Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Lethbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, October 23, 1973 Pa9es Local news Hauling in the catch Out went the nets on Henderson Lake in Lethbridge of all places then in came the catch. Fishery students from the Lethbridge Community College caught a few buckets full of suckers, then lugg- ed them out to the college to measure, weigh, deter- mine the sex and do other tests with the fish. For the students it was almost a rehearsal of what several will be doing for a living when they graduate from the LCC course. BlLLGROENENptiotos City will hand over land if The turning over of city land worth to the Alberta Housing Corporation was approved by city council Mon- day. The land is for two AHC pro- jects the senior citizens' apartment building at 8th Avenue and 6th Street S. and 30 public housing units on 18th Avenue N. at 18th and 19th Streets. Deputy Mayor Aid. Vaughan Hembroff, chairman of coun- cil's land sales committee which recommended the land transfers, told council it should be made clear the city is making a big concession in donating the land. "I don't think the provincial government and their housing corporation can ask for any more than he said. Aid. Hembroff said it was the city's understanding in- itially that the provincial government would purchase the property for the senior citizens' highrise at fair market value and council's housing committee had always operated on that assumption. The question of the city donating the land didn't come up until the high cost es- timates put the project in some doubt, he said. The city is donating the land on the condition that the hous- ing corporation be fully responsible for the construc- tion and ongoing operation of the project. The agreement to donate land for public housing to the corporation is based on the condition that the AHC pay the servicing costs of an es- timated and that it in- clude a community building in the project. The public housing project was approved by council in June and the AHC then agreed to pay for the land, in- cluding services. But Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation later refused to finance the project because of costs and the AHC asked the city to cut the land price by and said it would also be necessary to do away with the community building. The city's community ser- vices department, however, feels the community building which would be used by all the tenants for recreation and other purposes is an essential part of the project, and asked that it be left in. Vet named Dr. John W. Luther has join- ed the staff of the Alberta Veterinary Services Division. Dr. Luther will be assigned to the new laboratory being constructed in Airdrie but in the meantime will be working out of Lethbridge 'Hell of a shame9 sportsplex won't meet LCC needs By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The sportsplex is inadequate to meet the needs of the Lethbridge Community College and consequently it will not receive any financial support from the college, the LCC board of governors has decided in a special meeting. The sportsplex committee and LCC representatives will meet Wednesday to further discuss the position taken by the governors, but a workable solution is not expected to materialize. "They're not in a position to change" cc-istruction plans now and the facilities are too small to satisfy the needs of the college, the chairman of the LCC board of governors said Mon- day. Bob Babki said "it's a hell of a shame" co-operation and joint use of the sportsplex "has fallen apart." The LCC governors don't want to construct another building for physical education instruction and sporting activities with the sportsplex only two blocks away, but the college needs more space than what is being made available to it in the sportsplex. Initially, the college was to own part of the sportsplex and have some say in the management of it by contributing But the board of governors had difficulty in the spring con- vincing the government to approve the funds needed to meet the college's financial involvement in the construction of the sportsplex. Bob Babki UNICEF Eliminated gymnasium to get help The sportsplex committee then eliminated the gymnasium and other sporting facilities required by the college as a method of reducing the overall cost. Mr. Babki says the college was able to convince the provin- cial government this fall that it needed more space and the sportsplex committee was again approached to include the college's needs in the sportsplex design. The committee then attempted to include a gymnasium in its previously finalized architectural design but the result was not satisfactory for the present and future needs of LCC. The college's financial involvement in the smaller facilities would have been Ben Brooks, LCC athletic co-ordinator, said in an interview Monday the sportsplex facilities are inadequate for three reasons. The gymnasium was not of official size for sporting events such as basketball. It is even smaller than the gymnasium now on campus. The seating capacity for spectators is also much too small. The portable floor for the ice surface area would satisfy the needs of the college's sporting events, but the problem of putting down and taking up the floor would limit the college's use of the facility. For example, if a junior hockey game was played on a weekday evening it is unlikely the portable floor could be installed for college use the next day. Claims theme is ice Mr. Brooks claims the theme of the building is "ice" and ice events would likely be given priority over other athletic events. The design of the gymnasium does not provide the instruc- tional facilities and floor space required by the college. The 26- foot ceiling is much too high for gymnastic use and the floor area is too small for even two official volleyball courts. Tom Karen, LCC physical education instructor, says the college needs a sporting complex that provides from four to five teaching stations for use at the same time. The sportsplex facilities just duplicate the facilities now available on campus and the money available to the college should be invested to obtain more instructional space and official-size courts. LCC needs to be sure the facilities are adequate to meet its needs before it spends the funds available to it because "we'll be hung with it for we don't know how Mr. Karens said in an interview Monday. from spooks Lethbridge spooks and goblins, armed with orange and black collection boxes, will again be roaming the city Hallowe'en night collecting pennies for UNICEF. It is hoped money con- tributed will be more than the collected in 1972. In 1971, was collected. Jack Fulwiler, principal of General Stewart School, says students have learned of the need for UNICEF donations by viewing films in the schools. Informed of the need, they are anxious to help. Mr. Fulwiler says because contributions are usually only small change, it is not a hardship for anyone. "It isn't like other charities where larger donations are expected. When everyone gives a little it is surprising what children can he adds. Negotiations continue Southern Alberta rural teachers and trustees began their second day of negotiations today at the Park Plaza Hotel in an attempt to reach an early settlement on a 1974 contract for about rural teachers. L WALTER KERBER photos Rigged for exploration A 15-man crew, consisting of mostly Taber men, has been pushing bits through the earth's crust south of the city for the past two weeks In search of natural gas. Spokesmen for Canadian Montana Gas say further testing is needed to determine if there Is a commercial quantity of gas at the site west of the airport. Cactus Drilling and Exploration Ltd. of Calgary took the Initial samples.