Tuesday 8th November 1910 (No. 10/23)

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

Present

the Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Lewis, Milne, Rigg, Elstub, Jones, Campbell, Turtle, Clegg and Smith.

Apologies were received from Aldermen Bamfield and Macready.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Department of Public Works calling attention to the half yearly Statement of Accounts and stating that the same have been examined.

From A Macintosh Town Clerk thanking the Mayor and Aldermen for their kind expression of sympathy in his present illness and stating that he hopes to resume duty sometime next week.

Received.

From the Department of Public Works stating that the action in the matter of stormwater drainage of Ferndale Street and Camden Street is suspended pending financial arrangements being made by the Marrickville Council to meet their share of the liability.

Received.

From Registrar General with regard to the inconvenience experienced by residence of South Newtown by reason of the necessity for visiting the office at St Peters for the purpose of having births and deaths registered and that arrangements have been made whereby these registrations may also be effected at the office of the District Registrar in the Court House Newtown and that it will be optional with the residence of South Newtown to go either to the Court House or to the office at St Peters whichever is more convenient.

Received and the Department thanked for the alteration and requested to advertise in the papers.

From the Newtown Brass Band thanking the Council for the kind assistance extended to the Band and trusting that they may still merit further favors in the future as in the past.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Board of Health forwarding copy of report by the Government Analyst on the chemical examination of fifteen samples of milk collected on 16th of October by Inspector Watson.

Received.

From the Department of Public Works asking in order that action in connection with the Revision of the triennial Lists of Electors may be facilitated it is necessary that information be furnished as to the places at which it is desired Revision Courts should be held.

Received and Newtown Court be appointed as the place and that the Court to be held in the evening.

From the Town Clerk Erskineville with regard to the extension of the Henderson Road tram to King Street Newtown and asking that the delegates be notified to attend the Deputation to be received by the Honourable the Minister for Works on Thursday the 10th instant at 3pm.

Received and the Mayor and Alderman Rigg appointed as delegates.

From F Hoffman applying for increase of salary.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From A G Davis asking if the Council will grant permission to sell salads Newtown and that he is willing to pay 5/-per month.

Received and permission refused.

From Medical Officer of Health forwarding a report by the Assistant Medical Officer of Health on the sanitary condition of premises 30/36 Richard Street as disclosed by a recent inspection.

Received and action to be taken as advised.

From James Trahair Valuer reporting that he has made valuations of new building and alterations in all the streets of the Municipality (excepting King Street and Enmore Road) for the triennial period 1911 1912 and 1913.

Received.

From Joseph Murphy asking if the Council will give him permission to run a Merry-go-round on a vacant piece of land near the fire station in Australia Street.

Received and permission refused.

From Mrs Elizabeth Pawby drawing attention to the expense she has been put to in having to get the water pipe mended in front of her cottages in Pearl Street Nos 47 and 49 and attributes it to the steam roller been put over the Street and asking the Council to give it favourable consideration.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From F Burtenshaw asking permission to hold meetings of a Saturday night on the Newtown Bridge on behalf of the sick and afflicted of our city.

Received and left in the hands of the Town Clerk to see Inspector McCrimmon and report to next meeting of the Council.

From H S Paull asking if the Council are willing to pay part of the cost of repairing the water service attached to his premises No 18 Pearl Street which was damaged by the Councils Street roller.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From W Epps asking the cooperation of this Council in the raising of a fate to raise funds for the extension of the Nurses Home of the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital.

Received and request complied with and a meeting to be convened. From WN Stone forwarding price and particulars of Sleeve Pattern Water Van.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £1070.3.6 and recommended accounts for payment amounting to £160.2.7.

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 recommending (1) having considered the matters and doors the action of the Town Clerk and cancelling the Contracts of Messrs Hanks and Bates and recommend the services rendered and collecting the lists (although not recognising any liability) that Mr Hanks be paid £5 and Mr Rates £8.12.0 together with a refund of any deposit paid by them.

Alderman Turtle moved as an amendment “That the amounts be altered to read in Mr Bates case £9.10.0 and Mr Hanks £7.

Seconded by Alderman Jones and lost.

The Committees report as submitted was adopted.

The Monthly Financial Statement

to 31st October 1910 prepared by the Clerk and examined by the Finance Committee disclosed a credit balance in the General Fund of £4311.19.7 was received and 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

reported amongst other things having received 3 applications to be registered milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act 2 applications to sell fish and rabbits and 1 application for a butcher’s licence to be transferred. Also that he appeared at the Newtown Court on the 27th of October to prosecute F Engisch on exhibiting advertisements on prohibited walls he was convicted and fine £1 with £1.3.0 costs in each case. Mr Clayton the Councils solicitor appeared on both cases.

Also that he posted a notice to the owner of premises 71 London Street for repairs and ventilation to the said premises the said notice has not been fully complied with in as much as no provision has been made for ventilation to the bedrooms and asking for authority to serve the notice on the owner to provide ventilation and enforce same.

Received and adopted and licenses be granted and authority brick granted as asked for.

The Works Committee

report of four paragraphs dated 7th November dealing with various matters remitted from the Council was submitted.

Received and adopted.

Questions Without Notice

Alderman Elstub asked that Bedford Street be tarpaved instead of brickpaved.

The Mayor then asked that the necessary power to enable him to do so.

Alderman Elstub moved: “That the Mayor substitute tar paving the bricks where desirable.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 22 day of November 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 22nd of November 1910 (No. 10/24)

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

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Bamfield, Lewis, Smith, Milner, Macready, Elstub, Jones, Campbell, Turtle and Clegg.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From A Macintosh Town Clerk applying for leave of absence from duty for a fortnight with the view of getting complete rest and change and thanking the Council for its kind consideration during the past six weeks.

Received and request granted.

From the Chief Secretaries Office stating that a Mr Marshall Tate has applied for permission to remove the roof of the Bridge Theatre (late Hippodrome) and to open the premises as an open air picture show and asking if the Council has any objection to the site in question being used for open air picture show purposes.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From The Chief Secretaries Office stating that an application has been received from Mr F Theile proprietor of the Star Pictures 392 King Street Newtown to conduct scientific boxing contests in such temporary structure and asking if the Council has any objection to these contests been held in the temporary structure mentioned.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From Mrs E Matthew thanking the Council for the vote of condolence forwarded to her and the tribute of esteem paid to her late beloved husband.

Received.

From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage calling attention of the frequent chokage of the 18 inch sewer which passes through the Prince Alfred Hospital Grounds by reason of the collection of road metal etc in the pipe also that the City Council intends to construct trapped gullies at this spot during next year with the view to partially dealing with the trouble and stating that it is necessary for this Council to reconstruct its gullies and connect direct to the sewer instead of to the City Councils gullies. Under present conditions it is reported that the metal from this Councils gullies discharges into the gullies under the control of the City Council thereby causing the trouble mentioned above and requesting that this Council will be good enough to cause the requisite action in this matter to be taken as early as possible.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From Department of Lands inviting attention to a notice in the Government Gazette of 16th of November 1910 relating to the alignment of streets in this Municipality under the Public Roads Act 1902.

Received.

From the Paddington Municipality asking the cooperation of this Council to protest against the action of those gentlemen who waited on the Premier on the 3rd current without any warrant from the property owners and residents of suburban areas of the Metropolis to urge upon the Government the hasty introduction of legislation to bring about a Greater Sydney form of Government for the Metropolitan area and that the Municipals of the Metropolis be invited by circular letter to consider and express an opinion upon this momentous question.

Received and referred to conference of adjoining Municipalities.

From T Kneebone asking permission to erect a new water trough for Mr P Rodgers of King Street Newtown.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From A Clothier asking permission to erect a hood over the Bay window at his premises 29 Hopetoun Street.

Received and left in the hands of the Overseer.

From A Macintosh Town Clerk stating that in accordance with the resolution passed by the Council on 13th September 1910 Mr J H Clayton the Councils Solicitor was written to asking him to furnish his Bill of Costs within one month from that date and reporting that Mr Clayton has not yet complied.

Received and Mr Clayton to be notified that the Council requires a statement and Bill of Costs by next meeting.

From Mrs Freestone asking permission to have a wooden partition across making the shop 18 feet wide and 8 feet 6 inches deep with door in same 3 feet by 7 foot the room to be papered and calcimined as she intends to carry on the small-business of light refreshments etc.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From Inspector McCrimmon report on Mr F Burtenshaw’s application to hold meetings on the Newtown Bridge for the help of the sick and afflicted stating that he has no objection to Mr Burtenshaw being allowed one Saturday night per month.

Received and permission be granted one Saturday night per month.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported recommending in accordance with clause 11 of Regulation 6 that the sum of £354.15.0 be now voted from the General Fund to carry out the following works.

Treating all cross streets within 100 yards of King Street and Enmore Road with hot tar and grit as per resolution of Council 13th September 1910 estimated cost £335.15.0.

Brick paving footpath in Harrow Road in front of Nos 2 4 6 and 8 and 10 estimated cost £19.

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

Seconded by Alderman Clegg 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

reported amongst other things having received 1 application for license to sell ham and beef and 2 licenses to be transferred also 3 applications to sell fish and rabbits also that a number of house-to-house inspections have been made and the necessary action to remedy defects.

Also special report on watering the foot paths of King Street and Enmore Road.

Received and licenses granted and the special report referred to Works Committee.

Motions pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the Specification Committee be and is hereby instructed to prepare Specifications for the Annual Contracts for the Municipal Year commencing 1st of January 1911 the submission to the Council at the next ordinary meeting.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

2 “That the Sanitary Inspector be instructed to report on the arrangement of the work of sweeping the woodblocked carriageways of King Street and Enmore Road intersections report to be submitted to the next meeting of the Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Macready moved:

3 “That a Committee be appointed to revise the Regulations relating to the erection of buildings in the Municipality and that such Committee submitted a report of suggested alterations or additions at the following regular meeting of the Council for confirmation.”

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

Alderman Macready moved: That the Committee consist of Aldermen Campbell, Turtle, Milne, Mayor and Macready.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Questions of which due notice has been given

Alderman Turtle asked:

1 What holidays granted to the officers and employees of this Council on full pay?

Reply – When officers apply for leave they are usually granted a fortnight to 3 weeks if they can be spared.

Others in the service of the Council on day wage take a holiday without leave when they like

Questions without Notice

Alderman Milne called attention to the way in which the buildings were being erected in Harold Street.

The Mayor said he would have them inspected.

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 6th day of December 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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