Mass firing averted; referred to next Council – January 2, 1894

The Health Officer reported two cases of diptheria in December 1893. Council overturns its former decision to allow Oppenheimer Brothers to construct a railway siding to their premises. By-law established to elect an Alderman for Ward No 2 and two School Trustees to fill the vacancies caused by the resignations received at the last meeting.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 652 – 656

[volume 5 page 652]
Vancouver BC January 2nd 1894

The Council met on Tuesday 2nd January 1894.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Cargill Hobson Salsbury Towler Brown McCraney Collins Franklin & Hackett

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted

Communications

From Dr Thomas. Medical Health Officer reporting that there were two cases of diptheria during the month of December. Filed

From Chas E. Hope, complaining about the sewer connection with some cottages at the corner of Georgia and Hamilton Streets owned by Francis Crosbie.
Referred to Board of Works

From J.W. McFarland, offering to accept $90.00 in connection with J. J. Nickson’s claim against Sewers.
Referred to Board of Works.

From W. Webster, asking if any decision had been given in the case of Vancouver vs. C. P. R. re title to the water front of the City of Vancouver.
Referred to City Solicitor.

From Chas Duncan of Duncan & Hamilton asking to be given six months’ auctioneer’s license for $50.00.
Referred to Finance Committee

The following reports were received and read

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on December 28th 1893.
Present Alderman McCraney, Brown Franklin Hackett and Salsbury.

[volume 5 page 653]

It was recommended:-
That the matter of the amount and nature of the Bond of J. M. Hollands be submitted to the City Solicitor for his decision.

That the former resolution giving Messrs Oppenheimer Bros permission to construct a siding on Columbia Avenue across Powell St and alongside their premises be and is hereby rescinded.

That Mr. D. McGillivray be paid the sum of $750.00 instead of the sum of $516.30 already offered as a final settlement in full of all demands of whatsoever nature for extra haulage in connection with his street paving contract.

That tenders be called up till 3 pm on Thursday 18th January 1894 for the following new work
Clearing in Sub: 182

That tenders be called up till 3 pm on Thursday the 25th January 1894 for the following new work
Bituminous Rock Paving
a) Granville St between Robson & Hastings Streets
b) Hastings St “ Carrall & Cambie Sts
c) Basement drain on Granville St.

That the following accounts be recommended for payment
S.T. Tilley & Son Stationery $4.65
H. Lomas et al Pay Roll 119.60

Signed J.P McCraney
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Towler
Seconded “ Salsbury
That the report be adopted. Carried.

[volume 5 page 654]
Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 29th 1893
Present Alderman Cargill Anderson Collins Hobson & Brown

It was recommended:-

That the following accounts be recommended for payment
The World P & P. Co Supplies $70.39
S.T. Tilley & Son “ 10.50
Shelton & Co Ballot Boxes 31.50
Hammersley & Hamilton Disbursements 132.21
The B.C. Gazette Gazetting Bylaws 238.75
Signed W. Cargill

Moved by Alderman Towler
Seconded “ Brown
That the report be adopted. Carried

Health Committee
The Health Committee met on Friday December 29th 1893
Present Alderman Collins, Cargill Towler & Hobson

It was recommended:-
That one half the total amount of the note amounting to $90.00 be paid to D. Brydone-Jack when the note is paid in full settlement of his claim.

That tenders be called for drugs for so much a month or by items for the Health Department for the year 1894.

That Miss O’Brien be placed on the Hospital staff in place of Miss Bean.

That the following accounts be recommended for payment
G.I. Wilson Supplies $3.10

[volume 5 page 655]

C.S. Philp Supplies $22.47
The B.C.D.T. & D. Co Message to Small pox hospital .50
William Ralph Supplies 1.70
Leatherdale & Co Hack hire 10.00
William Ralph Supplies 11.55
Crowder & Penzer “ 140.41
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 64.67
R.A. Baynes Cordwood 110.00
James Ruth Supplies 1.40
F.W. Hart Burial 10.00
David Rush 12 dys at Isolation Hospital 24.00
Signed Henry Collins
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded “ Towler
That the report be adopted
Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman Towler
Seconded “ Brown
That Alderman Collins’ resignation be accepted. Carried

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Hobson
That a By Law to provide for the election of an Alderman to fill the vacancy in Ward No 2, caused by the resignation of Alderman Collins and two School Trustees vice Messrs Brown & Collins resignation be read a first time. Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded “ Towler
That the Water Works Pay Roll, amounting to $371.10 be paid. Carried

[volume 5 page 656]

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded “ Towler
That the Council give notice to every City Official working at the City Hall and every City Employee, who is getting Two dollars & fifty cents per day and upwards that their services are not required after thirty days from this date and that the Mayor name a Committee of five, one from each Ward, said committee to have power to call for applications and to arrange a salary for each position to be filled for the year 1894.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by Alderman McCraney
That this question be brought to the notice of the new Council and Water Commisioners with a recommendation to them to investigate the Officers and salaries attached thereto with a view to re-adjustment. Carried

Consideration of Bylaws

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded “ Brown
That the rules be suspended and the Bylaw re election of an Alderman for Ward 1 and two School Trustees be read a second time. Carried.

The Council went into Committee of the whole for its consideration with Alderman Cargill in the chair.
The Bylaw was read over clause by clause and reported to Council complete

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded “ Franklin
That the rules be suspended and the Bylaw was read a third time.
The Council then adjourned

F. Cope
Mayor

Street loafers will be moved along – December 26, 1893

William Airey claimed compensation for injury while working at “the Narrows.” The condition of the Richmond Hotel is found to be within the fire bylaw. Street corner loafers will be moved along by the police. The Board of Works recommends to the next Council that the East End of the city be opened up for development. (more…)

Restaurant owners challenge hotel’s wooden building – December 18, 1893

Hotel owners want to know why the Richmond Hotel was allowed to build a wooden structure, after they had been denied permission.  Alderman Collins resigned from as Alderman for Ward Two.  He and Alderman Brown also resigned as School Trustees.  Doctors Brouse, Wilson and Dundas Herald will be added to the medical staff of the hospital. Council demands a return of arrears municipal taxes from 1886 through to the end of 1893.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Leah Minuk

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 636 – 643

[volume 5 page 636]
Vancouver B.C.
18th December 1893

The Council met on Monday 18th December 1893. Present his Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Cargill, Hobson, Salsbury, Hackett, Towler, Franklin, Brown, McCraney, Collins. The minutes of the last and special meetings were read and adopted.

Communications

From Joe Dixon Secretary of the Licensed Victuallers’ Association, enclosing copy of the following resolution passed by the Association.
Resolved that the Secretary be instructed to communicate with the City asking by whose authority the owner of the Richmond Hotel were allowed to build a wooden structure to said hotel, after having along with others been refused permission by the Council and violating the Fire by-law.
Referred to Board of Works.

From John McKenzie Agent of Dominion Lands asking if the City had a plan of the location of a house occupied by E. Longhorn and torn down.
Referred to Chief of Police

From Dr. Brydone Jack enclosing an itemized account on the late L. Cooper, who died in the City Hospital.
Referred to City Solicitor & Board of Health

From A. H. B. Macgowan Secretary of the School Board, notifying the Council of the resignation of Trustees Brown and Collins.
stet [in pencil] Referred to City Solicitor. Laid over.

From E. Machin, Secretary of the Free Library Board, stating that a resolution had been passed by the Board that the lease of premises occupied by the Libary be returned to the Council

[volume 5 page 637]

to be signed, despite the opinion of the City Solicitor to the contrary.
Laid over [in pencil] Referred to City Solicitor.

From Purdy + Williams asking leave to use the Park road.
Filed

From the Residents on Hastings Street between Carrall and Abbott Streets asking the Council to instruct the Contractor to finish the work at once and put the street in good order.
Referred to Board of Works.

From A. T. St. George stating that he would be present at the Council meeting and would like to address the Board re the tender for Street sweeping machine.
Laid over.

From E. Machin, Secretary of the Free Library Board, stating that the Board would be please to receive the geological specimens offered by the Council, provided they would supply the necessary show cases.
Referred to Members of the Council
who are on the Library Board with power to expend not more than $100.00

From Drs. Wilson and Dundas Herald making application to be placed on the medical staff of the City Hospital.
Laid over.

From F. C. Cotton asking the Council to give him deed of land exchanged for lots on which the Sugar Refinery is situated.
Referred to Finance Committee + City Solicitor.

From City Engineer Tracy in reply to the changes preferred against him by Alderman Franklin.
Laid over.

[volume 5 page 638]

From W. C. Weir on behalf of the Churches of Vancouver asking the City to push forward the proposed public works.
Referred to Board of Works.

The following reports were received and read.

Board of Works.

The Board of Works met on 14th December 1893. Present Aldermen McCraney, Franklin, Salsbury and Brown.
It was recommended:-
That Mr. E. Cook’s claim for alleged detention at the Court house block be laid over.

That W. D. McGillivray’s claim for 9981 cubic yards of earth filled in on Water Street the material being taken from the Streets being paved be referred to the City Engineer to arrive at a valuation.

That permission be granted to E. Cook to construct a drain from Wm Brown’s house Hastings Street to discharge into box drain on south side of the street.

That the Street Inspector check over certain deposits and the settlement of accounts for work done on sidewalks and bricks for manhole of sewer at Court House building.

That Francis Hartley’s application for temporary walk for Beach Ave be built as far as his residence be laid over.

That J. W. McNeil’s communication asking that work be let to give employment to those out of work be laid over.

That E. A. Marshall et al application for the 7th Av. sidewalk west of Westminster Ave be extended about one block be laid over until the beginning of next year.

[volume 5 page 639]

That J. C. Vermilyea’s complaint about the lane at the back of his brick block on Granville Street it being in a bad condition be referred to the Street Inspector for attention.

That R. Barker’s complaint about the state of the streets on Westminster Ave. and Princess Street be referred to the Street Inspector for attention.

That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay the City’s portion of the fees amounting to $2250 re arbitration on expropriation of part of lot 12 Block 11 – 541.

That the tender of Thos Dunn + Co for the Barnard Castle street sweeping machine at $33500 be recommended for acceptance.

That the City Engineer be instructed to have a survey made of the land proposed to be cleared in the East End.

That the following accounts be recommended for payment
J. Johnson Grading lane in Bl 119. 264th $20.00
Balkwell + Co. Robson St final 11.90
Gibbons + Borland Grading Ash St re final 22.69
Thos Veitch Hauling rock 15.50
H. Lomas et al Weekly payroll 179.10

Signed H. P. McCraney
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the report be adopted.
Carried

[volume 5 page 640]

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Friday December 15th 1893.
Present Aldermen Collins, Cargill, Anderson & Towler
It was recommended
That Dr J. E. Brouse be referred to the Medical Staff with a request that they add him to their number.

That permission be given to Frank Humphreys day porter to be allowed two weeks leave of absence.

That Dr. Thomas Medical Health Officer report of cases of infectious or contagious diseases during November be filed.

That Miss McFee’s monthly report be filed.

That Miss Bean’s salary be the date of her leaving the Hospital.

That the following accounts be recommended for payment
Coroner Pettendrigh Inquest on Thos Randle $15.60
L. T. Tilley + Son Supplies 4.00
C. F. Foreman “ 85.17
“ “ 12.51
“ “ 3.05
“ “ 10.21
A. Cecil Green Digging Graves .75
J. D. Herrett + Co Supplies 61.56
J. Blake “ 19.50
Atkins + Atkins “ .80
“ “ 46.81
“ “ 2.25
McLennan + McFeely “ 3.45
Wm Thurston + Sons “ 15.00
Texas Lake Ice Co. “ 1.50
Dr. A. H. Thomas “ 10.00
C. P. R. Co Pieces of Rail etc. 50.00
W. G. Warren Supplies 38.00
H. D. Fraser Repairs to Hospital 148.91

[volume 5 page 641]

C. L. Philp Supplies 7.95
Champion + White Scavengering 7.00
“ “ “ 5.75
City of Victoria Cost of keeping lepers 31.92
The Hudson’s Bay Co Supplies 6.80
W. A. McIntosh + Co “ 56.35
Dr. J. A. Mills Medical examination of
W. F. Black 5.00
Wellington Coal yard Supplies 6.88
Weeks + Robson “ 19.50
Crowder + Pender “ 9.43
“ “ 20.88
signed H. Collins
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Brown
That the names of Drs Wilson and Dundas Herald be added to that of Dr. Brouse in Clause 1 and the report was then adopted.
The report was then adopted [sic]
Carried

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 15th 1893.
Present Aldermen Anderson, Cargill Hobson Collins + Brown.
It was recommended:-
That the salaries and accounts of School Board be paid to the end of the year.

That the following accounts be recommended for payment
Crowder + Penzer Supplies $42.08
Tye + Co “ 1.00
News Advertiser “ 23.25
“ “ 7.60
“ “ 3.85
Marshall + McCrae “ 6.00
Signed R. A. Anderson
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Towler
That the report be adopted.
Carried

[volume 5 page 642]

Introduction of Bylaws

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ McCraney
That a bylaw to rescind the by law imposing a tax on Fire insurance Companies to be read a first time.
Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman Towler
Seconded “ Franklin
That at the next regular meeting of the Council a return be furnished showing the annual arrears of Municipal of Municipal taxes for the year 1886 to 1893 both inclusive.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Cargill
That the Mayor and City Clerk be and are hereby empowered to sign and complete the lease of the premises in the Y. M. C. A. building by the Free Library.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded “ Towler
That the Vanc Electric Railway + Light Co’s account amounting to $1478.05 be paid.
Carried.

[volume 5 page 643]

Notice of Motion

Alderman Towler gave notice at the next regular meeting of the Council he would move that an investigation by a Judge be held concerning certain charges made on the 11th inst against the City Engineer and his department by Alderman Franklin.

Alderman Collins tendered his resignation as Alderman for Ward Two, which was laid on the table for a week.

The Council then adjourned.

F. Cope
Mayor

Water Commissioners and Civic Election by-laws complete – December 14, 1893

A special meeting to finalize the Water Commissioners’ By-Law and the Civic Election By-Law.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Leah Minuk

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 635 only

[volume 5 page 635]
Vancouver B. C.
14th December 1893

A special meeting of the Council was held on Thursday evening at 8 o’clock 14th December 1893 for the purpose of considering the Water Commissioners’ and Civic Election By-laws.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Salsbury, Collins, Franklin, Brown and Hobson.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Water Commissioners’ Bylaw be read a second time.

The Council went into Committee of the whole for its consideration with Alderman Salsbury in the chair.

The By-law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council complete with a few amendments.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Brown
That the Bylaw be read a third time.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Collins
That the Civic Election Bylaw be read a second time.

The Council went into Committee of the whole for its consideration with Alderman Salsbury in the chair.
The Bylaw was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.
The Bylaw was read a third time on motion of Alderman Salsbury seconded by Alderman Franklin.

The Council then adjourned.

F. Cope
Mayor

No new railway tracks until paving by-law passed – November 20, 1893

No new railway tracks until paving by-law passed – November 20, 1893

Trustees for the Vancouver Tramway Co. will wait until By-Law is approved before going ahead with new tracks. City Clerk asked to look into cost for proper milk testing services. Entire Council to attend upcoming Vancouver Municipal Association meeting in New Westminster.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives photo AM54-S4-: Be P102
[English Bay Pier pilings and view of Beach Avenue]

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 600 – 604

[volume 5 page 600]

Vancouver November 20th 1893

The Council met on Monday November 20th 1893.
Present – His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Anderson, Salsbury, Collins, Hackett, McCraney, Cargill, Franklin, Hobson, Brown & Towler.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Miss Macfie notifying the Council that she had appointed Wm Cross Cook at the City Hospital at a salary of $30.00 a month dating from the 1st inst.
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the appointment be confirmed.
Carried

From the Deputy Registrar of the County Court stating that the County Court would meet on the 13th of Dec. Filed

From D. Oppenheimer offering a collection of Australian wools etc to the Council for exhibition
Moved by Alderman Towler
Seconded by “ Hackett
That Mr. Oppenheimer’s offer be accepted with thanks. Carried.

From Arthur Hill applying for a position on the City Engineer’s staff. Filed

From the Secretary of the Underwriters stating that the Board declined to send delegates to meet the Finance Committee re Licenses on Fire Insurance Companies.
Referred to the Finance Committee & Solicitor

From H. T. Ceperley Manager of the Vancouver Loan Trust, Savings & Guarantee Co. Trustees for the Vancouver Tramway Co. stating that the Trustees declined to take any action re new

[volume 5 page 601]

Rails on the streets proposed to be paved until the final passages of the by-law and the approval of the ratepayers.
Laid over

From Alex Philip, Secretary of the B.C. Municipal Association asking the Council to appoint delegates for a general meeting in New Westminster on the 5th of Dec at 2 P.M.
Moved by Alderman Towler,
Seconded by “ Anderson
That the Whole Council be appointed as delegates.
Carried.

From Mrs. A. Creery asking for a sidewalk on Beach Av.
Referred to the Board of Works

From John W. Reid asking for a sidewalk on 7th Av. Fairview
Referred to the Board of Works

From E Shurgold asking that certain logs and stumps be burned near his house on 6th Av
Referred to the Board of Works

From C. Foley asking for some action to be taken in reference to the prevention of cigarette smoking
Referred to the Police Committee

The following Reports were received and read:

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 17th 1893
Present – Aldermen Cargill (in the Chair) Collins & Brown
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
C.W. Robson Revising Voters Lists $40.00
News. Advertiser. Ads 16.70
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 1.55

[volume 5 page 602]

2. That the communication from the Secretary of the Fire Underwriters re Licenses be referred to the Council
sgd Wm Cargill
Acting Chairman
Moved by Alderman Towler
Seconded by “ Brown
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on November 16th 1893
Present – Aldermen McCraney, Brown, Franklin, Hackett, and Salsbury
It was recommended:-
1. That the communication from Ernest Cooper asking for the opening up of the lane in Block 9.185 be referred to the officer in charge of the Chain gang to grade same in its turn.
2. That the matter opening up Scott Street between 9th and 10th Avs be referred to the Street Inspector to have a passable roadway made the expenditure not to exceed $20.00.
3. That E. Cook be offered $250.00 without prejudice as a final settlement of his claim for service on Court House grounds.
4. That the matter of putting down a temporary walk on Comox St. about 66 ft to M. Archibald be referred to the Street Inspector for attention.
5. That the Contractor on Hastings Street be notified to complete the grading as soon as possible and leave it in good shape.
6. That the Street Inspector arrange to haul up some old plank supplied by Alderman Towler to 15th Av & Quebec St.

[volume 5 page 603]

7. That Alderman Brown be requested to arrange to have the lane in Block 119. 264 & opened up, the cost not to exceed $20.00
8. That the estimate put in for the contractor grading Georgia Street be held over until he comes to a settlement with M. Carriere in regard to his account for damages.
9. That the Chairman and the City Engineer interview H. Abbott in regard to the proposed paving at the fountain site, corner of Hastings and Carrall Streets.
10. That the account presented by G.W. Weeks for $10.00 for services in connection with valuation of damages to Baker Bros damaged by water, be passed subject to a written report being furnished
11. That the following accounts be paid:-
Thos. Dunn & Co Supplies $1.25
W.C. Marshall express 6.50
W.S. Cook supplies 4.50
D. P.McLellan 5th Av 108.00
Gibbons & Borland Quebec St 81.00
W. Lomas etal Labor 495.80

The Board then adjourned to meet on Wednesday next at 3 P.M. instead of Thursday
Thanksgiving day.
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Brown.
That the Report be adopted. Carried

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Friday November 17th 1893
Present – Aldermen Collins, Cargill and Towler

[volume 5 page 604]

It was recommended:-
1. That the Clerk be instructed to ascertain prices of a proper milk tester.
2. That the City Clerk keep in his custody the watch and ring belonging to J. Blaney and the watch of David Glasgow, both deceased, until sold or claimed.
3. That the following accounts be paid:-
W.C. Macy Supplies $332.54
Champion & White Scavengering 7.50
E. Clough. Drayage 1.00
Crowler & Penzer Supplies 14.00
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 60.60
J.P. Blake supplies 21.35
Herritt & Co “ 86.08
Tilley & Son “ 2.25
John McDowell “ 2.50
Atkins & Atkins “ 64.37
Texas Lake Ice Co “ 6.05
Crowder & Penzer “ 86.99
Hudson’s Bay Co. “ 34.75
S.E. McLod Labor 4.00
C. Nelson Supplies 16.00
F.W. Hart Burial 10.00
sgd Henry Collins
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the Clause in reference to watches etc. be struck out. Carried

Moved by Alderman Towler
Seconded by “ Collins.
That the Report as amended be adopted. Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Towler

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That Mr. Slade be permitted to remove whatever he has cut on the cemetery grounds.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Towler
That the following accounts be paid:-
Hooper etal Labor $421.05
James St. Charles Co. Hose wagon 501.25
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Brown
That the account of D.F. McLellan for grading Georgia St. amounting to $262.50 be passed. Carried

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Brown.
That the Finance Committee be instructed to provide and place to the Credit of the Board of Works, at an early date the sum of $25,000 to enable the said Board to proceed with the clearing of land 3., 4., and 5. during the winter months, said sum to be charged to the land and collected as taxes.
Laid over for one week. Carried

Notice of Motion

Alderman Towler gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to constitute a sixth ward within the municipal boundaries of the City.

The Council then adjourned

F. Cope
Mayor