Tuesday 7th December 1909 (No. 09/25)

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

Present

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works forwarding new Ordinance No 55 respecting Hoardings. Received.

From Mary Kerr intimating that it is her intention to build a Cottage in Iredale Street between Nos 28 and 30 asking that she may be permitted to do so with the frontage up to the alignment of the existing buildings.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Willmot and Morgan covering copy of letter from Messrs Allen Taylor and Company pointing out that it would not be wise for the Contractor to open the Street in any way in view of the unsettled state of affairs just at present as the Coal strike is dislocating the coastal deliveries of timber for wood blocks. Received.

From the Secretary to the Chief Commissioner for Railway’s with regard to the rainwater dripping from the Liberty Street Railway Bridge stating that instructions have been issued which it is hoped will prevent further cause for complaint. Received.

From P C Hill calling attention to the flooding of his property in Camden Street on 26th of November 1909.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From DT Wiley inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to a public Meeting in the St Georges Hall on Thursday 16 December at 3 pm in connection with the official opening of the new premises at the Newtown Public School. Received.

From Konig and Company agreeing to pay one half the cost (£6) of removing the Bridge in Alice Street and substituting cube crossing.

Received.

From W Taylor Municipal Representative Fire Brigades Board notifying that the new Fire Brigades Act has at length being enacted and will come into force on the 1st of January next and amongst other things that the election of the Board will take place very shortly and intimating that he will be a candidate for the Metropolitan Municipal seat. Received.

From A W Gould 162 Camden Street complaining of a

Merry-go-round adjoining his premises which is a source of nuisance and a harbour for undesirable characters.

Received and writer to be informed that the Council has no control over licenses. Further that a letter be sent to the Government protesting against granting of licenses to open act shows without consent of the Council and that other Councils be asked to cooperate.

From W E Dickson for Mr Johnson asking for permission to run a Merry-go-round on Mrs Pattison’s land in Camden Street.

Received and request refused.

From Robert Packer League of Lloyd Scouts applying for a room in the Town Hall for instructing Boy Scouts.

Received and request granted when that the Hall is not let or otherwise engaged.

From Mrs Farrell submitting plan and specification of an addition to a weatherboard cottage in Lord Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriations since 9th November amounting to £1458.2.3 and recommending for payments accounts amounting to £157.1.11.

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

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

The Special Committee

appointed to consider the proposal of approaching the government and the City Council to ask them to contribute towards the cost of widening of Missenden Road reported recommending (1) that a letter be sent to the Department of Public Works (2) that it is inadvisable to approach the City Council on the matter.

Received and adopted.

The Chairman Park and Recreation Ground Committee

reported having called a meeting to be held on the 6 instant that as a quorum was not present be appointed hour the meeting lapsed.

Received.

The Overseer of Works

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

Received.

The Sanitary Inspector

reported the receipt of 3 applications for Licenses to sell fish within the Municipality one application to sell smallgoods and one application for permission to transfer Butchers licence No 57 premises No 633 King Street from L Goldberg to Robert Montgomery recommending that the applications be granted in each case.

Received and licenses and transfer granted as recommended.

Stormwater Drain

the Mayor verbally reported having along with the Mayor of Marrickville and Messrs McCoy and Hollis MLA waited on the Minister for Public Works on 25th of November with reference to the construction of the stormwater drain from Margaret Street to Edgeware Road at the intersection of Alice Street and the outlet at the Marrickville boundary.

Mr Lee being otherwise engaged Mr Perry received the deputation and a reply to the representation is made is daily expected.

Received.

The Mayor also reported having attended the Public Meeting convened by the Harbour Foreshores Vigilance Committee at the Hotel Australia on Thursday evening 2nd of December.

