Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 21, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Council may reorganize city's administrative structure A proposal to re-organize city council-administration structure will get serious council consideration and a possible trial before the fall civic elections. Council agreed Tuesday to set up a committee to bring back a detailed report on the proposal which suggests setting up standing council committees on each city department. The committees would exist in an advisory and would consist of a council executive advisory committee working with the city director of economic development and finance director and and community services advisory committees. Proponents of the who appeared to be chiefly Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff and Aid. Vera Ferguson in council discussion of the matter argue that such a system would increase council efficiency and responsibility. would give alderman a chance to become familiar with the operation of individual said Deputy Mayor Hembroff. ''instead of different committees to sit each alderman would have just one. We seem vastly overburdened right now with committees that seem to be going in several directions at once without getting of setting up ad- hoc committees all over the we would have working committees in each major Aid. Vera Ferguson remarked that as the city is getting council seems to be just fragmenting itself. one time we could all be familiar with the operation of each she said. we're just coping with council The proposal to re- organize the way council works appears to have arisen from a re- examination of the city managerial form of local government originating from the resignation of Tom Nutting from the city manager post last October. There were suggestions then that the city should move to a commission form of government such as that used in Calgary and Edmonton. The proposal made Tuesday seems to go half- way towards this by setting up standing council committees in the major areas of city but giving the committees advisory duties only. District The LetKbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION May Pages 13-22 Duncan new man in charge at the library 'Why ask people to read a play when you can offer a live Library's more than a book bank Power issue 'needs more public debate' City council has an obligation to hold another public hearing on the power plant says an opponent of the sale of the plant to Calgary Power. Roger Rickwood-said following the tabling of a report in council recommending sale of the that Mayor Andy Anderson and Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff promised at the power plant hearing in February that there would be ample 'opportunity for full public discussion before any final council decision. Mr. Rickwood said he didn't consider the publishing of the full report in The Herald adequate. public but not public said Mr. who was one of several people to present a brief opposing sale of the plant at the public hearing at the Yates Centre in February. Mr. who teaches political science at the U of also termed Calgary Power's new offer of for the plant a mere He and others interested in the issue will present a more detailed analysis of the council committee report in the near he added. Engineers engaged for service study Stanley and Associates was hired by city council Tuesday at a cost of not more than to provide a detailed study of servicing of future city industrial lands. Council agreed to hire the firm after city engineering director Randy Holfeld told alderman his department would be unable to get the job done by the required July 1 deadline because all available staff are busy on other jobs. At its last meeting council agreed to enter into a purchase option agreement with Lethbridge Theatres owned by former city mayor A.W. to buy 206 acres for Together with land already owned by the city northeast city limits at 28th Street N. the acquisition would give the city 530 acres of land for industrial expansion. All the available serviced land for industry in the city's northeast end has been used up. It's been estimated the total cost of acquiring and servicing the new industrial land will top million. Also is the buying up of a lease arrangement the city made with the Lethbridge and District Youth Recreation Association two years ago to build a youth golf course on 130 acres of the city-owned land. Negotiations have been under way for the past two months with Reg Turner president of the and Tuesday council went into a closed session to discuss the latest amount it will offer for 0011 By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Many people might not realize it but the city has not but two new libraries downtown. There's the million brick and copper and sand-blasted concrete edifice that opened its doors to the usual fanfare and demonstration of civic pride earlier this spring. And there's the approach to what a library is and what it does taken by the city's new librarian Duncan Rand and assistant librarian Bryan Huston. That approach holds the promise of making the traditional concept of a library as changed as the city's new library building is from the old. Libraries have always been a place- to get books and says the 33-year- old Mr. Rand who arrived in the city last week from where he was that city's acting library director. the libraries are more than book he says. really citizen self- development agencies. right at the heart of continuing he noting that Ontario libraries are financially recognized by the provincial government as continuing education agencies. To become the library works together with other says Mr. such as the Allied Arts Council and the which are right next in a community development approach. But the library doesn't force itself on people or he says. Rather it finds out what people want and if it is not being offered tries to bring together the people with the skills to and those who want to learn. The library should be a living place for the whole Mr. Rand says. have to work with people who don't or can't read for one reason or he they have the right to information and self- development isn't for he says. other ways to The Mr. Rand is an ideal place to let people experience things they haven't because it's a comfortable convenient place to most people. People very often don't know what they will like until they get at he using classical music as an example. For this the library could become a location for chamber or for poetry or play or for classical guitar he says. The U of L has been invited to conduct night classes at the library on the theory that it might be an easier place to come to for people who haven't been to the university and may feel somewhat intimidated by the aura of higher learning that exists at universities. Mr. Rand also sees the new library as an excellent facility where groups can meet on a neutral ground without bias. The lower level with its meeting rooms and recording facilities is perfect for he says. At the same Mr. who obtained his library science degree from McGill after earning a BA from the University of is not downplaying books. these things are not offered instead of he says. people books we have thousands of them but why ask people to read a play when you can present a live play to has a good respected collection thanks to chief George Dew. Now we have an opportunity to go beyond Mr. Rand is clearly pleased at what he has to work with. The new building shows the community is obviously- he adding that building like this in a community -this size is really whole staff wants residents to know they made a good investment. Mags stolen Four chrome mag wheels and four radial tires valued at were stolen from a car at Dunlop Ford 1510 Mayor Magratn Tuesday. The car belonged to William 1308 5th Ave. S. It was at Dunlop for repairs following an accident. City to review downtown need for more parking By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer ___________________ A proposal to construct underground parking below Gait Gardens resurfaced Tuesday in a city council discussion of downtown parking. Aid. Steve Kotch made the suggestion saying a decision to put parking under Gait Gardens would stop land speculation in the downtown ultimately saving the city money. know it's been kicked around he the time is right to Strike vote at Swifts A strike vote will be taken today by local employees of Swift Canadian Co. Ltd. Russ president of the Swift's unit of Local 740 of the Canadian Food and Allied Workers said the vote is being taken on a national basis. William Ontario's assistant deputy minister of has been accepted as mediator in a contract dispute involving three major meat packing companies in it was announced in Toronto today. The dispute involves Canada Packers Burns Food and the union. The union has set June 5 as the deadline for a strike at Swift Canadian in Alberta. If the walkout officials of the other meat packers say they will shut down. Patterson to seek grit nomination CLARESHOLM Former Claresholm mayor Ernie 37. has announced he is seeking the Liberal nomination for the Crowfoot constituency in the July 8 federal election. A nomination convention will be held at 8 p.m. May 30 in the Royal Canadian Legion Hall at Brooks. Former federal agriculture minister H. A. Olsen and Senator Earl Hastings are expected to attend. Mr. Patterson was mayor here from 1964 to 1973. He was unsuccessful as a Social Credit candidate in federal elections of 1963 and .1965 in the old Macleod and in 1968 in the Lethbridge riding. The MP from Crowfoot is Conservative Jack Homer. a viable and feasible project that wouldn't destroy any of Gait Other aldermen weren't so sure and Mayor Andy Anderson recalled that when the subject had been discussed a few years the cost of such a venture was found to be The idea may get some further study though. Council agreed to set up a committee to look at the .question of off- street downtown parking. The issues was raised Tuesday by the Downtown Businessmen's Association which said in a brief to council that five public parking lots offering about 600 stalls have been lost to downtown development over the last few years. The association said it would like to see the rebirth of a city committee entitled the Downtown Parking which prior to its disbanding in 1971 collected parking revenue to provide for future off-street parking According to the a parking reserve fund of some exists and would now total if the old parking corporation had been left intact. This the association should be used for the original purpose. It was pointed that at the price of downtown land even that amount of money would not buy much parking space. A suggestion by the association that the approximately 1200 parking spaces being provided in the Woodward's development will be too far away from much of the downtown shopping raised at least one alderman's hackles. is growing said Aid. Vera Ferguson. are going to have to become accustomed to walking three or four blocks. They can't always park in front of the front door There has to be a re- education of she suggesting the businessmen's association give out free customer bus tickets. don't start it by going on the same old pattern of putting parking lots she said. Half of 64 women in home may be rehabilitated About half of the 64 women still in the Raymond Home could possibly be rehabilitated for return to the the administrator of Claresholm Centre and the Raymond Home said today. Stu said in a telephone those patients assessed as will be transferred to Claresholm for a higher level of rehabilitation. Although he said he has not studied the reports of recent assessments of the patients in Mr. Christie said it seems about half the patients could be helped. Mr Christie will be .meeting Lethbridge psychiatrist Scott head of psychiatry at the Municipal to determine in what local personnel can help in the rehabilitation. Some rehabilitation is being done at following the reassessment which resulted from criticism of the home by two former patients and a Canadian Mental Health Association volunteer. Mr. Christie said the patients at Raymond are being taught basic skills which will help them succeed in the community. The problem is that many of the patients were workers at the home and the priority is increasing the staff at the home to compensate for the transfer of th.p he said. The three-storey home was built in the 1930's as an agricultural school and converted to a mental institution in 1939. It was reclassified in 1972 as a voluntary geriatric home. Most of the patients are listed as mentally compentent. Bruce deputy minister of health and social said reports from the two assessment teams are being reviewed but added community placement takes time to arrange. someone looks promising for release you have to look at it very you get a second you contact he said. ROSE AMONG THORNS City council hired a weed inspector but because the new inspector is a the hiring attracted some aldermanic attention. suppose it's a case of a rose among quipped Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff. Aid. Vera Ferguson said she was pleased to see the city manager was following her long standing recommendation that qualified women be considered for city jobs on the same basis as men and at the same wage. have a woman er draf City Manager Allister Findlay noted. Hired for the 1974 weed season was Susan a student at the Olds College. Tourist lapse rapped The Travel and Convention Association of Southern Alberta got a slap on the wrists Tuesday from Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff for its failure to keep its tourist information service in the city open last week. The deputy mayor said he was upset that the which got in city funding this was not even available to the public for tourist information last week for two or three days. it and it has been it's and I am he said. council had a letter Tuesday from Dr. John president of the association explaining that the bureau's two full-time employees were out of town on business last week. the past week some difficulties resulted from the fact that our staff were required in three places at the same he said in the letter. Kitty Dunlop. association secretary was in Edmonton involved in training the Travel Information Counsellors employed by the provincial government around the edge of the province and Frank executive was in Halifax attending two conventions and interviewing potential staff for convention obviate this now that sufficient funding is a telephone answering system will be installed as well as the effort to continue to budget time away from the office so that wherever possible one of the permanent staff will1 be Dr. Neal said.