Compensation of Mayor & Aldermen Now A Reality – April 27, 1896

The By-Law to pay City Council was finalized after deleting a clause about potential fines to be deducted. Ashes were ordered to be hauled to Ward 5 to top the crushed rock surface of both Quebec Street and Westminster Ave. (now Main Street). Citizens requested both Birch and Ontario streets to be opened up to the City Limits. Meanwhile, Mr. G. Wagg complained of “stagnant water” lying near his property, and C. J. Harling complained about the “dangerous condition” of Cordova Street between Cambie and Carrall Streets.

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Manuscript: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 7, pages 158-164
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Vancouver April 27th 1896
The Council met on Monday April 27th 1896.

Present: His Worship, the Mayor, and Aldermen Painter, Banfield, Schou, McPhaiden, Clandenning, Brown, MacDonald, Bethune, and Coldwell.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Mrs. A. C. McDermid, Secretary of the Refuge House Victoria stating that they would not admit Mrs. Addison of this city as an inmate.
Filed

From W. H. Smith asking for a sidewalk on Haro Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.
Filed

From M. D. McLennan, New Westminster stating that he would abandon the Fraser River route for the present.
Filed

From J. C. McLagan asking the Aldermen to furnish him with their photos for his souvenir edition of the World to be published on the 10th anniversary of the fie on the 13th of June 1896.
Request granted

From C. J. Harling complaining about the dangerous condition of Cordova Street between Cambie and Carrall Streets and rendering an account for $5.25 for a broken wagon spring.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Messrs Wilson & Campbell asking that the Kirkwood money be paid over.
Referred to the Police Committee

From B. A. Short, Secretary of the City Band thanking the Council for the grant to them and asking that said grant be paid monthly.
Referred to the Finance Committee

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From Colcutt & Co asking that they be not compelled to take out a shop license.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the City Solicitor stating that a Crown Grant had be granted for D. L. 196 in 1865 in which is situated the lots to be filled in on Dupont Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

The following reports were received and read:

Water & Market Committee

The Water & Market met on Wednesday April 22nd 1896.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Painter & Bethune

Tenders for plumbing at the Market were received from the following:
McIntyre & Barr $32.
Scoullar & Co 39.90
M. S. Rose 37.

It was resolved to accept the McIntyre & Barr tender at $32.

Copies of lease of Indian Reserve at the mouth of the Capilano River were received and referred to the City Solicitor and City Engineer.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Can Gen’l Elec Co Supplies $0.75
McLennan & McFeely “ 17.02
Van City Iron Works “ 56.43
John Boyd & Co “ 22.99
A. Davis Labor 8.
J. Franks Supplies 27.50
Thos Dunn & Co “ 71.70
B. C. M. T & L Co “ 13.
News Advertiser “ 4.92
Thos Dunn & Co “ 8.35
J. Allen “ 3.
Cassady & Co “ 163.43
H. M. Customs Duty .90
Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies 21.00
B. C. Iron Works Co “ 700.

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Clarke & Stuart Supplies $8.29
W. Hooper etal Labor 405.

Sgd Wm Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Painter
That the clause in reference to the plumbing tenders be laid over.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the report as amended be adopted.
Carried

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 23rd of April 1896.
Present: Aldermen Painter (in the Chair), McDonald, McPhaiden & Coldwell

Communications

From Mrs. Rogers etal re the opening up of Broughton Street.
Resolved that the Ward Foreman be directed to grade Broughton Street between Haro & Robson Streets

From G. Wagg complaining of stagnant water lying in close proximity to his premises on Westminster Avenue.
Referred to Alderman McDonald to report on

From petitioners at Fairview asking that Birch Street be opened up.
Referred to next meeting of the Board

A delegation from South Vancouver Municipality were informed that their request for the opening up Ontario Street to the city limits would be carefully considered.

It was decided to continue both the papers coming to the City Engineers office as they

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were both paid for in advance to February of next year.

Resolved that the Foreman for Ward 5 be divided to have ashes for Westminster Avenue and Quebec street to cover rock.

Resolved that the foreman for Ward No 4 be directed to haul rock and ashes to Westminster Ave from Princess Street to Keefer and also south of Prior Street to the Bridge.

Resolved that tenders be called up to 4 P.M. the 30th next for the following works:
Laying 8 ft walk on Georgia Street on south side from Homer to Cambie Streets

From J. W. Fonseca offering patent enamelled signs and price list of same.
Laid over for consideration

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
McDowell & Co Supplies $1.30
J. Kerl Drayage 10.
Thos H Tracy Expenses 2.25
Thos Thomas etal Labor 813.65

Sgd H.J. Painter
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Coldwell
That the report be adopted.
Carried

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Light, Railway, & Tramway Committee

The Light, Railway & Tramway Committee met on Monday April 27th 1896.
Present: the full Board

The City Solicitor and Messrs McPhillips and F.S. Barnard were also present.

The proposed agreement for lighting the City was taken up and considered clause by clause but was not finally completed.

Sgd James Clandenning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Schou
That the report be adopted.
Carried

Introduction of By Law

Moved by Alderman Schou
Seconded by “ MacDonald
That the rules be suspended to allow the introduction of a By Law to repeal By Law No 250 known as the Rolling By Law.
Carried

The By Law was read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Schou
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the following By Laws be withdrawn
(a) A By Law to bonus the S. S. Sunbury
(b) A By Law to convey certain lands to the Canadian Pacific Railway Co
Carried

Consideration of By Laws

Moved by Alderman Schou
Seconded by “ MacDonald
That the rules be suspended and the By Law to repeal By Law No 250 read a second time.
Carried

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Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Schou
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By Law.
Carried

The Mayor was appointed Chairman.

The By Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Brown seconded by Alderman Schon.

Reconsideration of By Laws

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ Painter
That the Rate By Law be reconsidered and finally passed and be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal attached thereto.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the By Law to fix remuneration for Aldermen be reconsidered.
Carried

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the By Law for fixing the remuneration for Aldermen be amended by striking out the fining clause.
Carried

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Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the By Law for fixing the remuneration of Aldermen as amended be reconsidered and finally passed and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the City Seal attached thereto.
Carried

The Council then adjourned.

Henry Collins
Mayor

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk