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19350219 - Cut in Comfort Station Prices Brings More...
Cut in Comfort Station Prices Brings More Revenue for City "THE Fifth and Penn streets 1 comfort station was never Intended to produce revenue for the city, yet the annual report yesterday showed that it had contributed a substantial sum to the city treasury. It cost $7,541.89 to operate the station in 1934, but $2,102.97 was returned , to the city by Samuel Marks, inspector. When Councilman Frederick A. Muhlenberg took charge a year ago he reported the station in a run - down condition,, and considerable money had to be spent on repairs. These included installing a second - hand hot water heater. This served to cut the 1934 gas bill to $225 as compared to $490 In 1933. A first aid room was built in the women's side and a kit for use in case of accidents or sickness was installed. ' To give the public less expensive service, the price of baths was cut from 25 to 10 cents. The shoe shine stand could not make a profit for its lessee at $900 a year In 1932, and the rent was cut to $750 in 1933. In 1934 this was reduced to $600. Women apparently kept better track of their weight during 1934 than in 1933, so, although the men spent little in the weighing machines, $301.08 was collected from them. In 1933 this total was but $218.17. . . Talk may be cheap, but not In a telephone booth in a comfort station. The city got $37924 as its share of telephone chatter fees. More people blew their noses last year, at least in hankies bought In the comfort station, the income from this item being $3.60 compared to $3.30 in 1933. Towel income jumped from $6.65 to $14.50. but soap was furnished free. The soap and disinfectant bill was $218.69. Peanuts brought $6.75 and checking of parcels, $107.30. The report, in general, showed that many more persons now use the station, because of lower fees. Most of the cost of maintenance is for employes' wages, $5,049.75 in 1934.

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  1. Reading Times,
  2. 19 Feb 1935, Tue,
  3. Page 2

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