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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 4, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Municipal police forces deserve more By AL SCARTH Herald Leg filature Bureau EDMONTON Alberta's municipal police forces deserve more recognition and should be beefed up, Lethbridge West MLA Dick Gruenwald told the legislature Monday night. Mr. Gruenwald said police forces other than the RCMP deserved recognition similar to that given the national force in the last year. He said Alberta needs more well trained men and women to staff local forces. They should be considered professionals and be highly visible to the public. Mr. Gruenwald said he is interested in preventing crimes, not solving them. "The municipal police have a very difficult he told the house during debate on the speech from the Throne. "Policing cities is a very difficult and a very dangerous task. "Where do most of the muggings, the break- ins, the robberies, the rape, the peddling of dope and illegal drugs, instances of impaired driving, of reckless driving, vandalism, violence, arson, the list is endless, he said. "I think it's safe to say there is no more dedicated group of men, and women as a matter of fact, often working under extreme dif- ficulties, because of the shortage of manpower and of course because of inadequate budgets to a degree. This makes their jobs even more dif- ficult. LESS GLAMOR "They will never be looked on, I suppose, with the glamor if you want to call it that that the RCMP are, but that isn't expected on the other hand, the municipal police should never be looked upon as a second class law enforcement agency. "We must increase the manpower in our municipal police Mr, Gruenwald said. "That doesn't mean I want to see Alberta turned into a police state, I don't want to see a policeman over every hill, around every corner, behind every bush, behind every billboard and all the rest of he said. But visibility is the important factor, he said, "visibility is certainly a deterrent to crime." The MLA said he is particularly concerned by impaired driving and that there should be a crackdown. Such a crackdown would cut the problems of high insurance rates drastically, he said. "Driving while impaired is absolutely non- sense and should not be tolerated under any cir- cumstances." MORE RESPECT Alberta requires a "concentrated effort" to improve law and order and safety for citizens. "There must be a respect for the law, a respect and consideration for the other person. This is one of the things we lack in our society respect for that other man whether we are driv- ing or what we are doing, for him, for his family, for his property." Meanwhile, Ed Benoit (SC Highwpod) told the legislature criminals should be obligated to make restitution to the victims ,of crimes they have committed. Mr. Benoit said such restitution should be part of a criminal's punishment and would go further towards rehabilitation than imprisonment. "Rehabilitation is not taking place in he said. "We need a system of penalties that will let the criminal carry out his responsibility in society." Noting that other MLAs had praised the government for increasing the number of judges and court reporters in Alberta, Mr. Benoit said such improvements do not necessarily ensure a better system of justice. More persons without training as lawyers should be appointed as judges so different kinds of judgments can be made and different styles of life can be expressed, he added. Graham Harle (PC Stettler) cited recent in- stances of violent crime in Alberta and said the upsurge in violence must be countered by sup- port for police. DEATH PENALTY is a "definite clamor" for re- introduction of the death penalty and many peo- ple believe that sentences passed by judges should be carried out in their entirety, he said. Mr. Harle said he believed increased laxity in the criminal system was resulting in lawbreakers who didn't know why they were be- ing punished. District The LetHbrukje Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, February 4, 1975 Pages 13-24 CHUCK A CARPET OF TRACTION ON A SLIPPERY INTERSECTION Sander driver believes in salt By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer For safe driving on icy streets it's hard to beat a sanding truck. "If you ever slide or get stuck, you just throw this lever, and you have sand under your said Chuck Conners, a driver with the city's public works department. As he spoke he gave the hydraulic lever a nudge and the truck's load of crushed gravel began spewing out from its underbelly. Mr. Conners drove up and down a series of streets on the northside, laying down a carpet of gravel at intersections. I spent a half-hour or so with him Monday. SLICK SPOTS His job, as he explained it, was "looking for spots" hitting areas the night shift didn't get around to. All four city sanders were out from 11 p.m. Sunday to 7 a.m. Mon- day, following Sunday's snowfall. In that period of time they were able to do most of the city's main routes. "There's no one around after mid- night and they can whip through pretty said Mr. Conners. But problems can and do crop up, delaying the job. It didn't happen while I was with him, but a fairly common occurrence, Mr. Conners said, is that the disc that spins un- derneath the hopper load of sand and gravel, spreading the grit evenly across the road, gets stuck and stops rotating. This happens when moisture in the load freezes. Its happened often this year, Randy Holfeld, city engineering director, said, because the city has been trying out a sander material for the first time. "It's better on the ice it doesn't bounce as said Mr. Holfeld. STORAGE PROBLEM But, he said, storage is a problem, because moisture gets into the mix- ture and when it's as cold as it has been recently, the mixture freezes, gumming up the works. "Other than the freezing, we're satisfied with said Mr. Holfeld. "We're looking at different methods of storing it next year." In the meantime, Mr. Holfeld said he remains in favor of the dis- cretionary use of salt on city streets. In a report to city council in December, 1973, the engineering department, set out what Mr. Holfeld feels was a very objective look at the 'salt question. "We discussed the pros and cons, evaluating the material and statistics said Mr. Holfeld. The report concluded that the economic advantages of the use of salt greater-traffic safety, increased mobility of emergency vehicles, lower fuel costs and increased commercial activity, as well as a direct saving in city ice and snow control and spring clean- up operations, outweighed the economic disadvantages. Disadvantages listed included reduced driver visibility due to salt spray, accelerated corrosion of vehicles and steel structures, accelerated concrete deterioration, pollution and environmental damage to roadside vegetation. Concerning the most frequent complaint of those opposing the use of salt, that of vehicle corrosion, the report suggested salt on the roads does not cause corrosion, it only accelerates the'process. It's not as serious in areas such as Lethbridge where the normal at- mospheric corrosion rate is relatively low, the report said. The other disadvantages could be mitigated by carefully controlling the amount of salt used. DISCREET SALTING "I've always proposed the use of a discreet amount of Mr. Holfeld said Monday. "My position is the same there is a place for it, but I'm not an advocate of the wholesale use of salt because it's not necessary. "Our idea is not to melt great reams of snow, but just to keep ice from forming and to keep sand and gravel where the ice has formed." Salt is most effective in the 20-32 degree range, and its capacity to melt ice or snow drops with the temperature the engineering direc- tor said. v Most of our snowfalls occur in the 15 to 25-degree range, he noted. LESS ICE By lowering the freezing point, salt would combat the glare ice problem resulting from Chinook weather's freeze thaw cycles arid would help prevent the freezing problems with sanding trucks. City council rejected the recommendation of the 1973 report, and a similar proposal sponsored by Aid. Bob Tarleck at council's last meeting met the same fate, though the split was much narrower, by only a 5-4 margin, than was the case in 1973 when only one alderman voted for salt. In the meantime, City Manager Allister Findlay says there has never been a specific resolution passed setting a blanket ban on salt and the city continues to use a small amount of salt in a one-part salt to 50-parts sand mixture on hills. Mr. Findlay plans to bring another salt resolution to council's next meeting Monday. He isn't saying what it contains before it gets to council, but it likely will at least ask for council's official blessing to continue using low-salt mixtures on grades. Minor quake jars South Alberta, B.C. By D'ARCV RICKARD Herald District Editor An earthquake that measured 5 on the Richter scale jarred residents from Lethbridge to Creston, B.C., about p.m. Monday. No damage was reported. The quake was centred six miles southeast of Kalispell, Mont., the earthquake laboratory of the University of Montana at Missoula said today. A magnitude of 5 is "pretty said a lab worker. The jolt was measured by 14 stations reporting to the un- iversity. Dishes rattled in homes at Pincher Creek, Crowsnest Pass towns, Sparwood, Fernie and Cranbrook. Gerry Sigioun of Fernie reported today her husband watched his beer bottle shake on the table before him. They reside in a mobile home. "It practically shook the beer bottle off the she said. Sally Pyne of Lethbridge told The -Herald she felt "some kind of motion" about p.m. She was one of the few city residents who noticed the jolt. 50 CALLS Radio station CKEK in Cranbrook said it received about 30 calls from people in Cranbrook, Creston, Kimberley and Fernie saying that the tremor occurred about p.m. The U.S. Geodetic Survey Office in Newport, Wash., confirmed an estimate from Kalispell, Mont., reporting it was a 14-second shock. It was the second major earthquake in the Flathead Lake area of Northwestern New task for WCHS principal A recommendation that a former principal of Winston Churchill High School be hired as a special assistant to the superintendent is to be brought before the public school board today. It will be suggested that Jim Anderson be hired fora period not to exceed 15 weeks to assist the administrative staff in preparing reports on a number of new projects. Mr. Anderson's resignation as principal of WCHS took effect Jan. 31. Montana since Friday. "This one was much one Kalispell resi- dent said. No report of damage was immediately available. The Friday earthquake gave a Richter reading of 3.8. Ac- cording to the scale, each full figure of intensity indicates 10 times as much ground motion. Bruce Ramsey of Sparwood said "pictures on the walls shook up quite a bit." "I was sitting on a chair at the time and I could feel the vibrations through my body. Irene and Helen Gibos of Blairmore said canned goods on the shelves of their confec- tionary store "trembled and moved." NO DAMAGE A Coleman Collieries of- ficial said today that there were no reports of damage in the underground mine workings. A number of patients in the Crowsnest Pass General Hospital and nursing home complex reported feeling the vibration of the .tremor. Mike Czech, sitting in the kitchen of his Coleman home, saw the coffee pot tremble on the stove and felt the tremor. His wife Helen, in the Hying room, felt nothing. Warren and Darlene Mickles of Blairmore were eating supper when dishes on the table rattled and some dis- hes in the sink vibrated so hard Mrs. Mickles thought some had broken. The weather office at Pincher Creek received 30 telephone calls from people who felt the jolt and wondered what it was. Mrs. Telena Newton of Bellevue said it "sounded like someone pounding on the door." Her home made a sharp cracking noise. The University of Montana earthquake lab received readings from four stations around the Libby Dam, four more around the Dworshack Dam at Orofino, Idaho, and eight stations clustered around Helena, Mont. FELT JOLT Some Lethbridge residents felt the jolt and one woman said her purse, sitting on a chair, moved. Bud O'Deli of the U.S. Geodetic Office at Newport said, "This one had at least 10 times more motion than the last one." He said the tremor may have covered about square miles and was located about 140 miles east of New- port. Macleod plans action committee to go after industry By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor FORT MACLEOD Curtis Whyte of the Lethbridge office of the department of industry and commerce was assured by town council Monday night that an action committee will be formed here soon to work with his department. "We will go to work on this committee right away and then we will get in touch with said Mayor Charlie Edgar after council heard an outline of the program. The four- or five-man economic develop- ment committee will include town coun- cillors, members of the Fort Macleod and District Chamber of Commerce and a citizen at large. Mr. Whyte said industry and commerce is working with nine Southern Alberta towns, including those in the Crowsnest Pass oh the Alberta growth plan. "Once we get nine towns working together, hopefully can initiate some of these programs this said the of- ficial. His office at Lethbridge was the last to be opened in the provincial program. He is with the regional service branch of the department, serving the area south of Nanton. Reviewing the department's activities, Mr. Whyte said the international marketing branch is helping Alberta firms to export their products and the industry development section is working to develop basic industry within the province. The research and analysis section is working to help smaller companies in Alberta that cannot afford to conduct their own marketing research, the finance and administration offers internal aid and a transportation section deals with such things as freight rate problems, airport programs, road transportation and port facilities at the West Coast for Alberta products. Crown corporations offerings include the Alberta Opportunity Company which lends money, Alberta Research which provides technical expertise and research for small companies, and the Alberta Resources Railway at Grand Cache. Mr. Whyte's office will supply informa- tion on government programs in the area of rural economic development. He will work with committees in the nine towns to help them establish priorities for the communities: "If there are 10 or 15 projects the town wants to work on, which ones do you want to work on first? The town must set down its programs in the order of priority." OPPORTUNITY INVENTORY "What we have to do first is identify what opportunities there are in the said Mr. Whyte. "We have to find out if a plant has the capability of expanding. If it is working at 50 per cent of its capacity, what is the He told council his department monitors imports. It looks at a firm's export potential and tries to fit it into a provincial or federal program for export. Speaking on rural urban economic development, the official said "the government doesn't want to work with ah industry that doesn't fit within your goals. We want to know what are your com- munity goals." An economic base study would be done to determine exactly what the town has to offer industry the price of natural gas, services, industrial land and transporta- tion resources. Mr. Whyte said his department has put up for a project in the Crowsnest Pass. A project coordinator will be hired who will work with all 'Pass towns. He said centres can work together on projects that would not be feasible otherwise. 'Pass road issue flares up Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Crownest Pass MLA Charlie Drain says environmental studies of a proposed highway through the 'Pass are causing new problems. Development of a new route created a lot of ill will in the 'Pass, Mr. Drain told the legislature Monday, but it looked as if the problem was solved until environmental studies "came out of the clear blue sky." The issue has "flared up like a gasoline he said during debate on the speech from the throne. "I wonder whether we are going anywhere with this particular he said. The Social Credit MLA also said a lack of "clear govern- ment, policy on resource development is handicapping coal mining in the 'Pass and that at least some machinery ordered for 'Pass operations has been routed elsewhere. Mr. Drain said a deficit for an integrated health care centre at Blairmore "will have to be studied" by the government because the centre is offering excellent care, and is one of the "most forward innovations in Alber- ta." He also said he hopes "to see something in the budget (to be brought down Friday for a "community" school at Pincher Creek, now experiencing difficulties .because some educational .funding is cut off for students over 23 years old. Macleod annexations approved FORT MACLEOD (Staff) Town council Monday night approved two motions by Coun. Phil Hodnett to annex two separate areas to the west and to the north of town. Town secretary treasurer Roy White said the area to the west, including the Fort Macleod Golf Course, amounts to about H4 quarters. The area to the north, west of the bridge, amounts to about one quarter. These figures are estimates, he said. Council noted it could take as long as six months to have the annexation completed. Coun. Hodnett observed some people in the west area are on Calgary Power rates. "They will vote against he said. "A lot of people would like to preserve the river bottom for nature and for future recreation. If it may be ob- tained, now is the said Coun. Hodnett. The area around the golf course includes the Daisy Mae Campground, W. Hutton's property and the local fish and game club's property: ;