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Popular vote upon establishing an electric light plant, Dec.

14, 1897. Yes, 2,540; no, 1,735; blanks, 1,512. Popular
vote in July, 1900, upon the acceptance of a contract
with the Holyoke Water Power Company, under a special
act intended to relieve the city, at its option, of its obliga-
tion under the general law to take the lighting plants of
the company. Yes, 1,926; no, 2,136; blanks, 17. Water
Power Company's plant taken under decree of the court

on Dec. 15, 1902.
Investigating committee chosen in 1906. Committee re-

ported Aug. 2, 1906, and town voted to make a ten-year

street lighting contract with Edison Company of Boston.
Adverse committee reports adopted Nov. 11, 1891, and

March 15, 1892. Town required by decree of court (1896)
to take plant of existing company; possession taken Jan.

15, 1897. New plant put in operation Aug. 8, 1897.
Electric plant of local company bought Oct. 15, 1894.
Electric light plant built in 1903.
Investigating committees appointed in 1893, 1897 and 1898.
Investigating committee appointed in 1893.
Subject referred to a committee in 1906.
Proposition for investigating committee lost Oct. 15, 1891.
Investigating committee appointed in 1893. Report made

with no recommendations.
Motion to acquire an electric plant lost by vote of 109 for,

to 58 against, as statute requires two-thirds vote.
Electric light plant built in 1903-04.
Electric plant constructed in 1894.
Investigating committee appointed in 1893 and special com-

mission in 1895. Adverse report in 1897, and commission

continued.
Town refused to authorize bonds for a plant March 28, 1892.
Began to operate new electric plant in 190 .
Voted to pass over article in warrant, 1891. Investigating

committee appointed in 1895.
Combined gas and electric plant purchased of local company

in 1893.

Oct.

Manchester,

July

28, 1902

13, 1902 22, 1908

July

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2 The votes stated were passed by the city council.

• In common council only.

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Tabular Statement showing Action about Municipal Gas or Electric Plants prior to Jan. 1, 1910— Continued.

Votes favorable to Acceptance of the Munici

pal Ownership Act.

Votes against the

Acceptance
of the Municipal
Ownership Act.

Remarks.

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Operating under special act passed in 1903.
Voted to pass over article in warrant, 1897.
Electric distributing plant for street lighting only con-

structed, 1893. Investigating committee on generating
plant appointed April 1, 1907. On Jan. 7, 1908, town
authorized sale of plant, and on March 2, 1908, this was

done, and town went out of business of electric lighting.
Unfavorable committee report accepted Sept. 11, 1890.

Investigating committee appointed in 1897.
Proposition referred to next city government in 1905.
Resolve adopted by city council favoring a plant solely for

municipal purposes in 1897.
Adverse committee report in 1906.
Electric plant built in 1894.
Favorable committee report tabled April 19, 1892. Plant

constructed and operation begun Aug. 15, 1907.
Plant for electric street lighting started Sept. 27, 1892.

Commercial plant started Nov. 10, 1893.
Investigating committee appointed June 19, 1906, reported

March 25, 1907. Report accepted as report of progress.”
Investigating committee appointed in 1891.
Proposition referred to next city government in 1905.
Electric lighting plant built in 1895.
Investigating committee appointed in 1898. Action in 1899

in favor of a gas plant only.
Investigation by committee authorized in 1896. Favorable

report in 1897; no action taken.
Investigating committee appointed in 1906.
First vote to establish municipal lighting system adopted,

yes, 131; no, 6. Investigating committee appointed in 1897.

Aug. 20, 1891

Pepperell,

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June 21, 1898 1 April 29, 1899

Dec.

17, 1909

Saugus,

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Investigating committee appointed in 1897. Investigating

committee appointed in 1907. On March 2, 1908, committee reported adversely to municipal ownership, and town authorized a long-term street-lighting contract with

Edison Company of Boston.
Votes favorable to acquiring an electric distributing plant

were 115 to 22, and 110 to 16, respectively. Plant con-
structed in 1908.

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Question of acquiring an electric light plant indefinitely

postponed by vote of 105 to 26.
Favorable vote in city council Dec. 7, 1892, but held to be

inoperative because mayor did not approve. Adverse

report from investigating committee in 1893. Subject considered in 1894, but action postponed indefi

nitely. Investigating committee appointed in 1906. Schedule of gas and electric property filed by local com

pany. Action of 1892 thought to be ineffective.
Subject referred to special committee in 1899.
Popular vote upon undertaking the electric lighting busi-

ness, December, 1896. Yes, 1,952; no, 1,760; blanks, 701.
Plant of local electric company taken in 1897, under

decree of court. New works built in 1903; occupied in 1904.
Plant constructed and began operation Jan. 24, 1906.
Combined gas and electric plant of local company taken in

1894, under decree of court.
Investigating committee appointed in 1901.
Proposition tabled in city council, 1897.
Proposition tabled June 3, 1899.
Distributing plant for electric street lighting only built, and

use begun Dec. 13, 1892. Committee appointed in 1899
to consider the expediency of building a plant for commer-
cial lighting Committee appointed in 1900 to procure
proposals for constructing a plant for street and commer-
cial lighting. Recommendation of committee that town
construct a plant for commercial lighting rejected by the
town in 1901. Distributing plant for commercial light-
ing bought from local company in 1905.

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Dec.

14, 1895

Nov.

2, 1896

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28, 1896

Walpole,
Waltham,
Warren,
Wellesley,

March 7, 1892

June

8, 1892

1 The votes stated were passed by the city council.

Tabular Statement showing Action about Municipal Gas or Electric Plants prior to Jan. 1, 1910 Concluded.

Votes favorable to Acceptance of the Munici

pal Ownership Act.

Votes against the

Acceptance
of the Municipal
Ownership Act.

Remarks.

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First vote to acquire electric light plant adopted 71 to 2.
Possession of combined gas and electric plant of local com-

pany taken by town on June 1, 1899, at a cost of $150,000.
Investigating committee appointed in 1901.
Proposition to construct an electric light plant defeated

Oct. 31, 1904. Proposition to lease and maintain such a

plant lost on same date.
Subject indefinitely postponed March 4, 1889.
Investigating committee appointed in 1906. Report in 1907,

and two votes on municipal electric plant, resulting 40

yes, 74 no, and 29 yes and 42 no, respectively.
Vote relative to acquiring an electric plant was 52 for and

91 against.
Investigating committee appointed in 1892. In 1894 this

committee discharged and further action refused. Prop-
osition indefinitely postponed in 1895.

Whitman,

July 13, 1892
June

27, 1896
March 12, 1900
March 4, 1907
July

8, 1907
March 16, 1908

Dec.

30, 1891

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Votes favorable to acquiring an electric plant were 182 to

5, and 109 to 21, respectively.

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1 The votes stated were passed by the city council.

Propositions considered. In Haverhill, on June 9, 1910, by a vote of 5 in favor and none against, the municipal council adopted the following order: “ That the city of Haverhill, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 34 of the Revised Laws of Massachusetts, and acts in addition and amendment thereto, be and is hereby authorized to construct or purchase and maintain within its limits a plant for the manufacture and distribution of electricity for furnishing light for municipal use, and light, heat or power for the use of its inhabitants.” As required by law, at the annual city election on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 1910, a vote was taken upon the question, “Shall the votes of the municipal council of the city of Haverhill, passed Dec. 23, 1909, and June 9, 1910, in accordance with the provisions of chapter 34 of the Revised Laws of Massachusetts, and acts in addition and amendment thereto, authorizing the acquisition by the city of Haverhill of a plant for the manufacturing and distribution of electricity for furnishing light for municipal use, and light, heat or power for the use of the inhabitants, be ratified?” and the result of said vote was as follows: Yes, 1,328; No, 4,780; blanks, 798.

In Revere, at an adjourned town meeting, held on Dec. 12, 1910, upon the following article in the warrant for said meeting, viz., “ To see if the town will vote to appoint a committee to consider the question of establishing a municipal lighting plant and department, and securing all electric and gas lighting at less cost for the town and residents, and vote to take any action in regard to 'all night and every night' street lighting, and to pass any motion in relation thereto," the following vote was adopted: “That the subject matter of this article be referred to a special committee, to investigate all the subject matter contained therein and report their findings and recommendations at the annual town meeting in March ; and that the committee shall be of seven members, and consist of the chairman of the board of selectmen, the municipal light board and three voters appointed by the moderator."

In Rowley, at a town meeting held Feb. 12, 1910, a ballot was taken upon the question, “Shall the town exercise the

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