Documents of Early Vancouver


Minutes from April 16, 1888

Transcripts     Original Documents

  • CPR to build Heatley Street crossing over railway.
  • Contracts for street improvements for Hastings, Dunlevy, Westminster [Main Street].

Minutes from April 2, 1888

Transcripts     Original Documents

  • Request for Opera House about to be built the 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 toward the purchase of sugar beet root seed.
  • A letter to Mr. Abbott of CPR asking that draw be put in the bridge crossing False Creek as it was preventing industries from establishing there.

Minutes from March 26, 1888

Transcripts     Original Documents: part one | part two

  • Licensing Committee notes that Provincial Legislature is considering liquor issues. These should be left to municipalities.
  • Mr. Abbott of CPR to be notified city has let contract certain improvements.
  • Mr. Abbott to be asked to place a draw in their bridge across False Creek.
  • Thanks given to people who organized concert for hospital fundraising.

Minutes from Special Meeting March 24, 1888

Transcripts     Original Documents

A Special meeting of the City Council to review the loan by-law and determine the rate of taxation for the current year.

Minutes from March 19, 1888

Transcripts     Original Documents: part one | part two

  • Henry Abbott in support of Granville Bridge over False Creek.
  • Ferguson et al. in support of road to connect Lorne Street with proposed road to North Arm.
  • City Scavenger to furnish bond, pay license fee.
  • Refused to permit construction of glass and wood structure behind Cordova Street.
  • Ald. Humphries moved to re divide the city into new wards.

Minutes from March 12, 1888

Transcripts     Original Documents: part one | part two

  • 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 on Pender Street near brewery, etc.
  • Money put aside for the building of Granville Bridge to ultimately connect with North Arm bridge.

Minutes from March 5, 1888

Transcripts      Original documents: part one | part two | part three

  • 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 government to sell lands for settlement.
  • Note that in these times every individual payment needed to be approved by the Council so most meetings had extensive lists of costs.

Minutes from February 27, 1888

Transcripts      Original documents: part one | part two

  • Rev. Robson asks to restrict liquor traffic. No action taken.
  • Request to sign advertising case on Cordova Street.
  • Several requests for improvements to streets.
  • Petition to amend the charter reducing qualifications for office and voting.
  • Request for bridge over North Arm to Lulu Island and another to Sea Island to reduce the cost of produce.
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