Tuesday 14 September 1909 (No. 09/19)

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

The Mayor apologise for the absence of Alderman Rigg and Clegg both of whom had important engagements in Sydney.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Honourable Secretary Marrickville Cottage Hospital asking permission to be allowed to use the permits granted by the Marrickville Council in connection with Street Collection in aid of the hospital on 2nd of October next. Received.

From the St Peter’s Council thanking this Council for its valuable cooperation in the matter of the deputation to the Minister for Public Works to ask that the main South Road be widened to one chain in St Peters. Received.

From the Municipal Council of Lane Cove with reference to the non-representation of this Council on the deputation to the Minister for Works regarding Advertising Hoarding. Received.

From the Chief Secretarys Department acknowledging the receipt of one pound being license fee transmitted for licensing the Town Hall under the “Theatres and Public Halls Act 1908”. Received.

From the Secretary to the Chief Commissioner for Railways intimating that the Commissioner will receive the deputation in regard to the proposed improvements to the Newtown Railway Station on Wednesday 15th instant at 11. 45am. Received.

From Robert Hollis MLA stating that he will be pleased to attend and introduce the deputation to the Railway Commissioner to urge the necessity for improvements to the Newtown Railway Station.

Received.

From Robert Hollis MLA stating that he is not prepared to promise to oppose or support any scheme or a “Greater Sydney” but when such scheme is before the House will pay due regard to any representations made by this Council. Received.

From the Ashfield Municipal Council asking to be furnished with particulars of procedure and fees charged in connection with the opening of streets and foot paths etc.

Received and the information asked to be furnished.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having since last meeting paid accounts under votes of appropriations amounting to £1130.13.4 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £329.16.8.

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 Finance Committee

submitted a Special Report

1st with reference to a communication dated 31st August from James Trahair Valuer stating that he has completed all the work in connection with the current year recommending that the further sum of £10 be now paid to Mr Trahair. Carried.

2nd That the sum of £23 be now voted from the Funds for carrying out specified works. Carried.

Financial Statement

The financial statement prepared by the Clerk in accordance with Regulation 6 showing a credit balance in the General Fund of £5706.13.10 as at 31st August was laid upon the table.

The Special Committee

(Finance Committee) appointed to consider a scheme of Lighting the Municipality with Electricity and the erection of a Garbage Destructor submitted their report and on the motion of the Mayor the same was received and made an Order of the Day the next meeting.

The Specification Committee

reporting having in accordance with resolution passed by the Council on 11th May last prepared Specification for renewing the woodblocks in King Street from the city Bank to St Peters Railway Bridge.

The Mayor moved: “That the Committees report and Specification be received and adopted and tenders invited and to be received and considered at the meeting of the Council on Tuesday 12th of October next.”

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 hand. Received.

The Sanitary Inspector

amongst other matters reported the receipt of 6 applications for registration as Milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act

2 applications for licenses to sell Ham and beef and three applications for licenses to sell fish and rabbits recommending that the same be granted. Received and registrations and licenses granted as recommended also transfer of butchers licenses granted from W Jackson to H Conder.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Edwards moved:

1 “That the sum of £10 be now voted in addition to the £50 already voted to complete the metalling of Erskineville Road.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Elstub moved:

2 “That 25 yards of kerb and guttering be laid in Northwood Street to complete at an estimated cost of £10.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

3 That the following works as recommended by the Works Committee be carried out.

(a) The completion of the metalling of the carriageway of Northwood Street 22 feet wide at an estimated cost of £60.

(b) The tar metalling of the carriageway of Robert Street 22 feet wide at an estimated cost of £150.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the cost and advisableness of top dressing with tarred and screenings the carriageway is of the following lanes: Campbell Fitzroy Brooks Belmore Gipps Oxford Turtle Bedford kindergarten Abigail and Pikes.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

General

Alderman Lewis moved that a letter be sent to the Deputy Postmaster General calling attention to the delay in answering calls on the telephone at the Newtown Exchange and the urgent need for increased accommodation at that office.

Confirmed this 28 day of September 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 28th September 1909 (No. 09/20)

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

Present

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Town Clerk Moama asking the cooperation of this Council with the view of urging the Government to pass an act enforcing all Fire Insurance Companies to contribute annually to Fire Brigades.

Received.

From the Town Clerk City agreeing to contribute one half the cost of top dressing the carriageway in Bishopgate Street with two coats of tar this Council carrying out the work estimated at £23.16.0.

Received.

From the Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown advising that Fixed Deposit No 5368 for £1060 due 21st September 1909 has been renewed for 12 months with accrued interest amounting to £31.16.0 added the total sum £1091.16.0 bearing interest at the rate of 3%.

Received.

From H H Swarbrick Sydney Representative for the Meldrum Brothers Simplex Hand Feed Garbage Destructor submitting a proposal for the erection of a Destructor and works same for a period with the intention of disposing of the same to the Council at valuation should the working plant proved satisfactory.

Received and referred to the Special Committee dealing with the question.

From Robert Hollis ML A with reference to the proposed deputation to the Minister for Public Works regarding the proposed stormwater Monier Pipe channel from Margaret Street to the foot of Alice Street in Edgeware Road covering letter from the Department of Public Works stating amongst other things that the work is one which should be constructed by the Municipal Council.

Received and Mr Hollis to be asked to renew the application.

From the Town Clerk Waterloo advising that the honourable the Minister for Public Works will receive the proposed Deputation with reference to the suggested construction of a line of Tramway from the Western to Eastern suburbs on Thursday October 7th at 12 noon.

Received and as many as can make it convenient to attend together with the Parliamentary Representatives.

Minute by the Mayor

the Mayor submitted a Minute briefly detailing the result of the deputation which waited upon the Minister for Public Works on the 15th of September regarding the improvements required at the Newtown Railway Station.

Received.

Reports

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special Report recommending in accordance with the requirements of clause 11 of regulation 6 that the sum of £1246.6.0 be now paid from the General Fund to carry out the following works specified.

On the motion of the Mayor that the Committees report was received and adopted.

The Works Committee

submitted their report consisting of eight clauses stated 20th of September dealing with various matters remitted to them from the Council and their recommendations in respect of each.

Moved by the Mayor 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 number of works and repairs carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress.

Received.

The Inspector of Nuisances

amongst other matters reported having received three applications from registrations as Milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act four applications for licenses to sell fish and rabbits in accordance No (56) 57 and one application for a licence to sell ham and beef under ordinance No 56 recommending that the said registration and licenses be granted.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Clegg moved:

1 That the footpath of Longdown Street North side between Elizabeth Street and the Trocadero be tar paved at an estimated cost of £10 and referred to the Works Committee. The

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Orders of the Day

To consider the Special Committees report received at last meeting and referenced lighting the Municipality with electricity and the erection of a garbage destructor.

The report had been read the Mayor moved that it be received.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Orders of the Day

the Mayor moved that that portion of the report recommending that the question of the erection of a Garbage Destructor stand over until the City Council decide if they intend to erect in Camperdown within 12 months.

Seconded by Alderman Rigg.

Amendment

Alderman Clegg moved as an amendment: That the report be referred back to the Committee for reconsideration in conjunction with the letter received from H H Swarbrick representative of the “Simplex” Hand Feed Garbage Destructor.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle.

The amendment and motion having been put to the meeting the amendment was declared carried and being the question before the Council resolved in the affirmative.

Electric Lighting

The Mayor moved: “That the portion of the Special Committees report dealing with lighting of the Municipality by Electric lighting be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Ibbotson.

Amendment

Alderman Clegg moved as an amendment: That the report be referred back to the Committee with a view to surrounding Municipalities getting an opportunity of appointing representatives to confer the question of Electric lighting.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis.

After a very lengthy discussion the vote was taken and the motion carried.

Tenders for Painting Water Cart

the following tenders for painting and varnishing the water cart were received viz:

E Monaghan £4015.0 C Glencross and Son £5 W Dwyer £4.

After consideration Alderman Ibbotson moved: “That the tender of C Glencross and Son be accepted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Alderman Rigg moved: “That the tender of W Dwyer at £4 be accepted.

Of vote was then taken and resulted in the acceptance of messes Glencross and Companies tender for £5.

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 12th day of October 1909.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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