"Clams" and the push for improvements
Get in Line for the Great Campaign for Public Improvements. REPORTS OF EXPERTS SUBMITTED The gong has sounded and the campaign campaign for a greater Harrisburg is on. It is now for the people of this city to determine for themselves whether the Capital of the Commonwealth ihall be an up - to - date, modern city or a moribund overgrown town. Our people have it entirely in their own hands to make or unmake a city whosie possibilities and advantages are greater than any city of the same class in the State. This campaign was commenced the first of last April and acquired a lively impetus under the spur of favorable public opinion, but a lull followed the appointment of experts and the community marked marked time during the summer. Now the experts have reported and there is nothing further to interfere with a free and full expression of the wishes of the people. Full opportunity will be given to the readers of the "Telegraph" "Telegraph" for a general discussion of the subject, the only restriction being being that communications must be short and to the point. . A meeting of the contributors to the fund for the employment of expert expert engineers was. held at the Board of Trade rooms last night. Robert Snodgrass, Esq., on behalf of the executive executive committtee submitted the reports reports and recommendations of James H. Fuertes, of New York, engineer for filtration and sewierage; Warren II. Manning, of Boston, park improvements, improvements, and M. R. Sherrerd, of New ark, engineer for paving. These re - ; ports embody the investigations of ; the three experts during the summer and also their recommendations for the improvements suggested. The printed reports cover many pages and include charts showing how the changes for the better ought to be , made. Mr. Fuertes was present and answer - ' ed many questions regarding the methods of improvement proposed. He speaks most encouragingly of the local advantages and makes a number oi practical suggestions,' all of which A CLA!, BUT HELP PUSH were approved by the committee. After hearing the reading of the report report the executive committee was given a vote of thanks and measures were taken for the furtherance of the important work now before the city. Committees will be appointed by the chairman of the association, Mr. Spencer Spencer C. Gilbert, and these committees will at once get down to business. As the various matters will be taken up in detail 'hereafter the "Telegraph", will simply state this evening that it is proposed to, get rid of the Paxton Creek nuisance by retaining the stream in its present channel and constructing constructing an intercepting sewer at a total estimated cos:t of $249,700; to construct a rapid filter plant to purify the water at a cost of $279,000; to reconstruct reconstruct the sewer system at a cost of $77,356.40; to raise the river at this point to a uniform level by the construction construction of a low dam at Conoy street, at a cost of $55,000; to improve improve existing parks and acquire others, including the entire river frontage and Wetzel's Swamp; and to provide for street improvements by assessing the city for at least one - third of the cost. Four ordinances will be prepared for submission to Councils as soon as possible after a conference with the City Engineer and City Solicitor. The executive committee reported that upon upon the present assessment an additional additional indebtedness of $1,091,476.35 may be created within the constitutional constitutional limitation. In estimating the present indebtedness of the city it has been suggested that the water debt which represents an investment rather than a debt should be eliminated. eliminated. If this could be done, a much larger indebtedness for general city improvements improvements could be incurred. It is further suggested by the committee that a Commission on Public Improvements should be created under the act of 1901 to have charge of the expenditure of all moneys devoted to public improvement improvement outside of public parks.