James McGeer new milk inspector – December 31, 1894

James McGeer appointed milk inspector at a salary of $50 per month. Miss Hewitt hired as a nurse at $10 per month. The Finance Committee reported that ten dollars had been raised for Williams, a “shackite” (person living in a shack). All remaining debts incurred by this Council to be paid at once.

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer Darrin Pezer / Proactive Building Maintenance
original handwritten minutes:
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 362 – 369
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The council met on Monday December 31, 1894.
Present this Lordship the Mayor and Aldermen
Shaw, Queen Salsbury, McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown and Bethune

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From John Devine asking compensation on behalf of Mrs & Mrs Ramsay for the raising the grade on Westminster Avenue.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Davis Marshall MacNeill and Abbott, Solicitors for the C.P.R. Co, asking that an amicable settlement be arranged regarding Gore Avenue slip.
Referred to the City Solicitor and Finance Committee

From Miss Macfie stating that she had engaged Miss Hewitt as nurse at $10.00 a month dating from December 1st.
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown,
Seconded by “ CL Brown,
That the appointment be confirmed

From Hanson Bros. Offering $96 ½ for the electric lights debentures if they are made in sterling.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the workmen on the Reservoir asking for another pay month.
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by      “       CL Brown

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That the workmen employed on the reservoir be paid another half month’s pay subject to the approval of the City Engineer.

From the Thos. P. Stretch etal asking for plots in the cemetery grounds on which to cut timber.
Referred to the Health Committee

The following reports were received and read

Fire and Light Committee

The Fire and Light Committee met on Wednesday December 26th 1894
Present Aldermen Bethune, Shaw, Queen and Wm Brown.


From J.Z. Hall stating that terms can be arranged for the payment of the lots selected as a site for the power house provided the same is paid within three months.

Resolved that he be informed that on account of the By-Law under authority of which the funds are to raised being still in litigation the committee is not in a position to make any definite agreement to pay for the lots lately recommended for purchase.

From Rand Bros. offering lots 13 to 16 Block 23, 196 for $7500 as a site for the power house.

From F. S. Barnard, General Manager of the Consolidated Railway and Light Co offering to continue the lighting of the city at the old rate until fresh arrangements are made.
Laid over

Resolved that the Chief of the Fire Brigade be authorized to order a carload of anthracite

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coal, and have the large room in Firehall No 1 papered.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
A. Blaney      Supplies      $8.95
HP. Dun & Co        “      $6.05
H. McDonell & Co “      $43.37
McLennan & McFeely    “      $27.07
A.H. Hatch      “      $2.00
F. Filion      “      $9.82
Chas Hach      “      $1.50
C. Casselman      “      $2.25
Can Gen’l Elec Co      “      $26.10
Wm Ralph      “      $ .50
F. Filion      “      $6.25
McRae & Hall      “      $1.95
B.C.M.T. & T Co      “      $.54
Crowder & Penzer      “      $21.38
J. Carnahan      Scavengering      $1.00
Welsh BrP      Supplies      $246.44
H.P. Dunn & Co      “      $1.50
McLennan & McFeely      “      $3.70
Godfrey & Co      “      $2.10
Van Elec Ry +L Co      Lights      $1738.42
Sgd Alex Bethune

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the Report be adopted

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Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Thursday December 27th, 1894
Present: Aldermen McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm Brown and C.L. Brown
The following accounts were recommended for payment:

J.K. Davis      Glazing      $5.75
F. Filion      Supplies      $104.22
C.S. Philp      “      $23.45
HP Dunn & Co      “      $2.50
Evans, Coleman & Evans      “      3.50
W.A. McIntosh & Co      “      $70.32
Champion & White      “      $2.00
Wm Collier      Disinfecting      $5.00

The following applications were received for Mr Jordan of Milk Inspector:
Dr Thomas and J. Brenton, James McGeer, P. Waram, A. McDonnell, R.H. Stevenson, R.H. Caswell, Thos. P. Prekaus, G.W. Edwards, J. Addison, F. A. Barnes, G. A. McDonnell, A. J. Richards, Thos. S. Rooke, J. P. Brown, J.B. Newcomb, John Norton, Robert Dickie and Johnston Gibbins.

Referred to Council to make the appointment.

A communication was received from a number of citizens asking for a grant for the orphan’s home.

Referred to the incoming council for favourable consideration.

We have again considered the resolution regarding in reduction of the salary of the Health Inspector, and beg to repeat that we cannot see our way clear to alter our former recommendation.

Report from the Milk Inspector received and filed.

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That the Matron of the City Hospital be requested to furnish a list of C.P.R. patients treated in the City Hospital from the beginning and the amount owing the City.

That the resolutions passed on the last meeting of the board regarding the Plumbing Inspector be again brought to the notice of the Council as we cannot see our way clear to alter said resolution.
Sgd John McDowell

Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the report be adopted

Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Wednesday December 26, 1894.
Present Aldermen C.L. Brown, Queen, McPhaiden and Wm Brown
The following accounts were recommended for payment:

O.J. McLean & Co      Supplies      $4.25
F. Filion      “      $54.48

From R.B. Ellis and A.A. Book & Co asking if the policemen will be allowed to insure in companies not licensed to business in Canada.

Three of the policemen having insured in a company whose head office is in Denver Colorado, the whole question was referred to the City Solicitor for his opinion.
Sgd C.L. Brown, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the report be adopted

Finance Committee

The Finance committee met on Friday December 28th, 1894.
Present the full board
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Bank of Montreal,      Advertising Coupons      $178.83
E. Kingcombe,      Salary      $25.00
News Advertizer,      Ads      $4.50
A. St. G. Hamersley,      Disbursements      $59.50


From the City Solicitor stating that as Edward Wintersmith advertised as a banker and paid his license fee he was not entitled to have paid license returned.

From Lucy R. Johnson etal submitting a list shewing that $10.00 had been subscribed for the relief of one Williams a shackite.

From Dr Kendall submitting the names of Thos. Dunn and W. A. McIntosh as his sureties on his rock crushing contract.

That the sureties named be accepted and the bond fixed at $5000 each.

From Hanson Bros asking what was done with their offer for debentures.
The City Clerk was instructed to reply as follows:- “Your telegram 15th not satisfactory. Loan must be payable in Vancouver. We have good

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offer elsewhere if you decide to withdraw answer.”

From the City Solicitor stating that directly another certificate is given by the City Engineer to Mssrs Curdy and Williams on the Reservoir he will be prepared to advise how the money payable which ought to be distributed.
Laid Over

Dr Kendall submitted his rock crushing contract for the approval of the Board.
That a clause be inserted in the contract providing that the rock to be delivered in payment of the rock crusher shall extend over a period of 5 months.

The City Auditor submitted his monthly statement which was received and filed.
Sgd W.F. Salsbury

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Queen
That the report be adopted

The council went into Committee of the Whole for the appointment of a Milk Inspector.
The Mayor in the Chair
After a ballot was taken it was found that James McGeer received a majority of the votes cast.

The Committee was to report the appointment of James McGeer as Milk Inspector at a salary of $50.00 a month dating from 2nd of January.

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Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the Water Works payroll for two weeks ending December 24, 1894 amounting to $427.40 be passed and paid.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Mayor be and hereby instructed to make the necessary arrangements so that the debts in the city that have passed by this council shall be paid at once.

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney
That W.S. Wiffin be notified to put his lot on Dupont Street in a proper sanitary condition in as short time as possible.

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney

The council then adjourned.

R.A. Anderson
Thos F McGuigan
City Clerk