Tuesday 12th of May 1908

 

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

 

Present

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

 

Apology

The Mayor apologised for the absence of Alderman Rigg.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Honourable Secretary Newtown Brass Band enumerating the performances given by the Band in accordance with arrangements.  Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Instruction explaining that in consequence of his numerous engagements he is not just now able to receive a Deputation on the subject of Technical College matters.  Received.

From the Town Clerk Paddington forwarding a resolution regarding the surplus funds of the Water and Sewerage Board amounting to about £250000.

Received and cooperation in the direction suggested granted.

From P J Clines Solicitor re J S Pithers claim for damages and asking who will accept process.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council Clerk will accept service of any process.

From the Council Clerk Marrickville and asking this Councils cooperation in the movement to urge the construction of a tram line along Cleveland Street for the purpose of connecting the eastern and western suburbs.

Received and cooperation granted.

From C N Sykke regarding an alleged accident to his wife at Enmore Tram terminus.  Received.

From the Council Clerk Municipality of Stockton asking the cooperation of this Council with a view to the amendment of Sub section 3 of Section 132 of the Local Government Act.

Received.

From the Secretary Board of Health advising that 16 samples of milk submitted by this Authority on the 29th of April have been chemically examined and that the evidence in respect of number 457 is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.

Received and the authority to prosecute granted.

From the Under Secretary Public Works Department re transfer of Balance now standing to the Credit of Lighting account to the General Fund and asking that application be submitted sealed with the Councils seal.

Received and seal to be affixed.

From the Council Clerk Camperdown relative to the construction by this Council of two gully shafts one each in Regent and Church Streets.  Received.

From the Council Clerk North Botany asking for the use of the Road Roller for a few days.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From Are D He is making application to erect hoarding and premises in accordance with plans and Specification submitted there with.

Received and referred to the Officer.

 

Reports

 

Special Report Finance Committee

recommending is as follows

1 That a cheque for £22.12.0 being the difference between the actual cost of realigning King Street and Enmore Road and the amount (£108) already paid be forwarded to the State Treasurer.

2 That the Assets and Liabilities of the Council estimated at £15386.9.7 and £37080.3.9 respectively be allocated among the funds to the kept in accordance with clause 4 of Regulation number 305 of the Local Government Act.

3 That the sum of one thousand six hundred and seventy-four pounds be voted for carrying out certain works specified.

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 Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 14th of April amounting to £585.1.3 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £346.13.4.

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 Works Committee

under date 4 May reported having considered the various matters contained in the eight clauses thereof with their recommendations.

The Mayor moved that the Works Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

After some discussion Alderman Clegg moved as an amendment: “That an additional water cart be purchased.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and negatived.

The motion to adopt the report was then put and carried.

 

The Specification Committee

submitted Specification of the duties of Book Keeper recommending the same for adoption and that applications be invited by advertisement and considered at next meeting of the Council.  And with regard to the proposal to call tenders for doing the printing of this Council recommending that as printing and books have been provided for quotations be obtained from different firms including the local people when fresh supplies are required.

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

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

 

The Treasurer

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

 

Bank Balance per last statement

Cr

£ 1052.12.11

Deposits

 

6294.3.11

Cheques issued

£ 3769.12.7

 

Balance at date

3577.4.3

 

 

£ 7346.16.10

£ 7346.16.10

 

Received.

 

For 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 amongst other matters recommending granting of registration of two applicants as Milk Vendors and that the Contractors for Kingston and Camden Ward be fined 10/-each for breaches of their contractors.  Received and adopted.

 

Motions Pursuant To Notice

Alderman Elstub moved:

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 tar paved crossing at an estimated cost of £11.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

Alderman’s Salmon moved:

2 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report to this Council as to the necessity pacing a gas lamp at the intersection of Herbert Street with Linthorpe Street at a cost of the £4 per annum.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Turtle moved:

3 “That as recommended by the Works Committee on 16th March 1908 the kerbing and guttering in Hopetoun Street (East side) be completed and the footway be brick paved at an estimated cost of £64.11.0.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the desirableness of planting 12 suitable trees in Northwood Street at an estimated cost of £4.4.0.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Edwards moved:

5 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the necessity of brick paving the foot path on the East side of Pearl Street at an estimated cost of £52.10.0.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and carried.

 

Alderman Cox moved:

6 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the necessity of re-metalling Erskineville Road from the Railway Bridge to Union Street at an estimated cost of £100 provided that the Erskineville Council agrees to pay one half of the cost.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Alderman Edwards moved:

7 “That as recommended by the Works Committee the kerb in King Street between St Peters Railway Station and Goodsell Street be re fixed the gutter stones renewed and the foot path tarpaved at an estimated cost of £75.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried

 

General Business

Alderman Smith asked that a portion of the kerb in Brooks Lane be repaired and notice served on the owners of property in Albemarle Street to lop off the branches of trees which obscure the light from the Gas Lamps.

Alderman Edwards asked that a letter be written to the Erskineville Council asking if that body will contribute towards the cost of installing Street orderly bins in King Street between Union Street and St Peters Railway Bridge and also the cost of collecting the sweepings.

Alderman Lewis called attention to the necessity of having a lamp erected at the northern side of St Stephens Parish School and the repairs needed to the foot path in Yaralla Street.

Alderman Clegg called attention to the condition of the foot path between Missenden Road and Forbes Street.

The Mayor said that these matters would be attended to.

Alderman Clegg called attention to the vacancy in the Lighting Committee and moved that Alderman Lewis be appointed.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Mayor reported that the Valuers had asked for legal assistance for upholding the valuations against appeals at the Appeal Court on Wednesday the 13th instant and stated that he had asked the Councils Solicitor to appear.

Alderman Clegg asks permission of the Council to move “That this Council is of the opinion that the Mayor should call a meeting of Citizens and representative bodies of Newtown to consider the best way of fittingly celebrating Empire Day and that such meeting take place next Monday.

Alderman Smith took the point that Alderman Clegg cannot submit the motion.

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

Alderman Clegg moved that the Council dissent from the Mayor’s ruling.

There being no seconder the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 26 day of April 1908.

 

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

O.M.

No. 08/8

 

Tuesday 26th of May 1908

 

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

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From Hattes Arcade Studio offering a group of the Mayor and Aldermen and officers on 31st of January 1908 for £3.3.0.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Department of Public Works notifying Proclamation of Consolidated Ordinances in Government Gazette of 14th May to come into force on 15th June 1908.  Received.

From a number of residents Queen and Bennett Streets calling attention to the state of the foot path on the foot path on the lower side of Bennett Street and the need of a lamp opposite right of way between Bennett and Wilson Streets.

Received and a letter to be sent stating that the footway is passed and will be done in order and that the request for a lamp is referred to the Lighting Committee.

From Herbert L Tress Solicitor for the Trustees of the Kingston Mission House and Church stating that his clients are prepared to sell to the Council a strip of land to which the (strip of land) the Councils letters of third and eleventh of May refers excluding there from the one foot reserve existing between their land and the north-western half of Trade Street.

Received and the responsible Minister to be asked to obtain the Governor’s consent to acquire the land.

From Lucy Davis enclosing notice of appeal in connection with the valuation of property known as 165 167 and 169 King Street Newtown which was received by her too late to enable her to lodge an appeal in time and in the circumstances asking if some reduction cannot be made in the valuation.

Received and writer to be informed that the notices were posted to the last known address in the Councils books.

From the Council Clerk Redfern asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Railway Commissioners to urge that the same privileges be extended to Aldermen of Suburban Councils with regard to tram passes as is given to Aldermen of the City Council.

Received.

From the Council Clerk Glebe intimating that the proposed (action) meeting in connection with the action being taken to obtain larger representations for Suburbans Municipalities on the Commission appointed by the Government to enquire into the question of the improvement of the City and Suburbs will take place on Tuesday the 27th instant at 3.30pm in the Queens Hall 305 Pitt Street.

Received.

From A J Herbert calling attention to the state of the footpath and the kerb and gutter in front of his licensed premises the Union Hotel.

Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

From J H Garkell submitting plan in accordance with which he asks the permission of the Council to erect a sign from the veranda post at number 401 King Street.

Received and writer to be informed that the Council cannot grant permission to erect any such sign.

From the Council Clerk Petersham forwarding copy of a resolution passed by his Council asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Minister for Public Instruction the purpose of discussing the advisableness of substituting the Municipal Councils of the Metropolitan Area in lieu of School Boards.  Received.

From the Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown advising that Fixed Deposit Receipt due on 25th of May (number 5073) £500 has been renewed for 12 months with interest (£30) added the total deposit being £530 bearing interest at 3 % per annum.  Received.

From H E Davey intimating that it is his intention to erect four cottages in Simmons Street Enmore Ward and submitting plans for Council’s approval.

Received and referred with plan to the Officer.

 

Reports

 

The Lighting Committee

submitted their report dated 25th of May consisting of nine clauses dealing matters referred to them from the Council and their recommendations.

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

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

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

among other matters reported having proceeded against D Fitzgerald for selling milk containing 2% of added water for which a fine of £5 was imposed together with 6/- costs.

Authority was asked to serve the statutory notice on the Owner of property at the corner of Little Queen and Campbell Streets requiring him to put the premises in a safe and insanitary condition.

Report received in connection with the portion referring to property in Little Queen Street the necessary authority granted.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

the following motions notice of which given by Alderman Turtle were withdrawn by consent of the Council:

1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report to the Council as to the necessity of renewing the asphalted footpath on the South side of Trade Street.”

2 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report to the Council as to the necessity of renewing the asphalted footpaths on the East side of Baltic Street in front of new Terrace.”

 

Alderman Turtle moved:

3 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report to the Council as to the necessity of renewing or repaving the gutter stones in the Lane between Bedford and Trade Streets.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Clegg moved:

4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the breaking up and tar paving of the following:

O’Connell Street Lane between Pine Street and Randall Street running parallel thereto Lane between Randall Street and Holdsworth Street and running parallel thereto.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

 

The Mayor moved:

5 That in accordance with the provisions of Sub Section (b) of Section 17 of Regulation number 305 the Council Clerk be and is hereby authorised to order goods in emergent cases where required for stock or for work not previously by the Council prior to obtaining such authority from the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Alderman Smith moved:

6 “That it be referred to the Overseer of Works to report on the cost and advisability of breaking up all the old tar paved footpaths in the Kingston Ward where required and top dress the same with blue metal screenings.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

7 “That the footpaths in Albermarle Baltic and Albert Streets front and sides of property owned by Mr Coulson be asphalted at an estimated cost of £16.12.0.  Mr Coulson having in accordance with Section 17 of Regulation 305 paid one half of the cost.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Questions Without Notice

the Mayor said that he had been considering the expediency of employing an experienced man for the purpose of replacing dead trees  or trees which have been wilfully removed and attending generally to all the trees in the Municipality throughout the year.

Mr Hastings Favell and experienced gardener residing in Sarah Street has offered to do all this for the sum of 18/-per week working three days a week the Mayor added that Mr Favell can be thoroughly recommended.

Alderman Turtle moved: “That the Mayor be and is authorised to employ Mr Favell on the terms stated.”

Seconded by Alderman Cox and unanimously carried.

 

Order of the Day

to open and considered (tenders) application for the position of Bookkeeper.

Alderman Smith moved that the Council do now resolved into Committee of the Whole Council with closed doors to open and consider applications received.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

At 11 o’clock p.m. the Committee adjourned to resume again at 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd of June.

 

At the appointed time the Mayor and a full Council were present also the nine candidates to which the number had been reduced.  After each had been examined and retired and the Committee had carefully considered their credentials the Mayor brought up the following report.

Your Committee having considered the applications for the position of Bookkeeper recommend that Mr Sydney Russell be appointed to the position at a salary of £3 per week payable weekly in accordance with the specification of duties already adopted.

Alderman Smith moved that the report from the Committee of the Whole as now submitted be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and adopted.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 9th day of June 1906.

 

After the above Minutes had been read the Mayor intimated that he had received a letter from Mr Russell regretting that he cannot see his way clear to enter on his duties.

Alderman Rigg moved: “That Mr Arthur William Miller be appointed Bookkeeper.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried unanimously.

Confirmed.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

O.M.

No. 08/9

 

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