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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 20, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta District The LetKbridge Herald Local news Lathbrldga. November 1973 Council avoids debate on trade If there was to be debate on the city's trade promo- tion and industrial growth policy it wan't scheduled for Monday night. Council simply accepted with thanks three letters it received from the public on the subject and filed them away without discussion Even Aid. Vera who charged two weeks ago that council has never considered an industrial growth voted with the rest of council to take no action on the letters. Two of the letter-writers suggested the city should avoid the for growth's while a third writer supported the continued industrial growth of the city. The matter arose during a discussion of a trade promotion trip to Japan in at which it was revealed two Japanese-backed firms are considering locating in the city. New stadium funds okayed City baseball and football fans will have a place to sit next season when they watch their teams at Henderson stadium City council Monday okayed a expenditure in 1974 on what was termed at least a beginning on replacement of the stands that burned to the ground this summer. best we can hope for is a beginning with possible ex- pansion of the stadium the following said com- munity services director Bob Bartlett That was good enough for the Lethbndge Lakers baseball who had in- formed council they needed to know by the end of the month whether or not they would be able to field a team next season. Brian a team direc- told council the team would like to see covered stands with seating for about people with por- table bleachers available at the sides Mr Bartlett said plans were only in the preliminary stage and one possibility being look- ed at was covered portable stands. Mel representing the Southern Alberta High School Football League and the Minor Football presented three alternative plans for football stadiums to council. He said baseball was not conducive to football and the existing facility at Henderson Park had several drawbacks as far as football was concerned. Mr Clewes suggested a separate football stadium could be built as a possible city-school boards joint ven- ture at Winston Churchill High School or Wilson Junior High School. Council quickly vetoed that saying there just wasn't enough money at the present time for such a project. Mr. Clewes outlined the problems in using the Henderson Park field for both baseball and the chief one being poor location of baseball seating for foot- ball Futility Earl 1241 13 Ave. clears the week- end snow from his sidewalk. He'd better not put his shovel away because the weather officlhs forecasting more snow. The temperature will climb to 35 to 40 with strong westerly winds. The warm weather will stay until tomorrow afternoon when Leth- bndge will receive some cold northerly air which will be followed by two to three inches of snow.________ Sewage project could hinder road work plan By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer The spectre of a million expenditure for expansion of the city sewage treatment plant hung heavy over city council's capital budget deliberations Monday. With a large proportion of the city's borrowing capacity for capital projects in 1974 and 1975 already committed to the Sportsplex and the 6th Avenue S the treatment plant project is looming large at a time when a major upgrading of the city's road network is being planned The capital budget calls for expenditures of in in 1975 and in 1976 to create a north-south artery and bypass at 43rd and primary east-west traffic arteries on 1st Avenue S and 5th Avenue N. City engineering director Randy Holfeld told council Monday the provincial en- vironment department could force the city to expand its sewage plant as early as next but he is still hoping it can be delayed even beyond 1975 Mr Holfeld said the city has expanded and updated its water and sewage works in the last few while the transportation system has taken a back seat. The department of he has long felt the city has not taken ad- vantage of the cost-sharing program in which the province pays 75 per cent of the construction costs of roadways The possibility of sewage plant expansion infringing on the highways program provoked some debate. Aid. Bill Kergan said he favored plant. v like to see 43rd Street but it's ahead of time as far as priorities are he said. But Aid. Cam Barnes said city councils have been City a welfare wonderland' City council was accused Monday of encouraging a wonderland second only to the socialist paradise of Sweden whole thing is getting out of said local resi- dent Mona Thorburn Launching into an attack on LIP and OFY Miss Thorburn suggested many of them were used by their initiators to get cozy jobs for their friends. Miss Thorburn specifically attacked Information Lethbndge for being foisted on unaware a Native Studies program which has applied for a LIP and the Birth Control and In- formation Centre. asking for merely to ask the Natives a few like why you came she said of the Native Studies program. Miss Thorburn attacked the Birth Control and Information Centre for running ads in the newspaper she to advertise two meetings it sponsored. When challenged by Aid. Bill Kergan to justify her statement in her letter to council that public monies were being squandered for Miss Thorburn referred to the Volunteer Action Centre and the Senior Citizens Switchboard. The Senior Citizens Switchboard was an OFV pro- ject this summer which con- tacted senior citizens who weren't involved in establish- ed senior citizen on a daily basis. The Volunteer Action Centre was recently establish- ed to find volunteers for various community agencies. It is operating on temporary funds provided by the social action committee of the Assumption but has an application in for a LIP grant and a city grant Mayor Andy Anderson said the community services ad- visory committee does a great deal of research work before making its recommendations to council on where the city's grant money should go can't see where we've made too many he said putting back the 43rd Street project for 5Vi years. It's important to go ahead with it to keep up with the growth of the he said second he said of the possibility the city will be required to beef up the sewage plant in 1975 Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff termed the 43rd Street important for all of Southern Alberta not just but wondered where the dollars would come from if the city was by the provincial government for sewage after committing itself to the road work know what the last one cost he referring to the initial million to build the secondary sewage that seriously upset our we commit ourselves now for a large expenditure on the highways we have to finish the know what my priorities but I also know where the throne is up he said. Resolution of the problem was eventually left for a later date after Mr. Findlay re- quested the matter' be deferred until the costs of ac- quisition of right-of-ways for the roads is determined. The city manager also said there is a possibility the senior governments will share a part of the cost of sewage plant expansion. Council passed in principle the 1974 portion of the 1974-76 capital budget projections after adding for campground development to next year's programs A proposed expenditure of in 1975 for an Indian Friendship Centre and Hostel was rejected in a unanimous yote by council. 7- city is always asked to go first let the senior levels of government go first on this said Deputy Mayor Hembroff in making the mo- tion to exclude the facility from the budget. Mayor Andy Anderson agreed. the responsibili- ty of the federal he said. The campground develop- ment sum was moved up from 1976 after council decided while it still favored private enterprise operation of the city's campground facilities were not getting any better while waiting for private enterprise to move in. Mayor Anderson said five different people have put forward proposals for development of a river valley camp-ground but land costs were too high. may have to look at alternatives such as leasing the he said. Aid Barnes said he under- Council briefs stood there would be a definite campground proposal put forward by private capital next spring. 4-day holiday for city staff City hall workers will get the Monday before Christmas off in exchange for working the Saturday before the holiday. The switch was approved by city council after City Manager AUister Findlay told council the Monday which is Christmas Eve would be a useless day for getting any work done. The switch will -4jive city hall staff a four-day Christ- mas Holiday. City council got a petition from 31 Centre Village Mall merchants Monday opposing closure of the shopping centre's 13th Street N. entrance. The closure was suggested by the city engineering department as one possible solution to traffic problems at the 13th Street and 2nd Avenue N intersection. The merchants feel moving the 2nd Avenue A traffic lights to 2nd Avenue or banning pedestrian crossings at the 2nd Avenue intersection would be better solutions. Afteport on the situation a being prepared by the engineering department and will be presented to council's next meeting Dec. 3. An administrative reorganization in the city manager's office was approv- ed by city council Monday. City Manager Allister Findlay said in a letter to council he had studied the organization of his office with the city directors and the con- clusion was that too many aspects of the city's operation were centralized within the office. A major Mr. Findlay was the ad- ministration of land sales and purchases with many employees involved in land dealings without proper supervision Land sales and said Mr. will be assigned to the city clerk with transactions reverting to proven system maintained by the city up to In other the posi- tion of economic development officer was changed to direc- tor of economic development to reflect the responsibility level it has reached. Two land exchanges to clear up right-of-ways on the west side of the Oldman River for the 6th Avenue S. bridge were approved by city council Mon- day. The city will offer the University of Lethbndge 46 acres of land adjacent to un- iversity land for 1.9 acres of land required for the road right-of-way to the bridge The other deal involves ex- change of several acres of river valley land with West- view Development Co. Ltd. Some type of reasonable weed control opposite the Parkview Trailer Court will be carried out by the city in but extension of bus ser- vice to the trailer court won't be made for the time being. In a report to council on the trailer City Manager Allister Findlay said there are limitations in ex- tending transit services to the extremities of the and questioned the necessity of providing these services to the trailer park at this time. Weed control and bus ser- vice were among requests made by residents of the trailer court in a presentation to council a month ago They also complained about poor lack of fire hydrants and other inade- quacies in the trailer court at 43rd Street and 12th Avenue S. Mr. Findlay said im- provements within the trailer park in 1974 will be dependent on financial arrangements made by the and is beyond city control. Council took no action on the report. New busing service costs a month more By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer City school boards are digging into the taxpayers' pockets for a month more than in 1972 to pay for tran- sporting students to and from school. School buses are now motoring to and from Lethbridge schools at a cost of about a month slightly more than per school day. The increase is a direct result of new government school busing regulations announced last spring. The new regulations say any elemen- tary student living more than three- quarters of a mile away from school is eligible to ride a school bus. The former eligibility distance was 1ft miles. The change in the eligibility distance caused a substantial increase in the number of students riding buses this fall to cope with the three new 66-passenger buses had to be purchased by the city transit system. The city transit which provides the bus service to Lethbridge then asked for a 10-cent-a-mile Increase in operating costs from the school boards to help pay for the new buses. The school boards granted the Increase this fall and now pay 85 cents per mile for the City of bus service to their schools. Reducing the eligibility distance to three-quarters of a mile for elementary itudents has created all types of iroblems for the two school systems. To cope with the the public ind separate schools co-operated in itaggerinf the opening and closing Jmes of their school day. Congestion was a major problem in he Lethbridge Collegiate Datholic Central Hifh School and the Ul_4. ._.- -I_u About Lethbridge students are bused to school at a cost of about a day. officials say. about students are eligible to ride the bus to and from those schools. A lane was constructed behind LCI at a cost of about to make it easier for the buses to transport students in and out of that area. To keep the number of miles the buses have to travel per day down to some buses transport students to three different schools. Other buses make two trips to one school. The transit system operates 17 or 18 with weather bases students to and from school. And still some parents think the service should be expanded. The public school board office receiv- ed rash of complaints this fall from parents of elementary children who were angry because children in the next block were being bused to school and their children had to walk because they were outside the boundary. In the opinion of one school the government goofed when It reduced the eligibility distance for elementary students in urban areas. be too great a distance for a y to but in the city the have sidewalks to walk there likely are other children they can walk with from the same block and the bulldinfs give the children some protection from the he said. The official claimed busing has helped to balance school populations in the but he questioned whether bus- ing was really more economic than the expansion of school buikHnfs. Complaints have also been received from residents who suddenly found this bus stops. The increase in the number of youngsters riding the buses also increased the need for more bus stops in residential areas. Home owners have complained that youngsters waiting for the buses have damaged their property by playing on their lawns instead of standing on the sidewalk. Some motorists have also complain- ed to the separate school office that children waiting for buses are playir on the street. They were creating. Some of the bus stops have been mov- ed in an effort to improve the but bus stops are necessary in residen- tial areas and people will have to learn to live with some of the problems they one school official said in an interview. The increase in the number of students using the school buses may have caused a few headaches for school however the smooth operation of the school busing system by the city transit department may have eased the pain somewhat. Spokesmen for both school divisions applauded the department for effec- tively handling the additional busing load this fall with the addition of only three buses. the school busing contracts have eased the city transit system's the office manager and dispatcher for the system Jim MacLean says the revenue ob- tained from the contracts with the two school systems Is greater thin its revenue from regular transit routes. He says the buses travel about miles a day just on regular school routes. Most students who ride buses are transported to and from school twice each day because they are also taken home each noon hour for lunch. Are buses ;