Mr. Pitt not to be compensated for loss of his leg – December 27, 1892

The Fire Brigade to take over inspection and maintenance of Vancouver fire hydrants, beginning in the new year. Mr. Pitt, who had been writing to council weekly regarding the loss of his leg, was denied $50 compensation. The city’s insurance underwriters complain about the Fire Inspector’s work. A public meeting to be held on December 30 to discuss “civic matters”.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 258 – 264

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The Council met on Monday December 27th 1892.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Collins, Scoullar, McCraney, McGuigan Odlum Franklin, Mills + Gavin.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From R. D. Pitt asking for recompense for the loss of his leg.
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That he be granted $50.00 payable at the rate of $5.00 per week.
Lost Carried
From James Baker, Provincial Secretary stating that the By-Law passed on the 28th September had been repealed or altered to the extent mentioned in the subsequent By-Laws.
Filed.
From McPhillips + Williams claiming $10000 damages on behalf of Fader + co for injury to a horse from falling into a cellar in rear of the Ferguson Block.
Referred to the City Solicitors
From A. M. Beattie asking that the roof of the Market Hall be repaired.
Referred to the Police + Market Committees
From G. L. Hobson, Secretary for Underwriters requesting that the Fire Inspector be instructed to look more closely after his business.
Referred to the Fire Inspector to report

From Geo Gagen stating that D. McGillivray had sublet a portion of his street paving contract.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John McLaren reporting on the Electric Lights.
Filed.
From Geo. R. Maxwell etal asking the Mayor

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to call a public meeting in the Market Hall on Friday December 30th 1892 in regard to Civic Matters.
Request granted.

The following Reports were received and read:-

F. W + L. Committee.

The F. W + L. Committee met on Wednesday December 21st 1892.
Present Aldermen Franklin, Scoullar and Mills.
It was recommended:-
1 That John W. Reid etal, who petitioned for an Electric Light on the corner 9th Av + Alder Street be informed that there are no funds for the purpose at present.

2 That the City Engineer be instructed to ascertain if it will pay the proper percentage fixed by the Board to lay water pipes on 5th Av as petitioned for by Norman McLean etal.

3 That the Capilano Pay Roll be recommended for payment subject to being found correct:

4 That at the beginning of the year all the hydrants in the City be turned over in good condition to the Chief of the Fire Brigade, he to be responsible for them and to make an inspection once a week and report monthly thereon to the Board.

5 That H. F. Keefer be notified to clear the rocks off the fire hall lots on Oppenheimer Street.

6 That the following accounts be paid:-
David Wilson Repairs $18.80
M. Desrosiers “ 12.00
R. Llewellyn Labor 35.00
A. O. Leask Duty 38.66
W. P. Turner Labor 787.55

The City Engineer reported that the reasons

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the water was shut off during a portion of the day was from Anchor ice and the dam; he also reported that the men constructing the road up Capilano Creek had finished work for the season as the timber work was all done.
sgd J. L. Franklin
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Tuesday December 20th 1892.
Present Alderman Collins, McCraney, Gavin and Odlum.
It was recommended:-
1 That the following, accounts be paid:-
M. P. Harris. Interpreting $6.00
G. L. Allan Programs 1.25
S. L. Tilley + Son Stamps 1.00
R. V Winch Vegetables 13.44
W. A. McIntosh + co. Supplies. 30.32
Atkins + Atkins “ 2.80
J. P. Blake. “ 17.35
Ideal Grocery “ 26.15
John McLaren Ry Fares 2.00
V. W. Haywood “ 2.00
Wm Murphy Uniforms 399.00
J. H. Grady Ry Fares 2.50
Johnson, Kerfoot + co. Supplies 161.75
A. M. Beattie, Weighing Fees. 26.40

2. That the Chief of Police be authorized to purchase a suit of clothes for Ibid West.
sgd. Henry Collins
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Franklin.
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 23rd 1892.
Present Aldermen Anderson, Odlum, Collins, and Mills.
It was recommended:-
1. That the communication from the Board of Works asking the Committee to provide funds for the clearing of a portion of 185 be laid over for further information.

2 That the communication from R. D. Pitt asking for compensation for the loss of his leg be filed.

3 That the Insurance held by McCraney + co on the Crematory be renewed.

4 That the following accounts be paid:-
H. P. McCraney + co. Insurance on Crematory $10.00
The Monitor P. + P. Co. Printing Voters Lists 166.00
B. C. Gazette, Advertising 501.42
Bank of B. C. cost of draft 12.25
sgd. R. A. Anderson
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Mills
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Board of Works.

The Board of Works met on Friday December 23rd 1892.
Present Aldermen McCraney, Gavin, Franklin and Scoullar.

It was recommended.
1 That Geo Gagen, Secretary of the Trades + Labor Council be informed in reference to the painting of the new hospital floors that the contract was not let by the Board of Works, nor was it Carried out under the supervision of the City Engineer and, that the specifications were not drawn by him nor attended by him.

2 That the account of G. F. Rounsefell for extras

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on 7th Av be referred to the City Engineer to look into

3 That the communication from C. Goodmurphy in reference to connections with Westminster Ave bridge be laid over.

4 That Mssrs Lawson and Stephenson be requested to state why the earth placed on Gore Av by Murray + Fraser was measured up, and, paid for and state all they knew about the matter generally.

5 That the communication from R. W. Glass re, Street numbers be laid over.

6 That the communication from Wm Main etal re sidewalk on Gore Av be filed with other petitions.

7 That the chain gang be sent out to do the necessary grading on the lane in Block 34. D. L. 185.

8 That the claim of McQuarrie + co for extras on Sewer contract no 7 be referred to the City Engineer to look into

9 That Street Inspector be instructed to report on the number of threatening trees in the vicinity of Thos. Fitzpatrick’s hose and ascertain the probably cost of cutting them down.

10 That the Vancouver School Board be charged one thousand dollars for the work done in the City engineer’s Department in connection with the specifications plants +c for the three new schools now under construction.

11 That Mssrs Morgan + McLeod be notified to appear before the Board on Thursday next the 29th inst to substantiate the statements made in their respective communications in reference to the Engineer’s Department.

12 That the contract for clearing in subdivision 185 be awarded to Thos. Thomas subject to the

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Finance Committee furnishing money to carry on the work, and also subject to a pro rata deduction from the price named in the tender for the parts already under private contract, and provided he gives another surety in place of one of those named in his tender for closecutting (lump sum $6169.00)

13 That the claim of Potter + Flett for extra work on Burrard St sewer Sec 4 be laid over.

14 That the following accounts be paid:-
Boyd + Clandenning. Powell St. $184.98
Evans, Coleman + Evans Sewer pipe 551.17
McQuarrie +co Sec 7 sewers 1132.69
Denton etal. Labor 290.75

The City Engineer stated in reference to a statement made in the Council meeting last Monday evening by one of the Aldermen that all the directions given to Mr Lawson by him were to number the stakes in the cemetery with a small paint brush so that they would not wash out.
sgd H. P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Mills
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.
The Special Report of the Committee on the Guaranteeing of the Vancouver Electric Light Co’s Street Railway Bonds was laid over for one week owing to the absence of Alderman Anderson who held the Report.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ McCraney.
That the City treasurer be authorized to pay the City officials on Saturday the 31st inst. instead of on Tuesday the 2nd of January 1893 so that the account can be closed up for the year.
Carried

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Moved by Alderman McCraney,
Seconded by “ Franklin.

Whereas an agreement was entered into between the C. P. R. Co and the City wherein the said Co agreed to proceed with the construction of the terminal station at the foot of Granville Street simultaneously with the grading of Cordova Street to the level of the East corner of the planking of the roadway of Granville Street.
And whereas the City has performed its part of the contract some months ago.
Therefore be it resolved that Mr. H. Abbott the General Superintendent of the Company be communicated with and requested to proceed with the work of construction as per agreement.
Carried

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Odlum.
That the C. P. R. Co be communicated with and asked to give passengers that are ticketed over this line from eastern points and destined for the Sound the option of going by the way of Vancouver or the Mission.
Carried.

Notice of Motion

Alderman McCraney gave notice that, at next meeting of Council he would introduce a motion authorizing the City Treasurer to return all forfeited deposits.

The Council the adjourned.

F. Cope
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Election set for Mayor and Council of 1893 – December 19, 1892

Election date and places set for election of Mayor, Aldermen, School Board, and Licensing Board. The Capilano Water Works is almost finished; the Fire Water + Light’s proposal for Assistant Superintendent Lawson to take over day to day operations was sent back to the Committee. A last minute motion granted $50 to the Orphans’ Home.

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Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 248 – 257

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Vancouver, December 19th 1892

The Council met on Monday December 19th 1892.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Franklin, Odlum, Mills + Gavin.
The Minutes of last meeting were read, and, adopted.
Aldermen Scoullar and Collins wished to have their names recorded as having voted against the 3rd reading of the Bonus By-Law.

Communications

From I. Oppenheimer, President of the Vancouver Electric Railway + Light Co asking for the earnest consideration of a proposal to guarantee the 5 per cent Bonds of the Co.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Anderson
That the Committee consisting of Alderman McCraney Odlum and Franklin be appointed to obtain information on the subject and report.
Carried.
From A. C. Stirrett and R. Purdy applying for the position of Returning Officer.
Filed.
From McPhillips and Williams in reference to Mrs. Cook’s property in 185.
Filed.
From John W. Reid etal, asking for an Electric Light on the corner of Ninth Av + Alder Street.
Referred to F. W. + L Committee.

From Robt Connacher asking for payment for a plow broken by the City.
Referred to the City Solicitor.
From Mrs Harrison, asking that $6.00 be refunded which she paid to the City for the grave of her husband.
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Gavin.
That the amount be refunded.
Carried

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From Thos Fitzpatrick asking for the cutting down of trees near his house.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From R. Glass enclosing sample of Street number.
Referred to B of Works
From C. P. Shindler, asking for the grading of the lane in Block 34, 185.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From the City Solicitor stating that the Supreme Court at Victoria has reversed the decision of Justice McCreight re Gore Av extension.
Laid over.
From Costello + Munro asking for the return of their deposit on Water Works contract.
Referred to the City Solicitor.
From G. W. Hobson Secretary to the Fire Underwriters stating that there were two stove pipes through the side of the B. C. Iron Works building in direct violation of the fire by-law.
Filed.
From Geo Gagen, asking for a copy of the City Charter.
Filed.
From the Under Secretary of State, stating that the Sam Greer had been released.
Filed.
From Dan G. McLeod calling attention to how City Contracts are completed.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From Geo Mansbridge, asking for a position on the Police Force.
Referred to the Police Committee
From Wm Main etal, asking for a sidewalk from the corner of Burrard to the corner of Prior on Gore Av.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From R. D. Pitt, asking for compensation for the loss of his leg.
Referred to the Finance Committee
From John McLaren reporting on the Electric Lights.
Filed
From A. M. Beattie submitting and account for weighing.
Referred to the Market + Police Committees

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The following Reports were received and read

F. W. + L. Committee

The F. W. + L. Committee met on Thursday December 15th 1892.
Present Aldermen Franklin, Mills, Scoullar Anderson + McGuigan
It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
W. P. Turner etal. Labor $1273.70
Van Elec Ry + L. Co Lights 1383.91
Thos Dunn + Co. Supplies 33.02
McLennan + McFeely, “ 249.79
B. C. Mills “ 107.79
G. H. Bazley Shoeing 10.00
Atkins + Atkins Supplies 3.55
Canadian Rail Elec Co “ 2.25
Wm Ralph “ 10.65
Godfrey + Co “ 4.60
A. E. Linfines “ 10.00
Ideal Grocery “ 203.83
B. C. Mills “ 27.98
W. A. McIntosh “ 125.97
G. L. Allan “ 22.50
Creamer + Langley “ 13.26
G. A Fraser + Co. “ 5.15

2 That as the water extension is now about completed were would recommend that at their completion, the City Engineer be no longer required to give his personal attention to this work owing to other pressing business requiring his attention re Sewerage and Street paving +c, as we are of the opinion that this part of the City business can now be satisfactorily performed by the suitable person in charge of the work department who will be required to personally see to the men starting work in the morning, keep account of time and materials, be responsible for the proper water service and give the committee a correct monthly account of all work done on a proper approved form suitable

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for publication in the press. We would further recommend that Mr Lawson, the Assistant Engineer be appointed to the charge of this work at the commencement of the new year, and to cease his connection with the Board of Works department and be responsible to the F. W + L. Committee.
This would reduce the cost of the Board of Works Department and at the same time enable the F. W+ L Committee to know their exact expenditure, as under the present arrangements they do not owing to the Board of Works being charges with the Engineer’s salary, and his time not being charged to the water works department, that department has not had to pay what it really should have done.

3 That the amount, at the credit of hose horses be transferred to purchase horses, and that the Committee be empowered to purchase a team for Mount Pleasant Fire Hall.

4 That W. S. Westcott’s whole plant be purchased for the sum of $827.00, this to complete all claims on his contract for laying the submerged main.

5 That the City Solicitor be instructed to report on the rent asking by the Government for land on north side of Burrard Inlet.

6 That the water be laid on to all persons asking application provided the rates will yield 6 per cent on the outlay.

7 That Wm Daily be notified that his services will not be required after December 31st.

8 That Wm Crickmay’s application for a light be laid over for future consideration.
Sgd. J. L Franklin
Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Report be adopted

Moved in amendment by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Collins.
That the clauses related to the appointment of separate party to take charge of the Water Works be struck out of the Report.
Lost,
Yeas Odlum, McCraney + Mills, Collins
Nays, Anderson, Scoullar, McGuigan, Franklin, Gavin and Mills

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Collins
That the clause be referred, back to the Committee
Carried.
The original motion was not put to the vote of the Council
Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the balance of the Report be adopted.
Carried

Board of Works.

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 15th 1892.
Present Aldermen McCraney, Gavin, Scoullar and Franklin.
It was recommended:-
1 That Dr Bodington be informed that the officer of the Chain Gang stats that already the lane he refers to has been graded.

2 That the claim of D. M. Fraser be laid over for further investigation

3 That the manager of the Hastings Mill be informed that the reason his account for planking Dunlevy Ave was thrown out was because there was no authority for the work and no funds from which to pay the amount

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4 That Hobson Bros. who requested the return of their deposit on 8th Ave be notified that the Board has decided to hold same

5 That the communication of R. Connacher wherein he claims $20.00 for a plough broken by the City be filed as the Street Inspector reports that he used one of the City’s on another street.

6 That the City Treasurer be authorized to collect anything that relates from the Vancouver and New Westminster Tramway Co, The District Telegraph Co the Sugar Refinery and any other rentals that are not already paid up.

7 That tenders be called for the new section of Sewers in the East End of the City, tenders to be sent in by noon of Thursday January 5th 1893.

8 That the following accounts be paid:-
D. Gibbons, Tile Drain. $45.00
Market Hardware Store, Supplies 2.00
McLennan + McFeely, Expenses 109.83
Potter + Flett. Sec 4. Sewers. 361.17
do + do “ 5. “ 383.13
G. F. Rounsefell 7th Av. 105.00
Evans, Coleman + Evans, Sewer pipe 849.40
D. McGillivray, Lanes 88.90
I. G. Johnstone 29.55
Denton etal Labor 298.05
sgd. H. P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Mills.
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Board of Health.

The Board of Health met on Saturday December 17th 1892.
Present Alderman McGuigan, Collins, and Odlum.
It was recommended:-

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1 That the following accounts be paid:-
Russell, McDonald + Co. Supplies $90.75
do do “ 3.24
B. C. District T. & T. Co. Messages. .75
B. C. Mills Supplies 4.35
R. V. Winch “ 14.01
J. P. Blake “ 5.70
J. S. Stevens Repairs 12.10
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 53.79
H. H. Layfield + co Supplies 7.40
Ideal Grocery “ 73.98
McLennan + McFeely “ 5.55
Johnston, Kerfoot + co “ 59.35
H. E. Langis, Attendance on Smallpox 42.50
R. Robertson + co Supplies 16.35
W. A. McIntosh + co “ 88.88
R. V. Winch “ 35.34
Atkins + Atkins “ 166.11
McLennan + McFeely “ .75
G. L. Allan “ 4.00
Sehl + Co. “ 13.25
Hudson’s Bay Co. “ 14.75
W. A. McIntosh + Co “ 85.87
W. A. McIntosh + Co “ 183.52
Hudson’s Bay Co. “ 6.10
O’ Rourke + Jervis “ 10.50
Tye + Co “ 1.50
Atkins + Atkins “ 3.25
J. L. Herrest + Co. “ 72.11
Gurney Cab Co. Hacks 12.75
D Burton. “ 7.50
Dr. Tunstall, Mental Examinations 5.00
Ideal Grocery Supplies 69.07
Summers + Carell “ 27.80
Layfield + co + 2.45
Thos Dunn + co “ 16.14
G. L. Allan “ 3.55
Texas Lake Ice Co “ 5.68
L. Hansell etal. Nursing etc. 302.50

2 That the Health Inspector be authorized to have the necessary scavengering done after December 31st until new arrangements

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are made.

3 That the communication from Armstrong Eckstein + Gaynor re the account of H. A. Mc Intosh be referred to the City Engineer, Solicitor

4 That water be at once put into the Isolation Hospital.
sgd W. J. McGuigan
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Anderson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 16th 1892.
Present Alderman Anderson, Collins, Mills, and Odlum.
It was recommended:-
1 That the communication from John Clough, asking for a lump sum be filed.

2 That the offer of W. J. Gallagher wherein he agrees to do all of the City printing for the balance of the year, at the contract rates of the Telegram Co be accepted.

3 That W. J. Gallagher be assigned the amount due to the Telegram Printing and Publishing Co ^for printing of the City Charter^ pays the amount due to the City for water rates by said Co.

4 That the School Trustees be paid over $10,000 due on Debenture account and, also the balance of the amount due them on revenue account.

5 That Chas. A. Coldwell be paid $25.00 instead of $10.00 for services as umpire in connection with the B. C. Ironworks Arbitration.

6 That Bell-Irving and Paterson be tendered the amount balance due them on water pipes.

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7 That the City Treasurer be authorized to pay over the Sinking fund to the Trustees.

8 That the City Solicitor be authorized instructed to appeal to the Supreme Court the case of the C. P. R. Co vs the City in the Gore avenue extension

9 That the following accounts be paid:-
D. McRae Labor. $9.75
Rand Bros. Insurance 14.00
Miss Davies. Typewriting 6.75
F. W. Hart. Rent of Tables 3.00
Thos Clough. Express Hire. 9.00
sgd R. A. Anderson
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Introduction of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McCraney
That a By-Law be introduced and read a first time fixing the polling place the time and appointing Deputy Returning Officers for the election of Mayor, Aldermen, School Trustees and members of the Licensing Board.
Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Franklin.
That the Mayor be authorized to enter on behalf of the City into the necessary appeal bond in the action of the C. P. R. Co vs the City.
Carried

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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Collins.
That the rules be suspended and the By-Law re Water Commissioners read a 2nd time.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Gavin
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By-Law
Lost:
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Rules be suspended and the polling place By-Law read a 2nd time.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By-Law.
Carried
Alderman Collins 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 McGuigan seconded by Alderman Collins.

The Council then adjourned.

X Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Odlum.
That the sum of fifty dollars be granted to the Orphans homes.
Carried

F. Cope
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

G. A. Stevenson to buy Local Improvement Debentures – December 12, 1892

Mr. G. A. Stevenson bought $110,000 worth of Local Improvement Debentures. Awning allowed for Vancouver Opera House. Terms of employment and salary ($2,000 per year) fixed for City Solicitor. Mrs. Watmough appointed as a hospital nurse at a salary of $20 per month ($240 per year).

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Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 236 – 247

Vancouver, December 12th 1892
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Council met on Monday December 12th 1892. Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Franklin, Mills, and Gavin.
The Minutes of last meeting were read, and adopted.
The following communications were received and read:-
From John McLaren reporting on the Electric Lights.
Filed
From John Clough asking for a lump sum.
Finance
From the B. C. Iron Works asking for the contract for Brass Work.
Filed
From A. H. B. McGowan, Secretary of the Board of Trade, asking the Council to appoint a Committee to meet a Committee from the Board of Trade re the Dry Dock.
His Worship appointed Alderman Collins, McCraney, Scoullar, Anderson, Franklin, and Gavin to meet the Board of Trade.

From Messrs Armstrong, Eckstein and Gaynor requesting the payment of $71.80 due H. A. McIntosh.
Referred to the Board of Health
From D. M Fraser, asking for the payment of an account due him in 1890.
Laid over.
From the City Solicitor stating that the City was not liable for the payment of exchange as claimed by Messrs Bell-Irving + Paterson.
Filed
From W. J. Gallagher stating that he had purchased the Telegram plant and that the would do the City printing at the contract fates.
Referred to the Finance Committee
From J. C. McLagan on behalf of the World and News Advertiser offering to do the City

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advertising, at a fixed rate.
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Gavin.
That the offer of Mr. McLagan be accepted.
Carried
Reports.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Health Committees

The Health Committee met on Tuesday December 6th 1892.
Present Alderman McGuigan, Collins, Anderson, and Gavin.
It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
J. P. Blake Supplies $17.05
Summers + Cerrell “ 10.20
F. W. Hart Funerals 21.50

2 That Alderman Collins be appointed a Committee of one to make the necessary purchases for the new wing to the City Hospital.

3 That the rules and regulations of the City Hospital be printed on Card Board as requested by Miss Swan.

4 That Mrs Watmough be appointed nurse at the City Hospital at a salary of $20.00 per month, dating from the 13th inst.

5 That F. Humphreys salary be increased to $35.00 per month in consideration of him performing extra duties in connection with the addition to the City Hospital.

6 That the incoming Council be requested to consider favorably an increase of salary for Miss Kendrick.

7 That the Communications from Mrs D. Adams, A. Calori, J. S. Povah, Miss E. V. Good and R. C. Johnston be filed.

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8 That the City Scavenger be notified that his contract for the City Scavengering will terminate at the end of the present year.
Sgd W. J. McGuigan
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the name of Miss Woodward, be substituted for that of Mrs. Watmough, and that the salary be fixed at $15.00 per month.
Lost.
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Report be adopted as read.
Carried
Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 9th 1892.
Present Aldermen Anderson, Mills, Collins and Odlum.
It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
C. P. Telegraph Co. Telegrams $11.26
Telephone Co. Rents 41.20
Thos Dunn + Co Supplies 1.50
Bank of B. C. Commissions 164.57
J. Miller Stamps 5.00

2 That the City Clerk be instructed to have the Insurance renewed on the Crematory in the Pacific Coast Fire Insurance Co for one year to the amount of $100000, premium $2000

3 That the City Solicitor be instructed to give a written opinion as to the liability of the City cota in the matter of exchange on the survey paid to Bell-Irving + Paterson.

4 That the accountant to instructed to charge to the different committees their share of the interest on the overdraft.

5 That the sum of $30,000 be advanced to the

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School Trustees.

6 The following conditions of agreement for the engagement of a Solicitor were prepared by Mr Hamersley and recommended to the favorable consideration of the incoming Council:-
(1) Salary $2500.00 per annum payable monthly
(2) All actual disbursements made by the Solicitor for court costs and fees, travelling expenses to be refunded to him.
(3) In consideration of the above Solicitor to act exclusively for the City to take no business that will in any way conflict with the interests of the City to attend to all the meetings of Council or Committees at which his presence may be required, draw all by-laws, agreements, contracts, to conduct all actions at law from the inception of the actions to its final determination both as Counsel and as Solicitor.
(4) To carry out the provisions laid down in the procedure by-law, and other by-law affecting the duties of the City Solicitor.
To attend when required at the Police Court on prosecution of all causes for the infraction of City By-Laws.
If required by the Council, at any time to do so, to have offices, at the City Hall and attend, at those offices from 10 a.m. till 4 p.m. of each day for the better carrying out of the City business.
Sgd R. A. Anderson
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Mills
That the Report be amended fixing the salary of the a City Solicitor at $200000 per year
Carried
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Mc Craney
That the Report, as amended be adopted.
Carried
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Board of Works.

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 9th 1892.
Present Aldermen McCraney, Gavin, Franklin and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-
1. That the City Solicitor be instructed to examine and report on the communication of S. Sherdahl and report on the communication of S. Sherdall re crossing on 12th Av + Westminster Road.

2 That McMorrie + Co be charged with the Sewer pipes broken by their men.

3 That the City Engineer examine and report upon the communication of Wm Urquhart.

4 That J. M. Browning be allowed to proceed with the construction of the awning in front of the Hotel V Vancouver Opera House provided the iron columns are kept clear of the sidewalk and the base or flag stands flush with it.

5 That the Street Inspector furnish a statement for the next meeting of the Board as to why, a claim of Murray + Fraser for work done on Oppenheimer Street two years ago was not paid at the time.

6 That the Sewer Inspectors be notified to keep a street account of all pipes broken or damaged on their respective sections of the Sewerage extension

7 That the draft of the agreement between the City and the Vancouver and Westminster Tramway Co re turn outs and sidings be referred to the full council for consideration

8 That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare a By-Law naming certain streets and renaming certain other streets in the City and also to give his opinion, as to the legality of the agreement submitted by the property owners of Subdivision 185 for the

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charging of standing timer; resolved further that the City Solicitor be requested to have both ready by Monday night in time for the Council meeting.

9 That the following accounts be paid:-
D. Mc Gillivray, Grading Lane $90.00
D. Craig East Park 40.00
Thos Veitch, teaming 8.80
H. B. Connacher, East Park 100.00
B. C. Mills, Supplies 1.50
B. C. Ironworks, Manhole covers 452.76
Evans Coleman + Evans, Sewer pipes 757.17
Boyd + Clandenning, Sewers 2340.15
Tomlinson + Taggart: Supplies 1.50
H. L. Devine + Co. “ 17.57
S. S. Tilley + Son “ 6.45
E. Buse “ 295.86
H. Lomas et al. Labor. 362.15
sgd. H. P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Gavin,
seconded by “ Franklin
That the account of D. Mc Gillivray be referred back to the Board.
Carried
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the balance of the Report be adopted.
Carried.
Carried

F. W. + L. Committee

The F. W. + L. Committee met on Wednesday December 7th 1892.
Present Aldermen Franklin, Scoullar, Gavin and Mills.
It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
Costello + Munro, Taking up pipes $26.30
Geo Mansbridge Supplies 1.80
Cunningham Hardware Co. “ 11.50
H. McDowell + co. “ .50
R. V. Winch 28.29

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F. S. Clarke, Supplies $2.50
Gutta Percha + Rubber Co. Hose etc 4882.00
H. L. Devine + Do. Supplies 24.15
Russell, McDonald + co “ 3.00
Godfrey + co. “ 8.99
B. C. Iron Works Co “ 507.34
D. F. Henry “ 4.00
Ideal Grocery “ 14.60
Russell, McDonald + co “ 6.25
I. Forbes. Shoes set 2.00
McLennan + McFeeley Supplies 94.52
H. L. Devine + Co. “ 88.82
C. P. R. Co. Freight 3.50
S. T. Lilly + Son Supplies 5.20
Van Elec Ry + Co. Tickets 5.00
B. C. Iron Works Co Supplies 2.28
W. P. Turner etal. Labor, 1004.10
Thos Veitch. Teaming 205.00

2 That the communication from the Indian Agents Victoria be referred to the City Hospital Solicitor

3 That W. H. May and others be informed that if they come to the City Hall and file their applications for water in the regular way the Committee will consider their petition.

4 That the necessary pipes be put in on 6th Av west of Quebec Street as petitioned for F lewelling and others.

5 That all outstanding accounts due to the City be collected forthwith.

6 That the contract for brasswork be awarded to McLennan and McFeely as per tender of $658.00
sgd J. L. Franklin
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
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Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McCraney.
Seconded by “ Gavin.
That a By-Law be introduced to name certain streets and re-name others.
Carried.
The By-Law was introduced and read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Scoullar.
Seconded by “ Mills
That the City Engineer to authorized to proceed immediately with the repairs to Westminster Av Bridge.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ McCraney.
That the following accounts be paid
Deputy Returning on bonus By-Law $85.08
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Mc Craney,
That the City Clerk be instructed to write Mr. E. J. Clark of Toronto to find out if he will consent to the City leasing, at a nominal contract, the South Park to the B. C. College providing that a suitable building for, a college be built, and sustained.
Carried
Moved by Alderman Anderson.
Seconded by “ McGuigan.
That whereas an agreement has been entered into with G. A. Stevenson for the sale to him of the Local Improvement Debentures amounting to $111, 100 issued under By-Law No 155 in the terms of the following tender and acceptance.
Tender
Vancouver 18th Sept 1892.
The Mayor, Vancouver B. C.
Dear Sir. I will give par and accrued interest for the $110,000 City of Vancouver Local Improvement Bonds bearing 5 per cent

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interest half-yearly and repayable at the end of 20 years and guaranteed by the City delivered in Toronto, provided my offer is accepted before 3 p. M Monday by wire to me care of Driard House Victoria, delivery to be after my Solicitor report as to the validity of the issue, Solicitors, costs at my expense. Delivery next month,
Yours truly,
sgd G. A. Stevenson.

Acceptance
G. A. Steveson
Palace Hotel
San Francisco.
Wired acceptance of your offer to Driard House Victoria on Monday Night: again confirm same.
sgd F. Cope
Mayor
And whereas upon proceeding to carry out the said sale it appeared that two thirds of the said amount is not a liability of the Corporation of the City of Vancouver generally but is secured by the special frontage rate only and that the said corporation has no power in law to guarantee the payment of the same and therefore the said Stevenson refused to give more than 94 cents in the dollar for said two thirds of the amount unless the same were guaranteed by said Corporation and whereas it is desirable that the said Corporation should obtain power to grantee the Local Improvement Debentures including the Debentures above referred in order to render the same more valuable and facilitate their negotiation and it is intended to apply to the Legislature at its next session for an Act enabling the said Corporation to give such guarantees, and whereas in view of the facts above recites the said contract with said Stevenson has been varied according to the terms of certain Telegrams between the parties as follows:-

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G. A. Stevenson
Toronto St. Toronto.
City will deliver 3700 at par and accrued interest now and if Guaranteeing Act passed deliver $7400 then at par, and accrued interest, if not passed will deliver at 94 and accrued interest, at end of April next, new debentures to be printed and forwarded at your expense, you draft and forward, in City amending By-Law Striking out clauses re repurchase and providing special rate for $37,000
sgd F. Cope.
Mayor

F. Cope Esq. Toronto Nov 23rd 1892
Mayor Vancouver BC.
Your telegram of yesterday satisfactory, solicitor drafting amended By-Law will forward immediately.
sgd G. A. Steveson

And whereas said Stevenson contends that said Debentures are irregular and incomplete in form and that New Debentures regular and complete in form, and containing the proposed guarantees require to be drawn and executed and it has been agreed that if said Steveson, at any time, desires to have such new debentures issued, and prepared the same at his own expense, and tenders them for execution they shall forthwith executed and delivered to him in exchange for the old Debentures which are thereupon to be cancelled and destroyed. And whereas By-Law No 168 has been passed remedying Certain deficits in Said By-Law No 155.
Resolved that the sale of the said Debentures to the said Stevenson on the terms above recited, and set forth be and the same is hereby approved of and directed to be carried out.
Carried.
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Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Anderson.
That the By-Law to be known as By-Law no 169 in aid of the Burrard Inlet + Fraser Valley Railway Co be read a 3rd time.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar.
Seconded by “ Franklin.
That the Council go into committee of the Whole for the further consideration of the By-Law to amend By-Law 155 and to repeal By-Law 161.
Carried.
Alderman Anderson was appointed Chairman.
The By-Law was read over and reported to Council, as Complete.
It was then read a 3rd time on Motion of Alderman Anderson seconded by Alderman McGuigan.

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Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the amendments to the Health By-Law be read a second time.
Carried.
The Council went into considered Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By-Law with Alderman McCraney in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.
The rules were suspended and the By-Law read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman McCraney seconded by Alderman Collins.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of an agreement between the City and the Vancouver + New Westminster Tramway Co. Re switches, etc on the streets.
It was Alderman McCraney was appointed Chairman.
It was read over clause be clause and reported to Council as complete.
Confirmation by Council was deferred for one week.

Notices of Motion

Alderman Scoullar gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law providing for the appointment of Water Commissioners and fixing the duties of same.

Alderman Collins gave notice that he would introduce a By-Law fixing the Polling places etc for the election of Mayor, Aldermen, School Trustees and Members of the Licensing Board.

The Council then adjourned.

F. Cope
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Huntly cleared of charges – December 5, 1892

Mr. Huntly was cleared regarding the overpayment of Mr. Larwill. Huntly was also asked to inspect the rear portion of a certain stables. Resolution from a recent Public Meeting regarding a Dry Dock was received. Mayor and Council entertained aboard Japanese ship Kongo.

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Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 229 – 235

Vancouver, Dec 5th 1892
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Council met on Monday December 5th 1892. Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Franklin and Gavin.

The Minutes of last regular and special meetings were read, and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:-
From the Clerk of the South Vancouver Municipality requesting the Council to co-operate with them to get the Municipality taken out of the Electoral District of New Westminster, and incorporated with Vancouver.
Referred to the City Solicitor
From Rand Bros Stating that the Insurance on the Crematory would expire on Dec 9th at noon, and asking that it be renewed.
The City Treasurer was instructed to have the Insurance renewed.

From the Japanese Council asking for the Vital Statistics of the City for the past-year.
Requested granted.
From R. D. Pitt asking for compensation for the loss of his leg.
Filed.
From Rand Bros, asking the City to re convey to the Improvement Co a certain portion of Lots 7 + 8, Block 48, D. L. 181.
Filed
From the Merchant Tailors of the City complaining about outside tailors trading in Vancouver and evading the License.
Filed.
From D. McGillivray, asking to be allowed to submit Estimates for the construction of a Graving Dock.
Laid over.
From Bell-Irving and Paterson, asking for the final payment on the water pipes.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

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From Wm McCraney, Chairman of the Public Meeting called to discuss the Graving Dock matter, submitting resolution passed.
Filed.

The following Reports were received and read.

Special Committees

Your committee appointed at the request of the Health Inspector to investigate certain charges and after carefully examining them beg leave to report that we find there was no intent on the part of Mr Huntly in any way to defraud but we think that be overstepped the powers given him by resolution of Council in certyf certifying to Larwill’s time and having him paid as a temporary man when his name was put on the payroll as a monthly engagement. We recommend that the resolutions giving the Inspector and Chairman of the Health Committee the power to pass the time of the men and have the same paid without being passed by the Committee be rescinded and all bills in future be passed in the regular way before being paid.
sgd Henry Collins
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Report be adopted and the motions referred to therein rescinded.
Carried

Board of Works.

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 1st 1892.
Present Aldermen McCraney Gavin Franklin and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
W. H. Kendall crushed rock $490.14
Thos Veitch delivering 33.69

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Potter + Flett sewers Sec 4 $490.28
do do “ “ 5 565.56
McQuarrie + Co. “ “ 7 757.83
Evans, Coleman + Evans sewer pipes 209.10
McLennan + McFeely supplies 102.58
H. Lomas etal. Labor 383.85

2 That the feed for the street inspectors horse which was granted during the summer cease at the end of November last.

3 That the tenders for the clearing of standing lumber in Subdivision 185 be laid over for one week.

4 That the City Engineer be instructed to notify the Sewer contractors to remove the pipes required by them as soon as possible and that he get the necessary levels and plans for the other two sections of sewers as soon as possible.

5 That Mssrs Leatherdale and Smith be notified that the City does not hold itself liable for the injury to their horse from falling into an open sewer.

6 That Mr Huntly be instructed to see that the back premises of a livery stable complained of are kept clean and that Mr. L. O. Townley be informed that a sewer will be put in where he desires in due course the plans for which are being prepared.

7 The City Solicitor be requested to complete the transaction with Mr Edwards re the conveyance of the lanes in the 200a to the city; as soon as possible.

8 That the communication from the Hastings Mill in reference to an account for planking part of Dunlevy Av to the Mill be filed.
Sgd
H. P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the report be adopted.
Carried

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F. W. + L. Committee.

The F. W. + L. Committee met on Friday December 2nd 1892.
Present Aldermen Franklin, Scoullar, and McGuigan.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
McLennan + McFeely, Supplies $281.46
W. P. Turner, etal. Labor 1262.10
W. B Mc Carthy Supplies 20.15
Mather + Larson “ 126.00
sgd J. L. Franklin
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Reports be adopted.
Carried

Health Report

The Health Committee met on Friday December 2nd 1892.
Present Aldermen McGuigan, Collins, Gavin Odlum and Anderson.
The following accounts were recommended, for payment:-
H. E. Langis, Attendance on small pox patients $185.00
W. Fowler, Labor 3.85
Clubb + Stewart, Supplies. 25.25
C. P. Telegram Co. Telegram .25
W. J. McGuigan Inquest 10.00
Daily Telegram, Printing 29.50
J. Henning. Book case 16.00
F. W. Hart. Mattrass. [sic] 2.50
Leatherdale, Smith, Hack hire 3.00
Wm Kirby. Express hire .50
John Dennison. Labor 2.00
Grace Woodward Nursing 12.00
Mason + Peterson Repairs .25
R. Robertson. Supplies 21.70
S. L. Tilley + Son “ 1.00

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H. T. Devine + Co. Supplies $13.60
H. Hobat “ 4.70
Godfrey + co “ 2.25
Ideal Grocery “ 34.40
H. H. Layfield + Co “ 4.05
do “ 5.45
Palmer Bros “ 20.22
R. V. Winch “ 29.81
Ideal Grocery “ 69.92
Texas Lake Ice Co “ 9.00
Wm Pell Hack 3.50
J. Connon Painting Hospital floors 19.00
sgd. W. J. McGuigan,
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 2nd 1892.
Present Aldermen Anderson, Collins, McGuigan and Odlum.
It was recommended:-
1 That the Communication from the Vancouver Improvement Co, asking the City to recover a portion of Lots 7 + 8, Block 48, D. L. 181 be filed.

2 That the Communication from Chipman, Morgan + co re Dry Dock be referred to the Council for discussion.

3 That the following accounts be paid:-
Mights Directory Co. Directory. $35.00
T. M. Thomas Clearing Race track 302.90
B. C. Jockey Club. Balance of appropriation 148.29
Wm Cowderoy. Clerical Work. 102.55
S. T. Tilley + Son Supplies. 16.80
sgd R. A. Anderson, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

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Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Gavin
That the By-Law to amend By-Law No 131 be read a first time.
Carried

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Rules be suspended to introduce a By-Law to amend the Local Improvement By-Law No 1.55 and to repeal By-Law No 161.
Carried
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the By-Law be read a 2nd time.
Carried
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Council go into Committee of the whole for the consideration of the By-Law.
Carried.
Alderman Anderson was appointed Chairman.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.
The 3rd reading was deferred.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Scoullar.
The the following account be paid:-
A. Blyth etal. [sic] Labor. $520.75
Carried.
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Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the correspondence with the June Co. Be filed and the clause in the Finance Report be rescinded.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ McCraney
That Aldermen Anderson and Gavin be empowered to act on the F. W. + L. Committee during the absence of Aldermen Connon and Mills.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Gavin.
That the thanks of this Council to extended to H. I. J. M. Consul Kito and through him to the offices of H. I. J. M. S. Kongo for the reception and entertainment tendered to the Mayor, Alderman and citizens of Vancouver, B. C. on board H. I. J. M. S. Kongo on Monday November 28th 1892.
Carried

Notice of Motion.

Alderman Collins gave notice that at the next regular meeting of Council he would move that a By-Law be submitted to raise by way of debentures the sum of $200,000 to bonus a Dry Dock + Shipbuilding yard.

The Council then adjourned.

F. Cope
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Vancouver Fire Hydrants to be made locally – November 28, 1892

Vancouver Council agreed to buy fire hydrants and valves from the B. C. Iron Works. R. A. Muskett requested a road be built to his house on Fairview. Former Mayor and current policeman Malcolm MacLean to be furnished with an overcoat uniform with the others.

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Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 221-228

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Vancouver November 28th 1892.

A special general meeting of the Council was held on Monday November 28th 1892 at 4 p.m.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Collins Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Odlum, Franklin, and Gavin.
The following communications were received and read:-
From the Hastings Saw Mill Co asking for payment for planking Dunlevy Av.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From E. B. Morgan etal asking for a six foot sidewalk on Comix Street from Burrard to Thurlow.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From W. J. Brewer complaining about the Street Lights
Referred to the F. W + L. Committee
From H. B. Turner, asking that crossings taken up on Westminster Av be replaced.
Referred to the Board of Works
From C. D. Rand Secretary to the Improvement Co. asking the City to reconvey a portion of two lots in Block 48. Subdivision 181.
Referred to the Finance Committee and City Solicitor

From A. L. Lowell Indian Superintendent giving the number of acres required by the City on Capilano Creek, and fixing the price for same.
Referred to the F. W. + L. Committee
From the B. C. Iron Works stating that they would make hydrants and valves at the same rate, as the City are paying to Eastern firms laid down here, and guaranteeing an equally good article.
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by ” Scoullar
That the B. C. Iron Works get the order for making valves and hydrants provided they give a guarantee that they shall be equal to those now on hand, and at the same price.
Carried
From Mrs. A. E. Webster, asking that Alexandra Hospital be supplied with City Water.
Referred to the Water Works Department

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From Chipman, Morgan + Co asking for a bonus of $200,000 in aid of the construction of a Dry Dock.
Referred to the Finance Committee
From W. H. May etal, asking for water on Lansdowne Street.
Referred to the F. W.+L. Committee

From J. S. Povab, asking to be refunded $18.50 paid out by him for clothes etc purchased to replace those destroyed by order of the Health Inspector.
Referred to the Health Committee
From John McLaren reporting on the Electric Lights.
Filed
From Joseph Huntly asking for an investigation into charges alleged to have been preferred against him by certain Aldermen.
His Worship appointed Aldermen Collins McCraney and Anderson, as a Committee to investigate, and report.

From E. V. Good asking for the position of nurse.
Referred to the Board of Health

From the City Solicitor stating that the case of the C. P. R. Co vs the City re Gore Av would come upon appeal before the full court at Victoria on the 12th of September.
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Franklin
That the City Solicitor be instructed to defend.
Carried

The following Reports were received and read

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday September 24th 1892.
Present Aldermen McCraney, Gavin, Franklin and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-

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1 That the Street Inspector be notified to have the logs removed from the lane in Block 16.200 A, and notify Messrs Brunton and McLean to remove the stones +c placed there by them.

2 That the City Solicitor be instructed to send in his report on matters referred to him by this Board, by Thursday next.

3 That the following accounts be paid:-
Evans, Coleman + Evans, Sewer pipes $222.03
H. Lomas etal, Labor. $263.30

4 That the communication from R. A. Muskett asking for a road to his house on Fairview be filed with other petitions.

5 That the Communication from McQuarrie + Co in the sewers be referred to the City Engineer to reply to.

6 That the communication from T. O. Townley re drain on Seaton Street be referred to the Health Inspector.

7 That the Street Inspector be instructed to see if he cannot get some stone clippings to make a bottom for crushed rock for Hastings Street + Raymour Av. [sic]

8 That the communication from Williams Bros re a sidewalk roadway through Blocks 86 + 93 264A be laid over as there are no funds.

9 That the Street Inspector be instructed to give Norman McLean and others old plank for a sidewalk on 5th Av if he can spare them.

10 That the City Engineer be instructed to inform John McKenzie, Dominion Government Agent how matters stand between the City and Dr Kendall in respect to the quarry on the North Arm.
sgd H. P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by McCraney
Seconded by Collins
That the clause

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in the report in the lane in Block 16, 200A be referred back to the Committee, and that the balance be adopted.
Carried
Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 25th 1892.

Present Aldermen Anderson, Collins, Odlum and McGuigan.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

It was recommended:-
1 That the resolution re the B. C. Cooperage and Jute Co. be referred back to the Council without modification.

2 That S. L. Twigg be refunded $7.00 paid twice by him for taxes in 1890.

3 That the following accounts be paid :-
S James Special Audit $275.00
C. P. R. Co Rent of Recreation Grounds 25.00
W. B. Fisher Clerical Work 60.00
The World P. + P. Co Paper 10.00
Bank of B. C. Insurance etc on Bonds 307.85

4 That the City Solicitor be instructed to draw up an Agreement for the engagement of a Solicitor a fixed salary of $2500. a year.

5 That a Charter Committee consisting of Alderman Anderson, Collins, McGuigan, McCraney and Odlum to consider necessary amendments to the City Charter.

6 That a Communication from the B. C. Mills Timber and Tradition Co asking for a uniform assessment and uniform water rates for all manufacturing industries be filed.

The City Auditor sent in a report stating that he had audited the Tax Books and found same corrected; also stating that the tax books should in audited in future before the Notices are sent out.
Filed.
sgd R. A. Anderson
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Odlum
That Alderman Franklin’s name be substituted for that of Alderman Odlum on the Charter Committee.
Carried
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by ” Odlum
That the clause re the B. C. Jute Co be laid over for one week.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by ” Odlum
That the balance of the Report be adopted
Carried
Police Committee.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday November 15th 1892. Present Aldermen Collins, Odlum and McCraney. It was recommended:-
1 That L. L. Black and others who petitioned against a Chinese wash house on Seymour Street be requested to give such information to the Police as will establish the fact that the place complained of is a public nuisance.

2 That the City Clerk be instructed to correspond with J. F. Clark of Toronto to ascertain if J. C. Irvin is his agent there, and whether the statements made by said agent are borne out by facts.

3 That Malcolm McLean be furnished with an overcoat to be made by the same party who made the other overcoats.

4 That the Chairman of the Police Committee be authorized to purchase twelve pairs of gray blankets for the use of the jail.

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5 That the following accounts be paid:-
Van Gurney Cab Co. Rigs $3.50
J. H. Gurney Ry fares 9.00
J. McLaren ” 2.00
Daily Telegram, Supplies 8.00
W. A. McIntosh ” 54.44
Thos Dunn + Co ” .65
Tilley + Son ” 1.00
Thos Dunn + Co ” 1.00
W. C. Marshall drayage .50
Atkins + Atkins supplies 2.00
G. L. Allan ” 2.25
R. V. Winch ” 14.45
J. P. Blake ” 12.80
Ideal Grocery ” 43.52
sgd Henry Collins
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by ” Odlum
That the Report be adopted
Carried

F. W. + L. Committee
The F. W + L. Committee met on Friday November 25th 1892.
Present Aldermen Franklin, Scoullar and McGuigan.
It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
G. L. Wilson Supplies $35.75
Thos Stephenson, Refund 1.00
Geo Erwin. Lunches 3.25
W. P. Turner etal. Labor 1263.80
J. M. Thomas, etal ” 611.60
Ernest Buse, Lumber 49.03
W. S. Westcott, Laying Main 1275.55
Veitch + Mickson, ” pipes 914.18
Palmer Bros. Supplies 25.20
Gutta Percha + Rubber Co. ” 18.00
Shelton + Co. ” 20.75
Telephone Co. 6.20
Ideal Grocery. Supplies 22.80
Godfrey + Blowey ” 54.65

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G. A. Fraser + Co. Supplies $12.30
Thomson Bros. ” .85
Atkins + Atkins ” 4.25
Alex Gartshore hydrants 3607.50
Ideal Grocery Supplies 245.74
B. C. Cattle Co ” 9.00

2 That Fire Hall No one be insured in the Guardian Assurance Co through W. E. Gravely Agent for one year to the amount of $250000 premium $100.

3 That S. K. Twigg who wishes the City to buy or lease his lot on Hastings Street next to the water works lots be informed that said lot is not required by the City and that the City Engineer be instructed to remove all material on said lot to the fire hall lots on Oppenheimer Street.

4 That C. L. Brown who petitioned for water on 10th Av west of Westminster Av be informed that the matter is being attended to.

5. That E. J. Peck who petitioned for more light for the Baptist Church be informed that as the Church stands in the center of four lights that the Committee cannot see its way

6 That the communication from the City Engineer advising the construction of a reservoir on the South Side of the First Narrows be deferred to the new council with his other report in reference to the tunnel.

7. That John Smalley’s salary be increased to $55.00 per month, dating from November 1st he having been promotion to the position of driver in the fire department.

8 That tenders be invited for brass work and that the City Engineer be instructed to get such valves, and hydrants as may be necessary at the contract price.

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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Franklin
That the report be adopted.
Carried

The Council then adjourned.

F. Cope
Mayor
Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Vancouver Library and Reading Room to move to larger quarters – November 21, 1892

Dr. McGuigan (who was also an Alderman) was appointed City Health Officer at no salary. Council agreed with the Library Board that the present Reading Room and Library was far too small. Request from the B. C. Cooperage and Jute Co. to have city taxes waived for five years was laid over for one week.

This transcript was made in 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Lorna Ellema
and sponsored by The Woodward Family

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 214-220

[vol 5 pg 214]

The Council met on Monday November 21st 1892.
Present His Worship the Mayor, and, Aldermen Anderson, Connon, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney Odlum, Franklin and Gavin.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.
The following communications were received and read:-
From W. H. Allen applying for the position of Fire Marshall.
Referred to the F. W.+L. Committee

From Joseph Huntly reporting on the dismissal of one of the small pox patients and some of the guards.
Filed.
From John McLaren reporting on the electric lights.
Filed
From C. L. Brown asking for water on 10th Av.
Referred to the F. W.+L. Committee

From Thos. H. Tracy, City Engineer, advocating the construction of a reservoir in Stanley Park.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From D. McRae, asking for a sidewalk on Alberni Street:
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the B. C. Mills Timber and trading Co asking for exemption from taxation etc
Referred to the Finance Committee

From Z. G. Goldberg in reference to the construction of an addition to his building in the fire limits.
Filed
From the Fire Underwriters asking that the Fire By-Law be more stringently en-

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forced.
Already attended to
From C. L. Brown thanking the Council on behalf of the Methodist Ladies of Mount Pleasant for the use of the fire hall.
Filed
From M. C. McLean asking that certain rocks be removed from the lane in rear of his premises.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Norman McLean etal, asking for a sidewalk on 5th Av. Mount Pleasant.
Referred to the Board of Works.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 18th 1892.
Present Aldermen Anderson, Collins, McGuigan and Odlum.
It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
Bank of B.C. Insurance etc on Bonds $674.60
F. Evans, Transcript 26.00
C. P. R. Co. 1/2 ticket to Victoria 1.50

2 That P. Kelley be placed on the permanent pay roll as caretaker of the Isolation Hospital at a salary of $45.00 per month dating from the time of his appointment by the Health Inspector.

3 In the communications from the BC Cooperage and Jute Co asking for exemption from taxation this Committee recommends the exemption from taxes for a period of five years of the British Columbia Jute Co on the following conditions:-
1st, That the said Co erect a two storey building 50 ft by 100 ft with wharf on the North side of the C. P. R. track
2nd That said building be used for the

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manufacture of jute and cotton of all descriptions.
3rd That said building be also used for the manufacture of barrels, kegs, hogsheads and cisterns.
4th That said Company keep steadily employed at least twenty men per annum.
The taxes to be exempted five years from the date on which said buildings are complete and the machinery running.
Should the above mentioned manufacture cease operations or any of the said conditions be broken the taxes to be levied regularly thenceforward.
Sgd R.A. Anderson
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Scoullar.
Seconded by ” McCraney
That the clause re the Jute Co be laid over for one week.
Carried

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by ” Collins
That the report as amended be adopted.
Carried

Board of Health.

The Health Committee met on Friday November 18th 1892.
Present Aldermen McGuigan, Collins Odlum and Anderson.
It was recommended that Dr. McGuigan be appointed Medical Health Officer for the City of Vancouver without salary.
sgd
W. J. McGuigan
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by ” Anderson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
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F. W. + L. Committee

The F. W. + L. Committee met on Wednesday November 16th 1892.
Present Aldermen Franklin, Scoullar and McGuigan
It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
W. P. Turner etal. Labor $1028.20
Wm Templeton, Supplies 1.20
Van Elec Ry & L C0 ” 24.24
John Barclay Shoes set 2.00
G. L. Allan Supplies 7.50
Wm Templeton ” 26.55
Market Hardware Store ” 7.69
W. C. Marshall Expenses 1.50
Daniel Hunter Supplies 1.00
McLennan + McFeely ” 5.85
P. Fewster + Co ” 14.64
B. C. Mills ” 2.50
W. A. Mc Intosh ” 118.44
B. C. Mills ” 88.07
Robert Clark ” 12.00
Queen Bros. Hack hire 5.00
Hastings Saw Mill Supplies 15.00
S. L. Honeyford Examination of horses 19.50
David Wilson Supplies 1.70
Dr. L. Lloyd Carriage hire 10.00
G. H. Bazley Shoes set 5.50
H. McDonell + Co Supplies 1.89
David Wilson ” 29.20
Canadian Genl Elec Co. Magnet 1.14
C. M. Hawley Supplies 5.50
Palmer Bros ” 13.95
Daniel Hunter ” 6.00

2 That the City Engineer be authorized to obtain prices for driving piles to protect the new main on the North side of the Narrows.

3 That the B.C. Cooperage and Jute Co. be informed that they will be supplied with water at the lowest possible figure when the rates are revised, such revision to take place on Tuesday next.

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4 That the City Accountant furnish a statement at the next meeting of the Board shewing the state of the different appropriations of the Committee.

5 That the communication from Theo Harrobin etal re water service on Dufferin Street be referred to the City Engineer for attention.

6 That the Chairman and City Engineer examine and report upon a water service to the slaughter houses.

Officer McKeown was present to explain as to the light that Alderman Scoullar claimed was out on the night of the 22nd of October and stated that said light might have been out.
W.A. McIntosh stated was that the light was out at the time mentioned by Alderman Scoullar.
sgd J. L. Franklin
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by ” McGuigan
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Board of Works.

The Board of Works met on Thursday the 17th inst.
Present Aldermen McCraney, Gavin, Scoullar and Franklin.
It was recommended:-
1. That Chief Carlisle as Fire Inspector be instructed to carry out the provisions of the Fire By-Law in respect to the building of Z. G. Goldberg and further that the Health and Fire Inspectors be instructed to have the back premises of all stores etc in the business section cleaned up, as soon as possible.

2 That the City Engineer be instructed to procure

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the levels of Grove Avenue as soon as convenient.

3 That the Health Inspector be informed that a Box drain was put in in the lane in Block 41. 196 two months ago.

4 That the Street Inspector be instructed to widen the sidewalk near the corner of Haro and Jervis Streets with old plank, as soon as possible.

5 That the City Engineer be authorized to take the necessary steps to have the partners of the flush vault suppliers for the sewage extension changed to the Van Franklin pattern at a stipulated price of $34.00 each.

6 That tenders be called for clearing that portion of Subdivision 185 of all standing timber now remaining uncleared, tenders to be sent in by noon on December 1st next.

