Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
August 6, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 5 Land submission 6an emotional token' Continued fron P 3 mumties (This was an error Should read 12 municipalities) in the Oldman River region This is to permit Marathon to take title to these lands from the Canadian Pacific Railway Company (Ac- tually the company is CP Rail a subsidiary of Cana- dian Pacific Ltd 'Apparently this land has been declared surplus to railway purposes and if it is subdivided into parcels and registered, the parcels could be disposed of by Marathon whenever they so wished Much of this land is located in key areas of communities, particularly near the town centres Its ultimate use and develop- ment could have an impor- tant impact on the develop- ment of communities 'If used or developed for unsatisfactory purposes it could have a detrimental affect on the community in regard to land use, access to highways and roads, and urban landscape 'We, personally, are ex- tremely concerned about the use and disposal of sur- plus railway land It is therefore suggested that as originally these lands were largely provided by Cana- dian government to Cana- dian Pacific Railway Com- pany for use as a transpor- tation route and since the land proposed for subdivi- sion is no longer required for transportation pur- poses the said land should revert back to the Crown in the right of the province 'If in the province's interest the lands coutd then be tiansferred to the municipality in which it is located, the respective municipality could then en- sure that the land be developed in the best interest of the community and so benefit all its inhabitants May we the under- signed therefore strongly recommend that legisla- tion be enacted at the earliest opportunity or MOVE YOUR GRAIN WITH A GRAIN LOADER 7" OR 8" HIGH CAPACITY PORTABLE LOADERS AVAILABLE AT OLIVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD. 236-36 St. North Phone 327-1571 or contact the 'OLIVER DEALER" nearest you. Near tracks Centre Village Mall in Lethbridge was built on land transferred from CP Rail to Mara- thon Realty in 1967. such other steps be taken by the province so the above recommendatlons may be implemented We believe that our com- munities will not the onlv ones affected W thls type of action. tnat similar action will ot'cur in other rural common11'68 throughout the province Accordingly, it >s our submission that sufo ac- tion will benefi1 the province of in total The letter was signed by representatives froi71 the towns of Milk tf'ver Raymond Magratn' Pincher Creek Coleman Coaldale Plc' ture Butte Stave'v. Claresholm Fort Nanton and Vulcan The representatives of the villages, of Warner, Nobleford Stirling and Frank And the representative of the CounU of the municipal districts of Creek and pmcher Creek and Pincher Creek, and the Cih of Mr Smith thinks n1ore of the commission s representatives would have gladly the letters but it was important to the letter off as soPn as possible before all their signatures be arranged He suggests the petitioners hold only a verv faint hope of getting either government to even seriously consider the Posl tion that perhap8 the Marathon land feally belongs to the peaPle of Canada Its more of a token, emotional submission To let the governments' know how the people feel ____ The letters suggest that Marathon might develop the land to the detriment of the community and that the townspeople would have no say in it But that's not likely since most com mumties involved have development control that is they have the final sav as to how all land in the town is developed Mr Smith says a more real possibility is not that the townspeople would have no say in what kind of development Marathon would bring in but that thev might be pressured somehow by Marathon to allow something that might be detrimental He can t suggest what kind of pressure might be brought but concedes it's a matter of Marathon s large sophisticated public relations operation com- peting against naive small town politicians What Mr Smith is really describing, of course is town officials afraid they may be lured un wholesomely into some deal with Marathon Afraid they couldn't resist the temptation The emotional issue of railroad abandonment also raises its head in this debate So does the possi- ble nationalization of CP Rail Mavor A F Blakie of Coaldale says We feel it (Marathons subdivision applications) is a CPR move to unload valuable assets in case the railway Continued Page 6 NEXT EDITION OF "THE CHINOOK" Will appear in The Lethbridge Herald Tuesday, Aug. 20 Advertisers are reminded that the dead- line for advertisements is Wednesday. 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