Letter from G. Griffith re the excavations at the corner of Pender & Seymour and Pender & Richards was referred to the Street Inspector. Illustration shows Pender & Seymour intersection at 1888.

$147 granted to Board of Works for clearing away rocks near new bathing sheds on English Bay.  City will reimburse private parties putting down cement sidewalks at the rate of 7 cts per square foot for cement and thirty five cents per linear foot for granite curbs laid.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Gerald Soon
Illustration: Vancouver City Archives Hot P26 –
[Exterior of Windsor Hotel northwest corner of Seymour and Pender Streets]

Original handwritten minutes COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 492-499


Vancouver July 24th 1893

The Council met on Monday July 24th 1893.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Anderson, Collins, Hackett, Cargill, McCraney, Hobson, Franklin, Brown and Fowler.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

From Mr J.J. Blake, Solicitor for Messrs Meytzer and Liberty stating that if the Council did not make ample reparation to his clients for the publication of a certain card in reference to their house they would proceed as advised to right themselves.

From Robert Campbell asking the Council to decide either one way or another in reference to his claim.
The communication was ordered to be filed and the Clerk was instructed to read no others from Mr. Campbell on the subject.

From A.M. Beattie in reference to the establishment of a Market Day.
Referred to the Police Committee

From John Brenton, Health Inspector asking to be informed whether the City is compelled to vent the Public Sewers.
Referred to the Health Committee

From John Brenton stating that he would wipe out the ordinary wash houses scattered over the City if he could get the necessary assistance. Filed

From E.J.Clark asking for a reply to his several communications regarding the reconveyance of “Clark’s Park”
Referred to the City Clerk to reply to.


From G.W. Hobson, Secretary of the Underwriters asking to be furnished with a copy of the Electric Wiring By-Law and asking what are the Duties of the Inspector of Electric Wiring.

The City Clerk was instructed to furnish him with a type written copy of the By-Law required, wherein all information asked for is given.

From Wm Farrell stating that in the event of the city purchasing the assets of the Vancouver Elec Ry & L. Co he was prepared to take the bonds at 95 delivered free from Stamp Duty and all other charges in London.


From James & Richards asking to be advised if there would be an extension of time for paying taxes with rebate.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday July 21st 1893. All of the members being present:-
It was recommended:-
1. That the Board of Works be granted $147.14 for clearing the rocks away from the beach in the Vicinity of the bathing sheds on English Bay.
2. That the following accounts be paid:-

Thos Dunn & Co               supplies       $2.30
The Telegraph T & T Co   “                  67.40
M.A. McLean.                   Law Costs   18.00
J.J. Banfield                       Insurance    20.50

sgd R.A. Anderson
The report was adopted on motion of Alderman Collins seconded by Alderman Fowler.


F.W.& L. Committee
The F.W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday July 19th 1893.
Present – Aldermen Franklin, Hackett, Fowler and Salsbury.
It was recommended:-
1. That T. A. Tidy be appointed driver at $55.00 per month. A.G. Evans, hoseman at No 1 fire hall at $55.00 per month and that Thos. Whiston be transferred to Mount Pleasant Fire Hall at his own request at $55.00 per month.
2. That the submerged main be laid by day labor.
3. That the communication from F.S. Dobson re suspended pipe across the narrows be referred to the City Engineer to report at next meeting.
4. That J. Moran be granted ten days leave of absence and if he wishes to extend the time he must provide a substitute at his own expense.
5. That the following accounts be paid:-
Wellington Coal Yards Coal $6.72
Thos. Dunn & Co. supplies 20.77
M.L. Lloyd Hack 7.50
Thos. Veitch Teaming 30.50
C.F. Foreman Supplies 3.05
Market Hardware Store “ 2.95
Creamer & Langley “ 6.62
Davidson Bros. “ 1.50
McLennan & McFeely “ 8.55
B.F. Heney Repairs 3.75
W.E. Drake Supplies 100.80
John McHardy freight 2.35
Union S.S. Co. 11 ½ scows of water 287.50
B.C.M.T & T. Co. Lumber 3.88
Van Elec Ry & L. Co Lights 1445.80
I Forbes Shoes 4.00
Atkins & Atkins Drugs 14.47
James Cruchan Scavengering 1.50
C.F. Foreman Supplies 6.90
W. Hooper etal. Labor 560.50
sgd J.L. Franklin, Chairman


Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Fowler
That a Clause be added to the Report to the effect that four of the members of the Committee agreed to lay the submerged main by day labor.

The Report as amended was adopted on motion of Alderman Franklin seconded by Alderman Fowler.

Health Committee
The Health Committee met on Friday July 21st 1893 all of the members being present;
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
W. Macy Repairs to Crematory $95.90
W.A. McIntosh & Co supplies 57.96
Thos Dunn & Co “ 1.25
B.C.M.T.&T. Co. “ 78.74
F.W. Hart “ 15.90
Champion & White Scavengering 4.00
Skinner & Co. Supplies 5.70
Davidson Bros. “ 17.00
Wellington Coal Yards “ 59.67
Davis & Taylor Printing etc 61.33
F.W. Hart Supplies 94.25
C.F. Foreman “ 116.79
Philp Bros “ 33.11
News. Advertiser “ 14.00
Shelton & Co “ 15.00
Crowder & Penzer “ 5.00
Stevens & son “ .95
Atkins & Atkins “ 92.07
Herrist & Co “ 63.64
McLennan & McFeely “ 74.63
W. Kirby Drayage 0.50 cts
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 52.87
J.P. Blake Bread 23.24


2. That the City Clerk be instructed to inform Wm Smith, Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries that a thoroughly qualified physician can be engaged to attend sick seamen in the City Hospital for about $400.00 a year.
3. That Mrs Windebaud be appointed cook at the City Hospital in place of Mrs Griffin resigned, at a salary of $30.00 a month dating from the time of her appointment by the Matron.
4. That S Tallman be awarded the contract for curtain alteration to the City Hospital for the sum of $35.00.
sgd Henry Collins
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Brown.
That the Report be adopted

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday July 28th 1893
All of the members being present:
It was recommended:-
1. That the Communication from John Devine re filling in front of his residence on 6th Av be referred to the City Engineer; also the communication from J. Addison etal asking for a sewer in Section St.
2. That the Communication from G. Griffith re the excavations at the corner of Pender & Seymour and Pender & Richards be referred to the Street Inspector; also the Communications from A. Gaussean asking for the cutting down of a cedar tree of 5th Av near Columbia St.
3. That the Street Inspector be authorized to do such burning as is necessary on Crescent Grove as mentioned in his report.
4. That Thos M. Thomas, Contractor for the grading on Westminster Av be notified to proceed with the work without delay.


5. That the Finance Committee be requested to furnish this Board with the balance of the appropriation of $500.00 originally asked for in connection with the bathing sheds namely $147.14 with a view to clearing away rocks and rubbish from the beach.
6. That the board recommends that in future the City will pay private parties putting down cement sidewalks in accordance with the specifications on file at the City Engineer’s office at the rate of 7 cts per square foot for cement and thirty five cents per linear foot for granite curbs laid and that the deposits held on tenders sent in be returned to the tenderers.
7. That the following accounts be paid:-
Evans, Coleman & Evans Sewer pipe $356.24
John Potter Fixing manholes 14.00
H.T. Adams Bathing sheds, etc 488.49
H. Morell Pacific St 29.31
E.C. Britton 6th Av 143.46
C.G. Garrison Jackson Av 50.88
H.B. Connacher Dufferin St 163.36
E. Clough 8th Av Drayage 4.00
H.B. Connacher 8th Av 2.07
D. Gibbons 6th “ 360.
W.H. Kendall Crushed rock 2444.22
Thos Veitch del. “ “ 762.33
D. McGillivray Street paving etc. 4163.31
H. Lomas etal Labor 556.20
sgd H.P. McCraney
The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman Hackett seconded by Alderman Brown.

Police Committee
The Police Committee met on Tuesday July 18th 1893
Present – Aldermen Fowler, Hackett & Hobson
It was recommended
1. That the following accounts be paid:-


Gurney Cab Co Cab .50 cts
Robert Clark Supplies $1.00
Philp Bros “ 12.29
C.F. Foreman “ 27.36
G.L. Allan “ 1.25
John McClaren Ry fares 4.25
J.P. Blake Supplies 15.60
W.A. McIntosh “ 16.90
2. That the Market By-Law be amended to Change the time for remaining on the Market from 11 A. M. to 9.30 P.M.
sgd Wm Fowler

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Collins
That the Report be adopted with the exception of the Clause relating to the Market. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Brown
That the time for receiving the taxes to gain the rebate be extended to the 1st of September including said date.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by “ Cargill
That the Van Elec R & Light Co Guarantee By-Law be read a second time.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Fowler
Seconded by Alderman Hobson..
That the By-Law be read a Month’s hence.
Amendment carried, Motion Lost.


Notices of Motion
Alderman Collins gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce a motion to appoint Commissioners to take charge of the Street Railway and Electric Light Plant etc providing the purchase By-Law carries.

Alderman Fowler gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce the following:-
(1) A By-Law for the purchase of the assets of the Vancouver Electric Railway & Light Co Ltd.
(2) A By-Law to amend the Market By-Law
(3) A resolution for a return of the names of all persons employed by the City in departmental works.
The Council then adjourned.

F. Cope

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk.

Tax rebate deadline extended to September 1st – July 24, 1893