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Mail Tribune 100, Dec. 12, 1921

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago

Dec. 12, 1921

TO BUILD OR NOT TO BUILD, ISSUE ASHLAND PEOPLE

Ashland, Dec. 12. — ”To build or not to build,” is the problem facing the city authorities as applied to either a reservoir or system of reservoirs up the canyon. The question is precipitated by the presentation, at a recent council meeting, of a petition signed by 300 patrons of the water system, not only asking but demanding that such reservoirs be constructed without further delay, emphasizing their demand through personal representative before the council to the effect that, “We don’t believe the people want or will accept a report from any engineer. They want the reservoir.”

Nevertheless, the city has been instructed by the council to prepare estimates as to cost of such reservoirs and make recommendations respecting location. Those who are demanding additional water supply intimate that if cooperation is withheld by the council, some definite stand will be taken by citizens in general to improve the water situation. What this step would be as hinted, was not stated, but by implication it refers to the voting of a $100,000 bond issue sometime ago for improving the water system, with the result that there has as yet been no developments following in the wake of the special election other than to theorize over dry faming, the installation of meters, settling tanks, etc. If dry farming is such a success, why does the nation, state, county or individual locality, expend millions in irrigation projects? Reverting again to the straining of the water, by way of departure from reservoir construction, the water department is now negotiating for the purchase of a screen to be installed at the city power plant, the cost of which stood approximate $2,000. Ashland may have an experiment station of its own, the installation of which is contemplated by the council. The plan is to acquire a tract for the purpose of conducting experiments to ascertain the actual amount of water needed for agricultural development of the Ashland granite soil, a matter which had been a point of much contention. Efforts will be made to obtain the assistance of Professor Reimer, of the experiment station at Talent, to act in conjunction with a committee appointed by the faction supporting the reservoir project.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com