Council Divided on Funds for Swimming Facilities – June 14, 1897

Council Divided on Funds for Swimming Facilities – June 14, 1897

Council partially approved a request from the Queen’s Jubilee Committee to fund swimming facilities and a park on English Bay. The Committee requested $5,000 but only $2,000 was eventually approved. (Photo shows English Bay four years later, in 1901.) Council planned to travel to Victoria to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and then to Bellingham to celebrate the 4th of July.

These minutes were transcribed in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Leah Minuk

Illustration Source:of Vancouver Archives
CVA 242-10.11 – [People at] English Bay

Text Source: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 7 pages 612- 623

To see or download photos of the original handwritten minutes for June 14, 1897, click on the buttons below (four parts):

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Vancouver June 14th 1897

The Council met on Monday June 14th 1897.

Present – Aldermen Painter, McQueen, Neelands, Clandenning, McPhaiden, Brown, W.S. MacDonald, D.G. McDonald and Coldwell.

Moved by Alderman Coldwell
Seconded by “ McPhaiden.

That Alderman McQueen be appointed Chairman.



From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.

From Mayor Redfern of Victoria inviting the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver to be present in his City to assist in celebrating the Queens Diamond Jubilee.

Moved by Alderman Coldwell,
Seconded by “ Clandenning.

That the invitation be accepted with thanks.


From W.J. Gillepsie, City Hall Clerk of Blaine extending to the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver a cordial invitation to attend the 4th of July celebration to be held in said City on the 3rd of July.

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ W.S. MacDonald.

That the invitation be accepted with thanks.


From Admiral Palliser stating that he would bring the Flagship and such other ships of the squadron as would be available to Vancouver to assist in celebrating the 1st and 2nd of July.

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Moved by Alderman W.S. MacDonald
Seconded by “ McPhaiden.

That the City Clerk be instructed to acknowledge the receipt of the communication and thank the Admiral on behalf of the Mayor and Council.


From McLean and Oakley, Toronto asking the Council to reconsider the matter of a bonus for a bicycle factory.

Finance Filed

From Dr. J. M. McLean thanking the Council for his appointment as Medical Health Officer.


From F. L. Prior asking for improvements on 10th Av West.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Geo Thorpe asking for the position of Special Police at the Beach.

Referred to the Police Committee.

From L. J. Cady asking that the brush be cut on 5th Av East.

Referred to the Board of Works

From John Mahoney etal drawing attention to the dangerous condition of streets in Ward 4 owing to the sidewalks being moved out.

Referred to the Board of Works

From Geo Bartley, Secretary of the Citizen Committee asking the Council to appropriate $1000 for the 1st of July celebrations.

Referred to the Finance Committee

From Geo Bartley, Secretary of the Celebrations Committee asking the City to fix up the Cambie Street Recreation Grounds for the 1st and 2nd of July.

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Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ McPhaiden

That the City Engineer have the Cambie Street Recreation Ground cleaned up by the Chain Gang, as requested by the Celebrations Committee.


From Lt. Col Worsnop stating that the City Band had intimated their willingness to become connected with the 2nd Battallion [sic] as Regimental Band, and asking for the consent and approval of the City Council.

A deputation was heard in support of the communication which was finally referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Secretary of the Sons of England asking that the Police be allowed to head the procession on Sunday next and assist in keeping order during the service which which [sic] will be held in the grounds opposite the Hotel Vancouver.

Moved by Alderman Clandenning.
Seconded by Alder McPhaiden

That as many of the Police as possible be detailed to head the Sons of England procession and to preserve order and that the Council attend in a body.


From Wm Lyman stating that the B.C. Electricity Co had refused to give transfers of the City System to Westminster and Vancouver Tramway System and vice versa.

Moved by Alderman Brown,
Seconded by “ D. G. MacDonald

That the City Solicitor be instructed to write to the Company and ask why they have not complied with the terms of their agreement with the City.


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The following Reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday June 11th 1897.
Present the full Board excepting Alderman Clandenning.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Armstrong and Morrison Pipes $2067.90

News Advertiser Supplies 56.37

C.P.R. Telegraph Co. Telegrams 8.74

Telephone. Rents 36.86


From the City Clerk stating that J. W. Oldfield had submitted the name of James Borland instead of Mrs. Cook as his bondsman.

Change approved.

From the British Columbia Electric Railway Company Ltd furnishing complimentary tickets to the Mayor, Aldermen and certain City Officials.

