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The Kennewick Courier
VOL. v. NO. 42 City Administra tion Organizes. Hiyor Johnson Delivers Detailed Inaugural Address. Appoint ments Made. | The new city council met in the nSouucil room in Anderson's buiid- Tuesday night for its fi st reg ular session Mayor L. E. Johnson gave a practical inaugural address consid ering the needs of the town and treating topics of so general inter est that the address is given in fall: To the Common Council, Kennewick, Wash. Gentlemen: — Id addressing the Council, I may b» digressing from the custom as obtained heretofore, but it occurs tooethat in planning for the fu ture needs and requirements of the town that a statement setting forth its probable income and fixt ex penses might assist you and be of much beuefit in solving the various questions that arise that I mention further on. For the city's income, I am in formed, that the asstst value for 1906 is in round numbers, $200000 and that the levy made by the pre ceding Council would amount to (2000.00 tax s. On the basis of the number of saloons now, which is five, the taloon licenses will uet the city, after paying the state and county licenses, estimating fees and special licenses at $100, would bring the total amouut income up 1907. The fixt expenses / of the city aie as follows: Salaries for marshal and night watch esti mahdatsi3s per mouth, $1620; salary of city attorney and clerk of 240 aud 150 respectively per annum 39»; to hydrants at 6 per month each, 720; 6 arc lights at 10 per month each, 7:0; Interest ou war rant indebtedness estimated at 200: payment of water right about 260; for sundry expenses 100; to'al fixt expenses $4010, added to the pres ent warrant indebtedness of $2215 78, equals $6225 78, leaving an in debtedness of $1405.78, after using the proceeds of this j ear. Now I wish to call the attention of the Council to some of the im portant matters that I think should have your attention aud considera tion during the >ear and their earl iest possible time, they not neces sarily being mentioned in the or der that their importance bears to the general welfare of the town. LAW AND ORDER As the waters of a river is no cleauer than its source and water its level, etc., so a town is no tetter than the public sentiment. Let this Council stand for all that tends for the betterment of the pub lic morals and sentiments and see that law and order is maintained and in th e Rooj>evt:ltian phrase, stand for a square deal. GRADING, EEGRADING AND FUR THRR IMPROVEMENT OF THE STREETS Certain streets which the Council i* familiar withshouid be regraced aod the other grades should be € ®'ablisht at the earliest possible tune as scarcely anything indicates t e progressiveuess of a town and 'ts officers as the coudi'.iou of its streets. Ih e improvement started °o our street* should 1)2 continued vigorously and especially on our busiuess thorofares. LIGHT AND WATER ith lhe power and water plant in optration, arrangements should be made forthwith for light ing the town adequately. Let us ave aic lights on the busine-s * ,ree ts ai d smaller oues in the rei- i idence pottious, as nothing sets off a town to the transient or stranger j so favorably as well lighted strtets. | Besides, it is a safeguard to Ire and j property. Then the water mains J should be extended to that portion j of Beach's addition which is in the ] city limits, in such a manner as to : ad> quately supply that portion of our town with water for domest'c purposes and fire protection. Also ' public drinking fountain and trough should be installed since by fran chise the water company furnish j water for said fountain and water jing tough for over ten heads with out cost to the city. Besides, dur j ing the closed irrigation seasou its ' nearly a necessitx and during the I summer mouths is a great conven i ieuce and I believe the fountain wonld tend towards less .sickness, as good drinking water reduces the hazard of malaria and typhoid i fevers. ORGANIZATION OF A FIRE DEPART MENT. A volunteer fire department is an absolute necessity for without it our fire apparatus and the install ment of the water system is worth less and fire insurance rates will not decrease. It seems to me that a public meeting should be called for this purpose to form and organ ize and elect a chief of fire depart ment, captains, engineer of the chemical engine and the company drilled by these officers. Also a tower for the draining of the hose and the placing t f the fire bell should be erected. This is a mat ter I urgently ask the Council to take up at once. PLANTING OF MORE TREES Who has not admired and mar veled at the wonderful growth of the trees already set in our streets? What has added more to the attrac tiveness of our town and what will our citizens take more comfort in in the future ? Show me a town of magnificent shade and foliage and I will show you a town of beauti houies aud splendid surroundings Espe ially sbon!d the streets in our residence district be p'anted with some good species of shade tree. BUYING OP CITY PROPERTY AND PLACING CITY HALL THEREON Last but not hast, and the hard est to solve perhaps is this ques tion. It occurs to me that the time has row ariived for the nty to con sider the acquiring of a home for itself. We are dependent on our friends for a place for Council meet ings. We have no place for city records, which are fas' * ccumulat ing, no place for fire apparatus, which accounts for most of our present warrant indebtedness, and which should be i-ioperly housed and cared for by all means. No adequate jail facilities, in fact nothing. Nothing can be gained by procrastination. Property per haps will i ever be cheaper, good locatiouscan be had now, which we cannot expect if we wait. The progressiveuess of the town de mands, citizens expect it, but how shall we do it ? I would suggest that we bond the city, why not? As.-est values for 1906, I am in formed, approximate $200,000.00 which will likely net us $20,000 in bonds r great deal more than we require if we included the present warrant indebtedness, which no doubt we should, as we can spend the future iucotne of the city very profitable in public improvements. Why should this town pay as it goes? Show me a progressive town and I will show you a bonded indebtedness. The population of ■ ten, twenty jears hence, should | pay their just part of the city im ; provemeuts. Progressive places woik and figure on 1.0 other basis, ' why should n't we ? Bonding on : the ten or twenty year plan, we ' should be able to sell them at a rate of interest of 5 per cent. What belter could we do to stimulate in KENNEWICK, WASHINGTON, FRIDAV, FEBRUARY 8, 1007 (dividual buildiug ? We must show faith iu our future, otherwise bow cau we expect the public to? I hope this Council will cotir.idei this proposition .seriously, call Ja j meeting and the sense of the community or any otbtr way ot j p oper agitatiou. In mentioning the above matters I do l.ot presume to have covered the whole field and there may be important matters that I have omit ted and some unimportant matters seemingly, that I have mentioned, but on tuose subjects that the Coun cil concur with me on, I hope that no time will 1 jst iu putting plans in execution 10 bring them to pass. Rtspec full}*, L E. Johnson, Mayor. At the co elusion of the address vvh ch was received by marked ap proval by those present, the mayor auuouuced the appointment of Fay F. Dean to be towu cierk at a sal ary of $150 per year and C. O. An derson, attorney at a salary of $20 per mouth. Mike Driscoll was appointed town Marshal and his appoin ment approved by the council and his salary fixt at $75 per montn. The applicattou of E. D. Elli>, George Jauslin and J. B. Hay.ion for the position of watchman were read and discust. On recom mendation the mayor appointed E. D. Ellis uight watchman. The ordinance extending Colum bia avenue to Front atrees was given first and seooud readings. The sa'oou license of L. D. Tomasso was transferred to E. N. Cayce. This license expires Mar. 9th, 1907. Wm. Howell was granted a license for another year uuiil Feb. 12, 1908. The orgrnizition of a volunteer fire company was discust and strongly advocated. The Ccuuty Commissioners will be requested by the Council to sub mit plats of new additions to the Council before the Commissioners approve them. This request is made in order that the difierent ad ditions may be made to conform to the plat of the re-t of the town. It Many DOLLARS SAVED for Our Customers Last Week ] MORE BIG REDUCTIONS FOR THE COMING WEEK Ladies' Woolen Hose, regular price 35c, next week, 23c |-^. , " Fleece Lined Extra Wide Hose, § 111 Outing FlannelS regular price 35c, next week, 23c Must make room for cur swell new line of Spring and " Burson Brand Cotton Hose, 30c, " 20c Summer Dry Goods, now on the road. " Fine Cotton Hose, reg. price 15c " 10c Sultana Outirg Flannel, regular price 12 i-2c, next week 10c Children's Hose, "Buster Brown" Brand, Woolene " " " " 15c " 12ic regular price 35c, next week, 27c Kennelwood " " " " 15 C " 12ic " "No Mend" reg. 30c, " 23c Cotton Blankets " " 90c " 68c " Seamless Hose, reg. price 20c, " I2£c " " " " 1.25 " 89c Boys' Extra Heavy Ribbed Hose, 25c, " 18c 1.30 98c These prices are all for SPOT CASH. Keep your eye on this space. We are going to save you some money. W. Gr KING & SON .vas voted to employ an engineer i to establish a street grade ol" the town. Standing Committees of the Town | Ouincil of Kennewick: ; Finance committee: 11. A. Bier, j chairman. W A Ilawes, II E Baldwin [ Ordinance committee: L G Moore, I chairman. O L Hanson, W A Hawes Public Improvement committee: II ! B Baldwin, chairman O L Hanson j L G Moore Fire and Fire Limits committe: W A Hawes, chairman. H A Bier, L G Moore Street, Sidewalk and Ditch commit tee: O L Hanson, chairman. II E ; Baldwin, H A Bier Printing committee: L G Moore cha'rrnan. O L Hanson, W A Hawes Auditing committee: W A Hawes chairnan. II A Bier, O L Hanson Purchasing committee: II E Bald win, chairman. H A Bier, I, G Moore Park and P«rk Improvement com mittee: O L Hanson, chairman. H A Bier, H K B ddwin Health committee: Dr. F M Crosby, j chairman. LG Moore, \V A Hawes The Magic of Our Soil. The wonderful productiveness of our soil is lar famed. Thousands are looking this way <0 make their homes and share its bountiful fruit age, but it remainsd for a Pendleton man to order it &hipt to him iu or der to reap its benefits. So soon as this mc hod becomes known we will rece ve large orders for early shipment from Prosstr, Sunnyside, Kiona and other Northwest points. Here is the initial order for pay dirt: GEO. H. CLARK COMMISSION MERCHANT Pendleton, Ore., Jan. 30, '07 Mr. C H. Collins: Dear Sir: I want to start a few tomatoes in the house. We are all cover ed with snow Could you put iu the car about x /z bushel of Kennewick soil—good soil—and oblige Yours Truly, Geo. H. Clark. The Artisans. Supreme Instructor I)r. Eshelman was pretent at the lodgeTuesdav night. Two candidates were iniated. There was a large attendance of ihe members and all enjoyed a line lime. Central Canyon Grade Goes Oof Garden Tracts Flooded. Canal Breaks in Many Places. Hun dreds of Acres Under Water. High water and Hooded lands have furnished the excitement of ihe week. Tiie cliinook of last week left consider able snow and the llosv of water was stopt by the freeze. Sunday and Mon day 4or 5 inches of snow fell. This made a situation ripe for a flood. Tt.hs day morning the chinook set in again blowing all day and all night. All the snow and ice on the hills aud Hits were changed to water which raged in torrents down evjry canyon aud valley. The large lake formed by the water backing up ngaint the 30-foot grade a mile west of town broke thru Wednes day afternoon about five o'clock. The tidal-wave of water rushed thru the canyon underneath the high canal fluuie, the crest of the wave reaching the top of the Hume. As it advanced it widened and lessened in height. At the houses iu the west end of the gar den tracts the wave was 2 feet in height and washed in on the floor of a good many of the houses. A good •leal of loose stuff was tarried away iu the onrush of the water. No build ing were moved and the ground being frozen there was very little cutting of ditches and the damage to the straw berry patches was not to the extent one would suppose when the quantity of wat-r is considered. Central canyon which the grade crosses is the drainage arc! outlet for a large area of land 011 the second bench and in Horse Heaven. As toon •is the chinook started the thaw the water began accumulating far beyond the carrying capacity of the 24-inch pipe which made the only opening thru the grade. By Wednesday morning the water was 15 feet against the grade The railroad eonipany was notified and the work train and crew arrived. A sluice way wai put in at tiie east end of the grade which was finished at noon, hnt the water had risen a foot an hour and spread out back up the canyon covering 5 or t! acres and 2"> feet deep next to the grade. This tremendous pressure forced out Ihe sluice way, broke thru the graile and with a mighty roar that could be heard for miles aished <;n to the Columbia WHOLE NUMHEII 250 The greater psrt of the water tore down across a strip < f unimproved 1 iitd belonging to Fecbter Iludkin. For this reason the dmnuye done is far less than it won|tl otherwise have bee n, alt ho as it iieartd the liver the wave spread to the adjacent garden tracts and damaptd tbeni to some ex tent as we have before stated. In ail hour the flow of water had largely subsided and the company began t<» repdr the break in the track. The pile driver was at work Wednesday night and Thursday forenoon and the track was ready for trains early this morning. Tht fact that the ground was frozen hard underneath the surface prevented lite torrents of \v iter washing out trees and cutting deep channels thru the leveled tracts. The natural drainage was sufficient to carry of! the water if it had come in natural ll<»w so tli a I the N nihern Pacific's grade is the direct cause of the damage to the ranches. There is also a smaller break at Erie one between Badger and Kiona and nui between Prosser and the first station west, Byron. Large streams from the. hills poured into the canal, far beyond its curving capacity and the banks broke in a dozen places. The stream rushed out on the ranches and orchard? of the valley. One large lake covers, over lno acres in sectiou 7, Inundating the Neal, Slaughenhaupt, May borne, Lar kin and extending up on the Thomas and Harve.v places. The break in the ditch near the old Putter place formed this lake. Further down the valley Geo. Finley had to move out of his house, the Weger place is submerged, all the ranches on that level are more or less covered with water, coming up as far as the Finley store. On the King place west of Fiuley the hay stacks are under water. Thousands of dollars will be re quired to fix the canal where the banks are broken In long gaps in many places. Fruit Growers Will Meet. There will l>e a meeting of Hie Fruit Growers of the Valley next Sttuidity afternoon, February 9th. al 1:30 |>. ni M • n the Anion Hall. H. M. Barllett will lead a discussion on ' Pruning," and H. Delepine and James Johnston will l»e prepared lo start ail interesting confe enc-? on "Spraying." Every fruit grower in the valley should be there. Rural Route No. 1. Kenuewick Rural Route Number 1 has been u fact sime February Ist. Rural Carrier 11. A. Oliver bus been making regular trips. He leaves at 830 a. in. and returns at about Isi •.'clock each day. E. W. Bar on is the Hibslitute carrier. The route is 10 miles lorg.