THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TEXAS 35
months, the health of this community has been splendid.
Too much praise can not be given our health
officer, Dr. G. W. Larendon, and specialist, Dr.
F. J. Slataper, and their associates for the way the
health department has been managed. On account
of the amount of work and the risks that these gentlemen
are required to run I am decidedly in favor
of increasing their respective salaries.
Now that the national government will soon commence
work upon our waterway, I suggest that
the city acquire more territory at the turning basin.
1 suggest steps be taken to condemn all land that
is needed for practical purposes, and also that the
city of Houston build and maintain a modern
dredgeboat on the channel.
The city has recently adopted a front-foot plan
of pavement. It is a great step forward in progress
and means that Houston will now go forward with
rapid strides. Already petitions have been placed
with the council for over ten miles of pavement.
I caution the people that no permanent pavement
should be made until all water, gas and sewer mains
are first laid. I earnestly recommend that a million
dollars be issued in bonds for sanitary and storm
A short time paving bond can be issued, redeemable
at the rate of, say, $200,000 per year, which
will give immediate relief in regard to the pavements
and not increase the bonded indebtedness
The city needs a city jail and additional fireproof
rooms to the city hall to preserve city records
Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912. Houston, Texas. The Portal to Texas History. http://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/. Accessed March 7, 2014.