|Fact & Fantasy: A History of Tavistock & District||Public Services - Page 53|
Hydro power was finally brought into Tavistock from Stratford in 1916 with the line running along Sebastopol Road and Highway 19 (now 59) to the pump-station which served a double role now. Later the line cut across farm land and reaches the distribution transformers from the west. The minutes of council from 1917 on, record requests for extra street-lights in front of the outlying houses, as the Village spread, In 1952, the switch was made from 25 to 60 cycle without a hitch in the service. In 1940, the PUC had erected its own office at the corner of Maria and Decew Streets just south of the Library, where the relic from the World War I had threatened passers-by for so long. Village Council now meets here as well, rather than in the Library Hall as formerly. Fred Schaefer is the efficient secretary-treasurer of the PUC and bills the users bi-monthly for hydro and quarterly for water and sewage.
Early in 1968 the PUC drilled a new well at the northern limits of the park and struck a full flow; a pump-house has been erected; this new source should ensure a steady supply of water for years to come.
On January 19, 1961, the Council decided to seek the aid of the Federal Government through the Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation to install a lagoon-type of system. At the February 28th meeting an estimate put the cost at $285,000 with the CMHC providing a loan of 2/3 of that amount, with final remission of 25% of the loan. In March the necessary by-laws were prepared and Engineer R.R. Dawson of Stratford engaged to call for tenders on the Woodstock Street sewer or Stage I. By June 20 only two objections had been registered and the approval of East Zorra had been obtained to extend the system into their township. The 36-acre lagoon, in two sections, lies just out of the corporation west of the C.N.R. tracks and a short distance south of the park.
On April 16, 1962 the council was informed that the Ontario Municipal Board would approve only Stage I of the system unless the extra money, to finish all of it, could be raised by prepayment of frontage by the ratepayers. Over $50,000 was raised this way, and with its declaration as a Winter Works Project to aid employment, a grant of $25,200 was made available, sufficient to finish the job, at considerable saving to the taxpayers.
On May 29, 1963 representatives from the Division of Plant Operations, OWRC, came to town to explain to the local advisory board the pitfalls of operating the system, and the need of qualified personnel.
The official opening with dignitaries and ceremonies took place on November 20, 1963.
G.T.R. Station - Woodstock St
Jung, Otto - hotel keeper - Commercial Hotel
Krug, Fred - merchant - Woodstock St.
Steele, Michael - phys. - Hope and Jane St.
Tavistock Milling Co. - flour mills - Maria St.
Wettlaufer, Jacob J. - Progress Hotel
Improvements came in 1900 to enable the customer to contact all larger centres in Ontario, Quebec and the United States within a radius of 1000 miles. By 1908 the local “central” averaged 80 calls per day, with 20 long distance added. The day of service ran from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily, except on Sunday, from 2-4 p.m.
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