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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Gas co-op officials turn down provincial offer to help cut costs By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer An offer from the provincial government to help cut construction spiralling costs was turned down Monday by Southern Alberta co-operative member organizations in the Federation of Alberta Gas Co- ops Ltd. Unless the demands of the 100-member federation for implementation of a province- wide natural gas distribution system are met by the a breakdown of the program to supply the heating and cooking fuel to all rural Albertans may be threatened. In a special meeting last the federation passed a resolution directed at Agriculture Minister Hugh Hprner and Roy minister of telephones and utilities. The resolution demanded the government stick to a pledge of complete natural gas service to all rural parts of the province for a cost to individual farmers of maximum. Helmut farmer's advocate in the department of told about 30 co- operative representatives skyrocketing inflation in the past two years has made the initial program economically unworkable. He told the farmers government will come to their rescue by paying all the costs of transmission pipeline to get the natural gas from a source to the co-operatives franchised areas throughout the province. And in addition to a guaranteed provincial grant of to be applied to the cost of farm installation of natural the government has agreed to pay half of all costs above a total of paid by each farmer and by the The farmers voted against the provincial offer on the grounds that contracts have been signed between co- operatives and farmers within the co-operative franchise areas. The representatives claim it will be impossible to go back to the farmers seeking additional money to make the program work after they had already paid for the service. One representative said he could foresee many farmers in his co-operative refusing the additional cost. This would mean a higher per capita cost for the remaining farmers a cost which could be so high the whole program would be spurned. In Monday's meeting at Lethbridge Community federation members At the exhibition RICKERVINpholos The results of the public schools' fine arts programs in junior high schools and high schools were on view for the public Sunday and Monday at Lethbridge Collegiate In- 5th Avenue and 18th Street S. Exhibits ranged from the eyeball sculpture by Tom a Grade 9 student at Wilson Junior High to the motorcycle poster by Mi- chael a Grade 8 student at Hamilton Junior High School. Media on display in- cluded print- sculpture and fabric arts. The exhibition was the second of the elementary school art exhibition taking place the previous weekend at Westminster School. Civil servants try flexible hours By KEN ROBERTS Herald Staff Writer About 14 Lethbridge civil servants are participating in an experiment called which permits them to choose some of their working hours. Under the employees of the design and construction devision of provincial environment department must be at work between the core hours of 9 and 11 30 a m and and p.m. They can arrive at work between and 9 take their lunch between a.m. and p.m. hours if they and leave work between and 5 p.m. But they must put in a 7'A-hour day. CONSUMER PACKAGE DELAYED 'TIL FALL Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A promised package of consumer legislation has apparently been delayed. Bob minister of consumer told opposition leader Bob Clark Monday that the government might make some ministerial orders about consumer matters. But he was silent on the question of any legislation this session. are a number of legislative proposals which will obviously come before the house for the fall he said. The government was expected to bring in a consumer affairs j package this session. So far it has only introduced a bill which Under the employees can accumulate up to 10 hours over and above their normal work week and take it off at a later date. They can also accumulate a deficit of 10 hours which they can make up at' a later date. One of the employees says flextimu is A person can come in at 7 30 a.m. and then take two hours at lunch for a game of golf. A lot depends on the employees honesty because everyone keeps track of his own the employee says. He thinks his fellow employees will vote to have flextime year round at the end of August when the experimental period ends. They began flextime April 1. A version of flextime is being tried by five city hall senior employees.They have to be at city hall between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Their arrival and departure times are left up to them as long as they work hours a week. However the citv employees don't have flexible lunch nor can they save up time. The system was started about one month ago to accommodate people who like to work early in the Trucker wins A Lethbridge man captured two prizes on the weekend at the Calgary regional truck rodeo sponsored by the Alberta Motor Transport Association. George 119 17th St. N an employee of Canadian Freightways won the championship and first place in the straight truck division. Competitors were marked on their driving skill and their performance in a written examination. Mr. Chuckvar will compete in the provincial championships June 1 in Edmonton morning and those who work better later in the day Gerry city personnel director says. Allister city says so far the new system has been well received but the employees find it hard to get out of the habit of starting work at 8 a m. The provincial department of highways maintenance branch in Lethbridge is experimenting with yet another working schedule It's called the compressed work week and five secretaries in the branch work 50 minutes per day extra for nine working days and the the 10th working day off. This means they have a long weekend every second weekend. The secretaries like this a spokesman in the department says. don't think they want to go back to the old The experiment finishes in the fall and the spokesman feels the secretaries will vote to continue the compressed work week. from 10 Southern Alberta co- operatives passed a resolution asking the province to set a specific capacity for pipelines designated as transmission lines. They felt if the province lowered the classification of a transmission sufficient expense would be removed to keep the program cost within the original agreed rate of per farmer. Mr. Entrup said he felt the provincial counter-offer was fair to both sides. He said the province isn't responsible for inflation and the offer was made to help the farmers. Federation president George Ekman of Coronation added farmers aren't responsible for inflation either. Mr. Entrup said the farmers should take into consideration the province's offer to pay for transmission lines This would reduce the program cost to a point that the SO per cent coit- share portion wouldn't be a hardship on a farmer. Engineering costs for the program were also assailed by both representatives and Mr. Entrup. The engineers are paid 12 to 20 per cent of the final feasibility cost study for each co-operative area. Mr. Entrup said engineers are passing inflationary costs on to the fanners. He cited one firm which increased its bill by simply because of increased costs of materials and labor. He said there definitely is a need for government policing of the engineering firms to make sure all costs are justified. But he urged the individual co-operatives to take some policing action themselves to cut down on costs. HELMUT ENTRUP The letHbruUje Herald May 1974 SECOND SECTION PAGES 17 TO 32 Expropriation changes New act demands home for a home By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON The government's new Expropriation Act embodying the for a concept received the unanimous and enthusiastic consent of MLAs Monday night. Introduced for the second time by Julian Koziak Edmonton the act was the result of five year study by the Alberta Institute of Law Research and Reform. It was approved in principal and awaits only a final formal assent. Under the persons having their property expropriated can now question the reasons for the not just the amount of compensation offered They must be Tike hike May 20 Take off your street put on your walking limber up and pray for good weather the annual Hike For Tikes is just around the corner The 30-mile hike to raise money for local youth groups is sponsored by the Lethbridge Optimist Club and will take place May Victoria Day. Elvin president of the Optimist said if the weather is good more than people from ages 5 to 85 are expected to be marching. He said though St John's Ambulance will be providing first people entering the hike should prepare for the weather. Poor weather last year didn't stop hikers and about was raised. This Mr Zook the Optimists hope to raise to be distributed among various youth groups in the city try to plan it so it will be a total community Funds from past hike for tikes have gone to the Sunrise Ranch in for the mentally retarded. Money has also gone to the YMCA building fund and minor Lacrosse and other sports. Money raised this Mr. Zook will be used to build a family fitness trail at Indian Battle and other portions going to Lethbridge Track and Field Girl Guides and a number of other community youth groups. Registration for the hike will begin at 7 a.m. May 20 at the Civic Centre. Walkers will head east from the centre to then north to Picture Butte where the hike will finish at the Elks Hall. The registration forms for the hike can be picked up at all local the radio and television stations and at city informed beforehand of expropriation proceedings. Any reasonable costs associated with someone objecting to expropriation of their property will be borne by the expropriator. The expropriator must also bear the cost of an independent appraisal if requested. And a disputed settlement must still be paid while the dispute is settled. Mr Koziak said people were being into accepting settlements because they had no place to live Persons who have their homes expropriated must be compensated not just for the market value of their but to a level that they can relocate in a similar residence elsewhere And as the new act goes into effect with creation of a Land Compensation Board to determine the facts on expropriations by all levels of government and other farmers will be gladdened that the Surface Rights Compensation Board is about to conduct a review It will retain its position as the arbitor of surface rights matters But Agriculture Minister Hugh Hprner told the legislature it will be recommending rule changes to the government for legislation this fall. Included will be changes in compensation payments for above ground structures such as power poles. Lump sum payments versus annual ones will be reviewed The board will also study how to open leases for renegotiation The bill was supported by all major opposition spokesmen Only bonus in gas plan Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON A natural gas rebate plan to shield Albertans from rising gas bills was approved in principle by the legislature Monday night. Originally announced in the fall of the plan is intended to hold price increases to five per cent of 1972 prices. It is retroactive to Jan. 1. Roy minister of telephones and told the legislature cities would benefit under the plan. He disputed claims from some Edmonton officials that gas costs to consumers would increase sharply under the plan. are only bonuses in this not he said. In response to criticism from former premier Harry Mr. Farran repeated his stand that rural gas co- operatives would be expected to use part of the rebate to meet inflated installation' costs. v Games lottery opens 2 Canada Winter g Games lottery tickets will go on sale as ij'.j scheduled Wednesday. The tickets are being sold through the Canada Winter Games iji- office in Holiday Village and through service clubs Top prize in the draw x is with a total of 3 prizes including trips to Hawaii for two and automobiles being jx offered. g Early Bird draws will be held this year Oct. Nov. Dec. and in S 1975 on Feb 11 and A with the final draw 8 March 17. 8 Tax rate leaps at Coaldale COALDALE council Monday night set the municipal tax rate at 60 an 18-mill increase from last year. Residential public school supporters will pay an additional 12.5 mills for the school supplimentry requisition and separate school supporters will pay an additional two mills The commercial rate will be 60 plus the school supplimentry depending upon which school system the firm and five mills for the provincial School Foundation Program. Town officials said the mill rate had to be increased to meet a 15-mill increase in recreation funding this year. The money is needed to pay the operational deficit of the arena and the swimming pool and debenture payments. Frontage levies range from 52 cents a foot to a foot. Council added a special maintenance levy of 20 double from the 10-cent rate last year. One mill is worth compared to last year. There will be a tax discount of 10-per-cent to July 31 and notices will be mailed in late June. Council hiked pool and arena noting that citizens in general are being taxed for these facilities but those who actually use them should pay more. A family swimming pool pass will be this up from last year. Arena rates for athletic events are minimum for two hours and for each additional hour ;