B.C. Iron Works bonus question delayed for one week – September 12, 1892

Leatherdale + Smith claims damages to a horse and “rig” while it was rented by the City. Mr. R.D. Pitt is also claiming damages for the loss of his leg, while Mrs. Staff is claiming compensation for her salary while she was in quarantine. Meanwhile, the Mayor and Aldermen have been invited to two industrial exhibitions in New Westminster and in Tacoma, Washington. There was confusion about whether the B.C. Iron Works was or was not requesting a bonus from the City; the matter was laid over for a week while the Finance Committee examined the question.

This transcript was made in 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Susan M. Willows
and sponsored by The Woodward Family

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 142-147

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Vancouver Sept 12th 1892

The Council met on Monday September 12th 1892. Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Collins, Scoullor, McGuigan, McCraney, Odlum, Franklin, and Gavin.

The Minutes of last meetings were read and adopted


From J.M. Browning asking what action had been taken on his offer re the purchase of the Recreation grounds for a City Hall site.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the President of the Industrial Exposition Co, Tacoma inviting the Mayor, Council & Citizens to be present at the exhibition on the 17th inst.
Invitation accepted

From J. J. Dougan asking that the water pipes be extended up Keefer & Harris Streets east of Jackson Av.
Referred to FW&L Committee

From Leamy & Kyle asking the City to clear Lots 10 to 12, Block 22, sub 200a.
Referred to the Board of Works

From D. Robson City Clerk of New Westminster wanting the Mayor and Aldermen to be present at the Industrial Exhibition (s/b Exposition) from the 20th to the 23rd inst.
Invitation accepted

From Leatherdale & Smith claiming damages for injury to horse and rig.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Mrs. Staff claiming compensation for loss of salary while in quarantine.
Referred to the Health Committee

From Alex McKelvie & Co. asking for a bonus in aid of their foundry.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From R. D. Pitt claiming compensation for the loss of his leg
Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by “ Franklin

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That the Communication be filed.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Odlum.
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan
That Mr. Pitt be granted $150.00 payable at the rate of $5.00 per week, as compensation for the loss of his leg on condition that he relinquishes all claims against the City in that respect.
Amendment lost, motion carried.

From the B.C. Iron Works station that they were not asking a bonus from the City

From W.E. Brown stating that the additional street lights were being placed.

From Wm. Cargill, asking for the use of the fire engine for a short time on the Jockey Club grounds.
Referred to the F.W.&L Committee with power to act.

From John McLaren reporting on the Electric Lights

From J.M. Stewart, et al, protesting against the erection of cattle sheds near Hastings Mill.
Forwarded to the CPR Co.

From Bell-Irving and Paterson asking for the final payment on their water pipes.
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Gavin
That the Communication be referred to the F.W.&L Committee with power to advance $15,000 if everything is found in order.

From Wm Lyman asking for the position of Caulker on the water pipes.
Referred to the F.W.&L Committee

From W Atchison etal asking for a sidewalk on Keefer Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Fleming Robinson asking the roots and stumps to be removed off his lots on Quebec St.
Referred to the Board of Works

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From D. Oppenheimer et al asking the City to clear the site for the Whetham College.
Referred to the Police Committee

The following reports were received and read.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday Sept 9th 1892.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Odlum, McGuigan and Mills.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
C.P. Telegraph Co. Messages $13.19
Telephone Co. Rent 63.50
City of Victoria Keep of Leper 28.55
School Trustees Grant 10,000.00
A. St. G. Hamersley Fare Costs 10.00
F. Evans, Transcript of Evidence 11.50
S.S. Tilley & Son Supplies 18.40
Wm Ralph ” 11.00
H.E. Croisdale Bond 62.50
sgd R.A. Anderson

Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by ” Odlum
That the Report be adopted.

F.W. & L. Committees
The F. W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday Sept 7th 1892.
Present Aldermen Franklin, Connon, Mills, and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
M. Llewellyn, Diving $63.00
Thos. Veitch, Express 66.95
H. Lomas et al, Labor 233.25
W.S. Cook, Supplies 3.85
S.S. Agnes, Services 36.00
Daniel Hunter, Supplies 2.40

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Fraser + Co. Supplies $92.88
G. Young ” 7.25
Evans, Coleman & Evans, Supplies 13.20
S. Fulton, Drayage 1.00
J.W. McFarland. Supplies. 206.86
J. Miller Postal Cards 50.00
J.M. O.Toole Supplies 116.32
Chief Capilano, Damage to Garden 10.00
J.L. Franklin

Moved by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by Alderman Franklin
That the Report be adopted.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday Sept 8th
Present Aldermen McCraney, Gavin, Franklin and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-
1. That the plan of the St. Charles Hotel submitted by R. MacKay Fripp be approved and a permit be given to erect.

2. That C. Cawkes offer to sell his sprinkler for $75. be not accepted and that after the termination of the street sprinkling contract the Board recommends that no more street watering be done at the City’s expense.

3. That the Secretary to the Board inform E. Cook that the use of his wharf will not be required after the 30th inst; the City now having its own slip at the foot of Gore Av.

4. That T Bell’s offer to cut and burn the timber off Cordova Street for the sum of $50 be accepted.

5. That the following accounts be paid
A. Gifford, Repairs $4.00
Thos Dunn + Co, Hardware $19.45
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Potter + Flett, Sec 4 Sewers $3238.03
Hobson Bros. Burnaby Street 750.50
E. Cook, Rent of Wharf 25.00
L. Raine Gravely St. 79.50
McMurrie + Co, Sec 7 Sewers 1521.36
Leatherdale + Smith, Hack Hire 2.50
Boyd + Clandenning, Sec 6 Sewers 579.60
McLennan + McFeely, Supplies 149.48
John Cowan, Pest House 324.90
S.T. Tilley + Son, Stationery 14.45
H. McConney, Hauling 2.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 20.52
Godfrey + Co, Hardware 14.80
Hobson Bros. Beatty St. 43.16
Evans, Coleman + Evans, pipes 1800.00
H. Lomas et al, Labor 1004.85
sgd H.P. McCraney

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by ” Franklin
That the Report as amended by adopted.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by ” Odlum
That a By-Law be introduced and read a first time granting a Bonus of $20,000 to the B.C. Iron Works Co.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Gavin
Seconded by Alderman Collins
That the By-Law be not read a first time.

Moved as an amendment to the amendment by Alderman Scoullar, Seconded

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by Alderman Odlum,
That the matter be laid over for one week to be considered by the Finance Committee.

The Board then adjourned.

F. Cope

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk