Tuesday 12 October 1909 (No. 09/21)

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

Present

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From E Trasey asking permission to be allowed to retain a signboard 12 feet by 3 feet fastened against the main front wall of the shop (196 King Street Newtown and apologising for the oversight in placing it there before getting permission.)

Received and referred to the Inspector.

From the Lord Mayor with regard to the (Dreadnought fund) stating that since the Fund was started the whole point of view has changed and that after careful thought the Committee has decided to recommend that the Fund raised for Imperial needs be devoted to Imperial purposes:

(a) A Naval College for the training of Officers for the Australian Navy.

(b) Dreadnought farms for the training of British Agreements in Aquaculture methods etc to people and develop our lands.

Received.

From Gummow Forrest and Company Ltd asking what has been done in the matter of the tenders submitted on 16th August last for the construction of Edgeware Road Stormwater drain.

Received and all tenderers to be notified that the delay has arisen owing to a difficulty with the Marrickville Council which is expected to be settled shortly.

From the Town Clerk Woollahra intimating that the Chief Commissioner for Railways will receive the deputation arranged to urge a reduction in train fares to through passengers on 13 instant at 11.45am. Received.

From Thomas Martin calling attention to the condition of the footpath on the North side of the Lord Street.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From the Emu and Prospect Gravel and Road Metal Company Ltd and inviting the Mayor Clerk and Overseer and any of the Aldermen to visit the Company’s works at the moved planes on Friday 22nd instant to celebrate the opening of the new plant recently installed at the Company’s Works.

Received and aldermen intending to accept to notify the Clerk.

From Condon Brothers asking permission to be allowed to carry on their Butchering business at 171 King Street during the time there new premises at 167 King Street is being erected.

Received and permission granted subject to the permission of the Inspector.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts amounting to £1452.5.3 since last report of 14 September and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £268.3.3.

Moved by the Mayor that the Finance Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special report recommending in accordance with the requirements of clause 11 of Regulation that the sum of £257.7.0 be now voted from the General Fund to carry out specified works.

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

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

The Overseer of Works

submitted his report of variety of works carried out under his supervision during the past (week) fortnight and works in progress.

The Inspector

amongst other matters reported having received one application to be registered as a Milk Vendor under the Dairies Supervision Act and one application to (sell) be license to sell fish within the Municipality under Ordinance No 57 and also submitted a summary of the work carried out for the quarter ended 30 of September 1909.

Received and adopted.

The Financial Statement

for the month ending 30 of September prepared by the Clerk in accordance with the regulations was submitted exhibiting a credit balance at the General Fund in the Bank of Australasia Newtown of £6781.17.4.

Received and laid upon the table

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the last portion of the Special Committees report on Electric Lighting adopted at the meeting of the Council on 28th ultimo recommending a scheme for permitting outside suppliers to lay remains throughout the Municipality etc be referred to the Committee the further consideration of office to supply Electricity.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

2 “That the sum of £200 be now voted for straightening the kerb on both sides of King Street from the Newtown Bridge to St Peters Railway Station in accordance with the new alignment by the Government Surveyor.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Bamfield moved:

3 “That the Carriageway in Missenden Road be remetalled and the crossings at Richard and Aylesburg Streets be renewed at an estimated cost of £125 and referred to Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

4 “That the carriageway in Erskineville Road from Wilson Street to Railway Bridge be remetalled at an estimated cost of £95 and referred to Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

5 “That the work of tar metalling the Carriageway of Hopetoun Street 22 feet wide be carried out at an estimated cost of £165 and referred to Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

6 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the cost and advisableness of tar paving the footpath in Baltic Street at cost the rear of Mr Weekley’s new cottages.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

7 “That this Council take into consideration the advisableness of acquiring an area of land in the Kingston Ward for the purpose of forming a playground for Children.

Lapsed for want of seconder.

The Mayor Moved:

8 “That the sum of 8 (8 pounds) be now voted from the General Fund being the cost of installing 2 Street Orderly Burdens Bins between Wells Street and St Peters Railway Bridge.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Campbell moved:

9 “That the footpath in front of 96 98 and 100 Metropolitan Road to Sara Street be brick paved at an estimated cost of £19 as recommended by the Works Committee 28th June 1909.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Orders of the Day

to open and consider tenders for re wood paving King Street from the Newtown Railway Bridge to the St Peter’s Railway Bridge.

Alderman Ibbotson moved: “That the tenders be opened in Council and considered in Committee with closed doors.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The following tenders were then opened.

Time No 1 Tender Labor Only No 2 Tender All Materials and Labor No 3 Tendor Jarrah Blocks Material and Labor
James Macdougall & Co 98 Working Days £1583 £6494 £6447
Wilmott and Morgan 70 working days £1357 £6199 £6652
Millars’ Karui & Jarrah Co Ltd £3773.76
Supply & Delivery only at Newtown Rly Stn

In Committee the tenders were carefully discussed and carefully considered.

The Council having resumed the Mayor brought up the following report:

Your Committee having considered tenders for re-wood blocking King Street from the Newtown Bridge to the St Peters Railway Bridge recommend the acceptance of Messrs Wilmott and Morgans tender No 2 for the supply of wood blocks all material and labour that the sum of £6199 (six thousand one hundred and ninety-nine pounds Sterling) further the “Spotted Gum Blocks be omitted from the Specification and Black butt Grey Gum) and Box all Northern hardwood included.

Recommend also that Applications be invited from competent persons for the position of Inspector during the progress of the work at a weekly salary of £3. Such applications to be received up to 4 o’clock pm on Tuesday 26th instant and considered at the Council meeting on the opening of that day.”

Alderman Ibbotson moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole Council as now submitted be and the same is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Throughout the Mayor took no part in the discussion of the matter in connection with the foregoing tenders when before the Council or the Council in Committee.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 26 day of October 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 26 October 1909 (No. 09/22)

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

Present

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

from the Town Clerk of Sydney stating that several suburban Municipalities having approached the City Council in connection with the extension of Electric Lighting mains to their respective Boroughs the Lord Mayor is anxious to meet the representatives of the interested Councils in conference so that a general scheme of policy may be considered and therefore would be glad if the Mayor could make it convenient to attend at the Town Hall Sydney at 11 o’clock am on Wednesday 27th instant.

Received and the Mayor to attend.

From the Town Clerk of Sydney in reply to letter of the 16th instant stating that the information required with reference to the price per unit of electricity to private consumers and for power etc will doubtless be considered at the Conference to be held on the 27th instant. Received.

From L Friedenreich offering a quantity of between 5000 and 6000 wood blocks at 22/6 per 1000 or £5 for the lot.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

From George Watson Printer Ashfield notifying that he has disposed of his business to his late manager Mr PL Green who takes over all existing contracts and to whom the deposit £5 held by the Council will be payable.

Received and the necessary alteration to be noted on the books.

From the Municipal Council of Jamberoo asking the cooperation of this Council in opposing the “Compulsory Introduction of the Tuberculin Test” as applied or proposed to be applied to Dairy Cattle.

Received.

From Konig and Company with reference to notice served requesting them to remove the bridge from kerbstone and channel opposite to the factory in Alice Street and if the Council make the alterations agreeing to pay one half the cost.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Millars Karri and Jarrah Company (1902) Limited regarding the tender for the supply of from 4 to 500,000 locks stating that they have interviewed the successful tenderers and find that they are willing with the approval of the Council to use Jarrah in lieu of NSW hardwoods.

Received and the writer’s to be informed that the matter is now closed.

From May Davies Pearl Street complaining of the very unpleasant odours from the Pickle Factory near her residence.

Received and referred to the Health Committee.

Reports

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special report recommending in accordance with clause 11 of regulation 6 that the sum of £229.0.0 be now voted to carry out specified works. The Mayor moved: “That the Committees report be and is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated the 18th instant consisting of 5 clauses dealing with matters referred to them from the Council together with their recommendations.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards 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 Sanitary Inspector

amongst other matters reported having received 5 Applications for registration as milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act and 4 Applications for licenses to sell fish and rabbits within the municipality under Ordinance No 57 recommending that the same be granted.

Received and registration and licenses granted as recommended.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Edwards moved:

1 “That the carriageway in George Street from kerb to kerb be tar paved at an estimated cost of £159 and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

 

Alderman Turtle moved:

2 That the Parks and Recreation Committee be instructed to form a deputation from this Council together with the local Members of Parliament to wait on the government and urge that immediate steps be taken to acquire and area of land known as Thurnby for the purpose of providing a Reserve for the Municipality that steps be taken without delay and asking the Premier to receive such deputation.

Lapsed for want of a Seconder.

Order of the Day

to open and consider applications for the position of Inspector in connection with the wood paving of King Street from the Newtown Railway Bridge to the St Peters Railway Bridge.

The Application of which there were 12 having been opened and read the Council:

Resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors to consider the same.

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report:

the Committee of the Whole having considered applications for the position of Inspector to supervise the wood paving of King Street South during the progress and to the completion of the work recommend the appointment of William Sim at a weekly salary of £3 (Three pounds Sterling).

Moved by Alderman Ibbotson: “that the report now submitted be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 9th day of November 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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