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The Board Retained

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The council last evening decided not to ask for the abolishment of the )oard of public works, or rather, they laid upon the table the resoution of Aid. Walker asking :or amendments to be drawn which should do away with the work of the noard. The discussion on the subject was in effect as follows: Mr. Walker had heard a great deal of complaint concerning the board. He said that the third ward was not satisfied and he would be willing to guarantee that two-thirds of the citizens of the city were against the oard of public works. He said hat he hoped they wouldn't be inluenced by the papers or the opinons they published. Where does hs money go that the board of pubic works expends? Barring the immediate neighborhood where the joard of public works live, what ïas been done? Every man on the oard of public works, I believe is an honest, upright man and a friend of mine. The charter says that no one on the board of public works shall be interested in selling materal to the city. Lets live up to the charter or knock it out. I say cnock it out. It's a miserable subterfuge. Can't the council appoint he superintendent of streets? I can't see any argument in favor of the board of public works. Aid. Herz thought that the city didn't want a charter for one year, jut one for twenty-five years. He didn't propose to go back to do street work. I don'tthink that we can do the work that the board did last year for less money than they did. No board or man ever existed who could satisfy everybody. Aid. Walker thought there were just as good men on the board now as could be got, but he thought they didn't have their eyes all over the city. Aid. Mann thought it too late in the day to discuss this question. He thought the board of public works had donaitsduty; the council, if anyone was at fault, was remiss in not looking more carefully after the work. Aid. Miller didn't think it the fault of charter that the board of public works done the work in the places that they had. The appropriations had come before the council. He remembered that he was the only member of the council who had opposed the appropriation for coping on North University avenue The council couldn't blame the board for building it, after appro priating money for it. The charter was young yet. Of course there would be some friction in getting i in working order. Give it a fai trial. Aid. Dieterle thought we ought to keep the board of public works They have done as well as anybody can do. We poor officials are criti cised from mayor down to the poo alderman. I havenever seen a man yet who hadn't been criticised. He thought the third ward treated a well as other wards and quoted th street commissioner's report to show it. The board of public works as! council for money to fix up th streets. It is the council's busines to decide what work shall be done Aid. Herz spoke of the way th ■ streets were torn up and the track f the railway put down too low. He thought the board should have consulted the street committee before doing it. Aid. Mann moved that the resolution of Aid. Walker be laid on the table which motion was carried by the following vote. Yeas - Aid. Dieterle, Mann, Herz, Snow, Miller, A. F. Martin and President Howlett. - 7. Nays - Aid. Martin, AValker, O'Mara, Spaffard, Taylor. - 5. Aid. Walker wanted the treasurer and street commissioner elected by the people. Aid. Mann thought that there wasn't time to consider líese questions now. He asked hat the motion be laid upon the able. This was lost by a vote of ive to seven. Aid. Mann said that Aid. Walker appeared before the harter committee, but he said nothng about these important questions nd now when there was no time to onsider these questions he brought up this resolution. Aid. A. F, Marin opposed the amendment. Aid. ierz argued in favor of the election of the treasurer. Aid. Walker rgued for his side of the question. Aid. Miller thought it strange that Aid. Walker hadn't brought up the matter before the committee when ie had been before them. Aid. Martin argued against electing these fficers by the people. He spoke trongly in favor of the present :reet commissioner. The board of )ublic works ought to control the ommissioner. If they couldn't ap" )oint or remove him, they could íave no control over him, as they lould have. After further discussion the resoution of Aid. Walker was lost by a ote of seven to five, the city attorey stating that there wouldn't be ïme to make all the changes necesary and get them acted upon by tie council. The report of the committee was iien approved by a vote of eight to :our.