MacLean for Sheriff; City to buy Studebaker street sprinkler – April 11, 1892

horse-drawn Studebaker street sweeper, photo taken about 1947
photo by Wayne Warner, used courtesy Ranger Kidwell-Ross at

Malcom A. MacLean (first Mayor of Vancouver) unanimously favoured by Council as Sheriff of the newly-formed Judicial District of the City of Vancouver. Current Mayor Cope to call a public meeting to decide whether to form a Militia Corps. Mr. Schindler allowed to build a rollway under the sidewalk at Granville and Georgia Street, so long as it doesn’t interfere with pedestrians. The Fire, Water & Light Committee empowered to get quotes on a Studebaker street sprinkler.

This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Krystyna Richards
and sponsored by the Woodward family

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 733-741

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Vancouver April 11th 1892
The Council met on Monday April 11th 1892
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen, Anderson, Connon, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Mills, Odlum and Franklin.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.
The following Communications were received and read:-
From the Market Clerk, furnishing weekly report.

From G.E. Corbould M.P., acknowledging receipt of resolutions re Treaty with Sandwich Islands and the subsidizing of same Company to carry the mails North.

From the Governor General, acknowledging receipt of resolution re the appointment of a public analyst.

From Dr Wilson, accepting his appointment as a member of the Library Board.

W.M. O’Dwyer requesting that the City water be turned on on Burrard St.
Moved by Alderman Connon
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the matter be referred to the F.W&L Committee with power to act.

From J.P. Blake, asking that the water be diverted off his lot on Hastings Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor stating that the City was responsible for the payment of the account of Drake Jackson and Co.
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Connon

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That the account be referred to the Finance Committee with power to settle.

From Kirby Douglas, applying for a position on the Fire Department.
Referred to F.W&L Committee

From F.L. Prior etal asking for the opening up of Columbia Street.
Referred to Board of Works.
From H. Abbott, stating that he would accept water rates fixed by City for the wharf if he understood the terms correctly.

From the Post Master General, acknowledging receipt of Communication re Northern Coast Mail Service.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.
Referred to F.W&L Committee

From C. Foley complaining about the many changes of grade on Powell Street.
Referred to Board of Works

From the City Accountant, giving Statement of Salaries paid in all Departments of the City Service.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From John A. McAlpine, and others, asking that the name of Powell Street be Changed to Oppenheimer Street.
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the petition be referred to the same Committee having the Oppenheimer Street petition in hand to examine, and report.

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From C.F. Foreman etal, asking that the grading of Princess Street be continued to Clark St.
Referred to Board of Works.
From J. Honesty reporting on the Slaughter houses
From the B.C. Iron Works Co. for the Contract for making the hydrants.
Referred to the F.W&L Committee

The following Reports were received and read.

F.W&L. Committee Report:

The F.W&L. Committee met on Wednesday April 6th 1892.
Present. Aldermen Franklin, Mills and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Alex Gartshore. Water pipes $1692.39
City Treasurer. Refund .85

2. E.A. Snyder etal be informed that the water will be extended up Harris Street as soon as the water pipes arrive.

3. That the City Engineer be appointed to accompany Mr Garden up Capilano Creek to examine and report on location of road.

4. That the Council be furnished with, a list of the Water Works employees, and their Salaries, also the rates paid for the different motors and meters now in use.

5. That the Indian Department be paid, at the rate of $80.00 per acre for 5 ½ acres on the Capilano River, and that, an application be made for 10 acres more on the same terms.

6. That this Committee be empowered to

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get tenders for a Studebaker sprinkler for Street watering
sgd J.L. Franklin
Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Connon
That the Report be adopted

Police Committee’s Report:

The Police Committee met on Friday April 8th 1892.
Present. Aldermen Collins, Gavin and McCraney
It was recommended:-
1. That the tender of Wm Murphy be accepted for furnishing uniforms to the police force from sample no. one, as follows:-
Officers Uniforms per Suit $ 32.50
Sergeants “ 37.50
Chiefs “ 42.50

2. That the Chief of Police be instructed to enforce the law (if any) compelling Barber Shops to be closed on Sunday

3. That M.G. McLeod be appointed Police Court Clerk in addition to his other duties.

4. That the resolution passed by the Council on the 2nd day of May November AD. 1891 in relation to rewards to the police be rescinded and that their present agreements be cancelled, and that the City Clerk be instructed to have new agreements prepared on the original basis.

5. That the following accounts be paid:-
Champion & White Scavengering $1.00
W.A. McIntosh Supplies 27.28
M.G. McLeod fares 2.50

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E.A. Harris fares 2.50
John Reed Drugs .50
J.P. Blake Bread 17.80
R.V. Winch Supplies 13.16
W.H. Oatway Drayage 1.00
Vancouver Book Binding Co. Books 7.50
Ideal Grocery Supplies 27.51
sgd Henry Collins
Moved by Alderman Connon
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the report be adopted as read.

