Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 12, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Council's 4-2 vote bans outdoor burning in city council voted 4-2 Monday to ban outdoor burning in the city. But before the ban comes into effect a bylaw amending the city's fire code will have to be passed by council, and some aldermen indicated they may attempt to include a provision permitting back yard burning for a week or two in the spring and fall. Council's vote on the issue which has been debated several times in the past few years came after Joan Uttley, a neighbor of Bernice Scott of 1239 6th Ave. S., who started a petition against open burning, told aldermen they had been "wishy-washy" on the subject for too long. Uttley, who didn't get her chance to speak until near the end of council's four-hour long meeting because she wasn't on the agenda and hadn't told council she Mrs. Scott who was on you people made a stand on it and saved the fire department and citizens a lot of trouble." "Don't slide it under the table for another she said. Back yard burning, she said, was was representing Mrs. Scott who wa the agenda, told council, "It's time infringing on the rights of the majority, including those of old people who can't sit on their porches in the evening and people who can't put their wash out, for the smoke. "It's time to say we're not a little cow town any more." Her remarks drew quick support from Aid. Steve Kotch, and from Aid. Vera Ferguson, who remarked that some aldermen have consistently voted in favor of a burning ban "there just haven't been enough of us." Aid. -Ferguson said that as one who was at the El Rancho Hotel when it burned down a few years ago she was distressed to think that at a time when every unit available was needed, some didn't arrive until the fire was well under way because they were at a garbage fire. Aid. Kotch said he has been whole- heartedly in favor of a burning ban ever since firemen had to save his garage and fence after a burning-barrel fire got away from his wife. "That's when I decided we're going to change the fire he said. City fire marshall Doug Kometz told council the fire department was called to some 100 such fires last year. Aid. Bill Kergan, however, was steadfast in his opposition to a burning ban. Lethbridge has the freshest air in Canada, he said, and added he wasn't prepared to change his mind on the ques- tion until the city got an incinerator to take care of the problem of papers blowing from the city landfill. He was joined by Aid. Tom Ferguson in voting against Aid. Ketch's motion to include the outdoor burning ban in the city's fire code. District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, March 12, 1974 Pages 13-24 Packed house Eleanor Thompson speaks to council in favor of art gallery in the Gait Gardens library while supporters look on. i All comers will get shot at old library Far from resolving the question of the future use of the Gait Gardens library Monday, city council threw it open to all comers. Council passed a resolution submitted by Aid. Vera Ferguson inviting all community groups who think they can use the old library building to send in their proposals to the Community Committee. Advisory "It's apparent there's a good deal of community interest in said Aid. Ferguson. "All groups should have a chance at it." Her resolution, which was opposed by Aid. Bill Kergan and Aid. Steve Kotch, also rescinded council's previous decision to turn over the building to the community services department for offices. The move appeared to send home happy the supporters of Ihe Citizens" Committee for a Lethbridge and District Art Gallery who jammed the tiny council chambers and overflowed into the hallway for the group's presentation. "It's buying time for these people to bring in the kind of submission we need before we could say there can be a gallery said Aid. Ferguson. Council had expressed some skepticism at estimates quoted by the group for renovating the old library which totalled and asked for confirmation of on- going operating funding sources for an art gallery. Non-grading project extension asked The Lethbridge public -school board will be asked today to extend the life of the non-grading project at the Westminster School by about 14 months. The project, which began in 1969 as a teacher-initiated special reading program, was to expand the non-grading system to include all school programs by June, 1975. But the school has found that the burden on its staff would be too great if they attempted to begin work on developing three new programs in the subject areas of music. French and science, implement the new art and social studies programs and revise and rewrite the physical education, language arts and mathematics programs all in one year. When the project was in its initial planning stages, its organizers thought programs developed for a given subject area could remain intact for a number of years. However, they have since found that the programs need to be revised to take advantage of the experience gained during the first years of operation. The non-grading project, often called the continuous learning approach, is an educational system in which the traditional years of school work (grades) are divided into a multitude of smaller goals. It provides the student with the same amount of school work in a much more carefully organized fashion. When students first enter the school (at the Grade 4 level) minimum objectives are established, for each of them, that must be accomplished by the time the students leave the school (at the end of Grade Most students are expected to accomplish much more than the minimum objectives. The project allows for team teaching, team planning and the utilization of the individual skills of each teacher. It also put an extra load on the teachers because they have to start from scratch to develop the new program curriculum and then continually evaluate and revise it. Much of the program development work is accomplished by the teachers during the summer holiday months. They are paid a flat rate fee for their services. The extension of the project termination date is possible at no additional cost to the school board or the department of education. The school was allocated for the project and it still has sufficient funds available from its initial grant to finance the extension of the project for another 14 months. DEFENCE AGAINST GRASSHOPPERS Low insecticide price promised By AL SCARTH HeraM Legislature Bnren EDMONTON Farmers will be paying bargain basement prices for insecticide to fight what could be the worst infestation of grasshoppers to hit the South in a decade. The onslaught is expected in mid- May but may be tempered by a wet spring which would spread out the hatching period and leave grain crops in a healthier state to weather the storm. But if it's dry, fanners will be depending on a stockpile of the .chemical dimethoate maintained by the province. The government has gallons of the chemical on hand, most of it purchased to combat a grasshopper plague last spring that never materialized because of wet weather. "The farmer will be getting a real deal because prices of insecticides have skyrocketed." says Mike Dolinski, supervisor of entomology for the Alberta department of agriculture. The stockpile is sufficient to treat 800.000 acres. The worst infestation ever saw 1.1 million acres sprayed during the 1930's. "Everything south of a line running from Wainwright through Stettler and Three Hills has the potential of becoming a serious Mr. Dolinski said. Four of the hardest hit areas if the weather is warm will be an area 20 miles north of Warner, one stretching from west of Medicine Hat to west of Grassy Lake and South to Foremost, one from Acadia Vallev to south of Empress and fourth near Wainwright The Lethbridge Research Station has reported that in only four years during the last 30 years have grasshopper populations been higher than predicted this year. "Farmers should start watching in the middle of May. if they leave tfiem for a week, they'll be into the crop and it'll be too late." The insecticide is distributed by municipalities at c05t to afflicted farmers. Meanwhile. Hugh Homer, minister of agriculture, told the legislature Monday the Bertha army worm situation "is under control." He said the province has a substantial amount of chemical in stock to control the rapeseed destroying worms. He said later in an interview that the only area that might be affected "in a major way" was the Peace River region. Dr. Homer also said that people who have already ordered fertilizer should be able to get it Isabel Hamilton, a spokesman for the committee, told council a letter was on the way from the Alberta representative of the Canada Council saying money is available to support and maintain a gallery program if the building is donated. Another spokesman for the group, Eleanor Thomson, who described herself as a practising artist, qualified gallery technician, and homemaker, told council it had the opportunity of a lifetime in the chance to convert the building to an art gallery. The committee's brief to council suggested the library building is ideal for an art gallery with a minimum amount of modification as it has high ceilings, large .open wall spaces, natural lighting, is open to four square blocks of gardens, is accessible to pedestrians and to school students because of convergence of bus routes downtown, is close to senior citizens' homes, and is in an esthetic setting. The committee also handed in a petition bearing names collected in one week. Two aldermen, however, said they were opposed to council reversing its decision on the building on the basis of priorities and finances. "We've kicked the community services department around long enough." said Aid. Kergan. "Let's be selfish for a change and look after our own employees. "Sure I'd like an art gallery and I'd like to see it in the library, but there are priorities." However, even community services director Bob Bartietl whose department is spread out in several offices around the city, swung with the tide, telling council at one point that "the solution appears to be to get us some (other) office space." Aid Kotch took a different opposition tack saying the time had come to somehow tell the taxpayers the city will have to slow down for three to five years before it can look at any new expenditures. He pointed out that rental premises for the department will be more expensive than the estimated cost to convert the old library into offices. Now million Sportsplex cost up by city council told By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The Canada Winter Games Sportsplex is going to cost more than the million estimated by the project consultants. And in addition, a further will have to be obtained for furnishings, boosting the total cost of the Sportsplex to These figures were contained in a report presented to city council Pipe supply 'adequate' Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The on-again off-again shortage of plastic pipe for rural natural gas co-operatives is off again. Roy Farran. minister of telephones and utilities, told the legislature Monday that a search by the government "from one end of the continent to the other" has turned up more supplies of polyethylene resin. He said sufficient resin has been procured to meet the co-ops' requirements in 1974. He said the government was not considering increasing its subsidy to help farmers convert to gas from propane. Crosswalk plan 'won't appease7 school trustees A pedestrian crosswalk policy which Aid. Bill Kergan, a member of the ad-hoc committee on pedestrian crossings, admitted won't appease school board members who want overpasses got unanimous council approval Monday. Aid. Kergan said the school board members on the committee were not satisfied with the policy report because they are primarily interested in the 5th Avenue S. and Mayor Magrath Drive crossing. "They still want an overpass." he said. "It's been debated over and over. I don't know what more can be done." The new crosswalks policy, which Aid. Vera Ferguson described as "protecting the pedestrian better than ever before" sets out guidelines for establishing different types of pedestrian crosswalks throughout the city on a standardized basis. Pedestrian corridors, similar to the system used in Calgary, will be established at busy crossings and will replace the flashing red light used at some intersections. The pedestrian corridors will have overhead flashing amber lights, a pedestrian push-button to operate them and a 20-m.p.h. speed limit when the lights are flashing. Since the intersection at 5th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive'is already controlled by full traffic stop-lights and pedestrian signals, it will not be affected by the new policy. Aid. Steve Kotch said he was disappointed the school boards were still trying to pass the buck, giving a responsibility to city council that belongs to them and to parents. The responsibility clearly lies with the travelling public, whether motorists or pedestrians and with the school boards, schools and parents to train their children properly, he said. The ad-hoc committee on pedestrian crossings was set up by council last fall following complaints that the 5th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive and 15th Street S. and Scenic Drive crossings were dangerous for school children. Overpasses were requested but city council and city administrators said they could not be provided. Monday by the Sportsplex development committee. I Committee chairman Vaughan Hembroff told j council the cost over-run is largely the result of escalating material costs. While additional financial assistance may be obtained from the provincial and f federal governments, already j sharing in the cost of the i; facility, the city will have to meet the added cost by borrowing in 1975. This commitment plus requirements for the 6th Avenue S. bridge and other definite commitments will utilize nearly all the city's borrowing capacity in 1975'. from the Alberta municipal Finance Corporation. City" Manager Allister Findlay told council. Sportsplex project consultants, Phillips. Barratt, Hillier, Jones and Partners of Vancouver said in a letter to the city community services department the sportsplex budget allowed for nominal price increases over the 1973- 74 period. But it did not anticipate the inflationary spiral witnessed since the start up of the work, the letter says. A detailed summary of the cost over-runs show that the estimated final cost of structural steel work will be above the original estimate, concrete 'work higher, refrigeration (including speed-skating oval) more, and upper and lower seating more. The consultants add. however, that the Sportsplex should be completed on schedule at the end of August and ready to open Oct. 1. Sheep producers get aid 3 men fined each for brawl in restaurant Three Lethbndge men involved in a fight in a city pizza outlet Feb. 24 were fined 1300 and costs in provincial court Monday Gregory Filgas. 19.139 14tt> St. N., Jim Kirkham, 7th Ave. S.. and David E. Williams. 21. 841 llth St S.. earlier pleaded guilty to charges of wilful damage and creating disturbance. Gary Alfred Capewell. 20.1318 7th Ave. S.. pleaded guilty to causing a disturbance in connection with the same incident. He was fined JSO and costs. A charge of wilful damage against him was withdrawn. About damage was caused in the fight. Production incentives of per hundred pounds liveweight will be paid to all Alberta sheep producers for market lambs and feeder lambs sold outside the province. The financial incentive is retroactive to Feb. 1. In making the announcement, agriculture minister Hugh Homer said the payments don't apply to lambs sold to other lamb producers within Alberta. To claim the incentive production payments, sheepmen must submit original receipts from packing plants or from an ont-of- province buyer to the Alberta Sheep and Woo! Commission, the program co-ordinating body.