Police Magistrate appointment delayed, $500 for free library – November 23, 1891

A. Williams declined appointment as Police Magistrate with restrictions. $500 was set aside for the Free Library for the purchase of books only. Market Committee empowered to find out what it will cost to deaden sounds from the basement of the Market Hall. Evans Coleman and Evans to supply to the city garbage-burning facility one scow load of coal at $2.20 per ton delivered. Duncan McRae hired to build a 12′ x 16′ shelter for lepers on Darcy Island.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 576-583

Vancouver November 23rd, 1891
The Council met on Monday November 23rd, 1891.

Present: Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Godfrey, Scoullar, Hobson, Templeton, Wm. Brown, McDowell and C.L. Brown.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That C.L. Brown be approved Chairman
Carried

The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted

The following communications were received and read:

From A. Williams refusing the position of Police Magistrate under the restrictions.

Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the communications be referred to the Police Committee and that Mr. Williams be invited to be present.

Moved in amendment by Alder (sic) McDowell

Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the communication be laid on the table to be taken up later in the evening.
Amendment Carried.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the electric lights.
Filed

From the Market Clerk furnishing weekly report.
Filed

From W. E. Graveley notifying the Council that the Insurance on Fire Hall No. 1 would expire on November 29th and asking for a renewal.
Finances

From W. F. Salsbury stating that he would undertake to carry out the wishes of the Council re auditing the Water Works Co’s books
Filed

From the City Solicitor stating the assignment for the Eagle Crematory Co. was in order but required the CO’s seal.
Filed

From J. A. Fulton Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council asking the Council to get the permission of the Dominion Government to erect bathing houses on English Bay Beach.
Referred to Board of Works

From Wm. L. Magee for Minister of Marine acknowledging the receipt of a communication from the City Clerk re the control by the City over the ends of Street.
Police

From C. C. Morrell on behalf of the Standard Oil Co asking for permission to erect a brick building on the C.P.R. reserve near Carl Av. for storing oil.
Referred to F. W. & L. Committee

From H. Mutrie at al on behalf of the Y.M.C.A. asking for the Market Hall for Dec. 1st for $10.00.
Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the Market Hall be granted to the Y.M.C.A. on the evening of Dec. 1st, 1891 for the sum of $10.00.
Carried

From Trueman and Caple asking for a grant in consideration of their growing lectures on British Columbia in England.
Referred to Finance Committee

From the City Clerk of Victoria agreeing to the terms re the keep of Lepers on Darcy Island.
Filed

From His Worship the Mayor, asking the Council to pass a resolution authorizing the Mayor, City Engineer, and City Solicitor to accept the delivery of the Water Works.

Moved by Alderman Wm. Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the mayor, City Engineer, City Solicitor and the Chairman for the Water Works Committee be authorized to take delivery of the works, plant and deeds of the Vancouver Water Works Co., at as early a date as they can arrange with the Company.
Carried

From D. Oppenheimer, Mayor, advising the Council to take immediate steps to purchase water pipes for necessary extensions.
Referred to Water Committee

The following Reports were received and read:

Market

The Market Committee met on Wednesday November 18th, 1891,
Present Aldermen Godfrey, Wm. Brown, Templeton, Doering, and Brighouse.
It was recommended:
1. That the communication from J. Duff Stuart, Secretary of St. Andrews Society be referred to the Market Clerk.
2. That the Chairman be empowered to ascertain what it will cost to deaden the sounds in the basement of the Market Hall, and report.

The Committee met again on November 19th, 1891.
Present Alderman Godfrey, Wm. Brown, Brighouse and Templeton
A Communication was received from Thomas Mathews applying for the use of the Market building for the purpose of holding a public meeting on Saturday evening the 21st wish to discuss the Greer Case.
Resolved that the request contained in Mr. Mathew’s letter be granted.
Carried

Sgd. A. Godfrey
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Scoullar
That the Market Report be adopted.
Carried

Finance
The Finance Committee met on Friday November 20th, 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson, and Carroll.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid: Palmer Bros Coal $21.00
2. That $500.00 be placed to the credit of the Free Library in the Bank of B.C. to be expensed in the purchase of books only.
3. That the Communication from Dr. Brede Meyer re the purchase of his mineral collection be not entertained.
Sgd. Wm. Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Health
The Health Committee met on Tuesday November 17th, 1981.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, Scoullar, and Templeton.

It was recommended:
1. That Evans, Coleman and Evans tender for supplying one scow load of Black Coal, at $2.20 per ton delivered, as tendered, be accepted provided that the caretakers at the crematory are satisfied that said coal is suitable for the purpose for which it is intended and that the City Engineer be instructed to have the beach where the scows are to be loaded cleared of rocks, etc.
2. That Duncan McRae be employed to frame here, and set-up on Darcy Island 12 ft. X 16 with two compartments with verandah for the use of the lepers, rustic to be used on the outside and the inside to be lined.
3. That the Health Inspector, as soon as this reading is read[y], be authorized to purchase a month’s supplies with sufficient beds and furniture, tools, etc.
4. That he be authorized to charter a steamer to carry the buildings and supplies to the Island.
Sgd. J. T. Carroll
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the Health Report be adopted.
Carried

Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday November 19th, 1891
Present: Aldermen Brighouse, Wm. Brown, C. L. Brown, Templeton, & Godfrey.
It was recommended:
1. That C Hayes’ request for a 6 ft. sidewalk on the East Side of Thurlow Street from Burnaby to Pendril (sic) Street be granted and attended to by the City Engineer.
2. That the City Solicitor be furnished with all particulars necessary in connection with D. H. Morgan’s claim on Victoria Street and that the Solicitor be requested to give his opinion in reference to the same at the next meeting.
3. That the petition from L’Abbe de la Croix de Castries asking for a sidewalk and crossing adjoining his residence on Pender St. be referred to the City Engineer for attention.
4. That this Board approves of the plan of the basement for the new Bank of BNA building submitted by Mr. C. O. Wickenden Architect and the City Engineer be instructed to inform Mr. Wickenden of the regulation widths of the sidewalks as requested by him.
5. That the City Engineer be empowered to have a sidewalk put down on the Westminster Road from 7th Av to the Bridge on the east side.
6. That the Street Inspector be instructed to make an inspection of the East End Park and make out an Estimate for Malcolm Matheson, surety for McDonald and Barton, keeping back only such amount as will be necessary to complete the work.
7. That the following amounts be paid:

L. Beaumont, Thurlow St. $562.47
T & L Whitside, (unreadable) House 13.40
H.H. Spieir, Lumber 74.87
J. Mitchell, Blacksmithing 11.62
J.C. McCurdie, 10th Av. 74.13
A.D. McDonald, box drain 410.67
Wm Jones, Keefer St. 630.99
D. Gibbons, Cambie St. 107.47
Tho. Veitch, Teaming 304.43
James Foster, Cambie St. 480.72
Godfrey & Co, Supplies 20.00
J.P. Lawson, Repairs 10.10
E. Myers, lanes 12.06
W.G. Fraser, Hastings St. 167.62
W.H. Fraser, Hospital Wing 647.02
D. Gibbons, Robson St. 195.84 H Lomas etal. Labor 332.45

8. That J. Jackson be allowed to take what he needs from Hastings Street East for use in front of his residence on Mt. Pleasant.
9. That the communication from Rand and Bro. re Hotel Metropole basement be referred tot the City Engineer with power to act & report
10. The following petitions were received and laid over,
From M. Costello, Geo Pollay, Josiah Gossi and L McLean
Sgd. A. Godfrey
For Chairman
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the report be adopted.
Carried.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Templeton
That the account of Oldfield and Cook for the frame building to enclose crematory be paid the promised, being $700.00.
Carried
Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That Alderman Carroll be re-imbursed for any money paid out on account of lepers from the time the Special Committee was appointed for their removal.
Lost

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the Committee go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the appointment of a Police Magistrate
Carried
Alderman McDowell was appointed Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the matter be referred to the Police Committee

Moved in amendment by Alderman Templeton, Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That application be again invited for the position of Police Magistrate, all application to be in at 4 P.M. on Monday November 30th, and that the restrictions be also advertised.
Carried.

The Committee then rose and reported that applications would again be invited for Police Magistrate.

