Vancouver sends $500 for Springhill mining disaster relief – Feb 24, 1891

Council read a telegram from the mayor of Halifax calling for assistance for the sufferers of the Springhill Disaster. $500 was telegraphed at once for their relief.  [editor’s note: The Nova Scotia provincial Archives maintains a database of Nova Scotia mining fatalities as well as a more general history of mining from the seventeenth century to the present]

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 page 246 only

Vancouver Feb. 24th, 1891.

A special meeting of the Council was held on Tuesday February 24th 1891 at 1.30 P.M.

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

The meeting was called for the purpose of considering a telegram which was received from the Mayor of Halifax calling for assistance for the sufferers by the Springhill Disaster; where about 117 lives were lost, and many children left fatherless and many widows mourning.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brown,

That $500.00 be telegraphed at once to the sufferers.

Carried.
The Council then adjourned,

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Mayor walks out re City Engineer firing – Feb 23, 1891

The Board of Works report instructs the City Clerk to fire the current Engineering Department staff and advertise for a new staff (Alderman Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton and Brown supporting the motion, Alderman de Pencier dissenting). Mayor David Oppenheimer refuses to put the question to council, as he considered the action of the Board illegal in discharging the whole engineering staff. He left the room stating that any further business would be illegal.

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 235-245

Vancouver February 23rd 1891

The Council met on Monday February 23rd 1891 at 8 P.M.
Present His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Godfrey, Scoullar, Hobson, Templeton, Brown, McDowell, DePencier, and Doering.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.
From Dr. Thomas thanking the Council for appointing him to the position of hospital physician.
Filed

From the Chief of Police reporting upon the electric lights.
Filed

From the Police Magistrate reporting upon the case of John McCulloch.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From B.T. Rogers asking for the deeds of the Sugar Refinery Site.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the City Solicitor furnishing a copy of the notice served on the Vancouver Water Works Co under Section 35 of their Act.
Filed.

From D. Robson, City Clerk of New Westminster acknowledging the receipt of the resolution of Council re the late fire.
Filed

From F.G. Twigg complaining about the Police Magistrate.
Referred to the Police Committee

From J.J. Blake asking for the British Columbia District Telegraph & Delivery Co asking for the use of the streets for their purposes
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Market Clerk furnishing the weekly report.
Filed

From A.M. Tyson, Acting Adjutant Vancouver Rifles asking for the Market Hall for drilling purposes.
Filed.

From James Curran et al asking for a sidewalk on Homer Street from Nelson Street South.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From His Worship the Mayor informing the Council that Mr. J.M. Browning would consent to act as Arbitrator for the City in the Water Works purchase and recommending his appointment unanimously.
Filed.

From the Secretary of the School Board expressing disapproval of certain Sections of the proposed School Act and asking Council to endorse these objections
Filed.

The following reports were received and read:-

Market. No 3.
The Market Committee met on Friday February 20th 1891.

Present Alderman Godfrey, Brown, Templeton, Brighouse and Doering
A plan drawn by C.W.H. Sansom, showing the proposed changes to the Market Building to provide for a rear exit, was laid before the Committee for consideration.

It was resolved that the plan be adopted with the exception that the stairway and doorway be made six feet wide instead of 4 ½ feet; it was further resolved that the specifications be prepared and tenders called for.

The Committee fixed the 1st and 3rd Fridays in each month at 3 P.M. for their days of meeting.

It was resolved that for churches and charitable purposes a rental fee of ten dollars a night be charged for the Market Hall and thirty five dollars a night for all other purposes; these charges to include lighting and heating but not attendance.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
W.S. Cook. Lime. $1.25
G. McFarland. Gates. 18.00
sgd A. Godfrey,
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell.
Seconded by “ Scoullar.
That the Report of the Market Committee be adopted.
Carried

Finance No 6.

The Finance Committee met on Friday February 20th 1891.
Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brown, Hobson, Scoullar, and Doering.
It was recommended:-
1 That the subscription to the Weekly World (now being sent to Great Britain) be not renewed.
2 That $6000.00 be paid over to the Trustees of the Sinking Fund.
3 That $2000.00 be placed to the Mayor’s credit for A.D. 1891.
4 That the following accounts be paid:-
Market accounts.
Board of Works accounts.
Deputy Returning Officers. $8.00
Queen Bros. Buggy hire. 5.00
News Advertiser, Printing 27.63
sgd. Wm. Brown

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman McDowell.
That the clause in the Report of the Finance Committee in reference to the Mayor’s Salary be referred back to the Finance Committee.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ McDowell.
That the balance of the report be adopted as read.
Carried.

Works. No 6.
The Board of Works met on Thursday February 19th 1891.
Present – Aldermen Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton, Brown, and DePencier.

It was recommended:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
S.T. Tilley. Stationery. $6.20
F.W. Hart. Map Rollers. 3.66
Thos. Dunn & Co. Hardware. 31.17
H.A. Berry & Co. Drayage. 4.50
D.A. McFarland. Clay. 4.00
Brown & White. Sheeting 2.50
J.M. O.Toole. Plumbing. 77.40
Bradshaw & Urquhart. Hastings Park. 348.44
D. Morgan. Victoria St. 737.10
Henderson Directory Co. Street Numbers. 25.00
R.C.P. Mills Co. Lumber. 124.23

2 That the City Clerk be instructed to advertise for a Chief engineer for this City: all applicants to enclose testimonials; all applications to be sent in by the 16th of March before noon. The successful applicant must be able to show experience as a Sanitary and hydraulic engineer.
That the City Clerk notify the present engineer and his staff that their services will not be required after the 31st of March 1891.
Alderman DePencier dissenting

3 That tenders be invited for the lumber required by the City delivered where required.

4 That tenders be invited for a 20 horse power water motor for the rock crusher.

5 That circulars be printed notifying property owners re fencing along all sidewalks which are dangerously high.

6 That a sidewalk be built on the South side of Barnard Street from Gore Avenue to Dunlevy Avenue and a crossing to the West side of Gore Avenue.

7 That permission be granted to Sinclair Harcus to remove his building from Lot one, Block 13, 196 to Lot 3, Block 13, 196. Subject to the conditions of the By-Law in the matter of advertising etc. He to remove said building outside of the fire limits after the 15th of May 1891

8 That the City Solicitor be instructed to advise the Board on the subject of the location of Westminster Av between the property of Mrs. H.E. Henry and James McGeer; also that he be instructed to ascertain where Powell Street his [sic?] and that steps be at once taken to open it up.

9 That permission be not granted to Messrs Boyd and McWhinnie to erect a frame building on the corner of Oppenheimer Street and Columbia Avenue same being contrary to the By-Law.

10 That the City Engineer be instructed to have the hospital fence on the east side repaired.

11 That the petitions from F.W. Sentell etal re Harris St. and Chas. A. Beals etal re Davie Street be laid over until the Estimates are being compiled.

12 That the communication from Bodwell Bros. re repairs to fences on Openheimer Street be referred to the City Solicitor for his opinion thereon.

13 That the communication from Edward Heastie re wages for work done on South Park be received and filed; also the communication from the Pacific Asphalt Co. Limited.
sgd S. Brighouse
Chairman

After the Report was read the Mayor stated that he would not put the report to a vote of the Council as he considered the action of the Board illegal in discharging the whole engineering staff.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brighouse

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

The Mayor refused to put the motion

After a considerable amount of time was spent in argument the Mayor left the room for a few moments calling upon Alderman Carroll to take the Chairman

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

That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.

Before the motion could be put the Mayor returned and took the Chair.

After another period of waiting the Mayor again left the room calling upon Alderman DePencier to take the Chair.

It was moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman McDowell,

That Alderman DePencier be appointed Chairman
Carried

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Brighouse

That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.

The Chairman stated that he wished to look over some papers first.

After this statement was made it was moved by Alderman Templeton seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the City Clerk put the motion as the Chairman refuses.
Carried

The City Clerk then put the motion which was carried.

The Mayor returned a moment afterwards and resumed the Chair.

It was moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman DePencier

That the Council stand adjourned

The Mayor stated that the Council stood adjourned but Alderman Templeton said there was no adjournment as the motion was not put to Council.

The Mayor said the Council stood adjourned from the time he rose from his seat.

He refused again to take the Chair and left the room stating that any further business would be illegal.

It was then moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton

That Alderman McDowell be appointed Chairman.
Carried

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Templeton.

That leave be granted to the Vancouver Rifle Corps to use the new market hall two nights a week on unengaged nights; not more than one hundred men to drill at once

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ McDowell.

That Mr. J.M. Browning be and he is hereby appointed on behalf of the City of Vancouver to act as Arbitrator between the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Water Works Co. Ltd. His remuneration to be fixed at the same amount as the Vancouver Water Works Co. Pay to their arbitrator.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton

That the Council confirm the notice of intention to proceed arbitration for the purchase of the Water Works System of the Vancouver Water Works Co. served on the Secretary to the Company on the 18th of February 1891 be confirmed and that the arbitration be proceeded with, with as little delay as possible.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Scoullar.

That the following resolution of the School Board be adopted by this Council and telegraphed to Victoria:-

“That this Board desires to emphatically express its disapproval of the following principles in the Bill now before the legislative assembly of British Columbia intitled an Act respecting the public schools.

1st Constituting the Executive Council a Council of Public Instruction

2nd appointment of City Trustees by the Council of Public Instruction & the respective City Councils.

3rd Withholding from Trustees the power to name the number of Teachers to be employed by them and to fix Salaries of the same.
And that this Board desires further to express

1st Its firm conviction that the Council of Public Instruction should be as nearly as practicable independent of the Executive Council.

2nd That all Trustees should be elected by the people they are supposed to represent.

3rd That in order to maintain the public school in a thoroughly efficient condition it is absolutely necessary that Trustees have full power to determine both the number of teachers to be employed by them and the salaries to be paid the same.

And be it further resolved that a copy of the resolution be transmitted to the Vancouver City Council with the request they endorse the same and have it telegraphed immediately to Messrs Cotton & Horne”

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown.
Seconded by “ Templeton.

Whereas the City of Vancouver has for some time past been desirous of entering into an arbitration to ascertain the value of the Water Works system of the Vancouver Water Works Company

And whereas considerable correspondence has passed between the City and the Water Works Company with a view of carrying out the above object

And whereas the City have exercised the privileges granted it by the 35th Section of the Vancouver Water Works Company’s Act 1886 and given notice of the intention to proceed to arbitration and to acquire the said works under the provisions of the said Section

And whereas the Vancouver Water Works Company have introduced a Bill into the house of assembly at the present session having the object of forcing the City to arbitrate and pay any award that might be arrived at within a too limited time and have also in the same bill provided that in the event of the City not purchasing the said works within such limited time that an exclusive monopoly shall be granted to the Water Works Company to supply the said City with water for a period of 20 years.

Be it therefore resolved that a petition be forwarded to the House of Assembly urgently protesting against the passing of the said Bill on the grounds amongst others,

That no legal notice of the said Bill has been given by the said Water Works Company.

That the City have already availed themselves of the powers contained in the said 35th Section and given the notice required by that section

That it would work a great hardship and injustice to the citizens granting any exclusive monopoly to any Water Works Company to supply the City with water.

That the City if such an Act is passed will be absolutely without any adequate protection in the case of fire within the City as there is nothing in the Vancouver Water Company’s Act obliging them to keep up a proper pressure of water in the event of fire.

Carried.

The Council then adjourned

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Vancouver sends condolences re New Westminster fire – Feb 16, 1891

Vancouver sends condolences re New Westminster fire – Feb 16, 1891

Council sends condolences to New Westminster Council on the loss of life and property due to its recent fire, and regrets it could not send its fire engine to help. Request received from John McCulloch asking to be reimbursed for his clothing lost through being imprisoned in the City Jail. Alderman Garden resigned. Newly-elected Alderman Scoullar assigned to Finance, Police, and Health committees in his place. Alderman Templeton moves a petition to the Minister of Railways on the subject of the CPR’s blockage of traffic on city streets by shunting cars and their refusal to provide safety crossings. Alderman McDowell gave notice that at the next meeting he would move that the City Engineer and his staff be given notice that their services would no longer be required after the 31st of March.

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

original handwritten minutes here
City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 230-234

Vancouver February 16th 1891

The Council met on Monday February 16th 1891

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From F.W. Hart asking for the construction of a vault in the Cemetery.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From F.C. Cotton informing the Council that he had applied for appropriations from the Government for fixing the Court House yard constructing cells for prisoners under said Court House.
Filed

From Edward Heastie furnishing time for work done on the South Park for George Pratley.

Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police furnishing a report on the Street Lights.
Filed.

From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report.
Filed

From John McCulloch asking to be paid for clothing lost through being imprisoned in the City Jail.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From J.E. Crane, Victoria offering to lay asphalt, concrete pavement for 40 cts per foot.
Referred to the Board of Works

From J.C. McLagan asking the City to renew its subscription to the Weekly World which weekdays are now being sent to Great Britain.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From Bodwell Bros. asking for a settlement of the Oppenheimer Street matter on behalf of their clients.
Referred to Board of Works.

The following Report was received and read.

Finance No 5

The Finance Committee met on Friday February 13th 1891.

Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson, and Doering.

It was recommended that the following accounts be paid:-

F.W. Hart: Rollers                                                           30 cts.
I.O.G.T. Rent for polling place.                                       5.00
Thomson Bros. Stationery                                            21.50
Crowder & Penzer, Coal.                                                52.25

sgd Wm Brown
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by      “        Doering.

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

Introduction of By-Laws.

Alderman McDowell introduced a By-Law to amend the By-Law known as the Pound By-Law which was read a first time.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by      “        Doering.
That the Market Hall be rented to the Princess Street Methodist Church Congregation on the 19th inst. for the sum of $10.00.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman DePencier
Seconded by     “         McDowell.

That the following labor account be paid:-
B. Romang et al.                                                                               $42.55
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by      “        Doering
That Alderman Scoullar be placed on the Finance, Police and Health Committees in place of Alderman Garden resigned.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by     “          Brown.

That a copy of the correspondence which has passed between the City and the C.P.R. Co. be sent to the Minister of Railways, also that the City Clerk be authorized to procure a small plan of the various streets crossed by the railway and for which we ask protection and forward said plan with the other correspondence.

And also that this Council would most respectfully call the attention of the Honorable the [sic] Minister of Railways to the fact that while the C.P.R. Co. has within the City limits reserved a large tract of land for their own purposes at the same time they continue to blockade and impede the traffic on several of the principal streets of this City by making them their shunting ground and, as we believe from the way in which they meet our request for proper protection to life it would be a waste of time to appeal to them for redress of our other grievances.

We therefore implore your earliest attention to this matter.
Carried

Moved by Alderman DePencier.
Seconded by    “          Carroll.

“That the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver in Council assembled tender to the citizens of New Westminster their sincere condolence under the severe and disastrous conflagration and loss of life which occurred yesterday.

They deplore that the loss of any life has taken place but are thankful that in view of the populous districts affected it was not greater.  They desire to express their sympathy for the citizens who have suffered pecuniary loss, and regret that an opportunity was not afforded this City to manifest its sympathy in a practical form by sending the fire engines, for had any such request been received it would have been promptly rendered.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman McDowell.
Seconded by      “        Hobson.

That the amendments to the Pound By-Law be read a 2nd time
Carried.

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

The By-Law was read clause by clause and passed without amendment.

The By-Law was then read a third time on Motion of Alderman McDowell, seconded by Alderman Hobson.

Notice of Motion

Alderman McDowell gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would move that the City Engineer and his staff of assistants be given notice that their services would not be required after the 31st of March.
The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Officer Grady injured on the job, receives full salary – December 22, 1890

No reduction be made in the Salary of Officer Grady, injured while helping the Chain Gang to remove a stump in one of the lanes of the City. Two miles of wire to be purchased to extend the range of the Fire Alarm. Lawyer Thomas Boultbee presents a request on behalf of the Chinese community that they be allotted a separate plot of land in the cemetery.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson
and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 153-163

Vancouver December 22nd 1890

The Council met on Monday December 22nd 1890

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From John Irving, President of the Vancouver Water Works Co. notifying Council that his Company were applying to parliament to amend their Act by repealing Section 35.
Water Works Committee

From the Harbor Master, and D. McPhaiden forbidding further dumping over the Union Steam Ship Co’s wharf.
Filed.

From Wm. Cargill, Secy of the Union S.S. Co notifying Council that his Company were prepared to make arrangements with the City for the dumping of garbage through their wharf for a monthly rental of $15.00.
Health Committee.

From Sydney. C.D. Roper, Compiler of Statistical Year Book asking for the population, assessment, and Debt of the City of Vancouver for AD. 1890.
Referred to City Clerk

From H. F. Keefer asking for balance on Market building same being now completed.
Filed.

From A. Gobeil, Secretary to Department of Public Works acknowledging receipt of Plans and Specifications of Cambie St. Bridge.
Filed.

From the Deputy Attorney General acknowledging receipt of Communication from Council on the subject of serving Summons in Vancouver and informing Council that the Sheriff had already given his officer in Vancouver full power in the matter.
Filed.

From James Watt, Desmoines Iowa, stating that Engle the Inventor and Thompson the builder of the Crematory would start from Vancouver on Saturday.
Filed.

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

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

From John Boultbee asking that a plot of land be set aside in the Cemetery for Chinese.
Board of Works.

From J.L. Franklin et al asking for a Sidewalk on Barnard St.
Board of Works.

From Bell and Miller, Members of the Institute of Civil Engineers, England, asking the Council to fix a time and place for meeting them when they will submit plans and specifications of the proposed graving dock to be built in Vancouver.
Filed.

Reports.

Market No 6.

The Market Committee met on Friday December 19th 1890.

Present Aldermen Garden, Fox, and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

Robertson & Co. fitting up Scales. $63.20

MacKay & Ross. Supplies 12.00

F.W. Hart. Chairs. 220.00

2 That the Zion Church congregation be allowed the use of the Market Hall on Thursday evening the 25th inst. instead of Wednesday, the usual night.

3 That the City Engineer be instructed to have made a portable fence for Market Scales.

sgd James F. Garden
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Browning.
Seconded by “ Costello.

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

Police No 13.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday December 16th 1890.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

O.W. Ellison. Milk. $1.72

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. 1.50

M.G. McLeod. Fares. 7.00

B.C. Cattle Co. Meat. 16.15

McDowell & Co. Drugs. 10.05

McDonald Bros. Drayage. 2.00

Thos. Crawford. Fares. 3.00

Thos. Dunn & Co Supplies 32.00

V.J. Straube. Key. 1.00

G.L. Allan. Shoes. 1.75

S.T. Tilley. Stamps. 1.00

A.B. Diplock. Stationery 6.00

John Scuitto. Supplies 52.87

2. That John Clough be granted $50.00 for services in connection with the Police department.
M. Costello.
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted.
Chairman

F.W.& L. No 16.

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday December 17th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, Carroll, and McLeod.
It was recommended:-

1 That two miles of wire for extending the fire alarm system be purchased through a local agent.

2 That the following accounts be paid:-

Chas. Millington. Shoes Set. $2.00

Gas Go. 19.00

Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies. 50.92

S.T. Tilley “ 1.00

Crowder & Penzer “ 166.57

H. McDowell & Co “ 5.20

Jacob Sehl “ 34.00

O. Toole & Ralph “ 10.43

G.W. Bazley. Shoes Set. 5.00

R.C.P. Mills Co. Supplies. 7.35

G.W. Thomas. Attending Horse 10.00

Tye & Co. Supplies 2.29

C.M. Hawley “ 8.10

E.S. Scoullar & C. “ 8.50

V. Water Works Co. 202.63

I. Forbes, Shoes Set. 4.25

Creighton Fraser & Co. 3.00

A. Godfrey & Co. .85

John Scuitto. 7.58

H.A. Berry & Co. Drayage. 2.00

sgd J.M. Fox
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello

That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Health No 17.

The Health Committee met on Tuesday Dec. 16th 1890.

Present Aldermen McLeod, Fox, and Carroll. Alderman McLeod in the Chair.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

Crowder & Penzer, Coal etc. $38.75

Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies. 12.25

B.C. Cattle Co. “ 41.54

J.S. Clute & Co. “ 5.13

McDowell & Co. “ 43.71

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. 10.50

Wo Sing. Washing 16.60

R.V. Winch Supplies. 8.88

O.W. Ellison “ 21.73

Dr. Bell Irving. Med Attendance 30.00

Dr. McGuigan “ “ 10.00

John Scuitto Supplies 41.37

2 That the Health Inspector be instructed to replace the pest house to the place from which it has broken away from its moorings.
sgd Malcolm McLeod
Chairman pro tem.

Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Doering.

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

Finance No 31.

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 19th 1890.
Present Aldermen Browning, Garden, Fox, and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the sum of $25.00 be granted by Council for the purchase of books and bandages for the police officers and firemen for use in connection with the free instructions to be given to these parties by Dr. Brydone-Jack of the St. John’s Ambulance Association.

2 That the City Solicitor be instructed to draw up a Lease for the Jockey Club grounds at Hastings and an Agreement for the use of the grounds for exhibition purposes.

3 That the following accounts be paid:-

Drake, Jackson & Co. Law Costs. $179.00

C.E. Pooley “ “ 542.30

M.A. Harvey. Carriages. 13.00

Queen Bros. “ 12.50

Black & Wilkinson “ 6.50

Gurney Cab Co “ 6.00

Leatherdale & Smith “ 10.50

A.T. Francis & Co Carriages. 6.00

Hotel Vancouver. Refreshments 64.75

H.A. Berry & Co. Drayage. 3.85

Telephone Co. 12.00

Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Market Lights. 15.53

J.F. Murphy. Drayage. .50

S.T. Tilley Stationery 12.30

Crowder & Penzer. Coal. 54.00

Bank of B.C. Commissions 44.82

Health Accounts
Police “
F.W. & L “
Market “
Board of Works “
sgd. J.M. Browning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Works. No 35.

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 18th 1890, a full board being present:
It was recommended:-

1 That the City Engineer be instructed to have Front Street planked making use of the old plank now lying on Westminster Avenue.

2 Re Bunker’s Contract.
That the City Engineer be instructed to interview Messrs. McLean, and Cullen, and ask them to appear before the Board on Friday afternoon next and to notify Hugh Hamilton to proceed with his part of the Contract.

3 That the City Engineer get quotations from different firms for 660, eight-inch vitrified pipes and 40, 8” X 4” Y’s for a basement drain on Hastings Street; and to ascertain where the pipes can be obtained to the best advantage.

4 That W.C. Muir be paid for 1200 cubic yards extra filling from Y.M.C.A. building at the rate of 5 cents per cubic yard.

5 That there are no funds available for carrying into effect the grading of Robson Street as petitioned for by F.S. Clarke et al.

6 That the City Engineer be instructed to have an open drain suitable for local requirements put in on Cambie Street between Georgia and Dunsmuir Streets.

7 Re A. Goldstein’s claim for loss of rent on Princess St; the Board after due consideration does not look upon Mr. Goldstein as having any claim against the City.

8 That full power be granted to the City Engineer to discharge or appoint all assistants and other employees connected with the Board of Works Department; all changes in the Staff to be reported to the Board of Works.

9 That a crossing be put in where required at the junction of Westminster Av & 7th Av.

10 That the City Engineer be instructed to look into the state of the Water Street piling, trestle work and planking and report; at a subsequent meeting on the advisability of filling it in altogether.

11 That the Street Inspector be instructed to have Abbott Street filled in at the sides between Cordova and Water Streets with the least possible delay.

12 That the City Engineer be authorized to have electric lights placed in his room.

13 That the following tender be accepted for the clearing of the East Park:-
H. Connacher. $150.00 per acre.

14 That the following accounts be paid:-
H. Connacher. Cemetery Road. $1661.10
D. McRae. Sundries. 12.50
Alex McDonald. Burrard St. 157.07
A.Godfrey & Co. Supplies. 17.20
Crowder & Penzer. “ 7.30
Grassie & Mason Repairs. .50
S.T. Tilley. Supplies. 24.25
Thos Dunn & Co “ 59.55
J.C. Murchie. Burrard St. 95.88
Boyd & Clandenning. Oppenheimer St. 200.79
H.A. Berry & Co. Drayage. 20.00
Alex McDonald “ 1.50
F.W. Hart. Supplies. 58.25
Van Gas Co. 8.00
Boyd & C. Westminster Av gravel. 892.20
do Centre St. “ 609.00
do Market “ 130.50
do General “ 2960.90
D. Urquhart. Basement drain 289.80
McLean Bros. 12th Av. 6.00
Mrs. Gold. Water St. 22.00
Vancouver Land Security Corporation, Gore Av 7.00

15 Re Geo. W. Wesbrook’s petition for permission to lay pipes to connect his premises with the Inlet; we recommend that he be instructed to consult the railroad Company in regard to the matter.

16 That the owners of the property on the corner of Dunsmuir, and Hamilton Streets be allowed under the existing circumstances to leave their steps and verandahs, as they are at present, for the space of three months provided water conductors and cases are put up.
sgd. J.W. Horne
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Fox.
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $171.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Costello.
That the balance of $25.00 be paid to H.F. Keefer, he having completed the repairs on the Roof of the Market building.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That no reduction be made in the Salary of Officer Grady owing to his being off duty as he received an injury while helping the Chain gang to remove a stump in one of the lanes of the City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Council stand adjourned until Wednesday at 4 P.M.

Carried.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Police, firemen to get free first aid training – December 15, 1890

Police, firemen to get free first aid training – December 15, 1890

St. Johns Ambulance Association offers free first aid training to police and fire departments. The Police Committee request that W.S. Patterson be authorized to receive and execute writs, rather than having to send for a writ to the Sheriff in New Westminster and wait for a reply. The Board of Works begins to consider paving the roads – a budget to be prepared comparing different grades of paving and the equipment necessary to carry out each grade.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 145-152

Vancouver Dec. 15th 1890

The Council met on Monday December 15th 1890.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From Fred S. Clarke et al praying for the improvement of Robson Street between Nicola and Cardero Streets.
Board of Works.

From S.J. Emanuels, Hon. Scy. Treas. of St. Johns Ambulance Association informing Council that Wm. Brydone Jack would instruct the Police and Firemen free of charge provided the Council furnished the books and bandages.
Finance.

From Geo. W. Wesbrook asking for permission to connect his bath house with the Inlet by laying pipes thereto.
Board of Works.

From Henry Mutrie et al asking for a box drain on the west side of Cambie Street between Dunsmuir and Georgia.
Board of Works.

From R.B. McMicking informing Council that the Fire Alarm Box ordered would be forwarded as soon as possible.
Filed.

From J.J. Blake offering to assist in the preparation of the Agreement between the Vancouver Water Works Co, and the City for $100.00
Water Works Committee.

From H. Connacher asking Council to pay the laborers on Harris St.
Filed.

From Wm. Cargill Secy. U.S.S. Co. notifying Council that no dumping would be permitted over the Company’s Wharf after the end of the week.
Health Committee.

From M.H. Hirschberg, President of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library reporting that he had concluded arrangements for enlarging the present premises and that the rent would be $25.0 per month.
Filed.

From J. Newbigging asking Council to have a tree cut down on Ninth Av near Block 123. 264 A.
City Engineer.

From Chas. E. Pooley reporting the settlement of the C.P.N. Co’s [Sint. ?] and enclosing his account.
Finance.

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

From A. Goldstein claiming $15.00 for loss of rent through defective condition of Princess St.
Board of Works.

From the City Engineer showing how the expenses of the Engineering staff can be reduced.
Board of Works.

From Frederick Taylor complaining about a dangerous tree on 10th Av.
City Engineer.

From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report on receipts.
Filed.

From D. VanDusen asking for the Market Hall for a concert on behalf of the Methodist Church.
Filed.

Reports.

Finance No 30

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 12th 1890. Present Aldermen Browning, Garden, and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

John Nicholson. Scuitto Corner. $400.00

S.T. Tilley. Stationery. 21.10

C. Nelson. Toilet paper. 2.75

C.P. Tel Co. 4.10

World P & P Co. 16.74

F.W. Hart. Lamp Glass etc. 1.25

News Advertiser. Printing. 249.55

Dep. R.L. Officers 40.00

B.C. Gazette Printing 179.00

Board of Works Accounts
Park Accounts
sgd. J.M. Browning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

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

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Friday December 12th 1890.
Present Alderman Garden, Browning, and Carroll, Alderman Garden in the Chair.

It was resolved:-

1 That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare an Agreement to arbitrate between the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Water Works Co. on the basis of the resolution passed by the Council on Monday the 10th of November 1890 and that Mr. J.J. Blake be asked to state his fee for assisting in said work provided said Solicitor should require his services.

2 That the Draft of said Agreement be laid before the Committee not later than Friday the 19th inst.

sgd James F. Garden
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Report of the Water Works Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Works. No 34.

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 14th 1890.
Present Alderman Horne, Browning, Costello, and Sentell.

It was recommended:-

1 That R.A. Anderson’s claim for extras for clearing under the bridges on 12th Av amounting to $125.00 be paid on condition that the cleaning be carried out to the full width of the street the present width being insufficient in case of fire.

2 That Mr. Hogg’s claim for expenses incurred in altering his fence to amended grade on Princess Street be referred to the City Solicitor and City Engineer conjointly for consideration.

3 That the Pound Keeper be notified that unless he does his duty better, particularly in regard to the impounding of stray dogs the Board will be under the necessity of getting another Pound Keeper.

4 That the City Engineer be instructed to have Dupont Street Bridge replanked where necessary

5 That that portion of Victoria St. finished be accepted, according to the Report of the City Engineer.

6 That the work on Cambie Street box drain be not proceeded with until the City Engineer again reports on the necessity for the same.

7 Communication from Engineers of Eastern cities having been received re street paving for consideration, be it resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to prepare specifications for the different classes of pavements he recommends and also call for tenders for the supply of broken road metal etc required by the City for a term of 3 years, and, also for the supply of the necessary plank for street making viz a rock crusher, and steam road roller.

8 That the following accounts be paid:-

Rose & Marshall. Sundries. $33.00

Leatherdale & Smith. Hack hire. 3.00

San Francisco Sewer Pipe Ass. Pipes. 648.31

Queen Bros. Hack hire. 8.00

R.C.P. Mills Co. Lumber. 245.16

sgd M. Costello
for Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

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

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Doering.

“That the following accounts for labor be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $154.50

do do. 314.70
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Methodist Church Mount Pleasant be granted the use of the Market Hall for Thursday the 8th January 1891 for $10.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden.
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Board of Works be requested to enquire into the Bunker Contract and that all just claims for labor be paid, at once, and without further delay caused by legal points.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Garden.

That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay all bona fide claims for labor under contract of H. Nichol for Harris Street; amount not to exceed $492.05
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

“That owning to the great inconvenience caused to residents of the City of Vancouver in having to go or send to New Westminster in order to secure the execution of certain process of law, this Council request the Sheriff to authorize W.S. Patterson, his officer here to receive and execute all writs without having to first send same to New Westminster;
And that a copy of this resolution be mailed to the Sheriff at New Westminster and to the Honorable the Attorney General at Victoria.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Market Committee be instructed to purchase a clock to be put in the City Market cost not to exceed $600.00.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Carroll.

That Alderman Fox first ascertain if sufficient funds can be raised by private subscription, and if he fails to collect the required amount that the matter be again brought up for consideration by next Council.

Amendment lost: 3.5 Motion lost: 2.4.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the sum of $220.00 be paid to the Free Reading Room and Library for expenses of alteration upon the proposed additional premises now being leased and for the purchase of books, and be it further resolved that the incoming Council be respectfully requested to place the sum of $1500.00 in the Estimates for 1891 to be paid in monthly instalments of $125.00 to said institution.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the amendments to the Fire Limits By-Law be read a second time.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read.

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

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete without amendment.

The By-Law was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Carroll seconded by Alderman Fox.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Fox

That the amendments to the Market By-Law be read a third time

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read.

Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the amendments to the Street By-Law be read a third time

Carried
The By-Law was accordingly read.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Library budget increased, building planned – December 1, 1890

Library budget increased, building planned – December 1, 1890

Budget for library increased to $125 per month from $60. A Committee of four Aldermen and the Mayor find a site and develop a building suitable for a Reading Room, Library, Museum, and Lecture Room. Plan No 3 for Hastings Park Race Track was approved; the City Clerk to call for tenders to clear 15 acres for the grounds. A new By-Law regulating street numbering was declared complete.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 133-145

Vancouver Dec. 1st 1890

The Council met on Monday December 1st, 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Horne, Garden, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod, Mason, and Doering.

Alderman Garden was appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From the Chief of Police furnishing account of street lights for the week ending Nov. 29th.
Filed

From H. Abbott returning cheque for witness fees.
Filed.

From S. O. Richards asking for a cheque of $400.00 for Scuitto Corner.
Finance

From Dept Atty General enclosing an order from Justice Drake re entries in police book.
Police.

From Wm. Cargill, Secy Jockey Club, asking Council to have a lease for the Jockey Club grounds prepared under By-Law No. 91.
Filed.

From John Irving President of Vancouver Water Works Co. replying to resolution of Council of the 25th inst. re purchase of their works.
Water Works Com.

From C.M. Fowler furnishing monthly report of animals impounded.
Filed.

Reports.

F.W. & L. No 15
The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday November 26th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, McLeod, Carroll, and Garden.

It was resolved:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Lights $991.69
Viaduct Mfg Co. 61.10
Tye & Co. 1.90
I. Forbes. Horse shoeing. 3.00
Van Gas Co. 23.00
Crowder & Penzer. Coal 124.12
Creighton, Fraser & Co. 2.25
J. Scuitto Supplies. 11.85
E.S. Scoullar & Co. “ 13.50
A. Godfrey & Co. “ 2.75
J.M. Buxton. Coal. 24.00
E.S. Scoullar & Co. 7.60

2 That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be authorized to purchase two bed steads, mattrasses [sic] and six pair of blankets for Fire Hall No 2.
3 That the Van Elec Ry & Light Co be charged $2.00 each for lamp shades required by them.
4 That the resolution presented by the Underwriter’s Association be received and filed.
5 That the Chairman of the F.W. & L. Committee be instructed to examine and report upon the petition of A.E. Tregent etal re Street light on Nicola Street.
6 That the City Clerk be instructed to reply to the Vancouver Water Works Co re payment of 23 hydrants by referring them to former communications from Council on the subject.
7 That the Chief of the Fire Department be instructed to turn off the gas under the engine in Fire Hall No 1. during the wet season leaving him the option to turn it on when he considers it judicious.
8 That the account of the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co for October be passed for payment as certified to by the City Accountant but without prejudice to the Company or the City for the payment of lights during [unreadable] light nights up to date and further that the City Solicitor’s opinion be obtained as to the right of the claims preferred by the Company.
sgd J.M. Fox
Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That the Report of the Fire, Water & Light Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Finance. No 29.

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 28th 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Fox, Garden, and Costello.

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

C.P. Telegraph Co. $7.50
Board of Works Committee
Market “
F.W.& L. “
Health “
Police “

2 That the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library be granted $125.00 per month, being $60.00 in addition to the present monthly grant on condition that rooms to the satisfaction of the Council be secured.

3 The Committee having considered the report submitted to the Council by Messrs F.L. Carter-Cotton, and Chas. Whetham upon the Free Reading Room and Library beg to recommend that the incoming Council be requested to appoint a Committee of Seven to be composed of His Worship the Mayor, his Aldermen, and four Citizens, whose duty it shall be to assume the management of the present Free Reading Room and Library and at their earliest convenience prepare and submit to the Council a well matured scheme for the foundation of a Library and Institute and to consider the advisability of securing a site and erecting a suitable building for a reading room, library, museum and lecture room on a scale necessary and desirable for the City. The said Committee should be further requested to furnish an estimate of the costs and how the required amount should be raised.
sgd J.M. Browning
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Fox

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

Health. No 16.
The Health Committee met on Monday Nov 25, 1890.
Present Aldermen Carroll, McLeod, and Fox.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

W.J. Taylor. Burial $14.00

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. .50

W.J. McGuigan. Inquests etc. 25.00

U.S.S. Co. Rent. 7.50

Crowder & Penzer. Coal. 13.50

J. Scuitto. Supplies 75.00

Dr. Bell-Irving. Examinations 10.00

2 That the Health Inspector be instructed to furnish the City Solicitor with the names of witnesses required in the case of McMillan vs the City.

3 That the letter presented by the St. John’s Ambulance Association to the City be accepted with thanks, and placed at the City Hospital.

4 That the City Scavengers continue dumping in the usual place pending the erection of the Crematory.
sgd W.H. Mason.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Costello.

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

Exhibition Grounds Committee.

The Exhibition Grounds Committee met on Friday November 28th 1890.

Present His Worship, Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Garden, and Costello on behalf of the Council, and Messrs. Cotton, Cargill, Black, Wilkinson, and Jordan on behalf of the Jockey Club.

A plan of Hastings Park showing the proposed Race Course was laid before the Committee, such plan being numbered 3.

It was resolved:-
That plan No 3, submitted by the City Engineer showing the proposed Race Course be accepted and that the City Clerk be instructed to call for tenders for the clearing etc of the grounds about 15 acres.

The members of the Jockey Club present also approved the plan.

sgd.
J.M. Browning
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Browning.

That the Report of the Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Police. No 12

The Police Committee met on Tuesday November 25th 1890.

Present Aldermen Costello, Carroll, and Sentell.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

W.S. Cook. Scavengering $2.50

Creamer & Langley. Lining 1.00

Wm. Anderson. Interpreting 2.50

Geo. Peasley. Express Hire. 1.50

O.W. Ellison. Milk 1.80

W.J. Smith. Express hire. 1.50

J.H. Grady. Fares. 4.00

John McLaren “ 3.35

M.G. McLeod. Fares. 5.00

M. McLean “ 4.00

Henry Extence. Express Hire 1.25

F. Steele. “ “ .75

Wm. Murphy. Helmets. 27.15

Robert Clark. Overcoats. 91.00

John Scuitto Supplies. 64.66

Van Volkenburgh & Bro. “ 16.60

2 That the Chief of Police be instructed to strictly carry out the liquor by-law regarding Sunday closing and prevent the Chinese from working on the Sabbath day.

3 That the salaries of John J. Grady, Jos. Gibson and Thos. Crawford be increased to $70.00 per month on their completing a term of 12 mos. Service on the police force.

sgd M. Costello
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Carroll.

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

Market. No 5.

The Market Committee met on Friday November 28th 1890

Present Aldermen Garden and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

Brown & White. Crash. $3.25

John Currell. Keys. 1.00

2 That the City Clerk be instructed to send the B.C. Cattle Co. who are fitting up a butcher shop on Carroll, a copy of Clause 7 of the Market By-Law bearing upon butchers.

3 That F.J. Painton be granted the Market Hall for Saturday the 27th of December, if he fails to secure the Imperial Opera House rental to be fixed at $35.00.

4 That the Market Hall be granted to the Vancouver Institute three nights a week, the Council reserving the right to use the hall for other purposes on giving one week’s notice.

5 That during those evenings on which the Vancouver Institute occupy the Market Hall that the said Institute be requested to supply their own caretaker to look after the fires, lights, and hall on those nights

6 That the Council give the Committee power to have constructed a water closet for the waiting rooms off the hall at a cost not to exceed $115.00.

sgd J.F. Garden
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Sentell.

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

Works. No 33.

The Board of Works met on Thursday November 27th 1890.

Present Aldermen Horne, Browning, Costello, and Sentell.

It was recommended:-
1 That the City Engineer be instructed to examine and report upon the claim of J. Hogg for change of grade on Princess St.

2 That the communication from J.R. Foster claiming compensation for building a sidewalk on Pacific Street be referred to the City Solicitor.

3 That the City Engineer be instructed to notify the contractor at work grading on Princess St. to put in the required culvert to drain C. Mayne’s premises.

4 R.B.B. Johnson Communication
That the City Engineer be instructed to take all necessary steps without delay.

5 That the City Engineer be instructed to stop all gravelling contracts with the exception of ordinary work which may be absolutely necessary

6 That the City Engineer be authorized to engage A. Parker as Inspector for Alberni and Abbott Street Sewers at $75.00 per month until the completion of the work.

7 That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare an Estimate of the cost of draining the east End Park and call for tenders for the necessary work.

8 That the City Engineer call for tenders for a box drain on Cambie Street to connect with existing drain near Queen’s Stables.

9 That the City Engineer be instructed to have the sidewalk lumber now lying on Princess Street and supplied by H. Connacher laid on the North side of Harris Street between Dunlevy and Jackson Avs.

10 That the City Engineer be instructed to call for tenders for the grading of the lane through Block 51. 196.

11 That the following contracts be awarded:-

Nicola Street. Sidewalk. D. McDonald.

Pender & Jervis “ Angus Fraser.

12 That the City Engineer be instructed to authorized [sic] Mr. Waite, plasterer to go on with the work of plastering the Cemetery house.

13 That the following accounts be paid:-

McDonald & Barton. East End Park. $1071.00

H. Connacher. Basement drain. 46.65

“ Box drain. 145.11

Boyd & Clandenning Raymour St. 106.95

D.H. Morgan. Victoria St. 198.45

McDonald & Lloyd. Westminster Av. 337.51

Boyd & Clandenning. Smithe St. 377.94

do. Robson St. 439.75

O. Toole & Ralph. Sewer connections 23.10

Robertson Bros. “ 12.45

Queen Bros. Livery 4.00

Alex McDonald. Labor. 2.25

Thos. Dunn & Co. Hardware. 49.82

sgd. J.W. Horne
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox

That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.

Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Fox.

That a By-Law be introduced to amend the Street numbering By-Law.

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

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Fox.

That a By-Law be introduced to amend the Fire Limit By-Law.

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

Motions

Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That the following accounts in connection with the Electric Fire Alarm be paid:-

R.C.P. Mills Co. Cross Arms. $29.55

Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Pins etc. 24.70

McDonald Bros. Express Hire 12.50

Geo. Dickey et al. Labor. 237.15
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the following F.W. & L account be paid:-

Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Street Lights etc $1156.13
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Browning.

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $161.25
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Vancouver Water Works Co having by a communication dated 19th November agreed to accept the conditions upon which the City proposes to acquire their system of water works as set forth in letter addressed to the said Company on the 11th November. Be it resolved that a committee composed of His Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Carroll and Garden and the mover and seconder be and are hereby authorized to have a formal agreement executed in accordance with the terms of said letter, at the earliest possible date; the agreement to provide for the arbitration being commenced not later than the 15th January next.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the Board of Works call for tenders to have the hill on Hastings Street between Jackson Av and Carrall Av cut down according to profile of City Engineer.

6.3. Carried

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Doering.

That having examined the locality mentioned in the petition of Mr. Tregent etal that an electric light of 2000 candle power be placed on the corner of Nicola and Robson Streets

S.2. Carried

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Fox.

That A. G. Evans of Fire Hall No 2. Be granted one month’s leave of absence

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Browning.

“That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the original owners or property in District Lots 200 a, 264 A, 301 & 302 with a view to getting the lanes in said District Lots handed over to the City so that they can be registered as public through fares.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the sidewalk that has been taken up on Westminster Avenue between Sixth and 8th Avenues be replaced on Ninth Avenue between Westminster Avenue and Quebec St.

Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the amendments to the Market By-Law be read a second time.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a Second time.
The Council then went into Committee of the Whole with Alderman McLeod in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the amendments to the street numbering By-Law be read a 2nd time.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time after which the Council went into Committee of the Whole with Alderman Horne in the Chair.

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

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Water Works price to be set at arbitration – October 31, 1890

The amount to be paid by the Vancouver for the Water Works to be determined by an independent arbitration.

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Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 99 only

Vancouver Oct. 31st, 1890.

The Council held a special meeting on Friday October 31st 1890 for the purpose of considering the Report of the Water Works Committee.

Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod and Doering.

The Report of the Committee read and laid over at a previous meeting of Council was considered and it was resolved.

“That the amount to be paid as the value to the City of the Water Works Company’s plant and system, shall be fixed by arbitration. The arbitration to be held and conducted independently of the provisions of the either the Acts of the Incorporation of the City or the Company.
That the City appoint one Arbitrator and the Company another, the two Arbitrators so appointed to appoint an umpire.
The Arbitration to be closed within two months from the date of agreement to arbitrate. In the event of the Company agreeing to the above the City will pay 10 % on the amount awarded in addition by way of bonus to the Company. A reply is requested from your Company within a week from date, as the City has certain offers made for the construction of Water Works by another Company”

Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

City Market rents established – October 13, 1890

City Market rents established – October 13, 1890

Rents for the new City Market – five cents per front foot per day for a stall in the market building for a period of one month or more (six cents if for a period of less than one month, twenty cents per day for an outside stall or stand, ten cents per day for each horse, mule, cow, steer, ox or calf brought to sell, five cents per day for each sheep, lamb, hog, or pig. Correspondence from Miss Bowes asking Council to provide a separate apartment in the Jail for female prisoners. Board of Works…”strongly urge[s] the Council to… get rid of the present and rapidly increasing number of squatters along the shore of Burrard Inlet and False Creek.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 66-28

Vancouver Oct. 13th 1890

The Council met on Monday August [sic] 13, 1890 at 7.30 P.M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From George T. Craig requesting Council to have water course on Seventh Avenue in 264A put in its proper location.
Board of Works.

From M.J. Henry et al asking Council not to interfere with Westminster Road as at present located.

Board of Works.

From Geo. McKay, Pound Keeper furnishing his Monthly Report.

Filed

From W.J. Gallagher asking for a sidewalk on Hornby Street between Georgia & Dunsmuir.

Board of Works.

From Thos. Whetham et al petitioning for the clearing of District Lot 184.

Board of Works.

From Wm. Prentice requesting Council to spend the balance of the Sugar Refinery appropriation in clearing the boulders on the foreshore in front of the Co.’s wharf.

Sugar Refinery Committee

From the Miss M.S. Woodward asking for two weeks leave of absence.

Filed

From E. Mohun Esq. C.E. notifying the Council that all sewerage plans etc were left in the City office

Finance Committee.

From C.V. Knowdell et al praying for the improvement of the lane in Block 113, District Lot 541.

Board of Works.

From John Devine et al petitioning for the improvement of Princess St. between Jackson and Carl Avs.
Board of Works.

From A. Descovitch asking for the use of the Market Hall on the 23rd of Oct. and every second Thursday during the season for a Dance Hall.
Market Committee

From C.B. Birchall thanking the Council for the use of the Council Chambers for the British Columbia Building Association.
Filed.

From A. St. G. Hamersley advising the Council to tender the Vancouver Improvement Co. $15,000.00 for the Sugar Refinery Site and the return of the conveyance duly executed and stating that there was no necessity to pay interest.
Finance.

From F.M. Blomquist asking for the use of the Market Hall for a ball on the 30th inst.

Market Committee.

From Miss Bowes asking Council to provide a separate apartment in the Jail for female prisoners.

Police Committee.

From Halley Bros. + Granville, Montreal informing Council that they had perfected arrangements with the Hon Adam Brown M.P. Commissioner for Canada to exhibit by stereopticon process views of the various cities of the Dominion at the coming exhibition at Jamaica. His Worship read a copy of a letter in reply to the above communication.

From H.E. McKee President of the Street Ry Co asking for an answer to his letter of the second inst. regarding the extension of the track up Westminster Av.

Mr. McKee appeared by permission before the bar of the Council and explained certain points in connection therewith.

Reports.

Works No 28.

The Board of Works met on Thursday October 2nd 1890.

Present Aldermen Sentell, Browning, Costello and Horne.
It was recommended:-

1 That permission be not granted to John White to exhibit his photos on the sidewalk as it is contrary to By-Law.

2 That the communication from James McGeer re straightening the Westminster Road be referred to the City Engineer and City Solicitor for their report:

3 That Messrs Woods, Turner + Gamble be employed to assist the City Engineer to locate Westminster Road where disputed from 12th Av to the City Boundary, James McGeer agreeing to pay half of the cost of same.

4 That there are no funds available for grading the lane in Block 63, 541 as petitioned for by Gallagher et al.

5 That the City Clerk be instructed to notify the sureties of Messrs Murray + Fraser to carry out the contracts left uncompleted by them.

6 That the following accounts be paid:-

Queen Bros. Hack hire etc. $28.50

Boyd + Clandenning [sic] Centre St: 3366.00

do Labor 3.00

do Smithe St: 799.20

do Hornby St: 43.63

Alex McDonald. Burrard St: $648.00

Wm. Jones. Hornby St: 456.53

Van Water Works Co. Connections 564.85

McDonald + Lloyd. Westminster Av. 531.00

Murray + Fraser, South Park. 206.10

do 12th av Bridge. 228.96

D.J. McDonald. 13th av. 429.70

J.P. Lawson Expenses 1.50

M.A. Harvey. Hack hire. 3.00

E.R. Martin “ “ 2.50

Rose + Marshall, Sewers. 126.27

John Telford. Homer St: 519.41

“ do Drake St: 180.90

W.D. Hobson. Robson St. 144.91

Hugh Hamilton. Cemetery 260.50

McLean Bros. Culverts etc 167.28

A. Parker. Salary. 55.00

C.H. Lloyd. Bute + Jervis Sts. 859.50

McDonald + Barton, Hastings Park. 1161.00

7 That the following contracts be awarded:-

Street numbering. J. Henderson

Basement drain in Block 4 O.G.T. [?] H. Connacher but that the City Engineer first ascertain if vitrified pipe connections can be obtained either here or in Victoria.

8 That the services of John P. Lawson be retained as assistant City Engineer for the present – in place of Mr. Dawson and that Mr. Dawson be retained to assist in the office until such time as the office becomes organized.

9 That the City Engineer enter into an agreement with Boyd + Clandenning [sic] to gravel part of Westminster Avenue where the planks were lifted at a rate not exceeding $2.00 per cubic yard delivered on the Street, and that they commence work at once.

10 That the Chief of Police be notified to have the building on the South end of Burrard Street removed at once and also that this Committee would strongly urge the Council to take immediate steps to co-operate with the Board of Trade and C.P.R. Co towards getting rid of the present and rapidly increasing number of squatters along the shore of Burrard Inlet and False Creek and the consequent loss to the revenue of the City from so many being exempt from taxation who are in receipt of good wages but in no way contribution go the City’s expenses.

11 That the Street Car track on Westminster av south of False Creek be laid on the west of the street between the street drain and the sidewalk.

12 That tenders be called for the construction of a box drain on Gore avenue from Harris Street to False Creek the expense to taken out of other works.

13 That a basement drain be constructed in Block 3 O.G.T. as petitioned for by Thos. Dunn et al.

14 That permission be granted to Messrs Town + Robinson to extend the foundation of their hotel building to the full width of the sidewalk on Abbott St; they guaranteeing to build proper retaining walls, arched vaults and concrete sidewalks with glass lights and that the true grade be given them.

15 That there are no funds available for the sidewalking of Barclay St as petitioned for by W.G. Elliott et al.

16 That the communication of G. Lockerbie re the renting of the new market hall for church purposes be referred to the Market Committee.

17 A communication was received from H.T. Ceperley on behalf of the Street Ry Co. stating that the Co is willing to construct an open extension to the Granville St. Bridge suitable for its Ry Track from a point about 20 feet South of the South end of the Swing to the South end of the bridge, provided the City will refund one half of the cost thereof and will permit the track to be laid across the swing and on the present bridge from the swing to the North end thereof as show by the enclosed sketch.
We recommend that his offer be accepted with the understanding that no cars shall enter upon the bridge from the North end, while any conveyance is upon that part of the bridge north of the south end of the swing nor shall they pass any conveyance from the south while any conveyance is upon the said north end of the bridge.

The Committee met again on Thursday October 9th 1890.
Present Aldermen Horne, Doering and Sentell.

It was recommended:-

1 That Messrs Anderson and Yerex the sureties of Messrs Murray + Fraser be notified that Murray + Fraser’s contract has been abandoned by them and that sureties take over same and complete it and also that the Engineer be authorized to enter into an agreement with them to date two weeks back when the original resolution was passed by the Board of Works.

2 That H.I. Keefer be paid the balance of the contract money retained on the Market house.

3 That the City Engineer be authorized to enter into a new contract with C.H. Lloyd for grading Haro St. as per amended graded.

4 That John Brenton be authorized to get locks for the sewer flush tanks manholes and ventilators where required.

5 That Joseph Huntly notify Messrs Crean and Fleming that permission will be granted to them to erect an addition to their building on Water Street if it is permitted by by-law.

6 That the City Engineer obtain the necessary Y’s for the basement drain in Block 3 O.G.T. and for the Sewerage extension near Messrs Cambie, Rand + Keith’s residences.

7 That the City Engineer arrange to repair Gore Avenue between Oppenheimer + Hastings Strs.

8 That the grade on Bute St. between Georgia and Alberni Strs as proposed by the City Engineer be altered to suit existing stone wall.

9 That the following accounts be paid:-

Wm. Tierney. Robson St: $768.81

D. Gibbons. Prince Edward St. 108.53

D.H. Morgan. do. 111.17

do 12th av. 27.50

do Victoria St: 184.25

McDonald + Lloyd. Westminster Av. 383.10

Muir + Johnson. Lane in B28, 541. 185.65

do. Box drain in gulley 185. 204.87

Boyd + Clandenning. Sugar Refinery Site 1298.00

Arthur Balkwill. Bute St: 46.20

C.H. Lloyd. Bute + Jervis Sts 455.49

H. Connacher. Keefer St: 435.56

S.T. Tilley. Stationery. 1.25

Leatherdale + Smith. Buggy hire 3.00

Sgd. J.W. Horne.
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Doering

That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the Report.

Carried.
Alderman Horne was appointed Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Fox

That clause 3 relating to Westminster Road be struck out.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman McLeod

That Clause 11 relating to the laying of the Street Car track on Westminster Av be amended and that the track be laid as per contract.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That Clause 17 relating to the laying of the track across Granville St. bridge be laid over for one week.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That Clause 2 of the Report of Oct. 9th be struck out.

Carried.

The Committee then rose and reported the Report as complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That the Report as amended be adopted.
Carried.

F.W. + L. No 13.

The F.W. + L. Committee met on Wednesday October 8th 1890
Present Aldermen Fox, Garden and Carroll.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-
H. McConney. Drayage. $3.00

John Sciutto. Supplies. 14.50

Jacob Sehl. “ 1.15

Van Gas Co. Gas. 19.25

G.H. Bayley. Horse shoeing. 2.00

2 This Committee having instructed the Chief of the Fire Department to test the hydrant pressure, we find by his report that only twenty three are efficient for fire purposes and would therefore recommend that the Vancouver Water Works Co. be tendered payment for that number dating from the 7th of August 1889 at 50 per annum each.

3 That an electric light of 2000 candle power be erected on the corner of 12th av + Quebec Sts as petitioned for.

4 That an advertisement be inserted in each of the local papers for one week, giving the location and numbers of the fire alarm boxes and further that said papers insert an item drawing attention to the ad.
sgd J.M. Fox
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

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

Carried.

Finance No 25.

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 3rd 1890.

Present Alderman Browning, Garden, Costello and Fox.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

R.E. Gosnel. Pamphlets. $500.00

Wm. Crickmay. Rent: 35.00

News Advertiser. Printing 17.50

C. Nelson. Toilet paper. 1.50

Stephen Green. Messenger. 4.00

Daily Journal. 9.00

H. Hemlow. Salary 60.00

S.T. Tilley Stationery 39.25

H.E. Croasdaile. Guarantee Bond. 62.50

2 That E. Mohun be asked to hand over to the City Engineer Mr. Warren all plans, maps, books etc in connection with the City Sewerage system and furnish and Inventory of the same.

3 That payment of land purchased by the City from the Vancouver Improvement Co as a site for the British Columbia Sugar Refinery amounting to $15,000.00 be made upon delivery of a deed approved by the City Solicitor and declared by him to be in every way satisfactory and in accordance with the resolutions of the Council and should the City Solicitor be of the opinion that the Improvement Co is entitled to interest upon the above sum, the same shall be tendered along with the principal, as may be recommended by him.
sgd J.M. Browning
Chairman.

The Committee met again on Friday October 10th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, Garden and Costello.
Alderman Fox in the Chair.

It was resolved that the following accounts be paid:

Telephone Co. $23.00

C.P. Telegraph Co. 9.16

and accounts of the Board of Works and Fire Water and Light Committees

sgd J.M. Fox
Chairman [unreadable].
Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Fox
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Market. No 1.

The Market Committee met on Friday October 3td at 11 a.m. + Friday October 13th at 2.30. P.M.
Alderman Garden was appointed Chairman at the first meeting.
It was recommended

1 Rental of Stalls and Stands.

Five cents per front foot for space occupied in Market building for each market day for any period of one month or over.

2 Six cents per front foot for space occupied in Market building for each market day for periods of less than one month.

3 Twenty cents per day for each day during which any outside stall, or stand for any wagon or cart shall be occupied or used on the market-place.

4 Ten cents per day or part of day shall be charged for each horse, mule cow, bull, steer, ox or calf brought to the market place for trade, barter or sale.

5 Five cents per day or part of day shall be charged for each sheep, lamb, hog, or pig brought to the market-place for trade, barter or sale.

Weighing Fees.

1 Five cents shall be charged for each load of coal.

2 Grains or meats for weighing same.
5 cents for all amounts up to 500 lbs
10 cents for “ “ “ “ 1000 “
15 cents “ “ “ over 1000 “

3 15 cents for each load of hay or straw weighed.

4 For each live animal weighed other than sheep or hogs five cents shall be charged.

5 For sheep or hogs up to 5 in number 5 cents for the lot; for all over 5 in number 3 cts each head.

The Market Clerk to act in the capacity of Weigh Clerk.

That the form of lease and agreement as drawn up by the City Solicitor be adopted and that 100 of same be ordered prescribed for use.

That tenders be called for the leasing of the upper story [sic] of the market building, applicants to state fully their terms of rental and conditions of proposed lease.

That G.W. Thomas be recommended for appointment to the Council as Clerk of the Market at a salary of $75.00 per month, duties to commence on Thursday the 16th [unreadable].

That the Board of Works be instructed to have the roof of the Market building repaired.

That the Market be lighted with electricity and that the Street Railway and Light Co be authorized to proceed with the installation of the required number of lights subject to the directions of the Committee.

That the Cellar of the Market be rented at the rate of 3 cents per foot on each side of the passage way for periods under six months and 2 cents per foot for periods of six months or over.

That the Market By-Law and regulations be published for the information of the public

sgd
James F. Garden
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Clause relating to calling for tenders for the leasing of the Market Hall be struck out.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the Clause relating to the appointment of G.W. Thomas be struck out and the applicants balloted for in the usual way.

Moved in Amendment by Ald Horne
Seconded by Alderman McLeod.

That all of the applications be produced and considered this evening by Council Amendment. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Garden

That the Report as amended be adopted.

Carried.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the appointment of a Market Clerk with Alderman Fox in the Chair.

The names of the applicants were read over and their testimonials perused.

After a number of Ballots were taken Mr. G.W. Thomas was declared elected.

The Committee then rose and reported the appointment to Council.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Costello.

That G.W. Thomas be appointed Market Clerk at a salary of $75.00 per month duties to commence on the 16th inst.
Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws.

Alderman Fox introduced a By-Law to regulate the selection of the officers and employees of the City of Vancouver, which was read a first time.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

R. Romang et al. $111.80

R. Romang et al. 113.64
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the request of Mr. Blomquist on behalf of the Knights of Pythias, asking for the use of the Market Hall for the 30th Oct. be granted, at such fee as the Council or Committee may arrange.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Market Hall be set aside after the 30th Oct. for the use of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library to be used by that Institution as a public reading room, art gallery and Museum; also that a grant of $100.00 be made monthly to defray the running expenses of the institution, such grant being $35.00 per month in addition to the present monthly grant.

Lost.
Aye. Costello, Horne + McLeod.
Nay. Garden, Carroll, Doering, Fox, + Sentell.

Moved by Alderman Carroll.
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That Miss Woodward be granted a holiday of two weeks duration dating from the 14th of the present month on condition that she has already received the Matron’s permission.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That Alderman McLeod be appointed a member of the Board of Works during the absence of Alderman Costello.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the Chairman of the Board of the Board of Works be requested to submit a statement for the information of the Council showing the amount of money expended in each work on public improvements; also contracts awarded but not yet paid for.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox

That the Hill on Hastings St. between Jackson Avenue and Carl Av be cut to the proper grade according to profile.
Disallowed.

Notice of Motion.

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

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk