Saturday, December 28, 2013

Port Moody incorporation

April 7th, 1913 is when the legislature, allowed Port Moody to incorporate.

The Daily Colonist, ( Victoria )  18 September 1912

Port Moody a city

Former terminus of Canadian Pacific will be incorporated―large area included.

Port Moody, the original terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway, called after the commander of the detachment of Royal Engineers which came to the province in the early days; is to become a city. Application was made by the government by petition by the residents and land-owners, and an interview was had with the attorney-general some time ago by a committee of those who desire the change.

A difficulty which arose on the case was that the people wanted to have included in the limits of the new city an area of some 3,500 acres, or the whole territory between Coquitlam and Burnaby at the head of Burrard Inlet. The limit of land which can be included in a city under the ordinary charter is 2,000 acres, but as the people affected were able to show over the fifty per cent of property-holders in the whole area sought to be included the government informed them that no objection would be raised if a private bill was applied for the next session and the legislature saw fit to grant the request to include the larger area.

It is understood that a bill will be applied for to this end. Apart from the particular of the area the new city will, of course, be governed by the Municipal Act under which all municipalities except Vancouver operate. There are two canal projects on foot to connect Port Moody with the Pitt River and so on to the Fraser. One of these follows the old route surveyed by Colonel Moody forty years ago and lately revived by Mr. Gilner, of Vancouver, and the other is a proposal of a private company which has not yet got far enough with its plans to make any announcement.

[ This canal idea, repeats itself at least five times through the years. One proposal was authorized by  the Municipality of Coquitlam in 1910, Kilmer & Holland created a quick plan of the scheme.  John Ham Kilmer (1861-1938) would go on to be Port Coquitlam's engineer for many years. Prior to working for Coquitlam, Kilmer worked for North Vancouver, and is remembered by there with the naming of Kilmer Creek .

Plan of proposed dam, locks and wharves, Second Narrows, Burrard Inlet
1910.  Kilmer and Holland, engineers & Surveyors; Coquitlam Municipality.

Sketch of proposed interurban canal and harbour development for Greater Vancouver, B.C.
 1910 Engineer's Office, Municiplity of Coquitlam
{ Although no names appear on this document, it is obvious that it was created by the makers of the first drawing } ]

Map of the incorporated area, bold lines define the boundary.

A good overview of Port Moody's incorporation challenges can be found on the village of Belcarra's website, entitled:  Port Moodys first attempt to incorporate  (PDF)

No mention of those who were opposed to incorporation in that article though, there was oppositition.

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