Tuesday 12th of March 1912

 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown held on Tuesday 12th March 1912.

 

Present

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

 

Minutes

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

 

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) introduced Alderman Baker of the Randwick Council who briefly address the Council in support of his Candidature for the position of Municipal Representative of the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage.

A vote of thanks was accorded to Alderman Baker for his address.

 

Correspondence

Letter from Dr Armstrong Board of Health covering a report on the

insanitary condition of premises No 28 and 30 Margaret Street Newtown.

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved “That the communications be received and this Council as the Local authority being satisfied that the premises in question are in such a state as to be dangerous to health and therefore a nuisance within the meaning of the Public Health Act 1902 the necessary notices be served to carry out the various works mentioned in the report.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and Carried.

Letter from R Hollis M.P. acknowledging Council’s letter re-amendments in the Local Government Act you will 1912.

Received.

Letter from the Drummoyne Council asking cooperation in an endeavour to secure power to charge rates and taxes on Federal and State Government’s Harbour Trusts and kindred Governmental bodies.

Alderman Morgan moved “That the letter be received and cooperation granted but that it be suggested that as the Constitution prevents the taxing of Commonwealth property the Federal Government be asked to voluntarily contribute a sum annually to the various Councils equal to amount of rates for which they would be liable.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and Carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary Department of Public Instruction intimating that the Minister for Public Instruction has decided to accept the conditions mentioned by the Council with reference to setting apart the land in Wilson Street as a playground for the Children and the Council may take possession of the land at the expiration of the present lease which will be on the 1st day of June next.

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved “That the letter be received and the Minister thanked for so promptly granting the Councils request.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and Carried.

Letter from the Newtown Play grounds Committee asking that Land in Phillip and Oxford Streets be secured for Children’s playground.

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved: “That the letter be received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle.

Amendment moved by Alderman Lewis seconded by Alderman Lawler “That the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for report.” The voting being against the amendment the original motion was then submitted and declared Carried.

Letter from the Under Secretary for Public Works intimating that provision will be made in the Local Government Amending Will to amplify and more clearly define Council’s powers with respect to the erection of buildings.

Received.

Letter from E Larla-Lestier asking permission to erect 2 revolving signs 3 foot x 6 inches.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from the Ryde Council asking cooperation in an endeavour to secure a system of Weekly tram fares to and from Sydney and the Suburbs.

Received.

Letter from J Trahair asking for a reference as a Valuer of Real Estate in connection with the position he is seeking.

Alderman Turtle moved “That the letter be received and letter forwarded to Mr Trahair under Corporate Seal expressing Council satisfaction with the work carried out by him whilst occupying the position of Valuer to this Council.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and Carried.

Letter from Justin M Sweeney intimating that he has disposed of his quarry at Kiama to the Government and all future orders will be attended to by them. Received.

Letter from the Government Statistician certifying to the correctness of the Councils Accounts to 31st of December 1912. Received.

Letter from T J Foster asking that the unaligned portion of Gladstone Street be aligned and that the sum of £582.16.2 paid for improvements to Thurnby Estate be now expended.

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) intimated that he had explained to Mr Foster the cause of the delay in carrying out the improvements proposed by the Council on the Thurnby Estate and had caused a letter to be sent to the Lands Department calling attention to this Councils request of the 5th May 1911 for the alignment of Gladstone Street and asking when the alignment will be complete?

Received and the Mayor’s action endorsed.

Letter from B Burnet applying on behalf of the Newtown District Rugby League Football Club for the use of the Town Hall on the 19th of March for the Annual meeting.

Alderman Turtle moved “That the letter be received and the request granted.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and Carried.

Letter from C Ritchie applying for permission to affix an advertisement to premises corner of Oxford and St Mary’s Streets.

Received and referred to the Works Committee.

 

Reports

Re-New Town Hall

The Report of the Special Finance Committee dated 4 March 1912 3 plans of New Town Hall was received and adopted.

 

Overseer of Works

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of works in progress or completed during the past fortnight also recommending in paragraph 7 certain improvements to plans submitted under Ordinance 70.

Resolved “That the report be received and approval to plans granted subject to the plans being altered to comply with this Council’s regulations and to the satisfaction of the Overseer. 3 other plans referred to Works Committee for report.

 

Sanitary Inspector

The Sanitary Inspector’s report was submitted as contained in paragraphs 1 to 4 page 175 of Report Book.

Resolved: That the report be received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 4 granted.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved:

1 “That in accordance with the requirements of Regulation 7 made under the Local Government Act 1906-7-8 this Council hereby appoints Mr W H Cadogan (Certified Auditor) to Audit the books of the Council for the half years ending 30th of June and 31st December 1912 at a remuneration of £12.10.0 for each Audit.

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and Carried.

2 “That a subsidy of £100 (provided for on the Estimates) be granted to the Newtown Brass Band.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards.

Amendment moved by Alderman Morgan “That a subsidy of £50 be granted to the Newtown Brass Band.”

Seconded by Alderman Elstub and lost.

The original motion was then submitted and declared Carried.

 

Alderman Morgan moved:

“That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability of kerbing and guttering and brick paving the Footpath on the eastern side of Phillip Street from Enmore Road to Gladstone Street at an estimated cost of £225.

Seconded by Alderman Macready and Carried.

 

Order of the Day

The election of a Member of the Lighting and Specification Committees in lieu of Alderman Macready resigned.

Alderman Smith moved: “That Alderman Edwards be and is hereby elected to fill the vacancy on the Lighting and Specification Committees.

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and Carried.

 

Questions without Notice

Alderman Bamfield asked that works in Wilson Street be carried out.

Alderman Elstub asked that the attention of the Authorities be called to the obstruction in Australia Street caused by open air speakers near the Town Hall.

 

Alderman Clegg gave notice

“That at the next meeting of Council he would move for the rescission of the motions passed at the last meeting of Council declined to further discuss the question of Amalgamation with the Erskineville Council.

 

The meeting then terminated.

 

Confirmed this 26th day of March 1912.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

 

 

Tuesday 26 March 1912

 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown held on Tuesday 26th of March 1912.

 

Present

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

An apology was received for Alderman Smith.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

Letter from the Newtown Harriers inviting the attendance of His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen at a farewell to S H Poulter on the 2nd of April.

Invitation received and accepted with thanks.

Letter from the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage intimating that the work of repairs to Angel Street is being preceded with. Received.

Letter from R Hollis M.P. covering a communication from the Works Department intimating that the Minister for Works would approve of the construction of the tram from Henderson Road to the Newtown Ridge if the Newtown Council will resuming the necessary land along Wilson Street from Erskineville Road to the Newtown Bridge.

Alderman Morgan moved “That the letter be received and Mr Hollis informed that this Council is of the opinion that the necessary presumptions for this Tramway extension should be carried out by the Government or the Railway Commissioners.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle and Carried.

The letter from the Clyde Shire Council asking cooperation in a request that the Local Government Act be amended so as to include the Licensing of Public motor cars and withdraw control from Shires and Municipal Councils. Received.

Letter from the Under Secretary of Lands intimating that the Gazettal of the intended Alignment of Gladstone Street and the lanes on the Thurnby Estate may be expected on Wednesday the new 27th instant.

Received.

Letter from W R Dunning Secretary L.O.L. No 233 inviting the attendance of The Mayor and Aldermen at a religious service to be held in St Georges Hall on 14th April at 2.45pm.

Received with thanks.

Letter from T Henley M.P. covering a copy of the Greater Sydney Convention Bill and asking that the Members of Parliament for this District be communicated with if the Bill as drafted is deemed undesirable.

His Worship The Mayor moved “That the letter be received and a letter of protest against the Bill as drafted be forwarded to R Hollis M.P. F J Page M.P. R J Stewart- Robertson M.P. and the President of the Legislative Council.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried unanimously.

Letter from the Secretary of the Board of Fire Commissioners covering a Statement of Revenue and Expenditure for the year 1911.

Received.

Letter from Alderman J G Griffin thanking Council for the support of his re-election as a Member of the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage. Received.

Letter from F Miller inviting the Members of the Council to give him an individual sitting for their Photos to form a framed group as a memento of the Jubilee Year.

Received and the request granted.

Letter from F Hoffman making application for 14 days holiday leave.

Received and request granted.

Letter from the Works Department re-Ordinance No 68 interments of the dead was received and referred to the Finance Committee for report

 

Petition

From J P Dimond E H Eaton and 5 others praying that Dickson Street be realigned as the present alignment is reported as inaccurate by 3 inches.

Reports

The Finance Committee

reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £275.5.2 and recommended payment of accounts amounting to £1787.11.11 as detailed on pages 109/110 of the Finance Committees.

 

Statements

the Monthly Statements were also submitted and ordered to be laid upon the table.

His Worship The Mayor moved “That the Finance Committees report be received and adopted and the Accounts submitted be approved confirmed and paid.”

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

 

Special Finance Report

the report of a Special Meeting of the Finance Committee as contained on pages 82/3 of the report book dealing with proposals play grounds and the matter of providing a new Town Hall was Received and Adopted.

 

Works Committee

the Works Committees report as contained in paragraphs 1 to 14 Pages 195/7 of the Works Committees report book was received and adopted on the motion of The Mayor seconded by Alderman Edwards.

 

Overseer of Works

the Overseer of Works submitted his report dealing with various works completed or in progress during the past fortnight.

Received.

 

Sanitary Inspector

the Sanitary Inspector’s Report was submitted as contained in paragraphs 1 to 4 page 176 of the Inspector’s Report Book.

It was resolved “That would be received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 2 approved.”

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Belmore Lane

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved “That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the advisability of renewing 70 yards of gutter stones in Belmore Lane and repaving the Carriageway where necessary at a probable cost of £50.00.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Alderman Clegg moved:

“That the resolution passed at the Council meeting of the 27th of February 1912 “That the letter be received and Erskineville Council informed that this Council is not prepared at present to discuss the matter further be rescinded.”

Seconded by Alderman Turtle the voting being against the motion a Division was called for which resulted as follows

For the motion: Alderman Clegg Turtle Lawler and Edwards.

Against the motion: His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Morgan Elstub Cousins Bamfield and Lewis.

The motion was declared lost on division.

“That the invitation of the Erskineville Council to discuss the question of Amalgamation be accepted.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and ruled “Out of Order.”

 

The meeting then terminated.

 

Confirmed this 9th day of April 1912.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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