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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Wvdnttday, October 2, 1974 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD lie Herald" District OAL AL Changing scene Construction and activity are bringing changes to once-placid Coaldale. But the changes aren't all good ones, some residents say. Coaldale beset with growing pains as population increases COALDALE The highway sign greeting the motorist driving into this rapidly growing town reads: "Coaldale, a good place to live." Outgoing councillor Peter Letkemann agrees with the sign's message, but says the incoming town council should keep a close eye on growth if Coaldale is to re- main a "good place to live." The six year Coaldale resident and University of Lethbridge professor claims growth won't necessarily benefit Coaldale. New industry and more residential development don't always lead to an improved stan- dard of living or reductions in taxes, says Peter, soon to leave his seat on town council. The bearded, 39 year old sociologist, who spent his three year term on council warning against growth for growth's sake, says the incoming council should review the popular attitude that "what's good for main street is good for everybody." Says Peter: "People in small towns like, Coaldale have to change their attitude that urban sprawl is inevitable." As Coaldale grows, the town must subsidize new ser- vices and upgrade existing ones, often eliminating the tax cuts people expect from growth. "We just managed to build a swimming pool and an ice arena, and now they're he observes. "I live in Coaldale because I want to live in Coaldale not Lethbridge. "To me it's well worth the extra little bit I may have to pay in taxes." "Peter says the extra cost is worth the advantages of living in a smaller com- munity: "I know the merchants by name. "We don't have traffic jams. "There's relatively little crime "We know the parents of our kids' friends." He says it's easy for small towns to accede to pressures for growth from ratepayers and developers: "People put considerable pressure on their elected officials to make towns, like Coaldale show signs of growth. "It's easy for small towns to sell out... Industry knows that every small town wants them Industry drives very hard bargains." By the time a town provides service for industry, he argues, the economic benefit of new industry may be negligible. Real estate developers can also drive hard bargains, he adds. By selling lots which didn't include the cost of servicing, developers were able until recently to leave lot buyers with the cost of installing water, sewer and paved streets. Now developers must "prepay" servicing costs, according to the town's development control bylaw. But now that a land shortage has forced up the price of serviced building sites, Peter says he's worried that premium lot prices may bring developers back to Coaldale's new council asking the town to relax its control bylaw. "Up until this year, we didn't have prepaid sub- divisions It seemed like the charitable thing to do." Lot buyers, however, often faced paying out almost as much to service their lots as they did to buy them in the first place. For instance, the cost of servicing a 60 foot lot with water and sewer runs about a front foot over 20 years, or Paving streets costs an additional a foot, or Peter says Coaldale has grown to the point where it offers the amenities of city life with the friendly at- mosphere of a small town. He says if hamlets like Ray- mond or Stirling receive future growth before towns like Coaldale, hamlet residents will receive many of the services now enjoyed by bigger communities. Separate consideration given Cranbrook areas CRANBROOK (Special) City officials have decided to treat Little Van Home and Wattsville Road areas separately for petition pur- poses on sewer and water im- provements. Only those opposing the im- provements need sign the two petitions at city hall. Failure to sign will be deemed as con- sent by city officials. This was the outcome of a recent meeting of property- owners of the two areas. It was called by city hall. The city is proposing a sewer extension as a local im- provement at a cost of 000 of which (one- third) would be the respon- sibility of the estimated 70 homeowners, businesses and motels on South Van Home St. Residents seemed upset at the meeting because they think they are being used as a link in the utilities chain that will open a private housing development to the south. This would be on what at pre- sent is undeveloped farmland flanking Innes Ave. to llth St. N. Cranbrook acting mayor Stephan Atchison presided at the meeting! Also attending were Aid. Ron Powell; city adminstrator Bland Hoover; and Murray Carvey, acting consulting engineer. Acting mayor Atchison told the meeting the new water in- stallation would cost On a local improvement basis, area owners would pay S376.000. He said the city will Charity worth try, 'Pass Elks told COLEMAN The greatest '.of all virtues is charity. Elks exalted ruler Russ Jackman said here recently as he urged his fellow Elks to get involved in the deaf detection program. He said this Elks program is giving many young Canadians improved hearing. "Because of it. many youngsters are hearing for the time in their young [lives." he said. "Let's [progress by participation." He was speaking to Elks of Fernie, Coleman. Blair- more. Pincher Creek and Granum lodges at a gathering here The Elks Purple Cross fund provides the money for the program. "The deaf detection fund was the best thing we ever did.'.' said the exalted ruler. This province now has two deaf detection units on tour. Mr. Jackman said, and youngsters from B.C. to Manitoba are being helped as the work spreads. He urged the Elks to sup- port their officers. Exalted rulers of each lodge "had a tough job to do." District deputy grand ex- alted ruler Charles Wesley of Granum thanked the speaker. Shelby womens'fair opens Saturday SHELBY The doors to the third annual Food and Fashion Fair will open at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Shelby High School gymnasium. About women from northern Montana and southern Alberta are expected to attend the event. It is co-sponsored by the ex- tension homemakers in Toote, Teton. Glacier, Uberty and Pondera counties; merchants; and KSEN Radio. Dr. Dorothy Lyle of Silver Springs, Md., and John Murphy of Memphis. Tenn., will speak Saturday morning. Mrs. Lyle is the director of consumer relations for the International Fabricare In- stitute. Road plan raises ire of RDEK CRANBROOK (Special) The Regional District of East Kootenay is not grateful to the provincial government for its late summer start on im- provements to the Cranbrook Airport Road. The RDEK council charges "gross misuse of funds" by the department of highways. Aid. John Daigle of Kimberley says it is "ridiculous" to spend in widening and repairing potholes in the winding sec- tion between Cranbrook and the St. Eugene Mission. In proposing a resolution that the board "object in the strongest possible to highway work. Aid. Daigle also included work on the Wycliffe bridge, which has gone on all summer, "and will still leave us with that dinky bridge." Aid. Daigle said plans are to reroute the Cranbrook Kimberley highway, bridging the St. .Mary River farther downstream from Wycliffe, and also to replace the present airport road. "Why are they wasting our asked Aid. Daigle. While you're at said director Ron Johnston of Kimberley to administrator Frank Bertoia. who will write Ihe letter, "Why not take the opportunity to again point out our displeasure with the lack of consultation on highway planning." The letter, to Highways Minister Graham Lea. will be copied and sent to Premier Dave Barrett as finance minister and Minies Minister Leo Nimsick. MLA for (his area. apply for senior government assistance. It could ease the burden on sewer construction. Payment by property owners for any approved local improvement would be on a frontage tax basis. South In short Kootenay docket set CRANBROOK, B.C. (HNS) Kenneth Meredith will preside at the East Kootenay Fall Assize session that opened Monday. The criminal docket is estimated to require at least two weeks and lists five hearings: non-capital murder Regina vs Lepine, transferred here from Nelson; rape: Regina vs Alan Henry Patrick Leary, transferred from Nelson; and rape: Regina vs Gordon Staroszik, Golden; indecent assault; Regina vs Darrel Mitchell et al, Golden. The fifth criminal bearing is Regina vs James D. McLellan, Kimberley, who is charged with intent to cause an explosion. This arose from the blast in a private vehicle at a Kimberley RCMP parking yard. Two appeals are scheduled against Provincial Court convic- tions: Joseph Sprovieri against an impaired driving conviction, and Donald James Mazur against a refusal to take a breathalizer test. Coleman list out this year COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Returning officer John Kapalka of Coleman announced this week there will be no voters list in Coleman this year and voting will be done by registration. Polling booths are to be set up in the council chambers on Oct. 16 and voting will be from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The six seats on council are to be contested by incumbents Ted Kryczka, Emily Misura, Bill Skura, Jerry Rejman and Joe Wavrecan and newcomers William Field, not Wells who was in- correctly identified earlier, Robert K. Liddel. Romeo Thibert, and Glen Ppulton. Contesting Coleman's seat on the Crowsnest Pass Hospital Board and Nursing District No. 40 are incumbent Melville Cornett and newcomer Donald E. Fleming. Mayor John Holyk was returned by acclamation. Lily Larter is 93 IRON SPRINGS (HNS) Lily Larter, a pioneer resident of the Iron Springs district, marked her 93rd birthday recently. She came to this country with her husband, the late E. J. Larter from England shortly af ter the turn of the century. They settled on their homestead south of Iron Springs in September, 1906. They also spent time at Brocket where Mrs. Larter worked with an Anglican missionary and his wife at the Indian Mission. While there she had the title Princess Morning Star conferred on her. She has resided at the Green Acres Lodge at Lethbridge for the past six years. Expectant parent class set PUNCHER CREEK {Special) Registration and the first prenatal class for expectant parents will be held at p.m. Oct. 7, in Room 11 of the Matthew Halton Community School here. It is sponsored by the local chapter of the Alberta Associa- tion of Registered Nurses. Janice Rullan, a registered nurse, will instruct. It comprises seven sessions. If the doctor approves, relaxa- tion exercises may be done by the student Coal fallout redueed in Coleman vicinity COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) A total of 89.861 tons of dust per square mile per month. That's a test tube reading. The reading was taken by department of environment monitors at the Coleman arena in July. It is measured in a small cylinder and then taken from filters at a laboratory at Ed- monton. Then it is ex- trapolated to get the reading per square mile per month. What does it mean? Town council thinks it means the air is clearing. The report from 11 monitors in various parts of town shows that the highest dust fall is at the Coleman arena, about three blocks from the Coleman Collieries tipple. The lowest reading is from a cylinder at the Miller Fleming residence, a few blocks from the arena. The reading there, for July, is 12.984 tons per square mile per month. "I don't believe Mrs. Fleming said when contacted by The Herald Monday mor- ning. "There is one of those things on the pole but it is hanging off the pole. It is up- side down." If this is true, then how ac- curate is the 12.984 tons per square mile per month reading? A department of the en- vironment official said it was like this a measuring device could be set up beside a dusty road and if trucks went by, the reading would go up. As Mrs. Fleming says: "It looks like the kids have broken it so whether it means anything, I don't know." The arena is jost below her residence. Meanwhile, town council has been told the dust fallout over Coleman dropped from 93.948 tons per square mile in June to 48.753 tons per square mile in July. The facts came to.council from the July dust monitor report from the department of the environment. A department official told The Herald that the dust would not necessarily fall to earth. The question was asked because 48 tons of dust would seem to create an awful mess to sweep up. Bat the department of en- vironment official said much of the dust measured actually remains in the air and could be blown away. He agreed it was like measuring rain. A container could pick up three inches of rainfall. Half a mile away there could be much less. "In a residential area anywhere in Alberta the nor- mal dust fall would be 15 tons per square mile per said the official. He said Edmonton in- dustries are emitting tons of particulates per square mile per month. This would amount to 360 tons in the Ed- monton area being emitted per day. Meanwhile, Coleman coun- cil learned that Coleman Collieries, in co operation with the department of en- vironment pollution control branch, is doing all possible to reduce the dust fall. Rental middleman needs RDEK help CRANBROOK (Special) This province has a ren- talsman a post created about six months ago by the B.C. legislature but the Regional District of East Kootenay is not willing to help by supplying him with man- power. The new landlord tenant act makes it unlawful for a landlord to increase the rent by more than eight per cent in a 12-month period. If a landlord wants a higher increase, he takes his case to the rentalsman Tenants also present him with their problems. And he has his own. Barrie .Clark, the Ren- talsman. recently asked the RDEK to agree to have one of its staff carry out investigations needed by his office. "We anticipate no great demands, in terms of time, upon your said the letter from Mr. Clark. All expenses would be covered by the rental agency. SCHELLHORN MEATS PHONE 234-4064 FORT MACLEOD Freezer Beef Sale A1 AND A2 BEEF UlUtu amirMwi......... LB FRONTS HINDS SIDES W A3 Beef WEDNESDAY DELIVERY TO LETHBRIDGE ;