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Minutes from January 5, 1891 (12:00 pm meeting)

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  • Six committees for the year 1891 established with some initial disagreement about the composition of the Finance Committee and the Board of Works.  The Licensing Board, Health Committee, Police Committee, and the Fire, Water and Light Committee were established without opposition.
  • Aldermen Brighouse and Templeton both gave lengthy notices of motion.

This document transcribed in December of 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Mary Norris

Minutes from January 5, 1891 (10:00 am meeting)

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  • In this final meeting for the Council of 1890, the annual reports of the committees and the City Auditor were received and filed.  The Mayor thanked the Council for their services, the Council thanked the Mayor for his courteous manner in presiding over the deliberations, and the Council adjourned Sine Die (“without assigning a day for a further meeting or hearing.”)

This document transcribed in December of 2015 by Transcribimus volunteer Donna Kynaston

Minutes from December 29, 1890 (7:30 pm meeting)

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  • Purchases of a 12 ton steam roller ($2,883.00) and a rock crusher ($2,576.00) both from Ch. P. Coulson, approved in spite of a motion to put the decision off a week for the incoming Council to deal with
  • City officials to be paid on the last day of December instead of the customary first of the month, in order to close off the books for the year
  • A telephone to be installed between the Sheriff’s office in Vancouver and the records office in New Westminster

These minutes were transcribed in December, 2015 guest transcriber Donna Kynaston

Minutes from December 29, 1890 (10:00 am meeting)

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  • A Special Meeting to resolve to offer financial incentive to any company who could build a “graving dock” (dry dock) for less than $100,000.  A By-Law was drafted, and a date and time fixed for an election to ratify the By-Law.

These minutes were transcribed in December, 2015 guest transcriber Donna Kynaston

Minutes from December 22, 1890

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  • Lawyer Thomas Boultbee presents a request on behalf of the Chinese community that they be allotted a separate plot of land in the cemetery
  • Two miles of wire to be purchased to extend the range of the Fire Alarm.
  • No reduction be made in the Salary of Officer Grady owing to his being off duty as he received an injury while helping the Chain Gang to remove a stump in one of the lanes of the City.

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

Minutes from December 15, 1890

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  • St. Johns Ambulance Association offers free first aid training to police and fire departments
  • The Board of Works begins to consider paving the roads – a budget to be prepared comparing different grades of paving and the equipment necessary to carry out each grade
  • The Police Committee request that W.S. Patterson be authorized to receive and execute writs, rather than having to send for a writ to the Sheriff in New Westminster and wait for a reply

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

Minutes from December 1, 1890

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  • Budget for library increased to $125 per month from $60. A Committee of four Aldermen and the Mayor find a site and develop a building suitable for a Reading Room, Library, Museum, and Lecture Room.
  • Plan No 3 for Hastings Park Race Track was approved; the City Clerk to call for tenders to clear 15 acres for the grounds.
  • A new By-Law regulating street numbering was declared complete.

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

Minutes from November 24, 1890

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  • The Council is not in a position to approve the request of Miss Bowes to fund an Orphans’ Home, but strongly recommends it to next year’s Council
  • The Finance Committee “unable to respond” to the Mayor’s Nov 10th proposal that the City purchase the Water Works, Gas Works, Electric Light and Street Railway, as the matter would require “grave consideration
  • The Fire Water and Light Committee report suggests Council put the Vancouver Street Railway and Light Company on notice that the present lighting is unsatisfactory and the City does not intend to pay for any electric light which is out for more than one hour per night

These minutes were transcribed in January of 2016 by guest transcriber Martha Hazevoet

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