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Village of Midlothian v. Village of Robbins

MARCH 10, 1967.

VILLAGE OF MIDLOTHIAN, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, PLAINTIFF-APPELLEE,

v.

VILLAGE OF ROBBINS, A MUNICIPAL CORPORATION, DEFENDANT-APPELLANT.



Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cook County; the Hon. CORNELIUS J. HARRINGTON, Judge, presiding. Affirmed.

MR. PRESIDING JUSTICE ENGLISH DELIVERED THE OPINION OF THE COURT.

Defendant appeals from a decree approving a Master's report and entering a declaratory judgment in favor of plaintiff. A water supply contract between plaintiff and defendant was declared null and void because of impossibility of performance, and plaintiff was excused from further obligations thereunder.

Plaintiff moved to dismiss this appeal, and we took the motion with the case. That motion is now denied, as we shall decide the appeal on its merits.

The contract was entered into on July 8, 1953, and provided in pertinent part:

(1) Robbins agrees to sell to Midlothian and Midlothian agrees to purchase from Robbins a supply of water subject to the provisions hereof.

(2) Midlothian agrees to use Robbins' water exclusively during the period of this contract.

(9) The supply of water to be furnished Midlothian by Robbins hereunder shall not exceed an annual average of 400,000 gallons per day and not to exceed 500,000 gallons in any one day, for a period of ten years (10), after which time a new annual average and maximum day requirement shall be determined.

(10) This contract shall be in full force and continue in effect for a period of thirty (30) years from the date hereof.

For the purpose of showing the estimated population and water consumption figures on which the parties based the terms of the contract in question, plaintiff introduced into evidence, without objection by defendant, the 1953 report of an engineering firm hired by defendant, which report revised and brought up to date a 1951 report by the same firm. As found by the Master and Chancellor, also without objection or exception by defendant, the estimated population and water needs of the two villages as contained in this 1953 report formed the basis for the contract provision relating to maximum water requirements. Among other things, the report projected population growth and water consumption for both villages during the thirty-year period to be covered by the water supply contract. Robbins was purchasing water from the City of Chicago for its own use and, under the contract, for resale to Midlothian. The contract provided that Robbins was to construct piping and pumping facilities sufficient to meet the needs of the two villages. Specifically, it called for construction of a 12" line and pumping facilities considered adequate in the light of the following forecasts made by the report:

Water Needs Per Day

1953 1982

Robbins 336,000 1,071,000 Midlothian 227,500 535,500

Totals 563,500 ...


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