Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 22, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
The UtKbtridae Herald VOL. LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, THURSDAY, AUGUST 22, 1974 15 CENTS 24 Pages Sewage aerator tank equipment not doing job it was designed for. City sewage treatment plant can't handle industrial load By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer First of a series It's no secret that the city's secon- dary sewage treatment plant, built in 1971 at a cost of million, has not done the job it was designed for and high loadings from industry are largely to blame. City councils past and present share some oi the blame. The sewage bylaw the previous council passed in April, 1971. was "revised and moderated con- siderably from what was provided by the plant design in the words of a city engineering department report. When the new plant continued to per- form poorly after the initial start-up period in 1972, the city brought in a con- sultant, Dr. W. D Hatfield from Illinois, who recommended reduction of the industrial load by "forceful" co- operation with industry, installation of automatic sampling meters at each in- dustry, and a re-study of the industrial surcharge rate. A number of plant modifications were tried and minor plant additions were made, but still the plant met provincial standards for discharge into the Oldman only about 30 per cent of the time Finally, after more lengthy negotiations with industry council approved a new sewage bylaw which went into effect in January this year. It provided for higher grease sur- charges and installation of the meters which automatically take samples of waste discharged into the city sewage system by each industry 'But treatment plant loadings kept increasing and plant performance remained at about 30 per cent. In late 1973 the department of the en- vironment told the city it had until November of this year to provide con- sistent treatment of city waste-water. This was later confirmed by a letter dated March 26, 1974, which suggested it was industry's responsibility to pre- treat its waste to a level the city plant could handle and council's responsibili- ty to require this. Facing possible expansion of the secondary treatment plant at an es- timated cost of million to million which would eat up most of the city's 1975 capital borrowing capacity, coun- cil asked its engineering department for recommendations on the plant. The report council got proposes many changes to the bylaw, which would increase commercial and domestic as well as industrial sewage service charges. It also contains a tougher surcharge section aimed at making it cheaper for industries to pre-treat their wastes at their own plants than to dump excess waste into the city system and pay the surcharge. In the meantime. Environment Minister Bill Yurko came to town and told city officials if the city went through with a tougher stance on in- dustrial waste, the province would pay for sewage plant additions. As additional encouragement for council to crack down on industry, he suggested that the city's industrial ex- pansion could be curtailed if stricter measures weren't brought in. That's where things stand at the moment. Council appointed Aid. Vera Ferguson and Aid Steve Kotch to a council-administration committee to meet with industry on the proposed new bylaw The nine major industries which fall into the industrial classification of the bylaw they consume more than 000 gallons of water a month have named three of their number to a com- mittee to meet with the city. Industry representatives are Jim Gough, manager of Swift Canadian Co. Ltd.; Jack Lakie, general manager of Sicks Lethbridge Brewery Ltd., and Dave Dyck, manager of York Farms, a Division of Canada Packers Ltd To date, only an initial meeting to set up the committees has been held, but with the holiday period nearly over talks are expected to begin in earnest shortly Big money may lie ahead Nixon's problem is ready cash SAN CLEMENTE. Calif. (AP) Richard Nixon may sell his Florida houses and renegotiate the mortgage on his San Clemente estate to ease personal budget problems confronting him as a private citizen. And big money may he ahead if he contracts to write a book. Those financial options for the former president were outlined by Nixon associates, although there is no firm word on what he will do. One ad- viser said he expected no quick decision on future finan- cial arrangements, his aides intend to "let the gentleman rest until he's rested Nixon's resignation made more immediate the money problem that began four months ago with a ruling that he owed nearly in back income taxes, penalties and interest. While the documents of his presidency are potentially worth millions. Nixon's problem is ready cash. Without public funds to pay his legal fees. Nixon will need Alleged alphabet bomber plays mute for police LOS ANGELES (AP) A man accused of being the "al- phabet bomber" refuses to talk with police, just as he has for years with other people who thought he was a mute. His landlady, however, said he talked frequently with her and was articulate, and police said other persons also have heard him speak. Muharem Kurbegovic's dou- ble life came to light Wednes- day as authorities prepared to charge him with murder in an Aug. 6 bombing which killed three persons at Los Angeles International Airport. The 31-year-old Yugoslavian immigrant was arrested Tues- day night, and police said they are convinced he is the foreign-accented man who claimed responsibility for the airport bombing in telephone calls and tape recordings and threatened a wave of bings in public places. bom- private lawyers to advise him on a pending Watergate trial subpoena and perhaps other Watergate matters. Here is Nixon's present financial situation: cash savings were vir- tually wiped out by a payment of for back taxes and penalties from 1970-72, plus in- terest has promised to pay an additional for 1969 back taxes. was to pay in principal and interest July 15 as the final payment on his San Clemente property, but received a six-month exten- sion in return for agreeing to pay higher interest. principal assets are his equity in the San Clemente property and two houses at Key Biscayne, Fla. He owns no corporate stocks or bonds income, instead of Grain handling halt threatened by union VANCOUVER (CP) A shutdown of the grain handl- ing industry here appeared imminent as two of five elevator companies here were expected to announce layoffs this morning. Lougheed to examine PWA role EDMONTON (CP) The Alberta government is giving itself about three months to decide how best to integrate pacific western airlines into its overall planning, Industry and Commerce Minister Fred Peacock said Wednesday. He said Premier Peter Lougheed and several cabinet ministers went on holidays immediately after the acquisi- tion of the regional carrier, and therefore had little chance to address themselves to the "practical im- plications" of running an air- line. One key question the cabinet will discuss is the ownership of PWA shares, Mr. Peacock said Although PWA is a crown corporation with about 80 per cent of its shares to be registered in the name of the Alberta government, "it is our desire that the people of Alberta and British Columbia be given either directly or indirectly ati opportunity to invest in the he said. One possibility would be for the Alberta Energy Company to hold the portfolio, with 50 per cent of the government's interest in PWA automatical- ly being sold to the public when AEC goes public as president, now is in presidential pen- sion, plus about for other past government ser- vice ranging from military duty to the vice-presidency. For his first six months out of office, he's also entitled to in transition office ex- penses, then will get a year for aides' salaries, plus other benefits such as office space. The simplest quick step Nix- on could take to raise signifi- cant money probably would be the sale of his two Florida houses, which might net him or more. Within six months, he'll also have to revamp his mortgage arrangements for the San Cle- mente property. The grain workers union said Wednesday it will con- sider any layoffs as a lockout and put up picket lines. The federal government has vowed to legislate a settle- ment if necessary to halt any work stoppage. Labor Minister John Munro and Otto Lang, minister responsible for the Canadian Wheat Board, were un- successful in resolving the dis- pute earlier this week when they met top company of- ficials in Saskatoon. A further meeting has been scheduled for Monday. The union has accepted a conciliation report of Dr. Neil Perry, but the companies have not, calling it highly inflationary. They maintain it would cost them 61 per cent over two years. Union official Henry Kancs said shop stewards at Pacific Elevators and Alberta Wheat Pool were informed layoff notices were on the way. Mr. Kancs said 90 of the 190- man work force at Pacific are to be laid off and half of the 115-man work force at Alberta Wheat Pool. There are about 550 grain handlers. He said he expects the notices will take effect when the men finish their shifts on Friday A grain companies" spokesman could not be con- tacted. Mr Kancs said the union would put up picket lines wherever layoffs occur, but only after they have gone into effect. The union earlier voted to take strike action, but has stayed on the job. Dr. Perry's report calls for wage increases of over two years on a current base rate of a cost of living adjustment plan, a new pen- sion plan completely paid by the companies, overtime and shift differentials. The previous contract expired last November The government has been the recipient of several sour notes from the Chinese, com- plaining about the slow delivery of grain. Since the middle of May the unloading of grain boxcars has been Vatican won't endorse plea for birth control BUCHAREST (AP) The Vatican refused Thursday to endorse a draft plan by the United Nations World Popula- tion Conference calling for increased worldwide birth- control methods. A Vatican delegate to the conference, Msgr. Edouard Gagnon, told a news conference the Roman Catholic Church maintains its opposition to abortion, sterilization and contracep- tion. He became the first delegate at the 141-country conference to oppose birth control Other countries have taken the position that popula- tion control is the domain of the individual country. The draft plan says all fami- lies should have access to birthcontrol information by 1985. The Vatican delegation has yet to present its position to the main session of the conference. Heavy Seen and heard About town Cribbage player Joe McNab boasting his second perfect 29 score 50 years after the first ROME (AP) The Sahelian desert zone of West- Central Africa, stricken by a devastating six-year drought, has been hit by torrential rams, a United Nations body reported Thursday. "The rains, which have reached flood proportions in some areas, are a mixed a spokesman for the UN Food and Agriculture Organization said. slowed to half its maximum rate The wheat board may be as much as 45 million bushels behind target Ships are piled up in English Bay awaiting loading, paying heavy demurrage fees UN may seek refugee aid for Cypriots AKROTIRI, Cyprus (Reuter) The top United Nations refugee relief official arrived here today to co- ordinate aid for the estimated Cypriots driven from their homes in the recent fighting. Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan. UN high commissioner for refugees, indicated that the UN may launch an inter- national appeal for refugee aid on Cyprus He flew in to the British air force base here, on the southern tip of the island, as the ceasefire between Greek- Cypriot and Turkish troops appeared to be holding Before going on to Nicosia, he said the UN is "trying to help the people who have been affected by these tragic events and get them to lead as normal a life as possible." This is a humanitarian operation, not a political one." he said. Prince Sadruddin said he will talk to all parties concerned in order to co- ordinate relief supplies for immediate needs, and will report to UN Secretary- General Kurt Waldheim. He said he expects to be on the island for a few days to prepare "for an appeal which we hope to launch as a result of these needs." Cypnot President Glafkos derides was due to meet Tur- kish-Cypnot leader Rauf Den- ktash to discuss the humanitarian problems facing touch on and the both communities They albo political issues prospects of negotiations The talks between the two leaders, friends si net- boyhood, may be the first step towards some form of negotiations backed b> intense British diplomatic ac- tivity. British diplomat Stephen 01- ver, who has been closely in- volved in diplomatic moves here, has already had talks with derides and said Wednesday night that he ex- pects to see Denktash soon But the immediate problem facing the two communiU leaders involves the by the Cyprus government at were caught up in the fighting or left their homes after the Turkish inva- sion last month Possibly one-fifth of the Greek-Cypnot population took refuge in areas away from the Turkish army and thousands of Turkish-Cypnots left then homes in Greek-Cypnot dia tncts. Ciendes has said the return home of Greek-C> priut refugees under United Nations protection must bt c. main condition of a settlement In a hopeful sign for peace moves. Turks and Greek-C'v- priots made their first ex change of prisoners Wednes- day night Advertising code licence condition OTTAWA (CP) Adherence to the broadcast code on children's advertising has been made a condition of broadcast licences, the Cana- dian Radio-Television Com- mission (CRTC i announced Wednesday The CRTC said it acted in response to the Commons broadcasting committee, which "in its report on children's advertising in- dicated that regardless of how excellent the procedures of self-regulation through the broadcast code might be, a stronger enforcement system would be desirable." The CRTC said last October that all broadcasters would be required to give commitments to observe the code. "The commission intended that the code should have vir- tually the strength of a CRTC regulation, while maintaining the flexibility and veness of an industn code said the CRTC statenur.i issued Wednesday Since last October, both the CRTC and the Consumers' As- sociation of Canada (CACi have monitored children a programs on television stations Greek king eyes return to homeland Inside Classified........20-23 Comics.............8 District............15 Family............17 Local Markets...........18 Sports...........10-12 Theatres............7 TV................6 Weather............3 Youth .............16 -.1 LOW TONIGHT 50; g HIGH FRI. 75; g ISOLATED SHOWERS. 8 By ALVIN SHUSTER New York Times Service LONDON King Constan- tine, virtually the only Greek unable to return home since the downfall of the Athens jun- ta, is prepared to accept severe restrictions on the authority of the monarch to shape the politics of his country. The 34-year-old king, who has been living in exile in Italy and England since his attempt in December, 1967, to overthrow the colonels in power and restore democracy, supports a role for himself similar to that of the monarchs in Scandinavia or Britain, who serve essen- tially as ceremonial heads of state. The king, now living outside London, has told friends that he would be happy to have nothing to do with politics and leave the affairs of state to the new civilian leadership, which he believes is off to a "brilliant" start, and to its successor elected governments. The future of the 140 year old monarchy in Greece remains in doubt nearly a month after Constantine Caramanlis returned from his self-imposed exile in Paris to form a government at the re- quest of military com- manders. Caramanlis, who kept in constant touch with King Constantine before he returned to Athens, has said the issue would be decided by the Greek people in a referen- dum or a constituent assembly. Accordingly, King Constan- tine and his family must re- main in exile at least until that decision, expected sometime this year. The out- come could depend in part on the future role of the monarchy, often accused in the past of exerting too much influence on the nation's politics and the military. The king had the power to dismiss and select premiers He realizes that he has a struggle ahead in returning to the throne, noting that anti- monarchy voices were already being heard in Greece. With Cyprus still a burning issue, he recognizes that his future has not been uppermost in the minds of most Greeks since Caramanlis came to power, but he remains hopeful Some officials in Athens have suggested that Greeks might well reject the king and vote for a republic in a straight "yes" or "no" vote on the monarchy. But they also suggested that the prospect of limiting the monarch's duties to the ceremonial would probably enhance the chances of accep- tance of his return Whatever the extent of his popularity now in Greece, King Constantine had been regarded by many Greeks during the more than seven years of military rule as a symbol of the political op- position, a man at least tried to force the junta in 1967 to yield power and who was later deprived of his throne, his property and his state in- come. During the years of repression. Greeks viewed him as what some called a safe the man who could return one day and lead the country back U> democracy.