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authority afforded by the provisions of chapter 34 of the Revised Laws to establish a municipal lighting system ?” One hundred and twenty-two voted in the affirmative and two in the negative. This was the second vote required by law favorable to the acquiring of a municipal plant. At the annual town meeting held on March 14, 1910, the following vote was adopted, viz. : “ That the treasurer of the town, with the approval of the selectmen, be authorized to issue notes to the amount of $12,000 under section 8 of chapter 34 of the Revised Laws of Massachusetts; and that we incur a debt therefor, and that at least $400 be paid each year in addition to the interest, commencing in the year 1911 and running to 1940 inclusive; that the town treasurer is hereby instructed to hire said principal sum best he can when needed, and pay orer the same for the construction of street and commercial electric lighting purposes on the order of the electric lighting committee having charge of the work.” At the same meeting the following persons were elected as a municipal light board: Albert E. Bailey, three years; Joseph N. Dummer, two years; Morey A. Smith, one year.

In Sterling, at a special town meeting held Aug. 13, 1910, a ballot was taken on a motion " that the town do install electric lighting in the streets and public buildings.” One hundred and twenty-four voted in the affirmative and forty-eight in the negative, and the motion was lost, lacking the required two-thirds vote. At a meeting held on Nov. 26, 1910, a vote was taken on Article I. of the warrant for the meeting, viz., “That the town do install a system of electric lighting in town ways and town buildings, at an expense not to exceed $6,000," and one hundred and twenty-four voted in the affirmative and forty-eight in the negative. At the same meeting it was further voted: “ That the town do authorize the town treasurer with the selectmen to give the note or notes of the town for a term not exceeding ten years, to an amount not exceeding $6,000 for the purpose of raising funds to install a system of electric lighting, as stated in Article I. of the warrant.”

Operation of the Plants. Ashburnham. - The result of the operation of the plant for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 1909, as stated by the manager, was as follows:

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The estimates submitted by the manager for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 1910, were as follows:

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The following were the appropriations voted March 7, for account of the electric light department:

For interest, .
For depreciation,
For note payment, .

$410 02 320 70 500 00

For construction,

$1,230 72

75 00

$1,305 72

Belmont. -— The result of the operation of the plant for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 1909, as stated by the manager, was as follows:

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The estimates submitted by the manager for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 1910, were as follows:

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At the annual town meeting on March 14, 1910, the following appropriations were authorized:

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Braintree. - The result of the operation of the plant for the fiscal year ending Dec. 31, 1909, as stated by the manager, was as follows:

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The estimates submitted by the manager for the fiscal year beginning Jan. 1, 1910, were as follows:

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The following appropriations were voted at the annual town meeting held April 11:-

For maintenance,
For interest,
For depreciation,
For sinking fund,
For note payment, .

$2,000 00

847 50 4,341 51

430 00 5,000 00

$12,619 01

375 00

For construction,

$12,994 01

Chicopee. The result of the operation of the plant for the fiscal year ending Nov. 30, 1909, as stated by the manager was as follows:

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The estimates submitted by the manager for the fiscal year beginning Dec. 1, 1909, were as follows:

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At a regular meeting of the board of aldermen, March 7, it was voted to appropriate $55,000 for the expenses of the electric light department including new construction, operating expenses, interest, bond and mote payments, and jobbing.

Concord. — The result of the operation of the plant for the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 1910, as stated by the manager, was as follows:

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