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The common council held its regular session Monday, Aid. Huston only being absent. It was not until 8:45, one liour and 15 minutes later than the meeting should have been called, that the city fathers got down to business. Xothing of particular importance was accomplished. It reminded one a good deal of the story of the milkman. He carne to town with a can of milk. In some way a frog g-ot into the can and of course in trying to swim out did a great deal of kicking, so much, in fact, that wnen the miikman got to town hc found that the frog had kicked, or churned, the milk into butter. So it was with the meeting last night. They did so much that what they did is only in a different form; in substance it is the same as before. This, of eourse, relates to the paramount subject - street paving.' MAYOR'S VETOES KILLED. The mayor's veto of having only one paper in the city print the council proceedings was voted down. The same occurred with the veto of paying the water works for power for the electric lighting plant, etc. The approprialion veto met with the same result. The mayor's communication. on sidewalks was read, accepted and placed on file. Permission was granted to occupy the street for building purposes on the corner of Ellls and Perrine sts. The petition asking for a sidewalk grade on Second st. from Chicago ave. to the city limits and in front of the Dolson estáte was referred to the streets and walks committee. Mary J. Spokes, owner of four houses, asked that the adjoining property owners be compelled to lay walks. Referred to the committee on streets and walks. The water and sidewalk tax delinquents were ordered to be spread on the tax rolls for July. The bonds of Justices Joalyn and H. W. Childs were accepted. Also the druggist bond Gf C. W. Rogers. PAVE NOT PAVE. Read the above head as you will, punctuate it in any way, and it will mean just what the council did about paving. Aid. Meanwell called for the report of the commlttee on paving and Aid. Van Fossen, chairman, answered it. He said that he did not like the way the old petition read. Many oL the property owners were not asKed, and on the list are many tenants. He named, to substantiate it, Mack & Mack Wallace & Clark, Mrs. Sanders and the Georg-e and Van Cleve property. Aid. Meanwell clahned that the above were not opposed to it, and still the aldermen did not have it out in mortal combat. Aid. Schaffer wanted to know whether that was the committee's report or ld Van Fossen's. The latter said it was his own report. KBY OF ANN ARBOR. George Key, city engineer of Ann Arbor, was called upon to enlighten the council on the paving question. He said that in Ann Arbor if the majorlty want paving, by petition, then the council asks the city engineer to draw up specifications and it is then referred to the board of public works. Bids are asked for and the board is ordered to enter into a contract with the iowest bidder. In Ann Artor, he said, that they are laying a 24-inch pipe for surface sewerage, which is absolutely necessary. The gas and water companïes must lay their new pipes, and also the sewerage connections must be put in. In laying the pavement they first excávate 12 inches, shape the roa'd bed lay 6 inches of concrete (1 part cement to 7 parts gravel), inch of fine sand and on this put the bricks. The approximate cost for concrete is 50 cents per square yard, 90 cents for brick, 4 cents for sand bed and 90 cents for the tar fllling The tile is atiout 40 cents a foot The general street fund stands the expense of the street crossing section, and 20 per cent of the paving, so that the abutting property owner only pays fourfifths of the tax of paving. The city also pays for the drainage sewer out of its general fund. When Mr. Key was through no one stemed to grasp the situation or were at a total loss how to express themselves, when the mayor, in imperative tones, said that if Congress st. property holders wanted paving, now is the time to do it. Aid. Worden moved that Aid. Van Fossen shall circuíate another netition -The latter thought it was not his duty but the marshal's. However, the mayor said that iL the council said so it would be his duty. The amendment that the marshal do it was carried. It was moved and carried that the street and sidewalk committee shall buv a ssibl Scraper and sel1 the old ne, if All of the regular bilis were allowed and ordered paid. The matter of water meters aeain came up, and it was found that private house had them when large oonsumnífi fact.ones' did not This was explained, however, that there were different bizes and the work of putting them in was going on as rapidly as possible. ihe resolution to issue $6,000 bonds to pay on the city fire departmënl building was passed r?61'!; YPsilanti & Ann Arbor Ky. Co. asked permisslon to lay their curved track into the power and car house. It was granted with the condiUon that it should not interfere wlth the status of the present controversy dfrec f„an Lf Sthv.Uld be built under he direction M the committee on streets 1 and wajks, with the proper gutter sluices. DAWSON SLEEPS. At this point, 10:50 p. m., Aid. Dawson went to sleep, but when the motion was put he voted with the majority and it was carried. Aid. Van Fossen moved that a committee of flve, with the mayor and city attorney, should be apointed to devise some means whereby the whole duty does not devolve upon the senior alderman to see to the sldewalks in his ward. Mayor Davis appointed the senior ildermen to act on such a eommittee. At 11 p. m. the council adjourned until July G, Independence day coming on Monday.


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