Controller Moore, of Detroit, has recommended to the council that all the bids for the $150,000 sewer bonds and the $450,000 school bonds be rejected because of irregularities. Ald. Wright offered a resolution giving the $150,000 sewer bonds to Seasongood & Meyer, of Cincinnati, and the $450,000 bonds to the Detroit National bank. Ald. Coots offered as a substitute a resolution rejecting all bids. Aid. Wright made a strong plea for his resolution, declaring that the city was not to blame for the irregularity of some of the bids. The Detroit National bank and Seasongood & Meyer put in the highest regular bids, and they ought not to suffer for the mistakes of others. Aid. Lowry supported Aid. Wright’s resolution. Aid. Coots and Controller Moore insisted that the Detroit National bank bid was irregular, not on the part of the bank, but because of an accident. ‘The bid fell behind the drawer in which all the bids had been kept, and it was not read at the same time that the other bids had been read. N. W. Harris & Co.’s high bid was clearly irregular and could not be accepted. That company had made a lump bid, whereas the advertisement called for separate bids. ‘There was a long debate, in which the controller took a large share, but Coots and the controller were badly knocked out on the substitute resolution, by a vote of 25 to 4. Aid. Wright won a very decided victoryi and his resolution giving the bonds to the Detroit National bank and to Seasongood & Meyer was unanimously adopted. Their combined bids amount to $639,676 for the $600,000 bonds. The agent of N. W. Harris & Co. tried twice unsuccessfully to gain permission to address the council, and he talked privately of getting out an injunction to prevent the sale of the bonds.
The proposed discussion of a sewerage system for the town of Johnston, R. I., which is to be held before the Business Men’s Association at its next regular meeting, has aroused a great deal of interest in this question among the abutters on the principal streets. ‘The town is entirely without sewers, and the need of them in the populous section is becoming more apparent every day. The principal streets, which would be the first to be sewered if a system should be adopted, runs into Olneyville square, where it would be an easy matter to make a connection with the main trunk sewer of the city. Many of the storekeepers and residents on Plainfield street have already expressed themselves in favor of the proposition.
Cranford, N. J.—The committee has reported that it would probably cost $50,000 to $75,000 to construct an outlet sewer to tide-water. A sewer large enough for this town, Westfield and Linden is proposed and would cost about $150,000.
Millville, N. J.—It is reported that the council has adopted plans for a system, and that if they are approved by the state board of health, the construction will probably soon be commenced.
Brunswick, Ga.—We are informed that the council has unanimously adopted the plans for a complete sewerage system prepared by Waring, Chapman & Farquhar, Newport, R. I. Work will be commenced at once, and six miles must be finished by June 1, 1894. ‘The balance of the work will be done next winter ; the system provides for a single central pumping station, the sewage being pumped through a cast iron force main into the channel of Turtle river.
Contractor Herman Schlenstedt’s sewerage system was pretty thoroughly discussed at a meeting of the County Board Committee on sewerage, at Milwaukee, this week. When the contract was awarded to Mr. Schlenstedt for the introduction of a sewerage system at the county alms house he received the award on the statement that it would cost but $1,000 a year for the operation of the plant which he proposes to use. Many of the supervisors are inclined to believe that his figures for the maintenance of the plant are low, and they now desire that Mr. Schlenstedt be required to give a bond that it.will not cost over the sum he claims, to operate the system. It was decided to request the opinion of the district’attorney as to whether a bond could be required, and pending his decision the committee adjourned until Monday.
Plans are to be submitted for the construction of a sewer from the Kansas City, Mo., city limits between Independence avenue to 12th street, and emptying into the Blue river. ( ost about $7,000. The projected Gooseneck creek sewer at this city will cost about $78,000, and will connect with the sewer above mentioned. Address John Donnelly, city engineer.
‘The Columbus, Ind., city council has been asked to authorize the construction of sewers and the paving of streets, in order to provide employment for the idle.
The contract for constructing a sewer from C’azenovia creek to Meridan street, Buffalo, N. V., has been awarded to Wm. Franklin at $40,700.
The Waltham, Mass., committee on drains and sewers has inspected several localities where sewers are needed, and it is probable that the city engineer will be ordered to draw up plans for sewers for taking care of the sewerage of the manufacturing district, costing at least $50,000.
The Oakland, Cal., city engineer, Mr. Gray, recommends the adoption of a comprehensive system of sewerage, and some adequate plans for surface drainage.