CELEBRATING 125: District of Kent Council revisits 1895

Reenactment kicks off year-long festivities

The District of Kent council took a brief trip back in time before their regular meeting on Monday. Complete with period costumes, the mayor and council reenacted excerpts from the minutes from the district’s inaugural year, 1895.

The council displayed an old yet well-preserved archive – encased in glass – of the meeting minutes for the first 20 years of the district, written meticulously in cursive.

Mayor Sylvia Pranger said the first ever meeting of the council was held Jan. 28, 1895 in the school house to swear in A. St. George Hammersley as the first reeve, which is today known as the mayor, as well as the aldermen (or councillors).

RELATED: Walk down memory lane in Agassiz’s downtown

Coun. Duane Post started the meeting with a tongue-in-cheek point of order that there were only two eligible voters– himself and Coun. Stan Watchorn.

“What? Who is eligible?” Pranger asked.

“Just the men,” Post replied.

“Well, it took ‘em 100 years to get it right, didn’t it?” Pranger said with a laugh.

The 1895 council approved the posting of a cautionary sign to Harrison Hot Springs Road, warning of dangerous conditions, if the repairs to the road were going to cost the district any more than a hefty $3.

WATCH: District of Kent reenacts 1895 meeting

“I think that’s completely unreasonable,” said Coun. Kerstin Schwichtenberg. “Some people must drive on this road, and they have children and their grandmother and how are they supposed to go? Carry them across?”

“We only have so much money,” Post pointed out. “Any more than $3, we can’t do it.”

The first council further approved a $49.05 contract for building a new road to Maria Slough be accepted.

RELATED:CELEBRATING 125: Agassiz-Rosedale Bridge sign of progress, monument to disappointment

“We have a few people that said they’d be filling in the pot holes that live along that road,” said Coun. Susan Spaeti by way of explaining a maintenance plan for the fresh road.

“Oh, that seems like a viable solution to me,” Pranger replied, to the amusement of the audience.

Watchorn asked for a “friendly amendment” to round the contract down to an even $49, which the council approved.

“Mayor Pranger, can we have the minutes record that we saved the community five cents?” Watchorn asked.

“Okay, we’ll make sure the clerks list it,” Pranger replied.

This event was the first of a year-long celebration of the 125th anniversary milestone for the community.

[email protected]

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

City Council

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

TRAFFIC: VIDEO: Truck crash halts Highway 1 traffic in Langley

Left lane blocked after truck crashes into median by 264th Street

Set in Stone: Harrison Hot Springs carver looks back on long career

Werner Streicek hopes to see his art in public display soon.

SD 78 approves budget for 2019-2020

No changes to the bottom line, unanimous approval

Tick season begins in Hope, says local veterinary clinic

Vet clinic helping track Lyme disease across country

VIDEO: Harrison sculptor/carver shows off his work

Werner Streicek has been sculpting for 25 years in Harrison Hot Springs

Lawyer gets house arrest for possessing child porn

Maple Ridge resident gets nine-month term

Police renew appeal in help finding missing Maple Ridge woman after vehicle found

Ridge Meadows RCMP released a new photo showing the missing woman walking east on Dewdney Trunk Road

Notorious B.C. fugitive to be extradited from California on murder charge

Brandon Nathan Teixeira submitted to extradition during court proceedings Thursday in Sacramento

Canada prepared to monitor for community spread of COVID-19: Tam

The U.S. confirmed one case of the new coronavirus, or COVID-19, in California Thursday

Decade-long health care battle draws to a close today in B.C.

Dr. Brian Day began his battle a decade ago against the B.C. government

Speaker ‘will not tolerate illegal activity’ on B.C. legislature grounds, says chief of staff

Chief of staff to the B.C. speaker Alan Mullen says situation with demonstrators appears ‘fluid’

Conservative MP questions whether rail blockades constitute terrorism

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett travelled to B.C. to meet Indigenous leaders

Lawsuit over African mine can be heard in British Columbia: Supreme Court

B.C. courts dismissed Nevsun’s attempts to make Eritrea the forum for any lawsuit proceedings

Most Read