CPR bridge must have a draw, Council affirms – September 22, 1890

CPR bridge must have a draw, Council affirms – September 22, 1890

The CPR bridge across False Creek “… offers a serious obstruction to the passage of steamers and sailing vessels.” City to “communicate with” Canadian government to “cause” the CPR to either remove the bridge or “have a draw span inserted in same bridge.” Board of Health recommended to next year’s Council to set aside $2,500 to establish a hospital for women and children “as petitioned for by Mrs. Webster.” Board of Works reported the Market Building almost finished.

This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston
and sponsored by Arnold Silber

original handwritten minutes here

City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pg 52-58

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Vancouver Sept 22nd 1890

The Council met on Monday Sept 22nd 1890.
Present: His Worship Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Sentell, Fox, Doering, McLeod, Carroll, Garden, Mason and Costello.

Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications were read

From D. Robson, City Clerk, New Westminster inviting the Council to attend the Exhibition.

From Ivan Busting asking to have Victoria Street graded. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Rob’t Barker asking payment of an account of $25.15 for expenses incurred in repairs owing to change of grade on Oppenheimer St. Referred to the Board of Works.

From D. McKay enclosing account against Murray & Fraser for work done on the Sugar Refinery. Referred to the Sugary Refinery Com.

From G.H. Lockerly, on behalf of Zion Church, asking to rent the Market Hall. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Elliott, Harris et al asking for a sidewalk on north side of Barklay [sic] St. Referred to the Board of Works.

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From Williams B.C. Directory Co. asking to supply the City with copies of the work. Referred to Finance.

From Chas. H. Nye asking to be appointed Market Clerk. Filed.

From A. St. G. Hamersley, City Solicitor, re Murray & Fraser’s contract as follows:
“In answer to yours of the 18th Inst, the contractors having given up the contract before completion, the City should give notice to the sureties, calling on them to complete. There should then be a new contract entered into with the sureties to complete. When this is done the City will be in a legal position to deal with the sureties and pay them as the contract is completed.” Referred to the Board of Works.
From the Free Reading and Library Committee asking for the use of rooms over the New Market Hall, and for an increase of grant to $100. Filed.

From Hoffar, on behalf of Towne and Robinson asking permission to extend the foundation of their Hotel building under the sidewalk. Referred to the Board of Works.

From J.A. Fulton, sec. Trades and Labor Council, calling attention to the fact that the by-law regarding street labor has been broken, especially the clause referring to nine hours work. Also asking that the Chinese be compelled to close their Laundries on Sunday. Referred to the Board of Works.

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From Gallagher, Britton et al asking to have the lane in Block 63-541 opened. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Ogilvie, Trainor et al asking to have an Electric Light placed at the corner of Quebec St. and 12th Ave. Referred to the F. W. and Light Com.

From Blake et al asking to have hill on Hastings St cut down. Referred to the Board of Works.

Reports

Health

The Health Committee met on Tuesday Sept 9th 1890.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, Fox and McLeod. The latter in the chair.

It was recommended:
That two temperature charts be printed for use at the City Hospital.
That as there are no funds on hand at present to be devoted towards the funding of a Hospital for women and children as petitioned for by Mrs. Webster, we strongly recommend to the incoming Council the advisability of placing $2500 in next year’s estimates for that purpose.
That the following accounts be paid:
W.S. Cook, Scavenger work $51.50
Dr. Thomas, Vet. examinations 10.00
M.A. Harvey, Hack hire 2.50
Dr. McGuigan, Inquest etc. 15.00
H. McDowell & Co, Drugs 55.16
W.J. Taylor, Burial 14.00
Van Volkenburgh & Bro, Meat 47.41
R.V. Winch, Supplies 13.15
Hudson Bay Co, Supplies 11.00
J. Scuitto, Supplies 75.39

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Crowder & Penzer, Supplies 5.00
Wo Sing, Washing 19.20

Alderman Fox moved
Alderman Carroll seconded
That the report be adopted. Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday 18th at 3 o’clock P.M.
Present: Aldermen Horne, Sentell and Costello.
It was recommended as follows:
1. That the amount due on the Market Building contract be paid on the 28th inst the expiration of 30 days, the city retaining $175.00 of the amount.
2. That permission be granted Mrs. Gold to make openings in the sidewalk, subject to the By-Laws, and under the supervision of the City Engineer.
3. That the City Engineer examine and report re James McGeer’s request.
4. That tenders be called for street numbers, between 3000 and 5000, of white metal, to be put up under the supervision of the City Engineer.
5. That the lane in Block 28 be completed to Abbott St.
6. That tenders be called for a basement drain in the lane in Block 4 O.G.T.
7. That the Market grounds be gravelled.

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8. That the tender of D.H. Morgan for Victoria St be accepted.
9. That the City Engineer be authorized to make the necessary repairs to False Creek Bridge.
10. That the following accounts be paid:
F.L. Budlong, 11th Ave. Bridge 384.34
Wm Cullen, Market Grounds 200.00
Wm Cullen, West. Ave. 50.00
D.H. Morgan, 11th Ave Grade 44.77
John Costello, Alexander St 356.70
John Costello, Alexander St. 125.00
McDonald & Lloyd, West. Ave. Grade 424.80
Boyd & Clendenning, Oppenheimer 405.00
Boyd & Clendenning, Raymour [sic] 315.00
Urquhart & Morris, Cemetery Road 189.00
H. Connacher, Carolina 33.80
H. Connacher, Keefer 374.80
C. Higginson, St Sprinkling 45.00
A.O. Leask, Sewers 13.00
I. Paton, Flushing Sewers 1.00
G.H. Dawson, Repairs to Transit 24.65

Alderman Fox moved
Alderman Garden seconded
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole to consider the report. Carried.
In Committee of the Whole, Alderman Costello in the chair, the report was considered and passed without amendment, Aldermen Carroll and Garden dissenting from Clause 8.
In Council on motion of Aldermen Costello and Fox the report was adopted.

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Motions

Alderman Garden moved
Alderman Costello seconded
That the motion passed by the Council of 1889 that contractors should not be paid for excavated material from cellars that they deposit on and improve streets with be rescinded. Carried.

Alderman McLeod moved
Alderman Mason seconded
Whereas the trade and commerce of Vancouver is increasing so rapidly and to such an extent and the foreshore of False Creek is becoming such a manufacturing centre as to cause steamers to ply to and fro in these waters:
And whereas the C.P.R. Co. has built a bridge across False Creek which offers a serious obstruction to the passage of steamers and sailing vessels.
Therefore be it resolved that the Dominion Government be communicated with asking them to cause the C.P.R. Co. to have this obstruction removed or have a draw span inserted in same bridge. Carried.

Alderman Carroll moved
Alderman Garden seconded
That the request of Towne & Robinson be granted the work to be constructed in accordance with the By-Law and under the supervision of the City Engineer. Carried.

Alderman Garden moved
Alderman Mason seconded
That His Worship the Mayor and the City Council accept with thanks the invitation of the New Westminster

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Council to be present at the coming Royal Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition to be held this week. Carried.

Alderman McLeod moved
Alderman Fox seconded
That Messrs Boyd & Clendenning who have the gravelling contract be kindly asked to furnish an estimate for block paving Hastings St East between Carroll and Westminster Avenue in lieu of gravelling same; block paving to consist of cedar blocks 8 in high laid on a foundation of one inch boards. Street to be first graded & curbed with plank 4 in by 16 in. Carried.

Alderman Costello moved
Alderman Mason seconded
That the account for labor for week ending Sept 20 be paid. Carried.

Notice of Motion
Alderman Carroll: At the next regular meeting will move that the Assessment Commissioner for this Municipality be instructed to omit from the Assessment Roll the improvements on Real Estate.

Council adjourned to meet at 2 o’clock P.M. on Tuesday 23rd.

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

Richmond hedges on its bridge contribution – June 10, 1889

Municipality of Richmond’s position regarding its financial responsibility toward the construction of a bridge between Vancouver and Richmond “is noted with much surprise and regret by this Board” (see minutes from April 15, 1889). City purchased one horse at a cost of $300

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 37-43

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Vancouver June 10th 1889

The Council met on Monday, June 10th 1889 at 7:30 P. M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Diplock & Co et al, Starrett and Leatherdale et al, The Vancouver Board of Trade and J. W. Simmolt et al praying that certain clauses be eliminated from By-Law No 79. Referred to License Committee.

From Thos. Stephenson, submitting an offer for sprinkling the streets. Filed.

From the Vancouver Board of Trade asking the Council to make an appropriation for advertising the advantages of Vancouver. Filed.

From the Clerk of the Municipality of Richmond returning resolution sent by the Vancouver Council re the Bridges across the North Arm. Filed.

Reports

Works No 16

The Board of Works met on Thursday

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June 6th 1889.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Horne.

We beg to recommend:

1. That Messrs Boyd and Clandening be awarded the contract for the gravelling of Westminster Road to the City Boundary at $2.10 per cubic yard for North Arm gravel.

2. That contractors who have excavations to make be allowed 10 cts per cubic yard until Seymour, Hastings, Richards and Homer Streets are filled up to grade or until further notice.

3. That Mr. Abbott be communicated with advising him that we are about to gravel Granville Street extension South of False Creek and ask him to put that road in proper condition by crowning and drawing it before the gravel is laid.

4. That suspension rods on False Creek Bridge be tightened.

5. That Howe Street be put in condition for horse racing on the 1st of July.

6. That the City Hall fence be painted and the windows repaired and frosted.

7. That Campbell Avenue be graded from Hastings Street to Princess Street as the excavations are necessary for Hastings Street extension estimated cost $650.00.

Sgd. S. Brighouse, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the report of the Board of Works be adopted. Carried.

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Motions

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the City Treasurer be authorized to pay John Cameron $300.00 being purchase price of horse for the Fire Department and H. Blyth et al for street work $63.50. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Brewer seconded by Alderman Mason. That the City Engineer be instructed to make out an estimate of the cost and the work required on the cemetery road from the city boundary to the cemetery and report at next Council meeting if possible. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McConnell seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That whereas owing to the increasing population of the City the present number of police is not sufficient to patrol the City.

Be it therefore resolved that two additional members be appointed according to the rules governing the force. Referred to the Finance Committee.

Moved by Alderman McConnell seconded by Alderman Clark. That a Committee be appointed to take into consideration the erection of a Market building and report to this council at its next meeting. Carried.
His Worship appointed Alderman Clark, Horne and McConnell to act as the Committee.

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Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman McConnell. That the Fire, Water & Light Committee be authorized to purchase six Flexible Branches, One hose wagon and 2,000 feet of hose. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Salsbury. That to avoid loss of time in arriving at a decision in regard to the street sprinkling the matter be left to the discretion of the Board of Works to make such contract for watering such streets as to them may seem in the best interests of the City. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Salsbury. Whereas by a resolution of the Council passed on the 15th day of April AD 1889 referring to the arrangements made for the construction of Granville Street Bridge by this City and the making of certain roads and the construction of bridges across the North Arm of the Fraser River by the C. P. R. Co and the Municipality of Richmond respectively, the attention of said municipality was called by said resolution to the fact that this City had fulfilled its part of the aforesaid agreement and that said Municipality had not done what it agreed to do at a meeting between delegates from the Council of said Municipality from the C. P. R. Co and a Committee of this Council in January 1888.

And whereas the Council of said Municipality by resolution refused to receive the said resolution of this Council for

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reasons set forth at length in the resolution of said Council of Richmond.

And whereas it is true that, though in said resolution of said Council of Richmond, it is alleged that no definite arrangement was made by it with this City or with the said C. P. R. Co. but that only a conditional agreement was made by said Council.

And whereas it is true that at the meeting of Delegates aforesaid, the Delegates from Richmond mentioned the sum of $20,000 as the probable cost of said bridges of which the Provincial Government, it was alleged, would bear one half.

And whereas it was understood by the Delegates from this City and from the C. P. R. Co. that it was the true intent of the agreement with said Municipality of Richmond that the said bridges were to be built at whatever cost by said Municipality with such aid as it might be able to obtain from the Provincial Government and that the City of Vancouver would build the Granville Street Bridge and so constructing the agreement made at the meeting aforesaid, though the delegates for this City mentioned 13 to $18,000 as the sum it would expend in the construction of Granville Street Bridge; still feeling that the City was pledging itself through its Delegates to said Municipality of Richmond to build the bridge at any cost, this Council paid $22, 000 for the construction of same in order to act up to the spirit of its understanding with said Municipality of Richmond.
And whereas in accordance with an arrangement made at said meeting of delegates, this Council

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petitioned the Provincial Government to make a grant in aid of the works which said Municipality agreed to perform and His Worship the Mayor and several members of this Board in their private capacities as well as the Board of Trade of Vancouver have used their best efforts to procure such aid from said Government and have continued and are continuing such efforts to the present time, and in view of these facts the allegation contained in the said resolutions of the Council of Richmond that this Council acted rather as an enemy than a friend is noted with much surprise and regret by this Board.

Be it therefore resolved by the Mayor and Aldermen in Council assembled that this Board will always be ready to render every assistance in its power in furthering any project which may have for its object the development of the resources of the Province and this District in particular and as an evidence of its good faith in so doing, it expended almost double the sum anticipated by it when it entered into the agreement with the C. P. R. Co and the Municipality of Richmond.

And be it further resolved that this Board sincerely regrets the tone of the resolution of said Municipality just read and hopes that the Council of the same will on more mature deliberation acquit the Council of this City of any motives either selfish or numerical to the progress of its Sister Corporation.

And be it further resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to write to the Council of said Municipality informing it of the feelings of this Council respecting said resolution. Carried.

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Notice of Motion

Alderman McConnell gave notice that he would at the next meeting of Council introduce a By-Law for the purpose of regulating the erection of telegraph poles, telephone poles and electric light poles in the different streets and lanes in the City of Vancouver.

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk