O.M.

No. 11/7

  1. 4. 1911

 

Tuesday 11th April 1911

 

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Bamfield, Turtle, Edwards, Lewis, cousins, Elstub, Lawler, Smith and an apology from Alderman Macready.

 

Correspondence

Declaration of Alderman Clegg

The Mayor read the Returning Offices Declaration of the result of the election of William Carnigie Clegg as an Alderman to represent the O’Connell Ward in room of the said Alderman Clegg resigned.

The Mayor then expressed satisfaction to Alderman Clegg on being re-elected.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

110 From Public Works Department with reference to Auditors Report stating that no provision has been made for the repayment of the Loans and stating that ample provision should be made regularly every year towards payment of the debt.

Received and referred to Finance Committee.

111 From Board of Health forwarding report on chemical examination of 16 samples of milk collected on 10th March by Inspector Watson and stating that sample No 56 was found to be deficient in fat to the extent of 6.2 percent and that the vendor has been warned.

Received.

112 From Town Clerk Alexandria forwarding copy of letter from Public Works Department requesting for a date for the reception of the Deputation communication by subway from Alexandra to Newtown and asking for this Counsel’s opinion on same.

Received and to be asked for particulars of their proposal.

113 From E A Stephens Secretary Newtown Brass Band stating that they have appointed Mr William May from England as the new Bandmaster.

Received.

114 From the Municipal Association of Victoria drawing attention to the matter of the Federal Referenda and asking Councils to give the matter their earnest consideration.

Received and this Council to enter its protest against the within mentioned proposal No 1.

115 From Thomas Broadly calling attention to the state of his premises No 22 Chalder Street Newtown which have been greatly damage through recent stormwater is caused by faulty drainage and which he alleges was no fault of his.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

116 From H T Macready thanking the Mayor Aldermen and Staff for their kind expressions of sympathy in the late bereavement.

Received.

117 From W H Williams and others drawing attention to a public nuisance which exists in Whateley Lane and alongside the Wesleyan Church through a number of men using the said Lane as a public convenience and urinal and asking if the Council will have the matter remedied.

Received and referred to Inspector for report.

118 From James A Meek asking for Council’s decision on his application to erect a wooden structure at 320 King Street.

Received and left in the hands of the Mayor.

119 From P Quinn asking if the Council will give him the use of the Town Hall balcony for free.

Received.

 

Valuers Report

From Town Clerk and Valuer furnishing report of valuations after the hearing of the Appeal Court held on Tuesday 28th March 1911.

There were 49 Appellants representing 134 appeals. In 61 cases the Valuation was confirmed 29 slightly reduced by mutual agreement and 2 struck out on account of the property not being rateable. The court reduced the valuation in 42 cases.

The court reduced the valuation of the Unimproved Capital value by £8,560 and the loss thereby in rates £90.2.1.

The following is a summary of all classes of valuation after appeals as shown by the valuation and rate books viz.

 

U.C.V I.C.V A.A.V Rate at 2½ on U.C.V Arrears Arrears of Interest
Camden Ward 233,872 658,099 49,469 2457.9.7 92.8.8 13.8.11
Enmore Ward 382,063 942,863 68,767 4010.1.3 60.10.2 6.19.4
O’Connell Ward 459,587 947,835 67,529 4817.12.10 191.8.3 19.19.9
Kingston Ward 237,932 491,025 34,490 2496.7.3 57.2.7 6.11.0
£1,313,454 3,039,822 220,255 13,781.10.11 401.9.8 46.19.0

 

The total rates driveable including arrears and accrued interest that the current year amount to £14229.19.7 and include the rates levied on the Australian Gas Lights Companies mains and the mains cables and lines of the Electric Light and Power Supply Corporation Limited in accordance with Section 209 of the Local Government Act and agreement dated 6 September 1904 and 15th March 1910 respectively.

The new buildings erected during the year ending 31st December 1910 consisted of 67 residences 9 shops and 5 Picture shows.

The total buildings in the Municipality on 31st December 1910 numbered 5779 classified as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Houses Shops and Houses Vacant Total
Camden Ward 1422 196 36 1654
Enmore Ward 1160 325 30 1515
O’Connell Ward 1492 281 20 1793
Kingston Ward 708 97 12 817
4782 899 98 5779

 

On a basis of 5¼ to every house the population in the area is 28,764.

 

Reports

The Monthly Financial Statement

to 31st of March 1911 prepared by the Clerk and examined by the Finance Committee disclosed credit balance in the General Fund of £4518.9.9 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 Inspector of Nuisances

reported amongst other things having received 3 applications to be registered as Milk Vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act and 10 applications to sell fish and rabbits under Ordinance no 57 of the Local Government Act in 1906.

Also on the 10th instant he collected 14 samples of milk and delivered them to the Government Analyst for report.

Also that W Eaton one of the night sweepers ceased work and he engaged A Poole temporarily.

W Williamson also absented himself without giving notice and it being so late at night when the news arrived that he sent the two men out with hand brooms. Received and Recommendations granted.

 

The Finance Committee

reported recommending in accordance with Clause 11 of Regulation 6 the sum of £999.4.8 be now voted from the General Fund to carry out specified works.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 That the sum of £100 provided on the estimates be now paid to the Newtown Brass Band.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Alderman Lewis moved

2 That a deputation from this Council consisting of His Worship the Mayor and such Aldermen as can attend accompanied by the M.L.A for the district wait upon the Railway Commissioners to request: That a better train service be given to Newtown viz on the up line by the Parramatta and through main line trains (other than the Express trains) being timed to stop at Newtown and on the Down line by the trains stopping at Newtown having direct connection with the Northern Western and Southern trains.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

3 That all trains running to St Peters Enmore Dulwich Hill and Addison Road have the name Newtown placed on the Destination boards as well as that of the terminal they run to.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

4 That Mr R Hollis M.L.A and Mr Stuart Robertson M.L.A for Newtown be requested to make arrangements for the Railway Commissioners receiving the Deputation.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

5 “That the gutterstones in Missenden Road West side from King Street to no 16 with the exception of the Crossings at Longdown Street and Campbell Street be renewed at an estimated cost of £21 and referred to Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

6 That the Carriageway in Raper Street from O’Connell Street to Hordern Street be remetalled where required and when consolidated topdressed with tar and several gutterstones be renewed or repaired at an estimated cost of £60 and referred to Works Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

Alderman Turtle moved:

7 That the amount required to carry out the work (recommended by the Works Committee and adopted by the Council 28/3/1911) to the Carriageway of Northwood Lane be voted viz £40.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

8 That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the necessity of renewing the asphalted footway in front of Mr Wiseman’s property Wellington Street at an estimated cost of £7.10.0.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

Questions Without Notice

Alderman Edwards moved that Alderman Cousins be placed on the Finance Committee to fill the vacancy caused by the Resignation of Alderman Clegg.

Alderman Turtle moved as an amendment that Alderman Clegg be re-elected.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

Alderman Lewis called attention to the shop windows being broken and asked that a letter be sent to the Inspector General of Police through the Local Inspector.

The Mayor said he would have it attended to.

Alderman Turtle called attention to a telegraph pole in Bayley Street which is not being used and is a disgrace.

The Mayor said he would have a letter written to have it removed.

 

This being the business the Council rose.

 

Confirmed this 25th day of April 1911.

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

 

O.M.

No. 11/8

25.4.1911

 

Tuesday 25th of April 1911

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held in the Town Hall 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

120 From the Department of Public Works re-Amendment of Ordinance No 2 calling that the councils attention to Proclamation in the Government Gazette No 43 of 5th instant amending Ordinance No 2 respecting Mayors.

Received.

121 From Stanley L Cole Municipal and Shire Council Representative County of Cumberland Wages Board forwarding copy of claims filed by the Municipal and Shire Councils Employees known to be considered by the Wages Board also a list of the Councils which have consented to pave their quota of the expenses (£3 to £5 each) towards defraying the expenses and conducting the case.

Received.

122 From the Municipal Council of Marrickville stating that they are prepared to pay their share of the cost of conducting the Newtown and Marrickville stormwater drain on the terms stipulated in the Public Works Department’s letter of 19th December 1910 and that a cheque would be forwarded to the Treasury as requested.

Received.  The Marrickville Council to be thanked for their reply and the Mayor authorised to forward a cheque for this Councils proportion.

123 From the Secretary Chief Commissioner for Railways relative to the removal of the woodblocks in King Street stating that the space between the portion of the road linked obtained by the Council and the tram line has now been filled in as far as practicable leaving a clear track on both sides of the street for the vehicular traffic.

