water works under construction

Selected city streets to be paved – May 2, 1892

Pavement for Hastings, Cordova, Carrall, Abbott and Cambie Streets to be paid by frontage tax (city pays 1/3, owners pay 2/3). Property owners on these streets must get their water and gas connections in before paving takes place. Water temporarily shut off to the Rogers Sugar Refinery during the City takeover of the Water Works.

Scavengers with brooms and hand-cart

Gravel price increased to $1.75 per yard – April 19, 1892

Crushed rock available at city scow on wharf increased to $1.75 per yard from previous $1.50. None of the tenders received for scavengering (waste removal) accepted; matter laid over. Health Committee recommends a review of Hospital plumbing. Butcher George Matthews allowed to build a pork-curing shed for six months only. C.P.R.’s monthly water rate of $50 to be discontinued, and a water meter to be installed to bill them accordingly.

horse-drawn Studebaker street sweeper, photo taken about 1947

MacLean for Sheriff; City to buy Studebaker street sprinkler – April 11, 1892

Malcom A. MacLean (first Mayor of Vancouver) unanimously favoured by Council as Sheriff of the newly-formed Judicial District of the City of Vancouver. Current Mayor Cope to call a public meeting to decide whether to form a Militia Corps. Mr. Schindler allowed to build a rollway under the sidewalk at Granville and Georgia Street, so long as it doesn’t interfere with pedestrians. The Fire, Water & Light Committee empowered to get quotes on a Studebaker street sprinkler.

Sam Greer

Pardon for Sam Greer? – Mar 28, 1892

R.H. Alexander spoke in support of the requested $300,000 bonus for Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company. Entire Council to meet with Company representatives tomorrow (Tuesday May 29, 1892). Many 53 out of 160 property owners on Oppenheimer St. requested the name be changed to Cordova St – request filed. Many citizens asked that Sam Greer, serving a 27 month penitentiary sentence, be pardoned.

Nothing Decided on Railway Bonus Question – Mar 24, 1892

Council met with representatives of the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company, who were requesting a bonus of $300,000 and explained how they intended to expend that sum. Council decided to grant that sum by purchasing stock in the company. Since the present company had no power to make this decision final, the question will be taken up again on Monday 28th.