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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 30, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta Plant would give Raymond shot in the arm By AL SCARTH Herald Staff Writer CALGARY The Raymond region has below average incomes, little or no popula- tion growth and a stagnating economy. So it was small wonder the town 22 miles south of Lethbridge (Population in 1971) wants a major employer to replace the Cana- dian Sugar Factories plant which pulled out of the town in 1964, and began Raymond's downhill slump. "At present levels of industrial activity the regional economy will remain relatively stag- nant or economic consultants con- sidering the town as a site for the world's largest fertilizer plant gloomily report. When town council discovered their town was one of six being considered as potential sites for the Alberta Ammonia plant, "We went after says Mayor Bob Graham. Now struggling along with annual tax revenues of the town would see more than million a year in additional revenues pour in if the plant goes into production. Assuming 125 permanent jobs in Phase one of the project, another 250 new jobs would be created in the locsi service sector, the con- sultants report, in a brief being considered here today by the Energy Resources Conser- vation Board. The population of the region would climb by more than "The Raymond area in which the proposed plant would locate is characterized by limited job opportunities and below average incomes compared with for Alberta in DataMetrics Ltd. says in its report prepared for Alberta Ammonia. "This in part results from the closure in the mid-1960s of a sugar refinery and the superior economic pull of Lethbridge." "The proposed siting would tend to offset the gravitational pull towards Lethbridge and stimulate industrial development and economic activity in the Raymond region." Additional income to the area could reach million a year, the consultants forecast. Province-wide, net benefits would be million over 15 years, the consultants es- timate, in a calculation which takes into ac- count that the resources can be used in other ways. They say participation in the plant's profits by supplying gas companies could significant- ly extend reserves by encouraging ex- ploration. Farmland Industries Inc. which will buy most of the ammonia produced by the plant has also offered to sell tons of phosphates to the phosphate-short province and purchase up to tons of surplus sul- phur annually if it can be delivered to Tampa, Fla., at competitive prices. District The Lethbridge Herald Local News Second Section Lethbridge, Alberta, Monday, September 30, 1974 Pages 11 to 20' A nne a winner at the Yates BILL GROENEN photos Anne of Green Gables played tc a full house in Lethbridge Saturday, Top, right, is Anne, played by Malorie-Ann Spiller; top, left, two of the young ladies of Avonlea School on the nature hunt; be- low, the school teacher Miss Stacy, played by Roma Hearn, and pupils sing Open the Window. Review on Page 12. Bow Island growers propose onion processing operation Plans for a million onion processing and storage complex to be built at Bow Island were announced today. Bow Island Growers, a Calgary-based firm, will offer Accident kills two Two men arc dead and a third is in serious condition in Lelhbridge Municipal Hospital today following a head-on collision at a.m. on Highway 3. a half a mile west of the Tempest gram elevator RCMP said UIP driver of one car. Chester Scotton. 63, of Coaldalc. died at Municipal Hospital. Phillip Cradduck. 18. of Taber, a passenger in the other car. was dead on arrival at hospital. Mr. Cradduck "s brother, Mervin. 19, the driver of the second vehicle, is reported in serious condition by hospital officials No further details of the head on collision were released RCMP said the accident is still being investigated Tempest is 16 miles east of Ivelfcbndge Police said both vehicles were desiroved in the accident shares in the plant to the public at the meeting Thurs- day in the Elks Hall at 8 p.m. The plant, a selective storage building valued at and capable of storing up to tons of onions for up to 10 months while waiting for markets for the vegetable, will feature automated grading lines and packaging facilities. Plans call for a processing plant to be incorporated with the storage plant to dehydrate onions to onion salt and onion flakes. The processing plant will cost The plant will be built on two sections of land in Wie Bow isiand industrial park and will employ four full-time workers and eight to 12 seasonal workers. Mayor Fred Mellen and Phil Bryant, president of the Bow Island Chamber of Commerce, have been work- ing on the project with Bow Island Growers for about two years. Bow Island Growers, con- sisting of Margaret. Greg and Dennis Kazakoff. Robert