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 by the City to include “the whole of the plant and materials” used to furnish street lighting.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick

Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives photo AM54-S4-: Bu P248
BC Electric Railway Building 1911, with street light in foreground

Original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 1-7

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Vancouver April 2nd 1894
The Council met on Monday April 2nd 1894 at 8 pm
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Alderman Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McCraney, McPhaiden, Franklin, Wm. Brown, C.L. Brown and Bethune.
The minutes of last regular and special meetings were read and adopted.

Communications

From John Campbell asking the Council to take action regarding the correction of the survey in D.L. 185 next to the park. Referred to the Board of Works
From W.S. Gore, Deputy Commissioner of Lands and Works asking for a map of indicating the position of Dundas Street and the roadway through Hastings Townsite. Referred to the Board of Works
From W.B. Ross complaining about being molested on the street. Filed
From A. Gigrew furnishing an affidavit that he had lost 3 poll tax receipts. Filed
From N.G. Tatlow asking if there was any question about the title to Clark’s Park. Referred to the City Solicitor
From the Hon. James Baker, Provincial Secretary asking if proper precautions were being taken to prevent the spread of small pox. Referred to the Board of Health

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From Dr. Thomas reporting cases of contagious disease during the month. Filed
From P. Carey asking for compensation for loss occasioned to him by the change of the grade of Hastings Street. Referred to the Board of Works
From R. Hughes requesting the Police Committee to reconsider its decision re the transfer of the auction house held by S.F. Scott to himself. Filed
From R. Fraser et al protesting against the re-survey of 264A. Referred to the Board of Works
From H. Abbott asking the City to take charge of 76 Chinese detained in quarantine. Referred to the Health Committee

The following reports were received and read:

Water Committee
The Water Committee met on Monday April 2nd 1894.
Present: Alderman Wm. Brown (in the Chair), McPhaiden and Bethune
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid –
W. Hooper etal Labor $310.25
Thos. Veitch Hire of teams $154.35
City Printing Words supplies $4.00

2. That John Potter Be appointed Inspector of the

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Reservoir at a salary of $3.00 per day duties to begin on the 3rd instant: Signed Wm. Brown, Acting Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted Carried

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday March 30th 1894.
Present: Alderman Salsbury, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm. Brown and Bethune
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
J. Miller stamps $40.00
News. Advertise supplies $5.85
H. Henderson Clerical Work $60.00
A. St. G. Hamersley Law Costs $427.26

2. That the Mayor, City Clerk and Finance Committee be authorized to sign a note for $10000 on the behalf of the City of Vancouver bearing interest at the rate of 5 per cent per annum said note being drawn on authority of By-Law No 198 passed on the 3rd day of March 1894.

3. That the communication from Major Townley re grant of $500.00 be laid over to be considered with estimates. Signed W.F. Salsbury, Chairman

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Alderman Wm. Brown seconded by Alderman McDowell.

Fire and Light Committee
The Fire and Light Committee met on Saturday March 31st 1894.
Present: Alderman Franklin, Queen, Shaw and Bethune.
The estimates for the year were finally compiled and referred to the Finance Committee.
Signed J.L. Franklin, Chairman

The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman Queen seconded by Alderman Franklin

Police Committee
The Police Committee met on Wednesday March 28th 1894.
Present: Alderman C.L. Brown, Shaw, Queen, McPhaiden and Wm. Brown
It was recommended:

1. That R. Hughes be allowed to take out a temporary license for 3 months on paying a proportional amount of the annual license, in the event of the Licensee leaving or being absent from the City a temporary license be issued to his partner for at least three months, on paying the proportional amount of the annual license, this only to apply to bona fide <illegible.

2. That the tender of Wm. Murphy be accepted for the Police uniforms as follows:
Officers suits $26.00 Sergeants $28.50
Chief’s $31.00 Helmets at catalogue prices

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3. That Officer Thomas H. Butler’s salary be increased $10 a month dating from March 7th 1894. Signed C.L. Brown, Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by C.L. Brown
That the report be adopted Carried

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on March 29th 1894.
Present: Alderman McCraney, Queen, Franklin and Brown

It was recommended:
1. That the communication from Mr. Harris regarding the grade of the sidewalk on Cordova St be referred to the City Engineer to make estimates for lowering floors.

2. That the communication from F.W. Hewton etal asking for repairs on Lorne Street between Quebec and Manitoba Streets be referred to the Street Inspector to attend to.

3. That the following accounts be paid:
Pay Roll $149.70
Boyd & Clandenning 15.00
Gibbons & Borland 39.69
G.E. Meck 2.00
John Poster 20.00
James Dixon 10.00
Thomas 385.00
D.J. McLellan 25.45
Evans, Coleman & Evans 5.50

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Bailey & Co. 5.00

4. That the case of the CPR vs the City re Gore Ave extension be appealed to the Privy Council.
Signed H.P. McCraney, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted Carried

Motions
Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden

That the following account be paid:
Mrs McLeod Sewing $5.00 Carried

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Franklin

That the resolution passed on March 14th by the Fire and Light Committee “that the present contractors for street lighting be notified that the City intends to expropriate their “poles and wires” be amended by adding the following words “and the whole of the plant and material used by the Company in connection with the lighting of the streets by lights of the Thomson Houston Arc System under the terms of the Agreement made between the Vancouver Illuminating Company and the City of the 7th October 1889 at such time as may be mutually agreed upon and in default of agreement being arrived at that the

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will be settled by arbitration under the terms of the agreement. Carried

Notices of Motion

Alderman Shaw gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he will move that the necessary proceedings be taken to collect overdue taxes.

Alderman McCraney gave notice that at next meeting of Council he will introduce a By-Law to add that portion of Ward 5 lying west of Centre Street to Ward 1.

The Council then adjourned.
Signed R.A. Anderson, Mayor

Thomas P. McGuigan, City Clerk

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