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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 17, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 18 THE UTHBRIOGE HERALD luosday, April 19.3-------------- Full moon The foothills setting around Lethbridge is re- flected as an alien land- scape in the rise of a full moon over the city, cap- tured here by photograph- er Rick Ervin. Within a mat- ter of weeks, as tempera- tures rise ond the farming community comes into full action, sights such as this will take on the summery glow of o harvest moon, much to the delight of agri- culturists and strolling couples. Police seek escapees Roadblocks were set up cutsicie Lethbridge this morn- ing RCMP attempted to recapture three juvenile boys who escaped from custody at about a.m. The three, who were being held in the RCMP cell block pending court appearances, apparently just walked out of their cells to freedom. Names and charges against the boys could not be released. Workshop failure explained Poorly organized contact with city and rural teachers was blamed today for the lack of response to a Univer- sity of Lethbridge geography workshop. The workshop, to be held on three consecutive Satur- days, was cancelled April 14 when only two teachers show- ed up on campus for the non- credit course. University spokesman said snore than 2.000 brochures promoting the project v.ere mailed to residents of South- cm Alberta. They said the workshop was open to teach- ers, students and all interest- ed persons. Bill Cousins, president of the Alberta Teachers" Associ- ation Lethbridge local, said no approach was made the city ATA by university or- ganizers. Mr. Cousins said the local membership of about 500 tea- chers might have been con- tacted individually by mail. although the timing for the university project could haVe jeopardized any response. "There's probably a lot in- terested but at this time of the year (Easter) maybe they're just Mr. Cousins said. Mel Spackman. information officer fcr the ATA southwest district and tsacbers. saH no contact was made with district officials by the U of L. Mr. Spackman said the uni- Crestbrook Industries to mirchase lumber firm versity's mail approach, if made to rural teachars, could have been overlooked. "This (promotion 1 was strictly their own. Teachers might have been contacted individually. But you get so much pacer, it's easy to over- look.'1 Mr. Spackman said. Field trips within a five- mile radius of Lethbridgs had been planned by the campus faculties of education and geography. One teacher from Leth- bridga and one from Lund- breck registered for the pro- gram. A university spokesman said the project could have continued if even six parsons had shown an interest. City council won't buy land at an acre By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The green light on West Lethbridge development turn- ed briefly to yellow at city council Monday when four aldermen balked at a land purchase considered neces- sary for the west side park and lake. The tie vote which defeat- ed the resolution to purchase 60 acres of land at a total cost of about seemed to leave council itself mo- mentarily surprised at what it had done, and appears to have left the west side open space concept in a confused state. It did not, however, accord- ing to aldermen and City Manager Tom Nutting, slow down development on the west side. In fact after recovering from the vote, which Aid. Cam Barnes referred to as "getting cold feet at zero council went on to ap- prove other requirements for west side development in- cluding the negotiation of con- tracts for worth of grading work to start almost immediatelv. Nutting seeks larger surplus Onlv 14 acres needed Mayor Andy Anderson and aldermen Vaughan Hembroff. Vera Ferguson and Ed Baste- do voted against the proposed purchase agreement which council was told was reached only after intensive negotia- tions with the owner Harri- sam Hubbard. Although only 14 acres of the parcel are needed for the park and lake, Mr. Hubbard was said to have been ada- mant in refusing to sell just a part of his land. The proposed agreement called for the city to pay 000 for the right to use the land for five years and then mOOO a year for the next five years at 5 per cent in- terest. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff said that while he sympa- thized with those who feel all the signals are go for West Lethbridge. he didn't want to be pressured into an agree- ment he didn't think was right. ''We're being asked to spend over S250.000 to get 14 acres of land, although the rest may prove to be a good investment he said. Resist pressure ''This has caused me more concern than anything we've dealt with. I think we just pushed ourselves to the outer limits on this." Aid. Vera Ferguson agreed with the need to resist pres- sure to go right now on all aspects of West Lethbridge. "In the life cf ths city, ere year isn't going to make that much she said. "I'm fcr an alternative if any is possible, and that's something we've never even seen." She had earlier asked what it would cost to move the lake and was told the entire sub- division would have to be re- designed if the lake was moved. Council then passed a res- olution by a 5-3 vote asking its administrators to try and negotiate purchase of suffi- cient land to complete the lake and park and no more and to look at alternative de- velopment. City council got through its entire 1973 operating budget in a special meeting Mon- day, but made no decisions on changes to it. The budget calls for a three mill tax increase, of which 2.15 mills are for edu- cational purposes, but City Manager Tom Nutting also made a recommendation for a further slight increase to provide for a surplus. While the budget as sub- mitted is balanced, Mr. Nut- ting says the city's surplus account is, at a sub- stantial reduction over the past three years and sug- gests the account be in- creased. RESOLUTIONS Heavy allocation of previ- ous year's surpluses made possible the west side and downtown