Tuesday 5th September 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, Elstub, Howe, Cox, Hitchcock, King and Ibbotson.

Alderman Elstub apologise for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Abigail owing to illness.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

I H Clayton Solicitor with reference to the proposed dedication by Railway Commissioners of Roland Street situate between southern extremities of Watkin and Barron streets advising that in his opinion the Council can not lawfully consent to accept dedication that the reason that the Street in question is only 40 feet wide.

Alderman salmon moved: “That under the existing circumstances the Council accept dedication.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

An amendment by Alderman Rigg seconded by Alderman Ibbotson that the matter be referred to a Special Committee consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Salmon and Morgan for consideration and report was lost.

From the Borough Council of North Sydney covering copy of a resolution “that in their opinion it is desirable that the Government should take some practical steps to complete the work of their predecessors in regard to the construction of a Bridge to connect North Sydney with Sydney” and asking the cooperation of this Council.  Received.

From the Borough Council of Erskineville asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Railway Commissioners to ask them to widen the bridge over the railway line in King Street St Peters and the attendance of delegates at a conference to take place on the said bridge at 3pm on Saturday 9th of September instant.

Received and as many as can to attend.

From the St Peter’s Council advising that the Minister for Public works will receive the deputation re widening of King Street from Campbell Street to Cooks River dam on Thursday 7th instant at 12 o’clock noon.

Received and request complied with.

From the Secretary Railway Commissioners respecting the proposed alteration in the name of St Peters Railway Station stating that although the station is within the municipality of Newtown it largely serves the St Peters Municipal District and that Borough is therefore equitably entitled to a hearing before any change is contemplated.  Received.

From Robert Hollis acknowledging receipt of the list of amendments which the Council deem it advisable shall be incorporated in the Local Government Bill which shall have his consideration and attention.  Received.

From C H Twiner Scavenging Contractor for the Kingston stating that the amount (£15 per month) scavenging the Ward is an adequate for the service and asking the Council for an additional sum of £2 per month.

Received and to be informed that the request cannot be complied with.

From Walter T Tester Honourable Secretary Newtown Brass Band asking the Council to favourably consider the question of a Municipal Grant to the Band and pointing out that other municipalities such as the Lismore, Bathurst, Newcastle, Burwood and Orange subsidise their local bands.

Received and the writer to be informed that it is regretted that the request cannot be complied with as it would be illegal to vote municipal funds for such a purpose.

From FJentsch quoting an extract from a letter which appeared in the “Sydney Morning Herald” of 23rd ultimo under the nom de plume of “Progression” stating inter alia that Newtown could not finance an absorption of Camperdown with its indebtedness nor does it in intend to try.

Received and the writer to be informed in reply to queries

(1) this Council has not so informed “Progression” and therefore he has no authority in making such a statement.

(2) This Council has obtained the whole of its loan of £36000 at 3½% which is therefore cheaper than the lowest rate paid by the City Council.

(3) This Council is as ready now as it has always been to enter into conference with Camperdown with a view of amalgamation believing that such would be in the interests of both Boroughs.

 

At this stage Aldermen Rigg and Howe asked to be excused owing to other engagements.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £670.13.2 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £672.8.1.

Moved by the Mayor “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 8th August 1905 as follows:

By Bank Balance per last statement                           £1794.2.2

By Deposits                                                                     681.4.7

To Cheques issued                £618.3.2

To Balance                             1857.3.7

£2475.6.9                     2475.6.9

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 amongst other things the premises numbers 13 and 15 Albemarle Street and 58 Margaret Street condemned as unfit for human habitation and for which a closing order had been obtained have been almost entirely demolished by the respect of owners.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Elstub moved:

1 “That the footpath in front of Mr James Ekins new cottages on the Western side of Hopetoun Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £13 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

2 “That a strip of asphalt four feet wide be laid on the eastern side of Hopetoun Street from Federation Road to the boundary at an estimated cost of £21 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

 

General

Alderman Salmon moved: “That this Council having learned the loss sustained by the death of his daughter deeply sympathise with Alderman Howe and Mrs Howe and their family in their bereavement” and that a copy of this resolution be conveyed by letter to Alderman Howe.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Confirmed this 19th day of September 1905.

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 19th of September 1905

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

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

 

The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Aldermen Rigg and Morgan both of whom are absent from the town.

 

Correspondence

From the Borough Council of Burwood covering copy of a resolution passed by that Council to the effect: “That each of the Metropolitan Councils be invited to appoint three representatives for the purpose of holding a conference at some central place in the City to consider and report on the provisions of the Local Government Extension Bill now before Parliament.”

Received and cooperation granted and the Mayor and Alderman Rigg, Salmon and Morgan appointed representatives.

Received.

From the Superintendent Police Department Traffic Office forwarding information a list of conditions to be supplied to that office when applications are made for permits to remove buildings or vehicles upon public streets; the conditions having been found necessary owing to the number of complaints received of the inconvenience and obstruction caused by such removals.  Received.

The Council Clerk St Peters calling attention to the unsafe condition and the brick pit at the corner of May Street and Edgeware Road the fence more particularly in Edgeware Road being unsecure.

Received and referred to the Inspector of Nuisances for report.

From F Norris Executor of the Estate of the late Henry Copeland with reference to the dedication of that portion of land and forwarding communication between the southern extremities of Watkin and Burren streets from the Railway Commissioners to the Council asking that such portion of land being named “Copeland Avenue”.

Received and request complied with.

From the Officer in Charge Asian Army stating that a party of Japanese are visiting Newtown on Sunday 1st and Tuesday the 3rd of October when Mr Hollis MLA has kindly consented to preside at a public welcome to the party on Tuesday night at 8pm and expressing the hope that the Mayor and Aldermen will be present at the gathering.

Received and all who can to attend.

From the Honourable Secretary Newtown Progress Association forwarding copies of resolutions passed at a meeting held on Wednesday 6th instant with reference to Electric Lighting Local Government and a Building Act.  Received.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

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

Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other things reported that at the Newtown Court he had obtained an order declaring number 58 Margaret Street now habitable.

 

Confirmed this 3rd day of October 1905.

 

Signed William Edwards, Mayor.

 

 

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