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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 16, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Friday, August 16, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Two-acre minimum set for Orton lots CLARESHOLM (Staff) The Willow Creek Municipal District council Wednesday decided to specify that lots to be offered for sale in the hamlet of Orton, west of Fort Macleod, be at least two acres in size. At the same time, council stipulated that people buying property at Orton be responsible for provision of all utilities "now and in the future." Reeve George Whitehead specified ''in the future" wording to avoid, "them coming five months from now and squawking to us." Council passed the motion after Coun. John Zoeteman of Fort Macleod said, "I don't agree to those small lots that are only 50 feet wide." He said the MD would supply a road access to the proposed development. A property owner is seeking separate titles to a number of lots that would be 50 feet wide if the subdivisions were approved. At the same time, council heard the subdivider has already agreed to sell the small lots to a real estate operator. "They are leaving it in his said one councillor. "It's just another way of finding a loophole to go around (zoning and planning The north end of the hamlet was zoned in March as an area for intensive livestock confinement. ACT proposal ditched CLARESHOLM (Staff) Alberta Government Telephones will be advised this week by the Willow Creek Municipal District on the Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District's plans for a ditch near secondary highway 519 east of Granum. AGT, the council learned Wednesday, wants to purchase an easement for buried cable about six feet south of the existing roadway. Councillors decided this would put the telephone cable "smack in the middle of the LNID ditch." The problem could be averted when the LNID moves its ditch. The move is planned in advance of reconstruction of the highway in 1975. The highways department, in a July 30 letter to council, recommends that AGT delay installing its cable until after the highway work is done. Instead, AGT is moving to secure the easement, possibly unaware of the ditch relocation. Said Reeve George Whitehead: "Write to AGT and ask them what they are going to do about this proposal from the government." The letter will go to AGT after an inspection of the area by MD and LNID officials. Willow Creek Council seeks more interest CLARESHOLM (Staff) The Willow Creek Municipal District Council resolved Wednesday to ask for an increase in the penalty on unpaid taxes. The recommended boost is from eight per cent to per cent and would match higher interest rates being charged in general. The MD sometimes must borrow money when taxes are late. The proposal will be made at an annual meeting of the Foothills Little Bow Association of Municipal Districts at Lethbridge Oct. 7. The MD council was ready to increase the penalty Wednesday, but assistant secretary treasurer Warren Volstad said the Alberta statute provides for a maximum of eight per cent "aggregate in any year." "We can't go any said Mr. Volstad. Reeve George Whitehead suggested a resolution on the subject be taken to the annual meeting and then to the fall The LARGEST ASSORTMENT of imported styles in LETHBRIDGE convention of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties to be held Nov. 19 to 22 at Edmonton. The penalty on unpaid taxes is now applied in a sliding scale over the year. Coun. John Zoeteman of Fort Macleod suggested the increase upon hearing the borrowing rate had jumped effective July 22. He said: "Are we going to have to jack that up on tax notices some guys are going to take advantage of it." Seniors plan trip COALDALE (HNS) The senior citizens' association will sponsor a trip to Heritage Park at Calgary Tuesday. They will board the bus at the recreation office here at 9 a.m. and will leave Calgary at about p.m. for the return trip. It will cost each to enter the park. Members of the group may telephone the recreation office here for further information. Tin- Herald- District Pretty thistle hogs farmland CLARESHOLM (Staff) Texas has its yellow rose and the Willow Creek Municipal District has the yellow-flowered sow thistle. Reeve George Whitehead reminded the MD council recently the pretty yellow flowers so much in evidence in this area are noxious weeds. He said council has a responsibility to enforce the noxious weed act. "I think we have got to make a decision whether we are going to enforce it or let it go as we are doing now because we are going to have to answer these farmers." He said he expected "to have some flack" at the next ratepayers' annual meeting. He said some fields north of town are "loaded" with the weeds. Willow Creek MD to change wires CLARESHOLM (Staff) Reeve George Whitehead Wednesday told the Willow Creek Municipal District council that guy wires from Calgary Power poles on a farm about five miles north of Claresholm are extremely dangerous and will have to be changed. "You can't see those light colored guy said Reeve Whitehead. "If you happened to be on the west side of the road it would take the cab off." He said he couldn't understand how the wires could be erected without the approval of the MD council. "It's not good." said the Reeve. "Somebody could go down there hunting in the fall and cause some damage." MD secretary treasurer Ruben Hartfelder was authorized to attend a public service board pension workshop on the last day of the Alberta Association of Municipal Districts and Counties convention being held Nov. 19 to 22 at Edmonton. Council received a letter from the Salvation Army thanking the MD for its grant. Council had no objection to Stanley M. Johnson getting a licence to operate Stan's Sheet Metal from a shop about four miles east of Claresholm. The MD council airport committee will meet with the president of the Calgary Parachute Club concerning a two year lease that terminates Sept. 13 on a building at the MD's airport near Claresholm. Council approved the sale of five lots at Parkland to Donald Morrison who plans to erect ammonia fertilizer storage facilities. Reeve George Whitehead said Mr. Morrison will have to obtain a permit from the department of the environment before he proceeds with the anhydrous ammonia tanks. Lethbridge district highways engineer Joe Glowach has recommended that the MD scarify, add additional gravel and spread the material overtop on secondary highway 533, Nanton west to the Chain Lakes Provincial Park. The MD can charge the work back to the department of highways to a maximum of on the job. It is known as the "Two Dot Road." Council is open to receive letters from farmers whose land is transversed by the Lethbridge Macleod Trail, requesting the cancellation of survey. When cancelled, citizens at large will have no right to use the trail. Reeve Whitehead said he is hesitant about the cancellation because the trail has historical interest. Council approved a Calgary Power Ltd. extension to Dick's Meat Market, situated about 10 miles west of Granum. Council approved purchase for a 30 day trial period of a stabilizer unit for a motor grader blade from Renn Sales (Calgary) Ltd. The stabilizer is said to "practically eliminate the washboard effect" on roads and to save gravel during winter snowplowing. Taber leases truck lot TABER (HNS) Town council has approved the lease of a portion of the truck parking lot on 53rd St. to Great Plains Equipment for storage of irrigation system equipment. Proprietor Keith D. Lawlor also offered for sale a pivot irrigation system for use on the town's irrigated hay crop. Riley McCormick BflCK-to-SCHOOL CLEARANCE 500 Pair of LEE FLARES Blue Denim Regularly 17.95 Clearance price 14 951 DENIM SHIRTS A selection of shirts by Levis, Lee, Western Craft, Caravan, and others. 300 Navy Denim and Chambray shirts and others too numerous to mention. For Your Back-to-School SHOPPING Regularly to 17.95 Clearing while they last, each CHARQEX AMERICAN EXPRESS We feature the largest selection of Levis and Lees in Southern Alberta also Levis Bellbottoms Lee Flares Lee Boot Cuts Denim Jackets (by Lee and Levis) "Lethbridge's leading Western Store" Lee and Levis Shirts Levis Cords and Cord Jackets Levis Boot Cuts RILEY McCORMICK Centre Village Mall Phone 328-5644 1901 Neighbors squabble over pigs, involve Willow Creek council By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor CLARESHOLM The Willow Creek Municipal District council Wednesday decided to instruct its lawyer to try to enforce its development control bylaw regarding a piggery expansion five miles east of Fort Macleod. Council is hopeful its action won't result in a court case and that feedlot operators Albert, Glen and Leonard Hurd. all of Fort Macleod, 'will make their operation conform to the control bylaw. The bylaw is being violated by the Hurd brothers, the councillors agreed in that they have not obtained a permit to enlarge their hog operation. At the same time, neighbor Willie C. Sup says the .Hurd brothers are further violating the regulation because the most westerly barn in the operation is within 500 feet of his house. Mr. Sup's original 1943 dwelling was farther north. He says the Hurd brothers were denied a permit in about 1967 to build the piggery barn. The regulation then prohibited a piggery barn within feet of an existing dwelling. On the strength of the permit denial, Mr. Sup in 1970 occupied a new dwelling which he erected much closer to the piggery, within 500 feet of the closest barn. Mr. Sup says the Hurd brothers went ahead and built the barn anyway, without the necessary permit.. "They had one barn built when I built my new says Mr. Sup. Therefore both house and barn were erected prior to the passing of the MD's development control bylaw about 18 months ago. Because the bylaw cannot affect existing development, the MD can only act on the Hurd brothers' failure to comply with the section regarding permits for expansion of a confined livestock operation. But in an effort to solve the conflict between the Hurd brothers and Mr. Sup, the MD council has presented a Rancher loses suit over protecting hay proposition to the piggery operators. They have refused to agree, said one councillor, to the MD's plan that the oldest barn be retired from the pig operation and turned into a storage shed. "We have given Hurd a proposition which we as a council feel is reasonable." said the councillor. "They won't sign it." Council discussed the matter in a closed session and then approved its motion in an open meeting. He says. "It is out of my hands. It's up to the MD." His home is 460 feet north of the Hurd barn. The Hurd operation includes a garage, fattener, farrowing and breeding barns in an east west line. Glenn Hurd says "the barn they want torn down we were building at the time this (the regulations) was changing." The operation is on seven acres. He says they have taken their case to the Alberta ombudsman Their indoor piggery, says Mr. Hurd. has 50 sows who spend their entire lives inside the barns. The Hurd brothers live at Fort Macleod. An MD councillor says if the matter does end up in court, it will test the development control bylaw. Counties and municipalities throughout the province have been approving these bylaws over the past year or so as a direct outgrowth of the provincial planning act. Glenn Hurd (the other two brothers were not available for comment) says he would welcome a court case on the matter. Trash is problem CARDSTOIXM Staff Spring Coulee residents, without a dump for the past two months, will be given a new nuisance grounds south of the village. Coun. Ken Beswick urged that the road to the new dump be readied immediately by an MD scraper. "They haven't had a place to dump their garbage tor two months and it is starting to smell." By NANCY MILES Special Correspondent CRANBROOK With a fairly good hay crop now being stacked by East Kootenay ranchers, it looks like a good winter coming up for the hungry elk in these parts. Vernon Kuntz, a Wycliffe rancher who was fined and costs March 3 in provincial court, Wednesday had his appeal dismissed by county court judge Michelangelo Provenzano. Judge Provenzano said it is forbidden to shoot a game animal out of season. Kuntz testified a herd of elk regularly raided his haystack just out of range of his ranch house. The animals came in mid winter. He testified his requests to provincial fish and wildlife officials were ignored. Jan. 16, he shot an elk to "scatter the herd." Then he notified conservation officer R. A. Seaton at Kirnberley, 10 miles from the scene. Kuntz was charged on Mr. Seaton's information and he pleaded guilty, claiming his hay was the mainstay of his livelihood in winter for cattle feed. After the lower court hearing, a number of East Kootenay ranchers and farmers donated to a fund to help pursue the appeal. Lawyer Don Niedermayer of Kimberley handled the appeal. Crown counsel was Sheridan Worley. The proud new owners of SAM CARL'S WELDING LTD. George Androkovich and Dennis May wish to announce that their service to both old and new customers will continue as usual. They solicit your continued support. 2 Portable Welding Units Pressure Work Specialists in Aluminum and Other Types of Material Structural and General Welding EAZ-LIFT and Frame Trailer Hitches 247 12th St. BN. 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