One Vancouver leper placed on Darcy Island – December 21, 1891

Duncan MacRae to be paid $87.50 for building on Darcy Island. One Vancouver leper established there. Accounts were submitted before year end, particularly from the Board of Works. By-Law was established to fix time and place for election of Mayor, Aldermen, Park and License Commissioners.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 613-618

[Vol. 4 page 613]

The Council met on Monday December 21st 1891.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Templeton, Wm Brown, McDowell and C.L. Brown.

The minutes of last meetings were read and adopted.

Communications
The following were received and read:
From Fred Allen et al, Feed Merchants, calling attention to the fact that outsiders were infringing on their privileges. Referred to Police Committee.

From John Irving, President of the Vancouver Water Works Co granting permission to the City Engineer to examine their works. Filed.

From Henry Extense et al, asking to be allowed to occupy Abbott St between Hastings and Cordova as a cab stand. Referred to the Police Committee.

From the City Solicitor stating that there could be no objection to granting the application of Oppenheimer Bros for a siding if traffic was not impeded. Referred to Board of Works.

From Godfrey & Co and Abray & Haywood claiming damages from the flooding of their cellars. Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Auditor submitting reports for September, October & November. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Wm Cargill Secy of U.S.S. Co. agreeing to accept the offer made by City for rent of wharf. Filed.

[Vol. 4 page 614]

From R.C. Lawrence asking for the position of weighing master. Referred to Market Committee.

From D.A. Campbell asking that his license be fixed at $50.00 for the remainder of the year. Referred to Police Committee.

From Ernest Buse et al asking that the road to Hastings be repaired. Referred to Board of Works.

From the Provincial Treasurer stating that the amount promised by the Provincial Government as Poll Tax refund would be paid after the meeting of the Legislature. Filed.

From the Market Clerk giving weekly report. Filed.

From the Secy of the School Board asking for the balance of their appropriation. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Robert Moore asking for the extension of the sidewalk on 10th Av. Referred to Board of Works.

From J.A. Coldwell drawing attention to the bad condition of Hastings Street near Carroll. Referred to Board of Works.

From John McLaren reporting on the Electric Lights. Filed.

From J.W. Horne et al offering to lease the plant of the St Ry Co in case of purchase, for 4 1/2 per cent per annum for 10 yrs and keep it in efficient working order. Referred to Special Committee.

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The following reports were received and read:

Water Works.
The Water Works Committee met on Friday December 18th 1891 and resolved to extend the time for receiving tenders on the water pipes to February 1st 1892.
sgd. A.W. Scoullar
Chairman

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

Finance

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 18th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Carroll, Scoullar and Hobson.
Tenders were received from Several parties for making 20 ballot boxes.
The Matter was left in the hands of the chairman for decision, who decided to give the contract to D.J. McPhalen.

The following account was recommended for payment:
The Telephone Co. Voters’ List $161.70

sgd. Wm Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDonnell
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Health

The Health Committee met on Friday December 18th 1891.
Present Aldermen Carroll, Scoullar, and Templeton.
It was recommended:-

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1. That the City Clerk be instructed to notify the Victoria Council that the City has placed one leper on Darcy Island and that they be requested to send supplies sufficient for said leper when they are sending their own, and render an account to the City as per agreement.

2. That Duncan McRae be paid his account for work in connection with the leper colony, the amount being $87.50.

3. That the B.C. Carriage Works tender for making barrels for night soil purposes be accepted at $3.25 each work to be completed within 30 days.
sgd J.T. Carroll
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 17th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown and Templeton.
It was recommended:-
1. That J.P. Blake be authorized to ex tend cavate under the sidewalk and build a wall at No. 427 Hastings Street East subject to the directions and approval of the City Engineer.
2. That the City Engineer be instructed to have the street in front of A.W.E. Thomson’s Store on Westminster Av fixed with broken stone.
3. That the communication from Oppenheimer Bros. re pulling down a siding on Powell Street etc. be referred to the City Solicitor.

[Volume 4 page 617]

to give his opinion as to what privileges it would be advisable to grant.
4. That A.D. McDonald’s account for fencing lots be paid if found correct.
5. That the City Engineer be authorized to have a temporary crossing and culvert constructed on the south side of Howe Street, Block 52, to give access to the premises known as the Vancouver Opera House and that a crossing be put down on Thurlow Street east side of Robson.
6. That the following accounts be paid:-
D. McGillivray Repairs $45.12
Oldfield + Cook Extras at Crematory 163.50
Van Elec Ry + Light Co. Fares 15.00
E.C. Britton Bute St. 122.93
W.H. Fraser Hospital 780.98
W.L. Blair 7th Av. 76.00
E.C. Britton Seymour St. 149.34
W.H. Kendall Rock 904.41
Thos Veitch delivering Rock 359.43
J. Ironsides Barclay St. 214.80
W.G. Fraser Pender St. 241.10
McLennan + McFeely Supplies 23.75
E. Myers Lanes 42.91
H.H. Spicer Lumber 5.73
H. Lomas etal Labor 464.20

sgd. S. Brighouse
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws
Alderman McDowell introduced a By-Law introduced a By-Law to provide funds for the purchase of Stock in the Vancouver St Ry Co and to quarantine their bonds, which was read a first time

[Volume 4 page 618]

Alderman Wm Brown moved seconded by Alderman Templeton that the rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to fix the time, appoint Returning Officers etc. for holding an election for Mayor, Aldermen, Park & License Commissioners. Leave granted and the By-Law read a first and second time.
The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law with Alderman McDowell in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported as complete with amendments. The By-Law was then read a third time and finally passed.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the account of the Laundry for hospital washing be paid if found correct.
Carried.

The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Board of Works, Finance Committee debate fountain purchase – November 18, 1889

Board of Works recommends (and Finance Committee opposes) purchase of a fountain from New York at a cost of $763.00 Fire Brigade staff to be fined $2.50 for a first offense, $5.00 for a second offense, and dismissed for a third offense of: (1) Disobedience of Orders (2) Being in a State of Intoxication (3) Insolence in word or manner (4) Violent or coarse language or behaviour (5) Entering hotels or saloons while on duty or houses of ill fame, unless in the discharge of duty as a fireman.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 198-205

[volume 3 page 198]

Vancouver Nov 18th 1889
The Council met on Monday November 18th 1889.

Present His Worship, Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Brewer, Clark, Costello, Horne, Mason, McConnell and Whetham. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Johnny Fort Rupert applying for moiety in case of one Wm. Cook. Referred to Finance.

From Geo. F. Bodington, MD. rendering an account for $10.00. Referred to Finance.

From H. Abbott, agreeing to pay half the cost of gravelling and repairing the North Arm Road South of Granville St. Referred to Board of Works.

From E. H. Fletcher, P. O. Inspector, asking permission to locate certain P. O. Boxes. Filed.

From H. B. Gilmour et al asking for sidewalks on Nelson St. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Wm. Prentice, Local Secretary of the British Columbia Smelting Co. acknowledging the receipt of communication re Starting of Smelter. Referred to Finance Committee.

From John McLaren, Sgt of Police asking for winter uniforms for the force. Filed.

From D. B. Murray re payment for day work on Westminster Av. Referred to Board of Works.

[volume 3 page 199]

From J. H. Carlisle pressing upon the Committee the necessity of at once purchasing a team for the Fire Department. Filed.

Reports

Works No 32

The Board of Works met on Thursday Nov 14th 1889 and Monday Nov 18th 1889.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Horne, McConnell and Oppenheimer.
We beg to recommend:
1. That P. T. Johnston & Co’s offer to supply trees in lieu of cash retained by the Treasurer be accepted.
2. That Fountain No 52 be ordered from J. L. Mott, price F. O. B. New York $763.00.
3. That Messrs Boyd and Clandenning be allowed $81.00 for extras on Hastings St. east.
4. That there are no funds available for the construction of a concrete sidewalk on Cordova Street as petitioned for by Thos. Dunn & Co. et al.
5. That the freight duty and purchase money of the Sewer pipes be paid on arrival in order to obtain the discount.
6. That a rough shed and platform be erected for the construction of pipe joints and the storage of pipes and that cast iron boilers and a small furnace for heating the composition be placed therein.
7. That the City Engineer’s office be furnished with the Light

[volume 3 page 200]

8. That the following accounts be paid:
Malcolm McIntyre, Oak St. $146.66
Alfred Bunker, Keefer St. 229.61
D. J. McDonald, Prior St. 12.06
D. B. Murray, Westminster Av. 93.57
do et al do 191.62
P. Atkinson et al, Street Work 78.90

9. That the following tenders be accepted:
Keefer St. Sidewalk, McDonald & Barton
Lane in Block II do
Seaton St. Sidewalk do
10th Av. Grading D. Gibbons
11th Av. Grading H. Connacher
13th Av. Grading I. J. Bayly
Pender St. Sidewalk A. D. McDonald
Seymour St. do
Georgia St. James Barton

The City Engineer reports that a six ft. sidewalk from the end of the present sidewalk on Westminster Road to the North Arm Road would cost $144.00 and a three ft. one $84.00 with $25.00 extra in each case for clearing.
As said Sidewalk would be outside the City Limits we have referred the matter back to Council for its decision thereon.

The following tenders were received and read for the construction of the Sewers:
T. H. Matthews & Co Lump Sum $19,805.77
H. P. McCraney Lump Sum 21,194.14
C. T. Co. Piper Lump Sum 24,015.00
WR. E. Hill Lump Sum 24,472.71
Sgd. J. W. Horne, for Chairman

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

[volume 3 page 201]

Finance No 31

The Finance Committee met on Friday Nov 15th 1889.
Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Clark, Costello and Whetham.
We beg to report:

1. That we have examined into the charges made by the City Auditor in reference to burial certificates being issued without cash being paid on delivery and find that the City Clerk was justified under the circumstances for such issues in these particular cases.

2. That Thos. Andrews be allowed $25.00 for money in the case of one Morrison connected for supplying liquor to Indians.

3. That John Devine’s resignation as Auditor be accepted but that he be requested to finish his audit to the end of November.

4. That James D. Fraser’s communication asking for a return of his deposit be referred to the City Solicitor.

5. That Havelock Fyfe be paid to date of Notice of discharge in full settlement of his claim against the City for salary as Police Officers.

6. That John M. Stewart be allowed salary to date of Notice of discharge and that all amounts due the City from him be deducted therefrom.

7. That the question of the purchase of a fountain be further deferred.

8. That the following accounts be paid:

E. Shergold, Express hire .75
Revision of Voter’s List 90.00

Sgd. R. Clark, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Clark. That clauses 5 and 6, relating to the salaries of H. Fyfe and J. M. Stewart be eliminated from the report. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Clark. That the balance of the Report be adopted. Carried.

F. W. & L. No 20
The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Friday November 15th 1889.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, McConnell, Oppenheimer and Whetham.
We beg to recommend:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
R. Rutherford, Horse Hire $7.00
M. A. Harvey Horse Hire 27.00
I. Forbes, Blacksmithing 8.00
John McAllister Blacksmithing 6.75
John Scuitto, Supplies 20.75
F. W. Hart, Supplies 25.46
Abrams & McLean Supplies 8.85
W. L. Leonard, Hose Wagon 920.00
Tye & Co. Supplies 10.90
H. McDowell, Supplies 1.00
R. C. P. Mills Co. Supplies 18.20
J. H. Carlisle, Freight 5.79
A. Godfrey & Co. Supplies 1.45
A. O. Leach, Duty etc. 55.95
Jacob Sehl, Supplies 111.04
2. That Thos. Dunn & Co’s tender for the furnishing of blacksmith’s tools to the Fire Department be accepted on condition that an hundred pound anvil will be furnished. Contract price ($141.25)

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3. That the consideration of the purchase of Household Fire Extinguishers be deferred for the present.
4. That Stephen Menard of Lookinglass, Oregon be communicated with in reference to the purchase of a team of horses for the Fire Department.
5. That the following Rules be adopted in addition to those now in force, for the government of the Fire Department under the head of penalties.
Every Member of the Brigade will be liable to a fine of not more than $2.50 for the first offence $5.00 for the second offence, and dismissal for the third offence for any of the following offences:
(1) Disobedience of Orders (2) Being in a State of Intoxication (3) Insolence in word or manner (4) Violent or coarse language or behaviour (5) Entering hotels or saloons while on duty or houses of ill fame, unless in the discharge of duty as a fireman.
6. That Louis Eggert be discharged from the position of Fireman and that he be paid to date of discharge.
7. That the Telephone Co be communicated with asking them for the use of their poles for the fire alarm service on the following streets:
(1) Granville from Georgia to Drake
(2) Georgia from Granville to Bute; and
(3) Westminster Avenue from the Bridge to Seventh Av.
8. That 11 poles be erected along Bute Street from Georgia to Barclay, estimated cost $ each

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9. That the Vancouver Water Works Co be paid for hydrants giving a pressure of 80 lbs or over on all accounts rendered to date.
10. That the Engine in Fire Hall No One be moved into the hose house and that stalls be erected for the horses in rear thereof.
Sgd. G. S. McConnell for Chairman
Moved by Alderman Brewer, seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the Fire, Water & Light Report be adopted. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Costello. That fresh tenders be called for the construction of the Sewers such tenders to be received up to Thursday November 28th 1889. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Clark, seconded by Alderman Horne. That permission be granted to the P. O. Department to erect P. O. Boxes in locations mentioned in E. H. Fletcher’s communication. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Mason. That the City Clerk call for tenders for the necessary Police Clothing. The same to be approved of by the Police Committee. Carried.

[volume 3 page 205]

Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Brewer. That an application be made to Mr. Browning, Land Commissioner of the C. P. R. Co requesting him to grant to the Council the temporary use of a small piece of land on the Company’s Reserve opposite the South end of Abbott St. for the purpose of storing the sewer pipes and for the erection of a shed in which to make the composition joints, such piece of land not to exceed 150 feet square. Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Election date set for Council of 1887 – Nov 16, 1886

Special Meeting to receive the Board of Works and Finance Committee reports, and to pass a By-Law fixing the polling places and appoint Deputy Returning Officers for Election of a Mayor and Aldermen for 1887. McKenzie and Ross awarded contract for laying sidewalk on Westminster Avenue (now Main Street) at a cost of 3 cents per foot. (more…)