To Complete Jerome Park Reservoir.
The New York Board of Estimate made appropriations which totaled nearly $15,000,000 last week. The most important sum voted was $8, 690,000 for the completion of the eastern basin of the Jerome Park Reservoir and the installation there of a filtration plant for the water from the Croton system. When this money is expended the reservoir will have cost the city more than $18,000,000. The contract for its construction was awarded m July, 1895, to the late John B. McDonald at $5,473,000, The land cost $2,997,000 The western basin was completed, hut work was abandoned on the eastern basin some five years ago. Up to that time the reservoir had cost the city $9,195,000, including $321,000 for extras on the construction work: $161,000 for legal expenses, and $541,0481 for engineering expensis. Since then the unfinished eastern basin has been ail eye sore in the neighborhood It was suggested that the eity sell the unused land, it being estimated that over $5,000,000 could be realized on it through the increase in property valuations. When Mayor Guvnor abolished the old aqueduct commission, however, and turned its functions over to the water department. Commissioner Thompson decided that the completion of the reservoir would give the city a valuable storage center for the Croton water supply and a point most advantageous for the filtration of the water.