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Minutes from May 9, 1887

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  • Police Committee recommends the hiring of a Police Court Clerk to attend at police court, take down evidence, receive fines paid into Court, and keep account of prisoners committed
  • $500 to be to the Nanaimo Relief Fund sent on behalf of the citizens of Vancouver to assist the families and survivors of the May 3 mine explosion
  • A date, time and returning officers were established for a poll on the following proposed By-Law – “That the Coquitlam Water Works Company deposit with the City Treasurer the sum of four hundred dollars the same to be forfeited by the Company to the Corporation to meet the costs of obtaining Mr. Schussler’s opinion and the expenses of submitting this By-Law to the people in the event of failure on their part to deposit the amount of Bond money as agreed upon”.

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and sponsored by the generosity of Darrin Pezer of Proactive Building Maintenance

Minutes from Special Meeting May 6, 1887

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  • Special Meeting to receive Engineer C. Schussler’s report on the Water Works proposal.  The City Solicitor instructed to prepare agreement and Bylaw that the Company “be limited to an issue of $280,000 first mortgage Bonds leaving interest at 3 per centum per annum.”

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and sponsored by the generosity of Darrin Pezer of Proactive Building Maintenance.

Minutes from May 2, 1887

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  • E.J. Clark offered to donate seven acres to the City for a Park in consideration of Council improving certain streets; Council replied it “cannot accept Mr. Clark’s offer at present
  • Petitions for improvement of Dumsmiur, Barnard, and Harris Streets referred to the City Engineer to examine and report on each
  • Alderman David Oppenheimer appointed as Board of Health representative to act with the Board of Works on the question of sewerage

he transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and sponsored by the generosity of Darrin Pezer of Proactive Building Maintenance.

Minutes from April 23, 1887

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  • James Crowley appointed Night Scavenger, and W. W. Ayer Day Scavenger
  • A.R. Coughtry allowed to open slaughter house, provided he complies with health by-laws
  • C. G. Johnson presented a petition signed by 350 citizens requesting a park for recreation grounds
  • City Clerk asked to send request to the Secretary of State to match the City’s $10,000 budget for a hospital, and join forces to build a combined General and Marine Hospital

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and sponsored by the generosity of Darrin Pezer of Proactive Building Maintenance.

Minutes from Special Meeting April 21, 1887

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  • 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 Coquitlam Water Works to be printed

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and sponsored by the generosity of Darrin Pezer of Proactive Building Maintenance.

Minutes from April 18, 1887

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  • Four applications received for the position of City Scavenger
  • The Board of Works recommended the $500 deposit of contractor William Harkins be declared forfeit, as he had not completed his contract on time.  Council denied the recommendation, asking the Board to reconsider.
  • City forms petition to Dominion Government to establish immigrant sheds and an Immigration Agent to cope with the expected influx upon completion of the western terminus of the CPR, as well as a quarantine facility
  • Chairmen of all Standing Committees plus Alderman Mannion appointed to form the Board of Commissioners of Police.

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and sponsored by the generosity of Darrin Pezer of Proactive Building Maintenance.

Minutes from Special Meeting April 15, 1887

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  • Special Meeting to review the draft agreement between the City and the Coquitlam Water Works Company and to consider a grant to be given to L. Samels publisher of the “West Shore”, and to M. Picken, publisher of “Hand Book”.
  • Aldermen Lefevre, Hamilton, and Mannion to review the two pamphlets in question and report back to next meeting of Council.
  • The draft Water Works agreement was to the City Solicitor.   Council also to contact Civil Engineer H. Schussler of San Francisco inviting him to furnish a report on “the nature and durability of the material proposed to be used, and whether the pipes are adequate to give the service specified.

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and sponsored by the generosity of Darrin Pezer of Proactive Building Maintenance.

Minutes from April 11, 1887

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  • City Engineer E.B. Mohun to survey and make a contour map of the City between Burrard Street and Campbell Avenue and north of False Creek at a cost of $150
  • A special committee met with manager H. Abbott of the CPR; the CPR required a tract of land extending east as far as Carrall Street “to give sufficient length for switches” and desired that the CPR lands north of False Creek would be exempt from city taxation.  The committee replied that that the CPR then “could have no great objection” to its bridge across False Creek having a draw or swing to permit boats to get through
  • The Fire, Water and Light committee recommended the purchase of Fire Truck Figure 501 no 2 at a cost of $1,150
  • A lamp lighter was hired at a salary of $35 per month

The transcription of this Vancouver City Council Meeting was made in August of 2015 by guest transcriber Pauline White and sponsored by the generosity of Darrin Pezer of Proactive Building Maintenance.

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