Tuesday 4th April 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday the 4th day of April 1916 at 7.30pm.

Present

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

Apologies

2066 An apology was received from Alderman Clegg.

Minutes

2067 The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Pritchard seconded by Alderman Szarka.

Correspondence

2068 Letter from A Holmes returning thanks for Council’s kind letter of sympathy.

Received.

2069 Letter from JG Griffen returning thanks for his re-election as a suburban representative on the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage.

Received.

2070 Letter from the Petersham Council covering a report of a Meeting of the representatives of the Newtown Marrickville and Petersham Councils on the question of reconstructing Stanmore and new Canterbury Roads with estimates of the cost of the work and intimating that it had been arranged for the Engineers of the three Councils concerned to confer an submitted joint estimate and recommendation to the next Meeting of the Conference.

Alderman Pritchard who represented this Council at the Conference explained in detail what had been done and the letter and report were received and the recommendation re Conference of Engineers approved.

2071 Letter from the Petersham Council asking for an estimate of the cost of repairing and tar dressing Liberty Street with two coats with a view to such work being carried out at the joint expense of the two Councils.

Alderman Pritchard moved that the letter be received the estimate furnished and the work completed each Council to pay one half of the cost.

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

2072 Letter from the Town Clerk Sydney intimating that the City Council has decided that the matter of changing the names of boundary streets should be allowed to remain in abeyance until the Greater Sydney Bill has been passed.

Received.

2073 Letter from the Return Soldiers Association of N.S.W. asking cooperation in the matter of making the collection on Anzac Day Tuesday 25th April 1916.

Alderman Lewis moved that the letter be received and cooperation granted and permission be given for the collection to be made within this Municipality on Anzac Day.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

2074 Letter from C Thompson asking on behalf of the Master Brick Carters Association that the wood blocks be more liberally sanded during wet weather.

Received.

2075 Letter from W H Bates Secretary of the Newtown District Ambulance Transport Brigade asking for permission to take up the annual Street Collection on Friday evening 14th April and Saturday 15th April 1916.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the writer informed that it is regretted the application must be refused as it is thought unwise to grant permission for a Street Collection prior to the date of the Hospital Day Collection which is on Friday 12th of May next. If however the Committee desires to make a collection after that date this Council will be pleased to consider a further Application.

2076 Letter from Corporal A D Fraser asking for permission for the Anzac Memorial Band to play selections of music and take up collection in King Street Newtown on Friday evening 7th instant between the hours of 8 and 10pm.

Received and permission as desired granted.

Reports

Works Committee

2077 His Worship the Mayor as Chairman of the Works Committee submitted a Report of a Meeting held on Tuesday 4th instant as contained on folio 44 of the Works Committee’s Reports and containing recommendations 1 to 3 inclusive.

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

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

Overseer of Works

2078 The Overseer of Works submitted a report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight which was received.

Sanitary Inspector

2079 The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folio 130 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book and it was resolved that the report be received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be granted.

There being no further business the Meeting Terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 18th April 1916.

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

Tuesday 18th April 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday the 18th day of April 1916 at 7.30pm.

Present

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

Minutes

2080 The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and were confirmed and signed on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Szarka.

Correspondence

2081 Letter from the Secretary of the Newtown and District Ambulance Transport Brigade complaining that the Council had turned down their application to collect in Newtown on the 14th and 15th instants.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and the writer informed that the Newtown and District A.T Brigade has not been turned down and stated. The Council has refused permission to collect on the 14th and 15th instance on the ground that it would clash with the Hospital Fund Collection but this Council will be pleased to favourably consider an application for permission to collect on a date after the 12th May 1916 which is the date of the Hospital Fund Collection.

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

2082 Letter from the State War Council asking that preferential employment be given to the returned soldiers in Local Government services.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received cooperation as desired granted and the writer informed that a communication will be sent when suitable vacancies occur.

Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

2083 Letter from S Eagar offering £52 per annum for the Offices at the rear of the Town Hall at present occupied by the Commonwealth Government providing he is allowed to advertise on the building.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and the writer informed that this Council will be pleased to consider an application for these Offices at the rent decided on namely 22/6 per week subject to a monthly tenancy provided the nature and extent of the sign is to be affixed to the town Hall are to the Council’s approval.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

2084 Letter from Messrs Dixon and Lothian asking if the Council has any objection to their erecting a Merry go Round and Frazzled Dazzle on Mr Smith’s land the corner of King and Norfolk streets and forwarding Mr Smith’s written consent to occupy the land.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and the writer informed that provided the music is not objectionable and the show is conducted on the thoroughly respectable manner and without causing annoyance this Council will often no objection to the use of the land as suggested until the 20th May 1916.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

2085 Letter from the Woollahra Council asking that this Council to cooperate in an effort to ensure use the Local Government Committee to withdraw the recommendation made to the Minister in charge of the new Local Government Bill to permit Councils to levy 1/-in the £on the Unimproved Capital Value as a general rate.

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

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

2086 Letter from W B Ogden asking permission to place paper signs in favour of early closing in connection with the Referendum shortly to be taken on the hours of trading of liquor bars on his license hoarding facing the railway line.

Alderman Dibble moved that the letter be received and the request granted up to the date of the holding of the Referendum.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

2087 Letter from the St Peters Council re repairs to May Street.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that this Council’s decision to repair the carriageway 24 feet in width down the centre be adhered to and that St Peters Council be informed that the last vote (£104.15.10) was expended by this Council in May Street on the 24 feet centre only and any repairs done to the Newtown side of the carriageway have been carried out entirely at this Council’s expense and further that in the future as in the past this Council will only join in the repairs to that portion of the carriageway 12 feet on both sides of the centre.

2088 Letter from H J Brown Head Master Enmore Superior Public School asking if this Council will object to a portable wooden classroom being erected on the vacant land opposite the present School in Metropolitan Road.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that the letter be received and the writer informed that the erection of a wooden structure would be a breach of this Council’s regulations governing buildings but if this temporary building is constructed of fibro cement poilite or other non-combustible material no objection will be offered providing the building complies in every particular this Council’s regulations.

Alderman Morgan moved further that the Honourable DR Hall the Member for the district be asked to make arrangements for a Deputation from this Council to wait upon the Honourable the Minister for Public Instruction at his earliest possible convenience to bring under his notice the urgent necessity for the provision of more adequate School Accommodation at the Enmore Superior Public School and further to asked that the proposed new School buildings be proceeded with and without delay.

Seconded by Alderman Szarka supported by Alderman Pritchard and carried unanimously.

2089 Letter from Messrs Richardson and French Ltd complaining of damage caused by stormwaters to premises 125 Wilson Street Newtown.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that additional catch pits be constructed on both sides of Bucknell Street with double greetings connected to the existing drainpipes at an estimated cost £15 and that the writer to be informed of the works being carried out by this Council to remedy the defect complained of.

2090 Letter from C Johnston asking permission to exhibit a Sign advertising his business at Mr Fleming’s premises No 511 King Street.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that the writer be informed that as this would be a breach of this Council’s regulations governing signs the application must be refused.

2091 Letter from the Town Clerk making application for holiday leave to make up for the holiday which pressure of work prevented his taking in the years 1912 and 1913.

Alderman Morgan moved that the application be received and granted and the matter be left in the Mayor’s hands.

Seconded by Alderman Bloom and carried.

2092 Minute was submitted by His Worship The Mayor (Alderman C.H. Turtle) calling attention to the congestion of traffic on the Newtown Bridge caused by so much of the carriageway being monopolised by Tramway rails more especially referring to the serious danger at the intersection of King Street and Enmore Road and recommending that the necessary steps be taken to bring under notice of the proper authorities and the urgent necessity for the resumption of the premises occupied by the City Bank of Sydney (Newtown Branch) and the merging of the land plus acquired into the carriageways of King Street and Enmore Road thus doing away with the veritable death trap created by the Tramway Authorities.

His Worship The Mayor was complimented on calling attention to this necessary improvement and Alderman Morgan moved that the Mayoral Minute be adopted the suggestion acted upon and the Member for the district be asked to make arrangements for a Deputation from this Council to wait upon the Honourable the Minister for Public Works to bring the matter under his notice.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard supported by Alderman’s Szarka Dibble and Ryan and carried unanimously.

Reports

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee submitted its report as contained on folios 125/6 of the Finance Committee’s Report Book which recommended:-

confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £ 2306.7.1
And that accounts be paid amounting to      793.15.0
Total payments from General Fund since last meeting £ 3100.2.1
Permanent Improvement Loan Fund Principal and Interest to 10th April 1916 £ 1662.19.7
Trust Fund payment of Recruiting Officers        26.8.0

The Monthly Financial Statement was also submitted in accordance with regulation 6 and disclosed a credit balance to date of £4731.1.8.

It was further recommended that the Band Subsidy of £50 which appears on the Council’s Estimates for the year 1916 be decided as follows:-

Newtown Band 36 guineas
Enmore and Newtown Citizens Band 8 pounds
33B Area Band 2 guineas
34A Senior Cadet Band 2 guineas

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

Seconded by Alderman’s Szarka and carried.

Works Committee

2094 His worship the Mayor as Chairman of the Works Committee submitted a report of a meeting held 17th April 1916 as contained on folio 45/6 paragraphs 1 to 8 inclusive of the Works Committee’s Report Book. The items were considered seriatim.

His worship the Mayor referred to the incorrect statement made by the Mayor of St Peters as to the manner in which the last vote for May Street had been expended by this Council and it was resolved that the Works Committee’s Report be received and adopted and the recommendations contained therein be carried into effect.

Overseer of Works

2095 The Overseer of Works submitted his report of works completed or in progress during the past fortnight which was received and adopted.

Sanitary Inspector

2096 The Sanitary Inspector submitted his Report as contained on folio 131 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book and it was resolved that the Report be received and the applications mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted.

Questions Without Notice

Anzac Day

2097 Under this heading Alderman Dibble drew attention to the misleading statement made in the Evening News with reference to this Council’s Attitude towards the collections on “Anzac Day” and pointed out that this Council had agreed to cooperate in this movement and had granted permission for the collection to be taken up within this area on that day.

Role of Honor

2098 Alderman Ryan asked if any steps have been taken towards the compilation of a Role of Honor of Soldiers who had gone from Newtown.

It was explained that the Secretary of the Soldiers Welfare Society (Alderman Clegg) had made preparations for a proper record to be kept in connection with this matter and already several hundreds of names have been recorded in a book specifically prepared for that purpose.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an ordinary meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 2nd day of May 1916.

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

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