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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - July 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta No rental agreement in sight college have dilly-dallied By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Last of two parts During the past year Lethbridge Community College and the city have been negotiating in an attempt to work out a rental agreement to allow the college use of what facilities Sportsplex has to offer. This article will dwell on LCC's facility the amount of time the city is prepared to offer the college and why the two organizations have failed to reach an agreement to date. 4 A saving as great as a year could be realized by local taxpayers if the Lethbridge Community College and the City of Lethbridge reach an agreement on college rental of Sportxplex. But negotiations between the college and the city have been at a stalemate for almost a year and with the college now in the process of costing the construction of its own the chances of the two parties reaching an agreement are growing slimmer. Ever since it became apparent in the spring of 1973 that the college wouldn't receive the funds from the department of advanced education needed to enable it to become a partner in neither the city nor the college have appeared sincere in the negotiations for a rental a Herald study indicates. College administrators cooled toward joint-use of Sportsplex when they realized the gymnasium and other facilities they required for their programming were excluded from Sportsplex plans. The college claims Sportsplex in its present form does ______________ not meet all its needs and is not ______________ anxious to enter a rental agreement for non-college facilities that forces it to split its program between off-campus and campus facilities. The city recently informed the college by letter that LCC can have access to the portable gymnasium floor four days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. but on Friday the Sportsplex use schedule must remain flexible and can not be restricted to college use. Doug who is responsible for scheduling LCC's physical education insists the college needs the Sportsplex facility five days a week from 8 ajn. to 4 Ben LCC physical education says college athletic programs require a facility from 4 to 10 p.m. five days a week and continuing education programs also require gymnasium facilities for two hours weekday evenings. Further complicating matters is the college's contention that it must operate its total physical education program in one facility in order to eliminate the difficult and time consuming process of moving its equipment back and forth between LCC and Sportsplex. Because of the city's recent commitment of Sportsplex facilities to junior Sportsplex would not be available to the college several evenings each month. That means much of the athletic program must continue to use the college thus forcing continuing education activity programs to rent other off-campus facilities. College administrators also claim they find it difficult to believe the city will be able to provide LCC use of the Sportsplex portable gym floor at 8 a.m. for even four days a week. It is expected to take a crew more than eight hours to install the portable floor on the ice surface. If a crew of men began working following a hockey game and worked all the very earliest they have the floor installed would be 8 a.m. the next they explain. One administrator also suggests it would be very expensive to hire a crew to work all night. He fears the additional cost would be passed on to the college in a higher rent assessment. During the past year's the city has failed to inform the college what it intends to charge for rental of Sportsplex despite several requests by LCC for the information. City community services director Bob Bartlett says the city delayed responding jo the college's request because it couldn't Dase a rental rate something it didn't Mr. Bartlett says the city learned this spring the hardwood portable gym floor vill be delivered in instead the fall of 1974. is not a matter that we don't want to ent it to them. It is just that we don't lave a facility to rent to But Mr. Bartlett was unable to explain vhy the city could not have quoted the ollege a rental rate based on the facilities t will be able to make available to LCC in 975. Some at the college feel the city was ust dangling college interest in portsplex on the end of a line until onfirmation of another major user was eceived. There is also the feeling at the college lat the city has only seemed interested in aving the college fill the gaps in the portsplex schedule that couldn't be anted to anyone else. Mr. Bartlett maintains the ity would like to see the college in Sportsplex as much time as The city sees the college as a prime user of the he said in late June. It was only seven months earlier that Aid. Vaughn who is also chairman of the Sportsplex told The Herald the committee's attitude from the start was that the college would s be the single major user of the facility.'' So in about seven months the college went from the major user to one of the major users of Sportsplex. College officials contend their status in Sportsplex changed when the city received confirmation that it would play host to hockey'next year. The uncertainty of the cost of renting the Sportsplex amount of time it will be available and city's attitude toward LCC status in Sportsplex has some college administrators preferring that LCC construct its own sports facility. They fear their commitment to provide college students with facilities to take the courses they enrol for may not always be met if LCC rents Sportsplex facilities. can't say sorry you can't use the facilities today1' when the students show up to take a scheduled course and another event is scheduled in a member of the LCC administration