FROM SPECIAL CORRESPONDENCE TO FIRK AND WATER.
Incorporation, Population, Water-works, Paving, Sewerage, Street Lighting, Fire Department, Financial Condition and List of Municipal Officers of Cities, Towns and Villages in the United States and Canada.
SAN BERNARDINO, CAL., has a population of 10,000. It has under way a complete system of water-work and other city improvements. Its officers are : Mayor, O. Newburg ; trustees, A. M. Kenniston, W. E. W. Lightfoot, Sydney Uhl and Harry Lesher ; city clerk, B. B. Harris ; treasurer, C. F. Roe; attorney, John Brown, Jr.; superintendent of streets, Joseph Bright, and city engineer, F. C. Finkle.
WAYNESBURG, PA.-J. A. F. Randolph, town clerk, writes: “In your issue of February 22, i8qo, under the head of ‘Municipal Record,’ you quote Waynesburg, Pa., as having sixty gasolene lamps. We are glad to inform you that our town is now lighted by one hundred electric lights. It is thought by a good many that there is no town in the State of the same size that is better lighted. Our water-works also have as good pressure probably as any in the State, giving us about no to 115 pounds to the square inch on Main street. While we have no sewerage system, our town is well located for natural drainage.”
SANTA ROSA, CAL., is a city with 8000 inhabitants. The names of its officers are : Mayor, H. W. Byington ; chief clerk, H. H. Churchill; treasurer, E. E. Woodward; chairman of finance committee, L. W. Burris; city civil engineer, Press K. Davis ; chief of police, J. J. Lowrey ; chief of fire department, W. H. Grissim ; chairman of fire and water committee, J. W. Warboys; president of water board, M. L. McDonald ; health officer, J. J. Lowrey. Basalt block is used for street paving with stone sidewalks. The city has a sewerage and a waterworks system. The latter which is gravity is owned by the Santa Rosa Water Company. The streets are lighted with gas and electricity (Thomson-Houston system). No additions are proposed for the fire department just now. The yearly expenditures and receipts are $35,000 respectively. No bonds.
LEBANON, Ohio.—This town has 3000 inhabitants. Its officers are: Mayor, I. N. Walker; city clerk, M. E. Gustin ; treasurer, J. M. Oglesby; chairman of finance committee, George W. Smith ; chief of police, J. T. Starry ; chief of fire department, E. Sellers ; chairman of fire and water committee, West Glenny; street inspector, J. T. Starry; health officer, Isaac Smith. Ten miles of streets are paved with stone, brick and mecadam, and lighted with about 100 electric lights by the Lebanon Light, Fuel and Power Company. The town has no water-works nor sewerage system. Water for fire protection is obtained from cisterns. The total debt of the town is $4500, the annual expenses and receipts being $11,845 and $20,275 respectively. Six per cent is paid on bonds.
WATERBURY, Conn.—“ This city,” writes our correspondent, “ was incorporated in 1853, and has a population estimated at 35,000. The following is a list of its officers : Mayor, Henry 1. Houghton ; city clerk, Edward G. Kilduff ; treasurer, William C. Keenan ; chairman of finance committee, Henry I. Houghton; city civil engineer, F. Floyd Weld; superintendent of water-works, N. J. Welton; superintendent of street lighting, Frank J. Kansetti; chief of police, George M. Egan ; chief of fire department, Samuel C. Snagg; chairmen of fire and water committee, Henry I. Houghton and N. J. Welton ; president of water board, N. J. Welton ; street inspector, James M. Colley; health officer, Dr. C. W. S. Frost; fire alarm superintendent, Samuel C. Snagg. Granite blocks are used for paving the streets, and they are lighted with 150 electric lights by the Connecticut Electric Company. The water-works system which is a gravity system is owned by the city. There are 238 hydrants in use and about thirty-six miles of pipe laid. No extensions to sewerage nor additions to the fire department equipment are proposed at present. The total city debt is $377,500, the yearly expenditure $185,000, and the receipts $190,000. Four and seven per cent is paid on bonds.