Tuesday 2nd February 1909 (No. 09/3)

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

from the Marrickville Council stating that their Steam Roller is the higher at £3 per (day week) of the 8 hours for the first six consecutive working days and a 10 % reduction is made for any time after the six days. Received.

From the Secretary Railway Commissioners relative to the tram service to St Peters Railway Bridge stating that a new timetable will come into operation on the 21st instant which will it is anticipated afford better convenience. Received.

From the Honourable Secretary Harbour Foreshores Vigilance Committee on fighting all members of this Council to be officially present at the Public Demonstration that will be held at the Town Sydney on Wednesday 10th February at 8 pm.

Received and as many as can make it convenient to attend.

From the Secretary Board of Water Supply and Sewerage stating that stopcock fittings on the foot path has been found to be objectionable for many reasons and that the Board has decided to establish a rule permitting pathcocks to be placed inside the boundary lines of premises in future. Received.

From the Town Clerk Sydney stating that the matter of lighting in Bligh Street will be laid before the Lord Mayor in due course.

Received.

From Miss M A E Douglas stating that the Council’s offer of 6 April 1908 of £25 for a strip of land in Little Commodore Street for the purpose of widening the thoroughfare has been considered by the joint owners and accepted provided the Council bear the expense of supplying a Surveyors plan of the portion to be transferred.

Received and the Council to renew the offer.

From John J Cohen General Honourable Secretary Hospital Saturday Fund applying for permission to carry out the 16 Annual Outdoor Collection in this Municipality on Saturday the 1st of May 1909 in accordance with the Ordinances under the Local Government Act relating to the control of Street Collections.

Received and request granted.

From W R Smith asking permission to put a calico sign on a balcony railing for a short period in King Street to indicate his removal from Hattie’s Arcade.

Received and request declined.

From W Beard asking that his license for butchering business may be transferred to Mr W Graves at 381 King Street.

Received and request granted.

From A Hunt asking what the councils intensions concerning the lane at the back of Fitzroy Street having fall near to the northern end of the lane.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts since 1st of January 1909 amounting to £449.0.3 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £60.17.6.

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

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Special Report by the Finance Committee

recommended that Mr James Trahair’s (Valuer) application for an increase fee of £50 for this and next year stand over until the Appeal Court is held also that no increase be granted to the Scavenging Contractors.

The Mayor moved: “That the 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 (week) fortnight and works in progress. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other things reported recommending the registration of four applicants as milk vendors and the issue of three licenses to applicants for the sale of meat under Ordinance number 56.

Received and registration and licenses granted as recommended.

The Inspector

also submitted a lengthy retrospect of the work done in his department during the past year. Received.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

the Mayor moved:

1 That this Council having acquired the powers of paragraph (xxxiii) of Section 109 applicable to Hoardings fixed the fees in accordance with the said Act as amended by the Local Government (Amending) Act 1908 as follows:

Hoarding License one penny (1d) per annum for square yard of advertising space as (required) prescribed.

Minimum charge ten shillings (10/-) as prescribed.

Bill Posters License one shilling (1/-) as prescribed.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

2 That in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1906 (a) and Ordinance 30 Section 27 (b)

For giving permanent to erect or alter any Awning over the foot path the fee for one building be 5/- and 2/6 for every additional adjoining building.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

3 Ordinance 40 Section 2. That the fee for furnishing prescribed provisions (for the) relating to the erection of buildings on receipt of notice of intention to build be 2/6 as prescribed.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Order of the day

Mayoral Allowance

To consider what allowance if any shall be granted to the Mayor for the year 1909.

Alderman Ibbotson moved “that no allowance be granted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and supported by Alderman Clegg.

As an amendment Alderman Lewis moved: “That the Mayor be allowed the sum of £100” and subsequently with the permission of the Council submitted £50 for £100.

The amendment as amended was seconded by Alderman Rigg and negatived.

The motion was then put and carried.

St Georges Hall

On the motion of the Mayor the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors.

On resuming the Mayor reported recommending that the question of acquiring the St Georges Hall for a Town Hall be referred to the Finance Committee consideration and report and moved the adoption of the report.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Confirmed this 16 day of February 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Friday 5th February 1909

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

Present

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

Business

Election of Mayor for the Year 1909 – 1910

Mode of Election:

Resolved that the election of Mayor be with open doors and by open voting.

The Mayor having invited nominations:

Alderman Turtle nominated Alderman Clegg.

Alderman Ibbotson nominated Alderman Morgan.

There being no further nominations.

A show of hands resulted in one in favour of Alderman Clegg and eight in favour of returning Mayor who was declared duly elected.

The Mayor elect having thanked the Aldermen for the honour and invited them into his room to partake of some refreshments. The

Confirmed this 16th day of February 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 9th February 1909 No. (09/2)

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

Present

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

Business

By Order of the Mayor:

I to make a General Rate of 2¾ (two pence three farthings) in the £ for the year ending 31st December 1909 on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable land is in this Municipality as proposed on passed at a meeting of the Council held on the 19th of January of ultimo and subsequently notified in accordance with the requirements of Section 142 of the Local Government Act 1906.

The Mayor moved: That this Council do now make and levy a General Rate of 2¾ (two pence three farthings) in the £ for the year ending 31st December 1909 on the Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable lands in the Municipality to provide sufficient money to defray all its probable and reasonable expenses in the carrying out during the year of the several purposes in respect of which it is authorised directed or obliged by the Act Ordinances and Regulations to expend or apply the funds of the area.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

An amendment by Alderman Turtle that the rate be 2½ in the £ and that an additional rate of a ¼ (one farthings) in the £ be struck that the purpose of the sinking fund to liquidate the loan and seconded by Alderman Cox was ruled out of order. Alderman Rigg moved: That the rate be struck at 2½d in the £.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and negatived.

The motion as moved by the Mayor was then put and carried.

The Mayor moved:

I That the sum of £1341 be now appropriated from the General Fund for General Purposes Administrative expenses.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

II That the sum of £6572 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Works.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

III That the sum of £1632 being now appropriated from the General Fund for Health Administration.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

IV That the sum of £2817.2.10 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Public Services.

V That the sum of £290 be now appropriated from the General Fund for Municipal Property.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

VI That the sum of £1760 being now appropriated from the General Fund for Miscellaneous Expenditure.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

II The Mayor moved:

that the Specification Committee be and I hereby authorised to prepare Specifications for the Annual Contracts and submit same at the Ordinary Meeting of the Council to be held on the 2nd of March next. Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

The Mayor accepted a proposition that Specification be prepared this sweeping the wood blocks and emptying the Street Orderly Burns a proposal by Alderman Ibbotson seconded by Alderman Elstub: That the contract for the collection of Garbage and Street and gutter cleaning be bi annual was lost.

The motion was then carried.

III The Mayor moved:

That the Standing Committees consisting of the Finance Committee Works Committee and the Health Committee be now appointed and such other Committees as the Council will consider necessary.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The Mayor invited nomination and the following Committees were elected in accordance with clause 64 of Ordinance I.

Finance Committee

Alderman Rigg Alderman Elstub Alderman Campbell Alderman Clegg.

Works Committee

Alderman Clegg Alderman Campbell Alderman Edwards Alderman Ibbotson.

Health Committee

Alderman Clegg Alderman Campbell Alderman Edwards Alderman Ibbotson.

Specification Committee

Alderman Rigg Alderman Elstub Alderman Campbell Alderman Clegg.

Lighting Committee

Alderman Cox Alderman Lewis Alderman Smith Alderman Elstub.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 16th day of February 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor

Tuesday 16th February 1909 (No. 09/4)

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

The Mayor apologise for the absence of Alderman Salmon.

Present

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From P C Hill calling attention to the overflow of stormwater onto his property 156 and 158 Camden Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Manager of Investments Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Co Ltd stating that the Company desirous of selling the

St Georges Hall and at the present juncture are prepared to quote most favourable terms for it.

Received and to be considered with the Finance Committees Special report.

From the Manager Mercantile Mutual Fire Insurance Company Ltd forwarding copy of a letter from the St Peter’s Municipal Council expressing satisfaction of the manner in which the Company defended the action Rohan versus the Municipality. Received.

From the Minister for Agriculture requesting that measures be taken for the destruction of all fruit by burning same before tipping at Cowan Street North Botany.

Received and referred to the Sanitary Committee.

From Colquhoun and Bassett stating that they have been considered by Mr A G Fox with reference to his land at the corners of new rather Bucknell and King Streets on which he now proposes to build thereby closing the laying which so far as they can ascertain has never been dedicated.

Received and referred to the Clerk for the purpose of having a search made in the Titles Office as recommended by the Works Committee.

From D T Morrow applying for permission to reconstruct awning in front of premises now been altered for Mr D Brennan King Street Newtown in accordance with plans submitted.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Municipality of Kogarah asking the cooperation of this Council in a deputation to urge the necessity for a minimum domestic water supply of 30,000 gallons before excess meter rates are chargeable.

Received and the Council to be represented.

From W J Morgan asking the free use of a room in which the members of a debating club which has been established in connection with the Public Schools in Newtown could meet.

Received and the writer to be asked the times hours and by whom the room is to be used.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Instruction intimating that the Minister has approved of the acceptance of a tender of the new buildings Public School Newtown North.

Received.

Reports

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special report recommending that the Council offer to the Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Company Ltd the sum of nine thousand pounds for the St Georges Hall (£9000).

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

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 15th instant together with their recommendations respecting a number of matters remitted to them for consideration.

The Mayor 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 variety of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported (1) Application by resident of the district for registration under the Noxious Trades Act as rag dealer (2) 4 applications for registration as Milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act and (3) 2 applications for transfer of Butchers Licenses under Ordinance number 56 of the Local Government Act all of which recommended.

Report received and adopted and licenses granted excepted to the applicant for that of Rag dealer which is refused.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 That the following works authorised and recommended by the Works Committee to be carried out during the Municipal Year 1908 but which in pursuance of Regulation number 13 under the Local Government Act 1906 lapsed on 31st of December last be now re voted viz:

Alice Street from Hawken Street to Edgeware Road Camden WardRenew footpath £ 57.0.0
Mary Street tarmetal carriageway 115.0.0
Erskineville Road remetalled (Erskineville paying ½ cost £100) £ 50.0.0
Lane between Bedford Street and Trade Street repair gutter stones and kerb to old gate entrances 6.0.0
Lane between Randall and Holdsworth Streets remetal 25.0.0
Lane from Baltic Street to Albert Street at rear of Albemarle Street tarmetal carriageway and fix 6×4 iron bar or kerb in Albemarle Lane 75.0.0
Simmons Street both sides to Little Simmons Street East side renew 89.0.0
West side repair    33.0.0
Marion Street East side renew West side repair 66.10.0
King Street from Camden Street to Alice Street repair top dress footpath 30.0.0
Albemarle Street repair and top dress footpaths      8.8.0
Albert Street repair and top dress footpaths 19.17.6
Australia Street repair and top dress foot path 16.19.0
Baltic Street renew footpath in front of new cottages repair and top dress balance 25.5.0
Bedford Street renew repair and top dress where necessary 56.0.6
Bishopsgate Street renew footpaths    7.8.6
Denison Street repair and top dress footpaths 50.0.10
Eliza Street repair and top dress footpaths    1.16.0
Lennox Street repair and top dress footpaths 58.3.0
Mary Street repair and top dress footpaths    1.14.0
Oxford Street renew footpaths 45.4.6
Station Street KW repair and top dress footpaths    8.11.0
St Mary’s Street renew footpaths    9.3.0
Trade Street renew footpaths 24.0.0
Wellington Street renew footpaths 21.9.0
Longdown Street renew kerb and guttering 33.0.0
Lord Street from John Street to Edgeware road tarmetal 496.0.0
Bedford Street carriageway from Albert to Gilbert Street tarmetal 350.0.0
Wellington Street from Albemarle Street to Bishopsgate Street tarmetal 290.0.0
Darley Street carriageway remetalled and renew footpath 274.0.0

Seconded by Alderman Elstub.

An amendment by Alderman Ibbotson seconded by Alderman Rigg: “That the works of repairing and renewing footways be referred back to the Works Committee to consider the advisability of substituting brick paving” was accepted on the motion as amended carried.

Alderman Elstub moved:

2 “That 38 yards of kerb and guttering in Lands lane between Brooks Lane and Denison Street be lifted and relayed at an estimated cost of £3.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Clegg moved:

3 “That the present Freestone crossings at the intersection of Randall Lane and lane be replaced with tarred metal the full width of the footpath at an estimated cost of £11 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

4 “That the present freestone crossing at the intersection of Holdsworth Street West side and Playing be replaced with tarred metal the full width of the foot path at the estimated cost of £5.10.0 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

5 “That the present freestone crossing at the intersection of plying Street and Leamington Avenue be removed and trachyte 4′ 6″wide substituted at an estimated cost of £37 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Lewis (for Alderman Salmon) moved:

6 “That a Section of the carriageway in Burren Street from the gutter stones to the Tramline be tar paved and that about 9 yards of kerb and gutterstone be lifted and replaced in Wilson Street and the footpath renewed in front of new buildings at an estimated cost of £49 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:

7 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisableness of the lasting and metalling the carriageway in union Street from King Street to Iredale Street.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

8 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisableness of re metalling or tar metalling the carriageway and renewing the gutterstones in St John’s Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

9 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisableness of renewing the gutterstones and tar paving in front of the new cottages in Alice Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Lewis moved:

10 “That the gutter stones on the East side of St Stephens Street be renewed at an estimated cost of £3.10.0.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

11 “That this Council protests against the action of the Legislator in restructuring the powers of Municipal bodies with regard to the regulation of Hoardings and deems it an undue interference with Local Government.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

12 “That a petition be forwarded to the Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly praying that legislation may be passed empowering the Council to again regulate hoardings within their areas.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle.

After some discussion Alderman Clegg moved as an amendment: “That a deputation consisting of delegates from all councils wait upon the Minister for Public Works with the view of placing the matter fully before him.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

The question was then resolved in the affirmative.

13 “That all other municipal Councils be notified to cooperate with this Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

The Mayor moved:

14 “That the sum of £132 be now voted for the purchase of land from the Trustees of the North Kingston Permission House for widening Trade Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Resolved on the Motion of the Mayor: “That the Council go into Committee of the Whole with closed doors.”

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report:

the Committee of the Whole recommend the Council to increase the offer to the Mutual Life and Citizens Assurance Company to £10000 for the purchase of the Saint Georges Hall.

The Mayor moved: “That the report of the Committee of the Whole be and is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

This concluded the business

Confirmed this 2nd day of March 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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