision of Bennett’s Estate at the corner of Queen and Wilson streets recommending the course of the drainage area and dimensions of pipes for carrying these stormwaters and that the vendors be asked to contribute the sum of two hundred and fifty pounds towards the cost of forming kerb and guttering Tarpaving metalling ballasting and blending Bennett Street and constructing three gullies estimated to cost £581.12.0.

The Mayor moved that the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

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 generally the contractors under the control of his Department were carrying out their works in a satisfactory manner yet he had to impose a fine of ten shillings (10/-) on the Enmore Contractor for tipping a load of garbage on a vacant Allotment in Juliet Street Marrickville.  Received.

 

Mayor’s Minute

The Mayor submitted a minutes stating he had received a deputation of shopkeepers in regard to the action of the Council in ordering the removal of signboards and in reply gave them to understand that the order must be complied with but that he gave them to understand that if they afterwards came forwards with the proposal such as had been suggested for the adoption of uniform signs the Council would give the matter careful and favourable consideration.

Alderman Morgan moved: “That the Mayors Minute be received and together with any proposals to be submitted by the shopkeepers for adoption of uniform signs referred to a Committee of the Whole Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson.

Alderman Rigg pointed out that only lately some persons had put up expensive signs and would be hard to compel these people to remove these signs on such short notice.  He therefore moved as an Amendment that the order to remove be suspended for 12 months.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and on being put was negatived.

Alderman Morgan’s motion was then put and carried.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman King moved:

1 That Aylesbury Street be ballasted and metalled at an estimated cost of £35 and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Howe and carried.

2 Alderman Rigg moved:

“That applications be invited from persons willing to supply the Council with a scheme for lighting the Borough and for the destruction of garbage.”

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

Alderman Farr

Alderman Morgan moved: That a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to Alderman Farr of St Peters (who was accommodated with a seat on the right of the Mayor at an early stage of the proceedings) for his visit.

Seconded by Alderman Howe supported by Alderman Rigg and Alderman Abigail and carried.

Alderman Farr having returned thanks the proceedings terminated.

 

Confirmed this 11th day of July 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

 

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