Council Debates the Utility of “Dolphins – September 26, 1898

Council Debates the Utility of “Dolphins – September 26, 1898

Council debated the utility of dolphins (man-made berthing or mooring structures that extend above water level) in the Narrows. Council argued the Government was in charge of navigation matters and therefore the proper parties to erect dolphins to aid navigation. Alderman Townley moved that the Mayor, and Alderman McQueen and himself be a committee to go into uniformly naming streets and report particulars to the Council. Deputy Minister of Marines and Fisheries acknowledged letter on the subject of English Bay foreshore rights, and stated that when the city has acquired the lots to which a foreshore is desired, the question of dealing with the foreshore will be taken up.

This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Lynn Shane

Illustration: VPL Accession Number: 38641A
English Bay pier and boats

Source: COV S31 715 G 05 Volume 8
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Vancouver Sept. 26th 1898.

The Council met on Monday Sept. 26th 1898.

Present: His Worship the Mayor, & Aldermen Townley, Painter, McQueen, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman and McMorran.

The Minutes of last regular and special meetings were read and adopted.


From T.T. Black, asking the Council to endorse a petition to be presented to the Government, praying that a Special Act be passed admitting him to practice as a Barrister and Solicitor.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan.
Seconded by “ McMorran
That the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to sign the Petition on behalf of the City and attach the Corporate Seal thereto.

From M.J. Barr, Secretary of the Master Plumbers Association, asking that S.A. Wye be appointed on the Examining Board for Journeymen

Moved by Alderman McGuigan.
Seconded by “ McMorran.
That S.A. Wye be appointed a member of the Examining Board.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.

From A.K. Munro on behalf of Williams Directory Co asking how many Directories the City required.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

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From J.M. Lefevre, declining to accept price offered for 21.22. & 23. in Block 71, D.L. 185.

From H. J. Cambie accepting the job of Arbitrator.

From J.M. Browning declining the position of Arbitrator.

From Geo. R. Maxwell Esq. M.P. acknowledging receipt of resolution re dolphins in Narrows.
Laid over.

From F. Goudreau [Gourdeau], Deputy Minister of Marine acknowledging receipt of resolution re foreshore rights on English Bay.
Filed for reference.

From Jesse Betts, Nanaimo stating that he would give half the proceeds of his sales on pills if he were allowed to sell without license.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From Harris & Bull stating that A.A. Boak was appointed Arbitrator on behalf of Copland & Burnet.

From Robertson Bros. stating that if the urinals were not removed at once from the Mackinnon the matter would be placed in the hands of their Solicitors.
Referred to Board of Works.

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The following Reports were received and read:

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday September 23rd 1898.
Present: Aldermen McQueen, Painter, Brown and McMorran.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

Henderson Directory Co.Directories$15.00
G.A. RoeddeSupplies85.00
Mining Critic74.10
Vancouver Transfer Co.Hacks30.00
Innes Richards & AkroydInsurance80.00
Urquhart Bros.Supplies15.58
Canadian Fire Insurance Co.Insurance45.00
Dr. SelwynDoctor’s Bill7.50


From the City Accountant stating that the value of the furniture in the new Woman’s Ward was about $2500.
Resolved that it be insured for three years for $1500 in the Canadian Fire Insurance Co.

From Frank S. Taggart, Managing Director of the Mining Critic, stating that he would accept $85.10 for printing Debentures.
Resolved that he be paid at the Contract rate.

From P.N. Smith, Manager of the Vancouver Tannery Co., asking for the payment of an account of $99.90 out of the New Westminster Relief Fund for leather supplied one E.J. Newson.
Resolved that Mr. Smith be informed that the City cannot recognize the claim as the goods were sent without authority.

Resolved that the Isolation Hospital be reinsured for three years for sixteen hun

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dred dollars in the Company represented by Innes Richards & Akroyd.

Resolved that the Mayor be authorized to write to Mr. Dennison giving reasons for changing the proposed location of the Detonator to some more suitable point.

Resolved that the City Solicitor be instructed to pay to Mr. Woods of New Westminster the amount of the loss he can show he has sustained through being disappointed in not getting the Market Hall and $10.00 for Solicitor’s fees.

Sgd. Jas McQueen

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

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on September 22nd 1898.
Present: the full Board.


From Robertson Bros. re erection of urinals against building on lane owner of Lots 8. 9. & 10. Block 22. DL 541. complaining of it being a nuisance.
Laid over.

From the Hudson’s Bay Co. etal petitioning for new sidewalk on the north side of Water St.
To be attended to.

From John W. Gatter re drainage on Lot 34. Block 71. asking Council to direct course of same.
Referred to the City Solicitor.

From John W. Gatter presenting a claim

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for windows broken by blasting.
To be paid if correct.

From F.C. Cotton complaining of rubbish burning in lane and stacking of cordwood by Salvation Army and erecting stable by Army.
Police to see that no rubbish be burnt on lane. Council has no power to prevent stacking of cordwood. Stable in accordance with City By-law.

From E.B. Morgan complaining of poor condition of sidewalk on Abbott Street side of Wilson Block.
Referred to the Engineer to report.

From G.D. Scott, asking for grading and clearing up brush at the junction of Jervis & Haro Streets.
Laid over.

From residents of Front Street, leading to the Slaughter houses, asking that it be planked.
Referred to the Engineer & Ald. McMorran.

Alder Street to have three plank sidewalk on East Side from 9th Av to present walk.
Lane between Cordova & Hastings Streets back of Callister Block to be attended to.

Chief of Police to see that all tents in Fire Limits are taken down.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

W.L. Tait & SonSupplies$517.92
J.K. Davis1.50
Evans, Coleman & Evans21.00
B.C. Mills229.92
Robertson & Hackett29.24
Geo CottinghamRepairs1.00
Thos VeitchTeaming

Sgd. A.J. Painter

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

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Painter.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the following By-Laws:
(a) A By-Law to amend the Pound By-Law.
(b) A By-Law to amend By-Law No. 187. Providing for changing the names of the streets hitherto known as Oppenheimer Street, and Carl Avenue.

Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman.

The amendments to the Pound By-Law were read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete without amendment.

In considering the amendments to the Street Naming By-Law. It was moved by Alderman Townley that the consideration of the question be deferred and that a Committee consisting of His Worship the Mayor, Alderman McQueen and himself be appointed to go into the whole question of Street-Naming with a view of introducing a proper Street-Naming By-Law.


Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by. “ Brown.
That the amendments to the Pound By-Law be read a 3rd time.

The Council then adjourned.

James F. Garden

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk.