City Salaries Will Be Paid Before Christmas – December 21, 1896

Salaries of all City employees due on January 1 to be paid before the Christmas Holidays. Mr. J. Johnson on Keefer St. was allowed to keep the timber from two trees if he would cut them down. Three-plank sidewalks to be laid on 11th and 12th Avenues between Quebec and Westminster Avenues .

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Illustration: COV St Pk P115
Joy, Health and Peace Be Yours on Christmas Day
1889, looking into West End from Stanley Park

Original handwritten minutes: COV S31 Volume 7
pages 395 – 399

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[Volume 7 page] 395

Vancouver December 21st 1896.

The Council met on Monday december 21st 1896. Present His Worship Mayor collins and Alderman Shaw, Painter, Banfield, Schou, McPhaiden, Clandenning, MacDonald, Brown, Bethune and Coldwell.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

From J. R. Webster complaining about the Golden Gate Hotel building.
Referred to the City Solicitor.

From the Medical Health officer furnishing Annual Report.
Referred to the Health Committee.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday Dec 18th 1896.
Present Aldermen Banfield, Painter, Clandenning and Brown.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

A. J. Paterson Clerical Work $39.00
John Devine Assessing 89.25
J. Miller Stamps 30.00
News. Advertiser. Supplies 6.70
R. W. Armstrong Law costs Brighouse vs. City 50.00


From the City Auditor furnishing Report for November.

From E. L. Kirkland Collector New Westminster acknowledging receipt of letter

[Volume 7 page] 396

re the Poll Tax of one Hough.

sgd. J. J. Banfield

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by ” Painter
That the Report be adopted

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday December 16th 1896.
Present Aldermen McPhaiden, Banfield and MacDonald.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Texas Lake Ice Co. Supplies $2.25

Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 56.03

News. Advertiser Supplies 15.00

C. Anderson. ” 5.90

C. S. Philp. ” 16.96

J. P. Turner. ” 21.00

J. Stevens + son. ” 1.70

McLennan + McFeely ” 2.85

McDowell + co ” 84.03

J. C. Woodrow. ” 45.45

City of Victoria Care of Lepers 27.71

McDonnell + co. Supplies 6.30

C. F. Foreman ” 50.56

Clarke + Stuart ” 7.25

Gas Co. ” 4.95

Scott + Devlin ” 2.15

Robert Clark ” 16.75

G. W. Hutchings ” 6.00

Dr. Wilson Medical Attendance 10.

Provincial Government Royalty on Wood 34.18

Crowder + Penzer Supplies 43.62

W. L. Tait + son ” 18.39


From Wm Cowderoy offering 39 3/4 acres in District Lot 332. at $850 for cemetery purchaes.
Filed for reference.

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From Dr. Thomas claiming $38.00 for services rendered in the Police Court and the case of the City vs. Bridge + Hunter.
Laid over until the return of the Solicitor.

From Dr. A. L. Watts, Provincial Health Officer asking for Annual Health Report.
Being attended to.

From the City Solicitor stating that on account of certain formalities not being complied with the Marine Department could not be compelled to pay for the keep of one John Granger in the City Hospital.

sgd D. McPhaiden

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

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday Dec 17th 1896.

Present Aldermen Shaw, Schou, Coldwell and MacDonald


From J. Johnson re trees on Keefer Street back of his property 184.
Resolved that he be informed that he can have the trees if he will cut them down.

From S. Lucas Hunt re water overflowing from street on to his premises.
Foreman Ward One already attending to this.

From petitioners asking for 6 ft walk on 7th Av. 2 Blocks west of Bridge St.
Laid over till next meeting.

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From P. Larson and others asking for draining opposite Block 126. 264 A., and also opening up of lane.
Draining being attended to. Registered plan to be examined to see if there is a lane registered.

Resolved that the following work be attended to in Ward One:-

Third Av 6 ft walk North side on block west of South Granville St.

Broughton St. 6 ft walk, east side 140 ft from corner of Robson St.

Helmcken St 6 ft walk, South side from Granville to Hornby St and cutting down side.

Resolved that the following work be attended to in Ward 5.

12th Av. 3 plank walk from Quebec St. to Westminster Av.

11th ” ” ” ” ” ” ” ” “

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

S. Sheridan $138.78

Scoullar + co. 7.55

Clarke + Stuart 38.51

Evans, Coleman + Evans. 13.20

Thos. Dunn + co. 46.62

James Lester 48.30

W. L. Tait + Sons 457.80

Resolved that the Board of Works meet at 10 am on Thursday next the 24th inst to pass the payroll so that the men can be paid before Xmas day.

sgd H. P. Shaw

Moved by Alderman MacDonald
Seconded by ” Coldwell
That the Report be adopted

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Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by ” Painter
That all the salaried falling due on the 1st of January including that of W. E. Johnstone and the Water Works and Board of Works Pay Rolls be paid before the Xmas Holidays.

Reconsideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by ” Coldwell
That the Polling By-Law be reconsidered and finally passed.

The Council then adjourned.

Henry Collins

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk