Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
26 THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD Friday, Fibruiry City hall nearly deserted City hall will be nearly deserted for the next two weeks wilh most office staff working al Winter Games posts. Even the meter readers are working for the Games and as a result utility billings will be estimated [or the duration of the event. Starr in all departments ex- cept essential services like police, fire, power plant and sewage plant personnel have been assigned to Ihe Games, said City Manager Allister Findlay, one of the few holding down the fort at city hall. Enough staff has been left on to maintain a minimum of service at city hall itself. SAND gravel ASPHALT (TOLLESTRUP) I SAND end GRAVEL Conilructlon Co. Ltd. I PHONE Collectors want the real thing Gun replicas 'another police headache9 Chilly spectator Among those who braved the biting cold of the last couple of days to view the. Canada Winter Games speedskating competition was Barb Bressey, 16, of Calgary. By MICHAEL ROGERS Herald Staff Writer Guns real guns, toy guns, now military replicas. "Well there's another headache for commented one city police officer when he saw an advertisment offering replicas of military handguns for sale by mail order. The advertisement the police officer commented about ran in only one edition of The Herald. Publisher Cleo W. Mowers said, "In retrospect we possibly should not have run the ad at all." Prices for the 13 different models of six various types of military handguns ranged from 521 to There were three models of the RMI Peacemaker; three chief revolvers, which included a .357 Python; one Waffen-SS PPK, said to be the favorite of Second World War German of- ficers; two models of a government .45; three models of the German P-08 Parabellum and one model of the German P-38. The ad read, "Precision machined metal models that look, feel, weigh, even dis- assemble like the originals. They are perfectly legal they cannot be fired "Maybe they won't kill anyone, like a real one commented Police Chief of Ralph Michelson, "but they could be used to commit an offence." The chief said the replicas, like typical toy guns, can be just as effective as a real gun. "I don't think the victim is go- ing to take the time to decide whether or not the gun is real." ZIP GUNS Chief Michelson said perhaps a good'machinist might be able to convert the replica and make it fire. Zip guns, he said, can be made from pieces of scrap metal. "The law recognizes the problem of toy guns used in offences and defines robbery as being armed with an offen- sive weapon or an imitation Chief Michelson said. He suggested the replicas don't serve any real purpose for collectors or anyone else. "Collectors want the real thing." RCMP Insp. A. J. Niedzwiecki, head of the Lethbridge Subdivision, ex- pressed the same concern as Chief Michelson. "It seems that weapons are being used more and more in Insp. Niedzwiecki said. The military replicas could just add to the problem, he commented. There have been many cases across the country in the past where toy pistols were used in hold-ups. Naturally, it would be ridiculous to imagine federal control of toy guns, but there are those who would like to see rifles come under gun control legislation, he said. GUN HACKS Chief Michelson said he is concerned about people who drive around the city with rifles on gun racks in the back window of their pickup truck. "Just for show or he said, "what are they going to use a rifle in town for? They should only be allowed to carry the rifle if going hunting." The chief said there are many cases where someone's rifle has been stolen from their truck. "And then the owner complains 'A spokesman for the provin- cial solicitor general's office in Edmonton said moves to have greater control of rifles is nothing new. "It's brought up every the spokesman said. The most recent move, in 1974, would have required a permit for all firearms, plac- ing them all in the restricted category- Now there's more for you, the Renter. Last year we applied the RENTER ASSISTANCE CREDIT as a tax benefit for renters. This year we're doing it again, but with a difference. This year we've substantially raised the benefit and broadened the eligible categories. HOW DO I KNOW IF I'M ELIGIBLE? If you were a resident of Alberta on December 1974 and had rented your normal residence for a minimum of 120 days during 1974 then you are eligible for the credit. ARE THERE ANY EXCEPTIONS? Yes. Persons age. 65 or over on December 31, 1974 will receive a direct Renter Assistance Grant of an increase of 50 per cent from the Province of Alberta. The following.are also ineligible for the RENTER ASSISTANCE CREDIT. ;V 'Those under the age of 16 at the end of the year. 'Those under the age of 21 at the end of the year who live at home and are claimed as dependents by another taxpayer. 'Residents of general and auxiliary hospitals and nursing homes. 'Anyone who has received a Homeowner Refund. However, this year members of the Armed Forces who live in residences provided by the Armed Forces and students who live in University or College residences may claim the credit. HOW DO I CLAIM? Included in your Income Tax Return will be a page headed: ALBERTA PROPERTY TAX REDUCTION PLAN RENTER ASSISTANCE CREDIT. Simply fill it out and include it with the rest of your return. If you didn't file in 1973, tax forms are available at the-Post Off ice. WHAT SORT OF BENEFIT WILL I RECEIVE? This year you will receive a minimum credit of the lesser of or 20% of total rental payments. Any amount over and above this figure will depend upon your total rental payments for 1974 and your taxable income. Machine guns and sawed off shotguns, now in the restricted class, would have been prohibited outright. Another move would have meant anyone possessing a weapons permit would be re- quired to pass a weapons handling test. The spokesman said, "there are people who think it's not practical to have legislation controlling rifles. They say it would be impossible to en- force." STREET GUNS Calgary city police Sgt. H. A. Anderson, said most of the recent shootings in Calgary have involved .22 rifles, sawed-off shotguns, and .306 rifles. "There are handguns available on the streets, but they are very hard to come by and Sgt. Anderson said. Incidents involving handguns in Calgary are few, he said, but those that are found are usually smaller calibre, such as .32 and 22 pistols. Buying a rifle in any Cana- dian city is relatively easy but it's not as simple a matter to purchase a handgun. Lethbridge city police staff Sgt. Bill Brummitt said there is always some paper work to be done when someone wants to buy a handgun. Even when much of the is com- pleted, the applicant isn't always lucky. The person wanting to buy a handgun first must go to the city police station and fill out an application form. "We check to see if the person has a criminal record and also if he belongs to a revolver club that is approved by the provincial at- torney general's Brummitt said. If the applicant doesn't belong to a revolver club, "then we ask why he wants a handgun. We don't always accept applications when the reason is for home protec- tion." REGISTRATION He said the Wildlife Act bans use of revolvers for hunting wildlife and pests in Alberta. If the application is accepted then the purchaser takes the form to the store, buys the gun and takes the form and gun back to the police station. Then the police will send the registration application to the firearm registration section of the RCMP identification branch in Ottawa. The Ottawa office will later send the cer- tificate of registration to the owner. Sgl. Brummitt said most handguns in Lethbridge are purchased by collectors and members of approved clubs, such as the Fish and Game Revolver Club and the Lelhbridge Revolver Club. "If a club member wants to lake his gun to a shooting range, he has to get a permit from the RCMP, because the range is outside the city he said. He added that everytime the handgun owner changes his address he must notify the police and Ottawa so the registration can be amended. "The notification is up to the handgun owner." SALE PERMIT Sgt. Brummitt said only five or six shops in the city sell handguns, and each of them must have a special permit to sell them. "Other stores don't bother .selling handguns because there is too much paperwork and red tape to go he said. rm Carefully Monarch country acreages sought By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor CLARESHOLM A country residential subdivi- sion plan that could turn into a village of 500 people was plac- ed before the Willow Creek Municipal District Council Wednesday. Allan Orr of the Orion dis: trict said if the plan goes through it will provide from 90 to 100 lots on about 289 acres miles south of Monarch and about 17 miles west of Lethbridge. Council decided to inspect the site as soon as possible. Lots will vary from one to three acres and each country residence will be limited to two horses, he said. A com- munity co-operative water system and a community pasture are envisioned. Oldman River Regional Planning Commission associate planners Bill Hickman and Code Clements told council it must decide if the MD should have country residences in an intensive development. Then council must decide if this is the right 'site for such a development. It would be situated in a scenic bend of the Oldman River about one mile south of the Monarch Hutterite Colony. Mr. Hickman said the access road "that drops down between two coulees" could be a mark against it with the department of the en- vironment. If setbacks from coulee banks are considered, there may not be room for the road, he said. Mr. Clements said the de- mand for country residences may not be so great as ex- pected. An eight lot develop- ment at Keho Lake, 22 miles from Lethbridge, has only four residences, he said. The planners said Mr. Orr's plan "could end up to be a burden on the MD and Mr Orr." If each family had five children the intensive area would have from 500 to 600 people. The titles could have the provision that each resi- dent must provide his own ser- vices. "Still, when they have got nobody else to go to, who do they come asked Mr. Clements. "It's a large said Mr. Hickman. "They could incorporate into a village." Said Mr, Orr: "We believe the water system will be a communal system, wells or an outlet from the river. We have suggested leaving somewhere around 30 acres undeveloped in its natural condition." Septic tanks and a field would comprise the sewer system. "We may run into problems as far as proximity to the said Mr. Orr. "We wouldn't develop anything, next to the river, nor near steep hills." Minimum value allowed on homes would be he said. The amount of good agricultural land being taken out of production for sub- divisions concerns him, he said, noting that this land was not suitable for agricultural production. It was impossible to keep recreationists out of the scenic area, he suggested. A member of D. A. Martin and Associates of Lethbridge, consulting engineers, said trees and topography would be undisturbed. "The department of the en- vironment is very rigid on development along he said. A tennis court and swimm- ing-pool are tentatively planned. Lots on the lower levels would be 2'A to three acres in size At higher levels, with a better view, the sizes would be from one to 1'A acres. MD Development Control Officer Jack Derochie asked the engineer if he anticipated a sewage problem with such a heavy concentration of people on this septic field. "With that rocky soil, osmosis is slow, he said. The consultant said a sewage treatment plant may be necessary. A 30-to 50-foot buffer zone between lots and the river would be used as a bicycle and walking path, he said. Mr. Orr said he anticipated selling one third or one half the lots in the first year. Coun. John Zoeteman said the MD would be responsible for maintenance of the road up to the subdivision. "We would probably come down as far as that he said. "From there on it would be your responsibility." Council was told the Town of Fort Macleod garbage dump is H miles distant from the site and a garbage pickup could be arranged on a weekly basis. THINK METRIC A metre Is slightly more than the height of a kitchen counter and a standard wine bottle holds about 750 millimetres.