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submit the following report on the progress of work and
the operation of the Engjineering Department during the
year 1901.

Contracts.

Table No. i gives a statement of the contracts awarded
from the beginning of the work to December 31, 1901.

CONTRACTS AWARDED DURING YEAR I901.

Contract No, 25 — Extension of Steel Shell of Pump-pit Shaft.

On December 14, 1900, plans, specifications, and form
of contract were adopted by your Board for the extension
of the steel shell of the pump -pit shaft for the Eastern
Pumping Station.

This extension was for the completion of the shaft to the
level of the top of the wall of the pump - house, and it is
intended to contain the deep -well pump and hoist to be



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provided for draining the tunnel and giving access to the
same for the purpose of examination and repairs.

On January 15, 1901, one bid was received for this work,
from the Variety Iron Works Company of Cleveland, Ohio,
and on the same date the contract was awarded to that com-
pany at their price of $2,730, the contract being executed
on January- 21, 1901.

The estimated cost of the work was $3,200.

Contract No. 26 — Pumping Machinery^ Boilers^ and Traveling-
crane for the Eastern Pumping Station,

On December 18, 1900, four bids were received for this
work, being the third effort to relet Contract No. 5 with the
Lane & Bodley Company, which contract was declared for-
feited and annulled by your Board on January 16, 1900.

The bids were as follows :



■{



Bidders and Addresses



Pour
Pumping
i Engines and
j Boilers



The Edward P. Allis Co
Milwaukee, Wis..

The Holly Manufacturing Co
Lockport, N. Y..



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A ' $984,400



I B-2..



}



The Kilby Manufacturing Co.,
Cleveland, O ^



The Camden Iron Works,
Camden, New Jersey



}



995,000
999,500

917,000

840,850
840,850
840,850
837,257
837,257
837,257
807,500



One
Electric
Crane



$9,600
9,600
9,600

10,000

10,000
9,500
8,750

10,000
9,500
8,750

9,500



Total



$994,000
1,004,600
1,009,100

927,000

850,850

850,350
849,600

847,257
846,757
846,007

817,000



On January 31, 1901, after a visit of the Chief and Ad-
visory Engineers to the shops of the Kilby, Camden, and
Holly companies, the contract for this work was awarded
to the Camden Iron Works of Camden, N. J., as the lowest
and best bidder.



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Contract No. 27 — Water Valves^ Sluice Gates, and Mud

Valves,



On December 14, 1900, plans, specifications, and form
of contract were adopted by your Board for the manufacture
and delivery of the water valves, sluice gates, and mud valves
required for the settling reservoirs and for the pump mains
from the Eastern Pumping Station. •

On January 22, 1901, six bids were received for the same,
as follows :



No. Bid I



Names of Bidders



Addresses



Eddy Valve Co

Coffin Valve Co

Ludlow Valve Manufacturing Co.

Vulcan Iron Works

Michigan Brass and Iron Works.
Rensselaer Manufacturing Co. . . .



Waterford, N. Y

BcTston, Mass

Troy, N. Y

Chicac^o, 111

Detroit, Mich

Troy, N. Y



Amounts



$28,445 CO
34,3»i 00
37,571 00
38,962 24
41,422 50
94.756 50



The estimated cost of the work was $57,003.

On January 30, 1901, all bids were rejected, and the work
ordered readvertised.

On January 31, 1901, slight modifications to the specifi-
cations were adopted by your Board.

On March 5, 1901, three bids were received for the work,
as follows :



Ko. Bid



Names of Bidders



Addresses



Eddv Valve Co

Coffin Valve Co

Ludlow Valve Manufacturing Co.



Waterford, N. Y.

Boston, Mass

Troy, N. Y



Amounts



36,700 00
37,711 00
38,046 00



On March 8, 1901, the contract was awarded to the
Coffin Valve Company, as the lowest and best bidder, and
the contract was executed on the same date.



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Contract No, 28 — Pumping Machinery^ Boilers^ and Traveling-
crane for the Western Pumping Station.

On March 8, 1901, plans, specifications, and form of con-
tract were adopted by your Board for the construction,
delivery, and erection of the pumping machinery, boilers,
and electric traveling - crane for the Western Pumping
Station -

On June 18, 1901, five bids were received for this work,
as follows :



No. Bid



Names of Bidders and Addresses



AmoQDts



Holly Manufacturing Co., Lockport, N. Y j $813,400 00

Laid'law- Dunn-Gordon Co., Cincinnati, 825,400 00

Bid 4. .' 891,000 00

Allis-Chalmers Co., Milwaukee, Wis. ^ -^ •' 92i,ooo 00



J



Camden Iron Works, Camden, N. J.



I 2..; 947,00000

t I.. I 977,00000



Kilby Manufacturing Co., Cleveland, O. . . <



Bid I .
2.



1,070,700 00
1,188,000 00
1,233,800 00



The estimated cost of the work was $1,000,000.

On July 12, 1901, the contract was awarded to the Holly
Manufacturing Company, as the lowest and best bidder, and
the contract was executed on July 17, 1901.

Contract No, 29 — 100- Horse Power Steam Boiler,

On October 15, 1901, specifications and form of contract
were adopted by your Board for furnishing and delivering,
at California, one semi-portable steam boiler of loo-horse
power capacity, with the necessary adjuncts and fittings, to
be used for testing the deep -well pump in the shaft in the
pump pit at the Eastern Pumping Station, and for other
miscellaneous work about that station.

On November 15, 1901, one bid was received for this
work, from the New Jersey Foundry and Machine Company.



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On November 19, 1901, the contract was awarded to the
said company at their bid of $1,330, the contract being
executed on the same date.

The estimated cost of the work was $1,500.



Progress of Work.

Contract No, .5, with the Lane & Bodley Company of Cin-
cinnati^ O., for the Pumping Machinery^ B oiler s^ and
Traveling -crane for the Eastern Pumping Station,

This contract was awarded January 4, 1898, and was to
be completed on January i, 1902. It was annulled, by ac-
tion of your Board, on January 16, 1900, after the Lane &
Bodley Company had failed and refused to continue with the
iKTork in accordance with the terms of the contract.

Three efforts were made to relet the work during the
year 1900, bids being received on April 17th, October i6th,
and December 19th. The bids of April 17th and October
1 6th were all rejected as being too high, and the contract
was finally awarded, on January 31, 1901, to the Camden
Iron Works of Camden, N. J., for a total of $817,000, at
an advance of $302,600 above the contract price of the
Lane & Bodley Company.

On January 31, 1901, your Board adopted a resolution
demanding payment of $302,600 by the Lane & Bodley Com-
pany and their surety, the American Bonding and Trust
Company, for failure to complete the work under their
contract.

On March 22, 1901, suit was filed in the Common Pleas
Court of Hamilton County, O., against the Lane & Bodley
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for the above amount. On December 2, 1901, the trial of
this suit was commenced, and was still in progress at the
end of the year.

Contract No, 6^ with F. H, Kirchner & Company of Cincin-
nati y O.yfor the construction and erection of an Intake Pier^
Tunnel^ and Pump Pit for the Eastern Pumping Station,

This contract was executed on May 10, 1898, and was to
be completed on December i, 1899.

Upon application of the contractor, extensions of time for
the completion of the work were granted by your Board as
follows :

On Dec. 12, 1899, seven months, to July i, 1900;
On June 15, 1900, three months, to Oct. i, 1900;
On Oct. 5, 1900, two months, to Dec. i, 1900;
On Dec. 4, 1900, two months, to Feb. i, 1901 ;
On Feb. 5, 1901, forty days, to March 11, 1901.

The principal work remaining to be done on this contract
at the end of last year consisted of the adzing of the deck of
the pump-pit caisson to a true level to receive the base-plates
of the engines, the stopping of leaks through the working
shafts and wall of the pump pit, the replacement of the con-
demned steel nozzles on the pump-pit shaft, the erection of the
operating cylinders for the sluice gates on the intake pier
and the erection of the screen guides, the cleaning of the
grounds at the site of the pumping station, and the comple-
tion of the flushing pipe inside of the pump-pit shafl.

The adzing of the caisson deck was completed on Feb-
ruary I, 1 901.

The new nozzles for the pump-pit shaft were received on
March 9, and put in place on April 7, 1901.

The uncompleted work on the intake pier was finished
on March 30, 1901.



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Work was suspended by the contractor on June 7, 1901.

The completion of the flushing pipe inside of the pump-
pit shaft could not be properly done, and a final examination
of the tunnel could not be made without pumping out the
tunnel ; but a final estimate was rendered on May 7, 1901,
upon the contractors agreeing in writing to complete the
flushing pipe as soon as the deep-well pump, contracted for
with the Hendrick Manufacturing Company, could be put in
operation.

The total amount of work done, as shown by the final
estimate, is $456,631.24, five per cent of this, amounting
to $22,831.56, not being payable, under the terms of the
contract, until one year after the acceptance of the work.

On June 28, 1901, the contractors presented a claim for
extra compensation, amounting to $59,348.79. The Chief
and Advisory Engineers reported on same July 26th, recom-
mending an allowance of $1,005 . 30 on said claim and the
rejection of the balance.

On November 19, 1901, the contractors presented addi-
tional claims for $5,250 and $7,800, which were not allowed.

On November i6, 1901, the contractors presented a com-
munication to your Board, requesting that the adjustment
of their rejected claims be settled by arbitration, which was
refused.

On December 27, 1901, a payment of $15,000 was author-
ized by your Board, by request of the contractors, on account
of the five per cent retained under the terms of the contract,
leaving a balance of $7,831.56 payable on May 7, 1902, after
deducting therefrom all cost of work remaining to be done,
and of repairs, if any, due to defective materials and work-
manship.



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Contract No, 12 ^ with August J, Henkel of Cincinnati^ O.^for
the construction of the Settling Reservoirs and the laying
of Pump Mains from the Eastern Pumping Station,

This contract was executed on May i6, 1899.

At the request of the contractor, supplementary agree-
ments to the contract were made at various times, as follows :

On March 30, 1900, for modification in the size of the
bricks to be used in the archways under the dams.

On November 20, 1900, for the substitution of Portland
cement in place of natural cement in the uncompleted portion
of the archway to Basin No. i, for which an additional price
of $1.62 per barrel is to be paid.

On March 22, 1901, for the substitution of Portland
cement concrete in place of sandstone masonry in the revet-
ment of the open sewer below the dam, for which a price
of eight dollars per cubic yard is to be paid.

On April 12, 1901, for a price of twenty-eight cents per
cubic yard for all waste material, both in stripping and in
excavation, in excess of the approximate estimated quantity
of four thousand cubic yards.

On December 3, i9oi,for an additional price of one dollar
per cubic yard for excavating the clay found in a deep pocket
at the upper end of the foundation for the archway of Reser-
voir No. 2, including the back-filling of said pocket with
sand and the ramming of the sand.

The progress made on this work during the year has been
very unsatisfactory, owing to the inexperience of the sub-
contractors, R. M. Quigley & Co., and their disposition to
disregard the stipulations of the contract and the directions
of the Chief Engineer.

On August 16, 1901, R. M. Quigley & Co. suspended
work entirely, on the pretext that the character of the



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material to be excavated for the reservoirs had been misrep-
resented to them.

On August i6, 1901, the contractor, August J. Henkel,
was notified by your Board to proceed regularly with the
work, which he finally did with a small force on October 26,
190 1. The amount of work done by him from this date to
December 31, 1901, was less than $2,200, and he has yet
made no preparation in tool equipment and the delivery
of materials for the resumption of work with an adequate
force in the spring.

On September 13, 1901, Messrs. H. A. Carson, Alfred
Noble, and W. H. Bixby were employed by your Board to
investigate and report as to the character of the material
found in the excavation for the reservoirs. Their report,
submitted on September 27th, was conclusive against the
contentions of R. M. Quigley & Co.

The total amount of work done from the beginning of the
contract to the end of the year was $176,971.80, being only
about fifteen per cent of the total estimated cost of the work,
which was $1,171,743.50.

The total amount of work done during the entire year
of 1901 was $71,148.10, being about six per cent of the total
estimated cost of the work.

Contract No. 17^ with the United States Cast -Iron Pipe and
Foundry Company^ for furnishing and delivering Cast-iron
Pipes and Special Castings to be used in the construction
of the Settling Reservoirs,

This contract was executed on March 9, 1900, and the
date specified for its completion was August i, 1900.

The work was completed during the latter part of the
year 1900, but the final estimate was not returned until



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May 7, 1901, pending some adjustment of diflFerences in the
weights of pipes furnished, as returned by the inspector and
as claimed by the contractor.

The total amount of this contract was $33,648 . 59. The
estimated cost at the contract price was $36,677.

