Excerpt from The Surveyor and Municipal and County Engineer, Vol. 13: January 7 to June 24, 1898
Among other institutions which have been main tained and controlled by the commission is the ceme tery at Ilford, which was laid out at a cost of and is carried on as a commercial enter prise. Last year there was a revenue of which was in excess of the expenditure. While eu titled to raise a consolidated rate of 1s. 6d. In the 1, and a sewer rate of 4d., the commission has always kept well within the maximum, the total rate being now only 1s. 4d. Four years ago the debt was but it is now and is being annually reduced. Though consisting of members appointed by the corporation, the City Commission of Sewers has had a separate statutory existence, working on independent lines under its own Acts of Parliament and standing orders. It has been the local or sanitary authority under upwards of thirty statutes, which it has had to administer either wholly or partially. The members of the expiring body have the satisfaction of being able to look back upon a long record of work well and honourably done, the character of its administration having never been called in question. There is no consideration of that kind in the change which has been brought about by the City of London Sewers Act, 1897. That change is merely one of convenience and expediency. In spite of its separate statutory, existence the commis sion has been virtually a committee of the corpora tion, and there is no reason why it should not be so in reality. In his valedictory address on Tuesday, which we report in another column, Mr. Smallman, the last of a long line of chairmen, gave an able and dignified statement of what could be, said for the work of the commission, not only during the past year but during the whole period of its existence. In the course of his remarks he pointed out a remark able coincidence, for, of course, it is nothing more than a coincidence. We refer to the fact that the commission came in with a great fire and may be said to go out with one, the recent confiagration being generally understood to be the greatest since that of 1666. It has been thought advisable to con solidate the municipal work of the City under one authority, but practically the Public Health Depart ment will carry on the duties hitherto entrusted to the commission and, will, ' in fact, be the commission under another name and constituted as an integral and subordinate part of the corporation. As has been stated in our summary of the report of the Special Committee appointed to carry out the rearrangement, all the official staff have been transferred bodily to the corporation, with the exception of the'clerk, Mr. H. Montague Bates, whose position as the head of a statutory authority is affected by the change. He Will, however, remain as principal clerk of the Public Health Department for two years, at the end of which period he has the option of retiring on full pay. In his address, on Tuesday, Mr. Smallman paid a gener ous tribute to the value of the services of the staff, referring specially to Mr. Bates Dr. Sedgwick Saunders, the medical officer and analyst; Mr.
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