Water Works worth $330,081.93 – August 3, 1891

Water Works arbitration panel Browning, Tilton and Drake submit their findings. The City to regulate private “scavengering” (garbage/recycling collection) within the city as soon as the waste-burning Crematory is in operation. Police officer Joseph Gibson dismissed for being found asleep on the job. J.W Robinson and J.M. Fox appointed as Tax Assessors, and H. Hemlow appointed to assist City Clerk McGuigan with the voters’ list updates, all at a salary of $4.00 per day. The City Engineer to plan brick receiving vaults forthe Cemetery, and a new wing for the Hospital.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 441 – 453

[ Vol. 4, pg. 441]
Vancouver, August 3, 1891
The Council met on Monday, August 3rd, 1891.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carrall, Brighouse, Godfrey, Scoullar, Hobson, Templeton, Brown and McDowell.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.
The following communications were received:

From J.M. Browning, Land Commissioner, stating that he would extend the streets in District Lot 526 to the water front.
Referred to the Board of Works

From the City Solicitor stating that he had entered an appearance for the City in case of Studden vs the City.
Filed

From the Deputy Attorney General returning Writ of Summons in case of Mrs. Studden vs City.
Filed

From the City Solicitor stating that he was ready to receive advice from the various committees on the revision of the By-Laws.
Referred to the By-Law Committee

From Chipman Morgan & Co. on behalf of the Dry dock Company asking for a further extension of time.
Referred to Board of Works

From R.G. Tatlow on behalf of the Park Commissioners asking the Council for a grant of $500.00 for underbrushing on Brockton Point.
Referred to Finance Committee

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

[Vol. 4 pg. 442]

From McPhillips & Williams on behalf of the Vancouver Lightening Messenger Service Co. to string wires etc. on the streets.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Louisa Wilson asking for certain improvements in the Box drain on the corner of Westminster Avenue and Hastings Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From J.A. Fulton, Secretary of Trades and Labour Council, asking for the enforcement of the nine hours system on City Contracts and for regulations regarding bathing on English Bay.
Referred to the Board of Works

From W.P. West, Pound Keeper, furnishing his monthly report.
Filed

From A.F. Beasley, Secretary Vancouver Gun Club, asking for permission to practice trap shooting within the city limits.
Referred to the Police Committee

From Miss Bowes furnishing programmes of the Provincial Convention.
Filed

From the Market Clerk furnishing his weekly report.
Filed

From P.G. Fenton et al asking for a sidewalk on Seymour Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Mrs. Studden asking to have her name withdrawn from the case of Studden vs the City as her name was used without her knowledge or consent.
Referred to City Solicitor

Vol. 4 pg. 443

Mr. Pferdner on behalf of R.T. Williams appeared before the bar of the Council with the view of getting a grant from the Council in aid of his 1892 Directory. After hearing Mr. Pferdner on the subject, it was moved by Alderman McDowell, seconded by Alderman Scoullar,
THAT the communication from R.T. Williams be filed.
Carried

A deputation consisting of E.J. Clark and others waited upon the Council with a view of having steps taken to fix a base line in 264A.
The matter was referred to the Board of Works.

The following reports were received and read:
Police No. 11

The Police Committee met on Tuesday, July 28, 1891.
Present: Aldermen McDowell, Hobson and Scoullar.
Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Leatherdale & Smith. Hack hire $ 1.50
Holdom & Co., Supplies 16.20
Van Gurney Cab Co., Cab .50
John Sciuotto, supplies 70.76
Hayes & McIntosh, supplies 15.60
S.T. Tilley, supplies 4.50
H. Eligh, supplies 1.65
J.P. Blake, supplies 11.60
Champion & White, Scavengering 1.25
W.J. McBride, Electric Bell 5.00

Your Committee, after hearing the explanations of Messrs. Hamersley and Hallett and other parties as to where the fault lies for the non-defence of the Hendry case, have come to the conclusion that both the Magistrate and the City Solicitor are to blame. We would therefore recommend

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that they be instructed in future to act more in harmony so that the City’s interests may not suffer.
The Chief of Police reported that he had suspended Officer Gibson for being asleep on duty, pending the action of the Council thereon.
After hearing the evidence of the Chief and the explanations of Officer Gibson, it was resolved that Joseph Gibson be notified that his services as Police Officer be no longer required and that applications be called for the position.
The communication from Wm. Murphy et al, praying for a higher license on transient traders was laid over.
The City Solicitor was instructed to retain Mr. L.G. McPhillips to act with him in the case of Mrs. Studden vs the City.
Signed John McDowell, Acting Chairman

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the clause in the report relating to Officer Gibson be referred back to the Committee.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the balance of the report be adopted.
Carried

Finance No.

The Finance Committee met on Friday, July 31, 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, Hobson and Doering.
The following applications were received for the position of Assessors:
H. Neelands, Robert Grant, J.M. Fox, Thos. L.

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Wilson, T.M. Trugley, Edward Lunn, Ernest H.L. Evans, J.W. Robinson and James Orr.
A ballot being taken, J.W. Robinson and J.M. Fox were found to have received a majority of the votes and were therefore recommended for appointment at a salary of $4.00 per day each, their duties to consist of fixing values on land and buildings and getting the names of the owners and tenants.
It was resolved further:

1) That H. Hemlow services be retained until August 31, 1891 at the same salary, to assist in completing the voters lists etc.

2) That the following accounts be paid:

Daily Telegram, Printing $ 96.50
H.B. Warren, W.W. Arbitration 140.00
F. Evans “ 307.30
J.M. Browning, Rent “ 40.00
The Williams Directory matter was referred to the Council for discussion.
Signed Wm. Brown, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the balance of the report be adopted.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That a ballot be taken for the appointment of valuators.
Carried

The Council went into Committee of the Whole to ballot with Alderman Carrall in the Chair.

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After one ballot was taken, the City Solicitor stated that it would be necessary to eliminate that portion of the Finance Report appointing J.M. Fox and J.W. Robinson, valuators.
The Council therefore rose, when it was moved by Alderman Carrall, seconded by Alderman McDowell,
That the portion referred to be eliminated.
Lost

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Carrall
That names of all candidates be submitted and balloted for.
Lost

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That J.M. Fox and J.W. Robinson be elected valuators.
Carried

Health No.

The Health Committee met on Thursday, July 30th at 8:00 p.m.
Present: Alderman Carrall, Templeton, Scoullar and McDowell.
Your Committee begs to recommend as follows:

1) That Miss Kendrick be appointed nurse at the hospital at a salary of $20.00 per month to go on duty August 3rd.

2) That the Chairman of this Committee be empowered to engage Mrs. A.E. Broderick temporarily as nurse at the hospital during the disability of Miss Woodward, the regular nurse.

3) That the Secretary of the Board of Trade be referred to A.E. Beck Esq., Registrar of the Country Court, for information re Mortuary Statistics, the records of such matters being kept in his office.
Vol 4, pg. 447

4) That the report of the Health Inspector on the unsanitary condition of Yaletown and the foreshore between Carrall and Cambie Streets with suggestions as to the alleviation of same be referred to the Board of Works with a request that action be taken in these matters.

5) That in view of the scavengering of the City being taken out of the hands of private parties and being done by the City as soon as the Crematory is completed, the City Solicitor be instructed to draft a By-Law regulating and governing same in conformity with details on file in the City Clerk’s office.

6) That Aldermen Templeton and McDowell be appointed a Committee to interview the present City Scavengers with a view of seeing what arrangements can be made with them re the purchase of their plant.

7) That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare plans and estimates for a brick receiving vault at the Cemetery, cost not to exceed $500.00 complete.

8) That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare plans and estimates for a new wing to the City Hospital, said plans to suit the ground now at the disposal of the City for such purposes.

9) That the City Clerk refer the bill of the Union Steamship Co. back to them with a view of having the amount reduced.

10) That the following accounts be paid:
Champion & White, Scavengering $ 38.45
Thos. Dunn & Co., Supplies 9.70
J.M.O. Toole, Plumbing 6.10
T.R. Morrow, Drugs 105.45
Dr. McGuigan, Inquests 40.00
Hudson’s Bay Co., Supplies 23.50

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Palmer Bros., Coal 14.00
J.P. Blake, Bread 10.90
Van Steam Laundry Washing 39.17
Hayes & McIntosh, Meat 46.80
H. Eligh, Milk 39.38
H.H. Layfield, Drygoods 4.10
R.V. Winch, Supplies 19.04
F.W. Hart, Burials 17.00
A. McDonald, Groceries 7.90
Dr. Robertson, Post-mortem 10.00
J. Sciutto, Groceries 153.41
Dr. Bell-Irving, Post-mortem etc. 15.00
Texas Lake Ice Co., Ice 4.00
Signed J.T. Carrall, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
THAT the report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried

Works No.

The Board of Works met on Thursday, July 30, 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Templeton and Godfrey.

It was recommended:
1) That the following accounts be paid:
Barley & Jones, Smithe Street $ 341.43
J.B. Thornton, Raymour Street 105.63
G.W. Mitchell et al, Car fares 6.65
J. Potter, Sewer connections 7.50
A.K. Stuart, Salary 8.00
Robertson Bros., Supplies, 13.50
H. Thomas et al, Labour 197.75
McLennan & McFeely, Sewer connections 12.00

2) That the following tenders be accepted:
Barnard Street Sidewalk, A. Fraser
Box Drain Water & Cambie Streets, A.D. McDonald

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Campbell Av. Sidewalk, W.G. Fraser
South approach to Cambie Street Bridge, James Foster
Nelson Street Grading, W.D. Hobson
Harris Street Sidewalk, W.G. Fraser
Robson Street Grading, W.D. Hobson
Hornby Street Sidewalk, A. Fraser
3) That the Aldermen and City Engineer go up to Dr. Kendall’s quarry as soon as possible and examine and report.
4) That the City Engineer arrange with the contractors on Thurlow Street for such grading as may be necessary up to Mr. Anderson’s house on Burnaby Street.
5) That the City Engineer examine 3rd and 5th Avenues and report at next meeting.
6) That the Water Works Co. be notified that there is a leak in their pipes at the intersection of Hastings Street and Westminster Avenue.
7) That the City Engineer examine and report upon the petition of F.D. Boucher for the sidewalking of Davie Street.
8) That the Street Inspector be instructed to go over Victoria Street with the contractor so as to have all roots etc. removed which he may consider necessary.
9) That the City Engineer be instructed to report upon the cost of guards for the piers for the swing of the Cambie Street Bridge.
10) That the City Engineer be instructed to see Mr. Browning re the north approach to the Cambie Street Bridge with a view to having any desirable change made and that D. Gibbons be instructed to proceed with the work of grading.
11) That the matter of the contract with Leamy and
Vol. 4, pg. 450
Kyle for building Cambie Street Bridge be referred to the Solicitor and Engineer and whatever moneys be found due them be paid over at once if reported upon favourably.
12) That John P. Lawson, H.P. Stephenson, John Brenton and the two Chairmen be placed on the City payroll at the same salaries they previously received.
13) That the City Solicitor be asked to give a written opinion as to the rights of the Street Railway Company to enter on the streets without a written agreement with the City.
14) That the City Solicitor be requested to prepare a By-Law re the opening up of streets in D.L. 526 to the water front.
15) That Westminster Avenue from Alexander Street to the bridge be covered with crushed rock as soon as possible.
Signed H. Godfrey for Chairman

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
THAT the report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried

Report of Water Works Arbitrators

To whom these presents shall come.
We John Milne Browning, Edward Gibson Tilton and Montague W. Trywhitt Drake send greetings. Whereas by the Vancouver Water Works Act 1886 and the Vancouver Water Works Amendment Act 1891 the Corporation of the City of Vancouver appointed John Milne Browning an arbitrator for and on behalf of the said Corporation and the Vancouver Water

