Tuesday 2nd October 1906

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Howe) and Aldermen Rigg, Smith, King, Elstub, Edwards, Abigail and Salmon.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From Jane Richmond calling attention to a discrepancy discovered by her Surveyer in the frontage of her property in Enmore and Edgeware Roads and also in the depth through to Francis Street and asking the Council to explain the matter.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council has no right to interfere.

From the Commissioners for Railways with reference to the proposed shelter shed at Georgia Street stating that the matter has had the consideration of the Commissioners and regret that they cannot see their way to comply with the request.  Received.

From John Sands forwarding schedule of particulars relating to this Borough to be compiled for general information in the Official Municipal Year Book and Shires Directory of New South Wales which is in course of compilation under the Editorship of Mr W W Clarke.

Received and the desired information to be supplied.

From the Organising Secretary Lady Rawson Memorial Fund pointing out that a Fund has been established throughout the State in order to perpetuate the memory of the late Lady Rawson which now amounts to £900 and Municipal bodies are now approached and asked to contribute an amount from each Alderman to make up the sum.  Sum of £1 from each Council in the State.  Received.

From William F Brennan with reference to Mr Hatte’s proposal regarding the collection and destruction of garbage and Electric Lighting stating that Messrs Hatte and Dally would like to discuss matters and asking when it will be convenient for the Council to receive them.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From C B Rigney pointing out that the Fort reserve in Holmwood Street adjoining his property belongs to the Dickson Estate and as its removal would be a detriment rather than an advantage to them he hopes the Council will see its way clear to accept the dedication of the proposed street from Alice Street without putting him to the expense of acquiring the reserve in question.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council declines to accept with the reservation.

From Robert Beard Assistant Inspector asking leave of absence for holidays.  Received and application granted.

 

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

amongst other things reported that property known as number 97 and 99 Wells Street is not in a sanitary condition and is also in need of alterations under the Nuisance Prevention Act and Councils By-laws and recommending that the Owner be served with the notice calling upon him to carry out all the necessary works.

Received and the Inspector to be instructed to serve the required notice.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Edwards moved:

1 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report regarding the advisableness of erecting a lamp in King Lane fronting Dickson Lane.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

2 “That the Auditors be paid a sum of ten pounds each for the last Audit to 6th August 1906.”

 

The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Ibbotson and Alderman Rigg moved seconded by Alderman Edwards: “That a letter of condolence be sent to Alderman Ibbotson expressing the Councils deep sorrow with himself Mrs Ibbotson and family in their recent sad and sudden bereavement.”

Carried.

 

Tarpaved Footpaths

The Mayor having called attention to the warn out state of many of the tarpaved footpath: The Council resolved “that it be left in the hands of the Mayor to carry out the work of renewals and repairs where required.”

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 16th day of October 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 16th October 1906

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

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

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

 

The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Hitchcock and the Council Clerk owing to indisposition.

 

Correspondence

From the Department of Lands in reply to the Council’s request to have the realignment of the carriageways and the footpaths of King Street and Enmore Road carried out at the expense of the Department stating that realignment of streets is a function of Municipal Councils and not of the Crown and that the Department would not be warranted in again surveying old aligned streets gratuitously.

Although the sum of £54 has been stated by the Department as possible cost of survey for realignment experience in this class of work leads to the expectation that the actual cost of survey such as the Council appears to desire and one that will allow for the uniform width of streets footways to be established under altered alignment will cost perhaps more than twice that amount and therefore no grounds whatever for the Department to undertake such a survey at the public cost.

Received and instructions to be given to carry out the work of realignment.

From Dr Armstrong forwarding copy of a report on the condition of the Milk vendors shops in this district as disclosed by a recent inspection by an Inspector an his staff showing that the milk shops generally throughout the district were found to be exceptionally clean and well kept.  Received.

From the Borough Council of Camperdown advising that Council at a Special Meeting held on the third instant decided to accept the terms on which the Newtown Council is prepared to take over the Borough of Camperdown as set forth in this Councils letter of the 11th instant.  Received.

From the Glebe Borough Council asking the cooperation of this Council on a conference proposed to be held to consider the provisions of the Fire Brigades Bill as they affect Municipal Councils and the Ratepayers.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Marrickville Borough Council with reference to the repairs proposed by this Council to be carried out in Juliet Street Harrow Road and Edgeware Road stating that it is regretted that owing to other streets having a more pressing demand on the funds of the Council it is at present and able to comply with the request.  Received.

