Second exit to be added to market building – January 26, 1891

market hall and auction shed 1895
Market Hall & auction shed on Main Street ca. 1895 photo courtesy City of Vancouver archives

No action to be taken for the moment about Mr. Lawson’s letter of dismissal from the City Engineer.  Misses Woodward and Drummond, nurses at the City Hospital, ask for increases of salary. The Market Committee asks the Board of Works to consider an additional exit from the Market Building as a precaution in case of fire. The Board of Works agreed, and urged immediate action. The Board of Works also directs that vacant lots and “all dangerous places” must be fenced by their owners

This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous
and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 632 – 639

[Vol 4 pg 201]
Vancouver January 26th 1891
The Council met on Monday January 26th 1891.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton, Hobson, Brown, McDowell and DePencier.
The minutes of last Special and regular meetings were read and adopted.


From H Abbott acknowledging receipt of a communication re gates on certain streets.
Board of Works.

From J. M Browning refusing to act as Arbitrator in the Water Works matter on account of ill health.

From Wm Prentice, Secretary of the Sugar Refinery inviting the Mayor and Council to visit the works on Thursday 29th inst.
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Hobson.
That the invitation be accepted.

From H. Stanton Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, and A. Campbell Reddic Dep Prov Secretary acknowledging receipt of communications from Council re grant to Hospital, Fire Department, and Library.

From Courbould, McColl and Jenns asking the City to pay over the amount of the Judgement in the Devine Case.

From Annie E. Webster asking the Council to place $2500.00 in the Estimates for the purpose of assisting in acquiring lands etc. for a Hospital for women and children.
Board of Health.

[vol 4 page 202]

From the Solicitor to the Vancouver Water Works Co asking the City Solicitor to go to Victoria to consult with him on the Agreement to Arbitrate.
Water Works Committee.

From Blake and Magee asking City to pay Wm Tierney $115.65 for extras on Beach Avenue.
Board of Works.

From Rand Bros. protesting against a crematory being erected in the North part of 302.
Crematory Committee.

From A. E. Lees etal [sic] asking for a sidewalk on Richards Street west side from Robson Street to Helmcken Street.
Board of Works.

From Misses Woodward and Drummond asking for increases of salary for duty as nurses at the City Hospital.
Board of Health.

From the Market Clerk furnishing his Weekly Report.

From J. D. Le Cappellian etal [sic] asking for a sidewalk on Melville Street from Burrard to Thurlow.
Board of Works.

From J. C. Miller compiler of the Illustrated Souvenir Publication giving a synopsis of his work.
Finance Committee.

[vol 4 page 203]
The Crematory Committee met on Friday January 23rd 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Templeton and DePencier.
That his Worship the Mayor be instructed to sign the Agreement as proposed between the Dominion Sanitary and Cremation Co. and the City but that a clause be added empowering the City to erect Crematories outside the City limits for City purposes only.
Sgd. Wm Templeton
Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the Report of the Crematory Committee be adopted.
Market No 2
The Market Committee met on Wednesday January 21, 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton and Brown.
Alderman Godfrey was appointed Chairman.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
McLennan & McFeeley, Supplies $15.00
Davidson Bros. Badge 1.50
That the communication from the Coal and Feed Merchants be received and filed and that the Market Clerk be instructed to giver Separate tickets where loads are made up of Separate orders.
The Board of Works take into con-
[vol 4 page 204]
sideration the construction of additional exits to the Market Hall as a precaution in case of fire.
Sgd. A. Godfrey
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the report of the Market Committee be adopted.
Works No 3.
The Board of Works met on Thursday January 22nd, 1891.
President Aldermen Brown, DePencier, Templeton, Godfrey and Brighouse.
It was recommended:-
1. That the City Engineer be instructed to instruct the Health Inspector to notify the owners of lots 16 to 21. Block 28. 541. that the water on these lots must be drained into the drain running along the west side of Abbott Street.
2. That the Police Committee be asked to take over the control of the Pound.
3. That the tenders received on the block pavements be returned to tenderers informing them that the Board does not see it way to accept any tender at present.
4. That W. H. Kendall’s tender for broken road [unreadable] be accepted on the following basis viz.:-
10,000 cubic yards at $1.40 per cubic yard
15,000 “ “ “ 1.35 “ “ “
20,000 “ “ “ 1.30 “ “ “
5. That the City Engineer be instructed to interview James McPhee re stretching wires on

[vol 4 page 205]

the streets and lanes, and report.
6. That City Engineer and City Solicitor be instructed to examine into the matter of Lots 4, 5 + 6, Block 48, 181 through which Powell Street now runs and report.
7. That City Engineer examine and report upon the petition of R.A. McMorran etal [sic] for a sidewalk on 10th Ave.
8. That the City Engineer be instructed to have the matter contained in Mrs. Emily Mould’s petition attended to viz the stoppage of the overflow of water on Lot y. Block 87. 196.
9. That the City Engineer be instructed to enquire into the claims for wages preferred against McDonald & Barton’s contract for the East Park and report.
10. That the opinion of the City Solicitor be obtained as to the liability of the sureties on the Bunker Contract; and further that the claims as recommended be paid viz;-
E. Lye $40.00
Howard Smith 18.70
Elva Estabrook 19.00
Frank Smith 17.80
M. Madegan 66.50
N. Buie 60.
Wm Cullen 55.20
11. That the City Engineer be instructed to pay immediate attention to the matter of providing additional exits to the Market Hall to provide against accidents in case of fire.
12. That the lane in Block 111.54 be graded at a cost not to exceed $100.00.

[vol 4 page 206]

13. That the property owners on Powell Street between Campbell Avenue and Raymour [sic] Street be notified to put up a suitable fence to prevent accidents on the property opposite Block 49; also that all dangerous places be fenced by the owners where required within the City Limits.
14. That the following accounts be paid:-
C. A. Stoess. Blue prints $7.50
A.D. McDonald, Alexander St: 46.00
John Telford, Hastings St. 38.48
Angus Fraser, Pender St. 114.52
J. Leatherdale, Sugar Refinery Wharf 9.29
15. That pending investigations into the charges preferred against Mr. Lawson by the City Engineer that no action be taken on the notice of dismissal sent Mr. Lawson by said Engineer.
Sgd S. Brighouse
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted.
Introduction of By-Laws.
Aldermen De Pencier introduced a By-Law to define the duties of the Police Commissioners which was read a first time.
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Second by “ McDowell
That the following account be paid.
B Romang etal [sic] Labor. $149.80
[vol 4 page 207]
The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk