Tuesday 8th of June 1909 (No. 09/12)

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

Aldermen Rigg and Turtle apologise for the absence of Alderman Bamfield and Smith.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown advising that Fixed Deposit Received 53364 £530.0.0 has been renewed for 12 months with £15.18.0 added.

Received.

From the Town Clerk Bowral asking the cooperation of this Council for the purpose of urging the Government to bring in a Bill to have all Motor Cars registered and the registration number painted on the cars in a conspicuous position.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Municipality of Newtown Rockdale notifying that the Commissioner for Railways will receive the deputation with reference to Suburban Railway Fares at 12 o’clock noon on Friday 11th instant and asking that the Mayor be appointed the delegate to attend.

Received and the Mayor appointed.

From the Registrar Generals Department calling attention to certain lands comprised in certificate of title 09/64 Volume 568 Folio 218 in the name of W H Crago apparently absorbed in Gladstone Street Newtown and asking if any formal instrument of dedication thereof has been lodged with the Council and if not the means by which Gladstone Street was established in its present position.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Under Secretary Department of Works advising that a fresh draft ordinance dealing with Hoardings have been prepared and that the Government Printer has been asked to forward six copies for the Councils consideration and afterwards to inform the Department of the same meet with the requirements.

Received and referred to the [By Laws] Works Committee.

From the Erskineville Council asking to be furnished with an estimate of the cost of their proportion of the work of re-blocking King Street.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Under Secretary Department of Lands intimating that the Minister will receive a Deputation to urge that the present individual Trust of Marrickville Park being not disturbed on Wednesday 9th June 1909 at 12 noon. Received.

From the Secretary Newtown Brass Band submitting for the information of the Council a list of the performances of first class music rendered in and around the Municipality of Newtown from 5th of November 1908 to the 1st of May 1909 and thanking the Council for past consideration and hoping to merit a continuance of same.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From David Crozier complaining that he has been much annoyed by the unnecessary notices and frequency of Inspector Watson in and about his property in Gibbs Street notwithstanding that he has arranged with a contractor carry out the work ordered by the Inspector.

Received and the action taken by the Inspector upheld.

From the Medical Officer of Health together with a lengthy report concerning premises numbers 16 to 34 Gibbes Street owned by Mr David Crozier all of which are in unsanitary condition and more or less structurally defective and recommending specified works to be carried out to render the premises fit for human habitation.

Received and left in the hands of the Inspector to see that the works indicated are carried out.

From the Municipality of Marrickville with regard to the paragraph which appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald of the 26th of May concerning the action taken by the Council to obtain control of the Park at Enmore Road and the statements made at a recent meeting of this Council stating that they are prepared to enter into an agreement which will absolutely prevent the sale of the Park if placed under their control.

Received and this Council to protest against the action of the Marrickville Council in endeavouring to alter the possession of Park control.

From Robert Hollis M L A stating that he will be pleased to attend the Deputation to the Minister of Lands to further its object with regard to the Marrickville Park. Received.

From John Archibald asking that the footpath in front of four cottages in Metropolitan Road be asphalted.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Reverend W Leslie Langley stating that for the past twelve months divine service has been conducted at St Stephens church on the first Sunday afternoon of each month for men: that on Sunday July 13th it is proposed to celebrate the anniversary of the services when the Lord Bishop of Newcastle will preach and inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to attend the afternoon service at 4 o’clock p.m.

Received and invitation accepted for the Council and Town Clerk it being understood that the date was intended for the 13th of June instead of the 13th of July.

At this stage Alderman Lewis asked that the letter from Ex Alderman Salmon tendering his resignation be produced as he particularly desired to see it.

The Mayor said that the request could not then be complied with as the letter was downstairs amongst the records but that later on Alderman Lewis could see it.

Alderman Lewis insisted on the letter being produced there and then.

The Mayor pointed out that Alderman Lewis was out of Order and asked him to resume his seat.

The same request having been made two or three times again and disobeyed the Mayor declared Alderman Lewis disorderly and adjourned the meeting for 15 minutes.

At the conclusion of the time named the Council reassembled when Alderman Lewis gain asked that a letter be produced whereupon Alderman Edwards moved: “That Alderman Lewis be no further heard.” Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson.

Thereafter the Mayor put the question in accordance with clause 52 of Ordinance number 1 and the business was preceded with.

Reports

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special report regarding the proposal to erect an underground Urinal in the vicinity of the Newtown Bridge which stated that owing to the main sewer being so near the surface and the space at present available the general traffic already too congested they could not see their way to recommend any underground lavatory.

Received and Adopted.

An amendment that the report be referred back to the Committee with the view of obtaining a report from a competent Architect was moved by Alderman Turtle seconded by Alderman Clegg and lost.

Reports

2 The Finance Committee

reported with reference to Mr W D Eaton’s application for an increase of £5 per month to his contract price of £35 per month for Scavenging the Enmore Recommending that the request be refused and that Mr Eaton be informed that he will be held to the terms and conditions of his contract.

Received and adopted.

3 The Finance Committee in accordance with the requirements of clause 13 of regulation 6 reported recommending that the sum of £1250 being now voted from the General Fund to cover the cost of constructing a Monier stormwater drain from Margaret Street via Ferndale and Camden Streets and Edgeware Road to open drain at foot of Alice Street.

Received and adopted an alternative tenders to be invited for 9 inch brick and cement in lieu of Monier.

The Special Committee

consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen Clegg Campbell and Elstub appointed to consider regulations in connection with building Ordinance number 70 reported having carefully prepared and reviewed regulations which they consider will meet the present and future requirements of Newtown so far as area of land to be built on minimum frontages and yard space also necessary provisions to secure proper sanitisation.

Received and adopted.

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 31st of May 1909 dealing with two propositions referred to them by the Council the recommendations being in favour of the proposed works being carried out.

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

Seconded by Alderman Clegg 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 Sanitary Inspector

reported recommending that 3 applications for registration as milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act and 11 applications for licenses to sell fish within the Municipality be granted.

Received and adopted.

New Buildings Plans and Specifications

Plans and Specifications of proposed buildings for approval and applications for permission as presented under Ordinance number 70 were received from the following and referred to the Overseer of Works viz

James Campbell Architect 2 Cottages Eliza Street for H W May
Alterations at rear 444 King Street for W H Lawler
Thomas Dean & Sons Alterations 2 London Street for Thomas Allsop
E A Turtle 2 Cottages Richard and Campbell Streets
N Lewis Stables rear 187/189 King Street
W H Jones Workshop 17 Holdsworth Street
J McLaughlan Wash house 6 Pine Street
W Ringwood Shed 179 King Street
Charles C Coleman 2 Cottages Margaret Street
Mr Phillips 2 Cottages 72 Camden Street

Motions Pursuant To Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the Lanes specified hereunder be named and advertised in accordance with the provisions of Section 95 of the Local Government Act 1906: –

Lane rear Station Street from Don to Rawson Streets – Station Lane.

Lane from Station to Reiby Street – Rawson Lane.

Lane rear Enmore Road from Reiby to Station Streets – Reiby Lane.

Lane off Camden Street rear King and Station Streets – Camden Lane.

Lane from Marian to Simmons Streets – Enmore Lane.

Lane rear of Edgeware Road from Sara to James Streets – Edgeware Lane.

Lane rear Enmore Road from Phillips to London Streets – Belmore Lane.

Lane rear Enmore Road Cambridge to London Streets – Cambridge Lane.

Lane rear Stanmore and Enmore Roads from Cambridge to Liberty Streets – Cavendish Lane.

Lane off Augustus Street – Augustus Lane.

Lane off Station Street to Crescent Street – Crescent Lane.

O’Connell Ward

Lane rear of Holdsworth Street East side – Ivery’s Lane.

Lane rear of Wilson Street from Pine Lane to Holdsworth Lane – Wilson Lane.

Lane between Pine and Burren Streets – Pine Lane.

Lane between Pine and Randell Streets – Randall Lane.

Lane between Holdsworth and Randell Streets – Holdsworth Lane.

Lane from Burren Street to Lane East side Leamington Lane.

Lane rear King Street and Whateley Street to Wesleyan Church and King Street – Whateley Lane.

Lane rear of Brown Street to Brown Street – Brown Lane.

Lane rear King Street Brown to Bucknell Streets – Buckland Lane.

Lane rear Wilson Street Brown to Bucknell Streets – Bruce Lane.

Lane between Watkin and Brown Streets Lane to Lane – Watkin Lane.

Lane between Watkin and Bucknell Streets Lane to Lane – Bucknell Lane.

Lane off Brocks Lane – Yaralla Lane.

Lane off lower Watkin Street – Hennings Lane.

Lane rear King Street Fitzroy Street to West side Georgina Street – Fitzroy Lane.

Lane off above – Georgina Lane.

Lane rear King Street Forbes to Queen Street – Rumpf Lane.

Camden Ward

Lane off King Street near Wells and Darley Streets – Darley Lane.

Lane off Darley Street to above – Maria Lane.

Newman Lane South side Whitehorse to Union Streets.

Lane off Angel Street to Newman Lane North – Angel Lane.

Lane rear Union Street from Harold Street to Newman Lane South – Union Lane.

Lane rear Angel Street from Harold Street to Newman Lane South – Gowrie Lane.

Kingston Ward

Lane rear Bedford Street Australia to Denison Streets – Alton Lane.

Lane rear Bedford Street Regent to Denison Streets – Melville Lane.

Lane rear Bedford Street Regent to Wellington streets – Macintosh Lane.

Lane rear Bedford Street Bedford to Oxford streets – Horbury Lane.

Lane rear Lennox Street South side Australia to Wellington Streets – Hoffman Lane.

Lane rear Lennox Street North side Australia to Oxford Streets – Kent Lane.

Lane rear Albemarle Street South side Australia to Baltic Street – Campbell Lane.

Lane rear Albemarle Street North side Australia to Albert streets – Fitzroy Lane.

Lane between Wellington to Oxford Streets – Turtle Lane.

Lane between Australia and Denison Streets Lands Lane to Lane – Brookes Lane.

Lane between Regent and Denison Streets Lands Lane to Lane – Belmore Lane.

Lane between Regent and Wellington Streets Lands Lane to Lane – Gipps Lane.

Lane between Oxford and Wellington streets Lane to Lane Oxford Lane.

Lane rear Bedford Street Albert to Pierce Streets – Bedford Lane.

Lane between Australia and Denison streets Lane to Lane – Weeks Lane.

Lane between Regent and Denison Streets Lane to Lane – Mulqueenie Lane.

Lane between Regent and Wellington Streets Lane to Lane – Regent Lane.

Lane between Australia and Denison Streets Campbell to Kent Lanes – Kindergarten Lane.

Lane between Regent and Denison streets Campbell to Kent Lanes – Abigail Lane.

Lane between Oxford and Wellington Streets Campbell to Kent lanes – Knight Lane.

Lane between Regent and Wellington Streets Campbell to Kent Lanes – Pikes Lane.

Lane between Oxford and Baltic Streets Campbell to Kent Lanes – Baltic Lane.

Lane off Trade Street and rear of Trade Street – Boundary Lane.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved: –

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the advisableness and cost of carrying out the following works:

(a) the repairing and renewing where necessary the gutterstones in Australia Street.

(b) the fixing of new kerb and gutter stones in Bedford Street from Pierce Street to boundary.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:

3 “That George Street footpath South side from King Street to rear of the St Georges Hall be brickpaved at an estimated cost of £7.4.0 and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Alderman Elstub moved:

4 “That in Denison Street at Mrs Alexanders new building the kerb be turned down and a cart entrance made and that the kerb and foot path at old entrance be restored at an estimated cost of £2.10.0 and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Ibbotson moved:

5 “That in addition to the amount (£66.10.0) already voted from renewing with Ashfield the East side of Marion Street footpath and repairing the West side the sums of £18.10.0 (for brickpaving in lieu of tarpaving) and £10 respectively be now voted to carry out the work.

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

Alderman Clegg moved:

6 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the necessity of remetalling or tar paving the carriageway of Wilson Street between Erskineville Road and Burren Street.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Questions of which due notice has been given

Alderman Turtle asked

what is the reason for the sum of £33 being voted as per resolution of the Council 25/5/1909 in connection with the tar paving of the carriageway of Bedford Street from Albert Street to Liberty Street in addition to the vote of £350 for the same work passed by this Council on the 16/2/1909?

The Mayor informed the mover that he had instructed the Overseer to furnish details which he would submitted next meeting.

General

in reply to Alderman Clegg the Mayor said that he was getting information regarding the traffic in Wilson Street and Missenden Road and bought before next meeting of the Council called a meeting of the Special Committee appointed to consider the question of widening of Missenden Road.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 22nd day of June 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 22nd June 1909 No. 09/12)

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

Present

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Town Clerk Annandale asking the cooperation of this Council in an endeavour to secure the establishment of the system of Penny Postage throughout the State of N.S.W.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Under Secretary Public Works Department intimating that approval has been given by His Excellency the Administrator of the Government and the Executive Council to the purchase by the Newtown Council of certain land within the Municipality for the purpose of widening Commodore Street from Miss M.A.E. Douglas for the sum of £25. Received.

From the W J Ashby applying for permission to allow him to place pipes under the footpath to carry off clean water into the gutter from spray pipes over window of butchers shop corner of King and Holmwood Streets.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Municipality of Randwick submitting a proposition: “That clause 43 of section 109 of the Local Government Act of 1906 be amended so as to secure the prevention of the erection of Terrace property. Received.

From the Municipality of Marrickville asking if the Works Committee of this Council will meet their Works Committee to confer with reference to the state of the open stormwater drain which runs through Edgeware Road with the view of something being done to have the drain covered over.

Received and the meeting to take place on Monday 28th instant at 2:30 pm if that date will suit the Marrickville representatives.

From the Petersham Council stating that they are calling tenders for the purchase of an Iron Water Ballast Road Roller in good order.

Received.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public Works intimating that Forms for preparing and Statement of Accounts the period ending 30th of June 1909 are now been printed and will be forwarded by the Government Printer in the course of the week. Received.

From the Clerk asking for the assistance of a competent Clerk temporarily so that the half yearly Returns may be prepared within the prescribed times.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

Plans and Specifications

Plans and specifications were submitted by the following (all of which were reported by the Overseer to be in accordance with regulations) and approved viz:

F W Swain 2 Story building drawing Juliet Street
St John’s Lodge Drying space (on roof) King Street
Mrs J I Evans Outhouses London Street
Jas Nichols Cottage Darley Street
E A Turtle Additions Richard Street
F Amey (formerly Miss Craft) Cottage Holdsworth Street

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriations amounting to £859.4.3 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £107.11.9.

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

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

The Finance Committee

reported with reference to Mr James Trahair’s application for an increase of £50 per annum for the present and the next year in view of the amendments made in the Local Government Act thereby increasing his duties as Valuer recommending £10 additional for the current year (1909).

On the motion of the Mayor seconded by Alderman Campbell the report was received and adopted.

The Finance Committee

further reported recommending that the sum of £2.10.0 be voted from the General Fund to carry out specified work in Denison Street.

Moved by the Mayor: “that the Committees report be received and adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The By Laws Committee

reported having carefully considered Draft Ordinances number 55 Local Government Act 1906 1907 and 1908 as to the Regulations of Hoardings and Signings recommending certain alterations to the Local Government Department.

Moved by the Mayor “that the Committees report be and is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Special Committee re-widening of Missenden Road

reported having carefully considered the resolution passed by the Council as to the widening of Missenden Road recommending that this and the widening of Wilson Street be placed before the Royal Commission on the Sydney Improvements as National works and that the Mayor and Aldermen Campbell and Clegg give evidence before the said Commission.

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

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Monthly Financial Statement

required by the Regulations prepared by the Clerk was laid upon the table.

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

amongst other things reported recommending the granting of two milk vendors registration under the Davies Supervision Act and also that licenses be granted to 25 applicants to sell butcher meat within the Municipality and 22 licenses to sell Ham and Beef and six licences to sell fish and rabbits.

Received and the authority given to grant the registration and licenses recommended.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Turtle moved:

1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the necessity and cost of carrying out the following works:-

(a) The fixing of a cube crossing at the cart entrance to Mr H Juleff’s factory in Pierce Street.

(b) The completion of the Tar metalling of the carriageway of Pierce Street.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

2 That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to report as to the necessity of rearranging the present lamps or erecting an additional lamp in Baltic Street.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Clegg moved:

3 “That the recommendation of the Council re the treatment of King Street to mitigate the dust nuisance be carried out viz the treating of King Street and the abutting streets to a distance of 200 yards with a coating of tar.”

With the concurrence of the Council on the motion was amended as follows:

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to estimate the cost of the treatment of King Street and Enmore Road and the abutting streets to a distance of 200 yards with the coat of tar.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

4 “That the resolution of the Council as to the widening of Missenden Road be given effect to and that a meeting of the Committee appointed thereunder be at once convened.”

Withdrawn.

5 “That the adjoining councils of Erskineville St Peters and Petersham be invited to send to representatives to a conference re consideration of system of Electric Lighting and garbage destruction either conjointly or separately as set out in the resolution recently passed by this Council.”

The Mayor rules the motion out of order.

Alderman Campbell moved:

6 “That it be referred to the Works Committee that the carriageway in Charles Street be repaired and remetalled where required and the defect to have gutter stones renewed where necessary.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Alderman Bamfield moved:

7 That the footpath from numbers 1 to 11 King Street be regraded and tar paved at an estimated cost of £23 and referred to the Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Answer to Question of 8th of June 1909

the Mayor answered Alderman Turtle’s question on the business paper of last meeting regarding the tar paving of the carriageway in Bedford Street as follows:-

Contract Price

Area 1480 Sup Yards @ 5/1                                                      £376.3.4

Allowing 1d per yard for incidental expenses

viz repairs two gutters                                                                                   6.16.8

Total                                                                                                                         £383.0.0

Day Labour
Ballast                                247 Yards @ 4/6 £55.11.6
Metal                                 247 Yards @ 9/- 111.3.0
tar for mixing                     4446 gals @ 4/¾ 88.0.0
Formation and Ballasting 50.0.0
Mixing spreading including
carting and rolling 36.7.8
Tarring and sanding 2.1.2
Incidental Expenses 6.16.8 350.0.0

In this price credit is taken for all old metal or other materials removed and used in other streets or lanes. These will be charged to the streets or lanes receiving the benefit of same. In the contract price this is charged against the new work.

General

Alderman Cox asked to be furnished at next meeting of the Council with a Return showing the area of each and the number of gas lamps in each ward.

Alderman Clegg asked that a letter be forwarded to the Railway Commissioners calling attention to the annoyance caused residence by the noise of trains passing on the overhead bridge at Burren Street and Alderman Rigg asked that the overhead bridge at Liberty Street be included.

Alderman Campbell called attention to the obstruction caused by doorsteps and pipes in front of premises numbers 16 and 18 Edgeware Road and asked that a letter be sent to the owner as required by Section 82 of the Local Government Act as amended by the Amending Act 1908.

The Mayor stated that in connection with the resolution passed by this Council at the instance of Alderman Lewis some time ago protest against the action of the legislature and restricting the powers of Municipal bodies with regard to the regulation of Hoardings 56 replies been received from Council is desirous of being represented on the proposed Deputation to the Minister for Public Works on the subject.

Resolved on the motion of Alderman Clegg that the Deputation be arranged and to include Messrs Hollis Stuart Robertson and Page MLA.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 6 day of July 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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