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

workers laying street railway tracks Vancouver 1893
Workers laying street railway tracks at Main and Powell streets in Vancouver, 1893

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

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Krystyna Richards

Illustration: Vancouver Archives Item AM54-S4-: Trans P13
[Laying tracks for the Vancouver Street Railway Company
on the corner of Westminster Avenue (Main Street) and Powell Street]

original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 30 – 31

Vancouver April 19th 1894

[Volume 6 page 30]

The Council met on Thursday April 19th 1894 at 8p.m.

Present. Alderman Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown and Bethune.

Alderman C.L Brown was appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor.

A depution from the Street Railway Co and bond holders of the Co were present, consisting of Messrs Wm Murray, Wm Farrell, R.G. Tatlow and Hutchings.

After considerable discussion re Powell Street track, it was moved by
Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by Alderman Franklin.
That proceedings be taken to have the Franchise granted the Company over that portion of Powell Street from Westminster Avenue to Campbell Avenue declared forfeited and the Company remove the track from that portion of the Street.

Moved in amendment by Alderman McCraney.
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden.
That the Street Railway Co or the legal representatives of them be instructed to at once place the present Powell Street track on the proper street grade and to place their portion of the street in a thorough state of repair and to the entire satisfaction to the City Engineer.
Motion carried.

For the motion. Queen, Wm Brown, Franklin and Bethune.
Against “ McPhaiden, McCraney.
Aldermen Salsbury & Shaw did not vote.

For the amendment. Aldermen McCraney & McPhaiden.
Against. Shaw, Queen, Wm Brown, Franklin & Bethune.

[Volume 6 page 31]

Alderman Salsbury did not vote.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Estimates.
Alderman Salsbury in the Chair.

After discussing the Estimates to some length the Council Committee rose to report progress and asked leave to sit again.

The Council then adjourned.

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk

R.A.A. Anderson