Syracuse and Suburban Mains.
The common council of Syracuse, N. Y., hopes to be able to oust the mains of the Syracuse Suburban Water company from its occupancy of the city streets. The New York Central Railway company, however, is behind the purpose to thwart the scheme. The issue between the water company and the New York Central upon the one side and the city upon the other is explained in the following communication from Mayor Alan C. Forbes:
“Investigation shows that the Syracuse Suburban Water company has laid water pipes in, under and across certain public highways and streets in the city of Syracuse, namely, Onondaga creek, North Salina streeet, Park street, Spring street and Seventh North street, without permission of the local authorities. It is reported that the company has entered into a contract to supply the New York Central Railroad company with water for a period of 100 years, including water required by the railroad company for its use within the limits of the city of Syracuse. The railroad company is now a large purchaser of water from the city of Syracuse, paying to the city about $15,000 annually for water. There is grave question whether, in the event of the water company operating a line through the city, the company could not make lateral connections with its main to supply private consumers along the line of its main pipe. To permit the company to operate its line would work irreparable damage to the city of Syracuse, and, inasmuch as the company has laid its pipe without the necessary consent of the local authorities. I am of the opinion that it should be compelled to remove the pipes which it has laid in public highways in this city. Inasmuch as the pipes are laid beneath the surface of the streets, the matter is beyond the jurisdiction of the commissioner of public works, and it is necessary for the common council to take action. I, therefore, recommend that your honorable body adopt an ordinance authorising and directing the commissioner of public works to remove such pipes from the public highways and streets of the city forthwith.”
The way to passing that ordinance has been temporarily blocked; but it is said to be a sure thing that it will eventually pass before very long.