Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 11, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
14 LETHBRIDGE September 11, 1973 Public trustees will consider bus cost hike The public school board is to be asked tonight to approve a 10-cent-a-mile increase in operating costs for the City of Lethbndge's bus service to its schools. The increase will raise the mileage rate from 75 cents to 85 cents per mile The need for the additional mileage charge resulted when the city had to purchase three new 66-passenger buses this summer to continue to provide sufficient busing capacity for the two local school districts. Another financial matter to be discussed at the meeting is the amount a trustee should be allotted for travel, meals and time spent at conventions and conferences. Under present policy, the trustees are paid 12 cents per mile when travelling with their own vehicle and are reimbursed the actual costs when they travel by public transportation Hotel and motel accommodation is paid at actual cost, including business telephone calls and tips (up to in per cent The present meal allowance is per day and any ad- ditional costs incurred when purchasing a meal for a business guest are also reim- bursed. Trustees are also paid a day for each day they are ab- sent from the city while attending a convention or conference. As a guideline to assist them in deciding whether or not to increase their convention ex- pense accounts, the trustees will be provided with a fact sheet on allowances paid to other trustees in the province. According to the fact sheets, transportation rates in other districts vary from 12 cents to 15 cents per mile and meal allowances vary from to per day. No com- parison is provided for the dai- ly fee rate. The board is also expected to decide on how many conventions or conferences each trustee can attend and on how many trustees may at- tend any one convention or conference. The board agenda also includes an item deferred trom the September meeting. The item deals with the type of committees the school board could use to govern the public school system. Basically, the board will have to decide whether or not it will assign trustees to a committee for a full term or just assign them to special committees for the length of time needed to accomplish its goals. Senior citizens university-shy Southern Alberta's senior citizens have not taken advan- tage of the opportunity to at- tend the University of Lethbndge at reduced fees, university registration in- dicate People 60 vears of age or older were given the oppor- tunity to attend tail semester classes at a halt-rate tuition fee. Only one such person has taken advantage of the oppor- tunity granted this summer He is registered on a part- time basis in evening classes. The number of students in that age group is likely to grow but verv slowly, says Dr Bill Beckel. U of L president. He says the elderly are very shv toward university life because in their younger days universities were for a very select group of people Even today the majority of students BERGMAN'S Ph. 328-0372 2716 12 Ave. S. are in their late teens or early twenties. Dr Beckel says the univer- sitv should have a counsellor to deal specifically with the elderh students and prospec- tive elderly students. "The counsellor could talk about the problems the elder- Iv might be having with in- tegrating with younger students" on campus and could also explain that a un- iversity education is based on accomplishment rather than grddes. he explained To better acquaint the elderly with what the U of L has to olfer. the counsellor would also contact the elderly in the community The U oi L has three counsellors at the present time, but Dr. Beckel claims they are carrying too heavy load to be assigned strictly to counselling the elderly So far. the budget has not allowed for a fourth counsellor. The reduced fees provide the elderly with the opportuni- ty to attend the fall semester full time for rather than the regular fee. They can also enrol in one course at a cost of 50 instead of the normal AIR VAC 1811 2nd Ave. S. PHONE 328-0286 Power Furnace Cleaning ART DIETRICH DENTURE DENTAL MECHANIC SchwirUBIdg. 2225th St. S. Phone 328-4095 ready to serve -BUTTERED ROLLS -CAKES -PASTRIES PARTY BARRELS PERFECT FOR GATHERINGS SVEN ERICKSENS iFOOD AND PASTRY SHOP! 3rd Ave. S. M.M. Drive Phone 328-8161 Phone 328-7756 RICK ERVIN photo That away! Jaycee Leo Hopman and Ian McMurray, 8, 202 12th Ave. N. Like school but more fun 62 pedal for safety By JIM LOZERON Herald Staff Writer Sixty-two children wheeled their bicycles into Senator Buchanan School playground Monday night as the Jaycee sponsored pedal-pushers program got into full swing at 12 locations. "This is just like going to school except this is more said instructor Leo Hop- man. And the children. Grades 1 to 4 seemed to agree as they wheeled through three basic drills. Grades 1 and 2, grouped together, formed a circle and road in unison around the northern half of the playground. "It's too hard to pedal." said Alby Tschntler, in Grade 1, pointing to the grass in the playground and paused near his dad for a rest. Grade 3s and 4s with the bigger bikes and stronger legs had less trouble than Alby in negotiating the drills in the south part of the field. What the students lacked in precision, as the gaps in the circle showed, they made up tor an enthusiasm as they made their way through the drills. This was the first lull night of cycling in tho program At the first session last Wednesday the students registered and had their bikes safety inspected. The long procession of cyclists made their way to a cement area north of the playground, where the two groups joined togelher for the third drill, driving their bicycles along a straight line. "No pushing, yelling or screaming." 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Between sessions the children are to learn the safety rule dished out by a character known as .Johnny Handlebar, pictured riding a bicycle. The third annual course, held under the auspices of the Alberta Safety Council has attracled 785 children, aboul 200 less than a year ago. More than 40 Jaycees and Jaycettes are participating in twice weekly lessons which end Sept. 19. In future sessions studenls will learn such Ihings as how to balance their vehicles, drive around obstacles, how to stop, signal and move through intersections properly. Cyclists will be selected al each location to compele in a general run-off Sept. 22. Trophies will be awardeo to the top cyclists in Ihe Iwo divisions. A draw will be made al Ihe end of Ihe program for four bicycles. E. S. P. FOX Certified Denial Mechanic FOX (Lath.) DENTAL LAB LTD. 204 Medicni Dental Bldg. Phone 327-6565 Mayor's invitation met with questions By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Mayor Andy Anderson was looking for compliments at city council's town hall meeting Monday but council tound itself facing some close questioning instead. With tongue in cheek Mayor Anderson told some 20 spec- tators that while the format of the town hall meeting allowed them to bring up any matters of civic concern, they should feel free to pay council com- pliments as well. Hal Hoffman, local New Democratic Party candidate in the last federal election, and former aldermanic can- didate took up the mayor's in- vitation by congratulating council on the "business-like" way they brought in the Woodwards development. But there are two sides to the equation, Mr. Hoffman said, and he wanted to know council's policy concerning relocation of businesses from the downtown redevelopment area. Mr. Hoffman said he had surveyed four or five people faced with relocation and they were not as happy with the negotiations as Woodwards presumably is. "They were dislocated at some inconvenience and cer- tainly not at their choice." Aid. Vaughan Hembroff who participated in much of the downtown redevelopment negotiations defended the transactions saying the price of moving and the cost of dis- location was included in the price the city paid for the land. "We're still endeavoring to physically help some in- dustries relocate at d they can he said. Mr. Hoffman said the problem appeared not to be so much with the sale of land but that there were so many roadblocks in relocating. Aid Hembroff replied that what to one person is a roadblock to another is im- provement. "We're trying not to get the hodge-podge we had down- town, he said. "If there are roadblocks they apply not just to one business bui universally, to the betterment oi the com- munity." PENSIONER Relocation of a different sort was the concern of a pen- sioner who spoke at the town hall meeting. Jack Kelly, a former resi- dent of the Lafferty Block downtown told council he didn't think the city had treated him or his neighbors tairly in moving them out of their home. "There's not one person out of that block that got into a place as good as what we had he said. Mr. Kelly obviously felt he had been badly done by, but had trouble relating to council just exactly what his chief complaint was and what he thought should be done about it. "I don't mind getting run out of the district I know that's progress, but when we had to sign the papers on the 30th of June that we'd be out in one month, we had no recourse, no he said. Mr. Kelly said his rent now was double what he paid in the Lafferty block but when asked by Aid. Bill Kergan if he was no longer able to live on his old age pension and supplement, he said: "No, not Packer still seeks sit? City Packers is still looking lor a new location. Merlin Adams, president of the company, said today he is looking at several sites in the vicinity of Lethbridge which would be suitable as a location for the packing and rendering plant "We should have something to report in the very near future." he said. City Packers is presenlly located on county land across 43rd Street from the exhibi- tion grounds. The move is planned, with assistance from the department of the en- vironment, because 'of com- plaints from nearby city residents of the smell from I ho operation. and then spoke ot the problems ot moving and ol having to walk up three flights of stairs in his new home According to the city social welfare department, moving costs of downtown residents who had problems and approached the city were paid by city hall. However, no one has been paid rent subsidies yet. and the question of paying the difference between old rents and new rents after relocation is still being negotiated with the province. Mr. Kelly indicated a rent subsidy wouldn't placate him anyway. "It seems to me the city owes the people that were in those places a little more than just saying they'll subsidize rent." lie said The senior citizens' high rise is expected to alleviate the situation, but it will be at least a year before it is built. CHALLENGE A resident who challenged the mayor's opinion thai Lothbndge doesn'l qualify for assistance under the Neighborhood Irnprovemenl Program was the other person to speak out at the lown hall meeting. The program provides C'entral Mortgage and Hous- ing Corporation grants and loans to municipalities to rehabilitate older residential areas, and Alberta recently became the first province to participate in the program. Mayor Anderson said last week he didn't think Lethbridge had any run-down residential areas large enough to fit into the program. But Ihe resident who challenged this opinion said he felt the area between 1st and 13th Streets and 5th and 9th Avenues S. could use rehabilitation. "Because there are some nice properties, it's easy to go through there and say it's okay, but there seems to be large numbers of homes that could use he said. Province cuts program funds City council was told Mon- day the province has cut funds to two preventive social vice programs appicwe'd earlier by council Jack McCracken. president of the Lethbridge Family Ser- vice board. said the organiza- tion has been told it will get only of it asked irom the province to extend its program to March 1, 1974. The city has already agreed to its 20 per cent share of 500 for the program, and Mr McCracken appeared before council Monday to seek coun- cil support lor a submission City briefs the family service board will make to the cabinet next week Council was also told the Community Outreach Program, a youth-oriented operation was in the same boat with no funds allocated Irom the province to date. Mayor Anderson said coun- cil would give the programs what further support it could, but city manager Tom Nutting said this may not be necessary as he understood the funding ligures were not final and more provincial money may be coining Council to get bridge tenders Sept. 24 Tenders lor the 6th Avenue S. bridge will be submitted to city council's next regular meeting Sept 24 Initial work this fall on the 2 million project will be on the approaches to the bridge on both (he east and west sides of the Oldman River. City council gave first reading to a feedlot control bvlaw Monday that will restrict the operation of feodlots within city limits Council will now wait two weeks before dealing further with the to give businesses affee-ted a chance to make1 submissions on it. A low bid of for sanitary sewer relocation in the downtown redevelopment area was approved by city council Monday. The )ob went to Richards Bros. Ltd of Olds. Council also approved a recommendation that a con- tract to supply a 15 kilo-volt circuit breaker as part of the downtown utility relocation be awarded R. L. Brews and Son Ltd for School-by-mail policy clarified Alberta parents dissatisfied with the kind ol education offered in public and separate schools are not allowed to pull their children out of the school to enrol them in c o r respondence courses. That is the statement to be presented to the public school trustees tonight in a letter from the department of education. 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