Received.

124 From the (Marrickville) St Peters Council stating that they are agreeable to the works of repairing May Street being carried out by this Council at a total cost of £150 and asking that it will be well rolled when completed.

125 From the Department of Public Health covering copy of report by the Government Analyst on chemical examination of 14 samples of milk collected on 10th instant by Inspector Watson.

Received.

126 From the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage stating that on the application of Messrs McDonald and Ekland the Board has been pleased to approve of the extension of reticulation sewer to afford drainage facilities to premises in Wilford Street subject to deficiency in revenue being guaranteed.

Received and guarantee to be given by Owner.

127 From the Joy Wheel Syndicate applying for permission to erect a temporary structure for 6 weeks on the land belonging to Mr Gentle opposite the Enmore Picture Palace.

Received and permission granted.

128/129 (L/- No 1911-157-2 21Apr11) From the Department of Lands asking if the Council desires the carriage and footways to be established of Georgina Street Georgina Lane and Fitzroy Lane of Augustus Lane (L/- No 1911-141-2 21Apr11) and (L/- No 1911-142-2 21Apr1911) Edgeware Lane.

Received and the Department informed that the Council desires the said Street and lanes to be established.

130 From Frederick Hoffman applying for a fortnight’s holiday leave.

Received and granted.

131 From Burton and Bennett asking permission to erect a Blacksmiths shop on the premises known as “Beechville” corner of Lennox and Regent Streets.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

132 From W B and G Richardson submitting plan and specification of proposed roof to backyard of Mr Williams (Chemist) premises King Street Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1745.12.8 and recommend in accounts for payment amounting to £402.19.10.

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

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

The Finance Committee

submitted a Special report dealing with letters from Messrs Morgan and Morgan claiming a refund of £1.2.11 alleged to have been overpaid by Mrs Dixon (2) from Resumed Properties Department claiming exception from Municipal rates in respect of Assessment No 1088 Enmore Ward. (3) from Public Works Department with reference to the Auditors report that no provision has been made by the Council for the repayment of the Loan.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards unanimously supported and carried.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 24th April containing 23 paragraphs dealing with various matters referred to them from the Council.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Reports

the Mayor reported having with Alderman Elstub and Macready met Mr Hollis M.L.A and various Aldermen representing Erskineville together with the Railway Proposals Committee (Messrs Flowers. Kneeshaw and Conlon) on Thursday 13th of April to discuss matters relating to the proposed extension of Tramway line from Henderson Road via Erskineville Road to Wilson Street with the result that as the proposal appeared to include some resumptions nothing definite has been arrived at.

Received.

 

The Sanitary Inspector

reporting amongst other matters receipt of 2 applications to be registered as milk vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act 5 Applications to sell fish and rabbits under Ordinance No 57 of the Local Government Act 1906.

Received and licenses granted as recommended.

 

The Sanitary Inspector

reported with reference to a complaint received at last meeting of the Council regarding a nuisance in Whateley Lane.

Received and referred to the Lighting Committee.

 

Motions Pursuant To Notice

Alderman Cousins moved:

1 “That the carriageway in Gibbes Street be repaired where required at an estimated cost of £45 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

2 “That the tar paving in Goodsell Street South side from King Street to Goodsell Lane be completed at an estimated cost of £7.10.0.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawlor and carried.

3 “That the footpath in Wells Street South side from John Street to Edgeware Road be repaired and top dressed at an estimated cost of £20 and referred to the Works Committee.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawlor and carried.

 

Alderman Turtle moved:

4 “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the advisableness of top dressing with tarred and sand screenings the carriageway is of the following Lanes and the costs thereof: Campbell Lane and Fitzroy Lane Brock Lane Belmore Lane Gipps Lane Oxford Lane Turtle Lane Bedford Lane kindergarten Lane Abigail Lane and Pikes Lane.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Macready moved:

5 “That the following resolution passed by this Council on 6 August 1907 viz:

“That for the future all footpaths of streets except King Street and Enmore Road be brickpaved in lieu of tar paving and the work carried out by day labour” be and the same is hereby rescinded.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

6 “That the class of paving foot paths other than King Street and Enmore Road the matter for the Works Committee to recommend.”

Withdrawn.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 9th day of May 1911.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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