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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Oldman River Valley recreation plan goes to city council By MURDOCH MacLEOD Herald Staff Writer Long-awaited development of the recreation potential of Lethbridge's river valley and coulees in the planning stages since early 1970 will go to city council as a recommendation of the Community Services Advisory Committee. The committee voted Wednesday to recommend adoption of a development scheme after hearing a presentation by the River Valley Development Committee, an ad hoc group reporting to it Bill Brown, city parks and facilities superintendent, and Simon Ho, a planner for the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, outlined a plan which would place public open space on both sides of the river from Six-Mile Coulee to the northern fity limits. Included within this area would be coulees, river flats, and immediately adjacent prairie lands. The boundaries would follow existing road lines as nearly as possible for easy identification on the ground. Mr Brown said ORRPC had suggested zoning by development scheme rather than by zoning bylaw to retain flexibility in the plan. Community services director Bob Bartlett told the committee a zoning bylaw would require the city to move to obtain all necessary land within six months A development scheme bylaw would protect future park use while leaving current uses for the time being, and would not commit the city to immediate action. "And in some of these areas we may be looking at 10 or 15 years he said. Mr. Brown emphasized the wide range of recreational and park potential in the valley, and the impact of developing such a system. "If you put this much land in public open space, it will have a regional he said. About acres are involved in 22 numbered areas for park use. Another 17 parcels, designated by the letters A to Q, are suitable for normal urban development, but Mr. Brown said they should be controlled more firmly because of their proximity to the park area He said four use classifications for the river valley, plus the one for the adjacent areas, were necessary because of the nature of planning schemes. "Intensive recreation" areas would allow "physical improvement" and the construction of fairly substantial buildings. Fort Whoop- Up and Indian Battle Park were examples of this class, he said. In "limited development" areas, "physical improvement" of the land would still be allowed but only suitable facilities such as riding trails, shelters and campgrounds. The area around the water and sewage plants and some coulees would be included. Land in its natural state would include an ecology reserve and wildlife habitat. Only facilities such as bridle paths and nature trails would be permitted. "Commercial areas would permit compatible recreation uses such as motels, trailer parks and amusements. Mr. Brown also said the broad terms would require extensive planning of each area for specific uses. The River Valley Development Committee's report also included proposals for priorities in land acquisition and site development. The outline in the river valley report generally agrees with the Andrew Report of November, 1970, a 75-page study of recreational possibilities of the valley requested early that year by the Parks and Recreation Commission. The current committee was formed a year ago to review overall plans for the valley with interested groups and individuals, and recommend methods of implementing a program District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, March 28, 1974 Pages 17-32 Barbecuers suffer Pooch arid pal What could be better than a little rest on an old companion on a warm spring day. For the moment at least, seven-year-old David Fehr, 1319 3rd Ave. N., is quite content to take time from play to have a hap with Pooch, a dog that apparently belongs to all neighborhood residents in the 5th Ave. and 16th St. N. area. Thief gets 30-month sentence A Lethbridge man was sentenced in provincial court Wednesday to 30 months in prison for possessing stolen property- and breaking and entering Peter Gregory Kanygin, 20, appeared in provincial court earlier this month and elected trial in district court. When he appeared for a preliminary hearing Wednesday, he changed his plea to guilty. The charges were attempted break and enter at 1601 Scenic Drive Feb. 7, possession of a stolen car Feb. 7, possession of stolen household items March 1, breaking and entering at 1417 St. Andrews Road Feb. 28 and possession of a stolen piggy bank full of pennies March 1. The offences were committed while Kanygin was on parole. A. H. Elford recommended Kanygin serve his time at Drumheller and that he get psychiatric treatment A Lethbridge man who admitted in provincial court Wednesday he obtained worth of groceries with a bad cheque was remanded to April 17 for sentencing. Joseph Smith, 26, 976A 12th St. A S., told Provincial Judge A. H. Elford he would try to make restitution. Smith obtained the groceries from a city supermarket, paying for "Disaster' to test hospitals Emergency and related services at the two hospitals in Lethbridge will be put to the test April 4 when about 70 casualties from a simulated disaster at the civic centre are rushed to the hospitals. The disaster excercise will be "as realistic as possible" with participants "made up" with artificial wounds ranging from compound fractures to minor burns, city safety inspector Joe Karl said today. Each hospital will receive 33 of the casualties under plans set out by Alberta Disaster Services. Students from three Lethbridge high schools are participating, with parental approval, and will be told what their wounds will be and how they should act The students have been told their actions including hysterics must be serious to adequately test the hospital staff, Mr. Karl said. The students will be made- up by Emergency Health Services from Edmonton a branch of the department of health. The excercise is set to begin at 9 a.m. when make up will be applied. The "disaster" is scheduled to happen at about p.m. During the excercise police will be changing 9th Ave. S., between the two hospitals, into a one way street running west, and 9th A. Ave. S. into a one way running east This is to accomodate drivers who will have to run "blood" from the bank in one hospital to casualties in the other. them with a cheque later returned because there were no funds in the account. The driver of a car that smashed into the 13th Street underpass abutment Feb. 16 was fined in provincial court Wednesday for careless driving. Katherine Reuther, 20, 2007 6th Ave. N., was originally charged with dangerous driving. This charge was withdrawn after she pleaded guilty to the lesser charge. Provincial Judge A. H. Elford was told that Miss Reuther had accelerated rapidly away from a traffic light at 3rd Avenue S. and 13th Street, then lost control. The car skidded about 180 feet and slammed into the bridge. Six persons, including Miss Reuther, were injured, three of them seriously. Miss Reuther was also prohibited from driving for three months. A Lethbridge man who lied to city police about his car being stolen was fined in provincial court Wednesday for public mischief. Randy Eugene Bedard, 20, 53012th St. C N.. was involved in a traffic accident March 20. Suffield pasture offered Ranchers in the Suffield area will be allowed to use more than acres of the Canadian Forces Base Suffield Range for pasture beginning late in May, Defense Minister James Richardson announced today. Mr. Richardson said the decision was made to alleviate the pasture problems caused by severe drought conditions in the area. It is expected at least 4.000 cattle will graze on the Suffield base this summer. The administration of the pasture program will be carried out under the Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Act The minster said the decision to open up part of the range to ranchers will not affect the British army training program being conducted on the base. Lobbying the only answer Trustees to take case to Edmonton By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The Lethbridge separate school board will send a delegation to Edmonton next month in an attempt to obtain financial assistance from the province for renovations to the Assumption School. Trustees expressed displeasure with the negative responses their superintendent received when he approached the school buildings board in Edmonton this week for an indication of what financial support would be available. They said it was "questionable that we would qualify for new construction and cautioned me about any optimism" about government support for renovations, Mr. Hints) told the trustees. The renovations to the school would include the conversion of two large rooms, originally designated as playrooms, into smaller rooms and offices. Mr. Himsl presented drawings of four different scales of renovation to the school that ranged in cost from to The renovations proposed were simply different variations of removing a wall between the library and the science room and the altering of hallway space into office space which included the elimination of restrooms. Trustee Frank Peta questioned spending money on renovations that simply rearrange available space. "Other than keeping an architect busy what- are we really going to he remarked "We're just destroying the property." So in order to provide we school with the additional facilities that it needs, the trustees came to the realization that they would have to lobby with the government for additional funding. The school board has been attempting to obtain funds for renovations to Assumption School for about two years The delegation will also make a pitch for government funding to support the construction of a cafeteria at the Catholic Central High School. The trustees decided to restrict tlieir request to support for the cafeteria after Mr. Himsl informed them (he school buildings board was very pessimistic about funding a gymnasium. The same applied to an area for drama, he said About 700 students are now eating lunch in the haiiways or crowded classrooms of OCH Sewer with stink drives residents indoors for relief Residents of the 1000 and 1200 blocks of 6th Street N. say they have been plagued in past summers by a sewer smell that forces them indoors. And this summer will be the same unless something is done, they say. Carol Sztak, 1219 6th St. N., says "it's real groovy to be ''out there barbecuing with the sewage connection with main sewage lines. The vents are looted at the top of the homes and in hot weather fumes from the sewage lines to the homes could escape. If the wind is not blowing right the fumes spread throughout the neighborhood and the barbecues suffer. 'Mr. Fraser said if the people on 6th Street N. have "honest to goodness complaints" the city will act on them City Manager Allister Findlay said he is expecting a report on the situation Linda Gallant of 1216 6th St. N. says "It's like a slough... you can't sit outside in the middle of the block. The kids don't like to play outside they can really smell it." Gloria Martins, 1212 6th St. N., says her family has tried barbecuing but "you don't feel like eating." The matter was brought up at Lethbridge city council this week by a resident of the area who was scheduled to appear before aldermen to protest any proposal to ban backyard garbage burning. But while he was there, H. G. Peck, 72317th St. N., threw in his complaint about the 6th Street N. smell. He considers that smell worse than any air pollution that results from backyard burning of garbage, he said. Of 13 people interviewed by The Herald this week, only two said they didn't notice the smell. But the other 11 found it hard to pin point the smell's origin. It was "the they assumed. The common theory, shared by Sheryl Mclnnes, 1218 6th St. N., is that the odor originates from the main sewer trunk line that runs under 6th Street The line conies from the sewage lift station at 5th Avenue and 35th Street N. and runs to the main sewage treatment plant just west of 6th Street City Engineer Randy Holfeld theorizes the smell could come from either the main trunk line, a nearby feedlot or the sewage treatment plant itself. Irv Fraser. city sewer and water engineer, said complaints from the area are not new. But after three years of gripes, the city last summer began treating the sewage with a special deodorizer. And there has been only one formal complaint since, he says. The main trunk line carries strong sewage from the industrial area in northeast Lethbridge but any odors from this line are, he says, the price of progress. The main trunk line carries strong sewage from the industrial area in northeast Lethbridge but any odors from this line are, he says, the price of progress. People have to expect to sacrifice for intense industrialization and commercialization, he said. Warehouses, townhouses okayed Two warehouses and a townhouse project were among the items approved Wednesday by the Municipal Planning Commission. Elrich Tire Ltd. was granted permission to build a warehouse at 2937 7th Ave. N., and Fiorino Homes was allowed a warehouse-shop and display at 405 Stafford Dr. Henry Homes Ltd. was allowed to build two seven-unit townhouses at 2201-2213 and 2215-2227 8th Ave. S. Engineered Homes was allowed to erect an identification sign for Park Meadows Estates at 160123rd St. N. Teachers get polite Lethbridge separate school teachers received a polite "no" Wednesday when they approached their school board for a cost of living increase. The board "was quite sympathetic toward our position and gave the impression" that it might have considered a cost of living bonus if it had the money, the president of the local Alberta Teachers Association said following the closed meeting. "We realize the board is caught in an economic Jerry Heck said in an interview. John Boras, chairman, remarked: "When you haven't no got it, you've got to say no." The separate school teachers are in the second year of a two-year contract that expires at the end of this year. It provided them with a 6.7 per cent increase for 1974 The meeting wasn't entirely pessimistic as far as the teachers are concerned. The trustees, Mr. Heck says, gave the indication they were prepared to talk about "good, sizeable increases for 1975" to help offset the escalating cost of living. They are aware teachers will come on strong during negotiations next fall for the 1975 contract and will be preparing for it he continued. More directors for United Way How does the odor get from the line to the street above? Mr. Fraser thinks it likely the odor comes through the sewage vents found in most homes. These vents are to prevent airlocks in the houses' The Lethbridge United Way restructured Wednesday its board of directors to include members from the 14 agencies represented by the Organization. The motion to include member agencies on the board was carried unanimously at the United .Way annual meeting. The motion, presented by the agencies, calls for a minimum of 20 persons on the board from the agencies There can be a maximum of 28 directors. The move changes the oM structure of the board which had volunteer directors who had no official ties with the member agencies However, during the 1973 campaign the agencies began seeking a more direct role in the operations of the United Way when it was found the campaign was falling short of its 1972 total The campaign ended about below 1972 and it was revealed at the meeting Wednesday the United Way budget ended with a deficit. United Way president Joe Csaki told the meeting the existing board "is totally in favor of agency ;