Tuesday 4th June 1912

 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown held on Tuesday 4th of June 1912.

 

Present

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

 

Apologies

Apologies were received for Aldermen Morgan and Turtle.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

Letter from the North Sydney Council asking cooperation in an endeavour to secure representation on the Sydney Harbour Trust for Municipal Manufacturing and Shipping Commercial Interests.

Received and cooperation granted.

Letter from F Konig and Company Ltd asking permission to place metal signs on the Veranda posts.

Received and permission refused.

Letter from H Stugrad asking permission to retain a sign over the Awning at No 253 King Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from J Wilson applying for an increase in salary.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee.

His Worship The Mayor mention that G D Logan had made application for brick paving of path in front of his new cottages in Lord Street and offered to pay one half the cost of the work a reply had been sent intimating that provided a cheque for the half cost of work was forwarded the matter would be attended to forthwith.

Received and the Mayor’s action endorsed.

 

Reports

Overseers Report

The Overseer of Works submitted his report of Works in progress or completed during the past fortnight. Received.

 

Inspectors Report

The Report of the Sanitary Inspector as contained in paragraphs 1 to 6 page 183 of the Report Book was submitted.

Resolved: “That the report be Received and the Applications referred to in paragraph 3 Approved.”

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

Alderman Elstub moved: “That the footpath in Northwood Street in front of No 21 be kerbed and guttered and tar paved at an estimated cost of £7.”

Seconded by Alderman Smith and Carried.

 

Alderman Lewis moved:

“That a letter be sent to the Railway Commissioners asking that the King Street entrance to the Newtown Railway Station be more adequately lit as at present there is only one small Gaslight to the whole frontage of the Building.”

Seconded by Alderman Macready and carried.

 

Alderman Bamfield moved:

“That 23 yards of gutterstones be renewed in the Lane off church Street at the rear of 231/7 King Street at an estimated cost of £6.10.0.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and Carried.

 

Questions without Notice

Under this heading the following matters were mentioned:

By Alderman Edwards asking that more discretion be used in watering the roads in winter.

By Alderman Lewis asking that more sand be used after watering the woodblocks. Also asking that a letter be sent to the Postal Department asking that the unsightly underdressed Telegraph poll must be removed from the streets of Newtown or their further use discontinued.

Alderman Lawler asked that Union Street Newtown side be placed in order and the repairs to King Street path where telephone conduits are being laid be carried out as soon as possible.

His Worship The Mayor said these matters would receive attention and

The meeting then terminated.

 

Confirmed this 18th day of June 1912.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

 

Tuesday 18th June 1912

 

Minutes of Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 18th June 1912.

 

Present

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

An apology was received from Alderman Bamfield also from Alderman Morgan explaining that he refrained from attending as the matter of the resumption of St Georges Hall in which he is interested and to which he is opposed would be submitted for consideration. Received.

 

Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

Letter from the Town Clerk Waverley covering copies of alternative motions re-Greater Sydney and asking for an expression of opinion.

Alderman Clegg moved: “That the letter be received and the writer informed “That while this Council is opposed to the present Scheme for a Greater Sydney it is of opinion that existing Municipalities should be grouped and a Greater Sydney Council established to control common services.”

Seconded by Alderman Macready and Carried.

Letter from the Public Works Department asking for suggestions for Amendments in the Local Government Ordinances and Regulations now being considered.

Resolved “That consideration of the letter be deferred till next meeting.”

Letter from the Chief Secretaries Office intimating that alterations and additions to Zarka’s Picture Theatre have been approved subject to the consent of the Council being obtained.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from F Jarrett asking permission to affix Daisy Coupon Advertisements on the premises in Pearl Street and at the corner of King and Night Streets.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from W H Prichard asking permission to hang a show case in front of his premises 318½ King Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Letter from the Secretary Department of Public Health covering report on 13 samples of milk all of which were found to be in order.

Received.

 

Reports

The Finance Committee reported having paid accounts under votes of appropriation amounting to £1611.11.1 and recommended payment of Accounts amounting to £431.1.6. His Worship The Mayor moved “That the Finance Committees report be received and adopted and the Accounts submitted be approved confirmed and paid. (See Finance Committee Book pages 115/6).

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and carried.

The Finance Committee recommended further: 1 That under Clause 2 of Regulation 6 the sum of £47.15.0 be now voted from the General Fund to carry out the following works viz:

Lord Street kerb and gutter and brick paved £34.5.0.

Lane off Church Street repairs to gutters £6.10.0.

Northwood Street kerb and gutter and asphalt (No 21) £7.0.0 £47.15.0.

2 That J Wilson’s salary be increased £10 per year.

His Worship The Mayor moved “That the report be received and Adopted.”

Seconded by Alderman Cousins.

Amendment moved by Alderman Edwards “That the report be received Recommendation 1= Votes for Works £47.15.0 approved and Recommendation 2= Increase in J Wilson’s salary be eliminated.

Seconded by Alderman Elstub. The voting being in favour of the amendment it was submitted as the substantive motion and declared Carried.

 

Special Finance Report re Town Hall

The report of the Special Finance Committee was submitted re the Acquisition of a Suitable Town Hall for Newtown and recommended: “That the St Georges Hall be resumed on behalf of the Municipality of Newtown and that in conformity with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1906/7/8 the Governor be petitioned (Under Corporate Seal) to authorise the appropriation or resumption of land having a frontage of about 67 feet to King Street Newtown by a depth along George Street of about 158 feet on which stand buildings known as Saint Georges Hall to be used for Town Hall Council Chambers offices and other Municipal purposes.”

Further “That the Mayor be and is hereby authorised to carry on any negotiations with the Owners for the acquisition of the property and to report to the Council from time to time for its approval.”

Resolved “That the report of the Special Finance Committee be received and considered in Committee of the Whole at a later stage of the Meeting.”

 

Valuers Report

The Valuer submitted a report which recommended 1 That Assessment No 345 Camden Ward be eliminated from the Valuation and Rate As it is contained in Assessments No 52/9 and 344 Camden Ward and the amount of Rates and Interest (£4.1.0) said to be due thereon be “Written off” the Rate Book.

2 “That Land in St Mary’s Street Kingston Ward and Campbell Street O’Connell Ward being Rateable Land within the Municipality of Newtown and having being omitted from the Valuation and Rate Books for the Year 1912 be now assessed and entered in the valuation and Rate Books in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act as follows:

Supplementary Valuations C.C.V= £160.

Assessment No 846A Kingston Ward Owner Henry Fallick Kogarah Road Kogarah Land no 7 St Mary’s Street portions of Lots 4 and 5 D.P. 3416= 47 foot Frontage by a M.D. of 46 feet.

Unimproved Capital Value £100

Improved Capital Value £145

Assessed Annual Value £13

Assessment No 1424 A O’Connell Ward Owner George Croan 133 Regent Street Camperdown= Land Campbell Street No 38 20 feet frontage to Campbell Street by a depth of 60 feet.

Unimproved Capital Value £60

Improved Capital Value £290

Assessed Annual Value £26

His Worship The Mayor moved: “That the Valuers report be received and adopted. The amount of £4.1.0 Assessment No 345 Camden Ward The Owner = General Fund be “written off” and the Valuations at as set forth for Assessment Nos 846A Kingston Ward and 1424A O’Connell Ward be and are hereby approved and adopted and entered in the Valuation and Rate Books.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and Carried.

 

Financial Statements

The Financial Statements in accordance with Regulation 6 were received and laid upon the table.

 

Overseer of Works

The Overseers Report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight also plans submitted for approval was received and all plans referred to the Works Committee for report.

 

Sanitary Inspector

The Sanitary Inspectors Report as contained in paragraphs 1 to formal inclusive Page 184 of Report Book was received the Licenses referred to in paragraph 2 Approved and permission asked for in paragraph 4 Granted.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved: “That the Wages of this Councils employees engage sweeping the Wood Blocks be increased 1/-per day the increase to date from 1st July 1912.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and Carried.

 

Alderman Cousins moved:

That the footpath in front of no 142 to 164 Lord Street be brick paved at a probable cost of £22.

Seconded by Alderman Lawler and Carried.

 

His Worship The Mayor moved:

“That the Council do now resolve into a “Committee of the Whole” to consider the report of the Special Finance Committee re-the acquisition of a suitable Town Hall for Newtown.

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and Carried.

Upon resuming Council His Worship The Mayor reported “That while in Committee of the Whole the report of the Special Finance Committee re-the acquisition of a suitable Town Hall for this Municipality was considered and your Committee now recommend “That the Special Finance Committees report be received and adopted and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.”

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) moved “That the Report of the committee of the Whole be received and adopted and its recommendations carried into effect.”

Seconded by Alderman Edwards and Carried unanimously there being present His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Rigg) and Aldermen Clegg, Lawler, Cousins, Elstub, Macready, Lewis, Smith and Edwards.

 

The meeting then terminated.

 

Confirmed this 2nd day of July 1912.

 

Signed W. Rigg, Mayor.

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