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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District SECOND SECTION The Lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, February 26, 1974 Local news Pages 11 to 20 Taking shape BILL GROENEN photo Work continues on the new 6th Ave. bridge which will bring West Lethbridge within distance of downtown.. The million two-lane bridge should be completed late this year. Council briefs No date set for power plant talks The power plant issue got mentioned only in passing at city council's meeting Monday. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff. chairman of council's power study committee, told council a date has not yet been arranged for an initial meeting to discuss a timetable for dealing with the issue, but it will be set soon. Most of the 300 residents at last week's public hearing at the Yates Centre opposed sale of the city plant to Calgary Power. Separate left turn signals at Sportsplex session closed City council went into a closed session Monday to discuss the Canada Winter Games sportsplex development. No resolutions emerged from the meeting and just what the discussions entailed was not made public. There had earlier been some indication that an announcement concerning hiring of a sportsplex manager would be made. Mayor Magrath Drive and 10th Avenue S. and at 6th Avenue and 13th Street S. are not yet needed, the city engineering department says. In a report to council Monday, the department said in both cases the through green signal allows sufficient time for turning traffic to clear the intersection and the total delay to traffic would be greater with the inclusion of separate left turn signals. The U of L's request for iower electricity rates was tabled for two weeks by city council Monday at the university's request. The university apparently wants to gather more ammunition for its request to be shifted to an industrial rate from its higher-cost commercial classification. The request was originally made last June and opposed by city administrators for several reasons. The Canadian Mental Health Association, southern regio.n, received approval from city council Monday to conduct a fund-raising campaign m the city March 25 to April 1. The association will conduct a business canvass March 25- 29 and a residential blitz the night of April 1. City council Monday gave first reading to three money bylaws for street and lane paving and curb and gutter work this year. The street paving bylaw is for and includes paving of portions of 36th Street N.. 31st Street N.. St. Edward Blvd., 13th Street N., and 2nd Avenue N. Curb and gutter work worth would be done on sections of 31st and 36th Streets N. and 2nd Avenue N. Lane paving costing would be carried out in several areas of the city. I 1 City to develop northeast land The city will develop about 30 acres of "choice" residential property in the northeast, beginning in 1975. The decision by city council Monday to develop the land east of 13th Street N. and north of 18th Avenue N. represents an about-face in council's policy of holding city-owned east-side land off the housing market. As such it signals council's confidence that the west- side development is well on its way, and will not require further protection by 1975. The decision arose from a land-sales committee recommendation that the city not sell the land to Engineered Homes which has long been interested in purchasing it. "It's a choice piece of residential property owned by the city and it should be developed by the said Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff, who is chairman of the land sales committee. He said that while it would be physically impossible for the city to develop it this year, the approximately 120 lots that could be developed there could be available in 1975. If they're not, there would be absolutely nothing left on the east side by then, he said. "If we start the wheels rolling now, good property will be available at reasonable prices Council to talk to PWA before choosing sides Crossings report ready by March 10 A City of Lethbridge report on the problems of school crossings on major city streets will be completed by March 10, separate school trustees will be informed Wednesday. The trustees have been anxiously awaiting the report to see if it recommends a satisfactory method of allowing students to cross the controversial 5th Avenue S. and Mayor Magrath Drive intersection. The separate board recommended last spring that the city build a pedestrian overpass at the intersection but city officials turned the proposal down. The trustees in a meeting last fall indicated that they were not prepared to accept the city's decision. Pacific Western Airlines officials will be in the city March 7 or 8 to discuss with city council their application to fly a Lethbridge-Calgary run. Council decided Monday to delay a decision on preparation of an intervention against the PWA application until after the meeting with the airline and talks with Time Air. The deadline for filing interventions with the Canadian Transport Commission on the PWA application is March 15. Aid. Steve Kotch, chairman of the city's transportation committee, told council the meeting will give council the opportunity to find out exactly what PWA's long-range plans are. If necessary, he said, council could hold a special meeting to prepare an intervention before the deadline. There seemed to be some hint in council's discussion of the matter Monday that some additional service by PWA to the city or some trade-offs of an unspecified nature could be involved. But. Aid. Kotch said after the meeting PWA has not approached the city since their application about east- west or other service to Lethbridge. PWA officials did, however, request the March meeting with the city. Aid Kotch said PWA's recent announcement that it will contract out some of its British Columbia flights to smaller airlines was a good indication of the company's intentions in its Lethbridge- Calgary application "They just want to make it tough for Time he said The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce and the city transportation committee have already gone on record opposing the PWA application and supporting Time Air. but council has not yet taken an official position Packer's move backed by city Old library okay for city offices The community services department will get the old Gait Gardens library for its offices after all. City council Monday approved handing over the library building to the department for office and community use. An estimate of worth of renovations to the building was referred to council's budget deliberations which begin next month. Community services director Bob Bartlett said the library would be renovated in such a manner that it would be useful to a number of community groups during the department's occupancy and after it left the building in three-to-five years time when a city hall addition is built to house the department Council got one request Monday for use of the old library, from a study group representing the Allied Arts Council, the U of L art department and students, and other interested Lethbridge and area residents. The group is looking into the feasibility of establishing an art gallery in the city and apparently is interested in using the library on a temporary basis. And schools and other groups are also said to be interested in the building. City council went on record Monday as being in favor of a relocation of City Packer's 43rd Street plant but was careful to dissociate itself from any financial responsibility for the move. According to Aid. Steve Kotch, who brought the matter up, the provincial department of the environment needs some kind of directive in writing before it can proceed further with efforts to move the plant. But some aldermen were concerned that such a commitment could leave the city open for requests for compensation. Despite assurances from city solicitor John Hammond that such would not be the case unless the plant moved into the city a very unlikely possibility council approved a cautiously worded resolution. It says: "While the City of Council favors ombudsman checking local complaints Expanded powers for Alberta's ombudsman to include investigations of complaints against municipal government got support from Lethbridge aldermen Monday. "It couldn't do anything but good." said Aid. Vera Ferguson. She said she had already replied to a letter sent out by the provincial government for reaction to the proposed amendments to the Ombudsman Act. At the moment the ombudsman is empowered only to look into citizen complaints against departments of the provincial government. "People may not feel they're getting a fair hearing if they have to come to the same people whose enactments caused the complaint in the first said Aid. Ferguson. "It would clear up a lot of areas if they felt they could go to an impartial party." Aid. Bill Kergan said there is no point in having an ombudsman unless he has powers, while Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff said he was all in favor of the work done by the ombudsman. Lethbridge does not feel it has any financial responsibility in the relocation of City Packers, the city will greatly appreciate the department of environment offering such assistance to such a move as it is able to assist that industry in moving its operation further away from the boundaries of the city. It is the strong feeling of council that such a move would be of great benefit to the city." It would, it was suggested in council discussion, remove undesirable odors from a very high tax-paying residential area of the city. Bus zone cost high The city will provide a school bus loading zone to the east of Catholic Central High School but it will cost the separate school board trustees will be informed by letter Wednesday. The separate schools requested the new loading zone on 5th Avenue S to avoid the congestion problems caused by hundreds of students from separate and public schools in the area all loading on 18th Street S. The construction cost would be for altering the angle parking stalls in the proposed loading zone area into proper bus loading bays. The trustees are expected to decide whether to fund the alterations at their p.m. Wednesday meeting The meeting is open to the public. 'Black market in bus passes thriving' Most parents surveyed approved busing program By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer More than 400 parents with children in seven Lethbridge school responded to a home and school questionnaire on busing summarized Monday at the monthly meeting of the Lethbndge Council of Home and School Associations Council president Mabel Byam said results were still expected from Lethbridge Collegiate Institute and Hamilton Junior High School The present busing system was approved of by 364 parents, disapproved of by 61 and resulted in no opinion from eight. On overcrowding. ISO parents felt it was a problem. 306 did not think it a problem and 78 had no opinion. Parents with children in Westminster School varied from the majority on the overcrowding question. Of 79 parents replying, 12 felt overcrowding was a problem. 14 did not and 53 bad no opinion. Eighty nine Lethbridge parents thought busing regulations were being adhered to. and 41 did not. But 164 had no opinion The last figure included at least one parent i who did not know there were any busing regulations, and drew a comment from Mrs. Byam. "If you have children being bused." she said, "It's your duty as a parent to know the regulations so you know if your children are following them and if the driver is following them School bus regulations are set out by the provincial Highway Traffic Board. Parents complained in the survey about route scheduling, overcrowding on buses, discipline the buses and at the stops and buses' flashers not being used when children were loaded or unloaded, she said. Broken bus passes were another problem reported, she told the council. The passes were plastic, she said, and would snap or shatter when pupils sat on them after waiting in cold weather for a bus Vandalism on buses 'characterized by slashed seats and graffiti was another problem, and culprits hard to detect. Mrs Byam said junior high school pupils represented the worst discipline problem, followed by those from high school and elementary levels. "I'm against she said, "But maybe a reporting system of some kind is needed A black market in bus passes exists among junior high school pupils, she said. Pupils with bus passes were selling them to those who lived less than the minimum three quar- ters of a mile from school and did not have bus privileges. The black market rate was she said, and the pupil entiUed to a pass could purchase a replacement for his "lost" card for A report presented earlier to the planning and development council said 1.073 passes had been issued up to Feb. 15. but 592 pupils rode the buses that day The planning and development council is a body of parents, students, teachers and administrators set up to advise tHw Public School Board Parents answering the questionnaire comipented favorably on safety, bringing children home for lunch and the elimination of long walks by younger children ;