The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905 Page: 312
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municipal ordinances were observed, to hear cases brought before
him, to examine the archives to see that they were properly kept
or to appoint the regidor decano to do so, to see that a census be
taken yearly, and compared with the one taken by the sindico pro-
Chapter I, part 2, deals with matters pertaining to the public
health and police. It provides that there shall be a board of health,
while all officers of the cabildo shall be charged with the duty of
seeing that the following rules be observed: the sindico procura.dor
shall keep the river free from dead animals and other contaminat-
ing matter,2 the streets and plazas clean and unobstructed, the food
supply fresh and unadulterated ; with the help of the alcalde, he
shall see that physicians have the proper diplomas and credentials,
that weights and measures be honest; while, the alcalde alone,
shall inspect all new buildings, seeing that they are built straight
with the street, that they are of the p-roper size, shape, etc., that
they do riot interfere with the rights of persons in the vicinity, and
that the proper building fees are paid.
Part 2, chapter II, deals with public security. It provides that
all members shall be responsible for the maintenance of public
order; that the sindico procurador and his assistants shall see that
lots are properly enclosed, that fires are not built where conflagra-
tions might result, and that animals are properly secured; that
the procurador and the first regidor shall have charge of the
weights and measures; that all possible steps be taken to prevent
gaming, and to preserve proper order in saloons and public halls;
make an annual examination of the archives, and that special stress was
laid upon the fact that the alcaldes were present at this examination.
(See inventories of documents in B6xar Archives for 1745, 1746, 1762,
1796, in Nacogdoches Archives.)
1See order of the governor of Texas, issued in January 1784, for the
arrest of the two alcaldes of San Fernando for failure to take the census,
2See expediente concerning election for 1784 for the duties of the pro-
curador of San Fernando, B6xar Archives.
"At San Fernando this duty was probably performed by one of the
regidores. (Report of cabildo to Juan Bautista de Elguezabal, Decem-
ber 1799, B6xar Archives.)
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Texas State Historical Association. The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 8, July 1904 - April, 1905, periodical, 1905; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101033/m1/319/: accessed July 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.