Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - January 28, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
Cardston creamery asks with Lethbridge milk processor Tutfdiy, January 28, 1975 THE UETHBRIDGE HERALD 15 By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer CARDSTON Letting awards and past performance speak for the quality of its product, the Cardston Co Operative Ltd. creamery Fri- day said its request for a town licence of for com- peting dairies was a case of what is good for the goose is good for the gander. Dwindling sales volumes of milk and processed dairy Planning supported by Nimsick, ministers CRANBROOK (Special) Mines Minister Leo Nimsick and two other B.C. cabinet ministers last week in separate letters to the Regional District of East Kootenay said they support a planning study for the Elk River Valley area. The letters follow a request made by the RDEK late in 1974 for a comprehensive planning study. Municipal Affairs Minister James Lorimer and Recrea- tion and Conservation Minister Jack Radfo.rd offered to support the board in its bid to secure government manpower and finances for the project. Mines Minister Nimsick ad- vised RDEK not to be too wordy in its' presentation. All three, said in separate letters to the RDEK they appreciate the need for the comprehensive plan in both the Elk River and Fiathead River valleys. RDEK Planner Eugene Lee says continued urban and in- dustrial growth is placing greater demands on the en- vironment and natural habitat in both valleys. Mr. Lee says if some type of long range plan is not prepared soon to control and Brooks sets ambulance meeting BROOKS (Special) Town council hopes to arrange a meeting with the Brooks General Hospital board, doc- tors, Newell County coun- cillors and interested citizens to .discuss operation of the local ambulance. The meeting will likely be held in February: The matter was brought to a head recent- ly when the regular am- bulance driver, Roy Vorra, a public works department worker, took his annual holiday. There was no alternate driver. Town Administrator Ercell Lindquist told council last week that this situation is not as bad as it sounds. Works Superintendent Bill Prentice acts as a backup driver. manage this growth, the en- vironment may be damaged beyond repair. After making the initial re- quest, the RDEK said it would submit a detailed brief to the government to explain the situation. Said the mines minister: "I agree that it would be very helpful if a proper study were to be made of the whole dis- trict in order that all organizations in the area would have some indication as to the proper direction the development of the area should take. "At the present time I am receiving letters from organizations making statements which seem to in- dicate they know more than any information we have received up to the present time. "There is no question there are several coal licences that were let out in the area many years ago but as yet I have had no request for a produc- tion lease on any of these licences and until we receive such requests there is little we can do in the way of giving them directions." Mr. Nimsick wants a short brief. He said in his letter: "Please do not make it too lengthy because I find it very difficult to keep up with all the briefs as so many of them take too long to say too little." Municipal Affairs Min- ister Lorimer said in his letter, "My planning staff will be investigating the situation as you have outlined it preliminary to the environ- ment and land use com- mittee's consideration of your study proposal." Recreation and Conserva- tion Minister Jack Radford said, "Your proposal is a good one and I intend to press for just such an approach." A long term, integrated resources conservation and development plan for the whole region is needed, he said. Once Mr. Lee has com- pleted the brief, it will be sub- mitted to the government in support of need for a com- prehensive planning study. RDEK directors hope for a government study which will indicate firm guidelines and controls for natural resource development. products from the 'creamery in the past two years forced it to seek action to help the producer co operative regain a self sufficient position among the town's businesses, said Chase Smith, vice presi- dent of the board of directors. Mr. Smith said the fortunes of the creamery started to decline about five years ago, hitting an all time low the past two years. He blamed skyrocketing cost of milk and dairy products for a general consumer resistance which reduced sales, while increas- ed competition from Palm Dairies Ltd. in Lethbridge added to the problem. The creamery directors acted on a section of the Municipal Government Act to seek business protection after determining that a Lethbridge city bylaw afforded city dairies competition protec- tion. LETHBRIDGE PROTECTION Mr. Smith said the Lethbridge bylaw governing the keeping of cows and supp- ly of milk and cream within the city was passed in 1949. It states that within a 10 mile radius of city limits, all pasteurized milk and cream offered for sale must be processed in the city. He said the creamery couldn't even buy a licence to operate in Lethbridge while city dairies can "dump their excess product in Cardston at will." Palm Dairies, the only Lethbridge dairy to serve Cardston, pays an annual licence of J35 now. In a Herald story Wednesday, town residents and merchants complained loss of service by Palm Dairies through the high business licence would in- convenience them and mean a loss of some products. Forest Bevans, president of the board of directors, receiv- ed a telephone call from Silverwood Dairies Ltd. of Lethbridge during The Herald interview Friday guarantee- ing that the creamery could obtain all dairy products not processed by it but now being, offered in the town for dis- tribution to residents. The creamery now provides homogenized milk in half gallon and quart containers, two per cent milk in half gallon containers, whipping cream, creamo, chocolate milk and butter. It also makes ice cream mix regularly and has an orange drink for sale. Mr. Bevans said Silverwood will provide cottage cheeses, yogurt, buttermilk, skim milk, sour cream and novelty ice cream. NEW EQUIPMENT Mr. Bevans said given time, the creamery is prepared to install equipment to make its own product. The co operative has gone farther in its planning. Should Palm Dairies decide against operating in Cardston, the creamery has agreed to take care of all dairy product needs for the entire Municipal District of Cardston. With present facilities and staff, the creamery could easily triple production, said Mr. Smith. The creamery now gets its total fluid milk supply of about pounds monthly from one producer. That amount is half of the producer's daily production. Three or four more producers could be shifted to the creamery in short notice. From the fluid milk shipped to the creamery in a special tanker truck purchased by the co operative in 1972, the products processed include homogenized, two per cent and chocolate milk, creamo, whipping cream and ice cream mix. Seventy two producers .in the Cardston area ship cream to the creamery in cans on a regular basis. All the butter made by the creamery comes from this cream. All excess butter made at the creamery is wrapped for Palm Dairies and shipped to Lethbridge for distribution through the Palm chain. QUALITY QUESTIONED Many people contacted by The Herald Tuesday com- plained about the quality of the creamery product. Mr. Smith said the creamery maintains high quality stan- dards under government supervision. The maximum bacteria count allowed by government in any milk sample is The last count of a creamery sample was Mr. Smith said there are two licenced men at the creamery who grade and test the milk before it leaves the producer's farm. The quality of the creamery product is borne out by the customers who used its product exclusively, said Mr. Smith. The customers include the Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints church, Chinook Foundation Senior Citizens Home, 'Grandview Nursing Home, Cardston Municipal Hospital and St. Mary Day School and St. Paul School on the Blood Indian Reserve. 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The group will also visit the John Wilson Elemen- tary School in Innisfail, 17 miles South of Red Deer "We hope that education week will remind all Albertans that the quality of education in our province is everyone's business. We need involvement of all citizens to provide the best possible .education for our students, said Mr. Hyndman in mak- ing the education week announcement in Edmonton. Metric workshop planned FOREMOST (Special) Plans are being set up to hold a metric workshop for teachers in the County of Forty Mile March 8, 1975 at Foremost School. Superintendent of Schools Cliff Elle reported to the January meeting of the School Committee, that the services of Dr. S. A. Lmdstedt of the Department of Education in Calgary had been secured to confluct the program. Dr. Lindstedt is recognized as one of the leading authorities on the subject, and all teachers will be required to attend the day long session. On the same evening, a workshop for parents will be con- ducted by Dr. Lindstedt in Foremost, commencing at 7-30 p m It is hoped that there will be a large attendance by members of the public, especially.those who have doubts and fears about the implications of conversion to the metric system. Foremost subdivision proposed FOREMOST (Staff) Forty' Mile County councillors Frank Romeike and Ed Torsher. Friday decided to meet with Bow Island farmer Frank Vanden Broek to discuss a subdivi- sion he proposes. Mr. Vanden Broek wants to divide 16.5 acres from his farm east of Bow Island .for a country residence. Coun. Romeike, council's representative on the Medicine Hat Regional Planning Commission, said planning regulations prohibit this type of subdivision within two miles of a town village or'city. The parcel in question is said to be more than two miles from Bow Island "aj the crow flies" and considerably farther by road. 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