$650 Granted to Children’s Home – April 4, 1898

Council also thanked the C.P.R. for their offer of a piece of land on Granville Street to build a new City Hall. By-laws to fix the tax rates and remuneration for Mayor and Aldermen were also read.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus Volunteer Sandra Robinson

Text Source: Vancouver City Council
Series 31 Volume 8 pages 242-247

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Vancouver April 4th 1898

The Council met on Monday April 4th 1898. Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Townley, Painter, McQueen, Needlands, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and McMorran.

The minutes of last regular and special meetings were read and adopted.


From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.

From Mr. Geo. R. Maxwell M.P. acknowledging receipt of resolution re: Letter Carriers; also from the Post Master General on the same subject.

From Mr. McGirr handing in his resignation as night watchman and from Thos. F. Calbich applying for the position
Referred to Police Commissioner. Filed.

From R. Marpole offering certain sites for City Hall and Recreation Grounds.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the Deputy Attorney General acknowledging receipt of communication from the Council in references to the appointment of a Crown Prosecutor to attend cases coming under the Authority and Control of the Province and pointing out sections in the Municipal Act under which this matter is governed.
Referred to the City Solicitor & Finance

From Mason and Co. calling attention to the condition of the street at the intersection of 14th Av and Westminster Av.
Referred to the Board of Works.

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From J. Armstrong asking that the sidewalk on 7th Ave from Westminster Av. to Quebec Street be moved out.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From G. B. Mansell asking for a walk from N.W. corner of Nicola and Barclay Streets
Referred to the Board of Works.

From D. G. MacDonnell etal objecting to the leasing of Bathing Sheds to Morgan,
Referred to the Board of Works

From the San Francisco Bridge Co. asking for particulars about the proposed steel span over False Creek.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From A. E. E. Clark in reference to contract.
Referred to the City Solicitor

The following reports were received and read:-

Board of Works.

The Board of Works met on the 31St of March 1898.
Present Painter, Neelands, McPhaiden and Foreman


From M. Deck etal asking for improvements on 10th Av
Already in the estimates.

From Innis & Co. Agents for J. M. Holland objecting to the wood block paving
Resolved that they be notified that a new notice will be posted therein on the 7th of April giving the new rates figured on a different basis.

From M. Ellison complaining that

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he does not get a share of the new work in Ward 5
Told the matter would be looked into.

From T. Powers etal asking for a 6 ft. walk on 3rd Avenue Fairview
Laid over pending the Estimates.

Resolved that the matter of urinals for lanes be left in the hands of the Mayor, Chairman and City Engineer with power to act:

Resolved that the matter of repairs to the old truss on bridge leading to Stanley Park be referred to the City Engineer and His Worship the Mayor with power to act.

The following tenders were received and opened for supplying crushed rock.

Burrard Inlet
False Creek

1 yr5 yrs1 yr5 yrs
A. E. E. Clark (per E. J. Clark)1.40 per yard1.22 per yd.1.501.29
H. F. Keefer
1.24 “ “
Jas. Williams & Co.
1.24 ½ “
1.34 1/2
Ironside & Co
1.31 ¾ “
1.41 ¾”

Resolved that the contract be recommended to be awarded to A. G. G. Clark for five years Contract and that the City Solicitor be instructed to draw up the Contract and Bond and have same signed ready for next meeting of the Board of Works on Thursday next, the 7th of April.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Evans Coleman & EvansSupplies$3.20
Mining Critic4.65
Robertson & Hackett127.47

Sgd H. J. Painter,

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ Foreman
That the Report be adopted

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Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee met on Friday April 1st 1898.
Present the full board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

E. M McDonoughCollecting Votes$24.00
M. W. Allan“ “18.00
W. G. HarveySupplies2.85
Clark & Stuart112.50
D. J. McPhalenCarpentering18.60
G. W. HutchingsSupplies40.00

The following contracts were approved and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto.

Washing W. M. Stewart
Lead Pipe John Boyd & Co.
Pig Lead “ “ “

The City Solicitor submitted a lease of the Dunville Ranch which was approved and authorized to be signed by the City Treasurer and Trustee for the Loaning Board.

Resolved that the Collectors of Provincial Votes be authorized to continue for another week, the day to be put in in the most profitable manner in the opinion of the Collectors.

Resolved that Alderman McQueen and Brown be appointed a Committee to purchase a desk for the City Auditor.

Sgd Jas McQueen.

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Brown
That the report be adopted

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Introduction of By Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Townley
That the following By Laws be introduced and read a first time:-
To fix the renumeration of Mayor.
“ “ “ “ “ Alderman.
“ strike the rate for the year, 1898.
“ fix exemption on buildings at 50 percent of value.


Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the following grants be made by this council:-
Battalion Band:- $500.00
Young Woman’s C. A. 100.00
Art Historical Association 100.00

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded “ Townley
That a grant of $650.00 be given to the Alexandra Orphanage Non-Sectarian Children’s Home, payable monthly to James England, Treasurer or his successor in office.

Moved by Alderman McQueen,
Seconded by “ Bruce
That the Clerk be instructed to acknowledge the communication of the C.P.R. Co and that thank the Company for their generous offer of the Garden Property on Granville Street to the City as a site for a City Hall and inform the Company that the matter has been referred to the proper committee for consideration.

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ Bruce.
That that before mentioned By Laws be read a second time.

Moved by Alderman McQueen,
Seconded by “ Foreman
That the Council go into committee of the whole for the consideration of the By Laws.

Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman in Committee that By Laws were read over clause by clause and reported to the Council as complete.

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

The Council then adjourned

James F. Garden

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk