Granville St. Bridge to Be Examined – January 2, 1900

Granville St. Bridge to Be Examined – January 2, 1900

In response to charges from the Vancouver & District Labour Council that the steel swing on Granville St. Bridge was being constructed by unskilled labour, Council ordered that the City Engineer have Granville Street Bridge examined, and Report to the Council, as to the condition of Caps, Piles etc. at its next Meeting.

This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Darlene Ochotta

and sponsored by Bruno Wall

Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives ref AM54-S4-: SGN 893
[Men and women in boat at Andrew Wallace’s boat building shed next to Granville Street Bridge ]

Source: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9
pages 426-437

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Vancouver January 2nd 1900.
The Council met on Tuesday January 2nd 1900.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Grant, Gilmour, Skinner, McQueen, McGuigan, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and Wood.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From N. Hoffman etal, asking for a reduction of the Second Hand Licenses.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From J. Buntzen notifying the Council that the light on Seaton Street near the Williams Brewery.
Filed.

From G.F. Cane claiming damages on behalf of W.W. Anderson for injuries to horse and harness while crossing Cambie Street Bridge.
Referred to the City Solicitor and City Engineer.

From John Unsworth claiming $62.50 refund on Palace Hotel License.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From J.C. Dixon, Secretary Poultry and Pet Dog Association asking for a grant of $100.00.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From Jane Birch, Nurse at City Hospital asking that her salary be retained at the old rate.
Referred to the Health Committee.

From the Hamilton Powder Co. asking for City patronage for explosives.
Filed for reference.

From Col. McDonald forwarding plans of sites required around light-houses in Stanley Park.
Moved by Alderman Bruce

Seconded by “ Foreman
That His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen McQueen, McGuigan, and Bruce be appointed to confer with the Park Commissioners with ‘power to Act’ re, additional grounds required, around light-houses in Stanley Park.
Carried.

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From J. Buntzen, General Manager of the Street Railway Co. admitting that there was good cause for complaint re defective street lighting but asking for the patience of the Council for another two or three weeks until the new plant is put in.
Filed.

From J.C. Marshall, Acting Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council enclosing a communication from D.C. Harrison, Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council making charges against Mr. J.T. Brown and the police force in connection with a case of his tried in the police court.
Referred to the Police Committee.

From J.C. Marshall, Acting Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council drawing their attention to the fact that the Steel Swing on Granville St. bridge was being constructed by unskilled labor and asking for the appointment of a competent Inspector.
Filed.

From Mr. G.R. Maxwell MP acknowledging receipt of resolution re the erection of a Customs House.
Filed.

From J.J. Miller, asking for a sidewalk on Dufferin Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Ironside & Co. asking permission to put on two gangs to complete the sewer in the lane between Harwood and Burnaby Streets.
Moved by Alderman Foreman
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That their request be granted.
Carried.

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The following Reports were received and read:

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Dec 20 1899.
Present the full Board.

The Minutes of the las[t] meeting were read and adopted.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Gas Co.3.10
Taylor & Moore2.00
Thorpe & Co6.00
Trythall & Son2.50
D.M. Stewart156.59
C. Spillman35.24
Shelton & Co12.50
A. Robertson40.00
Wm. Ralph15.05
Robinson & Peppard21.50
C.S. Philp28.30
D. Poole5.00
McLennan & McFeely3.82
McDowell & Co.151.46
Layfield & C0.103.99
O.P. Lund2.50
H. Kersey5.00
James Kelman3.50
Hicks & Lyons8.00
J. Dodson30.10
Dom Fish Co19.40
City of Victoria42.70
Champion & White6.00
Cleeve Canning Co.11.65
City Grocery Co.196.46
Geo Calder13.25
Clark & Stuart13.55
B.C. Electric Ry1.00

Communications

From D. Fagan Secy. of the Provincial Board of Health asking for annual Health Report.
Referred to the Health officer for attention.

From the Rev. A.E. Green asking that Geo. Cowling an incurable be sent to his friends in Toronto.
Referred to the Chairman, Health Officer and Health Inspector with power to act.

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From Constance Thomas of Kingston on Thames, England, stating that she intended visiting British Columbia next summer on a lecturing tour in connection with nursing and asking if the Council would support the scheme by a grant of $50 and free rooms.
Proposition not entertained.

Resolved that hereafter no orders for relief be given except on report of the Health Inspector or some member of the Police Force.
The Board then adjourned.

Signed
W.J. McGuigan
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Foreman
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday Dec. 21st 1899 at 4 p.m.
Present Alderman Bruce (Chair), Grant, Skinner, McPhaiden, and Foreman.
The Minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted.

Correspondance

From Cornish & Cooper asking for permission to erect scaffold at ‘Crewe’ Block. Granville Street.
Granted on usual conditions.

From E.H. McMillen re sidewalk around Flack Block.

From W. Skene re advance in price of urinals.
Resolved that the City pay the difference of $6.50 each.

From Arthur Saniger et al petitioning for the opening out of 2nd Avenue Block 70.
Engineer and Chairman to report.

From Thos. H. Tracy reporting on Culverts on 12th, 13th and 14th Avenues, and Brewery Creek.
Filed for reference.

It was resolved that the B.C. Electric Railway Co. be requested to confer with the Board of Works re experimenting as to the best method of fixing the 8” plank on each side of the T rails.

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Resolved that the Car Track shall cross the Granville Street Swing Bridge at 2’ 9” from the centre as shown in the Dominion Bridge Co. plan.

Resolved that the size for the Ferguson Block area be 6’ 6” and that agreement be drawn up by the City Solicitor in conformity with resolution.

The Plans for the Miller Block on Dupont Street Lane were referred to the City Engineer and Health Inspector.

The Chairman and Engineer reported that the attending to Lorne Street be left over till next year.

It was resolved that the Heatley Avenue Wharf be carried a distance of 75 feet further than the original Contract, leaving out the Shed, making the total distance from the N. Rail of C.P.R. track 597 feet plus 75 feet, and that the Contractors be asked to hand in the price per lump sum to the Council for completing the work without delay.

The following accounts were passed for payment:

McKenzie Bros.4.50
B.C. Portland Cement Co.18.00
Van City Iron Works195.32
B. C. Mills, T & T Co.180.09
Robinson & Peppard21.50
McLennan & Co180.14
W. Atkinson3.00
Chas E. Goad28.00
Evans, C & Evans9.53
Jas Kelman3.50
W.L. Tait578.65

The Board then adjourned.

Signed
Alex Bruce
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Bruce
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.

Moved by Alderman Gilmour
Seconded by “ Grant
As an Amendment. That the clause re Wharf be struck out.
Amendment lost.

Original Motion Carried.

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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 22nd 1899.
Present the full Board.
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From R. H. Cooke stating that the total value of Machinery assessed by him to $297,300.00. He claimed remuneration for said assessment.
It was resolved that he be paid $20.00.

From R MacPherson and Chas. E. Tisdall asking the Council to name the appropriation they require from the Government for 1900.
Resolved that $1000.00 be asked for the Childrens Home, $500.00 for the Fire Department and the usual grant for the Hospital.

From Jas Robertson Co. asking for the settlement of their claim against the City amounting to $75.00
Resolved that the amount be paid, and that they be requested to furnish a bill of the goods which are to be taken over by the City.

Resolved that the following amounts be struck off the Tax Rolls being uncollectible, viz:

For1896$174.09

1898103.59
1887 to 1895$3,141.25

Resolved that Mrs Lena Marshall be assessed for Lot 14 Block 64 D.L. 185 at the usual rate.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

The Province$17.38
E. Bloomfield15.00
Trythall & Son151.80
Evans, C & Evans39.42
Clerk of House, Victoria300.00
Neil Cameron3.00

The Board then adjourned.

Signed
James McQueen
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded “ “ Gilmour
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

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Fire and Police

The Fire and Police Committee met on Thursday December 26th 1899.
Present Aldermen Gilmour, Skinner, McPhaiden and Brown.
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the Chief of Police asking for Counsel to prosecute a case in the Police Court.

Resolved that the Chief’s request be granted and that he employ Mr. E. P. Davis if possible.

Resolved that 6 pairs of Rubber Boots and 2 Rubber Coats be purchased for the Fire Department.

Resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to cement the Jail Yard.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

G.W. Dunlap & Co6.82
Chief of Police25.40
W. J. McGuigan15.00
MacKenzie Bros120.10
Gas Co.7.00
Atkins & Johnson.50
Evans, Coleman & Evans38.18

The Board then adjourned.

Signed
H.B. Gilmour
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Gilmour
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Report be adopted
Carried.

Water and Market

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday Dec 27th 1899.
Present Aldermen Brown, Wood and Gilmour.
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

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Water and Market (continued)

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Thomas Veitch21.90
U.S.S. Co.10.00
C. Muddell.25
Boyd Burns & Co29.52
Trythall & Son5.00
Evans, C & Evans4.75
Gartshore, Thompson & Co777.33
Jeffries & Grey1048.95
N. Lavere8.00
Water Works Pay Roll701.13

The Board then adjourned.

Signed W. Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ McQueen
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday Dec 28th 1899 at 4 p.m.
Present Aldermen Bruce, Grant, Skinner, Foreman and McPhaiden.
The Minutes of the previous Meeting were read and adopted.

Correspondence

From D. Donaldson requesting a crossing and short sidewalk at corner of Broughton and Barclay Streets, S.W. side.
Referred to next years Council.

From The Yorkshire Guarantee & Securities Co, asking for permission to cover Cupola of Sullivan Block with Shingles.
To be notified that Cedar Shingles would be contrary to By-law but that galvanized Iron will be allowed.

From Capt. J. Williams asking for payment of 10% retained on [delivery of] Crushed Rock A/C
Request granted subject to the balance due on Crusher and Plant be deducted from 10%.

From McDonald Bros. asking for payment of 10% retained on delivery of Crushed Rock A/C
Request granted.

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From Capt. J. Williams requesting that Clarke Rock Crusher be fixed.
Resolved that Mr. Atkins be asked to give his consent to have the Crusher repaired at the Vancouver City Foundry.

It was moved by Alderman Foreman, seconded by Alderman McPhaiden, that the supplementary tender of Ironsides & Co. for extending the wharf 75 feet further than the original Contract for $4,100.00, be accepted.
Carried.
Alderman Grant voted against the Motion.

Permission was given Messrs. Doering and Marstrand to remove boulders off Scotia Street adjoining the Brewery.

It was resolved to notify Messrs. Doering and Marstrand to place a 7 ft. Fence on upper side of Dam at 8th Avenue and Scotia St. and at any other part there is danger of boys getting into it.

It was resolved that Mr. Murray owner of Lot 11 Block 28 Sub 200a be notified to open the Dam on 6th Avenue between Scotia and Brunswick Streets, as it is a menace to Public Health.

The Foreman of Ward 4 was instructed to cut 400 ft. of a Trail between Clarke Drive and 2nd Street.

It was resolved that the old planking off Granville Street Bridge be used in repairing walk on 2nd Avenue West.

The following accounts were passed for payment:

F.P. Bishop2.50
J.C. Brent1.50
McDonald Bros.71.50
Capt. Williams704.95
“ “1218.90
McDonald Bros.531.35
“ “320.23
B.C. Mills Co.9.15
B.C. Portland Cement9.00
W. L. Tait229.45
Pollock & Dickinson34.00
W. Tytler & Co.125.94
Armstrong & Morrison2.80
Pay Roll2082.60

The Board then adjourned.

Signed
Alex Bruce
Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Bruce
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted as read.

Moved in amendment by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Gilmour
That the Report be adopted laying over Wharf clause for Motions.
Amendment carried.

Motion Lost.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 29th 1899.
Present Aldermen McQueen, Gilmour, Brown and Wood.
The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

A. Blayney$40.00
Wm Gurd & Co19.80
H. Kersey11.75
John Pugh1.50
B.C. Gazette366.90
Layfield & Co..90
Trythall & Son44.95

Communications

From Secretary of the High Commissioner for Canada, London Eng. asking for a good map of the Port of Vancouver.
Resolved that his request be granted.

From E.B. Morgan, agent for the owner of Lot 9. Block 29. D.L. 185. stating that he paid Taxes for a House that did not exist, and asking for a refund of the amount overpaid.
Resolved that he be refunded the amount overpaid by him and that the party who should have paid be notified to do so.

The Board then adjourned.

Signed
James McQueen
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Gilmour
That the Report be adopted
Carried.

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Motions

Moved by Alderman Wood
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Culverts on the Brewery Creek at 12th, 13th and 14th Avenues be enlarged to allow for a free flow. City Engineer to report as to the cost of same at next meeting of Board of Works.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bruce
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That whereas it will require a further expenditure of $4100.00 to complete the Wharf at Heatley Avenue as originally intended.

Be it therefore resolved that the sum of $1300.00 be appropriated for the purpose of completing the said Wharf, and that the amount be paid on completion of the Contract entered into by the Board of Works.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bruce
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That Martin Kelly be paid the sum of $1500.00 on account of Granville Street Pier.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Grant
That the Park Pay Roll Jones et al $90.00 be paid.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Gilmour
Seconded by “ Grant
That the City Engineer have Granville Street Bridge examined, and Report to the Council, as to the condition of Caps, Piles etc. at its next Meeting.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Gilmour
Seconded by “ Grant
That the Street Railway Co. be requested to have work on Davie Street finished as quickly as possible.
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Foreman
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the City return the forfeited deposits of Messrs. Boyd and Clandenning on Rock Tunnel, and E. Cook on Granville St Pier, and that the City Treasurer be authorized to return same to them.
Carried.

The Council then adjourned, to meet again on Friday January 5th 1900 at 10 a.m. to consider Charter amendments.

[sgd]:

James F. Garden
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk