Tuesday 13th day of June 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday the 13th of June 1916 at 7.30pm.

2151 Apologies

Apologies were received from Alderman Morgan, Edwards, Dibble, and Bloom.

2152 Minutes

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

2153 Lord Kitchener

His Worship The Mayor referred in feeling terms to the great national loss caused by the untimely and deeply lamented death of Lord Kitchener and moved that the Council places on record its appreciation of the very valuable services rendered to the Empire by the late Lord Kitchener and joins and expressing sincere regret at the National loss sustained through his untimely death.

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried. The resolution was carried unanimously the members of the Council standing in silence.

Correspondence

2154 Alderman Magney

Letter from Alderman Magney re the action of the Local Government Association in recommending that the limit of rating be fixed at 1/-in the £ on the Unimproved Capital Value such limit not to be acceded except by vote of ratepayers and intimating that he demurs in the action taken by the Association.

Received.

2155 Secretary for Railways

Letter from the Secretary for Railways the favour of R Hollis M.L.A. intimating the Deputation re-widening of the Newtown Bridge will be received by the Acting Chief Commissioner for N.S.W. Government Railways at his office Bridge Street Sydney on Friday 16th instant at 11.30am.

Alderman Clegg moved that the letter be received and the Members of the Council attend the Deputation.

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

2156 Local Government Department

Letter from the Local Government Department intimating that permission has been given for Councils to use a portion of the £100 allotted from its corporate funds for the purpose of promoting the Recruiting Movement to defray the preliminary expenses in connection with the formation of local branches of the Voluntary Workers Association to erect homes for disabled Soldiers or their dependents.

Alderman Clegg moved that the letter be received. Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

2157 St Peters Council

Letter from St Peters Council intimating that it cannot see its way clear to carry out the work of repairs to May Street under the conditions mentioned by this Council.

Received.

2158 St Peters Council

Letter from the St Peters Council asking that consideration be given to the advisability of providing additional Light in May Street between John Street and Edgeware Road.

Received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

2160 Clerk of Petty Sessions

Letter from the Clerk of Petty Sessions intimating that costs will be allowed to Council’s Officers in metropolitan or suburban courts to the extent of 6/-which amount will cover the fees paid to the Clerk of Petty Sessions.

Received.

2161 J. N. Goldstein

Letter from J. N. Goldstein making application for permission to erect and Electric Sign outside his new business premises in Wilson Street Newtown.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that the letter be received and the application granted until otherwise notified by this Council.

2162 Marrickville Council

Letter from the Marrickville Council asking that this Council pay a moiety of the cost of crowning the carriageway of Stanmore Road between Liberty Street and Enmore Road the total cost of which is estimated at £81:5:0.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that the letter be received and the work be carried out as suggested by the Marrickville Council this Council to pay a moiety of the total cost.

2163 A.J. Annabel

Letter from A.J. Annabel asking for further consideration of his application for additional payment for cartage.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the matter be made an “Order of the Day” to be considered in “Committee of the Whole” at the next Ordinary Meeting of the Council and that Mr Annabel be invited to attend and state his case.

2164 Public Health Department

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

2165 A.G Huie Testimonial Fund

Letter from the A.G Huie Testimonial Fund Committee asking the co-operation of the members of the Council in connection with a Public Dinner and Presentation to be made to Mr Huie at a later date.

Received.

2166 Petersham Council

Letter from Petersham Council intimating that a Deputation re-the necessity of closing certain Roads in connection with the extension of Liberty Street will be received by the Acting Minister for Education at his office Education Buildings at11.30am on Wednesday 14th instant.

It was resolved that the letter be received and as many as possible attend.

2167 Swarbrick and Co

Letter from Messrs Swarbrick and Co inviting the attendance of the Mayor and Aldermen at the Official Opening of the Marrickville Garbage Destructor on 5th of July next at 2.30pm.

Alderman Clegg moved that the invitation be received and all that can make it convenient to attend.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

2168 E. Henry

Letter from E. Henry inviting the attendance of the Mayor and Aldermen to a Memorial Service to be held at the Methodists Church King Street Newtown on Sunday 25th instant at11.00am to unveil the Role of Honor of the members of their Church who are on active service.

Alderman Bamfield moved that the letter be received with thanks and as many as possible attend.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

2169 Australian Gas Light Co

Letter from the Secretary Australian Gas Light Co intimating that the Company cannot undertake to lay the gas mains under the foot paths of Wilson Street between King Street and Erskineville Road if the carriageway is paved with Neuchatel or woodblocks.

Received.

2170 Water and Sewerage Board

Acknowledgement from the Water and Sewerage Board of Council’s letter asking that the mains be laid under the footpath in Wilson Street between King Street and Erskineville Road.

The Town Clerk intimated that an officer of the Board had called and verbally intimated that in all probability 4″water mains would be laid under the foot paths to prevent the disturbance of the carriageway when paved with Neuchatel or woodblocks.

2171 R. Hollis M.L.A.

Letter from R. Hollis M.L.A. Covering a telegram from the Minister for Works which intimated that the Minister will keep his promise re-the extension of the tram from Henderson Road to Newtown via our Wilson Street that no funds were available at present.

Received.

2172 G.H. O’Connor

Application from G.H. O’Connor for permission to erect a Dining At the rear of his premises Erskineville Road.

It was resolved that the application be received and left in the Mayor’s hands.

2173 J. Archibald

Letter from J. Archibald calling attention to the need for an additional light at the intersection of Wells Street and Edgeware Road.

Alderman Ryan moved that the letter be received and referred to the Lighting Committee for report.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

2174 A.B. Davies

Letter from A.B. Davies Solicitor with plan asking Council’s approval the subdivision of lot 102 section 4 of the North Kingston Estate portion of which has been sold with cottage thereon.

It was resolved that the application be received and granted upon payment of the usual fee 5/-.

Reports

2175 Works Committee

His Worship The Mayor submitted a Report of the Works Committee as contained on folio 48 of the Works Committee’s Report Book and embracing recommendations 1 to 8.

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

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried.

2176 Overseer of Works

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

2177 Sanitary Inspector

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his report as contained on folio 135 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Bamfield seconded by Alderman Smith that the Sanitary Inspector’s Report be received and applications contained in paragraph 3 be granted.

Order Of The Day

2178 Wilson Street

To further consider Minute submitted by His Worship The Mayor repaving of the carriageway of Wilson Street.

After a general discussion with reference to replies received in connection with Tramway extension and removal of water and gas mains to the footpaths along this portion of Wilson Street it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Clegg seconded by Alderman Ryan that the whole matter stand in abeyance for the present.

Questions Without Notice

2179 His worship the Mayor and Town Clerkship of Leichardt

Under this heading Alderman Lewis asked the Mayor (Alderman C.H. Turtle)-Do you still hold the position of Town Clerk to the Leichardt Council and if so do you not consider it detrimental to the dignity of an important Municipality such as Newtown to hold that position whilst Mayor of this Municipality?

His worship the Mayor replied- I have tendered my resignation as Town Clerk Leichardt and it is being considered.

2180 Woodblocks Sanding

Alderman Ryan asked that the wood blocks be more liberally sanded during wet weather.

The Mayor replied that the Officer in charge has been instructed to sand the wood blocks whenever necessary.

2180 a Newtown S.P. School

Alderman Ryan asked have Plans of the new Public school at Eggleton’s paddock been submitted to this Council?

The Mayor replied no plans have yet been submitted. And the Town Clerk was instructed to write and ask as it is the custom to submit all plans for public buildings within this Municipality to the Council before proceeding with work why an exception has been made in this instance.

2181 Universal Service League

Alderman Clegg moved – That this Council approve of the aims and objects of the Universal Service League and urges their adoption by the Federal Government.

His worship the Mayor ruled that notice must be given with so important a motion.

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 27th day of June 1916.

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

 

Tuesday 27th Day of June 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday 27th day of June 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.

2182 Apologies

An apology was received from Alderman Clegg.

2183 Minutes

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

2184 J. Watson Decease

His Worship The Mayor referred in feeling terms to the sad loss the Council had experience by the death of their Chief Health Officer Mr John Watson and moved that the members of this Council place on record their profound regret at the untimely death of the Chief Health Officer of the Council Mr John Watson who passed away on the 25th instant and who has at all times carried out his duty and tactful and conscientious manner and has earned the hearty commendation and high esteem of the members of the Council and citizens generally and further that a letter of condolence under the corporate seal of the Council be forwarded to the widow and family of the late Mr John Watson conveying on behalf the Council an expression of deepest sympathy in their sad bereavement.

The motion was seconded by Alderman Morgan and Alderman Bamfield supported by all present and carried unanimously the members of the Council standing in silence. It was resolved that the provision of temporary assistance in the Health Department be left in the Mayor’s hands.

Correspondence

2185 St Bridgids Entertainment Committee

Letter from J.M. Denlay of the St Brigids Entertainment Committee asking permission to exhibit calico Signs within this Municipality.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the application refused.

2186 J.G. Griffen

Letter from Alderman J.G. Griffen and the Secretary of the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage intimating that £1700 was to be expended by the Board in laying large mains in the thickly inhabited portion of the Municipality.

It was resolved that the letters be received and the Board be asked to lay the mains on the footpaths where possible to prevent the breaking up of the carriageways.

2187 Master tip Carters and Drivers Association

Letter from the Secretary Master Tip Carters and Drivers Association suggesting increased payment to Contract is for Cartage on account of the increase in drivers wages under the new Award.

Received.

2188 Enmore Mens Brotherhood

Letter from the Secretary Enmore Mens Brotherhood asking that additional drinking fountains and public conveniences be erected throughout the Municipality.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2189 W Hynes

Application from W Haynes for permission to erect a Lamp in front of his premises Brennan’s Chambers Wilson Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2190 St Peters Council

Letter from the St Peters Council covering an estimate of the cost of repairs to May Street.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Bamfield.

2191 Director General of Public Works

Letter from the Director General Department of Public Works Perth favour of R. Hollis Esq. M.L.A. Intimating that the promise made by the Honourable A Griffith to extend the Tramway along the Wilson Street from Erskineville will be fulfilled when funds are available.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and detention be drawn to the erection of the proposed Theatre at the corner of Wilson Street and Erskineville Road so that any necessary resumption might be made before the building is erected.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

2192 Burwood Council

Letter from the Burwood Council asking this Council’s cooperation in devising the best means of ensuring that the drains constructed before the passing of the M. Water and Sewerage Amendment Act of 1916 shall be sent from taxation in addition to the existing sewerage rate.

Alderman Bloom moved that the letter be received and referred to the Finance Committee for report.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

2193 Bankstown Council

Letter from the Bankstown Council asking cooperation in an endeavour to secure the passing of the amended Local Government Bill by exempting the provisions of re “Franchise” and “Unlimited Rating Powers” and further asking that these to matters be dealt with in a separate Bill.

Received.

2194 Department Public Health

Letter from the Secretary Department of Public Health covering 14 samples of milk all of which were found to be correct.

2195 Honourable D.R. Hall

Letter from the Honourable D.R. Hall apologising for his absence from the Deputation to the Deputy Chief Commissioner on the 18th instant free improvements to the Newtown Railway Bridge and intimating that he has communicated with Mr Fraser (Acting Chief Commissioner) in support of the representations made.

Received.

2196 D. Brennan

Application from D. Brennan for Council’s approval of plan and specification of new Theatre at the intersection of Wilson Street and Erskineville Road.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

Reports

2197 Liberty Street Extension

His Worship The Mayor submitted a Report of the two Deputations which had been held since last meeting.

First with reference to the extension of Liberty Street through to Railway Avenue which waited upon the Honourable J.D. Fitzgerald on the 14th instant asking him to pass a short Act of Parliament to enable the Western end of Bedford Street to be closed when the Honourable the Minister intimated he would have a Bill prepared and introduced into the Upper House and anticipated no difficulty in having passed through both Houses.

2198 Newtown Bridge

Second in regard to the Deputation which waited upon the Acting Chief Commissioner of N.S.W. Government Railways (Mr. Fraser) on Friday 16th instant to bring under his notice the dangerous condition of the Newtown Bridge owing to so much space being monopolised by tram rails and further to ask that the premises occupied by the City Bank of Sydney be resumed and the land merged into the carriageways of King Street and Enmore Road so as to improve the stock most dangerous corner.

The Acting Chief Commissioner in reply said that before deciding how far he could assist in this matter it would be necessary to decide what presumptions would be required in connection with the duplication of the suburban railways at this point and the whole matter with then receive full consideration.

Alderman Lewis moved that the Mayor’s Report be received and the members of the Deputations thanked for their attention to these matters.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

2199 Finance Committee

The Finance Committee submitted its Report as contained on folio 127 of the Finance Committee’s Report Book which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £ 652.18.10

 

Also payment of accounts submitted amounting to    700.8.8
Total payments from General Fund since last Meeting £1353.76
From the Trust Fund Recruiting Officers payment recommended  

£   33.2.0

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

 

£6335.10.11

In the matter of the appointment of Auditors Regulation 7 (4) it was recommended that Messrs Cadogan Stewart & Co of 12 Castlereagh Street Sydney be reappointed Auditors to audit the accounts of this Council for the year ending 31st of December 1916 at a remuneration of £15 for each half yearly audit.

In the matter of valuation and compilation of Lists of the Electors for the ensuing triennial period it was recommended:-

  1. That applications be invited from persons competent to collect required information and compile the Lists of Electors of the Camden Enmore O’Connell and Kingston Wards of the Municipality of Newtown in accordance with the L.G. Ordinances for the triennial period beginning 1st January 1917.
  2. That the Town Clerk (W. G. Salmon) be and is hereby appointed Valuer to the Council of the Municipality of Newtown in accordance with the Local Government Act and Ordinances for the triennial period ending 31st December 1919 with power to obtaining such expert assistance as the Finance Committee shall approve.

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

Seconded by Alderman Szarka and carried.

2020 Overseer of Works

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

2201 Assistant Sanitary Inspector

The Assistant Sanitary Inspector submitted his Report as contained on folios 136/7 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book and it was resolved that the Report be received and applications mentioned in paragraph 2 and 4 be granted.

Order Of The Day

2202 Cartage

To consider in Committee of the Whole Council letter received from the Cartage Contractor (Mr A.J. Annabel) asking that payment be made at the rate of £4.4.0 per week per cart for every cart used by the Council.

His Worship The Mayor moved that the Council do now resolved into a “Committee of the Whole” to consider matters relative to Cartage etc.

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

Upon resuming Council it was reported-(1) That while in “Committee of the Whole” application from A.J. Annabel (Cartage Contractor) re-increased payment for Cartage was considered and your Committee now recommends that this Council offers on the clear understanding that such offer or the acceptance of such offer or the payment of any increase on contract rates does not prejudice this Council’s rights under the existing contract for Cartage which expires 31st December 1917 to increase on Wednesday the 28th day of June 1916 until further notice the amounts paid for carts employed by this Council (other than carts engaged in the collection of garbage which were provided for by recommendation of the Finance Committee dated 30/5/16 C Minute Book 329/2146) to the rate of 1/9 per cart per hour being 14/-per day or £4.4.0 per cart per full week.

2203 New Public School

  1. That the proposal as shown by plans submitted by His Worship The Mayor for the resumption of certain land together with portion of Norfolk Street for Public School purposes has this Council’s approval provided proper drainage facilities are provided and provision made for rounding of the corner of Norfolk Street.

2204 Street Sweepings etc

  1. That the arrangements for tipping of Street Sweepings etc at Speare’s Brick Yard Newtown at the cost of 10/-per week for depot fees has this Council’s approval.

His Worship The Mayor moved that the report of the Committee of the Whole Council be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

Questions Without Notice

2205 Alderman Szarka

Under this heading Alderman’s Szarka made application for six months leave of absence from his duty as Alderman of the Council intimating that he was about to visit America United Kingdom and France on behalf the Australian Film Corporation Limited to report on Picture Show Construction and decoration etc.

Alderman Morgan congratulated Alderman Szarka on his proposed tour and trusted that his travels would be both pleasant and profitable and that he would have a safe return and moved that six months leave of absence be granted to Alderman’s Szarka and that a letter under the corporate seal of the Council be handed to expressing this Council’s appreciation of goodwill and introducing him to all Municipal Corporations in various parts of the world which he might find time to visit.

Seconded by Alderman Bamfield and carried unanimously.

2206 Alderman Bamfield

Alderman Bamfield made application for two months leave of absence as he was going on a health tour as far as Cairns.

His Worship The Mayor moved that two months leave of absence be granted Alderman Bamfield and a letter (under corporate seal) of introduction to other Councils be handed to him in case he should have occasion to use same during his trip.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

2207 Electric Motors

Alderman Bloom brought under notice of the Council the proposed increases in the charge for hire electric motors etc which he thought was an injustice to consumers of electric current within this Municipality and it was resolved to the matter in the Mayor’s hands to make enquiries.

 

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 25th day of July 1916.

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

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