Tuesday 9th of November 1909 (No. 09/23)

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 Rigg, Campbell, Elstub and Clegg also Ibbotson, Edwards, Turtle, Smith and Lewis.

The Mayor apologised for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Bamfield.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From W Burrows Secretary Pro Term Australian Scouts asking the support of the Mayor and Aldermen in the movement and the use of a room (for) in the Town Hall the meeting and recruiting purposes.

Received and request granted.

From Mrs J J Evans with reference to plans and Specification for the erection of outhouses in Enmore Road passed by the Council on the 17th June last stating that it is not the intention to proceed with the work till the beginning of next year and in the meantime is erecting a temporary shed.

Received and the writer to be informed that no alterations or additions can be made without the approval of the Council.

From the Deputy Postmaster General with regard to the complaints about delays and answering telephone calls at the Newtown Tele-phone Exchange stating that neither Alderman Lewis nor Mr Edwards to whom Mr Lewis referred an officer of the Department could afford any information that would enable the matter to be investigated and that in future subscribers should at once report by telephone any irregularities to the Officer in Charge at Newtown or to Central No 5. Received.

From the Department of Public Works advising that the Council’s application for additional power in connection with the suppression of the smoke nuisance has been notified the public information in the Government Gazette of 27th October in accordance with Ordinance 21. Received.

From the Department of Public Works stating that it is proposed by the Minister to slightly amend Ordinance No 59 in connection with the Regulation of the erection of inflatable structures by inserting therein a provision that the fees to be charged by Councils for permission to erect such structures shall not exceed the following scale:

Structures covering an area of 1 to 1000 square feet 5/-
1001 to 5000 square feet £1
5001 to 10000 square feet £2
10001 to 20000 square feet £3
Over 20000 square feet £5

Received and approved.

From Town Clerk Erskineville stating that his Council cannot at the present time see their way clear to carry out the wood paving of King Street within their jurisdiction as suggested owing to the financial (to the financial) difficulties which present themselves in connection with the matters. Received.

From the Town Clerk Petersham stating that his Council is about to repair Horbury Terrace near its connection with Liberty Street at the viaduct and suggesting that this Council repair is portion of the same thoroughfare.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From James A Smith with reference to the Inspector’s notice requesting him to remove the stone step in foot path in front of his property known as the Duke of Edinburgh Hotel Enmore Road pointing out that the steps having been there for 30 years without any complaint about their being an obstruction and for this reason asking that they be allowed to remain.

Received and the writer to be informed that the steps must be removed.

From the Honourable Secretary St Stephens Mens’ Society covering complimentary tickets and inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to a (complimentary) Moonlight Harbour Excursion on Thursday 25th instant.

Received and invitation accepted.

From the Town Clerk submitting a list of Outstanding rates amounting to £1532.17.4 and in accordance with Section 147 of the Local Government Act asking what steps shall be taken to recover the amounts due in respect of such rates and interest.

Received and the Clerk to issue summonses for recovery of all rates.

From the Sanitary Inspector recommending that thirteen (13) additional Street orderly bins being installed in King Street and Enmore Road.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Sanitary Inspector reporting that Mr C G Hatte has erected a wooden sign with guilt raised letters on the railing in front of the balcony at Hatte’s Arcade King Street contrary to the Ordinances.

Received and the Inspector to give notice of removal and in the event of non-compliance that proceedings be taking against Mr Hatte.

An amendment by Alderman Lewis seconded by Alderman Turtle: “That the matter stand over for a fortnight was negatived.”

From John S Ranclaud tendering his resignation as Treasurer of the Municipality.

Received the resignation accepted and a letter under Seal of the Council to be sent to Mr Ranclaud thanking him for his services.

From L A Chessher applying for permission to erect two lamps in Missenden Road indicating the approach to the Ladies and Gentleman’s lavatories.

Received and application granted subject to the approval of the Inspector

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts since 12 October amounting to £796.19.6 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £768.16.4.

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

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Finance Committee

also reported recommending in accordance with clause 11 of regulation 6 that the sum of seventy-seven pounds (£77) be voted from the General Fund to carry out specified works.”

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

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Financial Statement

prepared by the Clerk for the month ended 31st October exhibiting a credit balance in the Bank of Australasia Newtown of £5,616.18.2 was laid upon the table.

The Overseer of Works

reported a variety of works carried out under his supervision during the past week and works in progress.

Received.

The Sanitary Inspector

reported having received two applications to be registered as milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act and one application for a license to sell fish and rabbits under Ordinance No 57. Also an application from W Graves Newtown Markets to transfer his butcher’s licence to John Dwyer with a recommendation that the registrations licence and transfer be granted.

Received and adopted.

The Mayor

reported having attended the Conference of Municipal representatives interested in the Electric Lighting extension at the Town Hall Sydney on 27 ultimo when the Lord Mayor presided. It was stated that Electricity would be supplied by the City Council at 4½ pence per unit for lighting and 1.2 pence per unit for motors. The public lighting is being considered by the Special Committee whose report on the question will be submitted very shortly.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the sum of £3750.14.7 on Fixed Deposit as a reserve for renewing the wood pavements be now transferred to the General Fund.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

2 “That the sum of £6199 (six thousand one hundred and ninety-nine pounds) be now voted from the General Fund to defray the cost of re-wood paving King Street from the Newtown Railway Bridge to St Peters Railway Bridge in terms of Specifications and Messrs Willmot and Morgans tender accepted on 12th October 1909.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 23 day of November 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 23rd November 1909 (No. 09/24)

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

Present

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From Alderman W Cox asking leave of absence owing to ill health.

