Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 14, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Campground policy must precede approval of river valley project Are campgrounds an amenity like swimming pqols and ice arenas that should be.provided by the city Tor its citizens? And it private enterprise is to be involved, to what extent should it be subsidized by the city? These are questions city council will have to wrestle with before it can give the go-ahead to a river valley campground, Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson argued Monday. Most of council agreed with her, voting 6-3 to table the campground question for discussion Saturday during council's day-long policy seminar at the Holiday Inn. Opposed were Aldermen Bill Kergan, Don Le Baron and Cam Barnes. The tabling motion came after detailed dis- cussions with campground developer Doug Nielson concerning just what he is willing to do and what he wants the city to do. Mr. Nielson, a former Winnipeg resident now living in Lethbridge, told council he was willing to pay an annual lease of suggested by city administrators. He also said he would agree to pay annual tax- es of Less clear is the cost of bringing city water, sewer and electrical services to the campground area and who will pay for them. Mr. Nielson originally stated in a Jan. 3 letter to the city he would pay half that cost providing he would not have to pay property taxes for at least five years. But Monday council was told the original water and sewage service cost figure of given Mr. Nielson was only a ballpark estimate and precise costs could not be calculated until Mr. Nielson submitted" detailed plans. Mr. Nielson said he wasn't prepared to do that because of the cost involved in having the plans drawn up, unless he was given some assurance he would get final approval from the city. Some aldermen were prepared to move in that direction Monday. "We need a campground let's get on with said Aid. Barnes. "It's unfair to start talking about these others that came out of the woodwork all of a he added in reference to two other campground proposals recently made to the city. "We're doing this man an injustice if he can come up with the right figures, let's let him do business." But Aid. Vaughan Hembroff said there were too many un-answered questions at this point. If the city is going to be subsidizing it, then council should give everyone the chance to get in the business and put it up for bid, he said. The property taxes, he argued, are only what's due for normal yearly provision of city services, while the proposed rent yields an average annual return to the city over 20 years of only 4.3 per cent. "We would get more money back if we put the same money in the bank at nine per cent." Aid. Tony Tobin agreed with Deputy Mayor Ferguson that council needs a policy first on what it wants in campground facilities and the extent of city involvement. "Once we have a policy it will be a lot easier to make a he said. Several aldermen said they sympathized with the frustrations experienced by Mr Nielson who began negotiating with the city seven months ago. "Perhaps it's about time we had a citizens guide to city said Aid. Tobin, although he also commented that Mr. Nielson's long dealings with the city were and ought to be a normal part of the private enterprise experience. District The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, January 14, 1975 Pages 17-32 Hurry up and wait Like many prospective Canada Winter Games spectators, Barbara Spiess, left, and Dana Fabbi, both of Lethbridge, wait for tickets to arrive at the new Game's in- formation and ticket centre at the old library on 3rd Avenue S. Despite announce- ments from the Games Society that tickets would be on sale Monday, office manager Dennis Valentine didn't have any tickets to sell until 2 p.m. The ticket trunk event- ually showed up, and eager Games watchers like Mrs. Fabbi and her two-year-old daughter Jeunine returned later Monday to pick up tickets. County axes subdivision, terming it The County of Lethbridge Monday acted on rezoning applications from developers Organizer unhappy with letters A Lethbridge woman calling for letters from supporters of capital punishment says she is "very disappointed'! Lana Collins, 1105 25th St. N., says she has received 10 letters from local residents who agree with her stand on capital punishment. The letters will be forwarded to Prime Minister Trudeau. She has sent telegrams to the prime minister, Justice Minister Otto Lang and Solicitor General Warren Allmand, urging reinstate- ment of hanging for convicted murderers. proposing country residential developments west of Lethbridge, disapproving one. Council denied a request from Rahly Investments of Calgary to rezone 160 acres of farmland IVe miles west of West Lethbridge. The proposed 35-parcel country residential subdivi- sion is immediately adjacent to land owned by city chiropractor Clark Lundgren. Dr. Lundgren's land was rezoned for residential use earlier this year. County development officer Glen Snelgrove described the Hahly rezoning' request as because the City of Lethbridge and the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission have not completed their land use study for Lethbridge and en- virons. "It's supposed to fit in with the city's future plans which don't exist." The county's development officer said the city is concerned with any subdivision occurring near the city's own development, West Lethbridge. Council approved a long- standing request from Monarch area farmer Karel Roelofs to rezone the northern half of Section 34, just north of the confluence of the Belly and Oldman Rivers and one-, half mile south of Highway 3. A 1972 subdivision applica- tion by Mr. Roelofs is still on appeal with the Provincial Planning Board, pending rezoning by the county. Mr. Roelofs proposes to sub- divide 25 country acreages ranging in size from 1.2 to 2.7 acres from a 282-acre parcel of land. The rest of the land would be left as community reserve and pasture for horses. The development, called Rustling Heights, requires approvals from the county and the planning commission. Joe Public's chance conies at Games meal The VIP's will have their cocktail parties, but the com- mon burghers of Lethbridge will have'their chance to dine free and mingle with Winter Games athletes at a pancake breakfast Feb. 16. City council Monday approved a expen- diture to sponsor the 1975 Winter Games breakfast at the Exhibition Pavilion. It will be open to everyone and pancakes, sausages, milk and coffee as well as a band will be lavished on the people estimated, to be in attendance. "There will be cocktail par- ties conservatively estimated at to for the. said Deputy Mayor Vera .Ferguson. Cost of living pinching CUPE asks city to open contract By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City council didn't say yes Monday to a request by a city union to open its contract in mid term for an across the board cost of living wage increase, but it didn't say no either. Council voted 6-3 to table the request from Local 70 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees representing city inside and outside workers, pending a report from City Manager Allister Findlay on latest cost of living index figures. The union is in the second year of a two year contract effective Jan. 1, 1974, which Blood shortage prompts cutback A shortage of blood at the Southern.Alberta blood bank in Calgary has not caused any drastic problems in although physicians here have been asked to cut back on electiv6 surgery. Sister Alexia Cameron, head of the blood bank at St. Michael's Hospital, said Mon- day there is a definite shor- tage, but the hospital has not had to phone any of its emergency donors. The St. Michael's bank holds blood for both Lethbridge hospitals after receiving it from the Calgary bank. All elective surgery, non emergency cases, in Calgary hospitals has been cancelled indefinitely. Doctors here have been refraining from scheduling some elective surgery because of the shortage of blood. The blood bank here has kept enough blood on hand to handle most emergencies .that arise and others .could he handled by contacting donors contribute, she said. Blood donor clinics have been scheduled in Calgary .beginning Tuesday. The .next regular clinic in Lethbridge will be in March. Sister Alexia said she hopes the Calgary clinics will relieve the situation. Council to discuss City council will forge ahead with its policy seminar at the Holiday Inn Saturday though aldermen dis- played obvious disagreement over an agenda Monday. Aid. Cam Barnes said he couldn't get too excited about proposed five- minute papers by each aldermen on the philosophy of civic government. instead, he suggested, council should have a real Working agenda with ideas spelled out on where it intends to go and how it will get there. Almost an exact opposite point of view was put forward by Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson and Aid. Vaughan Hembroff. "If we neyer discuss anything specifically that's the purpose of the whole said the deputy mayor. "I'm very much against a rigid agenda saying at such and such a time we will do this or that." Aid. Hembroff said the seminar should give aldermen an opportunity to try and understand each other's philosophy. "We should try and be as frank as we can about one another and he said. "In these cir- cumstances we would do well to meet privately." Aid. Bill Kergan threw the discus- sion into a temporary uproar when he suggested the press should be at all or most of the seminar. "I have no objections to having them there so the public will know what we are thinking and what we are going to he said. Everyone else did object. "We'll not accomplish nearly as much if the press is said Aid. Don Le Baron. "We'll feel more free and do what we set out to do if the press is not there. "Edmonton city council goes to Jasper for three days every year to get away from the world maybe that's what we should do." Deputy Mayor Ferguson said a weekend retreat was exactly what she had in mind when she originally proposed the seminar. At one point in Monday's discus- sion she threw up her hands and suggested cancelling the whole thing, when Mayor Andy Anderson said the meeting would be recorded. "No way it would just be a regular she said. Council eventually opted for the philosophical approach for the .one- day meeting including the presenta- tion of five-minute papers, although three council members Deputy Mayor Ferguson, Aid. Tony Tobin and Aid. Barnes voted against the resolution. The deputy mayor said she was against it because it excluded the administration except for City Manager Allister Findlay. "Part of what it is all for is to develop better council administra- tion communication so we .don't develop a we they she said. provided for a cent increase this year on top of a 1974 increase of 10.96 per cent for inside workers and a 45 cent per hour across the board increase for outside workers. CUPE representative Nap Milroy told council the second year increase isn't keeping up with inflation. City workers are falling behind other workers doing the same job, who negotiated new contracts for 1975, he said. While refusing to be drawn into a discussion of what increase the union would de- mand if the contract was re opened, Mr. Milroy said his personal opinion was a hour increase would be need- ed for city workers to be in the same relative economic posi- tion they were Jan. 1974. Voting against the tabling motion were Deputy _ Mayor Vera Ferguson, Aid. Vaughan Hembroff and Aid. Cam Barnes. "There's no way we can look at one union without look- ing at the .contracts of .every employee of the city, and I say we just can't do said Deputy Mayor Ferguson. "I'm prepared right now to say no, we will not re negotiate with any city union until their contracts come up." NEED FLEXIBILITY But Aid. Bob Tarleck said it was wrong for council to take an inflexible position on wage increases. "When you look at labor strife in .other areas, it's im- perative to maintain com- he said. 'If the cost .of living indexes indicate they are suffering due to inflation we should seriously .consider re opening negotiations." Mr. Milroy told council his local wanted to avoid the strike action taken by CUPE workers with the city of Calgary in .the fall. "They took .action we .don't want to .take, and the result was injunctions which we don't he said in response to an inquiry from Mayor Andy Anderson on the iCaigary .situation. FALL BEHIND But Mr.. Milroy did give .council .a warning .of tougher negotiations .at the end of the present .contract if an adjust- ment isn't made now. "When employees fall behind in their wages, and ad- justments .are not made dur- ing the life of the present agreement, .then in the next round of negotiations you are faced with labor .unrest and possible strikes, because the employees wish to regain what they have lost." Early start vain, clock says Parkinson's first law states: "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its com- pletion." Aldermen seem to have informally adopted Parkinson when it comes to their council meetings. They recently decided to start their regular Monday meetings at p.m. instead of 8 p.m. in order to end late night sittings. But Monday they were still at it at 11 p.m. and hadn't managed to quite complete the meeting agenda. At that point a un- animous vote was re- quired to continue the meeting past 11 p.m., but three council members Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson, Aid. Tony Tobin and Aid. Bill Cousins had had enough, and voted against carrying on. As a result, the debate on Aid. Bob Tarleck's resolution calling for the use of salt on city streets for the rest of the winter was put off for two weeks. So was a resolution from Aid. Tony Tobin calling for school zones to be instituted around Winston Churchill High School, as well as a report from council's sewage bylaw com- mittee. Twine to be Free concert Thursday The W, R. Myers High School .choir, of Taber, will perform Thursday in the main -concourse of the Academic Residence Building at the University of Lethbridge. The free performance, at p.m., is .part of the un- iversity concert series. at Cardston CARDSTON (Staff) An- ticipating a shortage of baler twine next summer, the Cardston Municipal District council Monday decided to order two carloads of twine. "We're not in the business of selling the said Secretary Treasurer R. W. Legge "But we can take care of any shortage in the dis- trict." The department of agriculture has agreed to assist counties and MDs in funding this service, possibly by paying freight costs. "You better be said Coun. Ken Beswick of Spring Coulee. "You sure are stepping on some dealers' toes here." "They have been tromping on mine for a long said Coun. Ken Woolford of Card- ston. "I would sure hate to see a situation where you couldn't buy baler twine. It would .sure be disastrous in a community like this."