Alderman James F. Garden resigns.  Hansen brothers of Montreal purchase $25,000 of city debentures. Crowder and Penzer granted contracts for coal and feed, provided that both be weighed on the Market scales. Miss Bowes requests stricter temperance regulations, also to “abolish houses of ill-fame” (brothels). Trades and Labour Council present request that no Chinese labour be allowed to be used on the graving dock contract.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 179 – 639

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Vancouver Jan 12, 1891

The Council met on Monday January 12, 1891 at 8 P.M.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Godfrey, Hobson, Templeton, Brown, McDowell, DePencier and Doering.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Dr. Bodington claiming extra remuneration for going to Victoria as a Witness in the Case of the C.P.R. Co. vs the City.

Finance

From Messrs Eberts and Taylor and John Irving, President of the Vancouver Water Works Co. sending corrected agreement for the purchase of their Works. Co.
Water Works Committee

From Halley Bros & Granville Montreal requesting the City to subscribe towards Stereoptic Views of the city for the Jamaica Exhibition.
Finance

From Henry Laundry asking for a bonus of $1800 to assist him in starting a woollen mill.
Finance

From Messrs. Yates, Jay & Russell asking the City to drain the water of Lots 1.2.3. Block 32, Sub 541.
Board of Works

From W. L. Leonard protesting against the manner of awarding the contract for Rock Crusher.
Board of Works

From the City Solicitor informing the

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Council that he had tendered the President of the Improvement Co the purchase money for the Sugar Refinery Site and that he had refused to accept the amount offered $15,000
Finance

From the Market Clerk furnishing the regular weekly reports of receipts.
Filed

From A. Gobeil, Secretary to the Department of Public Works acknowledging receipt of a Communication from the Mayor re Cambie Street Bridge.
Filed

From Wm Sidelman etal [sic] asking the Council to run out Powell Street in a direct line to the East Park.
Board of Works.

From A.J. Alcock etal [sic] asking for electric lights on Westminster Av at 10th & 13th avs and a sidewalk on the south side of 11th av from Quebec St to Westminster Road.
F.W.L. & Board of Works.

From James F. Garden tendering his resignation as Alderman.
Filed.

From the Chief of Police furnishing Report on Electric Lights.
Filed.

From G.A. Owens etal [sic] asking that the lane in Block 111.541 be opened for traffic
Board of Works.

From James McPhee asking for permission to run a wire on any street on any street or alley for the purpose of operating a Burglar Alarm System.
Board of Works.

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From Miss. S. Bowes etal [sic] asking the Council to close Barrooms and Saloons from 6 P.M. on Saturdays until 7 a.m. on Mondays and not to grant a liquor license in any ward where two thirds of the people are against it and also to abolish houses of Ill Fame.
Licensing Board.

From J. W. Campion on behalf of the British Columbia Iron Works Co asking for exemption from taxation for ten years; also free water and light.
Finance.

From John Campbell Barrister etc, asking aldermen Hobson and Brown to show cause why they should not resign their seats at the Council Board.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brighouse
That the Communication be returned to Mr. Cambpell.
Carried.

Reports

Market No 1

The Market Committee met on Wednesday December 31st 1890.
Present Aldermen Garden, and Costello.

It was recommended: –
1. That the License Inspector be instructed to give notice to all coal merchants to have coal weighted at the Market Scales.
2. That the following account be paid : –
E. S. Scoullar & Co Labor at Market $15.35
Sgd
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering
That the report be adopted.
Carried

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Works No 1
The Board of Works met on Monday January 5th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse Brown, Godfrey, Templeton and DePencier.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Templeton
That Alderman Brighouse be appointed Chairman.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman de Pencier
That Alderman Templeton be appointed Chairman.
Amendment lost motion carried.

Every Thursday at 3 P.M. was fixed as the regular day of meeting.

The Board met attain on Thursday January 8th.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton Brown and Depencier.

It was recommended:-
1. That the Communication of Alfred Stegenberger asking that the water be drained of his lot on 5th Av. Be referred to the City Engineer to report upon.
2. That application be made to the Dominion Government for a site for a quarry at the head of the North Arm of Burrard Inlet.
3. That the Report of the City Engineer on Street paving be adopted.
4. That the City Engineer furnish the Board of Works with a written statement of charges against Mr. Lawson to give him an opportunity to reply to them.
5. That the tenders for wooden block

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paving be laid over for one week.
6. That the following accounts be paid :
A. Parker, Salary $75.00
A Godfrey & Co. Supplies 4.75
D. McDonald, Nicola Street 87.36
D. H. Morgan, Victoria Street. 305.90
A. O. Leask Duty etc. on pipes 115.90

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried.

Finance No 1

The Finance Committee met on Monday January 5th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Carroll, Hobson and Doering.
Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman and every Friday at 4 P.M. was fixed as the regular day of meeting.

The Board met again on Friday January 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson and Carroll.

It was recommended : –
1. That the following accounts be paid: –
Board of Works Accounts
Queen Bros. Carriage Hire $5.00
J. Miller Rent of P.O. Box 6.00
Telephone Co. Rent 34.00
Thomson Bros. Stationery 37.10
Provincial Govt School Tax 2546.66
F. W. Hart Box 3.00
C. C. Ralston Refund of License 10.00

Communications
From W. H. H. Johnson asking for a Bonus for a Varnish Factory.
Laid over.

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From A. J. Mouatt asking for the appointment of a New Committee to govern the free reading room.
Laid over.

From Hanson Bros. Montreal informing the Mayor that they would purchase $25,000 worth of Debentures at the old rate of $103.54

The Mayor accepts terms and his action is approved by the Committee.

The tenders for printing, advertising and general supplies for the year 1891 were laid before the Committee.

After examination it was decided to recommend the following for acceptance:
(1) Bread J.P. Blake
(2) Green Groceries R.I Winch
(3) Burial of Pauper Dead W. J. Taylor
(4) Coal & Wood Crowder & Penzer on condition that the coal be weighted at the Market Scales.
(5) Feed. Crowder & Penzer on the same conditions that the feed be weighted at the Market Scales.

The following tenders were laid over until next meeting: – Advertising, Printing, & Drugs.

Resolved.
That tenders be again invited for the Supply of Meat and General Groceries.
Carried.
Sgd. Wm Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman de Pencier
That the report of the Board of Finance be adopted.
Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Templeton

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Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to appoint a Board of Police Commissioners.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the By-Law be read for the first time.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That Mr. Imrie Bell be asked to meet the Council to give information on matters pertaining to the graving dock.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the following Committee be appointed to prepare amendments to the City Charter viz:- Alderman Hobson, Brown, DePencier, Godfrey and Carroll.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ de Pencier
That the following Committee be appointed to make preparation for the 1892 Exhibition viz: – Templeton, Brown, De Pencier, Godfrey and Carroll.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the following Aldermen be appointed as a Free Reading Room and Library Committee viz Alderman Carroll, Godfrey, Hobson, McDowell and Doering.
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the following Committee be appointed on Water Works viz. Aldermen Doering, McDowell, DePencier, Templeton and Brown.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the Local Government be requested to place the Sum of $5000 in their Estimates in aid of the Vancouver City Hospital.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman de Pencier
Seconded by “ Carroll
That a Market Committee be appointed consisting of the following Aldermen viz Aldermen Templeton, Brighouse, Godfrey, Brown and Doering.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the City accountant furnish to this Council a complete return of the amount of money paid during the last year for legal advice, Solicitor’s Salary and other charged paid for law expenses during said time together with a detailed Statement of the various payments and the names of such parties as were the recipients thereof.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the following Committee be appointed to appoint an Arbitrator for Water Works, viz Aldermen Carroll, McDowell, de Pencier, Templeton, and Brown.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Doering

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That application be made to the Local Government for a grant in aid of a Public Art Gallery and Museum to be established in this City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That an application be made to the Local Government for a grant of $1000 in aid of the Fire Department in this City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ de Pencier
That a Crematory Committee be appointed consisting of the following Aldermen viz Aldermen Templeton, Brown and DePencier.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman de Pencier
Seconded by “ Doering
That the following labor account be paid: –
B. Romang etal [sic] $176.60
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the City Clerk to notify the C.P.R Management that the various crossings by their road of some of the principal Streets of this City are now in such a condition as to be a source of great danger both to life and property and this Council do most earnestly call their attention thereto and ask that proper and modern gates be placed at the crossings of Hastings, Carrall, Oppenheimer, Powell and Alexander Streets, and Dunlevy Avenues.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by Alderman Carrall
That the following Committee be appointed to appoint Experts Witnesses for Water Works viz Aldermen Doering, McDowell, de Pencier, Templeton and Brown.
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman de Pencier
Seconded by “ Carroll
That a Jockey Club Committee be appointed consisted of Aldermen Doering, Hobson and Godfrey.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Templeton
That application be made to the Dominion Government to take measures to remove the Burnaby and Parthia Shoals situate at the entrance to Burrard Inlet.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Doering
That the resignation of Alderman Garden be accepted.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering
That the By-Law appointing Police Commissioners be read a second time.
Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time after which the Council went into Committee of the whole with Alderman Godfrey in the Chair.

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and the names of Aldermen Carroll, Garden, Hobson, McDowell and de Pencier inserted as the names of the Committee.
The Committee then rose and reported the By-Law complete.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the By-Law be read a 3rd time.
Carried.

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A deputation from the Trades and labor Council appeared by consent before the Bar of the Council asked that a clause be inserted in the Agreement between the promoters of the Graving Dock Company and the City; prohibiting the employment of Chinese on the works either before or after completion. The Mayor promised to lay the matter before Mr. Imrie Bell and report his decision to the Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council.
The Deputation then withdrew.

Notices of Motion
Alderman Templeton [Godfrey] gave notice that he would move that this Council ask the Member for the District in the Commons Mr. Corbould to call the attention of the Postmaster General the need of postal delivery in the City and the great relief it would afford to our present overtaxed postal facilities.
Alderman McDowell gave notice that at the next regular meeting of the Council he would move that the proposed graving dock by-law and agreement be withdrawn.

The Council then adjourned.

Signed: D. Oppenheimer, Mayor and Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Garden resigns council, Brighouse now Works chairman – Jan 12, 1891
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