Dominion Day Celebration Funds Reduced by $1,000 – June 15th 1896

Dominion Day Celebration Funds Reduced by $1,000 – June 15th 1896

A recommendation from the Police Committee that ex Chief McLean receive his regular salary for the period he was under investigation was challenged by two Aldermen but was eventually supported. The Police committee also approved $150 for jail facilities for female prisoners.

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteer Krystyna Richards

Illustration: CVA 589-07
Children Celebrating Dominion Day ca. 1896

Original handwritten minutes: COV Archives Series 31
Volume 7 pages 205 – 212

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Vol. 7 page 205 Vancouver June 15th 1896

The Council met on Monday June 15th 1896.

Present. His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, Schon, Banfield, McPhaiden, Clandenning, Brown, MacDonald, Bethune and Coldwell.
The Minutes of last meeting were read, and adopted.


From J. T. Brown, License Inspector referring back applications for Music Hall Licenses at the request of the License Commissioners.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

From J. W. Weart, Secy B.C. School of Mines asking for amendments to the Fire Limit By-Law to allow of the construction of a frame building on Lots 10 to 13. B.1. D.L 196.
Laid over until the return of the City Engineer.

From D. F. Lynch, advertising agent for Bond Bros. Circus, asking for the Recreation Grounds for Saturday the 20th inst.
Permission granted on condition that the grounds are left in as good a condition as they were before.

From Messrs Cowan, Shaw & Miller, Solicitors for Messrs Miller and Costello making an offer of Settlement for Market rent.
Laid over for one week.

From F. Salmon etal, asking that Albert Street be opened up.
Referred to the Board of Works

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From Robert Jamieson, Manager of the Vancouver Opera House, asking that a license be not-imposed on theatrical troupes and signifying his willingness to pay the yearly license.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From J. Buntzen, Business Manager of the Consolidated Railway Co. reporting that 62 new lights were started.

From Geo Bartley, Secretary of the Carnival Committee stating that they had almost completed arrangements for holding the sports.

From the Secretary of the School Board, asking that the Pound Keeper be instructed to keep cows & horses off the Fairview School grounds.
Referred to the Police Committee

From the Secretary of the School Board, asking what was being done towards extra appropriations for new school buildings.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From J. E. Parr, Architect, submitting a plan of the proposed Sullivan Building on Cordova Street and asking for a permit to proceed with construction.
Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That permission be granted subject to the approval of the City Engineer.

From Oben etal, asking for the opening up of Robson St in front of their premises.
Referred to the Board of Works.

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The following reports were received and read:-

Water & Market Committee

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday June 10th 1896.
Present, Aldermen Brown, Painter, Bethune and Clandenning.

It was resolved that the Indian Department be communicated with, with regard to the right of way through the Indian Reserve at the mouth of the Capilano River and that an offer be made to pay rent for the same from the date that the City took over the works from the Vancouver Water Works Company in February 1892.


From A. McKelvie etal, asking for water services on 10th & 11th Avs.
Laid over until the return of the City Engineer.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:- $
John Boyd & Co. Supplies 208.16
B.C.M.T & T Co. “ .69
J. Evans Horses 40.00
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 69.38
B.C.M.T. & T Co. “ 1.30
J. Miller “ 50.
J. Carnahan “ 3.
Geo Cassady & Co. “ 81.84
Albert Ufford “ 5.
Chas Nelson “ 3.25
Con Ry Co. “ 5.
Fred Allen. “ 25.73
McLennan & McFeely “ 15.35
Crowder & Penzer “ 5.40
Fire & Water “ 10.10
Clarke & Stuart “ 6.73

Sgd Wm Brown

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the Report be adopted.

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Board of Works

The Board of Works met on June 11th 1896.
Present Aldermen Painter, McPhaiden, Schon and Coldwell.


From H. Abbott re water from Cambie Street, discharging on the C.P.R track.
Referred to the Engineer to act upon his return.

From A. Whitter re public urinals.
Filed for future consideration.

From the R.C.P. Mills Co. asking for written permission to close up street at 8th Av. so as to fence in the dam.
Referred to the City Solicitor and City Engineer to act in conformity.

From S.K. Twigge re culvert at Beach Av. English Bay in front of his lots, asking that earth taken away from his premises be replaced.
Referred to Engineer to act upon on his return.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:- $
Thomas Dunn & Co. Supplies 85.75
Chas Nelson “ 7.50
S. Sheridan Alberni St 28.98
S. Sheridan Beatty St 89.95
J.C. Bishop Supplies .50
Crowder & Penzer “ 2.70
Thomas etal Labor 790.20

Sgd H.J. Painter,

Moved by Alderman Clandenning
Seconded by “ Brown

That the owner of the property on which the Grand Hotel is situated

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be required to give a bond saving the City harmless in case an accident occurs on the steps constructed on Cordova St leading to the said premises.

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Coldwell
That the Report, as amended be adopted.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday June 12th 1896.
Present the Full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:- $
Con Ry Co. Lights 48.64
News Advertiser Supplies 13.41
E. Shurgold Drayage .50


From the City Auditor reporting the City Accounts correct for April.

From the B.C. Iron Works Co and James Findlay asking for exemption from taxation.
Laid over.

From Robert Ward & Co asking for the renewal of the insurance on the City Market.
Resolved that the insurance on the Market Hall be reduced to $10000 and distributed as follows:- A.P Horne $2000, Ceperley & Co $4000 and Robert Ward & Co $4000.

A deputation waited on the Committee and asked that Mr J.P Lawson, lately deceased, be given a civic funeral.
It was resolved that Mr Lawson be given a civic funeral, the expenses not to exceed $100 and that the firemen and policemen

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be asked to attend in uniform.

Sgd J.J. Banfield

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.

Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday June 9th 1896.
Present Aldermen Coldwell, McPhaiden, MacDonald and Painter.


From Wm. Greer re clothes stolen.

From the City Solicitor advising that ex Chief of Police McLaren was entitled to his salary while he was under suspension.
Resolved that he be paid two months’ salary that being the period he was under suspension.

From the Secretary of the Fire Underwriters, asking that lanes and back yards in the business portion of the City be cleaned up otherwise the insurance rates will be raised.
Matter already attended to.

From S. North, Chain Gang guard, asking for a suit of plain clothes.
Resolved that he be provided with a $15.00 suit of plain clothes.

From the Secretary of the Board of Works furnishing a plan of the proposed addition to the jail for female prisoners, estimated cost $150.
Resolved that an addition be built to the jail for female prisoners, at a cost of about $150.

Applications for the position of Special Constable were received and referred to Council to make the appointment.

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Resolved that a net be purchased for dog catching.

Resolved that the City Pound be the pound for dogs.

Resolved that Geo Eldon be sworn in as a Special Constable without salary to assist the City Special Constable in the Park.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Champion & White. Supplies 2.00
News Advertiser. Ads. 3.24
C.F. Foreman. Supplies 0.48
J.C. Woodrow. “ 19.25
McLennan & McFeely. “ 2.
Fred Allen. “ 115.87
Thos. Dunn & Co. “ 15.78
C.S. Philp. “ 7.40
J. Dodson. “ 20.37
C.F. Foreman. “ 39.70
Geo. Cassady & Co. “ 2.67

Sgd. C.A. Coldwell

Moved by Alderman MacDonald
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.

Moved in amendment that the Clause in reference to the payment of ex Chief of Police McLaren be referred back so that the opinion of another solicitor may be obtained.
Amendment lost:

Yeas Aldermen Brown, and Bethune

Nays Aldermen Painter, Schou, Banfield, McPhaiden, Clandenning, MacDonald and Coldwell.

Motion carried.

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Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That a By-Law be introduced to amend the Trades License By-Law.

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

Unfinished business

The applications for the position of Special Policeman were received and referred back to the Police Committee to make the appointment.


Moved by Alderman Clandenning.
Seconded by “ Painter
That the following account be paid:-
Con Ry Co. Street Lights $1874.50

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ Brown
That the Resolution passed on the 28th of April 1896 granting a sum of $5000 towards the Carnival Celebration be rescinded and in lieu thereof a sum of $4000 be granted on the terms of that resolution and $1000 applied for the celebration of Dominion Day 1896.

Reconsideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the By-Law to amend By-Law no. 177 be reconsidered and finally passed and be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto. Carried

The Council then adjourned.