Coquitlam Water Works to supply Vancouver’s water – March 21, 1887

Coquitlam Water Works to supply Vancouver’s water – March 21, 1887

The proposal of the Coquitlam Water Works adopted at a vote of 6-4, following a failed amendment to refer both proposals to a qualified engineerAldermen Alexander, Couth, Lefevre and Mannion empowered to discharge some or all of the special constables hired following the “Chinese Riots.”

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Darrin Pezer/Proactive Building Maintenance

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 1 pages 290-293

Vancouver March 21st 1887

The Council met on Monday March 21st 1887 at 7.30 P.M.

Present His Worship the Mayor and All of the Aldermen.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From E.A. Wilmot correcting a mistake in proposition of Coquitlam Water Works Co.

From Henry A. Mellon praying the Council to repair Howe Street in the neighborhood of his property
Referred to Board of Works with power to act.

From D. McPhaiden offering to supply the City with 10000 gallons of Water daily from Moodyville at a cost of $30.00 per day.

From H. Bell-Irving submitting his sewerage scheme.
Consideration deferred.

From Tax payers asking Council to discharge specials.
Moved by Alderman Mannion seconded by Alderman Lefevre,
that petitions of citizens be referred to a committee of four to consist of Aldermen Alexander, Clark, Lefevre and Mannion with power to reduce if found expedient.

From Chas. A. Vernon Private Secretary to Lieutenant Governor acknowledging receipt of letter re appointment of Commissioner to enquire into alleged Chinese Riots.

From property owners on Homer Street praying Council to improve said Street between Cordova and Georgia Streets.
Referred to Board of Works with power to act.

From J. Miller, Post Master praying Council to repair street in front of post office and place a lamp in said vicinity.
Referred to Board of Works with power to act.

From Budlong and Cook praying the Council to grant $30.00 for the improvement of Front Street on the South Side of False Creek.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John P. Lawson, City Engineer submitting estimate of cost of proposed Street Improvement for the current year.
Consideration deferred.


Joseph Hallawell, Lighting Lamps $3.00 F.W.L.


The Board of Works met on Wednesday March 16th 1887 at 2.30 P.M. and beg to submit the following Report.
We have taken into consideration the Communication of Messrs. Leamy and Kyle re the improvement of Lorne Avenue and Dufferin Street and have instructed the City Engineer to ascertain the best location for said streets and estimated cost of improvement and report to this Board.
We have also instructed the City Engineer to prepare specifications for the improvements petitioned for by H. Abbott on Hastings Street West and also those asked for by Thos. C. Sorby on Gore Avenue and have Tenders called for to be received up to Wednesday the 23rd inst.
The following accounts were recommended to be paid.
Stephenson and McCraney $87.97
Moodyville Saw Mill Corp. $80.81
Thos. Dunn & co. $7.00
We herewith submit H. Bell Irving’s Report on Sewerage for consideration of Council.
sgd L.A. Hamilton

Report adopted. Lefevre – Lockerby

Water Works

Moved by Alderman Lockerby seconded by Alderman Isaac Oppenheimer,
Resolved that the proposal of the Coquitlam Water Works Company be adopted as best suited for Water supply for the City of Vancouver.
Moved in amendment by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Alexander.
Resolved that in the opinion of this Council it is desirable to submit both schemes of Water supply to a competent Engineer or Engineers for his or their opinion upon the merits and costs of either scheme the Engineer or Engineers selected to be agreeable to both companies and further that both schemes with the report of the engineer or Engineers be submitted to a Board of Insurance Companies with all necessary data and plans for their opinion of the merits of either scheme,
and the difference in premium if any that the Companies would be prepared to take Insurance Banks in the City under either system of water supply.
Amendment lost, Ayes 4, Nays 6.

Motion Carried Ayes 6, Nays 4.
The following voted Aye. Aldermen Clark, Lefevre, Lockerby, David Oppenheimer, Isaac Oppenheimer and Sanders.
Nay. Aldermen Alexander, Hamilton, Humphries and Mannion.

Alderman Lefevre gave notice that he would at next meeting of Council introduce a By-Law authorizing the adoption of the Coquitlam Water Works Co. scheme.

Moved by Alderman Isaac Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Sanders,
that a Committee be appointed to draft a congratulatory address to Her Majesty the Queen
Such Committee to consist of the Mayor, Ald. Clark, Lockerby, Mannion, Hamilton and Isaac Oppenheimer.

The Council then adjourned.
M.A. MacLean

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk.