Chinese citizens to be buried separately – December 29, 1890, 7:30 pm

Chinese citizens to be buried separately – December 29, 1890, 7:30 pm

Chinese community granted separate plot in Cemetery. Telephones needed to connect the Sheriff’s office in Vancouver and in the New Westminster Courthouse to “facilitate the processes of the law.” A clock to be placed on the Market Building tower, cost not to exceed $60.00

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and sponsored by Arnold Silber

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 166-173

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Vancouver December 29th 1890

The Council met on Monday December 29th 1890 at 7:30 P.M.
Present: His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Horne, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod and Doering.
The minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.

Communications
From J. W. McFarland, Secretary of the Vancouver Water Works Company informing the Council that free water would be supplied to the fountain on Hastings Street and refunding $11.92 for previous rates paid to them. Filed.

From Chas. Slade asking that certain trees be cut down on 14th Av in Block 111, 301.  City Engineer.

From Chief of Police furnishing weekly report of Street Lights.  Filed.

From W.P. West making certain charges against the Pound Keeper.  Board of Works.

From Alfred Steigenberger asking that the City drain the water off his lot on 5th Av.  Board of Works.

From G.W. Thomas reporting on the Market Receipts.  Filed.

From A.J. Mouat, Secretary to the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library submitting his Report for A.D. 1890 and asking that a Committee be appointed to take charge.  Finance.

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From Wm H.H. Johnson asking for a bonus for a varnish factory.  Finance Committee.

Reports

Finance No. 32
The Finance Committee met on Friday December 26th 1890.

Present: Aldermen Browning, Garden and Costello.
It was resolved:
1.       That Geo. F. Baldwin and Charles Tetley be paid $300.00 each and Thos. F. McGuigan $300.00 less the amount already received by him from Park Commissioners in lieu of an increase of salary from the beginning of the present year and that in future they be paid $125.00 per month respectively in consideration of Geo. F. Baldwin performing the combined duties of Treasurer, Assessment Commissioner and Collector, Charles Tetley that of Accountant and Thos. F. McGuigan that of City Clerk and Secretary of the Park Board.

2.       That the following accounts be paid:
Drake, Jackson & Co, Law Costs                                                       $34.00
J.J. Blake, Legal Services                                                                       100.00
C.E. Pooley, Legal Services                                                                    75.00
Sgd. J.M. Browning
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.  Carried.

Crematory                                                                                                                                                         Report
Some time ago the Council authorized your Committee to conclude arrangements with Engle Sanitary & Cremation Co for the

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erection of a Crematory furnace in this City and also to obtain a site for the same in a suitable position.
In accordance with that resolution we invited Mr Engle to come to Vancouver and he arrived last Friday.
He met your Committee on Saturday and submitted plans and model for an improved furnace which will yield better results than the one which the Company tendered to build for $6000.
Though it will cost more to erect he states that the Company will give the benefit of their improved system to the City and will agree to abide by the price which they quoted.
He asks however that the Council will as the works progress make advances to the Company on account for wages and materials to an amount not exceeding $3000.00 in all and that the balance shall be held over after due trial. The furnace has worked to the complete satisfaction of the Council when it shall be paid. Your Committee think that this is a very fair and reasonable proposal and recommend it to the favourable consideration of the Council.
Sgd Malcom McLeod
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Horne
That the Report of the Crematory Committee be adopted.  Carried.

Works No. 36

The Works Committee met on Friday December 26th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Browning, Costello and Sentell. Alderman Browning in the Chair.

It was resolved:
1.       Re the Bunker Accounts

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That the whole matter be referred to the City Solicitor and the City Engineer conjointly to look into each individual case and that upon their joint certificate the City Treasurer be authorized to pay all recommended claims.
2.       That the City Engineer be empowered to spend $60.00 the amount in the estimates on a sidewalk on the south side of Burrard Street from Westminster Avenue to Dunlevy Avenue, the width of said sidewalk being decided by the City Engineer according to requirements.
3.       That Mr John Boultbee’s request on behalf of certain Chinese of the City be granted and that they be allowed a piece of land on the extreme southern limits of the present cemetery and having a length of the full width of said cemetery and depth enough to make one acre. The precise situation of the said piece of land to be decided by the City Engineer.
4.       That the tender of Bradshaw and Urquhart for the construction of a drain in the East Park be accepted with the understanding that the storm drain “No 1 b” be put in instead of the log drain “No 1 a” price $638.00.
5.       That the tender of Ch P Coulson for the supply of 1 Burford & Perkins 12 ton Steam Road Roller at 2 mos delivery, for the sum of $2883.00 be accepted.
6.       That the tender of Ch P Coulson for the supply of 1 Baxter’s Rock Crusher at 2 mos delivery for the sum of $2576.00 be accepted.
7.       That the tender of Thos Dunn & Co for the supply of 1 16 horse power steam engine be held over for the City Engineer to report on the most suitable class of engines and also pending the acceptance of tenders for granite road metal.
8.       That J.G. McDonald be allowed his claim of $66.00 for repairs to the City Wharf, the City looking to the City Wharf for repayment.
9.       That the City Engineer be instructed to have a box drain put in the lane in Block 53

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541 from Georgia Street towards Robson St.
10.   That the following accounts be paid:
H.B. Warren, Car fares etc.                                                                    $7.05
R. Hemphill, Fencing lots                                                                          7.50
A. Godfrey & Co, Supplies                                                                         4.50
Boyd & Clendenning, Centre St extra                                              525.00
11.   That the City Engineer be authorized to have a box drain put on the north side of Georgia Street from the St. Andrews Church to the east side of Homer Street at once.
Sgd. J. W. Horne
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the report.  Carried.

Alderman Horne was appointed Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That clauses 5 and 6 be laid over for two weeks for the consideration of the incoming Council.  Lost.

All the other clauses passed without amendment.
The Committee then rose and reported the Report complete without amendment.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.  Carried.

The Draft of the Agreement to arbitrate between the Vancouver Water Works Co and the City was produced and read over clause by clause.

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Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the following words be inserted in one of the clauses in the agreement: “Notwithstanding the present works do not extend throughout the City of Vancouver”.  Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That in lieu of the words “necessary pressure” the words “to stand the pressure due to the height at which the dam is situated” be inserted in lieu thereof.  Lost.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Doering
Be it resolved that the agreement drafted with reference to the purchase of the property, real and personal of every nature and kind whatsoever of the Vancouver Water Works Company by the City of Vancouver, be forwarded to that company with a request that it be duly executed by said company without delay as by Resolution of the Council the arbitration has to commence by the 15th January 1891.
And be it further resolved that the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to sign same when so returned and affix the City Seal thereto.  Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That the Market Committee be instructed to place a clock in the Market Tower, cost not to exceed $600.00.  Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the following labor

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account be paid:
B. Romang et al                                                                $142.90
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the following account be paid:
E. Cook, foundation of Market scales                       $88.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay the City officials on the last day of this month instead of on the 1st of January to enable the accounts to be closed for the year.  Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the offer of fifteen dollars a month from the Secretary of the Union Steam Ship Co for the dumping of garbage over their wharf be accepted for such time until the crematory is built.  Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
Whereas in order that the Sheriff’s officer at this place be in a position to promptly execute processes of law it is necessary that he have some speedy means of searching the Records at New Westminster, therefore be it resolved that this Council request the Honourable the Attorney General to at once have telephones placed in the Sheriff’s office in the City and also in New Westminster, in order that the business of said officer be facilitated for the good of the general public.  Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the following account be paid:
Henderson Directory Co, Book                                      $3.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the following account be paid:
A. Carwell, Towing pest house                                      $5.00
Carried.

The Council then adjourned to meet again at 10 A.M. on Monday the 5th of Jan 1891.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Council seeks company to build drydock for less than $100,000 – December 29, 1890, 10:00 am

A Special Meeting to resolve to offer financial incentive to any company who could build a “graving dock” (dry dock) for less than $100,000. A By-Law was drafted, and a date and time fixed for an election to ratify the By-Law.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 164-165

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Vancouver December 29th 1890

The Council met on Monday, December 29, 1890 at 10 A.M.
Present: His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello, Mason and Doering.

The proposed agreement between Mr Imrie Bell and the City of Vancouver for the construction of a graving dock etc in the city was considered and finally adopted by Council.

It was then moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That a By-Law be introduced authorizing Council to issue debentures to the amount of $100,000 for the bonusing of a Company who would construct docks etc costing not less than $100,000. Carried.

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

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the second reading of the By-Law be deferred until the Council met in the evening at the regular meeting. Motion lost.

Moved by Alderman Carroll Costello
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the By-Law be now read a second time. Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time.

The Council then went into Committee of the Whole, Alderman McLeod in the Chair. The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete without amendment.

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Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That a By-Law be introduced to fix the time etc for holding an election on the By-Law to raise by way of debentures $100,000 for bonusing the proposed graving dock etc. Carried.
The By-Law was accordingly read a first, second and third time and finally passed. The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Officer Grady injured on the job, receives full salary – December 22, 1890

No reduction be made in the Salary of Officer Grady, injured while helping the Chain Gang to remove a stump in one of the lanes of the City. Two miles of wire to be purchased to extend the range of the Fire Alarm. Lawyer Thomas Boultbee presents a request on behalf of the Chinese community that they be allotted a separate plot of land in the cemetery.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 153-163

Vancouver December 22nd 1890

The Council met on Monday December 22nd 1890

Present His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Horne, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod, and Doering.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From John Irving, President of the Vancouver Water Works Co. notifying Council that his Company were applying to parliament to amend their Act by repealing Section 35.
Water Works Committee

From the Harbor Master, and D. McPhaiden forbidding further dumping over the Union Steam Ship Co’s wharf.
Filed.

From Wm. Cargill, Secy of the Union S.S. Co notifying Council that his Company were prepared to make arrangements with the City for the dumping of garbage through their wharf for a monthly rental of $15.00.
Health Committee.

From Sydney. C.D. Roper, Compiler of Statistical Year Book asking for the population, assessment, and Debt of the City of Vancouver for AD. 1890.
Referred to City Clerk

From H. F. Keefer asking for balance on Market building same being now completed.
Filed.

From A. Gobeil, Secretary to Department of Public Works acknowledging receipt of Plans and Specifications of Cambie St. Bridge.
Filed.

From the Deputy Attorney General acknowledging receipt of Communication from Council on the subject of serving Summons in Vancouver and informing Council that the Sheriff had already given his officer in Vancouver full power in the matter.
Filed.

From James Watt, Desmoines Iowa, stating that Engle the Inventor and Thompson the builder of the Crematory would start from Vancouver on Saturday.
Filed.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.
Filed.

From G.W. Thomas reporting on the Market Receipts.
Filed.

From John Boultbee asking that a plot of land be set aside in the Cemetery for Chinese.
Board of Works.

From J.L. Franklin et al asking for a Sidewalk on Barnard St.
Board of Works.

From Bell and Miller, Members of the Institute of Civil Engineers, England, asking the Council to fix a time and place for meeting them when they will submit plans and specifications of the proposed graving dock to be built in Vancouver.
Filed.

Reports.

Market No 6.

The Market Committee met on Friday December 19th 1890.

Present Aldermen Garden, Fox, and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

Robertson & Co. fitting up Scales. $63.20

MacKay & Ross. Supplies 12.00

F.W. Hart. Chairs. 220.00

2 That the Zion Church congregation be allowed the use of the Market Hall on Thursday evening the 25th inst. instead of Wednesday, the usual night.

3 That the City Engineer be instructed to have made a portable fence for Market Scales.

sgd James F. Garden
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Browning.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Report of the Market Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Police No 13.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday December 16th 1890.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

O.W. Ellison. Milk. $1.72

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. 1.50

M.G. McLeod. Fares. 7.00

B.C. Cattle Co. Meat. 16.15

McDowell & Co. Drugs. 10.05

McDonald Bros. Drayage. 2.00

Thos. Crawford. Fares. 3.00

Thos. Dunn & Co Supplies 32.00

V.J. Straube. Key. 1.00

G.L. Allan. Shoes. 1.75

S.T. Tilley. Stamps. 1.00

A.B. Diplock. Stationery 6.00

John Scuitto. Supplies 52.87

2. That John Clough be granted $50.00 for services in connection with the Police department.
M. Costello.
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted.
Chairman

F.W.& L. No 16.

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday December 17th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, Carroll, and McLeod.
It was recommended:-

1 That two miles of wire for extending the fire alarm system be purchased through a local agent.

2 That the following accounts be paid:-

Chas. Millington. Shoes Set. $2.00

Gas Go. 19.00

Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies. 50.92

S.T. Tilley “ 1.00

Crowder & Penzer “ 166.57

H. McDowell & Co “ 5.20

Jacob Sehl “ 34.00

O. Toole & Ralph “ 10.43

G.W. Bazley. Shoes Set. 5.00

R.C.P. Mills Co. Supplies. 7.35

G.W. Thomas. Attending Horse 10.00

Tye & Co. Supplies 2.29

C.M. Hawley “ 8.10

E.S. Scoullar & C. “ 8.50

V. Water Works Co. 202.63

I. Forbes, Shoes Set. 4.25

Creighton Fraser & Co. 3.00

A. Godfrey & Co. .85

John Scuitto. 7.58

H.A. Berry & Co. Drayage. 2.00

sgd J.M. Fox
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello

That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Health No 17.

The Health Committee met on Tuesday Dec. 16th 1890.

Present Aldermen McLeod, Fox, and Carroll. Alderman McLeod in the Chair.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

Crowder & Penzer, Coal etc. $38.75

Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies. 12.25

B.C. Cattle Co. “ 41.54

J.S. Clute & Co. “ 5.13

McDowell & Co. “ 43.71

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. 10.50

Wo Sing. Washing 16.60

R.V. Winch Supplies. 8.88

O.W. Ellison “ 21.73

Dr. Bell Irving. Med Attendance 30.00

Dr. McGuigan “ “ 10.00

John Scuitto Supplies 41.37

2 That the Health Inspector be instructed to replace the pest house to the place from which it has broken away from its moorings.
sgd Malcolm McLeod
Chairman pro tem.

Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Finance No 31.

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 19th 1890.
Present Aldermen Browning, Garden, Fox, and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the sum of $25.00 be granted by Council for the purchase of books and bandages for the police officers and firemen for use in connection with the free instructions to be given to these parties by Dr. Brydone-Jack of the St. John’s Ambulance Association.

2 That the City Solicitor be instructed to draw up a Lease for the Jockey Club grounds at Hastings and an Agreement for the use of the grounds for exhibition purposes.

3 That the following accounts be paid:-

Drake, Jackson & Co. Law Costs. $179.00

C.E. Pooley “ “ 542.30

M.A. Harvey. Carriages. 13.00

Queen Bros. “ 12.50

Black & Wilkinson “ 6.50

Gurney Cab Co “ 6.00

Leatherdale & Smith “ 10.50

A.T. Francis & Co Carriages. 6.00

Hotel Vancouver. Refreshments 64.75

H.A. Berry & Co. Drayage. 3.85

Telephone Co. 12.00

Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Market Lights. 15.53

J.F. Murphy. Drayage. .50

S.T. Tilley Stationery 12.30

Crowder & Penzer. Coal. 54.00

Bank of B.C. Commissions 44.82

Health Accounts
Police “
F.W. & L “
Market “
Board of Works “
sgd. J.M. Browning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Works. No 35.

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 18th 1890, a full board being present:
It was recommended:-

1 That the City Engineer be instructed to have Front Street planked making use of the old plank now lying on Westminster Avenue.

2 Re Bunker’s Contract.
That the City Engineer be instructed to interview Messrs. McLean, and Cullen, and ask them to appear before the Board on Friday afternoon next and to notify Hugh Hamilton to proceed with his part of the Contract.

3 That the City Engineer get quotations from different firms for 660, eight-inch vitrified pipes and 40, 8” X 4” Y’s for a basement drain on Hastings Street; and to ascertain where the pipes can be obtained to the best advantage.

4 That W.C. Muir be paid for 1200 cubic yards extra filling from Y.M.C.A. building at the rate of 5 cents per cubic yard.

5 That there are no funds available for carrying into effect the grading of Robson Street as petitioned for by F.S. Clarke et al.

6 That the City Engineer be instructed to have an open drain suitable for local requirements put in on Cambie Street between Georgia and Dunsmuir Streets.

7 Re A. Goldstein’s claim for loss of rent on Princess St; the Board after due consideration does not look upon Mr. Goldstein as having any claim against the City.

8 That full power be granted to the City Engineer to discharge or appoint all assistants and other employees connected with the Board of Works Department; all changes in the Staff to be reported to the Board of Works.

9 That a crossing be put in where required at the junction of Westminster Av & 7th Av.

10 That the City Engineer be instructed to look into the state of the Water Street piling, trestle work and planking and report; at a subsequent meeting on the advisability of filling it in altogether.

11 That the Street Inspector be instructed to have Abbott Street filled in at the sides between Cordova and Water Streets with the least possible delay.

12 That the City Engineer be authorized to have electric lights placed in his room.

13 That the following tender be accepted for the clearing of the East Park:-
H. Connacher. $150.00 per acre.

14 That the following accounts be paid:-
H. Connacher. Cemetery Road. $1661.10
D. McRae. Sundries. 12.50
Alex McDonald. Burrard St. 157.07
A.Godfrey & Co. Supplies. 17.20
Crowder & Penzer. “ 7.30
Grassie & Mason Repairs. .50
S.T. Tilley. Supplies. 24.25
Thos Dunn & Co “ 59.55
J.C. Murchie. Burrard St. 95.88
Boyd & Clandenning. Oppenheimer St. 200.79
H.A. Berry & Co. Drayage. 20.00
Alex McDonald “ 1.50
F.W. Hart. Supplies. 58.25
Van Gas Co. 8.00
Boyd & C. Westminster Av gravel. 892.20
do Centre St. “ 609.00
do Market “ 130.50
do General “ 2960.90
D. Urquhart. Basement drain 289.80
McLean Bros. 12th Av. 6.00
Mrs. Gold. Water St. 22.00
Vancouver Land Security Corporation, Gore Av 7.00

15 Re Geo. W. Wesbrook’s petition for permission to lay pipes to connect his premises with the Inlet; we recommend that he be instructed to consult the railroad Company in regard to the matter.

16 That the owners of the property on the corner of Dunsmuir, and Hamilton Streets be allowed under the existing circumstances to leave their steps and verandahs, as they are at present, for the space of three months provided water conductors and cases are put up.
sgd. J.W. Horne
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Fox.
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $171.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Costello.
That the balance of $25.00 be paid to H.F. Keefer, he having completed the repairs on the Roof of the Market building.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That no reduction be made in the Salary of Officer Grady owing to his being off duty as he received an injury while helping the Chain gang to remove a stump in one of the lanes of the City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Council stand adjourned until Wednesday at 4 P.M.

Carried.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Police, firemen to get free first aid training – December 15, 1890

Police, firemen to get free first aid training – December 15, 1890

St. Johns Ambulance Association offers free first aid training to police and fire departments. The Police Committee request that W.S. Patterson be authorized to receive and execute writs, rather than having to send for a writ to the Sheriff in New Westminster and wait for a reply. The Board of Works begins to consider paving the roads – a budget to be prepared comparing different grades of paving and the equipment necessary to carry out each grade.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 145-152

Vancouver Dec. 15th 1890

The Council met on Monday December 15th 1890.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello, and Doering.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From Fred S. Clarke et al praying for the improvement of Robson Street between Nicola and Cardero Streets.
Board of Works.

From S.J. Emanuels, Hon. Scy. Treas. of St. Johns Ambulance Association informing Council that Wm. Brydone Jack would instruct the Police and Firemen free of charge provided the Council furnished the books and bandages.
Finance.

From Geo. W. Wesbrook asking for permission to connect his bath house with the Inlet by laying pipes thereto.
Board of Works.

From Henry Mutrie et al asking for a box drain on the west side of Cambie Street between Dunsmuir and Georgia.
Board of Works.

From R.B. McMicking informing Council that the Fire Alarm Box ordered would be forwarded as soon as possible.
Filed.

From J.J. Blake offering to assist in the preparation of the Agreement between the Vancouver Water Works Co, and the City for $100.00
Water Works Committee.

From H. Connacher asking Council to pay the laborers on Harris St.
Filed.

From Wm. Cargill Secy. U.S.S. Co. notifying Council that no dumping would be permitted over the Company’s Wharf after the end of the week.
Health Committee.

From M.H. Hirschberg, President of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library reporting that he had concluded arrangements for enlarging the present premises and that the rent would be $25.0 per month.
Filed.

From J. Newbigging asking Council to have a tree cut down on Ninth Av near Block 123. 264 A.
City Engineer.

From Chas. E. Pooley reporting the settlement of the C.P.N. Co’s [Sint. ?] and enclosing his account.
Finance.

From the Chief of Police reporting upon the Street Lights.
Filed.

From A. Goldstein claiming $15.00 for loss of rent through defective condition of Princess St.
Board of Works.

From the City Engineer showing how the expenses of the Engineering staff can be reduced.
Board of Works.

From Frederick Taylor complaining about a dangerous tree on 10th Av.
City Engineer.

From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report on receipts.
Filed.

From D. VanDusen asking for the Market Hall for a concert on behalf of the Methodist Church.
Filed.

Reports.

Finance No 30

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 12th 1890. Present Aldermen Browning, Garden, and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

John Nicholson. Scuitto Corner. $400.00

S.T. Tilley. Stationery. 21.10

C. Nelson. Toilet paper. 2.75

C.P. Tel Co. 4.10

World P & P Co. 16.74

F.W. Hart. Lamp Glass etc. 1.25

News Advertiser. Printing. 249.55

Dep. R.L. Officers 40.00

B.C. Gazette Printing 179.00

Board of Works Accounts
Park Accounts
sgd. J.M. Browning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Friday December 12th 1890.
Present Alderman Garden, Browning, and Carroll, Alderman Garden in the Chair.

It was resolved:-

1 That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare an Agreement to arbitrate between the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Water Works Co. on the basis of the resolution passed by the Council on Monday the 10th of November 1890 and that Mr. J.J. Blake be asked to state his fee for assisting in said work provided said Solicitor should require his services.

2 That the Draft of said Agreement be laid before the Committee not later than Friday the 19th inst.

sgd James F. Garden
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Report of the Water Works Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Works. No 34.

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 14th 1890.
Present Alderman Horne, Browning, Costello, and Sentell.

It was recommended:-

1 That R.A. Anderson’s claim for extras for clearing under the bridges on 12th Av amounting to $125.00 be paid on condition that the cleaning be carried out to the full width of the street the present width being insufficient in case of fire.

2 That Mr. Hogg’s claim for expenses incurred in altering his fence to amended grade on Princess Street be referred to the City Solicitor and City Engineer conjointly for consideration.

3 That the Pound Keeper be notified that unless he does his duty better, particularly in regard to the impounding of stray dogs the Board will be under the necessity of getting another Pound Keeper.

4 That the City Engineer be instructed to have Dupont Street Bridge replanked where necessary

5 That that portion of Victoria St. finished be accepted, according to the Report of the City Engineer.

6 That the work on Cambie Street box drain be not proceeded with until the City Engineer again reports on the necessity for the same.

7 Communication from Engineers of Eastern cities having been received re street paving for consideration, be it resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to prepare specifications for the different classes of pavements he recommends and also call for tenders for the supply of broken road metal etc required by the City for a term of 3 years, and, also for the supply of the necessary plank for street making viz a rock crusher, and steam road roller.

8 That the following accounts be paid:-

Rose & Marshall. Sundries. $33.00

Leatherdale & Smith. Hack hire. 3.00

San Francisco Sewer Pipe Ass. Pipes. 648.31

Queen Bros. Hack hire. 8.00

R.C.P. Mills Co. Lumber. 245.16

sgd M. Costello
for Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Doering.

“That the following accounts for labor be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $154.50

do do. 314.70
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Methodist Church Mount Pleasant be granted the use of the Market Hall for Thursday the 8th January 1891 for $10.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden.
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Board of Works be requested to enquire into the Bunker Contract and that all just claims for labor be paid, at once, and without further delay caused by legal points.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Garden.

That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay all bona fide claims for labor under contract of H. Nichol for Harris Street; amount not to exceed $492.05
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

“That owning to the great inconvenience caused to residents of the City of Vancouver in having to go or send to New Westminster in order to secure the execution of certain process of law, this Council request the Sheriff to authorize W.S. Patterson, his officer here to receive and execute all writs without having to first send same to New Westminster;
And that a copy of this resolution be mailed to the Sheriff at New Westminster and to the Honorable the Attorney General at Victoria.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Market Committee be instructed to purchase a clock to be put in the City Market cost not to exceed $600.00.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Carroll.

That Alderman Fox first ascertain if sufficient funds can be raised by private subscription, and if he fails to collect the required amount that the matter be again brought up for consideration by next Council.

Amendment lost: 3.5 Motion lost: 2.4.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the sum of $220.00 be paid to the Free Reading Room and Library for expenses of alteration upon the proposed additional premises now being leased and for the purchase of books, and be it further resolved that the incoming Council be respectfully requested to place the sum of $1500.00 in the Estimates for 1891 to be paid in monthly instalments of $125.00 to said institution.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the amendments to the Fire Limits By-Law be read a second time.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law with Alderman Carroll in the Chair.

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete without amendment.

The By-Law was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Carroll seconded by Alderman Fox.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Fox

That the amendments to the Market By-Law be read a third time

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read.

Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the amendments to the Street By-Law be read a third time

Carried
The By-Law was accordingly read.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Library budget increased, building planned – December 1, 1890

Library budget increased, building planned – December 1, 1890

Budget for library increased to $125 per month from $60. A Committee of four Aldermen and the Mayor find a site and develop a building suitable for a Reading Room, Library, Museum, and Lecture Room. Plan No 3 for Hastings Park Race Track was approved; the City Clerk to call for tenders to clear 15 acres for the grounds. A new By-Law regulating street numbering was declared complete.

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City of Vancouver Archives
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Vancouver Dec. 1st 1890

The Council met on Monday December 1st, 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Horne, Garden, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod, Mason, and Doering.

Alderman Garden was appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From the Chief of Police furnishing account of street lights for the week ending Nov. 29th.
Filed

From H. Abbott returning cheque for witness fees.
Filed.

From S. O. Richards asking for a cheque of $400.00 for Scuitto Corner.
Finance

From Dept Atty General enclosing an order from Justice Drake re entries in police book.
Police.

From Wm. Cargill, Secy Jockey Club, asking Council to have a lease for the Jockey Club grounds prepared under By-Law No. 91.
Filed.

From John Irving President of Vancouver Water Works Co. replying to resolution of Council of the 25th inst. re purchase of their works.
Water Works Com.

From C.M. Fowler furnishing monthly report of animals impounded.
Filed.

Reports.

F.W. & L. No 15
The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday November 26th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, McLeod, Carroll, and Garden.

It was resolved:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Lights $991.69
Viaduct Mfg Co. 61.10
Tye & Co. 1.90
I. Forbes. Horse shoeing. 3.00
Van Gas Co. 23.00
Crowder & Penzer. Coal 124.12
Creighton, Fraser & Co. 2.25
J. Scuitto Supplies. 11.85
E.S. Scoullar & Co. “ 13.50
A. Godfrey & Co. “ 2.75
J.M. Buxton. Coal. 24.00
E.S. Scoullar & Co. 7.60

2 That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be authorized to purchase two bed steads, mattrasses [sic] and six pair of blankets for Fire Hall No 2.
3 That the Van Elec Ry & Light Co be charged $2.00 each for lamp shades required by them.
4 That the resolution presented by the Underwriter’s Association be received and filed.
5 That the Chairman of the F.W. & L. Committee be instructed to examine and report upon the petition of A.E. Tregent etal re Street light on Nicola Street.
6 That the City Clerk be instructed to reply to the Vancouver Water Works Co re payment of 23 hydrants by referring them to former communications from Council on the subject.
7 That the Chief of the Fire Department be instructed to turn off the gas under the engine in Fire Hall No 1. during the wet season leaving him the option to turn it on when he considers it judicious.
8 That the account of the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co for October be passed for payment as certified to by the City Accountant but without prejudice to the Company or the City for the payment of lights during [unreadable] light nights up to date and further that the City Solicitor’s opinion be obtained as to the right of the claims preferred by the Company.
sgd J.M. Fox
Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That the Report of the Fire, Water & Light Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Finance. No 29.

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 28th 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Fox, Garden, and Costello.

It was recommended:-
That the following accounts be paid:-

C.P. Telegraph Co. $7.50
Board of Works Committee
Market “
F.W.& L. “
Health “
Police “

2 That the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library be granted $125.00 per month, being $60.00 in addition to the present monthly grant on condition that rooms to the satisfaction of the Council be secured.

3 The Committee having considered the report submitted to the Council by Messrs F.L. Carter-Cotton, and Chas. Whetham upon the Free Reading Room and Library beg to recommend that the incoming Council be requested to appoint a Committee of Seven to be composed of His Worship the Mayor, his Aldermen, and four Citizens, whose duty it shall be to assume the management of the present Free Reading Room and Library and at their earliest convenience prepare and submit to the Council a well matured scheme for the foundation of a Library and Institute and to consider the advisability of securing a site and erecting a suitable building for a reading room, library, museum and lecture room on a scale necessary and desirable for the City. The said Committee should be further requested to furnish an estimate of the costs and how the required amount should be raised.
sgd J.M. Browning
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Fox

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Health. No 16.
The Health Committee met on Monday Nov 25, 1890.
Present Aldermen Carroll, McLeod, and Fox.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

W.J. Taylor. Burial $14.00

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. .50

W.J. McGuigan. Inquests etc. 25.00

U.S.S. Co. Rent. 7.50

Crowder & Penzer. Coal. 13.50

J. Scuitto. Supplies 75.00

Dr. Bell-Irving. Examinations 10.00

2 That the Health Inspector be instructed to furnish the City Solicitor with the names of witnesses required in the case of McMillan vs the City.

3 That the letter presented by the St. John’s Ambulance Association to the City be accepted with thanks, and placed at the City Hospital.

4 That the City Scavengers continue dumping in the usual place pending the erection of the Crematory.
sgd W.H. Mason.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Exhibition Grounds Committee.

The Exhibition Grounds Committee met on Friday November 28th 1890.

Present His Worship, Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Garden, and Costello on behalf of the Council, and Messrs. Cotton, Cargill, Black, Wilkinson, and Jordan on behalf of the Jockey Club.

A plan of Hastings Park showing the proposed Race Course was laid before the Committee, such plan being numbered 3.

It was resolved:-
That plan No 3, submitted by the City Engineer showing the proposed Race Course be accepted and that the City Clerk be instructed to call for tenders for the clearing etc of the grounds about 15 acres.

The members of the Jockey Club present also approved the plan.

sgd.
J.M. Browning
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Browning.

That the Report of the Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Police. No 12

The Police Committee met on Tuesday November 25th 1890.

Present Aldermen Costello, Carroll, and Sentell.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

W.S. Cook. Scavengering $2.50

Creamer & Langley. Lining 1.00

Wm. Anderson. Interpreting 2.50

Geo. Peasley. Express Hire. 1.50

O.W. Ellison. Milk 1.80

W.J. Smith. Express hire. 1.50

J.H. Grady. Fares. 4.00

John McLaren “ 3.35

M.G. McLeod. Fares. 5.00

M. McLean “ 4.00

Henry Extence. Express Hire 1.25

F. Steele. “ “ .75

Wm. Murphy. Helmets. 27.15

Robert Clark. Overcoats. 91.00

John Scuitto Supplies. 64.66

Van Volkenburgh & Bro. “ 16.60

2 That the Chief of Police be instructed to strictly carry out the liquor by-law regarding Sunday closing and prevent the Chinese from working on the Sabbath day.

3 That the salaries of John J. Grady, Jos. Gibson and Thos. Crawford be increased to $70.00 per month on their completing a term of 12 mos. Service on the police force.

sgd M. Costello
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Market. No 5.

The Market Committee met on Friday November 28th 1890

Present Aldermen Garden and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

Brown & White. Crash. $3.25

John Currell. Keys. 1.00

2 That the City Clerk be instructed to send the B.C. Cattle Co. who are fitting up a butcher shop on Carroll, a copy of Clause 7 of the Market By-Law bearing upon butchers.

3 That F.J. Painton be granted the Market Hall for Saturday the 27th of December, if he fails to secure the Imperial Opera House rental to be fixed at $35.00.

4 That the Market Hall be granted to the Vancouver Institute three nights a week, the Council reserving the right to use the hall for other purposes on giving one week’s notice.

5 That during those evenings on which the Vancouver Institute occupy the Market Hall that the said Institute be requested to supply their own caretaker to look after the fires, lights, and hall on those nights

6 That the Council give the Committee power to have constructed a water closet for the waiting rooms off the hall at a cost not to exceed $115.00.

sgd J.F. Garden
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the Report of the Market Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Works. No 33.

The Board of Works met on Thursday November 27th 1890.

Present Aldermen Horne, Browning, Costello, and Sentell.

It was recommended:-
1 That the City Engineer be instructed to examine and report upon the claim of J. Hogg for change of grade on Princess St.

2 That the communication from J.R. Foster claiming compensation for building a sidewalk on Pacific Street be referred to the City Solicitor.

3 That the City Engineer be instructed to notify the contractor at work grading on Princess St. to put in the required culvert to drain C. Mayne’s premises.

4 R.B.B. Johnson Communication
That the City Engineer be instructed to take all necessary steps without delay.

5 That the City Engineer be instructed to stop all gravelling contracts with the exception of ordinary work which may be absolutely necessary

6 That the City Engineer be authorized to engage A. Parker as Inspector for Alberni and Abbott Street Sewers at $75.00 per month until the completion of the work.

7 That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare an Estimate of the cost of draining the east End Park and call for tenders for the necessary work.

8 That the City Engineer call for tenders for a box drain on Cambie Street to connect with existing drain near Queen’s Stables.

9 That the City Engineer be instructed to have the sidewalk lumber now lying on Princess Street and supplied by H. Connacher laid on the North side of Harris Street between Dunlevy and Jackson Avs.

10 That the City Engineer be instructed to call for tenders for the grading of the lane through Block 51. 196.

11 That the following contracts be awarded:-

Nicola Street. Sidewalk. D. McDonald.

Pender & Jervis “ Angus Fraser.

12 That the City Engineer be instructed to authorized [sic] Mr. Waite, plasterer to go on with the work of plastering the Cemetery house.

13 That the following accounts be paid:-

McDonald & Barton. East End Park. $1071.00

H. Connacher. Basement drain. 46.65

“ Box drain. 145.11

Boyd & Clandenning Raymour St. 106.95

D.H. Morgan. Victoria St. 198.45

McDonald & Lloyd. Westminster Av. 337.51

Boyd & Clandenning. Smithe St. 377.94

do. Robson St. 439.75

O. Toole & Ralph. Sewer connections 23.10

Robertson Bros. “ 12.45

Queen Bros. Livery 4.00

Alex McDonald. Labor. 2.25

Thos. Dunn & Co. Hardware. 49.82

sgd. J.W. Horne
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox

That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.

Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Fox.

That a By-Law be introduced to amend the Street numbering By-Law.

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

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Fox.

That a By-Law be introduced to amend the Fire Limit By-Law.

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

Motions

Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That the following accounts in connection with the Electric Fire Alarm be paid:-

R.C.P. Mills Co. Cross Arms. $29.55

Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Pins etc. 24.70

McDonald Bros. Express Hire 12.50

Geo. Dickey et al. Labor. 237.15
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the following F.W. & L account be paid:-

Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Street Lights etc $1156.13
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Browning.

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $161.25
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Vancouver Water Works Co having by a communication dated 19th November agreed to accept the conditions upon which the City proposes to acquire their system of water works as set forth in letter addressed to the said Company on the 11th November. Be it resolved that a committee composed of His Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Carroll and Garden and the mover and seconder be and are hereby authorized to have a formal agreement executed in accordance with the terms of said letter, at the earliest possible date; the agreement to provide for the arbitration being commenced not later than the 15th January next.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the Board of Works call for tenders to have the hill on Hastings Street between Jackson Av and Carrall Av cut down according to profile of City Engineer.

6.3. Carried

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Doering.

That having examined the locality mentioned in the petition of Mr. Tregent etal that an electric light of 2000 candle power be placed on the corner of Nicola and Robson Streets

S.2. Carried

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Fox.

That A. G. Evans of Fire Hall No 2. Be granted one month’s leave of absence

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Browning.

“That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the original owners or property in District Lots 200 a, 264 A, 301 & 302 with a view to getting the lanes in said District Lots handed over to the City so that they can be registered as public through fares.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the sidewalk that has been taken up on Westminster Avenue between Sixth and 8th Avenues be replaced on Ninth Avenue between Westminster Avenue and Quebec St.

Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the amendments to the Market By-Law be read a second time.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a Second time.
The Council then went into Committee of the Whole with Alderman McLeod in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the amendments to the street numbering By-Law be read a 2nd time.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time after which the Council went into Committee of the Whole with Alderman Horne in the Chair.

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

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Present street lighting is “unsatisfactory” – November 24, 1890

The Fire Water and Light Committee report suggests Council put the Vancouver Street Railway and Light Company on notice that the present lighting is unsatisfactory and the City does not intend to pay for any light which is out for more than one hour per night. The Finance Committee “unable to respond” to the Mayor’s Nov 10th proposal that the City purchase the Water Works, Gas Works, Electric Light and Street Railway, as the matter would require “grave consideration.” The Council is not in a position to approve the request of Miss Bowes to fund an Orphans’ Home, but strongly recommends it to next year’s Council.

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Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 120-132

Vancouver, November 24, 1890

The Council met on Monday, November 24, 1890.
Present: His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Horne, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello and Doering.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

COMMUNICATIONS

From John Irving, President of the Vancouver Water Works Company and J.W. McFarland, Secretary, asking for one day’s grace for sending reply to the proposition from the City for the purchase of their Works.
Filed

From E.A. Brown, submitting an account for fixing fences etc. on Princess Street.
Board of Works

From the City Solicitor informing Council that the case of Abray vs the City was decided in favour of the City.
Filed

From Wm. Smith. Dep. Minister of Marine, acknowledging receipt of resolution re swing in C.P.R. bridge.
Filed

From C. Moyne, asking for a drain on Princess Street.
Board of Works

From Wm. Cargill, Secretary of the Union S.S. Co. notifying the Council that no dumping of any kind will be allowed over the Company’s Wharf after the end of the present month.
Board of Health

From Wm. Prentice, Secretary of the Sugar Refining Co. asking for a fire alarm box at their building.
Filed

From G.W. Ahearn, Secretary Vancouver Fire Underwriters Assn asking the City to purchase chemical engines etc.
Fire, Water & Light Comm.

