Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tuwdqr, February LITHMIDOI HIPULD-11 Unified gov't still eludes 'Pass towns BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) A unfiied government for the Crowsnest Pass is still as far away as it was four years ago when the idea was first brought up. Meetings, local government studies and investigations so far have brought nothing to entice the amalgamation of the communities concerned, which include Bellevue, Frank, Blair-more, Coleman and the communities in Improvement district No. 5. By VernUecoux Crowsnest Pass Bureau At a recent-meeting held in the Blairmore Credit Union Hall, representatives were present from all of the five areas as well as from the school division and hospital. Ted Nicholoson of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission provided the meeting with a study of the Crowsnest Pass public utilities, public works equipment and improvement rates for local government, prepared by Underwood, McLellan and Associates. A discussion of the feasibility of amalgamation indicated Blairmore and Coleman, now serviced with new water and sewer systems, paved streets and other benefits, seem to have nothing to gain from such a move. Coleman as well has its own revenue prodding gas company and light and water company. Blairmore as well derives a substantial profit from resale of electrical energy to its residents. The improvement districts in the area have still to enjoy the service of sewer and in some areas a water system. The major industry in the Crowsnest Pass is located in the west end of the area within Imr-ovement District No. 5 and if amalgamation is negotiated, the tax revenue from these industries would be enjoyed by the local government for use in this area. The school division, the Crowsnest Pass General Hospital and Medical Centre, the Pass ambulance service and the recreation board are all supported by 'Pass communities and are functioning well under the current system. As a result of the meeting, a letter is to be drafted by a chosen committee and will be presented to the provincial government to determine the extent of financial and other support the government would provide for amalgamation. The mill rate in the improvement district is 58 mills. Blairmore 96, Coleman 88, Bellevue 110 and Frank 88 for an average of 77.6 mills. The projected rates shown by the report presented by Mr. Nicholson indicated that under amalgamation, the rate would be 70 mills and the projected rate in 1974 would be 68 mills. The report also indicated that general government costs for the five areas would have reduced in 1973 from to approximately With regard to the town of Coleman gas company and light and water company, it was suggested if amalgamation took place, the systems could be bought by the county and Coleman residents enjoy returns in the form of tax relief over the years. Another alternative would leave the companies in the hands of its directors and shareholders receive dividends. In an interview, former Frank mayor Lud Margetak, now office manager of the department of lands and forests in Blairmore, said, "Although I have lost one of my best friends in an argument over this matter, I still feel that there are advantages to be gained. Some feel that why should they have to subsidize other parts of the by bringing their services up to a par with other communities and I feel that this is correct. But, there are still some advantages to be gained. The hospital is working good, the school division is working good so there is no reason why metro government can't work. A fair system of taxing wou'.u have to be Max Brown, former Blairmore Mote) .operator said, "Centralization is the universal trend. It is vitally essential in today's World for the enhancing of progress, economy and efficiency. Seventy years of parochialism is too much. We have a central hospital in place of the three of 25 years ago. We have a consolidated school system in keeping with the times. If we're going to be anything other than "feuding hillbillies" then we had better adopt a central government. Its long overdue." Dick Wilkins, Royal Bank manager at Bellevue said, "I'm all for it. I'd like nothing better than to see the 'pass amalgamate. There is nothing better for the area. It would cost people here a lot less down the line and it would eliminate duplication of many services. It would enable us to get more provincial and federal assistance and it would give us a stronger voice in federal and provincial matter because a city would receive a better hearing than four small towns." The South In short Noble grand installed PINCHER CREEK (Special) Mrs. Denice Lang was recently installed noble grand of the Alexandra Rebekah Lodge here. Other officers are Margaret Blackburn, Jr., past noble grand; Shirley Shemko, vice- grand; Agnes Dumont, recording secretary; Alice Cleland, financial secretary; and Faye Reed, treasurer. County officials honored BURDETT County of Forty Mile officials Reeve Dan Vandenberg and school committee chairman Raymond Clark were honored at a banquet attended by about 160 people here Saturday night. MLA Harry Strom attended and praised the efforts of the two men. Reeve Vandenberg received a watch and a 25-year pin. Mr. Clark received a watch and a 20-year pin. Mr. Clark actually has 23 years service as a public servant for the county. He was with the former municipal district and the former school division before the county was formed. Now he is the town representative on the county school committee. Lethbridge girls win tourney BROOKS The Winston Churchill High School girls basketball team, the Griffins, emerged victorious at the Brooks annual invitational tournament on the weekend. The James Fowler High School of Calgary went down to bitter defeat 41-22 as the Lethbridge girls got rolling Friday evening. Saturday afternoon they defeated the Brooks Composite High School team 38-29. They edged the team from Ernest Manning High School, Calgary, 24-22 in the final game. Lethbridge all-star was Gail Blanchard. The team is coached by Linda Dogterom. Roping club head named TABER (HNS) Ed Sparks recently was named president of the Taber Roping Club to bead up the club's 21st year of social, community and sports activity. Also elected were Lynn Wenboarne, vice-president; Jean Holman, secretary- treasurer; and Jody Wenbourne and Les Fekete, directors to the Southern Alberta Riding and Roping Council. The Taber club's annual "beans and jeans" dance was set for March 23 for which tickets will be available from any club member. A club membership meeting will be held Feb. 20 when each member is expected to bring a prospective member interested in learning and participating in the various rodeo sporting events, such as roping, barrel racing, ball dogging, team roping and ribbon roping. Trophies are awarded at the club's annual banquet and dance to those most proficient in each event during the year. Residents won't be canvassed PINCHER CREEK (HNS) February is Heart Month but local citizens will not be canvassed as in the past. It is hoped instead that people will voluntarily come forward with their donation to the fund. Donations may be mailed to the local representative. A letter with this information win be mailed, along with information on the work of the Alberta Heart Foundation. Preschool program approved FOREMOST (Special) The Bow Island Early Childhood Education Services group has received approval for its proposed program. The group was able to satisfy county school committee members that the needs of rural youngsters, not able to travel on school buses every day, would be catered to. Application for a grant to operate the program will now be made by the County of Forty Mile to the department of education. The Early Childhood Services is a plan to assist parents in improving the qua- lity of life of pre-school children by providing grants for approved projects, establishing minimum standards, providing and co- ordinating services, promoting adult education on the topic and collecting and distributing information. Adult education under way FOREMOST (HNS) Superintendent of schools Cliff Elle told the recent County of Forty Mile school committee meeting that the newly-formed Adult Education Council is now working smoothly. The council was formed in the fall of 1973 in an effort to coordinate the various adult education programs carried out within the County of Forty Mile. There are 13 representatives serving on the committee. Mr Elle says the goal of the council is to mobilize all available resources in offering a co-ordinated, comprehensive and meaningful program of continuing education to adults in the county. At present many courses are offered in the county area during the year. There are University of Lethbridge credit and public service courses, Community School activities, and department of agriculture courses all operating in the principal centres of Bow Island and Foremost. Frozen farmyard It's February and all is still as winter holds a firm grip on its will flood its life-giving warmth across the land, rural constituents. But soon the iron gate will open and spring School trustees okay student confidentiality The Hcrald- District FOREMOST The County of Forty Mile school committee recently approved a policy regarding the confidentiality of student information. The policy takes effect immediately. Under the new arrangement, all information in pupil records shall be treated as confidential to the pupil, his parents or legal guardians, .and the school district staff, and will be used solely to promote the Students progressing in reading program FOREMOST (HNS) County of Forty Mile reading consultant Allan Doig presented a report to the recent meeting of the school committee indicating that students in four county schools are making satisfactory progress in their reading programs. Mr. Doig administered a series of reading comprehension and vocabulary tests to students in grades 2 to 6 at Burdett, Conquerville, Manyberries and Etzikom schools. Pupils read well, with the average reading age exceeding the chronological age of the pupils in each grade. The findings do not imply that these pupils are in any way superior. The test results indicate that in each school there are a number of pupils who have difficlty with the reading program, and all schools showed below average results in one grade or another. Mr. Doig concluded that no one school could be singled out as being better than another, as each had both strengths and weaknesses. Mr. Doig recommended that the basic program presently used in each of the schools should be retained. While methods and reading schemes varied from school to school, all were using a systematic approach to the teaching of reading which was proving effective, educational welfare of the student. Records will be maintained for each pupil, containing such information as is directly useful in facilitating the pupil's education. Principals are charged with the responsibility of developing procedures to ensure that these records remain confidential. Parents or legal guardians will have access to information concerning their own children, providing a teacher is present. Provision is also made for pupils to have access to their own school records in the presence of a teacher and a parent or guardian, v Municipal officers discuss voter lists Board proposes milk price subsidy for Taber students TABER (HNS) Milk at half price for students of Taber School Division is the proposal of public school trustees, and lunch milk will cost 10 cents a pint under the cost-sharing policy. The division will match subsidies of any school students' union or parent teacher body to the extent of five cents a pint, thus cutting in half the 20 cents a pint normally charged. The program is on .an experimental basis to the end of the current school year, when its acceptance by the schools will be reviewed by, the board. The Dr. Hamman Elementary School Parent Teacher Association here has been providing milk for the students for some time. The board also approved "a 10 per cent economic adjustment" to the salaries of all non-teaching employees of the school division effective Jan. A few employees will receive additional. increments because of additional responsibilities or qualifications, or the expiry of probationary periods of employment. CRANBROOK (Special) The East Kootenay chapter of the Municipal Officers Association met in special session here recently to discuss perplexities over a 1973 Municipal Act amendment effective last Dec. 31. It cancelled municipal voters lists, to be succeeded by new lists in each under much broader voter qua- lifications. :-In general, voter qua-, lifications are 19 years of age, current resident, and Canadian or British subject. Listed voters will now be able to vote on all municipal matters which alters the former restriction that only ratepayers could vote on money bylaws. The ruling on "special area" referenda still appears unclear. Represented at the meeting were municipalities of Cranbrook, Kimberley, Creston, Golden, Fernie, Spar wood, Invermere and Elkford. The Act sets a June 30 deadline for the new comprehensive lists in each, and in general the municipalities officers decided their house-to house enumeration counts for the new lists would be carried out in May. Voter qualifications for any interim referendum in the interval to June 30 were not discussed. Recreation budget nixed CLARESHOLM (HNS) Town council has turned down a recreation board budget because it is 50 per cent higher than last year's recreation expenditure. Council wants the board to stay within the 7Vt per cent guideline as set out by the provincial government. The grant from the Willow Creek MD is fixed at or one mill in the Claresholm area. 200 view fashion show at Foremost FOREMOST (Special) An enthusiastic audience of about 200 enjoyed a fashion show entitled Colors in the Snow here recently. It was staged by junior high students at the Foremost School gymnasium. The program was well organized and presented under the direction of home economics teacher Miss Rita Unruh. The first part of the evening saw 28 outfits modelled by Grade 8 and 9 girls, ranging from dresses and coats to pant suits and pyjamas. Following a short intermission, eight of the girls modelled wedding gowns ranging from 1918 to the present time. The history of wedding gowns was narrated by Linda Garber with piano accompaniment by Cindy Brittner. A display of handicrafts by junior high girts drew many interested spectators. Hay shortage diminishes PINCHER CREEK (HNS) While cattlemen are feeding their stock heavily now, an earlier threat of a feed shortage is diminishing. Pincher Creek was an area that suffered a shortage of feed this past year. It is estimated that about tons of hay have been imported from other areas of the province by local farmers and ranchers during the past few months. The cost per ton has averaged about The cost has been offset some by the nay freight assistance policy which pays up to per ton on hay, straw and hay pellets. Any hay, straw or pellets hauled from July 1, 1973 to April over 25 miles is eligible for this program. While some of the hay has been of an inferior quality, for the most part it has been average cattlemen say. New map COALDALE (HNS) A map showing all water and sewer lines and grades will be drawn by Jerry Baker, town council decided recently. RUMPUS ROOM SPECIALS LUMBER SPECIAL! High Utility FIRDIMENSION Random Lengths PerM.......... No. 1 SLUM FRAMING LUMBER Studs. Each Studs, Each 56 96 1x2 STRAPPING varied widths, Lin. ft 3 VINYL ASBESTOS FLOOR TILE Sin 12x12" Pitting. .ON 4 cibrs ft ckMst few. EACH Can Be Used In Any Room of Your Home Over Wood or Concrete ADVANCE LUMBER CO. LTD. 13th Stand 2nd 3. 329-3301 "Your Pioneer Lumber Dealer Since 1925"