Street railway proposition lost; Council wraps up business – December 28, 1891

Final meeting of the Council of 1891 Fire Chief allowed to order caps for the whole department from New York, as “they are not manufactured in this city”. A Trades License By-Law was put through at the last moment. However, a motion to conclude the By-Law for the purchase of the Vancouver Street Railway & Electric Light Co by the City was lost.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 619-625

[Vol. 4 page 619]

The Council met on Monday December 28th 1891.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, McDowell, Wm Brown and C.L. Brown. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:-
From the Market Clerk reporting on the receipts. Filed.

From the Pound Keeper submitting monthly Report. Filed.

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

From John Brown et al asking for a sidewalk on Sophia Street & 14th Av. Referred to Board of Works.

From Hanson Bros. notifying the Council that the Debentures has been forwarded. Filed.

From Wm Smith, Department of Marine Ottawa, acknowledging receipt of resolution re bathing houses. Filed.

From John Callister, asking for the refund of $10.00 put up by him on Sidewalk. Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor stating that proper notice had not been given for the introduction of the St. Ry By-Law. Filed.

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The following communications were received and read:-

Finance Report

The Finance Committee met on Monday December 28th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
A.O. Leask Duty on Jaws $33.50
Van Free Reading Room Balance of Grant 375.00
Robertson & Hackett Map Rolls 1.80
McLennan & McFeely Box 2.00
Geo Bishop Debentures 451.10
C.P. Telegraph Co. 4.88
do do 18.48
Dominion Express Co. 15.85
S.T. Tilley & Son Stationery 8.75

2. That the communications from Godfrey & Co and Abray & Haywood re the damages to goods be referred to City Solicitor.

3. That the communication from the Secy of the School Board be laid over.
sgd Wm Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Carroll
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 24th 1891.
Present Aldermen Wm Brown, Brighouse and Templeton.
It was recommended:-

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1. That the City Engineer be instructed to have a crossing put down at the intersection of Haro and Jervis Streets.
2. That the City Engineer be instructed to notify the Street Railway Co. to remove the obstructions on Hastings Street near Carrall at once otherwise the same will be removed at their expense.
3. That no more work be let this year and that the application for opening the lane in Block 101.541 be laid over for the new Council to act upon.
4. That the application from Oppenheimer Bros re a siding be referred to the City Engineer and City Solicitor conjointly to draw up an agreement acceptable to both parties.
5. That the following accounts be paid:-
E Myers Lanes $30.80
do “ 6.37
D. McDonald Sidewalks 211.69
W. G. Fraser Pender St. 44.20
Boyd + Clandenning Nicola St. 384.72
S. Beaumont Burnaby St. 15.62
W.D. Hobson Lanes 121.18
J. Hartney 11th Av. 24.44
W.D. Hobson Comox St. 108.47
B.C. Mills T & P Co. Lumber 23.26
Van Elec Ry + L Co. Fares 5.00
J. Mitchell Black Smithing 6.15

sgd. S. Brighouse
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

F. W. + L. Report
The F.W. + L. Committee met on Wednesday December 23rd 1891.
It was recommended:-
1. That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be authorized to order caps for the Firemen

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from New York as they are not manufactured in the City.
2. That the following accounts be paid:-
John Wolfe Scavengering $2.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 91.00
Crowder & Pender Feed 59.29
Jas McPhee Supplies 5.
Wm Ralph Repairs 5.50

sgd Wm Templeton
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ Carroll
That the report be adopted.
Carried.
Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Tuesday December 22nd 1891.
Present Aldermen C.L. Brown (in the Chair), Hobson, and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Val Straube Dog Tags $50.00
H.G. Muller Rent for Mrs. West 9.00
Champion + White Scavengering 2.75
J. P. Blake Supplies 14.10
M.G. McLeod Fares 2.00
John H. Grady “ 2.50
R. Clark Supplies 1.00

2. That permission terminable at the pleasure of the Committee be granted to Messrs. Smith and Kidd to cut wood on the streets where the lanes are not opened and cannot be used.
3. That the application of D.A. Campbell re License be not entertained.
4. That the application of Henry Exbuse et al re the setting apart of Abbott Street
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as a dray and express stand be not entertained.
5. That the communication from Fred. Allen et al be referred to the City Solicitor.
6. That John Clough be granted a lump sum of $50.00 in lieu of an increase of salary.
7. That the License Inspector be authorized to insert an ad notifying owners of dogs to pay their license.
The Chief of Police applied for an increase of salary on behalf of himself and the Sergeant which was referred to Council for action.
sgd John McDowell
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Wm Brown
That clause 2 be struck out.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Templeton
seconded by “ Carroll
That the Report be adopted as read.
Carried.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the City Clerk is hereby instructed to give the required notice in the Provincial Gazette, and News-Advertiser that application will be made at the next meeting of the Provincial Legislature for amendments to the City Charter.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the fee charged by the Vancouver Water Works Co for services

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be done away with when the City takes over the works and that Mr. Tetley let the contract for printing and binding the rate book to the lowest tender.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Trades License By-Law.
Carried.

Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ C.L. Wm Brown
That the rules be suspended and leave granted to introduce a By-Law for the purchase of the Street Railway.
Lost;
Ayes. Scoullar, Templeton, McDowell, and C.L. Brown
Nays. Carroll, Brighouse, Wm. Brown and Hobson

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the following accounts be paid:-
Leatherdale + Smith Hack $6.00
Connor + Glennon Plumbing 7.50
H. H. Layfield Supplies 1.20
Palmer Bros Coal etc. 104.
Gurney Cab Co. Fares 4.75

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Union S. S. Co. Wharf rent $180.00
F. W. Hart Burials 30.00
Champion + White Scavengering 53.20
M. A. Flett Nursing 11.43
A. Annis “ 16.00
W.J. McGuigan Mental Ex 5.00
Hayes + McIntosh Meat 61.16

Carried
Notices of Motion

Alderman Wm Brown gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would move that an electrical expert be appointed in conjunction with the City Engineer to examine and place a value on all the plant, buildings real estate etc now being matters of negotiation between the City, and the Vancouver Street Railway and report their funding to the City Council.

Alderman McDowell gave notice that next regular meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law for the purchase of the Street Railway and Electric Light, guaranteeing of bonds issued by Street Railway and electric Light Company, also to provide a sum sufficient to pay for recent extensions and expenses in connection therewith.

The Council then adjourned.

One Vancouver leper placed on Darcy Island – December 21, 1891

Duncan MacRae to be paid $87.50 for building on Darcy Island. One Vancouver leper established there. Accounts were submitted before year end, particularly from the Board of Works. By-Law was established to fix time and place for election of Mayor, Aldermen, Park and License Commissioners.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 613-618

[Vol. 4 page 613]

The Council met on Monday December 21st 1891.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Templeton, Wm Brown, McDowell and C.L. Brown.

The minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.

Communications
The following were received and read:
From Fred Allen et al, Feed Merchants, calling attention to the fact that outsiders were infringing on their privileges. Referred to Police Committee.

From John Irving, President of the Vancouver Water Works Co granting permission to the City Engineer to examine their works. Filed.

From Henry Extense et al, asking to be allowed to occupy Abbott St between Hastings and Cordova as a cab stand. Referred to the Police Committee.

From the City Solicitor stating that there could be no objection to granting the application of Oppenheimer Bros for a siding if traffic was not impeded. Referred to Board of Works.

From Godfrey & Co and Abray & Haywood claiming damages from the flooding of their cellars. Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Auditor submitting reports for September, October & November. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Wm Cargill Secy of U.S.S. Co. agreeing to accept the offer made by City for rent of wharf. Filed.

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From R.C. Lawrence asking for the position of weighing master. Referred to Market Committee.

From D.A. Campbell asking that his license be fixed at $50.00 for the remainder of the year. Referred to Police Committee.

From Ernest Buse et al asking that the road to Hastings be repaired. Referred to Board of Works.

From the Provincial Treasurer stating that the amount promised by the Provincial Government as Poll Tax refund would be paid after the meeting of the Legislature. Filed.

From the Market Clerk giving weekly report. Filed.

From the Secy of the School Board asking for the balance of their appropriation. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Robert Moore asking for the extension of the sidewalk on 10th Av. Referred to Board of Works.

From J.A. Coldwell drawing attention to the bad condition of Hastings Street near Carroll. Referred to Board of Works.

From John McLaren reporting on the Electric Lights. Filed.

From J.W. Horne et al offering to lease the plant of the St Ry Co in case of purchase, for 4 1/2 per cent per annum for 10 yrs and keep it in efficient working order. Referred to Special Committee.

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The following reports were received and read:

Water Works.
The Water Works Committee met on Friday December 18th 1891 and resolved to extend the time for receiving tenders on the water pipes to February 1st 1892.
sgd. A.W. Scoullar
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Finance

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 18th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Carroll, Scoullar and Hobson.
Tenders were received from Several parties for making 20 ballot boxes.
The Matter was left in the hands of the chairman for decision, who decided to give the contract to D.J. McPhalen.

The following account was recommended for payment:
The Telephone Co. Voters’ List $161.70

sgd. Wm Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDonnell
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Health

The Health Committee met on Friday December 18th 1891.
Present Aldermen Carroll, Scoullar, and Templeton.
It was recommended:-

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1. That the City Clerk be instructed to notify the Victoria Council that the City has placed one leper on Darcy Island and that they be requested to send supplies sufficient for said leper when they are sending their own, and render an account to the City as per agreement.

2. That Duncan McRae be paid his account for work in connection with the leper colony, the amount being $87.50.

3. That the B.C. Carriage Works tender for making barrels for night soil purposes be accepted at $3.25 each work to be completed within 30 days.
sgd J.T. Carroll
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 17th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown and Templeton.
It was recommended:-
1. That J.P. Blake be authorized to ex tend cavate under the sidewalk and build a wall at No. 427 Hastings Street East subject to the directions and approval of the City Engineer.
2. That the City Engineer be instructed to have the street in front of A.W.E. Thomson’s Store on Westminster Av fixed with broken stone.
3. That the communication from Oppenheimer Bros. re pulling down a siding on Powell Street etc. be referred to the City Solicitor.

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to give his opinion as to what privileges it would be advisable to grant.
4. That A.D. McDonald’s account for fencing lots be paid if found correct.
5. That the City Engineer be authorized to have a temporary crossing and culvert constructed on the south side of Howe Street, Block 52, to give access to the premises known as the Vancouver Opera House and that a crossing be put down on Thurlow Street east side of Robson.
6. That the following accounts be paid:-
D. McGillivray Repairs $45.12
Oldfield + Cook Extras at Crematory 163.50
Van Elec Ry + Light Co. Fares 15.00
E.C. Britton Bute St. 122.93
W.H. Fraser Hospital 780.98
W.L. Blair 7th Av. 76.00
E.C. Britton Seymour St. 149.34
W.H. Kendall Rock 904.41
Thos Veitch delivering Rock 359.43
J. Ironsides Barclay St. 214.80
W.G. Fraser Pender St. 241.10
McLennan + McFeely Supplies 23.75
E. Myers Lanes 42.91
H.H. Spicer Lumber 5.73
H. Lomas etal Labor 464.20

sgd. S. Brighouse
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws
Alderman McDowell introduced a By-Law introduced a By-Law to provide funds for the purchase of Stock in the Vancouver St Ry Co and to quarantine their bonds, which was read a first time

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Alderman Wm Brown moved seconded by Alderman Templeton that the rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to fix the time, appoint Returning Officers etc. for holding an election for Mayor, Aldermen, Park & License Commissioners. Leave granted and the By-Law read a first and second time.
The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law with Alderman McDowell in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported as complete with amendments. The By-Law was then read a third time and finally passed.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the account of the Laundry for hospital washing be paid if found correct.
Carried.

The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk

City may acquire Electric Light and Street Railway – December 16, 1891

City may acquire Electric Light and Street Railway – December 16, 1891

Special Meeting to review purchase of the Vancouver Electric Light and Street Railway Co. and to revise the Liquor License By-Law.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 611-612

[Vol. 4, pg. 611]
Vancouver December 16th, 1891
The Council met on Wednesday December 16th 1891.
Present. His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Hobson, Wm Brown, McDowell, Doering and C.L. Brown.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Doering
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the proposition of the Electric Light Co.
Carried

Alderman Scoullar was appointed Chairman.
A communication was read from J. W. Horne Esq. President of the Co.

After due consideration it was moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown
That the City accept the offer of the Company in accordance with the Company’s offer of the 15th inst for the purchase of their stock, and the securing of their debentures on the following basis:-
For paid up Stock $162,000
“ Bonds 300,000
“ Other expenses etc. not to exceed 15,000
and a sum not to exceed $5,000 for the extension of the arc lights etc; and that a By-Law be introduced at the next meeting of Council covering the above agreement.

Carried

The Council then rose when it was
moved by Alderman McDowell
seconded by Alderman Templeton.
That the motion passed in Committee of the Whole be sanctioned by Council.
Carried
The Council went into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the liquor license

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By-Law with Alderman McDowell in the Chair. The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported as complete with amendments.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

More pipes needed to extend the Water Works – December 14, 1891

City Engineer presented a plan of the city showing where more pipes were needed to extend the Water Works. Tenders were invited to supply appropriate pipes. City Clerk to advertise at once for a Porter and Cook for the City Hospital. The lane in Block 87.196 to be graded by the chain gang if possible.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 601-610

[Vol. 4, pg. 601]

Vancouver December 14th, 1891
The Council met on Monday December 14th 1891
Present. His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, Wm. Brown, McDowell, and C.L. Brown.

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

Communications.

The following were received, and read:
From Rand Bros in reference to the damage done to the Hotel Metropole by water.
Referred to Board of Works.

From Hon. John Robson notifying Council of the appointment of G.A. Jordan, as Justice of the Peace.
Filed.

From Oppenheimer Bros. asking permission to put in a siding to their Store on Powell Street.
Referred to Board of Works.

From the Market Clerk reporting on receipts
Filed.

From W.L. Fagan drawing attention to the neglected condition of a sick Chinaman on Dupont St. and asking that he be admitted to the hospital.
Referred to Alderman Carroll.

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

From John Mcallister asking for an answer to his question re hose wagon.
Referred to F W & L Committee

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From the City Engineer stating the he could find no record regarding the depth of the Sewer in Block 3.185.
Referred to Board of Works

The following Reports were received and read:

Fire, Water & Light

The F.W.&L. Committee met on Tuesday December 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen Templeton, Brighouse & Wm Brown.
It was recommended:-

1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Tye + Co. Supplies $5.02
V. Elec Ry. +L. Co. Lights 1245.13
Fraser + Co Supplies 6.61
Palmer Bros “ 21.00
I. Forbes Shoes Set 4.00
G.H. Bazley “ 4.00
John Scuitto Suppliers 17.35
B.C.M. T & L. Co “ 30.34

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to reply to E.C. Coldwell’s communication stating that an Electric Light will be erected on the corner of Keefer and Jackson instead of on the corner Princess and Jackson.

John McAllister appeared before the Committee in reference to the hose wagon. After hearing his statement and that of Mr. Winch it was resolved that both be required to put up $50 to pay for the expenses of an impartial party from Victoria, and whoever is found in the wrong will be required to bear all expenses incurred.
sgd Wm Templeton Chairman
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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Finance

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 11th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, Hobson and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Telephone Co. Rents $22.50
C.P. Telegraph Co. Messages 3.15
D. Oppenheimer “ 12.48
News Advertiser Ads 5.82

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to advertise for tenders for making 20 ballot boxes to be made of either wood or galvanized iron.

3. That the communication from the Rand Bros. asking for a rebate on [Onderdonk’s?] taxes be filed.
Wm. Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Police.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday December 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen McDowell, Hobson and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
John McLaren Ry Fares $2.50
Wm. Murphy Policy Uniforms $375.00
S. J. Tilley & Son Supplies 2.75

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David Evans Overcoat $32.00
Hayes & McIntosh Meat $13.55
John Sciutto “ 37.99

A Communication from Smith & Kidd re cutting wood on the streets was referred to the City Solicitor.
sgd. John McDowell
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Wednesday December 9th and Friday December 11th 1891.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Scoullar, Wm Brown, McDowell and Templeton.
The City Engineer submitted a plan of the City shewing the proposed extension of the Water Works system.

After examining the said plan it was resolved that tenders be invited for supplying a sufficient quantity of the said pipes in accordance with specifications to be prepared by the City Engineer, said tenders to be received up to 15th January 1892.
sgd. A.W. Scoullar
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ C. L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Health

The Health Committee met on Tuesday December 8th 1891.
Present Aldermen Carroll, McDowell & Templeton

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It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Wesley Manning Salary $27.00
John Sciutto Supplies 92.25
J. P. Blake “ 11.45
F.W. Hart Burials 30.00
H. Bodwell Labor 1.00
Chas Stroud Nursing 4.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 21.00
Godfrey & Co. Supplies 22.30
J.R. Morrow Supplies 99.78
A. Larwell Guarding Lepers 5.00
R. Clark Supplies 7.25
Duncan McRae Carpentering 87.50
L. Thomson & Co. Drayage 1.00
C. Nelson Seeds 6.00
Champion + White Steamer 120.00
Hayes + McIntosh Meat 15.51
H. Eligh Supplies 53.02
B.C. Mills T + T Co. “ 79.27
J Huntly Expenses 10.75
Wm Ralph “ 28.00
R.V. Winch “ 15.87
Dr. Bell-Irving Examination of Lepers 10.00

2. That as a mistake has been made in reducing Dr. Wilson’s account for attending to the Dubberly family that the balance of his account be paid, and an apology tendered to him for the error made; and further that all other accounts in this connection be paid where verbal orders were given before the issue of the requisitions.

3. That the tender of Samuel Dowd + Co for heating the City Hospital be accepted, the amount being $1175.00

4. That the City Clerk be instructed to call for applications for a porter and cook for the City Hospital.

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5) That the resignation of Miss Swan, as matron of the City Hospital be accepted to take effect January 1st 1892.

6) That the U.S.S. Co. be tendered the sum of $30.00 per month in full satisfaction of their claim for wharf rent: for the past six months, said offer being made without prejudice.
sgd John McDowell
acting Chairman

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the account of D. McBae amounting to $87.50 be referred by for reconsideration.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the balance of the Report be adopted.

Carried.
License

To Mr. Mayor and Aldermen.
Gentlemen.
Your Committee on Liquor Licenses met on December 3rd 1891, when the following applications were received and granted: –

a) From O’Rourke & Jervis from present premises to the Templeton Block.
b) From C. Dialling to Barns & Miller Occidental Hotel.
c) From J.B. Simpson to Johnson & Douglas Boulder Saloon.

The application of G.W. McCoskey for transfer of his interest in Alaska Saloon License was refused.
The Committee met again at 11 a.m. on Monday December 14th when the following

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Applications for transfer of license were received and granted.

The Stewart House Hotel License to Mr. L Griddleton under Sec 39 of Bylaw relating to absconding debtors.
From J. Blaisto Darling and Clark the Tremont Hotel License

The application of Avis M. Winters re the Alaska Saloon License under Sec 39 was laid over upon written request of the firm of Yates Joy and Russell Solicitors for Y.W. Beers whose application for transfer of an interest in the Alaska Saloon License was refused by the Board. J.A. Russell Esq. was permitted to explain his grounds for reconsideration of said refusal, which he did but the Board after mature deliberation of the facts in the case concluded not to reconsider their former action in the application.
Sgd D. Oppenheimer
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by      “       McDowell
That the Report be adopted
Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 11th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Templeton, Wm Brown and C.L. Brown.
It was recommended :
1. That the Communication from T.W. Clark and Innes and Richards re damage to property through the flooding of cellars be referred to the City Solicitor for his opinion as to the liability of the City.
2. That a crossing be put down on 12 Av and Westminster Road if necessary
3. That the lane in Block 87.196 be graded

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by the chain gang if possible.
4. That the petition of J.T. Brown, and Son re Howe Street be referred to the Street Inspector for attention.
5. That a 6 ft sidewalk be put down on the east side of Robson St from Hornby to Burrard with crossings if necessary.
6. That the deposits of W.D. Hobson for Nelson Street grading and Michael Ellison for 8th Av grading east of Carolina Street be returned to them.
7. That the Street Inspector examine the Cemetery Road to see what the cost of repairs to the same would be.
8. That the following tender be accepted:-
D. McRae Market Sheds $1452.
9. That the following accounts be paid:-
James Foster Bridge St. 109.92
D.H. Morgan 12th Av. 103.16
do do Scott St. 183.43
E. Myers Lanes 239.28
J. Telford Granville St. drain 234.XX
Thos Bayley Nelson St. 313.12
E. Jones Keefer St. 33.21
W. Archibald Harris St. 323.25
V. Straube Repairs 1.00
Tye + Co. Supplies .50
Grassie & Co. Repairs 3.00
H. Lomas et al Labor 515.25
Communications from J. Huntly and G.G. McKay referred to City Engineer.
sgd Wm Templeton
Chairman
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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Motions
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by ” Hobson
That M.A. McLean Esq. be paid a sum equal to $125.00 per month for services rendered, as Police Magistrate, during the period he acts in that capacity.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Hobson
That the appointment of G.A. Jordan as Police Magistrate be confirmed.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the question of advertising for Water Pipes be left in the hands of the Chairman of the Water Committee, F.W. & L. Committee and the City Engineer to take such action as may deem advisable.
Carried

The City Engineer submitted a draft of the specifications for the purchase of the Water Pipes which were approved after being slightly altered.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That a Special Meeting of the Council be held on Wednesday December 16th 1891 for the consideration of the purchase of the Street Ry and that Mssrs. Horne, and Farrell be invited

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to be present; also for the revision of By-Laws.
Carried.
The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Several new by-laws formed – December 11, 1891

Several by-laws were completed: Vagrancy, Bread, Guns etc., Pound, Market, Liquor, Fire Limit & Trades License. Use of the Market Hall was granted for the 26th of December to hold a concert in aid of the Alexandra Hospital.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 page 600 only

[Vol. 4, pg. 600]

Vancouver December 11th, 1891
An adjourned meeting of the Council was held on Friday December 11th 1891.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, Wm Brown and Doering.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That Alderman Brown we appointed Chairman.
Carried.

A Communication was received from J. A. Fulton Secy of the Trades and Labor Council asking for the Market Hall for the 26th inst to hold a concert in aid of the Alexandra Hospital

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the hall be granted for this occasion.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Rules be suspended and the following By-Laws read a first time, viz Vagrancy, Bread, Guns etc. Pound, Market, Liquor, Fire Limit, Trades License

Alderman Hobson was appointed Chairman.

These By-Laws were reported Completed with amendments.

The Council then adjourned.

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

Water Works debentures sold at 96% – December 10, 1891

The rate for the sale of the Water Works Debentures was set at 96% (The City had wanted a minimum of 97.5%, the bank had advised a straight 95). The City will submit a by-law to the citizens to acquire the Street Railway Company at $437,000.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 598-599

[Vol. 4, pg. 598]

Vancouver, December 10th, 1891

A Special Meeting of the Council was held on Thursday December 10th 1891.

Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Hobson, Templeton, Wm Brown, McDowell, C.L. Brown and Doering.

His Worship the mayor furnished all the correspondence which had passed between Hanson Bros. and himself relating to the sale of the Water Works Debentures; also telegram from Coales of London advising the marking of a straight issue at 95 instead of a minimum of 97 ½:-

Resolved
That Hanson Bros be instructed to place the Debentures on the Market at 96 and that the following telegrams be forwarded:-

Coales & Son London Authorize Sale at 96. Notice Band rate discount dropped. ought realize more. Do your best sgd D Oppenheimer Mayor
and

Edwin Hanson London, Eng. Authorize you to approve prospectus behalf Mayor and Treasurer of City. sgd D Oppenheimer Mayor

Carried

The question of the purchase of the Street Ry Co’s property was then taken up and after due consideration it was moved my Alderman McDowell, Seconded by Alderman Templeton
“That the Council will submit

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a By-Law to the Citizens, providing for the purchase of the Shares, and guaranteeing the Debentures issued by the Company amounting in all to $437,000, provided the statements of assets in the Company delivered by the Company to the City;, are verified by persons to be appointed by the Council.

The above resolution to be forwarded to the Company and answer required before Monday. If the citizens pass the above By-Law the Company to deliver and assign all the assets, as shown by their statements on payment by the City of the $162,000, $75,000 to the Bank, and the City guaranteeing $200,000 of debentures now issued by the Company.

The company to pay all open accounts, and bills payable by them, at date of transfer. Carried
The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan City Clerk

Sidewalk to be put in for Baptist Church – December 7, 1891

Sidewalk to be put in for Baptist Church – December 7, 1891

A six foot sidewalk to be put on 7th Avenue to the Baptist Church, with stumps and roots “which may be obstructions” to be removed. The new Crematory (garbage burning) facility to be insured for $3,000. The City Clerk to have a sufficient number of ballot boxes for election purposes, said boxes to be made of galvanized iron.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 592-597

[Vol 4 page 592]
Vancouver December 7th 1891
The Council met on Monday December 7th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, Wm Brown, McDowell and C.L. Brown.
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That Alderman Scoullar be appointed Chairman. Carried.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.
The following communications were received and read:

From Mayor Oppenheimer requesting the Council to order pipes for the extension of the water works system. Referred to Water Works Committee.

From the Market Clerk reporting on the market receipts. Filed.

From John McAllister drawing the attention of the Council to the manner in which F.K. Winch was carrying out his contract for the construction of the hose cart.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That John McAllister be invited to attend the next meeting of the Fire Water and Light Committee to be held at the City Hall on Wednesday the 9th day of December 1891 re his communication to Council. Carried.

From James Nelson drawing the attention of the Council to the filthy condition of the

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lane in Block 87, District Lot 196. Referred to the Board of Works.

From E.C. Coldwell drawing attention to the non-completion of the order for the erection of electric lights on Keefer and Harris Streets. Referred to Board of F.W. & L.

From J.T. Brown & Sons requesting that Howe St at the corner of Pender St be repaired. Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Auditor submitting report of the receipts and expenditures for August. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Andrew Engle drawing attention to the necessity of keeping competent men at the Crematory. Referred to Health Committee.

From G.A. Jordan accepting the position of Police Magistrate. Filed.

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

From G.W. Townsend asking for a street crossing on Westminster Road near M.J. Henry’s gardens. Referred to Board of Works.

The following reports were received and read:

Finance
The Finance Committee met on Friday December 4th 1891.

Present: Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, Hobson and Carroll.

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It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
S.J. Tilley & Son, Stationery $52.40
2. That the City Solicitor be requested to return the cheque held by him for the purchase of portions of lots on Powell Street and that said cheque be cancelled.
3. That the City Clerk be instructed to have made a sufficient number of ballot boxes for election purposes, said boxes to be made of galvanized iron.
sgd Wm Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted. Carried.
Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday December 3rd 1891.
Present: Aldermen Wm Brown, C.L. Brown, Templeton and Brighouse.
It was recommended:
1. That the City Engineer be authorized to have a 6 ft sidewalk put down on 7th Av to the Baptist church and that the Street Inspector have the stumps and roots removed which may be obstructions.
2. That the Street Inspector extend the temporary sidewalk on 6th Av one block further west.
3. That the communication from Baker Bros et al re Water Street be referred to the City Engineer with power to act, also that he have a temporary sidewalk laid on 11th Av from Ontario to Columbia Street.

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4. That tenders be called for the erection of sheds on the Market grounds.
5. That J. Potter be awarded the contract for the construction of a box drain on Cambie Street.
6. That the following accounts be paid:
Columbia Carriage Works $3.00
S. Beaumont, Thurlow St 74.64
E Myers, Lane 79.38
J. Ironsides, Barclay St 20.
Leamy & Kyle, Lumber 195.08
W.H. Kendall, Crushed rock 760.50
D.H. Morgan, 8th Av 172.80
Thos Bayley, 9th Av 166.25
Thos Veitch, Delivering rock 263.59
Crowder & Penzer, seed 13.92
Van City Foundry, City stamp 5.00
B.C. Ironworks, Bolts 11.70
E. Cook, Rent of wharf 25.00
J. Johnson, Drayage 1.50
T. Thomson & Co, Drayage 10.00
L. Roy, Sewer connections 6.75
J. P. Lawson et al, Sundries 4.20
Tye & Co, Supplies 36.54
S.T. Tilley & Son, Supplies 8.00
Queen Bros, Livery 14.75
H. Lomas et al, Labor 392.55

sgd Wm Templeton
for Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the rules be suspended and leave granted for the introduction

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of the consolidated Health By-Law. Carried.

The By-Law was introduced and read a first time.
The rules were again suspended and the By-Law read a second time.

The Mayor arrived and took the Chair.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the City Engineer be instructed to examine and report as to the efficiency of the sewer in the lane in Block 3, 185, also that he produce profile showing depth of said sewer at the next regular meeting of this Council. Carried.

Moved by Alderman [blank]
Seconded by Alderman [blank]
That the City Clerk be instructed to insure the crematory building for one year to the amount of $3000.00. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That the Dominion Sanitary and Cremation Co be paid the sum of $175 in full settlement of their claim for expenses incurred by Mr. Thomson, their employee, in coming to Vancouver in connection with the construction of the crematory in December last, same being certified by the Mayor as being correct. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown
That the City Solicitor be and is hereby instructed to prepare a By-Law

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to provide for election of Water Commissioners, said By-Law to define their duties and state the remuneration to be paid for their services, also the length of term of office.

Moved in amendment by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That the motion be laid over. Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Health By-Law. Carried.

Alderman Carroll was appointed Chairman.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That a special meeting of the Council be held on Thursday December 10th at 4 P.M. for the consideration of the purchase of the Vancouver Street Railway and for the revision of By-Laws. Carried.
The Council then adjourned to meet again on Friday the 11th inst at 8 P.M.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

G.A. Jordan new Police Magistrate – November 30 1891

G.A. Jordan elected Police Magistrate. Matron “not to admit D.T. patients*” to the city jail. City scavengers must dump all watery matter into manholes using proper chutes from the carts into the manholes. The City to apply to the Government (of BC) to use English Bay between Gilford and Bidwell Streets for bathing purposes, and to build bath houses and other “bathing conveniences”.

*(Delirium tremens (DTs) is a rapid onset of confusion, shaking, sweating, and rapid heart rate, usually caused by withdrawal from alcohol)

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 535-542

Vancouver, November 30, 1891
Vol. 4, pg. 584

The Council met on Monday, November 30, 1891.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen, Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Godfrey, Hobson, Templeton, Wm. Brown, McDowell and C.L. Brown.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:

From Alfred Barnes et al requesting that the sidewalk on Water Street be replaced.
Referred to Board of Works
From Baker Bros. on the same subject.
Referred to Board of Works
From E.C. Caldwell asking for the grading of the lane in Block 87.196.
Referred to Board of Works
From Wm. Cargill, Secretary to N.S.S. Co. asking what steps the Council are taking towards the settlement of the wharf rent.
Referred to Board of Health
From John McLaren reporting on the electric lights.
Filed
From the Market Clerk reporting on the receipts.
Filed
From Smith and Kidd asking for permission to cut wood on the streets.
Referred to Board of Works
From F.J. Hart and other asking for a sidewalk on 11th Avenue.
Referred to Board of Works

Vol. 4, pg. 585

From S.W. Welsh et al asking for a sidewalk in front of the New Baptist Church on Mt. Pleasant.
Referred to Board of Works

The following Reports were received and read:

Police
The Police Committee met on Tuesday, November 24th, 1891.
Present: Aldermen McDowell, Scoullar, Hobson and Carroll.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
John Sciutto, Supplies $44.65
M.G. McLeod, Ry. Fares 2.50
D.J. McLean, Overcoats 102.50
T.R. Morrow, Supplies 2.64
Wm. Moresby, Boarding prisoners 153.00

2. That W.J. Hogg, Secretary to the Royal Templars of Temperance, be informed that the Council has not the power to enforce the Sunday closing clause of the liquor licence By-Law same having been declared ultra vires.
Signed John McDowell, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

F.W. & L.

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Friday November 27th and Monday November 30th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Templeton, Godfrey and Wm. Brown.

It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Crowder & Penzer, Supplies $ 78.31
Palmer Bros. Supplies 27.90
W.J. McBride, Supplies 95.54

Vol. 4, pg. 586

Van Elec Ry & Light Co., Lights 1,333.61
Gutta Percha Rubber Co., Hose 1,100.50
Gurney Cab Co., Fares 4.50
J.M. O’Toole, Supplies 5.96
H.P. Dunn & Co., Supplies 255.61
T. Forbes, Horse shoeing 2.00
G.H. Bagby, Horse shoeing 2.00
C.M. Hawley, Supplies 11.00
Fraser & Co., Supplies 4.40

2. That the application of the Standard Oil Co. to erect a store house for oil near the North end of Carl Av be granted in terms of their letter to Council.
Signed Wm. Templeton, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Finance
The Finance Committee met on Friday, November 27, 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Carroll, Hobson and Scoullar.

It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
W.E. Gravely Insurance Fire Hall #1 $100.00
T.O. Townley, Registration of Deed 3.40
Tye & Co., Glass 1.25
J.W. Robinson, Salary as Assessor 268.00
J.M. Fox, “ 254.00
Palmer Bros., Coal 21.00
Fox & Robinson, Disbursements 5.35

2. That Fire Hall #1 be reinsured for one year in the Citizens Insurance Co. For $2500.00.

3. That Trueman and Caples Communication…

Vol. 4, pg. 587

…asking for a grant from Council be filed.

4. That the Communication from Mrs. A.E. Webster asking for an advance on account of the Alexandra Hospital appropriation be referred to the City Engineer.

5. That the resignation of John Leask as City Auditor be accepted, to take effect at the end of the year, and that in the meantime Stanley James be appointed to perform his duties, as requested by him.

A Communication was received from His Worship the Mayor advising the Council to erect an addition to the City Hall to provide room for Water Works operations.
Referred to the City Engineer
Signed W. Brown, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown
That the report be adopted.
Carried

Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday, November 26th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Templeton (in the Chair), Wm. Brown and C.L. Brown

It was recommended:
1. That application be made and a plan prepared and forwarded on behalf of the City to the Government for permission to erect public bathing houses and other bathing conveniences and the right to use that portion of English Bay between Gilford and Bidwell Streets, and this Board does further recommend to the incoming Council the advisability of providing proper facilities and suitable means of access to the said Beach on English Bay.

Vol. 4, pg. 588

2. That tenders be called for the construction of a box drain on Cambie Street to connect with existing box drain.
3. That a temporary sidewalk be put down on Heatley Avenue from Hastings to Harris Street and a 6 ft sidewalk on the West side of Carl Av from Princess to Keefer.
4. That the slashing and burning of 2½ acres in the East End Park at $150.00 per acre as arranged by Mr. Lawson be paid to the Sureties for the McDonald & Barton contract.
5. That the Communication from J.M. Browning re the improvement of 7th and 8th avs be referred to the City Engineer to examine and report upon.
6. That the following accounts be paid:
A.B. Diplock, Stationery $ 5.50
Wm. Archibald, Princess Street 126.14
S. Beaumont, Burnaby Street 140.62
D. Gibbons, Lane 13.05
W.S. Cook, Davie Street 758.46
Matheson & Hayden, East End Park 240.00
J.B. Lovell, Sidewalk 17.25
Wm. Blair, “ 47.24
Thomas et al, Payroll 411.65

Signed Wm. Templeton, Acting Chairman
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the report be adopted.
Carried

Health

The Health Committee met on Thursday November 24th and Monday November 30th 1891.
Present Ald. McDowell, Templeton and Scoullar.

Vol. 4, pg. 589

Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman pro tem.
Tenders were received from Connor and Glennon and Wm. Leck for putting a heating apparatus in the wing of the City Hospital, their prices being $2497.00 and $1670.00 respectively.
Referred to the City Engineer to examine and report.

It was recommended:
1. That the Health Inspector be instructed to direct the City Scavengers to dump all watery matter in the manholes, one or two only to be used, and to be as near the outlet as possible and that he provide proper chutes to receive the liquid from the carts.
2. That the Committee is of the opinion that the City Jail is not the proper place for D.T. Patients and that in future the matron be instructed not to admit them.
3. That all accounts in connection with the Dubberly family be paid only from the date of the issue of the requisitions.
4. That the following accounts be paid:
F.W. Hart, Burials $ 30.00
Palmer Bros., Supplies 70.55
John Sciutto, Supplies 61.93
H.E. Langis, Post Mortem 18.00
H. Eligh, Milk 50.49
Geo. Stevens, Surgical Instruments 99.75
Dr. McGuigan, Inquests 30.00
Texas Lake Ice Co. 6.50
H.H. Layfield, Supplies 1.50
Hayes & McIntosh, Supplies 61.54
Creamer & Langby, Supplies 13.75
A.H. Thomas, Examining lepers 10.00
Mrs. Broderick, Nursing 38.00
Alex McDonald, Digging graves .75
J.P. Blake, Supplies 11.10
Haley & Sutton, Supplies 23.58
Columbia Carriage Factory 7.75
Brunette Saw Mill Co. 15.00

Vol. 4, pg. 590

E.R. Ingram, Milk ) 24.00
T.R. Morrow, Drugs ) Dubberly family 14.60
Dr. Wilson, Medical attendance) 107.50

5. That the City Engineer be instructed to purchase 20 barrels or more if necessary for crematory use.
Signed J.T. Carroll, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That Clause 2 be struck out.
Lost
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

The following applications were received for the position of Police Magistrate:
G.A. Jordan, F. Schofield, W. Ferris, A.B. Jackson, H.P. Boys, T.B. Schoebotham and T.T. Black.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the applications.
Alderman Scoullar was appointed Chairman.

After a number of ballots was taken it was found that G.A. Jordan had received a majority.
The Committee then rose and reported the appointment of Mr. Jordan.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the appointment be made unanimous.
Carried
Nay Hobson and Scoullar

Vol. 4, pg. 591

Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the Government be asked to appoint Mr. Jordan a Justice of the Peace.
Carried

Motions
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That permission be granted Messrs Smith and Kidd to use a steam saw mill for cutting wood on lanes of the city when open; where lanes are not open they to be allowed to use streets.
Withdrawn

Notice of Motion
Aldermen Carroll and C.L. Brown gave the following notice of a resolution:
That the City Solicitor be and is hereby instructed to prepare a By-Law to provide for election of Water Commissioners said By-Law to define their duties and state the remuneration to be paid for their services also length of term of office.

The Council then adjourned.
A.W. Scoullar, Chairman
Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Police Magistrate appointment delayed, $500 for free library – November 23, 1891

A. Williams declined appointment as Police Magistrate with restrictions. $500 was set aside for the Free Library for the purchase of books only. Market Committee empowered to find out what it will cost to deaden sounds from the basement of the Market Hall. Evans Coleman and Evans to supply to the city garbage-burning facility one scow load of coal at $2.20 per ton delivered. Duncan McRae hired to build a 12′ x 16′ shelter for lepers on Darcy Island.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 576-583

Vancouver November 23rd, 1891
The Council met on Monday November 23rd, 1891.

Present: Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Godfrey, Scoullar, Hobson, Templeton, Wm. Brown, McDowell and C.L. Brown.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That C.L. Brown be approved Chairman
Carried

The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted

The following communications were received and read:

From A. Williams refusing the position of Police Magistrate under the restrictions.

Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the communications be referred to the Police Committee and that Mr. Williams be invited to be present.

Moved in amendment by Alder (sic) McDowell

Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the communication be laid on the table to be taken up later in the evening.
Amendment Carried.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.
Filed

From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report.
Filed

From W. E. Graveley notifying the Council that the Insurance on Fire Hall No. 1 would expire on November 29th and asking for a renewal.
Finances

From W. F. Salsbury stating that he would undertake to carry out the wishes of the Council re auditing the Water Works Co’s books
Filed

From the City Solicitor stating the assignment for the Eagle Crematory Co. was in order but required the CO’s seal.
Filed

From J. A. Fulton Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council asking the Council to get the permission of the Dominion Government to erect bathing houses on English Bay Beach.
Referred to Board of Works

From Wm. L. Magee for Minister of Marine acknowledging the receipt of a communication from the City Clerk re the control by the City over the ends of Street.
Police

From C. C. Morrell on behalf of the Standard Oil Co asking for permission to erect a brick building on the C.P.R. reserve near Carl Av. for storing oil.
Referred to F. W. & L. Committee

From H. Mutrie at al on behalf of the Y.M.C.A. asking for the Market Hall for Dec. 1st for $10.00.
Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the Market Hall be granted to the Y.M.C.A. on the evening of Dec. 1st, 1891 for the sum of $10.00.
Carried

From Trueman and Caple asking for a grant in consideration of their growing lectures on British Columbia in England.
Referred to Finance Committee

From the City Clerk of Victoria agreeing to the terms re the keep of Lepers on Darcy Island.
Filed

From His Worship the Mayor, asking the Council to pass a resolution authorizing the Mayor, City Engineer, and City Solicitor to accept the delivery of the Water Works.

Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the mayor, City Engineer, City Solicitor and the Chairman for the Water Works Committee be authorized to take delivery of the works, plant and deeds of the Vancouver Water Works Co., at as early a date as they can arrange with the Company.
Carried

From D. Oppenheimer, Mayor, advising the Council to take immediate steps to purchase water pipes for necessary extensions.
Referred to Water Committee

The following Reports were received and read:

Market

The Market Committee met on Wednesday November 18th, 1891,
Present Aldermen Godfrey, Wm. Brown, Templeton, Doering, and Brighouse.
It was recommended:
1. That the communication from J. Duff Stuart, Secretary of St. Andrews Society be referred to the Market Clerk.
2. That the Chairman be empowered to ascertain what it will cost to deaden the sounds in the basement of the Market Hall, and report.

The Committee met again on November 19th, 1891.
Present Alderman Godfrey, Wm. Brown, Brighouse and Templeton
A Communication was received from Thomas Mathews applying for the use of the Market building for the purpose of holding a public meeting on Saturday evening the 21st wish to discuss the Greer Case.
Resolved that the request contained in Mr. Mathew’s letter be granted.
Carried

Sgd. A. Godfrey
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the Market Report be adopted.
Carried

Finance
The Finance Committee met on Friday November 20th, 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson, and Carroll.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid: Palmer Bros Coal $21.00
2. That $500.00 be placed to the credit of the Free Library in the Bank of B.C. to be expensed in the purchase of books only.
3. That the Communication from Dr. Brede Meyer re the purchase of his mineral collection be not entertained.
Sgd. Wm. Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Health
The Health Committee met on Tuesday November 17th, 1981.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, Scoullar, and Templeton.

It was recommended:
1. That Evans, Coleman and Evans tender for supplying one scow load of Black Coal, at $2.20 per ton delivered, as tendered, be accepted provided that the caretakers at the crematory are satisfied that said coal is suitable for the purpose for which it is intended and that the City Engineer be instructed to have the beach where the scows are to be loaded cleared of rocks, etc.
2. That Duncan McRae be employed to frame here, and set-up on Darcy Island 12 ft. X 16 with two compartments with verandah for the use of the lepers, rustic to be used on the outside and the inside to be lined.
3. That the Health Inspector, as soon as this reading is read[y], be authorized to purchase a month’s supplies with sufficient beds and furniture, tools, etc.
4. That he be authorized to charter a steamer to carry the buildings and supplies to the Island.
Sgd. J. T. Carroll
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the Health Report be adopted.
Carried

Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday November 19th, 1891
Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Wm. Brown, C. L. Brown, Templeton, & Godfrey.
It was recommended:
1. That C Hayes’ request for a 6 ft. sidewalk on the East Side of Thurlow Street from Burnaby to Pendril (sic) Street be granted and attended to by the City Engineer.
2. That the City Solicitor be furnished with all particulars necessary in connection with D. H. Morgan’s claim on Victoria Street and that the Solicitor be requested to give his opinion in reference to the same at the next meeting.
3. That the petition from L’Abbe de la Croix de Castries asking for a sidewalk and crossing adjoining his residence on Pender St. be referred to the City Engineer for attention.
4. That this Board approves of the plan of the basement for the new Bank of BNA building submitted by Mr. C. O. Wickenden Architect and the City Engineer be instructed to inform Mr. Wickenden of the regulation widths of the sidewalks as requested by him.
5. That the City Engineer be empowered to have a sidewalk put down on the Westminster Road from 7th Av to the Bridge on the east side.
6. That the Street Inspector be instructed to make an inspection of the East End Park and make out an Estimate for Malcolm Matheson, surety for McDonald and Barton, keeping back only such amount as will be necessary to complete the work.
7. That the following amounts be paid:

L. Beaumont, Thurlow St. $562.47
T & L Whitside, (unreadable) House 13.40
H.H. Spieir, Lumber 74.87
J. Mitchell, Blacksmithing 11.62
J.C. McCurdie, 10th Av. 74.13
A.D. McDonald, box drain 410.67
Wm Jones, Keefer St. 630.99
D. Gibbons, Cambie St. 107.47
Tho. Veitch, Teaming 304.43
James Foster, Cambie St. 480.72
Godfrey & Co, Supplies 20.00
J.P. Lawson, Repairs 10.10
E. Myers, lanes 12.06
W.G. Fraser, Hastings St. 167.62
W.H. Fraser, Hospital Wing 647.02
D. Gibbons, Robson St. 195.84 H Lomas etal. Labor 332.45

8. That J. Jackson be allowed to take what he needs from Hastings Street East for use in front of his residence on Mt. Pleasant.
9. That the communication from Rand and Bro. re Hotel Metropole basement be referred tot the City Engineer with power to act & report
10. The following petitions were received and laid over,
From M. Costello, Geo Pollay, Josiah Gossi and L McLean
Sgd. A. Godfrey
For Chairman
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the report be adopted.
Carried.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Templeton
That the account of Oldfield and Cook for the frame building to enclose crematory be paid the promised, being $700.00.
Carried
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That Alderman Carroll be re-imbursed for any money paid out on account of lepers from the time the Special Committee was appointed for their removal.
Lost

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the Committee go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the appointment of a Police Magistrate
Carried
Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the matter be referred to the Police Committee

Moved in amendment by Alderman Templeton, Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That application be again invited for the position of Police Magistrate, all application to be in at 4 P.M. on Monday November 30th, and that the restrictions be also advertised.
Carried.

The Committee then rose and reported that applications would again be invited for Police Magistrate.

The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer,
Mayor
Thomas F. McGuigan City Clerk

Council selects new Police Magistrate – November 18, 1891

Council selects new Police Magistrate – November 18, 1891

A Special Meeting was held to appoint a Police Magistrate at a salary $125 per month. A. Williams was unanimously selected.

This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Bronwen Cripps
and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 574-575

[Vol. 4, pg. 574]

November 18, 1981
Vancouver November 18, 1891

A special meeting of Council was held on Wednesday November 18th, 1891 at 3 P.M. for the purpose of appointing a Police Magistrate.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Full Board of Aldermen.

The meeting was private.

Before taking into consideration the applications it was moved by Alderman Wm. Brown, seconded by Alderman Godfrey:

1. That the salary of the Police Magistrate be fixed at $125.00 per month
2. That his office hours commence no later than 10 a.m. and continue until the business in the Police Court is over and that he give one hour each day from 3 to 4 p.m. or until completion of business.
3. That neither he nor his partner or partners be allowed to practise in the Police Court or take any case or cases in any other court against the City or in which the City is interested.
4. That when he finds the By-laws ultra vires that he report at once to the City Solicitor and give his assistance to said Solicitor in order to have said By-Laws made right.
Carried

It was then moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the Council go into Committee of the whole for the consideration of the applications.
Carried

Alderman Templeton was appointed chair.

The following applications were then read:

F. Schofield, C.B. Jackson, T. B. Shoebotham, G.A. Jordon, A.Williams, D. Mc Dougall, T.T. Black, J.A. Russell, Will Ferris, and E. Nicoll.

[Vol. 4, pg. 575]

The Committee then proceeded to ballot and after a number were taken A. Williams was found to have received a majority.

The Committee then rose and reported the selection of A. Williams.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the appointment of Mr. A. Williams as police Magistrate be made unanimous and that he be engaged subject to the foregoing conditions fixed by Council.
Carried

Moved by Alderman MacDowell
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Government be asked to appoint Mr. Williams as Justice of the Peace for the Province to enable him to fill the office of Police Magistrate, as he has been appointed unanimously by Council
Carried

The following informal motions were passed:

1. That the City Solicitor be written to stating that the Council wishes him to carry the By-Laws and Charter to completion without delay.

2. That the F W & L Committee meet next Wednesday at 8 p.m. to go over By-Laws with Solicitor.

The Council then adjourned
C. L. Brown
Chairman

Thomas F. McGuigan
City Clerk