Proceedings of American Water Works Convention
Continuation of Excerpts from the Official Record of the Doings of Wednesday’s Session—Reports from the Iowa Section and the Finance Committee
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23>
Afternoon Session, 2:00 o’clock
(Continued from page 195)
Question 7: “General suggestions for development of reciprocal advantageous action between the sections and the parent organization, and through the parent organization between the sections in various localities.” Answer: I believe that this development of reciprocal action between the sections, and the sections and the parent organization, would be of benefit to the sections. A general plan for time of meeting of sections would be of advantage to persons wishing to attend meetings of sections other than that to which they belong. Joint social meetings of sections of adjoining territory meeting with the different sections would have some advantages. Many Illinois members remember with pleasure a joint meeting with the Iowa Section. The attendance of officers and prominent members of the Association at meetings of the sections add greatly to the interest of the section meetings.
MR. GOODELL—Mr. Habermeyer said something there about the meetings of the sections and the annual convention. I did not quite catch that point, and I would like to have him state that more clearly.
MR. HABERMEYER—Trying to answer that question to the best of my ability, whether there is more interest in the social features or the technical features of the meetings, I will say that I think some care more for one and some, perhaps, care more for another, but trying to bring it up in a general way, I believe a considerably greater proportion of the membership take a great active interest in the reading and discussion of papers at the local sectional meetings than they do at the annual convention.
PRESIDENT DAVIS—IS there any one ready to report from the New York Section? (No response)
PRESIDENT DAVIS—How about the Iowa Section.
MR. HINMAN, Jr,—I will make a short report, Mr. President. I have no formal written report to make, but I will borrow this paper from Mr. Habermeyer and endeavor to answer the question contained in the President’s letter.
Question 1 : “The number of meetings held since the Buffalo convention, and the attendance of members and guests at each meeting.” We have held one meeting at Mason City, October 22 and 23, 1919. The attendance at the meeting was about, as I remember it, twenty-five of our regular members; the local attendance and attendance of associate members would bring it up to about seventy-five.
Question 2: “Has the section as a local body secured additional members in the parent organization?” I cannot say as to that directly. I have sent out at various times application blanks and made some effort to get members into the territory. We have secured some new members. Whether I could be justified in saying that is so as a local body, I do not know.
Question 3: “Is the social or business feature of the section work more attractive to the members? What is done to enhance the social factor?” The Iowa Section is a section which believes in emphasizing strongly the business part of the Association. We ordinarily have one meeting a year (which comes along in October as a rule and is held usually at Iowa City one year and every other year at some town which invites us to come to it in the State). This was adopted as a matter of principle, the idea being that the meeting at Iowa City was to be a straight business meeting, while at the other meetings there were some social matters, and in addition, investigations or visits to the local plants. As Mr. Habermeyer said, in regard to the Illinois Section, the meeting with the Iowa Section was devoted to business. We have most of the men in attendance present during the reading of the papers. There are very few outside activities. Most of the time we do not have exhibitors, although we usually send invitations to associates to attend if they feel it worth their while, and usually there are some representatives but they very seldom bring any exhibits.
Question 4: “What action, if any, has the Section taken to improve the community standing of its members in the works they represent, or what special service has the Section done for the water works utility during the reconstruction period?” We have a Legislative Committee that has been quite active but that is our sole activity along those lines.
Question 5: “Has the section developed the data of general principles brought out in some paper published in the Journal as for instance, Metcalfe, on ‘Effect of War Period upon the Water Works of the United States?’ No.
Question 6: “How are topics for informal discussion handled? Are your members asked to prepare an introductory discussion of a topic. Does calling on members by name develop freedom of discussion or bring out useful information?”
Now, we adopt a policy usually followed in the formal opening of a meeting. That is, the address of welcome by the mayor and so on. Following that we have a round-table discussion. Requests are sent to all the members to suggest topics, and it is informally requested of a certain member that he open the discussion on that topic. The discussion is very general, and practically all members of the section who are present take part in the discussion We do not have these things taken down in shorthand, but we get a great deal of information from the experiences of the other members, and as we all know each other pretty well, the freedom with which these things are discussed is quite great. Calling the members by names usually works satisfactorily with us, and we practically never have any discussion prepared in written form.
Question 7: “General suggestions for development of reciprocal advantageous action between the sections and the parent organization, and through the parent organization between the Sections in various localities.” As Mr. Habermeyer stated: the Iowa Section had a meeting with the Illinois Section some years ago at Davenport and Rock Island and Moline, and it was a very successful meeting, and one which we hope we can repeat at some time in the future. The Iowa Section is a small section; it has only about fifty members altogether, but I am sure those present will bear me out when I say that the interest of those members is very great, and we all feel that we derive a very great amount of benefit from our meetings in our local section.
PRESIDENT DAVIS—Is there any one here from the Minnesota Section.
MR. CAPPELEN—I wish to return this cup, Mr. President. Canada held the cup in nineteen hundred and sixteen, but Minnesota won it in nineteen hundred and seventeen, eighteen, and nineteen, and is entitled to keep it forever, but on account of the war conditions we have decided to give you gentlemen another chance at it, but maybe we will take it back with us this year and if we do, we will surely keep it. As far as a report from the Section is concerned, I, as the first chairman, can simply state that the section is progressing very nicely. We had several meetings during the year, rather expected the president to be present, but as he is not here, I have nothing further to say, only that I hope you will let us take that cup back with us again.
SECRETARY DIVEN—I think the record has not been made up. We have tried to get at it, but as we had to take the boat trip, we are not ready now.
PRESIDENT DAVIS—Is there any one here from the newly organized California Section or who can outline the organization of the Canadian-section-to-be. I understand the first steps in that organization were taken last night. Is there any other section represented? (No response) I think we had better cut this short as we have a long program and we want to receive the reports of the standing committees. The first report is from the Finance Committee, by Mr. Johnson.
MR. JOHNSON—Mr. President, the Finance Committee present the following report on the financial operations of the society for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1920. We have audited the books of the secretary and treasurer, and found them correct. We have examined and verified all vouchers. The respective reports of the secretary and treasurer set forth the details of the financial affairs of the Association, and are in accordance with their books. At the outset you will be interested to learn that notwithstanding the fact that the expenses of the Association during the year just passed exceeded those of the previous year by fifty-two per cent, due to an increase of ninety-five per cent, for printing and distributing the Journal, rent of the secretary’s office in New York, a new charge hitherto not borne by the association, increased salaries of the secretary and the editor, and less important increases in expenses in practically every department of operation, nevertheless, the net loss on the year’s operations amount to but $147.24. A net gain in membership of one hundred and eighty-one, increased the revenue from initiation fees and dues by twenty-seven percent over last year. In connection with the increased cost of printing and distributing the Journal this year as compared with last year it is not to be forgotten that we are now publishing six numbers annually, instead of four. Details respecting this point are to be found in the report of the publication committee.
Following is a summarized statement of the past year’s accounts.
Balance on hand in Bank, April 1, 1920 ………. $1603.03
American Foreign Security Company, notes sold …. 2000.00
Received from Secretary ……………………..12939.44
Interest on Investments and Deposits ………….. 667.06
There was disbursed and paid by the Treasurer on vouchers duly authorized and audited by the Finance Committee for the general operations of the Association 13817.01
There was added to the permanent investment find ……. 1000.00
Leaving on April 1, 1920, a balance in bank to the credit of the Association, of ………………………$2,392.52
Permanent Investment Fund
On August 1, 1919 the two one thousand dollar American Foreign Security Company five per cent notes fell due and were taken up by that company and the cash deposited in bank to the credit of the association. During the year one one-thousand dollar United States Victory Loan Bond was purchased and paid for. There are now in the hands of the treasurer by authority granted by the finance committee, certificates constituting the Permanent Investment Fund of the association, as follows:
Four, $1,000. Dominion of Canada, 5% Bonds, due
April, 1931 ………………………………… $4,000
Four, $500 United States 1st Liberty Loan Bonds, 3 1/2% 2,000
One, $1,000 United States 2nd Liberty Loan Bond, 4 1/2% 1,000
Two, $1,000 United States 3rd Liberty Loan Bonds, 4 1/2% 2,000
Two, $1,000 United States 4th Liberty Loan Bonds, 4 1/2% 2,000
One, $1,000 United States Victory Loan Bonds 4 3/4% .. 1,000
Par value of Permanent investment Fund ………….$12,000
It will thus be seen that the par value of the permanent investment fund is now $12,000, whereas last year it was $13,000. However the balance in bank on April 1, 1920, exceeds the balance on April 1, 1919, by $789.49. There is a credit item of $63.27 for binding cases paid for and now on hand. The net deficit for the year’s business is therefore, $147.24, as before stated. Then follows the Budget Allowances and Disbursements for 1919-1920.)
MR. JOHNSON (continuing)—It will be noted front the above that the election expenses sliphtly exceeded the budget allowance. It is understood that certain amendments to the constitution are to be proposed at this meeting which will serve to reduce the expense of annual elections. Committee expenses, largely through unanticipate dexpenditures by the membership committee, also slightly exceeded the budget allowance. The results accomplished by this committee, however, appear to amply justify the expenditures made. Disbursements under all other budget items were kept within the allowance. A new item of expense, not provided for in last year’s budget, was office rent. Heretofore, the association has profited by the nonpayment of rent of the secretary’s office. Last August, however, the secretary made a change in his business relations and moved to New Work. It therefore became necessary and proper in the circumstances for the association to provide and pay for office space at his new address and this the executive committee did, and thus incurred an additional expense, but one which could not be avoided. Respecting the budget for the fiscal year ending March 31, 1921, on the basis that the modus operandi of the association will remain substantially as at present, your Committee recommend that the following allowances be made.
Convention expenses ………………………… $ 700
Office Expenses ……………………………. 1,000
Committee Expenses …………………………. 1,200
Section Expenses …………………………….. 600
Insurance ……………………………………. 75
Salary of Secretary ………………………….. 500
Salary of Assistant to Secretary …………….. 1,200
Salary of Editor……………………………. 1,200
Printing Journal …………………………… 7,500
Office Rent ……………………………….. 1,080
Contingencies ……………………………….. 295
We are increasing the office expenses by some three hundred dollars, because we believe that in the secretary’s office there should be ample provision for a membership campaign, and if it is necessary to make any special disbursement it can be done through the secretary’s office. The Committee expenses we also raised to twelve hundred dollars. Last year the executive committee held no meeting I personally think (I am not speaking for the finance committee, but personally) that the executive committee should get together at least once a year, and talk things over. That costs money which we are short of. but the governing body of this association ought, it seems to me, to be in closer touch with each other than they ordinarily are. Mr. Diven, I know, takes exception to that. He does not believe it is necessary. Perhaps it is not.
SECRETARY DIVEN—The last time we got together it cost the Association some money.
MR. JOHNSON—Not much, because I think everybody paid their own expenses.
SECRETARY DIVEN—The action we took cost us five thousand dollars.
(To be continued)
Rice Growers Cause Salt in Water Supply
The California courts have a new and interesting case before them in the matter of proceedings instituted by the town of Antioch against the rice growers of the Sacramento valley to restrain them from taking water from the Sacramento river on the ground that the low water so caused enables the salt water from the bay to back up into the river, thereby contaminating Antioch’s water supply. The rice growers assert that the fate of rice crops valued at $60.000,000 is at stake. The case includes a list of 330 defendants and the territory affected is an area larger than that of several Eastern states. A change of venue has been asked for and will probably be granted, in which event it would be tried in San Francisco, it is thought. The motion for a change of venue furnishes the growers with their only ray of hope for a crop this season, they say.
The water works dam constructed by the city of Alliance, Ohio, less than a year ago was washed away by the recent high waters of the Mahoning River.