From C B Rigney with reference to the land he proposed dedicating to the Council for a street off Alice Street asking if the Council will not accept a smaller amount than £90 in view of the price asked by the Perpetual Trust Company for the 12 inch reserve alongside of Holmwood Lane.

Received and to be dealt with the Committee of the Whole Council.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 18th of September amounting to £2240.3.6 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £318.14.10.

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

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

The Lighting Committee

reported recommending the erection of a lamp in King Lane fronting Dickson Lane at an annual cost of £4 and the removal of the Lane at the intersection of Dickson Street with King Street and a bracket lamp fixed to the awning host at the corner substituted.

Alderman Ibbotson moved: quote that the Lighting Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

The Borough Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 18th September 1906 as follows:

 

By Bank Balance per last statement:                          £3035.8.7

By Deposits                                                                     497.0.1

To Cheques issued                          £2240.3.6

To Bank Balance                            1292.5.2 £3532.8.8           3532.8.8

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 that the eight adulterated cases which have at various times since the 8th of August last being before the court were finally dealt with on the 17th instant when the Defendant a local manufacturer was fined £10 and £21 costs.  Received.

 

Minute by the Mayor

The Mayor submitted a Minute calling the Council’s attention to a letter which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday the eighth instant under the heading “Camperdown’s present position” and signed “Ratepayers” in which the writer asserts in connection with the proposed amalgamation that the “Newtown Borough is itself in the state of insolvency and not prepared to receive Camperdown although asking three pence in the £ more than the City.”  The Minute expressed surprise and regret that a leading daily like the “Sydney Morning Herald” should lend its columns for the publication of such an outrageous falsehood as the accompanying financial statement proved and recommending that the Editor be asked to disclose the name of the defamatory writer.

Considerable discussion ensued after which Alderman Morgan moved: “that the Minute be received and adopted and a copy forwarded to the Herald.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

In Committee of the Whole

On the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Abigail the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider Mr C B Rigney’s letter on the subject of the land in Albert Street proposed to be dedicated to the Council to form a street from Alice Street to Holmwood Lane.

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report:

“Your Committee of the Whole having carefully considered the matter recommend that the letter dated 19th September 1906 addressed to Mr Rigney be withdrawn and that gentleman informed that the Council decline to accept dedication of the proposed street.”

The Mayor moved: “that the report of the Committee as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

This was the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 30th day of October 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 30th October 1906

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

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

from the Borough Council of Balmain covering copy of a resolution passed by that Council.  “That the Commissioners for Railways be invited to consider the desirability of adjusting the fares in connection with train and tram travelling so as to enable all children under the age of seven years accompanied by parents to travel free and from that age to the date of the fourteenth birthday one half the adult fare.”  And inviting this Council to join in a movement.  Received.

From DT Morrow making application on the behalf of Mr CG Hatte for permission to remove the asphalt footpath in front of his premises in King Street and lay a new footway of coloured Ironite and as this will be work of a permanent character asking the proportion of the costs the Council will contribute.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From W S Eaton applying to have the footpath in front of his property in the Kingsbury Estate Edgeware Road asphelted.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From W Taylor Representative of Suburban Councils on the Fire Brigades Board advising that he has been informed by the Chief Secretary (the Honourable J A Hogue) that the Fire Brigades Act now before Parliament is to be withdrawn and the further representations in regard to it are unnecessary.  Received.

From Frank Wilmot calling attention to drainage provisions for stormwater in Margaret Street which he regards as inadequate.  Received.

From the Department of Public Health advising that the samples submitted by this Authority on the 16th instant have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst from who’s report it will be seen that the chemical evidence in respect of samples numbers 243 and 251 is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.

Received and the Mayor authorised to prosecute the parties.

From C B Rigney acknowledging receipt of Councils letter of the 17th instant and pointing out that within the past few years he has erected within the Borough 83 cottage dwellings of the rental value of £185 and that he is about to erect 14 more in the new street off Alice Street and asking the Council to turn down the kerb in Alice Street in order to effect an entrance to the land.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

 

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

reported that the contractors under his supervision have carried out their work in a satisfactory manner during the past fortnight and that the last of the cases arising out of the foods adulteration prosecutions were dealt with on the 19th instant when Robert Gilchrist was fined £2 and £5.11.0 costs.

Received.

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved: “That the sum of one hundred and eight pounds being the estimated probable cost of re-aligning King Street and Enmore Road be now voted and forwarded to the Lands Department.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Confirmed this 13th day of November 1906.

 

Signed J B Smith, Mayor.

 

 

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