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Minutes from January 2, 1888

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  • First Council Meeting with Mayor David Oppenheimer. Meetings generally Monday 7:30 PM.
  • Standing Committees created – Finances, Board of Works, Fire Water and Light, Board of Health.

You can read the whole text of Mayor Oppenheimer’s speech to Council here.

Minutes from December 30, 1887

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  • Fred Munro draws the attention of Council “to the employment of Chinese on the Gravel Contract.” The contractor to be called upon to explain.
  • Mayor M. A. MacLean paid seven hundred fifty dollars, according to By-Law number 53.

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

Minutes from December 27, 1887

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  • James Hartney awarded contract to build Park Road
  • Alderman Alexander granted $50 “for the purpose of settling the claims of Indians on the line of the Park Road for bushes and fences destroyed.”
  • “That the City Engineer be instructed to report on the cost of constructing a bridge across False Creek at the foot of Granville Street; the estimate to distinguish between the cost of a fixed bridge and a draw bridge.”

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

Minutes from December 19, 1887

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  •  A number of complaints received about (street contractor) William Harkins’ granting of Power of Attorney to Dunn & Co. J. H Wert appreared before council on behalf of Harkins’ employees to report on the situation. Legal opinion requested from City Solicitor.
  • A coal oil lamp to be placed at the corner of Hamilton and Dunsmuir streets, with the City supplying the oil and the residents in the vicinity to light the lamp
  • James Alexander appointed for 1888 to assist the Assistant Commissioner in the Assessment of the City

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

Minutes from December 12,1887

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  • City Clerk to enquire about the capacity of P. Fewster’s proposed mill to be built in Vancouver
  • The Board of Works instructed the Chief of Police to have the Chain Gang improve a lane as petitioned by F. Boucher
  • E. Cook awarded contract for plastering and masonry of City Hospital, and the carpentry to James Stanford.  Gas fitting and plumbing contracts not awarded as all tenders exceeded budget

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

Minutes from December 5, 1887

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  • Council unable to grant the petition of A.W. Sullivan and others for the improvement of Trounce Alley, as the Works budget was exhausted.
  • Among other accounts to be paid are subscriptions to the Leadville (Colorado) Herald, the Denver Republican, and the Alta California (California’s first daily newspaper, published in San Francisco until 1891.)

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

Minutes from November 28, 1887

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  • The Police Committee recommended the City immediately end the present system of boarding chain gang prisoners in private homes.  Eleven pairs of blankets were purchased for the cells, and a stove for the jail corridor
  • Tenders were received for painting street signs.  M. J. Milross was awarded the contract, at a price of 53 cents per sign on wood, but only 45 cents on tin

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

Minutes from November 24, 1887 Special Meeting

Transcript     Original document

  •  A Special Meeting was held to organize the reception for Sir A. R. Caron, Minister of Militia & Defense (Government of Canada), and to hire enough taxicabs for the occasion

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

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