From the 1919 Annual Report of Greenfield, the tone is less encouraging about the progress of public works, due to the lack of manpower and resources during the war.
'At the March meeting an appropriation of $2000 was made for much needed repairs to the Cheapside Bridge. Under the capable direction of Frank Frizzell, who was engaged for the job, the repairs were made rapidly, without mishap and well within the appropriation, the total cost beint $1,432.17. The bridge, though still of an unknown and questionable strength, has been made much safer.'
'Owing to the apparent need of retrenchment wherever possible, the purchase of a new sewer cleaning machine, contemplated for this year, was deferred. This machine should now be added to our equipment.'