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To The Honorable, The Common Council

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City of Ann Abbob, ) Mayor'S Office, August 19, 1891. j Gentlemen: - I herewith return to you with my disapproval so much of the record of the proceedings of your honorable body, at your last stated meeting, as relate to your action in regard to culverts on Hill street, Fifth street, and Felch street in said city. Reference to the report of your Street Committee made to your honorable body August 3,inst., and adopted by you the same evening, discloses the following statement in regard to these culverts: "In regard to the culverts, we think that inasmuch as the streets are little frequented and a small outlay for planks and timbers would put them (the culverts) in as good a condition as new, it is not advisable at this time to undertake the construction of entirely new culverts." I fail to find in the record of your proceedings any reversal of your delibérate, legislative judgment of August 3, the vote by which that report was adopted havingonly been reconsidered and not the report self. To ray mind the recorü üoes not show even a substantial compliance with the provisions of Section 137 of the Charter in regard to public improvements and the expenditure of money therefor. In view of the large overdraft upon the street fund, now amounting to over #5,000.00 (a pleasant fiction for a debt of that amount in this department) and in view of what I can but conceive to be inconsiderate action on your part which your calmer judgment wonld refuse to approve, I respectfully ask a continuance of your efforts for municipal economy in the lines suggested by your committee. From personal inspection I am convinced that all of the aforesaid culverts could be advantageously repaired at slight expense, except possibly the Felch street culvert, where the necessity is greater; for the repair of this culvert I especially bespeak the considérate attention of the authorities, to the end that the public convenience and safety may there be preserved and assured. Resnectfully,