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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Trustees reject too costly tenders By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer All tenders received for the renovation and ad- ditions to two Lethbridge schools were rejected Tuesday by the public school board at its regular meeting Trustees rejected the tenders as being too costly and agreed to apply to the department of education for approval to use the public system's carpentry staff to do most of the work with certain parts of the construction to be com- pleted by tenders The projects include a 441-square-foot addition to the Lakeview School and a 1351-square-foot addition to the Wilson Jr High School The _ Lakeview School is also to receive renovations to a science room, the ad- ministration area and the library while the Wilson Jr High School will receive renovations to existing of- fice space Including government support, the board agreed not to spend more than on the Lakeview School and not more than for the renovations and addition to the Wilson Jr High School The cost of furniture and equipment will be in addi- tion to the limits set by the board The lowest tender, for both schools, came from Henry Hardy Construction with its bid of for the Lakeview project and for the project at the Wilson Jr High School In other business, trustees formed a com- mittee to meet with city council "too see what satisfactory arrangements can be made" to satisfy a request made by residents in the area north of Wilson Junior High School for the public board to participate in the cost of paving an alley north of the school boundary The board was not prepared to share m the cost of paving the alley un- til the committee reported back to the board Trustees Carl Johnson suggested that he wasn't a back-alley authority, but was still interested in knowing how many more alleys the board will be asked to pave if it approved the paving of the alley north of Wilson Jr High School Trustee Al Mont felt it wasn't the school system's responsibility to help finance the paving of back alleys Minister agrees rural assessment needs reviewing Local news The Lctlibridcie Herald SECOND SECTION Lethbridge, Alberta, Wednesday, September 19, 1973 Pages-21 -40 District By WARREN CARAGATA Herald Staff Writer A government-municipali- ties study of taxation and assessment in Alberta will begin shortly Municipal Af fairs Minister Dave Russell said Tuesday The problems with small land-holdings is just one of the symptoms of a system that needs reviewing the minister said in a Herald interview The study will be under- taken by the soon-to be- created Provincial-Municipal Finance Council The council Mr Russell said will be composed of two cabinet ministers and three MLAs two representatives of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, two from the Alberta Associa tion of Municipal Districts and Counties and one member of the Alberta School Trustees Association His department has spent the summer drawing up terms of reference for the council and the government is 'very close to passing an order-m- council to get it operative He said a review of assess- ment and taxation techniques has a high priority with even one concerned We can all agree there is a number of imperfections in the present situation The council study will take about two years Mr Russell estimated and raihei than look at specific problems such as leedlot classifications or assessment of small rural holding we want to look at the entire picture Tuesday morning the minister received a brief from the County of Lethbridge which suggested that some inequities exist in the Municipal Taxation Act regarding assessment of small land-holdings I recognize Mr Russell said the point the county made it s a valid one A holding smaller than 20 acres cannot be classed as agricultural and has to be assessed at 31 per cent of market value If classed as agricultural land is assessed dt a lower rate and im- movements are tax-exempt Mr Russell said the 20-acre classification was not equitable because that size a holding is too big for a house site vet too small for a farm The county brief also asked the government to examine the possibility of a new classification for feedlots which are now classed for tax- ation purposes as agricultural The county suggests feedlots be taxed as part agricultural, part com- mercial In response to a county re- quest that the provincial government take Keho Park in the Barons district Lands and Forests Minister Or Allan Warrack said the government was looking at ex panding park land in the province Taking over an existing park run the countv would not batisfv that requirement Dr Warrack saio Undercover campaign nets 189 charges Signing up Seven-year-old Kelly Glenn Migella, 714 24th St N edges up to the table to sign on the dotted line he's about to become a cub scout Kelly's mother, Mrs Julie Migella, right, is nearby for moral support while recruiters Florence Hamilton, 2112 14th Ave WALTER KERBER photo N, and Nita Jarvie, 1005 19th St N, get down the pertinent particulars Youngsters registered for the boy scout program at several locations Tuesday night. Building start set High rise may go 16 storeys Four persons in the Lethbridge area were arrested Tuesday as part of a province wide joint police force undercover operation aimed at the trafficking of narcotics Lawrence John McDougall 19 and Shaun William Robin- son 18 both of Lethbridge were scheduled to appear in provincial court this morning on charges of trafficking A third person was arrested in Lethbridge but it has not yet been determined in which court that person will be tried Daniel Plourde 18 of Fort Matleod was scheduled to appear in provincial court there this morning, also on a charge of trafficking Six Alberta policemen have worked undercover for the past five months in a cam- paign that was aimed pnmari h at heroin These men were members of three police City family service gets grant Coal mining industry needs skilled labor By GEORGE STEPHENSON Herald Staff Writer The piovincial cabinet decided Tuesday to provide 000 to the Lethbridge Family Service for implemen- tation of a community counselling and lay training program The decision made at an afternoon cabinet meeting in the Holiday Inn, followed a presentation of a brief to the minister of health in the mor- ning Neil Crawford, minister of health and social development said the quick decision by the cabinet was made so the program could get under way this year instead ot the next fiscal year At its morning session with the minister the group re- quested additional funds from the provincial government other than those already received The family service had previously asked for from the government but were told only could be allocated The funds are necessary for implementation of the project directed toward 'establishing a program for training selected people to act as helpers or counsellors in their local community and to develop neighborhood centres to make available the resources of those trained Representatives of the Board of Lethbridge Family Service added that the city council of Lethbridge approv- ed the recommendation of the project and undertook to allocate city funds for its im- plementation The coal mining industry is hampered by a severe shor- tage of skilled miners cabinet ministers in Lethbridge were told Tuesday Gerry Blackmore, ex- ecutive vice-president of Coleman Collieries informed the ministers that most of the available experienced coal miners are either English or American The situation could be cor- rected he said if a school of coal mining was established at an Alberta post-secondary institution Scholarships could be provided by the industry carrying a guarantee of employment and mining ex- ecutives could give lectures, providing a link between theory and actual experience Mr Blackmore said coal mining is important to the province and revenues from the industry will continue long after oil and gas reserves are dry He enlisted the support of the government in pushing for a transportation system to On- tario which would make Alberta coal competitive in eastern markets with American-produced coal Minister of Municipal Af- lairs Dave Russell said Tues day construction of the senior citizen high rise at 8th Street and 6th Avenue will start ear- ly in 1974 Mr Russell wiiu is chairman of the board of directors of the Alberta Hous- ing Corporation which will be building the high rise said senior organizations in the city would get a look at the final sketch plans of the building The housing corporation board of directors sent the original plans back to the architects following a meeting earlier this month because costs vvere too high Revised plans including a possible 30 pei cent expansion ot the project that could result in a 16-storev high rise will be reviewed at the next corpora tion board meeting The meeting is scheduled for Oct 3 but Fred Weatherup Lethbridge member of the board has said he will ask for a special meeting if the plans are ready sooner Mr Russell said it is his un derstanding the architects will need until about January to complete the working diawings Irom which tenders for the project will be called He said a primary function of the apartment building will be to rehouse senior citizens who were forced to move by the downtown redevelopment project and suites would be let on a rent-geared-to income basis as was done in Calgary s newest senior citizen high rise Under this arrangement rents start at about and are based on ability to pay forces two from Edmonton Police one from Calgary Citv Police and three members of the RCMP The} were assisted throughout the operation by plamclothes per- sonnel from the three forces a result of this effort 189 charges have been laid and 117 arrest warrants issued The arrests began Tuesdav Of the 135 charges in Ed monton and Calgarv 127 vvere for tidfficking in heroin The remaining charges are (or trafficking of soft drugs and chemicals breakdown of the other 44 charges from other centres in the province was not available but S Sgt Bob Morrison of the Lethbridge RCMP subdivision said the Lethbridge and Fort Macleod charges concern soft drugs A substantial number of arrests have been made in the province since Tuesday and the pickup of accused persons is continuing the RCMP said City man jailed on drug count 22-vear-old Lethbridge man was bentenced in district court Monday to 18 months in Brian uregorv Atkinson drifted Dec 31 1972 v.asac- cused of having obtained four kilos ot marijuana from Van couver with the intent to icsell the drug He pleaded guiltv to the charge Sept 12 RCMP narcotics officers watched the parcel containing the drugs shipped via Time An as it was picked up by a Lethbridge girl Thev followed the girl to a North Lethbridge icsidence where thev con- fiscated the marijuana Army-Navy opening set The and Navy club open a new 000 extension to its premises Sept 22 Mavor Andeison will cut the ribbon to celebrdte the opening of the new hall Jdc k Hamilton piesidcnt of the and Niivv and George Kemp the Saskatchewan piesidcnt dre expected to dttend Cabinet approves for Games 'Southwater resources not managed9 The provincial cabinet left Southern Alberta Tuesday night and the Canada Winter Games Society has every reason to be happy about it In the wake of then depar- ture, the provincial govern- ment left the games society to be used for capital expenditures for the 1975 winter games to be held in Southern Alberta At the close of a Lethbridge cabinet meeting Tuesday afternoon, the government an- nounced the grant, in line with a request made earlier in a brief presented by the games society The cabinet approved an im- mediate grant of which Hoist Schmid, culture, youth and recreation minister said would remove liom the society the burden of taking out a loan to meet im- mediate expenses The provincial government contribution will be matched by almost million in grants from the federal government and the City of Lethbridge The games organization also received a commitment fiom the provincial govern- ment that the road to West- (dstle which will host the ski- ing events will be up-graded and that utilities will be provided at the site During the submission presentation, Labor Minister Bert Hohol said there would be no problem closing schools (luring the games Tho brief stales that vehicles notmally used to bus students to school will be needed to transport athletes to and fioin game sites in Albcita By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Diversion of water resources from the north to Southern Alberta is not considered a high-priority matter Environment Minister Bill Yurko said Tuesday It's not seen as immediately necessary, Mr Yurko said, because so much more can be done with the existing water resources in Southern and Central Alberta 'They re a long way from being properly managed at this he said Mr Yurko was speaking in response to a Lethbridge city council brief which expressed concern over government policy on water use in Southern Alberta The environment minister also told Mayor Andy Anderson and other council representatives an agreement had been sign- ed with the federal government to rehabilitate irrigation in Alberta, and some of this money would be considered for greater impoundment on the Oldman River There is also a recognition that the Red Deer River can play a role in Southern Alberta irrigation and a major study into this possibility has been commissioned, Mr Yurko said The city brief had attacked the "apparent delay of positive government policy" with respect to water use flowing out of the St Mary's and Oldman Rivei drainage basin asking that more consideration be given the city s use of water because of the growth of agriculture-related industry here putting high demands on the watei resource Mr Yurko replied that priorities for water use will first be Riven to domestic use, then municipal uses and then irrigation In another environment area, Mr Yurko assured the city it would continue to get help in removing any auto hulks left behind when Marshall Auto Wreckers completes its move to Highway 3 east The policy of the department is to create holding sites in municipalities for junked autos and to then subsidize transpor- tation of these hulks to shredders and scrap metal dealers Mr Yurko said Marshall s could be considered such a site, he said This docs not mean, however, that the government would in any way subsidize moving cars Marshall's wants to keep from point A to point B the minister added The city had been concerned that a recent offer in which some 400 wrecks are to be removed to scrap metal yards from the Marshall property was only a one-shot affair Mr Yurko said the program has created 100 holding sites in the province already and more are being added The province is not however, paying to have cars brought to the holding sites although once a year during Littercheck week it will pick up wrecks anywhere free of charge The city brief also asked for such things as co-ordination of the provincial fiscal year with the municipal calendar-year, complete takeover of welfare services by the province and a icview of the method of taxing improvements on property Assurances came fiom the cabinet that the governmont was working on all these aieas Mavor Anderson told the cabinet ministers the council brief would be backed up by moie extensive briefs covering each area of concern at a later date The mayor has said in interviews he fools the oitv has good indcrson presents brief Hill nrko 'poor management (ominumcdtion with the provincial government and that co operation between the city and the province in such projects as Iho downtown redevelopment and the west side has been client ;