Council for 1892 wraps up remaining business – January 16, 1893, 11:00 a.m.

The question of land for the Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley Railway Co was referred to incoming Council. Final accounts from committees were approved, including an amount of $6314.73 for school teachers’ salaries. It was recommended that the annual reports


Fire, Water & Light Committee’s recommendation overturned; Street Railway Committee’s report adopted – January 3, 1892

The Fire Water & Light Committee proposed that the Capilano Waterworks upon its completion be overseen by Assistant Engineer J. P. Lawson, freeing up City Engineer to attend to other matters. This clause was struck out of their report: only

School Board granted $1500 extra to hire “best” teachers – January 23, 1893

An extra $1500 was granted to the school board to allow them to hire “the best men” as secondary school teachers. Theo Hardiman was granted $150.00 in compensation for his daughter’s injuries, due to her falling off the sidewalk on

Heavy snow hampers Vancouver traffic and water supply – February 6, 1893

It must have been a snowy month: David Oppenheimer asked police to forbid drivers from using street railway tracks during heavy snows, and W.G. Elliott threatened he would hold the City liable unless the snow was cleared off Cambie and

Vancouver Police ordered to enforce snow removal by-law – February 13, 1893

200 copies of the Health, Liquor and Trades License By-laws to be printed in pamphlet form. The Chief of Police was instructed to enforce the clearing of snow from the sidewalks. The Edison General Electric Co Ltd City was notified

Hours of work set for civic employees – February 20, 1893

Hours of work for civic employees were fixed at 9 to 5 Monday through Friday plus 9 to 1 pm on Saturday. No reduction in the number of employees was found possible. City Council voted to expropriate 13 acres from

No seats for Press during council meetings; Railway litigation goes on – February 27, 1893

The press again brought up the issue of suitable chairs for them during council meetings. A motion requiring two thirds support was lost. The motion would have allowed the mayor to put an end to litigation regarding the Burrard Inlet

Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley Electric Railway bonus upheld – March 6, 1893

The Mayor empowered to stop the pending legislation with the railway company. The Street Railway Committee was dismissed; the Mayor appointed the whole Council to the new Committee. Thomas H. Butler appointed to the Police force at a salary of

Council meets to consider Street Railway Company’s offer – March 11, 1893

Council members met with David and Isaac Oppenheimer, Thomas Dunn and William Farrell, the directors of the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company. Alderman Salsbury removed himself from the negotiations, as he was a shareholder of the company.

Street Railway Committee’s report adopted: Railway to go ahead – March 13, 1893

The final conditions for the Street Railway’s expansion into the City Streets were laid out. One thousand copies of health code violation notices to be printed, where the health inspector or the police can fill in the details of the

Health officers to inspect every building in the city – March 20, 1893

A. W. Scoullar appointed temporary Health Inspector at $3.00 per day. The swing on the Granville Street bridge to be repaired at once. Burrard Street to be re-graded for paving with “bituminous rock”.

Street Railway by-law gets first reading – March 27, 1893

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Messrs Gilbertson & Sharp to supply new police uniforms and helmets; $28 for policemen, $33 for sergeants, $38 for the Chief. Alderman Fowler and the Pounds Keeper be authorized to sell a colt belonging to the City. Prosecution of the

Railway Bonus guarantee raised to $400,000 – April 4, 1893

In spite of a motion to put the matter off for six months, the Railway Bonus By-Law was completed, and the amount in question was raised from $350,000 to $400,000. Immediately afterward, arrangements were made for holding an “election” [referendum]

Vancouver City Council disapproves $600,000 cost for Victoria Parliament buildings – April 17, 1893

Vancouver City Council disapproves of the BC Government’s recent [April 1893] decision to set aside $600,000 for government buildings “when the money should be spent in opening up roads for the settlers, also their breach of faith with the Mainland

Vancouver’s budget for 1893 finalized – April 24, 1893

Vancouver’s estimated income for 1893 was $524,021.18 Expenditures were expected to be $408,941.78

Council guarantees payment from By-Law Nos. 155, 168 – April 28, 1893

A special meeting to go over the debt guarantee as amended in By-Law 168, and to finalize the Plumbing By-Law. C.F. Hutchings appointed Electric Inspector at a salary of one Dollar per year. This transcript was made in 2018 by

Bath to be installed in Vancouver jail – May 22, 1893

Contract was awarded to install a bath in the jail for $62. In spite of requests from the hotel keepers not to raise the liquor licensing fee, a new By-Law was drafted and another to repeal the old one. Requests