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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - April 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta weanesaay, April me LEinDmuue FICHALU 19 f 4You feel like peddling off your bus' School programs Operators reject county offer to be integrated By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FOREMOST "The way the county is setting the deal up now, 1 feel like taking my big old yellow bus and peddling it off." These words came from one of 42 operators in the County of Forty-Mile School Bus Operators Association They are rejecting a recent offer from the county school committee for increases of two cents a mile for passenger cars and up to 24-passenger units, a increase on 30- and 36 passenger units and a three cent increase on 42- to 54 passenger units The school committee pays a basic rate plus mileage The mileage rate is different for paved, gravel or dirt roads The operators buy their own buses and they get a basic rate on the worth of the bus If a vehicle is worth the basic rate would be a day per The operators say rising costs for gasoline, vehicles and mechanical repairs plus the driver's salary is driving them out of business They hope their demands will be agreed to at the next school committee meeting here May 20 One meeting has already been held and the operators voiced their protests The rates are to be effective Sept 1 for a one- year contract. Unforeseen price hikes also have to be taken into account, the operators say In a recent letter to the operators, country Secretary Treasurer Roy Wallman laid the school committee's recom- mendation on the line Unforseen price hikes fear- ed. Wrote secretary Wallman "In regards to the daily mileage rates, I would advise that the school committee passed a resolution at the meeting approving of rates as follows effective Sept 1, 1974 On this you will note that there is a two-cent increase on passenger cars and up to the 24 passenger unit And then on the 30- and 36 passenger unit there is a 2 5 cent increase And then on the 42- to 54 passenger unit there is a three-cent increase Under the rates offered by the county Passenger cars, station wagons and travel-alls will receive 20 cents a mile on pavement, 24 cents a mile on gravel, and 25 cents a mile on dirt roads, Club wagons will receive She drives for her husband Evelyn Webster takes youngsters to Manybernes 22 cents a mile on pavement, 26 cents a mile on gravel, and 27 cents a mile on dirt, Twenty passenger buses will receive 23 cents a mile on pavement, 27 cents a mile on gravel, and 28 cents a mile on dirt roads, Twenty four passenger buses will receive 24 cents a mile on pavement, 28 cents a mile on gravel, and 29 cents a mile on dirt roads, Thirty- and 36 passenger buses will receive 24Va cents a mile on pavement, 28Vz cents a mile on gravel, and 29Vz cpnts a mile on dirt roads, Forty-two passenger buses will receive 26 cents a mile on pavement, 30 cents a mile on gravel, and 31 cents a mile on dirt roads, Forty eight passenger buses will receive 27 cents a mile on pavement, 31 cents a mile on gravel, and 32 cents a mile on dirt roads, Fifty four passenger buses will receive 28 cents a mile on pavement, 32 cents a mile on gravel, and 33 cents a mile on dirt roads One operator calculates 36 passenger bus driving 212 miles would receive an increase of 30 a day The basic rate would be 60 for the for short run allowance, and mileage for a total of The increase would put it to This is less than a 10 per cent increase, says the operator "In this new deal they have got out, we have to pay a day to our driver (provincial government regulation) but most operators have their wives do the said another operator "The operator with the big bus has to pay or a day on the long run for his said another operator "Operators with more than one bus route have to hire a driver One operator says he has paid as high as an hour for mechanical work on his bus j: "Last time I got work done on my car was before 3: Christmas Then the labor jj rate was an hour 'A 20 per cent increase is need- The operators say they must have a 20 per cent increase and 200 basic days a year (the same as school teachers) to meet their expenses and show a profit Said one operator- "I am one guy that isn't worried because I am going to quit He said the five-cent tax on gas was removed by the provincial government but the oil companies will hike the price of gasoline by 10 cents on May 1 A big Bus drivers paid per day Driver Margaret Davis of Etzikom school bus gets only eight to 10 miles to the gallon He says parts have increased by 40 per cent, tires have gone up 30 per cent Looking at the basic rates, he says it just isn't worth it Also to be taken into consideration is the "short run mile This amounts to four cents a mile up to 40 miles A short run of 37 miles would get about 50 per day "A guy in the position of driving 212 miles, our longest run, isn't making too bad a says one operator "In regards to the basic rate for the unit for the various passenger sizes for 19741 will be contacting the various firms again this year as to the prices of buses and at a later date we will be establishing the basics for 1974 units, says county secretary Wallman Improvements planned for park at Taber TABER (HNS) Improvements to Taber Provincial Park will be started this summer, says Doug Miller, MLA for Taber- Warner As a result of a letter from the Taber Fish and Game Association, more camp stoves, a wading pool, and a dumping station for trailer wastes will be installed this year Under the improvement program, the park is also cited for a tree planting campaign, Mr Miller said The only facilties requested by the fish and game association which will be installed at a later date are showers "Showers will come when more modern restroom facilities are Mr Miller explained The number of donors at a Red Cross clinic, last Wednesday, was well below the projected quota of 225 Only 180 pints of blood were given, said Faye Sloane, local convener Altogether 191 people registered to donate blood, but 11 had to be rejected because of colds and other medical reasons "We were very disappointed in the poor Mrs Sloane said She indicated it seems to be a current trend across the province that residents are not willing to give blood "People are not appreciating the free blood they receive (when in need of medical Mrs Sloane suggested FOREMOST (Special) Greater co-operation between the school committees of County of Forty Mile and the Bow Island separate school district will be the result of an agreement reached recently at a meeting of officials of the respective districts. Superintendents of schools Cliff Elle and Rudy Spenrath, representing their boards, met recently to discuss ways in which the two authorities within the same geographical boundaries might co-operate more fully in the interests of the students they serve Co-operation exists between the two districts in three areas at present They are pupil transportation, special education and junior high industrial arts and home economics courses As a result of the latest discussion it was decided what high school students at St Michael's Separate School and Senator Gershaw High School, both in Bow Island, would benefit from an increase in course offerings The boards have approved the plan, effective Sept 1 Under the new arrangement, students will be allowed to take courses offered in the other school The maximum course load and available space will be Native centre proposed CRANBROOK (Special) This city will have a Native Information Centre by June 1 if present plans by directors, organized by the B C Association of Non Status Indians, materialize The local board is in the process of applying to the First Citizens' Fund for money to set up and operate the centre Gloria Hunter, secretary foi the local directors, says the centre would provide a number of services to both area and transient natives A street patrol, working with the RCMP and the department of human resources, will be launched A resource person would co- ordinate efforts toward locating or creating jobs, locating missing persons and directing wayward children He would work with Canada Manpower, department of human resources and the district personnel of the department of Indian affairs City council agreed to support the project m principal District calendar The Diamond City Community Club dance will be held at the Diamond City Community Hall Saturday at 9 p.m Councillor flays fire engine plan FOREMOST (Staff) Coun William George McFall of Etzikom has scored the County of Forty-Mile plan to purchase three fire engines at a cost of about each .The plan, still tentative, was brought to council by Coun Ed Torsher of Bow Island, who spoke in favor of fire protection at the recent annual meeting Following this meeting, Coun McFall said "The only salvation is possibly saving some other buildings (than the ones on fire) I wonder if our spray truck doesn't do that now According to this, would be a minimum I don't think too many buildings were saved that were actually on fire Even in cities you don't save the building on fire, you save the building next to it I am just a little bit dubious I am just grasping for ideas at this moment Coun Russell Scratch said the idea is to save the house because most farm fires seem to start in a little shed Coun Frank Romeike said, "After a certain stage you are completely helpless In many instances the local people could cope with it if you could get something there within a n hour STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 314 3rd St. S. Phone 327-3024 Help from a neighbor determined by the principals and teachers concerned The successful operation of the venture will require the co-operation of principals when timetables are worked out It may even be possible to arrange it so that instead of each school offering the same course to a limited number of students, one of the schools could offer one course, while the other offered an alternative, says Mr Elle "This would enable students to enjoy a still wider he says The Herald- District Ground broken for new library FORT MACLEOD (Special) George Buzums, chairman of the library building committee, turned the sod for the RCMP Centennial Building here this week Construction on the building will begin immediately It is the official project of the town to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the arrival of the police force here. Coun John Davis was master of ceremonies for the brief program Invocation was given by Rev John Maes Mayor Charles Edgar welcomed citizens and brought greetings from the town Insp John Bentham represented the Lethbndge subdivision of the RCMP and MLA Leighton Buckwell and A A Neddow of the old age pensioners brought greetings Andy Mackay of the Fort Macleod and District Chamber of Commerce was on hand with words of praise for the project Prior to turning the sod, Mr Buzums read a telegram from Horst A Schmid, minister of culture, youth and recreation He made mention of the 000 the provincial government granted for the building The federal government grant was Coun John Davis called on Mrs G R Davis and presented her with a gift from the town in recognition of her years of volunteer work with the library County expecting shipment of trees FOREMOST (Staff) About trees will be arriving here April 29 for distribution April 30, agricultural field man Vern Arnold says -They come from Brant The trees will be planted throughout the county Agricultural committee chairman Bill Gejdos of Skiff told the county council recently that if there is any money left over from this year's wild oats control program, the county will try to get authorization to turn it over to the seed cleaning plant Coun Gejdos said he had received a complaint regarding the operation of the Foremost Seed Cleaning Plant and the problem will be rectified Mr Arnold will get a price for overhauling the old sprayer truck engine which could be kept as a standby unit Dimethoate grasshopper poison has risen in price from to a gallon Coun William Kenneth Babe says some people say the chemical is not effective The agricultural fieldman is busy inspecting potato planting operations and issuing permits Coun Gejdos said farmers can put in one- quarter of a section of potatoes for themselves and providing they don't sell them, no permit is required Mr Arnold told Coun Marg Dragland that the total management practises of the farmer will be studied by the crop insurance board and poisoning grasshoppers will be one of the concerns Going east Mona Karren, daughter of Mr and Mrs Tom Karren of Magrath, will attend the Canadian Studies Forum Confer- ence at Halifax May 4 to 11 A Magrath High School social studies three student, she was chosen for her personal- ity and general ability Theresa Kanik, 72, left, helps neighbor Justina Petrik, 78, with pruning of'a large poplar tree m the Petnk yard. 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