Brush By-law Will be Enforced – November 23, 1896

City Council will at once enforce the Brush By-Law by doing the work itself where necessary, and charge the same to taxes on the property. Northern Pacific Railway advised Council that it would not be adopting the former Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley contract with the City of Vancouver.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives
Series 31 Volume 7 pages 372 – 375

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Vancouver November 23rd 1896

The Council met on Monday November 23rd 1896.

Present – His Worship , the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw, Painter, Schou, Banfield, McPhaiden Clandenning, Brown, MacDonald, Bethune and Caldwell.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From Edwin W. Winter – President of the Northern Pacific Railway Co stating that they had bought the road from the old Company and that they had the right to elect whether or not to assume or adopt certain contracts. They had elected not to adopt the Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley Contract.

From Messrs Harris, Macnell and Deacon, Solicitors for Jun Kee stating that their client had no objection to his premises being viewed by any parties the City may choose to appoint to ascertain the amount of damages sustained and asking to know the day and hour it was proposed to go down.
Referred to the City Solicitor to arrange a date

From R. P. Rithet & Co Ltd asking that they be reimbursed for sending Cablegrams to England to get prices on Water pipes as the time was afterwards extended that would allow them to get prices by mail.
Referred to the Water Committee

From L. M. Thomas etal Water Works and Board of Works Employes asking for a half holiday every Saturday.
Referred to the Water & Board of Works Com’s

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights

From T. A. Fee explaining matters in connection with a Boulevard on Broughton Street
Referred to the Board of Works

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The following Reports were received and read.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 20th 1896.
Present – Aldermen Banfield, Painter, Clandenning and Brown.

The following account was recommended for payment:-
News.Advertiser Supplies etc. $21.92


From the City Auditor reporting the City’s accounts correct for October.

Resolved that the City Clerk be again instructed to write to the Lieutenant Governor re the reduction of the Salary of the Police Magistrate.

sgd J.J. Banfield

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

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 19th of November 1896.

Present – Aldermen Shaw, Schou, Macdonald, Coldwell, Clandenning and Painter


From J. McPherson etal in regard to the opening of a lane and Sewerage accommodation in Block 104. D.K. 196
Referred to the City Solicitor

From T. A. Fee asking the City to fill a Boulevard at Broughton St where he is now building

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Resolved that Mr. Fee be informed that the City does not make boulevards but if any excavating is done in the neighbourhood instructions will be give to fill in where petitioner asks.

From J. J. Batten asking that something be done to carry off surface water from alley back of Block 61.196
Referred to the City Engineer to examine

The letter of T. Fitzpatrick re Dundas Street being in bad condition was referred to the City Engineer to examine and report.

Mr. Seward applied for permission to make certain alterations to a building on Carrall Street within the Fire Limits.

City Engineer to examine and report to see if same is in keeping with the requirements of the Fire Limit By-Law

Mrs. J. A. Green and others asked for a 6 ft sidewalk on Haro Street North Side from Thurlow to Bute.
Resolved that the Contractor for Thurlow Street Sidewalk be instructed to put in this piece at the same rate namely 13 ½¢ per foot; the walk to be laid 6 feet from the Street line.

From R. Marrion, Health Inspector in reference to the enforcing of the brush by-law.

Resolved that this Board recommends that the City Council at once enforce the Brush By-Law by making arrangements to do the work itself where the owners of lots requiring clearing of brush are at ‘default’ and charge the same to the taxes.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Evans Coleman & Evans Supplies $197.

A Balkwill. Sewer Dupont St 88.20

G.S. McConnell Books 9.

Con Ry Co Tickets 11.50

J. Armand. Foot Bridge 50.

W.L. Tait & Sons Lumber 121.78

sgd H.P. Shaw

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Moved by Alderman MacDonald
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the Report be adopted.


Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ Painter
That Alderman Wm Brown be appointed Acting Mayor during the absence of His Worship, Mayor Collins

The Council then adjourned

W. Brown
Acting Mayor

Thos McGuigan
City Clerk