GOOD MANAGEMENT AT LOUISVILLE.

GOOD MANAGEMENT AT LOUISVILLE.

It is gratifying to see public recognition of good work done for a municipality and the praise being accorded the heads of the Louisville, Ky., Water Company by the press of that city reflects their good management of the plant. President W. O. Head of the company recently issued his annual report, and the “Louisville Post,” in a recent issue, declares it to be one of the most interesting documents that has come from any branch of the city government in months and that the facts and figures given therein afford convincing proof of the excellence of the management during the past four years. It further declares the water company and the public schools to be the two best managed departments of the city government. Great improvements in the water works system were effected by Mr. Theodore A. Leisen, now of Detroit, during the years that he was in Louisville, and speaking of the improvements of the past eleven years the “Post” points out that the rates have been reduced, the plant is in fine condition and large extensions are being made out of current earnings, while the company’s bonded debt had been reduced to “the vanishing point.” And in addition to this the net earnings during 1917 were $441,000, and in this connection the newspaper points out that while the rate to consumers has remained the same as during 1916 and the prices for supplies increased, yet the net earnings in 1917 showed a decrease of only $3,750 from the preceding year. The company, which is owned by the city, supplies the whole city and half the county. In speaking of the good services rendered by President Head and his associates, the local newspaper comments that Mr. Head, who will retire as president in a few weeks, has made an admirable record as the head of the water company. The satisfaction expressed with what has been accomplished speaks well for those in charge of the plant and shows the efforts of Superintendent James B. Wilson and those associated with him have not only borne material fruit but have won recognition as well.

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