The Lethbridge Herald (Newspaper) - January 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE LlTHiRIDOt HIRALD TiMaday, January 2f, 1f74 County ratepayers to ask court to clear up assessment law to no a0 rWknAftlrir tha By KEN ROBERTS Herald SUff Writer What is a farmer? The County of Lethbridge Ratepayers' Association will go to the Supreme Court of Alberta to get an answer to this ques- tion, it decided Monday night at a meeting in Monarch. The association passed a motion to go to the Supreme Court to test the legality of a decision made by The Alberta Assessment Appeal Board last December. At that time the board ruled Jim Clifton, a county landowner, could not be classed as a farmer under the Municipal Taxation Act and his land would be assessed at a higher urban rate. According to the act, in order to qualify as a farmer and a lower rural assessment, a landowner who has more than 20 acres (Mr. Clifton does) must engage in some activity on that land sufficient to provide a livelihood The board ruled Mr. Clifton in 1972 did not obtain a livelihood from his land. Mr. Clifton was appealing his 1972 assessment, on which his 1972 taxes were based, which did not come up until last December. "It is my feeling the board errored in law when they said Mr Clifton's income did not qualify as association president Steve Denecky, a Lethbridge lawyer, told the meeting. Mr. Clifton showed the board he had income in excess of from rental of the land but the board would noi classify this as livelihood, Mr. Denecky said. It also wouldn't accept the prize cattle he had on the land worth as livelihood. When Mr. Denecky, Who represented Mr. Clifton, asked the board to define what they meant by livelihood, they refused. "This is the very same board that defined livelihood a year earlier as an old age pension plus an income he said Livelihood has never been defined, Mr Denecky said There other people in similar situations as Mr. Clifton who would also like to know what livelihood means. "Why should taxation be a he said. Why should county councillors and assessors scratch their heads when deciding what is farmland." Glen Snelgrove, the assessor for the County of Lethbridge, who was at the meeting, said most assessors were just guessing when they determined what was livelihood. "We are guessing in a lot of he said. It would help assessors and help the government if we had a definition of what livelihood meant. By taking Mr. Clifton's case to court Mr. Denecky hopes to get a ruling as to whether the board's ruling was right or wrong according to the law. He also hopes to get a definition from the court on what is livelihood, on what basis it is assessed (cash, material, livestock, and so on, and if livelihood is to be decided before assessment, at the time of assessment or after assessment. This is, as far as Mr. Denecky knows, the first time such a case has been handled by the Supreme Court of Alberta. It will go before the court at its next Lethbridge sitting. Mr. Snelgrove said cases like Mr. Clifton's are appearing in other counties of Alberta that have had their general assessment. This occurs every seven years. After a county has received its general assessment then it is subject to the new definition of farmland that became law after the Conservatives took power in 1971. There will be more cases like Mr. Clifton's as more counties are assessed according to the new definition, Mr. Snelgrove said. In other business, the ratepayers voted to present a brief containing other grievances and recommendations to the provincial government. The ratepayers' association consists of people who have small holdings of land in the county and either live on them and work in the city or who live in the city but still have land. Poll to determine views on strap use By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Parents with children in city public schools will be asked to support or oppose a seven-point resolution of the Lethbridge Council of Home and School Associations that supports the use of the strap in schools, the council decided Monday. The council decided to poll opinions of parents on the use of the strap rather than on whether corporal punishment should be abolished because some parents may oppose certain types of corporal punishment but still support the use of the strap. The seven-point resolution was approved by the council in 1971. Tt states that punishment, applied to the body should be used as a last resort and counselling should be the first step in solving discipline problems. The resolution also calls for parents to be involved in any discipline situation where the problems are serious and that parents support the teacher rather than "fight them." Punishment should be geared to the age of the child and the seriousness of the offence and "regulation strapping should not be the final two points of the resolution state. The various home and school associations in the city will distribute the resolution and the school board's new policy on corporal punishment to the parents of the public schools and ask them to indicate their support for one or the other The public school board in December abolished the strap and all other forms of corporal punishment in all city public schools. The council will then inform the trustees of the results of the survey at the Feb 12 school board meeting Two surveys have already been taken of parents in two city public schools and opposite stands were taken by the majority of parents. A poll of the Senator Buchanan School parents showed that 65 per cent of the 208 parents who replied to the survey were in favor of the use of the strap in school. On a yes or no vote on all forms of corporal punishment about 60 per cent of the parents with children in the Fleetwood-Bawden School were in favor of abolishing all CLIFF HACK BLACK DENTAL LAB MEDICAL DENTAL ILD8. Lower PHONE 327-2122 NOTICE! our will CLOSED all day WEDNESDAY JAN. 30th for ANNUAL STOCKTAKING DOWNTOWN PlKMW 327-9797 forms of corporal punishment. But council members were concerned that parents were only given the choice of supporting all forms of corporal punishment or opposing all forms. So if they opposed all forms of corporal punishment other than the strap, they may have voted against corporal punishment to prevent the use of the other forms in the schools. The council is hoping the school board will define what it means by corporal punishment in its February meeting Home, school briefs Opinions sought on school busing Parents will be asked during the next month to voice their views on school busing in the city, the Lethbridge Council of Home and School Associations decided Monday A survey asking for objections to the busing system, suggested changes, good points of the system, opinions on whether the buses are overcrowded and information on whether school bus regulations are being adhered to will be circulated to the parents by their local home and school associations The council will then submit the results of the survey to the two city school boards. Home and school associations in the city have been asked to express any concerns they might have about the University of Lethbridge at its senate meeting March 16. The U of L senate has set aside the March meeting to allow individuals or organizations in the Southern Alberta community to submit briefs expressing their views about the U of L and the direction it should take in future development. All briefs must be submitted by Feb. 28. Parliamentary procedure makes it easier for the chairman to conduct meetings in an orderly fashion within a shorter time period, a well- known community worker and businessman told the council Monday. Cleve Hill said many people fear parliamentary procedure because they think it is complex and that it only complicates the more important issues facing the membership. However, he claims proper meeting procedures simplifies a meeting because FOX DENTURE CLINIC Est 1922 PHONE 327-6565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHBRIQGE DENTAL LAB 204 MEDICAL DENTAL ftLDO. USED BOBCATS FOR SALE AT C and J EQUIPMENT RENTALS SALES SERVICE 328-4785 1410- 2nd. Ava. South it acts as "an instrument of getting something done." He also pointed out that at too many meetings the chairman does all the talking even though parliamentary procedure doesn't permit the chairman to participate in debate unless he or she vacates the chair He also explained the procedure of amending a motion CUPE talks with town break off PINCHER CREEK (Staff) Negotiations between the Canadian Union of Public Employees and the Town of Pincher Creek broke off Monday and the dispute over a new contract will go to conciliation The union and town cannot agree on wages and fringe benefits for outside workers CUPE is seeking wage increases ranging from 23 to 30 per cent, town councillors learned Monday night at the regular council meeting. The town and the Pincher Creek MD agreed to share costs equally on an enlarged airstrip which could be located west of Pincher Station Land is being assembled for the airstrip. The present landing field is located east of Pincher Creek. The RCMP contract was renewed for town policing. It will cost the town to police the town from heb 1, 1974, to March 31, 1976 Four RCMP members are on call 24 hours a day. A protest will be sent to the department of transport on a proposed reduction of services of the weather station here Council is protesting a move to automate the weather station Council learned there will be a surplus on 1973 financial operations It was not disclosed At the same time, there are in tax arrears, down from last year. The Pincher Creek Municipal Hall will not be needed for a dormitory for the 1975 Canada Winter Games Athletes will be billeted under one roof at the Lethbridge Community College Sail-skating It's clear sailing for 12-year-old Bruce Besplug, 2209 8th Ave. A S., as he takes advantage of warm westerlies to propel himself across the frozen surface of Henderson Lake. Council awards contract for building demolition COALUALE (HNS) Heinen and Sons of Picture Butte was awarded a contract by town council here last night to demolish the old Coaldale Community Hall The Picture Butte demolition workers will take the old hall down for Two Hutterite colonies expressed interest in the job earlier but withdrew their tenders a I last night's council meeting Council decided to obtain preliminary sketches for a proposed civic complex building which will house the town offices and the Barons- Eureka Health Unit offices Council wants the building designed so it can receive further additions when needed. Earlier council discussed a possible site for the civic complex building It may be located on the site of the old community hall Three presentations of money were made The Coaldale-Wmg-Tempest Sugar Beet Growers' Association contributed toward the r-ost of a ice-making machine. The presentation was made by Beet Growers' president John Vaselenak and Jim Csabay, secretary- treasurer, to Mayor A. F. Blakie "The Readymade Farm Women's Club made a presentation to the Coaldale arena. It was presented by Mrs Ed Hranak, president, and Mrs. Jim Virginillo secretary-treasurer. The Coaldale-Wmg-Tempest Sugar Beet Growers' Association also contributed for a complete set of hockey sweaters and socks for Coaldale and District Minor Hockey Association. The presentation