Money to be found, but not for Oppenheimer – May 16, 1892

Money to be found, but not for Oppenheimer – May 16, 1892

Taxpayers to be polled June 21, 1892 regarding tax increase to fund schools, sewers and water works extensions. Council refuses (by one vote) to reimburse former Mayor Oppenheimer $500 spent out of his own funds on City business. A.M. Beattie proposes to lease the Market Hall. The By-Law to change the name of Oppenheimer Street to Cordova Street was defeated on the second reading. (more…)

Selected city streets to be paved – May 2, 1892

Selected city streets to be paved – May 2, 1892

Pavement for Hastings, Cordova, Carrall, Abbott and Cambie Streets to be paid by frontage tax (city pays 1/3, owners pay 2/3). Property owners on these streets must get their water and gas connections in before paving takes place. Water temporarily shut off to the Rogers Sugar Refinery during the City takeover of the Water Works. (more…)

Projected new oil warehouse alarms neighbours – Feb 15, 1892

Projected new oil warehouse alarms neighbours – Feb 15, 1892

Letter received from R.D. Pith thanking Council for giving  him an artificial leg.  Condition of city street lights is a problem.  The Vancouver Electric Railway & Light Co. “urged to erect all lights that they had been notified to purchase last year”. $34.70 to be paid to the City of Victoria “for the keep of the leper”.  Oppenheimer Brothers protest against the Standard Oil Co.’s potential oil warehouse on Block 7.196. (more…)

City Hospital staff reappointed, slaughterhouses all “in order” – Feb 8, 1892

City Hospital staff reappointed, slaughterhouses all “in order” – Feb 8, 1892
Complaint received from Philip Fewster of his being ill-treated at Police Court.  Miss Swan reappointed as Matron at the City Hospital at $50 a month and allowed an assistant at $15.  W.G. March appointed as hospital cook and Frank Humphries as porter at $30 a month each. Alderman McGuigan and Gavin reported that they had visited the Slaughter houses and crematory with the mayor and found everything in order there being no smells. Mrs. Broderick paid $28.80 by the Health Committee for shirt making.  Final purchase of the Vancouver Water Works Company to take place at City Hall February 29, 1892.

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Bell-Irving and Paterson get Water Works contract – Feb 2, 1892

The Council granted the Water Works contract for cast iron pipes, lead pipes, and lead to Bell-Irving and Paterson, commerical merchants at 436 Cordova Street. Use of the hall at the City Market was granted free for a hospital fund-raiser. By-Laws completed on vagrancy, liquor, use of guns within City limits, health, trades licensing, bread, and the pound. (more…)

More pipes needed to extend the Water Works – December 14, 1891

City Engineer presented a plan of the city showing where more pipes were needed to extend the Water Works. Tenders were invited to supply appropriate pipes. City Clerk to advertise at once for a Porter and Cook for the City Hospital. The lane in Block 87.196 to be graded by the chain gang if possible.

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and sponsored by Shirley Barnett

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 601-610

[Vol. 4, pg. 601]

Vancouver December 14th, 1891
The Council met on Monday December 14th 1891
Present. His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, Wm. Brown, McDowell, and C.L. Brown.

The minutes of last regular and special meetings were read and adopted.

Communications.

The following were received, and read:
From Rand Bros in reference to the damage done to the Hotel Metropole by water.
Referred to Board of Works.

From Hon. John Robson notifying Council of the appointment of G.A. Jordan, as Justice of the Peace.
Filed.

From Oppenheimer Bros. asking permission to put in a siding to their Store on Powell Street.
Referred to Board of Works.

From the Market Clerk reporting on receipts
Filed.

From W.L. Fagan drawing attention to the neglected condition of a sick Chinaman on Dupont St. and asking that he be admitted to the hospital.
Referred to Alderman Carroll.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights.
Filed.

From John Mcallister asking for an answer to his question re hose wagon.
Referred to F W & L Committee

[Volume 4 page 602]

From the City Engineer stating the he could find no record regarding the depth of the Sewer in Block 3.185.
Referred to Board of Works

The following Reports were received and read:

Fire, Water & Light

The F.W.&L. Committee met on Tuesday December 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen Templeton, Brighouse & Wm Brown.
It was recommended:-

1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Tye + Co. Supplies $5.02
V. Elec Ry. +L. Co. Lights 1245.13
Fraser + Co Supplies 6.61
Palmer Bros “ 21.00
I. Forbes Shoes Set 4.00
G.H. Bazley “ 4.00
John Scuitto Suppliers 17.35
B.C.M. T & L. Co “ 30.34

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to reply to E.C. Coldwell’s communication stating that an Electric Light will be erected on the corner of Keefer and Jackson instead of on the corner Princess and Jackson.

John McAllister appeared before the Committee in reference to the hose wagon. After hearing his statement and that of Mr. Winch it was resolved that both be required to put up $50 to pay for the expenses of an impartial party from Victoria, and whoever is found in the wrong will be required to bear all expenses incurred.
sgd Wm Templeton Chairman
[Volume 4 pg 603]

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Finance

The Finance Committee met on Friday December 11th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, Hobson and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Telephone Co. Rents $22.50
C.P. Telegraph Co. Messages 3.15
D. Oppenheimer “ 12.48
News Advertiser Ads 5.82

2. That the City Clerk be instructed to advertise for tenders for making 20 ballot boxes to be made of either wood or galvanized iron.

3. That the communication from the Rand Bros. asking for a rebate on [Onderdonk’s?] taxes be filed.
Wm. Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Police.

The Police Committee met on Tuesday December 9th 1891.
Present Aldermen McDowell, Hobson and Carroll.
It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
John McLaren Ry Fares $2.50
Wm. Murphy Policy Uniforms $375.00
S. J. Tilley & Son Supplies 2.75

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David Evans Overcoat $32.00
Hayes & McIntosh Meat $13.55
John Sciutto “ 37.99

A Communication from Smith & Kidd re cutting wood on the streets was referred to the City Solicitor.
sgd. John McDowell
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by “ Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Wednesday December 9th and Friday December 11th 1891.

Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Scoullar, Wm Brown, McDowell and Templeton.
The City Engineer submitted a plan of the City shewing the proposed extension of the Water Works system.

After examining the said plan it was resolved that tenders be invited for supplying a sufficient quantity of the said pipes in accordance with specifications to be prepared by the City Engineer, said tenders to be received up to 15th January 1892.
sgd. A.W. Scoullar
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by “ C. L. Brown
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Health

The Health Committee met on Tuesday December 8th 1891.
Present Aldermen Carroll, McDowell & Templeton

[Volume 4 page 605]

It was recommended:-
1. That the following accounts be paid:-
Wesley Manning Salary $27.00
John Sciutto Supplies 92.25
J. P. Blake “ 11.45
F.W. Hart Burials 30.00
H. Bodwell Labor 1.00
Chas Stroud Nursing 4.00
Palmer Bros. Coal 21.00
Godfrey & Co. Supplies 22.30
J.R. Morrow Supplies 99.78
A. Larwell Guarding Lepers 5.00
R. Clark Supplies 7.25
Duncan McRae Carpentering 87.50
L. Thomson & Co. Drayage 1.00
C. Nelson Seeds 6.00
Champion + White Steamer 120.00
Hayes + McIntosh Meat 15.51
H. Eligh Supplies 53.02
B.C. Mills T + T Co. “ 79.27
J Huntly Expenses 10.75
Wm Ralph “ 28.00
R.V. Winch “ 15.87
Dr. Bell-Irving Examination of Lepers 10.00

2. That as a mistake has been made in reducing Dr. Wilson’s account for attending to the Dubberly family that the balance of his account be paid, and an apology tendered to him for the error made; and further that all other accounts in this connection be paid where verbal orders were given before the issue of the requisitions.

3. That the tender of Samuel Dowd + Co for heating the City Hospital be accepted, the amount being $1175.00

4. That the City Clerk be instructed to call for applications for a porter and cook for the City Hospital.

[Vol. 4, pg. 606]

5) That the resignation of Miss Swan, as matron of the City Hospital be accepted to take effect January 1st 1892.

6) That the U.S.S. Co. be tendered the sum of $30.00 per month in full satisfaction of their claim for wharf rent: for the past six months, said offer being made without prejudice.
sgd John McDowell
acting Chairman

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the account of D. McBae amounting to $87.50 be referred by for reconsideration.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the balance of the Report be adopted.

Carried.
License

To Mr. Mayor and Aldermen.
Gentlemen.
Your Committee on Liquor Licenses met on December 3rd 1891, when the following applications were received and granted: –

a) From O’Rourke & Jervis from present premises to the Templeton Block.
b) From C. Dialling to Barns & Miller Occidental Hotel.
c) From J.B. Simpson to Johnson & Douglas Boulder Saloon.

The application of G.W. McCoskey for transfer of his interest in Alaska Saloon License was refused.
The Committee met again at 11 a.m. on Monday December 14th when the following

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Applications for transfer of license were received and granted.

The Stewart House Hotel License to Mr. L Griddleton under Sec 39 of Bylaw relating to absconding debtors.
From J. Blaisto Darling and Clark the Tremont Hotel License

The application of Avis M. Winters re the Alaska Saloon License under Sec 39 was laid over upon written request of the firm of Yates Joy and Russell Solicitors for Y.W. Beers whose application for transfer of an interest in the Alaska Saloon License was refused by the Board. J.A. Russell Esq. was permitted to explain his grounds for reconsideration of said refusal, which he did but the Board after mature deliberation of the facts in the case concluded not to reconsider their former action in the application.
Sgd D. Oppenheimer
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by      “       McDowell
That the Report be adopted
Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday December 11th 1891.
Present Aldermen Brighouse, Templeton, Wm Brown and C.L. Brown.
It was recommended :
1. That the Communication from T.W. Clark and Innes and Richards re damage to property through the flooding of cellars be referred to the City Solicitor for his opinion as to the liability of the City.
2. That a crossing be put down on 12 Av and Westminster Road if necessary
3. That the lane in Block 87.196 be graded

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by the chain gang if possible.
4. That the petition of J.T. Brown, and Son re Howe Street be referred to the Street Inspector for attention.
5. That a 6 ft sidewalk be put down on the east side of Robson St from Hornby to Burrard with crossings if necessary.
6. That the deposits of W.D. Hobson for Nelson Street grading and Michael Ellison for 8th Av grading east of Carolina Street be returned to them.
7. That the Street Inspector examine the Cemetery Road to see what the cost of repairs to the same would be.
8. That the following tender be accepted:-
D. McRae Market Sheds $1452.
9. That the following accounts be paid:-
James Foster Bridge St. 109.92
D.H. Morgan 12th Av. 103.16
do do Scott St. 183.43
E. Myers Lanes 239.28
J. Telford Granville St. drain 234.XX
Thos Bayley Nelson St. 313.12
E. Jones Keefer St. 33.21
W. Archibald Harris St. 323.25
V. Straube Repairs 1.00
Tye + Co. Supplies .50
Grassie & Co. Repairs 3.00
H. Lomas et al Labor 515.25
Communications from J. Huntly and G.G. McKay referred to City Engineer.
sgd Wm Templeton
Chairman
[Volume 4 page 609]

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Hobson
That the Report be adopted.
Carried
Motions
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by ” Hobson
That M.A. McLean Esq. be paid a sum equal to $125.00 per month for services rendered, as Police Magistrate, during the period he acts in that capacity.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by ” Hobson
That the appointment of G.A. Jordan as Police Magistrate be confirmed.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Wm Brown
Seconded by “ Brighouse
That the question of advertising for Water Pipes be left in the hands of the Chairman of the Water Committee, F.W. & L. Committee and the City Engineer to take such action as may deem advisable.
Carried

The City Engineer submitted a draft of the specifications for the purchase of the Water Pipes which were approved after being slightly altered.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by “ Hobson
That a Special Meeting of the Council be held on Wednesday December 16th 1891 for the consideration of the purchase of the Street Ry and that Mssrs. Horne, and Farrell be invited

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to be present; also for the revision of By-Laws.
Carried.
The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Water Works debentures sold at 96% – December 10, 1891

The rate for the sale of the Water Works Debentures was set at 96% (The City had wanted a minimum of 97.5%, the bank had advised a straight 95). The City will submit a by-law to the citizens to acquire the Street Railway Company at $437,000.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 598-599

[Vol. 4, pg. 598]

Vancouver, December 10th, 1891

A Special Meeting of the Council was held on Thursday December 10th 1891.

Present His Worship, the Mayor and Aldermen Brighouse, Carroll, Scoullar, Hobson, Templeton, Wm Brown, McDowell, C.L. Brown and Doering.

His Worship the mayor furnished all the correspondence which had passed between Hanson Bros. and himself relating to the sale of the Water Works Debentures; also telegram from Coales of London advising the marking of a straight issue at 95 instead of a minimum of 97 ½:-

Resolved
That Hanson Bros be instructed to place the Debentures on the Market at 96 and that the following telegrams be forwarded:-

Coales & Son London Authorize Sale at 96. Notice Band rate discount dropped. ought realize more. Do your best sgd D Oppenheimer Mayor
and

Edwin Hanson London, Eng. Authorize you to approve prospectus behalf Mayor and Treasurer of City. sgd D Oppenheimer Mayor

Carried

The question of the purchase of the Street Ry Co’s property was then taken up and after due consideration it was moved my Alderman McDowell, Seconded by Alderman Templeton
“That the Council will submit

[Volume 4 page 599]

a By-Law to the Citizens, providing for the purchase of the Shares, and guaranteeing the Debentures issued by the Company amounting in all to $437,000, provided the statements of assets in the Company delivered by the Company to the City;, are verified by persons to be appointed by the Council.

The above resolution to be forwarded to the Company and answer required before Monday. If the citizens pass the above By-Law the Company to deliver and assign all the assets, as shown by their statements on payment by the City of the $162,000, $75,000 to the Bank, and the City guaranteeing $200,000 of debentures now issued by the Company.

The company to pay all open accounts, and bills payable by them, at date of transfer. Carried
The Council then adjourned.

D. Oppenheimer Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan City Clerk

Sidewalk to be put in for Baptist Church – December 7, 1891

Sidewalk to be put in for Baptist Church – December 7, 1891

A six foot sidewalk to be put on 7th Avenue to the Baptist Church, with stumps and roots “which may be obstructions” to be removed. The new Crematory (garbage burning) facility to be insured for $3,000. The City Clerk to have a sufficient number of ballot boxes for election purposes, said boxes to be made of galvanized iron.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 592-597

[Vol 4 page 592]
Vancouver December 7th 1891
The Council met on Monday December 7th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Templeton, Hobson, Wm Brown, McDowell and C.L. Brown.
Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That Alderman Scoullar be appointed Chairman. Carried.

The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.
The following communications were received and read:

From Mayor Oppenheimer requesting the Council to order pipes for the extension of the water works system. Referred to Water Works Committee.

From the Market Clerk reporting on the market receipts. Filed.

From John McAllister drawing the attention of the Council to the manner in which F.K. Winch was carrying out his contract for the construction of the hose cart.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That John McAllister be invited to attend the next meeting of the Fire Water and Light Committee to be held at the City Hall on Wednesday the 9th day of December 1891 re his communication to Council. Carried.

From James Nelson drawing the attention of the Council to the filthy condition of the

[Vol 4 page 593]

lane in Block 87, District Lot 196. Referred to the Board of Works.

From E.C. Coldwell drawing attention to the non-completion of the order for the erection of electric lights on Keefer and Harris Streets. Referred to Board of F.W. & L.

From J.T. Brown & Sons requesting that Howe St at the corner of Pender St be repaired. Referred to Board of Works.

From the City Auditor submitting report of the receipts and expenditures for August. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Andrew Engle drawing attention to the necessity of keeping competent men at the Crematory. Referred to Health Committee.

From G.A. Jordan accepting the position of Police Magistrate. Filed.

From the Chief of Police reporting on the Electric Lights. Filed.

From G.W. Townsend asking for a street crossing on Westminster Road near M.J. Henry’s gardens. Referred to Board of Works.

The following reports were received and read:

Finance
The Finance Committee met on Friday December 4th 1891.

Present: Aldermen Brown, Scoullar, Hobson and Carroll.

[Vol 4 page 594]

It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
S.J. Tilley & Son, Stationery $52.40
2. That the City Solicitor be requested to return the cheque held by him for the purchase of portions of lots on Powell Street and that said cheque be cancelled.
3. That the City Clerk be instructed to have made a sufficient number of ballot boxes for election purposes, said boxes to be made of galvanized iron.
sgd Wm Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown
That the Report be adopted. Carried.
Works
The Board of Works met on Thursday December 3rd 1891.
Present: Aldermen Wm Brown, C.L. Brown, Templeton and Brighouse.
It was recommended:
1. That the City Engineer be authorized to have a 6 ft sidewalk put down on 7th Av to the Baptist church and that the Street Inspector have the stumps and roots removed which may be obstructions.
2. That the Street Inspector extend the temporary sidewalk on 6th Av one block further west.
3. That the communication from Baker Bros et al re Water Street be referred to the City Engineer with power to act, also that he have a temporary sidewalk laid on 11th Av from Ontario to Columbia Street.

[Vol 4 page 595]

4. That tenders be called for the erection of sheds on the Market grounds.
5. That J. Potter be awarded the contract for the construction of a box drain on Cambie Street.
6. That the following accounts be paid:
Columbia Carriage Works $3.00
S. Beaumont, Thurlow St 74.64
E Myers, Lane 79.38
J. Ironsides, Barclay St 20.
Leamy & Kyle, Lumber 195.08
W.H. Kendall, Crushed rock 760.50
D.H. Morgan, 8th Av 172.80
Thos Bayley, 9th Av 166.25
Thos Veitch, Delivering rock 263.59
Crowder & Penzer, seed 13.92
Van City Foundry, City stamp 5.00
B.C. Ironworks, Bolts 11.70
E. Cook, Rent of wharf 25.00
J. Johnson, Drayage 1.50
T. Thomson & Co, Drayage 10.00
L. Roy, Sewer connections 6.75
J. P. Lawson et al, Sundries 4.20
Tye & Co, Supplies 36.54
S.T. Tilley & Son, Supplies 8.00
Queen Bros, Livery 14.75
H. Lomas et al, Labor 392.55

sgd Wm Templeton
for Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the rules be suspended and leave granted for the introduction

[Vol 4 page 596]

of the consolidated Health By-Law. Carried.

The By-Law was introduced and read a first time.
The rules were again suspended and the By-Law read a second time.

The Mayor arrived and took the Chair.

Motions
Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the City Engineer be instructed to examine and report as to the efficiency of the sewer in the lane in Block 3, 185, also that he produce profile showing depth of said sewer at the next regular meeting of this Council. Carried.

Moved by Alderman [blank]
Seconded by Alderman [blank]
That the City Clerk be instructed to insure the crematory building for one year to the amount of $3000.00. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Brown
That the Dominion Sanitary and Cremation Co be paid the sum of $175 in full settlement of their claim for expenses incurred by Mr. Thomson, their employee, in coming to Vancouver in connection with the construction of the crematory in December last, same being certified by the Mayor as being correct. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown
That the City Solicitor be and is hereby instructed to prepare a By-Law

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to provide for election of Water Commissioners, said By-Law to define their duties and state the remuneration to be paid for their services, also the length of term of office.

Moved in amendment by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That the motion be laid over. Carried.

Consideration of By-Laws
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That the Council go into Committee of the Whole for the consideration of the Health By-Law. Carried.

Alderman Carroll was appointed Chairman.
The By-Law was read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with amendments.

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Carroll
That a special meeting of the Council be held on Thursday December 10th at 4 P.M. for the consideration of the purchase of the Vancouver Street Railway and for the revision of By-Laws. Carried.
The Council then adjourned to meet again on Friday the 11th inst at 8 P.M.

D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk

Water Works total tops $452,000 – November 2, 1891

Water Works total tops $452,000 – November 2, 1891

Final price for City’s purchase of Water Works was $452,530. $225 to be paid to A. Larwill for guarding lepers. Guard to be withdrawn and Mr Abbot of the CPR be notified. Police Officers allowed to receive rewards offered outside the City Limits for arrest of criminals and deserters for Her Majesty’s ships.

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City of Vancouver Archives
Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 543-557

[Vol 4 page 543]
Vancouver November 2nd 1891
The Council met on Monday November 2nd 1891.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Carroll, Brighouse, Scoullar, Godfrey, Templeton, Hobson, Wm Brown, McDowell, C.L. Brown and Doering.
The minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

The following communications were received and read:

From G.W. Thomas, Market Clerk, furnishing weekly report. Filed.

From H.T. Ceperley stating that he would insure the City Hall for 4 per cent for three years. Referred to Finance Committee.

From Tripper Thomson & Co applying for permission to stand with drays on the corner of Abbott and Hastings Streets. Referred to Police Committee.

From J.C. Coldwell wishing to know why $200.00 should be granted to R.G. Mackay and E.J. Emanuels for making a voluntary enumeration of the City. Referred to the Finance Committee.

From S. Elkins and Wm Brown applying for the position of Pound Keeper. Referred to the Police Committee.

From H. Abbott drawing attention to the bad condition of Drake St between Homer and Richards. Referred to Board of Works.

From D.W. Walker drawing attention to the evil of allowing rewards to go to the Police. Referred to Police Committee.

From Mrs A.E. Webster thanking the

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Council for the use of the Market Hall. Filed.

From M Derosier [Desrosiers] asking for a sidewalk on the south side of Helmcken St. Referred to Board of Works.

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

From Mrs. Fairbairn et al asking for a crossing on the south side of Prior St on Westminster Av. Referred to Board of Works.

From D.C. Coverley et al asking for a sidewalk on 7th Av to school house. Referred to Board of Works.

The following reports were read:

Finance

The Finance Committee met on Friday October 30th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Brown, Hobson & Carroll.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
Daily Telegram, Printing $15.30
D. McRae, Table etc. 22.75
C.P. Telegraph Co. 9.38
2. That R.G. Mackay and E.J. Emanuels be informed that if the Dominion Government will accept their enumeration of the City as correct that they will be paid the amount claimed by them.
W. Brown
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

[Vol 4 page 545]

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday October 29th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Templeton (in the Chair), Wm Brown, C.L. Brown and Godfrey.
It was recommended:
1. That the Vancouver Street Railway Co be offered the sum of $450.00 to plank their open extension at the Granville Street Bridge from end to end, to put a suitable hand-rail on the outside of the extension and to make the addition to the draw suggested by Mr J.F. Garden, all the work to be done to the satisfaction of the City Engineer, the City reserving the right to use the extension when required.
2. That the lane in Block 15, 196 be graded by the chain gang as soon as possible, also the lane in Block 87, 196.
3. That 7th Av be surface graded by day work from Centre Street east one block.
4. That W.G. Fraser be awarded the contract for the sidewalking of Pender Street.
5. That Front Street be graded narrow width from the crematory site to Cambie Street Bridge.
6. That the grade of Granville Street be cut down 1 ½ ft at the north intersection of said street and Georgia Street as recommended by the City Engineer, provided the property owners adjoining do not object.
7. That the following accounts be paid:
Connor & Moss, Painting City Hall 39.65
E. Cook, Rent of Wharf 25.00
Springer, Mellon & Co, Rock 40.80
W.D. Hobson, Heatley Av 73.20

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T. Bayley, Nicola St. 370.50
J.D. Fraser, Robson St. 62.64
W.H. Kendall, Rock 702.00
J.C. McCurdie, Hornby St. 185.20
E. Meyers, Lane in B 16, 185 17.64
Boyd & Co, Hastings St. 3445.20
H. Lomas et al, Labor 356.40
Sgd S. Brighouse
Chairman
Moved by Alderman Hobson
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That Clause one be struck out. Carried.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the balance of the Report be adopted. Carried.

Fire, Water and Light

The F.W. & L. Committee met on Wednesday October 28th 1891.
Present: Alderman Templeton, Brown and Godfrey.

It was recommended:
1. That the account of the Gutta Percha and Rubber Mfg Co for hose etc amounting to $1289.41 be paid if found correct.
2. That the hydrant account be paid as advised by the City Solicitor.
3. That a carload of anthracite coal be ordered through C.G. Johnson provided it can be had at $9.50 per ton.
4. That permission be granted to the B.C. District Telegraph & Delivery Company to connect with the fire alarms under the supervision of the Chief Engineer of the

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Fire Brigade.
5. That the Electric Light Co be requested to give a better street lighting service than that at present in force as there are many complaints lodged as to their inefficiency of late.
6. Re the petition of Wm Jones et al for a light on 14th Av & Quebec Street, the Committee in this instance cannot take any action, as the number provided for in the Estimates have all been placed. However the light on 12th Av and Quebec St will be raised to throw light over a greater area.
7. Re the petition of Geo Campbell et al for a light on Prior Street and Dunlevy Av, the Committee has already ordered a light for the corner of Barnard and Jackson which will help to light this district.
The petition of E.C. Coldwell was filed.
Sgd Wm Templeton
Chairman
Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Brighouse
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Market

The Market Committee met on Wednesday October 28th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Godfrey, Brown and Templeton.
A communication was received from S.H. Brown and J.W. Robinson asking for the Market Hall one night each week in consideration of the use of 150 chairs.
Your Committee cannot see its way clear to recommend the altering of the present arrangements as the rates now paid barely cover expenses.
We further recommend:
1. That the City Engineer be instructed to prepare

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plans for sheds to be erected on the Market grounds and when such plans are prepared and approved that tenders be invited for carrying out the work.

2. That the following accounts be paid:
John Scuitto, Brooms $1.05
Fraser & Co, Ensign 14.00
McKay & Ross, Glazing 3.00
Sgd A. Godfrey

Moved by Alderman Scoullar
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the Report of the Market Committee be adopted. Carried.

Health

The Health Committee met on Tuesday October 27th 1891.
Present: Aldermen Templeton, Scoullar, Carroll and McDowell.
It was recommended:
1. That the following accounts be paid:
A. Larwill et al, Guarding Lepers $225.00
T.R. Morrow, Supplies 52.08
John Scuitto, Supplies 98.09
Mrs. Broderick, Nursing 12.00
H.H. Layfield, Supplies 22.50
A. Goldstein, Supplies 1.00
Thos Dunn & Co, Supplies 8.25
R. Cook, Labor 5.00
Palmer Bros, Supplies 15.75
Van Steam Laundry, Washing 65.75
Wm Ralph, Supplies 79.30
Mrs. McKenzie, Nursing 115.50
2. That the City Solicitor be instructed to report by Monday night November 2nd as to the City’s liability for the payment of the Union S.S. Co’s account for Wharf rent.
Sgd J.T. Carroll

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Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman McDowell
That the Report be amended by adding the following clause:
That the guard be withdrawn from the lepers and that Mr Abbott be notified to that effect. Carried.
Ayes: Brighouse, Templeton, Wm Brown, C.L. Brown, McDowell and Hobson.
Nays: Carroll, Scoullar, Doering and Godfrey.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown
That the balance of the report be adopted. Carried.

Water Lots Committee

Gentlemen
The Committee appointed by this Council in conjunction with our City Members and representatives of the Vancouver Board of Trade had the honor of an audience on Friday with the Provincial Secretary and the Chief Commissioner of Lands and Works.
We were most courteously received and had ample opportunities afforded to express the wishes of this Council respecting the desired acquisition of the Water Lots on old Granville Townsite.
In answer to a request that the Government would be pleased to make a grant to the City of all or a portion of the said lots we were informed that such action was beyond the powers of the executive and could only be done by vote of the Legislature.
The delegation then asked that the Government would postpone the sale until after the meeting of the Provincial Parliament in order that a petition for said lots might be presented to that body on its assembly and finally the whole subject was left in abeyance until certain legal proceedings about to be

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instituted by the C.P.R. had been decided.
sgd. D. Oppenheimer, Mayor
sgd. John McDowell
sgd. A.W. Scoullar

Moved by Alderman Brighouse
Seconded by Alderman Templeton
That the Report be adopted. Carried.

Police

The Police Committee met on Tuesday October 27th 1891.
Present: Aldermen McDowell, Hobson, Scoullar and Carroll.
It was recommended:
1. That the agreements with the Police Officers be altered to allow said officers to receive rewards offered outside the City limits for the arrest or criminals and deserters from Her Majesty’s ships within the City limits.
2. That tenders be invited for supplying 11 water proof over coats to the Police, samples to be furnished with each tender, and that officer McKeown be supplied with a frieze overcoat.
3. That applications be invited for a pound keeper.
4. That the following accounts be paid:
Henry Beular, Interpreting $3.00
E.A. Harris, Ry fares 3.00
Van Gurney Cab Co, Ry fares 2.50
M. McLean, Ry fares 3.00
John McLaren, Ry fares 2.60
M.G. McLeod, Ry fares 3.00
5. That R.S. Coldwell be paid a salary of $60.00 per month for his services as Police Officer.
sgd. John McDowell
Chairman

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Moved by Alderman Carroll
Seconded by Alderman Scoullar
That Clause one of the Police Report be so amended as to allow of a fund being formed from rewards received by the Police, from which each officer may receive a share of said rewards. Lost.

Moved by Alderman McDowell
Seconded by Alderman Hobson
That the Report be adopted as read.

Water Works

The Water Works Committee met on Monday November 2nd 1891 for the purpose of receiving the report of the Deputation sent to Victoria in connection with the settlement of the Water Works purchase.
Present: His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Scoullar, Wm Brown, Templeton and McDowell, and the City Solicitor.
After hearing the report read it was moved by Alderman Templeton
that the Report be adopted and that a resolution be passed by Council confirming the basis of the agreement arrived at between the Co and the City. Carried.
sgd. A.W. Scoullar
Chairman

The following memorandum and agreement were read and adopted on motion of Alderman Hobson seconded by Alderman C.L. Brown.

In pursuance of a resolution of the Council of the 26th day of October the Committee appointed proceeded to Victoria to arrange as to the account payable by the City to the Water Works Company for interest and adjust the claims made by the Company

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on Friday the 30th October. The Committee held a meeting with Sir Joseph Trutch and the Solicitors representing the Water Works Co. After considerable discussion as to the amount claimed by the Company, namely $454,182.03 being made up as follows:
Award $330,080
20 per cent added 66,016
10 per cent interest on paid up capital from May
1889 to 31st July 1891 less $16,277.40 net profits
as found by award 58,085.03

and also as to the claim made by the Company to the revenue earned from the 1st August 1891 to the date of payment for the works by the City and also as to the agreement dated August 1891.

It was finally agreed by all present to leave to Mr Justice Drake’s decision whether under the agreement of the 20th August 1891 the $7747 money paid by the Company for interest on bank overdraft and $2453.61 interest paid by the Company on certain open accounts should not be paid by the City to the Company in full of all claims made by the Company, and that all parties should be bound by the decision of Mr Drake on the construction of the above agreement. The representatives of the Company agreeing at the same time that all proceedings against the City should be stayed and that they would forego all claims to the interest and revenue claimed by them as above.

The question was submitted to Mr Justice Drake and he decided that the agreement was the settlement of all disputes between the City and the Company, that the amount of $7747 was payable by the City and that the amount of $2453.61 was not payable. In consequence of this decision and as a settlement of all claims the Company may have against the City for the works and pro-

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perty and as a final settlement an arrangement was made by your Committee subject to confirmation by the Council.
The terms of the agreement are set out in the annexed memorandum.
The difference to be adjusted between the City and the Company may be shortly stated to have been as follows:
The City under the construction placed by them on the provisions of the 11th clause of the Water Works Company Act stated that the total amount payable under the award was $429,944.41 up to the 31st July 1891.
The Company claimed that the amount of $454,182.03 was payable and also that the City had no claim to the revenue earned between the 31st July and the date of payment of the purchase money. This would average probably about $2500.00 a month.
The Company also claimed interest on bank overdraft and open accounts as above.
It was stated that the agreement of the 20th August 1891 was made in full satisfaction of all claims and the amount payable and construction of that agreement was left for the decision of Mr Drake.
Your Committee consider that they agreement they have made is in every way satisfactory to the City and strongly urge its adoption by the Council.
sgd. D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
sgd. Alderman McDowell
sgd. Alderman A.W. Scoullar

Memorandum of amount payable by the City of Vancouver to the Vancouver Water Works Company under the act authorizing the acquisition of the Works by the Company [sic], the award thereunder and the agreement between

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the City and the Company dated the 20th day of August 1891 and otherwise calculated to the 31st day of October 1891 inclusive:
Award on arbitration $330,080.81
Interest 20% 66,016.16 Balance of interest to make up 10% 33,847.44
$429,944.41

And also the following amounts are payable by the City:
Lowering pipes and rent of hydrants to July 31st $7,015.58
Arbitrator’s expenses 27.75
Load of wood 2.00
Water for July & flushing & co. 650.10
$7,695.43

Also an amount payable by the City in accordance with Mr Justice
Drake’s decision on 30th October 1891 on the construction of the
agreement dated 20th August 1891. 7,747.53
And also the following amounts of interest are payable by the City:
Interest August 1 to August 5 $321.29
Interest from 6th August to 31st, 26 days @ $90.55 per day 2,354.30
Interest September 2,716.41
Interest to 31st October 2,806.95
$8,198.95
Making a total as payable by the City of $453,586.32

From which has to be deducted the following accounts payable by the Company:
Taxes $137.70
½ cost of arbitration paid by City 868.62
½ jury fees in Schmidt case 50.00
1056.32

Leaving a balance payable to the Company up to 31st October 1891: $452,530.00

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It is agreed that a resolution under seal (a draft of which has been settled between the Solicitors and initialed by them) for payment of the above monies and in all other respects affirming the agreement of the 20th day of August 1891 (as interpreted by Mr Justice Drake) shall be passed by the Corporation, the Company hereby assenting to the above figures as forming their claim under the agreement exclusive of the item of interest on $330,500 from the 31st day of October 1891 to the date of payment, the Company accounting for the net revenue from the date of the award to such date of payment.
Signed by the solicitors for the Corporation and the Company conditionally on the agreement being satisfied by resolution of the Council before Tuesday the 10th day of November 1891.
Victoria B.C. sgd. A. St. G. Hamersley
October 31, 1891 Solicitor to City of Vancouver
sgd. D.M. Eberts
Solicitor for Vancouver Water Works Co
Moved by Alderman Godfrey
Seconded by Alderman Doering
Whereas under the Vancouver Water Works Act and amendments an award has been duly made by which it is found that the value of the Company’s works and property is $330,080.81; the expenses of operation and maintenance to the date of award was $51,281.93; and the gross income to the said date was $67,559.37.

And whereas by articles in writing concluded between the solicitors for the City and Company respectively dated the 20th day of August 1891 and subsequently interpreted by Mr Justice Drake, provision is made for settlement of the amounts payable under the award and the act

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by the terms of which it is among other things provided that the Company shall account to the Corporation for the net revenue between the date of the award and the date of payment by the City.
And whereas by a memorandum assented to by the solicitors aforesaid the amount of all monies receivable by the Company under the award and the act and otherwise due by the Corporation to the Company upon the balance of account between them is fixed up to and inclusive of the 31st day of October at $452,530 less net revenue which is to be accounted for as hereinafter mentioned.
Be it therefore resolved that the aforesaid agreement of the 20th day of August 1891 and memorandum of monies received thereunder be and the same are hereby respectively ratified and adopted by the Corporation and that the said sum of $452,530.00 together with interest at 10 per cent on $330,500 from the 31st day of October to the date of payment be and is hereby declared as payable by the Corporation to the Company in full satisfaction of all claims and demands of the Company against the City, the Company at the same time accounting to the Corporation for the net revenue between the date of the award and the date of payment. Carried.

Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That the Mayor be authorized to affix the City Seal to the resolution passed this date providing for the purchase of the Vancouver Water Works Company’s property on the Water Works Co affixing their seal to the agreements of the 20th August 1891 and of the 31st October 1891. Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Templeton
Seconded by Alderman Wm Brown
That the Mayor be authorized to make arrangements with a Bank for the temporary advance of sufficient moneys to pay the amount payable to the Water Works Company for their works and property and that as collateral security for such temporary advance he be authorized to deliver to the Bank when issued the Debentures under By-Laws numbers 126 and 127. Carried.
The Council then adjourned.
D. Oppenheimer
Mayor
Thos. F. McGuigan
City Clerk