Amendments to Polling By-Law Introduced – January 11, 1897

Council for 1896 read the Amendments to the Polling By-Law twice, and would meet once more on January 18 to wrap up business.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon


Original handwritten minutes: COV Archives Series 31
Volume 7 pages 408 – 412

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Vancouver January 11th 1897

The council met on Monday January 11th 1897.

Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Painter, Banfield, Schou, McPhaiden, Clandenning, Brown, MacDonald and Bethune.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

From the Hon James Baker, Provincial Secretary stating that the Executive Council had decided to accede to the request of the Council to recommend an Amendment to the Revenue Act exempting the Militia in good standing from paying the Poll Tax.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 7th of January 1897.

Present – Aldermen Shaw, McPhaiden and Schou.

Resolved that the Chain gang be instructed to clean up and ditch the lane in Block 46.D.L. 541. Between Homer and Hamilton Streets from Dunsmuir to Georgia to be taken in turn.

From R.A. Walsh re drainage from Lot 11 Block 22. D.L. 185.
Referred to the Engineer for attention

From Thos.R. Condell re rubbish etc blocking up part of Homer Street
Contractor already notified

From S. Matheson asking permission to put electric light lantern opposite

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Balmoral Cafe on Carrall Street at edge of sidewalk, to be supported by a post;
Permission granted if erected satisfactory to the City Engineer.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Thos Dunn & Co Supplies $154.69

Robertson & Hackett “ 5.80

W.L. Tait & Sons “ 124.51

Resolved that the foreman for Ward One fix drain at Georgia St leading from Mr Cambie’s house.

sgd H.P. Shaw

Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday January 8th 1897.
Present – the full Board

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Con. Ry Co Street Lights etc $1795.48

Crowder & Penzar Coal 23.29

Clarke & Stuart Supplies 15.23

The World P & P Co Advertising 16.98

News.Advertiser Supplies 14.88

The Communication from Chas Hill Tout etal was referred to the Incoming Council to deal with.
sgd J.J. Banfield

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ Shaw
That the Report be adopted.

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Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday January 6th 1897.

Present – the full Board

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Crowder & Penzar Supplies $8.56

J. C. Woodrow. “ 59.80

C.S. Philp “ 21.79

J. Dodson “ 28.55

R. Campbell & Co “ 9.

Crowder & Penzar “ 46.20

I.G. Johnstone Labor 2.60

A Nottle “ 3.00

Miss Cao Nursing 10.00

McDowell & Co Supplies 96.10

C.F. Foreman “ 117.91

Champion & White “ 16.00

C. Anderson “ 7.62

Weeks & Robson “ 22.50

G. Drysdale “ 2.75

G.L. Allan “ 11.50

Skinner & Co “ 3.25

Spenser & Co “ 3.25

Pioneer Steam Laundry, Washing 66.06


From the Matron of the Hospital furnishing monthly report; also inventory of hospital furniture and effects. Filed

From Mrs Jessie Roberts asking that the City purchase a ticket to Rossland for her brother.

Resolved that the City Clerk be authorized to purchase a ticket for him at the Charity rate.

From the Cemetery Caretaker reporting that 243 interments took place during the year. Filed.

From Miss Macfie enclosing a copy

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Of a letter received from Mr. A.C. Stewart stating that he had found fault with the assessment [?] of the hospital but on the other hand had spoken of it with the highest praise. Filed

From Dr. Thomas, Medical Health Officer furnishing Annual Report.

Resolved that a copy be forwarded to Secretary of the Provincial Board of Health.

From the Health Inspector furnishing monthly report and suggesting that Clause 98 of the Health By-Law be enforced to prevent rubbish from being thrown on the lanes and Vacant lots.

Resolved that his request be granted.

Resolved that the Chairman be authorized to furnish Mrs Cole with such supplies as she may require.

We recommend that the incoming Council be asked to place a sufficient sum in the Estimates to provide for the Construction of a Woman’s Ward, a kitchen and the division of the hospital into private rooms and the purchase of a kitchen range.

sgd D. McPhaiden

Moved by Alderman McDonald
Seconded by “ Banfield
That the Report be adopted.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by “ MacDonald
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of a bylaw to amend the Polling By-Law.

The bylaw was read a first time

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Move by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Banfield
That the following account be paid
Dr. D. H. Wilson.
Medical attendance $25

Consideration of Bylaws

Move by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Schou

That the rules be suspended to allow of the Second reading of the By-Law to amend the Polling By-Law. Carried

The council went into Committee of the whole for its consideration with the mayor in the Chair. The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported it to Counsel as complete.

The rules were again suspended and the By-Law read a third time on motion of Alderman Brown Seconded by Alderman Bethune.

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Painter
That the council stand adjourned to Monday next at 10 A .M.

Henry Collins

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk