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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tutlday, January 28, 1875 rfl v High rise handed estimony favors preserving natural river bottom housing authority The Lethbridge Housing Authority will administer the new senior citizens high rise, Alberta Housing Corp. director Fred Weatherup suggested today. Alter receiving a cheque from the city in a press conference, Mr. Weatherup said the contract for administering the high rise has not been issued but it would soon be granted to the housing authority. Mayor Andy Anderson agreed with the housing director that the Green Acres Foundation will have all it can handle in manag- ing the senior citizens lodges, the ones now in operation and those proposed for construction in Lethbridge and Coaldale. The foundation had been suggested as one of the possible managers of the new residence for the elderly. Mayor Anderson made the cheque presentation on behalf of the estate of Peter Zoratti for the funding of a recreation area at the top floor of the senior citizens high rise. Mr. Zoratti had donated the old Lincoln Hotel to the g city on the condition that proceeds from its sale be used for some charitable or ill- cultural purposes. The Lincoln Hotel was sold to a Calgary firm last spring and it has since been restored as a restaurant. S The housing corporation had removed the recrea- tion area from the original jf plans of the high rise in an effort to reduce the cost, 8 but Mr. Weatherup said adding the recreation room to the high rise at this late date will not alter the proposed completion date for the high rise. The 10 storey building is expected to be completed by late April or early May. Official applications forms for senior citizens will soon be issued, Mr. Weatherup suggested. The message to city council at its river valley develop- ment bylaw hearing Monday was clear the river valley should be preserved and protected in its natural state wherever possible. It was perhaps best express- ed by two of the presentations, one a brief statement by Bob Cousins, 12, and the other a series of slides presented by Helen Schuler, president of the Lethbridge Naturalist Society. "The reason I'm here is because I care for the river bottom area and I'd like to see it said Bob, who spoke following presentation of a brief by his mother, Becky Cousins. "You can escape the city and see nature in its natural he said. "You can hike around and see what it's about and learn." His statements were given visual representation by Mrs. Schuler who showed slides of a number of wildlife denizens of the river valley and their habitats, as well as slides of colorful mosaic of wildflowers that bloom in spring in Six Mile Coulee near the city's southern limit. "We support in the main this development bylaw noting that the general intent is to leave the river valley as much as possible in its natural state and to encourage such non commercialized, non CITY FREE PARKING TO END AT CENTRE LOT City Scene Mystery man pays fine A man who went to jail for his dog Monday was freed when another person paid his fine. Fraser Baalim, 3801 Pebble Place, was fined in provin-. cial court Monday after pleading guilty to allowing his dog to run at large. Rather than pay the fine Mr. Baalim chose two days in jail. Mr. Baalim had been in jail 45 minutes when someone paid his fine. When asked who he was sprung by Mr. Baalim said: "A public spirited citizen." Naturalist to speak Thursday An Edmonton naturalist and wildlife photographer will give two talks Thursday in Lethbridge. Dr. Cy Hampson, formerly of the University of Alberta, will give a seminar at the University of Lethbridge biology department. He will also give a public talk at 8 p.m. at Lethbridge Community College. An admission fee of 50 cents for those over 12 will be charg- ed for the talk, set for the lecture theatre in the Kate Andrews Building. Light truck, camper taken A 1973 El Camino bearing a camper was stolen Monday from the Simpson Sears parking lot. Edward Sampson of Lethbridge told Lethbridge city police he parked his truck in the lot about 10 a.m. He then went into the store and hung his coat which had the vehicle's keys in it on a coatrack. When he went to get his coat at 5 p.m. the keys were not in the pocket and when he went to his truck, it was gone. The vehicle's license number is 124 971. More parking rates increasing Free parking at the civic centre parking lot will soon end, and rates for all down- town area off street parking will be going up. City council Monday voted to turn the civic centre lot into a paying proposition and to up rates at the city car park on 5th Avenue and the Bowman parking lot. The civic centre lot on llth Street S. will be fenced and an automatic ticket dispenser in- stalled, although 17 spaces right next to the civic centre will remain free on a two hour basis. New off street rates will be 25 cents for the first hour and 10 cents for each hour afterwards, up from 15 cents for the first hour and 10 cents each additional hour. To park all day will cost and monthly parking will be ?12 compared to the present at the car park and at the Bowman lot. Plug in stalls will cost up from The new rates, said Randy Holfeld, city engineering director, in a report to coun- cil, are consistent with the on street rates implemented recently and reflect the value of the land and the service provided by off street parking. The council vote on the matter was unanimous. intrusive, non facility oriented activities as walking, bicycling Mrs. Schuler said in her brief. 'We are especially concern- ed about the nature preserve and its continuation as an un- disturbed area. "While some feel it is untidy and not at all in keeping with a .'park' concept, the un- derbrush, thickets, the dead trees and dense growth provide excellent shelter for wildlife over all seasons of the year, providing rich aesthetic and learning experiences to visitors." A number of other briefs supported the nature preserve concept, including one from Dr. G. H. Bevan, director of curriculum and instruction with the public school board. Representing the board's outdoor education committee, which is studying ways to increase outdoor education programs, Dr. Bevan said a portion of the river valley should be set aside since the outdoor, education programs of Lethbridge schools are ex- panding and since the majori- ty of outdoor excursions are concerned with the study of natural eco systems. The bylaw, to which council gave second and third readings following the hearing, sets aside all the land east of the river between Highway 3 West and the CPR bridge as a conservation area. A number of speakers at the hearing, including Mrs. Schuler, Mrs. Cousins, and Dr. D. W. A. Roberts, a scien- tist with the Lethbridge. Research Station also felt an area immediately across the river, which includes a Small oxbow pond, should be similarly protected. Dr. Roberts said he was also concerned that no sub- stantial buildings should be permitted on any river flat areas because of flood danger. There have been two and perhaps three major floods in this century and there are sure to be more in the future in spite of the existence of the St. Mary and Waterton dams, he said. Bill Brown, city parks superintendent, told the hear- ing the whole river valley proposal is based on public use and availability to the public. Adoption of the bylaw ends the first step, he said. There remains a tremen- dous amount of work to be done to implement the scheme, he said, adding that such work would continue to be the responsibility of a citizen advisory committee which did much of the preparation for the bylaw. Mr. Brown was asked by Aid. Bill Cousins what can be done to protect the river valley from four wheel drive vehicles and motorcycles given the difficulty faced by police in adequately patrolling it. "Control becomes easier as people use the area and appreciate Mr. Brown said. "One of the best policemen we have is the concerned citizen." "One he added, "is to provide an alternative area for use of such vehicles, but we're having tremendous difficulty doing so at the moment." Motorists confused on new bridge The speed limit and the proper side of the road to drive on were confusing motorists using the 6th Avenue bridge Monday. Lethbridge city police say within an hour of the bridge opening Monday they received a report that as many as eight of 10 motorists speeding on the new route to the west side. Lethbridge Police Chief Ralph Michelson told The Herald they received reports people were travelling the new route at Wage increase proposal returned to city manager Better animal area 'to wait' Adequate animal care facilities in the University of Lethbridge biological sciences area must wait for a new wing on the Academic Residence Building, the said ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC 328-4095 PLEASE NOTEI OUR STORE WILL BE CLOSED ALL DAY WEDNESDAY Jan. 29th for STOCK- TAKING DOWNTOWN department chairman today. Job Kuijt said a government inspection team's report that improvements are still need- ed in some animal care facilities is an under- statement. There are no special animal rooms in the department, though it has tried to get some. One plan was rejected by the university planning com- mittee because it would have cost too much. A modified plan will go up for approval, said Dr. Kuijt. But this planning progress has been for tempporary facilities which would still be inadequate, he said. Facilities adequate by government standards will have to wait until a west wing is built on the Academic Residence Building, he said. The government inspection team reported "no progress was apparent since the Oc- tober, 1973, inspection" in the biology department's facilities. But supervisory duties were clarified and representation on the animal care.committee enlarged, it noted. CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB MEOKM.OENTM.ILN. LowtrLtvrt PHONE 117-2122 A report on mid contract wage increases requested by the Canadian Union of Public Employees for some city workers was referred back to City Manager Allister Findlay Monday. This time council wants a report on what other Alberta centres are doing about similar problems. Three council members Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson, Aid. Vaughan Hembroff and Aid. Bill Cousins opposed the referral. "How long are we going to keep them running around the mulberry asked Aid. Hembroff. Socred nominations announced Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Two more Social Credit nominations, one of them a split nomination, have been an- nounced for Southern Alberta. Ray Speaker (SC Little Bow) will hold the first half of his nomination meeting Fri- day at p.m. in the Vulcan Community Centre, and the second half Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Vauxhall Community Hall. Lethbridge East Socreds will hold a nomination March 3 at 8 p.m. in the Park Plaza Hotel when incumbent MLA John Anderson will'seek the nod. Werner Schmidt, Alberta Social Credit leader, will address all the meetings. Council had referred the original request, made two weeks ago, to the city manager for a report on the rate of inflation. He reported back that the cost of living increase was indeed outpacing the wage increases in the union contract. Property owners and renters in the phase two down- town redevelopment area should soon be getting a letter from the city. The letter and accompany- ing map will explain to them the zoning changes in the phase two bylaw passed two weeks ago by city council. Council voted unanimously Monday on resolution by Aid. Tony Tobin to send letters to residents of the area. DR. R.K. TSUJIKAWA FAMILY PHYSICIAN Wishes to Announce CHANGE OF OFFICE 72413 St. North Phone 328-7470 or 327-0952 Landscaping topic at Cardston CARDSTON (HNS) Dr. Keith Shaw of Cardston will speak on the use of native plants and shrubs in landscap- ing at a meeting Wednesday of the Cardston and District Hor- ticultural Society. It will be held at p.m. in the Municipal District Building here. It is open to the public. Hunter's licence suspended A Lethbridge man who fail- ed to tag an antelope im- mediately after he shot it had his hunting licence suspended for one year and was fined in provincial court Monday. Frederick Jorgenson, 1226 12th St. C N., was stopped by a wildlife officer Oct. 21 about six miles from Del Bonita, court was told. Mr. Jorgenson told the of- ficer he had a male antelope eventual expansion of the he had just killed in the back'. secondary sewage treatment of his truck and he was taking plant. it to his father's home in Del Bonita. Mr. Jorgenson didn't have a tag fixed to the animal but had a tag in the front of his truck. He told the officer he was very excited because it was the first antelope he had shot. Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson said whether Mr. Jorgenson intended to tag the antelope or not the section of The Wildlife Act dealing with this offence is very definite. There is an automatic one- year suspension of licence, he said. Snapping a tag on an animal should be as automatic as closing a jacknife. City council ran out of time Monday before it had a chance to discuss the city's 1974 operating budget surplus of A confidential report frpm City Manager Allister Findlay on allocation of the surplus was to have been presented to a closed session of council at the end of other business. But council decided to call it quits at 11 p.m., after sitting from p.m. and the matter will go over to the Feb. meeting of council. A consulting firm, Proctor and Redfern Ltd., is to be hired at a cost of to tell the city what's wrong with its sewage treatment and what can be done about it. Council voted to hire the consultants on the advice of its sewage treatment com- mittee even though one com- mittee member, Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson, said, she had increasing doubts about the value of consultants' advice. "When a consulting engineer comes to us, he finds out what we want to hear then does his best to provide she said. "They're just going to put together information we already have." But Randy Holfeld, city engineering director, said his department lacked the man- power and laboratory space to do a proper analysis of the situation. The study is a prelude to speeds between 50 and 60. The legal speed over the new route is 30 m.p.h. as it is elsewhere in the city where no speed limit is posted, Chief Michelson said. Traffic slowed down when a police cruiser arrived on the scene, Chief Michelson said. Four speeding' tickets were issued Monday, he claimed. Seven more were issued this morning. Another problem ac- cording to Lethbridge Traf- fic Co-ordinator, Peter Bowkett, is motorists com- ing off the bridge on the east side of the river were travelling on .the wrong side of the road forcing Street workers lauded for post-blizzard job The city's snow clearing efforts in the Dec. 22 blizzard and its aftermath were lauded by city council Monday. Council unanimously accepted a resolution by Aid. Vaughan Hembroff to that effect. "I could almost say they did too good a said Aid. Hembroff, commenting on a report from Randy Holfeld, city engineering director that put the cost of the storm at "I don't care what the rest of the people think or say it's the biggest waste of time and said Aid. Hembroff. "The streets are beautiful now." "We were suffering from rather freakish weather conditions. The people that were out did as good a job as they could do the ice conditions would have oc- curred in any case." Council ponders information officer City council Monday approved a number of Project Co operation applications recommended to it by the community services advisory committee. The applications will now be forwarded to the provincial government for final approval. The province puts up money for the projects through the department of culture, youth and recreation. City projects approved by council include two creative playgrounds, tennis courts, a travelling recreation van, and a pottery kiln and wheel for a community school. n westbound cars onto council will to recommend to cou y a city public ways in which the busine s The approach on the officer and will also the city can be made knoii o side of the bridge is a starting its own the public and the mann t lane road for west which citizens may mat eastbound traffic. unanimously of the .city. t yellow line is the Monday g line and the white lines r mark the shoulders. 0 A light covering of snow on one side of the road those proposals. The resolutions emerged from council's Jan. 18 day-long in that resolutic is a request for the cost providing a public informatic officer to fulfill that functio parently confused one resolution, resolution on plannin r Mr. Bowkett Allister Findlay the Oldman Rive Planning Commi and senior city staff Special classes on the desirabilit of providing planning pe for 'slow students9 directly responsible t and under the direction of th A special one classroom, non graded school to provide problem junior high school students with individual instruction is being proposed for the public school system. The proposal, presented to the public school board today, is part of a new emphasis on changing the negative and hostile attitudes some student have toward schools. It may allow students personnel services director Fred Cartwright states in a report on the proposal. Mr. Cartwright suggests the program, through effective counselling and basic "life -skill will help the students change their negative attitudes toward schools and authority so they may profit from education and prepare for high school and maybe post alternatives are to h considered continuing th present system in whic ORRPC planners advise th city; creating a totall. separate city plannin department; or remaining member of the regional plann ing commission but havini city planning personne directly responsible to the but financed through the pre sent commission continue their education der a special teacher in program is also third resolution calls for classroom not located in the non to council of a public allowing some students list of standards The proposed program is involved in which all new industry allow each student to studies and work to establish in at his own jobs in the will be measured. Emphasis is also to be ed on development of good established in titudes and work habits, understanding oneself school should be "tailored to fit the 1 development of inter Mr. COMMUNICATION 1 sonal SKILLS TRAINING I Generally, the problem student at which the program is aimed is now a poor attender, is not achieving full academic potential, is a social isolate who has few school some cases, the behavior standards may be more strict 1 than normally found in other public schools, but in other situations they may be 327-5724 I and doesn't participate in fte activities. The committee would The problem student may decide which students also be from a home where conflict is common. Another characteristic of many problem students is the DENTURE trouble they create for legal 1922 1. f. P. FOX, "Many of the students in this population have been LETWMME DENTAL Ul 1M MtlNCAL DfNUl court one or more times, ;