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***EARLY LAFAYETTE SIDEWALKS/PLANK WALKS

 Since the sidewalk has been completed on the south side of Main street, from the Court House to the Church square, it is the rule to meet upon it a smiling face and a pleasant greeting - all are so well pleased with the improvement. We expect soon to see the north side of the street affording equal satisfaction.
Laf. Adv. 1/5/1889,


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






NEED 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 needs postpone or delay and some which lack funds prevents it from doing entirely; but in the case of rotten and defective plankwalks 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.


 We trust that soon a plank sidewalk will be laid to the Convent, for the benefit of the school girls. It would be a good and just act for the town council to do.
Lafayette Advertiser 1/11/1890..



City Council Jan. 2, 1905.
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.
Laf. Adv. 1/11/1905.


We trust that soon a plank sidewalk will be laid to the Convent, for the benefit of the school girls. It would be a good and just act for the town council to do.
Laf. Adv. 1/11/1890.




Our friends on the North side of Main street should hurry up with their plank walk. This is just the time of year we need it most. Lafayette Advertiser 1/12/1889.





Progressing Well. - The work of moving back the houses along Pierce and Jefferson streets is progressing well. Yesterday the moving of Prudhomme & McFaddin's store was completed. Contractor Thompson states that it will take about three weeks more to finish.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.



City Council 1/13/1904.
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 Proceeding.
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.




Notice. - Persons cutting ditches across the sidewalk to drain their yards are compelled by an ordinance to bridge of box the same.
The attention of the public is also directed to the ordinance against the placing of all kinds of trash in the streets. These ordinances will be strictly enforced.
ALPHONSE PECK, MARSHAL.
Lafayette Gazette 1/20/1900.



A substantial plank walk is being built around the bank and in front of the W. U. T. Co. and The Gazette offices.
Laf. Gaz. 1/29/1898.



Cement Coming. -The work of removing the old plank walk on the North side of Pierce street was begun yesterday, preparatory to laying the concrete walk. 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 accedpted. 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, heretofar 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.



The attention of the town authorities is called to the bad condition of the main plank walk at a number of different points. The old adage of "a stitch in time saves nine" will be found particularly applicable in this interest. Laf. Adv. 2/4/1893


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.

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.




The ADVERTISER directs the attention of the town authorities to the following facts the street bridge nearest town hall is in a very defective condition: the foot crossing at the corner of Edouard McBride residence property stands in need of immediate repair, the plank walk contains a number of shaky and unsafe places between Biossat's store and Leo Doucet's establishment. Laf. Advertiser 2/10/1894.



As We See It.


 It has occurred to us that while we have been claiming needed innovations and practical benefits for our City, at the hands of our City Council, that after mature deliberation upon what we have urged we came to think think that the principal element to carry them into execution is an outlay of money; - we think that our city treasury is kept empty by an expense which being borne wrongly by our municipality, keeps a constant drain upon our municipal funds; and while money thus employed is a necessity in a certain point of view still our city funds could be employed in a way that would benefit more of our people. We refer to our plank side-walks. We offer the suggestion that the construction and repair of our plank sidewalks ought not to be a burden on the whole taxpaying community. It may be that our city fathers have their hands filled keeping in repair what we have now. Without entering more deeply into an argument of the favored few against the masses, we are nevertheless constrained to say that in streets where our people reside they have not that convenience, and yet, they pay, we suppose, their taxes just like others do.


 What then would be the proper remedy to relieve our City Treasury of this constant drain and at the same time satisfy all of our people. To our mind there is but one solution of this question, - let the landlords build the side walks wherever they have their houses bearing all the expenses as it is done in many other towns. Now this may be called, by some, a radical suggestion but let us see if it is or it it would be rather a benefit to them. Their houses would rent more readily, and the expense would be very slight, - then our municipality relieved of this care could employ their funds in a manner that would be beneficial to our people at large. We may add, without fear of being contradicted, that hundreds of dollars, yes, thousands of dollars have been spent by the City in constructing what we have now and that a great deal of money is disbursed every year for the repairing. This is a question that we can well afford to study, and therefore we submit it to all parties interested.
 Lafayette Advertiser 2/12/1898:


 



Progressing Well. - The work of moving back the houses along Pierce and Jefferson streets is progressing well. Yesterday the moving of Prudhomme & McFaddin's store was completed. Contractor Thompson states that it will take about three weeks more to finish.  Lafayette Advertiser 1/13/1904.




CITY COUNCIL.
Mr. Crouchet has placed a new walk in front of his place of business. It is a decided improvement and should be extended to the end of the block. Laf. Gaz. 2/15/1896.







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.


More  Sidewalks Needed. - Lafayette stands badly in need of sidewalks. The present system of building does not answer the purpose. The question of constructing a sidewalk is now optional with the property holder, when it should be compulsory. Something must be done toward having a sidewalk in front of every piece of property within the corporation, and the city council should, we believe, look into the matter and take some action tending to accomplish the desired result.  Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1893
   
 




"STRAWS" ON THE PLANK WALK.
WHAT THE CITIZENS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT IT. 


An Advertiser reporter, alive to the importance of the question to build a plank walk from the depot to the court house, during the past week obtained the views of some of the leading property holders, and others, and they are given below:



Mr. L. Domengeaux- A am in favor of it, and see no reason why it cannot be accomplished. The city council ought to tackle the question in earnest and make an appropriation in aid of the enterprise. However, I am with the people in this matter, and would agree with them in whatever may be decided upon.


Judge J. G. Parkerson- I'm a plank walk man ; I want to see the streets permanently improved. I have no fears about making an appropriation for any such purpose, or for any purpose, where the town is to be improved. If the people go to work and create a fund for the benefit of public improvements, the city council, no doubt, would vote them a liberal appropriation.


Mr. Leo Doucet- I am in favor of it heart and soul, and would be willing to contribute $20.00 towards the project. But like all other enterprises, But like all other enterprises, there is always some factions opposition to be met with. The suggestion to create a permanent organization for the purpose of engineering public improvements is a good one, and should be met with the approval of everyone who has the interest of the town at heart.


Mr. F. Mouton- I am in favor of improving the streets, and I also in favor of having good sidewalks.


Dr. N. P. Moss - The projected plank walk is a much needed convenience, and will require only a little concert of action on the part of our citizens to ensure its accomplishment. The benefits to inure from all like improvements should be very manifest to all.


Mr. Ed. Pellerin - I am in favor of any public improvement, and would encourage any enterprise tending to advance the interests of the community.


Mr. L. Levy - As an off hand proposition, I am opposed to it ; but if the thing is wisely done, and the money judiciously expended, I have no objection. I think I shall favor the project, but will await its advancement before committing myself.


Mr. J. E. Trahan - I think I shall favor it. The present condition of the streets and sidewalks are a disgrace to the town.


Mr. J. H. Callen - I am in favor of improving the streets and sidewalks, if it is done right. I want permanent street improvements.


Mr. Hebert - I am decidedly in favor of the project. I think it will be a great thing for Lafayette.


Mr. B. Falk - I favor it. Nothing would redound more to the interest and commerce of the entire community than the proposed walk. From my own experience, I know that trade has suffered on account of pedestrians not being willing to walk to the knees in mud in order to come to town. Doubtless every other business man in town has felt the depression, and will share the same belief. I am certainly in favor or it, and will do anything to encourage the project.


Mr. A. N. Bulliard- ("Teel") - I am for it - first, last, and all the time. You can put "Teel and Mac" down for $10.00 worth ; and more, if necessary. "eh, partner?" addressing "Mac" who had just tackled a voter, and appeared radiant with bright visions of a Legislative career asserting itself all over his beaming countenance, as he replied "certainly ! I have always regarded a plank walk from the depot to town a public necessity. I favor all permanent improvements, and this proposition in particular."


Several more gentlemen our reporter would like to have seen, but could not catch them at a convenient time.

Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888.




The interviews with some of our citizens, in this issue, showing "which way the wind blows" on the sidewalk question were intended by our reporter for publication in our last issue, and were collected by him prior to that time, when the streets were in terrible condition. Some of the statements of the condition of the streets were very applicable then, and must be read as referring to that time, and not to the present. Just now our sidewalks are hard and dry - until the next rain. Lafayette Advertiser 2/18/1888.



The Southern Pacific Company have supplied a long felt want in having four improved street lamps put up at the depot. Build that plank walk. It is needed badly, and won't cost much.

Laf. Adv. 2/18/1888.










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 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.



A Commendable Act. - The First National Bank, the Improvement Company, the Moss Pharmacy and Moss & Co., are having concrete street crossings laid at each of their corners at their own expense. This is a most commendable and public spirited act, and pedestrians will gratefully appreciate it every time it rains. There are other street corner (unreadable) is in order for other property owners to follow suit.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/1/1905.






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 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.  
















Plank Walk System Regarded Is Indispensable. 

 The plank walk system of this town is a great public convenience, and has come to be regarded as indispensable as such and should be kept in prime condition by the authorities. At the present time is is showing unmistakable signs of weakness in many places and unless it receives general repairs quite soon, the town will be under the necessity of replacing the old walk with an entirely new one, an undertaking that would entail a considerable expenditure of money. In this connection we would respectfully suggest to the members of the city council the advisability of contracting with a responsible person to keep the plank walk system of the town in good and safe condition at a fixed salary to be made in such a way as to ensure a carrying out of the terms of the contract. We suggest this as a matter of economy and better service over the present method. We hope to see some such action taken by our council at its next meeting.
Lafayette Advertiser 3/17/1894:
 



Carencro Visitor Injured By Plank Sidewalk. - On last Saturday a lady from Carencro met with a very painful accident and one which might have resulted seriously. As she was getting out of her buggy onto the sidewalk between Moss Bros. & Co. and T. M. Biossat's she stepped on the end of a loose plank which flew up striking her violently in the face and badly stunning her for a few moments, in a short time her face was badly disfigured by the swelling resulting from the blow. This is accident No. 4 which has happened within the last six weeks, and all from defective side walks of the principal stores. Wait until some stranger gets a broken limb or a cracked head and then that $1200 surplus will go for repairs and that will not add to the prosperity of Lafayette. Lafayette Advertiser 4/3/1897.




Completed.  - Lafayette street from Vermilion to South Main has been widened and the concrete walks on both sides have been completed.
Laf. Adv. 4/5/1905.




 We are glad to note that Mr. T. Hebert, Jr., has torn down the old building recently occupied by the Italian fruit dealer, on Main street, adjoining the property of Mrs. Homer M. Bailey, and will immediately begin to build a neat and commodious structure 35 feet front by 60 depth. So you see, the spirit of improvement is confined to no particular locality of Lafayette. This building will improve the appearance of Main street, and will no doubt be an incentive to the building of a plank walk on that side of the street during the summer.
Laf. Adv. 4/6/1899. 




Cement Sidewalks.
Every Proprietor Ought to Build One.

 Mr. A. E. Massico has just completed a handsome cement walk in front of Emmanuel Pellerin's residence. Mr. Massico is an expert cement-walk builder and has so far has been constantly engaged in work. It is to be hoped that a number of our citizens will take advantage of Mr. Massico's presence to beautify their grounds with cement walks. It would be quite an improvement were the banquets in front of all property in the main part of town, laid with cement walks. It is a little expensive at first, but it is cheap in the end.
Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1902.


A Dangerous Practice.

We wish to call the attention of our street commissioners to the banquet in front of the property of Mr. Allingham, on Lincoln avenue, north of the railroad track. Two ditches have been dug across the banquette, leading from the garden in the road, for the purpose of draining the garden, probably. The ditches are eighteen inches or two feet deep and uncovered, and are very dangerous. A person walking there on a dark night, being unaware of the ditches, might easily break a leg or arm from a fall caused by stepping on them. The city should attend to this at once, and either compel the owner of the property to put a cover over the ditches or fill them up. It seems to us that some one must be very negligent or their duty; when a man can dig ditches of this sort on one of our public streets with perfect immunity, and in so doing make it absolutely dangerous for a pedestrian to pass after dark. Certainly if our public officers were alive to the responsibility of their office and did their duty, a property owner would not dare to dig such ditches; but it really seems that at present every one feels that they have a license to do as they please, without fear or being called to account for their actions. Lafayette Advertiser 4/26/1893.



Suit Against City. - Saturday morning, Francois Gueblet, through his attorneys, Col. G. A. Breaux and R. W. Elliot, filed suit against the town of Lafayette for $2,500, on account of injuries received because of defective sidewalks. Some time during November last year Mr. Gueblet, who is over 70 years of age, while accompanying his grandchild to school, stepped into a hole in the walk, near the Lacoste Hardware Co., tripped and fell, breaking his leg. He has never recovered from the accident and is still confined to his bed. Lafayette Advertiser 5/17/1905.



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. 


Great need is being felt for a new street bridge to replace the old one running east and west at Moss Bros. & Co.s corner. A stranger in the town who was badly tripped by one of the several pieces of plank nailed over this bridge to strengthen weak points, was heard to remark that the town must be hard up to compel one of its principal bridges to wear as many patches as does this one.
 Laf. Adv. 5/26/1894.



 
Keeping Pedestrians in Lafayette Safe from the Eccentric Minority.


Coming events cast their shadow before them. After the removal of the present obtrusive (to bicyclists) street crossings and a few other measures of the same kind to make cycling more easy in Lafayette it will be in order to enact some sweeping legislation to effectually protect the rights of the greater public against the eccentric minority, which still clings to an effete mode of progression. To render less arduous the labor of drafting such a law by the very zealous "pneumatic" street committee of the Lafayette city council, on whom would devolve the duty on account of their special fitness, the following is respectfully submitted as being proper provisions to make in this regard : (1) Taxes, is any, on bicycles must be abolished. (2) Every pedestrian must be required to procure from the Mayor's a "permit" to walk. These permits to be renewed annually, and a fee will be charged for them. With each permit will be issued a numbered metal plate which the pedestrian, while in the street, must always wear on the front of his hat band. (3) Every pedestrian shall supply himself with a bell and whistle, which he must sound when meeting or passing a bicyclist on the side walk, and always while crossing a street, whether or not a bicyclist is in sight at the time. At night they must also carry lighted lanterns on his breast and back. (4) No pedestrian within the limits of the corporation of Lafayette shall walk more rapidly than at a rate of two miles an hour. (5) The parish of Lafayette shall be entirely leveled, so that bicyclists may be saved the annoyance and fatigue of hill climbing. (6) A man with a straight back shall be regarded as a suspicious person, and kept constantly under surveillance by the police. (7) Any pedestrian who, be reason of his awkwardness, negligence or being alive, shall by getting himself run over, or otherwise disturb, impede, annoy or incommode a cycler, or cause damage, or a risk of damage, to the rider of a wheel, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor, and punished by a fine of $5,000. On a second conviction he shall be imprisoned for life.
Lafayette Advertiser 6/22/1895.

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