Received and leave of absence granted for a further period of three months from date.

From E R S Larbalestier asking permission to erect two signs on the awning posts or to the wall above the awning.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From H Abrahams asking permit to take up collection on behalf the newly formed Division of the St John’s Ambulance Brigade to enable them to get the necessary appliances to cope with all the cases of accidents.

Received and provision granted subject to the provision of the Ordinances made on that behalf.

From A Baird Secretary Pro Term Newtown Division St John’s Ambulance Brigade asking the use of a room at the Town Hall for the purpose of holding meetings and practice.

Received and request complied with.

From Willmot and Morgan stating that the timber merchants Messrs Allen Taylor and Company are unable in consequences of the strike upsetting the running of their steamers to deliver wood blocks for wood paving King Street from the Newtown Railway Bridge to St Peters Railway Bridge. Received.

From the Honourable Secretary the Harbour Foreshore Vigilance Committee on fighting the attendance of official representation of the members of this Council at a Public Meeting to be held at the Hotel Australia Sydney on Thursday evening 2nd December 1909 at 8 o’clock pm.

Received and the Mayor and Alderman Clegg to attend.

From A W Null Branch Manager NSW Bookstores Company asking permission to place a Christmas Calico sign along the railing of the balcony of his premises No 303 King Street.

Received and the writer to be informed that the request cannot be complied with.

From the Overseer of Works reporting really old woodblocks in King Street South suitable for repairing purposes as follows:

“On examination I find the only section suitable for this purpose is that between Norfolk Street and Newtown Bridge.”

Received and remainder of blocks to be sold by auction in sections.

From the Department of Public Works Ordinance No 55 three regulation of hoardings etc contained in Gazette No 140 of 3rd November 1909.

Received and laid upon the table.

From James Trahair reporting having completed the additional Valuations in accordance with the Specification and requirements of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8 (including 97 new premises) or so the Annual Assessed value as follows:

Ward UCV ICV AAV
Camden 234,041 596,742 117,734
Enmore 365,594 918,632 66,220
O’Connell 455,623 942,642 63,565
Kingston 225,905 454,647 33,049
1,281,163 2,912,663 210,568

Received.

The valuer also submitted Estimates of rate limits as follows

Part 1 Limit of General rates and additional general rates taken together.The Unimproved Capital Value of all Rateable land in the Municipality as valued isThe Assessed Value of all rateable property in the Municipality is £1,281,163£210,568
2 pence in the £ on the UCV would yield    10,676.7.2
1/6 in the £ on the AAV would yield    15,792.12.0
The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy General and additional General rates is £26,468.19.2

 

Part 2 Limit of all Rates (General, additional, special, Local and Loan Rates taken together2 pence in the £ on the UCV would yield £10,676.7.2
2/-in the £ on the AAV would yield 21,056.16.0
The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy any rates is therefore 31,733.3.2

Received.

The Finance Committee

(Electric Lighting and Garbage Destructor Committee)

reported in connection with the report submitted and adopted on 28th of September last having considered the offer made by Mr H H

Swarbrick for the Destruction of House Garbage recommending that it is unadvisable at the present time to accept such offer.

Received and adopted.

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 22nd instant consisting of 5 clauses dealing with various matters referred from the Council (land) together with their recommendations.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The Health Committee

reported having considered letter from May Davies complaining of unpleasant odours from the Factory near her residence Pearl Street stating that the Committee cannot see that any objection can be raised on sanitary grounds recommend that the proprietor keep the floor free from water and other liquid matter.

The Mayor moved and Alderman Ibbotson seconded that the Health Committees report as now read be and the same is hereby adopted.

Carried.

The Lighting Committee

submitted their report dated 22nd of November with regard to the boundary lamps as arranged with the City Council and recommending that the lamp No 4297 in St Marys Street between Trade and Stanley Streets be dispensed with.

Received and adopted.

The Overseer of Works

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

The Sanitary Inspector

reported amongst other matters that he had received for (4) applications for registration as Milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act and an application by Mr L Goldberg for permission to transfer his butcher’s licence at 679 King Street to Mr E Levy who has brought the business.

Received and adopted and registrations and transfer granted as recommended.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Bamfield moved:

1 “That the footpath in front of 15 and 17 Longdown Street be brick paved at an estimated cost of £3.15.0.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Morgan (The Mayor) moved:

2 “That in accordance with the recommendation of the Works Committee and the provisions of Section 8 to of the Local Government Act 1906 and Local Government (Amending) Act 1908 and Ordinance 30 Notice be served on the Owner or on the person causing any encroachment or obstruction on the foot way of a public road to effectually remove the same within 60 days from the date of such Notice.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

General

Alderman Turtle moved: That the provisions of Ordinance No 1 be suspended to enable him to submit a resolution to purchase the land known as “Thurnby” for a public park.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and negatived.

This being the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 7th day of December 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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