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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 5, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 'Industrial park attractive to four industries9 City council agreed Mon- day, with two dissenting votes, to buy nearly million worth of land in the County of Lethbridge to create a new in- dustrial park. The decision to buy 206 acres from Lethbridge Theatres Ltd. came after Den- nis O'Connell, city business development director, told a closed session of council before its regular meeting that four major induatiies interested in locating here are negotiating with the city. It also followed an intense debate in a later open session on the merits of industrial growth with Aid. Vera Ferguson complaining council still has no policy on growth and Aid. Tony Tobin saying the city hasn't taken adequate steps in providing housing, recreation and child care facilities, particularly for lower-income groups. In a report to council on the benefits to be gained from pursuing a policy of controlled industrial growth, Mr. O'Connell said the city is in active negotiations with four companies. "One of them will require 30 to 50 acres; a second will re- quire 20 to 30 acres; a third will manufacture farm machinery and equipment, acreage was not specified but a million investment is contemplated; the fourth, a company from Hong Kong, would manufacture watches and requires about 22 he said. The area under discussion by council Monday involves about 530 acres just northeast of city limits, and except for the 206 acres to be purchased from Lethbridge Theatres Ltd. is already owned by the city. Seven-year life span Mr. O'Connell told council he estimates the land would be sold to industry by the city at an average rate of 70 acres per year giving it a life-span of about seven years before the city needs to acquire more industrial property. The land council agreed to purchase Monday will cost the city including interest payments, over three years. It's been estimated, however, that the total cost of developing the area, including purchase of the land, and putting in roads, sewers, water lines and other services will be million. But the city can expect to recover this cost and obtain additional revenue for the future purchase of land through sales in the new in- dustrial park to industries. In making the resolution that council agree to buy the land from Lethbridge Theatres, Aid. Vaughan Hembroff argued that was all council was doing Monday and that it had to do it to keep its options open. "We're not approving by any shape or form any in- dustrial he said. "We're picking up an op- tion that enables us to keep our options open concerning the use of the land. ''We're simply con- solidating a good piece of property. It's an opportunity to exercise some real foresight at what I consider a reasonable price. "It will give us the chance to plan a really good industrial park. To say the same old thing will happen is to say there is no courage around this table." Position persuasive Aid. Hembroff said council could even, if it wished, later change its mind and use the land for residential growth, although, he added, he wasn't advocating this. But Aid. Tony Tobin replied that although he found Aid. Hembroff's position per- suasive, he couldn't agree with it. "I'm fairly certain that most citizens will construe our decision that council is adopting a policy of continuing industrialization no matter what we say around this table said Aid. Tobin. City council hasn't really taken steps to guarantee ade- quate housing, recreation and child care facilities, Aid. Tobin added. "I'm particularly concerned with the people you will want to man these plants people with lower he said. "I would support the resolu- tion if I knew other members of council would support other issues that I feel are more at the heart of the quality of life and I include housing, recrea- tion and child care he added. "Council's position previously has not been one of initiating these and I'm concerned that industrializa- tion will not mean an increase in the quality of life." Aid. Tobin said he was also concerned that council could find its back to the wall at some time in the future and could be pressured into letting undesirable industries in. in order to recoup its investment. Wo growth policy9 His position was attacked by Aid. Bill Kergan who called it a "trade-off." "It's a trade-off if Aid. Tobin will not support this resolution unless he get's sup- port for his pet said Aid. Kergan. Aid. Tobin retorted that he was not talking about trade- offs or pet projects but some basic things that affect the quality of life of residents of the city. Aid. Ferguson said she op- posed the option agreement to buy the land that council entered last spring because council had no policy on in- dustrial growth. "Now I find that we're ask- ed to invest SI million over three years and we still have no policy for in- dustrialization." she said. "Once we acquire the land we'll get pressure to start ser- vicing it, to get on with it. "My experience is that once the foot's in the door things keep developing it's like be- ing a little bit pregnant. "I'm not willing to risk million without a firm policy." Aid. Bob Tarleck, although he voted fdr the resolution, said he held a divided opinion on the purchase. The city failed in its promises to provide screening of the present industrial park with parks and trees and the citizens can legitimately ques- tion how the city will look after them in extending the in- dustrial park, he said. He added he hoped the city would not rush pell-mell into induslrialization. r. Comir5 Comment District Family Local News Markets 4.5 15 16.17 .13.14 23 Sports Theatres 7 6 Weather LOW 30; Ferguson triumphs in council smoking light By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer It was a knock-em-down, drag-em-out battle, but when the smoke cleared at city council Monday, Aid. Vera Ferguson's clean-air troops carried the day. Council approved her resolution to ban smoking in council chambers when council is sitting by a narrow 5-4 vote. In favor were aldermen Ferguson, Bob Tarleck, Tony Tobin, Vaughan Hembroff and Don LeBaron. Opposed were Mayor Andy Anderson and Aldermen Bill Kergan, Bill Cousins and Cam Barnes. Most of the aldermen said their piece, but the main event on the tobacco card was clearly between Aid. Ferguson and Aid. Kergan. "No one has the right to inflict on others the residue of their habits; making their clothes reek, their eyes smart and their throats said Aid. Ferguson But Aid. Kergan protested he had rights too and one of them was to be able to smoke in public places. The motion should be thrown out, he said, because it contravened the province's Human Rights Act. "There's no legislation I'm aware of dealing with restricting smoking in public he said. "1 served five years and five months in the Canadian Army defending democracy from dictatorship and now we have it right here in the council added Aid. Kergan, warming up to his subject. "I can quit smoking for a year or whatever, but I don't want to it's my right to smoke. "I've been smoking for 43 years and I'm just as healthy as anyone around this he puffed for good measure. "What about our rights''" Aid Ferguson countered. "You're denying our rights to clean air." With that council ruled that Aid Kergan had to put away his cigarettes, Aid. Hembroff his occasional cigar and Aid Cousins his pipe, while council spectators too will have to refrain from lighting-up The Lethbridge Herald LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA, TUESDAY, NOVEMBERS, 1974 40 Pages 15 Cents Food reserves STARVING BOY TYPICAL OF MILLIONS IN BANGLADESH Turner readies budget for re-introduction HIGH WED. 60; MAINLY SUNNY. OTTAWA (CP) Canadians will find out in two weeks how many popular proposals will be reintroduced from the budget which brought down the govern- ment in May. Finance Minister John Light U.S. vote seen WASHINGTON (CP) De- spite generally tolerable weather across the U.S., a light turnout was expected to- day as American voters decide how hard to punish the Republican party for two years of political upheaval and a growing threat of economic distress. That the Republicans will be punished, there was lit- tle doubt. The main question was in the number of Congressional seats and state governorships they will lose to the confident Democrats. Weather forecasts called for generally clear skies in the western half of the United States, with cloud elsewhere and a chance of thunder- storms in the populous Northeast and Great Lakes areas. Voting hours vary from state to state. The first results are due shortly after 6 p.m EST from east-coast districts, with some polls in far western Alaska not closing until 2 a.m. EST Wednesday. Turner told the Commons Monday that a new federal budget will be tabled Nov. 18. The budget sets federal tax rates and basic economic policies. There likely will be some major changes from the one introduced in May and which became a basis for the elec- tion campaign of the then- minority Liberal government. Mr. Turner had said the May budget would be reintroduced unless there were changes in economic conditions. Economic conditions have changed and a severe slump in housing construction activity is one of the main problems. It is a good bet that there will be further federal efforts to stimulate home-building. Mr. Turner has indicated the government will make few changes in May tax proposals and these included a max- imum cut in income taxes for lower-level wage groups. Other porposals in the May budget included: special sales tax on high energy consuming vehicles: tax-free savings plan, up to certain limits, for money put away for a first-time house purchase: taxes on tobacco and alcohol; duty-free limits for tourists returning from abroad; tax exemption for interest income. ROME (CP) U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger proposed today that the world's major food producers co-ordinate their grain reserves so that "within a decade no child will go to bed hungry no family will fear for its next day's bread." Delivering an opening-day address at the World Food Conference, Kissinger called "the aim of the proposed system of reserves "a bold ob- jective" that would cope with "the source of hunger." Kissinger also urged newly- rich oil-producing states to help poor countries buy food, fertilizer and farm equipment. The grain supply deficit in developing countries will reach about 85 million tons by 1985, Kissinger said. Financ- ing them to increase produc- tion "must become one of the priority objectives of the countries and institutions that have the major influence in the international monetary system." In Manila, David Rockefeller, chairman of The Chase Manhattan Bank, told a news conference failure of the oil producers to share their wealth could lead the world into depression. The Rome food conference, sponsored by the Food and Ag- riculture Organization of the United Nations, opened with an appeal from UN Secretary- General Kurt Waldheim for an "equitable global strategy" to ward off mass starvation. Echoing an international panel of economists and food experts whose report was is- sued on the eve of the confer- ence. Waldheim said the rich nations consume too much and the poor aren't doing enough to help themselves. A senior American official said the Soviet bloc countries except Romania are unlikely to approve the U.S. proposals, but he expects endorsement from most other countries. Kissinger asked the confer- ence to organize a reserve co- ordinating group to negotiate a detailed agreement for an international system of grain reserves "at the earliest possible time." NOBEL CASH FORFEITED OSLO (Reuter) The joint winner of the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize, North Vietnamese Politburo member Le Due Tho, has forfeited his share of the prize money, the Nobel In- stitute said today. Tim Greve, the institute's director, said Le Due Tho, who shared the prize with U.S. State Secretary Henry Kissinger, had failed to meet the deadline for formally accepting or declining the award. At the time of the award, the North Vietnamese politician said he found it impossile to accept the prize until there was genuine peace in Vietnam. He was named for the prize, together with Kissinger, in rec- ognition of their joint efforts m bringing about a Vietnam peace settlement. Hussein plans gov't shuffle New York Times Service AMMAN, Jordan Jordan intends to redraft its con- stitution, reshuffle its govern- ment and parliament, and offer the Palestinians living on the East Bank of the Jordan River a choice between Jordanian and Palestinian citizenship in the near future, King Hussein said in an interview here today. These steps, which would remove most of the West Bank Palestinians from the parliament and government, were described by King Hus- sein as the minimum necessary to "give meaning" to the decision of the Rabat summit conference to name the Palestine Liberation Organization as the sole representative of the Palesti- nian people. The king said he hoped for the "closest co operation" with the P.L.O. in the future. Petrocan may buy oil from producing states Herald Ottawa Bureau OTTAWA PetroCanada. the federal government's proposed state-owned oil com- pany, would buy crude oil directly from oil producing states if it could get an assured supply at cheaper prices than private multina- tional oil companies. Energy Minister Donald Macdonald revealed Monday. But PetroCan would not likely get into the distribution of oil products, the minister added in a brief interview out- side a cabinet committee meeting. The proposed Crown corpo- ration would instead act as a middleman and sell the oil to domestic oil companies, for refining and sale to Canadian consumers. Mr. Macdonald noted that under the bill to be introduced soon to establish PetroCanada. the corporation would in fact have the full range of options, including wholesale and retail distribu- tion of oil products. He also noted that PetroCanada doesn't vet exist. Inflation sparks gov't to hike grants to universities, schools and heard About town Sgt. Roy Kontz crying the blues for answering his phone the wrong way and failing to win in a local contest. Phil Hodnett's missing car being recovered at a Fort Marleod motel where a convention of 200 RCMP sergeants was being held. EDMONTON