Resolved that they be requested to furnish passes to the following officials under the terms of their agreement with the City:-

R. Marrion, Health Inspector, Wm Sutherland, Revenue Tax Collector, J. T. Brown, License Inspector, S. Madison, Water Works Foreman, J. Stewart and J. Avison, Water Works Turnkeys and J. Romang, Assistant to Engineer.

From Chas. Hill Tout, Hon Secy. Queen’s Jubilee Committee asking the council to furnish $5000 for clearing the beach on English Bay for bathing purposes and a portion of the adjoining land for a Park, and $2000 for bathing purposes on False Creek in the East End.

Resolved that the Council be asked to submit a By-Law for $5000 for clearing a Beach

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and Park on English Bay to be known as the Victorian Beach and Recreation Grounds.

From J.M. Miller of San Francisco asking the Council to subscribe for copies of the Overland Monthly Magazine.


Sgd James McQueen

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ W.S. MacDonald.

That the clause in the Report be adopted as read.

Moved in amendment by Alderman D. G. McDonald,
Seconded by “ Coldwell

That $2000 be inserted in the report for bathing sheds on False Creek in the East End.

Moved by Alderman Brown,
Seconded by “ McPhaiden

As an amendment to the amendment, that the whole clause in reference to a grant of $5000 be struck out.

Amendment to the amendment lost; Amendment carried.

Moved by Alderman Painter,
Seconded by “ Neelands.

That the report as amended be adopted.


Water and Market Committee

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday June 9th.
Present the full Board.

It was resolved to allow H. T. Hawson a rebate of $10.00 on the rent of the Market Hall provided he uses it for five nights.


From A. Prefrontaine et al asking for a water service on the Park Road.

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Resolved that they can have a water supply under the ordinary conditions.

From T. P. Bishop etal asking for a water supply at the Cemetery.

The Cemetery being above the level of the Reservoir it is impossible to get a water supply from the City service.

The following tenders for alterations to the Market Shed were received:-

D. M. Fraser & Co. $825

D. J. McPhalen 623

R. H. Cook 612

It was resolved to award the contract to R. H. Cook, his tender being the lowest.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies $ 4.98

Brockman & Ker “ 31.57

City Grocery “ 4.43

James Carnahan Scavengering 4.50

Robertson & Hackett Supplies 55.25

John Boyd & Co. “ 9.22

B. C. M. T. & T. Co. “ 23.68

S. Madison “ 8.60

Payroll Labor 917.60

Sgd Wm Brown

Moved by Alderman Brown,
Seconded by “ Painter

That the Report be adopted


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Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday, June 8th 1897.
Present Aldermen Coldwell, Painter, McPhaiden and W. S. MacDonald.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

H. P. Dunn & Co. Supplies $31.28

C. Casselman. “ 8.95

S. James. Interpreting 8.

Vancouver Transfer Co. Drayage 2.50

Ths H Butler. Disbursements 5.05

D. J. McPhalen. Labor 68.06

Hicks Bros. Hack hire 3.25

M. P. Morris. Interpreting 4.

J. Dodson. Supplies 12.70

Provincial Govt. Boarding prisoners 9.00

M. E. McLean Supplies 3.75

Can Gen’l Electric. “ 22.50

City Treasurer Transportation 10.20

C. S. Phelps Supplies 4.66

John Currell “ 2.25

Rubinowitz & Co. “ 2.60

City Grocer Co. “ 34.17

B. C. M. T. & T. Co “ 8.02

W. A. Cumyow. Interpreting 4.00

Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies 9.83


From Robt. T. Burtwell applying for the position of Special Constable at English Bay Beach.


From the Chief of Police asking that the holding of the Police Court be changed from 10 am to 3 P.M.

Request Granted.

From the Chief of Police asking that the Chain Gang Guard be furnished with a working suit of clothes.

Request granted cost not to exceed $15.00 purchase to be made by the Chairman of Chief of Police.

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From the Attorney General stating that prisoners in the Provincial Jail could not be boarded for less than 50 cts a day.


From J. A. Coldwell complaining about cottage no. 331 Harris Street.


Resolved that 100 copies of the Police Resolutions be printed.

Resolved that the Chairman and Chief Carlise [sic] purchase sufficient paint for Fire Hall No 2.

Sgd C. A. Coldwell

Moved by Alderman Painter Coldwell
Seconded by “ Coldwell. McPhaiden

That the Report be adopted.


Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 10th of June 1897.

Present Aldermen Painter, McQueen, McPhaiden and W. S. MacDonald.


From R. Balfour submitting a report on the Granville Street Bridge span, also from the City Engineer reporting on condition of the various bridges also from owners of “ Tepic” re width of opening of span at Granville Street Bridge suggesting that it be increased in length and width.

Resolved that tenders be called up to 4 P.M. on Thursday the 24th inst for certain repairs to all the City bridges crossing False Creek.

From W. G. Tretheway asking for a sidewalk at Block 338 Fairview to 7th Av.

Referred to Alderman Coldwell

From J. O. Flynn and others asking for grading on [Cedar?] Street and walk on 8th Av.

Referred as to the grading to officer in charge

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of chain gang, the sidewalks to be considered later.

From John Dougall asking that walks fronting on S. W. corner of Robson & Seymour Streets be moved out opposite new houses.

Referred to Alderman Neelands

From H. Abbott stating that the C. P. R. Co would hold the City responsible if damage were done to C. P. R. track through proposed floodgate under trestle at Water Street.

Filed for reference, it being decided not to put in the floodgate.

From R. Marrion suggesting single dressed box drains to take away slops etc from houses facing on Gore Avenue in Block 104. DL. 196 as there is no sewer.

Referred to the Engineer to examine report.

From R. Marrion stating that the building moved from Sam Kee’s premises back of Ah Mook’s was not placed as originally ordered and several unsanitary structures had been left which should have been removed.

Referred to Mr. Marrion to see that the original instructions are carried out.

From T. A. Fee re condition of Broughton Street and lane and asking for some improvements.

Laid over.

From E J. McFeely asking permission to make certain alterations and additions to his building on Lot 33 Block 14. D. L. 196 and asking that the Fire Limit By-Law be temporarily suspended.

Assent to Ry (railway) By-Law.

From J. R. Webster asking that the stone trough lying on Georgia St. be set up near corner of Drake and Granville Streets.

Resolved that the Engineer be instructed

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to have the trough put in on Granville Street opposite the old Colonial Hotel at the earliest opportunity.

From W. A. Campbell complaining of smell from old fire tank on Prior Street, and also from the open ditch.

Resolved that this fire tank be filled in, as soon as possible, engineer to see where the filling can best be attained.

From J. Barnett etal asking for a new sidewalk on Keefer Street between Heatley Avenue and Campbell Avenue.

Laid over till next meeting

From J. W. Garvin asking to be allowed to keep the fence he has built up to sidewalk on Thurlow Street until he gets his grass to grow.

Resolved that he be informed that the whole of the fencing encroaching on the street must be moved away by the 1st of October next.

From Chubb & Stewart asking permission to put up a corrugated iron addition one story high, 25 ft. long in rear of their premises on Cordova St.

Resolved that they be informed that their request cannot be granted as it would be a contravention of the Fire Limit By-Law.

From R. Marrion reporting on the need for a lane in Block 100 D. L. 196 between Barnard and Prior Streets east of Heatley Avenue

Resolved that the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare the necessary By-Law for this purpose with a view to expropriating sufficient land at the rear of the lots to furnish the lane required provided such expropriation shall not entail any cost on the City.

Resolved that the contractors for foot walk

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and other repairs at Granville Street Bridge be given an estimate on the work subject to the Engineer’s approval as to the amount.

Resolved that the City Solicitor report as to whether it is the City’s duty to notify the owners of the wharf at the foot of Abbott Street as to the unsafe condition.

Resolved that the Treasurer be authorized to return the deposit of the contractor for the proposed floodgate at Water Street.

The matter of the delivery of crushed rock on the streets was again discussed at length but no decision arrived at as to the letting of the Contract.

The following tenders for the grading of a portion of Cordova Street east were received and opened:-

T. H. Boyd $ 580

A. Balkwill 599

A. D. McDonald 575

J. Allen & Co. 875

T. P. Stretch 1057

Resolved that none of the above tenders be accepted and that the Treasurer be authorized to return the deposits the tenders being considered too high.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

H. P. Dunn & Co. $ 104.47

B. C. Mills & Co. 255.13

B. C. Elect Ry. 7.

J. Stark .80

Ths H Gibbons 400.

J. Grady .35

Robertson & Hackett 84.67

T. Elkins etal 841.65

Sgd H. J. Painter

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Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ Clandenning

That the Report be adopted


Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman W. S. MacDonald

Seconded by “ Clandenning

That a By-Law be introduced to authorize the opening up of a lane in Block 108. D. L. 1960.


The by-Law was introduced and read a first time.

The Council then adjourned

W Templeton

Ths. F. McGuigan
City Clerk