Mount Vernon Water News
From Our Regular Correspondent
The special water board, headed by John W. Stevens, appointed to consider the complexing water question of Mount Vernon, N. Y., has recommended to common council of that city the purchase of the plant and equipment of the New York Inter Urban Water Company and connection with New York city water, at a total cost of $1,062,500.
The report, which is exceedingly lengthy, is being considered by the council. The question of water supply in Mount Vernon has been debated for the last seventeen years; now the people want action.
Mount Vernon lies directly over the line from New York City. Lincoln avenue, Mount Vernon, and East 242d street, New York, constitute one of the connecting points.
For years now the Inter Urban company has been supplying Mount Vernon with water. At the request of the city, they fixed a price for the purchase of their plant and equipment. They asked $1,150,000, but opposition was heard.
Now the water board suggests a price of $1,000,000 for purchase and an expense of $62,500 for connecting with a New York City-Catskill line at 242d street. In fact, the board urges that they be allowed to negotiate the latter plan even though the deal with the water company falls through.
As much as 5,000,000 gallons of water per day could be obtained with the proposed connection, the report adds, the connection to be made through Lincoln avenue to South street, to West Second street, to South Second avenue, to a connection with a 16-inch main recently laid in Third street.
The yearly cost of maintaining and operating a city plant is placed at $32,500. The cost of water from New York for 1919 would be $118,500 per year. The interest and sinking fund charges on the basis of bonds for water works improvement would be $83,740, it is estimated, making an annual total cost of $235,000.
It would also be necessary to improve much of the present pipe system, because there is a great deal of old-time 4-inch main still here. A gradual conversion of the present system is suggested, at a cost of $10,000 yearly.
On the matter of income from a city-owned plant, the board points out that since 1911 the income of the water company has increased from $147,000 to $196,000 in 1917. For the city the board estimates a gross income of $200,000, leaving a balance of $35,000 to be raised by taxation.
When a decision will be reached in this question is not known. The feeling apears to be against a renewal of contract with the water company.