Health Committee reviews costs – April 16, 1894

Health Committee reviews costs – April 16, 1894

The CPR asked Vancouver to take charge of 74 Chinese lepers. Meanwhile, the Health Committee compared rates for hospital care for mariners, women, children and lepers. Victoria was receiving a subsidy of $330 per year from Ottawa for care of each of their three lepers. City Solicitor recommended $1,000 be paid to the estate of Fireman Smalley, who died on the job in 1893. After a resolution calling for tenders for debentures to finance street paving was carried, Alderman Salsbury tendered his resignation. The resignation was held over for one week.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration: Vancouver Archives Item Bu P66
[Group portrait of Vancouver City Hospital staff] 1893
back row: Miss Watmough, Miss Bushby
front row: Miss Swan, Miss Way, Frank Humphrey

original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 17 -29

[Volume 6 page 17]

Vancouver April 16th 1894
The Council met on Monday April 16th 1894
Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McCraney, McPhaiden, Franklin, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown & Bethune.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From J.W. Balmain making certain charges against the City Engineer
Moved by Alderman Queen.
Seconded by “ McDowell.
That the Communication be filed Carried.

From James Milne applying for work.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Welsh Bro stating that the Market Scales were inaccurate
Referred to the Police Committee

From the City Solicitor regarding the Title to Clark’s Park
Referred to the Park Commissioner

From A.R. Finglander stating that he would not accept the contract for furnishing crushed rock unless the Council would guarantee to take 1700 yards per month until the end of 1895. Filed.

From R.F. Swallwell resigning his position as Plumbing examiner.

His resignation was accepted on motion of Alderman McDowell seconded by Ald Queen.

[Volume 6 page 18]
From G.H. Cooper. New Westminster asking for a bonus of $125.00 to run his steamer between Chiliwhack and Vancouver
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the City Solicitor regarding the collection of overdue taxes
Referred to the Finance Committee

From J.W. McFarland asking for the reconsideration of the tenders submitted for the purchase of the Local Improvement Bonds
Laid over to be considered with Finance Report

From Mason & Co asking for the readjustment of the water rates on John Stevenson’s building on Hastings Street east.
Referred to the Water Committee

From James Patten and W.J. Gibbons claiming damages for injuries received from a rope stretched across Water Street
Referred to the City Solicitor

The following Reports were received and read:-

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Monday April 16th 1894.
Present – Aldermen McDowell, McPhaiden and Wm Brown

Communications

From Miss Macfie furnishing monthly report on City Hospital Filed

[Volume 6 page 19]

From Mrs A.E. Webster stating that she would be willing to admit sick women to the Alexandra Hospital for $5.00 a week and children for $3.00
Resolved.
That the matter be laid over for the present for want of funds.

From H. Abbott asking the City to take charge of the 76 Chinamen in quarantine. Filed

From the City Clerk of Nanaimo and Dr. Davis stating that the Nanaimo Hospital received $10.00 a week from the keep of sick mariners. Filed.

From the Health Inspector asking for certain supplies for the Crematory and fixing the Chimney.
Resolved.
That the supplies asked for be furnished and that the Chimney be repaired the Chairman to solicit tenders for having the work done.

From W.O. Miller asking that stagnant water in the Vicinity of his premises be drained off
Referred to the City Engineer to have the nuisance abated.

Resolved
That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Dominion Government and draw their attention to the fact that the City of Victoria is receiving $1000 a year there for the keep of lepers while Vancouver with two lepers receives nothing.

Resolved. That the City Clerk be instructed to order a Voucher book for the Crematory.

[Volume 6 page 20]

That the following accounts be paid:-
McIntosh & Co supplies $70.56
Crowder & Penzer “ 21.00
Chinese Nurse Nursing 74.50
Mellish & Gray Supplies 72.75
Crowder & Penzer “ 34.84
James Caruchau, Scavenering .75
F. Filion Supplies 13.90
W.H. DeBon 48.92
A.H. Hatch 3.75
James Egan 36.25
J.A. Percival 37.50
D. Bell-Irving 5.00
Pioneer Steam Laundry 67.97
W. Kirby .50
A.E. Somerton 18.10
Leather Lockhurst & Center 17.80
Deplock & Co. 1.00
S.S. Clyde 50.00
G.I. Wilson 7.50
Wm Collier 71.95
D.J. Campbell 17.95
H. McConrey 1.00
Evans, Coleman & Evans 89.40
Michael Carriere 2.00
Champion & White 12.95
F. Filion 74.28
Champion & White 4.25
G.I. Wilson 38.32
Champion & White 2.00
Weeks & Robson 12.25
A.H. Thomas 20.00
B.C.D . T. & Del Co .75

[Volume 6 page 21]

Russell.McDonald & Co $4.85
McIntosh & Co. 5.20
F. Filion 15.02
Henry Collins 38.70
J. Stevens & Son 32.29
Thomson Bros. .75
C. Nelson 75.18
Van Gurney Cab Co. 1.00
City Painting Works 3.50
W. Simpson 1.75
Sgd John McDowell
Chairman

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

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday April 13th 1894
Present – the full Board
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
F. Filion Supplies $1.52
Thomson Bros “ 1.45
H. Burke Repairs 2.25
Gurney Cab Co Cabs 13.50
The Empire Advertising 16.50
Gazette “ 21.25
Land Registry Office Drafting 32.50
S. James. Auditing 40.00

The following tenders were received for the purchase of the Local Improvement Debentures:-
Hanson Bros. Montreal $101 for each $100.00
W. Wilson Smith “ 101 ¼ “ “ 100

[Volume 6 page 22]

W. Farrell Vancouver $101 50/100 for each $100.00
Resolved.
That the tender of Wm Farrell be accepted on condition that the money be payable here and the principal and interest payable here

Communications

From Mrs. Margaret McClennan of Roslyn, Washington asking for assistance to fight a lawsuit on behalf of widows and orphans of certain miners Filed

From C.W. Murray Secretary of the School Board stating that the Trustees could not see their way clear to make any further reductions in their Estimates. Filed

From Innes & Richards offering Lots 37 to 41 in Block 38 District Lot 541 in front of the City Hospital for $10,000 terms $2500 down, balance in 3 equal annual payments of $2500.00 in 1, 2 & 3 years @ 6 per cent Offer not accepted

Resolved
That the sum of $1000 be paid to the heirs of the late Fireman Smalley on recommendation of the City Solicitor said money to be paid into Court.
Sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen
That the Clause in the Report in reference to the purchase of Lots 37 to 41 Block 38.541 be eliminated and referred back to the Committee. Carried

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen.
That the Clause in the Report awarding accepting

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the offer of Wm Farrell be eliminated and tenders again called to be received up to Friday April 20th at 4 p.m.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown.
That the Report be adopted as read. Motion Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Queen
That the Report as amended by adopted. Carried.

Fire & Light Committee

The Fire & Light Committee met on Wednesday April 11th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Franklin, Shaw, Queen, McCraney, and Bethune.

Communications

From John Cooper asking for an increase of salary in consideration of running the road roller.
Resolved.
That his salary be increased $5.00 a month while he acts in the capacity of Engineer on the road roller said increase to be paid by the Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor submitting an agreement to be signed by the firemen for approval.
Laid over till next meeting.

Resolved.
That the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co be requested to put meters in the firehalls and that the present contracts for lighting same be terminated.

[Volume 6 page 24]

That the following accounts be paid:-
B.F.Henry Supplies $8.55
Thos Dunn & Co “ 2.28
McDowell & Co “ 17.60
F. Filion “ 20.46
G.H. Bazley 10.50
Van Elec Ry & L Co “ 1724.32
Crowder & Penzer “ 41.99
McLennan & McRely “ 10.05
A.D. Hoseack “ 2.40
London Carriage Works. Repairs 4.00
Thos Lobb “ 2.00
I Forbes “ 2.00
F.W. Hart Supplies 3.50

Sgd J.L. Franklin
Chairman

Moved by Alderman C.K. Brown
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Report be adopted. Carried

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday April 13, 1894.
Present – Aldermen McCraney, Shaw and Franklin.
Messrs Robinson and Atchison appeared before the Board to get the lane in Block 80.196 opened up.
Referred to the officers in charge of the Chain gang

Communications

From W. I. Archer etal asking that the lane in Block 37.200A be graded; also from E. Cooper making a similar request in regard to the lane in Block 9.185
Both referred to the officer in charge of the Chain Gang.

[Volume 6 page 25]

From J.M. O’Toole submitting estimate of cost of putting in steps etc at his building on Hastings Street where the grade has been lowered.
The Board decided to examine the place and report.

From the City Engineer reporting in regard to P. Carey’s claim of $116.00 for work done in putting in steps etc at Brunswick Hotel.
Board decided to examine and report.

From J. Gendron asking the Street to be fixed with rock in front of his store.
Already attended to.

From M. C. McLean Secretary Ward 5 Ratepayers Protective Association protesting against a resurvey of 264A.
Laid over one week.

From J. Clandenning asking for drawings at Lot 9 Block 8.196 Westminster Avenue where he is about to build.
Referred to the Street Inspector for attention.

From J. Slade asking that the sidewalk be continued over Gore Avenue past his house.
Already in the Estimates will be done in due course if there are funds.

From the Street Inspector in reference to the Street Cleaning and sprinkling
Laid over one week

From W.O. Miller complaining of stagnant water on vacant lots near his residence corner of Hornby and Pender Streets
Referred back to the Board of Health for more information

From A.R. Fingland, begging permission to withdraw his tender for rock crushing. Filed.

[Volume 6 page 26]

From the B.C. Mills Timber & Trading Co submitting an account for walk put down on Dunlevy Avenue from the (?) in 1892.
Resolved that the Board will only recommend the payment of the cost of the planking used at the rate $8.00 per the feet amounting to $14.80

From A.J. Matthews etal asking for a box drain on Richards Street at Block 64, also from Mark Little and others asking for an 8 ft walk on Drake Street also from H. Condren asking for a sidewalk on Dunlevy Avenue between Princess & Keefer Streets
Laid over pending estimates.

