New City Hall in Market Building? – November 9, 1896

New City Hall in Market Building? – November 9, 1896

The City Engineer was asked to survey the Market Hall with a view of having same fitted up for Council Chambers and Civic Offices . The Health Committee recommended that anyone found selling “filthy” or diluted milk be prosecuted.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Krystyna Richards


Original handwritten minutes COV Archives
Series 31 Volume 7 pages 361 – 367

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[Vol. 7 page] 361 Vancouver November 9th 1896

The Council met on Monday November 9th 1896.

Present. His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Painter, Banfield, Schon, Clandenning, McPhaiden, Brown, MacDonald, Bethune and Coldwell.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From Sergeant Dillabaugh of New Westminster claiming $5.00 witness fees in the Walton Case.
Referred to the Police Committee.

From J. Irvine, asking for the Market Shed for the winter for drilling purposes.
Referred to the Market Committee.

From J. McPherson etal asking that the Council arrange for opening up a lane through Block 104. D.L. 196.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Clerk of Victoria enclosing a resolution from the City Council of Victoria urging upon the Government the immediate undertaking as a public work of a railway to Slocan & Kootenay and asking the Council of Vancouver to endorse same.
Referred to the Railway Committee.

From Wm Skene, Secretary of a meeting of the Boards of Trade of Victoria, Vancouver and New Westminster, asking the Council to endorse by way of resolution any properly guaranteed scheme for an independent railway from the Pacific Coast to Kootenay.
Referred to the Railway Committee

From T. A. Fee, asking for the filling in of Broughton Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

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From J. W. Johnston, Acting Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.

The following reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 6th 1896.

Present Aldermen Banfield, Painter, Clandenning and Bethune.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

City Treasurer. Cash for stamps 10.00

Crowder & Penzer. Supplies 16.59

Telephone Co. Rents. 36.95

C.P.R. Co. Telegrams. 1.66

The World P&P Co. Ads. 36.03

Con Ry Co. Lights 1555.70


From W.F. Salsbury, Treasurer of the Carnival Committee furnishing statement of receipts and disbursements.

From J. S. Larke, Sydney N.S.W. stating that he thought the widow of the late James Cook who was accidentally killed in Vancouver could be settled with for £50.
Resolved that the City Solicitor be authorized to offer £50 without prejudice to settle the matter and get a full release from the widow and mother of the deceased.

From the City Solicitor, asking for six weeks leave of absence and stating that he would arrange that any legal work arising would be attended to.
Resolved that his request be granted.

From Messrs Harris, Macneill and Deacon Solicitors for Jim Kee stating that they were willing to furnish the fullest

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possible evidence of his loss through water while the shacks were being destroyed on the South Side of Dupont Street.

The City Solicitor advised that a valuator or valuators be appointed by the City to value the goods damaged or destroyed.

It was resolved that Mr. G.W. Hutchings be appointed to value the furniture and bedding destroyed or damaged and Mr. G.W. Weeks the groceries damaged, and to act as Arbitrators to settle the matter.

From R.H. Cooke furnishing an account for $2.00 witness fees for attending Court on the settlement of the Market Lease.
Referred to the City Solicitor.

The City Solicitor submitted a draft of the proposed lease to the Jockey Club.
Draft approved.

Resolved that G. B. Harris be refunded the sum of $2.79 overcharge on the frontage tax on Lot one, Block three O.G.T. for the past three years.

Sgd J.J. Banfield

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the Report be adopted.

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Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday November 4th 1896.
Present. Aldermen McPhaiden, Shaw, McDonald and Bethune.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

J.C. Woodrow. Supplies 43.18

W.J. McGuigan. Inquest 10.

Champion & White. Scavengering 8.25

Stevens & Son. Supplies 7.13

News Advertiser. “ 13.

Mr Nottle. Labor 8.

M. S. Rose. Supplies 41.70

M. J. James. “ 71.42


From the Health & Milk Inspectors, and the Hospital Matron furnishing Reports.

From Messrs Meek and Seacombe, asking that the Scavenger License held by S. Tallman be transferred to them and submitting the names of F. B. Stephens and F. W. Welsh as their Bondsmen for approval.
Resolved that their application be granted and their bonds approved of.

From the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Sapperton, asking the Council to assist them in keeping Mrs Addison.
Resolved that they be informed that it is no longer the intention of the Council to contribute anything for the support of Mrs Addison.

From Dr. A.T. Walt Secretary of the Provincial Board of Health, acknowledging a communication from the City Clerk, and stating that the Board would meet in a few weeks and pass the necessary resolution bringing into effect Changes 9 to 27 of the Sanitary Regulations in the City.

The Medical Health Officer reported verbally

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that Julia had been admitted into the Asylum at New Westminster.
The Clerk reported that $3.00 was still due for her keep in the Young Woman’s Improvement Home.
It was resolved that the amount due be paid.

Complaints having been received that the milk sold in the City was in many cases not up to the standard and filthy, it was resolved that the Inspector be instructed to prosecute any party found selling filthy milk or milk of a less standard than 3.5.

Sgd D. McPhaiden

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted with the exception of the last Clause in reference to milk sold in the City.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 6th of Nov 1896.

Present Aldermen Shaw, McPhaiden, Schou and MacDonald.


From F. H. Smith, Haro Street, complaining of surface water from Street flooding his lot.
Referred to the Ward Foreman for attention.

From Thos. Fitzpatrick re impassable condition of road fronting on Block 26.184.
Referred to Ward Foreman to examine and report.

From W. A. Mace, asking permission to erect scaffolding to repair F.C. Innes’ Block, Hastings Street.
Granted, subject to approval of Engineer and Mr Mace to indemnify the City against all claims for damages or accident.

From A.D. McDonald on behalf of Contractor Annand, interviewed the Board re claim for

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extras on Coal Harbour footbridge.
The Board decided to go down to examine the Bridge with the Engineer.

Resolved that a City drain be put in by the sewer men in rear of Wing Sangs and other premises Dupont Street by day work to carry off the water, the estimated cost being $56.00.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

H.M. Henderson. Photos 504

Robertson & Co. Altering Combustion 4.00

G. Wright. 7th Av. 54.20

T. Gibbons. Powell St. 28.

S. Sheridan. Thurlow St. 48.60

do Broughton St. 82.75

Robertson & Hackett. Supplies 117.28

Thos. Dunn & Co. “ 100.72

W.L. Tait & Sons. “ 90.79

Robertson & Hackett. “ 12.55

Sgd H.P. Shaw

Moved by Alderman Schou
Seconded by “ Shaw
That the Report be adopted.


Moved by Alderman MacDonald
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare a plan of the Market Hall with a view of having same fitted up for Council Chambers and Civic Offices and with a view also to improve the means of ingress and egress.

Reconsideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the amendments to the Fire Limit By-Law be reconsidered and finally passed.

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Notice of Motion

Alderman Bethune gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he will introduce a By-Law for the purpose of assisting a Company to build a Smelter and Refinery in the City of Vancouver.

The Council then adjourned.