The new ordinance recently proposed by the board of water and light commissioners and passed by the councilmen two weeks ago, which provides that the board can require patrons to equip their homes with water meters and to do away with the flat rates, was vetoed by Mayor W.T. Wood last night. The ordinance gave the board the right to require the meters at any time without warnings, and if the meters were not installed, a penalty of 50 percent over the flat rate was allowed.
Ben Bowers is the new legal representative for the City of Ottawa. He was appointed city attorney by Mayor W.T. Wood at the council meeting last night to succeed F.A. Waddle, county attorney-elect. Mr. Bowers is well known in Ottawa and is the retiring clerk of the district court, having served two terms.
C.E. Gormly withdrew a band ordinance upon the suggestion of Mayor Wood after it was seen that no action could be taken on it other than for defeat. The council favored passing the ordinance providing for an allowance of $600 a year in $50 monthly installments from the citys general fund for keeping the band, but the question of the legality of such an ordinance was raised. City Attorney F.A. Waddle said such an ordinance would not be legal in cities of the second class.
A petition signed by 127 citizens was presented to the council last night. It asked for a fire engine house with team and wagon at Logan and North Cedar streets. This matter has been discussed many times in the council.
Nothing has been done yet about equipping the city hall with fire escapes since the second floor was rented for school purposes.