HB 1841 a
BOARD OF ALDBRJfKff. The followine Messare waa received fmm his Honor the Mayor, setting forth his reasons for not Pfjiuviug uie resolutions recommending a suspension suspension of the work on the high bridge over Harlem river, &c..fcc.. which was directed to he pnf AroH An the minutes and published in the papers employed uj uie corporation. SAMUEL J. WILLIS, Clerk. lllrni'l Ctwww AnrilAth 14I To the Board of Aldermen of the city of .Yew GCNTLft Matter T h avatar tit sntmm VH orable body the two following resolutions, which originated in your Board, with my reasons for not approvirg of them, viz : Resolved, That it is inexpedient to proceed further further at present with the work upon the pier and bridge over the Harlem river bevond what may be necessary to bring the water temporarily across said river. Resolved, That the Comptroller, the Counsel to the Corporation, and the Street Commissioner, be deputed to confer with the Water Commissioners, and to negotiate with the Contractors, subject to the ratification of the Common Council, for a settlement settlement of all damages which may be claimed to be by them sustained from the temporary or final suspension of the contract for the construction of said bridge, and that they report to the Common Council, as soon as possible, the result of their labors. labors. I will first present my objections to the first resolution. resolution. By reference to the Act entitled, "An Act to provide for supplying the city of New York with pure and wholesome water," passed May 2d, 1834, it will be seen that the whole construction of the work is given to the Water Commissioners, subject in certain instances to the approval of the Common Council. The Act entitled," An act prescribing the manner manner in which the Croton Aqueduct shall pass the Harlem River," passed May 3d. 1839, as follows : The Water Commissioners of the city of New York shall construct an aqueduct over the Harlem river with arches and piers; the arches in the channel of said river shall be at least eighty feet span, and not less than one hundred feet from the usual high water mark of the river, to the under side of the arches at the crown, or they may carry the water across said river by a tunnel under the channel of the river, the top of which tnnnel shall not be above the present bed of said channel. Under this statute the Water Commissioners made the contract to erect the high aqueduct across the Harlem river which these resolutions seek to suspend. The Sth and 0th sections nf thm art ntittut An Act to amend an Act to provide for supplying the citv of New York with nnre and whnlmtm. ji t ter," passed May 26th, 1S41, are as follows : 6 8. ft shall he the rfnlv nf th IV.ro. rnm;.. sioners of the city of New York to finish and com plete i ne aqueauct ior supplying the said city with water down to and including the distributing reservoir reservoir at Murray's Hill, acrnrflintr tn th nUn 1r.r.t1 by the said Commissioners and ratified by the Com- Com- . . - . i i ... . . ... uiuu vuuncii oi me saia ciiy, witn 6ucn immaterial alterations as may be necessary and as may be igreea upon oy me saia water commissioners and 1.. - r : th i .a iu sjUlkUVU V U U 1 1 1 J 1 .