Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuwday, t, 1fl74 THE LETHMttOQE HERALD 5 Land submission 6an emotional token' Continued fron P. 3 munities (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 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 purr poses, the said land should revert back to the Crown in the right of the province. "If, in the interest, the lands could then be transferred 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 GRAIN LOADER 7" OR 8" HIGH CAPACITY PORTABLE LOADERS AVAILABLE AT OUVER INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY LTD. 236-36 SI. North Phoot 327-1571 or contact the 'OLIVER DEALER" rwarttt 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 that the above recommendations may be implemented. We believe that our com- munities will not be the only ones affected by this type of, action, and that similar action will occur in other rural' communities throughout the province. ''Accordingly, it is our submission that such ac- tion will benefit the province of Alberta in The letter was signed by representatives -from the towns of Milk River, Raymond, .Magrath, Pincher Creek, Blairmore, Coaldale, Pic- ture Butte, Stavely, Claresholm, Fort Macleod, Nanton, and Vulcan; The representatives of the. villages of Warner, Nobleford, Stirling, Coutts, and And the representative of the County of Warner, the municipal districts of Willow Creek and Pincher Creek and Pincher Creek, and the City of Lethbridge. Mr. Smith thinks mor.e of the commission's 46 representatives would have gladly signed .the letters buforganizers-felt it was important to get the letter off as soon as possible, before all their signatures could be arranged. He suggests. the petitioners hold only a very faint hope of getting either government to even seriously consider the posi- tion that perhaps" the Marathon land really belongs to the people of Canada. It's more of a token, emotional submission. To let the governments know ho'.v 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-. munities involved have development control that is, they have the final say 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 they 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 headk in this debate. So does the possi- ble nationalization of CP Rail. Mayor A. F. 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