Electric Poles on Barnard Street Must Be Moved Aside – April 5, 1897

Electric Poles on Barnard Street Must Be Moved Aside – April 5, 1897

The Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company (shown here) will be notified to move the poles out on Barnard Street to the required distance where the new walk is to be laid. Alderman Coldwell granted one month’s leave. City Ward Budgets to be paid quarterly from now on.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Leah Minuk.

Illustration Source: City of Vancouver Archives
Reference Code: Trans P161 [The Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company
car barn and power house on Barnard (Union) Street
just west of Westminster Avenue (Main Street)

Text Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 7 page 526 – 532

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[Volume 7 page] 526

Vancouver April 5th 1897

The Council met on Monday April 5th 1897.

Present – His worship the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Painter, Neelands, McQueen, McPhaiden, Clandenning, Brown, W.S. MacDonald and D.G. McDonald.

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ D.G. McDonald.

That the resolution moved in the Committee on March 30th providing for a grant $250 for the Young Women’s Home be declared lost instead of carried and that the balance of the Minutes of the regular and adjourned meetings be adopted.



From H.J. Anstie etal, asking the Council to appoint a delegation to interview the Provincial Government in reference to their railway policy and endeavor them to reconsider it so that a direct road to Kootenay may be constructed at an early date.

Moved by Alderman W.S. MacDonald
Seconded by “ Shaw.
That the Mayor be asked to appoint a delegation as requested by the petitioners.

The Mayor appointed Aldermen Clandenning, McQueen and Shaw to form the delegation.

From J.B. Meytyer, asking for the reconsideration of his request for a Music Hall License or else suppress the institutions now carried on.

Referred to Police Committee

From Norman McLean etal asking the Mayor to call a public meeting in the Market Hall on Wednesday April 7th at 8 P.M. to discuss the policy of the Provincial Government in regards to railway matters.

Request granted.

From N. C. Shon Hon Secy of the Anti Mongolian League stating that he had forwarded the petitions to Mr. G.R. Maxwell, M.P. Ottawa.


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From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.


From Edward Nicolls etal requesting the Mayor to call a public meeting in the Market Hall to consider what memorial if any shall be erected in this City to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of the Queen.

Request granted, meeting to be held in the Market Hall on Friday the 9th inst at 8 P.M.

From Harry Symons acknowledging receipt of resolution re Smelter proposition.


From Messrs Innes, Richards and Akroyd stating that they had been instructed by A. Gilmore of Victoria to raise and connect his buildings on Dupont Street.

Referred to the Health Committee

From Rod Campbell etal asking for repairs to Hamilton Street and an electric light on the corner of Smythe & Hamilton Streets.

Referred to the Board of Works Light Committee.

From J. D. Langlois etal asking for a six foot walk on Hornby Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From W. H. Lucas asking for a Music Hall License.

Referred to Police Committee

The following Reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday April 2nd 1897.

Present the full Board.

The following were approved and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed hereto:-

J.D. Fraser Richards Street sidewalk

Angus Fraser Seymour “ “

Angus Fraser Drake “ “

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J.D. Fraser Granville Street sidewalk

J.D. Fraser Cambie “ “

Armstrong & Morrison Crematory Repairs.

The following account was recommended for payment:-

  1. St. G. Hamersly Disbursements $8.10


From Wm. Skene, Hon Secretary of the Board of Trade asking if the Council desires further to discuss the Smelter matters with the Board.

Laid over.

From J.A. Currie submitting another Smelter proposition.


From John Carston, 2610 Wallace Street, Chicago asking the best terms the City could give for the erection of a sheepskin tannery in Vancouver.

Resolved that he be informed that the City will give him exemption from taxation.

Resolved that the City Solicitor be instructed to communicate with H.H. Spicer and request him to pay to the Collector the Revenue Tax collected from his men last year.

Sgd Jas McQueen

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ Painter.

That the Minutes of the Finance Board be amended by striking out the Minute account application of John Carston re bonus to sheepskin tannery and inserting the following: “that the Clerk write him stating that the only aid the Council could consider might be exemption from taxation for a limited number of years”


Moved by Alderman McQueen.

Seconded by “ Painter

That the Report as amended by adopted.


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Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 1st of April 1897

Present the full Board

Resolved that the Foreman for Ward 4 raise the sidewalk to grade on the South side of Dupont Street opposite the house next to Hip Tuck Lung’s premises.

Resolved that the Chain Gang grade lane in Block 28. 200 a {about 100 feet} to be taken in turn.

Resolved that the Electric Light Co. be notified to move the poles out on Barnard Street to the required distance where the new walk is to be laid.


From J. M. Spinks asking for improvement on 7th Av. Fairview.

Referred to the Ward 5 Alderman to examine & report.

From the B. C. Market Co. Ltd. complaining of water from Front Street running on to their land.

Referred to Alderman for Ward 5 to examine and report.

From S. K. Twigge asking for certain work on Beach Avenue opposite his property.

Laid over till Estimates.

Resolved that tenders be called for the following work up to Thursday at 4 P.M. the 15th of April:

Georgia St., cutting downhill west of Jervis Street.

Heatley Av. 6 ft. walk west side from Barnard to Hastings Street.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

The World P&P. Co. Ads $16.29

W.L. Tait & Sons Supplies 71.98

Robertson & Hackett “ 5.56

Sgd. H.P. Shaw Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Neelands.

Seconded by “ W.S. MacDonald.

That the clause in the Report in reference to the Lane in Block 28. 200 a be struck out and the balance of the report be adopted.


Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen,

Seconded by “ McPhaiden

That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction and first reading of the following By-Laws:-

(1) A By-Law to provide for the granting of aid to the charitable institution known as the Alexandra Orphanage Non Sectarian Children’s Home.

(2) A By-Law to buy a rate on all the rateable property on the revised Assessment Roll of the City of Vancouver to provide for the necessary expenses, debts and obligations of the City during the current year.

(3) A By-Law to provide for the payment of Aldermen to fix the remuneration.

(4) A By-Law to fix the remuneration to be paid to the Mayor of the City of Vancouver.


The By-Laws were introduced and read a first time.


Moved by Alderman McQueen,

Seconded by “ W.S. MacDonald

That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay the City Ward their grant quarterly.


Moved by Alderman McPhaiden,

Seconded by “ Painter

That Messrs Armstrong and Morrison be paid ninety percent of their account for crematory repairs if found correct the amount being $407.70.


Moved by Alderman McPhaiden,

Seconded by “ Painter

That the City Solicitor be instructed to enter an appearance for the City in the case of Jun Kee vs. the City.


Moved by Alderman D.G. MacDonald

Seconded by “ McQueen

That Alderman Coldwell be granted a month’s leave of absence.


Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen

Seconded by “ W.S. MacDonald

That the Rules be again suspended ad the following By-Laws read a second time

(1) Rate By-Law. (2) Alexandra Orphanage By-Law. (3) Remuneration for Mayor By-Law (4) Remuneration for Alderman By-Law, and (5) By-Law to partly exempt building and improvements.


The By-Laws were accordingly read a 2nd time.

Moved by Alderman McQueen

Seconded by “ W.S. MacDonald

That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the above By-Laws.


Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman.

In Committee the By-Laws were each read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments.

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There Rules were again suspended and the By-Laws read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman McQueen. Seconded by Alderman Painter.

The Council then adjourned

W Templeton

Ths. F. McGuigan
City Clerk