Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 21, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
The LetHbrukje Herald Second Section Lethbrldge, Alberta, Tuesday, January 21, 1975 City telling some businesses get busy, clean up Last April city council passed a bylaw aimed at improving the physical appearance of the city. Recently the first action under the bylaw was taken against three city businesses which have been served with notices to clean up their premises. They are, from top to bottom on the right, Dieppe Service, 203 28th St. S.; National Salvage Co. Ltd., 206 33rd St. N., and Southern Feeds Ltd., 3227 2nd Ave. N. The firms didn't tidy up to the satisfaction of the city building inspector, who reported to coun- cil on their inactivity last week. Council set Feb. 10 as a date for a hearing on the matter, after which an order could be issued forcing the firms to clean up within 15 days or face having the city do it for them at their expense. Herald photographers, who took shots of the three offenders, also found what they felt were other eyesores around the city, some of them in much the same condition as they were nearly a year ago when last photographed by The Herald. Photos by Walter Kerber and Rick Ervln Pages 15-28 DOG TAG GRACE PERIOD ENDS Time has run out for city pooches who don't have their 1975 dog tags. The city community services department gave dog owners to Jan. 17 to buy the licences for their pets, because city council was considering changes to the dog bylaw. Council is still studying the changes the amendments are up for third reading Monday but the licence forgiveness period won't be extended. If your dog is picked up now without a 197S licence, you'll pay a fine for that mis- demeanor. "People have been advised adequately that council's deliberations are not going to affect licences at this said Bill Brown, city parks superintendent. "If council djrects changes, arrangements will be made to refund licence fees or to have them become effective near he said. He was referring to one change proposed in the bylaw amendments to cancel the fee to senior citizens. An earlier suggestion to raise the fee to for dogs that hadn't been neutered or spayed has been dropped by council. "It's obviously necessary in the meantime to have dogs Mr. Brown said. Dogs are normally required to have their new licences by Jan. 2 each year. B.C. eyes own college LCC volunteers to serve Kootenay The establishment of a com- munity college in the East Kootenay region of British Columbia could cost Lethbridge Community College 10 per cent of its stu- dent population. The B.C. government an- nounced in December that a new college will be developed in the East Kooteriay to serve the centres of Cranbrook, Creston, Fernie, Golden, Invermere and Kimberly, providing taxpayers in those centres accept it. The full impact of the proposed college on the Lethbridge college enrolment is difficult to forecast because the location, size and program offerings are still to be decided. However, LCC does attract about 100 students each year from the East Kootenay region and if the proposed college provides many of the same programs as offered in Lethbridge, then it is feasible the students would study nearer home. SIZE PROBLEMS LCC President C. D. Stewart has asked Advanced Education Minister Jim Foster to explore the possibilities of co operating with the B.C. department of education in providing college courses to the East Kootenay region. He suggests that it may be more feasible for that area to be serviced by a large college such as LCC rather than construct a small college that may create a financial hardship for taxpayers in the East Kootenay region. "It will surely have size problems similar to those be- ing experienced by Medicine Hat he advises. City tax prepayment trailing Prepayment of 1975 city property taxes is running well behind last year, city hall tax office figures show. To Jan. 16, prepaid taxes totalled compared with. for the same period last year. The city is offering eight per cent annual interest this year on prepaid taxes, com- puted from the date the taxes are paid until June 30, the day all property taxes are due. The interest payment, which is credited to the home owner's account, and is in effect a small tax discount, will be made on all taxes that come in before Feb. 28. As some observers have noted, however, a homeowner is further ahead in most in- stances to let his money collect interest in the bank un- til his taxes are due. While interest rates are beginning to drop, most banks still offer rates higher than eight per cent. But the city asks residents to prepay their taxes in order to get tome cash coming into the treasury early In the year to help finance operations. Herald interviews with Mr. Foster and an official in the B.C. department of education revealed that such co opera- tion between the two provinces is highly unlikely in the East Kootenay region. "I can appreciate the Lethbridge Community College protecting itself, but we're dealing with people from a different jurisdiction" and this province isn't in a position to interfere, Mr. Foster said in a telephone interview from Edmonton. "I am not carrying a candle for the college in this he maintains. By Jim Grant Herald Staff Writer Flnt of two parts Mr. Foster is to attend a meeting of provincial educa- tion ministers this week. The meeting would provide an op- portunity for him to meet B.C. Education Minister Eileen Dailly and discuss the propos- ed East Kootenay college. However, Mr. Foster says he "doesn't propose discuss- ing it with Education Minister Dailly. The initiative for dis- cussions about a co operating community college in the southwestern portion of Alberta and southeastern B.C. would have to originate with the B.C. government, he in- sists. PEACE COUNTRY The B.C. and Alberta governments have discussed the possibility of establishing an interprovincial college to serve the Peace River Country. However, a task force on the community college in B.C. concluded that a college in British Columbia could better serve the needs of the northeastern area of the province. The task force also found that the concept of an interprovincial college did not "gain widespread acceptance among residents of northeastern B.C." while a proposal for the establish- ment of a college in the area received favorable accep- tance. "It is improbable that all areas of northeastern B.C. would be served adequately" by an interprovincial college, the task force report states. The geographical factors alone make the feasibility of ah interprovincial college questionable. Mr. Foster says the Kootenay region of B.C. has similar geographical factors to be considered. Due to the distance between Lethbridge and the communities in that region, it may be difficult to convince them that Lethbridge Community College should be expanded into an interprovincial college. FIVE BOARDS When recommending co operation between the two provinces, Dr. Stewart ex- pressed concern about the burden a college in the East Kootenay would place on the taxpayers of that region. It is a pretty small institu- tion that can be operated for under million annually, he suggested. Since the funding of post secondary institutions in B.C. is under a 60 per cent provin- cial and 40 per cent par- ticipating school board arrangement, the five school boards could face an annual expenditure of at least to operate a college. The B.C. government is to fund the total capital expen- diture of constructing the college. In addition, Dr. Stewart says, the institution is likely to be "plagued by smallness" because of the small popula- tion it will have to draw its tudents from. Any time an institution "goes under 500 students, it becomes difficult and in many cases impossible to offer many programs and courses and makes the institution less attractive to students. INITIATIVE B.C. department of educa- tion official Dey Shergill says the initiative for any co operation between the two provinces in the East Kootenay will have to come from that area. A member of the college task force, Mr. Shergill said in an interview from Victoria all future decisions, including whether the college will be es- tablished, are to be made by people from the East Kootenay. An advisory committee from that region is to be form- ed by the end of the month to make a decision on the size and location of the college. A plebiscite in each of the five school board jurisdictions will have to be held to deter- mine whether they wish to support a college before any final decision on constructing a college can be made. The advisory committee would also be the body to decide whether an interprovincial college might better meet the needs of the region, Mr. Shergill points OUt: LCC SERVICES Dr. Stewart said if the peo- ple in the East Kootenay decide they want a college in the area, he would be interested in informing them of the services LCC might be able to provide the area in co operation with the new college. An interprovincial college may be the least of the concerns of the five school boards in the East Kootenay region this month. They are now in the midst of a head on confrontation with the B.C. department of education. The department has inform- ed Selkirk College in Castlegar that it will only con- tinue to assist with its exten- sion program into the East Kootenay region if the school boards in that area sponsor 40 per cent of the cost. Last year, Selkirk College offered first and second year post secondary courses as part of the college's extension program in the East Kootenay region. Over 260 students attended the classes, con- ducted by six instructors from the college. The five East Kootenay school boards fear that the proposed college may not be established if they enter a cost sharing agreement with Selkirk College.