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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 19, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday. December 19, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD 21 Student police hired, will patrol Coaldale By CAROL NEUFELD Herald Correspondent COALDALE (HNS) Four Lethbridge Junior College law enforcement students have been hired to police this town until three experienced policemen can be hired. The students will begin duties Monday and will work with the sole remaining policeman, Const. Art Nernberg, and the three policemen who have quit for 10 days. The town is now advertising for three policemen. Chief Victor Mayer and con- stables Randy Scott and Tim Utas have resigned over a dis- pute with the town on wages and working conditions. Their resignations are effective Dec. 31. Coun Peter Meliefste told council the students will not carry firearms Housewife Hisae Price here says she would like to see 24 hour protection continued here She said she feels more secure when a patrol car passes through her neighborhood on a regular basis She told council children here will have more con- fidence in police if they see them around all the time. Then they would regard them as friends. The present town bylaw regarding the police force is causing problems, says Earl Foxall, chairman of the police commission "We're hampered because we have to have council's approval for he says "If interested people are go- ing on such a thing as the com- mission they need a lot of autonomy. If they are going to do a good job and carry out their responsibilities they need more control." He says previous com- missions never gave the police any direction. The police had to "go out and do what they thought would be best." "They had to do a good job, which they Mr. Foxall told council. He says the townspeople must decide how they want the town policed. They can have the town patrolled for eight hours every day or they can have 24 hour service but they're going to have to pay for it, he says. One advantage for the men is that they will be advancing themselves by moving on, said Mr. Foxall. "We might as well realize this is just a stopping off place for them. They get good ex- perience here and then they can move on to a better job." Resigning Const. Randy Scott agreed that this town is a good place to gain all kinds of experience. He also said he is lucky to have received as much training and guidance as he did from Chief Mayer. The chief was "one of the best policemen anyone could ever work within his whole law enforcement he said. But having a good chief or getting valuable experience is not always enough All three resigning policemen said there is not enough job security and the wages do not come up to the standards of other forces. With a four man force, there is little time off duty. During the summer, all four men worked to keep things un- der control at any given time. A statutory holiday or time off in lieu of overtime is not provided for the men They never received over- time pay for those extra hours or some compensation for working during a holiday. Court is attended during the constable's time off and he is not paid to do that either. When a man has his eight hour night shift, he has six hours "on call duty" following that. He has a police phone at home and is expected to be on the spot if trouble arises. "The administrators should learn more about running a police said Const. Utas. "They should know what our job is." The need for this empathy was pointed out also by Mayor A F Blakie. "You can't compare the police to other he told his fellow councillors "Their job is more strenuous. There is no other department that has to deal with people who are in the same frame of mind as these men he said. "They're not in the same kind of situation as the men in water and sewer. You should try walking into a domestic dispute or into a bar where there is trouble Bank of Montreal manager Laurie McCray also told coun- cil that the town needs 24 hour police protection. Another businessman told council 18 hour coverage would be enough, from 6 a.m. to 12 midnight Trip prize BLAIRMORE (CNP The Blairmore Lions Club is selling tickets on a draw to raise money to pay for a whirlpool bath the club purchased for senior citizens and nursing home patients here. The prize will be awarded March 1: an air trip for two to Las Vegas. WALTER KERBER photo Off the .beaten track Travel 20 miles north of Coleman on the Kan- anaskis Highway. Then head 15 miles west over little- travelled roads to the headwaters of the Oldman River. You'll be surrounded by the awesome grandeur of the Rockies. Mobile home protest goes to town council DOWN RUED JACKETS Made by Canadian Regular WHILE THEY LAST REGULAR PRICES CLEARING A SELECTION OF WESTERN SHIRTS by LEVIS alto Wettern Craft, Caravan and other Aitorted and Reg. up to CHRISTMAS CLEARANCE WHILE THEY LAST Riley McCormick "LETHBRIOflE'S LAMEST WESTERN STORE" Centre Village Mall Phone 328-5644 CtMBGEX MASTER CHARGE MBHCM EXPRESS CLARESHOLM (HNS) A delegation of residents in the Alberta Housing Corporation subdivision here appeared as a delegation to town council this week to protest establish- ment of modular housing ad- jacent to conventional housing in the neighborhood. Spokesman Bruce Elder said the group is concerned about the zoning bylaws affecting the placement of twin wide and low cost hous- ing near more expensive, conventional houses. The delegation included Rankin Hodgins, Dr. Barry Mitchell and Alan Johnson. Mr. Elder said residents un- derstood only 10 lots had originally been designated for modular housing. Such hous- ing is now apparently being placed at random throughout the subdivision. The lots originally designated for modular housing, at the entrance to the subdivision, are still vacant. Council decided to have its task force on planning, com- prised of Mayor Ernest Patterson and councillors Don Johnstone and Esper Espersen, study the question. Mr. Elder said council should decide which type of housing should be placed where. He said specific exclusive areas should be set aside for low cost housing, twin wides and factory built homes. Yule party FORT MACLEOD The Midnight Squares square dance club will hold its Christ- mas party at 8-30 p.m. Friday in the local elementary school He urged council to set a ratio of one twin wide per 15 conventional homes. Sparwood gets LIP grants NATAL (HNS) Two local initiative grants have been awarded Sparwood by the federal government. The announcement came from the office of Howard Johnston, member of Parlia- ment for Okanagan Kootenay. The largest grant goes to the Sparwood parks and recreation department in the amount of Director Jim Godfrey said this money will be used to hire a bookkeeper secretary, one teenage activity supervisor and two program supervisors. Mr. Godfrey said it would appear that a second LIP grant sought by the commis- sion has been rejected by Ot- tawa. It would have funded a survey of the attitudes of the people toward recreation in Sparwood, Fernie and Elkford. The second grant has been given to the Sparwood Nursery School which holds classes in the recreation com- plex. Mr. Johnston said this grant amounted to and direc- tor Janet Grocutt said four people would receive on job training in working with children. Zoning curbs school plan to take park property CRANBROOK (Special) The Juniper Day School for retarded aduits will need special permission from the provincial government to build an extension to the ex- isting building. The school told city council the proposed extension would require 50 feet of the Associated Canadian Travellers play park. At an earlier meeting, coun- cil indicated the city would be willing to sell the school the necessary land. But the extension would be in violation of the city flood control bylaw. The bylaw re- quirements may be reduced with the approval of the depu- ty minister of water resources. "We can sell them the land but we can't issue them a building city ad- ministrator Bland Hoover told council. Located at 17th Ave. and 2nd St. N., the school now has 30 adults in regular attendance. In a letter to city council, Henry Main, secretary of the Cranbrook branch of the Kootenay Society for Han- dicapped Children, said the building is "already overcrowded and it is obvious that we have to expand the premises." Mr. Hoover told council "the proposed extension will not interfere with any of the facilities in the ACT playground." But the flood bylaw provides that no building "shall be constructed within 50 feet of the natural boundary of any natural water or water supply or less than 10 feet above the natural boundary of a lake. The proposed extension would be within the limits of Joseph Creek., The present school building does not conform either, but it preceded the bylaw. Councillors expressed sym- pathy with the school and will suggest that the city take the school's case to the government The necessary approval will be easier to get if the city throws its weight behind the application, said Mayor Ty Colgur. Aid. Don Sherling says the city should tell the provincial government that the new reservoir, now under construction, will provide protection from flooding South In short Band concert tonight FORT MACLEOD (HNS) The F. P. Walshe Concert Band will perform its first concert of the year at 8 p.m. tonight in the F. P. Walshe School gym. The Fort Macleod Centennial Singers will perform under the direction of Marg Hart. Gifts exchanged at club meet ETZIKOM (HNS) The Etzikom Community Club held its December meeting recently at the home of Barbara Traxler with roll call involving an exchange of Christmas gifts. The hostess gift went to Alice Ondrik. The Jan. 15 meeting will be held at the home of Rose Burger. Lighting contest underway FORT MACLEOD (HNS) The Fort Macleod Chamber of Commerce will choose the best decorated home here over the Christmas season and honor the best outside lighting artist with a prize. Assessment plan now underway COALDALE (HNS) A general land assessment program is being carried out and the new level for fully ser- viced residential and com- mercial lots with sidewalks and paving has been set at per front foot. Areas which lack sidewalks or paving will have their assessment reduced by per front foot. Unserviced lots will be assessed at In old subdivision areas where frontages are more than 100 feet, a 10 per cent reduction has been provided. If the frontage exceeds 150 feet, a 20 per cent discount will be given. Special sites, such as school sites or town property, will be assessed at per acre. ONLY Punch Bowl Set 26 pc. crystal fruit punch bowl set includes one qt bowl, 12 5 oz. cups, 12 cup hooks and ladle. Special savings! special master charge each your choice in sets of four Cornwall Hot Tray Serve Hot foods In style, with this great party helper. Large 16" x 9" heated area for your convenience. Avocado with wood finished trim. Citation 20 Cup Stemware Poly Urn Graceful sparkling stem- ware in four sizes-all at one low price! oz. Tall Wine Glasses Set of 4 oz. Champagne Glasses Set of 4 6% oz. Round Wine Glasses Set of 4 1 oz. Liqueur Glasses Set of 4 Brews 10 to 20 cups of fresh, flavourful coffee, signals when ready, then holds at serving temp- erafture. 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