City takeover of Vancouver’s streetlights moves forward – April 2, 1894

City takeover of Vancouver’s streetlights moves forward – April 2, 1894

John Potter was appointed Inspector of the Reservoir at $3.00 per day. Mr R. Hughes was allowed to take out a temporary three month license in the absence of his business partner. The takeover of the Vancouver Illuminating Company’s assets by the City to include “the whole of the plant and materials” used to furnish street lighting.

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Illustration: City of Vancouver Archives photo AM54-S4-: Bu P248
BC Electric Railway Building 1911, with street light in foreground

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COV S 31 Volume 6 pages 1-7

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Vancouver April 2nd 1894
The Council met on Monday April 2nd 1894 at 8 pm
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Alderman Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McCraney, McPhaiden, Franklin, Wm. Brown, C.L. Brown and Bethune.
The minutes of last regular and special meetings were read and adopted.

Communications

From John Campbell asking the Council to take action regarding the correction of the survey in D.L. 185 next to the park. Referred to the Board of Works
From W.S. Gore, Deputy Commissioner of Lands and Works asking for a map of indicating the position of Dundas Street and the roadway through Hastings Townsite. Referred to the Board of Works
From W.B. Ross complaining about being molested on the street. Filed
From A. Gigrew furnishing an affidavit that he had lost 3 poll tax receipts. Filed
From N.G. Tatlow asking if there was any question about the title to Clark’s Park. Referred to the City Solicitor
From the Hon. James Baker, Provincial Secretary asking if proper precautions were being taken to prevent the spread of small pox. Referred to the Board of Health

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From Dr. Thomas reporting cases of contagious disease during the month. Filed
From P. Carey asking for compensation for loss occasioned to him by the change of the grade of Hastings Street. Referred to the Board of Works
From R. Hughes requesting the Police Committee to reconsider its decision re the transfer of the auction house held by S.F. Scott to himself. Filed
From R. Fraser et al protesting against the re-survey of 264A. Referred to the Board of Works
From H. Abbott asking the City to take charge of 76 Chinese detained in quarantine. Referred to the Health Committee

The following reports were received and read:

Water Committee
The Water Committee met on Monday April 2nd 1894.
Present: Alderman Wm. Brown (in the Chair), McPhaiden and Bethune
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid –
W. Hooper etal Labor $310.25
Thos. Veitch Hire of teams $154.35
City Printing Words supplies $4.00

2. That John Potter Be appointed Inspector of the

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Reservoir at a salary of $3.00 per day duties to begin on the 3rd instant: Signed Wm. Brown, Acting Chairman

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

Finance Committee
The Finance Committee met on Friday March 30th 1894.
Present: Alderman Salsbury, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm. Brown and Bethune
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
J. Miller stamps $40.00
News. Advertise supplies $5.85
H. Henderson Clerical Work $60.00
A. St. G. Hamersley Law Costs $427.26

2. That the Mayor, City Clerk and Finance Committee be authorized to sign a note for $10000 on the behalf of the City of Vancouver bearing interest at the rate of 5 per cent per annum said note being drawn on authority of By-Law No 198 passed on the 3rd day of March 1894.

3. That the communication from Major Townley re grant of $500.00 be laid over to be considered with estimates. Signed W.F. Salsbury, Chairman

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Alderman Wm. Brown seconded by Alderman McDowell.

Fire and Light Committee
The Fire and Light Committee met on Saturday March 31st 1894.
Present: Alderman Franklin, Queen, Shaw and Bethune.
The estimates for the year were finally compiled and referred to the Finance Committee.
Signed J.L. Franklin, Chairman

The Report was adopted on motion of Alderman Queen seconded by Alderman Franklin

Police Committee
The Police Committee met on Wednesday March 28th 1894.
Present: Alderman C.L. Brown, Shaw, Queen, McPhaiden and Wm. Brown
It was recommended:

1. That R. Hughes be allowed to take out a temporary license for 3 months on paying a proportional amount of the annual license, in the event of the Licensee leaving or being absent from the City a temporary license be issued to his partner for at least three months, on paying the proportional amount of the annual license, this only to apply to bona fide <illegible.

2. That the tender of Wm. Murphy be accepted for the Police uniforms as follows:
Officers suits $26.00 Sergeants $28.50
Chief’s $31.00 Helmets at catalogue prices

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3. That Officer Thomas H. Butler’s salary be increased $10 a month dating from March 7th 1894. Signed C.L. Brown, Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by C.L. Brown
That the report be adopted Carried

Board of Works
The Board of Works met on March 29th 1894.
Present: Alderman McCraney, Queen, Franklin and Brown

It was recommended:
1. That the communication from Mr. Harris regarding the grade of the sidewalk on Cordova St be referred to the City Engineer to make estimates for lowering floors.

2. That the communication from F.W. Hewton etal asking for repairs on Lorne Street between Quebec and Manitoba Streets be referred to the Street Inspector to attend to.

3. That the following accounts be paid:
Pay Roll $149.70
Boyd & Clandenning 15.00
Gibbons & Borland 39.69
G.E. Meck 2.00
John Poster 20.00
James Dixon 10.00
Thomas 385.00
D.J. McLellan 25.45
Evans, Coleman & Evans 5.50

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Bailey & Co. 5.00

4. That the case of the CPR vs the City re Gore Ave extension be appealed to the Privy Council.
Signed H.P. McCraney, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted Carried

Motions
Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown
Seconded by Alderman McPhaiden

That the following account be paid:
Mrs McLeod Sewing $5.00 Carried

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Franklin

That the resolution passed on March 14th by the Fire and Light Committee “that the present contractors for street lighting be notified that the City intends to expropriate their “poles and wires” be amended by adding the following words “and the whole of the plant and material used by the Company in connection with the lighting of the streets by lights of the Thomson Houston Arc System under the terms of the Agreement made between the Vancouver Illuminating Company and the City of the 7th October 1889 at such time as may be mutually agreed upon and in default of agreement being arrived at that the

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will be settled by arbitration under the terms of the agreement. Carried

Notices of Motion

Alderman Shaw gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he will move that the necessary proceedings be taken to collect overdue taxes.

Alderman McCraney gave notice that at next meeting of Council he will introduce a By-Law to add that portion of Ward 5 lying west of Centre Street to Ward 1.

The Council then adjourned.
Signed R.A. Anderson, Mayor

Thomas P. 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.

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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

Electric lights for Fire Hall No. 1 – April 23, 1889

8 electric lights to be installed in Fire Hall No. 1 at a monthly cost of $16.50

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 783-7891

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Vancouver April 23rd 1889

The Council met on Tuesday April 23rd 1889 at 7:30 P.M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Francis Crosbie asking to be allowed remuneration for filling in lane in Block 13, 541 and on Georgia Street. Filed.

From M. W. Thain, Harbour Master giving permission to the Council to dump in the old place for one month longer. Referred to Health Inspector.

From Yates & Jay, Barristers asking compensation for Andrew Smith for injuries received from falling off the sidewalk. Referred to Finance and City Solicitor.

From Alfred Bunker offering to put in Box Drains on Drake St. etc. Referred to the Board of Works.

Reports

Park No 5

The Park Commissioners met on Tuesday

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April 23rd 1889 at 11 A. M. and beg to recommend the payment of the following accounts:

The World Printing & Publishing Co. $2.64
A. Hambrook, Drayage 6.00
F. Young, Park Lodge etc. 218.00
Thos. Stephenson, feed of Park horse 20.00
F. M. Blomquist, Painting 20.00

Sgd. Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Moved by Alderman Brewer seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the report of the Park Commissioners be adopted. Carried.

F. W. & L. No 7

The Fire, Water and Light Committee met on Saturday April 20th 1889.

Present Alderman Oppenheimer, Whetham and Brighouse.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

Geo. R. Raymond, Freight $4.54
Vancouver Electric Ill Co. 248.25
O’Toole & Ralph, Repairs 9.50
Scuitto & Co. Coal Oil 6.50
Leask & Johnson, Coal 62.50
Van Water Works Co. Connections 158.90
Godfrey & Co., Supplies 3.75
Van City Foundry, Repairs 3.00
J. McAllister, Blacksmithing 52.50
H. McDowell & Co. .85
Telephone Co. 8.00

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2. That the Vancouver Electric Illuminating Co’s offer to install 8 Electric Lights in Fire Hall No 1 for $20.00 and charge a monthly rent of $16.50 be accepted.

3. That W. T. Milross’ tender to paint Fire Hall No 1 for $58.00 be accepted.

Sgd. I. Oppenheimer

Moved by Alderman McConnell seconded by Alderman Costello. That the report of the Fire, Water and Light Committee be adopted. Carried.

Works No 12

The Board of Works met on Thursday April 18th 1889.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Horne, Oppenheimer and McConnell.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the City Clerk be instructed to advertise for applications for the position of Pound Keeper, such Pound Keeper to be paid out of the fees collected under the By-Law.

2. That the pound be fenced in with a close board fence, 6 feet high with a lattice work gate, 4 feet wide furnished with proper hinges and locks estimated cost $68.00.

3. That the North fence of the cemetery

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be moved south and put on the new line run by the Provincial Land Surveyor.

4. That James Ironsides’ tender for sidewalking Carl Avenue be accepted.

That the following accounts be paid:

C. C. Alleman, Lunches $2.00
D. J. McDonald, Westminster Road 993.49
do Lane in Block 8, 196 124.55
James Hartney, Davie Street 383.60
D. McAllister, Richards St. 1,110.71
H. Blyth et al, Street Work 90.35

Hereafter the Board of Works will meet at 4 p.m. instead of at 2 P. M.

Tenders have been received for the gravelling of Westminster Road and the painting of Fire Hall No 1 both of which we considered too high.

Sgd. S. Brighouse, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello seconded by Alderman Whetham. That clause 3 be struck out and referred back to the Board of Works. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brewer seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the report as amended be adopted. Carried.

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Finance No 12

The Finance Committee met on Saturday April 20th 1889.

Present His Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Salsbury, Costello and Whetham.

The following accounts were confirmed for payment:

Police

Van Volkenburgh & Bro $26.25
S. T. Tilley 22.75
The World P & P Co. 22.57
Scuitto & Co. 142.52
Rev. E. Robson 10.00
James R. Payne 12.50
Starrett & Leatherdale 1.50
Palmer Bros. 33.00
Charles Nelson 3.00
John Watson 12.50
Sorenson, Herbing & Co. 1.50
W. A. Cumyow 42.50
Chas. Pack 2.50
John McLaren 3.00
R. Mathison 7.00
C. Lewis 1.00
V. W. Haywood 14.00

Board of Works

D. J. McDonald, Westminster Road 993.49
do. Lane in Block 8, 196 124.55
James Hartney, Davie Street 383.60
C. C. Alleman, Lunches 2.00
D. McAllister, Richards Street 1,110.71
Thos. Stephenson, Park Street 20.00

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Fire, Water & Light

Geo. R. Raymond 4.54
Van Electric Ill Co. 248.25
O’Toole & Ralph 9.50
Scuitto & Co. 6.50
Leask & Johnson 62.50
Van Water Works Co. 158.90
Godfrey & Co. 3.75
Van City Foundry 3.00
J. McAllister 52.50
H. McDonald & Co. .85 cts
Telephone Co. 8.00

Finance

News Advertiser, Books $116.00
World P & P Co. 1.92

2. That the President of the Vancouver Rifle Association be communicated with informing him that the Council cannot see its way clear to grant any funds in aid of his Association at present.

3. That A. S. & G. Hammersly be tendered $50.00 for services to be rendered in connection with the consolidation of the City Charter and amendments to the By-Law.

4. That 68.00 be granted to the Board of Works for the construction of a Board Fence around the City Pound Site.

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

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

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Motions

Moved by Alderman McConnell seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the Contractor excavating on Hastings Street be allowed 15 cts per yard for fillings in the lane only under the supervision of the City Engineer. Carried.

By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Brighouse seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the By-Law to regulate drays etc. be read a second time. Carried.

The Council then went into Committee of the Whole on the By-Law with Alderman Oppenheimer in the Chair.

Thirty three clauses were read after which the Committee rose to report progress and asked leave to sit again.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Brewer gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would bring in a motion for this Corporation to purchase the City Wharf from the present Wharfage Co according to the privilege in the Agreement with said Co and By-Law No 15 of this City.

The Council then adjourned.

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

City street lighting quality called into question – September 10, 1888

City street lighting quality called into question – September 10, 1888

J. Humphries, chairman of the Board of Works reports “That the present electric light for street lighting is a humbug and expensive and would recommend…a more modern and economical system of electric light for street lighting.”Mrs. Roberts appointed hospital matron at $60 per month. Medical Association suggested regulations for the medical staff at the hospital. (more…)

60 Vancouver street corners to have electric lights – September 5, 1887

Board of Works identified sixty street corners to have electric lights installed. By-law formed to raise $10,000 to build a road around Stanley Park.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 56-65

Vancouver Sept 5, 1887

The Council met on Monday September 5th 1887 at 7.30, p.m.

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

The Minutes of last Meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From D.B. Charleson, calling the attention of Council to the unfinished condition of Hamilton Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Desautels and Fairon asking for Grade of Powell Street in front of their premises.
Referred to Board of Works.

From H. Abbott complaining of contractors burning in vicinity of C.P.R. Hotel.
Alder. I. Oppenheimer – Humphries,
that the City Engineer be instructed to see the contractors on Granville Street and order that they do no burning in the vicinity of the C.P.R. Hotel on said street until allowed under the provisions of the Fire By-Law.
Carried.

From John Beatty and others praying for the improvement of Abbott Street between Hastings and Pender Streets.
Referred to the B. of Works.

From Beckett & Co. praying Council to grant them the use of certain streets and sidewalks for the placing of building material thereon.
Permission granted them under the terms of the Street By-Law.

From W. Norman Bole acquainting Council that John McDougall had instructed him to commence an action against the City for $10,000 damages for obstructing him in the completion of his contract and asking the name of the City Solicitor.
Humphries – Clark,
that the City Clerk be instructed to give the name of our City Solicitor.
Carried.

From John H. Low, asking that a sidewalk be built on Dunsmuir Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From Alex McKelare, asking Council to grant him a Bonus for the erection of a foundry in the City.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From John Devine giving Auditors Report for July and asking for extra pay therefor.
Referred to Finance Committee.

From K. L. Powell, Lt. K. R. submitting a tracing of the First Narrows of Burrard Inlet with a proposed plan of buoyage.
Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Sanders,
that the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare a Memorial to be submitted to the Dominion Government asking that Buoys be placed on the North Shore of Burrard Inlet at the entrance to the First Narrows and also a proper Buoy on Spanish Bank.
Carried.

Accounts.
F.W. Hart, Chimneys &c. $1.38 F.W.L.
F.W. Hart, Chimneys &c 6.50 Finance
F.W. Hart, Labor (sic) &c 35.45 Finance
F.W. Hart, Blankets &c 26.95 Health
R. Mathison, Voters Lists 38.00 Finance
Queen Bros., Buggies 5.00 B. of Works
Queen Bros., Buggies 13.00 B. of Works
Hayes & McIntosh, Meat 17.14 Health
Thos. Dunn & Co., Nails etc. 12.13 B. of W.
John M. Stewart, Board 130.50 Police
H.L. Freese, Carriage 4.00 Finance
S.T. Tilley, Stationery 23.50 Finance
J.H. Wert, Cemetery 100.00 Health
J.B. McKin, Fires 19.00 F.W.L.
Charles Nelson 18.45 Health
Owen Hughes 6.00 Health
Brunette Saw Mill Co. 23.45 B. of W.
H. McDowell & Co. 4.80 Health
E.D. Edwards 6.50 F.W.L.
Vancouver Wine Co. $7.00 Health
W.A. Brown 1.50 Finance
Vancouver Herald 27.60 Finance
Canadian Pacific Ry. 16.73 F.W.L.
Tattersall Stables 5.00 Finance
Isaiah Forbes 8.12 Police
H.A. Berry 11.00 F.W.L.
John McAllister 31.00 F.W.L.
Vancouver News 9.15 Finance

Reports

Health, No 18

The Board of Health met on Friday September 2nd 1887 and examined the plans and specifications sent in for the proposed City Hospital but would ask for further time for their consideration before recommending the acceptance of any of them by Council.
The following accounts are recommended for payment.
Owen Hughes for Watchman $2.00
F.W. Hart: Mop Handle .25
J.M. Lefevre.
Chairman

Adopted I. Oppenheimer – Alexander.

Finance No 29
The Finance Committee met on Friday September 2nd 1887 and recommend the payment of the following accounts
Leonora Z. Hughes, Inquests $10.00
H. Schussler, Report 50.00
Jacob Sehl, Furniture $77.07
Shearer & Kemp 23.50
F.W. Hart, Witness Box 7.50
D. Oppenheimer
Chairman

Adopted Alexander – Humphries.

Board of Works No 53

The Board of Works met on Friday September 2nd 1887 and report that the following tenders have been received for the improvement of Westminster Avenue South of False Creek.
W.L. McDonald.
Clearing &c per L. ft. 21 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 16 cts
plank per M. ft. 15.00
Boyd and Clandenning
Clearing &c per L. ft. 30 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 19 cts
plank per M. ft. 14.00
Jas. B. McKin
Clearing &c per L. ft. 28 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 16 cts
plank per M. ft. 15.00
D.L. Gow.
Clearing &c per L. ft. 29 1/2 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 17 cts
plank per M. ft. 14.90
Hugh McDonald
Clearing &c per L. ft. 17 cts
Sidewalks per L. ft. 16 cts
plank per M. ft. 14.50
We recommend the acceptance of the tender of Hugh McDonald.
We have instructed the City Engineer in conjunction with Chief Carlisle to examine and report upon the petition of the Royal City Planing Mills Co. for the placing of a tank at the South End of Carrall Street.
We recommend that an approach be constructed at the junction of Cordova and Cambie Streets as petitioned for by Captain Tatlow.
Also that John Devine be allowed to lift the sidewalk in front of his premises on Cordova Street for the Purpose of raising his building.
sgd L.A. Hamilton
Chairman

Adopted Alexander – Lefevre.

F.W. Light; No 25.

The Fire, Water and Light Committee met on Wednesday August 31st 1887 and report that the placing of the Electric Lights on the Streets of the City has been taken into consideration and we recommend that they be placed on the following street corners: –
1 On Cordova Street and Howe Street
2 On Cordova Street and Granville Street
3 On Cordova Street and Seymour Street
4 On Cordova Street and Richards Street
5 On Cordova Street and Homer Street
6 On Cordova Street and Cambie Street
7 On Cordova Street and Abbott Street
8 On Cordova Street and Carrall Street
9 On Water Street and Carrall Street
10 On Water Street and Abbott Street
11 On Water Street and Cambie Street
12 On Hastings Street and Hornby Street
13 On Hastings Street and Howe Street
14 On Hastings Street and Granville Street
15 On Hastings Street and Seymour Street
16 On Hastings Street and Richards Street
17 On Hastings Street and Homer Street
18 On Hastings Street and Hamilton Street
19 On Hastings Street and Cambie Street
20 On Hastings Street and Abbott Street
21 On Hastings Street and Carrall Street
22 On Granville Street and Pender Street
23 On Granville Street and Dunsmuir Street
24 On Granville Street and Georgia Street
25 On Pender Street and Richards Street
26 On Pender Street and Homer Street
27 On Dunsmuir Street and Richards Street
28 On Dunsmuir Street and Seymour Street
29 On Richards Street and Georgia Street
30 On Seymour Street and Pender Street
31 On Carrall Street and Dupont Street
32 At Royal City Planing Mills
33 On Alexander Street and Columbia Av.
34 On Alexander Street and Westminster Av.
35 On Alexander Street and Gore Av.
36 On Alexander Street and Dunlevy Av.
37 On Alexander Street and Jackson Av.
38 On Powell, Alexander, Water and Carrall junction
39 On Powell Street and Columbia Avenue
40 On Powell Street and Westminster Avenue
41 On Powell Street and Gore Avenue
42 On Powell Street and Dunlevy Avenue
43 On Powell Street and Jackson Avenue
44 On Oppenheimer Street and Columbia Avenue
45 On Oppenheimer Street and Westminster Avenue
46 On Oppenheimer Street and Gore Avenue
47 On Oppenheimer Street and Dunlevy Avenue
48 On Oppenheimer Street and Jackson Avenue
49 On Hastings Street and Columbia Avenue
50 On Hastings Street and Westminster Avenue
51 On Hastings Street and Gore Avenue
52 On Hastings Street and Dunlevy Avenue
53 On Hastings Street and Jackson Avenue
54 On Dupont Street and Columbia Avenue
55 On Dupont Street and Westminster Avenue
56 On Keefer Street and Westminster Avenue
57 On Harris Street and Westminster Avenue
58 On Barnard Street and Westminster Avenue
59 On Prior Street and Westminster Avenue
60 On North End of Westminster Avenue Bridge

We recommend that two hundred dollars of the grant received from Government be retained by Council to meet part of the cost of furnishing the addition to the Fire Hall, the balance to be handed over to the Fire Brigade to be expended as they see fit, for the department.
Also that Cargill & Co. be notified to remove shed on rear of Fire Hall Lot and that Council have the Lot fenced in.
sgd R.H. Alexander
Chairman

Adopted Lefevre – Sanders.

Motions

Moved by Alderman D. Oppenheimer.
Seconded by Alderman Lefevre,

that the F.W. & L. Committee take into consideration the placing of three electric lights on Westminster Avenue South of False Creek Bridge and in case this arrangement cannot be made with the Electric Light Co., they take into consideration the placing of four coal oil lamps on said street in said locality.
Carried.

By-Laws.

Alderman D. Oppenheimer moved the first reading of a By-Law for raising $20,000 for making improvements and constructing a public road or drive round the Government Reserve.

Council went into Committee of the Whole on By-Law with Alderman D. Oppenheimer in the Chair on motion of Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman I. Oppenheimer.

The By-Law was considered in Committee, after which they rose to report on motion of Alderman Hamilton.

By-Law read a second time on motion of Alderman Hamilton seconded by Alderman Lefevre.
Alderman Hamilton introduced a By-Law to fix the polling places etc on the above By-Law, which was read a first time.

By-Law read a second and third time on motion of Alderman Hamilton Seconded by I. Oppenheimer and passed.

The Council then adjourned.
M.A. MacLean
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk