Council Reviews Tramway Agreements – April 22, 1898

Council reviewed Agreements for operating tramway service on parts of Hastings Street and Powell Street. They also invited Mr. Treat to put his smelter proposal in writing for the next meeting, and called for tenders for supplying 1,000 feet of hose to the Fire Department

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Marie-Claude Tremblay

Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 8 pages 267-268

[Volume 8 page] 267

Vancouver April 22nd 1898.
The Council met on Friday April 22nd 1898.

Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Townley, Painter, Neelands, McQueen,
McPhaiden, McGuigan, Foreman, Bruce, and McMorran.


From Oppenheimer Bros. introducing Mr. H. W. Treat representing the owners of the Van Anda and other miners who desire to negotiate for the construction of a smelter in Vancouver.

Mr. Treat appeared before the bar of the Council and explained verbally what he would require in the way of a bonus. He was requested to put his proposition in writing to be read at the regular meeting of Council on next Monday evening.

From H. Darling, manager of the Union S.S. Co notifying the Council that he would hold the City responsible for any further damage to the property of the company by reason of the unextingished fire on Stimson’s Wharf.
Referred to Chief Carlisle for attention.

From the chief of the Fire Department asking for 1000 feet of hose.

Moved by Alderman McMorran.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the City Clerk be instructed to call for tenders for supplying to the Fire Department one thousand feet of hose. Samples to accompany tenders. Tenders to be in by Tuesday next at 4 p.m.
Fire and Police Committee to have the power to award contract.

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Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ McMorran.
That the Council go into committee of the Whole with the Mayor in the Chair for the consideration of the following agreements between the B.C. Electric Co and the City:-
1. For operating a tramway service on Hastings Street between Cambie Street and Westminster Av.
2. For operating a tramway service on Powell St. from Westminster Avenue to Campbell Avenue.

The Agreements were considered clause by clause and reported to Council complete with amendments.

It was then moved by Alderman Townley.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the City Clerk be instructed to send copies of the Agreements as passed to Mr. J. Buntzen, Manager of the B.C. Electric Co.

The Council then adjourned.

James T. Garden

April 25th 1898
Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk