Streetcars coming to Granville, Hastings streets, but not to Robson – March 4, 1895

The Finance Committee was authorized to arrange with D. McGillivray in regard to laying streetcar rails on Hastings and Granville Streets. Meanwhile, the Council reminded the Street Railway company that their permission to build on Robson Street had been rescinded in November 1894. B.C. Ironworks given contract to supply house numbers at $1.00 per 100 numbers or 1 cent per number. There would be no charge to citizens calling to get the numbers.

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteers Gerald Soon

original handwritten minutes:
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 449 – 457
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Vancouver March 4th 1895

The Council met on Monday March 4th 1894.
Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Coupland, Queen, Gallagher, McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Thomas, Bethune and W.P. Brown.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From the Manager of the Telephone Co stating that they would have their poles removed off Pender Street in front of City Hospital. Filed

From Wm Brand, Secretary of the City Band asking for a grant of $80.00 in aid of J.W. Trendell, late leader of the Band.
Moved by Alderman W.P. Brown
Seconded by “ Thomas.
That the amount be granted.
Moved in amendment by Alderman Gallagher,
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That the question be referred to the Finance Committee.
Amendment carried.

From Stanley Smith etal asking for improvements to Front Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From C.E. Crockett on asking an offer for lighting the City.
Referred to the Water & Light Committee

From A.G. Ferguson asking for $10,000 for Park purposes.
Laid over for Estimates

From Miss Macfie stating that she had appointed Miss Burnett in place of Miss Ives.
Board of Health

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From H.A. Berry etal asking for the improvement of 5th Av
Referred to the Board of Works

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights Filed.

From M. Goudron, asking to be awarded the contract for hardware. Filed

The following Reports were received and read :-

Water & Light Committee

The Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday February 27th 1895.
Present – the full Board

From the Finance Committee asking to have estimates for the year prepared at as early a date as possible.
The City Engineer was instructed to attend to the matter.

From A. Morrison re reservoir contract
Referred to the City Solicitor

From H.F. Clinton enclosing an order from Purdy & Williams
Referred to the City Solicitor

From F.S. Barnard re Street lighting contract
Laid over

From I.W. Mills asking for water service on 10th Av.
It was resolved to give water service if consumers supply the pipe required to reach the property

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The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
News.Advertiser Supplies $6.50
McLennan & McFeely “ 32.83
Creamer & Langley “ 11.15
Water Works Pay Roll 390.30
sgd Wm Brown

Moved by Alderman Thomas
Seconded by “ Queen
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday March 1st 1895
Present – Aldermen McCraney, Coupland, Gallagher, and Wm Brown

That Messrs Oppenheimer Bros & Inman and Thomson be refunded the amounts overpaid by them in D.L. 182, along the C.P.R. Right of Way, which amounts are $59.67 and $33.76 respectively but that Inman & Thomson’s claim in 184 be not entertained.

That J.C. Vermilyea’s claim for a refund on the taxes on his property for the 1893 be not entertained as the Committee has no power to deal with the matter.

From Stanley James, City Auditor stating that he had examined the accounts for January and found everything correct. Filed.

From G.F. Monckton, Mining Engineer suggesting

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the advisability of advertising Vancouver in England as a mining Center etc. Laid over.

That the sum of $3000 be paid into Court as per order of Judge Skinks in connection with the Reservoir contract.

That $75.00 be paid to H.E.A. Robertson of Victoria on account of printing in connection with City Charter amendments.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
The World P & P Co. Ads $125.17
H.T. Ceperley Insuring Hospital 30.00
Rand Bros “ “ 30.00
T.O. Townley Searches 10.00
Shelton & Co. Supplies 3.00
News.Advertiser “ 54.55
A.E. Crickney Duty etc. 68.96
H.J.J. Chambers Refund of Taxes 11.20
sgd H.P. McCraney

Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded by “ Coupland
That the Report be adopted. Carried

Board of Works

The Works met on February 28th 1895 at 7.30 P.M.
Mr. Horrobin interviewed the Board re opening up one Block of Ontario Street between Dufferin and Lorne Streets to let water off.
Referred to Ward 5 Relief Gang

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From the Finance Committee per the City Clerk re estimates.
Laid over to be taken up next Thursday

From A. Parder and many others asking for a sidewalk on the north side of Drake Street between Homer and Granville Streets
Laid over for estimates

Petition for rocking of Richards Streets between Dunsmuir and Goergia Streets was referred to Alderman Queen.

From Wm Barker asking permission to put down a temporary crossing across Hastings Street east.
Referred to the Engineer to examine and report.

From the Secretary of the Plumbing Board in reference to the filling of a vacancy on that Board and
submitting names.
Resolved. That this Board recommends that the nominees of the Plumbing Board be selected

From E.P. Davis re renting use of strip of land at the North side of Thurlow Street
Permission refused.

From J.M. Browning as to water running on to his property corner of Dunsmuir and Granville Streets, the water coming from private property
Referred to the Engineer to consult the City Solicitor and to give it his immediate attention.

Resolved that the plan and specification for a brick oven to be put at Richards Street corner of Pender Street be approved.

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to appoint a foreman in each ward, the rate

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of pay to be $2.00 per day with privilege to engage men when necessary.

Resolved. That the rate of pay for the men attending the scraping of crossings and street cleaning be fixed at $1.25 per day.

Resolved that 3 men independent of the above be retained for general repairs

Petitions from O. Marstrand L.J. Cady, F. Harris and W. Kerfoot for street improvements be laid over for consideration with the estimates.

The following tenders for hauling crushed rock were received and opened,:-
No 1 No 2 No3 No4 No5
Thos. Patch 28. 48. 58. 50. 32
W.S. Cook 22. 52. 47. 55. 40

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

Tenders for Hardware
Resolved that as there was only one tender sent in that it be not opened and that new Tenders be called for under a new specification

Tenders for Street Sprinkler
The following tenders were received for two Street Sprinklers:
Geo Theaman per A.T. St. George $325. Each
A.T. St George 410 “
Geo Theaman 330 “
Cook & Dunlop 289 “

That the tender of Cook & Dunlop be recommended for acceptance.

The following tenders were received for Street Numbers:- St. George & Co. Ross & Howard, F. Stranke, R. Mitchell, B.C. Ironworks

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Edgar & Baynes. J.W. Currell. A. McKelvie & Co. Ivan Bushong, W.T. Melross, E.M. Ward, Dunn & Co. W.A. Williamson, A. Godfrey

Resolved the tender of the B.C. Ironworks at $1.00 per 100 numbers be recommended for acceptance.

Resolved that the numbers be given to citizens calling for them and be not charged for.

The following accounts were recommended for payment.
H. Extense Express $1.00
F. Filion Supplies 3.00
News.Advertiser “ 3.50
Denton etal Labor. 390.95
sgd H.P. Shaw

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


Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded by “ Thomas
That the City Solicitor be and is hereby instructed to appeal the electric light By-Law to the Supreme Court of Canada. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown.
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the Finance Committee be authorized to arrange with D. McGillivray in regard to laying the rails on Hastings and Granville Streets. Carried

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Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the By-Law No 122 be reconsidered and finally passed. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Gallagher
Seconded by “ Coupland
That the City Council meet on Tuesday the 12th next for the purpose of taking into their consideration the advisability of amalgamating some of the Departments in the City Hall and any other matter that may refer to the employes of the City. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown,
Seconded by ‘ W.P. Brown.
Whereas the City Council passed a resolution on the 11th of May 1893 giving power to the Street railway Company to extend their line along Robson Street but as the Company did not make use of the privilege given to them the Council rescinded said resolution on the 19th day of November 1894, therefore be it resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to forward a copy of the rescinding resolution impressed with the City seal to the Street Railway Company

Moved by Alderman Shaw.
Seconded by “ Thomas.
That the following relief account be passed
Wm Tierney etal Labor $664.65

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The Council then adjourned

Henry Collins

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk