Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 22, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
18 THE UTHBRIDGE HERALD Friday, June 22 ,1973 New offices prepared City hall annex sought by county By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer The County of Lethbridge council took its first concrete step Thursday in the estab- lishment of new county of- fices. It selected a site. The county now is to pro- ceed with negotiations to purchase tha city hall annex property at 4th Ave. and 9tb St. S. The city offered the prop- erty to the county at a price of payable over five years. A site committee had con- sidered several sites in the city and county, incHiding one location in the Central School grounds, 9th Street and 6th Avenue, which would have been too small. The city hall annex prop- erty was "considered the best in view of plans to build of- fices not only for the county but also the Oldman River Regional Planning Commis- sion and perhaps the Leth- bridge Northern Irrigation District. It was felt joint use of fa- cilities would be to the eco- nomic advantage of all con- cerned. The close working relation- ship between the county, city and ORRPC would also enhanced by the central location of the offices. The county is going to seek an extended building com- mitment on the property as plans have not even been started for the structure. Whether to go after the city's offer was a matter of considerable debate. F o r a while the ranks were split. Councillor Otto Wo b i c k suggested "let's get the site and build as soon as we can." He said to the doubt- ers, "If we can't, get a unan- mous vote on the site, let's forget the whole damn thing.'' The subject of new coun- ty offices hss been tossed back and forth for a number of years now. It was dear a lot of work has to be done before the county would be in a position to provide a building com- mitment While the county pre- pared to start negotiations with the city on the purchase of the annex property, it is not certain if previous en- tanglements over the prop- erty have been resolved. The city was supposed to have granted an option on the property to K. B. Peat and Co. for a million tax- able, commercial develop- ment on the site. It seems the proper papers may never have been signed. Games torch parade plans include region Plans have been completed to include 13 Southern Alber- ta centres in the ceremonial torch parade across Canada preceding the 1973 Summer Games in New Westminister- Burnaby, B.C. A three vehicle caravan, containing 40 gas-lit torches af varying sizes, will cross into Alberta July 20 from Saskatchewan. The next day, it will pass through Bow Is- land, Taber, Coaldale, Picture Butte, Lethbridge, Raymond, Magrath, Cardston, Standoff, Pincher Creek, Brocket, Fort Macleod and Claresholm. Two runners from each community will meet the car- avan about one mile outside town. One will carry the torch and the other a flag into town where a brief ceremony will be conducted with town offi- cials. The recently-appointed re- gional co-ordinator for the Southern Alberta Winter Games Society, Roy Blais of Taber, will organize the torch parade in this area. Mr. Blais appointment, an- nounced Thursday, gives him responsibility for stimulating enthusiasm for the 1975 Win- ter Games in the various towns within the region. will represent the region on the society management com- mittee. "We still haven't convinced a lot of people in the district that the Games here will be on a regional basis, for every- one in Southern Alberta to participate in and benefit Mr. Blais told The Herald. Business could double City missing convention By JIM MAYBIE Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge businessmen and other citizens could be re- president of the Travel and At the more conservative Convention Association of TCASA estimate, 10.000 conven- Soutfcern Alberta. tion goers For the last five years Leth- S700.000 in bridge has been at its peak. year. leave more than Lethbridge each ceiving S1.5 million a year in- drawing convention-goers That amount could be in- Easy does it Taking life easy, Fred Helmer, of 2210 13th Ave. N perches on an eld kitchen stool as he waters His lawn and garden. With prospects for a sunny -weekend ahead. other city lesidents will be following Fred's example although they probably won't be as bundled up, with expected to reach the mid 80s. DOGS. HORSES AXD FIRE HYDRANTS Hardieville's ills get attention Xobody. but nobody, can say the County of Lethbridge council is ignoring Hardie- ville. The county council spent the major portion of its day Thursday considering mat- ters pertaining to Hardie- ville, just north of ths city limits. Councillors dealt with ev- erything from a misplaced fire hydrant to a petition Taxes hurt, small landholders say Several small landholders in the County of Lethbridge are very unhappy with their taxes and restrictions on land use. That was a message deliver- ed to county councillors Thursday by a delegation of Classes set far rural residents A program of continuing education, for rural Leth- bridge residents, was announc- ed today by Marilyn Tatem, district home economist with the provincial agriculture de- partment. Miss Tatem is chairman of a group known as the County of Lethbridge Further Edu- cation Committee. Committee secretary is county recrea- tion director Morley Roelcf. .A complete schedule of rur- al courses, times and tions is expected to be an- nounced by mid-August. Involved with the project, Miss Tatem said, are Dr. Brian Staples, department of advanced education, Edmon- ton; C. E. Surge, Lethbridge County superintendent; John Boon, preventive social ser- vices department; the Uni- versity of Lethbridge and Lethbridgo Community Col- lege. small landholders from out- side Lethbridge. The delegation members, who owned land of 10 acres to 70 acres, complained of massive tax jumps in the last couple of years, little service for the tax dollars and such restrictive regula- tions on land use that it was difficult for the owners to even earn enough for taxes on their property. One member of the delega- tion, giving an example of the "unreasonable tax" said his taxes increased from to in two years. Another said his property tax was six times that of a neighbor simply Iiecause the neighbor had more than 80 acres and he had only 70. It was suggested that small holdings are either being wrongly assessed or the wrong regulations are being applied. The county was asked to lift its restrictions on land use or reduce the heavy tax on buildings The delegation was told to appeal the assessments and that the county council would review the regulations. There was minority sup- port from councillors for the plight of the city worker re- siding on small holdings in the county. Some felt the as- sessments and regulations were fair. Some thought there was a good ksson to be learned by city folks living in the country can he expensive. from 133 residents complain- ing about dogs running at large. The county is to serve no- tice on a man under Bylaw 225 which prohibits certain activities creating unsightly- premises. Problems relating to a sinking water line to Harciie- ville were discussed with a consulting engineer and a few problems resolved, in- cluding the location of a fire hydrant in the middle of a resident's driveway. The hy- drant will be moved, at the expense of the engineering firm. A petition bearing 133 names asked that something be done about the dogs run- rang at large in Hardieville. That is a problem that has been plaguing councillors for years but nothing much has been done. A proposed dog bylaw for the county was presented to the councillors. Some thought the bylaw should be restrict- ed to the hamlets, others thought it should apply to the whole county. N7ot only could the council- lors not agree on where it should apply but there was no decision on whether the county should require that dogs ba licensed. If they are net licensed and are picked Slander suit proceedings rescheduled The examination for dis- covery set for the Court House this morning in con- nection with the slan- der lawsuit against Social Credit house leader Jim Hen- derson was cancelled. According to Fred Weath- erup, Lethbridge business- man suing Mr. Henderson, the examination for dis- covery has been rescheduled for Calgary next month. A public apology from Mr Henderson to Mr. Weatherup "did not go far enough" to suit Mr. Weatherup so the lawsuit is being continued. up by the poundkeeper (not jet how is he going to know to whom they he- long, asked Councillor Otto Wobick, Tn a move that will delay taking any immediate action on the dog problem, the coun- cil decided to contact Coal- dale and Picture Butte to see if they want to participate in the dogfight. Councillor Steve S1 e m k had an immediate solution to the problem, but didn't get much support "just dump th.3 dogs in the city and let the city pick them up." Council was informed of one instance when a county resident took a dog to the city pound which refused to take it because it came from cut- side the city. If the county adopts a by- law regulating dogs running at large, taxpayers will have the added burden of provid- ing pounds and pcundkeep- prs. Council also gave con- sideration to horses running at large in Hardieville and eating grass on the school grounds and decided to in- form the horse owner. stead of if they would put up a annual invest- ment. The investment would be for convention promotion, says Frank Smith, executive vice- DRUG DEALER JAILED A 29 year old Lsth- bridge man was sentenced Thursday to three years in jail after pleading guilty la two charges of trafficking in LSD. laid in December, 1971. Gerald Wayne Deal last year pleaded not guilty to that on two separate occasions he sold about S140 worth of LSD He failed to show up for his preliminary hearing He was arrested May 18 in Terrace. B.C.. and subse- quently changed his plea to guilty. A ear-old former Cal- gary man, now living with h's parents in Mikado, Sask., was found not guilty Thurs- day in provincial court of possessing MDA for the pur- pose of trafficking. However, Mervin Nicholas Mslischewski was fined after Provincial Judge L. W. Hudson found at on March he was in posssssion of 94 capsules of MDA. During a trial on a charge of possession for purposes, the Crown must first prove that the defendant was in possession of an illegal drug, and then the burden of proof shifts to the accused to show that the drugs uere not in- tended to be trafficked. Malischewiski successfully claimed that the MDA cap- sules were for his own use. to the city each year. creased to million in two It's not likely that with pres- years with a professional pro- ent efforts this number will in- crease. Indeed, the number could start slipping, contends Mr. Smith. It is time, he says, that more effort be put into convention promotion. The Travel and Con- vention Association cannot do any more because of its limited budget but the right roan and moter and adequate budget, Mr. Smith maintains. A professional convention pro- moter would see that several conventions are not held in the city at the same time, such as with the recent Legion, Shriners and dentists and dental nurses. Such a situation is bad for Lethbridge and can do a lot to could double the city's prevent Other conventions convention business within two from coming to the city. years, he says. Competition for convention business is getting tougher. ''A lot of people have the wrong impression and think that tourists and conventions come here like the A poorly organized and pro- moted convention about five years ago cost the city at least four other conventions, says Mr. Smith. Conventions of 350 to 600 per- bons is the "practical and pru- Thcy're wrong, it takes pro- dent size lor says motion. We have a program. Mr Smith Once one gets be- "We need bucks and a pro- yond the 600 probiems increase fessional to send out to make the pitch for conventions. We need good printed material to back up the bids and to sup- port bids by local organizations. "Conventions not only have to be promoted, they also have to be serviced. A budget of would provide one good promoter and a good helper, expense money and enough ex- compound. There is plenty of business to keep Lethbridge hopping in this category with- out going for the real biggies, from which Lethbridge can get a bad name, losing other busi- ness. As far as conventions go. Lethbridge hasn't done too badly in the past, he says. It lias even taken some from Cal- tra funds to start developing gary whieh the ]3esi some the services provided by vention manager in Canada and a budget." But the time is here and more funds and ef- other cities for conventions.' Mr. Smith suggests the con- ____ _ ________ vention staff could work Closely be out if with the Travel and Convention Lethbridge is to retain, let alone Asscciation to make optimum use of facilities and knowledge. The 550.000 required, he sug- gests, could be provided by city who taxpayers and businessmen on a dollar-for-dollar matching basis. Mr. Smith says the average convention-goer in Lethbridge leaves about a day or for the average convention. He its convention busi- increase, ness. say the only ones from conventions the hotel and restaurant Not so, says Mr. Smith and other business people. Those in the accommodation and food service fields require additional part-time and full- time staff to service conven- ure but one that can be easily proven. The Canadian Association of Convention Bureaus determin- ed a year ago that the average delegate to a convention spends more than that for the average 2.7-day conven- tion. South Korean visitors Valley Feeders, Western Canadian Seed Processors and the Hurterville Huttente colony were on the itinerary Thursday for a South Korean delegation here. The four gavernmant and business officials are negotiating the ex- port of swine and rapeseed purchases, and the support of Canadian investors in joint feed mill operations in Korea. In Calgary today, the group leaves Alberta next week for Regina, Winnipeg and Ottawa. says that is a conservative fig- tiolls The more conventions, the more help required. Leth- bridge has a large student pop- ulation which can benefit direct- ly by employment in these fields. The new wealth put into citi- zens' as a result of wages required to care for the convention-goers is spent large- ly for local services and sup- entertainment, doth- es, books, food, and others. As convention business In- creases, local establishments will also be required to expand or new ones will be built, in- creasing Ihe city's tax reveenue, iVereby benefitting all citizens. Besides motels and hotels, other eating establishments benefit directly from conven- tions. Hairdressers do a roar- ing business. Various entertain- ment spots also benefit direct- ly. City alderman Vaughan Hembroff says there's no doubt about it everybody in a com- munity benefits from conven- tions. The work of the Travel and Convention Association will be reviewed this fall to determine if the city is getting its dollar- worth, he said in an interview. "I'm prepared to spend more if 1 can get a better value for the he said. The city contributed of TCASA's budget. The rest is raised from member- ships and from provincial government grants. The major part of the associ- ation's contribution to conven- tions has been a convention kit which includes- a map of Leth- bridge and district showing motel-hotel locations, points of interest, brochures with pic- tures and copy of Southern Al- berta highlights; floor plans of hotels and meeting rooms show- ing capacities, roof heights and other data; sample give-aways; an outline of what TCASA can or cannot do for the convention and its organizers; and other data which would be of special interest to the convention-goer.