Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The Letkbridge Herald Local news Second Section Lethbridge. Alberta. Monday, October 29. 1973 Pages Two coyote bitches won't howl tonight Young hunter charges over stubble field gun ready and eyes straining. they come boys !9 By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor CLARESHOLM Two coyotes were shotgunned down at close range six miles northeast of here Sunday afternoon in a Claresholm Fish and Game Association coyote hunt. Court Etherington, 64, dropped a coyote bitch after he and his partner winded the animal by using a truck to chase it down. Dennis Simpson, 27, shot the second bitch at 50 feet. He said, "the one we flushed was right at our feet." Sixteen hunters gathered at D. A. Mouser's place before the hunt. They drank coffee and sized up the situation. Jim Mouser had prepared a map. The area was about six miles square. There were four men to a side. The plan was to converge at a point about two miles east of D. A. Mouser's. It was windy. But the men gathered there in the barn thought their chances were good. There were so many coyotes. Dick Mouser said they came right down into his bar- nyard. He had seen them, slinking along with their shadows under the yard light. His purebred Suf- folks were in the shed. But too many sheep growers BILLGROENEN photos jim Mouser points out landmarks to fellow coyote hunters B "X Shotguns handy these hunters are en route to hunt location. were losing too many sheep. "Where will you find them? In the straw Someone wanted to know. Oh I don't know where you will find them. In the sloughs. In the sloughs I said Walter Lane, president of the Claresholm club. They all piled into the vehicles. A couple of young fellows had motorcycles. Mark Quinlan of Claresholm stood beside his car. "There should be a whole bunch of coyotes out there." We watched the red truck in the distance. It was going in a crazy circle. Hunters, tiny figures, were running. The truck stopped, and the hunters apparently scored. Later: "That is a big one for a bitch." Etherington throws the coyote in the back of the truck. "How close you have to get "Oh, 150 yards." "Well, fellows, we don't get too many but there is one litter less next says D. A. Mouser. Then Jim Mouser shouts: "It's four coyotes sitting on the ridge up there. See Everybody piles in their vehicles. Four sportsmen are in the back of a truck. The shotguns are sticking out all over. "They are coming right this "You bet they Court Etherington and trophy Dennis Simpson and trophy "Here they come Guys are running off through the field. Later Dennis Simpson tells how he chanced to cross over a coulee, saw bushes move and a coyote run. He knocked it over with one shot at 50 feet. "I was quite surprised he hung in there as long as he did." Then the panel truck came out with more coffee. Fields were bright orange under the long fire of the setting sun. Later it was colder and greyer. The pups are on their own. Two coyote bitches won't howl tonight. A news analysis Council confident of manager, unsure of system By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer "We didn't see any point in shilly-shallying around you have to give a man the authori- ty to go ahead and be a city manager or not have a city manager." That was the way one alderman explained city council's decision to name finance direc- tor Allister Findlay to the city manager post rather than designating him acting city manager. Other aldermen saw it the same way. "It's difficult for anyone to be acting, tem- porary or interim and do the things that need to be said Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff. "He really has to be vested with the authority of manager." The decision to replace Tom Nutting, who resigned two weeks ago, with the city's senior director seems in retrospect to have been staring council in the face. By all reports, aldermen intended to ap- point Mr. Findlay as acting city manager anyway, and after talking it over among themselves and with Mr. Findlay, who ap- parently told them he would prefer not to take on the job on a caretaker basis, found it easy to give him the full title. In the words of one alderman: "Mr. Findlay's competence is without question. He's respected and fully supported by the other directors." There was also a feeling that a local man was needed in the current situation. "Everything is in high gear right now we couldn't afford to wait, nor could we afford to bring in someone cold in this said one council member. The fact that city councils in the last 10 years have twice gone outside for a city manager Mr. Nutting was hired from the Eastern United States and H. G. McKittrick, who was city manager from 1964-67, came from Sarnia, Ont. and in a relatively short period of time found themselves in a confron- tation situation leading to the city manager's resignation, may also have something to do with it. The council at the time of Mr. McKittrick's resignation also opted for a local man, promoting Tom Ferguson who was then city clerk to the manager job. Study planned This time, however, council has also an- nounced its intention to make a study of the council-manager form of civic government and to look at alternatives such as the com- missioner systems in use in Calgary, Edmon- ton, Medicine Hat and Red Deer. This doesn't mean council is going to switch carriages in midstream. "The general feeling is that we should take a long, hard look at our form of (.'ovornmcnt simply to see if it is the appropriate said Deputy Mayor Hembroff, while Aid. Vera Ferguson added: "It could be we'll find there's nothing wrong with the form, just the way it is being interpreted." The city manager form of government was initiated here in 1928 by plebiscite and it may take another plebiscite to change it. The differences between the city manager and commissioner forms of government are more of degree than kind, although there are some notable divergences. In Edmonton, for example, the mayor and the four appointed commissioners constitute a board of commissioners with the mayor acting as its chairman and principal spokesman. The mayor is the city's chief executive of- ficer and the advocate of administration recommendations to council, with the com- missioners available at council meetings to provide advice. This is a role filled by the city manager in Lethbridge. Another major difference is in the respon- sibilities and authority of the commissioners compared to the department directors here. Calgary's board of commissioners, con- sisting of the mayor, rhief commissioner, finar.ee commissioner and public works com- missioner makes recommendations to coun- cil as a hoard but if any disagreement exists the commissioners who disagree can make a minority report to council. The directors here under the city manager bylaw adopted when Mr. Nutting was hired, spoke to council only through the city manager and council in turn could deal with the directors only through the city manager. One viewpoint, One city hall observer said this meant coun- cil was too often getting only one point of view, but Mr. Nutting said in an interview when he resigned that he felt for a city of Lethbridge's size the city manager form of government could be a highly effective type of government. A commissioner system, he suggested would only create three pyramids of respon- sibility instead of one. The city manager system grew out of a turn-of-the-oentury civic reform movement in the United States where at the time many civic administrators were elected and tended to create their own political empires. To end the prevalent corruption and predatory politics the reformers came up with a plan to mak'e civic government analogous to the running of a business cor- poration with a small board of directors (council) to set policy, and a manager to carry it out. The council-manager form of government was first adopted in an American city in 1911 and quickly became very popular there with some mostly small and medium-sized cities using it by the 1960's. It never caught on to the same degree in Canada, largely because the conditions that led to its creation in the U.S. didn't exist to any extent in this country. Where it was adopted in Canada, the tendency was to give the city manager less power than in many U.S. cities, where the plan was viewed as a direct attempt to create a sharp division between administration and policy. In the short run much probably depends on the personality of the city manager and the approach he takes to his job. Mr. Findlay, whose competence in finan- cial matters no one will question, but whose background in engineering and other areas is less, says he intends to give the directors full authority within their jurisdictions. Major' decisions affecting the administra- tion of the city will be made in conjunction with all the directors, he says. One alderman has suggested that until the public is ready for full-time politicians, there will continue to be conflicts between city hall staff and councils. The alderman also suggested, however, that city manager government can work and work well with the right people working together.