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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 24, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Some schools may be torn down instead of renovated By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer Demolition of "certain schools" will be dis- cussed when the public school building utiliza- tion committee develops a five school building plan, the secretary treasurer of the public system said Monday. Responding to a suggestion by Trustee Bill Brown at the public school board meeting that there has "got to be merit in just tearing one of these schools Mack Crumley said it may be wise to demolish two of the older schools. Their comments followed the presentation of a report on proposed building restoration to public schools that outlined the need for million in renovations. The report is to be submitted to the depart- ment of education in an attempt to obtain provin- cial funds for a portion of the proposed renovations under the department's school building restoration program that was introduc- ed last spring. Renovations to the 1950 and 1957 wings of the Lethbridge Collegiate Institute will cost an es- timated Window frames, ventilators, chimney and whole walls are in need of repair, the report states. It will cost over to replace folding doors in the gymnasium and forced air combus- tion chambers at Winston Churchill High School, about to replace sealed window units and provide protective coating for.the building ex- terior of Wilson Junior High School and an es- timated to replace the Gilbert Paterson School roof, reduce its glass area and replace a curtain wall. To replace stairs on three levels, flooring, lighting fixtures and windows, improve the ac- coustics of the music room, upgrade the washrooms and relocate the main power source at the Hamilton Junior High School will cost about The Alan Watson School needs its roof replaced, acoustical treatment, new carpet, replacement of boiler, new windows and work counters in basement. The estimated cost is The air furnaces and windows need replace- ment and new carpets are needed at the General Stewart School at a cost of It will cost an estimated to replace all forced air furnaces, windows, lighting fixtures and floor tile at George McKillop School and another to re-shingle the roof, replace boilers, reduce glass area, upgrade washrooms and renovate the third floor of the Galbraith School. Elimination of window areas in the classrooms and installation of acoustical control will cost at Senator Buchanan School while new fluorescent lighting, roof and windows at Fleetwood Bawden is expected to cost about It is estimated the replacement of furnaces at Lakeview Elementary School will cost and about at Agnes Davidson School. About is needed to replace the windows at Westminster School and to install a public address system in the Dorothy Gooder School. After the department of education receives the report, its officials will make an on site inspec- tion of each school listed in the report and then reach a decision on which ones are eligible for funds under the building restoration program. Once the school board knows what finances it can obtain from the department, it will then have to decide what renovations it can afford to finance "It is hoped that these decisions can be made before the end of December, Mr. Crumley informed the trustees The public school board formed a committee in a meeting earlier this month to begin a one- year study of the building situation and anticipated problems of school buildingi utilization over the next five years. District The Letttbridge Herald Local Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Tuesday, September 24, 1974 Pages 13-24 CENTRAL SENIORS' COUNCIL TO BE ORGANIZED A central council to deal with problems and aspirations of Southern Alberta senior citizens will be organized at a meeting Thursday at 1.30 p.m. in Southminster United Church Hall. L.C. Halmrast, president of the Original Pensioners and Senior Citizens Society, will be chairman of the meeting. He said Monday local senior citizens and especially representatives of senior citizens organizations have been invited to attend. Officers are to be elected to head up the new central coun- cil. One of the first items the council is expected to review will be obtaining a building to be used by pensioners and old timers with offices, meeting rooms and recreation areas. Mr. Halmrast says construction of a building for senior citizens is about to begin in Medicine Hat. Two election forums scheduled next month New avenue to government Evelyn Strachan searches through provincial directory Special phone hookup cuts provincial tolls At least two civic election forums have been planned for early next month. The Women's Place is spon- soring a forum for aldermanic candidates at 8 p.m. Oct. 2 in the public library. Each candidate will be given a brief period to state his or her platform and a ques- tion period will follow. In ad- dition, the Women's Place plans to publish a special newsletter which will be available prior to the forum in which all 19 candidates have been invited to publish a plat- form statement. The U of L Association of Political Science Students plans to sponsor an all- candidates' forum including candidates for alderman and both school boards, Oct. 8. It's also set for the public library, at p.m., but may be moved to the Yates Centre. It will also take the brief plat- form statement and question and answer format. A television forum is being planned by Lethbridge Com- munity College radio and television arts students. They hope to tape can- didates Oct. 5, then present the videotape on Cablevision community channel 2, two or three times to give people "a chance to associate faces and personalities with candidates and their stands on the issues." By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer Civil servants were spending millions of dollars a year in Alberta talking to each other by ordinary phone until 1972. Then Alberta Government Telephones completed design of a private phone network to cut costs. The result has been a government information network accessible to both the public and civil service. In Lethbridge, the free long distance lines to government offices are just wanning up. Evelyn Strachan. Regional Information Telephone En- quiries or RITE operator for Lethbridge, Monday received between 100 and 150 calls. The majority were for long distance tie-ins to government offices elsewhere in the province. Even without the formal advertising campaign which will accompany final implementation of the service in the next weeks, she says the number of requests is clim- bing. She can also put citizens in touch with local provincial government offices. Her number. 329-0106, is listed at the top of provincial govern- ment listings in the phone Shooting bylaw waiting approval With the partridge season opening Tuesday for resident game bird hunters, the County of Lethbridge is waiting for government approval of its shooting bylaw. The hunting bylaw, which would prohibit all shooting on county road allowances, must receive approvals from the ministers of municipal affairs and land and forests before becoming law. As pheasant season approaches, local fish and game associa- tion officials have declared the county's bylaw is illegal and un- enforceable. book. Those listings come un- der the general head of "government" in the book. With 29 centres hooked into the service, the government hopes to complete the program by the end of the year with RITE operators in 38 centres. Other centres in the South slated for government infor- mation numbers include Fort Macleod, Pincher Creek., Cardston, Blairmore. Taber and Medicine Hat. Brooks area residents can call RITE operator Joyce Aasen at 362- 5551. Administered by the government's public affairs bureau, the service is intend- ed to make government accessible to those outside major government centres. "Why should people who live in rural districts be penalized with toll asks Jillian MacTavish, ad- ministrative officer in charge of the network. Mrs. MacTavish says civil service use of public phone lines is projected to cost million in 1976. Costs are climbing 11 per cent a year. With the new network, costs, including the public por- tion, are projected at million in 1974. Building halted in West Lethbridge By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer City council served notice to private developers Monday that for now it intends to limit their developments on Lethbridge's west side. Council passed a nine point policy statement drawn up by city administration officials and planners during a day long meeting at the Holiday Election cheaper for some The Tories and Liberals spent a little less and the New Democrats and Socreds a-lit- tle more on the last federal election in Lethbridge. According to election ex- pense accounts filed by the parties with the returning of- ficer, it cost incumbent Progressive Conservative MP Ken Hurlburt less to get elected in 1974 than in 1972. Mr. Hurlburt's official agent filed expenses totalling in the July 8 election, compared with in 1972. Advertising accounted for the biggest chunk at Mr. Hurlburt's personal expenses came second at It cost the Liberals less to lose the election in 1974 compared with 1972, ac- cording to figures filed by the official agent for candidate Sven Ericksen. Mr. Ericksen, who placed second, reported that he spent this election compared with spent by the Liberals in 1972. His biggest expense was advertising reported at The next largest expenditure was "services" Third place finisher Bessie Annand for the New Democrats reported expen- ditures in 1974 of com- pred with the 1972 NCP cam- paign costing an increase for 1974 of "Goods supplied" cost the local NDP association the biggest chunk at with advertising costs coming se- cond at Venn Young for the Social Credit Party estimated he would spend when all the bills were in for the 1974 campaign, compared to in 1972, an increase of His biggest expense was advertising at with per- sonal expenses coming second at Inn this summer, that precludes any major private developments in West Lethbridge for two to three years at least. Council was told that two developers have land under option agreements on the western edge of the west side Engineered Homes has three quarters of a section and Harcourt Developments another large parcel. Other developers have also apparently offered to ex- change land they own on the west side for city property closer in to the present developed area. Council agreed with its ad- ministrators' recommenda- tion that no such deals be made and also agreed that the next area of development in West Lethbridge be the area just west of the present sub- division. This development won't likely occur for two years or more until the final stages of the first phase of West Lethbridge development are finished, but planning of the next phase will start now. The second phase area includes a small portion about 35 acres of the land Engineered Homes has under option, but the rest of it is either owned or controlled through purchase agreements by the city. Planner Jim Stendebach told council the area im- mediately to the west of the first phase was ohnspn for development next because it could be developed the most economically. Moving north or south would entail expensive extension of trunk sewer lines or installa- tion of new trunk lines from the river bottom, he said. Billing worse than film Local feminists have com- plained to A. W. Shackleford. owner of Greeacres Drive-In, that Herald advertisements for the drive in's horror and sex double bill are lewd and demeaning to women. After viewing Cannibal Girls and The Working Girls at the invitation of Mr. Shackleford. one Women's Place volunteer worker said the Herald ads were more ob- jectionable than the movies themselves. County dogcatcher unhappy over pay, truck By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer SHAUGHNESSY "If anyone wants the job of dogcatcher, he can have says a disgruntled Jim Wade, dog control officer for the County of Lethbridge since July 18. Mr Wade says he's responded to dog complaints for two months without receiving either a raise in pay or a car allowance from the county. "I know I got to get a truck pretty soon." says the veteran dogcatcher who has been using the back, and sometimes the front seat of his once dean Pontiac sedan to cany captured strays to pounds in CoaMale and Picture Butte. Also the part time custodian of four county landfills, and paid laborers' wages under the county's contract with the Canadian Union of Public Employees, the dump operator says the dogcatcher's job should pay him at least IS an hour. But daring his two month stint as county dogcatcher, "no pay has been decided." Jim complains that his job is aggravated by people ignoring the county bylaw prohibiting dogs from running at large. The bylaw doesn't force owners to bay registration tags for their dogs, he adds, often making it difficult to return dogs to their owners Jim is also unhappy about the con- dition of the pound in Picture Butte: "I went to the town to get them to clean it up, and they said they were too short of men." The veteran of dogcatehing jobs from Lake to Sparwood, B.C. says, "I like dogs an awful lot." His concern for the health of impounded canines led Jim to file a written complaint with the Edmonton office of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, asking the SPCA to inspect the Picture Butte pound. Jim says he can't see the point in killing dogs that aren't claimed within 72 hours, in accord with the county's bylaw: "I'd rather find a home for the dog. if it's healthy and it might make a good farm dog. "It's costing the county a day to keep dogs in the pounds and at the vets to put them away." Although complaints about stray dogs are supposed to go to Jim through the county office, "everyone knows who the dogcatcher resulting in calls to Jim's house at all hours. And. he says, the dogcatcher is in great demand: "The Town of Pic- ture Butte wants me to pick up dogs, and they say they'll pay 20 per cent of my wages." Originally appointed to patrol Hardieville and Coaldale, Jim gets most of his calls from the hamlet just north of the city: "Hardieville that's the damndest town you've ever seen in your life for dogs." Both Shaughnessy and Diamond City re- quire a lot of attention, he adds, because of the prevalence of dis- temper "The county needs a full time he asserts. Apparently, the county agrees with Jim on this. At its last regular council meeting, the county decided to appoint a full time dogcatcher. Coon. Otto Wobick supported the purchase of tags for each dog in the county, bat the county did not reach any decision on tags. Student fee question to be decided The University of Lethbridge board of governors is to decide today whether it will collect fees that were levied by the students' council during the summer. In previous years, the governors automatically gave their stamp of approval to re- quests by the council to collect student union fees from the university's students. However, this year the governing board is concerned that the council increased the student union fees during the summer months without giv- ing students adequate warning of the fee increase. The council raised full-time student fees from to and part-time student fees from to per student. Blaine Thacker. board chairman, said in an interview the governors are concerned about "the fairness" of increasing fees without widely publicizing the intent to do so. Darryl Ross says the coun- cil increased the fees because it found it didn't have enough money to meet budget re- quirements. Since it was a newly elected council last spring, its members were not aware that a fee increase would be necessary to balance the budget, he continues. By the time the need for an increase was realized, the students had left for the summer break. Mr. Ross says the council did inform the students of the increase by mail. However, the new calendar of U of L courses still lists the fees as being per student. "The increase is totally justified and Mr. Ross claims while pointing out that U of L student fees are "considerably below" the national average. When the board of gover- nors authorizes the collection of the fees, students don't receive degrees until they pay their student union fees. United Way on its way Did yon know There were 1.014 boys in the Scouting program in Lethbridge this past year? Support the Boy Scouts through the United Wav. 1974 campaign results to date: Professional...........f905 National Selected residential Local Education Civic employees.............. Provincial Federal Banks and financial........ Real estate firms. District................ Agency staffs UW bd. Total Objective n 50.000 United way ;