Leadership

METERAGE METHODS IN MANHATTAN.

Issue 24 and Volume 41.

METERAGE METHODS IN MANHATTAN. No wonder the installation of meters in Manhattan borough, New York, is unpopular, when the system of placing them is considered. A correspondent in a local paper describes the modus operandi as follows: “The order for the installation is left at the house; if not complied with by the owner within thirty days, the job is given by the department to an individual called a ‘city plumber.’ This is not a responsible official, but a political heeler employed by politicians. I am speaking with the facts behind me, when 1 say that the job done in this way costs from three to live times as much as when done by a responsible plumber under private employment. Men who own much propertv avoid this extortion by complying with the orders at once; but inexperienced owners, seeing from the notice that the department will do the work, often…

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