SCHOOL CHILDREN TO ASSIST IN CLEANUP.
Each One Over 12 Will Become Detective for the Health Board.
All school children 12 years old or over will become detectives for the hospital and health board in the interest of the annual spring clean-up, Dr. Paul Paquin said yesterday.
Cards are being sent out to the children on which there is a printed list of questions, inquiring if there are pools or puddles in their yards at home that will serve as breeding places for mosquitoes and flies, if there are unsightly rubbish heaps that ought to be moved, if the grass should be raked, if garbage is allowed to accumulate, and so on.
"We want the children to detect the dirt in their own yards only," said Dr. Paquin, who is the director of the health department. "If we tried to get them to report on conditions prevailing in adjoining premises unnumerable neighborhood rows would be started.
"The card will be filled out and mailed back to us. then if there is any cleaning up to do that is beyond the power of the children or their parents, the city will take a hand. Our plan is to make the entire community spick and span."
The Boy Scouts will make a preliminary inspection of the city on April 22 to report where there is need of cleaning up. Additional inspections will be made on April 24 and on April 26.
If the households have not obeyed instructions as to cleaning up by May 1 the health department will show its authority and those who have refused to follow suggestions will be compelled to obey orders, Dr. Paquin said.