TRADE BOARD AND COUNCIL CO-OPERATING ON AIRPORT. Idea Of Field Being Handed Over To The City Is Applauded. – Meanwhile Board Will Carry On With Preliminary Work – Clearing Site Will Be Performed By Volunteer Labor – City Will Send Power Grader.
A delegation from the Board of Trade waited on the city council on Thursday last to lay its cards on the table in the matter of the airport. W.R. Grubbe, board president, stated the board’s intention to exercise its option on the site and intention to immediate clearing away of loose stones and rubbish from the surface of the field. The initial work and probable laying down of landing marks and field demarcation cones will be undertaken by the board with the assistance of volunteer labor, Mr. Grubbe said. He asked the council to co-operate to the extent of removing trees in certain places and by sending a truck and power grader under direction of the city superintendent to level the runways, 3,600 feet by 300 feet. Mr. Grubbe suggested that the airport will eventually be handed over to the city.
Acting mayor, F.M. MacPherson and Alderman Jackson heartily applauded the board’s action and obvious willingness to work in the direction of giving Cranbrook an airport and the council as a whole voted unanimously for the sending of the power grader, truck and roller to facilitate the work of conditioning the landing field. The council also agreed to sending a delegation with members of the board of trade to interview the board of railway commissioners in connection with proposed betterment of the railway crossing to the hospital.
Cabins for Tourist Park
C.B. Garrett wrote the council asking permission to erect movable cabins in the municipal tourist camp. The majority of tourists prefer cabin accommodation, the letter stated, and many refuse to stay in the camp on account of lack of such accommodation. Rentals on the proposed cabins would be collected by Mr. Garrett. The matter was referred to the works committee, with the power to act.
Interchange of Flags
A letter from the Vancouver Province requested an exchange of flags between Cranbrook and a town of similar name in Australia, the object of the exchange being establishment of closer relations between Canada and the dominion “down under”. The letter was filed.
J.J. Fanshawe wrote, offering his services as city auditor at the same terms as last year. He received the appointment.
A letter inviting the city to send a representative to the Fire Chief’s Convention at Vancouver on July 26-27, was filed, as was a letter from the Union of Municipalities requesting co-operation in a movement towards prohibition of erection of poster boardings.
Accounts to the amount of $27,762.67 were found correct and ordered paid.
City Dairies Grade A
Embodied in the report of the dairy inspector, which showed a clean bill of health for dairy cows, excellent sanitary condition of stables, barns and utensils, was an excerpt from the report of Dr. Sparrow, provincial veterinary, which stated that all city dairies have been placed in Grade A.
Milk tests taken during the month were:
Lancaster Dairy 4.7 butterfat
Playle dairy 4.6 butterfat
Staples dairy 4.4 butterfat
McCrindle dairy 3.9 butterfat
Austin dairy 3.7 butterfat
Purchase of 1904 water debentures in the amount of $1,000 was authorized.
Water Power Line
Residents of Kootenay Orchards wrote petitioning for erection of a power line, offering to pay $600 on cost of construction and $50 per month thereafter on total estimated cost of $1,300. The proposition will not be accepted except on a cash basis.
The fire committee reported three calls within the month and drew attention to parties keeping gasoline above ground contrary to provincial regulations. Notice of motion was given of introduction of a by-law to amend the situation.
Building Permits $27,150.
The works department reported 27 water services attended to; three new connections installed; twelve leaks repaired; 200 feet three-inch wooden pipe on garden Avenue replaced with four-inch wooden pipe; seven services reconnected, all overland temporary pipe taken up.
Disposal works were visited regularly and Stoddart trays cleaned.
Louis St., Watt and French Avenues and Edwards street, from Norbury Avenue to Van Horne street, have been scarified and trimmed and crushed rock reset with the power roller.
Concrete slabs for new pavement have been completed on Cranbrook street, Hyde to Harold, Baker street, Fenwick to Garden, and Armstrong Avenue, Louis to Edwards.
Cement sidewalks have been laid down on Cranbrook street, west side, Hyde to Leitch, Burwell Avenue, both sides, Baker to Hyde, with incidental flankages on cross streets.
Pipe making for 30-inch sewer and 6, 8, 10, 12-inch sewer pipe is proceeding satisfactorily at the Arena rink.
Minor repairs to streets and sidewalks have been carried out and business streets cleared of rubbish.
Initial clean-up of lanes satisfactorily carried out by the contractors.
Building permits of an estimated value of $27,150 were issued during the month.
The light committee reported 243 meters tested, 24 rejected; 26 street lights renewed, lights fitted in the tourist camp, including two new street hoods.
Nine services were connected and three cut off; three poles erected on south Baker lane, one on Baker and Garden; fitting of cross arms; installation of transformer; old transformers taken down.
The new sub-station was connected up on May 26, and is working satisfactorily. Eight permits were granted.
Consumption for May was 80,000 against 66,000 for the previous month and 62,976 for may, 1928. Efficiency 70.56 per cent.
The Cranbrook Cartage Co. wrote offering over-size gravel for filling. Their offer was not accepted, sufficient material of that nature being on hand.
Painted Turning Signs
A motion called for painting of turning signs on the concrete pavement at certain street intersections and painting of the word “school” at regulation distance on pavement approaches to the Central School.
Firehall Plans Accepted
The plans for the new three-stall firehall, drawn by O.L. Colborne, of the city works department, were accepted and the city clerk was instructed to call for tenders on the building. Heating and plumbing will be tendered for separately. The city electrician was instructed to prepare an estimate of cost of wiring. The city superintendent was instructed to proceed with the excavation, and laying of the foundation and the first floor of the new firehall, after June 27th.
By-laws 426, 427, calling for construction of cement sidewalks, passed the third reading. By-law 415, authorizing fifty per cent increase in water rates during the first half of the present year was adopted. Water maintenance for the year was estimated at $12,700.
The city superintendent was authorized to purchase necessary material for renewal of intake of the city reservoir.