7 That the following accounts be paid:-
G. W. Fuller, Market floor $52.38
Evans, Coleman + Evans, Sewer Pipe 1516.27
Porter + Flett Sewers 1742.81
B. C. Iron Works, Castings 672.87
H. Lomas etal, Labor 238.25
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by ” McGuigan
That the clause relating to the Goldberg building be laid over for one week.
Lost
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by ” McCraney
That the Report be adopted as read.
Carried.
Motions.
Moved by Alderman Connon.
Seconded by ” Odlum.
That this Council having learned that the present quarters used as a Free Reading Room are too small and

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quite inadequate for the present needs and, that more commodious quarters should be secured as early as possible hereby approve of this course recommended by the Library Committee.
Carried
Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by ” Odlum.
That the amendments to the Pound By-Law be read a Third Time.
Carried
Moved by Alderman Collins.
Seconded by ” Odlum.
That the fees of the Pound Keeper remain at the same rate as before the passing of the amendment to the Pound By-Law and that the balance be paid into the City Treasurer.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by ” Collins
That the assessments to the Cubic Air By-Law be read a second time.
Carried
The Council went into Committee of the whole for the consideration of the By-Law with Alderman McGuigan in the Chair. In Committee the By-Law was read over clause by clause, and reported to Council as complete.

Notice of Motion.

Alderman McCraney gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend the Health By-Law No 133.

The Council then adjourned.

Thos. F. McGuigan F. Cope
City Clerk Mayor

Vancouver Council to look into City staff cuts – November 8, 1892

A special committee was formed to see if any reduction of City staff is possible. A telephone will be installed in the Mount Pleasant Fire Hall. The Mayor of Seattle reported seven cases of smallpox in that city. A six foot sidewalk will be put down on 9th Avenue from the Westminster Road to Prince Edward Street.

This transcript was made in 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous

original handwritten minutes
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 201 – 206

[Volume 5, page 201]

Vancouver, November 8th 1892.

The Council met on Thursday November 8th 1892.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Collins, Scoullar, McCraney, McGuigan, Odlum, Franklin, Mills and Gavin.
The Minutes of last meetings were read and adopted, Alderman Collins voted nay to adopted the Minutes of the adjourned meeting.
The following communications were received and read:-

From John McLaren reported on the Electric Lights.
Filed.

Wm Mason complaining about water being backed on his lot on Keefer Street.
Referred to the City Engineer.

From James A. Dickie complaining applying for a position on the Fire Brigade.
Referred to the F. W+L. Committee

From John Wolfe asking for a refund of 12.00 for blocking up a Sewer.
Referred

From S. H. + S. J. Parkes asking for the grading and sidewalking of 7th Av. Fairview.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From C. T Dupont stating that he would not accept the $50.00 offered to him for expenses in connection with the arbitration.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Davis Sutherland quoting the advantages of enamelled iron tablets.
Filed

From Evans Coleman + Evans asking for the 10 per cent retained on Sewer pipes.
Referred to the Board of Works

From T. T. Black etal complaining about a Chinese nuisance on Seymour Street.
Referred to the Police Committee + Solicitor

From A. W. Pinnick etal complaining about a nuisance from Cattle in Block 57. 302
Referred to Board of Health.

From Geo Meadows etal asking for a sidewalk and light on 7th Av. Fairview
Board of Works + F. W+ L.

[vol 5 pg 202]

From the Mayor of Seattle stating that there are seven cases of Small pox there.
Filed

The following Reports were received and read

Finance Committee.

The Finance Committee met on Monday November 7th 1892.
Present Aldermen Anderson Collins and Odlum
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
J. A. Healy Clerical work $25.00
Thos. F. McGuigan etal Expenses to N. W. 6.00
S. T. Lesley + Son Supplies 13.05
C. Nelson “ 8.25
Bank of B. C. Insurance etc on Bonds. 337.90
Diplock + co. Supplies 5.40
News-Advertiser Assessment Roll. 65.50
D. McRae. Carpentering 10.00
D Springer Revising Voters List 20.00
Thomson Bros. Supplies 4.90
Palmer Bros. “ 30.18
Telephone Co. Rents 38.70

The question of the claims of the Mill Companies for commissions for Collecting Poll Taxes was referred to Council
sgd R. A. Anderson
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Gavin
That the clause relating to the Mills be struck out and the balance of the report adopted.
Carried

Board of Works.

The Board of Works met on Thursday November 3rd 1892.
Present Aldermen Scoullar (in the Chair) Gavin and Franklin

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It was recommended:-
1 Re Wm Sidelman’s communication
That his communication be filed and that he be informed that the property owners have already been notified to clear their lots.

2 That a 6 foot sidewalk be put down on 9th Avenue from the Westminster Road to Prince Edward Street by day work and that the balance of the sidewalks required to the schools be laid over until the schools are nearly ready for occupation.

3 That D. Gibbons be awarded the contract for constructing a tile drain on Abbott Street for the sum of $144.00

4 That the following accounts be paid:-
J. Potter Pipe $28.17
G. F. Rounsfell, Seventh Av. 300.00
John Telford. Nelson St. 4.00
do do Nicola St. 24.44
Evans, Coleman + Evans Sewer pipes 773.88
Cunningham + co. Supplies 3.41
Thos. Veitch Express hire 26.95
W. A. McIntosh + co. Supplies 1.60
W. H. Baxter. Supplies for crusher 141.16
H. H. Layfield + co. Supplies 1.80
W. Kerfoot Expressage .50
H. T. Devine + co. Feed 20.07
McLennan + McFeely. Supplies 38.34
E. Buse. Lumber 59.82
S. T. Tilley + Son. Stationery 25.25
C. P. R. Co Yale gravel 435.00
W. Jones Gore Av. 65.68
do Quebec St. 331.11
Poster + Flett Sewers 2588.94
H. Lomas etal. Labor. 297.70

5 That the Board meet on Wednesday the 9th inst instead of Thursday Thanksgiving day
sgd H. P. McCraney, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by “ Collins
That the Report be adopted
Carried

F. W + L. Committee

The F. W. + L Committee met on Wednesday November 2nd 1892.
Present Aldermen Franklin, Mills and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
S. T. Tilley + Son. Supplies 3.50
Veitch + Nickson Laying water pipes 19.80
C. Nelson Supplies 30.11
Thos Dunn + co “ 472.96
Telephone Co “ 2.70
Thos Hatch etal Labor 1205.70
G. H. Bazley “ 8.50
J. W. Jackson Repairs 2.00
H. T. Devine + co. Supplies 105.62
I. Forbes. Labor. 4.00
Atkins + Atkins Supplies .28
C. H. Jones “ 3.50
B. C. Iron Works “ 25.47
Thos. Veitch Drayage 31.28
Market Hardware Store Supplies 17.68
Thos. Veitch. Express 158.10
H. T. Devine + co Supplies 39.07
A. C. Limpus “ .55

2 That Dr. Langis be informed that the water pipes will be laid to the Isolation Hospital when they are obtained.

3 That a telephone by placed in the Fire Hall on Mount Pleasant.

4 That an electric light be placed on the corner of Bridge Street and 5th Av.

5 That the firemen be refunded the poll tax collected from them. Sgd J. L. Franklin Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Report be adopted

Moved in Amendment by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by Alderman Collins
That the clause relating to the firemen be struck out.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Gavin.
That the balance of the Report be adopted.
Carried

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That His Worship the Mayor be requested to name a Committee to inquire into where any reduction may be made in the City Hall Staff and Report:
Carried.
The Mayor named the Chairman of the different standing Committees.
Alderman Franklin was appointed convener

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Gavin.
That the Assessment Commissioner be instructed to assess all improvements at $75.00 per cent [sic] of their cash value.
Carried.

Notices of Motion

Alderman Franklin gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce a Cubic Air By-Law

Alderman Collins asked for an extension of time for the introduction of a By-Law to amend the Pound By-Law.

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Alderman McCraney gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would move the following resolution:-
“ That the City Solicitor be notified that his services in his present arrangement will not be required after the 3st of Dec next and that the Finance Committee be empowered in the meantime to engage the services of a Solicitor at a fixed salary said sum to cover all legal business required by the City; no extras to be allowed except actual court disbursements.”

The Council then adjourned

F. Cope
Mayor
Thos. McGuigan
City Clerk