New Streetcar Route for Robson, Denman, Georgia – May 25, 1897

New Streetcar Route for Robson, Denman, Georgia – May 25, 1897

An agreement for street railway on Pender, Georgia and Denman was reviewed (photo shows streetcar on Robson Street). James Armstrong refused permission to graze cows on Fairview. A new Heath Officer to be appointed at salary of $40 per month. Council informed some Toronto investors that the city of Vancouver would not give them a bonus for building a bicycle factory, only a tax exemption for a limited number of years.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Darlene Ochotta

Illustration Source: City of Vancouver Archives SGN 1079.2 –
[View of 1000 block of Robson Street, showing streetcar and residences of James Stark, H.T. Lockyear, J.R. Seymour, and E.S. Scoullar]

Text Source: City of Vancouver Archives
Volume 7 page 589-597

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[Volume 7, page 589]

Vancouver May 25th 1897.

The Council met on Tuesday May 25th 1897.

Present: Aldermen Painter, Neelands, McQueen, Clandenning, Brown, W.S. MacDonald, Coldwell and D.G. McDonald.

Moved by Alderman Neelands,

Seconded by Alderman W.S. MacDonald,

That Alderman Coldwell be appointed Chairman.

Carried.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Harry Symons asking for an extension of time for the completion of the Smelter’s agreement.

Laid over for motions.

From F.R. Glover, City Clerk, New Westminster asking the City to arrange for a bonfire for the Queen’s Jubilee.

Laid over.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

Filed.

From the Chief of the Capilano Indians asking the City to make provision for a landing at Abbott Street.

Referred to the Finance Committee.

From Thos. H. Robson, Secretary of the Sons of England thanking the Mayor and Council for accepting their invitation to Divine Service.

Filed.

From Ng Mook asking permission to move a building on Dupont Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From J.A. Coldwell complaining about a disorderly house on Harris St.

Referred to the Police Committee.

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The following Reports were received and read:

Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday May 25th 1897.

Present: Aldermen Coldwell, McQueen, Painter and W.S. MacDonald.

Communications

From R.A. Rose offering Gamewell Fire Alarm boxes for 13000 F.O.B. Boston, City paying freight and duty.

Resolved that he be asked for quotations for boxes with keys.

From James Armstrong asking for permission to herd cows on Fairview.

Resolved that he be informed that the By-Law will not permit of his request being granted.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

G.L. Allen supplies $7.50

Brackman & Ker Supplies $99.38

M. Desrosier Supplies $1.40

W. Ralph Supplies $1.25

J.M. McLean Wa???ting $4.00

Carter House Cab $.50

Robert Clark Supplies $2.50

W.C. Marshall Express hire $.50

sgd. Chas. A. Coldwell

Chairman

Moved by Alderman McQueen,

Seconded by Alderman Painter

That the Report be adopted.

Carried.

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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on May 21st 1897.

Present: Aldermen McQueen, Painter, Brown and Clandenning.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

A.C. Sturett Insurance $100.50

Chief Joe (Indian) Rig $4.

F.W. Welsh Witness fees $4.

A.St: G. Hamersly Law Costs $16.

Communications

From the City Auditor furnishing report for April.

Filed.

From McLean and Oakley Toronto asking if the City would give them a bonus if they established a bicycle (sic) in this City employing 25 hands.

Resolved that they be informed that the only inducement the Council would be prepared to consider would be exemption from taxation for a limited number of years on the manufacturing department.

Resolved that the insurance on the old hospital be reduced to $2500 and that it be reinsured in the Royal Insurance Co. for three years.

Resolved that the School Debentures be printed in denominations of $1000 each instead of $5000 and $1000 as previously recommended by this Board.

sgd Jas McQueen

Chairman

Moved by Aldermen McQueen,

Seconded by Alderman Painter,

That the Report be adopted.

Carried.

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Board of Health

The Board of Health met on the 19th of May 1897.

Present: the full Board.

The following accounts are recommended for payment:

J. Carnahan Drayage $4.25

J.G. Pentlow Nursing $10.

McDowell & Co. Supplies $66.52

Ths. Dunn & Co. Supplies $6.27

C.S. Philip Supplies $17.47

J.C. Woodrow Supplies $44.97

J. Dodson Supplies $14.95

J.T. Carroll Consultation fees $10.

C.F. Foreman Supplies $79.39

Dorn Fish Co. Supplies $6.10

J.W. Currell Saw filing $2.60

Resolved that applications be called for filling the position of Medical Health Officer rendered vacant by the resignation of Dr Thomas. Salary to be fixed at $40.00 per month

Duties to be defined by the Board.

Communications

From the City Solicitor stating that the City was not liable for paying Dr Thomas’ account for attending on Septimus Dole.

Filed.

From Maria E. DeBon appealing for the position of Matron of the Vancouver Hospital.

Resolved that she be informed that there is no vacancy.

From Miss Macfie sending in a watch, pocket book and pair of spectacles belonging to John Scott who died in the hospital on the 6th inst. owing the City $23.75.

The following tenders were received for building a two story Woman’s Ward:

John McLuckie $8065

John W. Oldfield $7845

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Crowe & Wilson $7997

Resolved that the tender of J.W. Oldfield be recommended for acceptance.

sgd. D. McPhaiden

Chairman

Moved by Alderman W.S. MacDonald,

Seconded by Alderman Clandenning,

That the Report be adopted.

Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 20th of May 1897.

Present: the full Board.

Communications

From A.F. Griffiths re opening of 5th Av westerly.

Referred to the Engineer to examine and report.

From C.E. Hope asking permission to put in steps leading to walk on South side of Dupont Street in front of Store no. 120

Resolved that he be informed that a contract is about to be let for grading on Westminster Avenue and it is proposed to fill in Dupont Street to the forementioned grade.

Resolved that the lane in use of the stores on Cordova Street South Side between Cambie and Abbott Streets be graded and ditched by the wardmen.

From T.J. Roberts applying for permission to put in a trap door in front of Granville Hotel in sidewalk.

Referred to the Engineer and City Solicitor conjointly.

Resolved that A F. McKinnon in reply to his letter of 8th inst. be informed if he removes the

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rubbish left by the builders opposite his two houses corner Howe and Dunsmuir Streets the drain will be attended to by the wardmen.

Resolved that the length of awnings be 7 ft. 6 in. for the framework and the side drop one foot deep making it 6 ft. 6 in. in the clear above walk and that the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare a By-Law to amend the existing By Law and submit same at next Council meeting.

The following tenders were received and opened:

Flood Gate

D.J. McPhalen $250

Angus Fraser $105

Carl Av grading

A.D. McDonald $800

Ths. P. Stritch $1279

A. Balkwill $725

T. Gibbons $435

Delivery crushed rock

no1. no2. no 3. no 4. no 5. no 6.

Boyd & Co. 44¢ 54¢ 47¢ 50¢ 40&70¢ 75¢

T. Vertch 50¢ 45¢ 40¢ 35¢ 35&50¢ 35¢

P. Schneider 32¢ 55¢ 69¢ 64¢ 56&75¢ $1.00

The following tenders were recommended for acceptance.

Flood Gate Angus Fraser

Carl Av grading Ths. Gibbons

Delivery of crushed rock Ths. Veitch

Resolved that tenders be called up to the 3rd of June at 4 p.m. for the following new work:

(1) Westminster Av grading

(2) Oppenheimer St grading

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to have the necessary repairs made to pavements and that the street railway Company be notified to repair the portions along their rails in keeping with the terms of their (sic)

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with the City.

Mr. Dalton submitted plans for an assay office to be built in rear of the S.O. Richards block Hastings St.

Plans approved subject to being found by the City Engineer to conform to the requirements of the Fire Limits By Law.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Tait & Sons $111.45

News Advertiser $15.42

J.K. Davis $1.25

sgd H.J. Painter

Chairman

Moved by Alderman McQueen,

Seconded by Alderman Clandenning,

That the clause in reference to the construction of the flood gate be laid over until proper authority be received by the City from the C.P.R. Co. and that the contract for the delivery of crushed rock be left in abeyance until the crushed rock contract be signed and that the balance of the Report be adopted.

Carried.

The agreement for the construction of a street railway on Pender, Georgia and Denman Streets was read over clause by clause and finally passed on motion of Alderman Neelands, Seconded by Alderman MacDonald.

Moved by Alderman Brown,

Seconded by Alderman D.G. McDonald,

That the railway agreement be not dealt with until the Aldermen be furnished with copies of the same so that they may have a clear understanding of the nature of the contract which the City is asked to enter into.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Neelands

Seconded by Alderman W.S. MacDonald

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That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the agreement.

Amendment carried.

Yeas Aldermen Painter, McQueen, Neelands, Clandenning and W.S. MacDonald.

Nays Aldermen Brown and D.G. MacDonald.

Alderman Coldwell was appointed Chairman.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen,

Seconded by Alderman Painter,

That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of a By-Law to auth. a certain agreement between the Corporation of the City of Vancouver and the British Columbia Electric Railway Co.

Carried.

The By-Law was introduced and read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Brown,

Seconded by Alderman D.G. McDonald,

That the application of Messrs. Evans, Prescott & Rothschild for an extension of the time within which to enter into the contract mentioned in the resolution of this Council passed on the 26th day of March last for a period of one month from this date be (sic) and the same is hereby granted and the said resolution shall stand amended accordingly.

Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen,

Seconded by Alderman Neelands,

That the Rules be again suspended to allow of the Second reading of the By-Law to authorize a certain agreement between the Corporation of

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the City of Vancouver and the British Columbia Electric Railway Co.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time.

Moved by Alderman McQueen,

Seconded by Alderman Clandenning,

That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for its consideration.

Carried.

Alderman Coldwell was appointed Chairman.

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

The rules were again suspended and the By-Law read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman McQueen Seconded by Alderman Neelands.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Painter gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend the By-Law no. 142

The Council then adjourned.

W. Templeton
Mayor

Ths. F. McGuigan
City Clerk