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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 26, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta March M, 1974-THE LETHBRIDQE HERALD-9 TiMNdiy, March LETHI Landowners9group would dicker on farm oil well sites L regardless of the method of irrigation a wants to drill to gas wells in the I'll let it drill the wells but of COALDALE (Staff) A fear of oil companies interrupting farming practices on irrigation land could prompt formation of a landowner's association in Southern Alberta. Ed Shimbashi of Barnwell, an irrigation farmer, told about 40 members, of the St. Mary River Irrigation District Monday such an organization could bring pressure to ensure that irrigation land wasn't used for well drilling. "We could encourage the oil companies to drill wells where they won't interfere regardless of the method of irrigation farmer said Mr. Shimbashi. Pointing to an energy resources meeting in Brooks Wednesday; Mr. Shimbashi said oil companies were asked if they couldn't drill wells on the northeast corner of each quarter section of land instead of in the middle as is now the practice. The companies indicated they could switch drilling locations for natural gas wells but not for oil wells. He said an oil company has indicated it wants to drill to gas wells in the Brooks area in the near future. "With the possible location in the Lethbridge area of the recently-announced fertilizer plant, we could be faced with the same he said. Mr. Shimbashi said he owns a quarter section of land between Barnwell and Taber which one oil company wanted to drill six. wells on. He said the company now wants to drill four wells, "and I've held it off for two weeks. I'll let it drill the wells, but at the corners of the field." Mr. Shimbashi warned farmers to be careful when signing documents. If a consultant comes to a farm to seek permission for an oil company to drill on the land and the farmer doesn't want the well drilled in the middle of his field, he should refuse to sign. The case would then have to go to arbitration and a legal battle would follow, he said. Another farmer said the electric power lines used to cause the same type of concern With the poles running through 9 field, the farmer couldn't operate his irrigation equipment. Now. all lines run along the property lines when irrigation land is involved. Mr. Shimbashi said if any farmer has ques- tions about what he should do, he can contact the provincial, surface rights board for representation. 6Town could lose top-level employees' CARDSTON (Staff) Coun. Don Caldwell, urged town council Monday night to reopen its wage agreement with town employees, members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees, because the town is in danger of losing several top-rated men. Council took no action. Mayor Lloyd Gregson advised waiting a week instead of making a quick decision. If some 20 men are given a a month raise it will cost the town said Coun. Alma Summerfeldt. The present two-year contract will end Dec. 31 and council is not obligated to, reopen the agreement. But it was urged to do so by Nap Milroy, business agent for the union. He said in a letter to council the cost of living rose 9.2 per cent in 1973 and continues to rise rapidly this year. Coun. Caldwell noted the province had reopened its agreement and granted a 2.5 per cent increase which amounts to about a month to most workers. He said th'e Cardston Municipal District is losing five top-rated employees because they can earn more Mayor Gregson maintained -the town men ''got a real dang good increase last year" But Coun. Caldwell said the have actually taken a cut in pay in the last two years: abilities must have Increased we have released them." Said Mayor Gregsbn: "You are joking, of course." Answered Coun. Caldwell: "I am not joking because the competition is there." He found an ally in Coun. Alma Summerfeldt. "I am inclined to go along with Coun. Caldwell and look at our he said. "Nobody can seem to stop this inflation. It is frightening, that inflation can't be controlled." Coun. Caldwell said he favored an across-the-board increase because the lower- paid employee is suffering under the same bread price increase as the higher-paid man. Cardston briefs Coun. Stan Johnson was wary. "I can't believe the cost of living goes up in the small towns as fast as it does in a big he.said. With that, nobody aereed. Banks will take bill payments CARDSTON (Staff) Cardston residents will be able to pay their utility bills at their own bank or credit a town council decision Monday night. Municipal secretary Keith Bevans told council too much of the office staff's time was taken up by receiving payments from some 600 citizens each month (although most are paid by In another matter. Mr. Bevans said now that the provincial government has lifted its 7.5 per cent guideline on increased municipal spending, weed spraying charges won't be based on a frontage tax but will be absorbed in an increased millrale. In other business, council learned from Mayor Lloyd Gregson the town might come into a windfall for a new administration building within two years. He refused to divulge any more information, saying oply that he is watching the prospect of a good deal very closely. The mileage rate for town employees will. be increased from 10 cents which was set, said Mr. Bevans, many, many years ago. The new rate was not set, pending further study. Coun. Jensen urged the town supervisor to increase the 1600 ACRES FARM LOCATION: Alberta 40 mites from UtttbrkJgt 5 S.W. village of Champion [PRICE: 480 grass bounded by Little Bow River, 1100 acres cultivated, 260 sown to rye and fertilized, 20 acres of hay, 40 acres in summer fallow, 620 acres fertilized at an expenditure of per acre. 6 room older home newly decorated, bushel grain storage, large barn, new set of cattle corrals, plenty of good water. PHONE KEITH AIKEN Am (403) 329-0015 329-4456 PERKINSON ENTERPRISES LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA water pressure in the 7th St. area because residents couldn't get enough water through their hoses last summer' to prevent their lawns from burning up. Mr. Sudo will.check it out. Coun. Jensen will attend the RCMP conference sponsored by the Alberta Museums' Association in the physical education building at the University of Lethbridge May 12 to 15. Council was invited to the Qldman River Regional Planning Commission's 15th annual workshop scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Yates Memorial Centre and the Marquis Hotel at Lethbridge. Coun. Dpn Caldwell of the commission will attend. New Alberta planning legislation will be discussed. Council agreed a new gravel pit is needed and officials will approach landowners in various locations. Mayor Gregson said -gravel is desperately needed for the new airstrip and other projects. Coun. Caldwell said the planning commission's preliminary plan for Cardston is ready. Wednesday night his committee will give its final study to the plan and entertain any plans for amendments. "I couldn't find anything wrong with said Mayor Gregson. Coun. Caldwell said rural areas are more opposed to planning because they don't understand it. A bill for allegedly plugging a sewer line was unjust, said Coun. Caldwell, and council agreed the restaurant owner charged won't have to pay it. Now council is going to keep an eye on a hairdressing establishment farther down the sewer line. Mayor Gregson assured Coun. Caldwell that absentee citizens won't have their utility bills estimated on the high side in the future. Coun. Caldwell said it would be just as easy to estimate them on the low side. However, this argument was shelved when council decided to read the meters only twice a year. i Lost plaque wording sought CARDSTON Coun. Wanda Jensen is seeking an old photograph or newspaper clipping that would give her the words to a lost plaque regarding the founding of Cardston by Charles Ora Card. Coun. Jensen is working to restore a monument that, was vandalized in recent years. The plaque and the wording of its message are lost. The lost plaque told something about the holding of the first religious service June 5, 1887. That year the pioneer brought his family along to this country with a- party of 40 others making up a covered wagon train. They were met by the NWMP and welcomed. The officers assisted them to ford the swollen current of the St. Mary River and otherwise befriended them. June 5, 1887, their first religious service was held in a tent, and it was in that tent that a. prophecy was made that a temple would be built at Cardston and the IDS Church members become a prosperous people in the land. The pioneer died Jan. 6, 1906 and is buried at Logan. Coun. Jensen told council Monday night, "I would like to have the original wording on that lost plaque." At the same time, she said the provincial museum and archives offers a 1500 grant "that we can get if we have an historical marker, and plaque and send a photo in to them." Mayor Lloyd Gregson said the new monument will "definitely go ahead as soon as we find a suitable rock." Hillcrest girl is top soloist .HILLCREST (CNP Bureau) Walter Gail of Hillcrest won the Blair more Lions Club's brass solo award for achieving a mark of 86 in the brass solo classes in the Blairmore Lions Annual Crowsnest Pass three-day musical festival. Fund shortage slows water projects COALDALE (Staff) Irrigation rehabilitation in Southern Alberta is going "at a snail's pace" and a lack of money is the chief cause, says fin official of the St. Mary River Irrigation District. F. J. Brewin of Purple Springs, chairman of. the board of directors for the told The Herald following the group's annual meeting here Monday twice as much money as is provided is needed annually. He said there isn't enough money available for rehabilitation now to keep up to inflation. The province has pledged million for rehabilitation for all 13 districts throughout Alberta. Mr. Brewin said this wasn't enough. About to million is needed. Any more and there wouldn't be enough contractors or equipment around to do all the work. In his report to the annual meeting of SMRID, Mr. Brewin' cautioned farmers about the regional plan for land development drawn, up by the Oldmah River Regional Planning Commission. Mr. Brewin said the plan will restrict the livestock feeding industry in the area. Irrigation farmers often get into the cattle feeding industry to provide a source for a by-product of the intense agricultural activity of irrigated land, such as sugar beet tops, corn stalks and alfalfa stubble. "It seems to us that the plan caters to recreation and urban population. "We. agree a plan is necessary but it is up to us as rural people to see that any plan approved protects the agricultural use of lands and where restrictions are placed on its use that those farmers affeC'ted are, properly Mr. "Brewiri said. SAVE DURING I DUNLOP FORD'S DOLLAR FACTORY QUOTA WIN A TRIP FOR TWO! TO BEAUTIFUL HAWAII. 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