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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 7, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Council buys then gives to conventioners City council Monday approved an impartial study to see who could best provide convention promotion for the then turned around and gave the job to the Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta. On a late night made after one alderman who might have swung the vote the other way had council agreed by a 4-3 margin to give the travel association to set up a convention boosting program. Much earlier in the council had authorized a study costing up to to determine whether the travel the Chamber of Commerce or the city's own business development and public relations department was best equipped to do the job. The proposal came from Ron Randall of Sequenta who told council because his firm was new and because he was new to the he was in a good position to provide an impartial and objective look at the situation. Council appeared to like this but when considering the travel bureau's request for reversed field. By that time Aid. Vera suffering from the effects of removal earlier in the day of an abcessed had retired for the evening. Biggest boosters of the convention association were Aid. Steve Kotch and Aid. Bill Kergan. city has no business being involved in convention said Aid. Kergan. O'Connell of business development and public has plenty to do without being involved in Aid. Steve Kotch said it seemed illogical to him for the city to take over in the because the travel association is run by its people who ate concerned because they have a vested interest in the industry. To let the city do it would be to build another government he said. But Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff suggested the travel bureau members should put their money where the'ir mouths are. people who benefit the most from this are the people in the yet they put up a very small amount of money in not in terms of or but he said. astounds me that they're the same people who yell the loudest and longest when government interferes with private enterprise. agree the travel and association's done a fine and that it's the one that should continue to do he I can't see why we should be thundering all the dollars into Mayor Andy Anderson and Aid. Ed Bastedo joined the deputy mayor in voting against allotting to the association. Of the will come from the city contingencies fund and from the sum previously allotted for the purpose to the business development department. The vote ends a month of debate on the subject which saw the convention association snipe at a brochure produced by the city business development office and Monday further attack an accommodation insert included in the brochure. Rick a vice president of the association and owner of the Crest told council the accommodation literature was inaccurate and because it stated the quoted are average rates convention rates are available on said Mr. Kratz. give special rates. This is between the operator and his customer to arrive Waiting out a short spring shower Students at Lethbridge Collegiate Institute wait out a brief one of the spring rains that settles the dust of city streets. The weatherman is predicting sunny skies Wednesday with temperatures near 75. RICK ERVIN photo District TIlC Local news SECOND SECTION May 1974 Pages 13-24 City takes option on north land West Lethbridge development east side land price' City- council took the initial step Monday towards an expansion of the city's industrial park that could cost as much as million. By a 7-1 with only Aid. Vera Ferguson council agreed take a purchase option on 206 acres owned by Lethbridge Theatres Ltd. just north of city limits on 9th Avenue N. Total cost of the will be about or per acre. The cost of servicing the land puts the tab up to although council was told it will be two or three months before the engineering department can come up with more precise estimates. City Manager Allister Findlay told council there's no indication at this point that financing will be available for servicing. Arrangements will have to be made with the provincial he said. Aid. Vera Ferguson said she wasn't happy .with council entering an agreement before such financing is secured. she she wasn't ready to see such large amounts of money expended until council came up with a policy on city growth. asked for a policy for many she said. had only superficial comments that growth is Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff said he shared Aid. Ferguson's about industrial growth. paid too much lip and not put enough work into deciding what we want in an industrial he said. But he added it would not be economically feasible to expand the industrial park unless the city controlled the whole area. concerned about the city manager's concerns but keep in mind we're talking about an he said. not for throwing money but we should be prepared to take a risk and see if the package can be put Under the resolution passed by a six-month option to purchase was called for rather than the four-month period put forward by Lethbridge Theatres. Aid. Cam who along with Mayor Andy Anderson has carried out the land negotiations for the told council Lethbridge Theatres would likely go along with such an extension. Aid. Barnes said the if and when it is finally would give the city an eight-to 10-year supply of industrial land. The last of the available serviced industrial land in the city has been nearly all city officials The land the city is seeking for expansion of its industrial park is in the County of east of 28th Street N. and north of 9th Avenue N. The city already owns the northern half of the section although part of it is under lease for a youth golf course. Negotiations concerning relocation of the course are continuing and could come to a head this The Herald was told. If Lethbridge Theatres 4 agrees to council's the city will have six months to see if it can come up with money to extend water and other services to the area. If it can't and the deal falls the city would forfeit the option deposit. Students will have to save to become eligible for loans The adoption of a compulsory savings requirement for provincial student loans should not prevent any Lethbridge student from obtaining the funds heeded to pursue a post-secondary Jules University of Lethbridge financial aid said Monday. To qualify for the maximum student loan eligibility from the students must now save an amount of equal to 45 per cent of the provincial minimum wage estimated to be about between School the province has announced. Mr. Lehoullier said the change in student loan regulations will only cause difficulties for students who can't find employment. And find it difficult to rationalize why somebody couldn't.get in Alberta he continued.- The compulsory savings requirement for student loans has been accepted by all provinces under the Canada students loan plan. Under the new requirements for student loans announced by the province high school students are also expected to save about prior to their first year of studies in a post-secondary institution. The provincial student finance board now also requires a contribution from the spouse of a married .student where it is possible that the spouse is capable of providing a contribution to help offset tfie expenses of the family. The general policy of the board in previous years has been to provide the necessary funds even if a student had no savings. The finance board says it revised its loan policy because of a concern for the large debt some students face when graduating because they had not made a serious'attempt to earn some of the costs of their education. The compulsory savings requirement will affect about 40 per cent of the students who apply for student loans. The other 60 per cent of the students save more than the minimum now without any formal according to the student finance board. The new student loan policy will also have a built-in incentive program to encourage students to save more than the minimum requirement as set out by the student finance board. Any excess savings may be used to offset insufficient savings in a future year or in some cases may be used to reduce the expected contribution of the parents. If some students run into financial problems because of the changes to the the finance board will review their case. students who cannot find employment should keep records of their efforts to find the finance board advises. Aid. Steve Kotch charged Monday that the city may have contributed to rising land costs in East Lethbridge by its west side development. In a council discussion of new prices to be asked for the next set of West Lethbridge Aid. Kotch feel we caused inflated prices on this side when we pumped all our dollars into the west side. any lots left on this side people were going to gouge buyers and they he said. added Aid. in arguing for lower prices on the new west side lots than those suggested by the would be side buyers shouldn't be penalized for what the city may have caused on the east side. He was referring to city administrators' use of a formula of 90-per-cent of east side land values in setting prices in stage III and IV of West Lethbridge. Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff also attacked that formula saying it would be better to arrive at lot prices on a costs plus reasonable profit basis. Prices on the new suggested by the administration and later approved by council with only Deputy Mayor Hembroff and Aid. Kotch Towns seek revew of jail costs FORT MACLEOD Fort Macleod and Pincher Creek councils will send a joint delegation to Edmonton soon to discuss costs of jailing non-residents. Town officials will meet with Solicitor-General Helen Hunley and Municipal Affairs Minister David Russell. Council learned that 99-per- cent of the people jailed at Fort Macleod are not residents of the town. At an earlier meeting Charlie Edgar said the cost of guards' wages is exorbitant for the town. The town built a police station in now said to be inadequate for the RCMP. It was suggested whereby every out-of-town prisoner would have his accommodation paid by the force. Buckwell blasts timid farm leaders City-owned property may t be used for halfway house A city-owned building at 122 Ave. S. may be the next ocation to be considered for a lalfway house for alcoholics ind dependent drug abusers. The location was suggested Mayor Andy Anderson ifter two Edmonton executives of the Alberta and Drug Abuse rortjmission appeared before Monday to seek ance in obtaining i site for the halfway house. The Appeal Board by the Municipal Planning Commission to allow the halfway house to be established in a duplex in marking the second time it has been turned down due to protests by neighboring land-owners and residents. A.H. of the Alcoholism Commission told council Monday he was not appearing before it to dispute the Appeal Board decision but to correct an impression given impression was left that we were going to operate the house with some 24 he said. is quite in error we will have no more than 12 at any one time and a staff of no more than three at any one Mr. McMullen said his main purpose in appearing before was to seek assistance in finding an area where a halfway house would be welcomed or at least Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Timid farm leaders and complacent farmers received a blast from the opposition's agriculture critic Monday. Leighton Buckwell told the legislature farmers are abdicating their responsibility to an aggressive agriculture Hugh Homer. For short term beating a path to Edmonton is a major pursuit of the he charged. giving the government the'sole responsibility to get something done and sell our Mr. Buckwell said that if farmers do not take control of their own whole house of would come down if a weak minister one day takes the post. leadership is one of the things we lack more than must come forward and take a more aggressive' stand because it is their their livelihood that is at stake. Farmers themselves lack an idea of where they're He was speaking during the opening debate on department of agriculture estimates. Mr. Buckwell accused agri business in general of falling down on the job. should the department of agriculture go out and try to sell the products we He said packers should go out and find markets for their themselves. There is a lack of vision demonstrated by farm grain handlers and he said. He is also concerned about the up'' of farm inputs at the local level. While Mr. Buckwell said he using his agressive leadership lead us into a better he was also concerned that the ministei establish long-term plans. Dr. Homer told the legislature when he opened debate on his estimates a major goal of the department is to establish stable markets Dr. Horner later agreed with Mr. Buckwell about a hesitancy on the part of some meat packers to enter the export field. It has been one of his disappointments in Dr. Horner and- continues to be a problem. he he doubts farmers were being trained to be dependent on the government. Subsidies in effect are being given to not producers. He said there is a fine line between leadership and interference and farmers let him urtiAn it from to per front foot with an average price of per front foot By the .administration the going price on lots in northeast Lethbridge is to per front foot. Both Aid. Kotch and Deputy Mayor Hembroff if the 10 per cent lower prices in West Lethbridge would make up for the lack of amenities there in the first few years. do you assess what these amenities are this price asked Aid. Kotch. West side sales co-ordinator Tom Band replied that within months there will be a traffic artery to the middle of the city when 6th Avenue S. bridge is and then the only problem residents will have is that their children will be bused to school. CHy Manager Allister Findlay said the profits the city will make on the lots will be pretty reasonable considering the size of the investment the city has put in on the west side. he don't know where else in the city you're going to find a lot for 100 ot Mr. Band said he hoped to put the new lots on the market Mav At an earlier meeting a range councillor said Indians are often arrested for intoxication when they get off the bus here. Livestock loss aid announced Farmers and ranchers who lost livestock as a result of the snow storm the end of April will be-eligible for provincial assistance. N. D. Jensen of appraisal co-ordinator for the disaster compensation committee of the Alberta department of told The Herald Monday some form of financial assistance will be available to producers. All ranchers and farmers with livestock claims due to the storm must file an application with their local district agriculturist by May 15 to qualify. Mr. Jensen said all animals killed in the storm must be preserved for inspection by the district agriculturist. When all the claims for compensation have been received by the a financial settlement will be ;