Contract No. 16\ with August J. Henkel {Henkel & Sullivan)

of Cincinnati^ O.^for the excavation of the Coagulating and

Clear-well Basins^ the grading of the Filter and Pumping-

station Grounds and Roads ^ and the revetment of the Graded

. Slopes,

This contract was executed on March 28, 1900. The
date stipulated for its completion was August i, 1901.

On May 10, 1901, this contract was, at the request of the
contractor, transferred to Henkel & Sullivan.

On August 9, 1901, the time for the completion of the
work was, at the request of the contractors, extended five
months, to January i, 1902.

Supplementary agreements to the contract were made
during the year as follows :

On July 26, 1901, for the excavation of the loose material
in the area to be covered by the buildings at the Eastern
Pumping Station, for which a price of twenty-five cents per
cubic yard is to be paid.

On August 30, 1901, for the stripping and grading of the
grounds purchased from the Ebersole heirs, near California,
for a borrow-pit from which to procure additional material
necessary for the completion of the embankments around
the coagulating basins, the supply of suitable material for
said embankments in the excavation of the basins having
been exhausted. For this work the contractors are to be
paid seventeen cents per cubic yard for the stripping and



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Board of Trustees, "Commissioners of Waterworks" 229

twenty-eight cents per cubic yard for the excavation, the
latter price including the clearing of the grounds.

On November 15, 1901, for taking up and relaying the
paving in the ditch alongside of the diversion of the Co-
lumbia and New Richmond Turnpike, rendered necessary
by reason of the widening of the excavation at that point to
accommodate the tracks of the Cincinnati & Eastern Electric
Railway. The amount to be paid for this work is three
dollars per cubic yard.

The total amount of work done to the end of the year
was $130,295,55, which represents about ninety-four per
cent of the original estimated cost of the work at the con-
tract price, which was $139,267.50.

The work remaining to be done at the end of the year
consisted of about 1,000 cubic yards of embankment for the
levee, 5,100 yards for the pumping-station grounds, 9,600
yards for the coagulating basins and clear well, 3,500 ton-
miles of rolling embankment, 560 cubic yards of paved re-
vetment, 1,170 cubic yards of riprap revetment, and a small
amount of sodding of slopes and dry paving of ditches.

Contract No, 19^ with the Brackett Bridge Company of Cin-
cinnati^ O.y for the construction and erection of a Bridge
Span connecting the Intake Pier with the Kentucky Shore
of the Ohio River,

This contract was executed on May 8, 1900, the time
stipulated for its completion being November i, 1900.

On January 18, 1901, an extension of time of sixty days
was gfrantedjto March i, 1901 ; and again on April 16, 1901,
the time was extended to May i, 1901.

The work progressed very slowly during the year. The
erection of the false works was begun on February 27th, and



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the erection of the iron work on July i2th. The span was
swung on September 3d, and the entire work completed on
December 27th.

A final estimate for the amount of the contract, $19,300,
was returned on December 27, 1901. The Engineer's esti-
mate of the cost of the work was $20,157.50.

Contract No. 20^ with the W. J. Gawne Company of Cleve-
laftd^ O.y for the construction of a Tunnel and Shafts for
supplying Water to the Western Pumping Station.

This contract, which includes the construction of a
permanent shaft on the site of the Western Pumping
Station, of a working shaft distant about 4,881 feet from
the permanent shaft, and of about 7,100 lineal feet of
tunnel, was executed on July 16, 1900, in the name of
W. J. Gawne & Co.

On January 4, 1901, the contractors requested, and on
January 8th were granted, permission to assign the contract
to the W. J. Gawne Company.

The time stipulated in the contract for the completion
of the work is August i, 1902.

On January 22, 1901, a supplementary agreement was
made, providing for an extension of thirty-five lineal feet to
the length of Shaft No. i, from elevation + 105 to eleva-
tion + 140, for which a price of eighty -five dollars per
lineal foot is to be paid.

The progress made on this work during the year has
been very unsatisfactory. On April 23, 1901, work was sus-
pended at shafts No. i and No. 2 on account of high water,
and was not resumed until May ist for Shaft No. i, and
May nth for Shaft No. 2.



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On July 5, 1901, an explosion of gas occurred in the
tunnel heading from Shaft No. i, injuring five of the men
working in the tunnel at the time, four of whom afterwards
died. The explosion also wrecked the shaft elevator and
head-house. On July 27th another explosion occurred in
the same heading, four men being badly burned, two of
whom afterwards died. Since the date of the latter explo-
sion no work has been done in the tunnel at the heading
from Shaft No. i, and on August 31, 1901, work was sus-
pended in both headings from Shaft No. 2, where the
presence of explosive gas was also detected.

On August 27, 1901, the contractors were notified to take
immediate steps to increase the air-supply in the tunnel.
They failed to comply with these instructions, contending
that the supply of air was sufficient for ordinary conditions,
and disclaiming all obligations under the contract to deal
with the presence of explosive gas in the tunnel.

On October 18, 1901, they were notified to resume work
at once, which they failed to do.

On October 29, 1901, the following resolution was passed
by your Board, a copy of which was served on the contractors
on October 30, 1901 :

Whereas^ On July 6, 1900, this Board entered into a
contract with W. J. Gawne & Co. for the construction
of a tunnel and shafts for supplying water to the Western
Pumping Station, and known as Contract No. 20 ; and

IVhereaSy By resolution duly passed by this Board on
January 8, 1901, upon the previous request of W. J. Gawne
& Co., consent was given to said W. J. Gawne & Co. to
assign its said contract to the W. J. Gawne Company, a cor-
poration, and which assignment was duly made and assented
thereto by the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland,
surety upon the bond of said W. J. Gawne & Co., and there-
upon said the W. J. Gawne Company accepted said assign-



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ment and proceeded with the work under said contract so
assigned to it; and

Whereas^ Said the W. J. Gawne Company is failing to
proceed with the work embraced in said contract according
to the terms thereof and to the satisfaction of this Board :
Now, therefore,

Resolved^ That the Clerk of this Board be and is hereby
ordered to serve notice upon said the W. J. Gawne Company,
either by personal service or by leaving a copy of this reso-
lution at its usual place of business or residence, that this
Board will, at the expiration of ten days from the passage
of this resolution, declare this contract as to any and all
rights of said the W. J. Gawne Company thereunder for-
feited, annulled, and. wholly canceled, and that this Board
will take away, hold, and complete said work embraced in
said contract by reletting the unfinished part thereof, or com-
pleting the same by day's work or otherwise, as may be for
the best interests of the city of Cincinnati, in the judgment
of this Board, unless said the W. J. Gawne Company will
regularly proceed with the work to the satisfaction of this
Board and according to the terms of its said contract ; and
be it further

Resolved^ That the Clerk be and is hereby directed to
mail a copy of this resolution to the Fidelity and Deposit
Company of Maryland, surety upon the bond of said the
W. J. Gawne Company.

This notice remaining without effect, the following resolu-
tions were passed by your Board on November 12, 1901 :

Whereas^ This Board finds that the W. J. Gawne Com-
pany is failing to proceed with the work embraced in the
contract entered into between the said the W. J. Gawne
Company and the City of Cincinnati, dated July 6, 1900,
and known as Contract No. 20, according to the terms thereof,
and to the satisfaction of this Board ; and

Whereas^ On October 29, 1901, this Board passed a
certain resolution reciting such failure, and notifying said
contractor, the W. J. Gawne Company, in accordance with
the terms of said contract, that this Board will, at the ex-
piration of ten days from the passage of aforesaid resolution,
declare said contract as to any and all rights of said the
W. J. Gawne Company thereunder forfeited, annulled, and



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wholly canceled, and that this Board will take away, hold,
and complete said work embraced in said contract by relet-
ting the unfinished part thereof, or completing the same by
day's work or otherwise, as may be for the best interests
of the city of Cincinnati in the judgment of this Board,
unless said the W. J. Gawne Company will regularly proceed
with the work to the satisfaction of this Board, and accord-
ing to the terms of its said contract ; and.

WhereaSy Such notice was duly served upon said the
\V. J. Gawne Company on the 30th day of October, 1901;
and

Whereas^ Since the passage of said resolution and the
service of the notice aforesaid, the said the W. J. Gawne
Company has failed and is now failing to comply with said
written notice so served upon it for a period of more than
ten days from date of such service : Therefore be it

Resolved^ That the said contract between the City of Cin-
cinnati and the W. J. Gawne Company, dated July 6, 1900,
and known as Contract No. 20, be and the same is hereby
declared forfeited, annulled, and wholly canceled ; and that
this Board will apply any sum due or which may become
due and payable to said contractor, under the terms of said
contract, towards the completion of said work, and hold said
the W. J. Gawne Company for any and all damage, loss, cost,



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