Future of City Wharf uncertain – May 20, 1889

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

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

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Vancouver May 20th 1889

The Council met on Monday May 20th 1889.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Reports

Health No 5

The Health Committee met on Tuesday May 14th 1889.

Present Aldermen Whetham, Salsbury and Costello.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

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

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

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

Finance No 14

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

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

The following accounts are recommended for payment:

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

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

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

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

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

Motions

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

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

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

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

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

By-Laws

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

The By-Law was accordingly read and signed etc.

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

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

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

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

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

The By-Law was accordingly read and signed.

Notice of Motion

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

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

J.H. Carlisle appointed Vancouver’s License, Fire & Health Inspector – January 24, 1887

J.H. Carlisle appointed Vancouver’s License, Fire & Health Inspector – January 24, 1887

J. H. Carlisle appointed License, Fire, and Health Inspector at a salary of $75 a month. City Clerk to write the Hon. Provincial Secretary asking for a grant of $2,000 for the hospital and $1,000 for the Fire Department.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 1 pages 229-235

Vancouver January 24th 1887

The Council met on Monday January 24th 1887 at 7.30. P.M.

Present His Worship the Mayor and all of the Aldermen.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the City Auditors asking for instruction from Council as to the manner in which the statements referred to in clause seven of By-Law 25 was to be made out and also asking the Councils definition of the following clause. “And they shall make a special report of any expenditure made contrary to law”.
After considerable discussion they were authorized to bring in their statements in accordance with the provisions of the By-Law.

From R.G. Tatlow praying the Council to extend the sidewalk from the end of Jackson Avenue to the School House.
Extension already recommended by the Board of Works.

From A.J. Marks praying the Council to amend Liquor By-Law so as to provide for the having of variety theatre.
Laid over for one week.

The following applications were read for the office of License, Fire and Health inspector. – Joseph Huntly, M.G. MacLean, Joseph Pyatt, G.G. Johnson, William Summer, E.P. Hamilton, Jas. Z. Hall, Wm. Turner, John Abrams, D.R. Reid, Edward Lunn, David Flynn, M. Picken, Jas. Moran, Jas. A. Coldwell, John A. Green, J.H. Carlisle, A. McDougall, Thos. Crawford, and Geo. Q. Chipman.

Moved by Alderman Mannion seconded by Alderman Lockerby that the appointment be made by Ballot.
Carried.

On a Ballot being taken, J.H. Carlisle received six, Joseph Huntly two, G.G. Johnston one and M.G. MacLean one.

J.H. Carlisle was then declared elected, his services to begin on the first of February.

Petition from Thomas Hooper and others praying the Council to construct a two foot sidewalk from Dunsmuir Street to Pender Street along Cambie Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Boultbee acquainting the Council that forty dollars was still due Munro Miller on account of City Charter.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From John Boultbee asking the Council to fix a salary for the Police Magistrate.
Referred to Finance Committee.
Accounts

Thomson Bros. Rubber Bands 2.50 Finance
Express Company 5.00 F.W.L.
A.W. Wright, Express 1.00 Finance
Corbould and McColl 37.00 Finance
Vancouver News 21.90 Finance

Reports

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Thursday January 20th 1887 at 2. P.M.
The following accounts were examined and recommended to be paid: –
Garden and Hermon 5.00
J.A. Gillis 10.00
Edward McKindry 5.00
J.H. Carlisle 26.00
sgd. D. Oppenheimer
Chairman

Report adopted.

Board of Works
A Meeting of the Board of Works was held on Monday January 24th 1887 at 2. P.M.
Tenders were received and read: –
(1) For grading, and grubbing three acres of the Public Cemetery.
(2) For close cutting grubbing and laying of one sidewalk on Columbia Avenue.
(3) For the Building of an addition to the City Hall.
The tenders were as follows
For Cemetery,
Boyd and Clandenning $800.00
W.C. Muir $1080.00
Ballinger & Lock $900.00
Gill and Bowers $750.00
M. Costello $194.50 per acre
Thos. Egan $265.00 per acre
A. Morrison $450.00 per acre
J.H.L. Wilson $400.00 per acre
J.M. Ayer $325.00 per acre
Wm. Collin $225.00 per acre
W.H. Gallagher $120.00 per acre
F. Joubert $1100.00 per acre
Stephenson & McCraney 190.00 per acre
Columbia Avenue
Boyd and Clandenning
Clearing and Burning per acre $175.00
Sidewalking per foot 34 cts
Thos. Egan
Clearing and burning per acre $175.00
Sidewalking per M. $14.50
Stephenson & McCraney
Clearing & burning lump sum $190.00
Sidewalking per foot 33 cts
W.C. Muir
Clearing &c Lump sum $260.00
Sidewalking 35 cts
We recommend that the following tenders be accepted.
(1) For Cemetery
W.H. Gallagher @ $120 per acre
(2) For Columbia Avenue
Stephenson & McCraney @ 190 Lump sum for close culling and burning and 33 cts a foot for sidewalking.

In the matter of the tenders for the addition to the City Hall we would ask the Council for an extension of time for their consideration. We ask of the Council that the Board of Works be authorized to contract with William Harkins and the Hastings Saw Mill Company for the grading and planking, 16 feet wide of Dunlevy Avenue from Powell Street to Hastings road at the following rates: –
With the former for grading at 20 cents per cubic yard and hauling and laying plank at $1.50 per M and with the latter for plank at $5.00 per M.
And to enter into contract with Messrs. Stephenson and McCraney for the construction of a sidewalk eight feet wide from Jackson Avenue to the east like of the school house lot.
Also that one thousand dollars be placed to the credit of the Board of Works for improvement of streets and building of sidewalk.
We recommend the payment of the account of Edwin Kidd amounting to three dollars for work done on Alexander Street.
(sgd) L.A. Hamilton
Chairman

Report adopted.

By-Laws

Alderman Hamilton introduced two By-Laws one for six thousand five hundred dollars for the grading and sidewalking of Columbia Avenue, and the other for four thousand three hundred dollars for the planking of said Avenue, which were read a first time.

Notices of Motion

Alderman D. Oppenheimer gave notice that at the next of the Council he would introduce a By-Law to raise a general for $– to be expended on streets and general improvements and in redeeming the Local improvement debentures of the City heretofore issued.

Alderman Humphries gave notice that he would at the next meeting of Council introduce a motion to instruct and direct the Mayor and City Clerk to apply to the Legislative Assembly asking them to refund to the City of Vancouver for its use and benefit all Provincial Revenue taxes and all personal property taxes that have been collected by them for the year 1886.

Alderman Lefevre gave notice that he would at the next meeting of Council introduce a By-Law for the preservation of the Public Health.

Alderman Humphries gave notice
that this Council through the Mayor be required in the terms of an Act passed by the Dominion Government on the 2nd of June 1886, Chap 35, entitled “An Act respecting Certain Works Constructed in or over Navigable Waters”, to apply under Section 2 of such Act for leave to construct a wharf on the South Side of Burrard Inlet for the use of the City of Vancouver, B.C. such wharf to be 660 feet long and to extend into such inlet to such an extent as to admit of the mooring of ocean going steamers alongside thereof and to extend in an easterly direction from the foot of Cambie Street of in the Alternative from Cambie Street to Abbott Street, the latter being the site of the Old Granville Townsite.

Moved by Alderman Isaac Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Alexander
that the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the Honorable (sic) the Provincial Secretary, asking that a grant of $2000.00 for a hospital and $1000.00 for the Fire Department be placed on the estimates and that a copy of this resolution be forwarded to the number for this district.
Carried.

The Council then adjourned

M.A. MacLean
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Vancouver’s city hall is complete – October 18, 1886

Vancouver’s city hall is complete – October 18, 1886

Building of City Hall complete; contractor F. W. Sentell to be paid in full. Thos. H. Boyd awarded contract for improvement of Cambie Street. “On account of the large amount of street work contracted for”, Civil Engineer D.L. McCammon appointed Streets Inspector at a per diem rate of $1.50 for a minimum of three hours’ work supervising road construction. (more…)

Police Magistrate J. Boultbee cleared of charges – July 28, 1886

Police Magistrate J. Boultbee cleared of charges – July 28, 1886

Police Investigation committee presents their report. David Oppenheimer offers a choice of two city lots on Powell Street as a donation for future City Buildings. Board of Works may spend twenty five dollars to clear all flammable materials from Cambie Street from the Bay to Cordova Street, providing the property owners pay the rest of the cost. (more…)