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Minutes from October 10, 1887

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  • City to call for tenders for the construction of a City Hospital
  • The City Engineer to estimate the cost of constructing a road around the park and call for tenders
  • By-Law introduced by Alderman D Oppenheimer to license pawnbrokers and second-hand stores

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

Minutes from October 3, 1887

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  • W.W. Ayers resigned as City Scavenger
  • 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 in as good repair as before

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

Minutes from September 24, 1887 Special Meeting

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  • A cost of two dollars and fifty cents set for a cemetery plot large enough for a single burial, a whole plot costing twenty five dollars and a quarter plot eight dollars
  • City accepted offer from Mr. J. J. Irwin to purchase 19 feet along Cambie Street and 33 feet along Cordova Street for $400.00
  • The city Chain Gang be utilized to do the work requested along Abbott Street
  • The Vancouver Iron Works Company was exempted from all municipal taxation for ten years

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

Minutes from September 5, 1887

Transcript     Original document: part one | part two

  • The City Engineer to ensure that the contractors on Granville Street do no burning in the vicinity of the C.P.R. Hotel
  • The Finance Committee recommended payment of $10 to widow Leonora Z. Hughes for the inquest on her late husband
  • Fire Water and Light Committee recommended 60 locations for placement of street lights
  • City Engineer and Fire Chief to investigate Royal City Planing Mills’ petition for a tank at the south end of Carrall Street
  • David Oppenheimer introduces a By-Law to raise $20,000 to build a road or drive around the Government Reserve (now Stanley Park)

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 August 29, 1887

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  • Draft agreement between the Electric Illuminating Light Co. and the City referred to City Solicitor
  • Complaint from R.G. Tatlow that the lane near Dunlevy Avenue was being used as a dumping ground for stumps etc.
  • Payment of $2.00 approved to W.W. Ayer for a “dead horse” (presumably for the removal of the remains)
  • Date set for holding an election on the question of the Bonus By-Law

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 August 22, 1887

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  • Letter received from A.R. Diplock asking that the City purchase his hand grenades (?!)
  • Fred S. Clark, agent for the Imperial Oil Co asking permission to erect a ware house near Carl Avenue on Railway Street, granted permission on the same terms as the Standard Oil Company
  • Fire Water and Light Committee asked City Clerk to communicate with the Secretary of the Fire Brigade to cooperate on the best placement for city street lights
  • The question of the legality of passing a By-Law to grant a bonus to smelting works was referred to the City Solicitor

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

Minutes from August 16, 1887

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  • W.P. Johnson, Manager of Standard Oil Company, asked permission to build a warehouse
  • Board of Works recommended improvements to a number of streets, totalling $15,734.00
  • Alderman D. Oppenheimer introduced a by-law to offer a bonus to anyone building a Foundry and Smelting Works within the City
  • The (absent) Mayor authorized to call a public meeting of the ratepayers of the City during the week to discuss the question of granting bonuses to manufacturers

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 August 8, 1887

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  • Council unable to make a grant of money to the BC Rifle Association
  • Doctors Robertson, Beckinsale, and Langis all applied for the position of Medical Health Officer.  Appointment laid off for one week.
  • James Hartney allowed to sink a well on Dupont Street (today’s Pender Street) on the understanding that it must be filled in when Council requests it
  • The police men to be allowed each in turn ten days leave of absence

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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