Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Ducks Unlimited working on Verdigris Coulee wetland project Work on a project to turn acres of Southern Alberta land into waterfowl wetlands could begin this says the Southern Alberta supervisor of Ducks Unlimited. George Freeman told The Herald in a telephone interview from Strathmore his organization has a plan to create four lakes in Verdigris 50 miles southeast of Lethbridge. Water for the lakes would come from Ridge west of the coulee. Mr. Freeman says his organization is waiting for the completion of a study by the irrigation division of the Alberta department of agriculture before it submits its plans to the provincial government for approval. The irrigation division is doing a study to determine if land around Verdigris Coulee could be irrigated with water from the proposed lakes and how the lakes would figure in future irrigation plans. Mr. Freeman hopes his organization will have government approval for the project this fall .and some of the work on the project will begin then. The project will be developed in conjunction with the irrigation division if it's approved. Farmers in the area are very much in favor of the he says. There has been very little water in the coulees in past years and trucking water in has been farmers only source of supply for livestock. Mr. Freeman said the lakes could also be used for recreational purposes. Frank Lethbridge fish and wildlife says there are many local ducks. Many of the pintails and smaller ducks have gone north but large numbers of mallards are nesting here. If the summer isn't too dry there should be a good crop of ducks this he says. if it's a dry summer and the water where ducks are nesting dries the newly hatched birds will be endangered and there may not be a good crop of birds this fall. Lethbridge Herald SECOND SECTION May 1974 Pages 17-32 Auto needs gobble up city taxes About half of every property tax dollar that will be paid into city coffers this year will go towards providing services to the ubiquitous says a report going to city council Tuesday. City Manager Allister Findlay says in the the city hall will spend from its operating budget alone this year for the movement of vehicular traffic This expenditure includes everything from road street curb and and bridges and to street lane traffic and police traffic he said. It represents about 17 or approximately half of the 1974 city general tax levy of 34 69 mills. The inequity in Mr. Findlay points is that every tax payer is paying for a service that should be paid by citizens using vehicles through licencing and gasoline taxes. An insignificant amount of provincial gasoline and licencing revenue is paid to Mr Findlay says. Although all municipalities receive such funds through a road the city's grant in 1973 was a paltry the city manager says. He admits that the province does pay substantial amounts of approved road and bridge projects such as the city's 6th Avenue S. bridge to which the province is contributing 75 per cent of the cost. Mr. Findlay as far as he knows such capital grants do not relate to the revenue derived from the gasoline tax or vehicle licencing The issue has been raised several times the city manager but he wants city council to speak out on it again because the city is facing large capital expenditures on vehicle- related projects in 1974-76 It's anticipated will be spent on storm sewer and other related construction projects this in 1975 and in the city manager's report says. Other municipalities in the province are faced with the same dilemma of financing roadways and bridges through Mr. Findlay adds He says records of the Alberta Municipal Finance which makes debenture loans to all municipalities in the show the 38 per cent of all borrowings in 1973 related to the movement of traffic The at the beginning of this had a total debt of outstanding on traffic projects. Trafficking cases remanded A 19-year-old Lethbndge charged with possession of MDA for purpose of was remanded in provincial court Friday to June 4 for election and plea. John 970 Mayor Magrath was charged May 15. A 20-year-old Medicine Hat man charged with the possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking was remanded to May 31 for election and plea. Robert Bruce McPherson Tim a Grade 5 student at Allan Watson hangs an aircraft in his wind built for the school's science fair. Tim was one of 110 students from Grade 5 and 6 who prepared 60 projects for Friday's fair. The grand award went to Grade 6 students Greg Filan and Eddie Burwash Wind tunnel for their exhibit. It showed how different colored lights affect plant growth. Science teacher Joe Krywolt was pleased with the success of the which attracted parents throughout the and says he hopes it will become an annual event. PARKING PERMITS Games lottery chairman ADVOCATED wants parking tag credit A report from the traffic advisory committee that will go to city council's meeting Tjesday recommends issuing of free parking permits to handicapped drivers. The committee also recommends that the requirement for a doctor's certificate declaring the applicant's handicap as be retained. A doctor's fee for such a certificate is currently the report notes. City council earlier had scrubbed a proposed bylaw that would have instituted a annual parking fee for handicapped people who work downtown and wish to park all day at a meter near their place of employment. The proposal drew heavy criticism from handicapped residents in the city. A parking ticket will be worth half the price of a Canada Winter Games lottery ticket if a suggestion by Games lottery committee chairman John Gogo meets with city council approval. Mr. Gogo proposes this novel means of selling the lottery tickets in a submission to go before council Tuesday. He suggests that the tickets Agency hopes to turn residence into office A Lethbridge real estate fir.Ti is asking city council to rezone residential property at 6th Avenue and 13th Street S. to commercial. It wants to convert the property to an office. Barker Agencies Ltd. is requesting the rezoning for 1274 6th Ave. S. It notes in its which goes before city council that two other properties on the same intersection a food store on the northwest corner and a real estate office on the northeast corner are zoned commercial. The firm says it plans to retain the house for an office and leave the property intact except for removal of outbuildings at the rear for a parking lot. The property is on the southwest nf tha intereootinn be sold at the city police station and anyone paying the usual fine for a meter violation be given credit for the lottery ticket. Mr. Gogo is also asking council consider allowing cashiers in the city utility department to sell the tickets His requests are based on the fact that the city has 'the largest vested interest in the and that the Winter Games lottery will be competing with at least seven other major lotteries in Alberta this year. As well as service clubs and other groups involved in charities and the tickets are being sold by all the chartered banks in the the treasury branches and trust he says. Surplus CP Rail land 'should revert to Crown' A letter urging that land declared surplus to railway needs by the Canadian Pacific Railway revert to the will be sent to Transport Minister Jean Premier Peter and Southern Alberta MLA's and MP's next week. The recommendation was adopted by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission this month while considering subdivision applications of railway land and station grounds in a number of Southern Alberta submitted by Marathon the real estate arm of the CPR. The commission says in its letter that since originally the railway land involved was largely provided by the people of Canada to the CPR for use for transportation and since it is now no longer required for that it should revert back to the Crown and then be transferred to the municipality in which it is located Much of this land is in key areas of particularly near the town centres and its ultimate use and development could have an important impact on the development of the commission says. used or developed for unsatisfactory purposes it could have a detrimental effect on the community in regard to land access to highways and roads and urban The commission notes that once subdivision is the land could be disposed of in whatever way the company wishes. If it is transferred to the on the other the commission the municipality could ensure that the land is developed in the best interest of the community and so benefit all its inhabitants. Commission executive director Lawrence Smith is careful to point that the applications before the commission are being looked at from a planning point of view only. The recommendation that the land in question revert to the Crown is an entirely separate he says. So the commission has approved some of the applications although usually stipulating that certain conditions have to be met. Two such approvals were granted this week for subdivision in Fort Macleod and Vulcan. A similar application was refused in Claresholm and tabled in Cardston. the commission approved subdivision with in Pmcher just north of Pincher and Picture and approved part of the subdivision plans in Taber and Coaldale Applications for subdivision in Milk River and- Blairmore were turned down. There have been suggestions from some quar- ters that the CPR is trying to divest itself of its money- making property in case of nationalization of the railway. COALDALE MELODRAMA PLAYS YATES THURSDAY A melodrama as the Driven will be staged Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Yates Memorial Centre in Lethbridge. The play is being presented by the senior drama class of Coaldale's Kate Andrews High School. Director is Frank Featherstone There are 13 in the cast. The performance will include audience participation one dollar are available at the Kate Andrews school or at the door the evening of the performance. Paper cartons dairy using plastic The paper shortage has apparently reached at least one Lethbridge dairy and residents who have milk delivered to their door are finding the milk in plastic jugs instead of the old paper cartons. Al manager of Silverwoods Dairy in said paper is in short supply and he thought his branch should try packaging their xjnilk in different containers far as I'm concerned the plastic containers are better quality. The paper just isn't as good as it has been in the he said. Mr Wiggins said the Lethbridge Silverwoods branch has been using the plastic jugs for about two weeks and many customers seem to like them. jugs are easier to and there's no problem about the jugs leaking or he said. Mr. Wiggins said right now only the 2 quart size is being packaged m the jugs and the other sizes are still being packaged in the paper cartons the jugs become more popular we could use them for the other he said. He said Silverwoods still uses some glass bottles but don't see them much The manager said they are trying to get permission from the provincial government to use plastic bags for the one quart size. The bag would fit inside a specially designed he said. plastic bags seem to be quite popular in cities where they are in he said A spokesman for Palm Dairies in Lethbridge said they are still using the paper cartons and don't anticipate changing to the plastic jugs. The spokesman said Palm doesn't appear to be running short of paper and haven't had any problems with the cartons. Downtown 'needs more off-street parking9 A Downtown Businessmen's Association brief to city council Tuesday will raise concern over the lack of adequate off-street parking says the association's president Blake Bartel. Mr. Bartel said Friday the brief would suggest ways this situation could be improved. not after anything out of he said. just want to give better off-street parking to customers as well as to our own Many off-street parking areas downtown have been eliminated over the past two or three years by commercial he said. Mr. Bartel said the association is not concerned with a recent decision by council to double parking meter and is not taking a position on angle parking at this time he council accepts what we're we may have something to say in the future regarding angle parking The city's traffic co- ordinator has suggested that vehicle movement downtown would be greatly improved by elimination of angle parking. He also that if this were done more off- street parking would have to be provided. Chinook senior citizens receive for centre The Chinook Senior Citizens Club of Lethbridge will receive from the federal government through the New Horizons grants to develop a hobbies and crafts it was announced this week. Marc minister of National Health and who made the announcement in a news said the Lethbridge club is one of six Alberta senior citizens groups to receive grants. He said the Chinook Senior Citizens Club plans to offer a variety of hobbies and crafts designed for the elderly. Two other Alberta groups receiving grants are the Claresholm Senior Citizens who will get to research and publish a history of the and the Senior Citizens of who will receive to assist in the completion of a local museum.