Presbyterian Ladies’ Aid donates all linens and equipment for eight hospital beds. City accepts E.J. Clark’s offer of donation of lot for an athletic field. “Responsible parties” may apply for trees purchased by city.

This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteer Margaret Sutherland

and sponsored by The Oppenheimer Group

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 552- 562

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Vancouver November 5th 1888

The Council met on Monday November 5th 1888 at 7:30 P. M.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer Aldermen Alexander, Brighouse, Clark, Coldwell, Humphries, McConnell, Lefevre and Oppenheimer.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Mrs. A. Roberts, Matron of the City Hospital resigning her position. Resignation accepted.

From John Slade et al petitioning for the grading of Prior Street. Referred to Board of Works.

From Vancouver City Foundry et al petitioning for the sidewalking of Heatley Avenue. Referred to Board of Works.

From E. E. Barker et al petitioning on behalf of Lewis Carter for the closing of street between Blocks 127 and 130, District Lot 204 A. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Millar, M. D. drawing the attention of Council to the irregularity of the Police Magistrate in holding court. Referred to Police Committee.

From Millar M. D., asking for a refund of $3.00 costs for summons for tearing

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down a building on Dupont Street. Filed.

From G. M. Mathews drawing the attention of Council to the condition of Granville Street near Hotel. Referred to Board of Works.

From Jenny Spinks et al praying for the erection of a Sidewalk on Pender Street West. Referred to Board of Works.

Accounts

The following accounts were read and referred to their respective committees:

Palmer Bros. $30.00
Garden & Hermon 260.00
O. Toole & Ralph 2.10
Stephenson & McCraney 10.50
Tattersall’s Stables 15.50
Chas. Burnaby 3.00
Sunnyside Hotel 4.00
Jas. H. Woodworth & Co. 20.00
Veysey & Creelman 1.80
W. C. Marshall .50
Van Volkenburgh & Bro 14.00
F. I. Nichols 10.50
Electric Light Co. 419.26
C. P. T. Co. 8.20
G.L. Allan 6.00
Wood & Charlton 5.50
Godfrey & Co. 5.93
R. C. P. Mills Co. 33.44
Crowder & Penzer 44.25
Davidson Bros. 38.50
J. S. Clute & Co. 2.00
Hong Sing 8.60

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Sam Chong $5.85
John McLaren 3.00
News Advertiser $242.25
Carswell & Co. 4.10
F. X. Martin 84.38
Mrs. Gass 5.20
Charles Nelson 45.85
H. McDowell & Co. 10.80
John Scuitto 32.40
S. T. Tilley 22.00
Mary Dunbar 225.00

Reports

Health No 20
The Board of Health met on Friday October 26th 1888 and beg to recommend the payment of the following accounts.

J. S. Clute & Co. Supplies $215.97
Jacob Sehl Supplies 943.79
Brown & White Supplies 265.90
McLennan & McFeely Supplies 186.37
Campbell and Martin 9.85
David Bunning, Porter 29.15
Hastings Saw Mill Co. 1.75
Wm. White Parker 4.65

Sgd., J. M. Lefevre, Chairman

Health No 21

The Health Committee met on Friday November 2nd and Monday Nov. 5 1888 and beg to report that a proposition has been received from the Ladies Aid Society of the First Presbyterian Church Vancouver offering to provide all

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the necessary requirements in the way of blankets, sheets, counterpanes, pillow, slips, towels, night dresses and twilled undershirts for the furnishing of eight cots in the city hospital and maintain the supplies from time to time, as occasion may require.

We beg to recommend that their offer be accepted and that the Clerk of the Board be instructed to convey to the Ladies the hearty thanks of the Council for their very generous offer.

The following accounts are recommended for payments:-

A. B. Diplock & Co. Filter $10.00
A. M. Robertson Charts etc. 22.67
Brown’s Market 14.65
St. Luke’s Home 40.00
Mrs. Birks 2.50

We recommend that the salaries of the hospital officials be fixed at the following rates per month and that they be paid accordingly from date of engagement.

Miss Bessie Crickmay, Head Nurse $40.00
Miss Agnes Crickmay, Nurse 25.00
Mrs. Birks, Nurse 20.00
J. Hounsome & Wife jointly as Porter & Cook 50.00
G. L. May, Night Nurse 30.00

That G. L. May be appointed Night Nurse in place of Frank Baker and that said Frank Baker be paid $2.00 per day to date of his discharge.

J. M. Lefevre, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the report of the Health Committee be adopted. Carried.

Finance No 24

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 26th 1888 and beg to recommend:

1. That E. J. Clark of Toronto be communicated with accepting his offer of a site for an Athletic Park in District Lot 264 A and that the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare the necessary agreement in connection therewith.

2. That James Hartney’s account of $938.69 for work completed on the Park Road be paid out of the funds set aside for gravelling the Park Road.

3. That as the appropriation for Ward No 1 is overdrawn $2400.00 there are no funds available for further improvements in said Ward.

4. That the estimated cost of gravelling or planking the lane running from Carrall Street to Homer Street between Hastings Street and Cordova Street and the lane running from Carrall Street to Cordova Street between Cordova and Water Streets be taken out of the $1300.00 remaining out of the funds of Ward No. 2 and that the balance be expended as the Board of Works sees fit.

We beg to report that there are funds

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available for the grading of the lanes in Blocks 5, 56 and 57 in District Lot 196 Ward 3 and for the filling of Westminster Avenue between Johnston Street and the Bridge and Dupont Street between Carrall Street and Columbia Avenue in Ward 4.

We have instructed the City Clerk to call for tenders for the purchase of the Market Debentures, such tenders to be received up to Friday next.

Sgd. Rich H. Alexander, Chairman

Finance No 25

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 2nd 1888 and beg to report that tenders for the purchase of the Market Debentures have been received from the Bank of Montreal, Bank of British Columbia and R. G. Fallon.

We recommend that Mr. Fallon’s offer of 91 cts on the dollar be accepted.

We further recommend that the City Hall and Fire Hall No. 1 be insured for three years at $5,000.00 and $2,500.00 respectively and that the insurance now on part of the City Hall be cancelled.

Sgd., Rich. H. Alexander, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the report of the Finance Committee be adopted. Carried.

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Works No 37

The Board of Works met on Friday October 26th and Monday October 29 1888 and beg to recommend:

1. That the trees purchased by the City be given to responsible parties to plant subject to the published regulations and that all applications for trees must be made to the Chairman of the Board of Works who is hereby empowered to deal with the matter.

2. That we furnish the school house on the South side of False Creek with the chairs and desks recommended by the Provincial Secretary.

3. That the following accounts be paid:

Keefer & McGillivray, False Creek Bridge $6030.00
Goodmurphy & McLellan, Ninth Av. 680.85
D. McAlister, Hastings Street 360.00

Sgd., Chas. A. Coldwell, Chairman

Works No. 38

The Board of Works met on Friday November 3rd 1888 and beg to report that the following tenders have been received for the furnishing of desks etc. for the False Creek School.

Desks

Thomson Bros. Catalogue Prices
G. Robertson & Co. $5.50 each delivered

Fence etc.

Robert Sanderson Fence per ft 30 cts

Sheds etc.
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James Stanford
Shed & Water closets $50.00
& 24 coat hooks & covering well
close Board Fence per ft 25 cts
open Board Fence per ft 20 cts
W. J. Brewer
Wood sheds etc $70.00
close fence per ft 27 cts
open fence per ft 12 ½ cts
Henry Wright
sheds & closets $66.00
close fence per ft 30 cts
open fence per ft 20 cts

Digging well
F. Scotney
1st 30 ft $1.50 per ft less 10%
2nd 30 ft 2.00 per ft less 10%
50% advance for all over 60 feet

We recommend that the following tenders be accepted:

For forty desks, G. Robertson
For shed, closets & fence, James Stanford
For well, F. Scotney

We beg further to recommend:

1. That the City Engineer be instructed to examine and report upon the petition of Dr. Whitham for the widening of the sidewalk at the corner of Cordova and Cambie Streets.

2. That J. Holland be permitted to use a portion of Granville Street at the corner of Smithe Street for building purposes provided he complies with the By-Law governing the matter.

3. That the City Engineer be instructed to

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examine and report upon the petition for the grading of Dupont Street between Carl and Heatley Avenues.

4. That Mr. Browning be permitted to put a Sewer across Georgia Street and along the lane east of the Durham Block to connect with the present System provided he complies with the By-Law governing the case and makes a formal application in writing.

5. That Hastings Street in front of the Ferguson Block be gravelled as soon as possible.

6. That the City Engineer be instructed to examine and report upon the grading of Robson Street as petitioned for by Mr. Ellis.

7. That the Board of Works be empowered to purchase 15,000 feet of ½ inch plank for sidewalk.

8. That the sidewalk from the Sunnyside Hotel to the Byrnes Block be raised and a crossing laid over Carrall Street to connect with Powell Street Sidewalk on the North Side.

9. That the City Supply the material for the construction of a sidewalk in front of the VanHorne Block on Granville Street provided the owner lays same.

10. That the City Engineer be instructed to make the necessary repairs on the Culverts and drains where they are filled up by the heavy rains and that he report upon the grading of the lane in Block 13 District Lot 196.

The following accounts are recommended for payment:

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C. P. R Co. freight on trees $4.50
W. J. Smith Drayage on trees 1.00
Geo Wilder, Planting trees 30.00
G. T. Johnston & Co. Trees 23.50

Sgd., Chas. A. Coldwell, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

By-Laws

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the Street Railway By-Law with Alderman Lefevre in the Chair.

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

Motions

Moved by Alderman Coldwell seconded by Alderman Lefevre. That the following accounts be paid.

A. Wilds, horse for Park Road $40.00
Henry Avison, Salary for October 52.25
J. O’Rourke, Worker 3.50
C. P. Telegraph Co. 8.20
Special Police 80.00
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Humphries seconded by Alderman Coldwell. That the Electric Illuminating Co be communicated with asking them to give an approximate estimate of the cost of putting in the extra poles required and the price of the woods, and other fixtures which the city is required to furnish under the terms of their contract. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Alexander. That the Mayor communicate with the Dominion Government by Telegraph or letter informing them that the Council of the City of Vancouver has a By-Law under consideration for the purchase of a suitable site for a Post Office and Customs House in the central part of the city and will donate said site to the Government for the erection thereon of the Post Office and Customs House. Carried.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Humphries gives notice that at the next meeting of the City Council he will introduce a By-Law to raise $25,000.00 by way of Debentures for the purpose of erecting and equipping a proper electric light system for the city.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Presbyterian Ladies’ Aid furnishes eight hospital beds – November 5, 1888