Dad circulates petition for city to own natural gas system
WOULD HAVE CITY 01711 NATURALGAS SYSTEM PETITIONS FOR AN ELECTION TO RE CIRCULATED. Candidates for Commissionership and Others Favor Municipal Ownership Ownership of All Public Utilities-Better Utilities-Better Utilities-Better Service Desired. Municipal ownership of the natural gas system here, strongly advocated by numerous citizens, probably will be voted upon this spring. Petitions asking the city commissioners to call an election for submitting the question question of municipal ownership will be circulated commencing tomorrow. The petitions are headed as follows: "TO THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS COMMISSIONERS OF THE CITY OF OTTAWA, OTTAWA, KANSAS: "The undersigned citizens of Ottawa, Ottawa, Kansas, petition the board of commissioners to call an election for the submission to the electors of the city of Ottawa, of the question of the issuing of bonds of the city of Ottawa, Kansas, for the purpose of purchasing or constructing works for the purposo of supplying the city and its inhabitants inhabitants with natural gas." W. H. (Dad) Martin and others of a committee of citizens in favor of municipal ownership will see that the petitions are circulated throughout th j city. Mr. Martin stated today thar. he will be at the offices of Underwood & Underwood, 302 Main street, at i) o'clock tomorrow morning to give out blank petitions to any persons who wish to circulate them and obtain signers. Many FaVor the Plan. Municipal ownership s a means of relieving the gas situation here is held quite favorably not only by the committee-that committee-that committee-that committee-that will circulate these petitions petitions but also by many others, it btcame known today. At least two of the candidates for city commissioner of finance and revenue have announced announced that they unequivocally favor municipal ownership of all public utilities including the gas plant. Th3 question probably will be the chief issue at the coming city election. That municipal ownership of th city water and light department has paid is generally admitted, even , by those who opposed it bitterly some years ago. These advocates clai-n clai-n clai-n that. the gas plant might be operatel economically and furnish as good service as the water and light plan'.. Inefficient and inadequate service throughout the winter by the privately privately owned gas plant here has given-rise given-rise given-rise to the wave of favor for municipal municipal ownership. Investigating Gas Situation. Already there are numerous citizen who have been investigating the financial financial status of the Ottawa Gas &. Electric company with a view of ascertaining ascertaining how much money would be necessary for the city to puichase th plant or possibly establish a municipal municipal plant. Will Develop Leases. It became known today that a group of local men have formed an organization organization to drill this spring on leases close to Ottawa and adjacent to leases on which there is a larjfe supply of nrtural gas already developed. It is the intention of these men to develop a large supply, if possible, and have it available for the city's use in cas? of municipal ownership or in the event that some other company is given a franchise to compete with the local company, provided it will guarantee guarantee to furnish adequate gas. Court Decision Delayed. District Judge C. A. Smart probably will not decide the request for a tem porary injunction to prevent the Ottawa Ottawa Gas & Electric company from shutting off the gas of Gardner P. Walker and four other patrons, for several days. He is now in Paola. In the meantime, however, a restraining order issued by Probate Judge M. F. Short remains in effect and the com pany is unable to remove the meters from the homes of the five patron who refused to pay their January bills which, they alleged, were in excess excess of the service furnished. Alleged Contempt of Court. That the company's attorneys will seek to obtain federal court action to prevent the effectiveness of the local action was indicated yeRterday by C. Loomis, president of the Ottawa company. He ap peared here as its counsel. Mr. Loomis repeatedly asserted that the action of Judge ShoTt and any action by the district court were in contempt of tha federal court. Judge Smart will be in Paola for practically all of the remainder of this week, sitting as judge pro tern in an alleged libel case brought by B. J. Carver, a lawyer, against. W. D. Greapon; ,H newspaper publifeher.