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City of St. Vital Series
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City Treasurer

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists of files belonging to Alan Gill that record his various activities and responsibilities as City Treasurer of St. Vital. Following the City’s creation, Gill was appointed Treasurer in July 1963. Prior to that date this role was carried out by the Secretary-Treasurer and, for a brief time, the City Clerk. Council passed by-laws 7800 and 7801 in June 1964 that appear to formalize the separation of Clerk and Treasurer. After amalgamation with the City of Winnipeg in 1972, the Community of St. Vital continued to maintain this filing series.

According to The Municipal Act, the duties of the treasurer were to receive and safely keep all moneys belonging to the municipality, and pay out those moneys to such persons and in such manner as provided in the Act, and as the by-laws or resolutions of the council direct. Responsible for financial management, the City Treasurer maintained accounts and generated financial information as a means of advising council and others on financial matters.

Series arranged into three groupings. Copies of reports appear first, followed by two correspondence series. The latter series has a distinct alpha-numerical filing system in which the letter signifies the subject (ie: A for Acquisition of Land) and the number signifies the order. Other subjects include capital projects, development agreements, estimates, land sales, levies and assessment, Metropolitan Corporation, planning proposals, school board and zoning. Records related to departmental finances, personnel and hospital accounts also appear throughout this series.

St. Vital (Man.)

Financial Records

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists of all surviving financial reports, financial ledgers, and other accounting records for the Rural Municipality and City of St. Vital. Each financial report summarizes the municipality’s financial operations on an annual basis as per the audit function. In addition to general ledgers, this series also contains ledgers documenting debentures, housing loan accounts, and tax sales. One volume records financial estimates from 1963 to 1968. Other records include sample debentures and two financial reports for the St. Vital Public Library (1967, 1970).

Series is arranged in two main groupings, financial reports and ledgers. When necessary, records were removed from bound volumes and placed in folders. Oversized items housed in separate containers.

St. Vital (Man.)

General Files

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists of various reference materials, memorabilia and ephemera collected and preserved by the Rural Municipality and City of St. Vital. Many of the records seem to have been kept for their historical value, including files on the 1950 flood and select issues of the St. Vital Lance. Miscellaneous record books appear in this series as well.

St. Vital (Man.)

Parks Board Files

Forms part of Fonds 10. The Parks Board of St. Vital was authorized by By-law No. 5366 that came into effect on November 7, 1949. With this action, the provisions of Part 9 of Division 3 of the Municipal Act governing the establishment, constitution and procedure of a Public Parks Board were fully adopted and applied. The Parks Board comprised a Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary-Treasurer and six other resident members.

Series consists of the records of the Parks Board of St. Vital and appears in three main groupings. Financial statements and reports appear first, followed by correspondence that includes both general and project files; drawings of parks and park-related projects appear last. Copies of minutes and other textual records located with correspondence.

St. Vital (Man.)

General Correspondence

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence created and maintained by the Rural Municipality and the City of St. Vital. It documents internal communication of an administrative nature as well as communication with residents, businesses, local clubs and associations, and other governments. Much of the correspondence generated from complaints and requests, either for information or for a specific action. Correspondence between St. Vital and other governments includes letters of congratulations and notices of various decisions or legislative changes. Subjects covered in correspondence are wide ranging and include tax and assessment, property matters, municipal services, licenses, capital works, development, and events.

Series is chronological and arranged by archivist according to month and year. Correspondence files with the City Solicitor and Greater Metropolitan Corporation of Winnipeg, which also appear in this series, filed separately. Loose records (ie: copies of agendas, minutes, reports, etc.) of council meetings, committees and boards placed into files at back.

Personal and/or sensitive materials removed and placed into restricted file.

St. Vital (Man.)

Local Improvement Files

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists of general and project files documenting local improvements in the Rural Municipality and City of St. Vital (1927-1972). It records the request and approval for local improvements as well as their financing and administration. Common record types include correspondence, account sheets, petitions, drawings, tenders, specifications, bonds, and contracts.

Series arranged into groupings based on like subjects and/or file contents. General files on local improvements and types of local improvements (ie: oiling, paving, sewers, etc.) appear first, followed by petitions and requests. Case files arranged chronologically by street name appear last.

St. Vital (Man.)

Advisory Planning Commission Files

Forms part of Fonds 10. The St. Vital Advisory Planning Commission, established as provided in Section 12A of the Town Planning Act, functioned from 1952 to [1961]. The Commission was comprised of 5 members, 2 members from Council, and 3 citizens appointed by Council. The Commission investigated and reported to Council on all matters related to the location and design of any public building, park, parkway, boulevard, street, land, playground, public grounds, housing scheme or other similar development, or any change thereto. In addition to its advisory duties, the Commission acted as a board of adjustment on zoning matters (See Town Planning Scheme 1951, Chapter 3). It was given free reign as to its rules of procedure and was expected to keep a record of its proceedings. The inaugural meeting was held on October 2, 1952.

Series contains minutes and correspondence files, which include communications with council and customer service records. These files are followed by Town Panning Schemes and related records (correspondence, copies of by-laws, public notices, and urban plans/drawings).

St. Vital (Man.)

Municipal Solicitor Files

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists of files documenting communications between the Municipal Solicitor and the Rural Municipality and City of St Vital. It records the interpretation and application of law in a variety of municipal affairs, such as council matters, court cases, social welfare and hospital accounts, land and property issues, etc. Most files appear to have been created and maintained at the municipal office. Common record types include correspondence, agreements, copies and drafts of by-laws, court documents, and others.

Series includes groupings based on like subject headings. All groupings have a similar provenance with the exception of files labeled “St. Vital” that were likely assembled by the law firm McDonald & Dunham. Other firms hired by the municipality were Hough, Campbell & Ferguson and Newman, MacLean & Associates.

St. Vital (Man.)

Subject Files

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists primarily of both incoming and outgoing correspondence created and maintained by the Rural Municipality and City of St. Vital. Files document communications and transactions between St. Vital and various parties (ie: residents, businesses, local clubs and associations, and other governments) as well as municipal administration and council business. Reports, agreements, briefs, petitions, town and building plans, and copies of minutes also appear in this series.

Series appears to have served as the central filing system for St. Vital. Most files created on the basis of subject or office of primary importance and arranged in alphabetical order. Large file groupings assembled on the Elm Park Bridge, Offers to Purchase, Province of Manitoba, Flood, Schools and Tenders as well as other records with a similar provenance were put back into this series. General correspondence with residents often filed by letter according to name of sender or recipient.

Recordkeeping appears haphazard with most files dating from the fifties and sixties and others going back to the twenties, possibly indicating previous appraisal(s). Files created after the City’s amalgamation in 1972 removed.

St. Vital (Man.)

Departmental Files

Forms part of Fonds 10. Series consists of files documenting communications between the administrative office and the Police, Fire, and Public Works departments of the Rural Municipality and City of St. Vital. It appears in three groupings, according to department, with files on the Police and Fire department appearing first. Once a single department, Finance Committee recommended dividing the Police and Fire department in a budget meeting on February 25, 1952.

Series includes administrative files that contain correspondence and reports submitted by department heads; correspondence and agreements with various unions and associations as well as miscellaneous project files also appear. Other record types include financial statements, inventories, and copies of committee minutes. Files created after the City’s amalgamation in 1972 removed.

St. Vital (Man.)

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