Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 1, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
AHC 'hasn't reached those who need public housing9 TOWNHOUSE UNITS DUE FOR OCCUPANCY IN SEPTEMBER By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A total of 34 applications have been received for the 20 units in the city's first public housing project due for occupancy in September. But according to at least one observer, the need for rent -geared -to -income housing in the city could be much greater than that. Tony Tobin. former director of preventive social services for the city, said the Alberta Housing Corporation has never made a systematic attempt to reach people in Lethbridge who need public housing, nor to facilitate their involvement in public housing programs. The 34 current tenancy applications were received in response to a newspaper ad run by the AHC and Information Lethbridge for three days in early July. Deadline for submission of the applications was July 22. "They're not reaching people the way they said Mr. Tobin, who is now executive director of the Centre (or Personal and Community Development. Dick Bailey, in charge of public housing programs for the housing corporation, said in a telephone interview from Edmonton the newspaper ad was a first step in determining how large the next public housing project in Lethbridge should be. Mr. Bailey said the corporation promised the city the 10 units dropped from the 30 in the original plan for the housing project at 18th Street and 18th Avenue N. would be made up. Response to the newspaper ad would help to indicate if the next project should be larger, he said. "If the response is not that great and we feel the need is not being met. we might go into it in more detail." he added. In the meantime, the Lethbridge Housing Authority, which will review the tenant applications and oversee administration of public housing in the city has still not been officially established. Five Lethbridge residents have been "nominated" to sit on the housing authority by Mayor Andy Anderson and a provincial government official. But the appointments have still to be announced by Dave Russell, minister of municipal affairs, who is responsible for the Alberta Housing Corporation. Lethbridge Herald news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, August 1, 1974 Pages 13-24 Search in vain RCMP search in vain Wednesday for the body of a 24-year-old city man who is still missing and presum- ed drowned following a boating accident June 14 in the Oldman River. Blaine Nedd, 415 12th Ave. N., was canoeing with a friend when their canoe turned over near the CP Rail high level bridge. At top, Const. Ken Kramer and Cpl. Lance Saunders talk with RCMP frog- man Const. Dave Hamilton in the water. At left, Const. Kramer and Cpl. Saunders check debris against bridge pier. Above, Const. Hamilton checks bridge piers and at right Gladys Nedd, the missing man's mother, looks on. Investigators find few clues in flattened home By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer The cause of a house explo- sion in Picture Butte July 5 may never be determined because of the extent of damage and conflicting statements, according to a Lethbridge representative of the provincial gas protection branch. Rudy Obermeyer said about 6 p.m. July 5, the Arnold Bergen Henengouwen residence was flattened by a propane gas explosion. Mr. Obermeyer said an investigation of this kind is "very difficult" because everything was destroyed in the explosion. "All we can do is make an assumption. We're going mostly by hearsay. The owner of the iiouse says one thing and the gas fitter says another, ho said. Mr Obermeyer said the gas protection branch is investigating for possible causes of the explosion with the hope of finding ways to prevent future accidents. "Those investigations can load to new regulations but, in this case I don't think any regulations were violated." he said. The home was being provid- ed with propane gas by Superior Propane of Lethbridge and an official of the company said the firm and its insurance company are also investigating the blast. The company official said there have been several guesses as to what caused the explosion, "but all we can do at this point is speculate. Meanwhile, Arnold Bergen Henengouwen, 73, has yet to hear from his insurance com- pany on progress in the investigation or settlement with the propane company. Mrs. Bergen'Henengouwen, 70, is still in Picture Butte Hospital with a compouno fracture to her left, leg and several bruises. She was in the house at the time of the explo- sion and is expected to remain in hospital for some time. Her husband Arnold was outside the house at the time of the blast. He suffered whiplash injuries and shock, spent about a week in hospital and is living w'th his son in Picture Butte. Mr. Bergen Henengouwens' son Art said about 4 p.m.. July 5. his father telephoned Superior Propane and told a company official there seem- ed to be a leak and a gas smell in the house. He said his father turned the gas off himself and about p.m. a rrian from the gas com- pany came to the house and inspected the leak. "Both the gas fitter and my father went down into a dug- out cellar beneath the living room, to check the leak. "There was lots of gas in the basement and my father said he couldn't stand said Art Bergen Henengouwen. He said the gas fitter then went down himself for a few minutes then came outside to thread a piece of pipe. "That's when the explosion said the son. His father said he ran into the ruins to get His wffe. who had boon in the kitchen. "She was all covered with boards and said Ar- nold Bergen Henengouwen. The investigation continues. million AOF loan granted Lethbridge Iron A Alberta Opportunity Fund loan foe relocation and expansion of the Lethbridge Iron Works foundry was announced Wednesday by the provincial government. Lethbridge Iron Works vice-president and general manager George Davies said, however, the loan is only part of a million financing program the company is putting together for its relocation to the north side industrial park from 1st Avenue and 2nd Street. Mr. Davies said he expects to be able to make an announcement on the total package and relocation- expansion of the plant later this month. The company has also applied for a federal Department of Regional Economic Expansion grant and has a purchase option which expires Sept. 15 on seven acres in the industrial park. Logging ban near park CRANBROOK (Special) An area bordered by Waterton Lakes International Park and Glacier National Park is safe from logging for a while yet. The Regional District of East Kootenay. calling for another national park in the area of the Kishinena- Akamina, has been told by the B.C. Forest Service that no logging is now planned in the area. The RDEK earlier re- quested a logging freeze in the area. Both the provincial and federal governments are con- sidering park development in the area. The RDEK learned no logg- ing will be even considered un- til a forest inventor now in progress, is completed. Bridge steel no problem Rumors that the 6th Avenue S. bridge project is being stall- ed by a delay in delivery of steel for the bridge deck were squelched Wednesday by the company building the bridge. "We'll be erecting steel within a month." said Albert Border, in charge of the pro- ject for Cana Construction Ltd. of Calgary. "The bridge will definitely be completed by the end of the year." Mr. Border said 95 per cent of the steel required for the bridge structure is on hand in Edmonton where it is being fabricated. Cana Construction is putting up the bridge at a cost of The total project including the two-mile roadway and interchanges at Scenic Drive and University Drive will link West Lethbridge to the city centre at a cost of million. Marathon advised to tidy up plan By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer After marathon hearings Tuesday and Wednesday, the Provincial Planning Board indefinitely tabled 12 appeals filed by Marathon Realty contesting subdivision approvals and refusals of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission. After hearing only two appeals, acting board chairman C. VV. Youngs suggested Tuesday to fellow board members Bob Briggs. Walter Solodzuk. Noel Dant and Al Suelzle that they table indefinitely all appeals pending further negotiations between ORRPC planners, town officials and Marathon. The board took almost all contested reasons for refusal and conditions for approval, piled them in a common heap and requested the real estate arm of Canadian Pacific to tidy up the lot with the help of ORRPC planners and officials of the following communities: Cardston, Claresholm, Blairmore. Nanton. Vulcan. Taber. Coaldale, Picture Butte. Fort Macleod. Pincher Station. Milk River and Warner. The tenor of the complex hearings was voiced by one onlooker who asked: "Where does CP end and Marathon The answer. from Marathon's prairie land operations manager R. A. Pigeon, is that Marathon doesn't start at all. Mr. Pigeon explained to the appeal session that Marathon Realty acquired trackside land in 60 Alberta com- munities. Marathon bought the land, he said, in an agree- ment for sale from the parent railroad company. All land purchased in 1967 had been deemed "surplus" by CP's board of directors. Although Marathon bought the land, title has not been legally transferred to the real- ty firm. "Apparently the only way to take title is to subdivide the he said. With all 12 appeals tabled by the board, title to CP land in- volved in the appeals is still technically held by the railway company. Marathon wants to gain legal title, Mr. Pigeon said, but not because it has develop- ment planned for any of the 12 southern Alberta towns. "We have no plans for any change in uses of the he repeated during appeals. The lack of development plans sparked comments from board member Bob Briggs and two ORRPC planners. Mr. Briggs described preparation of subdivision applications as "pathetic." ORRPC planner Ted Nicholson said the planning commission "would like to respond to a concrete ORRPC director Lawrence Smith told the board Marathon must come up with "more rational subdivision plans." He said because Marathon's subdivision plans deal too vaguely with each town's industrial core, ORRPC wants to see detailed, long-term plans. The planning conflicts most frequently cited by ORRPC were inadequate access, prox- imity to residential areas, peculiar lot shapes and interference with highway traffic. In cases where ORRPC had conditionally approved some Marathon subdivisions, the realty company appealed two common conditions. Marathon disputed the 10 per cent community land reserve in cases where ORRPC computed the reserve as a percentage of all CP land, and not just Marathon land planned for subdivision. The realty company also disputed the legality of ORRPC applying or liens, on CP property in order to control development of Marathon land. Mr. Pigeon told the board caveats applied to CP railway right of way and operating land would violate the federal Railway Act. Board chairman Youngs suggested Marathon con- solidate the small parcels shown in their subdivisions into larger blocks of land to be broken up in the future Chairman Youngs said each of the 12 communities could then control future development according to general plans and development bylaws. Mr. Pigeon told the board Marathon Realty is "prepared to comply with the general plan" of towns, but warned: "At this time Marathon's policy is to develop land in urban centres." He said the 12 communities will be in a better position to oversee development of trackside land purchased by Marathon once the real estate company gains legal title. He said Marathon is "like any outsider" who comes into a town with development plans. "As long as it is in CP's name, the community has no control over the land" because of federal legislation granting special status to CP, he said. Rum Running Days left to age a spell BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau I Rum Running Days in the Crowsnest Pass towns has been cancelled for this year. Rum Running Days was to have been a series of events held during August. The plan was originated by the Crowsnest Pass Citizens Tourist Association and intention had been to involve local service clubs and organizations. The association felt it was better to shelve the idea until next year so that plans would not interfere with the town of Coleman's 70th anniversary celebrations and other events. The proposal will be discussed during the fall and winter months with a view to getting an early spring start to organize the Rum Running Days celebrations !n 1975.