Warren’s wrongful dismissal suit could cost the City $5,000 – May 27, 1891

Former Chief Engineer H.B. Warren brought a suit of $5,000 against Council for unlawful dismissal. The mayor and Aldermen had their names struck off a document of resignation signed at the last meeting of Council.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 page 353 – 355

[volume 4 page 353]

May 27, 1891

The Council met on Wednesday, May 27th 1891 at 8 p.m.

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

A communication was received from Chipman, Morgan & Co. agents for Imrie Bell asking for an extension of time for the construction of the graving dock etc. at Vancouver on account of permission not having been obtained to construct from the Dominion Government.

After this was read Alderman Scoullar added that the City Solicitor’s opinion be obtained as to whether they were legally sitting as Aldermen after signing the document at last meeting of Council tendering their resignation. Alderman McDowell seconded the motion.

The City Solicitor stated that so long as the document was allowed to remain in the City Clerk’s hands it was an absolute resignation without – he was told to hold it under certain conditions.

They could however now withdraw their resignation as the original intentions were not fulfilled, one Alderman having refused to sign.

The Mayor and Aldermen then had their names struck off and business proceeded. The communication from Chipman, Morgan & Co. was referred to the Board of Works.

The following portion of the Finance Committee’s report laid over from last meeting was read and adopted on motion of Alderman Brighouse. Seconded by Alderman Brown: –

The Finance Committee met on Friday, May 22nd 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson, Scoullar and Carroll.

[volume 4 page 354]

Communications

From J.J. Slade asking for payment of his bill of costs in the slaughter house cases. Referred to the City Solicitor to certify as to the correctness of this bill.

From R.J. Williams asking for an order and a subsidy for the B.C. Directory. Filed

From A. St. Geo Hamersley asking that an arrangement be made as to remuneration for revising the City By-Laws.
Resolved that he be asked to give a written estimate of the costing of the work to be done.

From the Board of Trade asking the Council to pass a resolution urging the department at Ottawa to take immediate action towards the removal of the shacks from the foreshore of Vancouver Harbour and False creek.
Resolved that a motion be passed in Council to that effect.

Resolved that Mr. Hamersley retain Mr. Richards to help him in the water works arbitration he to be paid a retaining fee of $250.00 and $50.00 per day while absent from home in connection with the arbitration. That W.C. Archer and J. M Spinks renew the policies of Insurance on the City Hospital for three years at a premium in each case of $150.00.

From Mr. Hamersley stating that he had made an offer to the owners of lots 415 + 6, in Blocks 48.196 for the portion of those lots through which Powell Street runs and that he has prepared a deed of conveyance to the Sugar Refinery Co of Block 47.196. Filed

A writ of summons by H. B. Warren claiming damages in the sum of $5000.00 was laid before the Committee and was referred to the City Solicitor with instruction to defend the actions.

Moved by Alderman Carroll.
That a By-Law be introduced to raise a loan for permanent improvements, the amount to be left for future consideration.
Carried
Sgd Wm. Brown, Chairman

[volume 4 page 355]

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That R. H. Alexander be requested to act in the capacity of Police Magistrate pending the appointment of a duly qualified Police Magistrate.
Carried

The consideration of the estimates was deferred until they were again laid before the Finance Committee.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Tho. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Committees established for 1891 – January 5, 1891

Six committees established for the year 1891, with some initial disagreement about the composition of the Finance Committee and the Board of Works.  The Licensing Board, Health Committee, Police Committee, and the Fire, Water and Light Committee were established without opposition.  Aldermen Brighouse and Templeton both gave lengthy notices of motion.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 175-178

[Vol 4 pg 175]

Vancouver January 5, 1891

The new council met on January 5, 1891 at 12 pm. Present His Worship Mayor David Oppenheimer, Aldermen Sam Brighouse, J.T. Carroll, James F. Garden, Alex Godfrey, C.G. Hobson, Wm Templeton, Wm Brown, John McDowell, Charles Doering and Henry DePencier.

The Aldermen were sworn in by His Worship the Mayor after which he read his address forecasting the work which it would be necessary to take under consideration during the year.

The address was received and filed.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for striking the Standing Committees for 1891. Alderman Brighouse was appointed Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
“that the Finance Committee be composed of the following Aldermen: viz, Carroll, Garden, Hobson Brown and Doering

Moved in amendment by Alderman Garden that the Finance Committee be composed of the following Aldermen, viz Brighouse, Godfrey, Hobson, McDowell and DePencier.
Amendment lost (2.7) Motion Carried (7.2)

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman McDonald
That the Board of Works Committee be composed of the following Aldermen: viz. Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton, Brown and dePencier.

Moved in Amendment by Alderman Doering:
That the Board of Works be composed of the following Aldermen: Carroll, Garden, Templeton, McDowell and Doering.

Amendment lost: (3.6) Motion Carried (6.3.)

[Vol 4 pg 176]

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the Licensing Board be composed of the following Aldermen: Brighouse, Godfrey, Hobson, McDowell and DePencier. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Brighouse
That the Health Committee be composed of the following Aldermen: Carroll, Garden, Templeton, McDowell and Doering. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton and seconded by Alderman Brown
That the Police Committee by composed of the following Aldermen: Carroll, Garden, Templeton, McDowell and DePencier. Carried.

Moved by Alderman DePencier and seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the Fire, Water and Light Committee be composed of the following Aldermen: Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton, Brown and Doering. Carried.

The committee then rose and appointed the following appointments to Council:
(1) Finance Committee Carroll, Garden, Hobson, Brown and Doering.
(2) Works Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton, Brown and DePencier
(3) Licensing Board Brighouse, Godfrey, Hobson, McDowell and DePencier.
(4) Health Committee Carroll, Garden, Templeton, McDowell and Doering.

[Vol 4 pg 177]

(5) Police Committee Carroll, Garden, Hobson, McDowell and DePencier
(6) Fire, Water and Light Committee Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton, Brown and Doering

Notices of Motion

Alderman Brighouse gave the following Notices of Motion:
1. That he would move for the appointment of a committee re: 1892 Exhibition
2. For the appointment of a Jockey Club Committee
3. For the appointment of a Charter Committee for the revision thereof
4. For a Grant from Government in aid of the hospital and fire department
5. For the appointment of a Committee to appoint expert witnesses for Water Works
6. For the appointment of a Committee on Water Works
7. That application be made to the local Government for a free grant of Burnaby Lake for the joint use of the cities of New Westminster and Vancouver
8. That a Crematory committee be appointed
9. That a Market committee be appointed
10. That a Free Reading Room and Library Committee be appointed
11. For the appointment of a committee to appoint an arbitrator for Water Works
12. That application be made to the local government for a grant in aid of a public art gallery and museum to be established in this city

[Vol 4 page 178]

13. That application be made to the discussion forum minutes to take measures to remove the Burnaby and Parthia Shoal situate at the entrance to Burrard Inlet.

Alderman Templeton gave the following notices of motion:
1. That this Council is of the opinion that the meetings of the several committees appointed by this Council should be conducted in the same way as the Council meetings with the regard to admission of the public to such Committee meetings.

2. That at next meeting he would [sic] that the CPR be requested to have proper gates or safeguards placed at the railway crossings on Hastings, Carrall, Oppenheimer, Powell, Alexander, and Dunlevy Aves.

3. That the Treasurer be instructed to furnish to this Council the amount of money paid by this city during last year for legal advice Solicitors salary and other legal charges that have been paid together with the names of the recipients thereof.

4. For a return by the Engineer of the total amount of works for which contracts have been let that has not been completed at close of year also for a return of the number of men in his department and in connection with its showing what work they perform and what pay they received from the City.

The Council then adjourned.

Signed: D. Oppenheimer, Mayor and Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Water Street property owners may be forced to fill in lots to the low water mark – April 28, 1890

Looking into whether the City “can compel the owners” of the lots in the low lands on the North side of Water Street in the Old Granville Townsite to “fill them up to high water mark to abate the disagreeable stench therefrom”. Lengthy list of estimates for street improvements for the year 1890 was reviewed by Finance Committee, then adopted.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 365-385

[volume 3 page 365]

Vancouver April 28th 1890

The Council met on Monday April 28th 1890.

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

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

Communications

From W. D. Haywood asking for the balance of his salary due. Referred to the Finance Committee.

From H. T. Keefer and Sansom and Dawson in reference to the contract for the construction of the Market. Referred to Board of Works.

From R. Mackay Fripp in reference to the lines on Dougall House corner. Clerk instructed to reply.

From the Pound Keeper asking for an increase of salary. Referred to Finance Committee.

From W. Bailey in reference to a nuisance on Thurlow Street. Referred to the Health Inspector.

From Chas. H. Strutt asking for exemption from taxation for his tannery. Referred to Finance Committee.

From J. H. Quigley Secretary of the Lacrosse Club asking Council to put the Recreation Grounds in order. Referred to the Board of Works.

[volume 3 page 366]

From James Allen et al asking Council to improve lane in Block 11, 196. Referred to Board of Works.

From Malcolm McIntyre et al requesting Council to open up 13th Av from Quebec to Manitoba Sts. Referred to the Board of Works.

From A. M. Robertson, Secy of the Medical Board furnishing a list of instruments urgently required at the hospital. Referred to Board of Health.

Reports

F. W. & L. No 6

The F. W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday April 23rd 1890. Present Aldermen Fox, Carroll, and Doering.

We beg to recommend:

1. That T. Tilley be appointed ball man in place of J. Harvey resigned.

2. That the large team of horses be transferred to Fire Hall No 2 with the teamster and that the necessary alterations be made for their accommodation.

3. That the following accounts be paid:

Vancouver City Foundry $8.43
Creighton & Fraser 1.65
Middler & Powe 1.50
P. P. Gendrean 2.50
Van Electric Mill Co. 296.45
Van Water Works Co. 47.05
John Scuitto 18.03
Thos. Dunn & Co. 141.25
H. McDowell & Co. 1.62

[volume 3 page 367]

R. Rutherford $75.00
Royal City Planing Mills Coy 4.69
C. G. Johnson 25.00
Tye & Co. 10.56
C. M. Hawley 19.40
Crowder & Penzer 106.25
E. S. Scoullar & Co. 20.70

Sgd. J. M. Fox, Chairman

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

The Sugar Refinery Site Committee met on Friday April 25, 1890.

Present Alderman Garden, Costello and Browning.

Tenders were received and considered for the construction of a wharf at the Sugar Refinery Site.

It was resolved that when the Committee is in a position to proceed with the contract that it will be awarded to Messrs Leatherdale & McDonald, generally in accordance with the plans and specifications of the City Engineer.

Sgd. James T. Garden, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Fox. That the Report of the Sugar Refinery Site Committee be adopted. Carried.

Police No 6

The Police Committee met on Tuesday at 1890.

[volume 3 page 368]

Present Aldermen Costello, Carroll, Sentell and Mason.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

San Juan Lime Co. Lime $1.60
John Scuitto, Bread 51.50
Mr. Green, Interpreter 2.50
Tye & Co. Supplies 5.10
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 5.50
Thomson Bros Stationery 5.00
VanVolkenburgh Meat 17.60
Wm. Murphy, Police Clothes 484.85
D. McRae, Labor 37.05

2. That Thomas Shirley be appointed Special Police Officer at a salary of $1.00 per year.

3. That a reward of $200.00 be offered for the apprehension and conviction of the party or parties who murdered Henry T. Sunbury.

4. That the Chief of Police be instructed to have three cells in the lock up put in proper condition so that prisoners confined therein can be securely held; two inch diagonal planking to be used and the work to be let by tender.

5. That a uniform be ordered for Officer Eligh.

Sgd. M. Costello, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Doering. That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted. Carried.

Health No 7

The Health Committee met on Tuesday

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April 22nd 1890

Present Aldermen Mason, Carroll, Fox and McLeod.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

G. I. Wilson $2.10
Yick Lung 9.40
VanVolkenburgh & Bro. 43.33
John Scuitto 70.78
H. McDonald & Co. 28.77
L. McFarland 6.00
Mrs. Alcock 23.00
Van Wfg. Co. 7.50
Scoullar & Co. 6.25
Dr. McGuigan 35.00
Dr. Bell-Irving 15.00
Crowder & Penzer 27.00
W. J. Taylor 70.00
R. I. Winch 15.89

2. That the Health Inspector be instructed to make the necessary corrections as contemplated under the Public Health By-Law and amending By-Laws after due notice in writing has been given under said By-Laws, all such connections to be made by licensed plumbers upon tenders given the lowest tender in all cases to be accepted.

3. That Messrs O. Toole & Ralph be awarded the contract for the necessary plumbing in connection with the outbuildings at the City Hall for the sum of $173.00

Sgd. Malcolm McLeod for Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Doering. That the Report of the Health Committee be adopted. Carried.

[volume 3 page 370]

Works No 11

The Board of Works met on Wednesday April 23rd and Thursday April 24, 1890.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the matter of filling in the low lands of the North side of Water Street in the Old Granville Townsite be referred to the City Solicitor in order to ascertain if the Corporation can compel the owners of said lots to fill them up to high water mark to abate the disagreeable stench therefrom.

2. That the drain on the west side of Abbott Street crossing Water Street be carried out by a box culvert across the Railway Track.

3. That Oppenheimer and Hastings Streets be filled up and levelled by the material excavated from the basement under the Dougall House at the corner of Abbott & Cordova Streets.

4. That tenders be called for the improvement of the following streets

(a) Filling up Princess Street between Westminster Avenue and Gore Avenue with material obtained from cutting down the hill between Gore & Dunlevy Avs.

(b) Filling up to grade Westminster Avenue between Hastings and Prior Streets on the East side.

(c) Grading and filling Oppenheimer Street between Westminster & Gore Avs. with the material obtained by putting Oppenheimer Street on grade between Gore & Dunlevy Avs.

(d) That tenders be invited for gravelling and repairing Streets and lane for the ensuing year.

[volume 3 page 371]

5. That the following tenders for street works be accepted:

Powell Street John Costello
Sophia Street D. Gibbons
Scotia St & 9th Av. W. C. Muir

6. The Estimates for Street improvements for the year 1890 have been finally prepared and referred to the Finance Committee for consideration.

7. That the following accounts be paid:

Jacob Eligh, Cutting down trees $5.00
Robt Law, connection pipes 127.50
H. A. Burke, Salary 75.00
McDonald & Barton, Eastern Park 900.00
D. Gibbons, Lane in B40 34.08
D. B. Murray, Lane in B15, 196 66.00
Do Lane in B18, 196 66.00

Sgd. J. W. Horne, Chairman

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

Finance No 11

The Finance Committee met on Friday April 25th 1890.

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

We beg to recommend:

1. That the City Treasurer be instructed to refund to Napoleon Authier through L. R. Authier the sum of ten dollars paid into his hands in July last as an application fee accompanying an ap

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plication for license, which application was refused and no inspection of the premises having been made.

2. That the accounts of the Board of Works, Police and Fire, Water & Light Committee be passed for payment.

Alderman Browning, Chairman of the Finance Committee brought down the estimates for the year 1890 which were laid before the Committee for consideration.

After discussing them in detail it was resolved that they be submitted to Council for adoption and that a By-Law be introduced at next meeting of Council empowering the Council to raise by way of debentures a loan of $125,000 for public improvements.

It was further resolved that the rate be struck at 1 ¼ cents with a rebate of 20 percent if taxes were paid within 30 days after being declared due and that a By-Law be prepared in accordance therewith.

Sgd. J. M. Browning, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Browning, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden, seconded by Alderman Horne. That the Council do now go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Estimates for the year 1890. Alderman Garden in the Chair. Carried.

[volume 3 page 373]

The Clerk then read the following Estimates of receipts and expenditure:

Finance Department $62,447.12
Board of Works Department 169,321.83
Police Department 12,711.33
Fire, Water & Light Department 34,529.51
Health Department 19,010.63
Interest ½ years Interest on 1890 Loan ….. 3,125.00
Total $301,145.42
8,149.97
Balance $309,295.39

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Estimated Expenditure for 1890

Finance Committee

Sinking Fund & Interest $35,595.12
Commission & Exchange 200 Salaries 4, 840
Revision of Voter’s List 100
Stationery 3,000
Telephones 96
Light City Hall 300
Fuel City Hall 350
Insurance 200
Election Expenses 200
School Tax 35.70
Reading Room 1,000
Grant to Mayor 2,000
Contingent Account 10,000
Legal Expenses 1,000
Total $62,447.12

Board of Health $3,340
2,500
Salaries 3,240
Hospital Supplies 2,500
Lighting 400
Fuel 200
Water 100
Telephone 48
Inquests & Examination 300
Garbage Destroyer 8,000
Contingent Expenses 1,500
$16,288

Unexpended Appropriations 1889
Instruments $1,110.25
Hospt Furniture 1,412.21 2,522.46
$18,810.46

Expensed in excess of Appropriation
Hospital Lots 200.17
Total $19,010.63

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Estimated Expenditures 1890 (continued)

Police Committee

Salaries 8,025.33
Police Magistrate 1,250
Interpreter 100
Telephone 36
Uniforms 1,000
Clothing of Prisoners 100
Board 1,000
Transport 200
Contingent 1,000
Total $12,711.33

Fire, Water & Light

Salaries $10,740
Telephone 96
Horses & Harness 1,800
Feed & Shoeing of horses 1,000
Fuel, Oil & Waste 700
Repairs Tools 500
Fire Hose 1,000
Water Supply, flushing & sprinkling 1,076
Hydrants 3,000
Fire Alarm System extra 500
Street Lighting 8,700
Contingent a/c 1,000
$30,112.00

Unexpended Appropriations 1889
Fire Alarm System $2,275.25
Hose Houses 317.41
2,592.41

Expensed in excess of Appropriation
Fire Hall Lots 66.40
Fire Hose 1,370.70
Horses & Harness 388 1,825.10
Total $34,529.51

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Estimated Expenditure 1890 (continued)

Board of Works
Salaries $7,068.00
Stationery 250.00
Street Improvements Box Drains & sidewalks Absolutely necessary 75,000.00
Probable additional St Improvements 15,000.00
Street & Sidewalk Repairs 3,000
Sewerage 10,000
Parks 5,000
False Creek proposed Bridge & approaches estimated ½ cost 6,000
New North Arm Road 3,000
$124,318.00

Unexpended Appropriation 1889

Sewerage 14,437.87
Surface drains 3,789.57
Street & Sidewalk repairs 416.57
Market & Scales 12,724.80
Pound Site & Buildings 214.00
Shade trees 515.74
West Park 136.31
East Park 5,218.45
Rock Crusher 4,000.00 41,453.31

Expended in excess of Appropriation since 1889

Street Improvements 3,348.22
Street & Sidewalk Repairs 202.30 3,550.52
Total $169,312.83

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Proposed Street Improvements in detail
Street Description of Work Length Rate Amount
Hastings Box Drains Burrard to Howe 800 354 $280.00
Hastings Gravel Burrard to Richards 900 80 720.00
Hastings Repairs 150.00
Thurlow Grade Seaton to Haro & Culvert 1,950 75 1,482.00
Thurlow Box drain from Bank to Haro 2,000 30 600.00
Eveleigh Box drains 600 30 180.00
Eveleigh Crossings for sidewalks 60.00
Pender Box drains 2,000 32 640.00
Lane Block 2, South of Eveleigh 660 30 198.00
Burrard Grade Georgia to Nelson full width 1,600 70 1,120.00
Burrard Gravel & Crowning 1,400 80 1,220.00
Hornby Grade Georgia to Drake 3,200 74 2,368.00
Hornby 6 ft sidewalk 3,200 20 640.00
Hornby Box drains 3,200 30 960.00
Howe 6 ft sidewalk Georgia to Drake 3,200 20 640.00
Howe Gravel 1,200 80 960.00
Alberni Box drains, Agreed to another
$225.00 drain
Robson Grade Richard to Burrard Culverts 1,600 65 1,060.00
Robson Grave 1,600 80 1,280.00
Robson 6 ft sidewalk 1,600 20 320.00
Robson Box drain Burrard West 1,800 30 540.00
Robson 6 ft sidewalk North side of
Burrard West 1,800 30 200.00
Bute Grade Georgia to Pender 600 65 390.00
Bute 6 ft sidewalk 600 20 120.00
Bute Box drains 500 30 150.00
Bute Grade Nelson to Pender 700 70 490.00
Jervis Grade Georgia & Pender 400 80 320.00
Jervis 6 ft sidewalk 400 20 80.00
Jervis Box drain 300 30 90.00
Smythe Burrard to Richard 1,600 70 1,120.00
Smythe 6 ft sidewalk & crossings 1,600 20 330.00
Smythe Box drains 1,000 400.00
Haro Grade full width Burrard to Bute 1,300 55 715.00
Haro

Box drains 700 30 210.00
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Proposed Street Improvements in detail (continued)

Street Description of Work Length Rate Amount

Cambie Basement Drain 338 90 $304.00
Cambie Box drain & repairs 375.00
Lane in 356 Grade 500 25 125.00
Nelson 3 ft sidewalk Richards East 300 33.00
Nelson Gravel & Repairs 640.00
Georgia 8 ft sidewalk Richards to Homer 300 90.00
Cordova Basement Drain 650 90 585.00
Carrall Box drain 900 30 270.00
Carrall Move Ry fence, for foundation
& grade 500.00
Hastings Gravel Seymour to Cambie 1,340 1,072.00
Georgia 8 ft sidewalk Homer to Hamilton 310 96.00
Cambie 6 ft sidewalk Georgia to Smyth 1,100 20 220.00
Davie Grade Richards to Homer 376 238.00
Helmcken Grade Richards to Homer 231.00
Cambie Basement drain 294.97
Oppenheimer Grade Westminster to Dunlevy 1,000 800.00
Hastings Fill & gravel Carrall to Westminster 1,050 1,500.00
Alexander Box Drains 2,600 780.00
Alexander Repairs & Gravel 300.00
Powell St Box drain 2,600 780.00
Hastings Box drain 1,100 330.00
Hawks Box drain 900 270.00
Hastings Gravel Healthy East 1,000 80 800.00
Hastings Box drain 700 30 210.00
Seymour Grade Powell to Hastings 629 70 460.00
Seymour 6 ft sidewalk 20 120.00
Lane in B10 Running North & South 264 66.00
Oppenheimer Grade to Boundary Av. & Culverts 900 690.00
Carrall Basement Drain 693 623.00

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Proposed Street Improvements in detail (continued)

Street Description of Work Length Rate Amount

Clark’s Park Grade Westminster Road to Park 5,800 $1,740.00 Road with culverts
6th Av Grade one Block with culverts 500 135.00
6th Av 3 ft sidewalk 500 55.00

Streets Between Lots 106 & 119 (2604A)

South to 9th Av, 7th to 9th 430.00 then East 2 Blocks
7th Av 3 ft sidewalk Prince Edward
St East 1,200 144.00
Widen to 3 ft 1,200 53.00
Westminster Box drain Bridge to Harris 1,300 40 520.00
Westminster Grade & fill one side water to water 3,000 1,080.00
Westminster Gravel Hastings to Keefer &
Prior to Bridge 1,600 1,325.00
Prior Grade 2 Blocks East 900 500.00
Prior 6 ft sidewalk 900 180.00
Barnard Grade to Dunlevy & Drains 300 75 280.00
Barnard 6 ft sidewalk 300 20 60.00
Harris Grade 3 Blocks Gore to Carl 1,300 65 845.00
Keefer Grading & sidewalks
Princess Cut down the hill from 2,000.00
Princess Westminster Av to Dunlevy 2,400.00
Princess 6 ft sidewalk 420.00
Raymur Grade Hastings to Harris 1,000 75 750.00
Box drains Hastings 1,000 Prior 700, 2,700 810.00
Gore 1,000
Lane B15 Grade & Round up 264 66.00
Lane B15 do 264 66.00
Powell St Grade Boundary Av to Vernon 550 385.00
Westminster Grade full width Front St to 7th Av 2,000 Dufferin Grade 22 ft wide from 125 2,500.00
Dufferin Westminster to Prince Edward 1,500 35 525.00
Dufferin 3 ft sidewalk 1,500 175.00

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Proposed Street Improvements in detail (continued)

Street Description of Work
Length Rate Amount
Westminster 6 ft sidewalk Bridge to 6th Av 2,300 460.00
Westminster Gravel & Repair 7th to 13th 1,900 1,000.00
Westminster Grade 14th to City Boundary 700 175.00
Quebec Grade 14th Av to Boundary 1,000 250.00
Quebec Gravel & Repairs 600.00
13th Grade Ontario to Westminster 2,200 460.00
13th 3 ft sidewalk 248.00
12th Av Quebec to Sophia 1,150 345.00
Westminster 8 ft sidewalk 7th to 10th 1,000 300.00
11th Grade Quebec to Westminster 1,200 360.00
11th 3 ft sidewalk 144.00
Sophia Grade 9th to 14th Av 1,600 480.00
Sophia 3 ft sidewalk 192.00
Prince Edward Grade 5th to 15th
Grade Westminster Rd to P. 3,300 990.00
Edward & Bridge 592.00
9th Repairs to Centre of Street 1,000.00
6th Bridge Creek South of Brewery 640.00
Lansdowne Grade Westminster East 1 Blk 450 180.00
Total $74,490.98

Moved by Alderman Fox, seconded by Alderman Sentell. “That the sum of $2,500 be appropriated out of the Estimates for the opening up of a street commencing on 14th Avenue one block east of the South Park and running North to connect with Powell Street.” Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning, seconded by Alderman Fox. That the Estimates as

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amended be now adopted. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Fox, seconded by Alderman Browning. That the Committee do now rise and report. Carried.

The Committee accordingly rose and the Mayor resumed the Chair.

The Estimates were reported as Complete with Amendments.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Browning. That the Estimates of Receipts and Expenditures for the year 1890 as adopted in Committee of the Whole be confirmed by Council. Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Browning, seconded by Alderman Fox. That the following By-Laws be introduced and read a first time:

(a) A By-Law to strike the rate for 1890
(b) A By-Law to raise a loan of $125,000
(c) A By-Law to fix the polling places etc for the election of Park Commissioners and for holding an election on the $125,000 loan By-Law. Carried.

The By-Laws were accordingly read a 1st time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Carroll, seconded by Alderman McLeod. That the Solicitor be instructed to furnish this Council at its next meeting with a written opinion on the validity of the contract between

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The Vancouver Electric Illuminating Company and the Corporation stating whether it is binding on both parties. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll, seconded by Alderman Fox. That a Committee consisting of His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Browning and Horne be appointed to prepare an address to their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught on their arrival at this park. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Browning. That the following labor account be paid:

P. Atkinson et al $136.05 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the Government be humbly requested to grant to the Police Magistrate of this City, the same powers, authority and jurisdiction as conferred upon stipendiary Magistrates, to enable him to deal with any cases outside of the City Limits which may be brought before him. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning, seconded by Alderman Doering. “That the Proprietor of the Lot on the corner of Abbott & Cordova Sts known as the Dougall House, be notified at once, that in the event of any part of the public street being built upon or taken possession of, that he or they do so at their own risk and that

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the City will hold them liable for any damage or for encroachment upon the public streets.”
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Browning, seconded by Alderman Fox. That the rules be suspended and the following By-Laws read a second time:

(a) A By-Law to strike a rate for A. D. 1890
(b) A By-Law to raise $125,000
(c) A By-Law to appoint polling places etc for the election of Park Commissioners and for holding an election on $125,000 By-Law. Carried.

The By-Laws were accordingly read a second time.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the above By-Laws with Alderman Browning in the Chair.

In Committee the By-Laws were considered clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete.

Moved by Alderman Browning, seconded by Alderman Garden. That the following By-Laws be read a third time:

(a) A By-Law to strike the rate for 1890
(b) A By-Law to appoint Returning Officers etc for holding an election for Park Commissioners and on the By-Law to raise $125,000. Carried

The By-Laws were accordingly read and signed.

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The Council went into Committee of the Whole to resume the reading of the Park By-Law with Alderman Horne in the Chair.

In Committee the By-Law was considered clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete with Amendments.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Garden. That the By-Law be now read a third time. Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read and signed.
The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Vancouver street improvements approved for each ward – July 15, 1889

List of street improvements for each of five city wards itemized and approved, at a total cost of $41,990.00. Leading Chinese citizen J. Cumyow receives permission to exhume Chinese dead in cemetery. City receives a donation of fountain from Vancouver Iron Works Co.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland
and Joy Marie Vasquez

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 52-66

[volume 3 page 52]

Vancouver July 15th 1889

The Council met on Monday July 15th 1889 at 8 P.M.

Present His Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Clark, Costello, Horne, Mason, Oppenheimer, Salsbury and Whetham.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From James Z. Hall et al praying for the improvement of Nelson Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Dr. Reinhart et al praying for the improvement of Princess Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Wm. Smith et al asking that the owners of lots 5, 6 & 7, Block 3, 182 be compelled to clear their lot. Referred to the Fire Inspector.

From John Abrams complaining about the conduct of the Chief of Police. Referred to the Police Committee.

From Wm. Webster asking for the payment of an account incurred by Mrs. Roberts. Referred to Finance Committee.

From the Harbour Master notifying the Corporation to stop dumping in the Harbour. Referred to the Board of Health.

From J. H. Watson asking the Council to repair a Bridge on Ninth Av. Filed.

From W. A. Cumyow asking to be permitted to exhume dead Chinese in Cemetery. Filed.

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From Alex Struthers et al praying that a surface drain be put down on the lane between Water and Cordova Streets. Referred to the Board of Works.

From S. Coumers offering to sell 4,000 ft of plank for $7.00 per M. Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Clerk of New Westminster enclosing, a Note of Thanks from the Council for the kindness shown to them in Vancouver on the 1st & 2nd of July. Filed.

From Stanley Bros. Photographers asking for permission to erect a studio on the roof of a building on Cordova Street.

From C. Tilley offering to erect a Telephone line to the cemetery for $50.00

From A. J. Paterson asking permission to cross the sidewalk on the corner of Jackson Av. & Powell Street with teams.

From H. Abbott Esq. notifying Council that he would proceed with the rounding up of Granville Street extension. Referred to the Board of Works.

From D. M. Kennedy asking permission to operate & construct a cable line of street Railways. Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Medical Health Officer furnishing his semi-annual report. Referred to Board of Health.

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Reports

Finance No 18

The Finance Committee met on Friday June 21st 1889.

Present Aldermen Salsbury, Clark, Costello and Mason.

We beg to recommend that $2,000.00 be placed to the credit of His Worship, the Mayor to be expended in paying the expenses of his office.

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

The Finance Committee met again on Monday July 15th 1889.

Present His Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Salsbury, Whetham, Clark and Costello.

The following accounts are recommended for payment:

The World P & P Co. Ads $17.53
The Provincial Government 1116.20
Bank of B. C. Coupons 44.82
Thomson Bros. Stationery 10.50
News Advertiser, Books 40.00
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 20.50
E. S. Scoullar & Co. Connections 110.85
Royal City Planing Mills Co. 23.01
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 35.99

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Mason. That the Finance report be adopted. Carried.

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Health No 7

The Health Committee met on Tuesday July 9th 1889.

Present Aldermen Whetham, Salsbury & Brewer.

We beg to recommend:

1. That 50 feet of hose be purchased for the City Hospital, also two fracture boards and one long splint, the latter articles to be supplied through Dr. Robertson.

2. That the rules and regulations previously passed by the City Council for the government of the City Hospital and Medical Staff be condensed and printed.

3. That the following accounts be paid:

Jacob Sehl, Supplies $1.85
Van Wharfage Co. Rent 7.50
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 2.35
D. A. Campbell, Scavengering 6.00
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 11.70
Chas. Nelson, Drugs 6.40
R. V. Winch, Supplies 40.38
Dr. McAlpine, Drugs 20.65
J. S. Clute & Co. Supplies 3.60
Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies 46.00
Thos. Tynan, Attendance 2.00
Sorenson & Co. Drugs 18.25

Sgd. Jas. Whetham, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Costello seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the report of the Board of Health be adopted. Carried.

F. W. & L. No 10

The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday July 10th 1889.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Clark, Whetham, and Oppenheimer.

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We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

V. W. Haywood, Buckets $5.00
Palmer Bros. Feed 29.55
Van Electric Ill Co 293.70
Telephone Co. 16.00
E. S. Scoullar & Co. Supplies 126.30
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 26.34
John W. Ronald, Supplies 106.00
Keefer & McGillivray, Horse Hire 35.00
J. H. Carlisle, Drayage 3.00

2. That the City Solicitor communicate with the Vancouver Water Works Co asking them when they can supply the City with water for fire purposes, guaranteeing the maintenance of a pressure of ___lbs to the square inch at all times and that the City insist that the company must without delay construct their water works to such an efficient condition that the demand above asked for can be carried into effect at the very earliest date.

3. That the locations of two of the Fire Alarm Stations be changed as follows:

(1) From Richards and Georgia to Burrard and Georgia.

(2) From Robson and Thurlow to Barclay and Bute.

Sgd. I. Oppenheimer, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brewer seconded by Alderman Whetham. That the report of the Fire, Water & Light Committee be adopted. Carried.

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Works No 18

The Board of Works met on Saturday July 13th 1889.

Present His Worship the Mayor Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Horne and Oppenheimer.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

A. Bunker Excavations $93.90
A. Balkwell, Excavations 71.70
F. Young Street Crossings 23.32
James Ironsides, Carl Av 15.68
D. J. McDonald, Hastings St East 467.22
Do Crossings 75.32
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 75.98
S. T. Tilley, Supplies 7.35
Tattersall’s Stables 18.50
Vancouver City Foundry 7.00
Henderson & Couth, Barnard St. 264.67

2. That Westminster Road be widened in places. So as to receive 16 feet of gravel.

3. That Hastings Street be gravelled from Carrall to Cambie Street and crowned and gravelled from Westminster Avenue east.

4. That Burrard and Dunsmuir Streets and the lane between Horne and Hornby Streets be drained.

5. That the following communication be addressed to Mr. H. Abbott, General Superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway Co:

That since the appropriation of $600.00 was voted by the Council for gravelling Granville Street extension South of False Creek we find that Your Company undertook

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To gravel said road where necessary and make it a permanent one during all seasons of the year.

We therefore respectfully ask you to carry out your agreement in that respect.

6. That the City Engineer be instructed to make an Estimate of the cost of opening up Westminster Avenue to the City Boundary and its extension to the Cemetery and report to this Board; also that he prepare a contour plans of surface drainage and lay it before the Board at its next meetings and that he select a Suitable location on the Hastings Townsite for Exhibition grounds and report within two weeks.

7. That a notice be inserted in the Eastern papers and one of the Vancouver papers soliciting applications for a sanitary Engineer to carry out a thorough system of Sewerage for the City of Vancouver.

8. That the Board of Works hereafter meet on Thursday at 3 P. M. instead of 4 P. M.

The following appropriations for street improvements have been agreed to by your Board and are respectfully submitted for the Sanction of Council.

Ward One

Richards Street

One Six ft Sidewalk, Georgia to Robson $123.00
One 3 ft Sidewalk, Drake to Davie 56.00

Seaton Street

Gravelled from Burrard to Brewery 160.00
Repairs on Bridge 100.00

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Hornby Street

Graded from Pender to Dunsmuir 308.00
3 ft Sidewalk Pender to Dunsmuir 56.00
3 ft Sidewalk Pacific to Helmicken 164.00

Burrard Street

Gravelled One Thousand feet 800.00

Melville Street

Graded from Burrard to Junction 1400.00
3 ft Sidewalk 100.00

Eveleigh Street

Three foot Sidewalk 66.00

Georgia Street

Sidewalk from Howe to Broughton 873.00
3 ft Sidewalk from Nicola to Bridge 330.00
Gravelling 2,896.00
Crossings at Seymour & Richards 88.00
Robson Street

Graded from Burrard to Jervis and from Nicola to Cordero 20 ft 900.00
3ft Sidewalk 330.00

Alberni Street

Graded One block and a half 375.00
One Sidewalk 118.00

Haro Street

Sidewalk 1,800 ft from Burrard West 243.00

Nicola Street

3 ft Sidewalk from Robson to Georgia 80.00

Barclay Street

3 ft Sidewalk from Burrard to Bute 175.00

Nelson Street

3 ft Sidewalk from Burrard to Bute 175.00

Howe Street

Sidewalk from Pacific to Helmicken 195.00

Granville Street

Ten foot Sidewalk 1,406.00

Comox Street

Graded from Burrard to Jervis 660.00
One Sidewalk 168.00

Pendrel Street

3 ft Sidewalk from Burrard to Bute 168.00
Graded from Burrard to Bute 504.00

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Seymour Street

Graded from Smithe to Davie 600.00
3 ft Sidewalk Smithe to Davie 195.00
2 3 ft Sidewalk Pacific to Drake 120.00

Helmicken Street

Graded from Richards to Granville 185.00

Pacific Street

Graded from Richards to Granville 185.00
Three foot Sidewalk 62.00

Drake Street

Gravelled from Granville to Richards 270.00

Pender Street

Gravelled 2 Blocks, 856 ft 642.00
Sidewalk 2,100 ft (3 ft) 300.00

Street Railway Repairs 1,500.00

Total $17,076.00

Ward Two

Homer Street

Gravel from Hastings to Cordova 213.00
Repairs from Hastings to Georgia 250.00
Grading from Drake to Helmicken 452.00
3 ft Sidewalk 1,080 ft 130.00
Grading from Georgia to Robson 210.00
Sidewalk from Georgia to Robson 132.00

Richards Street

Gravelling 600 ft from Drake North 420.00
Sidewalk from Davie to Drake 132.00

Hamilton Street

Grading from Georgia to Robson 180.00
3 ft Sidewalk 60.00
Pender Street

Crossings 14.00

Dunsmuir St

Grading from Hamilton to Cambie 94.00
Sidewalk 32.00

Drake Street

Gravelling from Richards to Homer 210.00

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Lanes in Blocks 34, 35 & 36 320.00

Hastings Street

Planking Repairs and Gravel 750.00

Water Street

Planking Repairs and Gravel 300.00

Carrall Street

Planking Repairs and Gravel 200.00

Cambie Street

Planking Repairs and Gravel 225.00

Street Railway Repairs etc 1,525.00

Total $5,869.00

Ward Three

Campbell Avenue

Grading from Powell to Hastings $387.00

Hastings Streets

Gravelling from Westminster to Jackson 600.00
Lanes in Blocks 10 & 53 80.00
Powell Street

Gravelling from Campbell to Boundry Av. 600.00
Repairs to Hastings Road 200.00
Street Railway Repairs 3,160.00
Total $5,027.00

Ward Four

Westminster Av.

Filling from Hastings to Bridge 1000.00

Hastings Street

Gravelling from Westminster to Jackson 600.00

Gore Av.

3 ft Sidewalk 198.00

Princess St

1 Six ft Sidewalk 104.00
1 3 ft Sidewalk 56.00
Grading from Carl to Hawks 800.00

Keefer Street

Grading from Gore to Dunlevy 144.00
3 ft Sidewalk 48.00

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Prior Street

Grading from Gore to Dunlevy [unreadable] $280.00
Lanes in Blocks 17 & 20 110.00

Jackson Av.

Approach & Crossings 29.00

Sixth & Seventh Ave.

2 Plank Sidewalks 90.00

Campbell Av.

Grading from Hastings to Princess 325.00
Street Railway Repairs 1,280.00
Westminster Road Gravelling 1,500.00
Total $6,564.00

Ward Five

Westminster Av. 8 ft Sidewalk from Bridge to Blairs $810.00
Filling from Bridge South 1,260.00
Grading from 10th Av. To Boundary 1,000.00
Gravelling 3,000.00
Seventh Av. Grading from Westminster to Quebec $126.00
4 ft Sidewalk 150.00
2 Plank from Prince Edward to Westminster 65.00
Eight Av. Grading from Westminster to Quebec
4 ft Sidewalk 150.00
Quebec Street, Sidewalk from 6th to 15th
Grading from 13th to 15th 398.00
Twelfth Av. Grading from Quebec to Ontario, 2 plank sidewalk 154.00
Tenth Av. Sidewalk for 2 Blocks from Westminster Av. West 120.00
Ontario St. Grading from 12th to 14th 180.00
2 ft Sidewalk 45.00
Sidewalk on Sixth & Fifth Av. 65.00
Columbia St. Grading 1 block 9 to 10th 40.00
Lansdowne St. Westminster to Scotia 27.00
Street Railway Repairs 800.00
Total $7,454.00
Grand Total $41,990.00

Sgd. S. Brighouse, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Whetham seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That Hornby Street grading read from Hastings to Georgia. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the clause in the report of the Board of Works referring to advertising for a Sanitary Engineer be struck out and that Mr. E. Mohun be appointed to extend the Sewerage System and that vitrified pipes be used instead of wood and that the Board of Works be empowered to arrange details with Mr. Mohun in regard to the amount of work to be done and his charges for plans specifications and details and superintendance of construction. Carried.

Alderman Salsbury & Brighouse dissenting.

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the report as amended be adopted. Carried.

By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Clark Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Costello. That the rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to amend By-Law No 79. Carried.

The By-Law was then read a first time.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer Clark seconded by Alderman Costello. That the rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced requiring movers of lands and yard to place the same in a condition to guard against accident. Carried.

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The By-Law was then read a first time.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Costello. That the amendments to By-Law No 79 be read a second time. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury. That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on By-Law with Alderman Oppenheimer in the Chair. Carried.

In Committee the By-Law was read clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete without amendments.

The By-Law was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Clark and passed.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Clark. That the offer of the Telephone Co. to extend their line to the City Cemetery for the sum of $50.00 be accepted. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Salsbury. That the kind and liberal offer of the Vancouver Iron Works Co. donating a fountain to the City be accepted and that the City Clerk be instructed to convey to them the thanks of the Council for their liberality. Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Brewer. That W. A. Cumyow be permitted to exhume the Chinese in the Cemetery under the supervision of the Health Inspector and in accordance with his communication. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the Fire Inspector be instructed to inquire into and investigate the claims of E. H. & J. Stanley and report to the Board of Works and that said Board be empowered to act fully in the matter. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Costello. That Mr. D. B. Charleson be required to fix 9th Av Bridge without delay. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That Mr. Paterson be permitted to construct a regular crossing on the corner of Powell Street and Jackson Avenue under the supervision of the City Engineer. Carried.

Notices of Motion

Alderman Brewer gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would bring in a motion to amend the Fire limits By-Law.

Alderman Whetham gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend the Mayor License By-Laws of the City.

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The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Police to monitor Vancouver’s street lighting – October 22, 1888

City Engineer must keep a separate contract book for each ward. Police men to report location and date of broken streetlights. City drains to be diverted into culverts being dug by C.P.R to reduce fouling of Burrard Inlet north of Water Street. The Chief of Police to order uniforms for policemen, mattresses and blankets for the new jail cells. (more…)

City street lighting quality called into question – September 10, 1888

City street lighting quality called into question – September 10, 1888

J. Humphries, chairman of the Board of Works reports “That the present electric light for street lighting is a humbug and expensive and would recommend…a more modern and economical system of electric light for street lighting.”Mrs. Roberts appointed hospital matron at $60 per month. Medical Association suggested regulations for the medical staff at the hospital. (more…)

Much road work ahead for Vancouver – June 11, 1888

Great number of tenders for road work reviewed and recommended by Board of Works.  Special Engineer to be employed to review plans for bridge across False Creek at Granville Street, surface drains, and laying of water and gas pipes.

This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteer Margaret Sutherland

and sponsored by The Oppenheimer Group

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 356-365

[Volume 2 page 356]

Vancouver June 11th 1888,

The Council met on Monday June 11th 1888 at 7:30 P. M.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Alexander, Clark, Couth, Dougall, Brighouse, Humphries, Lefevre, and Oppenheimer.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From H. J. Cambie et al praying that a Sidewalk be laid on Georgia Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Mrs. E. Gold et al praying that the Fire Limits be extended from Water Street North.

From G. L. Boyd et al praying that Westminster Avenue be graded to 13th Avenue. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Wm. Webster asking that the Council inspect his Agency on Hastings Street. Filed.

From Mrs. Thain on behalf of the W. C. T. U. asking to be allowed to have a stand on the Streets on the 2nd of July for the Sale of refreshments etc.

[Volume 2 page 357]

Reports

Works No. 20

The Board of Works met on Friday June 8th 1888 and beg to report that the following tenders have been received:

Fifth Avenue

H. Connacher
Grading etc per ft 39 cts
Logs per ft 7 cts
Culverts per m ft 17.00
Tierney & McDonald
Grading etc per ft 24 cts
Logs per ft 50 cts
Bridges per m ft 17.50
McDonald & Cameron
Grading etc per ft 32 cts
Bridges per m ft 18.00
Culverts per m ft 16.00
J. H. McKay
Grading etc per ft 30 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 17.00

Sixth Avenue, West

F. Foubert
Grading etc per ft 40 cts
Logs per ft 7 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 17.00
Boyd & Clandening
Grading etc per ft 42 cts
Logs per ft 8 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 16.00
H. Connacher
Grading etc per ft 43 cts
Culverts per m ft 17.00
Bridges per m ft 18.00

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Frank Cerra & Co. East & West
Grading etc per ft 24 cts
Culverts each 8.50
Tierney & McDonald, East & West
Grading per ft 26 cts
Logs per ft 50 cts
Bridging per m ft 17.50
McDonald & Cameron
Grading etc per ft 45 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 17.00

Sixth Avenue, East

F. Foubert
Grading etc per ft 40 cts
Logs per ft 7 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 17.00
McDonald & Cameron
Grading etc per ft 25 cts
Bridges per m ft 18.00
Culverts per m ft 16.00
J. H. McKay
Grading etc per ft 22 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 17.00
R. A. Baynes
Grading etc per ft 24 cts
Culverts per m ft 17.00
Bridges per m ft 24.00
Logs per m ft 7 cts
H. Connacher
Grading etc per ft 32 cts
Culverts per m ft 17.00
Boyd & Clandening
Grading etc per ft 32 cts
Logs per ft 8 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 16.00

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Seventh Avenue

Boyd & Clandening
Grading etc per ft 32 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 16.00
Logs per m ft 8 cts
Geo Redmond & Co.
Grading etc per ft 21 cts
Culverts per m ft 16.00
H. Connacher
Grading etc per ft 20 cts
Culverts per m ft 16.00
Logs per m ft 7 cts
R. A. Baynes
Grading etc per ft 25 cts
Culverts per m ft 17.00
Logs per m ft 7 cts
Tierney & McDonald
Grading etc per ft 24 cts
Bridges per m ft 17.50
Logs per m ft 50 cts
J. H. McKay
Grading etc per ft 20 cts
Culverts & Bridges per m ft 17.00
McDonald & Cameron
Grading etc per ft 28 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 17.00
John Hudson
Grading etc per ft 21 cts
Logs per m ft 8 cts
Planks per m ft 16.00

Quebec Street

John Hudson
Grading etc per ft 18 cts
Logs per m ft 8 cts
Planks per m ft 16.00

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John Reid
Grading etc per ft 19 cts
Box drains per m ft 14.00
McDonald & Cameron
Grading etc per ft 22 cts
Bridges & Culverts per m ft 16.00
Tierney & McDonald
Grading etc per ft 24 cts
Logs per ft 50 cts
Bridges per m ft 17.50
Frank Cerra & Co.
Grading etc per ft 25 cts
Culverts each 8.50
R. A. Baynes
Grading etc per ft 19 cts
Logs per ft 7 cts
Culverts per m ft 17.00
Malcolm McIntyre
Grading etc per ft 22 cts
Culverts per m ft 16.00
F. Foubert
Grading etc per ft 35 cts
Logs per ft 7 cts
Culverts per m ft 17.00
H. Connacher
Grading etc per ft 17 cts
Culverts per m ft 16.00
James Dunlop
Grading etc per ft 21 cts
Culverts per m ft 16.00
Square lumber per ft 9 cts
Round lumber per ft 7 cts
Geo Redmond & Co.
Grading etc per ft 17 cts
Bridges per m ft 16.00

[Volume 2 page 361]

Melville Street Sidewalk

J. C. McCurdie per ft 20 ½ cts
D. McAllister per ft 20 cts

Granville Street Sidewalk

D. McAllister per ft 39 cts
James Ironside per ft 28 cts

We recommend that the contracts be awarded as follows:-

For Fifth Avenue, Tierney & McDonald
For Sixth Avenue, East & West Cerra & Co.
For Seventh Avenue, H. Connacher.
For Quebec Street, H. Connacher.
For Granville Street Sidewalk Jas Ironside
For Melville Street Sidewalk D. McAllister

We recommend:-

(1) That Quebec Street be opened up to 13th Avenue, 6th Avenue west to the Boundary of 302, and to extend a street running north from 6th Av. to the shore as petitioned for.

(2) That the City Engineer examine and report upon the extension of 7th Av. East to Block 95, 264A and Richards and Seymour Streets from Pacific Street North four blocks with sidewalks on the latter streets as petitioned for.

(3) That Mr. Browning, Assistant Land Commissioner, be respectfully asked to survey Davie, Nelson, and Haro Streets from Burrard Street to Nicola Street; Thurlow, Jervis and Nicola Streets from shore to shore and the streets not surveyed in 541

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(4) That in future the alley between Water and Cordova Streets be known as Deighton Alley from Carrall Street to Abbott Street and as Mannion Alley from Abbott Street to Cambie St.

(5) That plans and specifications be prepared for the construction of a draw bridge across False Creek from the foot of Granville Street at a cost not to exceed $ [no figure given]

(6) That the sidewalk on the South Side of Alexander Street be extended to Hawkes Avenue and that Hawkes Avenue be graded from Alexander Street to Powell Street and that one sidewalk be laid thereon; that Carl Avenue be opened from Alexander to Dupont Street full width and that the 4 foot sidewalk on Powell Street between Jackson Avenue and Carl Avenue be lifted and laid on Carl Avenue, and that the sidewalks on Powell Street be extended to Campbell Avenue, 8 ft wide

(7) That the assistant now employed by the City Engineer be paid $75.00 per month from the date of engagement

(8) That the following accounts be paid:

Tattersalls Stables $2.50
Lye & Co 6.15
John Matthews 2.75
W. K. Williamson 1.00
E. Cook hospital $175.00
F. Scotney Well hospital 87.30
J. T. McDonald Crossings 2.00
R. Low Trail on Park Road 22.00

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James Dunlop Land $480.00
Augus McLellan Burning 13.00

(9) That Mr. Abbott be requested to kindly furnish us with the plans and specifications of the proposed road running to the North Arm.

Sgd., S. Brighouse, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Clark. That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

By-Laws

Alderman Humphries introduced a By-Law to amend Section 6 of By-Law No 40 which was read a first & second time.

Committee

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

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

Alderman Humphries introduced a By-Law to amend By-Law No 49, which was read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the City Solicitor be instructed to communicate

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with Mr. E. Crow Baker, owner of Lot 14, Block 64 District Lot 185 with a view of coming to terms for the purchase of the said lot and if satisfactory negotiations cannot be entered into that said Solicitor be empowered to make arrangements for its expropriation. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Couth. That $300.00 be voted by Council to defray the expense of sending exhibits to the Toronto Exhibition. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Clark. That a special Engineer be employed to supervise the plans and the construction of False Creek Bridge, Surface drains, laying of Water and Gas pipes and other duties which may be required by him. Carried.

Notices of Motion

Alderman Alexander gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would introduce a By-Law for granting a bonus not exceeding $ ____ to any person or body corporate who will establish a blast furnace and rolling mills within the limits of Vancouver

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Alderman Oppenheimer gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to exempt from taxation the property and establishment of any Company or individual, building and running a proper mill in the City such exemption to be for a period of 20 years, also that at the next meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to appoint Park Commissioners said Commissioners to have full power and control and exercise the powers in said By-Law to improve and maintain said park.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Dupont Street well will be allowed until Council needs it filled in – August 8, 1887

Appointment laid off for one week. James Hartney allowed to sink a well on Dupont Street (now Pender Street) on the understanding that it must be filled in when Council requests it. Council unable to make a grant of money to the BC Rifle Association. Doctors Robertson, Beckinsale, and Langis all applied for the position of Medical Health Officer. The police men allowed each in turn ten days leave of absence. (more…)

Fifty foot fire hose needed for Vancouver – August 1, 1887

Board of Works recommend that the Contract for Granville Street be awarded to McDonald and Cameron; Cambie Street to Wm. Harkins; Park Avenue and Johnston Street to Henry Bowers; Georgia Street to Wm. Harkins, Seventh Avenue to W.L. McDonald, Fire Hall to McDonald & Holden and painting to A.J. Marks. Permission granted Chairman of the Fire Water and Light Committee to purchase 50 feet of small hose for the fire engine. (more…)

Contractors must complete work for City of Vancouver on time, or pay – July 4, 1887

City Clerk to advise all present and future contractors that if contracts with the City are not completed in the specified time, City Council will take them off the contractors’ hands, complete them, and bill the contractor for the cost. William Harkins’ tender for constructing sewers was accepted. Vote of thanks to Admiral Sir Michael Culene-Seymour and the officers of the Pacific Squadron for their presence and assistance in celebrating Her Majesty’s Jubilee on July 1st. (more…)