Sunday Street Sprinkling to Go Ahead – June 26, 1899

Sunday Street Sprinkling to Go Ahead – June 26, 1899

In spite of a motion of objection to work being done on Sundays, the Board of Works passed a motion have Georgia Street watered by the Firemen of No. 2 Fire Hall on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings and the firemen at No 3 Fire Hall to do same on Mount Pleasant. Two proposed By-Laws were overturned; one to raise $100,000 for Street Improvements an another to raise $25,000 to build a new Fire Hall and to buy additional sites for future Fire Halls. Two other By-Laws passed second reading; one to obtain certain lands for a public park, and another to raise $125,000 for Sewer improvements.

This transcript was made in 2023 by Transcribimus volunteers Marie-Claude Tremblay

Illustration: Item : CVA 312-22 – Street sprinkler, Vancouver
[in front of Diamond Liquor Co.] 1905

Source: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S31 715-E-02 Vol 9
pages 170-178


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Vancouver June 26th 1899.
The Council met on Monday June 26th 1899.
Present: – His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Gilmour, Grant, McQueen, Skinner, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, Bruce, and Wood.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From E.L. Widdicombe asking the City to connect his property with Pender Street Sewer.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From W.D. Burdis asking the City to pay for an advertisement calling a Public Meeting in April 1898.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From M.T. Twigby, Manager of the C.P. Telegraph Co asking that sign near premises on Granville St.
Referred to the Police Committee

From J. H. Shirley thanking the Council for its prompt action re Dundas Street.
Filed.

From I.L. Mills etal asking for a 6 ft walk on Manitoba Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From D.C. Harrison asking for a copy of the Fire Limit By-Law.
Request granted.

From D.C. Harrison asking if the building on the corner of Cambie & Cordova Streets was Fire Proof and according to By-Law.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From D.C. Harrison asking for the appointment of a Building Inspector.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From R.L. Partridge Secy. I.O.O.F.M.N. sending invitations to the Mayor and Council to attend Ball & Supper on the 30th inst.
Accepted with thanks.

From Robertson and Hackett agreeing to terms re the laying of 4 inch pipe & hydrant

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to their property on the C.P.R. Reserve.
Referred to the Water Committee.

From the Police reporting on the Electric Lights.
Filed.

From A.H. Fryer etal asking for electric lights and street improvements on the corner of Bidwell & Robson Streets.
Referred to Works & Lights.

From Alfred Shead Secy of the Plumbers’ Union asking the Plumbing By-Law be enforced.
Referred to the Health Committee.

From John Nesbit etal calling attention to the unsanitary condition of the lane between Burnaby and Harwood Streets.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Engineer reporting on the wharves and bridges.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Geo. H. Arnan, Secretary of the Vancouver Transfer Co. asking for a sidewalk on Cambie Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Champion and White asking for the fixing up of the lane south of Dupont Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Union S.S. Co asking the Council to assume all responsibility re crowds on wharf during the celebrations.
Filed.

From Geo. Barsley, Secretary of the Dominion Celebration Committee asking that the 30th of June be proclaimed a Public Holiday and that the Cities of Victoria, Nanaimo and New Westminster be also requested to proclaim the same day a Public Holiday in their respective Cities.
Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ Foreman.
That the Mayor be requested to proclaim Friday the 30th inst. a Public Holiday and that the mayors of Victoria, Nanaimo and New Westminster be also requested to do the same.

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From Anne McLennan inviting the Mayor and Council to the Midsummer Festival to be held in the Powell Street Grounds on June 30th.
Accepted with thanks.

From Abernathy etal asking for a wider sidewalk on Westminster Avenue, Mount Pleasant.
Filed.

From Dr. Stevenson etal asking for a wider sidewalk on the south side of Hastings Street east.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From G. E. McDonald asking for permission to use a portion of the street at the corner of Cambie and Hastings Street for mixing mortar etc.
Request granted.

The following Reports were received and read: –

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday June 21st 1899.
Present:- the full Board.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

McDowell & Co.Supplies$121.80
Chas Hach8.80
J.S.W. JayKalsomining107.00
Trythall & SonSupplies19.15
Valley Dairy Co78.30
Champion & White1.15
Clarke & Stuart21.75
C.S. Philp24.40
Cleeve Canning Co.6.40
D.M. Stuart138.36
Dominion Fish Co.7.50
Evans, Coleman & Evans66.20
Geo CalderCottage hospital398.00

Communications

From Mrs. M. Field, City Hospital, asking for a monthly allowance.
Referred to the Chairman with power to act.

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Resolved that the Caretaker of the Cemetery be instructed to see that carriages do not foul plots when passing along the walks.

Resolved that Lots 46, 47 & 48 in the Hastings Townsite containing about 187 acres be purchased for Cemetery purposes at the upset price of $35.00 per acre.

The question of reducing the number of tenders at the City Hospital was left in the hands of Alderman Foreman to enquire into.

Sgd
W.J. McGuigan
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Foreman
That the Report be accepted.

Carried.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday June 23rd 1899.
Present:- Aldermen McQueen, Wood and Brown Gilmour.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

The World P&P CoAds$11.45
G.F. BaldwinDisbursements4.
W. H. AllenPress Association5.
The ProvinceAds9.90
M. C. WoodwardSupplies15.00
Trythall & Son.88.50
News AdvertiserAds21.10

A Communication was received from C.A. Powis offering Life Saving Posters at 25 cts each.
Resolved that 20 of them be purchased.

Sgd
Jas McQueen
Chairman

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

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Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday June 22nd 1899.
Present:- Aldermen Bruce, Grant, Foreman and Skinner.

Communications

From G.D. Scott and A.E. McNaughton re grades on Nicola Street.
To be notified that grades are not yet permanently settled.

From A.K.H. Macfarlane requesting earth to be placed in Powell Street Athletic Ground.
Referred to Engineer.

From A.E. Beddis etal re opening up Ninth Avenue Fairview.
Trail to be cut for one Block.

From W.C. Detmars re removing stumps etc. on Barclay Street.
Referred to the Chain Gang.

From A. R.C. Selwyn re filling on Broughton St.
Referred to the Engineer.

From Joseph Marrion asking permission to erect a frame building on Water Street.
Permission not to be granted and Police to be notified to have material removed from the ground.

From W. Skene re supplying public urinals.
It was decided to order two.

From S.M. Eveligh opening up Pendrill [Pendrell] St.
Chain gang in turn.

It was resolved to recommend to have Georgia Street watered by the Firemen of No.2 Fire Hall on Saturday nights or Sunday mornings and the firemen at No 3 Fire Hall to do same on Mount Pleasant.


The following accounts were ordered to be paid: –

B.C. Iron Works Co.Supplies$15.00
Wm. SummerLabor12.00

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F. BoensLabor$8.40
Armstrong and MorrisonSupplies20.38
McDonald Bros.Delivering crushed rock328.05
Capt. WilliamsCrushed rock702.17

The Board then adjourned until 10 a.m. Monday the 3rd of July.

sgd
Alex Bruce
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Bruce.
Seconded by “ Foreman.
That the clause in the report re street sprinkling on Sunday be struck out.
Lost.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by Alderman Gilmour.
That the whole clause be struck out.
Lost.

Moved as an amendment to the amendment by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan
That the whole question of street sprinkling be referred back to the Board of Works for reconsideration and that the balance of the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Grant.
That the following By-Law be introduced and read a first time viz:-
A By-Law to amend the Trades License By-Law.
Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the city Clerk be instructed to Call for tenders for the boring of a rock tunnel under the present rock tunnel on the Capilano.
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Wood.
Seconded by “ Brown.
That the sidewalk on Westminster Avenue between Seventh and 8th Avenues be removed and replaced with a single, dressed 12 ft. plank walk, the present walk to be placed on 9th Av between Westminster Av and Westminster Road.
Lost.

Moved by Alderman Bruce.
Seconded by “ McPhaiden.
That the following account be paid:-

J. Mackie et al.Labor on repairs to pavement$438.82

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Skinner.
Seconded by “ McGuigan.
That the electric Light Co’s contract be altered so that the City will be lighted every night.
Lost.

Moved by Alderman Bruce.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the Board of Works be authorized to have the streets sprinkled on Thursday Friday and Saturday of this week if necessary. This refers to principal streets that are not included in the contract.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by “ Foreman.
That the City Solicitor be asked to give a written opinion as to the legal right of the Street Railway Company to contribute like other property holders to the watering of the streets on which their rails are laid and cars run.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Grant.
That the By-Law to raise $125 000 for sewer purposes be read a second time.
Carried.

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The By-Law was accordingly read a Second time.

Moved by Alderman Gilmour.
Seconded by “ McGuigan.
That the By-Law to raise $25 000 for the erection of a new Fire Hall and the acquiring of additional Fire Hall Sites be read a second time.
Lost.

Moved by Alderman Skinner.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the By-Law to raise $100 000 for Street Improvements be read second time.
Motion not passed.

Moved by Alderman Grant.
Seconded by “ McQueen.
That the By-Law to acquire certain lands for a public park be read a second time.
Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time.

Committee of the Whole

Moved by Alderman Bruce.
Seconded by “ Wood.
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Sewer By-Law with the Mayor in the Chair.
Carried.

The By-Law was submitted and considered at some length.

It was then moved by Alderman Gilmour.
Seconded by Alderman Grant.
That the Committee rise and report and ask leave to sit again.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Wood.
Seconded by “ Bruce.
That the Council stand adjourned until Wednesday at 8 P.M.
Carried.

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The Council accordingly adjourned.

W. Brown
Chairman

Tho. F. McGuigan
City Clerk.