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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 6, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDQE HERALD Wednesday, February 6, 1974 County could devalue land an acre 'with stroke of pen9 By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Most property owners in an area the County of Lethbridge wants to rezone to restrict residential subdivision, told councillors in no uncertain terms Tuesday night they are opposed to the change. Ernie Snowden, one of the people living in an area southeast of the city now zoned to allow low-density country- residential subdivision, told the public meeting the county could take about 1500 an acre awav from the owners "with a stroke of the pen." "Do you people have that he asked the councillors. The county, on the advice of the Oldman Kiver Regional Planning Commission and the St. Mary's River Irrigation District, is considering the zoning change to "preserve good land for agricultural production." Lawrence Smith, commission executive director, said Tuesday night the land involved is not now considered prime land because a main irrigation canal flows through most of it. The canal causes alkaline soil conditions in its immediate vicinity. But, Mr. Smith said, SMRID is planning to move the canal, meaning the land, which could now be legally broken up into small parcels, will become suitable for production. There is a demand for small rural holdings, he said, but these should be located on marginal land. Planner Jay Simons said county council has set as its goal the preservation of prime agricultural land and country residences do not make the best use of it. Therefore, he said, the county will be rezoning dry land with available water as country-residential. Eleven of the 19 property owners affected attended the meeting and all expressed opposition to a zoning change. One man asked why the commission and the county should be so concerned with preserving land at a time when farmers are being forced off the land. He told the meeting he should be allowed to subdivide his land into small parcels so he can make more money from it. Jim Jarvie, although not one of the owners affected by the zoning change, said he and other land owners had a "God-given right to sell their land for what they can get for it." Turning to the commission planners, he said his freedom was being taken away and that he could see the day when the government would tell him what to produce from his land. When thai time comes, it's a dictatorship, Mr. Jarvie said. Mr. Smith tried to explain that as rural areas become more complex, there is a need for zoning to eliminate land-use conflicts. Mr. Simons pointed out there was a potential conflict in the area between feedlots and other livestock operations and residential use. Agricultural operations should have priority over residential use in ajn area with such good land, he said. The county will decide on the change at its next regular meeting Feb. 21. The council is under no legal obligation to follow the wishes of the property owners. LCC to consider use of satellite education channel The establishment of a television-reception ground station in Southern Alberta would allow the Lethbridge Community College to participate in the use of an American satellite to be launched in March, the LCC board of governors are to be informed today. The governors will be asked to respond to a proposal that the college participate in the use of an educational channel of the satellite along with the other educational institutions in the city. The satellite will be broadcasting on a' pattern which would provide excellent reception at a Lethbridge ground station. The Alberta Educational Communications Corporation in its proposal to the college indicates that the cost of the ground station may be obtained from the federal government. The corporation also suggested that educational institutions in Lethbridge make an immediate commitment as to the use they may make of the satellite channel. In reponse to the corporation's request, administrators from the college, the University of FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIDGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDG. See Our Selection ANNIVERSARY GIFTS Trays Vases Rites Nats Tetjwts Coffee Ms Ms Mites From 2nd Anniversary to 54Mi AnnlvefMfy CtfdjN 327-5787 DOWNTOWN Lethbridge and the two city school systems met Jan. 25 to decide on whether to participate in the use of the educational channel. They agreed to support the use of the satellite on the condition that they would not be responsible for the costs of setting up the ground station and its equipment The administrators suggested that other costs involved in the use of the satellite would have to be studied closely before any commitment on sharing of costs by the local institutions was made. The boards of the individual institutions would also have to support local participation. Library opening delayed Opening date of the new public library has been set back to March 4 due to what was described as late arrival of some materials and other minor delays. The city's chief librarian, George Dew, said there were several little bits of things to clear up. "It's all very worrying, but it seems to be happening with all new buildings these he said The library staff had originally hoped to move into the new building for a Feb. 4 opening and then later by mid- February. Official opening of the new library is still set for April 5. Mr Dew said he would try to ensure the public would not be greatly inconvenienced in any way by the move, but there may be a couple of days in "what's known as a state of flux." BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVBWttS Open Thun. and Frt. Phone 32t-0372 2716 12th Ave. S. THURSDAY BUCKET SPECIAL When you buy a bucket or ba -el of Fried Chicken 15 well give you the fans, FRffi! V Family Pack of French Fnes VlSfl oz of Creamy Cote Slaw A toaf of Greaan Bread SVEN ERICKSENS FOOD AND PASTRY SHOP An. S. RUM 3284161 PktM 328 7751 Editing a hairpiece Ed Bayly watches out the corner of his eye as prop-girl Anne Reid trims his hairpiece before rehearsal of the play, Rising of the Moon. The Allied Arts Council is presenting a series of one act plays in Its Regional One Act Festival, Thursday and Friday at p.m. in the Yates Memorial Centre. Teachers don9t need compensation Officials rap tax waste It is a waste of taxpayers dollars to include teachers under the provincial Workers' Compensation Act, local officials of the school trustees and teachers associations claimed today. The Alberta government has proposed a plan under SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING Phona 32S-2170 CUff BUCK. BLACK DENTAL UB aw-; which school boards would have to pay Workers' Compensation Board premiums so that their teachers are provided with health, accident and life protection. The protection teachers would receive under the WCB would be minimal because they aren't involved in the type of work that requires compensation coverage, the local separate school chairman said in an interview today. John Boras, also an executive member of the Alberta School Trustees Association, says the extra cost to school boards would just be another of the bureaucratic fringe costs that "are thrown into the education pot" of funds that are supposed to be used to educate children. Gerry Heck, president of the Lethbridge ATA, said teachers are already covered by good insurance plans with their school boards and the Workmens Compensation Board would only be duplicating the insurance coverage. All it does is take more money from the school boards who are now operating on limited budgets and it would be totally wrong to use funds that should be used for learning situations, he suggested. The ASTA and ATA representatives' in Edmonton and Calgary expressed similar reactions to the proposed government plan today. The ASTA estimated that the proposed plan would use about of the taxpayers dollars that have been designated for educational purposes. Production slump seen for sugar beet farmers The Alberta Sugar Beet Growers Association will strive for continued high acreages of the crop but the association president feels 1974 will feature a slump in production. Lalavee Jensen of Magrath told The Herald Tuesday before the group's 49th annual meeting in Lethbridge today that higher prices for other crops could sway some growers to drop the labor- intensive sugar beets. He says the higher-than- average prices for other crops such as wheat, barley and hay which can also be grown on Southern Alberta's irrigated land if returns are high enough, will take away any price advantage sugar beets hold for the time being. Disabled on Move studies mini bus The use of "mini buses" for transporting physically disabled people in Lethbridge is being investigated by the organization Disabled on the Move, an official with the Travel group will mull memberships The board of directors of the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta will make a decision this week whether to permit group memberships in the TCASA. At a meeting of the board of directors Tuesday, a delegation from the Crowsnest Pass applied for a group membership which the board decided to discontinue as of Oct. 1. Frank Smith, executive vice- president of the TCASA, told the Herald group memberships resulted in a loss of revenue for the TCASA.- In the past, 200 members of an area's chamber of commerce would say they were members of the TCASA because the chamber of commerce was a member, Mr. Smith said. Group memberships used to cost while single memberships are 125, he said. Group memberships cost more yet have the same voting power as single memberships. Single memberships are more advantageous for an area, Mr. Smith said. If an area feels strongly about something, it can come out with force and make their position felt if there are several single memberships. The board will make a decision this week whether to stick with its Oct. 1st decision and have only single memberships, Mr. Smith said. The delegation from Crowsnest Pass only wanted a group membership and was nat interested in single memberships, be said. SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION AT THE WAREHOUSE 1t20 2nd AVE. ft. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7th TEHMS CASH SALE STARTS HCSEHVE A LOT OF FUMNirURE IN FOM THIS SALE IS FftOM AN ESTATE. 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A beautiful bouquet of fresh flowers ...wrth a surprise. A capsule of Joie de Fleur, FTO's exclusive new perfume. And we can send flowers to your Valentine girls across the street or across the country Stop in or phone us today But huriV Don't be dis- appointec -id eariy! vntM KXTM Trum FIOST MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP 07-1111 group said today. Gerald Trechka said the group decided at a meeting Tuesday, mini buses would be the best solution to the problem of transportation for the physically handicapped. Three committees were formed to investigate various areas of transportation.' The committees are comprised of persons who were at the meeting representing organizations including the municipal and auxiliary hospitals, the rehabilitation society, community services and the Lethbridge transit system. The committees will investigate the formation of an association in Lethbridge for the physically disabled and determine the cost of mini buses and how many people are in need of such a service, he added. "For the purpose of receiving funds, the "Handi Bus Association" was formed in Calgary and this is what we are looking for he said. Calgary 'has a mini bus service for the physically disabled and Marvin Foulkes, director of the Canadian Paraplegic Association's Calgary Region, told the meeting how the bus system was started in Calgary. Each bus could carry six wheelchairs much more convenient than cars, Mr. Trechka added. The group has set another meeting for March 5 to hear the three committee reports. But he cautions growers to make sure they don't put themselves in a position where they can't get back into the sugar beet industry if and when the prices for other agricultural products drops back to normal positions. Such a thing would' happen if a producer gets out of the" business and'other growers pick up the necessary contracted acreages. In 1973, farmers planted acres of sugar beets. Through drought conditions in the spring and poor emergence of the plants only acres were harvested. He says he would like to see another acres contracted for sugar beet production in 1974 in Southern Alberta with about acres harvested. "But this likely won't happen." In addition to the higher prices for other crops, Mr. Jensen says labor problems during the past few years have created doubts in many growers minds about the feasibility of growing sugar beets. 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