Plans meet with the approval of the Commission. A special election will soon be called.
MILLTOWN, Oct. 24 – A meeting of the Milltown Sewer and Water Commission was held last night. Present at the meeting were Mayor Conrad Richter, Charles Richter, John Booream, E. J. Jaeger, C. W. Waddington, R. B. Sheppard, and Engineer Clyde Potts.
The plans and specifications, drawn up by Engineer Clyde Potts and approved by the State Board, were accepted by the local commission. It is likely that a special meeting will be called soon to make a report for submission to the Borough Council. Once the final report is received by the Council, steps will be taken to hold a special election, allowing the residents to make the final decision.
Engineer Clyde Potts provided the following report to the commission:
“On August 3, 1912, I presented complete plans for a water and sewerage system in the Borough of Milltown to your commission. Copies of these plans were filed with the State Board of Health. The water plans were approved in July 1912. Application was made to the State Water Supply Commission for approval of the source of supply, which was granted on August 13, 1912. However, plans for the sewerage works were taken under advisement by the Board of Health. A public hearing was held in the State House at Trenton on August 27. Various citizens and officials from New Brunswick objected to Milltown’s plans, fearing it would contaminate New Brunswick’s water supply.
Post the hearing, negotiations were held with New Brunswick authorities about altering the plan. On January 3, at a joint meeting of the sewerage committees of both Milltown and New Brunswick, it was proposed to pump Milltown’s sewage into New Brunswick’s sewers. This proposal formed the basis for an agreement on September 16. According to this agreement, Milltown will dispose of its sewage by pumping it through a force main on Main street to New Brunswick’s sewers at the Musical String factory. New Brunswick will share the cost of this force main and pumping station, contributing $12,500.
Supplemental plans were prepared in line with this agreement and filed with the State Board of Health on September 30. They were approved on October 7. These plans include a map showing the pumping station’s location and the force main’s route, a profile of the force main, and details of the proposed sewage pumping station near Lawrence Brook at the foot of Church street.
Due to the change in plans, it becomes necessary to modify the specifications attached to the August 3, 1912, report. Appended is a schedule of the necessary changes in the specifications for the sewers and sewage disposal works from the original report. The original specifications have not been rewritten. However, when printed for distribution among contractors, the printer can make corrections by referring to Appendix 1.”
The estimated cost of the sewage disposal works, as originally planned, was $21,505. The cost for the pumping station and force main to the New Brunswick sewers was estimated at $22,775. Of this amount, the City of New Brunswick will contribute $12,500. This leaves the net cost to the Borough of Milltown at $20,275. Regarding the operation of the pumping plant, the costs are estimated not to exceed $1,000 per annum for the first three years. For the fourth and fifth years, the cost is projected to be about $1,500 per annum.
In conclusion, I’d like to state that if the sewerage contract between the Borough of Milltown and the City of New Brunswick contains a clause where New Brunswick agrees to handle and dispose of Milltown’s sewage indefinitely (or as long as Lawrence Brook’s water is used by New Brunswick), I believe this plan, as proposed in the supplemental report, is superior to the original plan from August 1912. The members of your commission should be commended for finding an effective solution to this sewerage issue.
It Is Completed by City Engineer, After a Month’s Work Is a Valuable Map
The survey along Lawrence Brook for the proposed Milltown sewer has been completed by City Engineer Fred c Schneider and submitted to the Michelin Tire Co.
The proposed course of the sewer is about three miles. It took a month to prepare the gap, showing the fall and grade of the sewer and the abutting properties along the sewer course, and it cost $70. Even if the sewer project: is now consummated the map will be standing record from the Milltown Pond to the Weston’s Mills, something which the Water Department never had.
If the State Sewerage Commission insist upon a sewerage disposal plant, this could be erected at Cremoline Creek, a short distance below Weston’s Mills. The Cremoline site adjacent to the river is an ideal one for such a plant a it is low and marshy. A sewerage plant is erected at Plainfield and another al Freehold. The plant is made up of several vats or tanks into which the heavy matter from the sewer is collected and this could be readily sold to the adjacent farmers for fertilizers The light matter could be allowed to pass into the rive after it had passed through the sewerage disposal process.
The method of making the survey was two men of the corps in a row boat obtaining the level, while a third man re training on shore staking out the creek out every 10 feet. To do this he was obliged to chop the greater part of his way for the whole distance.
City Engineer Schneider was assisted in his work of making the survey by Walter Nelson, of New Market, and Monroe Taylor, of this city.
The Michelin people are now considering the project of the sewer, but are not undecided. It is understood that J C. Matlack, the vice president of company, took a blue print of the survey to France with him when he left last week.
School Children Here on Friday Red Men and Friends Meet To-night.
MILLTOWN, March 31-On Friday evening of this week, beginning at 8.15, at the Public School, a musical comedy entitled, “The Minister’s Honey- moon,” will be rendered, under the auspices of the local school, the proceeds of which will be used as the first step towards a free public library in Milltown.
Four of the local teachers, who are also connected with the entertainments of this sort given in the Methodist Church, of New Brunswick, will appear in the cast. They are the Misses Emma Groner, Alta Ehrgood, Hazel Hughes and Edna Vail.
The present library at the school consists of some four hundred volumes, and it is believed that with the proceeds that will be derived from the entertainment there can be purchased a sufficient number of books to supply the citizens of the town who may wish to take advantage of this opportunity to secure reading material.
Principal H. R .B. Meyers recently suggested this subject to the Board of Education, and it met with their approval, and if the plans materialize be has stated that he will be at the school at least one night a week and will act in the capacity of librarian.
If ten dollars is made on the entertainment held by the school the State will appropriate an additional ten dol- lars toward the cause and will continue to make this appropriation once a year on similar occasions.
To Organize Pocahontas To-night.
To-night, in the rooms of the Wickatunk Tribe, No. 135, Improved Order of Red Men, the members of this lodge, their wives, daughters, sweethearts, and in fact all those that care to attend, whether connected with the lodge in any way or not are invited to a social evening, at which time matter of organization of a Pocahontas degree will be one of the main points for discussion.
As stated in last night’s Home News there are already some forty or forty- five that have pledged their names as members of the charter roll, and it is expected by the close of to-night’s program there will be a still greater number.
Dont’ forget, it’s to-night at eight o’clock. Come out, bring one or more: with you and hear what the officers of the Great Council have got to say about the benefits that may be derived from the organization of such a degree as hereinabove named.
Reception for Dr. Hand.
To-night at the Methodist Church, in connection with the regular weekly prayer service, a reception will be given Rev. L. L. Hand, on his return to the local pastorate. It is expected a large number will turn out.
Juniors to Initiate.
To-night Goodwill Guards, of New Brunswick, will confer the third in- Itiatory degree of patriotism upon the seven candidates that Charles L. Wal- ters Council, Jr. O. U. A. M., have in tow. The ceremony will be performed in Walter’s council chamber, and will be followed by a luncheon.
Michelin A. A. Directors Meet To-night.
A meeting of the Directors of the Michelin Athletic Club will be held at the French Club this evening.
Messrs. Ralph Thompson and Allen Otis, of New Brunswick, were Sunday visitors in the borough.
Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Horner en- tertained out of town friends Sunday. To-morrow evening the Misses Helen and Mamie Glock will entertain the Methodist Bible Class in the room of that edifice.
Rescue Council Notes.
At a meeting of Rescue Council held last evening, four beautiful pictures of Washington at Prayer at Valley Forge, as seen and described by Isaac Potts, March 1778, taken from the bronze by J. E. Kelly, on the Sub-Treasury, Wall street, New York, were received from William R. Ricker, a member of Rescue Council, formerly of this place, now of Elizabeth, with instructions that the council keep one for their own use and present one to each of the churches of the borough, and also one to the public school. The trustees of Rescue Council have been instructed to procure a suitable frame for the picture, and that it be placed in a prominent place in the lodge room, and it is likely that the other three will also be framed and placed where especially the children may get a prominent view of the same.
State Vice Councilor Howard S. DeHart has extended an invitation to the members of the local order to accompany him to Royal Council, No. 77, of Plainfield, on Wednesday evening of this week, where he will make an ad-1 dress, as well as the State Councilor William P. Thompson, of Moorestown, N. J. Anyone desiring to make the journey is welcome to go along.
Next Monday evening the first degree will be conferred upon Messrs. John Heinz and Alfred Hoffer.
Much regret was expressed by several members of the order last night on the demise of A. J. Cook, of New Brunswick, who was always a faithful, worker in the O. U. A. M.
In the Quolt League of Rescue Council last night Schlosser and Wolff gained a firmer hold on the first place, when they defeated Gerland and Hoelzer three straight, and Junker and Kohrherr two out of three.
Emens and Meyers defeated Evans Evans and Selover two out of three and lost two out of three to the DeHart brothers.
Evans and Selover defeated Gerland and Hoelzer three straight.
Evans and Junker defeated DeHart brothers two out of three, and also defeated Junker and Kohrherr three straight.
Mrs. Caroline Van Hise Dies at Newark.
Mrs. Caroline Van Hise, who sided in the borough up to a short time ago, passed away at the home of her sister, in Newark, yesterday morning.
Mrs. Charles Denhard and son have returned after a sojourn to New York. Paul Matzke is confined to his home with tonsilitis. He was unable to talk yesterday.
G. Geipel recently moved from the corner of Broad and Clay streets to the Kuhlthau apartments on Main street.
Jos. Cchorke is ill at his home in Fresh Ponds with the mumps.
The factory of the Michelin Tire Company was closed in part yesterday and to-day for the purpose of taking Inventory.
Monsieur Jacobs resumed his duties at the Michelin tire factory yesterday, after being confined to his, home for several days with the grip.
Mrs. James Townsend is ill at her home on School street. with pleurisy. A meeting of the old Board of Education will be held at the school Thurs- day evening. And on next Monday evening it is expected to hold another meeting when the organization of the new board will take place.
An informal dance will be held by members of the A. A. A. in Red Men’s Hall to-morrow evening.
Would Benefit by Sewers.
A copy of the deed for the transfer of a property belonging to John Richter and wife, and located on the south side of Clay street, 155 feet north from Broad street, Milltown, has been filed in the County Record building, New Brunswick. The purchasers are Simon Fournier and wife.
Advisory Commission Recommends That City and Borough Get Together- Pollution of Lawrence Brook New Brunswick’s Greatest Danger.
Co-operation with Milltown on the basis of a bargain by which that borough may obtain a water supply from this city in return for its establishing a sewage disposal plant to prevent contamination of Lawrence Brook, is the fundamental plan proposed for the purification of the city water supply proposed by the Advisory Water Commission to Common Council last night.
A filtration plant is also recommended, but as a matter of secondary importance “The necessity does not depend,” says the report. “upon present conditions at Milltown, for that situation must be changed in any event. But that (pollution) being eliminated, a suitable filter will not only tend to protect the water from sporadic or possible contamination elsewhere, but will remove vegetable matter which now causes objectionable color, odor, and sometimes taste.”
The commission as side issues recommends the raising of the dam at Weston’s Mills three feet to increase the reserve supply and also the reformation of rates by which Highland Park is supplied, that borough actually getting water cheaper than the inhabitants of New Brunswick.
The commission, which was appointed on April 17 last, consists of Former Mayor Drury W. Cooper Eugene P Darrow, William H. Benedict, Alfred A. Titsworth, Frederick C. Schneider and Alfred S March
The commission visited Council in a body last evening, and the report was presented by its president, Mr. Cooper, who expressed the thanks of the members for the honor conferred upon them, also for Council’s support in the matter of appropriations for necessary expenses, of which, he said. a balance would be returned to the city.
“Our recommendations,” said Mr. Cooper, “do not entail the expenditure of any great amount. We have not sought ideal conditions, but simply to advise the city to under- take just such work as is actually necessary
“The report lays particular emphasis upon conditions at Milltown. which are not due to any fault or intention on the part of Milltown, nor to any inattention on the part of the officials of New Brunswick, but to the ordinary growth of the neighboring community. We hope that means will be found, acceptable to all parties, so that the matter can be attended to with the least possible expense and trouble”
Milltown Mayor Willing.
On motion of Mr. Ridgeway the report was received and referred to the Finance Committee.
The report in its opening reviews the history of the commission and says that co-operation by Milltown was invited, but that the commission did not feel justified in waiting longer than it had for such co-operation. Continuing the report says:
Possible Sources of Supply.
“Aside from the present source of supply, we have Investigated the Raritan river and the driving of artesian wells. The river, while furnishing an abundant supply, is harder in quality of water than Lawrence Brook, besides containing a greater percentage of mineral matter, and showing higher color: in addition, it is open to the same objection raised against the present supply: Danger of pollution from settlements above us
“Repeated attempts have been made in this vicinity by private users to drive artesian wells, but the results are far from encouraging
“On the other hand, the city now enjoys water of admirable softness. supplied by a system that has been enlarged as the city has grown, and drawn from a water shed having much less density of population than the Raritan valley; there is an investment of more than $150,000 in the present pumping station and its mains to the reservoir, which would be lost if the supply were changed.
“From these considerations (which have been greatly amplified in the commission’s investigations) It is clear that, unless serious objection be raised, regarding either limitation of present supply or unavoidable pollution, the city should not change either to river or to driven wells,
“The city’s supply is drawn from the lowest of a series of five ponds, the highest of which lies on the south side of the Pennsylvania Railroad’s main line, a little more than a mile east of Monmouth Junction. The storage capacities of these ponds, as now dammed, are given in the following table:
Pond No. 1 . . . . . . . . . . . 26,542,000
Davison’s Pond . . . . . . . 10,557,000
Parson’s Pond. . . . . . . . 39.455,000
Milltown Pond . . . . . . . 9.765,000
Weston’s Mill Pond. . . 130.399,000
Total . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .226.718.000
“From this it will be seen that, of the total stored by dams now built on the watershed, more than one- half is in our own pond: secondly, that, although it is the lowest of the series, its storage capacity is only equal to about 5 days maximum production of the entire shed, or cording to the estimates of the State Board: furthermore, that our pond holds less than 50 days’ supply at the present rate of consumption-in other words, that the amount actually stored behind the present dam would last the city a little over a month If the flow into it should stop.
“We are clearly of the opinion that the capacity of the city’s storage should be substantially increased by one of the plans that will be discussed presently.
Character of the Water.
“As stated above, the water is of unusual and most desirable softness, and so is especially adapted to domestic and factory uses. It teems with organic life, both animal and vegetable Something like 15 species of alga and other forms of vegetable growth have been identified. From the changes incident to the life and growth of these organisms arise the color, odor and taste which at times reach a point where they are very objectionable and deleterious
“Color, odor, and taste are chiefly. the results of decaying vegetation On the average there is very small mineral content.
“These objections, while serious enough to require attention, are of far less importance than the matter now to be considered.
“Were it not for Milltown and the dangerous and intolerable nuisances there, our citizens need have no special anxiety as to the contamination of their water supply
“The conditions at Milltown are these:
Superficial examination shows a number of pipes leading from the Michelin factory to or into the water and a free discharge of more or less offensive fluid from them.
Analysis of Samples.
The report then tells of analysis of duplicate sets of samples taken on June 7 last, one set being submitted to the State Board of Health at Trenton, the other to Prof North and Mr. Doryland, of Rutgers
Present Conditions Are Dangerous.
“The only safeguards that New Brunswick has at present from an epidemic of any communicable disease affecting the Intestinal tract- typhoid and typhus, for example, that may exist in Milltown are, first. the two miles or so of flow down the city’s pond; second, such rough and ready means as are now employed at the pump house to purify the water before drinking it. But these means are Inadequate.
Thus, with reference to treatment of water by calcium hypochlorite, where the water is not filtered, there may be minute particles of matter enclosing bacteria which are not affected by the chemical, besides, there is always danger of incomplete mixture of hypochlorite with the water in any scheme of application. We believe that this means of treating our water should be continued pending the permanent improvements referred to.
Likewise, the two mile now in our pond, although sluggish and thereby increasing the tendency to self purification by exposure to air and sun- light and by sedimentation, is insufficient, according to experience, to eliminate colon or typhoid bacteria. It is understood that in the case of the typhoid epidemic Scranton, Pa. the bacilli were carried a greater distance than that, while a recent writer cites a similar epidemic that caused 69 deaths out or a total of 1.067 typhoid cases, which was traced to sewage from towns and mills dumped into the water supply at various points the nearest of which was only about eight miles away”
The boiling of water is, of course, efficient, but as it makes it unpalatable in many mouths, imposes an easily shirked duty upon those who are either indifferent or already over-burdened with household cares, and distributes among all the inhabitants a duty or an essentially public nature, this safeguard is least of al to be relied on.
“The question naturally arises. why should Milltown be permitted to pollute our water supply and thus constantly menace the health of New Brunswick? Apparently, the only answer is, that what is everybody’s business is nobody’s business.
“Ample authority to Institute suitable action to suppress such nuisances was given the Board of Water Commissioners by the statute under which the City acquired the property and franchises of the New Brunswick Water Company, which company by the statutes of 1859 and subsequent years had been clothed with very extensive and valuable powers to establish and acquire water-rights in Middlesex and Somerset Counties.
“Although, by some recent legislation, the State Board of Health is given the power to initiate and enforce action to prevent or stop pollution of the potable water within the State, nevertheless the health of the city should not be jeopardized because of the laxity or inaction of any State authorities.
“The prime requisite to any scheme of betterment is the total elimination of pollution by sewage at Milltown in our judgment, this can be accomplished only by the erection and maintenance by Milltown of a sewage disposal plant, located at some point outside the water-shed of Lawrence Brook.
In the present are your Commisions recommended to following plan as
Adequate to meet all present conditions, and future requirements, so far as they are now foreseen:
“1. That the pollution by sewage at Milltown be eliminated by persuading or encouraging, that Borough to erect a sewage disposal plant outside the water-shed.
“2. When that is done, we recommend that the dam at Weston’s Millpond be ramed 7 foot in height. This will increase the storage capacity of the pond from 120,000,000 gallons to 200,000,000 gallons approximately, Because of the step banks this would not materially widen the pond or overflow adjacent lands. The advantage of this will be not merely in the increased available — which in seasons as dry as that of 10 would be immensely valuable to the city but, regulating the flow of the stream will give greater opportunity for sedimentation, and consequent self-purification of the water.
It is estimated that the cost of the work necessary for the additional height of dam and retaining walls the sides of the pond will not exceed fifteen thousand dollars $15,000, or fall below thirteen thousand dollars $13,000.
“3. The necessity of filtration does not depend, in our judgment, upon the present conditions at Milltown, for that situation must be changed in any event. A filtration plant should not be relied upon to safeguard against manifest pollution. But, that being eliminated, a suitable filter will not only tend to protect the water from sporadic or possible. contamination elsewhere, but will remove vegetable matter which now causes objectionable color, odor and sometimes taste,
“4. In the event that sewage at Milltown cannot be dealt with as heretofore recommended because of legal obstacles not apparent from our Investigations, or because those charged with the duty of acting fail to protect the city’s interests, there is no safe recourse for the city except to acquire land and build a large storage reservoir at Parsons Pond, and pipe from there to our present pumping station. Provisional plans and estimates were made for such a scheme some 30 years ago by the late Dr. George H. Cook and having reviewed his plans and figures (which are filed herewith, we are of opinion that his estimate of maximum storage capacity of 1,640, 000,000 gallons and of probable cost of $347,000, including cost of land, dam and piping, are fair and just now.
“But this plan is open to patent objections; among them these: It saddles upon the city an expense that Is avoidable if pollution at Milltown be eliminated; it does not avoid the necessity of filtering in order to rid the water of odor, color and taste: and it reduces the drainage area by more than 25 per cent and that means a lowering in that proportion of the average daily flow available for our uses, in dry seasons.
“Such a storage reservoir may, in years to come, be necessitated by large increase In population, as an auxiliary to Weston’s Pond: but no such necessity now exists, in our Judgment.
“5. Contain matters of relatively minor importance claim attention. The city has the right to assess and collect water taxes on all lands fronting on lines of pipe, whether or not the owners use the supply. We understand that this power has not been exercised in the practice of the Water Department.
“The city at present delivers water to the neighboring Borough of Highland Park at less net rates than in our own city. We have examined the contract, executed about two years ago, and find that, upon its face it provides for equal rates in both places; but Highland Park taxes our city for the value of the piping system that is laid there, so that the Borough has a preference despite the facts that our citizens own the plant, and that the average distance of delivery in Highland Park greatly exceeds the average distance of delivery to our own townspeople. We can find little to commend in the terms of the Highland Park contract: In case of threatened famine. this city should have a preference In the use of its own water, but that is specifically excluded: no lien is given against property in the Borough for unpaid water rates, so that the city’s ability to collect seems to depend entirely upon the willingness of the users there to remit; and apparently no right is given our Board to charge property there that abuts our lines unless the owners connect with them. We strongly recommend that, if possible, this contract be rescinded, or reformed, in order to give New Brunswick its due.
“It is believed by the members of this Commission that, with the improvements in plant that we have recommended, the Borough of Milltown may agree to take water from our plant. For obvious reasons, It has no present interest In doing s But if that Borough will remove its sewage from the watershed, Its suspicions of the purity of the supply will be gone; and, it if then becomes a customer of our water department, the individual and collective interest there in avoiding pollution, will be as great a sin this city.
“Without making a specific recommendation on this point, we leave it to the good judgment and self-interest of both communities to determine whether co-operation is not the best course. Having examined the physical conditions, we are satisfied. that a workable scheme is entirely feasible
Respectfully submitted, DRURY W. COOPER, Pres, EUGENE P. DARROW WILLIAM H. BENEDICT, ALFRED A. TITSWORTH, FREDERICK C. SCHNEIDER, ALFRED S. MARCH, Sec. November, 1911.
Payment by the City of New Brunswick to the Borough of Milltown for the expense of the Construction of a system of sewers in the Borough
An ordinance to issue bonds for the payment by the City of New Brunswick to the Borough of Milltown through which said Borough the water supply of the City of New Brunswick flows, of a portion of the expense of the Construction of a system of sewers in the Borough of Milltown:
BE IT ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK:
Section 1. That the Common Councill of the City of New Brunswick under and by virtue of the provisions of a certain act of the Legislature of the State of New Jersey, entitled, “An Act to authorize cities and other municipalities having a public water supply derived from sources beyond the city limits to protect the same from pollution by providing for the payment of a portion of the expense of the construction of a system of sewers to any municipality through which said water flows, and providing also for the raising and expenditure of the money necessary for this purpose,” approved April 17, 1914, does hereby determine for the purpose of paying to the Borough of Milltown, through which Borough the water supply of the City of New Brunswick flows, a portion of the expense of the construction in said Borough of Milltown of a system of sewers, to appropriate and borrow the sum of twelve thousand five hundred dollars, ($12.500) and to issue bonds therefor in the corporate name of the City of New Brunswick.
Section 2. Said bonds shall bear date of December 1, 1914. The bonds issued shall be twelve in number of the denomination of one thousand dollars each, and one of the denominations of five hundred dollars: shall bear interest payable semi-annually on the first days of June and December in each year at such rate not exceeding five per centum per annum as shall hereafter be determined by resolution of
Common Council; shall be sold at public or private sale at not less than par and accrued interest: shall run for a period of twenty years; shall be signed by the Mayor, countersigned by the City Treasurer and the City Comptroller and attested by the City Clerk; shall be either registered or coupon bonds, and if coupon bonds, the interest coupon attached thereto shall be signed by the facsimile signature of the City Treasurer and the City Comptroller. The principal and interest of said bonds shall be payable at the office of the City Treasurer of the City of New Brunswick, New Jersey, in lawful money of the United States of America. The property, faith and credit of the City of New Brunswick are hereby pledged to secure the principal and interest of said bonds.
Section 3. That there shall be included in the tax levy for each and every year until the principal of said bonds shall have been fully paid and discharged a sum sufficient to pay the interest on said issue of bonds for that year, and also a sum equal to at least two per centum of the principal of said issue of bonds, which said, last mentioned sum shall be paid into the Sinking Fund of the City of New Brunswick, and shall be invested and reinvested from time to time for the purpose of providing for the payment of said issue of bonds at the maturity thereof.
Section 4. That the proceeds of the sale of said bonds shall be used exclusively for the purpose expressed in the title and in the first section of this ordinance and for no other purpose.
Section 5. This ordinance shall take effect Immediately.
In Common Council on October 19, 1914, the above ordinance was read the first and second time, adopted by sections, passed on second reading, and ordered to be engrossed for a third reading and published according to Law.
Adopted October 19, 1914.
EDWARD BURT. President.
ELMER J. MCMURTRY
Passed in Common Council on third and final reading Nov. 6, 1914.
MILLTOWN, Aug. 11. There being but one bid for the sewer and water extension out Riva avenue, in order that the new Michelin houses might be connected the contract was awarded to the Utility Construction Company, of New Brunswick, at the meeting of Borough Council last night The successful bidders gave bonds in the amount of $8.400 for the faithful performance of their duties. The contract specified that but one payment shall be made at the completion and acceptance of the work.
Utility Man Resigns.
The resignation of Henry Rathcamp, who has served the borough as utility man for the past several years, was received at the council meeting last night, and in accordance with action taken, an advertisement for man to take his place appears in today’s issue of the Home News.
The matter of procuring oil for the purpose of settling the dust along the main street of the borough was again discussed and the street committee was directed to procure some kind of a substance as soon as possible. Chairman Kuthlthau, of the street committee reported that he had investigated the matter of combination road binder and dust layer produced by the Robbinson Process Co. Whether this or crude oil will be procured was left in the hands of the committee to decide.
A washout in the sidewalk of O. Lindstrom. of North Main Street, which caused a young lady to fall down recently, was reported to council, and the clerk was authorized to notify the owner to have same repaired.
Councilman Skewis, chairman of the police committee, reported that he had been requested by the Board of Health to put a special officer on the streets to see that the resolutions of the health committee are carried out in so far as prohibiting children under sixteen years from entering or leaving the town, to keep children at home and to perform such other duties as the Board of Health will require of them. It is proposed to have the special officer to board the trolley cars as they enter the town and make a search for children under the age limit and prevent them from alighting in the town.
The finance committee was authorized to purchase sixty-five meters still due on contract with the Pittsburgh Meter Co., together with 25 one-inch curb cocks and six frost bottoms for meters.
The application for plumbers’. scene and bond of Theodore Bluming, which was laid on the table some time ago, was taken up and refused, on the grounds that Mr. Bluming had no established place of business. Mr. Bluming desired to do some work in his own home at present and expected to start his business later on. The outside work has been completed by regularly licensed plumber, and the refusal of the application will not hinder him from doing the inside work in his own home, but it must be inspected by a licensed plumber of the borough.
A bond of the Michelin Tire Company for plumbing licenses was approved.
The clerk was Authorized to deliver to the engineer in charge of the new sewer and water construction work the bid of the Utility Construction Co. with the understanding the same would be returned for filing at the completion of the work
The finance committee was empowered to purchase an air compressor for the engine for use in connection with the sewer station at a cost of not more than $225.
The clerk was authorized to send a bill to the Pubic Service Railway Co., for $3,00, for water taken from a local hydrant to fill their tank car, and also to notify the Public Service that such practice will not be tolerated unless permission is granted by council.