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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, December 30, 1974 THE LETHBRIOGE HERALD 13 South In short Two seeking Socred nomination BOW ISLAND (Special) County of Forty Mile Coun- cillor Frank Romeike and Barry Bernhardt, a real estate and insurance salesman, will seek the Social Credit Party nomina- tion in the Cypress Constituency. The nomination meeting will be addressed by provincial party leader Werner Schmidt. It is scheduled to be held at p.m. Jan. 17, in the Medicine Hat Public Library. Mr. Bernhardt, 23, a local justice of the peace, is venturing into politics for the first time. He is a member of a Foremost Chamber of Commerce committee studying the Devonian Foun- dation's Main Street Alberta project which may be sought by Foremost. Mr. Romeike, a Seven Persons farmer, has been a member of the county council since 1957, serving on the school com- mittee as well as the county deputy reeve. He is also vice chairman of the Dan McCharles Auxiliary Hospital Board and past president of Zone 6 of the Alberta School Trustees Association. During the Second World War he served with the Canadian Army for three years. Conciliator requested BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) The Canadian Union of Public Employees has requested that a conciliator be asked to seek a solution to the wage talks impasse between town council and the union. The union local rejected an offer for a one year contract that called for a per hour increase Jan. 1 and an additional increase of 15 cents hourly July 1. The increase was to include a 75 cents hourly hike the town gave its employees Nov. 1 in recognition of the high cost of living. The present contract expires Dec. 31. The recent negotiation meeting was attended by Mayor Ernest Fantin, CUPE officials Nap Milroy, William Paquette and Fred Painter and Councillors Roy Amundsen, Wallace Aebh, Ernie Luini, Sam Goodman, Frank Capron and Malcolm MacQuarrie. Milk prices questioned TABER (HNS) Lower milk prices for Taber is the objective of a brief by the Taber Chamber of Commerce to the Alberta Dairy Control Board. Taber, not in a milk price control area, is paying two cents per quart more than consumers at Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, even though the milk sold here is delivered from Lethbridge by truck en route to Medicine Hat. The brief says the price differential costs local consumers some per week, or about per year, for the discriminatory condition, and seeks to have Taber included in the Lethbridge price control area in the same way Coaldale is favored At its recent meeting, the Taber town council gave undivided endorsement to the price reduction application. Water equipment purchased CLARESHOLM (HNS) Council has approved purchase of worth of equipment for its water expansion project. Purchased on the recommendation of town engineers Underwood, McLellan and Associates were: Pumps- Electrical Contracting and Machinery Company Ltd., and Cessco, compression and pump division, Flow meters: Diamond Canapower Ltd Chlorine dioxide- Fischer and Porter (Canada) Ltd., Liquid alum storage tank: Unit Liner Western Ltd., Director of nurses resigns RAYMOND (Special) Hilda Bucknall has resigned as director of nurses of the Raymond Municipal Hospital, effective Jan. 1, but will remain on staff as a general staff nurse. She has been director of nurses for 26 years. Swedish studied by residents STAVELY (HNS) A group of Stavely and district residents are now studying Swedish at the Stavely Elementary School. Rudolph Zoumer teaches the classes from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m each Saturday. Vauxhall seeking centre TABER (HNS) A request for assistance in the construction of a community centre for the town of Vauxhall drew more than a passing interest, but no financial support, from the board of trustees, Taber School Division 6. Representing the Vauxhall Civic Centre Committee at the board meeting were Mayor James Lynn and Blaine Burbank of the teaching staff. The board was told that the project is in the planning stage, but is envisioned as a joint venture between the Town of Vauxhall, the Taber Municipal District, local service clubs, and other people and organizations who may support the project. The delegation sought the support of the school board in obtaining grants from the department of education's school buildings branch, considering the joint use of the facility by the schools and the community at large. The extent of the board's commitment was to promise to learn if grants are available through the department for such a project Fire service investigation coming to Cranbrook CRANBROOK (Special) A provincial study into the lack of fire service in the outlying communities of the province may offer a solution to the dangerous situation existing just outside Cranbrook city limits. Dr. Hugh Keenleyside, conducting an investigation for the government, will be in Cranbrook in January to hold a public meeting to discuss the situation. The meeting will invite submissions from the entire region, including Kimberley. Since 1966, residents of the areas just outside Cranbrook have been without fire protection. Witnesses to a fire that destroyed a small frame house on King Street recently were forced to watch helplessly as the flames CAREERS REQUIRED IMMEDIATELY A Chartered Accountant We are a rapidly growing Lethbridge business, offering the individual the opportunity for ad- vancement and company benefits. Excellent working conditions. Salary com- mensurate with experience. Reply in strict confidence to Box 71 Herald. threatened to spread through the community. Prior to 1966, the City of Cranbrook did supply service to an area outside the city limits. The area was established by the Regional District of East Kootenay, which collected from area residents and passed it on to the city. Aid. Steph Atchison says the city found this money was not an adequate share of the expenses and council told the residents in Slaterville, King Street and Cobham Drive areas they could either come into the city and pay their fair share of the taxes or the services would be cut off. Council held two public meetings and residents of Slaterville and Cobham agreed to join the city. The people on King Street voted down the proposal, saying their taxes would go up and they could arrange for their own fire protection. Bob Sparks and Charley Hopkins voiced their opposition to the plan to join the city. Mr. Hopkins is the owner of the house that was destroyed in the recent fire "At that time I agreed with them." said Aid. Atchison. He told council that after the vote, fire service to King Street was cut off outside the city limits. "People's memories have a tendency to dim over the he said, adding that the people there understood the situation at the time of the proposal "Mr. Sparks lost a garage and a car in a fire there and we didn't hear a sound out of said Aid. Atchison "If those people are now that concerned there is only one thing they can he said "They're not shouldering their share in the community he added. The alderman explained to council that the people along King Street make use of city facilities such as the arena, library, and swimming pool, which are heavily financed by municipal taxes Without fire protection, insurance rates along King Street are very high and Aid Atchison believes that the increase in taxes caused by entering the city would not have been any more than the increase in insurance rates. Taberschool boundaries under study NEW HOUSES UNDER CONSTRUCTION AT FORT MACLEOD Land price makes difference in cost of housing at Macleod TABER (HNS) The enlargement of Taber Separate School District 54 to include the attendance area of the school system centred in Taber is the objective of a study to be made by local school authorities The separate school district includes only the town of Taber and an area approximately five miles square surrounding the town The attendance area is that portion of Taber School Division 6 lying south of the Oldman River and approximately west of Purple Springs to the Cranford district Oscar Fadum, chairman of the Municipal and School Boundaries Advisory Committee, under direction of the provincial government, met recently with the boards of both the separate and public school systems here. Mr. Fadum requested the administrators of both school districts to provide him with information on equaliz- ed assessments and supplementary mill rates of all Roman Catholic families residing in the attendance area but outside the separate school district Also requested are copies of agreements between the two boards, grade by grade enrolments and projections for each school, rated capacity and date of construction and additions to each school building, high school programs, number of teachers, and the number or Catholics and non Catholics in each school Mr. Fadum explained that the concern of the Catholic School Trustees Association as presented in a brief to the provincial government, is that all those Catholic families living outside the district and sending their children to the separate school are disenfranchised They cannot run for office cannot vote and are not represented on the board of the school their children attend A similar situation exists in several other areas in Alberta. The general practice here has been for the public school division to provide bus transportation for the students attending the separate schools In return the school division collects the revenue of supplementary requisitions from the ratepayers. If the separate school boundaries were expanded to the whole attendance area, this situation would be reversed Public School Superintendent James L George says the supplementary requisition there would be levied by the separate school board. It would also be responsible for transportation. Mr Fadum said that it will probably take three years to complete the study of similar situations throughout the province By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Second of two stories FORT MACLEOD It's a bit cheaper to buy a house here than in Lethbridge, but the land is the only major cost difference Housing lots go for in this town, compared with in Lethbridge and more than in Calgary, says Dennis Hansen. manager of the Fort Macleod Credit Union Fort Macleod, a town of about people, is 30 miles west of Lethbridge Other factors in housing costs are no cheaper than in Lethbridge, says Mr. Hansen But an average house costing in Fort Macleod would go for in the city, because demand is higher, he adds. The average house in the town costs A 12 per cent mortgage carries payments of about a month, since will just pay a month's interest at 12 per cent a year, he says. Taxes raise the cost further. The union itself does not handle mortgages any more, since its only source of money is local. It has to keep its assets liquid, and hasn't had the money to use for mortgages, he says. Most Fort Macleod School committee plans to travel FOREMOST At least two of the County of Forty Mile school committee meetings will be held in centres other than Foremost during 1975. The plan is to take the meetings to other county centres so that trustees may be in a better position to assess the needs of the areas concerned. This way they can meet with students, staff and parents of each district The committee has received a report from School Superintendent Cliff Elle and Coun. Russell Scratch concerning the educational facilities in the Black Butte and Aden districts of the county. After discussion with those involved, the majority of parents expressed the desire to continue sending their children to the Foremost School. The school committee went along with the recommendation that there be no change. It was reported to the committee that a successful teacher residence committee meeting had been held recently at which a number of topics affecting rents and maintenance were discussed. The recently formed committee is comprised of representatives of all interested parties concerned with teacher residences. Interest in turning the old brick school building in Bow Island into a historical site and area museum has been expressed. A letter to this effect was received by the school committee from the Bow Island and District Recreation Board. The reaction was favorable. SHORT CRITICISM The shortest dramatic criti- cism in theatrical history was that attributed to Wolcott Gibbs, writing about the farce Wham. He wrote one word- Ouch. mortgages are handled by the Alberta Housing Corporation, he says. The credit union does handle interim financing to get houses built, but after that the mortgage reverts to AHC. he says. One Fort Macleod builder, Mel Fengstad of the Fengstad Development Co. Ltd., says money has been a bit hard to come by, but no more so than in Lethbridge. Mr Fengstad says he doesn't build many houses, just three in 1974. He sold one house before he started it. That was in early summer when the mortgage market was just closing in. It took six weeks to arrange financing, he says. He has houses left to move, but knows he can get mortgages on them Some other builders in the town are more active in housing, he says. The main boost for the housing industry will come from lower interest rates, says Mr. Fengstad He hopes more funds will be available for speculative building Builders have to get mortgages for spec houses to keep their own money free, he says. Most builders, especially those who build many houses, must be eligible for mortgages to build on spec. He doesn't think the bonus for new home buyers will sell many houses. "If they're going buy, they'll buy regardless of the If people really need the money, won't help. "It just makes it sweeter if they can afford he says. He agrees land is what makes houses a bit cheaper in Fort Macleod. A square foot house with carpeting, air. conditioning and three bedrooms can sell for For a person can own a square foot house with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. WORKERS' COMPENSATION BOARD-ALBERTA CLAIMS ADVISOR WILL BE IN LETHBRIDGE at the Workers' Compensation Board Office 1277 3rd Ave. South Phone 328-2040 8, Fill in the coupon below and mail NOW or phone Lethbridge 328-2040, for an appointment. State your claim number or date of accident, name of employer at the time, and type of injury sustained. Correspondence is also welcomed from persons who require claims advice. Write Claims Advisory Service, Workers' Compensation Board, Box 2415, Edmonton. -CLIP OUT AND MAIL NOW! CLAIMS ADVISORY SERVICE Worker's Compensation Board P.O. Box 2415, Edmonton, Alberta I would like an appointment with Mr. Long, claims advisor, when he is in this area, to discuss the following matter: Name Phone Mail Address Town or City Claim No.................. (following information needed if Claim Number not available) Name of employer at time of injury Date of injury............ 19......... Nature of injury ;