THE DIFFICULTY AT JERSEY CITY.
Mayor Moos has just vetoed the plans for Jersey City’s new water supply, filing his objections with the street and water board. He says that of the three plans proposed,marked’’A,” “B,” and “C,” only the first is available. That plan provides for a daily supply of 50,000,000 gallons, maximum; but the specifications are faulty. The contractor is only to build a plant for 35,000,000 gallons at the outset, but may be required to increase the capacity to 70,000,000 gallons when the city calls for it. The mayor objects to this because the city may find it desirable to purchase the plant, and. under the terms, might be required to purchase before the second instalment of the plant is built. Another objection is that under all the plans the city must give notice of its intention to purchase within a year from the signing of the contract, while the contractor is allowed two years and a half to complete the work. The mayor thinks the time of completion should be limited to two years, while the city should be allowed to use the water at least six months before deciding the question of purchase. Another feature to which the mayor objects is a condition that allows the contractor to abandon the work, throwing its completion upon the city. This the mayor says the city could no* acquire authority to do,any more than it could acquire authority to build the works without the intervention of a contract. In conclusion, he recommends that plan “A” be adopted, after it has been amended so as to secure to the city the safeguards he has pointed out, with a further provision that the source of supply shall be entirely within the State, and that the abandonment clause be amended in such wise that, if the contractor does not complete the work within three months after the time allowed,the contract shall be thereby annulled.