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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 20, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta THE LETHBRIDOE HERALD Wednartay, February County to retain school-use policy By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge County principals will continue to be responsible for scheduling after-class activites in their schools County school committee Tuesday made no move to alter its current policy of leaving scheduling decisions with school principals, except where a group asking for use of the school applies for a liquor licence In this case, the school committee must give its approval. The county had been asked to change its policy on community use of schools by the Oldman River Regional Recreation Board which was suggesting it become the booking agent for after-school use The board, in support of its recommendation, said it was having difficulty setting its programs. None of trustees seemed anxious to amend the guidelines during a discussion on the subject initiated by a report from the county school principals' association which supported the present policy. County Manager Bob Grant said after the meeting the principals have to have responsibility over who uses the schools. "School functions come first and he's responsible for the Mr. Grant said. The committee, however, did an offer from the recreation board to help pay for sports equipment used in the schools Such equipment is now purchased and maintained by the county although it is used in recreation board programs. Some recreation equipment, though, will be set aside by the county for school use only. The county also set up a committee to work with the Town of Coaldale for the purpose of adding a small park and a combination track- sports field at the R.I. Baker School in the town. A Coaldale delegation suggested a 400-metre grass track enclosing a soccer field and bordered by two softball diamonds be developed on the now undeveloped school grounds. Much of the labor for the park would be volunteered by students at the school and the county and town will share other costs. A joint committee will try to develop an estimate of SPECIAL! Panntnlc CMMtti COMPONENT STEREO UNIT SUPER SPECIAL 95 189 Call 327-5767 DOWNTOWN costs for the project by the next regular meeting of county trustees. In other business, trustees refused to contribute toward the cost of sending a band from three Coaldale schools to a Moose Jaw band festival in May. The band teacher at R.I. Baker School is proposing to take about 80 band students from his school, Kate Andrews High School, and St. Joseph's separate school to the Kinsmen Band Festival in the Saskatchewan city May 16. 17, and 18. Only Reeve Dick Papworth and Coun. Miro Tomasta supported the request for financial assistance, which will also be solicited from service clubs and other sources Jim Nicol, school committee chairman, and Coun. Henry Nummi both argued that if funds were given, other requests would be made of the county to fund special school projects. However, when later in the meeting trustees voted to send representatives to a three-day seminar in Calgary sponsored by the Alberta School Trustees Association, Coun. Tomasta suggested the band students would get more out of a trip than his colleagues would get out of the meeting. "Maybe we should all stay home and use the money to send the kids to the he said. Coun Tomasta told The Herald he will introduce a motion at the next school committee meeting in March to set aside a fund now budgeted for trustee conventions and seminars but not spent. The fund, he said, would be used to help finance special student activities. Moisture would be welcomed No farmers are worried about the soil moisture conditions in Southern Alberta yet but all agree two inches of moisture would be welcomed most any time. Sherry Clark, director of the Lethbridge regional office of the Alberta department of agriculture, says it is too early to be concerned about available moisture yet. What happens between mid March and mid April is what largely determines the success of spring agricultural work. This year, the department will set up testing stations throughout Southern Alberta from March 1 to May 30 to determine the actual soil moisture in the region. CUT HACK BLACK DENTAL LAB PHONE SMILEY'S PLUMBING BASEMENT BATHROOMS REMODELLING iamm's extends a hear Welcome Teachers while at the convention we welcome you drop into our store Sei the newest hi "EMPRESS" DrwMy I 35 shown in combination SiacK Kid and Brown Kid or Brown KiO with Black patent trim. "MEW OVERTURE' by Joyce for the fit good looks in Red. Black, Navy. Btfge. or White CtftfMc pctont wtn look by Joyce In Stack or Red Wet Look, or Cornel Calf leather FRISCO1' 17 Air Slip Just arrived fa Navy or OrtnWe Patent wet with an those Jam- ous Step corrti Jortleatunw carry to match alt our new Spring CAMM'S St. Vincent's Hospital at Pincher Creek I WILL FIGHT GOV'TDECISION WALTER KERBER photos I Pincher Creek wants new hospital i By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer PINCHER CREEK More than 110 persons decided here Tuesday to fight the provincial government for a new hospital the government has said it will never build. At a meeting of concerned citizens it was unanimously agreed that government plans to renovate the existing hospital in this town of must be abandoned. The meeting decided a petition should be the first step in pushing for the provincial government to change its plans regarding the facility. Mayor Juan Teran said the petition, which should be ready for signatures within the week, will probably be presented to the Municipal District Council of Pincher Creek and the town council "and they can then carry it to the minister of health and premier." Agreement on the petition followed discussion of ideas including a plebescite vote on the matter and individual letters to the minister responsible. The people have to go "over the heads" of the Alberta Hospital Services Commission, which has said a new hospital could not be built, L. B. Collins claimed. Dr Teran, who is also a physician in the hospital, said the petition should also circumvent the existing hospital board because that board lias been appointed by the nuns who operate St. Vincent's. If a new hospital is built, it would be a municipal facility with an elected board which would be responsible to the people and not to the Catholic diocese in Calgary, he added. The order that owns and operated St. Vincent's left the hospital more than a year ago and since then the board has been responsible to the bishop in Calgary. The board of St. Vincent's Hospital began negotiating with the Alberta Hospital Services Commission when part of the hospital was condemned by the fire inspector. "This is when the commission got board member John Olyslager told the meeting. The part of the building condemned was an old house built in 1908 to which a large wing was added in 1948. The health minister, Neil Crawford, then suggested to the board that the house be replaced. The board then accepted a proposal offered by the commission which would have the house replaced and the 1948 wing completely renovated. Peter Moore, a member of a planning committee appointed by the board, added to the crowd's displeasure with the board's position saying the planning committee was given "the impossible task" of determining the hospital care needs of the community. It was a "token job because we were given a mountain of data" and no time to review or investigate it, he said. "And it appeared to us the decision was already made in Edmonton that Pincher Creek was to get a renovated facility despite the cost, despite the need "My personal feelings are that it has been rammed down the throats of the he said. The meeting was also told by various speakers the government has not presented a cost comparison for renovating St. Vincent's and building a new structure. medical staff, nurses staff, hospital board, planning committee and hospital administration have all been told the economics of the situation prohibit building another hospital. But, Dr. Teran claimed, the decision is political because the commission told a meeting of all the groups that no more hospitals would be built in the province except those accepted by the previous government. And this was before they had any cost estimate. Dr. Collins said the commission does not yet have a cost estimate for replacing the house and pf renovating the three floors of the additional wing. 1 Hospital renovation 'full of PINCHER CREEK This town needs a new hospital because the existing facility lacks child care areas, extended care areas, a renovated hospital is "full of compromises" and the location of the existing hospital is poor. These were some of the comments presented at a public meeting here Tuesday to discuss whether the town should press for a new hospital or accept a government plan to renovate the towns present hospital, St. Vincent's. L. B. Collins, supported by the medical and nursing staff of the hospital, said the government plan would be putting "good money after bad." "We badly need extended care facilities to take care of long term and chronic patients and a better area for looking after he said. The Alberta Hospital Services Commission has said the renovated building will have 56 multi purpose beds that can be used for active or extended treatment. But this, said Dr. Collins, leads to problems of staffing, because both types of care need different staff and the hospital may end up with too few active beds. St. Vincent's has 56 beds none of them for extended long term care. Another problem with the existing structure is it sits atop one of the steepest hills in Pincher Creek and vehicles sometimes cannot make it up the hill. "And when they do they have no place to Dr. Collins said. As snow fell here Tuesday, for instance, both a school bus and police car failed to climb the hill. Along with the parking and access problem, patients are bothered by noise coming from the nearby Royal Canadian Legion. The noise problem and discomfort of the patients would even be worse during renovation of the building, Mayor Juan Teran, a physician, said. Dr. Collins claimed that preliminary reports from the architect working on plans for renovation, estimate the construction would likely last two years. During that time the hospital would be without at least 14 beds, efficiency would be reduced and "it certainly would not be a haven for rest and Dr. Collins said. Dr. Teran said the renovation calls for complete removal of everything on the different floors including concrete walls, and the noise would be Many speakers at the meeting felt the cost of a new building would be money better spent there than on renovations. The wing to be renovated was built in 1948. OR. COLLINS Library move precludes brief FM BIRTHDAYS MM MmVERSMHES "FORGET- ME-NOT" BOUQUET FROM THE MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP 327-1515 4a AH. a 7ft t. The Lethbridge public library board won't have time to prepare a brief for a public hearing on the role of provincial libraries, George Dew, chief librarian, said today. The hearing convenes in the city March 27. Mr. Dew said the board and library administration are too busy organizing the move to the new library to prepare a submission. "We're not complaining. They've got their job to do but it is unfortunate their timetable should bit us at such an awkward time.'" He said Uie board heard about the hearings less than a month ago. The hearing is to be held BERGMAN'S Am f. from 7 to 10 p.m. on March 27, probably in the new library which is slated to open only two days before the hearing. Other bearings are being held in Grande Prairie, McKillop funeral Thursday George B. McKillop, long time Lethbridge youth leader, will be buried Thursday in the family plot at Mountain View Cemetery. Hie funeral will be at 1 p.m. in Southminster United Church, with Rev. Kenneth Morris officiating. Mr. McKillop died Monday. Edmonton and Calgary. The Alberta Ubrary Study is being carried out by L. W. Downey Research Associates of 1008, 10040 116 St, Edmonton. Dr. Downey and his research team have been commissioned by the province to study the role of libraries and prepare a master plan for the future. Included in the study are public, school, university, college and special libraries receiving public support Briefs must be submitted to the Downey offices by March 8. EBBW Etwy 171 m Street South Hamlet may get new school The possibility of building a new school in Coalhurst and closing down the elementary school and high school now located in the hamlet will be investigated by the County of Lethbridge. Chick Burge, county school superintendent, told the county trustees the regional office of the provincial government's school building board examined both schools last week and recognized the two facilities are over- crowded. was authorized by the school committee to study the situation and come up with a statement of need that the government school building board could accept. Expectations of slight enrolment increases in Coalhurst will add to the over- crowding pressure, Mr Burge said. He predicted enrolment throughout the county system will increase slightly next fall, compared to this year. At the end of September, 1973, students were attending the 21 county schools, but Mr. Burge esimates that figure will rise to almost when classes begin late next August. The increase in student population will mean some additions to teaching staffs and some expansion of school facilities. The school committee will discuss projections for the 1974-75 term in more detail at its March meeting. But because of the Canada Winter Games, improvements to Picture Butte High School can proceed immediately. The school's gymnasium will be used for basketball events during the Games and the Winter Games Society will pay two-thirds of the renovation costs to bring the gym up to standard. Native Day set at U of L The Lethbridge Folk Arts Council will present Native Canadian Day at noon Thursday in the main concourse at the University of Lethbridge. Local groups will participate in native songs. The public is invited. Admission is free. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz Bldg 222 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 FUEL SAVING! HMfMofiy w POWER HUMIDIFIER CHABLTON 6 HILL LTD. An. S. PtoM 3214388 ftX DENTURE CIHRC Est 19ZZ PHONE 327-4SC5 f. FOX, CJOM. 204 MEOICAl DENTAL BLOQ, INSTALLATION ELECTROHC MR CLEANERS 17W 2MIAK.S. SERVICE LTD. REGULAR EVENING AUCTION AT THE 2nd AVE. 8. THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21st TERMS CASH SALE STARTS fctt P-M. NO RESERVE Good Avocado Gibson 2 door Fridge, large double pedestal Typing Desk, nice chrome Table and 4 Chairs, Leatherette Recliner, 30" Gas Range, Water Softener, RCA Radio Record Player, Sm. 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