From J.C. Rounding in reference to Australian Wood for block paving and offering to send over a certain quantity as a test.
Resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to write a reply that this Board will be happy to put down any samples of wood blocks for paving Mr. Rounding may see fit to send over and suggest that enough be sent to do one block.

Tenders

Resolved that tenders be called for the following up to 3. P.M. on Thursday the 26th next.
Crushed rock, all the work in connection with crushing to be done in the City; also the supply of rough rock for same, tenders to be whole or separate.

Accounts

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
J. Menzies Lorne St. $2.50
W. Black Flush Tank 58.10
Thos Dunn & Co Supplies 24.99

[Volume 6 page 27]

News.Advertiser Supplies $3.00
W.S. Cook. “ 2.25
W.C. Marshall. Expenses. 1.00
W.L. Tait Supplies 14.77
Evans, Coleman & Evans “ 573.58
E. Shurgold. Expenses .50
Leatherdale & Co. “ 5.00
Lomas etal Labor 166.25

Resolved that the account of R.A. Townley, amounting to $5.00 re sewer connections at Lot 5.B71.196 be referred to the Plumbing Inspector for an explanatory report.

Resolved that D. McGillivray’s account amounting to $5,339.80 for bituminous rock on hand be laid over one week.
Sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

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

Motions

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the following labor account be paid:-
Hooper etal $320.95 Carried

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the following labor accounts be paid:-
J. Clandenning etal $169.40
Wm Trevning etal $140.05 Carried

[Volume 6 page 28]

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by : Franklin
That the Mayor be authorized to sign the petition to the Privy Council asking for leave to appeal in the case of the CPR Co as the City and to apply the seal of the Corporation thereto. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Bethune
That tenders for debentures for bonds for street paving under the local improvement act be called for to be in by Friday afternoon next at the meeting of the Finance Committee, principal and interest and money to be payable in Vancouver. Carried.

After the above resolution was read, Alderman Salsbury tendered his resignation, which was laid on the table for one week on motion of Alderman C.L. Brown seconded by Alderman McDowell.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by : McCraney
That the Park Commissioners be granted the sum of $200.00 pending the compiling of the Estimates. Carried.

Notices of Motion

Alderman Brown (C.L.) gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend the present Market By-Law.

Alderman Franklin gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would move for a Committee to be appointed to investigate the charges

[Volume 6 page 29]

made by him against the City Engineer in December 1893 and also other charges of which he would give notice at same meeting such committee to have power to examine under oath under the presidency of the Police Magistrate.

The Council then adjourned to meet again on Thursday the 19th next at 8 P.M. to discuss Street Railway matters and consider the estimates.

R.A. Anderson
Chairman

Thos. R McGuigan
City Clerk

East End race track closed except by special permission – March 19, 1894

East End race track closed except by special permission – March 19, 1894

Council ordered the East End [Hastings] race track to be closed and locked, only to be used by prior arrangement with Council. S.H. Holmes complained of dirty water coming from a nearby dye works. George E. Trorey offered two tame deer for [Stanley] Park.  A nine hour day clause to be included in all future contracts with the City. City Clerk authorized to call for tenders for new police uniforms.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

Illustration: Vancouver Archives AM54-S4-2-: CVA 371-2929
[“Forfarshire” as a two year old, 1889]

original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 749 – 758

[Volume 5 page 749]

Vancouver March 19th 1894.
The Council met on Monday March 19th 1894 at 8 P.M.
Present – His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, McCraney, Brown, Franklin, Shaw and C.L. Brown.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From H. Abbott Esq. notifying the Council to stop work on the roadway leading to the wharf or else enter into an agreement with him, the said roadway being private property.
Referred to the Board of Works
From C.J. Mayne etal asking for a sidewalk on 9th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works
From Messrs Evans, Coleman & Evans asking for the return of their deposit on pipe contract.
Referred to the Board of Works
From A.L. Fish of San Francisco submitting a tender for a heater. Filed
From the License Inspector giving a list of the Licensed Drays & Cabs Filed
From Martin Kelly agreeing to pay union wages to the men working on his contract. Filed
From C. Fossell asking for a sidewalk on 12th Av
Referred to the Board of Works
From G.A. Owens drawing attention to the condition of the streets on Mount Pleasant where the Street railway track is laid
Referred to the Board of Works

[volume 5 page 750]

From Wm Smith Deputy Minister of Marine acknowledging the receipt of the resolution of Council re the dredging of False Creek. Filed
From A.M. Beattie asking to be furnished with free water in the Market Hall as an offset for free light furnished to the Band room.
Referred to the Water Committee
From Adolphe Giguere stating that he had lost certain poll tax receipts and asking that he be not obliged to pay for same.
Referred to the Finance Committee
From Geo. E. Trorey offering two tame deer to the Park.
Referred to the Park Commissioners

The following Reports were received and read

Water Committee

The Water Committee met on Monday March 19th 1894.
Present – the full Board
It was recommended.
1. That the City Engineer have full control over the water works, foremen and men both as to hiring and discharging, and furnish the Committee with a report at each meeting of the work done and necessary to be done.
2. That W. P. Turner be notified that his services will not be required one month from the date of this notice.
3. That the following accounts be paid:-
4. W. Hooper etal. Labor. $209.05
Sgd John McDowell
Chairman
The Report was adoption on motion of Alderman Wm Brown Seconded by Alderman Queen.

[volume 5 page 751]

Finance Committee

The Finance committee met on Friday March 16th 1894
Present – Aldermen Salsbury, McDowell, Wm Brown and Bethune.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
H. Kersey Labor, etc. $3.50
C.P. Telegraph Co. Telephones 5.34
City Plumbing Works Supplies 4.60
R.A. Anderson etal. Expenses two deputations to Victoria 60.50
Ial(?) Stroube Supplies 1.75
C.P.R.Co Freight 10.13
H.M. Customs Duty 4.20

2. That A.E. Brickway be granted Power of Attorney to clear City Goods out of Customs.
3. That the City Clerk be instructed to call for tenders for the purchase of the Local Improvement Debentures authorized to be issued for the paving of portions of Granville and Hastings Streets, said tenders to be received up to Friday April 13th at 4 PM, the advertisement to be inserted in the Montreal “Gazette” the “Shareholder” the “Empire”, the “Monetary Times” and the two local papers.
4. That the Mayor , City Clerk and the Finance Committee be authorized to sign a note for $20,000 on behalf of the Corporation of the City of Vancouver, bearing interest at the rate of 5 per cent per annum paid note being drawn on authority of By-Law No 198 note being drawn on authority of By-Law No 198 passed on the 3rd day of March 1894.
5. That a rebate of 20 per cent be allowed on the amount of taxes paid by each person liable to pay taxes for the current year to the City of Vancouver if the said taxes be paid to the City Tax Collector on or before the 15th of July 1894, 15 per cent if paid between the 15th of July and the 15th of September 10 per cent if paid between the 15th of September and the 15th of November and 5 per cent if paid between the 15th of September November and the 16th of December.
6. That the East End Park Race Track be closed and any parties wishing to use it in the future must obtain permission from the Council before doing so, that a copy of this resolution be posted upon the gates and a copy sent to the Jockey Club and that the City Engineer bar and lock the gates and post the notices.
7. That the Financial Statement prepared by the Chairman Alderman Salsbury be printed in pamphlet form and that tenders be invited for having the work done, the advertisement to call for bids for 300 and 500 copies respectively.
8. That Henry Mutrie be appointed a valuator of securities for the investment of the Sinking Fund.
Sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

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

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday March 15th 1894.
Present – the Full Board.
It was recommended:-
1. That the plans submitted by Wm Blackmore of the Rogers Building on Block 15.Lot 11 541 be approved.
2. That M.S. Rose be offered $5.00 as a final settlement of his account for extra work on a sewer connection in Block 36.541
3. That the amended 9 hours clause prepared by the Trades & Labor Council be adopted and that it apply to all future contracts from this date.
4. That the communication from S.H. Holmes complaining of dirty water coming from the dye Works be referred to the Health Inspector for attention

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5. That the Communication from the Health Inspector suggesting the advisability of putting in a sewer in Block 8 & 22.185 be referred to the City Engineer to investigate and report and at the same time include the Section east of Westminster Av & South of Barnard St
6. That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare specifications for a new contract for crushing rock same to be ready for Thursday next
7. That H. Blyth be appointed Inspector of the basement drain on Granville Street at a salary of $3.00 per day.
8. That the Street Inspector send A. Balkwill a man to spread the earth he is dumping at the foot of Abbott Street and that the earth be hauled to Hastings Street to fill in the large tank corner of Abbott St.
9. That the City Solicitor be instructed to draw up a contract for Leamy & Kyle to sign for this year’s lumber.
10. That the City Engineer be instructed to see the architect for the Inns of Court building in connection with the necessary drainage for lavatory etc and report at the next meeting.
11. That the Girder rail Sec No 85A weight 70 lbs per yard manufactured by the Pennsylvania Steel Co be recommended to the Council for approval
12. That the following accounts be paid:-
D. Gibbons 7th Av $14.95
Thos Dunn & Co Paint for building rods 1.45
C.A. Keer Painting “ “ 12.00
W.C. Marshall Drayage 2.75
H. Lomas etal Labor 174.20
13. That the account of Messrs Boyd & Clandenning progress estimate on contract for
cutting

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Down Hastings Street and amounting to $329.00 be passed subject their furnishing a
Statement from the Vancouver Gas Co showing that the latter’s claim for damage to
their pipes has been settled.

Sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted. Carried

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Tuesday March 13th 1894
Present – Aldermen McDowell, McPhaiden Wm Brown & C.L. Brown.
It was recommended:-
1. That H.T. Adams be appointed Crematory Caretaker at a salary of $50.oo per month including free house and fuel, engagement to date from the 1st of April.
2. That Dr. Thomas’ application for an increase of salary be not granted.
3. That the following accounts be paid:-
J.C. Douglas Supplies $13.00
McLennan & McFeely “ 2.15
Crowder & Penzer “ 35.24
Chas. Nelson “ 51.34
Crowder & Penzer “ 14.00
W.G. Warren “ 27.71
G.I.Wilson “ 24.50
C.S. Philp “ 16.39
Champion & White Scavengering 11.25
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 61.98
D.J. Campbell Supplies 13.10
C.F. Foreman Supplies 9.27
F. Filion “ 60.86
W.H. DeBon “ 40.14
Chas Nelson : 2.15
A.H. Thomas Med Attendance 10.00

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McIntosh & Co. Supplies $59.22
Wm Ralph “ .15
F. Filion “ 15.22
C.F. Foreman “ 6.09

Sgd John McDowell
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Bethune.
That the Rule requiring the names of all candidates for offices to be submitted to Council to be voted on be suspended. Carried

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

F.W.& L. Committee

The F. W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday March 14th 1894
Present – Aldermen Franklin, Queen, McCraney & Bethune
It was recommended:-
1. That the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co be requested to put at once one light on Cambie St Bridge and one light on Westminster Av bridge where directed by this Committee
2. That the following rates be recognized as the maximum price to be paid for chimney sweeping: 25, 35, & 50 cts for one, two and 3 stories respectively.
3. That the firemen be allowed 12 hours off duty each week in addition to their meal hours such time to be regulated by the Chief of the Department.

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4. That Fireman Evans be paid his regular wages during the time he was laid up with a broken leg less the amount he received for sick benefits from the lodges during that period.
5. That the BC Iron Works tender for constructing a heater for the fire department be accepted price $265.00
6. That Fireman James McInnes’ salary be increased $5.00 per month dating from Feb 1st.
7. That tenders be called for lighting the streets of the City for the next five years dating from the expiration of the present contract the said tenders to be received up to Wednesday April 18th 1894
Alderman Queen dissented.
8. That the present contractors for Street lighting be notified that the City intends to expropriate their jobs and wires.
9. That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be authorized to buy a car load of hard coal at $8.85 F.O.B. Vancouver
10. That the following accounts be paid:-
G.H. Bazley Horse shoeing $23.00
Wm Ralph Supplies 5.70
Tho. Dunn & Co “ 13.35
Vancouver Elec Ry & Co Light 1558.29
H. McDowell & Co. Supplies 8.80
Thos Lobb Shoes set 2.00
James A. Skriver & Co Supplies 6.50
John Johnson “ 8.00
I Forbes Horse Shoeing 4.00
McLennan & McFeeley Supplies 26.40
F. Filion “ 6.10
G. Johnson & Co “ 13.10
James Carnahan Scavengering 1.50
C.F. Foreman Supplies 17.39
Chas Nelson “ 2.25
Atkins & Atkins “ 2.25
Welsh Bros “ 114.39

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Crowder & Penzer Supplies $49.05
G.L. Allan “ 3.25
David Wilson “ 4.00
B.F. Henry “ 1.60
B.C. Mills T & T Co “ 11.16
Sgd J.L. Franklin
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded by “ Wm Brown
That the Clause in the Report calling for Tenders for Street Lighting be struck out.
Carried

Moved by Alderman McDowell Franklin
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Clause in reference to A.F. Evans be struck out. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Report as amended be adopted. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by : McPhaiden
That the Street Railway Company be permitted to lay another track on Granville Street from Robson Street to Hastings Street providing the Company lease the use of the part of the street on which the track is laid from the City; paying $1.00 a year rent and to be terminated at any time after June of 1895 at the option of the City by giving three months notice and on condition rails to be laid and to be kept to the satisfaction of the City Council, provided that this portion of track of land shall not be included in the contract between the City and the Company 11th February 1889 and that an agreement be prepared by the City Solicitor and submitted to the Council at its next meeting and that the resolution passed by the Board of Works refusing permission and the above resolution passed in lieu thereof.

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Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Queen
That the resolution be laid over for one week. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare an agreement for submission to the next meeting of Council. Carried.

Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the City Clerk be instructed to call for applications tenders for supplying uniforms to the Police Force said tenders to be received up to the next meeting of the Police Committee. Carried

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McCraney
That the following labor account be paid.
H. Robertson etal $910.70 Carried

The Council then adjourned
Confirmed
W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Labour Day to be granted as public holiday – July 18, 1892

Labour Day to be granted as public holiday – July 18, 1892

Labour Day (August 11 in 1892) to be granted as a public holiday. The Board of Health empowered to buy a site for a separate Chinese “pest house” (isolation hospital) within the City limits. City to ask the provincial government to enforce the Public Health Act, as one case of smallpox has already been found in Hastings Townsite.

This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer L. Ellema
and sponsored by the Woodward family

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 81-87

[vol 5 pg 81]

Vancouver July 18th1892

The Council met on Monday, July 18th 1892.

Present: His Worship, The Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, Connon, Collins, Scoullar, McGuigan, McCraney, Franklin, Odlum Mills and Gavin.

The minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.

The following Communications were received and read:

From A.L. St. George, stating that Dr. Brydone-Jack had no authority to render any account to the City on behalf of Mrs. Dockendorf.

Filed

From W.J. Brewer stating that it would only be necessary to slash and burn the trees in 182 instead of close cutting.

Referred to the B. of Works

From H. Abbott stating that he thought $10.00 a month would be a sufficient charge for the water at the Chinese passenger shed.

Referred to F.W & Light. Committee

From F.A. Round et al asking for the grading of Grove and Crescent Streets

Referred to the Board of Works

From A.M. Beattie and W. Bailey asking for a grant from Council in aid of a Poultry and Produce Exhibition

Referred to the Finance Committee

From MH Fraser giving an order on the City in favor of Nelson Carter

Moved by Alderman Connon

Seconded by Alderman Franklin

That the Communication be filed

Carried

From D.A. MacPherson of the Department of Public Works, Ottawa, asking the City to show how the extension of the Streets to the Water would be a sanitary advantage.

Referred to the Board of Works

From J.J. Dougan drawing attention to the fact the contractor who opened the lane in Block 91.196 had piled rocks etc. on his lot.

Referred to the Board of Works

[vol 5 pg 82

From the City Auditor submitting Report for May and also report on school accounts

Filed

From J. Franks et al complaining about a hog nuisance on Carrall Street

Referred to the Health Inspector for attention

From Geo Gagen, Secy of the Trades & Labor Council asking that the 11th August Labor Day be proclaimed a Public holiday

Moved by Alderman Connon

Seconded by Alderman Franklin

That his request be granted

Carried

From John McLaren reporting on the Electric Lights

Filed

From W.E. Johnstone stating that he had not yet been paid for WH Gallagher’s lot on Powell Street which was purchased by the City

Referred to the City Solicitor

The following Reports were received and read

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday, July 14th, 1892.

Present: Aldermen McCraney, Connon, Franklin, Gavin and Scoullar

It was recommended

1.That his Board does not hold itself responsible for any claims that D. McDermaid may have against Nelson Carter, the subcontractor on the hospital

2. That the communication from Fleming Robinson complaining about roots etc being piled on his lots on Quebec Street be referred to the Street Inspector for attention

3. That the City Clerk be instructed to notify J.D. Townley to the effect that the Board cannot see his company from its way clear to exempt his company from paying the frontage tax on the right of way on Carrall Street. That the triangular piece donated by the company to the City is exempt and further

[vol 5 pg 83]

that the City Unreadable be requested to ask the Canadian Pacific Railway Co. for the deed of said triangular strip donated to the City for use as a site for Public fountain

4. That the communication from H.V. Edwards re the piling of Stumps etc on his lots on Quebec Street be referred to the Street Inspector for attention

5.That the City Clerk be instructed to notify the owners of Lots in Block 27.184 to have the same cleared Standing timber

6. That the Plan submitted by CE Hope of a building to be erected on Lot11, Block 33,541 be approved and that he be requested to furnish the City Engineer’s office with a tracing or blue print in accordance with the resolution for deposit in vault

7. That the following tenders be accepted:
7th Av. Grading, Geo F. Rounsfell $7360.
Hastings St. E., Gibbons & Myers 1900.
Lanes 16 & 72,196 , FM Thomas 199.
Gore Av. Box drain, W. Jones 24 cts per l ft.
Lane Block 41,196 Box drain, Gibbons & Myers 36 “
Log culvert West Av & 9th Ave., W. Jones $1.50 per per l ft.
6th Ave 3 plank sidewalk, E.C. Britton 103/4 per l ft.

8. That tenders be called for the following work up to July 28th, 1892 at noon
(a) Dufferin St. Grading 30 ft. wide from Westminster Av. to Ontario St.
Comox St. grading full width from Burrard to Bute By Day Works
Georgia St.: make a drainage and improve in accordance with year’s estimates.
Westminster Av. Raise up to permanent grade
Powell Street Grade narrow width two blocks east of Victoria Street
Abbott Street: Lower the drain so as to drain away the from Lot 119.20 & 21 Block 28 and from Lot 16 Block 4 O.G.T.

9. That the following accounts be paid:
N. Straube, Sharpening Saws

[vol 5 pg 84]

Evans, Coleman & Evans Unreadable $8.00
Thos Veitch, Delivering rock 428.22
WH Randall Delivering rock 1270.88
Gurney Cabs Cab Hire 2.50
E.C. Britton Barclay St. 276.15
E.Shergold Framing 1.50
D.H. Morgan, 8th Av. 498.48
do do Manitoba St. 540.00
Sgd. H.P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Gavin
That the Report be adopted
Carried

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday, July 15th, 1892
Present: Aldermen Anderson, Collins, McGuigan, Mills, and Odlum
It was recommended!
That the following accounts be paid:
P.C. Campbell, Hospital Site $3800.00
Telephone Co. Rent 42.05
F.W. Hart: Rent of Tables etc. 3.50
Ian Carriage Works, Fixing Press 1.50
C.W. Murray, Arbitration fees 50.00
School Grant 5000.00

2. That J.B Henderson’s claim for damages in connection with the location of the pest houses be referred to the City Engineers.

3. That the City Clerk be instructed to call for tenders for the purchase of the Debentures recently authorized to the issued, such tenders to be received up to Monday, August 15th at noon
Sgd. R.A. Anderson
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the time for receiving the Debentures be extended two weeks.
Carried Lost

[vol 5 pg 85]

Yea, Scoullar, Franklin, and Gavin
Nay, Anderson, Collins, McGuigan, McCraney, Odlum, Mills & Connon

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman Connon
That the Report be adopted and read
Carried

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Tuesday, July 12th, 1892
Present: Aldermen McGuigan, Odlum, Gavin and Collins
It was recommended:
1.That the following accounts be paid:
Atkins & Atkins, Supplies $100.23
G.I Wilson, Supplies 9.33
G.H. Allan Supplies 7.25
J.P. Blake Supplies 7.55
W.A. McIntosh Supplies 42.38
Champion & Scavenging 20.00
G.H. Jones Supplies 20.50
D.J. McLean Supplies 34.75
Ian Gurney Cab Co. Trip 8.50
Palmer Bros. Supplies 1.80
Fraser & Co. Supplies 18.87
F.W.Hart Supplies 28.50
R. Clark Supplies 97.50
W.D. Brydone Jack. Med Attendance 10.00
R.F. Robinson, Assisting grave digger 1.25
Cunningham & Co. Supplies 33.80
G.H. Jones Supplies 13.50
ThPDunn & Co. Supplies 3.15
M.A. Harvey Supplies 72.50
G.R. Gordon Supplies 3.50
A.M. Bell Supplies 3.65
Cheapside Clothing House Supplies 21.75
Herrett & Co. Supplies 31.45
John McDowell Supplies 3.00
Pioneer Steam Laundry, Washing 48.30
B.C. M.I. & I Co. Supplies 1.84
O’Rourke & Jervis Supplies 39.45
ThPDunn & Co. Supplies .36
Dr. Bell-Irving, Mental Ex 5.00

[vol 5 pg 86]

C. Nelson Supplies $34.35
McDonald BrP Unreadable 1.50
SBurton & Co Supplies 10.25
J.P Blake Supplies 3.60
R.C. Winch Supplies 41.25
Val Straube Supplies .75
A.M. Robertson Evidence 8.00

2. That the Mayor be requested to proclaim a quarantine against Victoria

3. That F.A. Cum Yow be informed that the Council has no power to purchase a site for a pest house to be used by Chinese outside City limits

4. That the Communications from Tupper Thomson, Mrs. Gorman, and E. Osborne be filed
Sgd. by W.J. McGuigan
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Mills
That the Report be adopted
Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman Odlum
Seconded by Alderman Anderson
That the matter of preparing an agreement to charter a steamer to run from Vancouver to Chilliwack be referred to the Finance Committee to report to Council
Carried

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan
That the Mayor be empowered to arrange a further overdraft in the Bank of B.C. for $5000.00
Carried

Resolved
That the question of constructing a Chinese Pest house on the City site be referred to the Board of Health with power to act: Ca

[vol 5 pg 87]

Moved by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman McCraney

That the Medical Health Officer of the Province be requested to at once enforce the regulation passed under the Public Health Act at Hastings Townsite as a case of Small Pox has already broken out there and at present, there is nothing to prevent any travelers from an infected locality landing at Hastings without being examined before landing or the freight disinfected.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the following account be paid
Alex Carlstone, for Water Pipes $3592.08
Carried

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the following account be paid:
H. Lomas et al, Labor $1017.35
Carried

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman McCraney
That the amendments to the Liquor License By-Law be read a 3rd time.

Moved in Amendment by Alderman Collins
Seconded by Alderman Collins
That the By-Law be read six months’ hence
Carried
Board then adjourned

RA Anderson
Acting Mayor

Th. McGuigan
City Clerk

Money to be found, but not for Oppenheimer – May 16, 1892

Money to be found, but not for Oppenheimer – May 16, 1892

Taxpayers to be polled June 21, 1892 regarding tax increase to fund schools, sewers and water works extensions. Council refuses (by one vote) to reimburse former Mayor Oppenheimer $500 spent out of his own funds on City business. A.M. Beattie proposes to lease the Market Hall. The By-Law to change the name of Oppenheimer Street to Cordova Street was defeated on the second reading. (more…)

Popular Aldermen Get Two-Year Term – Feb 29, 1892

Popular Aldermen Get Two-Year Term – Feb 29, 1892

Alderman McGuigan led opposition to the proposal that the Aldermen with the highest number of votes be appointed for a two-year term; proposal carried nevertheless. Rates raised for the rental of the Market Hall for all users, including the Zion Church and the W.C.T.U. (Women’s Christian Temperance Union). The Board of Health confirmed that the Chinese man confined on Darcy Island did have leprosy. Where permission is granted for property owner to excavate under the sidewalk, the owner must provide proper bearings to support stone sidewalks. $9 rent granted for Mrs. West. (more…)

Nine hour day reaches City Hall – August 31, 1891

Board of Works recommends all future contracts state “that 9 hours shall constitute a day’s work.” City Hall caretaker John Clough injured in accident; a replacement to be hired for one week. Albert Yates, Messenger for the City Hall, to be paid $25 per month. Each fireman be allowed a holiday of one week per year.

This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Martha Hazevoet
and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 473-486

[Vol. 4, pg. 473]

Vancouver, August 31, 1891

The Council met on Monday, August 31st, 1891.

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

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received:
From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report of receipts.
Filed

From the Secretary of the Trades & Labor Council inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to attend the labor day demonstrations.
Filed

From the Chief of Police furnishing his weekly report on the street lights.
Filed

From the Mayor of Tacoma inviting the Mayor and Council to be present at the opening of the exposition.
Filed

From A.F. McClenston et al asking the Council to declare Alderman DePencier’s seat vacant in Ward 5.
Filed

From Messrs. Eberts & Taylor asking for an immediate settlement of the hydrant rents.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From A.H.B. MacGowan asking for the Market Hall for September 8th for Colonel Howard Vincent.
Market Committee

From the City Clerk of New Westminster, inviting the Mayor and Council to be present at the Industrial Exhibition.
Filed
Vol. 4, pg. 474

From the Temperance Lodges asking the Council to use their influence to have J. Hallett appointed Justice of the Peace.
Another communication was received from the same parties withdrawing the above.
Filed

From Joseph Gibson resigning the position of Police Officer.
Filed

From F.S. Curtis New Westminster thanking the Council for the use of the Road Roller.
Filed

From Joseph Rogers et al asking for a sidewalk on Prior Street.
Referred to Board of Works

From the Pound Keeper furnishing monthly report and asking for an increase of salary.
Referred to Police Committee

From J.A. Fulton asking that the Floating Wharf at Brockton Point be repaired.
Referred to Board of Works

From Walter Black asking that the grading on 8th Avenue be extended one block further east.
Referred to Board of Works

From the Rev. E. Robson complaining about a [unreadable] nuisance on Dupont Street.
Referred to Health Committee

From J. Van Bramer, President of the Vancouver District Telegraph Co. filing an acceptance under By-Law No. 123.
Referred to City Solicitor

From Miss Johnson asking that the sidewalk on Burrard Street be started from Georgia Street.
Referred to Board of Works

Vol. 4, pg. 475

From the City Engineer giving a report of his trip to ascertain the best quality of street pavements and recommending Bituminous Rock supplied from the mines at St. Louis Abispo [sic].
Referred to Board of Works

From W.H. Kendall stating that there was something radically wrong with the design and arrangements of the pulleys and wire rope at the quarry.
Referred to Board of Works

From H.T. Ceperley, Secretary of Street Railway Co. starting that there would soon be a meeting of shareholders and that he would acquaint the Council of their decision re the purchase of same by the City.
Filed

From A. L. St. George stating that his house would be undermined through the change of grade on Ninth Avenue.
Referred to Board of Works

From J. R. Fraser et al applying for a charter to build a street car line from Carroll Street along Hastings Street to Cambie, thence along Cambie to Georgia, thence along Georgia to the Park.
Referred to Board of Works

The following reports were received and read:

License:
To the Mayor and Aldermen.
Your Committee met on Saturday last August 29th at 11 a.m.
Present: The Mayor and Aldermen Hobson, Godfrey and McDowell.
Absent: Aldermen Brighouse and DePencier.

The following applications for transfer were received, read and granted:

1. The interest of H. Lee in the Pacific Hotel License to E. Griffith

Vol. 4, pg. 476

2. The Glasgow Hotel License from W. Williams to H. Lee.
3. The Sherman House License from N.P. Wildrich to C. Anthony Drilling, the name of the house to be the Occidental Hotel.
The report of the License Inspector was received on the above applications and ordered filed.
The Board adjourned subject to the call of the Chairman.
Signed, D. Oppenheimer, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the report of the License Committee be adopted.
Carried

Crematory
The Crematory Committee met on Wednesday August 19th and beg to report that they have authorized the payment of $1200 to the Dominion Sanitary & Cremation Co. for material delivered on the Crematory site for the construction of the Crematory.
Signed: Wm. Templeton, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman Carrall
That the Report of the Crematory Committee be adopted.
Carried

Police
The Police Committee met on Tuesday August 25th 1891.
Present: Aldermen McDowell, Hobson and Scoullar.

Vol. 4, pg. 477

It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
D.J. McLean Suit of clothes $12.00
G.L. Allen Brogues 1.25
D. Webber Labor 8.00
S.T. Tilley Fine Book 3.00
2. That on account of the accident to John Clough, the Caretaker of the City Hall, that a man be employed for one week to perform his duties at the City’s expense.
3. That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Government directing their attention to the resolution of Council passed asking for the appointment of J.A. Hallett as Justice of the Peace and requesting the favor of a decision.
Signed: A.W. Scoullar, Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted.
Carried
Health
The Health Committee met on Tuesday August 25th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Templeton, McDowell and Scoullar
It was recommended:
That the Health Inspector be instructed to furnish each medical practitioner in the City with a copy of that portion of the Health By-Law relating to the reporting of contagious or infectious diseases to the Health Officer and that in future every violation be prosecuted by him to the full extent of the law.
Signed J.T. Carroll, Chairman

Vol. 4, pg. 478

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried

Fire Water & Light
The Fire Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday August 26th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Brighouse and Templeton.
It was recommended:
1. That the firemen be each allowed a holiday of one week commencing on the 1st of September, subject to the control of the Chairman of this Board and the Chief of the Fire Brigade.
2. That the following accounts be paid:
Fraser & Co., Supplies $8.11
Palmer Bros., Supplies 7.00
T.R. Morrow, Supplies 50.33
T. Forbes, Horse shoeing 4.00
G.H. Bazley, Horse shoeing 4.00
E. Sherfold, Draying 2.50
Van W.W. Co. Water 665.10
Van Elec. Light Co., Lights 1178.39
Crowder & Penzer, Feed 50.95

Signed Wm. Templeton, Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the Report of the F W & L Committee be adopted.
Carried
Finance
The Finance Committee met on Friday August 21st.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Carroll, Scoullar…

Vol. 4, pg. 479

… and Hobson.
It was recommended
1. That the following accounts be paid:
W.J. Trythall, Stationery $ 9.30
S.T. Tilley & Son, Stationery 36.35
2. That Messrs. Springer & Mellow be notified that when insurance is required by the City that all agents have an opportunity to tender for same.
3. That W.A. Taylor be notified that the City has not the power to refund monies paid in for the rent of the Market Hall, under the regulations at present in force.
4. That Albert Yates, Messenger for the City Hall, be paid $25 per month during the time he is required.
5. That half the taxes due on Lots 8 & 9 in Block 3, D.L. 302 be received by the Treasurer in full settlement of the amount, said lots now being owned by the City.
6. That the following communications be referred to the City Solicitor:
(a) From H.B. Warren asking for his travelling expenses etc. on Water Works Arbitration.
(b) From Messrs. Eberts & Taylor requesting the settlement of the account for hydrant rental etc.
That the following communications be filed:
(a) From Malcolm Smith re Police Magistrate.
(b) From R.T. Williams again asking for a subsidy from Council.
The Finance Committee met on Friday August 28th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Hobson, Scoullar and Carroll.

Vol. 4, pg. 480

It was recommended:
1. That the time be extended for allowing the rebate on taxes until Saturday September 5th, 1891.
2. That the following accounts be paid:
John P. Lawson, Evidence in W.W. Arbitration $ 25.00
J.F. Gordon “ “ “ 140.00
A. St. G. Hamersley, Counsel “ “ 1650.11
W.F. Salsbury “ “ 625.00
A.B. Diplock, Stationery 8.15
H.P.F. McGuigan, Expenses N. Westminster 2.00
D. McRae, Fixing up vault etc. 60.50
J.M. Browning, Disbursements 20.60
Cormon & Moss, Painting City Hall 39.90
Signed: Wm. Brown, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday, August 20th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Templeton (in the Chair), Brown and Godfrey.
It was recommended:
1. That a clause be added in future to all contracts to the effect that 9 hours shall constitute a day’s work.
2. That Mr. H. Abbott be informed that he can be furnished with what crushed rock he requires at $1.50 per yard delivered at the City’s floating wharf on scows.
3. That the following tenders be accepted:
Nelson Street grading – Wm. Tierney
Ninth Avenue grading – J. Hartney

Vol. 4, pg. 481

8th Avenue grading – M. Ellison
Carl Avenue “ – W.D. Hobson
11th Avenue “ – J. Hartney
Lane B. 67, 541 – E. Myers
Richards Street Sidewalk – T. Bailey
Hamilton Street “ – A.D. McDonald
Homer Street “ – E.C. Bulton
Barnard Street “ – T Bailey
4. That the grade of Hastings Street between Blocks 68 and 69, 196 be made 5 per cent instead of 5.50 per cent and that the tender of Boyd & Clandenning for cutting down the grade of Hastings Street be accepted provided the additional work required be done at the tendered price.
5. That tenders be called for the following work:
Harris Street sidewalk for both sides from Gore to Dunlevy
Richards Street sidewalk East side from Nelson to Drake
Nelson Street sidewalk South side from Richards to Homer
Davie Street grading full width from Centre Blocks 10 & 11 to Bute Street
Keefer Street from Westminster to Jackson
Burrard Street sidewalk from Ms. Johnson’s house to Smythe Street with crossings
East End school grounds
6. That the following accounts be paid:
Jas. Tronsides, Barclay Street $ 103.95
“ “ Melville Street 115.08
Crowder & Penzer, Supplies 9.47
V.J. Straube, Repairs 2.00
H. Thomas et al, Labor 303.00
A.D. McDonald, Box Drain 219.00
W. Archibald, Princess Street 443.48
Honsley & Co., Supplies 1.50
Hayden & Walker, Boat hire 10.50
McLennan & McFeeley, Supplies 6.00

Vol. 4, pg. 482

D. Gibbons, North approach Cambie Street Bridge 213.75
W.H. Kendall, Rock 1189.89
7. That the lane in Block 87.196 be graded by the Chain Gang.

The Board met again on Monday August 24th 1891.
All present except Alderman DePencier.
It was recommended:
1. That the whole matter of the wages said to be due by H. Connacher on his east yard contract be referred to the City Solicitor to report upon as soon as possible.
2. That tenders be called for lowering the grade of Ninth Av. near its junction with Westminster Av.
3. That the matter of the grade for the Street Railway track from Westminster to Centre Street along 9th Avenue be left to the City Engineer to decide upon and report on Thursday next.
Signed: Wm. Templeton, Acting Chairman

The Board of Works met on Thursday, August 27th.
Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Godfrey and Templeton.
It was recommended:
1. That permission be granted to J.M. Holland to take up and excavate under the sidewalk at lots 1 & 2, Block 10.541 under the direction and supervision of the City Engineer.
2. That 8th Avenue from Centre Street East a distance of 1800 feet be opened up as requested by Mr. Browning.
3. That the Street Inspector be authorized to arrange with Mr. E. Cook with regard to his account for rental for his wharf.

Vol. 4, pg. 483

4. That the Street Inspector make use of the old plank on Nicola Street for the construction of a sidewalk on Barclay Street on the North side as petitioned for by A.E. Tregent.
5) That the City Engineer have a wooden pulley of the requisite diameter put in where required on the wire rope at the North Arm Quarry and to use his discretion as to what else is best to be done.
6) That Granville and Cambie Street Bridges be properly protected as recommended by the City Engineer.
7. That the City Engineer be authorized to make arrangements with the Street Railway Engineer as to the grading of Ninth Av.
8. That the following tenders be accepted:
Davie Street grading – W.S. Cook
Keefer Street grading – W.S. Cook
Harris Street sidewalk – Wm. Jones
Richards Street “ – E.C. Britton
Burrard Street “ – Wm. Jones
Nelson Street Sidewalk – J.D. Fraser
Robson Street Sidewalk relaying – Sheridan & Blair
9. That tenders be called for the following works:
8th Av. grading from Centre Street east 1800 feet
14th Av. grading from Westminster Av. to Prince Edward Street and Sophia Street from 13th to 14th Av.
10th Av. 6 ft. sidewalk from Westminster Road to the Temperance Hall
9th Av. grading from Westminster Av. to Quebec Street
Princess St. 6 ft. sidewalk from Carl to Heatley, both sides
Eveleigh St. 6 ft. “ “ Burrard to Thurlow, both sides
Lanes in Blocks 85.95 and 105.541
Davie St. 6ft. sidewalk south side from Granville to Bute
8th Av. grading from Carolina St. east one block

Vol. 4, pg. 484

10. That the following accounts be paid:
S. Beaumont, Thurlow Street $ 446.40
W.D. Hobson, Hamilton Street 629.71
J.B. Thornton, Bute Street 81.40
B.C. Mills Co., Posts 3.50
H. Lomas et al, Labor 321.10
H.P. Dunn & Co., Hardware 80.20
H.P. Voitch, Delivering rock 330.23
J.P. Lawson, car fares 2.65
dto. Services in April 165.00
T.H. Tracy and S. Brighouse, Costs of trip 217.00
Signed: S. Brighouse, Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried

Introduction of By-Laws

Alderman Scoullar introduced a By-Law which was read a first time, to raise the sum of $50,000 for sewerage purposes.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the further consideration of the By-Law be deferred pending the receipt of a report from the City Engineer.
Carried

Motions
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That the resignation of Officer Gibson be accepted.
Carried
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That this Council return …

Vol. 4, pg. 485

… thanks to Westminster City Council for their invitation to attend the approaching Industrial and Agricultural Exposition.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That the invitation of the Mayor of Tacoma be accepted with thanks.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That this Council return thanks to the Trades and Labor organizations of this City for their invitation to attend the approaching Labor Demonstrations and that the Mayor and Aldermen will attend if possible.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
As the whole of the arbitration in connection with the Water Works was handed over to the Arbitrators, any question as to the payment of interest on any sums of money in connection therewith should be left to their decision.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the C.P.R. Co. be requested to convey to the B.C. Sugar Refining Co. that piece of land lying between Block 47 and their railway track, subdivision 181.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That His Worship be asked to issue his warrant for an election in Ward No 5, in place of Mr. DePencier.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton

Vol. 4 pg. 486

That the Deed conveying certain property originally occupied as a portion of Powell Street as described in a deed and plan annexed thereto be executed by His Worship on plan being approved by the City Engineer.
Carried
Notice of Motion

Alderman McDowell gave notice that at the next regular meeting of Council he would move a resolution that a County Court Judge or a Judge of the Supreme Court be requested to hold an investigation upon the complaints against Magistrate Hallett as provided by the City Charter.

The Council then adjourned.

Thos. F. McGuigan S. Brighouse, Chairman
City Clerk

Fire Department given raises – Apr 13, 1891

Fire Department given raises – Apr 13, 1891

The entire Fire Department budget was reviewed and the staff given raises.  City Clerk asked to contact telephone company for a discount on rates to city government telephones.

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original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 291 – 296

Vancouver April 13th 1891.

The Council met on Monday April 13th 1891 at 8 P.M.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Scoullar, Godfrey, Templeton, Hobson, Brown, McDowell, DePencier, and Doering.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.  Alderman McDowell being appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor.

The following communications were received and read:-

From Crowder & Penzer claiming that the Market scales did not weigh correctly.

