Official letter from Mayor James Mather to the members of the City Council of New Orleans.
The City Council had already informed the Mayor of two resolutions adopted at the meeting on the 18th concerning the opening of streets and the tax on meat. The letter served to acquaint him with other matters decided at the same meeting. The Council had agreed to forward to the Mayor copies of resolutions that did not require his signature. The Council had resolved to give a reward of fifty piastres to the first firemen who arrived with their pumps at a fire. The Council had received the Mayor's letter concerning the sidewalks constructed by M. Lafon in front of government property on the corner of du Maine and Condé Streets. It requested the Mayor to order the City Treasurer to pay Lafon 71.21 piastres, The resolution of January 26 contained an error, because it imposed a tax on all rum and tafia coming into the port, whereas it had been the intent of the Council to exempt spirits manufactured in the United States. Therefore, the Council declared that after April 1 the City would impose a tariff of 1.80 piastres on each barrel of imported rum or tafia, but the United States product would enter free. There had been complaints that, in contradiction to the law, many houses were being constructed of wood with the builders' using brick solely for the facade. It was the duty of the Commissioner of Police to enforce the building regulations. The Council requested the Mayor to reprimand the officer severely for failure to carry out his duties. The Council also requested the Mayor to order repairs on City Hall, to order watchmen to assist in the capture of runaway slaves, to consult with the City Engineer regarding the best way to dig wells in the city, and to consult General W.