Tuesday 4th August 1908

 

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

 

Present

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

Alderman Edwards apologised for the absence of Alderman Cox owing to indisposition.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

From J.H. Clayton Solicitor covering copy of Counsel’s opinion re St Josephs Roman Catholic School and Church Assessment No 55.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Department of Public Works with reference to the Revision of the Supplementary Lists of Electors which must be prepared this year asking to be informed as to the place at which it is desired Revision Court should be held.

Received and to be informed that the Council desires that Newtown Court to be the place.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Instruction intimating that in view of the proceeding in Parliament now pending a date for the proposed interview with Mr Hogue on the subject of the establishment of a local branch of the Technical College cannot at present be appointed.  Received.

From the Secretary Local Government Association of NSW intimating that the 26th Annual Session of the Association will be commenced on Tuesday 1st September asking to be furnished with the names of the representatives from this Council and a remittance of the Annual Subscription of £2.2.0 now due.

Received and the Mayor and Alderman Smith appointed to represent the Council.

From the Municipality of Marrickville stating that the Council is prepared to carry out the necessary work to Harrow Road £106.0.3 Juliett Street £70.10.0 Edgeware Road £274.0.2 as estimated by the two Engineers the work to be carried out by this Council subject to the approval of their Engineer.  Received.

From the Mayor of Wagga Wagga asking the cooperation of this Council in endeavouring to secure the amendment of Section 55 (a) of the Local Government Act so that a change of residence shall not debar a person from Enrolment as an Elector provided he has been in occupation of any ratable property within the Municipality for a period of three months next preceeding the prescribed day.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Municipal Council of Hurstville asking cooperation in securing an amendment of Sections 73 and 74 of the Local Government Act of 1906 by distinguishing the powers of a municipal Council from its duties and with this object forwarding a Petition to be signed by the Mayor and Clerk and the Common Seal of the Council affixed thereto and afterwards returned.

Received cooperation granted and the Seal authorised to be affixed.

From R H Gordon and Company stating that he has complied with the Inspector’s request by removing a small sign erected over the entrance to Hatte’s Arcade.  Received.

From E Johnston asking that the asphalting in front of his new Cottage in Bligh Street be completed.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor to carry out the work.

From the Board of Health advising that the 12 samples of Milk submitted by this Authority on the 21st instant have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst from whose report it will be seen that the evidence in respect of 459 and 468 is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.

Received and the Mayor authorised to instruct the Inspector to prosecute as recommended by the Board.

From the CPS Newtown advising that during the year ending 30th June last the amount received at the Court as fines from various persons amounted to £59.5.6.  Received.

From Mrs Alice Gardiner asking permission to be allowed to retain show cases in front of her business premises in King Street.

Received and to be considered in conjunction with the Inspector’s report.

From a number of residents in the Linthorpe Estate asking that a gas lamp be erected at the corner of Linthorpe and Herbert Streets.

Received and a reply to be sent that a lamp has already been erected.

From FV Flanagan Honourable Secretary to a Committee of Citizens appointed to entertain the first grade Rugby football Club in honour of their winning the 1908 competition and asking the use of the Town Hall on Wednesday evening the 12th instant for the occasion.

Received and application granted.

 

Reports

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of necessary repairs carried out in the different wards during the past fortnight. Received.

 

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported recommending the granting of William Whitakers application for registration as Milk Vendor and the prosecution of a Milk Vendor in the Municipality who is unregistered and asking authority to serve the Statutory notice required under Section 58 of the Public Health Act in respect of premises 102 and hundred and four Regent Street and 50 and 52 Raper Street.

Paragraph 6 contained a report of position and dimensions of Show Cases for which permission to place them outside the business premises last meeting of the Council.

The report was received paragraphs 1 to 5 adopted and authority asked by Inspector in paragraphs 4 and 5 granted and paragraph 6 referred to the Works Committee from report.

 

Motions Pursuant To Notice

 

Alderman Rigg moved:

1 (a) “That Section (a) and resolution 2 viz: “Licence fee 5/-per square yard of advertising space passed at the meeting of Council on Tuesday 7th July be now rescinded.”

That in lieu thereof a charge of 2d per square yard of advertising space be made with a minimum charge of £1 per annum.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and on the point raised by Alderman Clegg ruled out of order.

(b) That the licence fee for the erection of a hoarding or any hoarding now in use be 10 shillings.

