Improvements Voted for Granville Street – September 23, 1895

1895 Picnicers aboard the Cutch

The Board of Works was instructed to put down a six foot sidewalk from 8th to 9th Ave on South Granville Street. $15.00 was also set aside for the purpose of covering the coarse rock at the south end of Granville Street with ashes from Hotel Vancouver. Salaries for the two Inspectors and the Tax Collector were set at $60 – 65 per month.

This transcript was made in 2021 by Darrin Pezer/Proactive Building Maintenance

Illustration: Reference Code: AM54-S4-: Bo P125
Printer’s picnic group on dock and on board the “Cutch” (1894 or 1895)

Original handwritten minutes:
COV S31 Volume 6 pages 765 – 773

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Vancouver Sept 23rd 1895
The Council met on Monday September 23, 1895.
Present: Acting Mayor Brown, and Aldermen Coupland, Gallagher, Queen, McPhaiden, Clandenning, Sanders, Bethune and McDonald.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From J.D. Townley etal asking for a light on Seaton Street.
Referred to the Water & Light Committee

From E. Lindsay Phillips asking for the opening up of Clarke Drive.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Welsh Bros etal asking the Council to submit a by law to the rate payers to raise money to pay the debts of Purdy & Williams on the reservoir contract.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From E.B. Morgan, asking for repairs to Carrall St sidewalk, at the Byrnes Block.
Referred to the Board of Works

From E.J. Cashmore, Toronto, asking if he would get assistance if he started a bicycle factory etc here.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From W.J. Smith etal asking for a 3 plank walk on Prince Edward Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From the City Clerk of New Westminster inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to the Exhibition.
Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Queen
That the invitation be accepted.
Carried

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From F.H. Sankey etal asking for the improvements of the lane in Block 21, 196.
Referred to the Board of Works

From W.T. Steward asking that the City take 200 lights to start contract with.
Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ Coupland
That 160 lights be the minimum numbers to start with.
Carried

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.
Filed

The following reports were received and read.

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday Sept 18th 1895
Present: Aldermen McPhaiden, Brown and McDonald

Communications

From Ald Scoullar stating that he could not find any plumbing in W. H. Gallagher’s house with the exception of one water tap which is according to the Water Works By Law.
Filed

From C.L. Brown reporting that his son’s fingers were cut off in the City Hospital without his authority and asking that the matter be inquired into.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From John Gilchrist stating that Dr Thomas had examined his wife’s corpse on board the S.S. Premier and tried to collect for it.
Referred to Dr Thomas for explanation.

Resolved that the police officers be required to

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serve summonses in the Small Debts Courts where the City’s interests are concerned in the collection of accounts.

Resolved that if the caretaker of the cemetery finds a suitable location for a well that assistance be given him to have same dug.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
J.W. Smith Washing $45.17
C.B. Lockhart Burial 4.45
C.S. Philp Supplies 23.05
J. Dodson “ 19.55
W. Kerfoot Drayage .50
Hudson & Nottle Labor 18.40
J.C. Woodrow Supplies 33.46
C.F. Foreman “ 64.19
News Advertiser “ 3.50
Champion & White “ 3.00
Mr. Lomas Labor 1.00
R. Meek “ 20.00
Dunn & Co Supplies 14.37
Hopkirk & Spence “ 2.75
Champion & White “ 3.00
Dr. Johnston Mental Ex 5.
Crowder & Penzer Supplies 29.36
Clarke & Stuart “ 4.00

Resolved that the City Solicitor be instructed to take steps for the collection of the scavenger’s fees incurred for clearing the premises of Chas Doering and John Powis.

Resolved that an office be fixed up in the rear of the City Hall grounds for the accommodation of the Milk Inspector.

Sgd D. McPhaiden
Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Coupland
Seconded by “ Gallagher
That the clause in reference to the serving of summonses by the police be struck out.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Coupland
Seconded by “ Gallagher
That the report as amended by adopted.
Carried

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday September 20th 1895.
Present: the full Board

Communications

From Messrs Coates Son & Co relating to the repurchase of civic bonds.
Filed for reference

From Lethbridge & Horne, asking for a share of the City’s insurance.
Filed

From the City Solicitor stating that the City was not obliged to pay any money for Dr Kendall into court at present.
Filed

From the City Solicitor stating that he would furnish an account of charges made by him in connection with the Loaning Board.
Filed

From the City Solicitor stating that he had arranged regarding the payment of school accounts.
Filed

The Bond of D McGillivray for keeping the street

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pavement in repair for two years was approved also bond of Lord Lonsdale for sidewalk in front of Dunn Miller Block.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Mellon, Smith & Co Insurance Premium $64.00
J.B. Smith Supplies 1.
G. H. Blair Labor 19.33
H. McLean etal Labor 47.32
News Advertiser Ads 3.
H. McSorley Labor 3.
H.H. Davis Labor 8.35
Loudon Guarantee & Accident Co Premium 62.50
Clarke & Stuart Supplies 13.20

Sgd A. Bethune
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the words “and Board of Works” be added to the McGillivray bond after the words “City Engineer”.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the report as amended be adopted.
Carried

Fire, Market & Police Committee

The Fire, Market & Police Committee met on Monday September 23, 1895.
Present: Aldermen Gallagher, Coupland, Sanders and McDonald.

Communication from James Brooks offering to

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plaster Fire Hall No 1 for $40.
Resolved that his tender be accepted.

From James Purdy asking for an increase of salary as night watchman.
Laid over

We beg to report that we have tested the hose recently purchased from the Toronto Rubber Co and the Gutta Percha Mfg Co and that the same stood the test and that the Clerk notify them that effect.

Resolved that the $10.00 collected by the Chief of the Fire Brigade for rock sold from No 2 Fire Hall excavation be paid in and credited to the Committee.

Sgd W.H. Gallagher
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Gallagher
Seconded by “ Coupland
That the words “and credited to the Committee” in the last clause of the report be struck out.
Carried

Board of Works

The Board of Works held a special meeting on the 20th of September 1895.
Present: Aldermen McPhaiden, Queen, Sanders, and McDonald

Moved by Alderman Sanders
Seconded by “ McDonald
That Alderman McPhaiden be appointed Acting Chairman during Alderman Shaw’s absence.
Carried

The Bond of D. McGillivray furnished for keeping

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the newly paved streets in repair for 2 years was read and approved and the final estimate signed by the acting Chairman.

The question of the expenditure of the $250 to be paid over by the Street Railway be for the fixing up of Robson Street was discussed.

Resolved that the work be done under the supervision of the Ward Foreman and the instructions of the City Engineer it being understood that this work shall not interfere with the ordinary work.

Resolved that the coarse rock at the south end of Granville Street be covered with ashes from Hotel Vancouver.

Resolved also that the plank on Granville Street between Davie and Drake Streets be re-planked by the Wardmen it being in a dangerous condition.

In reference to the drain to carry water away from Thompson Bros cellar, corner of Howe and Pender Streets, the Committee decided to go examine it with the Engineer.

Sgd D. McPhaiden
Acting Chairman

Moved by Alderman Gallagher
Seconded by “ Queen
That the clause in the report in reference to the expenditure of $250 on Robson Street be struck out and that the tenders be called for having the work done.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Clandenning
Seconded by “ Coupland
That the sum of $15.00 be voted for the purpose of covering Granville Street south with ashes.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Gallagher
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the report be adopted as amended.
Carried

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Motions

Moved by Alderman Gallagher
Seconded by “ Coupland
That the Consolidated Railway and Light Company be requested to run their cars on the street so that the cars will pass to the right.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Coupland
Seconded by “ Gallagher
That the Board of Works be instructed to put down a six foot sidewalk from 8th to 9th Ave on South Granville Street and on 9th Av to the entrance of the school yard.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ Clandenning
That the salary of the Poll Tax Collector and Assessor be $60 per month, the salary of the License and Milk Inspector $60 per month and the salary of the Health & Plumbing Inspector $65 per month.
Carried

Consideration of By Law

Moved by Alderman Gallagher
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the amendments to the Trades License By Law be read a second time.
Carried

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for its consideration with the Acting Mayor in the Chair.

The By Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

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The By Law was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Gallagher seconded by Alderman Queen.

The Council then adjourned.

W. Brown
Acting Mayor

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk