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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 27, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Uthbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbrldge, Alberta, Monday, January 27, 1975 Pages 13-24 t PARTICIPANTS TURNED OUT IN DOZENS Chalking up another lap Kinsman Milt Beny punches 10-year-old Jim Sutherland's lap card. _-. 300 tie on blades for Skate-a-thon Almost 300 skaters lapped their way to an estimated in pledges Saturday at the Lethbridge Sportsplex speed skating oval. Bill Robertson, chairman of the Skate a thon, said the skaters were from minor hockey, two girl's hockey teams and representatives of the YMCA and YWCA and boy scouts. "It was a better turn out this year than the past two Mr. Robertson said, "the weather was better and I think everyone wanted to try the new ice oval." He said prize winners won't be announced until after all the pledges are collected. The pledges are to be collected by the skaters and turned in Feb. 1 and Feb. 8 at Henderson Ice Centre and Adams Ice Centre, between 9 a.m. and noon. Prizes include for the skater with the most money collected, for second place and for third place. Hockey sticks will be given to everyone collecting more than and club jackets will be awarded to the minor hockey team for the most money earned by a team. "Proceeds collected from the Skate a thon will be distributed among the participating clubs and some funds will go to future Kinsmen projects in the com- Mr. Robertson said. Bike paths, bike lanes eyed to give city cyclers a break By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Cyclists from North Lethbridge could one day pedal leisurely to the U of L on a bicycle path through the river valley using the 6th Avenue bridge. Bike riders may also be able to glide safely down some city' streets on bike lanes painted on the roadway. And where bike paths and bike lanes' are impractical, international cycling signs could be used to guide cyclists and warn motorists they're there. These are some of the ideas city council's bicycle com- mittee is working on, said committee chairman Aid. Bob Tarleck following the second meeting of the committee this week. Master plan "We've gone quite a way towards a conceptual map that includes a bike path to the U of L, and LCC and a bike lane to the public library and civic sports said Aid. Tarleck. All this could eventually be tied into a cycling master plan that the community services department is interested in. "But the problem of who is responsible for long term planning and design of bike paths and routes, still remains to be resolved." The bicycle committee, said Aid. Tarleck, is only an ad hoc committee with immediate objectives of recommending changes to the city's bicycle bylaw, as well as finding .reasonable routes to places like the U of L, LCC and the library. On the committee with Aid. Tarleck are Aid. Cam Barnes; Bill Brown, city parks superintendent; John Ham- mond, city solicitor; Peter Bowkett, city traffic co or- dinator; and City Police Sergeant Andy Smith. Aid. Tarleck said the com- mittee feels it doesn't want to encourage the use of Mayor Magrath and 13th Street by cyclists. But, he said, there should be attempts to provide reasonable alternatives. "Anytime you have an ex- pressway of the nature of Mayor Magrath Drive with automobiles travelling at 35 m.p.h. and bicycles at 10 to 12 m.p.h., the two just aren't An alternative could be to put in ramps to facilitate the use of side roads and bike paths that are already there on the Henderson Lake side of Mayor Magrath, he said. The committee is looking at three types of cyclists, Aid. Tarleck said: Three types These include the youngsters who ride mostly in their own neighborhood, peo- ple who ride outside the neighborhood to go shopping or to go to work and people, who ride outside the neighborhood for recreation. There's not much that can be done for the first classifica- tion other than increase cyclist and motorist education, the committee feels. "It would be hard to es- tablish a bike path or bikeway that would be completely safe on every residential Aid. Tarleck said. For the second type of cyclist, the guy pedalling to work, or the youngster cycling to the library, a combination of signed bike routes and, hopefully in the future, more long term work on separate bike paths or lanes could be the answer. "But it has to be recognized many streets will never make a bike Aid. Tarleck said. The recreationalists could be provided for not only with bike routes and bike lanes, but bike paths in areas like the river valley and around Henderson Lake, he said. "The committee is looking at design requirements we've collected material from throughout North America." Aid. Tarleck added a qualifier, however. "We need a bigger inventory on the amound and nature of bike use in the city to determine if the use is sufficient to warrant funds for bike he said. RICK ERVIN pKotos Ready to begin test David Kaminski, 10, walks from Sportsplex to speed skating oval where Skate-a-thon was held. By spring The committee's initial work will go to the traffic and other sections of the engineer- ing department and the police department for comment, he added. "We should have something to council by spring." Woman hopes to quit house without water Linda Middelhoek and her two children are still making do with no running water. Ms. Middelhoek, who rents a two bedroom house four and one half miles north of Lethbridge, has now waited 12 days for her landlord, Key Realty, to repair the system which pumps water from a reservoir to her house. She says she heard nothing from the realty firm over the weekend and has no idea when repairs will be made. "We can't keep this up much she says of the waterless situation. She has been hauling drinking water in plastic pails from her mother's home in Lethbridge 'and has been carrying household water pail by pail from a dugout on the property. Ms. Middelhoek says she is looking for new accom- modation, "but so far there's just nothing available." Campground looms big on council's list The river valley campground question promises to again take up a considerable amount of city council time this evening. A report to the meeting from City Manager Allister Findlay outlines terms under which campground developer Doug Nielsen would be allow- ed to proceed with his plans for a tourist campground. Council's position on the Board goes open Feb. 26 The public will be per- mitted to attend and observe a University of Lethbridge board of governors meeting for the first time Feb. 26. The board decided in December to open their meetings on a trial basis until next fall. A decision is to be made at that time on whether to continue with public meetings. Copies of the agenda are available at the un- iversity. "Virtually everything we discuss will be on the open agenda except per- sonnel matters and a few other matters of a highly confidential claims board chairman Elaine Thacker. Land use hearing Thursday The second of 15 public hearings by the province into land use is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. in the Exhibition Pavilion Thursday. The first of the series of public hearings will start at 10 a.m. in the Medicine Hat Provincial Building. Glen Yost, information of- ficer for the land use forum, says registration for persons presenting oral or written briefs on land use begins at 9 a.m. Mr. Yost said three briefs from both Lethbridge and Medicine Hat are already in the hands of the land use forum. The forum also has another 19 notices of intent to present briefs at the Lethbridge hearing and seven at. the Medicine Hat meeting. The public hearings follow a series of public information meetings and brief presenta- tion meetings throughout Alberta in 1974. The briefs presented at these meetings have been presented already to the landuse forum and many are expected to be representated at the public hearings. agreement was apparently worked out during the seminar aldermen held last Saturday, and it indicates a decision to allow private enterprise into the campground business in the city, but with less of a finan- cial investment by the city than was previously dis- cussed. Mr. Findlay's report in- dicates the city would construct a sewage line across the river at a cost of but Mr. Nielson would be re- quired to construct the line from the western edge of the river into his campground and to provide the necessary pumping station. He would also pay an annual lease to the city of plus city taxes of more than annually. Mr. Nielson would also have to obtain all necessary development permits as well as written authority from the province to construct and operate a tourist recreation vehicle park in the area. The report from the city manager also indicates concern about Mr. Nielson's financial ability to undertake the project. Mr. B'indlay says he has received inadequate informa- tion from Mr. Nielson on this, adding that Mr. Nielson prefers not to release this in- formation to the city until he has a lease. The city manager says he has requested Mr. Nielson -to appear before council Monday to explain his position. Mr. Nielson, meanwhile, says he can live with the terms proposed by the city, and that he has the necessary backing to build the campground. But he feels his financing of the project is his business and he shouldn't have to reveal it to council and the public. Also on council's agenda is a letter from the Lethbridge chapter of the Committee for an Independent Canada, op- posing leasing of the campground site to, any private operator who has any links to American owned or foreign controlled firms such- as KOA. Mr. Nielson has told council his venture is not connected with the KOA campground chain. The CIC also says other citizens are concerned about the environmental impact of a large campground. Concern has also been ex- pressed that the city run Henderson Lake campground remain open, that the city receive full compensation for any servicing outlay, and that adequate provision for tenters be made, the CIC letter says. Another campground proposal the Jellystone Recreational Campground is also on council's agenda but it appears to be taking a back seat. City Manager Findlay recommends referring the proposal by the Jellystone group to put in a campground on the east side of the river valley, on what is now a nature preserve, to the com- munity services advisory committee. Conservatives warned speech from throne would be non-event By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON We can't say we Weren't warned about last week's non-speech from the throne. But it came well-disguised, cloaked by the rhetoric of the government's house leader, ur- bane Lou Hyndman. There are two pillars to any session of a legislature, Mr. Hyndman said, for An analysis a" the world like a Roman senator tak- ing his constituents on a tour of the Forum. Of the two throne speech and budget he sensed the budget would be the key pillar of this What he meant, after a peek in the oven like a worried housewife, was that, "We've ruined the first course, folks, but just wait for dessert." According to one veteran observer, it turned out to be the worst first course in 10 to 12 sessions of the legislature. The energy opportunity for Albertahs which highlighted last year's speech was hidden in dis- grace behind the folds of an uncertain economy and a crisis in the all-important oil sands. Lurking in the wings to take advantage of the crack in the Tories' armor were the members of the opposition. They charged the premier with a lack of candor in describing his government's "victories" in an oil pricing deal with Ottawa and an agreement with the Syncrude oil sands consortium. One opposition MLA said his- constituents would now consider alternatives to governnv it policies, where before, the government and s- pecially the premier, could do no wrong. To err may be human, but to forgive is definitely not the opposition's intent. In some cases their blows last week were contradictory. Bob Clark, opposition house leader, continued his attack on the Conser- vatives' "preoccupation with energy matters" to the exclusion of social concerns. Yet he said debate, which is directed by the opposition, will focus on the oil sands and energy for at least the first weeks of the session. The Syncrude consortium last week maintain- ed it will stick by its Friday deadline this week to' turn off its oil sands tap if someone doesn't come up with anqther billion for the project. Ontario said it can come up with only a minor portion of that amount, if it decides to invest at all, leaving Shell Oil and the federal government as the next most probable investors. That the government expects the deadline can be extended seemed evident in a statement by Premier Lougheed that he will discuss the pro- ject's woes with the prime minister when Mr. Trudeau arrives in Alberta to open the Canada Winter Games, 11 days after the Friday deadline. Don Getty, minister of federal and intergovernmental affairs, also hinted at new developments which will reassure the Syncrude partners. While opposition members said they were dis- appointed Syncrude was not mentioned in the throne speech, it was not surprising. Such speeches are aimed at the long term. Issues like Syncrude could blow up and'then be resolved while the speech was between the printers and the legislature. However, Albertans continue to wait for a policy on oil sands development as promised at the last session. Meanwhile, an increase to per month in old a'ge pensions, as promised in the speech, will go into effect in June, bringing senior citizens who receive the federal guaranteed income supplement one small step closer to the poverty line. The rest of us must wait for the second "pillar" of the session, the budget, to find out what good things are coming our way before the next election, probably in June. ifffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff: ;