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KAIKORAI DRAINAGE, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
AND GREEN ISLAND. A deputation from the Green Island Borough Council waited on the Drainage Board last evening to discuss certain questions respecting tho drainage of Green Island. Tho Mayor of the borough (Mr Reeves) said that they had been apjminted as a deputation to approach the.board to see if they could not open up negotiations in regard to tin' Kaihorai - Drainage, so far as Green Island was concerned. Tho unanimous opinion of his council was that tho drainage should go through the Kaikorai Valley. They had certain
proposals to submit, and he would ask their engineer (Mr Williams) to put them before the hoard.
Mr F. Williams said the question of drainage, so uir as it related to the Green Island borough, was admitted by them all to he a very important one. not only from a hygienic point of view, lint also on account of the benefits the commercial community of Dunedin would receive, if facilities for the disposal of their refuse' wore given to the manufacturers in the Kaikorai Valiev. It was further admitted that the facilities for manufacturing in the valley were such as were not present, in any other place in the Dominion,
and ii behoved them to do what was possible to j'oster the manufacturing industries, so time Dunedin might retain that important position as < hief manufacturing: centre in the Duminion it had so long enjoyed. They, as the representatives of the inhabitants of the borough of Green Island, fully recognised their responsibilities, and they intended to leave no stone unturned in order to have this very contentions matter settled in the immediate future, for they thoroughly recognised that on the extension of tin* manuf.icTUi ine; industry the development of the Given island borough depended, fie did not purpose taking up the time by d>enssi;:g from an engineering point of view what, in his opinion, was the most suitable scheme for the drainage of the distract, nor to discuss at. length various schemes that ! had been laid before the local authorities from time to time; hut it was necessary for him to state that hjr l had advised his council that he was prepared to let it have a scheme in so far as itreiated to the main carrier, and .sntfieientlv advanced to meet its requirements for marry years to come, for a sum ot C7,-lf)0, the general idea being, of course, to carry out tin* work on the ‘‘separate svstem.” The total length ot the sewer necessary was IDS chains. He had advised his council, and it had approved of tire system, on the understanding that it meant that all water was taken away from dwellings, with the exception of roof and rain water-. He recognised that sufficient provision had been made in the present storm water culverts to lead any other water, which would be practically clean, directly, into the Keikorai Stream. The difference between the estimate of the hoard a- d that by himself would represent the additional cost of the increased sk-.e of sewers required to convey the sewage and mami I act urine wastes from Maori Hill, Roslyn, Mornington, and a portion ot the Taieri County. He had pointed out to his council that, assuming the capital cost of tire work was fixed at £10,(!()!). and that if tin' contribution ot £-100 per annum for 10 years was available froi# the factories, and allowing lurther tmo sum as set out lor attention to the purification works, the position at the end of 10 years would he that his council would be paying a sum of £3OO in interest, plus £BO maintenance l , making a total ot .£OBO. Assuming that the amount received from factories was used to reduce the capital cost, it appears that at the end of the 10 years, the Cd rate on the present annual rateable value would meet the liability. He had, however, advised the council, and they had seen fit to accept his recommendation that it was in the interests of the borough, as well as the district as a whole, to allow the board to construct and maintain tbe main carrier ami the necessary purification works attached thereto. It was quite unnecessary for him to go into his reasons, which would no doubt bo apparent to them all. At a special meeting of his council, hold on Monday evening, the following resolutions had been carried:—(l) The Green Island Borough Council fully recognise that the question of the drainage of the Kaikorai Valley is of vital importance to the welfare of the borough, and that it must in ihoir opinion be carried out in the immediate future. (2) That tho council cannot see their way clear to agree to the inelusion pf Green Island Borough into the Dunedin Drainage and Sewerage Board’s district, but they are prepared ! to enter into a legal agreement ' whereby they undertake to pay an an- ! uuul fixed sum as their proportion ! towards tho interest and maintenance I
of, the main carrier and purification works, or. such extensions of same as may at any time be necessary for the efficient disposal of the sewage. (3) That such sum shall bo the amount of four hundred pounds (£400) per annum. (4) That, we consider that the reticulation' should he undertaken by tho Green Island Borough Council when' and at such times as they may consider advisable ami in the interests of the borough. (o) That tin' reticulation shall he carried out on the '• separate system,” meaning thereby that roof and rain water shall be carried in the present drains and discharged directly into the Kaikorai Stream. ((i) That the council shall ho at liberty to frame sanitary by-laws as
it may determine, keeping in view the advancciierts of sanitary science. (7) The council undertake to facilitate with all line despatch the completion of negotiations on these line's. (8) That the foregoing resolutions he subjected to the approval of the ratepayers before being put into operation. Mr Small thought that before the board dealt with the matter the Green Island Borough should furnish ’hem with plans, specified ions, and estimates, and a ropy of .Mr Williams’s proposals, and they would then be able to consider them more intelligently than they could in the meantime'. The Chairman said that wde-n tbev got all the necessary information they would consider the matter. The board eventually decided lo refer tin* whole mat er to the Works Committee to report to the board.
KAIKORAI DRAINAGE, Issue 15629, 21 October 1914
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