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The mayor's message was presented n person, Monday night, to the city council. It was a long and exhaustive document. After some preliminar}' remarks Mr. Doty touched upon various departuaents of the city government. With regard to the board of public works, íesaid: "I deem it fortúnate for the city that my predecessors were enabled 0 secure the assistance of the able and experienced men who have adminisered this important branch of our civic mechanism. Messrs. Hutzel, Schuh andKeech have proved themselves the men for the place, and I deeply regret hat the pressure of private business ïas compelled that faithful official and ;ood citizen, Mr. Herman Hutzel, to ask o be relieved from the service during the coming term. I ain glad o note in this ponnection that the exwnditures of this Board for the past fiscal year have been only $9,425.24, against $11,437.00 of the year preceding, rad it is to be hoped that equally good results withlikeeconomy will characterize the work of the coming year." The Board of Fire Coinmissioners was next touched upon. Said the mayor: 'It is to be regreüed, for the sake of the department.thai a cali to a more extended field of U3efulnpss in the city's service lias severed the immediate connection with it, of bino who is r;ow your President, Prof. M. E. Cooley. :; ;: While 1 would in no wise counsel or ad vise a lavish OUtlay in this department, yet I feel it my duty to say to you, that in a prudent generosity here, there may be a wise economy. The figures which I append, are suggestive of the increasing excellence of our department in the prevention of loss by lire: Losses. Ins. Paid. 1389-90.. 19,261 10 f7,648 45 1890 91 1,814 74 1,655 57 and I respectfnlly suggest totbose interested that li eontinuatioh of this excellent work ought to bring about a lower rato of insurance on the part of the couipanies doing business here." The mayor dwelt at some length upon the necessity of preserving the good sanitary condition of the city and spoke bighly of the efforts made by the board of health. He treated the pclice departmentasfollows: "Ishall notattempt any argument upon this question, neither shall I attempt at this time to outline an elabórate policy, perfect in all its detail, relative to the morale and efficiency of the force. It will suffice me to gay that we shall endeavor to secure and preserve the peace and tranquillity of all our citizens and yet at the same timeitisbut just tn say that the efficiënt policing of so large a city as ours, with its miles of territory, its widely scattered business interests and places, its complex population, its daily growing metropolitan customs and accessories isnot perfectly possible with a forcé of one man for day duty and two for night patrol. I am satisfied, after diligent inquiry and personal observation, that the force bas faithfully labored to perform its duty, yet if cause for complaint has arisen I ask leniency in passing judgment and promise for the force their best endeavors for the public tranquillity in the year to come. As an indispensable reqnisite to this consummation I also entreat our citizens who, I know, are as law abiding,peaceable and industrious as the state can boast, to aid and assist, by their example, in the maintenance of a decent respect for law and constituted authority. It is only thus that we can hope to continue in the future, as in the past, among the quietest, safest and the most virtuous of the larger cities of the state. And it is for our material interest that we should so continue, so that many an anxious parent who commits a child or children to our care, and that of the great ingtitution of learning which is here, will rest unshaken in his confidence, despite the voice of detraction in which it pleases some to indulge." The message referred to the meeting of Arbeiter Verein in June and the military encampmentinjuly. In conclusión, the mayor strongly advocated the practice of strict economy by the council. The message was receivod and referred to the committces. N'EW CITY OTFICBB. Attorney- E. B. NoitRifl. Treasurer- S. W. Beakes. Marehal- James Miirray. Fire Commissioner- Tms F. II Member Board Public Works- V. H. McIntyre Member Board of Health- Eu W. Moore. n . i_ i David Collins, Patrolmen.. j CllAJUDroI tice. (GOTTLOB LUICK, Building Jnepectoisx Herman Kkapf, (John Korn. The foregoing nominations of the mayor were unanimously conflrmed by the council, except that of Mr. Xorris against whom Alderman Wines cast a dissenting vote. II (COR BONDS. The following aaloonkeepers' bond?, with sureties, were aooepted by the ouncil: Oibney & Wall- Jeremiah Walsh, John Delaney. Polhemus & Seiton- W. E. Walker, J. A. Polhemus. Hugh Shields- H. J. Exinger, Jos. Baumgartner. Adolph Keraper- Henry Apfel, Matthiaa Flscher. Millman&McNally- H.Hardinghaus, HKitridge. MISCELLANEODS B0SHB8. ïhe bid of the Ann Arbor Savings bank, offering to pay 3 1-10 per cent. on all deposita and to charge 5 per cent. on 11 over-drafts, was accepted by the ouncil. Three peütions were received and referred to the proper comtnittees: )ne, from residents of the third ward, asking for a bridge across the mili race on Felch-st; another, that Summit-st, at ts intersection with ilain-st, be widened and that sidewalkí be built on oth sides frorn Main-st to Spring-st; another, that the ordinance licensing [raymen be repealed. A large number of sidewalks were ordered built. The treet railway ordinance, granting exensions in various part.s of the city, which was referred at the last meeting, was, upon motion of Alderman ITerz, aid upon the table. A petition, asking hat the city order the water works exended on east Univrsity-ave from to PackarU-st, was received and placed on file. The company, wa?, apon recommendation of the water commit;ee, ordered to extend the maine m Hill-st from Washtenaw to Forest-ave and to lócate a hydrant on the corner of Torest-ave. The bonda o( tlie city reasurer were fixed at $80,000. Dr. E. A. Clark was appointed city physician at. a sa'ary of $100. The sum of $180 was nppropriated, to re-imburse Philip Visel for the injury to his property cansed by removing gravel from Ashleyst. The board of public works were authorized to survey Main-st at the croesing of the Toledo road, in order that the company might be enabled to lócate its new bridge properly. The annual report of the poor superintendent and the regular inonthly reporta of city officere were read and flled. The sum of $250 was voted the Nowland heirs in payment of their claim to a part, of the old cemetery. Other routine business was transacted and the conncil adjourned.


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