                                                              Referred to Market Committee

From the Department of Militia and Defence acknowledging receipt of a resolution of Council re formation of a Battalion of Active Militia.

Filed.

From C. Keeler Mount Pleasant stating that he was able to supply trees to replace the dead ones on the streets.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From A.J. Mouat etal [sic] asking for the grading of the lane in Block 50.181.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Market Clerk furnishing his Weekly Report.

Filed.

From the Chief of Police furnishing his usual weekly report on the Street Lights.

Filed.

From J.J. Nickson and Edwin Machin etal [sic] praying for the improvement of Melville Street.

                                                              Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Auditor furnishing his report for March.

                                                              Referred to Finance

From James W. Lewis asking for a position on the Fire Brigade.

                                                              Referred to the F.W& L. Committee

From W. Towler asking to be furnished with certain information regarding the Slaughter house cases.

                                                              Referred to City Solicitor

The following reports were received and read:-

Finance No 10.

The Finance Committee met on Friday April 10th 1891.

Present Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, and Hobson.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Wm Ralph.  Plumbing.                                                                                                  $13.02

Black & Wilkinson.  Teams.                                                                                  10.00

Palmer Bros.  Coal.                                                                                                              14.00

Telephone Co.                                                                                                                              23.00

T.N. Hibben & Co.  B.C. Statutes.                                                               16.50

T.H. Wooton.  Express.                                                                                                        .50

Resolved.

                                                              That the City Clerk communicate with the Telephone Co asking for a reduction in the rates charged for the City’s Telephones.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wm Brown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chairman

Moved by Alderman Doering

Seconded by          “                Godfrey.

                                                              That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Works No 10.

The Board of Works met on Thursday April 9th 1891.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Godfrey, Templeton, and DePencier.

It was resolved:-

1  That the following accounts be paid:-

R.C.P. Mills Co. Lumber.                                                                                            51.59

D. Gibbons.  Prince Edward St.                                                               12.05

Tye & Co.  Supplies.                                                                                                                  4.75

D.H. Morgan.  Victoria St.                                                                                283.50

Anderson & Yerex.  South Park                                                      360.68

B. Romang etal.  Labor.                                                                                          130.10

As instructed by Council your Committee called for tenders for the grading of Seventh Avenue to the proposed hospital, and from amongst the tenders received awarded the contract to Messrs Boyd & Clandenning.

All petitions were laid over for the time being.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sg. S. Brighouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chairman

Moved by Alderman Scoullar

Seconded by          “              Doering.

                                                              That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted

Carried.

F. W & L. No 6.

The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday April 5th 1891.

Present Aldermen Templeton, Godfrey, Brighouse & Brown.

Communication from J.H. Carlisle asking for an increase of Salary for himself, and, the firemen.

The Estimates were submitted as follows:-

Salaries:-

                              Chief                                        $900

                              1st Engineer                 840

                              2nd Engineer              660

                              Driver No 1.                 720

                                    “            “    2                   720

                              Foreman No 1.      660

                                  “              “    2.      600

Six permanent men @ $45.00      =      $3240

9 Call                                            “                      15                  =          1620

1      “                                                “                      20                  =              240

Inspector                                                                                                              600

Telephones.                                                                                                            96

Feed & Shoeing.                                                                                1250

Fuel, Oil & Waste                                                                            1000

Repairs, Tools etc.                                                                            500

Water, Flushing & Sprinkling                              2000

Street lighting                                                                          17419.60

Contingent.                                                                                        2000.00

Deb Balances.                                                                              2108.41

The following changes were recommended:-

That the Chief’s salary be increased to $1200 in consideration of his performing the duties of Fire Inspector in place of J. Huntly, and Electrician.

1st Engineer                                                                                                 $960

2nd              “                                                                                                          780

2 Drivers.                                                                                                          1440

Foreman No 1 Hall increased to                      780

Foreman No 2 increased to                                        720

That the Salaries of permanent men be in future fixed on a sliding scale of:-

For 1st year $45.00 per month

    “    2nd      “            50                “                “

    “    3rd        “          55                  “                “

And that of permanent men be provided for this year, at $55.00 = $4620.00

That the number of Call men be reduced to four at $15.00 per month = $720.00.

The Estimates were referred to the Finance Committee.

It was recommended:-

1  That one 16 candle power electric lamp with porcelain hood be placed over the Reporters table.

2  That C. Spice be engaged as a permanent fireman

3  That no more street lights be erected until the days begin to shorten.

4  That the Fire Alarm Box on hand be placed at the corner of Powell Street and Raymur Avenue, and that the Chief be instructed to place it at once.

5  That the Chief be instructed to get plans and cost of a hose wagon to be made in the City.

6  That the members of the Fire Department be requested to insure in some accident Insurance Co.

7  That the following accounts be paid:-

Vancouver Electric Ry & Light Co.                                                 $1187.58

John Scuitto.  Supplies.                                                                                                            11.50

Palmer Bros.  Fuel.                                                                                                                            14.00

G.H. Bazley  Shoeing.                                                                                                                        2.00

H. McDowell & Co.  Oil.                                                                                                                1.62

J.M. Buxton.  Coal.                                                                                                                              25.00

Val Strauble  Repairs.                                                                                                                     2.00

S. Forbes.  Shoeing.                                                                                                                            3.50

Crowder & Penzer.  Feed.                                                                                              42.55

                                                                                              sgd Wm Templeton

                                                                                                                              Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey.

Seconded by          “              Brighouse

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carried.

Alderman Templeton asked leave to let his By-Law re expropriation of ends of streets leading to the Water to stand over until proper surveys were made.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar

Seconded by        “                Doering.

                                                              That leave be granted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carried.

Notice of Motion.

Alderman Brown gave notice:-

1  That he would at next meeting of the Council move for leave to introduce a By-Law for more nearly equalizing the different wards of the City on the basis of population and property as defined by the City Charter.

2  For leave to introduce a By-Law for watering the streets by a frontage tax, on the property benefited in accordance with the conditions prescribed by the City Charter.

The Council then adjourned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              D. Oppenheimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan

                        City Clerk

Mayor protests “illegal” appointment of Tracy – Mar 23, 1891

Mayor Oppenheimer sends regrets and protest against “illegal” appointment of Thomas Tracy as City Engineer. Council to send letter of protest against the Attorney General’s reported intention to change several details of the City Charter. The meeting was adjourned out of respect to the memory of former Alderman Dr. James Whetham.

 

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Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 266-268

Vancouver March 23rd 1891
The Council met on Monday March 23rd 1891.

Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Godfrey, Templeton, Brown, McDowell, DePencier and Doering.

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That Alderman Brown be appointed Chairman. Carried.

The minutes of last regular and special meetings were read and adopted on motion of Alderman Brighouse seconded by Alderman McDowell. Aldermen Carroll, dePencier and Doering did not vote.
The following communication was read from the Mayor:

Vancouver March 23rd 1891
To the Chairman & Aldermen,
City Hall
Gentlemen
I exceedingly regret that I am unable to be present at the meeting of the Council this evening, as there are several important matters to which I should have desired to direct your attention. I beg to record my formal protest against the illegal appointment of Mr Tracey to the position of Chief Engineer of this City on the grounds that the Council has not acted in conformity with the City Charter and even had the proceedings of Friday last been legal and in accordance with the Vancouver Incorporation Act, the application on behalf of Mr Tracey ought not to have been received, as it was in every way irregular and not in accordance

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with the advertisement calling for applications.
I have the honor to remain
Yours faithfully
(sgd) D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Motions
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Doering

That the following labor accounts be paid:
B. Romang et al $52.75
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
Whereas it appears by a reported statement made in the Legislature by the Attorney General that he will move amendments to those clauses in the City Charter reducing the qualifications of Mayor and Aldermen, taxing churches and regulating the butchering business.
Be it resolved that inasmuch as these are matters of a purely local character affecting the citizens only, and as no petition or complaint of any kind has been presented to the Council in respect to the proposed changes this Council in the name of and on behalf of the citizens of Vancouver respectfully protests against any amendments and trusts that the members of the Legislature will cordially support the changes asked for.
And further that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the City Representatives. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That out of respect to the

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memory of Dr. James Whetham who formerly acted as an Alderman at the Council Board this Council do now stand adjourned. And further that the Aldermen as a body attend his funeral. Carried.

Wm Brown
Chairman

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Oppenheimer obliged to sign minutes – Mar 16, 1891

Oppenheimer obliged to sign minutes – Mar 16, 1891

A majority vote of two thirds of the aldermen present compelled Mayor Oppenheimer to sign the minutes of February 23, 24, 28 and March 9. Vancouver Trades and Labour council requested that the Chain Gang not be employed on Street Work. A bylaw to regulate the storage of inflammable material within the city limits was introduced and read a first time.

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Vancouver March 16th 1891

The Council met on Monday, March 16th 1891

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Scoullar, Godfrey, Templeton, Hobson, Brown, McDowell, DePencier, and Doering.

The Minutes of last regular and special meetings were read.

After the Minutes were read the Mayor stated that he still adhered to his decision not to sign the Minutes but that if a vote were taken on his ruling and if the necessary two-thirds majority decided against him it would be his duty to acquiesce.

It was then moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brighouse,

That the Minutes of last regular and special meetings be adopted as read.

Alderman Brown said that Alderman Godfrey joined with him in wishing the names of the Aldermen to be taken on the voting.

Alderman Templeton then asked the Mayor if he refused to put the motion, the Mayor answered yes.

The mover then put it to a vote of the Council and carried it on the following vote:-

Yeas. Aldermen Brighouse, Scoullar, Godfrey, Templeton, Brown, and McDowell.

Nays. Aldermen DePencier, Doering and Hobson.

The Mayor stated that as he had been overruled he would now sign the Minutes.

Alderman Carroll was absent when the vote was taken but arrived shortly afterwards

Communications.

From F. D. Boucher et al asking for a sidewalk on Thurlow Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John McCulloch stating that the Police Magistrate made an order to have his clothes, papers etc left at the Customs House.

Referred to the Police Committee.

From A. Yorke asking the Council to look into the charges preferred against the Police Magistrate.

Moved by Alderman DePencier
Seconded by “ McDowell.

That the communication be returned to the writer.

Carried.

From Robt. C. Buckeral submitting an affidavit preferring certain charges against the Police Magistrate.
Referred to the Police Committee.

From Joseph Pope and T. Trudeau acknowledging a communication from the City Clerk re fencing of streets at railway crossings.
Filed.

From J.A. Fulton, Secretary to the Trades and Labor Council asking that the Chain Gang be not employed on Street Work.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Sinclair Harcus, applying for permission to move a frame building from Lot 3, Block 13, 196. to Block 29, 541

Referred to the Board of Works.

From A. Tullis asking the Council to pay his salary as secretary to the Smelting Co out of the $5000.00 forfeited by the City.

Referred to the Finance Committee.

From the Market Clerk furnishing Market Reports for three weeks.
Filed.

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

From Dr. Wilson et al asking for certain improvements on a lane between Haro and Robson Streets.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From W.S. Udy asking for certain trees to be cut down on Prior Street.

Referred to the City Engineer.

From G. Ashford etal asking for a sidewalk on Comox Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Wm Bailey et al asking for a sidewalk on Thurlow Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Thos. Langham et al asking for the grading etc of Keefer Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Auditor furnishing report for February.
Filed.

From J.M. Browning resigning his position as Water Works Arbitrator.
Laid over.

From James O’Connor submitting an affidavit regarding the Police Magistrate.

Referred to the Police Committee.

From J.C. McLagan, Chairman pro tem. of the Board of Trade Committee asking the Council to appoint a Committee to cooperate with the Board of Trade as to the most befitting manner to celebrate the arrival of the S.S. Empress of India.

From Robert Marrion etal asking for a sidewalk on Keefer Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Miss Bowes furnishing copies of “Home Cheer”
Filed.

From A.E. Carter asking permission to use a steam engine for building purposes at the post office site.
Filed.

From T. M. Speers asking that the Police Magistrates salary be increased.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Doering

That the letter be returned to the writer.
Carried.

From W.F. Salsbury et al petitioning for a thorough investigation of the Engineering Department.

Referred to the Board of Works.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Police. No 4.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday February 25th 1891.

Present Aldermen DePencier, McDowell, Hobson, Scoullar, and Carroll.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

John Sciutto Supplies. $8.05

W.S. Cook. Scavenging. 4.25

W. Steel [sic]. Drayage. .50

M.G. McLeod. Ry fares. 4.00

D. Bell Irving. Mental examinations 10.00

2 That the salary of John McKeown be increased by $10.00 per month after the 3rd of March 1891 on account of him having completed a service of 12 months on the Police Force on that date.

3 That the License Inspector be instructed to hand over to the Pound Keeper ten dog tags at a time taking his receipt therefor [sic] and that said Pound Keeper furnish to said License Inspector an account of all tags issued.

4 The Board having heard the charges preferred against the Police Magistrate by Mr. F.G. Twigg and his explanations thereon, desires to place in record their entire confidence in said Magistrate for the able and impartial manner in which he administers justice in this City.

They further desire to express their satisfaction as to the manner in which the whole police department is managed which reflects credit on the Chief and his staff of officers.

sgd H. DePencier
Chairman.

The Police Committee met again on Tuesday March 10th, 1891.

Present Aldermen DePencier, McDowell, Hobson, Scoullar, and Carroll.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

John Scuitto. Supplies. $47.31

Wm. McDowell. Refund. 5.00

Creamer & Langley. Supplies. 1.25

G.L. Allan. “ 1.25

J.P. Blake “ 21.40

J.H. Grady. Ry. Fares. 3.00

H. Eligh. Milk. 1.54

Gurney Cab Co. Fares. 2.00

Hayes & McIntosh. Meat. 19.80

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. 1.00

Wm. Steel [sic]. Drayage. 2.50

2 That E. A. Harris be appointed a member of the Police Force at a salary of $60.00 per month.

3 That the resignation of Wm. Preston as Pound Keeper be accepted and that W.P. West be appointed to the vacant position at a salary of $50.00 per month and fees; and be subject to summary dismissal, salary to date from the time W. Preston’s resignation took effect.

sgd H. DePencier.
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ McDowell.

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

Works. No 7.

The Board of Works met on Thursday March 12th 1891.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Templeton, and DePencier.

It was recommended:-

1 That the City Engineer report upon the condition of the Sewer through Block 2, O.G.T. giving estimate of the cost of repairing same.

2 That the communication from J.J. Blake asking permission to use the streets and lanes on behalf of the British Columbia District Telegraph and Delivery Co be laid over until the applicant furnishes further information.

3 That permission be granted to Rand Bros to remove a one storey building from Block 4, Lot 4 O.G.T. across the lane to Block 4, Lot 11 O.G.T. on condition that said building be moved outside of the fire limits within sixty days.

4 That the communication from James Curran et al asking for a sidewalk on Homer Street and that of Alex McDonald asking for an increase of salary be laid over for the present.

5 That the City Engineer and City Solicitor be instructed to investigate the different claims for expense incurred through rebuilding fences to altered grades and report on same at a subsequent meeting.

6 That the following accounts be paid:-

Rose & Marshall, Plumbing. $19.00

A. Parker. Salary. 75.00

Grassie & Co. Repairs. 2.00

Thomson Bros. Stationery. 28.05

Boyd & Clendenning. Gravelling. 320.00

sgd S. Brighouse
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Hobson.

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

Health. No 4.

The Health Committee met on Tuesday February 24th 1891.

Present Aldermen McDowell, Templeton, and Scoullar.

Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman pro tem.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. $13.50

Cope & Young. Supplies. 1.60

Dr. Brydone-Jack. Mental Ex. 5.00

W.J. Taylor. Burial 17.00

McLennan & McFeely. Supplies. 1.15

John Sciutto. “ 75.79

Dr. McGuigan. Inquests. 30.00

2 That a By-Law be introduced to govern and regulate the Public Cemetery and that the Provincial Government be communicated with asking them to furnish the City a deed of said Cemetery.

3 That the Matron of the City Hospital be instructed to have the washing at the City Hospital done by white labor instead of Chinese labor.

The Chairman arrived before the meeting adjourned.

The Health Committee met again on Tuesday the 10th inst.

Present Aldermen McDowell, Templeton, and Scoullar.

Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman pro tem.

It was recommended:-

That the following accounts be paid:-

Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies. $19.50

A.W. Wright “ .12

H. Eligh “ 29.70

W.J. Taylor. Burial. 17.00

Union S.S. Co. Rent. 15.00

J.P. Blake. Bread. 10.60

John Scuitto. Supplies. 51.79

H.E. Langis. Post Mortem. 10.00

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. 1.00

Tye & Co. Supplies. 36.55

Hayes & McIntosh. “ 49.45

Palmer Bros. “ 33.00

R.V. Winch. “ 13.43

T.R. Morrow “ 54.12

The Chairman arrived before the meeting adjourned.

sgd John McDowell.
Chairman pro tem.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Hobson.

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

F.W. & L. No 4.

The Fire Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday February 25th 1891.

Present Aldermen Brown, Godfrey, Doering and Brighouse.

Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman pro tem.

It was recommended:-

1 That the communications from W.H. Mason et al asking for an electric light on Quebec street and James Curran et al asking for electric lights on Homer Street be laid over.

2 That the communication from James McPhee offering to put in protectors for the fire alarm be filed.

3 That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare a By-Law regulating the storage of gunpowder and other explosives within the City Limits.

4 That the following accounts be paid:-

G. Gough. Attendance on horses. $21.00

V.W.W. Co. Water. 118.23

John Scuitto. Supplies. 13.99

J.M. Buxton. Coal 13.00

J. Wolfe. Scavengering. 2.00

R.B. McMicking. Fire Alarm Box. 125.00

C.P.R. Co. Freight on “ “ “ .35

McLennan & McFeely. Supplies. 2.50

C.P.R. Co. Telegraph fines. 18.72

The Fire, Water and Light Committee met again on Wednesday March 11th 1891.

Present Alderman Templeton, Brown, and Brighouse.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

G.M. Bazley. Horseshoeing. 6.00

John Sciutto. Supplies. 20.28

Palmer Bros. “ 35.00

Vancouver Elec Ry & Light Co. 1257.20

Tye & Co. Supplies. 1.90

Crowder & Penzer. Supplies. 71.26

2 That the Electric Railway & Light Co. be communicated with asking them at what rate they will light up the two fire halls, giving fire hall No. 1 10 lights and fire hall No. 2, 4 lights of 16 candle power each.
sgd W. Templeton.
Chairman

Finance No 4.

The Finance Committee met on Friday February 17th 1891.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brown, Hobson, Doering, and Scoullar.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

Thos. F. McGuigan. Hack hire. 50 cts.

W.C. Archer. Assessing. 20.00

H.J. Franklin. Stamps. 1.25

D. McRae. Desk. 21.25

G.W. Hutchins. “ 20.00

2 That L. Authier be paid $75.00 (subject to the advice of the City Solicitor), the amount claimed by him, in lieu of one month’s salary as assistant Street Inspector, in consequence of him not having received proper notice of dismissal from the City Engineer.

3 That the communication from the manager of the Sugar Refining Co. asking for the deeds of the Sugar Refinery site be referred to the City Solicitor.

4 That the communication from John McCulloch complaining about loss of clothes during imprisonment and asking for compensation be filed.

5 That a filing cabinet consisting of 56 drawers made up in three sections with lock attachments be ordered through Thomson Bros. for the vault in the City Clerk’s office.
Price F.O.B. Toronto. $188.95
sgd Wm. Brown
Chairman

The Finance Committee met on Friday Mch 13th 1891.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brown, Carroll, Hobson, and Scoullar.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

Health Committee Accounts
FW & L “ “
Police “ “
B of Works “ “

M.Martyn Soliciting names for W.W. petition $18.00

J Rankin “ “ “ “ 12.50

Telephone Co. Rent. 23.00

News Advertiser. Ads. 4.55

Palmer Bros. Coal. 56.00

Tye & Co. Supplies. 1.00

S.T. Tilley. “ 21.90

2 That Messrs Corbould, McColl, Jenns & Campbell be paid $150.50 being the amount of the taxed costs in the Injunction case of the R.C.P. Mills Co vs. the City and Leamy and Kyle, and that said Leamy and Kyle be charged with half of the above amount; they being co-defendants in said case.

sgd Wm. Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ McDowell.

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

Licensing Board. No 1.

The Licensing Board met for its first regular quarterly meeting on Monday, March 16th 1891. At 11. a. m.

Present his Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Godfrey, McDowell, Hobson, DePencier, and Brighouse.

His Worship the Mayor was elected chairman of the Board.

Your Committee begs to report as follows:

1 That a wholesale liquor licence be granted to Springer Mullon & Co in Block 10. 541.

2 That the following applications for transfer of License or interests in Licenses be granted:-

A. Robertson, Glasgow Hotel to W. Williams.

B.L. Woods Albion “ “ Miller & Britton.

Wm. Pomeroy, Fremont “ “ John Blair.

J.E. Davis Boulder Saloon “ Thos. Simpson

Mitchell & Co. New York Block to Brinsmead Block.

T.A. Shaw, Windsor Hotel to W. Brown.

L. Canonica, City Hotel to A. Fairon.

McGirr & McCoskery, Sunnyside Hotel to Canonica & Co.

L. Kearns, International “ to F.A. Boehlofsky.

H. Mason, Dougall “ to R.T. Mizony

Stevens & Gordon to Delbruck Block.

A.J. McPherson, Bodega Saloon to E. McPherson.

3 The applications of Merrill & Harkness and M. McLeod re the Germania Hotel, are laid over until Thursday next; the applicants in each of these cases to submit their claims in writing accompanied by necessary documents by 11 a.m. of Tuesday the 7th inst.

4 That the City Solicitor be instructed to draft the amendments to the consolidated Liquor License By-Law as set out in full in the Minute Book kept by this Board, said proposed amendments being for the purpose of simplifying the procedure of transfers of Licenses, the prohibition of sale or supply of intoxicants to minors and finding the clearer definitions of Hotel requirements and the extension of time in which prosecutions can be sustained.

5 That the City Solicitor be instructed to press to a speedy conclusion the case of A. Schwahn as the License Inspector now and for over three months last past on appeal to the County Court.

sgd D. Oppenheimer.
Chairman of Licensing Board
Vancouver March 16th 1891

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ DePencier

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

By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman McDowell.

That the Rules be suspended as a By-Law introduced to amend By-Law No 116.

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

Moved by Alderman Templeton

That a By-Law be introduced to regulate the storage of Inflammable Material.

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

Motions

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ DePencier.

“That Alderman McDowell, Godfrey, Templeton, and DePencier be appointed a Committee to act in conjunction with a Committee of the Board of Trade and report as to what action should be taken in the way of a reception on the arrival of the S.S. Empress of India at this Port.”
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton.

That Mr. A.E. Carter, Contractor for the erection of the Post Office be permitted to erect a steam hoist in connection with his work subject to the approval of the Street Inspector.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering

That this City having arrived at a status that entitles it to have a City battalion of active militia established, this Council would urge upon the Hon the Minister of Militia and Defence, and the Government; the advisability of having a volunteer battalion established in Vancouver.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ McDowell

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

B Romang etal $50.40

do. 21.50
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the applications for the position of Chief Engineer be laid over to be considered at a Special meeting of the Council to be held on Friday the 20th inst. at 8 P.M.
Carried.

Notice of Motion.

Alderman Carroll gave notice that at the next regular meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law entitled a “Cemeteries Regulation By-Law”

The Council then adjourned on motion of Alderman Godfrey seconded by Alderman Scoullar.

Wm. Brown
Chairman
Pro tem.

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Second exit to be added to market building – January 26, 1891

Second exit to be added to market building – January 26, 1891

No action to be taken for the moment about Mr. Lawson’s letter of dismissal from the City Engineer.  Misses Woodward and Drummond, nurses at the City Hospital, ask for increases of salary. The Market Committee asks the Board of Works to consider an additional exit from the Market Building as a precaution in case of fire. The Board of Works agreed, and urged immediate action. The Board of Works also directs that vacant lots and “all dangerous places” must be fenced by their owners

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original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 632 – 639

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Vancouver January 26th 1891
The Council met on Monday January 26th 1891.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton, Hobson, Brown, McDowell and DePencier.
The minutes of last Special and regular meetings were read and adopted.

Communications

From H Abbott acknowledging receipt of a communication re gates on certain streets.
Board of Works.

From J. M Browning refusing to act as Arbitrator in the Water Works matter on account of ill health.
Filed.

From Wm Prentice, Secretary of the Sugar Refinery inviting the Mayor and Council to visit the works on Thursday 29th inst.
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Hobson.
That the invitation be accepted.
Carried

From H. Stanton Private Secretary to the Lieutenant Governor, and A. Campbell Reddic Dep Prov Secretary acknowledging receipt of communications from Council re grant to Hospital, Fire Department, and Library.
File.

From Courbould, McColl and Jenns asking the City to pay over the amount of the Judgement in the Devine Case.
Finance.

From Annie E. Webster asking the Council to place $2500.00 in the Estimates for the purpose of assisting in acquiring lands etc. for a Hospital for women and children.
Board of Health.

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From the Solicitor to the Vancouver Water Works Co asking the City Solicitor to go to Victoria to consult with him on the Agreement to Arbitrate.
Water Works Committee.

From Blake and Magee asking City to pay Wm Tierney $115.65 for extras on Beach Avenue.
Board of Works.

From Rand Bros. protesting against a crematory being erected in the North part of 302.
Crematory Committee.

From A. E. Lees etal [sic] asking for a sidewalk on Richards Street west side from Robson Street to Helmcken Street.
Board of Works.

From Misses Woodward and Drummond asking for increases of salary for duty as nurses at the City Hospital.
Board of Health.

From the Market Clerk furnishing his Weekly Report.
Filed.

From J. D. Le Cappellian etal [sic] asking for a sidewalk on Melville Street from Burrard to Thurlow.
Board of Works.

From J. C. Miller compiler of the Illustrated Souvenir Publication giving a synopsis of his work.
Finance Committee.

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Reports.
Crematory.
The Crematory Committee met on Friday January 23rd 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Templeton and DePencier.
Resolved.
That his Worship the Mayor be instructed to sign the Agreement as proposed between the Dominion Sanitary and Cremation Co. and the City but that a clause be added empowering the City to erect Crematories outside the City limits for City purposes only.
Sgd. Wm Templeton
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the Report of the Crematory Committee be adopted.
Carried.
Market No 2
The Market Committee met on Wednesday January 21, 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton and Brown.
Alderman Godfrey was appointed Chairman.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
McLennan & McFeeley, Supplies $15.00
Davidson Bros. Badge 1.50
That the communication from the Coal and Feed Merchants be received and filed and that the Market Clerk be instructed to giver Separate tickets where loads are made up of Separate orders.
The Board of Works take into con-
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sideration the construction of additional exits to the Market Hall as a precaution in case of fire.
Sgd. A. Godfrey
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the report of the Market Committee be adopted.
Carried.
Works No 3.
The Board of Works met on Thursday January 22nd, 1891.
President Aldermen Brown, DePencier, Templeton, Godfrey and Brighouse.
It was recommended:-
1. That the City Engineer be instructed to instruct the Health Inspector to notify the owners of lots 16 to 21. Block 28. 541. that the water on these lots must be drained into the drain running along the west side of Abbott Street.
2. That the Police Committee be asked to take over the control of the Pound.
3. That the tenders received on the block pavements be returned to tenderers informing them that the Board does not see it way to accept any tender at present.
4. That W. H. Kendall’s tender for broken road [unreadable] be accepted on the following basis viz.:-
10,000 cubic yards at $1.40 per cubic yard
15,000 “ “ “ 1.35 “ “ “
20,000 “ “ “ 1.30 “ “ “
5. That the City Engineer be instructed to interview James McPhee re stretching wires on

[vol 4 page 205]

the streets and lanes, and report.
6. That City Engineer and City Solicitor be instructed to examine into the matter of Lots 4, 5 + 6, Block 48, 181 through which Powell Street now runs and report.
7. That City Engineer examine and report upon the petition of R.A. McMorran etal [sic] for a sidewalk on 10th Ave.
8. That the City Engineer be instructed to have the matter contained in Mrs. Emily Mould’s petition attended to viz the stoppage of the overflow of water on Lot y. Block 87. 196.
9. That the City Engineer be instructed to enquire into the claims for wages preferred against McDonald & Barton’s contract for the East Park and report.
10. That the opinion of the City Solicitor be obtained as to the liability of the sureties on the Bunker Contract; and further that the claims as recommended be paid viz;-
E. Lye $40.00
Howard Smith 18.70
Elva Estabrook 19.00
Frank Smith 17.80
M. Madegan 66.50
N. Buie 60.
Wm Cullen 55.20
11. That the City Engineer be instructed to pay immediate attention to the matter of providing additional exits to the Market Hall to provide against accidents in case of fire.
12. That the lane in Block 111.54 be graded at a cost not to exceed $100.00.

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13. That the property owners on Powell Street between Campbell Avenue and Raymour [sic] Street be notified to put up a suitable fence to prevent accidents on the property opposite Block 49; also that all dangerous places be fenced by the owners where required within the City Limits.
14. That the following accounts be paid:-
C. A. Stoess. Blue prints $7.50
A.D. McDonald, Alexander St: 46.00
John Telford, Hastings St. 38.48
Angus Fraser, Pender St. 114.52
J. Leatherdale, Sugar Refinery Wharf 9.29
15. That pending investigations into the charges preferred against Mr. Lawson by the City Engineer that no action be taken on the notice of dismissal sent Mr. Lawson by said Engineer.
Sgd S. Brighouse
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted.
Carried.
Introduction of By-Laws.
Aldermen De Pencier introduced a By-Law to define the duties of the Police Commissioners which was read a first time.
Motions
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Second by “ McDowell
That the following account be paid.
B Romang etal [sic] Labor. $149.80
Carried
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The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk