Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Future Lethbridge Centre Work crews are busy excavating earth from two city blocks which will soon be filled with shopping stores, theatres and offices when Lethbridge Centre opens its doors. "The mountain of earth just east of Scenic Drive between 4th and 5th Avenues gave Herald photographer Walter Kerber a bird's eye view of the construction site The crane at the left is driving cement pilings into the ground to form the foundation for some of the buildings District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, February 12, 1974 Pages 13-24 Party scene wrestlers warm up for their 15-minute demonstration in Exhibition Pavilion 29800 start countdown to Winter Games HiPharley! Candy Blanchard, 3, of 2401 9th Ave. N., meets Phartey Pheasant One year to go. And more than persons Monday night helped start the 365- day countdown to the Southern Alberta Canada Winter Games. Countdown party goers packed the large floor area and most of'the bleachers at the Lethbridge Exhibition Pavilion to watch demonstrations of some of the sports to be contested at the Games here next year, to hear a few speeches and to listen to the swinging sounds of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute band. The sports were demonstrated in 15-minute intervals on a mat in the centre of the floor. Spectators crowded 10 deep around the mat for a peek at the athletes and to get a few pointers on the rules of the various sports. Ringing the floor were booths which displayed apparatus used in some sports, offered Games souvenirs for sale and attempted to recruit Games volunteers. Through the crowd on the floor like department store Santa Clauses strolled a couple Pharley Q. Pheasants. Pharley is the Games symbol and bis likeness is found on posters, T-shirts, buttons and other assorted sourvenirs. Above the bleachers on two sides were rows of hanging Games flags which added a crowning touch to the colorful party but annoyed the spectators forced to take seats behind and above. Among the dignitaries who spoke during the half-hour official countdown ceremony was the deputy minister of the provincial department of culture, youth and recreation who said he thought the enthusiasm which spurred the first Southern Alberta Regional Games 4% years ago in Pincber Creek would carry on to make the 1975 Games a success. "As you put your hallmark on the regional games so may you put your hallmark on these winter games... this is a new concept because it is regional. and all I want to say is "good Les Usher said. The snowballing success of the party melted somewhat at 9 p.m. when many young people left to attend the dance next door an added attraction of the party. An pound steer, the door prize at the party, was won by Albert Ronceray of Grassy Lake Mr. Ronceray is employed at the Lethbridge research station. Sidewalk plan approved City council solved the problem of where to put the northside sidewalk to Centre Village Mall by voting to initiate sidewalks on all UK adjacent streets as local improvements. The motion approved by council, after presentation of a petition for sidewalks by area residents, would see sidewalks built on all streets between 2nd A Avenue and 3rd Avenue N. from Hth Street to the west side of 12th C Street. Aid Tom Ferguson pointed out while the city can initiate projects as local improvements, that's no guarantee they will go in The adjacent property owners who have to pay for it can petition against a sidewalk in front of their premises and have it withdrawn Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff said Che motion to include all the streets in ques- tion may make it likely that at least one will get through Residents of the area first came to council Jan. 2 to complain about the lack of sidewalks that forced them to walk in the streets when they went to Centre Village Mall. At the recommendation of city engineers, council then voted to build a sidewalk on 12th B Street as a local improvement But the residents at council's meeting Monday said 12th Street would be a better location for the sidewalk. City council fails to decide on future of old library City council Monday left the future use of the old Gait Gardens library and relocation of community services department offices undecided Community services director Bob Bartlett had suggested the old library be renovated at a cost of after it was vacated and be used for community services department offices and by community groups But some aldermen, recalling that the Home and Pitfield building on the downtown redevelopment site had been suggested at one time as a temporary home for the department, weren't in favor of sinking money into the old library. At the suggestion of Aid Vera Ferguson, the library proposal was tabled for investigation of other facilities No holds barred at power hearing By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer "I don't want any citizen to be able to say they were suppressed in any way in discussing this important issue." "It might turn into a three-ring circus but I'd still take that chance rather than have people say they didn't get a chance to speak their minds." With that Aid. Bill Kergan introduced his motion to city council Monday to ensure next Monday's public hearing on the power supply issue at the Yates Centre will be as public as possible His motion was that everyone be given the opportunity to participate in the hearing whether they had prepared a brief or not. And this as it turned out was more or less what all the other council members had in mind, although Aid. Steve Kotch had misgivings. It was decided that those who nave prepared written briefs will be given first opportunity to speak; those who have indicated to the city clerk they wish to give an oral brief, should have next go; and then the meeting would be thrown open for general discussion. It will be left to the discretion of the meeting's chairman Mayor Andy Anderson to put limits, if any, on statements from the floor. Aid Kotch said he thought it was unfair to people who had taken the time to prepare briefs that anyone could stand up and just talk off the top of their heads about the power plant in what could very weU be an emotionally-charged atmosphere. "It would become a three- ring he said. But Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff, said there shouldn't be restrictions on allowing people to speak because many may simply want to ask questions "It will give us an opportunity to answer he said. Council's vote on Aid. Kergan's motion was unanimous in favor. The hearing at the Yates Centre starts at 8 p.m. next Monday, and prepared briefs must be in to the city clerk by p.m. Wednesday. Council also decided Monday to ensure that copies of the city electrical system annual report would also be available to the public at city hall Among other things the report shows that in 1973 the city generated kilowatt hours at its own plant at a cost of .73 cents per KWH and purchased KWH from Calgary Power at a cost of .715 cento per KWH. The purchased power was cheaper than city-generated power because it is base power, rattier than peak boor power, utilities director (Hi Erdossaid. First west side residents get bouquet from council City council isn't in the habit of handing out bouquets but the flowers they gave to Mr and Mrs. John Peard Monday night were real. The couple were the first to buy a West Lethbridge lot last August, and became the first official residents of the new subdivision In presenting the bouquet to them, Mayor Andy Anderson promised the west side would become one of the most beautiful areas of the city and with the completion of the 6th Avenue S and growth of the subdivision, commercial and other services would soon be provided '74 city budget due March 18 City council will get the city's 1974 operating budget March 18, and will hold a special meeting March 25 to discuss it. City Manager Allister Findlay said Monday he hopes council will complete its budget studies by the end of March. The budget will come in a new format this year, as prescribed by the provincial government and Statistics Canada, to achieve uniformity in municipal financial reporting. In other city fiscal matters, the city assessor reported prepayment of 1974 property taxes to the end of January was up from for the same period last year The increase was attributed to the higher interest rate 75 per cent versus five per cent Mast year which encouraged residents to prepay taxes. Mr. Findlay said that since the provincial government announced last week it was eliminating the provincial education portion of property tax. residents who have already paid their 1974 taxes Float cost study set A special committee, beaded by AM. Bill Kergan, will investigate the cost of building and transporting a city float for the Whoop-Up Days and other parades. The committee was set up at the suggestion of Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff after Aid. Kergan urged suppmt for a city float to enter in the Lethbridge parade and parades at other exhibitions, fairs, and stampedes in Southern Alberta. The float committee is to present its findings to council's preliminary budget discussions March 18 will get that portion refunded after June 30 The price of two transit buses the city will buy this year jumped 14 per cent over 1973 prices. Council was told Monday the only tender submitted on the buses came from General Motors Corp. at a total cost of Each bus will cost up from 143.327 last year, and the city will have to allocate an extra to cover the purchase as only had been set aside. City council Monday appointed Deputy Mayor Vaughan and Aid Cam Barnes to the West Lethbridge project team, to give it more political input Until now the project team has consisted of the city manager, city property administrator. and department directors. Council also approved a change in West Lethbridge lot sales policy, increasing the number of lots that can be sold at one time from five to 10 And 2 builder can purchase another 10 lots once construction has begun on the initial 10 A proposal from the city's fire marshall that telephone devices which automatically dial a pre-set number be prevented from being set to dial the fire department emergency numbers will get a closer look from council before being passed as a bylaw The devices, available from Alberta Government Telephones and Lethbridge Electric, can be honked up to smoke, heat or other detectors, and can be programmed to dial an emergency iiuinbei Council asked that a draft bylaw be prepared and that it be given more information on the subject.