THE CITIZENS’ WATER SUPPLY COMPANY’S CONTRACT.
Comptroler Coler has signed and certified the contract parsed some time ago by the board of public improvements between the city of New York and the Citizens’ Water Supply Companp of Newtown, to supply the borough of Queens with water. This is the contract which binds the city to pay $65 per million gallons for water supplied by the above company.The comptroler at first refused to sign it, because its terms were too vague and did not sufficiently bind the company down to certain limits. The corporation counsel, however sent him an opinion to the effect that, as, since his refusal, the directors of the company had waived all rights to supply water outside the First ward of the borough of Queens (Long Island City), it was impossible to supply water beyond that area. Comptroler Coler certified that $tq 000 was available to pay for water obtained in accordance with the contract, and that no more water than that amount will pay for may be delivered.Mr. Coler has put himself upon record as being opposed to private water companies, against all of which he will vote.He is in favor of condemning these private systems at once and having a system owned entirely by the city.