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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks

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8 12/9/1769 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – On recommendation of the Attorney General the Commissioners agreed that the inhabitants of the village should repair their sidewalks “allowing five feet wide and ten feet high, supported by a piece of timber six inches wide a nd ten feet high to protect it.” (*) They also agreed to compel the cart drivers to bring two loads of sand each week for repairs to the streets, and to prohibit them from driving their carts over the sidewalks illegally.
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23 3/16/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this meeting the Commissioners agreed to again inform the citizens through public edict what has been ordered in regard to repairing the sidewalks and the holes in the streets, and that the work must be finished during the coming month of April.
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312 3/12/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Attorney General calls attention to the condition of the streets and the freedom enjoyed by the hogs in the streets of the city.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 3 I 48 4/15/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – Miro quotes a letter from Galvez concerning the cleaning and improvement of the streets, in which he states that the cost must be paid out of the city funds. The Commissioners resolved to submit this matter to His Majesty, through the Governor.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 3 I 51 4/29/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Rggio, Sr. – The governor states that in view of the fact that six convicts have been picked to clean the streets, it is necessary to appoint a person to have charge of them. The Commissioners agreed that a Sergeant be appointed.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 3 II 29 6/6/1788 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. – At this time a bill is presented by the widow De Jan (De Jean) certified by Manuel Cuellar, for repairing the tools used by the convicts working on public works of this city.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 3 II 189 2/3/1792 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – The Attorney General suggests that the proceeds remaining from the sale of merchandise from the frigate “Trucha” which the King assigned for the aid of the victims of the fire of 1788, also the donation from the inhabitants for the same purpose, be invested in repairs to the streets and sidewalks of the city.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 3 III 198 2/20/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At this meeting Don Joseph Xavier de Pontalba, Don Miguel Fortier, Don Estevan Bore, and Don Roberto Montreult presented a petition asking permission to open a street in their own land in the middle of the block, in front of the levee into Chartres Street.Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At this meeting Don Joseph Xavier de Pontalba, Don Miguel Fortier, Don Estevan Bore, and Don Roberto Montreult presented a petition asking permission to open a street in their own land in the middle of the block, in front of the levee into Chartres Street.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 II 137 5/11/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: Vacant – At this time the Governor and President of the Cabildo recommends the establishment of a street cleaning service. (See “Garbage.”)
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 II 165 8/17/1798 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Commissioners, considering that it is useful to pave with stones those places of the street where many holes are found, agreed to buy all ballast brought by the boats, and to start paving in those places where it is most needed.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 III 13 2/15/1799 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time the Commissioners discussed the need of proper sewerage in the city due to the fact that after the fire (1794) each individual had constructed his sidewalk and ditch without attention to the proper level. Don Gilberto Guillemard and Don Finiel were authorized to grade the ditches of all the streets.Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time the Commissioners discussed the need of proper sewerage in the city due to the fact that after the fire (1794) each individual had constructed his sidewalk and ditch without attention to the proper level. Don Gilberto Guillemard and Don Finiel were authorized to grade the ditches of all the streets.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 III 43 7/1/1799 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time the Cabildo was called in extraordinary session to discuss the expense of repairing the levee (See “Levees.”) at which time they resolved to construct the sewerage with all promptness possible.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 III 144 2/21/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Acting Governor states that he had, for the last year, been asking that the sidewalks around the Cabildo Building be constructed. He asks that the engineers give to all the residents the proper grading to be used by them, as the various residents will not continue their construction until the information is given them. He also recommends that the bridges be constructed with the proper gutters under the bridges at the same time the sidewalks are being built. (See also page 149.)
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 6 10/3/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Commissioners resolve to build the sidewalk of the house where the public dances are held (this being a city property) with brick instead of lumber Brick being cheaper and more durable.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 72 2/27/1801 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Attorney General recommends that the carts and wagons be numbered in order to determine, among other things, the quantity of sand filling they are required to dump in the street. (Since 1770 the cart drivers have been required to haul two cart loads of sand each week for the streets. See “Drayage.”)
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 122 7/31/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensing: De La Ronde – A petition is addressed to the Cabildo signed by residents of the Second Ward complaining that the twine factory of Don Daniel Clark closes their way out to Royal Street. The Commissioners order Clark to open a way out.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 151 1/8/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The building of the sidewalks having been delayed by the construction of the bridges and gutters due to the necessity of maintaining a uniform grading, the Commissioners resolved to compel the inhabitants to construct their sidewalks and gutters in the most suitable manner, and to employ an expert to give them the proper grading for drainage.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 185 3/5/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - Don Bartholome Lafond informs the Cabildo that in order to grade the streets of the city for the proper drainage, he needs a level, two hundred pickets and two Negroes. At the next meeting (page 213) the Commissioners authorized payment of seventy-five Pesos to Don Juan Mercier and Company for a water level for use in grading the streets and sidewalks.
Streets: Streets and Sidewalks 4 IV 191 3/12/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Governor informs the Cabildo that the sidewalks of the Plaza de Armes will be constructed for the account of the Royal Treasury.
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49 2/4/1803 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The City Treasurer, Don Juan Castanedo, informs the Cabildo that the prisoners of the Royal Jail having completed the work on the levee, for which they were paid one reale or twelve cents, daily, are now at work on the streets. The Commissioners agreed they continue at the same rate of pay.

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