Street Watering By-Law Passed – May 16, 1898

Street Watering By-Law Passed – May 16, 1898

Several streets were approved right away for watering: Westminster Av., Cordova St., and Granville St. The City Engineer was asked to look in to watering the cemetery grounds with a windmill. City Council put aside $2000 for July 1 Dominion Day celebrations provided the sum was matched by private donations.

This transcript was made in 2022 by Transcribimus volunteer Sandra Robinson

Illustration source: CVA 371-740 –
[Exterior of the Spencer residence at 1257 Barclay Street]
Mr. Spencer is watering the lawn with a garden hose

Text Source: COV Series 31
Volume 8 pages 307 – 317

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Vancouver May 16th 1898.

The Council met on Monday May 16th 1898. Present His Worship the Mayor and Aldermen Townley, Painter, McQueen, Neelands, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, McMorran and Bruce.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and ratified.

Communications

From E. L. Talcott etal asking for the grant for first of July celebrations be increased to $2500.
Laid over for motions.

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

From Thos. Fitzpatrick complaining about the Pound Keeper.
Referred to the Police committee

From B. T. Rogers Manager of the Sugar Refinery asking permission to lower the grade of Boundary Avenue to the level of the works.
Laid over for Motions.

From J. B. Wilkinson drawing attention to the fact that a fish cannery was being erected on the shores of English Bay the refuse of which was sure to lodge on the bathing each and asking what proper arrangements should be made to prevent its becoming a nuisance.
Filed for reference

From the Chief of Police reporting the amount of fines received since J. A. Russell became Police Magistrate.
Filed.

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From Mayor Bate of Nanaimo inviting the Mayor and Council of Vancouver to attend the 79th Anniversary of the birth of Her Majesty Queen Victoria
Laid over for motions.

From J. C. Maclure. Secretary of the Gun Club thanking the Council for the grant of $250
Filed.

From John B. Lowell. Victoria asking what would be required to be paid in cash for his share of the paving of Water Street.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From C. S. Philip etal asking for a six foot sidewalk on 11th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Mason etal asking for the grading of 14th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Mason etal asking for water on 14th Av.
Referred to the Water Committee.

From the City Engineer reporting on the disposal of sewage.
Filed.

From a large number of petitioners asking for street watering
Laid over.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Saturday May 14th 1989.

Present Alderman McQueen, Painter and Brown. The following accounts recommended for payment:-

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C.P Telegraph Co
$15.33
Bank of B.N.A.Telegrams$4.45
Shelton & Co.Supplies20.00
Mining Critic12.00
Mrs. Skinnerfor Y. W. C. A. Grant100.00

Resolved that a ticket be purchased to England for Mrs. Carr, sister of J. L Smith recently drowned in False Creek.

A communication was received from the Dominion Publishing Company asking that seven photographs be sent to them for insertion in the work entitled “Canada from Ocean to Ocean”

Resolved that the Chairman and Alderman Brown be appointed a Committee to select the photographs

Sgd
Jas McQueen.

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by “ Painter
That the Report be adopted
Carried.

Water and Market Committee

The Water and Market Committee met on Wednesday May 11th 1898.
Present the full Board.

Communications

From Geo A Fair asking for an explanation of the arrangement for renting the Market stall. It was moved by Alderman McPhaiden that hereafter a rental of $15.00 per Sunday be charged to any persons renting the Market Stall on Sundays and that the action of the Caretaker in the case of Mr. Fair upheld and that the previous resolutions regarding Sunday rental be rescinded.
Carried.

From J. A. Flynn etal asking for a water main on 8th Av and Cedar Streets, Fairview
Referring to the City Engineer.

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From the Canadian General Electric for quoting prices on cable.

From Chas Stinson quoting price’s on cable.

Moved by Alderman Townley that the sum of $300 be set aside for a cable for a telephone across the narrows.
Carried.

The following accounts were recommended for payment: –

F. W. BoulsbeeDisbursements$10.50
City Grocery Co,Supplies7.43
J. C. Woodrow2.55
Evans, Coleman & Evans8.00
Water Works Pay RollLabor674.55
Mining CriticSupplies17.25
McLennan & McFeely3.80
Rose Bros.15.00
Vancouver Gas Co.5.00

Sgd. W Brown
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Report be adopted.
Carried

Fire and Police Committee

The Fire and Police Committee met on Tuesday May 10th 1898
Present the full Board
The following accounts were recommendedfor payment:-

Atkins & JohnsonExpress hire50 cts
M. RaeKeep of Dogs17.20
C. A. MarshallSupplies11.90
C. H. Jones.75
J. C. Woodrow32.52
City Grocery Co.32.48
S McPherson & Co.326.50
Thos. Dunn & Co.15.75
J. Dodson26.40
Crowder & Penzer273.53
Krivel and TaylorLabor12.00

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F. A. LeeHack hire2.50
McLeod + CooteSupplies75.00
Dr. Weld.Evidence5.00
J. J. HarrisonExpress.50
W. J. McGuiganInquests32.52

Communications

From the Chief of Police reporting on the number of cases tried by the Police Magistrate since his appointment and the receipts therefrom.
Referred to the Council.

From O. Plunkett accusing the Pound Keeper of wrongfully impounding cows belonging to his client Allen McDonald and asking for damages.
Filed.

From Mssrs Cotton, Williams and McPherson acknowledging receipt of resolution in reference to the Police Magistrate also from the Police Magistrate in reference to his duties.
Filed.

From the Chief of Police stating that he would be able to dispense with one of the specials on account of the return of Sergeant Johnston and that Thorpe be the one allowed to go.

Laid over to be considered at an adjourned meeting on Wednesday next at 3.30 p.m. and that Special Thorpe be invited to be present also other members of the new Police Force who have any information to give on the subject.

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden.
That the Pound Keeper’s salary be advanced $5.00 per month dating from the 1st of January.

Resolved that the Pound Keeper be required to furnish a report for the last four months.

Sgd. R. A. McMorran
Chairman

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The adjourned meeting of the Fire and Police Committee met on Wednesday May 11th 1898.
Present the full Board.

There were also present Sergeant North and Constables D. McIntosh, D. D. McIntosh, Crawford Bayner and Special Thorpe.

All of these people were heard in evidence.

It was then moved by Alderman McPhaiden that the Chief’s action in dispensing with the services of Special Thorpe be confirmed and that the Chief of Police be instructed to see that the Police Regulations are carried out more effectively.
Carried.

Sgd R. A. McMorran
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McMorran
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That the Report be adopted.
Carried.

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on the 12th of May 1898.
Present the full Board.

Communications

From Johnston, Kerfoot & Co and many others asking for street sprinkling.

Resolved that provided 2/3 of the residents of any street petition the Council that the street shall be watered a By Law shall be passed providing for the watering of the trees and assessing the residents for the cash thereof.

The Engineer submitted a draft report for permission to Council in reference to the Sewerage System of Vancouver.

Approved.


From Aloh Gompertz asking for a job on the street paving.

Referred to the Contractor.

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From James, Richards & Ackroyd. Agents for A. Gilmore in re: lane in rear of lots 29 and 30 Block 14 Dh. 196. Dupont Street.

Resolved that Mr. Gilmore’s communication be acknowledged with thanks.

Resolved also that the Engineer furnish report on cost of putting the lane through.

From R. Marpole General Supt, C.P.R. Co. re: proposed City wharf at foot of Heatley Avenue

Resolved that the letter be acknowledged with thanks.

From J. O. Flynn and others asking for the grading and walk on Cedar Street from 7th Av to 9th Av and sidewalk’s continued on 8th Ave to Cedar St.
Petition granted engineer to give the ward foreman instructions

From J. Shrasgreen asking for a sidewalk on Thurlow Street from Haro to Barclay on the west side.

Request granted engineer to give the ward foreman instructions.

From L. Granville etal asking that the hill on Hastings Street east of Jackson Av be cut down.
Laid over.

Resolved that the Engineer be instructed to have the street signs struck up.

Resolved that the Chief of the Fire Brigade be notified to tear down the shed erected by Braden & Co at their premises at Cordova Street same being not in conformity with the requirements of the Fire Limit By Law.

Resolved that A. E. Ellard the contractor

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for crushed rock be notified by the City Engineer to deliver 5000 cubic yards of broken stone according to contract and to commence delivery at the date mentioned in this contract.

Resolved that the contractors for the street paving be required to furnish two sureties in $5000 each or give a guarantee company’s bond in the sum of $10000 for the due execution of the work.

Resolved that the City Engineer be instructed to see that the following work is attended to by the ward men.

Ward Four.

Carrall Stree S. W. full with sidewalk on the east side from Hastings to Dupont.

Ward Three.

Powell Street: 8ft sidewalk S. W. on the south side from Hawks to Heatley Ave.

Ward One

Broughton Street: 6 ft sidewalk on the east side from the lane to Robson Street was referred to the Engineer with power to act.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Shelton & CoSupplies$20.00
Mining Critic2.60
Rand Bros.5.00
Ironside & Rannie147.00
Robertson & Hackett273.84
S. Elkins et al.Labor1814.00

Sgd H.J. Painter
Chairman

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ McMorran
That the Report be adopted
Carried

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Introduction of By Laws

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ McQueen
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of a By Law to provide for the watering of certain streets in the City.
Carried.

The By Law was read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the sum of $2000 be granted for the celebration of the 1st of July provided $1500 is raised in addition by private subscription.

Moved an amendment by Alderman Townley
Seconded by Alderman Bruce.
That the sum of $2000 be set aside as a grant for the 1st of July celebrations on condition that a similar amount be raised by private subscription.
Amendment carried, motion lost;

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ Townley
That the request of Mr. Rogers re:excavation on Boundary Avenue be granted subject to the work being done satisfactory to the City Engineer.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McQueen.
Seconded by ” McGuigan
That the City Engineer be instructed to report on the cost of watering the cemetery grounds by means of a windmill.
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ Townley
That the following streets be watered funding the passing of the street watering By Law:-
Westminster Av from Oppenheimer to Harris
Hastings St; Westminster ave to Granville St;
Cordova St. from Westminster Av to Granville
Granville St from Cordova to Drake.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ McPhaiden
That Miss Macfie be granted 4 months leave of absence dating from the 1st of June and that she be allowed full salary for June.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Townley
Seconded by “ Painter
That the invitation from His Worship Mayor Bate of Nanaimo be accepted with thanks.
Carried

Consideration of By Laws

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Painter
That Smithe’s Polling By Law be read a second time.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by Alderman “ Townley
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the Second reading of the street watering By Law
Carried.

Moved by Alder McQueen.
Seconded by “ Bruce.

That the Council go into committee of this whole for the con-

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sideration of the following By Laws.

  1. A By Law to amend the street watering By Law
  2. A By Law to fix following places etc. on Smithe’s By Law
  3. A By Law to provide for the watering of certain streets.

Carried.

Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman.

Each of these By Laws were read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete with the exception of the new street watering By Law on which the Committee asked leave to sit again.

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by Alderman McMorran
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the 3rd reading of the following By Laws.
Carried.

Moved By Ald. Painter
Seconded by Ald. Bruce
That the street watering By Law be read a 3rd time
Carried.

The Board then adjourned.

W. Brown
Chairman

Thos. McGuigan
City Clerk