redevelopment projects without a burden on the tax levy. Resolutions on the budget are to be submitted by ald- ermen at the next regular council meeting April 23. The administration has re- quested that a budget be ap- proved by May 4. UTILITY RATES Also to be presented to council April 23 are bylaws dealing with water, electric and parking rate increases. Mr. Nutting told council Monday the revised utility rate structures, if approved by council won't have that great an impact on city rev- enues this year but will see the utilities operating in the black within three yeears. According to the budget preservation, electricity rates go up an average of 8 per cent to meet the Calgary Power rate in- crease, while water rates will go up an average of 28.8 per cent ova- all types of ser- vices. What these increases will do to the average consum- er's bills are to be explain- ed to council April 23. MORE FIREMEN Other provisions in budget include an ambulance service increase from to S25 per call; addition of 20 men to the fire department at a six-month cost this year of and a 1974 cost of more than S180.000: a 21 per cent increase of in aldermen's pay of nearly 50 per cent from to Resolutions from aldermen to be presented to the next council meeting have already been made asking that there be no increase in ambulance fees, that the 20 additional men for the fire department be reduced to 10 and that there be no increase in park- ing rates. The ambulance fee in- crease would come entirely out of pocket as maximum Blue Cross coverage'is In connection with community services depart- ment jump in expenditures. it was pointed out that a study may have to be made of fees for many of the city's recreational facilities and services, said to be in many cases lowest in Canada. Lots ready for sale They were expected to meet with Mr. Hubbard to- day. City Manager Nutting said after the land discussions that city council's decision will require a lot of further study by the administration and will mean a re-analysis of the situation. Mr. Nutting holds ths posi- tion that the lake and park development is needed on the in- to west side as the major ducement to gst people build there this >ear. A meeting with builders is planned for Wednesday eve- ning and sale of lots in West Lethbridge is to bagin next Monday. Council Monday approved unanimous y land sale and development control policies for West Lethbridge. Power to be shut off in North Lethbridge Part of tJie north side will be without power for three hours Thursday while the city upgrades voltage lines in the area. The area between 5th ff.e and 8th Ave. A N. from 23rrl Sireet to 27th Slrest will be affected. Power will be out from 1 p.m. to about 4 p.m. while" distribution voltage is in- creased from to volts. The operation will not be carried out if the weather i? bad. Final arrangement to com- plete the sale of Ko-.4enay Forest Products to Crestbrook Forest Industries will be made after approval by the B.C. government. "I can see r.o reason why the sale wouldn't be provcd." said Vic Brown. presidcrt o.f tV based firm vihicn to ac- quire KFP. A memorandum of intent has been sicned between the two companies, but approval of the sale by the B.C. govern- ment, which as expected this week, as reauired because KFP hold1: timber rights on crown 3and, Mr. Brown said KFP had book-value assets in 1972 of about S12 million, including a new sawmill and plywood plant at Nelson Crestbrook. whose assets 4-ff contest at college The toirtbweM Albert a sional 4-H speakoffs vill br held in the Kate Andnvs FuiWir.s at 1he IjCthhndcP Comnrinitv fnllcce Thur-- at p.m. Ten frirr- Carrot. Vt'iFir" Creek O-el Ltfh- 1V ticnal mm- petition. Hot-line established for smokers Smokers' The dccis'fn 1" kick the habit mcy be as close as your telephone C o m m e ncing Thursday. Lethbridge smokers can dial 327-4000 and hear a recording designed Jo help them extinguish the vwri once and for all. The 24-hour answering ser- vice change Mwiday, Wednesday and Tr- rbv. Pastor Arthur were valued, in 1972, at about S-f-5 million, will be making !te acquisition to obtain the timber holdings of KFP. Although Crestbrook has no logging operations in Alberta. i) owns plywood plant in Fort Macleod. Timber for the plants op- erations is shipped from Creston. Mr. Brown said Crestbrook last year a loss of about -51.3 mil- lion, on sales of million. Kootenay Forest Products is a whoTiy-owned subsidiary Eddy Match Co.. of Quebec. INDIAN BATTLE PARK CONTROVERSY 'Beaver killings humane, economical' Cattle group set for Banff An HarxK i> tjjc dav Advcntist Church, spon- of th" The hnf'C'l on Jr c ''f. ri'jn tpr as a community scnire. 7th Vlorid Hereford will he hosted lr. Canadian Herrfard AS.-O- aatnyi in Banff June 2% 'o .Inly 2. 197fi In the -weo> bcrn prior to and ing the conference. By JIM GBANT Herald Staff Writer To trap the bsaver alr.e m the Oldman River near In- dian BattJe Park would hava been a waste of the public lax dollar, it was stated Mon- "If we had the ijeaver ouisade the city harts somebody codd hate obtain- ed a pennil to trap fx-m and whole effort would hove wasted." Bill Brown. parks svperiiitendcrit for the Ciiy (rf Lethbndge. sari Mon- day He claimed if thrj weren't trapped at 'heir transplanted location it is very pr'-hahle thai they have rr Turn- ed to damage 1he The Indian R? Park 1 esvCT controvx he-can vcck with the killing of heavers in the Old "-'an finer after t'iey a tared by V.T trees in th 01 n TREES The trapper the fish and wildlife division of the department of lands and forests to dispose wf Ihe animals in as humane a way as possible. Mr. Brown j-ays i' was a master of eliminating thy beavers or accepting a bsW prairie where a treed park once The beavers feHcd sevira? trees jn the to 90 years of brackc; and hus-y cutting everything in siRhl. including small brash for 3 house they were construclinj: :i the nvcr onlv woHild thp of the beaver but it v.-a< fcrcal to chilarrn TT-i'ini! the park HANGER TO arc small cnwufih tf he raptured without in live-traps but r a "25