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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 29, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 14 LETHBRIDQE HERALD October 29, 1974 A t county appeal hearing. farmers oppose treatment site Coalhurst sewage lagoon raises residents' worst fears By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer "How would you like to live beside a sewage That was a common ques- tion asked Monday of Lethbridge county councillors by 20 Coalhurst area farmers during a stormy five-hour appeal hearing on the propos- ed site for the Coalhurst sewage lagoon. "We're going to have to live with the said Julius Kundrik, the most outspoken of farmers appealing the ten- tative lagoon site on Hans Vant Land's farm due east of HARRY HUBBARD Coalhurst and west of Highway 25. The farmer, who lives north of Vant Land in "one of the most densely populated areas around pleaded with councillors sitting as a development appeal board, to rescind the lagoon permit recently filed by engineer Jim Neufeld on the county's behalf. The lagoon proposal, Kundrik charged, is designed "to save a buck so Coalhurst can get a sewage lagoon quickly." "We're not against a sewage the unof- ficial spokesman said, "but for God's sake don't put it in a hole where it's going to cause problems." Chorusing warnings from other area farmers, Kundrik said effluent in the lagoon will increase air odors and seep into ground water, con- taminating domestic water drawn from irrigation canals. "I'm pleading for some protection I'm pleading with you fellows to put yourselves in our position. Who wants to live next to a sewage he asked council Similar objections were 'made by Harry Hubbanf, a third-owner in Spruce Tree Farms, immediately south of the Vant Land property. The proposed lagoon, he said, is a stop-gap project "that meets the minimum requirements." The proposed lagoon site, he complained, will prevent construction of three homes, equipment sheds and a dugout i for domestic water because of provincial environment regulations prohibiting such development within feet of a lagoon. The proposed lagoon, said city lawyer Terry Huzil, representing Spruce Tree Farms, will jeopardize business prospects and eliminate development of the most suitable building land in One councillor disqualifies self One councillor won't tie voting Thursday when county council rules on the lagoon appeal Coun Jim Nicol, who represents Division 4 ratepayers in the Coalhurst area, excused himself Monday from appeal board proceedings "I've made my feelings known nght from the start I worked with (county engineer) Mr Nenfeld all through this thing. "I'm coming in here with my mind made up before I the Kipp fanner told council. County solicitor Phil North said the councillor's reticence to participate in the appeal hearing was legally proper Because the appeal was fil- POLY OPTIC LAMPS STYLES tochooMfrom Regular to 39.95 SPECIAL 19 95 and up CALL CHINA 327-5767 DOWNTOWN COTtMtod Dwital Mechanic CLIFF BLACK, BLACK DENTAL LAB NEMCM. DENTAL UK. LMWLtMl PHONE ready to serve ROLLS 'PASTRIES PARTY BARRELS PERFECT FOR -PARTIES -PICNICS GATHERINGS SVEN ERICKSENS iFOOD AND PASTRY SHOP) JULIUS KUNDRIK Spruce Tree's quarter section. Plans to spray irrigate effluent from the lagoon on to crops grown by Mr. Vant Land drew criticism from nearby farmer Lawrence Watmough. During the spring thaw, when land is still frozen, "there's no way you can direct runoff." Pointing to a clause in the irrigation contract between Mr. Vant Land and the county, he said: "In 19661 did not irrigate an acre... What are we going to do with the sewage in a year like Watmough questioned how Vant Land could spnngle the required amount of effluent without flooding his and other farmers' land: "What kind of crop will Vant Land grow to use all that water? "Unless he's going to grow rice, it's going to be dif- he added. Area farmer and former councillor J. R. Davis faulted the county for "using the funds of all taxpayers of the County of Lethbridge in one form or another" to satisfy the needs of developers eager to sell serviced land. "You're building up he told council. "But we have a hamlet in Monarch, in Diamond City, in Shaughnessy, in Chin. All it requires is a smart developer to go to any one of these places and it'll cost you a million dollars." City Scene ed against permit for a county development, North ex- plained, "the county is hear- ing its own appeal." The spirit of "natural justice" requires that "the board which is deciding an appeal must be impartial." Coun Nicol, he added, was in a dilemma because he was "actually involved in site location" and "would appear to have made a judgment in advance." Coun. Miro Tomasta demurred, saying Coun. Nicol should enter appeal dis- cussions and cast a vote because he is the elected representative of people affected by the proposed sewage system. Inquest not needed No inquest will be held into the death of an 18 year old Lethbridge youth killed Oct. 21 in a two car collision at the uncontrolled intersection at 4th Avenue and 15th St S. Bryon Lloyd Belsher, 1417 Aspen Road, was killed in the accident. He was Lethbridge's first traffic fatality in over two years. Coroner, J.E. Morgan of Lethbridge, said Monday Alberta's attorney general department decided an in- quest was not necessary. 30 COALHURST AND AREA RESIDENTS JAM THE USUALLY-EMPTY COUNTY GALLERY Coalhurst health risk ticking away 3nJ Aw. S. B.i. 3284161 328-7756 Man convicted of assault Mervin Andrew Gould riawke, 25, Suite No. Scenic Heights, pleaded guilty to a charge of assaulting a policeman and was fined in provincial court this morning. Gould Hawke also pleaded guilty and was fined for in- toxication According to testimony, he was arrested outside a downtown hotel Police allege a man was observed arguing with the manager of the Alec Arms Hotel, 5th Street and 3rd Avenue South, about 9 30 a.m. The manager apparently told the man he could not go back into the bar as he had had enough to drink. When the manager went back into the bar the man followed after him shouting. The man was approached by a police con- stable who told him to leave or he would be arrested The man swore at the policeman and told him he wasn't going anywhere. When the policeman tried to place the man under arrest, the man began fighting. The policeman said he was kicked in the groin twice, punched in the chest and had his shirt partially ripped off Another policeman was necessary to subdue the man. He was handcuffed and placed in police cells. Randy Bilanchuk, 620 12th St. S., givenTa one year suspended sentence after he pleaded guilty to stealing a 1968 Fargo truck in provincial court action Monday. Tools stolen from shed About in tools were reported stolen to Lethbridge city police Monday from a Poole Construction tool shed at 5th Street and 4th Avenue South in the new Woodward's complex. A company official said someone entered the tool shed below the officer tower under construction in the complex between Saturday night and Monday morning. Two eight inch circular saws, an angle grinder and a cutting torch were reported taken. Fire causes light damage A fire on a farm near the city limits on Highway 3 West Monday caused about damage to some hay bales and a cor- ral Lethbridge fireman were called to the W. T. Boychuk farm, Box 1032 Lethbridge, about p.m. to extinguish a fire believ- ed caused by spontaneous combustion. LCI sets parents9 night Parents' Night, a program of light entertainment followed a parent-teacher session, will be held at the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute Auditorium tonight beginning at p.m Report cards were issued to LCI students this morning. Lethbridge men named Three Lethbndge men were named last week to positions on pesticide advisory committees under the Canadian Association of Pest Control Officials. CAPCO held a week-long meeting in Lethbridge this week with 70 government and industry representatives from all provinces Joe Gurba. bead of the pest control division of the Alberta department of agriculture, was named chairman of the national body, succeeding Ralph Houghton of Ottawa, chief of the control products section, plant products division of the Canada depart- ment of agriculture. Neil Holmes, head of the entomological section of the Lethbndge Research Station, was named chairman of the Western Forum, a combination of the Western Committee on Crop Pesticides and the Western Committee on Plant Pesticides. Phil Blakeley, information officer and entomologist at the research station, was named secretary of the crops committee, M A Kahn of the research station was named chairman of this committee. Gerry Wemtranb of the research station was named chairman of the livestock pesticide committee Mistaken identity dogs officers Lethbndge city police were called to 12th Street and 3rd Avenue South at 8.05 p.m Monday to investigate a suspicious person ducking up and down m the front seat of a truck. Police found a Mack hunting dog in the truck's front seat The dog looked like a person from a distance. The sewage situation in Coalhurst was described as a "time bomb" Monday by the senior health inspector of the Barons-Eureka Health Unit. Ken Blom told a county development appeal board hearing on the proposed Coalhurst sewage lagoon that the rapidly-growing hamlet "needs a sewage system." "This matter is urgent. the whole problem was so bad last spring that we were going to ask the minister (Environ- ment Minister Bill Yurko) to do something immediately." The proposed site, he told the appeal hearing, "should suffice." But no matter where the county eventually decides to locate its lagoon, "you're into trouble." Warning the county that it's too late to impose develop- ment restrictions on Coalhurst, the health inspec- tor said: "We've been living with a tune bomb The cow got out 10 years ago." The "urgent" health hazard was also mentioned by city lawyer Ross Wilde, who sup- ported the lagoon permit on behalf of the ratepayers association of Coalhurst. "We have raw sewage overflowing from septic Wilde said The county has studied the proposed site for two years, rejecting an alternate site to the south because of higher cost. The current site, he added, was chosen because the hamlet can afford it. But if the lagoon is delayed, he cautioned, "costs will spiral." Repeating claims by the county's consulting engineer that the plastic-iined lagoon Council opposing wage talks City council voted Monday against re-opening wage talks with city employees represented by Local 70 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. However, it was pointed out, the union could appear before council as can any other delegation to argue its case if it wishes. The union asked to re-open its 1974-75 contract to negotiate cost of living increases. The contract provides for a nearly 11 per cent increase this year and 10 per cent next year City Manager Allister Findlay warned against negotiations with the union, because he said, to be fair, the city would have to re-open talks with the seven other un- ions and associations civic employees belong to. A first step towards im- plementing programs design- ed to rehabilitate older residential neighborhoods in the city, was taken by city council Monday. Council voted unanimously on a resolution by Aid. Tony Tobin and Aid. Bob Tarleck to send a letter to the Alberta Housing Corporation saying it is interested in the applicabili- ty of the Neighborhood Improvement Program to Lethbridge "The city has been doing nothing in this area let's get started and see where it takes said Aid. Vaughan Hembroff, in support of the resolution. Aid. Tobin said several areas of the city could qualify under the program, which provides federal and provin- cial funds to improve housing, parks, senior citizen accom- modation and other amenities in a selected residential area. won't seep and that aeration equipment will eliminate odors, Wilde said the lagoon won't pose a hardship to sur- rounding farmers. Ironically enough, the last person to speak on the lagoon was the one most affected, Hand Vant Land. He patiently listened to both sides of the story before giving his opinions. Originally "op- posed" to the lagoon, he later changed his mind, because "if- we can't trust our government we're in real trouble." "The neighbours think otherwise." said Mr Vant I and, adding his sole concern about the lagoon is rodent control "That to me is the biggest worry." Responding to an earlier comment that "one muskrat can drain that lagoon in one Vant Land said plastic-lined dugouts are often penetrated by rodents. Sewage is warm, he noted, "and mice always go where its warmer The city will intervene against Calgary Power Ltd.'s application before the Public Utilities Board for a 17.6 per cent increase in electrical rates. But city'council decided Monday to await a report from Aid. Vaughan Hembroff before deciding whether to prepare its own intervention, or co-operate in a joint sub- mission with other municipalities against the increase. PENNERS PLUMBING 1209 2nd Ave. S. Phone 327-4121 Aid. Ferguson asks smoke ban FOX DENTURE CLINIC ESL1922 PHONE 3274565 E. S. P. FOX, C.D.M. FOX LETHMDGE DENTAL LM 204 MEDICAL DENTAL BLDQ. BERGMAN'S Floor Coverings SALES AND INSTALLATHmS By DON BERGMAN Evening p.m. PHONE 12Hl Council accused of chauvinism City council was accused Monday of letting its male chauvinism show by limiting Vera Ferguson to a six month term in the deputy mayor's chair. In a letter to council, city resident Joyce Elford com- plained that the six month term immediately following the two year term of one who "barely squeaked into eighth place" on the civic election ballot was a definite "put down" not only to Vera Ferguson bat to all women. Deputy Mayor Vera Ferguson would like to see the air cleared at city council meetings. She served notice of motion Monday that she wants a ban on smoking in council chambers while council is in session. The motion will be discussed at council's next regular meeting next Monday The deputy mayor sits between cigar puffing Aid. Vaughan Hembroff and sometime chain smoker Aid. Bill Kergan at council meetings. ART DIETRICH DENTURE CUNIC DENTAL MECHANIC Phono SCHWARTZ AGENCIES (1972) LTD. "OPEN HOUSE" SATURDAY, NOV. 2 and SUNDAY, NOV. 3, 1974 from p.m. to 530p.m. both days. Three bedrooms, French Doors to Patio off Dining Area. Completely developed Downstairs. Contact ROY CLELAND at Has. 327-6335 or Bus. 329-3331 THE ART STUDIO ON FIFTH AVENUE 710 Sfh Avmiw SoiiHi Presents A SELECTION OF RECENT PAINTINGS By KATHERINE HAYNES Formerly Art Teacher at Coaldale Exhibition Ends November 6th ;