All Vancouver Fire Halls to Hear Every Fire Alarm – August 6, 1894

All Vancouver Fire Halls to Hear Every Fire Alarm – August 6, 1894

The telephones of all fire halls to ring simultaneously when an alarm is given. William McGirr given contract to re-roof the Grand Stand at the Jockey Club. The Hudson’s Bay Company asks for a “full” sidewalk in front of its new Water Street warehouse. Several complaints of improper drainage and the resulting “very offensive water” to be dealt with by the City Engineer – and the Chain Gang!

This transcript was made in April 2020 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

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Firemen and wagons outside Fire hall No. 1 on Water Street, 1895

City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 173 – 179
see original handwritten minutes here

[Volume 6 pg] 173

Vancouver August 6th 1894.
The Council met on Monday August 6th 1894,
Present – His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown, and Bethune.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights Filed

From MacKinnon DeBeck & Co making application for a franchise granting the right to construct a system known as the American District Telegraph.
Moved by Alderman Shaw
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That the Communication be laid over for one week.
Motion carried.

From Frank Dent, Secretary for Admiral Stephenson acknowledging receipt of communication thanking them for the part they took in the 1st of July Celebration. Filed

From Thos Lewis, Secretary of the Fraser Valley Relief Committee inviting the Mayor to be present at a meeting to be held in the Board of Trade Rooms on the 8th next.
Accepted and filed.

From Stanley J Henderson on behalf of the Life Insurance agents protesting against

[Volume 6 pg] 174

The License imposed by the Council on Life Insurance Companies.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From C.T. Jones, Governor General’s Secretary acknowledging receipt of Communication re the Dyking of the Fraser Valley lands. Filed.

From John Hardie Acting Deputy Minister of Marine acknowledging receipt of a communication re piling in the 1st Narrows. Filed.

From Mrs. McCraney asking if the Council would be inclined to extend a greeting to the Provincial W.C.T.U. which meets in Vancouver on the 28th 29th & 30th.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the matter be left in the hands of the Mayor to attend to. Carried.

Reports

The following Reports were received and read:-

Fire & Light Committee

The Fire & Light Committee met on Monday August 6th 1894.
Present – Alderman Franklin, Shaw, and Bethune.
The City Engineer submitted specifications for installing an Arc light plant.
Resolved:
That tenders be invited for installing an arc and incandescent light plant for the City such tenders to be received up to Aug 31st 1894.
sgd J.L. Franklin, Chairman

[Volume 6 pg] 175

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown.
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday August 3rd 1894.
Present – the full Board.
The following tenders were received for roofing the Grand Stand on the Jockey Club grounds, Hastings Park :-
W.A. Rennie $325
C.I. Shindler 435
Crowe & Wilson 212
Wm McGirr $195.00 and allow $30.00 for old shingles
John Kerragher 330
McLean & Hughes 299
Arthur & McDonald 700
Bayers & Hornie 230;

The tender of Wm McGirr was recommended for acceptance

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Van Elec Ry Supplies $5.00
James Stark “.25
City Printing Works “17.20
Bank of Montreal Notes etc. 100.50
Ellen Bloomfield supplies 5.00
City Printing Works “ 4.60
News. Advertiser “ 9.10

Communications

From C.W. Murray, Secretary of the School Board, notifying the Board that the Mortgage

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On the School building on the corner of Nelson & Hornby Streets is due. Filed.

From H. Abbott Esq General Superintendent of the C.P.R. Co offering to lease to the City Gore Avenue Slip or any other portion of the Harbour not now in use at a nominal rental of $1.00 a year.
Laid over.

Resolved.
That funds be provided to make passable Westminster Avenue for the Winter at the least possible expense.

Resolved.
That the City Engineer be instructed to interview Mr. J. M. Browning regarding the conveyance of the Right-of-Way at the Sugar Refinery
sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on the 2nd of August 1894.
Present – Aldermen Franklin, McCraney Shaw and Brown.
R. Cook complained of a drain from Mr. Ross’ house discharging very offensive water in front of his premises on 6th Av. And asking that it be attended to.

Referred to the Street Inspector and Health Inspector conjointly for attention

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From the City Clerk enclosing a communication received from the Health Inspector on the subject of the sewer outlet on Abbott Street. Being attended to

From Powis & Whitehead calling attention to defective drainage of Block 60.196 Hastings Street east. Resolved that the Street Inspector be instructed to send in a report at the next meeting of the Board in regard to this matter.

From the City Clerk enclosing letters of Mrs Webster and Health Inspector in regard to drainage at the Alexandra Hospital.
Resolved that the officer in charge of the Chaingang be instructed to attend to the portion of the drain in the lane at the first opportunity.

From the Street Inspector submitting a report. Filed.

From A. McDougall asking that spare earth be deposited in front of his premises 830 Hornby Street for boulevard purposes.
Referred to the Street Inspector.

From Wm Thompson Manager of the Hudson’s Bay Co asking that a sidewalk to the full permanent width be put down in front of the new warehouse which has been built on Water Street by that firm.
Resolved that the Contractor Mr E. Cook be notified to replace the old sidewalk to the proper grade.

Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to order a new broom for the Street sweeper as soon as possible.

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Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to get James Dixon, Contractor for the Granville Street basement drain to continue the outlet at the same prices as the balance of the contract.

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to have the hobs filled up and made safe where the sidewalks have been moved out on Burrard and also on Prior Street.

Tenders

Resolved that tenders be called up to 3 P.M. on Thursday the 16th next for replanking the Granville Street Bridge, the City to supply the nails and lumber.

The following tenders were received and opened:-
Drain in lane South of Dupont Street
10×12 Box 12 x 12 Box Check Valve
James Dixon 44 c 48c $8
T.E. Plummer 39 41 6
A.D. McDonald 26 27 4
D. Gibbons 23 24 9

Resolved that the tenders of D. Gibbons be recommended for acceptance.

The following accounts were recommended for acceptance :-
Champion & White Street sweeping $89.75
Evans, Coleman & Evans Supplies 3.20
MacKay Bros Painting 8.00
Thos Dunn Supplies .60
W.C. Marshall Express 5.75
Leamy & Kyle Supplies. 298.03
Clark & Stuart “ 2.25
V.E.R. & L. Co. “ 2.25
J.A. Skinner “ 2.25
D.H. Morgan etal. Labor 482.65

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The Board then adjourned.
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Queen
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the Chief of the Fire Department be authorized to connect the telephones of all the Fire Halls to ring simultaneously on the Alarm being given. Carried

Moved by Alderman W. Brown
Seconded by “ C.L. Brown
That the Water Works Pay Roll for the week ending July 30th 1894 amounting to $307.05 be passed and paid. Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen
That the By-Law to collect arrears of taxes previous to 1893 be read a 3rd time. Carried.

The Board then adjourned.
R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos McGuigan
City Clerk.

Columbia Avenue lowlands must be drained – July 16, 1894

Columbia Avenue lowlands must be drained – July 16, 1894

The Medical Health Officer reported on the unsanitary condition of Dupont Street and urged the draining of the low lying lands south of Dupont Street and east and west of Columbia Avenue. The Provincial government requested $200 to cover the cost of smallpox vaccine administered by Dr. McGuigan in August 1892. Taxes were coming in slowly; one citizen, John Castile wrote to suggest that persons in arrears for taxes be allowed to work them out.

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Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives photo CVA 677-26
[Dupont [later Pender] and Carrall Streets, looking east]

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City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 152 – 163

[volume 6 page152]

Vancouver July 16th 1894

The Council met on Monday July 16th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, McDowell, McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown and Bethune.
Alderman Wm Brown was appointed Chairman.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From the Medical Health officer reporting upon the sanitary condition of Dupont Street and advising the Council to have the low lying lands drained.
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the City Engineer be instructed to ascertain the cost as soon as possible. Carried.

From the City Solicitor stating that the Captain of the Barque Gutenberg had no claim against the City and also that the C.P.R. Co could not be held liable for the expenses of the Chinaman afflicted with Smallpox. Filed.

From A. McDougall asking for the levelling of Hornby Street in front of his premises.
Referred to Board of Works

From the Deputy Provincial Treasurer asking for a cheque for $200.00 being amount paid to D. McGuigan for vaccinating incoming passengers on trains at Vancouver between August 10th and 21st 1892.
Referred to the City Solicitor

[volume 6 page 153]

From John Castile suggesting that persons in arrears for taxes be allowed to work them out.
Referred to the Finance Committee.

From Alderman Franklin declining to put up a bond on the Engineer’s investigation.
Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Communication be laid over for one week to give an opportunity for both parties to come together. Carried

From J. Jones asking for a decision on his claim for the refund of a portion of the fine imposed on him by the pound keeper.
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the communication be filed. Carried.

Reports
The following Reports were received and read:-

Water Committee
The Water Committee met on Wednesday July 11th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Wm Brown, Bethune, Shaw, and McPhaiden

Communications
From the B.C. Iron Works Co offering to supply special Castings Castings for Water Works Sept. at 2c per Lb. Filed
The following tenders for dolphins at the Narrows were received:-

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D.K. Campbell
Coppered piles $594.00
Zinc. “ 451.00
Uncovered “ 352.00

W.A. Ravine
Coppered piles 660.00
Zinc “ 484.00
Uncovered “ 352.00

Resolved
That D.K. Campbell’s tender of $594.00 for coppered piles be accepted, and that the Dominion Government be asked to pay half the expense as the dolphins will be a good protection to shipping.

Resolved
That two days be taken off John Potter’s time for Monday and Tuesday January 2nd and 3rd these days being public holidays

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
C. Nelson Drugs $1.25
News. Advertiser Bindery Supplies 10.00
Crowder & Penzer “ 7.12
C.P.R. Co “ 3.60
Creamer & Langley “ 10.08
J. Burns Jr “ 896.82
Walsh Bros. “ 22.65
B.C. Iron Works Co. “ 270.34
Van Elec Ry & L Co “ 1.32
J. Boyd & Co “ 7.00
Curtis & Newsome “ 17.20
Hastings Mill “ 9.52
Gas Co “ .75
Purdy & Williams Reservoir 1944.00

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Hooper etal Labor $708.65
Sgd Wm Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted. Carried

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday July 13th 1894.
Present the full Board

Communications
From the Board of Works asking the Committee to provide funds for the purchase of bon wires for the Street Railway Track about to be laid. Estimated cost $865.20 Laid over

From the Board of Works asking the Committee to furnish funds for the construction of a sewer in Blocks 8 & 22.185 and a basement drain constructed on Dupont Strete under the Frontage Tax system.
Referred back to the Board of Works for Estimate of Cost

From E.H. Dowing and W.H. Hooper asking for a refund of a certain portion of their respective licenses, they having paid for the full year near the close of the License year.
Resolved.
That it is desirable that the Trades License By-Law be amended

From Ms. A. Cheatam asking for a reduction of the Shooting Gallery License. Filed

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From the Revenue Tax Collector stating that collections were coming in slowly and stating that it would be necessary to enforce payment.
Resolved.
That Mr. Sutherland be instructed to carry out the law.

Resolved
That the account of the B.C. Iron Works for a heater amounting to $265.00 be paid our of the Fire & Light Contigent fund.

Resolved.
That a copy be made of the petition to be presented at the Governor General re the dyking of the lands bordering on the Fraser River and that it be presented to the Board of Trade for signature

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
City Printing Works supplies $33.50
Bank of Montreal Note 20,000
Crowder & Penzer supplies 7.15
News. Advertiser Ads 1.05
E. Clough Drayage 3.50
sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

[volume 6 page 157]

Health Committee
The Health Committee met on Tuesday July 10th 1894
Present – Aldermen McDowell, Wm Brown and C.L. Brown.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
W.J. McGuigan Inquests $45.
F. Filion supplies .85
Mellish & Gray “ 122.50
Minion S.S. Co Fare 2.00
Mrs. Crawford supplies .50
McIntosh & co “ 64.26
F.W. Mills “ 9.35
C.S. Philp “ 16.14
W. H. DeBow “ 40.05
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 56.80
A.H. Thomas Medical Attendance 10.00
W.C. Marshall Drayage 5.00
Lockhart & Center Burials 35.60
City Printing Works Supplies 2.00
McIntosh & Co “ .48
F. Filion “ 64.99
B.C. Mills “ 8.43
James Carnohan Scavengering 1.25
C.P.R. Co Fares 3.00
John Boyd & Co Supplies 3.30
City of Victoria. Keep of Lepers 52.63
F. Filion Supplies 17.40
E. Shurgold Drayage .50
McLennan & McFeely Supplies 2.85
Carter Bros. Crematory Chimney 101.00

Communications
From the Plumbing inspector reporting that 149 plumbing and sewer permits were issued for the half year ending June 30th Filed

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From the Health Inspector asking that immediate steps be taken to drain the low lying lands south of Dupont Street and east and west of Columbia Avenue
Resolved.
That the Board of Works be instructed to have this necessary work done at once.

From J.M. Holland asking for amendments to the Plumbing By-Law Filed
From Miss Macfie furnishing Hospital Report for June. Filed
From E.B. Morgan etal asking for a sewer in the lane running between Block 84 22.185
Resolved.
That if there are sufficient funds on hand for that purpose that the Board of Works be instructed to have the work done.

Resolved
That the City Clerk be instructed to write Philp Bros that they must supply to the City Hospital whatever vegetables are ordered and that F. Filion be notified to supply fresh eggs when required.
sgd John McDowell
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

[Volume 6 page 159]

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday July 12th 1894
Present – Aldermen McCraney, Shaw, Queen and C.L. Brown.

Communications
From Ivan Bushong etal calling attention of the Board to slight repairs necessary to the paving at Cordova Street at the foot of Homer Street
Resolved
That D. McGuillvray be notified to make all necessary repairs to the Bituminous road pavement as soon as possible.

From J.M. Bowell, Collector of Customs stating that if the lumber coming from Australia for block paving is in sawed boards or planks undressed, or dressed on one side only, “it will be free from duty under the new tariff’. Filed for reference.

From H.A. Bell asking for permission to use part of the street in front of the new Rogers’ building Hastings Street for depositing building material.
Resolved.
That Mr Bell be notified that permission fo the rise of 50 feet of the sidewalk for the purpose has already been granted to E. Cook but that permission for use of the paved street has in all cases been refused.

From the City Clerk informing the Board of the Resolutions passed by the Board of Health relative to the construction of a sewer in Blocks 8 & 22. 185 and drainage for the low lying lands south of Dupont Street.

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Resolved.
That the Finance Committee be requested to furnish the funds necessary to carry out these works and that the requisite basement drain on Dupont street be put in under the frontage tax system.
James Dixon, Contractor for the basement drains on Granville Street put in a claim for extra work amounting to $364.00
Referred to the Engineer and the Inspector to look into and report.

Resolved that the Street Inspector be instructed to put down a 2 ft wall with old planks in front of Mr. Prior’s residence on 10th Av west of Manitoba Street.

Resolved that the documents in connection with the investigation be kept in the Engineer’s office vault and to be accessible during regular office hours to all parties concerned.

The matter of extending the Abbott Street sewer to deeper water was referred to the Engineer to see if pipe can be got for the purpose.

Resolved that the matter of providing funds for the cost of the bond wires for the Street Railway track be referred to the Finance Committee.

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to get prices for the necessary work of continuing the outlet of the Granville Street drain to False Creek.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

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James Dixon Drain $746.45
J. Menzies 11th Av. 28.28
P.G. Fenton 8th Av. 13.95
C. Nelson. Supplies 1.50
Evans Coleman & Evans “ 1.60
Minion S.S. Co. Hire of Steamer 15.00
Dunn & Co. Supplies .10
Welsh Bros. “ 8.26
McLennan & McFeely “ 35.73
Morgan etal. Labor 774.80
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairperson

Moved by Alderman Bethune
Seconded by “ McDowell.
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Fire & Light Committee

The Fire & Light Committee met on Wednesday July 11th 1894.
Present – Aldermen Franklin, Shaw, McCraney and Bethune
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Thos Dunn & Co. supplies $2.75
Welsh Bros “ 146.09
D. Wilson “ 6.55
L. Roy Repairs 3.12
F. Filion Supplies 9.04
I Forbes Shoeing | 4.00 4.00
McDowell & Co. supplies 10.24
Van Elec Ry & Co Lights 1668.41
James Carnohah Scavengering 1.00
B.C. Iron Works Heater $265.00
sgd J.L. Franklin
Chairman

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Moved by Alderman C.L. Brown
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Report be Adopted. Carried

Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Thursday July 12th 1894.
Present the full Board
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Wm Cameron. Police Duty $2.50
Frank Blair “ “ 5.00
McIntosh & Co Supplies 25.50
F. Filion “ .60
Russell. McDonald & Co “ 2.30
Chas. Nelson “ 3.15
News. Advertiser “ 12.00
C.S. Philp “ 16.55
Gurney Cab Co. “ 2.00
John McLaren Ry fares 14.00

Communications

From J.N. Bond asking for redress for the tearing down by small boys of a stable belonging to him on the South end of Granville Street Bridge. Filed

Resolved that A.M. Beattie be notified that under the terms of his lease of the Market he is required to keep it in a good state of repair and that the Council looks to him to have it repaired when necessary.
sgd C.L. Brown, Chairman
The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman McPhaiden seconded by Alderman McDowell.

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Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Shaw.
That the amendments to the Health By-Law be read a 2nd time. Carried
The Council went into Committee of the Whole for to consideration with Alderman McDowell in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the noxious weed By-Law be read a second time. Carried.
The Council went into Committee of the Whole for its consideration, Alderman Franklin in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to the Council as complete.
It was then read a 3rd time on motion of Alderman McDowell Seconded by Alderman Franklin.

Notice of Motion
Alderman C.L. Brown gave notice that at next meeting of Council he will introduce a By-Law to amend the present Market By-Law.

The Council then adjourned.

R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk.