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Boston (Mass.). Board of Street Commissioners

 Organization

Historical note

Chapter 337 of the Acts of 1870 established the Board of Street Commissioners. All the powers of the Board of Aldermen concerning the laying-out, altering or discontinuing the streets and ways in the city and the powers of the Board of Aldermen in relation to the abatement of taxes were transferred to the Board of Street Commissioners.

From 1870 to 1882, the department under the charge of the Street Commissioners was called the Street Department. The department under the charge of the Superintendent of Streets was called the Paving Department. From 1883-1890, the departments under charge of the Street Commissioners and the Superintendent of Streets were collectively called the Street Department. The Street Commissioners had charge of the laying out and widening of streets and highways. The Superintendent of Streets had charge of the work of laying out, widening, etc. By Chapters 18 and 36 of the Revised Ordinances of 1890, the department under the charge of the Street Commissioners was called the Street Laying-Out Department and the department under the charge of the Superintendent of Streets was called the Street Department.

By Section 57 of Chapter 2 of the Ordinances of 1954, the powers and duties of the Board of Street Commissioners were transferred to the Public Improvement Commission except those concerning inflammable material which were transferred to the Committee on Licenses in the Public Safety Commission, those concerning the planting and removal of trees, projections in, over or on the public ways, and storage and sale of merchandise which were transferred to the Commissioner of Public Works, and those concerning the abatement of taxes which were transferred to the Real Property Board.

Found in 10 Collections and/or Records:

City Council orders

 Series — Box: 1
Identifier: 5060.006
Scope and Contents City Council orders to the Board of Street Commissioners relative to laying out streets, extending streets and providing estimates.

Public Improvement Commission orders

 Series
Identifier: 5060.008
Scope and Contents Orders of the Public Improvement Commission (formerly Board of Street Commissioners) relating to the laying-out, alteration, opening, discontinuance and naming of streets.

Public Improvement Commission proceedings

 Digital Collection
Identifier: 5060.001

Public Improvement Commission proceedings

 Series
Identifier: 5060.001
Scope and Contents Unindexed minutes of the Board of Street Commissioners for 1871, 1874, 1876, 1879, 1881, 1883-1884, 1901, 1905-1909 and 1911; and digital copies of Board of Street Commissioners minutes from 1871-1954 April 30 and Public Improvement Commission minutes from 1954 May 7-1986. The volumes for 1899-1900 are missing.

Record of business of Street Commission

 Item — Volume: 1
Identifier: 5060.003
Scope and Contents Log of business before the Street Commission relating to laying out of streets. Lists street, parties in interest, number of square feet taken, when taken, estimates, amount paid and notes.

Record of grades

 Series
Identifier: 5070.002
Scope and Contents Volume kept by the City Surveyor's Office of copies of orders of the Board of Street Commissioners to establish the grades of streets in Dorchester.

Record of private ways approved

 Item
Identifier: 5060.002
Scope and Contents Votes of Street Commissioners accepting private ways approved by the Mayor.

Street Laying-Out Department annual reports

 Series — Publications: PB 035
Identifier: 5060.005
Scope and Contents Includes copies of annual reports of the Street Laying-Out Department for the years 1893-1898, 1900-1902, 1904-1908, 1910, 1912-1928, 1930-1934, 1936, 1938-1940, 1942-1943 and 1945-1951. Annual reports can also be found in the City Documents series.

Street notices

 Series
Identifier: 5060.004
Scope and Contents Two volumes of printed public notices of the Board of Street Commissioners relating to laying out streets, land takings and schedules of assessments.