Tuesday 4 September 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 King, Cox, Elstub, Rigg, Salmon, Morgan, Ibbotson and Edwards.

Alderman Edwards apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Hitchcock.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From Charles T Hunt Camdenville Public School stating that it is the intention to hold a bazaar in St Georges Hall about November next in aid of the School Funds and desiring to obtain the State Governor (Sir Harry Rawson) to open the bazaar asking the cooperation of the Council in the matter.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Department of Public Works advising that the (Minister) Colonial Treasurer upon the recommendation of the Local Government advisory Board has approached of the issue to this Council of the sum of £700 as a Special Grant to assist in carrying out necessary works such as General road improvements and repairs chiefly material.  Received.

From JG Griffin regretting that owing to having broken his right arm he has not been able to send his usual weekly notes concerning matters connected with the Council that have occurred at the meetings of the Water and Sewerage.

Received and the letter of sympathy to be sent to Mr Griffin.

From D T Morrow calling attention to the present unsatisfactory state of the building alignments within this Borough particularly with reference to King Street where the new Markets are about to be erected and the contractor has been asked to set the new walls back so as to leave a 12 feet foot path while the Owners have instructed him to set the new wall in the same position as the old building and asking the Councils decision on the matter.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council can not consent to less than a 12 foot footpath.

From the Under Secretary for Finance and Trade with reference to the proposed deputation from this Council to urge expedition in the matter of introducing the proposed Pure Foods Bill stating that it has been decided to proceed with the Bill in question as early as practicable and that the proposed deputation is therefore unnecessary.  Received.

From W F Brendan stating that he has been instructed by Mr C G Hatte to prepare a draft scheme of an agreement between him and this Council whereby he is to undertake to collect and destroy the garbage of the Borough for a fixed period at a yearly monetary payment and a concession entitling him to supply private consumers in the Borough with electricity and asking to be furnished with the name of the Councils Solicitor so that he may submit the draft agreement to him.  Received and the writer to be asked to forward the draft agreement here.

From William Croft calling attention to the unhealthy state of the paddock at the rear of his house 30 Holdsworth Street known as the Grange Paddock owing to the want of a proper outlet for rainfalls which remains stagnant near the Railway fence.  Received and referred to the Inspector for report

From P C Hill with reference to cottages numbers 156 and 158 Camden Street which are subject to flooding during sudden and heavy down fall of rain asking if the Council has come to any arrangement with the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage with regard to the proposed extension of the stormwater drain.

Received and to be informed that the matter is in the hands of the Parliamentary representatives.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

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

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other matters reported that the properties known as 31 James Street 23 25 27 Queens Street also an old cottage at the corner of little Queen Street and an unroofed cottage in Campbell Street next to the two-storey place on the corner of Campbell and Little Queen Streets are in such a state as to be unfit to human habitation or a nuisance or injuries or dangerous to health and recommending that the required Notice under the Public Health Act be served upon the Owners calling upon them to carry out all sanitary and other works necessary to comply with the said Act and the Municipal By laws.

Received and adopted.

 

Orders of the Day

 

Consideration of the Provisions of the Local Government Bill

In Committee the following amendments were agreed to viz:

Sec:15 Sub: sec: (1) After the word “Parliament” in the first line insert “On Petition from the City Council and the Municipality or municipalities concerned.”

Sec: 23 Page: 18 Line 20.  After the word “removed” at “the Council may recover the cost of such removal from the person responsible for such obstruction.”

Sec: 42  Page: 30 ninth line. The word “Five” before pounds  eliminationed and the word “ten” submitted.

Had a similar provision inserted in the Bill to apply to joint Owners that is to say “All registered owners to have one vote the same as Occupiers.”

Where a Municipality is divided into Wards and Owner possessing property in each Ward to have the vote in each Ward.”

Page 31 Line 29. After the word charges add “or in the case of a tenant shall have paid all signs due to the owner of the rent.”

Recommend a new clause to the effect “that every Candidate shall pay a deposit of £5 such deposit shall be forfeited if the candidate does not poll one third of the votes of the lowest successful candidate.”

Sec: 44 Page: 33 Line 21. After the word Office and “the Cloak of the Court shall notify the Council Clerk of such order.

Sec: 46 Page 34 Line 21. Add after the word “purposes” “and where no business or trade is carried on upon the premises for the purposes of profit.”

 

Alderman Morgan moved: “That the amendments which have been approved be embodied in the form of a Petition signed by the Mayor and Council Clerk to the Legislator Council and legislative Assembly” and forwarded to the Local Representative for presentation.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson.

Alderman Rigg moved an Amendment: “That a copy of the proposed amendments be forwarded to the Local Representatives with the request that they will support the said amendments in the Assembly.”  The amendment on motion having been put the motion was declared carried.

 

Confirmed this 18th day of September 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 18th September 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 Hitchcock, Morgan, and Smith also Aldermen King, Abigail, Cox, Elstub, Rigg, Ibbotson and Edwards.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

from Mrs C Woodcock calling attention to the state of the carriageway leading into their premises in Alice Street.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From the Borough Council of Darlington asking the cooperation of this Council in urging the Government to woodblock the City Road from Bligh Street to Cleaveland Street.

Received and cooperation granted.

From Leichhardt Borough Council embodying copy of a resolution passed by that Council affirming the desirableness of having control of the Abattoirs vested in the body to be elected by the City and Suburban Municipalities from amongst themselves.  Received.

From John Miller and Company Surveyors advising that as requested they have placed in points for buildings fronting King Street Newtown the properties of Messrs Cohen and Ekin at 187 and 11 and 15a respectively.  Received.

From W Taylor Municipal Representative on Fire Brigades Board calling attention to the fact that the new Fire Brigades Act has been introduced into Parliament and forwarding for the information of the Council a summary of the main features of the Bill and a comparison of the present Act.  Received and made an Order of the Day for a Special Meeting.

From the Borough Council of Alexandria advising that the Railway Commissioners have arranged to receive the Deputation to urge the necessity of providing means for pedestrian traffic from Alexandria to Forbes Street Newtown on Thursday 20th instant at 12 o’clock noon.

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

From Lew Abrahams asking this Council to support the Erskineville Council in an agitating for the original tram route via Wilson Street instead of that now proposed.  Received.

From B Macguire calling attention to the damage done to the foundation of that portion of gable end of his house corner of Pine Street and Leamington Avenue in consequence of the Council having covered the footpath below the levels given before the house was built.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From C B Rigney intimating that he desires to dedicate a street to open up a block of land off Alice Street Newtown forwarding plan of a proposed Street and asking what the proportion of the cost of forming roadway kerbing and guttering and asphalting the footpath will be payable by him.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Messrs Marshall and Bull Auditors stating that they have examined and audited the books of the Council for the half year ended 6 August last and found the same in order as per balance sheet attached.  Received.

The draft Agreement as between Charles G Hatte and this Council for the destruction of garbage and concession for Right to supply Electricity to Private Consumers was received and made and Order of the Day for a Special Meeting.

 

Petition

Alderman Elstub presented a petition on the half of Montague Bowman and signed by 41 residents praying that the Council will see fit to grant the Petition for a permit to stand his Copy Storm at Newtown Bridge as formerly.

The Mayor having informed the Council that Bowman had been repeatedly warned verbally and by letter that if he took up his position on the Bridge before 11pm steps would be taken to prevent his occupying the site at all but as he persisted in selling after 9 o’clock the notice to quit was served upon him.

After some discussion the Petition was received.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having accounts under votes of appropriation since 21st of August amounting to £635.14.1 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £170.5.1.

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

submitted their report dated 10 September with recommendations relating to various matters referred to them for consideration.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

The Sub Committee

appointed in conjunction with a Sub Committee of the Camperdown Council to prepare a scheme for the Amalgamation of the two Boroughs brought up their report recommending as follows:

“That the Newtown Council offer to take over the Camperdown Borough at the equivalent of 1/9 in the £ on general rates including Lighting rate and 3 pence in the £ to be applied as a Sinking Fund to reduce the Camperdown debt.”

Alderman Morgan moved: “That the Sub 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 21st of August 06. viz:

By Bank balance per last statement                           £2620.19.11

By Deposits                                                                    1050.2.9

To Cheques issued                          £635.14.1

Balance                                            3035.8.7

£3671.2.8           3671.2.8

Received.

 

The Overseer of Works

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

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported that the several contractors have carried out their work satisfactorily; a property known as number 30 Camden Street which was condemned as unfit for human habitation has been demolished and with reference to a letter received from Mr W Croft at last meeting of the Council complaining of rainwater lying at the rear of his premises in the Grange Paddock he had inspected the locality and found that the trouble was mainly caused by the chokage of water tables and channels and recommending that the attention of the Owner and that the Commissioners for Railways be drawn to this matter.  The report also pointed out that the Plans and Specifications disclosed that barely sufficient W Cs are to be provided for the present maximum daily attendance of scholars at the Newtown North Public School no provision being made for increases in the number of scholars which may reasonably be expected when modern buildings are completed.

Received and adopted and the matter referring to the school to be brought under the notice of the Minister.

 

Minute by the Mayor

The Mayor submitted a Minute reporting in connection with the recent Government Grant to Municipalities he had entered into and Agreement with the Mayor of Camperdown with the object of taking up the ballast and metal in Bishopgate Street and renewing that thoroughfare throughout at an estimated cost of £250 Camperdown paying the sum of £100 and Newtown and £150.  The work is in hand and when completed will be inspected by an Officer from the Department of Public Works on the behalf of the Camperdown Council.

The minute also contained a statement of the receipts and Expenditure for the past half year showing in the £8734.2.9 has been paid out of a total General and Lighting rate of £12480.15.1 leaving only £3746.12.4 outstanding.  The Expenditure amount to £6295.9.9 leaving a credit balance in the Bank of Australasia of £3172.15.7.

Received and adopted and the Mayor complimented on his arrangement regarding Bishopgate Street.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Rigg moved:

1 “That a sum of £1000 be now placed to the credit of a Reserve Fund to renew the wood blocks in King Street and Enmore Road when necessary.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Alderman Morgan moved:

2 “That King St from Bligh Street to May Street and Enmore Road from station Street to the Enmore Tram Terminus be realigned by the Government and that the Department be asked to pay the cost.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Alderman King to move:

3 “That as recommended by the Works Committee on 28th of March last the carriageway in Bucknell Street from Yaralla Street to the Lamp post on the right-hand side and from the Lane to Wilson Street be prepared at an estimated cost of £60.

Seconded by Alderman Abigail and carried.

 

Alderman Cox moved:

4 That as recommended by the Works Committee (the) on 28th March 06 the carriageway in Iredale Street from Angel Street to number 27 be remetalled and from number 27 tarmetalled to the eastern end of the Factory and defence to Union Street remetalled at an estimated cost of £110.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

General

Alderman Hitchcock moved:

“that a letter be written to the Commissioners for Railways and asking that they have a shelter shed created the new railway station section George Street where the signal box now stands and that all trains including Bondi Cleveland Street and Sports grounds tram stop at that shed.”

Seconded by Alderman [not detailed] and carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 24th day of September 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

Monday 24th September 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, Ibbotson, Rigg, King, Abigail, Elstub, Morgan and Edwards.

 

Minutes

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

 

Orders of the Day

Consideration of New Fire Brigades Bill

Consideration of Draft Agreement three Garbage Destructor and Electric Lighting.

 

In connection with the draft agreement submitted by Mr Hatte Alderman Rigg said he had perused a copy and found that it contained proposals which had not been previously considered.

As a member of the Finance Committee appointed to consider and report on this matter Alderman Smith said that he also had perused a copy of the Agreement submitted and found that the recital was not in accordance with the arrangement came to at a conference with Messrs Hatte and Dally the particulars of which were submitted to and adopted by this Council on the 16th of July last.

Alderman Morgan pointed out that there was a distinct departure from the original Agreement.

Alderman Smith moved: that the Draft Agreement be returned to Mr Brennan and that gentleman informed that it is not drawn up on the basis of the agreement adopted by the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

At this stage Alderman Rigg begged to be excused as he had another meeting to attend.

The Council then considered the provisions of the New Fire Brigades Bill which has been introduced into Parliament.

The following amendments were agreed to ordered to be put in the form of a letter and forwarded to the Colonial Secretary and the Members for the district.

 

Section 8 (1)

“That this Council favours each individual Alderman exercising his vote.”  And

“Disapproves of only one representative for Municipalities.”

 

Section 15 (c)

After the word Brigade in the 4th line the words “Arising out of his duties of his office” to be inserted.

 

Section 31

That in the opinion of this Council vacant land should not be rated.

That in the opinion of this Council improved properties should be rated with out exemption.

That the Council should only be asked to pay the rates actually received.

 

This was the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed 2nd this day of October 1906.

Signed Henry N Howe, Mayor.

 

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