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Recommends A New City Hall

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Parent Issue
Day
22
Month
December
Year
1899
Copyright
Public Domain
Additional Text

Are you on a Streets Quest? Take this: LUICKCENTURY

OCR Text

At the meeting of the board of pa blic works Wednesday Mayor Luick asked for more light on the work o1 cleaning the streets and sewers. He did not kick - he only wanted inforination so that he could explain the situation to the people who complained to him. He said that when he signec orders, here were a nnmber for cleaning the sewers. There were citizens who thonght it unnecessary to go around and clean the catch-basins so of ten. , and that one man could do the work as well as three. They wished to be economical, and Twere anxious to reduce expenses as much as possible. Mr. Keech explained the question at length. At the corner oi Main and Liberty sts. a load of dirt was taken out of the man-hole One man did the work of shoveliiig up the dirt, and another pulled it up. The third, with a wagon, hauled it away. He had suggested the use of barrels so that as soon as the wagon got back they conld load up. This was being done. Two men must do the work. Mayor Luick asked why the sreeet commissioner and one man could not do the work. Mr. Keech said the sewer system was like a watch that needed watching. When the board had taken up the sewer system many of the flush tanks did not work; some emptied too much water, and others not any. There was so much iron in the water that if not watched, the tanks would clog up. There [.were 260 man-holes and 130 flush tanks in the sanitary sewer system, and 215 receiving basins, 87 catch basins and 61 man-holes in the storm sewer - a total of 753. Not every man would like to follow this work. One man's stomach turned. Mr. Keech said he wonld not do the work for $10 a day. (A gentleman present suggested it was like cleaning out out-houses). ■a&j .-:■! -í? Street Commissioner Ross said he tbought he could take a couple of laborers and do the work. It was only necessary to clean out in the spring and fall. Mr. Keech said if the matter was put into Street Oomrnissioner Ross' hands, the latter wonld jfhave fco see that the system was cleaned many timesa year. Mr. Funkey, who did the work, received 1.50 a day when working, as did the helper. Mr. Fuukey, who was under jthe direction'of the city engineer,had?discovered etoppages and remedied th'em, thus saving the city thonsands of dollars. Mr. Keech said he -was willing to put rap the Ann Arbor sanitary sewer system against any in the country. They could be proud of the system laid out ty Prof, C. E. Green. Mayor Luick said he was not finding fault - he simply wanted inforniation. A citizen had called his attention to cleaning the parement during the last snow. Mr. Schleicher explained that if it was not done, the streets would be like a barnyard. The men went around and took up the horse droppings. If it was let go, the streets would be in a terrible condition. Mayor Luick suggested that the city iiould raise money for a city hall, ÉMpfg grea,tly needed.