Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta
Wednesday, September 19, THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD-23 The Herald 'Copter touches down About 265 students in Grades 1 to 12 of the Livingstone School at Lundbreck watch as the helicopter carrying four cabinet ministers prepares to touch down Mon- day morning. In the craft are Environment Minister Bill YurkO, Industry and Com- merce Minister Fred Peacock, Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Russell, and Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie. Cabinet visit illumines 'Pass pollution problem By D'ARCY RICKARD Herald District Editor BELLEVUE One glimmer of light appeared in a meeting with four provincial cabinet ministers here Mon- day probing through the darkness of pollution, sewage, water and government un- ification problems in the Crowsnest Pass. Village of Frank Councillor Milan Balog cast some light on the meeting, attended by Environment Minister Bill Yurko. Industry and Commerce Minister Fred Peacock, Municipal Affairs Minister Bill Russell and Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie, when he said, "as soon as we get sewage and water there will be no problem of unification (of government in the Coleman is the chief roadblock in unification plans. Mr. Balog agreed with Coleman's stand. "Why should they come in and help with our problems. They have achieved what they have achieved With good management. Sewage is our main problem." Bellevue is staggering un- der the weight of this problem. Its engineers. Strong, Lamb and Nelson Ltd. of Calgary, has completed a design for a sewer and water system. The cost is nearly million. COSTS TOO HIGH Mr. Yurko won't buy it. "The costs, as they are right now, are just too high on a per capita basis. I told officials of Bellevue just a few days ago the costs are too high. These will have to be brought down to guidelines established last spring." Mr. Yurko said that if 700 people in Hillcrest can be brought into Bellevue's sewage picture it will reduce the per capita costs substan- tially. Mr. Russell admitted he had asked for a delay on the Bellevue sewage plan. Bellevue Mayor Jim Fisher is Caught in the middle. "We are the goats here! Why? The health inspector says we have to have a sewer system and we have to have it now." Mr. Yurko replied: "The engineers and Bellevue have just gone too far and too much. It's just not accep- table." He said the plan will have to be revised "on our part as well as on your part." HEAVY LOAD Frank Mayor Tony Patera, speaking for a unified govern- ment for the'Pass, said: "The Wants unified government Mayor Tony Patera of Frank toid four cabinet min- isters at Bellevue Monday afternoon that a unified government in the Crowsnest Pass is a vital necessity. "We won't be able to carry the he said, adding that the provincial government should lead the way to a unified government in the 'Pass. COALDALE PARADE OF HOMES SHOW SEPTEMBER 20th 23rd Just go east on Mainstreet Coaldale and follow the signs FOR SALE! 1969 CMC TANDEM Tilt cab with 21 ft. box and hoist miles. Contact DAVE ROBERTS BIG YIELD FERTILIZER SALES LTD. Phone 328-7406 Anytime District Government men nimble during Coleman visit way smaller communities are working now, we won't be able to carry the load. It has to come from the government." Al White of the Hillcrest Citizens' Committee said: "We choose to disagree all the time when it comes to something like unification. We have to have things crammed down our throats.'! Mr. Russell said: "I think you have got a government up there at Edmonton willing to take the bit in its teeth and go. But we don't want to get in- volved in a local fight." Problem: How can Bellevue and Hillcrest finance a million sewage disposal system and dispose with a ma- jor roadblock confronting un- ification of the 'Pass government? POTENTIAL Mr. Dickie wants it. "We see a very, very great expan- sion here. The tourist industry down here in the 'Pass has just a tremendous potential. It requires a unified effort to make this come about." He said the Crowsnest area will be one of 11 in the province to have an industrial development officer. Mr. Peacock said, in answer to a question from Bellevue councillor Bill White, that a strong 'Pass chamber of com- merce might be very helpful in advising the industrial of- ficer what "we are putting in this area." Bellevue secretary- treasurer Mrs. Florence Hannem was told by Mr. Russell that a majority of 51 per cent of the residents of the 'Pass area could pass unifica- tion of government and "make the thing go." Mr. White said "the Village of Bellevue would accept un- ification under any form of government you would want to impose." Mr. Russell said one govern- ment "could eliminate some of this detrimental com- petition." POLLUTION Pollution of the river came in for a few questions and answers. Mr. Yurko said some species of fish survive in coal polluted waters but one woman said the pollution was from sewage. "It doesn't smell like coal to she said. Dave Robbins. president of the Hillcrest Citizens' Com- mittee, asked for government help with "someone to plan where we build new buildings." He said Hillcrest is growing into a hodge podge. Mr. Russell said: "I think we should be committed to helping you. We are not com- pletely happy with the work our regional planning com- mission have been about to do. Fortunately what's frustrating you is a problem of growth and that is good." OFFlChR He said the government is thinking of putting in a man to o officer "He wouldn't be a provin- cial planner but he would do something in the said Mr. Russell. Back on unification, he said, "We have been waiting for a report from the local study committee. I think we have waited long enough for that report. We haven't got it yet. The province is reaching the point where it is ready to make the decision and proceed on that basis." Honored IRON SPRINGS (HNS) Mr. and Mrs. M. Tokuda were guests of honor recently when their family entertained them at a dinner at Lethbridge on tho occasion uf their Silver Wedding Anniversary. COLEMAN (Staff) Mines and Minerals Minister Bill Dickie, Environment Minister Bill Yurko, Industry and Commerce Minister Fred Peacock and Municipal Af- fairs Minister Bill Russell had to be nimble here Monday to integrate government departmental points of view that don't always mix too well. Mr. Yurko, speaking in the town Coleman Collieries is building, and polluting, said "no one would want the coal mining collieries shut down." But he also said, "We will be applying regulations and laws to Coleman Collieries the same as we apply them everywhere else. We recognize that unless they are asked to meet the laws of the land that they simply will go on not paying too much atten- tion to the laws of the land and not doing very much about it." Mr. Dickie favored "a phas- ing in so the company can con- tinue to operate properly." Mr. Russell said the problem of the area boiis to two major decisions, the form of local government that is probably most appropriate for the 'Pass area and then making financial com- mitment on physical develop- ment problems. He said urban renewal is now a question of the province and the municipality working together the federal government is now out of it. Mr. Yurko said "we now Mrs. Abbott tops yard contest RAYMOND (HNS) Mrs. Amy Abbot won two classes in the local home beautification program contest, flowers and backyards. The contest was sponsored by the town and the Raymond and District Chamber of Commerce. Flowers, second place, went to Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rudd. Front yard. Mr. and Mrs. Howard Rasmussen: Mr. and Mrs. Derald Miller. Backyard. Mrs. Amy Ab- bott: Mr. and Mrs. Owen Witbeck. House improvement, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Litchfield; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Stutsman. There Was one award in the boulevard class, to Mr. and Mrs. Keith L. Hancock. Doig bags Foremost golf trophy FOREMOST (Special) Allan Doig of Etzikom recent- ly won the Foremost Golf Association club cham- pionship for the third time in four years. Mr. Doig finished two strokes ahead of Foremost golfer Harlan Cahoon to take the trophy. Low net was won by Jim Curran of Foremost, with Harlan Cahoon and Engwald Hougen tied for second spot. A total of 25 golfers took part. The season will wrap up on Sunday, with the league cham- pionship playoffs. Ten teams are competing for top honors in two sections. Hockey season starting COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) With the hockeey season just around the corner. Cnleman Athletic Association has announced an organizational meeting Sept. 24. with the place and time to be announced. Interested persons arc urg- ed to turn out at this meeting as coaches, rc-iorecs and tran- sportation groups are needed for various teams. Recreation director r.ary Nelson reports the Junior Forest Wardens have resum- ed meetings. These are held ovcrv Tuesday in the I.ions know how to revegetate slag piles." He said the costs of pollu- tion control can be much greater than the cost of relocation. Anniversary plans start COLEMAN (CNP Bureau) Coleman will be marking its 70th anniversary next year and plans for a year-long program of festivities are be- ing made. A meeting will be held this Thursday, when represen- tatives of all organizations will discuss plans for the event. Highlight of the anniversary will be a big weekend July 19- 21. Lundbreck greeting Cowley Mayor Gordon Johnson, centre, was on hand to greet four minis- ters at Lundbreck Mon- day morning. He is es- corting Industry and Com- merce Minister Fred Peacock, left, and Envir- onment Minister Bill Yurko. right, to a meeting in the Lundbreck Com- munity Hall. Flowers say it from the heart A little sentiment neverl hurts. Which is why an anni-l versary isn't really com-l piete without the gift oil flowers. Let us help. Stop inl and choose from our widel selection Or call. We'll havel your order on its way in nol time Here or anywhere the country. Remember. When the giftl should say love, the should be flowers. Happy Anniversary MARQUIS FLOWER SHOP 4th Ave. 7th St. S. Phone 327-1515 COALDALE PARADE OF HO Thursday, September 20th thru Sunday, September 23rd. 1808- 10th St. KRAHN HOMES LTD by Square Deal Homes Ltd. 1818 10th St. PETER PAUL'S CONSTRUCTION LTD. 1806 -10th St. by ENGINEERED HOME LIMITED 1810- 10th St. THURSDAY 6 p.m. 9 p.m. FRIDAY 6 p.m. 9 p.m. SATURDAY 1 p.m. 9 p.m. SUNDAY 1 p.m. 9 p.m. EAST ON MAIN STREET, COALDALE. JUST FOLLOW THE SIGNS.