suggests. The longer the city continues to delay settling a rental the more convinced the college is likely to become that it should construct its own facility. A review of correspondence between college and city officials between March 11 and June 18 of this year illustrates the slow process of communication and provides an insight into why they didn't finalize a rental agreement- during the past year of negotiations. March 11 the city sent a letter to the college suggesting it had been some time since they had met' to discuss rental of Sportspler. It also asked the college to forward information on LCC's intended use of the facility. The college replied March 15 informing the city it would forward the LCC usage information asked for and suggested the city contact the college to set up a meeting' after reviewing the material. The college forwarded the usage information March 27. College and city officials met the first week in April and the city indicated it would not be able accommodate all of. the college's facility-needs. The city agreed at the meeting to send a letter by mid-April to the college outlining the portion of the LCC program it would be able to accommodate within Sportsplex. When the city finally did send a letter to the college April it was to inform LCC the portable floor would not be available until and suggest a satisfactory proposal could be offered the college once the floor has actually arrived. The college wrote the city May 3 again asking it to indicate what portion of the college program it would be able to accommodate in Sportsplex for the fall of 1974-75. June 10 the college sent another letter to the city asking for a reply to its May 3 letter. The city's reply June 17 outlined the hours Sportsplex could be made available to LCC but never mentioned the rental rate it would charge the college. With most officials involved with the negotiations on holidays during portions of the next two further discussions or correspondence are not likely to take place before students are back in classes this fall. So its is evident the college physical education and athletic programs will be in the same predicament this fall as they were during the past two years. Students will have to take part of their physical education program in a large use the corridors to exercise and travel to other facilities in the city to participate in college activity programs. Class sizes will again have to be restricted because of a shortage of courts and safety and space problems for such activities as golf and archery. In the physical education and athletic programs will have to compete for space in the gymnasium with the drama food winter intramural sports and student activities. Dr. Stewart points out it becomes obvious the small college gymnasium couid not meet LCC needs when it takes two gymnasiums to meet the needs of Red Deer which has a smaller student population. It now remains to be seen if the additional gymnasium space needed by the college will be rented from the city via Sportsplex or obtained by constructing another sports facility. No financial discussions have taken place recently between the city and the college but when the college was still considered a potential partner in the construction of the city and LCC officials informally agreed that the college would be responsible for 25 per cent of the operating costs. Recent estimates by city officials project it will cost between and to operate Sportsplex in 1975. Detour gives Leo bad case of lonelies By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer It's late Wednesday and the drive- home flurry of traffic would keep gasoline station owner Leo Van Breda busy filling tanks and washing .windshields. But today Leo wanders around his Riverside Gas and Oil doing odd jobs and occasionally glancing at the deserted street in front of his deserted pumps. It's been a week since the city erected a temporary detour on 2nd Street S. to work on the approach to the 6th Avenue river crossing. And the detour signs between Leo's pumps and thirsty gasoline tanks of tourists and city residents will probably remain the place throughout this says Gerald Le an engineer with the city's public works department. Engineer Le Moal says city crews have been hamstrung by rainy delaying construction of the 6th Avenue and 4th Street S. intersection. Leo's tanned brow furrows as he sees gravel trucks driving by his intersection. His usually smiling face lacks humor as he looks in vain for some sign of construction on the stretch of road a city officials told Leo July 2 would be under repair for couple of July showed prospects of being a good month. A six- month closure of Scenic Drive was funnelling enough tourists past Leo's pumps to boost his daily trade from to gallons. But as soon as the city added the temporary detour to its six-month Leo's gallonage slumped to 400 daily. Now he locks up his pumps a 'couple of hours early. He's already laid off two students working part-time for the summer. Attendants Rose Hirsche and Brian Nummi were both putting in about 25 hours a week while Leo's pumps were busy. Leo doesn't even know if breaking even. making to a day Be says. Eeo won't' know the bad news about July until he pays his bills at the end of the month. The 23-year-old gasoline station who took over Riverside his father Jack three months says a few southside residents who their way still come in for fuel. But there are no tourists stopping at Riverside. And there's nothing Leo can do about it. There's no compensation coming from the city. The only compensation Leo will receive this month is some leisure time. assist for CMHA plan A provincial government grant to the Canadian Mental Health Association for a group of services to help former mental patients was announced Wednesday by the Health Minister Neil Crawford. The designed to help former mental patients re-enter the was worked out last month. by CMHA and government officials. The program evolved from review of the former mental home at Raymond now a geriatric home which was criticized for not providing any rehabilitation programs for the patients. Reacting to the claims against the by former patients and CMHA the government asked CMHA to develop the program. The project's focus will be on bringing former patients into the community to live in a supervised setting. Also Mr. Crawford announced a grant of to the Foothills Association for the Mentally Retarded for the establishment and operation of a sheltered workshop for handicapped people in the Crowsnest Pass area. The to be located in Coleman about 75 miles west of will eventually serve about 20 mentally retarded Mr. Crawford said. S Leo Van Breda and deserted pumps The street repair was to take 'a couple of days' The Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION July 1974 Pages 15-28 Southeast residential subdivision approved A 39-acre subdivision creating 109 residential lots in southeast Lethbridge was approved Wednesday by the Municipal Planning Commission. The subdivision application now goes before the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission for final approval. ANNA LINDSEY PERRY-FISKE Hawaii's queen to ride in parade A descendant of Hawaii royalty arrived in Lethbridge Wednesday and will represent the state in the Whoop-Up Days Parade Monday afternoon. Anna Lindsey Perry-Fiske of who is accompanied by her husband Lyman and friends Jim and Irene Caldwell of will spend 10 days in the Lethbridge area before leaving for Lake Louise and the West Coast. Mrs. Perry-Fiske traces her ancestry on one side to King Lono-a-Piilani of Maui and to William the Conqueror on the other. She will ride in the parade as Hawaii's queen. as she likes to be is very impressed with Canadians and say enough about the treatment they received in She was invited to ride in the Calgary Stampede Parade as a traditional rider. She said she was particularly interested in the grandstand events as the Perry-Fiskes operate their own ranch in Waimea. In the nnraria will wear a draped 14 yards with the royal cape. She will wear red with gold trim and will ride Ken Hudson's Tennessee Walking Horse. In she is a familiar sight in riding gear and cowboy boots. run my own cattle ranch and ride the range with the men. I do a man's job.'-' Perhaps she is best known at home for her outdoor Old 'Hawaii On Horseback. In this funded by she tries to back the people who made Hawaii great. The show involves 122 horses and 122 Receipts from the show are donated to the American Heart Association. Anna was invited to ride in the tournament of Roses Parade in In 1972. their stay Hawaiian visitors will travel to Claresholm for a civic a ride through the mountains and will have dinner at Pluina About 13 acres in the subdivision between 20th Avenue and Forestry will be a that drew some opposition from Aid. Ed Bastedo. With provision of the community the area will have two while only one park is provided in the area between Mayor Magrath Drive and Scenic he said. Aid. Bastedo questioned whether green areas in South Lakeview are being used and said he thinks another park in the district Under provincial only 10 per cent of land being or four has to be set aside for but the remaining eight acres will be initially provided by the city. When other land southeast of the proposed subdivision is owners will be required to pay in lieu of reserve and that money will be used to re-imburse the city reserve fund. The subdivision will be zoned for single-family residences. The commission also approved a new Enerson's Ltd. showroom in the 200 block of Stafford Drive. The new to be _built at 231 Stafford will replace the present sales office at 816 4th Ave. S. An application by Harcourt Development Corporation of to construct eight fourplexes along Meadowlark in northeast also received approval. million in for 'Pass Up to a million in neighborhood improvement funds will be pumped into the Crowsnest Pass over the next four years. The communities of East Hillcrest and Bellevue will be the participating communities in the federal provincial program. Bellevue is eligible for up to in loans and grants announced by the province Wednesday. Hillcrest and East Coleman are each eligible for up to 312.50. Contingent on the inclusion of local residents in the the program provides for construction or rehabilitation of community playgrounds and swimming pools. All-three communities are understood to be considering the funds for improvements to community construction of senior citizens' drop-in centres and day care centres. It is estimated the communities will spend the next six to eight months getting local residents involved in creating an overall plan of rehabilitation. Implementing the plans would take another three to four years. The Alberta Housing Corporation administers the program. The AHA says these latest grants are the last for 1974 and applications by communities for 1975 funding should be submitted before Sept. 30. Guides introduced to life in South A group of 36 Girl Guides from across Canada and Montana were officially welcomed to the city by Mayor Andy Anderson Wednesday. The girls are attending an RCMP centennial camp designed to familarize them with Southern Alberta environment and culture and the Western history of the RCMP. The all 14 to 15 years of visited RCMP headquarters for an audio-visual display following their stop at city hall. They also visited Fort Whoop-Up and had a picnic at the Russel and Watkins Ranch near Lethbridge. the young Guides will spend the day visiting the Blood Reserve. A square dancing and other aspects of ranch life will be experienced by the group when they visit a Pincher Creek ranch for five days beginning Friday. Activities planned for the girls July 17 to 23 include a visit to the Boy Scout camp at Beaver west of Pincher a ;