Vancouver prepares to fight injunction against Railway Bonus By-law – January 9, 1893

H.A. McIntosh claimed 71.80 for supplies to furnish the quarantine hospital. John Potter hired to complete sewer Section 8 at a cost of $9,935.40. Lawyer A. St. George Hamersley instructed to act for the City in the event of an injunction against the Railway Bonus By-law.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous

Original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 272-276

The Council met on Monday January 9th 1893. Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Odlum, Franklin, Mills and Gavin.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:-

From D. L. McAlpine asking payment for professional services rendered Reed, a smallpox patient.
Referred to the Health Committee

From E. A. Magee threatening suit unless the extras claimed by his client, G. F. Rounsfell, on Ninth Av were paid.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Armstrong, Eckstein + Gaynor, asking for a cheque on behalf of H. A. McIntosh for Supplies furnished the quarantine hospital, the amount being $71.80.
Referred to the Board of Health with power to act

From Mssrs McPhillips and Williams on behalf of J. Astell stating that they would hold the City responsible for any damages sustained by said Astell on account of the flagrant neglect of the City Scavenger.
Referred to the Health Committee

From W. E. Stevens etal, asking that Grave Crescent be opened up.
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the chain gang be utilized for this work.

From A. C. Dougherty asking that certain dangerous trees be cut down.
Referred to the Board of Works

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From Ross, Howard + Co. Asking for exemption from taxation.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From B. L. Wood, asking for the refund of $10.00 on a License Application afterwards withdrawn.
Laid over for fuller information.

From A. B. Diplock, stating that his shed was in a disgraceful condition, and asking that the City Scavenger be sent to clean it up.
That be be informed that there is now no City Scavenger.

From E. J. Clark of Toronto, stating that he would be glad to do what he could to enable the B.C. College to secure a lease of the South Park, and asking details, as to the character of the institution etc.
The City Clerk was instructed to write to the Secy of the B.C. College for the information required.

From S. Astell asking for the refund of $5.00 paid to the City for poll tax, as he had also paid the government;
The City Clerk was instructed to write to him and refer him to the Government for the refund, the City being entitled to the money.

From S. H. T. Tyrrell again asking for compensation for being quarantined.
Referred to the Board of Health.


The following were received and read:-

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Monday January 9th 1893.
Present Aldermen Anderson, Collins + Mills

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It was recommended:-
1. The the Report from the Vancouver Free Reading Room be laid over.

2. That as the signatures of nearly all the property owners in 185 have been obtained agreeing to refund to the City certain monies to be expended in clearing said District Lot that funds be provided so that the contract awarded to Thos. M Thomas can be proceeded with.

3. That the following accounts be paid:-
Palmer Bros.              Supplies                         $47.13
D. McRae                    Salary as Assessor     200.00
S. T. Tilley + Son       Supplies                        26.00
A. D. Levask              Duty                                15.00
C. P. Telegraph Co.  Telegrams                        5.23
J. Miller                      Stamps                          35.00

sgd R. A. Anderson

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Odlum

That the Report be adopted.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday January 5th 1893.
Present Alderman McCraney, Gavin, Franklin and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-

1. That the whole matter re C. McGillivray subletting his contract for street paving be referred to the City Solicitor to report upon.

2. That the two accounts of Thos. Thomas ordered to be referred back at the last meeting of the Council be passed.

3. That the matter of moving the Street Railway Switch from the corner of Powell + Carrall to near Cordova + Cambie be referred to the City Engineer to look into.

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4. That the application from Bewicke and Wulffsohn to remove a frame building within the Fire Limits be referred to the Fire Inspector.

5. That the claim of M. Gendron for money due him on Dirk’s contract that he be informed that when the work is completed according to the terms of the contract; if there is anything over the claim owing by him will be taken into consideration.

6. That as the City has decided not to put in any basement drains for private parties, that the Street Inspector be instructed to take immediate steps to drain the water off Lots 11 + 12. Block 24 Sub 541, without delay and make the premises safe for pedestrians and teams, the cost of said work to be charged up against the property.

7. That the tender of John Potter, lump sum $9935.40 for Section 8, Sewerage extension be accepted subject to the outlet being arranged for.

8. That the following account be paid:-
Lomas etal          Labor            184.35

sgd. H. P. McCraney

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Report be adopted.


Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That John Brenton act temporarily as Health Inspector.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the Committee appointed to arrange re Dry Dock be discharged.


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Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Mills
That in the event of an injunction being brought against the $300,000 Railway Bonus as is generally rumoured on the Streets, Mr. Hamersley be instructed to confer an appearance and make up the defence for the City on the condition that the Burrard Inlet + Fraser Valley R. Co pay all the expenses connected therewith.

Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the City Engineer furnish the Council in detail with a statement of the cost of construction of Sections Nos 2 + 3 of Water Works.

The Council then adjourned

F. Cope

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk