Vancouver Sends “Sincere Sympathy” to New Westminster following Fire – September 13, 1898

That the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver in Council assembled desire to place on record their sincere sympathy with the citizens of New Westminster in the calamity that has befallen them through the destruction of so large a portion of their beautiful City by the disastrous fire of the night of the 10th and morning of the 11th inst. Resolved that the accounts at the City Hospital be audited and suitable books provided for keeping them in future. A By-Law was introduced to provide for the expropriation of a portion of the Lot on the North east corner of Carrall Steet and Alexander Street.

This transcript was made in June of 2023 by Transcribimus volunteer Gerald Soon

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Vancouver September 13th 1898.

The Council met on Tuesday September 13th 1898.

Present – His Worship, the mayor and Aldermen Townley, Painter, McQueen, McPhaiden, McGuigan, Brown, Foreman, McMorrow and Bruce.

The Minutes of last meeting were read and adopted.

Communications

From Philip Fewster giving Council his views on a new sewerage system.
Referred to the Board of Works

From H. Hadden etal asking the City to purchase Block 51. D.L. 541 for Recreation Grounds
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the City Engineer giving an estimate of $80,000 as the cost of a Sewerage System on the south side of False Creek for 20000 ft.
Referred to the Board of Works

From J. Buntzen, General Manager of the B.C. Electric Railway Co. asking permission to extend the double track on Westminster Av to Prior Steet and lay down 40 lb rails and agreeing to replace with a heavy rail suject (sic) to approval as soon as permanent pavement is laid down.

Moved by Alderman McMorran
Seconded by “ Painter
That his request be granted.
Carried.

From G.W. Hobson Secretary to the Fire Underwriters calling attention to a lot near the News.Advertiser Office where a frame building has been erected and a wood yard established in distinct violation of the Fire Limit By-Law.

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Alderman Painter promised that the matter would be attended to.

From H.J. Foote calling attention to state of the surface drain in the rear of Lot 11 Block 54.200a.
Referred to the Board of Works

From Chas Woodward asking that Westminster Avenue be watered.
Referred to the Engineer.

From Campbell McIntosh calling attention to the dilapidated condition of the sidewalk in front of his premises on 6th Av.
Referred to the Board of Works

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

From the Deputy Provincial Secretary acknowledging receipt of resolution re foreshore on English Bay.
Filed

From the Secretary of the Board of Trade acknowledging receipt of resolution re direct Steamship Communication with San Francisco. Filed.

From Miss M.M. Fraser asking for the free use of the Market Hall for one evening in the latter part of October for an operetta for the benefit of the Art Historical Society.
Referred to the Market Committee.

From John Spalding calling attention to the unsanitary condition of Lots 19 to 21 Block 26 200a.
Referred to the Board of Works

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From B.B. Johnston asking that the sidewalk in front of his premises on Hornby Street be moved out.
Referred to the Board of Works

From the City Clerk of New Westminster inviting the Mayor and Council to be present at the Exhibition to be held there from the 5th to the 13th of October.
Laid over

From Mellon, Scott & Co asking to be favored with the renewal of the insurance on the furniture of the City Hospital the premium being $64.00

Moved by Alderman McQueen
Seconded by “ Painter
That the insurance be renewed on the hospital furniture in the Company represented by Mellon & Scott.
Carried.

From J. Oppenheimer President of the Vancouver Improvement Co declining to accept $25.350 for Block 54. D.L. 196.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From Albert Deane, Secretary of the Langley Glenwood Agricultural Association extending a cordial invitation to the Mayor and Council to attend the Annual Fair at Fort Langley on the 21st inst.

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ McMorran
That a note of Thanks be extended to them for their kind invitation.
Carried.

From H.T. Lewis Agent P.C.S.S. Co acknowledging receipt of resolution re direct Steamship Service with San Francisco
Filed

From the Solicitor of the “B” Padlock Co Montreal submitting a device for

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ballot boxes.
Referred to the Finance Committee

From the Medical Health Officer reporting danger to the public health from a mattress factory on Water Street.
Referred to the Board of Health.

From the City Solicitor giving an opinion re act in reference to Health Committee
Filed for reference.

The following Reports were received and read:-

Finance Committee

The Finance Committee met on Friday September 9th 1898
Present – Aldermen McQueen, Painter, Brown and McGuigan.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Geo SimpsonTaxes$24.10
Crowder & PenzerSupplies11.88
City Grocery Co1.60
The ProvinceAdvertising.50
The World64.95
Telephone Co.Rents40.45

Communications

From R.G. Tatlow stating that he would leave the City on the 17th inst and would not be back before the 1st of October. If this would interfere with his duties as Arbitrator he could not act.
Filed

From the City Auditor certifying to the correctness of the City’s Accounts for June and July
Filed

From D.G. MacDowell claiming $1.50 Costs and interest on behalf of McDonald Bros
Referred to the City Solicitor

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From John O’Donnell claiming compensation for injuries received from a runaway fire horse
Referred to the City Solicitor

From the Union S.S. Co enclosing an assignment from A.E.E. Clark on certain monies falling due on the rock crushing
contract
Referred to the City Solicitor

sgd Jas McQueen
Chairman

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

Light, Railway & Tramway Committee

The Light, Railway & Tramway Committee met on
Tuesday September 6th 1898.
Present – the full Board

A number of applications were received for new lights.

Resolved that the Committee go around next Friday at 8 P.M. to view the different locations where lights are asked for..

Resolved that the Mayor and Aldermen McPhaiden be appointed a Committee to interview Mr Buntzen, General Manager of the B.C. Electric Railway Co with a view of securing a better street car service over Granville Street Bridge

sgd. D. McPhaiden
Chairman

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

Board of Works

The Board of Works met on Thursday September 18th 1898.
Present – the full Board.

A communication was received from

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J.J. Banfield asking for a sidewalk on Bute Street at Block 17 to be moved out
Referred to the City Engineer to have this done

From C. Wingan asking permission to build an open shed 10 x 12 in rear of his furniture store.
Request granted

From W.S. Dunlop asking permission to rent and cultivate a small piece of Sophia Street not in use.
Filed

From J. McDowell enclosing account for $23.50 for repairs to private sewers some having been crushed flat as alleged by setting of the new water main on Pender St
Referred to the Water Committee

E. Cook who applied for 8 yards of fine crushed rock was referred to the City Engineer

H. Parker interviewed the Board relative to his sewerage scheme Laid Over

Resolved that the City Engineer be authorized to send for 20 tons of bituminous rock for repairs.

The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

Champion & WhiteSupplies$41.00
Thos Dunn & Co165.62
McLennan & McFeely215.90
Evans Coleman & Evans11.40
J. JohnstonLabor.80
Crowder & PenzerSupplies21.57

sgd H.J. Painter
Chairman

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

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Health Committee

The Health Committee met on Wednesday Sept. 7, 1898.
Present – the full Board

Communications

From the Medical Health Officer asking to be supplied with a Street Car Pass
Resolved that the City Clerk be instructed to write to the manager of the B.C. Electric Railway Co. requesting him to furnish the Doctor with a Pass over his line.

From Geo H. Duncanson, Secretary of the Provincial Board of Health , asking that the necessary steps be taken to constitute (sic) the Board of Health in accordance with the Act.
Filed

From Malcolm McLeod asking for compensation for goods destroyed by order of the Health Officer.
Filed

From the Crematory Caretaker furnishing Report.
Filed

From the Health Inspector, asking for repairs to the road in front of the main entrance to the City Hospital.
Referred to the Chairman and Alderman Bruce for attention.

Resolved that J. Mooney and Thomson inmates of the City Hospital be furnished with clothing at a cost not exceeding $15.00 each.

Resolved that the accounts at the City Hospital be audited and suitable books provided for keeping them in future.

Resolved that F. Humphry be paid his September salary in advance as he is going away on his holidays.

Resolved that the Committee visit the hospital on Thursday at 2 P.M to view proposed changes in conjunction with Mr Dalton Architect.

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The following accounts were recommended for payment:-

N. La BrancheFumigating Hickey Block$2.00
Pioneer Steam LaundrySupplies112.07
W.C. MarshallExpress3.00
A. NottleLabor50.50
Kemp & SimpsonBurials30.00
Mining ButteSupplies6.35
J. C. Woodrow57.31
C. Clark2.85
Hopkirk & Spence5.50
Scott & Devlin8.70
B.C. Amer Light CoRent of Light15.00
F. EvansStenography41.50

Sgd W. K. McGuigan
Chairman

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ Foreman
That the Report be adopted as read.

Moved in amendment by Alderman McPhaiden
Seconded by Alderman Bruce
That the Clause in reference to Malcolm McLeod be referred back

Amendment lost. Motion Carried.

Introduction of By-Laws

Moved by Alderman Townley
Seconded by “ McQueen
That the following By-Law be read a first time viz. A By-Law to provide for the exemption of certain lands buildings and wharves of the Canadian Pacific Railway from Municipal Taxation.
Carried

The By-Law was accordingly read a first time.

Moved by Alderman Townley
Seconded by “ McMorran
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of a By-Law to fix

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the polling places, the time and to appoint the July officers for taking the votes of the elections on the By-Law to provide for the exemption of certain lands, buildings and wharves of the Canadian Pacific Railway from municipal taxation.

Carried

The By-Law was accordingly read a first time.

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ MacQueen
That the following By-Law be read a first time viz A By-Law to provide for the expropriation of a portion of the Lot on the North east corner of Carrall Steet and Alexander Street.
Carried

The By-Law was accordingly read a first time.

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ McQueen
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the introduction of a By-Law to provide for refunding to the Estate of the late D. Oppenheimer the sum of $500.00 put up by him in 1890.
Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a first time.

Motions

Moved by Alderman Brown
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Water Committee be given authority to purchase sufficient water pipe to lay a service to the Marine Slip at the foot of Victoria Drive.
Carried

Moved by Alderman McGuigan
Seconded by “ McMorran
That the bill of one Geo. F. Johnston amounting to $15.25 for repairs done at City Hospital be paid. Carried

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Moved by Alderman Townley
Seconded by “ McMorran
That the sum of $500 be granted in aid of the sufferers at the late fire in New Westminster.
Carried.

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ Brown.
That the sum of $1500 be offered to the owners of the corner of Alexander and Carrall Streets as compensation therefor and that in the event of the owners refusing to agree to accept the said sum that the compensation to be paid be settled by Arbitration and H.J. Cambie be appointed as Arbitrator on behalf of the City and due notice of such appointment be served on the owners. Carried.

Moved by Alderman MacQueen
Seconded by “ Brown.
That the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Vancouver in Council assembled desire to place on record their sincere sympathy with the citizens of New Westminster in the calamity

that has befallen them through the destruction of so large a portion of their beautiful City by the disastrous fire of the night of the 10th and morning of the 11th inst

while sympathizing with our sister city in her misfortune we cherish the hope and express our belief that she will rise from her ashes if possible more beautiful and prosperous than ever before.

It is further resolved that the Clerk send a copy of this resolution to the Mayor of New Westminster.
Carried.

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Moved by Alderman Townley
Seconded by ” McGuigan
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the Second reading of the By-Law to provide for exempting certain lands and buildings belonging to the C.P.R. Co.
Carried

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time.

Moved by Alderman Townley
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the 2nd reading of the By-Law to fix the polling places, the time and to appoint Deputy Returning Officers, for taking the votes of the Electors on the C.P.R. exemption By-Law.
Carried.

The By-Law was then read a 2nd time.

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ Brown.
That the Rules be suspended to allow of the second reading of the By-Law to provide for the expropriation of a certain piece of land at the corner of Alexander and Carroll Streets.
Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a second time.

Moved by Alderman Townley
Seconded by “ McGuigan
That the Council go into Committee of the whole for the consideration of the above By-Laws.
Carried

Alderman Brown was appointed Chairman.

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In Committee each of these By-Laws were read over clause by clause and reported to Council as complete.

Moved by Alderman Painter
Seconded by “ Brown.
That the Rules be again suspended to allow of the 3rd reading of the following By-Law.
Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a 3rd time.

Moved by Alderman Townley
Seconded by : McMorran
That the Rules be again suspended to allow of the 3rd reading of the expropriation By-Law. Carried.

The By-Law was accordingly read a 3rd time.

Notice of Motion

Alderman Foreman gave notice that at the next meeting of this Council he would introduce a By-Law to amend By-Law No 187, changing the name of Oppenheimer Avenue back to Carl Av.

The Council then adjourned.

James Garden
Mayor

Thos F. McGuigan
City Clerk