Future Council Members May Not Hold City Contracts – December 11, 1894

A number of amendments to the City Charter were passed: future Mayors and Aldermen may not have business dealings or contracts with the City; Aldermen to be elected for one year only; the Ward system to remain unchanged. A proposal, however, that Ward representatives must live within the same Ward was lost.

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer Jane Edmonds

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 334 – 335
to see original handwritten minutes – click here

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Vancouver December 11th, 1894

The Council held a special meeting on Tuesday, December 11th, 1894 at 8 p.m. for the purpose of considering the proposed amendments to the City Charter.
Present: His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Queen, McPhaiden, William Brown, C.L. Brown, and Bethune.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown.
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown.
That the workmen employed by Messrs Purdy and Williams on the reservoir contract be paid 50 percent of the amount of the payroll presented. Carried

The Council went into committee of the whole for the consideration of the proposed amendments to the City Charter, Alderman Wm Brown in the Chair.

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown
That no person who is not a resident of a ward shall be qualified to be a representative of that ward. Lost

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by Alderman Bethune
That that part of Subsection of Section 4 which permits a shareholder of an Incorporation Company having dealings or contracts with the City to occupy the position of Mayor or Alderman be repealed. Carried

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Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by Alderman Salsbury
That the Ward System remain as it is. Carried

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by Alderman Salsbury
That hereafter the Aldermen be elected for one year. Carried

The other clauses of the amendments were read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.
Moved and seconded that the proposed amendments be published five times in the local papers.

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by Alderman Wm. Brown
That the Mayor, Alderman Salsbury and Wm Brown and the City Solicitor be appointed a deputation to go to Victoria to look after the Charter amendments. Carried

The Council then adjourned.
Signed
R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thomas P. McGuigan
City Clerk

North Vancouver Wants Three Years’ Road Tax – November 12, 1894

The Mayor of North Vancouver demanded retroactive road tax for all Vancouver employees working on the Water Works over the past three years. William Cargill asked to be paid for the shingles used in roofing the grand stand at Hastings Park, claiming them as his property. Amendments to the Milk Vendors’ By-Law received third reading.

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 300 – 304
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[Volume 6 page] 300

Vancouver November 12th 1894

The Council met on Monday November 12th 1894.
Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McCraney, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown and Bethune
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications
From Wm Jordan asking for the improvement of Manitoba Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From M.C. McLean, Secretary of the Ward 5 Property Protective Association asking for certain information in connection with the Milk Vendors By-Law, etc.
Referred to the Health, Finance & Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights. Filed.

From Joe Dixon calling attention to the license on Pool Tables
Referred to the Finance Committee

From Garden, Hermon and Burwell stating that the St Ry Company were about to proceed to lay a track on Robson Street
Referred to the Board of Works. In this connection the City Solicitor gave as his opinion that under the existing By-Laws and agreement there was nothing authorizing the Company to construct a track along Robson Street.

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From John Lellus asking if the purchasing of lots in 540 would be obliged to pay the final payments on 540 lots when buying for arrears of taxes
Referred to the Finance Committee

From W.H. Kendall asking if the City would take over at cost price the plant he has on hand in connection with the rock crusher.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From F.C. Clarke etal asking for the opening up of Robson Street to allow of the street railway to be laid thereon.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Davis Mashall & McNeill stating that the 27th next at 11 A.M. was fixed for hearing the case re the Electric Lighting By-Law.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From W. Battison asking for the opening up of Lorne Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

Reports

The following were received and read,

Finance Committee.
The Finance Committee met on Friday November 9th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Salsbury, McPhaiden, Wm Brown and Bethune.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Wm McGill Balance on Grand Stand $15.00

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R. Willard etal            Labor         $25.55
Telephone Co.             Rents        √ 38.50
City Printing Works    Supplies     √ 3.75
News-Advertiser         “                    8.30
Crowder & Penzer      “               √ 21.29
H. Kerrey                    Repairs     √ 15.00
C.P. Telegraph Co.      Telegram      √ .25

Communications
From Wm Cargill asking to be paid for the shingles used in roofing the grand stand at Hastings Park claiming them as his property.
No action taken

sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Water Committee
The Water Committee met on Tuesday November 6th 1894
Present – the full Board
The Reeve and Alderman McCartney of the Municipality of North Vancouver waited on the Board with reference to the road from the Caňon to the Dam. The matter was referred to the City Solicitor with reference to the right of way for the water works pipe line.

The Reeve of North Vancouver also demanded a road tax of $2.00 per man per years for all men employed by the City and how have worked in the Municipality of North Vancouver within

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the past three years.
Referred to the City Solicitor.

Communications

From Evans, Coleman & Evans notifying the City not to pay wages for teams or teamsters employed by Purdy and Williams on the reservoir. Filed.

From Purdy and Williams asking to have estimate for reservoir passed at this meeting.
Moved by Aldermen McPhaiden
That Purdy and Williams Estimate be passed. Carried.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
A Linton              Boat hire              √ $18.00
H.S. M. Short       supplies                   √ 6.98
B.C.M.T.& T.Co       “                          √ 8.50
Can Gen’l Elec. Co   “                          √ 3.60
David Wilson             “                           √ .75
News Advertiser        “                           25.00
B.C.M.T. & T. Co      “                         √ 2.00
F. Filion                      ”                        √ 3.00
J.B. Edson               “                       √ 5.00 10
Union S.S. Co.        Hire of Blocks    √ 40.00
Welsh Bros.             Supplies             √ 32.68
A.M. Beattie            Weighing               √ .20
Payne Tapping
Machine Co.             Supplies.             √ 8.10
A.C. Lympus           Repairs √ 7.50
Purdy & Williams   Estimate on Reservoir √ 3000.00

sgd Wm Brown
Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Queen
That the amendments to the Milk Vendors’ By-Law be read a first time. Carried

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Queen
That the By-Law be read a second time. Carried

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Queen
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for its Consideration. Carried

Alderman Wm Brown was appointed Chairman
The By-Law was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman McDowell Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown.

The Board then adjourned

R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos.F. McGuigan
City Clerk

West End Streets Not To Be Opened– November 5, 1894

Council overturned the Board of Works’ recommendation that streets west of Nicola be opened in the West End. $50 Secret Service fund granted to Mayor, the sum coming from the Police Contingent Fund.

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer  Gerald Soon

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 293 – 299
click here to see original handwritten minutes

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Vancouver November 5th 1894
The Council met on Monday November 5th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Salsbury, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, McCraney, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.K. Brown and Bethune.

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ Franklin
That Alderman Wm Brown be appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor. Carried.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the City Engineer reporting on the cement sidewalks laid by Messrs Miller and McLennan and McFeely. Filed

From A. Calori complaining about the condition of the streets around his hotel.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Wolf asking for a share of the City Scavengering
Referred to the Health Committee.

From Levi Rabjohns etal asking for a sewer in the lane from Burrard to Bute between Nelson and Comox Streets.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From C. Slade etal asking for permission to cut timber on the cemetery grounds
Referred to the Board of Health

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From W.S. Gore acknowledging receipt of communication re Old Man’s Home. Filed

From E.W. Downing asking for a refund on his license.
Referred to the Police Committee

From A.B. Diplock complaining of the condition of the lane between Cordova and Hastings Street and Granville and Seymour.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From H. Hacket etal asking that the lane between Richards & Seymour Streets South of Pender be rocked.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric lights. Filed.

From A.H. Hatch etal asking for a fountain at the intersection of Westminster Av and Westminster Road.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Geo Martin asking for the grading of a lane between Davie and Burnaby Streets
Referred to the Board of Works

From N. Dickey etal asking for the opening of a lane in Block 24.200a.
Referred to the Board of Works

From R. Robinson asking for a sidewalk on Alberni St.
Referred to the Board of Works

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From R. Casswell reporting on the Guild as asked.
Referred to the Health Committee

Reports

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on November 1st 1894.
Present – Aldermen McCraney, Queen, Franklin and C.L. Brown.

A deputation consisting of Messrs J.C. Keith Johnson Spinks, C.E. Hope, and several others waiting on the Board to discuss the question of opening up the streets west of Nicola Street under the local improvement plan, the matter having been referred back to the Board by the Council.

It was resolved that the resolution passed by the Board on the 18th of October namely “that this Board recommends that the portion of District Lot 185 lying West of Nicola Street be opened from Water to Water under the Local Improvement Plan” be again referred to the City Council for consideration.

Messrs Peters and Ross applied personally for access to two new houses erected by them on 12th Av west of Manitoba Street.
Resolved that they be granted a 2 plank walk to be laid on 12th Av from Manitoba Street to the houses referred to.

R.H. Paterson wrote stating that the lane in rear of his fence has been cut so deep as to cause the fence to subside.
Referred to the City Engineer to examine and report.

From E.E. Barker complaining about the crossing laid down on Haro Street east of Jervis Street and asking that 66 feet of sidewalk be laid from

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The S.E. Corner of Haro and Jervis passing the front of Lot 7. Block 33.185.
Resolved that Mr Barker be notified that the crossing he refers to is only a temporary one.

From Jonathan Miller applying to have the bond for the cement sidewalk laid down in front of the Miller Block date back as the sidewalk has already been laid down one year.
Laid over pending the City Engineer’s reply to the question relating to this sidewalk put by Alderman Franklin at the Council Meeting.

Resolved that the Street Inspector be instructed to see that the temporary sidewalk of old plank is put down on Westminster Road to Mr. Sherdahl’s premises.

In reference to a question put by Alderman Franklin at the Council Meeting relating to the depth of the basement drain on Granville Street at Mr Browning’s building, the Engineer submitted the contract drawings and explained that the contractor for the building by connecting with the wrong ‘Y’ lost from a foot to a foot and a half in full.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Wm Smith & Sons. New Broom  $34.30
Gilley Bros                     towing     33.00
A.E.E. Clark                   Rock    1152.90
City Painting Works       Supplies    7.40
D.H. Morgan etal.           Labor    617.85
N.H.Layfield & Co         Supplies    1.75
London Carriage Works “                7.00

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W.S. Cook                      Delivering rock    $525.18
J.W. Currell                    Repairs                         .25

sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the clause in reference to the clearing in the West end be struck out. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report as amended be adopted. Carried.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 2nd 1894.
Present – the full Board

The following tenders were received for the purchase of $4000.00 Local Improvement Debentures:-

Bank of B.N.A. $102.56 and accrued interest
Wm Farrell $4010.00 for the $4000 debentures

Resolved that the tender of the Board of B.N.A. be recommended for acceptance.

The following accounts were recommended for payment :-
Vancouver Loan Trust Savings & G. Co.   Insurance           $200.00
News.Advertiser.                                         Supplies etc.         22.30
B.C.M.T. & T. Co.                                       Supplies etc             .58
Dominion Express Co.                                & Customs             1.90
Hammersly & Hamilton                             Law Costs           533.38

sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

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Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “           McDowell
That the Clause in the Minutes of the Water Committee recommending the purchase of a ticket for Mrs. Macauley be expunged. Carried

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by       “     McCraney
That the sum of $50.00 be placed in the hands of the Mayor so as a Secret Service Fund such sum to be charged up to the Police Contingent fund. Carried

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by     ”        Bethune
That the Pay Roll of the Water Works covering two weeks and ending October 29, 1894 and amounting to $480.85 be passed and paid subject to the approval of the Water Works which meets tomorrow. Carried.

Notices of Motion

Alderman McDowell gave notice that at next regular meeting of Council he will move

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To amend By-Law No 210.
Alderman Franklin gave notice that at the next regular meeting of Council he will move that the clause giving the V.E.R. & Light Co. the right to move run a track along Robson Street be rescinded.

The Council then adjourned

R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos.F. McGuigan
City Clerk.

City Staff to “Make Due Provision” against Sickness Or Death – October 29, 1894

Vancouver City Council required each number of the City’s staff to make “due provision in case of sickness or death” as it would not be responsible. The case of an abandoned three month old child was referred to the Health Committee.  Tenders were advertised to finance $4,000 for Civic Improvements and (in spite of opposition) for $90,000 for Electric Lights A chimney was authorized to be added to the cemetery house, and ventilation for new hospital. (more…)

Granville Street to be Paved Between Hastings & Cordova – October 22, 1894

Granville Street to be Paved Between Hastings & Cordova – October 22, 1894

A By-law was drafted to pave Granville Street between Hastings Street and Cordova Street for $4,000. The position of Street Inspector was eliminated. The Fire & Light Committee held off decisions on hiring an electrical engineer and on buying a site for a power house. A number of taxpayers allowed to delay paying their taxes until the reservoir was complete. (more…)

Electric Lighting By-Law to Go Ahead – October 8, 1894

Electric Lighting By-Law to Go Ahead – October 8, 1894

The By-Law $100,000 for electric lighting purposes was signed, sealed and gazetted, in spite of opposition from Davis, Marshall & MacNeill . Aldermen Bethune, Franklin, C.L. Brown, McPhaiden & McCraney  were appointed to look into reasons for the delay of construction of the Burrard Inlet & Fraser Valley Railway.  Aldermen Bethune, Shaw and Salsbury were appointed to write an address to the Governor General.

This transcript was made in April 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration: Hudson’s Bay corner – Granville and Georgia Streets.
Photograph shows a carbon electric light and a street car in the background, ca. 1902
City of Vancouver Archives reference code:  AM1376-: CVA 1376-722 

Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6, pages 255259
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Vancouver October 8th 1894

The Council met on Monday October 8th 1894

Present – His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, McCraney, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown and Bethune.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From F.M. Chaldicott asking for the taxes on certain lots.

Referred to the City Solicitor

From R.G. Tatlow asking the City to appoint an arbitrator for valuing the poles etc of the Vancouver Elec Ry & Light Co.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Queen

That the communication be filed. Carried.

From J.C. Rowley asking for improvements on Pacific Streets

Referred to the Board of Works

From E. Schofield, Clerk of North Vancouver asking the City to pay the road tax for their employees since 1892.

Referred to the City Solicitor

From the City Clerk of New Westminster inviting the Mayor and Council to the Fair.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Robson Franklin

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That the invitation be accepted. Carried.

From J.W. Suckling asking to be employed to engross an Address to the Governor General.

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ McPhaiden

That a Committee of three be appointed to draft an address. Carried.

His Worship appointed Aldermen Bethune, Shaw and Salsbury.

From W.S. Weeks etal asking for the drainage of certain lots on Hornby Street

Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights. Filed.

From C. Grant; secretary of the Nationalist party, asking that the a clause be inserted in the City Charted providing for the election of Aldermen by the cumulation system.

Referred to the Charter Committee

From Davis, Marshall & MacNeill stating that if the Council persisted in treating the electric By-Law as being passed proceedings would be taken to quash it.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Queen

That the Communication be filed. Carried

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Reports

The following Report was received and read;

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 5th 1894.

Present – Aldermen Salsbury, McPhaiden and Wm Brown.

Resolved.

That the City Solicitor be instructed to draw up an agreement between the C.P.R. Co and the City re the lots in front of the City Hospital on the terms arranged for the purchase of same.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

News. Advertiser          Advertisements $22.00
J. Miller P.O. Box         Rent                   $22.00
R. Marrion                    Repairs                  1.50
Diplock & Co               Supplies               28.67
Deputy Returning Officer Services          40.00
Telephone Co                Rent                    38.40
Van Elec Ry & L. Co.   Tickets                  5.00
City Printing Works      Supplies.             10.35
The World P & P Co. Advertisements      46.55

Sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Salsbury

That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney

That the Water Works Pay Roll for

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The week ending October 1st 1894, amounting to $195.65 be passed and paid.

Carried

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney

That the percentage retained on the tender for the construction of the Dolphins in the Narrows amounting to $59.40 be passed and paid. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown

That the Mayor nominate a Committee of five to investigate and report to the next meeting of this Council on the causes of delay in the construction of the Burrard Inlet & Fraser Valley Railway. Carried.

Ayes. Queen, McCraney, McPhaiden, Franklin, C.L. Brown, and Bethune

Nays. Salsbury, Shaw, McDowell and Wm Brown

The Mayor named as a Committee Aldermen Bethune, Franklin, C.L. Brown, McPhaiden & McCraney

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown

That the Mayor proclaim Thursday next a Public Holiday. Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Queen

That the By-Law to raise

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$100,000 for electric lighting purposes be read a 3rd time. Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a 3rd time and was authorized to be signed sealed and gazetted.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown

That the amendments to the Water License By-Law be read a second time. Carried.

Notice of Motion

Alderman McDowell gave notice that at the next regular meeting he will move for a return of the names of all regular employees of the City, salaries paid same, if married or single, if tax payers or not. Also what provision, insurance or otherwise they have secured in case of sickness or death for themselves or family.

The Council then adjourned.

R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

“Fire Escape Act” mandatory for all new buildings – October 1, 1894

“Fire Escape Act” mandatory for all new buildings – October 1, 1894

The Board of Works reviewed an application from the Bailey Brothers for a brick extension at the rear of their store (pictured here). The Fire Inspector to notify architects and building permit applicants that all new buildings must conform to the “Fire Escape Act 1894” passed at the last session of the [British Columbia] Legislature . Mayor R. A. Anderson appointed Aldermen Salsbury, McDowell, McCraney, Franklin and C.L. Brown to draft necessary changes to the Vancouver Charter. (more…)

New City Assessor Appointed – September 24, 1894

New City Assessor Appointed – September 24, 1894

E. Kingcombe was appointed City Assessor at $200 per month salary. Former Mayor M. A. MacLean paid $140 for revision of Voters’ Lists. A quarter plot in the cemetery granted to the late Charles MacAulay free of charge. Water connection granted to the Union Steam Ship Company wharf, with the understanding that any damage be repaired by the Company. (more…)