Water Works Contract Approved – January 9, 1899

Water Works Contract Approved – January 9, 1899

Council approved a contract with Mssrs Armstrong and Morrison “for the furnishing of steel riveted mains for the Water Works Department”. The Finance Committee and the City Solicitor had previously vetted the contract.

This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Joanne McCormick

Illustration: COV AM54-S4-: Ci Dept P7 –
[Vancouver Water Works crew in front of shops at 323 Alexander Street 1906]

Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 8 pages 614 – 618

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Vancouver, January 9th, 1899

The Council met on Monday, January 9th, 1899.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Townley, Painter, McQueen, Neelands, McPhaiden, Brown, Foreman, Bruce and McMorran, McGuigan.

The Minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.


From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

From the Pound Keeper furnishing report.

From the Health Officer furnishing printed copies of his annual report.

From Jay Cooke etal, asking that the consideration of the New Street railway agreements be left to the incoming Council.

The following Reports were received and read:

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Wednesday, January 6th, 1899.

Present: Alderman, McQueen, Painter, and Brown.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

J.G. GarvinSpecial Assessment$10.00
C.O. WickindenExaming (sic) building25.00
BC Elec. Ry Co.Lights2100.50
Crowder & PenzerSupplies102.22

The City Solicitor submitted a contract between Mssrs Armstrong and Morrison…..

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… and the City for the furnishing of steel riveted mains for the Water Works Department which was authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto.

Sgd James McQueen

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by Alderman Painter.
That the report be adopted.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday, January 5th, 1899.

Present: Alderman Painter, Neelands, McPhaiden and McMorran.


From B.W. Garrett, Clerk of Richmond Municipality, in reference to condition of North Arm Road.
Resolved that they be asked if they are willing to send a deputation to Victoria to interview the Government with any deputation the City may send with same object.

The matter of demurrage re crushed rock contract was discussed at length the contractor, A.E.E. Clark, being represented.

Resolved that if A.E.E. Clark, Contractor for crushed rock releases the City from all claims against the City for demurrage or otherwise under her contract up to the 31st December 1898 she be paid the sum of $122.00 on the Council being satisfied that no liability incurred from any delays by the Contractor and also the balance of the 10 per cent held back at that date and also the progress estimate passed on January 5th, 1899.

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The plans for J. Burns, brick block, Cordova Street were passed being found to comply with the requirements of the By Law.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Royal City MillsSupplies$26.22
Evans, Coleman & EvansSupplies8.20
Armstrong & MorrisonSupplies9.00
Rand BrP.Supplies6.00
McLennan & McFeelySupplies76.51
ThP. VeitchDel. Crushed rock405.56
A.E.E. ClarkDel. Crushed rock662.04

Sgd H.J. Painter

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by Alderman Foreman.
That the Report be adopted.

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday, January 4th, 1899.

Present: Alderman Townley in the Chair, McQueen, Foreman and Bruce.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Mrs. A. AbramsNursing$7.50
J. K. DavisGlazing.75
City Grocery Co.Supplies89.02
Trudgeon BrP.Supplies89.00
Valley Dairy Co.Supplies54.60
R. MorrionSupplies2.00
Dom. Fish Co.Supplies25.50
Gas Co.Meter read3.92
Pioneer Steam LaundryWashing100.48
Champion & WhiteScavengering3.00
Kemp & SunifsonBurials30.00
J.C. WoodrowSupplies61.29
St. Luke’s HomeNursing21.00

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J. GibbsMedical Attendance5.00
E.S. WillbondSupplies5.12
J. DodsonSupplies25.75
Crowder & PenzerSupplies106.36
H.H. Layfield & Co.Supplies8.93


From the Cemetery Caretaker, asking that Sunday burials be discontinued.
Resolved that hereafter Sunday burials be discontinued except in cases of extreme emergency.

From the Crematory Caretaker furnishing Report.

From the Medical Health Officer and Health Inspector furnishing Annual Report.
For reference.

From Dr. Maclean furnishing an account for attending Mrs. Oliver.
Resolved that the account be sent to her husband for settlement.

Resolved that hereafter all employees in the City Hospital be credited with the articles they send out to the wash.

Resolved that stove pipes be purchased for the Old City Hospital and that a stair be erected therein.

Resolved that three disinfecting apparatus be purchased for the Health Inspector.

Resolved that the Mayor be requested to call a Special Meeting of the Council on Saturday next at 10:00 AM to consider hospital rules.

Sgd W.J. McGuigan,

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

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Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by Alderman Painter.
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Street By-Law and Agreements.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by Alderman Foreman.
That the Council do not go into Committee of the Whole on the Street Railway Agreements, but that they be referred to the incoming Council.

Amendment carried.

The Council then adjourned until 10:00 AM on Monday the 16th inst.

James F. Garden

ThP F. McGuigan
City Clerk