Tuesday 14th September 1910  (No. 10/19)

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

Present

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

The Mayor apologised for Alderman Elstub absence owing to illness.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

from the Under Secretary Department of Public Works stating that the Minister desires to be favoured with the Council’s views on the subject of the making of a Regulation respecting leave of absence to Clerk’s Engineers and Sanitary Inspectors annually under similar provisions to those contained in the Regulations under the Public Service Act.

Received and a reply to be sent stating that this Council favours proposal which is already in operation here.

From the Under Secretary Department of Public (Health) Works

notifying and Amendment of Ordinances No 14 and 16 permitting of alterations and adjustments of lists and roles where boundaries of Areas or Wards are altered or adjusted.

Received.

From Spain and Cosh Architects asking the Council’s approval of a glazed partition enclosing a cloakroom and lavatory as specified and shown on plans before the Council on 30th August.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor and the Overseer.

From the Secretary Chief Commissioner for Railway’s relative to the position of the Horse Water Trough in front of the United Australia Hotel proposed to be removed and placed in Concord Street Erskineville asking if the Council will assist in preventing inconvenience to the Tramway traffic by having the alterations made at an early date.

Received and the Railway Commissioners to be asked to erect the Trough in Concord Street.

From Hannah Coyle asking if the Council will do something towards allaying the dust nuisance in Liberty Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

From the Under Secretary Department of Plans calling attention to notice in the Government Gazette of 31st August relating to the remarking and alterations of alignment of streets in the Municipality.

Received.

From the Municipal Council of St Peters stating that the Mayor Alderman Baker and Aldermen Spackman and Swain will attend the conference to be held here on the 30th instant.

Received.

From the Under Secretary Chief Secretaries Office owning receipt of License Fee and stating that the Town Hall may be used as formerly pending the consideration of the issue of a license.

Received.

From the Medical Officer of Health of the Metropolitan Combined Districts forwarding a report by the Assistant Medical Officer of Health on the condition of premises No 21/27 London Street and No 2/20 Whatley Street which are in a state so injurious to health as to be unfit for human habitation within the meaning of the Public Health Act and recommending that notice under Section 56 be served upon the Owners requiring them to render the same fit by carrying out the works specified.

Received and recommendations to be carried out.

From the Registrar General stating that an application has been made to amend Certificate of Title in favour of F A Bibo Church Street.

Received and referred to the Overseer of Works.

From Isaac Roff applying for licenses to use for advertising purposes the following walls:

Marries Wall Norfolk Street 119 square yards

Christian Mcdonaldtown 124 square yards

Mrs James Bailey Enmore Road 80 square yards

Smith’s Sommerset Hotel Station Street 100 square yards

Received and the writer to be informed that the Council object to licence as the advertising is unsightly and therefore application is refused.

From William Henry Pickup with regard to gables in use for advertising purposes at 143 King Street and at Holdsworth Street opposite Railway line stating that he is willing to pay whatever fees are due.

Received and license refused to see advertising is unsightly.

From D Diplock applying for permission to use the wall of premises situated 201 Wilson Street Newtown as an advertising space for “Siren Soap”.

Received and permission refused.

From George Cooper asking permission to place a sign on premises occupied by S Weirick at Simmons Street Enmore.

Received and permission refused.

From Joe Gardiner asking the Councils reconsideration in connection with the obliteration of his sign “Edgeware Road” and offering to pay the required fee if allowed to retain it.

Received and application refused.

From the Secretary Newtown District and Ambulance Transport Brigade asking if the Council will grant a room for the purpose of holding meetings and practice.

Received and permission granted.

From J E Ryan representing the Committee of a Benefit to Mrs A Martin asking permission to hang a small sign on the Stadium 444 King Street about 1 foot back from the alignment.

Received and permission refused.

From the Town Clerk submitting statement of Outstanding Rates for the current year amount to £1540.1.9 and arrears from previous years amounting to £482.16.0.

Received and the Clerk instructed to sue.

From the Town Clerk reporting that the probationary period of Francis Joseph Foot expired on the 7th instant and recommending that as a point and for 3 years from the 7th of June last be confirmed.

Received and recommendation and adopted and the Corporate Seal to be affixed to the Agreement.

From W H Cadogan reporting having audited the books of the Municipality for the half year ended 30th of June 1910 and pointing out that contrary to the Regulations no depreciation has been made for the half year on the various Assets and the desirability of raising a Reserves and Renewals Fund for their replacement instead of writing down by depreciation.

Received.

From James Campbell submitting plan and Specification of Shop and dwelling proposed to be erected on Lot no 15 Camden College Estate King Street Newtown and seeking permission from the Council to erect same.

The Building surveyor reported that an alteration in the Specification provided for the removing of steel joists and substituting wooden partitions. After a lengthy consideration Alderman Clegg moved: “That the alteration be not sanctioned.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

From Fred R Marsdon and Son applying for permission to put a wooden partition inside of premises No 36 Enmore Road.

Received and the writer to be informed that permit cannot be granted.

From the Town Clerk submitting statement showing the amount owing to date in respect of the current year’s rates and arrears from previous years as follows:

Arrears Current
Camden Ward £ 85.10.10 £297.6.7
Enmore Ward     36.16.5   320.12.10
O’Connell Ward   271.11.10   514.4.5
Kingston Ward     88.16.11   407.17.11
£482.16.0 £1540.1.9

Received and instructions to sue given to the Town Clerk.

Junior Clerk

the Town Clerk reported that the probationary period of Francis Joseph Foot as junior Clerk expired on the 7th instant and recommending that’s appointment for three years to date from 7th June last be confirmed.

Received the recommendation adopted and the Corporate Seal to be affixed to the Agreement.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £804.19.11 and recommending accounts for payment amounting to £250.0.11.

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

reported recommending (1) “That Mr J H Clayton be called upon to furnish his bill of costs within one month.”

(2) In connection with Mr Are T Young’s letter asking to be relieved of the duties of building surveyor: “That a working foreman be appointed at 10/- per day so as to relieve Mr Young of portion of his detailed work.”

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 Monthly Financial Statement

to 31st August prepared by the Clerk and examined by the Finance Committee disclosed credit balance in the General Fund of £5070.2.11 was received and laid upon the table.

The Works Committees

report of 5 paragraph stated 12 September dealing with various matters remitted from the Council was submitted received and adopted.

The Public Lavatories Committee

submitted their report dated 9 September 1910 recommending that further consideration of the question stand over until it is known what resumptions the Railway Commissioners are to make.

Received on the motion of the Mayor seconded by Alderman Campbell.

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 (Committee) Inspector

reported amongst other things having received 5 applications to be registered milk Vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act and 3 applications for licenses to sell fish and rabbits.

Received and applications from registrations and licenses granted as recommended.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That as recommended by the Works Committee (vide report of 4th of May 1908) the carriageway of the following cross streets within 100 yards of King Street and Enmore Road be treated with hot tar and credit at a total cost of £335.15.0.” viz:

Goodsell Street £10.10.0 Stephen Street £ 1.10.0
Lord Street £ 8.0.0 Missenden Road £ 7.10.0
Darley Street £ 8.0.0 Bucknell Street £ 6.0.0
Wells Street £ 8.0.0 Elizabeth Street £ 4.5.0
Dickson Street £10.10.0 Fitzroy Street £ 6.0.0
Holmwood Street £10.10.0 Queen Street £ 8.10.0
Alice Street £ 8.15.0 Little Queen Street £ 4.5.0
Angel Street £ 7.0.0 Forbes Street £ 8.0.0
Camden Street £ 8.15.0 Bligh Street £ 6.10.0
St John Street £ 7.0.0 Crescent Street £ 8.0.0
Holt Street £ 8.0.0 Bailey Street £ 6.0.0
Short Street £ 2.10.0 Station Street £12.10.0
Bedford Street £ 7.10.0 Phillip Street £12.10.0
Eliza Street £ 7.10.0 Simmons Street £11.0.0
Erskineville Road £ 8.15.0 Marion Street £ 9.10.0
Whatley Street £ 3.10.0 London Street £12.10.0
Brown Street £11.0.0 Metropolitan Road £10.10.0
Hordern Street £ 6.0.0 Cambridge Street £12.10.0
Egan Street £ 6.0.0 Edgeware Road £10.10.0
O’Connell Street £ 7.0.0 Stanmore Road £ 8.0.0
Watkin Street £13.0.0

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

2 That the Council Clerk be requested to furnish an explanation with regard to his neglect of duty and not carrying out the instructions of the Council contained in the following resolution:

“That it be an instruction to the Council Clerk to have the proposed scheme typed and circulated among the Aldermen.”

Which was carried at the ordinary meeting of the Council held August 16th 1910.

Alderman Lewis asked of the motion was in order.

The Mayor moved that the motion was not an order as only a portion of the resolution passed on 16th of August is quoted.

Alderman Turtle moved: “That the Mayor’s ruling be dissented from.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and lost.

The Mayor moved:

3 “That the carriageway in King Street between the tramline and water channel from the woodblocks to May Street be tarmetalled at an estimated cost of £231.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

4 “That the sum of £25 be now voted from the General Fund to complete the tar paving of John Street making the total cost of £150.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

This completed the business.

Confirmed this 27th day of September 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

Tuesday 27th September 1910 No.( 10/20)

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

Present

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

The Mayor apologise for the absence of Alderman Bamfield owing to indisposition.

Minutes

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

Correspondence

From the Town Clerk Sydney stating that the City Council have ten second-hand cast iron horse troughs in stock which it is prepared to dispose of for the sum of five pounds (£5) each.

Received and the Mayor to inspect and report.

From the Town Clerk Sydney intimating that the City Surveyor has recommended that the sum of £84.10.11 be paid to this Council to reimburse it as regards the cost of kerbing guttering and Tarpaving works carried out on portions of the new boundary between this Council and the City proposed to be surrendered to the City.

Received.

From Spain and Cosh with reference to premises Nos 304 and 306 King Street Newtown stating that they shall have the small partition referred to on plan erected in terracotta lumbar to bring same into conformity with the decision of the Council.

Received.

From JS McAlister calling attention to the bad state of the footpath in front of No 46 Goodsell Street and also to the inconvenience to persons doing business with the District Registrar by having to go to the adjacent Borough.

Received and the Town Clerk to write to the Registrar General with regard to the matter.

From the Medical Officer of Health forwarding a report on the insanitary condition of premises No 150, 152, 154, 156 and 158 King Street belonging to Byrnes Estate which are in a state so injurious to health as to be unfit for human habitation and recommending that notice be served under Section 58 of the Public Health Act 1902 on the Owner requiring him to render them fit by carrying out specified works.

Received and the recommendation of the Medical Officer of Health to be carried out.

From the Secretary Chief Commissioner of Railways with respect to the horse watering Trough on the Western side of King Street near Lord Street and the question of placing same in Concord Street and forwarding copy of a letter from the Erskineville Council on the subject.

Received and the Chief Commissioners to be informed that the Council will have the trough removed and suggest that the Commissioners have a trough erected on the other side of the Street.

From Robert Forbes and Others residents of Newman Street calling attention to the nuisance created by the factory opposite his property used by Mr Yates as a leather factory.

Received and referred to the Inspector for report.

From the Managing Director Australian Colors Limited with reference to the alterations and improvements to the premises in Alice Street lately occupied by Mellers Stove Factory to make it suitable for Oil and Paint manufacturing.

Received and referred to the Works Committee and the writer to be asked to forward plans.

From Frederick Marsden and applying for a hoarding on his premises at 36 Enmore Road Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

From H May asking if the Council will be good enough to place the Electric Light Poll in Eliza Street opposite the entrance to his new Motor Garage in consideration of which he is willing to annually contribute one half the cost of the light.

Received and to be considered with the Lighting Committees report.

From John Watson applying for an increase to his salary.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

Reports

The Lighting Committee

reported having held several meetings for the purpose of fixing the positions of the Electric Light Poles throughout the Municipality and submitted a plan showing the exact position of each pole and a statement showing the number of existing gas lamps (418) costing £1924 and Electric Light Poles (416) to cost £1718.7.6 per annum thus showing an actual saving of £205.12.6.

The report recommended that the offer of Mr H May to contribute one half the cost of an Electric Light in Eliza Street provided the pole is placed outside the entrance to his new Motor Garage be accepted.

Moved by the Mayor that the Lighting Committees report as now read together with the plans submitted be adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

The Overseer of Works

submitted his fortnightly report of works carried out under his supervision and works in progress.

Received.

The Sanitary Inspector

amongst other matters reported the receipt of 2 Applications for registration as Milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act 2 Application for licenses to sell fish and rabbits and 1 application for a butcher’s licence to sell meat within the Municipality also that two cases for exhibiting advertisements on gable without the permission of the Council were heard before Mr Smithers SM on the 21st instant at the Newtown Police Court and dismissed.

Authority to serve notices under Public Health Act to remove rubbish from premises in King Street and to affect necessary repairs sought.

The report was received and registrations and licenses granted as recommended authority to serve notices and to prosecute under the Public Health Act given and a letter to be sent to the Local Government Department drawing attention to the decision of Mr Smithers asking that the Ordinances be amended.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Milne moved:

1 “That the footpath in John Street from Goodsell Street to May Lane be brickpaved at an estimated cost of £8.11.10.”

Seconded by Alderman Jones and carried.

2 “That the footpath in John Street from Goodsell Street to Railway be brickpaved at an estimated cost of £10.”

Alderman Turtle moved:

3 “That the Mayor and Aldermen of the Municipality together with the Parliamentary representatives of the district form a deputation to wait upon the State Government for the purpose of urging the resumption of the Thurnby Estate that the purpose of providing a reserve for the Municipality.”

Seconded by Alderman Macready and lost.

4 “That the action of the Mayor in giving the Town Clerk an instruction contrary to the definitively expressed instruction of the Council contained in the resolution relating to proposed presumptions moved by Alderman Turtle and carried without dissent by the Council at regular meeting held August 16th 1910 is deserving of severe condemnation.”

Seconded pro form by Alderman Lewis.

After it had been pointed out that the Committee had not formulated any scheme to the Council and that there was therefore no scheme to be typed the motion was put to the meeting and lost the mover alone voting for it.

This concluded the business

Confirmed this 11th day of October 1910.

Signed Harold T Morgan, Mayor.

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