Tremont Waterworks Investigated
E. F. McGuire, special examiner into the affairs of the Tremont, O., Waterworks Company, reports that no “startling irregularities” have been discovered. His investigations covered the period between July 12, 1911, and February 20, 1912. A very small shortage—$6.38—is due to the former clerk of the waterworks not having properly checked up the water collections and deposits, and another error was discovered over the payment of $39.50 for flushing sewers and oiling fire hydrants. The manner in which the salary vouchers were made out was very loose and had to be discontinued. The waterworks accounts were found to be in good shape, except that the number of delinquencies was large. The consumers’ ledger contains 1,522 accounts, of which 1,387 arc meter acounts and 135 flat rates. In the past, the report says, but little attention was paid to the collection of delinquents. Officials, however, have the right to require a guarantee either from the property owners or the consumers that all accounts will be paid, and the examiner says there is no reason why the city should suffer any loss. The report states that there has been carelessness in the work of plumbers who have been doing work on water pipes and fixtures, and points out further that in 1911 there was a deficiency of income in the sum of $510 in the department. The receipts from all sources were $18,298.95. less refunds—making net receipts of $18,193. Supplies, umping and distribution, including salaries, etc., cost a total of $8,545.31. Loss of taxes, $3,379.20; depreciation. $4,910.50; interest on bonds, $1,868.90. The total cost of conducting the plant was $18,703.91; net loss, $510.91. The report also states that there were unpaid rents on July 12, 1911, amounting to $2,190.91, and on February 20. 1912, the unpaid rents amounted to $303.73. There was received from sale of water from July 13, 1911, to February 20, 1912, $12,161.44; service connections, $712.50; penalties, $28.74; other collections,. $6.90; total receipts. $12,908.88.