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Old Town of Broad Ripple Meeting Minutes #179
posted: Nov. 10, 2022

This historic serial has run on and off in the last 18 years of the Broad Ripple Gazette. 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.
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 [ ]. I will try to include street name changes, such as: Morgan Street is now Guilford, North is now 64th, Hancock is now Westfield. See more of our street name research at BroadRippleHistory.org - Alan
The original minutes books are at the Indiana State Archives at 6440 E. 30th St.

Here is the one-hundred seventy-ninth installment
7 MPH speed limit

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An ordinance regulating the running of automobiles through the streets, alleys, or public drive ways of the Town of Broad Ripple, Marion County, State of Indiana; and providing penalties for the violation thereof.
Section I.
Be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Broad Ripple, Marion County, State of Indiana, that it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to drive, or cause to be driven any automobile through the streets, alleys, or public drive ways of said town faster than seven (7) miles per hour.
Section 2.
All automobiles shall be provided with an alarm bell or horn and shall carry a lighted lamp from half an hour after sunset until half an hour before sunrise.
Section 3.
All operators of Automobiles must slow up in turning corners of streets.
Section 4.
Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction thereof, be fined in any sum not less than $5.00 nor more than $50.00.
Section 5.
Whereas an emergency exists for the immediate taking effect of this Ordinance, therefore, the same shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and posting up in five public places in said town for ten (10) days.
D.W. Harcourt Pres.
F.E. Dungan Clerk

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An ordinance prohibiting the hitching to shade trees within the Corporate Limits of the Town of Broad Ripple, Marion County, State of Indiana, and fixing the time when same shall take effect.
Section 1.
Be it ordained by the Board of Trustees of the Town of Broad Ripple, Marion County, State of Indiana, that it shall be unlawful for any person or persons to hitch any horse or mule to any shade tree within the Corporate Limits of the Town of Broad Ripple, Marion County, State of Indiana, and any person or persons so convicted having hitched any horse or mule to such tree, shall be fined therefor (sic) in the sum of not less that $5.00 nor more than $50.00
Section 2.
Whereas an emergency exists for the immediate taking effect of this Ordinance, therefore, the same shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage and posting up in five public places in said town for ten (10) days.
D.W. Harcourt Pres.
F.E. Dungan Clerk



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