Officer Grady “allowed $12 for a suit of clothes.” R.W. Hart awarded the contract for “burying the pauper dead at the rate of $15 for each corpse. ” The City Council “will not countenance any monopoly of the bathing facilities on [English] Bay”. Bylaw “granting the New Westminster Tramway Co. power to construct and operate a tramway line over certain streets in Vancouver.”

This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston
and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 463-472

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Vancouver August 17th 1891
The Council met on Monday August 17th 1891.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Godfrey, Scoullar, Hobson, Templeton, Brown, McDowell and Doering.

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

The following communications were received and read:

From Mrs. E.C. Caldwell asking for a sidewalk on Harris St and the grading of the lane in Block 87, 196. Referred to the Board of Works.

From McPhillips & Williams protesting against the erection of the crematory on Lots 7 & 8, Block 3, 302. Referred to the Board of Works.

From H.B. Warren asking for his hotel and travelling expenses during the time he attended the Water Works arbitration. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Alex Struthers et al asking for the opening of the lane in Block 6, 185. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Eberts and Taylor, Solicitors for the Vancouver Water Works Co submitting an account for hydrant rent and the lowering of their pipes. Referred to F. W. & L. Committee.

From the Crematory Co asking for an advance of $1600 on material furnished. Referred to Crematory Committee with power to act.

From the Market Clerk furnishing a report. Filed.

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From the Chief of Police requesting that his office and the waiting room be painted. Filed.

From W.H. May et al asking for a sidewalk on Lansdowne St. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Springer Mellon & Co asking for a share of City Insurance. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Malcolm Smith, notifying the Aldermen that unless they refunded the amount paid out in the Hayes & McIntosh case, he would bring an action against each of them individually. Referred to the Finance Committee.

From W.H. Copp et al and R.A. Anderson et al asking for a sidewalk on Park Drive and Venables Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From W.A. Taylor asking the City to refund $35.00 paid by the Orange Lodge during the visit of Mr. Johnson, for the rent of the Market Hall. Referred to the Market Committee.

From the Chief of Police furnishing his weekly report on street lights. Filed.

The following reports were received and considered.

Police
The Police Committee met on Tuesday August 11th, 1891.
Present: Aldermen McDowell, Carroll, Hobson & Scoullar. Alderman McDowell in the Chair.

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It was recommended:
1. That the City Engineer be instructed to build sheds at the pound, cost not to exceed $155.00
2. That Officer Grady be allowed $12.00 for a suit of clothes.
3. That the attention of the Board of Works be called to the condition of the street west of the pound, requesting them to take steps to have it cleared to prevent fire from spreading to the said pound.
4. That Officer Gibson be reinstated on the Police Force but that no salary be paid to him during the time he was suspended.
5. That the Police Force be instructed to keep the sidewalks clear of merchandise except in so far as it is allowed by the By-Law.
6. That the Police Force be instructed to adhere strictly to rule 92 of the Health By-Law and to rule 50 of the Police Regulations.
7. That the following accounts be paid:
T.R. Morrow, Drugs $3.75
Robt. Clark, Supplies 1.20
D. Bell-Irving, Med. Attendance 5.00
J.P. Blake, Supplies 12.55
Hayes & McIntosh, Supplies 15.50
R.W. Hart, Mattresses 11.00
Val Stranlie, Tags 6.25
Champion & White, Supplies 1.00
Wm. Ralph, Supplies 15.05
A.B. Diplock, Supplies 11.75
Sgd John McDowell
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

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Health
The Health Committee met on Tuesday, August 11, 1891.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, Scoullar and Templeton.

It was recommended:
1. That R.W. Hart be awarded the contract for burying the pauper dead at the rate of $15.00 for each corpse, furnishing a coffin stained, lined, and handled with a shroud for each corpse.
2. That the City agree to guarantee D. McNaughton against loss in case he pays to the said City hospital dues owing by Robert Beard, should the heirs of said Beard make a claim against him in the event of Beard’s death.
3. That the Union S.S. Co’s account be referred to the City Solicitor to ascertain if the City is liable for the amount.
4. That the matter of the foreshore on Water Street and especially the outlet of the sewer at the foot of Abbott Street being carried beyond the C.P.R. Co’s track be referred to the Board of Works with a request that they take prompt action; also in the district known as Yale Town east of Granville Street and south of Georgia St to False Creek.
5. That the vault at the Cemetery be made of stone instead of brick.
6. That the following accounts be paid:
Palmer Bros, Coal 14.00
R.V. Winch, Supplies 22.56
T.R. Morrow, Supplies 74.29
Creamer & Langley 4.95
J.P. Blake 10.30

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Eligh, Supplies $44.22
Alex McDonald, Assist. in digging graves 4.00
Hudson’s Bay Co, Supplies 35.50
Champion & White, Scavengering 20.35
Hayes & McIntosh, Meat 47.41
Vancouver Steam Laundry 18.87
Sgd J.T. Carroll
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Report of the Health Committee be adopted. Carried.

Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday August 13, 1891.

Present: Aldermen Templeton, Brown and Godfrey. Alderman Templeton in the Chair.
It was recommended:
1. Re the petition for the Street Railway on Robson St:
That pending negotiations for the purchase of the Vancouver Street Railway that the Board does not consider it judicious or advisable to do anything in regard to Robson Street at present.
2. That a sidewalk be constructed on the south side of Burrard Street from Gore Av to Westminster Av.
3. That a further communication be sent to the Minister of Marine stating that the City of Vancouver is not now applying for a general foreshore grant but only for the consent of the Dominion Government to the extension of certain streets over the foreshore, also that a plan setting out the street ends as they are and as they would be if produced, be prepared and sent with the communication as the City Council believe that for sanitary and other reasons such streets should be extended.

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4. That 11th Av be opened up to Columbia Street as petitioned for by A.T. Loveridge et al.
5. That Messrs McPhillips and Williams be informed that if they will prepare a By-Law governing the Lightning Messenger Service Co, they will be treated on the same footing as other applicants.
6. In reply to J. A. Fulton’s communication re bathing in English Bay, we recommend that he be informed that in so far as the City Council has any control over the matter, they will not countenance any monopoly of the bathing facilities afforded on said Bay.
7. That the deputation from the Trades and Labor Council be invited to meet the Board of Works to discuss the nine hour labor question.
8. Re the fixing of a base line in 264A, the Board cannot see why the City Council should be called upon to take any part in the survey disputes.
9. That the Vancouver Street Railway Co be informed that it is the intention of the City to improve the grade on Ninth Av as recommended by the City Engineer.
10. That Mr. Lawson be authorized to give the necessary order for the lowering of the water pipes and repair same where they are damaged on the following streets: Eveleigh, Robson, Princess, Hamilton and Nicola.
11. That the Street Inspector be authorized to have the necessary water connections made with the sewer shed before the steam road roller arrives.

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12. That Dr. Kendall be returned his original deposit of $100.00 which he made with his tender.
13. That the tender of T & R Whiteside be accepted for the erection of an addition to the Cemetery house.
14. That the following accounts be paid:
H. Lomas et al, Labor $238.50
Thos. Veitch, Delivering rock 344.92
15. That the following tenders be invited:
9th Av grading from Carolina St east of West. Av.
8th Av grading from Carolina St east one block.
11th Av grading from West. Av to Columbia St.
Burrard St, 6 ft sidewalk from West. Av to Gore Av.
Carl Av grading from Princess to Keefer.
Keefer St grading from West. to Jackson.
Seymour grading from Hastings to Harris.
Richards St 6 ft sidewalk Smythe to Nelson.
Grading lane B67, 541.
Nelson St grading from Granville to Bute.
Hamilton St 6 ft sidewalk to Smythe on west side and from Georgia to Robson on east side.
Homer St 6 ft sidewalk on the west side from Nelson to Drake.
The following petitions were received and referred to the City Engineer:
Geo Aubrey, P.G. Fenton et al, D.H. Morgan and T. Ceperley.
From Chipman, Morgan & Co re graving dock. Laid over.
Sgd Wm Templeton
Acting Chairman
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the clause calling for tenders on Nelson Street be struck out and the contract awarded to the next lowest tenderer.

Moved in amendment by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Carroll

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That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted as read. Amendment carried.

Introduction of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That a By-Law be introduced and read a first time granting the New Westminster Tramway Co power to construct and operate a tramway line over certain streets in the City of Vancouver. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the By-Law be read a second time. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law. Carried.

Alderman Carroll was appointed Chairman.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported as complete with amendments.
The Council rose and reported the By-Law.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the By-Law be read a third time. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the By-Law be signed, sealed and gazetted. Carried.

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Motions

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That Alderman Carroll be added to the Crematory Committee. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the City Clerk be and is hereby authorized to order from the manufacturers, two pair of extra jaws for the rock crusher. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the City Council pay over to the School Board the sum of $2500, placing it in the Bank of Montreal. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That the Solicitor be and is hereby instructed to take what steps he deems necessary to secure the City the payment of the $1000 promised by Mr. Clark in connection with the South Park. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the painters be instructed to paint the Chief of Police’s office and the waiting room. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the Chief of Police be authorized to give the necessary order to have the street lights lit on dark nights when such occur during the five nights [when such occur during the five nights] about full moon on which they are at present not lit. Carried.

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Notice of Motion

Alderman Scoullar gave notice that he would at next regular meeting introduce a By-Law to raise by loan the sum of $50,000 for extending the public sewers.
The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Tramway back on track, business as usual – August 17, 1891
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