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Park Drain.

OPENING OF INQUIRY. ADJOURNMENT TO SEPT. 9. Mr S. M. McCarthy, S.M. is the Commissioner appointed by the Government to conduct the inquiry. In 1901 he gave a decision as regards the proportion of costs to be borne by each of the parties interested. Since then circumstances have altered, and on the application of the Avenal Council a fresh award is to be made. It has been found necessary to concrete a few chains through the now thickly-populated suburb of North-end, and Avenal claims exemption from this part of the work. The Southland County a re also asking to be relieved of their share, on the ground that since Northern! became part of Invercargill, they should be exempt or have their contribution reduced. North and East Invercargill are anxious to be relieved of some of their liability, and hold that the Invercargill Corporation should undertake the construction of the sewer, or, at any rate, the major portion of it, out of its own funds.

When the proceedings opened on Monday Mr T. M. Macdonald appeared lor the Borough of Invercargill, Mr Id. Russell for the Borough of Atonal, and Mr W. Macalister for the Boroughs of North and East Invercargill and the Southland County. Mr ifcCarthy outlined the form or procedure, and Mr T. 31. Macdonald applied for an adjournment, which was agreed to, and the enquiry will be resumed on Monday, 9th Sept.

Before leaving Mr McCarthy suggested a visit of inspection, and in the afternoon a dragload of interested parties a nd press representatives were soon conveyed ' through Richmond Grove, North ]nvercargill, East Invercargill, and therefrom they walked through the park to A venal, and westward to the railway line.

Each representative was desirious of showing the good points, from his point of view, to the best, advantage, and made the most of the little'trip. Mr McCarthy took a keen interest in the various intakes of water, and the information acquired should be of use in framing his award. The party was met at East Invercargill by the veteran town clerk. Mr W, G. Mackay. who was ants to give vahia 1 1 1 e iniormation as to the varions "vvatt 1 v c oii I’St‘S . Opposite the Union Ground a surprising state of affairs was discovered, and although it had nothing to do with the Commission. it should 1)0 brought before the public, as it may be the means of creating an outbreak of disease, which might perhaps be far-reaching in its effects. It appears that a number of houses have no outlet drainage. and they run their sewer water on to the side of the road. and there it lies, one seething mass of iilth. In fairness tf> the County Council, in whose area the nuisance exists. Mr Basstian, the engineer, explained dial a drain was being- brought up from ttie Puni Creek, and that in a few days the work would be finished. On entering the Barit, another keeneyed individual discovered that milch cows were allowed to drink the sewer water, which, owing to the recent spell of dry weather, is in a very bad state. In regard eo the foregoing, a rokrepresentative of this journal saw Mr Cameron, the local Health Officer, and was informed that both matters had been before his department, and was surprised t hat they had not been carried out before. We under stand that the Invercargill Corporation officials are now attending to the drain. These are not very largo matters. but it is as well, in view of the amount of sickness now prevalent, that they should receive prompt attention .

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Park Drain., Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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Park Drain. Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 19, 24 August 1907

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