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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 13, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta TuMday, August LETHBRIDGE American hotel ownership sparks international fuss By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer A Calgary academic is waging a nationalistic war with the American operators of the Prince of Wales Hotel in Waterton National Park. Bill Perks, dean of environmental design at the University of Calgary, entered the skirmish after discovering reservations at the park's flagship hotel had to be made in Glacier, Montana. Glacier Inc., which runs the hotel as its only Canadian operation locates its central booking office there. It handles reservations for the chain's six hotels and motor inns in Glacier National Park south of the border, and the Prince of Wales in Canada. The state of affairs has led to an interesting and aggravating situation. A tourisi arriving at a popular informa- tion office in the town of Waterton can see the picturesque Prince of Wales on the brow of a nearby hill. But when he asks to make a reservation for any future date, he is faced with a 45 to 60-cent long distance phone bill to East Glacier. "People are kind of surprised when they're charged that much for a call to reserve a room in the hotel on the says one employee. Attempting to stave off an international incident, Don Hummel, president of Glacier, Inc., says: "We would pay the charge of the booking if that's disturbing people. "It's handled exactly the same way both sides of the line. We've had complaints from U.S. customers too. But our front desk would be hopelessly confused if we didn't handle reser- vations this way." Mr. Perks has other complaints about the hotel which he has outlined in a letter to the Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. He says Canadian guests play second fiddle to Americans on package tours. "You're virtually treated as an ad hoc he claims. Mr. Perks also says there is little evidence of any promotional attempt to attract Canadian guests, that no infor- mation is available in the French language, that brochures use American currency figures and that the hotel is being allowed to fall into disrepair. "There should be a new lease arrangement to force the guy to give better service or the government should buy it Mr Perks says. "I think Canadian businessmen would be much more con- scious of their role as Canadians in running the hotel. The least the Canadian government can do is lean on this guy." Mr. Perks says it is "immaterial" that the hotel has been owned by American interests since it was completed in 1927. "Those things can be changed." Mr. Hummel's company took over the hotel with the remainder of the chain from the Great Northern Railway 14 years ago. He is certainly willing to sell to Canadian interests for a "reasonable" price. It may be Waterton's picturesque pride but it is the chain's poor cousin. "As far as return on investment, it has been he says. He did receive one offer for the poor cousin about six months ago. But he terms the offer "completely unsatisfactory." He says the hotel's problems stem from a short summer season and lack of a winter season as there is no skiing available. It originally tagged along as part of a package from the Great Northern Railroad. In answer to Mr. Perks' contentions, he says the hotel is advertised in Alberta as far north as Edmonton. However, the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta reports that no attempt has been made to advertise the hotel in this region. "We requested material from the chain and received says Frank Smith, executive vice-president of the association. Mr. Hummel and other hotel operators agree that the only information available in French in the park comes from government. Brochures may use American currency figures but American money is discounted at the same rate as at other park establishments, he says. "I think you'll find most of the facilities in reasonable he claims in describing his three years of effort to find someone capable of painting the seven-storey steeply pitched building. But one tourist agency official says his office has received complaints about quality and price. "There is a smattering of feeling that it is now a little expensive for what you get." Another representative of an impartial tourist bureau, who visited the hotel twice this summer, is more emphatic: "It's just not being kept up. The inside is shabby and the lobby is not kept up even though the outside seems to be fine. You're very disappointed when you go in. You'd expect something a little fancy but it's very ordinary." Mr. Perks is also angered by Indian "handicrafts" on sale at the hotel which are made in Japan or Taiwan, destroying chances for sales by local craftsmen. Mr. Hummel says he would be delighted to stock more local products if costs were reasonable and supplies assured. International hotel? A Calgary man feels he shouldn't have to tele- phone the United States to make a reservation at this Canadian hotel in Waterton National Park. The own- ers have offered to sell to a Canadian firm for a fair price, but have not accepted any offers. Ranson photo The Herald- District Hutterites confuse bylaw, Oldman River regional plan By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor CARDSTON Nine Huttente brethren from Old Elm, Rockport, Crystal Springs and the Big Bend colonies received assurance from the Cardston Municipal District council Monday that the MD's development control bylaw is in the interest of ratepayers. The Hutterites attended the meeting because they were confused about the bylaw. The Hutterites were told not to confuse the development control bylaw with the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission's development plan a mis- take council said is being made by many ratepayers. MD secretary treasurer R. W. Legge told the delegation "the development control bylaw affects farmers very little." He said it requires them to get a development permit for a non agricultural building, for a building on any land holding less than 20 acres in size; for buildings less than one mile from a city or town; or for any building or develop- ment less than 125 feet from any municipal road. The Hutterites were advised to express any reservations they might have on the regional plan at the Alberta land use forum meetings scheduled for September and October. The MD council requested the secretary to print ad- ditional copies of its develop- ment control bylaw and send each Hutterite colony a copy. At the same time, two petitions on planning now be- ing circulated in this area were discussed. One petition urges the Cardston MD to withdraw from the planning com- mission. The other urges the MD to rescind its develop- ment control bylaw. Reeve Harold Jensen told the Hutterites the develop- ment control bylaw protects them because they can discuss proposed developments with the MD council. Said Reeve Jensen: "We put this control bylaw just to protect you people. If we didn't have this control bylaw then you would have to go to Lethbridge and talk everything over with the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission." Council admitted the planners had drafted the control bylaw but insisted it was actually council's doing and was not forced on the MD ratepayers. Coun. Ken Beswick of Spr- ing Coulee said the only regulation that applies to Hutterite colonies is the stipulation on a permit for buildings less than 125 feet from a road "and that was always in effect." The Hutterites said they feared the planners would torce them to subdivide. Coun- cil reassured them that only the Hutterites could make that decision. Coun David Wilde of Well- ing said council's problems with the planning commission usually revolve around applications for subdivisions from citizens which are turn- ed down by the planners for one reason or another. He said people are com- plaining about the develop- ment control bylaw when their real complaint is about the planning commission "they don't like the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission." The Hutterites were inform- ed Reeve Jensen was the only representative to the planning commission to vote against the regional plan. Said Coun. Keith Olsen of Glenwood: "There are lots of good things in the planning commission you have to plan ahead. But there are a few things we don't like." He said, "Sometimes a civil servant can get a little more power than we like a civil ser- vant to get. We like to see it in the hands of elected represen- tatives." Coun. Wilde said, "We wish we had a little more authority here so people could make changes here." The- Hutterites were also told the departments of en- vironment and health "are becoming more concerned and are putting in regulations all the time." Coun. Olsen said some planning regulations are designed to conserve agricultural land. Council generally, with the exception of councillors Beswick and Wilde, dis- credited a pamphlet going around that says lands are be- ing taken away from the right- ful owners by planning regulations. It opposes the provision that 10 per cent of subdivided land, or cash in lieu of the land, be set aside for recreational purposes. Councillors Beswick and Wilde agreed that it could be interpreted as an outright theft. But Coun. Olsen said when someone subdivides they generally make enough money to provide 10 per cent for recreation with comparitive ease. Said one Hutterite: "We have heard stories on it and we were advised not to be too hasty and sign it before we knew the real facts." Council agreed the people who dratted the petition urg- ing council to rescind its development control bylaw probably hadn't even bothered to read the bylaw in its en- tirity. The secretary treasurer, said, "It is mis- leading also." The Hutterites spokesman said: "We would like to know how much the Oldman River Regional Planning Commis- sion is going to reach into big landowners. It seems like they are going to come, even in big landowners, and tell us how to build." The Hutterites were advised to study the development control bylaw. "When you get all clear on the bylaw, then you can get into the regional plan which is said Mr. Legge. He explained the planning commission was empowered by the provincial planning act and includes counties and municipal districts south of Vulcan. Medicine Hat also has a regional planning com- mission. The Hutterites were advised to read the new regional plan. "Only the owner can sub- divide land and we can't be asked another Hutterite. "You've got to ask for said Coun. Shelton Ririe of Magrath. A Hutterite spokesman said the Hutterites are aware Unifarm is going to submit a brief to the land use forum on communal property holdings. "We have to be on our he said. Said another: "If there is no resistance put up (to