Kingston City Council Proceedings 1894-1897

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In 1846 Kingston was incorporated as a city. There had from the beginning been considerable dissatisfaction with the original incorporation act. It had been felt that there were too few councilors, and there was no provision for proper assessment. After 1846 the council increased in size and the councilors were elected annually. The city limits were extended and the whole was divided into five wards: Cataraqui, Frontenac, Sydenham, Ontario and St. Lawrence. By the 1849 Baldwin Act, city limits were again increased and Rideau and Victoria wards were added. At that time the Council consisted of the mayor, fourteen aldermen and fourteen councilmen. In 1867 the Council was reduced to the mayor and twenty-one members, three from each ward, and all were called aldermen. The items to be described are two volumes of City Council minutes from 1886-1897. These minutes will be of particular value once transcribed as we have never received indices for 1880 to 1896. All other years are indexed making the information more findable.

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Monday 8 o'clock P.M. Kingston May 14th 1894

A meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Kingston was held this day. Present

His Worship the Mayor

Aldermen

Allen, Behan, Carson, Curtis, Elliott, Horn, Martin, Meek, Mundell, McIntyre, McKelvey, Richardson, G. Robinson, Ryan, Skinner, Walkem, Wright

The clerk read the minutes of the two last meetings.

Communications summarized were read as follows: -

From T. O. Robson, President Re Canadian Cattle Trade - Referred to the Finance Committee.

From Miss Machar - Secretary poor relief Association showing expenditure for year - Referred to the Finance Committee.

From E. J. B. Pense asking for cheque Hospital Grant by city.

On motion of Ald McKelvey seconded by Ald Richardson Ordered, that the amount of $750 as provided in the Budget be paid to the Treasurer of the Kingston General Hospital.

From Robert Creighton Accountant Provincial Penitentiary enclosing account for material &c - Referred to the Board of Works.

From John Macdonald Secretary Public School Board asking on what terms the Board can aquire the use of Ontario Hall - Referred to the Committee on City Property.

From John Macdonald Secretary Public School Board asking for a Grant of $20,000 to erect a new School house and to pay indebtedness on Victoria School, about $1100 - Referred to the Committee on Finance

From W. M. Drennan, Secretary Celebration Committee Queens Birthday asking for a grant of $20 towards advertizing.

On motion of Ald McKelvey seconded by Ald. Meek Ordered That the communication of Wm M. Drennan on behalf of the Celebration Committee be referred to the Committee on Printing with power to act.

From George Osborne complaining of Horses and Cows being allowed to run at large.

On motion of Ald McIntyre seconded by Ald Martin Ordered That the communication of George Osborne be referred to the Committee on City Property and that in view of the number of complaints made by Citizens of the inefficiency of the present Pound Keeper the said committee is hereby ordered to make inquiry as to the cause of such inefficiency and report at the next regular meeting of this Council upon the measures proper to be taken to ensure a thorough enforcement of the pound By Law and the efficient protection of citizens in future from the annoyance complained of.

Petitions were presented and referred as follows: -

From Miles Sinnott and 14 other Cabmen by Ald Behan asking for a reduction of License - Referred to the Committee of Finance.

From George Cliff, by Ald Horn, respecting frontage charges - Referred to the Board of Works.

From W. Smallridge and 9 others by Ald Mundell asking for removal of Board Walk to East side of Alfred Street between Union and Earl streets - Referred to the Board of Works.

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From Wm [William] J. Baker and 5 others by Ald Carson asking to have Barrie Street watered between Queen and Colborne Streets - Referred to the Board of Works.

On Motion of Ald McKelvey seconded by Ald Meek.

Ordered That the resolution passed by this council on April 30th last instructing the Solicitor to appeal the suit, City of Kingston vs The Kingston Portsmouth and Cataraqui Railway be [stikethrough] reinstated [/strikethrough] reconsidered.

On Motion of Ald. McKelvey seconded by Ald Meek.

Ordered That the Solicitor be instructed to stay all proceeding in connection with the suit of Kingston vs Kingston, Portsmouth and Cataraqui Railway.

On Motion of Ald Carson seconded by Ald McIntyre.

Ordered That the report No 2 1183 1/2 of the Board of Works dated May 7th 1894 be adopted and an agreement between the company and the City in the matter be entered into and the agreement of the 9th May 1893 to apply also and that until the agreement be adopted and extended no work be done on the new track - Provided that before the final adoption and execution of the agreement the owners of the several properties abutting upon the North Side of Princess Street from Alfred Street to the Western limits of the City be notified in writing of the proposal to lay the track on the North side of the street and they be given an opportunity of laying their objections to such proposal before this Council.

On Motion of Ald Behan seconded by Ald Allen.

Ordered That the sum of twelve dollars be advanced to the four Firemen for the purchase of New Uniforms and that the same be charged against, their increased salary.

Ald Meek introduced consolidated By Law No 494 entitled "A By Law for licensing and regulating milk vendors within the City of Kingston and fixing the fees to be paid for such" which was reach a first time -

The 30th Rule was suspended and the Council went into Committee of the whole on the second reading.

Ald G. Robinson in the Chair.

The Council resumed.

The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the second reading of the By Law clause by clause the report was received.

The 30 Rule was again suspended, and the By Law was read a third time and passed.

Ald Meek introduced Consolidated By Law No 493 entitled "A By Law to encourage the planting of Trees for shade and ornament on certain of the public Streets, Highways, Squares and public places of the City of Kingston" which was read a first time -

The 30th Rule was suspended and the Council went into Committee of the whole on the second reading.

Ald Ryan in the Chair.

The Council resumed.

The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the Second reading of the by law clause by clause the report was received.

The 30th Rule was again suspended and the By Law was read a third time and passed.

Ald McIntyre from the Committee on Finance and accounts brought up Reports (numbers 1182 and 1183 Book G) which were read and adopted.

The Chairman from the Board of Works brought up a Report (Number 1184 Book G) which was read and adopted

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The Chairman from the Committee on Water Works brought up a Report (number 1185 Book G) which was read.

Ald Elliott moves seconded by Ald Walkem.

That the report of the Committee on Water Works be received and adopted.

In Amendment 1st

Ald Horn moves seconded by Ald G Robinson.

That the amount of the account I.E. $50 of Collins Bay Rafting Company be paid.

In Amendment 2nd

Ald McKelvey moves seconded by Ald McIntyre.

That the sum of $50 as charged by the Collins Bay Rafting Company for the removal of the Rouseau pipe be paid said amount to be afterwards collected from the owners of said pipe as we may be advised by the City Solicitor - which being put was lost and the first amendment being put was carried.

Yeas: The Mayor, Aldn Allen, Behan, Carson, Curtis, Horn, Mundell, McIntyre, McKelvey, G Robinson, Skinner Walkem - 12.

Nays: Aldn Elliott, Martin, Meek, Richardson, Ryan - 5.

On Motion of Ald Mundell seconded by Ald Walkem.

Ordered That the report of the Committee on Water Works be received and adopted as amended.

The Chairman from the Court of Revision brought up a Report (number 1186 Book G) which was read and adopted.

The Chairman from the Committee on Fire, Water and Light brought up a Report (number 1187 Book G) which was read and adopted.

The Chairman from the Committee on Parks brought up Report (number 1188 Book G) which was read and adopted.

On Motion of Ald Curtis seconded by Ald Carson.

Ordered That the Police Commissioners be requested to swear in William Phillips as a constable for special duty in connection with the City Parks.

Ald Carson introduced a By Law to authorize the construction of a common sewer in a part of Balaclava Street in the City of Kingston as a local improvement under the provisions of the Municipal Act on that behalf which was read a first time.

The 30th Rule was suspended and the Council went into Committee of the whole on the second reading

Ald Walkem in the Chair.

The Council resumed.

The Committee rose and the Chairman reported the second reading of the By Law clause by clause - The Report was recieved.

The 30th Rule was again suspended and the By Law was read a third time and passed.

On motion the Council adjourned.

M. Flanagan City Clerk

John Herald Mayor

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[right column]Monday 8 O'Clock P.M. [right column] Kingston June 18th 1894

A special meeting of the Council of the Corporation of the City of Kingston was held this day. Present

His Worship the Mayor

Aldermen

Carson, Curtis, Elliott, Gaskin, Hardy, Horn, Martin, Meek, Mundell, McKelvey, Richardson, Skinner, Walkem, Wright.

The Mayor stated the meeting was called to take up general business.

The Clerk read communications as summarized.

From Board of Commissioners of Police - Re duties of City Commissioner and of Board of Health - Referred to Finance Committee.

From N.F. Dupuis, Chairman, Board of Trustees Collegiate Institute, for advance of $2000, for settling up &c - Referred to the Committee on Finance.

From George Thompson Collector of Taxes - Taxes collected to date May 2nd 1894. Referred to Committee on Finance.

From the Education Department - Appointment - Legislative Public & Separate School Grant for 1894 &c. Referred to the Committee on Finance.

From Richard J. Walkem, Chairman Local Board of Health Re renting Military Hospital for three months as small Pox Hospital - Fyled.

From George Thompson, Collector of Taxes. Taxes received to date - June 11th 1894. Referred to Committee on Finance.

From Revd H. M. Baum asking for remission of rent of City Hall - Referred to Committee on City Property.

From W.S. Gordon enclosing letter of H.J. Wilkinson. Re Transient Traders License.

On motion of Ald Hardy seconded by Ald Gaskin.

Ordered That the By Law be carried out.

From Thomas O'Brien and others respecting taxes - Referred to the Court of Revision.

From P.E. Doolittle, thanking Council for the use of the City Hall. Fyled.

From George Osborne asking for the establishment of a pound on part lot 3 at the corner of Smith and North Bartlett Streets and the appointment of a Pound Keeper - Frank Talbot - and suggesting the laying down of a Plank Walk in front of his house - Referred to the Committee on City Property.

Petitions were presented and referred as follows: -

From John W. Crowley and 33 others Carters by Ald Meek asking for a reduction in their License - Referred to the Committe on Finance &c.

From Isaac Wood and 3 others by Ald Curtis, asking permission to have the board walk on the West Side of Johnson Street between Bagot and Wellington Streets removed out.

On motion of Ald Curtis seconded by Ald Walkem.

Ordered That the prayer of the petition be granted.

From William Bassam and 31 others by Ald Horn asking for a local improvement sewer on Collingwood Street - Referred to the Board of Works and City Commissioner.

From N.J. Greenwood and 7 others by Ald Mundell asking for the removal of the Board Walk on Union Street between University Avenue and Alfred Street - Referred to Board of Works and City Engineer

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Ald Allen here entered.

From J.D. Walker and 3 others by Ald Elliott asking for the removal of Board Walk North side of Earl Street between Alfred and Frontenac Streets. Referred to the Board of Works and the City Engineer.

From John A. Macdonald and 22 others, by Ald Elliot protesting against proposed change of location of the Electric Street Railway track from the Centre of Princess Street to within ten feet of side walk on North Side - Referred to the Board of Works.

Alderman Gaskin from the Committee on Finance and Accounts brought up Reports (numbers 1189 & 1190 Book G.) which were read.

Ald Gaskin moves seconded by Ald McKelvey.

That the reports 1 & 2 Finance and Accounts be received and adopted.

In Amendment

Ald Elliott moves seconded by Ald Carson.

That the report of the Finance Committee be amended by the amount of Mrs Graves claim $1.50 as presented to Council - which being put was lost.

Yeas: Aldn. Carson, Elliott, Martins, Meek, Mundell, Richardson, Walkem - 7.

Nays: The Mayor, Aldn Curtis, Gaskin, Hardy, Horn, McKelvey, Wright - 7.

and the original motion was carried.

The Chairman from the Board of Works brought up a Report (Number 1191 Book G) which was read - as also Report of City Engineer and Statement Re: Common sewer University Avenue.

Ald Carson moves seconded by Ald Meek.

That the report of the Committee on the Board of Works be received and adopted.

In Amendment

Ald McKelvey moves seconded by Ald Elliott.

That the clause of the Board of Works report relative to Granolithic Walk be struck out and the following be inserted - The Board of Works to advertise for tenders from persons willing to tender for such work which being put was lost.

Yeas: The Mayor, Aldn Elliott, Gaskin, Mundell, McKelvey, Richardson, Wright - 7.

Nays: Aldn Allen, Carson, Curtis, Hardy, Horn, Martin, Meek, Walkem - 8.

In Amendement

Ald McKelvey moves seconded by Ald Gaskin.

That the following be added to the Board of Works report, nothing in this report shall prevent any other contractor or other company or person from getting up petitions or tendering for Granolithic walks and it they give a satisfactory guarantee they recommend the work and the report be so amended - which being put was carried and the report was adopted as amended.

The Chairman from the Committee on Water Works brought up a Report (Number 1192 Book G) which was read and adopted.

On motion of Ald Gaskin seconded by Ald Allen.

Ordered That Ald Behan Chairman of the Council Committee of Fire, Water and Light be and he is hereby appointed agent of this Corporation to take a conveyance from John Lemmon by way of bills of sale to this Corporation of the following goods and chattels the property of the said John Lemmon

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