Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 27, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
Rents jump this fall for some apartment dwellers Half Revelstoke's workers laid off in building bust A production cut Monday will reduce the work force at the Revelstoke sawmill at Sentinel by more than 50 per cent, the vice-president of Revelstoke Lumber said Thur- sday. About 20 men will be kept, and the mill will operate at about 25 per cent capacity, G. A. Berhold said in a telephone interview from Calgary. Under normal conditions, the mill provides work for about 70 men at this time of year, Se said. But the Sentinel mill, west of Coleman in the Crowsnest Pass, has been running only one shift this year, he said. The cutback will be in effect until the lumber market allows production to resume at a higher level, said Mr. Berkhold. "The lumber market has fallen to disastrous levels in the last six he said. "There isn't a market." Housing starts in the United Nail candidates down, parents are asked Lethbridge parents have been asked to flay school board candidates with questions at a home and school political forum Monday at p.m. in Lakeview school for all public and separate school candidates seeking office in the Oct. 16 civic election. The Lethbridge council of home and schools is sponsor- ing the forum in response to a request from the department of education to help create interest in the school board elections. A number of citizens are prepared to make their contribution to education by seeking a school board seat and now it is the responsibility of parents to find out more about the people who want to be making decisions that affect the education of Lethbridge children, Mabel Byam, council president said in .an interview. She said all principals in both school systems have been asked to send notices home with all school children in- forming parents of the forum. Mrs. Byam, also a public school board candidate, said the council is becoming in- volved in the election because it felt home and school associations should be concerned about who will be making the educational decisions in this city. United Way on its way Did you know The YMCA provides memberships to people referred to it? There are 40C people on full subsidy. Support the YMCA through the United Way. 1974 campaign remits to date: Professional ...................I960 National Selected Local Education Civic Provincial Federal employees Banks financial Real estate Agency staffs UW (1 190.000 Unibed way States have been cut in half from last year, and Japanese demand fell at the same time, so both countries cut their lumber imports. Canada ex- ports most of its lumber, including about 60 per cent of what Revelstoke produces, said Mr. Berkhold. The lumber industry will be depressed until interest rates stabilize and housing starts rise, he said, adding that the American housing industry is in a "disasterous condition." Revelstoke will have two of its five mills operating, the Sentinel mill and its largest, at Radium. The Radium mill will run on a three-day week, he said. Other mills, at Rocky Moun- tain House, Whitecourt and Sundre, will shut down en- tirely. The company normally employs between 300 and 350 men in the mills and 100 in the woods, but will be left with about 100 altogether as of Monday. Geoff Peter, manager of the Sentinel mill, said 30 men in the woods and 35 in the mill will be laid off. The mill would lose money if it tried to sell lumber now, he said. "I don't think any of the fellows I laid off mil have any trouble finding a job because they're all damn good said Mr. Peter. Other businesses in the Pass are short of workers, including the mines, be added. County board, kids wait for portable Coalhurst elementary school students and the county school committee are still waiting for a portable classroom requested earlier this year from the provincial school buildings board. School committee chairman Jim Nicol says he's "going to fight" for the portable, classroom needed to relieve overcrowding at Coalhurst elementary. The building board has told the county the classroom will not be coming and advised the county to use a portable at Dorothy Dalgliesh School in Picture Butte. This portable, complains Mr. Nicol, is being used and can't be moved. Stafford Place where tenants grouch, but plan to pay because there's no place else to go. The LetKbridge Herald Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Friday, September 27, 1974 Pages 17-32 City entertaining idea: extending to the south Extension of city boun- daries south to include Ke- nyon Field Airport is being discussed in -long-range negotiations with the Coun- ty of Lethbridge top city of- ficials admitted in an inter- view Wednesday. But it's only a proposal at this point, put forward by Dennis O'-Connell, city director of business development and public relations and Aid. Steve Kotch at a Sept. 12 meeting with the county, said County is wary of city's plan County of Lethbridge councillors are warily eye- ing overtures from the City of Lethbridge to bring the airport inside city limits. County councillors, fear- ful of losing substantial tax revenues and future in- dustrial land, will meet with the city after the Oct. 16 municipal elections to discuss city hall's proposal to annex land south of the city, bringing Kenyon Field into I ethbridge. Following a recent re- quest from the city. Reeve Dick Papworth and Coun. Otto Wobick met with Aid. Steve Kotch and top city administrators to discuss the city's territorial am- bitions. City and county representatives returned to their respective councils with a motion, drafted by the city, striking a joint committee to investigate annexation of unspecified county land. The motion has since been approved by both councils. While the city's annexa- tion designs are vague, and Aid. Kotch and city of- ficials at the meeting talked about annexing "practically everything west of the highway, (Highway 5) the airport is what they're primarily interested Coun. Wobick told the last regular meeting of county council. The prospect of losing the airport had county council members nervous- ly glancing at the almost annual tax revenue the county receives from the Ministry of Transport and industries leasing air- port hangars. Without compensation from the city, the county stands to lose four mills from its 1974 tax base of 90 mills. "We can't afford to lose so much revenue... It's an awful jolt all at once." Coun. Wobick told council. The county considered the loss of future industrial land to be as serious as the immediate loss of revenue. "We might like to set up some industry in that commented Reeve Papworth. "It's a spot we bad in mind for industry." The reeve told council the city wants to develop an industrial area near the airport to prolong the life expectancy of its industrial park in northeast Lethbridge. By shunting light in- dustry south to the airport area the city can reserve its full-serviced northeast park specifically for heavy water and sewer users. Mayor Andy Anderson and City Manager Allister Findlay. It's certainly not city policy and hasn't been dis- cussed by city council, they said. The city's general plan review, done every five years, will be brought to council early next year and it will serve as a basis for negotiations with the coun- ty, Mayor Anderson said. The mayor added, however, some "trading" may be looked at in those negotiations. There are areas adjacent to the city, he said, that will cost a lot of money to service and someone will have to pay for it. Hardieville to the north and the Fairview subdivi- sion east of 43rd Street have no sewer service, while the Rollag subdivi- sion to the south and inside the area being discussed for annexation, has neither water or sewer hookups. Annexation of the northeast industrial park land that the city either owns outright or has under option, will have to come at an early date, the mayor said. The city hasn't applied to the Local Authorities Board to annex the land yet however, because it's still waiting for a definite commitment by the province to finance the development Mr. Findlay said. That supply of industrial land is expected to last the city five years or more. Council reacted favorably to a zoning proposal for the new industrial park put to it Monday by ORRPC planner Jim Stendebach that would see light in- dustry serving as a buffer between nearby residential areas to the west and heavier industry to the east. Vacancies determine rent hike toy TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer Fourth of a series One of the two largest rental property managment firms ;n Lethbridge uses vacancy rates not operating costs as the determining factor in deciding whether to raise rents. Harvey Petkau, property manager for Aronovich and Leipsic Alberta Ltd., has told The Herald the rents in 80-suite Stafford Place, 1103 5th Ave. S., are being raised this fall. For most tenants the increase will come in two stages by Oct. 1 and the remaining Nov. 1. Mr. Petkau, who supervises management of a total of 142 rental units in Lethbridge from his Calgary of- fice, also said rents at Lakemount Apartments and Sylvan Terrace Condominiums are likely to be increas- ed early in 1975. He said in a telephone interview he now considers the Lakemount and Sylvan Terrace rents "quite high.. at lesat sufficient for a family to pay" but rents will be hiked early in 1975 regardless "if the vacancy rate continues to be Rents at Lakemount and Sylvan Terrace are now for two-bedroom and for three-bedroom ac- commodation. Mr. Petkau says he is responsible for deciding rents on the 142 units, although he usually discusses the rents first with the property owners. He doesn't consider the Alberta Property Tax Reduction Plan Act which saved apartment building owners about per suite per month this year and which was expected to be passed along somehow to renters when deciding rents. When asked about the effect of the tax reduction plan oh rents he controlled, Mr. Petkau said: "I really don't know about that. Our accounting department would know all about that. I really don't take those things into consideration." He said the owner of the property would be con- sulted. "I'm the property manager. I would propose a cer- tain rent to the owner and likely get his Mr. Petkau said. Most tenants in Stafford Place have grudgingly accepted the rent increase. "I'm going to stay but I'm not the least bit happy about the increase. There's just no place else to said Evelyn A. Kay, who lives at 201 Stafford Place. Mrs. Kay's neighbours told The Herald they, too, would stay. The increase "won't be easy" to absorb, said Adeline A. Quarrie. The province's property tax reduction plan was introduced last year as the provincial education tax on property was abolished en most residential property. The plan was expanded this year to include apartment buildings and landlords. And the minister of municipal affairs, Dave Russell, said publicly he hoped landlords would pass at least part of the saving on to their renters. Mr. Russell has told The Herald he felt the great ma- jority of Alberta landlords did their best to pass along the tax saving to tenants. The tax saving on Stafford Place amounted to about this year or about per suite per month. The saving is calculated based on the 1974 combined land and building assessment of Using the 1974 mill rate of 50 mills the levy on Staf- ford Place this year is including a city maintenance charge. The 1973 levy was and the 1972 levy came to The rent hike demanded of Stafford Place tenants will gross about annually for the owner. It will raise rent for a one-bedroom suite to a month, tenants told The Herald. City hall tax rolls list Boyd J. Angus of Edmonton as owner of Stafford Place apartments. Grasshopper hordes expected next year unless winter is hard Southern Alberta farmers have been warned to brace for "much worse" grasshopper infestations next year com- pared with this year's onslaught. The warning came as agricultural research scien- tists passed their findings on in several fields to district agriculturists Federal and provincial of- ficials met for two days this week in Lethbridge to ex- change the latest information on scientific advances and problems in the field. "There could be a very severe outbreak of grasshoppers next year unless there are adverse weather Ed Andrews, director of the Lethbridge research station, said after the meetings. "It could be much worse than it was this year." Dr. Andrews said. He termed this year's infestations "fairly severe." The scientists based their findings on field surveys of the number of eggs laid this year by the crop-destroying insects. But farmers and govern- ment extension workers were warned not to rush into insect control programs without careful study In reference to a problem with aphids this year. Dr. Andrews said, "Spraying can kill predators of harmful insects and beneficial insects. The harmful ones must be suf- ficiently destructive to justify killing off all the good ones." Dr. Andrews said the dis- cussions revealed that a "new generation" of farmers. DAs and scientists had a tendency to forget the problems of the dry thirties. "There could be the same problems again if we don't continue to apply the techni- ques we have learned." he said. New crop varieties, including ones resistant to sawflies were discussed. Irrigation discussions es- tablished an liaison" between federal scientists and provincial irrigation division officials. Dr. Andrews said. Insects and livestock were also on the agenda, with Dr. Andrews warning that fanners "must maintain cons- tant vigilance" against pests such as the warble fly. The station's recent research on bloating of cattle in feedlots was discussed The problem can be avoided by not feeding animals too finely ground feed.