Injunction Forbids Vancouver to Pay for Street Rails – September 10, 1894

Injunction Forbids Vancouver to Pay for Street Rails – September 10, 1894
Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co.

E.L. Phillips served the City with an injunction against paying for street rails. Meanwhile the Finance Committee had proposed to use $2,500 allotted to legal expenses and $3,500 allotted to contagious diseases to pay for the street rails. Due to the injunction, that proposal was set aside. The Vancouver Trades and Labor Council alleged that D. McGillivray was working his men 10 hours a day in contravention of the contracted nine hours a day. 

This transcript was made in June of 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer  Rachel Tsui

Illustration: The Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Company
car barn and power house on Barnard (Union) Street just west
of Westminster Avenue (Main Street), ca. 1892
City of Vancouver Archives reference code: S4-: Trans P161

Original handwritten minutes: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 220-223
to see original handwritten minutes, click here

[Volume 6 page] 220

Vancouver September 10th 1894
The council met on Monday September 10th 1894.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Shaw
Salsbury, Queen, McDowell, McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm
Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown, and Bethune.
The minutes of last meeting were read, and adopted

Communications
From R.G. Tatlow complaining about the dangerous
condition of Westminster Av. South.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From W. Thomson, Manager of the Hudson Bay Co
asking for the opening up of a lane at the new
Warehouse on Water Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Thos Duke asking for an electric light on
the corner of Carrall Av & Keefer Street.
Referred to the Fire & Light Committee

From John McLaren, reporting on the Electric lights
Filed

From C.D. Rand, asking for an extension of time
for the completion of the Burrard Inlet, and
Fraser Valley Ry.
Referred to the Finance Committee & City Solicitor

From F.P. Bishop, Secretary of the Trades and
Labor Council stating that D. McGillivray was working
his men 10 hours a day
Referred to the Board of Works.

[Volume 6 page] 221

From A.G. Ferguson, Chairman of the Park Commissioners
asking for a further appropriation of $500.00
Referred to the Finance Committee

From A. H. Hutchings resigning his position as electrical
inspector and recommending the appointment
of H.W. Kent.
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Queen
That his resignation be accepted
Carried

From Angus McDonald applying for the vacant
position of electrical inspector
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L.. Brown.
That he be appointed for the balance of
the year at a nominal salary of $1.00 a year.
Carried.

From W. L. Steward submitting an offer for submitting
installing an incandescent light plant.
Referred to the Fire & Light Committee

From E. L. Phillips serving an injunction restraining
the City from paying for rails ordered.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From the city Solicitor advising that the City had
the power to pay Wm McGirr’s workmen notwithstanding
any garnishee
Filed

Reports
The following were received and read

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday

[Volume 6 page] 222

September 7th at at 4 p.m. the full Board being
present,
Resolved.
That $2500 00 appropriated to the use of the Board
of Health for contagious diseases, and $3500 appropriated
to the Finance Committee for legal
expenses be expended for the purpose of purchasing
rails under the contract entered into between
the City and D. McGillivray, dated
August 9th, 1894.

Resolved.
That the men employed by Wm. McGirr
in the construction of the Grand Stand at Hastings
Park be paid out of the Estimate passed for Wm
McGirr and as provided by the terms of the contract

Resolved.
That the City Clerk be instructed to notify
the Telephone Co. not to connect the City’s telephone
Service with Westminster except from [the]
City Hall
Communications

From Wm. Cargill applying for the position of
Assessor.
Laid over

The following accounts were recommended
for payment:
Telephone Co. Rents $38.50
CPR Telegraph Co. .95
News. Advertiser ads {2.40 50.00 }
Crowder & Penzer supplies 7.45
F. Filion “ 2.95
G.A. Roedde “ 3.00
London Guarantee Co. premium on Bond 62.50
Sgd W.F. Salsbury Chairman

[Volume 6 page 223]

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the clause in reference to the rails
be struck out.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ C. L. Brown.
That the report, as amended be adopted
Carried.

Health Committee
The Health Committee met on Friday September 9th
1894.
Present the full Board

Resolved.
That $2500 00 appropriated to the use of the Board
of Health for contagious diseases be expended for
the purpose of purchasing rails under the contract
entered into between the City and D. McGillivray
dated the 6th day of August 1894,
Sgd. C.L. John McDowell
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Salsbury ,
That the Report be laid over.
Carried

The Board then adjourned

Thos. F. McGuigan       R. A. Anderson
City Clerk                     Mayor