Cost of current consumed, at the minimum rate?
Does the Water Department use. seasonal workers?
Yes, in line extensions, and such jobs as painting or cleaning of
water towers, painting of hydrants, and making technical repairs.
What was the total payroll in 1951?
What was the cost of pipes and other materials needed for line
extensions and repairs in 1951?
What were the gross receipts from water rentals in 1951?
Where does the water in the wells come from?
From the.rains and snows that fall on the -ground.
What is the annual precipitation?
About 42 inches per year, but it varies widely.-
Isn't our supply fed by an underground river, which runs south-ward-
from New England?
No. The contours of the rock formations make such a flow im-possible.
Where then does the underground water originate?
Solely from the rain and snow that fall on Long Island itself.
Does this point to a need for conservation?
Yes, because as more houses are built, more streets are paved,
and other natural conditions are disturbed, the less "water gets
into the ground, while our increase in populationmakes demands
on the supplies in more increasing quantities.
Has Long Island water run dry at any point?
Yes; in Brooklyn - the underground supplies have been drained
away, and.wells once abundant are dry today.
Is full information on the subject of Long Island's water supplies
available ? . "
Yes, you can get details" from-the New York State Conservation
Department in Albany, New York. " -"
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: ' . ' " • ' FIRE DEPARTMENT RADIOS : ; .
- - At the request of the Fire Department, application is being; made to
the Federal Communications Commission for five two-way radio transmitter-
•units. These will greatly aid in fire-fighting without interference with the ten
units now employed by the Police Department. The Fire Department has also .
.acquired two walkie-talkie units. They will be very useful in giving instruc-tions-
from the ground, while firemen are on the roof of a burning building.
I"-j"eijo:t Ashdown, Custodian of the Municipal Building for twenty three
years, is back on the job after a two month leave of absence causedby illness.
Vol. 1 - No. 7
CIVIL DEFENSE -
Units, of the Freeport Fire Department, headed by Chief Marra, par-ticipated
in the Civil Defense test in New York City several weeks ago. . The
" test was a cooperative drill., involving the entire metropolitan area. Cyril C.
Ryan, Civil Defense Director for Nassau County, has forwarded a communi-cation
to Mayor Doxsee thanking him for the use of the Fire Department appa-ratus
in the test, and stated: "The Freeport Firemen as usual did an outstand-ing
job and I was very proud of being part of that organization" -.
M. E. U. A. CONVENTION
The twenty second annual conference of the Municipal Electric Util-ities
Association of New York State was held at Saranac Inn,New York, on
September-24th, 25th, b 26th, 1952. The largest attendance in the history of
the Association was recorded at this conference. Many papers of interest were
presented by speakers outstanding in their respective professions. The Vil-lage
of Freeport was one of the charter members of M. E. U. A. and over the
years has had the honor of having several of its officials elected to office in
the Association. At this year's session. Trustee Leonard" D. B. Smith was
elected as one of the Vice Presidents, and Comptroller Milford F. VanRiper
was re-elected Secretary; both will serve on the Executive Committee. The
M. E. U.A. is one of the outstanding Associations in the nation in promoting
the welfare of municipally-owned electric systems.
FROM A"SATISFIED READER
T o the Inc. Village of Freeport, ..
I wish to compliment you on the monthly "Freeport" news bulletin,
and I am sure that it-is read by.every resident. In 1945 I moved my business
to-Freeport, after looking around in several villages on Long Island and New
. Jersey. , ;.. .. A'iew months ago, I bought my home here, although we rented
an apartment'until then.on Lillian Avenue, Freeport. My family and I find
this Village to be very friendly. ..... Living here has certainly been a pleas-ure,
and enjoyable to all my family and to myself.
Frank Wiesenfeld (Signed)
Frank's Jewelry Shop, Freeport.
A TALK ABOUT FUSES
Scene: House full of company, television goind full blast, lots of fun
and suddenly, complete blackness A FUSE HAS BURNED OUT. Poss-ibly
some laughter,but certainly considerable annoyance. Manyfolks become
very much annoyed when a fuse is burned out, when in' reality, they should be
very thankful, for without such afuse the house could be easilyset afire. Most
folks do not understand that electric wires, covered with insulation, have a
limited capacity as to the amount of electric current such wire can carry be-fore
it becomes red hot and starts a fire. The purpose of the fuse is to have
that fuse burn out when the wire gets too hot for safety, and thus shut off the
current from an overloaded wire, and prevent fire in some other place.
The electric wiring in a building is laid out in circuits, each ordinary
circuit beinglimited to 1500 watts or 15 amperes. When such a circuit is car-rying
its full load, if one additional light or one additional appliance is turned
on ... Out goes the fuse. Some people, in ignorance, think it wise after hav-ing
a fuse burn out to put in a fuse which is designed to carry more than 1500
watts (ISamperes) and in so doing unwittingly risk setting the house afire. Al-so,
there are some people who insert a copper penny in the place where the
15 ampere fuse should go, but they sometimes fail to realize that if the house
catches fire because the wires get too hot, they not only suffer the annoyance
of a fire, but may also find out that the insurance company will refuse to pay
such a loss.
If the reader has had trouble with fuses burning out, it is urged that
one of the many licensed electricians in the Village be called in to checkup on
the wiring system; a service usually rendered without charge. In the past ten
years so many new electrical appliances have come into common use, that it
is safe to say that for complete safety from fire such a check up should be
made in every house erected before.1940. A house having an electric cooking
stove, or an automatic washing machine, probably has been checked.
It is not .the responsibility of the Village Electric Department to re-place
burned out fuses; that is the responsibility of the consumer. The res-ponsibility
of the Village--or any public utility company--ends when the cur-rent
is brought to the panel box in which the fuses belong. Keep a supply of
15 ampere fuses on hand; they cost but a few cents each. It is proper to use
a 30 ampere fuse above the mainline service switch which is usually mounted
adjacent to the circuit panels or branch circuit fuses. Some persons are afraid
to touch a panel box thinking they might get a shock. There can be no possi-ble,
danger in changing fuses, if the main switch is pulled out.
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POWER HOUSE EXPANSION
Work is progressing rapidly on the installation of the new 3300 K.W.
diesel powered electric generator in the Municipal Power Plant. As a neces-sary
adjunctan elaborate new handle and switch mechanism has been ordered.
It is anticipated that it will be in place so far as to permit the new unit to be
ready for operation early next Spring. Part of the new equipment includes a
3000 barrel tank for the storage of fuel oil. The new engine is of modern type
capable of utilizing fuel of the cheaper grades which.it is anticipated, will re-sult
in considerable savings in the way of operating the Plant.
Bulletin issued monthly in the
interest of residents of.the
Village of Freeport
ROBERT L. DOXSEE, Mayor
Leonard D.B. Smith
Seward J. Baker
W illiam Glacken
For information concerning Village
facilities, residents are invited to'-
phone the Village Clerk -
E.T.CHESHIRE - FReeport 8-4000.1
Board of Trustees - Monday
Board of Appeals -3rd Wednesday
Sewer Commission -On Call
Planning Board -On Call
Plumbing Board - 3rd Monday
Civil Defense -Last Thursday,
THE WATER WE USE
An important part of Village administration is providing for the pro-duction,
distribution and conservation of water. Freeport operates its own
system, and the profits (expressed largely in the form of low water rates) go
directly to the taxpayers. Costs of production and maintenance have risen in
these inflationary days. The idea that there is plenty of water available and
that all we have to do is to reach out and take it practically at no cost, is not
in conformity with the facts. A few questions and answers will help make this
Q. How many wells supply Freeport with water?
In what sections of the Village are they?
Two west; four east.
Q. How deep are they?
A. 525 feet.
Q. What is the capacity of each, daily?
A. 1, 140, 000 gallons.
Q. How has the use of water grown?
A. In 1941 - 629,861,974 gallons
1946 - 727, 126,108 gallons
Q. How much is used in extinguishing fires?
A. 6,000,000 gallons per year.
Q. How are the wells operated?
A. By electric pumps.
Q. Where does the electricity come from?
A. Our municipal electric plant.
Q. How much current was used in 1951 for pumping?
A. 1, 023, 740 K. W.H.
Q. How many people does it take to operate the Water Department?
A. Distribution and maintenance - 8
Clerical and meter readers - 6
• Total 14.
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