Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 25, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The LetKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, June 25, 1974 Pages 11 to 20 Woodwards under construction at top left of construction site, shopping mail at centre, office tower top right and apartment beside it. RICK ERVIN photos Lethbridge Centre about 14 months away from opening By MURDOCH MACLEOD Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge Centre it's, hot. noisy and dusty as can be expected from a major construction site. And it's a major event in Lethbridge. In a little over a year, Southern Albertans should find a modern shopping centre with new major department store in the middle of downtown Lethbridge. But right now the Lethbridge Centre construction site is several million dollars and thousands of cubic yards of Concrete away from being a shopping centre. Al Troppmann. a job sponsor for Poole Construction Ltd. working on the project, says there are really three projects going on the site. The Woodward s store, the shopping mall and underground parking garage, and the office tower are all being built as separate projects. It would take longer and be less efficient to build them one at a time, he says. With three jobs going on the same spot, there are a lot of supervisors' meetings, he says, some of them just to sort out matters such as possession of air compressors or where the bricklayers -go next. There are some special problems to building in Lethbridge. says Mr. Troppmann. Tall structures such as the 12-storey office tower have to be designed to resist the wind forces and in this case a model was tested in a wind tunnel. The elevator and stairwell core in the office tower will have extra reinforcing to take some of the strain of the wind. A high-rise crane, that rents for several thousand dollars (some say a -week, rises out of the middle of the steel reinforcing bars and concrete pads that are the beginning of the office tower. As the tower goes up. so will the crane, with its base always three or four storeys below the lop of the work. Only repetitive jobs, such as pouring floor after floor to the same pattern for a high-rise, make a crane like this economical to operate. On a spread-out building of only a few storeys, such as the Woodward s store, truck- mounted mobile cranes are used. A fixed crane has to be kept going eight hours a day to pay for itself., says Mr. Troppmann. A second high-rise crane sits forlornly on the pad where the apartment tower should be going up south of the office building. Work on the apartment has been suspended until a developer has been firmed up, according to Mike Wilson, Poole's project manager for Lethbridge. The three projects Woodward s to the west, the mall in the middle and the office tower at the south end of the site will cost about million and cubic yards of concrete. Mr. Wilson says the 180 men on the construction site will increase to about 250 when structural steel work starts in July and the masonry, mechanical and electrical contractors are on the jobs. Poole wants to have the structural work done by- October and have the buildings closed in before winter. The projects have to be finished by February. Woodwards Stores Ltd. will need six months to get their store in shape and stocked before it opens Aug. 15. 1975. Photographs of gardens to be taken to princess Photographs showing the change seven years has brought to the Nikka Yuko Centennial Gardens are to be taken to Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamatsu this fall. H. O. Moran, Canadian ambassador to Japan when the gardens were officially opened by the princess in 1967, was here at the weekend to visit and photograph the garden. He and Mrs. Moran stopped in Lethbridge while driving from Winnipeg to Vancouver. Mr. Moran, who recently retired from his diplomatic post, was in Lethbridge during the 1967 ceremony when Prince and Princess Takamatsu attended the garden opening. While here at the weekend Mr. Moran told gardens manager George Rhodes the princess has indicated she would like to see what the gardens look like now. Mr. and Mrs. Moran plan to fly to Japan in September and will be taking along their photographs to present to the princess. 3 city groups chase same government Nursing home worker strike vote July 4 A strike vote has been set for July 4 in the wage dispute between Blunt's Nursing Homes Ltd. and the Canadian Union of Public Employees, a Coin theft About worth of old coins were reported taken from a southside apartment. Dana Merkyl. 1235 5th Ave. S-. told police Monday thieves entered his basement apartment sometime in the last two weeks while he was on vacation. union spokesman said Monday. Al Cunningham, (CUPE) provincial hospitals co- ordinator based in Calgary, said the vote would take place at all three nursing homes. Workers in homes in Calgary, Lethbridge and Fort Macleod are involved. Mediation by the board of industrial relations is expected to begin Wednesday. It was requested by Blunt's after the employees rejected a conciliation award recommending increases of 45 cents an hour, to from over 15 months. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Three local groups, including one that wants to establish an art gallery in the city's old main library, are apparently competing for the same federal and provincial funds. Community Services Director Bob Bartlett said Monday both the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association, which wants to convert the old library into an art gallery, and the Gait Museum advisory board have applied for funds under the National Museums program. And. he says, both groups as well as the Allied Arts Council, which is asking for to upgrade the Bowman Arts Centre, appear to be in competition for S12.000 in grants available from the provincial government. The city will receive only- one grant from the federal government and one grant from the province, he says. Mr. Bartlett says that's why. he asked council at its last meeting to table the art gallery proposal for a further report from his department. !t does not mean the art gallery is scuttled, he said. Proponents of the art gallery- in the old library had criticized the tabling move, saying it went against the recommendation of the Community Services Advisory- Committee to establish the art gailery in the library. But Mr Bartlett said Monday he was not trying to bypass the advisory- committee. "A1 Jhe advisory committee meeting (held June 5) I wasn't aware they (the gallery association and the museum i were basically after the same grant." he said. "The art gallery group deserves full credit for the homework it did in its submission to the community services committee. "The question now is where we are going to get the best art gallery-museum situation there is." The community services director has called for a meeting of the three groups to discuss the situation. In the meantime, a letter from Karen Weiss of the consultative committee of the National Museum Policy indicates the federal money might not be available until at least the end of the summer. "We. have decided that the time has come to re-assess our policies and programs which have been in effect for two years." she says in a letter to the Southern Alberta Art Gallery Association. "During this period we will not accept new submissions under either of these programs." In the letter, written June 11. Ms. Weiss also told the art gallery association that before its project could be considered, all groups with an interest in Siich a facility must be prepared to co-operate in its development. Mentioning proposals for expansion or renovation of the Gait Museum to include travelling art exhibits, she "Before the National Museums could consider a request either for a National Exhibition Centre or a contribution under our special grants program, we would have to be certain that one project either satisfies tlie needs of both groups, or that separate projects neither conflict nor lead to a wasteful duplication of facilities." Looks like Schmidt should win in walk The door is still open tonight for a contest at the Taber- Warner Social Credit nomination, being sought by provincial leader Werner Schmidt. "It would be a surprise but it's possible nominations could come from the Roy Morgan. Socred association president, said Monday. "Nominations will be called for." Technically, candidates are required to file their nominations with Socred league headquarters in Edmonton two weeks before a nomination meeting. But it has been the practice to call for nominations from the floor by using a "loophole" in the constitution. Mr. Morgan said. So far. only Mr. Schmidt. 42. has announced he will seek the nomination. The seat is being left vacant by the retirement of Socred MLA Doug Miller. Mr. Schmidt is leading the party from outside the legislature after being defeated in two tries for a seat. If he wins the nomination tonight, he will contest the riding against Progressive Conservative Bob Bogle, a Milk River school teacher, in the next provincial election. Mr. Bogle. 30. was nominated June" 18 by acclamation. Other parties have not yet announced nomination dates. Bob Clark. Socred house leader, will address the nomination meeting. The meeting will be held in the Taber Civic Centre with registration of voting delegates starting at 7 p.m. and the meeting itself convening at 8 p.m. Day of reckoning near for taxpayers Crane grows with office tower 8uildmg is pulled up by ifs bootstraps Man injured in upset CARDSTON (Staff i Terry Smith. 26. of Cardston is in critical condition today in Cardston Municipal Hospital following a fonslnirlion accident here al noon Monday. Mr. Smi Ih was operating a tractor at the Smith Dairy on the southern outskirts of lown when it tipped over, pinning him hrncalh the machine. He was baddillJng a foundation wall when the bank collapsed. The day of financial reckoning for about 14.000 city- taxpayers is almost at hand, with only a little more than one-third of the 1974 tax levy collected. All city taxes are due by 4-afl p.m. Friday and city officials are hoping to collect as much of the million levy as they can by that date. By June 20, city resident; had paid million io the city taxman, which represents only 35.7 per cent of the total requisition. But in 1973. only 27.4 per trnt of the levy had been collected a week before the due date and residents still managed to cough up enough by deadline to make up about 72 per cent of the total tax bill. Alter Friday, penalties on unpaid taxes will be assessed at one per cent a month until November, and two per cent a month until Dec. 31. After that date, tardy- taxpayers will pay eight per- cent a year on taxes in arrears and after two years with an outstanding tax notice, the city files a caveat with the land titles office. The caveat ensures that if the property is ever sold, the cily gets its money first. Under Alberta law. residents can't be forced to sell the property for back taxes. Tax notices for 1.266 businesses were mailed April 17. while 12.727 property tax notices were mailed in early- May. The city's 1974 rate on residential property is 50 mills.