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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wednesday, June 12, 1974 LETHBRIOGE HERALD Crowsnest garbage disposal sites worry public health inspector By STAN HELLER Special Correspondent FORT MACLEOD Environmental problems arising from waste disposal sites in the Chinook Health Unit area make it imperative that a decision on new locations be made in the very near future, says a public health inspector for that area Tne Ciuwsnest Pass disposal sites in paiticular are located where they are treating problems with surface waters and underground streams, says inspector Jim Burger I would be in favor of immediate closure of five of the 'Pass dumps, a move which would force these communities to search for new disposal sites Finding suitable locations for adequate disposal is a difficult problem in the Pass area The mountains are full of waterways and because of the narrow valleys, there are very tew locations which are suitable for disposal areas "Also, the 'Pass hasn t any areas with suitable soil conditions for digging trenches, and once you get off the mam roads many areas are inaccessible during winter Mr Burger maintains Mr Burger feels the best solution to the immediate problems would be the location of a regional disposal site which would serve the entire 'Pass area "Due to the fact that it is so difficult to obtain suitable land a regional disposal site would at least concentrate the problem in one area 'The cost of transporting the garbage would be increased but the overall cost of maintaining one site would be more practical when distributed between five municipal governments he says Mr Burger has suggested a regional disposal site be located on Allison Creek road, about three miles west of Coleman "I am asking the provincial board of health to make a quick decision on the regional disposal site proposal We'll still have one problem but we'll get rid of five he says the Allison Creek site complies with public health regulations but Mr Burger emphasizes it would not be a solution to the waste disposal problem in the 'Pass 'We would continue to look for better locations and better methods of handling asserts Mr Burger One advantage to the proposed Allison Creek site is that it is Crown land saving tax payers the expense of purchasing new land The immediate demand would be about 40 acres although there is much more available if it becomes necessary 'This would save the government from being forced to expropriate land, a measure which I am sure they would like to Mr Burger says One obstacle facing Mr Burger is the attainment of the necessary co-operation of all the communities as well as the individual householders If the 'Pass communities would co- operate they could make full use of two garbage packer trucks with collection at least twice a month Although further research is necessary, it appears the cost increase under the proposed plan wouldn't amount to that much, perhaps only 30 cents per household a he says Co-operation from individual householders is absolutely necessary, Mr Burger asserts 'People must recognize that garbage disposal costs must go up to take care of the problem Its their garbage Once it leaves their place okay Reports indicate that Albertans now produce about five pounds of garbage per day twice the amount generated twenty vears ago Combine this with general population growth tremendous increases in garbage handling costs and the price of land today then you realize the householder must pay more for proper garbage disposal Mr Burger maintains If the Allison Creek site is accepted dumping of heavy junk would not be allowed This type of garbage must be dumped in a separate area II we dump stuff we can cover up each day we even improve the soil in that area he savs Since wastes will have to be hauled through some towns this might present a problem But charges can be laid against people who are careless in handling garbage Mr Burger stresses If the proposal is accepted the old dump sites would be cleaned up and vegetation would grow again Mr Burger savs he is quite concerned about what the Pass dumps are doing to the lakes and streams The most serious threats to the environment are the sites at Hillcrest Frank and Blairmore There is now some agreement between the various departments that we can t continue to let these things go must advance to something better even if it s not perfect The Herald- District Heavier trucks demand better road design CARDSTON (Staff) District highways engineer Joe Glowach told the Cardston Municipal District council Monday there has to be different thinking" on designing of secondary roads in the MD because trucks are getting heavier and the roads are taking a pounding He said the paved MD secondary roads are ade- quately constructed for pounds Said Coun Keith Olsen of Glenwood What we worry about is setting it at 56 000 pounds and automatically cutting off cattle liners which probably aren't hurting our roads any more than 56 000 pound (trucks) The engineer said bridges must be increased in strength Gram trucks who is checking on them9' asked Mr Glowach 'So you don't know if they are overloaded He said if you don t ask the RCMP to check trucks "they will look the other way He said if truckers follow the legal load limits there is no problem but if they are overloaded there is a problem He said if you set a pound load limit they will be hauling 150 000 pounds We can t ban those cattle liners hauling on our roads because our economy is based on that said Coun Shelton Rine The engineer noted Reeve J H Otto of the Warner County is extremeh upset over road damage in his county He was advised to pass a bylaw and enforce it The council was amazed to learn that if you have a truck going at 30 m p h it will probably do more damage than a truck going at 60 it is the interval of impact Blairmore Elks choose ruler Centre Assessment up Taber mill rate drops 11 per cent TABER (HNS) Taber's residential tax rate dropped from 87 mills (88 for separate school supporters) to 5450 mills, a basic reduction of 325 mills However, 23 50 mills of the reduction represents the School Foundation Program assessment which until this year, was collected by the municipal administration and later refunded by the provincial government Not subject to the school foundation mill rate, non- residential properties will pay 78 mills this year, the nine-mill reduction representing an 11 per cent drop from last year The residential mill rate is comprised as follows home for the aged 8, health unit 42. schools supplementary requisition 15 50, and municipal rate 3778 The mill rate reduction, however does not represent a lowering of dollars to be paid by ratepayers A general assessment effective this year represents about 20 per cent increase in property assessments The 1974 assessment of is up from 470.060 on which taxes were paid last year In setting the mill rate, the town council also approved the year s budget calling for total expenditures of up from the of last vear However, this figure included paid into the provincial Scnool Foundation Program fund Councillor will check on Magrath area farmer BLAIRMORE (CNP Bureau) Vern Decoux has been installed exalted ruler of the Blairmore Elks The installation was conducted by Don Harrod of Ferme district deputy grand exalted ruler assisted by past district deputies Tony Servello and Ron Corngan, also of the Ferme lodge Assisting were Reno Lissa and Frank Vyse of Blairmore The new slate includes Clarke Bradley past exalted ruler Albert Stella leading knight, Del Hereford loyal knight. Tom Lrano lecturing knight. Dr John Irwin. chaplain, Archie Hobson esquire Len Cote outer guard, Aldo Vanom inner guard Harold MacPhail treasurer. Mel Giacomuzzi secretarv and trustees Alex McKay and Tony Vejprava Peter Kroh is pianist and Vern Decoux is also historian and publicity director TABER (HNS) The Canada Manpower Centre has reopened its office on the second floor of the Federal Building at 52nd Street and 49th Avenue here Returning as office manager is Steve Lucas Office hours through the summer months will be 8 a m to 4 30 p m Mondays through, Fridays The phone number for those seeking employment or those needing workers is 223-3232 Coaldale must wait for reassessment COALDALE (HNS) The town will have to wait until 1975 before a general reassessment by the provincial assessment branch can ge done, town council learned recently. This would be for the 1976 'Why can't the Bloods fight fires? CARDSTON (Staff) A member of the Blood Indian Band wiU be asked to attend a Cardston Municipal District council meeting to clarify firefighting arrangements on the Blood Indian Reserve MD volunteer firefighters are answering alarms on the reserve This has Coun Keith Olsen of Glenwood wondering why the Bloods can t fight their own fires They have got a fire truck but thev have nobody to operate it he said at s council meeting He said he objects to the Blood band s refusal to sign a contract with the MD Is there anv chance of getting one of their men here to one of our meetings, just to know what they he asked He can come here and talk it over with us, said Reeve Harold Jensen Coun Olsen agreed the MD firefighters should answer alarms on the reserve "They haven t refused to pay us yet have thev he asked 'I assume it will be paid." said secretary -treasurer R W Legge 'I am not so sure." said Coun Olsen tax year The town has been overdue on a general reassessment for several years now Earlier it was expected to be done in 1974 for the 1975 taxation year The delay is blamed on a drastic staff shortage Mayor Rod Sykes of Calgary recently urged town council to consider supporting a move to have vacant land and buildings assessed at a higher rate to discourage speculation C4KDSTON (Staff) A farmer in the Magrath area is going to receive a visit from Cardston Municipal District agricultural service board chairman Coun Bob Arnold The visit will be prompted by Coun Ken Beswick s statement to council Monday Were you planning any action on that piece of ground we used to worry about by Magrath9 Then he raised his arm to indicate that the grass on this mvsterv farm is growing very high indeed Hasn t touched it this >ear Asked Reeve Harold Jensen Is that the fellow where the black dirt was blowing and filling up the borrow pits9 I better go over an have a look at it said Coun Arnold Taxpayers who are three or more in arrears on their taxes may see their properties sold at a tax sale scheduled to be held the latter part of July Secretarv treasurer R W Legge reaffirmed the upset price will be 10 times the assessed value of the lands in question You will send notices out to them and give them a last chance9 asked Reeve Jen- sen Once they are listed in the Gazette all the taxes have to be paid up noted the secretan -treasurer Council had no objection to a Canadian Natural Gas Company application to extend services to provide pow er for irrigation pumps on the Riverside Hutterite Colony The same company s bid for a franchise in the Hartley area was approved with Coun Keith Olsen of Glenwood noting "They have got the franchise on all sides so what s the difference unless the co-op wants it The will prepare a report on Alberta building regulations for the next council meeting Council learned it has no building standards for hamlets Coun Shelton Rine s re quest that a firelighter be given the kev to the gasoline pump was approved by council He noted the firefighters couldn't fill up the tank after a recent alarm Said Coun Olsen 'I am not objecting to them having gas I dm just wondering if it couldn t be more convenient ior them It couldn t be more convenient than that said Coun Rine Council rejected an application for a road allowance lease about two miles northwest ot Mountain lew on the south boundary of section 27 township 2 range 28 Said Coun Norman Henderson This lane on the south I think we are treading on a pretu touchv problem uf we) lease that lane Poundkeeper complains fee schedule too low CARDSTON (Staff) Poundkeeper Bill Sherman of Owendale told the Cardston Municipal District council Monday the poundkeepers fee schedule is too low for present day feeding costs This was all set up when Bob (Coun Bob Arnold of Del Bonita) jumped on his saddle horse and run some stray in This is all changed now You are years behind But secretary treasurer R W Legge and Reeve Harold Jensen replied the Alberta government is now redrafting its Domestic Animals Act I think are going to completely change the concept of pounds said the secretary It ought to be on a wage plus costs basis said Coun Keith Olsen of Glenwood He told Mr Sherman council couldn t increase the poundkeepers fee schedule because we are governed the Domestic Animals Act The MD becomes involved when an animal is not claimed There is no I can feed 1 400 pouna steers for a dollar a said the poundkeeper I have a sick calf I have to grain and the best of for it It i the feei don t the bill He said private individuals don t mind paving the bill but the MD won t pav so I lose monev Council advised the poundkeeper not to charge a higher lee than allowed bv the Domestic Animals Act Crowsnest Pass Bureau VERNON DECOUX, Resident 562-2149 STILL SELLING FOR LESS STERN'S CUT-RATE FURNITURE 31 4 3rd St. S. 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