Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
'Landowners 3 miles from city should pay lower taxes9 By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Landowners living in a three-mile radius of the city should pay lower taxes, one local farmer told a public meeting Wednesday night. There are many restrictions placed on land use in that perimeter, yet taxes on land adjacent to the city are higher because market value is greater, the man said. Tymen Donkersgoed proposed at a meeting on land-use planning and agriculture, sponsored by the Broxburn local of Unifarm, that if tax concessions aren't made, the provincial government should at least allow the land to be subdivided into small parcels. If subdivision was allowed in the buffer strip, farmers would at least get higher land re-sale prices to compensate for having their range of agricultural options limited, Mr. Donkersgoed said. Department of health regulations do not now allow feedlots to be located in a three-mile perimeter of a city and subdivision to parcels smaller than 80 acres is only allowed in areas specified under county bylaw. Dick Papworth, Lethbridge County reeve, disagreed with Mr. Donkersgoed's suggestion, saying the county should not have to accept a lower tax base just to make it easier for the city to plan future growth. "Why should the county suffer because of the city? Let the city worry about its own the reeve said. He said it was a poor investment to own land within the three-mile radius because there are so many restrictions on it. Mr. Papworth complained that although feedlots are not allowed in the perimeter to protect city residents, the city has feedlots within its borders. Lawrence Smith, executive director of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, told the Unifarm meeting the commission will be preparing a sub- regional plan which will show how and where the city will expand and what effect this will have on adjacent communities. When directions of urban growth are determined, at least planning can be done to minimize conflicts, the director said. Mr. Smith agreed with comments made by several farmers that some compensation be given property owners in the perimeter. In return for the tax loss suffered by the county should compensation in the form of reduced taxes be given, Mr. Smith suggested that taxes from industrial operations be divided among all municipalities in an area. Mr. Smith made his comments after one man said the county should not allow the city to expand beyond its present limits. "The county is here to protect us as a viable agricultural the man said. If the city wants to control land- use in the tree-mile let them buy it." As the city expands, the perimeter is pushed out further, taking still more land out of full agricultural production, he said. Many of the people at the meeting were complaining about new provincial government guidelines for feedlot location. The guidelines, called a code of practice, carry no legal weight, but Lethbridge County has incorporated some of the provisions in its development control bylaw. Under'county regulations, livestock confinement operations may be allowed in restricted zones only if a certificate of compliance with the code is obtained from the environment department and other provincial departments. However, in areas within three miles of a city, the health department does not allow feedlots and will not issue a compliance certificate. Dave Graveland, head of the technical development branch of the environment department, said if the code is followed there will probably be few complaints from anyone about a feedlot established under its guidance. Many people think, Mr. Graveland said, the code is protecting urban residents. It's not it's protecting the farmer, he claimed. When there is pressure from urban growth, livestock confinement operations have to move out, but if the code is followed, feedlot owners will be secure from that situation, he said. District SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, February 7, 1974 Local news Pages 13-24 LCC board delays smoking in class decision A large number of students attending spring semester classes at the Lethbridge Community College want to be able to smoke in the class, a survey presented to the college's board of governors Wednesday showed. College policy now permits smoking where smoking facilities are provided, but doesn't allow smoking in the classrooms during periods of instruction. But in many classrooms depending on the attitude of the instructor toward smoking the no-smoking signs posted on the blackboard of each classroom have been ignored, the governors were informed during the presentation of the results of the survey. Dean Cooper, LCC director of finance, urged the governors to make a firm decision on whether smoking should be permitted in classrooms and then see that it is honored m the classroom situation. He said the college has even had to provide some ashtrays in the classrooms where the policy hasn't been enforced in order to prevent "a real mess." The survey of staff and students showed that 243 of those surveyed supported smoking in the classrooms, 222 were opposed to smoking and 175'felt the decision on whether to allow smoking should be left up to the instructor. The academic council recommended Wednesday that the governors revise the college's existing smoking policy to concur with the findings of the survey The governors tabled the recommendation until their next meeting. Wo way PWA Chamber of Commerce opposes air application A tit again At it again, city workmen Andy Simon and Lou Schwarz dig for a broken water main under 4th Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets S. A water main break in the same area last summer flooded basements of some downtown businesses and dropped a backhoe tractor into a hole when pavement over the break collapsed. BEEF PRICES CHEAP FOR YEARS Cattlemen blamed for consumer furor By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer SHELBY, Montana The livestock producer is partly to blame for the public furor over high beef prices, according to an American animal scientist Men deny break-in Two 18-year-old Lethbridge men accused of breaking into Trans-Canada Freezers Ltd., 2nd Avenue and 28th Street N., were remanded to March 4 for trial. Brian Neil Clampitt 1112 llth St. N and Gary Lome La Fournie, 1506 7th Ave. N., pleaded not guilty to the charge of breaking and entering with intent. Garage burns Extensive damage to a garage resulted from a fire at 2210 6th Ave. N. Wednesday afternoon Randy Service, 15, was working on a motorcycle in the garage when the machine burst into flames. The motorcycle was destroyed and the garage damaged Robert Durham, bead of the animal science department at Texas Tech University in Lubbock told about farmers and ranchers at the 8th annual Montana Farm Forum here Wednesday the consumer has been spoiled over the years with cheap beef prices Dr Durham said it was because the cattleman for years was too proud to tiink he had to make a profit on his investment. Men have continued to raise beef for years but it has been produced below the cost of production. He said many ranchers could point out bricklayers who make more money but when beef prices finally went higher, the bricklayer was the one to boycott beef. And this was after the rancher was finally able to make a five to six per cent return on his investment instead of one per cent Dr. Durham feels the ranchers will face more problems in the next 15 years as land is exploited for uses other than agricultural. He said his wife inherited some land which might have been worth per acre for farming before a road was built through it. The road made it unproductive for agriculture out the value jumped to about per acre because it could be used for other purposes. "I'm really concerned about this land he said. He then stressed that all agricultural producers must learn to know the market place for their products if they are going to make any money. He said there was too much emphasis on increasing production and not enough thought about the price that production was being sold for. He said marketing is one of the first things his students must learn. They know more about marketing than most producers and "they aren't the people with a investment who should know." Addition! reports Page 14. Native centre director will stress recreation The new executive director of the Lethbridge Friendship Centre wants more emphasis placed on recreational programming at the centre. Gordon Keewatin. a former accounting clerk at a Regina furniture store who has been working in his new job since Monday, said in an interview he will try and get people interested in sports and recreation programs. He suggested a softball team be started this spring and said he might try and organize a judo class "Maybe even the odd he said. He said he found the centre running "fairly smoothly" when he took over and added that preliminary observations indicate the problem of drinking in the centre has subsided. Mr. Keewatin is the third executive director of the centre within a year. He replaces Corey Foster, who resigned in November claiming the board interfered in the day-to-day operations of the centre. After two months of internal feuding, the board was dissolved and re-formed at a special membership meeting. During tins time, there was a threat that federal government funding would be cot off if the internal problems were not resolved. Mr. Keewatin said he feels be will have no difficulty working with the board. GORDON KEEWATIN By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce board of directors voiced opposition Wednesday to Pacific Western Airline's application to establish a Lethbridge-Calgary run. The chamber sent a telegram to the air transport committee of the Canadian Transport Commission opposing PWA's request and urging that there 'be no unnecessary delay in dealing with Time Air's application to operate a 40-passenger turbo- prop aircraft on its Lethbridge Calgary- Edmonton run. Similar action was expected to come today from a meeting of the Lethbridge transportation a Joint city-chamber committee chaired by Aid. Steve Kotch. Aid. Kotch said Wednesday he personally feels there is no way PWA should be allowed into the city because that would break Time Air, which with its eight flights a day is serving the city better than the two flights daily proposed by PWA. "There's no question they (PWA) want to stall Time Air's he added Chamber of Commerce manager Mike Sutherland told the chamber board's regular meeting Wednesday that Time Air's application for a larger aircraft appears to be only two weeks away from a decision by the air transport committee. "But PWA's application could delay approval of Time Air's for as much as a he said. The application was submitted last August. Time Air vice-president Richard Barton claimed a good part of the reason for PWA's application was to keep Time Air off the Calgary- Edmonton market. "PWA has not allowed anyone to compete on the Calgary-Edmonton run." he charged. "It's our position that we are not even trying to compete. "To dp that we would have to do it with equivalent equipment All we have said is that we would provide a reasonable alternative to the existing airbus service." Mr. Barton said the reason for the company's application was that it accepted the fact that with its present aircraft it was not capable of providing an air freight service to Lethbridge and it recognized the need for greater passenger capacity in peak hours Time Air became the sole airline serving Lethbridge in 1970 after Air Canada applied to discontinue its once-a-day flight because it was retiring the fleet of Viscounts with whirh it served Lethbridge and replacing them with DC-9 jets which were considered uneconomical to use on the route. PWA applied for the route and Time Air president Stuhb Ross said then that Time Air would be forced to leave the city if the route was awarded to PWA. Fears were also expressed at that time that if PWA got the route and found it uneconomic and dropped it, the city would be without air service Eventually a three-way agreement between Air Canada, PWA, and Time Air was reached giving the route to Time Air and giving concessions to PWA on other routes. According to the transport commission ruling, PWA also retained the right to reapply for the Lethbridge run "if and when there is a clear public interest in the service proposed and the level of traffic requires such service." Mr. Barton said Wednesday as far as he knows there has been no public interest expressed in having PWA fly into the city. Mr. Ross said earlier Wednesday that if PWA's application was successful it would put Time Air out of business A PWA spokesman in Vancouver said .Wednesday the company's application was to add Lethbridge to PWA's Vancouver licence, which could eventually lead to a Lethbridge-Okanagan- Vancouver flight. But Mr. Barton, said Time Air's information was that the application involves initially at least only a twice-daily extension of the Edmonton- Calgary airbus to Lethbndge. 1 I City refuses to comment on new industry report I City officials issued a terse "no comment" Wednesday on reports that a major manufacturing industry may locate in the empty Horton Steel Plant in east Lethbridge. According to one unconfirmed report, the firm interested in locating in the plant would bring 250 new jobs to the city. The plant has been empty since 1971 when Horton Steel Works Ltd., which then employed 34 persons with an annual payroll of closed its doors. The plant is in the north side industrial park at 2902 5th Ave. N. and opened in 1955. When asked about the rumors Mayor Andy Anderson said only that negotiations have been going on for some time and to comment on them now could jeopardize the talks. I CBC news report 'cheeses off9 Chamber directors Should the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation be allowed to cast aspersions on our premier in a television news report and get away with it? Not on your life, said some members of the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce board of directors Wednesday. Board member Bob Robinson brought the matter up, terming a recent CBC news report on the provincial Progressive Conservative party's.-annual meeting in Edmonton "extremely sarcastic and obviously Eastern-oriented." Mr. Robinson said the Feb. 2 report said something to the effect that the Canadian leader of the party (Robert StanfieU) was relegated to Page 3 by Premier Lougbeed who was referred to as "the star of the show'1 and a "bine- eyed chauvinist" was amazed at the report's lack of said Mr. Robinson. "It was m very poor taste and very unfair to the West" Other board members who had seen the newscast agreed, but they were taken to task by another chamber director, John Boras. "If you ask me it's par for the course." he said. Chamber director Morley McGill disagreed saying if such comments are going to be made they should be made in the form of an editorial not in a newscast "It's not par for the course." he said "It's par for the course for Toronto." "To call our premier a chauvinist cheeses me off." He made a motion that the. matter be referred to the Alberta Chamber of Commerce with an expression of disapproval by the Lethbndge chamber, but the motion was tabled unbl a. transcript of the news report can be obtained Bad cheque quick route to jail A Hamilton, Ont, man who wanted to go back to jail will get his wish, he was told in provincial court Wednesday. Neil Albert Newman, 45, admitted writing a worthless cheque to pay for a watch at a Lethbridge jewelry store Jan. 25. Newman's record, read to Provincial Judge A. H. Elford. showed that the man had spent most of his time in jail daring the past two years. "I can't seem to make it on the street" Newman said. "It's easier in jail." "Are you telling me this offence was committed so you could go to jaiP" Provincial Judge Elford sasked. "Yes, Yonr Newman said. He was given a six-montt jail sentence.