Tuesday 10th July 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 Department of Public Instruction with reference to the condition of the premises in connection with the Public School at Newtown north stating that it is proposed to continue the erection of new buildings as soon as funds are available and that in the meantime repairs and improvements will be effected to the existing buildings with as little delay as possible.  Received.

From the Department of Lands advising that the approximate half cost of alignment of 10 chains of the Enmore Road between the City Bank and Station Street would be about a sum of

£1.15.0.

Received the amount to be remitted to the Department and the work carried out.

From Dean Slattery advising that the land situated at the junction of Edgeware Road and Laura Street has been purchased by him for Church purposes and that tenders have been called and received for the erection of the Church on the said land and that being Church property it is exempt from Municipal rates.

Received and to be informed that no remission can be made until the land becomes exempt under the Act.

From W R Winsor and Company applying for a licence to use the Trocadero Hall King Street Newtown for the purpose of skating for a period of 3 or 4 months this year and dating from 11th instant.

Received and permit granted on completion of the Works of which notice has been given by the Inspector and conditionally that no display of signs is made over the foot path or any other contravention of the By-laws.

From the Leichhardt Borough Council asking the cooperation in a deputation to the Premier to ask them to place the control of the Abattoirs in the hands of a Ward of Aldermen to be elected by the City and Suburban Councils from amongst themselves.

Received.

From the Department of the Attorney General and of Justice respecting the fine of £10 and costs imposed upon George Block at the Newtown Police Court on the 30th of April last for selling tomato sauce unfit to human consumption and stating that it has been decided not to recommend the remission of any portion of the penalty or cost in this case.

Received.

From the Mayor of Ashfield and forwarding copy of a letter from the Under Secretary Chief Secretaries Office on the subject of the recent Deputation concerning consumption stating that the Chief Secretary has taken the advice of the Chief Medical Officer in regard to this question and that Mr Hogue deems it proper at the earliest opportunity of submitting to the Cabinet a proposal for legislation in regard to the subject.

Received.

From G E Ardill Director Sydney Rescue Work Society with reference to the final notice regarding rates on the Sydney Woman’s Hospital formerly known as the Home of Hope claiming exception in accordance with the provisions of the Municipalities Act dealing with Charitable Institutions.

Received and writer to be informed that he will be sued for the rates from the time the subsidy ceased.

From Robert B Chambers asking that as he has had no work under his contract with the Council for tarpaving his cash deposit of £10 be returned to him and the contract cancelled.

Received and request complied with.

From the Secretary Board of Health advising that 34 samples of Sauces submitted on 2nd Ultimo have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst whose report shows that the chemical evidence in respect of eleven samples is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.

Received and the Mayor authorised to prosecute.

From the Council Clerk Paddington advising that the Premier has arranged to receive the Deputation from Councils of the Metropolitan area on the subject of a Special endowment of 5/- in the £ at the Treasury on Monday 16th instant at 2.30pm.

Received and as many as can to attend.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

report was made an order of the day further consideration at a later period of the evening.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported various works carried out by him during the past fortnight and works in progress.

Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the contractors and other workmen under his supervision had carried out their work in a satisfactory manner that five (5) cases against local storekeepers for selling adulterated pepper were before the court and would be fully reported on later also that one of the metal cups was stolen from the fountain on the Bridge a water tap damaged and waste pipe choked up.

Received and in view of the damage done to the fountain Mr Inspector Elliott to be communicated with.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman King moved:

1 That the carriageway in Richard Street from Elizabeth Street to Gates be tarpaved at an estimated cost of £72 and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

Alderman Smith moved:

2 That the tarpaved carriageway in church Street from Victoria Street to the Camperdown boundary be renewed at an estimated cost of £140 and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman King and carried.

 

On the motion of the Mayor seconded by Alderman Morgan the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider the Finance Committee’s report together with accompanying draft agreement proposed to be entered into between the Council and Mister Mann CG Hatte Re: the latter’s proposals contained in his letters of 9th of May and 12th June 1906 offering to install an electric power plant to supply current to consumers in the Borough and collect the house garbage and destroy same by fire and perform all the work required to be done in cleansing the streets lanes and gutters as set out in the specification of contract now in operation for the Annual sum of £900 payable monthly.

In committee the whole matter having been very carefully considered the following addendum was made to clause 4 of the Agreement.

“At the expiration of the said term of 15 years if the Council shall not have exercised its discretion of purchase the said Charles G Hatte shall on demand of the Council remove all the wires on over or under the streets of the Borough.”

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.

The Committee of the Whole having considered the Finance Committee’s report recommended that the same and the Agreement with the addition to clause 4 together with letters of 9th of May and 12th of June and 6th of July be adopted.

Alderman Smith moved:

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

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Aldermen King being the only dissident.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 24th day of July 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 24th July 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 (Alderman Howe) and Aldermen Smith, Morgan, Edwards, Elstub, Ibbotson, Rigg, Abigail, King and Hitchcock.

 

Minutes

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

 

Apologies

Alderman Rigg apologised for the absence of Alderman Cox and a letter from Alderman Salmon who was out of town was also received.

 

Correspondence

From the Borough Council of Marrickville stating that the question of re metalling Juliet Street and Harrow Road as proposed by this Council has been referred to the Ward Aldermen for report.  Received.

From the Borough Council of Alexandria seeking the co-operation of this Council in a Deputation to the Premier on the matter of a reduction of the excessively high charges of waste and sewerage charged by the Water and Sewerage Board.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Acting Deputy Postmaster General stating that as attention has been directed to an announcement in the Evening News of the 12th instant to the effect that this Council has concluded arrangements with Mr C G Hatte for the erection of poles for the conveyance of electricity within this Borough and asking to be favoured with particulars of the proposed system so that any requirements as regards the Postmaster Generals wires may be notified in time in accordance with the provisions of the Post and Telegraph Act 1901.