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Works Company appointed Edward Gibson Tilton an arbitrator for and on behalf of the said Company and the Honourable Montague W. Trywhitt Drake was appointed a third arbitrator by the Honourable H.P. Pellew Crease, a Judge of the Supreme Court, to ascertain the value of the Works and property of the said Vancouver Water Works Company and the expenses of operation and maintenance of the said works and the gross income derived from the said works by the said Company up to the date of arbitration and whereas the time limited by the said Act for the said Arbitrators making their said award expired on or about the 16th day of July 1891 and on the 11th day of July by an order of the said Supreme Court the time for making the said award was extended until the 30th day of August 1891.
Now we the said arbitrators having taken upon ourselves the burthen of this reference and having duly weighed the several allegations of the said parties and also the proof vouchers and documents which have been given in evidence before us and having heard and examined the several witnesses upon oath of and concerning the matter so referred to us, do hereby make and publish our award in writing of and concerning the matters so referred to us as aforesaid.
We award and adjudge that the value of the works and property of the Vancouver Water Works Company to be three hundred and thirty thousand and eighty dollars and eighty-one cents.
We further award and adjudge that the expenses of operation and maintenance of the said works from the time they came into operation viz on the 1st May 1889 up to the 31st day of July 1891 amount to the sum of fifty-one thousand two hundred and eighty-one dollars and ninety-three cents. We further award and adjudge that the gross income derived from the said

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works by he said Company up to the date hereof amounts to sixty-seven thousand five hundred and fifty-nine dollars and thirty-seven cents.
In witness whereof we have hereunto set our hands and seals this first day of August eighteen hundred and ninety one.
Signed and published this first day of August ) sgd. J.M. Browning Seal
1891 in the presence of S.S. Gere, Vancouver ) “ Edward G. Tilton Seal
“ M.W. Trywhitt Drake Seal
Certificate in pursuance of agreement of 30th June 1891.

August 1st, 1891
We certify that the following witnesses are entitled to be paid $10.00 per day and their reasonable travelling expenses for the time they were absent from their respective places of business of residence:
John Garden, Herman Schussler, Henry B. Smith, Colonel T.W. Smith, P. Summerfield, John Lawson, Allan McDougall and H.B. Warren.

We further certify that the following witnesses are entitled to be paid $4 per day and their reasonable travelling expenses for the time they were absent from their respective homes:
S. Thorsen, J.W. McFarland, R.T. Llewelyn, W.F. Bullen, W.F. Salsbury and G.F. Keifer.

We further certify that the following witnesses are entitled to be paid the amount set opposite their names per day and their reasonable travelling expenses:
R.P. Bisket $ 3.00
Sir Joseph Trutch $ 3.00
A.W. Cameron $ 2.50
J.H. Carlisle $ 2.50
E.E. Rand $ 2.00
Signed G.W. Drake, Edward G. Tilton, J.M. Browning
Referred to the W.W. Committee

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MOTIONS
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That in view of the City determining to purchase the plant and works of the Vancouver Water Works Company that the Company be requested to keep the accounts from their Company from the 1st of August to the date of the payment of the purchase money separately from their previous accounts so that the amount payable from the date of the award can be more readily arrived at.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That in order to carry out the award made on the arbitration between the City and the Water Works Company and the terms of the 35th Section of the Vancouver Water Works Act 1886 Mr. Salsbury be appointed on behalf of the City to certify as to the amount payable to the Company to make up 10 per cent per annum on the paid up stock of the Company from the date of commencement of operations to the 30th day of August 1891.
Carried

Notice of Motion
Alderman Brown gave notice that he would introduce a By-Law to provide for the purchase of the property and plant of the Vancouver Water Works Company in pursuance of the Water Works Company Act of 1886 and amending acts and the City Incorporation Acts and on pursuance of the award made on the 1st day of August in the matter of an arbitration between the City and the Water Works Company by Mr. Justice Drake, Mr. Browning and Mr. Tilton the arbitrators duly appointed in that behalf.

The Council then adjourned to Thursday the 6th inst. at 8 P.M.

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

Phone brought in to Mountain View Cemetery – July 20, 1891

Phone brought in to Mountain View Cemetery – July 20, 1891

Mrs. McDonald, wife of the cemetery keeper, to be paid $5.00 per month for attending to the telephone. City Solicitor gave his opinion that the position of Police Magistrate is technically vacant as Mr. Isaac Hallett is not a qualified Justice of the Peace. Hallett’s position as a Stipendiary Magistrate allows him to collect fines under the City Bylaws.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 428 – 433

[vol 4 page 428]
Vancouver July 20 1891

The Council met on Monday July 20th 1891 at 8 P.M.

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

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:
From the Chief of Police reporting on the Street Lights. Filed.

From the City Solicitor stating that E.J. Clark of Toronto ought to pay to the City the $1000.00 promised on the South Park. Referred to Finance Committee.

From A. Campbell Reddie, Dep Prov Secretary acknowledging the receipt of the notification giving the names of the School Trustees appointed by the Council. Filed.

From Henry A. Barton Dep Attorney General, asking to be informed whether Mr. Hallett’s appointment as Police Magistrate had been cancelled by resignation or otherwise. Referred to Police Committee.

From G.W. Thomas, Market Clerk furnishing his weekly report. Filed.

From the City Solicitor stating that the office of Police Magistrate was vacant through Mr. Hallett not being a J.P. and stating

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that he was empowered to try cases under the City By-Laws on account of him being a Stipendiary Magistrate be he [sic] has not under the regulations of the City. Referred to the Police Committee.

From W.D. Burdis et al asking for a stand pipe for fire purposes at the junction of Campbell Av and Princess St. Referred to the Board of F W & L.

From Wm Ralph et al asking that the Tramway come down Hastings St. Referred to the Board of Works.

From David Brockwell asking that two trees be cut down on the corner of Lansdowne & Scotia Streets. Referred to City Engineer.

From R.D. Pitt asking to be allowed to explain his case to the Council. The City Clerk was instructed to ask Mr. Pitt to be present.

From Joseph Pope of Ottawa conveying the thanks of Lady Macdonald to the Mayor & Council of Vancouver for their kind sympathy with her in her affliction. Filed.

From J.H. Smith complaining of the conduct of the Health Inspector. Referred to the Health Committee.

The following accounts were received and read:

Finance No 22
The Finance Committee met on Friday

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July 17th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Hobson and Scoullar.
It was recommended:
1. That the communication from R. D. Pitt asking for remuneration for the loss be referred back to Council for discussion.
2. That the communication from H.A. Jones offering the lots adjoining the City Hall for $6000.00 be filed.
3. That the sum of $250.00 be placed to the credit of the British Columbia Association Provincial Exhibit as Vancouver’s Grant.
4. That Thos Whitelaw be paid $750.00 less the amount already received by him for services rendered in connection with the examination of the water works submarine pipe, as per agreement the amount being $703.40, which includes cost of draft.
5. That the following accounts be paid:
Provincial Govt for Schools $2740.00
Thos F. McGuigan, Refund .50
Daily Telegram, Ad 2.40
R. Fairclough, W.W. Arbitration 57.75
A.N. Richards, W.W. Arbitration 1050.00
Corbould & McColl, Costs in Hendry Case 49.10
In respect to the Hendry Case this Committee would suggest that the City Solicitor and Police Magistrate be instructed to work more amicably together where the City’s interests are involved and thus save the payment of unnecessary costs; otherwise action should be taken to secure the services of officials who would act more in conformity with the wishes of the Council.
Sgd Wm Brown, Chairman

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

Works no 22
The Board of Works met on Monday July 20 1891 at 3 P.M.
Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Godfrey and Templeton.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Thos Stephenson, Expenses to North Arm $2.50
H. Blyth, Salary 20.00
H. Connacher, East End Park 472.50
W.G. Fraser, Hornby St. 225.73
Angus Fraser, Howe St. 217.91
J. Callister, Filling 11.50
H. Lomas et al 130.50
2. That tenders be invited for the following works.
Nelson St. grade full width from Granville to Bute.
Robson St. grading from Thurlow to Broughton.
Bute St. 6 ft sidewalk from Nelson to Comox.
Burrard St. 6 ft sidewalk from Dunlevy to Heatley both sides.
Box drain on Cambie & Water Streets.
Campbell Av. 6 ft sidewalk from Hastings to Princess St.
Hornby St. grade full width from Georgia to Dunsmuir and 6 ft sidewalk on the east side.
Grading approach to Cambie Street Bridge from the south.
Harris St. sidewalk (6 ft) to Heatley.
3. That the City Engineer’s recommendations for temporary appointments in his Department be endorsed, the question of salaries being referred to the Finance Committee.
4. That the loose plank now lying on Westminster Avenue be made use of for the extension of

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of the present sidewalk on 6th Av. on the north side from Scotia to Brunswick St.
5. That the City Engineer be instructed to have a minute survey made of the Victoria Street contract to see whether the contractor for that work has gone outside of the city limits.
6. That as the City Engineer has reported that under the agreement with W.H. Kendall the City is not bound to supply him with wire rope etc. the Board cannot see its way clear to grant his request.
7. A communication was received from H.T. Ceperley, Secy-Treas. Van Elec Ry & Light Co, informing the Board of the willingness of that company to accept the option of building their lines on certain streets within the city limits viz Park, Venables, Campbell Av and Oppenheimer Streets and asking same to be graded; also giving notice to the City Engineer under Section 8 of the agreement between the company and the city. It was resolved that the Board does not understand that the agreement between the city and the company requires the city to grade any streets.
8. That Mrs. McDonald, wife of the caretaker of the Cemetery be paid $5.00 a month for attending to the telephone.
9. That this Board has no power to return W.H. Kendall’s deposit as requested by him.
Sgd S. Brighouse, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

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Motions
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the Attorney General be informed that the office of Police Magistrate is not vacant and that Mr. Hallett has not been dismissed.
Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Regulations formed for the sanitary storage & transportation of the deceased – June 29, 1891

Firemens’ salaries were raised to $10 per month ($25 for Fire Chief J. H. Carlisle). Nurses’ salaries were raised by $5 per month ($10 for matron Swan). Council chambers were ordered painted and repaired. Detailed regulations for sanitary storage and transportation of “the bodies of persons dying in this City” to be printed and distributed to each undertaker and practising physician.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 388 – 394

[Volume 4, pg. 395]
Vancouver June 29 1891

The Council met on Monday, June 29th 1891 at 8 p.m.

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

The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted on motion of Alderman Scoullar Seconded by Alderman Hobson.

The following communications were received and read:-

From A. H. B. Macgowan, Secretary of the Board of Trade, calling attention that no Mortuary Statistics were published for Vancouver.
Referred to Health Committee

From McPhillips & Williams asking the City to pay over to them certain monies belonging to W. J. McMillan, against which they had a lien.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From. J. M. Darling et al of Fairhaven, and W. R. Forrest of Seattle inviting the Mayor & Council to their respective cities on the 4th of July.
Filed

From Thos H. Tracy stating that he would be here on Tuesday.
Filed

From W. L. Fagan stating that we would not accept the position of Poll Tax Collector.
Filed

From F. W. Hart stating that he would bury the pauper dead for $17.00 each.
Referred to Health Com.

From W. E. Brown, drawing attention to the danger

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of children playing on Powell Street in front of the Street Cars.
Referred to the Police Committee

From the Market Clerk furnishing his weekly report.
Filed

From the City Clerk of New Westminster asking the Council for the loan of the Steam Road Roller.
Filed

From J. T. Williams etal petitioning for the removal of the Fire Limits from part of Block 53.541
Filed

From the Chief of Police furnishing his weekly report on the Street Lights;
Filed

From Rand Bros. et al petitioning against the location of the crematory at the end of Gore Av.
Referred to the Crematory Com.

Mr. E. Odlum appeared before the Bar of the Council in support of the petition

The following Reports were received and read:-

Police
No 14
The Police Committee met on Tuesday June 23rd 1891.
Present Aldermen Hobson, Scoullar, Carroll

Communications

From Dr. Langis, asking for payment of his account for mental examination of Mrs. McMillan.
Resolved that the accounts of both Dr Langis

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and McGuigan for mental examination of Mrs McMillan be forwarded to Mr McMillan with a request that he will pay them.

The list of charges made against Mr Hallet and the list of convictions against which appeals have been entered were submitted to the Committee, and approved, and it was ordered to the Provincial Secretary with a copy of the resolution passed by the Council on March 16th, and a statement that the charges had been investigated with the exception of one or two which were of such a trivial nature as not to be worth investigation.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
That Mr. Hallet’s salary be paid in full.
Carried
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
John McLaren Transport $3.00
Champion & White Scavengering .25
Van Strantie Dog Tags 6.25
sgd H. De Pencier
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report of the Police Committee [sic]
Carried
Works No 19.
The Board of Works met on Thursday June 25th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brown and Templeton.
It was recommended:-
1. That Wm Crickmay be supplied with such articles as he may require at the North Arm Quarry subject to the directions of the Street Inspector.
2. That the petitioning of D. C. Cowley et al re Tenth

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Av clearing be laid over to be dealt with by the new City Engineer
3. That the communication from George Douglas et al asking for permission to lay down boards for a floor on a vacant lot on Cordova Street be referred to the Fire Inspector.
4. That tenders be called for the completion of the work on the East End Park left unifinished by Mssrs McDonald & Barton.
5. That the following accounts be paid:-
H. Lomas et al Labor $132.00
M. S. Rose Plumbing 2.50
Tye & Co. Hardware 2.00

The Communication from F. T. Mc Intosh relative to the right of way etc through certain Streets was received, read and discussed.

It was resolved that the Board proceed to carry out the details in accordance with the motion passed in Council in reference to the subject of the Communication.
Lost
sgd S. Brighouse

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Brown
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted as read.

Moved in Amendment by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ De Pencier
That the Rep Council go into Committee of the Whole on the Report:
Amendment Carried (5.3)

Alderman Brighouse was asked to take the chair but refused. Alderman Schoullar [sic] was then appointed.

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The Report was read over Clause by Clause
It was moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Doering
That the portion of the Report relating to the Tramway be referred back to the Board of Works for reconsideration.
Carried

The Committee then rose and reported the Report as Complete.

It was then adopted as amended on motion of Alderman Scoullar seconded by Alderman Hobson.

License

The Licensing Board met at 11 a.m. of Monday June 29th.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Hobson & Godfrey.
Your committee beg to report, as follows:-
1. Upon receipt of Certificates of Safety of buildings Hotel de Europe, Powell Str. and Queens Hotel Water St. were granted licenses.
2. The conditions of the By-Laws having been complied with the licenses, as Hotels were granted to the Victoria, West Av. Grotto, Cordova St, International, Cordova St – Pullman Water St. and, also Wholesale Licenses to Springer and Mellon, Cordova Street and Baker Bros. Water St.
3. That action be deferred on the applications of B. Springer, assignee of the estate of Stevens, and Gordon, applicants for a Retail Shop License.
4. That a transfer be granted to A. C. Murchison from E. Myers, Victoria Hotel, West Av.
That the Inspector’s Report on the above be filed.
sgd D. Oppenheimer
Chairman
[Volume 4 page 400]

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the report of the Licensing Board by adopted.
Carried

F. W. & L.
No 9
The Fire Water & Light Committee Met on Wednesday June 24, 1891.
Present Alderman Templeton, Brighouse, Godfrey and Doering.

The Petition of J. T. Williams et al, asking for the removal of the Fire Limit from a part of Block 53.541 was ordered to be returned to the petitioners they to get the signatures, at least one half of the property owners in the part of the block in question.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
J. R. Morrow Drugs etc $1.95
D. J. McLean Blankets 12.00
J. Wolfe Scavenger 2.00
McLennan & McFeely Axes etc 9.40
sgd W. Templeton
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ De Pencier
That the Report of the F. W. & L. be adopted.
Carried

Health No. 14

The Health Committee met on Tuesday June 23rd 1891
Present Aldermen Carroll, Scoullar & Templeton

Communications
From Miss Swan complaining of one of the nurses at the hospital.

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Resolved.
1. That the Matron and Nurses be written to, advising them to work amicably together.
2. That the cemetery caretaker be authorized to get a man to help him for 2 or 3 days to put the cemetery in good order.
3. That the City Solicitor be instructed to draft, a By-Law in accordance with the amended City Charter such By-Law to prohibit slaughtering within the City Limits.
The following accounts were recommended for payment –:
W. J. McGuigan Inquests $40.00
M. S. Rose Plumbing 53.00
Palmer Bros. Fuel 5.00
Carl Olsen Nursing 4.00
H. H. Layfield Supplies 3.05
Van Steam Laundry Washing 22.10
Champion & White Scavenger 31.90
James O’Connor Express 1.50
Mayes & McIntosh Supplies 45.76
sgd. J. T. Carroll,
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ De Pencier
That the Report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried

Finance No. 19

The Finance Committee met on Friday June 26th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Scoullar & Hobson.
Communications
From Corbould & McColl asking for payment of the balance of their account, amounting to $10000. Resolved that the account be paid if found correct by the City Solicitor.

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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
That the Council Chamber be painted and repaired.
Carried

The following account were recommended for payment:-
Herman Schussler Expert Witness $2500.00
T. Whitelaw Driver 80.00
Davis & Taylor Cab Shields 19.50
International Hotel Lunch for Witnesses 11.00
sgd Wm Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering
That the report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried

Motions
Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the following accounts be paid:-
J. Romang Salary for June $58.50
E. Kingcombe “ “ “ 48.00
Carried
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ De Pencier
That the request of the City Council of New Westminster for the use of

[Volume 4 page 403]

steam roller be granted on condition that it be returned when required in good order and condition, and that A. W. Cameron accompany it to run it.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the City Officials be paid their June salaries on the 30th of June instead of July 1st.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ De Pencier
That the following increases in Salaries be paid the nurses in the City Hospital:
Nurse Drummond $1000 for month
Nurse Woodward 500 “ “
Increase to date from May 1st 1891.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brown
That the adoption of the site for a crematory at the South end of Gore Avenue be reconsidered and the Committee be given further time to report.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton
That John Brenton be appointed to take charge of the Sewers paid appointment to date from May first, at a salary of $7500 per month.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brown
That the following increases in firemen’s salaries be approved of:-
J. H. Carlisle $2500 for month
A.W. Cameron 1000 “ “
J. Cooper 1000 “ “
J. Campbell 1000 “ “

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G. Evans 1000 “ “
F. Whiston 1000 “ “
H. Campbell 1000 “ “
S. L. Hayward 1000 “ “
Said increases to date from May 1st 1891.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws

The Council went into Committee of the Whole to resume the reading of the District Telegraph By-Law. Alderman Brighouse was appointed Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Brown
That all the words after the word “having” in Clause 8 be struck out and the following inserted in lieu thereof:-
Actual Cost less depreciation in value together with 10 per cent thereon.
Carried

Moved by Alderman De Pencier
That Clause 9 be struck out.
Carried

Moved by Alderman De Pencier
That “Two” be inserted for “Six” in Clause 10.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Templeton.
That all the words after the word “provided” in Clause 12 be struck out
Carried

The Committee then rose and reported the By-Law complete with amendments.
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Doering
That the By-Law be now read a 3rd time.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Carroll

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That Section No 1 be amended and the time limit fixed at 10 a year.
Amendment lost motion carried.

The By-Law was then read a third time, and passed.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Carroll
That the Amendments to the Fire Limit By-Law be read a second time.
Carried.

The Council went into a Committee of the Whole on the By-Law with Alderman Templeton in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause. It was resolved that a clause to be known as Clause No 2 be added exempting the East half of Block 53.541, as petitioned for by J. T. Williams et al.

The Committee then rose, and reported the By-Law as complete with amendments.

It was read for a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Templeton seconded by Alderman Doering.

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

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
That wherever the words “City Clerk” occurs in the By-Law, the words “Acting City Clerk” be inserted thereafter.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
That the Clause 7 be amended by inserting the words “The Mayor” after the word “property”
Carried

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That Clause “C” be struck out.
Carried

The Committee then rose and reported the By-Law complete with amendments.

It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman Carroll and seconded by Alderman Doering.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Doering

Whereas it is deemed expedient for the presentation of Public Health that Certain Rules and Regulations governing the disinterment, transhipment, and transportation of the bodies of person dying in this City or who are now buried in the Cemeteries under the control of the Corporation of this City shall be passed.
Therefore be it resolved:-
1st That the body of any person buried in any Cemetery under the control of the Corporation of the City of Vancouver, or of any person who may hereafter die within said City provided death has not been caused by Smallpox, Diphtheria, Asiatic Cholera, Leprosy, Typhus or Yellow Fever, may upon proper application in writing to the Board of Health, giving full particulars as to cause of death, attending physician, date of death and where proposed to remove body to, and when, over what route removal is to be made, and upon payment by applicant of the fee set out for disinterment permit be disinterred under the following restrictions:
2nd Every body disinterred for removal or the body of any deceased person which it is proposed to transport for burial to any place other than the cemeteries in control of this Corporation, must immediately on the disinterment being effected or the decision to transport elsewhere for burial being arrived at, be placed and encased in an air tight zinc, tin, lead

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or copper lined coffin or in an hermetically sealed and enclosed airtight iron casket, all enclosed in a strong, tight wooded box, or the body must be wrapped in a sheet and be disinfected by a solution of bi-chloride mercury, and be placed in a strong coffin or casket hermetically sealed or soldered, made of zinc, copper, lead or tin, and all must be enclosed in a strong outside wooden box or case of material not less than one and a half inches in thickness, furnished with four strong iron casket handles, two on each side thereof.
3rd That no variation from these rules will be permitted or allowed and that a copy of same and of the Cemeteries Regulation By-Laws be printed and furnished to each undertaker and practising physician in this City.
Carried.

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

Chinese citizens to be buried separately – December 29, 1890, 7:30 pm

Chinese citizens to be buried separately – December 29, 1890, 7:30 pm

Chinese community granted separate plot in Cemetery. Telephones needed to connect the Sheriff’s office in Vancouver and in the New Westminster Courthouse to “facilitate the processes of the law.” A clock to be placed on the Market Building tower, cost not to exceed $60.00

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

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 166-173

[vol 4 page 166]
Vancouver December 29th 1890

The Council met on Monday December 29th 1890 at 7:30 P.M.
Present: His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Horne, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod and Doering.
The minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.

Communications
From J. W. McFarland, Secretary of the Vancouver Water Works Company informing the Council that free water would be supplied to the fountain on Hastings Street and refunding $11.92 for previous rates paid to them. Filed.

From Chas. Slade asking that certain trees be cut down on 14th Av in Block 111, 301.  City Engineer.

From Chief of Police furnishing weekly report of Street Lights.  Filed.

From W.P. West making certain charges against the Pound Keeper.  Board of Works.

From Alfred Steigenberger asking that the City drain the water off his lot on 5th Av.  Board of Works.

From G.W. Thomas reporting on the Market Receipts.  Filed.

From A.J. Mouat, Secretary to the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library submitting his Report for A.D. 1890 and asking that a Committee be appointed to take charge.  Finance.

[vol 4 page 167]

From Wm H.H. Johnson asking for a bonus for a varnish factory.  Finance Committee.

Reports

Finance No. 32
The Finance Committee met on Friday December 26th 1890.

Present: Aldermen Browning, Garden and Costello.
It was resolved:
1.       That Geo. F. Baldwin and Charles Tetley be paid $300.00 each and Thos. F. McGuigan $300.00 less the amount already received by him from Park Commissioners in lieu of an increase of salary from the beginning of the present year and that in future they be paid $125.00 per month respectively in consideration of Geo. F. Baldwin performing the combined duties of Treasurer, Assessment Commissioner and Collector, Charles Tetley that of Accountant and Thos. F. McGuigan that of City Clerk and Secretary of the Park Board.

2.       That the following accounts be paid:
Drake, Jackson & Co, Law Costs                                                       $34.00
J.J. Blake, Legal Services                                                                       100.00
C.E. Pooley, Legal Services                                                                    75.00
Sgd. J.M. Browning
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.  Carried.

Crematory                                                                                                                                                         Report
Some time ago the Council authorized your Committee to conclude arrangements with Engle Sanitary & Cremation Co for the

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erection of a Crematory furnace in this City and also to obtain a site for the same in a suitable position.
In accordance with that resolution we invited Mr Engle to come to Vancouver and he arrived last Friday.
He met your Committee on Saturday and submitted plans and model for an improved furnace which will yield better results than the one which the Company tendered to build for $6000.
Though it will cost more to erect he states that the Company will give the benefit of their improved system to the City and will agree to abide by the price which they quoted.
He asks however that the Council will as the works progress make advances to the Company on account for wages and materials to an amount not exceeding $3000.00 in all and that the balance shall be held over after due trial. The furnace has worked to the complete satisfaction of the Council when it shall be paid. Your Committee think that this is a very fair and reasonable proposal and recommend it to the favourable consideration of the Council.
Sgd Malcom McLeod
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Horne
That the Report of the Crematory Committee be adopted.  Carried.

Works No. 36

The Works Committee met on Friday December 26th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Browning, Costello and Sentell. Alderman Browning in the Chair.

It was resolved:
1.       Re the Bunker Accounts

[vol 4 page 169]

That the whole matter be referred to the City Solicitor and the City Engineer conjointly to look into each individual case and that upon their joint certificate the City Treasurer be authorized to pay all recommended claims.
2.       That the City Engineer be empowered to spend $60.00 the amount in the estimates on a sidewalk on the south side of Burrard Street from Westminster Avenue to Dunlevy Avenue, the width of said sidewalk being decided by the City Engineer according to requirements.
3.       That Mr John Boultbee’s request on behalf of certain Chinese of the City be granted and that they be allowed a piece of land on the extreme southern limits of the present cemetery and having a length of the full width of said cemetery and depth enough to make one acre. The precise situation of the said piece of land to be decided by the City Engineer.
4.       That the tender of Bradshaw and Urquhart for the construction of a drain in the East Park be accepted with the understanding that the storm drain “No 1 b” be put in instead of the log drain “No 1 a” price $638.00.
5.       That the tender of Ch P Coulson for the supply of 1 Burford & Perkins 12 ton Steam Road Roller at 2 mos delivery, for the sum of $2883.00 be accepted.
6.       That the tender of Ch P Coulson for the supply of 1 Baxter’s Rock Crusher at 2 mos delivery for the sum of $2576.00 be accepted.
7.       That the tender of Thos Dunn & Co for the supply of 1 16 horse power steam engine be held over for the City Engineer to report on the most suitable class of engines and also pending the acceptance of tenders for granite road metal.
8.       That J.G. McDonald be allowed his claim of $66.00 for repairs to the City Wharf, the City looking to the City Wharf for repayment.
9.       That the City Engineer be instructed to have a box drain put in the lane in Block 53

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541 from Georgia Street towards Robson St.
10.   That the following accounts be paid:
H.B. Warren, Car fares etc.                                                                    $7.05
R. Hemphill, Fencing lots                                                                          7.50
A. Godfrey & Co, Supplies                                                                         4.50
Boyd & Clendenning, Centre St extra                                              525.00
11.   That the City Engineer be authorized to have a box drain put on the north side of Georgia Street from the St. Andrews Church to the east side of Homer Street at once.
Sgd. J. W. Horne
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the report.  Carried.

Alderman Horne was appointed Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That clauses 5 and 6 be laid over for two weeks for the consideration of the incoming Council.  Lost.

All the other clauses passed without amendment.
The Committee then rose and reported the Report complete without amendment.

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

The Draft of the Agreement to arbitrate between the Vancouver Water Works Co and the City was produced and read over clause by clause.

[vol 4 page 171]

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the following words be inserted in one of the clauses in the agreement: “Notwithstanding the present works do not extend throughout the City of Vancouver”.  Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman McLeod
That in lieu of the words “necessary pressure” the words “to stand the pressure due to the height at which the dam is situated” be inserted in lieu thereof.  Lost.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Doering
Be it resolved that the agreement drafted with reference to the purchase of the property, real and personal of every nature and kind whatsoever of the Vancouver Water Works Company by the City of Vancouver, be forwarded to that company with a request that it be duly executed by said company without delay as by Resolution of the Council the arbitration has to commence by the 15th January 1891.
And be it further resolved that the Mayor and City Clerk be authorized to sign same when so returned and affix the City Seal thereto.  Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That the Market Committee be instructed to place a clock in the Market Tower, cost not to exceed $600.00.  Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the following labor

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account be paid:
B. Romang et al                                                                $142.90
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Costello
That the following account be paid:
E. Cook, foundation of Market scales                       $88.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Garden
That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay the City officials on the last day of this month instead of on the 1st of January to enable the accounts to be closed for the year.  Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the offer of fifteen dollars a month from the Secretary of the Union Steam Ship Co for the dumping of garbage over their wharf be accepted for such time until the crematory is built.  Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by Alderman Costello
Whereas in order that the Sheriff’s officer at this place be in a position to promptly execute processes of law it is necessary that he have some speedy means of searching the Records at New Westminster, therefore be it resolved that this Council request the Honourable the Attorney General to at once have telephones placed in the Sheriff’s office in the City and also in New Westminster, in order that the business of said officer be facilitated for the good of the general public.  Carried.

[vol 4 page 173]

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the following account be paid:
Henderson Directory Co, Book                                      $3.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the following account be paid:
A. Carwell, Towing pest house                                      $5.00
Carried.

The Council then adjourned to meet again at 10 A.M. on Monday the 5th of Jan 1891.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Future of City Wharf uncertain – May 20, 1889

Committee formed to either settle with Vancouver Wharfage and Storage re: purchase of wharf as previously agreed or that “the right to purchase same should be abandoned.” Cost of installing phone line from City Hall to cemetery quoted at $70.00 and monthly rental charge of $4.00; Board of Works empowered to go back to Telephone Company and ask for a better price.

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

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 18-23

[volume 3 page 18]

Vancouver May 20th 1889

The Council met on Monday May 20th 1889.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Charles Hillier et al praying that a sidewalk be laid on Keefer Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From B. Crickmay notifying Council that she had dismissed the Porter. Referred to the Board of Health.

From J. B. Babington resigning his position as Pound Keeper. Filed.

From R. A. McMorran et al petitioning for the opening up of Melville Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Alfred Bunker offering to fill lane in Block 12, 541 for 15 cts per cubic yard. Filed.

From W. H. Evans petitioning for the grading of Keefer Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From A. J. Alcock et al petitioning for the Bridging of Westminster Avenue over Tenth Avenue. Referred to the Board of Works.

[volume 3 page 19]

From Thos. Thain claiming $10.00 on account of James Hall deceased. Referred to Finance Committee.

From the reporters asking to be furnished with a better light. Filed.
From Mayor Grant extending an invitation to the Mayor and Council of Vancouver to be present at Victoria on the occasion of the celebration of the Queen’s Birthday. Filed.

Reports

Health No 5

The Health Committee met on Tuesday May 14th 1889.

Present Aldermen Whetham, Salsbury and Costello.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

Scuitto & Co. Groceries $125.60
Vancouver Wharfage Co. 7.50
Hong Sing, Washing 17.50
Thos. A. Greer, Milk 50.40
R. I. Winch, Groceries 23.75
Palmer Bros. Coal 16.50
J. S. Clute & Co. Supplies 6.45
Jacob Sehl, Supplies 3.60
G. Robertson, Supplies 4.25
Wm. Draper, Drugs 21.05
Russell, McDonald & Co. 1.75
Charles Nelson, Drugs 11.10
Telephone Co. 8.00
W. J. McGuigan, Inquest etc. 20.00
Electric Illuminating Co. 30.00
Van Volkenburgh & Bro. Meat 38.25

[volume 3 page 20]

2. That the plan submitted by the Chairman of the Board of Health, showing the proposed subdivision of the upper ward of the City Hospital be approved of and that the City Engineer be instructed to give an Estimate of the cost of same and that tenders be called for the carrying out the work.
Sgd. James Wetham, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brighouse seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the report of the Health Committee be adopted. Carried.

Finance No 14

The Finance Committee met on Friday May 17th 1889 at 8 P.M.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Salsbury, Clark, Mason and Whetham.

The following accounts are recommended for payment:

Charles Nelson, Grass Seed $1.50
W. Harrison, Mucilage Bottles .85
E. L. Kirkland, Taxes .22
News Advertiser, Circulars 3.00
Robertson & Co. Desk etc. 120.00
Munroe Miller, Printing 80.00
F. W. Hart, Desk 18.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 16.50
Thomson Bros. Stationery 14.00
The World P & P Co. 90.77
Henry Avison, Seeds etc. 9.00
John Clough, Stove Polish 1.00
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 23.00
Charles Walker, Pound fees 14.00
H. Blyth et al Street Work 120.00

[volume 3 page 21]

The Board of Works accounts recommended at last meeting of Council and the Board of Health, accounts are hereby confirmed for payment.

In reference to the Telephone line to the Cemetery we recommend that the matter be referred back to the Telephone Co with a view of getting more favourable terms for the construction of said line.

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McConnell seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the Finance Report be adopted. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman McConnell seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the following Police accounts be paid:

J. C. Miller, Straight Jackets $10.00
Starrett and Leatherdate 7.50
C. P. Telegraph Co. 23.55
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 14.00
L. W. Haywood, Fares 19.50
Tattersalls Stables Buggy hire 10.00
John McLaren, fares 7.00
Carried.
Moved by Alderman McConnell seconded by Alderman Mason. That the Board of Works be empowered to appoint a pound keeper. Carried.

[volume 3 page 22]

Moved by Alderman Brighouse seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the City Clerk be instructed to accept the kind invitation of Mayor Grant on behalf of the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver and thank him for same. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Mason. That Mr. Babington’s resignation as Pound Keeper be accepted. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Whetham seconded by Alderman Brighouse. That Mr. Bunker’s offer to grade the lane in Block 12, back of the Post Office be accepted viz. at 15 cts per cubic yard, work to be done under the City Engineer’s direction. Carried.

By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Salsbury seconded by Alderman Brighouse. That the Loan By-Law be read a third time and be signed, sealed and gazetted. Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read and signed etc.

Alderman Salsbury introduced the first reading of a By-Law to levy, a [tax? unreadable] for the year 1889.

[volume 3 page 23]

Moved by Alderman Salsbury seconded by Alderman Horne. That the rules be suspended and the By-Law read a second time. Carried.

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

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

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

The By-Law was accordingly read and signed.

Notice of Motion

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

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Cemetery caretaker to live on grounds – November 7, 1887

Cemetery caretaker to live on grounds – November 7, 1887

A house to be built for the use of the caretaker and sexton of the public cemetery, and a salary of $40 per month be offered.City Council supports the establishment of a Government of Canada experimental farm in Coquitlam. The City to purchase Lots one to ten, Block 38 District Lot 541 from the CPR at $250.00 each in order to build a hospital. Hospital to be built on the plans drafted by A. E. McCartney.

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Vancouver Iron Works Company gains 10 year tax exemption – September 24, 1887

Vancouver Iron Works Company gains 10 year tax exemption – September 24, 1887

The Vancouver Iron Works Company was exempted from all municipal taxation for ten years. City accepted offer from Mr. J. J. Irwin to purchase 19 feet along Cambie Street and 33 feet along Cordova Street for $400.00. The city Chain Gang be utilized to do the work requested along Abbott Street. A cost of two dollars and fifty cents set for a cemetery plot large enough for a single burial, a whole plot costing twenty five dollars and a quarter plot eight dollars. (more…)