City Market rents established – October 13, 1890

City Market rents established – October 13, 1890

Rents for the new City Market – five cents per front foot per day for a stall in the market building for a period of one month or more (six cents if for a period of less than one month, twenty cents per day for an outside stall or stand, ten cents per day for each horse, mule, cow, steer, ox or calf brought to sell, five cents per day for each sheep, lamb, hog, or pig. Correspondence from Miss Bowes asking Council to provide a separate apartment in the Jail for female prisoners. Board of Works…”strongly urge[s] the Council to… get rid of the present and rapidly increasing number of squatters along the shore of Burrard Inlet and False Creek.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson
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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 66-28

Vancouver Oct. 13th 1890

The Council met on Monday August [sic] 13, 1890 at 7.30 P.M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From George T. Craig requesting Council to have water course on Seventh Avenue in 264A put in its proper location.
Board of Works.

From M.J. Henry et al asking Council not to interfere with Westminster Road as at present located.

Board of Works.

From Geo. McKay, Pound Keeper furnishing his Monthly Report.

Filed

From W.J. Gallagher asking for a sidewalk on Hornby Street between Georgia & Dunsmuir.

Board of Works.

From Thos. Whetham et al petitioning for the clearing of District Lot 184.

Board of Works.

From Wm. Prentice requesting Council to spend the balance of the Sugar Refinery appropriation in clearing the boulders on the foreshore in front of the Co.’s wharf.

Sugar Refinery Committee

From the Miss M.S. Woodward asking for two weeks leave of absence.

Filed

From E. Mohun Esq. C.E. notifying the Council that all sewerage plans etc were left in the City office

Finance Committee.

From C.V. Knowdell et al praying for the improvement of the lane in Block 113, District Lot 541.

Board of Works.

From John Devine et al petitioning for the improvement of Princess St. between Jackson and Carl Avs.
Board of Works.

From A. Descovitch asking for the use of the Market Hall on the 23rd of Oct. and every second Thursday during the season for a Dance Hall.
Market Committee

From C.B. Birchall thanking the Council for the use of the Council Chambers for the British Columbia Building Association.
Filed.

From A. St. G. Hamersley advising the Council to tender the Vancouver Improvement Co. $15,000.00 for the Sugar Refinery Site and the return of the conveyance duly executed and stating that there was no necessity to pay interest.
Finance.

From F.M. Blomquist asking for the use of the Market Hall for a ball on the 30th inst.

Market Committee.

From Miss Bowes asking Council to provide a separate apartment in the Jail for female prisoners.

Police Committee.

From Halley Bros. + Granville, Montreal informing Council that they had perfected arrangements with the Hon Adam Brown M.P. Commissioner for Canada to exhibit by stereopticon process views of the various cities of the Dominion at the coming exhibition at Jamaica. His Worship read a copy of a letter in reply to the above communication.

From H.E. McKee President of the Street Ry Co asking for an answer to his letter of the second inst. regarding the extension of the track up Westminster Av.

Mr. McKee appeared by permission before the bar of the Council and explained certain points in connection therewith.

Reports.

Works No 28.

The Board of Works met on Thursday October 2nd 1890.

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

1 That permission be not granted to John White to exhibit his photos on the sidewalk as it is contrary to By-Law.

2 That the communication from James McGeer re straightening the Westminster Road be referred to the City Engineer and City Solicitor for their report:

3 That Messrs Woods, Turner + Gamble be employed to assist the City Engineer to locate Westminster Road where disputed from 12th Av to the City Boundary, James McGeer agreeing to pay half of the cost of same.

4 That there are no funds available for grading the lane in Block 63, 541 as petitioned for by Gallagher et al.

5 That the City Clerk be instructed to notify the sureties of Messrs Murray + Fraser to carry out the contracts left uncompleted by them.

6 That the following accounts be paid:-

Queen Bros. Hack hire etc. $28.50

Boyd + Clandenning [sic] Centre St: 3366.00

do Labor 3.00

do Smithe St: 799.20

do Hornby St: 43.63

Alex McDonald. Burrard St: $648.00

Wm. Jones. Hornby St: 456.53

Van Water Works Co. Connections 564.85

McDonald + Lloyd. Westminster Av. 531.00

Murray + Fraser, South Park. 206.10

do 12th av Bridge. 228.96

D.J. McDonald. 13th av. 429.70

J.P. Lawson Expenses 1.50

M.A. Harvey. Hack hire. 3.00

E.R. Martin “ “ 2.50

Rose + Marshall, Sewers. 126.27

John Telford. Homer St: 519.41

“ do Drake St: 180.90

W.D. Hobson. Robson St. 144.91

Hugh Hamilton. Cemetery 260.50

McLean Bros. Culverts etc 167.28

A. Parker. Salary. 55.00

C.H. Lloyd. Bute + Jervis Sts. 859.50

McDonald + Barton, Hastings Park. 1161.00

7 That the following contracts be awarded:-

Street numbering. J. Henderson

Basement drain in Block 4 O.G.T. [?] H. Connacher but that the City Engineer first ascertain if vitrified pipe connections can be obtained either here or in Victoria.

8 That the services of John P. Lawson be retained as assistant City Engineer for the present – in place of Mr. Dawson and that Mr. Dawson be retained to assist in the office until such time as the office becomes organized.

9 That the City Engineer enter into an agreement with Boyd + Clandenning [sic] to gravel part of Westminster Avenue where the planks were lifted at a rate not exceeding $2.00 per cubic yard delivered on the Street, and that they commence work at once.

10 That the Chief of Police be notified to have the building on the South end of Burrard Street removed at once and also that this Committee would strongly urge the Council to take immediate steps to co-operate with the Board of Trade and C.P.R. Co towards getting rid of the present and rapidly increasing number of squatters along the shore of Burrard Inlet and False Creek and the consequent loss to the revenue of the City from so many being exempt from taxation who are in receipt of good wages but in no way contribution go the City’s expenses.

11 That the Street Car track on Westminster av south of False Creek be laid on the west of the street between the street drain and the sidewalk.

12 That tenders be called for the construction of a box drain on Gore avenue from Harris Street to False Creek the expense to taken out of other works.

13 That a basement drain be constructed in Block 3 O.G.T. as petitioned for by Thos. Dunn et al.

14 That permission be granted to Messrs Town + Robinson to extend the foundation of their hotel building to the full width of the sidewalk on Abbott St; they guaranteeing to build proper retaining walls, arched vaults and concrete sidewalks with glass lights and that the true grade be given them.

15 That there are no funds available for the sidewalking of Barclay St as petitioned for by W.G. Elliott et al.

16 That the communication of G. Lockerbie re the renting of the new market hall for church purposes be referred to the Market Committee.

17 A communication was received from H.T. Ceperley on behalf of the Street Ry Co. stating that the Co is willing to construct an open extension to the Granville St. Bridge suitable for its Ry Track from a point about 20 feet South of the South end of the Swing to the South end of the bridge, provided the City will refund one half of the cost thereof and will permit the track to be laid across the swing and on the present bridge from the swing to the North end thereof as show by the enclosed sketch.
We recommend that his offer be accepted with the understanding that no cars shall enter upon the bridge from the North end, while any conveyance is upon that part of the bridge north of the south end of the swing nor shall they pass any conveyance from the south while any conveyance is upon the said north end of the bridge.

The Committee met again on Thursday October 9th 1890.
Present Aldermen Horne, Doering and Sentell.

It was recommended:-

1 That Messrs Anderson and Yerex the sureties of Messrs Murray + Fraser be notified that Murray + Fraser’s contract has been abandoned by them and that sureties take over same and complete it and also that the Engineer be authorized to enter into an agreement with them to date two weeks back when the original resolution was passed by the Board of Works.

2 That H.I. Keefer be paid the balance of the contract money retained on the Market house.

3 That the City Engineer be authorized to enter into a new contract with C.H. Lloyd for grading Haro St. as per amended graded.

4 That John Brenton be authorized to get locks for the sewer flush tanks manholes and ventilators where required.

5 That Joseph Huntly notify Messrs Crean and Fleming that permission will be granted to them to erect an addition to their building on Water Street if it is permitted by by-law.

6 That the City Engineer obtain the necessary Y’s for the basement drain in Block 3 O.G.T. and for the Sewerage extension near Messrs Cambie, Rand + Keith’s residences.

7 That the City Engineer arrange to repair Gore Avenue between Oppenheimer + Hastings Strs.

8 That the grade on Bute St. between Georgia and Alberni Strs as proposed by the City Engineer be altered to suit existing stone wall.

9 That the following accounts be paid:-

Wm. Tierney. Robson St: $768.81

D. Gibbons. Prince Edward St. 108.53

D.H. Morgan. do. 111.17

do 12th av. 27.50

do Victoria St: 184.25

McDonald + Lloyd. Westminster Av. 383.10

Muir + Johnson. Lane in B28, 541. 185.65

do. Box drain in gulley 185. 204.87

Boyd + Clandenning. Sugar Refinery Site 1298.00

Arthur Balkwill. Bute St: 46.20

C.H. Lloyd. Bute + Jervis Sts 455.49

H. Connacher. Keefer St: 435.56

S.T. Tilley. Stationery. 1.25

Leatherdale + Smith. Buggy hire 3.00

Sgd. J.W. Horne.
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Doering

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

Carried.
Alderman Horne was appointed Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Fox

That clause 3 relating to Westminster Road be struck out.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman McLeod

That Clause 11 relating to the laying of the Street Car track on Westminster Av be amended and that the track be laid as per contract.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That Clause 17 relating to the laying of the track across Granville St. bridge be laid over for one week.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That Clause 2 of the Report of Oct. 9th be struck out.

Carried.

The Committee then rose and reported the Report as complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That the Report as amended be adopted.
Carried.

F.W. + L. No 13.

The F.W. + L. Committee met on Wednesday October 8th 1890
Present Aldermen Fox, Garden and Carroll.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-
H. McConney. Drayage. $3.00

John Sciutto. Supplies. 14.50

Jacob Sehl. “ 1.15

Van Gas Co. Gas. 19.25

G.H. Bayley. Horse shoeing. 2.00

2 This Committee having instructed the Chief of the Fire Department to test the hydrant pressure, we find by his report that only twenty three are efficient for fire purposes and would therefore recommend that the Vancouver Water Works Co. be tendered payment for that number dating from the 7th of August 1889 at 50 per annum each.

3 That an electric light of 2000 candle power be erected on the corner of 12th av + Quebec Sts as petitioned for.

4 That an advertisement be inserted in each of the local papers for one week, giving the location and numbers of the fire alarm boxes and further that said papers insert an item drawing attention to the ad.
sgd J.M. Fox
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the F.W. + L. Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Finance No 25.

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 3rd 1890.

Present Alderman Browning, Garden, Costello and Fox.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

R.E. Gosnel. Pamphlets. $500.00

Wm. Crickmay. Rent: 35.00

News Advertiser. Printing 17.50

C. Nelson. Toilet paper. 1.50

Stephen Green. Messenger. 4.00

Daily Journal. 9.00

H. Hemlow. Salary 60.00

S.T. Tilley Stationery 39.25

H.E. Croasdaile. Guarantee Bond. 62.50

2 That E. Mohun be asked to hand over to the City Engineer Mr. Warren all plans, maps, books etc in connection with the City Sewerage system and furnish and Inventory of the same.

3 That payment of land purchased by the City from the Vancouver Improvement Co as a site for the British Columbia Sugar Refinery amounting to $15,000.00 be made upon delivery of a deed approved by the City Solicitor and declared by him to be in every way satisfactory and in accordance with the resolutions of the Council and should the City Solicitor be of the opinion that the Improvement Co is entitled to interest upon the above sum, the same shall be tendered along with the principal, as may be recommended by him.
sgd J.M. Browning
Chairman.

The Committee met again on Friday October 10th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, Garden and Costello.
Alderman Fox in the Chair.

It was resolved that the following accounts be paid:

Telephone Co. $23.00

C.P. Telegraph Co. 9.16

and accounts of the Board of Works and Fire Water and Light Committees

sgd J.M. Fox
Chairman [unreadable].
Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Fox
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Market. No 1.

The Market Committee met on Friday October 3td at 11 a.m. + Friday October 13th at 2.30. P.M.
Alderman Garden was appointed Chairman at the first meeting.
It was recommended

1 Rental of Stalls and Stands.

Five cents per front foot for space occupied in Market building for each market day for any period of one month or over.

2 Six cents per front foot for space occupied in Market building for each market day for periods of less than one month.

3 Twenty cents per day for each day during which any outside stall, or stand for any wagon or cart shall be occupied or used on the market-place.

4 Ten cents per day or part of day shall be charged for each horse, mule cow, bull, steer, ox or calf brought to the market place for trade, barter or sale.

5 Five cents per day or part of day shall be charged for each sheep, lamb, hog, or pig brought to the market-place for trade, barter or sale.

Weighing Fees.

1 Five cents shall be charged for each load of coal.

2 Grains or meats for weighing same.
5 cents for all amounts up to 500 lbs
10 cents for “ “ “ “ 1000 “
15 cents “ “ “ over 1000 “

3 15 cents for each load of hay or straw weighed.

4 For each live animal weighed other than sheep or hogs five cents shall be charged.

5 For sheep or hogs up to 5 in number 5 cents for the lot; for all over 5 in number 3 cts each head.

The Market Clerk to act in the capacity of Weigh Clerk.

That the form of lease and agreement as drawn up by the City Solicitor be adopted and that 100 of same be ordered prescribed for use.

That tenders be called for the leasing of the upper story [sic] of the market building, applicants to state fully their terms of rental and conditions of proposed lease.

That G.W. Thomas be recommended for appointment to the Council as Clerk of the Market at a salary of $75.00 per month, duties to commence on Thursday the 16th [unreadable].

That the Board of Works be instructed to have the roof of the Market building repaired.

That the Market be lighted with electricity and that the Street Railway and Light Co be authorized to proceed with the installation of the required number of lights subject to the directions of the Committee.

That the Cellar of the Market be rented at the rate of 3 cents per foot on each side of the passage way for periods under six months and 2 cents per foot for periods of six months or over.

That the Market By-Law and regulations be published for the information of the public

sgd
James F. Garden
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Clause relating to calling for tenders for the leasing of the Market Hall be struck out.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the Clause relating to the appointment of G.W. Thomas be struck out and the applicants balloted for in the usual way.

Moved in Amendment by Ald Horne
Seconded by Alderman McLeod.

That all of the applications be produced and considered this evening by Council Amendment. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Garden

That the Report as amended be adopted.

Carried.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the appointment of a Market Clerk with Alderman Fox in the Chair.

The names of the applicants were read over and their testimonials perused.

After a number of Ballots were taken Mr. G.W. Thomas was declared elected.

The Committee then rose and reported the appointment to Council.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Costello.

That G.W. Thomas be appointed Market Clerk at a salary of $75.00 per month duties to commence on the 16th inst.
Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws.

Alderman Fox introduced a By-Law to regulate the selection of the officers and employees of the City of Vancouver, which was read a first time.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

R. Romang et al. $111.80

R. Romang et al. 113.64
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the request of Mr. Blomquist on behalf of the Knights of Pythias, asking for the use of the Market Hall for the 30th Oct. be granted, at such fee as the Council or Committee may arrange.

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

That the Market Hall be set aside after the 30th Oct. for the use of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library to be used by that Institution as a public reading room, art gallery and Museum; also that a grant of $100.00 be made monthly to defray the running expenses of the institution, such grant being $35.00 per month in addition to the present monthly grant.

Lost.
Aye. Costello, Horne + McLeod.
Nay. Garden, Carroll, Doering, Fox, + Sentell.

Moved by Alderman Carroll.
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That Miss Woodward be granted a holiday of two weeks duration dating from the 14th of the present month on condition that she has already received the Matron’s permission.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That Alderman McLeod be appointed a member of the Board of Works during the absence of Alderman Costello.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the Chairman of the Board of the Board of Works be requested to submit a statement for the information of the Council showing the amount of money expended in each work on public improvements; also contracts awarded but not yet paid for.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox

That the Hill on Hastings St. between Jackson Avenue and Carl Av be cut to the proper grade according to profile.
Disallowed.

Notice of Motion.

Alderman Carroll gave notice that at next regular meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend the Fire Limits By-Law.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Garbage burning crematory will cost $6,000 – September 30, 1890

Garbage burning crematory will cost $6,000 – September 30, 1890

Vancouver to contract with the Dominion Sanitary and Cremating Co. to build a garbage burning facility at a cost of $6,000. H.B. Warren appointed City Engineer. BC Government informs Council that Mr R.H. Alexander was appointed Reviser of Municipal Voters Lists for 1890. Police force to be issued rubber coats and boots “for use while on duty”.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 59-65

[volume 4 page 59]

Vancouver Sept 30th 1890

The Council met on Tuesday Sept 30th 1890.

Present: Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Browning Carroll, Garden, Sentell, Fox, Costello and McLeod.

Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.
Communications
were read from Cruden & Robinson asking payment of an account of $25.70 for fence on Princess Street. Referred to Board of Works.

From the Secretary of the B.C. Agricultural Association inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to attend the Exhibition. Filed.

From Secretary of the Water Works Co. calling attention to unpaid accounts for lowering pipes and hydrants. Referred to Finance and F. W. & Light.

From S. Sheridan and W.T. Blair claiming $10 due from Leatherdale & McDonald. Referred to Board of Works.

From Wm Webster notifying Council that after September $30 per month would be charged for use of Wharf for dumping purposes. Board of Health.

From City Auditor enclosing statement for August. Filed

[volume 4 page 60]
F
rom Hon. John Robson announcing that Mr. R.H. Alexander had been appointed Reviser of the Municipal Voters Lists for 1890. Filed.

From A.H.B. MacGowan, sec. of Board of Trade requesting an interview with Council re False Creek. Filed.

From William Seidelman wanting trees cut down in vicinity of lot on 18th. Referred to Board of Works.

From D. Cartmel, Sec. of Mfg & Trading Co. re grade of Beach Ave. Referred to Board of Works.

From H.T. Ceperley re sewerage on Alberni & Thurlow Streets. Filed.

From Tatlow & Spinks et al asking for basement drain in Block 3 O.G.T. Referred to Board of Works.

From City Solicitor giving opinion on Market and license bylaws. Filed.

Reports

Police
The Police Committee met on Tuesday Sept 23.
Present: Aldermen Costello, Sentell and Carroll.

A communication was read from the Police force asking for rubber coats and boots for use while on duty. Alderman Carroll moved that the Police force be furnished with rubber coats

[volume 4 page 61]

and that tenders be called for same at once also for fire helmets. Carried.
The following bills were recommended for payment:
G.A. Calbick, Fares 3.00
J. McLaren, Fares 3.00
W.S. Cook, Scavenger 1.00
J. Foley, Dray 1.00
M.G. McLeod, Fares 9.00
V.W. Haywood, Fares, 4.00
J. McAllister, Supplies 18.25
Van Volkenburgh, Supplies 15.85
J. Scuitto, Supplies 56.34
O.W. Ellison, Supplies 1.80
W.S. Cook, Scavenger 1.00
J. Gibson, Fares 1.00
A.D. McPherson, Dray .50
J. Clough, Fares 4.00
signed M. Costello, Chairman

On motion of Aldermen Garden and Costello the Report was adopted.

Messrs R.H. Alexander pres’t and MacGowan Sec. of Board of Trade addressed the Council re False Creek.

Alderman Garden moved
Alderman Costello seconded
That the City Engineer be instructed to have his assistant proceed to make a survey of False Creek and take soundings from the Ry Bridge easterly in accordance with the representation of the Board of Trade. Carried.

Bylaws
On motion of Aldermen Browning and Carroll, a Bylaw to amend Bylaws 79 and 103 was read a first time.

[volume 4 page 62]

Motions
Alderman Costello moved
Alderman Carroll seconded
That the Mayor with Aldermen Garden & McLeod be authorized and empowered to carry out the recommendation of the Crematory Committee and accept the offer of James Watt, Secretary of the Dominion Sanitary and Cremating Co, to erect a crematory in the city for $6000 in accordance with his letter of May 22nd 1889 addressed to the City Clerk, and as modified in his offer to Mr. E. Mohun of Septr 12th 1889 and to provide for a site for the said erection. Carried.

Alderman Costello moved
Alderman Sentell seconded
The [sic] the tender of the Vancouver Gas Co, R. Marion manager, for connecting the Market Building with the sewer at a cost of sixty dollars be accepted. Carried.

Alderman Garden moved
Alderman Costello seconded
That the petition of H.T. Ceperley et al re sewer from Alberni to Melville Street be granted and that the Sanitary Engineer be instructed to carry on the work at once under his present arrangements with the city. Carried.

Alderman Costello moved
Alderman Fox seconded
That the Council accept with thanks the kind invitation of the B.C. Agricultural Association. Carried.

[volume 4 page 63]

Alderman Costello moved
Alderman Sentell seconded
That the labor acct for $103.95 for week ending Sept 27/90 be paid. Carried.

Alderman Browning moved
Alderman Costello seconded
That the Manufacturing and Trading Co. be informed that Beach Avenue will be made according to the proper grade. Carried.

On motion of Aldermen Browning and Costello the rules were suspended and a bylaw to amend bylaws 73 and 103 was read a second time.

Council then went into Committee of the Whole, Alderman Browning in the chair, and considered the bylaw clause by clause.

The bylaw was reported complete with amendments and on motion of Aldermen Browning and Costello was read a third time.

Alderman Browning moved
Alderman Garden seconded
That Bylaw No 103 be signed, sealed and engrossed. Carried.

The Market bylaw was considered in Committee of the Whole, Alderman Sentell in the chair, and was reported complete with amendments.

Alderman Costello moved
Alderman Fox seconded
That the bylaw be read a third time. Carried.

[volume 4 page 64]

Alderman Costello moved
Alderman Browning seconded
That the bylaw be signed sealed and engrossed. Carried.

Alderman Browning moved
Alderman Sentell seconded
That a Committee to be called a Market Committee be formed and composed of Aldermen Garden, Fox and Costello. Carried.

Alderman Costello moved
Alderman McLeod seconded
That applications be called for a Market Clerk, applications to be addressed to the Chairman of the Market Committee and to be in his hands by noon of Friday October 10th 1890. Carried.

Alderman Garden moved
Alderman Fox seconded
That Alderman Costello be granted three weeks leave of absence. Carried.

Applications and testimonials from 7 [?] applicants for the position of Chief Engineer were read.

Alderman McLeod moved
Alderman Sentell seconded
That the Council proceed to select by ballot from among the applicants. Motion lost.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole, Alderman Sentell in the chair, and after consideration reported the selection of H.B. Warren.

[volume 4 page 65]

Alderman Browning moved
Alderman Costello seconded
That H.B. Warren be appointed Chief Engineer of the City of Vancouver. Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

CPR bridge must have a draw, Council affirms – September 22, 1890

CPR bridge must have a draw, Council affirms – September 22, 1890

The CPR bridge across False Creek “… offers a serious obstruction to the passage of steamers and sailing vessels.” City to “communicate with” Canadian government to “cause” the CPR to either remove the bridge or “have a draw span inserted in same bridge.” Board of Health recommended to next year’s Council to set aside $2,500 to establish a hospital for women and children “as petitioned for by Mrs. Webster.” Board of Works reported the Market Building almost finished.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 52-58

[volume 4 page 52]

Vancouver Sept 22nd 1890

The Council met on Monday Sept 22nd 1890.
Present: His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Sentell, Fox, Doering, McLeod, Carroll, Garden, Mason and Costello.

Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications were read

From D. Robson, City Clerk, New Westminster inviting the Council to attend the Exhibition.

From Ivan Busting asking to have Victoria Street graded. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Rob’t Barker asking payment of an account of $25.15 for expenses incurred in repairs owing to change of grade on Oppenheimer St. Referred to the Board of Works.

From D. McKay enclosing account against Murray & Fraser for work done on the Sugar Refinery. Referred to the Sugary Refinery Com.

From G.H. Lockerly, on behalf of Zion Church, asking to rent the Market Hall. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Elliott, Harris et al asking for a sidewalk on north side of Barklay [sic] St. Referred to the Board of Works.

[volume 4 page 53]

From Williams B.C. Directory Co. asking to supply the City with copies of the work. Referred to Finance.

From Chas. H. Nye asking to be appointed Market Clerk. Filed.

From A. St. G. Hamersley, City Solicitor, re Murray & Fraser’s contract as follows:
“In answer to yours of the 18th Inst, the contractors having given up the contract before completion, the City should give notice to the sureties, calling on them to complete. There should then be a new contract entered into with the sureties to complete. When this is done the City will be in a legal position to deal with the sureties and pay them as the contract is completed.” Referred to the Board of Works.
From the Free Reading and Library Committee asking for the use of rooms over the New Market Hall, and for an increase of grant to $100. Filed.

From Hoffar, on behalf of Towne and Robinson asking permission to extend the foundation of their Hotel building under the sidewalk. Referred to the Board of Works.

From J.A. Fulton, sec. Trades and Labor Council, calling attention to the fact that the by-law regarding street labor has been broken, especially the clause referring to nine hours work. Also asking that the Chinese be compelled to close their Laundries on Sunday. Referred to the Board of Works.

[volume 4 page 54]

From Gallagher, Britton et al asking to have the lane in Block 63-541 opened. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Ogilvie, Trainor et al asking to have an Electric Light placed at the corner of Quebec St. and 12th Ave. Referred to the F. W. and Light Com.

From Blake et al asking to have hill on Hastings St cut down. Referred to the Board of Works.

Reports

Health

The Health Committee met on Tuesday Sept 9th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, Fox and McLeod. The latter in the chair.

It was recommended:
That two temperature charts be printed for use at the City Hospital.
That as there are no funds on hand at present to be devoted towards the funding of a Hospital for women and children as petitioned for by Mrs. Webster, we strongly recommend to the incoming Council the advisability of placing $2500 in next year’s estimates for that purpose.
That the following accounts be paid:
W.S. Cook, Scavenger work $51.50
Dr. Thomas, Vet. examinations 10.00
M.A. Harvey, Hack hire 2.50
Dr. McGuigan, Inquest etc. 15.00
H. McDowell & Co, Drugs 55.16
W.J. Taylor, Burial 14.00
Van Volkenburgh & Bro, Meat 47.41
R.V. Winch, Supplies 13.15
Hudson Bay Co, Supplies 11.00
J. Scuitto, Supplies 75.39

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Crowder & Penzer, Supplies 5.00
Wo Sing, Washing 19.20

Alderman Fox moved
Alderman Carroll seconded
That the report be adopted. Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday 18th at 3 o’clock P.M.
Present: Aldermen Horne, Sentell and Costello.
It was recommended as follows:
1. That the amount due on the Market Building contract be paid on the 28th inst the expiration of 30 days, the city retaining $175.00 of the amount.
2. That permission be granted Mrs. Gold to make openings in the sidewalk, subject to the By-Laws, and under the supervision of the City Engineer.
3. That the City Engineer examine and report re James McGeer’s request.
4. That tenders be called for street numbers, between 3000 and 5000, of white metal, to be put up under the supervision of the City Engineer.
5. That the lane in Block 28 be completed to Abbott St.
6. That tenders be called for a basement drain in the lane in Block 4 O.G.T.
7. That the Market grounds be gravelled.

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8. That the tender of D.H. Morgan for Victoria St be accepted.
9. That the City Engineer be authorized to make the necessary repairs to False Creek Bridge.
10. That the following accounts be paid:
F.L. Budlong, 11th Ave. Bridge 384.34
Wm Cullen, Market Grounds 200.00
Wm Cullen, West. Ave. 50.00
D.H. Morgan, 11th Ave Grade 44.77
John Costello, Alexander St 356.70
John Costello, Alexander St. 125.00
McDonald & Lloyd, West. Ave. Grade 424.80
Boyd & Clendenning, Oppenheimer 405.00
Boyd & Clendenning, Raymour [sic] 315.00
Urquhart & Morris, Cemetery Road 189.00
H. Connacher, Carolina 33.80
H. Connacher, Keefer 374.80
C. Higginson, St Sprinkling 45.00
A.O. Leask, Sewers 13.00
I. Paton, Flushing Sewers 1.00
G.H. Dawson, Repairs to Transit 24.65

Alderman Fox moved
Alderman Garden seconded
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole to consider the report. Carried.
In Committee of the Whole, Alderman Costello in the chair, the report was considered and passed without amendment, Aldermen Carroll and Garden dissenting from Clause 8.
In Council on motion of Aldermen Costello and Fox the report was adopted.

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Motions

Alderman Garden moved
Alderman Costello seconded
That the motion passed by the Council of 1889 that contractors should not be paid for excavated material from cellars that they deposit on and improve streets with be rescinded. Carried.

Alderman McLeod moved
Alderman Mason seconded
Whereas the trade and commerce of Vancouver is increasing so rapidly and to such an extent and the foreshore of False Creek is becoming such a manufacturing centre as to cause steamers to ply to and fro in these waters:
And whereas the C.P.R. Co. has built a bridge across False Creek which offers a serious obstruction to the passage of steamers and sailing vessels.
Therefore be it resolved that the Dominion Government be communicated with asking them to cause the C.P.R. Co. to have this obstruction removed or have a draw span inserted in same bridge. Carried.

Alderman Carroll moved
Alderman Garden seconded
That the request of Towne & Robinson be granted the work to be constructed in accordance with the By-Law and under the supervision of the City Engineer. Carried.

Alderman Garden moved
Alderman Mason seconded
That His Worship the Mayor and the City Council accept with thanks the invitation of the New Westminster

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Council to be present at the coming Royal Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition to be held this week. Carried.

Alderman McLeod moved
Alderman Fox seconded
That Messrs Boyd & Clendenning who have the gravelling contract be kindly asked to furnish an estimate for block paving Hastings St East between Carroll and Westminster Avenue in lieu of gravelling same; block paving to consist of cedar blocks 8 in high laid on a foundation of one inch boards. Street to be first graded & curbed with plank 4 in by 16 in. Carried.

Alderman Costello moved
Alderman Mason seconded
That the account for labor for week ending Sept 20 be paid. Carried.

Notice of Motion
Alderman Carroll: At the next regular meeting will move that the Assessment Commissioner for this Municipality be instructed to omit from the Assessment Roll the improvements on Real Estate.

Council adjourned to meet at 2 o’clock P.M. on Tuesday 23rd.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

City buildings to be numbered – September 15, 1890

Board of Works to undertake contract with Mr. Henderson to number all the buildings in the city, “provided the cost does not exceed 25 cents for each set of numbers.” The Finance Committee reports that “…a general view (photograph) of Vancouver on a large scale can be got up for about $150.” A number of deficiencies in the new Market Building were listed. It was agreed to hold back $175 from account with Mr. Keefer pending completion. George McKay appointed pound keeper in place of W.P. West, dismissed, and that a “distinguishing badge be furnished him”

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 40-51

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Vancouver Sept 15th 1890
The Council met on Monday September 15th 1890.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Horne, Garden, Fox, Sentell, Costello and McLeod.

The Minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.

Communications

From E. Mohun Esq Sanitary Engineer furnishing report on completion of sewers etc. Referred to the Board of Works.

From W. Bredemeyer asking Council to entrust him with the custody of the City flags etc. Filed.

From Mrs. E. Gold asking permission to make two openings in the sidewalk on Water Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From A.N. Richards Q.C. giving opinion as to liability of the City for lowering grades. Referred to Board of Works.

From J.O. Le Cappillain et al asking that the lane in Block 2, Subdivision 185 be graded. Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Harbor Master informing the Council that he was clothed with full authority regarding giving directions for the unloading of ballast etc. Referred to Board of Health.

From the Secretary of the Vancouver Water

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Works Co enclosing accounts for lowering water pipes on Oppenheimer and Princess Streets. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Blake and Magee asking Council to pay for 11 hogs belonging to Lee Chung which were killed by the Police. Referred to the City Solicitor.

From James McGeer asking Council to give instructions to have Westminster Road properly located between Blocks 133 A & E. Referred to Board of Works.

From W.P West Pound Keeper demanding an investigation of the charges preferred against him. Filed.

From D. G. McDonald asking the Council to grade or sidewalk Front Street in 200 A. Referred to Board of Works.

From Deane & Searle et al asking to have the box drain in Block 4 O.G.T. connected with the box drain on Abbott Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From James Henderson offering to put up House Numbers as per sample for 25 cts for each house or store number. Filed.

Reports

F.W. & L. No 12
The Fire, Water and Light Committee met on Wednesday Sept 10th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Fox, Carroll, McLeod

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and Garden.
It was resolved:
1. That a light be not located on the corner of Gore Avenue and Prior St.
2. That the Chief of the Fire Department be instructed to report upon the working pressure of each hydrant.
3. That James Moran be appointed permanent fireman in place of Alex Montgomery resigned. Such appointment to date from the 1st day of September.
4. That A.W. Cameron engineer at fire hall No 1 be removed to Fire Hall No 2, and J. Cooper now at Fire Hall No 2, to Fire Hall No 1.
5. That one week’s holiday be granted to the Firemen, same to be arranged by the Chief; not more than one man to be away at one time.
6. That the street lighting account for July and August be paid, but that paid lights be not considered as accepted by the City under the contract until tested.
7. That the following accounts be paid:
C.M. Hawley, Repairs $5.80
G.H. Bagley, Horse shoeing 5.00
Electric Ry & Light Co, Street lights 1956.00
Vancouver Gas Co, Gas etc. 33.00
Tye & Co, Supplies 18.28
Crowder & Penzer, Supplies 65.82
I. Forbes, Horse shoeing 4.50
R.C.P. Mills Co, Supplies 26.38
Creighton, Fraser & Co, Supplies 1.15
F.D. Gross, Supplies 2.00
C. Gardner Johnson, Supplies 49.10
Van Water Works Co, Supplies 301.05
Sgd J.M. Fox, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

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Finance No 24
The Finance Committee met on Friday September 12th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Browning, Costello and Garden.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
H.B. Lewis, Mounting map etc. 55.00
Telephone Co, Rent 23.00
Citizen’s P&P Co, Ad 11.64
The Globe Printing Co, Ad 36.00
2. That the action of the Mayor in carrying to a successful issue the sale of $100000 worth of Vancouver debentures at a premium of $354, be approved of, and that the City’s cheque for 201.95 be forwarded to J.C. Keith Esq in payment of exchange, insurance and postage on said bonds.
3. That the City Auditor’s salary be increased to $30.00 per month to date from the 1st of September 1890.
4. That the accounts from the Health, FW & L, and Board of Works Committees be confirmed for payment.
We beg to report that a general view of Vancouver on a large scale can be got up for about $150.00 which would be suitable for sending to the Jamaica Exhibition.
Sgd J. M. Browning, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted. Carried.

Works No 25

The Board of Works met on Thursday September 11th 1890.

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Present: Aldermen Horne, Browning, Sentell and Costello

It was recommended:
1. That W.P. West the pound keeper be discharged at once and a new pound keeper appointed and that Aldermen Costello and Sentell be appointed a sub-committee to make the selection and that they suggest that he wear some distinguishing badge of authority.
2. That a sub-committee consisting of Aldermen Horne, Costello and Sentell be appointed to examine the Market building to see if it is completed in accordance with the specifications and to examine the account for extras and if same is found to be correct to report to the Council on Monday the 15th inst and that the Council be requested to make an intermediate settlement.
3. That an arrangement be entered into with Mr. Henderson for numbering all the buildings in the City provided the cost does not exceed 25 cents for each set numbers.
4. That a temporary 3 ft sidewalk be laid on Robson Street from Broughton to Bute with old plank if obtainable, until the street is graded.
5. That a sub-committee composed of Aldermen Horne and Costello be appointed, with all the powers conferred on the Board of Works to act in the matter of the grades on Westminster Avenue and Granville St South.
6. That permission be not granted to Thos. D. Cyrs to erect a veneered building on Water Street, it being contrary to the Fire Limit By-Law.
7. That the sidewalk on Bute Street be built from Georgia to Robson, instead of from Georgia to Pender.
8. That the Chairman of the Police Committee instruct the Chief of Police to notify all the contractors doing City work that blasting, endangering life and property is contrary

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to By-Law and strictly prohibited.
9. That tenders be called for the cutting down of Hastings Street from Carl Avenue west about 250 feet and that the material so excavated be used to fill up Powell Street between Dunlevy Avenue and Campbell Avenue.
10. That the City Engineer be authorized to put on men to clean up the streets and lanes where necessary and that the piles of gravel now piled on the side of Powell Street be carried away and spread on the Market Grounds and that the balance of the Market Grounds be gravelled as far as the appropriation will go.
11. That Messrs Boyd & Clandenning be paid 10 cts a cubic yard for about 700 yards of earth excavated from the cellar of the proposed Bank of B.C. and delivered where directed by the Board of Works; such earth to be spread at the City’s expense.
12. That the following contracts be awarded:
Seymour St grading H. Connacher
Hornby Street sidewalk Wm Jones
13. That the following accounts be paid:
Wm Tierney, Haro St $285.78
Wm Tierney, Robson St 490.73
James King, Prior St 305.10
J.P. Lawson, St Ry Fares 6.00
D. McGillivray, Granville St Bridge 89.41
R.C. Planing Mills Co 11.67
Godfrey & Co 4.50
Hugh Macartney .50
J. W. Horne, Chairman

The Board of Works in accordance with the resolution passed by the Council on Monday the 8th inst, authorizing them to stop the grading now going on upon Westminster Avenue and Granville Street South and empowering them to consult them to consult [sic] such engineers or other practical parties with a view of ascertaining how the ob

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jectionable grades can best be overcome and to take such action as they deem fit in the matter met as a sub-committee on Friday September 12th at 9:30 P.M.

Present: Aldermen Horne and Costello, the City Engineer and Messrs R.P. Cook and A. G. Ferguson as consulting engineers.
The streets were carefully gone over and the plans and profiles in connection with the work now going on thoroughly examined. The Committee resolved to make the grades on the cross streets 2 ft in 66 feet and to make the average grade on Westminster Avenue 7 ½ per cent and on Granville Street South an average of 8 per cent.

The Sub-Committee appointed to look over the Market building before accepting the same met at said building on Saturday September 13th at 1:30 P.M.
Present: Aldermen Costello and Sentell, the City Engineer, the City Clerk and Mr. Dawson, the architect.
The plans and specifications were examined in detail and your committee while reporting the work done generally to their satisfaction would beg to report that the following works have not been carried out as mentioned in the specifications:
1. Air grates in cellar omitted.
2. Stairs to cellar left out; cost deducted from final account.
3. Only half of the top sash of the windows down stairs made to open as specified and some unprovided with cords.
4. Same as to windows upstairs.
5. Sliding door at rear of building, single boarded and 2 ½ inches frame instead of being diagonally double boarded and is unprovided with swing bar.
6. Front sliding door in same condition.
7. One butt short on each of the side doors

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but 2. 5 in butts replace 3. 4 inch butts mentioned in specifications.
8. Door to cellar not diagonally double boarded and hasp fastening too light.
9. Rails and ballusters of stairs fir instead of cedar.

In all other respects we find the building in accordance with the specifications.
In regard to the final estimates and extras claimed we would recommend that $175.00 be held back pending the valuation of the omissions above mentioned and one item in the extras on which the Committee has not been satisfied and that the balance be paid over and further that a competent man be appointed to report upon the actual worth of the items omitted.
And further that Messrs Sansom and Dawson be paid the balance of their account.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the Council into Committee of the Whole on the Report. Carried.

Alderman Costello was appointed Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That clause the [sic] of the Report relating to the putting up of street numbers be eliminated and referred back to the Board of Works with power to act. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That clause 10 relating to the carting away of the gravel piled on Powell Street to the Market ground be amended to provide for the spreading of the gravel on another portion of Powell St. Motion lost:

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Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That clause 12 of the Report be amended by adding the following clause: “That the contract for the grading of Victoria Street be awarded to H. Connacher at 37 cts a lineal foot.”

Moved by Alderman Browning in amendment
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the grading of said street be carried out as far as the appropriation will allow. Amendment withdrawn, motion lost, and clause allowed to stand as read.
All of the other clauses were passed as read. The Committee then rose and reported the Report complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That the Report be adopted as amended. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the following labor account be paid:
B. Romang et al, Street work $170.45 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That we recommend to the Citizens of Vancouver the advisability of turning out en masse to attend the Agricultural Exhibition to be held in New Westminster on the 24th, 25th and 26th inst as

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an encouragement to such exhibitions. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the City Engineer be requested to look into the matter of properly protecting all of the young shade trees in the City and report cost of same to the next meeting of the Board of Works, and that the Street Inspector be requested to count all the trees living and report to the engineer. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That in accordance with the Report of the Sub Committee of the Board of Works that Messrs Sansom & Dawson be paid $387.04 their final commission for superintending the construction of the Market building and that H.F. Keefer be paid the final payment and extras claimed less $175.00 to be retained until the Committee is further satisfied on certain points. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That George McKay be appointed pound keeper in place of W.P. West dismissed, the salary to be same as W.P. West, the duties to commence on the 16th day of September 1890, and that a distinguishing badge be furnished him. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That Dr. Bredemeyer be authorized to retain possession of flags etc on behalf of the City, now under his care to be ready at hand when required for public use. Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the City Engineer be authorized to call for tenders for grading Victoria Street 18 feet wide. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That the contract for grading Victoria Street be awarded to H. Connacher as per tender at 37 cts per foot for 10000 feet.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the matter be referred back to the Board of Works.
Amendment lost by casting vote of Mayor.
Motion lost: Yeas Fox, McLeod, Sentell. Nays Carroll, Garden, Costello, Browning and Horne.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That Mr. E. Mohun’s communication to Council on the sewerage question be printed for the information of the public. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That in the future any grades before being adopted as the final and official grades of any street in the City be reported on by the Board of Works and that the City Engineer lay profiles and levels before that Board and that they confer with him and recommend to the Council the most advisable grades for their adoption or decision. Carried.

Notice of Motion
Alderman Carroll gave notice that at the next regular meeting of this Council

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he would introduce the following Motion: “That in the opinion of this Council it is expedient and just that a By-Law should be introduced and passed by the Council exempting the improvements upon real property from taxation.”

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That the Council stand adjourned until Wednesday at 2 P.M. Carried.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Council carefully review market by-laws – September 9, 1890

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 39 only

[volume 4 page 39]

Vancouver September 9th 1890

The Council met on Tuesday September 9th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Fox, Sentell, McLeod and Costello.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That Alderman Browning be appointed Chairman. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law governing and regulating the Market House and Place. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the Market By-Law be read a second time. Carried.

Alderman Sentell was appointed Chairman of the Committee of the Whole.

Forty clauses of the By-Law were read in Committee after which it rose and asked leave to sit again.

The Chairman resumed the Chair after which the Council adjourned to meet again on Wednesday Sept 10th at 4 P.M.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Street railway route revealed – September 8, 1890

Committee met with Street Railway Company and recommends the company be allowed to extend their line along Westminster Ave (Main Street) to Ninth Ave (Broadway), then west to Centre Street (Granville), then south to the Granville Street Bridge and across the bridge. The company had to construct an addition to the bridge on which to lay their track, and the overhead wire could not interfere with navigation when the swing portion of the bridge was open. The Street Inspector to hire “such help as is necessary” to flush surface drains at least once a month to keep the drains from “emitting nauseous odours detrimental to the health and comfort of the public”

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 26-38

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Vancouver September 8th 1890

The Council met on Monday September 8th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello, Doering and Mason.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That Alderman Carroll be appointed Chairman. Carried.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From D. Stirling and James Bremner applying for the position of Market Clerk. Filed.

From J. W. McFarland, Secretary to Vancouver Water Works Co, informing the Council that the Co declines to extend their distribution pipes until the matter now at issue between the City and the Co has been brought to a definite conclusion. Referred to W.W. Committee.

From J. W. McFarland enclosing accounts for hydrant rent and asking for a settlement. Referred to F.W. & L.

From the City Solicitor informing Council that he had forwarded resolution re Oppenheimer and Princess St pipes to Hon. A. M. Richards, Q.C. Filed.

From the Pound Keeper furnishing monthly report

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From Bodwell Bros asking for a refund of $30.00 for constructing a fence on Oppenheimer St, made necessary by a change of grade. Referred to Board of Works

From James Morrison offering to sell as Crematory site in Block 7 264A. Referred to Crematory Committee.

From A. C. Muir enclosing an account for $118.50 for wood claimed to be taken by the City from his client Dr. G. McLean. Referred to Board of Works.

From Mrs. E. Gold asking for the street line of her lot on Water Street. Referred to Board of Works.

From Goodwin and Wilkinson et al praying for the sidewalking of Robson St. Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Auditor submitting Report for July 1890. Filed.

From the City Auditor applying for an increase of salary. Referred to Finance Committee.

From James Henderson submitting a sample of street numbers. Referred to Board of Works.

From the Secy of the Board of Trade, enclosing a Resolution from the Board urging the Council to take steps for the thorough cleansing of the City. Referred to Board of Health.

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From Wm. Malkin asking permission to construct approaches to his house on Carroll St. Referred to Board of Works.

From Kelley Beckett & Co submitting plans of machinery in connection with water works etc. Referred to F.W.&L. Committee.

From H.B. Small, Secy to Department of Agriculture, replying to resolution re establishment of Quarantine Station at this port. Referred to Board of Health.

From J. W. McFarland complaining about cows being allowed to run at large. Referred to Board of Works.

From Thos. D. Cyrs asking permission to construct a veneered building on Lot 3 Block 2 O.G.T. Referred to B of Works and Fire Inspector.

From D.J. McDonald asking payment for repairing the City Wharf. Referred to Board of Works.

From J.J. Blake, Solicitor for Leamy and Kyle, submitting Bond guaranteeing the repayment of $1500.00 in three years to the City, being half of the additional cost of putting a draw in Cambie Street Bridge, and also agreeing to perform the additional work of putting in a draw for $3000.00. Filed.

Reports

Street Railway Committee
The Committee appointed by Council to consider the application of the Street Railway

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Company for an extension of their line, met in the City Hall on Friday September 5th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, Costello and Doering and the City Solicitor and Messrs McKee and Dunn on behalf of the Street Railway Co.

After discussing the question at issue the Committee begs to recommend:
“That permission be granted to the Company to extend their line along Westminster Av to Ninth Avenue, thence along Ninth Avenue to Centre Street, thence along Centre Street to the south end of Granville Street Bridge, thence across Granville Street Bridge, if an addition is constructed at the expense of said Company on which to lay their track, the City granting to them the privilege of using the swing portion of the bridge for running over, if they guarantee to arrange the overhead wire so that navigation will not be obstructed.”
Sgd M. Costello
Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Report of the Committee be received. Carried.

Works No 24

The Board of Works met on Thursday August 28th and September 4th 1890 at 5 o’clock.
Present: Aldermen Browning, Sentell, Doering and Costello. Alderman Costello in the Chair.
It was recommended:

1. That a platform scale of the Fairbanks pattern manufactured by C. Wilson, Toronto, capacity 15 tons, price $175.00 F.O.B. Toronto, be ordered for the Market.

2. That there are no funds available for the sidewalking of Robson St. from Bute Street

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west as petitioned for by M. P. Thomson.

3. That Nelson Street be graded full width as far as the balance of the appropriation for said street will go.

4. That the City Engineer examine and report upon the funds available for the grading of Jervis Street.

5. That Hornby Street between Pender and Dunsmuir be sidewalked provided funds can be had for that purpose.

6. That J. Bailey be allowed sufficient old planks to lay 360 feet of 3 ft sidewalk in front of his premises.

7. That the chain gang be employed to make approaches and crossings in the lanes in Blocks 51 & 52, 181, also to clear the lane to the rear of the City Hall.
8. That tenders be invited for the following improvements:
(1) Homer St six ft sidewalk from Robson to Nelson.
(2) Grading Smithe St from Richards to Homer.
(3) Grading and planking part of the lane in Block 28, 541, said work to be done in lieu of the box drain on Homer St.
(4) Completing the grading of Homer St from Davie to Drake.
(5) Clearing, close cutting and burning Victoria St 30 feet wide and grubbing and grading it wide enough to construct a road bed 22 feet wide between the ditches.

9. That the following accounts be paid:
Mr. McIntyre, 11th Av $71.94
Boyd & Clendenning, Hornby St 532.80
Boyd & Clendenning, Centre St 972.00

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Boyd & Clendenning, Thurlow & Robson $816.75
Costello & McDonald, Robson St 429.54
Urquhart & Morris, Robson St 191.25
Urquhart & Morris, Homer & Helmcken 83.96
W.G. Fraser, Hamilton St 180.60
A.D. McDonald, Pender St 6.00
A.D. McDonald, Heatley & Hawks 290.22
David Gibbons, Dupont St 145.47
Leatherdale & McDonald, 6th Av 104.65
Wm Tierney, Haro St 522.80
H. Connacher, Keefer St 321.30
A, Parker, Salary 75.00
Montreal Gazette, Advertising 22.54
F.L. Budlong, Cutting down trees 12.00
F.L. Budlong, 6th Av Bridge 197.22
Boyd & Clendenning, Gravel 2153.25
H. Connacher, Carolina St 129.61
Brunette Saw Mill Co, Lumber 15.60
McDonald & Lloyd, Westminster Av 902.70
Murray & Fraser, Clark’s Park 257.63
Murray & Fraser, Dunlevy Av 57.80
Murray & Fraser, 12th Av 829.20
Leamy & Kyle, Cambie St Bridge 1500.00
B. Romang et al, Street work 175.25
B. Romang et al, Street work 168.90
H. F. Keefer, Sewers 1421.95
H. F. Keefer, Sewers 1579.42
H. F. Keefer, Surface drains 30.53
D. Gibbons, Lane B 94, 541 115.74
Crowder & Penzer, Feed 17.05
Ross & Marshall, Hospital 40.07
D. Morgan, 12th Av 135.00
Brown & White, Cheese cloth 1.50
Strathern & Palmer, Victoria St 303.00
D.J. McDonald, 18th Av 230.40
D. Morgan, 11th Av 58.73
John Telford, David St 20.85
John Telford, Homer St 197.10

10. That the following contracts be awarded:
Prince Edward St grading Morgan & Gibbons

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Homer St sidewalk W.D. Hobson
Bute St Box drain Muir & Johnston
Smithe St grading Muir & Johnston
Lane in B 28, 541 Muir & Johnston
Haro St grading C.H. Lloyd
11. That the following tenders be invited:
(1) Grading Seymour St as far as the balance of the appropriation on hand will go.
(2) Laying a six ft sidewalk on Hornby Street from Georgia to Nelson and from Pender to Dunsmuir including crossings.
(3) Gravelling Helmcken St from Richards to Homer and on Homer St south to the south line of the factory.
(4) Close cutting etc of Victoria Street.

12. That C.H. Lloyd be notified to proceed with the grading of Jervis St, the expense for said work to be paid out of part of Smithe Street box and Jervis Street box drain.

13. That the City Engineer examine and report what gravel will be necessary for Nelson Street and the money there will be to spare after the gravelling is done.

14. That the ditches on Richards Street between Drake and Pacific be cleaned out and the street crowned.

15. That there are no funds available for the grading of Thurlow Street from Haro to Barclay as petitioned for by J. F. Galbraith.

16. That the communication from S.A. Charnock re the grade of Hastings St at Y.M.C.A. buildings be referred to the City Solicitor.

17. That the City Engineer report on the box drain at Williams Brewery and on the

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box drain on Howe St, Drake St and other places required and cost of same.

18. That Hastings road be repaired at a cost not to exceed $300.00.

Sgd M. Costello, Chairman pro tem

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Browning
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted as read without going through Committee of the Whole. Carried.

Finance No 23

The Finance Committee met on Friday August 29th and September 5th 1890.

It was recommended:

1. That as there are no large views of Vancouver obtainable, we would recommend that several small views be purchased and forwarded to Mr. Adam Brown, Hon Commissioner for the Jamaica Exhibition.

2. That as Mr. R.E. Gosnel has proposed to furnish at least 6000 copies of his pamphlet for $500.00 we recommend that his proposition be accepted.

3. That a large city map be purchased and the latest improvements added and forwarded to Toronto to be used in connection with the Vancouver Exhibits and that Alderman Browning be authorized to have the necessary alterations made to said map.
Several communications were received from the tradesmen of the City, protesting against the enforcement of certain clauses in By-Laws Nos 79, 84 and 102, and asking

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for a refund of licenses paid under authority of said clauses.
Your Committee after a careful examination of the By-Laws in question would beg to recommend as follows:

1. That clause 27 of By-Law 79 be amended by inserting the word “or” between the words “chop house and cafe” in the 2nd line thereof and by striking out all the words from “or” in the said 2nd line down to and including the word “premises” in the 6th line.

2. That clauses 7, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 and 42 in By-Law No 79 be struck out.

3. That lines 12, 13, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 53, 54, 55 of By-Law 79 “Schedule A” be struck out.

4. That By-Law 102 be amended by striking out the words “Commercial Travellers” in the 3rd line of clause 2 and inserting in lieu thereof the words “person or persons” and by inserting after the word “in” in the 12th line of the said clause the words and figures “lines 10 and 11 of”.

5. That a By-Law be introduced covering the proposed amendments and that all licenses collected during 1889 & 1890 under the Sections hereby recommended for amendment be refunded.

6. That the following accounts be paid:
The World P&P Co, Printing 17.85
C. Nelson, Toilet paper 1.50
Stephen Green, Messenger 4.00
F.C. Hart, Lamp wicks .25

7. That H. B. Lewis be requested to give the cost of painting a large view of Vancouver 4×6 ft.

8. That the City Treasurer be authorized to

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have 5000 official cheques lithographed as per sample submitted to this Board.

9. That the Board of Works accounts be passed for payment.
Sgd J. M. Browning, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Mason
That the clause in the Report relating to the Gosnel pamphlets be struck out. Lost 2.6.

Moved by Alderman Browning,
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the Report be adopted as read. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That the Dominion Government be requested to advise the Harbor Master to prevent ships from discharging ballast in the locations at present selected but to have them discharge in a place appointed by him, provided he has not already the power. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Browning
That the Bond proposed to be furnished by Leamy and Kyle for the repayment of $1500.00, their share in the construction of the Cambie St Bridge draw, be referred to the City Solicitor and if found by him to be in accordance with the resolution of the Council that the Mayor be requested to sign the bond and contract and allow the work of construction to proceed. Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the Board of Works be authorized to stop the grading now going on upon Westminster Avenue and Granville Street South and that they be empowered to consult such engineers or other practical parties as they may deem advisable with a view to ascertaining how the objectionable grade can best be overcome, and to take such action as they may deem fit in the matter. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Mason
That the City Engineer be requested to give the street line to Mrs. Emma Gold on Lot 13, Block 6, O.G.T. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Gordon
That the City Treasurer, City Clerk, Accountant, Health Inspector and City Engineer be allowed two weeks vacation respectively, to be taken alternately as may be arranged amongst themselves. Subject to the approval of His Worship the Mayor or the Chairman of the respective Committees. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Mason
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That the Street Inspector be instructed to hire such help as is necessary to at once give the surface drains a thorough flushing taking water from the nearest hydrants for that purpose and that in the future that this be done once a month as by this means only can the drains be kept from emitting nauseous odors detrimental to the health and comfort of the public. Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Mason
That the following labor account be paid:
B. Romang et al, Street Work, etc. $160.15 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Fox
Whereas it is desirable that the higher educational interests of the City should be provided for at as early a date as possible, and whereas the Dominion Government has ever manifested a desire to aid in a material way in the development of higher education in the various portions of the Dominion,
And whereas certain tidal lands within the City limits are still under the control of the Dominion Government:
Therefore be it resolved that this Council respectfully petition the Dominion Government to grant to the City for higher educational purposes all that portion of False Creek lying eastwards of Westminster Avenue bridge and below high water mark, and all that portion of Coal Harbour lying westwards of the park road bridge and below high water mark, and that a Committee consisting of His Worship the Mayor, Messrs Horne, Browning and Carroll, and the mover and seconder of this resolution be appointed to wait upon the Hon the Minister of Public Works on the occasion of his visit to Vancouver and lay the matter fully before him, and endeavor to secure his co-operation in the attainment of the object of the petition. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Gordon
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the City Engineer be requested to examine and report as to whether it is possible to launch and tow the old smallpox hos

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pital from its present site on Deadman’s Island to a place less objectionable, and cost of removal.
Motion withdrawn.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That the matter be referred to the Health Committee. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the meeting stand adjourned until Tuesday Sept 9 at 4 P.M. Carried

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Morley gets $200 reward for info on Sunbury murder – August 25, 1890

Morley gets $200 reward for info on Sunbury murder – August 25, 1890

Chief of Police recommended George Morley for $200 reward for information on Henry T. Sunbury murder. Mr. Wetzler suggested that the nozzles of fire hoses should be furnished with a cut-off, so that when firemen entered a building the water need not be turned on until the actual location of the fire was ascertained. (!) The tender of William Murphy to supply police uniforms at $35.00 per suit was accepted. Council decided to proclaim Saturday September 6th ‘Labor Day’.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston
and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 9-25

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Vancouver August 25th 1890

The Council met on Monday August 25th 1890 at 8 P.M.

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

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the Park Commissioners notifying the Council that they would resist any interference of their rights as Parks Commissioners.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From C.D. Rand in reference to lowering the Vancouver Gas Co’s pipes on Oppenheimer St.
Filed.

From R.R. Lang, City Clerk of Stratford enclosing a resolution from the Stratford Council in reference Samuel R. Robb.
Filed.

From D. Carmichael and F. Loscombe applying for the position of Market Clerk.
Laid on the Table.

From Strutt & Co agreeing to remove the portion of their building on 12th Av.
Filed.

From J. R. Linton asking for a summons for parties who stole his property.
Referred to Police Committee.

From Alderman Horne asking for leave of absence.
Filed.

From Hon John Robson asking for a return of the Assessment of the City to be forwarded to the Imperial Government.
Referred to Assessor.

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From A.B. Diplock et al asking for the improvement of Nelson St.
Referred to Board of Works.

From Rev. E.D. McLaren accepting the position to which he was appointed by Council on the British Columbia University Board.
Filed.

From the City Clerk of Port Arthur, asking for information in connection with Street Railway.
Referred to City Clerk for reply.

From F. Bowser asking that a certain tree be cut down on 6th Av.
Referred to City Engineer.

From H. B. Small, Secy to the Minister of Agriculture, asking the Council to furnish a cabinet of views of Vancouver for the Jamaica Exhibition.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From J. A. Fulton et al asking Council to appoint Saturday Sept. 6th a Public Holiday to be known as Labour day.
Filed.

From Mrs Webster asking the Board of Health to take into consideration the erection of a separate building for a women and children’s ward.
Referred to Board of Health.

Reports

Police No 9

The Police Committee met on Tuesday August 12th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Costello, Carroll and Mason.
It was resolved:
1. That the following accounts be paid:

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L.S. Cook, Scavenger work $1.50
John McLaren, Fares 3.00
C.B. Johnson Express 1.00
D. Burton, Hack hire 2.00
Van Volkenburgh & Bro, Meat 17.95
Wm Steel Express .50
W. J. Smith 2.00
C. Nelson, Insect powder 2.00
John Scuitto, Supplies 67.38
A. Hodgson, Painting 20.00
O.W. Ellison, Milk 3.50

2. That tenders be invited for the furnishing of uniforms to the Police Force.

3. That all communications in reference to By-Law No 79 and amending By-Laws be referred to the Finance Committee for consideration.

4. That Mr Corry, night watchman at Hastings Mills, be sworn in as a Special Constable for the City of Vancouver, at a salary of $1.00 per year.

5. That J. M. Stewart, ex-Chief of Police be requested to give an explanation in the matter of the claim of Shirley Keeting and if it is found that the search was made under the authority of the Provincial Government that the matter be referred to them.
Sgd. M. Costello, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Fox, seconded by Alderman Doering. That the Policy Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Fire Water and Light
The Fire Water and Light Committee met on Wednesday August 13th 1890.

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Present: Aldermen Fox, Carroll, McLeod and Doering.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Van Water Works Co, Rates $364.86
Creighton, Fraser & Co, Supplies 4.85
G.H. Bigley, Shoeing team 4.50
E.S. Scoullar & Co, Supplies 2.70
C.P.Ry Co , Supplies .75
A. Godfrey & Co, Supplies 14.60
John Scuitto, Supplies 68.60
W.S. Cook, Scavengering 2.00
John Wolf, Scavengering 4.00
Van Gas Co. 9.00

2. That John Cooper, Engineer at Fire Hall No 2 be informed that as the Estimates for the year have been compiled and the salaries adjusted, the Council regrets it is not in a position to recommend an increase of salary for him.

3. That arc lights of 2000 candle power each be placed in the following locations:

On the corner of Carl Av & Princess St.
On the corner of Powell & Raymur
On the corner of Sixth Av & Prince Edward St.
On the corner of Seymour & Nelson St.

4. That the consideration of placing an arc light on the corner of Prior St & Gore Av be deferred for the present.

5. That the lights as erected by the Vancouver Electric Rwy & Light Co be tested before payment is made of their account, to ascertain if they have the power agreed upon in the contract.

Sgd J.M. Fox, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Doering, seconded by Alderman Sentell. That the Report of the F.W. & L. Committee be adopted.

Carried.

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Health No 13

The Health Committee met on Tuesday August 12th 1890.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Mason, McLeod, Carroll and Fox.

It was recommended:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

E.S. Scoullar & Co, Supplies $41.30
W.J. McGuigan, Inquests etc. 40.00
H. McDowell & Co, Drugs 32.74
Van Volkenburgh, Meat 39.61
M.A. Harvey, Buggy 2.50
John Scuitto, Supplies 53.92
Crowder & Penzer, Supplies 20.25
Yick Lung, Washing 14.75
D. Bell-Irving, Mental Ex. 5.00
O.W. Ellison, Milk 55.89
Hudson’s Bay Co, Supplies 3.00
W.S. Cook, Scavengering 1.50
R.V. Winch, Supplies 16.71
Union S.S. Co, Rent 7.50

2. That the City assume control of the scavengering of the City and provide the ways and means for carrying it into immediate effect.

3. That the resignation of Chas Gibson and Mary Ann Alcock, nurses at the City Hospital, be accepted.

4. That S. G. Pentlow be appointed night nurse at the City Hospital at a salary of $30.00 per month dating from the resignation of Chas Gibson.

5. That Miss M. Woodward be appointed nurse in place of Miss Alcock resigned at a salary of $25.00 per month.

6. That Miss R. Drummond be appointed nurse

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at a salary of $20.00 per month in place of Miss Woodward promoted.

7. That all previous actions of the Council relative to Miss Swan’s salary be rescinded and that her salary be increased to $50.00 per month dating from the 1st of June 1890.

8. That in future the matron be required to immediately report to the Board of Health through the City Clerk any change in the hospital staff or other matters affecting the government of the hospital and that she employ white labor if available in all branches connected with hospital work.

9. That the caretaker at the cemetery be instructed to have all graves dug in the centre of the plots so that they may be four feet apart.

10. That the Minister of Agriculture be communicated with asking him when it is the intention of the government to establish a quarantine station at this port, and in the meantime that the present building on Deadman’s Island be used for that purpose, and if the necessity should arise to use it as a pest house, that all communications be shut off from the mainland.

11. That the service of Frank Humphrey, Porter at the City Hospital be dispensed with at once and that the matron be instructed to have his place filled by another man.

12. That the City Solicitor be instructed to draft a By-Law under Subsection 27, Clause 142 of the City Charter to govern and regulate slaughter houses in this City.

13. That Thos Bradbury be permitted to exhume the body of his child now interred in the cemetery.

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14. That the City Clerk be instructed to acknowledge the receipt of Mrs. Salsbury’s communication re an addition to the City Hospital informing her that the Board will carefully consider the advisability of erecting such addition.

15. That two copies of the British Columbia Statutes of 1886 be purchased.

Sgd. J. T. Carroll, for Chairman
Moved by Alderman Costello

Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the Report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Finance No 22
The Finance Committee met on Friday August 15th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Browning, Costello and Fox.

It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Trustees of Sinking Fund $6097.67
Thomson Bros Stationery 12.40
The Herald Printing Co. 14.75
A. St. G. Hamersley, Charter Expenses 313.50

2. That as the Chief of Police has reported that Geo Morley gave the information which led to the apprehension and conviction of the murderers of Henry T. Sunbury, we recommend that the $200.00 Reward offered by the Council be paid to him.

3. That the Sum of $88.00 be hereby voted out of the Finance Contingent fund and placed to the credit of the following accounts to cover our drafts:
F, W & L, Fire Alarm System 45.75
Finance, Insurance 10.00
Finance, School Tax 29.30

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4. That the accounts of the Board of Works, Police, Health and Fire, Water and Light Committees be passed for payment, having been examined and found correct.

The Finance Committee met again on Friday August 22nd 1890.

Present: Aldermen Browning, Gordon and Costello.

It was recommended:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

I.H. Hallett, Law books $90.10
H. Henslow, Salary 60.00
Carswell & Co, Law books 21.00
The Star, Advertising 25.20
News Advertiser, Printing 193.50

2. That a special meeting of the Finance Committee be held on Friday August 29th at 3 o’clock for the consideration of By-Law No 79.

3. That $500.00 be appropriated by Council for the purchase and distribution of a certain number of copies of the pamphlet prepared by Mr. R.E. Gosnel, giving valuable information regarding the farming and mining resources of the Province of British Columbia provided satisfactory terms can be arranged with him.

4. The accounts from the Board of Works and Park Commissioners were examined and confirmed.

Sgd. J.M. Browning, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Costello

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

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Crematory Report
The Crematory Committee met on Friday August 15th 1890.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Costello and McLeod.
It was resolved:

1. That a site be selected in 264A for a crematory ground and that same be purchased, if obtainable at a reasonable figure.

2. That the Health Committee take into consideration the adoption of a system of scavengering at the expense of the Corporation, which according to an estimate made by the Health Inspector would be $5220.00 per annum.

3. That the offer of James Watt, Secretary of the Dominion Sanitary and Cremating Co, agreeing to erect a crematory in the City for $6000.00 be accepted, in accordance with his letter of 22nd May 1889 addressed to the City Clerk and as modified in his offer to Mr E. Mohun of Sept. 12 1889, both of which are herewith attached.

Sgd. J.T. Carroll, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman McLeod

That the Report of the Crematory Committee be adopted.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Doering.

That the Report be laid over for one week until a site is decided upon.
Amendment lost by casting vote of the Mayor.
Motion carried by casting vote of Mayor.

Works No 23

The Board of Works met on Thursday, August 14, 1890.

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Present: Aldermen Costello, Browning and Doering. Alderman Costello in the chair.
It was recommended:

1. That the following accounts be paid:
J. Bunting, Flushing sewers $4.75
F.L. Budlong, Dufferin St Bridge 470.36
Wm Tierney, Haro St 298.80
Wm Tierney, Davie St 337.46
Wm Tierney, Burrard St 250.00
A.D. McDonald, Hastings St 387.05
Murray & Fraser, 12th Av 540.00
John Costello, Powell St 46.65
John Costello, Pender St 3.60
McDonald & Barton, Burrard St 14.00
Leatherdale & McDonald, Dufferin St 404.63
D. Gibbons, Pender St 88.23
McDonald & Lloyd, Westminster Av. 796.50

2. That the following contracts be awarded:
Bute St Grading C.H. Lloyd
Harris St Grading H. Nicol
Cemetery Road Urquhart & Morris
Jervis St Grading C.H. Lloyd
9th Av Grading M. McIntyre
Burrard St Grading Alex McDonald
Carolina St Sidewalk H. Connacher
Market Grounds Wm Cullen

3. That the following tenders be invited:
(a) Box drain in the gully between Eveleigh St and the Brewery.
(b) Grading Robson St from Granville to Richards.
(c) Sidewalking Robson St from Richards to Burrard
(d) Grading Smithe St from Burrard to Richards.
(e) Grading the east side of Westminster Av from Princess to Hastings.
(f) Grading Westminster Av from 13th Av to City Boundary. The expense for grading between 13th and 14th Avs to be taken from the gravel for Westminster Av.

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(g) Grading Barnard St from Dunlevy to Gore.
(h) Grading Princess St two blocks further east.

4. That Seymour St be graded and sidewalked as far as the Estimates will allow, as petitioned for by J. P. Smith et al.

5. That there are no sums in the Estimates for grading the lane in Block 20 196 as petitioned for by F. Sargent et al.

6. That Hornby St & Drake St be sidewalked as far as the Estimates will allow, as petitioned for A. McEdwards et al, but that the City Engineer first ascertain what is most urgently wanted.

7. That Robson St be graded from Granville to Richards St and sidewalk laid to connect with Burrard St.

8. Re the communication from the Gas Co. As it is the opinion of this Committee that the City is not liable for the lowering of the gas pipes, now exposed on Oppenheimer and Princess Streets, through the grading of said streets, the communication is hereby referred back to Council.

9. That a surface drain be laid through to the lane in Block 3, O.G.T. provided the Aldermen representing Ward No 2 make provision for the construction of same by deducting the amount required from some other work in the ward included in the estimates.

10. That there are no funds available for the gravelling of Helmcken St as petitioned for by Walter Taylor.

11. Re the sidewalk in front of the Y.M.C.A. building we find upon enquiry that the present sidewalk is only of a temporary nature which will be adjusted when the new grade is adopted.

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12. That the City Engineer examine and report upon the petition of S. Beaumont for the grading of Princess St.

13. That Messrs Boyd & Clandenning be released from their obligations for the grading of Burrard St in consequence of a misunderstanding in the tender.

14. That the communication from the City Solicitor re wood on cemetery grounds be filed.

15. That the Box drain on Robson St be deepened to take the water from Mr Springer’s basement.

16. That the City Engineer be authorized to take the street cars for himself and assistants, when he considers it in the interests of the City to do so.
Sgd. M. Costello, Chairman pro tem

The Board of Works met again on Thursday August 21st 1890.
Present: Aldermen Browning, Doering and Costello. Alderman Browning in the Chair.
It was recommended:

1. That all contractors doing work for the City be notified that they will be required before excavating around Telephone, Street Ry and Telegraph poles, to notify the different companies the fact so that they will be able to take steps to protect their property.

2. That permission be not granted to R. Mackay Fripp to erect Sample Rooms as proposed on the Dougall House corner, same being contrary to the Fire Limit By-Law.

3. That part of 12th Av leading to Clark’s Park be planted with old plants taken from Westminster Av and that Westminster Av be gravelled instead.

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4. That the amount included in the Estimates for gravelling Westminster Avenue from 7th to 13th Av be applied to gravel the avenue further north beginning at the north end of the present gravelled road near 5th Av and extending north as far as it will go.

5. That the resolution of the Board of Works, passed on the 31st of July last recommending that the Box drain, through the gully near Williams Brewery, be made in lieu of a drain on Bute Street, be rescinded, and that the said drain be made in lieu of grading Jervis Street, from Georgia to Pender, and that the tender of C.H. Lloyd for grading Jervis Street be not accepted.

6. That the following tenders be invited:
(a) Grading Victoria St from the Park north to Powell Street
(b) Box drain on Bute St from Georgia to Melville
(c) Grading Haro St from Bute to Jervis, the expense to be taken out of Jervis St grading
(d) Grading Prince Edward Street from 5th to 8th Avenue

7. That the following accounts be paid:
H. Connacher, Keefer St $321.30
Grassie & Mason, Repairs 3.50
Queen Bros, Hack hire 7.00
E. Shergold, Drayage .75
John Telford, Homer & Davie 558.45
D.H. Morgan, 12th Av 112.50
W.C. Muir, 11th Av 58.52
Leatherdale & McD, 5 &7th Avs 236.09
A. Godfrey, Supplies 9.00
Crowder & Penzer, Supplies 7.15
R.C.P. Mills Co, Supplies 34.64

8. That the following contracts be awarded:
Princess St grading Boyd & Clandenning
Smithe St grading Boyd & Clandenning

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Westminster Av from 13th to 16th D. Gibbons
Westminster Av Hastings to Princess Wm Cullen
Barnard St W.D. Hobson
Robson St sidewalk ditto
Robson St grading Boyd & Clandenning
Box Drain in Blocks 1 & 2, 185 Muir & Johnson

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

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

Alderman Browning was appointed Chairman.
The Report was read over clause by clause and passed without amendment.
The Committee then rose and reported the Report complete.
The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman Costello seconded by Ald Doering.

Report
Cambie Street Bridge Committee

The Cambie St Bridge Committee met on Monday August 25th 1890.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Garden, Costello and Carroll and Messrs Hamersley and J.G. Woods.

Two plans were submitted showing the bridge with a draw.
It was resolved that both these plans be submitted to the City Engineer for his report there-on and that he be instructed to give an estimate of the value of the work and material already expended in the construction of the Bridge by Messrs Leamy & Kyle. It was further resolved that the City pay $5000.00 extra in consideration of a draw being

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placed in the bridge. Messrs Leamy and Kyle to give a guarantee bond that they will repay to the City half of that amount in three years.
The Committee then adjourned.
Sgd. D. Oppenheimer, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the Report of the Cambie St Bridge Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Mr Wetzler, an underwriter from San Francisco appeared before the Bar of the Council and asked to be allowed to make a suggestion regarding certain necessary equipments for the Fire Department:
He claimed that the nozzles of the hose should be furnished with a “cut off” so that when the firemen entered a building water need not be turned on until the actual location of the fire was ascertained. This would prevent goods being destroyed by water which was the case in the fire on Cordova Street where $8000.00 worth of goods were ruined.

He advised the Council to provide these at once, the cost being only nominal, after which he withdrew.
Introduction of By-Laws

Alderman Browning introduced a By-Law to empower the Council to close the lane in Block 74, 196, which was read a first time.

Alderman Carroll allowed his By-Law amending By-Law 79 to stand over until the matter was considered by the Finance Committee and reported on.

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Motions
Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That Alderman Carroll be added to the Street Railway Committee.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Costello.
That Alderman Horne be granted six weeks leave of absence.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Garden.
That the following labor account be paid:
B. Romang et al $164.25
Carried.

Resolved: That the Board of Works be given power to act regarding the grading of Westminster Avenue south of False Creek Bridge. Carried.
Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Doering.
That the matter of changing of the grades of streets and sidewalks be referred back to the City Solicitor to get another Counsel to consult with him as to the liability of the City either private individuals or other parties for inconvenience or damage suffered from the change of grade, whether the same had been previously given by the City Engineer as the permanent grade or not.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Carroll.
That the tender of Wm Murphy

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for police uniforms be accepted at $35.00 per suit, as per sample lot.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Costello.
That the petition of the Trade and Labor Council be granted and that His Worship the Mayor be requested to proclaim Saturday the 6th of September a Holiday or Labor day.
Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

J. T. Carroll, Chairman
Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Rev. E. D. McLaren to head University of British Columbia – August 11, 1890

Rev. E.D. McLaren appointed the City’s representative to the newly-formed Corporation of the University of British Columbia. Council recommended that the Union Steam Ship Company be granted a subsidy of $250.00 per month to run the S.S. Cutch “or some other good boat” on the Vancouver-Nanaimo route, at least six days per week. Since the Park Commissioners had “no amount placed in the estimates” for buying or maintaining animals or birds in Stanley Park or elsewhere, no payments would be made for related expenses.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston
and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 01-08

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Vancouver August 11th 1890

The Council met on Monday August 11th 1890 at 8 P.M.

Present: His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Caroll, Garden, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod and Mason.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and confirmed.

Communications

From Justice McCreight furnishing a copy of the order granted in the information restraining operations being proceeded with on Cambie Street Bridge. Filed.

From S. Beaumont praying for the grading of Princess St. Referred to Board of Works.

From Messrs Boyd and Clandenning acknowledging that they had made a mistake in the tender for the grading of Burrard St and asking that the contract be not awarded to them. Referred to Board of Works.

From Frank Humphrey, Porter of the Hospital, asking Alderman McLeod to withdraw certain remarks made by him in reference to the hospital staff. Referred to Health Committee.

From H. McDowell & Co protesting against paying their trade license. Referred to Licensing Board.

From the City Solicitor informing Council that there was no process at present to cause the removal of Slaughter houses. Referred to Board of Health.

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From the City Solicitor giving an opinion in reference to the wood on the cemetery grounds, advising that the workmen should put a line on it. Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor notifying the Council that the appeal of the Vancouver Water Works Co, restraining the Council from proceeding under By Law No 101 was dismissed with costs. Water Works Com. filed.

From Wm Cargill Secy Union S.S. Co. withdrawing the application made for a subsidy for the Steamer Cutch. Filed.

From B.T. Rogers, Manager of the Sugar Refinery Committee asking the Council to spend the balance of money due on clearing boulders from in front of the wharf. Referred to Sugary Refinery Committee.

From J.J. Blake advising that the Council had his power to grant a subsidy to the U.S.S. Co. Filed.

From John H. Bouchon applying for the position of Market Clerk. Laid on Table.

From Yates, Jay & Russell claiming damages on behalf of Harry Arnold Reese for false arrest. Referred to City Solicitor.

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Reports

Board of Works No 22

The Board of Works met on Friday August 8th 1890.

Present: Aldermen Costello, Doering, Browning and Sentell.

It was recommended:

1 That the lane in Block 285 District Lot 541 be planked 100 feet, at a cost of 67.00 subject to an arrangement being made by the Aldermen of Ward 2 for the provision of the funds.

2 That John Crabb be paid $5.00 for burying a horse near the public cemetery and $20.00 in full settlement of his claim for watching wood and protecting property against fire, at the cemetery.

3 That the communication from R. Mackay Tripp asking permission to create sample rooms on the Dougall house property be referred to the Fire Inspector to report upon.

4 That there are no funds available for the gravelling of an approach from Powell St. as petitioned for my Messrs Webster and Edmonds, nor for the extension of the Sewer in Block 10, 196, as petitioned for by H. F. Keefer.

5 That the City Clerk be authorized to have the connection made from the Vancouver Water Works Co’s main to the City Market to complete the plumbing of said building.

6 That Homer Street between Davie and Drake be grubbed as far as necessary to receive the filling obtained from the cutting on said street between Helmcken and Davie.

7 That the following tenders be invited:

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(a) Ditching and crowning the connecting road from the cemetery to the hill about 4000 feet.
(b) Filling the Market Grounds to grade.
(c) Grading Ninth Av 1 block east of Scotia Street.
(d) a 3 ft sidewalk on Carolina St from 6th to 7th Av.

8 That the following contracts be awarded:

Dupont St. Box drain D. Gibbons
11th Av grading D.H. Morgan
11th Av Bridge F.C. Budlong
Burrard St grading Boyd and Clandenning
Raymur St grading ditto
Jervis St sidewalk W.G. Fraser
Robson St sidewalk Urquhart & Morris
Lane in B94 541 D. Gibbons
Bute St. sidewalk W.G. Fraser

9 That the following accounts be paid:

James Clandenning, Brockton St 550.90
H.F. Keefer, Sewers 3478.21
Wm Cullen, Market grounds 225.00
D.J. McDonald, Davie St. 117.00
Leatherdale & McDonald, Bute 336.48
H. Connacher, Keefer St. 214.20
John Telford, David St. 187.65
R.C.P. Mills Co. Lumber 18.63
Alex McDonald, digging graves .50
C.H. Lloyd, Pender St 146.30
Van Gas Co. 22.50
Gurney Cab Co. 2.50
Woods, Turner & Gamble, Survey. 30.00

Several petitions received were laid over until next meeting.

Sgd. M. Costello, Chairman pro tem

Moved by Alderman Sentell, seconded by Alderman Gordon. That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the Report. Carried.

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Alderman Costello was appointed Chairman. In Committee the Report was read over clause by clause and adopted without amendment. The Committee then rose and adopted the Report on Motion of Alderman McLeod, seconded by Alderman Sentell.

Finance No. 21

The Finance Committee met on Friday August 1st 1890.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Costello and Garden.

It was recommended:

1. That the Union S.S. Co Ld. be granted a subsidy of $250.00 per month terminable at the pleasure of the Council, provided it is legally empowered to make such grants in consideration of said Company running the S.S. Cutch or some other good boat on the Vancouver – Nanaimo Route, at least six days in every week, and keeping the service up to a proper standard, the object being to build up a trade and develop the interchange of commerce between the two cities, and further that the City Solicitor’s opinion be obtained as to whether the Council has power under its Charter to grant such subsidy.

2. That Messrs Tatlow and Spinks be paid the costs of making certain repairs to fences etc. on Oppenheimer St, rendered necessary by the change of grade on said street provided it is shown that these fences etc. were put on a grade established by the City. Alderman Costello dissenting.

The Finance Committee met again on Friday August 8th 1890.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Costello and Gordon.

It was resolved:

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1. That the following accounts be paid:

The World P&P Co Printing $18.34
The Mail Printing Co Ad 45.00
The Empire Printing Co Ad 45.00
Telephone Co Rent 23.00
Stephen Green Messenger 3.00
T.O. Townley Registration 5.00
C. Nelson Paper 1.50
C.P. Tel Co. 12.43
J. Miller Stamps 25.75

2. That the Chief of Police be instructed to report upon the application of Geo Morley for the reward offered by Council for information regarding the murder of Henry T. Sunbury.

3. That $250.00 be placed to the credit of His Worship the Mayor to be expended in connection with the Toronto Exhibition.

4. That the minutes of the Board of Works be confirmed.

Sgd. J.M. Browning, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Garden. That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Browning, seconded by Alderman McLeod. That no further actions be taken under By-Laws Nos 79 & 102 until they are fully considered by the Licensing Board. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Gordon, seconded by Alderman Sentell.

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That James Clandenning and Thos H. Boyd be paid $1002.00 as an Estimate on the Sugar Refinery Site. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Mason. That the following labor account be paid: B. Rowling et al $196.50. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning, seconded by Alderman Carroll. That the Park Commissioners be notified that, on account of there having been no amount placed in the Estimates for either the purchase of, or expense connected with procuring or keeping any beasts or birds on Stanley Park, or elsewhere in the City, or for the erection of fences for keeping the same, no payment will hereafter be made or sanctioned in connection with any such expenditure. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Gordon, seconded by Alderman Carroll. That the Board of Works be requested to examine in to the manner in which the sidewalk has been laid in front of the Young Men’s Christian Association building on Hastings St and to have the same reduced from the present level which it occupies to the straight through grade. Carried.

A Deputation consisting of Rev E.D. McLaren, Dr McGuigan and Messrs C. Whetham and J.M. O’Brien appeared before the Bar of the Council on behalf of the graduates of British Universities, resident in Vancouver, to impress upon the Council

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the necessity of taking steps to secure for the Mainland the Establishment of the proposed university and to gain the co-operation of New Westminster towards this end. After hearing the views of the deputation the Council promised to favourably consider the arguments advanced.

It was then moved by Alderman Gordon, seconded by Alderman Carroll, that the Rev E.D. McLaren, M.A. B.C. be appointed by Council to represent the Municipal Council of the City of Vancouver on the Corporation of the University of British Columbia. Carried.

Rev. Mr. McLaren thanked the Council for the honor conferred on him, after which the deputation withdrew.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Carroll gave notice that he would at the next regular meeting of this Council, introduce a By-Law to amend By-Law No 79 as follows:

1. That clauses 7, 27, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39 & 42 of the said By-Law be struck out.

2. That in the first line of clause 40 as amended by By-Law 102, the name Commercial Traveller be struck out and the words “person or persons” inserted instead.

3. That in the 10th line of said clause 40 there be inserted after the word “in” the words “lines 10 & 11 of”.

4. That in clause 56, Schedule A of said By-Law lines 12, 13, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 53, 54, 55 be struck out.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Garbage burning crematory urgently needed – August 4, 1890

City Clerk instructed to reply to Harbour Master’s complaint about the City’s dumping of waste into the harbour would soon be replaced by burning it. Burning site to be established along False Creek. Letter from John Crabb asking to be paid for burying a horse (!) in the cemetery. Odd Fellows organization allowed a separate location within cemetery. Distance allowed between graves to be regulated by the Health Department. Mayor and aldermen form a committee to review Royal City Planing Mills’ injunction against bridge across False Creek.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston
and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 485-497

[Volume 3 page 485]

August 4 1890
The Council met on Monday August 4, 1890 at 8 P.M.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Sentell, Fox, McLeod and Costello.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications
From the Secretary of the Vancouver Water Works Co. acknowledging receipt of a communication from Council re extension of Water Works system.
Filed

From the Vancouver Gas Co refusing to lower the Gas pipes on Oppenheimer St until the City acknowledged its liability in the matter.
Referred to the Board of Works

From. W. D. Wright applying for the position of Market Clerk.
Filed

From R. MacKay Fripp applying for permission to construct a small veneered building for sample rooms at Dougall House.
Referred to Bd of Works

From A. H. B. MacGowan Esq Secy Treas of the Fruit Growers Association inviting the Mayor and Council to be present at New Westminster on the 6th & 7th inst.
Filed

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From John Rounsfell petitioning for the construction of a sidewalk on Robson Street from Granville to Burrard.
Referred to B of Works

From Woods Turner & Gamble submitting tracing showing the width of the Blocks from Ninth Av south on Mount Pleasant
Referred to the Board of Works

From A. McEdwards et al petitioning for a sidewalk on Hornby Street from Pacific to Drake.
Referred to B of Works

From John Crabb, asking payment of $31.00 for watching wood.
Referred to B of Works

From F. Sargent et al petitioning for the grading of land in Block 20. 196
Referred to Board of Works

From J. P. Smith et al praying for certain improvements on Seymour St.
Referred to Board of Works

From John Crabb asking to be paid for burying a horse in the Cemetery.
Referred to B of Works

From George Morley applying for the Reward for the information given by him in the Sunbury Murder Case.
Referred to B of Finance

From the City Solicitor asking for further instruction re the injunction on Cambie St Bridge.
Referred to B of Works

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From the City Solicitor informing Council that he had requested Mr. Blake to give an opinion on the Subsidy matter, as he was a Director in the Union S. S. Co.
Filed

From the Pound Keeper submitting his monthly report.
Filed

From H. L. Devine et al protesting against the erection of the Crematory in Wards 4 & 5.
Referred to Board of Health

Reports
Finance No. 21
The Finance Committee met on Friday August 1st 1890.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Costello and Garden.

It was recommended:-
1. That the Union S. S. Co Ld be granted a Subsidy of $250 per month terminable at the pleasure of the Council, provided it is legally empowered to make such grant, in consideration of said Company running the S. S. “Cutch” or some good boat, on the Vancouver Nanaimo Route, at least six days in every week, and keeping the Service up to a proper standard, the object being to build up a trade and develop the exchange of commerce between the two cities; and further that the City Solicitor’s opinion be obtained as to whether the Council has power under its charter to grant such subsidy.

2. That Messrs Tatlow & Spinks be paid the cost of making certain repairs to fences etc on Oppenheimer St, rendered necessary

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by the change of grade on said Street provided it is shown that these fences etc. were put up on a grade established by the City. Alderman Costello dissented
sgd. J. M. Browning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That the report be laid over for one week.
Carried

Health No. 12
The Health Committee met on Saturday August 2nd 1890.
Present Aldermen Carroll, Fox and McLeod. Alderman Carroll in the Chair.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
1. E. S. Scoullar & Co Repairs etc. 34.10
2. McLennan & McFeely, Supplies 215.85
3. Dr. Bell-Irving, Mental Ex. 20.00
4. S. Tilley, Stationery 5.75
5. U. S. S. Co Wharf Rent 7.50
6. Edward Tremble, Manure 22.50
7. A. Liston, Boat hire 20.50
8. R. L. Winch 13.44
9. J. S. Clute & Co, Supplies 3.15
10. R. I. Winch 13.44

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to acknowledge the receipt of the communication from the Harbor Master re dumping in the Harbor and inform him that the City is making provisions to dispose of the garbage and night soil by other means than by dumping into the harbor and hope, at an early date, to report the com-

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pletion of its plans, and at the same time request him to kindly grant another extension of the privilege allowed the Council in the past.

3. That a site for the erection of the crematory be selected at a point near Carrall St. in the vicinity of the Royal City Mills or further westward along the shores of False Creek; and that immediate steps be taken to purchase such site when selected so that a means may be provided for the disposal of garbage etc.
sgd J. L. Carroll
Chairman pro tem

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried

Works No 21
The Board of Works met on Thursday July 31st 1890.
Present Aldermen Browning, Sentell, Costello and Doering
It was recommended:-
1. That a plot be set aside in the public cemetery for the burial of deceased members belonging to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, provided the ground required is not excessive.

2. In reply to F. W. Hart’s Communication in reference to repairs to the Cemetery road this Committee would say that while realizing the necessity for having the road repaired, they think for the information of the Citizens, that the Council should place on record the fact that the Corporation is

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in no way responsible for the condition of said road but considering the great interest the citizens have in it as the only public road to the cemetery they recommend that such repairs be made as are absolutely necessary, awaiting the action of the Government in the matter.

3. That the petition of F. C. Cotton praying for repairs to the lane in Block 28. 541 be referred to the Aldermen representing Ward 2.

4. That the communication from A.C. Muir in reference to the removal of wood from the cemetery grounds be referred to the City Solicitor, and that the Street Superintendent be called upon to explain to him the facts in connection therewith.

5. That Walter Taylor, Manager of the B.C. Fruit Canning & Coffee Co be informed that there are no funds available for the gravelling of Helmcken Street as petitioned for and that James Curran et al be informed to the same effect regarding the grading etc. of Homer St. from Davie to Drake.

6. That Thos. C. Sorby, Architect for the Bank of B.C. building about to be constructed in this City be granted permission to extend the cellars into the street the width of the sidewalk provided they are properly arched over in brick but that no interference can be allowed in the lanes.

7. That the box drain on Bute St be dispensed with and laid through the gully as petitioned for by John Williams.

8. That the wings on the western side of Granville Street Bridge be repaired at once

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as there is a pile driver in the harbor, cost estimated not to exceed 94.00
[transcriber’s note: item no. 9 in this list was omitted in the original]

10. That the Chief of Police be instructed to have the shacks at the foot of Granville Street adjoining the Swing Bridge removed at once if found on City property.

11. That C. H. Strutt be notified that part of the building erected by him on 11th Av is on the street, and to have same removed.

12. That the following tenders be invited:-
(a) Grading Harris St 2 blocks east.
(b) “ Bute St from Georgia to Pender and sidewalking same.
(c) Grading Burrard St full width from Georgia to Nelson
(d) Sidewalking Robson St on the North Side from Burrard St west
(e) Grading and sidewalking Jarvis St from Georgia to Pender
(f) Grading Raymur St from Powell to Hastings
(g) Box drain on Davie St from Burrard to Hornby with saving effected on Howe St drain
(h) Box drain on gully between Burrard and Thurlow in place of box drain on Bute.
(i) An open ditch and box drain on the lane between Richards & Seymour for two half blocks with saving effected on Richards St Box drain.

13. That another water cart be put on for Street sprinkling as one is not sufficient for the wants of the City.

14. That Westminster Avenue be graveled from the Bridge to Prior St.

15. That Robson be graded 20 ft wide in front

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of Block 48.185 from Nicola to Cardero Streets instead of a box drain on Haro St.

16. That the following contracts be awarded:-
Hamilton St sidewalk W. G. Fraser
Helmcken St “ Urquhart & Morris
11th Ave grading M. McIntyre
Prior St James King
Pender St D. Gibbons
Bridge on 11th Av. Murray & Fraser

17. That the following accounts be paid:-
Boyd & Co gravel $2121.93
Do Hornby St 399.60
C. H. Boyd Seymour St. 235.14
D. J. McDonald, Howe St. 410.85
H. Connacher, 9th Av. 134.55
Wm Tierney, Davie St. 453.60
Urquhart & Morris, Howe St. 115.53
D. Gibbons, Oppenheimer St. 114.12
Murray & Fraser, 12th Av 345.60
F. L. Budlong, Dufferin St. 251.30
Manitoba Daily Free Press 14.00
M. A. Harvey, Hack hire 4.00
E. S. Scoullar & Co., Supplies 10.50
sgd J. M. Browning
Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the Report.
Carried

Alderman Carroll was appointed Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Garden
That Clause 3 relating to Howe and Helmcken Streets be
referred back to the Board of Works for reconsideration.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Browning

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That the portion of Clause 16 relating to the awarding of the 11th Av Bridge contract to Messrs Murray & Fraser be struck out.
Carried

The Balance of the Report was passed without Amendment:

The Committee then rose and reported the Report complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the Report be adopted as passed in Committee of the Whole.
Carried

A Deputation from the Board of School Trustees consisting of Messrs Brown, Wilson and McGowan appeared before the Bar of the Council, with a view of gaining the co-operation of the Council toward securing the remainder of Block 74, District Lot 196 for School purposes.

After hearing the views of the Trustees it was resolved on motion Of Alderman Fox Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That a Committee consisting of Aldermen Garden, Carrall and McLeod be appointed to meet the School Trustees to devise means towards securing the remainder of Block 74, 196 for School purposes.
Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the City Solicitor’s be obtained as to the power of the Corporation to compel owners of slaughter houses to remove same outside of the City Limits.
Carried

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Resolved
That the City Engineer be requested to make a report to the Mayor on the repairs being made by the Government on the North Arm Road.
Carried

Resolved
That the question of the removal of the Quarantine Hospital at Dead Man’s Island be referred to the Board of Health for action thereon.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Browning
That the Crematory Committee be discharged from further duty and that the Board of Health take charge of the matter and recommend a site and decide upon the mode of disposal of garbage, and report to Council.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That a new Committee consisting of Alderman Garden, McLeod and Costello with the mover and seconder take the matter in hand, and recommend a site, decide upon the disposal of garbage, and report to Council.
Amendment carried. Motion lost.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That the invitation from the Fruit Growers Association inviting
the Mayor and Council of Vancouver to be present at their exhibition at New Westminster be accepted with thanks.
Carried

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Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That a Committee consisting of His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Carrall, Garden and Costello be appointed a committee with full power to instruct the City Solicitor in the matter of the injunction on the Cambie Street Bridge.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Browning
That the City Engineer be authorized to have the cabin of
George Dyer removed from Westminster Avenue to the lots owned by the City in 200A.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That a plan of False Creek shewing the different bridges now
crossing it, also plans, and drawings of the bridge proposed to be erected be prepared, and forwarded to the Minister of Marine and that the necessary steps be taken to obtain the consent of the Government to the construction of the same.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That in order that the Council may be fully informed as to the nature of the occupancy of Stanley Park, the City Clerk be instructed to lay before the Council, at its next meeting, any correspondence with the Dominion Government and all papers relating to said property.
Carried

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Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the advisability of putting a surface drain in the lane in Block 3, Old Granville Townsite be considered by the Board of Works and reported on at next Council meeting.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the matter of opening graves and the least allowable distance that should be left between them in the Cemetery be referred to the Board of Health for their report.
Carried

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan City Clerk

Barbers clamour to re-open on Sundays – July 28, 1890

City barbers request to be allowed to re-open their shops on Sundays, and the request is seconded by the hotel keepers. Royal City Planing Mills objects to the Cambie Street Bridge being built without a draw (a section that can be raised or drawn aside). Dispute between the Athletic Club and the contractor selected to lay out cricket ground and lacrosse pitch at Stanley Park. Contractor claims work is complete; Athletic Club says not. $400 held back on contractors’ account until issue is settled.

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and Joy Marie Vasquez
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original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 477-484

[Volume 3 page 477]

Vancouver July 28th, 1890

The Council met on Monday July 28, 1890
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Garden, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello, Doering & Mason.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.
Communications

From Robson Bros et al praying for the improvement of Harris Street.
Referred to Board of Works

From F.L. Budlong asking for the privilege of using Lots 12 to 15. B. 200A, as a site for a slaughter house.
Referred to Board of Health

From Walter Taylor asking that Helmcken Street be graveled
Referred to Board of Works

From M. W. Thain notifying the Council to stop dumping garbage in the Harbor.
Referred to Board of Health

From Andrew C. Muir asking the Council to arrange re wood on Cemetery Grounds.
Referred to Board of Works

From John Boultbee issuing a Summons in the Abray case.
Referred to City Solicitor

From F. C. Cotton, asking that the lane in Block 28. 541 be graded.
Referred to Board of Works

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From the Royal City Planing Mills Co giving notice of an application for an injunction to prevent the construction of Cambie St Bridge without a draw.
Referred to City Solicitor

From John Irving president of the Vancouver Water Works Co giving notice of an application for an injunction to prevent further action under By-Law No 101.
Referred to City Solicitor

From Messrs Tatlow & Spinks enclosing two accounts for expenses connected with fixing fences on Oppenheimer Street.
Referred to Finance Committee

From Wm Cargill Secy of the G. S. S. Co asking for a subsidy.
Referred to Finance Committee

From the Secretary of the Vancouver Water Works Co notifying Council that the Company would lower the water pipes on Oppenheimer and Princess Streets and look to the Council for repayment.
Referred to the Board of Works

From John Cooper, Engineer of Fire Hall No 2 asking for an increase of Salary.
Referred to F. W. & L. Committee

From F. W. Hart asking for further repairs to the North Arm Road.
Referred to the Board of Works

From W. Harrison on behalf of the Odd Fellows asking for a plot in the Public Cemetery for the Society.
Referred to the Board of Works

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From the Secretary of the Board of Trade asking for certain amendments to By-Law 102.
Referred to License Committee

From R. C. Timmins et al City Barbers asking to be allowed to keep their shops open on Sundays.
Referred to Special Committee.

From Chs E. Tisdall et al Traders asking for a refund of last year’s license.
Referred to License Committee.

From S. S. Gere et al Hotel keepers expressing their willingness to have the Barber Shops kept open on Sundays.
Referred to Special Committee

From Wm. Skene et al Merchants protesting against the enforcement of By – Laws Nos. 79 and 102 in their present form.
Referred to License Committee

From the Gardeners and Florists suggesting certain amendments to the Market By-Law.
Referred to Committee of the Whole

Reports
Finance No. 20
The Finance Committee met on Friday July 25th 1890.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Costello, Fox and Garden. We beg to recommend:-

1. That the Report of the Board of Works be approved.

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to

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Purchase a copy of Harrison’s Municipal Manual and Dillon on Corporations for the City offices.

3. That the City Solicitor be instructed to look after the interests of the City in the applications made by the Royal City Planing Mills Coy against Messrs Leamy and Kyle for an injunction to restrain said Leamy and Kyle from building a bridge across False Creek from Cambie Street, without a draw.
Re the application of D. Cartmel for remission or modification of taxes on the property of the Vancouver Manufacturing and Trading Co. this Committee cannot see its way clear to recommend rebate of taxes on this property.
sgd
J. M. Browning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried

Works No. 20
The Board of Works met on Thursday July 24, 1890.
Present Aldermen Browning, Costello, Horne and Sentell

We beg to recommend:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
John Costello, Alexander St. 157.50
Martin & Balkwell, Homer St. 20.00
do Dufferin St. 522.00
do Bute St 1080.00
W. C. Muir, Sophy St. 81.40
McDonald & Barton, Cemetery Rd. 131.00
A. D. McDonald, Hawks Av. 156.60
A. Godfrey & Co, Supplies 19.58
John Telford, Helmcken Street 45.37
Do Lane B 95.541 43.22
D. Gibbons, Oppenheimer St. 114.75
H. F. Keefer, Market building 1650.70
Thos Dunn & Co, Supplies 16.20
R. C. Planing Mills Co 54.28
A Parker, Salary 75.00
John Telford, Homer St. 269.35
F. L. Budlong, 6th Av Bridge 444.96

2. That the Petition of H. F. Keefer asking for an extension of the Sewer in Block 10.196 be referred to the Sanitary Engineer to examine, and report upon.

3. That Alderman Costello be authorized to Secure the Services of a Provincial Land Surveyor to establish the line on 11th Av regarding the original Government Survey.

4. That the grading of Robson St. one block west of Nicola St. be referred to Ald. Browning to report upon for next meeting.

5. That the City Engineer be instructed to give the Sanitary Engineer the grades of the lanes where Sewers are being constructed.

6. That W.C. Muir be paid $26.00 for filling in earth on Hastings Street.

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7. That the following tenders be invited:
a) Grading Pender St. from Abbott St. to Railway track, the expense to be taken from the Boxdrain on Pender St in Ward 1.
b) Grading Harris St. from Gore Ave to Carl Av.
c) Grading 11th Av from Quebec to Westminster.

8. That Dufferin Street Bridge be covered 20 ft wide instead of 16 ft according to recommendations of the City Engineer.

9. That the City Engineers be instructed to notify the contractors on the East End Park to push their contract to completion immediately otherwise the City will have to put on men to do the work at their expense.

10. A communication was received from A. St. G. Hamersley, Secy of Brockton Pt Athletic Club informing the Committee that certain differences had arisen between the contractor and Engineers representing the City and the club as to whether the contract had been completed or not and that is was agreed in order to settle all disputes, that if there were over $800 due the contractor, the City should retain $400 for completion of contracts and balance should be paid to the Contractor.
The above agreement was made subject to the approval of the Board of Works. The Club wished the sanction of the Board to lay down 50 square yards about the centre of the eastern portion of the grounds for a cricket pitch, and on the west end for a lacrosse ground.
They had engaged the services of Mr. Eldon, an experienced gardener to supervise and carry out the work, and purpose doing it by day labor on the advice of the Engineers, as from the Engineers as from the nature of the work in cannot be carried out satisfactorily by contract.
The remainder of the grounds to be seeded down and made level.
The Secretary requested the Board to Sanction the expenditure and allow the work to be proceeded with and all payments to be made on joint certificates from the City Engineer and the Engineer appointed by the Club
It was resolved that the request of the Club be granted, and that all payments be made as suggested.

11. That the City Engineer be instructed to examine and report upon the petition of John Williams for the construction of a box drain in the gully between Seaton and Eveligh Streets.

12. The petition from J. Nesbit et al asking to have Homer St. graded and full with was laid over.
Sgd M. Costello
For Chairman

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the Report with Alderman Costello in the Chair. The report was read Clause by Clause and reported to Council as complete without Amendments. The report was then adopted on

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motion of Alderman Sentell seconded by Alderman Fox.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Browning
That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Vancouver Water Works Co asking what is their intention regarding the extension of the System to Mount Pleasant and other portions of the City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the following accounts be paid:-
B. Romang et al Street Work, 262.05
Carried

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. G. McGuigan City Clerk