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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, February 10, 1975 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 Coleman old timers fear downtown highway proposal By D'ARCV BICKARD Herald District Editor COLEMAN Many residents of this town's west area are wondering if the rerouting of Highway 3 will cut a wide swath through their homes. "This land here in west Coleman is a woman who asked that her name not be used told the Lethbridge Herald Friday. "We fought for it." Another west Coleman resident, Edna Ondrus said 260 homes, 40 per cent of which are occupied by elderly people on old age pensions, will be wiped out if the down- town route is chosen. These widows and elderly people are managing nicely to keep their homes operating for about a month, she says. They own their homes. They built them. Jf they are displaced, they have nothing to look forward to but a nurs- ing home or a senior citizens residence, she says. Meanwhile, the Crowsnest Pass Highway Impact Study has collected a mountain of environmental, historical, recreational, economic and geographic data on a highway rerouting plan that first drew draftsman's ink 10 years Suspense is building. Will the new route go downtown or will it swing through new sub- division areas on the higher levels of north Coleman? Impact study recommen- dations won't be made public until early summer, says highways department en- vironmental planner Mike Vaselenak. His committee includes representatives of about 30 government agencies department of lands and forests fish and wildlife branch for example and he firmly believes the impact study will benefit not only 'Pass citizens, but all Alber- tans because it is "plowing new ground in making govern- ment more open to the people." The provincial cabinet probably won't announce the new route until some time after the impact study recommendations have been made public, said Mr. Vaselenak. "They are all going to said Ms. Jackie Goulet, local representative for the impact study. "The people of the 'Pass are going to gain. They are going to be brought closer together." Her job was to diplomatical- ly gather, on an informal, small-group and individual basis, all the divergent opinions on the route the road should take. Which route will it take? Friday, people gave not a hint of an answer at ah open house in the Highway Impact office here. At the open house were: Bob Galatiuk and Dave Ander- son, both of the department of the environment; Al Warner and Mr. Vaselenak, both of the department of highways new environmental planning branch; Dale Bailey and Tom Hazuka, highways depart- ment engineers; and Ms. Goulet, local representative of the Highway Impact Study. They were put to work shortly after a September, 1973, meeting here between local citizens and cabinet ministers. At that time town council and local businessmen sub- mitted two briefs favoring rerouting the major highway link through the downtown or south and west Coleman areas. It would also pass through Improvement 5. Up to this time, the north route had seemed a virtual certainty. But subdivisions were opening up and council wondered if the new highway would get in the way. This is the heart of the controversy here. Will the new route cut through the old homes in west Coleman and the ID 5, or will it cut through a new subdivision in the lofty reaches of mountain pines in the north areas? Said one west Coleman resident: "Never look at the outside of a house in a mining town. Go inside first. The out- side is absolutely no indica- tion of what it is like inside." Residents agree the business section in lower Coleman has decayed. But they don't want to lose their homes. "We feel the council is not acting as our representative because there hasn't been this said Mrs. HOMES IN PATH OF DOWNTOWN HIGHWAY ROUTE COLEMAN'S PINERIDGE SUBDIVISION Crowsnest Pass Highway Impact study group Holding open house for Crowsnest Pass citizens Friday at Coleman are Crowsnest Pass Highway Impact Study officials: Bob Galatiuk, left, department of the environment; Dale Bailey highways department engineer; Mike Vaselenak, highways department environmental planner; Jackie Goulet, local representative on study; Dave Anderson, of the environment, and Al Warner, head of highways department's environmental planning River 'should have COLEMAN The of "citizen input" has made the problem of drifting Crowsnest River through the highway impact study at Crowsnest Lake. Blairmore is capable of very worthwhile. A special consultant has ci-t, DAK been hired to advise the Pnt th> Design of the highway at department on how this point will be undertaken to minimize' dangers from sJeakinB a the Crowsnest in with snow drifting off the HteLav ImiHrtCdv ment of environment and he said. "This is in the field of iuk'S fisheries habitat bio.ogists, he aerodynamics A firm from people of the 'Pass were Mld- Ontario does this concerned about what the "The stream will be capable At the same time, said highway relocation might do of producing fish after we are Warnf head the new to the river said Mr. Galatiuk. department of highways en-Springs come out in this "The stream will be realigned vironmental planning branch, area and keep the river free of to prevent erosion and loss of the department has engaged a ice east to Frank bed so it keeps a maximum consultant to do a very Local citizens are concern- depth and velocity. Weirs will prehensive study on noise, ed that the new highway be installed to allow the fish to The mam emphasis will be on might cut off these springs get through." urban centres such as Calgary and cause an annual freeze- Dale Bailev highways and fdmonton' he said; uaie Baiiey, nignways we can get some Mr relink kind deP.artment engineer said jdeas that wil, be useful Mr. Galatiuk says this kind englneers are going to tackle nere said Mr in the 'Pass. "We sffr ask the consultant to look the matter of noise. I just know how far he will be to go in this." department of environ- official Dave Anderson: can't help but see that it make the highway design BOX 964 GRANDE PRAIRIE, ALBERTA group IT WON'T 2 240 acres of Prime Farm Land available in the Beautiful PEACE RIVER COUNTRY. Also suitable large cattle (HNS) Joseph has been named INTERESTED? CALL of the local recrea- UNIFIED INSURANCE AGENCIES LTD. REAL ESTATE DEPARTMENT PHONE association. Other officers are Garry Hobbs, vice president; Kathy Cooper, secretary; and Boi 584, GRANDE PRAIRIE, Genno, treasurer. Directors are John and Lanz and Allan Cooper. Ondrus. She has collected her own files of data the Alberta Municipal Govern- ment Act, the Expropriation Act, recommendations of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission on highways, Alberta Land Use Forum reports and informa- tion from the Alberta Pen- sioners and Senior Citizens Association. While some citizens are go- ing to be hurt, the input of citizens here will probably br- ing about beneficial design changes. A slight swing south will wipe out coal slag piles and bypass the Blairmore golf course; the Crowsnest River, pushed around a lot in the past, will possibly get a slight realignment that will make it a better home for fish; historical sites will be un- harmed, and highway shoulders will possibly be widened for better pedestrian and bicycle traffic. Will there be a tunnel through Sentry Mountain near Crowsnest Lake to take out a sharp curve and leave animal habitat unharmed? It is being considered, officials said. Will the rock face of Sentry Mountain be cut back and by how many feet? It is being considered. Is the old idea of a route south of Turtle Mountain still valid or has it been thrown out? It would bypass Blair- more and Coleman com- pletely. It is being considered again, said Mr. Warner. But the route "wasn't feasible to meet present-day highway says Mr. Hazuka. And planning must include groundwork for the day the two-lane route will become a four-lane highway. That could be 10, 20 or 30 years in the future, said Mr. Warner. Meanwhile, government of- ficials hope the 10-year hassle over the Highway 3 route through the Crowsnest Pass is almost over. ALBERTA FOOD PRODUCTS Mayor offers south alternative R. J. Chamberlain G. L. Harrold, Chairman of Alberta Food Products is pleased to announce the appointment of Ralph J. Chamberlain as General Manager. Mr. Chamberlain, formerly Vice-President of Victory Soya Mills Limited, Toronto, has over 25 years of exper- ience in the Canadian edible oilseed industry. Alberta Food Products is a new rapeseed crushing and marketing enterprise jointly owned by the Alberta Wheat Pool, Calgary, and C. Itoh Co., Ltd., Ajinomoto Co., Inc., Showa Sangyo Co., Ltd., Fuji Oil Co., Ltd. of Japan. The Plant will be lo- cated in the Municipal Dis- trict of Sturgeon, east of Edmonton, and will process approximately bushels of rapeseed an- nually. Mr. Chamberlain assumed his appointment February tst. For an interim period the offices of Alberta Food Products will be located in Calgary, WhMt Pool, Box 2700, Calgary, Alberta. By VERN DECOUX Crowsnest Pass Bureau COLEMAN Mayor John Holyk came up with another Highway 3 relocation route at a public Crowsnest Pass Highway Impact Study meeting here Friday night. He said it is feasible for Highway 3 to follow a southern route through Coleman from a point west of the Crowsnest Pass General Hospital. Members of town council and about 15 Coleman citizens attended the meeting with the Highway Impact Study group and departments of environ- ment and highways officials The route proposed by Mayor Holyk would swing south at a point west of the hospital, cross the railway tracks and Crowsnest River, then angle west on the north side of the 36-inch natural gas pipeline, pass through and over some old mine refuse piles and come out at a point near Sentinel. This road, said Mayor Holyk, would displace only about six persons at the most, would do away with the town's nuisance grounds, and would keep a power line, Crowsnest River, the gas line and the highway in one corridor. He said, and was backed by a number of the citizens present, that this route would cause the least number of problems of any of the three routes proposed for Coleman. Mayor Holyk said that the old Main Street route town would disrupt many homes and create social problems. The north route, he said, would ruin prime residential land where 60 lots are developed in an area known as the Pineridge subdivision. He said the town is planning further development of another 400 lots in the near future. Mayor Holyk also said if the highway was put in this area it would destroy much valuable recreation land. New town lots would later have to be developed further north up the valley to accommodate the future increased population expected from the expanding mining industry. Al Warner, head of the new department of highways en- vironmental planning branch, said that the new route suggested by Mayor Holyk was "a very potential one." He said it would be "looked at carefully." Mr. Warner said the acci- dent rate on the existing Highway 3 in the 'Pass is very high. This is one of the reasons the highway must be upgraded and realigned. The volume of traffic is too high for the existing highway, he said. Local traffic alone is great enough to justify road improvements. He said Highway 3, one of three trans-continental links and the only pass through the mountains under the complete control of the province (others are in national just doesn't come up to the stan- dard of Canadian highways. The new highway would be a high-grade, two-lane highway with paved shoulders, he said. Provision would be made in the right-of-way for widening the highway. Much needed improvements on the existing highway through Coleman and between the 'Pass towns was discussed with a view to safety for children, pedestrians and bicycle riders. Many excellent suggestions were made, Mr. Warner said after the meeting. FARM FOR SALE ENCHANT DISTRICT Seven quarters deeded section grazing lease adjoining. Fully modern 3 bedroom ing; steel quonset 40'x80'. Pos- session immediately. 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