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Vancouver Mayor and Council 1899

Mayor:James F. Garden Aldermen:H. B. Gilmour (Ward 1)Robert Grant (Ward 1)R. B. Skinner (Ward 2)James McQueen (Ward 2)W. J. McGuigan (Ward 3)D. McPhaiden (Ward 3)William Brown (Ward 4)C. F. Foreman (Ward 4)Alexander Bruce (Ward 5)W. H. Wood, Jr. (Ward 5) MADDEN, W. D., 2003, Elected Officials of Vancouver, [online],Internet Archive, https://archive.org/details/PAM200372/mode/2upApril 1, 2020

Vancouver Hospital Rules Amended – January 7, 1899
Vancouver Hospital 1902

The only proposed amendment that "cannot be agreed to" by Council was "on the approval of the Medical Board" after Council's decision. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick Illustration: COV BU P 369 Man and nurses on lawn in front of the Vancouver City Hospital - 530 Cambie Street Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31Volume 8 pages 612 – 613 [dflip id="8475" ][/dflip] [Volume 8 page] 612 Vancouver, January 7th 1899 The Council met on Saturday January 7th, 1899.Present: His worship the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, McQueen, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, McMorran and Bruce. The object of the meeting was to consider the proposed Agreement for the regulation of the City Hospital. The following letter was received from the Secretary of the Hospital Medical Board: “That the rules and regulations for the “Medical Staff”, as submitted to the Medical Board be amended as follows: Clause I That the words “on the approval of the Medical Board” be inserted, after the word “Council” on the first line. Clause V That the hours of attendance be changed from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Clause VIII That this clause be eliminated and the following inserted in its place. “An Attendance Book shall be kept at the Hospital in which the visiting physician of the week shall enter the date and time of his visit”. Clause XIV That this clause be eliminated, as not being in the best interest of the Hospital. Sgd A.M. RobertsonHon Sec’y Moved by Alderman Brown.Seconded by Alderman Bruce.That the Council go into Committee of the Whole to consider the proposed Rules with the Mayor in the Chair.Carried. Moved by Alderman Bruce.That the suggestion of the Medical Staff to insert the words “on the approval …. [Volume 8 page] 613 …. of the Medical Board” cannot be agreed to. Moved in amendment by Alderman Painter.That the appointments on the Medical Staff be made subject to the approval of the Medical Staff and the words be inserted. Amendment lost; Motion carried. Moved by Alderman McQueenThat the suggestions, as to the clause 5 be agreed to.Carried. Moved by Alderman McQueenThat the suggestions, as to clause 8 be agreed to.Carried. Moved by Alderman McQueenThat the suggestion as to the striking of clause 14 be agreed to.Carried. Moved by Alderman McQueenSeconded by Alderman McMorran.That the Committee rise and report progress and that the foregoing resolutions be sent to the Medical Staff.Carried. The Council then adjourned. James F GardenMayor ThP F. McGuigan.City Clerk

Water Works Contract Approved – January 9, 1899
Water Works Contract Approved – January 9, 1899

Council approved a contract with Mssrs Armstrong and Morrison "for the furnishing of steel riveted mains for the Water Works Department". The Finance Committee and the City Solicitor had previously vetted the contract. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick Illustration: COV AM54-S4-: Ci Dept P7 -[Vancouver Water Works crew in front of shops at 323 Alexander Street 1906] Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31Volume 8 pages 614 – 618 [dflip id="8469" ][/dflip] [Volume 8 page] 614 Vancouver, January 9th, 1899 The Council met on Monday, January 9th, 1899. Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Townley, Painter, McQueen, Neelands, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and McMorran, McGuigan. The Minutes of last meetings were read and adopted. Communications From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From the Pound Keeper furnishing report.Filed. From the Health Officer furnishing printed copies of his annual report.Filed. From Jay Cooke etal, asking that the consideration of the New Street railway agreements be left to the incoming Council.Filed. The following Reports were received and read: Finance Committee The Finance Committee met on Wednesday, January 6th, 1899. Present: Alderman, McQueen, Painter, and Brown. The following accounts were recommended for payment: J.G. GarvinSpecial Assessment$10.00C.O. WickindenExaming (sic) building25.00BC Elec. Ry Co.Lights2100.50Crowder & PenzerSupplies102.22 The City Solicitor submitted a contract between Mssrs Armstrong and Morrison….. [Volume 8 page] 615 … and the City for the furnishing of steel riveted mains for the Water Works Department which was authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto. Sgd James McQueenChairman Moved by Alderman McQueenSeconded by Alderman Painter.That the report be adopted.Carried. Board of Works The Board of Works met on Thursday, January 5th, 1899. Present: Alderman Painter, Neelands, McPhaiden and McMorran. Communications From B.W. Garrett, Clerk of Richmond Municipality, in reference to condition of North Arm Road.Resolved that they be asked if they are willing to send a deputation to Victoria to interview the Government with any deputation the City may send with same object. The matter of demurrage re crushed rock contract was discussed at length the contractor, A.E.E. Clark, being represented. Resolved that if A.E.E. Clark, Contractor for crushed rock releases the City from all claims against the City for demurrage or otherwise under her contract up to the 31st December 1898 she be paid the sum of $122.00 on the Council being satisfied that no liability incurred from any delays by the Contractor and also the balance of the 10 per cent held back at that date and also the progress estimate passed on January 5th, 1899. [Volume 8 page] 616 The plans for J. Burns, brick block, Cordova Street were passed being found to comply with the requirements of the By Law. The following accounts were recommended for payment: Royal City MillsSupplies$26.22Evans, Coleman & EvansSupplies8.20Armstrong & MorrisonSupplies9.00Rand BrP.Supplies6.00McLennan & McFeelySupplies76.51ThP. VeitchDel. Crushed rock405.56A.E.E. ClarkDel. Crushed rock662.04 Sgd H.J. PainterChairman Moved by Alderman PainterSeconded by Alderman Foreman.That the Report be adopted.Carried. Health Committee The

Final Meeting of Council for 1898 – January 16, 1899
Final Meeting of Council for 1898 – January 16, 1899

Final reports and accounts from 1898 were received. A letter from the Health Inspector re J.T. Abray's claim regarding blocking of Cosmopolitan {Hotel} sewer (pictured here) was referred to the City Solicitor. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick Illustration: CVA 371-1302 - [Jackson T. Abray (far left) and others in front of the entrance to the Cosmopolitan Hotel at 101 Cordova Street] circa 1900 Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31Volume 8 pages 619 – 623 [dflip id="8462" ][/dflip] [Volume 8 page] 619 Vancouver January 16th 1899 The Council met on Monday January 16th 1899Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, McQueen, Foreman, McPhaiden, Neelands, McMorran and Bruce and Brown.The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. The Annual Reports for the year 1898 were submitted and filed for reference. The following Reports were received and read: Finance Committee The Finance Committee met on Friday 13th 1899. Present: Alderman McQueen, Painter and Bruce. From the City Solicitor submitting the names of S. H. Holmes and Michael Costello as sureties for Mssrs Campbell and Rannie on repairs to Street block paving.Resolved that they be accepted. From W.A. Anderson calling into question the accuracy of the Market scales.Referred to the City Solicitor. From M.D. McLennan handing in dyking Assignment Notice for his late ranch on the Fraser River.Referred to the City Solicitor. The following accounts were recommended for payment: Henry EarleArrears of Salary$16.00W.E.FowlerKeep of McDonald family12.00 [Volume 8 page] 620 A.P. May et alFor elections$135.00G.A. RoeddeSupplies14.00Telephone Co.Rents39.20F.L. PriorRent of Chairs.50The World P&P Co.Ads41.14D.G. WilliamsSubscription5.00Mining CriticSupplies17.35News, AdvertiserAds27.15Clarke & StuartSupplies11.50 Sgd. Jas. McQueenChairman Moved by Alderman McQueen.Seconded by Alderman Bruce.That the report be adopted.Carried. Fire and Police Committee The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday, January 10th, 1899.Present Aldermen McMorran, McQueen, McPhaiden and Brown. The following accounts were recommended for payment: M. RaeKeep of dogs$3.20W.A. CumyowInterpreting2.75McDowell & Co.Supplies.65R. Campbell & SonSupplies11.70H.A. UrquhartSupplies1.00Wm. RalphSupplies3.35Nelson Drag Co.Supplies21.29J. StoreySupplies7.00ChaP. HackSupplies3.00J.C. WoodrowSupplies36.77Valley Dairy Co.Supplies1.55Jas. CarnahanSupplies6.75J. DodsonSupplies31.00Van Gen’l Elec Co.Supplies84.50Cosman & SonSupplies1.10McRae & HallSupplies4.00Dom. Fish CoSupplies6.95McLennan & McFeelySupplies27.87A.W. Dolfin & CoSupplies79.10 [Volume 8 page] 621 Crowder & PenzerSupplies$437.59James HarryMailing ?25.00H.P. Dunn & CoSupplies53.38CPR CoSupplies7.90Archibald Wheel CoSupplies100.25Clarke & StuartSupplies3.55G.W. Dunlop & CoSupplies6.25Palace Clothing CoSupplies10.00S. NorthRy fares21.75City Grocery CoSupplies45.48 Communications From the Chief of Police asking for a copy of Taschereau’s Criminal Code.Granted. From the Chief of Police and Chief of the Fire Department furnishing Annual Reports.Filed for reference. From the City Solicitor submitting prepared Agreement with the Police.Referred to the Police for examination. Sgd R.A. McMorranChairman Moved by Alderman McMorran.Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden.That the Report be adopted.Carried. Water and Market Committee The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday, January 11th, 1899 at 4:00 PM.Present: Aldermen Brown, McMorran, Neelands and Townley. Mr. Hollander waited upon the committee asking for a reduction of $20 on his account for scrap iron, the iron having been of bad quality.Resolved that he be granted a reduction of $20.00. [Volume 8 page] 622 The Chairman’s Report for the year 1898 was received and adopted. The following accounts

Firefighting Equipment Finalized, Three Policemen Hired – February 27, 1899
Firefighting Equipment Finalized, Three Policemen Hired – February 27, 1899

Fire Chief Carlisle Engineer A.W. Cameron selected the following equipment for purchase: Steam Fire Engine, Waterous Engine Co.; Aerial Truck, also from the Waterous Engine Co.; Hose, 2000 ft. from Gutta Percha & Rubber Co., 1750 ft being Eureka hose and 250 ft. Maltese Cross Hose; Fire Alarm Boxes five from A. A. Andrews, two with keys and three keyless. J.A. Preston, Andrew Waddell and John Jackson were appointed as policemen. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Marie-Claude Tremblay Source: COV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 2-11 [dflip id="8750" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 2 Vancouver February 27th 1899. The Council met on Monday February 27th 1899. Present - His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, Skinner, McQueen, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce, and Wood.The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From J.P. Curtis etal. Recommending J.A. Byers for the position of police officer.Filed for reference. From Col Macdonald of the Department of Militia and Defence enclosing applications from light housekeeper on Stanley Park and asking if there was any objection to the granting of same.Moved by Alderman McQueen.Seconded by " Grant.That an acre more be recommended to be granted on Brockton Point but that no more land be granted at any other point. Moved by Alderman Bruce (in Amendment)Seconded by " WoodThat the request of Macdonald be granted. Moved by Alderman Skinner (amendment to Amendment)Seconded by " ForemanThat the matter be referred to the Park Commissaries for their written report. Amendment to the Amendment Carried. From A.G. Long agreeing to accept terms for the payment of the Chemical Engine in case his tender was accepted. Moved by Alderman Bruce.Seconded by " Gilmour.That in the event of the City Solicitor giving his opinion that it is legal to accept Mr. Long’s offer re Chemical Engine that the Fire and Police Committee by empowered to purchase the engine on his terms as stated in his letter of February 27th 1899.Carried From Miss Clandenning Toronto. Stating that she would be unable to report for duty before April 20th 1899. [Volume 9 page] 3 Moved by Alderman McGuiganSeconded by " Foreman.That the position be kept open for her until that date.Carried. From A. Shead complaining that the By-law in regard to plumbing was not property carried out.Referred to the Health Committee. From Rev. A.J. Underhill complaining that he got his surplice torn by a rose bush on the Cemetery grounds.Referred to the Health Committee From Geo. D. Scott asking for improvements on Davie Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From P. M. Smith asking for grading on Pendrill [Pendrell] Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From H. P. Scott offering a quarry on the North Arm of Inlet for $2500.Referred to the Board of Works. From Mrs Marshall asking the Council to come out and view her proposed improvements on Stanley Park Bridge.Referred to the Finance Committee From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From Alderman Brown submitting prices of Library Sites.Referred to the Finance Committee.

More Street Numbering to Come to Vancouver – March 13, 1899

The Board of Works resolved to carry out the street numbering on the system recommended by the City Engineer. The City's contract for advertising will be split evenly among the News-Advertiser, Province and World for the next year. The Light, Railway and Tramway Committee planned to interview Wiring Inspector candidates, and Alderman McPhaiden had plans to amend the Electric Wiring By-Law. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon COV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 21 - 29 [dflip id="8563" ][/dflip] [Vol 9, Page] 21 Vancouver March 13th 1899 The Council met on Monday March 13th 1899. Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, Skinner, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From Messrs A.E. McCortney and Thos Scott offering quarry sites for sale on the North Arm.Filed for reference From Evans, Coleman & Evans recommending the laying down of vitrified brick on the streetsReferred to the Board of Works From James F. Malkin asking for the improvement of the lane at the corner of Bute & Harwood StreetsReferred to the Board of Works From W.A. Grant etal asking for the grading of Fir StreetReferred to the Board of Works From F. Rathgeber et al asking for a basement drain through Block 28 D.L. 541Referred to the Board of Works From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights. Filed From S. K. Twigg asking for improvements on Beach AvReferred to the Board of Works From H.A. Simpson, Solicitor for H.B.A. Fogu (?) asking for fair play for his clientReferred to the Board of Works [Vol 9, Page] 22 From Webster Bros. asking for the rocking of Granville Street south.Referred to the Board of Works From A.E. Dick asking that Stanley Park be included in the fire limitsReferred to the Board of Works From A. Robinson, Market Hall asking for two weeks leave of absence. Moved by Alderman FergusonSeconded by “ McGuiganThat his request be granted. Carried. From R.E. Green & co asking the City to reserve their Directory order as he was preparing one.Referred to the Finance Committee From G. Thomas, Manager of the Gas Works complaining of rock being piled on Keefer St and asking for its removal Moved by Alderman McPhaidenSeconded by “ BruceThat the owner be notified to remove same within a week failing which the City will remove it at his expense. Carried. From C.C. Moody, Victoria proposing to give information respecting a mint for which they would require pay. Filed From Philip F. Webster explaining matters in connection with his application re Sewerage,Filed. J.R. McNeillie asking for improvements on 14th Av.Referred to the Board of Works From John D. Ronald setting forth the Superior qualities of his fire engines.Filed for reference From the Deputy Provincial Secretary stating that Walker Boult and Frank R. Stewart were appointed Members of the Licensing Board. Filed [Vol 9, Page] 23 From M. Rae asking for three months leave of absence. Moved by

Animal Cruelty Fines to be Paid to S.P.C.A. – March 20, 1899

...Be it resolved that the City’s portion of all penalties imposed...be paid over to the treasurer of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals. The City purchased a rock crusher from Hugh Cameron for $2,000. Police were instructed to report all cases where garbage is being dumped on the lanes and streets and prosecute under Clause 98 of the Health By-Law This document was transcribed in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon Source: COV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 30 - 39 [dflip id="8526" ][/dflip] [Vol 9, p] 30 Vancouver March 20th 1899The Council met on Monday March 20th 1899.Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Gilmour, Grant, Skinner, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From W.L. Tait etal asking for the opening up of 3rd Av,.Referred to the Board of Works From the Hon. F.C. Cotton asking the City to fix up Granville Street South within the CityReferred to the Board of Works From M.C. Priestland etal asking for improvements on Brunswick StReferred to the Board of Works From Williams and Barker complaining that the City was using their water course on Seaton StreetReferred to the Board of Works From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights. Filed From Hugh Cameron offering a No 5 Champion Rock Crusher with a 14 ft elevator and a screen 8 ft by 32 inches delivered in Vancouver for the sum of $2000 net cash Immediate delivery Moved by Alderman BruceSeconded by “ McPhaidenThat the offer be accepted and that Mr. Cameron be requested to telegraph the order. Carried From E. A. Rennie Toronto asking for particulars on lepers.Referred to the City Clerk for reply. [Vol 9, p] 31 From C.C. Moody Victoria re MintFiled From H. Darling Manager of the Union S.S. Co offering to give a fire service on the water front for $50.00 per month and $15.00 additional for every call to a fire.Referred to the Fire Committee From R. J. Myles etal asking for the cutting down of the hill on Hastings Street east.Referred to the Board of Works From Parker & Sons offering to supply jail meat @ 5 cts per lbReferred to the Police Committee with power to act. The following reports were received and read:- Fire and Police Committee The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday March 14th 1899Present – the full Board Communications From the Chief of the Fire Department recommending that the Aerial Truck be called the “James F Garden” the new fire engine the “H. B. Gilmour” and the chemical engine the “Wm Brown” Moved by Alderman Brown that they be called after the stations in which they are located. Carried From the Pound Keeper furnishing Report. Filed. From W. W. Lacey applying for a position on the Police Force. Filed From J. W. McMorran and I. E. Mitchell applying for a raise of salary.Referred to Special Council Meeting From J. H. Carlisle recommending the [Vol 9, p] 32

Vancouver to Acquire False Creek, Coal Harbour Waterfronts – March 27, 1899

That the City Solicitor be instructed to secure...that portion of False Creek lying to the east of Westminster Ave Bridge and Coal Harbour to the West of Stanley Park Bridge. The city also agreed to pay $2,000 to the Waterous Engineering Co for a No. 5 Champion Rock Crusher. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Carole Wilson Source: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 40 - 48 [dflip id="9086" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 40 The Council met on Monday March 27th 1899. Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Skinner, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From Dr. McEwen stating that he had sent the housekeeper home as she was afflicted with mumps.Filed From Peter Clark applying for the position of water works blacksmith.Applied to the Water Committee From Vancouver Hardware Co. objecting to the awarding of the hardware contract to McLennan & McFeely and Thos. DunnReferred to the Board of Works. From the Clerk of South Vancouver asking if the City would put a bridge across 16th Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From Wm Skene asking for the opening up of Clark Drive to 7th Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From I. Oppenheimer etal protesting against the improvements on Nicola Street under the Local Improvement System.Referred to the City Solicitor for report. From C. J. South, Secretary of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals thanking the Council for allowing the Society the fines.Filed. From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed From Matt Higgins etal of Hastings Townsite petitioning the Government to connect Hastings Street to the Old Westminster Road. [Volume 9 page] 41 Moved by Alderman ForemanSeconded by " McPhaidenThat the petition be endorsed by the City Council and be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and forwarded to the Commissioner of Lands & Works, Victoria.Carried From R. Cosgrove etal asking for a sidewalk on Howe Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Chief of the Fire Department asking for certain changes amongst firemen.Referred to Fire Committee. From W. H. McPhie tendering his resignation as Fireman.Moved by Alderman BruceSeconded by " McPhaidenThat his resignation be accepted to take effect on the 31st of March.Carried. From J. Irvine etal [sic] asking for a six ft. sidewalk on 6th Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From A. E. E. Clark making a proposition to rent or purchase the new crusher.Referred to the Board of Works. From E. Cook asking for a building permit on the corner of Cambie and Cordova Streets.Referred to the Board of Works. The following Reports were received and read:- Water and Market Committee The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday March 22nd 1899.Present Aldermen Brown, Skinner and Wood. Communications From James England, Secretary of [Volume 7 page] 42 the Vancouver Gas co, asking for an allowance off the water bills for January and February 1899 on account of the leak in

Vancouver to Have a Wiring Inspector – April 4, 1899

The Lights, Railway and Tramway Committee reported they were inviting applications for the position of Wiring Inspector. The Inspector's salary to be paid by fees collected by him for examining the wiring of buildings. E. Mckeating was appointed Fireman from among fifteen applicants. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Marie-Claude Tremblay Source: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Volume 9pages 49-56 [dflip id="9122" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 49 Vancouver April 4th, 1899.The Council met on Tuesday April 4th 1899.Present - His Worship the Mayor and AldermenGrant, Gilmour, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From H.J. De Forest, Secretary of the Arts Historical Association thanking the Council for continuing their grant.Filed. From Ths. Hunter asking for the opening up of Pendrill [Pendrell] Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From Lester Gill asking for the cleaning up of 6th Av in front of his premises.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From W.B. Munn etal asking for the grading of Harwood Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From the City Solicitor stating that the petition against improvements on Nicola Street was sufficient to render the work impracticable under the Local Improvement Plan.Filed. From the City Solicitor stating that the request of the City for foreshore rights at Heatley Av had not been granted and asking for further instructions.Laid over. From the Manager of the Dominion Fish Co. asking that the grade of the sidewalk be raised in front of his premises on Westminster Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From Walter L. Boult asking for [Volume 9 page] 50 permission to erect a hitching post in front of his premises on Cordova St.Referred to the Board of Works. From Ths. E. Atkins assignee of Mrs. A.E.E. Clark stating that he would buy or lease the new rock crusher or sell out altogether. Moved by Alderman Grant.Seconded by “ McPhaiden.That Aldermen Bruce, Gilmour and Grant with the City Engineer visit the Clark quarry tomorrow with a view of valuing the goods on hand there.Carried. The following Reports were received and read: - Lights, Railway & Tramway Committee The Light, Railway & Tramway Committee met on Tuesday April 4th 1899.Present - Aldermen McPhaiden, Grand and Wood. The following account was recommended for payment: - B.C. Electricity Co.lights$1815.86176.36 The question of the appointment of a Wiring Inspector was again taken into consideration. It was resolved that applications be called for filling the position, the successful applicant to be paid by fees collected by him for examining the wiring of buildings, as provided by the Schedule Set out in the By.Law amending the Electric Wiring By.Law. Resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to report every week on the current used in Street lighting. SgdD. McPhaidenChairman Moved by Alderman McPhaidenSeconded by “ Grant.That the Report be adopted.Carried. [Volume 9 page] 51 Board of Works The Board of Works met on the 30th of March,

Jockey Club Granted $250 To Improve Hastings Track – April 10, 1899

Jockey Club asked for a grant of $250 for the purpose of making necessary improvements to the track at Hastings and the sum was granted. Some Vancouverites who have since become famous were not treated as well: Rogers' Sugar Manager Mr. B. T. Rogers was notified that he must remove the fence which encroaches on Georgia Street at his premises as soon as the grass has grown and; R. G. Tatlow (who has a park named after him in Kitsilano) and others asked to be allowed to destroy crows, but no immediate action was taken. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Carole Wilson Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31COV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 57-64 [dflip id="9398" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 57 April 10th 1899. The Council met on Monday April 10,1899.Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmore, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood. The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From B. T. Rogers Manager of the B.C. Sugar Refinery1 stating that he had finished the Street he proposed giving to the City in exchange for the North end of Boundary Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Hon. F. C. Cotton acknowledging receipt of petition re the offering up of Hastings Street through Hastings Townsite.Filed. From R. L. McIntosh Express Dorman drawing attention to the filthy condition of the Sewage on Robson St. between Cardero and Denman Streets.Referred to the Board of Works. From John Kirpatrick et al asking for the opening up of an Alley way between 12th and 13th Avs. Mount Pleasant.Referred to the Board of Works. From Henry Earle reporting on proposed Cemetery Sites which he visited.Referred to the Board of Health. From the Manager of the B. C. Elec. Co. stating that he would have the light moved from the corner of Birch St. & 8th Av. to the corner of Alder St. & 8th Av.Filed. From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From Sivart, Anderson Bell & Co. drawing attention to rocks deposited in front of their premises and asking for their removal.Referred to the Board of Works. From Geo. A. Dickie et al asking for [Volume 9 page] 58 improvements on Dufferin Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From R. G. Tatlow2 et al petitioning to be allowed to destroy crows.No action taken. From the City Engineer reporting on the current at the power house as 9.6 amperes.Referred to the Light Committee. From W. G. Davidson et al complaining about the water service on 8th Av.Referred to the Board of Water Works. From the City Solicitor furnishing copies of Correspondence re Deadman’s Island.Filed. From A. J. Ford re Septic Tank.Referred to the Board of Works. The following reports were received and read:- Health Committee The Health Committee met on Wednesday April 5th 1899.Present Aldermen Grant, McGuigan and Foreman.The following accounts were recommended for payment:- McDonnell & Co.Supplies$146.75A. RobinsonDisbursements28.Ivan BushongSupplies3.50Parker & Sons“61.11G.N.W. Tel. Co.Telegrams.80Clarke & StuartSupplies2.00J. HewittLabor11.00R. Maynard“3.03City of

All Quotes for Gravel Found Too High – April 17, 1899

All four quotes for crushed rock were found too high (the lowest was 65 cents per cubic foot) and the contractors' deposits were ordered to be returned. A committee was formed to discuss a possible C. P. R. way station for the East End. Possible sites for a new library included Hastings and Abbott, or the southwest corner of Hastings and Westminster (Main Street), but nothing was settled. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Carole Wilson Source: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9Volume 9 pages 65-73 [dflip id="9343" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 65 Vancouver April 17th 1899.The Council met on Monday April 17th 1899.Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmore, McQueen, Skinner, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From A. Fairon et al asking for the removal of the Slaughter houses from Mount Pleasant.Referred to the Health Committee. From Norman M. Beers et al asking for a Sewer between Harwood and Burnaby Streets.Referred to the Board of Works. From M. Gemmill Solicitor for the City of Ottawa on Deadman’s Island acknowledging receipt of telegram from the Mayor in relation thereto.Filed. From R.C. Ferguson et al asking for a larger water pipe in the West end.Referred to the Water Committee. From Chas Strange Fairview asking for the removal of several large stumps from in front of his premises.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From S.A. McDowell Hastings Street east asking for a culvert.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Trades and Labor Council asking for the suppression of gambling and Sunday Liquor drinking in Saloons.Referred to the Police Committee. From the License Commissioners asking the Council to consider the question of raising the Liquor Licenses.Laid over for By-Law. [Volume 9 page] 66 From the Mayor of Montreal asking for assistance for a young Italian named Camille Cairo to reach his home in Montreal.Referred to the Health Committee. From J.L. McTaggart et al asking for a sidewalk on 5th Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From Thos. Wylie asking for a piece of sidewalk on Cordova Street east.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Library Board urging the erection of a Library Building on either the South East corner of Hastings and Abbott Streets or next to the City Hall; also from J.J. Banfield as a site Lots 11 & 12 Block 26 D.L. 541 for $5850.Referred to the Finance Committee. From S. H. Williams asking for the City Hall at a low rate for a benefit concert and dance in aid of James Rowe 112 Harris St.Referred to Alderman Brown with power to act. From R. Purdy et al asking for a sidewalk on Hastings Street West.Referred to Board of Works. From the City Engineer certifying that the cost of Macamadizing Nicola Street would be $10000 one half of which would be borne by the City.Laid over for Motions. From A. E. McNaughton et al petitioning for

Mount Pleasant Cow Infected With TB – April 24, 1899

The Health Committee reported Health Inspectors reporting a wild cow on Mount Pleasant afflicted with a very serious case of tuberculosis. A new by-law regarding sewage was contemplated. Local resident Philip Fewster, who was travelling to England, said he would look into the effectiveness of Septic Tanks. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Barbara Kearney-Copan. Source: Vancouver City ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 74-82 [dflip id="9154" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 74 Vancouver April 24th 1899 The Council met on Monday April 24th 1899. Present his worship the Mayor and Aldermen Gilmour, Grant, McQueen, Skinner, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce, and Wood. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From the Hon F.C. Cotton offering a site for a cemetery at $35.00 per acreReferred to the Finance Committee. From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From H.T. Ceperley objecting in future to pay for street sprinkling.Filed. From E. Fearn drawing attention to a bad hole in Dundas St.Referred to the City Engineers. From the Rev James Irvine enclosing a letter from A. Campbell Reddie Deputy Provincial Secretary re the admission of Stephen Altermat into the Old Man’s Home.Referred to the Health Committee. From C.W. Murray, Secretary of the School Board asking the Council to submit a By-Law for $3800 for necessary improvements.Referred to the Finance Committee. From J.M. Browning resigning from his position as Park Commissioner as he intends leaving the city.Moved by Alderman McQueenSeconded by Alderman GrantThat his resignation be accepted and that the City Clerk convey to him the thanks of the Council for the efficient services he has rendered the City in the past.Carried. From the City Engineer asking for instructions re Street Sprinkling.Laid over. [Volume 9 page] 75 From the City Solicitor stating that there was 108 ft east of Heatley Avenue available for a wharf of the C.P.R. Co did not object to grant the same.Referred to the Board of Works. From Lt. Colonel Prinault Deputy Minister of Militia and Defense informing the Council that his Department had granted a Lease of Deadman’s Island to the Vancouver Lumber Co.Moved by Alderman McQueen that the communication be acknowledged. From Philip Fewster stating that he was going to England and should be pleased to report on the merits of the Septic Tank.Referred to the Board of Works. From B.J. Armstrong asking for permission to erect a clock sign in front of his premises on Cordova Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From Messrs. Harris & Bull Solicitors for Mrs. McLennan objecting to the Street Railway Co. Prior Street between Westminster and False Creek for switching purposes.Referred to the Board of Works. From the City Engineer reporting on our circuit at the power house at 8.4 amperes and the remainder up to contract.Referred to the Light Committee. The following Reports were received and read: Finance Committee The Finance Committee met on Friday April 21st 1899Present Aldermen McQueen, Gilmour, Brown, and Wood. The following accounts were recommended for payment: Van Gas

Lease of Deadman’s Island Debated – April 25, 1899
Lease of Deadman’s Island Debated – April 25, 1899

This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Barbara Kearney-Copan. COV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9Pg. 83-84 [dflip id="8896" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 83 Vancouver April 25 1899 The Council met on Tuesday April 25th 1899 at 4 p.m. Present His Worship the mayor and the full Board of Aldermen also the City Solicitor Mr. Theodore Ludgate and his solicitor the Hon. Joseph Martin. The object of the meeting was to discuss matters in connection with the leasing of Deadman’s Island to Mr. Theo Ludgate. The following Communications were received and read: From J. H. Senkler Chairman of the Committee of Citizens who oppose the present lease of Deadman’s Island to Mr. Ludgate and Thomas Matthews Secretary undertaking to pay the City’s costs in defending any action that Mr. Ludgate might bring against the City in respect of the possession of Deadman’s Island will further to retain counsel to assist the City Solicitor in defending such action. From the City Solicitor enclosing his opinion and that of Solicitors Charles Wilson Q.C. and L.G. McPhillips in relation to the City’s position on Deadman’s Island. From the City Solicitor enclosing correspondence between himself and Mr. Gemmill of Ottawa on the subject of Deadman’s Island. His Worship the Mayor stated that he had submitted to the Hon Joseph Martin, Solicitor for Mr. Ludgate with out reference to the City’s claim to the Island: That the lease should be given by the City [to?] him first procuring from the Dominion Government a lease to the City. That restrictions should be placed on the occupation and reclamation of the foreshore by Slab Piles. That no connection should be made between the island and the park by the construction of Slab Piles. That the City have a voice in the construction of a wharf with the view of preventing any impediment to navitation [Volume 9 page] 84 That no bridge be constructed between the Island and the C. P. Ry. without the consent of the City. That a stated space back of the Island be set apart for log pound and that the navigation of Coal Harbour be not impeded. That the rental of the Island be paid to the City and that the amount be increased by a rate to be agreed upon in future years. That a clause prohibiting the employment of Mongolian labourers be inserted in the lease. That other points be discussed which may be inserted for the benefit of the City. Hon Mr. Martin and the City Solicitor addressed the Council at some length setting forth their respective sides of the question. It was then moved by Alderman McGuiganSeconded by Alderman SkinnerThat the Council adjourn until Wednesday to enable the City Solicitor and Mr. Martin to draft a basis of agreement. Moved in amendment by Alderman WoodSeconded by Alderman BruceThat the Council stand adjourned until this evening at 8 p.m. Amendment carried. Motion lost. The Council then adjourned. James F. GardenMayor W. J. McGuiganCity Clerk

City Solicitor to have Foreshore Inspected – May 8, 1899

Council voted the City Solicitor "take the necessary steps to find out what position the foreshore in front of the Old Granville Townsite stands re claims by the Province or City before this agreement is handed over to the C.P.R. Co.Carried. From the House Surgeon recommending the kalsomining [a kind of whitewashing] of the men’s ward in the old Hospital building. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Carole Wilson Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31Volume 9 pages 101-110 [dflip id="9057" ][/dflip] The Council met on Monday May 8th 1899.Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, Skinner, McQueen, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Wood and Bruce. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From A .Mc C. Creery etal asking for improvements on Pender Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From A. Sherwood Clerk of South Vancouver asking for a reply to his letter re 16th Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From McPhillips & Williams asking for the City’s consent to granting of the foreshore applied for by the B.C. Sugar Refining Co.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Cities of Nanaimo and Victoria inviting the Mayor, Council and citizens to be present at their respective cities on the 24th of May.Moved by Alderman Grant.Seconded by “ McQueen,That the invitation be accepted with thanks and that they be informed that as many as the Council and citizens will be present as possible.Carried. From Wilson & Senkler Solicitors for E.J. Clark asking the city reconvey Clark's Park for their client.Referred to the City Solicitor & Finance Committee. From R. Marpole Supt. C.P.R. Co. acknowledging receipt of communication re the location of a way station in the east end.Filed. From the Hon. C.A. Semlin notifying the Council of the appointment of F. McD. Russell as substitute Police Magistrate.Filed. [Volume 9 page] 102 From F.C. Triman asking for a sidewalk on Pendrell Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From R. Marpole acknowledging receipt of C.P.R. exemption agreements.Filed. From T.E. Julian Architect asking for a basement drain from the Catholic Church Richards St.Referred to the City Engineer. From the B.C. Elec. Co. making a proposition for sprinkling the Streets.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Hon. F.C. Cotton acknowledging receipt of telegram from Mayor re Deadman’s Island.Filed. From John Nisbet claiming damages for light broken by blasting on Harwood St.Referred to the Board of Works. From the City Engineer reporting the current at the power house up to the standards.Filed. From Robertson & Hackett asking for a better water supply for their mill on False Creek.Referred to the Water Committee. Light Railway & Tramway Committee The Light Railway & Tramway Committee met on Tuesday May 2nd 1899.Present Aldermen McPhaiden, Foreman and Wood. The following account was recommended for payment:-B.C. Elec. Co. Lights etc $167.10 Resolved that the Street Railway be re [Volume 9 page] 103 quested to change their method on moonlights by not lighting

400 Cans of Salmon and Condensed Milk Seized as “Unfit for Human Food” – May 22, 1899

The Medical Health Officer and Health Inspector reported that they had seized about 400 cans of salmon and condensed milk which they had condemned as being unfit for human food and suggesting that a letter be sent to the Secretary of the Canners Association calling attention to the immediate necessity of abolishing the sale of the cheap class of goods known as “turn over salmon". This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Darlene Ochotta Source: Vancouver Municipal ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Volume 9pages 123 - 133 [dflip id="9086" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 123 Vancouver May 22nd 1899. The Council met on Monday May 22nd 1899 Present Aldermen Gilmour, Grant, McQueen, Skinner, McGuigan, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood. Moved by Alderman Foreman,Seconded by “ McQueen,That Alderman Brown be appointed Acting Mayor.Carried. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From the Departments of Militia and Marine Ottawa agreeing to accept the Light House sites in Stanley Park as agreed on by the Park Commissioners.The Communications were filed and copies ordered to be forwarded to the Park Commissioners. From Davis, Marshall and Macneill Solicitors for the Creditors of the B.C. Iron Works asking if the City will accept 25 cts on the dollar for their accounts.Referred to the Finance Committee. From J.E. Julian asking for permission to connect the basement of the Catholic Church temporarily with the public sewers.Referred to the City Engineer & B. of Works. From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.Filed. From the City Engineer reporting that a new landing at Brockton Point would cost about $400Referred to the Board of Works. From P.J. Langan etal, asking for the grading of Venables Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From J.W.F. Johnson asking for the grading… [Volume 9 page] 124 …of Davie Street opposite Lot 74, Block 37, D.L.185Referred to the Board of Works. From Theo Ludgate, asking for an inspection of the lane in rear of his premises 1178 Pender St.Referred to the Health Inspector. From Beaumont Boggs, Secretary of the Queen’s Birthday Celebration Committee, Victoria inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to lunch at the Driard.Moved by Alderman McQueen, Seconded by “ Grant,That the invitation be accepted with thanks.Carried. From H. Robinson etal asking for a sidewalk on Raymur Avenue.Referred to the Board of Works. From Chas. E. Tisdall, MPP recommending that some member of the Engineering Staff or one of the Ward Foremen be appointed to report on the cost of constructing a road between Hastings and Barnet.Moved by Alderman Grant,Seconded by “ Gilmour,That the suggestion contained in Mr. Tisdall’s communication be carried into effect.Carried. From Robert Leighton, Secretary of the B.C. Jockey Club inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to be present at Hastings on the 24th inst. at Matinee.Moved by Alderman McPhaidenSeconded by “ Grant,That the invitation be accepted with thanks.Carried. From A.K.H. MacFarlane, Secretary of the Foot Ball Club inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to be present at the opening of the Powell Street Athletic Grounds on the 24th

Slaughterhouses to Stay on the Shores of False Creek – May 29, 1899

Council overturned a request from Ward 5 citizens asking that they take the necessary steps to remove the slaughterhouses from the shores of False Creek. After hearing from Job Kelly complaining of language used towards him by Constable Wylie at the Police Station, the police were warned to be more respectful in future towards citizens. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Barbara Kearney-Copan Source: City of Vancouver Archives COV S31 715-E-02 Volume 9pages 134-142 [dflip id="9069" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 134 Vancouver May 29th 1899 The council met on Monday May 29th 1899. Present Acting Mayor Brown and Aldermen Grant McQueen, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Foreman, Wood and Bruce. The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From the Chairman of the Park Commissioners advising that the steamboat landing which was swept away from Brockton Point be not replaced.Referred to the Board of Ward 8 From D.C. Harrison Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council drawing attention to the flimsy character of certain buildings erected with the fire limits and asking for the appointment of a Building Inspector.Referred to the Board of Ward 8 From the Secretary of the Trades & Labor Council asking for the passage of a By-Law compelling parties to weigh coal and number wood properly.Referred to the Market Committee From R. Byron Johnson et al asking the Council to take steps to prevent Geo E. Magee from erecting a wharf on False Creek.Referred to the Board of Ward 8 From J. H. Shirley, C. M. C. Burnaby asking the Council to repair Dundas St.Referred to the Board of Ward 8 From the Manager of the BC Electric Co. acknowledging receipt of communication asking him to construct a road from Hastings to the Park and to stop all crossings on the inter urban branch within the City and promising to have the wishes Council carried into effect.Filed. From the Hon. F. C Cotton acknowledging receipt of communication asking him to construct a road from Hastings to Barnet and stating that on account of the cost it could not be done this year.Referred to the Board of Ward 8 [Volume 9 page] 135 From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From H. T. Smith complaining of the delay in finishing the repairs to the library building. Moved by Alderman ForemanSeconded by Alderman McGuiganThat the City Clerk be instructed to write to the owners of the free library building asking him to hurry up repairs thereto. Carried. From Wm. Towler & Alfonse Fairon asking the Council to take immediate steps to have the slaughter houses on Mount Pleasant removed.Referred to the Board of Health From Dr. McEwen stating that the scavengers in emptying the hospital soffit had damaged same.Referred to the Board of Health From Wm. Ralph that asking the Mayor to call a public meeting for the purpose of arranging for the celebration of the first of July. Moved by Alderman McQueenSeconded by Alderman Foreman.That the Mayor be requested to call

Council Trades Use of Wharf for Support of Rogers Sugar Foreshore Claim – June 5, 1899
Council Trades Use of Wharf for Support of Rogers Sugar Foreshore Claim  – June 5, 1899

If the Rogers Sugar Refining Co. grant the City use of their wharf for 66 feet west of Rogers Street, the Council will have no objection to the foreshore applied for by the Company being granted. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick Illustration: CVA 1972-582.15 - Plate 28 [Rogers Street & BC Sugar Refinery map] Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31 Volume 9 pages 143 – 151 [dflip id="9236" ][/dflip] [Volume 8 page] 143 Call to order: Vancouver June 5th 1899 The Council met on Monday June 5th 1899Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, McQueen, Skinner, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From W.M. Wilson, representing Williams Directory asking the City to purchase a number of copies of the new work.Referred to the Board of Works. From Messrs. Cambie, Farrell and Alexander Arbitrators on Oppenheimer Award objecting to the amount fixed for their services.Referred to the Finance Committee. From C.T.W. Pipes asking for a sidewalk on Robson St.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Secretary of the Canadian Mining Institute acknowledging receipt of invitation from the Council to visit Vancouver.Filed. From C.D. Macneill, Agent for the owners of the Free Library stating the repairs to the building were about completed.Filed. From G.T. McTavish, Secretary of the Vancouver Rowing Club asking for an appropriation.Laid over for motions. From W.H. Gallagher, etal, protesting against the closing of the North End of Boundary Av.Referred to the City Solicitor. From E. Norseworthy, asking for the opening up of the lane in rear of Dufferin St.Referred to the Board of Works. From A.F. Beasby asking for repairs …. [Volume 8 page] 144 …. To the sidewalk on Burnaby St near Beach Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From the American Consul furnishing Health Reports from Seattle, Spokane, Portland and Tacoma.The communication was referred to the Health Committee and the City Clerk instructed to thank Mr. Dudley for his courtesy in the matter. From the Police Department reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From Mr. W.T. Bullen, Managing Director of the BC Marine Railway stating that the Dominion Government intended reducing their Docking Rafts at Esquimalt, 50 per cent, and asking the Council to telegraph the authorities to suspend the new rates until the facts are thoroughly investigated. Moved by Alderman Brown.Seconded by Alderman Foreman.Whereas, the Council is informed that it is the intention of the Dominion Government to lower the rates hitherto payable for docking and repairing ships at the Government Dock Yards by a reduction of 50 per cent; And whereas the sum of $40,000 has been invested on Burrard Inlet in the erection of a marine railway and if such proposed reduction is made in the opinion of the Council it will most seriously affect the prospects of such industry which has only just been established and under the investment therein a profitless one by reason of the competition of Government Docks at charging a very

Vancouver Claims Rights to Deadman’s Island, Foreshore – June 12, 1899
Vancouver Claims Rights to Deadman’s Island, Foreshore – June 12, 1899

Alderman Brown announced that if Mr. Ludgate was allowed by the Province to log Deadman's Island, he would move that the City Solicitor look in to the City's rights to the Island. Council agreed that the City claims free access to the foreshore Burrard Inlet over the ends of Cambie, Carroll and Abbott Streets and that notice be given to the CPR to that effect. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives #St Pk P330 Vancouver Police at Deadman’s Island. Source: Photo by Broadbridge-Bullen, Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31Volume 9 pages 152 – 161 [dflip id="9253" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 152 Call to order: Vancouver June 12th 1899 The Council met on Monday June 12th 1899Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, McQueen, Skinner, McGuigan, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From R. Marpole, General Superintendent of the CPR Co. asking the City to join with him in constructing a sewer through Block 16. DL 541.Referred to the Board of Works. From Joseph Johnston complaining about the unsanitary condition of a lot next to his dwelling 405 Keefer St.Referred to the Health Inspector. From the Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From Mayor Hardin, New Whatcom tendering a vote of thanks to the Mayor and Council for the courtesy shown them on their visit to Vancouver.Accepted and filed. From John Gill complaining of being used unfairly in connection with a drain on Richards Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From E. Machim, Secretary of the Free Library Board, asking that $1000 be placed to their credit.Referred to the Finance Committee. From Hope, Graveley & Co asking for improvements on Comox St and Beach Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From S.A. McDowell asking for a box drain from his premises.Referred to the Board of Works. From Philip Fewster on the septic tank system.Referred to the Board of Works. [Volume 9 page] 153 Reports The following Reports were received and read: Light, Railway & Tramway Committee The Light, Railway & Tramway Committee met on Tuesday June 6th 1899.Present: Aldermen McPhaiden, Grant, Wood and Foreman.The following account was recommended for payment: BC Elec Co.lights$1885.10 Communications From W.B. Ross asking that his claim against the City be settled by arbitration.Referred to the Police Committee. From James Clandenning declining to accept the position of Inspector on Street Railway Construction.Filed. From the BC Elec Co asking that certain poles on Westminster Road be allowed to remain where they are for a short time.Filed. Resolved that the Health Committee be requested to arrange for the installation of one meter at the City Hospital instead of three there at present. SgdD. McPhaidenChairman Moved by Alderman McPhaidenSeconded by Alderman GrantThat the Report be adopted.Carried. Health Committee The Health Committee met on Wednesday June 7th 1899.Present: Aldermen McQueen (in the Chair), Grant, Foreman and Bruce.The following accounts were recommended for payment: Geo. CalderCottage Hospital$541.31City Grocer Co.Supplies218.70Gas Co.Supplies9.50Nelson Drug

Coal and Wood Measurements Need Enforcement – June 21, 1899
Coal and Wood Measurements Need Enforcement – June 21, 1899

The Secretary of the Trades & Labor Council asked to have By-Law enforced for weighing coal and measuring wood. Referred to the City Solicitor for a Report as to the City’s power in the matter. Illustration shows the S. S. Joan, which was to be used for the upcoming Press Excursion. Illustration Source: S.S. Joan - University of British Columbia. Library. Rare Books and Special Collections. The Chung Collection. CC_PH_01580 Source: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 162-169 [dflip id="9377" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 162 Vancouver June 21st 1899 The Council met on Monday June 21st 1899Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, McQueen, Skinner, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From the Mayors of New Whatcom, Blaine and Seattle inviting the Mayor, Council and Citizens to their respective cities for the 4th of July.Accepted with thanks. From C. W. Murray, Secretary of the School Board asking that the sum of $1750 be placed to their credit for the purpose of completion of the 3rd storey of the east end school. Moved by Alderman McQueenSeconded by Alderman ForemanThat his request be granted.Carried. From Geo. D. Scott complaining about being misinformed by the City Engineer as to the grade of Nicola Street; also, from A. E. Maenang (illegible) to the same effect.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From Chas. Woodward, Acting for the Trades and Labor Council asking for the use of the Council Chambers for Wednesday evening June 28th to hold meeting re east end of False Creek and other Foreshore matters and asking that and asking for correspondence, maps etc bearing on the subject. Moved by Alderman BruceSeconded by Alderman ForemanThat his request be granted.Carried. From A. K. H. Macfarlane, Secretary of the Foot Ball Club requesting that the earth to be taken from Westminster Avenue be placed on Powell Street Grounds.Referred to the Board of Works. From J. Focke again complaining of ….. [Volume 9 page] 163 … the premises occupied by Mrs. Plews on Keefer St.Matter attended to. From John Oben, confectioner asking permission to leave his sign up until the 1st of July.Filed. From Boyd & Co giving notice of an advance in prices of wrought iron etc.Filed. From Jas. D. Hall, Secretary of the Celebration Committee requesting that the Government be asked to proclaim June 30th a Public Holiday.Attended to. From F. Gourdeau, Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries, acknowledging receipt of telegram re reduction of Docking charges.Filed. From Evans, Coleman & Evans, stating that the S. S. Joan would be open for engagement for the Press Excursion.Filed. From C. G. Major offering Lots 8 to 24. Block 63 185 for $17500.Laid over for By-Law. From J. C. McLagan presenting a panoramic view of the City.Accepted with thanks. From Beddis etal asking for improvements on 9th Av.Referred to the Board of Works. The following Reports were received and read: Fire and Police Committee The

Celebration Funds Released, Sewerage Considered – June 28, 1899
Celebration Funds Released, Sewerage Considered – June 28, 1899

$1,000 was given to the Committee to celebrate July 1. Council resumed consideration of the upcoming sewage by-law. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon. Source: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9page 179 only [dflip id="9181" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 179Vancouver June 28th 1899. The Council met on Wednesday June 28th 1899.Present the full Board. Communications From Geo Bartley, Secretary of the Celebration Committee asking for the turning over of the cheque for $1000 voted by Council for celebration purposes.Moved by Alderman McQueen.Seconded by “ ForemanThat his request be granted.Carried From A. N. Talbot & Philip Fewster re Septic Tank System.Filed for reference. Consideration of By-LawsMoved by Alderman Bruce.Seconded by “ Foreman.That the Council resume consideration of Sewerage By-Law in Committee of the Whole with the Mayor in the Chair.Carried. After consideration of proposed district to be Sewered it was moved by Alderman Foreman.Seconded by Alderman Gilmour.That the Committee rise and report and ask leave to sit again.Carried. The Council then adjourned. sgd W. BrownChairman Thos. F. McGuiganCity Clerk

Council Reviews Lists of Accounts – July 3, 1899
Council Reviews Lists of Accounts – July 3, 1899

Council reviewed lists of accounts from the Fire and Police Committee, the Finance Committee, the Water + Market Committee, and the Board of Works. Evans, Coleman and Evans provided supplies to several civic committees throughout the 1890s. Their premises (pictured here) were on Alexander Street at the corner of Columbia, according to the 1899-1900 Vancouver City Directory, page 152. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon. Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives:Item: Wat P82 - [Looking south from the Evans, Coleman and Evans wharf at the foot of Columbia Street] Source: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 180 - 184 [dflip id="9194" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 180 Vancouver July 3rd 1899The Council met on Monday July 3rd 1899. Present – Alderman Grant, McQueen, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood..Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman. Communications From Braden & Co. etal. asking for the opening up of a Street in 184.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Pacific Bridge Co asking for information re proposed rock tunnelReferred to the Engineer for reply. From the City Clerk of Columbia acknowledging receipt of invitation to attend celebrations.Filed. From the City Clerk of Nanaimo asking for an opinion on the Ronald Engine.Referred to Chief Carlisle for reply. From the Police reporting on the Electric LightFiled. From J. Mason & Co protesting against the piling of fill next to their property.Referred to the Board of Health. From A.D. Taylor asking for the removal of a dead cat in rear of his premises.Referred to the Health Inspector. The following Reports were received and read: Fire and Police Committee S. McPhersonFiremen’s Suits$503.50B. C. M. T. + T. co.Supplies2.28W. J. McGuiganInquest10.00 [Volume 9 page] 181 Champion + WhiteScavengering$1.15G. A. RoeddeSupplies3.00W. PedderTeaming.50Capt. McLeodRefund of fune5.00John CurrellLabor2.00 Communications From H. E. Campbell resigning his position as electrician.Accepted From the Chief of Police asking for a patrol wagon for the 1st of July.Granted From M. L. Tingley, Manager, C. P. Tel Co asking why he should be compelled to remove sign in front of office.Referred to the City Solicitor to report thereon to the Board of Works. From G. F. Colbick and J. Purdy asking for a plain suit of clothing.Resolved that they be asked what their monthly receipts amount to. Resolved that applications be called up to the next meeting of the Board to fill vacancy created by the resignation of H. E. Campbell. Sgd.H. E. GilmourChairman Moved by Alderman BruceSeconded by " McPhaidenThat the report be adopted.Carried Finance Committee The Finance Committee met on Thursday June 29th 1899.Present Aldermen McQueen, Brown and Wood. The following accounts were recommended for payment - L. C. York + Co.Pressing hay$28.43Rose Bros.Hack1.50Van Transfer Co.“5.00CPR CoTickets40.00Trythall + SonSupplies41.90G. Hutchings“3.50Hicks LotHacks95.00 sgdJames McQueenChairman [Volume 9 page] 182 Moved by Alderman McQueenSeconded by " McGuiganThat the report be adopted.Carried Water and Market Committee The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday June 28th 1899.Present the full Board. Communications From Wm Tytler Lumber Co. asking for a hydrant on Rogers Street

Council Split Over $2,000 Settlement Offer – July 17, 1899

In June of 1898, the steamship Laurada had caused considerable damage to Vancouver's Water Works. Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, McQueen, McPhaiden and Foreman were in favour of an offer to settle "all proceedings and action against the steamship...upon payment of the said sum of $2000, ... to be paid on the 18th of July 1899". Aldermen Brown, Bruce, and Wood opposed the settlement. A few months later, the Province newspaper for Nov. 22 1899 reported the Laurada "had been pounded to pieces on the rocks, and nothing could be saved". Source: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Volume 9pages 197 - 207 [dflip id="9133" ][/dflip] This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Barbara Kearney-Copan. Vancouver July 17th 1899 The Council met on Monday July 17th 1899. Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, McQueen, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce, and Wood. The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From Messrs. Boyd and Clandenning withdrawing their tender of rock tunnel. Moved by Alderman GilmourSeconded by Alderman ForemanMessrs. Boyd and Clandenning having written withdrawing their tender for rock tunnel for water works, resolved that the deposit of the contractors accompanying their tender be forfeited in accordance with the provisions of the specifications and that new tenders be called for to drive a road tunnel . Said tenders to be received up to July 26th 1899 at 4 p.m.Carried. From the Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From Lee Yune Co. et al asking for the watering of Dupont Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From the City Solicitor advising that the Council had no power to pass a By-Law to compel barber shops to close on Sundays.Filed. From John Twigg asking if it was contemplated to do any work on Seaton St.Referred to the Board of Works. From McCusker & Simson asking for the opening up of a portion of Gilford St.Referred to the Board of Works. From John E. Sutherland et al asking for a sidewalk on Barclay St.Referred to the Board of Works. [volume 9 page] 198 From E. H. Heaps & Co. asking for the favorable consideration of their application for a hydrant and fire alarm box.Referred to the City Engineers. From the City Solicitor stating that the City would not be responsible for an accident on the street caused through overcrowding.Filed. From Geo. Stevens asking for improvements on Comox Street and a hydrant and fire alarm box.Referred to the Water, Works & Fire Committee. From J. C. Morton asking for the return of $11.00 advanced to Detective Butler for bring back one W.J. Greenfield from Victoria.Referred to the Finance Committee and City Solicitor with power to act. From A.K. H. Macfarlane Secretary of the Football Club asking for the remission of the taxes on the Powell Street grounds.Referred to the Finance Committee. From Geo. Le Roy asking for a sidewalk on 3rd Ave.Referred to the Board of Works. From A.L. Hawley, Vice President of the Seattle-Yukon Transportation Co. offering $2000 in full

Council Offers Court House Free Water For A Fountain – August 14, 1899
Council Offers Court House Free Water For A Fountain – August 14, 1899

R. J. Skinner asked the Water and Market Committee for reduced water rates for Court House grounds. The Committee "[did] not see their way to make any reduction." However, Council as a whole offered to Provincial Government offering free water for the Court House grounds "provided a suitable fountain is erected thereon". Illustration shows the Court House on Hastings St in 1893. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Barbara Kearney-Copan Illustration Source: Item : Bu N13 - Court House, Vancouver B.C. Source: City of Vancouver ArchivesCOV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 238-246 [dflip id="9302" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 238 Vancouver August 14th 1899 The Council met on Monday August 14th 1899.Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, McQueen, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Bruce, and Wood.The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From J. T. Brown, License Inspector asking for one month’s leave of absence.Moved by Alderman McPhaidenSeconded by “ McQueenThat his request be granted.Carried. From W. D. Muir stating that a foot bridge over Westminster Road was encroaching on his property.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Police reporting on the electric lights.Filed. From H. H. Spicer asking for the opening up of 8th Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From James Carnahan complaining about the Health Inspectors.Referred to the Board of Works. From John Rumble et al asking for improvements on Homer Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From Alderman R. B. Skinner asking for one month’s leave of absence.Moved by Alderman McQueenSeconded by “ GrantThat Alderman Skinner be granted one month’s leave of absence.Carried. From Chas. Seabrooke complaining about the condition of Westminster Avenue at Dufferin Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From P. G. Fenton et al asking for a traffic [Volume 9 page] 239 bridge on 8th Avenue from Westminster Road.Referred to Board of Works. From A. E. Lees et al asking for the amending of the Sunday closing By-Law to permit the sale of refreshments at English Bay.Referred to the Police Committee From J. Buntzen General Manager of the B. C. Electric Railway Co. stating that the cars were running on Fairview up to agreement.Filed. From C. W. Murray Secretary of the School Board asking for the passing of a Curfew By-Law.Laid over. The following reports were received and read:- Fire and Police Committee The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday August 8th 1899.Present Aldermen Gilmour, McPhaiden and Brown. The following accounts were recommended for payment:- J. Mc McLeanMedical Evidence$5.00Robinson & PeppardDraying15.00F. A. LeeHack hire8.00ThP. Dunn & Co.Supplies1.25Robt Clark“8.25Mackenzie Bros.“82.90W. J. McGuiganInquiry5.00Can Gen Elec Co.Supplies15.67McLennan & McFeely“36.69City Grocery Co.“38.42Alfred PooleMedical Evidence5.00Valley Dairy Co.Supplies3.05S. McPherson“104.75Armstrong & Morrison“1.95McDowell & Co.“7.00R. Casselman“1.85M. RaeKeep of Dogs6.00G. W. HutchingsSupplies14.25Evans Coleman & Evans“14.25C. S. Philp“8.20R. Parker & Sons“27.28C. P. R. Co.“6.67 [Volume 9 page] 240 J. DodsonSupplies$18.80 Resolved that the Chairman, the Chief of the Fire Department and the Doctor in attendance on Fireman Davie be authorized to examine into his case and report thereon at next meeting. Resolved that the Chief of the Fire Department be instructed to

Two Bicycles Purchased for Vancouver Police – May 15, 1899
Two Bicycles Purchased for Vancouver Police – May 15, 1899

Resolved that two bicycles be purchased for the Police Force viz one Gendrow at $50.00 and one Massey Harris at $52.50. James Clandenning was appointed Inspector on the Street Railway Construction on Denman Street at a Salary of $3.50 per day. At least two companies offered prices for street sprinkling (to keep the dust down) for the summer of 1899. This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Carole Wilson Source: City of Vancouver Archive Series 31COV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9pages 111- 122. [dflip id="9353" ][/dflip] [Volume 9 page] 111 Vancouver May 15th 1899. The Council met on Monday May 15th, 1899.Present, His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, Skinner, McQueen, McGuigan, McPhaiden, Brown, Freeman, Bruce and Wood. The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted. Communications From D. C. Harrison secretary of the Trades and Labor Council in reference to the acquiring of False Creek Flats east of Westminster Av. Bridge.Referred to the Board of Works. From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.Filed. From R. G. Tatlow Chairman of the Park Commissioners stating that the landing at Brockton Point had not been removed but had been blown away but that the material was being utilized to construct boat landings. Moved by Alderman Gilmour.Seconded by “ Skinner,That Aldermen Bruce and Skinner be appointed a committee to confer with the Park Commissioners with power to add to their numbers re Brockton Point Landings.Carried. From C. J. Major asking if there was a likelihood of a By-Law being introduced for the purchase of Lots 8 to 24 Block 64 D.L. 185. From J. Focke insisting upon Mrs. Plews connecting her premises with the public Sewers.Referred to the City Solicitor and Health Committee. [Volume 9 page] 112 From D. C. Harrison Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council stating that shanghaiing was being openly carried on in Vancouver and asking for its suppression. Referred to the Police Committee. From the Smart:Eby Machine Co. Ltd. stating that they were prepared to quote prices on machinery.Filed for Reference. From A. Kitt-Ledger asking for improvements on 9th Av.Referred to the Board of Works. From Messrs Cambie, Farrell & Rich H. Alexander asking for payment of Arbitration fees on the Oppenheimer Arbitration.Referred to the Finance Committee. From E. H. Heaps asking for improvements on Dundas Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From Dr. Selwyn et al asking for improvements on Broughton Street.Referred to the Board of Works. From E. Baynes Reed asking if the people wished the signal gun to be continued.Left to the Mayor for reply. From Chas. H. Mouat Secretary of the Early Closing Committee asking the Council to pass Legislation making it illegal for places of business to remain open after 6 P.M.Filed the Council having no power to act in the matter. From C.H. Mouat drawing attention to the fact that certain Mercantile houses were kept open on Sundays.Referred to the Police Committee. From Philip Fewster offering his services to go to England to report on