WATERWORKS CASE.

WATERWORKS CASE.

In the case of The Skaneateles Waterworks company, N. Y., in error, vs. Village of Skaneateles: The action was originally commenced in the New York State courts where the village was successful. An appeal was taken to the Supreme court of the State of New York where the lower court was affirmed and then went to the United States Supreme Court, which also found for the village of Skaneateles. The conditions were “an implied contract that a village will not construct its own waterworks, or provide itself therewith otherwise than by purchase or condemnation of the works of an incorporated company, after the expiration of a contract for the supply of water by such company for a term of years, does not arise from the consent of the village to the incorporation of the company and its construction of waterworks under a franchise that is not exclusive and does not require the village to take water of that company, where the statutes give the village merely the right, without imposing upon it any express liability, to condemn such waterworks. and also preclude the village from making an express contract for a water supply for more than five vears without a vote of the electors.”

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