Tuesday 10th November 1908

 

Minutes of Adjourned Meeting and Ordinary Meeting of the Newtown Municipal Council held on the above date at 7.30pm.

Present

The Mayor and Aldermen Rigg, Campbell, Cox, Elstub, Turtle, Edwards, Ibbotson, Clegg, Salmon and Lewis.

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

Temporary Adjournment

Alderman Rigg moved that the Council do now adjourn for 20 minutes to enable the Committee to prepare the Financial statement and report.

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and agreed to.

Correspondence on resuming the following correspondence were read and dealt with.  From the Work Newspaper Company applying for permission to erect a wooden hoarding in Lord Street fronting the Railway Line.

Received and request granted subject to the Ordinances being complied with.

From Hollander and Govett applying in accordance with the amended Ordinances for licences for the use of their hoardings at present erected in this Municipality.

The Mayor stated he had directed a letter to be sent to this firm asking them to furnish a list of the contracts relating to the use of the hoardings and to the use of the land as a site is such a hoarding is made before 31st December 1907 and to accept that the original contracts to which they replied: that they felt sure the Council did not expect them to expose their business in the way suggested and that they are prepared to make a statutory declaration that the hoardings they applied for were in existance before the 31st of December 1907 and is still in force.

Received and the action of the Mayor endorsed.

From Isaac Roff applying in accordance with amended Ordinance for hoarding licenses specified and situated within this Municipality.

Received and license to be granted subject to existing contracts being exhibited as requested by the Mayor.

From H Macready asking the Councils reconsideration of this application for a small wooden post to protect the cast iron column corner of short Street.

Received and the former decision of the Council to be adhered to.

From Mrs E Holihan calling attention to the state of the foot path in Church Street in front of Mr Mulholland’s property asking the same be asphalted.  Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From The Woollahra Council asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Minister for Works to urge the re-adjustment of Municipal Taxation as between Owner and lessees of leases over 31 years on a more equitable basis.  Received.

From the Hurstville Council asking the cooperation of this Council in urging the widening of the Redfern Tunnel to facilitate working of the Railway traffic at Sydney Station.

Received and representations to be made as suggested.

From the Department of Public Works with reference to the widening of Missenden Road stating that it is considered the matter is one for the Council to deal with.

Received and the Camperdown Council and the Directors of the Royal Prince Alfred hospital to be asked to cooperate in placing the proposal before the Minister.

From the Department of Public Health advising that the 15 samples of milk submitted on the 16 instant have been chemically examined and were found to be free of adulteration or addition of preservatives. Received.

From the Department of Public Health intimating that the 11 samples of Groceries submitted have been chemically examined and were found to be free from adulteration or addition of preservatives.

Sample 490 Essence of Lemon reported to be a very poor sample.

Received and vendor of number 490 to be warned.

From Andrew James Macaulay asking that the Council will grant a license to sell meat in the Markets and stating that he is prepared to do what is required to satisfy so much of the ordinance as is applicable.

The Mayor stated that he had granted Mr Macaulay a fortnight to enable him to make arrangements which would facilitate compliance with the ordinances.

Received and the Mayor’s action endorsed.

From McIbraths Limited and others asking if the Council will consider the question of allowing them to sell Cooked Ham and so on without the necessity of putting up wire doors to their shops.

Received and referred to the Health Committee.

Adjournment

At this stage the Gaslight failed and the meeting adjourned until Thursday at 7:30 pm.  (12th November 1908).

Resumed

12.  11.  1908

on resuming the following were present viz:

the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Rigg, Campbell, Turtle, Cox, Elstub, Edwards, Ibbotson.

Correspondence

From the Secretary to the Chief Commissioner for Railways stating that the Department in view of the difficulty experienced in obtaining sufficient tar for departmental purposes will be unable to undertake the work of top dressing the Council’s area of the wood blocked streets.  Received.

From the Under Secretary Premiers Office

stating that nothing can be done in the matter of the Building Act during the present session of Parliament but that the subject will be submitted for the consideration of Cabinet prior to next session and therefore Mr Wade considers a deputation unnecessary.  Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works stating that the Council have no legal right to sell or otherwise dispose of the books of a Free Library acquired under the provisions of the Municipality’s Act and the Minister has no power to action the proposal is contained in the Council’s letter of 16th October.

Received.

From Ratepayers and residence of Herbert Street Newtown asking that something be done to the foot path at the corner of Linthorpe and Herbert Streets.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts since 13 October amounting to £969.4.2 and recommend in accounts prepayment amounting to £890.15.7.

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

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special report recommending that the sum of £235.10.0 be now voted to carry out certain specified works.

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

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 2nd November dealing with a number of matters remitted to them from the Council.

The Mayor moved: “that the Works 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 to 31st October showing a credit balance with the Bank of Australasia in the General Fund of £3738.9.8.  Received.

The Financial Statement

prepared by the Clerk in accordance with Schedule IV of Regulation 305 was laid upon the table by the Chairman of the Finance Committee.

The Overseer of Works

submitted report stated 27th of October and 10th of November containing particulars of various works carried out under his supervision during the past four weeks and works in progress.  Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

under date 27th of October recommended the application of two persons living within the Municipality to be registered as Milk vendor’s and the granting butchers licences to Messrs E Schofield W H Miller W Stevenson and S Stalgis and asking authority to serve the statutory notice under Section number 58 of the Public Health Act and take the necessary steps to obtaining a closing order in respect of premises number 38 Missenden Road also authority to deal with number 38 Campbell Street under Section 65 of the Public Health Act.

Received and the registration and licenses recommended granted and the authority asked with regard to premises 38 Missenden Road and 38 Campbell Street granted.

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported among other things recommending registration as Milk vendors to three applicants and hoarding licenses to Messrs Hollander and Govitt Isaac Roff and the Worker Newspaper subject to the comply with the Ordinances.

Received and adopted.

Motions Pursuant To Notice.

Alderman Edwards moved:

1 “That the footpath in Darley Street from the present brick paving be brick paved to Edgeware Road at an estimated cost of £114.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

2 “That the footpath in Pearl Street from Little Commodore Street to Alice Street be completed with brick paving at an estimated cost of £15.15.0.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

3 “That it be referred to the Committee for Works to report as to the advisableness and probable cost of the erection of an up-to-date Lavatory for public convenience near the Newtown Bridge.”

With the permission of the Council the mover amended the motion by adding the words underground before the word Lavatory.

The motion as amended was seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the advisableness of carrying out the following works: –

the carriageway of the undermentioned streets to be top dressed with two coats of tar.

Albemarle Street an estimated cost of £34.

Federation Road at an estimated cost of £40.

Australia Street at an estimated cost of £50.

Bishopsgate Street at an estimated cost of £23.16.0.

With regard to the last mentioned the mover with the consent of the Council amended the motion by adding the following words viz:

“providing the Camperdown Council pay one half of the cost in connection with Bishopsgate Street.”

The motion as amended was seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

By Alderman Clegg

5 “That the Camperdown Council be asked to cooperate in urging the Government to construct a Tramway through Newtown and Camperdown to Johnstone Street by way of Bligh and University Streets or other suitable route.”

6 “That a Committee of this Council be appointed to consider and report as to the best means of effecting improvements in the Municipality having special reference to narrow streets.”

Alderman Edwards apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Clegg.  And as no one was authorised to move them in his absence the motions lapsed.

Alderman Campbell moved:

7 “That the sum of twenty pounds be now voted the carrying out the alterations to the Town Hall Offices as recommended by the Special Committee whose report was adopted at a meeting of the Council 29th of September 1908.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:

8 That the carriageway in Darley Street be remetalled from King Street to John Street at an estimated cost of £160.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 24th day of November 1908.

Signed C.H. Ibbotson, Mayor.

O.M.

No. 08/21

Tuesday 24th of November 1908

 

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

Present

(the Mayor at a later period)

Aldermen Clegg, Campbell, Turtle, Elstub, Rigg, Lewis, Ibbotson, Edwards and W L Smith also Cox.

An apology was received from Alderman Salmon.

The Clerk having read a letter from the Mayor apologising for his inability to be present.

Alderman Ibbotson was voted to the chair on the motion of Alderman Edwards seconded by Alderman Campbell.

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

Extraordinary Vacancy

the Clerk read the official Declaration of the Poll by which William Leslie Smith was duly elected Alderman to fill the extra ordinary vacancy in the Kingston Ward caused by the death of the late Alderman James Francis Smith.

The Acting Mayor accordingly welcomed the newly elected Alderman who after acknowledging the hearty reception took his seat at the Council table.

Correspondence

From A B Armstrong calling attention to the anomaly in reference to the incidence of taxation under the Local Government act in that while the State Government pays rates on all its properties the Commonwealth does not do so there being a clause in the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act exempting it from payment of such rates and suggesting as worthy of the Councils consideration with a joint action should not be taken to induce the Commonwealth Government to voluntarily adjust the grievance complained of.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Municipality of Goulburn submitting certain resolutions adopted emphatically protesting against the Fire Brigades Bill now before Parliament being passed into law.

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan who at this stage took the chair) reported having attended a meeting of Municipal Delegates in the Local Government Offices Queen Victoria Market Sydney to consider the provisions and that the general feeling was that the Bill was framed in the right direction.  Received.

From H S Hawkins Police Magistrate advising that a Revision Court for the Municipality of Newtown will be held at the Court House Newtown on the 17th day of December 1908 at 2.45 o’clock for the purpose of revising supplementary Lists.  Received.

From the Honourable Secretary of the Enmore Superior Public School Parents Association asking the free use of the Town Hall on Friday and Saturday the 4th and 5th of December next for the purpose of holding an Exhibition of the Pupils work to raise funds to provide prizes for the scholars.

Received and request granted.

From Thomas Henderson City Missionary asking the permission of the Council in accordance with the provisions of Ordinance number 61 of the Local Government Act 1906 to allow stands in the Municipality and Collectors to collect money in connection with the City Permission Saturday on fifth of December next.

Received and permanent granted subject to the conditions of the said Ordinance.

Reports

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special report in accordance with the provisions of clause 11 of regulation number 305 recommending that the sum of £20 be voted to carry out the alterations authorised and approved in connection with the public offices.

Received and adopted.

The Overseer of Works

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

Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other things reported that Mr G A Moulder has not yet demolished premises numbers 102 and 104 Campbell Street in pursuance with his promise to the Council on 27th October last and recommending that the request of two applicants to be registered as Milk vendor’s be granted.

Received and adopted.

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 23rd of November dealing with several matters referred to them from the Council.

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 Health Committee

submitted their report dated 23rd of November with reference to a requisition from 11 grocers asking to be allowed to sell cooked ham without the necessity of putting up wire doors to their shops stating that they visited the business premises of all the parties to the registration and found that nine out of the eleven did not want to sell ham and recommending that the request be not granted.

Moved by the Mayor: That the Health Committees report as now read be and is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Alderman Lewis moved as an amendment that the Grocers selling cooked hams be permitted to do so on coverings same to the satisfaction of the Councils Officer.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle.

The amendment having been put and carried was resolved in the affirmative and the report as amended was adopted.

Special Report Newtown North School

Alderman Clegg asked that the Inspector’s report regarding the condition of the Newtown North Public School will be tabled with the same having being read the neglect of the Education Department (was severely condemned) to remedy the existing unsatisfactory state of the school and grounds as disclosed by the report was severely condemned.

Alderman Clegg moved:

“That this Council taking into consideration that the Educational Department admitting the urgency of erecting new buildings promised to call for tenders last May enter its strong and emphatic protest against the unwarrantable delay in calling tenders for the erection of new buildings for the North Newtown School and that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the Minister for Public Instruction.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Clegg moved:

1 “That the Camperdown Council be asked to cooperate in urging the Government to construct a tramway through Newtown and Camperdown to Johnston Street by way of Bligh and University Streets or other suitable route.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

2 “That a Committee of this Council be appointed to consider and report as to the best means of effecting improvements in the Municipality having special reference to narrow streets.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

3(a) “That this Council take into consideration the advisableness of purchasing one cart or waggon to be used for Street watering purposes and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

3(b) “That four carts or waggons of approved design be used in connection with the removal of garbage and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and negatived.

4 “That tenders be invited the building same.”  Withdrawn.

The Mayor moved:

5 That tenders for alterations to the Public Offices be now opened and considered.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The following tenders with then opened.

J H Foster

£11.16.0

R T Higgs

£16.0.0

J K Wilson

£27.0.0

Thomas Franklin

£20.15.0

 

Alderman Rigg moved: That the tender of J H Foster be accepted and failing his taking it up that of R D Higgs.

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 8th day of December 1908.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

O.M

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