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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 2, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 10 THE IETHBRIDCE HERALD Monday, April 2, 1973 Official calls for independent power plant study By JIM MAYBIK Herald Staff Writer A senior city official told The Herald he thinks there should be a complete feasi- bility study done before the city decides on whether to sefl its power plant. The comment was made in response to a question by the Lethbridge New Democratic Party executive which ques- tioned whether the city's best interests were being served by having Montreal Engineer ing do a feasibility study for Calgary Power when no inde- pendent engineering study is being done for the city. The city spokesman said he would be happy if a study were done to satisfy all ques- tions. The study, however, would cost the city he said. The study would determine the cost of retaining and ex- panding the plant compared with selling it. He estimated it would cost the citj mil- lion to million by 1981 to expand the plant. All Calgary Power can do with the Montreal Engineer- ing report, he said, is make the city an offer for the pow- er plant. Profitable The city spokesman also concurred with an NDP state- ment that the power plant one of the most valuble utili- ties owned by the city be- cause it has always shown a profit." He said, however, it is get- ting to the point where the power plant will no longer be showing a profit. "We won't be making a profit soon, possibly this year. If the city had started on expansion in 1969 the pow- er plant would still be show- ing profit and would be show- ing a profit for years to come. If we don't expand it and continue to opa-ate it, we'll be losing money on ths power plant." Negotiations City and Calgary Power officials are expected to meet within the next two weeks to resume discussion on the pos- sible sale of the power plant. The NDP is urging council to call a plebiscite before making a decision on the sale, saying city taxpayers are both owners and consum- ers of the utility so they should have a say in tb.3 In response to several ques- tions about what happened co the funds set aside for future power plant expansion, the city provided the following in- formation. For 11 years Lethbridge city councils socked money away for future extension of the city-owned power plant. Nipped away Within the same period, city councils nipped away at the reserve and spent all the funds, mostly for other proj- ects. From 1961 to 1972 a total of was taken from the electric light and power de- partment surplus and put into a reserve for the power plant extension. In the first two years was allocated each year for the reserve. There were four years when was put into reserve and five years when was allocated to reserve. In 1963 the power plant building was expanded and new machinery added reliev- ing the reserve of 1967 In 1967 underground wiring tapped the reserve for 000. The following year 900 was taken from the re- serve to buy land in West Lethbridge. In 1970 the re- serve was again tapped for to build ths city stores complex and the re- serve balance of was transferred to the electric surplus reserve. In 1971 and 1972, council put a year into the plant expansion reserve, all of which was taken out in 1972 and allocated to the new subdivisions deficit. There now are no funds in the power plant expansion re- serve. 11.9 million Between 1945 and 1971 the electric light and power de- partment had revenue of 5 million, expenses of million leaving a resei-ve bal- ance of 11.9 million. Of the 11.9 million, a total of million was allocated to the relief of taxation, leav- ing million. The million was allo- cated to power plant ex- tension (including the million) and other general revenue projects leaving an electric surplus balance of at the end of 1971. Allocation The S3.5 million surpluses were allocated as follows: 1947 transit department, S60.000; Civic Spo-ts Centre and Fritz Sick Pool, 1948 Civic Sports Centre and ice centre, 1950 _ buses, Civic Csntra, 1954 substation equip- ment, new equip- ment, power touse cottage, ice centre, stores building, 000. 1959 purchase and install second gas torMie. 1960 substation for 1961, 1961 reserve for substa- tion, reserve for power plant, Ifl62 reserve for power plant, art gallery, cultural centre, 000; Henderson pool, Adams Ice Centre, 1963 cultural centre, 000; purchase Sicks arena, construction of sub- station, power plant reserve, 1964 power plant reserve substation construc- tion, 1965 J- power plant re- serve, civic garage, substation construc- tion, underground wiring; 1966 power plant substation, underground wiring, 1967 power plant .reserve underground wiring reserve, 1968 power plant re- serve, underground wiring, underground wiring reserve, 1969 power plant reserve underground wiring, 1970 purchase of Central School property, fie tranrformars, under ground wiring, West Lethbridge developm e n t, 1971 power plant reserve, SIOO.OOO; West development, Reserve gone At the end of 1971 all that remained of the electric light :.nd power department sur- plus was, The power plant reserve was depleted. The NDP also claimed that the bargaining position of the city is rather weak when there is only one possible bid- der. The city official said the plant could be sold to any- one. "Anyone can put in a he said, and move the equipment to wherever they want. Calgary Power, how- ever, has the greatest amount at stake and can pay more for the plant because the city would be buying all its power from them. Loss of jobs He verified an NDP state- ment that serious considera- tion must be given to the possible loss of 17 jobs if the plant is sold. In response to a question on how much additional cost would be involved in operat- ing the water treatment plant steam pumps after the power plant is shut down, another city official said the city is just starting to assess the conversion. The steam pumps would DO converted to he said. The capital cost of tha conversion and cost of elec- trical energy has net been determined. The NDP said there is every possibility that tha city's bargaining posit i o n with regard to future power rate increases will be ened when Calgary Power becomes the sole supplier of the city's electrical power re- quirements. A city hall spokesman said that situation doesn't apply now with the present govern- ment administration but ths situation could change in tha future. Landfill blaze Garbage burning is usually a routine chore unless it takes place at say it occurs the landfill site. City firemen spent more than two hours fighting this extinguished blaze Sunday evening. The cause of the fins not known but firemen often at the sanitary landfill north of The fire was when o bulldozer was used to push dirt over the flames. ''Principals should make AFFAIRS COUNCIL own smoking regulation' TO STUDY VALUES Elimination of specified disciplinary action against students smoking on school grounds is recommened by the superintendent of Leth- bridge public schools. Dr. 0. P. Larson's recom- mendation to the next School Board meeting will suggest that each school principal choose whatever method of discipline he feels will best curtail the problem. Present school board reg- ulations spell out what dis- cipline must be administrat- ed to violators of the icg on school grounds ruling. Questioning of the regula- tion began when Kendrick Smith, principal of Hamilton Junior High, made a mutual pact with students and staff to quit smoking on the school grounds. The agreement has been 100 per cent effective to date where as students claim the school board expulsion regu- lation didn't discourage viola- tors. Accidents injure 3 in city over weekend Three people were injured over the weekend in motor vehicle accidents in tbe Leth- bridge vicinity. Tina Vandeateese. 21. of Trailer propane bottles stolen A propane bottle thief had a field day in Lethbridge over the weekend Nine bottles were stolen oU travel trailers at various residential locations. The bot- tles were bolted to their The 30 pound botUes about 35 dollars each. City police ask the co- of anybody who have information relat- ed to the thefts. 227 14th St. N.. suffered a broken neck when a vehicle driven by Steiny Huiderdina Van Dezooyen, 25, of CoaMale left a gravel road and rolled over in the ditch two mites north of Lethbridge. The driver apd another pas- senger, Hendrick Van Dezoo- yen, 25. also of CcaMale, were not injured. The 3971 pick-tip was a total Miss Yandenlcese is being treated in St. Michael's Hospital. fa a two-car collision on 2nd Ave. S., the driver of a southbound vehicle. Bernard H. Sextc, 36. if Vulcan, suf- fered a bruised forehead. .John Lisisa. 70, of 2614 27th Ave. S., driver of the west- bound vehicle, suffered a bruised arm. There was dam- age done to tbe two vehicles. Under present school regulations elementary and junior high students aren't permitted to smoke on the school grounds. Senior high students are not cn'y granted the smokina on grounds privilege. they're also provided with special smoking rooms. It was learned by The Her- ald that a delegation of lad- ies from a neighborhood ad- jacent to Hamilton intended on presenting Dr. Larson with a petition. It was their expressed in- tent lo have the school board alter its regulations to allow students to smoke on the school Apparently the ladies Ti-rrc complaining about students smoking in their back lanes during the Junch break. Dr. Larson said he has not Veai presort4 ed wiih a tiwi in regard Jo smoking re- gulations. He said if a petition that nature was presented "the board would likely frov.-n cm it berstiM! of the "age nf tha An inquiry into the moral, spiritual and cultural values of Lethbridge is to take place at the Thursday meet- ing of the Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs. The rescorce persons for the inquiry will be the mem- bers of the Lethbridge City Council with the exception of Mayor Andy Anderson who is holidaying in Japan. The end resu'.t of city poli- tics, the provision for ade- quate recreation and leisure, the vision of '.own" and the business of making and spending money will be some of P-s issues discussed. Ctiy council numbers will not be making speeches, in- stead they'll be on hand to lis- ten while citizens conduct their own inquiries. The meeting is scheduled 1o bspin at WM in Sven Kncksen's Family Restaur- ar.i. Library's role needs study The efficiency of school libraries needs to be increas- ed to better meet die return on dollars spent, says the sup- erintendent of the Lethbridge Public School District. Dr. 0. P. Larson, speaking at the first annual confer- ence of the Southern Alberta region of the school library council, said libraries should be evaluated so they can re- ceive the priority rating they deserve in comparison with other needs in the school. He suggested that teacher- librarians, in making this evaluation should examine the philosophy, staff rela- tionships, student relation- ships, internal operations sad resources materials of the library. "These are only five broad areas which can act as an evaluation instrument and each one of them should be given detailed attention. "If this is done in every school system then libraries can be given the kind of rat- ing and priority they need in this time it is neces- sary to balance budgets." he told the conference, held at the University of Lethbridge Saturday. "The 60's were the golden years of education, while tha 70's are somewhat the oppo- site are the years of the tight money he saidv He explained that the the golden years be- cause they were the time of the increased enrolments, the hiring of more staff, the time when additional courses could be added and special pro- grams such as library ser- vices could be pursued. He pointed out that the 70's contrast this because they are the time when enrol- ment is declining, staff is being reduced and the gov- emmsnt is telling the schools exactly how much money they can spend. "It is necessary now to sweat to out biwisei balance." Dr. Larson said. Dr. S. A. Earle, from the U of L. said libraries are the nerve centres of schools. He said if mere parents and school boards understood their significance they would be willing to pour more money into them. Dr. Earle. said, however, that it is difficult to demon- strate that libraries do pay off as it is hard for most peo- ple to understand all the work that actually gees into them. Jake Loewen, audio-visual and library co-ordinator of the Lethbridge public School District, spoke on learning packages. He explained that learning packages were one method of individualizing for students. They, consist of a broadly programmed set of materials, providing each student with the directions to learn using a wide range of resources. By using a learning package. Mr. Loewen said, the child learns to work on his own and to obtain the real goal he wants to reach. Learning packages inc'ude the use of audio tapes, video tapes, talking books, films, slide and tape sets, experi- ments and field trips. "It is important not only to use media on kids but to have kids use media produc- tion in their Mr. Loe- ven Jeanette Forchuk. one of the conference afternoon ses- sion speakers from Vauxhall Elementary School, spoke on the open area library. She said that one of the most important concepts of a library is that its material be accessible and mobile. Mrs. Forcnuk said inat in the older schools the library -vas often an old classroom or an out- of-the-way place and not ac- cessible. In the schools today, es- pecially in the open area oner, she said, the location of tlie library such that it becomes the hub oi all the classrooms spin off frcm the library, thereby making all classrooms open to the library. Mrs. Fcrchuk said in her library in Vauxhall she only has two portable on the ncrth side and one on the south. The walls are used for teacher's files, audio-vis- ual equipment, and a bulle- tin board. "The disadvantages of the open area library are noise. which the children soon learn to live with and handle, little wall space which cuts down on the amount of display work in the library, and sometimes students are distracted by gees on outside the Mrs. Forchuk said. schcoi. She dpscrifted open area sityaisons in which Insemination seminar this week A twc-day course on artificial insemination of swine wul be held at the Lethbridge Com- munity College Thursday and Friday. Scheduled for the lecture am- phuheatre in the Science Build- ing, the first day of the course will consist of lectures, slide presentations and movies. During the morning session Friday, a demonstration of techniques will be given in the old swine show ring at the Ex- hibition Grounds. Ihe course is designed to al- low producers to discuss tit; po- tential of artificial insemina- tion cf swine on farms. Speakers include Art Reddon of the provincial department of a.aricul.'jre who liss just return- ed frcm a year's study in Eng- Irrd. Sam Harb son. swine spe- cialist v.ilh Ihc department. Jiiies Kuryual. supervisor ol crtifirial for and Murray Cratz. a fac- msniv.-i vf ihr Vermilion Vocn'icnal Day 2 At the Kiwaiiis Music Festival TUESDAY Please note all arc approximate. Vales Meiaorn! Onln- Morning 9. piano soio 34 yrs. and under: 30. ytem sclo, 32 yrs. and under, n piano solo, 15 yrs. and under. Afternoon musical tihsalre soto 12 yrs and urt> rr; girV -vocal jilo 3V 37 (al teen-ace" girls' chorus, 16 yrs. and under; (b) teen-age girls' chorus, 19 yrs. and under. Evorwig 7 30. i Bsei- hovtn sonata, rs and under; B-15, 'a i 2M3i CenUuy Cana- ojan American British, open, 'B> piari duct open; y, 50. >a ptfno so'o. (.pen, (b> piano solo, yrs. and under; 3 IS. two pianos, senior, jr.ano COTICCI to, wnior. Para mount Theatre "Morning elenirnlary Crack'; 9.25, scJxo] chorus. Grade 4. Afternoon (at chor- al spsecb. kindergarten, speech. Grarlf 1. chora] Apc-ecb. tl.oral speech, firafes 3-3: 1. choral speech. Grade 4; 3.15, choral speech, Grade 5. Svotliinhistcr Hall Morn'ng S, girls' vocal solo 11 JTS. vocal solo. S Jyric poetrv, open. ;