Long Beach Council Demanded Water Supplier Provide Free Water for Parks and Return to Treasury
Long Beach, June 6, 1899—The proposition of the Bouton Water company to furnish the city water for street sprinkling purposes for the next twenty years at a rate to be fixed by the council itself was, a; the request of Colonel Hotchklss, attorney for the Southern Pacific and Long Beach Development company, again postponed until Thursday evening so as to afford opportunity for the development company to present an amended proposition.
The Bouton company is the only one of the three water companies doing business in Long Beach that has a franchise, and by that instrument it Is bound to furnish free water for the parks and for the flushing of sewers, besides turning into the city treasury 3 per cent of its gross income at the end of the first five years of its franchise, more than a year of which has already elapsed.
As the Long Beach Development company and the Alamitos Water company are doing business without a franchise, the city treasury derives no Immediate benefit from their presence, and as Mr. Gibbon, the attorney for the Bouton company, told the council, it is only an act of simple justice that the city purchase i:s sprinkling water from them at a price to be fixed by the city itself.
There will be a carnation carnival held In the parlors of the Presbyterian church Thursday evening, and the afternoon and evening of Friday. The attempts to recover the body of young Bert Wise have so far been fruitless. H. D. Huntington and Assistant Division Superintendent Pryor of the Southern Pacific were here on Sunday. Mayor C. F. A. and Mrs. Johnson leave today (Wednesday) for a protracted visit to Maine and other eastern states via the Canadian Pacific railroad.