Last Year’s Civic Overspending Tops $66,000 – Jan 18, 1892

Newly-elected Mayor Fred Cope gave address. The Finance Committee, Standing Committee on Works, Board of Health, the Fire, Water & Light Committee, and the Market & Police Committee were established. Last year’s Council and Committees overspent $66,000; $45,000 of which was on street improvements.

This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous
and sponsored by the Woodward family

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 627 – 631

Vancouver, January 18, 1892
[volume 4 page 627]

The Council for 1892 held its first meeting at Monday noon January 18th 1892.
Present: His Worship the Mayor Frederick Cope, and Aldermen R.A. Anderson, H.E. Connon, Henry W.J. McGuigan, H. P. McCraney, E. Odlum, F.L. Franklin, J. J. Gavin and Richard Mills.
His Worship the Mayor opened the proceedings with the usual address after which it was moved by Alderman Collins, seconded by Alderman McCraney
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the purpose of striking Standing Committees for the year.
Alderman Anderson was appointed Chairman.
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Connon
That the following compose the Standing Committee on Finance:-
Aldermen Odlum, Aderson, McGuigan, Mills and Collins
Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Odlum
That the following compose the Standing Committee on Works:-
Aldermen McCraney, Connon, Franklin, Gavin and Scoullar.
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Connon
That the following compose the Board of Health:-
McGuigan, Anderson, Odlum, Collins & Gavin.
Carried[Volume 4 page 627]
Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the following compose the F.W. & L. Committee:-
Franklin, Connon, Scoullar, McGuigan, and Mills.
Moved by Alderman Mills
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the following compose the Market and Police Committee:-
Collins, McCraney, Gavin, Odlum, and Connon.
The Committee rose and reported the above appointments which were confirmed by Council on motion of Alderman McGuigan, seconded by Alderman Connon.

His Worship the Mayor and the retiring Council of 1891 sent in a communication asking the new Council to pass all the accounts left unpaid by them and have the annual reports printed.
Referred to the Finance Committee


Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That Chas. W. Murray be appointed Arbitrator on behalf of the Council re the purchase of the Powell Street Lots.
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare the defence in the Warren Suit against the City.
[Volume 4, page 628]

Moved by Alderman Mills
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the following Health Accounts be paid:-
Dr Bell-Irving Mental Examination $5.00
Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies 30.50
R.V. Winch “ 14.78
John Sciutto “ 55.5628
Hayes & McIntosh “ 59.95
J. P. Blake “ 11.55
O’Rourke & Jervis “ 4.50
H. H. Layfield & Co “ 8.10
Texas Lake Ice Co “ 18.70
D. M. Stewart Express 4.00
H. McCartney “ 2.50
Columbia Carriage
Factory Barrels 71.25
Cyclone Laundry Washing 39.42
J. R. Morrow Supplies 80.2618
H. Eligh “ 55.88
Godfrey & Co “ 1.50
Russell McDonald & Co 1.65
Wm. Spittet Digging Grave 2.75
Urquhart Bros. Barrels .75
Alex McDonald Lumber etc. 9.25
Thos Dunn & Co Supplies 38.

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the following accounts be paid:-
F. W. Hart Box $3.50
D.J. McPhalen Ballot Boxes 63.00
S.J. Tilley & Son Supplies 7.05
J. Miller Rent Post Office Box 8.00
W. St. George
Hamersley Revision of By-Laws 500.00
Provincial Govt. Salaries for Teachers 5086.05
Bank of B.C. Commissions 44.82
G.A. Roedde Cash Book 23.50
R.A. Apenes Books & Ink 8.75
Vancouver Bill Posting Co. 2.00

[Volume 4, page 630]

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Connon
That whereas it has pleased God to remove by death the Duke of Clarence and Avondale, eldest son of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Grandson of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, it is hereby resolved that the Council of the City of Vancouver in the Province of British Columbia in Council assembled hereby tender its most sincere and heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty Queen Victoria and the Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales in their deep affliction and prays that they may be cheered and comforted by the assurance that all parts of Her Majesty’s Dominions British Subjects deplore the sad event and are united in our common Sorrow and that the City Clerk be instructed to wire the above resolution to Her Majesty the Queen, and the Prince and Princess of Wales.
Moved by Alderman Connon
Seconded by “ Franklin
That whereas the expenditure of certain sums of money amounting in all to $66008.90 have been expended during 1891 by the various Boards acting under this Supervision of this Council over and above the sums appropriated for such purposes be it resolved that this Council hereby votes the following appropriations:-

Board of Health
Hospital Supplies $831.62
Contingent 1600.97
F.W. & L
Fire Alarm System $403.77
Hose 100.00

[Volume 4, page 631]
Salaries $612.98
Stanley Park 841.39
Rock Crusher 36.79
Cambie St. Bridge 675.
Sewerage 2082.86
Market 1120.59
Telephone 48.50
Contingent 6137.52
Street Improvements 49,464.21
East Park 2,746.33
Insurance 64.20
Salaries 194.86
Election Expenses 64.21
Legal Expenses 90.69
Water Works
Arbitration 3895.41

The Board then adjourned

F. Cope

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk