Tuesday 14th April 1908

 

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Smith, Campbell, Salmon, Edwards, Ibbotson, Lewis, Clegg, Turtle and Cox.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From George Christie reporting the completion of the audit of the accounts of the Municipality for the period ending 4th February 1908 and having certified to the correctness of the accounts.

Received.

From George Christie applying for reappointment as Auditor for the year 1908 at remuneration of £12.10.0 per half-year.

Received and to stand over till resolution dealt with.

From the Municipal Council of Hurstville asking the cooperation of this Council in a protest to the Government against the proposed reservation of an area about 2800 acres on the western side of the Ridge for the Consumptive’s Home at Waterfall within that the Watershed of the Woronora River.  Received.

From the Kogarah Municipal Council directing attention to the extreme congestion of traffic at the Steam ferry Tom Ugly’s point and asking the cooperation of this Council in bringing the matter under the notice of the Minister for Works the necessity for some better means of communication across the river being provided.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage asking the Councils assistance in connection with the disposal stormwater and surface water from houses and grounds connected therewith within the area over which this Council has jurisdiction by seeing that prior to the erection of any houses being commenced in the area the 14 days notice and particulars required under Section 107 of the Metropolitan Water and Sewerage Act 1880 furnished to the Board.  Received.

From the Under Secretary to the Premier in reply to representations for supporting the claim of the Newtown Brass Band for selection to represent the Commonwealth at the France British Exhibition stating that Mr Wade fully appreciates the merits of the Band in question but that it is not proposed to send a band to England.

Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Instruction relative to the proposed new building in connection with the Public School at Newtown stating that from a report received from the Department of Public Works it appears that the plans etc will take about six weeks to complete and that tenders will be invited about the middle of May.

Received.

From the Town Clerk Sydney with reference to the condition of Bligh Street between Newtown Road and Missenden Road and the necessity which exists for an improvement being effected at an early date.

The Mayor stated that he had an estimate prepared and that the cost of reforming ballasting and metalling the carriageway and forming and tarpaving the foot path would be £1173.

Received and to be informed that this Council is prepared to do the work in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act and the Ordinances and Regulations thereunder on receipt of a cheque for one half of the estimated cost or an undertaking to pay when the work is completed.

From Alderman Lewis resigning his seat as a member of the Lighting Committee.

From Messrs R W Brittain and J B Booth applying for a licence to open the Trocadero Hall as a Skating Rink and forwarding Certificate from the Officer in Charge of the local Fire Brigade that he has tested the hose and fire appliances and found them in good order and condition.

Received an application granted on payment of the fee of one guinea.

From H Cohen applying for permission to erect Balconies in accordance with plans and specifications submitted to two new shops now being erected at numbers 191 and 193 King Street Newtown adjoining his other property.

The Mayor stated that he had caused a letter to be sent to Mr Cohen also his Architect (Mr Meek) that the Council will not permit any balconies such as shown on the plans to be erected.

The matter having been fully considered the letter was received and the action of the Mayor endorsed.

From Moodie Brothers making application to erect additions and make alterations to numbers 85 and 87 King Street according to plans and specification submitted.

Received and referred to the Officers.

From the Honourable General Secretary Hospital Saturday Fund asking if the Council will acknowledge the usual badge printed “Authorised Collector” as per specimen.

Received and agreed to.

From the Municipal Council of Ballina seeking the cooperation of this Council by asking the Minister for Works to amend the Local Government Act and Ordinances in the direction of providing that Councils may appeal when they consider the valuation is too low.

Received.

From T Mulholland forwarding plans of five cottages he proposes erecting on the Northward Estate.

Received and referred to the Officers.

From Thomas Hitchen submitting drawings and specifications of alterations and additions to bread factory situated in Erskineville.

Received and referred to the Officers.

From W H Cadogan making application for the position of Auditor to the Municipality at a fee of ten guineas each half year and £5.5.0 for assisting in preparing the Balance sheet and opening the new books in accordance with the requirements of the regulations.

