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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 28, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta District The LetKbtidge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbndge, Alberta, Saturday, September 28, 1974 Pages 19-36 Some landlords to keep rents at present rate By TERRY McDONALD Herald Staff Writer Fifth in a Series The largest rental property management firm in Lethbndge has no plans to raise rents in the approximately 130 suites and homes it manages for owners The firm, Canada Trust, has been advising owners against rent increases, says Jim Nome, a property manager with the firm. Mr Norne says if an owner were to suggest a "whopping increase in rent we would likely suggest he take his property to another manager" that's how firm Canada Trust is The second largest rental property management firm, Aronovich and Leipsic Alberta Ltd, has told The Herald it is increasing rents on an 80-suite apartment highnse it manages for an Edmonton owner by this fall Rents in the other 64 rental units managed by the firm will likely be increased in early 1975 Canada Trust manages a 20-suite apart- ment house plus other smaller apartment hou-- s and a handful of homes Together Canada Trust and Aronovich and Leipsic manage just under 10 per cent of all the rental accommodations available in Lethbndge Reports from across the country warning of considerable increases in rent this fall and winter are leaving local renters wondering what landlords here will do Most local hous- ing industry observers say the rental outlook here is gnrn the vacancy rate is under one per cent and will not be eased with new construction perhaps for years, and rents here are already to higher than similar accommodation in Calgary and Ed- monton Mr Nome, who also owns a 12-suite apart- ment building in the city, says operating costs leave landlords with "peanuts" for a return these days. "For some reason people seem to think landlords make a killing. Well, by no means, is that the case The provincial property tax reduction plan which saved landlords roughly per suite per year this year didn't have a great effect on Mr Nome's costs. If he reduces rents, as the provincial government says it expects some landlords to do in the light of the tax saving they are get- ting, he will lose money, he says. Mr Nome personally was trying to decide whether to increase the rent his tenants pay when the government announced the plan would be passed on to landlords in 1974 Landlords did not benefit from the plan in 1973. "That settled it for me. When the govern- ment relieved me of the education tax I decid- ed I would hold rents where they Mr Nome said Mr Norrie admits he as an independent landlord and Canada Trust as a rental proper- ty manager are not merely being sentimen- tal, thoughtful landlords when trying to hold rents where they are. "The situation could he says. "We could be advertising suites in a few months Now we don't even put in ads." He is content for the time being with his suites full and rent at its present level He could fill his suites even if he raised rents now But if the situation changes he might be searching for tenants because his rents might not be competitive Prospective development one of several tracts of farmland developers hope will become acreages Iron works to be moved Lethbridge Iron Works Co Ltd will move to its seven acre site jn the city's in- dustrial park next summer, the company announced Thur- sday A 50.000-square foot building will be erected in the spring and modern equipment including an automatic molding machine and mold handling line that the com- pany says will be the first of their type in Western Canada, United Way on its way Did you know... That the Canadian Paraplegic Asso- ciation provided services for 19 people in Lethbridge this past year? Support the Canadian Paraplegic Association through the United Way. 1974 campaign results to date: Professional National firms Selected residential Local firms Education Civic employees Prov employees Federal employees Banks financial Real estate firms District Agency staffs UW bd Total Objective 790.000 100.000 50.000 will be installed in the summer. Cost of the new foundry including land and building will be about with another worth of useable equipment being mov- ed from the old plant at 1st Avenue and 2nd Street S. The move is being financed with the help of a Alberta opportunity fund loan, and a department of regional economic expansion grant which is to be announced Mon- day by Ottawa. It will boost the firm's payroll from the present 70 to about 100 persons Established in 1898 and in- corporated in 1904, Lethbndge Iron Works is one of the oldest foundaries in the west and has operated continuously from its original location. Company officials confirm- ed today that the 1st Avenue site is being sold, but said the deal won't be finalized for another week or so. The phase II downtown redevelopment study done by the Oldman River Regional Planning Commission suggested the Iron Works site could be used for expansion of Sicks Lethbndge Brewery Ltd Changing skyline The setting sun marks Lethbridge's skyline in that skyline a stationary crane at the Lethbridge sharp relief, along with a tool being used to change Centre construction site. Country mini-estates may bloom if developers9 hopes materialize WALTER KERBER photo By RUSSELL OUGHTRED Herald Staff Writer As the city's residential area drifts westward, three real estate developers plan to create 150 country acreages just west of city limits The three developers, one of whom has already come before the Oldman River Regional Planning Com- mission, hope to carve up 500 acres of land skirting the east bank of the Oldman River just north of its confluence with St Mary River But the only proposal to go before the regional planning commission has been tabled, indicating none of the planned projects should enjoy clear sailing through the straights of land subdivision At its most recent executive meeting. ORRPC tabled an application from city chiropractor Clark Lundgren to subdivide 20 country residential lots ranging from two to 10 acres on a quarter section of land two miles due west of city-developed West Lethbndge. Block Bros Lethbndge manager Tim Grisak says his firm will probably go before the next planning meeting of the County of Lethbridge with its proposal to subdivide the quarter-section immediately north of Dr Lundgren into 25 lots averaging three acres in size And a Calgary firm is ex- pected to come forward soon with a scheme to create 100 country residential building sites on 2.200 acres of land im- mediately south of Dr. Lundgren The county has rezoned Dr. Lundgren's 158-acre parcel from rural special to country residential and approved his project pending signing of a development agreement The regional planning com- mission then tabled the proposal, asking Dr Lundgren to meet with county and city officials Both the county and city view the Londgren subdivision application as a precedent which will influence future development west of West Lethbndge For the city, the subdivision of 2.500 acres west of citv limits will affect the long range growth of the city and frustrate any future plans for annexing more land to the west All three developments fall within a no-development belt around the city, establish- ed by the provincial Planning Act Under the act. the city can oppose subdivisions in this fringe area. The city has already placed a temporary freeze on private development on large tracts of land in West Lethbridge. and isn't expected to approve large scale land developments immediately outside city boundaries Meanwhile, the county and its planning department are concerned about the provision of water and prevention of erosion along the coulee bank Developers will probably have to agree on a central water system to pipe water to building sites from the Oldman River. All three developers face a maze of provincial regulations dealing with the supply and quality of water The proximity of buildings to the edge of the coulee is ex- pected to erode some prospec- tive building sites from developers' plans Depart- ment of the Environment "slumping" tests indicate 100 feet is a safe setback from the edge of coulees because of possible erosion The only developer to so far run into red tape from planners and municipal of- ficials is disappointed his proposal is being considered with others and not by itself After good progress with the county since he submitted his plans four months ago. Dr Lundgren's subdivision application has suddenly halted at the regional plann- ing commission Dr Lundgren s there S an obvious public demand for country acreages especially recreational developments like his which set aside land for horse back riding and equestrian facilities He he was surprised to receive 15 enquiries about his proposed subdivision since its last men- tion in The Herald Sept 17 But he admits the has a lot to protect" and that "West Lethbridge is going to hurt" planned land develop- ment west of the Hopefuls spout questions at orientation seminar here I By JIM GRANT Herald Staff Writer The trend for students to question teachers more extensively has rubbed off on school board candidates, if an orientation seminar for prospective trustees held in Lethbndge Fnday is an indicator. The seminar was one of 10 across the province sponsored jointly by the Alberta School Trustees Association and the department of education to familiarize school board candidates with the role of a trustee in the Alberta educational system Some questions put forth by the candidates were basic and easily answered while others put officials from the department and the ASTA on the spot. Cleve Rea. the ASTA official who chaired the seminar, said the Lethbridge group of candidates was the most responsive in the 10 seminars. "It makes up for the other one 01 two we were disappointed in Separate school incumbent Steve Vaselenak led the onslaught on the department of education officials by charging the department with being "overly rough" on school boards which were seeking funds for renovating or constructing school buildings. The number of students each teacher has to teach should be reduced and schools should be provided with lunch facilities, he insisted Department of education officials evaded his question on lunch facilities by suggesting they would answer it later in the session and then never doing so To other questions, they simply replied that such decisions are made at the political level and not by civil servants such as themselves Mr Rea. the ASTA official, informed candidates that school boards have authority to renovate or build a school wilhoul the assent of the department of education il they don't ask the department for finan- cial support To fund construction on its own. the school board must increase the education property tax levy on loral residents. Local trustees then must decide whether need "the school bad enough to ask local taxpayers to pay for he says During the three-hour seminar candidates were bnefed on the education system in the province, the powers of each level in the system and a short history of school boards. The responsibility of the trustee the relation of trustees to their administrators and the power of school boards were also discussed Ed Bardock. an administrative consultant with the department of education warned candidates that trustees shouldn't operate in isolation from their ad- ministrative team and fellow trustees "Trustees should concern themselves with policy- making and leave policy administration to ad- ministrators The school board must also clanh how much authority it wishes to transfer to staff members he continued Dr Bardork also suggested linal trustees estabh'sh a good relationship wjJJh the community 501hc> know the thoughts of the electorate They must also learn to work with the Alberta Teachers Association, he added "Trustees in some areas have made ihc mistake of thinking their relationship with the ATA has to be a negative one" because of labor unresl during negotiations Dr Bardork lold the 23 in attendance that if elected, they should debate all a1 the board meeting Bu! once the have been made, all members of the board should