From J.A. Fulton, Secretary Trades and Labour Council asking that the Chinese be prevented from plying their trade on Sunday.
Police Committee

From John Irving Esq., President of the Vancouver Water Works Company replying to the offer of the City of the 11th inst. re the purchase of their Works.
Filed

From F.C. Cotton submitting a report on the Free Reading Room and Library.
Finance

From the Chief of Police submitting weekly reports on the electric lights.
F. W, and L. Committee

From the City Auditor submitting report for September and October.
Filed

From Wm. Smith, Dep. Minister of Marine asking that detailed plans and specifications of the bridge across False Creek be furnished.
Board of Works

From E. Stevenson et al asking for the Market Hall on Wednesday the 26th inst. for political purposes.
Filed

From the City Solicitor asking for leave of absence.
Filed

From C.G. Arthur et al re enforcement of Sunday Bylaw.
Police Committee

From F.J. Painton asking for the Market Hall for the 29th of December.
Market Committee

From S.J. Emanuels, Hon. Secretary/Treasurer of the St. Johns Ambulance Association offering a litter to the Corporation to be placed at the Hospital.
Health Committee

From A.E. Carter applying for permission to erect a temporary wooden shed at the P. office site.
Filed

From H. Abbott asking that planks be removed from road leading to C.P.R. Wharf. Same being on the Company’s property.
Board of Works

From Joseph Reynolds, Bandmaster, thanking the Council for the grant for the purchase of instruments.
Filed

From J.W. McFarland, Secretary V.W.W. Company asking the reason why the Council only authorized the payment of 23 hydrants.
F.W. & L. Committee

From the City Solicitor notifying Council that McMillan had fixed the day for trial for the morgue nuisance and asking for evidence.
Health Inspector

From B.B. Johnson complaining about the condition of the drainage in his vicinity.
Board of Works

From W.A. McIntosh et al asking that the proposed sidewalk on Pender Street be made 8 ft. instead of 6 ft. and agreeing to bear their share of the extra cost.
Board of Works

From H.E. McKee, President of the Street Railway Company asking for some of the old lamp shades etc.
F.W. & L. Committee

REPORTS

Market – November 4
The Market Committee met on Friday November 14th and Friday November 21st. 1890.
Present Aldermen Costello and Fox. Alderman Costello in the chair.
It was recommended:
1. That the Zion Church Congregation be allowed the use of the Market Hall on Tuesday evening the 25th inst. instead of Wednesday, the usual night.
That the following accounts be paid:
J. Scuitto, Buckets etc. $ 7.32
Crowder & Penzer Coal 18.50
E. S. Scoullar & Co. – Stoves etc. 101.10
Signed M. Costello
for Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the report of the Market Committee be adopted.
Carried

Finance – No. 28
The Finance Committee met on Friday November 14, 1890.
Present: Alderman Browning, Fox and Costello.

It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid
News Advertiser Printing                  371.70
Joseph Huntly Expenses to Victoria 19.50
Crowder & Penzer Coal etc.              27.00
john Scuitto Coal oil                           3.25
Telephone Co.                                   19.00
A. St. G. Hamersley Law Costs        58.92
Dr. Bodington et al witness fees     244.20

2. That H. Hemlow be appointed Assistant to the Assessment Commissioner at a salary of $60.00 per month during the preparation of the Assessment Roll.
3. In reference to the communication from Miss Bowes requesting the Council to make a monthly grant towards the maintenance of an Orphans Home in this City, the term of this Council is about expired, and as the finances are nearly exhausted, we cannot see our way clear to grant her request, but would strongly recommend to the incoming Council the advisability of placing a sum in their estimates for the purposes mentioned by Miss Bowes.
4. In reference to the communication from His Worship the Mayor of the 10th inst. submitting a proposition for the purchase by the City of the Water Works, Gas Works, Electric Light and Street Railway, as said proposition would involve the expenditure of a large sum of money the matter requires grave consideration, they do not therefore feel in a position at present to make any report to the Council.
5. That the accounts from the Board of Works, Park Commission and Market Committee be confirmed for payment.
Signed: J.M. Browning
Chairman

The Finance Committee met again on Friday, November 21st 1890.
Present: Aldermen Browning, Fox and Costello.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:
A. St. James Hamersley Law Costs $ 31.75
The Colonist Cheques                        75.00
Atwell King Posting Bills                    2.00
C.P. Telegraph Co.                               1.70
Board of Works Accounts
Market Accounts
Signed J.M. Browning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Horne
That the report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried

F.W.& L. No. 14
The F. W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday, November 5th 1890.
Present: Alderman Fox, McLeod, Carroll and Doering.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Vancouver City Foundry                $0.95
Van Water Works Co. Rates         377.16
McLennan & McFeely Supplies      4.40
Van Elect. St. Ry. & Light Co.     1108.73

2. A communication was received from Alderman Browning enclosing a communication from G.W. Girdlestone of Winnipeg advising the City to purchase chemical engines. Your committee, when compiling its estimates, included a sum sufficient to purchase chemical engines but the finance committee having struck it out, there are no funds available for the object recommended.

3. That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Water Works Company with a view of getting free water for the public fountain on Hastings Street.

4. That the Vancouver Street Railway and Light Company be notified that no streetlight be hereafter paid for if the same remains out beyond one hour in the night, and further that their September account as passed for payment is correct and be it further resolved that if the present unsatisfactory lighting is not remedied the City will repudiate all liability for the payment of any of the lights.
Signed J.M. Fox, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the Report of the F.W. & L. Committee be adopted.
Carried
Alderman Browning voted nay.
Works No. 32
And
1. That the City Engineer be instructed to give E.H. Heaps the permanent grade asked for by him on Granville Street.
2. That Joseph Huntly, Fire Inspector, be instructed to give a permit to reconstruct the Stewart House as the damages are under 25 percent.
3. That the City Engineer be instructed to have a crossing made on Burrard Street on the north line of Robson Street.
4. That there are no funds available for the sidewalking of Smithe Street as requested by the School Board.
5. That the City Engineer be instructed to have the present sidewalk on Burrard Street between Nelson and Barclay repaired and replaced.
6. That the communication from Alderman Horne and Hon. John Robson in reference to the Cemetery Road be laid over for one week.
7. Re the communication from His Worship the Mayor on the subject of street paving we have instructed the City Engineer to correspond further with different cities on the subject, and report.
8. Re the communication from His Worship the Mayor regarding the clearing of the East End Park, we have instructed the Engineer to notify the Contractors to appear before the Board at its next meeting.
9. That tenders be invited for the plastering of the Caretaker’s house at the Cemetery.
10. In reference to Wm. Fearing’s claim for extra’s on Beach Avenue, as there is no legal claim for such, the award given by the City Engineer cannot be increased.
11. That the City Engineer be instructed to put a box drain in the open ditch near the junction of Melville and Pender Streets.
12. A question having arisen as to the meaning of the resolution passed at the meeting of this Committee held on the 31st October regarding extra’s claimed by Boyd and Clendenning on their contract for grading Princess Street, the Committee would say that their intention is that any extra work, which the Council may consider the Contractors are entitled to be paid for, shall be at a rate to be decided by the City Engineer.
13. That a By-Law be introduced amending the street numbering By-Law.
14. That the City Engineer be instructed to have the hole in Georgia Street between Hornby and Burrard Streets filled in as soon as possible.
15. That the following tenders be accepted:
Pender Street Sidewalk – Angus Fraser
Burrard Street Sidewalk – J.C. Murchie
16. That the following accounts be paid:
Columbia Carriage Factory Sewer Locks $126.50
A. Godfrey & Co. Supplies 15.00
Davis Taylor Signs 12.50
D. Gibbons Westminster Avenue 238.95
D.H. Morgan Victoria Street 198.45
D. Urquhart Columbia Avenue 33.50
Boyd & Clendenning, Gravelling 3,223.62
D. Urquhart Dupont Sreet 10.30
H. Connacher O.G.T. 419.80
G. Mesher Richards Street 187.50
D. Urquhart Hastings Street 20.40
H. Connacher, Seymour Street 264.60
W.G. Fraser Jervis Street 188.32

Signed J.W. Horne, Chairman
The Board of Works met again on Thursday, November 20th 1890.
Present: Alderman Costello, Browning and Sentell. Alderman Costello in the chair.
It was recommended:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

Alex McDonald Burrard Street $144.00
Anderson & Yerex 12th Avenue bridge 48.53
T. Dunn & Co. Sundries 4.10
G.H. Dawson Ry. Fares 400.00
Boyd & Clendenning, Sugar Refinery 636.12

2. That Messrs. McDonald & Lloyd, Contractors, be offered the sum of $1,000.00 without prejudice in full satisfaction of their claim for extra work done on Westminster Avenue.
3. That the City Engineer be instructed to obtain all necessary information on the subject of drainage in the East End Park and report at the next meeting.
4. That tenders be invited for the construction of a 3 plank sidewalk on Nicola Street from Robson to Barclay.
5. That the following contracts be awarded:
Sewer contract No. 3 Boyd & Clendenning,
Georgia Street filling DTTO.
6. That the City Engineer be instructed to take the necessary steps to have the work of diverting the course of the drain now discharging under the foundry on Alexander Street so that same may connect with the drain on the lane between Columbia Avenue and Westminster Avenue.
7. That the following street crossings be laid:
On Westminster Avenue at its junction with Prior Street
“ “ “ “ “ Harris Street
“ Hastings Street “ Gore Avenue
8. That the City Engineer be authorized to get a new drawing table and a rack for plans for use in his office.
Signed J.W. Horne, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Horne
That the clause in the report relating to the awarding of the contracts for Pender Street sidewalk be struck out and that the width of the sidewalk be increased to 8 ft. and that the City Clerk be instructed to call for tenders for same.

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That a By-Law be introduced to fix the time etc. for holding an election for Mayor and Aldermen for AD1891.
Carried

The By-law was introduced and read a first and second time on motion of Alderman Costello seconded by Alderman Fox. The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law, Alderman Horne in the Chair. The By-Law was read clause by clause and passed without amendment. The Committee then rose and reported the By-Law complete without amendments. The By-Law was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Garden, seconded by Alderman Horne.

MOTIONS

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the Ratepayers of Ward No. 4 be allowed the use of Market Hall on Wednesday evening November 26th for the purpose of holding political meeting.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the City Solicitor be allowed leave of absence for two weeks.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That Mr. A.E. Carter be allowed to erect the necessary frame sheds for the use of workmen at the new post office, same to be removed as per his letter applying for same.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the action of His Worship in directing the putting up of a fire alarm at the Sugar Refinery, receive the sanction of the Council.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Market Committee be instructed to purchase 300 more chairs for the use of the Market Hall, cost not to exceed $1.25 each.
Moved in amendment by Alderman Garden, seconded by Alderman Costello
That the matter be referred to the Market Committee
Carried

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Board of Works supply moveable gates to the weigh scales for the convenience of weighing quadrupeds.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the following labour account be paid:
D. Romang $ 135.75
Carried

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay the freight, duty and clearance on the sewer pipes shipped from San Francisco, the amount being $411.95; also freight, duty and clearance on fire alarm apparatus amounting to $67.02.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That H.F. Keefer be paid the balance ($544.46) retained on sewerage contract, same being now due him.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the Vancouver Water Works Company having by their letter of the 15th November declined to accept the proposal made by the City for the purchase of their System of Water Works, as contained in letter dated 11th November which distinctly stated that the proposal therein made was “positively the last” . Be it resolved that the Council cannot entertain the proposals now made by the Vancouver Water Works Company to go to arbitration on any other basis than that offered by the City, and instruct the City Clerk to notify the said Company that unless the City’s proposal as contained in their letter of the 11th November be accepted on or before the 1st December next, the propositions for settlement as therein contained will be considered withdrawn.

Carried

CONSIDERATION OF BY-LAWS

On Motion by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Fox
The amendments to the Market By-Law were read a second time.
The Council then went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law. Alderman McLeod in the chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause, after which the Committee rose to report progress and asked leave to sit again.
The Committee then adjourned.

James F. Garden
For Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Citizens Committee wants Market Hall entertainments three nights per week – November 10, 1890

Market Hall Committee to meet with Citizens Committee, who are asking for use of the Market Hall three nights per week to provide “free public entertainments such as lectures, music and debates”.  Mayor Oppenheimer anxious to have the east park (Hastings Park) cleared in time for the Exhibition of 1892. Council sends lengthy letter to the Vancouver Water Works, outlining unsuccessful negotiations to date to have the City Acquire the Water Works, and proposing Arbitration to settle the matter.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Martha Hazevoet
and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 108-119

[Vol 4 pg 108]

Vancouver, November 10, 1890

The Council met on Monday, November 10, 1890.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Gordon, Fox, Sentell, McLeod and Mason. The minutes of last Special and regular meeting were read and adopted.

Communication

From His Worship the Mayor submitting a scheme for the purchase by the City of the Water Works, Gas Works, Street Railway and Electric Light.
Finance Committee

From H.S. Ceperley praying for a crossing on his road from Robson Street.
Board of Works

From A.H.D. McGowan, Secretary of School Board praying for a sidewalk on Smythe Street from Burrard to Granville.
Board of Works

From the Rev H.G.F. Clinton praying for the use of the Market Hall for the 18th inst.
Filed

From the Chief of Police furnishing the weekly record of street lights.
Fire, Water and Light

From the President of the Vancouver Water Works Co. acknowledging receipt of letter from the City Clerk re purchase of Water Works.
Water Works Committee

From Miss Bowes praying for a monthly grant in aid of the maintenance of a home for orphan children.
Finance

From the Rev. E.W. McLaren and W.H. Gallagher asking for the Market Hall, 3 nights each week for public debates.
Filed

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From Alderman Horne enclosing communication from the Hon. John Robson, Provincial Secretary, regarding the Cemetery Road and Central Park.
Board of Works

From F.C. Cotton informing Council that a report would be made on the Free Reading Room by next meeting.
Filed

From His Worship the Mayor urging the Council to proceed with the clearing of the East Park so as to have same in readiness for the Exhibition in 1892.
Board of Works

From His Worship the Mayor drawing the attention of the Council to the necessity of taking steps towards laying down permanent streets in the business portion of the City.
Board of Works.

Reports

Works
No. 31

The Board of Works met on Friday, November 7th, 1890.
It was recommended: –
1. That the following accounts be paid: –
Alex McDonald, Burrard Street 180.00
Anderson & Yerex, South Park 257.62
D. Morgan, Victoria Street 396.90
D. McAlistair, Westminster Avenue 616.66
R.C.P. M. Co., Lumber 301.59
Leamy & Lyle 39.50
Van Gas Co. 63.80
Moodyville Saw Mill Co. Lumber 1.16
H.R. Dunn & Co. Scales etc. 208.75
Alex McDonald Express .50
Boyd & Clandenning Cambie Street 607.68
Signed J.M. Browning
for Chairman
[Vol 4 pg 110]

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried

Finance No. 27
The Finance Committee met on November 7th, 1890.
Present Aldermen Browning, Fox and Castello.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid: –
Palace Livery Stables 23.00
R.H. Alexander et al Voters List 30.00
2. That Fire hall #1 be insured for $2500.00 for one year in the Citizens Insurance Co.
3. We have had under consideration the communication from Halley Bros at Granville proposing to give Stereopticon Views of Vancouver at the Jamaica Exhibition, but we cannot see our way clear to recommend the expenditure of any money on this scheme and would therefore refer the matter back to Council.
4. Re the communication from Herbert B. Hilton requesting the City to subscribe for 1000 copies of the Dominion Illustrated, we recommend that His Worship the Mayor and Alderman Fox be appointed to examine into the merits of the scheme and, if considered advisable, that they be authorized to subscriber for a number of copies not exceeding 2000.
Signed J. M. Browning, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Gordon
Seconded by Alderman Browning

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That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried

Health No. 15

The Health Committee met on November 5th, 1890.
Present Aldermen McLeod, Carroll and Fox.
Alderman McLeod in the Chair.

It was recommended
1. That the following accounts be paid: –
McLennon & McFeeley Supplies $ 14.55
John Wolf Scavengering 6.00
Van Volkenburgh & Bro. Supplies 80.89
R.C. Winch Supplies 26.09
Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies 8.25
Union S.S. Co. Rent 7.50
Crowder & Penzer Coal 13.50
Wo Sing Washing 32.90
O.W. Ellis on Milk 83.03
McDowell & Co. Supplies 88.93
News Advertiser Supplies 16.50
J.S. Clute & Co. Supplies 6.76
Russell, McDonald & Co. Supplies 5.40
Texas Lake Ice Co. Supplies 9.90
Tye & Co. Supplies 1.34
S. Townsend Scavengering 2.50
T.S. Tilley Stamps etc. 3.25
John Sciutto Supplies 58.76
W.J. McGuigan Inquests etc. 22.50
W.S. Cook Scavengering 1.50
W.J. Taylor Burial 14.50
2. That the proprietor of the Sunny Side Hotel be given 15 days’ notice to connect his premises with the public sewers and if he fails to do so within the time specified that the Health Inspector be instructed to enter upon the premises as provided by Bylaw No. 90 and have the work carried out.

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3. That the U.S.S. Co. be communicated with asking on what grounds they have thought fit or advisable to raise the rent for dumping over their wharf on the eve of the City making permanent arrangements for the disposal of garbage.
Signed Malcolm McLeod
Chairman pro tem

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That the report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried

F.W. & H.

The F.W.H. Committee met on Wednesday, November 5th, 1890.
Present Aldermen Fox, Carroll and McLeod.

It was recommended: –
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Vancouver Water Works Company Rates 377.16
Vancouver City Foundry .95
McLennan McFeely Supplies 4.40
Van Elec. St. Ry & Light Co. 1108.73
2. A communication was received from Alderman Browning, enclosing a communication from G.W. Girdlestone of Winnipeg advising the City to purchase chemical engines.
Your committee, when computing its estimates, included a sum sufficient to purchase chemical engines, but the Finance Committee having struck it out, there are no funds available for the object recommended.
3. That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Water Works Co. with a view of getting free water for the public fountain on Hastings Street.

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4. That the Vancouver Street Railway and Light Company be notified that no street light will be hereafter paid for if the same remains out beyond one hour in the night and furthermore their September account as passed for payment cannot be altered said account being considered correct; and be it further resolved that if the present unsatisfactory lighting is not remedied the City will repudiate all liability for the payment of any of the lights.
Signed J.M. Fox, Chairman
Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Sentell

That the report of the F.W.H. Committee be laid over for one week except the three items in clause 1 relating to the payment of certain accounts which are hereby passed for payment.
Carried

Report of Water Works Committee

The Water Works Committee met Sir Joseph Trutch and Mr. D.M .Eberts representing the Vancouver Water Works Company, on the 5th and 6th of November. The Company refused to accept the offer made by resolution of Council of 31st October 1890 and after considerable discussion and various offers being made by the Committee for the purchase of the works, all of which were refused, nothing definite was arrived at. The Water Works Company by their representatives offered to sell the Works for the sum of $375,000.

[Vol 4 pg 113]

The meeting then adjourned to consider this offer. On the 7th of November the Water Works Committee again met and resolved that the offer of the Works for $375,000 could not be entertained, but that a letter containing a further and final offer by the City should be forwarded to the Company. It was resolved that the following letter should be forwarded:

Resolved that the following letter shall be sent to the Vancouver Water Works Limited:

To the President, Vancouver Water Works Company.
Sir,
The Council of the City of Vancouver beg to remind you that they have, on two separate occasions, passed resolutions which have been duly forwarded to you with a view of coming to some amicable arrangement for the purchase of your Water Works System.
Firstly, after having received an exhaustive report on your System of Water Works and their present value and efficiency from an Engineer holding a high position in his profession and on whose judgment on matters of this kind it is safe to rely, the City made an offer of $211,000 as the price they were willing to pay, that amount being calculated on the above mentioned report. To this offer the City received no reply from your Company but in lieu of any reply your Company commenced an action against the City and applied for an injunction in the Supreme Court of British Columbia to prevent the City taking any steps to procure a Water Works System. This application was dismissed by the Court.
The City, still anxious that a fair and equitable arrangement might be arrived at, made another offer as follows, viz: That the value of the said works by the City should be valued by Arbitration and ten (10) per cent on the amount so settled be added by way of bonus. The total so formed being payable by the City to your Company as the price.

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This offer your company has seen fit to refuse. Your company then made an offer, at the meeting lately held here between Sir Joseph Trutch and Mr. Eberts on behalf of the Company, and the Water Works Committee of the City of Vancouver, to sell the Works for the sum of $375,000. This amount being so largely in access [sic] of the valuation placed on the Works by the Engineer appointed to value them, the City could not entertain.

All through the negotiations between your Company and the City there has apparently been a determination by your company that any proceedings to arrive at the valuation paid for your Works should be arrived at under the provisions of and as laid down by the 35th Clause of your Act of Incorporation. In fact, the only letter received from your Company in reply to the several letters sent by the City, and the verbal offers that have been made, expresses clearly that you insist on the City coming under the provisions of your Act in order to arrive at the price of the Works.

The Council being desirous of meeting your Company in every way, and going as far in their offer consistent with the rights and interests of the City as they possibly can, beg to make one more proposition to your Company, which must be considered final.

As your Company is so desirous of having the price to be paid for the Works fixed and arrived at under the provisions of your Act of Incorporation, and as it has been admitted by the representatives of your Company that there is an ambiguity existing as to the meaning of the word “value” used in the 35th Clause of the Act in the following expression: “On payment thereof to the said Company of the value of the said works and property, to be ascertained by Arbitration as hereafter provided.”,

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the Council will agree that an Arbitration should be held under the provisions of your Act, provided that the word “value” shall be clearly defined before the arbitration is entered into and a definite line laid down and agreed to for the guidance of the Arbitrators as to how they are to arrive at the “value” before they commence the Arbitration: that is to say: The Council consent to give the notice required by the 35th Clause of the Company’s Act of their intention to acquire their work sand property, provided your Company agree that the Arbitrators shall be bound by the following in arriving at the value:
They shall first of all decide the amount it took to construct the Works as they at present are, i.e. “the actual amount of construction” , and then they shall calculate the cost of placing the Works in a thoroughly efficient and proper order capable of bearing all necessary and proper presence of water for use in the event of any fire within the City, and the cost of putting the whole system in thorough repair that may have been rendered necessary from the happening of accidents or otherwise since completion by the Company.

Having arrived at this amount, that shall be deducted from the actual cost first arrived at, and the difference shall be the amount payable for the Works and all other property both real and personal, to which shall be added the additional amounts of 20 per cent and sufficient to make up 10 per cent dividend, as mentioned in the said 35th Clause.

It might be pointed out as your Company appears to be satisfied that the works are in good and proper and efficient order and capable of bearing all necessary pressure, there can be no reasonable objection to you

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agreeing to this proposal.

The Council desire an answer to their further offer before Saturday the 15th inst. as it must be distinctly understood that these repeated offers have been made by the Council purely with a view of coming to an amicable arrangement, and this is positively the last.
Signed Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the report of the Water Works Committee be adopted.
Carried
Alderman Fox voted nay.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Gordon
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the Market Hall be let to Rev. F.G. Clinton on Tuesday the 18th inst. for the purpose of holding a Sunday School Concert for the sum of $10.00.
Carried

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Mason
That the sidewalk to be laid from Georgia to Melville Street be paid by the Ward or from the Contingent Fund this year.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That in reply to a communication received from the Citizens Committee represented by the Rev. E.D. McLaren and M.H. Gallagher, requesting the use of the Market Hall for three nights in each week, free of charge, for the purpose of holding free

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public entertainments in the form of lectures, music and debates, be granted and that the Market Committee be authorized to arrange as to what particular nights the hall will be given for the purpose referred to.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Gordon
Seconded by Alderman Carroll

That the Market Committee be authorized if practicable to have the doors of the hall changed so as to swing outwards.

Carried

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That the following account be paid:
B. Romang et al Labour $168.75
Carried

Consideration of Bylaws

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by Alderman Browning
That the Council resume in Committee of the Whole the reading of the Bylaw re cutting down dangerous trees etc.
Carried

Alderman Sentell was appointed Chairman.
The Bylaw was passed in Committee without amendment.
The Committee then rose.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by Alderman Browning
That the Bylaw be read a third time.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Gordon
That the Council go into

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Committee of the Whole on the amendments to the Fire limits Bylaw.
Carried

Alderman Carroll was appointed Chairman.

The Bylaw was read over clause by clause but the Committee rose without reporting the Bylaw complete and asked leave to sit again.

The Committee adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Library requests $125 per month – November 3, 1890

Mr. M.H. Hirschberg, President of The Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library requested $125 per month in order to rent a suitable room – $25 per month to rent a room and $100 for expenses. Decision referred to “Messrs Charles Whetham and F.C. Cotton…(Charles Whetham was a real estate broker and F.C. Cotton was the editor and manager of the News Advertiser). Communications from Belle Smythe and many others protesting against a license being granted to the Imperial Opera house to sell spirituous liquors. A fee of 25 cents to be charged for a printed copy of the City By-Laws.

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original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 100-107

Vancouver November 3rd 1890

The Council met on Monday May Nov 3rd 1890.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello and Doering.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Belle Smyth and many others protesting against a license being granted to the Imperial Opera house to sell spirituous liquors.
Referred to Licensing Board.

From Blake and Magee on behalf of Wm. Tierney asking for the balance of the extras due him on Beach Av.
Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor notifying the Council that the City was liable for the value of the hogs destroyed by the order of the Health Inspector.
Board of Health.

From C. Whetham + Co. agent – for the Citizens Fire Insurance Co notifying Council that the Policy for the Insurance of the Fire Hall would expire on the 19th of November and asking for a renewal.
Finance

From C.E. Pooley, Solicitor for the City in the case pending between the C.P.R. Co and the City notifying Council that the case was set down for trial on the 12th inst..
Referred to City Solicitor

From the Caretaker of the Cemetery asking for repairs to his house.
Board of Works

From H.B. Hilton, representative of the Dominion Illustrated asking the Council to subscribe for copies of the paper.
Finance.

From the City Solicitor asking that all by-laws be submitted to him before being finally passed.
Filed.

From Alex McKay, Contractor on the Y.M.C.A. building agreeing to take down wooden building erected as a workshop, when required.
Board of Works.

From the Secretary of Board of Trade asking Council to proceed with the clearing of the East Park, as soon as possible.
Board of Works.

From Halley Bros. + Granville giving particulars of the views to be shown by them at the Jamaica Exhibition
Finance.

From the Chief of Police furnishing a list of the Street Lights out during the week.
Referred to F.W. + L.

From the President of the Vancouver Water Works Co. submitting a copy of a letter sent to the City Solicitor on the subject of the purchase of the Works by the City.
Referred to Water Works Com.

Reports.

Market No 3

The Market Committee met on Friday October 31st 1890
Present Aldermen Fox and Costello. Alderman Costello in the Chair.
It was recommended: –

1 That the lower floor of the Market building be rented to the Loyal Orange Association for the evening of the 5th of November, if not then in use for the sum of ten dollars.

2 That the Zion Church Congregation be allowed the use of the Market Hall one night each week (Wednesday preferred) in consideration of the use of 200 chairs, for holding prayer meetings etc. when said hall is not required for renting purposes by other parties, said use not to include lighting or attendance, which must be provided by themselves; and further that they be allowed to put their organ in one of the anterooms but not to the exclusion of other parties requiring said room.
Sgd M. Costello
For Chairman

Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Market Committee’s Report be adopted.
Carried.

Works. No 30.

The Board of Works met on Friday October 31st 1890

Present Aldermen Browning, Costello, Doering and Sentell.

It was recommended: –

1 That Richard Woodroofe be not permitted to erect a sign post on the edge of the sidewalk, same being contrary to By-Law.

2 That there are no funds available for the work petitioned for by M.C. McLean, nor for the grading of the lane in Block 113, 541 as petitioned for by C.V. Knowdell et al.

3 That the Sidewalk on Hornby Street be carried across Nelson St. to Hunt + Prossers Store.

4 That the Council grant permission to A [torn page corner] McKay to erect a temporary wooden building to be used as a work shed during the erection of the Y.M.C.A. building, provided a guarantee is given that the building will be removed within a reasonable time.

5 That the Board cannot see its way clear to allow Wm. Tierney any further sum on Beach Avenue than that recommended in a previous report.

6 That Messrs Boyd and Clandenning be paid for the extra earth removed from Princess St. at the same rate per cubic yard as they are being paid for the quantity mentioned in the specifications.

7 That tenders be called for the construction of a six ft. sidewalk on Pender Street from Burrard to Jervis to connect with the sidewalk under contract from Georgia to Pender on Jervis St; the cost to be taken from the balance remaining in Ward One.

8 That G. Mesher be paid for that portion of the drain constructed by him on Richards Street from Hastings Street to Junction with the existing box drain on Richards St.

9 That a basement drain be laid on the South Side of Hastings St. from Richards St. to the Delbruck Block.

10 That the proprietors on Burrard St. from Georgia to Melville be permitted to lay down a 10 ft. sidewalk on the West side of Burrard St; the cost of which to be refunded next year.

11 That the following contracts be awarded: –
Cemetery Road planking H. Connacher.
Oppenheimer St. Sidewalk D.J. McDonald.
Basement drain Block 3 O.S.T. [?] D. Urquhart.
Box drain Block 57. 196. H. Connacher.
12 That the following accounts be paid: –
C.H. Lloyd. Haro St. $268.60
C.H. Lloyd. Pender St. $ 34.90
D. Gibbons “ “ 13.24
W.D. Hobson Homer St. 232.85
D. Urquhart, Excavations 138.30
Anderson + Yerex 12th Av. 214.65
G. Robertson, Cordova St. 23.00
McGhie + McLuckie, Cambie St. 45.50
W.S. Cook. Sewers. 16.88
J.P. Lawson. Fares. 8.00
Geo. McFarland. Market Steps. 41.54
E. Mohun. Final on Sewers. 411.94
Sgd M. Costello
for Chairman
Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the Report.

Carried
Alderman Costello was appointed Chairman

The Report was read over clause by clause + reported to Council as complete without Amendment;

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Fox

That the Report be adopted as read
Carried.

Finance. No 26

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 31st 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Costello and Fox
It was recommended: –

1 That the following accounts be paid: –

Board of Works accounts

S.T. Tilley Stationery $32.60

A. Adelson, Fixing Chairs. 14.00

Carswell + Co. Law book. 1.60

Crowder + Penzer. Coal. 13.50

The World P + P. Co. $13.34

2 That a fee of 25 cts be charged for each copy of the City By-Laws, if required by any citizen.

A communication was received from Mr. M.H. Hirschberg, President of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library, asking that the monthly grant be increased to $100 per month and $25.00 per month in lieu of the Market Hall, making a total of $125.00 per month; also reporting that rooms rentable for reading room purposes could be rented for $25.00 per month.

It was resolved to recommend that two Aldermen be appointed by Council to examine the workings of the Library and report upon the communication from the President.

Sgd. J.M. Browning,
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws.

Alderman McLeod introduced two by-laws which were read a first time: –

(1) A By-Law to amend the Market By-Law
(2) A By-Law to amend the Pound By-Law.

Alderman Costello asked leave to withdraw his By-Law granting a License for a Market Concert Hall which was allowed on motion of Alderman Browning Seconded by Alderman Doering.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the following labor [sic] account be paid: –

B. Romang et al. $288.80
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That as it is contrary to our Charter to collect or charge a license fee for peddling, hawking or disposing of any products, the growth or manufacture of this Province excepting Spiritous Liquors

And whereas certain fees or licenses have been collected and fines and penalties imposed for peddling and hawking the products of the province other than Spiritous Liquors.

Now therefore be it resolved by this Council that due restitution be made of all fees or licenses so collected. That all fines and penalties be remitted which have been collected or inflicted contrary to our Statues, after the passing of the Market By-law.

Lost:
Yea, Aldermen Fox, and Doering

Nay, “ Costello, McLeod, Browning and Sentell.

Moved by Alderman Browning.
Seconded by “ McLeod.

“That in compliance with the request of Mr. Pooley, be it resolved that the City Solicitor and Health Inspector proceed to Victoria to confer with him, in re suit Canadian Pacific Navigation Co against the City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

“That Messrs Charles Whetham and F.C. Cotton, be requested to consider the application on behalf of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library for an additional grant to said institution and report to the Council at as early a date as they may find it convenient advising as to what in their opinion would be the best and most judicious way of aiding said institution, also what amount they consider would be necessary to carry out the suggestion which they may see fit to make.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Sentell.
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the By-Law Relating to the Cutting down, clearing etc. of land be read a 2nd time

Carried

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law. Alderman Sentell in the Chair.

After reading the By-Law over the Committee rose and reported progress and asked leave to sit again.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Water Works price to be set at arbitration – October 31, 1890

The amount to be paid by the Vancouver for the Water Works to be determined by an independent arbitration.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson
and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 99 only

Vancouver Oct. 31st, 1890.

The Council held a special meeting on Friday October 31st 1890 for the purpose of considering the Report of the Water Works Committee.

Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod and Doering.

The Report of the Committee read and laid over at a previous meeting of Council was considered and it was resolved.

“That the amount to be paid as the value to the City of the Water Works Company’s plant and system, shall be fixed by arbitration. The arbitration to be held and conducted independently of the provisions of the either the Acts of the Incorporation of the City or the Company.
That the City appoint one Arbitrator and the Company another, the two Arbitrators so appointed to appoint an umpire.
The Arbitration to be closed within two months from the date of agreement to arbitrate. In the event of the Company agreeing to the above the City will pay 10 % on the amount awarded in addition by way of bonus to the Company. A reply is requested from your Company within a week from date, as the City has certain offers made for the construction of Water Works by another Company”

Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

McGeer vows he will close Westminster Road – October 20, 1890

Property owner James McGeer gave notice that he would close Westminster Road running through his property within ninety days unless some arrangement was made with him. Question of whether to omit taxes on improvements to existing real estate is deferred to next year’s Council.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson
and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 81-85

Vancouver October 20th 1890

The Council met on Monday October 20th 1890

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Garden, Horne, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod, Mason and Doering.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications
From Geo. McKay, resigning the position of Pound Keeper.
Filed.

From Leatherdale and McDonald notifying Council that they had settled all claims for labor with Blair + Sheredins
Board of Works.

From J.W. McFarland, Secy of Vancouver Water Works Co acknowledging receipt of offer for the payment of 23 hydrants.
Filed.

From Wm. Smith, Dept. Minister of Marine acknowledging receipt of a communication from the City Clerk asking permission to construct a bridge across False Creek.

Filed.

From John Devine + Son asking that a stump be cut on 6th Av.
City Engineer.

From J.M Spinks asking that a crossing be replaced which was taken up from Pender St.

Board of Works.

From Drake Jackson + Co making a proposition on behalf of the Phoenix Water Works Co, to construct a system of Water Works.
Water Works Committee

From the City Solicitor furnishing copies of the City By-Laws.
Finance.

From Thos. Cyrs submitting an account for filling in on Water St and for work done on Cemetery through Madagan, whose time cheque be cashed.
Board of Works.

From the Market Clerk notifying the Council that the Market building was in a leaky condition.

Market Committee

From James McGeer giving notice that he would close Westminster Road running through his property ninety days from date except some arrangement was made with him.

Board of Works.

Reports

Market. No 2

The Market Committee met on Saturday October 18th 1890.

Present Aldermen Garden and Fox.
It was recommended:-

1 That the Market Hall be rented to the Zion Church Congregation during the winter months for holding services on Sundays and that a charge of $25.00 per month be made for the use of such Hall for Sundays.

2 That a fee of $35.00 be charged to the Knights of Pythias for the use of the Market Hall for the 30th inst., the City supplying light; heat and seating accommodation, and further that the lower floor be given for refreshments purposes if not in use, for an additional fee of $10.00.

3 That the Market Hall be rented to the Loyal Orange Association for the 5th of November for the purpose of holding a ball, the rent to be $35.00 for the evening.

4 That the Market Hall be rented to the Comos [?] Club every second Thursday each month during the Season, in the evenings for dancing purposes, rent to be $35.00 per night.

5 That the Market Clerk be instructed to collect all rents in advance.

6 That the Council be requested to furnish the Market Hall with 400 chairs and supply stoves, tables, stationery etc.

7 That every Friday at 3.30 P.M. be fixed as the regular meeting day for this Committee.

8 That the clause in By-Law no 79 imposing a license of $100.00 per annum on Hawkers etc be brought to the notice of Council, with a view of having the same cancelled or amended.

sgd James F. Garden
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Horne.

That Clause one of the Report relating to the renting of the Market Hall to the Zion Church be struck out until the matter has been more fully considered.

Motion Lost.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Mason.

That the Report be laid over for one week.
Lost.

Moved in Amendment by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Garden.

That the Report of the Market Committee be adopted.

Carried

Introduction of By-Law.

Alderman Carroll introduced a By-Law to amend the Fire Limits By-Law, which was read a first time.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Mason

That the Assessment Commissioner for this Municipality be instructed to omit from the Assessment Roll the improvements on real estate.
Lost.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman McLeod.

That whereas the term of this Council is nearly closed,
And whereas there is no urgent necessity for, nor advantage to be derived from any interference at present with the By-Laws relating to the mode of assessment;

And whereas it is most important that the whole question of taxation be most fully considered by the incoming Council, whose duty it will be to provide for next years’ expenditure, it is inexpedient for this Council to disturb the present By-Laws, or in any way cause further complications for the new Council to whom the matter will more properly belong.

Carried

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the City Engineer be instructed to procure the necessary plank to put Westminster Avenue in a passable state of repair till the gravelling is completed. Plank to be 2 inch.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the resignation of George McKay as Pound Keeper be accepted.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox.

That C.M. Fowler be appointed Pound Keeper at a salary of $60.00 per month and fees.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the following labour account be paid:-

B. Romang et al. $141.82
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Alderman Fox moved the second reading of the By-Law to regulate the selection of the employees of the City.

Notices of Motion

Alderman Sentell gave notice that he would at next meeting of Council, introduce a By-Law to compel the owners of lots within the City Limits to clear lane, and if they fail to do so that the City have same cleared and charged against the respective lots.

Alderman McLeod gave notice that he would at next meeting of Council introduce a By-Law to have the boundaries of the present pound limits extended southerly to the City Boundary instead of to Tenth Avenue as at present fixed.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk