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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-15,Lethbridge, Alberta Too much power for city?Bulk buying not always bargain Aldermen balk at bylaw Bulk buyine of bMf does not automaticariy assure the customer of saving money, the Alberta Cattle Commission's consumer counsellor says. Susan Mitchell says that office and government consumer affairs offices “have been flooded with complaints from consumers who discover too late that they have not got a bargain after all in their bulk buying." She warns customers to be wary of bait advertising where the operator offers meat at very low prices and the advertised carcass turns out to be old, over-fat and generally undesirable. Hanging beside the carcass advertised at a discount is a much fresher, leaner carcass which is more expensive but the one you want in your freezer, she says. She advises buyers to watch for budget payment plans for a year's supply of meat offered by some dealers. In actual fact the meat may last only nine months, says Miss Mitchell, and the of buyirtg bargain." Miss Mitchell says customers should beware of sales pitches offering” something for nothing" offered by up-start freezer businesses to attract customers. Nobody can afford to give beef away and reputable firms do not pretend to do so, she says. Shoppers should check out the rehabillty of the firm they intend to buy from and be alert and well-informed on meat quality and priccs, in order to save money. Sue Halvorson, product information specialist with the Alberta Department of Agriculture, recommends buying a family’s favorite meat cuts, unless the family is prepared to use all the cuts in a b^f carcass. aimed at untidy premises Games weather forecast Temperatures ranging from 10 to 35 degrees with cloudy skies and winds near 15 miles an hour should be expected for the Canada Winter Gaines, next year, a look at statistics at the Kenyon Field Weather Office kept for past Febniarys shows. The average high for a 30-year period during the period of the Games, scheduled for Feb. U to 23 next year, has ranged between 30 and 35 degrees while the mean low has been between 10 and 15 degrees. The average temperature is in the 20 to 25 degree range. A look at the 30-year average for the month shows a mean snowfall of 9.3 inches with .01 inches of rain and an average precipitatiwi of .88 inches. The lowest temperature for the period of the games since records have been kept has been -41 degrees. This low was reached twice over a 61 year period on Feb. 16,1936 and on Feb. 20 in 1918. Lethbridge will be lucky to reach temperatures in the 60 degree range, but the mercury has reached that level tliree years. The temperature was 67 on Feb. 12, 1934. And the thermometer read one degree less on Feb. 18, 1916. It was 65 one day later that same year. •During the month of February most winds blow from the west or southwest. The average wind speed during that month has been 15 to 16 miles an hour and based on a 30-year compilation there has been an average of 126 hours sunshine in the month. This compares to a figure of 101 for January and 171 for March. February is one of the cloudiest months, normally. By ANDY OGLE Herald Stall Writer Should city officials have the power to enter private property to determine whether or not it may meet certain standards of tidiness? And who is to judge wbat these standards would be? These were questions that worried enough members of council Monday to have a proposed bylaw dealing with “unsightly and untidy premises’^’ tabled for redrafting by the city soUcitor, The bylaw as presented Monday would give the city the power to force a person whose property was deemed unsightly or unUdy to clean it up or face prosecution and a maximum fine. . The bylaw would leave the decisim on whether a proper-sightly up to invades peoples’ privacy, I get a little worried. ‘^And who’s to judge wbat’s untidy or unsightly?” she ty is untidy or unsightly up council and any person who received a clean-up order from council would nave the right to appeal the case to council and even to the Supreme Court of Alberta. The bylaw defines untidy or unsightly premise as “a premise not kept in keeping with the surrounding properties within a one block radius, of similar zoning under the zoning bylaw.” In residential areas, it specifically prohibits leaving-junked autos or auto parts on the premises. The bylaw was drawn up in response to complaints brought to council’s attention last spring of junked autos on residential property in the city. Aid. Vera Ferguson said she was skeptica about the bylaw. “I know what the Intent and the reason for it is,” she said. “But when so much machinery gets set up that it Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff said he didn’t think the bylaw was enforceable as it was written, particularly because of the vagueness of the first ]>art of the unsightly and untidy definiti<Hi. Aid. Steve Kotch s;aid the bylaw would give the city too much power. “I don’t think it would work for the purpose It was intended,” he said. “It needs redrafting.” Only Aid. Cam Barnes spoke up for the version of the bylaw presented Monday. “I believe the bylaw is necessary,” be said. “We have a lot of people who are very upset about conditions in their neighborhoods,’* he said. “The bylaw should be enforced and inspectors should have the powers it gives them. “1 could take aldermen on a tour on both sides — the north side, the south side, you name it, the east. , . we have areas where eyesores exist.” Council approves number of donHs for bike riders Just Received! A New Shipment Brooks FIroside Furnishings In Brass — Copper — Swedish Iron or Hammer ed Brass •    firmid« Scraens •    Log Holdtrt •    Coal Hod« •    Bellow* •    Pirt Satt, (Bruah, Brooms, etc.) •    Wood Box«» •    And Irona •    Grataa 'Call Hardware 327-5767 -ttsiffcr DOWNTOWN Tough trudging Armond Richard,-1009'Scenic Drive, front, and Leo Gattoni, 913 7th St. A S. ìumber along single file through foot-deep snow drifts covering the sidewalk on the north side of 6th Avenue S. between 8th and 9th Streets. This sidewalk, the responsibility of the city since It is along city property, remains covered despite a city bylaw requiring all city property ^ owners to maintain their sidewalks in a safe. ^ condition. City traffic accidents injured 50 last month Council briefs When is a hobby a hobby? A bicycle bylaw which will allow city police to issue $1 tickets to youngsters or other cyclists who break the rules, was passed unanimously by city council Monday. Aid. Bill Kergan, who originally asked for the bylaw, told council its main intent is to provide for greater cycling safety and to enable pouce to nab offenders without having to go through the cumbersome procedure of summonsing them and hauling them into juvenile co.urt. Aid. ■ Vers Ferguson . suggest^^ tickets would be a better deterrent but Aid. Kergan said 91 is enough. If they get fined enough Careless or unlucky Lethbridge motorists injured 50 persons last month as they continued to play the traffic-accident game. Because of year-end celebrations, December is usually a busy month for Lethbridge police, but last month, as they investigated 302 accidents, they were armed with a new weapon. In December, 1972, Lethbridge drivers were in- CirtlMDHMMKliuic CLIFF BUICK. BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDtCU.0EIITM.IUI6. LttwÉf PHONE UT>3«22 MONDAY, TUESDAY «WEDNESDAY you gat mora for your m«nay with tha Colonal’« K«ntiick^ frifid ^kick«H “THRIFT BOX” SPECIAL 9 PittCM of Delicious (On* Whoia Chlekan) Free French Fries and 8 Fluid Ounces of your Favourite Salad. All for    Q40 only .......... U Ra9iilarV«HM$4.40 SVEN ERiCKSEN’S FOOD AND PASTERY SHOP 2021 3rd Ava. •. — MMn* 32»-liei 1701 MM Prt«« - Plion* «2t-r7Sl volved in 407 accidents, however only 44 injuries were reported. In a report accompanying the December statistical report, Insp. Bill West credits the decrease in accidents to the force’s 24-hour roadside suspension program for drivers suspected of being intoxicated. Police temporarily suspended 70 drivers’ licences last month, bringing the yearly total to 412. Under the breathalyzer section of the criminal code, 8 charges were laid, and city police charged 14 motorists wilii impaired driving. Although SO persons were injured in traffic accidents last month, no fatalities were recorded, extending the city’s fatality-free period to IS months. Another section of the statistical report shows the number of criminal cases occurring in December up slightly compared to November, but Insp. Glen Michelson says in the report the increase is seasonal and normal. Outage solved Part of the city's north side was without electrical power this morning, but city crews were able to return service within 40 minutes. Power went off about 8:20 a.m. Cause of the outage has not yet been determined. BERGMAN’S FLOOR GOVEMMS Ùp«n Tnursday Evaning« S 30 p.m to Í p m PtMMtit-ean 271* IMI AM. s. Determining when a hobby is a hobby and when it becomes a home occupation is apparently to be left up to the individuals involved. City council decided Monday this was the best course to follow in deaUng with exemptions to the home occupation bylaw requested by three ceramics instructors at council's town hall meeting two weeks ago. The three women all said they felt the flOO home occupation fee was unfair since they charged no direct tuition fees and did not make profits on the material they sell to their students. It’s really a hobby, they said. But a report presented to council from the city licence inspection department suggested that the raw material is often sold at a con- Communication group suggests local trustee A Lethbridge public school trustee has been nominated for a position on the program policy advisory committee of the Alberta Educational Communications Corporation. Doug Card is one of four Alberta trustees in the running for a position on a committee with the recently-formed corporation that will be taking over the operation of Edmonton radio station CKUA and the educational television outlets in the province. Final apiwintment to the committee is to be made by the provincial government by the end of the month. If Mr. Card should be the successful candidate, he will be the first Lethbridge and district representative appointed to the AECC, formed in October. Fhiblic school trustees had expressed disgust in an October meeting »t the province's failure to appoint a resident from this area to the corporation. FOX DENTURE CUNIC ESI PMONItlT-IHf E. t. FOX, C.D.M. FOXLETHMMIBEIITM.IM M4 MCDICAL DldTAL «L0«. siderable mark-up plus an additional charge for the use of a kiln, and a reasonable profit could be made. The department recommended no exemptions be granted. Flecalling that several long, soul-searching hours had bew spent by council in drawing up the home occupation bylaw. Aid. Vera Ferguson agreed with the recommendation, saying that if council opened the bylaw up now and started making exceptions, it would soon have a flood of people in seeking exemptions. “But,” she added, "those people said they weren’t putting a markup on the greenware and I have to accept that as the truth.” The solution? If the in< dividual feels it’s a hobby, he doesn’t apply for a home occupation licence at his own risk. If there’s a complaint, it's up to him to prove it’s a hobby. « # » Aid. Bill Kergan’s suggestion that the city and the Canada Winter Games Society co-operate in building a float for this year’s Whoop-Up Days Parade was shot down by his fellow aldermen Monday. “Why should we have two floats when we could combine in a partnership?” Aid. Kergan asked. To which Aid. Steve Kotch replied: “The Canada Winter Games Society would be better off to have its own float because the Winter Games Aid. Hembroff will speak on power plant Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff will replace G. L. Burton as the featured speaker at Thursday'! Southern Alberta Council of Public Affairs noon luncheon at Sven Ericksen’9 Family Restaurant. Dr. Burton, a specialist in agricultural economic!, can* not attend because he’s in the hospital. Aid. Hembroff, chairman of the city council power plant committee, will speak on whether the city should sell Its power plant to Calgary Power or keep it and generate its own power. have nothing in common with agriculture." Aid. Kergan has su^ested the float depict the importance of agriculture to Lethbridge and the fact that the Winter Games are to be held In Lethbridge-Southern Alberta in 1975. “Let’s go the route we always have — co-operating with the exhibition board in building a float or building our own,” said Aid. Vera Ferguson. *11131 ended the discussion and Aid. Kergan got no votes for his proposal. dollars, maybe they’ll get that headlight,” he said. “This bylaw is particularly for headlights — for safety. “There’s too many children riding around after dark without headlights on their bikes," he said. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff agreed a $1 fine would be sufficient because, “if it’s a dollar maybe the kids’ parents won’t pay it, and they’ll have to pay it out of their own pockets and that may hurt a little more." Aid. Steve Kotch said he would vote for the bylaw only because it lightened the policeman’s won. But he added: “It’s a good Gov’t emergency program provides farm labor help ^ng we don’t have a big enough police force to enforce all the provisions of all our bylaws, or we wouldn’t be able to live in this society.” The bycycle bylaw, which is basically a compilation of provisions dealing with bicycles in several other bylaws, spells out a number of don’ts for bike riders. For instance, it says a cyclist shall keep both hands on the handlebar except when signalling, shall keep both feet on the p^ls, shall not ride other than upon.lhe regular seat of the cycle, and shall not use the bike to carry more than one person at one time unless it’s designed for more. Cyclists are also not allowed to ride anywhere on public places where signs prohibit bikes. They have to ride as near as possible to the right hand side of the road, and in single file except when passing. Curiously enough, cycle riding on sidewalks is permitted unless it interferes with pedestrians. The bicycle bylaw also prompted Aid. Vera Ferguson to ask what happened to the bicycle route through the city. It had been all planned and the route established, but no signs were ever put up and it was not advertised, she said. Community services director Bob Bartlett was asked to check into the matter. Farmer Jones comes down with an illness right in the middle of spring seeding. He >icks up the phone and within tours, has qualified part time help at his disposal. Dairyman Smith hasn’t had ■a day off for five years. He picks up the phone and arranges for qualified help to operate his dairy farm for three weeks while he and his wife enjoy a trip to Disneyland. These are hypothetical situations but would include the princisples behind a provincial government emergency farm-help program. The workers will come under a Priority Employment Program initiated by the department of agriculture. Morgan Heninger of Picture Butte, larm help contact person for Southern Alberta, said the objective of the program is to provide an inventory or pool of people who can be available for farm work on a part time basis. The workers can be retired farmers with experience, neighbors of farmers with necessary training to undertake a particular farm job but who aren't fully employed, town or city people who could work certain days or hours of the week, unemployed people, sons or daughters of farmers or any person capable of work. Any person interested in working part time as a farm latN>rer or operator or any farm industry needhig part time help Is asked to contact Mr. Heninger at the Lethbridge Community College Science Building, through the Alberta Department of Agriculture. Once the employer and employee are brought together, the role of Mr. Heninger ceases. Wages and working conditions are negotiable between the fanner and worker. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Mnmrtzlri|.22iStklt. S. Phona32«-40»$ FURNACES (In Sieck) SHEET METAL WORK POWER HUMIDIFIERS MR CONOITIOHING 6» and Alcon Rifrj|intion >214-4M at. a. nwiM NOTICE TAKE NOTICE that the Annual tweeting of the LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY will be held at the Civic Centre, Room 1, in the City of Lethbridge, in the Province of Alberta, on Wednesday the 16th day of January A.D. 1974, at the hour of 8 o'clock in the evening. DATED at the City of Lethbridge, in the Province of Alberta, this 9th day of January A.D. 1974. LETHBRIDGE AND DISTRICT JAPANESE GARDEN SOCIETY \ V, 1 M'n KfiCtíivt'SCCir ;