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***EARLY LAFAYETTE CITY COUNCIL

City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular Session, Dec. 2d, 1878.

 The City Council met this day, the Hon. J. O. Mouton, Mayor presiding and all the Councilmen present:

 The minutes of the last meeting were read, corrected and adopted.

 The committee appointed at the last meeting of the purpose of fixing the rate of taxation, &c., presented the following report, to-wit:

 "To the Honorable Mayor and Members of the Town Council of Vermilionville, La. -

 The undersigned committee, appointed by your Honorable body to recommend the levying of a tax on the movable and immovable property situated within the limits of said Town and of a License Tax upon persons pursuing their professions, trades and occupations within said limits for the year 1879, respectfully submit the following:

 1. They recommend that the Corporation tax for the year 1878 and collectible in the year Charter of the Corporation, to-wit: 2 1/2 mills on the dollar.

 2. They further recommend that the following License Tax be levied for the year 1879 upon all pursuing their professions, trades and occupations within the limited of this Corporation, viz:




Respectfully, CHARLES P. ALPHA, HENRY LANDRY, ED. EUG. MOUTON.

 On motion of Mr. Alpha, seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was unanimously
   Resolved, that the report of the committee be taken up by section.

 On motion, Resolved, that there shall be levied and collected for the year 1879, the following licenses, to-wit:



 On the motions to adopt the report of the committee on the Drugstore license of $20.00 ;  the Livery-stable license of $15.00 and the Coffee-House license of $40.00 ; the motions were adopted by the following vote:

 Ayes: Lindsay, Alpha, Landry and Ed. McBride.


Nays: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.


 On motion of Ed McBride, seconded by Mr. Lindsay, the license of $10 on Billiard Tables as reported by the committee, was increased to $12.50 by the following vote:


 Ayes: Ed McBride, Lindsay, Alpha, Vigneaux and Landry.


 Nays: R. L. McBride and Hebert.


 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on attorneys as reported by the committee was increased to $12.50, by the following vote:


 Ayes: Ed McBride, Lindsay, Alpha and Landry.


 Nays: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.


 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on Physicians, as reported by the committee was increased to $12.50, by the following vote:


 Ayes: Lindsay, Alpha, Landry and Ed McBride.


 Nays: R. L. McBride, Vigneaux and Hebert.


 On motion of Mr. Alpha, seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was

   Resolved, that the report of the committee be and is hereby adopted as amended as a whole ;  and that all former laws on the same subject matter be and is hereby repealed. Upon which motion the following vote was taken:

 Ayes: Landry, Alpha, Lindsay and Edward McBride.


 Nays: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.


 On motion of Mr. Vigneaux, seconded by Mr. Hebert, it was Resolved, that the tariff on meats passed by the Council at its session of June 14th, 1878, be amended so as to read as follows;  for retailing a beef of cow, 0 cents ;  per quarter - 12 1/2 cents ;  a calf 2 years old and under 25 cents, per quarter 6 1/4 cents. Motion lost by the following vote:


 Ayes: Lindsay and Vigneaux.


 Nays: Alpha, R. L. McBride, Landry and Hebert.


 On motion of Mr. Alpha, seconded by Ed McBride, it was

    Resolved, That the Corporation Attorney be and is hereby requested to wait upon the Hon. H. D. Guidry, the Representative from this Parish in the next General Assembly of the State, and solicit his action upon the request of having the Corporation Charter amended in this particular, viz: That the Corporation Constable be hereafter voted for and elected to his office by the people of the Corporation at the yearly elections held for Mayor and Members of the Council of this town, instead of being appointed to said office by the members elect of said Council.

 Adopted by the following vote:


 Ayes: Alpha, Landry, Ed McBride, Lindsay and Hebert.


 Nays: R. L. McBride and Vigneaux.


 On motion, the Council adjourned.

    J. O. MOUTON, Mayor.
 H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/4/1879.





City Council of Vermilionville.
 At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held December 7th, 1872, were present: W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and
    On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., &c., within the limits of the Corporation of Vermlionville, and any persons violating the provisions of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five Dollars, for each and every offence.

 The following account was presented and approved:

 W. O. Smith .... $6.20.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. Bailey, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/4/1873.  

  
 Town council meets next Monday for the first time this year.
Laf. Adv. 1/5/1895.




Meeting of City Council.

 The City Council held a lengthy session Monday night, and we regret we cannot publish the proceedings in full in to-day's issue of the Advertiser.

The petition of property holders for a cement walk on the north side of Main street, between Lafayette and St. John streets, and of property holders on the west side of Lafayette street, between Main and Vermilion streets, was granted by a unanimous consent of the councilmen.

Provision was made for the purchase of six hundred feet additional, of rubber hose for the use of the fire department.

Permission was granted to Dr. Moss to move the frame building now occupied by Moss & Co. and the Moss Pharmacy, to the opposite side of the street to clear the former site for a two-story brick building

Lafayette Advertiser 1/6/1904.



The Liquor License.
 The City Council met Wednesday and passed the $200 liquor license ordinance. At first there was a question as to whether it was necessary to have two-thirds of the whole Council or two-thirds of the meeting to nullify the veto, but Mayor Caffery settled the matter by giving it as his opinion that a two-third vote of the members present was sufficient to pass the ordinance over his veto. Seven licenses have been taken out. Lafayette Gazette 1/7/1899.




CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE.
 Regular Session, Dec. 5th, 1881.

 Present: M. P. Young, Mayor; and Councilmen Bailey, Mouton, McBride, Lombard and Falk. Absent: Alpha and Revillon.

 On motion, the reading of the minutes of the preceding meeting of the minutes of the preceding meeting was dispensed with.

 The following ordinance for the prevention of vagrancy was read and, on motion, unanimously adopted :

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Vermilionville, That all idle persons who, not having visible means to maintain themselves, live without employment ;  all persons wandering abroad and lodging in market spaces, sheds, barns, uninhabited buildings, or in the open air, and not giving a good account of themselves ;  all persons wandering abroad and begging,  or who go from door to door, or who place themselves in the streets, passages, or other public places, to beg or receive alms, shall be deemed vagrants.

 Be it further ordained, etc., That it shall be the duty of the Constable or any of his deputies, whenever required by any person, to carry such vagrant before the Mayor for the purpose of examination ;  and if the Mayor be satisfied by the confession of the offender, or by competent testimony, that he is a vagrant within the description aforesaid, he may fine or imprison such vagrant, the fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars, and he may cause much vagrant to work upon the streets, at the rate of one dollar per day, until the fine imposed shall have been paid ;  and if such vagrant be a proper object of charity, he shall send him to such place of refuge as shall be provided by the City Council.

 Be it further ordained, etc., That this ordinance take effect from and after its passage.

 On motion of Mr. Lombard, the Constable was ordered to enforce the ordinance in regard to sweeping or cleaning of chimneys within the limits of the Corporation.

 On motion, it was resolved, that persons haul logs, or buildings over the bridges of this Corporation and breaking or tearing up the bridge, will be required to repair such bridges immediately, under the penalty of a fine of not more than five dollars, nor more than five days imprisonment for each bridge broken or torn up.

 On motion, it was resolved, that hereafter all persons are prohibited from driving wild cattle through the streets of this town under a penalty of not more than five dollars, or imprisonment, at the discretion of the Mayor.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
M. P. YOUNG, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/7/1882.

        



City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 5, 1903. - The City Council met this day in regular session, Mayor C. D. Caffery, presiding. Members present: F. E. Girard, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, H. Hohorst, J. O. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton.

 Minutes of the previous meeting approved as read.

 Mayor Caffery reported having settled with Assessor A. M. Martin by paying him seventy dollars, for making 1901 assessment roll for which warrant had been issued.

 Moved by J. O. Mouton, seconded by G. A. DeBlanc, that an appropriation of $360 be made for purpose of enlarging and improving the fire department, F. V. Mouton, in a statement made in open session of the Council. Carried.

  A committee of two, composed of Messrs. A. E. Mouton and G. A. DeBlanc, were appointed and authorized to disburse above appropriation.

 Moved and seconded that fruit and vegetable peddlers in the town be rated at a minimum license of ten dollars. Adopted.

 Petition of Dr. T. B. Hopkins and others was read and referred to W. & L. committee for investigation and to report at next meeting.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton, seconded by F. E. Girard, that Mr. N. Abramson be refunded two-thirds of amount paid by him for 1901 taxes. Carried.

 Moved and seconded that bill of Chas.  
DeBaillon for $10 for correcting roll-book be paid. Carried.
  Moved by J. O. Mouton, seconded by Geo. DeBlanc, that the privilege of holding a street fair and carnival in this town from January 26 to February 1 inclusive, be granted to Dr. F. E. Girard, manager of the Sontag Military Band, without license, provided that the streets of the town be not obstructed in any way or any other ordinance of the town be violated. All extra police force to be appointed by the Mayor and paid by said Dr. F. E. Girard, manager of the Sontag Military Band. Carried.

 Moved by Dr. F. E. Girard, seconded by A. E. Mouton, that the City Council buy for public use as may be determined hereafter for the sum of twenty-one ($2,100,) hundred dollars the two lots bounded north by Main St., east by Monroe street, west by Jefferson street, each of said lots measuring 96 ft. front by a depth of 140 ft. Yeas - A. F. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, Geo. DeBlanc, H. Hohorst, F. E. Girard. Nays - None. Motion unanimously carried.

 Moved and seconded that Council appropriates $6,800 for payment of ten bonds and interest.

 There being no further business Council adjourned.
C. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 1/10/1903.

 




Lafayette City Council.
Moved by Dr. F. E. Girard seconded by A. E. Mouton that the City Council buy for public use as may be determined hereafter for the sum of Twenty one Hundred Dollars ($2,100,) the two lots numbers.

Bounded north by Main street, east by Monroe street, west by Jefferson street, each of said lots measuring 96 feet front by a depth of 140 feet.

Yeas, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, G. Deblanc, H. Hohorst, F. E. Girard, nays none. Motion unanimously carried.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/10/1903.


City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 2, 1905. - A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: F. Demanade, A. E. Mouton, D. V. Gardebled, Geo. A. DeBlanc, Hy. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield. Absent: John O. Mouton.

 Moved and seconded that minutes of last regular meeting be approved as read. Carried.

 The following petition was presented to the City Council;
   To the Honorable Mayor and the members of the City Council of Lafayette, La.

 The petition of the following property holders of Lafayette with respect represents:
  That they are the owners of the north side of Main street from the intersection of Gordon street, with said Main street.

 That for the improvement of said street, they wish to have constructed a cement walk on the north side of said Main street between the intersections mentioned. That as places for residence are built along said street a walk of four or four and half feet in width without the cement curbing would answer all the purposes of such a walk, and they therefore petition your Honorable body to enact an ordinance in conformity with this petition.

 Respectfully submitted,
         JULIAN MOUTON, ADRIEN THEALL, ORTHER C. MOUTON, W. W. LINE, H. D. GUIDRY, M. D., FAUSTIN VINCENT, JEROME MOUTON, ROSSEAU DUGAS.

 Considering the foregoing petition it was moved and seconded that said petition be referred to the street committee, with instructions to get the views of a competent workman without a curbing. Carried.

 Chairman of Water and Light Committee reported that new work at plant was progressing favorably and would be ready for use shortly, and that supply of water from the well after repairing (unreadable word) is such as not to require the boring of a new well.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 2, 1905.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 2, 1905.
   To the Hon. members of the City Council, Lafayette, La.
 DEAR SIRS. - Kindly grant me permission to raise the roof of the building adjoining my store st least four (unreadable words) more substantial and serviceable. If permission is granted I shall use galvanized iron which will reduce the danger of fire.
                 Yours respectfully,
                       MRS. W. TANNER.

 Moved and seconded that this Council grants the permission to Mrs. W. Tanner under conditions as above stated. Carried.

 The following bills were approved:
Cumberland Teg. and  Tel. Co. ... $4.10
Cumberland Teg. and Tel. Co. ... $3.30
(Unreadable) shops ... $5.00 

 Wagner Electric Mfg. Co. ... $3.00
 Jenkins Bros. ... Jenkins Bros. ... $12.92
 Fairbanks Co. ... $30.12
 A. E. Mouton ... $39.65
 Waters Pierce Oil Co. ... $2.75
 Lacoste Hardware Co. ... $121.17
 Waters Pierce Oil Co. ... $7.25
 Waters Pierce Oil Co. $14.79
 Waters Pierce Oil Co. $3.50
 Fairbanks Co. ... $622.
 Standard Electric Co. ... $161.63
 Lafayette Comp. & Storage Co. ... $25.20
 Dr. J. F. Mouton ... $5.00
 Abe Hirsch ... $13.20
 Dr. F. R. Tolson ... $6.00
 A. E. Mouton ... $25.90

TREASURER'S REPORT.

 Month of December 1904. - General fund.

 Collection school tax ... $1,937.86
 Collection regular tax ... $7,267.44
 Collection licenses ... $10.00
 Collection interest ... $4.94
 Collection rent ... $1.00
 Chas. D. Caffery, Mayor ... $119.50
   Total $9,340.74.

DISBURSEMENTS.

 Overdrawn Dec. 1 ... $1,336.56
 Warrant paid ... $1,715.73
 Cash on Dec. 31 ... $6,288.45
   Total ... $9,340.74.

SPECIAL FUND.

 Cash on hand Dec. 1 ... $3,981.71
 Collections special tax ... $4,844.35
 Collections lights ... $145.05
 Collections water ... $365.50
   Total ... $9,316.61

DISBURSEMENTS.

 Warrants paid ... $3,914.01
 Cash on hand Dec. 31 ... $5,402.60
   Total ... $9,316.61
         Respectfully submitted,
                F. V. MOUTON, Treasurer.

 The secretary reported the following warrants drawn during the month of December and up to date, and the same were approved and ordered spread on the minutes.

 SPECIAL FUND.

Nos. -
724 C. F. Melchert car of oil S. P. 51540 ... $56.30
725 C. F. Melchert labor week
726 C. F. Melchert, salary Dec. 1904 ... $125.00
727 J. E. Ard., salary Dec. 1904 ... $75.00

GENERAL FUND.

 Nos.-
1742 Louis Lacoste, salary quarter ending Oct. 31-04 ... $50.00
1743 F. V. Mouton, salary quarter ending Oct. 31-04 ... $50.00
1754 Wm. Green, burying dead man ... $12.00
1759 Alfred Hebert, street work ... $27.00
1760 Billy Azar, street work ... $8.75
1761 Billy Azar, street work ... $13.75
1762 Alfred Hebert street work ... $38.75
1763 Alfred Hebert, street work ... $15.00
1764 Alfred Hebert, street work ... $7.50
1765 Billy Azar street work ... $7.12
1766 Wm. Green burying dead man ... $12.00
1767 Alfred Hebert street work ... $40.00
1768 Billy Azar street work ... $8.75
1769 Chas. D. Caffery, salary as Mayor ... $500.00
1770 Hy. Hebert, salary Dec. 1904 ... $60.00

 There being no further business Council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
J. P. COLOMB, Asst. Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.



NEEDS REPAIRS BADLY.

 The plank sidewalks over town are in bad condition and are urgently in need of repairs. The proper officials or committee of the Council ought to see to it at once that the repairs are made before someone falls and breaks his leg.

 The cover over the ditch through Garfield alley has a big hole in it which is very dangerous, and the hole has been there over a week.

 There are, of course, things which the Council must need to postpone or delay and some which lack funds prevents it from doing entirely; but in the case of rotten and defective plank walks and broken bridges, the duty of the Council is imperative, for failure to act promptly menaces the health and safety of the public. Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1905.



City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Jan. 6th, 1902. - Regular meeting of the city council was held this day, Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, H. Hohorst and F. E. Girard.

 Moved and seconded that minutes of last meeting be approved as read. Carried.

 On motion duly made and seconded the following reports were adopted.



 Moved and seconded that work outlined for running a water pipe line to the Methodist church corner and again from J. C. Nickerson's residence to the corporate limits on Sterling Avenue be laid at once, and that wire be run extending lights so as to furnish residences in upper end of McComb addition. Carried.

 Moved by A. E. Mouton and seconded by Hohorst that six new arc-lights be purchased to replace those that burned out. Carried.

 Moved and seconded that street committee be authorities to purchase shells for street improvements and to repair streets generally. Adopted.

 Moved by G. A. DeBlanc seconded by A. E. Mouton, that $4,000.00 borrowed by councilmen on their individual note be paid. Carried.

 The following bills were approved:



 There being no further business council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1902.


The Gazette learns from Prof. LeRosen that about twenty more names are needed for the petition to be presented to the Council asking that body to call the election relative to a special tax. Laf. Gaz. 1/11/1902.



PUBLIC IMPROVEMENTS.
Extension of Water and Light Service - The Streets to Be Repaired.

 At its last meeting the City Council decided to extend the water pipes from the corner at J. C. Nickerson's residence to the limits of the corporation along Sterling avenue; and from John O. Mouton's home to the Methodist church. At the same time the Council ordered the erection of wires so as to provide electric light service to people living in upper Lincoln avenue. The Council has also taken steps to repair the streets, some of which will be shelled. The Council has been enabled to make these improvements out of the general revenues of the town.

 We seen in the proceedings published in this paper that the Council has paid a note for $4,000, which was borrowed on the individual signatures of the Councilmen to meet the expenses incurred during the year. The present Councilmen have not only administered the affairs of the municipality in an intelligent and economical manner, but they have shown a high degree of public spirit by giving their personal property as security in order to obtain the necessary funds to meet the current indebtedness of the town. It is safe to say that some of the captious critics who fine fault with the manner of managing the town's business would not do quite as much. Lafayette Gazette 1/11/1902.



City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Jan. 6th, 1890.

 The City Council met this day, in regular meeting and there were present W. B. Bailey, Mayor; J. G. Parkerson, A. J. Moss, F. Lombard, John O. Mouton, O. J. Sprole.

 Absent: Pierre Gerac and Ed. Pellerin.

 The minutes of Nov. 4th, Dec. 2nd and 9th were read and approved.

 The following report of the Finance Committee was read, approved, and ordered spread on the minutes.

 To the Hon. the Mayor and Council of the Town of Lafayette, La:

 The undersigned Finance Committee, after examining the books and reports of the Collector and Treasurer, up to December 31st, 1889, beg leave to make the following report to-wit:

 The report of the Collector shows the tax roll of 1889 to amount to fifteen hundred and ninety-five and 65-100 dollars, of which he has collected eleven hundred and seventy-three and 48-100 dollars, leaving uncollected of licenses for 1889 one hundred and twenty-two and 28-100 dollars, and has collected of licenses for 1889 one hundred and fifty-two dollars, making a total collected, one thousand, three hundred and twenty-five and 43-100 dollars, which amount the collector has paid into the hands of the Treasurer, the Collector being entitled to six per cent commission, or seventy-nine and 52-100 dollars and a warrant should issue to him for the same.

 The Treasurer's book shows amount on hand, last report, four hundred and ninety-eight and 84-100 dollars. Delinquent taxes collected through I. Falk, one hundred and fifty dollars. Received from Louise Queilhe, Collector, thirteen hundred and twenty-five and 48-100 dollars. Total receipts, nineteen hundred and seventy-three and 67-1oo dollars, and the paid warrants Nos. 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 324, and 325, which we have duly cancelled, amounting to two hundred and ninety-five and 18-100 dollars, paying into the hands of the Treasurer (unreadable word) thousand, six hundred and seventy(unreadable) and 49-100 dollars.
                      Respectfully submitted,
                                     J. G. PARKERSON,
                                     A. J. MOSS,
                                           Committee.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1890.

 The committee on the opening of Garfield (unreadable words) made of partial report and (unreadable.)

 (Unreadable word) license law for 1890 was (unreadable). (Unreadable words) the law will be published.

 The following account was approved J. G. Gardemal, jailer ... $6.80.

 And the Council thereupon adjourned.
W. B. BAILEY, Mayor.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890.




City Council of Vermilionville.

 At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held December 7th, 1872, were present: W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and 
     On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., &c., within the limits of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provision of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five Dollars, for each and every offence.

 The following account was presented and approved:
 W. O. Smith, ... $6.30

 On motion, the council adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1873.




Streets to be Shelled.
The Gazette is informed that the City Council intends to use a portion of the present surplus in the municipal treasury to shell the streets, or rather as many of them as the funds will permit. The work already done with oyster shells has proven most satisfactory, and the Council feels safe in making a further investment in that direction. In Morgan City, where all the streets have  been shelled, the results have given the utmost satisfaction. We do not know of a better way to utilize the public funds. Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.





City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Jan. 7, 1901.

 Regular meeting of the City Council was held this day. Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, C. O. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, J. E. Martin.  Absent: Dr. F. E. Girard, H. Hohorst.

 Moved and duly seconded that minutes of previous meeting be adopted as read. Carried.

 The treasurer made the following report, which was accepted and ordered spread on the minutes.
 Moved by J. O. Mouton, seconded by C. O. Mouton, that bill of L. Arceneaux for digging ditch ($40.00) be left to the committee, to be paid on their approval. Adopted.

 The following bills were approved:
 Moved by F. Demanade, seconded by G. A. DeBlanc, that peddlers in the corporate limits of fruits, vegetables, Irish potatoes, onions, cabbage and any other vegetable or merchandise, shall pay a yearly license graded as follows:

 Two-horse vehicle ... $20.00
 One-horse vehicle ... $10.00
 Football ... $5.00

 Provided, that this ordinance shall not apply to farmers or others selling their own produce, and that the collector furnish all such peddlers with a plate or tag with a number thereon to correspond with the license. Adopted.

 There being no further business, the Council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE,Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 1/12/1901.




City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1904.

 A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, with Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: F. Demanade, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield, G. A. DeBlanc. Absent: D. V. Gardebled.

 The minutes of regular and special meetings were adopted as read. Petition from property owners on Main street between Lafayette and St. John streets praying for a cement walk between the points named and signed by Mrs. B. Falk, I. Bendel, S. Begnaud, Alida Primeaux, L. F. Guerre and Homer Bailey was presented to the Council.

 Petition was accepted. Width of walk to be 6 feet and according to specifications furnished by street committee. Other petition from property owners praying for a cement walk on Lafayette street between Vermilion and Main streets, west side, was presented to the Council and same was accepted unanimously.

 AN ORDINANCE, to levy, assess and collect special taxes from owners of abutting property, to meet the cost of the cement walks and curbing heretofore ordered by this Council between the Crescent News Hotel and the Court House square, and between F. Demanade's store and the Catholic church, under the provisions of Act 147 of the Legislature of 1902.

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that for the purpose of paying for the cement walks and curbing thereto, heretofore ordered by this Council, and contracted for, between the Crescent News Hotel and the Court House square, and between F. Demanade's store and the Catholic church, in said town, there is hereby levied, assessed and shall be collected from the owners of the real estate abutting said side walks, a special tax or local assessment, based upon their respective frontage, (at the rate of one 36-100 dollars per running feet) as follows:

 From the owners of the real estate and lots abutting said walk between the Crescent News Hotel and Court House square, there shall be collected the following amounts, to-wit:

 1. From Thornwell Fay, as owner of the square of ground upon which is located the Crescent News Hotel, for one hundred and sixty-three 7-12 feet on north east side (Grant avenue) and three hundred and twelve 6-12 feet on north west side (Lincoln avenue) on said square, the sum of six hundred and forty seven 49-100 dollars $647.49. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 2. From James G. Parkerson (estate of Mrs. E. H. Parkerson) as owner of square known as Mansion Block on Lincoln avenue for four hundred 6-12 feet on north west side of said square, the sum of five hundred and forty four 68-100 dollars. $544.68. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 3. From the Protestant Episcopal church (church of the Ascension) for fifty feet on said walk, the sum of sixty-eight dollars. $68.00. Cost of pipe, $1.00.

 4. From Andre M. Martin, for seventy-seven 6-12 feet, on said walk being lot No. 203, on Pierce street, the sum of one hundred and five 40-100 dollars. $105.40. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 5. From Danton J. Veazey for seventy-five 3-12 feet on said walk being lot No. 204 on Pierce street, one hundred and two 40-100 dollars. $102.40. From same for pillars, $4.00. From same drain pipe, $1.00.

 6. From Mrs. Demas Delahoussaye for seventy-two feet on said walk on Pierce street, lot No. 205, the sum of ninety-seven 92-100 dollars. $97.92. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 From Leo Doucet for sixty-seven 8-12 feet on said walk on Pierce street, the sum of ninety-two 14-100 dollars. $92.14. Pillars paid for. Drain pipe, $1.oo.

 8. Fro George Doucet for twenty-eight feet on said walk on Pierce street, part lot 206 the sum of thirty-eight 08-100 dollars. $38.08. Pillars paid for.

 9. From Mouton Brothers, for ninety-eight feet on said walk on Pierce street, lot No. 207 the sum of one hundred and thirty-three 28-100 dollars $133.28. From same for pillar, $2.64. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 10. From Mrs. M. F. Rigues for seventy-six feet on Pierce street on said walk, the sum of one hundred and three 36-100 dollars. $103.36. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 11. From Mrs. S. Kahn for thirty-five feet on Pierce street on said walk, the sum of forty-seven 60-100 dollars. $47.60. From same for pillars $4.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 12. From F. F. Carter for eighty-five 5-12 feet on said walk on Pierce street, the sum of one hundred and fifteen 91-100 dollars. $115.91. From same for 10 pillars. $10.00. Drain pipe, $1.oo.

 13. From Mrs. L. Nollive for forty feet on Jefferson street in said walk the sum of fifty-four 40-100 dollars. $54.40. From same for 3 pillars. $4.06. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 14. From Arnaud Bacquie for fifty-six feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of seventy-six 16-100 dollars. $76.16. From same for 4 pillars. $4.00.

 15. From Mrs. Ellen Mouton for forty-eight feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of sixty-five 28-100 dollars. $65.28. Drain pipe $100.

 16. From P. Bienvenu Roy for one hundred and fifty feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of two hundred and four dollars. $204.00.
From same for 12 pillars $900. Drain pipes, $2.00.

 18. From First National Bank forty-one 6-12 feet on south side Vermilion street on said walk, the sum of fifty-five 76-100 dollars. $55.76. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 19. From Nathaniel P. Moss for thirty-four feet on south of Vermilion street the sum of forty-six 24-100 dollars. $46.24. Drain pipe, $1.00.


 17. From Nathaniel P. Moss for one hundred and twenty-five feet on Jefferson street on said walk the sum of one hundred and seventy dollars. $170.00. From same for 9 pillars. $9.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 18. Fro First National Bank forty-one 6-12 feet on south side of Vermilion street on said walk, the sum of fifty-five 76-100 dollars. $55.76. Drain pipe, $1.00.


 19. From Nathaniel P. Moss for thirty-four feet on south of Vermilion street the sum of forty-six 24-100 dollars. $46.24. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 20. From Mrs. John Graser for thirty-five 1/2 feet on the south side of Vermilion street the sum of forty-eight 28-100 dollars. $48.28. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 20. From Mrs. John Carter for thirty-five 1/2 feet on the south side of Vermilion street the sum of forty-eight 28-100 dollars. $48.28. Drain pipe, $10..

 21. From Orther C. Mouton for thirty-five feet on south side Vermilion street the sum of forty-seven 94-100 dollars. $47.94. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 22. From Gustave Lacoste for one hundred and forty-seven 1/4 feet on south side Vermilion street, (lot No. 63) the sum of two hundred 26-100 dollars. $200.26. From same for eight pillars, $8.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 23. From Levy Brothers for one hundred and forty-four 1/2 feet on south side Vermilion street (lot No. 48) the sum of one hundred and ninety-six 52-100 dollars. $196.52. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 24. From Maurice Mouton for thirty-five feet on south side of Vermilion street (part of lot (No. 47) the sum of forty-seven 60-100 dollars. $47.60. Drain pipe, $1.00. Pillar, $4.00.

 25. From Felix L. Salles for one hundred and six feet on south side Vermilion street and one hundred and two 1/2 feet on east side Lafayette street (lot No. 47) the sum of two hundred and eighty-three 56-100 dollars. $283.56. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 26. From A. J. LeBlanc forty-eight 1/2 feet on east side Lafayette street (part lot No. 46) the sum of sixty-five 86-100 dollars. $65.86. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 27. From LeBlanc & LeBlanc for forty-six feet on east side of Lafayette street (part lot No. 46) the sum of sixty-two 56-100 dollars. $62.56. Drain pipe, $1,00.

 28. From estate of F. Lombard (John Vigeaux, dative tutor of the Minors George and Horta Lombard) for hundred and six 1/2 feet on east side of Lafayette street (lot No. 45) the sum of one hundred and forty-four 84-100 dollars. $144.84. Drain pipe.

 And from owners of lots and real estate from F. Demanade's store to the Catholic church there shall be collected the following amount to-wit:

 1. From Felix Demanade for forty-three feet on north side Vermilion street (part lot No. 230) the sum of fifty-eight 48-100 dollars. $58.48. Drain pipe, $1.00.

2. From Mrs. James Higginbotham for fifty-one 7-12 feet same street (part lot No. 230) the sum of seventy 13-100 dollars. $70.13. From same for pillars. $5.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 3. From Jos. A. Chargois for fifty-six feet on same street (lot No. 250) the sum of seventy-six 16-100 dollars. $76.16. From same for 3 pillars $3.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

4. From R. J. Tanner & R. H. Tanner for fifty-three feet on same street, the sum of seventy-two 08-100 dollars. $72.08. Pillars, $4.00.

 5. From Jos. Pizzo for one hundred and twelve 1/4 feet on same street (lot No. 238) the sum of one hundred and fifty-two 66-100 dollars. $152.66 from same for 12 pillars $12.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 6. From Pierre B. Roy for two hundred and seven feet on same street (lots No. ____ and part of lot No. ____) the sum of two hundred and eighty-one 52-100 dollars. $281.52. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 7. First Nathaniel P. Moss, for seventy-five feet on same street (part lot No. 104) the sum of one hundred and two dollars. $102.00. Pillars. $9.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 8. Mrs. George C. Babcock for one hundred and forty feet on same street, (lot No. 127) the sum of one hundred and ninety 40-100 dollars. $190.40. Pipe $1.00.

 9. Gustave Lacoste for one hundred and forty feet on same street (lot No. 120) the sum of one hundred and ninety 40-100 dollars. $190.40. Pillars. $7.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 10. From Albert Delahoussaye for ninety-eight 1/2/ feet on same street (part lot No. 119) the sum of one hundred and thirty-three 96-100 dollars. $133.96 from same for 10 pillars $10.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 11. From Joseph Montalbano for thirty-five 9-12 feet on same street (part lot No. 119) the sum of forty-eight dollars $48.00 from same for four pillars $4.00 drain pipe $1.00.

 12. From Henry H. Hohorst for one hundred and forty-seven 1/2 feet (lot No. 112 in same street) the sum of two hundred 60-100 dollars. $.200.60 from same for seven pillars. $7.00 drain pipe, $1.00.

 13. From Jos. Meleton for one hundred and forty-six feet on same street (lot. No. 111) the sum of one hundred and ninety-eight 56-100 dollars. $198.56. From same for pillars, $7.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 14. From John O. Mouton for one hundred and forty-nine feet on same street (lot No. 104) the sum of two hundred and two 64-100 dollars. $202.64. Pillars, $4.00.

 15. From Dr. J. Franklin Mouton for forty-six 1/2 feet on same street (part of lot No. 103) the sum of fifty-eight 38-100 dollars $58.38. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 16. Frank E. Moss for two hundred and forty-nine feet on same street (lot No. 96) the sum of three hundred and thirty-eight 64-100 dollars. $338.64 drain pipe, $1.00.


 17. From P. Gerac Estate for one hundred and four feet on St. John (lot No. unreadable) the sum of one hundred and forty-one 44-100 dollars. 9 pillars, $9.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 18. From Mrs. W. B. Bailey for ninety-seven 1/4 feet on St. John St (lot No. 15) the sum of one hundred and thirty-two 26-100 dollars. $132.26. Pillars, $4.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 19. From Edward Martin for two hundred and twenty-five feet on St. John, (lot Nos. 13 and 14) the sum of three hundred and six dollars. $306.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 Be it further ordained that the said sum shall be and collectable within ten days of the completion of said walk, and acceptance of the same by the City Council in the manner provided by the ordinance requiring said walks to be built, and if not paid within ten days then that suit shall be brought against said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment and moreover that as provided by said Act of the Legislature, this Council shall have a special privilege on said property, to secure the payment of said sum thus assessed, with six per cent per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said 10 days paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and said privilege shall effect third persons from the date of the registry of the assessment in the mortgage book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further ordained that the cost of registering said assessment shall be borne by the delinquent.

 Mr. A. J. LeBlanc, chief of the fire department, reported that $300.00 had been made with the Street Fair. The report was accepted by the Council, and Mr. LeBlanc authorized to get prices on 600 feet of rubber hose.

 Dr. N. P. Moss appeared and asked that permission be granted him to move the Moss & Co. building to the other side of the street.

 Moved and seconded, that the Mayor appoint a committee of three to consider whether the moving of the building in question would increase the danger of fire or be contrary to the fire ordinance. Committee appointed, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton and H. L. Fontenot.

 The following report was accepted as follows:

The following bills were approved:

 The following report was adopted on call of roll as follows: M. Rosenfield, F. Demanade, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, H. L. Fontenot, G. A. DeBlanc.

 Mayor Caffery and A. E. Mouton jointly that they had entered into a contract with Mr. L. H. Thompson, of Acadia, to move back all buildings, fences and etc., for the widening of Pierce and Jefferson streets and to place the same in the same condition as they were found for a total cost of $750.00. The Pellerin & DeClouet building not included and thereupon, motion made and seconded, contract was approved by Council, and the contract ordered spread upon the minutes.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.




CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE.
Regular Session, Dec. 5th, 1881.


 Present: M. P. Young, Mayor, and Councilmen Bailey, Mouton, McBride, Lombard and Falk. Absent:Alpha and Revillon.
On motion, the reading of the minutes of the preceding meeting was dispensed with.
 


 The following ordinance for the prevention of vagrancy was read and, on motion, unanimously adopted :
 


 Be it ordained by the City Council of Vermilionville,

 That all idle persons who, not having visible means to maintain themselves, live without employment ; all persons wandering abroad and lodging in market places, sheds, barns, uninhabited buildings, or in the open air, and not giving a good account of themselves ; all persons wandering abroad and beggings, or who go from door to door, or who place themselves in the streets, passages, or other public places, to beg or receive alms, shall be deemed vagrants.
 

 Be it further ordained, etc., That is shall be the duty of the Constable or any of his deputies, whenever required by any person, to carry such vagrant before the Mayor for the purpose of examination ; and if the Mayor be satisfied by the confession of the offender, or by competent testimony, that he is a vagrant within the description aforesaid, he may fine or imprison such vagrant, the fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars, and he may cause such vagrant to work upon the streets, at the rate of one dollar per day, until the fine imposed shall have been paid ; and if such a vagrant be a proper object of charity he shall send him to such place of refuge as shall be provided by the City Council.
 

 Be it further ordained, etc., That this ordinance take effect from and after its passage.


 On motion of Mr. Lombard, the Constable was ordered to enforce the ordinance in regard to sweeping or cleaning of chimneys within the limits of the Corporation. On motion, it was resolved that persons hauling logs, or buildings over the bridges of this Corporation and breaking or tearing up the same, will be required to repair such bridges immediately, under the penalty of a fine of not more than five dollars, nor more than five days imprisonment for each bridge broken or torn up.

  
 On motion it was resolved, that hereafter all persons are prohibited from driving wild cattle through the streets of this town under a penalty 
 On motion the Council adjourned. M. P. Young, Mayor. E. M. Bailey, Secretary.

  Lafayette Advertiser 1/14/1882.



City Council Proceedings.

Lafayette, La., Jan 3, 1898.

 The City Council met this day with the following members present:  Mayor Caffery; Councilmen Hahn, Hopkins, Mouton and Landry.  Absent: Bru, Davidson and Martin.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read and adopted.

 The following were the reports of officers.

 Collector McFaddin reported the following:
Respectfully submitted,
                  BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.

 Baxter Clegg, Treasurer, W. W. & E. L. fund.


 Lafayette, La., Jan. 3, 1898.

 Recorded and filed, 
                   Respectfully submitted,
                       BAXTER CLEGG, Treasurer.

 The following accounts were approved:
 A communication from the Lookout Boiler and Mfg. Co. makers of the standpipe, relative to the lap joint at the bottom of the standpipe was read and deferred for further consideration.

 A communication from  Widmer and Spranley, relative to the construction of four extra arc lights at a price of $235.00 was read and upon motion duly seconded the above was approved. An application for Secretary of W. W. & E. L. was received from Mr. D. L. Caffery.

 Whereupon it was moved and seconded that Mr. D. L. Caffery be appointed secretary of W. W. & E. L. at a salary not to commence until plant is turned over the City of Lafayette, but to proceed at once to soliciting for water and lights and to obtain prices of carrying on same adopted.

 There being no further business the council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
STERLING MUDD, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/15/1898.  



  

 The City Council this week purchased from C. D. Caffery, I. A. Broussard, Dr. F. E. Girard, Felix Demanade and Wm. Campbell the two lots of ground situated near Castel's bakery for $2,100, for such public use as may be determined by the Council. Geo. A. DeBlanc accepted the lots for the town.
Laf. Gaz. 1/17/1903.



City Council.

 The Treasurer's book shows amount on hand, last report, four-hundred and ninety-eight and 24-100 dollars. Delinquent taxes collected through I. Falk, one hundred and fifty dollars. Received from Louis Oueilhe, Collector, thirteen hundred and twenty-five and 43-100 dollars. Total receipts, nineteen hundred and seventy-three and 67-100 dollars; and has paid warrants Nos. 315, 316, 317, 318, 319, 320, 322, 323, 324, and 325, which we have duly cancelled, amounting to two-hundred and ninety-five and 18-100 dollars; leaving in the hands of the Treasurer one thousand, six-hundred and seventy-eight and 49-100 dollars.

Respectfully submitted,

J. G. PARKERSON,
A. J. MOSS,
Committee.

Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1890.

Laf. Advertiser 1/18/1890.







City Council of Vermilionville.

At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held December 7th, 1872, were present; W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.


The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and
On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., &c., within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five Dollars, for each and every offence.
The following account was presented and approved:
W. O. Smith, $6.30.

On motion, the Council Adjourned.

H. M. BAILEY, Secretary
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/18/1873.





City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Jan. 7th, 1889.

 A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day and there were present: Messrs. W. B. Bailey, Mayor, A. J. Moss, F. Lombard, J. O. Mouton, J. G. Parkerson and O. J. Sprole.

 Absent: Messrs. P. Gerac and Ed. Pellerin.

 The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.

 On motion, the council then proceeded to the consideration of licenses for 1889, and adopted the following:

 AN ORDINANCE.

 To levy and enforce payment of an annual license tax upon all persons, associations of persons, or business firms and corporations pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, except those who are expressly excepted from such license tax by articles 206 and 207 of the Constitution.

 SECTION 1.  Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La, That there is hereby levied an annual license tax for the year 1889 upon each person, association of persons, or business firms and corporations, pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, except those expressly exempt from such license tax by Articles 206 and 207 of the Constitution.

 SECTION 2. Be it further ordained, etc., That immediately after the promulgation of this Ordinance the tax collector shall begin to collect, and shall collect as fast as possible, from each of the persons or business firms, association of persons and corporations, pursuing within the limits of said town any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, a license tax as hereinafter graduated. All licenses shall be due and collectible during the first two months of the year, and all unpaid licenses shall become delinquent on the first day of March of said year, and all persons who commence business after that date shall become delinquent unless the license is paid ten days from date of opening.

 SECTION 3. Be it further ordained, etc., That licenses shall be graduated in three classes, except as afterward provided.

 SECTION 4. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every mercantile business of selling at retail, whether as principal, agent, or on commission, or otherwise, the license shall be based on the gross amount of sales for the year 1888, as follows:

 First Class - When the gross sales are twenty thousand dollars, or more, the license shall be twenty dollars.

 Second Class - When the gross sales are fifteen thousand dollars, or more, and less than $20,000, the license shall be fifteen dollars.

 Third Class - When the gross sales are less than fifteen thousand dollars, the license shall be ten dollars.

 Provided, that if any distilled, vinous, malt, or other kind of mixed liquors, be sold in connection with the business of retail merchant, grocer, restaurant, oyster house, confectionery or druggist, in less quantities than five gallons, the license for such additional business shall be as hereinafter provided in Section 9 of this ordinance, provided, further, that no liquor license shall issue to sell liquors in less quantities than five dollars for less than fifty dollars.

 SECTION 5. Be it further ordained, etc., That for carrying on each business of telegraphing, telephoning, the license shall be based on gross annual receipts as follows:

 First Class - When the gross annual receipts are over twenty thousand dollars, the license shall be fifteen dollars.

 Second Class - When the gross annual receipts are less than twenty thousand dollars, and more than fifteen thousand dollars, the license shall be ten dollars.

 Third Class - When gross annual receipts are fifteen thousand dollars, or less, the license shall be five dollars.

 SECTION 6. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of keeping a theatre, or hall where entertainments are given, the license shall be ten dollars for each one thousand inhabitants of the town, to be paid by the person owning or controlling for rent or hire the building or buildings in which said entertainments are given; provided, that all traveling troupes or shows of any kind using said hall shall pay, in addition, the license imposed by Section (?) of this ordinance. The provisions of this section applying to such halls only when used by local clubs, societies, etc., and not to traveling troupes or shows of any kind using said hall shall pay, in addition, the license imposed by Section (?) of this ordinance. The provisions of this section applying to such halls only when used by local clubs, societies, etc., and not traveling troupes or companies.

 SECTION 7. Be it further ordained, etc., That no museum, menagerie, circus or other traveling show, shall be permitted to make exhibitions within the corporate limits unless they have first of one hundred dollars, said amount being imposed and to be paid before each and every performance; provided, that an additional license for each and every side show of ten dollars for each performance shall be issued and paid before exhibition of same is allowed.

 SECTION 8. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of keeping a hotel where lodging and eating are combined the license shall be based on the number of rooms for guests as follows:

 First Class - When said rooms are twelve in number, or more, the license shall be twenty-five dollars.

 Second Class - When said rooms are in number nine, or more, and less than 12, the license shall be seventeen and 50 one-hundredths dollars.

 Third Class - When said rooms are six, or more, and less than nine, the license shall be ten dollar.

 Provided, that for lodging alone the license shall be one half the above rates.

 SECTION 9. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of barroom, cabaret, coffee house, beer saloon, liquor exchange, drinking saloon, grog shop, beer garden, or other place where anything to be drunk or eaten on the premises is sold directly, the license shall be based on the gross receipts of said business as follows:

 First Class - When said gross receipts are five thousand dollars; or more, the license shall be one hundred dollars.

 Second Class - When said gross annual receipts are two thousand dollars, or more, and less than five thousand dollars, the license shall be seventy-five dollars.

 Third Class - When said gross receipts are less than two thousand dollars, the license shall be fifty dollars.

 Provided, no license shall be charged for selling refreshments for charitable or religious purposes; and that when any business provided for in this section shall be combined with any business in section 4, the same classification shall be made as prescribed in this section; but the price of the license shall be equal to the license required for each separately.

 SECTION 10. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of keeping a livery stable, or of persons keeping cabs, hacks, carriages and horses for hire shall be graded as follows:

 First Class - When gross annual receipts exceed two thousand dollars, the license shall be twenty-five dollars.

 Second Class - When gross receipts exceed one thousand dollars, and are less than two thousand dollars, the license shall be twenty dollars.

 Third Class. _ When the gross receipts are seven hundred and fifty dollars, or more, and less than one thousand dollars, the license shall be fifteen dollars.

 Fourth Class - When gross receipts are less than seven hundred and fifty dollars, the license shall be four dollar.

 All persons owning or using drays, wagons or carts for hire and hauling are hereby required to obtain from the Collector a tin plate with a number thereon painted, and have the same nailed on the vehicle in a conspicuous place.

 Section 11. Be it further ordained, etc., That in addition to the graduated system as herein adopted, there shall be a miscellaneous system so as to apply to traffics, trades and professions, vocations, callings, or business of any kind, where the graduated system is not applied, and, not being in conflict therewith, as follows, to-wit:

 From each and every attorney-at-law physician, dentist, editor, photographer,m and oculist, five dollars.

 Each fruit and ice cream dealer, five dollars.

 Each oyster stand, five dollars.
 Each billiard table from which a revenue is derived, five dollars.

 Each auction store, per  month, five dollars.

 Each concert and theatrical performance, each day, five dollars.

 Every lumber yard, five dollars.

 Each horse and mule trader, five dollars.

 Each gun and pistol establishment, five dollars.

 Each small show, ten dollars for each performance.

 Each cigar and tobacco stand, and every person keeping a stand where coffee, chocolate, or cooked food is sold, including lunch houses, five dollars.

 Each soda water stand, five dollars.

 Each shooting gallery, five dollars.

 Each peddler or hawker of clothing, jewelry, notions, cutlery, picture, wares, spectacles, etc., five dollars.

 Each sewing machine agent, or depot where sewing machines are sold, five dollars.

 No license shall issue for less than five dollars, except in cases where the business or object is so trifling the mayor may, if he thinks proper, authorize the Collector to issue a smaller one on such business as may not come under any of the provisions hereof.


 Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed as licensing or permitting any performance which is prohibited by other laws, ordinances, or police regulations.

 Any transfer, or acceptance of a transferable license, or acceptance of a transferable license, without the consent of the mayor shall be null and void.

 SECTION 12. Be it further ordained, etc., That the licenses issued in pursuance of this Ordinance shall commence on the first day of January and end on the 31st day of December, 1889, and said licenses shall be collected in the manner provided by the Charter of the Town, and according to Sections 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, and 24 of Act No. 101 of the General Assembly of 1886.

 SECTION 13. Be if further ordained, etc., That a person, firm or company having more than one place of business shall pay a separate license for each place of business.

 SECTION 14. Be it further ordained, etc., That this Ordinance shall take effect immediately after promulgation.

 The reports of the Collector and Treasurer were received and referred to the Finance Committee.

 The claim of Adolph Martin, for $1.50 taxes paid under an erroneous assessment, was referred to the Finance Committee.

 On motion, the Constable was authorized to have the necessary painting done on the Town Hall; cornice window and door facings, white; doors, grained oak; blinds, green; two coats. The whole not to exceed $35.

 The Constable was also authorized to procure one long table and twelve chairs for the use of the Council.

 The account of J. Vigneaux, for amount expended by him for whitewashing and material for Town and Fire Halls, of $6.50, was approved.
   The Council then adjourned.
W. B. BAILEY, Mayor.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/19/1889.




City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Jan. 4, 1904.

A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, with Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding.
Members present: F. Demanade, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosefield, G. A. Deblanc. Absent: D. V. Gardebled.
The minutes of the regular and special meetings were adopted as read. Petition from property owners on Main street between Lafayette and St. John streets praying for a cement walk between the points named and signed by Mrs. B. Falk, I. Bendel, S. Begnaud, Alida Primeaux, L. F. Guerre and Homer Bailey was presented to the Council.
Petition was accepted. Width of walk to be 6 feet and according to specifications furnished by street committee. Other petition from property of owners praying for a cement walk on Lafayette street between Vermilion and Main streets, west side, was presented to the Council and same was accepted unanimously.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/20/1904.


City Council Proceedings.

LAFAYETTE LA.,  Jan. 16th, 1894.

 At a special meeting held this day the following members were present:

 Wm. Campbell, Mayor; A. T. Caillouet, Felix Demenade, John O. Mouton, Andre Martin.

Absent: Albert F. Cayard, I. N. Satterfield and Alb. Delahoussaye.

 The minutes of the meeting and also the report of of the Finance Committee were read and approved.

 Resolved, that the following licences for the year 1894, be and the same is hereby adopted, as follows :


AN ORDINANCE.

 To levy and enforce payment of an annual license tax upon all persons, association of persons, or business firms or corporations pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, except those who are expressly excepted from such license tax by articles 296 and 207 of the Constitution.

 Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., That there is a tax for the year of 1894 and each subsequent year upon each person, association of persons, or business firms and corporations, pursuing any trade, profession, vocation, calling or business except those expressly exempt from such license tax by Articles 206 and 207 of the Constitution.

 Sec. 2. Be it further ordained, etc., That immediately after the promulgation of this Ordinance the tax collector shall collect as fast as possible, from each person or business firm, association of persons and corporation, pursuing within the limits of said town and trade, profession, vocation, calling or business, a license tax is hereinafter graduated. All licenses shall become delinguent on the first day of March of said year, and all persons who commence business after that date shall become delinquent unless the license is paid ten days from the date of opening; and after the 1st. of July half license shall be collected.

 Sec. 3. Be it further ordained, etc., That licenses shall be graded in three classes except as afterward provided.

 Sec. 4. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every mercantile business of selling at retail, whether as principal, agent or on commission, or otherwise, the license shall be based on the gross amount of sales for the year 1892, as follows:

 First Class - When the gross sales are twenty thousand dollars, ; amd less than five thousand, the license shall be twenty dollars.

 Second Class - When the gross sales are fifteen thousand dollars, or more and less than twenty thousand, the license shall be fifteen dollars.

 Third Class - When the gross sales are fifteen thousand dollars, ; and less than five thousand, the license shall be ten dollars.

 Provided, that if any distilled, vinous, malt or other kind of mixed liquors, be sold in connection with the business of retail merchant, grocer, restaurant, oyster house, confectionary or druggist, in less quantities than five gallons, the license for such additional business shall be as hereinafter provided in Section 9 of this ordinance; provided further, that no license shall issue to sell liquors in less quantities than five gallons for less than one hundred dollars.

 Sec. 5. Be it further ordained, etc., That for carrying on each business of telegraphing or telephoning, the license shall be based on the gross annual receipts as follows :

 First Class - When gross annual receipts are over twenty thousand dollars, the license shall be thirty dollars.

 Second Class - When the gross annual receipts are less than twenty thousand dollars and more than fifteen thousand dollars, the license shall be twenty-five dollars.

 Third Class - When the gross annual receipts are fifteen thousand dollars or less the license shall be fifteen dollars.

 Section 6. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of keeping a theater, or hall where entertainments are given, the license shall be ten dollars for each one thousand inhabitants of the town, to be paid by the person owning or controlling for rent or hire the building or buildings in which said entertainments are given; provided that all travelling troups or show of any kind using said hall shall pay, in addition, a license. The provisions of this section applying to such halls only when used local clubs, societies, etc., and not to traveling troups or companies.

 Sec. 7. Be it further ordained, etc., That no museum, menagerie, circus or other traveling show, shall be permitted to make exhibition within the corporate limits unless they have first paid a license of one hundred dollars, said amount being imposed and to be paid before each and every performance; provided, that an additional license for each and every performance shall be issued and paid before exhibition of same is allowed, provided for each small show a license of $25.

 And provided further, that any performance or exhibition before sunset shall be considered a complete performance or exhibition subject to the license aforesaid and any exhibition or performance after sunset shall be liable to license as another and distinct performance.

 Sec 8. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of keeping a hotel where lodging and eating are combined the license shall be based on the number or rooms for guests as follows:

 First Class - When said rooms are twelve in number; or more, the license shall be twenty-five dollars.

 Second Class - When said rooms are nine in number, or more, and less than twelve, the license shall be $17.50.

 Third Class - When said rooms are six or more, and less than nine, the license shall be $12.50.

 Fourth Class - When said rooms are less than six, the license shall be $10.

 Provided, that for lodging alone the license shall be one half the above rates. Provided further that for boarding houses and lunch houses the license shall be ten dollars.

 Sec 9. Be it further ordained, etc., That every business or bar room cabaret, coffee house, beer saloon, liquor exchange, drinking saloon, grog shop, beer garden or other place where anything to be drunk or eaten on the premises is sold directly, the license shall be based on the gross receipts of said business as follows:

 First Class - When said gross receipts are seven thousand, five hundred dollars, or more, the license shall be three hundred dollars.

 Second Class - When said gross receipts are five thousand dollars, or more, and less than seven thousand, five hundred dollars, the license shall be two hundred dollars.

 Third Class - When said gross receipts are less than five hundred dollars, the license shall be one hundred dollars.

 Provided no license shall be charged for selling refreshments for charitable or religious purposes ;  and that when any business provided for in this section shall be combined with any business in section 4, the same classification shall be made as prescribed in this section ;  but, the price of the license shall be equal to the license required for each seperately.

 Sec 10. Be it further ordained, etc., That for every business of keeping a livery stable, or of persons keeping cabs, hacks, carriages and horses for hire shall be graded as follows:

 First Class - When gross annual receipts exceed two thousand dollars, the license shall be twenty-five dollars.

 Second Class - When gross annual receipts exceed one thousand dollars and are less than two thousand dollars, the license shall be twenty dollars.

 Third Class - When gross annual receipts are seven hundred and fifty dollars or more, and less than one thousand dollars, the license shall fifteen dollars.

 Fourth Class - When gross receipts are less than seven hundred and fifty dollars, the license shall be ten dollars.

 All persons using drays, wagons or carts for hiring or hauling are hereby required to obtain from the collector a tin plate with a number painted thereon, and have the same nailed on the vehicle in a conspicuous place, and pay four dollars per year license.

 Sec 11.  Be it further ordained, etc., That in addition to the graduated system as herein adopted there shall be a miscellaneous system so as to apply to traffics, trades and professions, vocations, callings or business of any kind, where the graduated system is not applied, and not being in conflict therewith, as follows, to wit :

 From each attorney-at-law, physician, dentist, editor, photographer and occultist, five dollars.

 Each fruit and ice cream dealer, five dollars.

 Each oyster stand, five dollars.

 Each billiard table, from which revenue is derived, five dollars.

 Each concert and theatrical performance, each day, five dollars ;  provided, that where such performance is given by charitable or benevolent associations for their own purposes, no license shall be charged.

 Every lumber yard, ten dollars.

 Each horse and mule trader, five dollars.

 Each gun and pistol establishment, five dollars.

 Each soda stand, five dollars.

 Each shooting gallery, five dollars.

 Each peddler or hawker of clothing, jewelry, notions, cutlery, pictures, wares, spectacles, etc., ten dollars.

 Each sewing machine agent or depot where sewing machines are sold, five dollars.

 Each Butcher shop, ten dollars.

 Each Vendor of Milk, five dollars.

 Each Fly horses, ten dollars.

 No license shall issue for less than five dollars, except when the business or object is so trifling the mayor may, if he thinks proper, authorize the collector to issue a smaller one on such business as may not come under any of the provision thereof.

 Nothing in this ordinance shall be construed as licensing or permitting any performance which is prohibited by other laws, ordinances or police regulationsns.

 Any transfer or acceptance or a transferable license without the consent of the mayor will be null and void.

 Sec. 12 Be it further ordained, etc., That the licenses issued in pursuance of this ordinance shall commence on the 1st day of January and ended the 31st of December, 1894, and from year to year thereafter, and said license shall be collected in the manner provided by the charter of the town, and according to sections, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, and Act No. 150 of the General Assembly of 1890.

 Sec. 13 Be it further ordained, etc., That a person, firm or company having more than one place of business shall pay a seperate license for each place of business.

 That the collector, before issuing a license, shall swearar t the party applying for said license as the amount of his gross sales for the preceding year, and shall keep said as on file ;  and he shall also keep a register of the names, dates and amounts paid by each and every person taking out license.

 Sec. 14 Be it further ordained, etc., That this ordinance shall take effect immediately after promulgation.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/20/1894.



CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE.

Regular Session. Dec. 5th, 1881.

Present, M. P. Young Mayor, and Councilmen Bailey, Mouton, McBride, Lombard and Falk. Absent, Alpha and Revillon.

On motion, the reading of the minutes of the previous meeting was dispensed with.

The following ordinance for the prevention of vagrancy was read, and, on motion, was unanimously adopted.

Be it ordained by the City Council of Vermilionville, That all idle persons who, not having a visible means to maintain themselves, live without employment ; all persons wandering around and lodging in market places, sheds, barns, uninhabited buildings, or in the open air, and not giving a good account of themselves ; all persons wandering around and begging, or who go from door to door, or who place themselves in the streets, passages, or other public places, to beg or receive alms, shall be deemed vagrants.

Be it further ordained, etc., That it shall be the duty of the Constable or any of his deputies, whenever required by any person, to carry each vagrant before the Mayor for the purpose of examination ; and if the Mayor be satisfied by the confession of the offender , or by competent testimony, that he is a vagrant within the description aforesaid, he may fine or imprison such vagrant, the fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars, and he may cause such vagrant to work upon the streets, at the rate of one dollar per day, until the fine imposed shall have been paid ; and if such vagrant be a proper object of charity he shall send him to such place of refuge as shall be provided by the City Council.

Be it further ordained, etc, That this ordinance take effect from and after its passage.

On motion of Mr. Lombard, the Constable was ordered to enforce the ordinance in regard to sweeping or cleaning of chimneys within the limits of the Corporation.

On motion it was resolved that persons hauling logs, or buildings over bridges of the Corporation and breaking or tearing up the same, will be required to repair such bridge immediately, under the penalty of a fine not more than five dollars, nor more than five days imprisonment for each bridge broken or torn up.

On motion, it was resolved, that hereafter all persons are prohibited from driving wild cattle through the streets of this town under a penalty of not more than five dollars, or imprisonment, as the discretion of the Mayor.
On motion the Council adjourned.
N. P. YOUNG, Mayor.
H. M. Bailey, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/21/1882.




CITY COUNCIL OF VERMILIONVILLE.
Session of January 16th, 1869.

 Members present: R. Dugald, President; B. A. Salles, Henry Landry, G. C. Salles.

 Absent: Ed. Pellerin.

 On motion it was resolved, that the Collector proceed immediately to the collection of all taxes due the Corporation for the years 1866, 1867 and 1868 and also all Liceenses due for 1868 and 1869.

 On motion of B. A. Salles, it was resolved that a committee of three be and hereby appointed to examine the streets of the town for the purpose of draining the same and report at the next meeting of the Council. The president appointed Messrs. G. C. Salles, H. Landry and F. Martin on said committee.

 On motion the Council adjourned to Wednesday the 20th inst., at 3 P. M.
     W. B. Bailey,
                 Secretary.

     R. Degat,
                 President.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869.


 
Session of Jan. 20, 1869.

 Pursuant to adjournment the City Council met on this 20th day of January 1869.

 Present: R. Dugat, President; B. A. Salles, H. Landry and G. C. Salles. 

Absent: E. Pellerin.

 On motion it was resolved, that persons residing within the limits of the Corporation and having hedges growing near the street, so as to obstruct the sidewalk in any way, are hereby notified to trim the said hedges, within the the ten days next following the publication of this resolution ;  otherwise the same will be trimmed at their expense.

 On motion it was resolved, that all persons are hereby notified and forbidden not to abstruct the side walks in any manner, under penalty of a fine not less than five dollars ;  to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction.
 On motion the Council adjourned.

 WM. B. BAILEY,             R. DUGAT,
                Secretary.                President.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/23/1869.





City Council of Vermilionville.
  Regular Session, Dec. 2d, 1878.

 The City Council met this day, the Hon. J. O. Mouton, Mayor presiding and all the Councilmen present.

 The minutes of the last meeting were read, corrected and adopted.

 The committee appointed at the last meeting for the purpose of fixing the rate of taxation, &c., presented the following report, to-wit :

 "To the Honorable mayor and Members of the Town Council of Vermilionville, La. --

 The undersigned committee, appointed by your Honorable body to recommend the levying of a tax on the movable and immovable property situated within the limits of said Town and of a License Tax upon persons pursuing their professions, trades and occupations within said limits for the year 1879, respectfully submit the follwoing:

 1. They recommend that the Corporation tax for the year 1878 and collectable in the year 1879, be and remain as it is now fixed by the Charter of the Corporation, to-wit:  2 1/2 mills on the dollar.

 2. They further recommend that the follwoing License Tax be levied for the year 1879 upon all persons pursuing their professions, trades and occupations within the limits of the Corporation, viz:

Merchant $15.00
Grocer 15.00
Drugstore 20.00
Livery Stable 15.00
Cake Stand 5.00
Coffee House 40.00
Billard Table 10.00
Circus or menagerie for each day they perform 100.00
Show or exhibition for each day they perform 5.00
Theatre, Concert, or other performance per day 5.00
Side show to Circus and menageries 25.00
Peddler for each and every 5 days 2.00
Attorney at law 10.00
Physician 10.00
Ice Cream stand 5.00
Notary public 10.00
Coffee, Fruit or Soda water stand 5.00
Inn, Hotel or Boarding House 10.00

Respectfully, CHARLES P. ALPHA, HENRY LANDRY, ED. Et a MOUTON.


 On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was unanimously
    Resolved, that the report of the committee be taken up in this section.
    On motion, Resolved, that there shall be levied and collected for the year 1879, the following license, to wit:

1st from each and every merchant $15.00
2d Grocer 15.00
3rd Drugstore 25.00
4th Livery Stable 15.00
5th Cake stand 5.00
6th Coffee House 40.00
7th Billiard Table 12.50
8th Circus or Menagerie each day they perform 100.00
9th Show or Exhibition each and every day they perform 5.00
10th Theatre, Concert or other performance per day 5.00
11th Side show to Menagerie or Circus per day 25.00
12th Peddler for each and every 5 days 2.50
13th Attorney at Law 12.50
14th Physician 12.50
15th Ice Cream stand 5.00
16th Notary Public 10.00
17th Coffee, Fruit or Soda water stand 5.00
18th Inn Hotel, or Boarding House 10.00


On the motions to adopt the report of the committee on the Drugstore license of 20.00 ; the Livery stable license of $15.00 ; and the Coffee House license of 10.00 ; the motions were adopted by the following vote : 
 Ayes: Lindsay, Alpha, Landry, and Ed. McBride.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Ed. McBride seconded by Mr. Lindsay, the license of $10 on Billard tables as reported by the committee, was increased to $12.50 by the following vote:
Ayes: Ed McBride, Lindsay, Alpha, Vigneaux and Landry.
Noes: R. L. McBride and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on attorneys as reported by the committee was increased to $12.50 by the following vote:
Ayes: Ed. McBride, Lindsay, Alpha and Landry.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Mr. Lindsay seconded by Mr. Alpha, the license of $10 on Physicians as reported by the committee was increased to $12.50 by the follwoing votes:
Ayes: Lindsay, Alpha, Landry and Ed. McBride.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Vigneaux and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr. Alpha seconded by Mr. Lindsay, it was
 Resolved, that the report of the committee be and is hereby adopted as amended as a whole ;  and that all former laws on the same subject matter be and is hereby repealed. Upon which motion the following vote was taken:
Ayes: Landry, Alpha, Lindsay and Ed. McBride.
Noes: R. L. McBride, Hebert and Vigneaux.

 On motion of Mr. Vigneaux seconded by Mr. Hebert, it was
 Resolved, that the tariff on meats passed by the Council
at its session of June 14th, 1878 be amended so as to read as follows ; for retailing a beef or cow 0 cents, per quarter 12 1/2 cents, a calf 2 years old or under 25 cents, per quarter 6 1/4 cents. Motion lost by the following vote:
Ayes: Lindsay and Vigneaux.
Noes: Alpha, R. L. McBride, Landry and Hebert.

 On motion of Mr, Alpha seconded by Ed. McBride, it was
 Resolved, That the Corporation Attorney be and is hereby requested to wait upon the Hon. H. D. Guidry, the Representative from this Parish in the next General Assembly of the State, and solicit his action upon the question of having the Corporation Charter amended in this particular, viz: That the Corporation Constitution be hereafter voted for and elected to his office by the people of the Corporation at the yearly elections held for Mayor and members of the Council of this town, instead of being appointed to said office by the members elect of said Council. Adopted by the following vote:
Ayes: Alpha, Landry, Ed. McBride, Lindsay and Hebert.
Noes: R. L. McBride and Vigneaux.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
             J. O. MOUTON, Mayor.
    H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1879. 


City Council of Vermilionville.

 At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held Dec 7th, 1872, were present : W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux.

 Absent : B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and

 On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five dollars, for each and every offense.

 The following account was presented and approved :

 W. O. Smith $6.30.

 On motion, the Council adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H.M. Bailey, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1873.



POLICE JURY.
Special Meeting.
October 24th, 1872.

Members present: J. J. Caffery, President, and Messrs. Ones.Broussard, Landry, Hebert and Leblanc ; absent :  Messrs. Caruthers and M. G. Broussard.

 The minutes of the previous meeting was read and approved.

 The president announced that the object of convening the Jury, was for the settlement of old business.

 On motion, one hundred dollars was appropriated for material to repair the Royville road, and R. Leblanc was authorized to contract to have the work done.

 After discussion and upon taking the vote on the payment of the account of L. E. Salles, for two hundred and fifty dollars, for furnishing clothing, food and lodging for Celestin and Arthemise, from Nov., 1870 to Nov. 1872, on motion of Mr. Broussard the yeas and neas were ordered to be spread upon the minutes ;  Messrs. Leblanc, Hebert and Caffery voted yes, and Messrs. Broussard and Landry voted nay.

 On motion, one hundred and twenty-five dollars was allowed to L. E. Salles for the care and maintenance of Celestin and Artemise, for one year to begin the first of January next.

 The following accounts were approved and warrants ordered to issue for the same: G. Landry, $125, A. Monnier, $146, F. Martin, $100, $315, F. Gardner, $140, S. W. Jones, $10, A. Billeaud, $30, S. J. Montgomery, $25.45, A. Judice, $5, I. Chapman, $2 and $10, Edgar Mouton, $2.40, W. Brandt, $75, J. J. Caffery, $5, L. Broussard, $7, D. O. Broussard, $4.50, H. M. Bailey, $30, Jules Guidry, $7, and $20, L. Hirah, $5.50.

 On motion, the Police Jury then adjourned.
  A. J. MOSS, Clerk; J. J. CAFFERY, Clerk.
   Lafayette Advertiser 1/25/1879.




City Council.

 Lafayette, La., Dec. 27, 1898. -- The City Council met this day in special session with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Councilmen Davidson, Mouton, Hahn, Martin, Landry, Hopkins. Absent: Bru.

 The mayor stated the meeting was called in response to the following petition:

 Lafayette, La., Dec. 26, 1898. -- To the Hon. Chas. D. Caffery, Mayor of the Town of Lafayette, La.: -- We, the undersigned members of the City Council, would respectfully that you call a special meeting of the Council at once, in order to reconsider, if possible action on liquor dealers recently adopted by our body.

         G. A. MARTIN, A. E. MOUTON, JOHN HAHN, J. A. LANDRY, J. J. DAVIDSON.

 Thereupon, Dr. Martin moved, seconded by Mr. Mouton, that the license ordinance relative to retail liquor dealers, be amended so as to conform to the following schedule, to wit:

 Class I. When the said gross annual receipts are $10,000 or more and less than $15,000, the license shall be $400.

 Class 2. When the said gross annual receipts are $7,500 or more and less than $10,000, the license shall be $300.

 Class 3. When the said gross annual receipts are $5,000 or less, the license shall be $200.

 Provided, however, that said ordinance, except as hereby amended, remain in full force and effect.

 On call of the roll the vote stood as follows: Yeas -- Mouton, Hahn, Martin, Landry.  Nays -- Davidson and Hopkins.

 The mayor then stated that the ordinance as originally adopted was manifestly in the interest of the people, and moreover that the revenue to be derived therefrom was absolutely necessary to meet the expenses of the coming year, and for these reasons that the would exercise the right conferred upon him by charter and did thereupon veto said amendment.
     The Council then adjourned.
         CHAS. D. CAFFERY,

 J. J. DAVIDSON. Lafayette Gazette 1/28/1899.


An Impromptu Bath.
A lack of light.

 
History tells us that Diogene carried a lighted lantern in the full glare of the noon-day sun, to find his way amongst the intricate streets of the city, which he inhabited. The old man's eye-sight must surely have failed him, or his wisdom and knowledge were not applied as they should have been. Be that as it may, we are now living in an age where man's knowledge and wisdom are generally applied in a more practical way.

We certainly can find our way in the glare of the noon-day sun; but when the shade of the evening surrounds us, and when we are deprived of the sight of the Celestial body that gives us its light by night; we, of this city, are in a pitiable condition.

It is fact that we have many lamp posts, each one bearing a lamp encased in a square lantern but what is the use of such an extravagance if we have only a poor smoky, vacillating, flickering light.

The night we have mentioned was dark, the rain was falling, the pedestrians were slipping, and the progress of a two-legged locomotion reminded one of a turtle's attempt to run. One step forward, two backward.

A citizen tired by his day's toil was trying amidst the above discouragements to reach his home, when all of a sudden a noise which can be designated by the word sp-l-a-s-h, took place, in which he was the only participant and he found himself going down in a watery side ditch.

The next morning in surveying the spot where he had received a special blessing of darkness, he found to his dismay.... a lamp post, with the regulation lamp, which the wind had probably blown out.

This lack of light caused an impromptu bath.

But we rejoice in the fact that hereafter we shall have in that portion of the town electric lights, though we don't see any posts to receive the apparatus but we must be patient.

Should we fail to get them, which might be probable, we might present a petition to our Honorable Council praying to furnish each citizen of the dark portion of the town with a small foot-lantern which can be attached in front of the shoe, which mode of light was a la mode in Jerusalem, from David's time until the year 1858.

We all need light, specially dark nights.

A limb broken, injuries received by such accidents would bring a good and successful law suit upon the hands of our town council.

A word to the wise is insufficient.

Lafayette Advertiser 1/29/1898. 





THE PRESENT ADMINISTRATION TICKET.

 We publish in another column the platform and ticket announced by the present City Council through the mails last Saturday. That the incumbent city administration would stand for re-election was generally known and their announcement was only what was expected. That they would pledge themselves to a continuation of the same methods in the administration of affairs was also expected; but that the people of Lafayette will endorse them by re-election is a question to be determined by the primary soon to be ordered.

 The announcement of a strong opposition ticket is good evidence that the administration of affairs by the present City Council has not met with the approval of a large number of citizens. The character of the new ticket, which is a thoroughly representative one, is still further evidence, and the fact that the new ticket numbers among its strong supporters men who have been active and zealous in promoting the best interests of the town, men who have not hesitated to invest their money largely in Lafayette, and who therefore certainly ought to desire only the welfare of the town, is additional evidence that there is serious objection to allowing the conduct of affairs to remain in the hands of the present city administration.

 This opposition, is not, of course, a reflection in any way upon the personal character of the members of the present administration. It is simply a disagreement as to methods and to judgment.

 There were a number of things which the present administration has done which it is believed should either not have been done or done differently, and for that reason those who are responsible for and are supporting the new ticket want a change, and they want the change having only in view an administration of affairs more in accord with what they believe for the best interests of the town.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/30/1907.


   City Council of Vermilionville.

 At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held December 7th, 1872, were present: W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and 
  On motion it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution, any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off fire-crackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., &c., within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of FIVE DOLLARS, for each and every offence.

 The following account was presented and approved :

 W. O. Smith,       $6.80.

 On motion the Council adjourned.
  H. BAILEY,               W. O. SMITH,
    Secretary.                            Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/1/1873. 



City Council Meets.

The City Council held a regular meeting Monday night. Their most important acts were; the purchase of 300 feet of hose from the Lacoste Hardware Co., and 300 feet from Denbo & Nickerson; the appropriation of $2,000 for the public schools, and the passing of an ordinance, upon petition of the property owners, for laying a cement walk on the south side of Lee Ave. Reports were filed by the Finance Committee, Treasurer, Collector, and Mayor, and a number of bills were approved.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.





City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La., Jan.  1904.

 A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day, with Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: F. Demanade, A. E. Mouton, J. O. Mouton, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield, G. A. Deblanc. Absent: D. V. Gardebled.

 The minutes of regular and special meetings were adopted as read. Petition from property owners on Main street between Lafayette and St. John streets praying  for a cement walk between the points named and signed by Mrs. B. Falk, I. Bendel, S. Begnaud, Alida Primeaux, L. F. Guerre and Homer Bailey was presented to the Council.

 Petition was accepted. Width of walk to be 6 feet according to specifications furnished by street committee. Other petition from property owners praying for a cement walk on Lafayette street between Vermilion and Main streets, west side, was presented to the Council and same was accepted unanimously.

AN ORDINANCE, to levy, assess and collect special taxes from owners of abutting property, to meet the cost of the cement walks and curbing heretofore ordered by this Council between the Crescent News Hotel and the Court House square, and between F. Demanade's store and the catholic church, under the provisions of Act 147 of the Legislature of 1902.

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that for the purpose of paying for the cement walks and curbing thereto, hereto far order ordered by this Council, and contracted for, being the Crescent News Hotel and Court House square, and between F. Demanade's store and the Catholic church, in said town, there is hereby levied, assessed and shall be collected from the owners of the real estate abutting said walks, a special tax or local assessment, based upon their respective frontage, (at the rate of one 36-100 dollars per running feet) as follows:

 From the owners of the real estate and lots abutting said walk between the Crescent News Hotel and Court House square, there shall be collected the following amounts, to-wit:

 1. From Thornwell Fay, as owner of the square of ground upon which is located the Crescent News Hotel, for one hundred and sixty-three 7-12 feet on the north east side (Grand avenue) and three hundred and twelve 6-12 feet on north west side (Lincoln avenue) on said square, the sum of six hundred and forty seven 49-100 dollars $647.49. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 2. From James G. Parkerson (estate of Mrs. E. H. Parkerson) as owner of square known as Mansion Block on Lincoln avenue for four hundred 6-12 feet on north west side of said square, the sum of five hundred forty four 68-100 dollars. $544.68. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 3. From the Protestant Episcopal church (church of the Ascension) for fifty feet on said walk, the sum of sixty-eight dollars. $68.00. Cost of pipe $1.00

 4. From Andre M. Martin, for seventy-seven 6-12 feet, on said walk being lot No. 203, on Pierce street, the sum of one hundred and five dollars. $105.40. Cost of drain pipe $1.00. From Andre M. Martin for pillars for gallery, $4.00.

 5. From Danton J. Veazey for seventy-five 3-12 feet on said walk being lot No. 204 on pierce street, one hundred and two 40-100 dollars. $102.40. From same for pillars, $4.00. From same for drain pipe, $1.00.

 6. From Mrs. Demas Delahoussaye for seventy-two feet on said walk on Pierce street, lot No. 205, the sum of ninety-seven 92-100. $97.92. Cost of drain pipe, $1.00.

 7. From Leo Doucet for sixty-seven 8-12 feet on said walk on Pierce street, the sum of ninety-two 14-100 dollars. $92.14. Pillars paid for. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 8. From George Doucet for twenty-eight feet on said walk on Pierce street, part lot 206 the sum of thirty-eight 08-100 dollars. $38.08. Pillars paid for.

 9. From Mouton Brothers, for ninety-eight feet on said walk on Pierce street, lot No. 207 the sum of one hundred and thirty-three 28-100 dollars $133.28. From same for pillar, $2.64. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 10. From Mrs. M. F. Rigues for seventy-six feet on Pierce street on said walk, the sum of one hundred and three 36-100 dollars. $103.36. Drain pipe, $1.0o.

 11. From Mrs. S. Kahn for thirty-five feet on Pierce street on said walk, the sum of forty-seven 60-100 dollars. $47.60. From same for pillars. $4.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 12. From F. F. Carter for eighty-five 5-12 feet on said walk on Pierce street, the sum of one hundred and fifteen 91-100 dollars. $115.91. From same for 10 pillars, $10.00. Drain pipe, 1.00.

 13. From Mrs. L. Nollive for forty feet on Jefferson street in said walk the sum of fifty-four 40-100 dollars. $54.40. From same for 3 pillars, $4.06. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 14. From Arnaud Bacquie for fifty-six feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of seventy-six 16-100 dollars. $76.16. From same for 4 pillars $4.06.

 15. From Mrs. Ellen Mouton for forty-eight feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of sixty-five 28-100 dollars. $65.28. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 16. From P. Bienvenue Roy for one hundred and fifty feet on Jefferson street on said walk, the sum of two hundred and four dollars. $204.00. From same for 12 pillars. $12.00. Drain pipes, $2.00.

 17. From Nathaniel P. Moss for one hundred and twenty-five feet on Jefferson street on said walk the sum of one hundred and seventy dollars. $170.00 From same for 9 pillars, $9.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 18. From First National Bank forty-one 6-12 feet on south side of Vermilion street on said walk, the sum of fifty-five 76-100 dollars. $55.76. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 19. From Nathaniel P. Moss for thirty-four feet on south of Vermilion street the sum of forty-six 24-100 dollars. $46.24. Drain pipe $1.oo.

 20. From Mrs. John Graser for thirty-five 1/2 feet on the south side of Vermilion street the sum of forty-eight 28-100 dollars. $48.28. Drain pipe $1.00.

 21. From Orther C. Mouton for thirty-five 1/4 feet on south side Vermilion street the sum of forty-seven 94-100 dollars. $47.94. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 22. From Gustave Lacoste for one hundred and forty-seven 1/2 feet on south side of Vermilion street. (lot No.63) the sum of two hundred 26-100 dollars. $200.26. From same for 8 pillars, $8.00. Drain pipe, $1.oo.

 23. From Levy Brothers for one hundred and forty-four 1/2 feet on south side of Vermilion street (lot No. 48) the sum of one hundred and ninety-six 52-100. $196.52. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 24. From Maurice Mouton for thirty-five feet on south side of Vermilion street (part of lot No. 47) the sum of forty-seven 60-100 dollars. $47.60. Drain pipe, $1.00. Pillars, $4.00.

 25. From L. Felix Salles for one hundred and six feet on south side of Vermilion street and one hundred and two 1/2 feet on east side Lafayette street (lot No. 47) the sum of two hundred and eighty-three 55-100 dollars. $283.56. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 26. From A. J. LeBlanc for forty-eight 1/2 feet on east side of Lafayette street (part lot No. 46) the sum of sixty-five 86-100 dollars. $65.86. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 27. From LeBlanc & LeBlanc for forty-six feet on east side Lafayette street (part lot No. 46) the sum of sixty-two 56-100 dollars. $62.56. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 28. From estate of F. Lombard (John Vigneaux, dative tutor of the Minors George and Horta Lombard) for one hundred and six and 1/2 feet on east side of Lafayette street (lot No. 45) the sum of one hundred and forty-four 84-100 dollars. $144.84. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 And from owners of lots and real estate abutting, said walk from F. Demanade's store to the Catholic church there shall be collected the following amount, to-wit:

 1. From Felix Demanade for forty-three feet on the north side of Vermilion street (part lot No. 230) the sum of fifty-eight 48-100 dollars. $58.48. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 2. From Mrs. James Higginbotham for fifty-one 7-12 feet same street (part lot No. 230) the sum of seventy 13-100 dollars. $70.13. From same for pillars, $5.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 3. From Jos. A. Chargois for fifty-six feet same street (lot No. 250) the sum of seventy-six 16-100 dollars. $76.16. From same for three pillars, $3.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 4. From R. J. & R. H. Tanner for fifty-three feet on same street, the sum of seventy-two 08-100 dollars. $72.08. Pillars, $4.00.

 5. From Jos. Pizzo for one hundred and twelve feet 1/4 feet on same street, the sum of one hundred and fifty-two 66-100 dollars. $152.66 from same for 12 pillars $12.00 drain pipe $1.00.

 6. From Pierre B. Roy for two hundred and seven feet on same street (lots No.       and part of lot No.  ) the sum of two hundred and eighty-one 52-100 dollars. $281.52. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 7. From Nathaniel P. Moss, for seventy-five feet on same street (part lot No. 4) the sum of one hundred and two dollars. $102.00 pillars. $9.00 drain pipe $1.00.

 8. From Mrs. George C. Babcock for one hundred and forty feet on same street, (lot No. 127) the sum of one hundred and ninety 40-100 dollars. $190.40. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 9. From Gustave Lacoste for one hundred feet on same street (lot No. 120) the sum of one hundred and ninety 40-100 dollars. Pillars, $7.00. Drain pipe, $100.

 10. From Albert Delahousaye for ninety-eight feet 1/2 feet on same street (part lot No. 119) the sum of one hundred and thirty-three 96-100 dollars. $133.96 from same. For ten pillars $10.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

  11. From Joseph Montalbano for thirty-five 9-12 feet on same street (part lot No. 119) the sum of forty-eight dollars $48.00 from same for four pillars $4.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 12. From Henry H. Hohorst for one hundred and forty-seven 1/2 feet lot 112 in same street, the sum of two hundred 60-100 dollars. $200.60 cents. From save for seven pillars, $7.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 13. From Jos. Meleton for one hundred and forty-six feet on same street (lot No. 111) the sum of one hundred and ninety-eight 56-100 dollars. $198.56. From same for 7 pillars, $7.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 14. From John O. Mouton for one hundred and forty-nine feet on same street (lot No. 104)  the sum of two hundred and two 64-100 dollars. $202.64. Pillars $4.00.

 15. From Dr. Dr. J. Franklin Mouton for forty-six 1/2 feet on same street (part of lot No. 1o3) the sum of fifty-eight 38-100 dollars $58.38. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 16. From Frank E. Moss for two hundred and forty-nine feet on same street (lot No. 96) the sum of three hundred and thirty-eight 64-100 dollars. $338.64. Drain pipe$1.00.

 17. From P. Gerac Estate for one  hundred and four feet on St. John (lot No. 16) the sum of one hundred and forty-one 44-100 dollars. $141.44. For nine pillars, $9.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 18. Mrs. W. B. Bailey for ninety-seven 1/2 feet on St John St (lot No. 15) the sum of one hundred and thirty-two 26-100 dollars. $132.26. Pillars, $4.00. Drain pipe, $1.00.

 19. From J. Edward Martin for two hundred and twenty-five feet on St. John St. (lots Nos. 13 and 14) the sum of three hundred and six dollars. $306.00. Drain pipe $1.00.

 Be it further ordained that the said sum shall be due and collectable within ten days of the completion of said walk, and acceptance of the same by the City Council in the manner provided by the ordinance requiring said walks to be built, and if not paid within ten days then that suit shall be brought against said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment and moreover that as provided by said Act of the Legislature, this Council shall have a special privilege on said property, to secure the payment of said sum thus assessed, with six per-cent per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, such privilege shall effect third persons from the date of the registry of the assessment in the mortgage book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further ordained that the cost of registering said assessment shall be borne by the delinquent.

 Property owners on North side Main street having presented a petition for a cement walk, the same was duly considered, and the following ordinance was then adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of this ordinance adopted October 5, 1903, entitled. "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of Act. No. 147 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State, of the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that a cement walk, six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this council, be built along the following route, to-wit. Starting at the North side of Main street to St. John street.

 Be it further ordained that public notice be given for ten days of this ordinance, moreover, calling for bids to do said work, which bids may include both the cement and plank walks, or for either, and that the contract for said work shall be let to the lowest bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for the faithful compliance of said work.

 Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walks shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the faces of the respective frontage of the property on said sidewalk, which amounts shall be due and collectable within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council of this town, and if not paid within ten days, the Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate, to collect said delinquent assessment, and for the payment of said sum assessed, This Council shall have a special privilege on said properties, with six per cent, per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons, from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may, and they are hereby authorized, in their discretion, to accept said work or any part thereof, by sections of any one or more blocks.

 Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walks, or of said plank walks, then, that said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same, to be constructed, as provided by said act No. 147 of 1902.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.

 CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/3/1904.




City Council of Vermilionville.


Session of January 16th, 1869.

Members present: R. Dugat, President, B. A. Salles, Henry Landry, G. C. Salles. Absent: Ed. Pellerin.

 On motion it was resolved, that the Collector proceed immediately to the collection of all taxes due the Corporation for the years 1866, 1867 and 1868, and also all Licenses due for 1868 and 1869.

 On motion of B. A. Salles, it was resolved that a committee of three be and are hereby appointed to examine the streets of the town for the purpose of draining the same and report at the next meeting of the Council. The president appointed Messrs. G. C. Salles, H. Landry and F. Martin on said committee.


 On motion it was resolved, that persons residing within the limits of the Corporation and having hedges growing near the street, so as to obstruct the sidewalk in any way, are hereby notified to trim the said hedges, within the ten days next ten days next following the publication of this resolution; otherwise the same will be trimmed at their expense.

 On motion it was resolved, that all persons are hereby notified and forbidden not to obstruct the side walks in any manner, under penalty of a fine not less than five dollars; to be recovered before any court of competent jurisdiction.

 On motion the Council adjourned to Wednesday the 20th. inst., at 3 p. m.
W. B. BAILEY, Secretary.
R. DUGAT, President.
Laf. Advertiser 2/6/1869.




City Council of Vermilionville.

 At a special meeting of the City Council of the Corporation of Vermilionville, held December 7th, 1872, were present : W. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. J. J. Revillon, H. Landry, J. N. Judice, Aug. Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles and R. L. McBride.

 The reading of the minutes were dispensed with, and

 On motion, it was resolved, That from and after the first publication of this resolution,  any and all persons are hereby prohibited from firing off firecrackers, rockets, roman candles, &c., within the limits of Vermilionville, and any person or persons violating the provisions of this resolution, will be fined in the sum of Five Dollars, for each and every offence.

 The following account was presented and approved :

 W. O. Smith          $6.30.
 On motion the Council Adjourned.
W. O. SMITH, Mayor.
H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Laf. Advertiser 2/8/1873.




City Council Proceedings.

 Lafayette, La. Jan. 17th, 1901.
A Special meeting of the City Council was held this day. Mayor Chas. D. Caffery presiding, members present, C. O. Mouton, J. E. Martin, F. E. Girard, G. A. DeBlanc, F. Demanade, absent J. O. Mouton.

 The Resignation of Dr. F. E. Girard,  as health officer and member of Municipal Board of Health was read.

 Moved by G. A. DeBlanc seconded by J. E. Martin, that said resignation be accepted, carried.

 Moved by F. E. Girard seconded by H. Hohorst, that the Mayor appoint a committee of three to take care of a small pox case, adopted.

 Committee appointed by Mayor H. Hohorst, F. E. Girard and F. Demanade.

 Moved by C. O. Mouton seconded by G. A. DeBlanc that said committee be authorized to appoint a Physician to treat said small pox case, and have full power to act, in order to prevent the spread of infection, adopted.

 Moved by C. O. Mouton, seconded by G. A. DeBlanc, that the Council appoint a City Board of Health, adopted.

 The following named gentlemen, were appointed on said Board.

 Messrs. Wm. Clegg, Dr. J. D. Trahan, Dr. G. A. Martin, Dr. F. R. Tolson and Dr. N. P. Moss.

 Moved and duly seconded that a committee of two be appointed to notify the above Board of their appointment, adopted.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
   CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
   LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/9/1901.


Lafayette City Council.
Feb. 4th, 1901.

 A regular meeting of the City council was held this day.....

and among other business...

 Moved by G. A. DeBlanc, seconded by F. Demanade that the City employ at the rate of $20.00 per month subject to be used for whatever work there may be at hand, carried.

 Mr. C. O. Mouton reported having notified the members of the Board of Health of their appointments and all have refused to act as members of said Board.

 A communication from citizens and Taxpayers asking for an appropriation for a Colored school was presented to the Council.

 Moved and duly seconded that action on above communication be deferred to next regular meeting, carried.

 Moved by G. A. DeBlanc seconded by F. E. Girard, that action of the Council in rejecting Mr. J. C. Nickerson's bill for lumber be reconsidered, and that same be approved and warrant drawn for same Motion carried.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
  CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
  LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
  Laf. Advertiser 2/9/1901.




CITY COUNCIL.

Among other business....

 The mayor reported that the work of widening Pierce and Jefferson streets is progressing favorably and asked the ratification by the Council of the following contracts made by him with abutting owners to-wit:

 Contract with Mrs. Fannie Schmulen also contract with Mr. Antoine Deffez dated Jan.29, 1904 and thereupon that it was moved seconded and carried that same be and is hereby ratified by Council. Also extra money in the sum of One Hundred Dollars over contract price paid L. H. Thompson for work in moving Mrs. Schmulens buildings, is approved, also item of $45.00 paid for moving J. J. Mouton's store sideways.

 Petition from property owners on Lee avenue praying for cement walk on south side received and accepted, and the following ordinance adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance adopted and by virtue of an ordinance adopted October 5, 1903, entitled "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of Act No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this State, of the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that a cement walk six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this Council, be built along the following routes, to wit:

 1. Starting from Vermilion street and its intersection with Lee avenue, and going thence on the east side of said Lee avenue to Sixth street to Grant avenue, and thence on the southwest side of Grand avenue to the Crescent City Hotel.

 2. Starting from Main street in said town at its intersection with Lafayette street and going north on the west side of Lafayette street to Vermilion street/

 Be it further ordained that public notice be given ten days of this ordinance and moreover calling for bids to do said work, and that the contract for said work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for faithful performance  of said contract and the completion of said work.

 Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walk shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the basis of the respective frontage of said real estate which amounts shall be due and collectible within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council of this town, and if not paid within ten days the Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment and for the payment of said sums so assessed.

 This Council shall have a special privilege on said property, with six per cent annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all the claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons, from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may and are hereby authorized in their discretion to accept said work, or any part thereof, by sections of one or more blocks.

 Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walk, then that said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same to be constructed, as provided by said Act No. 147 of 1902.

 Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect immediately after promulgation.

 Moved seconded and carried that it is hereby prohibited for all owners of wagons and carts and other vehicles to back the same against the cement walks of this town or to unload  their freight in such a way as to injure or damage the said walks and that a fine of not less than $2.50 not more than $10.00 is hereby imposed for each and every violation of this ordinance.

 There being no further business the Council adjourned.
 CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/10/1904.



City Council.

 Lafayette, La., Feb, 1900.

Among other business...

 Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by DeBlanc, that smallpox guards be allowed $1.50 per day. Carried.

 Moved and duly seconded that finance committee's report be accepted. Motion carried.

 Moved by F. E. Girard, seconded by Mr. Martin that Mr. Falk be paid $5 for one month's rent for cabin where smallpox patient was buried and that body be removed to pest-house grounds for burial. Motion carried. 
Wm. CAMPBELL, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 2/10/1900.






City Council Proceedings.

Fire Hose Defective.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 8, 1905.

A regular meeting of the City Council was held this day with Mayor Chas. D. Caffery, presiding; members present, A. E. Mouton, John O. Mouton, M. Rosefield, Felix Demanade, Geo. A. Deblanc, D. V. Gardebled, H. H. Fontenot.

Moved and seconded that minutes of last regular meeting be approved as read. Carried.

Mr. Gus Schmulen, Doctor H. P. Beeler, committee from Home Fire Co., reported that the rubber hose in possession of said Company, purchased from the Lacoste Hardware Store, being 200 feet, had proven defective, and satisfied the council that said hose was in fact not such as had been contracted for thereupon the following was adopted:
 

Resolved, that The Lacoste Hardware Store be formally notified that said hose purchased of them has proven defective and not up to specifications under which the same was sold and that this council will look to them to make good their guarantee without delay.

Resolved further that the hose in the possession of the other Fire Company purchased from said Lacoste Hardware store be examined and if found with the same defective condition that the same be also condemned, and the attention of said Lacoste Hardware Store be called thereto and then be required to replace the same; and that the President and Foreman of said companies make said examinations and report on the same without delay to the Mayor. Carried.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/15/1905.







CITY COUNCIL.
Lafayette, La. Feb. 3, 1901.

Among other business....

 The waterworks and electric light committee reported that the pipes for work ordered at last meeting were on the ground and work would be started as soon as weather permitted, also poles for extension of lights had been ordered.

A petition signed by more than one-third of the property tax-payers of this town, asking that a special election be ordered to take the sense of the property tax-payers of this town upon a proposition to levy special taxes for public improvements therein named, was presented to the Council and read, and thereupon the following ordinance was unanimously adopted:

 AN ORDINANCE, Ordering a special election in accordance with Act 131 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State of the year 1898, and Article 232 of the Constitution, at which there shall be submitted to the property tax-payer of the incorporated town of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote under the general election laws of said State, the question of levying special aggregating five mills on the dollar per annum on the assessed valuation of property therein for a period of twenty-five years beginning with the first day of January 1902, and the issuance of bonds thereon for the following purposes to-wit:

1. To procure grounds and buildings for a first-class, modern High School.

 2. The extension of the water mains of said town, and for the extension of the electric light system therein.

 3. To procure ground and building for a first-class public market house.

 4. To call in and redeem outstanding bonds for the sum of thirty thousand dollars bearing six per cent annual interest issued under Act 90 of the Acts of the Legislature of this  State of 1896, to obtain a present water and light system of this town, said outstanding bonds to be replaced by five per cent bonds with greater length of time for redemption ;  said tax being set forth in detail in the body of this ordinance, and said election being ordered in conformity with the petition of more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said town, same being hereto annexed and made part hereof; and providing further for the mode of holding said election, making returns thereof, etc.

 Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., in regular session convened that a special election is hereby ordered and shall be held in said town of Lafayette, La., on Thursday, April 3, 1902, at which election there shall be held in said town of Lafayette, La., on Thursday, April 3, 1902, at which election there shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State, the question of levying the following special taxes to-wit:

 1. To procure grounds and buildings for a first-class modern High School for white children in said town, a special tax of one mill and half on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in said town, on which tax bonds shall be issued for the sum of $24,000.

 2. For the extension of the water  mains and electric light system of said town, a special tax of one mill on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in said town, upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $14,000.

 3. To procure the ground and building for a first-class public market-house a special tax of one-half of one mill on the dollar upon the valuation of property aforesaid shall be levied and collected, and upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $12,000.

 4. To retire and replace the outstanding bonds issued under Act 90 of 1896 for the present water and light system and special tax of two mills on the dollar of the assessed valuation of property in said town and upon which bond shall be issued for the sum of $30,000; there being submitted at one and the same time to said tax-payers the question of issuing bonds for the amounts hereinabove set forth in order to render said special taxes available by obtaining the money for immediate use; said election being ordered in conformity in all respects with the petition of more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said town hereto annexed and made part of this ordinance; said taxes are to be levied and collected according to law and the terms of this ordinance, and said petition of property tax-payers being in words and figures as follows, to-wit:

 To the Honorable Mayor and members of the City Council of Lafayette, La.

 We, the undersigned property tax-payers of the corporation of Lafayette, Louisiana, being and constituting one-third of the total number of property tax-payers of said town, entitled to vote under the provisions of the State constitution, respectfully show that the following described public improvements are urgent public necessities in said town, to-wit:

 1. Grounds and buildings for a first-class modern High School (for white children), requiring not less than $24,000.

 2. The extension of the water mains of said town, for the extinguishing of fire and other purposes, and also the extension of the electric light system for additional street lights and for private lighting, requiring not less than $14,000.

 3. Ground and building for a first-class public market-house, requiring not less than $12,000.

 And petitioners further show that there are outstanding $30,000 of six per cent bonds issued under Act number 90 of the acts of the Legislature of 1896, to obtain the present water and light system of this town, and that it is to the best interest of said town that the said bonds should be called in and replaced by five per cent bonds with a greater length of time for redemption;

 Wherefore, we respectfully petition your honorable body to order a special election in said town of Lafayette, Louisiana, under the constitution and laws of the State, for the purpose of a ascertaining and determining whether or not it is the sense and desire of the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette, that special taxes based upon the assessed valuation of property of said town according to the official rolls, be assessed, levied and collected for twenty-five years, beginning with the year 1902, at the rates and for the purposes hereinafter set forth, upon which tax, and the public faith and credit of said town, negotiable bonds shall be issued by the City Council of said town, in such denominations as may be found convenient, bearing five per cent, per annum interest (interest payable annually) payable in twenty-five years with right to call in the same as said tax is collected. And the rates of said taxes and the purposes of which they are levied and intended, and said bonds issued, are now declared to be as follows:

 1. To procure grounds and buildings for a first-class, modern public High School in said town, a special tax of one and one-half (1-1/2) mills on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property aforesaid shall be levied and collected, on which tax bonds shall be issued for the sum of $24,000.

 2. For the extension of the water mains and electric light system as herein set forth, a special tax of one (1) mill on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property aforesaid, shall  be levied and collected, upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $14,o00.

 3. To procure the ground and building for a first-class, public market-house, a special tax of one-half (1/2) of one mill on the dollar upon the valuation of property aforesaid, shall be levied and collected, and upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $12,000.

 4. To retire and replace the outstanding bonds issued under Act. 90 of 1896 for the present water and light system, a special tax of two (2) mills on the dollar of the assessed valuation aforesaid, shall be levied and collected, and upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $30,000.

 All of which taxes shall be levied and collected and said bonds issued for the time and in the manner as hereinabove set forth, and the title to said improvements shall lie in said municipality, and subject to the control of the City Council, and said bonds shall not be sold for less than par.

 Moreover the net revenue derived from the operation of said public market shall be used to pay said $12,000 of bonds, which shall be distinguished from the other bonds described in this petition; and in case of necessity that the City Council shall have the power to expropriate ground for said improvements, upon the payment of just and reasonable compensation to the owner.

 And we further petition that said propositions be submitted to the qualified voters at said election, in such manner that the voter may vote separately on each "for" or "against," as he may desire.

 (Signed):  Wm. Campbell, Wm. Clegg, Orther C. Mouton, Chas. O. Mouton, F. Demanade, Chas. D. Caffery, J. G. Parkerson, S. R. Parkerson, Jno. Whittington, N. P. Moss, F. V. Mouton, J. C. Nickerson, Julien Mouton, Louis Lacoste, Homer Mouton, F. E. Davis, Victor Levy, Frank F. Moss, D. L. Caffery, Albert Delahoussaye, H. H. Hohorst, Sidney J. Veazey, E. Mouisset, John Vigneaux, Geo. A. DeBlanc, B. J. Pellerin, R. C. Greig, A. T. Caillouet, John O. Mouton, W. J. Mouton, L. F. Rigues, J. Alfred Mouton, Sidney Mouton, C. M. Parkerson, H. C. Salles, J. A. Roy, Jules J. Mouton, J. A. Landry, F. R. Tolson, B. Falk, F. E. Girard, F. H. Mouton, F. K. Hopkins, J. J. Davidson, Isaac Plonsky, A. J. LeBlanc, Mrs. E. Constantin, Gaston Veazey,  J. B. Vandergriff, F. C. Triay, L. J. Serrett, People's Cotton Oil Co. per T. M. B. G. M., Leopold Lacoste, Anaize Courquet, Marte Courquet, Minor Meriwether, J. F. Mouton, T. M. Biossat, Levy Bros., V. Levy & Co., Wm. and Mose Levy,  W. A. Broussard, T. B. Hopkins Jr., for Lafayette Drug Co., C. H. Melchert, J. R. Domengeaux, Mrs. J. S. Whittington, Miss Mary Whittington per Mrs. J. S. Whittington, Miss Mary Whittington per Mrs. J. S. W., Crow Girard, Mrs. M. E. Girard per C. D. B., Mrs. Beraud, Felix O. Broussard, B. F. Anderson, Mrs. L. M. Creighton X her mark; witness C. D. C., B. Miller, L. Hirsch, Chas. Debaillon, Thomas Mouton, Frank H. Clark, Alfred A. Bonnet, M. Rosenfield, E. Pefferkorn, A. Prudhomme & Co. per A. Prudhomme,  T. A. McFaddin, Mrs. W. D. Huff, O. B. Hopkins, G. A. Martin M. D., S. E. Yandle, P. Krauss, F. Schmulen, H. Van der Cruyssen, P. M. Girard, Joseph Dauriac, A. B. Denbo, F. E. Voorhies, A. A. Mouton, James Hannen, Miss Ida Mouton, Mrs. Estelle Monnier, Suc. of A. J. Moss per N. P. Moss, G. Joseph, T. D. Coleman, P. H. Bailey, C. Debaillon, (reserving the right to vote against the public market.) A. and M. Debaillon, per M. Debaillon, J. T. Allingham, Mrs. Ant. Guidry, Thos. B. Hopkins, Mrs. Odeide Mouton, Paul Demanade, Levi O. Emes, Abraham Amuny, C. S. Babin, Louis Chopin, I. A. Brousssard, William Hane, Mrs. C. Homer Mouton, Mrs. J. G. Parkerson, Philip Mouton, F. H. Gregory, Aug. Bourgeois, Joseph C. Breaux, Jos. A.  Lacoste,  Mrs. T. Hebert Jr., Arthur Bonnet, Moss & Co. per A. R. M. L. Monnier, Mrs. James Higginbotham, Mrs. W. Tanner, Miss Nydia Campbell, W. J. Shows, Voorhies & Hopkins, F. B. Thompson, J. W. Clifford, C. C. Mabry, Chas. C. Weir, Marie Julie Mouton, Hyman Plonsky, D. V. Gardebled, Dr. J. L. Duhart, Miss Amelie Guyot, C. H. Lusted, J. M. Cunningham, Raoul Guidry, C. D. Boudreaux, (Mrs.) L. Domengeaux, W. V. Nicholson, J. Nickerson, Mrs. Geo. Babcock (Mrs. M. P. Young), Mrs. Adele Cornay, Mrs. H. Landry, Mrs. S. B. Kahn, (Rose), R. J. Tanner, Paul Castel, A. Mouton, J. B. Coumes, E. P. Broussard, Pierre Guchereau, H. Gankendorff, A. Courtnay, B. J. Donlon, Jules O. Dugas, Mathilde Gardner, C. C. Higginbotham, Jacob Bachert, W. J. Riu, Mouton Bros., R. B. Raney, Mrs. L. F. Rigues, Arthur Couret, O. J. Mouton, L. Turpin, Hector Prejean, Leonce Gladu, Couret & Patin Fur. Co., M. Patin, Mrs. J. Alfred Mouton, A. Degrez, Alicia Dugas, (Mrs. Horace Broussard) Mrs. C. P. Alpha, (Mrs. Alcee) Celimene Mouton, Mrs. Clet LeBlanc, Ed. G. Voorhies, Mme. Paul Castel, C. Trahan, Mrs. O. C. Mouton, M. Mouton.

 Lafayette, La., Feb. 3, 1902. - I, the undersigned, Assessor M. Martin, Assessor of the parish of Lafayette, La., after a careful examination of the assessment rolls of the town of Lafayette, La., of the year 1901, do herby certify that the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette whose names are signed to the foregoing petition constitute more than one third of the property tax-payers of said town.

 Witness my official signature this Feb. 3, 1902.
                       A. M. MARTIN,
                                     Assessor.


 Section II. Be it further ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that said election shall be held under the general election laws of the State of Louisiana at the court-house in the town of Lafayette, La., the polling place established in said town, and the ballots to be used at said election shall be prepared according to the laws of the State on that subject.

 Section III.  Be it further ordained, That the Board of supervisors of election for the parish of Lafayette are hereby authorized to appoint commissioners to serve at said polling place; to give due notice of said appointments and the time and place of holding said election as required by law in such cases.

 Section IV. Be it further ordained, That the assessor of the parish of Lafayette shall furnish to the commissioners of election appointed to hold said special election a complete list of the tax-payers of said town with the amount of their assessments respectively, duly certified, and shall also furnish a list of the property tax-payers who have registered as required by law.

 Section V.  Be it further ordained, That in the event of a majority of the tax-payers of said town voting in favor of said taxes and for the issuance of said bonds, or of any part thereof then that said tax shall be assessed, levied and collected and said bonds issued for the term of twenty-five (25) years beginning with the year 1902, and that said taxes thus voted and the public faith and credit of said town of Lafayette, La., shall be  pledged to the payment of said bonds thus issued; and same to be issued in the said denominations to be herein after determined by this Council and to bear five per cent per annum interest from the issuance thereof and shall be payable in twenty-five years with the right in this Council to call in the same as said taxes collected. That said bonds shall not be sold for less than par.

 Section VI.  Be it further ordained, That the net revenue derived from the said public market and from the operation of the water and light plant of said town shall be used and is hereby pledged to the payment of the bonds in principal and interest issued for said works respectively; and in the event of the people voting in favor of said taxes and bonds, that in case of necessity of the City Council of said town of Lafayette, La., shall have power to expropriate ground for said improvements upon the payment of just and reasonable compensation to the owner.

 Section VII.  Be it further ordained, That such propositions as set forth in said petition in this ordinance shall be submitted to the qualified voters at said election in such manner (and the ballots shall be so prepared) that the voter may vote separately on each proposition "for" or "against" as he may desire.

 Section VIII.  Be it further ordained, That the ballots of all property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette entitled to vote at said election under the laws of the State of Louisiana, and before depositing the same in the ballot box shall endorse thereon in the presence of the elector, unless the ballots shall have already been so endorsed, the name of the voter and the amount of his assessed property, and the commissioners shall make returns of the number of votes and the amounts of the assessed value of the property voted "for" and "against" the levy of said special taxes separately and in the manner contemplated by said petition and this ordinance.

 Section IX.  Be it further ordained by the said City Council of the town of Lafayette, La., that this ordinance and the said petition of property tax-payers as set forth herein be published in the "Lafayette Gazette" and the Lafayette Advertiser" official newspapers of said town of Lafayette, La., for thirty days prior to said election, in the same manner as provided by law for judicial advertisements, and that this ordinance shall take effect from and after this passage.

 Section X.  Be it further ordained, That in addition to the announcement of said election to be made by the Board of Supervisors of Election of said parish and the publication of this ordinance, the mayor of said town of Lafayette, La., is hereby authorized to issue his proclamation calling said special election and stating the rate and the purpose of special taxation and the purpose for which it is intended according to the terms of this ordinance.

 A vote on the foregoing was as follow:

 Yeas -- J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, H. H. Hohorst, F. Demanade, G. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard. Nays -- None.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/15/1902.





City Council

Lafayette, La., Feb. 1, 1904. The regular meeting of the City Council was held this day. Mayor C. D. Caffery, presiding.
Members present: F. Demanade, J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, D. V. Garbled
,
H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield.

 Petition from property owners on Lee avenue praying for cement walk on south side received and accepted, and the following ordinance adopted.

Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance adopted October 5, 1903, entitled "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of Act No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this State, of the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that a cement walk six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this Council, be built along the following routes, to wit.

1. Starting from Vermilion street at its intersection with Lee avenue, and going thence on the east side of said Lee avenue to Sixth street, thence on the southeast side of Sixth street to Grant avenue to the Crescent News Hotel.

2. Starting from Main street in said town at its intersection with Lafayette street, and going north on the west side of Lafayette street to Vermilion street.

Be it further ordained that public notice be given for ten days of this ordinance and moreover calling for bids to do said work, and that the contract for said work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for the faithful performance of said contract and the completion of said work.

Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walk shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the basis of the respective frontage of said real estate which amounts shall be due and collectible within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment, and for the payment of said sums to assessed.

The Council shall have a special privilege on said property, with six per cent annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons, from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.

Be it further ordained that said walk shall be six feet in width, wherever possible.

Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may and they are hereby authorized in their discretion to accept said work, or any part thereof, by sections of one or more blocks.

Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walk, then that said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same to be constructed, as provided by said Act No. 147 of 1902.

Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect immediately after promulgation.

Moved seconded and carried that is is hereby prohibited for all owners of wagons and carts and other vehicles to back the same against the cement walks of this town or to unload their freight in such a way as to injure or damage the said walks and that a fine of not less than $2.50 nor more than $10.00 is hereby imposed for each and every violation of this ordinance.

There being no further business the Council adjourned.

CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/17/1904.   
 


City Council.
LAFAYETTE, LA., February 7, 1898.

Among other business....


 A communication from the Consolidated Engineering Company, relative to furnishing a marble tablet, with the names of the members of the City Council inscribed thereon, to be used as a corner stone of the waterwork and electric light plant, for the sum of $25 was received, upon motion of Mr. Hahn, seconded by Dr. Martin, that the proposition be approved.

Yeas - Hahn and Martin.
Nays - Hopkins and Mouton.

 The vote being a tie the mayor voted no.

 A communication from Mr. C. Lusted, Sr., withdrawing his application as chief engineer of the waterwork and electric light plant was received and recorded.

 The application of A. R. Lisbony and Albert Singleton for fireman of the water and electric light plant were filed for reference.

 The application of Mr. P. J. Daspit, of Lake Charles, for chief engineer of waterwork and electric light plant was filed for reference.

 The application of the City Clerk for an increase of salary was laid over.

 The following communication was received :

 To the waterworks committed the town of Lafayette, La., -- Gentlemen:  We beg to request that as we are nearly ready to turn the waterwork and electric light plant over to the city of Lafayette, that you cause to be inspected all the work done on this contract, as well as have inspected all material, machinery, etc., which have been used in the construction of the plant.
Yours truly,
  Consolidated Engineering Company Limited,   per H. DASPIT, secretary.

 The above communication was referred to Mr. Zell, city engineer.

 The following communication was then laid before the Council.

 LAFAYETTE, LA., Jan. 19, 1898.--


 Honorable Mayor Caffery and City Council of Lafayette -- Gentlemen: If you see proper to extend to the Consolidated Engineering Company Limited, the advancement of five thousand ($5,000) on account, I do not think you jeopardize the interests of the town by doing so, provided you do  not pay any more until the plant is completed and tested. With this understanding I will be willing to advise the advancement.

 Respectfully submitted,
     ROBERT R. ZELL,
       Superintendent Engineer.

After considering the same the following was adopted:

 Resolved, That five thousand dollars, out of the amount due on third payment to Consolidated Engineering Company, be advanced and paid to them provided that balance of said third payment amount be remitted to the final completion and acceptance of plant.

Yeas - Four.
Nays - None.

 The following resolutions were adopted:

 By Dr. Martin -- Be it resolved that the residence of Father Forge be wired and the supplies purchased therefor at the expense of the town.

 By Mr. Hahn -- Whereas there has been a complaint made about a public nuisance, therefore be it resolved that the mayor appoint a committee to establish a deadline to abate said public nuisance and thereupon the mayor appointed Mr. Mouton and Dr. Martin on that committee.

 By Dr. Martin -- Be it resolved, That the Council give special instruction to the street committee to give the canal in Mill's Addition and the big ditch needful attention, the contract for same to be let to the lowest bidder, any and all bids subject to rejection and that the mayor be added to the committee for this special purpose.

 By Dr. Hopkins -- Be it Resolved, That the mayor appoint an expert electrician to wire the houses under the supervision of the secretary of the waterwork and electric light, also authorize the mayor to procure the necessary fuel to run the plant, to purchase hose of a medium quality, length of hose left to the discretion of the mayor, to purchase the necessary wire for outside wiring and also two hundred 16 K. P. incandescent lights and supplies, that the cost of the two hundred be distributed among the first five hundred subscribers.

 An ordinance relative to issuance of bonds for appliances for waterworks and electric lights.

 Whereas, act No. 90 of 1896, authorizes the City Council of Lafayette, La., to issue bonds to the amount of $38,000 to procure, construct and operate a waterworks and electric light plant in the city and whereas there remains $2,000 of said bonds, unexpended therefore.

 Be it ordained by the Council that for the purpose of procuring a supply of wire, incandescent lamps, etc., also for hose, a tapping machine and other appliances necessary to operate said plants, the said City Council of Lafayette hereby authorizes the issuance of said two thousand dollars of bonds and the mayor is empowered to sign the same, and said bonds to be redeemable March 1, 1906.

 Adopted by the following vote:

Yeas - Hahn, Hopkins, Martin and Mouton.
Nays - None.

 There being no further business to transact the council adjourned.

 C. A. CAFFERY, Mayor.
F. STERLING MUDD, Secretary.
Lafayette Gazette 2/19/1898.


No more floods. The City Council has taken measures to prevent them. Thanks.
Laf. Adv. 2/19/1898.











City Council Proceedings of Feb. 5, 1897: 
 

 Among other things....

The following communication was laid over:

To the Hon. The Mayor and members of the City Council of Lafayette, La.

The undersigned respectfully ask permission to be granted to the Louisiana Western Railroad for extending its present existing spur track, known as the Degrez track, Southwardly, crossing second street and continuing over the extreme Southern side of the Alley of Block No. sixteen to the North side of third street, for the purpose of accommodating. "The American Brewing Association of Houston, Texas who propose erecting a cold storage Depot on lots twelve and thirteen of said square sixteen. Respectfully submitted and trust for favorable action as it will give more business for the city and add to its revenues. Lafayette, La. Feb. 1st, 1897.
The Louisiana Western (R. R.)
By J. G. Parkerson.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/20/1897:



  
 

 

City Council.

 Owing to the length of the proceedings of the city council we must ask the indulgence of our readers for the small amount of reading matter in this week's issue of the paper. However we trust that a careful perusal of the proceedings will prove fully worth the time spent, as the ordinance ordering a special election to vote on extending the present water works and electric lights tax, for the purpose of erecting a new graded school building, a market, for extending the water works to all parts of town, also the electric lights, and for issuing bonds to pay off the present indebtedness on the water works, is contained in it. 
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.




City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 3, 1902.

The City Council met in regular session, mayor C. D. Caffery presiding, members present: J. O. Mouton, G. A. Deblanc, F. E. Girard, H. H. Hohorst, F. Demanade.


Among other things...
The waterworks and electric light committee reported that the pipes for work ordered at last meeting were on the ground and work should be started as soon as the weather permitted, also, poles for extension of lights had been ordered.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1902.




City Council of Vermilionville.

 Regular Meeting of Feb. 3d 1873.

On motion it was resolved, That a committee of three be and is hereby appointed to make an estimate of the lumber necessary to repair the bridges within the limits of the corporation of Vermilionville, and to purchase the same on terms most favorable to said corporation. The Mayor appointed Messrs. R. L. McBride, J. J. Revillon, and Aug. Monnier on said committee.

 On motion it was resolved, That the same committee be and is hereby authorized to make and receive proposals of contracts, for repairing and keeping in order the bridges within the Corporation, during the year 1873, subject to the approbation of the City Council. Lafayette Advertiser 2/22/1873.



Give Us Cement! 
CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 1, 1904.

The regular meeting of the City Council was held this day. Members present: F. Demanade, J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, D. V. Gardebled, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield.

Petition from property owners on Lee avenue praying for cement walk on South side received and accepted, and the following ordinance adopted:

Be it ordained that the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance adopted October 5, 1903, entitled "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of Act. No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this State, of the year 1902, and considering that the public interest requires it, that a cement walk six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this Council, be built along the following routes to wit:

1. Starting from Vermilion street at its intersection with Lee avenue and going thence on the east side said Lee avenue to Sixth street, thence on the southeast side of Sixth street, thence on the southeast side of Sixth street to Grant avenue, and thence on the southwest side of Grant avenue to the Crescent News Hotel.

2. Starting from Main street in said town at its intersection with Lafayette street, and going north on the west side of Lafayette street to Vermilion street.

Be it further ordained that public notice be given for ten days of this ordinance and moreover calling for bids to do said work, shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for the faithful performance of said contract and the completion of said work.

Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walk shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the basis of of the respective frontage of said real estate which amounts shall be due and collectible within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council of this town, and if not paid within ten days the Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent at assessment, and for the payment of said sums so addressed.

This Council shall have a special privilege on said property, with six per cent annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons, from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.

Be it further ordained that said walk shall be six feet in width, wherever possible.

Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may and they are hereby authorized in their discretion to accept said work, or any part thereof, by sections of one or more blocks.

Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walk, then the street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same to be constructed, as provided by said Act. No. 147 of 1902.

Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect immediately after promulgation.

Moved, seconded and carried that it is hereby prohibited for all owners of wagons and carts and other vehicles to back the same against the cement walks of this town or to unload their freight in such a way as to injure or damage said walks of this town or to unload their freight in such a way as to injure of damage the said walks and that a fine of not less than $2.50 nor more than $10.00 is hereby imposed for each and every violation of this ordinance.

There being no further business Council adjourned.
Louis Lacoste, Secretary.

 Lafayette Advertiser 2/24/1904.





City Council Proceedings. Special Meeting.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 24th, 1898.

The City Council met this day in special session with the following members present: Mayor Caffery, Councilmen, Hahn, Hopkins, Landry, Martin and Mouton.
The Mayor stated the object of the meeting to make arrangements for payment of the water works and electric light bonds falling due March 1st. 1898 being Nos. 1 to 5 inclusive of $500 each.
The bonds were issued August 16th 1897 and the first interest coupon amounts to $16.25 making a total of $1,170 of interest due March 1st. 1898.

 

The following was then offered by Dr. Hopkins:

Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette that the water works and electric light bonds and the interest on the entire amount of said bonds, falling due March 1st. 1898 as indicated by the foregoing statement be paid out of the water works and electric light fund, and mayor be and is authorized to warrant upon the treasury for the same and attend to the payment thereof. Be it further ordained that the mayor is authorized to make the best possible arrangement for the transmission of said money to New York the place of payment.
Adopted by the following vote:
Yeas, Hopkins, Mouton, Hahn, Landry and Martin.
 The following was offered by Mr. Mouton and unanimously adopted.
Be it ordained by this Council that the posting of bills or notices of any kind or in any manner on the electric light poles or the town is hereby prohibited nor shall any one be permitted to drive nails or tacks or in any other way mutilate the said poles, and that any one violating this ordinance shall be punished by fine not exceeding ten dollars and in default of payment of fine shall be imprisoned not exceeding fifteen days, at the discretion of the mayor.
There being no further business the Council adjourned.
CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
F. STERLING MUDD, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 2/25/1898.




City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Feb. 19th, 1891:

 A special meeting of the City Council was held this day, and there were present, W. B. Bailey, Mayor, A. J. Moss, J. G. Parkerson, F. Lombard and John O. Mouton. Absent - Ed. Pellerin and P. Gerac. The Mayor stated the object of the meeting to be to consider the petition of certain citizens and taxpayers of the corporation, asking for the opening of Congress street to Lafayette St, which said petition was read and after discussion thereon, the following was adopted.

Resolved, that the Mayor be and is authorized to appoint a committee of three to consider the expediency of opening said street as prayed for, and said committee is hereby instructed and empowered to negotiate with owners of lots necessary for the opening of said street, and to obtain from them such portions thereof needful for the continuation of said street at such prices as may seem just and reasonable to said committee.

The Mayor appointed on said committee Messrs. John O. Mouton, A. J. Moss and Leo Doucet.

The Council thereupon adjourned.
W. B. BAILEY, Mayor.
C
HAS. D. CAFFERY, Secretary.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/28/1891.




[SPECIAL MEETING.]

City Council Proceedings.
Lafayette, La., Feb. 24, 1896.

The City Council met this evening by special call.

 Following members present: Mayor Moss; Messrs. T. M. Biossat, O. C. Mouton, B. Falk, J. O. LeBlanc, Leo Doucet and Dr. J. D. Trahan. Absent: Jos. Ducote.

 The mayor stated that the council had been called together for the purpose of establishing a water-works and electric-lights system and such other matters as the council may see fit to consider.

Following offered by O. C. Mouton.

 ORDINANCE.

 An Ordinance ordering a special election in accordance with act. No. 126 of the acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1882, and article 209 of the Constitution, whereat shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of the incorporated town of Lafayette, Louisiana, entitled to vote under the general election laws of said State, the question of levying a special tax at the rate of five mills on the dollar, per annum, of the assessed property therein, for a period of ten years beginning with the first day of January 1896, for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a water works and electric light system in said incorporated town, in conformity with the petition of more than one-tenth of the property tax-payers of said town, hereto annexed and made part hereof; providing for the mode of holding said election, making returns, etc.

 Section 1.  Be it ordained by the city council of Lafayette, Louisiana, in legal session convened that a special election is hereby ordered and shall be held in said town of Lafayette, Louisiana, on Monday, the 23rd day of March, 1896, at which election shall be submitted to the property taxpayers of said town, entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State, the question of levying a special tax of five mills on the dollar of assessed valuation on all taxable property in said town annually, for the period of ten years, beginning with the first day of January 1896, for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a thorough system of water works and electric light plant in said town, of Lafayette, Louisiana, according to plans and specifications now in possession of this council and open to public inspection and made part hereof; said tax to be levied and collected according to law and the terms of the ordinance; said election being ordered upon the following petition signed by more than one-tenth of the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette, to wit:

To the Honorable Mayor of the City Council of Lafayette, La:

 We the undersigned constituting more than one-tenth of the property tax-payers of the incorporated town of Lafayette, Louisiana, believing that a water supply and means of lighting our town and streets are urgent public necessities , and understanding the established rate of taxation to be insufficient to obtain these benefits, hereby petition you as the governing body of said town, to levy and collect an increased rate of taxation of five mills annually for a term of two years beginning A. D. 1896, on every dollar of assessed value of property in said town, for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a water works and electric light system therein; they therefore further petitioned, that as required by act No. 126 of the acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1882 and article 209 of the Constitution, a special election be ordered by your Honorable body, and that you thereat submit to the property tax-payers of said town, the said proposed increased rate of taxation herein petitioned for and that at said election ballots be used, printed or written, in form as follows:

 For the special tax of five mills for the term of ten years beginning. A. D. 1896 for the purpose of procuring, constructing and operating a water works and electric light system.

 Against the special tax of five mills for the term of ten years beginning A. D. 1896, for the purpose of procuring constructing and operating a water works and electric light system.

 And otherwise that same be conducted under said act of the Legislature No. 126 of 1882 and article 209 of the Constitution of this State.

{Signed} - Louis Lacoste, T. M. Biossat, G. A. Martin, J. A. Delhomme, E. H. Parkerson, J. G. Parkerson, Victor Levy, L. F. Rigues, J. Vandergriff, Phil Crouchet, John O. Mouton, Paul Demanade, Alex Delahoussaye, Gus Lacoste, S. R. Parkerson, L. F. Salles, B. Falk, Robert Richard, Walter J. Mouton, Geo. A. Delhomme, W. Lewis, H. H. Hohorst, M. Mouton, Crow Girard, F. S. Mudd, Jos. A. Chargois, Alfred Hebert, C. Lusted Sr., E. T. McBride, Jos. Ducote, C. Trahan, H. A. Eastin, Alfred A. Bonnet, L. S. Broussard, F. Lombard, Leon Plonsky, Horace Foreman, A. Peck, P. Castel, J. D. Trahan, I. N. Satterfield, Wm. Campbell, Arthur Couret, A. Hirsch, W. B. Bailey, Wm. Clegg, I. A. Broussard, J. Alf. Mouton, A. Degrez, Pierre Guchereau, Arthur Bonnet, A. J. Moss, James Hannen, Mrs. A. C. Young, F. G. Mouton, Chas. O. Mouton, Geo. Doucet, Leo Doucet, Albert Doucet, F. R. Tolson, L. Levy, F. Demenade, R. C. Greig, A. M. Martin, Julian Mouton, Aug. V. Labbe, Chas. D. Caffery, H. Billeaud, James Higginbotham, F. C. Triay, John Hahn, Baxter Clegg, F. F. Girard, C. H. Lusted, A. T. Caillouet, Louis Chopin, Arthur Hebert, Theodore Richard, J. W. Brown Jr., D. McGill, Fred Mouton, Thos. B. Hopkins M. D., A. E. Mouton, J. J. Davidson, H. Church, C. K. Darling, Gus. Schmulen, D. V. Gardebled, Sidney J. Veazey, A. L, Bourg, F. W. Thompson, F. Otto, E. E. Bourg, H. D. Engelman, B. Miller.

      Lafayette, La., Feb. 17, 1896.

 Having carefully examined the foregoing petition by tax-payers of the corporation of Lafayette, La., as at present constituted to the City Council thereof, and having also examined the assessment roll for the year 1895 to ascertain the relative number and amount of the assessment, of said petitioners, and tax-payers, I hereby certify that said petitioners constitute more than one tenth of the entire number of tax-payers of said corporation as at present constituted in both value and number.

 Given under my official signature on the day and date first above written.
  Signed: N. REAUX,
       Parish Assessor Lafayette Parish.

 Section 2. Be it further ordained by said City Council of Lafayette, La., that said election shall be held under the general election laws of the State of Louisiana, and at the polling places established in said town, and the ballots to be used at said election shall  be printed or written in the form set forth in the said annexed petition to this Council.

 Section 3.  Be it further ordained etc.,  that the Board of Supervisors of Election for the parish of Lafayette are hereby authorized to appoint commissioners and clerks to serve at said polling places; to give due notice of said appointment and of the time and place of holding said election, and to make returns of said election to the City Council and according to law.

 Section 4. Be it further ordained, etc., that the assessor of the parish of Lafayette shall furnish to the the commissioners of election as herein before authorized, a complete list of the tax-payers with amount of the assessments, respectively in the incorporated limits of said town, duly certified; and shall also furnish a duly certified list of the electors of said town to the commissioners of election.

 Section 5. Be it further ordained, etc., that the commissioners of election shall receive the ballots of all property tax-payers of the town of Lafayette, entitled, entitled to vote at said election under the laws of the State of Louisiana, and before depositing the same in the ballot box shall endorse thereon in the presence of the elector, unless the ballot have been so endorsed; the name of the voter and the amount of his assessed property; and said commissioners shall make returns of the number of votes, and the votes amounts of the assessed value of the property voted for and against the levy of said tax.

 Section 6. Be it further ordained by the said City Council of Lafayette, that this ordinance and the said petition of tax-payers be published in The Lafayette Gazette and the Lafayette Advertiser, official journals of said town, for twenty clear days prior to said election, in the same manner provided by law for judicial advertisements, and that this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

 Section 7. Be it further enacted, that in addition to the announcement of said election to be made by the board of supervisors of election of said parish, and the publication of this ordinance, the mayor of said town is hereby authorized to issue his proclamation calling said special election and stating the rate of the proposed increased taxation and the purpose for which it is intended, according to the terms of this ordinance.    
A. J. Moss, Mayor-B. Clegg, Secretary.


ORDINANCE.

   An ordinance granting the privilege or right of way, through, under and along the streets of the city of Lafayette, Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana.

 Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of the town of Lafayette, that the right of way be and is hereby granted to the great Southern Telephone and Telegraph Company, a corporation duly chartered and organized, its agents, transferors, representatives, successors or assigns, through, above, under and along the streets and public thoroughfares of the City of Lafayette, Parish of Lafayette, State of Louisiana, from and after the passage of this ordinance.

 Section 2. That the said Great Southern Telephone and Telegraph Company, its agents, transferors, representatives, successors or assigns and the same are hereby authorized to erect, construct and maintain such lines of Telephone and Telegraph as they may require for the purpose of conveying electricity and carrying on their business within of the city.

 Section 3. That the poles be erected for the purpose of construction and maintaining such lines of telephone and telegraph shall be erected within the curving of the banquette along the streets of Lafayette, and that the poles to be at least thirty feet high and the wires not less than twenty feet from the ground.

 Section 4.  That it shall be the right of the municipal authorities to order any changes, or alterations to order any changes, or alterations in the manner of erecting and maintenance of said lines of telephone and telegraph, and that it shall be the duty of the said telephone and telegraph, and that it shall be the duty of the said Great Southern and Telegraph Company to make any changes and alterations at its own expense that the proper municipal authorities shall deem necessary for the public safety, convenience and utility. All such changes to be made within sixty days from date of official notification to the said company.

 Section 5. This privilege or right of way is granted for a period of twenty-five years, provided, that in case the Great Southern Telephone & Telegraph Company establish a telephone exchange within the corporation of Lafayette, place two public boxes of telephones in the town of Lafayette, principally for the use of the police officers and one box at the Mayor's office.

 Votes. Yeas:-Dr. J. D. Trahan, O. C. Mouton, T. M. Biossat, B. Falk, Leo Doucet, J. O. LeBlanc. Nays:-None.

 
ORDINANCE.

 "An Ordinance prohibiting the obstruction of sidewalks, streets or other public passage ways within the corporation."

 Section 1. Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, that from and after the passage of this ordinance, it shall be unlawful for any and all persons to congregate and obstruct the same in any other manner.

 Section 2. Be it further ordained, etc., that it shall be unlawful for all persons having no business relative to the service of the railroads to congregate at any railroad station on the arrival and before the departure of all passenger trains and obstruct the free passage way to and from said trains, within the corporate limits of this corporation.

 Section 3. Be it ordained, etc., that it is hereby made the duty of the police officers of this municipality to clear all such unlawful obstructions, and any person failing to comply with the orders of said obstructions, and any person failing to comply with the orders of said police officers, shall be arrested and brought before the mayor for trial, and on being found guilty will be fined not exceeding ten dollars or imprisoned not exceeding ten days, or both, at the discretion of the mayor.

 Section 4.   Be it further ordained, etc., that this ordinance shall take effect from and after its passage.

 Unanimously carried.

 Moved by T. M. Biossat, seconded by B. Falk, that a committee of three be appointed by the mayor (including himself) to secure public place for the public police telephone box at the depot.

 The mayor appointed to serve in connection with himself the following gentlemen; Dr. J. D. Trahan and O. C. Mouton.

 The Council then adjourned.
                   A. J. MOSS, Mayor.
Lafayette Gazette 2/29/1896.    



CITY COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.

Lafayette, La., Feb. 3, 1902. 

 The City Council met in regular session, Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, F. E. Girard, H. H, Hohorts, F. Demanade.

 A petition signed by more than one-third of the property tax-payers of this town, asking that a special election be ordered to take the sense of the property tax-payers of this town upon a proposition to levy taxes for public improvements therein named, was present to the Council and read, and thereupon the following ordinance was unanimously adopted.

AN ORDINANCE.

 Ordering a special election  in accordance with Act 131 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State for the year 1898, and Article 232 of the Constitution, at which there shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of the incorporated town of Lafayette, La., entitled to vote under the general election laws of said State, the question of levying special taxes aggregating five mills on the dollar per annum on the assessed valuation of property therein for a period of twenty-five years beginning  with the first day of January 1902, and the issuance of bonds thereon for the following purposes to-wit:

 1. To procure grounds and buildings for a first class, modern High School.

 2. The extension of the water mains of said town, and for the extension of the electric light system therein.

 3 To procure ground and building for a first-class public market house.

 4. To call in redeem outstanding bonds for the sum of thirty thousand dollars bearing six per cent annual interest issued under Act 90 of the Acts of the Legislature of this State of 1896, to obtain a present water and light syste, of this town, said outstanding bonds to be replaced by five per cent bonds with greater length of time for redemption; said tax being set forth in detail in the body of this ordinance, and said election being ordered in conformity with the petition of more than one-third of the property tax-payers of said town, same being hereto annexed and made part hereof; and providing further for the mode of holding said election, making returns thereof, etc.

 Section 1.   Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., in regular session convened that a special election is hereby ordered and shall be held in said town of Lafayette, La., on Thursday, April 3, 1902, at which election there shall be submitted to the property tax-payers of said town of Lafayette entitled to vote under the general election laws of the State, the question of levying the following special taxes to wit:

 1.  To procure grounds and buildings, for a first class, modern High School for white children in said town, a special tax of one mill and a half on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in said town, on which tax bonds shall be issued for the sum of $24,000.

 2. For the extension of the water mains and electric light system of said town, a special tax of one mill on the dollar upon the assessed valuation of property in said town, upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $14,000.

 3. To procure the ground and building for a first-class public market house a special tax of one-half of one mill on the dollar upon the valuation of property aforesaid shall be levied and collected, and upon which bonds shall be issued for the sum of $12,000.

 4. To retire and replace the outstanding bonds issued under Act 90 of 1896 for the present water and light system and special tax of two mills on the dollar of the assessed valuation of property in said town and upon which bond shall be issued for the sum of $30,000; there being submitted at one of and the same time to said tax-payers the question of issuing  bonds for the amounts hereinabove set forth in order to render said special taxes available by obtaining the money for immediate use; said election being ordered in conformity in all respects with the petition of more than one third of the property tax-payers of said town hereto annexed and made part of this ordinance. Lafayette Gazette 3/1/1902.

 

City Council of Vermilionville.
Regular Meeting of February 3d, 1873.

Present: Wm. O. Smith, Mayor, and Messrs. R. L McBride, H. Landry, Aug Monnier and R. Gagneaux. Absent: B. A. Salles, J. J. Revillon and J. N. Judice.

 The Mayor called the meeting order.

 On motion it was resolved, That a committee of three be and is hereby appointed to make an estimate of the lumber necessary to repair the bridges within the limits of the Corporation of Vermilionville, and to purchase the same on terms most favorable to said Corporation of Vermilionville, and to purchase the same on terms most favorable to said Corporation. The Mayor appointed Messrs. R. L. McBride, J. J. Revillon and Aug Monnier on said committee.

 On motion it was resolved, That the same committee be and is hereby authorized to make and receive proposals of contracts, for repairing and keeping in order the sidewalks, streets and bridges within the limits of the Corporation, during the year, subject to the approbation of the City Council.

 On motion the Council adjourned to the next regular meeting.
   H. M. Bailey, Secretary.
   W. O. Smith, Mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1873.  

 


City Council.

 Lafayette, La., February 26, 1904.

 A special meeting of the City Council w

Lafayette, La., February 26, 1904.

 A special meeting of the City Council was held this day, Chas. D. Caffery, Mayor, presiding. Members present: A. E. Mouton, M. Rosenfield, Felix Demanade, D. V. Gardebled.  Absent: John O. Mouton, H. Fontenot.

 The Mayor stated that the object of the meeting was to make a final settlement with Mr. L. H. Thompson, for moving buildings on Pierce and Jefferson streets, and thereupon Mr. Thompson presented to the Council the following document.

 We the undersigned, proprietors respectively of the buildings, fences, etc., moved by L. H. Thompson contractor having in charge the mowing of the buildings back from Pierce and Jefferson streets, certify hereby that the said work of removal has been done by the said Thompson in a satisfactory manner to ourselves; the said buildings and fences, etc., having been placed in position similar to that in which they stood at first.
                
JEROME MOUTON, MRS. B. FALK, MRS. FANIIE SCHMULEN, MR. C. JEANMARD, MR. LOUIS ROHEE, JULES J. MOUTON, IDA MOUTON, W. H. ADAMS, JEAN BRUIN, J. E. TRAHAN

as per agreement attached
         ED. G. VOORHIES.

 Moved by F. Demanade, and seconded by D. V. Gardebled that in view of the above statement by interested parties, that the balance due Mr. L. H. Thompson, of Three Hundred Dollars be paid and that the Secretary issue warrant for same, less the ($50.00) Fifty Dollars retained as per contract with Mr. J. E. Trahan presented with the above communication. Motion adopted unanimously.

 There being no further business, meeting adjourned.
                      CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor.
       LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.





City Council Proceedings.
 Lafayette, La., Feb. 1, 1904.

 The regular meeting at the City Council was held this day. Mayor C. D. Caffery presiding. Members present: F. Demanade, J. O. Mouton, A. E. Mouton, G. A. DeBlanc, D. V. Gardebled, H. L. Fontenot, M. Rosenfield.

 Petition from property owners on Lee avenue praying for cement walk on south side received and accepted, and the following ordinance adopted:

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that under and by virtue of an ordinance adopted October 3, 1903, entitled "An ordinance relative to sidewalks in the town of Lafayette, La.," and in accordance with the provisions of Act. No. 147 of the acts of the Legislature of this State, of the year 1902, and considering that the public interests requires it, that a cement walk six feet in width, and the necessary curbing thereto and otherwise according to specifications in possession of the street committee of this Council, be built along the following routes, to wit:

 1. Starting from Vermilionville street at its intersection with Lee avenue, and going thence on the east side of said Lee avenue to Sixth street, then on the southeast side of Sixth street to Grant avenue, and thence on the southwest side of Grant avenue to the Crescent News Hotel.

 2. Starting from Main street in said town at its intersection with Lafayette street, and going north on the west side of Lafayette street to Vermilion street.

 Be it further ordained that public notice is given for ten days of this ordinance and moreover calling for bids to do said work, and that the contract for said work shall be let to the lowest responsible bidder who shall give satisfactory security to the street committee in a sum to be determined by them for the faithful performance of said contract and the completion of the work.

 Be it further ordained that the entire cost of said walk shall be paid by the owners of the real estate abutting the same on the basis of the respective frontage of said real estate which amounts shall be due and collectible within ten days after the completion of the work and its acceptance by the City Council of this town, and if not paid within ten days the Council shall proceed by suit against the said owners and said real estate to collect said delinquent assessment, and for the payment of said sums so assessed.

 This Council shall have a special privilege on said property, with six per cent per annum interest thereon from the expiration of said ten days until paid, which lien shall be the first privilege over all other claims except taxes, and shall effect third persons, from the date of the registry of the assessment in the Mortgage Book of the parish of Lafayette.

 Be it further ordained that said walk shall be six feet in width, wherever possible,

 Be it further ordained that the street committee of this Council may and they are hereby authorized in their discretion to accept said work, or any part thereof, by sections of one or more blocks.

 Be it further ordained that in case no satisfactory bid is received for the construction of said cement walk, then that said street committee is hereby authorized and empowered to proceed without delay to construct the same, or cause the same to be constructed, as provided by said Act. No. 147 of 1902.

 Be it further ordained that this ordinance shall take effect immediately after promulgation.

 Moved, seconded and carried that it is hereby prohibited for all owners of wagons and carts and other vehicles to back the same against the cement walks of the town or to unload their freight in such a way as to injure or damage the said sidewalks  and that a fine of not less than $2.50 nor more than $10.00 is hereby imposed for each and every violation of this ordinance.

 There being no further business Council adjourned.

    CHAS. D. CAFFERY, Mayor ;  LOUIS LACOSTE, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/2/1904.  



























City Council of Vermilionville 
Session of March 6, 1869.
 Members present: R. Dugat, President, B. A. Salles, Henry Landry, G. C. Salles. Absent: Ed Pellerin:

 Bonds of the street Contractor and lessee of the Market House resolved and accepted.

 On motion, Resolved, that the street contractor be and is hereby authorized to make a bridge at the end of church street, near Godard's upper line, and draw on the Treasurer of corporation for costs of lumber.

 Resolved that the street contractor be authorized to make the bridge across Main Street in front of the Court House from sidewalk to sidewalk, and draw on the Treasurer for additional expenses.

 On motion it was resolved, that the Constable be and his hereby authorized to strictly enforce the following resolutions :

 Resolved, that any one firing a gun or pistols within the Corporation shall be fined five dollars or be imprisoned twenty-four hours; one half of said fine to be given to the informant.

 Resolved, that any one tying a horse on the sidewalk or to the Market house shall be fined five dollars.

 Resolved, that all persons keeping public houses shall have racks for the purpose of hitching horses, and bridged over the gutters in front of the same ; also persons having coach gates shall have bridges over the gutter in front of said gates.

 Be it further resolved, that any person failing to comply with the above resolution, shall be fined in the sum of Twenty-five dollars.

 Resolved, that any person keeping a stable within the limits of the Corporation, shall keep the same clean and free from all stench, and shall, at least once a week, haul away and deposit out of the corporation, the manure etc., which may accumulate around such establishment  ; under the penalty of a fine of ten dollars for each offence.

 Resolved, that any person throwing, or causing to be thrown, filth or trash of any kind, on the sidewalks, in the gutters or streets, shall be subject to a fine of five dollars for each offense, and if the same is not removed immediately after notice from the Constable to the owner, or keeper of the premises from whence the filth or trash comes, said owner or keeper of the premises, shall be compelled to pay the cost of the removal of said trash or filth, and one dollar and fifty cents additional to the constable for his services.

 Resolved, that any one who shall encumber the streets with wagons, carts or vehicles of any kind, shall be fined in the sum of ten dollars for each offence.

 Resolved, that a fine be and is hereby imposed on all persons keeping disorderly houses within the limits of the corporation; said fine to be fixed at Twenty-five dollars, and to be recovered before any court or competent jurisdiction.

 Resolved, that any person who shall be found within the limits of the corporation, intoxicated and disturbing the peace and quiet of the citizens of the said town, shall be arrested by the constable and lodged in the parish prison, there to remain not less 12 nor more than 24 hours and fined five dollars.

 Resolved, that the constable be and is hereby authorized to sell all hogs running at large within the limits of the corporation, on the spot, to the last and highest bidder.

 Resolved, that all persons are hereby prohibited from obstructing the sidewalks in any manner under the penalty of a fine of not less than five dollars.

  Accounts allowed :
  S. Chargois             $1.50
  H. Eastin                $2.50

    On motion the Council adjourned.
     R. DUGAT, President
     WM. B. BAILEY, Secretary.
          Lafayette Advertiser 3/27/1869.






From the Lafayette Advertiser of March 30th, 1878:


City Council of Vermilionville.
 Regular Session, March 7th, 1878.


Present: J. O. Mouton, Mayor and Councilmen Alpha, Landry, McBride, A. Chargois, Mouton, and J. A. Chargois.


Absent: W. B. Lindsay.


 The following rules and regulations for the better government of this body were presented and adopted:


1. Resolved, That Cushing's Manel be adopted for the guidance and government of this body during its sessions.


2. Reolved, that the order of business shall be as follows, to wit:


   1. Calling meeting to order.
   2. Calling of the roll.
   3. Reading of the minutes.
   4. Reports of committees.
   5. Reading of communications.
   6. Unfinished business.
   7. New business.
   8. Adjournment.


3. Resolved, That the collector make monthly settlements with the treasurer.


4. Resolved, That every motion made be recorded and by whom made and seconded, that the yeas and nays be entered on the minutes.


 On Motion, Resolved, that the riles shall not be suspended unless five-sevenths of the members concur.


 On Motion, Resolved, That the sum of fifty dollars, be and is hereby appropriated to Lafayette Fire Company No. One of Vermilionville, La., for the purpose of assisting the Company in buying hand pumps and accessories.


 On Motion, the Council adjourned to Monday the 18th day of March, 1878.
         JOHN O. MOUTON, Mayor.
  H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/30/1878. 


   


City Council of Vermilionville.
 Meeting of March 18, 1878.


 Pursuant to adjournment, the City Council met this 18th day of March, 1878. The roll was called and the following members answered to their names: J. O. Mouton, Mayor, and councilmen Landry, McBride, Lindsay and A. Chargois.


 Absent: Councilmen Alpha, Mouton and J. A. Chargois.


 On motion of Mr. Lindsay, seconded by Mr. Landry, it was unanimously resolved, that the license of ten dollars paid by Jean Billeaud as blacksmith and wheelwright, be received for back taxes due by the succession of said Billeaud, and that the collector be authorized to make the settlement with the parties interested.


 The Treasurer presented his annual report and on motion it was unanimously adopted.


 On motion of Mr. Lindsay, seconded by Mr. McBride, it was unanimously resolved, that a committee of three be appointed to cancel and destroy in the shortest possible delay, all warrants paid by the Corporation, and in the Treasurer and Secretary's possession.


 The Mayor appointed Messrs. H. M. Bailey, R. L. McBride and W. B. Lindsay on said committee.


 On motion, the Council adjourned.
                  J. O. MOUTON, Mayor,
   H. M. BAILEY, Secretary.
     Lafayette Advertiser 3/20/1878.



  An outgoing member of the present City Council expressed himself thus to the reporter of the ADVERTISER. "We have done the best we could under the circumstances, we had "a boiler" and a "rainy weather" to contend with. We didn't burst and we didn't stay in the mud." The reporter then thought of what the next council will have to contend with. Laf. Adv. 4/8/1899.



At the Latest City Council Meeting...

Among other things the following ordinance was adopted:

 AN ORDINANCE - Granting A. J. Moss the privilege of building a railroad switch or spur across Grant Avenue on the East side of the Southern Pacific Co.'s Railroad.

 Be it ordained by the City Council of Lafayette, La., that the right and privilege of building a railroad switch or spur across Grant Avenue on the East side of Southern Pacific Co.'s Railroad be and is hereby granted and conceded to Anderson J. Moss; provided said switch or spur does not in any manner impede or interfere with public travel along said avenue.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/13/1889.


The New City Council. - The new City Council is on the eve of assuming control of the reins of local government, and by their acts the members will reflect honor or discredit on their administration and the community will benefit or suffer, accordingly.

 Ordinarily, the conscience of the individual is a safe monitor in determining between right and wrong, and if the members of the council about to enter upon the duties of their office are capable of rising above selfish interests and the petty machinations of the professional politicians who will stop at no means that will further their personal ends, they will fall into an easy way of managing the affairs of the municipality in a manner satisfactory alike to the taxpayers and themselves.

 If the members of the new council really have at heart the public welfare, they will respect the opinions and sensibilities of their fellow citizens in exercising the appointive power vested in the council by law, and select police and other officers on account of special fitness to discharge the duties and responsibilities of such offices, to the end that every branch of the public service may be elevated to the highest state efficiency.

 The office of alderman carries with it the gravest responsibilities, because so much of the peace, happiness and security of the community depends on his official acts, and unless the alderman be fully impressed with that fact it were far better for the community that he should step aside and make room for another who does realize that "PUBLIC OFFICE is a PUBLIC TRUST.

 The prospects for the town of Lafayette were never more bright (in a relative sense), than now, and a practical and progressive municipal government will go far toward developing those prospects. Let us hope that the members of the new council, individually and collectively, appreciating the seriousness of their responsibilities will show in their deliberations a due regard for the interests of the sovereign people, steering clear of all political intrigues, and thereby assure to the community the blessings of honest municipal government. Lafayette Advertiser 5/13/1899.


 Musings of a Mossback.

  They met ! They organized ! ! They adjourned ! ! ! -- that 20th century city council. At least we have been informed that they did this. Well, what of it? Nothing that we can see, excepting every applicant for office within the appointive power of the council was elected without opposition, there being but one applicant for each position. Whilst some believe this to have been solely the result of accident there are those who contend it was due to pre-arrangement. It matters not much which is the correct opinion if the public's affairs are not made to suffer in consequence, and time alone can furnish the criterion by which to gauge. We shall see. Great oaks from little acorns will grow, or the mountain may labor and bring forth a mouse. The out-come will depend largely on whether the dog will wag the tail or the tail manipulate the canine. This presupposes the existence of a dog and naturally gives rise to the question. Who is Canine Highness? Read the answer in the stars. The term dog is used her figuratively, of course, and it is our observation that if the dog is not wagged by one tail it is wagged by another, in all affairs, politically speaking, where a number of men are connected in a common cause. That is the rule and the exception is found in the case of the dog wagging the tail. In the present instance we may be confronted by one of those rare exceptions, and that is our only hope. By their deeds we shall know them and in the absence of any evidence to the contrary it is but fair to give the new council the benefit of the doubt. In the meantime we make a gratuitous offering of the following sound advice to the individual members of that most august body: Do not fall into the dangerous habit of allowing any particular one or two or your number to do all the thinking and talking, but think and act each one for himself. Only do this and you will be certain to never commit any incorrigible mistake. Lafayette Advertiser 5/18/1895
                         MOSSBACK.



IT WAS A GOOD SUGGESTION. - The work of maintaining the plank walks and street and foot bridges of the town should be let out by contract to the lowest bidder offering to give satisfactory guarantee for the faithful performance of the duties imposed by such contract. The suggestion was offered by Mr. Henry Church, at the last meeting of the council, as being an improvement over the method now in vogue, and, in this view, other members of the body coincided. The gentlemen composing the municipal government, aside from their personal interests as property holders that should actuate them to be economical in the management of the affairs of the public, must feel the weight and seriousness of the obligations they have incurred in accepting the offices with which they have honored by their fellow-citizens. Realizing the sacredness of this trust, members of the council should not be content with simply holding stated meetings and transacting business routine nature. after accepting the responsibilities attached to then official positions should (unreadable word) themselves unceasingly in the direction of formulating and introducing improvements and reforms that the good of the public would seem to demand.

 We need only to call the attention of the city fathers to the fact for them to acknowledge that the present method of caring for that branch of the public service herein mentioned. calls for an unreasonable expenditure of money with our compensatory benefits. It is not our purpose to censure the action of members of the council. They are well known to us and we do not doubt that in the discharge of the official duties they bear only good intention toward the public. The positions they fill are onerous ones and are ungrateful, at best. However, without wishing to be exacting, we respectfully ask for a careful consideration of the views expressed as affecting the public welfare.

Lafayette Advertiser 5/26/1894. 







Before the Election.
[Platform upon which the members of the present City Council of Lafayette were nominated in mass meeting Jan. 19, 1905.]

 "Resolved, That we demand a strict business and progressive administration, without favor or partiality; and that the affairs of this town be administered with strict economy, and with justice to all.

 "Resolved, That we demand a more thorough system of drainage and maintenance of public streets. We demand a more thorough and efficient service of water and light, distributed to the use of all tax-payers alike, without favor or partiality.

 After the Election.

 [Extract from published proceedings of the City Council May 10, 1905.]

 "Moved and duly seconded that Edwin Chargois be and he is hereby appointed Chief of police, with the understanding that he is disconnected with the collectorship of said corporation of Lafayette, La., at a salary of seventy-five dollars per month. Carried.

 "Moved and duly seconded that D. J. Veazey be, and his hereby appointed as assistant chief at a salary of seventy-five dollars per month. Carried.

 Moved and duly seconded that, Jean Breaux be, and he is hereby appointed as deputy marshal at a salary of sixty-five dollars per month. Carried.

 Moved and duly seconded that Andre Hebert be, and he is hereby appointed deputy marshal at a salary of sixty-five dollars per month. Carried."
Lafayette Advertiser 5/24/1905.










Vermilionville City Council: 
(From May 15, 1869)


A. Neveu, Mayor, presiding. All the members present.

 On motion, it was resolved that a committee of three, be and is hereby appointed to ascertain the probable cost of removing obstructions from that portion of Lafayette street near Mrs. E. Mouton's property. The Mayor appointed Messrs. Smith, B. A. Salles and G. C. Salles, on said committee.

 On motion, resolved, that a committee of two be and is hereby authorized to ascertain the cost of building a bridge across Lafayette street near the lower corner of Mrs. E. Mouton's property. Messrs. G. C. Salles and R. L. McBride were appointed on said committee.

 Resolved, that a committee of two, be and is hereby appointed to revise and digest all laws of the Corporation passed by previous Councils. Wm. Mouton and W. B. Bailey were appointed on said committee.

 On motion it was resolved, that a petition signed by the Mayor and members of the City Council of Vermilionville, be addressed to the President and members of the Police jury of the Parish of Lafayette, requesting that honorable body to have a fence built around the Court House.

 On motion it was resolved, that the mayor be and is hereby requested to have the vagrant law rigidly enforced within the limits of the Corporation.

 The bonds of the Treasurer and Collector fixed at eight hundred dollars each; Messrs. W. O. Smith and G. C. Salles were appointed to receive said bonds.
Lafayette Advertiser of May 29, 1869.



Cows or Gardens?

 Shall we have cows or gardens, or both? The depredations of animals within the corporate limits of our town have been so extensive and serious, as to cause a general demand for some remedy. Our City Council have very properly relieved us, of the damages and inconveniences occasioned by hogs and dogs. Cows and other animals have become more destructive and greater nuisances than these. It is admitted that cows and milk are a necessity to some persons, but gardens and vegetables are of more importance to others. These animals do not graze at night, unless upon a neighbor's garden, and are allowed to obstruct the streets and sidewalks. It is true, that the owner is liable for damages caused by his animals, and a man may protect his property by violent means, but such expedients involve litigation, turmoils and ill-feelings, which should and can be easily avoided and are discouraged by simple and feasible municipal regulation.

 We hereby suggest a compromise, which will certainly be satisfactory to all interested. Let the Council require the owners of animals to confine them at night, unless such regulations as to make the remedy effective. There are many reasons in favor of this proposition and scarcely any against it, and we are convinced it would receive general approbation.
Lafayette Advertiser 5/30/1874.

       Laf. City Council: Mr. O. C. Mouton, by authority of the Business Men's Association turned over to the Council the $100 donated by Rev. E. Forge and requested that the amount be used in paying for the site of the water works and electric lights plant. Laf. Adv. 6/6/1896








  CITY COUNCIL.A regular meeting of the City Council was held Monday night with all members present. 

 The subject of the financial condition of the town was discussed at some length, and the members generally expressed their uncertainty as to proceeding with business, not knowing the exact indebtedness, the probable revenue and expenses. It seemed to be the unanimous wish to open a regular set of books as to conduct the affairs of the town in a business way, but with the information in the possession such a set could not be opened, and the necessity of securing an accountant to check up the books was brought up. Secretary Colomb informed the Council that he had been in communication with two accountants, one of them a Mr. Chappuis, of New Orleans, but Mr. Chappuis could not make a price unless he could see all the books. It was stated that the books of the corporation back to 1900 were in possession of the Council, but those previous to 1900 could not be found. In order to assist in locating the missing books the Council sent for Mr. D. V. Gardebled and requested him to give them any information he could. Mr. Gardebled stated that he had turned over his books as treasurer to his successor and that was the extent of his knowledge on them.


 On Motion of Dr. Girard the finance committee was appointed to confer with members of the old Council to ascertain the financial condition of the town, it was decided to get an expert to check up on the books to find out, as Mayor Mouton expressed it, where they were at.


 The question of running the electric light plant in the daytime to furnish a current to run electric fans, was brought up. The cost of so doing was discussed as was also the advisability of putting the town on the metre system, the town to supply the metres. It was shown that it would cost the town at least $3000 to install metres, so it was agreed to leave that for further consideration. But it was decided that furnishing current for fans in the daytime could be done at a profit and the service was ordered begun at once. As this required the service of an assistant engineer, Mr. J. Ovey Herpin, whose application had been read, was appointed at a salary of $75 per month. The rate for ceiling fans for $3.50 per month and for rotary fans $2.50.


 Mr. H. H. Hohorst requested the Council to place lights in his neighborhood stating that the poles and wires were already up. Also several petitions for water and lights were presented, but were ordered filed for future consideration owing to the city's lack of funds. A petition for a light at the corner near the Sunset Hotel was referred to the W. & E. L. committee as was also the advisability of moving light at Bachert's corner or cutting down the tree which obscured the light.


 Dr. Trahan called attention of the Council to the need of opening the fire plugs often and after some consideration it was suggested that the police be instructed to do so, and it was left with the W. & E. L. committee to act.


 A petition was read from residents of the 3rd ward asking the Council to co-operate with the Police Jury in opening a ditch down the east side of the railroad to the bayou to drain McComb addition and carry off water coming from the Torian and Buchanan place. The street committee to which the Mayor was added was instructed to appear before the Police Jury in regard to the matter and also act with a committee from the Jury should one be appointed. A communication from the Fire Department asking that the Council recognize as chief, Mr. A. E. Mouton, and as assistant chief, Mr. C. W. Breeding, whom the department had elected, was read and the Council by resolution complied with the request.


Lafayette Advertiser 6/7/1905.


SANITARY ORDINANCES.
Ordinance No. 9.

 An Ordinance relative to cleaning and disinfecting of yards, sinks, privies and drains.

 SECTION 1. Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of the town of Lafayette, That is shall be the duty of the Constable, or his deputy, to visit and inspect all yards, sinks, privies, drains, etc., which he shall have reason to believe are in a foul or unhealthy condition, and if upon inspection he finds such places to be in an unclean or unhealthy condition, he shall notify the owner or lessee, or occupant of the premises, to cleanse and disinfect the same within forty-eight hours; which notice shall be written, and shall specify what part of the premises that requires cleaning and disinfecting; and in default of complying with such notice so given by the Constable, or his deputy, on conviction thereof, after due hearing, such owner, lessee, or occupant, shall be fined in a sum not to exceed twenty-five dollars, or imprisoned for a period not exceed twenty days, or both, at the discretion of the mayor.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/8/1889.

City Council Meeting 6/8/1905.   

Thursday night a special meeting of the City Council was held with all members present. Shortly after the council was called to order and a number of accounts had been approved, the Mayor, members of the Council and officers of the old administration appeared before the Council and asked through Former Mayor Caffery read the following:

  Lafayette, La., June 8 - 1905.   To C. O. Mouton, mayor, and A. R. Trahan, F. E. Girard, S. Begnaud, P. Krauss, O. B. Hopkins and C. D. Boudreaux, members of the City Council of Lafayette, La.

  The undersigned, lately mayor and members of the City Council and officers of said town of Lafayette, having read in "The Lafayette Advertiser" of the 7th that at your meeting on the 5th., the statement was made that certain books of the town were missing, and moreover, that your secretary had been in communication with certain experts, with a view of checking up the books of the town, we do now appear for the following purpose to-wit:

  We deny emphatically and in totality , that any books of treasurer are missing. The books which you supposed to be missing, and concerning which you interrogated former Treasurer Gardebled at your said meeting on the 5th inst., were in your possession at that time, and had been there for three weeks. These books show a full and complete (as we believe) a correct accounting of the finance of the town during the time they cover, and while there has been no charge made of error or wrongful accounting, in connection therewith, yet the talk about "an expert" and "checking the books" and "seeing where you are at" is inevitably calculated to create the impression in the public mind that somebody knows more that they are willing to express  and in fact that there is something wrong with the books, thereby reflecting in the most serious and harmful manner upon us.

  And hence, enjoying the knowledge and consciousness that the most faithful and untiring service has been given to the keeping, as well as the examination of the books of the several officers of the town in the past, we are in a position to say that we invite, nay, we challenge investigation; but we do, and shall insist that we be not condemned without a hearing.

  At that investigation, whether made my an expert in your pay, or what we would prefer, a public e examination made by a committee from your body, in either case we shall insist upon a thorough investigation to the end that justice may prevail. We affirm that the affairs of this town while in our hands were administered honestly and faithfully, but if any one have knowledge to the contrary, let him come forward like a man, in the open light of the day, and make his charge, and if we have erred, we are ready to say so, but we do protest against statements made that books are missing, and other similar statements and insinuations which have no foundation in truth.

  We say, moreover, the financial condition of the town as we left it, is shown by the last report of our finance committee, which was long since placed in your hands, but which you have seen proper to ignore, and which has never been published.

  And we ask that this communication be spread upon your minutes.

  We do not say these things with the view of obstructing you in your work, on the contrary, for the good of the town we stand ready and willing to help the officers of the town in any we can.

  At the close of the communication Mayor Mouton stated that for himself, and he felt also for the Council, he could see no necessity for the communication. The spirit of the Council was to begin their duties with the best of feeling for the Old Council, and he knew of no desire to cast reflection upon them; that the Council wished their co-operation and the benefit of their experience and were sorry to see they had taken it in the light they did.

  Upon motion of the Councilman Girard the communication was ordered spread upon the minutes, The members if the old administration retired.

  Then as an official reply to the communication, upon motion of Councilman Hopkins the following was adopted:

  Resolved, that the object, purpose and desire of this body is to ascertain the actual financial condition of this town, with no intention, expressed or implied, to cast a reflection on the retiring council.

  With that object in view and in the faithful and conscientious discharge of our duties, we would ask that the retiring council, if they deem proper, in order to assist officers of this town, appoint a committee to meet like a committee appointed by this body, for the purpose of determining the actual outstanding obligations and indebtedness of this town. That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the mayor and members of the retiring council.

  Councilman Hopkins suggested that as it was merely the purpose of the Council to get a statement of the financial condition of the town, and in order to allay any feeling in the matter aroused by the proposal to employ an expert, that a committee be appointed from the Council for that purpose and offered his services, but to have Mr. C. C. Brown do the work assisted by him.


Lafayette Advertiser 6/14/1905.
 

Vermilonville City Council - 1869.
Among other items of business....

"....On motion it was resolved, that a committee of three, be and is hereby appointed to ascertain the probable cost of removing obstructions from that portion of Lafayette street near Mrs. E. Mouton's property...."

 "...On motion, resolved, that a committee of two be and is hereby authorized to ascertain the cost of building a bridge across Lafayette street near the lower corner of Mrs. E. Mouton's property. Messrs. G. C. Salles and R. L. McBride were appointed on said committee...." 

Lafayette Advertiser 6/19/1869.




Force Pump. - The City Council has about decided to purchase o force pump capable of throwing four streams of water seven eighths of an inch in diameter 70 feet high, and to construct a reservoir to hold sufficient for fire purposes. Specifications have been submitted to various firms, for estimates in order to ascertain the cost. The growth of the town has out grown our present waterworks plant, and there is a pressing need for an enlargement of it, if an adequate protection against fire is to be had. The additions contemplated by the Council are, we believe, what are needed. Lafayette Advertiser 6/20/1903. 

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