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The special new appropriations amounted to $56,853.26 and the total appropriation to $111,853.26.
Contracts have been made under the appropriation of $30,000 for a new cottage dormitory.
A contract has also been made for the new boiler and connections, for which $3,500 was appropriated.
The appropriation of $10,000 for sewage disposal plant and land for the same remains intact, as does that of $5,000 for the development of the water supply.
The other work for which appropriations were made has bee contracted for, and some of it has been completed.
This institution was designed to meet the declared policy of the State, to remove from the almshouses and similar institutions all feeble-minded women of child-bearing age, and maintain them under humane custody where they may be protected and receive suitable training.
The capacity of the institution is now 450, which has been reached by successive additions to the original plant. During the past year a new cottage was erected which added room for 50 inmates, and a number of minor additions and improvements have also been made to the institution. It is now crowded.
The year has been a favorable one in the history and development of the Asylum, and in its various departments a satisfactory administration has been maintained. The applications for admission, however, have far exceeded the capacity, and at present there are many cases for which provision cannot be made. The necessity for additional cottages is urgent, there being no similar asylum in the State. The fact that most of the inmates are young women who must remain under custody for a long period, makes it apparent that the Asylum should be
enlarged from time to time to provide shelter for the inaximum number of feeble-minded women of child-bearing age resident in the State. The institution at Newark can be doubled in the number of its inmates at a minimum of expense for maintenance and administration. Another cottage is needed to make room for applicants whose papers are now on file. The enlargement should be pressed as rapidly as possible, and at least one more cottage be provided for by the Legislature of 1902.
This institution is very inadequately equipped for industrial and school training. The only rooms available are in the administration building, which is overtaxed to carry on the necessary administrative work. A new building to be used for industrial and educational work will make room for new patients in the present dormitories, as it will open the schoolrooms to dormitory service.
A residence for the Superintendent will add to the space devoted to administration by providing necessary offices for this growing institution. At present all the office work is done in a single room, in which books and records must be kept. There is no private consultation room, and all interviews must therefore be held in public to the great embarrassment of parents and friends of the inmates. By the erection of a house as suggested, the rooms now used by the Superintendent's family can be added to the offices and thus render administration easier. The Board approves the erection of a residence for the Superintendent for the foregoing reasons, and because it believes that while he should be required to live on the Asylum premises, neither he nor his family should be compelled to live in such close contact with the inmates of the institution as is now necessary because of the lack of a separate dwelling.
The present electric plant was installed with the intention to complete it as soon as possible. For this purpose a duplicate engine and dynamo are needed. With this the electric-light system can be extended to the new buildings and over the grounds, thus affording exterior light.
Cottage F will require furnishing in a short time, and pianos are needed for cottages B, C and E. An appropriation will also be needed for walks, grading, improving roads and grounds.
The Board recommends the following appropriations, or much thereof as may be necessary, to this institution:
For the erection of cottage dormitory G, $32,000; for an industrial and school building, $10,000; for brick residence for Superin tendent, $7,500; for duplicate engine and dynamo, $2,500; for extending electric-light system and for exterior lighting, $600; for walks, roads, grading and improving grounds, $1,000; for furniture for cottage F and 3 pianos for cottages B, C and E, $3,750; making the special appropriations approved of $57,350; maintenance appropriation, $60,000; making the total appropriation, $117,350.
STATE CUSTODIAL ASYLUM, ROME, ONEIDA
[Established 1893.] The Asylum has, at present, capacity for 550 inmates. The number of inmates October 1, 1900, was 352, and 119 were admitted during the year, making the total number under care 471. Of these 19 died and 8 were discharged, thus leaving 444 present October 1,1901, of whom 313 were males and 131 females. The average number during the year was 399, and the average weekly cost of support, including the value of home and farm products consumed, $3.92; excluding the value of home and farm products consumed, $3.55.
The receipts during the year were: From cash balance of the previous year, $278.83; from special appropriations, $28,443.48; from general appropriations, $73,637.50; from all other sources, including $166.24 from sales of farm and garden produce and $583 from individuals for the support of inmates, $877.89; total, $103,237.70.
The ordinary expenditures were: For salaries of officers, $7,999.92; for wages and labor, $26,463.63; for provisions, $13,914.36; for household stores, $2,382.42; for clothing, $4,809.13; for fuel and light, $10,004.37; for hospital and medical supplies, $392.69; for shop, farm and garden supplies, $3,967.84; for ordinary repairs, $723.87; for expenses of managers, $360.30; returned to State Treasurer, $877.89; for all other ordinary expenses, $2,562.14; total, $74,458.56.
The total extraordinary expenditures were $28,443.48, of which $18,155.71 was for buildings and improvements, $440.36 for extraordinary repairs, $9,847.41 for all other extraordinary expenses, making the total expenditure for the year $102,902.04, and leaving a cash balance of $335.66 October 1, 1901. There was no outstanding indebtedness.
Of the ordinary expenditures 46.9 per cent. was for salaries, wages and labor; 18.9 per cent. for provisions; 3.2 per cent. for household stores; 6.5 per cent. for clothing; 13.6 per cent. for fuel and light; 5 of 1 per cent. for hospital and medical supplies; 5.4 per cent. for shop, farm and garden supplies; 1 per cent, for ordinary repairs; .5 of 1 per cent. for expenses of managers; and 3.5 per cent. for all other ordinary expenses.
Chapter 644, Laws of 1901 (appropriation bill), appropriated for the support and maintenance of the inmates, for the services of attendants and for other necessary expenses, $75,000.
Chapter 700, Laws of 1901 (special act), appropriated for heating and ventilating ward building G, $5,940; electric wiring and fixtures for ward building G, $2,000; plumbing and drain. age for ward building G, $5,500; window guards, dividing doors, wall registers at ceilings and contingencies, $2,000; ice-house and cold-storage building, $6,000; addition to boiler-house, $6,800; installing night watchman's clock system, $750; fireescapes in addition to $600 appropriated by chapter 420, Laws of 1900, $600; furniture and equipment for administration building, ward buildings F and G and other buildings, $5,000; dynamo and engine for 1,500 lights and all connections, $6,700; electric cable from switchboard to center of group of ward buildings, $2,160; changing switchboard connections, $530; one 150 horsepower boiler and connections, $3,500; feed-water heater, $1,800; painting, repairs and betterments, steel ceilings in wards 3, 7 and 9 of building D, $1,150; new floors, doors and windows throughout building B, except in administration portion, $3,500; steel beams, brick arch construction and new floors in bathrooms of buildings B, C, D and E, $1,500; concrete floor in vegetable storehouse and cellar of farmhouse, $240; reimbursing maintenance account for moneys paid F. W. Kirkland, building inspector, on certificate of the State Architect, $437.50; the sum of $931.43, being the unexpended balance of appropriation of $2,000 made by chapter 620 of the Laws of 1899, for fencing, was reappropriated for the same purpose; the sum of $1,018.24, being the unexpended balance of the appropriation of $1,500 made by chapter 620, Laws of 1899, for stock and utensils for farm, was reappropriated for the same purpose; the sum of