Received and to stand over till resolution is dealt with.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 18th February amounting to £2238.4.1 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £724.11.7.

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

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 6th April dealing with several matters referred to them from the Council and their recommendations.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Alderman Clegg moved as an Amendment “That the Committees report as submitted be adopted with the exception of paragraph 1 dealing with the dust nuisance to be referred back to the Committee for detailed report.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle.

The amendment and motion having been bought Alderman Clegg called for a division with the following result.

 

For the Amendment- Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Lewis, Smith and Cox.

For the Motion- Aldermen Campbell, Salmon, Ibbotson and Edwards.

The report as amended was adopted by 5 votes to 4.

 

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

reported having prosecuted A M Kellar the Newtown Court for selling milk adulterated with water when he was fined £10 and 27/-costs and recommending the registration of two milk vendors.

Received and adopted.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported specially with regard to the Public Urinal at the Rugby Hotel which he inspected and founded in a satisfactory state.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Elstub to move:

1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report to this Council on the advisability of removing the pipe crossing at the intersection of Albemarle and Oxford Streets and substituting an open tarpaved crossing at an estimated cost of £11.”

In the absence of the mover deferred till next meeting.

 

Aldermen Clegg to move:

2 “That this Council takes steps to see that Empire Day is fittingly celebrated in this Municipality and that the schools and public bodies within the Municipality be asked to cooperate in the movement and that a meeting of citizens at the Town Hall be convened for Thursday next the 16th instant to carry the above resolution into effect.”

Before moving the motion Smith raised the point that this is a matter which is outside the province of the Council and asked the Mayor’s ruling.

After some argument the Mayor ruled the motion out of order.

3 “That suitable trees be planted in Forbes Street, Queen Street Watkins Street and Brown Street.”

The mover asked and was allowed to omit “Queen Street”.

On the motion of Alderman Smith the motion as amended by adding the words “the cost estimated and referred to the Works Committee.”

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

 

Aldermen Turtle moved:

4 “That that proportion of the Works Committee dated the 16th of March 1908 recommending “that the foot path on the East side of Hopetoun Street be brickpaved be hereby rescinded with a view to the same being tar paved.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and negatived.

 

The Mayor moved:

5 “That Mr George Christie be reappointed to Audit the books of the Council for the half years ending 30th of June and 31st December 1908 at remuneration of £12.10 shillings for each Audit.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Edwards and seconded by Alderman Clegg.

Mr W H Cadogan be appointed at remuneration of ten guineas for each Audit and five guineas for the opening Balance sheet.

The amendment and motion having been put the voting was 8 for the amendment and 2 for the motion.

The Amendment being the substantive motion was put and declared carried.

 

Alderman Edwards moved:

6 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report to this Council as to the necessity or otherwise of completing the paving of the foot path on the west side of Pearl Street between sections already brick paved at an estimated cost £16.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

7 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report to the Council as to the necessity or otherwise of renewing the tarpaving of the foot path South side of Alice Street from Hawk and Street to Edgeware Road at an estimated cost of £57.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

8 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report to this Council as to the necessity or otherwise of renewing the gutterstones (about 90 yards) in King Street between St Peters Railway Station and Goodsell Street at an estimated cost of £27.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

 

General

Alderman Clegg asks the Mayor if he would cause a letter to be written to the Department of Public Construction asking when it will be convenient for the Minister to receive a Deputation regarding the proposal to establish a fully equipped branch of the Technical College in the District.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 28th day of April 1908.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

 

O.M.

No 08/6

 

Tuesday 28th of April 1908

 

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

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works covering copy of Proclamation which appeared in the Government Gazette of 8th of April from which will be seen that the Government has approved the suspension of the Land Tax enactments in the area.  Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Lands asking to be informed if the Council desires the carriage and footways of King Street as shown upon the Official plan of alignment survey made for the purpose to be established and if so Executive approval will be sought as no objection to the proposed alteration to the alignment has been received by the Department.  The letter also asked that a cheque for £22.12.0 the difference between the actual whole cost (£103.19.6) of survey and of alteration of King Street also actual whole cost (£26.12.6) of the remarking of Enmore Road between Station Street and Juliet Street and the amount (£108) paid by the Council towards such costs be forwarded.

Received and with regard to the first paragraph resolved that the Council accept the alignment and request Executive approval and that the second and last paragraph be referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Town Clerk Sydney with reference to Bligh Street and the cost of effecting improvements estimated at £1173 stating that he will submit the same to the Lord Mayor for his consideration.  Received.

From the Registrar District Court Sydney advising that he has fixed the 29th of May next at 10 a.m. at the Courthouse Queens Square Sydney for the hearing of appeals against valuations of property within the Municipality of Newtown.  Received.

From Thomas A Tester intimating that he has been appointed Council Clerk to the North Botany Council and tendering his resignation as an officer of this Council and asking if the Council will favour him with a testimonial.

In moving that the letter be received the resignation accepted and that a Certificate under the seal of the Council be given the Mayor expressed his appreciation of Mr Testers past services and wished him every success.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub supported by Alderman Salmon and Rigg and carried.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

reported recommending that milk vendor’s registration to Charles Meldrum whose premises were found to be in a satisfactory condition.  He also reported that in compliance with the circular distributed within the Municipality householders are providing themselves with garbage boxes required by the Ordinances under the Local Government Act.  Received.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

the Mayor moved:

1 That as provision has been made by this Council for Street lighting out of the sum to be raised by a General rate of 2¾ pence in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Values the sum of £116.11.10 at the credit of the Lighting Account Fund on 4th February 1908 be transferred to the General Fund subject to the approval of the Governor.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

2 That a copy of the foregoing resolution be forwarded to the Minister for Public Works.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

3 That pending the issue of Ordinance on that behalf any building proposed to be used as a place of public resort for any purpose of amusement whatever the fee for the license thereof be one guinea provided that the Inspector reports that such building is in all respects in accordance with the requirements of subsection (b) of Section 114 of the Local Government At 1906.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Edwards to move:

4 “That the foot path in front of numbers 47 to 55 Wells Street be brick paved at an estimated cost of £5.5.0 subject to reference to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Alderman Clegg to move:

5 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the planting of suitable trees in Pine Randall and Holdsworth Streets.

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

6 “That tenders be called for doing the printing of this Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

7 “That a committee be appointed to consider the question of reopening the library for the use of the citizens.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

Alderman Lewis to move:

8 “That it be referred to the Works Committee for report as to the cost of breaking up and re-metalling or tarpaving the Lane between Georgina Street and Fitzroy Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

Questions of Which Due Notice has been Given

 

Alderman Clegg asked:

1  What was the last year for which tenders for printing were called.

Answer: 20th of March 1906 for year ending February 1907.

2  Purposes acceptable tenderer amount of this tender and what’s sons were paid to him in terms of such tender.

Answers: First George Watson second paid according to schedule prices third £62.16.0.

3 Who has done printing for the Council the subsequent years and what amount has been paid for such printing.

Answer: first George Watson’s second £29.0.3.

 

With the consent of the Council Alderman Clegg moved: That the committee to consider the question of reopening the Library consist of Aldermen Turtle Campbell Cox Rigg the mover and the Mayor.

 

Resolved and the motion of the Mayor that it be referred to the Specification Committee to prepare specifications of the duties of Assistant Council Clerk.

Alderman Turtle moved: That letter be written to the Chief Railway Commissioner reminding of the promise to have a lamp placed on the northern side of the subway at the foot of Phillip Street so as to afford light to the steps.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

 

Confirmed this 12th day of May 1908.

 

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

 

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