Tuesday 3rd August 1909 (No. 09/16)

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

from Robert Hollis MLA stating that he will be pleased to attend the deputation to the Minister for Public Works on Thursday next 5th of August re-Advertising Hoardings.

Received.

From the Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown advising that F D R number £5484 for £567.11.7 is held by the Bank and is repayable with interest at the rate of three percent on 26 July 1910. Received.

From the Town Clerk Waterloo asking the cooperation of this Council in a movement to have a line of Tramway laid from the Mitchell Road line branching off at Harvey Street Alexandria and extending hence to Burke Street and Botany Road intersections Waterloo and thence to connect with the Randwick lines and thus open up a direct line from the Western Municipalities to the coast and eastern suburbs.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Under Secretary Chief Secretaries Office inviting attention to the fact that by Proclamation published in Supplementary Government Gazette in No 96 of 15th of July the provisions of Part II of the Theatres and Public Halls Act 1908 have been applied to the Town Hall Newtown and if it is desired that the Hall shall be used for public entertainments and other purposes set forth in the Act written application should be made to the Office for a licence accompanied by a fee presented by Schedule II to the Act.

Received an application to be made for licence and described fee to be paid.

From M Ryan applying for permission to erect a temporary structure for entertainment known as “Martinis Buck Jumping Show” on a vacant Allotment (known as) near Abels bakery King Street Newtown.

Received and to be asked for further details.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported in accordance with the requirements of Clause 11 of Regulation 6 is recommending that the sum of £329.15.0 be now voted from the General Fund to carry out specified works.

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 Finance Committee

also reported in connection with the letter from the Honorary Secretary of the Newtown Brass Plan Band dated 4th of May last recommending a subsidy to the Band of £25 to be payable on the 16th of October 1909 in subject to the conditions mentioned with respect to previous subsidies.

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

Seconded by Alderman Elstub.

As an Amendment Alderman Turtle moved: “That instead of twenty-five pounds as recommended by the Committee the sum of fifty pounds be granted.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson and carried.

After some discussion the motion was as amended resolved in the affirmative.

The Works Committee

submitted their report of 26th of July 1909 consisting of 9 clauses dealing with matters remitted to them from the Council and the recommendations in respect of each.

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 Sanitary Inspector

amongst other matters reported the receipt of one application for registration as Milk vendor under the Dairies Supervision Act. One application for a licence to sell Beef and Ham and Five applications to sell fish and Rabbits all of which he recommended should be granted.

Received and adopted.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

the Mayor moved:

1 “That the building regulations recently made and passed in connection with Ordinance No 70 be recommitted with the view of amendments to meet certain cases.”

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

Alderman Bamfield moved:

2 “That the footpath in Wilson Street in front of Rumpf Dunning and Keats properties be renewed at an estimated cost of £12 and referred to Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

3 “That the space between the kerb and buildings or fences in Lanes Pines Estate be tar paved viz:

Holdsworth Lane at an estimated cost of £5.

Randall Lane at an estimated cost of £5.6.0.

Wilson Lane at estimated cost of £15.

Ivery’s Lane at an estimated cost of £14.

Leamington Lane at an estimated cost of £8.11.0 and referred to Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

4 “That the tar metalling of the carriageway in Pierce Street be completed as recommended by the Works Committee at an estimated cost of £65.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Alderman Elstub moved:

5 “That the tar metalling of the carriageway in Eliza Street carried out as recommended by the Works Committee at an estimated cost of £205.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

6 “That as recommended by the Works Committee the gutter stones in Australia Street be repaired and renewed where necessary at an estimated cost of £50.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

Plans and Specifications

register Nos 22 23 and 28 were laid before the Council considered and approved.

No 24 as regards shops only was approved.

Nos 28 and 29 approved subject to specified provisions being complied with. Plan No 18 not approved.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 17 day of August 1909.

Addendum

Alderman Turtle moved: that applications be invited and received up to 4pm on Monday 16th instant that the position of Bookkeeper at a salary of £156 per annum and considered at next meeting of the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 17th August 1909 (No. 09/17)

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Municipal Council of Newtown held in the Town Hall 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 Shire Council of Coonamble asking the cooperation of this Council with the view of having the present Local Government Act amended so it will allow of rates being paid in two half yearly instalments. Received.

From the Glebe Municipal Council inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to attend a conference at the Glebe Town Hall on Thursday 19th August at 8pm to consider the question of Greater Sydney and to take whatever action considered best in the interests of the Suburban Councils.

Received and invitation accepted.

From the Waverley Municipal Council suggesting that as a report of the Sydney Improvement Commission has been published a conference of Metropolitan Council be held to consider the desirability of a Greater Sydney Scheme of Municipal Government.

Received.

From the St Peter’s Municipal Council intimating that the Minister for Public Works will receive the deputation with reference to the widening of Cooks River Road from Campbell Street to Cooks River on Thursday 2nd September at 11:45am and asking that the Parliamentary representative for the district be requested to attend.

Received and request to be complied with.

From the Manager Bank of Australasia notifying that Fixed Deposit Receipt No 5483 for £515 due 30th July 1910 is held by the Bank for collection on account of the Council. Received.

From W Taylor Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Ward stating that a new Fire Brigade Bill has been introduced into Parliament and submitting a synopsis of the main features affecting municipalities with the comparison of the existing Act.

Received and the matter to stand over for 14 days.

From James Kingan with reference to the Marathon Race proposed to be run on Saturday 21st instant between Summerhill and the Newtown Railway Bridge and asking the permission of the Council to run over that portion of the route within this Municipality.

Received.

From H Leon asking permission to erect a canvas tent for the purpose of holding Athletic Shows consisting of heavyweight lifting Ball punching on Mr W H Lawler’s vacant land in King Street.

Received and left in the hands of the Inspector.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriations since last meeting amounting to £970.2.6 and recommend in accounts for payment amounting to £642.4.1.

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

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

The Finance Committee

submitted a special report in accordance with resolution passed at last meeting of the council recommending amendments and additions to Building Regulations in connection with Ordinance No 70.

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 Monthly Financial Report

prepared by the Clerk in accordance with Schedule V Regulation 6 showing a credit balance in the Bank of Australasia of £5995.15.8 was laid upon the table.

The Auditor

reported having audited the books of the Municipality for the half year ended 30th of June 1909 and found same correct as per statements and balance sheets submitted.

Received and statements adopted.

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 matters reported the receipt of one application to be registered as a Milk Vendor under the Dairies Supervision Act.

Six applications for licenses to sell Fish and Rabbits within the Municipality and recommending that the same be granted.

The report also recommended that proceedings be instituted against the proprietor erecting a structure not in accordance with Ordinance No 59 and without the permission of the Council for a Jumping entertainment in King Street Newtown.

Received and registration and licenses granted as recommended also the necessary authority to prosecute granted.

At this stage Alderman Cox asked and obtained the Mayors leave to retire.

Motions Pursuant To Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That this Council hereby make application under Section 110 of the Local Government Act 1906 – 7 – 82 acquired the right to exercise the following powers which are necessary for the good government of the Municipality viz:

“Section 109 (Sub Section xxxviii): The suppression of Public Nuisances caused by the emission (of) discharge or escape of smoke fumes steam oil or oil vapour either separately or any two or more in combination from premises within or partly within the area or by the discharge of waste waters waste products from any factory or other building in the area.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Plans and Specifications

Register Nos 30 31 and 32 were considered and approved.

Orders of the Day

resolved that the Council go into Committee of the Whole to open and consider tenders for the construction of stormwater drain from Margaret Street to Edgeware Road at foot of Alice Street.

2 To open and consider tenders for the position of Book keeper.

On the Council resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.

1 Your Committee recommend that consideration of tenders the construction of the stormwater drain be postponed until after the deputation to the Minister for Public Works who is to be asked to carry out the work.

2 Your Committee having opened and considered applications recommend that Mr G A Kitt be appointed Bookkeeper at a salary of £156 per annum.

The Mayor moved that the report from the Committee of the Whole be and is hereby adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

S Hordern Plans and Specification

In connection with the letter received from Messrs Read and Read

Solicitors resubmitting plan and specification for two Cottages proposed to be erected by Mr S Hordern fronting O’Connell Street asking that the same may be approved at the earliest convenience.

Resolved that as the plans do not show that the houses are not to be setback four feet from the alignment in accordance with regulations Council at he is to its former decision not to comply with the request.

This was the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 31st day of August 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 31st August 1909 (No. 09/18)

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, Ibbotson, Cox, Edwards, Turtle, Smith, Bamfield, Elstub and Clegg.

Alderman Clegg apologise for the unavoidable absence of Alderman Lewis.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Town Clerk Sydney stating that the question of top dressing Bishopgate Street from Australia Street to St Marys Street has been referred to the City Surveyor for report.

Received.

From the Secretary Chief Commissioner for Railways with reference to the representations made respecting the noise made by trains passing on the Bridge at Burren Street stating that after further consideration the Chief Commissioner regrets that he cannot see any way to take any action in the matter.

Received.

From the Town Clerk Glebe forwarding for the information of the Council copy of resolutions carried at a conference of Mayors and Aldermen representing 31 Municipalities held at the Glebe Town Hall on the 19th August and asking all suburban (Municipalities) Councils to carry a resolution to urge their Parliamentary Representatives to oppose any scheme for a Greater Sydney until the new Local Government Act 1906 has had a fair trial.

Received and decision of Conference approved.

From W N Stone calling attention to a Road Scraper which has given satisfaction where ever used and offering to submit one on approval.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Town Clerk Municipality of Prospect and Sherwood advising that the President of the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage will receive the deputation from Municipal Councils re rent for Water Meters on Thursday 9th September at 11am.

From James Trahair intimating that he has now completed all the work of furnishing the particulars required for the Valuation books and asking to be furnished with the cheque for the balance due to him.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From William Greenwood and Son stating that they contemplate using a water motor to drive a Revolving Showcase at their business premises 241 King Street Newtown and asking permission to discharge the wastewater by means of the drain under the footpath into the gutter.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From Isaac Roff applying for license for an Advertising Hoarding proposed to be wrecked moved on Messrs Eve Brothers land adjoining Abels premises King Street Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

Reports

The Overseer of Works

submitted his report of various works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress. Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other matters reported the receipt of 3 applications for registration as Milk Vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act and eight applications to be registered as licensed vendors of fish and rabbits and one application for licenses to sell meat recommending that the same be granted.

Received and registration and licenses granted as recommended.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Bamfield moved:

That a deputation consisting of the Mayor and Aldermen also the local members of Parliament wait on the Railway Commissioners and urge the necessity of considerable improvements at the Newtown Railway Station which is an inconvenience detrimental to the progress of the Municipality and altogether inadequate that the requirements of such an important and populous suburb as Newtown that steps be taken without delay and asking the Commissioners to appoint a definite time to receive such deputation.

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson generally supported and carried.

Orders of the Day

“to confirm the following resolution moved by the Mayor and passed at the Ordinary meeting of the Council held on the 17th instant viz:

That this Council hereby make application under section 110 of the Local Government Act 1906 – 7 – 8 to acquire the right to exercise the following powers which are necessary for the good government of the Municipality viz:

Section 109 (Sub Section xxxviii): The suppression of public nuisances caused by the omission (of) discharge or escape of smoke fumes steam or oil or oil vapour either separately or any two or more in combination from premises within or partly within the area or by the discharge of waste waters all waste products from any fact tree or other building in the area.”

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

With reference to the communication received at last meeting of the Council from Alderman Taylor Municipal Representative on the Fire Brigades Board copy of which sent to the Aldermen.

Alderman Rigg moved that a letter be sent to Alderman Taylor thanking him for the valuable information forwarded: at the same time asking him to urge that the Bill be amended in the direction of giving suburban Council’s sole representative on the Board also pointing out that shipping people pay large rates for wharves and thus contribute for fire purposes.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

Alderman Cox’s Absence

at this stage the Mayor said that he regretted to say that this was the last meeting which Alderman Cox would be in his place for a time as he was about to leave for a trip to the old country for the benefit of this health and in wishing him bon voyage felt sure he was expressing the hope of the Aldermen that Alderman Cox would return to the Council fully restored to health.

After all the Aldermen had expressed regret at the cause of Alderman Cox departure:

the Mayor moved: “That the best thanks of this Council be recorded to and placed in the minutes of the Council Alderman Cox for his long and valued municipal services and sincerest wishes for his restoration to health and further that Alderman Cox be furnished with the letter of introduction under the Seal of the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Cox’s feelingly returned thanks.

General Business

Alderman Rigg called attention to the nuisance and inconvenience caused by rainwater dripping from the Liberty Street Railway Bridge onto the footpath and asked that a letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners on the subject.

The Mayor said that he would see that this was done.

Parks Committee

in reply to Alderman Turtle the Mayor said that he would call the Committee together at an early date.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 14th day of September 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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