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Minutes from April 6, 1891

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  • The anticipated arrival of the S.S. Empress of India from the Orient to be celebrated with a performance by the City Band and an address to the officers and passengers
  • The Board of Works to have plans prepared for a Women’s and Children’s Hospital and sent to the City Clerk’s office by the 25th of the month
  • Notice of a bylaw was given for the City to extend public streets right of way to the waterfront and to continue to deep water

This document transcribed in March 0f 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Martha Hazevoet

Minutes from March 31, 1891

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  • Mayor Oppenheimer not present; Alderman Brown elected Chairman pro tem
  • H.B. Warren wrote saying he would continue to be available as Chief Engineer, and would claim damages against the City if they persisted in hiring Tracy in his place
  • $15 granted toward the maintenance of Stanley Park and a further $15 for improvements, while $1250 was granted toward police uniforms for a force of 14 men

This document transcribed in February of 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston

Minutes from March 23, 1891

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  • Mayor Oppenheimer sends regrets and protest against “illegal” appointment of Thomas Tracy as City Engineer
  • Council to send letter of protest against the Attorney General’s reported intention to change several details of the City Charter
  • The meeting was adjourned out of respect to the memory of former Alderman Dr. James Whetham

This document transcribed in February of 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston

Minutes from March 20, 1891 (Special Meeting)

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  • Special Meeting to consider applicants for the position of Chief Engineer
  • Mayor David Oppenheimer not present; Alderman Dowell appointed Chairman
  • Thomas H. Tracy of London, Ontario was unanimously selected

This document transcribed in February of 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston

Minutes from March 16, 1891

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  • A majority vote of two thirds of the aldermen present compelled Mayor Oppenheimer to sign the minutes of February 23, 24, 28 and March 9.
  • Vancouver Trades and Labour council requested that the Chain Gang not be employed on Street Work.
    A bylaw to regulate the storage of inflammable material within the city limits was introduced and read a first time.

This document transcribed in January of 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson

Minutes from March 9, 1891

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  • Mayor David Oppenheimer declined to sign the minutes of the last meeting beyond the point at which he left the Chair and the special meetings
  • Alderman Brighouse moved and Alderman Brown seconded a motion that the Mayor leave the Chair, and the motion was carried 5-4.  The City Solicitor gave the opinion that “there was nothing to that effect in the City Charter.”
  • Upon Oppenheimer’s order to the Clerk to proceed to the next order of business, six of the Aldermen left the Council Chamber, thus leaving no quorum

This document transcribed in January of 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson

Minutes from February 28, 1891 (Special Meeting)

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  • Mayor and Aldermen Godfrey, Brown, Hobson, Scoullar, Carroll, McDowell, and Templeton to go to Victoria to meet the members of the Legislature with the view of having the proposed amendments to the Vancouver Water Works Co’s Act opposed

This document transcribed in January of 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson

Minutes from February 24, 1891 (Special Meeting)

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  • Council met at 1:30 pm to read a telegram from the mayor of Halifax calling for assistance for the sufferers of the Springhill Mining Disaster.
  • $500 was telegraphed at once for their relief.

This document transcribed in January of 2016 by Transcribimus volunteer Chris Stephenson

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