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Minutes from November 10, 1890

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  • Mayor Oppenheimer anxious to have the east park (Hastings Park) cleared in time for the Exhibition of 1892
  • Lengthy letter to the Vancouver Water Works, outlining unsuccessful negotiations to date to have the City Acquire the Water Works, and proposing Arbitration to settle the matter.
  • 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”.

These minutes were transcribed in January, 2016 by guest transcriber Martha Hazevoet

Minutes from November 3, 1890

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  • Communications from Belle Smythe and many others protesting against a license being granted to the Imperial Opera house to sell spirituous liquors
  •  A fee of 25 cents to be charged for a printed copy of the City By-Laws
  • 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 Whetham and F.C. Cotton…to report to the Council…as to what in their opinion would be the best and most judicious way of aiding said institution, also what amount they consider would be necessary to carry out the suggestion which they may see fit to make” (Mr. Charles Whetham was a real estate broker and Mr F.C. Cotton was the editor and manager of the News Advertiser)

These minutes were transcribed in November, 2015 by guest transcriber Chris Stephenson

Minutes of Special Meeting October 31, 1890

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  •  Special Meeting to consider the report of the Water Works Committee
  • The amount to be paid for the Water Works to be determined by an independent arbitration

These minutes were transcribed in November, 2015 by guest transcriber Chris Stephenson

Minutes from October 27, 1890

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  •  Proposal received from the Phoenix Water Works Company to lay system of underground pipes for water supply
  • 62 electric lights, 400 chairs, and 3 stoves to be purchased for Market Building
  • $3,500 allocated to make the Cemetery Road passable “so that funerals can reach the cemetery…in the upcoming wet weather
  • Draft Agreement with the Street Railway prepared by the City Solicitor is approved

These minutes were transcribed in November, 2015 by guest transcriber Chris Stephenson

Minutes from October 20, 1890

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  • Correspondence from James McGeer giving 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 to next year’s Council

These minutes were transcribed in November, 2015 by guest transcriber Chris Stephenson

Minutes from October 13, 1890

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  • Correspondence from Miss Bowes asking Council to provide a separate apartment in the Jail for female prisoners
  • Board of Works…”strongly urge[s] the Council to… get rid of the present and rapidly increasing number of squatters along the shore of Burrard Inlet and False Creek and the consequent loss to the revenue of the City
  • Rents were established for the new City Market – five cents per front foot per day for a stall in the market building for a period of one month or more (six cents if for a period of less than one month), twenty cents per day for an outside stall or stand, ten cents per day for each horse, mule, cow, steer, ox or calf brought to sell, five cents per day for each sheep, lamb, hog, or pig

These minutes were transcribed in November, 2015 by guest transcriber Chris Stephenson.

Minutes from September 30, 1890

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  • BC Government informs Council that Mr R.H. Alexander was appointed Reviser of Municipal Voters Lists for 1890
  • Police force to be issued rubber coats and boots “for use while on duty”
  • City to contract with the Dominion Sanitary and Cremating Co. to build a garbage burning facility at a cost of $6,000
  • H.B. Warren appointed City Engineer

These minutes were transcribed in November, 2015 by guest transcriber Donna Kynaston

Minutes from September 22, 1890

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  • Board of Health recommended to next year’s Council to set aside $2,500 to establish a hospital for women and children “as petitioned for by Mrs. Webster
  • Board of Works reported the Market Building almost finished [the market was located just south of the existing Carnegie Community Centre  on Main Street]
  • The CPR  bridge across False Creek “… offers a serious obstruction to the passage of steamers and sailing vessels.”  City to “communicate with” Canadian government to “cause” the CPR to either remove the bridge or “have a draw span inserted in same bridge

These minutes were transcribed in November, 2015 by guest transcriber Donna Kynaston

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