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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 14, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Thursday, November 14, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Cardston MD Council wishes local control By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald Staff Writer CARDSTON An application by Reed Merrill of Calgary for a subdivision has been rejected by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission, the Cardston Municipal District council was told Tuesday by Coun. Ken Beswick of Spring Coulee. Mr. Merrill wanted to build a residence south of Hillspring on a 45-acre parcel. "Mr. Merrill will quite likely appeal the decision to the provincial planning appeal said secretary treasurer Roy Legge. Coun. Beswick said council must draft its own zoning plan, as it is empowered to do by its development control bylaw. But he said councillors are "reluctant to take the bull by the horns and make ourselves unpopular." Said Coun. Beswick: "Someone has got to say which land they can build on and which land they don't build on. If we don't, the planning commission will. The other representatives from urban or town, they are going to tell you where people can live." Speaking with clear recollection of the Foothills, Little Bow convention, at which its resolution urging for local control of sub- divisions was sunk, Coun. Beswick said, "We are being naive if we think they are going to give us control of subdivision." Nevertheless, council decided to try the same resolution again at the Alberta Associa- tion of Municipal Districts and Counties convention this week. Said Mr. Beswick, council's representative to the planning commission: "Is it better to be- unpopular and have some appropriate zoning. Afterwards maybe we'll have a plan that works." "As far as I am concerned, what I own is said newly elected councillor Ken Woolford of Cardston who displaced former reeve Harold Jensen in the Oct. 16 municipal elections. But Coun. Beswick urged his fellow coun- cillors to start co-operating with the planners. "We don't think the planning commission should have the final said Coun. Beswick, "But personally, I don't think we are going to get what we want. My suggestion would be that instead of working against the planning commission, we work with it." He said a municipality has no chance of proving to the commission as a whole that its subdivision recommendation is better than the planning executive's proposal. "I think we do stand alone with some of our said Coun, Beswick. "If we do stand alone, then we have no chance of getting a change. We have got to quit butting our heads against the wall." Council decided to butt its head once more. At next week's convention it will urge again "that all final dedsions> on planning and sub- divisions be made by the local government in each area after recommendations from the regional planning commission. The MD wants the final say because: "Representatives of the regional plann- ing commission are not primarily concerned with the needs and wants of ratepayers in each local government for subdivisions "Representatives on the regional com- missions cannot judge objectively from only those comments that have been presented by the regional chief planner and the local representatives to make decisions that justify the requirements of local subdividers and local government "Civil servants with no public commit- ment can vote on public bodies, for example, the department of highways "Municipal council representation on regional commissions is very low thereby allowing an overweight of power to urban representation "The regional plan of the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission as proposed contains restrictions such as, first, develop- ment adjacent to Waterton Park; second, small holdings with the minimum size of 80 acres; and third, intensive livestock operations "Local government representatives would have a better perspective on the growth and needs of the concerned area "Local rural government would have a better perspective regarding rural sub- divisions for small market farms, hog operations, feedlots, vegetable and fruit gar- dens "Local government planning would be responsible for the needs and wishes of-the electorate and would not stray far from sound planning." MD council secretary to assist stockmen CARDSTON (Staff) Cardston Municipal District secretary treasurer Roy Legge told council Tuesday he will assist livestock producers who apply for interest free, a head, one-year loans un- der the provincial calf program. The maximum loan would be and dealme for applications, to be completed at the MD office, is Jan 31. "Anybody who has calves can get this loan." said Mr. Legge. Ken Schultz of the Cardston and District Hockey Associa- tion was advised by council to meet with the Cardston school division board to see if the minor hockey program can be sponsored by the board. If this is possible, the 130 boys would come under the school bus insurance scheme Then the MD council would be agreeable to paying 15 cents a mile for about 2.500 miles the boys travel in a season. The association has already been offered the use of a school bus. said Mr. Schultz. and would have to raise for insurance. licence plates and gasoline if the school board cannot sponsor the program. Minor hockey coaches would drive. "I am sure in favor of that program. I will tell you that." said newly elected councillor Mike Schneyder of Magrath Mr Schultz said parents have driven the boys to games over the past seven years but assistance is needed now. Council learned Chief Moun- tain Industries, a company that manufactures surgical beds, has offered the MD land at Spring Coulee on which the community well owned by the MD. is located. The firm moved from Spring Coulee to Magrath Jan 1. The offer is in lieu of about in taxes owed to the MD However, said Mr Legge, the well land has nol been turned over Jo the MD because of a "discrepancy between the authorized capital of the firm and the registered office" Coun Ken Beswirk of Spring Coulee will negotiate the legal technicality further with Jay Marsden. president of Chief Mountain Industries Council agreed to bulldoze trees and clear a one half mile of road on its road allowance south of Highway 5 near the boundary to Walerton Lakes National Park to enable ranchers Jim Allred and Art Peterson to move cattle in and out of their grazing area in the park Waterton superintendent Tom Smith asked that this be done before next spring. The park road formerly used will be grassed. Duane Wynder, another stockman, will be advised of the new road in case he wants to fence his cattle from it. Mr. Smith said the park road, in the vicinity of Crook- ed Creek, now draws explor- ing tourists and he fears an unattended camp fire might cause trouble in the wooded area. At the same time, when fiunters use a park road to get to hunting areas outside the park, then return through the park, their guns are not sealed. This leads to charges "They may get an elk or a dear and there is nothing to prove they didn't shoot it in the said the superintendent. The Waterton superinten- dent told council the park has hired three seasonal wardens for extra duty this winter, patrolling the park boundaries for poachers. "We prosecuted 62 peopoe last year and issued hundreds of he said. The hunting began in this area Wednesday. Council learned the Warner County. Cardston Municipal District and Cardston school division have all gone on record as opposing MLA Ted Hinman's suggestion that an urban rural county be form- ed at Magrath as its centre and including the town ad- ministration within this jurisdiction Newly elected councillors were told not to confuse it with a county as authorized by the province now The secretary treasurer said formation of an urban rural county at Magrath would fragmentale the three local government bodies that oppose such a move Council learned carpeting renovations to the MD Building will cost The MD and the school division will share the cost equally Touncil decided once 1lic carpet is installed it will raise the rent it charges the school division for office space The division now leases the space for per annum Ross Uihel of Mountain View has run into more "red tape" in his efforts to launch a clothing factory a! Mountain View Council learned the department of manpower and labor has rejected his applica- tion for a subdivision on the grounds of inadequate sewage disposal facilities Taber firms to vote on hours TABER (HNS) Retail merchants here will vote this month on a new shopping hours proposal which would allow local stores to stay open until 9 p.m. three nights a week. The Taber Businessmen's Association decided Tuesday to ask merchants if they would accept a new town allowing stores to stay open late Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The existing bylaw, which has been the centre of much controversy in the com- munity, allows stores to stay open day until 6 p.m. ex- cept Wednesday when stores close at noon. The new proposal would allow stores to stay open Wednesday until 6 p.m. If merchants agree to the new hours the TBA will approach town council and ask that the current bylaw be changed. New council to sign with RCMP The Herald" District CARDSTON (HNS) The new town council decided to sign a contract with the RCMP for police services after Jan 1 and elected not to conduct a plebescite on the issue Mayor Leron Pitcher cast a single dissenting vote on the contract, but the plebiscite question was decided un- animously The RCMP is to supply the town with a four man detach- ment under the contract Post office officials re- quested patrolling of the post office because mail boxes are being pried open and cheques taken The police are also be- ing asked to clear town streets of vehicles parked longer than 24 hours. Council endorsed an Oldman River Planning Com- mission proposal that more workshops be conducted on the problems of small centres and rural areas Former councilman Don Caldwell was appointed alter- nate planning commission member Councilman Wanda Jensen was appointed a represen- tative to the Alberta Mental Health Advisory Council Helen Weston's request to open a day care centre m the old Home Motel was dis- cussed Council suggested another location be found for the enterprise. Council suggested that the chamber of commerce develop a brochure to be made available at the Carway Port of Entry The health committee will investigate the best use of in- terest that has accumulated on Cardston health society funds The telephone system will be changed in the town office to improve communication. Permission was granted to the curling club to run the con- each day as cold weather approaches, as shown by cessions at the curling rink xu- L. i x T- The sidewalk will be replac- this photograph taken near Fort Macleod. pH m v WALTER KERBER Dhoto Fading sun The late afternoon sun sinks lower and lower ed in front centre of the social South in short Fund drive planned Nov. 14 TABER (HNS; Buy a candle and "light up for mental health" is the theme of a three community blitz. Nov 14. Taber chairman for Canadian Mental Health Association's education and publicity committee Bob Hagel says that four youth groups will be making the house to house canvass The Lutheran Church young people. The F. C. Y. F. of the Evangelical Free Church, the Tanicum-Egro Youth Club of the Catholic Church, and the Shaloam Teen Club of Vauxhall and Hays. Candles being sold for one dollar were made by the patients in the occupational therapy department of the Alberta Hospital. Edmonton and are a means of raising funds and developing increased awareness of CMHA objectives. The one dollar contributions qualify the donar in a draw for a trip for two to Europe, a three day fishing trip for two. a lamp, and a number of cash awards. Donors must retain their ticket receipts for the December 23 draw. All proceeds from the project will be used to further the work of the CMHA in Alberta, says Mr. Hagel. Farmer's sticky problem solved CARDSTON (Staff) Maurice L. Bennett's problem is tons of mud and it looks like it's going to be taken off his back Mr. Bennett has a pasture m the St. Man River valley at Kimball. 11 miles southeast of here Every year the water from Hartman Lake, situated on a plateau about one-quarter of a mile above his pasture, drains down the coulee. The flood water rips off the coulee banks This mud and silt is left on Mr Bennett's pasture. He doesn't want it. Tuesday the Cardston Municipal District council learned he's going to be relieved of it Regional administrator Ron J. Knight of the water resources management divi- sion of the department of the environment told council an erosion control system has been proposed for the big hil! "The minister has been getting so darn many letters he told us to do something about it to fix it up. The maintenance involves clean- ing at the bottom." The MD council voted to accept the maintenance responsibility. 'We have been after them for years to try and get them to do something." Mr. Bennett said after the meeting He says the natural course for the water is to drain toward the east, toward Jefferson "But some of the people out there don't want >t." Coun. Mike Schneyder of Magrath agreed with Mr. Knight that the shortest and best way for the drain would be the one-quarter mile dis- tance to the St. Marv River. Crowsnest Pass Bureau VERNON OECOUX, RMKlcnt 562-2149 Taber budget Parkinson returned chairman short for school year TABER (HNS) On first draft. Taber School Division's 1975 budget will fall more than S150.000 short of its balanced objective, because revenue in- creases did not offset planned increases "in expenditures. Minister of Education L D Hyndman announced at the trustees" annual convention certain allowable deductions and announced increases which affect school division financing, cine The per pupil grant will in- crease 15 per cent above the 1974 level, adding 5238.974 Jo the division's grant The transportation grant, frozen since 3971. will go up by 12 per cent or lor a tola] foundation grant in- crease S276.22fi To this is an allowable IS per cent increase in the supplement srv quisiiions against municipal administrations or for a total increase in revenue of Mil 117 Apainst this increase and overbalanced by it are an- Impaled expenditure in- creases of 15 per cenl salary increase nr increase IT. employee benefits nf increase in purchased and contracted ser- vices of and increase in professional development and trustee allowances of 750 TABER (HNS) Thomas J. Parkinson was returned as chairman of the board of trustees of Taber School Division 6. at its recent organizational meeting, vice chairman is Ray B. Evanson All trustees comprise the finance and policy committee headed by the chairman, and the buiding committee headed by Mr. Evanson. The transportation committee comprises Allen H. Wolfer chairman. E B. (Budi Peterson, and the trustee from the sub division Concerned. On the board teacher advisory committee are trustees ttilliam Penner. Mrs Mary Cunningham, and Mr Peterson Remembrance service conducted BLAIRMORE