Special meeting of Council to arrange funding for water works purchase – February 24, 1892

Present staff of Capilano Water Works to be kept on when the purchase by the City is complete. Temporary financing arranged with the Bank of British Columbia while debentures sold in London.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 681-683

[vol 5 pg 681]

Vancouver Feb. 24th 1892

A special meeting of the Council was held on Wednesday, February 24th, 1892 for the purpose of providing funds for the purchase of the Water Works and other business as might be taken up.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Anderson, McGuigan, McCraney, Odlum, Franklin, Mills and Gavin.

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by Alderman Gavin

That the Mayor be authorized to make all necessary arrangements to provide for the payment of the amount due to the Water Works Company on the purchase of the works and plant and to arrange with the bank to grant a temporary loan for the amount required and as security therefor to give a promissory note for the amount, advanced by the bank and an order on Messers Coates and Son of London to pay to the bank any proceeds they may now have or in future have, from the sale of the debentures forwarded and to make arrangements with the bank that if Messers Coates and Son do not sell the balance of the debentures remaining unsold, within a certain time, that the bank shall have power to sell the same and to retain the proceeds thereof to the amount borrowed.

Carried.

The following form of note was approved:
On demand the City of Vancouver promise to pay the Bank of British Columbia or order, at their office in Vancouver …. dollars and interest thereon from date until paid at the rate of seven percent per annum for value received.

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Report of  F. W. and L. Committee
The F. Co. and L. Committee met on Wednesday February 24th, 1892 at 4 p.m.
Present: Aldermen Franklin, Mills and McGuigan.
It was recommended:
1. That the Committee with the City Engineer make arrangements to visit the Capilano on Tuesday next re the construction of a road.
2. That in taking over the water works the present staff be retained until further arrangements are made. The City Treasurer to have charge of the financial department and the Engineer of the outside work.
3. That the Committee be empowered to select a site for a Central Fire Hall and also for fire hall for Mount Pleasant and report.
4. That William Davey’s salary be raised to $50.00 per month in accordance with the terms of his engagement, the remaining applications to be laid over till estimates are brought in.
5. That A. Morrison Duplex Chemical Fire Engine be purchased from the Gutta Percha and Rubber Manufacturing Company of Toronto, price 2740 delivered free of all charges at the fire hall in the City of Vancouver providing the insurance companies doing business in the city contribute to the cost.

Signed J. L. Franklin

Chairman

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by Alderman Gavin
That Clause 5 be referred back for report on Monday night.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Anderson
Seconded by Alderman McGuigan

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That the balance of the report be adopted.
Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

(signed) F. Cope, Mayor
Thomas McGuigan, City Clerk

Water Works debentures sold at 96% – December 10, 1891

The rate for the sale of the Water Works Debentures was set at 96% (The City had wanted a minimum of 97.5%, the bank had advised a straight 95). The City will submit a by-law to the citizens to acquire the Street Railway Company at $437,000.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 598-599

[Vol. 4, pg. 598]

Vancouver, December 10th, 1891

A Special Meeting of the Council was held on Thursday December 10th 1891.

Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Hobson, Templeton, Wm Brown, McDowell, C.L. Brown and Doering.

His Worship the mayor furnished all the correspondence which had passed between Hanson Bros. and himself relating to the sale of the Water Works Debentures; also telegram from Coales of London advising the marking of a straight issue at 95 instead of a minimum of 97 ½:-

Resolved
That Hanson Bros be instructed to place the Debentures on the Market at 96 and that the following telegrams be forwarded:-

Coales & Son London Authorize Sale at 96. Notice Band rate discount dropped. ought realize more. Do your best sgd D Oppenheimer Mayor
and

Edwin Hanson London, Eng. Authorize you to approve prospectus behalf Mayor and Treasurer of City. sgd D Oppenheimer Mayor

Carried

The question of the purchase of the Street Ry Co’s property was then taken up and after due consideration it was moved my Alderman McDowell, Seconded by Alderman Templeton
“That the Council will submit

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a By-Law to the Citizens, providing for the purchase of the Shares, and guaranteeing the Debentures issued by the Company amounting in all to $437,000, provided the statements of assets in the Company delivered by the Company to the City;, are verified by persons to be appointed by the Council.

The above resolution to be forwarded to the Company and answer required before Monday. If the citizens pass the above By-Law the Company to deliver and assign all the assets, as shown by their statements on payment by the City of the $162,000, $75,000 to the Bank, and the City guaranteeing $200,000 of debentures now issued by the Company.

The company to pay all open accounts, and bills payable by them, at date of transfer. Carried
The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan City Clerk

Garden resigns council, Brighouse now Works chairman – Jan 12, 1891

Alderman James F. Garden resigns.  Hansen brothers of Montreal purchase $25,000 of city debentures. Crowder and Penzer granted contracts for coal and feed, provided that both be weighed on the Market scales. Miss Bowes requests stricter temperance regulations, also to “abolish houses of ill-fame” (brothels). Trades and Labour Council present request that no Chinese labour be allowed to be used on the graving dock contract.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 179 – 639

[Vol 4 pg 179]

Vancouver Jan 12, 1891

The Council met on Monday January 12, 1891 at 8 P.M.

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

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Dr. Bodington claiming extra remuneration for going to Victoria as a Witness in the Case of the C.P.R. Co. vs the City.

Finance

From Messrs Eberts and Taylor and John Irving, President of the Vancouver Water Works Co. sending corrected agreement for the purchase of their Works. Co.
Water Works Committee

From Halley Bros & Granville Montreal requesting the City to subscribe towards Stereoptic Views of the city for the Jamaica Exhibition.
Finance

From Henry Laundry asking for a bonus of $1800 to assist him in starting a woollen mill.
Finance

From Messrs. Yates, Jay & Russell asking the City to drain the water of Lots 1.2.3. Block 32, Sub 541.
Board of Works

From W. L. Leonard protesting against the manner of awarding the contract for Rock Crusher.
Board of Works

From the City Solicitor informing the

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Council that he had tendered the President of the Improvement Co the purchase money for the Sugar Refinery Site and that he had refused to accept the amount offered $15,000
Finance

From the Market Clerk furnishing the regular weekly reports of receipts.
Filed

From A. Gobeil, Secretary to the Department of Public Works acknowledging receipt of a Communication from the Mayor re Cambie Street Bridge.
Filed

From Wm Sidelman etal [sic] asking the Council to run out Powell Street in a direct line to the East Park.
Board of Works.

From A.J. Alcock etal [sic] asking for electric lights on Westminster Av at 10th & 13th avs and a sidewalk on the south side of 11th av from Quebec St to Westminster Road.
F.W.L. & Board of Works.

From James F. Garden tendering his resignation as Alderman.
Filed.

From the Chief of Police furnishing Report on Electric Lights.
Filed.

From G.A. Owens etal [sic] asking that the lane in Block 111.541 be opened for traffic
Board of Works.

From James McPhee asking for permission to run a wire on any street on any street or alley for the purpose of operating a Burglar Alarm System.
Board of Works.

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From Miss. S. Bowes etal [sic] asking the Council to close Barrooms and Saloons from 6 P.M. on Saturdays until 7 a.m. on Mondays and not to grant a liquor license in any ward where two thirds of the people are against it and also to abolish houses of Ill Fame.
Licensing Board.

From J. W. Campion on behalf of the British Columbia Iron Works Co asking for exemption from taxation for ten years; also free water and light.
Finance.

From John Campbell Barrister etc, asking aldermen Hobson and Brown to show cause why they should not resign their seats at the Council Board.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brighouse
That the Communication be returned to Mr. Cambpell.
Carried.

Reports

Market No 1

The Market Committee met on Wednesday December 31st 1890.
Present Aldermen Garden, and Costello.

It was recommended: –
1. That the License Inspector be instructed to give notice to all coal merchants to have coal weighted at the Market Scales.
2. That the following account be paid : –
E. S. Scoullar & Co Labor at Market $15.35
Sgd
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

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

[vol 4 page 182]

Works No 1
The Board of Works met on Monday January 5th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse Brown, Godfrey, Templeton and DePencier.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Templeton
That Alderman Brighouse be appointed Chairman.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman de Pencier
That Alderman Templeton be appointed Chairman.
Amendment lost motion carried.

Every Thursday at 3 P.M. was fixed as the regular day of meeting.

The Board met attain on Thursday January 8th.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton Brown and Depencier.

It was recommended:-
1. That the Communication of Alfred Stegenberger asking that the water be drained of his lot on 5th Av. Be referred to the City Engineer to report upon.
2. That application be made to the Dominion Government for a site for a quarry at the head of the North Arm of Burrard Inlet.
3. That the Report of the City Engineer on Street paving be adopted.
4. That the City Engineer furnish the Board of Works with a written statement of charges against Mr. Lawson to give him an opportunity to reply to them.
5. That the tenders for wooden block

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paving be laid over for one week.
6. That the following accounts be paid :
A. Parker, Salary $75.00
A Godfrey & Co. Supplies 4.75
D. McDonald, Nicola Street 87.36
D. H. Morgan, Victoria Street. 305.90
A. O. Leask Duty etc. on pipes 115.90

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

Finance No 1

The Finance Committee met on Monday January 5th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Carroll, Hobson and Doering.
Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman and every Friday at 4 P.M. was fixed as the regular day of meeting.

The Board met again on Friday January 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson and Carroll.

It was recommended : –
1. That the following accounts be paid: –
Board of Works Accounts
Queen Bros. Carriage Hire $5.00
J. Miller Rent of P.O. Box 6.00
Telephone Co. Rent 34.00
Thomson Bros. Stationery 37.10
Provincial Govt School Tax 2546.66
F. W. Hart Box 3.00
C. C. Ralston Refund of License 10.00

Communications
From W. H. H. Johnson asking for a Bonus for a Varnish Factory.
Laid over.

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From A. J. Mouatt asking for the appointment of a New Committee to govern the free reading room.
Laid over.

From Hanson Bros. Montreal informing the Mayor that they would purchase $25,000 worth of Debentures at the old rate of $103.54

The Mayor accepts terms and his action is approved by the Committee.

The tenders for printing, advertising and general supplies for the year 1891 were laid before the Committee.

After examination it was decided to recommend the following for acceptance:
(1) Bread J.P. Blake
(2) Green Groceries R.I Winch
(3) Burial of Pauper Dead W. J. Taylor
(4) Coal & Wood Crowder & Penzer on condition that the coal be weighted at the Market Scales.
(5) Feed. Crowder & Penzer on the same conditions that the feed be weighted at the Market Scales.

The following tenders were laid over until next meeting: – Advertising, Printing, & Drugs.

Resolved.
That tenders be again invited for the Supply of Meat and General Groceries.
Carried.
Sgd. Wm Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman de Pencier
That the report of the Board of Finance be adopted.
Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Templeton

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Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to appoint a Board of Police Commissioners.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the By-Law be read for the first time.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That Mr. Imrie Bell be asked to meet the Council to give information on matters pertaining to the graving dock.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the following Committee be appointed to prepare amendments to the City Charter viz:- Alderman Hobson, Brown, DePencier, Godfrey and Carroll.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ de Pencier
That the following Committee be appointed to make preparation for the 1892 Exhibition viz: – Templeton, Brown, De Pencier, Godfrey and Carroll.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the following Aldermen be appointed as a Free Reading Room and Library Committee viz Alderman Carroll, Godfrey, Hobson, McDowell and Doering.
Carried.

[vol 4 page 186]

Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the following Committee be appointed on Water Works viz. Aldermen Doering, McDowell, DePencier, Templeton and Brown.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the Local Government be requested to place the Sum of $5000 in their Estimates in aid of the Vancouver City Hospital.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman de Pencier
Seconded by “ Carroll
That a Market Committee be appointed consisting of the following Aldermen viz Aldermen Templeton, Brighouse, Godfrey, Brown and Doering.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the City accountant furnish to this Council a complete return of the amount of money paid during the last year for legal advice, Solicitor’s Salary and other charged paid for law expenses during said time together with a detailed Statement of the various payments and the names of such parties as were the recipients thereof.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the following Committee be appointed to appoint an Arbitrator for Water Works, viz Aldermen Carroll, McDowell, de Pencier, Templeton, and Brown.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Doering

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That application be made to the Local Government for a grant in aid of a Public Art Gallery and Museum to be established in this City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That an application be made to the Local Government for a grant of $1000 in aid of the Fire Department in this City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ de Pencier
That a Crematory Committee be appointed consisting of the following Aldermen viz Aldermen Templeton, Brown and DePencier.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman de Pencier
Seconded by “ Doering
That the following labor account be paid: –
B. Romang etal [sic] $176.60
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the City Clerk to notify the C.P.R Management that the various crossings by their road of some of the principal Streets of this City are now in such a condition as to be a source of great danger both to life and property and this Council do most earnestly call their attention thereto and ask that proper and modern gates be placed at the crossings of Hastings, Carrall, Oppenheimer, Powell and Alexander Streets, and Dunlevy Avenues.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by Alderman Carrall
That the following Committee be appointed to appoint Experts Witnesses for Water Works viz Aldermen Doering, McDowell, de Pencier, Templeton and Brown.
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman de Pencier
Seconded by “ Carroll
That a Jockey Club Committee be appointed consisted of Aldermen Doering, Hobson and Godfrey.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Templeton
That application be made to the Dominion Government to take measures to remove the Burnaby and Parthia Shoals situate at the entrance to Burrard Inlet.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Doering
That the resignation of Alderman Garden be accepted.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering
That the By-Law appointing Police Commissioners be read a second time.
Carried.

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

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and the names of Aldermen Carroll, Garden, Hobson, McDowell and de Pencier inserted as the names of the Committee.
The Committee then rose and reported the By-Law complete.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the By-Law be read a 3rd time.
Carried.

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A deputation from the Trades and labor Council appeared by consent before the Bar of the Council asked that a clause be inserted in the Agreement between the promoters of the Graving Dock Company and the City; prohibiting the employment of Chinese on the works either before or after completion. The Mayor promised to lay the matter before Mr. Imrie Bell and report his decision to the Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council.
The Deputation then withdrew.

Notices of Motion
Alderman Templeton [Godfrey] gave notice that he would move that this Council ask the Member for the District in the Commons Mr. Corbould to call the attention of the Postmaster General the need of postal delivery in the City and the great relief it would afford to our present overtaxed postal facilities.
Alderman McDowell gave notice that at the next regular meeting of the Council he would move that the proposed graving dock by-law and agreement be withdrawn.

The Council then adjourned.

Signed: D. Oppenheimer, Mayor and Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Council seeks company to build drydock for less than $100,000 – December 29, 1890, 10:00 am

A Special Meeting to resolve to offer financial incentive to any company who could build a “graving dock” (dry dock) for less than $100,000. A By-Law was drafted, and a date and time fixed for an election to ratify the By-Law.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 164-165

[Vol 4 page 164]

Vancouver December 29th 1890

The Council met on Monday, December 29, 1890 at 10 A.M.
Present: His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello, Mason and Doering.

The proposed agreement between Mr Imrie Bell and the City of Vancouver for the construction of a graving dock etc in the city was considered and finally adopted by Council.

It was then moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Sentell
That a By-Law be introduced authorizing Council to issue debentures to the amount of $100,000 for the bonusing of a Company who would construct docks etc costing not less than $100,000. Carried.

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

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Fox
That the second reading of the By-Law be deferred until the Council met in the evening at the regular meeting. Motion lost.

Moved by Alderman Carroll Costello
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the By-Law be now read a second time. Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time.

The Council then went into Committee of the Whole, Alderman McLeod in the Chair. The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete without amendment.

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Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That a By-Law be introduced to fix the time etc for holding an election on the By-Law to raise by way of debentures $100,000 for bonusing the proposed graving dock etc. Carried.
The By-Law was accordingly read a first, second and third time and finally passed. The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Bank of Montreal to purchase Vancouver’s $150,000 debentures – May 7, 1888

Bank of Montreal to purchase Vancouver’s $150,000 debentures – May 7, 1888

Order in Council has been passed permitting bridges across False Creek and Coal Harbour. Bank of Montréal to purchase debentures of $150,000. Shows confidence in the future prospects of the city. H Buster to receive license for day and night scavenger. Space between City Wharf and railway to be a temporary dump. Meeting with sports groups to discuss a proper field. Mayor to appoint a committee to consider a bylaw for street railway. (more…)

Charles G. Johson and John Devine to audit Vancouver’s 1886 accounts – January 10, 1887

Use of City Hall for County Court granted to the Provincial Government free of charge. Two bidders present plans to supply water works to Vancouver: E. A. Wilmot of the Coquitlam Water Works Company and G. A. Keefer of the the Capilano Water Works Company. Chas. G. Johnson and John Devine appointed to audit the accounts of 1886, at a remuneration of $25 each

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 1 pages 213-221

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Vancouver Jan 10th 1886 (sic)

The Council met on Monday Jan 10th 1887 at 7.30. P.M.

Present His Worship Mayor MacLean (presiding) Aldermen Alexander, Clark, Hamilton, Humphries, Lefevre, Lockerby, Mannion, D. Oppenheimer, I. Oppenheimer and Sanders.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Thos. Birmingham re the ornamenting of the City with trees. Laid on the table.

From the Sun Life Assurance Company asking for information regarding Street Bonds and the debt of the City. Referred to the Finance Committee.

From Messrs. McIntosh and McTaggart acknowledging receipt of $6,900 debentures and showing that 5.00 was still due. Referred to the Finance Committee.

Thos. C. Sorby drawing the attention of the City Council to the irregular shape of Cordova St and asking that it be remedied before being built upon. Filed.

Auditors

The following applications were received for the position of City Auditors:-
Chas. G. Johnson, John Rankin, John Devine, M.M. Picken and F. Cotton.

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Accounts

J.H. Carlisle to Moving Safe $26.00 F.W.L.
Edwin Ridd, work on Aldexander St. 3.00 By W.
Walter Ashford, Milk 6.50 Health
S.L. Lilley, Stationery 13.10 Finance
A.J. Matheson, hauling Wood 2.00 Health & Finance
Hasting Mill Co. repairing Engine 10.00 F.W.L.
Robt. Couth, coal for City Hall 7.00 Finance

Reports

Fire Water and Light Committee

A meeting of the Fire Water and Light Committee was held on Saturday Jan 10th 1886 at 2 P.M. The following recommendations are submitted to Council:-

That from the Cursory glance given to the Charter by your Committee it does not appear that the Corporation has such power as would enable them to comply with the terms submitted by the Coquitlam Water Works Company namely for the quarantining of the interest on their debentures and it would be considered advisable that the Charter Committee should ascertain whether the Corporation have this power and if they have not that the Charter be amended in that direction.

That this Council be Authorized to purchase Street Lamps and make the necessary arrangements for lighting the City – provided under By-Law No. 12.

That the Fire Inspector be instructed to see that Clauses 6 and 16 of the Fire By-Law be carried into effect.

sgd., Rich H. Alexander, Chairman

Report adopted.

I. Oppenheimer – Mannion

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Finance Committee

A Full Meeting of the Finance Committee was held on Monday Jan 5th 1887 at 7 P.M.

The following report is submitted:-

That all Certificates or Indentures now issued at ten per cent interest be recalled and that arrangements be made for payments of all outstanding accounts.

That further time be asked from the Council re the consideration of issuing debentures until the reports of the different Committees giving estimates of expenditures for the current year are received.
Your Committee would recommend that two Auditors be approved to Audit the accounts for the last year and that they receive twenty five dollars cash for such audit.

That an Auditor be appointed for the current year to make monthly audits and receive and remuneration one hundred and twenty dollars per year.

sgd., D. Oppenheimer, Chairman

Report adopted on Motion of Ald. Hamilton seconded by Ald. Clark

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday Jan. 6th and Monday Jan 10th 1887 at 2 P.M. respectively.

The following report is submitted:-

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We have opened the tenders for the partitioning off of the City Hall for the Mayor and Engineer’s Offices but before recommending the awarding of the contract to the lowest bidder we have instructed the City Engineer to prepare plans and estimates of the cost of creating an addition to the East of the City Hall and also the cost of removing the cells outside the main building and partitioning off the space occupied by them for offices.

This action we trust we be approved of by Council.

We have asked for tenders for the planking of Westminster Avenue 20 feet wide and the laying of a sidewalk 8 feet wide on the East side and have received one tender from Mr. Hawkins for said work:-
Sidewalks per Lineal ft 57cents

Planking for B.M $17.50

Considering his tender as being too high we do not feel justified in recommending its acceptance by Council.

[motion 121]

We would recommend that a contract be set for the clearing and grubbing of three acres of the land selected for a public cemetery.

We have instructed the City Engineers to prepare a colour plan of the ground proposed to be drained and sewered and the estimated cost thereof.

The City Engineers having submitted and estimate showing that work to the amount of $1800 had been

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completed on Cambie Street by Messrs. Boyd and Clandenning we would recommend that Bonds to the

Amount of 90% of the estimate submitted by paid to the said contractors.

We have authorized the purchase of 3000 feet of plank to finish the sidewalk on Westminster Avenue on the South Side of False Creek and have asked for tenders for the grading and planking of Columbia Avenue in accordance with the petition of the property owners on said Avenue.

We recommend that an appropriation to the amount of $500.00 be made out of the Street Debentures Fund for the purpose of planking or otherwise making passable the low places on Westminster Avenue.

sgd L.A. Hamilton

Report adopted on motion of Alderman D. Oppenheimer seconded by Ald Lefevre.

Petition
From the Property owners on Westminster Avenue praying the Council to pass a By-Law for the planking and Sidewalking of said Avenue.

Referred to the B. of Works

The tenders for the City Printing for the year was received and referred to the Finance Committee for examination.

C.G. Johnson, County Court Registrar appeared before the Bar of the Council

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and asked for the free use of the City Hall for holding of Court until such time as the Government would make other arrangements.

[motion no 122]

Moved by Ald. D. Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Humphries that the City Hall be tendered to the Provincial Government for County Court purposes free of charge with all the requisites included until such time as they make other arrangements. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman Humphries that the power conferred on the last Finance Committee re the furnishing of the City Hall be transferred to the present Finance Committee.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman D. Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Alexander that in consideration of the Bank of British Columbia in Vancouver advancing to the City of Vancouver by permitting said City to overdraw its account from time to time to an amount not exceeding the sum of $10,000.00 this Council hereby pledges and hypothecates the taxes of this year to said Bank to secure the repayment to said Bank of the of the amount advanced by it to said Corporation with interest on the sums so from time to time advanced at the rate of eight per cent per annum from the date of such advances respectively.

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And be it further resolved that the mayor and City Clerk be hereby authorized to forward to said Bank the promissory note of this Corporation for the above Amount as Collateral security for the repayment of said advance and enclose with said promissory note a copy of this resolution. Carried.

G.A. Keefer of the Capilano Water Works Company and E.A. Wilmot – President of the Coquitlam Water Works Company appeared before the Bar of the Council and outlined their respective schemes for the introduction of Water Works into the City.

[motion no. 123]

Moved by Alderman I. Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Mannion that as the Coquitlam Water Works company’s scheme has been before the F.W. & L. Committee it is resolved that the Capilano Water Works Company’s scheme be referred to the said Committee to report on both. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman Isaac Oppenheimer that Thursday evening Jan 13th at 7.30. P.M. be the Hour appointed for the Meeting of the Charter Committee. Carried.

By-Law

Alderman L.A. Hamilton introduced a By-Law for the Appointment of Auditors for auditing the accounts of
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the year 1886 which was read a first and second time.

Moved by Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman Alexander that Chas. G. Johnson be appointed one of the Auditors. Yeas 7. Nays 3.

Moved by Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman Alexander that John Rankin be appointed the other Auditor. Yeast 3. Nays 7.

Moved by Ald Humphries seconded by Alderman Mannion that J. Muir Picken by appointed one of the Auditors. Yeas 2. Nays 8.

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman D. Oppenheimer that John Devine be appointed one of the Auditors. Yeas 5. Nays 5.

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Mannion that F. Cotton be appointed one of the Auditors. Yeas 2. Nays 8.

On a second vote being taken Chas. G. Johnson and John Devine were declared appointed.

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

In Committee the By-Law was numbered 26 and read over Clause by Clause after which the Committee rose to report progress.

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by I. Oppenheimer that By-Law 25 be now read a third time. Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman I. Oppenheimer that By-Law No 25 be engrossed signed and sealed by the Mayor and Clerk and a copy sent to the British Columbia Gazette for publication. Carried.

Moved by Alderman L.A. Hamilton seconded by Alderman Humphries that it is considered advisable to appoint an officer to act as License, Fire and Health Inspector and with that view instruct the Finance Committee to report what salary should be paid to said officer. Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

M.A. MacLean, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

City debentures to be sold to finance fire engine – June 22, 1886

City debentures to be sold to finance fire engine – June 22, 1886

The photo above was taken on June 14, 1886, the day after the Great Fire. City Debentures amounting to $4,500 to be sold for 5 years at 6% interest, secured by special tax on Water Street properties. Decision to purchase “Mr. Ronald’s Fire Engine” finalized. Fire By-Law to be introduced at the next Council meeting. City Clerk authorized to contract with McDonald and Cameron for work on Water Street at a cost of $3,800, to be paid 60 days from the date of the contract.  (more…)