The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District SECOND'SECTION The lethbridge Herald Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, January 3, 1974 Local news Pages 13-24 1973 was record construction year Construction in the city occurred at a record pace in 1973. Figures released by the city development office show the total value of building permits issued in 1973 was The total is some above the previous high in 1970 when the University of Lethbridge was under construction. A permit for pilings and excavation work on the Woodward's project and a 000 permit for the 20-unit public housing pro- ject on the north-side issued last month helped boost the 1973 total over the record mark. The year's total was achieved through a much greater number of projects than was the case in 1970 when the university ac- counted for a sizeable portion of the total. The largest single project started in 1973 was the million Sportsplex. Residential construction also boomed in 1973 with permits being taken out on a record- setting 451 single family dwellings well above the previous high of 347 in 1971. The total value of building permits issues in 1972 was The building activity is expected to con- tinue this year with the major part of the Woodward's complex and the provincial government building still to come. for equipment, Council approves funds Lethbridge city council met at 7 p.m., an hour earlier than usual, to hear from residents who at- tended the first town hall session of the year. Aid. Vera Ferguson makes a point while Aid. Bill Ker- gan takes a draw on his cigarette. Right, Aid. Cam Barnes displays the bumper sticker that council gave the cold shoulder. High utility bills, no sidewalks concern residents at meeting John Basford's been water- ing the city boulevards around his corner lot for 24 years, but Wednesday he told city coun- cil he had a good mind to stop doing it. Complaining that with the increase in water rates, his last water bill was up 60 per cent, Mr. Basford, who's been a resident of the city for some SO years, said: "Unless there's more rain next year, city property's going to suf- fer." Council briefs "I will not put the same amount of water on that I have for the past 24 years." Mr. Basford added that his lot measured 57 feet by 137 feet and the city boulevard was about eight-feet wide and he seeded, watered and looked after it himself down through the years. "When I first moved here the city looked after the boulevards, and the sewer and the garbage were included in the he said. v Mr. Basford said the increased utility bills were a burden on those with fixed in- comes, and he also felt it un- fair that an individual who looks after his property gets a tax increase, while someone who lets his property deteriorate gets a tax reduc- tion. He got some sympathy but no help. Mayor Andy Anderson pointed out that the provincial government's LCI band grant approved for trip to World's Fair A grant to help send the Lethbridge Collegiate In- stitute Band to the Spokane World's Fair this summer was approved by city council Wednesday. Approval was unanimous with Mayor Andy Anderson terming the band "a real credit to the city" and Aid. Bijl Kergan saying the band has come a long way on its own merits and through hard work. The band will represent the at Expo 74. Band members hope to raise of the cost of the trip themselves with the remain- ing hopefully coming from a provincial department of culture, youth and recrea- tion grant. Community Services Ad- visory Committee member Jim Gough told city council Wednesday he and two others resigned from the committee after their initial year's term to make room for fresh input. "We wanted to make room for others so it doesn't become a comfortable set said Mr. Cough. Ken Sauer and Dorin Berlando were the other members to resign leaving three vacancies on the five- member committee. Incum- bent members are Mrs. Margaret Sutherland and Joe Lakie. Aid. Vera Ferguson called the committee one of the most important committees council asks citizens to sit on, and suggested the vacancies be readvertised even though council already has a list of people who have said they are willing to serve on the com- mittee. "I'd like to see a real good cross-section of citizens on she said. The rest of council con- curred in her suggestion and the appointments were tabled. Two people were reap- pointed to the library board for two-year terms. They are Bill Russell and Kay MacLeod. Margaret Nelson was also appointed to the board replac- ing Len Watkinson who asked not to be reappomted. City council gave first reading to a bylaw Wednesday authorizing the borrowing of to rebuild the Henderson Park grandstand. The structure to replace the old grandstand which burned down last summer is in the early design stage; A resolution by Calgary city council calling on the province to share in the funding of urban transportation systems received wholehearted en- dorsement from Lethbridge city council Wednesday. The resolution calls on the provincial government to help pay for bus as well as rapid- transit system development and operation. Mall addition tabled Officials of the College Mall Shopping Centre will have to wait for at least one more week before they can plan further to build a square-foot addition to house a Field's Department Store. At Wednesday's meeting of the Municipal Planning Com- mission, "the application for construction was deleted from the agenda because plans sub- mitted for the building were incomplete. The Field's store would be built on to the north end of the L-Mart food store if approval is granted. property tax rebate of up to wipes out much of the increases in taxes in recent years. "It was an unusual summer last he added. "I used twice as much water." Aid. Bill Kergan, who ob- viously knew Mr. Basford, told him, "You've been in the city a long time. "Lethbridge has been good to you and I think you'll con- tinue' to be good to Lethbridge." Mr. Basford's remarks were among a handfull of matters raised by some 12 people who attended council's first town-hall session of the year. Three women who hold ceramics classes in their homes asked that they be ex- empted from the home occupation fee. The three said they don't charge tuition fees, nor do they sell any of the products made in their classes. "It's more of a hobby than a they explained, and got a promise from Mayor Anderson that their case would be considered at an ear- ly date. Two others at the meeting also were told their concerns would be checked. Mike Slavich, of 53612th St. N., told council his mother had nearly been run over three times on her way to work at Centre Village Mall because there were no sidewalks on any of the streets between 12th and 13th Streets and 2A and 4th Avenues. "The problem faces many other women who live in the area and walk to work at the he said. Another resident asked if council would ban parking on the east side of 13th Street N. between the York Hotel and 5th Avenue. "There's usually two cars parked there by the York and it bottles up the northbound he said. Aid. Vera Ferguson agreed and suggested it was time council met with the city traf- fic committee to took into the question of eliminating all parking on certain streets dur- ing nnh hours. Lethbridge' bumper