The ward system in Vancouver, 1886

The ward system in Vancouver, 1886

One of the first things the Mayor and Aldermen did when forming a government was to divide Vancouver into five Wards. This was done through Vancouver By-Law No. 3

Wards in Vancouver 1886
Here are the ward boundaries established in 1886, superimposed onto an old map of Vancouver. If you want a closer look, click here for a downloadable PDF of this map.

Speaking of boundaries, you might be interested to see that Nanaimo Street* was the eastern boundary of Vancouver, and Alma Street* was the western boundary. The southern boundary went west along Sixteenth Avenue to Fraser Street, then jogged through the Kingsway and Fraser intersection, and continued along Fifteenth Avenue to Nanaimo Street. That was Vancouver in those days.

The ward boundaries were changed in 1891 through Vancouver By-law No 118 and again in 1895 through Vancouver By-Law No 233.

Later By-laws continued to change the ward boundaries, and increase the number of wards to six (in 1904) , then to eight (in 1911, when Cedar Cottage, Kensington and Riley Park became part of Vancouver).

Then when Point Grey and South Vancouver amalgamated with Vancouver in 1929, the number of wards increased to twelve. Six years later, Vancouverites voted 62% in favour of abolishing the ward system.

* though neither of them were called that then. Nanaimo was called Boundary Road, and Alma was sometimes called Campbell Road and sometimes also Boundary Road. Confused yet?

Relief street work to begin on Friday – February 12, 1894

Relief street work to begin on Friday – February 12, 1894

Relief funding allotted at $1,000 to each of the five Wards; Aldermen to decide what street work in their ward is needed most, and hire foreman. Work to begin next Friday morning. City treasurer to ensure street gang workers will be paid twice a week. Vancouver opposes the amalgamation of the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co and the Westminster and Vancouver Tramway Co.

This transcript was made in 2019 by Transcribimus volunteer Linda Evans

original handwritten minutes here: City of Vancouver Archives
COV S 31 Volume 5 pages 695 – 703

[volume 5 page 695]

Vancouver Feb 12th 1894.

The Council met on Monday February 12th 1894. Present His Worship, the Mayor, and Aldermen Salsbury, Shaw, Queen, McDowell, McPhaiden, McdowellCraney, Wm Brown, Franklin + Bethune. The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From R. G. Tatlow, acknowledging the receipt of a resolution to the Council re the running of the street east around Fairview.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From W. H. Mellish, drawing attention to a dangerous piece of road near the corner of Westminster Av and 15th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works

From W. L. Green and J. H. Davidson, asking the Council to pass a resolution fixing rates for Chimney Sweeps.
Laid over

From. M. C. McLean on behalf of the Ratepayers Protective Association, asking to be furnished with a list of the proposed Street work in Ward 5.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Post Master General acknowledging the receipt of the resolution of Council re free postal delivery.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From A. M. Beattie re an amendment to the Market By-Law.
Laid over.

[volume 5 page 696]

From Wm Murray asking for a 3 inch pipe for supplying water to operate an elevator in the Bank of B. C.
Referred to the officers of the W. W. Department

From Geo Duthie etal asking for the opening up of Ontario St.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From A. A. McCrae asking for the return of his deposit on the tender for the delivery of the crushed rock.
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Bethune
That his request be granted.

From H. J. Cambie giving reasons for his resignation as Water Commissioner.
Filed

From the City Engineer asking for further time to report on the water power attainable from Capilano Creek and proposing to make an exploration of a lake at the head of the creek if the Council desired.
Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the City Engineer be authorized to carry into effect his suggestion regarding their exploration of the Creek lake at the head of Capilano Creek.
Carried

From the City Engineer giving a report on the pipes laid in the Narrows.
Filed

The following Reports were received and read.

Board of Works

The Board of Works held a special meeting on the 7th inst at 10 a.m. for the purpose of providing work for the unemployed. $5,000 had

[volume 5 page 697]

been voted by the Council for that object. The Matter was discussed, Alderman McCraney in the Chair and present Aldermen Brown, Queen, Franklin and Shaw.

It was resolved that each Alderman look over his own ward with a view of seeing what work is absolutely necessary or most advisable to do and report at 3 p.m. same afternoon.

The Board met again at 3 p.m. to decide the streets on which it was proposed to set the unemployed men at work. All the numbers being present, It was resolved, as follows:-
That 3 gangs be started to work on Friday morning next week if possible the work be arranged as follows:-
Ward I. grading Burnaby St. from Burrard St west 2 blocks.
Ward 4. Barnard St from Campbell Av2 blocks west.
Ward 5. St. George St. from 5th to 6th Av.

The work to be done in Ward 3 was held in abeyance for a day or two

Resolved that each ward be entitled to $1,000 of the amount voted by the Council for the purpose of providing work for the unemployed.

Resolved that the following be recommended as foremen in the respective wards subject to their appearing before the Board for instructions etc on Thursday next:-
Ward 1. Wm Tierney rate of $2.50 per day
Ward 2. G. Telford “ “ $2.50 per day
Ward 3. undecided
Ward 4. J. Clandening “ “ $2.50 per day
Ward 5. D. H. Morgan “ “ $2.50 per day

Resolved that any teams hired be paid at the rate of $5.00 per day of nine hours.
sgd H. P. McCraney
Chairman

[volume 5 page 698]

The Board of works held their regular meeting on the 8th of Feb 1894.
Present all of the members.
It was recommended:-
1. That the grade of the sidewalk in from of J. M. O’Toole’s residence building on Hastings Street be referred to the City Engineer to give him the grade of the permanent walk so that he may know how much the side walk will cost have to be lowered to suit the new grade of the street.

2. That the list of the successful tenderers for the clearing in 200A be laid over until the signatures are obtained to the document for the property owners to sign.

3. That the communication from Mc Philips and Williams solicitors for the Hunter Bros. protesting against the granting of any rights or privileges to the Oppenheimer Bros. or to other to lay a siding on the land adjoining their building in Block 7 196, be referred to the City Solicitor for his advice in the matter.

4. That S. Luff be granted permission to remove frame building from Lot 11 ^to Lot 15 Block 22.541.

5. That Carter Bros. be granted permission to lay a basement drain on Water St to accommodate the Gambrinus Hotel, under the supervision of the City Engineer.

6. That the communication from J. P. Roberts asking for a temporary crossing and sidewalk on the corner of Bute and Seaton Streets be referred to the Street Inspector for attention, also the letter of E. Cook submitting an amended account for bricks supplied for manholes.

7. That the Communication from H Michael claiming damages for injuries received

[volume 5 page 699]

on Cambie Street be referred to the City Solicitor for his opinion, the street inspector to report on the condition of the street, at the time.

8. That the Secretary of the Trades + Labor Council be requested to arrange for a deputation to appear before the Board at the next meeting in order to explain their request more fully re the 9 hours clause.

9. That Alderman C. L. Brown be authorized to expend the sum of $1.00 in removing a stump in front ofo J. D. Turnbull’s premises on 6th Av.

10. That Harvey Robertson and Robert Bell be recommended as foremen for Ward 3 in connection with the work being provided for the unemployed, and that a start be made in that ward on Albert Street east of Boundary Av. as soon as everything can be got ready, the rate of pay for the foremen being fixed at $2.50 per day.

11. That John Potter be recommended as foreman at $2.50 per day to replace the existing wooden sewer on Burrard St between Pender and Seaton Streets with 16 inch pipe.

12. That the following accounts be paid:-
B. C. Mills T. + T. Co Supplies $8.15
News Advertiser “ 5.00
McLennan + McFeely “ 9.45
Van Elec Ry + Light Co “ 5.40
Market Hardware Store “ 6.00
H. Lomas et al Labor 175.35

All petitions were laid over until the Estimates are prepared.
sgd. H. P. McCraney
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Bethune
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

[volume 5 page 700]

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday Feb 9th
Present Aldermen Salsbury, McPhaidin, Wm Brown and Bethune.
It was recommended:-
1. That the communication from W. E. Gravely asking the Council to renew the insurance on the Free Library be referred to the Library Board.

2. That a copy of the B. C. Directory be purchased through J. W. Sinclair at the cost of $5.00

3. That the communication from W. S. Gore re the title to Lot 2, Block 2 O. G. T. be referred to the City Solicitor.

4. That the tender of the News-Advertising and the World for the City Advertising be accepted for advertisements to be set solid as per sample furnished them.

5. That J. J. Gavin and H. Eligh be accepted, as bondsmen for W. H. Mellish on the wood contract and that the City Solicitor be instructed to draw up the necessary document.

6. That W. H. Kendall be paid $5000.00 on account of crushed rock.

7. That the following accounts be paid:-
Leek + Swallivell Ex of plumbers $56.00
Russell, McDonald + Co. Supplies 4.35
G. F. Baldwin “ .50
Telephone Co. Rents 40.90
F. Straube Tags 30.00
McLennan + McFeeley Supplies 10.00
Crowder + Penzer “ 2.50
do do “ 69.91
sgd S. F. Salsbury
Chairman

[volume 5 page 701]

Moved by Alderman Salsbury
Seconded by “ Queen
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

F. W. + L. Committee

The F. W. + L. Committee met on Monday Feb 12th 1894.
Present Aldermen Franklin, Queen, Shaw and Bethune.
The following account was recommended for payment:-
Hooper et al Labor $522.70
sgd J. L. Franklin
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell.
Seconded by “ Franklin.
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Motions

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Franklin
That the following account be paid
D. H. Morgan etal $118.55
Carried

Seconded by “ Salsbury
That the City contribute one third of the cost of paving Granville Street between Robson and Hastings Streets, and on Hastings Street between Cambie + Carrall Streets and constructing a basement drain on Granville St.
Carried

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ Wm Brown.
That the City Treasurer be instructed to pay the laborers on relief works twice a week.
Carried

[volume 5 page 702]

Moved by Alderman Franklin
Seconded by “ Queen
That the City Solicitor be instructed to communicate with our representatives at Victoria with a view of getting them to oppose the passing of an act to amalgamate the Vancouver Electric Railway and Light Co and the Westminster and Vancouver Tramway Co.
Carried

Consideration of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman McCraney
Seconded by “ McDowell
That the Local Improvement By-Law be read a 2nd time.
Carried

The Council went into committee of the Whole for its consideration, Alderman McCraney in the Chair.
It was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments.
The 3rd reading of the By-Law was deferred.

Notice of Motion

Alderman McDowell gave notice that at the next meeting he would [sic] the following resolution.
Whereas the Delta and New Westminster Railway Co is willing to undertake the construction of a combined railway and free traffic bridge across the Fraser River at the City of New Westminster as part of its line of railway upon terms which will secure to all

[vol 5 page 703]

railways which may desire to use, the said bridge passage over the same upon fair and equal terms provided that aid be given by the Government.
And whereas the carrying out of the said works will by providing constant and rapid communication between the municipalities south of the Fraser River, and Vancouver and thus affording easy access to the markets of Vancouver be of immense benefit to the City of Vancouver.
Therefore the Council is of [sic] opinion that the Government should grant all reasonable aid to the construction of the said works.

The Council then adjourned.

H. R. McCraney
Acting Mayor

Thos McGuigan
City Clerk

Vancouver street improvements approved for each ward – July 15, 1889

List of street improvements for each of five city wards itemized and approved, at a total cost of $41,990.00. Leading Chinese citizen J. Cumyow receives permission to exhume Chinese dead in cemetery. City receives a donation of fountain from Vancouver Iron Works Co.

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 52-66

[volume 3 page 52]

Vancouver July 15th 1889

The Council met on Monday July 15th 1889 at 8 P.M.

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

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From James Z. Hall et al praying for the improvement of Nelson Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Dr. Reinhart et al praying for the improvement of Princess Street. Referred to the Board of Works.

From Wm. Smith et al asking that the owners of lots 5, 6 & 7, Block 3, 182 be compelled to clear their lot. Referred to the Fire Inspector.

From John Abrams complaining about the conduct of the Chief of Police. Referred to the Police Committee.

From Wm. Webster asking for the payment of an account incurred by Mrs. Roberts. Referred to Finance Committee.

From the Harbour Master notifying the Corporation to stop dumping in the Harbour. Referred to the Board of Health.

From J. H. Watson asking the Council to repair a Bridge on Ninth Av. Filed.

From W. A. Cumyow asking to be permitted to exhume dead Chinese in Cemetery. Filed.

[volume 3 page 53]

From Alex Struthers et al praying that a surface drain be put down on the lane between Water and Cordova Streets. Referred to the Board of Works.

From S. Coumers offering to sell 4,000 ft of plank for $7.00 per M. Referred to the Board of Works.

From the City Clerk of New Westminster enclosing, a Note of Thanks from the Council for the kindness shown to them in Vancouver on the 1st & 2nd of July. Filed.

From Stanley Bros. Photographers asking for permission to erect a studio on the roof of a building on Cordova Street.

From C. Tilley offering to erect a Telephone line to the cemetery for $50.00

From A. J. Paterson asking permission to cross the sidewalk on the corner of Jackson Av. & Powell Street with teams.

From H. Abbott Esq. notifying Council that he would proceed with the rounding up of Granville Street extension. Referred to the Board of Works.

From D. M. Kennedy asking permission to operate & construct a cable line of street Railways. Referred to the Board of Works.

From the Medical Health Officer furnishing his semi-annual report. Referred to Board of Health.

[volume 3 page 54]

Reports

Finance No 18

The Finance Committee met on Friday June 21st 1889.

Present Aldermen Salsbury, Clark, Costello and Mason.

We beg to recommend that $2,000.00 be placed to the credit of His Worship, the Mayor to be expended in paying the expenses of his office.

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

The Finance Committee met again on Monday July 15th 1889.

Present His Worship the Mayor, Aldermen Salsbury, Whetham, Clark and Costello.

The following accounts are recommended for payment:

The World P & P Co. Ads $17.53
The Provincial Government 1116.20
Bank of B. C. Coupons 44.82
Thomson Bros. Stationery 10.50
News Advertiser, Books 40.00
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 20.50
E. S. Scoullar & Co. Connections 110.85
Royal City Planing Mills Co. 23.01
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 35.99

Sgd. W. F. Salsbury, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Mason. That the Finance report be adopted. Carried.

[volume 3 page 55]

Health No 7

The Health Committee met on Tuesday July 9th 1889.

Present Aldermen Whetham, Salsbury & Brewer.

We beg to recommend:

1. That 50 feet of hose be purchased for the City Hospital, also two fracture boards and one long splint, the latter articles to be supplied through Dr. Robertson.

2. That the rules and regulations previously passed by the City Council for the government of the City Hospital and Medical Staff be condensed and printed.

3. That the following accounts be paid:

Jacob Sehl, Supplies $1.85
Van Wharfage Co. Rent 7.50
S. T. Tilley, Stationery 2.35
D. A. Campbell, Scavengering 6.00
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 11.70
Chas. Nelson, Drugs 6.40
R. V. Winch, Supplies 40.38
Dr. McAlpine, Drugs 20.65
J. S. Clute & Co. Supplies 3.60
Hudson’s Bay Co. Supplies 46.00
Thos. Tynan, Attendance 2.00
Sorenson & Co. Drugs 18.25

Sgd. Jas. Whetham, Chairman
Moved by Alderman Costello seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the report of the Board of Health be adopted. Carried.

F. W. & L. No 10

The Fire, Water & Light Committee met on Wednesday July 10th 1889.

Present Aldermen Brighouse, Clark, Whetham, and Oppenheimer.

[volume 3 page 56]

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

V. W. Haywood, Buckets $5.00
Palmer Bros. Feed 29.55
Van Electric Ill Co 293.70
Telephone Co. 16.00
E. S. Scoullar & Co. Supplies 126.30
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 26.34
John W. Ronald, Supplies 106.00
Keefer & McGillivray, Horse Hire 35.00
J. H. Carlisle, Drayage 3.00

2. That the City Solicitor communicate with the Vancouver Water Works Co asking them when they can supply the City with water for fire purposes, guaranteeing the maintenance of a pressure of ___lbs to the square inch at all times and that the City insist that the company must without delay construct their water works to such an efficient condition that the demand above asked for can be carried into effect at the very earliest date.

3. That the locations of two of the Fire Alarm Stations be changed as follows:

(1) From Richards and Georgia to Burrard and Georgia.

(2) From Robson and Thurlow to Barclay and Bute.

Sgd. I. Oppenheimer, Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brewer seconded by Alderman Whetham. That the report of the Fire, Water & Light Committee be adopted. Carried.

[volume 3 page 57]

Works No 18

The Board of Works met on Saturday July 13th 1889.

Present His Worship the Mayor Aldermen Brighouse, Brewer, Horne and Oppenheimer.

We beg to recommend:

1. That the following accounts be paid:

A. Bunker Excavations $93.90
A. Balkwell, Excavations 71.70
F. Young Street Crossings 23.32
James Ironsides, Carl Av 15.68
D. J. McDonald, Hastings St East 467.22
Do Crossings 75.32
Thos. Dunn & Co. Supplies 75.98
S. T. Tilley, Supplies 7.35
Tattersall’s Stables 18.50
Vancouver City Foundry 7.00
Henderson & Couth, Barnard St. 264.67

2. That Westminster Road be widened in places. So as to receive 16 feet of gravel.

3. That Hastings Street be gravelled from Carrall to Cambie Street and crowned and gravelled from Westminster Avenue east.

4. That Burrard and Dunsmuir Streets and the lane between Horne and Hornby Streets be drained.

5. That the following communication be addressed to Mr. H. Abbott, General Superintendent of the Canadian Pacific Railway Co:

That since the appropriation of $600.00 was voted by the Council for gravelling Granville Street extension South of False Creek we find that Your Company undertook

[volume 3 page 58]

To gravel said road where necessary and make it a permanent one during all seasons of the year.

We therefore respectfully ask you to carry out your agreement in that respect.

6. That the City Engineer be instructed to make an Estimate of the cost of opening up Westminster Avenue to the City Boundary and its extension to the Cemetery and report to this Board; also that he prepare a contour plans of surface drainage and lay it before the Board at its next meetings and that he select a Suitable location on the Hastings Townsite for Exhibition grounds and report within two weeks.

7. That a notice be inserted in the Eastern papers and one of the Vancouver papers soliciting applications for a sanitary Engineer to carry out a thorough system of Sewerage for the City of Vancouver.

8. That the Board of Works hereafter meet on Thursday at 3 P. M. instead of 4 P. M.

The following appropriations for street improvements have been agreed to by your Board and are respectfully submitted for the Sanction of Council.

Ward One

Richards Street

One Six ft Sidewalk, Georgia to Robson $123.00
One 3 ft Sidewalk, Drake to Davie 56.00

Seaton Street

Gravelled from Burrard to Brewery 160.00
Repairs on Bridge 100.00

[volume 3 page 59]

Hornby Street

Graded from Pender to Dunsmuir 308.00
3 ft Sidewalk Pender to Dunsmuir 56.00
3 ft Sidewalk Pacific to Helmicken 164.00

Burrard Street

Gravelled One Thousand feet 800.00

Melville Street

Graded from Burrard to Junction 1400.00
3 ft Sidewalk 100.00

Eveleigh Street

Three foot Sidewalk 66.00

Georgia Street

Sidewalk from Howe to Broughton 873.00
3 ft Sidewalk from Nicola to Bridge 330.00
Gravelling 2,896.00
Crossings at Seymour & Richards 88.00
Robson Street

Graded from Burrard to Jervis and from Nicola to Cordero 20 ft 900.00
3ft Sidewalk 330.00

Alberni Street

Graded One block and a half 375.00
One Sidewalk 118.00

Haro Street

Sidewalk 1,800 ft from Burrard West 243.00

Nicola Street

3 ft Sidewalk from Robson to Georgia 80.00

Barclay Street

3 ft Sidewalk from Burrard to Bute 175.00

Nelson Street

3 ft Sidewalk from Burrard to Bute 175.00

Howe Street

Sidewalk from Pacific to Helmicken 195.00

Granville Street

Ten foot Sidewalk 1,406.00

Comox Street

Graded from Burrard to Jervis 660.00
One Sidewalk 168.00

Pendrel Street

3 ft Sidewalk from Burrard to Bute 168.00
Graded from Burrard to Bute 504.00

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Seymour Street

Graded from Smithe to Davie 600.00
3 ft Sidewalk Smithe to Davie 195.00
2 3 ft Sidewalk Pacific to Drake 120.00

Helmicken Street

Graded from Richards to Granville 185.00

Pacific Street

Graded from Richards to Granville 185.00
Three foot Sidewalk 62.00

Drake Street

Gravelled from Granville to Richards 270.00

Pender Street

Gravelled 2 Blocks, 856 ft 642.00
Sidewalk 2,100 ft (3 ft) 300.00

Street Railway Repairs 1,500.00

Total $17,076.00

Ward Two

Homer Street

Gravel from Hastings to Cordova 213.00
Repairs from Hastings to Georgia 250.00
Grading from Drake to Helmicken 452.00
3 ft Sidewalk 1,080 ft 130.00
Grading from Georgia to Robson 210.00
Sidewalk from Georgia to Robson 132.00

Richards Street

Gravelling 600 ft from Drake North 420.00
Sidewalk from Davie to Drake 132.00

Hamilton Street

Grading from Georgia to Robson 180.00
3 ft Sidewalk 60.00
Pender Street

Crossings 14.00

Dunsmuir St

Grading from Hamilton to Cambie 94.00
Sidewalk 32.00

Drake Street

Gravelling from Richards to Homer 210.00

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Lanes in Blocks 34, 35 & 36 320.00

Hastings Street

Planking Repairs and Gravel 750.00

Water Street

Planking Repairs and Gravel 300.00

Carrall Street

Planking Repairs and Gravel 200.00

Cambie Street

Planking Repairs and Gravel 225.00

Street Railway Repairs etc 1,525.00

Total $5,869.00

Ward Three

Campbell Avenue

Grading from Powell to Hastings $387.00

Hastings Streets

Gravelling from Westminster to Jackson 600.00
Lanes in Blocks 10 & 53 80.00
Powell Street

Gravelling from Campbell to Boundry Av. 600.00
Repairs to Hastings Road 200.00
Street Railway Repairs 3,160.00
Total $5,027.00

Ward Four

Westminster Av.

Filling from Hastings to Bridge 1000.00

Hastings Street

Gravelling from Westminster to Jackson 600.00

Gore Av.

3 ft Sidewalk 198.00

Princess St

1 Six ft Sidewalk 104.00
1 3 ft Sidewalk 56.00
Grading from Carl to Hawks 800.00

Keefer Street

Grading from Gore to Dunlevy 144.00
3 ft Sidewalk 48.00

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Prior Street

Grading from Gore to Dunlevy [unreadable] $280.00
Lanes in Blocks 17 & 20 110.00

Jackson Av.

Approach & Crossings 29.00

Sixth & Seventh Ave.

2 Plank Sidewalks 90.00

Campbell Av.

Grading from Hastings to Princess 325.00
Street Railway Repairs 1,280.00
Westminster Road Gravelling 1,500.00
Total $6,564.00

Ward Five

Westminster Av. 8 ft Sidewalk from Bridge to Blairs $810.00
Filling from Bridge South 1,260.00
Grading from 10th Av. To Boundary 1,000.00
Gravelling 3,000.00
Seventh Av. Grading from Westminster to Quebec $126.00
4 ft Sidewalk 150.00
2 Plank from Prince Edward to Westminster 65.00
Eight Av. Grading from Westminster to Quebec
4 ft Sidewalk 150.00
Quebec Street, Sidewalk from 6th to 15th
Grading from 13th to 15th 398.00
Twelfth Av. Grading from Quebec to Ontario, 2 plank sidewalk 154.00
Tenth Av. Sidewalk for 2 Blocks from Westminster Av. West 120.00
Ontario St. Grading from 12th to 14th 180.00
2 ft Sidewalk 45.00
Sidewalk on Sixth & Fifth Av. 65.00
Columbia St. Grading 1 block 9 to 10th 40.00
Lansdowne St. Westminster to Scotia 27.00
Street Railway Repairs 800.00
Total $7,454.00
Grand Total $41,990.00

Sgd. S. Brighouse, Chairman

[volume 3 page 63]

Moved by Alderman Whetham seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That Hornby Street grading read from Hastings to Georgia. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Clark seconded by Alderman Brewer. That the clause in the report of the Board of Works referring to advertising for a Sanitary Engineer be struck out and that Mr. E. Mohun be appointed to extend the Sewerage System and that vitrified pipes be used instead of wood and that the Board of Works be empowered to arrange details with Mr. Mohun in regard to the amount of work to be done and his charges for plans specifications and details and superintendance of construction. Carried.

Alderman Salsbury & Brighouse dissenting.

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the report as amended be adopted. Carried.

By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Clark Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Costello. That the rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced to amend By-Law No 79. Carried.

The By-Law was then read a first time.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer Clark seconded by Alderman Costello. That the rules be suspended and a By-Law introduced requiring movers of lands and yard to place the same in a condition to guard against accident. Carried.

[volume 3 page 64]

The By-Law was then read a first time.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Costello. That the amendments to By-Law No 79 be read a second time. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Salsbury. That the Council go into Committee of the Whole on By-Law with Alderman Oppenheimer in the Chair. Carried.

In Committee the By-Law was read clause by clause and reported back to Council as complete without amendments.

The By-Law was then read a third time on motion of Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Clark and passed.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Clark. That the offer of the Telephone Co. to extend their line to the City Cemetery for the sum of $50.00 be accepted. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Salsbury. That the kind and liberal offer of the Vancouver Iron Works Co. donating a fountain to the City be accepted and that the City Clerk be instructed to convey to them the thanks of the Council for their liberality. Carried.

[volume 3 page 65]

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Brewer. That W. A. Cumyow be permitted to exhume the Chinese in the Cemetery under the supervision of the Health Inspector and in accordance with his communication. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That the Fire Inspector be instructed to inquire into and investigate the claims of E. H. & J. Stanley and report to the Board of Works and that said Board be empowered to act fully in the matter. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Oppenheimer seconded by Alderman Costello. That Mr. D. B. Charleson be required to fix 9th Av Bridge without delay. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Horne seconded by Alderman Oppenheimer. That Mr. Paterson be permitted to construct a regular crossing on the corner of Powell Street and Jackson Avenue under the supervision of the City Engineer. Carried.

Notices of Motion

Alderman Brewer gave notice that at next meeting of Council he would bring in a motion to amend the Fire limits By-Law.

Alderman Whetham gave notice that at the next meeting of the Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend the Mayor License By-Laws of the City.

[volume 3 page 66]

The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer, Mayor

Thos. F. McGuigan, City Clerk

Police to monitor Vancouver’s street lighting – October 22, 1888

City Engineer must keep a separate contract book for each ward. Police men to report location and date of broken streetlights. City drains to be diverted into culverts being dug by C.P.R to reduce fouling of Burrard Inlet north of Water Street. The Chief of Police to order uniforms for policemen, mattresses and blankets for the new jail cells. (more…)

Vancouver By-law No. 3 dividing the City into Wards

This transcript was made in March of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Mary Ann Capistrano

original handwritten by-law here

By Law dividing the City of Vancouver into Wards

Whereas the Act of Incorporation the Council of the City of Vancouver is empowered to divide the City into Wards
Therefore the Mayor and Council of the City of Vancouver in Council Assembled enact as follows
That the City be and is hereby divided into five wards the name to be known and styled as Wards numbers One, Two, Three, Four and Five composed as follows:-

Ward No. 1 Shall be comprised of the Government Military Reserve forming part of the Coal Harbor Peninsula Lot Number 185 Group One, New Westminster District, that part of Lot 541 and False Creek lying West of a line drawn along the centre of Richards Street from the shore of Burrard Inlet to False Creek and North of a line drawn midway between the Banks of False Creek from the Centre of Richards Street produced southwesterly to a point midway between the Banks of False Creek to the mouth of False Creek

Ward No. 2 That part of Lot 541 lying east of the Eastern Boundary of Ward No. 1 and that part of False Creek lying North

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of a line drawn midway between the Banks of False Creek from the Centre of Richards Street produced southwesterly to the Centre of the present Traffic Bridge over said False Creek,

Ward No. 3. That part of Lots 196 and 181 Group One New Westminster District lying North of the Centre of Hastings Street

Ward No 4. Lots 182, 183, 184, 264a, those parts of Lots 196 and 181 lying South of the Centre of Hastings Street, that part of False Creek lying East of the present Traffic Bridge and that part of Lot _(torn -196?)___ lying within the City Limits,

Ward No 5. That part of the City of Vancouver bounded on the East by the Western Boundary of Lot 264a, the shore of False Creek to the present Traffic Bridge and along said Traffic Bridge to a point midway between the Banks of False Creek, on the North by a line drawn midway between the Banks of False Creek from the Centre of said Traffic Bridge to the mouth of said Creek, thence by a line drawn Southwest across the mouth of False Creek to the point __(torn – off)__ English Bay west of the Indian Reserve, thence along the shore of English Bay to the Western Boundary of the City, on the West by the Western boundary of the City and on the South by the Southern Boundary of the City.

M. A. MacLean
Mayor
Thos F McGuigan
City Clerk