Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 8, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE IE1H8RIDGE HERALD Tuesday, May 8, 1973 More flexible plan for west side Council asks Study A revised and more flexi- ble West Lethbridge develop- ment plan accepted by city council Monday. Le'.hbridge develop- ment control officer Harold Jensen told council the new plan would allow builders more leeway but would still ensure the overall subdh- Msion concept with its open spaces and public walkways is carried out. The problem with the earl- ier comprehensive siting plan, Mr. Jensen said, was it speU- ed out in too much detail v, hat builders could and could not do. The new plan, now known as tiie conceptual master plan, will enable builders to use some of their own designs in- stead of preLty well conform- ing to the modular design homes purchased by the city. But in key areas, such as de- fining a courtyard in each home, controls will still be fairly stringent. Mr. Jensen He also repudiated claims by locM builders that the horns designs purchased by the city for West Lethbridge would be costly than standard to build. The city is putting up seven of these homes in a proto- type cluster to be used as show homes. Their modular design re- sults in more comers and Ih'is a fairly irregular foundation. a small inventory. Ski jackets sold 1'ke hot cakes, tespite tne lack of snow lo- cally, and demand exceeded supply in the city. Sac-mobile dealers were hit hard this winter. One dealer said lie may as well not have been in the business this past He said he repaired four machines throughout the whole winter compared with as many as a dozen a day the previous winter. He had no sales. He fell the weather the past vinter was the maior cause of the slump but new laws, insurance coverage and a dwindling enthusiasm con- tributed to the slump. He forecast business would improve m a few >ears. Another dealer reported no sales this -winter and said he would te carrying his tuli in- ventory over to next winter. The representative of one company which got out of the snowmobile business last reported the firm was finally able to sell the one unit it earned oxer from the 1971-72 winter. The spokes- man expressed relief the firm, got out of the business when it did. Two other firms said their snowmobile sales were about the same as previous years, although one said sales "went all to hell after While snowmobile sales were off. because of the mild winter, bicycle and motor- cycle sales are off to an early start with sales up to 15 per cent higher than in previous years. Bicycle and motorc y c le sales "started going well this jear in February, due to the weather. Two sporting shops report- ed sales of merchandise have been up every month and ski sales were "way up Two department stores re- ported ski sales down this winter, by 10 per cent to 30 per cent, with a large inven- tory carryover to next win- ter. Winter clothing sold well. One commercial snow clearer reported the past win- ter was lousy as far as sr.ow- clearing work was concerned. The company even lost money by gearing up for the winter. The company made out better financially, however, because the men were able to work on construction instead of snow- tiearing. It was a poor winter for tow truck operators. Accord- ing to the Alberta Motor As- sociation, there were 4.433 service calls made between October and the end of April, compared with 7.3S2 the pre- vious winter and tow truck sendee calls the winter of 1970-71. Another indicator of the past mild winter is the amount of money the city spent on snow clearing and removal and street sanding. The past winter the city spent for clearing ar.d removal and S15.000 for sanding) compared with t he previous winter for clearing and for sanding) and for clearing and for sanding) the winter of 1970-71 West side ivork under way Wcrk has started on a brook to carry water from a small lake about a mile southwest of the of Lethbridoe down to the university reservoir. The lake is Jo be developed by next summer for recreational use in conjunction with residential building on the west side. House construction is likely to start with the issuing of building permits by city hall about mid-Juiy. Council briefs Curling rink work approved lie veil water pressure expected for 2 weeks Residents in the east end cf the city can expect erratic fluctuations in water pres- sure during the next two or three weeks, city engineering director Randy Hclfeld said Monday. Tne fluctuations will occur as water works crews tie in a new trunk line along Mayor Magrath Drive which will di- vide the city into two zones for water supply. When the work is finished by the end of this month the water supply to the area east of Mayor JIagrath will be provided by an independent line, upgrading water pres- area, Mr. Hcliekl sure in the said He said unite pressure fluctuations will occur during the tie-in period as old con- nections are severed, water supply will ret be cut off at any time. The engineering chief also said tenders are expected to be called in two months for construction of a new reser- voir at 14th Ave. and 23th St. N. The reservoir wi1] cost about and will have a three million gallon capacity. renovation that will turn what has been de- scribed as a second rate ice surface into a first class curling rink was approved by city council Monday. Tne Lethbridge Curling Club, which operates the civic centre ice arena will pay of that for inter- ior renovations to the 23- year old structure while the city will put in a concrete floor, new plastic piping, and ice making equipment at a cost of The concrete floor, which cost about had earlier been a subject for council debate. The commun- iiy services department in seeking to make cuts to fit its budget had suggested the floor be put in next year in- stead of this year Tnis brought the club executive to council Monday to back the total orogram, claiming it was the f.cor they wanted most as the present compacted sand base allowed shifting of the cool- ing pipes creating an un- stable ice surface Council was unanimous in approving the total program. Council ap- proved a resolution Monday asking that a policy be de- veloped to clean up junked autcs on private property in the city. The resolution also ask? that the policy be returned to council with specific Direc- tions as to how it can be en- forced. City Manager Tom .Nutting Aldermen Cam Bar nes. Yaughan Hembroff and Yera Ferguson voted against the YON grant arguing the money ought really to come from the provincial govern- told council such a policy can msnt that's where the be developed although police should go for it. are at present loathe to get involved because it means going onto private property and making a value judg- ment as to what is and what is not junk. The problem is one of set- ting up standards, he said. The city and major indus- tries in Lethbridge will meet Thursday to discuss proposed changes in sewage regula- tions. Council Monday deferred third leading of the sewage bylaw which sets out new rates and grease and other insoluble discharge limits, until after the Thursday meeting. Grants to tae Cam on Camp Church Association and the Victorian Order of Nurses were approved by council Monday. The church association got for its Golden Age sum- mer camp for senior citizens and the VON got but ran into some flack from three aldermen opposed to the grant. Trailer mounted, free- standing portable signs with flashing lights will not be al- lowed in Lethbridge. Council concurred with the Municipal Planning Com- mission Monday in its opin- ion that such signs are un- slightlv and create a traffic One such sign had been al- lowed briefly at the Yates Centre recently on a trial basis. City Council Monday agreed to purchase a corner of land at 43rd St. and High- v-ay 4 for right of way pur- roses for eventual construc- tion of a major interchange Cost of the land is and construction cf the inter- change is to begin in 1974. Land on the other three cor- ners of the intersection is outside the city limits and hence a provincial responsi- bility. In other road matters, council voted 4-4 and there- fore turned down a request for a transportation study ol the industrial district bounded by J.I a y o r Magrath Drive and 43rd St. and 1st Ave. S. and 5th Ave. N. City administrators had asked for the study to tie in with current consultant stu- dies of the 1st Ave. and 43rd St. mutes. City Manager Tom Nutting said there was an access problem w i t h trucks having no good way to get into the area. Aldermen opposed to hav- ing the study done asked what good the study would do if it simply recommended ideal routes over expensive inustrial land the city doesn't own. Monday night he was ashamed of what hs saw. "His hadge was filled with paper, plastic bags and car- said Aid. Kergan. "His land was also covered with paper. I can see where he would be very upset. I would be too." Council had before it a let- ter from the farmar, Vaughan Giften whose farm, is one-and- a-half miles east of the land- fill, tlireatening the city with legal action unless the land- ill is moved within six months. Aid. Kergan said an incin- erator was the answer. "The sooner we get one, the he said, but was told v.'hile it would reduce the pa- problem 100 per cent it would cause air pollution and would not be allowed by the province. City Manager Tom Nut- ting told council while the site of the landfill is a problem be- cause the coulee it is on acts as a wind funnel, the biggest problem is the inability to en- force dumping hours at the landfill. People dump 24 hours a day w hen they dun1 5 in a high wind when no tractor is be- ing operated to cover refuse, there go the papers, he said. Hours of operation cf the Isr-dfill are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Mr. Nutting said it would take a combined effort cf the sanitation ar.d police depart- ments to enforce the bylaws properly but the city has cho- sen not to enforce them be- cause when they are enforced people get EEgry and start dumping indiscriminately in ditches sncl elsewhere arcur.d the landfill. The city manager added the present contractor js doing a job in excess of that done by "the previous contrac- tor even to the extent of hir- ing students to go out and clean up surrounding areas three times since December Mr. Nutting said the admin- istration has started looking at alternative methods of dis- posing of the city's refuse six months ago. and described two alternatives being stud- ied. A Calgary company has proposed operating a landfill site on a flat piece of land using a trench method. The company would dig a trench and immediately fill it over. proceeding up one side and then back down again. The utilities department Mr. Nutting said, is looking at an incinerator device which burns refuse to gener- ate electricity. It utilizes a triple burning method as well as electrostatic precrp- itators to cut down air pollu- tion. Thieves s i_ equipment, A paint spraying unit val- ued at was stolen over the weekend from ths construc- tion site of fre Lodge Motel. on Mayor Magrath Drive ar.d 7th Ave. S. Aldermen passed resolu- tion calling on the city man- ager to submit a complete re- port to council on the refuse situation afl soon as possible. 2 visitors at council As a spectator sport, city council mretings rank right ia there with snail races and tiudlywinks championships. Public attendance at regu- lar council meetings is usual- ly negligible. Quite often no one outside of council mem- bers, city hall staff and the press is thsre. Monday night's meeting was a little different however council had a ccuple of spe- cial visitors and Mayor Andy Anderson took time out to in- troduce them to council. They were Sheila Hurkens, 1C. and Lorna Lynn, 13, both Girl Guides and they attend- ed the meeting with Sheila's lather to earn their citizen- sriio badges. Their assessment of the meeting: "A little boring." However they stuck it out until 10 p.m. and did express an interest in at least coe item balore council a let- ter concerning the killing cf beavers in Indian Ea'.tle Park was a horrible thing to do." :vid Sheila. Power plant study being considered The city is exploring the possibi'-ity of hiring consul- tants to do an independent study of the river valley pow- er plant. City Manager Tom Nutting said "Monday this option is be- ing looked at with the view ol getting another opinion on alternatives to the purchase ofier made by Calgary Pow- er Ltd.. such as expansion of the city-owned plant. The purchase offer was made about a month ago, but Calgary Power officials left the impression they were open to counter-proposals. A mseting cf the city's ne- gotiating committee is expect- ed in about two weeks Mr. Xutting said At that time proposals by consultants re- garding a study and other in- formation on the power plant question would be made avail- ah'e to the committee. city manager said the administration has also been ccmrr'jnicating with the Al- berta Utilities Commission re- parding sale or expansion of the plant, and hopes to get an opinion en the matter from the Alberta Energy Re- sources Conservation Board without going to the expense of preparing a formal sub- ir..ssion. Trapped beavers haunt council The Indian Battle Park beavers cams back to haunt council Monday night. The trapping and killing of 28 smokeless days at Hamilton Students end school no-smoking agreement Bj JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Tne stop smoking on- school grounds agreement made March 20 between the s-taff and students of Hamil- ton Junior High School wac broken by the students at a school assembly meeting Monday. Grade 9 student Ken Flor- ence suggested the students break the agreement official- ly because most of them are now bringing cigarettes to hchool on a regular basis. He told his fellow students If we're net going to follow the agreement 100 per cent than we might as well drop it'' Under die original agree- ment bringing cigarettes to school was okay as long as no one smoked on the school grounds. Ken claimed he knows that seme kid? smoked on the grounds recently bu' vere not caught so the rest of the school didn't know- about the incident. Even though the agreement was broken it had a tempo- rary effect on some students and provided a possible life- time benefit for an estimated 15 to 20 students who kicked the smoking habit completely. Judy Cameron, a Hamilton Grade 9 student, says the agreement helped her cut down on the number of cig- arettes she smokes. Prior to the agreement she smoked a package a day, bui the same size package now lasts her three days. She tried to quit smokinc aitogether, but couldn't be- came her whole family kept puffing on cigarettes in their home and the desire to smoke finally got the best of her. The harm cigarette smoke ran do to her health worries Judy and she intends to quit smoking in the next year be- cause her throat can't take the cigarette smoke anymore, she says. Ken Florence wishes he hadn't started smoking and admits he should have listen- ed to his parents when they warned him of the harmful eifects of smoking. During the agreement, he increased his cigarette con- sumption from a pack a day to one and a half packs a day. When the original agree- ment was made at a Hamil- ton assembly meeting in March. Ken was one of only two students who opposed the stop-smoking proposal. The two students later agreed to do their best to help the school carry out the agreement when tney realized everybody must quit smoking h or the pact was useless Since March he has done a let cf smoking off the school grounds but "I held to the he said. "Even now I don't think there will be manv students smoking on the school he said. Judy says the students real- ise they have put the school administration in a tough po- sition by opting out of the agreement. "We know school board laws call for expulsion if you get caught smoking on the school grounds and we also realise the school administra- tion is required to carry out ths She says most parents of the Hamilton students don't al'ow their kids to smoke in the home. "Most parents don't even know their kids blip said. beaver in the Oldman Rner because the animals were cutting down a number cf trees in the park created con- sierable controversy last month, and council had a let- ter before it from Frank Zasadny, of 737 18th St. A N. -sking what will happen to the ext beaver that moves into the Lethbridge area. In the discussion that fol- lowed aldermen learned the problem has been around for a long time, and there is al- ready st least one more heaver swimming around down there. City Manager Tom Xut- ting told council he spotted Cemetery charges up An increase of S35 in citv cemetery charges was ap- proved by city council Mon- day in passing a revised cemetery bylaw. The new bylaw increases charges for a burial plot from to perpetual care from to and the digging and closing of the grave from to In other changes, the new bylaw will allow vases to be placed on graves, and up- right markers instead of just flat markers. one in the river while at the park on the weekend. Aid. Tom Ferguson told his fellow alderman the beaver and muskrat problem has been around ever since lie could remsnVber. "Every year the city would get a permit from the fish ar.d wildlife people to trap ard muskrat." he said -We had an Indian, whose name I can't recall, who would trap them at Hender- son Lake and in the river Aid. Ferguson added thft according to news reports he's heard the city's, problem is nothing compared to Ottawa's where beaver are causing the flooding of property. Aid. Yaughan Hembroif wanted to know if the final solution, as he termed it, to the beaver question was de- vised by the city or the pro- vincial fish and wildlife divi- sion City Manager Torn Nut- ting said to the best of his l-.-O'.vlcage it was the prov- ince's solution. The seven beaver killed last month were trapped with coni- bear traps which kill the ani- mals quickly and painlessly, according to wildlife officials. Mr. Nutting said the whole thin? started because low wa- ter levels this year forced the beaver from their homes in Six Mile Coulee to the Old- man Raver. Aid. Ed Bastedo related the story cf his own personal struggle with beavers. He said beavers built a dam on his ranch and he went to the fish and wildlife people in Cardston to find out what to do about it. told me to dynamite the dem said Aid Bastedo. "I asked them what about ths beavers, and they said dynamite it, so I did." "The beavers are back." he added Council decided to send a letter to Mr. Zasadny thank- ing him for his concern ar.d indies _i the matter will be looked into further. Man jailed for 30 days A 25-ycar-cld man who pleaded guDty April 30 to a charge cf assault causing bodily harm was sen- tenced Monday to 30 days in jail. On April 29, Raymond Wolfe, cf 716 5th Ave. S., as- saulted Elaine Belanger. of the same address. A week be- fore the assault. Wolfe had been served with a restrain- ing order committing him to stay away from gcr.