Tuesday 1st May 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.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Secretary Commissioners for Railway’s relative to the question of improving the facilities for loading goods at Newtown Railway Station stating that its reported that the existing loading accommodation is reasonably sufficient for the requirements of the traffic and expressing regret that no additional expenditure can be incurred in the direction mentioned at the present time.  Received.

From the Registrar General acknowledging letter from this Council objecting to Mr J T Brown’s application for amendment of Certificate of Title in respect of Brown Street stating that a notification is already shown and the Certificate of title respecting the dedication of that Street.  Received.

From the Marrickville Borough Council with reference to the open drain on the South West side in Edgeware Road stating that there Works Committee would be glad to confer with the Works Committee of this Council on the ground before approaching the Water and Sewerage Board on the subject of the extension of the stormwater drain to Camden Street.

Received and the Works Committees to meet on the following day.

From Thomas Henley with reference to the disposal of sewerage for the great outer part of the metropolis known as the Western suburbs state in that the time is now ripe for a distinct forward movement in the direction of the fixed safe and economical system of disposal known as the ocean outfall and asking to be favoured with certain information regarding the progress and future prospects of this Borough to enable him to form a reliable estimates.

From the Mayor of Ashfield stating that at a recent meeting of his Council it was decided to convene a meeting of the various municipal Bodies throughout the suburbs of Sydney to enter upon a crusade of the dread disease of consumption and accordingly inviting the Mayor and Aldermen of this Council to a preliminary meeting with the Ashfield Town Hall on Friday the 4th instant.

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

From Peter O’Reilly advising that a deputation is being organised consisting of Messrs: Fallick Smith Hollis McNeill and McGowen to bring under the notice of the Government the necessity for providing a home for the indigent and incurable consumptives and asking that the Newtown Council may be represented in the deputation.

Received and Alderman Smith to represent this Council.

From the Vice President Australian Natives Association (Newtown Branch) stating that arrangements had been made with  Mr McKay of the Public Works Department to deliver a lecture illustrated by lantern views on water conservation and irrigation and asking the use of the Town Hall on Friday evening the 11th May for the occasion.

Received and request complied with.

From Hugh Ramage dairyman of St Peters calling attention to what he considers an unjust decision given against him by the Magistrate at the Newtown Court when he was fined £5 and £5 costs for selling adulterated milk and asking Council for a refund of the said fine.

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

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £652.3.11 since last meeting of 3rd April and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £124.5.3.

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 Finance Committee

also reported having considered Robert Baird’s application for an increase of salary recommending that Mr Baird be paid at the rate of £2.10.0 per week as from the 4th instant.

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

Seconded by Alderman Hitchcock and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 23rd April emboding their recommendations respecting several matters remitted to them from the Council.

Moved by Alderman Abigail and seconded by Alderman Ibbotson that the Works committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

As an amendment Alderman Salmon moved: That that portion of the report recommending the discontinuance of the wood blocked streets by the machine brooms be eliminated from the report.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and supported by Aldermen Salmon and Rigg and carried.

The question as amended was then put and declared in the affirmative.

 

The Borough Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 1st May as follows:

By bank Balance per last statement                           £81.4.6

By Deposits                                                                  1149.17.7

To Cheques issued                          £652.3.11

To Balance Cr                                 583.18.2

£1236.2.1           1231.2.1

By Outstanding Cheque                 5.0.0

£1236.2.1           1236.2.1

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

amongst other matters reported that eight traders were summoned to the Newtown Police Court for adulterated foods in contravention of the Public Health Act and the fines aggregated £45 imposed.  Received.

 

Newtown – Camperdown

At this stage the Mayor verbally reported that the preliminary conference between the Camperdown and Newtown Councils on the subject of the Amalgamation of the two Boroughs took place on the previous night (30th April) with the result that it was decided that each Council appoint 4 Aldermen as a Sub Committee to meet and prepare a scheme for the amalgamation of the two Boroughs to be submitted to a future joint meeting of the Councils.

The Mayor moved: “That Aldermen Rigg Salmon and Morgan and Smith be the Committee from this Council.  Alderman Smith owing to the indifferent state of his health begged to be excused and nominated the Mayor in his stead.

On being put the Committee as thus constituted was appointed.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Smith moved:

1 “That it be an instruction to the Specification Committee to prepare specification for painting and generally renovating the Town Hall and an estimate of the probable cost.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Ibbotson moved:

2 “That an honorarium of ten pounds be paid to each of the Auditors (Messrs W Marshall and W A Bull) for the last audit to 5th February 1906.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Alderman Elstub moved:

3 “That the carriageway in Regent Street from Fitzroy Lane to Bishopgate Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £240 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

Alderman Abigail moved:

4 “That the carriageway in Bedford Street from Albert Street to Pierce Street be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £331 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 15th day of May 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

15th May 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, Rigg, Elstub, Cox, Edwards, King, Abigail, Ibbotson and Morgan.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

Letter from the Borough Council of Alexandria asking the cooperation of all the suburban councils in forming a deputation to the Water and Sewerage Board to enter and emphatic protest against the high rates charged for Water and Sewerage.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Borough Council of Ashfield advising that as the outcome of the Conference of Mayors and Aldermen of Municipalities in the Metropolitan area to consider the question of checking the spread of consumption and providing a home for incurable cases the Honourable the Chief Secretary will receive a deputation consisting of the Mayors of Municipalities together with their Parliamentary Representatives on Wednesday the 23rd instant at 11 o’clock am.

Received and the Mayor’s and Members to attend.

From the Borough Council of Camperdown advising that the Council has pointed the Mayor (Alderman Mallet) and Aldermen Anderson Muir and Culbert a subcommittee to meet the subcommittee appointed by this Council to prepare a scheme for the amalgamation of the two Boroughs.  Received.

From W C Willis calling attention to the need of an additional lamp in Pearl Street and another in Alice Street.

Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

From the Borough Council of Erskineville forwarding copy of a letter received from the board of Water Supply and Sewerage asking the traditional Gully shafts be constructing in Burren Street to take away overflow stormwater and stating that the Board had been informed that there was already more than sufficient Gully shafts to take away all local stormwater but that the water complained of came from the adjacent streets within the Borough of Newtown and suggesting that a conference of the two Councils might be arranged and a satisfactory settlement of the matter arrived at.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From W Jones Principle North Public School asking the cooperation and assistance of the Mayor and Aldermen at the Empire Day celebrations on the above school on Thursday the 24th instant at 11 am.

Received and as many as can make it convenient to attend.

From the Borough Council of Marrickville with reference to the proposal to extend the stormwater channel from Edwin Borough Road to Edgeware Road advising that the Council has decided in accordance with the recommendation of the joint Works Committee to ask the Member of the District Mr McCoy to meet the Members for Newtown with the view of arranging to wait upon the Minister Works and stating that they are not prepared to pay a Special Rate or contribute towards the cost of this work.

Received and to be considered in conjunction with the Works Committees Report.

From CG Hatte submitting a proposal to install an Electric Power Plant to supply current in the Borough to consumers at the present current prices charged by the City Council of Sydney to collect the House Garbage of the Borough and destroy the same by fire and perform the work required to be done on the cleansing the streets lanes and gutters as set out in the specification of contract now in operation for an annual sum of £900 payable monthly.  The Council to permit the erection of suitable poles for carrying the wires in such positions as may be convenient to both parties and to the Postal Authorities.

Alderman Morgan moved: “That the letter be received and referred to the Finance Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and negatived.

On the motion of Alderman King seconded by Alderman Edwards the letter was received.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

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

 

The Works Committee

reported having met the Marrickville Works Committee and considered the proposal to extend the stormwater drain from Edinborough Road to the intersection of Camden Street with the result each committee decided to submit the following recommendations to their respective Councils viz: “That the Parliamentary Representatives Messrs McCoy (Marrickville) and Smith and Hollis (Newtown) be requested to jointly interview the Minister for Public Works on the matter.

The Mayor moved the adoption of the Works Committees report.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

The Specification Committee

submitted a specification for painting and renovating the Town Hall recommended that the carrying out the work indicated be placed in the hands of Mr James Campbell Architect that he be instructed to prepare specification on these lines and that tenders be called for by and submitted at the next meeting of the Council.  Moved by Alderman Smith: “That the Committees report as read be adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Sign Boards

The Committee also submitted a specification for signs the boards not to be more than 18 inches in depth including 2 inches moulding to form a panel and the lower edge not to be less than 9 feet from the surface of the kerb.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

of nuisances submitted the usual fortnightly report which contained nothing of any importance.  Received.

The Inspector submitted a Special report by order of the Mayor relative to the Newtown North Public School which disclosed a very unsatisfactory state of affairs as to the state of the premises generally.

Received and copy of the report to be forwarded to the Honourable the Minister for Public (Works) Construction with the request that the matter received immediate attention.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Ibbotson moved:

1 “That the wood blocked portions of King Street and Enmore Road be sprinkled with water immediately before the machine brooms is put into operation every night in order to minimise the dust nuisance.”

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

 

Alderman Smith moved:

2 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the cost of lifting and replacing the kerb and guttering in Bedford Street from the subway to top of Albert Street South side.”

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

3 “That the carriageways in the following lanes be re-repaired where required and top dressed with tar and screenings.” viz:

(a) Campbell Lane from Australia Street to Regent Street at an estimated cost of £6.

(b) Fitzroy Lane from Australia Street Wellington Street at an estimated cost of £8.10.0.”

(c) Young Lane from Wellington Street to Oxford Street at an estimated cost of £3.5.0.

(d) Turks Lane estimated cost of £6.

(e) Belmore Lane estimated cost of £11.

(f) Gipps Lane estimated cost 11.

(g) Brooks Lane estimated cost 11.

(h) Lands Lane from Wellington Street to Australia Street at an estimated cost of £12.10.0.

Seconded by Alderman Abigail.

Alderman Morgan and Amendment to add the words “and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

The motion as amended was carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 29th day of May 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 29th May 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, Morgan, King, Edwards, Abigail, Cox, Elstub, Ibbotson and Salmon.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From Cape Kent and Gaden and asking the Council to proceed with the construction of the road and so on in the Linthorpe Estate in accordance with the arrangements made.

Received and to be considered with the Overseer’s report.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 1st May amounting to £958.1.4 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to (£958.1.4) £628.1.3.

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

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 21st of May embodying their recommendations respecting various matters remitted to them from the Council for their consideration.

The Mayor moved that the Works 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 1st May as follows:

By Bank Balance per last statement                           £583.18.2

By Deposit                                                                   1356.15.0

To Cheques issued                £963.1.4

to Balance                              977.11.10

£1940.13.2                   1940.13.2

Received.

 

Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and stating that the formation of the new carriageways in the Linthorpe Estate are nearly completed.

Received and Messrs Cape Kent and Gaden to be informed in reply to a letter of the progress made with the construction of the roads and so on in the Linthorpe Estate.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported having during the previous week purchased seventy samples of groceries to be submitted to the Government for examination and that eleven persons had been summoned at the instance of the Assistant Inspector to the Newtown Court for breach of the By-laws in sweeping the footpath in King Street and Enmore Road after 8:00 am when fines and costs aggregating £2.17.6 were imposed.  Received.

 

Minute by the Mayor

The Mayor submitted a Minute reporting having in terms of resolution passed on 18th of April 1905 place the sum of £500 on Fixed Deposit with the Bank of Australasia Newtown at 3% per annum and asking that the necessary authority for taking proceedings for the recovery of all outstanding rates.

Alderman Morgan moved that the Minute be received and that the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to take what steps he deems advisable for the Recovery of all rates.

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

Motion Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Morgan moved:

“That the Government be asked what the cost will be realigning the whole of King Street and Enmore Road within this Borough accepting that portion not already aligned.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Orders of the Day

To open and consider tenders for Painting and Renovating the Town Hall.

Alderman Hitchcock moved: “That the Tenders be opened in Council and considered with closed doors.”

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

The tenders having been opened and read Mr Campbell (Architect) who was present stated that he had invited alternate prices in the event of the Council agreeing to the wood – work inside the building receiving two coats of paint instead of one coat.

The Council having gone into Committee of the Whole considered the tenders and on resuming the Mayor reported as follows:

Your Committee recommend the acceptance of Messrs Mayhew and Company’s tender for the sum of £79.10.0 (seventy-nine pounds and ten shillings) and that the matter of giving the wood – work inside the Hall and extra coat of paint at an extra cost of about £12 be left in the hands of the Mayor and the Architect.

Alderman Edwards moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole Council as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 12th day of June 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

 

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