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Lethbridge Herald {Newspaper} - 1974-01-24,Lethbridge, Alberta Hallways are lunchrooms at Catholic Central High School SdHKri'i reauMt I plunlcil Muu* •d^ 1 tp«ctal The CathoUc CMtral Hifh SdHwl'i i for Improved lunckrooib «nd pb ‘ tlon facillttM will bt ttttdM    ---- eommitto«, Mpante tcbool tnntM* dMtdMl WcdnMday.    . . In ■ brief to tte lebool board, sun Sawicfci. princiHl dwcribed tbe'faclUtlit u "inide-cialmMl "no achool in the dty bai a gr«ater iiMd for proper lundi faciUtlei.” Tbe brttf alao ouOiaed the need for cipM-alon and upcradini of faclllUea for the curricular tnd eitri-eurrlcular program In .b; Itnprovmeiitl requested for Oie tcbool couM cost about IttOiOOO. Trustee Steve Vaselenak claimed the bri^ “underlines Uie need fora Junior high sdiool"-in the separate sdwol system. CXJH now includes Grades I to 12. However, fovernment school building regulations don’t permit new school construe* tlon unless the classroom utillaatlon rate for all schools In the district is greater than W per cent. Tlte local separate school district Is utilising 77 per cent of its available classroom space.    . , The district doesn’t qualify for the lower uUllxatioo rates introduced Iw the province In November because its schooB haven’t shown a populaUon Increase of at least 5 per cut during Uie last two school years. DistrictLocal news SECOND SECTION ■    SSFSSSWSSHTIWLethbrldg«, Albert®. Thursday, January 24, 1974 Pages 13-24 SEPARATE SCHOOLS HAVE SURPLUS The Lethbridge separate school district recorded a budgetary surplus of more than *10,OW In 19TO, according to a financial statement presented to the trustees Wednesday.    ■ Just over $5,000 of the surplus was carried over from the 1972 budget.    ^ , Separate schools spent more than they expected to in 1973 but revenue was also greater than anticipated. Tlie total expenditures of the separate school district in 1973 was about *2,14 million - an increase of about $188,000 over the previous year. Labor council president is re~elected The ptwdent^:0i the, Lethbridge and dislrtet labor council was retutihed to a se~ cond one year tenn at the organisation’s a^nualmeettog Wednesday night. • Fred NowaK was elected president of tljfe council which represents locals In Southern Alberta. Elected vice-president was Larry Mead replacing Helen’ Brinley wl* became financial secretary/    _ Mrs. B/inley replaced Rene Masse i^o resigned as financial s^retary because of heavy /commitments as the chief steward of Canadian Food,^nd Allied Workers. Frances Kazakoft was reelected as recording 'secretary. The council elected two trustees. One was re-elected and one was added to fill a vacancy brought about by a resignation. The other trustees’ term of office had not expired. Names were unavailable at press time. About 70 persons attended the annual meeting. Union locals, Including electrical workers, Canadian Union of Public Employees, food and allied workers, brewery workers, distillery and postal workers are represented in the labor council. Choral speech session Feb. 2 A choral workshop for teachers sponsored by the Southern Alberta Association of Professional Speech Teachers will be held in Calgary Feb, 2. It will include lectures and demonstrations in choral speech and chorlc drama. ’The financial statement shows the 1S75 revenue as $2,1«,702, excluding the previous year’s surplus. About tB,000 less was spent on admlnlstratioa than aih ticipated in the 1978 budget the actual administraUon expenditure was $80.267 while instnicticmal salaries and ex< penses cost the separate school syjitem about $1.41 million fast year. The separate school district is formulating Its 1974 budget and expects to present it to the trustees for approval some time in February. J»- Senior citizens high-rise okayed The Lethbridge senior citizen high-rise project was approved by the Mu ' ' ' Planning proved °by thè Municipal ____ _ Commission Wednesday. Ijhe high-rise project will provide low-rent accommodation for tW people In 122 bachelor and 19 one-bedroom suites. Construction Is slated to ^gin in late March. . The apartment building will bè built at Uft tth St. s. just o^lte the new library. .Don Le Baron, administrator for Green Acres L(^ Home for the Aged Foundation, says he’s very happy about the new high-rise. “There Is nothing more needed than this in Lethbridge, ” he said. 'By the Ume the work on this one is finished another one will be needed.” In other buslnes« the MPC refused a request by Krahn Homes Ltd. to bulM a 72-sulte apartment bttlhUng at »to aoth Ave. S. It was refused because the existing sanlUry services in this area are only capable of supporting 1$ to 20 people per acre. The apartment belldint wowM rsqvirc services for alMUt 75 persons per ficre. Tlie MPC instructed the west side development and control officer to give Premier Mobile Homes of Monuna a temporary permit to establish a mobile trailer sales lot at Highway 3A West just off the university road. The Montana firm which had $1.7S million in sales in ItTS had originally requested a permanent permit but this was tuned down by council becavte the requested area la aoned for recreation. The temporary permit is for CP management vigorously denies employees’ charges that inspection is lax and track is dangerous Track condition reports differ far south line Too risky The sidewalk la covered with half-1 nch-thlok Ice but the grasa nearby 1« dry as a bone — that's one of the effects of the on-again off-again Chinook weather we've been experiencing. This Ice-way, bealde the Qalt Gardens on 3rd Avenue S., proves too risky for Mrs. t. A. Thompson of Coaldaie. Mrs. Thompaon joins dozens of other pedestrians who are wearing a path )n the grass to avoid the slippery sidewalk. Property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks adjacent their property, says the city bylaw. This Ice-way run* beside city property. . one year and in that time Premier will look for another location. Its represenutlve said the firm was having a difficult Ume finding a sulUble location. Items Ubied by the commission were; a request by City Realty to build an office building at 420 »th St. N., a request by Halfway Recovery Acres to establish a half way recovery house for alcoholics and dependent dnii users at 709 6th Ave. S.; and a request by Coller Sh^ng Mall Ltd. to build an amtlon to the existing shopping centre for FMm Department Store. By JtM U>ZEHON Herald Staff Writer A Canadian Transport Commission report, prompted by increasing train derailments, has sparked conflicting statements from manuement and Canadian Pacific Railway employees about an B7‘mlle stretcV of track north of Lethbridge. Disagreement centres on Inspectiwi of the secondary main line running between Coalhurst and Aldersyde. CPR employees close to the scene claim twice weekly Inspection on the line is inadequate. Two employees say the lack of daily inspecUon makes the line hatardous. These charges have been denied by the superintendent of CPR’s Alberta south division. Bob Shepp, in a telephone interview from Calgary, said claims the rail line is unsafe are without foundation. Derailments He said all rail lines in the Alberta south division are adequately inspected pointing to only two derailments in this division within the past 1^ years. The Coalhurst‘Aldersyde line is inspected Monday and Friday by section men working out of Barons and Vulcan, each sharing responsibility for inspection and maintenance for about an equal portion of the track. Twice weekly inspection is not enough because of the tonnage the rails carry, a crewman told The Herald. An average of six trains a day, three travelling north and three south, use the line and some of them carry between 7,000 and 8,000 tons. Another employee said the track should be inspected more often. ‘Ties poor’ "There are a lot of poor ties. In aome places you can Sll the ties out with your igers. It is not safe unless It The weight of the trains, their speed4 topography, track structure and seasonal variaUons in temperature are taken into account, said Mr. Shepp. Although the tonnages on uie run have increased during the past few years, the rails can handle the volume without problems, he claimed. 35 m.p.h. Mr. Shepp stressed a speed limit of 3S m.p.h. has been placed on trains to ensure safety until a condition caused by frost heaves is corrected. One employee told The Herald 100 pound rails were not heavy enough to handle the heavy traffic, but Mr. ^epp denied this. “For what we’re putting over there the steel Is heavy enough,” he said. “Tile track is in reasonably good condition considering the weather conditions," said Mr. Shepp. He said he was speaking from first-hand knowledge since be recently toured the line. Based on this assessment the track has held up under poor weather conditions Utter than other rail lines, he said. have to keep up with their regular According to another employee the Vulcan to Aldersyde section Is in the worst conation. A second crewman attributed slow orders placed this winter on some sections, of the line to three factors. The employee pointed to weather conditions combined with upgrading and maintenance. "With the amount of traffic every day, it should be patrolled every day, and the fact it is not patrolled every day makes the railway dangerous,” he said. A fellow employee says, however, that trains would not allowed to travel if the track was in this condition, he said. Warned Crewmen would be warned by sophisticated radio equip* ment if there were serious problems ahead, said the employee, and they would be stopped by section men if they did not receive the message. But he conceded in poor weather "the track is in bad condition for the traffic that Is using it." Separate school briefs Trustees want Games admission cost low finget------------------ is inspected every day, es-jwcialty with a tot of traffic on Mr. Shepp said a number of factors are considered in making decisions on the amount of rail inspection and on all counts track inspectio«! on the 87 miles of line Is adequate. Twice Mr. Shepp said the track is inspected more than twice a week when it is necessary. However, CPR employees claim staff shortages have made it difficult tor maintenance crews to keep up with maintenance especially during the winter months. The result over a long period, according to one employee, is a deterioration of the track, “With extra heavy traffic and a shortage of men the rails are getting worse all the time.” The Vulcan headquarters has been understaffed for part of this winter, although the Barons headquarters has managed to keep a regular staff on hand. . « Shortages . * staff shortages often mean men are transferred from one section to another section to help out. Meanwhile, they Separate school trustees indicated Wednesday that they approve of closing schools for two weeks during the Canada Winter Games In 1975 — If children are given the opportunity to see the sporting events at very little cost. A Winter Games delegation to the meeting, consisUng of Games society president Charles Virtue and Keith Lees, Games general mana^r, assured the trustees the cost of admission for children would be relatively low. The trustees also approved the formation of a committee to study the alternatives available in re-arranging the school year to make up for the classroom time lost during the Winter Games. The committee Is to consist of two administrators and two trustees from each of the public and separate school districts and two representatives from the local Alberu Teachers Association. • « • Ral] uperl    . dicated he had received a few In other business, Ralph Himsl, superintendent, in- complalnts about students having to start school earlier in the spring semester than In the fall semester. He said some parenu may find it to be more acceptable to send their children to school earlier in September than in Januarv tiecause there are more daylight hours and the weather is warmer. The earliest school starting time in the separate school system is 8:2S a.m. Mr. Himsl will give further study to school starting times and an evaluation of the divided school year and report his findings to the trustees at their next meeting. * « * Trustee Paul Matisz claimed he was surprised to learn that teachers in the city felt their working conditions should be improved. Last week, the past* president of the local Alberta Teachers Association suggested that working conditions of teachers must be improved or become a negotiable item during teachertrustee contract talks next [all. Bill Cousins also claimed there were signs that the. situation is going to deteriorate rather than improve. Mr. Matist said it troubled him to find out that teachers weren’t happy with their working conditions. Most boaitl members didn’t Sear to be too concerned t some teachers felt that their working conditions weren’t satisfactory. K !; w S VA!' R R C HIV E * C D !T ;