BRISBANE CITY COUNCIL
PROPOSED TRAMWAY EXTEN-
FOOTPATHS TO BE SWEPT BY
THE HATPIN MENACE.
The fortnightly meeting of the Bris- bane City Council was held yesterday afternoon, when there were present: The Mayor (Alderman A. J. Raymond), Alder- men H.J. Diddams, G. Down, C. M. Jenkinson, J. F. Maxwell, J. A. Hayes, J. W. Hetherington, T. Wilson, J. Best, H. Doggett, J. McMaster, J. Crase, C. P. Buchanan, and the town clerk (Mr.
W. H. G. Marshall). The Mayor stated that Alderman W. M. Thompson was still too unwell to attend.
Included in the correspondence were the following letters: - To the Commis- sioner for Railways, inquiring if he would be prepared to grant a lease of a small portion of railway land opposite the Brunswick-street station for a public con- venience for males in similar terms and conditions to those which obtained in connection with the lavatory for females on the opposite side of the rail- way line. A reply was received to the effect that the Commissioner was agree- able to the leasing of the area in ques- tion from the Brisbane Tramways Co., Ltd., submitting a tracing of a proposed
extension of the New Farm tramline to the wharves of the Brisbane Stevedoring and Wool Dumping Company, and ex- pressing a desire to have the council's views upon the matter. From the British Imperial Oil Co., Ltd., inquiring if it was the council's decision that an installation for the bulk storage of kero- sene and petrol should not be made by the company at any point within the city boundaries and further referring to installations which were permitted to other places, and to the rapidly extend- ing use of oil for fuel purposes. To the Brisbane Tramways Co., Ltd., calling attention to the damage done to the wooden block pavement and foundations by the insecure condition of the com- pany's rails, and urging that the fixing of the rails should be carried out as the renewal of the wood-blocking proceeded. The foregoing letters were referred to the
Referring to the proposed new con- venience for men in Brunswick-street, the Mayor said he had ordered the erection of this building, and it would be ready by the beginning of August. (Hear
The report of the Buildings and Align- ment of Roads Committee stated that plans had been submitted for the erection of an additional story and mansard roof to the People's Palace at the corner of Edward and Ann streets As the roof story was at a height of more than 60ft. from the road level, it was recommended that the plans should be approved only on the distinct understanding that fire- resisting materials should be used and that fire escapes should be installed. Con- ditional permission was given for the erection of an open air cinematograph theatre at the corner of Alfred and Bruns- wick streets, Valley. Plans for the con- struction of a gallery at an open air cine- matograph theatre at the corner of Wharf and Leichhardt streets were ap-
proved in so far as the design and strength of the structure were concerned. Plans for the conversion of a building in Queen-street to the purposes of a cine- matograph theatre had been approved, sub- ject to the thickness of the walls being increased. Approval had been given to plans submitted for the conversion into shops and offices of the premises in Edward and Adelaide streets formerly known as the Big Block on condition that a passage way was provided on each floor to the existing stairs at the outside of the rear of the building The report was adopted.
The City Organ and Theatres Committee reported that approval had been given to the plans for the construction of or altera- tion of certain cinematograph theatres. Mr. Geo. Sampson, city organist, had reported that the alterations made to the city organ during its renovation had effected a great improvement. The report was adopted.
The Works Committee's report referred to the necessity for a third steam roller, for which an amount of £800 had been placed on the estimates, and recommended its purchase as soon as possible. With ref- erence to the inquiry of the Brisbane Tram- ways Co., Ltd., if the council would be pre- pared to consider a scheme for taking over
the maintenance of the road surface for which at the present time the company was responsible along tramway routes it was recommended that the council decline to take the scheme into serious consideration. Sewerage works in Albert and Margaret streets at a cost of £400 and £50 or £55 respectively were recommended. The carrying out of a number of smaller im- provements was also recommended. The report was adopted.
At 4 o'clock a call of the council was held to rescind a resolution adopted by the council on October 17 relative to the rais- ing of a loan of £20,000 for the construc- tion of warehouses and offices on the Eagle-street market reserve.
Alderman Maxwell moved, and Alderman Wilson seconded, that the following reso- lution should be rescinded, - "That before arrangements are finally completed for rais- ing the loan of £20,000 for the construction of a block of brick warehouses and offices, on the Eagle-street market lands (being the item numbered 5 on the Agenda Paper of 30th September, 1910), steps be taken to obtain offers for the lease or occupancy of the proposed new warehouse, &c., when
The motion was carried.
The Markets Committee recommended that, as it was very probable that a re- arrangement of the rentals of the hold- ings on the Roma-street markets land might be necessary from time to time to secure the best results, power should be given them to review and amend the rentals as occasion arose during the current year. The report was adopted.
The Kennedy Wharf Committee reported that arrangements had been completed with the Government for the removal of the rock from the frontage of the Customs House Wharf property, to give a depth of 12ft. of water at l.w. s. t. for a distance of 50ft. from the quay line, and 26ft. be- yond that dístance, the council to bear the cost of the work within the 50ft. limit only. The work would not be put in hand for some time as suitable explosives were
Alderman McMaster said it was a stand- ing disgrace that the wharf should have lain idle for 18 months. When would it be finished?
The Mayor: It is nearing completion. The report was adopted.
The report of the Health Committee dealt with various nuisances and defec- tive drainage arrangements, and projected action in connection therewith. During the four weeks ended June 15, 2561 inspec- tions had been made, 385 nuisances were under notice or had been reported, and 166 nuisances had been abated, leaving 219 under surveillance.
The report was adopted.
The Legislative Committee reported that consideration had been given to the sweeping of city footpaths. With a view to securing a cessation of annoyance to pedestrians which the sweeping now causes, it had been decided that the dif- ficulty would best be met by an altera- tion of the by-laws in respect to certain city streets, to permit of the council undertaking the performance of the work in the following thoroughfares: - George- street, from Roma-street to Charlotte- street; Queen-street, from Victoria Bridge to Ann-street; Wickham-street, from Ann- street to Ballow-street; Brunswick-street, from Alfred-street to Ann-street; Albert- street, from Adelaide-street to Elizabeth- street; Edward-street, from Ann-street to Elizabeth-street; Eagle-street, from Ann- street to Elizabeth-street; Eagle-street, from Creek- street to Eagle-street; Elizabeth- street, from Creek-street to Queen-street. The total length of the footpaths in these streets was 400 chains, and the estimated cost £15/15/ per week, the work to be carried out between the hours of 11.30
p.m. and 7a.m. The committee submit-
ted a by-law to prohibit the wearing of dangerous hatpins on public roads and footways and fixing the penalty for any offence at a sum not exceeding £10.
Alderman Diddams stated that the new by-law was based on that in operation in New South Wales, with the exception, perhaps, that it was a little more com-
Alderman McMaster thought it would have been better if the by-law went more in the direction of enforcing the protec-
tion of the points of hatpins.
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Alderman Down thought some provision should be made in connection with the street sweeping proposals to prevent saop people and others shaking mats, and other- wise creating dust, on the footpaths.
Alderman Diddams said that Legislative Committee could not bring in any amend- ments of the by-laws at that stage. The matter before them was only a recom- mendation. If the recommendation was agreed to, the by-laws could then be amend- ed A careful review of the whole position had convinced them that the work could best be done for the oc- cupiers by the council instead of by the occupiers themselves. The council could do the work late at night, or early in the morning, and do it in such a manner that the dust would be lifted and taken away, and not merely shifted a few feet. The most effective plan was for the municipality to do the work, the cost thus falling in equitable proportion upon those benefited. The work would naturally be confined to those areas of the city in which business was active, on the grounds that it was in such centres that paved footpaths were universal, that pedestrian traffic was dense and continu- ous, except when the city slept, and that it was in those centres alone that any nuisance had been experienced.
The report was adopted.
The Finance Committee recommended the payment of accounts amounting to £3781/1/6. The bank balances on June 27 were: General account, dr., £60,335/2/9; sinking fund account, cr., £4223/16/4; contract deposit account, cr., £1207/6/; debenture account, series "E" cr., £3831/- 6/6; debenture account, series "F"' cr., £17,282/3/1. The report was adopted.
The Mayor stated, in regard to the resumption by the Railway Department of the Albert Park land, that he had taken counsel's opinion, and it was to the effect that the municipality's position was perfectly safe. (Hear hear). He also announced that he intended to apply for the erection of a men's convenience on the vacant plot at the corner of Edward and Ann streets.
Alderman Jenkinson gave notice of the following motion: - "That this council is opposed to Yass-Canberra as the site of the Federal Capital; that they protest against any further liabilities being in- curred by the Government, and that at the next general elections a question should be submitted to the electors as to whether the Constitution should be amended so as to permit the Federal Parliament to select any city in any State as the permanent seat of Govern- ment. " _______________