Vancouver needs to borrow $50,000 – January 22, 1894

Vancouver needs to borrow $50,000 – January 22, 1894

Letter received from J. Buntzen, Business Manager of the Van Elec. Ry & L Co, stating that a light was to be erected on Granville Street Bridge. The City Clerk was to write to Toronto and Montreal to inquire about the budget for milk testing. Following the precedent set by previous Councils, Mr. Mooney, a long-term occupant of the jail, was allowed clothing costing $25.00 for the year. The Chairman of each Committee was directed to account for all staff employed in their respective departments: length of time employed, salary, and days of absence. By-Law formed for the city to borrow $50,000 to cover current expenses.

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Illustration: Vancouver Archives Item AM54-S4-1—: M-11-21
[The old Granville Street Bridge], about 1909

original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 665 – 676

Vancouver January 22nd 1894

[Volume 5 page 665]

The Council met on Monday January 22 nd 1894.
Present. His Worship, the Mayor and, Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell,
McCraney, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, Franklin, C.L. Brown and Bethune.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Geo Freeland etal, asking for the improvement of 8 th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works

From H.T. Ceperley on behalf of J.M. O’Toole, objecting to the lowering of the grade of the
sidewalk in front of his premises on Hastings Street.
Referred to the Board of Works

From the School Trustees, asking for a grant to meet current expenses.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From J.R. Anderson, Victoria, asking for the loan of the City’s exhibit of minerals for
exhibition, at the Midwinter Fair, San Francisco.
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the Communication be filed.
Carried

From W.S. Gore, stating that the Government had no funds to build a sidewalk in front of
the Court House grounds.
Filed

From R.G. Tatlow, acknowledging receipt of communication re laying of girder rail on
Granville St.
Filed

From the Pacific Coast Association of Fire Engineers asking the Council to send a
representative to San Francisco. Laid over for one week.

[Volume 5 page 666]

From J. Buntzen, Business Manager of the Van Elec. Ry & L Co, stating that a light was to be
erected on Granville Street Bridge.
Filed

From McQuarrie & Co asking that the City Seal be attached to their Contract.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Potter & Platt giving notice of suit on sewer contracts.
Referred to the City Solicitor

From Alex Webster Sr. asking for the appointment of a Milk Inspector.
Referred to the Board of Health

From Richard P. Sharp, Secretary of the Institute of Architects enclosing a resolution
regarding allowing all architects to compete for all public buildings proposed to be erected.
Referred to the Board of Works

From M. Ellison, asking the Council to utilize the lake near Clark’s Park for water power
purposes.
Referred to the F.W & L. Committee

From Newton Bros etal petitioning against a sidetrack being laid on the lane in rear of
Oppenheimer Bros Warehouse.
Referred to the Board of Works

From B.J. Short etal drawing attention to the impassible condition of the lane between
Pendrell and Davie Streets from Thurlow to Bute.
Referred to the Board of Works

From C.G. Johnson etal asking the Council to take action to compel the Street Ry. Co to run
their cars on Ninth Av. & Granville Street South.
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Wm Brown

[Volume 5 page 667]

That the communication be referred to the City Solicitor to report by next meeting.
Carried

Mr C. G. Johnson appeared before the bar of the Council to press his claim.
The following Reports were received, and read:-

Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Monday January 15th 1894.

Present. Aldermen McDowell, Salsbury, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown, and McPhaiden.
Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman.
The first business meeting was fixed for Thursday at 4p.m.

The Health Committee met again on Thursday January 18 th 1894.
Present Aldermen Wm Brown (in the Chair), Salsbury and McPhaiden.
It was recommended:
1. That the account rendered by Dr Mills for attending a man hurt on the street be not
paid.
2. That the City Clerk be instructed to write to Toronto and Montreal to obtain prices of
milk testers.
3. That the Chief of Police be authorized to expend $25.00 in the purchase of clothing
for Mr Mooney, an inmate of the City Hospital, said amount being allowed yearly by
former Councils.
4. That the City Clerk be instructed to hand over the watch found on the late W.J.
Blaney to the party who claims to be the owner on proper security being furnished
that the City will be held harmless in the matter and that the said Blaney’s chain and
wring be forwarded to his sister.

[Volume 5 page 668]

5. That the watch belonging to the late David Glasgow be sold and the proceeds
applied to the account due the City.

6. That the following account be paid:-
Crowder & Penzer Supplies 141.10
C.S. Phelp “ 17.79
L. Carter “ 5.50
A.H. Thomas Med Attendance 17.60
W.J. Warren Supplies 42.15
McIntosh & Co. “ 56.35
Dr Bell-Irving Med Attendance 5.00
J.P. Blake & Co. Supplies 17.75
C.F. Foreman “ 84.49
Atkins & Atkins “ 73.57
Crowder & Penzer “ 21.01
Thos Dunn & Co “ 2.15
Champion & White Scavengering 18.00
C.F. Foreman Supplies 54.05
W.H. DeBon “ 49.96
McLellan & McFeely “ .30
Weeks & Robson “ 14.25
J.K. Davis Glazing 7.25
C.F. Foreman Supplies 42.77
James Carnohan Scavengering .75
J.P. Blake & Co. Supplies 5.10
Tilley & Son. “ 2.80
Crowder & Penzer “ 14.54
McIntosh & Co. “ 12.14
Pioneer Steam Laundry Washing 53.15

7. That the Regular meetings of the Board be held on the 2 nd & 4 th Tuesday in each
month.
sgd W Brown
Acting Chairman

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

[Volume 5 page 669]

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Monday January 15th 1894.
Present Aldermen Salsbury, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, and Bethune.
Alderman Salsbury was appointed Chairman.
The first business meeting was fixed for Friday at 4p.m.

The Committee met again on Friday January 19 th 1894.
Present Aldermen Salsbury, McDowell, McPhaiden, Wm Brown, and Bethune.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
D Burton Hack hire $1.50
Van Elec Ry&L Co. Tickets 12.50
F.W. Hart. Burials 13.50
Crowder & Penzer Supplies 56.00
J. Fletcher “ 1.00
Vancouver Bill Posting Co 4.00
News Advertiser Supplies 68.40
C.P. Telegraph Co. 2.36
News Advertiser Supplies 50.40
Tilley & Son “ 17.35
B.C. Gazette “ 34.00
Tilley & Son “ 8.80
J. Miller “ 40.00
News Advertiser “ 11.25
Tilley & Son “ 7.30
Telephone Co. Rent 29.10

2. That the sum of $700.00 be revoted to the Park Commissioners, and a further sum of
$200.00 placed to their credit for general purposes.
3. That the Communications received from Messrs R.H. Alexander & John Devine be
laid over.
4. That the Communications received from the Typographical Union & John Mytyer be
filed.

[Volume 5 page 670]

5. That funds be provided to cover the remittance to London, Eng in payment of the
interest on City Bonds falling due there.
6. That the Chairman of the Finance Committee be authorized to engage temporary
help in the City Accountant Office.
7. That the City Treasurer be instructed to make out a list of all those who have not
paid their taxes.
8. That the following tenders be accepted:-
(a) Meat. McIntosh & Co on condition that the meat supplied to the Park be the same
price as the jail meat.
(b) Milk. W.H. DeBon, the milk to be subject to test.
(c) Burials. Messrs Lockhart & Center.
(d) Wood. W.H. Mellish, subject to him furnishing security that he will carry out his
contract.
(e) Printing & Binding. Assessment Roll & Tax Books. Marshall & McRae subject to the
work being done in the City and no extra charge made for alterations from the
present ruling.
(f) Washing. Pioneer Steam Laundry.
The regular meeting of the Committee was fixed for every Friday at 4p.m.
sgd W.F. Salsbury
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Wm Brown
That the Binding tenders be referred back for reconsideration, and the balance of
the Report adopted.
Carried

F.W. & L. Committee

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Monday January 15 th 1894.

The F.W. & L. Committee met Present Alderman Franklin, Bethune, Shaw and Queen.
Alderman Franklin was appointed Chairman and the first regular meeting fixed for

[Volume 5 page 671]

Wednesday at 4 p.m.

The F.W. & L. Committee met again on Wednesday January 17th
Present Aldermen Franklin, Shaw, Queen and Bethune.
It was recommended:-

1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Thos Lobb. Setting shoes $1.60
Godfrey & Co. Supplies .25
Atkins & Atkins “ 3.95
Gutta Percha & Rubber Co “ 122.75
C.G. Johnson. “ 24.00
E.Lipsett “ .35
Van Elec Ry & L. Co “ 1865.31
C.P.R. Co. Freight 3.94

2. That all matters relating to the water works, including unpaid accounts be turned
over to the Water Commissioners.
3. That the bank on the corner of Georgia and Hamilton Streets be raised to the grade
of the street.
4. That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be instructed to ascertain the price of a Silsby
heater.
5. That the Council be asked to communicate with the Government with a view of
obtaining a title to fire hall lot on Water Street.
6. That in future the regular meetings of the Board be held on the 2nd Wednesday in
each month at 4p.m.
sgd J.L. Franklin
Chairman

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

[Volume 5 page 672]

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Monday January 15th 1894.
Present Aldermen Shaw, Queen, Franklin and C.L. Brown.
Alderman McCraney was appointed Chairman and the first business meeting fixed for
Thursday at 4p.m.

The Board met again on Thursday January 18th 1894.
Present Aldermen McCraney, Brown, Queen, Franklin & Shaw.
It was recommended:-
1. That the Street Inspector be authorized to put crushed rock on the lane between
Dupont and Keefer Streets in rear of the Glasgow Hotel, also to put in box culvert
across Harris St at Westminster Av also to put a one plank walk of on 7th Av about
150 feet to Officer North’s house.

2. That the Street Inspector be instructed to put the crushed rock on the Streets in
rotation taking the list prepared last year, as his guide.

3. That Thos Hooper who applied for a basement drain on Water Street be informed
that the City will put in a basement drain under the Local Improvement System.4. That the Board be authorized to subscribe for the Daily News Advertiser and World at $5.00 each and kept on file for reference.

5. That the Board cannot pay the account present by Mr Boardman.

6. That tenders be called up to Thursday next the 25 th inst for nails.

[Volume 5 page 673]

7. That the tenders sent in for clearing in 182 and for the delivery of crushed rock, and
the sewer across Georgia Street be laid over for final decision, at a special meeting to
be held on Monday afternoon at 3p.m.

8. That the following accounts be paid:-
Tilley & Son. Stationery .50cts
M.S. Rose. Supplies $3.00
Thos Dunn & Co. “ 1.85
C.F. Foreman. “ 1.55
Thos Dunn & Co. “ 31.20
Cosman & Son. “ 1.00
W.G. Marshall. “ 1.50
Lomas etal. Labor 191.04
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

The Board of Works held a special meeting on January 22 nd to consider tenders.
Present. The Full Board.

1. It was recommended that contracts be awarded to the following tenders for clearing
in 182, subject to the men appearing before the Board on Thursday next and proving
themselves satisfactory, and capable to carry out the work, and subject to the
signatures of all the owners being obtained:-
Block 3 D. Foubert $95.00
“ 7 J. Peterson 72.00
“ 10 P. McLean 110
“ 11 E. Eldridge 225
“ 12 E. Cocking 250
“ 13 H. Blith 160
“ 16 Thos. Fitzpatrick 197
“ 17 R.H. McCaulay 336
“ 18 T. Crawford 350
“ 19 J. Wood 280
“ 22 F. Fox 150
“ 23 W. Jennings 150
2375

2. That the tenders sent in for the sewer across Georgia Street be laid over.

[Volume 5 page 674]

3. That the contract for the delivery of crushed rock be awarded to Arch McRae at the
following prices and subject to the tenderer furnishing a suitable bond:
No.1 haul 37 cts per yard
2 “ 45 “ “ “
3 “ 57 “ “ “
4 “ 59 “ “ “
5 “ 50 “ “ “
sgd H.P. McCraney
Chairman

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

Introduction of By-Laws.
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ McDowell.
That the amendments to the Water Commissioners By-Law be read a first time.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Rules be suspended and the By-Law read a 2nd time.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by Alderman McCraney
That the By-Law be read six months hence.
Amendment lost, motion lost.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to authorized the Council to
borrow the sum of $50,000 to meet current expenses.
Carried

The By-Law was introduced & read a first time.

[Volume 5 page 675]

The rules were again suspended on motion of Alderman Salsbury, seconded by Ald Bethune
and the By-Law read a 2nd time.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole for its consideration, Alderman Wm Brown
in the Chair.

The By-Law was read over Clause by Clause and reported to Council as complete.

It was then read a 3 rd time on motion of Ald Salsbury, seconded by Ald Wm Brown, the rules
having been suspended.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Second by “ McDowell.
That the following account be paid:-
C.P.R Co. Tickets. $8.90

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown.
Seconded by “ John McDowell.
That the Chairman of each Committee be, and is hereby instructed to furnish the
Council with the names of the permanent staff in his department; the salary paid per month
to each, the total amount paid each during the year 1893, and the length of time each has
been absent from duty during that period, also the names of those temporarily employed in
each department, the salary paid to each per month and the total paid to each during 1893.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the thanks of this Council be tendered to the World P&P. Co for the copies of
their Annual furnished to the Aldermen.
Carried.

[Volume 5 page 676]

The Council decided to meet on Wednesday the 31st inst at 8 p.m. to talk over civic matters.
The Council then adjourned.

R.A. Anderson
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

C.P.R. Terminal at foot of Granville Street to be built – September 14, 1891

C.P.R. Terminal at foot of Granville Street to be built – September 14, 1891

Letter received from H. Abbott, General Superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., stating that he was authorized to proceed with the construction of the terminal station at the foot of Granville Street (now Waterfront Station). Moved by Alderman Godfrey, Seconded by Alderman Templeton That the Dominion Government be petitioned to change the name of the “First Narrows” to “Lions Gate” and that of “False Creek” to “Pleasant Inlet”

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 495-503

Vol. 4, pg. 495

Vancouver, September 14, 1891
The Council met on Monday, September 14, 1891.

Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Godfrey, Templeton, Hobson, Brown and McDowell.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:

From H. Abbott, General Superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway Co., stating that he was authorized to proceed with the construction of the terminal station at the foot of Granville Street, simultaneously with the grading of Cordova Street to the level of the east corner of the planking of the roadway of Granville Street.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the matter of grading Cordova Street to meet the views of the C.P.R. Co. be referred to the City Engineer and Board of Works with power to take immediate action if necessary.
Carried
From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report.
Filed
From the City Clerk of New Westminster thanking the Council for the use of road roller.
Filed
From the Mayor of Tacoma asking when the Council might be expected at the fair in Tacoma.
Filed
From C.G. Johnson offering anthracite coal in car lots at $8.50 per ton.
Referred to F.W.& L. Committee

Vol. 4, pg. 496

From the Chief of Police furnishing weekly report on street lights.
Filed
From the Spiral Weld Tube Co. asking to be furnished with information regarding water pipes.
Referred to the Water Committee
From John F. Ross asking for the sidewalking of 6th Avenue from Carolina Street to Westminster Avenue.
Referred to Board of Works
From the City Clerk reporting that the By-Laws for the purchase and extension of the Water Works had carried by a majority of 176 and 168 respectively.
Filed
From J.H. Gillespie offering to put down bituminous rock pavement for 15 ¾ cents per sq. ft. Referred to the Board of Works

The following reports were received and read:

Health
To the Mayor and Council of City of Vancouver|
Gentlemen:
Your Committee met on Tuesday, September 8th, 1891.
Present: Aldermen Templeton, Carroll and McDowell. Absent: Aldermen Scoullar and Doering.
Report of Health Inspector was received and ordered filed.
Communication received from the Matron reporting the number of patients in hospital.
Your Committee would recommend:
1) That tenders be called for the construction of a receiving vault at the cemetery in accordance with the plans and specifications …

Vol. 4, pg. 497

… now on fyle [sic] in the Engineer’s Office.
2) That the following accounts be paid:
H. Eligh, Milk $ 51.37
J. Sciutto, Supplies 109.28
H.H. Layfield, Supplies 58.95
J.P. Blake, Supplies 11.30
Champion & White, Scavengering 58.45

Your Committee met again on Wednesday, September 9th, at 8 PM.
Present: Aldermen Templeton, Carroll and McDowell.
A report from the Health Inspector was received, considered, and ordered fyled. [sic]
The floor plans of the proposed new hospital wing was [sic] submitted by the Engineer and adopted by the Board.

The Board met again on Monday, September 14 at 4:00 PM.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, McDowell, Scoullar and Templeton.
A report submitted by the Health Inspector was ordered filed.
Plan of elevation of new wing of hospital was submitted to the Board by the Engineer and adopted, tenders to be invited for the construction of same, said tenders to be in by noon of Thursday, September 24th at noon. Plans and specifications to be on view in the Engineer’s Office after Thursday, September 17.
Signed J. T. Carroll, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Brighouse
That the report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried

Vol. 4, pg. 498

Police
The Police Committee met on Tuesday, September 9, 1891.
Present: Aldermen Hobson, Carroll and McDowell.
Alderman Hobson in the Chair.
It was recommended:
1) That the following accounts be paid:
Dr. Mills attendance on Berry $ 10.00
Hayes & McIntosh, Meat 14.65
John Sciutto, Supplies 33.66
G.L. Allan, Supplies 1.25
G.A. Roedde, Fine Book 5.75
V.J. Straube, Repairs 4.00
J.P. Blake, Bread 9.55
Hamilton Eligh, Milk 3.40
H. McDowell & Co.,[unreadable] 1.00
2) That J. Izen’s license be transferred to Kirschberg & Merymont.
3) That tenders be invited for supplying 12 uniforms to the police force.
4) That applications be called for the position of police officer.
Signed C.G. Hobson, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the report of the Police Committee be adopted.
Carried

Finance
The Finance Committee met on Friday, September 11, 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Hobson, Scoullar and Carrol.

Vol. 4, pg. 499

It was recommended:
1) That the tender of Springer, Mellon & Co. be accepted for the insuring of the hospital furniture for one year at $2.70 per $100.00 to the amount of $1600.00
2) That the following accounts be paid:
Black & Wilkinson, livery rig $ 4.00
Telephone Co. 24.00
C.P. Telegraph 8.81
3) That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the C.P.R. authorities asking them to refund to the City the cost of the burial of Wm. Irvine, a sailor of the Empress of India.
Signed: Wm. Brown, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the report of the Finance Committee be adopted.
Carried

F.W. & L.

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday, September 9, 1891.
Present: Aldermen Templeton, Brown, Brighouse and Godfrey.
It was recommended:
1) That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be instructed to give the City Solicitor the hydrant pressures to date.
2) That the following accounts be paid:
V.W.W. Co. $ 407.02
G.H. Bagby, Shoes set 2.00
J.M. Brixton, Coal 13.00
Crowder & Penzer, Feed 75.09
John Daly Engine Co. Polish 1.20
J.E. Robinson, Drayage 2.50
Frazer & Co. Supplies 4.37

Vol. 4, pg. 500

Vancouver Carriage Works 18.45
J. Forbes, Blacksmithing 2.00
Electric Light Co. 1222.18
Signed: Wm. Templeton, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the report of the F.W. & L. Committee be adopted.
Carried

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday, September 10th 1891 at 3 PM.
Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Brown and Templeton.
It was recommended:
1) That the City engineer be instructed to communicate with Mr. Abbott re the insurance complained of by J. Morrison on Water Street with a view of having the matter attended to by him.
2) That the Secretary of the Vancouver Electric Ry. and Light Co. be notified that the Board has decided to locate the Vancouver Electric Ry. track on the centre of Hastings Street east of Carroll Street.
3) That the lane in Block 2, 185 be graded by the Chain Gang under the direction of the Street Inspector, also the lanes in Blocks 90 and 91, 196.
4) That the City Engineer be instructed to see Mr. Abbott and arrange re the delivery to him of broken rock.
5) That the Street Inspector be authorized to have that portion of Alberni Street …

Vol. 4, pg. 501

… between Thurlow and Bute surface graded by day labour.
6) That the City Engineer notify the Street Railway Co. that it is the intention of the City to pave Cordova and Hastings Streets and call their attention to the necessity of their providing an approved and suitable form of rail.
7) That in future all payrolls furnished to the City by contractors must be examined and a certificate attached signed by the City Engineer, showing that the names of the men are only such as those who have worked on the contract in connection of which said payroll is used.
8) That the following tenders be recommended for acceptance:
Cambie Street Bridge Protectors – D. McGillivray
Granville “ “ – W.D. Hobson
Prior Street Sidewalk – W.G. Fraser
Princess Street Relaying Sidewalk – W. Blair
14th Avenue and Sophia Street grading – D.H. Morgan
9) That the following tenders be invited:
– Comox Street grading from Bute to Broughton
– Nicola Street 6 ft. sidewalk from Georgia Street to the south side of Robson on the west side and from Georgia to Barclay on the east side.
– Barclay Street 6 ft. sidewalk from the end of above sidewalk on Nicola Street 132 ft. eastward
– Robson Street 6 ft. sidewalk on north side from Bute to Broughton and on the south side from end of present sidewalk to Jervis Street
– Campbell Avenue 6 ft. sidewalk on east side from Powell to Oppenheimer
– Melville Street 6 ft. sidewalk on both sides from Bute to Jervis.
– Broughton Street grading full width from Georgia to Barclay

Vol 4. Pg. 502

10) That the following accounts be paid:
H.P. Veitch, delivering rock $ 452.18
Oppenheimer Bros., sidewalk 83.50
Union S.S. Co., boat hire 30.00
J.A. Shearer, repairs 4.75
J. Romany et al, carfares 8.70
J. Mitchell, drift bolts 5.98
H.H. Spicer, lumber 39.60
Bailey Bros., stationery 13.85
Wm. Blair, relaying sidewalk 30.75
A. D. McDonald, fencing lots 108.10
H. Thomas et al, labour 309.05
Signed: S. Brighouse, Chairman

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the report of the Board of Works be adopted.
Carried

Motions
Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That Alderman Scoullar be added to the Water Works Committee in place of Alderman DePencier.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the Dominion Government be petitioned to change the name of the “First Narrows” to “Lions Gate” and that of “False Creek” to “Pleasant Inlet”.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Brighouse
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of …

Vol. 4, pg. 503

… a motion re the Police Magistrate.
Lost

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the By-Law to raise by loans the sum of $440,000 for the purchase of the Water Works be read a 3rd time and signed, sealed and gazetted.
Carried

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the By-Law to raise by loan the sum of $150,000 for the extension of the Water Works be read a 3rd time and signed, sealed and gazetted.
Carried

Notice of Motion
Alderman Carroll gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would move a resolution authorizing the City Clerk to call for applications for the Office of Police Magistrate, such applications to be received up to Saturday, September 26th, at noon.

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

No dumping off the Granville Street Bridge – June 16, 1890

Chief of Police to post signs on the Granville Street Bridge to prevent dumping off the bridge. Pound keeper’s salary increased to $60 per month to cover extra duties. C.B. Higginson to be paid $5 per day for street sprinkling or other work required by the City Engineer. Miss Swan’s salary as secretary, however, to be reduced to what it was before the Finance Committee increased it. A. Williams filed a suit on Council regarding the Morgue “nuisance” (unpleasant odour).

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 427-436

[volume 3 page 427]

Vancouver June 16th 1890

The Council met on Monday June 16th 1890 at 8 P.M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From J. A. Russell, Secretary of the Vancouver Free Reading Room furnishing Monthly Report. Filed.

From C. B. Higginson drawing attention to the Street Sprinkling Contract. Filed.

From T. O. Townley informing Council that 13th Avenue was not registered. Referred to B of Works.

From John Irving, President of Vancouver Water Works Co. informing Council that it would be impossible at this late day to alter the location of the second main. Referred to Water Works Committee.

From Geo. D. Johnston Esq. MD. Accepting the position of physician on Medical Staff. Filed.

From Hanson Bros. re Vancouver Debentures. Filed.

From A. Williams, serving a writ on Council on behalf of John McMillan on account of Morgue nuisance. Referred to City Solicitor.

[volume 3 page 428]

From Sam Beaumont et al praying that Princess Street be graded to Boundary Av. Referred to Board of Works.

From L. G. McPhillips requesting the Council to settle the cost in the suit of McHugh vs the City and Dunn & Miller. Filed.

From L. Provis Wickam et al asking for an accurate survey of certain land on Mount Pleasant. Referred to Board of Works.

Reports

Works No 16

The Board of Works met on Thursday June 5th 1890 at 3 P.M.

Present Aldermen Browning, Doering, Costello and Sentell and Alderman Costello in the Chair.

We beg to recommend:

1. That Mr. E. Mohun be paid $450.00 on account of Commissions for Sewers provided the Accountant certifies the same to be correct.

2. That the Chief of Police be notified to put notices on Granville Street bridge to prevent the dumping of night soil and other refuse matter over said bridge.

3. That Alderman Costello engage a suitable man to assist in superintending the streets and sidewalks under contract as there are so many under way at the same time that it is impossible for one man to oversee the work.

4. That the Pound Keeper’s wage be increased to $60.00 per month in consideration of extra services required from him and that the City Engineer give him sufficient lumber

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to put up a dog pound.

5. Re H. Rhodes’ communication

We consider that the Board of Works has nothing to do with the division of private property in the City.

6. That the following contracts be awarded:

Pendrell Street Sidewalk, Leatherdale & McDonald
Bute Street grading do
Westminster Av. Box drain, D. Gibbons
Davie Street grading, Wm. Tierney
6th Av. Bridge, F. L. Budlong

Clark’s Park, Murray & Fraser
13th Av. East do
Cemetery clearing, Hugh Hamilton
Homer Street grading, John Telford
Drake Street grading, do
Robson St. grading, Boyd & Clandenning

7. That the following accounts be paid:

H. F. Keefer, Market House 1,743.35
Do Sewers 5,858.65
John P. Lawson, fares etc. 1.75
W. C. Muir, 9th Av & Scotia St. 78.30
John Costello, Box drain 135.00
Do Seaton St. 33.30
Martin & Balkwell, Homer Street 30.00
D. Gibbons, Sophia Street 108.47
H. Balkwell, Westminster Av. 90.
Pacific Coast S. S. Co. freight 5.80
A. D. McDonald, Pender Street 252.30
San Francisco Sewer Pipe Asstion 14.90
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 3.75
John Campbell, Inspector 50.00

Sgd. J. W. Howe, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Garden, seconded by Alderman Sentell. That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

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F. W. & L. No 8

The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday June 11th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, Carroll and McLeod.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the City Solicitor be instructed to prepare a Bond between R. B. Mc Micking and the City of Vancouver fixing the amount at $350 to support the guarantee given by the California Electrical Works to repair any mechanical defect in the Fire Alarm System within two years.

2. That the following accounts be paid:

C. G. Johnson, Coal $25.00
John Wolf, Scavengering 4.00

J. T. Carroll for Chairman

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

Health No 10

The Health Committee met on Tuesday June 10th 1890.

Present Aldermen Mason, Fox, Carroll and McLeod.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

O. W. Allison, Milk $24.44
Crowder & Penzer, Wood 5.00
John Scuitto, Supplies 74.97
Mrs. M. J. Alcock 10.50
James Lindsay, Labor 2.00
Russell, McDonald & Co. 1.35
Yick Lung, Washing 15.98
J. S. Clute & Co. 14.60
Van Volkenburgh & Bro. 40.26

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2. That the Salary of Miss Swan, Matron of the City Hospital be reduced to the same figure it was previous to the last meeting of Council this Board being of the opinion that the Finance Committee should not have dealt with this matter as it did.

Sgd. W. H. Mason, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Carroll, seconded by Alderman McLeod. That the Report of the Board of Health be adopted.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Garden. That Clause 2 of the Report be struck out.

Amended lost 3.4. Motion carried 4.3.

Finance No 16

The Finance Committee met on Friday June 6th 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Garden, Costello and Fox.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

Herman Schussler, Report etc. $2,503.15
Vancouver Water Works Co.
Supplies 15.50
News Advertiser, Printing 38.60
Crowder & Penzer, Coal 13.50
C. P. Telegraph Co 11.65
The World P & P Coy 13.36
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 25.95
D. McRee Desk etc 40.00

2. That the tender of Messrs Ross & Ceperley for the insuring of the Market House for 3 years to the amount of $15,000 for the sum of $210.00 be accepted and equal amounts taken in the following companies:

Western Assurance Company of Toronto

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British America of Toronto
Royal Canadian of Montreal

3. That John Clough’s salary be increased to $20.00 per month dating from the 1st day of January 1890.

4. That $2,500.00 be placed to the credit of the Park Commissioners on account of the $5,000 to be raised by way of Debentures said sum to be expended in connection with the Parks.

5. That the Report of the Board of Works be confirmed.

Sgd. M. Costello for Chairman

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Monday June 2nd 1890.

Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Garden, Fox and Costello.

The Report of H. Schussler C. E. on the Vancouver Water Works Coy’s system was laid before the Council and published for the information of the public and that an offer of $211,000 subject to the approval of the Citizens by By-Law be made to the Vancouver Water Works Company for the purchase of its system according to subsection B of Section 142 of the City Charter; also that the attention of the President of the Company be directed to the clause in the Report relating to the laying of the second main across the narrows in the position indicated in said report.

Sgd. James F. Garden, Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the Report of the Water Works Committee be adopted. Carried.

Introduction of By-Law

Moved by Alderman Garden, seconded by Alderman Carroll. That the Rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to fix a price to offer the Vancouver Water Works for its system. Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly introduced and read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Garden, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the following accounts be paid:

Boyd & Clandenning, Brockton Pt. Grounds $1,350
Murray & Fraser, Refinery Site 1,130
Leatherdale & McDonald Refinery Site 2,250 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Mason. That the following account be paid:

W. G. Mase et al Special Police $15.00 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Costello. That the following accounts be paid:

B. Rowing et al Street Work $129.50
B. Rowing et al Street Works 119.50
J. H. L. Wilson, Trees 31.80 Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Costello. That C. B. Higginson be paid $5.00 per day for street sprinkling and when not so employed that he be paid at the same rate per day for other work in connection with the City under the direction of the City Engineer said payment to be made from the time he commenced work. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod, seconded by Alderman Sentell. That a Committee consisting of Aldermen Carroll, Garden, Doering with the mover and seconder be appointed to select a site for a crematory. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Sentell. Whereas the Provincial Government of British Columbia commenced the construction of a Court House in this City over a year ago.

And whereas the dilatory action of the Government in not completing the same heretofore has been the cause of much inconvenience and loss to the citizens of Vancouver.

Therefore be it resolved by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver in Council assembled, that we respectfully request the Government of British Columbia to push forward the completion of same at the earliest possible date.

And be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and bearing the Official Seal of the Corporation be forwarded to His Honor the Lieu Governor in Council. Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman McLeod. Whereas the Legislature of the Province of British Columbia during its last session placed an amount in the Provincial Estimates for the improvement of the North Arm Road leading from the City of Vancouver to the North Arm of the Fraser River.

And whereas the said road is in a bad condition and it is absolutely necessary that it should be improved so that the Farmers in that vicinity may be enabled to come to Vancouver with their produce.

Be it therefore resolved by the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver in Council assembled that we respectfully request the Government of British Columbia to put the said road in a good and possible state of repair at once.

And be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution signed by the Mayor and City Clerk and bearing the official seal of the Corporation be forwarded to His Honor the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman McLeod. Whereas the citizens of Vancouver have been placed at a great disadvantage and subjected to much expense in consequence of there being no Registry Office here which necessitates them going to New Westminster to have their documents recorded thus causing a delay of three or four months which is frequently a serious loss to all parties concerned.

Therefore be it resolved by the Mayor and Aldermen the City of Vancouver in Council Assembled that we respectfully request

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That a Registry office be established in this City at once.

And be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution signed by the Mayor and City Clerk be forwarded to the Lieutenant Governor in Council. Carried.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Horne gave notice that at the next meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to appoint a Board of Police Commissioners.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

C.P.R Superintendent Abbott supports Granville Street Bridge over False Creek – March 19, 1888

C.P.R Superintendent Abbott supports Granville Street Bridge over False Creek – March 19, 1888

Henry Abbott in support of Granville Bridge over False Creek. Ferguson et al. in support of road to connect Lorne Street with proposed road to North Arm. City Scavenger to furnish bond, pay license fee. Refused to permit construction of glass and wood structure behind Cordova Street. Ald. Humphries moved to re divide the city into new wards.

This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteer Margaret Sutherland

and sponsored by The Oppenheimer Group

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 2 pages 244-254

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Vancouver March 19th 1888

The Council met on Monday March 19th 1888 at 7:30 P. M.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Alexander, Bell-Irving, Clark, Couth, Dougall, Humphries, Lefevre, Mannion and Oppenheimer.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From A. Gobeil, Secretary to the Minister of Public Works, acknowledging receipt of communication re bridging the North Arm of the Fraser River. Filed.

From H. Abbott and others asking Council to place a sum in the estimates for the construction of a bridge across False Creek from the foot of Granville Street. Laid over.

From R. C. Ferguson and others asking Council to place a sum in the estimates for the current year for the construction of a road to connect Lorne Street with the proposed Road to the North Arm. Laid over.

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Reports

Health No. 6

The Health Committee met on Friday March 16th 1888 and would recommend that Section 57 of By-Law No 7 be amended by inserting the word “water tight” instead of “air tight” and that a clause be inserted in the By-Law to regulate the fees of Day Scavengers.

Also that the City Clerk notify the Scavenger to furnish a bond as required by By-Law and pay the license fee upon the Inspector’s certificate that he has the necessary requirements.
Sgd., J. M. Lefevre, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Bell-Irving. That the report be adopted. Carried.

Finance No. 9

The Finance Committee met on Friday 16th March 1888 and beg to report that the communication of Mr. A. T. Williams asking the Council to purchase 200 copies of his Vancouver Directory has been duly considered and we would recommend that no action be taken towards the purchase of copies of the said Directory beyond those required for the city offices.

Mr. Pitt’s communication

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has been again taken into consideration and under the circumstances we cannot see our way clear to recommend any remuneration for him.

We recommend that a Telephone be placed in the City Hall.

Sgd., Rich H. Alexander, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Mannion seconded by Alderman Clark. That the report of the Finance Committee be adopted. Carried.

Works No. 11

The Board of Works met on Friday 16th March 1888 and beg to report that the following tenders have been received for Street work:

Pender Street Bridge,

H. S. McDermott,
Bridge Timber $19.75 per m.
Earth filling $190.00
Boyd and Clandening,
Bridge Timber $17.00 per m.
Earth filling $97.00
A. McLellan
Bridge Timber $16.60 per m.
Earth filling $140.00
McDonald & Cameron
Bridge Timber $16.50
Earth filling $130.00

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Cambie Street Planking,

Boyd and Clandening,
Planking etc $14.25 per m.
Ironside & McDermott,
Planking $15.90 per m.
Grading $100.00
David Land & Co.
Planking $14.85 per m.
McDonald & Cameron,
Planking $14.00 per m.
Eldon & Lovalt,
Planking $15.25 per m.

Westminster Avenue

Boyd and Clandening,
Grading etc per l ft. 28 cts
A. McLellan,
Grading etc per l ft. 40 cts
Box Culverts per m. ft $16.00
C. L. Brown,
Grading etc per l ft. 60 cts
Box Culverts per l ft. 2 ½ cts
H. Coumacher,
Grading per l ft. 24 cts
Box Culverts per m. ft. $16.00
McDonald & Cameron,
Grading etc per l ft. 35 cts
Box Culverts per m. ft $16.00

Drake Street

Jos. Ironside
Sidewalks per m. ft $19.60
W. P. Reardon
Sidewalks per m. ft $19.50

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Cambie Street Sidewalk

Jos Ironside Plank for m. ft $18.00
Eldon & Lovalt Plank per l ft 45 cts
W. P. Reardon Plank per m. ft $15.50
We recommend that the following tenders be accepted:

Pender Street Bridge, Boyd & Clandening, Cambie Street Planking, McDonald & Cameron, Westminster Av. Grading, H. Coumacher, Drake Street, Sidewalk, C. P. Reardon, Cambie Street Sidewalk ditto,

The following accounts are recommended for payment:

H. Blyth et al, Street work, $111.00
H. E. Crosdaile Rent $14.00

We recommend that Messrs Sloan and Hatton and E. Cook be granted licenses to lay sewer pipes in the city but that such licenses be granted subject to cancellation without notice.

Respecting the application of the Trustees of Lots 1 to 7 and 29 to 35 in Block 67 District Lot 185 to have the lane between said lots closed, the City Solicitor advise us that it is within the power of the Council to close same but that the Corporation will be liable for any injury done to individuals who have already purchased lands in the vicinity through the closing of said lane.

The By-Law closing it should convey it to the Trustees in trust for educational purposes with a clause that it shall revert to the City if the lots

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above mentioned or any of them are at any time hereafter used for any other than educational objects.

In regard to the application of Mr. Gideon Robertson to move his building from Lot 8 Block 3, Abbott Street to a lot on Cordova Street we recommend that the application together with all correspondence be referred to Council for its decision thereon.

We recommend that tenders be called for the grading of Dupont Street from Westminster Avenue to Carl Avenue and the Sidewalking of said street to Dunbar Avenue, also for the grading of a portion of Alexander Street and Heatley Av.

Regarding the application of Messrs McLennan and McFeely for permission to construct a glass and wood structure in rear of their building on Cordova Street, we feel that we cannot recommend the granting of their prayer in the face of the present By-Law.

We recommend that a foot path be constructed in a direct line from Supple Jack’s Grave to the bluff on the Park Road as a cost of about $22.00

Messrs Garden and Hermon having offered to establish the street corners in the old Granville Townsite for $100.00 we recommend that their offer be

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accepted the details to be arranged by the City Engineer.

We would also recommend that the Gas Co be notified to leave in good repair the Streets, sidewalks and gutters they have disturbed through laying their pipes.

Also that the contractors on the Park Road be notified to put on an additional force equal to 35 per cent and that Messrs Boyd and Clandening be notified to commence work on Section 1 forthwith.

Sgd., H. Bell-Irving, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Dougall. That the report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

The question of granting permission to Mr. G. Robertson to move his building from Lot 8, Block 3 to other premises was taken up and discussed.

His application and the objection thereto were read when it was moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Alexander that the question of granting the required permission be referred back to the Board of Works. Carried.

By-Laws,

Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Bell-Irving

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That the rules of procedure in Council be suspended and that a By-Law be introduced declaring that the smelting works about to be erected by Claude Vautin shall not be deemed a nuisance, and that said By-Law be read a first time. Carried.

By-Law read a second time on motion of Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Bell-Irving. Committee of the Whole.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on motion of Alderman Lefevre with Alderman Alexander in the chair.

The By-Law was numbered 55 and read over clause by clause.

The Committee rose to report By-Law as complete with amendments.

By-Law read a third time on motion of Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Alexander and was ordered to be engrossed, signed, sealed and printed.

Alderman Bell-Irving moved a first reading of a By-Law to amend clause One of By-Law No. 49.
Alderman Humphries moved a first reading of By-Law to redivide the city into wards.

Moved by Alderman Humphries seconded by Alderman

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Lefevre that the rules be suspended and that the By-Law be read a second time. Motion Lost.

Alderman Alexander moved a first reading of a By-Law to raise $125,000 for general improvements.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Alexander seconded by Alderman Bell-Irving.

Resolved that the Licensing Board of this City shall at its regular meeting tomorrow in connection with the City Solicitor take into consideration the Bill now before the Provincial Legislature entitled an act respecting the Sale of Intoxicating Liquors and the issue of Licenses therefore.

And be it further resolved that said licensing Board shall on behalf of the City of Vancouver make such representations to the Government of this Province by way of amendment to said Bill, as they shall deem necessary in the interests of the City and report to Council. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Lefevre seconded by Alderman Humphries. That the Finance Committee be authorized to place the sum of $12,000.00 in the estimates to construct a traffic bridge at the foot of Granville Street to connect

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with the proposed road to the North Arm of the Fraser River. Ayes, Alderman Humphries & Lefevre.

Nays, Alderman Alexander, Clark, Couth, Dougall, Mannion, Bell-Irving & Oppenheimer. Motion Lost.

Moved by Alderman Humphries seconded by Alderman Lefevre. That in the event of any Alderman obtaining leave of absence for a month or longer the other Alderman representing the same ward shall be the representative of the ward upon all standing committees during the absence of said Alderman. Referred to the City Solicitor.

Notice of Motions.

Alderman Alexander gave notice that he would introduce a By-Law to strike the rate of taxation for the year 1888, also that he would at next meeting of Council introduce a By-Law to provide for the issue of debentures to the extent of $ – for the defraying of the expense of constructing a traffic bridge across False Creek from the South End of Granville Street.
Alderman Lefevre gave notice that he would move a resolution

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instructing Mr. E. Mohun to furnish a plan for the use of the Inspector showing the mode of connecting private with public Sewers, also to request the Board of Works to furnish an estimate of the amount of new work to be done this year and also a statement of what amount of the proposed loan the intend expending in each ward.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Board of Works promotes Granville Street horse racing – June 6, 1887

Board of Works promotes Granville Street horse racing – June 6, 1887

The Board of Works submits an Engineer’s report for the City to improve Granville Street for horse racing. C.P.R. lawyers suggest a “certain alteration in agreement” to the tax exempt status of their lands – approved by Council. Thomas Quann (proprietor of the Central Hotel at 56 Cordova Street) awarded $20 for keeping McLeod & Nicholson in his hotel while sick. Board of Health recommends that no such claim be awarded in future without prior agreement. A 5% discount to be offered on all taxes paid in prior to August 1.

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