Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 11, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridcje Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, February 11, 1975 Pages 15-28 VOLUNTEERS MEL NEVILLE, LEFT, AND NANCY TAYLOR SERVE SUPPER AT GAMES VILLAGE RICK ERVIN photo: Snow plentiful in Games country MAYOR ERIC MOKOSCH PM will open oval Wednesday Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau will open the speedskating oval at a.m. Wednesday, publicity of- ficer for the Winter Games said today. Al Simpson said the prime minister will take a spin on the oval before regular events begin. Mr. Trudeau was to arrive in Lethbridge today at a half hour after Premier Peter Lougheed. They will be guests at a reception at Lethbridge Community College. Both men are to give talks at the official opening of the games tonight. Opening ceremonies at the Sportsplex begin at 7 p.m. Mr. Simpson said the prediction of heavy snow Wednesday should not drastically hamper the opening or operations of the speedskating com- petition. Games opening all sold out All tickets for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Canada Winter Games were sold out early Monday afternoon, Games' officials said late Monday. As well as those events being filled, sessions in synchronized swimming, judo and gymnastics have also been sold out. All synchronized swimming is full, the final session in gymnastics and the first and final sessions in judo. By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Greeted by sub-zero temperatures, the Winter Games are expected to open under a blanket of newly fallen snow that could hamper skiing events at Westcastle. Although Games officials said to- day operations of the 13-day event should not be affected overall, a transportation official in Pincher Creek said more snow could cause transport problems in and out of the ski site. The Crowsnest Pass was hardest hit by snow during the last few days with more than a foot falling Mon- day night. It was still snowing this morning. The transportation official said buses went to the ski site this morn- ing and no problems have yet arisen. "But if this snow keeps up we could be encountering a few he said. "This is an aw- ful lot of snow." Another official in Pincher said three department of highways' snow plows have been working the road between Westcastle, where ski. events begin Wednesday, and Pincher Creek. Further up in the 'Pass, roads have been unpassable and traffic Monday night ground to a halt. Games events in the 'Pass do not begin until Feb. 17. The weather office said more snow can be expected today and Wednesday throughout the South, with Wednesday's fall heavier than that today. Highs of five below, with lows near 20 below, have been forecast for both days. LISE ARCHAMBAULT, FIRST CASUALTY Meanwhile, at the village in Lethbridge Monday freezing temperatures and fatigue from their long journeys kept many athletes in- doors sleeping, playing guitars and cribbage. Other athletes, just arriving, searched for their rooms, tramping through restricted areas, much to the chagrine of security guards who were also trying to find their stations during the first day chaos. A few problems popped up in the villages in both Pincher Creek and Lethbridge such as lost baggage. In the city village about athletes were for lunch Monday but only 200 showed. The infirmary at the village, although still being set up, had its first patient Monday. Lise Archam- bault, a Sport Canada secretary, received treatment at the infirmary from attending doctor Maurice Simpson for a wrist she sprained in Ontario before heading to Lethbridge. Whiling away the hours Yukon curlers Mark Bilton, left, Bob Cusick, Don Crayford and Darrell Crockett of Yukon badminton team. Senior citizens' centre idea wins city aldermen's support A request for help in building a senior citizens' centre got a favorable response from city council Mon- day. Aldermen voted to refer the request to city administrators for study and a report how the city could help with the project. A steering committee representing several senior citizens groups in the city asked in a brief to council for donation of land and finan- cial help for the project. Committee representative L. C. Halmrast, president of the Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens, told council the group will also seek financial assistance from the provincial government. He told council a seniors' centre is being constructed in Medicine Hat on land donated by former 'Hat mayor Harry Veiner. That city provided a cash donation of and arranged a loan of for the project. Lethbridge needs a senior citizen centre at least comparable to Medicine Hat and preferably a little larger, Mr. Halmrast said. He estimated there are senior citizens living in Lethbridge. He also pointed out that a day care centre is being built in conjunction with the Medicine Hat project and said the same could be done here. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff suggested such a centre could be built as part of a second senior citizen high rise. Aldermen allow limited salt use By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Salt mixed with sand will continue to be used on a few streets in the city. City council Monday agreed in a 6-2 vote to authorize the city manager to in effect do what's already being done salting the underpasses, 9th' Street overpass, 6th Avenue crossing, 5th Avenue N. hill and the brewery hill. Council did, however, reject a recommendation from the city manager that he also be authorized to use salt on other roads he considers to be vital to traffic safety. Aldermen also agreed to review the salt question in May. Aid. Cam Barnes, who along with Aid. Bill Cousins opposed the salt resolution, told coun- cil the public doesn't want salt on the roads. "If we allow the city manager this we'll have salt all over said Aid. Barnes. He argued that council had twice said no to salt during his terms on council and that if salt was being used it was against the wishes of council. But City Manager Allister Findlay said while council had previously voted down resolutions favoring the use of salt, council minutes showed there had never been a .specific resolution banning its use altogether. Aid. Bob Tarleck agreed with the city manager. It's true there's been no resolution for salt, but there have also been no resolutions instructing the city manager not to use salt, so when there was an emergency situation it was left up to the ad- ministration, he said. "We're elected to take the heat and if some people don't like it, in three years they have a he said. "Council has to make a decision, not sit on the sidelines." And after Aid. Vaughan Hembroff suggested removal of the clause allowing use of salt on roads where the city manager feels it necessary, council made its decision. Council manages early night The Winter .Games were obviously on aldermen's minds Mon- day. City council's meeting stopped short at 9 p.m. just as aldermen were about to go into a closed session. They were to deal with allocation of surplus funds, acquisition of parking property and in- formation on campground financing. Apparently deciding the discussions would take too long, aldermen put them off until their next meeting at Feb. 24. And with that, most rushed off to a Games reception at the El Rancho media centre. Council delays switch yard move A proposal to get the railway relocation ball mov- ing didn't get to first base with a majority of aldermen Monday. City council voted 5-3 against hiring a consulting firm, Darnas and Smith Ltd. at to undertake the first stage of a program that would have removed-the CP Rail marshalling yards from the city's centre. the first stage involves drafting a preliminary state- ment on proposed changes and the benefits to be derived for submission to senior governments. "Why study it when the in- formation is abundantly said Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson, leading off the attack on the request for the study. She suggested such a study is premature, since council has not made policy decisions on whether it wants to get in- volved in removing the rail yards. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff agreed, calling rail relocation only a' "pipe dream" until council decides as a matter of policy how it wants to proceed. "If this is part of an overall transportation policy, lets let the transportation committee decide if it's a priority for the city to remove the CP Rail Aid. Hembroff said. He suggested the project is so far in the future as to be beyond the time frame for sensible future planning. Mayor Andy Anderson, however, called removal of the rail yards one of the major projects that will benefit the city by freeing up to 110 acres of valuable land. "I agree it's long range planning, but we've got to start he said. "These people (Damas and Smith) will put it in the proper perspective." Aid. Cam Barnes said it was his understanding the city applied to the federal govern- ment in early 1973 to have the yards removed. "We were told we were 19th on the he said. START AGAIN But City Manager Allister Findlay told council nothing came of the 1973 submission to Ottawa and the city will have to start wending its way through the bureaucracy again, because new legislation was recently passed. Only Mayor Anderson, Aid. Kergan am) Aid. Barnes voted to stan that procedure with the initial study. Opposed were Deputy Mayor Ferguson and aldermen Hembroff, Tony Tobin, Bob Tarleck and Bill Cousins. Bus for disabled gets try The city's handicapped will get to participate in the free bus service during the Winter Games after all. City council decided Mon- day to authorize lease of a handi-bus from a Calgary firm for the duration of the Games and then to extend its use for a three-month trial period if the cost is considered reasonable. The reversal by council of its decision two weeks ago not to provide such a bus came after representatives of Disabled on the Move accused council of dragging its feet on their request. Their first sub- mission last Oct. 7 asked for a fleet of four vans capable of transporting the cityjs han- dicapped. Gerald Treehka, a spokesman for the group, stood by a claim that the city was using false advertising by saying free bus service will be available to all citizens during the Games. "I don't understand how you can say transportation is available to all citizens when we can't use said Mr. Treehka, who is confined to a wheelchair. Two weeks ago council voted down a resolution from Aid. Tony Tobin that a mini- bus, be provided for the han- dicapped during the games. The argument was that a suitable bus couldn't be ob- tained and the service set up in time. BUS THERE But aldermen who arrived at council's meeting early saw just such a bus sitting outside city hall, available for lease from Para Industries Ltd. of Calgary. The meeting was told the Rehabilitation Society of Lethbridge would provide a driver and reservations would be taken through Information Lethbridge. Even at that one council member had doubts.- Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson said although her heart was with the handicapped, council was rushing into this project a lit- tle too fast. If the driver is going to be a volunteer, he probably can't drive a city bus, and there could be problems with city insurance, she said. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff, who made the resolution to lease the bus, said he felt the technicalU.es could be over- come and it was worth giving it a try. In a related matter, a coun- cil transportation committee that will develop long term policy on all aspects of city transportation including buses for the handicapped, was finally appointed. Named to the committee, which will also look at ways to spend provincial grants for urban transportation, were AM. Hembroff, Aid. Tobin and Aid. Bill Cousins. Also on the committee.are several city administrators.