Water Will Be Cut Off If Bill Not Paid – Sept 8, 1896

Water Works Department directed to cut off water to customers who are behind six months in payment, but sprinkling to be done as needed during Carnival. Licensed hack men asked Council to prevent outside hack men working during Carnival.

This document was transcribed in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon.

Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives Series 31
Volume 7 pages 294-298

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Vancouver Sept. 8th 1896

The Council met on Tuesday September 8th 1896

Present – His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, Schou, Banfield, Clandenning, McPhaiden, Brown, Bethune and Coldwell

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.


From Geo R. Maxwell acknowledging the receipt of resolution re the construction of a railroad from Vancouver to Kootenay.

From A. Gilmore protesting against any interference with his property on the south side of Dupont Street.
Referred to the Health Committee

From C.R. Marani acknowledging receipt of resolution re Fraser River dredging.

From the Con Ry Co acknowledging receipt of resolution re collection of fees on the Vancouver and Westminster Train line.

From Frank Devlin Indian Agent asking for the payment of the arrears of rent due on the Capilano Indian Reserve.
Referred to the Finance Water Committee

From the City Clerk reporting that the vote on the By-Law to exempt the B. C. Iron Works Co was 122 for and 92 against

From the Rev. W. T. Strickhouse asking the City to take over the prosecution of several liquor cases.

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The following Reports were received and read

Water & Market Committee

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday August 26th 1896.

Present – Aldermen Brown, Painter and Clandenning

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

W. Hooper etal Labor $473.75

VanGas Co. Supplies 5.25

B.C. Iron Works Co “ 4.57

News.Advertiser “ 22.

Resolved that the Water Works Department be instructed to shut off the water where the consumers are in arrears six months or over.

Communication from S. Madison furnishing Report.

sgd Wm Brown

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

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday August 28th 1896.

Present – the full Board

The following contracts were approved and authorized to be signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and the Corporate seal affixed thereto:-

W.G. Fraser Hornby Street Sidewalk

S. Sheridan Comox “ “

G. Wright Broughton “ “

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

London Guarantee & Accident Co Insurance $62.50

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G.F. Baldwin Supplies $4.00

Carnival Committee Grant 3000.

A St. G. Hamersley Disbursements 12.40


From the City Auditor furnishing Report for June.

From Lee & Stewart etal Licensed Hackmen asking that outside Hackmen be prevented from plying their trade during Carnival week.

Resolved that the Civic Offices be closed after 1 P.M. during Carnival Week.

The Automatic Can Co of British Columbia represented by Henry Stackie and F. Schlager waited upon the Committee in reference to exemption from taxation and free water conditional on them starting an establishment in the City.
Laid over until they put their proposition in writing.

sgd J.J. Banfield

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

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on August 27th 1896.

Present – Aldermen Painter, Schou, MacDonald, & Clandenning.


From F.R. Stewart re drain at his premises on Water Street
Resolved that on the recommendation of the Engineer to furnish the property owners with sufficient tile pipe to carry drain across the Street, the property owners to supply the labor to get the work done.

From the Health Inspector re unsanitary conditions of old boiler at approach to City Wharf.
Referred to the Engineer to have

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it emptied and removed to the yard.

From J. W. Oldfield and others asking for improvements on 8th Av between Bridge and Ash Streets.
Laid over.

From Health Inspector re drainage for Block 49. D.L. 196
Resolved that the Health Inspector be instructed to get the consent of the owners of property in that Block to dedicate sufficient land (say 10 ft) for a lane throughout the block and as soon as that consent is obtained the Ward men be instructed to put in the requisite drain.

From the Health Inspector re condition of lane in Block 58.D.L. 541
Referred to the Ward men to put in a drain

From J. J. Dougan etal asking for a sidewalk extension on Harris St.
Laid over to see if funds will permit

From W. Hepburn, Secretary Trades & Labor Council in reference to certain contractors working more than 9 hours per day.
Resolved that he be informed that in all City Contracts a clause is provided for working 9 hours per day only but cases occur in which more than 9 hours in order that there may be as little obstruction to traffic as possible and in order to leave things safe for the public.

Attention was called again to the dangerous condition of the loose bricks on the parapet wall on Ogle Thomson Block Hastings St.
Resolved that the Chief of Police be instructed to call again on the Agents regarding the matter.

Resolved that the Spare planks, over on

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Wrights contract be laid by him on Hastings Streets east of Seymour Street on the North side at the same rate as the rest of the contract.

Resolved that the Engineer be instructed to have watering done when necessary during the Carnival week.

Alderman Schou said that it was reported that there were obstructions on the Government Road which is an extension of Dundas St
Resolved that the Provincial Inspector of Roads be notified so that the obstruction may be cleared away.

Resolved that tenders be called up to 4 p.m on the 10th of September for the following work:-

Water Street laying single dressed sidewalk South side from the Fire Hall as afar as the Gold House.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

J.D. Fraser. Westminster Av bridge $51.57

T. Gibbons Powell St 50.

Thos M Thomas etal Labor 888.15

sgd H.J. Painter

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


Moved by Alderman Banfield
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the following accounts be paid:-
J.W. Fonseca etal Dep Ret Officers $40

The Board then adjourned

Henry Collins

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk