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In February of 1886, a number of residents of the town of Granville sent a petition to the B.C. Legislative Assembly to incorporate the City of Vancouver. In 1944, the Attorney-General of BC returned the original document to the City
Vancouver’s first election on May 3, 1886, was a wild affair, rife with labour unrest and racism. The favourite going into the election was Hastings Sawmill manager Richard Alexander, of Alexander Street fame. But a strike at Hastings Sawmill divided
First Council established, committees established. Joseph Huntly took minutes at this meeting. Purchase of Fire Apparatus referred to the Committee on Fire, Water, and Light until the next meeting. Meetings to take place in the residence adjoining the Court House
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
Moved by Alderman L. A. Hamilton seconded by Alderman Coldwell, “that the Mayor be authorized to forward a petition to the Dominion Government through the Member for New Westminster District praying that the whole of that part of the Coal
Minutes of previous meeting read and adopted. The Council then adjourned to attend the public meeting called by the Mayor to plan Dominion Day celebrations.
Applications for Liquor Permits were referred to the License Commissioners. Alderman Balfour given two weeks’ leave.
By-Law No. 1 read three times and passed, outlining the duties and salaries of City Clerk, Assessment Commissioner, Engineer, and Police Magistrate. The Mayor, Police Magistrate, and City Clerk appointed a Board to review and issue liquor permits at a
Letter received from David Oppenheimer suggesting Council begin at once to grade and plank streets “by contracting with parties who may be willing to wait payment until the sale of the first city debentures“. Council to consider. A Bylaw to
Communication received from Dr. McGuigan re: Voter’s List, no action taken. City of Vancouver charged 50 cents per day board for each City prisoner held in the provincial Jail. City unable to pay at this point, but asks that accounts
Only $89 was reported as received from Police Court fines, which was thought to be “an unreasonably low sum.” Further to the Special Assessment for the improvement of Water Street, the rule was established, “Where the property in any block
Royal City Planing Mills allowed to lay a pipe from Harris Street to their mills on False Creek. Construction of an inclined roadway at Station No 1 (north end of Carrall Street) and a tank at Station No 2 (Cordova
The Board of Works is authorized to dig a trench along the water course from Pender Street to Water Street, and plow under “decayed vegetable matter and rotten wood” presenting a fire hazard. Owners of the lots in question will
A committee was formed to investigate charges against Police Commissioner John Boultbee. Two water tanks to be constructed, one at the intersection of Water & Cordova Streets, the other at Oppenheimer & Columbia.
Among the expenses approved was a payment of $6.50 to David Gibb for the making of a coffin. Liquor Bylaw No. 5 was finalized and sent to the Gazette for publication.
Mayor and selected aldermen to go to Victoria to negotiate a bank loan for $8,000 to cover remainder of year’s expenses. City Treasurer hired at $25 per month, and a safe purchased at $410. Alderman E. P. Hamilton to supervise
“To have everything in readiness in case of sudden fire” tanks to be placed on each of the two City wharves, each tank large enough to hold 200 gallons of fresh water. Near each water tank to be set a
A Court of Revision was held to make amendments to the (City Tax) Assessment Roll, in response to citizens’ individual appeals against their tax assessment.
“Considerable repair” needed to the Fire Engine; the Committee feels it is due to defective workmanship. First Fire Engineer ET Morris resigns. The C. P. R. has offered Vancouver free use of its hospital, though the City must provide bedding
A By-Law was passed to hold a vote among the Electors on whether to issue debentures for $6,9000 for a steam fire engine and another for $14,100 for city improvements. The City of Vancouver use every legal means possible to
The City Fire Engineer instructed to ring the Fire Bell each day (except Sunday) at 7 a.m., 12 noon, and at 1 and 6 p.m. Railway Standard Time. Volunteer Fire Brigade reports the approaches to the water tanks on Hastings
Special Meeting to receive the Board of Works and Finance Committee reports, and to pass a By-Law fixing the polling places and appoint Deputy Returning Officers for Election of a Mayor and Aldermen for 1887. McKenzie and Ross awarded contract
Monthly use of City Hall granted for sessions of County Court at a rate of $5.00 per day plus a charge of $2.00 per day for an attending police officer. By-Laws approved to raise money for additional improvements to Hastings
In order to pay off all debt approved by Council in 1886, certificates of indebtedness to be issued in order of approval. Certificates will bear 10 per cent interest per year. Votes of thanks were made to the Mayor, to
Mayor: M.A. MacLean Aldermen: Ward 1: L.A. Hamilton, John M. Lefevre Ward 2: Joseph Humphries, Joseph Manion Ward 3: Richard H. Alexander, Robert Clark Ward 4: Edwin Sanders, George H. Lock Ward 5: David Oppenheimer, Isaac Oppenheimer information from Vancouver’s
Standing Committees for the year to be five members each with the Mayor as Ex Officio member of each. Newly-elected Alderman David Oppenheimer moves that the Finance Committee put together a plan “for a general loan to be floated for
Use of City Hall for County Court granted to the Provincial Government free of charge. Two bidders present plans to supply water works to Vancouver: E. A. Wilmot of the Coquitlam Water Works Company and G. A. Keefer of the
Hospital will need $2,400 for the current year. Board of health recommends Council grant $2,000 toward new hospital building, and solicit provincial government to grant the same; also to solicit property owners to donate site for a building. City Council
From John M. Stewart; calling the attention of the Council to his inability to hold a Police Court for the trial of H.L. Edson “on account of the Police Magistrate refusing to act.” As Mr. Gallagher has declined to carry
Special meeting to consider amendments to the City Charter
A Special Meeting to authorize John Boultbee to go to Victoria to carry through the amendments to the City Charter.
Petition asking for protection from the mob was filed. Motion carried to “exempt from taxation for a period of twenty years, the yards, workshops, round houses of the Canadian Pacific Railway…on the North Side of False Creek”. Salary of City
Special Meeting to “represent” to the Lieutenant-Governor that it will not be necessary for the Province to take over police jurisdiction of Vancouver ..Twenty additional police to be hired at a salary of $2.25 per day.
Special Meeting to finalize Health By-Law
Vancouver requests B.C. to appoint Commissioner of Inquiry on “alleged Chinese Riots” – March 14, 1887
City requests Province to “appoint a Commissioner with full power to call on, subpoena, and examine on oath any person or persons in relation to the facts of the alleged Chinese Riots or outrages said to have recently taken place
Assessments on several properties were reduced, because the amount of land owned was less than assessed, or the land was used for hospital purposes and exempt from taxation. One honest citizen, Jas. M. Fox, pointed out they did not assess
Salaries for all City Officials expected to total $12,600 for 1887. Thos. Quann asked Council for “relief” (welfare benefits) for Neil Nicholson, and D. McLeod. Abrams & Co. submitted bills to the Board of Health; $35 for bedding and $14
H. Abbott of the CPR required a tract of land extending east as far as Carrall Street “to give sufficient length for switches” exempt from city taxation. City Engineer E.B. Mohun to survey and make a contour map of the
Special Meeting to review the draft agreement between the City and the Coquitlam Water Works Company and to consider two pamphlets; the “West Shore”,and “Hand Book”. The draft Water Works agreement went to the City Solicitor. Council also to contact
Chairmen of all Standing Committees plus Alderman Mannion appointed to form the Board of Commissioners of Police. The Board of Works recommended the $500 deposit of contractor William Harkins be declared forfeit, as he had not completed his contract on
Special Meeting to review proposed agreement with the CPR exempting certain of their lands from taxation. Date for taking the votes of the electors on this issue, and appointment of returning officers established. 100 copies of the agreement with the
A well and box drain to be installed at the foot of Carrall Street, near Sprott’s Cannery.Police Commissioners have interviewed applicants, but delayed appointment of Police Officers for one week. Vancouver accepted the News-Advertiser’s offer for printing for the next
Claim from A.M. Grant for compensation for “wine drank by the police”. Order from J. H. Gray, Judge of Supreme Court ordering to pay (City Clerk) T. McGuigan ten dollars for “services connected with the Revision of the Voter’s List”.
City Clerk to advise all present and future contractors that if contracts with the City are not completed in the specified time, City Council will take them off the contractors’ hands, complete them, and bill the contractor for the cost.
City Clerk to write to the Provincial Government asking that a road be constructed “from the North Arm of the Fraser River in a direct line from Sea and Lulu Islands to False Creek”. City Solicitor T.T. Black advises Council
Mr. Owen Hughes, steward of the Hospital, granted $25 in compensation for loss of money and property during his efforts to save the hospital building during the May 31 fire. Mr. E.J. Clark of Toronto’s offer of a lot for
Board of Works recommend that the Contract for Granville Street be awarded to McDonald and Cameron; Cambie Street to Wm. Harkins; Park Avenue and Johnston Street to Henry Bowers; Georgia Street to Wm. Harkins, Seventh Avenue to W.L. McDonald, Fire
Appointment laid off for one week. James Hartney allowed to sink a well on Dupont Street (now Pender Street) on the understanding that it must be filled in when Council requests it. Council unable to make a grant of money
W.P. Johnson, Manager of Standard Oil Company, asked permission to build a warehouse. Board of Works recommended a budget for improvements to a number of streets, totalling $15,734.00 Alderman D. Oppenheimer introduced a by-law to offer a bonus to anyone
Board of Works identified sixty street corners to have electric lights installed. By-law formed to raise $10,000 to build a road around Stanley Park. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteer Darrin Pezer/Proactive Building Maintenance original handwritten minutes
The Fire Department to build or purchase a stable. Dr. Beckingsale paid $10.00 for conducting a post-mortem. Vancouver Gas company allowed to lay pipes under city streets, providing they do not interfere with sewers, and that the streets be left
Pawn brokers and second hand stores to be licensed pro-rata until the end of the year. Lamp lighter hired at $1.50 per day until electric lights are installed. Requests for a bonus for a shoe factory, and a rebate for
Board of Works recommends street signs with 4 inch letters painted on wood or tin with white letters on black background. W. L. MacDonald appointed as cemetery keeper; a three room house to be built for him and his family
A Special Meeting to organize the reception for Sir A. R. Caron, Minister of Militia & Defense (Government of Canada), and to hire enough taxicabs for the occasion.
Vancouver must stop boarding chain gang prisoners in private homes, say Police Commissioners – November 28, 1887
The Police Committee recommended the City immediately end the present system of boarding chain gang prisoners in private homes. Eleven pairs of blankets were purchased for the cells, and a stove for the jail corridor. Tenders were received for painting
Council unable to grant the petition of A.W. Sullivan and others for the improvement of Trounce Alley, as the Works budget was exhausted. Among other accounts to be paid are subscriptions to the Leadville (Colorado) Herald, the Denver Republican, and
City Clerk to find out from P. Fewster’s about the proposed capacity of the mill he intends to build. The Board of Works instructed the Chief of Police to have the Chain Gang improve a lane. E. Cook awarded contract
A number of complaints received about (street contractor) William Harkins’ granting of Power of Attorney to Dunn & Co. J. H Wert appreared before council on behalf of Harkins’ employees to report on the situation. Legal opinion requested from City
Outgoing Mayor M. A. MacLean paid seven hundred fifty dollars, according to By-Law number 53. Fred Munro draws the attention of Council “to the employment of Chinese on the Gravel Contract.” The contractor will be called upon to explain.
First Council Meeting with Mayor David Oppenheimer. Meetings generally Monday 7:30 PM. Standing Committees created – Finances, Board of Works, Fire Water and Light, Board of Health. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteer Margaret Sutherland and sponsored
Bylaw introduced to regulate firing of guns, setting off firecrackers and bonfires. Public library requests donation for the purchase of books. City Solicitor gives opinion that Keefer not guilty of breach of contract by buying gravel from Chinese merchant. Payment
Committee appointed to meet with Richmond Committee regarding constructing bridges from Lulu Island and Sea Island. Map submitted with streets with sewers and plans for additional. Alexander and Oppenheimer recommend street trees be planted. Request to Province for 64 acres
City Engineer to call for tenders for improvement of Cambie Street. Citizens ask to relax the by-law about mixing mortar on the street. Fire, Water & Light Committee wants a telephone installed in the fire hall. Chief of Police to
Special Meeting to review the agreement with Claude Gauthier to have a smelting works within the City of Vancouver.
Council to bring to Victoria the Vancouver citizens’ petition to lower property qualifications for both voters and elected officials. 58 men working on the (Stanley) Park Road. Offices of City Solicitor and Police Magistrate divided. Council sent request to the
Five dollar reward to report those dumping on city streets. Approved $20 to man whose team of horses had been destroyed after being infected by glanders. Approval to raise $125,000 by way of debentures for general improvements. Request to provincial
Mr. Pitt asks remuneration for loss of leg through being run over by fire engine. Mr. Abbott [CPR] asked to kindly remove fence on Heatley Avenue and to construct crossing on railway. Numerous calls for tender to improve streets. Bridge
A Special meeting of the City Council to review the loan by-law and determine the rate of taxation for the current year.
Request for Opera House about to be built be exempt from taxation for 20 years. Recommend purchase of six boxes and two gongs as a fire alarm system in the city and purchase of another fire engine. Donation of $200
City recommends purchase of a second fire engine. City Auditor John Devine’s salary increased. Assistant City Engineer J. Romang’s raise denied. CPR to build Heatley Street crossing over railway. Contracts for street improvements for Hastings, Dunlevy, Westminster [Main Street].
Efforts to oppose provincial legislation affecting property assessments. Petition to remove stump at the corner of Granville and Robson. Signs to be placed at the False Creek Bridge for vehicles to pass on the left side. Alderman. Oppenheimer to introduce
The Health Inspector authorized to tear down the old building on the Hospital Lots and that the chain gang be utilized for that purpose. Carried. Alderman Bell-Irving resigns. Communication to H.P. Caron, Minister of Defense in Ottawa asking him to
Great number of tenders for road work reviewed and recommended by Board of Works. Special Engineer to be employed to review plans for bridge across False Creek at Granville Street, surface drains, and laying of water and gas pipes. This
Mr. H. V. Edmonds has agreed to donate to the City of Vancouver for school purposes part of the triangular block… on Ninth Avenue and…Westminster Road (where the Kingsgate Mall is now). $250 set aside to construct immigration sheds. By-election
Every recommendation for opening streets or laying sidewalk or other work shall state the estimated cost of the same and that before any contract is signed such estimate shall be passed upon and reported on by the Finance Committee. Applications
Council considers the question of appointing a medical board, purchasing furniture, medicine and other needs as the hospital nears completion. Mr. A. E. McCartney to be paid $100 for superintending building. C.P.R. patients to be accommodated at City Hospital at
Mr. James Hartney requests reimbursement for goods destroyed in quarantine. Board of School Trustees to meet at City Hall any evening except Mondays. Board of Works received four plans for the Bridge across False Creek which we have referred to
City Engineer…to drain the low lands on Pender Street crossing Howe, Hornby and Granville. City Treasurer instructed not to collect any tax on personal property this year and to repay any tax that he has already collected.
Furnishing of the new City Hospital to be completed within fourteen days. Towing and recovery of old floating hospital will cost $3,000.00 This transcript was made in 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Leesa Poffenroth original handwritten minutes here [page] 62 Vancouver
Communication from John D. Ronald acknowledging receipt of money for Engine No 2. A telephone, a bell and pump to be purchased for the new Fire Hall and sufficient lumber for the erection of water closets, fences etc. Vancouver Cricket
Intersections chosen for installation of electric lights and fire hydrants. Contractors agree to have debris along Stanley Park road disposed of by city, and the cost deducted from final payment. Hiring of cook and temporary nurse for new hospital approved.
City hospital informally opened Sept 22 with only one ward operative. Visiting hours Wednesdays and Sundays only between 3:00 and 4:00 pm. Citizens object to council’s “irregular” election of hospital medical staff. James Hartney to be compensated $280 for his
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
Presbyterian Ladies’ Aid donates all linens and equipment for eight hospital beds. City accepts E.J. Clark’s offer of donation of lot for an athletic field. “Responsible parties” may apply for trees purchased by city.
Mayor to inform Dominion Government that city requests and will donate land to establish post office and customs house in a central part of the city. Request to council to re-locate newly built morgue.
This document was transcribed in July of 2018 by volunteer Gerald Soon. These election results were published in the “Vancouver Daily World” on December 10, 1888. The winners took office in January of 1889 for a term of one year.
Communication from John Boultbee asking for return of $20.00 worth of opium seized by the police from his client King Fung. Referred to City Solicitor. Sub-committee established to review of Charter of Incorporation. Hotel Vancouver manager claims damages to his
is biography of James Whetham was transcribed in June of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Mizzoni. JAMES WHETHAM One of the newly elected representatives for Ward 2, is a comparatively young man, having been born in the year 1854, in
Final reports from the Fire Brigade and the Board of Health were received. Aldermen Coldwell and Clark tendered thanks to Mayor David Oppenheimer for the “phenomenal progress” Vancouver has made under his leadership. This transcript was made in 2015 by
Mayor: David Oppenheimer Aldermen: Ward 1: Sam Brighouse, J.F. Salsbury Ward 2: J.W. Horne, James Whetham Ward 3: M.J. Brower, Robert Clark Ward 4: Michael Costello, G.S. McConnell Ward 5: John M. Lefevre (resigned), Isaac Oppenheimer, Hamilton Mason (elected in
Council requests city departments to submit budgets for upcoming year. Request to federal government for contribution to upkeep and improvement of Stanley Park, as “said Park is to be used by the [city of Vancouver] only until the Government of
Special meeting to change composition of committees for 1889. Motion defeated, committees remained the same. 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
Ex-Alderman Alexander and Mr. McKay made Park commissioners. Extra police payroll of $142 was paid to enforce the quarantine. Portuguese Joe (José Gonsalves) will get $150 for destruction of personal property in quarantine facility at Brockton Point. Fire, Water and
Last chance for Vancouver Water Works Company to fulfill its contract with city: water supply originally promised to city in early part of 1888. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez original
All streets in Ward No. 4 south of False Creek must be named and registered.City Treasurer authorized to hire an Accountant to assist him. Thos. Stephenson appointed Street Superintendent at a salary of $120 per month. This transcript was made
In-depth procedural debate, no other business accomplished. 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 2 page 708 only [volume 2 page
The meeting adjourned due to lack of quorum. 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 2 page 711 only [volume 2
Council requests a legal opinion on whether the Mayor, an ex-officio member of every civic Committee, has the right to vote in each Committee This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez
Stanley Park to have lodge and outbuildings, twenty seats built, and dead wood cleared or burned – total cost about $800. Claim of $3760.00 damages from J. D. Schmidt for injuries sustained by falling into an open ditch. Fire Inspector
Repeated damage to fire engines may be the result of tampering by “person or persons unknown”; fire department to check condition of engines twice daily. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez
Resolution against the draining of Burnaby Lake to be sent to Victoria, following similar petition by residents of New Westminster. Another to “earnestly petition” the Legislative Assembly to hasten the completion of the railway to the Okanagan. This transcript was
Special meeting; Mayor Oppenheimer, Aldermen Salsbury and Lefevre and Dr. McGuigan appointed to go to Victoria with a view of having the Charter of Amendments passed. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie
J.M. Lefevre resigned his seat on Council. Letter from the Vancouver Typographical Union No. 226 protests against the City printing being done outside the City This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez
Estimates of income and expenses for the year received from all City departments. City Accountant and Superintendent of Streets hired. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez original handwritten minutes here City
Urgent need for more Post Office boxes for the “suburbs” in Mount Pleasant and west of Granville Street. Municipality of Richmond’s agreed contribution toward the Granville Street Bridge has not been received. Bridge agreement had been made among Vancouver, Richmond
8 electric lights to be installed in Fire Hall No. 1 at a monthly cost of $16.50 This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives
Council “to arrange with the British Columbia Jockey Club for the lease of a site under the control of the club in the eastern park near Hastings sufficiently large for the construction of a Race Course.” This transcript was made
Committee formed to either settle with Vancouver Wharfage and Storage re: purchase of wharf as previously agreed or that “the right to purchase same should be abandoned.” Cost of installing phone line from City Hall to cemetery quoted at $70.00
Aldermen Horne, Whetham, Oppenheimer, McConnell and Brewer were appointed to meet with the wharf owners to work out the next step in the acquisition of city wharf. Plan to have 25,000 copies published of a twenty-page pamphlet about Vancouver was
Health inspector to remove “nuisances” along the Park Road, “particularly the Chinese in the vicinity of the Lodge”. [Stanley] Park ranger instructed to impound dogs without license tags. Call for tenders to supply fire alarms to city. This transcript was
Mayor authorized to send “up to one thousand dollars to relieve sufferers in Seattle” – referring to the Great Seattle Fire of June 6, 1889. Recently adopted liquor by-law to be reviewed in six months’ time. This transcript was made
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
City Market committee recommends “a brick building 63 feet x 100 with basement; ground floor to be divided into stalls with arcades … and hall on second storey, total cost …$16,000.” Board of Works reports its annual budget is emptied
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
Request received from the Knights of Labour to reduce the workday of City labourers to 9 hours. agreed to call for tender for clearing, close cutting and burning of about 23 acres of land at Hastings for Exhibition grounds. This
Council authorizes $65 monthly support for Free Reading Room and Library. Time limit for contract between city and smelting company has expired, and will have to be re-negotiated. Time limit for contract with Street Railway company to be extended, “in
Architects Sansom and Danson win $100 prize for their plan for the City Market. After a presentation from Mr. Sansom, it was agreed to situate the market 16 ft. back from Westminster Ave (now Main Street). The Deed of Conveyance
A Special Audit of the Police Court accounts and of the Police Books to be made immediately and a full report brought before the Police Board. A By-Law was introduced borrow a sum of money to improve Brockton Point in
Police chief suspended without pay while reports of police misconduct and breach of trust investigated by “Justices of Her Majesty’s Supreme Court of British Columbia or a Judge of the County Court”. Certain officers ordered to turn in “all monies
Geo. MacKay resigned as Parks Board chairman: W.J. Horne appointed to Chair. City to negotiate with Vancouver Water Works Company to acquire its system of Water Works. City signs agreement with Vancouver Electric Illuminating Company for street lights. This transcript
Vancouver Street Railway allowed to close the Westminster Av. (Main Street) bridge for 15 days to install track. City Engineer instructed to notify the contractor(s) that they (and not the City) are responsible for damage done to others’ property while
Ongoing investigation of police department by Mr. Justice Drake extended to include officials of police court. Street inspector given five days to notify all parties to remove building materials and refuse from city streets. This transcript was made in 2014
Policemen regularly met in a restaurant when they were supposed to be on their beats. Chief Stewart cleared of intentional wrong-doing in some charges, but not all. His “total want of order and system” to blame for many irregularities. Constable
Brockton Oval lease to Athletic Club and Eastern (Hastings Park) lease to Jockey Club both to be completed and signed. James MacDonald appointed pound keeper at a monthly salary of $35; he had to supply his own horse. Cost of
$7,000 in total granted for public works to streets and sidewalks; projects grouped according to city ward. John Devine resigns as city auditor. Date, time and place for election of 1890 Mayor and Council determined. This transcript was made in
Board of Works recommends (and Finance Committee opposes) purchase of a fountain from New York at a cost of $763.00 Fire Brigade staff to be fined $2.50 for a first offense, $5.00 for a second offense, and dismissed for a
Special meeting to reconsider the awarding of the sewer contract. Decision postponed until a meeting with the sanitary engineer. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland and Joy Marie Vasquez original handwritten minutes here City of
This document was transcribed by volunteer Gerald Soon in July of 2018. These election results were published in the “Vancouver Daily World” on December 10, 1889. The winners took office in January of 1890 for a term of one year.
City slaughter houses given six months’ notice to re-locate outside city boundaries. J. T. Abray & W. D. Haywood resign as police officers. J.J. Blake resigns as city solicitor. All vacant lots to be fenced by owner; otherwise city will
Mayor and Aldermen called to County Court in New Westminster to answer charges filed by Mr. John Devine, former City Auditor. Finance Committee deplores Mr. Devine’s breach of confidentiality in bringing financial irregularities before the public. This transcript was made
City’s 1888 arrangement with Mr. Claude Vautin to build a smelting works had not been completed. Mr. Vautin’s deposit of $5,000 was declared forfeit and property of the City. This transcript was made in 2014 by Transcribimus volunteers Margaret Sutherland
Mayor: David Oppenheimer Aldermen: Ward 1: J.M. Browning, J.T. Carroll Ward 2: James F. Garden, J.W. Horne Ward 3: J.M. Fox, F.W. Sentell Ward 4: Michael Costello, Malcolm McLeod Ward 5: Charles Doering*, Hamilton Mason information from Vancouver’s Elected Representatives
Many amendments made to City Charter. Mr. Hamersley, city solicitor, sent to Victoria to see them carried through. Site for [Rogers] sugar refinery established, to be purchased from F. C. Cotton, proprietor of San Juan Lime Co. Dominion (federal) Government
Cattle shed to be built in city Pound facility at a budget of $35. Robert Hemphill to be appointed pound keeper at a salary of $35 per month, he to furnish his own horse and “devote his whole time to
(Special Meeting) After three rounds of balloting, it was agreed that Isaac H. Hallett be appointed Police Magistrate at a Salary of $1,500.00 a year on the conditions that “he shall not begin or carry on any law practice nor
Letter received from Joseph Dixon, President of the Trades and Labor Council asking the Council to discontinue Prison Labor on the Streets and to reduce the time of corporation Day Laborers to nine hours. Arrangements for the Roger’s Sugar Refinery
Fire alarm boxes ordered by the City and shipped from San Francisco have been confiscated by Customs. City authorizes $1,140.50 in customs be paid to release the shipment. Board of Health has mediated a dispute regarding a tannery proposed by
Representatives from the Hackmen have met with Police Committee and set standard fares to apply at all times except public holidays. Health department has tested the milk supplied to the Hospital and determined it is not up to the specified
Alderman J. M. Browning, elected President of BC Sugar Refining Company, to whom Council has granted a sizeable bonus, assured that “his being a Director in said Company in no way disqualifies him from serving as an Alderman”. O. W.
Request from Robert Dickie and others asking the Council to allow them to use the Common South of Nelson Street for herding their cattle. Meanwhile, “…while everything possible is being done by the Council to put a stop to animals
Looking into whether the City “can compel the owners” of the lots in the low lands on the North side of Water Street in the Old Granville Townsite to “fill them up to high water mark to abate the disagreeable
Council, having reviewed the cost of last year’s celebration, will hold a public meeting regarding this year’s July 1 celebration. Mr. Herman Schussler, C.E of San Francisco to come to Vancouver to test the water works. Sansom and Dawson have
All unlicensed dogs running at large to be seized. Request from G. Perrie & Matsado Sora Kiche asking Council to cancel the License imposed on wrestlers. Aldermen Doering, Costello, Horne, Sentell and Browning form a committee to look into increasing
Chief of Police to post signs on the Granville Street Bridge to prevent dumping off the bridge. Pound keeper’s salary increased to $60 per month to cover extra duties. C.B. Higginson to be paid $5 per day for street sprinkling
City barbers request to be allowed to re-open their shops on Sundays, and the request is seconded by the hotel keepers. Royal City Planing Mills objects to the Cambie Street Bridge being built without a draw (a section that can
City Clerk instructed to reply to Harbour Master’s complaint about the City’s dumping of waste into the harbour would soon be replaced by burning it. Burning site to be established along False Creek. Letter from John Crabb asking to be
Rev. E.D. McLaren appointed the City’s representative to the newly-formed Corporation of the University of British Columbia. Council recommended that the Union Steam Ship Company be granted a subsidy of $250.00 per month to run the S.S. Cutch “or some
Committee met with Street Railway Company and recommends the company be allowed to extend their line along Westminster Ave (Main Street) to Ninth Ave (Broadway), then west to Centre Street (Granville), then south to the Granville Street Bridge and across
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 39 only [volume 4 page 39] Vancouver September 9th 1890 The
Board of Works to undertake contract with Mr. Henderson to number all the buildings in the city, “provided the cost does not exceed 25 cents for each set of numbers.” The Finance Committee reports that “…a general view (photograph) of
Property owner James McGeer gave notice that he would close Westminster Road running through his property within ninety days unless some arrangement was made with him. Question of whether to omit taxes on improvements to existing real estate is deferred
The amount to be paid by the Vancouver for the Water Works to be determined by an independent arbitration. This transcript was made in 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson and sponsored by Arnold Silber original handwritten minutes here City
Mr. M.H. Hirschberg, President of The Vancouver Free Reading Room and Library requested $125 per month in order to rent a suitable room – $25 per month to rent a room and $100 for expenses. Decision referred to “Messrs Charles
Market Hall Committee to meet with Citizens Committee, who are asking for use of the Market Hall three nights per week to provide “free public entertainments such as lectures, music and debates”. Mayor Oppenheimer anxious to have the east park
The Fire Water and Light Committee report suggests Council put the Vancouver Street Railway and Light Company on notice that the present lighting is unsatisfactory and the City does not intend to pay for any light which is out for
No reduction be made in the Salary of Officer Grady, injured while helping the Chain Gang to remove a stump in one of the lanes of the City. Two miles of wire to be purchased to extend the range of
A Special Meeting to resolve to offer financial incentive to any company who could build a “graving dock” (dry dock) for less than $100,000. A By-Law was drafted, and a date and time fixed for an election to ratify the
Mayor: David Oppenheimer Aldermen: Ward 1: Sam Brighouse, J.T. Carroll Ward 2: James F. Garden (resigned), Alexander Godfrey, A.W. Scouller (elected in byelection) Ward 3: C.G. Hobson, William Templeton Ward 4: William Brown, John McDowell Ward 4: H. De Pencier
Six committees established for the year 1891, with some initial disagreement about the composition of the Finance Committee and the Board of Works. The Licensing Board, Health Committee, Police Committee, and the Fire, Water and Light Committee were established without
Alderman James F. Garden resigns. Hansen brothers of Montreal purchase $25,000 of city debentures. Crowder and Penzer granted contracts for coal and feed, provided that both be weighed on the Market scales. Miss Bowes requests stricter temperance regulations, also to
Council agrees to acquire the Water Works from its current private owners. It was agreed to request the provincial government not to dissolve the current Small Debts Court Act until a judge is actually resident in Vancouver. Council to request
H. Abbott, General Superintendent of the C.P.R., denies C.P.R.’s responsibility to “furnish, at its own cost” the protection Council has requested at certain street crossings. The Board of Works orders that the City Morgue be connected to the water works
The Board of Works report instructs the City Clerk to fire the current Engineering Department staff and advertise for a new staff (Alderman Brighouse, Godfrey, Templeton and Brown supporting the motion, Alderman de Pencier dissenting). Mayor David Oppenheimer refuses to
Council read a telegram from the mayor of Halifax calling for assistance for the sufferers of the Springhill Disaster. $500 was telegraphed at once for their relief. [editor’s note: The Nova Scotia provincial Archives maintains a database of Nova Scotia
Mayor and Aldermen Godfrey, Brown, Hobson, Scoullar, Carroll, McDowell, and Templeton to go to Victoria to meet the members of the Legislature with the view of having the proposed amendments to the Vancouver Water Works Co’s Act opposed This transcript
Mayor David Oppenheimer declined to sign the minutes of the last meeting beyond the point at which he left the Chair and the special meetings. Alderman Brighouse moved and Alderman Brown seconded a motion that the Mayor leave the Chair,
Special Meeting to consider applicants for the position of Chief Engineer. Mayor David Oppenheimer not present; Alderman Dowell appointed Chairman. Thomas H. Tracy of London, Ontario was unanimously selected. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston
Mayor Oppenheimer sends regrets and protest against “illegal” appointment of Thomas Tracy as City Engineer. Council to send letter of protest against the Attorney General’s reported intention to change several details of the City Charter. The meeting was adjourned out
The anticipated arrival of the S.S. Empress of India from the Orient to be celebrated with a performance by the City Band and an address to the officers and passengers. Mayor David Oppenheimer absent. The Board of Works to have
In consideration of $2,000 grant given to the women’s and children’s hospital by the City, the Chairman of the Board of Health to be one of directors of the hospital. Ongoing conflict over the firing of Chief Engineer Warren and
Council appointed J.M. Browning as their arbitrator in the Water Works arbitration. A list of potential third arbitrators was presented – the City Solicitor to contact each of them to see if he would be willing to act as third
Appointment of Browning finalized. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Christopher Stephenson and sponsored by Arnold Silber original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 4 pages 313 only Vancouver Apr 29/91 A Special
$1,032 to be paid to George Telford et al for their work on Brockton Point Athletic Grounds. Mr. Thomson, owner of the building on the corner of Howe and Pender Streets, to be notified that his building is on the
A Special Meeting was held to consider the Works By-Law; the by-law was read over, signed, sealed, and sent to the newspapers for publication This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston and sponsored by Arnold Silber
This by-law was passed in the Vancouver City Council meeting of May 8, 1891. It changed Vancouver’s ward boundaries first set up under By-Law No. 3 in 1886. Transcribed by volunteer Anita Dos Santos in July of 2018. original by-law
The Board of Works reported that “the South Park (now Clark Park on Commercial Drive between 14th and 15th Avenues) is to be seeded at once”, and that Robson Street cannot “at present” to be made to open onto “the
The Electric Light Co. was instructed not to light the street lights on the night of full moon and for two nights before and after full moon. The appointment of Mr. Tracy as Chief Engineer came up again; however, Mayor
Alderman Brighouse refused to sign document of resignation previously signed by Mayor and all Aldermen, in response to demand brought forth at a recent public meeting. H. B. Warren brought suit against the City for wrongful dismissal. Aldermen Carroll and
Former Chief Engineer H.B. Warren brought a suit of $5,000 against Council for unlawful dismissal. The mayor and Aldermen had their names struck off a document of resignation signed at the last meeting of Council. This transcript was made in
Dr. A. C. Smith reported that “after full investigation, there were no signs of leprosy within the City”. Meanwhile, hospital matron Miss Swan was directed to “exclude all cases of venereal disease from the Hospital”. Mr. Tracy’s appointment as City
The Board of Licenses approved liquor licenses for 47 hotels, 8 saloons, 6 retail establishments (including the Hudson’s Bay Company) and 6 wholesalers. City taxes were raised to 2% “to provide an additional sum for school purposes”. This transcript was
The firemen allowed use of the Market Hall July 1 without charge. Alderman Godfrey to obtain a flag for the building. The Finance Committee disallows Mayor’s account of $500 to the Coquitlam Water Works after “having examined the papers and
Firemens’ salaries were raised to $10 per month ($25 for Fire Chief J. H. Carlisle). Nurses’ salaries were raised by $5 per month ($10 for matron Swan). Council chambers were ordered painted and repaired. Detailed regulations for sanitary storage and
The school board were unanimously elected by Council ballot; Brown was elected Chairman. An offer to the New Westminster and Vancouver Tramway Company was drafted. The city would grade certain streets, then allow the company to put in its rails.
Mayor Oppenhiemer and Alderman receive a notice of injunction from Elizabeth Ann Studden on behalf of the ratepayers, prohibiting the City from paying any further salary to Isaac Hallet as Police Magistrate. Hastings Street to be graded for Street Railway
Water Works arbitration panel Browning, Tilton and Drake submit their findings. The City to regulate private “scavengering” (garbage/recycling collection) within the city as soon as the waste-burning Crematory is in operation. Police officer Joseph Gibson dismissed for being found asleep
A bylaw was introduced to license Master Plumbers within the City. The City to immediately file an injunction to prevent further construction of a street railway along Venables Street to Boundary Road This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus
The Police Chief authorized to prevent the New Westminster Tramway Co to interfere with Vancouver streets, and to obtain extra assistance if necessary. Alderman Carroll authorized to purchase an artificial leg for Mr. R. D. Pitt, “the City to pay
A Special Meeting was held to finalize an agreement between the Tramway Company and the City. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous and sponsored by Shirley Barnett original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series
Officer Grady “allowed $12 for a suit of clothes.” R.W. Hart awarded the contract for “burying the pauper dead at the rate of $15 for each corpse. ” The City Council “will not countenance any monopoly of the bathing facilities
Board of Works recommends all future contracts state “that 9 hours shall constitute a day’s work.” City Hall caretaker John Clough injured in accident; a replacement to be hired for one week. Albert Yates, Messenger for the City Hall, to
Federal government seems to have stopped building post office on Granville Street, but has left stone blocks and building debris obstructing traffic. Two railcar loads of gravel to be purchased from the CPR for use on city streets. A by-election
C.L. Brown elected as Alderman for Ward 5, and appointed to the Board of Works, Police, and License Committees. City will purchase 20,000 cubic yards of crushed rock from Dr. Kendall. R.S. Coldwell appointed Police Officer. This transcript was made
Isaac Hallett resigned as Police Magistrate and was paid out at $125.00 per month. The lane in Block 97 D.L. 196 be graded by the chain gang. James Carnahan allowed to cut wood from five acres of the Cemetery Grounds
Recent city census taken by Mackay and Emanuels shows population to be 18,260. Finance committee enquired into the City’s advertising in the News-Advertiser, and concluded that there was no over-charging by the newspaper. This transcript was made in 2016 by
All correspondence between the City, the Dominion Government and the C.P.R. regarding the leper cases to be published. City Market hall rented for a Temperance lecture for the sum of $10. City Hall to be re-insured for $5,000 over 3
A committee was appointed to meet with representatives from Victoria to establish a jointly-funded leprosy quarantine facility. This transcript was made in 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Margaret Sutherland and sponsored by Shirley Barnett City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume
Vancouver’s share of the cost of the Darcy Island leprosy quarantine will be 2/7, Victoria’s will be 5/7. W.J. Hogg wrote to request that the Sunday Closing By-Law be enforced. D.J. McLean awarded contract for supplying waterproof overcoats for the
A. Williams declined appointment as Police Magistrate with restrictions. $500 was set aside for the Free Library for the purchase of books only. Market Committee empowered to find out what it will cost to deaden sounds from the basement of
G.A. Jordan elected Police Magistrate. Matron “not to admit D.T. patients*” to the city jail. City scavengers must dump all watery matter into manholes using proper chutes from the carts into the manholes. The City to apply to the Government
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
Several by-laws were completed: Vagrancy, Bread, Guns etc., Pound, Market, Liquor, Fire Limit & Trades License. Use of the Market Hall was granted for the 26th of December to hold a concert in aid of the Alexandra Hospital. This transcript
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
Duncan MacRae to be paid $87.50 for building on Darcy Island. One Vancouver leper established there. Accounts were submitted before year end, particularly from the Board of Works. By-Law was established to fix time and place for election of Mayor,
Final meeting of the Council of 1891 Fire Chief allowed to order caps for the whole department from New York, as “they are not manufactured in this city”. A Trades License By-Law was put through at the last moment. However,
The election of Fred Cope (b. 1860, d. 1897) in 1892 was the closest in Vancouver’s history, with a winning margin of 11 votes over his rival Dr. J.T. Carroll. Cope was also the youngest mayor in Vancouver history, only
Newly-elected Mayor Fred Cope gave address. The Finance Committee, Standing Committee on Works, Board of Health, the Fire, Water & Light Committee, and the Market & Police Committee were established. Last year’s Council and Committees overspent $66,000; $45,000 of which
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.
A by-election was established for Ward 2 to replace Alderman Scoullar. Plumbing for the hospital addition and 34 new Lawson-Tait hospital beds were ordered for the hospital. All requests for street work to be laid over until estimates can be
Present staff of Capilano Water Works to be kept on when the purchase by the City is complete. Temporary financing arranged with the Bank of British Columbia while debentures sold in London. This transcript was made in 2018 by Transcribimus
Vancouver asks Canadian government to establish steamship postal service as far north as Comox– Mar 14, 1892
The Finance Committee recommended the purchase of two sea lions that were currently on display at a price of $115. Aldermen Franklin, Connon and Gavin appointed to meet with the Jockey Club about Hastings Park. Council also sent a request
Joseph Huntly appointed Health Inspector: M. G. MacLeod both License Inspector & Gaoler – Mar 21, 1892
Arthur Cecil Green appointed night nurse at the hospital; monthly salary $30.00 E. G. McGarrigle and others petitioned that Oppenheimer Street be renamed Cordova St. The Lacrosse Club granted the use of City Hall for April 24, and the Brockton
Council met with representatives of the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company, who were requesting a bonus of $300,000 and explained how they intended to expend that sum. Council decided to grant that sum by purchasing stock in
Council reviewed and amended a draft agreement with the Burrard Inlet and Fraser River Valley Railway Company. City Solicitor to prepare amended draft to take to Council on Monday April 4, 1892.
The C. P. R. will be asked to donate land for a Fairview recreation ground. The W. C. T. U. and the Barbers press for greater enforcement of the Sunday closing by-law. The City needs to acquire a triangular piece
Lawyer J.J. Blake informed council that his client Mrs. Mary Winch had a $300 mortgage on the Hose Wagon. Officer O’Grady was granted $15.00 for a suit of clothing, and (cemetery groundskeeper) Mr. Alex McDonald’s salary was raised by $10.00
The estimates of income and expenses for 1892 were presented to a Committee of the Whole. Totals estimated to be $360,865.55 A number of adjustments were proposed and carried. Rates this year will be 2 1/4 percent with 20% off.
The location for the new Pest House (quarantine facility) to be determined by the Board of Works. Cabins behind the Market Hall to be burned, as recommended by the Health Inspector. Vancouver Council writes letter of concern and protest to
Council will attend July 4th celebrations in Seattle. Westminster and Vancouver Tramway officials complain of cows “running at large” on their tracks. W. S. Westcott awarded the contract for laying flexible water main across the Second Narrows. This transcript was
Joint meeting of New Westminster and Vancouver City Councils to prevent the spread of smallpox from Victoria and other suspected ports. Provincial Government urged to form a Provincial Board of Health to coordinate vaccinations.
Vancouver decided to defer quarantine of vessels from Victoria until “more definite information” could be obtained. Several clergymen addressed Council, urging them to enforce prostitution laws. Several people whose clothes were destroyed by health officials request compensation. This transcript was
Council unanimously backs Mayor Fred Cope’s announced smallpox quarantine. Mayors of other municipalities to be contacted to join the quarantine formed by Vancouver and New Westminster. This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Christine Cathcart and sponsored by
Mayor Townsend of New Westminster announced he would raise a quarantine on New Westminster Monday July 25 if other municipalities would do the same. John Brenton appointed temporary Health Inspector, Alderman Anderson as Acting Mayor. This transcript was made in
In an effort to curb prostitution, the allowable area for brothels will be made as small as possible. Drinking in open vehicles, “sauntering” around on foot, smoking at open windows, and other ways of attracting attention to be “wholly restrained”.
This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Christine Cathcart and sponsored by the Woodward family original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 5 page 97 only [vol 5, pg 97] Vancouver July 27th 1892
This transcript was made in 2017 by Transcribimus volunteer Christine Cathcart and sponsored by the Woodward family original handwritten minutes here City of Vancouver Archives Series 23-A Volume 5 pages 97 only [vol 5 pg 97] Vancouver July 28th 1892
Vancouver quarantine hospital upgrade to include a kitchen and nurses’ quarters, and an observation facility, plus a well and a brick-lined cesspit.
Informal discussion of the proposed $300,000 bonus to the Burrard Inlet & Fraser Valley Railway Co.
The steamer Sunbury to be subsidized $25 per week. The City Engineer was to number streets in Fairview and Mount Pleasant consistent with the numbering north of False Creek. A plan to set aside 10 acres in Stanley Park for
Because of the continuing smallpox epidemic, the B.C. Government has appointed a health inspector to examine train passengers arriving and leaving Vancouver. The City of Vancouver objects to paying that health inspector’s salary. One more case of smallpox reported. Miss
Vancouver & North Vancouver co-operate to build a road along Capilano water works pipeline – August 29, 1892
The sum of $10,000 was placed in the School Board’s bank account. The City of Vancouver and the Municipality of North Vancouver will cooperate in building a road beside the Capilano Creek pipeline. The Finance Committee recommended W. B. Fisher
J. J. Nickson was dismissed as superintendent of the Water Works with one month’s salary in lieu of notice. The Police Committee’s recommendation that J. M. Beattie be allowed to build a shed on the Market grounds was overturned. This
The bonus of $2,000 was granted in 4 per cent debentures. Council also agreed to pay for fences etc. for the Jockey Club grounds.
Leatherdale + Smith claims damages to a horse and “rig” while it was rented by the City. Mr. R.D. Pitt is also claiming damages for the loss of his leg, while Mrs. Staff is claiming compensation for her salary while
Michael Costello was appointed arbitrator to determine the value of the lots to be expropriated by the City of Vancouver for street use. Compensation was made to several parties for loss of time and property during the recent smallpox quarantine.
“Crushed rock” (gravel) will be used to repair Westminster Avenue (now Main Street) and to surface the basement of the City Market. The Telephone company gives notice that they will have to raise the price for telephone service out to
Council directed the Fire, Water and Light Committee to proceed with another company once a settlement was made with Costello and Munro for work done to date. This transcript was made in July of 2018 by Transcribimus volunteer Anonymous original
Immediate fire by-law enacted to eliminate standing rubbish in back yards. The chain gang was assigned to level a lane way behind Beach Avenue. Street lights were approved for fifteen intersections. This transcript was made in July of 2018 by
Mr. Abbott of the C. P. R. allowed 180 cubic yards of rock at the same prices as City. Thomas Allen to be paid $450.00 for purchase of a team of horses for the Fire Department.
Aldermen Anderson, Franklin and McGuigan to meet with the Library Board regarding the size of the current library. B.C. Government reports that $400 has been set aside for the North Arm (cemetery) road. Police officers’ uniforms will cost $30 each,
The Opera House to gain an awning or covered walkway. Oppenheimer Brothers must clear their lots in Mount Pleasant. Mr. St. Armand granted permission to build his house over running water, provided he does not hold the City liable for
Two by-laws were finalized: one granting a bonus of $300,000 to the Burrard Inlet and Fraser Valley Railway Co, and the other setting a polling time, places, etc for the Railway By-Law to be “elected” [ratified] by the taxpayers.
A special committee was formed to see if any reduction of City staff is possible. A telephone will be installed in the Mount Pleasant Fire Hall. The Mayor of Seattle reported seven cases of smallpox in that city. A six
A meeting of all the standing committee chairs found that no additional staff can be reduced past the three Engineering department employees already laid off. A new City Solicitor will be hired in the new year at a fixed yearly
Dr. McGuigan (who was also an Alderman) was appointed City Health Officer at no salary. Council agreed with the Library Board that the present Reading Room and Library was far too small. Request from the B. C. Cooperage and Jute
Vancouver Council agreed to buy fire hydrants and valves from the B. C. Iron Works. R. A. Muskett requested a road be built to his house on Fairview. Former Mayor and current policeman Malcolm MacLean to be furnished with an
Mr. Huntly was cleared regarding the overpayment of Mr. Larwill. Huntly was also asked to inspect the rear portion of a certain stables. Resolution from a recent Public Meeting regarding a Dry Dock was received. Mayor and Council entertained aboard
Mr. G. A. Stevenson bought $110,000 worth of Local Improvement Debentures. Awning allowed for Vancouver Opera House. Terms of employment and salary ($2,000 per year) fixed for City Solicitor. Mrs. Watmough appointed as a hospital nurse at a salary of
Election date and places set for election of Mayor, Aldermen, School Board, and Licensing Board. The Capilano Water Works is almost finished; the Fire Water + Light’s proposal for Assistant Superintendent Lawson to take over day to day operations was
The Fire Brigade to take over inspection and maintenance of Vancouver fire hydrants, beginning in the new year. Mr. Pitt, who had been writing to council weekly regarding the loss of his leg, was denied $50 compensation. The city’s insurance