Committee Meetings to be held in private – Jan 25, 1892

Committee Meetings to be held in private – Jan 25, 1892

Alderman McGuigan moved and alderman Gavan seconded that henceforth all Committee meetings be held in private. Liquor license payments to be refunded for unsuccessful applicants. Letter received from Miss Bowes, a frequent writer to Council, drawing attention to the Social Evil (prostitution) and gambling.

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Street lights not to be lit during full moon – May 18, 1891

The Electric Light Co. was instructed not to light the street lights on the night of full moon and for two nights before and after full moon. The appointment of Mr. Tracy as Chief Engineer came up again; however, Mayor David Oppenheimer refused to put the question to Council. He also refused to sign pay cheques for Engineering staff engaged in his absence. Request from Miss Bowes to “remove indecent pictures from advertising boards” was referred to the Police Committee.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 page 331 – 342

Vancouver May 18th 1891.
The Council met on Monday May 18th 1891 at 8 P.M.

Present His Worship the Mayor, and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Godfrey, Templeton, Hobson, Brown, McDowell, DePencier, and Doering.
The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read.
From the Market Clerk furnishing his weekly Report.
Referred to the Market Committee

From A.E. Beck asking the Council to have the street in the vicinity of the Court House made more accessibly for carriages.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the secretary of the Board of Trade requesting the City Council to pass a resolution urging the Department at Ottawa to take immediate action towards the removal of the shacks from the foreshore of Vancouver Harbor and False Creek.
Referred to the Finances Committee

From the Telephone Co & Electric Light Co. in regard to the unused poles on the streets.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.
Referred to the F. W. & L. Committee.

From Miss Bowes etal requesting the Council to remove indecent pictures from advertising Boards.
Referred to the Police Committee

From W.J. Dowler, City Clerk of Victoria, cordially inviting the Mayor and Council to be present in Victoria on the Queen’s Birthday.
Filed.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Works No 14.
The Board of Works met on Thursday May 14th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brown, Templeton, and DePencier.
It was recommended:-
1 That R.A. Anderson and J.A. Yerex be paid the final estimate on 13th Av, on their giving a Bond to complete the burning where called upon to do so by the Street Inspector.

2 That a sum not exceeding $125.00 be granted to the City Band to enable them to fix up a room in the Market building basement for practising purposes, such sum to be expended under the directions of the Board of Works and subject to the approval of the Market Committee

3 That the City Engineer examine and report upon the petition of Wm. Wood, etal re the grading etc of 8th Av. upon the petition of Geo. Eldon for the grading of Alberni Street, upon the petition of John Devine for the grading of Princess Street, and upon the petition of D.H. Wilson etal, for the grading of Thurlow Street.

4 That before any more money is expended in opening up streets on Fairview, that the C.P.R. Co be requested to have all streets extended to the water.

5 That the tender of Thos. Veitch be accepted for the delivery of broken road metal at the following rates:-
Plan No 1. 46 cts
Plan No 2. 52 cts.
“ “ 3. 64 “

6 That the Street Inspector be instructed to see that all gates now opening outwards be made to open inwards from the street line.

7 That the following accounts be paid:-
B.C. Cattle Co. Tallow. $2.80
Boyd & C. Georgia St. filling 260.50
sgd. S. Brighouse,
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Godfrey.
Seconded by “ Scoullar.
That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted.

Carried.

F. W. & L. 7.

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday May 13, 1891.

Present Aldermen Templeton, Brown, Brighouse and Godfrey.

Tenders were received for a hose wagon from:-

J & W. Powe. $650.

F.R. Winch 525

Columbia Carriage Factory (with shafts) 630
without 620

Sprout, Wood & Glenn. 650

F.R. Winch being the lowest, his tender was accepted. The wagon to be ordered by the Chairman, Alderman Templeton in accordance with Specifications to be made out by him.

Communications

From J.W. Lewis asking for a position in the Fire Department.

Filed.

From the Vancouver Manufacturing & Trading Co asking for a hydrant to be placed at the lower end of Granville St.

Laid over pending the completion of the Water Works Arbitration.

Resolved that the Electric Light Co. be instructed not to light the street lights on the night of full moon and for 2 nights before and after full moon until further notice.

That J. Moran be paid $60.00 per month as teamster the increase to date from April 1st.

That the City pays the Water Works Co. $20.00 per month for flushing the sewers and surface drains by the hydrants, their account for $25.00 extra for flushing a surface drain be not paid.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Vancouver Elec Ry & Light Co. Lights. $1279.11

Creighton, Fraser & Co. Waste etc. 14.78

Tye & Co Tools. 6.20

I Forbes. Shoeing. 4.00

G.H. Bazley “ 3.00

McMillan & Hamilton Polish. 1.50

Palmer Bros. Fuel. 7.00

Crowder & Penzer Feed. 52.45

Van Water Works Co. Water. 345.24

sgd Wm. Templeton.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the F. W. & L. Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Police. No 12.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday May 12, 1891

Present Alderman DePencier, Scoullar, McDowell & Carroll

Communications.

From A. J. Ryan respecting the judgments given in the Police Court & reversed by the judges in the higher Courts.

Resolved that A. J. Ryan be requested to attend the next Police Committee.

From W. P. West, asking for an increase of salary.
Filed.

From W. P. West reporting the number of animals impounded during the month of April.

Filed.

1 Resolved.

That the City Solicitor be requested to proceed at once to revise the By-Laws particularly By-Law No 79.

2 That the City Clerk write to the Attorney General asking whether it is necessary for the Police Magistrate to be a J.P. under the new act.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

J.R. Morrow. Drugs. $4.60

W. Murphy. Uniforms 441.90

H. McDowell & Co. Oil. 2.00

S.T. Tilley. Stamps. 1.00

J.P. Blake. Bread. 19.70

McLennan & McFeely. Repairs. 1.25

Hayes & McIntosh. Meat. 20.75

Hamilton Eligh. Milk. 3.35

C.E. Tisdall. Repairs. 1.00

D. McRae. do. 5.50

Wm. Ralph “ 2.50

Jos. Gibson. Transport. 3.00

D. Bell Irving Med Attendance 5.00

Columbia Carriage Factory 8.00

sgd H. DePencier.

Moved by Alderman McDowell.
Seconded by “ Templeton.

That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Health. No 12.

The Health Committee met on Tuesday May 12, 1891.

Present Aldermen Carroll, Templeton & Scoullar.
Communications

From Miss Swan reporting number of patients in the hospital for the month of April. Filed

From Miss Swan about the washing done by the Steam Laundry. Laid Over

From Dr. Herbert asking to be placed on the Medical Staff of the Hospital

Resolved
That Dr. Herbert be appointed a member of the medical Staff of the Hospital.

The following accounts were recommended for payment
Creamer & Langley Crockery $6.33
W. S. Cook Scavenger 1.00
Hamilton Eligh. Milk 31.90
Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies 10.50
J. R. Morrow Drugs 68.97
Union S. S. Co. Dumping 15.00
R. V. Winch Supplies 13.40
J. M. O. Toole Repairs 6.25
W. J. McGuigan Inquests 10.00
Van Steam Laundry Washing 35.71
S. T. Tilley Stamps 1.00
Hayes & Mc Intosh Meat 43.70
Sgd. J. T. Carroll
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ McDonnell
That the Report of the Health Committee be adopted.
Carried

Finance No 14

The Finance Committee met on Friday May 15 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Doering Scoullar and Carroll

It was resolved:-
1 That $5.00 being one half fine imposed on Frank Foubert under the Census Act be paid to R.E. Gosnell.
2 That the Telephone Co. be asked to refund to the City all over charges made on the Telephones to this date.
3 That Mr. Hamersley make an offer to the owners of Lots 4, 5 & 6, in Block 48. 196, and if it is not accepted that he proceed at once to expropriate.
4 That the account of Mr. Hamersley amounting to $573.50 for attending on the amendments to the City Charter and for opposing the amendments to the Vancouver Water Works Co’s Act be paid.
5 That the sum of $15525.00 being principal and interest on the Sugar Refinery Site be paid to the Vancouver Improvements Co. on their giving a title to the Sugar Refinery Co for Block 47. 196 less $200.00 to be retained according to agreement.
6 That Mr. Hamersley be empowered to engage Counsel to help him in the Water Works Arbitration.
7 That the arrangement recommended by Mr. Hamersley with regard to the payment of the fees & costs of the Water Works Arbitration be agreed to.
8 That the account of Corbould & McColl for costs in the case of Schmidt vs the City and Water Works Co., amounting to $177.83 be paid and that $50.00 be collected from the Water Works Co and that if not paid by them that it be deducted from their Water account.
9 That the matter of the costs of Mr. Blake in the Slaughter house cases be referred to Mr. Huntly for settlement.
10 That the communication of R.T. Williams asking for a subsidy of $350.00, and an order for 60 copies at $3.50 each of the British Columbia Directory be laid over.
11 That the request of Sam’l H. Loughley that the City pay for some articles to be inserted in some New England papers describing Vancouver and other localities be filed.
12 That the request of Mr. Hamersley for some arrangement to be made as to recommendation for revising the City By-Laws be laid over.
The following accounts were recommended for payment:-
Telephone Co. $19.00
T.F. McGuigan 2.00
sgd Wm. Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Carried.

License. No 4.

To the Council of the City of Vancouver.

Gentlemen,

Your License Committee beg to report having met for the transaction of business at 11 a.m. of Tuesday May 12.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, McDowell, and Godfrey.
Applications were received and read from:-

Winters, and [Newarty ?] to transfer Irish Saloon License from L 28 to L 26. B 13 D.L. 196.

Major Wilkins to transfer ½ interest in Glasgow Hotel to H. Lee.

Anderson & McGillivray to transfer San Francisco Hotel License to McHugh & Hay.

Reid & Dowswell to transfer Wholesale License to A. Hemmick.

All of which applications were granted.

The License Inspector was authorized to procure 100 License Cards at current contract rates.

The Board then adjourned subject to the call of the Chairman.

sgd D. Oppenheimer
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the License Board be adopted.
Carried.
Consideration of By-Laws.

Moved by Alderman Carroll.
Seconded by “ DePencier.

That the Cemetery By-Law be read a second time (2nd)

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ DePencier.

That the By-Law be published for the information of the Public.

Carried.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ Templeton.

That the following labour account be paid:-

H.Lomas etal $85.55
Carried.

Moved by Alderman DePencier
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the Vancouver City Council accepts with pleasure the invitations received from the citizens of Victoria and Nanaimo to be present on the occasion of the celebration of Her Majesty’s Birthday and that arrangements be made to go to Victoria for May 23rd and Nanaimo on May 25th in a body.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ McDowell.

That the appointment of T.H. Tracy C.E. of London Ont, as Chief Engineer for this City be made unanimous and that he be notified of such action at once.

[2 blank pages follow] For Balance see page 342
For Balance see page 342

The Mayor refused to put the motion to Council.

A Bond was submitted and read whereby Alderman Brighouse, Godfrey, Scoullar, Brown, and McDowell, and Templeton would hold the City harmless against costs in case the suit threatened by Mr. Warren should go against the City.
The matter was discussed but the bond was not signed.

Notices of Motion
Alderman Scoullar gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce the following By-Laws:-
1 To secure the Sanitary conditions of Buildings
2 “ License and regulate plumbers.
3 “ provide for the appointment of plumbing Inspectors and plumbing examiners.

Alderman Templeton gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would move a resolution vesting in some one member of the Council Authority to sign Cheques in payment of Salaries due by the City to some of the employes [sic], the Mayor having refused to sign such cheques.

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

Garden resigns council, Brighouse now Works chairman – Jan 12, 1891

Alderman James F. Garden resigns.  Hansen brothers of Montreal purchase $25,000 of city debentures. Crowder and Penzer granted contracts for coal and feed, provided that both be weighed on the Market scales. Miss Bowes requests stricter temperance regulations, also to “abolish houses of ill-fame” (brothels). Trades and Labour Council present request that no Chinese labour be allowed to be used on the graving dock contract.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 179 – 639

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Vancouver Jan 12, 1891

The Council met on Monday January 12, 1891 at 8 P.M.

Present His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Godfrey, Hobson, Templeton, Brown, McDowell, DePencier and Doering.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Dr. Bodington claiming extra remuneration for going to Victoria as a Witness in the Case of the C.P.R. Co. vs the City.

Finance

From Messrs Eberts and Taylor and John Irving, President of the Vancouver Water Works Co. sending corrected agreement for the purchase of their Works. Co.
Water Works Committee

From Halley Bros & Granville Montreal requesting the City to subscribe towards Stereoptic Views of the city for the Jamaica Exhibition.
Finance

From Henry Laundry asking for a bonus of $1800 to assist him in starting a woollen mill.
Finance

From Messrs. Yates, Jay & Russell asking the City to drain the water of Lots 1.2.3. Block 32, Sub 541.
Board of Works

From W. L. Leonard protesting against the manner of awarding the contract for Rock Crusher.
Board of Works

From the City Solicitor informing the

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Council that he had tendered the President of the Improvement Co the purchase money for the Sugar Refinery Site and that he had refused to accept the amount offered $15,000
Finance

From the Market Clerk furnishing the regular weekly reports of receipts.
Filed

From A. Gobeil, Secretary to the Department of Public Works acknowledging receipt of a Communication from the Mayor re Cambie Street Bridge.
Filed

From Wm Sidelman etal [sic] asking the Council to run out Powell Street in a direct line to the East Park.
Board of Works.

From A.J. Alcock etal [sic] asking for electric lights on Westminster Av at 10th & 13th avs and a sidewalk on the south side of 11th av from Quebec St to Westminster Road.
F.W.L. & Board of Works.

From James F. Garden tendering his resignation as Alderman.
Filed.

From the Chief of Police furnishing Report on Electric Lights.
Filed.

From G.A. Owens etal [sic] asking that the lane in Block 111.541 be opened for traffic
Board of Works.

From James McPhee asking for permission to run a wire on any street on any street or alley for the purpose of operating a Burglar Alarm System.
Board of Works.

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From Miss. S. Bowes etal [sic] asking the Council to close Barrooms and Saloons from 6 P.M. on Saturdays until 7 a.m. on Mondays and not to grant a liquor license in any ward where two thirds of the people are against it and also to abolish houses of Ill Fame.
Licensing Board.

From J. W. Campion on behalf of the British Columbia Iron Works Co asking for exemption from taxation for ten years; also free water and light.
Finance.

From John Campbell Barrister etc, asking aldermen Hobson and Brown to show cause why they should not resign their seats at the Council Board.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brighouse
That the Communication be returned to Mr. Cambpell.
Carried.

Reports

Market No 1

The Market Committee met on Wednesday December 31st 1890.
Present Aldermen Garden, and Costello.

It was recommended: –
1. That the License Inspector be instructed to give notice to all coal merchants to have coal weighted at the Market Scales.
2. That the following account be paid : –
E. S. Scoullar & Co Labor at Market $15.35
Sgd
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering
That the report be adopted.
Carried

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Works No 1
The Board of Works met on Monday January 5th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse Brown, Godfrey, Templeton and DePencier.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Templeton
That Alderman Brighouse be appointed Chairman.

Moved in amendment by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman de Pencier
That Alderman Templeton be appointed Chairman.
Amendment lost motion carried.

Every Thursday at 3 P.M. was fixed as the regular day of meeting.

The Board met attain on Thursday January 8th.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton Brown and Depencier.

It was recommended:-
1. That the Communication of Alfred Stegenberger asking that the water be drained of his lot on 5th Av. Be referred to the City Engineer to report upon.
2. That application be made to the Dominion Government for a site for a quarry at the head of the North Arm of Burrard Inlet.
3. That the Report of the City Engineer on Street paving be adopted.
4. That the City Engineer furnish the Board of Works with a written statement of charges against Mr. Lawson to give him an opportunity to reply to them.
5. That the tenders for wooden block

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paving be laid over for one week.
6. That the following accounts be paid :
A. Parker, Salary $75.00
A Godfrey & Co. Supplies 4.75
D. McDonald, Nicola Street 87.36
D. H. Morgan, Victoria Street. 305.90
A. O. Leask Duty etc. on pipes 115.90

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

Finance No 1

The Finance Committee met on Monday January 5th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Carroll, Hobson and Doering.
Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman and every Friday at 4 P.M. was fixed as the regular day of meeting.

The Board met again on Friday January 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Hobson and Carroll.

It was recommended : –
1. That the following accounts be paid: –
Board of Works Accounts
Queen Bros. Carriage Hire $5.00
J. Miller Rent of P.O. Box 6.00
Telephone Co. Rent 34.00
Thomson Bros. Stationery 37.10
Provincial Govt School Tax 2546.66
F. W. Hart Box 3.00
C. C. Ralston Refund of License 10.00

Communications
From W. H. H. Johnson asking for a Bonus for a Varnish Factory.
Laid over.

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From A. J. Mouatt asking for the appointment of a New Committee to govern the free reading room.
Laid over.

From Hanson Bros. Montreal informing the Mayor that they would purchase $25,000 worth of Debentures at the old rate of $103.54

The Mayor accepts terms and his action is approved by the Committee.

The tenders for printing, advertising and general supplies for the year 1891 were laid before the Committee.

After examination it was decided to recommend the following for acceptance:
(1) Bread J.P. Blake
(2) Green Groceries R.I Winch
(3) Burial of Pauper Dead W. J. Taylor
(4) Coal & Wood Crowder & Penzer on condition that the coal be weighted at the Market Scales.
(5) Feed. Crowder & Penzer on the same conditions that the feed be weighted at the Market Scales.

The following tenders were laid over until next meeting: – Advertising, Printing, & Drugs.

Resolved.
That tenders be again invited for the Supply of Meat and General Groceries.
Carried.
Sgd. Wm Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman de Pencier
That the report of the Board of Finance be adopted.
Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Templeton

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Seconded by Alderman Doering
That the Rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to appoint a Board of Police Commissioners.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Godfrey
That the By-Law be read for the first time.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That Mr. Imrie Bell be asked to meet the Council to give information on matters pertaining to the graving dock.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the following Committee be appointed to prepare amendments to the City Charter viz:- Alderman Hobson, Brown, DePencier, Godfrey and Carroll.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ de Pencier
That the following Committee be appointed to make preparation for the 1892 Exhibition viz: – Templeton, Brown, De Pencier, Godfrey and Carroll.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the following Aldermen be appointed as a Free Reading Room and Library Committee viz Alderman Carroll, Godfrey, Hobson, McDowell and Doering.
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Doering
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the following Committee be appointed on Water Works viz. Aldermen Doering, McDowell, DePencier, Templeton and Brown.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the Local Government be requested to place the Sum of $5000 in their Estimates in aid of the Vancouver City Hospital.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman de Pencier
Seconded by “ Carroll
That a Market Committee be appointed consisting of the following Aldermen viz Aldermen Templeton, Brighouse, Godfrey, Brown and Doering.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the City accountant furnish to this Council a complete return of the amount of money paid during the last year for legal advice, Solicitor’s Salary and other charged paid for law expenses during said time together with a detailed Statement of the various payments and the names of such parties as were the recipients thereof.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the following Committee be appointed to appoint an Arbitrator for Water Works, viz Aldermen Carroll, McDowell, de Pencier, Templeton, and Brown.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Doering

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That application be made to the Local Government for a grant in aid of a Public Art Gallery and Museum to be established in this City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Doering
That an application be made to the Local Government for a grant of $1000 in aid of the Fire Department in this City.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by “ de Pencier
That a Crematory Committee be appointed consisting of the following Aldermen viz Aldermen Templeton, Brown and DePencier.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman de Pencier
Seconded by “ Doering
That the following labor account be paid: –
B. Romang etal [sic] $176.60
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by “ Godfrey
That the City Clerk to notify the C.P.R Management that the various crossings by their road of some of the principal Streets of this City are now in such a condition as to be a source of great danger both to life and property and this Council do most earnestly call their attention thereto and ask that proper and modern gates be placed at the crossings of Hastings, Carrall, Oppenheimer, Powell and Alexander Streets, and Dunlevy Avenues.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by Alderman Carrall
That the following Committee be appointed to appoint Experts Witnesses for Water Works viz Aldermen Doering, McDowell, de Pencier, Templeton and Brown.
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman de Pencier
Seconded by “ Carroll
That a Jockey Club Committee be appointed consisted of Aldermen Doering, Hobson and Godfrey.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Templeton
That application be made to the Dominion Government to take measures to remove the Burnaby and Parthia Shoals situate at the entrance to Burrard Inlet.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by “ Doering
That the resignation of Alderman Garden be accepted.
Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Doering
That the By-Law appointing Police Commissioners be read a second time.
Carried.

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

The By-Law was read over clause by clause and the names of Aldermen Carroll, Garden, Hobson, McDowell and de Pencier inserted as the names of the Committee.
The Committee then rose and reported the By-Law complete.

Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by “ Templeton
That the By-Law be read a 3rd time.
Carried.

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A deputation from the Trades and labor Council appeared by consent before the Bar of the Council asked that a clause be inserted in the Agreement between the promoters of the Graving Dock Company and the City; prohibiting the employment of Chinese on the works either before or after completion. The Mayor promised to lay the matter before Mr. Imrie Bell and report his decision to the Secretary of the Trades and Labor Council.
The Deputation then withdrew.

Notices of Motion
Alderman Templeton [Godfrey] gave notice that he would move that this Council ask the Member for the District in the Commons Mr. Corbould to call the attention of the Postmaster General the need of postal delivery in the City and the great relief it would afford to our present overtaxed postal facilities.
Alderman McDowell gave notice that at the next regular meeting of the Council he would move that the proposed graving dock by-law and agreement be withdrawn.

The Council then adjourned.

Signed: D. Oppenheimer, Mayor and Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

City Market rents established – October 13, 1890

City Market rents established – October 13, 1890

Rents for the new City Market – five cents per front foot per day for a stall in the market building for a period of one month or more (six cents if for a period of less than one month, twenty cents per day for an outside stall or stand, ten cents per day for each horse, mule, cow, steer, ox or calf brought to sell, five cents per day for each sheep, lamb, hog, or pig. Correspondence from Miss Bowes asking Council to provide a separate apartment in the Jail for female prisoners. Board of Works…”strongly urge[s] the Council to… get rid of the present and rapidly increasing number of squatters along the shore of Burrard Inlet and False Creek.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 66-28

Vancouver Oct. 13th 1890

The Council met on Monday August [sic] 13, 1890 at 7.30 P.M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications.

From George T. Craig requesting Council to have water course on Seventh Avenue in 264A put in its proper location.
Board of Works.

From M.J. Henry et al asking Council not to interfere with Westminster Road as at present located.

Board of Works.

From Geo. McKay, Pound Keeper furnishing his Monthly Report.

Filed

From W.J. Gallagher asking for a sidewalk on Hornby Street between Georgia & Dunsmuir.

Board of Works.

From Thos. Whetham et al petitioning for the clearing of District Lot 184.

Board of Works.

From Wm. Prentice requesting Council to spend the balance of the Sugar Refinery appropriation in clearing the boulders on the foreshore in front of the Co.’s wharf.

Sugar Refinery Committee

From the Miss M.S. Woodward asking for two weeks leave of absence.

Filed

From E. Mohun Esq. C.E. notifying the Council that all sewerage plans etc were left in the City office

Finance Committee.

From C.V. Knowdell et al praying for the improvement of the lane in Block 113, District Lot 541.

Board of Works.

From John Devine et al petitioning for the improvement of Princess St. between Jackson and Carl Avs.
Board of Works.

From A. Descovitch asking for the use of the Market Hall on the 23rd of Oct. and every second Thursday during the season for a Dance Hall.
Market Committee

From C.B. Birchall thanking the Council for the use of the Council Chambers for the British Columbia Building Association.
Filed.

From A. St. G. Hamersley advising the Council to tender the Vancouver Improvement Co. $15,000.00 for the Sugar Refinery Site and the return of the conveyance duly executed and stating that there was no necessity to pay interest.
Finance.

From F.M. Blomquist asking for the use of the Market Hall for a ball on the 30th inst.

Market Committee.

From Miss Bowes asking Council to provide a separate apartment in the Jail for female prisoners.

Police Committee.

From Halley Bros. + Granville, Montreal informing Council that they had perfected arrangements with the Hon Adam Brown M.P. Commissioner for Canada to exhibit by stereopticon process views of the various cities of the Dominion at the coming exhibition at Jamaica. His Worship read a copy of a letter in reply to the above communication.

From H.E. McKee President of the Street Ry Co asking for an answer to his letter of the second inst. regarding the extension of the track up Westminster Av.

Mr. McKee appeared by permission before the bar of the Council and explained certain points in connection therewith.

Reports.

Works No 28.

The Board of Works met on Thursday October 2nd 1890.

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

1 That permission be not granted to John White to exhibit his photos on the sidewalk as it is contrary to By-Law.

2 That the communication from James McGeer re straightening the Westminster Road be referred to the City Engineer and City Solicitor for their report:

3 That Messrs Woods, Turner + Gamble be employed to assist the City Engineer to locate Westminster Road where disputed from 12th Av to the City Boundary, James McGeer agreeing to pay half of the cost of same.

4 That there are no funds available for grading the lane in Block 63, 541 as petitioned for by Gallagher et al.

5 That the City Clerk be instructed to notify the sureties of Messrs Murray + Fraser to carry out the contracts left uncompleted by them.

6 That the following accounts be paid:-

Queen Bros. Hack hire etc. $28.50

Boyd + Clandenning [sic] Centre St: 3366.00

do Labor 3.00

do Smithe St: 799.20

do Hornby St: 43.63

Alex McDonald. Burrard St: $648.00

Wm. Jones. Hornby St: 456.53

Van Water Works Co. Connections 564.85

McDonald + Lloyd. Westminster Av. 531.00

Murray + Fraser, South Park. 206.10

do 12th av Bridge. 228.96

D.J. McDonald. 13th av. 429.70

J.P. Lawson Expenses 1.50

M.A. Harvey. Hack hire. 3.00

E.R. Martin “ “ 2.50

Rose + Marshall, Sewers. 126.27

John Telford. Homer St: 519.41

“ do Drake St: 180.90

W.D. Hobson. Robson St. 144.91

Hugh Hamilton. Cemetery 260.50

McLean Bros. Culverts etc 167.28

A. Parker. Salary. 55.00

C.H. Lloyd. Bute + Jervis Sts. 859.50

McDonald + Barton, Hastings Park. 1161.00

7 That the following contracts be awarded:-

Street numbering. J. Henderson

Basement drain in Block 4 O.G.T. [?] H. Connacher but that the City Engineer first ascertain if vitrified pipe connections can be obtained either here or in Victoria.

8 That the services of John P. Lawson be retained as assistant City Engineer for the present – in place of Mr. Dawson and that Mr. Dawson be retained to assist in the office until such time as the office becomes organized.

9 That the City Engineer enter into an agreement with Boyd + Clandenning [sic] to gravel part of Westminster Avenue where the planks were lifted at a rate not exceeding $2.00 per cubic yard delivered on the Street, and that they commence work at once.

10 That the Chief of Police be notified to have the building on the South end of Burrard Street removed at once and also that this Committee would strongly urge the Council to take immediate steps to co-operate with the Board of Trade and C.P.R. Co towards getting rid of the present and rapidly increasing number of squatters along the shore of Burrard Inlet and False Creek and the consequent loss to the revenue of the City from so many being exempt from taxation who are in receipt of good wages but in no way contribution go the City’s expenses.

11 That the Street Car track on Westminster av south of False Creek be laid on the west of the street between the street drain and the sidewalk.

12 That tenders be called for the construction of a box drain on Gore avenue from Harris Street to False Creek the expense to taken out of other works.

13 That a basement drain be constructed in Block 3 O.G.T. as petitioned for by Thos. Dunn et al.

14 That permission be granted to Messrs Town + Robinson to extend the foundation of their hotel building to the full width of the sidewalk on Abbott St; they guaranteeing to build proper retaining walls, arched vaults and concrete sidewalks with glass lights and that the true grade be given them.

15 That there are no funds available for the sidewalking of Barclay St as petitioned for by W.G. Elliott et al.

16 That the communication of G. Lockerbie re the renting of the new market hall for church purposes be referred to the Market Committee.

17 A communication was received from H.T. Ceperley on behalf of the Street Ry Co. stating that the Co is willing to construct an open extension to the Granville St. Bridge suitable for its Ry Track from a point about 20 feet South of the South end of the Swing to the South end of the bridge, provided the City will refund one half of the cost thereof and will permit the track to be laid across the swing and on the present bridge from the swing to the North end thereof as show by the enclosed sketch.
We recommend that his offer be accepted with the understanding that no cars shall enter upon the bridge from the North end, while any conveyance is upon that part of the bridge north of the south end of the swing nor shall they pass any conveyance from the south while any conveyance is upon the said north end of the bridge.

The Committee met again on Thursday October 9th 1890.
Present Aldermen Horne, Doering and Sentell.

It was recommended:-

1 That Messrs Anderson and Yerex the sureties of Messrs Murray + Fraser be notified that Murray + Fraser’s contract has been abandoned by them and that sureties take over same and complete it and also that the Engineer be authorized to enter into an agreement with them to date two weeks back when the original resolution was passed by the Board of Works.

2 That H.I. Keefer be paid the balance of the contract money retained on the Market house.

3 That the City Engineer be authorized to enter into a new contract with C.H. Lloyd for grading Haro St. as per amended graded.

4 That John Brenton be authorized to get locks for the sewer flush tanks manholes and ventilators where required.

5 That Joseph Huntly notify Messrs Crean and Fleming that permission will be granted to them to erect an addition to their building on Water Street if it is permitted by by-law.

6 That the City Engineer obtain the necessary Y’s for the basement drain in Block 3 O.G.T. and for the Sewerage extension near Messrs Cambie, Rand + Keith’s residences.

7 That the City Engineer arrange to repair Gore Avenue between Oppenheimer + Hastings Strs.

8 That the grade on Bute St. between Georgia and Alberni Strs as proposed by the City Engineer be altered to suit existing stone wall.

9 That the following accounts be paid:-

Wm. Tierney. Robson St: $768.81

D. Gibbons. Prince Edward St. 108.53

D.H. Morgan. do. 111.17

do 12th av. 27.50

do Victoria St: 184.25

McDonald + Lloyd. Westminster Av. 383.10

Muir + Johnson. Lane in B28, 541. 185.65

do. Box drain in gulley 185. 204.87

Boyd + Clandenning. Sugar Refinery Site 1298.00

Arthur Balkwill. Bute St: 46.20

C.H. Lloyd. Bute + Jervis Sts 455.49

H. Connacher. Keefer St: 435.56

S.T. Tilley. Stationery. 1.25

Leatherdale + Smith. Buggy hire 3.00

Sgd. J.W. Horne.
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by Alderman Doering

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

Carried.
Alderman Horne was appointed Chairman.

Moved by Alderman Fox

That clause 3 relating to Westminster Road be struck out.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman McLeod

That Clause 11 relating to the laying of the Street Car track on Westminster Av be amended and that the track be laid as per contract.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That Clause 17 relating to the laying of the track across Granville St. bridge be laid over for one week.
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That Clause 2 of the Report of Oct. 9th be struck out.

Carried.

The Committee then rose and reported the Report as complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That the Report as amended be adopted.
Carried.

F.W. + L. No 13.

The F.W. + L. Committee met on Wednesday October 8th 1890
Present Aldermen Fox, Garden and Carroll.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-
H. McConney. Drayage. $3.00

John Sciutto. Supplies. 14.50

Jacob Sehl. “ 1.15

Van Gas Co. Gas. 19.25

G.H. Bayley. Horse shoeing. 2.00

2 This Committee having instructed the Chief of the Fire Department to test the hydrant pressure, we find by his report that only twenty three are efficient for fire purposes and would therefore recommend that the Vancouver Water Works Co. be tendered payment for that number dating from the 7th of August 1889 at 50 per annum each.

3 That an electric light of 2000 candle power be erected on the corner of 12th av + Quebec Sts as petitioned for.

4 That an advertisement be inserted in each of the local papers for one week, giving the location and numbers of the fire alarm boxes and further that said papers insert an item drawing attention to the ad.
sgd J.M. Fox
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Costello
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Report of the F.W. + L. Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Finance No 25.

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 3rd 1890.

Present Alderman Browning, Garden, Costello and Fox.
It was recommended:-

1 That the following accounts be paid:-

R.E. Gosnel. Pamphlets. $500.00

Wm. Crickmay. Rent: 35.00

News Advertiser. Printing 17.50

C. Nelson. Toilet paper. 1.50

Stephen Green. Messenger. 4.00

Daily Journal. 9.00

H. Hemlow. Salary 60.00

S.T. Tilley Stationery 39.25

H.E. Croasdaile. Guarantee Bond. 62.50

2 That E. Mohun be asked to hand over to the City Engineer Mr. Warren all plans, maps, books etc in connection with the City Sewerage system and furnish and Inventory of the same.

3 That payment of land purchased by the City from the Vancouver Improvement Co as a site for the British Columbia Sugar Refinery amounting to $15,000.00 be made upon delivery of a deed approved by the City Solicitor and declared by him to be in every way satisfactory and in accordance with the resolutions of the Council and should the City Solicitor be of the opinion that the Improvement Co is entitled to interest upon the above sum, the same shall be tendered along with the principal, as may be recommended by him.
sgd J.M. Browning
Chairman.

The Committee met again on Friday October 10th 1890.

Present Aldermen Fox, Garden and Costello.
Alderman Fox in the Chair.

It was resolved that the following accounts be paid:

Telephone Co. $23.00

C.P. Telegraph Co. 9.16

and accounts of the Board of Works and Fire Water and Light Committees

sgd J.M. Fox
Chairman [unreadable].
Moved by Alderman Costello.
Seconded by “ Fox
That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted.

Carried.

Market. No 1.

The Market Committee met on Friday October 3td at 11 a.m. + Friday October 13th at 2.30. P.M.
Alderman Garden was appointed Chairman at the first meeting.
It was recommended

1 Rental of Stalls and Stands.

Five cents per front foot for space occupied in Market building for each market day for any period of one month or over.

2 Six cents per front foot for space occupied in Market building for each market day for periods of less than one month.

3 Twenty cents per day for each day during which any outside stall, or stand for any wagon or cart shall be occupied or used on the market-place.

4 Ten cents per day or part of day shall be charged for each horse, mule cow, bull, steer, ox or calf brought to the market place for trade, barter or sale.

5 Five cents per day or part of day shall be charged for each sheep, lamb, hog, or pig brought to the market-place for trade, barter or sale.

Weighing Fees.

1 Five cents shall be charged for each load of coal.

2 Grains or meats for weighing same.
5 cents for all amounts up to 500 lbs
10 cents for “ “ “ “ 1000 “
15 cents “ “ “ over 1000 “

3 15 cents for each load of hay or straw weighed.

4 For each live animal weighed other than sheep or hogs five cents shall be charged.

5 For sheep or hogs up to 5 in number 5 cents for the lot; for all over 5 in number 3 cts each head.

The Market Clerk to act in the capacity of Weigh Clerk.

That the form of lease and agreement as drawn up by the City Solicitor be adopted and that 100 of same be ordered prescribed for use.

That tenders be called for the leasing of the upper story [sic] of the market building, applicants to state fully their terms of rental and conditions of proposed lease.

That G.W. Thomas be recommended for appointment to the Council as Clerk of the Market at a salary of $75.00 per month, duties to commence on Thursday the 16th [unreadable].

That the Board of Works be instructed to have the roof of the Market building repaired.

That the Market be lighted with electricity and that the Street Railway and Light Co be authorized to proceed with the installation of the required number of lights subject to the directions of the Committee.

That the Cellar of the Market be rented at the rate of 3 cents per foot on each side of the passage way for periods under six months and 2 cents per foot for periods of six months or over.

That the Market By-Law and regulations be published for the information of the public

sgd
James F. Garden
Chairman.
Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the Clause relating to calling for tenders for the leasing of the Market Hall be struck out.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod
Seconded by “ Sentell.

That the Clause relating to the appointment of G.W. Thomas be struck out and the applicants balloted for in the usual way.

Moved in Amendment by Ald Horne
Seconded by Alderman McLeod.

That all of the applications be produced and considered this evening by Council Amendment. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Garden

That the Report as amended be adopted.

Carried.

The Council went into Committee of the Whole on the appointment of a Market Clerk with Alderman Fox in the Chair.

The names of the applicants were read over and their testimonials perused.

After a number of Ballots were taken Mr. G.W. Thomas was declared elected.

The Committee then rose and reported the appointment to Council.

Moved by Alderman Fox
Seconded by “ Costello.

That G.W. Thomas be appointed Market Clerk at a salary of $75.00 per month duties to commence on the 16th inst.
Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws.

Alderman Fox introduced a By-Law to regulate the selection of the officers and employees of the City of Vancouver, which was read a first time.

Motions.

Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Doering.

That the following labor accounts be paid:-

R. Romang et al. $111.80

R. Romang et al. 113.64
Carried.
Moved by Alderman Garden
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That the request of Mr. Blomquist on behalf of the Knights of Pythias, asking for the use of the Market Hall for the 30th Oct. be granted, at such fee as the Council or Committee may arrange.

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

That the Market Hall be set aside after the 30th Oct. for the use of the Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library to be used by that Institution as a public reading room, art gallery and Museum; also that a grant of $100.00 be made monthly to defray the running expenses of the institution, such grant being $35.00 per month in addition to the present monthly grant.

Lost.
Aye. Costello, Horne + McLeod.
Nay. Garden, Carroll, Doering, Fox, + Sentell.

Moved by Alderman Carroll.
Seconded by “ McLeod.

That Miss Woodward be granted a holiday of two weeks duration dating from the 14th of the present month on condition that she has already received the Matron’s permission.

Carried.
Moved by Alderman Horne.
Seconded by “ Carroll.

That Alderman McLeod be appointed a member of the Board of Works during the absence of Alderman Costello.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McLeod.
Seconded by “ Fox.

That the Chairman of the Board of the Board of Works be requested to submit a statement for the information of the Council showing the amount of money expended in each work on public improvements; also contracts awarded but not yet paid for.

Carried.

Moved by Alderman Sentell
Seconded by “ Fox

That the Hill on Hastings St. between Jackson Avenue and Carl Av be cut to the proper grade according to profile.
Disallowed.

Notice of Motion.

Alderman Carroll gave notice that at next regular meeting of Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend the Fire Limits By-Law.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk