Relief work rates settled – January 28, 1895

Rates for relief work were established at $1.75 for married men, $1.25 for single men, and $2.50 for foremen. Proposal for Council to contribute $500 toward a food and shelter home was overturned 6 – 4.  

Council opposed Hon. Theo Davie’s proposed amendment to the Vancouver Charter. Davie’s amendment would have prevented Vancouver from building or developing City gas works, water works, electricity, railways, etc. unless they first purchased the assets of any company providing those services within the City of Vancouver.

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteers Rachel Tsui

original handwritten minutes:
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 402 – 412
to see original handwritten minutes for January 28, 1895 – click here

[Volume 6 page] 402

Vancouver January 28th 1895

The council met on Monday January 28th 1895.
Present His Worship, the Mayor, and Aldermen Shaw,
Coupland, Queen, Gallagher, McCraney, McPhaiden
Wm Brown, Bethune, Thomas and W.P. Brown.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopt-


From Oppenheimer Bros. protesting against the pro-
posed change of the fire limits.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From H.A. Bell making suggestions regarding help
for the unemployed.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Angus McDonald applying for reengage-
ment as electrical inspector.
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney,
That Angus McDonald be appointed electri
cal inspector for the City.

From the Secretary of the Library Board furnishing an-
nual Report.
From W.H. Goodwin, asking for the grading of a portion of Railway Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From W.H. Goodwin, quoting rates for the insurance
of the police force.
Referred to the Fire, Market & Police Committee
From Neville Smith, asking for a sidewalk on Bute St.
Referred to the Board of Works

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From A. McC. Creery etal, asking for a sidewalk on Beach
Referred to the Board of Works
From James Scott applying for a position on the Fire
Referred to the Fire, Market & Police Committee
From Wulffsohn & Bewicke, asking that the police pro-
tect their houses near the west end school.
Referred to the Fire, Market & Police Committee
From Geo Biggar, asking for the payment of insurance
premiums on certain members of the Police Force
Referred to the Fire, Market & Police Committee
From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric lights
From Davis, Marshall, MacNeill and Abbott claiming
damages on behalf of W.H. Mellish
for infringement of
wood contract.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From F. C. Cotton, drawing attention to the proposed amend-
ments to the City Charter.
Laid over for motions

From F.S. Barnard making an offer for lighting
the city.
Referred to the Water & Lights Committee

From F.S. Barnard making an offer for the Street Ry
to be laid on Hastings Street.
Referred to the finance committee.

From Jacob Eligh resigning his position as Police
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Queen
That his resignation be accepted

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From G.R. Gordon, Secretary of the School Board
asking that the sum of $51,652 be placed in this
year’s estimates for school purposes.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From Wm Lyman etal, asking for the opening up
of part of Barnard Street
Referred to the Board of Works

From A. M. Beattie, asking for assistance in carry-
ing out the terms of the market lease.
Referred to the Fire, Market, & Police Committee

From James Fleming, Secretary of the Nationalist
Association condemning the action of the Hon
the attorney General regarding the proposed amend
ments to the City Charter.
Laid over for Motions

The following reports were received and read-
Board of works.

The Board of Works met on Thursday January 24th 1895
Present the full board
From D. Gibbons, applying for the position of foreman of
one of the relief gangs when the works start up.
Laid over.

The petitions of I. Oppenheimer etal, asking for var
ious street improvements were all laid over un
til the estimates are considered.

From T.H. Condell, asking that the chain gang
be sent out to clear away the stumps and stones off
the sidewalk portion of the street facing his lots

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corner Columbia Street and 18th Avenue, and also
asking for grades.
That the chain gang be sent out as requested, and
that the matter of grades be referred to the City Engineer

The petitions of J.Z. Hall asking for a drain on Columbia
Street, and, also that of Milton Dick etal,asking that
10th Avenue West of Carolina street be graded were
laid over until the relief work is commenced.

From J. W. Horne etal asking that the easterly line of the
fire limits be changed back to the original line
namely on the line of the lane in the rear of Carrall
Street Lots on the the (sic) east side.
That this Board recommends that this petition
be granted subject to no old buildings being allowed to be
removed to the limits referred to in said petition and
all new buildings erected therein to be sanctioned by the
board of Works before erection will be permitted and
that a bylaw to provide for this change be introduced
and passed.

That the matter of J. McLuckie’s deposit for
depositing building material in front of the Garden
Block which he asked to be refunded to him be re-
ferred to the City Engineer to look into and make report.

That the letter of J. Devine regarding certain grades
on Westminster Avenue be referred to the City Solicitor
for an opinion, as to how far the City is liable.
That the lane in Block 13 D.L. 541 be planked with
old plank by day work.

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That the old sidewalk in front of the Arcade
building on Cambie Street be replaced by a sidewalk
of dressed lumber and that the W.A. Mace’s bond be

That the City Engineer be authorized to have [the]
ditch filled in at the City Hospital grounds
and that the chain gang be set to work to grade the
grounds lately fenced in.

That the finance Committee be requested
to place the sum of $5000 to the credit of this Board
for relief work namely one thousand dollars
for each ward.

That for the present the crushed rock be placed
on Howe Street
That tenders be called up to Thursday the 14th
Feb for two street sprinklers
The following tenders were awarded.
Lumber. G. Cassady & co.
Wire nails . Thos Dunn & Co.
Cut nails. Vancouver Hardware Co.

The following accounts were recommended for pay-
D. McGillivray Paving $307.27
B.C. M T& T Co. Supplies $7.27
W.L. Tait 87.17
Union S.S. Co. Boat Hire 8.00
D. Mckinnon supplies 60.00
sgd H.P.Shaw

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Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown.
Seconded by “ Shaw.
That the clause in reference to the delivery
of crushed rock on Howe Street be referred back to
the board for reconsideration

Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded “ Bethune
That the report, as amended be ad-

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday January
25th, 1895
Present the full Board
The following tenders were awarded:
Feed, Crowder & Penzer
Stationery Clarke & Stuart
Printing . News. Advertiser
This tender is accepted on condition that
all the work is done in the City, and that the tender
er be required to quote a rate for debentures in
quantities not exceeding 25.
General Groceries F. Filion
Green Groceries C.S. Philp
Fish A.M. Tyson
Fire Supplies (drugs) Chas. Nelson
Milk Bridge & Hunter
Advertising The World & News Advertiser
Wood Mrs. T.J.Janes
Burials C. B. Lockhart
Meat Laid over for explanations
Coal, Crowder & Penzer
Drugs Referred to the health committee

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Binding Tax books & assessment rolls, News Advertiser
Bread, tenders to be called again.
That all successful tenderers be required
to sign an agreement and put up a bond as a
guarantee for the proper fulfilment of the contracts

The following accounts were recommended for pay-
Legislative Assembly, Charter amendments $200.25
City Printing Works Supplies 6,00
From F. C Cotton MPP drawing attention to pro-
posed amendments to the City Charter
Laid over to be considered in open Council

From Davis, Marshall & McNeill, asking for a settle-
ment of the Gore Avenue question.
Laid over.

From Oppenheimer Brs., asking for the refund of taxes
claimed to be overpaid by them in D.L. 182.
Referred to the Assessor to get plan of the
CPR right of way through these lots.

From the Rev. C.J. Oleson claiming that he was
charged more than his proportion of the taxes
on lots 17 &18 block 103 D.L. 196
Referred to the assessor to adjust on the basis
of this years’ assessment.
From the manager of the Bank of Montreal claiming $15.00
for solicitor’s fees.
Referred to the City Treasurer to enquire into.

From the board of works, asking the finance committee
to appropriate $5000 for relief works.

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That one thousand dollars be appropriated for
each ward for the purposes mentioned

That the City’s bank account be transferred to the
Bank of B.N.A, and that the Mayor and City Clerk
be empowered to make whatever financial arrangements
that may be necessary with said bank for providing
funds for carrying on the city’s business pending
the collection of taxes.
D. McGillivray who was present promised to have the
cement stored on Alexander Street insured without

Sgd H.P. McCraney

Moved by Alderman Gallagher
Seconded by “ Coupland
That the clause in the report in reference to the
changing of the City’s bank account be referred back

The clause in reference to the awarding of the general grocery
contract was referred back.

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the report as amended
be adopted


Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Queen
That the following persons compose
the Free Library Board for 1895:- Alderman
Wm. Brown, J.M Duval, C.A. Coldwell, E. Odlum
Geo Walker, Wm Towler & R. Macpherson

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Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded by “ W.P. Brown
That the wages to be paid on relief work
be fixed at $1.75 all around.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Coupland
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That married men be paid $1.75 per day
single men $1.25 and Foremen $2.50
Amendment Carried

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ Wm Brown
That $500.00 be paid in the estimates for
a food & shelter home, as proposed by the Sal-
vation Army to erect in this city; said money to be
paid over on the completion of said food and
shelter home.

Ayes Aldermen Gallagher, Wm Brown, W.P. Brown
and Bethune.
Nays Aldermen Shaw, Coupland, Queen, McPhaiden
McCraney & Thomas.

Moved by Alderman Coupland
Seconded by “ Gallagher
That the City Clerk be instructed to
prepare a statement giving the names of all the
City Employees, placing each one in his de-
partment, the salary each one receives, and the
duties each one performs

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Bethune
That whereas a notice of motion has been
given by the Hon Theo Davie that he proposes

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to amend the Vancouver City Charter by adding a clause
which would practically have the effect of preventing the
City of Vancouver constructing and maintaining water, gas
or electric light works, street railways or tramways with
out first having purchased from any company operating
the above in the city all their plant and works.
And whereas the city at present has the power
granted by Charter to construct and maintain the above
works without first having purchased any existing
company’s works.
And whereas the Gas Company at present oper-
ating in the city are operating under an act of the
assembly passed in 1886 by which act they had
a monopoly granted them for five years from 1886
and no longer.
And whereas the Water Works company incor-
porated in 1886 has sold all its plant and works
to the city.
And whereas the Street Railway Company have a
contract at present with the city which contract con
tains terms as to the purchase of its property and
And whereas under the powers vested in the City
a by-law has been voted on to construct and main
tain an electric light plant in the city and a ques-
tion has arisen whether that by-law received a suf-
ficient number of votes to carry it under the pro-
visions of the Municipal Act and City Charter
and that question is still before the courts.

Be it resolved that as the terms of monopoly granted
the gas Co. has expired, that the water works
Cos works have been purchased by the City,
the street Railway Co is operating under an
agreement with the city, and the citizens have
voted on a bylaw to authorize the construction

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of electric lights works in the city and the question
whether that bylaw has received a sufficient
number of votes has still to be decided by the
courts the House of Representatives be urged not
to pass the proposed amendments into Law.
And that a delegation consisting of the
following: His Worship the Mayor, Aldermen
McCraney and Gallagher and such other parties
as the Mayor may select be requested to proceed
to Victoria and lay the matter before the Hon
Mr. Davie and the members of the House with the ob-
ject of preserving the interest of the citizens


Notice of Motion

Alderman D. McPhaiden gave notice that at the
next meeting of the council he will introduce a
bylaw for extending the time for the completion
of the Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley Railway and
for other purposes respecting the same.

The City Clerk furnished Alderman Gallagher
with a statement showing the amount of money
paid out on the Reservoir contract etc.

The Council then adjourned
Henry Collins

Thos McGuigan
City Clerk