More pipes needed to extend the Water Works – December 14, 1891

City Engineer presented a plan of the city showing where more pipes were needed to extend the Water Works. Tenders were invited to supply appropriate pipes. City Clerk to advertise at once for a Porter and Cook for the City Hospital. The lane in Block 87.196 to be graded by the chain gang if possible.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 601-610

[Vol. 4, pg. 601]

Vancouver December 14th, 1891
The Council met on Monday December 14th 1891
Present. His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, Wm. Brown, McDowell, and C.L. Brown.

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

Communications.

The following were received, and read:
From Rand Bros in reference to the damage done to the Hotel Metropole by water.
Referred to Board of Works.

From Hon. John Robson notifying Council of the appointment of G.A. Jordan, as Justice of the Peace.
Filed.

From Oppenheimer Bros. asking permission to put in a siding to their Store on Powell Street.
Referred to Board of Works.

From the Market Clerk reporting on receipts
Filed.

From W.L. Fagan drawing attention to the neglected condition of a sick Chinaman on Dupont St. and asking that he be admitted to the hospital.
Referred to Alderman Carroll.

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

From John Mcallister asking for an answer to his question re hose wagon.
Referred to F W & L Committee

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From the City Engineer stating the he could find no record regarding the depth of the Sewer in Block 3.185.
Referred to Board of Works

The following Reports were received and read:

Fire, Water & Light

The F.W.&L. Committee met on Tuesday December 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen Templeton, Brighouse & Wm Brown.
It was recommended:-

1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Tye + Co. Supplies $5.02
V. Elec Ry. +L. Co. Lights 1245.13
Fraser + Co Supplies 6.61
Palmer Bros “ 21.00
I. Forbes Shoes Set 4.00
G.H. Bazley “ 4.00
John Scuitto Suppliers 17.35
B.C.M. T & L. Co “ 30.34

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to reply to E.C. Coldwell’s communication stating that an Electric Light will be erected on the corner of Keefer and Jackson instead of on the corner Princess and Jackson.

John McAllister appeared before the Committee in reference to the hose wagon. After hearing his statement and that of Mr. Winch it was resolved that both be required to put up $50 to pay for the expenses of an impartial party from Victoria, and whoever is found in the wrong will be required to bear all expenses incurred.
sgd Wm Templeton Chairman
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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Finance

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 11th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, Hobson and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Telephone Co. Rents $22.50
C.P. Telegraph Co. Messages 3.15
D. Oppenheimer “ 12.48
News Advertiser Ads 5.82

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to advertise for tenders for making 20 ballot boxes to be made of either wood or galvanized iron.

3. That the communication from the Rand Bros. asking for a rebate on [Onderdonk’s?] taxes be filed.
Wm. Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Police.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday December 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen McDowell, Hobson and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
John McLaren Ry Fares $2.50
Wm. Murphy Policy Uniforms $375.00
S. J. Tilley & Son Supplies 2.75

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David Evans Overcoat $32.00
Hayes & McIntosh Meat $13.55
John Sciutto “ 37.99

A Communication from Smith & Kidd re cutting wood on the streets was referred to the City Solicitor.
sgd. John McDowell
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Wednesday December 9th and Friday December 11th 1891.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Scoullar, Wm Brown, McDowell and Templeton.
The City Engineer submitted a plan of the City shewing the proposed extension of the Water Works system.

After examining the said plan it was resolved that tenders be invited for supplying a sufficient quantity of the said pipes in accordance with specifications to be prepared by the City Engineer, said tenders to be received up to 15th January 1892.
sgd. A.W. Scoullar
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ C. L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Health

The Health Committee met on Tuesday December 8th 1891.
Present Aldermen Carroll, McDowell & Templeton

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It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Wesley Manning Salary $27.00
John Sciutto Supplies 92.25
J. P. Blake “ 11.45
F.W. Hart Burials 30.00
H. Bodwell Labor 1.00
Chas Stroud Nursing 4.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 21.00
Godfrey & Co. Supplies 22.30
J.R. Morrow Supplies 99.78
A. Larwell Guarding Lepers 5.00
R. Clark Supplies 7.25
Duncan McRae Carpentering 87.50
L. Thomson & Co. Drayage 1.00
C. Nelson Seeds 6.00
Champion + White Steamer 120.00
Hayes + McIntosh Meat 15.51
H. Eligh Supplies 53.02
B.C. Mills T + T Co. “ 79.27
J Huntly Expenses 10.75
Wm Ralph “ 28.00
R.V. Winch “ 15.87
Dr. Bell-Irving Examination of Lepers 10.00

2. That as a mistake has been made in reducing Dr. Wilson’s account for attending to the Dubberly family that the balance of his account be paid, and an apology tendered to him for the error made; and further that all other accounts in this connection be paid where verbal orders were given before the issue of the requisitions.

3. That the tender of Samuel Dowd + Co for heating the City Hospital be accepted, the amount being $1175.00

4. That the City Clerk be instructed to call for applications for a porter and cook for the City Hospital.

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5) That the resignation of Miss Swan, as matron of the City Hospital be accepted to take effect January 1st 1892.

6) That the U.S.S. Co. be tendered the sum of $30.00 per month in full satisfaction of their claim for wharf rent: for the past six months, said offer being made without prejudice.
sgd John McDowell
acting Chairman

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the account of D. McBae amounting to $87.50 be referred by for reconsideration.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the balance of the Report be adopted.

Carried.
License

To Mr. Mayor and Aldermen.
Gentlemen.
Your Committee on Liquor Licenses met on December 3rd 1891, when the following applications were received and granted: –

a) From O’Rourke & Jervis from present premises to the Templeton Block.
b) From C. Dialling to Barns & Miller Occidental Hotel.
c) From J.B. Simpson to Johnson & Douglas Boulder Saloon.

The application of G.W. McCoskey for transfer of his interest in Alaska Saloon License was refused.
The Committee met again at 11 a.m. on Monday December 14th when the following

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Applications for transfer of license were received and granted.

The Stewart House Hotel License to Mr. L Griddleton under Sec 39 of Bylaw relating to absconding debtors.
From J. Blaisto Darling and Clark the Tremont Hotel License

The application of Avis M. Winters re the Alaska Saloon License under Sec 39 was laid over upon written request of the firm of Yates Joy and Russell Solicitors for Y.W. Beers whose application for transfer of an interest in the Alaska Saloon License was refused by the Board. J.A. Russell Esq. was permitted to explain his grounds for reconsideration of said refusal, which he did but the Board after mature deliberation of the facts in the case concluded not to reconsider their former action in the application.
Sgd D. Oppenheimer
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by      “       McDowell
That the Report be adopted
Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 11th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Templeton, Wm Brown and C.L. Brown.
It was recommended :
1. That the Communication from T.W. Clark and Innes and Richards re damage to property through the flooding of cellars be referred to the City Solicitor for his opinion as to the liability of the City.
2. That a crossing be put down on 12 Av and Westminster Road if necessary
3. That the lane in Block 87.196 be graded

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by the chain gang if possible.
4. That the petition of J.T. Brown, and Son re Howe Street be referred to the Street Inspector for attention.
5. That a 6 ft sidewalk be put down on the east side of Robson St from Hornby to Burrard with crossings if necessary.
6. That the deposits of W.D. Hobson for Nelson Street grading and Michael Ellison for 8th Av grading east of Carolina Street be returned to them.
7. That the Street Inspector examine the Cemetery Road to see what the cost of repairs to the same would be.
8. That the following tender be accepted:-
D. McRae Market Sheds $1452.
9. That the following accounts be paid:-
James Foster Bridge St. 109.92
D.H. Morgan 12th Av. 103.16
do do Scott St. 183.43
E. Myers Lanes 239.28
J. Telford Granville St. drain 234.XX
Thos Bayley Nelson St. 313.12
E. Jones Keefer St. 33.21
W. Archibald Harris St. 323.25
V. Straube Repairs 1.00
Tye + Co. Supplies .50
Grassie & Co. Repairs 3.00
H. Lomas et al Labor 515.25
Communications from J. Huntly and G.G. McKay referred to City Engineer.
sgd Wm Templeton
Chairman
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Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Motions
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by ” Hobson
That M.A. McLean Esq. be paid a sum equal to $125.00 per month for services rendered, as Police Magistrate, during the period he acts in that capacity.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Hobson
That the appointment of G.A. Jordan as Police Magistrate be confirmed.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the question of advertising for Water Pipes be left in the hands of the Chairman of the Water Committee, F.W. & L. Committee and the City Engineer to take such action as may deem advisable.
Carried

The City Engineer submitted a draft of the specifications for the purchase of the Water Pipes which were approved after being slightly altered.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That a Special Meeting of the Council be held on Wednesday December 16th 1891 for the consideration of the purchase of the Street Ry and that Mssrs. Horne, and Farrell be invited

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to be present; also for the revision of By-Laws.
Carried.
The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

No signs of leprosy within City of Vancouver – June 1, 1891

Dr. A. C. Smith reported that “after full investigation, there were no signs of leprosy within the City”. Meanwhile, hospital matron Miss Swan was directed to “exclude all cases of venereal disease from the Hospital”. Mr. Tracy’s appointment as City Engineer was finally confirmed. The Finance Committee provided detailed summaries of expenditures for all city departments: firemen paid $667 per year, policemen $840, nurses $345

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 page 356 – 371

Volume 4, pg. 356

Vancouver, June 1, 1891
The Council met on Monday, June 1, 1891.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoular, Godfrey, Templeton, Hobson, McDowell, Doering and De Pencier.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:
From John McConaghy et al asking to be supplied with water in the east end of the City.
Referred to the F.W. & L. Committee

From A.H.D. MacGowan, Secretary to the Celebration Committee, asking to be made clear regarding the Council’s grant of $1000.00.
Filed

From R.T. Williams stating that he would publish a description of the City from the manuscript prepared by the Board of Trade.
Referred to Finance Committee

From R.H. Alexander declining to accept the office of Police Magistrate.
Referred to the Police Committee

From W.P. West furnishing his report on the Pound for the month of May.
Filed

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

From the Dominion Sanitary and Cremation Co. asking when the City intended going on with the erection of the Crematory.
Referred to Crematory Committee

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From R.V. Palmer asking that the sanitary condition of Dupont Street be improved.
Referred to the Health Committee

From George L. Morency asking for a position on the Fire Brigade.
Referred to the F.W. & L. Committee

From the City Solicitor giving a legal opinion as to the appointment of Mr. Lawson.
Filed

From Wm. Webster offering to build a scow with a false bottom for the sum of $1200.00.
Referred to the Health Committee

From Archibald Robinson et al asking that Raymur Avenue and Keefer Street be opened up.
Referred to Board of Works

From the Chief of Police furnishing an account of the street lights.
Filed

From John P. Hale et al asking that the Fire Limit By-Law be amended to fix the boundary at Columbia Avenue.
Referred to the F.W. & L. Committee

From G.W. Thomas asking that the Council take into consideration the reduction of the hours for the Market gardeners to be on the market.
Referred to Market Committee

From Mark Little et al praying for the grading of Pacific Street.
Referred to the Board or Works

From the Reporters asking for drawers in the table and easy chairs.
Referred to Finance Committee

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From the City Solicitor stating that it would be necessary to apply to the Dominion Government before the By-Law re extension of streets to High Water Mark could be carried into effect.
Referred to Board of Works

The following reports were received and read:

Works No. 16

The Board of Works met on Thursday, May 28, 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Templeton and Godfrey.
It was recommended:
1. That inasmuch as the City has not adopted the streets, namely 4th and 6th Avenues Fairview asked for by Mr. Browning to be graded and referred to in his letter of the 20th May, we cannot recommend any money to be expended on said streets, but would be happy to meet Mr. Browning at the Board of Works to talk over the matter, and it is further resolved that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to Mr. Browning.
2. That the time in connection with the contract between the City and the promoters of the Dry-dock be extended to Friday, the 31st day of July, 1891.
3. That the City Engineer be instructed to notify the Telephone Company to place their poles 12’6” in the clear from the line of the streets to allow for 12 ft. sidewalks on the following streets, viz. Hastings, Granville, Georgia, Burrard and Westminster Avenue. Also that one third of the narrow or 66 ft. streets in the business portions of the City be taken for sidewalks that will give 11 feet sidewalks and that the City Engineer notify the Telephone Co. to place their poles on these streets at a distance of 11’6” in the clear from the …

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… line of the streets; also that the poles be dressed and painted according to the original understanding between the Company and the City, and that none of them be dressed on the streets; also that the Chairman of the Board of Works and Alderman Godfrey interview the Telephone Company with a view to having the telephone poles placed in the lanes.
4. That the claim of John Crabb in connection with work done under the Bunker contract amounting to $40.00 be paid as recommended by the last Council.
That the following tenders be recommended for acceptance and that the work be proceeded with at once:

Harris Street Grading, Boyd & C.
Barnard Street Grading, “ “
Harris Street Sidewalk, McLean Bros.
Heatley Avenue Grading, W.D. Hobson
Hornby Street Sidewalk, W.G. Fraser
Barclay Street Sidewalk, J. Ironsides
Melville Street Sidewalk, “
Howe Street Sidewalk, Angus Fraser
90 ⊄
85 ⊄
21 ⊄
85 ⊄
21 ⊄
21 ⊄
21⊄
20.5 ⊄
5. That the following accounts be paid:
H. Connacher, East Park
W. Crickmay, Water Wheel etc.
S.T. Tilley, Stationery

Signed S. Brighouse, Chairman

$ 506.25
87.75
7.25
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the Graving Dock Company be asked to put up a deposit of $10,000.00.
Lost

Moved in amendment by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by Alderman De Pencier
That the report of the Board of Works in so far as it relates to the extension of time to the Graving Dock Co. be adopted.
Carried

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Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the balance of the report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Lost

Moved in amendment by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That that portion of the report relating to the awarding of contracts be laid over.
Carried

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

A report was received from the Park Commissioners asking for an appropriation of $2500.00 for Stanley Park which was referred to the Finance Committee on motion of Alderman Hobson, seconded by Alderman McDowell.

Health No. 13

The Health Committee met on Tuesday, May 26, 1891.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, McDowell and Templeton.

Communications

From the Health Inspector asking permission to have the premises on Lot 12, Block 73, 196 connected with the public sewers.
Granted

Also asking to have the Health By-Law so amended so as to make it compulsory to have all WCs on the line of the sewers connected with the sewers.
No action taken

The Health Inspector reported that Dr. A.C. Smith, Dominion Government Inspector, reported that after full inspection there was no sign of leprosy within the City.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
That Miss Swan be instructed …

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…. to exclude all cases of venereal disease from the Hospital.

The Bond of Champion and White as Scavengers was submitted and approved.
The account of Palmer Bros. for $21.00 was recommended for payment.
The Board then adjourned.
Signed: J.T. Carroll, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried

Finance No. 16
The Finance Committee met on Friday, May 29, 1891.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brown, Hobson, Scoullar and Carroll.

Communications
From the Water Works Co. asking for full particulars and the authority for the charge of $50.00 for jury fees in the Schmidt case.
Referred to the City Solicitor

Telegram from the Hanson Bros. asking if the $10,000.00 of debentures were for sale.
From Hanson Bros. accepting them at the same price as the last.
The Committee confirmed the sale to Hanson Bros.

From A.H.B. McGowan asking the Mayor and Aldermen to attend a meeting of the Dominion Day Celebration Committee.
Filed

The account of Wm. Crickmay was recommended to the Board of Works for reconsideration.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:
J.R. Morrow
S.T. Tilley, Stationery
News Advertiser, Advertising
$ 2.00
26.50
.75

The Estimates were revised to be submitted to the Council.
Signed A.W. Scoullar for Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Aldermen De Pencier
That the report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Estimates
Carried

Alderman Scoullar was appointed Chairman
The following were submitted:
Estimated Receipts
Balance on hand January 1, 1891
Debentures balance of $125,000 sold in January
Estimated Revenue
TOTAL
$ 60,435.85
25,000.00
243,970.90
329,406.75

Estimated Expenditure
Expenditure Finance Committee 93,748.33
“ Police “ 18,040.25
“ F.W. & L. “ 42,174.41
“ Health “ 36,057.81
“ Works “ 76,864.55
Balance 62,521.40
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Estimated Receipts
Balance on hand January 1, 1891 60,435.85
Debentures balance of $125,000, sold in January 1891 25,000.00
Government Grant to Hospital 5,000.00
Government Grant to Fire Department 500.00
Licences 25,000.00
Policed Court Receipts 6,000.00
Hospital Receipts 1,000.00
Cemetery Receipts 900.00
Market Receipts 1,500.00
Premium on $25,000 debentures 885.00
Interest accrued 767.00
Miscellaneous receipts 5,000.00
Poll Tax for ½ year 4,500.00
Refund of Centre Street 2,000.00
Jockey Club 3,906.00
Brockton Point Athletic Association 605.00
Taxes
1 1/3 on $11,997,952.00 = $ 159,972.69
47.5/100 for Sinking Fund & Int. 56,990.26
15/100 for School Tax 17,996.92
Total $ 234,959.87
Less for arrears 20,000.00
214,959.87
Rebate of 20% 42,991.97
171,967.90
Add arrears of Taxes 14,440.00 186,407.90
Total $ 329,406.75
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Estimated Expenditures
Finance
Salaries:
Treasurer etc. $ 1,500.00
City Clerk 1,320.00
Accountant 1,500.00
Solicitor 1,000.00
Licence Inspector ½ of month salary 350.00
Extra help 500.00
Auditor 360.00
Interest & Sinking fund
Bylaw Amount$ Interest$ Sinking Fund$
12 14,100.00 846.00 478.00
13 6,900.00 483.00 563,27
29 150,000.00 9,000.00 1,578.00
44 20,000.00 1,200.00 210.40
64 150,000.00 9,000.00 1,578.00
70 15,000.00 750.00 375.00
80 125,000.00 6,250.00 1,315.00
91 20,000.00 1,000.00 210.40
94 20,000.00 1,500.00 315.60
100 125,000.00 6,250.00 1,315.00
100 Revoke 625.00
91 Interest for 1890 500.00
37,404.00 7,938.67 45,342.67
Insurance Hospital $6000 @ 5% for 3 years $ 300.00
“ Furniture $1600 @ 4 ½ 72.00
“ City Hall $5000 @ 3 150.00
“ Fire Hall No. 1 $2500 @ 4 100.00 622.00
Stationery 3,000.00
Telephones 72.00
Election Expenses 150.00
Legal Expenses 2,000.00
Commission & Exchange 150.00
Carried forward $ 57,866.67

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Finance expenditures (continued)
Brought forward $ 57,866.67
Revision of Voters List 100.00
Fuel City Hall 300.00
Lights “ “ 300.00
Reading Room 1,565.00, Grant for books $500.00 2,065.00
Grant to Mayor 2,000.00
Grant to Springhill Miners 500.00
Contingent 8,000.00
Poll Tax Collector 900.00
Water Works Arbitration 6,000.00
Valuators of Property 1,000.00
Revision of By-Laws + Charter + Printing etc. 500.00
Printing Council Reports 1890 etc. 250.00
Schools:
Salaries ½ year ending Dec. 31, 1890 $2,546.66
“ “ “ June 30, 1891 2,685.00
“ “ “ Dec. 31, 1891 5,565.00
Contingent Expenses 10 1,500.00
School Board Requirements 1,670.00 13,966.66
TOTAL $ 93,748.33

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Police Committee (Expenditures)
Salaries:
Chief $ 1,200.00
Sergeant 960.00
4 Policemen @ $70.50 3,360.00
1 man 2 ms. @ $60 + 10 ms. @ $70 820.00
1 man 3 ms. @ $60 + 9 ms. @ $70 810.00
1 man 2 ms. @ $60 + 10 ms. @ $70 820.00
1 man 10 ms. @ $60 + pt of month at $34.25 634.25
Jailer 720.00
Caretaker 300.00
Constable 120.00
Pound keeper 660.00
Police Magistrate 1,500.00
Uniforms 1,250.00
Board of Prisoners 1,500.00
Transport 250.00
Contingent 1,000.00
Telephone 36.00
Clothing of Prisoners 100.00
Female Ward to Gaol 2,000.00
Total $ 18,040.25

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F.W. & L. Committee Expenditures
Salaries:
Chief and Inspector $ 1,200.00
Engineer #1 960.00
Engineer #2 780.00
2 Drivers 1,440.00
Foreman #1 780.00
Foreman #2 720.00
7 Permanent men 4,620.00
4 Call men 720.00
Telephones 96.00
Feed, Shoeing of Horses 1,250.00
Fuel, Oil and Waste 1,000.00
Repairs, Tools etc. 500.00
Water, Flushing etc. 3,000.00
Street lighting 16,000.00
Contingent 6,500.00
Powder Magazine 500.00
Debenture Balances 2,108.41
Total $42,174.41

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Health Committee Expenditures
Salaries:
Matron $ 600.00
Nurses 345.00
Do. 330.00
Do. Night 360.00
Porter 360.00
Cook 300.00
Inspector ½ salary 600.00
Hospital Supplies etc. 3,000.00
Hospital Lighting 400.00
Hospital Fuel 300.00
Hospital Water 70.00
Hospital Telephone 48.00
Inquests and Examinations 400.00
Contingent 1000.00
Scavenger Plant 4,000.00
Do. Working Expenses 1,500.00
Garbage Destroyer extra 3,000.00
Wing to hospital 6,000.00
Furniture do. 1,000.00
Womens Hospital 2,000.00
Debenture Balances 10,444.81
Total $ 36,057.81
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Board of Works Expenditures
Salaries:
Engineer part. $ 2,000.00
Engineer Asst. 1,500.00
Street Superintendent 1,200.00
Cemetery Caretaker 600.00
Sewers (Flushing etc.) 860.00
Market Clerk 900.00
2 Men 1,296.00
Grant to Stanley Park 1,500.00
Park Salaries Ranger 720.00
“ “ Clerk 180.00
Stationery 400.00
Balance on Rock Crusher etc. 3,000.00

Rock, 10,000 yds. @ $1.40 14,000.00
“ “ “ Delivery 5,000.00
Street Repairs etc. 5,000.00
Cambie Street Bridge extra 3,000.00
Debenture Balances 35,708.55
Total $ 76,864.55
The Estimates were considered item by item and approved without amendment.
The Committee then rose on motion of Alderman McDowell and reported the estimates complete. It was then moved by Alderman McDowell, seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the estimates be adopted as read.
Carried

Introduction of By-Laws

Alderman Brighouse introduced a By-Law to grant the right and privileges to the British Columbia District Telegraph and Delivery Company to erect, construct, etc. a District Telegraph System in the City of Vancouver, which was read a first time.

Vol. 4, Pg. 370

The Rules were suspended and the By-Law read a second time on motion of Alderman Godfrey, seconded by Alderman Doering.

Alderman Templeton introduced a By-Law to open and extend certain streets in the City of Vancouver, which was read a first time.

Alderman Scoullar introduced a By-Law to levy a rate for the year 1891, which was read a first time.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the services of Messrs. Lawson, Stephenson, Brenton, Stuart be dispensed with and that they [be] paid up to date and that this Council unanimously appoint Thos. H. Tracy to the position of City Engineer at a salary of $225.00 per month and that a copy of this resolution be telegraphed to Mr. Tracy by the Mayor over his own signature asking him when he can report for duty.
Carried Unanimously

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Mayor confer with the City Solicitor regarding the application to the Dominion Government which he asks for in furtherance of the By-Law now before this Council to extend certain streets and is hereby authorized to make such application.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That this Council hereby expresses its approval of the satisfactory manner in which justice has been administered ….

Vol. 4, pg. 371

….. by Mr. I.H. Hallett while holding the position of Police Magistrate and would therefore respectfully ask that the Lieu-Governor-in-Council appoint him a Justice of the Peace that he may be qualified to discharge the duties of that important function.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the following labour account be paid:
H. Thomas et al $52.20
Carried

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the Rate By-Law be read a second time.
Carried

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on this By-Law with Alderman Scoullar in the chair. The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back as complete without amendment. The By-Law was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Scoullar, seconded by Alderman Carroll.

Notice of Motion

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

The Council then adjourned.

David Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

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

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

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

[volume 4 page 353]

May 27, 1891

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[volume 4 page 354]

Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

[volume 4 page 355]

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

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

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Tho. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

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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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 page 331 – 342

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

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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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 297 – 309

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

Warren to contest Tracy appointment – Mar 31, 1891

Warren to contest Tracy appointment – Mar 31, 1891

License for the What Cheer house transferred to Mr. Sciutto. Transfer for license of the Germania Hotel not approved. Plans for the city market hall approved, tenders for building to be invited. Mr. H.B. Warren will continue his post as City Engineer, but will sue for damages if the job is given to Mr. Tracy. The salaries of Miss Woodward and Miss Drummond, nurses at the City Hospital. were increased to $30 per month each.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 269 – 283

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Vancouver March 31st 1891

The Council met on Tuesday March 31st 1891.

Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Godfrey, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, Brown, McDowell and Doering.
Moved by Alderman Templeton

Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That Alderman Brown be appointed Chairman pro tem. Carried.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:

From D. McGillivray enclosing an account from Chas A. Stoess C.E. amounting to $225.00 for preparing plans and specifications of the Cambie Street Bridge. Referred to the Board of Works.

From C.M. Fowler, late pound keeper, demanding a month’s salary for being discharged without thirty days’ notice. Referred to the City Solicitor.

From W.S. Gore Surveyor General stating that the parcel of land used as a cemetery will be officially reserved for that purpose, also stating that no Crown grant could be given for Lot 2, Block 2, O.G.T. Townsite pending the registration of the conveyances from the Municipality to the Crown of certain lands in 185. Referred to Finance Committee.

From G.E. Corbould Esq M.P. acknowledging the receipt of a resolution of Council re volunteers. Filed.

From James O’Connor, Thos. Shirley and Fred Giles in reference to the Police Magistrate. Referred to Police Committee.

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From E.A. Snyder asking for a culvert on Harris St. Referred to Board of Works.

From the Market Clerk furnishing his weekly reports. Filed.

From the Chief of Police giving weekly report on Street Lights. Filed

From F. C. Cotton Esq M.P.P. acknowledging the receipt of a resolution of Council re amendments to City Charter. Filed.

From Thos. H. Tracy stating that he would leave for Vancouver within a week after the 1st of April. Filed.

From A.G. Ferguson et al asking for a basement drain on Hastings Street from the Leland Hotel to Richards St. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Wm Webster Manager of the Union S.S. Co. stating that unless fresh arrangements are made at once relative to depositing garbage and night [sic] through the above company’s wharf the space will be closed. Referred to Health Committee and Solicitor.

From R.H. Wallace on behalf of the debating Society asking for the Market Hall on Saturday nights. Filed.

From E. Kingcombe et al asking for a sidewalk on Smythe Street. Referred to the Board of Works.
From Chas. Hay et al asking for certain

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improvements on Burnaby Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Robt Marrion making suggestions to guard the public health. Referred to the Health Committee.

From H.B. Warren stating that he would continue to hold his services as Chief Engineer at the command of the Council and should claim damages against the City if the course indicated was persisted in.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the communication be filed. Carried.
From James McPhee withdrawing his application to erect poles and string wires. Filed.

The following reports of Committees were read:

Market No 4

The Market Committee met on Friday March 20th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Godfrey, Brown and Brighouse.
The plans and specifications of the proposed exit to the City Market were received and on examination approved.
The City Clerk has been instructed to call for tenders for having the work carried out.
sgd A. Godfrey
Chairman

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

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License No 2

Your Licensing Board met on Thursday March 19th 1891 to consider the applications of Merrill and Harkness of the Germania Hotel for a transfer to John Williams, of Mr. McLeod as Landlord of said premises for a transfer of said license to him, and of R. Campbell of the What Cheer House for a transfer of that license to G.B. Scuitto. The City Solicitor furnished the Board with a full opinion re the claimants to the Germania Hotel license and in conformity with that opinion it was decided that the application of Messrs Merrill and Harkness for transfer to John Williams be entertained and confirmed and the application of Mr. McLeod be denied.
The application of R. Campbell transfering the license of the What Cheer House to G.B. Scuitto was granted.
The Board then adjourned subject to the call of the Chairman.
sgd A. Godfrey
for the Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the Report of the Licensing Board be adopted. Carried

Works No 8

The Board of Works met on Thursday March 19th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Godfrey and Templeton.

It was recommended:
1. That Mr. Wm Crickmay’s tender for a 40 horse power Pelson Wheel complete with all fittings; also 275 feet of 9 in and 275 feet of 11 in wrought iron pipe and 650 feet of steel wire rope of 5/8 in diameter be accepted, de-

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livery to be made in one month in accordance with tender.

The tender was as follows:
40 horse power water wheel $425.00
275 feet 9 in wrought iron pipe 84 cts per ft
275 feet 11 in wrought iron pipe 95 ½ cts per ft
650 feet 5/8 in steel wire rope $82.00

2. That the following accounts be paid:
S.T. Tilley, stamps $3.00
Boyd & Clendenning, Abbott St. 372.37
McDonald & Barton, Labor 102.99
J. Romang et al, car fares 2.75
Rose & Marshall, Plumbing 7.50
H. McKie, Harris St. 1129.12
Woods, Turner & Gamble, Search 5.00
Boyd & Clendenning, Alberni St. 331.71
R.C.P. Mills Co, Lumber 19.82
D. Gibbons, Hastings Road 66.53
Robertson & Co, Labor 10.00
H. Connacher, Harris St. 93.31

3. That all petitions for street improvements be laid over until the estimates are being compiled.
sgd S. Brighouse

The Board met again on Tuesday March 31st 1891.

Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Templeton and Godfrey.

It was recommended:
1. That the accountant check Mr. Coulson’s account for machinery used in connection with the rock crusher and that the same be paid if found correct.
2. That Thos. Stephenson and J. Brenton be appointed temporarily to take charge of their respective departments pending the arrival of the new City Engineer and that A.K. Stuart be similarly appointed to take charge of the office.

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3. That all accounts for extra work on the sewer connections be submitted to the City Solicitor for his opinion.

4. That the following accounts be paid:
Matthew Kennedy on Bunker contract $61.00
Wm Thompson on Bunker contract 40.00
Boyd & Co, Thurlow St. 746.97
Boyd & Co, Princess St 928.32
Boyd & Co, Hornby St 410.72
Boyd & Co, Centre St 108.72
A. Parker, Salary 70.00
B. Romang et al, Labor 62.30

A communication was received from H.B. Warren protesting against the action of the Council in dismissing him and notifying the Board that he is prepared to carry on his duties as Chief Engineer and also notifying them of his intention to claim damages against the City. Filed.
sgd S. Brighouse

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

Finance No 8

The Finance Committee met on Friday March 20th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Carroll and Scoullar.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Park Commissioners accounts
Board of Works accounts

Palmer Bros, Coal $14.00
J.A. Healey, Soliciting names 10.00
The communication from A. Tullis of

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London England asking the Council to pay his salary as secretary to the Smelting Co out of funds forfeited by the City was received and the City Clerk instructed to inform him that the Council could not take any action in the matter.
sgd Wm Brown

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

F W & L

The Fire Water and Light Committee met on Wednesday March 25 1891.
Present: Alderman Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton and Brown.

It was recommended:

1. That the following accounts be paid:
H. McDowell & Co, Drugs $2.00
H.E. Langis, Med Attendance 5.00
Van Water Works Co 101.77
Palmer Bros, Coal 21.00

2. That 4 electric lights be installed in Fire Hall No 2 at a cost of $12.00 and a monthly rental of $11.60 for 16 candle power lights and that 10 lights be maintained at Fire Hall No 1 for a monthly rental of $17.00 as per offer from the Company.
The Estimates were submitted but were laid over for further consideration.
sgd Wm Templeton
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

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Health No 5

The Health Committee met on Wednesday March 25th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, Scoullar, Templeton and McDowell.

It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
J.R. Payne, Calsominning [sic] Hospital $35.00
Rose & Marshall, Plumbing 17.75
Wo Sing, Washing 27.05
Crean & Fleming, Boarding Kettleton 9.50
H.E. Langis, Attending Kettleton 12.50
Wm Williams, Nursing Kettleton 35.00
H.H. Layfield, Supplies 5.50
H. McDowell & Co, Supplies .80

2. That the salaries of Misses Woodward and Drummond, Nurses at the City Hospital be increased to $30.00 per month respectively

3. That the question of surface draining certain Blocks throughout the City be recommended to the favourable consideration of the Board of Works.

The communication from John Pentlow asking for an increase of salary and Mrs. Annie E. Webster asking an appropriation for the proposed hospital were laid over.

The Board then adjourned to meet on Friday April 3rd at 5 P.M.
sgd Wm Templeton
for Chairman

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the Report of the Health Committee be adopted. Carried.

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Park No 1
The Park Commissioners met on Tuesday March 17th 1891.
Present: Commissioners Costello and Tatlow. Tatlow in the Chair.
It was resolved:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Fewster & Co, Supplies $17.50
R.V. Winch, Supplies 2.00
Hayes & McIntosh, Supplies 2.50
Crowder & Penzer, Supplies 3.80
John Scuitto, Supplies 6.35
Hungerford et al, Labor 21.35
J. Mitchell, Blacksmithing X 10.00
Queen Bros, Teaming 35.00

2. That the Council be requested to place to the credit of the Park Commissioners the amount specified below to cover expenditures for maintenance and improvements in Stanley Park, Hastings Park and South Park viz:
Stanley Park
Maintenance $15.00
Improvements 15.00
Hastings and South Park
Improvements 25.00
Total $55.00

3. That the Park Horse be sold at once.

4. That the Council be urged to insist upon the speedy completion of the clearing now going on in the South Park to enable the Commissioners to proceed with improvements during the present year.

5. That the Council be requested to instruct the City Engineer to examine and report upon the most suitable location for a road leading from the present Government Road on the west side of Hastings Park across said park

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to the Government Road to New Westminster, said road to be so located as to connect with the clearing now in progress.
When such report is received and approved of that tenders be invited for carrying out the work.
sgd Thos. F. McGuigan
Secretary

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the Report of the Park Commissioners be adopted. Carried.

Police No 5
The Police Committee met on Wednesday March 25th 1891.
Present: Aldermen DePencier, McDowell, Hobson, Scoullar and Carroll.

It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Crowder & Penzer, Hay $1.70
S.T. Tilley, Book 1.00
John McLaren, Ry fares 3.00
D. Bell-Irving, Med attendance 10.00

2. That the communications from John McCulloch, James O’Connor and Robert C. Bucknal re the Police Magistrate be filed.

3. That Wm Murphy be awarded the tender for the supplying of Police uniforms as per sample A1 at the following rates:
For officers’ suits $30.00 each
Sergeants’ suits 35.00
Chiefs’ suits 42.50
Helmets at catalogue prices with freight and duty added.
The Police Magistrate appeared before your

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Board and asked that his salary be increased to $2700 per year and the removal of the restrictions in the way of practising in the courts.

While your Board is not inclined to recommend an increase of salary, we would recommend that the restrictions imposed be removed insofar as they relate to cases in which the City is not concerned but that neither he nor his partner be allowed to practice in the Police Court.

The following Estimates were laid before your Board:
Salaries
John McLaren $1200
V.W. Haywood 960
Thos. Crawford 840
J. Gibson 840
J.W. Johnson 840
J.H. Grady 840
S. North 820
J. Eligh 810
J. McKeown 820
E. Harris 634.25
Mr. G. McLeod 720
John Clough 300
M. McLean 120
J.H. Hallet 1500
Uniforms 1250
Board of Prisoners 1500
Transport Prisoners 250
Contingent 1000
Total 15244.25

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the sum of $540.00 be added to the Estimates to allow of an increase of salary for the Chief of Police and Sergeant, amounting to $25.00 and $20.00 per month respectively. Carried.
The Estimates were then adopted and referred to the Finance Committee for consideration.
A.W. Scoullar
for Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted. Carried.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the Market Hall be granted free of charge to the Debating Society free of charge on Saturday nights. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the City Clerk be instructed to reply to the communication from Wm Webster informing him that the City will require a month’s notice before the present arrangements with his company can be annulled. Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the By-Law governing the storage of inflammable materials be read a second time. Carried.
The By-Law was read a second time.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law. Carried.
Alderman Templeton was appointed Chairman.

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Several of the clauses of the By-Law was [sic] read over, after which it was moved by Alderman McDowell, seconded by Alderman Brown
That the Committee rise and report progress and ask leave to sit again. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the amendments to the Pound By-Law be read a second time. Carried.
The By-Law was accordingly read.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law. Carried.

Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman.

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

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

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the By-Law be read a third time. Carried.

Note of Motion

Alderman Templeton gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce the following resolution:

Whereas it is deemed expedient and necessary that the City of Vancouver should have for the use and benefit of its citizens a wharf and landing place on the water front of said City
And whereas at the present time the only available water front is occupied by private individuals to the detriment of the City’s interest in such relation

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Therefore be it resolved that the Council do forthwith give notice in accordance with the terms and provisions of the Vancouver City Incorporation Act and amending acts to all parties interested in the premises, that proper application will be made under said acts for the due appointment of arbitrators to fix and determine the price or compensation to be allowed by this City for any and all property that may be needed by this Council for the proper construction and maintenance of a public wharf or wharves and for the necessary approaches thereto.

And be it further resolved that the grounds property or parts of properties needed by this Council and which it is intended shall be expropriated for the purposes and in the manner above set forth includes and comprises:
1. The extension of Cambie Street north to deep water including any wharf or portion of wharf or other structure now comprised within the proposed extension.
2. The extension of Abbott Street north full width to the outer northern limit of the present existing wharf.
3. The extension of Carroll Street north full width to the outer or northern limit of the structure now erected on the continuation of said street.
4. The extension of Columbia Avenue full width to a point in line with the outer limit of the City Wharf produced easterly until it intersects Westminster Avenue produced northerly.
5. The extension of Westminster Avenue northerly through lots 43 & 44, in Block 1 in District Lot 196, thence northerly until it intersects an easterly and westerly line running from the outer limits of the present City Wharf produced easterly.
And be it further resolved that all proper and legal notices to all interested be drawn

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up and served by the proper officials in conformity with our Act of Incorporation in respect of the subject matter of this resolution.
The Council then adjourned.
A.W. Scoullar
Chairman
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Mayor protests “illegal” appointment of Tracy – Mar 23, 1891

Mayor Oppenheimer sends regrets and protest against “illegal” appointment of Thomas Tracy as City Engineer. Council to send letter of protest against the Attorney General’s reported intention to change several details of the City Charter. The meeting was adjourned out of respect to the memory of former Alderman Dr. James Whetham.

 

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 266-268

Vancouver March 23rd 1891
The Council met on Monday March 23rd 1891.

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

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That Alderman Brown be appointed Chairman. Carried.

The minutes of last regular and special meetings were read and adopted on motion of Alderman Brighouse seconded by Alderman McDowell. Aldermen Carroll, dePencier and Doering did not vote.
The following communication was read from the Mayor:

Vancouver March 23rd 1891
To the Chairman & Aldermen,
City Hall
Gentlemen
I exceedingly regret that I am unable to be present at the meeting of the Council this evening, as there are several important matters to which I should have desired to direct your attention. I beg to record my formal protest against the illegal appointment of Mr Tracey to the position of Chief Engineer of this City on the grounds that the Council has not acted in conformity with the City Charter and even had the proceedings of Friday last been legal and in accordance with the Vancouver Incorporation Act, the application on behalf of Mr Tracey ought not to have been received, as it was in every way irregular and not in accordance

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with the advertisement calling for applications.
I have the honor to remain
Yours faithfully
(sgd) D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Motions
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Doering

That the following labor accounts be paid:
B. Romang et al $52.75
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
Whereas it appears by a reported statement made in the Legislature by the Attorney General that he will move amendments to those clauses in the City Charter reducing the qualifications of Mayor and Aldermen, taxing churches and regulating the butchering business.
Be it resolved that inasmuch as these are matters of a purely local character affecting the citizens only, and as no petition or complaint of any kind has been presented to the Council in respect to the proposed changes this Council in the name of and on behalf of the citizens of Vancouver respectfully protests against any amendments and trusts that the members of the Legislature will cordially support the changes asked for.
And further that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the City Representatives. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That out of respect to the

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memory of Dr. James Whetham who formerly acted as an Alderman at the Council Board this Council do now stand adjourned. And further that the Aldermen as a body attend his funeral. Carried.

Wm Brown
Chairman

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.

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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