Tuesday 6 July 1909 (No. 09/14)

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

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and a full Council.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From James Trahair acknowledging receipt of letter from the Council notifying him that it has been agreed to allow them ten pounds extra for the year 1909 any special work entailed by the amendment of the Local Government Act of 1908.

Received.

From J H Galloway C McEwen and nine others residents of Union and Iredale Streets calling attention to the bad state of the road at the southern end of Iredale Street where there is no lamp.

Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

From F A Morgan Secretary L G Association of N S W intimating that the 27 Annual Session of the Association will be held on Tuesday 14 September next and asking to be furnished with the names of Representatives appointed by this Council and a cheque for the Annual Subscription of £3.3.0.

Received and the Mayor and Alderman Clegg appointed Representatives.

From the Chamber Magistrate advising that Fines amounting to £2.6.0 were paid to this Municipality from the Court House Newtown that the half year ending 30th of June 1909.

Received.

From Harold Slade applying for permission to erect additions to property in Burren Street Newtown as per Plans and Specification submitted.

Received and permission granted subject to Plan and been amended to show 9 foot 6 inch height of ceiling.

From J H Catts MP in reply to the request to urge the adoption of the Penny Postage throughout NSWales stating that he will bring the matter before the Federal House at the earliest possible moment.

Received.

From the Town Clerk Bowral with reference to registration of Motor Cars stating that the Premier has informed his Council that it be unnecessary for any deputation on the above subject as a draft Bill has been prepared and it will come before Parliament next session.

Received.

From the General Secretary United Charities Fund asking permission to collect on the streets of this Municipality on Saturday 6th November 1909.

Received and permission granted subject to the provisions of Ordinance number 61.

From the Department of Public Health advising that the 14 samples of Milk submitted by this Authority on the 25th of own have been chemically examined by the Government Analyst and that sample number 58 was found to be deficient in fat to the extent of 5%.

Received and the Vendor of the sample in question to be warned.

From E A Turtle stating his intention to have 7 cottages erected on a block of land hundred and 120X 62 situated in Campbell Street (Blighs Estate) and submitting Plans and Specifications together with cheque for Building Fees.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Honourable Secretary Ancient Order of Foresters as Executive Committee of the JF Smith Memorial Fund inviting the Mayor Aldermen and Council Clerk to attend the unveiling of the Monument erected to the memory of the late Brother.

Received and Aldermen to attend and notice of reminder to be given to all Aldermen on the Friday preceding

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported with regard to the Clerk’s application for the Assistance of a competent Clerk temporarily to enable him to get the books balanced and the accounts audited within the prescribed time recommending that Mr Kitt be appointed at 10/-per day.

Received and adopted.

The Financial Statement

prepared by the Clerk in accordance with Regulation 6 to 30th of June 1909 exhibited a credit balance in the General Fund with the Bank of Australasia Newtown of £6040.12.0.

Received and laid upon the table.

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 28th of June consisting of 11 clauses dealing with a number of matters remitted to them from the Council 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 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 Sanitary Inspector of Newtown

submitted his fortnightly report recommending amongst other matters that five (5) applications for registration as Milk Vendors under the Davies Supervision Act be granted or so that seven applications for licenses under Ordinance number 56 to sell Meet Ham and The and seven applications under Ordinance number 57 to sell Fish etc be granted.

Received and registrations and licenses granted as recommended.

The Inspector

submitted a Special Report stating that complaints have been made about the dirty condition of the roadway between Wells Street and the St Peters Railway Station pointing out that cleansing of King Street by the boys does not extend beyond Wells Street and suggesting that two street Bins be placed between Wells and Lord Streets and an additional boy engaged to cope with the extra work.

Received suggestion and adopted and the work to be carried out. The Erskineville Council to be asked to put two Bins on their side.

Motions Pursuant To Notice

Alderman Campbell moved:

1 “That the footpath on the eastern side of Enmore Road from Francis Street to the wood blocked crossing near the E S & A Bank be asphalted as recommended by the Works Committee at a probable cost of £8.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

2 Alderman Clegg moved:

that this Council instructs the Committee appointed to consider the question of Lighting the Municipality by Electric Light either alone or conjointly with a Garbage Destructor to invite the Councils of

St Peters Erskineville Petersham and Marrickville to send Representatives to confer with the said Committee re the above question.

With the consent of the Council the mover was permitted to include Marrickville in his original motion and as amended the motion was seconded by Alderman Turtle and negatived.

3 Missenden Road

“that the committee appointed (by) Re widening of Missenden Road be instructed to approach the Government and City Council to contribute towards the cost of same.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

4 Recreation Ground

That a Committee consisting of Alderman Turtle and the Mayor and the mover together with the Parliamentary representatives of the Municipality be appointed to approach the Government to request them to purchase suitable recreation ground for the use of the Municipality.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Questions of Which June Notice has been given

By Alderman Cox viz:

“The area of each Ward and the number of lamps in each ward.”

Answer

Camden Ward 130ac 105 lamps
Enmore Ward 145 “ 140 Lamps
O’Connell Ward 139 “ 149 Lamps
Kingston Ward 65 “ 86 Lamps

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 20 day of July 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 20th July 1909 (No. 09/15)

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

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and a full Council.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Public Works Department intimating that the Minister will be pleased to receive the deputation with reference to the Regulation of Hoardings on Thursday fifth of August at 11am.

Received and assisting Councils to be notified to attend also members of Parliament.

From the Town Clerk Young asking the cooperation of this Council in a proposal to amend Section 77 of the Local Government Act of 1906 so as to give councils the right to enter any “enclosed” or unenclosed private or Crown Lands for the purpose of obtaining Road material.

Received.

From the Secretary Commissioner for Railways with reference to the communication from this Council regarding the noise made by trains passing over the bridge at Burren Street stating that the matter has been looked into and that the bridge in question is of the usual construction and the circumstances do not apparently call for any alteration.

Received and a reply to be sent to the Railway Commissioner pointing out that the bridge is in very thickly populated district and that a letter be sent to the Erskineville Council asking the cooperation.

From the Bank of Australasia advising that the Bank holds for collection FDR5476 for £530.9.0 bearing interest at 3% due 13 July 1910.

Received.

From the Town Clerk St Peters asking the cooperation of this Council in a proposal to approach the Minister for Public Works for assistance in carrying out the widening of Cooks River Road from Campbell Street to Cooks River Dam.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Town Clerk Erskineville agreeing to pay one half the cost of re-metalling the carriageway of Erskineville Road from the Railway Bridge to Union Street viz £50.

Received and the work to be carried out.

From W H Bates Honourable Secretary to the Parents Association in connection with the Newtown North Public School and a proposed deputation at an early date to the Minister for Education to try and get the department to resume some land adjoining the school for recreation purposes.

Received and cooperation granted.

From Mrs R Selig asking permission to run a small sulky across the foot path to and from her premises in Bucknell Street.

The Overseer reported that this was a very exceptional case as her sulky is a very light one and can be lifted over the kerb.

Received and permission granted.

From the Town Clerk Prospect and Sherwood (Parramatta) with reference to the Water and Sewerage Board’s intention to revert to the old system of charging rent for water meters and inviting the cooperation of this Council in asking the board to reconsider its decision.

Received and cooperation granted.

From W Rasmussen asking permission to play music on the side streets. Received.

From G Wolfe asking permission to remove existing sign from the parapet of the building and direct the same on the side of the main building inside the building line.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Town Clerk Leichardt re-City Councils control of proposed new Abattoirs at Homebush notifying that the Honourable the Premier will be pleased to receive the deputation from Municipal Councils on Friday the 30th instant at noon.

Received and Aldermen to attend.

From Thomas Henderson asking permission to be allowed as on previous occasions to make a collection on the streets on Saturday 4th December on behalf of the City Mission.

Received and permission granted subject to the provisions of Ordinance number 61.

From A W Miller tendering his resignation as Bookkeeper to the Council.

Received and date of termination left in the hands of the Mayor.

From J H Johnson calling attention to the state of the approach to number 338 Edgware Road to see if something cannot be done to improve it.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From J G Griffin forwarding drawings of the Storm Water Channel from Margaret Street via Ferndale and Camden Streets and Edgeware Road to the open stormwater drain at foot of Alice Street.

Plans received an alternate tenders to be invited to be received not later than Monday 16th August at 4:00pm. Meantime Mr Griffin to meet the Works Committee to discuss the matter.

From the Convenors of a meeting to be held in the Lord Mayors Room at the Town Hall Sydney on Monday July 19 at 4pm to devise measures for a campaign in favour of a Greater Sydney Council in view of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Sydney Improvements at which the Right Honourable the Lord Mayor will decide and of which the Mayor and Aldermen of this Council are to be notified.

The Mayor reported that he did not attend the meeting and expressed his disappointment with the proposal.

Alderman Rigg said that for a like reason he did not go to the meeting either and moved: “That this Council considers the time is not right and protests against the matter being gone on with.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

After Alderman Lewis and Clegg who attended the meeting had reported that nearly all those present strongly oppose the proposal the motion was put and carried.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriations since last meeting amounting to £704.6.11 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £388.9.9.

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

Seconded by Alderman Campbell 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

amongst other matters one application for the license to sell ham and beef and 11 applications to sell fish and rabbits recommending that the same be granted.

The report also contained a return for the quarter ended 30 June last of the work performed under the Public Health Act and the Local Government Act.

Received and licenses granted.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Cox moved:

1 “That in view of the answer furnished at the last meeting to my enquiry the Lighting Committee be requested to report to this Council as to the best way of distributing amongst the other wards the 19 Lamps to which the Kingston Ward is not entitled. Lapsed.

Alderman Rigg moved:

2 “That the sum of £3.3.0 be now voted for the General Fund to pay the annual subscription to the Municipal Association of NSW for the current year in accordance with Section 179 of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

3 That the carriageway in Liberty Street from Bedford Street be repaired at an estimated cost of £30 provided the Petersham Council contributes one half the cost.

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

Alderman Edwards moved:

4 “That Erskineville Road from the Railway Bridge to Union Street be remetalled at an estimated cost of £100 provided the Erskineville Council pays one half the cost.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Cox moved:

5 “That the footpath in Darley Street North side from John Street to Edgeware Road be brickpaved at an estimated cost of £70 and referred to the works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Campbell moved:

6 “That Station Street from Holt Street to number 120 be re-formed ballasted and metalled from number 120 Camden Street remetalled and the whole surface when probably consolidated treated with a coat of prepared tar and sand at an estimated cost of £200.10.0 and referred to Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

Confirmed this 3rd day of August 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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