Finance Committee regrets no funds available to provide public parks – May 28, 1894

Finance Committee regrets no funds available to provide public parks – May 28, 1894

D. McGillivray to lay a single street railway track on Hastings Street between Cambie & Carrall at $2.28 per foot. The Finance Committee reported the city budget did not permit more public parks for the citizens. The Board of Works recommended approval of W. Godfrey ‘s request that Burnaby Street be opened up one block south of Nicola Street provided the cost did not exceed $50.00. Bylaws for Polling and for Remuneration of the Mayor and Aldermen were finalized.

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City of Vancouver Archives
COV S-32, Volume 6, pages 93-101

Illustration: CVA AM1376-: CVA 15-01 – Burnaby Street at Broughton
looking over English Bay cleared and rough graded
John H. Wright, 1899

[Volume 6 page 93]

Vancouver May 28th 1894

The Council met on Monday May 28th 1894.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Wm Skene, Secretary of the Board of Trade regarding the reception to the Australian Delegation on the arrival of the S.S. Awawa. Laid Over

From J.D. Townley suggesting that the Admiral and Officers of the North Pacific Squadrom be invited to Vancouver for the 1st of July Celebrations

Resolved that they be invited.

From Wm Farrell offering par for 4 ½ per cent debentures and $380,000 for $410,000 4 per cents Laid on the table

From Creamer & Langley asking for the extension of the time on tenders on brass etc.

Time extended to Tuesday June 5th

From the License Commissioners recommending the reduction of shop Licenses

Resolved that they be informed that it is not the desire of the Council that any changes should be made.

[Volume 6 page 94]

From Dr. Thomas making suggestions for controlling the sale of milk in the City.

Referred to the Health Committee

From Arthur Lyman etal praying that the Council will not proceed with the purchase of the Street Railway Laid on the table

From Otto Marstrand asking for an extension of the sidewalk on 5th Av

Referred to the Board of Works

From C.O. Wickinden complaining that the sidewalk around the Bank of Montreal was being cracked from blasting

Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Auditor giving certified statement of the receipts and expenses of the Street Railway for six months. Laid over.

From Taylor & Donner offering to sell a shard to the city. Filed

The following Reports were received and read.

Fire & Light Committee

The Fire & Light Committee met on Monday May 28th 1894.

Present – Aldermen Franklin, Bethune & Shaw.

The following parties tendered on Firemen’s Uniforms:-

A.J. Sharpe & Co. Mather & Larsen, Wm Murphy

[Volume 6 page 95]

Campbell & Doherty & Stewart & Hurst.

The Committee decided to recommend the tender of Campbell & Doherty for acceptance from samples furnished by the City, price to be $23.25 for each uniform and $1.75 for each cap.

sgd J.L Franklin

Chairman

Moved by Alderman Queen

Seconded by “ Franklin

That the Report be adopted. Carried

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday May 25th 1894.

Present – Aldermen Salsbury, McDowell, McPhaiden and Bethune

Communications

From Mrs. E. H. Alexander etal asking the City to purchase the Block of land between Dunlevy & Jackson Avs South of Powell Street for public park purposes.

Resolved.

That the Communication be acknowledged and the petitioners informed that while the City Committee is fully of the opinion that public parks should be provided for the citizens they regret that the lack of funds prevents the question from being taken up at present.

From D. McGillivray offering to lay a single track on Hastings Street between Cambie & Carrall Streets for $2.28 per foot.

Resolved that Mr. McGillivray’s offer be accepted

[Volume 6 page 96]

and that a double track be laid on Hastings Street between Cambie & Carrall in accordance with Contract and specifications to be drawn up by the City Engineer.

Resolved that the Mayor, City Clerk and Finance Committee be authorized to sign a note for $10,000 on behalf of the City of Vancouver bearing interest at 5 per cent per annum said note being drawn on authority of By-Law No 198 passed on the 3rd day of March 1894 and that note No 1 be renewed.

The following account was recommended for payment:-

Van Bill Posting & Ad Agency Remit $5.00

Sgd

W.F. Salsbury

Chairman

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden

Seconded by “ C.L. Brown

That the Report be adopted. Carried

Board of Works

The Board of Works me on May 25th 1894.

Present – Aldermen McCraney, Brown, Queen Shaw & Franklin

Correpondence

From Messrs Wulffsohn & Berwicke asking to have the fence at Mr. Delbruck’s cottages corner of Alberni and Burrard streets replaced

Laid over for one week for investigation

From W. Godfrey asking that Burnaby Street be opened up one block south of Nicola Street.

Resolved that he be given access to his premises provided the cost does not exceed $50.00.

[Volume 6 page 97]

From Cruden & Robinson asking for payment of a bill of expenses provided incurred by the lowering of the grade and sidewalk in the year 1890.

Referred back for particulars.

From L. McQuarrie & Co assigning all rights, moneys etc that may be coming from sewerage contract No 7 to Thos Allen of Sapperton. Filed

From Thos Stephenson in reference to complaints made by the dust from the paved streets

Resolved that the Fire Light & Water Committee be requested to give the Board the use of the fire team once a day to sprinkle the paved streets; also from the Street Inspector calling the attention of the Board to a step that has be put in on the sidewalk at Buxton and Rodneys cigar stand.

The Board decided to examine.

Mr. J.M. Fox complained of dirty water in the ditch in front of his store on Hastings Street

Referred to the Health Inspector for attention

Resolved that the City Engineer be granted ten days leave of absence.

The draft of the Contract for crushed rock between the City and A.E.E. Clark was read and with a few slight alterations confirmed

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Thos Dunn & Co. Supplies .70 cts

Evans, Coleman & Evans “ $30.00

B.C. Iron Works “ 137.76

D. McGillivray Bituminous Rock 3621.60

A. Linton Boat hire 4.00

Hamilton Mfg Co Supplies 4.00

sgd H.P. McCraney

Chairman

[Volume 6 page 98]

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown

Seconded by “ McDowell

That the Report be adopted.

Carried

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Tuesday May 22nd 1894.

Present – Aldermen McDowell, McPhaiden, and Wm Brown.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

M.T.L. Lloyd Hack hire $32.00

A.H. Thomas Attending Small pox 163.50

Thos Spence Labor 61.40

Mellish & Gray ood 110.00

Keil & Kerr Drayage 1.50

Texas Lake Ice Co Supplies 7.45

B.C. Mills “ 7.00

J.A. Mills Mental Examinations 5.00

McIntosh & Co supplies 63.84

Welsh Bros “ 14.59

Communications

From Howard Kent asking for permission to cut wood on the cemetery grounds.

Resolved

That his request be granted if he agrees to pull down the trees, leaving the roots upturned

From Alfred Someron asking for the position of Cemetery assistant. Laid over

From Theo Horrobin etal asking for the removal of the Crematory. Filed

[Volume 6 page 99]

Resolved that when specifications are prepared by the City Engineer that tenders be called for repairing the crematory chimney

That the City Clerk under an account to the C.P.R. Co for all costs in connection with the care of the Chinaman affected with small pox.

sgd John McDowell

Chairman

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown

Seconded by “ Wm Brown

That the Report be Adopted. Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Salsbury

Seconded by “ McCraney

That the following By-laws be introduced and read a first time:-

  1. A By-Law to fix the polling places etc on the By -Law to reaide $60,000 for Street Improvements and on the

(b)A By-Law to raise $380,000 for the purchase of the St Ry.

(B) A By-Law to fix the remuneration for Mayor.

(C) A By-Law to close a certain portion of Pender Street between Cambie & Beattie Streets

(d) A By-Law to authorize the conveyance to the Canadian Pacific Railway Co as a certain parcel of land herein after described near the Sugar Refinery

Each of the By-Law was read a first time. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Franklin

Seconded by “ C.L. Brown

That the amount of the Bond on this crushed rock contract be fixed at two entries of $5000.00 each. Carried

[Volume 6 page 100]

Moved by Alderman McCraney

Seconded by “ C.L. Brown

That the payroll of the Board of Works for the week ending May 23rd amounting to $346.60 be passed for payment. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown

Seconded by “ McCraney

That the Pay Roll of the Water Works of the Water Works for the weeking ending May 21st amounting to $245.55 be paid. Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Salsbury

Seconded by “ McCraney

That the following By]Laws be read a 2nd time:-

  1. The polling By-law (b) The By-Law fixing the remuneration of the Mayor (c) The By-Law to close a certain portion of Pender St (d) The By-law to convey to the C.P.R. Co certain lands near the sugar refinery. Carried

The By-Laws were accordingly read a 2nd time.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By-Law to raise $60,000 for street improvements, Alderman Salsbury in the Chair.

The By-Laws were read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete

On motion of Alderman Shaw seconded by Alderman McDowell, the Council went into Committee

[Volume 6 page 101]

Of the Whole for the Consideration of the By-Law to purchase the Street Railway, Alderman C.L. Brown in the Chair.

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete .

Both of the By-Laws were ordered to be printed and be voted on by the electors.

On motion of Alderman McCraney, seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown. The Council went into Committee of the Whole to consider the conveyance of a certain piece of land near the Sugar Refinery to the C.P.R. Co Alderman McCraney in the Chair.

After a certain number of clauses were read the Committee rose to report and asked leave to sit again.

On motion of Alderman Salsbury seconded by Aldermen McCraney, the Council went into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Polling By-Law, Alderman Wm Brown in the Chair.

It was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Salsbury seconded by Alderman McCraney.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole over the By-law to fix the remuneration to be paid to the Mayor, Alderman Wm Brown in the Chair.

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments. It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Franklin seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown.

The Council then adjourned

Thos McGuigan R.A. Anderson

City Clerk Mayor

No quarantine laid on Victoria steamers, at least for now – July 11, 1892

Vancouver decided to defer quarantine of vessels from Victoria until “more definite information” could be obtained. Several clergymen addressed Council, urging them to enforce prostitution laws. Several people whose clothes were destroyed by health officials request compensation.

This transcript was made in July of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 70 – 79

Vancouver City Council Minutes

Vancouver July 11th 1892

The Council met on Monday July 11th 1892.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Connon, Collins, Scoullor, McGuigan, McCraney, Odlum, Franklin, Mills, & Gavin.

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

The following communications were received and read:-

From C.C. Ralston etal asking that Hastings Street be paved from Carroll to Cambie.
Referred to Board of Works

From L.S. Gore returning W.A. Cumyow’s letter.
Filed

From E.F. Clark of Toronto offering to sell the South Park for $15 000

From H.L. Edmonds drawing attention to material being filed on his land on Quebec Street
Referred to the Board of Works

From Robert H. Wood asking for the City to order the clearing of lots 1, 2, & 3. Block 27, 184 as he was going to build on the adjoining lots.
Referred to the Board of Works

From A. St. G. Hamersly stating that the gates erected on the U.S.S. Co’s wharf were to prevent crowding.
Filed

From H.K. Spicer asking for a lower water rate.
Referred to F.W&L Committee

From E. Osborne asking that he be paid for clothes destroyed by the Health Inspector.
Referred to Board of Health

From J.D. Townley asking to be exempted from paying tax on the C.P.R. Right of Way on Carrall Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From John McConney applying for the position of Night Watchman.
Referred to Police Committee

From the Deputy Attorney General asking for a return of all fines imposed under the Indian
Act since 1887.
Referred to the Police Committee

From N.C. Muir authorizing the City Treasurer to pay his wages to John Boultbee.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From the Health Inspector reporting on the Small Pox.
Filed

From Agnes Gorman claiming compensation for loss of clothes.
Filed

From the Secretary of the School Board asking for $5000.
Referred to Finance

From M. R. Wells etal asking for a temporary water pipe on Princess Street.
Referred to F.W.&L Committee

From Corbould, McColl & Campbell submitting an account on behalf of Mrs. Dockendorf etc.
Referred to Health Committee

From Tupper Thomson submitting accounts for Clothes.
Referred to Health Committee

From Fleming Robinson asking that the material piled on his property on Quebec Street be removed. Referred to the Board of Works

From Jules Effert and Wm Seidelinar asking that Block 27.184 be cleared.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Wm. Farrell asking to purchase the City Bonds.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From Menzies etal requesting the City to enforce the By-laws regarding prostitution.
Referred to Police Committee.

Revd Maxwell, Hobson, Weir, & Maitland, addressed the Council on the subject.

The following Reports were considered

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday, July 7th, 1892.
Present: Aldermen McCraney, Connon, Scoullor, Gavin and Franklin

It was recommended:-
1. That the Street Inspector see that Thomson B&L make proper connections with the existing basement on their premises on Cordova Street.
2. That the lane back of Dr. Bodington’s house on Alberni Street be graded by the Chaingang.
3. That the Board cannot deal with the petition of Chas.A. Coldwell etal praying for the grading of the lanes in Block 44.200A as said lane is a public one.
4. That the deposit of Hobson Bros on 7th Av be forfeited as they refuse to go on with the contract awarded to them and that tenders be again invited to be submitted in up to Thursday noon, July 14th.
5. That the City Enforcer obtain a report from the Health Inspector re the account of Mr. S. Rose for plumbing done on Mr. Fagaris premises. Melville Street, and report as to the best action to take in the matter by the next meeting of the Board.
6. That the petition of F.D. Boucher to build a frame building on Pender Street be refused.
7. That the City Clerk be instructed to notify property owners in Subdivisions 185 and 200a to clear all standing timber on their lots within 30 days otherwise the work will be done by the City and charged up to them.
8. That the Union S.S. Co be notified to remove the gates across the North end of Carrall Street.
9. That the City Enforcer obtain the permanent grade of Westminster Avenue to the City limits and further that the Street Railway Co be notified to raise their track to the permanent level on Cordova Street and all other streets to be paved, and also put down a new and approved form of rail in accordance with Clause 4 of their agreement with the City.
10. That the City Engineer and the Chairman of the Board of Works interview the Vancouver Gas Co and also the Vancouver Electric Railway & Light Co with a view to making necessary arrangements re connections and raising of track &c before the street paving with bituminous rock is carried out and that the Water Works Department be requested to make connections on all streets to be paved every twenty five feet as soon as possible so as to cause no delay to the work.
11. That tenders be called for the following new work, to be sent is by noon July 21st:-
a) Alberni Street grading from Nicola to Bute and, widening to full width from Burrard to Bute,
b) Robson St grading full width to Park from the end of present grading.
12. That the following tender be accepted for sewer pipes:-
B.C. Terra Cotta Co. for Evans, Coleman & Evas as follows:-
8” pipes 25 ½ cts per foot 4”x6” connections $1.00 each
10” “ 39 “ “ “ 10 “ 1.52 “
12” “ 48 ½ “ “ “ 12 “ 1.90 “
14” “ 65 “ “ “ 14 “ 2.50 “
16” “ 81 “ “ “ 16 “ 3.20 “
13. That tenders be called for putting in sewers, specifications to be ready after the 14th July. Tenders to be received up to noon August 4th.
14. That the following accounts be paid:-
W.H. Kendall, Screen for Broken Road. $100.00
S.T. Tilley & son supplies 11.30
Van Ebe Byth Co. Tickets 15.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 16.66
J.M.O. Toole Plumbing 3.35
Fraser & Co. Oil 6.02
T.M. Thomas Quebec St 360.00
Do Do Princess St 450.00
Boyd & Clandenning Powell Street 1800.00
D.H. Morgan Prior Street 315.00
J. Telford Nicola St. 360.00
H. Lomas etal. Labor 490.00
E. Cook Rent of Wharf 25.00

Sgd H.P. McCraney, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Mills
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Report be adopted as read.
Carried

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday July 8th 1892.
Present. Aldermen Anderson, Collins, McGuigan, Odlum and Mills.
It was recommended:-
1. That on account of the absence of the City Solicitor the interview with J.D. Henderson be postponed until next Friday at 10 A.M. and that Mr. Henderson be invited to be present on that occasion

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to have the General Debentures recently authorized to be issued, lithographed and that each Debenture be for 100

3. That the following accounts be paid:-
J. Miller P.O. Stamps $33.00
Bank of B.C. Commissions 44.82
W.B. Fisher Clinical Ward 60.00
A.J. Paterson “ “ 55.00
Dr. McGuigan etal Expenses to Victoria 45.00
C.P. Telegraph Co. Telegrams 1.66
G.A. Roedde Book 2.60
Thomson Bros Stationery 14.75
McKay & Ross Painting 8.00
Queen Bros. Livery Rigs 8.00
J.M. Browning Rent of Room 5.00
Chas Nelson Supplies 8.25
S.T. Tilley & Son “ 22.75
Prov Govt: School Teachers Salaries 5715.00
T.O. Townley Registration 12.30

Sgd R.A. Anderson
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Anderson
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted
Carried

F.W & L Report

The F.W.& L. Committee met on Wednesday, July 6th 1892
Present. Aldermen Franklin, McGuigan, Scoullor and Mills
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Creamer & Langley Supplies $14.10
J. Gibbons Drayage 1.25
Van Elec Ry. Co. Lights 1135.76
G.H. Jones Ensigns 28.00
Palmer Bros. Coal. 7.54
Atkins & Johnson Drayage 2.00
Market Hardware Store Supplies 21.85
J.H. Carlisle Freight 7.00
Ideal Grocery Supplies 6.15
I. Forbes Setting Shoes 4.00
B.C. Iron Works Supplies 296.71
Fraser & Co. “ 22.22 6.25
H. McConvey Drayage 6.25
C. Cawker “ 61.50
S.T. Tilley & Son Supplies 2.50
McDonald Bros Drayage .50
Wm Steel “ 1.00
G.H. Bozley Shoeing 6.00
J.M. O’Toole Supplies 11.95
Palmer Bros “ 12.00
Geo Stevens etal Labor 587.10
W.S. Cook Drayage 57.50
H.T. Devine & Co. Supplies 90.01
M.S. Rose “ 8.25
C.M. Hawley “ 2.50
R. Llewellyn Driving gear etc. 32.50

2. That F.W. Boultbee have the 1st claim on the service of his assistant except in cases of extreme necessity where official correspondence has to be sent which may require to be type written

3. That the City Engineer be authorized to purchase Sufficient lead from Creamer & Langley at $4.10 per 100 lbs to carry on work in hand.

4. That A.G. Evans resignation as foreman of Fire Hall No 2 be accepted and that he be appointed hoseman instead at the usual hoseman’s salary, engagement as such to date from the 1st of July.

5. That Thos. Lillie be appointed foreman of Fire Hall No 2 in place of A.G. Evans resigned, at a salary of $60.00 per month dating from 1st July.

Sgd J.L. Franklin
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Clause re F.W. Boultbee be struck out and the balance of the Report adopted as read.
Carried

Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Thursday July 7th 1892
Present. Aldermen Collins, Connon, McCraney, Odlum & Gavin
It was recommended:-
1. That the City Clerk be instructed to notify George Brown that he has been appointed Night Watchman

2. That A.M. Beattie be appointed Market Constable at a salary of $1.00 per annum

3. That G.W. Thomas be appointed Market Clerk at a salary of $1.00 per annum

4. That each Friday be chosen as a Market Day during which the hours are fixed from 7 A.M. to 4 P.M.

5. That the upset price of Market Stalls be fixed at 50 cts per month.

6. That the following weighing fees be adopted by Council for the Market:-
For Sheep and hogs up to 5 5 cts each
“ “ “ “ over 5 3 “ “
For horses Singly 10 “ “
“ “ by the pair 15 “ “
Cattle 5 “ “
Coal per load up to 1 ton 5 “
“ “ “ over 1 ton 10 “
Farm produce per load up to 1 ton 15 cts
“ “ “ “ over “ “ 20 “
All other material in vehicles per load up to 3000 lb per load 15 cts
For quantities up to 2 tons per load 20 cts
“ “ over “ “ “ “ double rates

7. That the following accounts be paid:-
S.T. Tilley & Son Stamps $1.00
Atkins & Atkins Drugs 6.25
Van Elec Ry. Co Tickets 5.00
E. Clough Special Police Duty 5.00
Sgd Henry Collins
Chairman

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

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the Rules be suspended and that the following By-Law be read a first time:-
A By-Law to raise $111,100 to provide funds for the laying down of permanent pavements on the following streets
Carrall Street from Water Street to Dupont Street
Cordova “ “ Carrall “ “ Granville “
Hastings “ “ Cambie “ “ “ “
Abbott Street Water Street to Hastings “
Cambie “ “ “ “ “ “
Carried.
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the rules be suspended and the By-Law read a 2nd time.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Collins
That the rules be suspended and the By-Law be read a 3rd time.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullor
Seconded by “ Connon
That the By-Law to repeal the By-Law for
the closing of Sophia St be read a first time
Carried
Moved by Alderman Scoullor
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the By-Law be read a 2nd time
Carried
The 3rd reading was deferred.

Moved by Alderman Scoullor
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the By-Law to amend Clause 15 Sub Clause of the Liquor License By-Law be
Read a 1st time Carried
Moved by Alderman Scoullor
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the By-Law be read a 2nd time
Carried

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law with Alderman McGuigan in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over Clause by Clause
Moved by Alderman Odlum
That the Committee Rise without reporting
Lost
Moved by Alderman Scoullor
That the Committee rise and report the By-Law as Complete without
Amendment. Carried

Moved by McGuigan
Seconded by Scoullor
That the Rules be suspended and the By-Law read a 3rd time.
Lost
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Market By-Law be read a 3rd time
Carried

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Mills
That the Steamers arriving from Victoria be quarantined.

Moved in Amendment by Alderman Connon
Seconded by Alderman Gavin.
That there be no quarantine declared against Victoria

Moved as an Amendment to the Amendment: by Alderman Anderson.
Seconded by Alderman Franklin.
That the matter be laid over until more definite information is obtained from Victoria
Carried

Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Dominion Government be asked to set aside ten acres in Stanley Park
as a College Site for British Columbia College
Carried

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the balance of $28,435 now lying to the credit of the Brockton
Point Athletic Association be paid out to the Association.
Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

F. Cope
Mayor
Thos.F. McGuigan
City Clerk