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Digest of the Acts and Deliberations of the Cabildo
Streets: Bridges and Gutters

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Streets: Bridges and Gutters 1
8 12/9/1769 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this time the Attorney General asked the Commissioners to repair the sidewalks and bridges.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 1
26 4/27/1770 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – At this session it was noted that the affairs pertaining to the bridges had not been concluded, and the Commissioners resolved that the bridges be repaired by the citizens in proportion to the squares or the islands on which they live.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 1
194 8/6/1774 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The bad condition of the bridges was taken up at this time and two Commissioners were appointed to make the necessary repairs or to order new bridges, and to see that each of the property holders pay his share of the expenses.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 1
215 6/2/1775 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – Don Andres Jung asks for payment for work done on the boxes of the Plaza and the streets leading to the jail, also for cleaning the bridges.
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224 10/20/1775 Governor: Unzaga; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – It was agreed at a previous session to repair the bridges belonging to the city, the expenses of which were to be paid by the property owners. Don Guido Dufossat was paid 37-1/2 Pesos for work done by his Negroes, on three bridges.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 1
312 3/26/1779 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Attorney General suggests the necessity of digging a ditch at the foot of the levee embankment for the purpose of holding the waters that filter through; also the necessity for draining the ditches around the Plaza.
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327 6/19/1779 Governor: O’Reilly; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – Voucher for three hundred Pesos to Francisco Black was approved and authorized, in payment for repairs to the old bridges and for digging ditches in front of the levee.
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28 5/19/1780 Governor: Galvez; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Royal Ensign proposed at this meeting that repairs to the bridges be made by the property owners, and if not complied with as ordered, the city would make them and charge the owners with the cost.
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183 5/23/1783 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Attorney General calls attention to the bad condition of the bridges at the corners of the streets. The Commissioners resolve that the property owners repair the bridges during the month of June. (Don Pedro Volan built seven new bridges for which the Commissioners agreed to collect from each individual to reimburse him – page 188.)
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 3 I 23 9/17/1784 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – The Commissioners discussed their repeated orders to the property owners to build the bridges, which have never been complied with. It was agreed to auction a contract to be paid from city funds and the amount prorated and collected from each individual to reimburse the City Treasury.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 3 I 64 8/26/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - The Acting Governor presents an official letter from Galvez in which he states that the city may, this once, repair the bridges from the city funds.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 3 I 78 11/18/1785 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. - At this meeting the Commissioners received a report of 57 bridges needing repairs. They agreed to rebuild same out of the city funds in accordance with orders from Galvez. (On page 118, Contractor Berbique requests payment for building fifty-five bridges and on page 155, for building twenty-seven bridges.)
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 3 I 111 6/2/1786 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Sr. – Section 29 of the Edict for Good Government published by Miro, requires owners to keep the property in front of their homes clean, cleaning the ditches without deepening them; to be done once a month.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 3 II 29 6/20/1788 Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De Reggio, Jr. – A bill was presented by Antonio Guedry for repairing twenty-one bridges burned during the fire of March 21, 1788. Also a bill by Thomas Verbic for thirty-five bridges constructed before and after the fire (page 30).
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 3 III 2 5/25/1792 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At this meeting the Governor calls attention to a broken bridge in front of the City Hospital, causing the water to stagnate and become corrupted.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 3 III 191 1/16/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – The Commissioners discussed, among other things, the necessity of repairing the bridges which were destroyed by the fire, as the inhabitants were not able to bear the expense.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 3 III 198 2/20/1795 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At this meeting the Commissioners resolved to offer a contract, at auction, for the upkeep of the bridges for a period of six years. (At the next meeting (page 204) the contractor, Roberto Jones, is promised twenty-five Pesos for the building of each new bridge.)
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 I 89 2/12/1796 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – At this time Roberto Jones requests payment for repairing the bridges of the city.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 I 195 3/3/1797 Governor: Carondelet; Royal Ensign: Almonaster – The Attorney General informs the Cabildo that he has received information to effect that Roberto Jones is not complying with his contract in repairing the bridges. The Commissioners resolved to require bond.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 III 9 1/30/1799 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this meeting the Commissioners stated that the bridges could not properly be called bridges, but covered gutters; that when O’Reilly ordered that they be repaired for account of the residents, the city had but little funds, but not that the funds are considerable and are contributed by the said residents, these funds must be expended for the comfort and utility of the residents. They mentioned that Galvez, at one time, ordered the repairs to the bridges to be paid by the City Treasury. For these reasons, they decided that the repairs be made at once for account of the City Treasury, and that His Majesty be duly informed. The Governor approved the decision of the majority and a plan providing that the bottoms of the gutters be constructed of brick and cement, was ordered made.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 III 12 2/15/1799 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this meeting the Commissioners agreed to have two bridges built with gutter bottoms constructed of brick in accordance with a plan suggested at the last session. One to be built at the corner of the quarters of the Guard, and another, larger, to be built in the last block and corner of the same street; the best one to serve as a guide for the construction of others. It was also resolved (page 13) that Don Gilberto Guillemard, Major of the Post, and Finiel, Engineer, be requested to grade the ditches of all the streets.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 III 25 4/19/1799 Governor: Gayoso; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this meeting Don Bartholeme Lafond requested that after the two covered gutters are economically built by the city, the construction of the others be awarded to him at the same cost. The Commissioners agreed.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 III 144 2/21/1800 Acting Governor: Miro; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Governor requests that the sidewalks around the Cabildo Building be constructed, and that the engineers be urged to give the proper information on grading to the residents so they may continue their construction. He also urged that the bridges be constructed with the proper gutters under them, at the same time the sidewalks are being built. (See “Streets and Sidewalks.”)
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 III 161 3/28/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Commissioners resolve that the bridges or covered gutters be constructed at once in accordance with resolutions of January 30th and February 15th, 1799, in which it was agreed that the Annual Commissioners construct two covered gutters at the extreme ends of this city, using the best and as a guide (see resolutions of February 15th.. Bartholome Lafond, being the contractor, suggested stone for brick in construction of the gutters, which was approved by Guillemard, Major of the Post, and by Finiel, Engineer.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 III 192 7/11/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time the two Commissioners appointed to report on the construction of the two gutters in the corners crossed by St. Peter and Royal Streets, constructed by Don Juan Maria Godofre Dujarreau, submitted their report, and it was agreed to pay Dujarreau.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 6 10/3/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – The Commissioners agreed to notify Don Bartolome Lafond of the construction of the two bridges or gutters on Royal Street, and ask him to clearly state if he can obligate himself to construct all others for thirteen Pesos each for labor – the Cabildo to furnish all material. (At the next meeting Lafond refused this and made another proposition – page 8).
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 11 10/24/1800 Acting Governor: Vidal; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – Don Pedro de la Roche states that repairs to the bridges or gutters have been deferred because many methods for construction have been proposed. That notwithstanding it had been resolved to pay for repairs and construction from city funds, of which His Majesty has been informed, as no answer has been received from the King, he is of the opinion they would have to adhere to the rules established by O’Reilly in which the city funds cannot be used for this work. The Commissioners proceeded to cast their ballots and it was agreed to present the results with a copy of this act to the King and also to the Civil Governor. (At another meeting, page 69, the Governor ordered the repairs and construction for account of the City Treasury immediately.)
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 127 8/14/1801 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde - The Attorney General recommends that the bridges be constructed as soon as possible, and the Commissioners agreed to appoint one foreman and a group of laborers to be under the supervision of two special Commissioners to rush the work.
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 151 1/8/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – Considering that the work of repairing the bridges has been concluded, which work has caused the residents a delay in constructing their sidewalks and gutters due to necessity of keeping a uniform grade, the Commissioners agreed to appoint an expert to give the proper grading. (See “Drainage.”)
Streets: Bridges and Gutters 4 IV 157 1/29/1802 Governor: Salcedo; Royal Ensign: De La Ronde – At this time Don Pedro de la Roche and Don Juan de Castanedo inform the Cabildo that they have fulfilled the Commission to look after the construction of the gutters to which they were appointed as special Commissioners on February 6th, 1801 (page 70), and have constructed 148 covered gutters in different intersections, amounting to 3,514 Pesos and one-half reale, which sum has been advanced by the City Treasurer, and they request a credit voucher for the City Treasurer

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