Excerpt from Thirty-First Annual Report of the City Engineer, Boston: For the Year 1897 Sir: The following report of the expenses and operation of this department for the year ending January 31, 1898, is submitted: The duties of the City Engineer include the designing and superintending of the construction of new bridges, retaining walls, city wharves, and such other public engineering works as the City Council may authorize; the making of such surveys, plans, estimates, statements and descriptions, and taking such levels as the city government or any of its depart ments or committees may require; the custody of all surveys and plans relating to the laying-out, locating anew, altering, widening or discontinuing of streets; and the new engineering construction for all departments of the city. He must be consulted on all work where the advice of a civil engineer would be of service. The office of the City Engineer was established by ordinance on October 31, 1850, and by chapter 449 of the Acts of 1895. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.