Seconded by the Mayor and carried.

 

The Mayor moved:

2 That as recommended by the Finance Committee on 21st of July 1908 the sum of £25 being now paid to the Newtown Brass Band as a special grant for the current year.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Alderman Turtle moved:

3 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the cost and advisableness of laying out the south side of Federation Road with rockeries and shrubberies garden plots and seating accommodation to same.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the advisability of kerbing and guttering and asphalting the foot way in front of new cottages in Northwood Street at an estimated cost of £16.”

5 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the advisability of completing the metalling of the carriageway in Northwood Street at an estimated cost of £51.10.0.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

The Mayor moved:

6 “That as recommended by the Works Committee as per report of first July 1908 and the Marrickville Council’s agreement to pay one half of the cost in each case as per their letter of 23rd idem the following boundary works be carried out at once viz:

(a) the carriageway and Juliett Street metal 21 feet wide at an estimated cost of £141.”

(b) The roadway in Harrow Road broken up and tarmetalled full width at an estimated cost of £212.0.6.

(c) Edgeware Road from Alice Street to Wells Street be the ballasted and metalled 21 feet wide.

From Wells Street to Railway metalled 21 feet wide.

From Railway to May Street broken and remetalled 26 feet wide Newtown side 14 feet wide and Marrickville 12 feet wide at an estimated cost of £554.0.4.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

 

Alderman Clegg moved:

7 “That a meeting of the Mayor and Aldermen of those Councils that have expressed themselves in favour of the proposed Building Act be convened to discuss the terms of same and takes steps to bring the same before the Government.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 18th day of August 1908.

 

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

 

O.M.

No. 08/14

18th August 1908

 

Tuesday 18th August 1908

 

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

 

Present

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

 

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

 

Correspondence

From W Marie calling attention to the stoppage of the drain at the rear of his property in Wilson Street which here attributes to the Councils workmen.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage regarding the Councils request that the Stormwater Sewer from Margaret Street Newtown might be connected with the stormwater drain running through tramvale into Cooks River stating that the Stormwater Duct in question could not be used as an adjunct to the sewer and is purely a Municipal work the responsibility for the construction of the same cannot be accepted by the Department.

Received an application to be made to the Public Works Department to carry out the work.

From John P Green calling attention the annoyance and discomfort caused to his tenants by the flow of surface water from stable yard at rear of Cottages in Bennet Street and asking that something may be done to prevent a repetition.

Received and the writer to be informed that as the Streets and Lanes have not been dedicated the Council has no jurisdiction.

From the Marrickville Council advising that the funds to cover the repairs to Edgeware Road Harrow Road and Juliett Street amounting to £450.10.5 have been voted.  Received.

From the Registrar General stating that arrangements have been made to provide better accommodation for the Office for the registration of births deaths and marriages at Newtown which will materially add to the convenience of persons visiting the Office.  Received.

From the Berry municipal Council asking cooperation in having the Local Government Act of 1906 amended so as to make endowments to Councils mandatory.  Received.

From P J Ryan and E J Collard with reference to the Ordinance re sale of meat and etc pointing out that the Minister for Works has arranged to receive the deputation regarding the enclosing of shops with wire gauze on 10th September next and asking if the Council will be pleased to suspend the enforcement of the Ordinance till after that date.

Received and the application not granted.

From Hilton Brown and Company protesting against the sale of flowers by Hawkers on the public Street on Saturday and other nights.

Received and the writer’s to be informed that the Ordinance will be carried out.

From William H Brett asking permission to be allowed to sell flowers on the streets on Saturday nights as he has been doing for the last 6 years.

Received and permission granted.

From the Council Clerk Ryde inviting cooperation in endeavouring to induce the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage to dispense with the guarantees in connection with the extension of water mains.

Received.

From Charles A Finch The New York Teeth [sic]Association asking permission to be allowed to continue the use of illuminated lamp on balcony and to decorate the shop premises on Fleet week.

Received and request as to lamp refused.  Request for decorations granted subject to the approval of the Inspector.

From Nat Lewis applying for permission to decorate this premises with flags and illuminations during the visit of the American Fleet.

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

Similar applications from Tom Cousins and W H Prichard.

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

From the Medical Officer of Health (2) forwarding reports concerning the insanitary condition of premises numbers 102 and 104 Regent Street also numbers 16 and 18 Harold Street.

