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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 9, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Council inundated with support for naming pool after Siwik Public interest in seeing the new north side pool named in honor of Stan Siwik appears to be gathering landslide momentum A petition with 23 pages of names, and 10 other letters in support of naming the pool after the man who has devoted 25 years to the Lethbridge swimming scene, are on city council's agenda Monday Two letters suggesting other names are also on the agenda One favors "Crowfoot Pool" or "Jerry Potts Pool" in connection with the 1974 RCMP centenary, the other "The Northern Dip Swimming Pool." Support for the Stan Siwik name came from a former city resident and swimmer now living in Saskatoon, and another in Port Alberni, B.C Several letter writers took council to task for suggesting at its last meeting that it did not want to set a precident by naming a public facility after someone unless he had contributed financially to the facility. "I sincerely say, please do set a precedent in this instance, and when warranted, in the saysTWuriel Matheson, of 822 7th Ave. S "Let Stan's record of hours, money and devotion be recognized now, and let it be a measuring stick by which you judge whether you'll recognize some future community-minded person Bernice Beres, formerly of the city and now in Port Alberni writes: "That the only way to achieve posterity iri my home town is to buy it strikes me as ludicrous. "In my view the contribution of Stan Siwik to Lethbridge is hardly surpassed. To suggest that such a contribution is worthless when compared to a monetary contribution must come as a severe blow to anyone who holds some hope for the future of humanity." "Such commercialism is not befitting the community I once called home." The petition is to be presented to council after it reconvenes at 9 p.m. following the Canada Winter Games countdown party Council's regular public meeting will start at p.m Monday because of the countdown party. Council will also deal with another petition this one bearing some 100 signatures of North Lethbridge residents seeking sidewalks on 12th Street and 12th Street C N between 2nd A and 3rd Avenues N At its last meeting council approved the recommendation of the city engineering department that a sidewalk be built on 12th Street B N as a council initiated local improvement. If a majority of the adjacent property owners that represent half the value of the property petition against a local improvement it can be killed, since they are the ones that wouid pay the bill Mostly small business are located on the three streets in question, with angle-parking up against the buildings forcing area residents to walk in the street, a practice they say is both dangerous and illegal. Other items on council's agenda Monday include a proposal from the community services department that it be allowed to use the old library in Gait Gardens as offices and for community use; a notice of motion from Aid. Bill Kergan that all citizens be given the opoortunity to participate in the power plant public hearing whether they've prepared a brief or not, and a recommended change in West Lethbridge land sales policy that the number of lots that may be purchased at a time be doubled from five to 10 SECOND SECTION District The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Saturday, Februarys, 1974 Local news Pages 15-28 Transit deficit less than expected The city transit system operated at less of a deficit than forecast in 1973 due to be increased revenues from school bus and charter operations and the five-cent fare hike July 1. Despite some predictions to the contrary, the fare increase did not noticeably reduce the number of paying passengers on city buses, the transit system's annual report shows To be presented to city council Monday, the report says paying passengers decreased by only 4 per cent while passenger revenue went up 42 per cent The system operated at a loss of in 1973 compared to an anticipated deficit of This compared to a operating loss in 1972 The figures don't show, however, the fact that free bus passes were issued to senior citizens in 1973 A total of pas seHjgeivf %er e- recorded jn slightly from in 1972, due, says the report, to the fare increase Operating costs were up from while revenue increased to in 1973 from in 1972 Increased costs were attributed mainly to the continuation of the bus replacement program Three new buses were purchased in 1973 bringing the transit fleet to 19 transit buses, 10 school buses and one school bus owned by the school district but operated by the transit department The annual report also points out that Route 1 was extended to Great Lakes Road last year, improving service to the southeast end of the city Major route changes are planned for the growing northeast end of the city, but the transit department is waiting for roads in the area to be upgraded before service is extended The report adds that two more of the aluminum and glass bus shelters, like the one installed at the municipal hospital, are proposed for this year's budget. It also notes that in 1973. transit operators were involved in 22 accidents, only three of which were found to be the fault of the operators. In a bit of an understatement, the report says. "Most of the accidents, rear-end collisions, do little damage to the bus but generally result in considerable damage to the automobile Science fair still open for entries Lethbndge officials say there is still room for more entries for the city's annual regional science fair March 23 and 24 Dr Dave Bowden of the Lethbridge Research Station says about 69 entries have been received, compared to last year's figure of 85. "No entries have been received from (he Crowsnest Pass this year but a few entries will be chosen from the Taber science fair, a couple of weeks prior to tbe Lethbridge he says. Entry forms can be obtained from Dr Bowden at the research station. j trandeu RICK photo Cries for help were heard Friday, as people, passersby. According to the weatherman the puddles including this unidentified lady, were caught on the will get even larger as warm weather is expected for wrong side of roadway oceans. But instead of being at least the next two days. The wind is expected to die thrown a lifeline, she only received the smiles of down Sunday. Peak demand for power down Peak demand on the city's electrical system was down considerably in 1973 from the trend established over the past few years, the electric system annual report says. The report, to be presented to city council Monday, says peak demand increased by 2.5 per cent to kilowatts from 46.700 KW during 1972 Energy sales, however, were up 8 6 per cent from the previous year's 21S.181.700 kilowatt hours to KWH. The report says the drop in system demand growth could perhaps be attributed to the rate increase in May when electric bills were boosted an average of eight per cent to cover an increaee in Calgary Power rates for purchased base power. From June until November, a decrease in monthly system demands of up to 15.6 per cent over 1872 were recorded. Since then, however, demand has returned to the levels predicted in previous load forecasts, the report'says. It adds that the city power plant generated KWH at a cost of .73 cents per KWH and purchased KWH from Calgary Power Ltd LCC offers 10-week course in irrigation sprinkler use Irrigation sprinklers, their use and operation, will be the topic of a 10-week course at the Lethbridge Community College starting Wednesday' Set to run 7 to 9 p m each Wednesday, the course will be instructed by Len Ring, Dick Heywood and Larry Spiess of the Alberta irrigation division Irrigation specialists will discuss irrigation practices, bow soil type, climate and crop affect the design of the system, types of sprinkler and trickle systems, sprinkler design and installation, operation and maintenance of the sprinkler systems Sponsored by the school of continuing education at LCC, the course is open to experienced and novice irrigation farmers The cost is which includes text books and supplies. No quick answer for Time, PWA By ANDY OGLE HeraM Staff Writer Judging from telephone interviews with Air Transport Committee staff in Ottawa Friday, an immediate resolution of the Tune Air and Pacific Western Airlines Lethbridge applications doesn't appear to be forthcoming. ATC staff member Richard Hurst told The Herald Time Air's application to use a larger aircraft on its Lethbridge Calgary Edmonton run was about half way through the process. He said it would be up to the committee itself to decide whether Time Air's application should be heard independently or considered together with tbe PWA application PWA applfed in January for a licence for a twice daily Edmonton Calgary Lethbridge jet flight Mr Hurst said the Time Air application wouldn't be tossed aside until the PWA application came up But there certainly is a relationship between the two it's still pretty indefinite what the committee would do. he said Mr. Hurst also said the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce telegram opposing PWA's application and urging there be no unnecessary delay in dealing with Time Air's application had been received but he had heard no reaction yet from the committee on it PWA filed the only intervention against the Time Air application, Mr Hurst said An intervention was filed but later withdrawn by the city of Edmonton. Ben Ward, chief of information for the Canadian Transport Commission, said it was hard to predict when Time Air's application might be heard He said the committee had just concluded a series of hearings hi another part of the country and would be conducting another series of hearings in the Atlantic region over the next two weeks The committee concern in both applications, be said, would be whether a public need is being met, whether the service is needed and whether the traffic is being handled Wild oats main dockage offender Clean grain a must for world markets By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Increased standards of cleanliness for Canada's grain have been requested by foreign and domestic buyers, says a grain's expert Clem Shuttleworth, assistant chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission, told The Herald in an interview Friday if Canada wants to remain competitive in world grain markets, she will have to provide an increased quality product Mr. Shuttleworth was in Lethbridge to speak to 950 farmers in the El Rancho Motor Hotel during a day long seminar on wild oat control. The Canadian Grain Commission, which sets the standards for cleanliness and quality of Canada's grain for domestic and export use, wants to keep this country in the international grain trade He said during past 10 years of dockage (weed seeds, dirt and foreign particles) has increased with the cost of cleaning the grain "The Canadian Grain Commission is faced with the alternative of giving the elevator companies an increased tariff for cleaning grain or endeavoring to solve the problem of dirty grain on the farm He said wild oats are one of the main dockage offenders in Canadian grain. "It takes the quivalent of 33 boxcars per day for 365 days to move dockage from Western Canadian farms to Thunder Bay and Vancouver each year "In another way, it would take five trips by each of the Canadian government hopper cars each year to move that same dockage." Mr. Shuttleworth said the secret is to clean the grain back in the country. And this factor will likely increase the use of the Canadian Government Elevator in Lethbridge, which has been for sale or lease for 2% years, and help offset the traditional losses at the facility. The inland government terminal, one of five such elevators in the west with a total capacity of about 17 million bushels, has a large grain cleaning capacity and storage facility to maintain the cleaned grain. Mr. Shuttleworth said with the need for better quality grain, the push is on for the use of all large elevators back in the country which have facilities to clean grain economically. Meanwhile, the Canadian wheat board has announced it will authorize the movement to the Lethbridge government elevator of bushels of No. 1 C.W. spring wheat to facilitate the movement of Canadian grain to export positions. The Alberta Wheat Kooi nas taken exception to tbe movement, claiming the project recognized the Canadian railways" inability to meet their shipping commitments by servicing country elevators throughout rural Western Canada. The movement of grain via track from country points to the terminal elevators in Lethbridge, Calgary, Edmonton, Moose Jaw, and Saskatoon circumvents the Crowsnest rates (freight rates set very low to provide a cost benefit for producers) and permits Canadian railways to haul grain on their own organizational terms. The process imposes an additional transportation expense which will be deducted from the Canadian wheat board account paid by producers "The inability of the industry to solve its transportation problem in the meantime has apparently forced the Canadian wheat board to accommodate the railways again this crop says the pool. Mr Shuttleworth said Canadian producers can be assured the movement of their grain by July 31 will be 100 million bushels less than the total for the 1972-73 crop year which ended July 31, 1973 He blamed a status quo theory in Canada for the problem. Once the elevator companies get the grain in their hands, they are happy because they are paid for storing the grain The longer they store it, the more money they make And the rail companies only want to move grain when there is nothing else to move, because of the Crowsnest rates "In the United States, private grain transportation companies have to move grain to stay in the business They use trucks to move grain short distances and unit trains to move grain to export he said For the first time in the history of the St Lawrence Seaway, more US grain in 1973 was moved by ship than Canadian gram, even when faced with the agreement that the total grain movement favors Canada, allowing this country 60 per cent of the volume of the seaway Welfare costs down in county A policy of intensive counselling and job placement by the staff of the Barons- Eureka social services department may be paying dividends in terms of lower welfare costs The department's annual report for 1973 indicates 260 persons were given financial assistance last year, a considerable decrease from the 1972 caseload of 427 Steve Gyorkos, Barons- Eureka social worker, estimates payments made in 1973 of more than to persons unemployed but able to work were at about half the 1972 level The department acts as agent for municipalities within its boundaries and makes welfare payments only to those in temporary need. Ninety per cent of municipal welfare costs are covered by the province. Mr. Gyorkos states in the report that Barons-Eureka has developed a policy to make welfare more than just handing out a cheque. Through counselling and job placement, an attempt is made to make the welfare recipient "conscious of his usefulness to society" while assisting with attempts to regain self-sufficiency In an interview, John Boon, director of social services for the department, said his staff works with welfare clients to find out the reasons why they are applying for welfare When the reasons are determined, the worker will advise a client how to get out of financial difficulty, if that is required, or help the person find a job. The board is responsible for an area covered by the Municipal District of Taber. and the County of Lethbridge. including all towns and villages Boll hawk Cameraman Ron Jaap of Lethbridge Community College zeroes in on the action during Friday night's basketball game. The radio and TV arts students piped the game into the cafeteria and also taped it for later release on cabte TV. ;