Tuesday 6 December 1910 (No. 10/25)

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

Present

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

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From G C Swinbourne asking permission to hang Blinds on the outside of shop to a distance of four feet eight inches above the kerbing and a cross blind 7 and a half feet from the kerbing and asking to be allowed to hang same from 10.30pm until 9am.

Received and permission granted for cross blind provided no sign or writing is thereon and that the other blinds be left in the hands of the Inspector.

From Department of Lands directing attention to alteration in the alignment of certain streets is under the Public Roads Act 1902 as per schedule attached.

Received and adopted.

From W Berkman calling attention to notice to repair balcony which he states was damaged by the Electric Lighting Company and asking the Council to put the balcony in the same condition as it was previous to the Electric Lighting Company interfering with it.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From Messrs Sweet Brothers calling attention to the great necessary for watering King Street as during the hot weather the Street is in a very bad state as far as dust is concerned and stating that steps should be taken by your Council to reduce this dust nuisance.

Received.

From Department of Lands inviting attention to notice in the Government Gazette of 23rd of November 1910 relating to the alignment of streets in this Municipality under the Public Roads Act 1902.

Received.

From A R Ikin complaining of the erection of a pole in front of his property No 35 Watkin Street to have the pole removed.

Received and referred to Lighting Committee.

From Board of Health forwarding copy of a report by the Government Analyst on chemical examination of 15 samples of milk collected on 25th ultimo by Inspector Watson and that No 30 was deficient in fat to the extent of 3.1% and that the vendor has been warned.

Also that in future it is requested that the number of cows milked by each dairyman may be supplied on the form together with other particulars required.

Received and the Department to be informed that there are no dairy cows in Newtown.

From F Bamfield asking permission to affix the business name in small Electric Lights on the same line as the now existing painted name over his shop is 287- 289 and 291 King Street Newtown.

Received and permission granted.

From Messrs Hardie and Gorman forwarding summary of valuations of all rateable properties in King Street and Enmore Road as disclosed by the Valuation Books.

Received and made an Order of the day for next meeting.

From the Town Clerk forwarding summary of valuation is of all rateable property in the Municipality for the triennial period ending 31st December 1913 as disclosed by the valuation Books.

Received and made and Order of the Day for next meeting.

From W H Miller calling attention to two fig trees in the Lane at the back of his property in Herbert Street as they create a nuisance by falling leaves and fruit and a danger of limbs falling onto number 18 and giving the Council notice to remove same without further delay also stumps on foot path in front of same property.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From Messrs Webber Brothers with regard to notice from the Sanitary Inspector to sit press the Smoke nuisance stating that they have been put to considerable expense to alter same by lengthening the smoke stack and will use great care and firing in future.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

From F Thiele stating that he is giving and entertainment on the 19th December to provide Christmas Cheer for the poor of the district and requesting the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen.

Received and patronage granted.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reporting recommending 1 “That Mr F Hoffmanns salary be increased to £3 per week to commence from 1st of January 1911.

2 That in accordance with Clause 11 of Regulation 6 the sum of £1450 be now voted from the General Fund to carry out the following works:

Holt Street reformed ballasted and Metal Carriageway £     95
Darley Street brick pave footpath £   115
Wilson Street footpath brick paved front of Rumpf Dunning and Keats property £     12
Wilson Street from Erskineville Road to Burren Street tarmetal carriageway and trachyte cube £1188
£1450.0.0

Adopted.

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £850.18.8 and recommend accounts for payment amounting to £755.19.0.

Adopted.

The Monthly Financial Statement

to 30th of November 1910 prepared by the Clerk and examined by the Finance Committee disclosed credit balance in the General Fund of £3813.19.0 was received and laid upon the Table.

The Works Committee

report of 12 paragraphs dated 28th November 1910 dealing with various matters remitted from the Council was submitted received and adopted.

The Specification Committee

reported having carefully considered specifications for works and services to be carried out from 1st of January to 31st of December 1910 numbering recommending the same be adopted and tenders invited by advertisement to be received and considered at next meeting of the Council.

Moved by Alderman Morgan “That the specification Committees report be received and adopted.

An amendment was moved by Alderman Turtle and seconded by Alderman Jones that items 9 (Tarpaving Carriageways) 10 (tarpaving foot paths) 11 (Brickpaving foot paths) be omitted from the list of contracts and these works be carried out by Day labor.

On the amendment being put it was carried that items 9 and 10 be carried out by day labour and No 11 by contract.

A report was received from the Sanitary Inspector with regard to the cleansing of King Street and Enmore Road wood blocks.

It was decided to stand over till next meeting to be considered with the specification for sweeping the woodblocks.

The report of the Specification Committees together with the amendments was received and adopted.

The Special Committee of the Whole Council appointed to revise the Building regulations of the Municipality and report recommending 1 That the word “residential” be struck out before the erection of buildings.

2 that after the 3rd clause in buildings the following words be added “and shall be accompanied by an application in the form of this schedule hereto.”

3 That after party walls the following provision be put in “In terraces containing 2 or more buildings in at least every pair of buildings the dividing or party Wall shall be carried out to a height of not less than 1 foot 6 inches above the roof.”

4 Iron buildings to be inserted after Weatherboard buildings except as herein before provided the walls of all buildings shall be constructed of brick stone or concrete unless by the express the authority of the Council notified in writing by the Town Clerk.

5 No partition in any building save shops and offices shall be constructed of wood without the express authority of the Council notified in writing by the Town Clerk.

6 No recessional be allowed in 9 inch party walls.

Received and 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

reported amongst other things having received 1 application to sell fish 1 application for butchers Cutting Cart License and one application for a Ham and Beef License to be transferred.

Also that he appeared at the Newtown Police Court to prosecute C Lichfield the selling milk without being registered who pleaded guilty and was fined 5/- and 2/-costs.

Also that on the 25th of November he purchased 15 samples of milk and delivered same to the Government Analyst for examination and report.

Also that he served a notice on the owner of No 71 Liberty Street to provide permanent ventilation to the bedrooms and asking for an authority to prosecute as set notice has not been carried out.

Adopted and licenses granted and authority as asked for deposit prosecute be granted.

Motions pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That for the purpose of carrying out the provision of Ordinance No 5 under the Local Government Act 1906- 8 the Town Clerk be and is hereby appointed Valuer in conjunction with Henry Gorman and John Francis King of Messrs Hardie and Gorman appointed by the Council on the 16th of August 1910 to value all rateable property in King Street and Enmore Road only.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

2 “That the employees of this Council who have been in the employment of the Council for a period of 12 months received full pay for public holidays.”

Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

Questions Without Notice

Alderman Jones

called attention to the footpath on the South side of Newman Street which was not tarpaved while the North side was being done.

The Mayor said the work would be carried out during the summer.

Alderman Lewis

asked if the shopkeepers were allowed the same sized garbage tins as tenants of houses also about the way the man on the O’Connell Ward treats the garbage tins and also some of the people.

The Mayor said he would have enquiries made into the matter.

This being the business the Council rose.

Confirmed this 20th day of December 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 20th of December 1910 (No. 10/26)

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

Present

The Mayor and a full Council.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From Municipality of Lampton asking cooperation and amending the Local Government Act so as to enable Municipal Councils to establish Fire Insurance Funds and etc.

Received.

From Leslie West asking permission to sell flowers in King Street.

Received and permit not granted.

From the Department of Public Works forwarding forms for preparing the statement of accounts for the year ending 31st December 1910.

Received.

From the Department of Public Works notifying amendments of Ordinances No numerals 9, 12, 14, 30, 39, 47 and 50.

Received.

From the Department of Public Works with reference to the Newtown and Marrickville Stormwater Drainage stating that as a result of survey of the proposed drain it has been found that the estimated cost of construction has now been increased from £3750 to £4700 due partly to the increased cost of wages and material since the date of the prior estimate. The share to be paid by each of the councils under the 1st estimate was £937.10.0 under the new estimate it is increased to £1157 which each Council will have to pay into the Treasury before the work can be put in hand.

Received and offer accepted.

From the Chief Secretaries Department covering copy of a letter to Mr Marshall Tate informing him that the request to remove the roof of the Bridge Theatre (late Hippodrome) cannot be complied with.

Received.

From the Chief Secretaries Department forwarding copy of a letter sent to Mr F Thiele stating that permission to conduct scientific boxing contests at the Star Pictures 222 King Street cannot be complied with.

Received.

From F Theile Star Pictures 392 King Street and reference to scientific boxing contests asking the Council to reconsider their decision.

Received.

From John Williamson and Sons forwarding the Deposited Plans in connection with the “Thurnby Estate” in duplicate together with the tracing showing the land to be dedicated and asking to have the Plan to which the Declaration of Mr Weingarth is attached marked as follows: “Plan approved and dedication of streets and lanes accepted” and this signed by the Council.

Further asking for a letter addressed to the Registrar General to the effect that the said dedication has been accepted.

Received and the offer to supply a tracing copy of the Plan accepted.

From Tom Cousins asking permission to place a few green bushes against the Veranda Posts outside his shop in King Street.

Received and permission granted.

From F W Turner calling attention to the Urinal at the Hotel corner of Lord and King Street and the nuisance caused thereby.

Received and referred to the Police and Mr Turner to be so informed.

From the Town Clerk stating that Mr J H Clayton the Councils Solicitor has been written to requiring him to furnish a statement and Bill of Costs on or before the 6th of December instant and that he has not complied the request.

Received and Mr Clayton to be asked to send in account within one month or tender his resignation as Councils Solicitor.

From the Town Clerk calling attention to the resubdivision of the “Thurnby Estate” valued by Messrs Gorman and King prior to 1st of November as one holding and recommending in pursuance of the provisions of Section 135 (7) of the Local Government Act 1906- 7- 8 and Ordinance 49 thereunder that the necessary alterations be made in that the Valuation and Rate Books as authorised by the Act.

Received and the necessary alterations to be made and initiated by the Mayor and the Clerk.

From Morgan and Morgan Solicitors asking for a refund of £1.2.11 being amount of rates paid by them in the area in respect of Rate No 1375 O’Connell Ward.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £925.16.2 and recommend in accounts for payment amounting to £655.13.3.

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 Finance Committee

reported (1 in accordance with the provisions of clause 50 and 65 of Regulation 6 recommending that the following sums be written off in the Rate Books for the reasons set against each item viz:

Camden Ward Rate No 1909/576Alice Gardiner Interest wrongly charged £0.4.9
Enmore Ward Rate No 1909/107Alice Gardiner Interest wrongly charged £0.13.8
O’Connell Ward Rate No 1909/36Grace Brothers Interest wrongly charged £0.8.9
Rate No 224/1908 Not rateable property used exclusively for Public Worship £63.18.4
Rate No 224/1909 £64.3.4
Rate No 224/1910 £64.3.4
Rate No 224/1908 1909 1910 Interest £ 8.6.3
Rate No 1909/95J J McHugh Interest wrongly charged £0.6.10
£202.5.3

(2) Letter from F C Boulton read legal liability of Employers for accidents to their Employees and the necessity to complete insurance under the Workmen’s Compensation Act. The Committee asked time to get further information but recommend that cover be obtained.

(3) Letters from the Public Works Department and W H Cadogan Auditor pointing out that nothing has been written off the Town Hall Asset (£3000) and Office Furniture £118 the depreciation during the year 1909 in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 6 clause 81a. The Committee recommend that 5% be written off the respective items each year.

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 Sanitary Inspector

amongst other matters reported the receipt of 62 applications for registration as Milk vendors and asking authority to serve stature re-notice with the Owner of No 18 Kent Street for dirty and insanitary premises.

Received and registrations granted and the authority to serve the statutory notice given.

The Sanitary Inspector

in accordance with instructions submitted a lengthy report with reference to the discharge or escape of smoke from factory premises within the Municipality and his personal observations.

Received.

Motions Pursuant To Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the sum of £8.4.0 be now voted from the General Fund to complete the paving the footpath in Harrow Road from No 10 to Juliet Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

2 “That the sum of £73.2.6 be now voted from the General fund for the purchase of a water waggon with back spray circular tank as recommended by the Works Committee 28th of November 1910.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

Orders of the Day

1 “To consider the Valuers report and their Valuation of the Unimproved and Improved and the Assessed Annual Value of all rateable land in the Municipality and if approved and adopted the Clerk to prepare estimates in accordance with Clause 142 of the Local Government Act 1906- 7- 8 for submission by the Finance Committee to the Council.”

The Valuation books were laid upon the table and the Valuers (Mr all H Gorman and JF King) report submitted as follows.

Valuers Report

We have the pleasure to report having completed the valuation of all rateable property in King Street and Enmore Road for the triennial period commencing 1st of January 1911 and ending 31st December 1913 in accordance with our agreement dated 16th August 1910 and herewith submit the valuation books of the Camden Enmore O’Connell and Kingston Wards containing all the particulars required by the Ordinances as far as practicable.

Summary of King Street and Enmore Road Valuations Only
UCV ICV AAV
King Street Camden Ward 85,163 161,215 10,868
King Street Enmore Ward 68,752 108,669 7097
Enmore Road Enmore Ward 102,012 179,747 12,291
King Street O’Connell Ward 261,732 394,148 24,451
King Street Kingston Ward 119,041 167,410 9227
£636,700 £1,011,189 £63,934

The Town Clerk reported that the valuation of all rateable property in the Municipality for the triennial period ending 31st December 1910 completed in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act 1906- 7- 8 and Ordinances thereunder and in pursuance of resolution of the Council past 21st of June 1910 as follows

U.C.V I.C.V A.A.V
Camden Ward 235,544 657,767 49,025
Enmore Ward 383,909 943,863 68,272
O’Connell Ward 463,353 952,120 67,085
Kingston Ward 241,626 491,585 34,135
£1,324,432 £3,045,335 £218,517

Estimates of Rates Limits as required by clause 22 of Section 5 of the Ordinances were also submitted as follows:

Part 1

Limit of General Rates and Additional General Rates taken together
The Unimproved Capital Value of all rateable land in the Municipality as valued by us £1,324,432
The Assessed Annual Value of all rateable land in the new Municipality as valued by us is £218,517
2 pence in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value would yield £11,036.18.8
1/6 in the Pound on the Assessed Annual Value would yield £16,388.15.6
The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy general and additional general rates is therefore the sum of £27,425.14.2

Part II

Limit of Rates (General Additional general Special Local and loan Rates taken together
2 pence in the £on the Unimproved Capital Value would yield £11,036.18.8
2/-in the £on the Assessed Annual Value would yield £21,851.14.0
The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy any rates under the Local Government Act is therefore the sum of £32,888.12.8

The Mayor moved:

that the Valuers report together with Estimates of Rate Limits be received and that in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1906 the Local Government Loans Act 1907 and the Local Government (Amending) Act 1908 and the Ordinances thereunder the same be and are hereby approved and adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Mayor moved:

that the Clerk be and is hereby instructed to prepare estimates in accordance with clause 142 of the Local Government Act 1906- 7- 8 for submission by the Finance Committee to the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

Alderman Turtle protested against consideration of the estimates until the new Council has been elected.

The Kingston O’Connell Enmore and Camden Ward Valuation Books were adopted.

2 To open and consider tenders for the Annual Contracts.

Resolved that tenders be opened in Council and afterwards considered with closed doors.

The tenders having been opened the Council resolved into Committee of the Whole with closed doors.

On resuming the Mayor brought up the following report.

Your Committee of the Whole Council having considered tenders for the Annual Contracts recommend the acceptance of the following:

Scavenging and Removing House Refuse.

Camden Ward    Alfred Poole      @ £31                per month

Supply of Blue Metal

Justin McSweeney                                 9/-              per cubic yard

Supply of Blue Metal Screenings

Justin McSweeney                                 9/-              per cubic yard

Supply of Ballast

Alfred Poole      Ballast                         4/6             per cubic yard

Brick bats                    3/6             per cubic yard

Supply of Sand and Cartage

F W Turner                                            3/6             per load of 1 ton

General Cartage

A H Willard                                           11/-            per day

Brick paving Footpaths

D Ghiggine                                            2/8             per super yard

Stationery and Printing

PL Green                                                                  as per schedule

Resolved that the sweeping of the Wood Blocked Pavements be carried out by Day Labour and that fresh tenders be called for scavenging the Enmore O’Connell and Kingston Wards.

The Mayor moved:

“That the report of the Committee of the Whole upon the tenders be and the same is hereby adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Campbell and carried.

A tender by L C Russell Jones for the supply of Quarts Metal 2 inches in gauge being informal was not considered but the Overseer of Works was instructed to inspect and report regarding the quality of the metal.

This concluded the business when that the Mayor invited the Aldermen and Officers to join and partake of some refreshments in his room.

Confirmed this 29th day of December 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Thursday 29th of December 1910

Minutes of Special Meeting of the Council held on the above date at 7:30pm.

Present

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

Minutes

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

Business

to open and consider fresh tenders for scavenging the Enmore O’Connell and Kingston Wards.

The tenders having been opened and considered the following were accepted it viz:

Enmore Ward J Knowles £40 per month
O’Connell Ward Robert Morton £43 per month
Kingston Ward William Woodcock £27 per month

Plan and specification of a ward and iron building for a joiners shop proposed to be erected at the rear of No 540 King Street submitted by Messrs McKay and Compton were considered also report thereon by the Building Surveyor stating that the shed will stand back more than 50 feet from the front.

Alderman Campbell pointed out that the plan showed the studs to be 4 feet apart and moved:

that the application be granted subject to the studs not been less than 3 feet apart and the shed standing back not less than 50 feet and the size of the timber to be to the satisfaction of the Building Surveyor.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

Confirmed this 3 day of January 1911.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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