The City Health Inspector reported on an unsuccessful smallpox vaccination trip to Huntington (now part of Abbotsford) and wanted to return with police backing. The Harbour Master asked “to prevent dolphins from being removed out so far, as to impede navigation”. Arthur Davies and Geo J. Miller appointed Police Constables of a salary of $60.00 per month each.

This document was transcribed in July of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Mary-Ann Capistrano

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume pages 466-473

[pg 466]
Vancouver, February 5th 1900
The Council met on Monday, February 5th 1900
Present: His Lordship, the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Shaw, McQueen, Neelands, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Foreman, Barker, Wood and Baxter.
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.
Communications
From Messrs. Garden, Hermann and Buswell sending plan of Foreshore applied for by the Bank of BC at Vancouver City foundry.
Referred to City Engineer to file for reference
From A. A. Huntly, Vernon, B.C. offering to sell a bear to the City
Referred to Park Commissioners
From H.S.A. Moore et al asking for street improvements in 264A.
Referred to the Board of Works
From the School Board submitting their Estimates for the year.
Laid over for Estimates
From Charles E. Tisdall, MPP sending copies of petitions against certain Charter amendments.
Filed
From the Health Inspector submitting a report on his trip to Huntington re small Pox.
Moved by Alderman McGuigan.
Seconded by Alderman Foreman.
That copies of the Health Inspector’s Report on his trip to Huntington be sent to the Secretary of the Provincial Board of Health and the Attorney General’s Department with the recommendation that they be taken into consideration and that a Police officers be immediately sent to assist him.
Carried
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From Col. Corswop asking for a grant of $500 for the Military Band
Laid over for Estimates
From John Marshalsay etal asking for street improvements on 8th Ave and Maple street
Referred to the Board of Works
From Joseph Roy, Secretary of the Board of Public Works sending a copy of an order in Council granting the BC Sugar Refinery Co. foreshore lights in front of Boundary Avenue.
Filed
From T. G. Alexander asking for street improvements and a light over 8th Avenue East.
Referred to the Board of Works and Light Com
From James Clark, Secretary of the V M and Industrial Association asking for the use of the City Hall on Tuesdays for meetings
Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by Alderman Barker
That his request be granted
Carried
From R. T. Palmer asking why he was not awarded the contract for feed
Referred to the Police Committee
From Tom Wilson asking for $500 in aid of holding a Horticultural Midsummer show in Vancouver
Referred to the Finance Committee
From C. C. Murray et al asking that 8th ave east of Westminster Road be straightened
Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by Alderman McQueen
That the Communication be referred to the City engineer for examination and report.
Carried
From J. W. Gatter complaining that the city was using his land on Beach Ave for draining purposes
Moved by Alderman Grant
Seconded by Alderman Shaw
That the Board of works and City engineer be appointed and Committee to proceed to English Bay to look into and report on Mr. Gatter’s complaint re damages
Carried
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The following reports were received and read:
Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday, Feb 2nd, 1900.
Present: Alderman Shaw (in the Chair), McGuigan, Barker and Baxter.
Communications
From the F. L. Bagshaw asking the City to purchase a Bryce Copy graph printer
Filed
A party waited upon the committee and asked for assistance in procuring a piece of land on which he would erect a plant for the manufacture of vitrified brick.
He was told to look up a site that would suit him and report at next meeting when his request would be considered.
Moved by Ald. Baxter:
That the Council be asked to donate the sum of $500 in aid for the Canadian National Patriotic Fund.
Carried
The Committee then adjourned.
Sgd J. McQueen
Chariman
Moved by Ald. McQueen
Seconded by Ald. Baxter
That the Report be adopted after increasing grants to Canadian National Patriotic Fund to $1000.
Carried
Board of Works
The Board of Works met on Feb 1st, 1900.
Present: Alderman Grant, Neelands, McPhaiden, Foreman and Wood.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed.
Correspondence
From the Alcatraz Asphalt Paving Co re asphalt paving
From W. E. Garden etal petitioning for various sidewalks on Harwood Street
[pg 469]
and electric light at corner of Harwood and Bute
From C. K. Forrest asking for grading of boulevard at Lot 1, Blk 23, Sub 302 and for sidewalk from 8th to 9th Ave
From C. A. Godson asking for opening of Pendrell Street, West of Jervis Street
From F. T. Bagshaw + Co re supplying new typewriter for Works Department
From Theodore Horrobin et al petitioning for the grading of Dufferin Street from Ontario to Bridge Street and permanent sidewalk from Westminster Ave to Manitoba Street
All of the above were laid over for the estimates
In reference to A. E. Lee’s letter re City buying a piece of land at the corner of Cambie and Hastings Streets, it was left to the City Solicitor and City Engineer to look into and report what price would be asked for an additional piece.
From C. G.Johnson re cutting down and boulevarding corner of Alder Street & 9th ave.
Referred to the Alderman for Ward 5 and the City Engineer
From G. Collagen re two stumps facing Lots 29 and 30, Blk 21, Sub 182a.
Foreman of Ward to remove same.
From F. R. McD. Russell requesting that Haro Street be opened up West from Gilford Street.
Officer in charge of Chain gang to attend to this.
From R. W. Teskey re condition of crossings at corner of Thurlow & Comox Streets
To be attended to by Ward Foreman
From E. L. Widdicombe requesting the opening of the lane at the corner of Denman and Barclay Streets
Chain gang to attend to this.
[pg 470]
From the BC Stationary Co Ltd re condition of sidewalk in rear of their warehouse 342 Water Street
To be attended to by Ward Foreman
Re Foreshore rights on Burrard Street applied for by the Bank of BC, it was resolved that the application be approved in accordance with the plan, submitted a copy of said plan to be deposited in the Engineer’s office.
Re Lulu Island Railway
In the absence of the City Solicitor, it was decided to notify Mr. Abbott that the next set of street crossings be laid over.
It was resolved to notify the Street Railway Co. to fill in between the tracks on Denman Street, Powell Street, Davie Street and Westminster Ave also to remove stumps left by them on Denman Street.
Re Heatley Av Wharf
The Harbour Master was to be asked to prevent dolphins from being removed out so far, as to impede navigation.
Alderman Neelands asked that the sidewalk on the East side of Hamilton Street between Smythe and Dunsmuir Streets be moved out.
Engineer to examine and report
The Foreman was instructed to put cinders down in lane, Blk 41, Lot 196.
The Engineer submitted plan for slip at foot of Bidwell Street with approximate cost $400.
Laid over.
The application of Mr. Rabjohns Nelson Street for removal of stumps was granted and also two plant walk from Denman Street to 3rd Lot on Nelson Street East od Denman Street
The application of Howe etal for grading on Willow Street Fairview and fixing culvert was referred to the Chain gang for attention
The following accounts were recommended for payments:
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McDonald Br. P. Hauling Rock $505.83
W.H. Tait Supplies 73.41
B. C. Mills “ 38.32
Sgd Robt Grant
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Grant
Seconded by Alderman Wood
That the Report be adopted,
Carried
Introduction of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by Alderman Foreman
That the rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of the following By-Laws:
1. A By-Law to fix the remuneration for Mayor
2. A By-Law to fix remuneration of Aldermen
Carried
Unfinished Business
Under the head of unfinished business, the following applications were received for filling two positions in the Police Force: Robt Brunt, A.D. Beaton, Andrew Bell, John E. Cameron, D.C. Craig, Thos Colbiers, J.W. Doptford, R. J. Drury, Arthur Davies, Geoff Franklin, R.J. Grant, B. Gosse, Sam Harris, H. W. Howes, Thos. W. Lillie, Geo J. Miller, Jas Morrison, John Munro, H. W. McAdam, C. F. McDonald, Murdoch McLean, J.W. Nicolle, H.E. Rudd, Wm Rowling, H.P. Acklory (?), E. Snyder, Michael Savage, Geo Thorpe and J. Thomson.
Moved by Alderman Neelands
Seconded by Alderman Baxter
That the Council proceed to ballot for a selection.
Carried
After a number of ballots were taken, it was found that Arthur Davies and Geo J. Miller received a majority of the council. It was then moved, approved and seconded that Arthur Davies and Geo J. Miller be appointed Police Constables of a salary of $60.00 per month each.
[pg 472]
Motions
Moved by Alderman Baxter
Seconded by Alderman Wood
That the petition from. C. W. Murray etal re the straightening of 8th av be granted and that the Board of works be asked to carry this request to completion.
Withdrawn
Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan
That the following account be paid: Might Directory Co. Directories $50.00
Carried
Moved by Alderman Baxter
Seconded by Alderman Barker
That the Committee appointed last Monday night to confer with the City Solicitor re the ends of Cambie, Abbott and Carrall Streets have its powers enlarged to enable it to deal with the foreshore opposite Old Granville Townsite.
Carried
Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by Alderman Wood
That the Mayor communicate with the City Medical Health Officer of Victoria asking him what the health authorities there are doing with regard to inspection of vessels from Seattle and other sound ports.
Carried
Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by Alderman Wood
That notice be sent the Minister of Agriculture calling attention to the fact that the Steamship Guersney passed Williams Head recently without reporting at the quarantine station there and entered the port of Vancouver without any medical examination which is a very dangerous thing to do and is a great menace to the public health.
Carried
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Consideration of By Laws
Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan
That the rules be suspended to allow the second reading of the following By Laws:
1. A By-Law to fix the remuneration for Mayor
2. A By-Law to fix remuneration of Aldermen
Carried
The By Laws were accordingly read a second time.
Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by Alderman Shaw
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the extra By Laws with Mr. Mayor in the Chair.
Carried
The By Laws were read over clause by clause and reported to the Council as complete without amendment.
Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by Alderman Foreman
That the laws we again suspended to allow the third reading of the above By Laws.
Carried
The By Laws were accordingly read a third time.
Notice of Motion
Alderman McQueen gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council, he would introduce a By Law to borrow money on the security of the Debentures authorized to be issued for Sewer construction.
The Board then adjourned.
(Sgd) James Garden
Mayor
(Sgd) H. W. McGuigan
City Clerk

Vancouver’s dolphins “impede navigation” in harbour – February 5, 1900
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