Tuesday the 12th day of December 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday the 12th day of December 1916 at 7.30pm.

Present

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Aldermen Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Pritchard, Smith and Edwards.

 

Apologies

Apologies were received from Aldermen Lewis, Bamfield and Clegg, Alderman Szarka being absent on leave granted 27th of June 1916.

 

Minutes

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

 

2418 William Miller Decease

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman C.H. Turtle) mention that since the last Meeting one of the oldest residents Mr William Miller of Baltic Street had passed away and moved that a letter expressing this Council’s sympathy be forwarded to Mrs Miller and family.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

2419 Incorporation of Municipality

His Worship the Mayor further mention that that day was the 54th anniversary of the Corporation of the Municipality.

2420 Cooks River Tram

His Worship the Mayor further mentioned that he had attended and given evidence before the select Committee with reference to and in favour of the extension of the Cooks River Tram to Brighton-le-Sands.

In connection with this matter Alderman Morgan apologised for his absence from the Meeting of this Committee on the 4th instant to give evidence re-the extension of the Cooks River Tram and important professional engagement prevented his attendance.

 

Correspondence

2421 Electric Light & Power Supply Corporation Ltd

Letter from the Managing Director Electric Light & Power Supply Corporation thanking Council for their letter of appreciation in connection with continuous supply of electric current during the recent Coal Strike.

Alderman Morgan in moving that the letter be received entered his emphatic protest against the negligence of the Australian Gas Light Co and City Council in failing to make the necessary provision against the Coal Strike of which they had quite a month’s notice and against which other smaller Companies including the Electric Light Co which supplied Newtown and the North Sydney and Manly Gas Companies prepared to have made proper provision but whose foresight and good management was nullified and rendered nugatory by the confiscation of their Coal for these larger but less prudent Companies. He thought that such palpable neglect should be made a criminal offence and the customers who suffered thereby should have some means of redress.

The motion was seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

2422 Police Magistrate

Letter from the Police Magistrate nominating Monday the 18th instant at the Council Chambers Newtown as the same time and place for holding the Revision Court.

Received.

2423 Chief Secretary

Letter from the Chief Secretary acknowledging Council’s letter urging that Public Meetings on the Newtown Bridge be prohibited.

Received.

2424 T Walsh

Letter from T Walsh intimating that he did not authorise any person to complain that the Children’s Concert at the Town Hall Newtown on the 24th ultimo disturbed his open air Meeting.

His Worship the Mayor intimated that this did not alter the facts as stated by him at the last meeting that he had not stated that the person who complained was Mr Walsh.

The letter was received.

2425 Public Health Department

Letter from the Public Health Department covering 20 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct.

Received.

2426 State War Council

Letter from the State War Council asking that no further permits be issued for appeals in the Streets for patriotic funds without the approval of the State War Council.

Received.

2427 Tramway Department

Letter from the Tramway Department intimating that as the tram track on Enmore Road from Stanmore Road to Juliett Street had only recently been re-laid it was undesirable to pull it up for the purpose of woodblocking at the present juncture. The question of woodpaving could further be reconsidered when the track is being relaid.

Received.

2428 J Cousins

Letter from J Cousins making application on behalf of the Newtown Methodists Church Choir for permission to place a sign in front of the Town Hall advertising the rendering of this “Messiah” on the 18th instant.

Alderman Morgan moved that the application be received and permission granted for three days.

Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

2429 Miss M Hackshall

Letter from Miss M Hackshall asking on behalf of the Newtown Juvenile Red Cross League for the free use of the Town Hall on Friday afternoon and evening 12th of January 1917 for a Bazaar in aid of the Newtown Red Cross League.

Alderman Smith moved that the application be received and granted.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

2430 Miss S. Coyne

Letter from Miss S. Coyne asking for the presence and patronage of the Mayor and Alderman at a Concert to be held in aid of the Y.M.C.A. National Appeal for work in Egypt at the Odd Fellows Hall Wilson Street Newtown on Monday 8th proximo.

Alderman Bloom moved that the letter be received and the application granted.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

2431 Board of Fire Committee of N.S.W. & Alderman W. Taylor

Letter from the Secretary Board of Fire Commissioners of N.S.W. Also from Alderman W Taylor Municipal Representative on the Board re-estimates of expenditure for the Sydney Fire District for the year 1917 which shows an increase in the amount to be paid by the Newtown Council for the year of £105.10.2.

Received.

2432 Linthorpe Lane

The necessary form of dedication having been duly signed by the owner T Harrison Esq to dedicate to this Council a small portion of his land in Linthorpe Lane Alderman Pritchard moved that this Council now agrees to accept from Thomas Harrison Esq of Wahroonga in the state of New South Wales Gentlemen the dedication of and take over as a highway for all purposes all that piece of land situated in the Municipality of Newtown Parish of Petersham county of Cumberland been part of the land comprised in Certificate of Title dated 2nd of June 1877 registered vol. No.284 folio 1 as delineated in the plan hereto and annexed and marked with the letter “A” and therein edged read and all documents be duly signed (where necessary under the corporate seal of the Council) and forwarded to the Register General for registration.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

2433 E Quartly

Application from E. Quartly for Council’s approval of plan and specification of additions to Shop at corner of Enmore Road and London Street was received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2434 Town Clerk

Application from the Town Clerk for holiday leave for the year 1916 was received and left in the Mayor’s hands.

2335 S.W. & C. Pattison

Application from S.W. & C. Pattison for permission to fix a facia Sign Board over their Shop Window at premises 409 King Street Newtown bearing the words “S.W. & C. Pattison Cash Grocers”

was received and granted on the recommendation of the Works Committee.

 

Reports

2336 Finance Committee

The Finance Committee submitted its Report as contained on folio 131 of the Finance Committee’s Report Book which recommended: –

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to  

£ 349.9.11

Also that accounts be paid amounting to    959.8.0
Total payments from General Fund since last Meeting £1308.17.11
Transfer of Park Grant from Trust Fund to General Fund  

£   10.0.0

 

The Monthly Financial Statement was also submitted in accordance with regulation 6 and disclosed a credit balance of  

 

£ 1300.0.7

 

It was further recommended that the additional cost of top dressing with tar and Nepean sand the carriageway of Liberty Street amounting to £19.5.0 be now voted.

Alderman Morgan moved that the Finance Committee’s report be received and adopted the accounts confirmed and paid and all recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

2337 Works Committee

His Worship the Mayor submitted a Report of a Meeting of the Works Committee held 11th instant as contained on folio 58 of the Works Committee’s Report Book containing recommendations 1 to 4 inclusive.

Alderman Pritchard moved that the Works Committee’s Report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

2338 Valuer’s Report

The Valuer and Town Clerk (W.G.Salmon) submitted his Report in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Act and Ordinances made thereunder of the triennial valuation of all property in the Camden Enmore Kingston and O’Connell Wards and the Valuation Books containing details of same together with estimates of Rate Limits. The summary of such valuations and rate limits being as follows:-

Ward Unimproved Capital Value Improved

Capital Value

Assessed

Annual Value

Camden Ward    277,167    735,490 67,979
Enmore Ward    414,592 1,050,990 91,399
O’Connell Ward    506,034 1,104,482 89,789
Kingston Ward    270,755    585,698 45,787
Totals 1917 £1,468,548 £3,476,660 £294,954
Totals 1916 £1,425,743 £3,385,480 £280,582
Increase £     42,805 £     91,180 £ 14,372

 

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  

£1,468,548

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

£   294,954

2d in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value would yield  

£     12,237.18.0

1/6 in the £ on the Assessed Annual Value would yield  

£     22,121.11

The Limit beyond which the Council cannot levy General and additional General Rates is therefore the sum of  

 

£     34,359.9.0

 

Part No 2. Limit of all Rates Additional General Special Local and Loan Rates taken together

2d in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value would yield  

£12,237.18.0

2/- in the £ on the Assessed Annual Value would yield £29,495.8.0
The limit beyond which the Council cannot levy any Rates (under the Local Government Act close bracket is therefore the sum of  

 

£41,733.6.0

Alderman Morgan moved that the Valuer’s Report together with the Valuation Books containing details thereof and Estimates of Rate limits be received and adopted and the necessary information be forwarded to the Government Statistician as provided by Ordinance 5 (23).

Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

 

2339 Overseer of Works

The Overseer of Works submitted his Report of Works completed or in progress during the past fortnight which was received.

 

2340 Sanitary Inspector

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his Report as contained on folio 156 to 161 inclusive of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Ryan that the Sanitary Inspector’s Report be received and adopted and the application mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted.

 

General Business

2341 Street Name Plates

Under this heading Alderman Bloom mention that some of the Street Name Plates should be cleaned.

His Worship the Mayor mentioned that the next Meeting of the Council will fall on December 26th Boxing Day and as this is a Public Holiday it was agreed that no Meeting of the Council will be held until 9th of January 1917.

2342 Refuse Depot

His Worship the Mayor (Alderman C.H. Turtle) moved that the Council do now resolve into a “Committee of the Whole” to consider a letter from the Alexandria Council re Refuse Depot.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

Upon resuming Council it was reported that while in “Committee of the Whole” letter from the Alexandria Council re the use of the Refuse Depot at Canal Road was considered and your Committee now recommends that His Worship the Mayor be empowered to enter into an agreement for the use of the Alexandria Refuse Depot at Canal Road for a term of three years with the right to renew on similar conditions for a further three years for a sum not exceeding £60 per annum payable quarterly provided that a properly constructed sleeper track is maintained in good order and condition to the face of the tip the use of such Depot to commence at the termination of this Council’s present arrangements with the St Peter’s Council.

His Worship the Mayor moved that the Report of the “Committee of the Whole” Council be received and adopted.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

His Worship the Mayor concluded the Meeting by wishing all present a very Merry Xmas and a Happy and Prosperous New Year.

 

These greetings having been reciprocated the Meeting terminated.

 

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 9th day of January 1917.

 

Signed Charles H Turtle, Mayor.   W G Salmon, Town Clerk.

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