Police to enforce tramway construction ban – August 10, 1891

The Police Chief authorized to prevent the New Westminster Tramway Co to interfere with Vancouver streets, and to obtain extra assistance if necessary. Alderman Carroll authorized to purchase an artificial leg for Mr. R. D. Pitt, “the City to pay for same.” By-Laws introduced to raise $440,000 “by way of debentures” for the purchase of the Vancouver Water Works and a further $150,000 for the extension of the Water Works.

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Vancouver August 10, 1891.

The Council met on Monday August 10th 1891

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

The Minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:-

From W.S. Salsbury giving amount due to the Vancouver Water Works Co. on account of interest: Same being $33,847.44
Filed

From Chas. H. Tupper, Minister of Marine stating that the question of Foreshore rights were still under consideration
Filed.

From D. H. Morgan et al asking for a 3 ft on 13th Av.
Referred to Board of Works

From John Clark et al asking for the opening up of Manitoba Street,

Referred to Board of Works.

From the Secy of the School Board requesting that $2500.00 be placed to the credit of the Board

Referred to Finance Committee

From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report.
Filed

From the Chief of Police on Electric lights.
Filed

From the City Solicitor stating that it was illegal for the Tramway Co and the Electric Light Co to break up the streets.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From C. N. Davidson et al, asking that Robson Street be graded and that the street cars be allowed to run over same.
Referred to Board of Works.

From J.J. Nickson [sp. should be Nixon] Supt. of Water Works giving the amount of money that would be required for extending the Water Works system.
Filed.

The following reports were received and read

Finance
The Finance Committee met on Friday August 7, 1891.

Present Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, Hobson, and Carroll.

It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-

C.P. Telegraph Co. $3.85

H. McDowell & Co. drugs. 3.20

Telephone Co. 23.10

2. That the City Solicitor be instructed to enter an appearance for the City in the suit of Carbould & McColl vs the City; who are suing to recover $100.00 costs in the Schmidt case.

3. That the Park Commissioner be informed that the City has no funds at present to grant to them for underbrushing Brockton Point.

4. That the time be extended until the 1st of September for allowing the 20 percent rebate on taxes.

5. That instructions be given to Aldermen Carroll to purchase artificial leg for Mr. R.D. Pitt the City to pay for same.

6. That the valuators be instructed to assess all lands and buildings at the full cash value.

7. That the sum of $1105 be paid for lots 7 & 8, Block 3, District Lot 302, as a site for a crematory

sgd Wm Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Doering

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

Works.

The Board of Works met on Thursday August 6, 1891

Present Aldermen Templeton, Brown, and Godfrey,

It was recommended:-

1. That the following tenders be accepted:-

Robson Street grading D. Gibbons

Repairs to City Hall, Connor & Moss

Street Signs, A. Hodgson

Harris St. grading W. Archibald

Lane Blocks 65 & 75, 541 E. Myers,

Hornby St. sidewalk J.D. Fraser,

Cambie St. “ J.D. Fraser,

The awarding of Hastings Street contract was laid over for one week.

2. That the following accounts be paid:-

H. Lomas et al Labor. $172.50

D.H. Morgan, Victoria St. 300

W.H. Kendall Rock 374.40

Thos. Dunn & Co. shot, .55

H.H. Spicer Lumber, 85. 14

J. B. Thornton, Campbell Av. 99.53

W. D. Hobson, Heatley Av. 1266

H. Connacher, East park 740

J.B. Thornton, Bute St. 190
S. Beaumont, Eveleigh St. 161.10

Boyd & Clandenning, Harris St. 358.20

Bailey & Jones, Oppenheimer St. 106.59

Boyd & Clandenning, Barnard St. 1102.01

sgd Wm Templeton
Acting Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Hobson

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

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Templeton,

“That Professor Robertson be allowed the use of the Market Hall on Tuesday Evening Aug 11, 1891, for the purpose of delivering a lecture on agriculture”
Carried

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brown,

That the Resolution passed on Thursday the 6th day of August authorizing the City Solicitor to apply for an Injunction restraining the Street Railway and New Westminster Tramway Company from interfering with the Streets of the City be and is hereby confirmed

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown,
Seconded by “ Templeton,

“That the Chief of Police be authorized to take what steps he considers necessary to prevent the Vancouver Streets Oppenheimer, Venables, Park Streets and Campbell Av. being interfered with by New Westminster Tramway Co. and to obtain what assistance he may need.

Carried
Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton,

That the Vancouver Street Railway and Electric Light Company not having exercised the option given or made the necessary agreement with the City, and having entered into an illegal contract with the Westminster Tramway Co., the resolution passed on the 6th day of July 1891 shall be and it is hereby rescinded.
Carried.
Introduction of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Brown,

That the Rules be suspended for the introduction and consideration of By-Laws.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell,

That the By-Law to raise the sum of $440,000 by way of Debentures for the purchase of the Vancouver Water Works be read a first time
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell,

That the Rules be suspended and the By-Law read a second time

Carried
Moved by Alderman McDowell,
Seconded by “ Hobson,

That the By-Law to raise the sum of $150,000 for the extension of the Water Works System be read a first time
Carried

Moved by Alderman Scoullar,
Seconded by “ Hobson,

That the rules be suspended to allow of the second reading of the By-Law.

Carried.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on both By-Laws with Alderman Brown in the Chair. The By-Laws were read over clause by clause, and reported to Council as complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton,

That the above By-Laws receive a third reading on Monday the 14th of September at 8 P.M.

Carried

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Scoullar,

That a By-Law be introduced to fix the polling places, time etc on the above By-Laws.
Carried.

The By-Law was introduced and read a 1st and 2nd time.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole with Alderman Godfrey in the Chair.

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

It was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Scoullar seconded by Alderman Godfrey.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Street railway construction halted – August 6, 1891

A bylaw was introduced to license Master Plumbers within the City. The City to immediately file an injunction to prevent further construction of a street railway along Venables Street to Boundary Road

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Vancouver Aug 6th 1891

The Council met on Thursday Aug 6th 1891

Present Aldermen Carroll, Godfrey, Scoullar, Brown, McDowell, Templeton & Hobson.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey,
Seconded by “ Carroll
That Alderman Scoullar be appointed Chairman.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ McDowell,
That the By-Law to license Master Plumbers be read a first time
Carried.

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

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Carroll,
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the Council going into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law
Carried

The Council went into Committee of the Whole with Alderman Templeton in the Chair.

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported as complete with Amendments.

The third reading was deferred.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Carroll
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of the following motion:-

Carried

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Brown,
That under the advice of the City Solicitor an injunction be obtained to prevent further construction of the Street Railway or Tramway now under progress on Oppenheimer Street and thence to the City Boundary by way of Venables Street and that the injunction be obtained forthwith
Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Street lights not to be lit during full moon – May 18, 1891

The Electric Light Co. was instructed not to light the street lights on the night of full moon and for two nights before and after full moon. The appointment of Mr. Tracy as Chief Engineer came up again; however, Mayor David Oppenheimer refused to put the question to Council. He also refused to sign pay cheques for Engineering staff engaged in his absence. Request from Miss Bowes to “remove indecent pictures from advertising boards” was referred to the Police Committee.

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Vancouver May 18th 1891.
The Council met on Monday May 18th 1891 at 8 P.M.

Present His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Godfrey, Templeton, Hobson, Brown, McDowell, DePencier, and Doering.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read.
From the Market Clerk furnishing his weekly Report.
Referred to the Market Committee

From A.E. Beck asking the Council to have the street in the vicinity of the Court House made more accessibly for carriages.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the secretary of the Board of Trade requesting the City Council to pass a resolution urging the Department at Ottawa to take immediate action towards the removal of the shacks from the foreshore of Vancouver Harbor and False Creek.
Referred to the Finances Committee

From the Telephone Co & Electric Light Co. in regard to the unused poles on the streets.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.
Referred to the F. W. & L. Committee.

From Miss Bowes etal requesting the Council to remove indecent pictures from advertising Boards.
Referred to the Police Committee

From W.J. Dowler, City Clerk of Victoria, cordially inviting the Mayor and Council to be present in Victoria on the Queen’s Birthday.
Filed.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Works No 14.
The Board of Works met on Thursday May 14th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Templeton, and DePencier.
It was recommended:-
1 That R.A. Anderson and J.A. Yerex be paid the final estimate on 13th Av, on their giving a Bond to complete the burning where called upon to do so by the Street Inspector.

2 That a sum not exceeding $125.00 be granted to the City Band to enable them to fix up a room in the Market building basement for practising purposes, such sum to be expended under the directions of the Board of Works and subject to the approval of the Market Committee

3 That the City Engineer examine and report upon the petition of Wm. Wood, etal re the grading etc of 8th Av. upon the petition of Geo. Eldon for the grading of Alberni Street, upon the petition of John Devine for the grading of Princess Street, and upon the petition of D.H. Wilson etal, for the grading of Thurlow Street.

4 That before any more money is expended in opening up streets on Fairview, that the C.P.R. Co be requested to have all streets extended to the water.

5 That the tender of Thos. Veitch be accepted for the delivery of broken road metal at the following rates:-
Plan No 1. 46 cts
Plan No 2. 52 cts.
“ “ 3. 64 “

6 That the Street Inspector be instructed to see that all gates now opening outwards be made to open inwards from the street line.

7 That the following accounts be paid:-
B.C. Cattle Co. Tallow. $2.80
Boyd & C. Georgia St. filling 260.50
sgd. S. Brighouse,
Chairman

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

Carried.

F. W. & L. 7.

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday May 13, 1891.

Present Aldermen Templeton, Brown, Brighouse and Godfrey.

Tenders were received for a hose wagon from:-

J & W. Powe. $650.

F.R. Winch 525

Columbia Carriage Factory (with shafts) 630
without 620

Sprout, Wood & Glenn. 650

F.R. Winch being the lowest, his tender was accepted. The wagon to be ordered by the Chairman, Alderman Templeton in accordance with Specifications to be made out by him.

Communications

From J.W. Lewis asking for a position in the Fire Department.

Filed.

From the Vancouver Manufacturing & Trading Co asking for a hydrant to be placed at the lower end of Granville St.

Laid over pending the completion of the Water Works Arbitration.

Resolved that the Electric Light Co. be instructed not to light the street lights on the night of full moon and for 2 nights before and after full moon until further notice.

That J. Moran be paid $60.00 per month as teamster the increase to date from April 1st.

That the City pays the Water Works Co. $20.00 per month for flushing the sewers and surface drains by the hydrants, their account for $25.00 extra for flushing a surface drain be not paid.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Vancouver Elec Ry & Light Co. Lights. $1279.11

Creighton, Fraser & Co. Waste etc. 14.78

Tye & Co Tools. 6.20

I Forbes. Shoeing. 4.00

G.H. Bazley “ 3.00

McMillan & Hamilton Polish. 1.50

Palmer Bros. Fuel. 7.00

Crowder & Penzer Feed. 52.45

Van Water Works Co. Water. 345.24

sgd Wm. Templeton.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Doering.

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

Carried.

Police. No 12.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday May 12, 1891

Present Alderman DePencier, Scoullar, McDowell & Carroll

Communications.

From A. J. Ryan respecting the judgments given in the Police Court & reversed by the judges in the higher Courts.

Resolved that A. J. Ryan be requested to attend the next Police Committee.

From W. P. West, asking for an increase of salary.
Filed.

From W. P. West reporting the number of animals impounded during the month of April.

Filed.

1 Resolved.

That the City Solicitor be requested to proceed at once to revise the By-Laws particularly By-Law No 79.

2 That the City Clerk write to the Attorney General asking whether it is necessary for the Police Magistrate to be a J.P. under the new act.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

J.R. Morrow. Drugs. $4.60

W. Murphy. Uniforms 441.90

H. McDowell & Co. Oil. 2.00

S.T. Tilley. Stamps. 1.00

J.P. Blake. Bread. 19.70

McLennan & McFeely. Repairs. 1.25

Hayes & McIntosh. Meat. 20.75

Hamilton Eligh. Milk. 3.35

C.E. Tisdall. Repairs. 1.00

D. McRae. do. 5.50

Wm. Ralph “ 2.50

Jos. Gibson. Transport. 3.00

D. Bell Irving Med Attendance 5.00

Columbia Carriage Factory 8.00

sgd H. DePencier.

Moved by Alderman McDowell.
Seconded by “ Templeton.

That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Health. No 12.

The Health Committee met on Tuesday May 12, 1891.

Present Aldermen Carroll, Templeton & Scoullar.
Communications

From Miss Swan reporting number of patients in the hospital for the month of April. Filed

From Miss Swan about the washing done by the Steam Laundry. Laid Over

From Dr. Herbert asking to be placed on the Medical Staff of the Hospital

Resolved
That Dr. Herbert be appointed a member of the medical Staff of the Hospital.

The following accounts were recommended for payment
Creamer & Langley Crockery $6.33
W. S. Cook Scavenger 1.00
Hamilton Eligh. Milk 31.90
Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies 10.50
J. R. Morrow Drugs 68.97
Union S. S. Co. Dumping 15.00
R. V. Winch Supplies 13.40
J. M. O. Toole Repairs 6.25
W. J. McGuigan Inquests 10.00
Van Steam Laundry Washing 35.71
S. T. Tilley Stamps 1.00
Hayes & Mc Intosh Meat 43.70
Sgd. J. T. Carroll
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ McDonnell
That the Report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried

Finance No 14

The Finance Committee met on Friday May 15 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Doering Scoullar and Carroll

It was resolved:-
1 That $5.00 being one half fine imposed on Frank Foubert under the Census Act be paid to R.E. Gosnell.
2 That the Telephone Co. be asked to refund to the City all over charges made on the Telephones to this date.
3 That Mr. Hamersley make an offer to the owners of Lots 4, 5 & 6, in Block 48. 196, and if it is not accepted that he proceed at once to expropriate.
4 That the account of Mr. Hamersley amounting to $573.50 for attending on the amendments to the City Charter and for opposing the amendments to the Vancouver Water Works Co’s Act be paid.
5 That the sum of $15525.00 being principal and interest on the Sugar Refinery Site be paid to the Vancouver Improvements Co. on their giving a title to the Sugar Refinery Co for Block 47. 196 less $200.00 to be retained according to agreement.
6 That Mr. Hamersley be empowered to engage Counsel to help him in the Water Works Arbitration.
7 That the arrangement recommended by Mr. Hamersley with regard to the payment of the fees & costs of the Water Works Arbitration be agreed to.
8 That the account of Corbould & McColl for costs in the case of Schmidt vs the City and Water Works Co., amounting to $177.83 be paid and that $50.00 be collected from the Water Works Co and that if not paid by them that it be deducted from their Water account.
9 That the matter of the costs of Mr. Blake in the Slaughter house cases be referred to Mr. Huntly for settlement.
10 That the communication of R.T. Williams asking for a subsidy of $350.00, and an order for 60 copies at $3.50 each of the British Columbia Directory be laid over.
11 That the request of Sam’l H. Loughley that the City pay for some articles to be inserted in some New England papers describing Vancouver and other localities be filed.
12 That the request of Mr. Hamersley for some arrangement to be made as to recommendation for revising the City By-Laws be laid over.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Telephone Co. $19.00
T.F. McGuigan 2.00
sgd Wm. Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Carried.

License. No 4.

To the Council of the City of Vancouver.

Gentlemen,

Your License Committee beg to report having met for the transaction of business at 11 a.m. of Tuesday May 12.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, McDowell, and Godfrey.
Applications were received and read from:-

Winters, and [Newarty ?] to transfer Irish Saloon License from L 28 to L 26. B 13 D.L. 196.

Major Wilkins to transfer ½ interest in Glasgow Hotel to H. Lee.

Anderson & McGillivray to transfer San Francisco Hotel License to McHugh & Hay.

Reid & Dowswell to transfer Wholesale License to A. Hemmick.

All of which applications were granted.

The License Inspector was authorized to procure 100 License Cards at current contract rates.

The Board then adjourned subject to the call of the Chairman.

sgd D. Oppenheimer
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the License Board be adopted.
Carried.
Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Carroll.
Seconded by “ DePencier.

That the Cemetery By-Law be read a second time (2nd)

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ DePencier.

That the By-Law be published for the information of the Public.

Carried.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton.

That the following labour account be paid:-

H.Lomas etal $85.55
Carried.

Moved by Alderman DePencier
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Vancouver City Council accepts with pleasure the invitations received from the citizens of Victoria and Nanaimo to be present on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday and that arrangements be made to go to Victoria for May 23rd and Nanaimo on May 25th in a body.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell.

That the appointment of T.H. Tracy C.E. of London Ont, as Chief Engineer for this City be made unanimous and that he be notified of such action at once.

[2 blank pages follow] For Balance see page 342
For Balance see page 342

The Mayor refused to put the motion to Council.

A Bond was submitted and read whereby Alderman Brighouse, Godfrey, Scoullar, Brown, and McDowell, and Templeton would hold the City harmless against costs in case the suit threatened by Mr. Warren should go against the City.
The matter was discussed but the bond was not signed.

Notices of Motion
Alderman Scoullar gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce the following By-Laws:-
1 To secure the Sanitary conditions of Buildings
2 “ License and regulate plumbers.
3 “ provide for the appointment of plumbing Inspectors and plumbing examiners.

Alderman Templeton gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would move a resolution vesting in some one member of the Council Authority to sign Cheques in payment of Salaries due by the City to some of the employes [sic], the Mayor having refused to sign such cheques.

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

Browning appointment finalized – Apr 29, 1891

Appointment of Browning finalized.

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Vancouver Apr 29/91

A Special meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday April 29th 1891

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

Moved by Alderman Carroll

Seconder “ DePencier

In pursuance of the provisions contained in Clause 2 of the Vancouver Water Works Act 1886 Amendment Act 1891 It is hereby resolved that Mr. J.M. Browning of Vancouver, Land Commissioner C.P.Ry Co. be and he is hereby appointed Arbitrator on behalf of the City of Vancouver in the matter of the Arbitration to be held as directed and provided for by the said Act.

And notice under the Corporate Seal of such appointment be served on the Vancouver Water Works Co. The remuneration of Mr. Browning to be fixed at the same amount as the Vancouver Water Works Co. pay to their arbitrator, and that notice of his appointment be given to Mr. Browning

The meeting then adjourned

D. Oppenheimer

Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan

City Clerk

Browning named to Water Works arbitration panel – Apr 22, 1891

Council appointed J.M. Browning as their arbitrator in the Water Works arbitration. A list of potential third arbitrators was presented – the City Solicitor to contact each of them to see if he would be willing to act as third arbitrator.

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Vancouver Apr 22/91

A Special meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday Apr 22/91.

Present his Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Templeton, Scoullar, Brighouse, Brown, Godfrey, DePencier, Hobson, McDowell & Carroll and the City Solicitor, for the purpose of appointing an arbitrator on behalf of the City of Vancouver in the matter of the arbitration to be held for the purchase of the Vancouver Water Works by the City, and also for the purpose of considering a letter from Mr. Browning C.P.Ry Land Commissioner respecting the acquiring by the City the triangular piece of land in front of the City Hospital.

The following communications were received

From J.M. Browning asking that the City Clerk be instructed to write him stating the purpose for which the City wishes to acquire the triangular piece of land in front of the City Hospital, or if they prefer, to appoint a Committee to wait on Mr. Van Horne to lay their views before him.

Moved by Alderman DePencier
Seconded by “ Hobson

That his Worship the Mayor and the Health Committee wait on Mr. Browning to arrange for an interview with Mr. Van Horne respecting the piece of land in question

From J.W. McFarland enclosing notice of the appointment by the Water Works Co. of their arbitrator

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Templeton

That the notice of the Vancouver Water Works Co. of the appointment of their arbitrator be received and acknowledged.

From John Irving, President of the Vancouver Water Works Co. acknowledging receipt of City Solicitor’s letter asking for permission to have the Water Works Co’s books audited on behalf of the City. Also from John Irving stating that in the opinion of the Directors of the Water Works Co. the auditing of the books should be dealt with by the arbitrators.

No action taken

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell

In perseverance of the provisions contained in clause 2 of the Vancouver Water Works Act 1886 Amendment Act 1891
It is hereby resolved that Mr. Browning of Vancouver, Land Commissioner C.P.Ry Co. be and he is hereby appointed Arbitrator on behalf of the City of Vancouver in the matter of the arbitration to be held as directed and provided for by the said act. And notice under the Corporate Seal of such appointment be served on the Vancouver Water Works Co.
Motion Withdrawn.

Unanimously resolved that the Water Works Committee wait on Mr. Browning to ask him to accept the position of arbitrator on behalf of the City and if he accepts, if he will write to Mr. Tilton asking him if he will consent to the Water Works Co’s books being audited on behalf of the City. Also to submit to Mr. Browning names of certain Engineers and to ask him if they would be acceptable to him as third arbitrator.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconder “ Scoullar

That the City Solicitor communicate with the following Engineers asking them if they would be willing to act as third arbitrator between the City and the Water Works Co in the matter of the arbitration about the purchase of the Water Works.

H.T. Bovey Montreal

C.P. Baillairge Quebec

W. Chapman Brockville

W.J. Jennings Toronto

H.T. Perley Ottawa

Henry Ruttan Winnipeg

P.W. St. George Montreal

E.O. Baggs St. Bernardino Cal.

Rosewater & Chrysler Omaha Neb.

Rudolph Hering New York

S.A. Arkingstall Chicago

Co. G.E. Waring New York R.I

W.W. Curtis St. Paul Minn.

Thos. H. Tracy London, Ont.

C.E.W. Dodwell 52 Imp Building Montreal

D. Brian McConnell City Hall Montreal

Walter Shanly St. Lawrence Hall, Montreal

C.S. Sproalt City Hall Toronto

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

Battle re City Engineer continues – Apr 20, 1891

In consideration of $2,000 grant given to the women’s and children’s hospital by the City, the Chairman of the Board of Health to be one of directors of the hospital. Ongoing conflict over the firing of Chief Engineer Warren and the hiring of Mr. Tracy. Five aldermen to review the composition of the city wards in terms of populations, budgets, and taxes received.

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Vancouver April 20th 1891.

The Council met on Monday April 20th 1891.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received:-

From the Market Clerk furnishing his weekly report.
Filed.

From Dr. Herbert applying for a position on the Medical Board of the City Hospital.

Referred to the Health Committee.

From M. Gibson asking for two trees to be cut down on 11th Av. Between Sofy [sic. Sophia] St. and Westminster Avenue.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Edward C. Heastie asking for a settlement of the claims for wages on the South Park.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Wm. Seidelman asking the Council to compel certain clearing to be done in 184.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor stating that the necessary bonds were furnished in the Slaughter house appeal cases.
Copy of letter to be sent to Wm. Towler.

From Henry Collins etal [sic] asking that the lane between Richards & Homer Streets in Block 65.541 be graded.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From F.C. Rankin, Secretary of the Lacrosse Club, asking the Council to put the steam roller on the Brockton Point Lacrosse grounds; they defraying all expenses connected therewith.

Filed.

From J.S. O’Dwyer applying for the position of the City Engineer.

Laid on the tables.

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

From A.J. Dana etal [sic] asking for the gravelling etc of Robson Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From T.C. Booth etal [sic] asking for a sidewalk on the West side of Seymour Street.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From Thos. H. Tracy of London, Ont stating that on account of the Mayors protest and actions I think it not safe to throw up present position.
Filed.

From His Worship the Mayor denying that he was responsible for the non-acceptance of the position of City Engineer by Thos. Tracy and furnishing copies of his correspondence with him.

Filed.
The following Reports were received and read:-

License No 3.

Your Committee met for the transaction of business on Wednesday April 15th 1891 at 11:30 a.m.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen McDowell, Hobson and Godfrey. His Worship in the Chair.

Applications were received and read from Messrs Reid and Dowswell for a Wholesale License for premises situate on Lot 3 Block 10 w.h. 541. And from Messrs O’Rourke and Jervis for a Retail Shop License for premises situate on Lot 1 Block 13. in D.W. 196. These applications were granted and the Inspector’s report thereon ordered fyled [sic].

Applications for transfer of licenses or interests in licenses were received and read from H. Lee to Major Wilkin’s ½ interest in Glasgow Hotel; R.T. Mizony to Mizony & Rose, Dougall House. Queen Bros. to John Whitty, Waverley Hotel. Ryan Sisters to Victor Lord, St. Charles Hotel. P. Gorman to D. & A. McLennan, Pullman Hotel. Gilmore & Clark to Campbell & McPhaiden, Superior Saloon. J. Williams to W.H. Steves, Germania Hotel, all of which applications were granted.

The Board then adjourned subject to call of the Chairman.

sgd. D. Oppenheimer
Mayor.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Templeton.

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

Police No 11.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday April 14th 1891.
Present Aldermen DePencier, Hobson, and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
Hayes & McIntosh. Supplies. $19.60
John Sciutto “ 44.06
T.R. Morrow “ .85
Creamer & Langley “ 3.20
J.P.Blake “ 18.45
Gurney Cab Co. Fares. .50
W.S. Cook. Scavengering. 1.25

2 That the Salary of Officer Eligh be increased by $10.00 per month, such increase to date from April 1st 1891.

3 That the Pound Keeper be supplied with 500 feet of rough lumber.

4 That the Chief of Police be instructed to have the floor of the gaol repaired.

The Communication from C.M. Fowler re one month’s Salary as Pound Keeper was received and filed; as were, also those of James O’Connor, Thos. Shirley and Fred Giles re the Police Magistrate.
sgd H. DePencier
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering.

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

Health. No 11.

The Health Committee met on Friday April 17th 1891.

Present Aldermen Carroll, Scoullar, Templeton, and McDowell.

The Minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From Mrs. Webster, asking that the recommendation of the last Council that a sum be placed in the estimates for Women’s and Children’s Hospital be considered. The application was considered in the Estimates.

From Mrs. Webster enclosing plans for the proposed hospital.
Filed.

From Robert Marrion calling attention to the danger of infection from Sewer gas coming from the open manholes and ventilators in the Sewers.
Filed.

From the Union S.S. Co asking for fresh arrangements to be made about dumping garbage and stating that they will require one hundred dollars per month in future for the use of the wharf for that purpose.
Filed.

From the Union Steam Ship Co giving notice required to terminate the present arrangement regarding dumping of garbage.
No action taken.

From the hospital matron with hospital report for the month of March.
Filed.

Resolved.
That in consideration of the grant of $2000 to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital the Chairman of the Board of Health shall at all times be one of the Board of Management of said hospital.

That the Health By-Law be referred to the City Solicitor to revise and make more efficient.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

W.J. McGuigan. Inquests. $10.00

R.V. Winch. Supplies. 9.41

Alex McDonald. Labor. 1.75

Hamilton Eligh. Supplies. 28.16

H.H. Layfield. “ 2.90

Union S.S. Co. Dumping. 15.00

J.P.Blake. Supplies. 10.35

Hayes & McIntosh. “ 45.10

Palmer Bros. “ 21.00

T.R. Morrow “ 45.35

J. Scuitto “ 77.91

M.J. Alcock. Making Hospital Linen. 21.20

The following Estimates for the year were submitted for the approval of the Finance Commmittee:-

Salaries.

Matron. Miss Swan. $50.00 per month: $600

Nurse Miss Woodward 25.00 “ “ 300

“ “ Drummond 20.00 “ “ 240

Night Nurse 30.00 “ “ 360

Porter 30 “ “ 360

Cook 25.00 “ “ 300

Inspector 50.00 per month: $600

Total $2760

Hospital Expenses $3000

“ Lighting 400

“ Fuel 300

“ Water 70

“ Telephone 48

Inquests & Examinations 400

Contingent Expenses 3000

Total $9978

Debenture Balances.

Instruments $1110.25

Furniture 1334.56

Garbage Destroyer. 8000.00

Total 20,422.81

The Committee recommend the following additions:

Miss Woodward increased 9 mos. @ $5.00 $45.00

“ Drummond “ 9 “ @ 10.00 90.00

Hospital Wing. 6000.00

“ Women’s & Children’s 2000.00

“ Furnishings 1000.00

Scavenger plant. 1000.00

“ Expenses. 1500.00

Total 24,057.81

sgd. J.T. Carroll.
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman McDowell.
Seconded by “ Hobson.

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

Market. No 6.

The Market Committee met on Friday April 17th 1891. at 3 P.M.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Godfrey, Brown, and Templeton.

It was recommended:-

1 That the Inspector of Weights and Measures be requested to come and test the Market Scales as there are some complaints that they are incorrect.

2 That D.J. McPhalen be awarded the contract for constructing the exit to the Market Hall price $253.00.

3 That Robertson & Hackett be paid $203.85 for altering doors etc in the Market Hall if same is found to be correct.
sgd. A. Godfrey.
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Scoullar.

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

Water Works. No 2.

The Water Works Committee met on Wednesday April 15th 1891.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Alderman Brown, Templeton, and McDowell.

Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Sir Joseph Trutch and Mr. John Irving in reference to the arbitration being held in Vancouver.

Filed.

Resolved:-
That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare a Brief for the Water Works arbitration and that he obtain and examine all possible witnesses.

That C. Tesley be appointed to audit the Water Works Co’s books on behalf of the City and that he be authorized to get such assistance as he require, he to proceed with the work as soon as permission to examine the books is obtained and that the City Solicitor be instructed to write to the President of the Water Works Co to obtain such permission.

That the Services of a Short hand writer and type writer be secured to take notes of the proceedings of the arbitration

That Mr. Schussler be communicated with asking him to hold himself in readiness to come to Vancouver to give expert evidence on behalf of the City, immediately on receipt of a telegram which will probably be sent to him within 30 days.

Mr. Hamersley asked the Committee whether they consider his services in connection with the Water Works arbitration were to be paid for, as extra services and the Committee replied that they were extra services.

The Committee then adjourned.
sgd Wm. Brown.
Chairman.

Finance No 11.

The Finance Committee met on Friday April 17th 1891.

Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson, Carroll, and Scoullar.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

The World. P & P. Co. Subscription $12.00

News Advertiser. Ad 1.05

2 That in future all matters connected with legal proceedings be submitted to the City Solicitor before any action is taken.

A deputation consisting of Messrs. E.C Britton, A. Williams, J. Campbell, and A. St. G. Hamersley attended the meeting to consult with them and try to arrange a settlement re lots 4, 5 & 6, in Block 48. 181. through which Powell Street now runs; but no settlement was arrived at.

(sgd) Wm. Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ McDowell.

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

Works. No 11

The Board of Works met on Thursday April 16th 1891.

Present Aldermen DePencier (in the Chair), Templeton, Brown, and Godfrey.

It was recommended:-

1 That the position of the Street crossing on the corner of Burrard and Hastings streets be changed as requested by Mr. Townley.

2 That the following accounts be paid:-

H. Connacher. East Park. $506.25

D. J. McDonald. Oppenheimer St. 110.20

A.D. McDonald. Barnard St. 65.32

3 That the Sidewalk in front of the new Post Office on Granville Street and Pender Street have a dip of 2 inches to the street.

4 That the Street Inspector examine and report re the drainage of the Steam Laundry in Block 75. 541.

5 That the contract of Messrs Anderson and Yerex on the South Park be accepted, provided Mr. Anderson gives the City a guarantee to do burning and so forth when called upon.

6 That tenders be called for clearing and surface grading the lane in Block 53. 196.

7 That the lane in Block 50. 196 be graded by the Chain Gang.

Several petitions were received and laid over until the Estimates are being compiled.

The Board met again on Monday April 20th 1891 at 3 P.M. a full Board being present.

It was resolved that Mr. J.P. Lawson be temporarily appointed in charge of the Engineering Department at the rate of $125.00 per month pending the appointment of an Engineer in Chief.

sgd S. Brighouse.

The Mayor ruled that the latter part of the Report was not in order and should not be received.

Alderman Templeton then moved
Seconded by Alderman Brighouse.

That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.

The Mayor refused to put the motion, whereupon Alderman Templeton put the motion and called for a show of hands, which being taken it was found that six voted for the motion and four against.

The Ayes and Nays being called the vote stood as follows:-

Ayes. Brighouse, Godfrey, Scoullar, Templeton, Brown & McDowell (6)

Nays. Carroll, Hobson, Doering, and DePencier (4).

The Mayor declared the motion lost.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Godfrey.

That the following labor account be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $90.70
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar.
Seconded by “ McDowell.

That Aldermen Carroll, Godfrey, and Doering be a Committee to engage and have charge of the City Band at the reception of the S.S. Empress of India.
Motion Withdrawn.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering.

That funds to the amount of $150.00 be granted by Council to the Reception Committee to engage the Band and prepare an address on the arrival of the S.S. Empress of India.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Templeton.

That the petition of the Lacrosse Club for the use of the Steam Roller be granted.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton.

That in terms of the Notice of Motion given at the last meeting of Council, power be given for the submission of a By-Law for the watering of Streets or portions of streets by a frontage tax on the petition of two thirds of those residing on said streets or parts thereof.

Referred to the City Solicitor.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Brighouse

That in accordance with the Notice of Motion given at the last meeting of the Council, power be granted for the introduction of a By-Law for a more equitable division of the different wards in the City.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ McDowell.

That the following be appointed a Committee to take into consideration the revisions of the Wards namely Aldermen Brighouse, Scoullar, Templeton and the Mover and Seconder
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Scoullar.

While this Council is in no way opposed to the establishment of two Companies of Garrison Artillery in Vancouver with headquarters of the Corps at New Westminster, still they would urge on Minister of Militia and Defence through Lieu-Col Holmes D.A.G. the necessity for the establishment of a Battalion of Rifles in and for the City and would suggest that both Corps be established, at the same time, there being men enough now enrolled to fill both.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brown.

That the temporary appointed Engineer be instructed to ascertain by survey the actual boundaries of the Northern ends of Cambie, Abbott, and Carroll Streets, also of Columbia, Westminster and Gore Avenues also that he be instructed to prepare a plan showing said streets and Avenues extending to deep water.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Godfrey.

“That the appointment of Thos. Tracy C.E. of London, Ont., as Chief Engineer for this City be made unanimous.”

The Mayor ruled the motion out of order, Alderman Scoullar said he would appeal against the Mayor’s ruling but did not do so by motion.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Fire Department given raises – Apr 13, 1891

Fire Department given raises – Apr 13, 1891

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

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

Vancouver April 13th 1891.

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

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

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

The following communications were received and read:-

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

                                                              Referred to Market Committee

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

Filed.

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Market Clerk furnishing his Weekly Report.

Filed.

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

Filed.

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

                                                              Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Auditor furnishing his report for March.

                                                              Referred to Finance

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

                                                              Referred to the F.W& L. Committee

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

                                                              Referred to City Solicitor

The following reports were received and read:-

Finance No 10.

The Finance Committee met on Friday April 10th 1891.

Present Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, and Hobson.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Wm Ralph.  Plumbing.                                                                                                  $13.02

Black & Wilkinson.  Teams.                                                                                  10.00

Palmer Bros.  Coal.                                                                                                              14.00

Telephone Co.                                                                                                                              23.00

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

T.H. Wooton.  Express.                                                                                                        .50

Resolved.

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Wm Brown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chairman

Moved by Alderman Doering

Seconded by          “                Godfrey.

                                                              That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Works No 10.

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

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

It was resolved:-

1  That the following accounts be paid:-

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

D. Gibbons.  Prince Edward St.                                                               12.05

Tye & Co.  Supplies.                                                                                                                  4.75

D.H. Morgan.  Victoria St.                                                                                283.50

Anderson & Yerex.  South Park                                                      360.68

B. Romang etal.  Labor.                                                                                          130.10

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

All petitions were laid over for the time being.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Sg. S. Brighouse

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Chairman

Moved by Alderman Scoullar

Seconded by          “              Doering.

                                                              That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted

Carried.

F. W & L. No 6.

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

Present Aldermen Templeton, Godfrey, Brighouse & Brown.

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

The Estimates were submitted as follows:-

Salaries:-

                              Chief                                        $900

                              1st Engineer                 840

                              2nd Engineer              660

                              Driver No 1.                 720

                                    “            “    2                   720

                              Foreman No 1.      660

                                  “              “    2.      600

Six permanent men @ $45.00      =      $3240

9 Call                                            “                      15                  =          1620

1      “                                                “                      20                  =              240

Inspector                                                                                                              600

Telephones.                                                                                                            96

Feed & Shoeing.                                                                                1250

Fuel, Oil & Waste                                                                            1000

Repairs, Tools etc.                                                                            500

Water, Flushing & Sprinkling                              2000

Street lighting                                                                          17419.60

Contingent.                                                                                        2000.00

Deb Balances.                                                                              2108.41

The following changes were recommended:-

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

1st Engineer                                                                                                 $960

2nd              “                                                                                                          780

2 Drivers.                                                                                                          1440

Foreman No 1 Hall increased to                      780

Foreman No 2 increased to                                        720

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

For 1st year $45.00 per month

    “    2nd      “            50                “                “

    “    3rd        “          55                  “                “

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

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

The Estimates were referred to the Finance Committee.

It was recommended:-

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

2  That C. Spice be engaged as a permanent fireman

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

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

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

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

7  That the following accounts be paid:-

Vancouver Electric Ry & Light Co.                                                 $1187.58

John Scuitto.  Supplies.                                                                                                            11.50

Palmer Bros.  Fuel.                                                                                                                            14.00

G.H. Bazley  Shoeing.                                                                                                                        2.00

H. McDowell & Co.  Oil.                                                                                                                1.62

J.M. Buxton.  Coal.                                                                                                                              25.00

Val Strauble  Repairs.                                                                                                                     2.00

S. Forbes.  Shoeing.                                                                                                                            3.50

Crowder & Penzer.  Feed.                                                                                              42.55

                                                                                              sgd Wm Templeton

                                                                                                                              Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey.

Seconded by          “              Brighouse

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carried.

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

Moved by Alderman Scoullar

Seconded by        “                Doering.

                                                              That leave be granted.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Carried.

Notice of Motion.

Alderman Brown gave notice:-

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

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

The Council then adjourned.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                              D. Oppenheimer

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan

                        City Clerk

Oppenheimer obliged to sign minutes – Mar 16, 1891

Oppenheimer obliged to sign minutes – Mar 16, 1891

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

This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Christopher Stephenson, MLIS
and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 250 – 264

Vancouver March 16th 1891

The Council met on Monday, March 16th 1891

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

The Minutes of last regular and special meetings were read.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nays. Aldermen DePencier, Doering and Hobson.

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

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

Communications.

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

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

Referred to the Police Committee.

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

Moved by Alderman DePencier
Seconded by “ McDowell.

That the communication be returned to the writer.

Carried.

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

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

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

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

Referred to the Finance Committee.

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

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

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

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

Referred to the City Engineer.

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Auditor furnishing report for February.
Filed.

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

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

Referred to the Police Committee.

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

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

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

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

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

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Doering

That the letter be returned to the writer.
Carried.

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

Referred to the Board of Works.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Police. No 4.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday February 25th 1891.

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

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

John Sciutto Supplies. $8.05

W.S. Cook. Scavenging. 4.25

W. Steel [sic]. Drayage. .50

M.G. McLeod. Ry fares. 4.00

D. Bell Irving. Mental examinations 10.00

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

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

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

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

sgd H. DePencier
Chairman.

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

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

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

John Scuitto. Supplies. $47.31

Wm. McDowell. Refund. 5.00

Creamer & Langley. Supplies. 1.25

G.L. Allan. “ 1.25

J.P. Blake “ 21.40

J.H. Grady. Ry. Fares. 3.00

H. Eligh. Milk. 1.54

Gurney Cab Co. Fares. 2.00

Hayes & McIntosh. Meat. 19.80

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. 1.00

Wm. Steel [sic]. Drayage. 2.50

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

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

sgd H. DePencier.
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ McDowell.

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

Works. No 7.

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

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Templeton, and DePencier.

It was recommended:-

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

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

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

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

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

6 That the following accounts be paid:-

Rose & Marshall, Plumbing. $19.00

A. Parker. Salary. 75.00

Grassie & Co. Repairs. 2.00

Thomson Bros. Stationery. 28.05

Boyd & Clendenning. Gravelling. 320.00

sgd S. Brighouse
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Hobson.

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

Health. No 4.

The Health Committee met on Tuesday February 24th 1891.

Present Aldermen McDowell, Templeton, and Scoullar.

Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman pro tem.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. $13.50

Cope & Young. Supplies. 1.60

Dr. Brydone-Jack. Mental Ex. 5.00

W.J. Taylor. Burial 17.00

McLennan & McFeely. Supplies. 1.15

John Sciutto. “ 75.79

Dr. McGuigan. Inquests. 30.00

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

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

The Chairman arrived before the meeting adjourned.

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

Present Aldermen McDowell, Templeton, and Scoullar.

Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman pro tem.

It was recommended:-

That the following accounts be paid:-

Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies. $19.50

A.W. Wright “ .12

H. Eligh “ 29.70

W.J. Taylor. Burial. 17.00

Union S.S. Co. Rent. 15.00

J.P. Blake. Bread. 10.60

John Scuitto. Supplies. 51.79

H.E. Langis. Post Mortem. 10.00

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. 1.00

Tye & Co. Supplies. 36.55

Hayes & McIntosh. “ 49.45

Palmer Bros. “ 33.00

R.V. Winch. “ 13.43

T.R. Morrow “ 54.12

The Chairman arrived before the meeting adjourned.

sgd John McDowell.
Chairman pro tem.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Hobson.

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

F.W. & L. No 4.

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

Present Aldermen Brown, Godfrey, Doering and Brighouse.

Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman pro tem.

It was recommended:-

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

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

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

4 That the following accounts be paid:-

G. Gough. Attendance on horses. $21.00

V.W.W. Co. Water. 118.23

John Scuitto. Supplies. 13.99

J.M. Buxton. Coal 13.00

J. Wolfe. Scavengering. 2.00

R.B. McMicking. Fire Alarm Box. 125.00

C.P.R. Co. Freight on “ “ “ .35

McLennan & McFeely. Supplies. 2.50

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

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

Present Alderman Templeton, Brown, and Brighouse.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

G.M. Bazley. Horseshoeing. 6.00

John Sciutto. Supplies. 20.28

Palmer Bros. “ 35.00

Vancouver Elec Ry & Light Co. 1257.20

Tye & Co. Supplies. 1.90

Crowder & Penzer. Supplies. 71.26

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

Finance No 4.

The Finance Committee met on Friday February 17th 1891.

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

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

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

W.C. Archer. Assessing. 20.00

H.J. Franklin. Stamps. 1.25

D. McRae. Desk. 21.25

G.W. Hutchins. “ 20.00

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

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

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

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

The Finance Committee met on Friday Mch 13th 1891.

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

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

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

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

J Rankin “ “ “ “ 12.50

Telephone Co. Rent. 23.00

News Advertiser. Ads. 4.55

Palmer Bros. Coal. 56.00

Tye & Co. Supplies. 1.00

S.T. Tilley. “ 21.90

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

sgd Wm. Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ McDowell.

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

Licensing Board. No 1.

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

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

His Worship the Mayor was elected chairman of the Board.

Your Committee begs to report as follows:

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

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

A. Robertson, Glasgow Hotel to W. Williams.

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

Wm. Pomeroy, Fremont “ “ John Blair.

J.E. Davis Boulder Saloon “ Thos. Simpson

Mitchell & Co. New York Block to Brinsmead Block.

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

L. Canonica, City Hotel to A. Fairon.

McGirr & McCoskery, Sunnyside Hotel to Canonica & Co.

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

H. Mason, Dougall “ to R.T. Mizony

Stevens & Gordon to Delbruck Block.

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

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

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

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

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

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ DePencier

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

By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman McDowell.

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

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

Moved by Alderman Templeton

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

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

Motions

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ DePencier.

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

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

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering

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

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ McDowell

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

B Romang etal $50.40

do. 21.50
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Carroll.

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

Notice of Motion.

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

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

Wm. Brown
Chairman
Pro tem.

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Six aldermen walk out, leaving no quorum – Mar 9, 1891

City Hall on Powell Street, built after the Great Fire of 1886

Mayor David Oppenheimer declined to sign the minutes of the last meeting beyond the point at which he left the Chair and the special meetings. Alderman Brighouse moved and Alderman Brown seconded a motion that the Mayor leave the Chair, and the motion was carried 5-4. The City Solicitor gave the opinion that “there was nothing to that effect in the City Charter.” Upon Oppenheimer’s order to the Clerk to proceed to the next order of business, six of the Aldermen left the Council Chamber, thus leaving no quorum.

This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Christopher Stephenson
and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 248-249

Vancouver March 9th, 1891

The Council met on Monday March 9th 1891

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

The Minutes of last regular and special meetings were read.

After the Minutes were read the Mayor stated that he would firmly but respectfully decline to sign the minutes of the last meeting beyond the point at which he left the Chair and the special meetings.

It was then moved by Alderman Templeton

Seconded by Alderman Brighouse

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

The Mayor ruled that he would not sign that portion of the Minutes of the regular meeting after he left the Chair, but would sign the preceding minutes and the minutes of the special meetings.

Alderman Carroll and DePencier wished a note to be made of the fact that they retired from the Council Chamber after the Mayor declared the adjournment and did not take part in any subsequent business.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse

Seconded by “ Brown,

That the Mayor leave the Chair.

The Motion was put by the mover, and declared carried by a vote of 5 to 4.

The Mayor referred the mover and seconder to clause 19 of the procedure By-Law.

The City Solicitor being asked his opinion on the situation stated that he did not think it mattered whether the minutes were adopted or not.

The business could go on just as well as not.

As regards the motion that the Mayor should leave the Chair, there was nothing to that effect in the City Charter. There is special provision in the Charter of Victoria that when a Mayor refuses to put a motion, another can take his place. This had been put in for just such an emergency as a deadlock had occurred at Victoria. If the business went on he thought it would be legal.

Whether the action of the Council at the last meeting was legal or not was an entirely different question. It was purely a matter of discretion on the part of the Mayor whether he refused to put the motion or not. They could overrule him by a vote of two-thirds of the members present.

As far as the signing of the Minutes were concerned it did not matter either way as far as their legality was concerned, as the minutes were simply a record of the proceedings.

The Mayor then ordered the Clerk to proceed to the next order of business.

He proceeded to read the communication whereupon six of the Aldermen left the Council Chamber thus leaving no quorum.

The Mayor then left the Chair and the Council stood adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Committee off to Victoria to oppose Water Works amendments – Feb 28, 1891

Mayor and Aldermen Godfrey, Brown, Hobson, Scoullar, Carroll, McDowell, and Templeton to go to Victoria to meet the members of the Legislature with the view of having the proposed amendments to the Vancouver Water Works Co’s Act opposed

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and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

original handwritten minutes here

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Series 23-A Volume 4 page 247 only

Vancouver Feb. 28th, 1891

A special meeting of the Council was held on Saturday February 28th 1891.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Godfrey, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, Brown, McDowell and DePencier.

The object of the meeting was to appoint a Committee to go to Victoria to oppose the proposed amendments to the Vancouver Water Works Co’s Charter.

It was resolved,
That His Worship the Mayor & Alderman Godfrey, Brown, Hobson, Scoullar, Carroll, McDowell, and Templeton with power to add to their numbers, be appointed to go to Victoria to meet the members of the Legislature with a view of having the proposed amendments to the Vancouver Water Works Co’s Act opposed.

Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk