West End Streets Not To Be Opened– November 5, 1894

Council overturned the Board of Works’ recommendation that streets west of Nicola be opened in the West End. $50 Secret Service fund granted to Mayor, the sum coming from the Police Contingent Fund.

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer  Gerald Soon

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 293 – 299
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Vancouver November 5th 1894
The Council met on Monday November 5th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Salsbury, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, McCraney, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.K. Brown and Bethune.

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ Franklin
That Alderman Wm Brown be appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor. Carried.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From the City Engineer reporting on the cement sidewalks laid by Messrs Miller and McLennan and McFeely. Filed

From A. Calori complaining about the condition of the streets around his hotel.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Wolf asking for a share of the City Scavengering
Referred to the Health Committee.

From Levi Rabjohns etal asking for a sewer in the lane from Burrard to Bute between Nelson and Comox Streets.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From C. Slade etal asking for permission to cut timber on the cemetery grounds
Referred to the Board of Health

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From W.S. Gore acknowledging receipt of communication re Old Man’s Home. Filed

From E.W. Downing asking for a refund on his license.
Referred to the Police Committee

From A.B. Diplock complaining of the condition of the lane between Cordova and Hastings Street and Granville and Seymour.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From H. Hacket etal asking that the lane between Richards & Seymour Streets South of Pender be rocked.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric lights. Filed.

From A.H. Hatch etal asking for a fountain at the intersection of Westminster Av and Westminster Road.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Geo Martin asking for the grading of a lane between Davie and Burnaby Streets
Referred to the Board of Works

From N. Dickey etal asking for the opening of a lane in Block 24.200a.
Referred to the Board of Works

From R. Robinson asking for a sidewalk on Alberni St.
Referred to the Board of Works

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From R. Casswell reporting on the Guild as asked.
Referred to the Health Committee


Board of Works

The Board of Works met on November 1st 1894.
Present – Aldermen McCraney, Queen, Franklin and C.L. Brown.

A deputation consisting of Messrs J.C. Keith Johnson Spinks, C.E. Hope, and several others waiting on the Board to discuss the question of opening up the streets west of Nicola Street under the local improvement plan, the matter having been referred back to the Board by the Council.

It was resolved that the resolution passed by the Board on the 18th of October namely “that this Board recommends that the portion of District Lot 185 lying West of Nicola Street be opened from Water to Water under the Local Improvement Plan” be again referred to the City Council for consideration.

Messrs Peters and Ross applied personally for access to two new houses erected by them on 12th Av west of Manitoba Street.
Resolved that they be granted a 2 plank walk to be laid on 12th Av from Manitoba Street to the houses referred to.

R.H. Paterson wrote stating that the lane in rear of his fence has been cut so deep as to cause the fence to subside.
Referred to the City Engineer to examine and report.

From E.E. Barker complaining about the crossing laid down on Haro Street east of Jervis Street and asking that 66 feet of sidewalk be laid from

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The S.E. Corner of Haro and Jervis passing the front of Lot 7. Block 33.185.
Resolved that Mr Barker be notified that the crossing he refers to is only a temporary one.

From Jonathan Miller applying to have the bond for the cement sidewalk laid down in front of the Miller Block date back as the sidewalk has already been laid down one year.
Laid over pending the City Engineer’s reply to the question relating to this sidewalk put by Alderman Franklin at the Council Meeting.

Resolved that the Street Inspector be instructed to see that the temporary sidewalk of old plank is put down on Westminster Road to Mr. Sherdahl’s premises.

In reference to a question put by Alderman Franklin at the Council Meeting relating to the depth of the basement drain on Granville Street at Mr Browning’s building, the Engineer submitted the contract drawings and explained that the contractor for the building by connecting with the wrong ‘Y’ lost from a foot to a foot and a half in full.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Wm Smith & Sons. New Broom  $34.30
Gilley Bros                     towing     33.00
A.E.E. Clark                   Rock    1152.90
City Painting Works       Supplies    7.40
D.H. Morgan etal.           Labor    617.85
N.H.Layfield & Co         Supplies    1.75
London Carriage Works “                7.00

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W.S. Cook                      Delivering rock    $525.18
J.W. Currell                    Repairs                         .25

sgd H.P. McCraney

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the clause in reference to the clearing in the West end be struck out. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report as amended be adopted. Carried.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 2nd 1894.
Present – the full Board

The following tenders were received for the purchase of $4000.00 Local Improvement Debentures:-

Bank of B.N.A. $102.56 and accrued interest
Wm Farrell $4010.00 for the $4000 debentures

Resolved that the tender of the Board of B.N.A. be recommended for acceptance.

The following accounts were recommended for payment :-
Vancouver Loan Trust Savings & G. Co.   Insurance           $200.00
News.Advertiser.                                         Supplies etc.         22.30
B.C.M.T. & T. Co.                                       Supplies etc             .58
Dominion Express Co.                                & Customs             1.90
Hammersly & Hamilton                             Law Costs           533.38

sgd W.F. Salsbury

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Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.


Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “           McDowell
That the Clause in the Minutes of the Water Committee recommending the purchase of a ticket for Mrs. Macauley be expunged. Carried

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by       “     McCraney
That the sum of $50.00 be placed in the hands of the Mayor so as a Secret Service Fund such sum to be charged up to the Police Contingent fund. Carried

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by     ”        Bethune
That the Pay Roll of the Water Works covering two weeks and ending October 29, 1894 and amounting to $480.85 be passed and paid subject to the approval of the Water Works which meets tomorrow. Carried.

Notices of Motion

Alderman McDowell gave notice that at next regular meeting of Council he will move

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To amend By-Law No 210.
Alderman Franklin gave notice that at the next regular meeting of Council he will move that the clause giving the V.E.R. & Light Co. the right to move run a track along Robson Street be rescinded.

The Council then adjourned

R.A. Anderson

Thos.F. McGuigan
City Clerk.