Received and referred to the Committee dealing with this question.

From Alexander Murray and William Leary Roberts Street asking if the Council will see its way clear to plant some trees in Roberts Street as they would greatly add to the appearance of the Street.

Received and request complied with.

From the Board of Health advising that 20 samples of Cream of Tartar submitted on 2nd ultimo have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst from who’s report it will be seen that the chemical evidence in respect of sample 166 172 and 184 is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.

Received and the Mayor authorised to prosecute.

From Inspector Elliott stating that he has given instructions to all the police at Newtown to give the (Hatte) fountain their best possible attention.  Received.

From the Council Clerk Mosman covering copy of a Minute by the Mayor on the subject of the present system of maintaining the Hospitals and Charitable Institution etc and the necessity of substituting some definite scheme to replace the existing custom.

Received and to be informed that State recognition does not meet the approval of this Council.

From Francis Joseph Anglin calling attention to a conviction against him in the Newtown Police Court under the Adulteration Act on Monday the ninth instant whereby he was fined £5 and costs of Court and asking the Council to reopen the case with a view to a remission of the fine.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council regrets that it can not review the Magistrates decision in the matter.

From the Department of the Attorney General and of Justice with copy of a letter received by the Department from Mr Francis J Anglin applying for a refund of the fine of £5 imposed upon him at the Newtown Police Court for breach of the Public Health Act and asking to be favoured for the information of the Attorney General with such remarks as the Council may think fit to make thereon.

Received and reply to be sent that as proceedings were instituted on the recommendation of the Board of Health this Council as the Local Authority do not approve any interference with the administration of Justice.

From the Department of Public Health with reference to the case of Plague which occurred at 116 Simmons Street on the 11th instant stating that a rat infected with plague has since been taken from the adjoining premises and that it is considered necessary that the block bounded by Simmons Camden Ferndale and Margaret streets should be (bounded) quarantined and specially cleansed as it is thought an infected produce store will be found in the neighbourhood from which rats are spreading and asking the Council as the Local Authority to carry out the work at once.

Received and to be considered with the Mayor’s Minute.

 

Petition

Alderman Smith presented a Petition from 195 Ratepayers and residents whose properties and residences lie between King Street and Enmore Road on the East side and Liberty streets and Kingston Road on the West side praying that the Council will grant its assistance in securing from the Railway Commissioners a more suitable and convenient crossing than that at present provided in the existing subway.

Received and made an order of the day for next meeting.

 

Reports

Finance Committee

reporting having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £616.15.6 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £921.18.10.

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 Lighting Committee

submitted their report dated the 20th instant recommending that a lamp be erected in Erskineville Lane about 50 yards from Gowrie Street and that Mr W C Willis application for a lamp at the intersection of Little Commodore Street with Pearl Street stand over.  Alderman Ibbotson (Chairman) moved: That the Lighting Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

The Overseer of Works

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

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that during the past fortnight the Borough Cleansing had been carried out satisfactorily: that five persons had been dealt with in the Newtown Court having sold adulterated pepper contrary to the provisions of the (Municipalities Act) Public Health Act: and that premises known as number 130 Camden Street were found to be in such a state as to be unfit for human habitation and asking authority from the Council to serve the required notice on the Owner in terms of Section 58 of the Public Health Act.

Received and the Mayor authorised to take the necessary proceedings.

 

Minute by the Mayor

The Mayor submitted a minute with regard to the

Bubonic Plague reported at number 116 Simmons Street and his subsequent action on receipt of the Board of Health’s letter advising that a plague infected rat had been taken from the adjoining premises (number 118) and the Board’s determination to quarantine the block bounded by Simmons Street Camden Ferndale and Margaret’s Streets all of which was specially cleansed by a gang of local workmen under the supervision of the Chief Sanitary Inspector of the Board to the entire satisfaction of that officer at a cost of £11.8.9.

Received and adopted together with letter from the Board of Health.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

By Alderman Salmon

1 “That the carriageway in Lane from Oxford Street and back of Wilson Street to Holdsworth Street at Railway be metalled at an estimated cost of £55.”

2 “That the carriageway in Railway Lane from Holdsworth Street to Pine Street be metalled at an estimated cost of £46.”

Lapsed in the absence of the mover.

 

Alderman Abigail moved:

“That in view of the great danger to the large number of scholars attending the Public School in Campbell Street Newtown by reason of the grossly defective nature of the school buildings it is resolved that as the conditions may at any time unless remedied strongly and advisedly affect the health of the whole people of this Borough this Council wait on the Honourable the Minister for Education to point out the impending consequences of neglect and to request that immediate steps be taken by him in the direction of providing more suitable insanitary building.”

Seconded by Alderman Morgan.

 

Motions

After a lengthy discussion Alderman Rigg an amendment of the motion to read as follows: “That in view of the great danger to the health of the large number of scholars attending the Public School in Bligh Street Newtown by reason of the defective nature of several of the school buildings it is resolved that this Council and the Member for the district wait on the Honourable the Minister for Education to request that immediate steps be taken by him in the direction of providing more suitable accommodation and better sanitary arrangements.”

The mover and seconder of the original motion concerning the motion as amended was carried.

 

Tree Planting and Cost

The Overseer of Works furnished the following information in reply to questions put by Alderman Smith at the last meeting.

Total number of trees planted                 365

Money voted                                   £278.4.0

 

Expenditure

Timber                                                                49.19.6

Iron Work and Bolts                                          113.7.6

Wages making and framing                               120.11.0

Materials in stock                           5.7.6

£283.11.6  283.18.0

Received.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

 

 

Confirmed this 7th day of August 1906

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

 

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