Tuesday 8th August 1905

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

 

Present

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

Alderman Vaughan of Darlington occupied a seat on the right of the Mayor.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the North Coast Metal Company quoting the price of fine and medium Pea Gravel used in the top dressing the wood blocks at 9/- per ton on wharf Sydney and enclosing a copy of a letter from the City Surveyor recommending the metal as admirable dressing.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From F Norris with reference to the proposed dedication of Rowland Street by the Railway Commissioners to this Council forwarding rough plan showing by red line the situation of the proposed reservation of one foot by the Railway Commissioners.

Received and the question of acceptance of dedication to remain in abeyance until the foot reserve is settled as between the Railway Commissioners and the purchaser of the estate.

From Messrs Stanton and Son covering a cheque for £100 as a first instalment of Mr Barraclough’s contribution of Two Hundred pounds towards the cost (£ 581.12.0) of forming and completing Bennett Street kerbing and guttering and tarpaving on same and completing drainage.

Received and offer accepted.

From the Acting Secretary Railway Commissioners in reply to a communication from this Council asking that the name of St Peters Railway Station be altered to South Newtown stating that in view of the fact that the St Peters Council has not asked for any alteration it is not thought it advisable to make any change especially as any action in this direction would mean considerable and expense and inconvenience to the Department.

From the Balmain Borough Council covering copies of resolutions passed by that Borough affirming the necessity of taking immediate action by petition to the State Premier urging him to take effective measures for eradicating the gambling evil so prevalent among the young men and youths in all the Municipalities and asking the cooperation of this Council.

Received and request complied with.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £1153.7.11 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £208.15.2.

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 Finance Committee

also reported having considered Robert Beard’s application for an increase of salary but were unable to recommend it to the Council.

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

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 31st July recommending the carrying out the various matters remitted by the Council to them for their consideration.

The Mayor moved: “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 11th July as follows:

By Bank Balance per last statement                           £411.17.6

By Deposits                                                                  2535.12.7

To Cheques issued                £1152.7.11

To Balance Cr                        1794.2.2

£2947.10.1                   2947.10.1

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 were carrying out their work in a satisfactory manner and that he had proceeded against a person in the Newtown Police Court under the Noxious Trades Act the carrying on the trade of rag picker when he was fined in the sum of ten (10/-) Shillings.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Abigail moved:

1 “That a deputation of the whole Council wait upon the Railway Commissioners with the object of pointing out the pecuniary and other benefits which would accrue to them by arching the Railway line from Hatte’s fountain towards Mr Summerhayes Chemist shop on the southern and Denison Street on the Northern side and utilising a portion of the space which would be available for wholesale markets etc and that the following members of Parliament be asked to co-operate  viz: Messrs J F Smith, RWW McCoy, R Hollis and J Anderson and made an order of the day for next meeting.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Morgan moved:

2 “That this Council protest against the Motor Omnibus Bill now before the Legislative Council.”

The mover asked and obtained leave to amend the motion by inserting the word “Government” before the word “Motor”.

The motion as amended was seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

3 “That a Petition embodying the foregoing be forwarded to the Legislative Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

General

On the motion of Alderman Elstub that was unanimously resolved that a further leave of three months be granted to Alderman Smith.

 

Alderman Vaughan

Alderman Howe moved: “That a hearty vote of thanks be accorded to Alderman Vaughan of Darlington for his visit.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and supported by Alderman Rigg and carried by acclamation after which Alderman Vaughan suitably acknowledged the compliment.

 

Order of the Day

Consideration of schemes for lighting the Borough and Destruction of Garbage.

On the motion of Alderman Howe seconded by Alderman King and the Council went into committee of the Whole with closed doors.

The Communications received having been opened and read the Committee after some consideration of the schemes submitted adjourned.

 

This concluded the business for the evening.

 

Confirmed this 22nd day of August 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 22nd August 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, King, Abigail, Cox, Elstub and Rigg and apologies received from Aldermen Salmon, Howe, Hitchcock and Smith.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From P F Hart complaining of the nuisance and inconvenience caused to occupiers and loss to owners of properties in Station Street owing to the dusty condition of the Street and suggesting that the thoroughfare should be wood blocked.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Street in accordance with the resolution passed by the Council is to be tarmetalled.

From the Secretary Board of Health advising that the 10 samples of milk submitted by this authority on the 8th instant have been chemically examined and found free from preservatives and from adulteration by the addition of water.  Received.

From E A Twitle stating that he is arranging to purchase premises number 58 Margaret Street Newtown and hopes to be in a position to place the premises in a sanitary condition within a few days.  Received.

From the Assistant Medical Officer of Health reporting on the insanitary and ruinous condition of premises number 58 Margaret Street and 13 and 15 Albemarle Street and urging the Council as the Local Authority to press on the proceedings either for the demolition or reconstruction according to notices served.  Received.

From A H Lockman asking behalf of the People’s progress Association the free use of the Hall for the purpose of holding the first Annual Meeting.

Received and request not to be acceded to.

