St. Johns Ambulance Association offers free first aid training to police and fire departments. The Police Committee request that W.S. Patterson be authorized to receive and execute writs, rather than having to send for a writ to the Sheriff in New Westminster and wait for a reply. The Board of Works begins to consider paving the roads – a budget to be prepared comparing different grades of paving and the equipment necessary to carry out each grade.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson
and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 145-152

Vancouver Dec. 15th 1890

The Council met on Monday December 15th 1890.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello, and Doering.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From Fred S. Clarke et al praying for the improvement of Robson Street between Nicola and Cardero Streets.
Board of Works.

From S.J. Emanuels, Hon. Scy. Treas. of St. Johns Ambulance Association informing Council that Wm. Brydone Jack would instruct the Police and Firemen free of charge provided the Council furnished the books and bandages.
Finance.

From Geo. W. Wesbrook asking for permission to connect his bath house with the Inlet by laying pipes thereto.
Board of Works.

From Henry Mutrie et al asking for a box drain on the west side of Cambie Street between Dunsmuir and Georgia.
Board of Works.

From R.B. McMicking informing Council that the Fire Alarm Box ordered would be forwarded as soon as possible.
Filed.

From J.J. Blake offering to assist in the preparation of the Agreement between the Vancouver Water Works Co, and the City for $100.00
Water Works Committee.

From H. Connacher asking Council to pay the laborers on Harris St.
Filed.

From Wm. Cargill Secy. U.S.S. Co. notifying Council that no dumping would be permitted over the Company’s Wharf after the end of the week.
Health Committee.

From M.H. Hirschberg, President of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library reporting that he had concluded arrangements for enlarging the present premises and that the rent would be $25.0 per month.
Filed.

From J. Newbigging asking Council to have a tree cut down on Ninth Av near Block 123. 264 A.
City Engineer.

From Chas. E. Pooley reporting the settlement of the C.P.N. Co’s [Sint. ?] and enclosing his account.
Finance.

From the Chief of Police reporting upon the Street Lights.
Filed.

From A. Goldstein claiming $15.00 for loss of rent through defective condition of Princess St.
Board of Works.

From the City Engineer showing how the expenses of the Engineering staff can be reduced.
Board of Works.

From Frederick Taylor complaining about a dangerous tree on 10th Av.
City Engineer.

From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report on receipts.
Filed.

From D. VanDusen asking for the Market Hall for a concert on behalf of the Methodist Church.
Filed.

Reports.

Finance No 30

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 12th 1890. Present Aldermen Browning, Garden, and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

John Nicholson. Scuitto Corner. $400.00

S.T. Tilley. Stationery. 21.10

C. Nelson. Toilet paper. 2.75

C.P. Tel Co. 4.10

World P & P Co. 16.74

F.W. Hart. Lamp Glass etc. 1.25

News Advertiser. Printing. 249.55

Dep. R.L. Officers 40.00

B.C. Gazette Printing 179.00

Board of Works Accounts
Park Accounts
sgd. J.M. Browning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Friday December 12th 1890.
Present Alderman Garden, Browning, and Carroll, Alderman Garden in the Chair.

It was resolved:-

1 That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare an Agreement to arbitrate between the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Water Works Co. on the basis of the resolution passed by the Council on Monday the 10th of November 1890 and that Mr. J.J. Blake be asked to state his fee for assisting in said work provided said Solicitor should require his services.

2 That the Draft of said Agreement be laid before the Committee not later than Friday the 19th inst.

sgd James F. Garden
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Report of the Water Works Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Works. No 34.

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 14th 1890.
Present Alderman Horne, Browning, Costello, and Sentell.

It was recommended:-

1 That R.A. Anderson’s claim for extras for clearing under the bridges on 12th Av amounting to $125.00 be paid on condition that the cleaning be carried out to the full width of the street the present width being insufficient in case of fire.

2 That Mr. Hogg’s claim for expenses incurred in altering his fence to amended grade on Princess Street be referred to the City Solicitor and City Engineer conjointly for consideration.

3 That the Pound Keeper be notified that unless he does his duty better, particularly in regard to the impounding of stray dogs the Board will be under the necessity of getting another Pound Keeper.

4 That the City Engineer be instructed to have Dupont Street Bridge replanked where necessary

5 That that portion of Victoria St. finished be accepted, according to the Report of the City Engineer.

6 That the work on Cambie Street box drain be not proceeded with until the City Engineer again reports on the necessity for the same.

7 Communication from Engineers of Eastern cities having been received re street paving for consideration, be it resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to prepare specifications for the different classes of pavements he recommends and also call for tenders for the supply of broken road metal etc required by the City for a term of 3 years, and, also for the supply of the necessary plank for street making viz a rock crusher, and steam road roller.

8 That the following accounts be paid:-

Rose & Marshall. Sundries. $33.00

Leatherdale & Smith. Hack hire. 3.00

San Francisco Sewer Pipe Ass. Pipes. 648.31

Queen Bros. Hack hire. 8.00

R.C.P. Mills Co. Lumber. 245.16

sgd M. Costello
for Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Doering.

“That the following accounts for labor be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $154.50

do do. 314.70
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Methodist Church Mount Pleasant be granted the use of the Market Hall for Thursday the 8th January 1891 for $10.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden.
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Board of Works be requested to enquire into the Bunker Contract and that all just claims for labor be paid, at once, and without further delay caused by legal points.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Garden.

That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay all bona fide claims for labor under contract of H. Nichol for Harris Street; amount not to exceed $492.05
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

“That owning to the great inconvenience caused to residents of the City of Vancouver in having to go or send to New Westminster in order to secure the execution of certain process of law, this Council request the Sheriff to authorize W.S. Patterson, his officer here to receive and execute all writs without having to first send same to New Westminster;
And that a copy of this resolution be mailed to the Sheriff at New Westminster and to the Honorable the Attorney General at Victoria.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Market Committee be instructed to purchase a clock to be put in the City Market cost not to exceed $600.00.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Carroll.

That Alderman Fox first ascertain if sufficient funds can be raised by private subscription, and if he fails to collect the required amount that the matter be again brought up for consideration by next Council.

Amendment lost: 3.5 Motion lost: 2.4.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the sum of $220.00 be paid to the Free Reading Room and Library for expenses of alteration upon the proposed additional premises now being leased and for the purchase of books, and be it further resolved that the incoming Council be respectfully requested to place the sum of $1500.00 in the Estimates for 1891 to be paid in monthly instalments of $125.00 to said institution.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the amendments to the Fire Limits By-Law be read a second time.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law with Alderman Carroll in the Chair.

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete without amendment.

The By-Law was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Carroll seconded by Alderman Fox.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Fox

That the amendments to the Market By-Law be read a third time

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read.

Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the amendments to the Street By-Law be read a third time

Carried
The By-Law was accordingly read.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Police, firemen to get free first aid training – December 15, 1890
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