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One Hundred One Years Ago - 10/31/1901

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  • Glenn J. Williams
    From the Bob Bedford clipping file: October 31, 1901 - THE MOUNTAIN LAKE FRANCHISE - Alderman Face of the Judiciary Committee of the Gloversville Common
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 31, 2002
      From the Bob Bedford clipping file:

      October 31, 1901 - THE MOUNTAIN LAKE FRANCHISE - Alderman Face of the
      Judiciary Committee of the Gloversville Common Council suggested the
      following charges in the franchise agreement:

      The franchise should be accepted within 60 days after it is granted;
      a deposit of $5,000 should be made within 60 days to become the
      property of the city if the company fails to fulfill its contract;
      the franchise should state whether it is to be a one track or a two
      track line; no power but electricity should be permitted without the
      consent of the council; bonds should be given guaranteeing that the
      road would be completed within one year from the acceptance of the
      franchise; the company should consent to allow other roads to run
      over its tracks; the road should be constructed so as to conform to
      the grade on all streets and all pipes disturbed should be replaced;
      snow should be removed from curb to curb; fare should not exceed five
      cents over the entire length of the line between and within the
      Cities of Gloversville and Johnstown; the franchise should become
      void and revert to the city if sold; in consideration of the granting
      of the franchise, the company should pay a certain percentage of its
      gross earnings into the city treasury.

      Mr. Keith replied that some of the changes were acceptable, but the
      company could not agree to put up a forfeit or part of its gross
      receipts or pay any other consideration to the city beyond what the
      franchise already calls for. The franchise is not an extremely
      valuable one, but if the company could secure the franchise it would
      carry passengers from the center of the city to Mountain Lake at the
      same rate as it would from the present terminal; it would also want
      to reach Johnstown, as people who applied for excursions from the
      city had been unable to secure transportation facilities over the
      FJ&G electric lines, as extra cars were refused them; the Mountain
      Lake company wants the fare between Johnstown and Gloversville to be
      five cents so that people can afford to go to the lake. In the
      future, this company might want to extend its road further south, but
      he believes the Ballston Terminal was trying hard to get its line
      through to Gloversville, and in common with other people, the
      Mountain Lake company was interested in securing cheaper freight
      rates. If the common council imposed conditions that were too
      severe, it would be hard to induce capitalists to invest their money
      in the enterprise.

      John Mead asked if the Mountain Lake company would be willing to
      permit any other road to run over its tracks and Mr. Keith replied
      that his company would be glad to allow the Ballston Terminal the use
      of its tracks, but would want to confine that privilege to a road
      that would be friendly to his road.

      Mr. Keith said that the company did not object to having the council
      grant a franchise for that part of the road between Fulton and School
      and the present terminous, and allow the application for the
      extension through the south end to stand until after the hearing on
      the Ballston Terminal was held.
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