Tuesday 13th of April 1909 (No. 09/8)

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

Present

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

from Arthur E Pegg forwarding rough ground plan and specification asking the councils permission to build a four roomed cottage of weatherboard on brick situate on Allotments 21 and 22 Darley Street Bello Retiro Estate in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act.

Received and the writer to be asked to furnish proper plans and also to show where building is to be erected.

From the Municipality of Hurstville asking the cooperation of this Council in a project for the erection of a public crematorium within the City boundary.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Town Clerk Sydney stating that the City Surveyor will confer with the Lighting Committee of this Council with regard to the Lighting of Bligh and Bishop Gate Street as requested. Received.

From the Town Clerk Sydney stating that the Council’s letter with reference to the proposed erection of the public convenience will have consideration at the earliest possible moment. Received.

From W H Goddard calling attention to the state of the kerb and gutter in front of the private entrance to the bank in Eliza Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From H Favell asking for an increase of wages in connection with his work attending to existing and replacing dead or damaged trees.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

NSW Dreadnaught Fund

from the Lord Mayor of Sydney intimating that a movement has been started to present the cost of a dreadnought to the Motherland and that it has been decided to appeal to the public of New South Wales to carry out this movement in conjunction with the citizens of other States and with such assistance as our several Governments may see fit to accord.

Alderman Clegg moved: “That the request for the formation of a Committee to start a fund in the district be complied with and that the Mayor be asked to call a public meeting.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

The Works Committee

report of 5th April respecting several matters referred from the Council for consideration.

Received and adopted.

The Inspector of Nuisances

reported amongst other matters the granting of one application for a milk vendor’s license and seven applications the license to sell fish.

Received and adopted.

Motions Pursuant To Notice

Alderman Elstub moved:

1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report on the advisability of renewing the gutter stones on the west side of Eliza Street from King Street to Fire Station crossing and reading metal or tar metalling the carriageway.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Confirmed this 27th day of April 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor

Friday 16th April 1909 (No. 04/09)

Minutes of Meeting of the Council (Specially called) held at the Town Hall on the above date at 7.30pm.

Present

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

Business

to consider Mayor Cardew’s terms for furnishing the Council with a report regarding Electric Lighting in connection with garbage destruction scheme.

The Mayor said that having learned that the Mayor Cardew was about to leave on his return to London he had thought it well to ascertain if he would be willing and at what cost to report regarding the proposal to erect a Garbage Destructor and lighting the Municipality with Electricity and to that end directed the Clerk to communicate with him and had called this meeting to consider the following reply viz:

“The Town Clerk Newtown                                          Wentworth Hotel Sydney

15th April 1909

Sir

in reply to your letter of 14th instant I beg to inform you that I am willing to give your Council a report on Electric Lighting in conjunction with your Garbage Destruction scheme for a fee of fifty guineas (£52.10.0). As I am leaving Sydney very shortly an early decision is necessary.

I am Sir

Yours Sincerely

F Cardew”

After some discussion Alderman Rigg moved:

“That tenders be called for Plans and specifications of Garbage Destructor and Electric Lightening scheme the successful tenderer is to receive the order of the supervising the erection of same and have such scheme be not adopted by the Council a fee of 50 Guineas the payment for the scheme which in the opinion of the Council is the best.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg.

As an amendment Alderman Campbell moved:

That the Mayor Cardew to be employed at the figure named and that he be asked for a detailed report as to the best Garbage Destructor and Electric Lighting scheme.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle.

Further discussion followed at the close of which the amendment was put and carried and being the question before the meeting was resolved in the affirmative.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 27 day of April 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 27th of April 1909 (No. 09/09)

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Town Clerk Hurstville notifying that the Premier will receive Deputation on the subject of the Public Crematorium movement on 7th May at 12.30 p.m.

received and the Mayor and Aldermen Campbell and Rigg to attend.

From the Emu and Prospect Gravel and Road Metal Company Ltd

quoting 2nd class metal at 3/9 and 6/7 delivered in trucks at Newtown Railway Station.

Received.

From the Town Clerk Tenterfield asking cooperation and assistance in an endeavour to obtain an amendment of Section 153 sub section 2 of the Local Government Act 1906 and amended Act 1908 with a view to having the lighting area more actually and specifically defined.

Received.

From the Town Clerk Bourke asking the cooperation of this Council in obtaining an amendment of Section 134 subsection 4a Local Government amended Act 1908 with a view to the repeal of the annual appeals against valuations.

Received and to cooperate.

From the Town Clerk Canterbury forwarding copy of a resolution passed by that Council affirming that the time has now arrived when electrification of the whole of the suburban Railway System should receive the consideration of the Government of this State.

Received.

From the Department of Public Health intimating that the 17 samples of Milk submitted by this Authority on the 5th instant have been chemically examined and found to be free from adulteration or addition of preservatives. Received.

From the Department of Public Health notifying that 5 samples of groceries submitted by this Authority on 10th Alderman oh have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst from whose report it will be seen that in the case of sample number 552 the chemical evidence is such as would support a prosecution if undertaken.

Received and the Mayor authorised to prosecute.

From the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage with reference to complaints as to the neglect of the Board’s contractors for sewer construction to properly restore the surfaces of the roads disturbed on completion of the work the Board requires the submission of Certificates from the Local Authorities that Street restoration has been properly performed. Received.

From the Town Clerk Sydney with reference to the proposed public convenience at Newtown Bridge stating that it is greatly regretted that at the present time it is impossible to send any officer out for the purpose of advising thereon but the City Building Surveyor recommends the Oxford Street convenience.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From J Griffin Licence Surveyor stating that he has examined the route through which a stormwater sewer would pass from Margaret Street by Ferndale Street and Camden Street and Edgeware Road to the water course near Alice Street the distance of which is about 27 chains and the cost of purchasing delivering laying and jointing 3 foot Monier pipes and escavating and filling in the trench and replacing the material removed but not including new metal and tarred screenings would reach about £1250 exclusive of his charges

2 ½% for preparing necessary drawings and 2 ½% for supervision not including the wages of an Inspector’s wages.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Cowdrey and Cowdrey with reference to the proposed drainage from Margaret Street estimating the cost at about £1300 and their charges 2 ½% for preparing plans and specifications and 2 ½% the supervision exclusive of Inspector’s wages.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From D W Morrow submitting plans and specification for Cottage residence to be erected in the Linthorpe Street for Mr Harris adjoining Mrs Hartley’s property and asking for the alignment of the Street.

Received and plans approved.

From Alfred Cooper submitting plans and specification of house to be erected in Wilson Street adjoining his present property.

Received and plans approved.

From the Newtown Building Company Limited submitting plans and specification of Mr Teesons four cottages in Juliett Street but as no plan of the land on which the cottages are to be erected was submitted the application was referred back.

From Mr Elliott submitting plans and specification Weatherboard Cottage proposed to be erected in Darley Street for Mr Arthur E Pegg.

As the plan did not show that provision was made for a Bathroom the plan and specification were referred to the Works Committee.

From Mayor Cardew forwarding his report on the proposal of a combined Garbage Destructor and Electric Lighting scheme. Received and made an order of the day the next meeting.

From J W R Clarke urging that provisions be made under the water troughs whereby dogs and birds may quench their thirst.

Received.

From Frederick Kidd and Company quoting Phenole Disinfectant at

2/6 per gallon of 42 gallons.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

Mayors Minutes Dreadnought Meeting

the Mayor by Minute reported having in accordance with resolution passed at last Ordinary meeting of the Council called a public meeting of the residence of Newtown for Friday the 23rd instant at 8 PM that the purpose of considering the movement of the contributing towards the cost of a “Dreadnought” but as at ten minutes past eight o’clock only 5 persons were in the Hall the meeting was adjourned.

After Alderman Clegg had protested against what he considered the hasty manner in which the meeting was adjourned.

The minute was received.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriations to 30th March amounting to £1044.13.3 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £817.8.11.

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

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

The Finance Committee

reported recommending the postponement of the consideration of the proposal for the establishment of a Refuse Destructor until next meeting and an increase of H Favell’s wages to 7/-per day for attending to the trees in the Municipality.

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

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

Financial Statement

the monthly financial statement prepared by the Clerk in accordance with regulation was submitted and laid upon the table.

The Treasurer

submitted the usual statement of accounts to 31st of March as follows:

By Bank Balance per last statement £1862.18.8
By Deposits 4144.8.7
To Cheques issued £1044.13.3
Bank Balance at date 4962.14.0
£6007.7.3    6007.7.3

Received.

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out since his last report and works in progress.

Received.

The Sanitary Inspector

reported recommending that two applications for registration as milk vendors be granted and 12 applications for licenses to sell fish within the Municipality be also granted.

Attention was called to complaints received regarding bad smells from the galley shafts in Burren Street Railway Lane and Leamington Avenue.

Received and adopted and clause 4 of the report referred to the Sanitary Committee.

Motions Pursuant To Notice

Alderman Clegg moved:

1 that this Council is of opinion that the Municipality should be lighted with Electricity and that it be referred to the Finance Committee to report as to the practicability of a scheme of Electric Lighting and the probable cost of same either by itself or in conjunction with a Garbage Destructor with authority to confer with the joining Municipalities and to employ a competent person to report re same.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis.

Alderman Rigg said that he would support the motion provided all the words in the first line on the business paper including the word “and” after the word “Electricity” be struck out and the words “to report” inserted after the word Committee on the second line.

The amendments were accepted by the mover and seconder and the motion as amended was then carried.

2 “That it be referred to the Works Committee as to the treatment of Wilson Street between King Street and Erskineville Road with concrete foundation and tarmetal.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

3 “That the Mayor Aldermen Lewis Turtle Campbell and the mover constitute a Committee to confer with the Government and the City Council as to the widening of Missenden Road and that an estimate of the probable cost be obtained.

All the words after the words “Missenden Road” were added to the original motion with the consent of the mover.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

The Mayor moved:

4 “That the sum of £500 be placed on Fixed Deposit with the Government Savings Bank of New South Wales bearing interest at 3%.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

5 “That in accordance with the resolution passed by the Council on the 16th April 1909 the sum of £52.10.0 be now voted and paid to the Mayor Cardew for his report on Electric Lighting in conjunction with Garbage Destruction Scheme.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

6 “That in accordance with the provisions of Ordinance No 59 Sub section 2 (e) the fee for permission to erect any structure of calico or canvas or other like flammable material to use as a circus or for any performance or public entertainment or public use be ten shillings.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried

Alderman Rigg moved:

7 “That the carriageway of Cavendish Street be remetalled and about 115 yards of the gutter stone on the South side renewed at an estimated cost of £165 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

8 “That the carriageway of Gladstone Street from Phillip Street to station Street be remetalled at an estimated cost of £235 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

Alderman turtle moved:

9 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the cost and advisableness of substituting and opening tar paved crossing in lieu of the present pipe crossing at the intersection of the Lennox and Mary Streets.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Questions of Which Due Notice has been given.

Alderman Turtle asked:

“What are the salaries paid to the Officers of this Council.”

The Mayor answered: Town Clerk £375. Bookkeeper £156. Overseer of Works £200. Allowance £32.10/-. Sanitary Inspector £182. 2nd Inspector £130. Junior Clerk £52.

Confirmed this 11 day of May 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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