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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Chamber advises against hurried power plant decision By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Concerns about the coming municipal plant tourism and convention and the effects of west side development on north and south Lethbridge highlight issues raised Wednesday by the Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce with city council. The chamber's brief was presented to council in a 2Vz-hour-long meeting Monday but was not made public until the Chamber's regular meeting Wednesday because it had not been presented to the board as a whole before Wednesday. Bob physical plant manager at the U of who headed a chamber committee studying the power plant told Wednesday's meeting power plant discussions took up a major portion of the talks with council. For the most the chamber's brief on that issue raises points already brought out at the power plant public These include suggestions that an analysis of longer range power requirements rather than just the 15 year period studied in the report should be council should see if it can get long term 'low interest money from the provincial government for plant and should investigate the possibility of undertaking a joint with Calgary Power to build a new plant in the Lethbridge region. Mr Comstock said his which was essentially composed of laymen studying the issue in their spare doesn't claim to have any but did come up with ques- tions it felt council should consider. On tourism and convention the chamber took the position that the whole matter and the responsibilities of the groups involved in it need to be more clearly defined. been handling five to seven requests a day for tourist said John chairman of the chamber's civic affairs which put the brief to council together. He said later the chamber will refer all calls directly to the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta. But on convention promotion he ''I think the city will undertake it through Dennis O'Connell's office business development and public The travel and convention still plans to make a presentation to council Monday in connection with its request for a grant for convention promotion. On related matters the chamber backed council's decision not to fund The Sound and The saying the money could be more effectively allocated in terms of tourism promotion. Several chamber directors also stood up for the brochure put out by the city which contained some historical errors. They called it a basically well made brochure except for the and said it's the first time such a comprehensive brochure has been available. On urban Mr. Loewen said his committee feels the city should concentrate a little more on north and south Lethbridge though not lessening west side development. realize the city has its such as the big one of the higher cost of servicing lots on this but we feel people should have a choice of where they want to live and shouldn't be forced to go to the west Mr. Loewen said. he told the city will need 600 lots for housing this The chamber's brief wasn't without praise for council on some points. It liked the general direction downtown redevelopment is Information and city involvement in Ag-Expo. Aldermen and chamber members also apparently unanimously agreed that two year terms for council members work' better than the three year terms instituted in 1971. On the the chamber directors seemed pleased with the reception they got from council Monday. there ever was a rift before between council and the it certainly doesn't exist any said Mr. Loewen. both realize we're working towards a common goal the betterment of One-way malls proposed for city's core District The Lethlnidge Herald Local SECOND SECTION May 1974 Pages 17 32 One-way downtown elimination of angle parking on and creation of pedestrian malls are among suggestions contained in a Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce brief on traffic. The traffic part of a total chamber brief on civic affairs made public Wednesday and presented to city council says creation of three or four one- way streets downtown could help alleviate a regular congestion problem in certain areas. Phasing to one-way traffic can be carried out smoothly by moving from angle to parallel parking and ultimately to elimination of parking on one-way the brief says. It is conceivable certain sections of main streets and avenues can be closed and converted to pedestrian malls and beau- tified linear parking lots. The chamber's traffic sub- which wrote the Support denied The Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce decided Wednesday not to support the U of L Students' Society in its bid to get university board of governors meetings open to the public. Chamber directors agreed they do not feel it would be appropriate to take a stand on what is basically a matter of internal university government. The students had earlier asked the chamber to support their request for open of governors meetings. commended the city's new crosswalks policy which arose from controversy over school crossings on Mayor Magrath and Scenic Drives. Says its council and the administration are to be commended for efforts intended to bring standardization to this very difficult and often emotionally-charged sub- ject. form of decision which eliminates the advantage a particularly well- organized or affluent group might is one which the chamber On the the report does recommend expanded use of school patrols and a joint city-school board program which would encourage the use of an or signal by children wishing to cross a street. In other sections of the the chamber says it supports provision of special facilities for cyclists and says something has to be done about one of the main areas of congestion in the city by the central post suggests a better job could be done of street sanding and recommends intensive study bf improved access to the industrial and urges erection of billboard outline maps of main city streets and information on local traffic bylaws at strategic locations on the city limits. The report also takes a poke at Ihe police department saying conspicuous but more effective police control over traffic is encouraged It suggests the police force should concentrate on more important aspects of traffic control such as using policement instead of signal lights at busier intersections during the rush hour. At the new crossing of the Oldman Lethbridge's new 6th Avenue seen here from Scenic is about eight months away from completion. The concrete supports for the spans are in and work is progressing on the far side of the river on a pedestrian under- the pipe visible in the notch in the west bridge approach. Paving of the two bridge approaches should be completed by mid-August. The cost of the Governors pan Colledge jingle Leaking mains 'real joke' City crews were busy Wednesday repairing a water main break on llth Street S. between 9th and 10th Avenues that block residents say is becoming a common occurence. getting to be a real joke around said Mary of 958 llth St. S. seem to get water main breaks three times a year. I guess it's because it's an older neighborhood. City engineering director Randy Holfeld said the pipe generally doesn't deteriorate with age unless soil bed conditions are poor. He said he didn't know what the situation was at the llth Street block but said there are a couple of locations in the city where there may be increasing frequencies of breaks for a number of reasons. TV group chooses president 'A public sch'ool trustee has been elected president of the Southern Alberta Educational Television Association. Doug Card replaces Paul separate school as president. He will serve a one-year term. Jim Warner County representative to the was elected vice- The department has a water main replacement and renewal the engineering director to keep the system but there is only so much that can be done each year on a priority basis. One or two breaks is not usually justification for a water main he said. The idea of someone singing a commercial about the Lethbridge Community College has merit but the college board is not ready to pay for governors decided Wednesday. The musical jingle would give the college a distinctive advertising sound that would allow it to be competitive with other institutions also advertising in this- area for suggested Gordon information officer. But some bf the board members were not prepared to buy his sales pitch and voted down the proposal to purchase 30- and 15-second jingles from an Edmonton production company for Bob said he doesn't believe the community interest is at all in favor of using that kind of money for that particular Governor Dick Johnson questioned whether the college really needs a jingle to get its message across because it was able to hofd its own in attracting students before it began advertising the educational opportunities available at the college. Mr. Colledge argued that commercial companies have obtained successful results through the use of musical jingles in their radio and television advertisements. Mr. Babki responded by suggesting the unlike commercial is unable to write the cost of the jingle off as a tax deduction. The debate concluded with the board directing Mr. Colledge to contact other production companies to see if a jingle can be purchased for less money and it was made clear that should have a chance to produce the jingle. PERMIT FIGURES TOP '73 Building permits valued at were issued by city hall in April bringing the year's total to date to The four-month total is more than million ahead of the January- April building permit figure in Last month's figures g include worth 8 of residential including g permits for 50 single family 12 duplexes and one four- suite apartment. S Building permits were also issued for five warehouses worth one restaurant valued at two garages worth the Henderson Stadium grandstand at two factories at and two government g buildings worth project to date is million with one more for construction of an overpass on Scenic to be awarded. The bridge will have a steel super- structure and a concrete deck and will cut about six miles out of the journey to the city's west-side subdivision. U.S. Farm Secretary Ban of chemicals 'deserves review' By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer GREAT Mont. Environmental pressures which have banned chemicals beneficial to agriculture must be re-examined says Earl U.S. secretary of agriculture. When told coyote populations have increased by five times in Montana since the ban of poison 1080 a few years Dr. Butz said somebody must decide soon whether they want the howl of coyotes or have lamb chops to eat. The problem is that bad. Dr Butz told a press conference Wednesday that farmers were polluting the Blair recommendation land through extensive use of poison 1080. Because of the ban came through riding on reaction from environmentalists but with strong opposition from the department of agriculture. He said the same problem exists in the State of Washington. Three years ago state officials could have easily combatted a pest which is killing Douglas fir trees through the use of the banned pesticide DDT. It has now got to the point of destruction where the officials this year have obtained permission for limited use of DDT. could have saved lots of gathering dust Regional mental homes 'need local board9 By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer Fourth of a series Mental health care deficiencies recently revealed at the Raymond Home could have been prevented by the provincial says a Lethbridge psychiatrist. Lawrence Kotkas says if the government had followed certain recommendations made in a 1969 report on mental health in Alberta the situation explained in The Herald March 2 need not have like a chapter from Charles The in the Town of Raymond 20 miles southeast of was criticized by former patients and a volunteer worker for not providing rehabilitative programs for patients and not informing patients of their rights. The 1969 Blair report called for the formation of local boards to administer operations of regional institutions such as Raymond. The similar to general hospital would be comprised of community members who would have the task of governing the institutions. But the government decided to keep direct control of the homes and this only caused the Raymond situation to become Dr. Kotkas says. the Raymond Home to see if they can again join the community or be rehabilitated with that goal in mind. real culprit here is centralization of he says. Proper care cannot be completely managed by the department of health in Edmonton. If the government had taken the report's recommendations and redistributed some of its power to community boards and councils the Raymond situation could have been he says. Unlike the centralized system of government where decision-making rests with local comprised of non-government community members would be directly responsible for services. is not so easy for the community to ignore a situation when they are face-to-face with but Edmonton can forget a home even exists in Raymond people to them are he says. Kotkas' claims are partially supported by officials within the department of health who say the department has given little direction to the Raymond Home. One who asked that his name be says the home's director Alice been left pretty much to her own devices and she has tried to do the best job without any help from department received regarding until The Herald were requests for its closure. Bruce chief deputy minister of admits there are advocates within the department that want the home closed but he refuses to confirm that the home is earmarked for closure. W. R. N. who authored the 1969 says closure of Raymond Home would probably be a logical step if there were better alternate facilities available. Dr. a University of Calgary said in an interview he still as mentioned in the five-year-old establishment of specialized nursing homes and foster homes for aged mental patients. In Dr. Blair recommended establishment of these facilities and called for extensive development of psychiatric units in general hospitals to relieve the growing populations of mental hospitals. He also urged local boards with authority from the government to run mental institutions. idea is still a good Dr. Blair says. If local people near the homes were involved in the operations of the the service would he says. Dr. Blair says the Alberta Mental Health Advisory which he will probably recommend to the government the timber and done it much cheaper three years he said. Dr. Butz said there is a definite change in thinking patterns in D.C. toward the protection of agricultural production. In other areas of Dr. Butz said he will do everything in his power to stop dock strikes in the U.S. He said a dock strike at this time would be to agriculture in the U.S. After a similar strike a few years the U S. not only lost millions of dollars worth of perishable agricultural but also lost some customers of those agriculture products. actually started to look he said. During his recent trip through Dr. Butz stressed to foreign government officials the U.S. remains the best and most stable source of food products in the world. The new market thrust of the U.S. government in seeking more buyers of agricultural products has. created another said Dr. Butz. The massive sales of agricultural products has brought up the question of of those products. Many agriculture officials in both Canada and the U.S. feel their countries maintain stocks of products to ensure domestic needs. Dr. Butz said it is time the government stopped paying for the privilege of domestic and foreign buyers having an assured supply of agriculture product. He has told foreign buyers they must buy agricultural products to ensure stocks in ;