Gravely Street to be opened up – October 23, 1893

Gravely Street to be opened up – October 23, 1893

John Mason wrote to request Graveley Street be opened up. [Photo shows the Mason home].

Resident writes that the culvert at the corner of 7th & Prince Edward is in a “dangerous state”. The Police Committee had to meet a second time after the original supplier of police uniforms withdrew his tender. J. H. Smith awarded $25 for finding those responsible for breaking windows.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives photo AM54-S4-: Bu P299
[Exterior of Mr. and Mrs. John Mason’s residence – 1617 Graveley Street]

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 573- 577

[volume 5 page 573]

Vancouver October 23 1893.
The Council met on Monday October 23rd 1893
Present- His Worship, the Mayor and aldermen Salsbury, Collins, Hackett, Cargill, McCraney, Hobson, Franklin, Towler & Brown
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From F. C. Cotton and others requesting the Mayor to call a public meeting on the 27th next to hear addresses from Ministers Foster & Augers.
Referred to the Mayor.
From Smith & Freeland drawing attention to the dangerous state of the culvert at the corner of 7th & Quebec P. Edward St.
Referred to the B of Works.
From G. C. Clark etal asking for the opening of the lane in Block 119 264A.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From John Mason asking for the opening up of Graveley St.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From the Deputy Provincial Secretary notifying the Council of the appointment of C. W. Robson, as Revisor of the Voters’ List.
From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.
From the City Clerk of Victoria stating that the City Council did not favorably entertain the proposition to erect a dwelling for Mrs. Hansell on Darcy Island.
From H. J. Panishir etal asking for a division of Works.
Laid over for one week.

[volume 5 page 574]

From R. T. Robinson asking the Council to purchase flowers for the Park.
Referred to the Park Commissioners
From R. A. McMorran etal asking for a 6 ft. sidewalk on 10th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works
From D. W. Campbell etal asking for a sidewalk on Hornby St.
Referred to the Board of Works.
From Chas Woodward etal asking for the improvement of the Street between Blocks 87 & 88 264A.
Referred to the Board of Works.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 20th 1893.
Present – Aldermen Cargill, Collins, Hobson & Brown.
The following account was recommended for payment:-
Westminster & Vancouver Tramway Co Tickets $8.25
sgd Wm Cargill

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ Hackett
That the Report be adopted.

Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Tuesday Oct 17th 1893.
Present – Aldermen Towler, Hackett & Hobson.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
C. S. Philip Supplies $11.54
Shelton & Co. “ 12.50

[volume 5 page 575]

Atkins & Atkins. Supplies $4.55
W.C. Marshall Express 4.00
John McConaghy Boat hire 1.25
C.F. Foreman Supplies 35.50
J.P. Blake “ 24.70
McIntosh & Co. “ 29.35
G.L. Allen “ 5.50

2. That the Chief of Police be authorized to order 3 pairs of handcuffs.
3. That the following tenders be accepted for police uniforms and overcoats:-
Murray & Paterson.
Officers suits $23.00 each
Sgt. 25.00
Chief 28.00
Overcoats for Officers $14.00 each
Sgt. 18.00
Chief 20.00
sgd Wm Fowler

The Committee met again on Wednesday Oct. 18th
Present – Aldermen Towler, Hobson, McCraney and Hackett.
The object of the meeting was to reconsider the tenders on Uniforms and overcoats, Murray & Paterson having withdrawn their tenders.
It was recommended that the tender of Mr. Murphy be accepted for the uniforms from
Samples “B” at $27.00 for officers suits Sgt. $29.50 & Chief’s $32.00 and that David Evans’ tender be accepted for the overcoats as follows:- Officer $28.00, Chief’s $30.00
sgd Wm Fowler

Moved by Alderman Hackett
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Report be adopted.

[volume 5 page 576]

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday Oct 19th 1893.
Present- Aldermen McCraney, Brown, Salsbury and Hackett.
It was recommended:-
1. That permission be granted to Mr. Sentell to erect a projecting Verandah 2’6” out with eaves troughs all around and no posts, at the south East corner of Prior Street and Gore Av. subject to removal at any time when notified.
2. That D. Oppenheimer be requested to state what portion of Westminster Av he wishes to have covered with bitumen.
3. That neither Messrs Scott & Hughes, nor Bailey Bros. be permitted to erect buildings covered with corrugated iron within the fire limits.
4. That the Street Inspector be instructed to put down a 3 plank walk on the North side of Pender Street between Thurlow & Bute Streets.
5. That the repairing of the lane in Block 5, O. G. T. be referred to the Street Inspector for attention
6. That the Street Inspector arrange for the chain gang to be sent to grade the lane in Block 93.196; also to make an approach to W. H. Steve’s stable Lot 7. Block 320.526 from 7th Av
7. That the Communication from Davis Marshall and Mac Neill in reference to the claim of the B. C. Pottery & Terra Cotta Co be referred to the City Solicitor
8. That the Street Inspector put down a 3 plank sidewalk on 9th Av between the Westminster Road and Westminster Av and also a sidewalk on 8th Av from Westminster Road across the gully about 150 ft.
9. That the City Engineer get the necessary levels for a basement on Granville St.
10. That the following accounts be paid:-
Hunter Bros Sidewalk $9.21
Evans Coleman & Evans Supplies $16.00
Gibbons & Borland Ash St. 204.29
E.M. Masi & Co. Cardero St. 60.70
H. Lowes etal. Labor 425.70
B.C. Land & Investment Co. Sidewalk 192.08

sgd H.P.McCraney

Moved by Alderman Towler
Seconded by “ Hackett
That the Report be adopted. Carried.


Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Towler
That the following account be paid:-
Hooper etal. Labor $377.20

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by “ McCraney
That J. H. Smith be paid the reward of $25 offered by Council for the detection and conviction of parties breaking windows etc.

The Council then adjourned.
F. Cope

Thos. McGuigan
City Clerk.