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There is great need of a gate-house at the entrance to the grounds. The present structure has outlived its usefulness, and should be replaced by a suitable building.
The building now used for a place of detention within the grounds is entirely unfitted for such purpose. A new guardhouse should take its place, and this, serving as it must as a lock-up, should be fitted with sanitary conveniences and be made comfortable for those who must be placed in it for infraction of
The enlargement of the main dining-hall this year has furnished room for dish-washing, but a further extension is needed for various purposes. This extension in the rear of the dininghall would furnish ample room for storage, and also permit of toilet facilities.
As the dining-room is so very large, a number of entrances have been arranged by which the men may have ready access to their tables. They gather at these entrances long before the time for serving the meals. In order that they may have shelter during inclement weather it is desirable that a covered arcade or light colonnaded approach, extended from the main entrance toward the main road, be constructed. This will not only afford a desirable shelter, but also prove a favorite walk with many of
For additional garden and farm land the adjoining Faucett farm, of 1534 acres, has been selected by the trustees. This can be purchased for $15 per acre, which appears to be a reasonable price, and an appropriation should be made for this purpose. It is important for the Home to raise as large a portion of the vegetables consumed there as possible.
In nearly all of the buildings the ventilating system is defective. This is especially true of the hospital. The base. ment is damp and the foul air is drawn directly from the cellars. As a consequence the recovery of the sick is retarded, and the health of the attendants is imperiled. A new system of ventilation should be installed by which pure air may be delivered into the several wards and other parts of the hospital. The barrack buildings should also receive consideration, and the ventilating shafts be arranged so as to make it impossible to draw the pol. luted air of the basements, loaded with tobacco fumes, into the
One of the problems of a public institution of this character is connected with the reception of new members. Many men enter the Home with their clothing in very bad condition. For the sake of the general health and to prevent the spread of disease it is essential that a fumigating apparatus be installed in the main laundry. This will permit of the sterilization of all clothing and bedding.
For the same reason an additional wash-wheel is needed for the hospital laundry. At the present time all the clothing of the attendants and patients goes into the same washing machine. An additional wheel will enable the assistants in the laundry to keep the clothing of the physicians, nurses and attendants entirely apart from the clothing of the patients in the wards.
The sewerage, sinks and closets of the hospital are in need of repairs, and an appropriation is asked for them. This is apart from the general repairs necessary to the main barracks and other buildings, for which a separate account is made.
The stables for the work horses of the Home and the wagon sheds used by the details are now so dilapidated that new structures are needed.
The carriage house and stable of the Commandant are completely worn out. Located as they are where seepage from the hill passes under the floors, it is impossible to keep the floors dry. For this reason an appropriation is requested for a new carriage house and stable for the Commandant.
No matter what may be the ultimate use of the present hospital building, the several wards should have verandas, so that the patients may get out into the sun and fresh air. Several wards are equipped with such verandas, but it will be better if all are so arranged, and if the verandas are provided with sliding glass they can be used in the winter season as well as in the summer.
During the past year progress has been made in the laying of cement walks through the grounds, and this work should be continued until suitable walks are laid leading from the several barracks to all the other buildings and to the outlets from the grounds.
The present accommodations for the storage of second-hand clothing, the repair of uniforms and general tailor work are very poor. A small building arranged for these purposes should be erected and equipped. This will prove a good investment.
It is necessary that the chapel be extended. Its present arrangements are primitive, and at a slight expense the chapel can be made satisfactory.
A constant menace to the welfare of the Home is the presence of a large number of saloons at the entrance to the grounds. All the saloons on Belfast street are supported mainly by the pen.
sion moneys of the members of the Home. They are the source of almost every violation of the rules, and should be suppressed in view of the fact that a well-conducted canteen is maintained
upon the Home grounds. In this the sale of drinks can be controlled, but these saloons are independent of the Home. A law should be passed making it illegal to maintain a saloon within one mile of the Home grounds.
The Board recommends the following appropriations, or so much thereof as may be necessary, to this institution:
For carriage house and stable for the commandant, $2,500; for stable for work horses, and wagon sheds, $3,000; for gate-house at entrance to Home, $800; for house of detention or lock-up, $1,200; for cement walks, $2,400; for general repairs to barracks and other buildings, $5,000; for second-hand store, tailoring and repair shop, $2,400; for purchase of Faucett farm, 1534 acres, $45 per acre, $6,918.75; for grading and filling at new cemetery, $2,000; for sewerage, sinks and closets at hospital, $1,615; for ventilation system in hospital, $3,500; for electric fans for hospital wards, $912; for addition to chapel, $600; for new convalescent barracks, $45,000; for light arcade at main entrance to dining-hall as a shelter to the members of the Home, $5,000; for isolation pavilion for tuberculosis, $25,000; for enlargement of kitchen, $2,500; for fumigating plant in main laundry, $1,500; for additional machinery in hospital laundry, $250; for spring house on hill, $400; for completion of rearrangement of steam and power plant, $5,000; for pipe covering in assembly hall, $400; for fire protection, $3,000; for smoke stack at power house, $2,000; for steam-pipe conduit, pipes and covering, $10,500; for fire house, $900; for galvanized iron casings on heating stacks, $1,000; for hot water heater in laundry, $400; for plumbing improvements in barracks A, B and C, $250; for spray baths in hospital, $1,800; for telephone system, $1,000; for fire alarm sysiem, $2,000; making the special appropriation approved of, $140,745.75; maintenance appropriation, $225,000; making the total appropriation, $365,745.75.
NEW YORK STATE WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS HOME, OXFORD,
The Home has capacity for 150 inmates. The number of inmates present October 1, 1900, was 92, and 57 were admitted during the year, making the total number under care 149. During the year 8 died and 32 were discharged, leaving 109 October 1, 1901, of whom 32 were men and 77 women.
The average number for the year was 100, and the average weekly cost of support, including the value of home and farm products consumed, $3.93; excluding the value of home and farm products consumed, $3.68.
The receipts for the year ending September 30, 1901, were: From cash on hand at the beginning of the year, $306.16; from special appropriations, $51,777.11; from general appropriations, $19,500; total, $71,583.27.
The ordinary expenditures were: For salaries of officers, $1,500; for wages and labor, $5,838.76; for provisions, $4,615.98; for household stores, $590.32; for clothing, $623.04; for fuel and light, $2,510.73; for hospital and medical supplies, $579.05; for shop, farm and garden supplies, $1,394.59; for ordinary repairs, $98.41; for expenses of managers, $673.57; for all other ordinary expenses, $741.60; total, $19,166.05.
The extraordinary expenditures are reported as $51,838.49 for buildings and improvements, making the total ordinary and extraordinary expenditures for the year $71,004.54, and leaving $578.73 as balance in cash at the close of the fiscal year.
The outstanding indebtedness was $40 for bills unpaid.