Tuesday 7th July 1908

 

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

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From the Penrith Municipal Council asking cooperation re Limitation of Rates on farm and grazing lands should the proposed petition commend itself.

Received.

From the Lord Mayor of Sydney in connection with the visit of the American Fleet appealing for subscriptions towards defraying the expenses of fittingly welcoming the visitors to the City of Sydney.

Received.

From Darlington Municipal Council forwarding copy of a resolution to the effect: “that the Premier be asked to have the Local Government Act 1906 amended so as to remove exemptions and make every property rateable” and asking the cooperation of this Council.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Registrar Generals Department calling attention to the application of W H Crago and others to bring certain lands on which the Flour Mill stands under the provisions of the Real Property Act and also to the inclusion of sites of certain lanes and streets as to which applicant claims title by virtue of long continued adverse possession.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Department of Public Works forwarding for information of draft of the proposed Ordinance to regulate the erection of buildings under section 109 (xLiii) and asking if the same suit the requirements of this District.

Received and referred to the By laws Committee.

From JG Griffin Municipal Representative on the Water and Sewerage Board on the subject of making provision for stormwater from Margaret Street stating that some question has arisen in the officers of the Board’s minds as to the legality of the Board carrying out this work since the Local Government Act has been passed and that the Board’s Solicitor has been asked to report on the whole matter.  Received.

From P F Hart calling attention to the condition of the footway on the East side of Station Street opposite Ulster Terrace his property stating that if the Council is prepared to renew the portion he is willing to contribute Five pounds towards the cost.

Received the offer accepted and the work referred to the Works Committee.

From Messrs Sweet Brothers with reference to the notice served on them requiring the removal of a Show Case overhanging the footway in accordance with the provisions of the Ordinances under the Local Government Act and asking if the Council will be pleased to allow them to the 20th instant to give effect to the request.

Received and request granted.

From Sweet Brothers asking permission to decorate the front of their premises in King Street on the occasion of the American Fleets arrival.

Received and request granted subject to the approval of the Mayor.

From A H Lockman expressing surprise at having received notice from the Inspector ordering the removal of two glass showcases from the front of his shop and satisfaction that his next-door neighbour had called upon to remove the nuisance caused by the display of books over the foot way.  Received.

From M C Nelson asking permission to affix two mirrors to the wall in front of his shop one on each side to improve the appearance of the premises.

Received and referred to the Inspector.

From John Kelly calling attention to the steps outside the entrance to the Town Hall which are an obstruction according to the Act and not a portion of the building.  Received.

From Joseph Lauman applying for permission to build one story brick house in Oxford Street in accordance with plan and specification submitted.

Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

From W C Fidden submitting plans and specification of two cottages proposed to be erected in Alice Street.

Received and referred to the Officers.

From Alan McKenzie applying for a butcher’s licence in connection with this premises 306 King Street Newtown.

Received and granted subject to the Inspectors approval of premises.

From A Martin applying for a Fish and Oyster Saloon shop licence 457½ King Street Newtown.

Received and granted subject to approval of Inspector of premises and appliances.

From Phillip Kennedy applying for a Fish shop keepers licence at premises number 415 King Street Newtown.

Received and licence to be granted subject to the Inspector’s approval of the premises and appliances.

From the Marrickville Municipal Council with reference to the repairs necessary to Edgeware Road Harrow Road and Julliet Street stating that the Engineer reported that the cost of the works proposed to be done and defrayed by this Council would amount to £450.10.5 and that the matter had been referred to the Ward Aldermen for report and to provide the necessary funds for carrying out the work.

Received.

From (the) Justin McSweeney offering to supply from 15 to 20 thousand 1st class wood blocks from Abercrombie Street which were only recently laid and as good now as when laid at 7 pounds per thousand.

Received and deferred.

From the Honourable Secretary Newtown Brass Band applying for the annual subsidy now due.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From D Ghiggino President St [—] Church Committee with reference to the Works Committee’s recommendation and adopted by the Council to pave the foot path in front of premises provided the Committee agreed to pay one half of the cost; ask reconsideration with the view of doing the work free of cost to them.

Received and the Works Committee’s recommendation to be adhered to.

From J H Clayton Solicitor reporting that in the appeal of the Reverend Dean Slattery in connection with St Josephs RC school His Worship McSmithers held on 24th June last that the land was not rateable property but declined to eliminate or amend the rate.  In his opinion the decision was worthless and should not have been given in as much as it was not within the province of the Appeal Court- A Court of Petty Sessions to try a question of this kind.  Therefore recommend that Counsels opinion be obtained.

Received and Messrs Clayton to be instructed to seek Counsel’s advice on the matter.

 

Reports

The Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 6th May which disclose the balance at credit of the General Fund with the Bank of Australasia on 30th of June 1908 to be £2927.15.4.  Received.

 

The Works Committee

reported having met the Marrickville Works Committee on the thirst instant with reference to the repairs needed to Juliet Street Harrow Road and Edgeware Road and estimated the total cost at £907.0.10.

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

Seconded by Alderman Salmon 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

in his report recommended the applications of Messrs J F O’Malley

B F Hicks and W S Stewart for registration as Milk Vendors.

Received and the registrations granted.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 That in accordance with the provisions of clause 4 of Ordinance 55 under the Local Government Act 1906 relating to Hoardings Signs and Advertisements John Watson Sanitary Inspector be and is hereby appointed Hoarding Inspector charged with the carrying out of the Ordinance subject to the direction of the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

2 That in accordance with the said Ordinance this Council fix the following charges viz:

  1. Licence fee 10/-per square yard of advertising space.

Aldermen Smith moved as an amendment that the fee be 1/-per square yard.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and negatived.

Aldermen Smith moved a further amendment that the fee be 5/-per square yard.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

  1. Bill poster’s licence 2/6 to be in force until the 31st of December following the date of issue.

The resolution as amended was then put and carried.

4 That it be referred to the Specification Committee to prepare Specification for tarpaving and sanding the wood paving in King Street and Enmore Road.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Order of the Day

to open and consider applications for the position of the second Sanitary Inspector.

Resolved that the Council go into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to open and consider applications.

In Committee the Council opened and considered thirty applications and on receiving the Mayor brought up the following report:

“Your Committee having considered applications for the position of second Sanitary Inspector recommend that Frederick Hoffman be appointed to the position at a salary of £2 per week payable weekly in accordance with (plan) specification of duties already adopted.”

Alderman Smith moved: That the Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 21st day of July 1908.

 

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

 

O.M.

No. 08/12

 

Tuesday 21st of July 1908

 

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

Apologies were received from Aldermen Cox and Turtle.

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From Kent Brierley and Sully bringing under notice their present operations with regard to the supply of Electric current for lighting and power in Balmain and their intention to extend them if satisfactory arrangements can be made.  Received.

From the Director of Intelligence Department offering to supply a set of photochrome views of this State for display in the Hall provided the Council can arrange to have them a framed and suitably displayed.

Received.

From John McKechnie complaining of the unfair treatment he received at the hands of the Valuers in the recent Assessment of land in Alice Street owned by the late F Ives.

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council cannot interfere.

From Victor Cumming with reference to the proposed laying of pipes through his allotment to carry of stormwater from Georgina Street stating that he now withdraws his permission given in his letter of 16th May last.  Received.

From the Town Clerk Randwick intimating that the Minister for Public Works will receive the deputation from the Suburban Municipal Councils on the question of the adoption of minimum frontages on Thursday 23rd instant at 12.25p.m. received.

From the Municipality of the Glebe asking the cooperation of this Council in asking Mr Paton SM to state a case in regard to this decision that part of the land in the Glebe on which the Church of England is erected is not rateable.  Received.

From Hollander and Govett and Messrs Isaac Roff with reference to the fee fixed by the Council viz 5/-per square yard per and on the surface space of all advertising hoardings within this Municipality and praying that the Council may after due consideration fix the tax at an amount not exceeding that enforced by the City Council namely one penny per square yard per annum.  Received.

