Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 17, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuttday, December 17, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD S Meat packer Continued from Page 1 They were frantic They called a special meeting and decid- ed 1300 an acre was what they should offer Paletta For- tunately, the packer was still in town, agreed to meet again, and went for the price tag for the entire 360 acres he wanted the option on From to is quite a difference, but planner Hickman says of the deal "It was a reasonable deal, not the best that might have been worked out, but the town certainly didn't get shafted." Mr Paletta's cheque for the 10 per cent down payment on the option land, which came to arrived dated Sept. 30, 1974 There are two major conditions on the plant site 70-acres, town officials have told The Herald The first is that since Fort Macleod has a development control bylaw, council can veto any use of that land it wishes If the council stipulates it must be used for a meat packing plant, the land owner can put it to no other use The second is that Palmont Packers Ltd. must pay its share of a new sewage treatment facility that will be needed The town needs a new treatment facility now, but has government approval to delay building it so it can be redesigned to accom- modate the meat packing plant. Town officials have not disclosed the conditions on the 360 acres included in the option agreement The packing plant's design must be approved by the Alberta environment department but department spokesmen have told The Herald they had seen no application Any underpass under Highway 3 connecting the plant site to the auction market must be approved by the highways department That approval has not been given, a highways department spokesman said from Edmonton Monday The Edmonton spokesman and the assistant highways engineer in Lethbridge both said they were not even aware of an application The 70-acre parcel is located so any odor from the plant would be carried east, away from the town, by the prevailing westerly and usually brisk winds What did MP Ken Hurlburt and the town know about the background and reputation of Larry Paletta when they welcom- ed him to Fort Macleod' Said Mr Hurlburt Oct 14 "I don't know anything about the firm, but that's none of my business anyway I mean if somebody has got million or million to spend I want him to spend it in Southern Alberta And, naturally, I want him to spend it in our constituency whether he comes to Fort Macleod or Granum "It's up to the town to check him out to find out what kind of a guy he is, to find out what he is doing down the MP said The MP said, though, that he did ask fellow Conservative MP Lincoln Alexander, from Hamilton, Ont, about Mr Paletta and Palmont "His (Mr Alexander's) campaign manager happens to be the lawyer for this new firm (Palmont) He's (Paletta) got a very reputable firm down m Hamilton and it's run as Paletta Mr Hurlburt said he was told Last Wednesday the Calgary Albertan broke the news that Quebec police authorities were investigating Mr Paletta's ties with organized crime figures Thursday, in a telephone interview from Ottawa, The Herald asked Mr. Hurlburt if he had read or heard about the Albertan story He had not Was he aware of the alleged ties between Mr Paletta and Montreal underworld financier Willie Obront' He said he had "heard rumors to this effect then repeated his role in promoting his constituency with the packer "All I was acting as was an ambassador for Southern Alber- ta It wouldn't matter who walked into my office If they wanted to build a plant or bring an industry to Southern Alberta, I'm interested in talking to he said Mr Alexander's campaign manager in ihe iasi federal elec- tion, says Mr Hurlburt, was Donald Cooper Besides being a lawyer for Mr Paletta, Mr Cooper is also secretary-treasurer of Palmont Packers Three of Mr Cooper's law partners in Hamilton are listed as former directors of the Paletta Brothers packing plant at Burlington, Ont The extent of the town's check into Palmont Packers, says Mr White, was a telephone call to the financial reporting firm of Dun and Bradstreet in Calgary Mr White says he later received a written report from Dun and Bradstreet which he assessed as "good clean A former Fort Macleod councillor, Ron Tilbe, who lost his seat in this fall's civic election, has told The Herald he was not satisfied with the option deal nor the check into the packer's background "I asked questions about the Montreal firm I wasn't the only one who wanted to know more about it, but I wasn't getting any he said in an interview Oct 8 in his barber shop Mr Tilbe maintains the special meeting at which Mr Paletta and the town agreed to an acre for the option land was held without his knowledge His protestations at the Oct 7 town council meeting were met by declarations from Coun Phil Hodnett, who did get re- elected, that Mr Tilbe was wasting the council's time Mr White told Mr Tilbe he had tried to con- tact him but a telephone call failed to find him at home Mr Tilbe shot back that he was at home all the time and claimed no effort was made to inform him of the meeting Mr Tilbe said as far as he knew the council was going to ask for an acre for the option land When the formal resolution finalizing the deal at an acre was voted upon Oct 7, Mr Tilbe was the lone dissenter He made a point of ask- ing his opposition be recorded Coun Hodnett told The Herald Oct 8 in an interview in his drug store he had no reservations about the packing firm or the project Coun Hodnett said the packer's "good faith" was proven when he sent the cheques for the and deals Mr Hurlburt told The Herald Oct 14 and apparently told town officials in September that he had no "financial interest in the Palmont project The MP, who established Fort Macleod Auction Market Ltd with two other partners in 1960, says he now owns only one share m the business. He owned 749 of the firm's 750 shares until he sold out in early July so he could devote more time to being a Member of Parliament He also sold his interest in a trailer manufacturing enterprise at the Fort Macleod airport "We (Hurlburt and a local businessman) built a manufac- turing plant together from the ground up, so I sold out to him as well and I got out of the trailer manufacturing business because I just felt that some day if he wanted me to do some work or wanted me to go to work in Ottawa or hp wanted a of any kind or anything else that might come up we never did enjoy a grant of any kind to get the business said the MP "And so I sold out to him and then I sold out at the auction market and I retained one share because my son's auctioneer- ing out there So that's all I have in the auction market is one he said The MP said Thursday he sold the business to three long- time Fort Macleod associates Harvey Bourassa, Bob Dyck and John Milne The firm's name is now Fort Macleod Auction Market 1974 Ltd The companies branch in Edmonton says the firm will not be required to file ownership details until a year after the firm was incorporated. Incorporation was filed July 22, 1974. Directors are listed as Mr Hurlburt, Mr Dyck, Mr Milne, Mr. Bourassa, Gordon and Leroy Wesley of Granum, Thomas McNab of Lethbridge, and J A Baker of High River Delinquents busy in India's slums CHARLIE EDGAR ROY WHITE By RAM SUNDAR CP Correipoadent BOMBAY (CP) Sally Fisher, a 56-year-old tourist from Montreal, was admiring the ornate dome of Bombay's Victoria Terminus railway station. After she and a friend had finished shooting several color photographs of the land- mark, Mrs Fisher shouted "My wallet is gone." Within minutes the pickpocket was nabbed by a policeman He turned out to be 12-year-old Ashok Khamkar, the only son of a homeless widow. The Bombay police wanted to send Ashok to a prison juvenile ward pending investigation, but the two Canadians persuaded police to release him on condition that the visitors place him in a private children's welfare home for young delinquents. Ashok now is learning to be- come a cycle mechanic Nearly juvenile delin- quents and neglected children are being cared for in several children's homes in this metropolis But police and welfare officials say that at least more delinquents are active, especially in slum areas Many criminal gangs are using homeless and destitute children to smuggle illicit li- quor into the city from nearby villages, to organize bets in the numbers racket and to pick the pockets of people, particularly foreign tourists Similar problems exist in other big Indian cities like Calcutta, New Delhi and Madras In Calcutta, welfare workers have launched a "save the children" campaign aimed at rehabilitating delin- quent kids from slum dis- tricts Perhaps the most ambitious rehabilitation scheme is the proposed "children's township" in Bombay. Costing more than 5 million, it will be spread over 70 acres in a pleasant suburban setting APPOLLO-SOYUZ TEST PROJECT (ASTP) commanders Aleksey Leonov and Thomas P. 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