Cleveland May Spend $2,500,000

Cleveland May Spend $2,500,000

Cleveland, Ohio, is prepared to spend $2,500,000 for improvements in the fire and police departments, if the federal government can be persuaded to help finance the project in accordance with terms of the National Industrial Recovery Act.

William S. Lougee, City Architect, has drawn papers on the extensive improvement program which is the result of a survey by Safety Director E. E. Adams. The city plans to spend $1,250,000 for buildings and equipment for the Fire Department and a like sum for the police branch. It will be the first serious effort the city has made to abolish useless stations and to relocate others. Should the project go through, Chief James E. Granger will be provided with equipment which he considers absolutely necessary.

The plans called for the construction of a fully equipped drill tower at some central location; the purchase of seven 85-foot aerial ladders; ten 1,000-gallon pumpers; a water tower to replace one that has been in service for thirty-seven years; two high-pressure wagons to replace two old ones; two rescue squad cars; two 250-gallon tank cars for carrying gasoline to apparatus working at fires. The fire alarm system is to be revamped at a cost of $107,500 and $600,000 is asked for two fire boats. The latter two expenditures are not included in the $1,250,000 improvement project.

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