was made by Ed Hranak, vice-president, and Jim Csabay, secretary- treasurer, to Doug Campbell, president of the Coaldale and District Minor Hockey Association. Students get smoking room at Erie Rivers High School MILK RIVER (HNS) Steve Balog was re-elected and Nola Madge elected to the Milk River local school board at a meeting attended by 80 people Monday night The local board advises the school committee of the County of Warner Mrs. Madge succeeds retiring board member John Dykslag. The local board has allowed smoking privileges for students of the Erie Rivers High School here and has supplied a smoking room for them The local board decided it was better to allow students to smoke in the lounge than to Recreation board proposal shelved try and police the entire school building. County of Lethbridge school principals have reservations about a proposal that the Oldman River Regional Recreation Board become the booking agency for after- school hour use of county schools. Dewayne Duce, president of the county principals' association, said Monday the principals could not approve the proposal that originated with the recreation board because a number of ques- tions have not yet been answered. The board says it has problems in setting its programs because it does not know far enough in advance school activities planned for after-school hours. The recreation board argues a new system would also help avoid duplication of activities now sponsored by the schools. The recreation board found some schools were duplicating services provided by the board. Mr. Duce said, "None of the principals in the county want to keep the recreation board out. We want the community use of schools. But if there are no specific proposals we may be creating a monster." He said it was not clear the recreation board was willing to pay for extra staff that would be needed if the recreation board were to become the booking agency. Mr. Duce said there would probably be more after-school use of schools if the board took on this responsibility. Nor was it clear, said Mr. Duce, whether the board would be willing to hire a supervisor who would leave the maintenance to someone else or a person who would perform both jobs. It was not clear the recreation board could hire custodial staff instead of the county because of the contract between the county and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents custodial staff who work in county schools. But the principals agreed the recreation board should pay the cost of maintenance and supervision of the schools if it were to be the booking agency. Under the current system recreation board activities are scheduled through the control committee at each school in the county where they are scheduled. The control committee includes the principal of each school involved The principals agreed there would be fewer problems continuing with this system. The county school committee at its regular meeting Jan 15 asked the principals for recommendations on the recreation board proposal "Our consensus was to leave it as it is until something more positive is worked he said. "They presented a blanket proposal and have not indicated Mr. Duce said. Noble Central School in Nobleford, Kate Andrews High School in Coaldale, and Picture Butte High School have the largest number of recreation board activities. Man remanded for assaulting peace officer A Lethbridge man was charged in provincial court Monday morning with assaulting a peace officer and was remanded in custody until Feb 4 for plea. Otto Bisheimer, 39, 92115th St. N., was arrested Sunday. He is alleged to have kicked and hit a policeman after being stopped and checked for liquor. Bisheimer is also charged with illegal possession of liquor. A Lethbridge man who pleaded guilty in provincial court to 10 charges of indecent exposure has been given a one-year suspended sentence. Daryl Classen was ordered to seek psychiatric treatment. He was arrested by city police after a lengthy investigation. News media council topic News media influence on the community will be the topic Thursday for a Southern Alberta Council on Public Affairs luncheon at Sven Ericksen's Family Restaurant. Jim Cousins, professor of history at the University of Lethbridge, will discuss the influence of newspapers on life in Southern Alberta and their value as an historical source. Discussion will begin promptly at noon. Hog producers meet Thursday Swine diseases is the topic of a special meeting at the Exhibition Pavilion Thursday at 8 p.m. Sponsored by the Southern Alberta Hog Producers Association, the meeting is open to all hog producers. Dr. M. W Stone, herd health program director for the Veterinarian services division of the Alberta department of agriculture, is the featured speaker. from Warner and Coutts attended the meeting. Junior high school students are not permitted to smoke and if apprehended while smoking they will be suspended from school for three days A delegation from the high school alumni association received permission to rent the gym for a reunion with bar privileges. The gym is the only hall in town large enough to accommodate an expected 350 high school alumni and guests for the dance and banquet. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC 328-4095 BERGMAN'S FLOOR COVERINGS llttlDlllMS Open Frl. Phorw 329-0372 2718 12th S. Furnace Installations Humidifiers Sheet Metal Work FOR PROMPT EFFICIENT SERVICE CALL CAPITAL HEATING LTD. 1273- 3rd South PhOM 327-1830 McGUIRE'S MEN'S WEAR Downtown on 5th Stroot South 327-3761 WILL BE CLOSED for STOCK-TAKING ALL DAY WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30th Re-Open Thursday, January 31st Business as usual.