JERSEY CITY’S WATER PLANT.
At a conference between the authorities of Jersey City, N. J., and the legal representatives of P. H. Flynn, who is building the city’s new water plant, it was practically agreed to grant Mr. Flynn the modification of contract he asked for some time ago. Under the terms of the contract Flynn was to give Jersey City a plant capable of furnishing 70,000,000 gallons of water daily and was also to secure to the city the entire flow of the Rockaway river,in order that future demands might be met. Later the contractor found that he could not do this because the Morris Canal company, under its charter, granted sixty years ago, was entitled to draw from the Rockaway river above Boonton whatever water was needed to feed the canal at that point. Failing to quiet the company’s claim either by purchase or legislation, Mr. Flynn asked that the city modify the contract by adding to the clause relating to the entire flow of the Rockaway river the words, “except so much as may be withdrawn by the Morris Canal company.” The city at first rejected this proposition,but has now reversed its action, in consideration of a reduction of $50,000 to be made from the contract price of $7,595,000. Mr. Flynn’s anxiety to have the matter settled is said to be caused by the fact that the United States Mortgage and Loan company, which has agreed to lend him $4,500,000 on his contract, declines to advance the money until he has secured the desired modification of contract.