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

[volume 3 page 202]

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)

[volume 3 page 203]

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

[volume 3 page 204]

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

Fire department gets new team of horses – October 21, 1889

Fire department gets new team of horses – October 21, 1889

Alderman McConnell to select a team of horses to be purchased for the Fire Department. An electric light to be installed in the Fire Inspector’s office.

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Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 171-174

[volume 3 page 171]

Vancouver Oct 21st 1889

The Council met on Monday, October 21st 1889 at 5 P.M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From E. J. Curran et al praying Council to improve Westminster Road from the City Boundary to the Junction. Referred to Board of Works.

From Angus McAlister e tal praying Council to grade and sidewalk Seymour Street from Drake to Davie Streets. Referred to Board of Works.

From John P. Lawson, City Engineer and Street Railway Co. on the Subject of the Westminster Avenue Bridge. Filed.

From F. C. Innes enclosing an account for Street Works. Referred to Board of Works.

From A. J. Monat Secy. Treas. of Vancouver Free Reading Room requesting Council to make a further grant in aid of the Library. Referred to Finance Committee.

Reports

Finance No 29

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 18th 1889.

[volume 3 page 172]

Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Salsbury, Clark and Costello.
We beg to recommend:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Vancouver Water Works Coy, $6.99
World P & P Co. Printing 93.66
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 23.85
T. C. Townley, Registration 12.25
Thomson Bros, Stationery 2.03
Telephone Co. Rents 16.00
H. McConvey, Express hire 4.50
News Advertiser, Pamphlets 516.80
Deputy Returning Officers 50.00
Richard Steel, Express hire 1.50
J. Miller, Rent of P.O. Box 2.00
J. M. Browning Interest 37.67

2. That the Report of the Board of Works read at last meeting of Council be confirmed.
Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

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

F. W. & L. No 19

The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday, October 16th 1889.
Present Aldermen Clark, McConnell and Oppenheimer.
We beg to recommend:
1. That the following accounts be paid:

Vancouver Water Works Co. $601.34
Crowder & Penzer, Feed 10.07
A. Godfrey & Co. Supplies 3.75
C. Nelson, Drugs 6.60
H. Baker, Attendance 7.50
Vancouver Transfer Co. 1.00

[volume 3 page 173]

O’Toole & Ralph $8.25
Vancouver Electric Ill Co. 288.45
Vancouver City Foundry 2.50
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 2.65
John Wolfe, Scavengering 8.00
Palmer Bros. Coal etc 60.47

2. That an electric light be placed in the Fire Inspector’s Office.

3. That the Chairman of this Committee be authorized to arrange for installing sufficient electric lights in Fire Hall No. 1 and report.

4. That a team of horses be purchased for the Fire Department and that Alderman McConnell be authorized to select same, such selection to be approved of by this Committee.

5. That a Saddle be purchased for the Fire Department and a shed erected and blacksmith’s tools purchased as recommended by the Chief of the Brigade.

Sgd. I. Oppenheimer, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the Report of the F. W. & L. Committee be adopted. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the following accounts be paid:
Hon. Mr. Justice Drake, Police Investigation $100.00
Carried.

[volume 3 page 174]

Moved by Alderman Brighouse, seconded by Alderman Whetham. That the following accounts be paid:

Arthur Carling Labor on Sewers $2.50
Ed Turner Labor on Sewers 2.50
P. Atkinson etal Street Work 176.25
R. Rutherford, St. Sprinkling 237.25
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the Street Railway Co be granted the privilege of widening the present Westminster Avenue Bridge across False Creek; twelve feet on the West Side under the Supervision of the City Engineer at a cost not exceeding fifteen hundred dollars, the City to pay one half the cost to the Railway Co. and the Railway Company the other half. The addition so constructed to be devoted exclusively to the use of the Street Railway Co. except such lines as repairs to the present bridge should render the use of the said addition necessary for the public and that the Agreement with the St. Ry. Co. be amended accordingly by the City Solicitor and reported to this Council subject to the Charter. Carried.

Notice of Motion
Alderman Salsbury gave notice that at the next regular meeting of the Council he would introduce a By-Law to fix a price to offer for the works of the Vancouver Water Works Co. under the provisions of subsection 5, subhead “l” of Section 142 of the Vancouver Incorporation Act 1886.

[volume 3 page 175]

The Council then adjourned.

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

Wanted: one Fire Chief, two Engineers, two Drivers, and two Stokers – August 19, 1889

Wanted: one Fire Chief, two Engineers, two Drivers, and two Stokers – August 19, 1889

Purchase of “another patent collar and harness” for the fire department was approved, as was was the placing of job advertisements for the first paid Fire Department employees, “one Chief, two Engineers, two Drivers, and two Stokers”, plus ten on-call men. Request from the Knights of Labour to limit work hours for City day labourers to nine hour per day, however, was declined as “your Board [of Works] feel that it has no power to deal with the question”.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 1-2

[volume 3 page 102]

Vancouver Aug 19, 1889

The Council met on Monday, August 19th 1889 at 8 P.M.

Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Clark, Costello, Horne, McConnell, Oppenheimer, Salsbury and Whetham.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer, seconded by Alderman Salsbury. That Alderman Horne be appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor. Carried.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications
From Messrs Ross & Ceperly acknowledging receipt of communication re donation to Fire Department. Filed.

From James Blair, Foreman of Hose Co Inc. Asking the City to purchase their Bath tub etc. Referred to F. W. & L. Committee.

From J. W. McFarland, Secretary of Vancouver Water Works Co. Acknowledging receipt of resolution re Water rises. Filed.

From Imes & Richards acknowledging receipt of communication re donation to Fire Department. Filed.

From Joseph Brown, Second Hand Dealer asking protection asking other dealers who infringe on the By-Law. Referred to License Inspector.

[volume 3 page 103]

From Joseph Couture asking for the improvement of Howe and Dunsmuir Streets in front of his hotel. Referred to the Board of Works.

Reports

Finance No 23

The Finance Committee met on Friday August 16, 1889.

Present Alderman Salsbury, Clark and Costello.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following account be paid:

Corbould, McColl & James, Law Costs $587.98

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to acknowledge the receipt of James Fraser’s communication re the purchase of a clock and inform him that the City is not in a position to purchase one at present.

3. That the Report of the Board of Works read at last meeting of Council be approved of.

4. That another patent collar and harness be purchased for the Fire Department.

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

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

F. W. & L. No 14

The Fire, Water and Light Committee met on Wednesday August 14, 1889.

Present Alderman Brighouse, Clark,

[volume 3 page 104]

Oppenheimer and Whetham.

We beg to report that we have called for the following application for positions in connection with the paid Fire Department:

One Chief, 2 Engineers, 2 drivers, 2 Stokers
Six Permanent Men and Ten Call Men

Salaries to be fixed by this Committee and the applications to be received up to Friday August 23rd at noon.

We recommend that another patent collar and harness be purchased for the Fire Department.

Sgd. I. Oppenheimer, Chairman

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

Works No 22

The Board of Works met on Friday August 16th 1889, a full meeting being present:

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following tenders be accepted:

Eleventh Avenue. H. Connacher
Lanes in Blocks 17 & 20, 196. W. C. Muir
Dunlevy Av. Sidewalk D. McAlister
Hornby Street Grading A. Bunker
Hornby Street Sidewalk McDonald & Barton
Hamilton Street Sidewalk McDonald & Barton
Dunsmuir Street Sidewalk A. D. McDonald
Dunsmuir St. Grading full width McDonald & Barton
Georgia St. Sidewalk Hugh Archibald
Pendrell St. Grading D. J. McDonald
Sixth, Eight & Tenth Av. Sidewalk McDonald & Barton
Keefer St. Grading A. Bunker
Westminster Av. Sidewalk McDonald & Barton
Princess St. Sidewalk McDonald & Barton
Princess St. Grading

[volume 3 page 105]
A. Bunker
Pacific St. Grading D. B. Murray
Pacific St. Sidewalk D. McAlister
Davie St. Grading Martin & Baldwell
Pound House James Ironside
Market Building Complete H. F. Keefer, $1,564

2. That tenders be called for the grubbing and grading of 5 acres of the cemetery grounds.

3. That the Sidewalk on Nelson Street from Burrard St. West be made six feet wide instead of 3 ft as petitioned for by the residents on that Street.

4. That I. B. Spring be permitted to lay a 2 ft sidewalk on the lane in Block 5, District Lot 196 and to use a portion of the Street with building material in accordance with the Street By-Law.

5. That tenders be called for a 3 ft sidewalk on Seymour Street from Smithe to Davie and a 3 ft sidewalk on Hornby Street from Drake to Helmcken.

6. That tenders be called for a 6 ft sidewalk on Princess St from Dunlevy to Jackson a 3 ft sidewalk on Hornby from Drake to Pacific and a 6 ft sidewalk on Haro St from Burrard St West as far as the money will go.

7. That a 10 ft sidewalk be laid on the East side of Granville Street from the end of the present 8 ft to the Bridge a distance of 3,060 ft and that the balance of the sidewalk appropriated be laid on the West side commencing at the end of the present sidewalk and extending south as far as the money will go.

8. That tenders be again called for the clearing

[volume 3 page 106]

per acre and grubbing per acre of the East Park.

9. That the following accounts be paid:

F. W. Hart, Blinds etc. $21.90
Wm. Martin, Horse hire 10.00
Queen Bros. Livery 43.00
Lowe’s Eggert 5.00
D. B. Murray, Comox Street 460.80
A. Godfrey & Co. Supplies 16.41
D. McAlister, Richards 53.02
F. Lilienham, Labor 20.00
Royal City Planing Mills Co. 79.08
W. L. McDonald, Supplies 6.60
Hugh McCartney, Drayage 2.00
McLennan & McFeely, Supplies 78.80
Alex McDonald, Labor 4.50
S. R. Conner, Hack hire 5.00
J. McAllister, Blacksmithing 4.10
J. A. McDonald, Georgia St. 258.50
H. Blyth et al, Street Work 67.00

We have taken into consideration the petition of the Knights of Labor et al regarding the reduction of the hours of labor of the Corporation day labourers but your Board feel that it has no power to deal with the question.

Sgd. S. Brighouse, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Whetham. That the Board of Works Report be amended by adding the following clause:

“That a Six ft sidewalk be laid on Seymour St on the West Side from Georgia to Smithe, the cost thereof to be taken out of the appropriation for said street. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury, seconded by Alderman Clark.

[volume 3 page 107]

“That the Report as amended be adopted.” Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Alderman Salsbury introduced a By-Law to amend the Street Railway By-Law and amending ByLaws which was read a first time.

Motions

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

VanVolkenburgh & Bro. Meat $19.60
V. J. Straube, Repairs 4.00
F. W. Hart, Meat safe 3.50
Palmer Bros. Coal 8.25

Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Salsbury, seconded by Alderman Whetham. That the Rules be suspended and the Amendments to the Street Railway By-Law read a second time. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brewer, seconded by Alderman Clark, That the City Wharf By-Law be read a second time. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Whetham, seconded by Alderman Salsbury. That the Health By-Law be read a second time. Carried.

[volume 3 page 108]

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the Street Railway By-Law Amendment with Alderman Salsbury in the Chair.

In Committee the By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete.

The By-Law was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Salsbury seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer and ordered to be engrossed, signed, sealed and gazetted.

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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Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 783-7891

[volume 2 page 783]

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

[volume 2 page 784]

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

[volume 2 page 785]

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

[volume 2 page 786]

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.

[volume 2 page 787]

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

[volume 2 page 788]

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

Continual damage to fire engines intentional? – March 11, 1889

Repeated damage to fire engines may be the result of tampering by “person or persons unknown”; fire department to check condition of engines twice daily.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland
and Joy Marie Vasquez

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 725-733

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Vancouver March 11th 1889

The Council met on Monday March 11th 1889 at 7:30 P. M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communication

From P. AE. Irving, Deputy Attorney General, drawing the attention of Council to a Verdict of the Coroner’s Jury on the death of James Ward. Referred to Board of Works.

From August Ammon et al praying for the grading and sidewalking of Princess Street between Carl and Heatley Avenue. Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor giving his opinion on the rights of the City to expend money on the road leading to the cemetery, which rights he claimed were not clearly defined in the Charter. Filed.

From the City Solicitor re the case of J. D. Schmidt. Filed.

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From E. J. Clark of Toronto enclosing Deed of Conveyance of the lands offered by him to the City in 264A. Referred to Finance Committee.

From J. C. McLagan, returning accounts for printing and advertising and explaining matters in connection therewith. Referred to the Finance Committee.

From J. C. McLagan asking for an investigation into the allegations made against the World regarding the City Advertising. Filed.

Reports

F. W. & L. No 5

At a Special Meeting of the Fire, Water and Light Committee held on Thursday the 14th day of February inst; an investigation into the causes of the accident to the engine “M. A. MacLean” of which delayed it from working at the fire on the 9th day of February instant was made.

From the evidence advanced Your Committee are of the opinion that same person or persons at present unknown tampered with said engine disabling it.

Your Committee are further of the opinion that the circumstances in connection with said interference with said engine do not warrant us in ensuring Mr. Cameron the Engineer in charge

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but to guard as far as possible against a recurrence of such a circumstance we direct that the Engineers in charge of each fire engine shall in future make a thorough examination of their respective engines in the morning and evening of each day and deliver a written report of the result of such examination daily to the Chief of the Fire Brigade.

Sgd. I. Oppenheimer, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the report of the F. W. & L. Committee be adopted. Carried.

Finance No 7

The Finance Committee met on Friday March 8th 1889.

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

The following accounts are recommended for payment:

S. T. Tilley, Stationery $30.75
Palmer Bros. Coal 33.00
Starrett & Leatherdale 3.50
Telephone Co. 8.00
Electric Illuminating Co. 22.00
News Advertiser 5.60
C. Tilley, Caligraph 12.50
F. W. Hart, Oil Cloth etc. 42.66
C. P. Telegraph Co. 8.55

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D. Oppenheimer, Telegram 55 cts
F. A. Boehlofsky, Refreshments $38.00
Burrard Inlet, Steam Ferry & Towing Co. 15.00

The following Board of Works accounts were read and confirmed:

H. Woodaman, Blacksmithing $1.20
Leon La Chapelle, Street Work 15.00
Palmer Bros. Street Work 10.00
Tattersall’s Stables, Buggy Hire 4.00
Thos. Stephenson, Feed of Park Horse 20.00
DL. Gow, Granville Street $891.00
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 8.00
Henry Avison, Park Ranger 60.00
James Haggarty, Work on Park Road 16.00
John Williams, Work on Park Road 16.00
Edward Flachiff , Work on Park Road 11.00
John Hall, Work on Park Road 11.00
F. W. Hart, Supplies 1.00
The World Printing & Advertising 22.00
Middle Crook & Taylor, Street Work 6.30

We beg further to recommend:

1. That the consideration of an increase of salary for the City Engineer be laid over until the Estimates for the year are framed.

2. That the sum of $741.45 be paid through the City Solicitor in full satisfaction of the Judgment of the Court and costs in re Hartney vs. the City.

3. That Messrs Drake, Jackson and Helmcken Solicitor’s for Messrs Hatch and Webster be communicated with to the effect that Corporation will be willing

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to exempt their lands and buildings from taxation for a period of years as may be mutually arranged.

4. That James D. Fraser’s deposit on gravel tender be forfeited and paid into the City Treasury.

5. That Messers Davie and Pooley be paid $500.00 as a Retainer in the Suit between the C. P. R. Co and the City.

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Whetham. That the clause in the Finance Report relating to a Retainer for Messrs Davie & Pooley be referred back to said Committee. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the report as Amended be adopted. Carried.

Health No 3

The Board of Health met on Friday March 8th 1889.

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

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

John Scuitto, Groceries etc. $28.25

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World Printing & Publishing Co. $13.30
Telephone Co. 8.00
Thos. A. Greer, Milk 26.05
W. J. Taylor, Burials 21.00
Van Electric Ill. Co. 62.00
Harry Frick, Lunches 2.00
Starret & Leatherdale, Livery 3.00
W. J. McGuigan, Inquests etc. 30.00
Van Wfg & Stg Co. Rent 15.00
F. X. Martin, Groceries 37.14
Hayes & McIntosh, Meat 15.52
A. W. Wright, Groceries 3.39
M. Goldstein, Milk 1.00
F. W. Hart, Chimney 1.00
Palmer Bros, Coal .10 cts
Godfrey & Co., Hooks .20 cts
R. I. Winch, Groceries 38.05
H. McDonald, Drayage 1.00
Campbell & Martin, Bread 8.10
Charles Nelson, Drugs 26.60
J. McGeer, Milk 19.60
Morrow & McDowell, Drugs 29.95
Hong Sing, Washing 18.00
W. D. Ferris, Inquests 9.60
J. S. Clute & Co. Supplies 2.20
Van Volkenburgh & Bro. Meat 67.32
C. P. Tel Co. .30 cts
Davidson Bros, Clocks 38.50
Thos. Becket, Setting panes 1.50

The Chairman of the Board submitted the Estimates for the Health Committee for the current year, which were received and referred to the Finance Committee.

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Communications were received from Miss B. Crickmay asking for an increase of salary and from Murray Thain, Harbour Mosler notifying the Corporation to stop dumping refuse matter into the Harbor both of which communications were laid over for future consideration.

Sgd. J. M. Lefevre, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brewer seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the report of the Board of Health be adopted. Carried.

Works No 7

The Board of Works met on Thursday, March 7th 1889.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Horne and Oppenheimer.

We beg to recommend:

1. That J. D. Farmer be permitted to remove his cottage from Lot 25, Block, 28, 541 to Lot 23, Block 72, 196.

2. That Arthur Sullivan be permitted to remove his house from Lot 5, Block, 3, 6, G. T. to Lot 6, Block 2, 6, G. T. provided he makes no unnecessary delay.

3. That Jos Huntly be instructed to carry out the provisions of the By-Law in relation to John Cartwright’s Veranda and in all other cases of a Similar nature.

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4. That Mr. Tretheway be notified to settle for the damages done to False Creek Bridge and pay for all repairs within 4 days to the satisfaction of the City Engineer otherwise he will be dealt with according to law.

5. That two telephones be put up, one at J. Johnston’s at the foot of Westminster Avenue and the other at Yale Town, provided each party pays half the rent of the telephone.

6. That the bad portions on Beach Avenue be repaired and made passible.

7. That the following accounts be paid:

F. W. Hart, Supplies $1.00
S. T. Tilley, Profile Paper 8.00
Thos. Stephenson, feed of Park Horse 20.00
Tattersall’s Stables, Carriage 4.00
Palmer Bros. Street Work 10.00
Leon La Chapelle, Street Work 15.00
Thos. F. Woodaman, Blacksmithing 1.30
DL. Gow, Granville St. 891.00
Middle Crook & Taylor, Street Work 6.30
The World P & P. Co. 15.00
Henry Avison, Salary 60.00
Jas Haggarty 16.00
John Williams 16.00
Edward Flachiff 11.00
J. Hall 11.00

Sgd. S. Brighouse, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the clause in the Report relating to telephones be laid over for one week. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Salsbury. That the balance of the Report be adopted. Carried.

Alderman Costello voted Nay.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Vancouver needs second fire engine – April 16, 1888

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Vancouver Fire Brigade to get $500 grant – October 17, 1887

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