Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
WALTFR KERBER photo Second Section The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, December 27, 1974 Pages 19-36 fine proposed. for meter violations Poor parking may cost more City council could play the part of Scrooge Monday, with a Christmas present for the New Year of increased parking fines. A boost in the fine from to for a meter violation is among increases recommended by City Manager Allister Findlay in a submission to Monday's council meeting which starts at p.m. The city manager also suggests that if the penalty isn't paid within seven days, the ticket cost should rise automatically to and if a court summons has to be issued it should go up to In asking for the increase, Mr. Findlay says the number of tickets handed out in 1974 indicates the present fine isn't effective in controlling parking. An estimated parking tickets will have been handed out this year, and Mr. Findlay adds that the fine is so nominal, it's questionable whether it even meets ad- ministrative costs. The increases he's recommending will bring Lethbridges parking fines in line with those levied in Calgary. Other increases recommended include raising the fine for overparking in a two hour zone from to parking in a lane from to and parking outside a parking space from to Vaselenak requests agendas It may be the Christmas season, but it's business as usual for city council Monday. Aldermen and the mayor will gather for the last time this year in council chambers to consider an agenda that in- cludes a promise by former alderman E. S. Vaselenak to run for mayor in 1977, a park- ing study of the downtown and 13th Street N. areas, and amendments to the city licence bylaw to authorize taxi fare increases. Mr. Vaselenak. who was thwarted at recent council meetings in his attempt to have West Lethbridge streets named after local pioneers is now asking that full city coun- cil agendas be made available to him. "Since I have formally launched my campaign for the mayoralty in the 1977 election, I wish to become familiar with all happenings of council in the next three years he says in a letter to council. Mr. Vaselenak, a separate school trustee, and an alderman from 1957 to 1967, said at council's last meeting he would consider running for mayor since incumbent Andy Anderson has announced he'll be retiring. The long awaited parking study will look at parking problems downtown and on 13th Street N., but it wasn't made public with the rest of the council agenda. It's thought to include recommendations on land ac- quisition for future parking lots. The licence bylaw amend- ment to raise taxi fares in- cludes a provision that fares for senior citizens will be reduced by 10 per cent. Council will also consider annexation of nearly a section of land on the city's northeast edge from the County of Lethbridge. It's the property that will be developed into the new in- dustrial park. And council will discuss a resolution from Aid. Bill Cousins that all future talks on the mayor's and aldermen's salaries be held in public. City hopes to buy new fire truck City council Monday will be asked to authorize purchase of a new fire truck from Superior Emergency Equip- ment Ltd. of Red Deer for Council had earlier approv- ed expenditure of to purchase a new fire truck in 1975. The tender received from the Red Deer firm was not the lowest bid, but city ad- ministrators are recom- mending it be accepted over the others because it is a firm bid with a definite delivery date of September. The delivery date is of ut- most importance, says Fire Chief Ernie Holberton in a report going to council. Four of the department's six pumper trucks were purchas- ed before 1961 and are becom- ing difficult to maintain because of problems getting spare parts. Other bids on the city fire truck came from the Saska- toon Fire Co. Ltd., of Calgary at King Seagrave Ltd., of Woodstock, Ont. at and the Silverline Fire Equipment Co., of Pierreville, Que., at No doubt about if, this was a White Christmas RICK ERVIN photos Plenty of snow around for the holiday, all too much on the streets, and just enough on the hills in the city for tobogganing, sleigh-riding and skiing. The hill on Scenic Drive saw lots of use both Christmas and Boxing Day. Mark Hoveling, 8, tried out some mini-skis on a hill along Mayor Magrath Drive and discovered he needed a few more lessons in stopping. The weather- man is calling for continued periods of snow Saturday with lows tonight near 15 and highs Saturday of 30 to 35. Wide farm vehicle ruling expected soon By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer The Alberta Motor Tran- sport Board is expected to rule on use of oversized farm vehicles early in 1975, The Herald has learned. Hank Hendrickson of Ed- monton, transportation engineer for the board, said this week motor transport board members tabled a report three weeks ago that may eventually lead to new legislation governing farm vehicle use. .He cited insufficient research and knowledge about problems with use of wide farm vehicles as the reason for the tabling move. Late in September, Lethbridge RCMP started issuing tickets to operators of bale wagons being used by several local farmers to haul hay for neighbors on a custom basis. Sgt. Charles Poytress of the Lethbridge detachment, said his men started watching for the farm vehicles which ex- ceeded the legal width of 102 inches following complaints from truckers in the Cardston area that they constituted un- fair competition. Trucks are required to pay high licence fees and in- surance fees to operate on public roads. The truckers claimed farmers using bale wagons to move large loads of hay from field to farmyard from them, while not facing the added charges for operating wagons. Sgt. Poytress said under highway legislation, no vehi- cle more than 102 inches wide, including load, can operate on a public road. The legislation covers road construction and maintenance machines, threshing machines and implements of farm husbandry, including bale wagons and stack movers, which require a special permit for each time they are used on a public road. Sgt. Poytress said the motor transportation board simply refuses to issue permits to the farmers to use the wide bale wagons. Refuting claims that the RCMP started a crackdown on custom bale haulers, Sgt. Poytress said he was simply applying the highway legislation. Mr. Hendrickson said the dispute between farmers and the truckers boils down to the definition of a custom bale hauler. "When a farmer with a bale wagon starts to haul bales on a custom basis, is he just a farmer or is he a businessman competing against other he said. Bill Armstrong of Calgary, secretary of the Alberta Farm Implement Retailer's Association, told The Herald this week the motor transport branch is "on the wrong track." He said the association has been pushing for three years to make it mandatory for farm vehicles to be properly licensed and insured. Now, farm vehicles can be operated without licence or in- surance. Farm vehicles more than 102 inches wide are the exception, since it is illegal to operate them on a public road. Mr. Armstrong said if it was mandatory to properly insure and license these vehicles, permits could be issued an- nually instead of on a per trip basis. If this were done, both the operator and the general public would be protected against accident. Because Alberta is agriculturally oriented, the movement of agricultural products with wide farm vehicles is a must. Legislation is needed to make the use of vehicles like bale wagons legal, he said. 'Blizzard no job for disaster services' Alberta Disaster Services should not have the power to close highways during emergency weather con- ditions, the executive director of that agency says. Ernie Tyler said Tuesday, in a telephone interview from Edmonton, ADS should not get involved in functions that are the jurisdiction of govern- ment agencies. Claresholm Mayor Ernie Patterson said Monday the ADS should be given the authority to close highways. The mayor made his remarks after Sunday's blizzard left 500 snowbound motorists stranded in Claresholm. "I think disaster services should be given some authori- ty and should have a plan to close down a highway when requested by a local authority. "They (disaster services) couldn't seem to respond and were absolutely no help." Mr. Patterson said. Mr. Tyler said if a major problem is caused by highway conditions the ADS uses all responsible agencies to com- bat the problem. "On Sunday we kept in con- tact with the RCMP to see if all was being done. "There is no way I would advocate my staff to have the authority to close Mr. Tyler said. The disaster services only takes on wide sweeping powers when a provincial dis- aster is designated by the premier. "Basically the problem in Claresholm was the district highways engineer and RCMP did not think the highway should be closed at the time the mayor he said. "It was a question of Mr. Tyler added. Youth fined A 17 year old Lethbridge youth who pleaded guilty Dec. 11 to breaking a glass door at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Dec. 7 was fined in provincial court Monday. Court was told Reno Frank Trentini, 2315 4th Ave. S. had made restitution for the damage.