Repairs to Bridges, Ditches Needed – May 11, 1896

The ditches between Westminster Av (Main Street) and Scotia Street to be cleaned out before 5th Avenue was graded. J Ironside to repair the False Creek Bridge, S. Sheridan to repair the sidewalk on Georgia Street. Hospital matron Miss MacFie asked that all the mattresses be recovered, and complained that the items she ordered have often not been available from the contracted supplier.

This transcript was made in 2021 by Transcribimus volunteers Joanne McCormick

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Original handwritten minutes
Volume 7 pages 173 – 177

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Vancouver May 11th 1896

The Council met on Monday May 11th 1896.
Present: His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, Banfield, Schon, Clandenning, McPhaiden, Brown, MacDonald, Bethune and Coldwell.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following reports were received and read:

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday May 8th 1896.
Present: Aldermen Brown (in the Chair) Painter and Clandenning.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Con Ry & L Co Lights $73.55
E. Clough Drayage 2.50
G.W. Hutchings Supplies 1.
Crowder & Penzer “ 34.66
News Advertiser Ads 5.25
The World P & P Co “ 58.20
Bank of B. N. A. Interest 637.39
Mellon Smith & Co Insurance 7.50
A. St. G. Hamersley Disbursements 27.40
Corporation of Chilliwack Taxes 35.72
Telephone Co Rents 34.89

The following contracts were approved and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate seal affixed thereto.

J. Ironside for repairing False Creek Bridges
S. Sheridan, Georgia St Sidewalk

Acting Chairman

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

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Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday May 6th 1896.
Present: Aldermen McPhaiden, Painter, MacDonald and Bethune.


From Mrs. M. Thain, President of the Woman’s Home Committee stating that the Sisters Charity at Sapperton would take Mrs. Addison and keep her for $5.00 per month in advance and asking that she be sent there under guard.

Resolved that Mrs. Addison be sent to the Sisters Home at Sapperton for three months and that a policeman be detailed to take her over.

From Mrs. E. Campbell asking for assistance for herself and children.
Resolved that she be supplied with groceries on application.

From M. S. Wade Esq M.D. stating that he would require $125 a month as house surgeon if he had to perform all the duties in connection with the surgical work of the hospital.
Laid over

From Hugh Kinghorn Esq M. D. Montreal for wording a copy of the By Laws of the General Hospital.

From A. G. Smith Esq, Deputy Attorney General forwarding a copy of the verdict of the Coroner’s jury on the inquest of Frank Cornell.

From Geo Wagg Complaining about foul stagnant water lying in pools on the property in the vicinity of his house on Westminster Avenue.
Referred to Alderman MacDonald to attend to

From Dr. A. M. Robertson Secretary of the Medical Board of the City Hospital stating that the Doctors had withdrawn their resignations.

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From the Milk Inspector, Health Inspector and Hospital Matron furnishing reports.

From Miss Macfie asking that the mattresses at the hospital be recovered.
Resolved that G. W. Hutchings be given the contract for recovering the mattresses at the same rate as he did the last ones.

Mr. T. J. James interviewed the Board and stated that the Government was charging him a royalty of 25¢ a cord for all wood delivered under his contract with the City.
As this charge was imposed since he tendered he asked that the City communicate with the Government and endeavor to have this charge remitted.

Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Government as desired by Mr. James.

Resolved that the Health Inspector be instructed to notify parties having private wells to have same property covered to prevent accidents.

The Matron of the Hospital complained that she was often unable to get the kind of supplies the required from the party having the contract for supplying groceries to the City Hospital.
The City Clerk was instructed to notify him to supply the matron with the goods she requires at the prices mentioned in his contract.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
C. F. Foreman Supplies $60.10
McDowell & Co “ 44.18
Weeks & Robson “ 3.
H. J. Adams Disbursements 2.
Thorpe & Co Supplies .75
Chas Anderson “ 4.90
W. J. McGuigan Inquests 15.00

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J. T. Carrall Report $10.00
Thos Dunn & Co Supplies 18.60
News Advertiser “ 2.88
James Brown Crematory Repairs 44.10
Champion & White Supplies 3.50

Sgd D. McPhaiden

Moved by Alderman MacDonald
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the clause in reference to Mrs. Addison be struck out.

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ MacDonald
That the report as amended be adopted.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 7th of May 1896.

Present: Aldermen Painter, McPhaiden, Schon, Coldwell and MacDonald.


From the City Solicitor in reference to certain lots on Dupont Street.
Filed for reference

From petitioners asking that a sidewalk be provided on Haro Street between Nicola & Jervis Street.
Laid over

From A. E. Tregent asking that Broughton Street be graded between Barclay & Haro Streets.
Laid over

From W. Summer etal asking for improvements on 8th Ave west of Bridge Street.
Laid over

From C.B. Hoffman etal asking that the lane in Block 5 D.L. 200a be surfaced and drained.
Referred to the chain gang

From J. Nesbitt and others asking for grading on Harwood Street.
Laid over

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From petitioners on 5th Ave asking for grading.
Laid over. The Ward Foreman to clean out the ditches between Westminster Avenue and Scotia Street.

Resolved that the matter of the drainage from Mr. Wagg’s premises on Westminster Avenue be referred to the Engineer to see to.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Cassady & Co Supplies $361.09
Tait & Sons “ 36.44
W. H. Travis Drayage 5.
Thos Dunn & Co Supplies 81.91
New Advertiser Ads 12.00

Sgd A.J. Painter

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

The Board then Adjourned

Henry Collins

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk