Vancouver needs to borrow $50,000 – January 22, 1894

Vancouver needs to borrow $50,000 – January 22, 1894

Letter received from J. Buntzen, Business Manager of the Van Elec. Ry & L Co, stating that a light was to be erected on Granville Street Bridge. The City Clerk was to write to Toronto and Montreal to inquire about the budget for milk testing. Following the precedent set by previous Councils, Mr. Mooney, a long-term occupant of the jail, was allowed clothing costing $25.00 for the year. The Chairman of each Committee was directed to account for all staff employed in their respective departments: length of time employed, salary, and days of absence. By-Law formed for the city to borrow $50,000 to cover current expenses.

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Illustration: Vancouver Archives Item AM54-S4-1—: M-11-21
[The old Granville Street Bridge], about 1909

original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 665 – 676

Vancouver January 22nd 1894

[Volume 5 page 665]

The Council met on Monday January 22 nd 1894.
Present. His Worship, the Mayor and, Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell,
McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown and Bethune.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Geo Freeland etal, asking for the improvement of 8 th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works

From H.T. Ceperley on behalf of J.M. O’Toole, objecting to the lowering of the grade of the
sidewalk in front of his premises on Hastings Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From the School Trustees, asking for a grant to meet current expenses.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From J.R. Anderson, Victoria, asking for the loan of the City’s exhibit of minerals for
exhibition, at the Midwinter Fair, San Francisco.
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Communication be filed.
Carried

From W.S. Gore, stating that the Government had no funds to build a sidewalk in front of
the Court House grounds.
Filed

From R.G. Tatlow, acknowledging receipt of communication re laying of girder rail on
Granville St.
Filed

From the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Engineers asking the Council to send a
representative to San Francisco. Laid over for one week.

[Volume 5 page 666]

From J. Buntzen, Business Manager of the Van Elec. Ry & L Co, stating that a light was to be
erected on Granville Street Bridge.
Filed

From McQuarrie & Co asking that the City Seal be attached to their Contract.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Potter & Platt giving notice of suit on sewer contracts.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Alex Webster Sr. asking for the appointment of a Milk Inspector.
Referred to the Board of Health

From Richard P. Sharp, Secretary of the Institute of Architects enclosing a resolution
regarding allowing all architects to compete for all public buildings proposed to be erected.
Referred to the Board of Works

From M. Ellison, asking the Council to utilize the lake near Clark’s Park for water power
purposes.
Referred to the F.W & L. Committee

From Newton Bros etal petitioning against a sidetrack being laid on the lane in rear of
Oppenheimer Bros Warehouse.
Referred to the Board of Works

From B.J. Short etal drawing attention to the impassible condition of the lane between
Pendrell and Davie Streets from Thurlow to Bute.
Referred to the Board of Works

From C.G. Johnson etal asking the Council to take action to compel the Street Ry. Co to run
their cars on Ninth Av. & Granville Street South.
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Wm Brown

[Volume 5 page 667]

That the communication be referred to the City Solicitor to report by next meeting.
Carried

Mr C. G. Johnson appeared before the bar of the Council to press his claim.
The following Reports were received, and read:-

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Monday January 15th 1894.

Present. Aldermen McDowell, Salsbury, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown, and McPhaiden.
Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman.
The first business meeting was fixed for Thursday at 4p.m.

The Health Committee met again on Thursday January 18 th 1894.
Present Aldermen Wm Brown (in the Chair), Salsbury and McPhaiden.
It was recommended:
1. That the account rendered by Dr Mills for attending a man hurt on the street be not
paid.
2. That the City Clerk be instructed to write to Toronto and Montreal to obtain prices of
milk testers.
3. That the Chief of Police be authorized to expend $25.00 in the purchase of clothing
for Mr Mooney, an inmate of the City Hospital, said amount being allowed yearly by
former Councils.
4. That the City Clerk be instructed to hand over the watch found on the late W.J.
Blaney to the party who claims to be the owner on proper security being furnished
that the City will be held harmless in the matter and that the said Blaney’s chain and
wring be forwarded to his sister.

[Volume 5 page 668]

5. That the watch belonging to the late David Glasgow be sold and the proceeds
applied to the account due the City.

6. That the following account be paid:-
Crowder & Penzer Supplies 141.10
C.S. Phelp “ 17.79
L. Carter “ 5.50
A.H. Thomas Med Attendance 17.60
W.J. Warren Supplies 42.15
McIntosh & Co. “ 56.35
Dr Bell-Irving Med Attendance 5.00
J.P. Blake & Co. Supplies 17.75
C.F. Foreman “ 84.49
Atkins & Atkins “ 73.57
Crowder & Penzer “ 21.01
Thos Dunn & Co “ 2.15
Champion & White Scavengering 18.00
C.F. Foreman Supplies 54.05
W.H. DeBon “ 49.96
McLellan & McFeely “ .30
Weeks & Robson “ 14.25
J.K. Davis Glazing 7.25
C.F. Foreman Supplies 42.77
James Carnohan Scavengering .75
J.P. Blake & Co. Supplies 5.10
Tilley & Son. “ 2.80
Crowder & Penzer “ 14.54
McIntosh & Co. “ 12.14
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 53.15

7. That the Regular meetings of the Board be held on the 2 nd & 4 th Tuesday in each
month.
sgd W Brown
Acting Chairman

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

[Volume 5 page 669]

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Monday January 15th 1894.
Present Aldermen Salsbury, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, and Bethune.
Alderman Salsbury was appointed Chairman.
The first business meeting was fixed for Friday at 4p.m.

The Committee met again on Friday January 19 th 1894.
Present Aldermen Salsbury, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, and Bethune.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
D Burton Hack hire $1.50
Van Elec Ry&L Co. Tickets 12.50
F.W. Hart. Burials 13.50
Crowder & Penzer Supplies 56.00
J. Fletcher “ 1.00
Vancouver Bill Posting Co 4.00
News Advertiser Supplies 68.40
C.P. Telegraph Co. 2.36
News Advertiser Supplies 50.40
Tilley & Son “ 17.35
B.C. Gazette “ 34.00
Tilley & Son “ 8.80
J. Miller “ 40.00
News Advertiser “ 11.25
Tilley & Son “ 7.30
Telephone Co. Rent 29.10

2. That the sum of $700.00 be revoted to the Park Commissioners, and a further sum of
$200.00 placed to their credit for general purposes.
3. That the Communications received from Messrs R.H. Alexander & John Devine be
laid over.
4. That the Communications received from the Typographical Union & John Mytyer be
filed.

[Volume 5 page 670]

5. That funds be provided to cover the remittance to London, Eng in payment of the
interest on City Bonds falling due there.
6. That the Chairman of the Finance Committee be authorized to engage temporary
help in the City Accountant Office.
7. That the City Treasurer be instructed to make out a list of all those who have not
paid their taxes.
8. That the following tenders be accepted:-
(a) Meat. McIntosh & Co on condition that the meat supplied to the Park be the same
price as the jail meat.
(b) Milk. W.H. DeBon, the milk to be subject to test.
(c) Burials. Messrs Lockhart & Center.
(d) Wood. W.H. Mellish, subject to him furnishing security that he will carry out his
contract.
(e) Printing & Binding. Assessment Roll & Tax Books. Marshall & McRae subject to the
work being done in the City and no extra charge made for alterations from the
present ruling.
(f) Washing. Pioneer Steam Laundry.
The regular meeting of the Committee was fixed for every Friday at 4p.m.
sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Wm Brown
That the Binding tenders be referred back for reconsideration, and the balance of
the Report adopted.
Carried

F.W. & L. Committee

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Monday January 15 th 1894.

The F.W. & L. Committee met Present Alderman Franklin, Bethune, Shaw and Queen.
Alderman Franklin was appointed Chairman and the first regular meeting fixed for

[Volume 5 page 671]

Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The F.W. & L. Committee met again on Wednesday January 17th
Present Aldermen Franklin, Shaw, Queen and Bethune.
It was recommended:-

1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Thos Lobb. Setting shoes $1.60
Godfrey & Co. Supplies .25
Atkins & Atkins “ 3.95
Gutta Percha & Rubber Co “ 122.75
C.G. Johnson. “ 24.00
E.Lipsett “ .35
Van Elec Ry & L. Co “ 1865.31
C.P.R. Co. Freight 3.94

2. That all matters relating to the water works, including unpaid accounts be turned
over to the Water Commissioners.
3. That the bank on the corner of Georgia and Hamilton Streets be raised to the grade
of the street.
4. That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be instructed to ascertain the price of a Silsby
heater.
5. That the Council be asked to communicate with the Government with a view of
obtaining a title to fire hall lot on Water Street.
6. That in future the regular meetings of the Board be held on the 2nd Wednesday in
each month at 4p.m.
sgd J.L. Franklin
Chairman

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

[Volume 5 page 672]

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Monday January 15th 1894.
Present Aldermen Shaw, Queen, Franklin and C.L. Brown.
Alderman McCraney was appointed Chairman and the first business meeting fixed for
Thursday at 4p.m.

The Board met again on Thursday January 18th 1894.
Present Aldermen McCraney, Brown, Queen, Franklin & Shaw.
It was recommended:-
1. That the Street Inspector be authorized to put crushed rock on the lane between
Dupont and Keefer Streets in rear of the Glasgow Hotel, also to put in box culvert
across Harris St at Westminster Av also to put a one plank walk of on 7th Av about
150 feet to Officer North’s house.

2. That the Street Inspector be instructed to put the crushed rock on the Streets in
rotation taking the list prepared last year, as his guide.

3. That Thos Hooper who applied for a basement drain on Water Street be informed
that the City will put in a basement drain under the Local Improvement System.4. That the Board be authorized to subscribe for the Daily News Advertiser and World at $5.00 each and kept on file for reference.

5. That the Board cannot pay the account present by Mr Boardman.

6. That tenders be called up to Thursday next the 25 th inst for nails.

[Volume 5 page 673]

7. That the tenders sent in for clearing in 182 and for the delivery of crushed rock, and
the sewer across Georgia Street be laid over for final decision, at a special meeting to
be held on Monday afternoon at 3p.m.

8. That the following accounts be paid:-
Tilley & Son. Stationery .50cts
M.S. Rose. Supplies $3.00
Thos Dunn & Co. “ 1.85
C.F. Foreman. “ 1.55
Thos Dunn & Co. “ 31.20
Cosman & Son. “ 1.00
W.G. Marshall. “ 1.50
Lomas etal. Labor 191.04
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

The Board of Works held a special meeting on January 22 nd to consider tenders.
Present. The Full Board.

1. It was recommended that contracts be awarded to the following tenders for clearing
in 182, subject to the men appearing before the Board on Thursday next and proving
themselves satisfactory, and capable to carry out the work, and subject to the
signatures of all the owners being obtained:-
Block 3 D. Foubert $95.00
“ 7 J. Peterson 72.00
“ 10 P. McLean 110
“ 11 E. Eldridge 225
“ 12 E. Cocking 250
“ 13 H. Blith 160
“ 16 Thos. Fitzpatrick 197
“ 17 R.H. McCaulay 336
“ 18 T. Crawford 350
“ 19 J. Wood 280
“ 22 F. Fox 150
“ 23 W. Jennings 150
2375

2. That the tenders sent in for the sewer across Georgia Street be laid over.

[Volume 5 page 674]

3. That the contract for the delivery of crushed rock be awarded to Arch McRae at the
following prices and subject to the tenderer furnishing a suitable bond:
No.1 haul 37 cts per yard
2 “ 45 “ “ “
3 “ 57 “ “ “
4 “ 59 “ “ “
5 “ 50 “ “ “
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

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

Introduction of By-Laws.
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ McDowell.
That the amendments to the Water Commissioners By-Law be read a first time.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Rules be suspended and the By-Law read a 2nd time.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by Alderman McCraney
That the By-Law be read six months hence.
Amendment lost, motion lost.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to authorized the Council to
borrow the sum of $50,000 to meet current expenses.
Carried

The By-Law was introduced & read a first time.

[Volume 5 page 675]

The rules were again suspended on motion of Alderman Salsbury, seconded by Ald Bethune
and the By-Law read a 2nd time.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for its consideration, Alderman Wm Brown
in the Chair.

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

It was then read a 3 rd time on motion of Ald Salsbury, seconded by Ald Wm Brown, the rules
having been suspended.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Second by “ McDowell.
That the following account be paid:-
C.P.R Co. Tickets. $8.90

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown.
Seconded by “ John McDowell.
That the Chairman of each Committee be, and is hereby instructed to furnish the
Council with the names of the permanent staff in his department; the salary paid per month
to each, the total amount paid each during the year 1893, and the length of time each has
been absent from duty during that period, also the names of those temporarily employed in
each department, the salary paid to each per month and the total paid to each during 1893.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the thanks of this Council be tendered to the World P&P. Co for the copies of
their Annual furnished to the Aldermen.
Carried.

[Volume 5 page 676]

The Council decided to meet on Wednesday the 31st inst at 8 p.m. to talk over civic matters.
The Council then adjourned.

R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

No dumping off the Granville Street Bridge – June 16, 1890

Chief of Police to post signs on the Granville Street Bridge to prevent dumping off the bridge. Pound keeper’s salary increased to $60 per month to cover extra duties. C.B. Higginson to be paid $5 per day for street sprinkling or other work required by the City Engineer. Miss Swan’s salary as secretary, however, to be reduced to what it was before the Finance Committee increased it. A. Williams filed a suit on Council regarding the Morgue “nuisance” (unpleasant odour).

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 427-436

[volume 3 page 427]

Vancouver June 16th 1890

The Council met on Monday June 16th 1890 at 8 P.M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From J. A. Russell, Secretary of the Vancouver Free Reading Room furnishing Monthly Report. Filed.

From C. B. Higginson drawing attention to the Street Sprinkling Contract. Filed.

From T. O. Townley informing Council that 13th Avenue was not registered. Referred to B of Works.

From John Irving, President of Vancouver Water Works Co. informing Council that it would be impossible at this late day to alter the location of the second main. Referred to Water Works Committee.

From Geo. D. Johnston Esq. MD. Accepting the position of physician on Medical Staff. Filed.

From Hanson Bros. re Vancouver Debentures. Filed.

From A. Williams, serving a writ on Council on behalf of John McMillan on account of Morgue nuisance. Referred to City Solicitor.

[volume 3 page 428]

From Sam Beaumont et al praying that Princess Street be graded to Boundary Av. Referred to Board of Works.

From L. G. McPhillips requesting the Council to settle the cost in the suit of McHugh vs the City and Dunn & Miller. Filed.

From L. Provis Wickam et al asking for an accurate survey of certain land on Mount Pleasant. Referred to Board of Works.

Reports

Works No 16

The Board of Works met on Thursday June 5th 1890 at 3 P.M.

Present Aldermen Browning, Doering, Costello and Sentell and Alderman Costello in the Chair.

We beg to recommend:

1. That Mr. E. Mohun be paid $450.00 on account of Commissions for Sewers provided the Accountant certifies the same to be correct.

2. That the Chief of Police be notified to put notices on Granville Street bridge to prevent the dumping of night soil and other refuse matter over said bridge.

3. That Alderman Costello engage a suitable man to assist in superintending the streets and sidewalks under contract as there are so many under way at the same time that it is impossible for one man to oversee the work.

4. That the Pound Keeper’s wage be increased to $60.00 per month in consideration of extra services required from him and that the City Engineer give him sufficient lumber

[volume 3 page 429]

to put up a dog pound.

5. Re H. Rhodes’ communication

We consider that the Board of Works has nothing to do with the division of private property in the City.

6. That the following contracts be awarded:

Pendrell Street Sidewalk, Leatherdale & McDonald
Bute Street grading do
Westminster Av. Box drain, D. Gibbons
Davie Street grading, Wm. Tierney
6th Av. Bridge, F. L. Budlong

Clark’s Park, Murray & Fraser
13th Av. East do
Cemetery clearing, Hugh Hamilton
Homer Street grading, John Telford
Drake Street grading, do
Robson St. grading, Boyd & Clandenning

7. That the following accounts be paid:

H. F. Keefer, Market House 1,743.35
Do Sewers 5,858.65
John P. Lawson, fares etc. 1.75
W. C. Muir, 9th Av & Scotia St. 78.30
John Costello, Box drain 135.00
Do Seaton St. 33.30
Martin & Balkwell, Homer Street 30.00
D. Gibbons, Sophia Street 108.47
H. Balkwell, Westminster Av. 90.
Pacific Coast S. S. Co. freight 5.80
A. D. McDonald, Pender Street 252.30
San Francisco Sewer Pipe Asstion 14.90
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 3.75
John Campbell, Inspector 50.00

Sgd. J. W. Howe, Chairman

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

[volume 3 page 430]

F. W. & L. No 8

The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday June 11th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, Carroll and McLeod.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare a Bond between R. B. Mc Micking and the City of Vancouver fixing the amount at $350 to support the guarantee given by the California Electrical Works to repair any mechanical defect in the Fire Alarm System within two years.

2. That the following accounts be paid:

C. G. Johnson, Coal $25.00
John Wolf, Scavengering 4.00

J. T. Carroll for Chairman

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

Health No 10

The Health Committee met on Tuesday June 10th 1890.

Present Aldermen Mason, Fox, Carroll and McLeod.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

O. W. Allison, Milk $24.44
Crowder & Penzer, Wood 5.00
John Scuitto, Supplies 74.97
Mrs. M. J. Alcock 10.50
James Lindsay, Labor 2.00
Russell, McDonald & Co. 1.35
Yick Lung, Washing 15.98
J. S. Clute & Co. 14.60
Van Volkenburgh & Bro. 40.26

[volume 3 page 431]

2. That the Salary of Miss Swan, Matron of the City Hospital be reduced to the same figure it was previous to the last meeting of Council this Board being of the opinion that the Finance Committee should not have dealt with this matter as it did.

Sgd. W. H. Mason, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Carroll, seconded by Alderman McLeod. That the Report of the Board of Health be adopted.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Garden. That Clause 2 of the Report be struck out.

Amended lost 3.4. Motion carried 4.3.

Finance No 16

The Finance Committee met on Friday June 6th 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Garden, Costello and Fox.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

Herman Schussler, Report etc. $2,503.15
Vancouver Water Works Co.
Supplies 15.50
News Advertiser, Printing 38.60
Crowder & Penzer, Coal 13.50
C. P. Telegraph Co 11.65
The World P & P Coy 13.36
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 25.95
D. McRee Desk etc 40.00

2. That the tender of Messrs Ross & Ceperley for the insuring of the Market House for 3 years to the amount of $15,000 for the sum of $210.00 be accepted and equal amounts taken in the following companies:

Western Assurance Company of Toronto

[volume 3 page 432]

British America of Toronto
Royal Canadian of Montreal

3. That John Clough’s salary be increased to $20.00 per month dating from the 1st day of January 1890.

4. That $2,500.00 be placed to the credit of the Park Commissioners on account of the $5,000 to be raised by way of Debentures said sum to be expended in connection with the Parks.

5. That the Report of the Board of Works be confirmed.

Sgd. M. Costello for Chairman

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Monday June 2nd 1890.

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

The Report of H. Schussler C. E. on the Vancouver Water Works Coy’s system was laid before the Council and published for the information of the public and that an offer of $211,000 subject to the approval of the Citizens by By-Law be made to the Vancouver Water Works Company for the purchase of its system according to subsection B of Section 142 of the City Charter; also that the attention of the President of the Company be directed to the clause in the Report relating to the laying of the second main across the narrows in the position indicated in said report.

Sgd. James F. Garden, Chairman

[volume 3 page 433]

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the Report of the Water Works Committee be adopted. Carried.

Introduction of By-Law

Moved by Alderman Garden, seconded by Alderman Carroll. That the Rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to fix a price to offer the Vancouver Water Works for its system. Carried.

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

Motions

Moved by Alderman Garden, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the following accounts be paid:

Boyd & Clandenning, Brockton Pt. Grounds $1,350
Murray & Fraser, Refinery Site 1,130
Leatherdale & McDonald Refinery Site 2,250 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Mason. That the following account be paid:

W. G. Mase et al Special Police $15.00 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the following accounts be paid:

B. Rowing et al Street Work $129.50
B. Rowing et al Street Works 119.50
J. H. L. Wilson, Trees 31.80 Carried.

[volume 3 page 434]

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Costello. That C. B. Higginson be paid $5.00 per day for street sprinkling and when not so employed that he be paid at the same rate per day for other work in connection with the City under the direction of the City Engineer said payment to be made from the time he commenced work. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod, seconded by Alderman Sentell. That a Committee consisting of Aldermen Carroll, Garden, Doering with the mover and seconder be appointed to select a site for a crematory. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Sentell. Whereas the Provincial Government of British Columbia commenced the construction of a Court House in this City over a year ago.

And whereas the dilatory action of the Government in not completing the same heretofore has been the cause of much inconvenience and loss to the citizens of Vancouver.

Therefore be it resolved by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver in Council assembled, that we respectfully request the Government of British Columbia to push forward the completion of same at the earliest possible date.

And be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and bearing the Official Seal of the Corporation be forwarded to His Honor the Lieu Governor in Council. Carried.

[volume 3 page 435]

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman McLeod. Whereas the Legislature of the Province of British Columbia during its last session placed an amount in the Provincial Estimates for the improvement of the North Arm Road leading from the City of Vancouver to the North Arm of the Fraser River.

And whereas the said road is in a bad condition and it is absolutely necessary that it should be improved so that the Farmers in that vicinity may be enabled to come to Vancouver with their produce.

Be it therefore resolved by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver in Council assembled that we respectfully request the Government of British Columbia to put the said road in a good and possible state of repair at once.

And be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and bearing the official seal of the Corporation be forwarded to His Honor the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman McLeod. Whereas the citizens of Vancouver have been placed at a great disadvantage and subjected to much expense in consequence of there being no Registry Office here which necessitates them going to New Westminster to have their documents recorded thus causing a delay of three or four months which is frequently a serious loss to all parties concerned.

Therefore be it resolved by the Mayor and Aldermen the City of Vancouver in Council Assembled that we respectfully request

[volume 3 page 436]

That a Registry office be established in this City at once.

And be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution signed by the Mayor and City Clerk be forwarded to the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Carried.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Horne gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to appoint a Board of Police Commissioners.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Westminster Ave. to be repaired, bridge closure still pending – October 7, 1889

Westminster Ave. to be repaired, bridge closure still pending – October 7, 1889

City Engineer must repair Westminster Ave. between the bridge and Prior Street. $13.50 in extra police wages approved.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 163-165

[volume 3 page 163]

Vancouver Oct 7th 1889

The Council met on Monday, October 7th 1889.
Present His Worship, the Mayor, Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Clark, Costello, Horne, Mason, McConnell, Oppenheimer and Salsbury.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications
From Hon Mr. Justice Drake fixing Thursday the 10th inst for holding the Police investigation. Filed.

From Innes & Richards re the fence on Georgia St. Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Secretary of the Vancouver Water Works Co re the purchase of the System. Referred to the Finance Committee.

From H. I. Ceperly, Sec. Treas. of the Van St. Ry. Coy re the closing of Westminster Av. Bridge. Referred to the Board of Works with power to act.

From A. J. Mouat, Secretary of Vancouver Free Library furnishing Monthly Report. Filed.

From James Hogg on behalf of the Methodist Church thanking Council for the use of the City Hall for church Services. Filed.

[volume 3 page 164]

From F. W. Hart re road to cemetery. Filed.

From Messrs Lapoint and Oakley re repairs to lane in Block 57, 541. Referred to Board of Works.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Horne. That the Street Railway Co be allowed to close False Creek Bridge on Westminster Avenue for four days for the purpose of laying street by track. Laid over.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse, seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the following accounts be paid:
P. Atkinson etal Street Work $32.50
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 2.15

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brewer, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the City Engineer be instructed to proceed with the clearing of the Agricultural Grounds immediately the contract being let. Laid over.

Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the following police account be paid:
Special Police Wages $13.50
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the City Engineer be instructed to repair Westminster Avenue between the Bridge and Prior Street at once. Carried.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Brewer gave notice that at the next regular meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to rescind that portion of By-Law No 15 which reserves to the City, the right to purchase said structure at any time after the 31st day of December 1888 and to cancel the agreement made between the Corporation of the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Wharfage and Storage Co. (limited) whereby the said Company was bound to sell said wharf to said City after said date.

The Council then adjourned.

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

Vancouver to get fire alarm system – April 2, 1888

Request for Opera House about to be built be exempt from taxation for 20 years. Recommend purchase of six boxes and two gongs as a fire alarm system in the city and purchase of another fire engine. Donation of $200 toward the purchase of sugar beet root seed. A letter to Mr. Abbott of CPR asking that draw be put in the bridge crossing False Creek as it was preventing industries from establishing there. (more…)

C.P.R Superintendent Abbott supports Granville Street Bridge over False Creek – March 19, 1888

C.P.R Superintendent Abbott supports Granville Street Bridge over False Creek – March 19, 1888

Henry Abbott in support of Granville Bridge over False Creek. Ferguson et al. in support of road to connect Lorne Street with proposed road to North Arm. City Scavenger to furnish bond, pay license fee. Refused to permit construction of glass and wood structure behind Cordova Street. Ald. Humphries moved to re divide the city into new wards.

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 244-254

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Vancouver March 19th 1888

The Council met on Monday March 19th 1888 at 7:30 P. M.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Alexander, Bell-Irving, Clark, Couth, Dougall, Humphries, Lefevre, Mannion and Oppenheimer.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From A. Gobeil, Secretary to the Minister of Public Works, acknowledging receipt of communication re bridging the North Arm of the Fraser River. Filed.

From H. Abbott and others asking Council to place a sum in the estimates for the construction of a bridge across False Creek from the foot of Granville Street. Laid over.

From R. C. Ferguson and others asking Council to place a sum in the estimates for the current year for the construction of a road to connect Lorne Street with the proposed Road to the North Arm. Laid over.

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Reports

Health No. 6

The Health Committee met on Friday March 16th 1888 and would recommend that Section 57 of By-Law No 7 be amended by inserting the word “water tight” instead of “air tight” and that a clause be inserted in the By-Law to regulate the fees of Day Scavengers.

Also that the City Clerk notify the Scavenger to furnish a bond as required by By-Law and pay the license fee upon the Inspector’s certificate that he has the necessary requirements.
Sgd., J. M. Lefevre, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Bell-Irving. That the report be adopted. Carried.

Finance No. 9

The Finance Committee met on Friday 16th March 1888 and beg to report that the communication of Mr. A. T. Williams asking the Council to purchase 200 copies of his Vancouver Directory has been duly considered and we would recommend that no action be taken towards the purchase of copies of the said Directory beyond those required for the city offices.

Mr. Pitt’s communication

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has been again taken into consideration and under the circumstances we cannot see our way clear to recommend any remuneration for him.

We recommend that a Telephone be placed in the City Hall.

Sgd., Rich H. Alexander, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Mannion seconded by Alderman Clark. That the report of the Finance Committee be adopted. Carried.

Works No. 11

The Board of Works met on Friday 16th March 1888 and beg to report that the following tenders have been received for Street work:

Pender Street Bridge,

H. S. McDermott,
Bridge Timber $19.75 per m.
Earth filling $190.00
Boyd and Clandening,
Bridge Timber $17.00 per m.
Earth filling $97.00
A. McLellan
Bridge Timber $16.60 per m.
Earth filling $140.00
McDonald & Cameron
Bridge Timber $16.50
Earth filling $130.00

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Cambie Street Planking,

Boyd and Clandening,
Planking etc $14.25 per m.
Ironside & McDermott,
Planking $15.90 per m.
Grading $100.00
David Land & Co.
Planking $14.85 per m.
McDonald & Cameron,
Planking $14.00 per m.
Eldon & Lovalt,
Planking $15.25 per m.

Westminster Avenue

Boyd and Clandening,
Grading etc per l ft. 28 cts
A. McLellan,
Grading etc per l ft. 40 cts
Box Culverts per m. ft $16.00
C. L. Brown,
Grading etc per l ft. 60 cts
Box Culverts per l ft. 2 ½ cts
H. Coumacher,
Grading per l ft. 24 cts
Box Culverts per m. ft. $16.00
McDonald & Cameron,
Grading etc per l ft. 35 cts
Box Culverts per m. ft $16.00

Drake Street

Jos. Ironside
Sidewalks per m. ft $19.60
W. P. Reardon
Sidewalks per m. ft $19.50

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Cambie Street Sidewalk

Jos Ironside Plank for m. ft $18.00
Eldon & Lovalt Plank per l ft 45 cts
W. P. Reardon Plank per m. ft $15.50
We recommend that the following tenders be accepted:

Pender Street Bridge, Boyd & Clandening, Cambie Street Planking, McDonald & Cameron, Westminster Av. Grading, H. Coumacher, Drake Street, Sidewalk, C. P. Reardon, Cambie Street Sidewalk ditto,

The following accounts are recommended for payment:

H. Blyth et al, Street work, $111.00
H. E. Crosdaile Rent $14.00

We recommend that Messrs Sloan and Hatton and E. Cook be granted licenses to lay sewer pipes in the city but that such licenses be granted subject to cancellation without notice.

Respecting the application of the Trustees of Lots 1 to 7 and 29 to 35 in Block 67 District Lot 185 to have the lane between said lots closed, the City Solicitor advise us that it is within the power of the Council to close same but that the Corporation will be liable for any injury done to individuals who have already purchased lands in the vicinity through the closing of said lane.

The By-Law closing it should convey it to the Trustees in trust for educational purposes with a clause that it shall revert to the City if the lots

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above mentioned or any of them are at any time hereafter used for any other than educational objects.

In regard to the application of Mr. Gideon Robertson to move his building from Lot 8 Block 3, Abbott Street to a lot on Cordova Street we recommend that the application together with all correspondence be referred to Council for its decision thereon.

We recommend that tenders be called for the grading of Dupont Street from Westminster Avenue to Carl Avenue and the Sidewalking of said street to Dunbar Avenue, also for the grading of a portion of Alexander Street and Heatley Av.

Regarding the application of Messrs McLennan and McFeely for permission to construct a glass and wood structure in rear of their building on Cordova Street, we feel that we cannot recommend the granting of their prayer in the face of the present By-Law.

We recommend that a foot path be constructed in a direct line from Supple Jack’s Grave to the bluff on the Park Road as a cost of about $22.00

Messrs Garden and Hermon having offered to establish the street corners in the old Granville Townsite for $100.00 we recommend that their offer be

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accepted the details to be arranged by the City Engineer.

We would also recommend that the Gas Co be notified to leave in good repair the Streets, sidewalks and gutters they have disturbed through laying their pipes.

Also that the contractors on the Park Road be notified to put on an additional force equal to 35 per cent and that Messrs Boyd and Clandening be notified to commence work on Section 1 forthwith.

Sgd., H. Bell-Irving, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Dougall. That the report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

The question of granting permission to Mr. G. Robertson to move his building from Lot 8, Block 3 to other premises was taken up and discussed.

His application and the objection thereto were read when it was moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Alexander that the question of granting the required permission be referred back to the Board of Works. Carried.

By-Laws,

Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Bell-Irving

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That the rules of procedure in Council be suspended and that a By-Law be introduced declaring that the smelting works about to be erected by Claude Vautin shall not be deemed a nuisance, and that said By-Law be read a first time. Carried.

By-Law read a second time on motion of Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Bell-Irving. Committee of the Whole.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on motion of Alderman Lefevre with Alderman Alexander in the chair.

The By-Law was numbered 55 and read over clause by clause.

The Committee rose to report By-Law as complete with amendments.

By-Law read a third time on motion of Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Alexander and was ordered to be engrossed, signed, sealed and printed.

Alderman Bell-Irving moved a first reading of a By-Law to amend clause One of By-Law No. 49.
Alderman Humphries moved a first reading of By-Law to redivide the city into wards.

Moved by Alderman Humphries seconded by Alderman

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Lefevre that the rules be suspended and that the By-Law be read a second time. Motion Lost.

Alderman Alexander moved a first reading of a By-Law to raise $125,000 for general improvements.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Bell-Irving.

Resolved that the Licensing Board of this City shall at its regular meeting tomorrow in connection with the City Solicitor take into consideration the Bill now before the Provincial Legislature entitled an act respecting the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors and the issue of Licenses therefore.

And be it further resolved that said licensing Board shall on behalf of the City of Vancouver make such representations to the Government of this Province by way of amendment to said Bill, as they shall deem necessary in the interests of the City and report to Council. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Humphries. That the Finance Committee be authorized to place the sum of $12,000.00 in the estimates to construct a traffic bridge at the foot of Granville Street to connect

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with the proposed road to the North Arm of the Fraser River. Ayes, Alderman Humphries & Lefevre.

Nays, Alderman Alexander, Clark, Couth, Dougall, Mannion, Bell-Irving & Oppenheimer. Motion Lost.

Moved by Alderman Humphries seconded by Alderman Lefevre. That in the event of any Alderman obtaining leave of absence for a month or longer the other Alderman representing the same ward shall be the representative of the ward upon all standing committees during the absence of said Alderman. Referred to the City Solicitor.

Notice of Motions.

Alderman Alexander gave notice that he would introduce a By-Law to strike the rate of taxation for the year 1888, also that he would at next meeting of Council introduce a By-Law to provide for the issue of debentures to the extent of $ – for the defraying of the expense of constructing a traffic bridge across False Creek from the South End of Granville Street.
Alderman Lefevre gave notice that he would move a resolution

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instructing Mr. E. Mohun to furnish a plan for the use of the Inspector showing the mode of connecting private with public Sewers, also to request the Board of Works to furnish an estimate of the amount of new work to be done this year and also a statement of what amount of the proposed loan the intend expending in each ward.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Cambie Street to be improved south of Hastings – February 13, 1888

City Engineer to call for tenders for improvement of Cambie Street. Citizens ask to relax the by-law about mixing mortar on the street. Fire, Water & Light Committee wants a telephone installed in the fire hall. Chief of Police to destroy John McKeown’s team of horses if they have the glanders.

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 199-208

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The Council met on Monday February 13th 1888 at 7:30 P.M.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Bell-Irving, Alexander, Couth, Clark, Dougall, Humphries, Mannion and Oppenheimer.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following accounts were read and ordered paid.
C.P. Telegraph Co. .95 cts
Thos Dunn & Co. 30.45
Electric Illuminating Co. 180.00

Communications

From C.D. Sweet asking Council to write to D. Chisholm M.P. urging upon him the need of bridges across the North Arm of the Fraser River in order to strengthen the hands of the Municipal Council of Richmond.

Moved by Alderman Humphries seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer
That a memorial be addressed to Mr. Chilsholm embodying the request advanced by Mr. Sweet.
Carried.

From. P. B. Robinson asking permission to (cut off)

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From John Frawley asking permission to throw earth under the Street in front of Granville Street and to be allowed to load wood on Street in front of said Hotel in order to carry same into the Yard.

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Dougall that permission be granted him in accordance with the provisions of the street By-Law.
Carried.

From E. Cook and others praying Council to repeal Section 27 of By-Law No 40 re the mixing of Mortar on the Streets.
Referred to the Board of Works with power to act;

From James Stanford drawing the attention of Council to the condition of Cambie Street south of Hastings St.
Moved by Alderman Bell-Irving seconded by Alderman Mannion
That the City Engineer be empowered to call for tenders for the improvement of said Street.
Carried.

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Reports

F. W. L.
No 76
The Fire Water and Light Committee met on Thursday February 9th 1888 and recommend the payment of the following accounts.
A. C. Thicke $3.50
B. B. Skinner 14.00
Thos. Lye & Co 1.60
Henderson Bros 41.41
Wm. Hamilton 2.50
J. H. Carlisle 22.50
R.C.P. Mills 19.20
Thos C. Allen 30.25

We recommend that the account of E.S. Scoullar & Co. be not entertained the same being unauthorized by Council.

We have received several applications for the position of License, Health and Fire Inspector and would beg to recommend the appointment of Joseph Huntly at a Salary of $50.00 per month, subject to immediate dismissal if necessary.

Your Board has taken into consideration the advisability of having telephone communication with the Fire Hall and with that object in view would recommend that a telephone be placed therein.

Sgd. J. Humphries, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer
Seconded by ” Bell-Irving
That the question of the Salary of the Inspector be referred back to the F.W. & L. Committee.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Alexander
Seconded by ” Oppenheimer
That the balance of the report be adopted.
Carried.

Finance.
No. 77

The Finance Committee met on Friday February 10th 1888 and reconsidered the payment of the following accounts:

W. G. Alcock 29.00
News-Advertiser 25.20
W.K. Williamson 30.00
C.P. Telegraph Co. 4.55
Thomson Bros. 12.88
J. Miller 8.14
J.J. Alexander 10.00
Interpreter .50
S.S. Tilley 49.45
Thos Dunn & Co 7.85
Palmer Bros. 16.00
Thos C. Allen 5.50
B.B. Skinner 15.00
A.R. Reid 7.95
M. G. Blanshard 30.00

The following is respectfully submitted for the Sanction of Council.

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(1) That John Clough’s salary be raised to $10 a month.

(2) That H.L. Scurry et als petition be filed.

(3) That the Council take into consideration the purcase of Block 53, District Lot 196 for Park purposes.

(4) That the Chief of Police be instructed to ascertain the value of James McKeown’s team and have them destroyed if the are found to be affected with glanders.

(5) The the By-Law appointing the City Solicitor and Police Magistrates be repealed and that an official for each position be appointed; and further that J.J. Blake be appointed City Solicitor at a Salary of $100 per year and that a Police Magistrate be appointed at a Salary of $600 per year.

sgd. Richard Aldexander
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clark
seconded by Alderman Bell-Irving

That the report be adopted.
Carried.

Works
No 78
The Board of Works met on Friday February 10th 1888 and recommend payment of the following amounts:

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R. C. P. Mills 2.12
W. Beavis 3.70
Thos Dunn & Co 9.55
W. T. Milross 116.25 subject to approval of City Engineer for proper completion of work
Thos Lye & Do 2.95
Woodaman & Edgar 2.10
F. Foubert Hastings St. 141.02
” ” Georgia ” 50.25
W. C. Muir, Hamilton 24.30
H. F. Keefer Gravel 1478.20

We recommend that the License, Health & Fire Inspector be instructed to collect 25 cts from each householder for the numbers placed on their houses.

We have taken under consideration to road to the dumping ground, and in our opinion east of the line of Burrard Street at its south end is the most suitable for that purpose for night soil only and in view of the said location it would be advisable to improve parts of Burrard and Pacific Streets leading to it, also that the wharf be built according to the City Engineer’s plan (No 3.) providing the necessary permission can be obtained.

We have instructed the Chairman of the Board of Works and the City Engineer to investigate the matter referred to by Mr. L.A. Hamilton viz. the placing of proper monuments

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on the lot corners on the Old Granville Townsite.

The following petitions were laid over for future consideration:-
From L.A. Hamilton re Section 6.
” W. J. Brandrith re Trees,
” Robert Barker et al re the improvement of Drake and Davie Sts,
The painting of the Street names being now practically completed we would recommend that tenders be called for the erection of the same.

sgd. H. Bell-Irving
Chairman

Adopted Mannion – Dougall

Police
No. 19
The Police Committee met on Saturday February 11th 1888 and recommend the payment of the following accounts:-
Van Volkenburgh & Bros $10.95
John Sciutto 14.54
F. X. Martin 34.14
V. W. Haywood 3.50

sgd Jos Mannion
Chairman

Adopted Clark-Dougall

Health
No 80

The Board of Health met on Friday February 10th 1888

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and recommend the payment of the following accounts:-
Kenneth Campbell & Co. $11.06
Thos Dunn & Co. 1.50
F. X. Martin 10.63
John Donohoe 6.00
Owen Hughes 4.00
Jos. Tretheway 10.00
Campbell & Martin 5.30
Charles Nelson 10.05
Vancouver Wine Co. 3.00
Hayes & McIntosh 9.59
H. McDowell & Co 7.80

We recommend that the Council reconsider the appointment of Messrs Smith and Kidd as City Scavengers and that Duncan McCallum be appointed provided he burns a disinfecting stove and uses proper disinfectants while removing night soil and that be be engaged subject to summary discharge.

Your Committee has taken into consideration the question of the City providing a system of Scavengering directly under its contract which would cost about $ [blank] per annum.

This System would make every citizen a Health Officer and would be a guarantee that the Scavenger would do his work promptly. With this object in view we would recommend that the Finance Committee be instructed to place the desired sum in the estimates for the current years.

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We would also recommend that the City Auditor bring in a report showing the number of patients admitted into the City Hospital since its inauguration and the amount of money received for board or otherwise.

sgd. R. Clark
Acting Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clark
Seconded by ” Oppenheimer
That the report be adopted.
Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman Bell-Irving
Seconded by ” Oppenheimer
That the City Clerk communicate with Mr. Abbott in order to obtain permission to build and approach to the Dumping Ground for night soil, and that a plan of same be forwarded to him.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Bell-Irving
Seconded by ” Alexander
That a copy of the plan of the proposed bridge across Coal Harbour be forwarded to the proper authorities in Ottawa, also to the land office in New Westminster for the purpose of obtaining the necessary permission to build the same and that the required notice be

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published in the British Columbia Gazette.
Carried

Notices of Motion

(83)
Alderman Clark gave notice of motion that he would at next meeting of Council introduce a motion authorizing the Finance Committee to purchase Block 53 District Lot 194 for Park purposes, also that he would introduce a by-law to repeal the By-Law appointing the Police Magistrate and City Solicitor.

(84)
Alderman Humphries gave notice that he would introduce a motion instructing the City Clerk to require the School Trustees to put the grounds into proper condition; also that he would move a resolution whereby Council would endorse a petition circulated by the Citizens of Vancouver addressed to the Legislature praying that the qualifications of Mayor, Aldermen and voters be lowered.

The Council then adjourned.

(sgd)

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk