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Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - February 13, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Wo invite you to drop in and se� BERNICE VOTH for all your European travel arrangements. ART WILLIAMS TRAVEL Centre Village Mall Phone 328-3201 The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, February 13, 1973 PAGES 11 TO 22 LETHBRIDGE OFFICE FURNITURE LTD. Jo Lower Level 7th Street Shopping Mall Lethbridge, Alberta Phone (403) 328-7411 FILING CABINETS Snow removal policy reflects new approach to gov't - engineer By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge residents are demanding steadily higher levels of service from city hall, a city official says. But, with the present budget guidelines set by city council, it will be difficult to meet those demands, Barry Temple, city works engineer told The Herald. Those guidelines, however, are not stopping the administration from "taking a more modern approach to municipal government" and providing more basic services to a wider range of people, Mr. Temple said. Until recently, he said, a rather "elite" group of citizens could ask for and receive services not available to all residents. But that is changing. One service, which is Mr. Temple's responsibility and which sparks controversy nearly every winter, is the maintenance of city streets during snow conditions. Specifically More specifically in contention is the removal of snow from the streets. Although no formal approach has been made to the city manager or city council, Mr. Temple has prepared a list of alternatives with respect to snow removal. He expects to recommend one plan to council at budget time next month. The simplest solution, and the one favored by some members of council, is to leave the snow and let the weather take it away. So far this winter, that solution has been sufficient. The most extreme, and expensive solution is to pick up all the snow and haul it away. The several methods in between complete and non-removal are the ones which Mr. Temple has concentrated on. Windrowing, or piling the snow in the centre of the street, was used last year "very economically." Ideally, with the snow piled, it will meet and save the cost of hauling it away. In fact, the windrowing cost is about 40 per cent of the cost, of removal. Discontinued That method was discontinued this winter because of the problems it caused with access at intersections and visibility along the streets. Windrowing to the gutters is practised in many of the larger cities. Mr. Temple said, to leave the entire road right-of-way clear of snow. Problems associated with that method include the loss of parking space at the curb, the forced unloading of passengers from parked cars on the traffic side and the blockage of storm drainage systems. The most feasible option for a city the size of Lethbridge is a combination of plowing, withdrawing and complete removal. A plan and schedule on that basis has been worked out in detail and the public works department is ready to go with it as soon as there is approval from council. In past years, complete removal of snow was limited to streets in the central business district, Mr. Temple said. "What's the point of clearing those streets when to get to them you have to drive through snow-plugged streets?" The schedule calls for clearing of collector and arterial streets to the central business district and only enough removal downtown to accommodate traffic movement and parking. Plowing and windrowing, either to the centre of the street or to the gutter, could be used at locations where visibility won't be affected, such as on Scenic Drive and Mayor Magrath Drive. "If we are going to develop a proper winter street maintenance program," Mr. Temple said, "we can't possibly do it on the basis of $1 per capita" as has been the case in past years. In Calgary, for example, the budget for snow removal is about $3 per capita, he said. For the schedule planned by Mr. Temple, it will cost about $f),000 per cycle (each time crews are sent out on a city-wide basis) or about $100,000 per year. If the full amount were not used, the remainder would go to tax relief. Over budget In 1972, the city budgeted $40,000 for snow removal and exceeded that figure by $42,-600. One snowstorm last March, which dumped 18 inches of snow on the city, cost $30,000 for snow clearing. The proposed system also requires an initial capital expense for additional equipment. One loader and two more graders are required, Mr. Temple said. The city now owns two loaders, three graders and one truck-mounted grader. The most economical way to acquire the equipment would be to replace trucks the city now has with ones on which grader blades can be mounted. There are enough qualified staff now to operate the equipment for three shifts a day. A plan would be instituted when the accumulated snow on the streets reaches four inches. To clear the streets on the route would take 2% days. First cleared The first locations to be cleared would be the underpasses, bridges and streets near the police and fire departments and hospitals. At the same time, another crew would be working to clear a major north-south and major east-west route on both the north and south sides of the city. The route map designates 5th Ave. N., 6th Ave. S. and 13th St. as the primary streets to be cleared by complete removal. The next on the priority list involves roads to be plowed with the snow remaining in windrows. Mayor Magrath Drive, Scenic Drive and the highways into the city within the city limits would get that treatment. Highway 3A to the university would get special priority and would be plowed early. The next step would be to plow 16th, 12th, 10th, 9th and 3rd Ave. S., and 2nd, 9th and 13th Ave. N. The final routes include 20th St. S. and Stafford Drive on the north side. Crews would stay out of residential districts except where bus routes are involved. WE HAVE MOVED ALTASAN REALTY LTD. to 1277  3rd AVE. S. CLIFF BLACK, Certified Dental Mechanic BLACK DENTAL LABI! MIDICAl DENTAL BLDO. lower Level PHONE 327-2822 Servicing modification sought Council amends hours bylaw to protect independent grocers Aid. Vera Ferguson gave notice Monday she intends to pursue a line' of attack which would see the city modify, its land servicing policies. Aid. Ferguson allowed a previous motion, that the city get out of the servicing business, to be filed. Then she replaced it with a motion that the city continue servicing city - owned property but that the city tender on private property taking into account all costs plus a profit to the city. There was no discussion on the motion. Aid. Ferguson suggested that since the city is to begin talks today with builders on West Lethbridge development, it would be better "not to enter into any extensive debate on servicing policies at this time." Her motion came after council had approved servicing agreements with two developers based on costs negotiated last year. Insurance covers your lost - only if your records are protected to prove your loss. Protect with insulated safes or or insulated cabinets. SEE THEM AT CHINOOK STATIONERS LTD 319 7th STREET SOUTH PHONE 327-4591 'Town halV gallery attendance ot council's special open discussion session Monday Power plant negotiations dominate "town halV session discussion The fate of the local power plant dominated discussion Monday as five citizens approached council with their concerns about city business. Four of the five questioned the city's wisdom in considering the sale of the plant to Calgary Power Ltd. and were told all of the pertinent facts are not available and will not be until a study on the matter has been conducted. It was also suggested a plebiscite could be held to determine whether the people want the plant to be sold, if the study shows that it should be dealt away. Doug Poile told council Cal- Council briefs . . . gary Power now has a "huge profit and I'm not inclined to let my taxes feed that profit" by having the plant sold to the company and relying solely on Calgary Power for electricity. Mayor Andy Anderson said the probable alternative to selling the plant is to upgrade the facility to the tune of $15 million in tax money. Mr. Poile countered that the $15 million "could be a good investment for the city" rather than a liability. City Manager Tom Nutting reiterated the fact that the city faces the problem because of wrong growth estimates made in 1968, before the present contract was signed with Calgary Power for part of the city's electrical supply. "There was no way anyone could have predicted the growth the city has experienced in the past few years," Mr. Nutting said. Hal Hoffman took issue with that statement saying there are "discrepancies" between population projections for growth in West Lethbridge and population projections for power de-. mands. Mr. Nutting said the power demands grow at a faster rate than the population does because of increased use of power by individuals. Even if the plant must be sold, Mr. Hoffman said, "I Home occupation fees set Home occupation licence fees for kindergartens, day care centres and music teachers was set at a flat $50 by city council Monday. The action came following presentations to council at previous meetings by persons involved in those home occupations who felt the fee was too high. Kindergartens and day care centres held in residences were previously assessed $100 fees while music teacher fees remain the same as they were. Aid. Vera Ferguson and Aid. Cam Barnes voted against changing the fee structure reasoning it was equitable as it was and that "a lot of thought had gone into it." 1  * � # An office for the Upward Bound program (youth drop-in centre) at 527 4th St. S. was approved for use until the end of April. No rent will be charged, but the group will be required to put down a $100 deposit before moving into the city-owned house. The building is to be used for tutoring and program co-ordination. Aid. Vera Ferguson slapped EMO worker honored A local main was presented an Alberta Emergency Measures Organization certificate of merit Monday for volunteer service in the field of emergency radio communications. Stan Kent, 2909 11th Ave. S., was presented the award by Mayor Andy Anderson during the city council meeting for his "active role in a program which could save lives and ease duress." the administration's wrists for releasing information to the press before letting city council in on it. ''Nothing should be released to the press (and to the public) which hasn't first been discussed at the council table," Aid. Ferguson said. "The press may be panting at your door for information but so are we. I'm getting tired of finding out what's going on in the city by reading it in the newspaper." She said a recent case of information about the possible sale of the power plant "has stirred up something and muddied the situation." *   Council wont behind closed doors to -discuss the city manager's salary and the appointment of an assistant to Mr. Nutting. After l1^ hours of deliberation, no decision was made on either matter. City waits for gov't help for City Packers move City council has decided to await word from the provincial and federal governments concerning possible assistance to City Packers to move its plant before considering involving the city- in the move. Monday, Mayor Andy Anderson told-council two sites, one 14 miles and one seven miles away from the city, are being considered as possible locations for the rendering plant and feed lot. If the move is made, the packing plant part of the operation' will likely be relocated in the city's industrial park. Mayor Anderson said equipment is now available which can be installed in the rendering and packing plants to eliminate the odors emanating from them. He said the federal Department of Regional Economic E. S. P. FOX Certified Dental Mechanic FOX (Leth.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medical Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 Expansion (DREE) is considering a possible grant to help the company relocate its facilities. The provincial government is also considering legislation w h i c h would allow Edmonton to assist in the move and in financing some of the pollution abatement equipment, the mayor said. would rather see a monopoly of a public company created than a monopoly of a private company." Two other residents expressed similar concerns but were reassured by council that no move would be made without first letting the public know. TAX Mrs. Betty Paskuski confronted council to have the business tax assessed against the Edith Cave 11 Nursing Home done away with. Since high-rise apartments have no business tax assessment, and they are really businesses, Mrs. Paskuski maintained, the private nursing home should not have to pay the tax either. Council took no action on the request except to indicate a decision by the assessment appeal board must be handed down before council can consider removing the tax. The turnout for the quarterly town hall meeting was about average - low - but could be increased with larger and better facilities, or, a new council chamber, Aid. Chick Chichester told The Herald. Aid. Bill Kergan said he thought the meeting was beneficial to both the council members and the public who came with "the bouquets or brickbats." Aldermen Steve Kotch and Vaughan Hembroff were not at the meeting. By RICHARD BURKE Herald Staff Writer An amendment to the business hours bylaw, which makes it illegal for 7-Eleven Stores to remain open for 24 hours a day, was unanimously approved by city council Monday. Following presentations by a representative of 7-Eleven and a spokesman for 27 independent grocers, Council spent little time in passing the amendment, adjusting the hours for confectionaries with less than 1,700 square feet of floor area to 7 a.m. to midnight daily. J. A. Wood spoke for the independent grocers who said, whether or not they can stay in business will be largely determined by the effects of the bylaw. "It would be a tragedy if we sweep them under the carpet in favor of the larger outside companies," Mr. Wood told council. Stan Nelson, representing 7-Eleven Stores, said the success of the 24-hour opening has been "overwhelming" with 30 per cent of the store's business done between midnight and 7 a.m. "If the people of Lethbridge were not using the services, we couldn't afford to stay open a full day," Mr. Nelson said. He added 7-Eleven Stores do not compete with the independents price-wise. "It is commonly known we charge higher prices.'' Aid. Vera Ferguson asked Mr. Nelson why the company decided to open stores here when they knew the hours were restricted. Mr. Nelson replied he was not an employee of the company at the time. Aid. Ferguson suggested the small independents "have to have some protection from being run into the ground by the chains." City solicitor John Hammond said with the amendment to the bylaw, he is willing to take any company which breaks the bylaw to court. Mr. Hammond said the amendment will not come into .immediate effect so 7-Eleven will have a "reasonable" amount of time to adjust its operation. All stores with floor area more than 1,700 square feet will be subject to the same hour restrictions as before the amendment will be made, that is, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday Wednesday and Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and Ffulay. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwarti Bldg. 222 Slh St. S. 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