Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 23, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuwday, October 23, 1973 Law firm's 'bull' confuses council's power-rate brief By D'ARCY RICHARD Herald District Editor PINCHER CREEK Pmcher Creek town council Monday night tossed another barb at Calgary Power Ltd 's proposal to hike power rates At the same time, Mayor Juan Teran said a letter from the Red Deer law firm of Beames Chapman, Foster and McAfee was "double talk and "bull s The firm is apparently acting for several com- munities which are opposed to the hikes Calgary Power applied for At the meeting Monday night, another councillor said, "I think we should scream because I don't think we are getting a fair crack of the whip Mayor Teran urged council to send the Red Deer firm's letter back and ask it simply to tell council exactly what the rate increase will be "Why should we be paying money to hire lawyers when the Public Utilities Board should be fighting for the people9 asked the mayor In a long submission to council the Public Utilities Board Sept 18 reported that Calgary Power Ltd "shall now proceed to design rates which with the necessary supporting material shall be filed with ie board as soon as possible Ine board will then set the matter down for hearing having regard for the need for notice and for reasonable opportunity for in- terested parties to prepare for the hearing The PUB said tentative hearing dates have already been arranged during the months of October and November Calgary Power will in due course be directed as to the board s re- quirements respecting publishing and service of notice The PUB communication to council said Calgary Power s rate base rate of return and total cost of service in 1974 is estimated as follows Rate base rate of return allowed 7 65 per cent Return on rate base operating ex- penses, depreciation, and income tax, totals But all these immense sums have little meaning for the Pinciier Creek town council Council suspects the com- pany might be discriminating against the Pincher Creek area and wants to know in plain dollars and cents what the increase in power rates will mean to its citizens The head of council finan- cial committee says his power rate has increased 22 per cent from last year And he said Gulf Oil's plant nearby has in- creased a whopping 62 per cent billion cash receipts likely For the first time in history, Alberta's farm cash receipts from livestock and crops are expected to surpass the billion mark says Chuck Sterling, assistant statistician for the department of agriculture Cash receipts from forest products, dairy supplemen- tary payments, deficiency payments and crop supplementary payments are expected to amount to another million Farm cash receipts for the first half of the year totalled million, a 30 per cent m- crease from the cor- responding period last year, Mr Stirling says "With continuing above average marketings and prices during the remainder of the year receipts should exceed billion However farm costs such as buildings and land have increased by 15 per cent during this last year With the sharp rise in farm costs, net farm income is not expected to increase substantially over 1972 Livestock and animal product receipts accounted for million or 65 per cent of the total receipts in the first six months This represents a 40 per cent in- crease for the same period in 1972 Field crop receipts amounted to million for the first half of the year This is a 17 per cent increase over last year The increased receipts are due to increased prices and marketing for the products Receipts from sales of hogs and dairy products were down during the first half of the year Justice administration change essential judge Super Special I Deluxe Moist-Air HUMIDIFIER VAPORIZER Full 2 gallon up to 4 of Into the air par day Sata cool vapor-no Flow control you ad- jutl vapor output Directional and on-oN twitch 2495 SUPER SPECIAL .95 Call housiwares 327-5767 DOWNTOWN It is essential that the ad ministration of justice in Alberta change says a new provincial judge in the Lethbndge judicial district Provincial Judge George Lynch-Staunton, who presided in court for the first time last week, said courts should change as the need arises, but not just for change's sake Judge Lynch-Staunton ART DIETRICH DENTURECLINIC DENTAL MECHANIC Schwartz lldf 222 5th St. S. Phone 328-4095 ready to serve 'BUTTERED ROLLS "CAKES 'PASTRIES PARTY BARRELS PERFECT FOR GATHERINGS SVEN ERICKSENS [FOOD AND PASTRY SHOP] He views his new career as 'particularly challenging, with so many social pressures and changing values No stranger to Southern Alberta the new provincial judge was born and raised in Pincher Creek He left in 1941 when he joined the 39th Ar- tillery Battery He has been active in the militia since 1938, and recent- ly retired with the rank of It colonel He is provincial com- missioner of the St John s Ambulance Brigade, and senior vice-president of the Alberta Army Cadet League The new provincial judge will work in Lethbndge and in the surrounding communities Apartment parking to change A bylaw increasing the parking space requirements of city apartment ouildings was approved by city council Monday Apartment builders will now have to provide 1 25 park- ing spaces per dwelling unit for apartment buildings with suites containing one bedroom or less, and 1 5 parking spaces for buildings with suites con- taining two or more bedrooms Guest parking up to a max- imum of 10 per cent of the total parking requirements will also have to be provided Only one parking space per dwelling unit was previously required The bylaw was prepared after the city's development office found there is an average of 1 8 vehicles per dwelling unit in the city and a survey of tenants of 300 apart- ment units found there were problems with tenant and guest parking E. S. P. FOX Certified Dinlil Mechanic FOX (Lath.) DENTAL LAB. LTD. Phone 327-6565 3rd AVI. S. M.M. Mm PkON 328-8161 328-7756 AIR VAC 18112ndAvt.S. PHONE 328-0286 POWER FURNACf CLEANING Midnight blaze Nearly 50 firemen were called out to fight a blaze m the Sparkle Cleaners building, 1818 3rd Ave. S., during the night. Reported shortly after midnight, the fire apparently started in the mam part of the building which houses dry-cleaning and laundry equipment. Cause of the fire and extent of the damage have not been de- termined. Campaign donations pass 1972 figures The Lethbndge United Way has collected 250 com- pared with 112 during the same number of campaign days last year The figure include almost raised during a can- vass by letter of persons who last year gave or more, as well as contributions from the business canvass which kicked off the campaign Sept 24 United Way executive director Al Purvis said Monday 70 of 180 canvassers employed in the business drive have completed their calls Mr Purvis said he expects the business canvass to be completed by the end of October The pick up of pint-size containers by member agencies continues tonight The containers, distributed during the week before kickoff to more than residences, are designed primarily for housewives and students who United Way officials believe were missed by the former method of volunteers knocking on doors United Way hopes to raise about about more than was collected during the last campaign Council briefs Aldermen close street despite 43 objections Anne Campbell Singers compete internationally Lethbridge's Anne Campbell Singers are one of three Canadian groups com- peting in an international choral singing competition "Let the peoples organized by the European Broadcasting Federation and produced by the BBC, is judg- ed in London by seven ad- judicators from around the world Forty-three choirs from 14 countries have entered this year The Anne Campbell Singers will be heard on CBR at 10 30 p m Friday, singing in round two of the competition's youth class They will be competing against groups from Hungary, Yugoslavia and Norway The Lethbndge group plac- ed second in the youth class in 1968 Traffic study tabled A study of future major traffic arteries in the city was presented to a closed three- hour session of council Mon- day The study which included reports on 43rd Street, 5th Avenue N and 1st Avenue S was presented by the Calgary engineering consulting firm of Reid Crowthers and Partners Ltd The meeting, which began at 5 p m was closed because land acquisitions will be in- volved in whatever steps council later decides to take with regard to the road plans City council passed a bylaw Monday that will allow closure of 23rd Street at 6th Avenue and Mayor Magrath Drive despite a protest peti- tion signed by 43 residents of the area The street will not be closed off immediately however It will remain open until the city can construct a cul-de sac at the south end of the road The cul-de-sac will be con- structed in next year's sidewalk construction program The city engineering depart- ment wants the street closed because it considers the open- ing onto Mayor Magrath Drive and 6th Avenue poten- tially hazardous The residents' petition said such a closure would be an in- convenience to them and create congestion at 5th Avenue and 23rd Street Four city projects sub- mitted to the federal government s Local Initiatives Program and one to the provincial government's Priority Employment Program got council support Monday The LIP projects supported by the city in order of priority are a study of native people in Lethbndge a museum exhibi- tion project provision of com- munity outdoor rinks, and es- tablishment of a volunteer ac- tion centre The PEP project applica- tion by the city would cost to be shared equally by the province and the city and would involve develop- ment of a pathway and trails system as well as a general river valley clean-up City council failed to come up with a name for the new north Lethbndge indoor pool, but will likely try again at a later date A motion by Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff that it be named the Churchill Pool was defeated 6-2 with only Aid Steve Kotch supporting the motion Simply naming it the North Lethbndge Pool was con- sidered unsuitable, because in Aid Bill Kergan's opinion there are already too many "North Lethbndge names Aid Kergan suggested call uig it the Chinook Family Pool, but no one took him up on it In a moment of playfullness Aid Vera Ferguson suggested that if there was going to be a nam- ing contest in council she liked "Andy s Old Swimming Hole But the Churchill name was the only one put forward in a motion and when it was defeated council decided to let the matter lie for the time being A bylaw to authorize borrowing 000 for library furnishings was passed by city council Monday, while two other borrowing bylaws got first reading They are for for the new central fire hall and 000 for the new animal shelter and nursery on the north side Council has already authorized 000 for the fire hall, but increased costs for the structure, upping the total cost to necessitated further borrowing 7 local entomologists go to Winnipeg meeting 2-way transportation for athletes sought The Lethbndge Separate School Board will be asked Wednesday to fund two-way transportation for students participating in inter-school sporting events The visiting team, under board policy, is provided with transportation to the school which holds the sporting ac- tivity, but the students must find their own way home Some students, as a result of the current policy, have been stranded without tran- sportation home and teachers often have had to transport the students home in their own vehicles It is now against board policy for its employees to transport students by passenger car to scheduled games, but the policy does not prevent employees from providing transportation to the students after the sporting event Under the proposed policy, transportation "shall be provided for the visiting team by public carrier only The board will also be of- ficially informed at its regular meeting Wednesday that city council has formed a committee to study the feasibility of constructing pedestrian overpasses in the city Separate school trustees have been for months attempting to persuade city officials a pedestrian overpass is needed at the intersection of 5th Avenue S and Mayor Magrath Drive to allow students to cross the major roadway in safety In other business, trustees will be asked to consider co- operating in a community summer school program be- ing proposed for the public school system's Lethbndge Collegiate Institute Courses ranging from out- door education to foreign language study would be offered in the four to five- week summer program The trustees will also be in- formed that St Basil's elementary school will replace its next student report cards with parent-teacher in- terviews The interviews are schedul- ed for Wednesday and Thur- sday St Basil's School will recognize students Nov 12 for outstanding achievement dur- ing the 1972-73 school year, the school's news letter to the board says Glue missing City police are investigating a break-in at Beaver Lumber Co Ltd, 1707 3rd Ave S Entry was gained by smashing glass out of the front door Cans of glue appeared to be the target of the thieves, since nothing else was reported missing Seven entomologists from the Lethbndge Research Sta tion are attending meetings of the Western Committees on Crop and Livestock Pesticides Stabbed man improving A man who was stabbed in a street fight near the York Hotel Saturday night is reported to be improving at St Michael's Hospital Kenneth Robert List, 21, was brought to the hospital in serious condition with a stab wound near the heart David Howard Vandervoort, 35, 605 Stafford Drive, has been charged with attempted murder m connection with the incident Appointed A Welling native Bill Bullock has been named dis- trict agriculturist in training for the Lethbndge county A graduate of Utah State University specializing in animal science, agricultural economics and business ad- ministration, Bill will work out of the Lethbndge office with district agriculturist Murray McLelland in Winnipeg this week The meetings are held an- nually to review the latest uses of insecticides to be recommended for control of an major insect pests occurr- ing in western Canada Members of the committees include representatives of the Canada departments of agriculture, environment and health and counterparts from the four western provinces Also attending are authorities on fish and wildlife and technical personnel from the agricultural chemical in- dustries drtlfiidDMlilMichinlc CLIFF BUCK. 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