Tuesday 7th March 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday the 7th day of March 1916 at 7.30pm.

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman C.H. Turtle) and Aldermen Clegg, Bamfield, bloom, Szarka, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Lewis, Pritchard and Edwards.

2005 Apologies

An apology was received from Alderman Smith.

2006 Minutes

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

2007 Alderman Lewis congratulated His Worship The Mayor upon taking his seat as Mayor of the Municipality of Newtown at the first meeting that evening. He welcomed the Mayor and expressed the wish that his term of office might be both pleasant and prosperous.

His Worship The Mayor suitably responded.

Correspondence

2008 Letter from Alderman J G Griffen in support of his candidature for the position of suburban member of the Water and Sewerage Board and intimating that the election would take place on the 22nd instant the voting being at the Town Hall Sydney.

Received.

Alderman Griffen who was present was then invited by the Mayor to address the Council.

Alderman Griffen thanked the Mayor for the privilege and briefly addressed the Council in support of his candidature and at the conclusion of his address answered questions.

Alderman Edwards proposed a vote of thanks to Alderman Griffen for his attendance and address.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried to which Alderman Griffen responded.

2009 Letter from the Ashfield Council asking cooperation in an endeavour to induce the Chief Railway Commissioners to extend concessions to Lady Tramway Passengers equivalent to those conceded to Lady ticket holders using the Railways.

Received.

2010 Letter from the Electric Light Corporation intimating that the new lamps that the main Road had been cabled four and would be erected at the moment they arrived in Australia.

Received.

2011 Letter from the Petersham Council intimating that the Honourable the Minister for Works at promise to purchase from the Water and Sewerage Board the land required for the extension of Liberty Street.

2012 letter from the Local Government Department in the same matter intimating that it would be necessary for this Council to purchase from the Water and Sewerage For the portion of land within their Municipality required for the extension of Liberty Street and that the Department would then make a grant to the Council equal to the amount of purchase money when the funds for the next financial year are available.

Alderman Pritchard moved that the communications be received and the necessary application be made under the corporate seal of the Council for the Governor’s approval to purchase the land in question.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis.

Amendment moved by Alderman Morgan that the letters be received and referred to the Finance Committee the consideration and report.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan.

The voting being in favour of the amendment it was then submitted as the substantive motion and declared carried.

2013 Letter from the Department of Public Health covering 17 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct.

Received.

2014 Letter from the St Peters Council Asking if this Council will vote the sum of £50 towards repairing May Street with Blue Metal and stating if there is no objection their Overseer will be instructed to carry out the work.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Morgan seconded by Alderman Ryan that the letter be received and referred to the Works Committee for consideration and report.

2015 Letter from the Reverend J.J. Willing asking that the proposed new Amusement Hall King and Georgina Streets is to be used for such boxing exhibitions as characterised the building recently burnt down.

Alderman Clegg moved that the letter be received and the writer informed that the plans for an Amusement Hall with provision for a portable boxing platform had been passed by the Council.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard.

Amendment moved by Alderman Lewis seconded by Alderman Ryan that the letter be received and the writer informed that the Mayor would forward any further information desired in regard to this matter on application at the Town Hall.

The voting being in favour of the amendment it was then submitted as the substantive motion and declared carried.

2016 Letter from the Officer in Charge of Local Government asking for an expression of opinion relative to an amendment in Ordinance No 60 affecting the driving of animals.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and the writer informed that this matter to is not affect our Municipality and any way.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

2017 Letter from Howard and O’Neill will asking permission to erect a hoarding the full width of the Eliza Street footpath by the new School of Arts buildings which are being erected.

Received and granted subject to the Council’s Ordinance governing Hoardings.

2018 Letter from the Public Health Department asking that Ordinance 39 (3) read the keeping of Poultry on any premises on such conditions as create a nuisance be rigidly enforced so as to minimise danger from rats.

Received and referred to the Council’s Inspector for attention.

2019 Letter from the Secretary Enmore Superior Public School Parents and Citizens Association asking cooperation with a view to securing better School accommodation.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and cooperation as desired granted.

Seconded by Alderman’s Szarka supported by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

2020 Letter from J A Mansfield asking on behalf of the 33B Area Band for financial assistance.

Received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

2021 Letter from G Fitzpatrick asking cooperation in the objects of the Voluntary Workers Association on behalf of all returned Soldiers.

Alderman Bamfield moved that the letter be received and the writer informed that there is a local Association having similar objects which has the hearty support and cooperation of the members of the Newtown Council.

2022 Letter from the Employees Union on fighting the Mayor Aldermen and Town Clerk to the Annual Picnic.

Received with thanks.

Reports

Works Committee

His Worship The Mayor submitted a report of the Works Committee as contained on folio 42 of the Works Committee’s Report Book.

Alderman Clegg moved that the Works Committee’s Report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect with the exception of the matter mentioned in paragraph 3 and this matter stand over for consideration till Alderman Bloom’s motion re-one horse tar boiler is considered.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

2024 Overseer of Works

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

Sanitary Inspector

2025 The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folio 28 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Dibble seconded by Alderman Lewis that the Sanitary Inspector’s Report be received and applications mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted.

Infectious Diseases

2026 In connection with the sanitary Inspector’s Report Alderman Dibble drew attention to the number of cases of infectious diseases including of the town paralysis and moved that a letter be sent to the Department of Public Health intimating that all the provisions of the Public Health Act were now being carried out by this Council in connection with these cases and the Council will be pleased to hear if there were any further precautions which could be taken against infantile paralysis and other infectious diseases.

Seconded by Alderman Prichard and carried.

Motions Pursuant to Notice

2027 Tar Boiler

Alderman Bloom moved:-

That a one horse Tar Boiler for the more economical tar dressing of carriageways be purchased at a probable cost of £50.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

It was resolved that the recommendation No 3 as contained in the Works Committee’s Report in connection with the purchase of a one horse Tar Boiler be received and adopted and carried into effect.

Alderman Bamfield moved:-

2028 That it be referred to the Works Committee to report upon the best means and probable cost of placing the gutters in Egan Street in a proper state of repair.

Seconded by Alderman Clegg and carried.

General Business

2029 Danger to Tram Passengers

Under this heading Alderman Bloom drew attention to the inconvenience caused by drivers neglecting to stop their vehicles at the tram stop so as to allow passengers to board the tram and often causing great danger or else preventing the passengers from catching the tram.

He moved that the matter be brought under the notice of the Traffic Department.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

2030 St Peters Railway Bridge Wood Blocking

Alderman Edwards asked that the wood blocking at St Peters Railway Bridge be completed.

Alderman Ryan drew attention to the need to repairs to the woodblocks at the northern end of King Street.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Newtown on Tuesday twenty-first day of March 1916.

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

21st day of March 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday the twenty-first day of March 1916 at 7.30pm.

Present

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Turtle) and Aldermen Bamfield, Szarka, Bloom, Dibble, Morgan, Ryan, Pritchard, and Smith.

Apologies

2031 Apologies were received from Aldermen Lewis and Edwards.

Minutes

2032 The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Szarka.

2034 His Worship The Mayor introduced Alderman J Webster Marrickville one of the candidates for the position of suburban representative on the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage who addressed the Council in support of his candidature answered questions was accorded a vote of thanks for his attendance.

Alderman Webster returned thanks for the Council’s courtesy.

Correspondence

2035 Letter from the Petersham Council re the extension of Liberty Street through to Railway Avenue to be considered in conjunction with the Finance Committee’s report on the same matter.

2036 Letter from the Petersham Council intimating that the Conference re-tar-macadamising of Stanmore Road would be held at the Petersham Town Hall on Wednesday twenty-second instant at 3.30pm.

Received and referred to the delegates appointed for attention.

2037 Letter from the Reverend J J Willings thanking Council for the letter and intimating that all the information required has been furnished through the Daily Press.

Received.

2038 Letter from the Department of Home Affairs Commonwealth of Australia giving three months notice of their intention to vacate the office at the Town Hall Newtown.

Received.

2039 Letter from the Health Department covering 16 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct.

Received.

2040 Letter from the Secretary Health Department re-Infantile Paralysis and other infectious diseases intimating the present circumstances were not exceptional and precautions to be taken are as set forth on manual No 372.

Received.

2041 Letter from W H Arthur Secretary St Peters Church Council on fighting the members of the Newtown Council to define Surface on April second at 11a.m. to the unveiling of the on the list in St Peters Church of England King Street St Peters.

Received with thanks and as many as possible to attend.

2042 letter from the Mascot Council inviting cooperation in a movement to secure it increased suburban representation on the Board of Water Supply and Sewerage and power for the Board to raise its own loan money so as to provide for all extensions etc.

Alderman Pritchard moved that the letter be received and cooperation as desired granted.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

2043 Letter from the Secretary Newtown Read Cross League asking for the free use of the town Hall on Wednesday twenty-ninth instant for the presentation of Photos to the retiring Mayor and Mayoress on fighting the Mayor and Aldermen to be present and asking permission to hang the pictures in the Mayor’s Room.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Pritchard seconded by Alderman Ryan that the Red Cross Leave be granted the use of the Hall free on the twenty-ninth instant the courteous invitation be accepted and that the matter of hanging the Photos in the Mayor’s Room be left in the hands of His Worship The Mayor.

2044 Letter from M Shortus Secretary Marcus Clark and Co Ltd intimating that the Company are agreeable to get the Municipality of Newtown possession of a strip of land in Watkin Lane at the rear of Brown Street Warehouse the purpose of widening of Watkin Lane preserving an easement to protect the downpipes and any protection of the building over the strip of land referred to.

It was resolved that the letter be considered in conjunction with the Works Committee’s Report on the same matter.

Reports

Finance Committee

2045 The Finance Committee submitted their report as contained on folio 124/5 of the Finance Committees Report Book which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £ 636.8.4
And that accounts be paid amounting to

 

   903.11.11
Total payments from General Fund since last Meeting £1,540.0.3
Trust Fund. Payment to Recruiting Officer      19.14.0
The Monthly Financial Statement was submitted and disclosed a credit balance of £6,390.7.9

 

It was recommended in accordance with clause 2 of regulation 6 that the sum of £1317.5.0 be now voted from the General Fund to carry out the following works:-

2046 Wilson Street from King Street to Erskineville Road widen carriageway. £596.0.0
2047 Brennans Lane Tarpave approach to Dr McClelland’s Motor Garage    95.0.0
2048 Margaret Street from Ferndale to Simmons streets repair and top dress carriageway with tar    30.0.0
2049 Lennox Street North side between Australia and Church streets tar pave carriageway    40.0.0
2051 Australia Street From Bishopgate Street to Fire Station top dress with tar    75.0.0
2052 Leamington Lane Tarpave carriageway 328.0.0
2053 Holdsworth Street Northern end to Leamington Avenue tarpaved and top dress balance of carriageway with tar    99.10.0
2054 One Horse Tar Boiler Capacity 200 gallons 47.10.0

2056 Liberty Street Extension

It was also recommended that the proposal submitted by the Local Government Department for this Council to purchase one half the land owned by the Water and Sewerage Board for the purpose of extending Liberty Street through to Railway Avenue the money to be refunded by the Department when funds for the next financial year are available be agreed to and recommends that the necessary application under Section 129 (1) of the Local Government Act be made under the Corporate Seal of the Council that the approval of the Governor to acquire the land referred to at an estimated cost of £78.

2057 Hollis Park

It was further recommended in connection with the enquiry made by Inspector Friend Public Instruction Department as to what proposal re-the erection of buildings this Council is prepared to make so as to provide for organised games etc at Hollis Park that Inspector Friend be informed that no provisions have been made on the estimates for the year 1916 for the erection of buildings at Hollis Park but if the Department kindly intimate what is required the matter will receive consideration when the estimates for the year 1917 are being prepared.

2058 Band Subsidies

In the matter of Band Subsidies it was recommended that the Band Masters be asked to submit a programme showing performances proposed to be held in Newtown during the year 1916 when the applications will receive further consideration.

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

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

Works Committee

2059 His Worship The Mayor submitted a report of a Meeting of the Works Committee contained on folio 43 of the Works Committee’s report book embodying recommendations 1 to 5.

Alderman Morgan moved that the Works Committee’s Report be received and adopted and Messrs Marcus Clark & Co Ltd be thanked for the motion and giving land at the rear of their Brown Street Warehouse to widen Watkin Lane and the dedication accepted under seal.

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

Valuer’s Report

2060 The Town Clerk and Valuer (W G Salmon) submitted a report of the valuation after appeal which showed the total to be as follows:-

Ward Unimproved Cap.Value Improved Cap. Value Assessed Ann. Value Rate at 3¼ in the £
Camden Ward £ 266,212 £ 718,815 £   64,746    3605.7.1
Enmore Ward £ 403,154 £1,028,915 £   86,600    5459.17.8
O’Connell Ward £ 491,303 £1,064,297 £ 85,528      6653.9.5
Kingston Ward £ 265,074 £ 573,453 £ 42,706      3589.17.7
Total £1,425,743 £3,385,480 £ 280,582 £ 19308.11.9

The following adjustments were also recommended for the Councils approval:-

O’Connell Ward Ass. No U.C.V. I.C.V. A.A.V.
Wilson Street 243 1170 1920 168
Wilson Street 243a 1200 2300 214
Bucknell Street 752 282 290 14
Brock’s Lane 416a 235 535 71
Church Street 987 125 125 7

Alderman Morgan moved that the Valuer’s Report be received and adopted and the adjustments as suggested be made in the rate book.

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

Overseer of Works

2061 The Overseer of Works submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight which was received.

Sanitary Inspector

2062 The Sanitary Inspector submitted his Report as contained on folio 129 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book and it was resolved that the Sanitary Inspector’s Report be received and adopted and applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be granted.

Questions Without Notice

2063 Under this heading His Worship The Mayor referred in feeling terms to the decease of Mrs E Johnston Bligh Street Mother of Mrs Alderman Frank Bamfield and moved that a letter of sympathy be sent to Alderman and Mrs Bamfield expressing this Council’s deepest and most sincere sympathy in their sad loss.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

2064 The Mayor also referred to the decease of Mrs Albert Holmes Mother the late Mrs Road and moved that a letter expressing this Council’s sympathy be sent to Mr Albert Holmes.

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

2065 It was resolved that Alderman Bamfield be appointed a member of the Liberty Street Extension Committee which he had previously held by virtue of his position as Mayor of the Municipality.

There being no further business the Meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 4th April 1916.

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

 

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