Tuesday 5th December 1911

 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 5th December 1911.

 

Present

Aldermen Morgan, Clegg, Turtle, Lawler, Elstub, Lewis, Smith, Edwards and Bamfield.

In the absence of his Worship The Mayor Alderman Morgan was duly elected Chairman of the Meeting.

 

Minutes

The Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed on the motion of Alderman Bamfield seconded by Alderman Turtle and signed.

 

Apologies

297 Apologies for the unavoidable absence were received from His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Cousins and Macready.

 

Correspondence

298 Letter from the Railway Commissioners acknowledging councils request for more of the Balmoral trains to stop at St Peters station.

Received.

299 Letter from A Smithers asking for the patronage of the Mayor and Aldermen to a Benefit entertainment to be tended by Mr Brennan to provide Christmas cheer for the poor.

Received and patronage granted as requested.

300 Letter from E A Turtle calling attention to an error in the assessed Annual Value of 2 Cottages No 49 and 51 Darley Street and asking that the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage be informed by letter of the mistake made so that a rebate may be obtained. The Town Clerk intimating that he had personally investigated this matter and found that a mistake had been made.

Resolved that Mr Turtle’s letter be received and his request be complied with.

301 Letter from the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage intimating that £50 have been voted for repairs to Angel Street where the stormwater sewer was recently constructed.

Received.

302 Letter from Messrs Sweet Brothers complaining of the nuisance and damage caused by the dust and asking for the more regular watering of the main road King Street.

Alderman Bamfield moved: “That the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for their urgent attention.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

303 Letter from R Morton asking that Gladstone and Phillip Streets be watered.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

304 Letter from the Port Kembla smelting works offering to supply a sample truck of slag the road making purposes.

Letter received and a sample truck to be ordered.

305 Letter from the Secretary Department of Public Health covering an analysis of 15 samples of milk taken by this Councils Inspector all of which were found to be satisfactory.

Received.

306 Letter from E A Turtle re the erection of 5 cottages and shop on land corner of John and Lord Streets was received and is consideration deferred pending the consideration of the Works Committees report.

 

Reports

 

Finance Report

The Finance Committee reported having paid Accounts under Votes of Appropriation since last meeting amounting to 993.14.10 and recommended payments of accounts amounting to 274.11.7 as set forth on pages 99 and 100 of the Finance Book.

Alderman Bamfield moved: “That the Finance Committees report be received and adopted and the Accounts paid.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

 

Special Finance Report

The Special report of the Finance Committee recommended that the following amounts be written off the Rate Book.

 

Assessment No 972 Enmore Ward W Grady      1.6
Assessment No 96 O’Connell Ward J M Hugh 1.11.11
Assessment No 334 Kingston Ward Whites Estate 1.14.5
Assessment No 643 Kingston Ward D Trim      1.0
Total 3.8.10

 

And that Rental charges be made for the Year 1912 under Section 209 of the Local Government Act as follows:

 

Australian Gas Light Company Per Annum £216.0.0
Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Limited Per Annum £ 86.0.0

 

Alderman Turtle moved: “That the special report of the Finance Committee be received and adopted and the recommendations contained thereon carried into effect.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Monthly Statement

The Monthly Statement in accordance with Regulation 6 was submitted and disclosed a credit balance of £3455.16.8.

Received and ordered to be laid upon the table.

The Works Committee

Submitted a report of a meeting held 1st December 1911 is contained in paragraphs 1 to 9 inclusive of the Works Committee book.

Alderman Elstub moved: “That the Works Committees report be received and adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Amendment moved by Alderman Turtle: That paragraph 2 of the report be amended and the application of E A Turtle for permission to erect 5 cottages and 1 shop with frontage to Lord Street be referred back to the Committee for reconsideration.

Alderman Lawlor seconded the amendment pro forma which was submitted and declared lost.

The original motion was then submitted and carried.

 

Specification Committee

Submitted specifications for various Works and services to be carried out during the year 1912 and recommended their adoption.

The specifications were received and considered seriatim as follows:

1 Scavenging and Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards. Adopted.

2 Supply of Blue metal and screenings. Adopted.

3 Supply of White metal. Adopted.

4 Supply of Ballast. Adopted.

5 Supply and cartage of Sand. Adopted.

6 General Cartage and Street Watering. Adopted.

7 Brick Paving footpaths. Adopted.

8 Tarpaving Roads-rejected the work to be carried out by day labour.

9 Printing and Stationery. Adopted.

Valuers Report

The Town Clerk and Valuer (WG Salmon) reported having completed the valuation for the year 1912 and in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act and Ordinances the valuations being as follows:

 

Ward U C Value I C Value A A Value
Camden 231877 607302 48707
Enmore 379598 947478 68427
Kingston 237331 509879 35625
O’Connell 459656 966337 68241
Totals 1308462 3030996 221000

 

Estimate of Rate Limits

Estimate of Rate Limits as required by Clause 22 of Section 5 of the Ordinances were also submitted as follows:

 

Part No 1 Limit of General Rate and Additional General Rates taken together.

The unimproved Capital value of all Rateable Land in the Municipality as Valued by me is the sum of  

£1308462

The Assessed Annual Value of all Rateable Land in the Municipality as valued by me is the sum of  

£221000

2 pence in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value would Yield  

£10903.17.0

1/6 in the £ on the Assessed Annual Value would Yield £16575.0.0
The Limit beyond which the Council cannot Levy General and Additional General rates is therefore the sum of  

 

£27478.17.0

 

Part No 2

Limit of all Rates and General Additional General Special Local and Loan Rates taken together.

 

 

 

 

2 pence in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value would Yield  

£10903.17.0

2/-in the £ on the Assessed Annual Value would Yield £22100.0.0
The Limit beyond which the Council cannot levy any Rates (under the Local Government Act) is therefore the sum of  

 

£33003.17.0

 

The Chairman (Alderman Morgan) moved: “That the Valuations for Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell be adopted and that the Valuers Report together with Estimate of Rate Limits be received and the same be and are hereby approved and adopted.

Carried.

 

Overseer of Works

The Overseer of Works report was received and adopted.

 

Sanitary Inspector

The Sanitary Inspector report as set forth in paragraphs 1 to 6 on the Pages 163/4 of the Inspector’s Report Book was received and Adopted the recommendations contained therein to be carried into effect and authority asked for in paragraph 4 Granted.

With reference to E Turtle’s letter rebuilding cottages and shop in Lord Street it was directed that a reply be sent in accordance with the recommendations of the Works Committee in regard thereto.

 

This concluded the business and the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 19th day of December 1911.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 19th December 1911.

 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Municipal Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 19 December 1911.

 

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Clegg, Turtle, Lawler, Cousins, Elstub, Morgan, Macready, Lewis, Smith, Edwards and Bamfield.

 

Minutes of the previous meeting were read confirmed on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Turtle and signed.

 

Correspondence

Letter from the Railway Commissioners intimating the matter of traditional trains on the Belmore Line stopping at the St Peter’s Railway Station will receive attention when quadruplication works now in hand are completed.

Received.

Letter from E W Gill Secretary of the Play grounds Committee thanking the Council for their attention to matters relative to additional play grounds for the Children of the District.

Received.

Letter from L A Cheshire intimating that unwittingly he had committed a break of the Council’s Regulations by erecting an Electric sign at Cheshire’s Corner without first obtaining the Councils permission and asking that permission to retain it as fixed be granted.

The Inspector reported that there was no objection to the sign which was of an ornamental character and the letter was received and the request granted.

Letter from the Health Department intimating that 12 samples of milk submitted by the Inspector (Mr Watson) were found to be up to the standard.

Received.

Letter from E A Turtle asking for further information in connection with this application to erect 6 houses on land in Lord Street.

Received and referred to Finance Committee for report.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation since last meeting amounting to £397.1.9 and recommended payment of Accounts amounting to £672.16.0 as set forth on pages No 101/2 of the Finance Book.

Alderman Bamfield moved: “That the Finance Committees Report be received and adopted and the Accounts Paid.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Finance Special

the Finance Committees Special report recommended that the amount at credit of Town Hall Account in the Reserves and Renewals Account with Interest thereon be redeposited when it matures as a fixed deposit for 12 Months together with a further sum of £150 to be transferred from the General Fund Bank Account.

Report adopted and recommendations to be carried into effect.

 

The Works Committee

submitted a report of a meeting of the Works Committee held 18th December 1911 as contained on pages 185/6 of the Works Committees Book which recommended inter-alia:

1 “That streets wood blocked the more effectively cleaned by additional labour in the daytime at an estimated cost of £1271 per annum the hours of labour to be Monday to Fridays 7.30 to 12 (Noon) and 12.45 to 5pm Saturdays 7.30 to 11.45am and 4 night work 11pm to 3 am and 3.30 to 7.30am.

2 That another water cart be obtained to more effectively water the main road and as many of the intersecting streets as possible at an estimated cost of £468 per annum. The hours of Labour for all workmen under the control of the Overseer to be Mondays to Fridays

7.15am to 12 Noon and 1 to 5 pm Saturdays 7.15 to 11.30am.

3 Plans of New Buildings and alterations were recommended as follows: Marcus Clerk Alterations in Brown Street also in Church Street.

G Wolf alterations in King Street.

A Smith new cottage in Hordern Street.

J Campbell 2 Wash houses at 432/4 King Street.

These were recommended for approval.

T J O’Neill plan of 6 shops in Enmore Road applicant to provide for cantilever awnings and politicians in bedrooms to be of non-combustible material.

Mr Archibald’s plan was recommended for approval subject to windows being construct dude in accordance with this Council’s regulations.

It was moved: That the Works Committees report be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.

Formerly moved by the Mayor and seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Amendment moved: “That Mr Archibald’s plan be referred back to the Committee for further consideration Amendment lost.

Amendment moved by Alderman Turtle and seconded by Alderman Macready.

The Original motion was then submitted and carried.

 

Lighting Committee

the Lighting Committee submitted a report of meeting of the Lighting Committee held 18th December 1911 which recommended

additional lights as follows: 1 that in Bucknell Street 60 cp 1 in Australia Street 60cp and 1 in Dickson Street also that 1500cp lamps be substituted in King Street and Enmore Road for the smaller lamps.

Report received and Adopted.

 

Overseer

The Overseer reported various works in progress or completed during the past fortnight.

Report received and adopted.

 

Inspector

the Inspector’s report as contained in Inspector’s report Book page 165 was submitted and Received and adopted the 87 applicants for Milk Vendors Licenses to be duly Registered and the License of J Davis 381 King Street under Ordinance 56 to be transferred to S Cash.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Estimates

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved: “That Town Clerk be and is hereby instructed to prepare estimates in accordance with Section 142 of the Local Government Act 1906 -7- 8 for submission by the Finance Committee to the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

 

Order of the Day

To open and consider Tenders for the Annual Contracts the year ending 31st December 1912.

The Tenders having been opened it was resolved that they be considered in Committee of the Whole with closed doors.

Upon resuming Council it was reported that while in “Committee of the Whole” Tenders for the Annual Contracts had been considered and it was now recommended that the following tenders be accepted:

 

For Scavenging

Camden Ward S Knowles At £38 Per Calendar month
Enmore Ward W and J Dubber At £42 Per Calendar Month
O’Connell Ward W and J Dubber At £45 Per Calendar Month
Kingston Ward W and J Dubber At £26 Per Calendar Month

 

Supply of Blue Metal and Screenings

J McSweeney Blue metal 9/-per Ton delivered in trucks and

11/-per ton delivered on the Streets where required.

Screenings 10/-per ton delivered in Railway trucks and

12/-per ton delivered in streets where required.

 

Supply of White Metal

J Whittall 8/-per ton delivered where required.

 

Supply of Ballast

A Poole 4/6 per cubic yard bats 3/6 per cubic yard.

Brick paving Foot paths

D Ghiggins 3/-per Square Yard.

 

General Cartage and Street Watering

A J Annabel 12/-per Cart per Day.

 

Stationery and Printing

A Holmes As per Schedule.

 

His Worship The Mayor moved:

“That the report of the Committee of the Whole be and the same is hereby received and adopted the Recommendations contained thereon to be carried into effect.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

 

This concluded the business and His Worship The Mayor said he would be pleased to see all present in his room to join in the Seasons Felicitations.

 

Confirmed this 2nd of January 1912

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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