The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Tenants don't want halfway house near By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The owner of a building earmarked for use as the first halfway house for alcoholics and dependent drug abusers in Lethbridge, said Monday he will not rent it for that purpose after all. Henry. Yee had previously agreed to rent the house to the Halfway Recovery Acres Society which operates under the auspices of the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission. Mr. Yee, who owns other houses in the area of 709 6th Ave. S., said "six or seven" of his tenants have complained about the proposed use of the house. "There are people worried the house will turn into a place for drunks and drug users on the he said. Mr. Yee added he would rent it to someone else even though the Municipal Planning Commission meets Wednesday to' hear complaints the use of the building. The commission posted a notice on the lawn of the house Jan. 18 requesting all people with a complaint against the proposed halfway house to write to the city development officer before Jan. 30. Development officer Fritz Cameron said Monday he has received "a few letters of complaint. The hearing is still scheduled. Norm Cowie, director of the AADAC office in Lethbridge, said withdrawal of the offer to rent may have resulted from people not knowing what a halfway house is. Mr. Yee agreed. "They don't know what a halfway house is I don't know what a halfway house is, but these are my he explained. Mr. Yee added he could not wait until after the hearing to decide whether to rent the house to the commission or not. "They have held up the house for a month and I am losing that he said. The house was to be used for a residence for men recovering from dependency drug, including alcohol. A strict set of rules including no alcohol or drugs on the premises, no smoking in bed and set hours for a person to be in or out, would have been enforced. Residents not adhering to the rules would face expulsion from the facility, Mr. Cowie says. Each person applying for the house would have been screened before admission to assess motivation and chances of rehabilitation. Each person would also be employed or seeking employment. "It is not a place for a bunch Seed plant will send oil to India Western'Canadian Seed Processors Ltd. in Lethbridge has been awarded one of five contracts totalling million to supply goods to India. The Lethbridge contract, awarded two months ago, is worth million to supply metric tons of rapeseed oil destined for the State Trading Corporation in New Delhi, India. The contract will allow Western Canadian Seed Processors to use bushels of high erucic acid variety rapeseed which was deemed unfit for use for domestic purposes by the federal government Dec. 1, 1973. Mr. Michael said this contract didn't change the low supply picture for low erucic acid rapeseed (LEAR) varieties his company now faces. Even without using any LEAR for the India contract, Western -Canadian Seed Processors will still begin using soybeans imported from the United States to boost the production of oilseed products for use in Canada. of stumbling down drunks but would be a more rigid community than a neighborhood boarding Mr. Cowie explained. The aim of a halfway house is to help the alcoholic or drug dependent person resume a place in the community, he added. Landlord told to 'clean up' house A registered letter has been sent to the owner of a house at 504 6th Ave. S., giving notice of action by the City of Lethbridge Health Unit to bring the house up to provincial health standards. Health inspector Pat Hirsche told The Herald the letter had been mailed but there had been no reaction from the owner. The owner, Bert Benedek, 504 6th Ave. S., would not comment. A story in Monday's Herald described the "unsanitary" living conditions of Alfred Brunell, a tenant in the house. Conditions included blocked drains, a foul odor pervading the house, and insects that may have been cockroaches. Mr. Brunell, who receives social assistance, could appeal to the provincial department of health and social development if he was unhappy with the rent assistance given him. But Lethbridge regional administrator Cam Bracken said Monday he has not received any notice of welfare appeals recently. Steve Wild, chairman of the Landlord and Tenant Advisory Board, said the case would be outside of the board's province. Living conditions come under the Public Health Act and are the responsibility of the local health authority, he said. "It wouldn't be a unique case, but it certainly wouldn't be a common he said when asked about the frequency of such cases. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, January Pages 13-24 lffu Vv H tffj Senior citizens residence ftdofna, Watson irid A high-rise senior; citizens' residence Is scheduled for completion in Lethbridge next spring. These are an artist's conception of what the building will be like. The exterior view of the 10-stofey building to be located opposite the new library is at top. Bottom left is a view of a typical suite and at bottom right is a" view of a "rooftop" lounge. The structure will accommodate 160 people in 122 bachelor and 19 one-bedroom suites. City briefs 3 serve vacancies on advisory group Appointments were made by city council to fill three vacancies on the Community Services Advisory Committee Monday. Named to the committee were Jim Anderson, a former alderman, Elizabeth Hall, a former member of the parks and recreation commission which was disbanded, in 1971, and L. F. Heinrich. Incumbent members are Margaret Sutherland and Joe Lakie. The committee meets the last Wednesday of every month and makes recommendations to council concerning allocation of civic grants, preventive social service projects, and on other matters falling within the jur- isdictipn of the city's community services department. City council Monday approved the awarding of a tender for for construction of an electrical FINANCE GROUP SEAT SOUGHT At Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff's urging, city council passed a resolution Monday asking that it be given membership on the Alberta Municipal Finance council. The council, which is composed of 10 members representing provincial and municipal governments and the Alberto School Trustees Association, was formed in the fall to look into all aspects of local government financing. It held its inaugural meeting in December. Deputy Mayor Hembroff said the work of the council was important and unless the city was represented directly it would be getting second-hand information. The city is represented on the council only through the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association which has two members on 'the council Ray Gibbon, mayor of St. Albert and Ken Newman, an Edmonton alderman. The city's request to be given membership on the council will be sent to the association. switching station at 4th Street S. The contract was awarded to Kenwood Engineering Construction Ltd. which submitted the low bid. Estimate on the project, which is part of the relocation of utilities from the central business district redevelopment project, was A motion by Aid. Bill Kergan that city build a float to enter in the Whoop-Up Days parade and other parades at annual fairs, exhibitions and stampedes in Southern Alberta was tabled by city council Monday. A report on school crossings in the city will likely be made to city council's next meeting. City engineering director Randy Holfeld told council a report from the traffic supervisor arising out of meetings of the school crossings committee will probably be ready in two weeks. Sidewalks9 fate up to businesses Sidewalks said to be necessary to alleviate a pedestrian hazard north of the Centre Village Mall will be built this year if local businesses in the area okay them. City council Monday approved a recommendation by the city engineering department that sidewalks be built on 12 B Street N. between 2A and 4th Avenues at a cost of per block. The project would be undertaken as a local improvement and charged to the adjacent property owners. But, according to the engineering department, the businesses involved might not go for it since they would gain little direct benefit and stand to lose considerable parking. The issue was raised at council's last town hall meeting when a resident said his mother, who works at Centre Village Mall, had nearly been struck by cars twice as she walked along the roadway to work. There are no sidewalks along 10th, 12th 12A or 12B Streets in the area and cars park at right angles against the buildings forcing pedestrians to walk on the streets. City Manager Allister Findlay told council there is enough money in the city's 1974 capital budget for the work, but Aid. Tom Ferguson pointed out that if the city did it at its own expense other merchants elsewhere could reasonably ask for similar improvements by the city. M Concrete plants for notth side City has 1 million surplus City council agreed Monday to sell land in the north side industrial park for two concrete plants. One will be built on six acres by Arctic Transit Mix and Concrete Products Ltd; The other site was offered to Tru-Mix Ltd. for a concrete batching plant. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The city has ended its year's operation with a more than million surplus for the second year in a row. An un-audited treasurer's report submitted to city council Monday showed the surplus on 1973 operations was The city ended 1972 with a operating surplus, had still on the books at the end of 1971 and a surplus of at the end of 1970. City Manager Allister Fihdlay, said the surplus was substantial but not excessive when compared to other years. He will recommend when council begins its budget deliberations in March that the surplus be divided roughly in three goikg to tax relief, for temporary financing of West Lethbridge servicing, and for relocation of central business district electrical services. Last year, of the year-end surplus was allocated to rax relief. The city would have been in bad shape if it didn't have the surplus because of the West Lethbridge and central business district commitments, .the city manager said in an interview. The West Lethbridge expenditures will eventually be recovered from sale of he said, but the initial outlay is needed for services. Mr. Findlay said the surplus could in part be the result of over-estimating of expenditures and under- estimating revenues. "But you never end up he said. "For one thing there were a lot of tie-ups in getting equipment we required. Some .trucks we didn't even get." Another problem was that the budget was not approved until May last year and as a result it was not possible to spend all the money allocated for some new programs, he said. And, he said, in the case of estimating revenues from city investments, he purposely was on the conservative side because of the wide variances that can occur in interest rates. The 1973 budget estimated a return on investments of but the actual return was nearly The budget was nearly right on in taxation revenue, with an estimated income of and actual income of less. But revenue from other sources was over estimates of about In going through the year- end statement with council at a special meeting following regular council business Monday, Mr. Findlay hinted at probable tax hikes, and said the city should tell the province it will be difficult to stay within provincial budget growth guidelines. Mr. Findlay said rapidly increasing material costs, wage-hike settlements with city employees, all in the neighborhood of 10 per cent, and a growing city debt on capital expenditures it has made, will make it difficult for the city to keep its mill rate down. He said he has asked the city departments to submit their budgets on the basis of an 8 per cent increase, but that will only take care of wage increases. Debt charges alone will increase about in 1974 over 1973, adding about three mills to the tax rate, he said. The provincial government last year told municipalities they had to stay within a per cent growth guideline or forfeit their municipal incentive grants. This was later amended to 22% per cent over three years. Lethbridge's budget increase last year was about per cent and the city qual- ified for a incentive grant. Mr. Findlay said the provincial government apparently isn't willing to relax it's growth guidelines, but another way aroumlUthe be" to ask- the government to increases the incentive grant to the city. This would enable the city to get more of the funds it will need while keeping the mill rate increase down. Another plus the city has is that its rateable assessment increased, helping to spread the tax load over a greater amount of taxable property, but the increase was only six per cent, the city manager said. Pool name eludes Choosing a name for the North Lethbridge swimming pool proved too difficult a task for city council for the third time Monday. Aid. Cam Barnes moved that the pool be named the North Lethbridge Family Pool, rejecting a suggestion by the community services department that it be named the Stan Siwik Pool in honor of Mr. Siwik who I'gave unselfishly to the cause of swimming during 25 years of residence here." Aid. Barnes said use of one person's name can become a touchy issue, because many people are connected with swimming activities in the city. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff said if it were up to him he would name it the Stan Siwik Pool, because of Mr. Siwik's contribution. But, he said, most names of public facilities either designate its location as in the Adams Park arena or the Henderson Lake arena, or were named after a person when substantial donations were made for the construction of the facility as in the Yates Memorial Centre. "But there's no way I'll vote for anything as mundane as the North Lethbridge Family he added. Aid. Barnes' motion to name it the North Lethbridge Family Pool went down 5-1, and Deputy Mayor Hembroff then proposed it be called the Winston Churchill Family Pool. But after aldermen began raising objections to that name again, he said, "Oh the heck with and council, at the suggestion of Mayor Andy Anderson decided to try again at a later date.