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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 THE LETHB9IDGE HERALD Wtdntsdoy, May 23, 1973 Sitting tight RICK ERVIN photo If you can't beat them, you might as well join them. The robin in this photo appears to have accepted the old saying literally by urbanizing its prospective family. The Council briefs outdoor light ot the F. F. Stewart residence, 1010 8th St. S., serves the purpose of an incubator and a lighthouse. Bus fare reconsideration tabled A motion to rescind a cent bus fare increase was tabled for two weeks by city council Tuesday. The motion was one of the last items on the agenda and aldermen, who approved the increase to go into effect July 1, in a 6-2 vote May 2, seem- ed unwilling to debate the matter at such a late hour when it came up about p'.m. Bylaws allowing for a five per cent penalty charge on overdue utilities bills were passed by council Tuesday. Under the bylaws, bills paid more than 16 days late will be assessed the five per cent charge. Handicapped people can now get a special park- ing permit from city hall. A bylaw containing a pro- vision enabling the handicap- ped to apply in writing to the city clerk for the permit to park in specific street areas was passed by council Tuesday. rt Hi A recommendation from the city manager that the present fire alarm box sys- tem be abandoned was ap- proved unanimously without comment by city council Tuesday. In a submission to council Tom Nutting said the system xvas obsolete and from 1962- 1972 only 11 genuine fire calls were received through the alarm boxes. The city will file a general objection to proposed milk price increases at a public utilities board hearing June 15 in Red Deer. The increase is the second to be asked for by Alberta dairies in less than a year. The last increase granted by the board Jan. 1 raised the price of a quart of homo- genized milk from 31 to 33 cents, two-per cent partly skimmed milk from 29 to 31 cents, skim from 24 to 27 cents and chocolate from 36 to 39 cents. Notice of the preliminary hearing on the price increase included in council's agenda Tuesday. At least one or two more meetings between the city and local industrialists are planned over the sewage by- law. City Manager Tom Nut- ting told council Tuesday a full report on the sewage situation is to be developed and returned to council June 18. Changes era being worked out in the levels of soluble grease loadings the indus- tries may dump into the city sewage system. Aldermen turn down latest overpass demand City won't share cost of fountain City council accepted the Lettobridge Gyro Club's pro- posal Tuesday for a Hender- son Lake fountain but de- cided to ask the club to foot the entire construction bill itself. The club had asked the city to split the cost of the fountain which it is prepared to build dmring the winter of 1974-75 to celebrate its 50th year in Lethbridge. However, council decided if the club is going to do- nate the fountain as a gift to the city, it should be willing to foot the entire cost of the gift. Council agreed however to guarantee the maintenance costs of the fountain, esti- mated at more than a year, saying it will fill a long-wanted requirement to assist in the beautification of Henderson Lake. As proposed, the fountain would be built 100 feet off- shore at 28th St. and would feature a number of spray and colored-light patterns. The Gyro Club is to meet June 5 to consider the city's terms and decide whether or not to go ahead with the pro- ject. Parkade rates cut An increase in the down- town parkade rates which was approved April 23 but hadn't yet been implemented was rescinded by city coun- cil Tuesday. However the entire down- town parking fee issue ap- pears far from dead. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff in- dicated he will ask council to again review parking meter The increase which council threw out Tuesday was from S15 to per month during winter months for stalls'with plug-ins and from to tor spaces without the plug- ins. City Manager Tom Nut- ting told council the increase hadn't been implemented be- cause it was a bad time of the year to do so. He said indications were" that monthly subscription for parkade parking would fall off considerably when the increase was implemented. Mr. Nutting said the effect of the increase would be to put more cars on the street, reducing the amount of turn- over at the parking meters. By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer More effective police en- forcsmient, flashing lights, and a longer walk signal were suggestions made Tues- day to improve pedestrian safety at 5th Avenue S. and Mayor Magrcitfa Drive. A group of parents appear- ing before city council stack by their demands for an ov- erpass or underpass at the in- tersection they say is too dangerous for their children to cross, but didn't make much headway with council members. After considerable discus- sion council asked the admin- istration to come up with proposals for its next meet- ing June 4 to improve the sit- uation, excluding1 the con- struction of an overpass or underpass. Council members seemsd to take pains to show the dozen or so parents at the meeting they were concern- ed about the intersection even though they didn't believe an overpass was the answer, but were still accused of "copping out" by one parent. "You leave snow removal to the chinooks and now you're leaving the safety of our children to the guardian she remarked. A spokesman for the par- ents. Pat Barry, of 202 26th St. S. told council many par- ents including himself were driving their children across the intersection because they had seen the red light on Mayor Magrath run too many times, especially by big transport trucks. He said he couldn't believe pedestrian overpasses .n Cal- gary ware not working, and suggested asking parents in neighborhoods near ths over- passes if they thought they were effective- But the overpass-underpass suggestion ran into heavy opposition, particularly from. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff. ''It's not a question of said Aid. Hembroff "I'm prepared to spend it. but I just don't believe that an overpass is the solution. "It's not solving the prob- lem, it's compounding he added. Aid. Hembroff said the re- sponsibility for safety rests with motorists, parents and children and that studies have shown pedestrians are actual- ly safer where crosswalks aren't marked. To illustrate Ms point, Aid. Hembroff psinted a picture of a trucker driving through Lethbridge using Mayor Ma- grath Drive Knotting there's an over- pass there, he won't be watching out as much and that's where the kid who doesn't use the overpass ar.d darts across at 4th Ave. will be in trouble, he said. "The majority of teds will use an overpass and will be in no danger, but they're in no danger now because they watch out for themselves." Aid. Hembroff, whose own children cross Mayor Ma- grath Drive to and from school, said the answer was more enforcement, having a patrol car oa duty at tne intersec- tion during all tha heavy use hours if necessary. Deputy Mayor Cam Barnes told the parents he was among a group of parents pressing for a similar solu- tion to a crossing problem ca Scenic Drive about two years ago. Council tables grant requests A requisition from the city for about by the Green Acres Foundation was tabled by city council Tuesday for two weeks. Aldermen wanted clarifica- tion of the foundation's 1972 financial statement before okaying the requisition, the first made by the foundation which operates three senior citizens homes in Lethbridge. Council indicated it will support the foundation in ask- ing the provincial govern- in snt to lift its 1970 freeze on rents at the homes set then st per month for a sin- gle room and for a dou- ble. Increases in operating costs while rates have re- mained the same has put the foundation in a deficit situa- tion leading to the supple- mentary requisition, founda- tion administrator Don Le- Bsron told council. He said other senior citizen foundations in the province have had to ask for such ex- tra money since 1960. but the Green Acres Foundation has avoided it until now. The total requisition is 800 including sums from the other three authorities sup- porting the foundation the County of Lethbridge, Coal- dale and Nobieford. Council also tabled for weaks a grant to the South- ern Alberta Tourist a-d Con- ver.tion Association in order to hear a presentation from the association. Council has before it a rec- ommendation that only of the requested be granted the association while be set aside for the city's economic development office to produce its own tour- ist promotion campaign. And council also tabled a grant of S1.600 to the Leth- bridgc Chamber of Com- merce. Aldermen want to hear from the chamber what bene- fits they get from this grant and haw the chamber can function effectively as a watchdog on courcil when ii. is being subsidized by city council. Agent in west land deal to get city fee A agent's fee for ne- gotiating the sale of the Hub- bard land in West Lethbridge was approved by council Tuesday despite objections from one alderman. Aid. Vera Ferguson said she was disturbed that the terms of reference and the fee to be paid Schwartz Agen- cies Ltd. had not been set down before the agent was sent out to negotiate for the city. But she was told council had previously authorized it in a resolution setting out J payment of up to for downtown redeie'opment and West Lethbridge transac- tions. City Manager Tom Nut- tirg said fees paid out to date amounted to for down- town deals, giving a total of for agents' fees. Aid. Ferguson asked where the extra was to come from and was told it would be taken from the West Leth- bridge account. She was joined by Alder- man Tom Ferguson and Bill Kergan in voting against ap- proval of the fee. West Lethbridge sign will warn of no school A sign is to be erected in West. Lethbridge informing piospective home buyers no schools will be built in the area for the immediate future. School children will be bused to existing schools in the city, the sign that will be put up by the Lethbridge pub- lic and separate school beards will say. This is in compliance with provincial government guide- lines on new school construc- tion under which no n e w schools can be built) until the sellers within a given area are c-erating at C-D per cent caiyicity. According to school offi- cials, busing students from West Lethbridge will not be a problem as there are buses running from that area al- ready. LCI student says ETV is fun but 'it doesn't help my marks' By HERB LEGG Herald Staff Writer Educational telev i s i o n. placed in all city schools at a cost of to has shown some benefit to the classroom and even more to promotion of the school. At the Lethbridge Colleg- iate Institute, students, under the supervision of librarian Walt Pamer, have expanded use of their ETV equipment for a number of non-class- room activities. The 12 students, known as the Alacrity Club, have vid- eotaped such events as the Ssuth West Alberta Teachers' Association convention, the Lethbridge visit of Educa- tion Minister Lou Hyndman. the LCI production of Carou- sel. Right now, students are putting the finishing touches on a special production, en- titfcd What High School Is All About, for telecast on the local cable system. All aspects "of LCI are fea- tured in the taping, from beauty culture and academ- ic courses to home economics and vocational classes. Mr. Penner, who has been provided the same ETV kit as other public schools (camera, monitor, says the system hasn't work- ed as well as he had original- ly hoped. For example, a switcher, allowing use of two cameras at once, was not included in the school's basic ETV kit. That equipment, about was purchased through the LCI library budget. Mr. Penner believes board- supplied equipment is not of the best quality. Coupled with a lack of detailed study in the ETV system for teachers, programming is difficult to c-xpand on a satisfactory level, he says. "It hasn't worked as well ss I would have expected. Maybe that's because of the amateur type a: set up, which is not too Mr. Penner says. Ha says ETV expansion is restricted by rudimentary equipment. If new ETV ma- chinery is purchased, its cost must come from the LCI li- brary budget which natur- ally means a cut in some other library area. Leon Francis, a 15-year-old Grade 10 student and mem- ber of the LCI Alacrity Club, says television work provides a basic knowledge of the ETV industry but does not help a student academically. "It's fun. It gives kids ex- perience if they want to go on to the field of television. "But it hasn't helped my marks Leon says. David Etherington, 16, be- lieves ETV use will improve in time, as students and tea- chers become more familiar with its potential. David says a color camera would be helpful, but not as helpful as if local trustees re- placed existing ETV equip- ment, which he terms "some- what inferior." He believes trustees w h o placed ETV in every school did so without proper study of the best type of unit for the taxpayers' dollar. "They bought it because it was cheap and it is David says. Despite the drawbacks and limitations of ETV, students say almost everyone at LCI has been involved with the program. Drama productions are taped, basketball and other sporting events are televis- the students' model Unit- ed Nations was included in ETV productions. And of course all areas of LCI were filmed for the pro- duction What High School Is All About. The academic benefits at LCI from educational tele- vision are dubious. Yet Ala- crity CltRj members, and their teacher, believe benefits will be achieved in time. (Third in a series.) LCI camera crew school films variety of projects and ;