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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 6, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta City briefs 6th Avenue bridge needs special okay Approval of a contract for construction of the 6th Avenue S. bridge structure will have to wait a few days. Council was told Monday that because the lowest bid was more than 10 per cent over es- department of highways ministerial approval of the tenders will be required. City engineering director Randy Holfeld told council he expected to have the necessary approval by the end of the week and he asked that a special meeting of council be called to review the tenders then in order to keep the bridge work on schedule. The low bid on the project was submitted by Cana Construction Ltd. of Calgary at The estimate on the structure had been placed at million. A bylaw officially appointing Allister Findlay to the city manager was passed by council Monday. Warren deputy city treasurer was ap- pointed acting city treasurer by council filling the finance department vacancy created when Mr. Findlay was named city manager two ago. Council also unanimously approved a resolu- tion submitted by Aid. Bill Kergan that a resolu- tion passed a year ago ai'thorizing the hiring of an assistant city manager be rescinded. Former city manager Tom Nutting had re- quested the authorization and had interviewed several applicants ior the narrowing it down at one point to a candidate from B and another from Philadelphia. But Mr. when questioned by Aid. Kergan Monday said he didn't think the position was necessary. Council agreed to sell Hangar No. 4 at the Ke- nyan Field airport to the Lethbridge Flying Club for The sale was made according to the provisions of an agreement between the club and the city in 1968. Henderson Lake won't be graced with a ornamental courtesy of the Lethbridge Gyro after all. Council was informed Monday the club hat decided not to go through with the project. The Gyro Club offered to build the fountain which would shoot jets of water illuminated by multi-colored lights 20 feet into the air to celebrate the club's 50th anniversary. But the club wanted the city to share half the construction costs and council said while it would be happy to accept the gift and would pay maintenance costs it would not share construc- tion costs. The firm of Parkyn. McNab and chartered accountants has been rehired as auditors for the city in 1974 for a fee of This is more than last year and worth the according to city manager Allister Findlay. West side estimates were too ambitious but 1974 looks good Original estimates on the sale of lots in West Lethbridge in 1973 appears to have been overly city council was told Monday. But the administration feels the deficiency will be made up over and above initial expec- tations for city manager Allister Findlay said in a report to council on the status of West Lethbridge finances. Mr. Findlay said the opinion that sales will be good in 1974 is based on the fact the 6th Avenue S bridge will be com- pleted next year and that the response from the public is good with a heavy demand for west-side literature. Income from lots in 1973 is now expected to be only down from the forecast the city manager reports. This deficiency is made up in by a reduc- tion of expenditures of 000 through reduction or delay in engineering and electrical distribution he says. Engineering costs are 000 under budget and street District The Lethbrid0e Herald Second Section November 6 Pages 13-24 'Reform teachers' education' By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer CALGARY Educational problems in Alberta schools cannot be solved without first making fundamental changes in the education of the president of the Alberta School Trustees Association said Monday. Harald speaking the ASTA annual convention urged trustees to seriously about the need of a thorough-going reform of teacher education to insure that teachers are equipped with a firrn sense of direction and a commitment to the preservation and enlargement of human values The schools would have to be reformed simultaneously with the changes being made in teacher he said. Gov't to encourage candidates CALGARY The provin- cial government will provide the incentive for people to become involved as can- didates and voters in the school board elections to be held throughout the province next fall. The government will attempt to inform Albertans that their life-style can be reflected by school trustee the minister of education told the Alberta School Trustees Association annual convention here Mon- day Lou Hyndman said many Albertans are unaware of the power trustees have been given under the School Act and as a result they're apathetic toward getting in- volved in school board elec- tions. More reports Page 14. Mr. Gunderson told the most pressing educational problem is learn- ing how to create and main- tain a human environment in our This humane he can only be created by teachers who have the qualities and ability to tran- smit that commitment and sense of direction to their students. Mr. Gunderson claimed it is not just an Utopian hope that schools can be organized to facilitate joy in learning and developing character. There are school models now in existence that can be followed as examples of schools capable of providing this type of learning en- vironment. He urged trustees to unite and press the government for the changes they want to see take place in education. Mr Gunderson said a study done by a University of Alberta professor on Canadian school boards may have presented an accurate picture of school trustees when it said they weren't living up to the role of leaders in their com- munities. But Mr. Gunderson wasn't prepared to accept the study's prediction that school boards would be useless in about a decade and their respon- sibilities taken over by the department of education and Alberta Teachers Association. The scene is changing as trustees become more he said. The trustee grumbling and he will do more to insure that local autonomy and local government are more than mere puffery or figurehead to be circumvented at every He challenged the trustees to be confident in their positions as school board members and to have courage in their convictions. Bleak Henderson Lake Freezing temperatures and snow roads like snowdrifts for creeping traffic and ice on the windows. Lethbridge's weather experience for the past week is summed up in this taken looking east at Henderson Lake. City hall expansion will cost engineer ponder troublesome intersection An addition that will nearly double the present city hall floor space will cost approx- imately city council was told Monday. Aid. Vera a member of council's com- mittee studying space re- quirements at city said the addition would be built at the back of the present building and would in effect be like adding another city hall. The committee came to the conclusion that there have been too many band-aid approaches to city she said. While the estimate is to be included in the 1974 capital budget Aid. Ferguson .suggested it would likely be 1975 before anything was done about debenture borrowing for the project because of the time required for architects' plans to be drawn up and probably 1976 before any of the money was spent. if we don't start she see another group of councillors in five years doing the same Aid. Steve another member of the committee said the present city built in is old and not a proper working en- vironment. about time we took the bull by the horns and did something for our he said. Much of the extra space is required for an enlarged coun- cil chambers and to house community services depart- ment staff now in a building at 2nd Street and 5th Avenue S. Access to Centre Village Mall from 13th Street N. may be closed off as a .solution to traffic problems at the 13th Street and 2nd Avenue N intersection Randy city engineering told council this would be a better way of dealing with traffic congestion at the intersection than installing signal lights. Aid. Bill Kergan has asked for the lights in a resolution before council Monday. Aid. Kergan said the intersection was the busiest in North Lethbridge and the scene of several serious ac- cidents. He said he had been given a petition with 128 names on it supporting the request for traffic lights at the intersec- tion. don't want to have to see them come to council and he said. had enough of study and enough of talking and enough of Mr. Kergan said the intersection was especially hazardous to pedestrians because drivers speed up to try and beat the lights at 2nd Avenue. He said he has also had to wait five minutes behind a city transit bus trying in vain to get across 13th Street and 2nd Avenue. But Mr. Holfeld said that while the statistics showed the intersection to indeed be the busiest on the north the intersection still didn't meet the accepted criteria for signal while 2nd Avenue did. There are more conflicting traffic movements at that intersection than at 2nd he said. Mr. Holfeld said closing the entrance to the shopping centre would result in a drastic reduction in accidents at the intersection while maintaining the flexibility of the two intersections. Aid. Kergan protested that not installing lights because the intersection didn't meet the required statistical criteria was a poor but council voted to table his motion for a report and recommendation from the engineering department. Aldermen Kotch and Barnes joined Aid. Kergan in voting against the tabling motion. paving has been delayed to while the major portion of electrical distribution costs will not be incurred until 1975 or later when population builds up. Temporary electric dis- tribution now being installed will be adequate until that says Mr. Findlay. He also reported that the city has received an Alberta Housing Corporation cheque for for land half of which will be used for interior subdivision servicing and the other half for develop- ment of the major park and lake in West Lethbridge Land banking allows the city to sell land it intends to develop later to the housing corporation to get money for present development. Lot sales then give the city money to repurchase the land from the AHC. In another west side council agreed Monday to ter- minate immediately the city's contract with Calgary architect Harry Heuer. Mr. Heuer had been hired to design a cluster of model homes for the city to use in the West. Lethbridge development Mr. Findlay told council Monday the city hasn't obtain- ed the plans and specifications from the architect but intends to hold him to the agreement. he the general feeling was that the designs would be expensive to build although they can be used with some modifications. The city has reserved seven lots in the stage one subdivi- sion to build its model homes As of last week options had been taken on 51 not counting the city's and five houses are being built on the west side Pool still nameless Aid. Bill Kergan won the good humor award but little else in his attempt Monday night to get city council to name the new city indoor swimming pool 15th Avenue North Family not I'll he said to the hoots of his fellow councillors got no flourish or style but it's not bad when you think about it want to know where it is and what kind of a facility it is and that tells them both After a further round of Aid. Kergan get the feeling this is not going to He was right Only Aid. Steve Kotch voted for the proposal and he said he only voted for it to get it off the table. That Feft the pool which is due for completion next May still without an of- ficial name after council's se- cond try at the task. Two weeks ago a motion to name it the Churchill Pool was defeated but Aid. Vera Ferguson said Monday she was sorry council hadn't agreed to that name then. Aid. Cam Barnes said he didn't see what was wrong with simply naming it the North Lethbridge Pool. To seek or not to seek industry By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer A request from economic development officer Dennis. O'Connell for trade promotion in 1974 including a trip to Japan sparked a debate on indur'rial growth in the city at council's Monday night meeting. When Aid. Vera Ferguson questioned the need for the funds ahead of 1974 budget Aid. Cam Barnes hinted that the Japan trip could result in one or even two major in- dustrial plants employing 400-500 people coming to the city. This didn't impress Aid. however. she has never sat down and discussed whether or not the city needs more and more industry. feel strongly this is one area in which council has been she said. just bumble along saying we want this kind of industry or we want that kind of industry. don't look down the road and ask what we really want in this place do we really want another industry employing 400 we don't want any more industry these are things we never Aid. Steve Kotch disagreed with Aid. Ferguson's analysis. already too late to decide whether or not we want in- dustrial he said. made that decision when we decided to invest millions of dollars in West Lethbridge. need growth like that to recoup our investment. day of deciding whether we grow or what we want to do has long gone by the The proposed trip to which kicked off the debate and was eventually approved by council as part of the trade promotion will be made the week of Jan. 21. Making the trip which will include stops in Tokyo and Osaka will be Mr Aid Barnes and a representative of the provincial government agency in charge of trade with the Pacific Rim countries Council had previously approved a motion that the be included in 1974 budget but since com- mitments had to be made this month for the council was asked foe immediate approval of the money for trade promotion. Aid. Barnes told council Mr. O'Connell has been dealing with provincial governn ent trade commission concerning the Japanese venture and two large plants could come to Alberta. is in a position to receive one if not both of he said. He added that he co ildn't reveal the names or even the nature of the industries a-. this stage. it will take repr nentatives from the city as well as the province there in pen to bring these he said. Aid. Bames also said the trip was necessary .to furnish documented proof to the lederal ministry of transport of the trade in Alberta beef through Lethbridge to in connec- tion with the city's proposal to expand the Kenyon Field airport. Aid Kotch also found another reason to support the trip. Japanese money for investment purposes is cheaper than other sources in the United States or Eastern Canada right he and contacts there could give the city an edge in attracting businesses that need investment capital. Deputy Mayor Vaughan who filled in as chairman for Mayor Andy Anderson away in Calgary with Mr. O'Connell this said he supported the trade promotion re- quest because it is important the city have choices open to it. have choices you have to find out who is interested in coming he said. a reasonable expense in terms of Aid. Vera Ferguson remained unconvinced saying that until council has a blanket policy on trade promotion she was not prepared to sign a blank cheque for While only Aid. Ed Bastedo supported her in opposing approval of the other aldermen agreed it would have been better if Mr. O'Connell had been at council's meeting or had made a written submission in support of his request. Aid. Bastedo said Mr. O'Connell already had travel ex- penses and he should have come to council to explain why the additional expenses were required. Mr. O'Connell's office was given this year in the city's 1973 budget. Aid. Steve Kotch need ;