KANSAS CITY, KAN. FRANCHISE.
Kansas City, Kan., has granted a waterworks franchise to L. M. Miller and K. L. Browne. The present franchise of the Metropolitan Water company will expire next December. It is not probable that the old company will quit without a fight, and litigation is expected. The old company’s property is mortgaged for about $1,500,000, and it has its stock and bonds to protect. The new franchise provides for the same Hat rates nowprevailing and a rate of twenty-live cents per 1,000 gallons for consumers who put in meters. The meter rate is scaled down for large consumers. T he city pays $40 a year each for fire hydrants, hut gets all its water free, and has a right to purchase the plant after ten years.
To further the plan of securing a repeal of the Burr law, which prevents the borough of Brooklyn, New York, front going into Suffolk county for water. Water Commissioner Ellison lias sent out a circular letter to civic organisations and citizens generally. The statements are substantially the same as those contained in a statement issued by the commissioner the day after he made an inspection of the Long Island watershed.