Tuesday 6 March 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 Smith, Hitchcock, King, Abigail, Cox, Elstub, Salmon, Ibbotson and Edwards.

The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Rigg who was out of town.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From W Taylor Rockdale intimating that he is a candidate for re-election on the Metropolitan Fire Brigades Board and trusting that his actions in the past merit a continuance of approval.

Received.

From W H Cadogan for the North Kingston Mission House trust accepting four pounds a foot for the land offered for the widening Trade Street.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee to make the necessary arrangements for accepting transfer and make payment.

From K H Newman Peter Nesbit and four other residents of Erskineville Lane asking that a lamp be erected at the corner of that thoroughfare.

Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

From the Honourable Secretary the Harbour Foreshores Vigilance Committee calling attention to the very important question of the conservation of the water frontages of Port Jackson for public use and asking that a delegate from this Council be appointed to the Committee of which the Lord Mayor of Sydney is president.

Received cooperation granted and the Mayor appointed delegate for this Council.

From the Secretary to the Railway Commissioners in reply to Councils letter relative to a proposed deputation to ask the better facilities for loading goods at Newtown Railway Station stating that owing to other pressing matters it would not be convenient for the Commissioners to fix a date for the deputation at the present time as it is thought that the matter could be expedited the nature of the facilities desired were submitted in writing when the question would be thoroughly gone into.

Received and the information required to be furnished.

From the Town Clerk North Sydney covering copies of resolutions passed by that Council to the effect that the present municipal representation of the Water and Sewerage Board is for its cost inadequate and should be equitably increased in number with the corresponding reduction in the fee of £250 per member at present page and asking the cooperation of this Council in a request to the Premier to give effect to the same.

Received.

From the Secretary Board of Health together with the Government Analysts chemical examination of 21 samples of milk stating that the evidence in respect of numbers would support a prosecution if undertaken.

Received and the Mayor to instruct the Inspector to prosecute.

From Charles Clerk expressing the great and apologising for his abusive conduct towards the Councils Inspector Mr Tuck when that officer demanded a sample of milk from him on the morning of the 27th of February last and expressing the hope that the Council will take a lenient view of the matter.

Received the apology accepted and the writer to be warned.

 

Petition

Alderman Abigail presented a petition signed by 99 Property owners ratepayers and shopkeepers of Newtown and Enmore setting forth the great loss and personal inconvenience through the dust arising during night sweeping operations by the machine and asking for some early alleviation of the nuisance and moved that the same be received and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £892.2.3 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £942.10.6.

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

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

The Works Committee

reported having inspected the tarpaving work carried out in Don Street and recommended that the contractor be paid therefore.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

The Specification Committee

in accordance with the resolution passed by the Council on the 20th ultimo submitted specifications for the Annual Contracts with the recommendation that tenderers be invited by advertisement to be opened and considered at next ordinary meeting of the Council.

Alderman Smith (Chairman) moved that the specification 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 17th of January 1906 as follows:

By Bank balance per last statement                           £494.3.9

By Deposits                                                                    628.3.2

To Cheques issued                          £939.3.6

To Bank balance Cr                        183.3.5

£1122.6.11         1122.6.11

Received.

 

The Overseer of Works

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

Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the contractors for the various Wards and also the block boys had during the past fortnight carried out their works in a satisfactory manner.

Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Abigail moved:

1 “That the Carriageway in Eliza Street from King Street to Lennox Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £160 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Salmon moved:

2 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to consider the advisability of re-metalling Bucknell Street with blue metal and when consolidated to be coated with hot tar and sand and to repair the gutter where required.”

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

3 “That the Lane at the rear of the L’ Avenue Terrace be metalled and when consolidated coated with tar and sand at a probable cost of £40 and that the same be referred to the Works Committee report.”

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

 

Alderman Abigail moved:

4 “That the Night Street sweeping by machine on the main roads Newtown be discontinued and referred to the Works Committee.

5 “That the cost of same be applied to watering the main roads from Bligh Street to the end of Enmore Road also to the St Peters Boundary.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and with Petition referred to the Works Committee.

6 “That (the) a chief block boy be selected out of the manual sweepers as ganger at a wage of 16/- weekly.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and lost.

 

The following motion in name of Alderman Morgan viz:

7 “That the footpath in Gibbes Street from Whitehorse Street to end of new buildings 224 yards be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £23 Lapsed in the absence of the mover.”

 

Alderman Edwards moved:

8 “That it be referred to the Specification Committee to prepare and submit to this Council specification of uniform facia signs to be adopted by business people throughout the Borough.”

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

 

This was the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 28th day of March 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 20th March 1906

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

 

Present

The Mayor and a full Council.

 

Alderman Chapman a candidate to position of Suburban Municipal Was sensitive on the Water and Sewerage Board briefly addressed the meeting after which a cordial vote of thanks was accorded to him for his attendance.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From Josiah Gentle calling attention to the state of the lanes on the Holmwood Estate which are in need of repairs.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From W Taylor sincerely thanking the Council permitting him the honour of a walk over for the position of representative on the Fire Brigades Board.  Received.

From Chapman and Hazlewood placing a Terrace of houses numbers 2 to 10 Australia Street under offer to the Council for the sum of £1600 (one thousand six hundred pounds sterling).

Received and referred to the Finance Committee the consideration and report.

From the Council Clerk Camperdown asking as the result of the decision arrived at if this Council is prepared to meet them in conference to consider the question of the amalgamation of the two Boroughs.

Received and request complied with.

From the Council Clerk Redfern embodying copies of resolutions adopted at a Special Meeting of that Council when considering the provisions of the Local Government Extension Bill in opposition to the Greater Sydney scheme in its entirety also to the proposed methods and powers of rating the provisions of voting and the qualification of Electors.  Received.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

reported various works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in hand.  Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the Contractors and block boys under his supervision had carried out their work during the past fortnight in a satisfactory manner and that the five cases were dealt with at the Newtown Court one of refusing to supply and four for selling milk adulterated with water.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Morgan moved:

1 “That the footpath in Gibbes Street from Whitehorse Street to end of new buildings 224 yards be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £23 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Alderman Ibbotson moved:

2 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to consider and report the best way of disposing of the stormwater from James Street.”  Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

3 “That the footpath in Harrow Road from Edgeware Road to Juliet Street be renewed 1st class at an estimated cost of £35.4.0 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

 

Alderman Cox moved:

4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as the advisability of tarpaving the carriageway in Iredale Street from Angel Street to Union Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Alderman Elstub moved:

5 “That a small piece of tarpaving be put down in Trade Street office of the vacant ground at an estimated cost of £2.10.0.

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

6 “That the carriageway in Lands Lane from Wellington Street to Turtle Lane be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £16 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

 

Alderman Edwards moved:

7 “That King Lane be kerbed and gutted complete at an estimated cost of £32 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

8 “That the carriageway in King Lane be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £80 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

9 “That Norfolk Street to Whitehorse Street from King Street be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £96 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Order of the Day

To open and consider tenders for the Annual Contracts.

 

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Salmon that tenders be opened and read in Council.

The tenders having been opened and read the Council resolved into committee of the whole to consider the same.

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.

Your Committee of the Whole having considered tenders for the Annual Contracts the acceptance of the following:

For Scavenging and Removal of House Refuse

Enmore Ward               Alfred Poole       at £26 per month

Camden Ward              F W Turner         at £20 per month

Kingston Ward            P J Macken         at £15 per month

O’Connell Ward           Joseph Howarth at £27 per month

Tarpaving Footpaths

Robert B Chambers     First class  1/9 ¾ 2nd class 1/4 per yard.

Tarpaving Carriageways

Robert B Chambers per schedule

5/2 per square yard for all new work

5/2 per square yard removing all old metal and treating as No. 1.

3/6 per square yard for old road already ballasted.

Supply of Blue Metal and Metal Screenings

Justin McSweeney       7/6 per cubic yard.

Supply of Ballast and Cartage

C Woodcock      3/9 per cubic yard.

Supply and Cartage and Sand

C Woodcock      2/6 per load.

Cartage of Tar and Tarred Ashes

Joseph E Clayton

From Kent Street         2/4 per 100 Gallons of Tar.

2/4 per yard of Tarred Ashes.

From Any City Wharf 2/4 per 100 Gallons of Tar.

2/4 per yard of Tarred Ashes.

From Mortlake

Tarred Ashes 4/6 per yard.  Tar 4/6 per 100 Gallons.

From the North Sydney

Tarred Ashes 4/6 per yard. Tar 4/6 per 100 Gallons.

 

General Cartage

W D Eaton                   9/- per day.

 

Stationery and Printing

1 Electoral Roles 50 each Ward                       5/3 per Page

2 Rate Notices in duplicate books of 250        7/6 per 1000

3 Rate Receipts in duplicate books of 250      10/- per 1000

4 Business Papers 40 each meeting                  1/9 per Page

5 Notice Papers to Ratepayers Books of 250  7/6 per 1000

6 One Rate Book                                                35/-

7 4 Valuers Return Books                                 7/- per Book

8 Yearly Balance Sheet                                     42/6 per 50 Copies

 

The Mayor moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole upon the tenders for the Annual Contracts be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

This was the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 3rd day of April 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Addendum

Alderman Edwards moved: “That a letter be sent to the St Peters Council asking if they will contribute towards a cube crossing in May Street at its intersection with King Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Alderman Hitchcock asked that a letter be written to the Education Department asking contribution towards the cost of renewing the asphalt on the footpath in front of the Public School Metropolitan Road and

Alderman Abigail asked that another letter be written to the Camperdown Council with regard to the stormwater from Hopetoun Street.

The Mayor said that he would direct these letters to be sent.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

3rd of April 1906.

 

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