Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 10, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The LetHbtidge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, August 10, 1974 Pages 15-28 CITY MAY UPGRADE RIVER CAMPGROUND The city is actively weighing the pros and cons of turning the Highway 3 river valley campground into a full-scale Henderson Lake-type campground with trailer hook-ups. Also being studied is the possibility of having private enterprise operate such a campground. "We're looking at all aspects of said City Manager Allister Findlay. "One big problem is sewage disposal." A report on the campground development from Dennis O'Connell, director of business development and public relations will go to city council Monday. It recommends that city departments involved finish their reports on the feasibility of developing a campground on the 17- acre river valley site. The only facilities now at the campground which is just off Highway 3 on the west side Of the Oldman River include an out- door toilet, well, and campground kitchen. It sometimes handles a small overflow from the Henderson Lake campground which is usually full every night during July and August, according to city officials. "There's no doubt there's a shortage of campground facilities." said Mr. Findlay. "With the demand increasing we've got to start planning for the future." The Henderson Lake campground has 100 stalls, but only 36 have full hook-ups for trailers and motor homes. 43rd St. firm may face expropriation City council will be asked Monday to start expropriation proceedings against Alcon Refrigeration Ltd., which ap- parently sits squarely in the way of the 43rd Street expan- sion project. The expropriation recommendation comes following more than a year of talks with Alcon in which the firm initially applied to ex- pand its' premises at 2214 43rd St. S. and the city sought to buy the property but con- sidered the price too high. "There's no doubt, we'll have to Conway Cameron, Alcon president said Friday, "but the city will have to pay for it." Mr. Conway said he's 'applied again for a building 'permit to double the size of his square foot plant and the city has to give it to him as a result of development Trucks 9th Ave. problem Complaints from residents of 9th Avenue N. that their street was being used as a truck route, has prompted a beefing-up of the heavy vehicles section of the city's traffic bylaw. A proposed new section will go to city council Monday for first, second and third readings. The old section was rewritten after several charges laid by city police recently were thrown out Of court. The problem with the pre- sent wording is thajt it becomes a question of judg- ment, said City Solicitor John Hammond Friday. Basically all trucks over five tons are required to stay on the designated truck routes, but problems arise when they are making deliveries or pick-ups and must leave the truck routes. According to the present wording of the bylaw, they must leave and return to the truck routes by the "most direct and practicable route" and this is where the question of judgment comes in. The new wording would simply say "by the shortest route." "One of the problems of 9th Avenue N. is that these trucks are using the "most direct and practical way" but it is not the best way and is causing problems in this residential said Police Chief Ralph Michelson in a letter to Mr. Hammond. Substituting "shortest route" would place the onus on the driver to give more consideration to the route he takes, said the police chief. appeal board decision last December. The Municipal Planning Commission refused the initial Alcon building applica- tion because plans for 43rd Street hadn't been finished at the time. But Alcon appealed and the appeal board ruled Alcon be given a building permit six months after the Dec. 13 appeal, but that no develop- ment of the property could take place during the six month period. The six month waiting period is now up, but Mr. Cameron says he hasn't yet got his building permit because the city lost his ex- pansion plans and he has to submit new ones. In the meantime the 43rd Street functional planning study has been approved by both the city and the provin- cial government. All the Alcon property is required for it, ac- cording to the city engineering department. The road design study is to be completed next March with construction pending budget approvals of a two-lane roadway from Highway 4 to the Coutts Railway to begin next summer and be com- pleted to Highway 3 in 1976. It will ultimately be upgraded to four lanes. Alcon sells and services heating, refrigeration and air conditioning units for tran- sport trucks and tractors, and has been at the Highway 4 location on 43rd Street since 1962. It employs 10 people. "It's a good location with trucks coming in right off the highway, and it's a known said Mr. Cameron. "It was bought 10 years ago with the idea the city would move out to he added. "We paid for the past 10 years for that location, now it's starting to do something for us and they want to move us out." Children's theatre coining up A children's theatre night will be presented Thursday and Friday at the library theatre, the Allied Arts Coun- cil has announced. The theatre night, spon- sored by the council, will feature members of the Bowman Centre summer drama class and Lethbridge Youth Theatre. The event will include two children's theatre plays, mime, and dance drama. Also the council has set Aug. 20 for the opening date of its annual summer musical, Damn Yankees. The show will have six per- formances including, a matinee performance Aug. 24. Gymnasium for the mind Photos by Phil Illingworth A library can be said to be a state of mind a place where young and old can share a common intellec- tual experience. An experience that ranges from cramming for an exam, to pouring over rows and rows of books, listen- ing to a fine piece of music, or just reflecting on a cloudy afternoon. There's something for just about everyone under the shiny copper roof of the city's new million library, which opened last April. Groups like the National Film Board, and Women's Place have conducted public talks in the down- stairs theatre; the library's sand- blasted concrete -walls are hung with works by local and other ar- tists, and the audio-visual centre where films, projectors and records can be rented is an ex- panding part of the library. Already a civic showpiece, the library, designed by George Watson of Robins Watson and Associates Ltd., will become even more of an eye-catcher when the neighboring senior citizens' high rise building is completed and the entire block is turned into a park.