Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 14, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
District The LetKbridge Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, September 14, 1973 Pages 17 32 Local news Sr. citizens' high rise design rejected By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge's proposed senior citizens' apartment has been sent back to the architects for refiguring of costs and possible enlargment, an Alberta Hous- ing Corporation director told The Herald Thursday, Kred Weatherup said the AHC board at its meeting in Edmonton Wednesday felt the proposed 110-unit, 12-storey apartment building was too costly and asked the architects. Robins, Mitchell and Watson of Lethbridge. to see where savings could be effected. One way this could be done would be "to add more floors, and Jim Landsky. executive director of the housing cor- poration, said in a telephone interview from Edmonton the apartment project might be a 16-storey building if that would make it more economically feasible. The per-person cost was just too high, said Mr. Weatherup. Mr. Landsky said it was double the cost of other senior citizen apartment pro- jects the corporation has worked on. It's unclear at this stage when construction of the apartment building will begin. Revised plans are to go to the next meeting of the hous- ing corporation board. Mr. Landsky said the next regular meeting is Oct. 3, but Mr. Weatherup said the necessary work might be finished in 10 days to two weeks and if so he would request a special meeting of the board. The government and the Alberta Housing Corporation know the urgency of the matter." he said. Mr. Weatherup wouldn't es- timate when the building might be finished but said a two-week delay now wouldn't necessarily add two weeks to the completion date of the pro- ject. When questioned about this, he said a contractor can't start in the middle of winter, but he wouldn't say construc- tion won't start until next spring. The project would go to tender within 30 days of AHC approval, he said. "We're talking about a ma- jor piece of construction, it's no small project.'- Mr. Weatherup said. "It's very necessary proper planning be put into it so that it will be developed in the best possible manner for the peo- ple who will live in it." Mr. Weatherup said it was also felt a little time should be spent now to consider enlarg- ing the apartment building because by the time it is com- pleted the additional space will probably be needed. A 20-30 per cent expansion is being considered which would bring the apartment project up to anywhere between 120- 150 suites. According to Mr. Landsky, while the need for a senior citizens apartment building here had been recognized by the AHC board and go-ahead lor the project had been given. Wednesday was the first time the board had sat down with the design. Gov't approval sought Preparing for winter For the first time in months, Gait Gardens is park for winter, which, after this morning's tempe- empty, except for city employee George Verga, rature, seems not far away. 275 7th Ave. S., whose lonely job it is to prepare the____________________________________________ Driving program lold Hit th notice comes Impaired are potential loo lnte manslaughter convicts By DAVID B. BLY Herald Staff Writer Some of the participants of the Alberta Alcoholism and Drug Commission's impaired driving program Thursday night had a chance to question the man who had forced them to attend. Provincial Judge A. H. Elford. before whom many charged with impaired driving appear, spoke to the group and answered questions. Participation in the four- part course, conducted in the provincial courtroom, is often required on the probation order of impaired drivers, and others are given the choice to take the course with a reduc- tion in their fine resulting. Purpose of the series, ac- cording to the moderator. Norman E. Briscoe, is to br- ing about a change of attitudes toward drinking and driving. Impaired driving is one of the least serious charges in the criminal code. Provincial Judge Elford said, but it is only a step away from criminal negligence in the operation of a motor vehicle. Motor manslaughter, criminal negligence while operating a motor vehicle resulting in a death, is something that has not happened around Lethbridge for some time, he said. "But there is very little difference between impaired driving and motor manslaughter." he said. "Many cases appear before me and I have to say. 'How fortunate it is you were not in- volved in a serious accident." The impaired driving program is relatively new. Provincial Judge Elford said, but in his opinion is tremen- dously successful. Courts have been able to order restricted licenses in the last two years, he ex- plained. For about 10 years, no such licenses were allowed, then, during the late the law was changed. Many restricted licenses were granted to those convicted of impaired driving during a two-year period, then the law was changed again. Another change in 1970 again allowed restricted licenses to be issued. Plea changed A Lethbridge man arrested Dec. 31, 1972, and charged with trafficking in marijuana has pleaded guilty in district court. Brian Gregory Atkinson, 21. who had originally pleaded not guilty to the charge, was remanded to Sept. 17 for sentencing. A pre-sentence report was ordered by Judge C. G. Yanosik. "I hope they're not being Provincial Judge Elford said. Restricted licenses are now granted to those whose jobs involve driving. Another program which he feels is effective is the 24-hour suspension. City police can stop a driver and, if it is deter- mined the driver has been drinking, revoke driving privileges for 24 hours. Provincial Judge Elford told the group he felt this was an effective deterrent to im- paired driving. Two films, one on inatten- tive driving and the other on the effects of alcohol on the brain, were shown. Both used a liberal sprinkling of grisly details as shock treatment, with actual film footage of ac- cidents in which people were killed. Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Linn have just received a birth an- nouncement for their 14-year- old niece. The announcement remain- ed hidden in a door jamb at their previous residence, un- opened, since it was delivered in May, 1959. 14 years ago. The new owner came upon the long-lost letter while carrying out renovations and returned it to the Linns, now living at 2002 6th Ave. S. Niece Rhonda Richmond of Ed- monton has now been official- Iv announced but how the an- nouncement got into the door frame remains a mystery. Nature meet The regular monthly meeting of the Lethbridge Naturalists Society will be held Friday at 8 p.m. in the Bowman Arts Centre. During the summer the society took four field trips to various areas that included mountains, foothills, a prairie lake and a dry coulee. Youth given suspended sentence for break-in A Lethbridge youth has been given a one-year suspended sentence for the breaking and entering of Hamilton Junior High Sept. 4. Slobadan Grizelj. 16, who appeared in provincial court for sentencing Wednesday, was arrested shortly after he and a juvenile companion entered the school. His accomplice is being dealt with by juvenile authorities. Retarded project would be unique By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Lethbridge may become the first city in Alberta to es- tablish a project designed to integrate the handicapped into society.if the project is given provincial government approval. The project proposal is ex- pected to be presented by the Lethbridge Association for the Mentally Retarded in November to the provincial government. The experimental project would provide a wide range of services for all mentally retarded people so they all would have a chance to develop their lives, says the executive director of the local association. Malcolm Jeffreys says the project would also co-ordinate services presently being offered the mentally retarded in the city. "Many services for the retarded in this city are fragmented at the present he adds. The major difference between the present method of caring for the mentally retarded and the local association's proposal is that the proposed method takes the Weekly paper a living thing says editor A gardener walks into the newsroom of the Wetaskiwin Times with two ripe tomatoes. His picture is taken and he walks out of the office happy, knowing he will be recognized. For Bert Taylor, editor and publisher, this is not an un- usual incident. A weekly new- spaper, he says, is a living thing. "It may be something a citizen cusses and swears at but it has some kind of says the president of the Alberta Weekly Newspapers' Association now meeting at the Holiday Inn. Mr. Taylor, associated with weekly newspapers since 1943. has held almost every jour- nalistic position imaginable. And in a weekly newspaper there are many. He has doubled as linotype operator, night janitor and foreman of the back shop with a weekly in North Battleford, Sask.. and headed a commer- cial printing shop in Medicine Hat while he wrote columns for Alberta weeklies. "Through necessity you are the master of everything." says Mr. Taylor. "I moved into newspapers on a part-time basis in 1945 and have stayed with says Mr. Taylor, who will step down as head of the Alberta association this weekend. After all these years one thing remains constant his love for weekly newspapers. In the weekly newspaper news which might never reach a city newspaper is given priority, he says. "The only thing I'm interested in is what is happening in Wetaskiwin." says Mr. Taylor. He knows 90 per cent of the people he writes about. "II a person brings an arti- cle in I don't change says Mr. Taylor. If it is not the best English or it has spelling mis- takes the spelling mistakes will not be corrected, he says. "The most important thing is that the person makes Her I Taylor weekly editor "We try to involve as many names as possible in a he says. They (the readers) are interested in who is in- volved in an organization if the story is about an organization A weekly can be an inspira- tion to the community. Mr. Taylor says. "A weekly newspaper can build the confidence of the community in itself." he says, sense." he says. "In changing the article you would be changing the person's per- sonality." You plant the germ of an idea in someone else's mind and the leaders of the com- munity pick it up and think of it as their own. says Mr. Tavlor. retarded out of the institution into the community while the present system does the reverse. The project emphasizes the use of foster homes for the handicapped rather than large residential institutions that decentralize the retarded from the rest of society. Mr. Jeffreys says the pro- ject will depend on the willingness of people in Lethbridge to accept the retarded by offering their residence as a foster home to a retarded person. The retarded person needs to become semi-independent and the foster home is an ideal place to gradually gain total independence, he said. Foster homes are especially important to retarded children because a home is a more acceptable place for a child to develop. Mr. Jeffrey estimates that there are at least 170 retarded children and adults from Southern Alberta in institutes who could be brought back into the community, if the pro- ject is approved by the government. There are three children un- der six years of age. 47 between the ages of seven and 17 and 93 in the age group 18 to 49 in institutes, fie estimates. In the first year of project operation. Mr. Jeffreys ex- pects about 11 rtetarded children will be returned to the' Lethbridge community from institutes. He also ex- pects about 10 adults to be placed in vocational training at the local level. "They're all Lethbridge residents and are entitled to an education in their home area." he insisted. The development of the pro- ject must take place gradually, he said. If the project is given approval. Mr. Jeffreys says a community and crises centre for the seriously mentally retarded will be developed to give them specialized 24-hour care. He says the role of the centre would be to care for the seriously mentally retarded with the intention of moving them out of the centre and into a foster home within 12 months. The length Of time a retard- ed person will have to spend under supervised care will de- pend directly on the number of foster homes that can be found in Lethbridge. The project is designed to begin assisting the retarded at a young age and continue the assistance until the retarded person becomes semi- independent or independent. Mr. Jeffreys suggests it is important for the community to realize that all mentally retarded persons "can learn and can adapt to higher levels of training than what they have been credited for by most of the public." Man faces more charges A Taber man sentenced Wednesday in district court to a year in prison for arson appeared in provincial court Thursday on three other charges. Gary Robert Mitchell. 35, pleaded guilty to driving while his. license was suspended. Answer to sewage odor, alkali proclaimed By RIC SWIHART Herald Staff Writer Desert plants may hold the cure for Lethbridge's meat packing industry-related sewage odor problem and could help solve alkali salinity problems for Southern Alber- ta's agricultural industry. Research into the possible uses of desert-plant derivatives in agriculture in the south is just getting un- derway. An ti-pollution Product's (Calgary) Ltd., the Canadian distributor for Distributors Processing Inc. of Porterville. Calif., is trying to sell farmers on its product which i! claims will help eliminate alkali problems and increase yields during years of drought conditions. They are looking for about 50 farmers who will allow the company to test their product under supervision in five to 10- ;icrc plots. But it is in the realm of sewage disposal and odor problems that the company is really going great guns, ac- cording to Anti-pollution Products president Larry Thygesen. There are now 84 towns, villages and cities in Alberta using the product in sewage treatment, he said in an inter- view Thursday. The product, derived from selected desert plants, is a form of a wotting agent which, when dropped on the ground, allows the plant to take in more riuirieiih> aim water when available. Jack Yale, vice president in charge of research and development for Distributors Processing. the same properties of the product which allows desert plants to survive drought conditions helps in the bacterial action of breaking down sewage into component parts. He said the compounds of the product ease the stress of the bacteria on the environ- ment allowing the bacteria to speed up decomposition of sewage wastes. Dr. Yale claims his product is being used in all parts of the United ;ind in Western Canada. Some is being used in Nova Scotia. of the product increases, he hopes it will find an increasingly larger niche in pollution control. Irv Fraser. an engineer with the City of Lethbridge. said an official of Anti-Pollution Products walked into his of- fice one day and told him the company had a product which would cure the pollution odor and sewage problems for the city. "Because the city had un- successfully tried two chemicals to combat the sewage odor problems originating in the industrial park area earlier in 1973. I approached the company's claims with tongue in check." said Mr. Fraser. "1 told them to come up with a program and estimated cost which the city would approve or disapprove. "I told them the city would pay lor the chemical treat- ment after two months if it was successful. I still didn't feel I could gamble with city funds on something which wasn't tried and proven." he said. As it turned out, the program suggested by Anti- pollution Products was well within the budget of the city's engineering department. During the entire summer, the city spent less than for the process'and Mr. Fraser is completely satisfied that it was money well spent. During the early part of the summer, when the city was trying to combat the sewage odor problem along 5th Avenue N. from the sewage lift station in the 3700 block, nothing seemed to work, said Mr. Fraser. The city had even started to use the new Northeast In- dustrial Trunk Sewer line about one year ago. This moves sewage from the in- dustrial park area to the river valley sewage plant through a part of the city which has very lew houses. "Still the complaints about sewer odor were too frequent to consider the matter resolved." he said. "Since the city started using the products of Anti-Pollution Products there has been only one complaint from residents along the Northeast Industrial Trunk Sewer Line." failing to notify the owner of a vehicle following an accident and refusing to give a breath sample for a breathalyzer test. City police arrested Mitchell June 2 in Lethbridge after the car he was driving struck a fire hydrant and a parked vehicle. Provincial Judge A. H. Elford fined Mitchell S325 or a total of 90 days in jail. Mitchell chose to serve the time which would run con- currently with his one-year prison sentence. oman hurt in c oil, ision One person suffered minor injuries in a motor vehicle ac- cident on 10th Avenue S. near 12th Street late Thursday night. Christine Margaret Blair, 27, 2525 Forestry Ave., was driving east on 10th Avenue when she was in collision with a parked car owned by Glen A. Choboter, 1104 12th St. S. She was taken to St. Michael's Hospital with minor injuries and released. Damage- to the cars totalled S3.800.