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

John Devine resigns as City Auditor – November 11, 1889

$7,000 in total granted for public works to streets and sidewalks; projects grouped according to city ward. John Devine resigns as city auditor. Date, time and place for election of 1890 Mayor and Council determined.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 190-197

[volume 3 page 190]

Vancouver Nov 11th 1889
The Council met on Monday November 11th 1889 at 8 P. M.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Clark, Costello, Horne, Mason, Oppenheimer and Whetham & McConnell.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From F. C. Stover asking for a further extension of time for the erection of the Fire Alarm. Filed.

From J. J. Blake advising Council that Thos. Andrews was entitled to half the money for fine under the Indian Act. Referred to Finance Committee.

From J. M. Stewart asking settlement from the Council. Referred to City Solicitor & Finance.

From Rev. James W. Pedley asking that a sidewalk be erected in the Vicinity of his new church. Referred to Board of Works.

From Andrew J. Whitenack asking that Hastings Street in front of Lots 5 & 6 Block 66 Subdivision of 196 be graded. Referred to Board of Works.

From John Devine resigning his position as City Auditor. Laid over.

From the City Clerk reporting on the

[volume 3 page 191]

Cemetery. Referred to Finance Committee.

From John Breuss & Co et al asking to be allowed certain privileges in connection with their Sausage business. Referred to Police Committee.

From F. W. Hart asking that road to cemetery be repaired. Referred to the Board of Works.

From James D. Fraser asking for a return of his gravel deposit. Referred to Finance Committee.

From E. J. Curran et al asking that Westminster Road to the Junction of North Arm Road be sidewalked. Referred to the Board of Works.

Reports

Health No 13

The Board of Health met on Monday November 11th 1889.
Present Aldermen Whetham, Costello and Mason.
We beg to recommend:

1. That the pump at the City Hospital be given to the Caretaker at the Cemetery.
2. That the following accounts be paid:

McDonald & Barton, Hospital fixtures $65.57
Alex McDonald, Labor .75
Vancouver Wharfage Co. Rent 15.00
John Scuitto, Supplies 134.20
Vancouver Gas Co. 2.25
P. Withy, Milk 133.00
R. L. Comich, Supplies 12.10
VanVolkenburgh & Bro. Meat 48.84

[volume 3 page 192]

Texas Lake Ice Co. $12.25
Sorenson & Co. Medicines 38.85
Palmer Bros. Coal 16.50
John Wolfe, Scavengering 20.00
Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies 9.25
Sgd. M. Costello for Chairman
Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer, seconded by Alderman Brighouse. That the Report of the Board of Health be adopted. Carried.

No 30 Finance
The Finance Committee met on Monday November 11th 1889.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Whetham, Clark, Costello and Mason, Aldermen Clark being appointed Chairman protem.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:
Lord Stanley Reception Accounts $2,439.96
The World P & P Co. 83.39
M. A. Harvey, Buggy hire 10.00
Joseph Urb, Chimney Cleaning 1.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 49.50
Carbould, McColl & Jenns 104.09
Carswell & Co. law Books 8.78
H. Hemlow 20.00
Thos. Stephenson, Work on Park 345.00
Dr. Bodington, Evidence on D. Kennedy 10.00
Van Free Library, Grant for July 65.00

That the Trustees of the Sinking Fund be instructed to furnish the Council with a detailed statement of said fund and the manner in which it is invested.

That the Board of Works

[volume 3 page 193]

to be devoted towards street improvements as per list furnished and dated Oct 22.

That the Report of the F. W. & L. Committee recommending the purchase of a team of horses and the Board of Works Report recommending the purchase of a fountain be laid over for one week.
Sgd. R. Clark, Chairman pro tem.

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Mason. That the Report of the Finance Committee be adopted. Carried.

Works No 31

The Board of Works met on Monday November 11th 1889. Present Aldermen Brighouse, Horne & McConnell.
We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:
P. Atkinson et al Street Work $132.90
McDonald & Barton, Granville St. 154.14
Boyd & Clandenning, Robson St. 793.85
A. D. McDonald, Dunsmuir St. 50.54
Martin & Balkwell, Homer St. 130.30
do Hamilton St. 126.00
A. Bunker, Princess St. 103.48
D. J. McDonald, Westminster Av. 283.22
McDonald & Barton, Nelson St. 184.54
A. Bunker, Hornby St. 292.50
James Ironside, Burrard St 116.20
D. J. McDonald, Prior St 238.89
A. D. McDonald, Robson St. 251.10
McDonald & Barton, Powell St. 164.20
Don McAlister, Pacific St 56.43
Martin & Balkwell, 12th Av. 116.76
J. H. Wilson, Trees 96.99

[volume 3 page 194]

2. That the North Arm Road South of Granville Street Bridge within the City Limits be repaired and gravelled provided the C. P. R. Co. pays half the cost thereof.
Sgd. G. S. McConnell

The following works were adopted by Council and included in the Board of Works Report on motion of Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman McConnell.
Richard St. 6′ sidewalk from Robson to Georgia
Gravel Crossing Homer to Hastings
Gravel Crossing Richard & Hastings
Gravel Crossing Seymour & Hastings
Gravel Crossing Howe & Hastings
Gravel Crossing Bank of BC
Seaton St. 3′ sidewalk on South Side Burrard to Webster’s and two crossings
Pender St. 8′ sidewalk South Side from Burrard to Howe & continue old sidewalk on Pender.
Burrard St, Gravel Pender to Eveleigh
Seymour St. Old Granville St. sidewalk put between Davie & Drake on West side.
Melville St. 2 ft. sidewalk & crossings
Burrard & Georgia Gravel crossings
Nelson St 2 ft. sidewalk & crossings
Georgia St 8′ sidewalk Granville to Rich
Granville St. 10′ sidewalk South 367 ft. & crossings
Barclay St 3′ sidewalk Burrard to Bute South Side also One Block & Crossing on North Side.
Burrard St. 10′ sidewalk from Georgia to School
Haro St. 2 plank sidewalk
Helmcken St. Grade Rich to Gran 20 ft. wide
Burrard & Dunsmuir, Box drains
Homer & Cordova Crossings
Robson, Grade full width one block
Granville 1000 feet sidewalk

to which add $34.00 for sidewalk
Total $3,454

[volume 3 page 195]

Ward 2
Lanes Blocks 34, 35, 36 & 57 in 541
Hastings St. Gravel Cambie to Abbott
Water St Gravel & Repair Abbott to Junction
Homer St. 2 plank walk
Recreation ground fence
Homer St. crossings at North end crossing Cordova St.
Total $1,109

Ward 3
Lane in Block 43, 196
Columbia Gravel Oppenheimer to Hastings
Lane in Block 9, Grade E & W
Block 52, Lower Sidewalk
Total $550

Ward 4
Lane Block 15, Dupont to Keefer, grade
Lane Block 4, Remove Stumps
Lane Block 72, Grade
Lane Block 11, 70, 71 plank 100 ft.
Prior St Drain plank & c to Gore
Keefer St. 3′ sidewalk West to Jackson South Side one block on North side
Jackson 6′ Walk Princess St North
Columbia Av gravel Hastings to Dupont
Hastings & Dunlevy Av crossings
Hastings Road Repaired
Total $1,050.00

Ward 5
Lansdowne Grade Westminster to Scotia
13th Av. Brushed out
11th Av. Brushed out
10th Av. Grade to Westminster Road
Quebec Grade to 13th to 15th
Quebec sidewalk
Total $648.00

Finance granted $7,000.00 to cover above work.

[volume 3 page 196]

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.
By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Brighouse, seconded by Alderman Clark. That a By-Law be introduced to fix time and polling places and appoint Deputy Returning Officers for holding an election for Mayor and Alderman for the year 1890 and read a first time. Carried.

By-Law read a second time on motion of Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Horne.
The Council then went into Committee of the Whole with Alderman Clark in the Chair.

In Committee the By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete with amendments. The By-Law was then read a third time and ordered to be signed, sealed and gazetted.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Clark, seconded by Alderman Horne. That the Auditor’s Reports and the By-Law appointing him be referred to the Finance Committee. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Horne. That the City Engineer be instructed to have part of the lane in Block Six, District Lot 196 planked with old plank. Carried.

[volume 3 page 197]

Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Costello. That His Worship appoint two Aldermen on the Police Committee to act in place of Aldermen Horne and Salsbury. Carried.
His Worship appointed Aldermen Costello and Whetham.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Park leases to Athletic Club, Jockey Club finalized – November 4, 1889

Brockton Oval lease to Athletic Club and Eastern (Hastings Park) lease to Jockey Club both to be completed and signed. James MacDonald appointed pound keeper at a monthly salary of $35; he had to supply his own horse. Cost of $6 for burial of F. Robbin was approved.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 185-189

[volume 3 page 185]

Vancouver November 4th 1889

The Council met on Monday November 4th 1889.

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

The Minutes of last regular and Special Meetings were read and adopted.

Communications

From Goodmurphy and Abrams, asking for a refund of 6.00 paid in to the City for, a [sic] for F. Robbin. Filed.

From Dr. Bodington asking for the payment of an account of $20.00. Referred to Finance Committee.

From P. I. Johnston & Co offering to supply 71 Ash Trees in place of trees that have died. Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Devine asking Council to seriously consider Section 170 of the City Charter re Investment of Sinking Fund. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Thos. Andrews asking Council to refund to him $25.00 as Informant under that Indian Act. Referred to City Solicitor.

From A. H. B. MacGowan Secretary of the Board of Trade urging Council to take Steps towards repairing the North Arm Road. Referred to Board of Works.

[volume 3 page 186]

From John Devine giving notice of his resignation as Auditor.

In this connection Alderman Clark requested the City Clerk to furnish at next meeting of Council By-Law confirming his appointment and conditions of engagement together with all monthly reports since appointment.

From H. T. Ceperley asking Council to have the bank at the South end of Westminster Avenue Bridge widened out and recapped, cost estimated at $40.00. Filed.

From City Clerk of New Westminster inviting the Mayor and Council of Vancouver to be present at the reception of His Excellency the Governor General. Filed.

From W. Myers et al asking Council to take steps towards removing the Slaughter Houses on the South Side of False Creek. Referred to the Board of Health.

Reports

Works No 30

The Board of Works met on Thursday October 24th 1889.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Horne, McConnell and Oppenheimer.

We beg to recommend:

1. That James McDonald be appointed Pound Keeper at a Salary of $35.00 per Month including all fees, he to furnish a horse.

2. That fountain plate No 52 Manufactured by J. L. Matt, New York be purchased, provided answer to telegram sent is favourable.

[volume 3 page 187]

3. That the following accounts be paid:
H. Connacher, Alberni St. etc. $707.53
D. J. McDonald, Sec 2. Hastings St. 388.95
Thos. Beckett, St. Signs 9.00
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 9.70
Godfrey & Co. Nails 4.00
D. McAlister, Homer St. etc. 397.88
R. H. Wallace, Granville St. 401.15
D. B. Murray, Hornby St. etc. 404.56
A. W. McDonald, Princess St. etc. 210.83
McDonald & Barton, 9th Av. etc. 1,216.65
H. F. Keefer, Market building 2,250.00
Sgd. J. W. Horne for Chairman
Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the Report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman McConnell, seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the following account for Special Police be paid:
Thos. Andrews et al $97.50 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the following account for work on the Park Road be paid:
B. Hungerford et al $261.90 Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Brighouse. That the following account for Street Work be paid:
P. Atkinson et al $245.55 Carried.

[volume 3 page 188]

Moved by Alderman Costello, seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That a committee consisting of His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Clark, Horne and Whetham meet a Committee of the Brockton Point Athletic Club and also a Committee of the B. C. Jockey Club to arrange terms of leases to those associations and to settle the manner in which the proceeds of the loan for the improvements of Brockton Point Athletic Grounds and the Race Course Grounds in the Eastern Park be expended, such arrangements to be approved of by Council. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer, seconded by Alderman Costello. Resolved that a Memorial from this Council under the Seal of the Corporation and signed by the Mayor and City Clerk be forwarded to the Government of this Province asking it to introduce a measure at the next session to so amend Section 3 of Chapter III of the Consolidated Statutes of this Province as to exclude from its provisions the Several cities of the Province relating to personal property and income tax and that a copy of such Memorial be forwarded to the other cities of the Province asking their cooperation in the matter. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Clark, seconded by Alderman Whetham. That the amount of $6.00 paid by John Abrams and C. Goodmurphy for Cemetery burial fees for the burial of F. Robbin be refunded therein. Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Horne, seconded by Alderman Whetham. That this Council accept with thanks the invitation of the Mayor and Council of the City of New Westminster to be present at the reception of His Excellency the Governor General at New Westminster on Nov 6th 1889. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer, seconded by Alderman Whetham. That a sum not exceeding forty dollars be allowed to the Street Ry. Coy. to do work mentioned in their letter of November 4th 1889 under the Supervision of the City Engineer. Carried.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Whetham gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would introduce a motion in reference to the Police Officials.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerkg

Special audit of Vancouver Police Court Accounts called – September 09, 1889

A Special Audit of the Police Court accounts and of the Police Books to be made immediately and a full report brought before the Police Board. A By-Law was introduced borrow a sum of money to improve Brockton Point in Stanley Park and the race course in the “Eastern Park” (Hastings Park).

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland
and Joy Marie Vasquez

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 128-133

[volume 3 page 128]

Vancouver September 9, 1889

The Council met on Monday September 9th 1889 at 8 P.M.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Clark, Costello, Horne, Mason, McConnell, Salsbury and Whetham.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer, seconded by Alderman Costello. That Alderman Horne be appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor. Carried.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From E. S. Scoullar & Co. asking to be reimbursed for expenses incurred through getting information for Mr. Mohun re prices of Sewer pipes. Referred to the Board of Works.

From J. W. McFarland, Secretary of the Vancouver Water Works Co requesting that an answer be not given later than September 25th inst of the City’s intention re the purchase of the Vancouver Water Works. Referred to F. W. & L. Committee.

From the Deputy Attorney General laying before the Council the plan to be adopted in future in reference to prisoners. Referred to Police Committee.

From John White asking for permission to erect a tent between Jones’ Book Store and Simon’s Tailor Shop on Carrall Street. Referred to Inspector.

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From the Secretary of the Board of Trade asking Council not to adopt the motion cancelling the Contract with the Smelting Co. Referred to Finance Committee.

Reports

Works No 25

The Board of Works met on Saturday September 7th 1889.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Horne, McConnell and Oppenheimer.

We beg to recommend:

1. That Thos. Cyrs be permitted to erect lattice gates in front of his building on Water Street if it does not conflict with the Fire Limits By-Law, but that the Fire Inspector be first required to report upon it.

2. That a sidewalk be erected on the North side of Georgia Street opposite the Hotel Vancouver. New work cost $75.00.

3. That the City grant permission to the Marine Department to erect a Fog Bell at Beaverton Point.

4. That a Six ft sidewalk be constructed on Powell Street from Campbell Avenue to Boundary Avenue.

5. That the lane in Block 22, District Lot 541 be planked with old plank lifted from the Streets.

6. That $350.00 be expended in the purchase of trees to be planted on Arbour Day.

7. That Messrs Sansom and Dawson be paid $400.00 being half their commission on the Market building.

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8. That Sewer pipes be ordered in accordance with Mr. Mohun’s Report and also 18 Syphons.

9. That the City Engineer be empowered to order lumber for box drains.

10. That surface drain pipes be laid in the Sewer trenches where practicable.

11. That E. Mohun be paid $400.00 being commission for preparing plans for Sewers.

12. That the City Engineer be instructed to give the levels for the dam in Stanley Park.

13. That a ten foot sidewalk be laid on Granville Street from the end of the present sidewalk to Davie Street , 800 feet of which has already been provided for. New Work cost $438.00.

14. That tenders be called for the following improvements:

Grading lanes in the Market Block. New work cost $168.00
Repairing Homer St from Hastings to Georgia
Gravelling & repairing Seaton Street
Close cutting and burning lanes in Blocks 10 & 53 Grubbing part of lane in block 4, 196.

15. That the following tenders be accepted:

Ontario St Grading M. McIntyre
Ontario St Sidewalk H. Connacher
6th, 7th & 8th Ave Sidewalk D. McAlister
Westminster Av Sidewalk McDonald & Barton
Georgia St Crossings A. D. McDonald
Princess St Sidewalk do
Drake St Sidewalk do

Sgd. I. Oppenheimer for Chairman

Moved by Alderman McConnell seconded by Alderman Costello. That the report be adopted. Carried.

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Police No 3

The Board of Police Commissioners of the City of Vancouver met on the 2nd, 4th & 9th days of September.

Present Aldermen McConnell, Brewer, and Mason.

A number of serious charges have been made against certain members of the Police force of this City and your Committee is fully investigating the same.

Your Committee would therefore recommend as follows:

1. That a Special Audit of the Police Court accounts be made by the City Auditor particularly in reference to cases cited in charges brought before the Board against members of the Police Force and that a general audit of the Police Books be made and a report brought before this Board by the City Auditor by 2 P. M. of Saturday September 14th.

2. That final action on the charges preferred against members of the Police Force be deferred until Saturday next September 14th when the Auditors’ report will be received by the Board.

3. That Officer H. Fyffe be suspended pending further investigation of the charges preferred against him.

4. That W. W. Patterson be appointed a Special Police Officer for this City without Salary.

Sgd. G. S. McConnell, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Costello. That the Report of the Police Committee be adopted. Carried.

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Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Salsbury seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That a By-Law be introduced to raise by way of loan a sum of money to be applied towards improving Brockton Point in Stanley Park and the race course in the Eastern Park. Carried.

The By-Law was then read a first time.

Moved by Alderman McConnell seconded by Alderman Brewer. That a By-Law be introduced to amend By-Law No 79. Carried.

The By-Law was then read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman S. Brighouse seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the following accounts be paid:

P. Atkinson et al, Street Work $50.75
Do et al, Street Work 42.85
J. Canning, Flower Pots 2.25

Carried.

The Agreement between the Vancouver Electric Illuminating Co and the City for Street Lighting was read and adopted by Council.

Consideration of By-Laws

The Council went into Committee of the Whole to resume the reading of the By-Law compelling owners of lands and yards to place the same in condition to guard against risk or accident

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Alderman Clark was appointed Chairman.

In Committee the By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete.

The By-Law was then read a third time on Motion of Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Salsbury and ordered to be engrossed, signed, sealed and gazetted.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Race Course planned for Hastings Park – May 13, 1889

Council “to arrange with the British Columbia Jockey Club for the lease of a site under the control of the club in the eastern park near Hastings sufficiently large for the construction of a Race Course.”

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland
and Joy Marie Vasquez

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 3 pages 13-17

[volume 3 page 13]

Vancouver May 13th 1889

The Council met on Monday May 13th 1889 at 7:30 P.M.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Clark, Costello, Horne, Mason, McConnell, Oppenheimer, Salsbury and Whetham.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Clark. That Alderman Horne be appointed Chairman in the absence of the Mayor. Carried.

Communications

From J. B. Babington, Pound Keeper asking to be furnished with a horse etc. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Sister Francis acknowledging receipt of contribution from the Aldermen. Filed.

From F. G. Vernon C. C. of L. & W. asking to be furnished an estimate of the cost of opening up the streets from the proposed public park to the City boundary. Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Hon. F. G. Vernon acknowledging the receipt of a communication re the gravelling of the New North Arm Road. Filed.

From the Post Master General acknowledging the receipt of a resolution of Council re additional letter boxes. Filed.

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From J. M. Browning et al praying that the sidewalk on Burrard Street be extended to Hastings Street. Filed.

From Black and Wood asking to be allowed to fill in alley way between Granville & Seymour Streets and be allowed 15 cts therefor. Referred to the Board of Works.

From A. G. Balkwell asking to be allowed 8 cts per yd for dirt delivered on Homer St. Referred to the Board of Works.

From J. R. Foster et al petitioning for the grading of Seymour St. South. Referred to the Board of Works.

From H. F. Keefer et al petitioning for the grading of the lane in Block 10, 196. Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Devine asking for an increase of salary. Referred to the Finance Committee.

From D. McCallum asking for the payment of the balance of an account. Referred to Finance Committee.

From W. Seitz, Secretary of the Jockey Club, asking for a portion of the East Park for a Race Track. Filed.

From John P. Lawson submitting a report on Sewerage. Referred to the Board of Works.

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Reports

Works No 14

The Board of Works met on Thursday May 9th 1889.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Horne and McConnell.

We beg to recommend:

1. That John Cartwright’s offer to construct a sidewalk in front of his hotel on Campbell Avenue be accepted and that he be refunded the cost thereof when there are funds on hand for the purpose.

2. That Seymour Street between Davie and Smithe Streets be graded full width and a sidewalk laid thereon six feet wide and that the work be proceeded with at once estimated cost $1,560.00

3. That Princess Street between Carl Avenue and Hawks Avenue be graded full width.

4. That J. M. Lefevre be permitted to move a building situated on the corner of Hastings and Seymour Streets to a point without the fire limits.

5. That the 10 ft plank roadway on Pender Street between Howe Street and the stables be lifted and laid on the east side of Burrard Street for a sidewalk commencing at Dunsmuir Street and running north as far as Hastings Street to make a continuous sidewalk from Dunsmuir Street to Hastings Street and that Pender Street be gravelled.

6. That the waste earth at the South end of Dunlevy Avenue be used to grade
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Westminster Avenue between Prior Street and False Creek Bridge.

7. That Cambie Street between Hastings and Water Streets be gravelled and that Homer, Seymour and Richards Streets be gravelled from Hastings to Cordova and that part of Drake Street be filled by excavations made by contractor Bunker.

8. That street crossings be put down at the crossing of Georgia and Seymour Streets and at the corner of Georgia and Richards Streets.

9. That plans and specifications for a fountain be called for, to be placed at the corner of Hastings and Carrall Streets cost not to exceed $2,000.00.

10. That the following accounts be paid:

D. J. McDonald, Gravel $501.78
do Sec 2. Hastings St. 409.05
Frank Cerra, Sixth Av. 91.00
H. Connacher, Powell Streets etc. 240.77
Goodmurphy & McLellan, Howe St. 27.00
McMillan & Kelly Burrard St. 222.68
Boyd & Clandenning, Hastings St. etc. 1,012.78
Starrett & Leatherdale, Drayage 12.25
Thos. Beckett, Lettering 6.00
Alex McDonald, Express 25 cts
Hayden & Walker, Boat hire 2.25
Philip Fewster & Co. Feed 1.97
Thos. Stephenson, Horse hire 5.00
Palmer Bros. Feed 2.70
Royal City Planing Mills Co. 118.67
H. Blyth et al, Street Work 277.25

Alderman Horne and McConnell desire to know upon what authority those

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portions of Abbott and Dupont Streets in the vicinity of the Opera House were gravelled.

We beg further to report that a telephone line to the cemetery will cost $70.00 and the monthly rental will be $4.00.

Sgd. S. Brighouse, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the report of the Board of Works be referred to the Finance Committee. Carried.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Brighouse seconded by Alderman Brewer. That a Committee consisting of the following members of the Municipal Council be appointed to arrange with the British Columbia Jockey Club for the lease of a site under the control of the club in the eastern park near Hastings sufficiently large for the construction of a Race Course and other purposes in connection with the aims and objects of the club viz. Aldermen McConnell, Clark and Costello and the mover and report same to Council. Carried.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk