Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbtidge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, August 26, 1974 Pages 11 to 20 TRYING TO CONTROL 625 GALLONS OF WATER PER MINUTE BILL GROENEN photos 'Hat firemen hose Taber By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer TABER Three hundred fans rooting for their volunteer firefighters in Saturday's hose laying com- petition watched in disap- pointment as Taber narrowly missed its last chance for a berth in the provincial finals. Taber finished the meet, last of nine qualifying rounds for the Sept. 7 provincial finals in Red Deer, in fourth place. This was far back of Picture Butte and Hillcrest and close behind Medicine Hat. Because Picture Butte and Hillcrest had already qualified before the hose lay- ing competition in Taber, firefighters from The 'Hat grabbed the ninth and last berth for the provincial tour- nament. Groaned one damp Taber volunteer when it was all over "We just can't beat Picture Butte." Both men and women firefighters from Picture Butte stole top honors as they clocked the fastest times in both the men's "gated-Y" and men's and women's "simulated pumper" events. The second-best aggregate time for men's events went to the recently formed Hillcrest team, which qualified for the provincial soaker in its first competition earlier this month in Coleman. Turning in the best time for the novelty event was the team from CJOC Radio, which defeated the Taber Times and the Taber- Sherwood Park RCMP squad. Turning in the worst times of the day were firefighters from Milk River, who received some consolation by winning the coveted "You blew it" trophy. TURN 'ER ON' NOW KNOCK DOWN THE TARGET High school pupils may face higher driver education fees High school students taking driver educa- tion programs in their schools will face an 80 per cent hike in fees unless the public school board decides to increase its subsidization of the program when it meets Tuesday. The Alberta Motor Association informed the board it will be charging per student to supply the cars and trained instructors for the in-car portion of the program. Last year students only paid of the the AMA charged for its service. The school board paid the other The AMA increase in fees is a combination of an increased per hour charge for behmd- the-wheel driver training and a stricter re- quirement by insurance companies on the number of hours of training a student must have to qualify for lower insurance rates. In a letter to the public schools, the AMA says it had to increase its hourly rate because of escalating costs of operating the training program The insurance companies, it says, increas- ed their behind the wheel instruction re- quirement from eight to ten hours following a .July 1 decision by the Alberta highways and transportation department to approve a driver education course for all private driv- ing schools that consisted of 10 hours prac- tical and 10 hours classroom instruction. Insurance companies in Alberta offer premium discounts of 40 per cent to those who have taken approved driver education courses The board will be informed Tuesday further subsidization of the program could cost it up to over the budget it has already allotted for driver education in its high schools during the first school semester About 100 students in the two public high schools were expected to take the course dur- ing the fall semester. Pool set to close 9 South elevators By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer The Alberta Wheat Pool will close 29 "unprofitable" elevators in the province by next July 31 nine of them in the South. Pool secretary B.A. Friesen has told The Herald elevators at Monarch, Whitney, Hillspring, Sunnynook, Cessford, Dorothy, Dowling, Gem and Equity are either in the process of being phased out or will be phased out of the pool's network of 845 elevators by next July 31. the end of the crop year. Monarch and Whitney are about 15 miles northwest of Lethbridge. Hillspring is about 15 miles northwest of Cardston. The other six Southern Alberta elevators are in the Drumheller region. The major thing all elevators tagged for closure have in common, Mr. Friesen says, is that they failed to han- dle more than bushels of grain a year over the past several years. Mr. Friesen says about bushels was the "break even point" for most Wheat Pool elevators. Break-ins net A 1969 Dodge and cash were reported stolen follow- ing break ins at four Car- mangay businesses Saturday, according to Lethbridge RCMP. The car was stolen from Carmangay Motors Co. and the cash was reported stolen from Hubka's Farm Service. The Carmangay Post Office and the Carmangay Meat Market and Grocery also reported being broken into. Nothing was reported taken Entry into the four businesses was gained by prying their doors open. RCMP have no suspects but are still investigating the break-ins. Neither Mac MacMillan, the agent at Monarch and Whitney, nor Dan Clarke, the Hillspring agent, were sur- prised their elevators are marked for closure. Both told The Herald they have realized for some time the Wheat Pool considered them unprofitable. Mr. MacMillan says the Monarch and Whitney elevators last crop year, which ended July 31. handled about and bushels of grain respectively. Mr. Clarke, says the Hillspring elevators handled about bushels during the last crop year He expects to almost double this year, but will be still considerably short of the bushel level. Most farmers who normally haul grain to Monarch and Whitney' will likely haul to Nobleford after next July 31. A few will haul to Lethbridge, Mr. MacMillan predicted. Most farmers who now haul grain to Hillspring will haul to Glen wood, about seven miles east Others may haul to Card- ston, Pincher Creek and Brocket, Mr. Clarke said. Farmers who now haul to Hilllspring found out about the pending closure almost two weeks before the Pool notified its agent, Mr. Clarke said. He said he has since been reassured by the Pool that he will be to a larger elevator after Hillspring is closed. Mr. Friesen, in a letter to farmers who normally haul gram to Hillspring, said the closure is part of a provice- wide program. "Closure of elevators at locations where handlings are so low that an earning is not possible has been under active consideration by the directors and delegates for a number of he wrote. "They are concerned that continuing the operations of the uneconomic elevators will result in a reduction in member earnings and a deterioration of service. "They have therefore un- dertaken a program of up- grading the elevator system as a part of this program, are proposing to close elevators which continue to be un- Mr Friesen ex- plained. Meanwhile, both Mr MacMillan and Mr. Clarke say their elevators will operate during the next year under a few handicaps Mr MacMillan says the Monarch and Whitney elevators are in poor shape and "nearly obsolete." Comparing his elevators with a new facility at Claresholm he said "these are like ploughing with an ox team." Mr. Clarke said there are so many weeds on the rail line to the Hillspring elevator that "I won't be able to load any cars here this winter." Track maintenance is the respon- sibility of CP Rail, he says and the weeds will add to the snow drifting problems so much as to make it "impossible" to move the cars into loading position Nobleford fair draws 271 entries City, industry gird for joint attack on sewage problems By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Last of a series Back in 1970-71 when in- dustry and the city first sat down and began to talk sewage seriously, the in- dustries claimed that too high sewage charges might force them to leave town. It was one of their conclusions, along the sugges- tion they might also have to curtail expansion, in a report they had a consulting firm prepare to counter the, city consultant's sewage treat- ment report. No one left town in subse- quent years, and industry is still expanding in Lethbridge. But then, the sewage re- quirements for industry were eased by the time the bylaw was passed in April, 1971. Today there's no more talk of leaving town. "It's a matter of finding the best and most economical way of jointly meeting the said Jim Gough, manager of Swift Canadian Ltd., of the up-coming city industry talks. He added that he couldn't really comment further until the industry committee he's on meets the city committee and sees exactly what the city is proposing. The nine industries affected Canada Packers Ltd., Cana- dian Dressed Meats Ltd., Canbra Foods Ltd. (formerly Western Canadian Seed Empress Foods Ltd., Lilydale Poultry Ltd., Palliser Distillers Ltd., Sicks Lethbridge Brewery Ltd., Swift Canadian Co. Ltd., and York Farms, a Division of Canada Packers Ltd., have seen the city engineering department report and recommendations. "Our position is firm on some aspects, somewhat flex- ible on says Randy Holfeld, city engineering director of the report. "The general gist of it is that these will be the basic re- quirements for wastewater treatment in the city, whether it's industrial, domestic or he said. "We have to take the peaks out of the strength of wastes sent to the plant. Our object is to get industry to modify its discharges to a more predic- table and uniform loading." The environment depart- ment is also fairly firm in its position. "The city has certain loading requirements it must meet on the said a department official. "We don't really care how the city meets them as long as they are met. "The obvious answer seems to be to control discharges from industry." The city's requirements of industry, he added, are not as tight as those of the majority of cities in Canada. Some industry represen- tatives feel, however, that the city's latest demands are ex- cessive. The final limits on BOD and suspended solids would mean industry would be practically putting almost potable water into the sewage system, said one. Others feel the city re- quirements would mean in effect that each industry would have to put in its own secondary treatment facilities to meet the limits. Dave Dyck, manager of York Farms, says equipment now being installed in the vegetable processing plant and a change to dry produc- tion methods will cut the strength (BOD and suspended solids) of sewage effluent by some 60 per cent. But, he said, the more than expenditure still won't ensure that the plant will be able to meet the surcharge limits. "The next thing will bei secondary treatment but we're not in the sewage he said. "We're not turning away from our responsibilities if we have to pay the surcharge we're going to pay he added. "If the economics or it are such that we have to look at more equipment, we'll put in more equipment." The big problem, he says, is simply lack of space to put in lagoon or other systems to cut effluent peaks. Space is one reason why Palliser Distillers, which started production in the city last year, was able to put in an effective lagoon system, enabling it to meet surcharge limits. Palliser's lagoon enables it to discharge effluent to the city on off-peak hours 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., says plant manager Dave Hyde. A spraying system also cools hot effluents and reduces the BOD loading by putting more dissolved oxygen back into the effluent, he said. "It's not a fancy said Mr. Hyde. "It's basically a dugout with a weir at one end, but we had the land to put it on." Palliser also had an advan- tage in that it knew what the requirements would be before it came to Lethbridge, he said. Another industry complaint is that the rules of the game keep changing on them. "The existing bylaw's been in effect only seven months and the question's never been answered that if all industry met the existing bylaw could the city plant handle said Mr. Hyde. "Or is it that the city system is under- The city's report, meanwhile backs up its call for making it too expensive for industry to continue putting high strength wastes into the city system, with a report prepared by A. Penman the director of the Winnipeg waterworks, waste and disposal division. "It has been our experience that a regulation which places industry and the controlling authority in a position where industry realizes there is very little penalty to them for not complying with the regulation, leaves them fairly well in the same position as they were before the regula- tion was he said. "The implementation of an equitable service charge will have very little, if any, effect on existing industries in a community relocating, or pre- vent new industry from locating in an area. "The cost of waste disposal is a minor factor in production costs "An inadequate sewage collection and treat- ment system is far more like- ly to discourage industry than equitable sewer service charges." He adds: "Restrictive bylaws with their threat of legal action and fines did not speed up the installation of pre-treatment facilities, and only when the surcharge bylaw was instituted, when it became an economic advan- tage to industry to install pre treatment facilities in lieu of paying surcharges, were any major advances made in reducing waste concentrations." Water conservation and waste by-product recovery are two areas where industry can reduce sewer service charges, Mr. Penman said. NOBLEFORD (HNS) Barbara Renner and Henry Shultz. both of Nobleford, were senior and junior aggregate winners respective- ly in the horticultural section of the Nobleford Sports Day and Fair held on the weekend. There were 271 entries and runners up were Nina Zanoni and Ian Urvold, senior and junior The events opened wiui a pancake breakfast sponsored by the Nobleford Royal Cana- dian Legion. It was well attended. Hundreds of spectators viewed a parade of floats, decorated bicycles and equestrian section highlighted by Pete Markus and his chuckwagon outfit from Lethbridge. A handicrafts exhibit drew many spectators. At the same time, a beer garden in the skating rink proved popular. In baseball tournaments, Little League action saw Nobleford defeat Barons while the local pee wees squeezed past Monarch. The girls' slow pitch team defeated the local women's team and in hard ball the old- timers defeated Babe Ruth leaguers, aged 14 to 18, by a score of 7-2. Horticultural show winners included senior flowers aggregate, Luella Siray. Ian Urvold was highest points winner in the junior flowers section Saturday's events wound up with a dance which ended at 2 a m Sunday. One participant said later that nobody wanted to go home but they had to when the band quit.