Municipal Franchises: A Description of the Terms and Conditions Upon which Private Corporations Enjoy Special Privileges in the Streets of American Cities, Volume 1 (Google eBook)

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McGraw-Hill Book Company, 1910 - Municipal franchises - 1595 pages
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Contents

Public authorities negotiate in the dark
9
Aldermen have not had expert advice
10
Franchise rights under general laws
11
Franchise grants by administrative departments
12
Franchises granted by suburban districts
13
Influence of territorial expansion upon city franchises
14
Franchises by acquiescence I5 22 Exclusive franchises
15
Franchises that do not expire when their time is up
16
PNEUMATIC TUBES AND THE FRANCHISES UNDEE WHICH THEY
17
Franchises granted to different companies
18
Extensions sought by the companies
19
Extensions demanded by the public
20
Franchises modified by judicial interpretation
21
Consents to changes of motive power
22
Constitutional and statutory limitations
23
MONOPOLY PROFITS AND WAYS OF LIMITING THEM
35
CHAPTER IV
73
Standard quality of service required
87
Safety regulations made and appliances required
88
Requiring underground construction
90
Special training of employees required
91
Easy identification of responsible company required
93
Interference with other users of the streets M
94
Limitation of obligations that may be imposed upon consumers
98
A tribunal for hearing complaints
99
TEMPTATIONS TO PUBLIC WRONG AND WAYS OF OVERCOMING THEM Section 83 Activities of public service corporations that run counte...
101
Opposition to decency and public order
103
Bribery of public officials
105
Free service to public officials
106
Distribution of patronage and business favors
108
Interference in political nominations and elections
109
Jury fixing
111
Influencing the judiciary
112
Overcapitalization
114
Looting the utility through financial jugglery M
118
Running a school of theft
119
Destroying the safety comforts and beauty of city life
121
Interest in opposing improved building regulations
122
Competition vs monopoly in public utility enterprises
123
Monopoly limited by indirect competition
124
Monopoly strengthened by alliances
126
Influence of the junk heap on monopoly advantages
127
Advantages of monopoly affected by fluctuation in the value of money
128
Fundamental principles generally agreed upon 180
130
A blanket franchise Jersey City
150
CHAPTER
217
CHAPTER IX
252
CHAPTER X
323
CHAPTER XI
349
Construction not to interfere with local Improvements relin
354
CHAPTER XII
367
CHAPTER Xm
397
CHAPTER XIV
451
Sowers and drains seldom operated by private companies 401
453
A failure of private enterprise to render serviceNew Orleans 454 206 Exclusive franchise in a little town Long Branch N J
455
Extensions to be based on reasonable revenueAustin Tex
457
A detailed schedule of rates and discounts Atlantic City N J
460
CHAPTER XV
466
Description of a plant in operationJohnstown Pa
467
Regulation of rates by the common councilDetroit
469
Rates depending on price of coalKalamazoo
473
Free heating for city buildingsColumbus 0
474
Hot water and steam heating at different ratesSalt Lake City
477
Steam for both heat and powerSeattle
478
Rebates for poor service South Bend Ind
480
A franchise good for any kind of heatKansas City Mo
481
Franchise to be construed as nn entiretyToledo
483
City may purchase plant or license a purchaserIndianapolis
485
Citys option to purchase at frequent intervalsDuluth
488
City to be on a par with most favored customers New York
489
Steam heating and conduitscomblnedNashville
492
City to receive for franchise ti per cent of total investment in plant Newark
494
A 100year blanket franchise for heating refrigerating gas electric light and power Locliport N Y
495
Steam heating and electric power combined A city of 15000
496
Heating veul Hating and regulating system in connection with an electric light plant La Crosse Wis
497
CHAPTER XVI
498
Franchises for restricted areas New York City
499
Plant may be purchased at expiration of grantBaltimore 609
502
Rates to be regulated by the municipalityKansas City Mo
504
History of the use of pneumatic tubes for the distribution
507
Pipe lines for local distribution Cleveland
529
GAS FRANCHISES WHERE ONLY ARTIFICIAL GAS IS AVAILABLE
543
QAS FRANCHISES IN CITIES WITHIN REACH OF NATURAL GAS FIELDS
595
Extensions to earn 8 per centWichita Ks
605
Regulation of street work Seattle
606
List of Authorities
665
Index of Volume 1 878
673
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Page 424 - The use of all water now appropriated, or that may hereafter be appropriated for sale, rental or distribution, is hereby declared to be a public use, and subject to the regulation and control of the State, in the manner to be prescribed by law...
Page 45 - ... and we concur with the court below in holding that the value of the property is to be determined as of the time when the inquiry is made regarding the rates. If the property which legally enters into the consideration of the question of rates has increased in value since it was acquired, the company is entitled to the benefit of such increase.
Page 424 - Board or body failing to pass the necessary ordinances or resolutions fixing water rates, where necessary, within such time, shall be subject to peremptory process to compel action at the suit of any party interested, and shall be liable to such further processes and penalties as the Legislature may prescribe. Any person, company, or corporation collecting water rates in any city and county, or city or town in this State, otherwise than as so established, shall forfeit the franchises and waterworks...
Page 425 - In any city where there are no public works owned and controlled by the municipality for supplying the same with water or artificial light, any individual, or any company duly incorporated for such purpose under and by authority of the laws of this State. shall, under the direction of the Superintendent of Streets, or other officer in control thereof, and under such general regulations as the municipality may prescribe for damages and indemnity for dam:iLrc-. have the privilege of using the public...
Page 424 - All corporations formed to supply water to cities or towns must furnish pure fresh water to the inhabitants thereof, for family uses, so long as the supply permits, at reasonable rates and without distinction of persons, upon proper demand therefor; and must furnish water to the extent of their means, in case of fire or other great necessity, free of charge.
Page 427 - That such permits shall be allowed within or through any of said parks or any forest, military. Indian, or other reservation only upon the approval of the chief officer of the department under whose supervision such park or reservation falls and upon a finding by him that the same is not incompatible with the public interest...
Page 180 - ... as required for such building or premises, and cannot refuse on the ground of any indebtedness of any former owner or occupant thereof, unless the applicant has undertaken to pay the same. If, for the space of ten days after such application, the corporation refuses or neglects to supply the gas...
Page 449 - ... the actual operation under the ordinance, but upon speculations as to its effect, based upon the operations of a prior fiscal year, we will not guess whether the substantial return certain to be earned would lack something of the return which would save the effect of the ordinance from contiscation. It is enough that the whole case leaves us in grave doubt.
Page 43 - ... should be made. This corporation is one of that class which is subject to regulation by the legislature in the matter of rates, provided they are not made so low as to be confiscatory. The franchises granted the various companies and held by complainant consisted in the right to open the streets of the city and lay down mains and use them to supply gas, subject to the legislative right to so regulate the price for the gas as to permit not more than a fair return (regard being had to the risk...
Page 313 - ... shall be such as shall be agreed upon between the municipal authorities of the city or village and the company; and if they...

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