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

Library budget increased, building planned – December 1, 1890

Library budget increased, building planned – December 1, 1890

Budget for library increased to $125 per month from $60. A Committee of four Aldermen and the Mayor find a site and develop a building suitable for a Reading Room, Library, Museum, and Lecture Room. Plan No 3 for Hastings Park Race Track was approved; the City Clerk to call for tenders to clear 15 acres for the grounds. A new By-Law regulating street numbering was declared complete.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 133-145

Vancouver Dec. 1st 1890

The Council met on Monday December 1st, 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Carroll, Horne, Garden, Fox, Sentell, Costello, McLeod, Mason, and Doering.

Alderman Garden was appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From the Chief of Police furnishing account of street lights for the week ending Nov. 29th.
Filed

From H. Abbott returning cheque for witness fees.
Filed.

From S. O. Richards asking for a cheque of $400.00 for Scuitto Corner.
Finance

From Dept Atty General enclosing an order from Justice Drake re entries in police book.
Police.

From Wm. Cargill, Secy Jockey Club, asking Council to have a lease for the Jockey Club grounds prepared under By-Law No. 91.
Filed.

From John Irving President of Vancouver Water Works Co. replying to resolution of Council of the 25th inst. re purchase of their works.
Water Works Com.

From C.M. Fowler furnishing monthly report of animals impounded.
Filed.

Reports.

F.W. & L. No 15
The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday November 26th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, McLeod, Carroll, and Garden.

It was resolved:-
1 That the following accounts be paid:-
Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Lights $991.69
Viaduct Mfg Co. 61.10
Tye & Co. 1.90
I. Forbes. Horse shoeing. 3.00
Van Gas Co. 23.00
Crowder & Penzer. Coal 124.12
Creighton, Fraser & Co. 2.25
J. Scuitto Supplies. 11.85
E.S. Scoullar & Co. “ 13.50
A. Godfrey & Co. “ 2.75
J.M. Buxton. Coal. 24.00
E.S. Scoullar & Co. 7.60

2 That the Chief of the Fire Brigade be authorized to purchase two bed steads, mattrasses [sic] and six pair of blankets for Fire Hall No 2.
3 That the Van Elec Ry & Light Co be charged $2.00 each for lamp shades required by them.
4 That the resolution presented by the Underwriter’s Association be received and filed.
5 That the Chairman of the F.W. & L. Committee be instructed to examine and report upon the petition of A.E. Tregent etal re Street light on Nicola Street.
6 That the City Clerk be instructed to reply to the Vancouver Water Works Co re payment of 23 hydrants by referring them to former communications from Council on the subject.
7 That the Chief of the Fire Department be instructed to turn off the gas under the engine in Fire Hall No 1. during the wet season leaving him the option to turn it on when he considers it judicious.
8 That the account of the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co for October be passed for payment as certified to by the City Accountant but without prejudice to the Company or the City for the payment of lights during [unreadable] light nights up to date and further that the City Solicitor’s opinion be obtained as to the right of the claims preferred by the Company.
sgd J.M. Fox
Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That the Report of the Fire, Water & Light Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Finance. No 29.

The Finance Committee met on Friday November 28th 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Fox, Garden, and Costello.

It was recommended:-
That the following accounts be paid:-

C.P. Telegraph Co. $7.50
Board of Works Committee
Market “
F.W.& L. “
Health “
Police “

2 That the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library be granted $125.00 per month, being $60.00 in addition to the present monthly grant on condition that rooms to the satisfaction of the Council be secured.

3 The Committee having considered the report submitted to the Council by Messrs F.L. Carter-Cotton, and Chas. Whetham upon the Free Reading Room and Library beg to recommend that the incoming Council be requested to appoint a Committee of Seven to be composed of His Worship the Mayor, his Aldermen, and four Citizens, whose duty it shall be to assume the management of the present Free Reading Room and Library and at their earliest convenience prepare and submit to the Council a well matured scheme for the foundation of a Library and Institute and to consider the advisability of securing a site and erecting a suitable building for a reading room, library, museum and lecture room on a scale necessary and desirable for the City. The said Committee should be further requested to furnish an estimate of the costs and how the required amount should be raised.
sgd J.M. Browning
Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Fox

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

Health. No 16.
The Health Committee met on Monday Nov 25, 1890.
Present Aldermen Carroll, McLeod, and Fox.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

W.J. Taylor. Burial $14.00

W.S. Cook. Scavengering. .50

W.J. McGuigan. Inquests etc. 25.00

U.S.S. Co. Rent. 7.50

Crowder & Penzer. Coal. 13.50

J. Scuitto. Supplies 75.00

Dr. Bell-Irving. Examinations 10.00

2 That the Health Inspector be instructed to furnish the City Solicitor with the names of witnesses required in the case of McMillan vs the City.

3 That the letter presented by the St. John’s Ambulance Association to the City be accepted with thanks, and placed at the City Hospital.

4 That the City Scavengers continue dumping in the usual place pending the erection of the Crematory.
sgd W.H. Mason.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Costello.

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

Exhibition Grounds Committee.

The Exhibition Grounds Committee met on Friday November 28th 1890.

Present His Worship, Mayor Oppenheimer and Aldermen Browning, Garden, and Costello on behalf of the Council, and Messrs. Cotton, Cargill, Black, Wilkinson, and Jordan on behalf of the Jockey Club.

A plan of Hastings Park showing the proposed Race Course was laid before the Committee, such plan being numbered 3.

It was resolved:-
That plan No 3, submitted by the City Engineer showing the proposed Race Course be accepted and that the City Clerk be instructed to call for tenders for the clearing etc of the grounds about 15 acres.

The members of the Jockey Club present also approved the plan.

sgd.
J.M. Browning
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Browning.

That the Report of the Committee be adopted.
Carried.

Police. No 12

The Police Committee met on Tuesday November 25th 1890.

Present Aldermen Costello, Carroll, and Sentell.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

W.S. Cook. Scavengering $2.50

Creamer & Langley. Lining 1.00

Wm. Anderson. Interpreting 2.50

Geo. Peasley. Express Hire. 1.50

O.W. Ellison. Milk 1.80

W.J. Smith. Express hire. 1.50

J.H. Grady. Fares. 4.00

John McLaren “ 3.35

M.G. McLeod. Fares. 5.00

M. McLean “ 4.00

Henry Extence. Express Hire 1.25

F. Steele. “ “ .75

Wm. Murphy. Helmets. 27.15

Robert Clark. Overcoats. 91.00

John Scuitto Supplies. 64.66

Van Volkenburgh & Bro. “ 16.60

2 That the Chief of Police be instructed to strictly carry out the liquor by-law regarding Sunday closing and prevent the Chinese from working on the Sabbath day.

3 That the salaries of John J. Grady, Jos. Gibson and Thos. Crawford be increased to $70.00 per month on their completing a term of 12 mos. Service on the police force.

sgd M. Costello
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Carroll.

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

Market. No 5.

The Market Committee met on Friday November 28th 1890

Present Aldermen Garden and Costello.

It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

Brown & White. Crash. $3.25

John Currell. Keys. 1.00

2 That the City Clerk be instructed to send the B.C. Cattle Co. who are fitting up a butcher shop on Carroll, a copy of Clause 7 of the Market By-Law bearing upon butchers.

3 That F.J. Painton be granted the Market Hall for Saturday the 27th of December, if he fails to secure the Imperial Opera House rental to be fixed at $35.00.

4 That the Market Hall be granted to the Vancouver Institute three nights a week, the Council reserving the right to use the hall for other purposes on giving one week’s notice.

5 That during those evenings on which the Vancouver Institute occupy the Market Hall that the said Institute be requested to supply their own caretaker to look after the fires, lights, and hall on those nights

6 That the Council give the Committee power to have constructed a water closet for the waiting rooms off the hall at a cost not to exceed $115.00.

sgd J.F. Garden
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Sentell.

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

Works. No 33.

The Board of Works met on Thursday November 27th 1890.

Present Aldermen Horne, Browning, Costello, and Sentell.

It was recommended:-
1 That the City Engineer be instructed to examine and report upon the claim of J. Hogg for change of grade on Princess St.

2 That the communication from J.R. Foster claiming compensation for building a sidewalk on Pacific Street be referred to the City Solicitor.

3 That the City Engineer be instructed to notify the contractor at work grading on Princess St. to put in the required culvert to drain C. Mayne’s premises.

4 R.B.B. Johnson Communication
That the City Engineer be instructed to take all necessary steps without delay.

5 That the City Engineer be instructed to stop all gravelling contracts with the exception of ordinary work which may be absolutely necessary

6 That the City Engineer be authorized to engage A. Parker as Inspector for Alberni and Abbott Street Sewers at $75.00 per month until the completion of the work.

7 That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare an Estimate of the cost of draining the east End Park and call for tenders for the necessary work.

8 That the City Engineer call for tenders for a box drain on Cambie Street to connect with existing drain near Queen’s Stables.

9 That the City Engineer be instructed to have the sidewalk lumber now lying on Princess Street and supplied by H. Connacher laid on the North side of Harris Street between Dunlevy and Jackson Avs.

10 That the City Engineer be instructed to call for tenders for the grading of the lane through Block 51. 196.

11 That the following contracts be awarded:-

Nicola Street. Sidewalk. D. McDonald.

Pender & Jervis “ Angus Fraser.

12 That the City Engineer be instructed to authorized [sic] Mr. Waite, plasterer to go on with the work of plastering the Cemetery house.

13 That the following accounts be paid:-

McDonald & Barton. East End Park. $1071.00

H. Connacher. Basement drain. 46.65

“ Box drain. 145.11

Boyd & Clandenning Raymour St. 106.95

D.H. Morgan. Victoria St. 198.45

McDonald & Lloyd. Westminster Av. 337.51

Boyd & Clandenning. Smithe St. 377.94

do. Robson St. 439.75

O. Toole & Ralph. Sewer connections 23.10

Robertson Bros. “ 12.45

Queen Bros. Livery 4.00

Alex McDonald. Labor. 2.25

Thos. Dunn & Co. Hardware. 49.82

sgd. J.W. Horne
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox

That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.

Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Fox.

That a By-Law be introduced to amend the Street numbering By-Law.

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

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Fox.

That a By-Law be introduced to amend the Fire Limit By-Law.

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

Motions

Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That the following accounts in connection with the Electric Fire Alarm be paid:-

R.C.P. Mills Co. Cross Arms. $29.55

Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Pins etc. 24.70

McDonald Bros. Express Hire 12.50

Geo. Dickey et al. Labor. 237.15
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the following F.W. & L account be paid:-

Van Elec Ry & Light Co. Street Lights etc $1156.13
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Browning.

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

B. Romang etal. $161.25
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Vancouver Water Works Co having by a communication dated 19th November agreed to accept the conditions upon which the City proposes to acquire their system of water works as set forth in letter addressed to the said Company on the 11th November. Be it resolved that a committee composed of His Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Carroll and Garden and the mover and seconder be and are hereby authorized to have a formal agreement executed in accordance with the terms of said letter, at the earliest possible date; the agreement to provide for the arbitration being commenced not later than the 15th January next.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the Board of Works call for tenders to have the hill on Hastings Street between Jackson Av and Carrall Av cut down according to profile of City Engineer.

6.3. Carried

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Doering.

That having examined the locality mentioned in the petition of Mr. Tregent etal that an electric light of 2000 candle power be placed on the corner of Nicola and Robson Streets

S.2. Carried

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Fox.

That A. G. Evans of Fire Hall No 2. Be granted one month’s leave of absence

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Browning.

“That the City Clerk be instructed to communicate with the original owners or property in District Lots 200 a, 264 A, 301 & 302 with a view to getting the lanes in said District Lots handed over to the City so that they can be registered as public through fares.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the sidewalk that has been taken up on Westminster Avenue between Sixth and 8th Avenues be replaced on Ninth Avenue between Westminster Avenue and Quebec St.

Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Fox.

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

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a Second time.
The Council then went into Committee of the Whole with Alderman McLeod in the Chair.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete.

Moved by Alderman Horne
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the amendments to the street numbering By-Law be read a 2nd time.

Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time after which the Council went into Committee of the Whole with Alderman Horne in the Chair.

The By-Law was read over clause by clause & reported to Council as complete.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Library requests $125 per month – November 3, 1890

Mr. M.H. Hirschberg, President of The Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library requested $125 per month in order to rent a suitable room – $25 per month to rent a room and $100 for expenses. Decision referred to “Messrs Charles Whetham and F.C. Cotton…(Charles Whetham was a real estate broker and F.C. Cotton was the editor and manager of the News Advertiser). Communications from Belle Smythe and many others protesting against a license being granted to the Imperial Opera house to sell spirituous liquors. A fee of 25 cents to be charged for a printed copy of the City By-Laws.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 100-107

Vancouver November 3rd 1890

The Council met on Monday May Nov 3rd 1890.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Browning, Fox, Sentell, McLeod, Costello and Doering.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Belle Smyth and many others protesting against a license being granted to the Imperial Opera house to sell spirituous liquors.
Referred to Licensing Board.

From Blake and Magee on behalf of Wm. Tierney asking for the balance of the extras due him on Beach Av.
Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Solicitor notifying the Council that the City was liable for the value of the hogs destroyed by the order of the Health Inspector.
Board of Health.

From C. Whetham + Co. agent – for the Citizens Fire Insurance Co notifying Council that the Policy for the Insurance of the Fire Hall would expire on the 19th of November and asking for a renewal.
Finance

From C.E. Pooley, Solicitor for the City in the case pending between the C.P.R. Co and the City notifying Council that the case was set down for trial on the 12th inst..
Referred to City Solicitor

From the Caretaker of the Cemetery asking for repairs to his house.
Board of Works

From H.B. Hilton, representative of the Dominion Illustrated asking the Council to subscribe for copies of the paper.
Finance.

From the City Solicitor asking that all by-laws be submitted to him before being finally passed.
Filed.

From Alex McKay, Contractor on the Y.M.C.A. building agreeing to take down wooden building erected as a workshop, when required.
Board of Works.

From the Secretary of Board of Trade asking Council to proceed with the clearing of the East Park, as soon as possible.
Board of Works.

From Halley Bros. + Granville giving particulars of the views to be shown by them at the Jamaica Exhibition
Finance.

From the Chief of Police furnishing a list of the Street Lights out during the week.
Referred to F.W. + L.

From the President of the Vancouver Water Works Co. submitting a copy of a letter sent to the City Solicitor on the subject of the purchase of the Works by the City.
Referred to Water Works Com.

Reports.

Market No 3

The Market Committee met on Friday October 31st 1890
Present Aldermen Fox and Costello. Alderman Costello in the Chair.
It was recommended: –

1 That the lower floor of the Market building be rented to the Loyal Orange Association for the evening of the 5th of November, if not then in use for the sum of ten dollars.

2 That the Zion Church Congregation be allowed the use of the Market Hall one night each week (Wednesday preferred) in consideration of the use of 200 chairs, for holding prayer meetings etc. when said hall is not required for renting purposes by other parties, said use not to include lighting or attendance, which must be provided by themselves; and further that they be allowed to put their organ in one of the anterooms but not to the exclusion of other parties requiring said room.
Sgd M. Costello
For Chairman

Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Market Committee’s Report be adopted.
Carried.

Works. No 30.

The Board of Works met on Friday October 31st 1890

Present Aldermen Browning, Costello, Doering and Sentell.

It was recommended: –

1 That Richard Woodroofe be not permitted to erect a sign post on the edge of the sidewalk, same being contrary to By-Law.

2 That there are no funds available for the work petitioned for by M.C. McLean, nor for the grading of the lane in Block 113, 541 as petitioned for by C.V. Knowdell et al.

3 That the Sidewalk on Hornby Street be carried across Nelson St. to Hunt + Prossers Store.

4 That the Council grant permission to A [torn page corner] McKay to erect a temporary wooden building to be used as a work shed during the erection of the Y.M.C.A. building, provided a guarantee is given that the building will be removed within a reasonable time.

5 That the Board cannot see its way clear to allow Wm. Tierney any further sum on Beach Avenue than that recommended in a previous report.

6 That Messrs Boyd and Clandenning be paid for the extra earth removed from Princess St. at the same rate per cubic yard as they are being paid for the quantity mentioned in the specifications.

7 That tenders be called for the construction of a six ft. sidewalk on Pender Street from Burrard to Jervis to connect with the sidewalk under contract from Georgia to Pender on Jervis St; the cost to be taken from the balance remaining in Ward One.

8 That G. Mesher be paid for that portion of the drain constructed by him on Richards Street from Hastings Street to Junction with the existing box drain on Richards St.

9 That a basement drain be laid on the South Side of Hastings St. from Richards St. to the Delbruck Block.

10 That the proprietors on Burrard St. from Georgia to Melville be permitted to lay down a 10 ft. sidewalk on the West side of Burrard St; the cost of which to be refunded next year.

11 That the following contracts be awarded: –
Cemetery Road planking H. Connacher.
Oppenheimer St. Sidewalk D.J. McDonald.
Basement drain Block 3 O.S.T. [?] D. Urquhart.
Box drain Block 57. 196. H. Connacher.
12 That the following accounts be paid: –
C.H. Lloyd. Haro St. $268.60
C.H. Lloyd. Pender St. $ 34.90
D. Gibbons “ “ 13.24
W.D. Hobson Homer St. 232.85
D. Urquhart, Excavations 138.30
Anderson + Yerex 12th Av. 214.65
G. Robertson, Cordova St. 23.00
McGhie + McLuckie, Cambie St. 45.50
W.S. Cook. Sewers. 16.88
J.P. Lawson. Fares. 8.00
Geo. McFarland. Market Steps. 41.54
E. Mohun. Final on Sewers. 411.94
Sgd M. Costello
for Chairman
Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Costello.

That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on the Report.

Carried
Alderman Costello was appointed Chairman

The Report was read over clause by clause + reported to Council as complete without Amendment;

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Fox

That the Report be adopted as read
Carried.

Finance. No 26

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 31st 1890.

Present Aldermen Browning, Costello and Fox
It was recommended: –

1 That the following accounts be paid: –

Board of Works accounts

S.T. Tilley Stationery $32.60

A. Adelson, Fixing Chairs. 14.00

Carswell + Co. Law book. 1.60

Crowder + Penzer. Coal. 13.50

The World P + P. Co. $13.34

2 That a fee of 25 cts be charged for each copy of the City By-Laws, if required by any citizen.

A communication was received from Mr. M.H. Hirschberg, President of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library, asking that the monthly grant be increased to $100 per month and $25.00 per month in lieu of the Market Hall, making a total of $125.00 per month; also reporting that rooms rentable for reading room purposes could be rented for $25.00 per month.

It was resolved to recommend that two Aldermen be appointed by Council to examine the workings of the Library and report upon the communication from the President.

Sgd. J.M. Browning,
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox.
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws.

Alderman McLeod introduced two by-laws which were read a first time: –

(1) A By-Law to amend the Market By-Law
(2) A By-Law to amend the Pound By-Law.

Alderman Costello asked leave to withdraw his By-Law granting a License for a Market Concert Hall which was allowed on motion of Alderman Browning Seconded by Alderman Doering.

Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the following labor [sic] account be paid: –

B. Romang et al. $288.80
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That as it is contrary to our Charter to collect or charge a license fee for peddling, hawking or disposing of any products, the growth or manufacture of this Province excepting Spiritous Liquors

And whereas certain fees or licenses have been collected and fines and penalties imposed for peddling and hawking the products of the province other than Spiritous Liquors.

Now therefore be it resolved by this Council that due restitution be made of all fees or licenses so collected. That all fines and penalties be remitted which have been collected or inflicted contrary to our Statues, after the passing of the Market By-law.

Lost:
Yea, Aldermen Fox, and Doering

Nay, “ Costello, McLeod, Browning and Sentell.

Moved by Alderman Browning.
Seconded by “ McLeod.

“That in compliance with the request of Mr. Pooley, be it resolved that the City Solicitor and Health Inspector proceed to Victoria to confer with him, in re suit Canadian Pacific Navigation Co against the City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Browning
Seconded by “ Costello.

“That Messrs Charles Whetham and F.C. Cotton, be requested to consider the application on behalf of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library for an additional grant to said institution and report to the Council at as early a date as they may find it convenient advising as to what in their opinion would be the best and most judicious way of aiding said institution, also what amount they consider would be necessary to carry out the suggestion which they may see fit to make.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Sentell.
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the By-Law Relating to the Cutting down, clearing etc. of land be read a 2nd time

Carried

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

After reading the By-Law over the Committee rose and reported progress and asked leave to sit again.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk