Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 28, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
12 THE 15THBRIDCE HERALD August 1973 Taxing method called archaic The single most important Item the city should discuss with the provincial cabinet in its meeting here is the ques- tion of assessing property for says Aid. Vaughan Hembroff. At council's meeting Mon- day A'd. Hembroff whole way we assess real property is totally ar- chaic yet it is really where we get our life and Council decided to hold a special meeting with city ad- ministrators Thursday to dis- cuss in detail the statement it will be making to the pro- vincial ministers when they meet here Sept. 18. Aid. Hembroff said that since property taxation forms the basis cf municipal rev- enue council would not be do- ing the job it was elected to do unless it was satisfied the government was at least looking into the matter. He said Provincial Trea- surer Gordon Miniely had in- dicated some sympathy to these views in earlier discus- sions in relation to the down- town redevelopment scheme. Council also had before it Monday a number of sugges- tions from city manager Tom Nutting to consider taking up with the cabinet including re- gional government for the Lethbridge district co- ordination of the provincial ar.d municipal finance discussion of utilization of available water and provincial takeover of all welfare services. Mr. Nutting suggested council make an outline pre- sentation to the cabinet and follow it up later with more detailed briefs on individual subjects. Mayer Andy Anderson said it was very important the brief properly represent the needs of the c i t and sug- gested two meetings may be necessary to consider it. '20 west-side homes by winter'' The first building permits for West Lethbridge homes will be issued Saturday according to Deputy Mayor Cam 20 to 30 west- side homes could be up be- fore the snow flies. Aid. Barnes-made the an- nouncement Atonday after council approved the sign- ing of a formal agreement with the Alberta Housing Corporation for the land banking scheme in West Lethbridge. The housing a crown company of the pro- vincial had al- ready agreed to back the city in the purchase of west side property and the agree- ment sets the amount cf this support at The city will pay back the sum'plus interest over a per. iod of time from its land sales proceeds in West Leth- bridge. More than 50 options have been taken on the first 112 lots up for sale in West Leth- bridge in stages one and two of the first ptase of develop- ment. The building permits for stage ons will be issued Saturday and for stage two on Sept. according to the deputy mayor. 'Water hammer' blows pipe City to seek out water main villian to be built near high school Design work will bagin im- mediately on the North Leth- bridge covered pool be built on city-owned land just ecst of Winston Churchill High School. City council Monday fol- lowed the recommendations of its pool committee which met earlier in the day in re- fusing a land-swpp deal with Engineered Homes Ltd. and in appointing the Calgary firm of B o n d Mogridge Ltd. as architects and the Calgary firm of T. Lamb McManus and Associates to do the me- chanical and engineering The Engineered Homes' of- fer was to swap four acres of 1 a n d it owns originally considered fcr the pool at the corner of 18th Avenue and 23rd Street N. for either 35- acre or 32-a ere parcels of land on the north side. The company would also have agreed to pay the city The pool committee appar- ently felt this deal was a lit- tle too steep and council re- jected the offer unanimously after baing told the pool could be built on city-owned land closer to the Winston Churchill School at 15th Ave- nue N. Mayor Andy chairman of the pool com- told council the archi- tects were chosen over the Lethbridge firm of Robins Mitchell and Watson because the Calgary firm had more experience in designing and building and saemed to be better able to meet the en- gineering requirements. Apartment parking revisions proposed According fo a report to the 1972 registra- tion of cars and half-ten trucks in Lethbridge was about or about 1.8 vehicles per dwelling unit. New parking standards for apartment buildings are being proposed. Wee hours traffic lights changed Trudeau's action too slow on rail slrike-Hurlburt Prime Minister Trudeau should have reconvened Par- liament Monday to settle the national rail strike instead of until Leth- bridge Progressive Conserva- tive MP Ken Hurlburt said today. tying up an entire naton and I felt we should have been called back Mon- He said there was no al- ternative to ending the strike except to recall Parliament. He will probably fly to Ot- tawa Wednesday. He agreed with Opposition Leader Robert Stanfield that Parliament should widen its discussions to include the cost cf living. But he said wage and price controls as advocat- ed by Mr. Staifield must be followed up other mea- sures. ''The only way to curb ini- tiation is to curb government 'spending and return to the competitive He said there was no competition among major air- lines and trucking firms. Alberta MPs are to be ftown collectively on a Can- adian Forces jet to Ottawa Wednesday for the recall of Parliament. Flashing yellow traffic lights in the wee haurs of the morning are a thing of the past in the city. City council agreed unani- mously to have the lights re- main on their red-green se- quence 24 hours a day at the suggestion Monday Deputy Mayer Cam Barnes. Aid. Barnes said he asked for the move because of the increasing number of acci- dents occuring during the off or flashing hours. The city's traffic depart- ment in anticipation of such stolen in break-in Nearly was stolen from the cash register of the Cap- ri 1520 3rd Ave. by someone who apparent- ly entered through a bath- room it was report- ed Monday morning. Police say the bathroom window was broken late Sun- day night or early Monday morning. The case is still under investigation. a council vote had already changed the mechanisms to leave the lights on the regu- lar sequence starting last night. A spokesman said the lights on Mayor Magrath Drive would be synnchronized in the near future so anyone travel- ling tbe speed limit down Mayor Magrath would hit ail this is designed to eliminate the problem cf noisy trucks forced to stop and start all down the drive in the early a situation which the yellow flaohdng lights had pre- vented. Poole Construction Ltd. of Calgary wa's awarded the con- tract to build the northeast reservoir and pump house Monday. The company made the low bid at of seven re- ceived for the three million gallon reservoir and the pumphouse to be built at 14th Avenue and 23th Street N. Only one Lethbridge con- Kenwood Engineer- ing Construction Ltd. submit- ted a bid on the project. It's bid was second lowest at Industrial safety meeting in Edmonton A conference for managers responsible for safety in in- dustry will be held Oct. 26 in the Macdonald Hotel in Ed- monton. Sponsored by the Alber- ta Association of Safety Per- the meeting is design- ed to help safety managers plan and implement effective safety programs. The Alberta Association is comprised of about 300 members. Featured speaker will be Frank director of the International Safety Academy in Ga. Theme of the conference will oe a bird's eye view of total loss control. The other bids were all from Calgary. Esrlieot completion date for the project is April city manager Tom Nutting told council. The city is becoming a saf- er according to a report brought to city council Monday. City safety and training of- ficer Joe Karl reported a 50 per cent decrease in lost time accidents and a nearly 70 per cent decrease in medical aid accidents for city employees for the January to June per- iod this year compared the same period in 1972. A bylaw setting revised parking standards for city apartment buildings will go before council soon following approval of such proposals Monday. It sets the requMments for parking at 1.25' spaces per dwelling unit for one bed- room apartments or 1.5 spaces per dwelling unit for apartments containing two bedrooms or and one space per four dwelling units for most senior citizen apart- ments. Second a heavy fine A Fort Macleod man was found guilty c-f his second of- fense cf possession of canna- bis in provincial court Mon- day and was fined and costs. Richard Cecil was arrested July 13 in Fort Macleod after RCMP observed him running from them and throwing something away. The discarded substance was found to be freshly-picked marijuana. City council Monday refus- ed to be left holding the bag for repairs to a new north- side water main that was blown apart last month by what was described as a Repair bill for the break which occurred a'.ong 9th Av- enue N. east of 23rd Street was estimated at this year and a further for paving work in 1974. Council ordered city solici- tor John Hammond to investi- gate further to find the cause of the break after city engin- eering director Randy Hol- feld told aldermen prelimin- ary investigations indicated it could not possibly have been caused by any malfunction of city equipment. Mr. Holfeld described a water hammer as what oc- curs when there is a heavy- draw on water and someone then shuts down a valve very quickly causing a sudden build-up of pressure. According to city manager Tom were blown right out the side of a new 18-inch concrete pipe cap- able of withstanding a pres- sure of 175 pounds per square inch. Mr. Holfield said it was not possible for the city system to send that Mnd of pressure through the but the sys- tem's monitoring equipment was not sensitive enougii to pinpoint the source of the pressure build-up. Mr. Nutting said it appears the damage was caused by one of the connecting indus- tries on that part of the line or by an employee of Cana- dian Underwriters Associa- tion who was in the area con- dueling pressure tests on be- half of Merntatkmal Distillers Ltd. He however. Canadian Un-dsrwriters denied they had any part in the incident while International Ditstillers had not supplied information re- quested by the city on read- ings from its internal .pres- sure monitoring equipment for the day in question. Mr. Rolfeld' said the break was one of more than 35 water main breaks the city has suffered this year for one reason or another. Grant to pageant group The Association for Histo- rical Productions was grant- ed the from city coun- cil Monday the organization needed to stay solvent. Council okayed the money after 'some discussion over an original grant of to the association for the pro- duction of the RCMP pag- eant. The Sound and The this year. The production didn't come off after a provincial grant didn't come through. But Monday George pres- ident of the told council the provincial govern- ment has indicated the mon- ey will be forthcoming for the production next summer. Council revoked the grant in the expectation the association will be back seek- ing money next year. Mr. Brown said the asso- ciation's board of directors regards the delay positively and is continuing to plan and develop a au- thentic and pclished perform- ance of episodes from the heritage of Southern Alberta for 1974. He said groundwork to date necessitated the request for the It included salary for a stage office supplies and staff properties and gen- erator service and trans- portation for the two big searchlights purchased by the association as well as in- terests on the bank loan for the searchlights. Bread price hike said inevitable Lethbridge consumers cculd be paying 31 cents for a loaf of bread when they go shopping Sept. 4. Peter De manager of Lakeview Bakery in the said today that for a 20- cunce loaf cf bread the price could increase four or five cents after the Labor Day v.eekend. Mr. DeGroot said his price increases would follow any price increases levied by Mc- Gavin the larg- est bakery in the city. Mr. DeGroot said that even if McGavin Toast- master did not raise its his bakery would have to pass increased flour costs onto the consumer. don't know why they have kept their price so he said. Fen manager of McGavin Toastmaster offer- ed only a when asked by The Herald if company was planning a price increase. Reed of Ellison Milling and Elevator a major supplier of flour in the said that since July 19 when the federal 'gov- ernment took ths price ceiling off wheat for domestic the price of flour has more than doubled. Mr. Ellison said he is ex- pecting that the price of bread will increase 6 cents a or 7.5 cents for a standard 20-ounce.loaf. ''Bakeries will dose their doors unless the price of Mr. Ellison said. Feedlot removal bylaw tabled for comments Sportsplex construction Work is progressing on reinforced concrete sections for the Sports- A third city firm hoi been awarded the contract for pre- plex. Two local firms started pouring at the end of July on a cost cast concrete which will form the outer shell of fhft mi'lion Plus fixed fee basis. Estimates of the cost run from to arena. It is to completed in time for the 1975 Winter A proposed bylaw to elim- inate feedlots from the city will be circulated to business- es affected their comment before further action by city council. The drafted under the authority of a section of the Municipal Government Act which allows municipali- ties to eliminate businesses it considers undesirable or un- suitable to an gives council fairly broad powers which some aldermen have indicated they would be hesi- tant to use without some for- mula for compensation. And .according to city health officer Dr. A. A. the bylaw may be in- effective in eliminating the nuisances which arise from feedlots anyway because of the proximity of other feed- lots just outside city bound- aries. In a memo to city solicitor John who drafted the bylaw after Aid. Vaughan Hembroff requested such a i'.ieasure be put before coun- Dr. Byrne also points out that across the road from one of the Hills Farms Ltd. on Highway 3 are the stockyards and holding pens of three packing plants. Both the Qldman River Re- gional Planning Commission and the city's chief building i n s p e c tor recommend that such packing plant operations be exempted from the bylaw. Under the proposed council after receiving a complaint about a feedlot and allowing the owner to state his case before order the feedlot removed within a period of time not less than 30 days.