Properties to be sold for back taxes – March 2, 1896

Exterior of Mainland Feed Store 929 Westminster Ave., 1896

A by-law was introduced to sell properties on which the taxes are two years in arrears. Council replied to a letter from New Westminster City Council saying Vancouver supported a bridge across the Fraser River, provided it was to be a passenger as well as a railway bridge. The manager of the Opera House was notified not to post any advertising on City Market Property.

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Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives reference number AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-2243
Exterior of Mainland Feed Store and Chop Mills at 929 Westminster Avenue (Main Street)

Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 7 pages 69 – 78
to see original handwritten minutes for this date, click here: part one | part two

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Vancouver March 2nd 1896

The Council met on Monday March 2nd 1896.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Painter, Banfield, Schon, Clandenning, McPhaiden, Brown, MacDonald, Bethune and Coldwell.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From Geo. E. Kyle etal asking that that 8th Ave be opened up.
Referred to the Board of Works

From the Secretary of the Free Library asking for an appropriation of $3600.
Laid over to be considered with estimates

From W. F. Salsbury, Secretary of the Smelter Committee asking the Council to appoint two Aldermen to represent them on the Committee.
Moved by Alderman Clandenning
Seconded by “ Bethune

That Aldermen Brown and Shaw be appointed on the committee.

From John Campbell giving notice of appeal against the Assessment of Hon F. G. Vernon.

From A. G. Ferguson stating that he would be happy to assist the City Engineer in preparing a plan of Stanley Park.

From the Secretary to the Lieut. Governor acknowledging receipt of resolution re payment of chronic patients in City Hospital.

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From the Chief of Police reporting that the loss of £9, 10 taken from one Kirkwood and from Kirkwood’s solicitor demanding payment of same.
Referred to the Police Committee

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

From Wilson and Campbell, Solicitors for the Licensed Victuallers Association asking for the reduction of all liquor licenses.
Laid over to be considered with estimates

From R. W. Kimmond & Co asking the City to alter the eastern boundary of the fire limits to 100 feet east of Columbia Avenue.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Charles Rannie, Bandmaster asking for a appropriation of $250 to purchase uniforms for the band.
Laid over for estimates

From J. Buntzen, Secretary of the Consolidated Railway & Light Co offering to light the City for ten years 31 ½ ¢ per light [per night?] unreadable.
Referred to the Light Committee

From W. E. Johnston furnishing a list of those who paid Poll Tax in 1894 & 1895.
Referred to the Finance Committee

The following reports were received and read:

Water and Market Committee
The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday February 26th 1896.
Present: the full Board

From the City Clerk, New Westminster enclosing a copy of Market regulations.
Filed for reference

From the creditors of the reservoir contractors asking the Council to appoint a special committee to be composed of three or more members of the Council, the President of the Board of Trade, and the

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President of the Trades and Labour Council to examine into the facts and report to the Council.

Moved by Alderman Painter that the matter be referred to a special committee as requested, the Committee to appointed by the Council and the City Solicitor to act on the Committee.
Aldermen Painter, Schou, Bethune, and Clandenning voted for the motion. Aldermen Brown against.

It was resolved that the water meter register book to be given to the News Advertiser.

It was resolved that the Manager of the Opera House be notified that no bills will be allowed to be posted on the Market Building or premises.

The foreman’s report was read and filed.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies $12.00
W. L. Tait & Son “ 36.90
Clarke & Stuart “ 4.49
Thos Veitch Teaming 39.52
B. C. Mills T & S Co “ 9.76
G. W. Thomas Labor 12.30
W. Hooper etal Labor 456.75

Sgd Wm Brown

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the clause in the Water Works Committee’s report re the appointment of a mixed Committee to consider the claims of certain parties who furnished labor and supplies to the reservoir contractors be struck out and the petition asking for said appointment filed.

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

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Health Committee
The Health Committee met on Wednesday February 26th 1896.
Present: the full Board

From Dr. Bell-Irving and Sister Frances reporting Mrs. Richardson sick and in a destitute condition and asking the City to pay $5.00 a week while she is in St. Luke’s Home as long as it is necessary to do so provided the time not exceed one month.

From W. S. Wiffen and Oppenheimer Bros etal asking for an extension of time to allow them to put their property on Dupont Street into a sanitary condition in pursuance of the order of the Council dated February 3rd 1896 that the time be extended from the 3rd of March to the 3rd of May 1896.

From Leeming, Miles & Co, Montreal offering special rates on diphtheria antitoxic serum.

Filed for reference

From the Coroner asking the Council to provide an ambulance to convey the dead and injured to the City Hospital.
Laid over for estimates

From Thos Beckett asking for a raise of wages.
Laid over for estimates

From the Health Inspector furnishing report.

From J. T. Brown furnishing monthly report.

The following tenders were received for plumbing at the City Hall.
McIntyre & Barr 56.50
M. S. Rose 57.
S. A. Wye 44.00

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Resolved that the tender of W. S. Rose be recommended for acceptance.

Resolved that Aldermen McPhaiden, McDonald and Banfield be appointed a committee to report upon the utility of the old wing to the City Hospital as a women’s ward.

The following accounts were ordered to be paid:
W. J. McGuigan Inquests etc $25.00
Leatherdale & Co Hack Hire etc 7.
J. Carnahan Scavengering 1.
Clarke & Stuart Supplies 2.90
Champion & White Scavengering 3.75
Thos Dunn & Co Supplies 35.94
D. Bell-Irving Health ex 10.
E. Hudson Labor 1.87
R. Campbell Supplies 9.
C. F. Foreman “ 32.
Alex McDonald “ 15.
C. S. Philp “ 9.37
Crowder & Penzer “ 43.92
C. Nelson “ 17.23
Crowder & Penzer “ 6.50
Weeks & Robson “ 9.
Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 4.50
C. Nelson “ 53.35

Sgd D. McPhaiden

Moved by Alderman McDonald
Seconded by “ Painter
That the report be adopted

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday February 27th 1896.
Present: the full Board
Mr. Blackmore, architect submitted the plans of the “Griffith Block” to be erected on Cordova Street for approval.
Plans approved being found to comply with the requirements of the Fire Limit By Law.

A number of requests for street improvements were laid over until the Board knows how much money they will have to spend.

From E. Cook re sewerage accommodation for new Const. Twigge Block, Water Street.
Referred to the Engineer

From Emma Gold etal asking to be allowed to put down a crossing opposite the Grotto Inn, Water Street at their own expense.

From Fred Allen Asking for opening of Bidwell Street north of Georgia Street to his warehouse.
Referred to officer in charge of chain gang.

Resolved that the contractors for Bute Street sidewalk be notified to lay a small piece of 6 ft walk on Haro Street on north side from Thurlow St at same rate as their contract price for Bute Street.

Resolved that the Engineer see about getting the CPR track at fountain site planked.

Resolved that this Board recommends that the City Clerk be instructed to write to the City Clerk of New Westminster in reply to the correspondence to the effect that this Council approves of the action of the New Westminster City Council in reference to the construction of a bridge across the Fraser River provided the bridge be made a combined traffic and railway bridge.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Clarke & Stuart Supplies $3.28
J. D. Fraser Bridge St 307.07
Denton & Sheridan Jervis St 63.30
E. Clough Express 3.
B. C. Mills Supplies .80
Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies 1.60

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Thos Thomas etal Labor $630.30

Sgd H.P. Shaw

Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by “ Coldwell
That the report be adopted

Finance Committee

Finance Committee met on Friday February 28th 1896.
Present: the full Board
The following accounts were recommended for payment:
H. Mutrie Balance of Salary $30.
C. L. Brown “ “ 30.
Deputation to Victoria 96.
G. Griffith etal Reception to Station Officers 79.


From W.F. Salsbury enclosing a report from the Smelter Committee and asking that the sum of $500 be placed at its disposal to provide a fund to cover initial expenses.
Resolved that his request be granted.

From J. C. McKae, Chief of Police, Winnipeg, stating that no monies were paid to ex Sergeant Haywood in connection with the Farr case.
The City Clerk was instructed to telegraph to the Chief of the Provincial Police and ask what remuneration was paid by the Province to Haywood.

From McPhillips and Williams asking what course the Council intended to pursue regarding the settlement of the Haywood case.
Referred to the Chairman to interview Solicitor Williams on the subject.

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From the City Engineer reporting on proposed improvements in Stanley Park and asking for an appropriation.
Laid over to be considered with estimates

From Archie Robinson, Market Clerk, submitting the names of Geo Freiman and Joseph Crawford as his bondsmen.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From the Vancouver Gas Co and the Telephone Co giving notice of appeal from the decision of the Court of Revision.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Wm Smith Deputy Minister of Marine and Fisheries asking what the assessable value of Foreshore rights, asked for by Messrs Oppenheimer Bros Ltd would be from lots 24 to 36 Block 23, D. L. 196.
Referred to the Foreshore Committee

From the Vancouver Improvement Co asking for the unexpended balance of the $100 put up for the purchase of ends of lots in Block 48, D. L. 181.
Referred to the City Solicitor for report

Resolved that the City Solicitor be paid the same salary as he received previous to his resignation.

Sgd J. J. Banfield

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ Brown
That the report be adopted

Fire & Police Committee

The Fire and Police committee met on Tuesday February 25th 1896.
Present: Aldermen Coldwell, McPhaiden, McDonald & Shaw
The following accounts were recommended for payment:

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W. C. Marshall Hack hire 5.04
M. P. Morris Interpreting $6.00
Lee & Stewart Hack hire 5
Clark & Stuart Supplies 3
E. M. McDonough “ 6
Adam Hicks Hack hire 1.50


From R. H. Cooke offering to take charge of the chain gang for $50 per month.

From the City Solicitor submitting a draft of the new contract for hiring for the police force.

Resolved that the contract be approved that all previous contracts with the Police Force be cancelled and that each officer be required to sign new contracts according to the form now approved.

Resolved that a safe be purchased for the police station and twelve chairs for the Fire Department.

Resolved that the salary of J. A. Grady be fixed for the present at $60.00 per month dating from the time of his appointment by the Council.

Resolved that each of the Police officers appointed last year receive the usual advance of $10.00 per month after they have served one year such time to date from their temporary appointment.

Sgd C.A. Coldwell

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the report be adopted

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Introduction of By Laws

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the By Law to regulate boulevards and shade trees be introduced and read a first time.


Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by Clandenning
That notice be given to all owners of property in arrears two years for taxes that their properties will be sold at a tax sale to be held the end of August 1896 unless their taxes be sooner paid.

The Council then adjourned

Henry Collins

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk