Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
It was a bad night to ask city council for money Monday night was not the right evening to ask city council for money. Three local organizations discovered that after spending four hours lopping several hundred thousand dollars off city departmental budgets, aldermen were hardly in a mood to entertain requests for civic grants. Only one of the three the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta got any money at all, although surprisingly it got the full it wanted for tourism promotion, up from its grant last year. Aldermen looked much less favorably, however, on its request for to set up a convention promotion office and seemed ready to throw it out until Mayor Andy Anderson suggested the request be tabled for a month to allow council to "research and develop a new policy on convention promotion." The Association for Historical Productions, on the other hand, got. nowhere at all with its request for to stage "The Sight, The Sound and The Fury." Council seemed willing to give it some money but couldn't agree on the amount and as a result the group was left with no city funds. Aid. Cam Barnes suggested a grant of saying he was not so sure the city could justify a expenditure in its present financial situation. And he added: "I'm sure everyone has by now heard of the RCMP Centennial. I don't think we need a scurry in the hills out here to bring it to peoples' attention." But Aid. Bill Kergan countered: "This is something really great their 100th anniversary surely we should be showing leadership in assisting this pageant." And Aid. Steve Kotch added: "By saying no to this organization by offering it a pittance, we're saying no to tourism." Aid. Barnes' motion to give was defeated 4-3 with Mayor Andy Anderson, and aldermen Bill Kergan, Steve Kotch, and Tom Ferguson voting against it. Aldermen Vera Ferguson, Ed Bastedo and Barnes were in favor, while Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff abstained because his law firm had taken a retainer from the association on a minor legal matter. Aid. Kotch then put forward a motion that the association be given the full but when this drew quick vocal opposition from most council members, he reduced it to The vote again went against the motion by a 4-3 count. In favor of the motion were Aid. Kotch, Aid Kergan and Mayor Andy Anderson. In turning down the third request, for from the Centre for Personal and Community Development, council served notice it will not make up United Way deficits. The centre asked for the its United Way allocation had been reduced when the 1973 campaign fell short of its goal, and for a further for honorariums to cover expenses incurred by volunteers being trained to work in the community. Peter O'Donnell, of the centre, explained the money was for baby- sitters, transportation and, occasionally, meals for the volunteers, most of them low-income people, but council was unanimously opposed to the concept of paying volunteers anything. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, April 9, 1974 Pages 17-32 COUNTY OKAYS JUNK YARD EXPANSION I Lethbridge County approval was given Monday to an expansion of the present Marshall Auto Wreckers site east of the city. Marshall's now has a 12-acre auto storage and retail site about one mile east of Lethbridge, and if final approval from the Highways department is obtained, will be expanding its yard to include a 12-acre parcel adjacent to the present location. Highways department approval is required because the site is within feet of Highway 3. Conditions included in the county permit, which was approved by council at a planning meeting Monday, force the company to screen the site with an 8-foot fence and an evergreen buffer strip. The permit does not allow the company to stack cars so they will be visible from the highway, and the site will have to be cleaned of old hulks about once a year. Marshall's now has an auto-wrecking site in the city, in the downtown renewal area, and will be required to vacate that site by Oct. 20. I I I Warner County, Cardston MD picked for plant site Spring breaking through at gardens BILLGROENEN ptioto The Lethbridge Japanese Garden breaks out of its winter hibernation, reflecting summer in the waters of melted snow. The pond will be officially filled in about a month. The garden will open the May 17 weekend. Burning barrel issue left to smolder over fortnight One obstinate alderman Monday prevented city council from resolving the outdoor burning issue, one way or the other. The burning ban bylaw wasn't on council's agenda, but several aldermen, obviously weary of the whole matter and eager to get it over with, asked that it be added to the agenda. But this procedure requires unanimous consent and Aid. Tom Ferguson balked, leaving the issue to smolder for another two weeks. Concert The University of Lethbridge Wind Ensemble will give a public concert on the university campus Thursday at 12-15 p.m. in Room E-690 of the academic residence building. Aid. Bill Kergan also opposed the move at first, saying it wouldn't be fair because the public wasn't informed the bylaw would be on the agenda this week, but he later relented. Aid. Ferguson, however, was adamant. Aid. Cam Barnes was one alderman who has had enough of the question. "I'm getting tired of this continual hassle over some burning he remarked Council heard Monday from one citizen who seemed ready to defend his burning barrel to the last. Niels Kloppenborg, of 1819 12th Ave. S.. told council burning seems to cause pollution except when done by the city. He passed around a picture showing one of the houses in the downtown redevelopment area being burned down last fall for fire department training. He also showed other pictures of the "unbelievable amount of paper blowing around at the city dump and away from including one shot of a farm four miles northeast of the landfill, "full of newspapers, plastic material, cardboard and all kinds of to support his argument in favor of burning such garbage. But he admitted he wasn't aware of figures quoted by Aid. Vera Ferguson that 18 per cent of city fires in 1973 were caused by burning barrels. "If we can eliminate 18 per cent of the fires in the city, that seems to be a pretty substantial saving in property she said. Driver charged in bike fatal A resident of the Blood Indian Reserve was charged Monday with dangerous driving in connection with a motor vehicle collision Friday that killed a 14 year old Glenwood motorcyclist. Gordon Edward Little Shields was charged in Cardston provincial court and remanded to April 15 without plea. Little Shields is alleged to have pulled out to pass a school bus when his car collided with a motorcycle operated by Rodney Dexter Smith. The accident occurred on Highway 2 near the Glenwood road junction. College convocation '74 set for Paramount May 4 Scholarship and award presentations involving about will highlight the 17th annual Lethbridge Community College convocation in the Paramount Theatre May 4 at p.m. The activities are set for students completing one and two-year career programs at the college. Dick Gruenwald, Lethbridge MLA and former member of the college board of governors, is the scheduled speaker. The graduation banquet and ball will be held at 7 p.m. in the El Rancho Convention Centre May 3. The public may attend the banquet. Tickets are available at Leister's Music Ltd. or the student advisor's office at the college. Life education urged A family life education program now offered in Edmonton separate schools should be adopted for Lethbridge separate schools, a special committee is to recommend to the local separate school board Wednesday. The proposed family life education program would include study understanding of parents, sexual values in society, maturation and growth, becoming a man and a woman, social parties and Catholic teaching on sex and sexuality. Shower scalding led to man's death The Jan. 21 death of a 72- year-old man was indirectly the result of his being scalded in a shower at a local hotel on New Year's Day, a coroner's jury ruled Monday. Christopher S. Barter, a resident of the Golden Acres Lodge, died of complications brought on by bronchial pneumonia, medical testimony revealed. The pneumonia was contracted after Mr. Barter had spent about two weeks in hospital for treatment of severe burns to about 12 per cent of his body. Testimony from various witnesses established that Mr. Barter had gone to the Park Plaza Hotel on New Year's Day and had been drinking. He checked into a room for a couple of hours in the evening, then checked out and took a taxi back to the senior citizen's home. While in the hotel room, he had evidently intended to take a cold shower, but turned on the hot water by mistake. At the Golden Acres Lodge, Mr. Barter did not tell anyone of his injuries and refused assistance from personnel there. He did not appear for meals Jan. 2. On Jan. 3, when the seriousness of his burns was discovered, he was convinced to go to the hospital. He refused to go by ambulance and took a taxi instead. City physician G. S. Balfour said that despite precautionary treatment, Mr. Barter's injuries became infected. Because the elderly man, described as quite frail, could not be moved about for exercise, bronchial pneumonia set in and resulted in the complications that led to his death. Some of the witnesses who knew Mr. Barter described him as independent, stubborn and "cantankerous" at times. Don LeBaron, administrator of the Green Acres Foundation which includes the Golden Acres Lodge, said the lodge is not a hospital or a nursing home. The elderly people who are residents there enjoy considerable independence. It is not meant to be an institution that provides medical attention, he said; although VON nurses do make regular visits. Dr. Balfour said that while Mr. Barter was being treated he was evasive and would not tell how the burn occurred. "It was almost as if he was toying with the physician said. The jury offered no recommendations. By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Alberta Ammonia Ltd. proposes to build its "world's largest chemical fertilizer plant" either in the County of Warner or the Municipal District of Cardston, its president Duncan Sim said Monday. Without mentioning specific sites, Mr. Sim said the complex will be located in one of the two municipalities, "well south of Lethbridge The company has had preliminary discussions with officials in the two municipalities, Mr Sim said Alberta Ammonia has taken no options on land for the complex, which will cover 640 acres, and none will be taken until the provincial government has given approval in principle to one of the proposed sites, he said Ken Duncan, Warner County secretary-treasurer, said he has not been approached by officials of either Alberta Ammonia, or a consulting firm representing' it. About six weeks ago, he said, someone from a consulting firm talked to him, asking what the reaction of county council would be to the location of a large plant in that municipality, but the consultant didn't say what company he was representing, Mr. Duncan said. Roy Legge, secretary- manager of Cardston MD, told The Herald he had a general discussion last week with a consultant from Foster Economic Consultants Ltd., of Calgary, the firm investigating possible sites for Alberta Ammonia. But Mr. Legge stressed the discussion was general, with consultant interested in possible council reaction to the location, and the tax structure in the municipality. Mr. Sim said the company is not asking for tax concessions and is not expected to apply for federal government grants. There had been some speculation Monday that the fertilizer complex may have located in Lethbridge County. Reeve Dick Papworth said Monday he had been told by a source, whom he refused to name, that Alberta Ammonia would build the plant southeast of Monarch, on the north bank of the Oldman, River. But Mr. Sim said a site in Lethbridge County had never even been considered. And an annoucement last week that Alberta Ammonia officials would meet with the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and city council had raised a suspicion that the plant would be built in the city. But Mr. Sim quashed all speculation, saying the company had never considered any urban site. The meeting with the chamber and city council, tentatively scheduled for April 22, was called only to inform the two bodies about Alberta Ammonia plans, Mr Sim said Much of the criticism the proposal has drawn is based on misinformation, Mr. Sim claimed. The company never intended to ship all of the product to the United States, he said. Export demands will be met only after .Canadian needs are satisfied. He said many people think liquid anydhrous ammonia is only used to manufacture solid nitrogen fertilizer, but in the U.S. and in some parts of Ontario farmers apply the liquid directly. Alberta Ammonia plans to build a four-plant complex, with three of the plants used to meet American demands. The fourth plant, which will come on-stream by 1978, will produce either urea or ammonium nitrate, both solid nitrogen-based fertilizers that can be used in Canada. Anhydrous ammonia for Ontario markets will be shipped by pipeline through the U.S., Mr. Sim said, and trucked into that province from the pipeline terminus about 140 miles from Sarnia. There will be no noxious emissions from 'he plant, he said, and no effluent discharge into any waterway. The company will be looking for a 640-acre site, with the four processing plants covering about 160 acres. The rest of the land will be farmed as a buffer zone, he said Centre wins reprieve The city's controversial birth control and information centre will be funded for another year, but city council wants to see some changes in its operation. Council voted 5-3 in its closed budget committee meeting to keep the centre going, with Mayor Andy Anderson, Aid. Tom Ferguson and Aid. Bill Kergan voting against the motion. The Community Services Advisory Committee will be asked to report to council before the end of the year on the centre's policy and methods of implementing policy. While aldermen weren't specific about changes they felt should be made, there was some feeling that a "professional person" should be in charge and that the centre should be run more as a clinic. The centre's present co- ordinator is a registered nurse Council also approved funding for one of three public day care centres, but only by the thinnest of margins. A motion by Aid Cam Barnes that none of the day care proposals be supported was defeated on a 4-4 tie vote In favor of the motion were Aid Barnes, Aid. Bill Kergan. Aid. Tom Ferguson and Aid. Steve Kotch. After that vote, Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff put forward a motion that the North Lethbridge Child Development Centre be funded and it won approval on a 5-3 vote. This time Aid. Kergan, Aid Barnes and Mayor Anderson were opposed. Bursary The "Lethbridge special bursary" will again be available to students enrolling at the University of Lethbridge for the first time. Thr bursary, established in 1973, is non repayable and will be issued in four disbursements of ?250 during four semesters. The deadline for applications is June 30.