Mass firing averted; referred to next Council – January 2, 1894

The Health Officer reported two cases of diptheria in December 1893. Council overturns its former decision to allow Oppenheimer Brothers to construct a railway siding to their premises. By-law established to elect an Alderman for Ward No 2 and two

No pay for injured water main worker – January 8, 1894

The Fire Water and Light Committee recommended William Aviy be allowed half time [pay] since his injury working on the water main – Council disallowed. Council approved the Finance committee’s recommendation to write off 240.00 in back taxes.

Final meeting for Council for 1893 – January 15, 1894, 11:00 a.m.

Council for 1893 held its final meeting. John Johnstone to be paid $133.00 for election services.

Committees formed for 1894 – January 15, 1894, 12:00 p.m.

Five Committees established: the Finance Committee, Board of Works, Fire, Water & Light, Health Committee, and Police Committee. This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Krystyna Richards original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives COV S 31

Future Vancouver street lights to be powered with hydro electricity – February 5, 1894

Vancouver City Council directed the City Engineer to look into using hydro-electric energy from the Capilano Dam (pictured) to light streets. Martin Kelly awarded the contract for cutting stone for gutters and curbstones for Hastings and Granville Streets.  James Dixon got the contract to build a basement drain for Granville Street.

$5,000 public works project created – February 6, 1894

$5,000 was set aside for public works to provide employment – married men to be paid $1.75 a day; singles $1.25.  A by-law to finance Granville Street improvements by selling debentures was introduced. Decision was delayed on a public request

Relief street work to begin on Friday – February 12, 1894

Relief funding allotted at $1,000 to each of the five Wards; Aldermen to decide what street work in their ward is needed most, and hire foreman. Work to begin next Friday morning. City treasurer to ensure street gang workers will

East End race track closed except by special permission – March 19, 1894

1889 photograph of horse "Forfarshire"

Council ordered the East End [Hastings] race track to be closed and locked, only to be used by prior arrangement with Council. S.H. Holmes complained of dirty water coming from a nearby dye works. George E. Trorey offered two tame

New Women’s Ward in hospital will cost $10,000 – March 27, 1894

Vancouver Hospital 1902

$10,000 was set aside for a Women’s Ward in the hospital. Mr Giguere, who had two poll tax receipts, was directed that if he made an affadavit, he would not be charged for them. The issue of appropriating the Vancouver

City takeover of Vancouver’s streetlights moves forward – April 2, 1894

photo of building with street light in foreground

John Potter was appointed Inspector of the Reservoir at $3.00 per day. Mr R. Hughes was allowed to take out a temporary three month license in the absence of his business partner. The takeover of the Vancouver Illuminating Company’s assets

Council supports petition for East End post office – April 9, 1894

Granville Street post office (now Sinclair Center) under construction, 1891

Council supports petition for free postal delivery and branch post office and savings bank in the East End. Cemetery caretaker allowed two weeks’ leave to recuperate from illness. The Oppenheimer brothers complained of surface water flooding a property on St.

Health Committee reviews costs – April 16, 1894

Vancouver Hospital staff 1893

The CPR asked Vancouver to take charge of 74 Chinese lepers. Meanwhile, the Health Committee compared rates for hospital care for mariners, women, children and lepers. Victoria was receiving a subsidy of $330 per year from Ottawa for care of

Street Railway Company must repair its tracks – April 19, 1894

workers laying street railway tracks Vancouver 1893

A special meeting decided that instead of removing its tracks from Vancouver streets, the Street Railway Company be instructed to upgrade its tracks to the satisfaction of the City Engineer. The Mayor was not present at this meeting, and Alderman