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GREEN ISLAND DRAINAGE, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914
GREEN ISLAND DRAINAGE
THE DRAINAGE BOARD'S DECISION.
At last night's meeting of the Drainage Board the following clause in the Works Committee's report was adopted:"—"The committee regret that they cannot see their way to recommend tho board to adopt the Green Island Borough Council's proposals for the drainage of that district, believing that nt the present time the board will only be able to deal satisfactorily with tho' area within their own boundary." The Chairman (Mr J. S. Douglas), in referring to tho matter, said: — " We,'as a'board, recognise the raluo of a thorough and up-to-date drainage system, and there is not the blightest doubt that such a system would prove of immenso value to tho Green Tslaud district; but there is also this fact—that tho construction of a sewerage system to comply with the board's standard and requirements, which must also provide for the approval of all reticulation connections to tho main line, shows that tho annual rateable value of Croon Island as at present is much below the amount required to construct on a Is rate. It has been suggested that the various manufacturers now in the district should make an annual contribution of £BOO for, say, 10 years, the Green Tslanrl Borough £4OO, and that this board should make up the balance required towards the main line and nitration works, Green Island to carrv out and bear the cost of thenown" reticulation. So far as the annual contribution from the factories is concerned, Wc have only the assurance from one that thev would ho prepared to contribute. Green Island have recommended their amount with a proviso that it be approved by tho ratepayers. Now I just wish to say and make clenr what nrompted the Works Committee to make the recommendation t.hev are putting forward this evening. It is as follows: (1) The financial aspect; (2) tho right of tho board to commit their ratepayers to a more expensive and probably not so efficient point of discharge outsido of our ar<?a as we have at presentthrough the tunnel to Caversham, thence to Lawyer's Head outfall: C\) the board's present duty is to fulfil with the utmost economy the obligations incurred for sewerage anfl stormwater provision within its present area; (4) Having a satisfactory outlet! for our area within the Kaikorai ) watershed, any extra contribution required from the hoard's ratepayers, as would be necessary for the Green Island scheme can only besuggested by us after due consideration, whether or no our present obligations can be | carried out. In this rosnect we realiso that very shortly we shall have to face a largo expenditure for storm-water provision in various parts of our area, especially the Flat, and this alone may I require some extra call op our ratepayers. We have also to face the present financial aspect incurred through this great war, which already has made its effect folt with regard to our new loan. The board will probably he railed upon to provide for about £SOO per annum towards a sinking fund ; which had not previously been required. In justice to Green Island Borough it is fnir to state that they entered upon tin's negotiation on an invitation from this hoard to consider my minutes with regard to an outlet for_ the "Kaikorai drainage through their district; hut I think the present situation can lie summed up in this respect, that, owing to delay through divided opinions in their own district, they have now lost that opportunity. Wo had a duty to execute for our Kaikorai nroa:'it was urgent that wo should have an outlet. Our existing works were drawing to a close. A I large number of men were being discharged, and to obviate this and push on the work the Government gave us the usf> of the Caversham tunnel as an outlet. A contract, has been let to Messrs A. and T. Burt for the manufacture of tho piper, for same, and is now well under way. The whole of the main line, which has been divided into four sections, has been commenced, and will be completed within six months time. Tenders are also being called for the reticulation areas, and I think I can say with confidence that the whole work (including reticulation) will be completed during the next 12 months. In conclusion, I should like to say that the foregoing decision of the Works Committee was come to as members of a board with a deiinite duty to their own ratepayers. Personally, I. along with other members of the board, have a strong opinion that if our City is to maintain its position as a manufacturing centre, there is no doubt that the Kaikorai-Groon Island district is a most suitable site if provided with drainage facilities, but the initiative must come from some other body, such as our Expansion League and be endorsed bv our ratepayers. I might add that I instructed the secretary to forward a copy of the Works Committee's recommendation to this board to the Green Island Borough Council, so that they might be in "a position to anticipate tho" board's decision, and fon.skler the local drainage question ar their monthly meeting last night. Tho plans that have been prepared h.v our engineer are on the combined system, so it may be that if they intend io rarry out a' smaller scheme on the separate system they mav not i he of much ii.se : hut I am sure' that ! this hoard «iil he prepared to consider ! any reasonable renuest from Green Is- ' land to help them out of their present! insanitary condition." !
Messrs Arklo mid Marlow complimented the diuir'-.ian on the nhlr> and crar way in which ho had explained t!i" whole maTtcr.
GREEN ISLAND DRAINAGE, Issue 15641, 4 November 1914
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