From the Acting Secretary Railway Commissioners with reference to Roland Street forming intercommunication between the southern extremities of Watkin and Barron streets which the Trustees of The Estate of the Late Harvey Copeland wished dedicated to the Council and stating that the Commissioners have approved of such request being acceded to on condition that the Council signifies its consent to accept such dedication.

Received and referred to the Councils Solicitor for report an opinion.

 

Auditors report

The Auditors reported having completed the audit of the books of the Council for the half year ending 31st July 1905 and found the same correct as per accompanying statement.

Received and laid upon the table.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

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

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

submitted his usual report embodying a number of extracts from the Medical Officer of Health Annual report relating to sanitary matters and the administration of the Public Health Act all of which reflected very credibly on the Borough Council of Newtown.

The question of passing the necessary resolutions to carrying into effect the resolutions already passed to demolish condemned premises 58 Margaret Street and 13 and 15 Albemarle Street was suggested to be desirable.

Received and the portion relating to condemned premises remain in abeyance.

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Elstub moved:

1 “That twenty-four trees be planted in Federation Road at an estimated cost of £16.16.0.

Twelve trees in Trade Street at an estimated cost of £8.8.0 and

One tree at the corner of Oxford and St Mary Street’s at an estimated cost of 14/-.”

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried and referred to the Works Committee.

 

Order of the Day

To consider Alderman Abigail’s motion with reference to his proposal to extend the Newtown Railway Bridge by arching the railway as far as Denison Street the purposes of establishing wholesale Markets etc.”

The mover (Alderman Abigail) spoke at considerable length to show the advantages to be derived by adopting the resolution and moved accordingly.

There being no seconder the motion lapsed.

 

General Business

Alderman Morgan moved: “That a Special meeting of the Council the held on Monday the 28 instant to consider the provisions of the “Local Government Extension (Bill) Act 1905″ now before Parliament.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

Alderman Morgan moved:

“That a further letter (of) be written to the Railway Commissioners pointing out that the St Peters Railway Station is within the jurisdiction of Newtown and that the Council would be glad if the Commissioners would agree to a conference to determine the name.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this – day of August 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Monday 28th August 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 Ibbotson, Elstub, Morgan, Abigail, King, Hitchcock, Cox and Rigg.

Apologies received in the absence of Aldermen Salmon and Howe.

 

Minutes

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

 

Business

Notice of which given by Alderman Morgan.

To consider the provisions of the Local Government Extension Act 1905.

 

Alderman Morgan said that there were four or five salient matters to be considered from Newtown’s point of view and argued strongly against clause 15 which provides for a greater Sydney by the absorption of surrounding Municipalilties as the proposal for a convention of city and suburban representatives would have the effect of giving preponderance of power to the City Council whereby the suburbs might be absorbed against their will.

Alderman Rigg in supporting this view pointed out that absorption into the city would cause the suburbs to pay much higher rates than they are now paying.

After careful study of the Bill he was of opinion that provided certain amendments were made and it is the most acceptable that has yet been presented and was satisfied that the 2½ rate on the unimproved value would yield more than the present rate.

Resolved

“That the vital clauses of the Bill be now considered with the few two recommending such amendments as may be deemed advisable.”

The following amendments were finally agreed to.

 

Greater Sydney Section 15 (Sub sec 1) the insertion before “If” in the first lines of the words “Provided the prospective Councils are agreeable.”

(Sub sec 10) Add the words (Provided a Whole of the rate payers of each Municipality be taken”)

 

Qualifications and Disqualifications Joint Occupiers

Section 39 (Sub sec 2 paragraph (a) the word “10” Before pounds in the fifth line eliminated and the word “20” substituted and

A similar provision inserted in the Bill to apply to joint owners that is to say “All registered Owners to have one vote the same as occupiers” and

Where a Municipality is divided into Wards and Owner possessing property in each Ward to have the vote in each Ward.”

(Sub sec 23 paragraph (a) After the word “charges” at the words “All to the Owner of the rent” and

“A clause inserted to the effect that every candidate shall pay a Deposit of Five pounds such Deposit to be forfeited if the candidate does not poll one third of the votes of the lowest successful candidate.”

 

Rateable Land Section Section 43 (Sub sec 26 paragraph (c) Added after the word purposes “and where no business or trade is carried on upon the premises specified”

 

Valuation Section 45 (Sub sec 29) the word “third” in the first line eliminated and the word “fifth” substituted.

 

Land Tax General Rates Section 49 Alderman Morgan moved: “That the exemption of the Land Tax as it applies in the Shires will be embodied in the Municipalities Bill.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Alderman Morgan moved: “That the amendments approved and carried tonight be embodied in the form of a Petition signed by the Mayor and Council Clerk and the corporate seal affixed to the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly and forwarded to the local representative for presentation.

Seconded by Alderman Abigail.

 

Amendment Alderman Rigg moved as an amendment: That the Member for the district be asked if he is in favour of the Bill with the suggested amendments to be made when the Committee stage is reached.

Seconded by Alderman King.

The amendment on motion having been put the amendment was carried and being the question before the Council resolved in the affirmative.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 5th day of September 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

 

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