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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 16, 1922

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Aug. 16, 1922

WATER SITUATION IS DISCUSSED AT FORUM MEETING

At this noon’s chamber of commerce forum luncheon a large number of persons interested in the water question were present. F. E. Merrick acted as chairman and a resolution presented by Delroy Getchell commending the city administration for its excellent service to the community and further commending the administration for its proposed and impending construction of a new reservoir and pipe line work to start in September, was passed unanimously.

Several Medford citizens talked freely on the situation and endeavored to straighten out the water question for the remainder of the assembly.

Earl Gaddis, city councilman, who has given a great deal of thought to the solution of the problem, outlined the question and spoke on the advisability of securing a new supply of water from Big Butte Springs.

E. E. Kelly spoke on the question and proposed the plan of securing a new supply from Rogue River. He objected to the city’s building another long pipe line and pointed out the detriment of adding to the city’s indebtedness by such construction. He suggested that Col. Frank Ray, a former resident of Medford, might take it upon himself to finance such a project, which would involve the installation of a pumping plant if carried out in compliance with Mr. Kelly’s proposal.

Both of the above men were in favor of separating the irrigation and city water systems.

Delroy Getchell spoke for a short time and urged the members of the forum present to guard against becoming undetermined as to the real point at issue. He urged, in consideration of the present purity of the water, despite its unpalatability, the construction of a new reservoir and pipe line at once for the reduction of fire hazard. He advised the consideration of the question of a change in the source of supply at a later date and pointed out that the added storage capacity and distribution lines were needed at once and could be used regardless of where the supply came from. Later he introduced the above mentioned resolution which was seconded by Col. Payne.

— Alissa Corman; acorman@rosebudmedia.com