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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 4, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta The Lcthbridgc Herald .SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, June Pages 9 to 16 Council calls second power plant meet Aldermen 'already have minds made up9 By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer There will be one last public meeting on the city power plant issue to be held June 17 at an as yet undecided location. City council agreed to the meeting Monday after hearing presentations from the Save Our Power Plant Committee, after one alderman said council's mind was already made up on the matter and after another alderman suggested the hearing would be mere window dressing. Aid. Cam Barnes told council he couldn't understand why another meeting should be held when "90 or 100-per- cent of council has already made up its mind" to sell the plant. "It's a shame these learned he said referring to members of the Save Our Power Plant Committee, "should have to go to all the trouble of putting together another brief. "If this is going to be political to keep everyone happy I can't really understand how you can call this democracy or politics." Aid. Steve Kotch said he favored another public meeting but only so that "people like Mr. Rickwood who fly off the shoulder can't use the accusation that we are not meeting the public face to face to hear their views." 'Give us an alternative' Counsel Doug Maxwell 'You're right, it's a stupid question' Committee welcomes opportunity to speak The Save Our Power Plant Committee was pleased Monday it got the public meeting it asked for from city council. But committee chairman Roger Rickwood said following the council session Monday, the cards seemed stacked against changing council's mind on the issue. "It's not exactly a fair he said. "We don't have to prepare a brief, and we only have two weeks." ,VBut there is a day of -..reckoning and-.it's called he said referring to Abbatoir buys city property City council Monday agreed to sell two acres of industrial park land for relocation of Lethbridge Lockers and Sea Foods Ltd. after hearing a plea from the company owner. Bill Coutts, representing the firm, told council tha't unless he was sold the land, new provincial regulations forcing the clean-up of small abbatoir and packing plant operations would put him out of business by 1978. "Only by rebuilding completely can we meet the new standards." said Mr.' Coutts. who appeared to be a temporary victim of circumstances. He told council the city had promised him land" for relocation in an area it was acquiring in a land-exchange with the federal government, but that fell through when the city decided not to go ahead with the exchange. Mr. Coutts said he had also applied for a DREE grant for his relocation and there was a time limit on it. Council's land sales committee, had recommended that the two acres, classified light industrial, should not be sold for a packing plant operation. "I contend my industry does not smell." Mr Coutts told council. "I'm not a rendering plant. I'm not a feed lot, only a small slaughter house. The killing operation is only one-fifth of our business." he said. "There's no smell from the artual slaughter of ?mmals the smcM is from the holding of animals or the rendering of offal of animals, and I'm forbidden by the department of the environment to do that" Mr Coutts said, his operation which employees 14 people, kills approximately 2.MW animals a year about what one major city packing house slaughters in five days the date of the next civic election. The committee was challenged by Deputy Mayor Hembroff to come up with a viable alternative to selling the city power plant and to produce a plausible means of paying for it. Mr. Rickwood said after the meeting the city should ask the province for some of its big oil and gas surplus. "They won't know unless they he said. In his presentation to council, Mr. Rickwood said the committee is preparing a brief that will expand on the technical brief presented to council by Dr. Sam Kounosu, a U of L physics professor who has followed the issue closely. In the meantime, the committee is saying Lethbridge can be served more cheaply from its own power plant than by buying all its power from Calgary Power Ltd.. contrary to the conclusions of the CH2M-HH1 report and council's power study committee. It also says Lethbridge power provides a more reliable source of electricty to home and industry than reliance alone on Calgary Power facilities 350 miles away. And it contends the city plant makes a substantial contribution to the economy of the city and that the cost of financing new generating equipment has been excessively inflated. Roger Rickwood, who Aid. Kotch had earlier referred to as is chairman of the Save Our Power Plant Committee. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff, chairman of council's power study committee that recommended two weeks ago that the city sell its power plant to Calgary Power, challenged Mr. Rickwood's group to come up with a viable alternative. "Give us a plausible alternative with a plausible source of funds and you may have yourself a he told the committee. There were disputed claims Monday of what kind of public support the Save Our Power Plant Committee has. The committee gave council a petition with 150 names on it, but extra chairs put out in anticipation of a large crowd in council chambers Monday weren't filled. Mr. Rickwood said his group hadn't tried to pack the meeting because of the small size of the council chambers. He urged that the meeting on the 17th be held at some other location. A decision on that matter will apparently be made later. The meeting will start at 7 p m. and will last two hours with a half-hour limit on briefs. Deputy Mayor Hembroff told Mr. Rickwood their readings of public reaction to the power plant issue were exactly opposite. Committee chairman Roger Rickwood He warned aldermen about day of reckoning next October 16. 'No pressure for hearing' "I have'no hesitation in saying my own reading is the opposite of yours, and I've talked to literally hundreds of he said. Aid. Kotch said there had been no pressure laid on him for a public hearing on the issue. Aid. Tom Ferguson remarked that he respected the people who made submissions to council Homer flays spread of brucillosis EDMONTON (CP) Alberta's agriculture minister Monday criticized federal officials for not doing enough to stop the spread in Alberta of brucellosis, a disease which causes abortions and sterility in cattle. Monday asking for a public hearing. "God bless them for coming forth and saying 'this is what we he said. Earlier in the evening, Aid. Ferguson clashed briefly with Doug Maxwell, a lawyer representing the Save Our Power Plant citizens' committee, when he said: "I know this is a stupid question, but how long have Mr. Rickwood, Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Kounosu (Dr. Sam Kounosu who's seven-page brief to council challenges several of the council committee's conclusions) lived in "I've lived here for the past Mr. Maxwell replied, "And before that I was stationed here as a member of the RCMP." "But regardless of whether or not I've lived here two days. I would say with all due respect you answered the question yourself when you said it is a stupid question." Incinerator proposals filed aivay Three models of incinerators, which the city's fire marshal! suggested would best fit Lethbridge's new outdoor burning ban, were quietly tucked away by city council Monday. Council voted with no discussion to simply file a report on the incinerator proposals, which were taken from the National Fire Codes and the National Fire Protection Association fire protection handbook. The move apparently once again leaves the definition of an incinerator back where it was when the open burning ban was approved. Childhood services project may continue A request to continue an early childhood services project for three more years at General Stewart School will be heard by public school trustees tonight at its monthly meeting. The project had received board support in August, 1973, for one year after starting in 1972, under the sponsorship of a group of parents and "concerned professionals." The request, to be made by the board's administrative council, says the estimated cost of the program would leave a deficit for the coming year. A report to the board, prepared by Fred Cartwright, director of pupil personnel services, says test results of children in the program at this time are "questionable." "It would be more appropriate perhaps, to interpret scores three years hence to provide an indication of the purpose of the program and its achievements." the report reads. The project includes diagnostic service to select children needing a remedial program in psychomotor and language development skills- After selection, remedial and developmental programs are prepared for each child and reviewed continuously, the report says. There were 23 pre school children enrolled last year. Nine children have been tentatively identified for admission into the program for the fall. The report also includes general comparisons of the behavior of each child before and after the program and the results of a questionnaire sent to the parents of each child. "Responses were totally positive in wanting the program continued, feeling that their child benefited as a result of being in the program and that they (theparents) their the benefitted from having child in the program, report says. The report adds plans "are on the table" to develop an evaluation that will provide for a follow up of each child in their elementary school setting for up to three years to determine the success or failure of the project. As well as being asked to make a decision on the General Stewart School program, the board will be requested to underwrite the cost of published notices made by the Lethbridge Early Childhood Services Society. The cost of the notices. was for notices publicizing the annual meeting of the society. The board will also be asked to set a rental fee schedule for ECS groups using school facilities. Elementary French program 2 years away from operation Taking a windy swing Temperatures reached the 70s in Lelhbndge Monday, but try and tell that to thess two fellows from Saskatoon. The calendar may say it's June. They're dressed for March. Shane Arthur, 2, Jen, and his younger brother Frank tried out the swings at Henderson Lake Park when the family stopped in the city on their way to Expo 74 in Spokane. The weatherman is looking for cloud and cooler weather House meets new opposition Establishment of a halfway house for alcoholics seemed a little more remote Monday after city council voted to rent a building considered for the facility to the Lethbridge Construction Association The city-owned building, at 122 5th Ave. S., had been examined by officials of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Commission but apparently no formal application to council to use the building had been made The construction association applied last month to use the location, now occupied by the community services department. Aid. Cam Barnes told council he had been approached by residents in the Green Acres Lodge next door to the building voicing their opposition to the retablishment of the halfway house. A request for the rehiring of a French consultant for the 1974-75 school term will be presented to the Lethbridge public school board at its regular monthly meeting tonight. Ron Murphy, who has worked for the past three years as a member of the district's teaching staff has been a part-time French consultant for teachers at the upper elementary level. It will be two years before the elementary French education program is fully implemented. For this reason there appears to be a continuing need for the services of a consultant, the board's administrative council says in a report. The full cost of the consultant can be recovered through grants from the federal government for French education, the report says. Candidates" calendar BESSIE ANNAND, NDP Tonight House to house canvassing in Lethbndge. Wednesday evening Women and advertising Woman's Place discussion at the Lethbndge Public Librarv SVEN ERICKSEN, LIBERAL Tonight At campaign headquarters. 1735 Mayor Magrath Dr Wednesday To Calgary for provincial Liberal candidates meeting wilh Pnme Minister Trudeau KEN HURLBURT, CONSERVATIVE Tonight Opens campaign headquarters at 1806 3rd Ave S Wednesday Campaigning in downtown Lethbndge VERN YOUNG, SOCIAL CREDIT Tonight No public campaigning Wednesday To Red Deer for rally with national leader Real Caouette ;