Received.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Clegg moved:

1 “That the surrounding Councils be invited to send representatives to meet representatives from Newtown Councils in conference to consider the practicability of a scheme to enable joint action to be taken on matters affecting the whole of the Municipalities.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

2 “That the Council approach the Minister for Public Instruction by deputation to urge upon him the early establishment of a Technical College in the district of Newtown and that the Parliamentary Representatives be requested to assist.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Lewis moved:

3 “That a Committee of this Council be appointed to revise the By laws regulating the exhibiting of signs and that such a committee consist of the By law Committee and Alderman Lewis.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Mayor moved:

4 “That in accordance with the requirements of paragraph C of clause 3 Part 1 of Regulation 6 the sum of £2500 be now drawn from the General Fund and placed to the credit of Reserves and Renewals Bank Account.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Orders of the Day

(by the Mayor)

To consider the Valuers report and whose valuation of the Unimproved Improve and Assessed Annual Value of all rateable land in the In this property and if approved and adopted the Clerk to prepare estimates in accordance with clause 142 of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8 for submission by the Finance Committee to the Council.

The Valuation books were laid upon the table and the Valuers report submitted as follows:

“I have the honour to report having completed the additional valuations in accordance with the Specification and requirements of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8 viz U.C.V. I.C.V. including (97) new premises or so the annual assessed value.

The separate valuations of the Wards are as follows:

Ward U.C.V I.C.V A.A.V
Camden £234,041 £596,742 £ 47,743
Enmore 365,594 919,532 66,330
O’Connell 455,623 942,652 63,546
Kingston 225,665 482,494 33,689
1,280,923 2,941,420 211,308

The estimates of Rate Limits as required under the Local Government Act 1906-7-8 are attached to.

Yours Obediently

signed James Trahair Valuer.

Estimates and Rate Limits (Ordinance 5 clause 22)

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 is £1,280,923
The Assessed Annual Value of all rateable (land) property in the Municipality is 211,308
2 pence in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value would yield 10,674.72
1/6 in the £ on the Assessed Annual Value would yield 15,648.2.0
The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy General and Additional General Rates is therefore the sum of 26,522.9.2
Part 2 Limit of all Rates (General, Additional Special Local and Loan Rates taken.2 pence in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value would yield 10,674.7.2
2/-in the £ on the Assessed Annual value would yield 21,130.16.0
The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy any rates (under the Local Government Act is therefore the sum of 31,805.3.2

The Mayor moved:

That the Valuers report together with estimates and Rate Limits be received and that in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1906 the Local Government (Loans) Act 1907 and the Local Government (Amending) Act 1908 and the Ordinances thereunder the Valuers amended report and whose supplementary valuation of all rateable land in the Municipality as submitted this night be and the same is hereby approved and adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The Mayor moved:

That the Clerk be and is hereby instructed to prepare estimates in accordance with clause 142 of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8 for submission by the Finance Committee to the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

General Mr J Cowley

Alderman Rigg called attention to the announcement in the newspapers of the passing away of Mr Jessie Cowley who for many years filled the office of Council Clerk of this Borough and would be long remembered by the old Aldermen for his great abilities and intimate knowledge of Municipal work and moved:

“That a letter of condolence from this Council be sent to Miss Cowley and the other members of the family.”

The Mayor and Alderman Elstub having also spoken in terms of the highest praise of Mr Cowley’s abilities and personal qualities the motion was carried unanimously.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 21st day of December 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 21st December 1909 (No. 09/26)

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

Present

The Mayor and Aldermen Elstub, Campbell, Clegg, Ibbotson, Bamfield, Lewis, Turtle, Edwards and Smith.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Department of Public Works forwarding forms for preparing statements of accounts the period ending 31st December 1909.

Received.

From the Editor asking subscriptions to the Municipal and Shire Record.

Received.

From the Secretary Water and Sewerage Board submitting particulars of rainfall in the catchment area showing extra ordinary shrinkage and consequent reduction in the volume of water stored and asking the Council to at once (reduce) restrict its operations so as to reduce the consumption by half.

Received.

From Isaac Roff stating that he wishes to erect an advertising hoarding on land the property of Mrs Lawler 436 and 442 King Street and that as soon as it is completed he will Apply for a hoarding licence therefore.

Received.

From Hollander and Cravat applying for renewal of Licenses for our advertising hoardings in this Municipality for the year 1910 and forwarding cheque value £9.11.3. Received.

From J H Galloway thanking the Council for himself and his neighbours for the lamp placed at the southern end of Iredale Street.

Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Instruction acknowledging receipt of letter asking the establishment of a Technical School at Newtown. Received.

From J W Holder asking permission to place name on the boards across the foot path that support the balcony opposite Mrs Weeks Whites premises Enmore Road.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From W Francis asking permission to run Clearwater into the gutter from a window spray such water being absolutely clean.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Municipal Council of Ashfield stating that a Special Committee has been appointed to enquire and report upon the question of Office Salaries and organisation and asking to be favoured with information regarding the Staff and salaries paid by this Council.

Received.

From G H Stonehill stating that it is his intention to repair the alchemy posts found to be decayed by splicing a new piece to the lower half.

Received and the writer to be informed that new posts of specified size must be placed in lieu of the old posts.

Petition

Alderman Turtle presented a petition from a number of householders praying that the Council will grant its cooperation with the view of establishing a Technical College on a vacant allotment of ground in Wilson Street belonging to the Government.

The Petition together with the letter from Mr J Morgan received and the Petitioners to be informed that the Council has already taken action in the matter.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since 7th instant amounting to £2791.6.7 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £654.12.0.

The Mayor moved:

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

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and (adopted) carried.

The Finance Committee

reported recommending in accordance with clause 11 of Regulation 6 that the sum of six thousand four hundred and twenty-eight pounds (£6428) 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 Finance Committee

recommended in accordance with clauses 50 and 65 of Regulation 6 that the following amounts be written off in the Rate Book for the reason set against each item viz:

Kingston Ward

Rate No 09/684 Church of England Cemetery Held by Appeal court 31/3/1909 not rateable – £2.15.0.

O’Connell Ward

Rate No 08/88 Land King Street amount to which owner is entitled on Appeal and accrued interest.

Service of Notice admitted to be faulty and settlement effected Solicitors Letter of 8th December 1909 – £3.3.2.

Total £5.18.2.

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

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

 

The Electric Lighting Committee

submitted the following report:

in accordance with the resolution passed by the Council on 28th September 1909 adopting report recommending a scheme for permitting outside suppliers to lay mains throughout the Municipality for a limited period with option to the Council of acquiring by purchase such mains etc at a subsequent period and at a valuation. Your Committee have considered the matter fully and carefully and now recommend:

1 That the offer of the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Limited to run their mains into Newtown for Light and Power purposes to private individuals at a price not exceeding 4½ pence per unit for light and 1½ p per unit for power (with an additional charge to the Council equal to the amount of rates imposed by the Council on the Corporation mains in the Municipality) be accepted.

2 That the further offer of the Corporation to supply the Council for street lighting at the option of the Council at the following prices viz:

An equal number of 40 and 60 C.P.

Incandescent lamps or 50 C.P. Lamps £3.7.6 each per annum.

Enclosed Arc Lamps £16.0.0 each per annum.

Flame Arc Lamps (Nominal C.P. 2500) £22.0.0 each per annum.

All burning throughout the year be also accepted.

3 Your Committee recommend that 12 months notice be given to the Australian Gas Light Company terminating their Contract in terms of their agreement with this Council.

4 That it be referred to the Councils Solicitor to settle the draft agreement with the Corporation such agreement to provide inter-alia the Corporation shall.

Supply and install

(a) Within 3 months from date of agreement supply current or Light and Power to private consumers in the Municipality at a price not exceeding the prices hereinbefore mentioned.

(b) At its own costs within 3 months from the date of notice from the Council requiring it so to do supply and install Incandescence and Arc Lamps in the Streets Parks and Lanes in the Municipality in such positions and in such Streets Parks and lanes as the Council may require. Such lamps from time to time to be of the most improved type and at a cost not exceeding the prices hereinbefore mentioned.

(c) The Council shall not be banned to light the whole of the streets Parks or lanes in the Municipality.

