Series 7 - Dykes and drainage

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Dykes and drainage

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  • 1908-1982 (Creation)
    Richmond (B.C.). City Clerk's Office

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43 cm of textual records;22 maps;16 photograph prints : b&w

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([19-?] -)

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The City Clerk's Office is part of the Finance and Corporate Services Division and serves as a secretariat for Council and its Committees. It performs administrative functions including: agenda preparation recording of minutes, processing and certifying by-laws, record management and distribution of records, and making records available to the public.
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Series consists of correspondence, petitions, financial statements and other financial records, agreements, reports, judgements, transcripts and survey plans arranged in subject files that relate to dykes and drainage in general as well as the various dyking district schemes. Some records, dating back to 1908, were absorbed from an earlier filing system into the later system. Dyking activities under the various early dyking commissions as well as later activities under municipal direction are documented. Topics include dyking and drainage works on Sea Island, Mitchell Island and in Steveston; changes to the Richmond Drainage and Dyking Act of 1936; the activities of the Fraser Valley Dyking Board after the 1948 flood; agreements and disputes involving dyking and drainage works in relation to land title and taxation; debentures and other financing matters; and construction and maintenance of dykes and drainage ditches.

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This and other subject-based dyking and drainage series were begun when earlier jurisdictionally-based dyking and drainage series were broken apart some time in the later 1940s and re-arranged into subject-based series. Refer to the Clerk's agency finding aid for a more detailed account of the evolution of these series

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BCAUL control number: CRICH-SER-7

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