Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Cattlemen move 750 animals into U.S. Monday TRUCKERS AWAIT VETERINARY INSPECTION OF LIVESTOCK PRIOR TO ENTRY INTO UNITED STATES AT SWEETGRASS RICK ERVIN photos By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer SWEETGRASS, Mont. Twenty-four trucks carrying 746 cattle crossed the United States border here Monday when import restrictions were lifted temporarily across the country. A total of cattle were eligible for entry Monday to fill the import quota of animals for the year, imposed by the U.S. government retroactive to Aug. 12. U S. Customs Inspector Barrel Lerum told The Herald this morning eight more cat- tle had been brought to the border at Sweetgrass today He couldn't determine how many cattle entered the U S Monday at various ports of entry. The import quota procedure remains a first come first served situation. Once the import quota is filled, all animals, regardless of their position within the im- port procedure, will be turned back to Canada. Most of the animals shipped across the border were exotic breeds such as Maine Anjou, Chianina and Charolais, said Insp. Lerum The total import quota for all livestock products remains set at live cattle deem- ed commercial or for slaughter, live hogs, 17 million pounds of dressed beef and veal and 36 million pounds of dressed pork. The import quota has meant extra work for the U.S. customs, less work and money for the truckers and a loss of time and money and an upset industry for Canadian and U S cattlemen, according to several people involved in the industry waiting for word to move the animals south. Jim Belts, port director of customs at Sweetgrass, said he put on extra workers and' cancelled leave for others to meet the anticipated rush of animals. Breeder may quit buying When the truckloads of cat- tle entered Coutts, they check- ed in with custom brokers to confirm cargoes through a signed manifest The trucks started approaching Coutts as early as Friday. Mr. Betts opened the customs office to accept the manifests at midnight Sunday and all manifests were numbered to maintain impar- tiality At 6 a.m. Monday, Mr. Betts allowed the trucks to move in order of their manifest numbers to the corrals where United States department of agriculture veterinarians were waiting to certify the animals'healthy Once cleared through health inspections, the truckers still had to wait for clearance from the quota section of the U.S government to determine the status of the quota. While the border was of- ficially open for movement of livestock at 10 a.m. in Sweetgrass, first notification wasn't received until p m Luther Matthew, owner of Hackamore Ranch of Memphis, Tenn., who bought two purebred Chianina bulls from a High River rancher, said, "Government interven- tion in private industry on both sides of the border is bad for the entire industry. It hampers everything." Because he doesn't know when and if he will be able to take the animals he wants back to the U S he will likely quit buying in Canada. Larry Ford of Shelby. Mont., who operates his own trucking rig for a North American firm, said the im- port quota on cattle is affecting movement of hundreds of other com- modities. En route to San Francisco with a load of frozen pork from Edmonton, Mr Ford had been turned back at the Sweetgrass port of entry late in November when a monthly quota was filled He had been at the border since Friday waiting clearance to move to San Francisco. Because he was delayed at the border, he will miss a return haul of a load of oranges to the Edmonton market. He claims if truckers refuse to move livestock products from Canada, the movement of fresh vegetables and fruit trom California will be slowed to Canada George Linder of Cardston, president of the Canadian Maine Anjou Association, said the imposition of the import quota against animals recognized as purebred by Canada but not by the U.S. government may help producers in the long run. He said once the various herd books for the different exotic breed associations in Canada are recognized by the U.S. government, the problem will end. District JHe Lethbttdge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbndge, Alberta, Tuesday, December 17, 1974 Pages 15-28 Meter bylaw approved in tardy council move A quick three readings were given a bylaw amending the city parking meter rates Monday. City council passed the bylaw, which authorizes the rates which have been in effect since mid-August, without comment. An administrative oversight was blamed for the fact that the bylaw was not presented to council at the time new meter heads were installed and the new rates went into effect last summer. That oversight appeared to have left the city without the legal authority for charging the new rates and handing out parking meter tickets under them for the nearly four months between the day the rates went into effect and Monday Aldermen don't cotton to river valley camp plan Subdivision OK, county deems By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer The County of Lethbridge Monday approved plans by city chiropractor Clark Lundgren to develop a 28-acre subdivision two miles west of Lethbndge. The executive committee of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission must approve Dr. Lundgren's plans at its meeting Thursday before the developer can begin work on the country residential scheme. A larger version of Dr. Lundgren's proposal was approved by the county Sept. 16, but was tabled by the planning commission Dr. Lundgren later agreed to reduce his subdivision by a few lots and restrict develop- ment to flat land, avoiding sloping coulees. Final plans for Cedar Villa call for 21 lots averaging 1.3 acres to be clustered in the northeast corner of Section 20, just north of the proposed Standoff Lethbridge highway. County council also agreed Monday to take for cash in lieu of community reserve land and declare land near the river valley as public reserve. In its subdivision approval, county council overruled ad- vice from ORRPC planner Code Clements who argued for either "no development" west of West Lethbridge, or larger lot sizes with few homes. Dr. Lundgren told council 'ruin the because larger lots would whole concept" residents would not be able to maintain two or three acre parcels "If you've got more room, you've got more junk sitting the developer said. "There's a terrible weed problem out there You're going to end up with tumbleweeds all over and end up with a scrubby sub- division." Coun. John Murray replied to warnings from Mr. Clements by asking the planner: "How are we ever going to find out how these things will work out unless we try'" A suggestion from the planner that the county claim most of Dr. Lundgren's 158 acres as public reserve prompted the developer to say, "That's communism We live in a free country." Brooks calls for drawings BROOKS (Special) The architectural firm of Russell and Needham of Medicine Hat has been appointed by town council to prepare drawings for the recreation complex. There was no objection by ratepayers to the proposed debenture borrowing of 420 for the project. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A proposal to develop a privately run campground in the city's river valley en- countered some opposition at city council's meeting Mon- day, but council opted to con- tinue negotiations with the developer. Council tabled on a 7-2 vote, a recommendation from its land sales committee that the Highway 3 west river valley campsite be leaded to Doug Nielson of River Valley Campgrounds Ltd The lease proposal ap- parently involved expenditure of a considerable sum of money by the city to bring ser- vices to the site, as well as a phase out of the city run Henderson Lake campground. Mr Nielson is proposing a campground for recreational vehicles with 162 spaces Eighty six of them would be fully serviced with utility hook ups. TENTERS A lack of facilities for tenters was objected to by some aldermen, but Mr. Nielson said his plans also called for 68 spaces for tenters. Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson, who along with Aid. Tony Tobin voted against the tabling motion, said she op- posed the campground development because it wasn't high on the city's list of spending priorities. Council voted last week not to include in the city's 1975 capital budget to develop a river valley campground on its own "This seems to be a case of putting public money in to get out a profit for private enterprise and I'm against Deputy Mayor Ferguson said Aid. Bob Tarleck said he had a lot of major questions about the development including its environmental impact and cost to the city "Several groups have con- tacted me and want to make submissions to council on he added. Aid Vaughan Hembroff said he opposed the develop- ment unless he could be assured the city would get a fair return "The land belongs to all the citizens Until I'm clearly satisfied on all the costs and that the city is getting an ade- quate return on its money I'm not prepared to vote for he said. PRIVATE DEVELOPER But Aid. Bill Kergan reminded his fellow aldermen he had often heard around the council table that the city shouldn't be in the campground business and how it would be good if some private developer came along. "Some members of council are surely contradicting he claimed. "I'm not saying we should accept it holus bolus, but we should have further negotiations." That position was supported by Mayor Andy Anderson, Aid. Cam Barnes and Aid. Don Le Baron "I emphasize that we've been looking for someone to take over this kind of opera- tion for a number of said the mayor. "There are some very serious problems in operating at Henderson Lake It's just not large enough. "We can recover our costs over a period of years through a lease We would be foolish not to take it." Aid Barnes and Aid Le Baron agreed. CAPITAL FUNDS "I'd hate to see the city in the business if a private in- dividual can come into town and put together a develop- ment I feel is said Aid. Barnes "A week ago, we had it in the capital budget at said Aid Le Baron "I didn't go for that, but here we have a private development that's not going to cost anywhere near that. I wouldn't like to see it dropped." CITY WOMAN WINS TRIP IN LATEST EARLY RIRD Margaret Simmons, 236 Corvett Cres., has won a trip for two to Hawaii in the third early bird draw in the Canada Winter Games lottery. Jerry Johnson of the games committee said Monday ticket number A100805, held by Mrs. Simmons, was sold by the Lethbndge Rotary Club Other tickets drawn Monday at the Yates Memorial Centre were A153823, for sold by Stampede City Gyro Club, and A139874, for a 1974 Dodge Colt, sold by the Alberta Association for the Mentally Retarded in Edmonton Winners must notify the Winter Games office in Lethbndge to collect their prizes Still outstanding from two previous early bird draws are three winning tickets From the Oct. 21 draw, ticket number A490601, for sold by the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Lake Louise, has not been collected. From the Nov 21 draw, tickets A568726, for sold by a Treasury Branch in Edmonton, and A543824, for a trip to Hawaii, sold by a Bank of Montreal in Edmonton, have not been collected Council holds limit of two dogs per home Reducing psychiatric beds criticized SHIPPING CLEARANCE FROM CUSTOMS By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer It would be "ridiculous" to reduce the number of psy- chiatric beds in Lethbridge as the health study into hospital services suggests, the regional director of Alberta Mental Health Services said Monday. Gary Rykee, who heads the health department's mental health branch here, says there will always be a need for the 21 psychiatric beds now available at the Lethbridge Municipal Hospital. The regional health study has recommended reducing the number of beds in favor of alternative types of psy- chiatric care. Mr Rykee said it is his ex- perience that an area should have at least one bed for in- tensive psychiatric care for every people in the area. Instead of deducing the number of beds, alternative care, such as day care, should be developed along with in- creased intensive care, he said. As the Alberta Mental Health Services expands its work into outlying areas there will be a greater need for psy- chiatric beds in Lethbridge or patients will have to be transferred to Calgary and Ponoka. Lethbridge should be the centre of psychiatric services and people should not have to be separated from their families when they enter a psychiatric facility, he said Mr. Rykee explained that the more people are exposed to social workers and psy- chiatrists in rural areas the more they will take advantage of the services This in turn will increase number of people requir- ing treatment in the hospital and with a reduction in beds they will have to be transferred, he said. Mr Rykee was also critical of the health report for not consulting his office, which has seen more than patients in the Lethbridge area The study is "dubious in nature" because the con- sultants ignored Alberta Men- tal Health Services when it formed its recommendations, he said "It seems they have taken a microscopic view of the Mr. Rykee said. The director added it is like- ly his office and the LMH will have to move toward more in- tegration for psychiatric care. "I think it would be ideal if we could operate in the nurs- ing school (at LMH) if it is phased out." he said. One of the recommen- dations was the establishment of psychiatric day care facilities in the nursing school if it was to be phased out Such a program is being developed for the old nurses' residence in St. Michael's Hospital but could be moved later. "Two dogs is one more than enough That was Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson's response to a resolution by Aid Bob Tarleck Monday to amend the city dog bylaw to allow four instead of the present two dogs per household "People are more impor- the deputy mayor said. "Anyone who has had to live next door to four dogs can vouch for the noise and smell." Except for Aid Bill Kergan, the rest of council agreed and voted down Aid Tarleck's proposal 7-2 Aid Tarleck argued un- successfully that the limit of two dogs per household dis- criminated against people who breed and show dogs These people he said, are usually the most responsible dog owners. "If we restrict them to two, all it means is that people with more than two dogs will not take cut licences and will stay he said He estimated later that there are more than un- licenced dogs in the city, and asked for an administration report on the city poundkeep- ing service In other moves on the dog bylaw, council voted 5-4 to accept a resolution from Aid. Tarleck rescinding a resolu- tion he made at council's previous meeting. It called for a licence charge for dogs who hadn't been spayed cr neutered, with the fee remaining at for dogs that had been fixed. All dogs will continue to be treated equally as a result. Another resolution making dog licences free for senior citizens was also passed by council. Senior citizens will still have to pick up a dog licence, but it won't cost them anything after the bylaw amendments go through These and previous resolutions will be incor- porated in a bylaw amend- ment and brought back to council. Earlier resolutions propos- ed by Aid. Tarleck and passed by council will require dogs to be kept on leashes when off their owners' property, and will raise the fines by for second and third offences for allowing a dog to run loose in the city Midnight watch has ended City council kept the midnight watch for what could be the last time Monday During the course of a 4Vi hour meeting that lasted until a m. aldermen passed an amendment to council's procedures bylaw, setting the starting time for all future council meetings at 4-30 p.m. Council meetings will end at 11 p.m., unless all members agree to con- tinue sitting. Prior to Monday only a two thirds majority was re- quired to keep council meetings going past 11 p.m. The meetings have traditionally started at 8 p.m., but several re- cent late night finishes prompted the move to an earlier start.