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Answers to B. W. L. & P. Questionnaire Favor, Municipal Ownership and Change of Source of Supple for Water Used Here
Authorization to proceed with construction of a line to bring Tumalo creek water to Bend has been give, T. H. Foley, general manager for the Bend Water, Light & Power Co., stated today on his return from Portland where he conferred with representatives of the chief stockholders. This is in spite of the fact that a questionnaire recently sent out by the company showed a majority in favor of municipal ownership. It is rather to the city’s interest that the Tumalo line should be built before any transfer of title, Foley believes, and pointed out that the fact that the company will start construction does not in any way hinder the city from later acquiring title to the water system.
One thing, however, the company is not ready to do–to pay for Tumalo water rights to obtain pure water for Bend. Consequently, Foley will ask the assistance of the Commercial club and of the city council in inducing the state to accept the company’s filing. Construction work alone will cost about $20,000, according to revised estimates, and the expense of a water right cannot be added to this, says Foley.
In the questionnaire, two queries were put, the first: “Assuming the price is reasonable, and the water company will take the city’s bonds in payment–do you favor purchase of the water system by the city?”
On this, 230 votes were favorable and 163 opposed purchase.
The second question read: “Whether the city or the company owns the water system–do you favor getting the city water supply from Tumalo creek rather than the Deschutes, even if it necessary to increase water rates?”
Two hundred and ninety-four were for Tumalo water; the present water supply is good enough for the remaining 88 who voted.
Source: Bend Bulletin
Burns, July 18–Plans to furnish power to Burns and other Harney valley points from the Deschutes river and its tributaries were tentatively mentioned here by T. H. Foley, manager of the Bend Water, Light & Power Co., before the city council, when he met with that body to learn its attitude toward granting a franchise for such power development.
The council expressed itself as favorable to power development, but stated that it would not entered into any definite agreement until the sawmill interests here were consulted, as they might wish to furnish power generated from use of waste material.
Foley stated that he would not expect the council to do otherwise, and explained that he was not asking any definite promise or agreement at present.
Foley will leave tonight or in the morning for Burns, to confer further with officials there in the matter of proposed power development.
Source: Bend Bulletin
V. H. Reinoking of Portland, engineer for the Bend Water, Light & Power Co., arrived in the city this morning to start a survey on the proposed 5,000 horsepower development on Tumalo creek.
Source: The Bulletin
Survey Will Determine Cost of Work on Tumalo to Produce 5,000 h. p.
Local Organization of Company Remain Unchanged
The L. E. Myers Company recent purchaser of the stock of the Bend Water, Light & Power Co., has no desire to continue in the water business, and would greatly prefer to sell to water system to the city of Bend. This was the report today of T. H. Foley, vice president and general manager of the local company, following his return from Chicago where he conferred with Myers and other of the chief stockholders.
The water system, Foley said, would be offered to the city at inventory price. He expects to make a statement on this point before the Bend Commercial club at its meeting Tuesday.
Obtaining a water supply from Tumalo creek, in addition to construction costs, would mean payment of a $50,000 charge to the state, and a $20,000 charge to the Deschutes County Municipal Improvement district for water rights, Foley said. These water rights payments, he believes could be avoided were the city the owner of the system.
More Power Wanted
Additional power development will be initiated with the change in ownership of Bend Water, Light & Power stock, Foley said. As the first step in this direction, V. H. Reinoking, engineer for the company, will arrive in Bend Tuesday to direct a survey on which will be based estimates of cost of developing 5,000 horsepower in the five mile of Tumalo creek between the Columbia Southern intake and the Anderson ditch.
This proposed development would add a power supply of double the amount possible with the company’s present plant.
Reelection of Foley by the new stockholders as vice president and general manager will mean that the local organization will remain unchanged.
Source: Bend Bulletin