(d) the Council shall have the right to cease to have all or any of such streets parks or lanes lighted by the said Corporation on giving 12 months previous notice in writing before the end of any year.

(e) upon giving 12 months notice of their intention that behalf the Council May on or before the 31st day of March 1917 by notice in writing requires the Corporation to sell and thereupon the Corporation shall sell to them the said poles support cables and other plant within that the Municipality of Newtown belonging to the Corporation and the benefit or contracts for the supply of light energy or power to private consumers within the Municipality and the fittings and plant in connection therewith respectively and the whole of the said undertakings as going concern upon terms of paying the then value thereof in cash (but nothing shall be allowed for goodwill) such value to be agreed upon between the parties and failing any such agreement the value to be determined and ascertain by Arbitration as a dispute or difference hereunder. Provided that any trunk lines passing through the Municipality and required by the Corporation that the purpose of supplying current to other Municipalities shall be excepted from the sale and purchase and be allowed to remain at a rental to be mutually agreed upon for a period of twenty years and in the event of any dispute to be settled by Arbitration also the poles carrying on such trunk lines and the Corporation shall be at liberty to use them and have access to them from time to time that the purpose of removing altering or repairing them.

(f) if the Council shall not exercise the option to purchase the said undertakings respectively referred to in the last paragraph hereof at the end of the ten years specified in the last paragraph thereof then they may at the end of twenty years from the time mentioned in the said paragraph or at the end of any complete period of ten years thereafter purchase and thereupon the corporations shall sell to them the said undertakings thereof as going concerns upon the terms of paying that then value thereof respectively in cash and of the value cannot then be agreed upon such value shall be determined and ascertained by arbitration as a dispute or difference hereunder.

Notwithstanding the foregoing of the provisions of the last paragraph hereof the parties may at any time agree to sell and purchase the said undertakings at a price to be mutually agreed upon that subject to the provisions therein before contained until the value thereof is actually paid to the Corporation the property in the said undertakings shall remain vested in and the powers hereby conferred be exercisable by and the monthly payments herein agreed to be paid by the said Council shall be duly and regularly paid it until such actual payment of the said value this Agreement shall in all respects remain in and have full force and effect.

The Mayor moved:

“That the Electric Lighting Committees report as now read be and is hereby received and adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis.

After a lengthy discussion Alderman Turtle moved so an amendment: “That advertisements be inserted in English and Australian papers calling for tenders for the destruction of garbage and Lighting the Municipality with Electricity.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and lost.

The motion that the report be received and adopted was then put and unanimously carried.

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 13th December containing 5 clauses relating to various matters referred to them from the Council.

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

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson 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

reported the receipt of 4 applications the license to sell fish.

1 application for a license for other butcher’s cutting cart and 111 applications for registration as Milk vendors 91 of whom are residents within the Municipality and 20 outside the Municipality and recommending that the licenses and registrations be granted.

Received and licenses in registrations granted as recommended.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That this Council having acquired the powers of Section 109 (xxxiii) of the Local Government Act 1906 and 1907 and Local Government (Amending) Act 1908 Ordinance No 55 Regulation (a) of Hoardings and (b) of the posting or painting of bells signs and advertisements as published in Government Gazette No 140 of 3rd November 1909 submitted and received on 7th instant be now adopted by this Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

2 “That in accordance with clause 2 of Ordinance No 55 notice be given in (the newspapers) a newspaper that this Ordinance has been made and may be inspected at the Office of this Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

3 “That Mr John Watson be and is hereby appointed Hoarding Inspector.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

4 “That 12 months notice be given to the Australian Gas Light Company terminating their contract in terms of their Agreement with this Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

The Mayor moved:

that in accordance with the foregoing resolution of the Australian Gas Light Company be notified under the Corporate Seal that the Contract and agreement made the 6 day of September 1904 shall cease on

3rd December 1910.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

This concluded the business and the Mayor invited the Aldermen and Officers to join him in some refreshments as this would be the last meeting this year.

Confirmed this 4 day of January 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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