Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
'Foolish to continue9 City Manager Tom Nutting leaves post By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City Manager Tom Nutting handed in his resignation Wednesday bringing his years in the city's top ad- ministrative position to an abrupt end. The move, effective immediately, came just after Mr. Nutting returned to the city from attending a con- ference and holidaying in the United States. While no one came out openly and said as much, his resignation appears to have been the culmination of a slowly-brewing disagreement between the city manager and members of council over the direction of city affairs. "Mr. Nutting saw fit to tender his resignation and council accepted said Mayor Andy Anderson. He described the resignation as resulting from a basic difference in philosophies that can result between city managers and councils in the running of a complex municipal government, but refused to comment further on the reasons for the resignation. "Mr Nutting has played a major role in the rapid growth of the city in the years he has been with Mayor Anderson said. "We wish him every happiness and success in his future undertakings Bartlett fills void The mayor said the position would be advertis- ed immediately and com- munity services director Bob Bartlett would be acting city manager until council meets again and has a chance to discuss the situation further Mr. Bartlett was serv- ing as acting city manager during Mr. Nutting's absence the past three weeks. Aldermen contacted by The Herald had a string of brisk no comments on the resignation "He resigned and we said Aid. Vauglian Hembroff. The resignation was apparently first broached and discussed in a closed Tom Nutting session of council that lasted until about 1-30 Wednesday a m Sudden decision Mr. Nutting said he hadn't decided to resign until Tuesday evening and wasn't even thinking of it before then. "I contemplated serving the city for another IVz years, but I think now is the appropriate time to heal wounds between council he said in an inter- view "I'm the focal point the brunt of a lot of these wounds. "It would be foolish of me to continue "Council can do better with someone else and get on with the task Mr Nutting said he had no other job lined up at the moment, but intended to stay in Canada, take it easy for awhile and get involved in private enterprise after a 15 year career in civic government An American citizen with landed immigrant status in Canada, Mr. Nutting came to Lethbridge in the summer of 1970. after being offered the city manager position here while working as the deputy city manager of Bloommgton. Minnesota. Prior to that he was town manager in Vermont, Mass and Coon Rapids. Minn. Mr Nutting indicated he was slightly disillusioned in leaving civic government. thanks in job9 In talking about his resignation he said there are a lot of thankless aspects to public administration. Trying to bring equal participation in the government process, whether poor or wealthy seems to be an impossi- ble task in North he said "All too often the city fathers become the tool of in- terests not always bent on carrying out the best possible programs for the greatest number of people." Mr Nutting said in his years here there was more economic growth in the city than ever before, but he was not so sure it was all a good thing. "It looks good on a resume." he said, "and it's good for the politicians "But I don't know to what extent the lower income people participate other than through spinoff benefits such as jobs." Mr Nutting said he felt he had done as much as he could do with respect to continued high level of ad- ministrative services. "It's time for someone else to consolidate the gains and serve the city during a period of slower growth "I served the city well and I have no apologies for anything I've done he added. "It's not a very socially gratifying position because it represents power and Mr. Nutting said of his job. 'Dialogue vital9 i "People are afraid of power and authority I've always tried to apply it judiciously." "It's hard to find decision makers in this world." Mr. Nutting said he hoped the city would place a great deal of priority in dealing with the county on regional matters affecting residential development. "If there is no dialogue, West Lethbridge will suffer by virtue of new residential development in the he said. Mr. Nutting also suggested it was high time the provincial government give serious consideration to preventing city employees from running for civic office within a given time period and to preventing the reverse politicians taking civic administration jobs after losing an election Reminder of years gone by General Store at Grassy Lake, 16 miles east of Taber. RICK ERVIN photo District The Lethbridge Herald Local news SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Thursday, October 11, 1973 Pages 17-32 No more unsold cars passed off as newer models By AL SCARTH Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON There will be no more motor vehicles passed off as being newer than they are by manufacturers fiddling with serial numbers in Alberta and at least six other provinces. The Alberta government will not approve requests from vehicle manufacturers this year to alter serial number series on such vehicles as pick-up trucks to make it appear they are next year's model. Ministers Of Seven Rescue training The rescue is simulated, but the house is really on fire. Lethbridge firemen Wednesday set fire to an old house on 5th Avenue S. to give some very real experience to new recruits. Firemen are also involved in Fire Prevention Week this week trying to make the public aware of fire hazards. Gas co-ops warned Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON Southern Alberta natural gas co- operatives were warned Wednesday of impending supply pipe shortages and suppliers unloading sub- standard pipe. Roy Farran, telephones and utilities minister, said in an interview that a world-wide shortage of ethylene used in manufacture of the plastic pipe would probably force the co-operatives to cut back their hooking up programs next year. The government under a program to extend gas service to rural customers had hoped to add homes to service. Premier Peter Lougheed told the legislature that Great bike race tonight Traffic is to be routed around a two block area in front of the Vates Memorial Centre tonight. The Lethbridge Community College has challenged the students of the three city high schools for the coveted "Great Bike Race Challenge Trophy." Mayor Andy Anderson, Lethbridge MP Ken Hurlburt, RCMP commanding officer J. R. Bentham and city police chief Ralph Michelson will participate in a novelty bike race at the half-time point of the great bike race. The race is scheduled to begin tonight at 7 p.m. homes should be hooked up in the current year. Mr. Farran said that a warning that pipe supplies may only be maintained at this year's level would mean only instead of homes might be connected next year. "There are quite a number going in the Lethbridge region next he said "They will have to move fast so they can insure their supply of pipe." Co-ops affected include ones at Cardston, Taber, Coutts and Lethbridge. A warning is also being sent to co-ops "to watch the pipe." Mr. Farran said, as "The trade has been trying to un- load unsuitable products that should not be" used for gas provincial motor vehicle departments agreed in Charlottetown last week to an Alberta motion to no longer sanction the policy. In past years, both foreign and domestic manufacturers were selling vehicles that from their serial numbers appeared to be of a more re- cent vintage. Some models ex- perience very few changes in design each year and are hard to tell apart from other years. Alberta solved the import problem last year by not accepting any serial number revisions after July 1. This year it will refuse requests for changes by North American manufacturers What has happened in the past is that a manufacturer will have some vehicles un- sold in mid-year and instead of selling them at a reduced price as last year's model, will ask the province to amend the serial number series of the vehicles to the next year's series. The practice was justified on the ground that the next year's models show- ed no changes. But the individual who attempted to sell his vehicle a few years later in another province or locale where his vehicle's serial number show- ed the vehicle as a year older lost out on depreciation. Nor did the province con- sider it fair that a vehicle built at 1973 costs should be sold at a 1974 price. Pat Clarke, executive assistant to Alberta Highways Minister Clarence Copithorne. said Wednesday. Ministers to the conference also asked the federal govern- ment to leave sentencing of impaired drivers to the provinces. Under federal amendments to the criminal code, judges at their discre- tion can grant restricted licences to persons convicted of impaired driving Mr Clarke said the amend- ment has been abused to the extent that a restricted licence was granted lo an in- dividual with 10 convictions for impaired and disqualified driving in the last 12 years Licence plates policies pat Herald Legislature Bureau EDMONTON There will be no personalized licence plates, no increase in licence plate rates and no change in the system used to determine rates in Alberta this year. The province has decided against the personalized plates it has been studying as a revenue raiser as the amounts likely to be coming into the treasury would be in- significant a highways department spokesman said Wednesday. The spokesman said Prince Edward Island has not had any great success with the plates which would sell for about above the regular rates The spokesman also said no changes in fees are seen for this year or next. Nor has the province come up with a more equitable system of determining fees than the length of the wheelbase, he said. It would be very difficult to create a system to deter- mine fees on the basis of a vehicle's value, the spokesman said, and a flat rate would be discriminatory to owners of :x small cars. The province has conceded that there are a few ine- qualities under the present system but that it is better v! than any of the alternatives. Provincial NDP meeting starts here Saturday Oil policy and inflation will headline the provincial New Democratic Party's provin- cial council meeting in Lethbridge Saturday and Sun- day. D. C. MacDonald, federal president of the NDP and On- tario MLA for York South will be the banquet speaker. Mr. MacDonald will address delegates and members of the public at a banquet Saturday evening at the Rainbow Hall on 5th Avenue N. More than 100 delegates from across Alberta are ex- pected to attend the council meeting, the first ever held in Lethbridge. Crops sprayed for loopers Fifteen thousand acres of rape crops were sprayed for alfalfa loopers in Alberta last summer, the Alberta depart- ment of agriculture reports. Five thousand acres were sprayed in the Valleyview Grande Prairie area, acres in the county of Vulcan, acres in M D 6 Cardston and acres in the Lethbridge Warner area. Other areas, combined, made up the total acreage. When the loopers first started appearing at the end of May, there was no control for them. Testing of Lannatte and Lorsban 4C, used in con- trol of Bertha armyworms, was carried out They were found to be effec- tive and applied in time for the main infestations in July.