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Series S355 - Metric Conversion Committee reference files

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Metric Conversion Committee reference files

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COV-S355

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  • 1977-1979 (Creation)
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    Vancouver (B.C.). Office of the City Engineer

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.03 m of textual records.

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(1886-)

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The creation of the position of City Engineer was required by bylaw #1. In addition to their other responsibilities, early City Engineers advised the Board of Works with what projects were necessary and presented them with recommendations on tenders. The Engineer also supervised an assistant engineer who carried out surveys, a street inspector, and the city’s scavengers who performed refuse collection.

The Office of the City Engineer received and sent correspondence on behalf of his divisions for certain matters (particularly in the early years, when the “City Engineer” and “Engineering Department” were nearly synonymous), produced manuals, reports, and publications; and otherwise contained documents which were directed to or emanated from the position of City Engineer proper.

From time to time, the City Engineer would be involved with special committees, such as the Metric Conversion Committee from 1977-1979.

The following individuals have served as City Engineer (from 1995, the City Engineer was also referred to as “General Manager” of the then renamed Engineering Services):
• John P. Lawson, 1886-1890;
• Henry B. Warren, 1890-1891;
• Thomas H. Tracy, 1891-1905;
• William A. Clement, 1905-1911;
• Frederick L. Fellowes, 1911-1924;
• Charles Brakenridge, 1924-1946;
• Charles A. Battershill, 1946-1949;
• John C. Oliver, 1949-1956;
• Randolph M. Martin, 1956-1971;
• Gordon H. Lawson, 1971-1974;
• William H. Curtis, 1974-1991;
• David Rudberg, 1991-[2004]
• Tom Timm, [2004]-2010
• Peter Judd, 2010 -

Custodial history

Records are part of the Office of the City Engineer, because the City Engineer was appointed Metric Coordinator.

Scope and content

Series consists of the records of the Metric Conversion Committee, which was formed in January 1977 to coordinate metric conversion planning for the City in compliance with federal and provincial requirements. Senior representatives of civic departments met monthly to develop conversion plans for their departments, develop conversion budgets, and schedule training for employees.
Records consist of photocopies of minutes of committee meetings, and supporting documents relating to metric conversion, including newsletters, reports, and surveys. The minutes are arranged in chronological order.

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Transferred from Engineering Department's Departmental Services Division ca. 1982.

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