At a Common Councill held in the City hall of Albany this 14th Day of June 1729.
By the worshipful! Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen & Assistants of the City of Albany.
Whereas severall streets and Lanes within this city are so much lumberd and filld up with tire wood and dirt and out of repair, to the great grievance of the inhabitants, [p. 46] for preventing whereof Be it Ordained, Published and Declared by the Mayor, Recorder, Aldermen and Assistants of the said City in Common Council convened, and it is hereby ordained by the authority of the same, that all persons within the said city shall at or before ye 25th day of this instant, June, cause the streets, lanes, alleys and pavements before their respective houses and lotts of ground to be repaired and cleared even to the bank of Hudsons River of all dirt, filth, dung & firewood, and so to continue to do the same every fortnight following, and that all timber for building and coopers wood be regularly piled up on or before the said 25th day of June (timber for Emediate building only excepted) all on the penalty of six shillings for every default on any of the articles aforesaid for the behoof of the sheriff, who is to sue for the same, to be recovered before the Mayor or Recorder or any one of the Aldermen within the said city.
Be it further ordained & declared that the pavement in the lane or street between the lotts of Jacob Lansingh & Jacob Vischer in the third ward of this city be taken up and earth & dirt taken out and repaved by the said Jacob Lansingh & Jacob Vischer in such manner and at such time as they respectively shall be directed by the mayor, recorder, aldermen and ass'ts of this city, or the major part of them, so that the water may vent itself out of the lane between the severall lotts of Abraham Cuyler, Johannis Cuyler, Peter Winne, Wessell Ten Broeck, Johannis Pruyn, & others into Bruers street, to be performed and finished at any time before the first day of September next ensuing, on penalty and forfeiture of two pounds currant money of this Province for each default for the use of the high sherriff, to be recovered before the mayor, recorder, aldermen of this city or any one of them.
It is also ordained y l the street or lane between the second and third ward beginning by the fronts of the houses of Johannis Myngael & Arent Pruyn and so extending to the north part of the lott of Jacob Lansing be cleared and sufficiently paved from the one side to the other where it is out of repair and wanting by the owners [p. 47] of those lotts fronts the said lane, in such manner and at such time as the said owners shall respectively be directed by the authority aforesaid or the major part of them, so that the same be performed and finished before the first day of September, on penalty and forfieture of two pounds currant money of this Province for each every default for the use of the high sherriff, to be recovered in manner aforesaid.
It is also ordained y 1 the street between Johannis Beeckman jun'r & Anthony Van Schaick jun'r, extending eastwards to the eastermost part of the house of Schebolet Bogardus; as also the Lane between the houses of David Schuyler & Johannis A. Cuyler, extending eastwards to the eastermost part of the house of Isaac Greveraet; as also the Lane between Isaac Greveraet & Johannis Evertse, extending northward to the northermost part of the lott of Grietje Ryckse be cleared and sufficiently paved from the outside to the other by the owners or tennants in such manner and at such time as the said owners or tennants shall respectively be directed by the authority aforesaid, so that the same be finished at any time before the first day of September next ensuing on the like penalty of two pounds currant money of this Province for each default, for the behoof of the high sherriff, to be recovered in manner aforesaid.
Be it further ordained by the authority aforesaid that no person or persons within the limits of this city do presume to build or erect any house, out house or stable fronting any street or lane within this city without notice first given to the mayor or recorder of this city to prevent irregularity, and that no person or persons do build or erect any stable or out house to lodge any straw or hay on any place where it fronts any street or lane without the approbation of the mayor, recorder, aldermen and assistants on penalty of ten pounds, to be recovered in any Court of Record for the behoof of this corporation.
Excerpt from a printed version city records dated June 14,1729. Copied from an online printing of the Annals of Albany (vol 9. p.44) and transformed by SB. Most original spellings and punctuations have been preserved!
"Bruer street" an early name for North Market Street - today's North Broadway.
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