O.M.

No. 11/11

 

Tuesday 6th June 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, Cousins, Elstub, Lewis, Macready, Lawler, Clegg and Smith.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

158 From the Town Clerk Drummoyne relative to the Metropolitan Gas Supply covering copy of a letter from the Premiers Office stating that the Government have decided that a measure will be prepared to regulate the charges made by Gas Companies and to deal with other matters ventilated by the deputation which waited on the Premier.

Received.

159 From the Secretary Chief Commissioners for Railways forwarding for information 3 heliographs and 3 Gazette Notices of land between Sydney and Sydney required in connection with the quadruplication of the Illawarra Railway Line.

Received.

160 From the Town Clerk Ryde calling attention to the fact the Tram Passes are issued to the Alderman of the City Council upon payment of £2.10.0 per annum and asking cooperation to secure from the Railway Commissioners like concession for all Municipal Councils.

Received.

161 From the Department of Lands asking if the Council desires the carriage and footways to be established of Linthorpe and other streets as shown on the official plan of alignment survey made for the purpose and catalogued N50.1953 also asking to be favoured with a cheque for £58.3.3 being balance due £52.2.6 of the actual half to cost (£102.2.6) plus full cost (£6.0.9) of alteration and remarking of alignment of streets as shown on Helio copy of plan N34.1953.

Received and alignments to be established and cheque forwarded.

162 From Mrs H Burgess drawing attention to a chimney next to her place in Regent Street which is an annoying is as it smokes and she cannot open her windows.

Received and referred to the Inspector.

163 From the Manager Bank of Australasia Newtown stating that the Bank hold for collection two deposit receipts on account of Repairs and Renewals to Wood blocks aggregating £2030 at 3% falling due 27th May 1912.

Received.

164 From R S Hamilton asking permission to put a canvas erection on vacant allotment Enmore Road next to “Joy Wheel”.

Received and permission refused.

165 From A Simpson asking permission to stand in front of West’s Bank Hotel with a Shoe Block.

Request granted.

166 From Isaac Roff applying for permission to erect and Licenses to use for advertising purposes when erected a hoarding on land Wilson Street situated at the rear of the Avenue and known as the “Arcadia Picture Gardens”.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

167 From the Chairman of the Board Industrial Disputes Act 1908 notifying that application has been made to the Municipal and Shires Council’s (Cumberland) Board by the Municipal Employees Union of New South Wales for the determination of the Industrial matters set out within the area of the County of Cumberland.

Received.

At this stage the Mayor said he had been giving the matter some consideration and suggested that the Coronation of King George should be celebrated in some fitting way in Newtown. The suburb was a thickly populated one and as many people would be unable to visit the city to watch the illuminations there it was only right that Newtown should have a display of its own. He had ascertained from the Lawrence Hanson Electrical Company Ltd that the cost of decorating the Town Hall by outlining the building with 200 lights would the £25 nett and instal illuminated letters “God Save the King” for the sum of £13 nett for a total of £38. The Aldermen expressed their approval and thanked the Mayor for his suggestion.

On the motion of Alderman Clegg seconded by Alderman Elstub: Resolved that the Mayor’s recommendation be carried out and the business people to be asked to assist in illuminating their premises.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported recommending in accordance with clause 11 of Regulation 6 that the sum of £398 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 Bamfield and carried.

 

The Monthly Financial Statement

prepared by the Clerk to 31st of May and examined by the Finance Committee showed a credit balance in the General Fund of £3943.8.7.

Received and laid upon the table.

 

The Works Committee

submitted their report dated 30th May with reference to a conference with the Marrickville works Committee regarding stormwater drainage within the vicinity of Alice and Wells Streets recommending that the present at the foot of Wells Street be enlarged and the roadway lifted and completed with tarred metal.

Moved by the Mayor that the Committees report as submitted be adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards 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

reported having purchased 14 samples of milk and submitted same to the Government Analyst from examination also the receipt of two applications to be registered as Milk Vendors under the Dairies Supervision Act.

Received and suggestions contained in the report to be carried out.

 

Motions Pursuant To Notice

Alderman Elstub moved:

1 “That Bedford Street be kerbed and guttered from Pierce Street to the Petersham Boundary at an estimated cost of £23.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

 

Alderman Lewis moved:

2 “That a Committee be formed consisting of the Mayor Aldermen Clegg, Turtle and Edwards and the mover to consider the motion was passed in Committee on 16th instant for the erection of a new Town Hall.”

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

 

Alderman Cousins moved:

3 “That the footpath in Wells Street North side from John Street to Edgeware Road be repaved and top dressed at an estimated cost of £20.”

Seconded by Alderman Lawlor and carried.

 

Alderman Edwards moved:

4 “That it be referred to the Lighting Committee to consider and report to the Council whether the Electric Lamps now in the centre of Dixon and Holmwood Streets should be transferred to the original positions on the side of these streets.”

Seconded by Lawler and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this 20 day of June 1911.

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

O.M.

No. 11/12

 

20th June 1911

 

Tuesday 20th June 1911

 

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

 

Present

167 A The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Turtle, Clegg, Edwards, Lawler, Cousins, Lewis, Macready, Elstub, Smith and a written apology was received from Alderman Bamfield for non-attendance through inability.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

168 From Board of Health respecting a private mortuary attached to an undertakers premises at the corner of Watkin Street and Whateley Lane and stating that after careful inspection and consideration the Chief Medical Officer of the Government is of opinion that the mortuary in question is not a menace to the public health and that it does not constitute a nuisance within the meaning of the Public Health Act 1902 Part VII.

Received.

169 From Municipal Council of Erskineville agreeing to confer regarding the question of whether it is feasible and practicable to amalgamate the Municipalities of Erskineville and Newtown.

Received and meeting of the two councils to be arranged.

169A From Cook Division Federal Labour Council drawing attention to the dangerously congested condition of King Street through which several Tram Conductors have been knocked off their cars this year and seriously injured and hoping that the matter will be taken up by the Council.

Received and copy of letter to be forwarded to the Railway Commissioners and a letter be written to the Acting Premier.

170 From Municipality of Annandale asking the cooperation of this Council in a resolution to request the Parliamentary representatives to oppose a greater Sydney Scheme in any shape or form.

Received.

171 From Department of Public Works stating that the forms for the preparing the prescribed statements in connection with the General Fund Trust Fund Temporary Loan Fund Clerk’s and Mayor’s and auditors Certificates will be forwarded by the Government Printer.

Received.

172 From the Local Government Association of N.S.W. stating that the Annual Conference will be held on Tuesday 26th of September next and asking for delegates to be appointed.

173 From Board of Health forwarding copy of report on 14 samples of milk collected by Inspector J Watson 5th instant and stating that sample No 101 was found to be deficient in fat to the extent of 11.8 percent and the vendor has been warned.

Received.

174 From R Hollis forwarding letter received from the Railway Commissioners with regard to having Newtown on the destination Board of trams running through Newtown Municipality and stating that the Chief Commissioner has approved in the case of trams which terminate at Enmore of the sign “Newtown Bridge” for which provision has already been made on the screens being shown on the side of the cars.

Received and a letter to be sent asking that “fire Newtown” be placed on each car.

175 From R Hollis forwarding letter received from the Railway Commissioners regarding the deputation which waited on the Chief Commissioner on 22nd ultimo in regard to the stoppage of through trains at Newtown and stating that the request cannot be acceded to.

Received.

176 from The Newtown Harriers stating that they are conducting the Great Marathon Race on Coronation Day 22nd of June 1911 a distance of 26 miles 385 yards and forwarding copy of the route.

Received.

177 From Town Clerk Marrickville with regard to the proposed overhead Bridge at the level crossing Edgeware Road and asking this Council to consider the matter and then jointly form a deputation to the Commissioner regarding the matter.

Received and to be informed that this Council has already approved of the plan.

178 From Town Clerk Waverley asking the cooperation of this Council to ask the Gas Company to light Street lamps all the year round without any extra charge been made.

Received.

179 From Mrs Boylan complaining of the stormwater in Bligh Street which she states floods her property and does a good deal of damage through the Council surface water not getting away and hoping that the Council will remedy same.

Received and referred to Works Committee.

180 From R Colless asking permission to run a merry-go-round on a vacant piece of ground at the corner of Darley Street and King Street near the St Peter’s Railway Bridge and are prepared to give any security as regarding character.

Received and permission refused.

181 From E Spackman stating that he is making alterations and additions to No 171 Enmore Road and asking permission to carry the waste water from a water supply on window into the street gutter.

Received and request cannot be acceded to.

182 From N G Lees asking if it would be convenient for the Council to give information concerning the cottage next to his which leans on top of his he has written to the owner and has had no satisfaction.

Received.

 

Coronation Celebrations

The Mayor reported that the Newtown Brass Band would play on that the Bridge on Friday 23rd of June in connection with the Coronation Celebrations.

 

Minute by the Mayor

182A The Mayor submitted a minute stating that the time allowed by law for the payment of rates having expired and calling attention to clause 147 of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8 which provides that “A Council shall take steps to recover amounts due to in respect of the rates and shall when necessary take legal proceedings to recover amount so due and owing for six months.”

And suggesting that the ratepayers be notified by advertisement in the daily papers and a final notice posted to such as have not paid. If at the end of six months after service of the rate notice and demand to pay the rates are still unpaid legal proceedings be taken to recover together with arrears.”

Received.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid under votes of appropriation since last meeting the sum of £1718.13.0 and recommending for payment accounts amounting to £658.2.1.

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

reported recommending that the assistant Clerk (J Wilson Junior) salary be increased £14 per annum to date from 1st July 1911.

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

 

The Town Hall Committee

reported recommending that competitive designs be invited to 31st July 1911 for a new Town Hall.

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

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

The Overseer of Works

reported a number of works carried out under his supervision during the past fortnight and works in progress. Also submitted 2 plans of workshops to be built in Darley Lane and Lane off Bucknell Street and to be built of wood and iron also plan for alterations to Union Hotel Union Street Newtown.

 

The Sanitary Inspector

reported amongst other things having received 8 applications to be registered as milk vendors 8 applications to sell fish and Rabbits 33 applications from butchers to sell meat and 6 application to run cutting carts within that the Municipality 1 of the applicants did not lodge fee with application as required and asking authority to prosecute if the licensee sells meet at the end of June and recommending all the other licenses.

Received and recommendations to be carried out.

 

Street Names

Tenders were received from Messrs Mitchell Brothers and from Mr Bourne for the painting of street names.

Messrs Mitchell Brothers £35 G Bourne £33.17.0.

Alderman Lewis moved: “That the tender of Mr Bourne be accepted if 24 gauge iron used.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

The Mayor moved:

1 “That the sum of thirty-eight pounds (£38) be now voted from the General Fund to defray the cost of decorating the Town Hall in connection with the Coronation Celebrations of King George in accordance with a resolution passed at a meeting of the Council on 6th June 1911.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

 

Alderman Lewis moved:

2 “That a 16 C. P lamp be placed at the corner of Bucknell and Yaralla streets and referred to Lighting Committee.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

3 That the watering of King Street Newtown from St Peters Bridge to Bligh Street be discontinued during the winter months.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and carried.

 

Alderman Smith moved:

4 That 21 yards of gutterstones be renewed in Denison Street in front of Mrs Alexander’s premises at an estimated cost of £5.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and carried.

 

Alderman Turtle moved

5 That this Council express the opinion that the time has arrived when immediate steps should be taken to provide adequate lavatory accommodation for the use of the public in the Municipality and that a committee consisting of the Mayor Aldermen Clegg Lawler Macready and the mover be appointed to consider the question and make report to this Council.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

6 That it be referred to the Works Committee to report as to the advisableness and cost of remetalling and when consolidated top dressing with tar and sand the carriageway of Oxford Street from Lennox Street to Albemarle Street and repairing from Turtle Lane to Bishopsgate Street.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

7 That the City Council be requested to enter into an agreement with this Council to have the work of the ballasting and blue metalling and when consolidated top dressing with tar and sand the carriageway of the boundary Lane between and running parallel to Trade and Stanley Street carried out.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Confirmed this fourth day of July 1911.

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

 

S.M 11/6

 

Thursday 29th of June 1911

 

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

 

Present

The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Alderman Turtle, Bamfield, Lewis, Clegg, Edwards, Lawler, Elstub, Cousins, Macready. The Mayor of Erskineville (Alderman Schouller) and 7 other Aldermen.

 

Business

to confer with the Municipality of Erskineville as to the proposed amalgamation of the two Municipalities.

 

The question been put to the meeting by Alderman Clegg the mover a lengthy discussion was taken up by both Councils and the following resolutions carried:

 

Alderman Clegg moved:

1 That this combined committee of the Councils of Newtown and Erskineville are in favour of the two Municipalities being amalgamated if a practicable and acceptable scheme can be devised.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

2 That a committee be formed from this Council consisting of the Mayor and Alderman Lawler Turtle and the mover to bring up a scheme.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

 

Alderman Schouler moved:

3 That a committee from the Erskineville Council consisting of the Mayor (Alderman Schouller) and Aldermen Robinson Holmes and Ferguson.

Seconded by Alderman Brown and carried.

 

This concluded the business.

 

Dated 4 July 1911.

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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