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Wooster City Council
Headquarters Wooster, Ohio, United States
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TOOK A RIDE: The Members of the City Council Make a Visit to the Different Reservoirs[edit | edit source]

  • TOOK A RIDE: The Members of the City Council Make a Visit to the Different Reservoirs. [1]

Pursuant to a resolution adopted on Monday evening all the members of the City Council except Wilhelm and Rightly, met at the City Hall yesterday afternoon for the purpose of inspecting the Bloomington reservoir, the Spink street well and the Reddick dam, and for the purpose of taking some action to increase the supply and capacity of the reservoirs or to provide some means of increasing the supply of water to meet the rapidly increasing demand.

George Brown's omnibus, drawn by four horses, was filled by the Councilmen, Mayor Yost, and the representative of THE REPUBLICAN. Engineer Markley and President Geiselman lead the procession, which started at 3:00 p.m., to the well and pumping station on Spink street. On arriving here Supt. Edmund Keyser was in waiting. An inspection of the buildings and pumps and engine resulted in finding everything in good condition. It was discovered that the custom has been to keep the supply of lubricating oil on hand in a small shed over the well, and as considerable quantity of the oil had saturated the floor and in case of fire or accident all might be thrown into the well, it was suggested that an iron tank be provided, or the oil removed to the outbuildings on the lot.

From this point the party, accompanied by Sup. Keyser, proceeded to the Bloomington reservoir. This valuable piece of property was found in most excellent condition. The gauge showing ten feet and five and one-half inches of the purest and cleanest of water in the basin. All of the party walked around the embankment. Mayor Yost and Will Everly distinguished themselves by each capturing a frog, but Wm. Bentz went them one better and scoped a turtle. The different ways of enlarging the storing capacity of the reservoir were fully discussed.

"All right," said President Geiselman, and the journey to the Reddick dam was begun. On reaching this point, the main source of the water supply of the city, the entire party passed over the eight acre field north of the land now controlled by the city. The proposition to build the main dam higher, and thus increase the storing capacity was talked over and the feasibility of buying the additional eight acres or a part thereof was taken under consideration. This plan seemed to meet with favorable consideration by a portion of the members, while others were of the opinion that the supply of water would not warrant this expenditure, but were in favor of putting down a well and establishing a pumping depot somewhere south of town. Various projects for carrying off the wild water from the dam were taken into consideration. The attention of Engineer Markley and Supt. Keyser was called to a leak in the lower dam at the overflow snute.

Over an hour was spent here before the return trip to the city was made.

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  1. Wooster Daily Republican, Wooster, Ohio. 1891 April 25, p. 3.

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