Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, August 16, 1974 Pages 15-28 On top of Table It requires a three-hour hike to scale Table Mountain, 30 miles west of Pincher Creek in the Crowsnest Forest Reserve. Once at the top, the hiker is greeted by a panoramic view including Beaver Mines lake. On the southeast shore of the lake, the mountain rises to feet. At one point, a gnarled tree trunk marks the path to the top. Photos by Bill Gfoenen Province upholds Marathon appeals The Provincial Planning Board has upheld four recent appeals by Marathon Realty, the real estate arm of Canadian Pacific. Board secretary Al Suelzle said today in Edmonton that eight other appeals which came before the board's hearings here in July are still tabled. The board has also upheld an appeal by Cardston rancher Lawrence Kearl, and denied an appeal by Manhattan Land Securities of Lethbridge. Mr. Suelzle said the board granted Marathon approval to legally transfer land titles from the parent CP in Nanton. Vulcan, Coaldale and Pincher Station. The provincial board imposed the same conditions for approval requested earlier by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, but clarified the calculation of reserve land to be dedicated to each community. Marathon had appealed conditional approvals from ORRPC on grounds that reserve land had been calculated on land owned by Marathon and CP. The board also upheld an appeal by Cardston rancher L.G. Kearl against conditions for subdivision imposed by the planning commission. The board ruled that Mr. Kearl should be allowed to re-orient the boundaries of his property just south of Cardston on Highway 2, providing he dedicate land for a right-of- way on the northern parcel for highway access. The board also ruled that no caveats be placed on Mr. Kearl's land, another condition for subdivision appealed by the Cardston rancher. The board denied an appeal by Manhattan Land Securities disputing the assessment of land try the planning commission in calculating the 10 per cent cash in lieu of community reserve land. The cash reserve payment asked by ORRPC was for 1.9 acres of land. This cash payment in lieu of land must be paid to the City of Lethbridge. More for outdoor studies A provinc al government grant of has been given to the Lethbridge public school district for further development of outdoor recreational activities. Trustees were informed at their monthly meeting Tuesday, the money would be used to buy equipment for all schools to use when engaging in outdoor activities. The grant, from the department of culture, youth and recreation, was given as part of the government's School Outdoor Education Assistance Program. County approves rural subdivision at Goalhurst By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Coalhurst developer Jack Look has received tentative approvals of his proposed 20 acre Coalhurst subdivision from the County of Lethbridge and the regional planning commission. The Oldman River Regional Planning Commission Thursday granted conditional approval to the 75-lot residential subdivision scheme Mr. Look plans to develop immediately south of his trailer court in Coalhurst. Earlier the same day, Lethbridge county council met the Coalhurst developer to iron out the conditions under which the county would recommend approval to the planning commission. Those conditions drew claims from the unhappy developer that he was being "nicked" and "shafted" by county councillors and their planning advisor Code Clements. The subdivision, Mr. Look complained, has "been delayed fora COUNTY EXPECTS HIGHER ENROLMENT IN SCHOOLS County of Lethbridge schools can expect increased enrolment again this year, says C. E. Burge, county school superintendent. He told the school committee this week that enrolment in county schools in June of this year totalled This figure should increase to when school begins Aug. 26, he forecast. year which is no fault of mine." He told council he doesn't want to fully service his lots before reselling them because potential buyers will be scared away "if we get too close to the price of a city lot." Mr. Look has agreed to pay frontage charges for water and sewer service. Mr. Look also questioned the need for a 30-foot strip of land to be taken from his 20 acre parcel for a buffer zone, or green strip, between the proposed development and his trailer park. The green strip, he told council, "will turn into brown patch of weeds" in a rural community like Coalhurst. The developer failed to convince council the buffer zone should be considered reserve land. Provincial subdivision regulations require 10 per cent of the land being subdivided, or cash in lieu, to be held by the county for community reserve. The county decided to ask the developer for four building lots for a children's playground and in lieu of the remaining 1.25 acres needed to make up the reserve. Following the advice of planner Clements, council unanimously approved the Look subdivision with the following provisions: Mr. Look reach agreement with the county in providing underground power, sidewalks, curbs, gutters, gravelled streets and lanes, and street lights. Mr. Look told Thursday's council session he would pay for additional services, but not install them himself. The proposed water and sewer improvements, which will soon go before Coalhurst residents, includes Mr. Look's subdivision in calculations of frontage charges to ratepayers. Earlier in the meeting, planner Clements told council the Look development is an "urban subdivision" which should be "prepaid" by the developer. If not, he warned, county ratepayers will end up shouldering costs should have been borne by Mr. Look. He said fully-serviced lots with blacktopped streets would cost to which he described as "half the cost" of similar building sites in Lethbridge. Coun. Miro Tomasta said if Mr. Look doesn't pave the streets, people moving into the development will soon be asking for paved streets. The County of Lethbridge Thursday considered a bylaw giving council members special powers in time of disasters and emergencies. A model bylaw, read to council by Jim Robertson of Alberta Disaster Services, failed to draw tjhe response it received at meetings of Lethbridge City Council. County council will probably give first reading to the bylaw, mandatory under Sectioh 8 of the Disaster Services Act, at its next regular meeting. The bylaw would give appointed members of county council extraordinary authority to cope with emergencies, and would protect them from any subsequent lawsuits. Council also agreed to draft a new bylaw to prohibit shooting on undeveloped road allowances in the county. Mayor keeping mum on election plans Mayor Andy Anderson said Thursday he'll make an official announcement on whether or not he'll run for re-election within a few days. "There comes a right time." he said. "I like to be in a position when I decide I'm ready to go that there are no ifs. ands or buts." Most observers expect the mayor to go for another three-year term, his third re-election' bid since becoming mayor in 1968 after four years as an alderman. Although there was some early talk of retirement after 28 years in local politics, the mayor's remarks now tend to confirm he'll run. "I haven't said he said Thursday. School crossing worries candidate There should be a review of the Mayor Magrath Drive and 5th Street S. school crossing problem. Says an aldermanic candidate in the Oct. 16 civic election. Al Ferenz. 41. a teacher at Catholic Central High School entering his first local election contest, said Thursday for the amount of money involved and the amount of money city council has allocated elsewhere, a pedestrian overpass could have been built. "A considerable number of kids cross that street and it is dangerous I've watched it several times." Mr. Ferenz said. ''If there are other alternatives to an overpass. I'd like to look at he added. "It needs a review to me it's an issue right now." Mr. Ferenz. who was previously in business administration and engineering before becoming a school teacher four years ago. said he believes a lot of homework should be done by council members on major issues facing them. The present council, he said, hasn't put enough time and effort into some of the things it's done. "We have to look at what Lethbridge needs, what these needs will cost, and which are more important that's what I mean by doing he said. He made that statement in speaking of the need for more recreational facilities, such as more facilities for the large ALFERENZ number of youngsters in minor hockey. "Again we have to consider priorities it all costs money." Mr. Ferenz said he believes more could be done with the river bottom as a natural scenic site. "There's not enough places for families we've got Henderson Lake and that's about it." On other issues, he said he was opposed to the sale of the city power plant and believes it should have been put to a plebiscite. Married with four children. Mr. Ferenz. of 1603 23rd Ave. S.. was raised in Lethbridge. later worked in Calgary. Edmonton and Winnipeg before moving back to the citv. Teacher making second bid for council seat "If someone says something's black, I tend to say it's white that's my nature I feel there's always two sides especially in public says Hal Hoffman, a candidate for alderman in the civic election. "One thing the present council doesn't do often enough is look at more than one side." said Mr. Hoffman, a 40 year old automotives instructor at. Lethbridge Community College, in an interview. "They showed it by HAL HOFFMAN sometimes passing legislation and then doing an about face two weeks later." he said. Mr. Hoffman, 1804 7th Ave S., was unsuccessful in 1971 in his first attempt to win civic office, but feels he did well considering he was then an unknown. "I'm going to stress this time, like I did last-time, that the make-up of council should show a greater diversity of he said. "I don't want to criticize the present council too much but I feel the election resulted in a rather homogenous group." he said. "There should be a north side candidate elected. I really would prefer a ward system as the present system tends to elect a certain small group." Mr. Hoffman, who says his background includes farming, and seven or eight years in industry as a laborer and tradesman before turning to teaching, said he's running as an independent candidate. Active in the New Democratic Party and an NDP candidate in the 1972 federal election, Mr. Hoffman said he will not have any affiliation with the NDP in his campaign for alderman.