From the J Daniels Advertising and Publishing Company making a similar appeal.  Received.

From Messrs W R Smith George Pratt C R Croft stating that by direction of the Inspector they had removed certain Show Cases in which the goods were exhibited outside their business premises and asking the permission of the Council to replace same.

Received and referred to the Inspector for report.

Alderman Clegg moved: “That all such applications be referred to the Inspector to be the reported on at the next meeting of the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

From Thomas Martin calling attention to the condition of Wells Street between John Street and Pearl Lane.

Received and to be informed that the work will be carried out at once.

From E J Eyles notifying that he is about to erect (the) four cottages in Francis Street for Mr W Gregory and submitting plans and specifications.

Received and referred to the Officers.

From the Medical Officer of Health forwarding a report by the Assistant Medical Officer of Health (Dr Sinclair) on the insanitary condition of premises numbered 50 and 52 Raper Street.

Received and the Inspector to carry out the suggestions contained in the report.

From the Secretary Newtown District Cricket Club and Newtown District Football Club asking the use of the Town Hall on the evenings of Thursday and Friday 6th and 7th proximo respectively.

Received and the use of the Town Hall to be granted on payment of the usual charge for hire.

From W C Clegg on behalf of the With Newtown Public School Parents Association asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to the Minister for Public Instruction to urge the early in erection of the new buildings in connection with the said school.

Received and request granted.

From W C McDougall and Company regretting that their last letter upon the subject of the Councils printing were so couched as to lead the Mayor to disallow its being read and quoting the price of printing 50 copies of the fortnightly business paper for 1/9 per page.

Received.

 

Butchers Licence

From S Goldberg applying for a butcher’s licence in respect of premises number 679 King Street.

Received and referred to the Inspector.

 

Fish and licence

From Andrew McLachlan WT Grounds H Jones Thomas Kenney G E Flints and A J Lance applying for Licences to sell fish poultry rabbits and etc.

Received and referred to the Inspector.

From J Cranston J Dooley and W H Prichard applying for a bill posters licence.

Received an application is granted.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported accounts paid subject to confirmation amounting to £412.14.11 and submitted accounts for approval to pay amounting to £214.16.5.

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

submitted a special report with reference to the following remits from the Council viz:

  1. Recommending that Sanitary Inspector John Watson summary be increased from £156 to £182 from 1st July instant.
  2. Recommending Special grant for the current year of £25 to the Newtown Brass Band.  The Band to submit to the Mayor program of the performances to be given and Newtown.
  3. With regard to Mr Jing Try here’s application for a special fee to meet extra clerical assistance in connection with the valuation.

Your Committee regret that they cannot recommend any Special fee to the Valuer.

The Mayor moved: That the Special report of the Finance Committee as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 13th July dealing with a large number of matters remitted to them from the Council.

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

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

The By laws Committee

reported with reference to the draft proposed Ordinances submitted by the Department of Public Works for regulating the erection and etc of buildings and recommending that such Ordinances be approved by the Council.

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

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

The Overseer of Works

Reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past week and works in progress.  Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

Reported that three applications had been received for registration as milk vendors and that closing orders against premises 102 and 104 Campbell Street on account of their being unfit for human habitation had been made at the Newtown Court to prohibit their being used until they have been rendered fit for habitation.

Received and adopted.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor Moved:

1 “That the Corporate Seal be affixed to the Application for purchase of land for widening Trade Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

2  “That the sum of Five hundred pounds (£500) be now placed to the credit of Reserve Fund for renewing the wood-blocks in King Street and Enmore Road when and where required.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Seal

The Mayor asked the permission of the Council to have the corporate Seal affixed to a declaration that he is Alderman and Mayor of the Municipality of Newtown.

Moved by Alderman Smith: “that the permission be granted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 4th day of August 1908.

 

Signed Harold T. Morgan, Mayor.

 

 

O.M.

08/13

 

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