Street railway proposition lost; Council wraps up business – December 28, 1891

Final meeting of the Council of 1891 Fire Chief allowed to order caps for the whole department from New York, as “they are not manufactured in this city”. A Trades License By-Law was put through at the last moment. However, a motion to conclude the By-Law for the purchase of the Vancouver Street Railway & Electric Light Co by the City was lost.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 619-625

[Vol. 4 page 619]

The Council met on Monday December 28th 1891.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, McDowell, Wm Brown and C.L. Brown. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:-
From the Market Clerk reporting on the receipts. Filed.

From the Pound Keeper submitting monthly Report. Filed.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights. Filed.

From John Brown et al asking for a sidewalk on Sophia Street & 14th Av. Referred to Board of Works.

From Hanson Bros. notifying the Council that the Debentures has been forwarded. Filed.

From Wm Smith, Department of Marine Ottawa, acknowledging receipt of resolution re bathing houses. Filed.

From John Callister, asking for the refund of $10.00 put up by him on Sidewalk. Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor stating that proper notice had not been given for the introduction of the St. Ry By-Law. Filed.

[Volume 4 page 620]

The following communications were received and read:-

Finance Report

The Finance Committee met on Monday December 28th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson and Scoullar.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
A.O. Leask Duty on Jaws $33.50
Van Free Reading Room Balance of Grant 375.00
Robertson & Hackett Map Rolls 1.80
McLennan & McFeely Box 2.00
Geo Bishop Debentures 451.10
C.P. Telegraph Co. 4.88
do do 18.48
Dominion Express Co. 15.85
S.T. Tilley & Son Stationery 8.75

2. That the communications from Godfrey & Co and Abray & Haywood re the damages to goods be referred to City Solicitor.

3. That the communication from the Secy of the School Board be laid over.
sgd Wm Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Carroll
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 24th 1891.
Present Aldermen Wm Brown, Brighouse and Templeton.
It was recommended:-

[Volume 4 page 621]

1. That the City Engineer be instructed to have a crossing put down at the intersection of Haro and Jervis Streets.
2. That the City Engineer be instructed to notify the Street Railway Co. to remove the obstructions on Hastings Street near Carrall at once otherwise the same will be removed at their expense.
3. That no more work be let this year and that the application for opening the lane in Block 101.541 be laid over for the new Council to act upon.
4. That the application from Oppenheimer Bros re a siding be referred to the City Engineer and City Solicitor conjointly to draw up an agreement acceptable to both parties.
5. That the following accounts be paid:-
E Myers Lanes $30.80
do “ 6.37
D. McDonald Sidewalks 211.69
W. G. Fraser Pender St. 44.20
Boyd + Clandenning Nicola St. 384.72
S. Beaumont Burnaby St. 15.62
W.D. Hobson Lanes 121.18
J. Hartney 11th Av. 24.44
W.D. Hobson Comox St. 108.47
B.C. Mills T & P Co. Lumber 23.26
Van Elec Ry + L Co. Fares 5.00
J. Mitchell Black Smithing 6.15

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

F. W. + L. Report
The F.W. + L. Committee met on Wednesday December 23rd 1891.
It was recommended:-
1. That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be authorized to order caps for the Firemen

[Volume 4 page 622]

from New York as they are not manufactured in the City.
2. That the following accounts be paid:-
John Wolfe Scavengering $2.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 91.00
Crowder & Pender Feed 59.29
Jas McPhee Supplies 5.
Wm Ralph Repairs 5.50

sgd Wm Templeton
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ Carroll
That the report be adopted.
Carried.
Police Committee

The Police Committee met on Tuesday December 22nd 1891.
Present Aldermen C.L. Brown (in the Chair), Hobson, and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Val Straube Dog Tags $50.00
H.G. Muller Rent for Mrs. West 9.00
Champion + White Scavengering 2.75
J. P. Blake Supplies 14.10
M.G. McLeod Fares 2.00
John H. Grady “ 2.50
R. Clark Supplies 1.00

2. That permission terminable at the pleasure of the Committee be granted to Messrs. Smith and Kidd to cut wood on the streets where the lanes are not opened and cannot be used.
3. That the application of D.A. Campbell re License be not entertained.
4. That the application of Henry Exbuse et al re the setting apart of Abbott Street
[Volume 4 page 623]

as a dray and express stand be not entertained.
5. That the communication from Fred. Allen et al be referred to the City Solicitor.
6. That John Clough be granted a lump sum of $50.00 in lieu of an increase of salary.
7. That the License Inspector be authorized to insert an ad notifying owners of dogs to pay their license.
The Chief of Police applied for an increase of salary on behalf of himself and the Sergeant which was referred to Council for action.
sgd John McDowell
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Wm Brown
That clause 2 be struck out.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Templeton
seconded by “ Carroll
That the Report be adopted as read.
Carried.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the City Clerk is hereby instructed to give the required notice in the Provincial Gazette, and News-Advertiser that application will be made at the next meeting of the Provincial Legislature for amendments to the City Charter.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the fee charged by the Vancouver Water Works Co for services

[Volume 4 page 624]

be done away with when the City takes over the works and that Mr. Tetley let the contract for printing and binding the rate book to the lowest tender.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Trades License By-Law.
Carried.

Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ C.L. Wm Brown
That the rules be suspended and leave granted to introduce a By-Law for the purchase of the Street Railway.
Lost;
Ayes. Scoullar, Templeton, McDowell, and C.L. Brown
Nays. Carroll, Brighouse, Wm. Brown and Hobson

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the following accounts be paid:-
Leatherdale + Smith Hack $6.00
Connor + Glennon Plumbing 7.50
H. H. Layfield Supplies 1.20
Palmer Bros Coal etc. 104.
Gurney Cab Co. Fares 4.75

[Volume 4 page 625]

Union S. S. Co. Wharf rent $180.00
F. W. Hart Burials 30.00
Champion + White Scavengering 53.20
M. A. Flett Nursing 11.43
A. Annis “ 16.00
W.J. McGuigan Mental Ex 5.00
Hayes + McIntosh Meat 61.16

Carried
Notices of Motion

Alderman Wm Brown gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would move that an electrical expert be appointed in conjunction with the City Engineer to examine and place a value on all the plant, buildings real estate etc now being matters of negotiation between the City, and the Vancouver Street Railway and report their funding to the City Council.

Alderman McDowell gave notice that next regular meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law for the purchase of the Street Railway and Electric Light, guaranteeing of bonds issued by Street Railway and electric Light Company, also to provide a sum sufficient to pay for recent extensions and expenses in connection therewith.

The Council then adjourned.

Police, firemen to get free first aid training – December 15, 1890

Police, firemen to get free first aid training – December 15, 1890

St. Johns Ambulance Association offers free first aid training to police and fire departments. The Police Committee request that W.S. Patterson be authorized to receive and execute writs, rather than having to send for a writ to the Sheriff in New Westminster and wait for a reply. The Board of Works begins to consider paving the roads – a budget to be prepared comparing different grades of paving and the equipment necessary to carry out each grade.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 145-152

Vancouver Dec. 15th 1890

The Council met on Monday December 15th 1890.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Garden, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello, and Doering.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From Fred S. Clarke et al praying for the improvement of Robson Street between Nicola and Cardero Streets.
Board of Works.

From S.J. Emanuels, Hon. Scy. Treas. of St. Johns Ambulance Association informing Council that Wm. Brydone Jack would instruct the Police and Firemen free of charge provided the Council furnished the books and bandages.
Finance.

From Geo. W. Wesbrook asking for permission to connect his bath house with the Inlet by laying pipes thereto.
Board of Works.

From Henry Mutrie et al asking for a box drain on the west side of Cambie Street between Dunsmuir and Georgia.
Board of Works.

From R.B. McMicking informing Council that the Fire Alarm Box ordered would be forwarded as soon as possible.
Filed.

From J.J. Blake offering to assist in the preparation of the Agreement between the Vancouver Water Works Co, and the City for $100.00
Water Works Committee.

From H. Connacher asking Council to pay the laborers on Harris St.
Filed.

From Wm. Cargill Secy. U.S.S. Co. notifying Council that no dumping would be permitted over the Company’s Wharf after the end of the week.
Health Committee.

From M.H. Hirschberg, President of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library reporting that he had concluded arrangements for enlarging the present premises and that the rent would be $25.0 per month.
Filed.

From J. Newbigging asking Council to have a tree cut down on Ninth Av near Block 123. 264 A.
City Engineer.

From Chas. E. Pooley reporting the settlement of the C.P.N. Co’s [Sint. ?] and enclosing his account.
Finance.

From the Chief of Police reporting upon the Street Lights.
Filed.

From A. Goldstein claiming $15.00 for loss of rent through defective condition of Princess St.
Board of Works.

From the City Engineer showing how the expenses of the Engineering staff can be reduced.
Board of Works.

From Frederick Taylor complaining about a dangerous tree on 10th Av.
City Engineer.

From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report on receipts.
Filed.

From D. VanDusen asking for the Market Hall for a concert on behalf of the Methodist Church.
Filed.

Reports.

Finance No 30

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 12th 1890. Present Aldermen Browning, Garden, and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

John Nicholson. Scuitto Corner. $400.00

S.T. Tilley. Stationery. 21.10

C. Nelson. Toilet paper. 2.75

C.P. Tel Co. 4.10

World P & P Co. 16.74

F.W. Hart. Lamp Glass etc. 1.25

News Advertiser. Printing. 249.55

Dep. R.L. Officers 40.00

B.C. Gazette Printing 179.00

Board of Works Accounts
Park Accounts
sgd. J.M. Browning
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Friday December 12th 1890.
Present Alderman Garden, Browning, and Carroll, Alderman Garden in the Chair.

It was resolved:-

1 That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare an Agreement to arbitrate between the City of Vancouver and the Vancouver Water Works Co. on the basis of the resolution passed by the Council on Monday the 10th of November 1890 and that Mr. J.J. Blake be asked to state his fee for assisting in said work provided said Solicitor should require his services.

2 That the Draft of said Agreement be laid before the Committee not later than Friday the 19th inst.

sgd James F. Garden
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Report of the Water Works Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Works. No 34.

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 14th 1890.
Present Alderman Horne, Browning, Costello, and Sentell.

It was recommended:-

1 That R.A. Anderson’s claim for extras for clearing under the bridges on 12th Av amounting to $125.00 be paid on condition that the cleaning be carried out to the full width of the street the present width being insufficient in case of fire.

2 That Mr. Hogg’s claim for expenses incurred in altering his fence to amended grade on Princess Street be referred to the City Solicitor and City Engineer conjointly for consideration.

3 That the Pound Keeper be notified that unless he does his duty better, particularly in regard to the impounding of stray dogs the Board will be under the necessity of getting another Pound Keeper.

4 That the City Engineer be instructed to have Dupont Street Bridge replanked where necessary

5 That that portion of Victoria St. finished be accepted, according to the Report of the City Engineer.

6 That the work on Cambie Street box drain be not proceeded with until the City Engineer again reports on the necessity for the same.

7 Communication from Engineers of Eastern cities having been received re street paving for consideration, be it resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to prepare specifications for the different classes of pavements he recommends and also call for tenders for the supply of broken road metal etc required by the City for a term of 3 years, and, also for the supply of the necessary plank for street making viz a rock crusher, and steam road roller.

8 That the following accounts be paid:-

Rose & Marshall. Sundries. $33.00

Leatherdale & Smith. Hack hire. 3.00

San Francisco Sewer Pipe Ass. Pipes. 648.31

Queen Bros. Hack hire. 8.00

R.C.P. Mills Co. Lumber. 245.16

sgd M. Costello
for Chairman

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Doering.

“That the following accounts for labor be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $154.50

do do. 314.70
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Methodist Church Mount Pleasant be granted the use of the Market Hall for Thursday the 8th January 1891 for $10.00
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden.
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Board of Works be requested to enquire into the Bunker Contract and that all just claims for labor be paid, at once, and without further delay caused by legal points.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Garden.

That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay all bona fide claims for labor under contract of H. Nichol for Harris Street; amount not to exceed $492.05
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

“That owning to the great inconvenience caused to residents of the City of Vancouver in having to go or send to New Westminster in order to secure the execution of certain process of law, this Council request the Sheriff to authorize W.S. Patterson, his officer here to receive and execute all writs without having to first send same to New Westminster;
And that a copy of this resolution be mailed to the Sheriff at New Westminster and to the Honorable the Attorney General at Victoria.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Market Committee be instructed to purchase a clock to be put in the City Market cost not to exceed $600.00.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Garden
Seconded by Alderman Carroll.

That Alderman Fox first ascertain if sufficient funds can be raised by private subscription, and if he fails to collect the required amount that the matter be again brought up for consideration by next Council.

Amendment lost: 3.5 Motion lost: 2.4.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the sum of $220.00 be paid to the Free Reading Room and Library for expenses of alteration upon the proposed additional premises now being leased and for the purchase of books, and be it further resolved that the incoming Council be respectfully requested to place the sum of $1500.00 in the Estimates for 1891 to be paid in monthly instalments of $125.00 to said institution.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the amendments to the Fire Limits By-Law be read a second time.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read.

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

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete without amendment.

The By-Law was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Carroll seconded by Alderman Fox.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Fox

That the amendments to the Market By-Law be read a third time

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read.

Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the amendments to the Street By-Law be read a third time

Carried
The By-Law was accordingly read.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Fire department salaries established – May 5, 1890

Fire department salaries established  – May 5, 1890

Salaries set for 23 fire department employees ranging from $15 to $75 per month. All sewer connections to be seen by Health Inspector before pipes can be laid. C.B. Higginson receives contract for street sprinkling (to reduce dust) at $5.00 a day when required.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 386-393

[volume 3 page 386]

Vancouver May 5th 1890

The Council met on Monday, May 5th 1890 at 8 P.M.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Horne, Garden, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod, Doering and Mason.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Patrick Fox et al, petitioning for a street light on the corner of Gore Avenue and Prior Street. Referred to F. W. & L. Committee.

From Isaac Lo Smith Esq C. E. Portland, Ore and J. T. Fanning Eng C. E. St. Paul Min. declining on account of engagement to examine into the Work of the Vancouver Water Works Coy. Referred to Water Works Committee.

From Chas. Desormier et al protesting against cutting down the hill on Princess St. Referred to Board of Works.

From Davidson Bros. asking the City to purchase a clock for the Market. Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor advising the Council to pay J. M. Stewart $109.98 in full settlement of his claim for salary. Referred to Finance Committee.

From the City Solicitor furnishing opinion on the Electric Light Contract. Filed.

[volume 3 page 387]

From Richd Gosse et al petitioning for a box drain on Keefer Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Joseph Griffith et al petitioning for a road to the North Arm by extending Westminster Avenue. Referred to Board of Works.

From E. C. Britton et al praying Council to put Powell Street on line through Block 48, 181. Referred to Board of Works.

From F. M. Webb, Secretary of a Public Meeting enclosing amendments proposed to Liquor License By-Law. Referred to License Committee.

From Wm. Hamilton, Assistant Engineer asking for an increase of Salary. Referred to Finance Committee.

From F. D. Boucher et al petitioning for a sidewalk on Davie Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of the Fire Department petitioning for an increase of salary for himself and men. Referred to Finance Committee.

Reports

Works No 12

The Board of Works met on Thursday May 1st 1890.

Present Aldermen Horne, Doering and Costello.

[volume 3 page 388]

Resolved.

1. That the Chain Gang be employed at once to grade the lane in Block 11, 196 and put box drains therein and if same is not completed within three weeks that tenders be called for completion of the same.

2. That contractors be notified to furnish split cedar instead of fir for covering box drains, same to be even and well jointed and at the same price as fir.

3. That all Sewer connections be made under the supervision of the Health Inspector and that no such connections be covered up by any licensed pipe layer before being examined by such Inspector under the penalty of having his license cancelled.

4. That the Caretaker of the Public Cemetery be authorized to expend $25.00 in beautifying the grounds and that he be instructed to move the North fence South to the road line as staked out by the Government.

5. That the following tenders be invited:

(a) Grading 13th Av from Quebec to Ontario St.
(b) Box drains on Eveleigh Street between Burrard and Thurlow and on Burrard St from Eveleigh St South to the lane.
(c) Grading Helmcken St from Richards to Homer
(d) Grading lane in Block 57, 541
(e) Grading Lansdowne St 1 block west of Westminster Avenue.
(f) 8 ft sidewalk on Westminster Av from 7th to 10th and to lay the present sidewalk on 9th Av & Scotia Street as far as it will go
(g) Grading 6th Av one Block
(h) Grading the Street between blocks 106 & 107 from 7th to 9th thence east on 9th Av 2 blocks

[volume 3 page 389]

6. That in future no payments be made for material excavated from basements and that the City Engineer be instructed to direct where such excavations shall be deposited except when used for private purposes.

7. That N. S. Hoffar be permitted to construct a basement for the building to be erected on Cambie Street, two feet under the sidewalk.

8. That the following accounts be paid:

W. C. Muir, Box drain in B40, 541 $37.44
Thos. G. Bay Cy. 13th Av 179.84
D. McAlister, Granville St 389.88
Do Haro St 23.20
H. Mattock Hospital Grounds 20.00
A. Parker, Salary 75.00
H. T. Keefer, Sewers 2,704.51

9. The City Solicitor having advised this that the Corporation had no power to compel the owners of the property lying to the North of Water Street to fill up the same above high water mark, but if by reason of their not being filled up, a stench is caused so as to become a nuisance to the neighbors the owners or occupants can be indicted for causing the nuisance of it is proved that the stench is caused by the people occupying the lots and not by the sea washing in and bearing a deposit on the beach we recommend that the Health Inspector be furnished with a copy of said letter and be instructed to notify the owners of said lots to abate the nuisance in accordance with said letter.

Sgd. J. W. Horne, Chairman

[volume 3 page 390]

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Doering. That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

Finance No 12

The Finance Committee met on Friday May 22nd 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Fox and Costello.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following salaries be paid to the members of the fire brigade from the 1st of April 1890 as provided for in the Estimates adopted by Council on Monday April 28, 1890.

Chief Engineer, $75.00 per month
Engineer, 70.00 per month
Asst Engineer 55. Per month
Two Teamsters 60 per month
One Foreman 60 per month
Two Stokers 45 per month
Five Firemen 45 per month
Ten ball men 15 per month

2. That the Fire & Health Inspector’s salary be increased to $100.00 per month to date from the 1st day of May 1890, as provided for in the Estimates approved of by Council.

3. That the Pound Keepers salary be increased to $45.00 per month to date from the 1st day of May 1890.

4. That the following accounts be paid:

Atwell King, Posting Notices $3.00
Stephen Green, Messenger 2.00
F. W. Hart, Fixtures 2.00
Crowder & Penzer Coal 13.50

[volume 3 page 391]
News Advertiser, Printing $77.50
C. P. Telegraph Co. 55.60

5. That the Board of Works accounts be paid

6. That all action be in the meantime suspended relating to By-Law No 79 known as the Trades License By-Law.

7. Re Chas. H. Strutt’s request for exemption from taxation, we recommend that he be informed that as the Council has heretofore refused to exempt from taxation other small industries, no exception can be made in his case.

8. Re W. D. Haywood’s claim for balance of salary due.
We recommend that the matter be referred to the City Solicitor and if he finds him entitled to the same that it be paid to him.

Sgd. J. M. Browning, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Carrall. That the clause in the Report in relation to Chas. H. Strutt be struck out and referred back to ascertain definitely what Mr. Strutt’s intentions are. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll, seconded by Alderman Horne. That the Report as amended be adopted. Carried.

Alderman Fox dissenting.

The following tenders were received and read for street sprinkling:

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W. C. Muir, $5.70 per day,
Richard Street 6.00 per day
C. B. Higginson 5.00 per day when required
Woodworth & Co 6.25, 6.00 & 5.75 per day
J. Windebank 5.90 & 6.00 per day
R. Rutherford 5.75 per day

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Doering. That the matter be left in the hands of the Chairman of the Board of Works to award the contract to C. B. Higginson if he is prepared to proceed with the work within three days. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Doering. That the following labor account be paid:

P. Atkinson et al $98.00 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Garden, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the following account in connection with the Sugar Refinery contract be paid:

Murray & Fraser $859.50 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carrall, seconded by Alderman McLeod. That the rules be suspended and that the Council go into Committee of the Whole to consider the question of street lighting. Motion lost.

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Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Doering. That after the contract for the Corduroying of the North Arm Road leading to the cemetery is completed that the City Engineer be instructed to have a coating of earth placed over said corduroy taking the best material to be obtained on said road at a cost not to exceed $100.00. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod, seconded by Alderman Sentell. That a Committee be appointed consisting of Alderman Doering and the mover and seconder to name the streets whose names are not registered in Wards 3, 4, & 5 and report to the Council for approval. Referred to the City Solicitor.

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Doering. That the Liquor License By-Law be now read a third time.

Moved by Alderman Sentell, seconded by Alderman Browning. That the By-Law be read 9 months hence.

Moved by Alderman Fox, seconded by Alderman Horne. That the Council now adjourn. Carried.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Salaries set for firemen, nurses – September 02, 1889

Salaries set for firemen, nurses – September 02, 1889

Establishment of professional fire department. Chief engineer J. H. Carlyle’s salary was set at $75 per month; firemen, stokers and drivers were paid $40; and additional on-call men were paid $15. At the same time, Miss Swan as matron of the city hospital to be paid $40 per month, two female nurses were paid $20 and $25, and the male night nurse and porter were each paid $30.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 115-127

[volume 3 page 115]

Vancouver September 2nd 1889

The Council met on Monday September 2nd 1889 at 8 P. M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From John Ellis, applying for the position of Sewerage Clerk. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Herbert G. Lewis asking permission to use a portion of Broughton Point as a site for a Fog Bell. Referred to the Board of Works.

From W. H. Steeves of the North Arm of the Fraser River inviting the Mayor and Aldermen to be present at the opening of the bridges across said river. Referred to Finance Committee.

From C. Foley et al praying that a sidewalk be constructed on Powell Street east. Referred to Board of Works.

From J. F. McFarlane et al praying the lane in Block 22, 541 be planked. Referred to the Board of Works.

From E. Cook asking permission to use a hoisting engine on the Lefevre Block. Filed.

From Innes & Richards acknowledging receipt of communication re: Insurance. Filed.

[volume 3 page 116]

From Jonas Watt, Secretary of Dominion Sanitary and Cremating Co giving estimates of the cost of erecting a crematory in Vancouver. Referred to Board of Works.

From James B. Kennedy asking that the sidewalk on Dunsmuir St between Hamilton & Cambie be made six feet wide instead of three feet. Referred to Board of Works.

Reports
Works No 24

The Board of Works met on Saturday August 31st 1889.

Present Aldermen Horne, Oppenheimer and McConnell.

Alderman Horne being appointed Chairman. We beg to recommend:

1. That the following tenders be accepted:

Homer St. Grading from Georgia to Robson Martin & Co.
Homer St. Grading Drake to Helmcken do
Homer St 3 ft sidewalk D. McAlister
Homer St 6 ft sidewalk do
Richards St sidewalk McDonald & Barton
Seventh Av grading do
Seventh Av 3 ft sidewalk H. Connacher
Hamilton St grading Martin & Balkwell
Hamilton St sidewalk A. D. McDonald
Twelfth Avenue grading Martin & Balkwell
Twelfth Avenue sidewalk H. Connacher
Alberni St sidewalk D. McAlister
Robson St sidewalk A. D. McDonald
Eveleigh St sidewalk D. McAlister
Gore Avenue sidewalk A. D. McDonald
Lansdowne sidewalk D. McAlister
Quebec St sidewalk McDonald & Barton
Westminster Av Crossings

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do
Basement drain, H. Connacher

2. That Prior St be gravelled 16 feet wide from Westminster Avenue West about 100 feet and a drain dug along the North Side, also that Harris St be gravelled for 150 feet.

3. That tenders be called for the following works:

Six foot sidewalk on Princess St from Dunlevy to Jackson.
Sidewalks on 5th 6th & 7th Aves in Ward 4
Grading & Sidewalking Ontario St from 11th to 13th and surface grading from 10th 11th 3 ft sidewalk on 5th Av from Westminster Avenue to Prince Edward St.
3 ft sidewalk on Westminster Avenue from 10th to 13th Avs.
Crossings on Georgia Street opposite Richards and Seymour Streets
2 Plank sidewalk on Drake Street from Granville to Howe Streets.

4. That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare the ground for the fountain on the corner of Hastings and Carrall Streets.

5. Complaints having repeatedly being made in cases where buildings are erected or repaired that the provisions of By-Law No 40 clause 2 have not been enforced resulting in great inconvenience and danger to passers by; we therefore recommend that the Street Inspector be peremptorily directed to perform his duly in all cases and see that the By-Law is strictly enforced where buildings are now or may be hereafter under construction or repair.

6. That Mr. E. Mohun be paid $200.00 for preliminary Surveys in connection with Sewers.

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7. That the following accounts be paid:

McDonald & Barton, 6, 7, 8, 9 &10th Aves $257.98
D. B. Murray, Comox St 132.48
Boyd & C. Gravelling Westminster Road 362.85
Brunette Saw Mill Co. Lumber 10.20
Leask & Johnson, Duty 1.55
R. Rutherford Street Sprinkling 110.50
Ben Romang et al Street Work 24.00
Tattersall’s Stables 14.00

Sgd. J. W. Horne, Chairman pro tem

Moved by Alderman Salsbury, seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

Finance No 25

The Finance Committee met on Friday August 30, 1889 a full board being present:

The following accounts were recommended for payment:

S. T. Tilley, Stationery $21.25
J. Miller, Stamps 54.50
C. P. Telegraph Co. 20.00 Jacob Sehl, Supplies 1.75
T. I. Hibben & Co. Drop Desk 35.00
A. N. Richards, Legal Opinion 25.00

The reports of the Fire, Water & Light and Health Committees were read and approved.

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

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

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F. W. & L. No 16

The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday August 28th 1889 a full board being present:

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

J. McAllister, Blacksmithing $39.30
C. Shergold, Drayage 4.50
A. G. Evans, Carpenter Work 1.50

2. That $349.36 be paid over to the Volunteer Fire Department to discharge their liabilities and that they be requested to furnish receipts to Council for amounts paid.

3. That the following appointments be made on the paid Fire Department:

Chief Engineer

J. H. Carlisle, Salary per month

$75.00
Engineers
A. W. Cameron, Salary per month 70.00
F. G. Twigg, Salary per month

55.00 Permanent Men
A. G. Evans Salary per month $40.00
Lowes Eggert Salary per month $40.00
W. A. Williamson Salary per month $40.00
Wm. L. Hayward Salary per month $40.00
Thos. Whiston Salary per month $40.00
Hugh E. Campbell Salary per month

$40.00
Call Men
James Blair Salary per month $15.00
Geo M. Taylor Salary per month $15.00
E. C. Britton Salary per month $15.00
John Sea John Salary per month $15.00
John Glenn Salary per month $15.00
Geo G. Henderson Salary per month $15.00
Chas. E. Millington Salary per month $15.00
Albert Cales Salary per month $15.00
H. A. Stewart Salary per month

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$15.00
J. Harvey, Salary per month

$15.00
Drivers
Thomas Simpson, Salary per month $60.00
Arthur Clegg Salary per month

$40.00
Stokers
J. W. Campbell Salary per month $40.00
Thos. Moore Salary per month $40.00

Your Committee met the Directors of the Vancouver Water Works Co. on Thursday August 29th 1889 for the purpose of making arrangements regarding the rates to be charged for water other than for fire purposes and other matters connected with the City’s Water Supply.

The Directors stated they could not see their way clear to make the price of Water less than 60 cents per thousand gallons as the revenue from all sources barely part 4 per cent on their outlay.

The Company contemplate additional expenditure in connection with their system and before doing so wish to know the intentions of the City regarding its purchase.

They also wish the City to enter into an Agreement at once for the use of the hydrants as they are now prepared to give all the pressure required for fire purposes. All of which is respectfully submitted.

We beg to submit Agreement between the Vancouver Electric Illuminating Co. and the City for Street Lighting for adoption by Council.

Sgd. I. Oppenheimer, Chairman

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

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Health No 10
The Health Committee met on Tuesday August 27th 1889.

Present Aldermen Whetham, Mason, Brewer and Costello.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

Palmer Bros. Coal 2.55
Colby Lewis, Drayage 2.00
Scuitto & Simon, Supplies 280.29
Jacob Sehl, Supplies 3.35
VanVolkenburgh & Bro. Supplies 53.84
F. W. Hart, Supplies 20.30
W. J. Taylor, Burials 30.00
Abrams & McLean, Supplies 18.75
H. McDowell & Co. Medicines 8.20
Brown & White, Supplies 1.10
Harvey & Co. Buggy 2.50
J. S. Clute & Co. Supplies 3.30
I. R. Morrow & Co. Supplies 79.55
Wm. Urquhart, Supplies 5.85
Joseph Brown, Supplies 24.20
Portuguese John, Boat hire 64.50
GL. Allan, Shoes 2.75
Charles Nelson, Drugs 9.75
Wm. Williams, Nursing etc. 245.00

2. That Miss S. Swan be employed as Matron of the City Hospital at a Salary of $40.00 per month.
Miss M. A. Alcock as Nurse at 25.00 per month, Miss Woodward as nurse at 20.00 per month and Mr. Gibson as Night Nurse at $30.00 per month and E. McGregor as Porter at $30.00 per month such appointments to date from the 15th day of September.

3. That Miss Woodward and Miss Cummins be paid at the rate of $12.50 per month each from date of appointment to date

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of change. Such payments to be made in lieu of Mrs. Birks’ Salary.

4. That a railing be placed around the lower story of the City Hospital.

Sgd. James Whetham, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brewer, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the Report of the Board of Health be adopted. Carried.
Police No 2

The Police Committee met on Monday September 2nd 1889 at 5 P. M.

Present Aldermen McConnell, Brewer and Mason.

Your Committee begs to recommend as follows:

1. That the office hours of the Police Magistrate be fixed at from 10 to 12 in the forenoon and from to 2 to 5 in the afternoon daily.

2. That Cab and dray stands be set apart on the following Streets:

On Hastings St east between Carrall St and Columbia Avenue.
On Hastings St west between Howe and Granville St
On Hastings St between Cambie and Abbott Street and on
On Abbott Street between Water & Cordova

3. That the following accounts be paid:

I. W. Haywood, fares $4.50 Scuitto & Co. Provisions 171.29

Your Committee received communications from J. Abrams, Cum Yow, J. M. Stewart

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J. McLaren and J. Abray, action on which was deferred until Wednesday next September 4th at 2 P.
M. at which time Your Committee will again meet.

Communications from the Board of Trade re Trades License By-Law were received and read.

Sgd. G. S. McConnell, Chairman

Report laid over.

The following report was read from E. Mohun, C.E. on Sewer Pipes.

Vancouver Sept 2nd 1889

The Chairman and Tenders of the Board of Works.

Gentlemen.

I have the honor to report as follows on the tests to which the Samples of Sewer pipe furnished by Messrs Gladding and Mr. Bean of San Francisco have been submitted.
Inpermeability

This list was made by Mr. Walkem who found a pipe weighing 6 ½ lb after complete saturation had absorbed ¾ lb of water.

Acid Tests

These tests were made with hydrochloric Nitric, Nitro Muriatic and Sulphuric Acids by Mr. Sorenson, who reports as follows:

The samples withstood the action of Nitric Acid, Sulphuric & the Nitro Muriatic Acids and was only slightly affected by hydrochloric Acid, the glaze of the pipe was in no particular affected.

Crushing Strain

This list was made at the C. P. R. Carshops by Mr. Cash and myself. The sample was a 16” diameter pipe.

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We applied a crushing strain of 1370 lbs. per lineal foot without injuring the pipes. I did not, as it was the only complete specimen we had, consider it advisable to increase the weight until it was broken dangerous to retain it as the Standard Sample. The pipes are fairly concentric when formed and I have no hesitations in laying are a good class of Sewer Pipe judging from the results of the tests to which they have been submitted.

I have the honour to be, Gentlemen, Your most obedient Servant, E. Mohun, C.E.

The Agreement between the Vancouver Electric Illuminating Co and the City for Street Lighting was read and referred back to the City Solicitor for further amendments.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Salsbury. That E. Cook, Contractor be allowed to use a Steam hoist for lifting material upon the Lefevre Block, provided said hoist is properly protected from interfering with traffic on the street. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the Board of Works be authorized to order the necessary Sewer Pipes as previously approved of by this Council. Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Brewer, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the Sheriff of New Westminster District be notified that the City has a claim upon the Wharfage Company having given the said Wharfage Company the privilege of using the Northern extremity of Carrall Street as a public Wharf and as an approach to a public Wharf according to a certain agreement dated the 14th day of October 1886 and any such sale of such wharf can only be made subject to such agreement. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brewer, seconded by Alderman Whetham. That the following account be paid:

W. Williams et al, Park Road $483.90 Carried.

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

W. Haywood, Fares $4.50
Scuitto & Simon, Supplies 171.29

Consideration of By Laws

The Council went into Committee of the Whole of Wharf By-Law with Alderman Brewer in the Chair. The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council.

Moved by Alderman Clark, Seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer that the By-Law be introduced to fix the polling places etc.

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For holding the election on the Wharf By-Law. Carried.

The By-Law was then read a first time.

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

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

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete with amendments.

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

The By-Law was then ordered, signed, sealed, and gazetted.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Salsbury gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would introduce a ByLaw for the clearing and preparing of Brockton Point for Athletic purposes and for the clearing and preparing of a portion of the Eastern Park for the use of the British Columbia Jockey Club, in each case said portions of the Eastern and Western Parks to be under the control of the City Council and to be let to the Brockton Point Athletic Club and to the British Columbia Jockey Club respectively until the City shall be repaid for the amount of the expenditures on said portions of said parks respectively

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The Council then adjourned.

I. N. Horne, Chairman

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”.

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 3 pages 1-2

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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.

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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,

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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

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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

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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.

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“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.

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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