Tuesday 13th November 1906

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

 

Present

Alderman Smith, Rigg, Elstub, Edwards, King, Ibbotson, Salmon and Abigail.

On the motion of Alderman Rigg seconded by Alderman Elstub Alderman Smith was voted to the chair and in taking his seat apologised for the absence of the Mayor owing to serious illness.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Instruction with reference to the proposed sanitary arrangements in connection with the Public School at Newtown North stating that from a report received from the Department of Public works it appears that the proposed accommodation will provide 33 seats and about 20 feet of urinal and 2 seats for the use of the teachers which on the present enrolment of slightly over 600 will give a fraction of under 20 per seat leaving a margin for an increase of nearly 30% in the enrolment.

The Sanitary Inspector submitted a report which showed that taking the general average the above calculation is correct but will not work out so even when applied to the boys and girls Department is taken separately.

Received and copy of the report to be sent to the Department.

From the Council Clerk Glebe submitting a number of amendments suggested to be made in the Local Government Extension Bill and if approved by this Council asking that they May be embodied in a petition and forwarded to the Legislative Council.  Received.

From the Council Clerk Darlington advising that the Honourable the Secretary for Public Works will receive the deputation re Woodblocking City Road on Thursday 22nd instant at 11:15 am.

Received.

From Thomas J Andrews submitting a design of lamp sign for the approval of the Council which he proposes erecting on the front verandah of his premises in Enmore Road.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

The Council Clerk North Botany asking the cooperation of this Council in a movement to induce the Railway Commissioners to connect the Eastern and Western suburbs by the extension of the Tramway from Cooks River Road to Bannerong Road.

Received.

From Mrs E Holihan calling attention to the state of the footpath in front of shop premises 96 Church Street and asking that the necessary repairs may be affected and offering to contribute towards the cost.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

 

Reports

Finance Committee Meeting

lapsed in want of a quorum.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 5th November on various matters remitted to them from the Council with their recommendations.

Alderman Ibbotson moved that the report as now read be and is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Abigail.

A discussion followed regarding the Committee’s recommendation to turn down 66 feet of kerb in Alice Street in front of Mr C B Rigney land with the result that paragraph 4 of the report was referred back to the Committee for further consideration.

Otherwise the motion was adopted.

 

The Specification Committee

reported having met and after considering the specification by Mr E E Agate for the building of the street watering cart similar to the one in use by the Ashfield Council and approved of by the Works Committee recommending that Mr Agate be instructed to build a water cart to the order of this Council in strict accordance with the plan and specification submitted.

Alderman Smith moved: That the specification Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

The Borough Treasurer

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

By Bank Balance per last statement                           £1292.5.2

By Deposits                                                                     757.17.9

To Cheques issued                          £ 817.1.6

To Balance                                                1233.1.5

£2050.2.11                   2050.2.11

Received.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out by him during the past fortnight and works in progress.

Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other things reported having on the 7th instant prosecuted two milk vendors for selling adulterated milk when fines of £5 and £1.7.0 costs were imposed in each case.  Two cases for breaches of the By laws will also reported.

Received.

 

Order of the Day

Consideration of Petition received on 24th of July last from Ratepayers of the Borough asking that a overhead crossing may be provided at or near Station Street.

Alderman Smith who presented the Petition pointed out that most of the churches are on the northside of the Railway line whilst many of those attending there reside on the southern side.  Since the abolition of the overhead bridge which was a great convenience a subway was constructed that is so badly kept that no one cares to use it especially at night.

Alderman Abigail Rigg and Ibbotson spoke in sympathy with the Petitioners.

Resolved: “that all the Aldermen accompanied by the members of the district Messrs J F Smith and Robert Hollis wait as a deputation upon the Railway Commissioners with the view of getting the prayer of the Petitioners complied with.”

 

General

Alderman Ibbotson moved: “That a letter be sent to the Mayor expressing sympathy with him in his illness and (expressing) the hope that he will soon be restored to his usual health again.”

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

 

Alderman Rigg called attention to the state of the footpath in front of Baldwin’s property Enmore Road which the Acting Mayor said would be attended to.

 

This completed the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 27th day of November 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 27th November 1906

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

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Department of Public Health pointing out that the practice of using canvas or tarpaulin covers cannot be considered (sanitary) satisfactory in populace districts such as this and urging the Council as the Local Authority to require provision of wooden covers to all carts used in collecting house refuse.

Received and to be considered with the Annual Contracts.

From the Secretary Department of Railways intimating that the Commissioners will receive the proposed Deputation re overhead crossing near station Street at 12 o’clock noon on Thursday 29th instant.

Received and as many of the Aldermen as can to attend.

From Benjamin Bolton calling attention to the total collapse of the flooring in his property situated in Fulham Street and asking the Works Committee to inspect the same.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From D B M Clark stating that he is building a Terrace facing Linthorpe Street and cannot get further with it or complete it owing to a storm water drain running along the surface where one of the main wall is to be built and asking that the said drain be lowered at once to enable him to proceed.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From Hamilton Nesbitt intimating that on account of his father’s death he has been requested by a number of property owners and shopkeepers in King Street to continue as night watchman and asking the Council to sanction his appointment.

Received and request complied with.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £817.1.6 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £123.1.1.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out by him during the past fortnight and works in progress.  Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the contractors and block boys had carried out their work satisfactorily during the past fortnight and that for a breach of the Public Health Act H Smith owner of premises numbers 105 – 107 King was proceeded against in the Newtown Court and fined one pound and 27 shillings costs.

The premises have since been demolished.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

By Alderman Abigail

1 “That it is desirable that all employees of this Council should be remunerated at their usual rates for all days now lost on account of proclaimed Public Holidays.”

Withdrawn with the consent of the Council.

2 “That all employees of this Council unless otherwise provided for should be paid at a usual respective rates the time lost through their compulsory observance of the King’s Birthday celebrations on the 12th of this month (November)”.

Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock.

Aldermen Edwards, Ibbotson, Rigg and the Mayor express themselves in opposition of the motion and after some considerable discussion the mover asked leave to withdraw the motion.

Withdrawn accordingly.

3 “That in future all employees of this Council shall be paid at current rates of time lost through Public Holidays.”

Also withdrawn with the permission of the Council.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 11th day of December 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

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