May 20, 1914
Conservation of the city water supply, by compelling all water users outside of the city limits to install meters, and a rigid enforcement of the water laws during the summer months was the most important action taken by the city council Tuesday night.
The meters were ordered installed to equalize the water assessments of all users. Residents outside the city limits have been paying the same rates as users within, yet paying nothing towards the upkeep of the city. The meters will make it possible for them to pay for the water they use, and raise their payments. A protest is expected to arise from this action. Some in their efforts to dodge the water assessments have purchased water from their neighbors on a half and half basis.
The hot weather coming on lawn sprinkling is in vogue, and the regulations provided for by this use will be readily enforced by Superintendent Tranna.
Property owners who permit weeds to grow on vacant lots with abandon of whiskers on a mossback will be be brought to accounting before Police Judge Gay, according to action taken by the city council at a regular meeting Tuesday night. The ordinance providing for the cutting of weeds and a fine for allowing them to grow will be rigidly enforced.
Two reasons contribute to this stand, the danger from fire and the unsightliness of foreign growths. It was decided to prosecute all who refuse to act after the customary ten days' warning by Chief Hittson.
No indictments were returned by the grand jury today, the general probe of county offices and the county poor farm being under consideration, to be followed by the usual reccomendations in the final report. The sessions of the grand jury will be completed this afternoon or tomorrow, it is expected. The petit jury will be called next Monday, but there are very few criminal cases to be called, the present docket being the lightest in years.
Don Wood and Merle Reynolds, accused of forgery and indicted, will plead guilty. They comprise the criminal cases. As both are young men and the grand jury has recommended clemency, it is likely they will be given another chance.