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ANNUAL REPORT 



PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 

FOR THE YEAR 1932 
[Document 24—1933] 



~~ Bosk 

MM 30 1944 









CONTENTS. 



Part I. 

REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF 
PUBLIC WORKS. 



Page 

Appropriations 6 

Employees 13 

Expenditures 7 

Expenditures, by items, seg- 
regated budget 7 

General review 2 



Page 
Maintenance, comparative 

table 8 

Organization 1 

Pavements, area of 11 

Pavements, length of 12 

Revenue 9 



Part II. — Appendix A. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
BRIDGE AND FERRY SERVICE. 

(Bridge Service.) 



(Page 18.) 



Page 

Appropriations, special 27 

Appropriations, special, sum- 
mary of 27 

Bridge openings 29 

Bridges, work done on: 

Albany Street Bridge, 

over Boston & Albany 

Railroad freight tracks, 18 

Arlington Street Bridge, 

over Boston & Albany 

Railroad 19 

Berkeley Street Bridge, 
over Boston & Albany 

Railroad 19 

Broadway Bridge, over 

Fort Point Channel ... 20 

Chelsea Street Bridge 20 

Chelsea South Bridge. ... 20 



Page 



Dorchester Avenue Bridge, 
over Fort Point Chan- 
nel 21 

Gainsborough Street Foot- 
bridge, over the New 
York, New Haven & 

Hartford Railroad 21 

Granite Avenue Bridge. . . 21 
Northern Avenue Bridge. 21 

Miscellaneous 22 

Expenditures 27 

Expenditures, special ap- 
propriations 27 

Expenditures, specal ap- 
propriations, summary 

of 27 

Repairs on bridges 27 

Work done 18 



IV 



Table of Contents. 



(Feery Service.) 
(Page 24.) 



Page 

Appropriations 31 

Appropriations, amount paid 

from 31 

Balance sheet 32 

Expenditures 31 

Expenditures and receipts 

since 1858 33 



Page 
Ferryboats 24 

Financial statements 31 

Receipts at each ferry 34 

Ticket statement 34 

Work done 24 



Appendix B. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
HIGHWAY DIVISION. 

General Review. 
(Page 37.) 



(Lighting Service.) 
(Page 38.) 



Page 
Arc lamps, total cost per 

lamp per annum 40 

Electric lights, cost of 40 

Expenditures 37 

Financial statement 37 

Gas lamps, number and 

kind of 41 

Gas lamps, total cost per 

lamp per annum 41 

Incandescent lamps, total 

cost per lamp per annum, 40 



(Paving Service.) 
(Page 37.) 



Expenditures, objects of. 
Expenditures, detail of . . 

General review 

Permits 

Permits, revenue from . . 



Page 

48 
48 
37 
49 
49 



Street openings 

Work done 

By contract, summary of, 
By day labor, summary of, 



Page 



Lamps, number of, installed 




during year 


39 


Lamps discontinued 


39 


Number and style of lamps, 




January 1, 1933 


40 


Outages on street lamps .... 


42 


Rebates 


42 


Revenue 


37 




38 



Page 
49 
37 
43 
46 



Table of Contents. 



Appendix C. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
SANITARY DIVISION. 

(Sanitary Service.) 



Appropriations 

Ashes, collected by contract, 
number of loads 

Districts, map of 

Financial statement 

Income 

Maintenance 

Cost of collecting and dis- 
posing of refuse by day 
labor (between pages 
54-55). 



(Page 50.) 

Page 

50 



54 
60 
50 
50 
50 



Materials: 

Collected by districts. . . . 

Cost of collecting and 

disposing of refuse by 

contract 

Offal collected by con- 
tract, number of loads . . 
Refuse collected, detail of 
(between pp. 54-55). 

Revenue 

Work done 



Page 



54 



54 



54 



50 
50 



(Street Cleaning and Oiling Service.) 
(Page 57.) 

Page Page 
distribution Macadam streets, cost of 

oiling 57 

Work done 57 



Expenditures, 

of 

Expenditures, items of 
Financial statement. . . 



57 
57 
57 



Appendix D. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
SEWER DIVISION. 

(Page 58.) 



Catch-basins, cleaned by 

contract 

Expenditures: 

Maintenance 

Maintenance, detail of . . . . 

Maintenance, detail of, 

recapitulation of 



Page 

GO 

59 
61 

61 



Financial statement. 



Miles of sewers, January 1, 
1933 

Pumping sewerage, average 
cost per million foot 
gallons 



Page 
59 



67 



66 



VI 



Table of Contents. 



Page 
Pumping station, Calf Pas- 
ture, work done 65 

Pumps, Calf Pasture, aver- 
age lift and duty 65 

Refuse, removing same from 

gatehouse 65 



Summary of sewer construc- 
tion (twelve months) : 

Work done 

Work in charge of division, 



Page 

58 
62 



Appendix F. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
WATER DIVISION. 

(Water Service.) 



(Page 69.) 



Construction, cost of 

Expenditures 

Expenditures, detail of 

Financial statement 

Hydrants, total number of, 

December 31, 1932 

Hydrants, total number and 
kind of, established and 

abandoned 

Income branch 

Meter branch 

Meter repairs 

Meters: 

Applied 

Changed 

Condemned 



Page 

72 
72 
72 
72 

77 



77 
73 
74 
74 

74 
74 
74 



Meters: 

In service December 31, 
1932 

Installed 

On hand December 31, 
1932 

Repaired 

Set 

Revenue 

Service pipes: 

Total number of lengths 

of 

Water pipes, total length of, 

Work done 

Work done, detail of 



Page 



75 
74 

75 
74 
74 

72 



76 
76 
69 
69 



Appendix G. 



REPORT OF THE BOSTON AND CAMBRIDGE 
BRIDGE COMMISSION. 



(Page 79.) 



Bridges in charge of com- 
mission 



Page 

79 



Work done. . . 
Expenditures . 



Page 
79 
80 



[Document 24—1933.] 




ANNUAL REPORT 



PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT 



FOR THE 



YEAR ENDING DECEMBER 31, 1932. 



Boston, January 2, 1933. 

Hon. James M. Curley, 
Mayor of Boston. 
Dear Sir, — In compliance with the Revised Ordi- 
nances, the annual report of the operations and expenses 
of the Public Works Department for the year ending 
December 31, 1932, is respectfully submitted. The 
Public Works Department, created by Ordinances 1910, 
chapter 9, now chapter 27 of the Revised Ordinances of 
1925, was formed by consolidating the Engineering, 
Water and Street Departments. 

Organization. 

The department is composed of six main divisions, 
viz.: 

Central Office. — The Central Office is composed of 
the accounting force of the entire department under the 
charge of the chief clerk. 

Bridge and Ferry Division. — This division, under a 
division engineer, has the charge and care of all bridges 
used as highways which are in whole, or in part, under 
the control of the city; and the care and management 
of the ferries owned by the city, including boats, slips, 
drops and buildings. 



2 City Document No. 24. 

Note. — The Boston and Cambridge Division, so 
called, is not, strictly speaking, a division of the Public 
Works Department, as this work is in charge of a com- 
mission of two, one member appointed by the Mayor 
of Boston and the other by the Mayor of Cambridge, 
under the provisions of chapter 412 of the Acts of 1904; 
but because of the fact that the present Commissioner 
of Public Works is the Boston member of this com- 
mission and also because one half of the expense of the 
commission is defrayed by the Bridge Service, it is in 
this report treated as a division of this department. 

Highway Division. — This division under a division 
engineer, has charge of the construction, reconstruction 
and maintenance of roadways and sidewalks, and the 
care of lamps and lighting of streets, parks and alleys. 

Sanitary Division. — This division, under a division 
engineer, has charge of the collection and removal of 
ashes, garbage and refuse, street cleaning and the oiling 
and flushing of streets. 

Sewer Division. — This division, under a division 
engineer, has charge of the construction and mainte- 
nance of sewers, catch-basins and waterways. 

Water Division. — This division, under a division 
engineer, has the care of water pipes, installation of 
meters, water service, laying and relaying of water 
mains and the high pressure fire service. 

General. 

The end of this year closes the three-year program 
of extensive street construction inaugurated by legis- 
lative grants of loans outside the debt limit and con- 
ditional upon amounts raised within the debt limit 
and through the tax levy. 

Accompanying this large program of street construc- 
tion was a comparatively large expenditure for sewerage 
works. 

For the first time in many years we have completed 
all the contracts awarded for street work, with the 
exception of two small streets which will go over into 
next year. 

For some time past negotiations have been carried 
on for a reduction in lighting rates, both for streets and 
for domestic services, and it is expected shortly that 
both public utilities will voluntarily grant decreases in 



Public Works Department. 3 

their rates. The Gas Company has reduced street 
lighting rates by approximately 5 per cent beginning 
January 1, 1933. 

Highway Division. 

During the past three years there has been author- 
ized in loans outside the debt limit for the reconstruc- 
tion and repair of streets a total of $2,975,000, 11,000,000 
inside the debt limit, and $1,000,000 from the tax levy. 
In addition, $225,000 has been appropriated from the 
tax levy for the replacement of dirt sidewalks with 
granolithic, w T hich makes a grand total of $5,200,000. 

For new streets there has been appropriated $2,500,000 
outside the debt limit; $1,250,000 inside the debt limit, 
and $250,000 from the tax levy, making a total of 
$4,000,000 for the construction of new streets. 

There is no doubt but what the expenditure of this 
large amount of money for construction has relieved 
the unemployment situation in this city, and it is strange 
that the policy of spending large amounts on public 
works, which appeared to meet the approval of the 
Legislature in 1930, has changed so that at present it 
is difficult to convince the very same public officials 
that this policy was right, and that a penurious retrench- 
ment should not supersede it. 

The cost of contract work during the last two years 
has been comparatively so low as to justify a continued 
expenditure for necessary street construction. We know 
we are getting street work done now for one half the 
cost in 1918 and at a great reduction from that of 
recent years. 

During the past three years we have reconstructed so 
many of the main arteries that it is the exception now 
to find a poor surface on these streets to drive or walk 
over. 

Until the expenditures for public welfare are greatly 
reduced, we must depend upon loans inside the debt 
limit to continue street reconstruction, as it is not 
likely that the Legislature will approve further loans 
outside the debt limit. 

During the past three years we have expended for 
the reconstruction of old streets and for granolithic 
sidewalks a total of approximately $5,000,000. 

For 250 new streets — ■ practically all residential — 
and for the four "specials" for Morton street, Centre 
street, Charles and Cambridge streets, and Summer and 



4 City Document No. 24. 

L streets, we have expended a total of $3,164,000 for the 
Street Laying-Out Department. 

We have inaugurated the policy of replacing defective 
brick sidewalks in the older parts of the city with grano- 
lithic. Included in this work was every brick sidewalk 
in the North and West Ends, which greatly reduced 
the large amount previously paid for personal injuries. 
The total length of replacements in three years is 
approximately thirty-three miles. 

The total yardage of granite block and bituminous 
pavements laid in three years is approximately 2,100,000 
square yards and of granolithic sidewalks 688,000 square 
yards. 

Beidge and Ferry Divisions. 

The widening of Arlington street required the con- 
struction of a new bridge at Arlington square, the con- 
tract for which was awarded and finished this year. 

Asphalt plank, which now can be bought for a very 
low price, has been substituted for spruce on many 
bridge roadways with good results. 

Plans have been prepared for major repairs on several 
bridges to be done in 1933. 

The dangerous condition of Chelsea North Bridge 
fixed spans has caused the introduction of bills into the 
Legislature the past two years without any action. 
Another bill will be introduced this year and it is hoped 
with better results. 

It is expected that the East Boston Teaming Tunnel 
will be open for traffic late this year, at which time one 
of the East Boston ferries will be withdrawn from 
service. The receipts from vehicles and passengers at 
the North Ferry this year will not exceed $10,000, and 
if it were discontinued better service could be extended 
at the South Ferry. By closing the North Ferry on 
April 1 next a saving of over $50,000 can be effected 
for the balance of the year, and we see no reason for a 
justifiable protest by the people of East Boston, con- 
sidering the present financial condition of the city. 

Sewer Division. 
During the past three years we have spent for sewerage 
works a total of $3,750,000, provided as follows: 
$3,200,000 inside the debt limit; $500,000 outside the 
debt limit, and $50,000 from the tax levy. A large 
part of this was expended for surface drainage for our 
extensive street construction. 



Public Works Department. 5 

A second 40,000,000-gallon electric-driven centrifugal 
pump is being erected at the Calf Pasture pumping 
station, and it is advisable to replace the existing 
uneconomical No. 1 and No. 2 pumps by larger electric 
units. This station will then operate normally with 
electric power and the present No. 5 steam unit will be 
used only for emergencies. 

We continued our policy of not refusing any reason- 
able request for sanitary sewers, and we have made 
considerable progress towards providing sewers for the 
Germantown district. 

The customary loan of $1,000,000 inside the debt 
limit for sewerage works should be provided early next 
year. 

Water Division. 

This division has been active in laying and relaying 
street mains for our construction program, in con- 
tinuing the policy of relaying old small-size laterals with 
larger pipes, and replacing domestic hydrants with 
the new type. The disappointing number of new 
■services required this year (about one fourth the number 
in 1931) is an index of the small number of new buildings 
constructed. 

The scheme of reinforcing the water pressure in parts 
of Roxbury and Dorchester, by laying a new main con- 
necting with the Metropolitan District Commission's 
high service supply at Prince street and extending down 
the Arborway, along Forest Hills street and along Glen 
road, through Franklin Park and thence to Geneva 
avenue and Columbia road, and connecting with our 
domestic system, has been considered inadvisable until 
such time as the Metropolitan District Commission 
agrees to lay a second main from Prince street along 
the Arborway and allow us to connect with this main 
at Forest Hills street. This will eliminate the necessity 
of having three large mains in the Arborway, a dupli- 
cation which is indefensible. It is thought that we 
may get the commission to cooperate with the city and 
save a substantial amount in our construction. 

Sanitary Division. 

A new ten-year garbage and refuse disposal contract 
went into effect on July 1, 1933. The contractor and 
the method of disposal are identical with the previous 
ten years. 



6 



City Document No. 24. 



We must look forward very soon to providing incinera- 
tion in at least two of the contract districts, as the 
dumping facilities within a comparatively short haul 
are disappearing. 

Cooperation with the Welfare Department. 
xlble-bodied men receiving welfare aid work from 
one to four days in our activities and, necessarily, 
require extra tools and supervision. The net gain 
from their services is the reduction in permanent labor 
pay rolls by not replacing those retired or otherwise 
leaving the service. The maximum number of men 
working in this department at one time was 4,000. 
The broad gain is the maintenance of a good morale 
through these men thinking they are rendering an 
equivalent for the welfare aid. 

Appropriations. 
The money assigned for the maintenance work of 
the Public Works Department during the year 1932 
was derived from the income of the city raised by 
taxation. In December, 1931, the department esti- 
mates were submitted to the Mayor, in segregated 
form, who made such allowance for each item in the 
budget as he considered necessary and submitted them 
to the City Council. The total maintenance appro- 
priations as passed by the City Council and approved 
by the Mayor are shown below. 



Central Office 
Bridge Service 
Ferry Service 
Lighting Service 
Paving Service 
Sanitary Service 
Sewer Service 
Water Service 



$87,200 00 

447,899 84 

532,739 00 

1,012,728 00 

1,429,452 64 

3,216,443 72 

660,589 00 

1,637,852 17 



Total 



1,024,904 37 



Public Works Department. 7 

The expenditures under the several appropriations 
for the different services for the year 1932 were as 
follows : 



Divisions and Services. 



Current 
Expenses. 



Special 

Appropria- 

ations. 



Total 
Expenditures. 



Balance 

December 31, 

1932. 



Central Office... 
Bridge Service. . . 
Ferry Service. . . . 
Lighting Service . 
Paving Service. . 
Sanitary Service . 
Sewer Service. . . . 
Water Service . . . 



$85,938 64 

431,746 39 

522,866 29 

1,024,810 12 

1,384,024 29 

3,095,424 80 

601,781 01 

1,588,803 85 



$100,466 78 
10,413 26 



3 2,082,701 46 



1,080,111 11 
91,363 62 



$85,938 64 
532,213 17 
533,279 55 
1,024,810 12 
3,466,725 75 
3,095,424 80 
1,681,892 12 
1,680,167 47 



$57,387 07 
59,599 94 



1 358,959 63 



•385,049 09 
58,413 16 



Totals . 



$8,735,395 39 



$3,365,056 23 



$12,100,451 62 



$919,408 89 



« $295,000 authorized, but not issued. 

2 $200,000 authorized, but not issued. 

3 Includes $39,266.49 work done by Park Department on Centre street. 



Yours respectfully, 

J. A. Rourke, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 



City Document No. 24. 



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On Account of the Public Works Department, as Per Auditor's 

Statement. 

Bridge Service: 

Maintenance of Chelsea bridges . . . $10,257 32 

Northern Avenue Bridge, repairs . . . 489 93 

Meridian Street Bridge 9,628 70 

Clerical services 83 34 

Rent 200 00 

$20,659 29 
Charlestown Bridge: 

Rents ■ . 1,645 00 

Morton Street Bridge: 

Received from New York, New Haven & 
Hartford Railroad for part cost of con- 
struction 38,500 00 

$60,804 29 

Ferrv Service: 

Tolls $74,058 95 

Rent 579 50 

Commission on telephones . . . . 118 39 

Cleaning telephone booths .... 48 00 

■ 74,804 84 

Lighting Service: 
Damage to posts 374 00 

Paving Service: 

From assessments on abutters for cost of 
laying sidewalks in front of their premises, 

including material for the same . . . $59,426 61 

Permits 12,108 48 

Sale of material 2,184 86 

Labor and materials, chapter 27, section 9, 

Revised Ordinances, 1925 .... 33 00 

Labor and materials furnished, etc. . 76 93 

Use of rollers 505 93 

Rent of signs 25 00 

Repairing signs 88 43 

Refund of gasolene tax 148 65 

Overpayment on bill 23 13 

Refund automobile registration ... 1 50 

74,622 52 

Reconstruction of Streets: 

Reimbursement on contract 173 24 

Sanitary Service: 

Collection of commercial waste 

Sale of manure . 

Labor and material 

Removal of dirt 

Oiling streets 

Cleaning dumps 

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ceived from Commonwealth, 

Entrance fees .... 

Carried forward . . . $14,363 55 $248,914 20 





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Brought forward . . . $14,363 55 $248,914 20 
Sewer Service : 

Labor and materials furnished, 703 23 

Sale of junk .... 465 00 

Sale of coal .... 817 15 

$16,348 93 

Sewerage Works: 

Assessment under chapter 450, 

Acts of 1899 . . . . $59,098 93 
Interest on ditto . . . 16,573 09 
Services of Inspector . . 212 65 

Rent 260 00 

76,144 67 

92,493 60 

Total $341,407 80 

Water Service: 
Water rates due: 

For the year 1932 and prior .... $4,485,991 57 
Service pipes for new water takers, extend- 
ing, repairing, etc. 49,836 43 

Labor and materials 12,342 25 

Elevator and fire pipe connections . . 13,405 81 

Fees on overdue rates 14,047 72 

Shutting off and letting on water . . . 566 00 

Interest on deposits 237 90 

Testing meters 347 63 

Relocating hydrants 682 35 

Damage to hydrants 424 25 

Board of horse 547 50 

Abandoning main pipe 929 43 

Sale of property 235 40 

Refund on bonds 50 00 

Services of flagman 43 56 

Use of derrick 14 00 

Damage to automobile 82 18 

Vending machines 3 54 

Total 4,579,787 52 

Grand total $4,921,195 32 



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PART II. 

APPENDICES. 



18 City Document No. 24. 



APPENDIX A. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF 
THE BRIDGE AND FERRY DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1933. 

Mr. J. A. Rourke, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 

Dear Sir, — I respectfully submit the following 
report of the income, expenditures of the Bridge 
and Ferry Division for the year ending December 
31, 1932. The expenditures of the division in the 
regular maintenance appropriations of the depart- 
ment were $954,612.68. Under a number of special 
appropriations $110,880.04 was expended, making the 
total expenditure for the year $1,065,492.72. This 
does not include certain expenditures for construction 
work for other departments, which work was super- 
vised by the engineers of this division. 

Owing to a necessary reduction in all expenditures, 
the Bridge Service confined a considerable part of its 
activities to maintenance work and preparation of 
studies for major projects which must arise in the near 
future. However, three new projects were completed, 
namely, the rebuilding of Arlington Street Bridge and 
the Gainsborough Street Footbridge and the building 
of a footway at Greenfield road, Dorchester. 

The general condition of the fixed spans of Chelsea 
Bridge North, has become critical, in that only two 
reasonable alternatives remain to deal with the problem, 
either a new structure, as previously reported, should be 
built, or the existing bridge closed to deck traffic, a third 
alternative, that of repairing the present bridge is unten- 
able, since from the foundation piles to the deck pave- 
ment, deterioration has advanced to such a degree 
that all new members would be required. 

Albany Street Bridge, Over Boston & Albany Railroad 

Freight Tracks. 
The floor beam hangers, one strut and some mis- 
cellaneous steel under the deck of the bridge became 



Public Works Department. 19 

corroded to such a degree that renewals and repairs 
were necessary, ^.fter receiving three informal bids to 
make required repairs, a work order was issued to the 
Boston Bridge Works, Cambridge, Mass. Work was 
carried on in the field under direct supervision of this 
division, with the approval of the Boston & Albany 
Railroad Company, since the railroad company assumed 
one half of the expense of repairs. Work was completed 
on September 30, 1912, at a cost of $525.25. 

Arlington Street Bridge, Over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

On May 11, 1932, the Mayor approved a contract with 
Coleman Brothers, Inc., for rebuilding this structure, 
including the westerly abutment. The design is similar 
to the adjacent bridge; three longitudinal girders carry 
the transverse floor beams. The whole deck system is 
encased in concrete and the entire area of the under- 
side of the deck is covered with iron protection plates, 
three quarters of an inch thick. While this iron pro- 
tection added to the cost of the contract, it was found 
necessary since concrete exposed to raw flue gases of 
locomotives rapidly disintegrates. 

The work under the whole project was completed on 
November 12, 1932, at a cost of $46,599.76. 

Berkeley Street Bridge, Over Boston & Albany Railroad. 

The general condition of this bridge was such that 
extensive repairs became necessary; new wooden string- 
ers, deck and paving of asphalt plank were installed by 
the department force. At the same time repairs were 
made to the steel work. The necessity for the last 
named repairs became apparent only after the wooden 
deck system was removed and the steel inspected. 
Further, this street crosses the railroad tracks by means 
of two independent spans, so that a close approximation 
of the total extent of repairs to the steel work could not 
be determined since only one span was out of commission 
at a time. 

The repairs to the steel consisted of electrically weld- 
ing reinforcing pieces to badly corroded floor beams, 
reinforcing weakened sections of girders and repairing 
defective rivets by electric welding. 

Since the tracks of the Boston Elevated Railway 
crossing this bridge had not been used for a considerable 
period and further, that making provision for street 



20 City Document No. 24. 

car loads would entail an appreciable expense, it was 
suggested to the Railway Company by the depart- 
ment that the rail site be abandoned. 

On September 12 the department was advised by the 
Elevated Railway Company that they had abandoned 
the site and would remove their rails. 

All repairs to the steel were made by the Boston 
Bridge Works at a total cost of $985.25. 

Broadway Bridge, over Fort Point Channel. 

In May the "funnels" of the rails of the Boston 
Elevated Railway and the headers of the ends of the 
draw and the fixed spans became so loose and out of 
line, due to impact and rot in the wood, that renewals 
were required. The department force accomplished 
all wood repairs and the Transit Department made 
the incidental repairs to the steel. At the same time 
the Boston Elevated Railway made extensive track 
renewals and the necessary pavement repairs between 
the rails of its tracks. 

On June 4, 1932, all work was completed and the 
bridge opened for all traffic. 

Chelsea Street Bridge. 

On June 27, 1932, an order was issued to the Bethle- 
hem Shipbuilding Corporation, Atlantic Works Plant, 
to stiffen the main pinion shaft bearing bracket and 
adjust pinion and circular rack pitch circles. For 
some time the operation of the draw was unsatisfactory 
and pinion and rack teeth were frequently broken. 
While the operation is now satisfactory, owing to the 
condition of the workwood extensive repairs will soon 
be required. 

This work was completed at a cost of $195.71. 

Chelsea South Bridge. 
On April 19 a steamship, in tow, fouled a main girder 
of one of the leaves, seriously crippling the bottom flange. 
The Atlantic Works were ordered in the field at once 
and repairs were made consisting of fairing up such 
members as could be done properly, cutting out and 
electrically welding in badly damaged sections and 
installing an additional cover plate over the damaged 
area. 



Public Works Department. 21 

This work was done without putting the bridge out 
of commission. All work was ordered and done under 
the direct supervision of this division. The total cost 
was paid by the Towboat* Company. 

Dorchester Avenue Bridge, over Fort Point Channel. 

On August 4 a work order was issued to the Boston 
Bridge Works, the lowest bidder, to strengthen the 
Sampson posts of the draw leaves. Each post was 
badly corroded at the base. This work required fitting 
reinforcing structurals and considerable electric welding. 
Works was finished on August 10, 1932, at the agreed 
price of $359. 

Gainsborough Street Footbridge, over Neiv York, New 
Haven & Hartford Railroad. 

On September 22, 1932, the Mayor approved a con- 
tract with the Boston Bridge Works to repair the whole 
structure. The existing truss span was so badly cor- 
roded that it was removed and a new girder span 
installed; both towers and stairway approaches were 
extensively repaired by renewals, riveting and welding. 

Work was completed on December 19, at a total cost 
of §2,881.50. 

Granite Avenue Bridge. 

The sheathing of the fixed spans and the traffic 
treads having become a menace, an order to W. H. 
Ellis & Son Company was issued on May 27, 1932, to 
remove the deck sheathing and traffic treads and lay 
asphalt plank on the fixed spans and wooden sheathing 
and traffic treads on the draw span; owing to the weight 
of the asphalt planking it was deemed inadvisable to 
use this on the draw span. 

Work was completed on June 14, 1932, at a cost of 
$992.69. 

Northern Avenue Bridge. 

While making adjustments on April 28 to web mem- 
bers of an outside truss on account of fouling of pedestals, 
it was discovered that one of a pair of counters had a 
failure, of long standing, in the lower eye. An order 
was at once issued to the Atlantic Works for making 
necessary repairs; at the same time was included the 
cutting in of two new turnbuckles in adjacent counters. 



22 City Document No. 24. 

On May 17 another order was issued to repair another 
ruptured eye of long standing. It should be noted 
that these failures were in such a location that they 
became apparent only when adjustments were attempted. 

Both these emergency repairs were completed at a 
total cost of $619.38. 

Day Labor Force. 
During the year the day labor force of the division 
was engaged in such repairs to the structures as were 
possible with the limited means at their disposal. The 
work consisted chiefly of repairs to woodwork, includ- 
ing pavement and miscellaneous timber work on the 
various bridges, piers and drawtenders' houses, elec- 
trical work, etc. At the same time miscellaneous clean- 
ing and painting of steel and painting of woodwork 
was accomplished. 

Miscellaneous Repairs for Other Divisions and 
Departments of the City. 

Highway Division — Greenfield Road Footway, 
Dorchester. 

On March 23, 1932, the Mayor approved a contract 
with Baker, Matz & Co., to build a footway under 
the tracks of the Old Colony Division of the New 
York, New Haven & Hartford Railroad at Greenfield 
road. This structure is of conventional type, similar 
to others built by this division. In this instance, as 
in the other similar projects, the railroad company 
supported its tracks and assumed the responsibility 
and the city paid for the work and materials used; 
also the contractor cooperated with the Railroad Com- 
pany by adopting a method of procedure. 

This contract was completed on July 28, 1932, at a 
cost of $10,057.99. 

Sanitary Division — Refuse Stations. 
A contract with A. Orlando, Inc., to make general 
repairs to the Victory Road, Albany Street and Fort 
Hill Wharf garbage stations was approved on June 26, 
1932. This contract covered general work only, with- 
out major replacements to sheathing, decking, stringers, 
floor beams, caps and piles. Work under this contract 
was completed on October 12, 1932, at a cost of 
$8,330.56. This sum was paid by the Sanitary Division. 



Public Works Department. 23 

A contract with A. Orlando, Inc., to make major 
repairs to piling along northerly end of the station at 
Fort Hill Wharf was approved on November 15, 1932. 
All of the old face piling was found to be badly rotted 
and unfit for further service. All old piles, with inci- 
dental bracing, capping, etc., were removed, and new 
members installed. Work under this contract was con- 
ducted in such manner as not to interfere with the 
operation of the station. Work under this contract 
was not completed by the end of the year. 

Institutions Department — Long Island. 

A contract with W. H. Ellis & Son Company to repair 
wharves at Long Island was approved on June 30, 1932. 
The work covered miscellaneous repairs to the runway 
at the Back Wharf and the driving of necessary piles 
to strengthen the outer corner of the wharf. This latter 
item included the new timber work, capping and brac- 
ing and the laying of a new deck over the strengthened 
area. At the Front Wharf the whole of the wearing 
surface of the pier to the wharf was renewed and mis- 
cellaneous repairs to supporting members of wharf 
accomplished. 

Work on this contract was completed on September 
30, 1932, at a cost of $7,559.68. This sum was paid by 
the Institutions Department. 



24 City Document No. 24. 



FERRY DIVISION. 



The following ferryboats are in commission: 

Name. When Built. Length. Gross Tons 

John H. Sullivan 1912 172 ft. 3 in. 527 

Lieutenant Flaherty 1921 174 " 727 

Ralph J. Palumbo 1921 174 " 755 

Charles C. Donoghue 1926 174 " 4 in. 756.77 

Daniel A. MacCormack 1926 174 " 4 in. 756 .77 

General Sumner 1930 174 "4 in. 779 

All these boats are of the propeller type and are all 
steel boats. 

The work of this division for the year consisted 
entirely of maintenance work with no major repairs 
and no emergency work of any magnitude. 

" General Sumner." 
A contract with the Richard T. Green Company for 
repairs incidental to inspection by the U. S. S. B. I. S. S. 
was approved on January 11, 1932. The work done 
under the contract was routine maintenance in char- 
acter, outside of renewing defective piston rings of the 
main engines. The work was completed on January 
27, 1932, at a cost of $3,780. 

" Daniel A. MacCormack." 
A contract with the Richard T. Green Company for 
repairs incidental to annual inspection was approved on 
April 21, 1932. This work was similar to that accom- 
plished on the "General Sumner," including the renewing 
of defective piston rings of the main engines. The work 
was completed on May 11, 1932, at a cost of $4,975. 

" Lieutenant Flaherty." 
A contract with the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corpora- 
tion for repairs to hull and machinery incidental to the 
annual inspection was approved on August 4, 1932. 
The work done was strictly maintenance that could not 
be accomplished by the division force. The work was 
completed on August 23, 1932, at a cost of $4,728. 



Public Works Department. 25 

''John H. Sullivan." 

A contract with the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Cor- 
poration for general annual repairs was approved on 
October 17, 1932. In addition to routine repairs was a 
renewal of bounding timbers at the ends of the road- 
ways, strengthening of deck system at landing wedges 
of the electrically operated ferry bridges, the installing 
of new fresh water tanks and the rebabbitting of 
defective thrust-bearing horseshoes. Work was corn- 
completed November 29, 1932, at a cost of $8,179.60. 

At the time of inspection by the United States In- 
spectors, the city was required to make further repairs 
to certain bulkheads and sister keelsons. A contract 
with the Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corporation was 
approved on November 15, 1932, to make these required 
repairs. This contract was completed on December 
9, 1932, at a cost of $1,314. 

"Ralph J. Palumbo." 
A contract with the Richard T. Green Company 
for repairs to hull and machinery was approved on 
December 8, 1932. Included with the general repairs 
was the repairing of the ends of the roadways and a 
renewing of the end oak staving. Work was com- 
pleted on December 30, 1932, at a cost of $5,260. 

Ferry Bridges. 

Owing to excessive wear and resultant failures of 
wire ropes used in conjunction with the live load coun- 
terweights an improved method of suspension and 
equalization of the load in the various ropes was de- 
vised. To make the necessary changes in the operating 
apparatus a contract with the J. Edward Ogden Com- 
pany was approved on January 19, 1932. At the same 
time the two original installations at the South Ferry 
were fitted with the same type of oil pans for worm 
gears as were installed on the later drops since the 
latter type proved more satisfactory. Work under 
this contract was completed April 16, 1932, at a cost 
of $4,706. 

A contract with the Marine Company for repairs to 
down stream drop, South Ferry, East Boston, was 
approved on July 27, 1932. The damage to the drop 
consisted of crippled and broken structurals and wood 
work and the bending of the pair of hanger beams. 



26 



City Document No. 24. 



The repairs consisted of furnishing certain new struc- 
tural, straightening others, straightening hanger beams, 
riveting and electrically welding members and rein- 
forcing pieces and furnishing new plank and timber 
which was removed to make repairs. Work was com- 
pleted on August 20, 1932, at a cost of $1,895. 

Department Force. 
The department force was engaged in miscellaneous 
routine repairs to hulls, superstructures and machinery 
of the boats; also to headhouses and drops. Included 
in this work was the repairs to piping, valves, main 
engines and auxiliaries and such painting as was possible 
with the boats remaining in service. 

Yours respectfully, 

John E. Carty, 
Division Engineer. 



Tidewater Bridges. 



Bridges. 


Drawtenders' Mechanics' 
Salaries. Wages. 


Material. 


Repair 
Bills. 


Supplies. 


Total. 




$16,200 51 
22,091 64 
18,822 26 
18,604 00 
16,458 68 
16,831 15 
16,303 00 
16,191 20 
16,210 42 
16,913 06 
16,932 34 
18,599 78 
16,778 02 
16,800 30 


$2,630 89 
4,927 84 
4,245 26 

569 27 
1,922 48 

485 17 
2,301 56 
1,166 65 

477 50 

337 29 
2,646 09 
2,867 34 
1,232 18 
2,253 97 


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1,256 54 

1,206 77 

170 99 

344 75 

40 57 

1,073 58 

433 56 

88 36 

64 95 

789 42 

2,858 79 

433 94 

143 64 


$596 65 

2,284 23 

3,527 06 

1,182 37 

1,478 69 

410 57 

1,408 96 

636 03 

209 36 

731 86 

2,014 47 

2,818 87 

738 74 

2,303 63 


$346 91 
559 37 

1,056 79 
695 51 
399 64 
510 23 
348 49 
244 18 
350 82 
591 50 
337 35 

3,136 58 
296 73 
390 40 


$20,049 88 




31,119 62 




28,858 14 




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20,604 24 


Dorchester Avenue 


18,277 69 
21,435 59 
18,671 62 


L Street * 


17,336 46 


Maiden 


18,638 66 
22,719 67 
30,281 36 
19,479 61 
21,891 94 


Meridian Street 

Northern Avenue 








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$28,063 49 


$9,180 78 


$20,341 49 


$9,264 50 


$310,586 62 




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SPECIAL APPROPRIATIONS. 



BRIDGES, REPAIRS, ETC. 



Albany Street Bridge. 
Iron work $904 00 

Berkeley Street Bridge. 

Material, asphalt plant $410 32 

Iron work 291 75 

702 07 



Broadway Bridge. 

W. H. Ellis & Son Company .... $3,200 32 

Material 1,406 99 

Paving repairs 530 39 

Iron work 292 65 

Transit Department pay roll .... 552 12 

5,982 47 

Chelsea North Bridge. 
Paving repairs 789 84 

Chelsea Street Bridge. 

Material, asphalt plank $394 55 

Repair bills 393 08 

787 63 



Dorchester Avenue Bridge. 
Concrete sidewalk 202 45 

Dover Street Bridge. 
W. H. Ellis & Son Company 2,510 59 

Gainsborough Street Bridge. 
The Boston Bridge Works, Inc. . . . $2,449 27 

Advertising 8 00 

2,457 27 



Malden Bridge. 
Paving repairs 495 00 



Material, asphalt pla 

Iron work 
License . 


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Northern 


Road Bridge. 
Avenue Bridge. 


$619 38 
16 13 


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635 51 
$15,683 51 



28 City Document No. 24. 

Brought forward 



Southampton Street Bridge. 
Material, asphalt plank 



Paving repairs 



Summer Street, Over B Stret Bridge. 



Redfield Road Bridge. 



Material, asphalt plank 



Material, asphalt plank 



Russett Road Bridge. 



Warren Bridge. 



W. H. Ellis & Son Company 



Albany Street Bridge. 



Coleman Brothers, Inc. 
Engineering . 



Arlington Street Bridge. 



Coleman Brothers, Inc. 
Advertising 
Inspection of steel 
Iron work 
Material, paint 
Office supplies 
Photographs 
Engineering . 



Morton Street Bridge. 

Coleman Brothers, Inc. 

Architect 



Shawmut Avenue Bridge. 



Coleman Brothers, Inc. 
Photographs 
Engineering . 



Granite Avenue Bridge.* 



$15,683 51 
381 52 
517 55 
460 70 
169 34 

594 01 

$17,806 63 



$4,427 13 
4,663 65 

19,090 78 



$39,609 80 
34 00 
43 40 
25 00 
99 00 
241 58 
20 00 
5,471 69 



Drawtenders' salaries 
Material 
Repair bills 
Supplies . 



5,544 47 



5,157 54 
59 40 

5,216 94 



$6,592 87 

30 00 

8,586 87 

$15,209 74 



£2,694 30 

375 09 

992 69 

47 84 

54,109 92 



* Maintained jointly by County of Suffolk and town of Milton. 



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Public Works Department. 31 



FERRY SERVICE. 



Financial Statement for the Year Ending 
December 31, 1932. 

Receipts for the year (net income) ... * $74,797 47 
Ordinary expenses (maintenance 

appropriation) .... $522,866 29 

Interest paid on Ferry Debt . . 36,412 50 

Depreciation on Ferryboats . . 84,433 79 

Decrease in value of machinery 

and tools . ... 360 17 

Decrease in value of fuel on hand . 1,001 70 



$645,074 45 
Increase in value of supplies on 
hand 5,933 08 



Net outgo for the year $639,14137 



Net loss for the year f $564,343 90 

* Does not include $7.37 in hands of cashier at beginning of year, 
t Does not include expenditures for special appropriation. 



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Total Expenditures Upon Ferries Since 1858=59. 

Expenditures for avenues, paving, interest, 

etc., previous to the purchase of the ferries 

by the city $444,101 30 

Purchase of the ferries, April, 1870 . . 276,375 00 

Expenditures for ferryboats since April, 1870, 2,530,009 51 

Expenditures for new buildings, piers, drops, 

etc 1,491,468 89 

Expenditures for tools and fixtures (prior to 

1910) 14,752 46 

Expenditures for land for Lincoln's Wharf in 

1887 5,562 52 

Expenditures for land from Battery Wharf in 

1893 10,000 00 



Total expenditures on capital account . $4,772,269 68 

Expenditures for repairs of all kinds . . 2,798,574 64 

Expenditures for fuel 2,957,422 57 

Expenditures for salary and wages . . 11,414,629 04 

Expenditures for all other purposes . . 3,166,514 06 

$25,109,409 99 

Total Receipts from Ferries Since 1858=59. 

Receipts from rents, etc., previous to purchase 

of ferries $29,588 56 

Receipts from ferry tolls since purchase of 

ferries . . . ... 8,348,370 08 

Receipts from rents since purchase of ferries, 72,874 40 

Receipts from sale of ferryboats . . . 168,004 57 
Receipts from all other sources, per ferry 

books 35,997 24 

Receipts from all other sources, additional 

per City Auditor 30,734 85 

Total receipts from all sources . . $8,685,569 70 

Less amount with tollmen as capital . . 200 00 

Total receipts, Auditor's reports . . $8,685,369 70 

Regular Annual (ordinary) and Special Appropriations (extra= 
ordinary) of the Ferry Service for the Year Ending December 
31, 1932. 

Appropriations (regular) for the year ending 

December 31, 1932 $532,739 00 

Transferred to City Treasury .... 9,872 71 



Amount of expenditures (regular) for the 

year $522,866 29 



34 



City Document No. 24. 



RECEIPTS AT EACH FERRY. 

North Ferry. 



From Tollmen. 


From Foot 
Passengers. 


From 
Tickets. 


Totals. 


Boston side 

East Boston side 


$2,316 18 
2,217 81 


$1,235 20 
1,370 00 


$3,551 38 
3,587 81 


Totals 


$4,533 99 


$2,605 20 


$7,139 19 



From tollmen .... 
From gatemen: 

10,183 foot passengers at 1 cent 

Cash fares for teams 



Total at North Ferry 



$101 83 
4,388 90 



',139 19 



4,490 73 
$11,629 92 



South Ferry. 



From Tollmen. 


From Foot 
Passengers. 


From 
Tickets. 


Totals. 


Boston side 


$6,201 44 
6,034 01 


$4,256 40 
3,115 60 


$10,457 84 
9,149 61 


East Boston side 




Totals 


$12,235 45 


$7,372 00 


$19,607 45 



From tollmen .... 
From gatemen: 

33,241 foot passengers at 1 cent 

Cash fares for teams 



Total at South Ferry 



$332 41 
36,542 70 



$19,607 45 



36,875 11 
$56,482 56 



Public Works Department. 



35 



North and South Ferries 

Tickets paid for at ferry office .... 

Tickets sold and paid for through City Collector's 

office 



Total from rates 
Rents for the year 
Headhouse privileges 
Care of public telephone booths 
Commission on public telephones 



Total receipts for the year 



112 48 
5,633 70 

*304 40 



$74,050 58 

179 50 

400 00 

48 00 

119 39 

t $74,797 47 



* Includes $9.60 tickets sold in 1931 and paid for in 1932. Includes $6.40 tickets 
sold in 1931 and paid for in 1932. 

t Does not include $7.37 in hands of cashier and deposited in 1932. 

Travel on the Ferries from January 1, 1932, to 
December 31, 1932, Inclusive. 

North Ferry. South Ferry. 

Foot passengers at 1 cent each . 463,582 1,256,786 

Foot passengers by ticket . . 17,521 6,551 



Total from foot passengers 



481,103 1,263,337 





North 
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South 
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Hand cart, or wheelbarrow and man 5 cents] 

Horse and rider 5 cents 


17,211 

35,294 

57,609 

7,427 
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Horse and cattle, each with attendant 5 cents | 

One or two-horse vehicle with driver 5 cents 


62,106 


Motor cvcle with driver 5 cents 




Trailer 10 cents] 




Three or four-horse vehicle with driver 10 cents ( 

Passenger automobile with driver and one 

passenger 10 centsj 

Passenger automobile with driver and more 

than one passenger 15 cents'! 

Motor truck, six tons or less, with driver. ... 15 cents/ 

Motor truck over six tons, with driver 20 cents! 

Auto bus with driver 20 cents/ 


225,882 

150,636 
6,742 


Auto bus with driver and passengers 30 cents 


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445,449 









36 



City Document No. 24. 



Motor Vehicle Traffic (Reports of Captains). 

January 1, 1932, to December 31, 1932. 





North Ferry. 


South Ferry. 


Totals. 


Passenger cars 

Trucks 


54,968 
44,580 


318,090 
95,776 


373,058 
140,356 


Totals 


* 99,548 


t 413,866 


513,414 



t Includes 14,245 free. 



* Includes 4,030 free. 

Total paying foot passengers .... 
Total foot passengers carried .... 
Total paying teams, passenger cars and trucks 
Total free teams 



1,744,440 
1,744,440 



563,303 



18,383 



Public Works Department. 37 



APPENDIX B. 

REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF THE 
HIGHWAY DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1933. 

Mr. Joseph A. Rotjrke, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 

Dear Sir. — I submit herewith a statement of the 
activities, operations and expenditures of the Highway 
Division for the year ending December 31, 1932. 

The maintenance expenditures of the division for the 
year were as follows: 

Lighting Service $1,024,810 12 

Paving Service 1,384,024 29 



Total $2,408,834 41 

The work of constructing new streets and the resur- 
facing and maintenance of the city streets during the 
year 1932 has been large in volume and compares very 
favorably with the great amount of work done during 
the year 1931. 

The usual two contracts were awarded for repairing 
streets having an asphalt or bitulithic surface on 
which the maintenance guarantee had expired. The 
City was divided into two sections and a contract 
awarded in each section. 

This year marks the completion of the Centre street 
project from the new rotary traffic circle at Centre street 
and the Park road known as Jamaicaway, to the 
intersection at Church street, West Roxbury. From 
Souter street to Weld street there are two roadways 
thirty feet each in width with granite edgestone and a 
centre reservation paved with artificial stone 4 feet 
wide; the sidewalks are 8 feet in width, making a total 
width of 80 feet. 

The pavement is Warrenite Bitulithic laid on a 
6-inch concrete base. The east side has an artificial 
stone sidewalk from Souter street to Louder' s lane and 
on the west side the sidewalk is made of artificial stone 
from Louder' s lane to Weld street. 



38 City Document No. 24. 

Between Weld street and Church street there is a 
single roadway ranging from 54 to 58 feet in width, 
the pavement is sheet asphalt laid on a 6-inch concrete 
base. The two sidewalks are each 8 feet wide. Total 
width of street 70 feet. 

Twenty-nine contracts have been awarded for the 
construction of fifty-seven streets under the special 
appropriation "Highways, Making of," for which was 
expended during the year $575,795.52. 

Under the special appropriation for "Reconstruction 
of Streets" twenty-seven contracts were awarded for 
the reconstruction of one hundred and two streets for 
which was expended $913,888.71. 

In addition to the above several contracts were 
awarded for the construction of about twenty-five 
streets in whole or in part of artificial stone sidewalks. 
For this work there was expended $67,475.77. 

In addition to the work of construction done by con- 
tract and special appropriations the division forces were 
employed in the maintenance of the streets throughout 
the city, resurfacing and repaving macadam roadways, 
relaying the pavement in granite paved streets and 
patching old street surfaces. In the suburban districts 
a great deal of street and gutter cleaning has been done 
by the men sent to the Paving Service from the 
Public Welfare Department. 

Lighting Service. 

The outstanding installations of new street lighting 
units made during the year are as follows: 

Commonwealth avenue and Beacon street in con- 
nection with the Kenmore square project, thirty-eight 
1,500 candle power lamps on concrete posts installed. 

Centre street, Church street to Arborway, West 
Roxbury, fifty 1,000 candle power lamps on concrete 
posts installed. 

Centre and South streets, Wyman street to Boynton 
street, West Roxbury, twenty-four magnetite arc 
lamps installed and all the existing pendant arcs in 
this area changed to boulevard posts. 

Western avenue, Market street to North Harvard 
street, Brighton, nine 1,500 candle power and two 
1,000 candle power lamps installed. 

Walnut avenue, Roxbury, eight 1,500 candle power 
lamps installed. 



Public Works Department. 39 

Morton street, Dorchester, nine 1,500 candle power 
lamps installed on concrete posts. 

Forest Hills street, West Roxbury, twenty 600 candle 
power lamps installed. 

On Neponset avenue, Dorchester, all existing lamps 
were rearranged where necessary and seventeen dead 
ends installed to take care of new lighting lay-out 
where the street is resurfaced in 1933. 

Respectfully submitted, 

Joshua Atw t ood, 
Divisio7i Engineer. 



Lighting Service. 
There are in operation 22,969 arc, Mazda and gas 
lamps divided as follows: 3,712 arc, 9,602 Mazda, 
9,438 single mantle gas lamps and 217 single mantle 
fire alarm gas lamps. 

Lamps Installed. 

Magnetite arc lamps 48 

Mazda lamps 418 

Single mantle gas lamps 1 



467 
Lamps Discontinued. 

Magnetite arc lamps * 54 

Mazda lamps 120 

Single mantle gas lamps 120 

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* 38 Magnetite arc lamps changed to 1,500 candle power series Mazda. 

* 6 Magnetite arc lamps changed to 1,475 candle power multiple Mazda. 

* 2 Magnetite arc lamps changed to 950 candle power multiple Mazda. 



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Lamp Service. — -The lamps, poles, wires, fixtures and 
other apparatus, appliances and materials necessary to 
supply service on public streets (except posts for in- 
candescent lamps smaller than the No. 70 lamp or 
lamp-posts other than the company's standard post 
for each respective size and type of lamp) are furnished 
and maintained by the company. A change in size, 
type or location of a lamp once installed, will be made 
only at the expense of the customer. The charge for a 
change in the location of an incandescent lamp fixture 
on overhead lines when the street lighting circuit is 
already installed on the pole to which the fixture is 
to be moved, will be ten dollars for each fixture so 
moved. 

Outage Allowance. — A deduction for lamps not lighted 
during the hours called for by the existing street light- 
ing schedule applying thereto will be made at the rate 
of 1 cent per lamp hour on all lamps smaller than the 
No. 70 lamp, and at the rate of 5 cents per lamp hour 
on all other lamps. 

Gas Lamps. 



Number op Lamps 
December 31, 1932. 


Type of Lamp. 


Cost per Year 
4,000 Hours Burning. 


9,438 

217 


Street. 
Fire Alarm. 


$24 37 
24 37 


Total 9,655 







Gas Lighting. 

The city furnishes the lamp posts, the Gas Company 
sets the lamp-posts and provides service pipes laid from 
the gas mains to the top of the posts, maintains all 
such pipes and posts in good condition and repair, 
furnishes gas, lanterns, burners and all other necessary 
equipment, including labor for lighting and care. 

The Lighting Service provides for the gas, lighting 
and care of fire alarm signal lamps and the Fire Depart- 
ment for the posts, setting and repairing of same. 

An outage allowance for lamps not lighted is made 
at the rate of two to one, or $1 ;T of a year's cost for 
each night of outage. 

Ten year contract approved May 20, 1924. 



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City Document No. 24. 



The Boston Consolidated Gas Company reduced the 
price of gas 16| per cent dating from October 1, 1929. 

This explains the reduction in cost from the original 
contract price of $26.20 per year. (See detail below.) 



Original Price. 
Lighting and care 
Gas . 



Revised price. 

Lighting and care 
Gas . 



$15 20 
11 00 

$26 20 



$15 20 
9 17 

$24 37 



Street Lamp Outages. 

Rebates for lamps not lighted on schedule time or 
out before the proper time have been received on the 
various monthly bills as follows : 



Month. 



Arc. 



Mazda. 



Gas. 



January. . . 
February . . 

March 

April 

May 

June 

July 

August 

September . 
October. . . 
November . 
December . 



Totals. 



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187 22 

176 13 

107 04 

53 14 

36 61 

36 88 

69 55 

86 26 

111 36 

137 41 

132 13 

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Street Openings. 
Under Classes 1 and 2 of the schedule of permit fees, 
permits were issued for openings in public ways, as 
follows : 



To Whom Issued. 



Number of 
Permits. 



Length in 
Feet. 



Sewer and Water Services 

Edison Company 

Miscellaneous 

Boston Consolidated Gas Company 

Emergency Permits 

New England Telephone and Telegraph Com- 
pany 

Boston Elevated Railway 

Dedham and Hyde Park Gas Company 




44,400 
119,000 
68,700 
26,025 
24,725 

53,354 
12,750 

825 



349,779 



Making a total length of 
sixty-six miles. 



openings approximately 



Permits for other than street openings have been 
issued as follows: 

Painting and minor repairs 2,837 

Placing signs flat on buildings 658 

Special permits . 355 

Erecting and repairing buildings 282 

Erecting and repairing awnings 159 

Emergency permits for raising and lowering safes .... 117 

Moving buildings in streets 21 

Cleaning snow from roofs 20 

Feeding horses in street 2 

Total 4,451 

Total of all permits issued, 13,891. 

The fees received from these permits amounted to 
$11,955.31; of this amount $8,383.31 was deposited with 
the City Collector and $3,572 was billed to public 
service corporations. 

Bonds. 
There are now on file 2,669 surety bonds, in amount of 
one, three and twenty thousand dollars, covering the 
city against claims for damages, etc., through the use of 
permits. 

S. L. Durkee, 
Supervisor of Permits. 



50 City Document No. 24. 



APPENDIX C. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF 
THE SANITARY DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1933. 

Mr. Joseph A. Rourke, 

Commissioner of Public Works. 

Dear Sir, — I submit herewith a statement of the 
activities and expenditures of the Sanitary Division 
for the year ending December 31, 1932. 

The maintenance and expenditures are as follows: 

Sanitary Division $3,095,424 80 

Distributed as follows: 

Refuse collection and disposal ... 2,278,952 09 

Collection, day labor . . . $1,133,745 55 

Disposal, day labor $383,194 42 

Total, day labor $1,516,939 97 

Collection and disposal, contract . 419,443 65 

Disposal, Dorchester garbage .... 15,568 47 

Total, contract 435,012 12 

Recapitulation $1,553,189 20 $398,762 89 $1,951,952 09 

Excess 1932 disposal expenditure 

over ten-year average 327,000 00 327,000 00 

Total disposal expenditure .... $725,762 89 $2,278,952 09 

Total street cleaning expenditure $ 816,472 71 

Note. — Excess expenditure of $327,000 on account of payment of closing instalment on 
1922-32 disposal contract and initial instalment on 1932-42 contract. This situation arises 
once in ten years. 

Personnel Changes. — During the year twenty-one 
men died, three men resigned and sixteen men were 
retired, making a total of forty separations. 

Complaints. — An analysis of 3,151 complaints 
received at the Central Complaint Office is shown in 
Table I. As the number of complaints was reduced 
from 5,014 in 1931, a considerable improvement in 
service is indicated. 

Welfare Men. — The year 1932 witnesses an enormous 
increase in the number of welfare men assigned to this 
division. The number of individuals employed in this 
way rose from 1,849 at the beginning of the year to 



Public Works Department. 51 

3,605 at the end, with a maximum of 4,062. The 
amount of work performed by these men amounted to 
2,874 days per week at the beginning of the year, and 
had risen to 7,248 days per week at the end, with a 
maximum of 8,356. 

The total number of days' work performed during the 
year 1932 by these men was 275,965. On the average 
about three eighths of these men were assigned to the 
work of the sanitary service and five eighths to street 
cleaning service. 

Change in Units of Waste Production. — In recent 
years it had become more and more evident that the 
unit weight factors used in our waste production records 
needed revision, particularly with reference to ashes. 

Since 1916 it had been assumed that the weight of 
the cubic yard of ashes was 815 pounds and this amount 
multiplied into the rated cubic yardage of the vehicles 
used, was assumed to give the tonnage of ashes col- 
lected. However, it had long been known that the 
material was becoming lighter and lighter, not only due 
to the lessened specific weight of material used, but 
also because the extensive use of cartons from chain 
stores made it very difficult to obtain a properly com- 
pacted load. More recently, the increased use of oil 
burners, both range and furnace, has resulted not only 
in a diminished production of ashes, but also in an 
actual increase in the production of paper, which, 
before the advent of the oil burner, was sometimes 
burned. 

For the last sixteen years, therefore, that part of our 
records which was concerned with the tonnage of ashes 
produced, or the cost per ton, really represented cubic 
yards multiplied by an arbitrary factor. 

While the so-called tonnage and the so-called cost 
per ton might give the reader an idea of the change 
from year to year, in the light of recent investigation 
it is thought best to eliminate such considerations of 
weight, and therefore in this report the waste produc- 
tion will be based upon yardage and cost will be given 
per cubic yard. 

This change is in accordance with the recommended 
practice in other American cities, and is further based 
upon the fact that costs do not fluctuate with the 
weight of the material but are in proportion to the 
volume. Therefore, any comparison of costs between 



52 City Document No. 24. 

districts or between periods of time having marked 
differences in unit weight, would be unreliable. 

Comparative costs for the years 1931 and 1932 are 
shown in Table V, showing on the whole a decrease in 
costs both in day labor as well as in contract work. 

Abandoned Automobiles. — Considerable work was 
done in the disposal of abandoned automobiles, a 
record of which is shown in Table VI. This work is 
being done under authority of chapter 185, Acts of 
1897, under which the Health Department ordered the 
Public Works Department to remove automobiles from 
private land after due notice to the owners. A unit 
charge of $5 per vehicle or equivalent is made, but this 
charge by no means represents the actual cost, as an 
examination of Table VI will show. For cleaning lots a 
unit charge of $10 is made. 

Yours respectfully, 

Adolph J. Post, 

Division Engineer. 



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Districts and Population. 



Character of Refuse. 



Cost per Cubic Yard by Districts. 



Cubic 
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Total 
Cubic 
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For Disposal. 



Total 

Collection 

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Cost of Districts. 



Total Cost 
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For 

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Total Cost 
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Total Cost 

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Total Cost 
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I. South Boston (60,224) . 



(Mixed refuse. 

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I Store refuse. . 



3. Charlestown (30,758) . 



Mixed refuse. 

Garbage 

Store refuse. . 



7. Roxbury (152,560) . 



Mixed refuse. 

Garbage 

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8 and 9. South End and Back Bay (88,326) 



Mixed refuse. 

Garbage 

Store refuse. . 



10. West End (56,011). 



Mixed refuse. 

Garbage 

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387,879. 



109,838 
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43,614 
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276,547 
81,886 
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19,602 
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7,722 18 



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$182,637 61 

30,323 40 

23,483 63 



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55 



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Comparative Costs per Cubic Yard 1931 and 1932. 



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Collection. 



1932. 



Total Cost. 



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1932. 

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Cubic Yards. 
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Cubic Yards. 
1932. 



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7. Roxbury 

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1 67 
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55,350 

359,245 

232,851 
147,653 



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379,493 

245,989 
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$1 77 



$1 61 



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944,813 
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Contract Districts. 


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260,393 
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STREET CLEANING AND OILING SERVICE. 

Distribution of Expenditures. 



Removing snow 

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Cleaning of paved streets 
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Sanding of slippery streets 
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10,484 90 

75,287 21 

167,042 90 

299,326 53 

90,397 04 

7,227 04 

3,346 54 

34,915 02 

27,289 89 

$785,589 53 

28,935 26 

1,947 92 



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58 City Document No. 24. 



APPENDIX D. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF 
THE SEWER DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1933. 

Mr. Joseph A. Rourke, 

Com?nissioner of Public Works. 

Dear Sir, — I submit herewith statement of the 
activities and expenditures of the Sewer Division for 
the year ending December 31, 1932. 

There were built by contractors, day laborers and 
private parties, 19.43 miles of sewers and surface drains 
throughout the city. 

After deducting 1.17 miles of sewers and surface 
drains, rebuilt or abandoned, the net increase for 
1932 is 18.26 miles, which, added to the existing 1,122.90 
miles of common sewers and surface drains and 30.93 
miles of intercepting sewers, makes a grand total of 
1,172.09 miles of common and intercepting sewers 
belonging to the City of Boston and under the care of 
the Sewer Division on January 1, 1933. 

There were 404 catch-basins built or rebuilt and 57 
abandoned or removed during the year, making a net 
gain of 347 catch-basins, and a grand total of 20,428 
catch-basins under the care of the Sewer Division on 
January 1, 1933; also 8,256 catch-basins and 128 drop 
inlets were cleaned by contract. 

The sewerage works built during 1932 are listed in 
detail on the subsequent pages of this report. 

Respectfully, 

George W. Dakin, 

Division Engineer. 



Public Works Department. 



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City Document No. 24. 



Sewer Division. 

Summary of Sewer Construction for Twelve Months Ended 
December 31, 1932. 



Districts. 



Built by 

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Contract or 

Day Labor. 



Built by 
Private 
Parties. 



Total Length Built. 



City Proper . . . 

Roxbury 

South Boston. . 
East Boston. . . 
Charlestown. . . 

Brighton 

West Roxbury. 
Dorchester 
Hyde Park 



Totals . 



Linear Feet. 
3,088.40 
5,518.23 



Linear Feet. 

257.65 

4,008.00 



2.040.64 
260.00 

6,783.53 
55,260.99 
20,520.95 

2,979.74 



1,064.00 



256.60 
441.77 
127.50 



96,452.48 



6,155.52 



Linear Feet. 
3,346.05 
9,526.23 



3,104.64 
260.00 

7,040.13 
55,702.76 
20,648.45 

2,979.74 



102,608.00 



Miles. 
0.634 
1.804 



0.588 
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10.550 
3.911 
0.564 



19,433 



Public Works Department. 



63 



Net Increase in Length of Sewers Built Between January I, 1932, 
and December 31, 1932. 



Districts. 



Length of 

Sewers Built 

During the 

Twelve 

Months 

ended 

December 31, 

1932. 



Length of 
Sewers Re- 
built or 
Abandoned 
During the 
Twelve 
Months 
ended 
December 3 1 , 
1932. 



Net Increase for 

Twelve Months Ended 

December 31, 1932. 



City Proper . . . 

Roxbury 

South Boston. . 
East Boston. . . 
Chariest own. . . 

Brighton 

West Roxbury. 
Dorchester 
Hyde Park 



Linear Feet. 
3,346.05 
9.526 23 



Linear Feet. 

247.00 

3,082.00 



Linear Feet. 
3,099.05 
6,444.23 



3,104.64 
260.00 

7,040.13 
55,702.76 
20,648.45 

2,979.74 



256.00 



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2,848.64 
260.00 

7,040.13 
55,702.76 
18,010.08 

2,979.74 



Totals . 



103,608.00 



6,223.37 



96,384.63 



Miles. 
0.587 
1.221 



0.540 
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1.333 
10.550 
3.411 
0.564 



18.255 



Total Lenyths of Sewers in Boston. 
Common sewers and surface drains built previous to January 1, 1932. 



Net increase of common sewers and surface drains built between January 1 
1932, and December 31, 1932 



Miles. 
1,122.90 

18.26 



Total common sewers and surface drains to December 31, 1932 . 



Intercepting sewers connecting with Metropolitan sewers to December 31. 
1932 



Boston main drainage intercepting sewers to December 31, 1932. 



*6.81 
* 24.12 



Grand total of common and intercepting sewers to December 31, 1932 
Total mileage of streets containing sewerage works to December31, 1932 



1,172.09 
660.16 



* No additional lengths built during the year 1932. 

Summary of Sewer Construction for Five Years Previous to 
December 31, 1932. 





1928. 


1929. 


1930. 


1931. 


1932. 


Built by city by con- 
tract or day labor. . . . 

Built by private parties. 


Linear 
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102,523.60 

11,279.08 


Linear 
Feet. 

96,382.76 

11,184.90 


Linear 
Feet. 

146,836.12 

5.090.03 


Linear 
Feet. 

137,783.66 

5,862.05 


Linear 
Feet. 

96,452.48 

6,155.52 


Totals 


113,802.68 


107,567.66 


151,926.15 


143,645.71 


102,608.00 



64 



City Document No. 24. 



Catch=Basins in Charge of Sewer Division, January 2, 1933. 



Districts. 



Catch-Basin Data for Twelve 
Months Ended December 31, 1932. 



Number 
Built or 
Rebuilt. 



Number 
Abandoned 
or Removed. 



Net 
Increase. 



Total for Whole City 

in Charge of Sewer 

Division. 



Previous 

Report to 

January 1, 

1932. 



Grand 

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January 1, 

1933. 



City Proper 

Roxbury 

South Boston. . 
East Boston . . . 
Charlestown. . . 

Brighton 

West Roxbury. 

Dorchester 

Hyde Park 



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347 



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1,379 
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1,812 
3,224 
4,765 

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City Document No. 24. 



Cost of Pumping at Calf Pasture Pumping Station, January 1, 
1932, to December 31, 1932, Inclusive. 



Items. 


Cost. 


Cost Per 

Million Foot 

Gallons. 




$84,560 23 

20,045 76 

42,686 66 

1,667 11 

415 83 

3,788 63 

4,942 25 


$0.06197 




.01469 


Electric power, Edison, 3,194,200 kilowatt hours* 


.03129 
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Totals 


$158,106 47 
8,687 32 


$0.11587 




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$0.12117 







*This includes all power for auxiliaries and lighting. 



Sewerage Statistics, January 1, 1932, to December 31, 1932. 

Total gallons pumped .... 34,808,564,258 



Daily average gallons pumped 
Average dynamic head 
Foot gallons . . . . 
Foot pounds . 



95,105,367 

39 2 

1,364,495,718,913 

11,419,464,671,580 



Note. — These tables relating to fiscal year 1931 
were left out of report for 1931. 

Sewer Division. 

Summary of Sewer Construction for Twelve Months Ended 
December 31, 1931. 



Districts. 



Built by 

City by 

Contract or 

Day Labor. 



Built by 
Private 
Parties. 



Total Length Built. 



City Proper . . 

Roxbury 

South Boston. 
East Boston . . 
Charlestown. . 

Brighton 

West Roxbury 
Dorchester . . . 
Hyde Park . . . 

Totals . . . 



Linear Feet. 

2,991.76 

7,272.20 

5,116.22 

1,617.10 

236.00 

18,249 57 

54,776.52 

35,363.99 

12,160.30 



137,783.66 



Linear Feet. 

620.50 

4,168.00 



885.65 
187.90 



Linear Feet. 

3,612.26 

11,440.20 

5,116.22 

1,617.10 

236.00 

18,249.57 

55,662.17 

35,551.89 

12,160.30 



5,862.05 



143,645.71 



Miles. 
0.684 
2.167 
0.969 
0.306 
0.045 
3.456 
10.542 
6.733 
2.303 



27.205 



Public Works Department. 



67 



Net Increase in Length of Sewers Built between January I, 1931, 
and December 31, 1931. 



Districts. 



Length of 

Sewers Built 

During 

Twelve 

Months 

Ended 

December 31, 

1931. 



Length of 
Sew r ers Re- 
built or 
Abandoned 
During 
Twelve 
Months 
Ended 
December 31, 
1931. 



Net Increase for 
Twelve Months Ended 
December 31, 1931. 



City Proper . . . 

Roxbury 

South Boston. . 
East Boston . . . 
Chariest own. . . 

Brighton 

West Roxbury . 
Dorchester . . . . 
Hyde Park 



Linear Feet. 

3.612.26 

11,440.20 

5,116.22 

1,617.10 

236.00 

18,249.57 

55,662.17 

35,551.89 

12,160.30 



Totals . 



143,645.71 



Linear Feet. 

428.50 

3,518.36 

2,048.63 



410.00 
259.00 
130.00 



6,794.49 



Linear Feet. 

3,183.76 

7,921.84 

3,067.59 

1,617.10 

236.00 

18,249.57 

55,252.17 

35,292.89 

12,030.30 



136,851.22 



Miles. 
0.603 
1.500 
0.581 
0.306 
0.045 
3.456 
10.465 
6.684 
2.278 



25.918 



Total Length of Sewers. 

Common sewers and surface drains built previous to January 1, 1931 

Net increase of common sewers and surface drains between January 1, 1931, 
and December 31, 1931 



Miles. 
1,096.98 

25.92 



Total common sewers and surface drains to December 31, 1931 , 



Intercepting sewers connecting with Metropolitan sewers to December 31, 
1931 



Boston main drainage intercepting sewers to December 31, 1931 . 



Grand total of common and intercepting sewers to December 31, 1931 . . 
Total mileage of streets containing sewerage works to December 31, 1931 



1,122.90 

*6.81 

*24.12 

1,153.83 

654.84 



* No additional lengths during year 1931. 



Summary of Sewer Construction for Five Years Previous to 
December 31, 1931. 





1927. 


1928. 


1929. 


1930. 


1931. 


Built by city by con- 
tract or day labor. . . . 

Built by private parties, 


Linear 
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87,199.14 

11,699.24 


Linear 
Feet. 

102,523.60 

11,279.08 


Linear 
Feet. 

96,382.76 

11,184.90 


Linear 
Feet. 

146,836.12 

5,090.03 


Linear 
Feet. 

137,783.66 

5,862.05 




98,898.38 


113,802.68 


107,567.66 


151,926.15 


143 645 71 







68 



City Document No. 24. 



Catch=basins in Charge of Sewer Division. 



Districts. 



Catch-basin Data for Twelve 
Months Ended December 31, 1931. 



Number 
Built or 
Rebuilt. 



City Proper. . . 

Roxbury 

South Boston . 
East Boston.. . 
Charlestown. . 

Brighton 

West Roxbury 
Dorchester. . . . 
Hyde Park. . . . 

Totals.... 



52 

58 

33 

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70 

206 

203 

25 



Number 
Abandoned 
or Removed. 



Net 
Increase. 



657 



40 
13 
31 



95 



12 

45 

2 

9 

1 

70 

206 

192 

25 



Total for Whole City 

in Charge of Sewer 

Division. 



Previous 

Report to 

January 1, 

1931. 



562 



3,535 

3,181 

1,375 

991 

802 

1,705 

2,889 

4,466 

575 



19,519 



Grand Total 

to 

January 1, 

1932. 



3,547 
3,226 
1,377 
1,000 

803 
1,775 
3,095 
4,658 

600 



20,081 



Public Works Department. 



69 



APPENDIX E. 



REPORT OF THE DIVISION ENGINEER OF 
THE WATER DIVISION. 



Boston, January 2, 1933. 

To the Commissioner of Public Works. 

The following report of the operations, income and 
expenditures of the Water Division for the year ending 
December 31, 1932, is respectfully submitted. 

During the year only four miles of water pipe, vary- 
ing in size from 8-inch to 16-inch, were laid for exten- 
sion, a decrease of 3.5 miles from the total length of 
pipe extension laid in 1931. This reflects the cessa- 
tion of building operations and land development in 
Boston. 

In districts, the pipe lengths laid were: 



City proper 
East Boston 
Roxbury 
Dorchester . 
Brighton 
West Roxbury 
Hyde Park . 



.17 
.13 
.30 
.87 
.48 
1.91 
.14 



miles 
miles 
miles 
miles 
miles 
miles 
miles 



In continuance of the policy of replacing the older 
and smaller water mains with larger sizes for the 
improvement of the fire protection in the more densely 
populated sections of the city, 17,240 linear feet, or 
3.3 miles of 4-inch and 6-inch pipe, laid fifty years or 
more, were replaced with 8-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch 
pipe. Some of the longer lengths were: 

City Proper. 
Prince street, between Commercial and Hanover streets, 
1,575 linear feet 12-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

St. Botolph street, between Gainsborough street and 
Massachusetts avenue, 589 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 
10-inch pipe. 

West Rutland square, between Columbus avenue 
and Carleton street, 444 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 
10-inch pipe. 



70 City Document No. 24. 

West Canton street, between Columbus avenue and 
Carleton street, 438 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 10-inch 
pipe. 

Doane street, between Broad and Kilby streets, 
355 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 8-inch pipe. 

Roxbury. 

Bainbridge street, between Dale street and Walnut 
avenue, 1,500 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 8-inch pipe. 

Lambert avenue, between Dudley and Cedar streets, 
1,481 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

Norfolk street, between Highland street and Lambert 
avenue, 649 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

Reed street, between East Lenox street and 
Northampton street, 256 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 
8-inch pipe. 

Dorchester. 

East and West Cottage streets, between Robey 
street and Brook avenue, 1,708 linear feet 6-inch relaid 
with 12-inch pipe. 

Brighton. 

North Harvard street, between Western avenue and 
Smith street, 839 linear feet 8-inch relaid with 12-inch 
pipe. 

Shepard street, between Washington and Union 
streets, 900 linear feet 6-inch relaid with 12-inch pipe. 

In addition to the relaying for fire protection improve- 
ment the construction of the Centre street and Legion 
Highway Boulevards made necessary the abandonment 
of the existing 12-inch mains and the laying in a new 
location called for the relocation of 7,860 linear feet 
12-inch pipe in Weld street, from Centre street to 
Morey street; 2,619 linear feet 12-inch pipe in Legion 
Highway, from Blue Hill avenue to Morton street. 

Welfare forces were used during the entire year, both 
on small extension and relaying work with satisfaction. 
A total length of 4,300 linear feet of 8-inch and 12-inch 
pipe is credited to Welfare labor. 

Service pipe applications also reflect the lessened 
activities in building operations and land development; 
only 481 service pipes were installed, the smallest 
number of services installed since the creation of the 
Water Department. Of the above number, 347 were 
f-inch; 95 1-inch to 6-inch in size; 39 fire pipes for 
sprinkler protection. 



Public Works Department. 71 

The regular work of the Distribution Branch, con- 
sisting of leak repairs, installation of service pipes, 
caring for complaints, shutting off and letting on water, 
etc., was performed in such a manner and at such periods 
as to cause a minimum of delay and inconvenience to 
applicants for water, water takers and the general 
public. Practically all activities in the business district 
are now performed on Sundays and holidays. 

Under the Legislative Act of 1907, relative to meter- 
ing water services, there were set on old services in 
existence previous to 1907 62 meters, and on new 
services 570 meters, making a total of 632 meters set 
during the year. 

A continuation of a survey of all premises developed 
the fact that 63 premises were not metered, despite the 
assumption that we had metered all premises. 

The total number of meters in the system at the end 
of the year was 100,951. In addition to the installation 
work the Meter Branch changed and reset 7,213 meters 
after overhauling at the meter shop, and repaired in 
service 1,471 meters. The work of sealing all meters 
in service to prevent tampering was continued during 
the year. 

Collections from all purposes in the Water Division 
were $4,579,552.12. 

Very respectfully, 

C. J. Carven, 

Division Engineer. 



Financial Transactions. 



1932. 



Revenue: 

Receipts for water 

All other receipts 

Balance from previous year 

Transfer from Sinking Fund 

Expenditures from revenue: 

Current expenses and extensions. . . 

Metropolitan water assessment 

Refunded water rates 

Transfer to Collecting Department . 



Transfer to appropriation for High Pressure Fire Service, 
extension of 



Expenditures on Debt Account : 

Interest on water loans 

Payment on Hyde Park water debt. 
Payment on serial loans 



Balance year's operations other than loans 

Loan Account : 

Debt outstanding first of year 

Paid during year 

Debt end of year, all serial bonds 

Construction Account: 

Balance first of year, High Pressure Fire Service, extension of, 

Appropriation for High Pressure Fire Service, extension of . . . 

Expended for High Pressure Fire Service, extension of 

Balance unexpended, end of year 

Total, New Construction: 

From revenue, extension of mains 

From revenue, High Pressure Fire Service, extension 



Cost of construction December 31, 1932 

Cost of construction December 31, 1931 

Increase in plant cost during year 

Cost of Existing Works December 31, 1932: 

Pipe yards and buildings 

Engineering expenses 

Distribution system additions, 1932 ($251,380 05). 

Hyde Park Water Works 

High Pressure Fire Service 



$4,485,991 57 

93,560 55 

425,469 76 

7,750 80 



$1,588,803 85 

2,945,390 05 

1,254 69 

76,907 50 

75,000 00 



$18,235 00 
16,000 00 
34,000 00 



$488,000 00 
50,000 00 



$47,389 90 
75,000 00 



$251,380 05 
57,528 05 



$24,697,533 62 
24,681,625 52 



$94,832 16 

57,873 58 

*22,074,275 94 

t 175,000 00 

2,295,551 94 



* Includes $154,289.67 expended for High Pressure Fire Service in 1925, 1926, 1931 and 1932. 
t Units of Hyde Park Water Works abolished and sold, $293,000. 

(72) 



Public Works Department. 



73 



Income Branch. 

Statement of Each Year's Water Rates, 1912 to 1932, as of December 31, 1932. 



Year. 



Assessments 
to December 31. 



Abatements 
to December 31. 



Collections 
to December 31. 



Outstanding 

December 31, 

1932. 



$3,001,771 
3,004,331 
3,034,885 
2,960,797 
3,130,590 
3,120,878 
3,359,714 
3,210,147 
3,503,677 
3,615,663 
3,612,715 
3,817,642 
3,832,531 
3,875,434 
3,910,119 
3,979,098 
4,418,027 
5,018,462 
4,864,180 
4,749,483 
4,609,873 



$58,369 39 
50,147 90 
64,653 01 
57,782 09 
67,771 69 
77,353 75 

162,415 52 
95,812 76 

123,509 90 
90,946 23 
90,453 27 
77,449 02 
43,663 01 
39,069 54 
44,461 33 
42,794 82 
37,262 32 
44,315 81 
37,064 82 
34,681 94 
11,659 78 



$2,943,402 48 
2,954,183 62 
2,970,232 82 
2,903,015 36 
3,062,818 84 
3,043,525 11 
3,197,299 43 
3,114,335 15 
3,380,167 98 
3,524,717 28 

3.522.262 24 
3,740,193 70 
3,783,305 56 
3,829,029 77 
3,857,862 33 
3,913,033 49 

4.370.263 26 
4,955,149 41 
4,780,196 89 
4,518,694 56 
2,967,750 68 



$5,562 69 

7,334 90 

7,795 88 

23,270 54 

10,501 74 

18,997 27 

46,918 56 

196,106 88 

1,621,463 35 



74 



City Document No. 24. 



Meter Branch. 

Table No. I. Statement of Work During Year 1932. 



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Hersey detector. . . 
Hersey rotary. . . . 

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Federal 

American 

Lambert 

Nash 

Keystone 

Trident 

Hersey compound. 
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391 

52 

165 



4 
7 

3 
3 
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632 



297 
60 

164 
53 



3,389 

953 

1,323 

1,099 

3 

41 

59 



131 

58 

85 

5 

15 



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4,570 

1,019 

1,414 

17 

4 

8 

3 

18 

66 

33 

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7,213 



6,778 


3,728 


1,906 


1,125 


2,646 


1,585 


2,198 


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82 


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118 


1 


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262 


138 


116 


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174 

195 

198 

124 

74 

16 

17 

64 

9 

15 



239 
30 
60 



1,471 



Public Works Department. 



75 



Table No. 2. 
Meiers in Service December 31, 1982. 



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29 
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47,722 

342 

157 

247 

8,731 

23,112 

5,079 

882 

963 

253 

239 

163 

38 


3,209 

261 

4 

348 

19 

976 

251 


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142 

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81 

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117 

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1,178 


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293 


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Table No. 2. 
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78 City Document No. 24. 

WATERWORKS STATISTICS.— CITY OF BOSTON. 
For the Fiscal Year Ending December 31, 1932. 
Distribution. 
Mains. 
Kind of pipe: Cast-iron, wrought iron. 
Size: 2-inch to 48-inch. 
Extended, miles, 4. 
Size enlarged, miles, 3.3. 
Total miles abandoned, 2.5. 
Total miles now in use, 960.15. 
Public hydrants added, 63. 
Public hydrants now in use, 11,073. 
Stop gates added, 206 
Stop gates now in use, 15,281. 
Stop gates smaller than 4-inch, 32. 
Number of blow-offs, 813. 
Range of pressure on mains, 30 to 90 pounds. 

Service. 
Kind of pipe and size: Lead and lead lined, |-inch to 2-inch; cast iron, 

2-inch to 16-inch; wrought iron and cement lined, f-inch to 2-inch; 

brass and copper, f-inch to 2^-inch. 
Service taps added, 104. 
Total service taps now in use, as per metered services, 100,618. 



Public Wokks Department. 79 



APPENDIX F. 

REPORT OF THE BOSTON AND CAMBRIDGE 
BRIDGE COMMISSION. 



Boston, January 2, 1933. 

To the Honorable the Mayor. 

Sir, — As Commissioner for the City of Boston, I 
respectfully submit herewith the annual report of the 
Boston and Cambridge Bridge Commission for the 
year ending December 31, 1932. 

The commission is composed of two members, one 
appointed by the Mayor of the City of Boston and 
the other by the Mayor of the city of Cambridge, under 
provisions of chapter 467, Acts of 1898. 

The commission has charge of the maintenance 
of the following-named bridges between Boston and 
Cambridge: 

Cottage Farm, Longfellow and Prison Point. 

As there is no separate appropriation made for the 
City of Boston's portion of the expenses of this com- 
mission, the same is taken from the appropriation 
for the Bridge and Ferry Division, Bridge Service. The 
amount expended during the fiscal year ending De- 
cember 31, 1932, was $7,551.34. 

BRIDGES, REPAIRS, ETC. 

Longfellow Bridge. 
A contract was awarded to Quinn Brothers, approved 
November 4, 1930, for furnishing and installing cables 
and lights on this bridge. The work was completed 
June 1, 1931, and three payments were made to the 
contractor, amounting to $2,605.63. There is still 
due the contractor the sum of $459.82. 

Respectfully submitted, 

J. A. Rourke, 

Commissioner for the City of Boston. 



80 



City Document No. 24. 



Boston and Cambridge Bridges. Expenditures for the Year Ending 
December 31, 1932. 

Being the Portion Paid by the City of Boston, which is One Half of the Total Expenditure. 











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$1,932 70 


$5,160 11 


$288 00 


$7,551 34 



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