Appointment laid off for one week. James Hartney allowed to sink a well on Dupont Street (now Pender Street) on the understanding that it must be filled in when Council requests it. Council unable to make a grant of money to the BC Rifle Association. Doctors Robertson, Beckinsale, and Langis all applied for the position of Medical Health Officer. The police men allowed each in turn ten days leave of absence.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 30 – 37

Vancouver Aug 8th 1887

The Council met on Monday August 8th 1887 at 7.30, p.m. All the members being present.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.
From Royal City Planing Mills Co. asking that a tank be placed at the South end of Carrall Street.
Referred to the B. of Works.

From W.S. Gore, Surveyor General, acquainting Council that the Government did not consider it advisable to interfere with the contract on Westminster Avenue.
Filed.

From W.S. Gore informing Council that a copy of contract on Westminster Avenue could be procured from Ed McKindry.
Filed.

From E.H. Fletcher, Secretary of the British Columbia Rifle Association asking that a grant be made to the Association.

Moved by Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman Sanders
that Mr. Fletcher be informed that the Council regret that he City Finances will not permit of an appropriation for the purpose asked for.
Carried.

From John Robson, Provincial Secretary, re grant to Hospital.
Moved by Alderman David Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Mannion,
that the City Clerk be instructed to give the Provincial Secretary the information required regarding the maintenance of our City Hospital.
Carried.

From Leonora Z. Hughes asking that Council due for Coroner’s Inquest held after the fire by the late Mr. Hughes.
Referred to City Solicitor.

Medical Health Officer.
The following applications were received for the position of Medical Health Officer.
Dr. A.M. Robertson,
Dr. Beckinsale,
Dr. Langis.
The appointment was laid over for one week.

No 49.
Report
of
The Board of Works.
The Board of Works met on Friday August 5th 1887 and beg to report that the following tenders have been received for the improvement of Oppenheimer Street and Carl and Jackson Avenues.
Oppenheimer Street.
Boyd and Clandenning
Grubbing &c per L. ft. 36 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 19 cts
Plank for Culverts M. ft. $15.00
McDonald & Cameron
Grubbing &c per L. ft. 49 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 22 cts
plank for Culverts per M. ft. $17.00
Jackson & Carl Avenues
Boyd & Clandenning
Grubbing &c per L. ft. 35 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 18 cts
Plank for Culverts per M. ft. $15.00
McDonald & Cameron
Grubbing &c per L. ft. 53 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 22 cts
Plank for Culverts per M. ft. $17.00
We recommend the acceptance of the tenders of Messrs. Boyd and Clandenning.
We recommend that James Hartney be permitted to sink a well on Dupont Street provided he gives a written agreement to close such well when called up on to do so by the Council, also that Mr. Hermon be employed to prepare a plan of the Cemetery and to stake off the cleared portion into one hundred and fifty lots according to a plan furnished to this Board and that he be paid therefor the sum of ninety dollars.
We recommend that tenders be called for the improvement of Westminster Avenue South of False Creek, Columbia Avenue between Alexander and Oppenheimer Streets, Oppenheimer Street between Ry Crossing and Westminster Avenue, and the Dumping ground.
The following estimates and accounts were recommended to be paid:
Estimate on Columbia Av. $1047.60
Estimate on Harris St. 248.40
Estimate on Alexander St. 1134.00
Estimate on Barnard St. 296.10
Estimate on Dupont St. 1257.98
Estimate on Richards St. 1416.77
Estimate on Seymour St. 372.35
Estimate on Pender St. 52.06
Estimate on Sewers 1732.54
Edward Mohan on act. 150.00
Brunette Saw Mill co. 8.13
James Cuthbert 1.75
Tattersall Stables 7.50
Palmer Bros. 1.00
Isaiah Forbes $6.22
The following gravel tenders were received.
H.P. McCraney per cubic yard. $1.55
Burrard Inlet Ferry Co. per c. yd. $2.55
H.T. Keefer per c. yd. 1.50
W.E. Blackett per c. yd. $1.40
McDonald & Cameron per c. yd. 1.75
We recommend that the plank belonging to the C.P.R. Co. lifted from Cordova Street be laid on Seymour and Richards Streets between Hastings and Cordova Streets.
sgd L.A. Hamilton
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman I. Oppenheimer
that the Report of the Board of Works be adopted with the exception of that portion referring to the letting of contracts, and that the Board of Works prepare a scheme for the most advantageous expenditure of the remainder of the money voted for street improvements.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman I. Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Clark,
that the City Engineer be instructed to prepare a report for the next meeting of the Board of Works on the proposed improvements on Westminster Avenue.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Lefevre,
that the account of the Gutta Percha Rubber Co. for Hook and Ladder Truck, Heater, etc. be paid.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman Lefevre,
that a joint meeting of the Boards of Health and Works be held on Thursday at 8 p.m. to consider certain arrangements connected with Sewerage.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman D. Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Lefevre,
that the police men be allowed each in turn ten days leave of absence.
Carried.

By-Laws.

Alderman Lefevre introduced a By-Law to appoint a Medical Health Officer and Hospital Assistant which was read a first time.
By-Law read a second time on motion of Alderman David Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Lefevre.
The Council went into Committee of the Whole on By-Law to regulate streets and sidewalks and the traffic thereon, on motion of Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman Lefevre, with Alderman Hamilton in the Chair.
In Committee the By-Law was read clause by clause and considered.

The Committee rose to report progress and asked leave to sit again on motion of Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Lefevre.

Notices of Motion
Alderman David Oppenheimer gave notice that he would at the next meeting of Council introduce a By-Law granting to any company, individual or individuals, who shall establish within the limits of the City of Vancouver works for smelting of iron ore and other minerals, a bonus of $25,000, said company, individual or individuals to expend in such works the sum of at least $75,000 and further the works of the said company, individual or individuals shall be exempt from municipal taxation for a period of ten years.

Also that he would introduce a By-Law granting to any company, individual or individuals who shall establish within the limits of the City of Vancouver works for a foundry and machine shops a bonus of $10,000, said company, individual or individuals to expend in such works the sum of $40,0000 and further the works of the said company, individual or individuals shall be exempt from municipal taxation for a period of ten years.

The Council then adjourned.

Geo. H. Lockerby
Chairman

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Dupont Street well will be allowed until Council needs it filled in – August 8, 1887