Vancouver Police Men Need New Raincoats – November 16, 1896

J. W. Johnstone Acting Chief of Police reported the the force were in need of raincoats. The ex Chief of Police was asked to turn in all City property still in his position. J. Irvine was allowed to rent the shed beside the public market for $1.00 per night, plus the cost of light.

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Original handwritten minutes: COV Archives Series 31
Volume 7 pages 368 – 371

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Vancouver November 16th, 1896
The Council met on Monday November 18th, 1896

Present: His Worship the Mayorand Alderman Shaw, Painter,  Banfield, Schou, McPhaiden, Clandenning, Brown, MacDonald, Bethune and Coldwell. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


from the Rev. E.D. McLaren stating that the Friendly Aid Society would meet in the Y. M.C.A. building on the Wednesday at 2:30 PM
Referred to the Board of Health.

From J.J. Batten stating that the water was flowing over his lots, and asking for the abatement of same.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From J. W. Johnston reporting on the electric lights.

The following Reports were received and read:

Water and Market Committee

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday November 11th 1896.

Present Aldermen Brown, Painter, Clandenning and Bethune


From A. R. McHenry  re paint for coating pipes.
Referred to the City Engineer

From J. Irvine asking for the shed adjoining the Market Hall for use of the Knights of Pythias
Resolved that hey be allowed the use of the shed as a rental of $1.00 per night and cost of lights; they to make their own arrangements with the Caretaker.

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The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

E. J. McGarrigle Balance on Market $33.50

W. Hooper etal Labor 399.50

Robertson + Hackett Supplies 11.85

News. Advertiser ” 25.00

Thos Dunn + co ” 49.26

Evans, Coleman + Evans ” 10.80

Fred Allen ” 20.05

Priestman + co. ” 4.25

B. C. M. T. + T. ” 30.16

B. C. Iron Works Co. ” 18.63

D. J. McPhalen Labor on Market 53.33

C. F. Foreman Supplies 7.38

Market Hardware Store ” 6.82

Van City Iron Works ” 1.75

W. Cullen Labor on Market 4.50

sgd. Wm Brown

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by ” Bethune
That the Report be adopted.

Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday November 10th 1896.

Present Aldermen Coldwell, Shaw, McPhaiden and MacDonald.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Lee + Stewart Hack hire $2.50

C. F. Foreman Supplies 33.07

Robert Clark ” 14.50

Johnston, Kerfoot + co. ” 19.50

Wm Murphy ” 97.75

A. Blayney ” 25.04

Fred Allen ” 124.17

C. S. Philp ” 4.13

Moodyville Saw Mill Co ” 7.14

J. C. Woodrow ” 19.14

J. Dodson ” 16.10

John Clough ” 1.70

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Thos. Dunn + co. Supplies $26.11


From Sergeant Dillabough submitted an account for $5.00 witness fees in case of City vs. Wilson.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From M. Rae reporting that he had sold I. G. V. Field Johnson’s hounds for $1.50 and pound fees stating that said hounds were kept and captured within the City Limits.

From the Coroner sending a copy of the Verdict of the Coroner’s Jury on the Inquest of Sarah Rosenthal recommending that the case be more fully investigated by the proper authorities.
Matter being attended to by the Provincial Government authorities.

From J. W. Johnston Acting Chief of Police stating that the force were in need of rain coats.
Laid over.

From S. A. Stuart offering to sell a span of horses to the fire Department for $350.
Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to advertise again for two weeks.

Resolved that the ex Chief of Police be requested to send in his uniform and such other property in his possession belonging to the City.

Resolved that the Chief of the Fire Department be authorized to order sufficient brick and lime to fix up Fire Hall No 3 and that the roof of said Fire Hall be given a coat of roof finish to prevent leaks.

sgd C. A. Coldwell

Moved by Alderman MacDonald
Seconded by ” Coldwell
That the Report be adopted.

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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 13th 1896. Present the full Board.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

News. Advertiser Supplies $238.50

E. L. Kirkland Taxes on Scott Ranch 122.72

City Treasurer. Stamps 30.

Land Registry Office Registration etc 28.75

Free Library Board Balance of Grant 1600.

The new agreement for the leasing of the Hastings Racetrack was again submitted to the Board and was authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate Seal affixed thereto, the lessees to secure Thos. Dunn + D. McGillivray as their bondsmen.

sgd J. J. Banfield

Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by ” Painter
That the Report be adopted.


Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by ” MacDonald
That the following accounts be paid:-
A. K. Stuart Illuminating two addresses $10.00
G. A. Roedde bases for ” ” $11.00

Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by ” Painter
That the following labor pay roll be paid if found correct by the City Engineer:-
Thomas etal. Labor. $1082.10

The Council then adjourned.

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Henry Collins