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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Former school nurse leaves bequest to public school board A bequest that could in- volve as much as will be given to the Lethbridge school district for high school scholarships, public school trustees have been told. The bequest is included in the will of Grace Dainty who died March 31. Miss Dainty retired as a Lethbridge school nurse in 1929 after nursing in Pincher Creek and Card- ston. Her family had come from Peterborough, Ont., A leter to the school dis- trict from the Royal Trust Co., which is handling the Lethbridge woman's es- tate, says the school divi- sion is entitled to certain benefits. The company now is preparing an inventory of the estate, the letter reads. In another money matter to be dealt with at tonight's board meeting, trustees will be asked to consider ways to spend a provincial trust fund which may be set up for education in Alberta. In a letter to Alberta school board chairmen, Education Minister Louis Hyndman, says the premier has mentioned "he would be interested in receiving from the ASTA (Alberta School Trustees Association) suggestions as to how part of the es- timated million from resource revenue could be used for new thrusts in education. "The suggestion has been made that part of the money should be used to set up an Educational Trust Fund, the interest on which would be used for selected new educational Mr. Hyndman said. Mr Hyndman and the ASTA executive have listed some proposals for use of the fund but individual boards are being asked for their views. The minister's proposals include expanding services for exceptionally "bright" children, expanding fine arts programs, expanding services for handicapped children in rural areas and development of mul- ticultural curriculum in ad- dition to French. The ASTA executive's proposals include year round schooling, reducing financing of school buildings, and increased research into the validity of the current Grade 1 to 12 school system, evaluation of educational results and exceptionally bright students in rural areas. The board has been ask- ed to list its priorities and return them to the ASTA before Sept. 20 The board will likely list suggestions at its meeting Aug. 27. District The LetKbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, August 13, 1974 Pages 13-24 1.2 million face lift pondered for city hall Free ACT games plug defended by Ferguson How did Calgary get on the front page of the Lethbridge telephone book and the Canada Winter Games get relegated to the back page "The excuse made to me was that Calgary beat us to the punch for the front said Aid. Steve Kotch in bringing up the issue before city council Monday. "Seeing as how we got shafted this time, maybe we should try and get something for he said His remarks drew a retort from Aid. Vera Ferguson, vice-president of the Winter Games Society. That back page was not a shaft, but a donation from Alberta Government Telephones, she said. "I have no idea how Calgary got the front page, but we feel our public relations committee did an excellent job getting the back page for us. "When AGT gives us a donation, we're happy to take it. and that's only part of their donation they've been very co-operative." Aid. Kotch was only half convinced, however. "My personal opinion is why do I want to see down- town Calgary on the front page of my phone book, when I can take Stubb Ross' airline (Time Air) and see it anytime I want he said. Election salvo finds its mark The opening rounds in the October civic election have been fired and at one found its mark Monday "It makes my Scottish blood said Aid. Bill Kergan, "to see this council scorned for not doing enough for the handicapped and the senior citizens." He was referring to statements made by Frank Merkl. who in declaring his candidacy for alderman last week, said council was too concerned with industrial growth and not concerned enough about treatment of the handicapped and the elderly. A letter from Mr Merkl on Condition unchanged A 26 year old Cardston man remains in critical condi- tion in Foothills Hospital, Calgary, with injuries sustain- ed in a June 24 farming ac- cident. Terry Smith was driving a tractor at Smith Dairy, just south of Cardston, when his tractor overturned. a Lethbridge Aid for Disabled and Elderly Citizens project, which surveyed public buildings, facilities, businesses and parks, was on council's agenda and prompted Aid. Kergan's remarks. "The city provides bus passes without requiring a means test and we've assisted with the senior citizens' high- said Aid. Kergan. "And what about the and the two-acres we gave for the rehabilitation workshop, and the Golden Mile Drop-In Centre we provide for a "It's a good letter what he's asking for is not out of Aid. Kergan said of the report on accessibility of city facilities. "What I object to is the comments in the paper." Aid. Kergan was mildly chided by his council mates for straying from the subject on the agenda, but was ob- viously supported in his remarks. "Good campaign said one alderman. "But that's okay he's quite right." City truck drivers given bylaw reprieve Third reading of a bylaw amendment to restrict truck traffic in the city was delayed Monday after Aid. Vera Ferguson said some ity truckers wanted the chance to speak against it. The amendment to the city traffic bylaw would mean that truckers would have to take the "shortest" route instead of the most "direct and prac- ticable" route from their delivery or pickup points to designated city truck routes. It was drawn up after city police foupd tickets they hand- ed out recently for violations of the bylaw didn't stand up in court. Residents of 9th Avenue N. apparently sparked the un- successful enforcement after complaining about heavy trucks using their street between Stafford Drive and 28th Street N. Aid. Ferguson said she received calls from -truck drivers who felt the new bylaw would be unfair. "They deserve the same chance as anyone else to be she said. She was joined by Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff in voting against giving the bylaw third reading, delaying it to council's next meeting Aug. 26. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A proposal to spend million next year to rebuild city hall provoked a sharp debate and comments about electioneering in city council chambers Monday. The proposal was finally tabled, however, to await City Manager Allister Findlay's return from holidays. It was his suggestion last week that money could be raised for the project, previously shelved for lack of funds that brought on the council debate. Chief opponent of the idea was Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff who said he couldn't accept the sudden appearance of million after the belt-tightening budget cutting exercises coun- cil went through last spring. "I don't care if the guys at city hall feel he said "They should try sitting in my office or Aid. Barnes'. They've got the best offices in town." "I seriously think we've spent enough on frills. If we've got that available, let's decide our' priorities." he added, "we're exactly two months away from a new council. I don't care if it's the same council or a whole new coun- cil, that council, should decide whether or not to spend that kind of money." The deputy mayor's remarks got an "elec- tioneering" label from several aldermen, but drew particular attention from Aldermen Vera Ferguson, Steve Kotch and Bill Kergan. No commitment to spend "We're not committing anyone to spending million, we're only talking about having architects' sketch drawings and detailed plans drawn said Aid. Ferguson The motion before council, as presented by Aid. Kotch, chairman of council's spatial needs committee, asks coun- cil to authorize Robins Watson and Associates to present detailed plans to council by Jan. 31 for a city hall expasion costing no more than million The expansion would include a major addition and some worth of renovations to the present building erected in 1949 "If we leave it for a new council and it becomes an election matter, we're never goir.g to get it said Aid. Ferguson. "Surely the deputy mayor at least realizes the need for a new council Aid. Kotch told council city hall expansion was a "now or never" project. "If we don't do it now, with building costs increasing the way they are, we may not be able to afford it he said. If city hall isn't expanded, he argued, city staff which would grow with the growth of the city would be spread out in rented offices all over the city. 'Chamber bit of a disgrace9 The public and council members would benefit from a new council chambers, he added. "This is like a hallway converted to council chambers a bit of a dis- he said of council's present quarters. Aid. Bill Kergan agreed, saying expansion of city hall would not be a frill. "It's not our fault city hall needs renovations at this par- ticular he said. "It's past time we did something about it." Deputy Mayor Hembroff remained concerned about financing the expansion, however. "We keep talking about buy- ing now because the price will increase he said. "More and more, it seems to me, the major reason for this is because government is spending too much he said. "We did a tremendous job of keeping taxes down this year, he added "Perhaps we could have kept them down even more." "It's not being honest if we've got the dollars, let's put them all in the same barrel. Aid. Cam Barnes noted that the city manager's new 1974- 1977 capital spending projec- tions, several projects originally scheduled for 1975 would have to be delayed to 1976 if the city hall expansion went ahead. These include for Churchill park development, for North Lethbridge tennis courts, for river valley and Marshall Auto Wrecker property park development. The money for these pro- jects, as well as the city hall expansion, would come from borrowing through the Alberta Municipal Finance Cor- poration. The city can only borrow per capita per year from the AMFC, and it was previously feared that about million would have to be borrowed for sewage plant expansion in 1975, limiting other expen- ditures. But Bill Yurko, provincial environment minister, said in a visit to the city this summer, the province would pick up the tab if the city took measures to control industrial effluents Angle parking not ending yet The new sidewalks going in downtown will not end angle parking, Gerry LeMoal, city streets engineer said Monday. There has been some speculation that the new sidewalks, particularly along 7th Street north of 4th Avenue were designed with elimina- tion of angle parking in mind. But, he said, the engineer- ing department hopes to do away with angle parking in the long run, in order to im- prove traffic flow downtown. However, the department is well aware there is a parking problem already downtown and more parking must be provided before the number of spaces now available are reduced, he said. BILL GROENEN photo Dash for shelter It wasn't quite ideal bicycling weather Monday, but when a person has papers to deliver he might as well make the best of it. Lyle Skretting, 2830 12th Ave. S., caught by showers Monday, draws his newspaper bag over his head and rides without hands to the nearest shelter. Trice is right' but folks not buying in Hardieville "The price is claims a city realtor. But the County of Lethbridge is having trouble finding buyers for 11 building lots for sale in northwest Har- dieville. Lethbridge Block Bros, manager Frank Tinordi says the fully-serviced Hardieville lots, averaging square feet, are the "cheapest anywhere" in the Lelhbridge area. Prices range from for a small lot to for a duplex-size site. Fifty-foot lots in Coaldale are currently selling for to Lethbridge, and West Lethbridge, says realtor Tinordi. "It's a fair he says, "but I think people are hesi- tant about going out there." County development officer Glen Snelgrove says the coun- ty's lots will be fully serviced by fall. Although five lots are big enough to allow construc- tion of duplexes, only one customer has signed the dotted line, he adds. He says the county wil' accept options to purchase with 10 per cent down. Steel, manpower shortage hurting A shortage of steel and man- power has prairie farm imple- ment manufacturers in a bind. Lawrence Edwards, presi- dent of Edwards Manufactur- ing Ltd. in Lethbridge, told The Herald today the shor- tages are widespread through all members of the Prairie Implement Manufacturing Association The association held a direc- tors meeting in Lethbridge recently with representatives from steel companies, foun- danes and Canada Manpower Centre explaining the shor- tages and possible solutions. Mr Edwards said all imple- ment manufacturers are book- ed up to 1'72 years in advance for sales of farm machinery because companies can't get the steel needed for the machines or men to build them He said he could offer to pay wages up to per hour and he would still have trouble getting sufficient labor. He credits Alberta's booming economy for the labor shor- tage. Mr Edwards said officials of the steel and foundary in- dustry reported the situation won't ease for one to IVz years This means little or no expansion in the implement manufacturing business for that period at least, said Mr Edwards Executive members attending the Lethbridge meeting were Wilson Matthews of Winnipeg, president: Loren McLaren of Yorkton, vice-president. Floyd Rousell of Regina, past- president, John Buhler of Mordon, Man., secretary- treasurer, Mr Edwards, director, and Ross Giles of Regina, director There were 15 manufactur- ing companies represented. Waterton planners meet public PINCHER CREEK (HNS) The first of a series of meetings to get public reac- tion to planning at Waterton Lakes National Park was attended by about 85 people here Monday night. The meeting heard from Park Assistant Superinten- dent Bill Henderson that there are only 28 acres of campsites in the park. This area of campsites is felt by park officials to be inadequate to meet the de- mand of recent years. Townsite planner Al Lubkowski and park planner Mike Murtha told the meeting they need ideas from longtime residents who know the area But they emphasized the national park is a museum of natural history and it cannot be turned over exclusively for the use of people. Officials heard opposing views at the meeting but it became clear most campers prefer the townsite campground rather than sites in outlying areas. Officials told the meeting they are pushing for private development outside the park to accommodate campers. The next meeting, on recreation facilities and use of the lake front, will be held in the Lions Hall at Waterton Aug. 15 at p.m. ;