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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City of Vancouver Archives
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.
From John Clough asking for a lump sum.
From the B. C. Iron Works asking for the contract for Brass Work.
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.
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.

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

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.
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Report be adopted as read.
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
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Mills
That the Report be amended fixing the salary of the a City Solicitor at $200000 per year
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Mc Craney
That the Report, as amended be adopted.
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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
Moved by Alderman Gavin,
seconded by “ Franklin
That the account of D. Mc Gillivray be referred back to the Board.
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the balance of the Report be adopted.

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
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the Report be adopted.
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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.
The By-Law was introduced and read a first time.


Moved by Alderman Scoullar.
Seconded by “ Mills
That the City Engineer to authorized to proceed immediately with the repairs to Westminster Av Bridge.
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ McCraney.
That the following accounts be paid
Deputy Returning on bonus By-Law $85.08
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.
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.
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.

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
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.

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.
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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.
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.
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

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk