Rae appointed Pound Keeper – September 28, 1896

Rae appointed Pound Keeper – September 28, 1896

Matthew Rae (pictured) was appointed pound keeper at a salary of $50 per month. The Oppenheimer Brothers asked that their cabins not be torn down, as they were making them sanitarity as quickly as possible. The Foreman for Ward Two was instructed to put in a crossing and a hitching post for access to the hospital on Cambie Street. A new coping was ordered added to the jail fence.

This transcript was made in 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer  Joanne McCormick

Illustration:
UBC Archives, Police Book, 1901
Pound Keeper Rae

Original handwritten minutes:
City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 7 pages 315-325
to see original handwritten minutes, click here

[Volume 7, Page 315]

The Council met on Monday September 28th 1896
Present: His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Painter, Banfield, Schou, McPhaiden, Clandening, Brown, MacDonald, Bethune and Coldwell. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications
From John Mason etal, asking that the lane in Block 78, DL 196 be opened up. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Doctors Fagan and Maclean, New Westminster giving a Certificate that Mrs. Addison was insane {but not dangerous to herself or others}. Referred to the Board of Health.

From C.E. Seymour, New Westminster offering the YMCA building for $33,000. Referred to the Finance Committee.

From W.C. Davis & Geo Overy, asking if there was a moiety provided by the By-Law for parties gaining a conviction against parties firing off firearms within the City limits. Resolved that they be informed that there is no such provision.

From Alex Fletcher etal asking for the opening up of Carolina Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From {the Chief of Police} William Ward reporting on the electric lights. Filed.

From Major Townley {Fifth Regiment Canadian Artillery} thanking the Mayor & Council for the Address presented by them to Sgt Major Cornish. Filed.

[Volume 7, Page 316]

From the City Clerk New Westminster inviting the Mayor and Council to be present at the {Fall} Exhibition.
Moved by Alderman McPhaiden; Seconded by Alderman Coldwell.
That the invitation be accepted. Carried.

From E.H. Fletcher, Victoria acknowledging receipt of {Vancouver Rifle} Challenge Cup. Filed.

From Oppenheimer Brothers stating that they were putting their property on Dupont Street in a sanitary condition as rapidly as possible and asking that the shacks be not pulled down. Laid over.

From Thomas P. Stretch etal, asking that a cross road be opened up east of Carolina Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

Alex Gibson asking for a new lease for the Race Course. Referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Rev. W.W. Baer etal protesting against the granting of a music hall license. Referred to the Licensing Board.

From Geo. Bartley Secretary of the Lacrosse Club, asking for the free use of the Market Hall for the evening of the 3rd prox.
Resolved that he be informed that as the Council has hitherto refused to allow such that they regret that they cannot grant the request in this case.

From William Ward, Chief of Police tendering his resignation to take effect on the 31st day of October 1896.
Moved by Alderman Coldwell; Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden.
That his resignation be accepted. Carried.

[Volume 7, Page 317]

The following reports were received and read:

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on the 24th of September 1896. Present: the full Board.

Mr. Dodson Baker, Hastings Street submitted plan for alteration to roof of his store.
Resolved that he be informed that the way he proposes to construct and cover the new roof is contrary to the Fire Limit By-Law.

From Y. Martin, CMC South Vancouver, stating that the railing of South Granville Street inside the City Limits was in bad shape. Referred to the Ward Foreman to attend to.

From H. Brooke acknowledging letter re obstructions on the Government portion of Dundas Street. Filed.

From J.A. Green etal asking for a sidewalk on Thurlow Street from Jackson to Haro. Recommended for tenders.

From R. Marrion, Health Inspector re necessity for two short pieces of sewerage in Sub 196. Referred to the City Engineer to examine and report.

From E. Bloomfield asking for a 6ft walk on 7th Av west of Westminster Av. Recommended for tenders.

The Engineer was authorized to have a tile drain put in across Dupont Street by day work to drain cellars on the north side.

From J. Mason & Co asking to have sidewalk fixed in front of cottages on Dunsmuir Street near Hamilton St. referred to the Engineer to examine and report.

Resolved that the Foreman for Ward two …

[Volume 7, Page 318]

… be instructed to put in a crossing at Cambie Street opposite the entrance to the old wing to the City Hospital, also to put in hitching posts also to round up and ditch Granville Street near the bridge.

Resolved that the foreman for Ward one be instructed to put in a 6ft sidewalk from Denman Street walk on Barclay Street as far as C.W. Robson’s gate about 132 ft; also a 3 plank sidewalk with old plank on Haro Street from Jervis to Broughton Streets on the south side.

Resolved that tenders be called for the following work up to 4pm on Thursday the 8th October:
Thurlough {sic} St.   6ft walk from Robson to Haro.
Broughton St             6ft walk from Robson to Georgia.
7th Av                        6ft walk from West. Av to 5 lots west of [????] St.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
W.G. Fraser               Hornby St      $83.30
J.D. Fraser                 Water St       $100.34
Thomas Dunn & Co  supplies           $7.16
S. Sheridan                 Comox St      $75.46
Tait & Sons                 supplies        $124.65
T. Thomas etal            labor              $814.65
Signed H.J. Painter, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Painter; Seconded by Alderman Coldwell
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

[Volume 7, Page 319]

Water and Market Committee
The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday September 23rd 1896.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Painter, Schou & Bethune.

Communications
From S. Madison asking for a new harness for the Water Works Department. Referred to the Chairman.

From William Ralph asking for $300 on account of the Market roof.
Resolved that Mr. Ralph be paid $300 on account.

The City Engineer was instructed to prepare a plan and probable cost of placing dolphins along the channel of the Narrows and send the same to the member at Ottawa with a request to the Government to have dolphins placed along the channel.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
W. Ralph                            repairs to Market roof $300.00
Clarkson & Mayne            ditto                               $13.00
Evans, Coleman & Evans  supplies                         $10.60
J. Carnahan                        scavengering                   $1.50
News, Advertiser               supplies                         $11.65
Thomas Dunn & Co          supplies                         $80.14
Coldwell Brothers              supplies                          $9.50
Clarke & Stuart                  supplies                          $8.29
F.W. Boultbee                     duty                               $4.15
Payne Tapping Machine     supplies                         $8.58
Vancouver Gas Co              supplies                       $10.00
W. Hooper etal labor $432.40
Signed William Brown, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown; Seconded by Alderman Clandening.
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

[Volume 7, Page 320]

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday September 25th 1896
Present: Aldermen Banfield, Painter, Brown and Bethune

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
W.J. Trythall    revising voters lists     $20.00
A.K. Stuart      address to Cornish         $7.50

Communications
From A.E.E. Clark protesting against the sureties of W.H. Kendall being released. Referred to the City Solicitor.

From Stanley James, City Auditor furnishing report for August. Filed

From the Automatic Can Co. stating that they intended to erect a can factory in Vancouver provided they got 10 years exemption from taxation and free water to the amount of 1500 gallons daily.
Resolved that they be informed that the Council will introduce the necessary By-Law when the description of the site is given.

Resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to see that the rock crusher and connections are properly protected and retained on the present site.

Resolved that the License Inspector be instructed to enforce the payment of Express Companies Licenses.

Resolved that the City Clerk write again to the Government in reference to the reduction of the salary of the Police Magistrate.

Resolved that W.E. Johnstone late Poll Tax Collector ….

[Volume 7, Page 321]

… be communicated with informing him that since his resignation as Poll Tax Collector and Assessor his monthly engagement ceased and that he is now only employed from day to day.

Resolved that the City Clerk collect from the BC Iron Works Co the sum of $132.51, the cost of submitting the late By-Law.
Signed J.J. Banfield, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Banfield; Seconded by Alderman Painter.
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Fire & Police Committee
The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday September 22nd 1896. Present: the full Board.

Resolved that the tender of Johnston, Kerfoot & Co be accepted for supplying 15 pairs of blankets at $3.25 per pair from sample No 900.

Communications
From J.A. Reid, Pound Keeper tendering his resignation to take effect on the 1st of October. Resolved that it be accepted.

From the Chief of Police reporting the escape of a prisoner called Abbott Smith. Filed.
From J.D. Langlois reporting that $35.00 was taken from one Fred Atcheson who was drowned and that only $30.00 was turned over to him by the Chief of Police. Laid over.

Applications for the position of Pound Keeper were received and referred to the Council to make the appointment.

[Volume 7, Page 322]

Resolved that a coping be put on top of the Jail fence.

Resolved that Officer North be supplied with a suit of plain clothing at a cost not exceeding $23 and that the former resolution providing for a $15 suit for him be rescinded.

Resolved that Officer Grady be supplied with an overcoat.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
News Advertiser          ads            $4.50
J.C. Woodrow              supplies   $21.70
McDowell & Co          supplies     $6.25
A. Blarney                   supplies     $9.00
Thomas Dunn & Co    supplies  $695.65
G.R. Gordon                supplies      $5.75
C. Cattell                     supplies    $19.00
BC Mills                      supplies     $1.18
C.S. Philp                    supplies      $7.10
Van Transfer Co cab hire $.75
Davidson Brothers badges $137.61

Signed Charles A. Coldwell, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Coldwell; Seconded by Alderman McDonald {sic}.
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman McPhaiden; Seconded by Alderman Banfield
That the Rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to regulate the continuance and erection of cow byers and stables. Carried.

The By-Law was introduced and read a first time.

Moved by Alderman Coldwell; Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden

[Volume 7, Page 323]

That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of a By-Law to amend the By-Law to regulate Runners known as By-Law No 259. Carried.

The By-Law was introduced and read a first time.

Unfinished Business
Under the head of unfinished business, the following applications for Pound Keeper were considered:
Hugh McLaughlin, M. Ellison, W.J. Smith, George McKay, Alex McDonald, James Lindsay, William Beck, Harvie Robinson, A. Fulthorp, J.W. Ellis, Matthew Rae, William Slater, J. Ravey.

It was then moved by Alderman Coldwell and seconded by Alderman MacDonald
That M. Rae be appointed Pound Keeper at a salary of $50 per month. Carried.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Bethune; Seconded by Alderman MacDonald
That the petition of a member of the ratepayers asking that a plebiscite be taken by the ratepayers before the License Commissioners grant a License for a Music Hall to sell intoxicating liquors be received and that the Commissioners be asked to withhold the passing of said By-Law until such plebiscite is taken. Withdrawn.

[Volume 7, Page 324]

Moved by Alderman Banfield; Seconded by Alderman Painter
That a Vote of Thanks be tendered to the City Band for their kindness in turning out and taking part in the reception to Sergt Major Cornish. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Banfield; Seconded by Alderman Coldwell
That a wire be sent through Mr. George R. Maxwell asking the Government to place in the estimates an appropriation for the purpose of building a Drill Shed in our City. Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Painter; Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That the Liquor License Amendment By-Law be reconsidered and finally passed.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Schou; Seconded by Alderman MacDonald
That the further consideration of this By-Law be postponed until a plebiscite of the City Voters shall have been taken on the Music Hall License question. Amendment Carried.

Moved by Alderman Coldwell; Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the Second Reading of the By-Law to amend By-Law No 259. Carried.

The By-Law was read a Second time.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the By-Law with the Mayor in the Chair.
In Committee the By-Law was read over ….

[Volume 7, Page 325]

… clause by clause and reported to Council as complete without amendment.

The rules were again suspended and the By-Law read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Coldwell, seconded by Alderman McPhaiden.

The Council then adjourned.

Thomas Francis McGuigan      Henry Collins
City Clerk                                 Mayor

Note
Comments in parenthesis { } denote further illumination provided by the writer and from The Vancouver Daily World Newspaper; At the Council, September 29th 1896, pg 2