Additional Cemetery Needed – December 14, 1896

Additional Cemetery Needed – December 14, 1896

The City Engineer was asked to find an additional 30 – 40 acres for cemetery use. Plans showing potential Civic Offices in the Market Building were received, but laid over for the next Council to decide upon. A By-Law was formed to enable an upcoming Civic Election.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous.

Illustration: City of Vancouver AM54-S4-: Str P11
Vancouver, B.C. from Market [Hall] ca. 1890

Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 7 pages 389 – 394

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The Council met on Monday December 14th 1896. Present Aldermen Brown (in the Chair) Painter, Shaw, Banfield, Schou, McPhaiden, Clandenning MacDonald, Bethune and Coldwell. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From J. M. Stewart Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.
Filed

From Thos Peel etal asking for a 6 ft sidewalk on 7th Av Fairview.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Johnson asking for the removal of a large cedar stump and trees on Keefer Street in D. L. 184.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From W. L. Tait etal, asking for a 6 ft sidewalk on 3rd Av.
Referred to the Board of Works.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Fire and Police Committee

The fire and Police committee met on Tuesday December 8th 1896. Present Aldermen Coldwell, Shaw, McPhaiden and MacDonald.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

McLennan + McFeely: Supplies $26.21

John Currell. Repairs 2.75

Hayes. Refund 10.00

Crowder + Penzer. Supplies 11.04

J. Gibbins. Attendance on horses 6.00

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Chas Nelson. Supplies $3.60

A. Linton Boat Hire 15.25

C. P. Telegraph. Telegrams 3.58

H. Kersey Work. 9.

C. F. Foreman. Supplies 41.43

C. S. Philp ” 5.32

Robert Clark ” 11.50

Crowder + Penzer ” 13.86

Stanley James. Interpreting 8.

F. Allen Supplies 73.20

McDowell + co. ” 12.48

J. C. Woodrow. ” 21.35

News. Advertiser ” 3.50

J. Dodson ” 13.90

sgd C. A. Coldwell
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Coldwell
Seconded by ” McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 11th 1896. Present Aldermen Banfield, Painter and Brown. The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Clarke + Stuart. Supplies $26.55

News. Advertiser 4.50

G. A. Roedde. Case for Address. 5.

A. K. Stuart. Preparing ” 5.

McLennan + McFeely. Supplies 5

Telephone Co. Rents 35.85

Communications

From the City Solicitor giving it as his opinion that the Provincial Assessor was not entitled to have the Poll Tax collected by the City from one Hough handed over to him.

Resolved that a copy of the Solicitors

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opinion be forwarded to Mr. Kirkland.

From the News. Advertiser claiming all City binding under their contract.
The City Treasurer was instructed to arrange terms with them to have certain books printed and bound for the City Accountant.

sgd J. J. Banfield
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by ” Painter
That the report be adopted
Carried

Water and Market Committee

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday December 9th 1896. Present Alderman Brown, Painter, Schou and Clandenning.

Communications

From the City Engineer submitting a plan of the Market Hall shewing the proposed civic offices.
Laid over to be considered by next year’s Council.

From Dr. Stevenson applying for a reduction of his rates for one month when water was wasted by defective plumbing work.
Laid over.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Wm Ralph Repairs to Market $160.90

Thos. Veitch Drayage 26.25

Clarke + Stuart Supplies 14.37

John Boyd + co. ” 16.16

Crowder + Penzer ” 5.82

F. W. Boultbee Disbursements 3.

A. Robinson ” 1.50

Wm Hooper etal Labor 359.80

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Fred Allen. Supplies $21.86

Thos H. Tracy ” 23.

Thos Dunn +co ” 4.70

sgd Wm Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clandenning
Seconded by ” Painter
That the Report be adopted
Carried

Light, Railway and Tramway Committee

The Light, Railway and Tramway Committee met on Wednesday December 9th 1896. Present Aldermen Clandenning, Schou and Brown.

Communicaions

From Ivan Bushong etal asking for a street light on Hornby Street at the corner of Pender and Dunsmuir streets.
Laid over for examination

From E. B. Morgan etal asking for a street light at the first Baptist Church.
Laid over for examination.

From Alderman Schou asking for a street light at St. James church corner.
Laid over for examination.

From Wm Skene, Secretary of a combined meeting of the Boards of Trade of Vancouver, Victoria, New Westminster and Nanaimo asking the Council to endorse any properly guaranteed scheme for an independent railway from the Pacific Coast to Kootenay.
Scheme already endorsed.

From the City Clerk of Victoria forwarding a resolution from the Council of Victoria asking the Council to memorialize the Provincial government urging the immediate undertaking, as a public work by the Government of a railway from the Coast to the Mining Districts of Slocan + Kootenay

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Resolved that the Council cannot see its way to ask the Government to assume the government to assume the sole responsibility of constructing a railway to the Kootenay and Slocan country but is strongly in favor of a direct road being built at the earliest possible moment with such public aid and subject to such conditions as will safeguard the public interests.

sgd James Clandenning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clandenning
Seconded by ” Schou
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by ” Schou
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of a By-Law to fix the polling places, the time and to appoint Deputy Returning Officers for holding the election for Mayor, Aldermen etc.
Carried

The BY-Law was introduced and read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by the ” Banfield
That the following account be paid:-
Board of Works Pay Roll $551.20
Carried

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by ” MacDonald
That the City Engineer look up a site for a new cemetery comprising about 30 or 40 acres and report to the Health Committee when such information is obtained; also that he be

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instructed to report upon the feasibility of draining the present cemetery.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Schou
Seconded by Alderman Shaw
That the City Engineer be requested to report as to the cost of draining the present City Cemetery and the approximate number of burials that can there yet take place without detriment to public health.
Amendment carried

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by ” Clandenning
That the Rules be again suspended to allow of the second reading of the election By-law.
Carried

The By-Law was accordingly read a 2nd time

Moved by Alderman Clandenning
Seconded by ” MacDonald
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration for the By-Law.
Carried

The Acting Mayor was appointed Chairman.

In Committee the By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments.

The Rules were again suspended and the By-Law read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Banfield Seconded by Alderman Schou.

The Council then adjourned.

Henry Collins
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk