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Piling Up The Work

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Parent Issue
Day
4
Month
August
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
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At the outsec it appeared as thongh the hoard of public works meeting last niglir would be a very tatne affair, but fcefrre many minutes elapsed after the president called the meeting to order there carne a change. Everybody, becanie stirred up uiitil the meeting was bnbbles and froth Jike pouring a phiz on bromc-selter. City Attorney Norris left the room at last four times, each time after a Saliy had been made to load upon his broad snoulders the mistares or short comings of others. Once he was heard to remark, as he nervously paced out of the room, "what do I know about tar sidewalks. " There seems to be a most delightful state of confusión existing in regards to the sidewalks iiotices, and nobody ■wants to take the blame. In the future City Attorney Norris must. When President Mclntyre called the meeting to order, the full board consisting of himself and Messrs. Keech and Schleicher were present; Oity Clerk Harkins, City Attorney Norris at times, Street Commissioner Ross, Aid. Brown, William Clancy and others also being present. In reading the minutes, the resolution relativo to the use of the steam roller by Paving Contractor Clancy was called up. Mr. .Keech understood the resolution sbould state 10 a day and not $5 a day as the minutes read. City Clerk Harkins etated he uaderstood the resolution to mean $5 a day for the use of the machine, the coutractor to paf for the engineer and coal used extra. Mr. Schleicber said he understood tbn actual expense of the use of the machine was 86 per day. Coutractor Clancy said he understood he was only to pay $5 a day for the machine, that it was so stated in the specificatious. This was doubted by Mr. Schleicher, but aa the city engineer was not present it could nor be d:sapproved or verified. In speaking of the engineer and if hs had beeu called out by the city, City Attorney Norris said it was nothing but a Sweet macoiue and a Sweet mast rnn it. The matter of a filler for the street paving caQsed much discussion City Attoruey said the board had power to desígnate what kiud of filler will be nsed, asphaltnm or coal tar, bnr Dot the kind of brand. W. E. Hutton, agpnt of the Assyrian ■Aspbaltam Co., expiained his filler and the difference betweeu a coal tar ulier and asphaltniu. The coal tar filler only contained 2ö per cent of asphaltum, tha balance being coal tar and still wax. His company's filler contained 95 per cent of pore asphaltnm. He tud otfered Mr. Claucy to fnrnish the filler for 10 cents a gallon f. o. b. Chicago, a kettle for 50 cents a day, add the buckets for ponring free, or to pnt in the filler and do the work for 13 cents a square yard. On motiou of Mr. Schleicher the board adopted an asphaltnm filler for the Washington st. pavement, it to be S5 per cent pnre asphaltnm, guaranteed not to run with snn heat or to chip off in winter. On motion of Mr. Schleicher the etráet commissioner was inetructed to clean ont Allen Creek crossing"Hill st. On motion of Mr. Keech the street commissiouer was instructed to trim or ent dnwu a tree ou N. Ashley st. ■which interfered with the electric light, also trim the trees on Catberine st and to remove a dead tree on S. University ave. The sidewalk on the Rohde property on W. Huron st. adjoining the Ann Arbor road, was brought up. It was stated that Mr. Rohde had laid some of the walk the balance he claimed must be laid by the city in consideration of his giving six i'eet of land for ■widening Huron st. The matter was referred to Mr Schleicher and the city attorney. City Attorney Norris. salled the attention of the board to a sidewalk on Geddes ave., which s so low that in case of rain his lot and that of M. J. Cavanaugh would te flooded. On motion of Mr. Schleicher the street coinmissioner was instracted to raise the walk and fill ït in. Mr. Keech asked the street commneioner how it came abont that the sidewalk notices were served in wholesaie. He bad bniJt a sidewalk last fall and now }Xi raceived a notice to rebnild the t-ame. There is a man on Snmmitt st. who had also bnilt a walk and received a notice to rebnild. He did not object to receiving notices addressed to ï. Keecb or Torn Keech, bnt he did object to notices to build sidewalks on property he did not owu. Mr. Schleicner told of erroneous notices. Aid. Brown said the city attorney should take np the matter. The city wonld be in the soup, ïf it nndertook to bnild walks on defective notices. C ty Attorney Norris said the notices "were jnrisdictional and they therefore must give the name of the real owner and proper description of the property. Street Coinniiwdouer Eoss defended himself hotly. He said they had been jumping on to bim and he made up his mind to either make people build sidewalks or have the city pay for laying ,ihe sidewalks. City Attorney Norris said he wonld nat niake out the sidewalks for the city foi j00 a year. Aid. Brown said Mr. Norris was receivin'g $50 a niouth and he was snpposed to dosomethiugior it. Mr. Norris explaiued that the ordinauce was perfectly pluiu. The desorip tions of the property and the nanies ot the property owners conld be uecnred f rom the city assessor, or register of deeds. It the clerk followed the printed blanks there wonld be no tronble. It was not fair to throw this bnrden on to the city attorney. Mr. Keech said he had never seen snch a lot of ineasley notices as liad been handed hini by the officer. Atthis point nearly everybody in the room talked excepting the representative of the press. City Clerk Harkina thought that gettiug ont notices was a pile of work. President Mclntyre remarked that il the clerk got ont only one notice a day, he shonld see that it was light. On niotion of Mr. Schleiuher it was decidod that hereafter all sidewalk notices issned must be submitted to the city actorney for approval bef ore being lianded to the officer for service. The matter of Archie Miller's sidewalk oh N. Main st., was brongbt up. It was said that tar, without being boiled, had been poured over sand, and people were rnining their carpets by the tar being carried into their houses. On motion of Mr. Keech the subject was referred to the city attorney. Mr. Korris groaned aloud and exclaimed : "What do I know about tar sidewalks. '" Aid. Brown brought np the question of his lot on Edmunds st. which he has recently filled. The street commissionar was instructed to flll in the sidewalk about this lot and furnish the necessary cobble stones and curbing for the lawn extensión, as he had done in other cases. ,.