the regional then naturally it will go through." Kimball lots to sell for each CARDSTON (Staff) The Cardston Municipal District council Monday set a price of each for 17 one acre lots at Kimball after receiving about 20 applications in response to an advertisement. In view of the rush for council decided only two lots will be sold to any one person. Each purchaser must begin to erect a house on his property within one year of the time of purchase or the sale will be null and void. One bidder sought to buy 19 lots at prices ranging from to each. The lots are 1.2 acres in size. Kimball is about 12 miles southeast of Cardston. South in Short Taber permits slump TABER (HNS) July building permits slumped to a 350 value compared with for the same month last year. Totals are for 1974 and to the end of July, 1973. Major construction includes a shop building in the in- dustrial park for Charlton and Gilbertson Farm Equipment, a residence being built by Metz Construction at 5013 62nd Ave.. and a residence addition for Kenneth McDonald at 5003 52nd St. A new facia Neon sign for Cameo Cafe will cost Cranbrook officials quit CRANBROOK (Special) City council has accepted the resignations of two key employees in its administrative staff. City engineer Ray Daniels resigned effective Aug. 30. City administrator Bland Hoover has resigned effective Sept. 13. "We are going to be hard-pressed to replace these two people, said Acting Mayor Steph Atchison. "It is with regret that we accept their leaving." Mr. Hoover has been officially administrator for just over two years. Mr. Daniels was appointed city engineer about 15 months ago. Both positions have been advertised and a review of applications will begin soon. "They have done a great job for the City of said Aid. Alec Demchuk. "We can appreciate these two will be here to give us some guidance on Aid. Art Beresford said. Council also accepted the resignation of L. Rand Archibald as chairman of the downtown parking commission and ap- pointed in his place Marvin Johnson. Mr. Archibald will remain a member of the commission for the balance of his term, however. Rejection spurs argument CARDSTON (Staff) The Oldman River Regional Plann- ing Commission's rejection of an application for a subdivision south of Hillspring, from J. B. Merrill, spurred argument at the Cardston Municipal District council meeting Monday. "There is no reason in the world why that parcel of land shouldn't be said MD secretary treasurer R. W. Legge. It is in the northeast quarter of section 7, township 4, range 27, just south of Hillspring A railroad track cats it off from nearby land, making it suitable for subdivision, councillors agreed. "The stock answer (from the planners) is going to be it doesn't conform with the regional plan for 80-acre said one councillor. Council's consensus was that "this is the reason more and more citizens are being turned off with the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission." Rock removal halt asked BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) The Crowsnest Pass Historical Society has requested that the Alberta government initiate a halt to rock removal from the Frank Slide. The society has suggested the province impose strict fines for individuals caught disfiguring the rocks. In a recent letter, Fred Bradley, president of the historical society, was informed by the Alberta minister of the environ- ment that the government is negotiating with the Winnipeg Supply and Fuel Co., for the purchase of the land. The company owns the land on which the slide rests. Once purchased, the land would be protected under the Heritage Act. One of the projects of the historical society involves the development of a historic mining village, and museum complex which may be viewed by future generations. Two young ladies working in conjunction with the society will soon be conducting a door-to-door survey to compile a list of items for display such as old photographs, diaries, furniture and household items and old clothing. Land proposition nixed by Cardston MD chiefs CARDSTON (Staff) An application by the Warner County to annex 83 sections of land from the Cardston Municipal District ran into op- position Monday from the Cardston MD council. The application was made by Warner County Coun. Marvin Dahl about two months ago. It went to the Alberta boundaries com- mission. It was made to cor- rect school busing problems, said Coun. Dahl at the time. Monday, Coun. Keith Olsen of Glenwood said, "We strong- ly oppose losing any territory out of our municipal district. We are strongly opposed to any boundary change." The Warner County is ask- ing for all of townships 219 and 220. It wants sections 24, 25 and 36 in township 3, range 21. and sections 1. 13. 12. 24, and 25 in township 4 range 21. Said Coun. Ken Beswick of Spring Coulee. "Warner is do- ing the same thing that Warner gets all upset about when the Hutterites do it The Cardston council decid- ed Warner wants the land because it is all in the Milk River region Said Coun. Beswick. "The Milk River runs south of my place. Do they want my place Secretary treasurer R W Legge said that wherever the boundary is placed, somebody will be (adversely) affected "As soon as you make any boundary change, there is a chain reaction." said Mr Legge Coun. Olsen said he is not opposed to increasing the size oi the Cardston MD Warner Count> Reeve J. 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