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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 3, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Monday, Junt 3, 1974 THE LETHBRIDQC HERALD 15 Cranbrook eyes approach to subdivision development CRANBROOK (Special) A housing plan that calls for eight houses on one acre instead of five may be accepted by city council depending on whether the practical side of the project is as reliable as the theory. But Meckling of MecMan Engineering and Testing Ltd. has told council the new Cipher Development concept of housing changes many of the long-established principles of hous- ing development. Mr. Meckling, representing EKO Investments Ltd., is seeking council's permission to develop a pilot project on 23 acres of land. It is south of the Cranbrook Golf and Country Club and north of the Pinecrest subdivision. Mayor Ty Colgur said the city is concerned with the ramifications of changing the servicing requirements in a subdivision. The mayor also said it is important to gain assurance from the developer that once the project is started, it will be completed, regardless of market conditions. Council will review the information and call on Eugene Lee, regional district of East Kootenay planner, for his comments before making a decision. The parcel involves two pieces of land. One, on the south side of the Mt. Baker Road, is 15 acres in size. The other, on the north side of the road, is eight acres. EKO is planning to develop the land in stages. The first phase will involve eight acres of the 15- acre parcel. The plan calls for a high density of single family homes; adequate, rather than maximum services; better utilization of land, and better designed homes. The homeowner has more neighbors but greater privacy. There is an estimated 10 to 15- per-cent reduction in the cost of an average home, according to the developer. EKO Investments Ltd. is a Cranbrook-based development company headed by Tom Messer, Bob Watson and Tom Silansky. Engineer Bud Meckling was retained to study the concepts of the housing innovation. It is growing in popularity in Ontario and California, Mr. Meckling told council. He is seeking a land-use contract with the city to guide his client's project to reality. He says: "The widespread practice of severing land into lots and then 'fitting in' dwellings according to pre-determined uniform setbacks, sideyards and rear yards, seriously limits the possibility of any siting innovations and related economy. "As a result of this practice, outdoor spaces are generally what is left over after the house is located on a sub-divided lot. Homeowners must assume unusable five foot sideyards, square foot of ornamental grassed front yard and a'backyard that doesn't relate to the ulterior layout of the house. "The conventional house with a green moat around it offers little privacy. Lines of sight from adjacent dwellings are generally ignored by placing windows in every conceivable location even overlooking the side yard fence and the neighbor's parked car." Taking a crack at local government's part in all this, Mr. Meckling said: "Officials are guided by criteria and standards adopted by the municipality. Public officalsare not doing a service to their municipality and profession when they passively accept a standard which their experience and judgment indicates should be modified either because it no longer accomplishes the purpose for which it was designed or because the purpose can be achieved in a better manner. "Many servicing and development 'rules of thumb' based on long-accepted criteria are no longer applicable." The Cipher Development concept questions the need for a 66-foot wide right-of-way for a street when a 45-foot-wide allowance is adequate to handle the traffic within the subdivision. It questions the need for six-inch water mains when a two-inch mam will meet the needs. It questions the need for an eight-inch sanitary sewer line when a six-inch line is sufficient. The plan calls for elimination of a great portion of the standard front yard. The house would be moved forward on the lot. By placing the structure against the side property line, it leaves 10 feet of usable space on one side of the house, rather than five feet of unusable area on both sides. Mr. Meckling says that by staggering the house-line, (moving one house closer to the street and setting another back and with the effective use of windows and fencing, owners can obtain greater privacy in the backyards. this concept, a 40 by 100 foot lot can create as much usable space as a 60 by 100 foot lot, just by moving the houses said Mr. Meckling. He told council a Cipher Development has to be all-inclusive. The services provided in this plan cannot be connected to a standard housing subdivision. "That's why we chose the area near the golf he said. "Our project will not conflict with any other subdivision." The South In short New principals appointed FOREMOST .Special) Two new principals at Fore- most and Manyberries schools, have been named by the County of Forty Mile. John Waddell, principal at Burdett School near Bow Island, will become the new principal at Foremost, replacing retiring Yosh Kabayama. Mr. Waddell assumed the Burdett position in September, 1973, having been vice-principal at an 18- teacher school at Seba Beach. Allan Eng will be the new principal at Manyberries School. He replaces Maurice Levesque, who will take up another position in Saskatchewan. Mr. Eng, a former police officer with the RCMP and Calgary City Police, is principal at Conquerville School, northeast of Foremost. The promotions will leave two vacancies for principals at Burdett and Conquerville. The superintendent is seeking applications for these positions. Bingo set at Diamond City The Diamond City Community Club will hold a bingo at 8 p.m. Thursday in the Diamond City Community Hall to raise money for the Picture Butte High School Band. Willow Creek members honored CLARESHOLM (HNS) The Willow Creek School Division board recently honored two retiring members, George Whitehead and George Willis, at a banquet at the Flying-Inn Chuckwagon. They were also given a gift, presented by board chairman Agnar Johnson of Granum, in gratitude for "dedicated service" to the division. Ann Smook, mathematics teacher at Claresholm Junior High School for the past 21 years, is leaving to go to Edmonton where her husband has a position with the Alberta censorship board. Child clinics scheduled COALDALE (HNS) The Barons-Eureka Health Unit is sponsoring infant and pre-school clinics: COALHURST: Tuesday, in the Coalhurst High School from 10 a m. to 12 noon and 1 to 3 p.m. TABER: Tuesday, in the health unit office, in the Administration Building, from 10 a m. to 12 noon and to 4 p.m. BARNWELL: Wednesday, in the school from 1 to 3 p.m. IRON SPRINGS: Wednesday, in the school from to 3-30 p m COALDALE: Thursday, in the health unit office (upstairs) in the Town Office Building, from 10 a m. to 12 noon and to 4 p.m. TABER: Thursday, in the health unit office, in the Administration Building, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon and to 4 p.m GRASSY LAKE: Friday, in the Chamberlain School from 1 to 3 p.m. Speech therapy for preschoolers is available at the health unit by phoning 345-4877 for appointment. For social service appointments telephone: Coaldale 345- 3388, or Taber 223-3911. Lethbridge boaters win race _______________________ COUTTS (HNS) The Lethbridge Herald Challenge Trophy was won by Jack Taylor and Brian Luce of Lethbridge in the recent Southern Outdoorsman- sponsored boat races at Gold Springs Park. Ray Schmitt and son of Milk River were second; Allan Norris and Garry Soice of Lpthbridge, third. The one- man event was won by Doug Sinclair of Lethbridge. The three-man or more event was won by Louise Taylor, Mike Hierath, Monte Thielen and Reed Snow of Milk River. TAKE A GENTLE LAXATIVE from the makers of TUMS Take gentle-acting M.. Nature's remedy1 M ts an all vegetable latttive For over 70 years, M has been giving folks pleasant. eJfectwe relief overnight M tonight... tomorrow alngM! IfCVUU-CHOCOUTt Is The Green All Gone? then SOIL TEST your lawn Bring in your samples or Give us a call about your lawn Agri-Analysis Ltd. 132 North Mayor Magrath Driva Lethbridge, Alberta Phone 328-8131 Coaldale's administrator has resigned Outnumbered A little boy appears to be the lone rep- resentative from his generation as Fort Macleod Lionettes president Linda Lively welcomes visitors to the official opening of the Lionettes Tiny Tots Playground. She stands beside the newly-installed fountain. Dr. T. MacCallum Walker, co-ordinator of Alberta-RCMP Century celebrations, cut the ribbon. Lock on Lunbreck dump gate PINCHER CREEK (Special) The Pincher Creek Municipal District council has locked the gate to the newly- created Lundbreck dump. The dump will be opened twice a week. There will be a bulldozer and operator in attendance. The action followed repeated complaints that people are not using the nuisance grounds properly. Cardston athletes honored CARDSTON (HNS) Trophy winners at the recent annual Cardston High School awards banquet were Craig Cottle and Rod Beazer. Mr. Cottle received the most valuable football player award and Mr. Beazer received the Cardston High School athlete of the year award. Joe Stevenson, school principal at Stirling, spoke on athletics and advised those present on the value of athletics and how they can he improved. Cardston principal H. L. West spoke briefly on the athletic program in the Cardston High School. The following students received letters: Cheerleaders: Paula Gallup, Sandy Knoblick and Cyndi Cameron. Girls' basketball: Margo Hanson, Amber Smith and Shirlee Watson. Girls' volleyball: Patty Palmer and Margo Hanson. Badminton: Shane Phillips and Rod Beazer. Archery: Greg Meyer. Ping pong: Wayne Johnson. Boys' basketball: Walter Armsworthy. Nolen Olsen. Jim Toone, David Remington. Rod Beazer, Ken Leavitt and Don Yuill. Wrestling: Joe Isfeld. Doug Durfey, David Stewart, Dartley Lee, Lynn Ross, Wilfred Marks, Terry Kennard and David Lowry. Track- Don Yuill and Alex Campbell. Football. Craig Cottle, Kevin Nelson, Kim Scott, Logan Zemp. Larry Leavitt, Ralph West, Don McMurray. Craig Miller, Chris Shideler, Jerry Leavitt. Jim Broadhead, Shane Lacusta, David Remington. Ken Leavitt, Don Yuill, Alex Campbell, Terry Kennard and David Lowry. COALDALE (HNS) Rae Yamasaki has resigned as town administrator to work with the department of highways. Her registration is effective June 21, council learned at a recent meeting She has been town administrator for one year and has been employed by the town for 2% years Mayor A. F. Blakie commended her for "careful and efficient management of Campsite purchase supported CRANBROOK (Special) Mayor Vern Uphill of Ferme and Regional District of East Kootenay director Eric Rasmussen of Edgewater cast dissenting votes when the RDEK recently declared its support of government purchase of a campsite at Whiteswan Lake. Various recreational groups have been pressing the government to buy the campsite. It is owned by Jack Collins. His price is "It is the only place on the lake left for public access except right beside the says Al. John Daigle of Kinberley. Kimberley council has also supported government purchase. Aid. Daigle said the Collins property is really too small to be a viable financial enterprise and the adjoining forestry land is too small to develop as a campsite under new regulations. Combining the two would allow a good campground for the public. A campground now in use is near a forestry road, said Aid. Daigle. It is dusty and noisy- town affairs that took a large burden of work from the shoulders of town councillors." Sheila Coe has been named assistant town administrator and the town will advertise in this province and Saskatchewan for Mrs Yamasaki's replacement. Council agreed to apply to the Alberta Housing Corporation and the department of municipal affairs for assistance and approval of a senior citizen's lodge here The application will be accompanied by a brief to be prepared jointly by the Green Acres Foundation and Lethbndge County 26. Local organizations are being asked for help witn the brief. The chamber of commerce has already indicated its support. Council hopes to meet Municipal Affairs Minister Dave Russell in August to discuss the proposed lodge and to seek a full clarification on provincial grants Local citizens have directed a number of complaints to councillors about the increase m the tax rate from 42 mills last year to 60 mills in 1974. There was no suggestion as to how the tax rate could be reduced, council agreed. Sidewalks in new subdivisions could be installed sooner than expected if council's plan to provide them as local improvements succeeds. Residents could pay for sidewalks over a five-year period. Areas involved are the Krahn, Gretzinger, Handley and north Coaldale subdivisions. A bylaw will be prepared. Cost now is per lineal foot. Clue Seven: The Secular institution of learning has students lead by one at whose residence rests some information. Recalling the old days A number of RCMP veterans toured the Fort Museum at Fort Macleod during a weekend convention held in Southern Alberta. Here Paul Dersch, left, of Fort Macleod and B. C. Jakinson of Penticton, B.C., look over an early NWMP uniform. Mr. Dersch, who served in the force from 1920 to 1950, and Mr Jakinson, who served from 1923 to 1948, discussed their years in the RCMP and learned they had both served in the North at EJIesmere Island and Craig Harbor in the 1920s, ,1 ir f "f RED CROSS JUNE BLOOD DONOR CLINIC Gyml, Civic Sports Centre Lethbridge I QUOTA 950 PINTS Tuesday, June 4th p.m. Wednesday, June 5th p.m. p.m. Thursday, June 6th A p.m. Scroite and Pint win prwvntod to the following OOYHHTSi 50TH SCROLLS I. McGutrt -836-22 Straet N., Lathbridga K. A. McNaely, Ganarat Delivery, Lathbridfla H. A. Box 280, Claraanolm G. Woznulk 3B 1225-5 Avt. S., Lethbridge Atoo Eleven 35th Scroll! and Eighteen 20th ;