Received and referred to the Inspector.

From Isaac Roff and Hollander and Govett with reference to the Advertising Hoarding licence fees fixed by the Council asking the Council to give the matter further consideration with a view to a reduction.  Received.

From D T Morrow submitting plans for three shops in King Street for Mrs Turtle and additions to Butchers shop corner of Short and King streets.

Received and referred to the Officers.

From E A Turtle submitting specifications and plans of two cottages to be built in Camden Street.

Received and referred to the Officers.

From Sara Peirce protesting against compliance with the notice served upon her by the Inspector requiring the trimming of trees in front of her premises.

Received and the writer to be informed that the notice was given owing to the trees obstructing the light from the public lamps.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported accounts paid subject confirmation amounting to £908.18.11 and submitting accounts for approval to pay amounting to £721.9.3.

(The Finance Committee) The Mayor moved 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 recommending that the sum of £1293.16.10 being now voted to carry out specified works.

The Mayor moved: that the Committee’s recommendation be adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 10th August 1908 dealing with various matters referred to them by the Council.

Clause 2 of the report was amended by adding the words “French drain”.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

The Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts since last report of 1st July showing a credit balance of £3639.14.3 in the General account with the Bank of Australasia on 15th instant.  Received.

 

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 things reported that 16 applications had been received the licence to sell fish and rabbits and asking authority to take legal proceedings against the owner of premises number 102 and 104 Regent Street for non-compliance with notice to effect certain necessary repairs and recommending that as no steps have been taken to render premises number 102 and 104 Campbell Street fit for human habitation the buildings be demolished in terms of Section 61 of the Public Health Act.

Received and adopted Authority to proceed as asked for be granted and the matter of the demolition of buildings and Campbell Street referred to the Sanitary Committee.

 

Motions Pursuant To Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That for the future no balconies be permitted to be erected over the footpaths in this municipality.”

Seconded by Alderman Salmon and carried.

2 “That steps be taken in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1906 to recover all outstanding rates now due and payable.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

3 “That the carriageway Thomas Street at rear of the Markets be ballasted and tarpaved and the East side kerbed at an estimated cost of £13.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Rigg moved:

5 “That the Annual Subscription of £2.2.0 be now paid to the Local Government Association of New South Wales.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Edwards moved:

6 “That the Lord Street from John Street to Edgeware Road be remetalled at an estimated cost of £150 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

 

Alderman Clegg moved:

7 “That as recommended by the Works Committee new 18 inch guttering be placed in Longdown Street where necessary and the remaining guttering repaired where necessary with tarmetal.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

 

Alderman Elstub moved:

8 “That a gully shaft be constructed on the South side of Federation Road opposite Robert Street at an estimated cost of £13.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

Alderman Ibbotson moved:

9 “That as recommended by the Works Committee the foot path in front of Ulster Terrace Station Street be asphalted at an estimated cost of £20 Mr P F Hart paying £5 towards the cost.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried

 

Questions of Which Due Notice Given

what is the amount of Wages paid to repairing Goodsell Street?

The Mayor said that the answer would be given on the business paper the next meeting.

 

General Business

moved by Alderman Lewis and seconded by Alderman Edwards: “That a letter be sent to the City Council calling attention to the condition of the city road from Grace Brothers to Cleveland Street and “That a letter be sent to the Post Office Department calling attention to the unsatisfactory working of the Telephone Exchange at Newtown and the delays and answering calls.”

The Mayor stated that the Clerk was at the present time in want of an experienced Clerk temporarily.  Resolved that the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor.

 

This was the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 1st day of September 1908.

 

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

S.M.

No. 08/5

31st of August 1908

 

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Council convened and held on Monday 31st August 1908.

 

Present

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

An apology was received from Alderman Rigg who is at present outside the state.

 

Business

consideration of Width of Tires Bill 1908.

Moved by Alderman Ibbotson seconded by Alderman Turtle:

“That this Council is of opinion that Owners of Vehicles be allowed two years from the passing of the Act to comply with the provisions of the Act as to the width of tires.”  Carried

moved by Alderman Ibbotson and seconded by Alderman Lewis:

that Vehicle in Section number 3 include all vehicles whether hung or constructed on springs or not carrying a load of 1 ton or upwards.”

Carried.

 

Confirmed this 1st day of September 1908.

 

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

 

O.M.

No. 08/15

1st September 1908

 

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