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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta County returning to Coalhurst ratepayers with water-sewer bylaw Because o[ escalating costs for a sewage dis- posal system and a Local Authorities Board order to inform ratepayers of this fact, Lethbrldge County council decided Thursday to readvertise borrowing bylaws concerning both the proposed Coalhurst water and sewage systems. Estimated costs, provided by the county's engineering consultant, are now This compromises for the water system and for the sewage disposal system. Council had a choice. It could have advertised just the increased sewage system borrowing plan. The water system cost estimates have decreased. It decided to start again and adver- tise both plans. At the same time, Reeve Dick Papworth noted council has an extension only to March 10 by Kenwood Engineering Construction Ltd. on the tendered construction costs. If the deadline can't be extended further, the projects will have to be retendered. Neufeld and Associates Ltd., the county's engineering and planning consultant, estimates the total-yearly payments on a 50-foot lot will be Yearly frontage charges are estimated at involving for water and for sewers; Yearly service charges are estimated at based on 160 connections, 90 in hamlet and 70 in mobile home park. This would involve for water and for sewers. But Conn. Jim Nicol of Kipp was quick to point out that because of government aid on the sewer outfall (that part of the system from the edge of the hamlet to the sewage lagoon and then to the 600 hamlet rate payers will be paying only each on the outfall. Without this aid on costs above per per- residents would pay each because the outfall portion of the total sewer system cost is The county council intended to pay for the system out of service charges rather than fron- tage charges, said County Manager Bob Grant. However, the Local Authorities Board counsell- ed against that. The net cost on the water supply system is after considering winter works benefits in payroll subsidies effective until May 31 of and a provincial government grant of per capita of The net amount to be borrowed, after con- sidering cost-sharing by the mobile home park, is Net borrowing on the sewage plan, after con- sidering the mobile home park's share of borrowing, a Central Mortgage and Housing Cor- poration loan and borrowing to be repaid by the hamlet, is At 9% per cent interest rate over 20 years, the yearly payments on the sewage disposal system are At eight per cent over 20 years the yearly payments on the waler supply system are Second Section Local news The LetHbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, February 21, 1975 District Pages 19-36 Volunteer guest list 'too long' Numerous calls were received Thursday at the Winter Games office from dis- gruntled volunteers who were not invited to Wednesday's reception for volunteers, Games officials said Thur- sday. Spokesman at the Games of- fice and government officials said they had both received many calls from volunteers who were not on the person invitation list set [or the provincial government organized reception. John Whalley, chief protocol officer for the government, said it is unfor- tunate more people could not have been invited but organizers never expected there would be more than 000 Games volunteers. "When we first started organizing we were told (by Games organizers) there would be about Mr. Whalley said. "It grew to where only so many invitations could be sent to each group and each venue. People in charge at each venue had to decide on ticket distribution. "It is easy to say in hind- sight we were unfair but there is no way we could have changed anything after we had he added. "The fire marshal! wouldn't have let'us put any more peo- ple in the building." Mr. Whalley said if provin- cial government organizers had known there would be about volunteers involv- ed in the event, a different type of reception-would probably have been arranged. "There was no intention by the provincial government to slight he said. "In fact there dre very few people 1 have talked to who don't un- derstand the problem." Spokesmen for the Games protocol Office also said it is unfortunate all volunteers could not attend but added there will not be another reception organized. Horsemen's request refused The Lethbridge County council Thursday closed the barn door before the horse got out. "I don't think we should get involved at said Coun. Steve Slemko after council heard a request from the Southern Alberta Equestrian Council for approval in princi- ple for an equestrian centre. Councillors Otto Wobick and Jim Nicol seemed to favor approving the request in prin- cipal. Coun. Wobick had no objec- tion to the proposal but shook his head at the thought of council "digging into its pocket" for financial support. The SAEC wants to es- tablish an equestrian centre east of 3516 24th Ave. S. on the Coutts Highway, on a site south of the Lethbridge Ex- hibition grounds. It is in the city. Council refused approval In principle because it considers such a step as an invitation for a delegation to appear and ask for money. In a recent brief to the mayor and council of the City of Lethbridge, the SAEC said there are to amateur horse enthusiasts in Lethbridge and area "who are heed of facilities." Planners irk Lethbridge county Gone with the wind? RICK ERVIN photo The flag-snatching craze hit city hall this week when someone made off with the Canadian Maple Leaf, rope and all. Firemen were called on to re-string the flag- pole Thursday. Winter Games flags, once decorating every street light pole down- town and on Mayor Magrath Drive have also been disappearing at a good clip as the deux Canada Games draw to a close. Subdivision rejection called slap in the face By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor Lethbridge County Reeve Dick Papworth Thursday tagged the Oldman River Regional Planning Commis- sion rejection of the Clark Lundgren subdivision as a "slap in the face" to the coun- ty council- Speaking at the regular county council meeting, Reeve Papworth said the City of Lethbridge representative and the planning commission executive was a "kangaroo court" that dealt with the application before it reached the commission. "The city has only one vote but the representative was very influential in getting the members to vote against this said the reeve. Dr. Lundgren, a Lethbridge chiropractor, started to design a 160-acre subdivision in April, 1974. Situated 3'A miles west of the University of Lethbridge, it was to have been broken into 28 parcels of between 1.2 and 8.8 acres. It came before a county plann- ing meeting in July, 1974. The council quickly approved his request for rezoning to "country residential." Then came a series of dis- cussions between the developer and the planning commission with. Dr. Lundgren changing his concept to meet planning re- quirements. Changes failed to please The changes failed to please the planners. The commission finally rejected a plan, called Cedar Villa Estates, that would provide 21 lots on 23 Vi acres of land adjacent to the Oldman River. "It would be top land, no coulees, and the lots would be one to IVi acres in said Dr. Lundgren when contacted by The Herald after the coun- cil meeting. He said his lawyer has been instructed to appeal the com- mission's decision. "Since last July my costs have gone up 22 per he said. Plans include a tennis court, basketball court and a one- acre children's playground. Said Reeve Papworth: "I was disappointed with the members of the Oldman River Planning Commission in turn- ing down Dr. Lundgren's re- quest for his subdivision I think jt is time we took a long look at the structure of the ORRPC. "Why should someone in Mossleigh, Vauxhall or Pincher Creek decide whether the County of Lethbridge should or should not have a subdivision? There is no need for a commission if the city and the director are calling the shots. "Why do we need a board of 33 members? Maybe the Cardston MD has a point in its criticism of the planning com- mission. There should be some changes. It can't go on like this." Beyond two-mile strip "You used some strong words said Coun. Steve Slemko of Coaldale, council's representative on the com- mission. "Maybe you .are .hitting at me too." He said "you sort of get the overall picture and you vote on these things. You get infor- mation from the planning commission." But the reeve would have none of it. "There were about 20 or so applications in and they were all dealt with in one minute you voted on them all en masse never discussed them." "Anything the MD votes for and the executive votes against has to go to the com- said Coun. Slemko. He said the planners "really make a deep study of all this." It should have been "cancelled, right off the. bat instead of telling him three "Being around Lethbridge, we always seem to be in trou- ble with the city trying to get said the reeve. "If the city didn't want anything developed over there, they should have annex- ed right to the river." He then noted there is a two-mile "green strip" of land protected from development adjacent to the city boundary. The proposed subdivision is "just beyond the two-mile said the reeve. Travel directors say meeting's on The president of the Southern Alberta Travel and Convention Association has no choice but to comply with the request of the organization membership for a special meeting Wednesday; ac- cording to a veteran member of the association. Former association president John Neal says the membership can hold a legal general meeting even If the president refuses to honor their request for such a meeting. Sixty-two association members this week signed a request for the meeting, but President Steve Kotch said Thursday that a meeting has not been set for Feb. 28 and the ex- ecutive of the association must set the meeting date. As one of the of the association bylaws, Dr. Neal com- mented or. the bylaws that outline the procedure for calling special meetings. If Mr. Kotch refuses to comply with the wishes of the membership for a special meeting, "he is subject to disciplinary action from the Alberta registrar of Dr. Neal said. Officials of the registrar can come down from Edmonton and "put the whole thing (association) in trust" until they have completed their investigation, he added. The bylaws state that special or emergency general meetings of the association shall be called on the written request of at least three members of the board of directors or on written request bearing the signatures of any eight members of the association. Mr. Kotch was sent a double registered letter Thursday contain- ing a request by 62 members of the association for the special meeting Feb. 26. If the president is not given at least three days notice then he is correct in saying a meeting of the association will not be held, Dr. Neal said, In reference to a bylaw that states "at least three days notice shall be given before such 'emergency general meeting" is held. All members of the association were tent a notice of the meeting Thursday and should receive the notice five days prior to the meeting. If Mr. Kotch does not attend the meeting, vice president Belmore Schultz has indicated he is prepared to take the chair at the meeting. The meeting was called to ex- amine the internal problems of the association that resulted In the resignation of its entire staff. The meeting is to specifically ex- amine the actions of Mr. Kotch and city vice president Rick Kratz that may have resulted in damage to the association. It is expected a motion will be presented from the floor of the special Feb. 26 meeting calling for the association executive to ask the former staff to reconsider Its resignation. Gordon Taylor: Resuming command or jumping ship? By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Gordon Taylor said Thursday that he believed in the original principles of Social Credit monetary reform, low interest rates, a fair share of the society for each of its members. He didn't say what he thought of the original princi- ple of loyalty when he announced his defection from the Social Credit caucus. Mr. Taylor said he defected from the caucus because it stood against the Syncrude oil sands project. The stand of the caucus Comment summarized by former premier Harry Strom is: Both the provincial and federal governments are responsible for creating the poor economic climate which eventually forced three governments to invest. The project must pro- ceed, but the government should learn a lesson. Mr. Taylor said the opposition has not backed the premier in his confrontations with Ottawa over resource control. Here his statement has some basis in fact: Alberta Social Credit Leader Werner Schmidt disagrees with the premier's "confrontation" tactics, but opposition spokesmen nave insisted (hey are as much in favor of Albertans' control of their own resources as anyone. DEAN OF LEGISLATURE Mr. Taylor, dean of the legislature, said the early election caught him by surprise. He has been voting against his caucus colleagues for over a year, more than enough time to arrange a quiet- er departure, and do what he claimed his constituents demanded. Mr. Taylor said Opposition House Leader Robert Clark was "under the thumb" of Calgary Mountain- view MLA Albert Ludwig, that Mr. Ludwig was the house leader's right-hand man in the legislature. Mr. Ludwig does sit to the right of Mr. Clark where Mr. Clark can keep an eye on him, not the other way around. Mr. Taylor said he is disappointed in the quality of the caucus leadership, criticizing Mr. Clark who is entering a fight for his political life. Mr. Clark, on the other hand, said this is no time for personal attacks or attempts to discredit Mr. Taylor, entering a similar fight. Just what did happen Thursday, if most of Mr. Taylor's stated reasons for the defection at such a terrible moment for the party are open to question? LOST LEADERSHIP RACE Mr. Taylor, 64, lost a leadership race to Harry Strom in 1968 and Werner Schmidt in 1973. Was he so embittered by defeat at the hands' of his party (hat he bided his time for a moment of revenge which arrived Thursday morning at an Ed- monton press conference? No, says Little Bow candidate Ray Speaker who sat next to the Drumheller MLA in the last House. "Gordon hasn't done this as Was Mr. Taylor's revulsion at the outspoken, sometimes obstructive, sometimes infuriating behavior of one fellow MLA, Mr. Ludwig, so great that he couldn't stand to be in the same party any longer after 35 years of tolerance for some Infuriating, boring and otherwise distinctly unsavory political com- panions? Was Mr. Taylor, longest sitting member of the House, unable to bow out gracefully in retirement to pursue some other interest? WHOLE LIFE WAS GOVERNMENT Did power spoil Gordon Taylor? Was he so spoiled for 35 years that he could not see beyond the government's nose even when he left It? Or is It deeper than that? Gordon Taylor's whole life was being highways minister, one colleague said Thursday. The bachelor minister had no family of his own ex- cept the government, apparently also his closest friend. After 1971, the minister who had served not only the highways portfolio, but telephones and youth as well, was divorced from his government, his role as the man in command a role he had already lost within his own party. Did Gordon Taylor on Thursday see himself standing alone in command again, master of his own party, free of Irksome companions and muzzled existence? Or did he just desert? ;