Report of the Minority of the Special Committee, on the Subject of the Ordinance Creating the Aqueduct Department, &C. and to Amend the Ordinance to Instruct the Water Commissioners

Report of the Minority of the Special Committee, on the Subject of the Ordinance Creating the Aqueduct Department, &C. and to Amend the Ordinance to Instruct the Water Commissioners

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1840 edition. Excerpt: ...and expensive litigation. The Act of May 2,1834, or any other law, gives no authority to the Common Council, or its Committees, or Agents, to take or enter upon private property, for the purpose of laying distributing pipes in the city, and the Common Council can derive no such authority from any of the provisions of the City Charter. ' It will therefore be seen that the work South of Murray's Hill may be greatly impeded, if not entirely, in places interrupted and stopped, if carried on by the Common Council, for the reason that no poweris vested in that Body to enter upon and take private property for the purpose of the work. Not so with the Water Commissioners. Their powers are full, and ample, and adequate to every possible contingency, and no private malice, pique or desire to drive a good bargain, can hinder or prevent them from proceeding in the work. It'-strikes the undersigned with great force, that the full possession of all these needful powers by the Water Commissioners, and the absence of them in the Common Council, clearly indicate who the Legislature intended should take charge of, "construct and complete the Croton Aqueduct, and the works connected therewith, and distributing the water throughout the city," and which the Legislature clearly. intimate they deem one and the same object. The Common Council, in the exclusive management of this work, would be met by another obstacle not to be surmounted. Suppose it to be necessary, as it will be, to take, use and appropriate to the laying down of the water pipes in the city, a street, the fee of which is in the owners of the adjoining lots. It is well known that there are many such streets in this city, particularly in the older parts of it, and that the public...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 68g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236752996
  • 9781236752994