sticker 4s too far out' A "Love Lethbridge" bumper sticker proposed by the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta proved just a little too-far out for Aid. Cam Barnes Wednesday. "Sure we're all excited about Lethbridge but this he said in making a resolution that council not approve the use of the city's Fort Whoop-Up emblem on the proposed sticker. "I'm not in favor at all with this Love Lethbridge business on he added. "It doesn't mean anything to me." The rest of council agreed and his motion was passed with one dissenting vote from Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff. Travel Association executive vice-president Frank Smith said in a letter to council introducing the bumper sticker that it was intended as an opportunity for Lethbridge citizens to "show their colors." The slogan, he said, could be construed various ways as "I love Lethbridge" as a citizen, or "I did love Lethbridge" as a visitor. Mr. Smith said the stickers would be manufactured locally and would be marketed through a variety of outlets within the city with the profits to further tourism promotion on behalf of the city. But for the moment it looks like it's back to the bumper sticker drawing board. Mr. Smith said today the travel association had about a dozen of the stickers silk-screened. Now the whole matter will have to be reconsidered. "There is no point flying in the face of council's he said. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City council approved pre- budget expenditure requests from city administrators Wednesday of for equipment and for materials. The administration said the material and equipment are needed for city programs this year and early approval was required to ensure delivery would be in time for this year's work, the bulk of which is done in the summer. But two aldermen again ex- pressed concern as they had when the requests were first made before Christmas that they were being asked to approve the expenditures prior to knowing what the total budget will be. asked Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff, "if the budget is more than we're prepared to take to the tax- payers and we've already bought this "Fdon't know if we have the money because I haven't seen the programs to go along with the he said. Aid. Vera Ferguson said she had asked a year ago that council sit down with each city department and set department goals, but the meetings had never come about. "Some year I'm going to sit here and know about the budget before it is presented to she said. City Manager Allister Findlay said this was manage- ment by objectives and it was something the administration was working towards, but it takes time. Mr. Findlay also said if purchase of equipment needed for on-going requirements are deferred one year, they inevitably catch up to you the next. Delivery on equipment and material orders is giving city administrators headaches, necessitating early ordering. The city still hasn't received the three transit buses it ordered last spring, for ex- ample, and utilities director OH Erdos told council Wednesday it's hoped they'll arrive this month but they could be delayed several more months. Two more buses are includ- ed in the present equipment requests. Engineering director Randy Holfeld told council refineries have told customers to book their requirements for crude oil and asphalt early because Elector registration called discriminatory Voters in Lethbridge will be asked to register for the next civic election, a system Aid. Vera Ferguson says dis- criminates against renters. Man admits he kicked policeman A Lethbridge man who ad- mitted in provincial court Wednesday to kicking a policeman was given an 18- month suspended sentence. Garry Charles Bechtold, Westside Trailer Court, was ordered to refrain completely from using alcohol during the period of his sentence and will be under psychiatric care. The incident occurred when RCMP officers went to a residence at Westside Trailer Court to break up a fight early Monday morning. A Lethbridge youth who stole a car at a party Dec. IS was given an IB-month suspended sentence in provin- cial court Wednesday. Richard Bourassa, 17, earlier pleaded guilty to the charge. As he left a party at a Lethbridge residence, he took a neighbor's car. Police stopped him for impaired driving, and discovered ne had stolen the car. there may be more demand than they have capacity to produce. The engineering department asked for gallons of crude for dust suppression this year, and worth of asphalt. The total pre-budget equijh ment request was some 000 under the amount spent on equipment last year, while the materials request was about under the 1973 expen- ditures. Packer assured by city City Packers Ltd. will get written assurances from city council that it will not look favorably on the establish- ment of any rendering plants in the city. It was pointed out to council members that they could not commit future councils to any such guarantees, but Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff suggested common sense and economics dictate against any future establishment of a rendering plant in the city. "We couldn't afford to have another rendering plant in the city just because of the problems with the sewage situation, for he "And we know his (City Packers') problem in moving his plant which is not even in the city, is because of the hue and cry raised by residents. "Any future plant would have to be aware of that fact." Merlin Anderson, president of City Packers, said in a letter to council written assurance from council that no other rendering plant would be built in Lethbridge was required before City Packers could proceed with a relocation. Aid. Cam Barnes told coun- cil City Packers was finalizing financing of the move with the Department of Regional Economic Expansion and the provincial department of en- vironment and this was why council's assurance was needed. Property owners, already on the city's tax rolls are automatically registered, but tenants who are eligible to vote will have to make a trip to city hall to get their names on the electors' list "This makes the renter a second-class said Aid. Ferguson Wednesday. "He pays taxes too in an in- direct way." She wanted to know why the city didn't use enumeration instead, but was told it was more costly and less accurate. Council passed the bylaw enacting the registration system by a 4-3 vote on final reading with Aid. Ferguson, Aid. Bill Kergan and Aid. Ed Bastedo opposing it. The next civic election now held every three years, is in October. Aldermen get confidential power report Members of city council got their confidential copies of the report on the city's future power supply alter- natives Wednesday. The report by the Bellevue, Wash, consulting firm, which could decide the fate of the city's power plant, will be dis- cussed by council in a closed session Monday. It will then be tabled at council's next regular meeting Jan. 14. WALTER KERBER pholo Fire damages house Margaret Pelletier examines a new coat she'li never wear again. The coat, which she only wore twice, was damaged in a fire in her home at 1107 13th St. S. Wednesday afternoon. The fire, which apparently started near a floor furnace, caused between and damage, firemen said.