Street Railway Committee’s report adopted: Railway to go ahead – March 13, 1893

Street Railway Committee’s report adopted: Railway to go ahead – March 13, 1893

The final conditions for the Street Railway’s expansion into the City Streets were laid out. One thousand copies of health code violation notices to be printed, where the health inspector or the police can fill in the details of the violation. Quality of milk sold in the City to be tested from time to time.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives photo AM54-S4-: Str P415
original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 343-349

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Vancouver March 13th 1893

The Council met on Monday March 13th 1893 at 8 P.M.
Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Collins, Hackett, Cargill, McCraney, Hobson, Franklin, Brown & Fowler.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.
The following communications were received:-

From John Meytyer stating that stuff refuse matter not thrown from his premises on the lot near the Sailors’ Rest; Filed

From the Medical Health officer reporting on his visit to the Chinese quarters on Dupont Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From A. F. Griffiths etal asking for a sidewalk on 5th Avenue West of Westminster Avenue.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Sykes asking for a reduction of the tax or license on Second Hand dealers.
Referred to the Police Committee.

From J.B. Ker withdrawing the proposition from Alex Bell re World’s Fair Guide to British Columbia. Filed.

From Dr. Thomas advising the Health Committee to clean up Dupont Street.
Referred to the Health Committee.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday March 9th 1893.
Present – Aldermen Hackett (in the Chair) Brown and Franklin.
It was recommended:-
1. That the matter of making passable the lane in Block 55. D.L.541 and the finishing up of the Manholes etc be referred to the City Engineer for immediate attention

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2. That the City Engineer be authorized to have the sidewalk at Lane one Block 2, 196 known as Scuitto’s corner, placed in its proper position by day work.
3. That the City Engineer give the matter of removing the Sewer from the Court House Block, his immediate attention, the work to be done by day labor.
4. That the following accounts be paid:-
H. Lomas etal. Labor $230.05
sgd H.P. McCraney

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Fowler
That the Report be adopted.

F.W.& L. Committee
The F.W.& L. Committee met on Wednesday March 8th 1893. All the members being present;
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
W. Hooper etal. Labor $231.00
B.C. Mills T & T. Co. Supplies 1.89
H.T. Devine & Co. “ 1.57
Creamer & Langley “ 9.97
Godfrey & Co. “ 92.60
Wm Thurston. “ 6.15
E.G. Prior & Co. “ 126.10
B.C. Iron Works “ 341.25
McLennan & McFeely “ 9.00
Thos. Dunn & Co. “ 2.60
G.H. Bazley Shoes Set 10.75
Askins & Askins Supplies 4.45
Godfrey & Co. “ 27.54
Shelton & Co “ 6.50
Van Elec & Rly & L. Co. Lights 1470.51
C.G. Johnson & Co. Coal 60.00
S.T. Tilley & Son Supplies 4.50

Communications from Mrs. Duchesnay etal. The City Engineer,
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McIntosh & Co & the B.C. Cattle Co.
Laid over
sgd J.L. Franklin
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Brown
That the Report be adopted.

Health Committee
The Health Committee met on Tuesday March 7th 1893
Present – Aldermen Collins Cargill Hobson & Fowler
It was recommended:-
Atkins & Atkins Supplies $7.30
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 36.17
E. Clough Drayage 2.50
J.P. Blake Supplies 19.40
G.L. Allan “ 1.75
Mrs. Broderick “ 8.75
Atkins & Atkins “ 1.55
A. Williams Taking smallpox patient to hospital 10.00
W.A. McIntosh & Co. Supplies 76.53
A. Dolquist Cook at hospital 2.50
Robert Campbell Guarding 38.00

2. That Champion & White be granted the supplies asked for for the Crematory
3. That Thos Evans, who applied for a raise of salary be notified that his request will not be granted.
4. That the Chief of Police in conjunction with the Health officer be instructed to make an occasional test of the milk sold in the City to ascertain if it has been adulterated
5. That the City Clerk be instructed to notify John Meylyer, who lives next door to the Sailors’ Rest; that if he does not discontinued the practice of throwing out refuse he will be prosecuted.
6. That Dr. Thomas be notified that this Board cannot see its way clear to increase his salary

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for attending on Small Pox patients but that his conveyances to and from the Isolation Hospital will be paid for by the Corporation.
The following Estimates for the year were adopted and referred to the Finance Committee:
Salaries $5620.00
Extra Nurse 240.
Supplies 4000.
Extra 1000
Inquests 250
Lighting 720
Telephones 150
Fuel 700
Cemetery Expenses 200
Scavengering 2500
Crematory Repairs 200
Relief 500
Contagious diseases 5000
Contingent 1500
Total 22,570
sgd Henry Collins
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ Fowler
That the Report be adopted

Moved by Alderman Cargill
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Report of the Committee of the Council, held Saturday the 11th inst as to guaranteeing the debentures of the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co be adopted by this Council.

Moved in amendment by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Fowler
That the Report of the Special Committee lay on the table until the City Engineer gives a Report on the value of the plank of the Company and that he be instructed to make the report

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as soon as possible
Alderman Cargill withdrew his motion and the amendment was carried.

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ McCraney
That this Council comply with the request of Thos. H. Hardy and that the Clerk be instructed to write to Mr. G.E. Corbould, M.P. asking him to use his influence to have his request carried out. Carried
I. Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ Brown.
That permission be granted to the Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley Railway Company to lay their Railway track along the following streets of the City:
Railway Street
Powell “
Alexander “
Raymour “
Crab Tree Lane,
on the Railway Company entering into an agreement with the City, which shall contain the following conditions: That the track is laid in accordance with the plans and specifications submitted to the Board of Works of the City on the day of
and on condition that the Railway Company observe all the conditions set out in By-Law No 166, and to pay for the privilege the sum of $1.00 on the first day of each year for the first 5 years. The company occupy the streets with the track, and at the expiration of the five years on the payment of such annual sum as may then be fixed by the Council of the City of Vancouver.
And that the Railway Company shall indemnify and keep harmless the City from all claims of whatsoever nature arising against the City by reason of the track being laid and furnished in and along the streets either during construction or subsequent thereto.
And that the Railway Company shall not

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Maintain and provide for regulating gates at crossings as may be from time to time directed by Council and to provide for keeping the streets clear of Cars, trucks or railway equipment and, for the rate of speed that the trains of the Company shall be allowed to run within the City.
And that if the Company fail to observe the performance of the conditions of the agreement the City may at any time* thereafter stop the Company from so using the said streets, and the said company shall forfeit all claims thereto.

Moved by Alderman Collins,
Seconded by “ Hobson
That one thousand forms of the following notice be printed for the Health Inspector: To ……….
Take notice that the Health Inspector of the City has reported your ……….
as not being in a proper sanitary condition as required under the provision of the By-Laws of this City and you are hereby notified to …………. within 24 hours from the service hereof and take notice that unless you do so in according with this notice the City will proceed to do so and charge and recover from you the expense thereof
Health Inspector
Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Fowler
That before the agreement between the City and the Burrard Inlet and Fraser Railway Co re their entrance into the City on certain streets is signed that they be required to pay all costs in connection with the passing of the By-Laws and the costs of litigation incurred or that may be occurred.

Notice of By-Law
Alderman Cargill gave notice that he would introduce a By-Law authorizing the City to guarantee the interest on the Debentures

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of the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co.

The Council then adjourned.

F. Cope
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk