Tuesday 7TH June 1910 (No. 10/12)

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

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Morgan) and Aldermen Edwards, Campbell, Rigg, Turtle, Ibbotson, Cox, Lewis, Smith and Clegg.

An apology was received from Alderman Elstub absence owing to illness.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Town Clerk Paddington asking the cooperation of this Council in urging upon the Minister in charge of the Local Government Department the necessity of amending Section 115 (Hoardings) of the Local Government Act so as to restore to the local governing bodies those powers originally conferred upon them.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Secretary Department of Public Health stating that a Special Inspection of the Newtown Markets by an Inspector under the Pure Food Act 1908 disclosed that the garbage bin was found to be in an offensive condition and apparently have not been emptied entirely for some time.

Inspector Watson reported that he frequently inspected the said bin and never found it to be in the condition stated and that the bin is emptied entirely and disinfected every alternate day.

Received and copy sent to the Department of Public Health.

From the Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown stating that he holds for collection Fixed Deposit Receipt No 5590 for £937.10.0 in favour of the Council “Construction Account” repayable with interest on 27th May 1911.

Also

Fixed Deposit Receipt No 5589 for £1000 in favour of the Council “Wood blocks Account” repayable with interest on 27th May 1911.

Both letters received.

From the Town Clerk Deniliquin asking the cooperation of this Council in order that all fees in connection with licenses for Hotels Billiards Auctioneers and Dog Registration within a Municipality be paid to such Municipality.

Received.

From Otto Staperfeld on the question of Public Lighting stating that he has had erected at the intersection of Ocean and Oxford Streets a 2000 Candle Power Lamp High Pressure High Power Gas as a practical demonstration of the very latest system and will be glad if the Council can make it convenient to inspect the lamp in operation.

Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

From the Australian Manufacturing and Importing Company Limited forwarding circulars and extract from letter received from their principles Messrs Ehrich and Gratlz Berlin relative to High Pressure Gas Lanterns system Graetzin.

Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

From the Town Clerk Drummoyne directing special attention to a minute by the Mayor (Alderman Thomas Henley MLA) on the question of “Metropolitan Gas Supply” and asking this Council to appoint 2 of its members to represent the In this policy at a conference proposed to be held in Sydney to discuss the best method of obtaining the object sought.

Received and the Mayor and Alderman Clegg appointed.

From the Honourable Secretary The Cremation Society of NSW asking the Council if they will pass a resolution asking the Parliamentary Representatives of the district to support the vote of money towards the erection of a Crematorium in a central position which the Honourable the Premier has foreshadowed as to be included on the estimates of expenditure for the ensuing year.

Received and request complied with.

From A G Huie The Sydney Single Tax League stating that a Public Meeting is to be held in the Town Hall Newtown on Wednesday 13th instant for the purpose of advocating a reduction in railway fares and freights and taxation of land values.

Received.

From the Queensland Insurance Company Limited submitting information for the Council’s information regarding the benefits of Municipal Insurance Public Risks and Employers Liability etc.

Received and laid upon the table.

From W Island calling attention to a stormwater drain in front of his property in Bligh Street which when heavy rain falls chokes causing the stormwater pipes to flood his front rooms.

Received and a copy of the letter to be sent to the Water and Sewerage Board and City Council.

From J H Shackleton on the question of how to dispose of the “Dust Nuisance”.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Building Surveyor (R S Young) reporting that John Archibald has commenced to erect on land to plans not approved by the Council.

Received and to be considered at a later period.

Reports

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 7th of June 1910 consisting of six clauses dealing with various matters remitted to them from the Council.

The Mayor moved: “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 that the works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight have been of the general character and that the supply of Blue Metal by the Contractor has not been satisfactory.

Received and the Contractor for metal to be warned that he must comply with contract otherwise the Council will purchase at his risk.

Letter also to be sent to the Railway Commissioners with reference to the short supply of truck for the carriage of metal.

The Sanitary Inspector

amongst other things reported the receipt of 3 applications to be registered as milk vendorrs under the Dairies Supervision Act 7 Applications to be licensed to sell fish and rabbits and recommending that the same be granted.

Received and registration and licenses granted as recommended.

Motions Pursuant To Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the question of making the triennial valuation for the period from 1st January 1911 to 31st December 1913 be referred to the Finance Committee for report to the next meeting of the Council.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

2 Alderman Turtle moved:

“That the Board of Health be requested to appoint the Local Sanitary Inspector under the Pure Foods Act for the Municipality of Newtown.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Plans and Specifications

John Archibald Darley and John Streets

Plans and Specifications of 6 cottages proposed to be erected in Darley Street were submitted by John Archibald for approval but before the same were considered Mr Archibald through the Mayor asked and obtained the consent of the Council to state his reasons for desiring to build to John Street according to the plans and Specification submitted but not approved at the last ordinary meeting of the Council.

Mr Archibald then explained the position of the land which has a fall to Darley Street thus rendering the buildings to that thoroughfare liable to damp whereas if he were allowed to build to John Street he could erected 2 two terraces of 4 cottages each thereon which would not be liable to any such damp and would consequently be more sanitary.

After considerable discussion Alderman Clegg asked the Mayor’s ruling as to whether the Council had power to vary the regulations and permit the erection of buildings to John Street on land having a frontage of less than 20 feet.

The Mayor ruled that the Council could exercise their discretion.

The question whether Mr Archibald be allowed to build to John Street was then put the voting being five in favour and four against.

Alderman Edwards abstained from voting.

The plans and specifications of the proposed six cottages to Darley Street were then withdrawn.

This concluded the business.

Confirmed this 21 day of June 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 21st June 1910 (No. 10/13)

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 Bamfield, Campbell, Rigg, Clegg, Turtle and Smith.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage stating that this Board has no objection to a connection being made with the stormwater drain in Union Street for the disposal of stormwater flowing from the top of Union Street and from Munni Gowrie and Angel Streets.

Received.

From the Commissioners for Railways relative to the proposed alterations to approaches Mcdonaldtown Railway Station stating that as the construction of the Tramway being a matter carried out by the Department of Public Works with the apparent approval of the Council the Deputy Chief Commissioner cannot see his way to incur any expenditure on the matter.

Received and letter protesting against the decision to be sent to the Chief Commissioner.

From the Town Clerk Erskineville asking the cooperation of this Council in deputation to the Minister for Works with the object of inducing him to extend the Henderson Road train line to the Newtown Depot.

Received and cooperation granted.

From the Secretary Board of Fire Commissioners of NSW forwarding statement showing the estimated expenditure of the Board for the current year and a memorandum of the sum now due by this Council amounting to £716.9.4 as against £637.7.10 paid last year.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Secretary the Automobile Club of Australia 14 for perusal a reprint of the report of the Dust Committee of the Royal Automobile Club of Great Britain on “Modernising English Roads.”

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Department of Public Works advising that the Government Printer has been asked to forward the forms required to prepare the prescribed statements that the half year ending 30 June 1910 in connection with:

(a) General Fund

(b) Trust Fund

(c) Temporary Loan Fund

(d) The Clerk’s Mayors and auditors Certificate

Received.

From the Secretary Department of Public Health re- Insanitary condition of the building known as the Newtown Markets expressing the hope that more regular inspection will prevent a recurrence of the condition described and further complaint by neighbours.

In connection with this matter Sanitary Inspector Watson submitted a report together with a copy of a letter addressed by the proprietor of the Markets which did not admit the insanitary conditions alleged by the Board.

Received and copy of the correspondence and report to be sent to the Board.

From the Town Clerk Newcastle asking the cooperation of this Council in securing such amendment of the Local Government Act 1906 as shall permit Local Authorities to acquire Train lines from the government and etc.

Received.

From John Beebey calling attention to the state of the footpath on the eastern side of Commodore Street.

Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

Resignation

From Charles Henry Ibbotson tendering his resignation as Alderman of the Enmore Ward of the Municipality of Newtown.

From William Cox tendering his resignation as Alderman of the Camden Ward of the Municipality of Newtown.

From William Edwards tendering his resignation as Alderman of the Camden Ward of the Municipality of Newtown.

Alderman Rigg moved: That the letters of Messrs Aldermen Ibbotson Cox and Edwards tendering the resignation be received with regret and that a letter under the Seal of the Council sent to each thanking them for their past services and expressing regret at their retirement.

Seconded by the Mayor supported by Alderman Campbell and carried.

Day of Election

Extraordinary Vacancies

resolved that an election to fill the extraordinary vacancies caused by the resignations of Aldermen Ibbotson Cox and Edwards be holden on Wednesday 13th of July 1910.

From A E Clayton drawing attention to the state of the crossing over gutter at cart entrance at rear of premises and Holt Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £4488.15.4 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £640.8.10.

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

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special Report recommending:

1 An increase of £25 per annum to John Wilson Junior Clerk making his salary £90 per annum subject to 1 months notice from 1st of any month on either side.

2 That in accordance with the provisions of Section 135 sub section 3 of the Local Government Act 1906 and amended Acts 1907 – 1908 the present valuation be adopted for the triennial valuation for the period from 1st of January 1911 to 31st to December 1913 for the Municipality with the exception of King Street and Enmore Road and that tenders be invited from Messrs Hardie and Gorman and Ball Rod and Purves Limited for the valuation of King Street and Enmore Road and that the books etc be written up by the Council’s staff with extra temporary assistance.

3 That in accordance with clause 11 of Regulation 6 the sum of £993.14.0 be now voted from the General Fund to carry out specified works.

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

Seconded by Alderman Rigg and carried.

The Monthly Financial Statement

prepared by the Clerk examined by the Finance Committee disclose the balance at credit of the Council in the General Fund to be £3740.13.7 and was laid upon the table.

The Finance Committee

reported that 4 sets of pigeonholes were required for the strongroom for the making of which S Beech tendered at £6 and H Brown £5.6.0.

Resolved that Mr Brown’s tender be accepted.

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

reported the receipt of 55 applications for the annual licenses to sell meat and ham and beef recommending that the same be granted and asking authority to prosecute 4 traders who had not made application Five (5) applications received for licenses to sell fish and rabbits and three (3) applications to be registered as milk vendors which he also recommended.

Authority was asked to prosecute two (2) owners for allowing advertisements to be painted on the walls of a house in Lord Street and another in Edgeware Road without the written permission of the Council.

Report received and licenses and registrations granted and authority to prosecute as asked granted.

Plan and Specification Awning

Ernest Andrew submitted plans and specification of warning proposed to be erected over the foot way in front of No 55 Australia Street.

Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

Stormwater Georgina Street

in connection with the Works Committees report adopted by the Council on 13th June 1908 recommending the laying of pipes through allotment No 41 at an estimated cost of £35 to carry the stormwater from Georgina Street provided the owners signed an agreement indemnifying the Council – the Mayor stated that the then owner Mr Cumming subsequently withdrew his consent at that Mr Dixon who has all the land and is about to build thereon is willing to allow the Council to lay the pipes as proposed.

Resolved that the work be carried out.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Turtle moved:

1 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the necessity of re-metalling the carriageway of Bedford Street from the Town Hall to Baltic Street.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

2 “That a committee consisting of the Mayor Aldermen Clegg Campbell and Bamfield and the Mover be appointed to consider the question of providing adequate lavatory accommodation for the public use within the Municipality.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Clegg moved:

3 “That as recommended by the Works Committee (28th of June 1909) the carriageway in Wilson Street from Erskineville Road to Watkin Street be tarpaved and fence to the bottom of the hill laid with trachyte cubes and the balance to Burren Street tarpaved at an estimated cost of £1188.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

This being the business and the Council rose.

Confirmed this 5th day of July 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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