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Mail Tribune 100

Oct. 14, 1914

To the editor: Noticing in your issue of Saturday, Oct. 10, an article entitled, "Medynski Signed Power Contract Bill for $427." With your permission I would like to correct the malicious statements and give a few facts. 

In order to do so, I will have to go back to the forepart of the month of June. At that time it was discovered the city water pipe crossing Bear Creek was in a dangerous condition; the rapid current during the winter having undermined it, making it liable to give way at almost any moment.

About the same time, it was also discovered that the emergency pump at the city well had been put out of commission, a leak allowing water to come in contact and short circuit the system.

Necessity of Pump

While it is true I am not chairman of the Water Committee (George Porter having that honor), I, being chairman of the Finance Committee, am also interested in the welfare of the city in general, as well as financial, and knowing the necessity of that pump being in working order for fire protection, in case the pipe across the creek should give way, I at once consulted Frank Loder, electrician for the electric company, asking him what it would cost to put the electrical apparatus again in running order. He informed me he did not think it would exceed $9, so I told him to go ahead and make repairs and signed an order to that effect, as is required by the company before any work is performed.

I fail to see how anyone can so deliberately misconstrue my signing this order for repairs into an agreement with the power company to pay for a thing whether it is used or not.

For Unused Power

I will say right here, this pump I mention has been in the city well and in running order for more than three years, up to the time above mentioned, and fortunately we have not found it necessary to operate it, but it was never understood by the city that we would have to pay for electricity unless we used it. As I have already stated, the pump is for fire protection. Fire protection includes the city at large. Now the electric company has perhaps as much property at stake as any of the rest of us, and needs as much protection against fire, hence this pump being connected up and costing them nothing, has been accepted as a courtesy of the electric company to the city at large. 

Respectfully, F.V. Medynski