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Old Town of Broad Ripple Meeting Minutes #166
posted: May 12, 2022

This historic serial has run on and off in the last 18 years of the Broad Ripple Gazette. It appears that the last paper issue that had room for it was March 3, 2017. I will try to include it from here on out. The intention is to share the history of Broad Ripple, help people find their ancestors in the text, and to complete the transcriptions of these important early documents.
A key to this passage: Morgan Street is now Guilford, North is now 64th, Hancock is now Westfield. See more of our street name research at BroadRippleHistory.org - Alan

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The Town of Broad Ripple was incorporated in 1894, and started holding regular meetings at that time. In each issue, I will print my transcription of the old Town of Broad Ripple meeting minutes. These are taken from the original, hand-written minutes that contain many spelling errors. I have transcribed all the records as they were entered, including errors. I will make some corrections to the text in brackets [ ]. The original minutes books are at the Indiana State Archives at 6440 E. 30th St.
For a partial (and currently being updated) list of previously published transcriptions of the minutes search here.

Here is the one-hundred sixty-sixth installment

Broad Ripple Ind. August 14th 1903
The Board of Trustees of the Town of Broad Ripple met in special session on call of President D. H. Harcourt, who stated that the purpose of the meeting was for the consideration of street and side-walk improvements, Trustee Marion Whitesell was absent. On regular motion the following resolutions were adopted.

Improvement Resolution No. 3 (1903) [continued]
And be it further Resolved by The Board of Trustees of the Town of Broad Ripple, Marion County, State of Indiana (all the members thereof concurring), that it is deemed necessary by the Board of Trustees of said Town to improve said part of said street in accordance with the plans, drawings, profiles, and specifications on file in the office of the Town Clerk of said Town at the total cost of said improvement be assessed against and collected according to the provisions of the 118th Chapter of the Acts of the General Assembly of the State of Indiana, approved March 8th, 1889 and all acts supplementary thereto or amendatory thereof, and that such improvement shall be made under the supervision and to the satisfaction of the Engineer and the Board of Trustees of said Town and in accordance with the plans, specifications, drawings, and profiles on file in the office of the Town Clerk of said Town and in accordance with the plans, specifications, drawings, and profiles on file in the office of the Town Clerk of said Town.
Be it further resolved, that the Town Engineer set proper grade stakes, in accordance with the plans, drawings, profiles, and specifications on file in the office of the Town Clerk advertising bids for making said improvements, said advertisement to be made once each week for three successive weeks, in the Independent, that sealed proposals will be received by the Board of Trustees of said Town at meeting of said board to be held on the 9th day of September, 1903 at 7:30 o'clock P.M. of said day, for the execution of said work, and give notice to the property owners accordingly. And also that the Town Clerk give notice in the Independent once each week for two successive weeks not less that ten days prior to the 9th day of September, 1903, in which said notice shall be stated the time and place, when and where, so that the property owners along the line of said proposed improvement can make objections to the necessity for the construction thereof, as provided by law; and that said objections may be made to and will be heard by the Board of Trustees of said Town, at the regular place of meeting of said Board to be held at 7:00 o'clock P.M. on Wednesday, the 9th day of September, 1903, or by reducing the objections to writing and filing the same with the Town Clerk of said Town not later than 7:00 o'clock P.M. on said 9th day of September, 1903, at which said meeting said objections will be considered by the Board of Trustees of said Town.
Be it Further Resolved, by the Board of Trustees of said Town, (all the members thereof concurring) that an emergency exists for the immediate taking effect of these resolutions, therefore the same shall be in full force from and after its passage.
Improvement Resolution No. 4 (1903)
To improve the sidewalk, grade the lawn and gutter on the west side of Hamilton Street (Winthrop) from the west side of Coil Street to the South line of Shelby Street (Broad Ripple Avenue) by making cement sidewalk, grading the lawn, and gutter in the west side of Hamilton Street in the ordinance with the plans, drawings, profiles, and specifications on file in the office of the Town Clerk of said Town, and declaring an emergency.


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