Finance Report

The Finance Committee met on Friday April 8th 1892.
Present. Aldermen Anderson, Mills, Collins and McGuigan
It was recommended:-
1. That H.J. Franklin, in addition to his duties in the Water Works department, be required to act, as messenger, and perform such other duties, as he may be called upon to perform by the heads of the Finance Department of the City Hall.

2. That J.M. Browning, C.P.R Land Commissioner be communicated with, and, asked on what Sterms he will sell Block 48.W.L.541 for City Hall purposes.

3. That the following accounts be paid:- $
Davis & Taylor. Frosting etc. 20.35
Thomson Bros. Stationery 3.25
A.M. Haldenly Witness fees 2.75
Telephone Co. rent 30.05
Van Book Binding Co. 14.50
S.T. Tilley & Son Stationery 13.80
C.P. Telegraph Co. Telegrams 11.62
Sgd R.A. Anderson. Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Mills
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Report of Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday April 7th 1892.
Present. Aldermen McCraney, Connon, Franklin and Gavin
It was recommended:-
1. That permission be not granted to Mr Shindler to excavate for a rollway under the Sidewalk on Granville St for said the building on corner of Granville & Georgia, but it is further resolved to grant him permission to excavate for, and fix rollway, under sidewalk on Georgia Street on the lane at the rear of the buildings if however the rollway is placed on Georgia Street the opening shall not be larger than 6 feet by 6 feet, and shall be placed at the outer side of the Sidewalk so as not to obstruct the passage for pedestrians, and to the satisfaction of the City Engineer.
This resolution does not refer to the areas for lighting the basement.

2. That the Contractor for the World Printing and Publishing Co’s building on Homer Street be granted permission to construct area walls as per plan submitted, the grating for unloading coal paper etc in to the basement to be placed in the lane and areas for light only on Homer Street to the satisfaction of the City Engineer.

4. That the following Estimates be submitted to the Finance Committee for adoption:-
Salaries 10,000
Stationery 250

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Repairs 7,500
Street Cleaning 1,000
Contingent 10,000
Telephone 84
Crushed rock 17,000
Delivering rock 7,200
Repairs to Bridges 2,000
Street Work 70,000
Bituminous area pavement
by frontage tax 100,000
Sewerage 150,000

5. That the following accounts be paid:- $
Thomson Bros. Stationery 12.00
Thos Dunn & Co. Supplies 57.12
J.M. O’Toole Plumbing 1.95
E. Gold Supplies 9.45
Columbia Carriage Factory Supplies 16.39
Leamy & Kyle Supplies 21.11
Van Elec Ry & L. Co. Tickets 10.00
J. Potter Drain 10.00
S.T. Tilley & Son Supplies 5.95
E. Myers Lanes 180.00
Hobson Bros Lanes 575.99
E.C. Bristow Homer St 101.65
D.H. Morgan 8th Av. 316.80
W.H. Fraser Hospital 521.47
H Lomas Labor 911.60
sgd H.P. McCraney
Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Anderson
To His Honor the Lieutenant Governor

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of the Province of British Columbia in Council.

Malcolm MacLean
Malcolm MacLean, first Mayor of Vancouver

Whereas the City of Vancouver and its vicinity has been formed into a Judicial District by an Act of the Legislature of this Province at its present Session
And whereas Certain Officials to perform the duties required in consequence of such Act will be required to be appointed.
Be it therefore resolved by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver in Council assembled that the Lieutenant Governor in Council be prayed to appoint Malcolm A. MacLean of this City Esquire Justice of the Peace to the position of Sheriff of this Judicial District and that a copy of this resolution be duly signed and forwarded to the Provincial Secretary.
Carried unanimously

Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Collins
That the Mayor be asked to call a public meeting in the Market Hall at a date as early as possible to give the Citizens an opportunity to express themselves on the question of the establishment of a Militia Corps
1st As to the number of Companies
2nd As to the particular branch or branches of the Militia to be represented
3rd As to the headquarters of said Corps
4th That the Minister of Militia be requested to Stay proceedings in relation to the whole matter so far as it affects the Mainland until, a decision of a specific character be, arrived at by the City, and forwarded to the Militia Department at Ottawa.
5th That a copy of this resolution be sent at once to Mr Corbould.

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Notices of Motion

Alderman Scoullar gave notice that he would introduce, a By-Law, at the next regular meeting to change the name of all streets to numbers and letters.

Alderman Franklin gave notice that he would at the next meeting of the Council introduce a By-Law to regulate the wiring of buildings for electric lighting.

The Council then adjourned