Lethbridge Daily Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 2, 1908, Lethbridge, Alberta
Herald VOL LETHBRIDGE, ALTA., TUESDAY, JUNE J, Illl. NO. Ill ANNEXATION OF STAFFORD VD1AGE Petition Presented to the City-Will Hold Conference With Village CITY SHOULD CONTROL THE POWER PLANT IMPORTANT RECOMMENDATIONS IN THE EXHAUSTIVE REPORT OF CECIL B. SMITH, THE POWER EXPERT-SUGGESTS ANOTHER MAIN AND 8TANOPIPE-PRICE PAID FOR POWER BY THE CITY AT PRESENT IS TOO HIGH IMPORTANT POINTS IN REPORT The threatened invasion of the city by Staffordville took place lust night when half a dozen or so of the leading citizens of that burg led by W. C. Simmons, M.P.P., as spokesman, in- vaded the sanctum of the city fathers and presented to them their petition asking for annexation to the city. In introducing the delegation, Mr. Simmons stated that the village'want ed a waterworks service but were un- ab'.e owing to the provisions of the act governing villages to incur such a Irage indebtedness. The other alter- native was "to become a part of the city of Lethbridge and to this end they had fulfilled the requirements of the city charter by getting a pe- tition signed by the owners of more than half the property. This was a most opportune time before the village incurred any debenture indebtedness for the union to take place. The vil lage would, of course, consider terms in coming in, which would as Mr. Simmons afterwards explained, means that they would be willing to assume a share of such debenture indebted- as school debenture but the de- bentures issued for local improve- ments from which they derived no benefits should be outside their lia bility. Chas. Peacock, secretary-treasurer of the village presented the petition sign- ed by sixty ratepayers in Stafford vil lage, N. 1-2 G, 9, 21 and W. 12 8, 9, 21. The valuation of the village alone wa? about Aid, ives inquired if the new ward would' be another North' Ward, al ways wanting sidewalks, waterworks, etc., to which Mr. Peacock replied that they wanted water now but would want other things as well later or they would, stay as .they." allay the Mayor's fear that Stafford would all move out to No. 5 shaft, Mr. Simmons said that it was to the city's interest to keep the people in the city and not have them scattered all along the river and Mr. Peacock said that the railway would run to the new shaft and the people would not leave it if they had city privileges.. Aid. Tves pointed out that it would be another part of the city requiring far greater expenditure than the rev- enue it produced. Aid. Ives pointed out that in the case of the North Ward, the money already expended arid to be expended in that part of the city this year would reach while the taxes of the North Ward last year were only This meant that the expenditure on that part of the city was almost three times as much as the revenue. As it is now there arc more people in the city south of the track needing sewer con- nection than, in Staffordville and North Ward combined. Mr. Simmons" in speaking of the terms that could be arranged later remarked that under the Act, the pro- vincial government had power to an nex and arrange terms at once but that it would not do so without the consent of the parties concerned. Finally it was arranged that a committee including Aid. Adnms, Macbeth and Cunningham consider the matter and meet the Staffordville people to discuss terms. report of C. B. Smith, consulting which it in full tlMwhtrt, in brief is at I. Ht favors th3 prwnt source and tystem of viz., th high lift from the Belly River. 2, That all water consumers put on metre. 3. The installation of a third pump at the (Ution when the consumption reaches gallons per day, making the capacity gallons per day, 100 per cent, rtterve basis, which will serve a population of about thirty thousand. 4. The laying of a second force main to be 12 inches in diameter. 5. The erection of a Imperial gallons elevated tank. 4c 6. He advises that the city build a now power station. jf. 7. That in the near future, an incinerator be built to consume 4 the city garbage and" create power for the city. I. That the city have its own electric plant. t. The city is at present paying too much for its power. 10. That, the storage tank, water metres and sscond pressure main be installed this year. Gas Boring Starts Again The" eagerly looked for report to the Council by Cecil B. Smith, the eminent engineer, on the water, pow- and light problems of the city was read at the' Council last night and s given in full .below. His report on the valuation of the .Electric Company's plant is not being liscussed or publrshed until the Elec- tric Company prepare and submit' a statement of their valuation of their )lant. The Council consider such an tction only fair to the company be- ing in accordance with the agreement .nade at the time the gas well bargain .vas made. The report comes up for discussion it a joint meeting of the Fire, Water md Light and the Waterworks com- nittees tomorrow evening. It reads as 'tj the Mayor and Council, City of Lethbridge, Alberta, jentlemen: In compliance with instructions jiven by your City. Engineer's letter >i April the 8th we hare jxamined the pumping intake, etc., owned and operated jy your City, and the Electric Light ,nd Power Station, distributing sys- tem, etc., owned" and operated by the ".ethbridge Electric Company, which Company supplies electric current to .he City for water pumping under expiring December 1909 and I'lStributes light and power current in and adacent to the City under a franchise from the former North West Territorial Government. We have also had access to the fi- lancial-statements of revenue expendi- .ure and capital both of the City and company and have discussed the gen- ual present situation and outlook re- jarding your public utilities of water, ight and power, with your Mayor md one oi your Council, with your }ity Engineer and pumping engineer also with the manager and op- Crating station engineer of the Leth- bridge Electric Co., and in connec- ion therewith examined the two con- tracts now in existence between the }ity and the company, the facts ob- .aincd, deductions made and recom- nendations proffered, we beg to sub- uit to you, in detail, the following: Sourcs of Water Supply Were ii not for thc high lift requir- ed to raise water from the Belly River, .here need be no discussion on this point, but this being the case, the present source of supply must be Justified if extensive additions to thc iresent equipment, bnsed on probable in population" during the icxt ten years are to be recommend- d: The three sources available are: Gravity supply from the upper bvels of the St. Mary's river; (b) ir ditch supply from St. Mary's the St. Mary's River water, therefore cost of supply is the real criterion, and the probable present investment required for the first method is too great to warrant serious considea- have a capacity equal to both the uniU, thus at once plac- ing the pumping aiation on a gallon per day 100 per cent, reserve basis, which thoold serve a metercd city of to population. The cost of this along with ad- ditional i witch board, a small one-story repair shop and a operated 5 ton crane, should exceed 000.00 which expenditure should not be required for 1 or 3 years yet. (CaAtintMd an Page 3.) WASHESAWAY BRIDGES AND Heavy Rains at Frank Doing a Lot of Dam- age House are Flooded Thc adoption of the second method would necessitate a considerable in- vestment and two pumping stations, with consequent operating costs, etc., or else abandoning of moving the present equipment, installing and op- .Tating filters, and depending entirely ind for all time on a meagre source >f supply, required soon for purposes and liable to gradual con- tamination due to the increased popu- lation along the'route of the canal, thc TV fore we cannot recommend it, but advise adhering entirely to the present source oi supply, at the pres- int at least. This present source is sure to be imple and pure for any period in the future open fo discussion and the high lift is not so serious due to the low cost of coal, as it might otherwise be. (Special to the Herald.) Frank, June has been fall- ing for and the last three days it has been falling contin- uously. The the town broke last night and the town water supply has been cut off. The bridge going to Lille Is wash- ed away as well iM the bridge cross- ing Gold Creek ,-going to Bellcvue through the slide road bus also gone. Several houses are flooded and Mil- ler's livery barn, situated near Gold Creek, is likely to collapse. A large number of men are at work clearing away the debris so that thc water will have a freer pass again. 'It is still raining heavily. THE RIVER IS RISING A FLOOD IS FEARED BELLY RIVER ROSE NEARLY THREE FEET DURING THE NIGHT -BRIDGE ALMOST WASHED AWAY AT HIGH RIVER AND TRAFFIC SERIOUSLY DELAYED The continuous heavy rains of the past three weeks have produced the natural results. The water in. the ri- ver is very high and is rapidly riaing with little hope of abatement for some time as the water from the snow in the mountains has not yet started to go out. In the foothills around Pincher Creek and west, the lias been very heavy, so great in fact, that some fear that the crops have been injured. One of the big new derricks being operated by the J. Cuim Sous in their bridge work on the river, was this morning carried away by the flood. Although the rain seems to have stopped it will be some time before the water ceases rising, even if it docs before the inountajn snow starts moving. Traffic between Calvary and Mac- leod is at a standstill owing to a At this city the Belly Hiver has washout near the town of High River been rising rapidly, having risen be-jThe bridge is not washed away com- tween two and three feet in the last pletely but has moved so badly that AN OUTFIT FOR HIE POLICE FORCE Request Made to City Council-Need of Roller on the Streets twenty-four hours. In three hours this morning the. rivor rose ten in- ches, and now the whole river-bottom is covered by several inches of water. The water can seen advancing ra- pidly along the sloping ground, the rise being decidedly noticeable. The water has reached the old Gait house traflic is impossible over it. Passen- gers and baggage are being transferr- ed over or around the break with con siderablc diflSculty. The wires are down between Lethbridge and Calga- ry, one patched up wire, alone work- ing. It is said that it will take for- ty-eight hours to resume traflic. WHITES BUY THOUSANDS OF JAP CLOTHING LAMBS PERISH VANCOUVER TAILOR SAYS HIS BEST CUSTOMERS ARE WHITE MEN WOOL SHIPMENTS WILL EXCEED ALL RECORDS BY MANY MILLION POUNDS ARGYLE Thc tools which were ordered some time ngo 'for the gas well arrival t-> day tincl boring will commence im- mediately. Brewing Co. Annual Meeting c nnH ciiTwrinr rtn tho wVinlo 3ivcr at' present existing with winter storage and pumping combined either .vith partial use, without filtration. )r complete use with filters; (c) Pumping ns at present under high iit from Belly River. The hardness of the water from thc present source is not likely to be greater than that from the St. Mary's River would be and the purity is Thc annual meeting of thc Brewing I to unquestioned for gener- Company was nciri last nigut. It is understood a good sized dividend was declared. The erection of a large malt house may be undertaken. Thc old officers and directors were chosen with onu exception, R. B. Sherlock being made .1 director instead of F. Kenny. A STORE AT HEW DAYTON F. MacFhcrson, of thc Bcntley Co., and L. B. Duncan have formed a part- nership known as the New Dayton Trading Co., and are starting a gen- eral store at New Dayton, a few miles south from Stirling, where a large number of settlers have been locating this year. A carload of their stock ar- rived here this morning. of Power for Pumping _ The reasons for pumping electrical- ly are not evident as thc losses of ef- ficiency in boilers, steam engines, generators, line, motors and pumps, ire excessive and might have been largely avoided by direct steam pumping with high class equipment, but, taken under existing conditions with pumping station well equipped for gallons per day, nominal capacity, with the opportunity for ad- justing the pumping and lighting loads .on the generating station so as to give a large per cent, load factor for 24 hours, it is advisable to con- tinue the present method if the recom- mendations herein are carried out. The- probability or otherwise of se- curing a natural gas supply for fuel need riot be discussed as it would merely mean adjusting boilers for gas firing with some consequent economy in fuel accounts. Demand for Water to Be Provided For The growth of population and in- dustries, etc., has increased your wa- ter consumption very, much within the last two years in spite of the intro- duction of meters for measuring the supply to large consumers, and ow- ing to the certain high cost of water for all time, based on high lift, we strongly endorse the proposed meter- ing of all water delivery so as to equalize payment, check waste, and encourage greater care in maintenance of all wafer fixtures. The investment in meters will be more than fully repaid without prejudicing the rea sonable generous use of water. With the introduction of meters, the in stallation of third pumping unit will be postponed several years, anc should be made only when the daily consumption is fully 1 Im pcrial gallons per day, provided ar rnngrjnif'nts are made for obtaining electric current by December 1909 cither by the City generating its own electric current or arranging with the present Company under a new contract by which when necessary two pumps can be operated 12 hour per day, and also one pump contin uously as an alternative; however COMPLAINT THAT IT IS UNSAFE AND THE-CITY CWILL MOVE THE rDANGER DITCH AGAIN D. King appeared before the co'Ji- il last night demanding immediate ittcntion to the ditch on Argyle Ave. The matter has been before the coun- cil for a year and a half but nothing las been done. Mayor Henderson said that he had jrornised to attend to the matter tut he engineer had told: him that it vould cost nearly but as oon as the bylaws before the people pass, Argyle Ave. will among llie irst to be attended but it-is impos- rible to do the work without money. Vld. Ives asked if it was necessary to have the water in thc ditch und suggested that the water be shut off such a dangerous ditch. In committee some of the aldoru expressed surprise that the ditch ruui not been attended to, but the engin- eer's suggestions had not been car ried out because of the lack of mon ey. Aid. Jves said that something ought to be dont> right away as ft is dangerous. Mr. Fk-etwood explained that a square box drain would carrj ofT thc water nnd the ditch could be (Hied in. The master was in structed to turn the water off the Argyle Ave. ditch and make it safe Had Splendid Lambing Season The sheep men of Southern Alberta have had one of the best lambing seasons in the history of thc ahee raising industry in thia part. Th season is practically over and th flocks havt averaged fully ninety-five pt-r Crest's flock had Young's N an increase cent. C. COST OF NECESSARY IMPROVEMENTS Estimate of cost of certain rrecsstary improvements to wator informed the company. .7. A. McGUFFJN'S REQUEST J. A. McGuflin informed the city that he had a skating rink last year and had paid S30 for water hut had not made anything on it. He nskcd for a rebate. (Continued on Page 2.) NEW LIQUOR LAW Sask., June new liquor legislation to be brought down by the government will be intro- duced in thc house on Wednesday according to a .statement of the at- torney gi-neral today. Philadelphia, June form- er Protestant Episcopal clergymen knelt together before Archbishop Ryan this afternoon and after making profession of faith were received into the Roman Catholic Church. The cer- emony took place in the- cathedral chapel. All seven will study for the priest- hood. They are Dr. William McGar- vey, former rector of St. Elizabeth's Church; the Rev. Maurice L. Cowl, the Rev. William L. Halward and the Rov. William H. McCMlan, former assistants at St. Elizabeth's; thc Rev. Edgar N. Cowan of Milwaukee, the Rev. Charles E. Bowles and the Rev. Otto W. Gromell of Chicago. The ceremony was witnfsscd by only a few persons. Tomorrow morn- ing the seven will receive their first communion at the hands of Archbish- op Ryan. OFFICERS ELECTED A RANCHER DROWNED Calgary. June Wigmore, a -anchor, well known in Calgary and ili.strict. lost his life by drowning in the Rfd Deor river, 12 miles north- I'a.st oi Carbon, Saturday afternoon. Northwest Branch of Women's Mis- sionary Society in Session at Medicine Hat INVITED TO WINNIPEG Toronto, June Dr. Eber Crummy, pastor of the Bathurst street Methodist church, has accepted a call to Graco Church, Winnipeg. It is understood that Dr. Crummy's salary in connection with the new appoint- ment will amount lo per year and parsonage. His stipend at Bath- hurst street is a year and par- sonage. POET LAUREATE DEAD Montreal, Jnc Frechette, the Canadian poet laureate, died late Saturday night. On Saturday nigh he was seized with apoplexy, which at his advanced age, 70, proved fatal He with Mme. Frechette, had been living for the past year in retirement and had been in poor for som time. Medicine Hat, May for he onsuing yonr havf> elected as ollows by the northwest branch of Womnn's Missionary society which beon in sf-ssion this wt-ok in this MlV The officers of the Lcthbridge Base- ball Clul> met lost night to select the team to meet Marleod and Pinchor Creek when they play here tomorrow Provident. Mrs. J. Dulmagc, Thurstla-v evenings. The toarn st vice-president, Mrs. Bellamy, Wlil fts folltws: c- Moose Jaw; 2nd vice-president. Mrs.! Clark aml Princr' n- Nicholson- obum, Edmonton; "cor-sec. Mrs 2h': Houk' 3b': "arbcr or Uird, Moose Jaw; treasurer, Mrs. vics' S'S'; Gil11ivan- l-f- "onnuber or D. H Watson, Brandon; cor.-sec. Pnllcy' C'f': r'f' This tt Young People's Work, Miss S. Knowl- ton, Brandon; superintendent syste- matic giving, Mrs. G. D. Jarrett, Weyburn; organizer for Southern Al- berta, Mrs. J. M. Harrison, Leth- bridge; for northern Alberta, Mrs. W. T. Ash, Edmonton; for Saskatchewan, Mrs. Metheral, Weyburn. DESTROY DOZEN EGGS Woodstock, June fire broke out in the Angus Rose ogg store, cooking one hundred thousand dozen eggs. The building was saved by fire- men. the visitors n nnrl will make some to "in. Will Deal With Report A meeting of the Waterworks nnd Fire, Water and Light committees will be held on Wednesday evening to discuss ICngim-cr Cecil B. Smith'si re- port. His report on the Klectric Company's plant xriH be discussed when the estimnte of of the plant prepared hy thc company is submitted for consideration with Mr. 'Smith's report.