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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The Lethbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, October 18, 1974 Pages 15-28 TREED BARRIER SOME LOTS FENCED OFF Radburn residents face compromise on 'open spaces9 Residents of the Radburn subdivision in southeast Lethbridge are being asked to indicate their approval or dis- approval by today of a com- promise solution to fencing and other difficulties in their unique "open-space" neighborhood. A letter drafted by a com- mittee of residents and sent out to the 76 Radburn property owners late last week sets out a proposal to allow fences in areas where they are already erected and to preserve the original open-space idea where fences have not yet been put up. It suggests elimination of restrictions which prohibited fencing or planting of trees and shrubs within 10-feet of rear walkways. Also out would be the restriction prohibiting fences, trees and shrubs and parking of vehicles on driveways within 10 feet of the front street. In both cases, however, the restriction would still apply against buildings in the 10-foot zone. But the proposals also recognize that in some areas the east side of Huron Place and the west side of Michigan Place cul-de-sacs to be precise the original concept of an open-and park-like setting without fences has been maintained. CHANGES So the letter asks residents of these areas if they want to maintain the original restric- tions for their areas. Residents of other areas in the subdivion that may similarly wish to hang on to the original concept are also being asked if they want to be treated in the same manner. "It would appear that all persons involved are still desirous of maintaining the Radburn Plan to some extent but do recognize that some changes must be the committee's letter says. "In those areas such as Huron Place and Michigan Place where the plan was originally put into effect as a single development, the idea seems to be working better than in those other three cul- de-sacs where development occurred on a one-lot at a time the letter says. The committee says in its letter that all the proposals are merely suggestions made in an effort to achieve a satisfactory solution to a dif- ficult problem. Any changes in the present status, it says, must be approved by all those affected in each of the individual areas. The original restrictions'in the Radburn subdivision were registered as covenants against the title to each lot. Thus when a buyer purchased a lot or home in the subdivi- sion he signed a contract which included those provisions. But several residents, including former aldeijmen Steve Kotch whose Fort Whoop Up style backyard fence borders the walkjtray, said they were never made aware of the provisions. Since the restrictions weren't part of a city bylaw, the city made no attempt to see that they were enforced that recourse was up t) in- dividual property owners through the courts. The problems in the sut divi- sion and the number of violations of the restrictions were brought to city council's attention in August by Tosh Kanashiro, city development control officer. Council held a public meeting to which all Radburn residents were invited. Out of it. came the committee which made the compromise proposals to the residents last week. The four committee members are John R. Allan, 1313 Huron Place; David Craiggs; 1317 Huron Place; Archie Wilson, 1410 Birch Place and Fred Clarke, 1414 Birch Place. Aid. Vaughan Hembroff, Aid. Bill Kergan, Aid. Cam Barnes, and Mr. Kanashiro sat with the committee. NO BACK ALLEYS IN RADBURN WALTER KERBER photos North-side day care centre doesn't begin to meet need By LYNNE VAN LUVEN Herald Family Editor The new North Lethbridge Day Care Centre is "only a drop in the bucket" of city child care needs, the Southern Alberta council on public af- fairs was told Thursday. Speaking to the council's noon meeting at Sven Ericksen's Jeannette Drader said the new day care centre is offering a good program but it "far, far from meets the needs" of Lethbridge parents requiring day care services. A single parent supporting five daughters, working part time and upgrading her educa- tion in preparation to attending university, Ms. Drader is a member of the North Lethbridge Day Care Centre's board and was one of the group of citizens who worked to establish the north side facility. "The child care centre in North Lethbridge is a start, but we've still got a long, long way to go with day care services, in this said Ms. Drader. "In addition to the present program at the (north side) centre where children are cared for five days a week, we need room for facilities where children can be dropped off one or two afternoons a added Ms. Drader. Since the new centre is not adequate for all North Letbbridge residents, she said, it is evident more child care facilities are also re- quired on the south side of the city. Tracing the establishment of the city's first publicly sub- sidized day care centre, Ms. Drader said the original im- petus for the facility came from mothers living in the Rideau Court development "Women were very dis- satisfied with the day care arrangements available to them and were trying to organize co operative babysitting, to enable each other to go out to work or back to she said. Ms. Drader credited the city's centre for personal and community development with support and guidance, assisting the citizen group to found the centre. In response to a question, Ms. Drader said the North Lethbridge day care board is "satisfied for the time being" with the facilities in Bridge Villa Estates' recreation centre and is "determined to make a success of the venture before seeking larger accom- modation for the child care In its location in the trailer recreation centre, the child care centre can serve a maximum of 20 children. Since its opening Oct. 1, 14 youngsters have enrolled. "When examining OUT 1975 budget needs, we may be look- ing for additional funding for more space to accommodate more children, on a part time said Dr. Barbara Lacey, former pre school services board chairman. Architect of Corn-serve to speak here at weekend An internationally known expert on men- tal retardation will be giving various lec- tures in Southern Alberta Sunday and Mon- day. Dr. Wolf Wolfensberger, a visiting scholar at the National Institute on Mental Retardation in Toronto, will speak in Blairmore Sunday at 1 p.m. on "alter- natives to institutionalization." He will speak at the Dorothy Gooder School in Lethbridge Sunday at p.m. on "the handicapped person in society, a moral analysis." Monday, Dr. Wolfensberger will give two talks, one at noon at the University of Lethbridge on "changing society's at- titudes to the mentally and one at 1 p.m. at Lethbridge Community College on "normalization in human ser- vices." Dr. Wolfensberger is the architect of a concept that the mentally retarded can be trained to live relatively normal lives as contributing members of society instead of being put in special institutions. This concept resulted in the formation of the Com-serv project in Lethbridge which is an experimental model for his concepts. If the project proves a success other areas in Canada will be starting similar pro- jects. Tree farmer flays sewage lagoon site By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer Coalhurst tree farmer Harry Hubbard claims the county has located the propos- ed Coalhurst sewage lagoon simply by looking for the "shortest, easiest and cheapest way out, at our ex- pense." The part owner of Spruce Tree Farms, started eight months ago on a quarter sec- tion of land east of Coalhurst and just west of Highway 25, says the future of the tree farm will be "jeopardized if the County of Lethbridge follows through with its proposal to site a sewage lagoon just north of Spruce Tree. "I'm not against the sewage system, I know there's a need for says Hubbard, who will appeal the proposed site for the lagoon before an Oct. 28 hearing of county council. Hubbard says Spruce Tree will lose its legal right to develop 20 acres of high land in the northeast corner of its quarter section, because the county will not allow develop- ment within a half mile of the proposed lagoon. The com- pany is planning to build machinery sheds, three homes and a dugout near the propos- ed lagoon site. Banning development in this area would force Spruce Tree to use productive land, taking 15 acres of usable land out of Lagoon project 'mustn't wait' "The welfare of too many people lies at stake" for Lethbridge county council to delay plans to locate a sewage lagoon just east of Coalhurst, says the president of the local ratepayers group. there is any delay, there's a possibility we might not qualify for another winter works wans Ed Riehl, head of Coalhurst Ratepayers Association. With construc- tion costs rapidly rising, he adds, even a short delay could bring additional costs of Riehl adds. "We've bad a bad pollution problem here for some time. We've been working toward getting this sewage system started." The collection system and sewage lagoon has been approved by provincial authorities and "all the money bylaws have been taken care Riehl continues. "We had a plebiscite originally to put it in." But now that Spruce Tree Farms has filed formal appeal and a dozen farmers near the proposed lagoon site have petitioned county council "we have to persuade council to act immediately." "There are legitimate reasons for a petition It's anybody's legal right to op- pose a municipal project." But, Riehl adds, "the lagoon "isn't going to harm any of the farmers. In fact one of the famers (Hans Van't Land) has a contract to sprinkle irrigate with effluent." The petition against the proposed lagoon site says it will contaminate drinking water taken from an irriga- tion ditch running north of the proposed site through the Van't Land property. The petition also claims the lagoon will aggravate current air odors from "hog barns and from pig manure being spread on property." "There isn't any one of these farmers without a greater pollution problem in their own back yards. production, he complains. The smell from the lagoon is another of his concerns. "The engineer himself (Neufeld and Associates) will not say that it won't smell." Plans to es- tablish a retail garden shop, he adds, are up in the air because "people don't go to a barnyard to buy roses." 'RESTRICT GROWTH' Hubbard says the county should take another look at its lagoon, because future development will soon out- grow the lagoon's capacity. As Coalhurst grows eastward, he continues, the proximity of the lagoon will restrict future growth of the rapidly- expanding hamlet. "As soon as the sewage and water systems are in and Coalhurst starts to develop, there will be people flocking out here to live." The proposed lagoon site, he maintains, is the "cheapest way out" for the immediate future. He suggests the county should buy non-irrigated land .to the south of Coalhurst or east of Highway 25 and use spray irrigation to bring new land into production. Pointing to the municipally-owned sewage system m Taber, he says if the county followed Taber's example and sold a third of the crops produced, putting profits back into the project, it would be less of a long term burden to ratepayers. SYMPATHY While the Oldman River Regional Planning Commis- sion talks about preserving good farmland, they don't have any objections to using effluent to irrigate land already under irrigation, he says. The regional planning commission, he adds, "sym- pathizes with me, but they won't do anything." Hubbard says he's proposed alternate sites to the county, to no avail. "I'm just trying to be totally fair and honest with the county, but why should I get apologies before the thing is even No answer locally to offer of amnesty A month has passed since United States President Gerald Ford's announcement of conditional amnesty for draft resisters and deserters, but as yet no yoong Americans have crossed the Alberta border into the U.S. Creed Davis, officer in charge of U.S. immigration at Sweetgrass, Mont, said Tuesday be has received only one telephone inquiry from a woman in Missoula. "She said her son deserted the army four years ago and went to Calgary and is apparently homesick. She wanted to know the conditions of the amnesty and what her son has to Mr. Davis said. He said he told the woman when a draft resister or deserter does cross the border be is informed of the conditions of the amnesty, and given an address in his home town or within the area he is destined to report to. a little Mr. Davis commented, "I thought there would be several crossings or at least inquiries by now." "Maybe they're holding out for better Mr. Davis added. That comment was echoed by Richard Allen, customs of- ffcer at the Port of Peigan border crossing, who said, "they may be waiting for another proposal." These 'twins' arrived six months apart By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer BARONS A three-year- old Charolais-cross cow has given birth to its second calf in 1974 six months after the first calf was born. Barons farmer David Anderson claims .nobody believes him and an area veterinarian admits it is the first such birth be knows of in the area. In June, 1973, Mr. Anderson pat his cows in a pasture with the bull. Nine months later, the gestation period for cattle, the cow gave birth to a fall- term calf. After the calving period, all the cows and calves were turned out to pasture about eight miles from the homestead. Then about three weeks ago, Mr. Anderson was making his regular rounds of the pasture to provide water to the animals when he found a new- born calf. It was also fall-term, weighing about 80 pounds. "My first reaction when I looked at him was 'Where did you come he said. The first calf, six months old when the second calf was born, was immediately aban- doned by the mother cow. But it was old enough to look after itself. With four cows and four calves lost this year, Mr. Anderson welcomed the new animal. It was just like having twins. "We wouldn't kick so orach about the low prices if this happened be said. Terry Church of Southern Breeding Centre Ltd. said to- day such births have been scientifically documented. In scientific circles, it is termed soperfelation. "The reason it can occur is that the cow has a bteornoate said Dr. Church. "The aterus has two branches. "It could be possible that a cow could conceive and carry a pregnancy in one branch and if her hormonal control was a bit abnormal the cow could be bred again." ANDERSON COW WITH SIX-MONTH-OLD CALF AND NEWBORN ;