Tuesday 8th August 1916

Minutes of a Meeting of the Council (duly convened) held at the Council Chambers Newtown on Tuesday 8th of August 1916 at 7.30pm.

 

Present

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

 

2239 Apologies

An apology was received from Alderman Clegg and Aldermen Szarka and Bamfield were absent on leave granted 27th June 1916.

 

2240 Minutes

Minutes

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

 

2241 War Second Anniversary

His Worship The Mayor mentioned that in accordance with the resolution of the Council he presided over a Public Meeting at the Town Hall Newtown on Friday 4th instant to celebrate the second anniversary of the Great War. Patriotic speeches were delivered by the Honourable D.R. Hall M.L.A. Dr Bohramann and the Rev A. Williams. A number of the Aldermen were present on the platform and the Meeting unanimously recorded their inflexible determination to continue to victorious end the present great struggle for liberty.

The Mayor’s report was received on the motion of Alderman Pritchard seconded by Alderman Edwards.

 

Correspondence

2242 W Berkman

Letter from W Berkman making application for permission to affix two show Cases in front of his premises No 283 King Street Newtown.

Received and referred to the Works Committee for report.

2243 J. J. Ryan

Letter from J.J. Ryan intimating that the members of the Council had been elected Vice Presidents of the Newtown and Erskineville St Peters Rifle Reserve.

Received and the honorary accepted on the motion of Alderman Pritchard seconded by Alderman Bloom.

2244 Mascot Council

Letter from the Town Clerk mascot intimating that it has been decided to allow the matter of the suggested amendment and the representation on the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage to stand in abeyance for the present.

Received.

2245 Local Government Department

Letter from the Local Government Department intimating that the Council’s financial statement for the half year ended 30th of June 1916 has been examined and is in order.

Received.

2246 Concord Council

Letter from the Municipality of Concord asking co-operation in an endeavour to secure an increase in the amount of contribution paid by the Board of Health towards the salary of the Council’s Chief Health Inspector.

Received.

2247 Deputy Postmaster General

Letter from the Deputy Postmaster General intimating that the poles in Wilson Street between King Street and Erskineville Road will be removed it is hoped by the 8th instant.

Received.

2248 Miss E.E. Bingham

Letter from Miss E.E. Bingham asking for the free use of the Town Hall for a concert in aid of Soldiers Wives and Mothers about the 19th of September.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and the request granted.

Seconded by Alderman Lewis and carried.

2249 J. E. Donoghue

Letter from J.E. Donoghue (Electric Light Corporation) intimating that the new electric lights are being fixed on the main road and will be completed at an early date.

Received on the motion of Alderman Pritchard seconded by Alderman Bloom.

2250 Local Government Association

Letter from the Secretary Local Government Association of N.S.W. Intimating that the Annual Conference will be opened on the 19th of September next and on fighting the Council to appoint delegates thereto.

Alderman Dibble moved that the letter be received seconded by Alderman Bloom. Amendment moved by Alderman Lewis that the letter be received and this Council affiliate and the annual membership fee of £4.4.0 be paid.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

The amendment was then submitted as the substantive motion and declared carried.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Dibble seconded by Alderman Morgan that His Worship The Mayor (Alderman C.H. Turtle) and Alderman Lewis be the delegates appointed to represent this Council.

2251 Secretary for Railways

Letter from the Secretary for Railways intimating that the question of bridging over the railway line as far as Denison Street to form an open space for promenade purposes has been considered and the Deputy Chief Commissioner regrets on account of the expense and as the proposal is objectional from a departmental point of view he cannot see his way clear to approve of the work.

2252 Secretary for Railways

Further letter from the Secretary for Railways acknowledging Council’s request that the Tramway Department join with this Council in wood blocking King Street from the St Peters Railway Bridge to May Street.

The letters were received on the motion of Alderman Dibble seconded by Alderman Edwards.

2253 Newtown Read Cross League

Letter from Mrs L Stead asking on behalf of the Newtown Red Cross League for the free use of the Town Hall on Monday 28th of August for a Euchre Party and Dance in aid of the funds of the League.

Alderman Smith moved that the application be received and granted.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

2254 Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage

Letter from the Secretary Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage intimating that a free unmeted supply of water will be provided for the four cast iron bubbling fountains about to be erected by this Council provided the fountains are submitted for test at the Crown Street Reservoir and that the bases of same receive the Board’s approval.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and the request complied with.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

2255 Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage

Further letter from the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage intimating that the water mains will be laid on the foot paths in Wilson Street between Erskineville Road and King Street as requested by the Council but other mains will be laid on the roadway.

2256 Burwood Council

Letter from the Burwood Council intimating that the rate levied by the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage on stormwater drainage was a ½ penny in the £ on the A.A.V. as notified in the Government Gazette on the 21/7/16 and asking if this Council still desires to cooperate in a deputation to the Premier to have the tax annualled.

Alderman Morgan moved that the letter be received and the Burwood Council informed that in the opinion of this Council the amount of the tax imposed does not in any way alter the principle involved further it is optional for the Board to substantially increase the amount of rate at any time and this Council is still of the opinion that the deputation should be held as requested.

Seconded by Alderman Ryan and carried.

 

Reports

 

2257 Works Committee

His Worship The Mayor submitted a report of a Meeting of the Works Committee held 8th of August 1916 as contained on folio 52 of this Works Committee’s Report Book and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Pritchard seconded by Alderman Edwards that the Works Committee’s Report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.

 

2258 Overseer of Works

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

 

2259 Sanitary Inspector

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his Report as contained on folio 142 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book and it was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Lewis that the Sanitary Inspector’s Report be received and applications mentioned in paragraph 3 be granted.

 

Order Of The Day

Alderman Smith moved:-That the Council do now resolve into a “Committee of the Whole” with closed doors:-

2260 Sanitary Inspector

To consider applications received for the position of Chief Health Officer and Sanitary Inspector to this Council.

 

2261 Collector of Lists of Electors

To consider applications received for the position of Collector of Lists of Electors and Ratepayers of the Camden, Enmore, O’Connell, and Kingston Wards.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

Upon resuming Council His Worship The Mayor reported that while in Committee of the Whole applications for the position of Collector of triennial lists of Electors in accordance with the specification had been considered and it was now recommended that the following appointments be made:-

 

S.J. Jordan Enmore Ward Tender submitted £ 16.16.0
H.R. Russell O’Connell Ward Tender submitted £ 15.0.0
W.R. Benson Camden Ward Tender submitted £ 15.0.0
C.H. Ord Kingston Ward Tender submitted £ 11.0.0

 

It was further reported that 29 applications had been received for the position of Chief Health Officer and Sanitary Inspector to this Council and after careful consideration of all applications your Committee now recommends that Mr John Kirkpatrick be and is hereby appointed Chief Sanitary Inspector to the Council of the Municipality of Newtown under and in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 1906-7-8 Public Health Act 1902-1915 Pure Food Act 1908 Dairies Supervision Act 1902 with authority to prosecute for breaches of all or any of the before mentioned Acts or amendments there of or ordinances and regulations or by laws made under or by virtue of the said Acts or any of them and that application be made to the Department of Public Health to have Sanitary Inspector (Mr John Fitzpatrick) duly authorised in terms of section 16 of the Public Health Act 1915 to certify in relating to this Council as the local authority in regard to any house or other building within this area being unfit or unsafe for human habitation or occupation and application be also made to the Board of Health for the contribution to the salary of Sanitary Inspector Mr John Kirkpatrick as provided by the Public Health Act 1902 and that the appointment of Mr John Kirkpatrick as Chief Sanitary Inspector to this Council or other documents in connection therewith together with all applications to the Department of Public Health be signed when necessary under the corporate seal of the Council salary to be at the rate of £234 P.A.

Alderman Morgan 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 Smith and carried.

 

Questions Without Notice

2263 Public Schools

Under this heading Alderman Morgan drew attention to a statement made by the Minister for Education (as reported in the Daily Press) that a statement had been made in this Council by Alderman Morgan that a great number of the Public Schools in and around Sydney would prove death traps in the case of fire.

Alderman Morgan said that this wild statement had never been made by him as he knew that during the past ten years Public School buildings were of the good class and constructed with due regard to the safety and comfort of the children but there were some old School buildings which should not house children as owing to the construction of the wooden stairs and other portions of the buildings they were not safe. He had further stated that he knew the Department was not legally bound to submit plans of their School buildings to this Council at he still held that as a matter of courtesy to the Council copies of plans should be submitted for the Council’s information.

2264 Newtown Cemetery

Alderman Lewis asked whether any burials had been recently made in the Newtown cemetery and when would the cemetery be closed.

His Worship The Mayor intimated that he had not heard of any burials recently and he would bring the matter of introducing legislation to close the Cemetery under the notice of the Member of Parliament for the district and ascertain what had been done in the matter.

2265 Wilson Street

His Worship The Mayor referred to the condition of Wilson Street between King Street and Erskineville Road. The matter of proceeding with the necessary work had been placed in abeyance on the 13th of June last pending some definite information with regard to Tramway extension and removal of water and gas mains. This information was now to hand and in the interest of the Municipality generally and the business people concerned it now became necessary to proceed with the work of placing the path is and carriageway in proper order.

A general discussion ensued and the opinion was expressed that the work should be preceded with without delay.

His Worship The Mayor intimated that he would now proceed to carry out the necessary work as empowered by a resolution of the Council dated 25th of March 1916.

2266 Town Hall Offices

Alderman Ryan asked-Had the front office at the rear of the Town Hall been let to Mr S. Eager Estate Agent at 12/6 per week.

His Worship The Mayor replied in the affirmative.

2267 Wood blocks Tar Coating Of

Alderman Bloom asked-When the tar coating of the wood blocks would be preceded with.

His Worship The Mayor intimated that preparations had been made for this work and it would be preceded with as soon as the weather was suitable.

 

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

 

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 22nd of August 1916 at 7.30pm.

 

Tuesday 22nd day of August 1916

 

Present

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

 

2268 Apologies

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

 

2269 Minutes

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

 

Correspondence

2270 Department of Education

Letter from the Under Secretary Department of Education covering copies of plans for the proposed new Public School Buildings at Norfolk Street Newtown.

Received.

2271 Local Government Department

Letter from the Under Secretary Local Government Department suggesting certain procedure when the names of Roads or Streets are altered within this Municipal area.

Received.

2272 Marrickville Cottage Hospital

Letter from the Secretary Marrickville Cottage Hospital asking permission to make their annual Street Collection on Saturday 2nd September 1916.

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

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

2273 Alexandria Council

Letter from the Alexandria Council intimating that the Council cannot see its way clear to join in the wood blocking of King Street from the Railway Bridge to May Street as they considered the cost of work of this nature on the main thoroughfare should be met by a grant from the Government through the Main Roads Vote.

Received.

2274 State War Council

Letter from the Secretary State War Council re the employment of return Soldiers in the Councils’ Offices.

It was resolved that the letter be received and this Council cooperate.

2275 A.W. Mansfield

Letter from A.W. Mansfield re-a Motor for Street Watering purposes and offering to give a demonstration of same.

Alderman Bamfield moved that the letter be received and the matter left in the Mayor’s hands to arrange for a demonstration.

Seconded by Alderman Dibble and carried.

2276 Davey and Cowley

Letter from Davey & Cowley making application for Dr. Trindall to Szarka Brothers in accordance with the plans submitted.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the Works Committee that the application be received and approval granted.

2277 A.E. Grover

Letter from A.E. Grover making application for Council’s approval the subdivision of land 39 Pearl Street Newtown in accordance with plans submitted.

It was resolved on the recommendation of the works Committee that the application be received and approval granted.

2278 W.Thomson

Letter from W Thomson complaining of a nuisance caused by the collection of papers and refuse on a windy day in front of his premises 43/45 Station Street Newtown.

It was resolved that the letter be received and the matter referred to the Council’s Officers to as far as possible minimise the nuisance complained of.

 

Reports

2279 Finance Committee

The Finance Committee submitted its Report as contained on folio 129 of the Finance Committee Report Book which recommended:-

Confirmation of accounts paid under votes of appropriation amounting to £ 638.9.9
Also payment of accounts submitted amounting to    436.13.8
Total payment from General Fund since last meeting £1075.3.5
From the Trust Fund payment to Recruiting Officers £     33.2.9
The Monthly Financial Statement was also submitted in accordance with Regulation 6 and disclosed a credit balance to date of £8058.7.3

 

Alderman Bamfield moved that the Finance Committee’s Report be received and adopted the accounts confirmed and paid and the monthly statement be laid upon the table.

Seconded by Alderman Pritchard and carried.

 

2280 Works Committee

His Worship The Mayor submitted a report of the Meeting of the Works Committee held 21st of August 1916 as contained on folio 52/3 of the Works Committee’s Report Book and embodying recommendations 1 to 6.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Pritchard seconded by Alderman Dibble that the Works Committee’s Report be received and adopted and its recommendations be carried into effect.

 

2281 Lighting Committee

His Worship The Mayor submitted a report of a Meeting of the Lighting Committee held 21st of August 1916 as contained on folio 53/4 of the Lighting Committee’s Report Book and embodying recommendations 1 to 3.

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

Seconded by Alderman Smith and carried.

 

2282 Overseer of Works

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

 

2283 Sanitary Inspector

The Sanitary Inspector submitted his Report as contained on folio 14 of the Sanitary Inspector’s Report Book.

It was resolved on the motion of Alderman Smith seconded by Alderman Edwards that the Sanitary Inspector’s Report be received and applications mentioned in paragraph 2 be granted.

 

Motions Pursuant to Notice

2284 Garbage

His Worship The Mayor (Alderman Turtle) moved:-

That application be made (under the That Seal of the Council) to his Excellency the Government to apply to the Council of the Municipality of Newtown to proclamation in the Government Gazette Local Government Ordinance No 51 respecting the collection and destruction of garbage.

Seconded by Alderman Morgan and carried.

 

Questions Without Notice

2285 Lanes FT Alice & Camden Sts

Under this head Alderman Ryan asked that attention be paid to the Lanes at the foot of Alice Street and Camden Street as at present they were in a bad condition.

2286 Linthorpe Lane

Alderman Bamfield asked that arrangements be made for the acquisition of sufficient land in Linthorpe Lane to permit the traversing the whole length of the Lane.

His Worship The Mayor said that this matter was at present engaging his attention and he hoped to be able to report something definitive in the matter at an early date.

 

There being no further business the meeting terminated.

 

Confirmed at an Ordinary Meeting of the Council held at the Town Hall Newtown on Tuesday 5th day of August 1916.

 

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

 

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