H. Taylor. David McDermid of Calgary and R. W. West of Ed- monton, claim the low cost of Bow Island's natural gas and the land are main reasons for selecting the Southern Alberta town. Sandy soil and a longer growing season make Bow Wand one of the best onion crowing regions in Alberta. Candidates debate need for city wards By ANDY OGLE Herald Staff Writer Is Lethbridge too small a city for the ward system? Most city council candidates thing so, but two council can- didates from the north side, concerned about consistent under-representation from that end of the city aren't so sure. Both Bob Tarleck, a Wilson Junior High School teacher who lives at 2702 11A Ave. N., and Tony Tobin, director of a community agency who resides at 2705 10 A Ave. N., are campaigning partly on the promise that a vote for them means a voice on council for the north-side. Both candidates say they favor a ward system. Aid. Tom Ferguson, a city hall veteran and the only in- cumbent not up for re-election Oct. 16, laid the ward system in council's lap last month, but it didn't kindle enough enthusiasm among his fellow aldermen to light a match. And Aid. Ferguson himself said he wasn't advocating the ward system, merely bringing it up as a matter of interest because he thought it slightly ridiculous that the entire council should call one southeast corner of the city home. But does that influence council decisions? Nonsense, say the in- cumbents. Maybe, say Tobin and Tarleck. The present situation in- dicates we have a council that just won't work because we have one-third of Lethbridge with no representation at Mr. Tarleck said. "Far more important than the day to day he said, "is that no one represents the views of North Lethbridge in shaping council policy. "Take industrial policy, policies for residential development, arterial traffic and pollution control many of these factors are especially pertinent to the residents of North Lethbridge right now. "It seems at times that residential and industrial development in Lethbridge are on a collision course and many people feel frustration that they have no real input in determining the direction Lethbridge is taking. There's some anxiety about traffic patterns on the northside, Mr. Tarleck adds. The truck route controversy is only part of it. The 23rd Avenue and 9th Street N. intersection is very difficult for children crossing for school, he says, and there's no traffic control there except for stop signs. Many people are concerned about odors. Mr. Tarleck said. "They feel they should have some voice on council to raise their concerns when council is making the decision, not after." "I can't accuse council of being unfair. There are no overt attempts to deprive ser- vices that the rest of the city has. but one-third of the peo- ple have no input when council is making a decision and that's unhealthy. "I caution against represen- tatives in a ward system tak- ing a terribly parochial point of view. We don't need people thinking only of their own jurisdiction Mr. Tobin also feels the northside needs direct representation because of the rapid expansion of industry and housing in that area of the city. "I don't want this to be at the residents' he says. "I would want to ensure that they would have adequate controls and traffic plans to ensure that the various developments and increases in truck traffic don't happen at the cost of the residents." "Not only would a ward system provide for more equitable distribution of coun- cil seats, but the citizens themselves would have more direct access to council. They would know who to go to with their Mr. Tobin said. "It would make aldermen more accountable than they have been. Aldermen would have to be more informed on areas they represent. "Parochialism is a danger, but that concern is would be far outweighed by the increase in quality of discus- sion of local Mr. Tobin said. "Ask the incumbents when was the last time they went for a walk on the northside, or for a bicycle ride for that matter." But to the incumbents who claim to be in a better position to know since they've been sitting on council for three years or more, arguments for a ward system just don't hold water. "We go according to the re- quirements of the whole said Mayor Andy Anderson. "This council has been very effective over the years in looking after all areas of the ctty. I don't think any one area can say it's suffered." Like the mayor. Aid. Cam Barnes, a downtown shoe merchant and alderman since 1968. belives the city isn't large enough for a ward system. "Where you live doesn't really affect your decisions. "You have to weigh each situation on its own merits, on the facts, and you have to do your homework. "If an alderman's filling his role in a city Lethbridge's size, he should be able to take an interest in all areas of the city. "I don't think the north side is left out." he concluded citing two cases earlier this year where council voted for "traffic lights at 13th Street and 2nd Avenue N.. and for sidewalks near Centre Village Mali. Aid. Steve Kotch echoed many of his fellow council members when he said a ward system is deficient because aldermen become too localiz- ed in their concerns. The fact that all the present council lives in one area hasn't made any difference whatever, he said. "I've fought for a lot of things for north he adds. "So has Bill Kergan. They've got the Stan Siwik Pool, the Adam's Park arena I think they're'getting a fair shake." Implementation of a ward system. Aid. Kotch feels, as just asking for trouble. "It can imply patronage." he says, "and the minute peo- ple think they can patronize an alderman and he'll patronize them, you get corruption "If any section of Lethbridge is being neglected, it's not the fault of council, it's the people's fault for beine Aid. Kotch added. "If they feel they're being neglected they should come to council and complain." Aid. Kergan, who was jestingly tagged the "Mayor of North Lethbridge" for his unstinting support of residents who wanted a traffic light at 13th Street and 2nd Avenue N., feels the old divisions between north and south Lethbridge disappeared long ago and attempts by some candidates to revive them are unjustified. "It gets me a little angry when I hear north side can- didates saying the north side isn't being treated fairly because it has no represen- Aid. Kergan, a former long-time north-side resident, says. "That's hogwash." "I believe it's being taken care of just as well as the south side and I challenge anyone to say where it's not been treated fairly." "I don't like the ward he adds. "The city is just not big enough. Dividing a city the size of Lethbridge into districts would merely create divisiveness that would be bad for the city, says Deputy Mayor Vaughan Hembroff. "I can see its merits in a place like Calgary where the city is so big you can see area problems, but Lethbridge is not big enough to carve into little sections, he said. one area apart from another is bad, but I think the major disadvantage is that too much inter-ward politicking goes on. "If, for example I, represented Lakeview, I may decide I need a pool in Lakeview and offer to trade a vote for a skating rink for someone else's area. "I fail to see that being from the north-side or the south-side should make any difference." Aid. Vera Ferguson agrees. "I don't even think of north and south it's just an address thing, and I don't like to slot people according to she said. "I wouldn't like to see the city divided into sections. I feel more comfortable serving all the city, and anyone from the city can come to me and voice concerns." Anyone is free to run for council from any area of the citv. she adds. Here's case for wards North Lethbridge has historically always been under-represented on Lethbridge city councils, if residency is taken as a criteria. Since 1955, the year popula- tion breakdowns of north and south Lethbridge were first made available, the north side which then had 9.095 people, has never had more than two resident aldermen and sometimes none. The northside now has a population of about and has not had a resident alderman since 1971 Bob Hauck, a U of L student who did a study of the ward system as it would apply to Lethbridge for a political science course a year ago. concluded on the basis of such figures the city needs a ward system. While there is a lack of conclusive evidence that the northside has been dis- criminated against, a ward system would equalize the ap- parent inequality of alder- manic representation between north and south Lethbridge, Mr. Hauck argues. Mr. Hauck also notes that the majority of members of appointed boards and com- missions also reside on the south side. This indicates, he said, a definite tendancy for the members of city council to act in a way which is detrimental to the citizens of North Lethbridge. by awarding the vast majority of positions to the citizens of a certain area of south Lethbridge. "As long as there is no representation from one or more areas of the city, decisions will be made which may 'be insensitive to the needs of those areas." Such a system can be im- plemented through a plebiscite either authorized by city council or called for by two per cent of the electorate. If approved, it would come into effect in time for the next election. So far. there's been no move for a ward system plebiscite here- United Way on its way Did you know There was a total attendance of 7.253 at Salvation Army youth activities this past year? Support the Salvation Army through the United Wav. 1974 campaign results to date: Professional ................tl.638 National Selected Local Education Civic employees............... Provincial employees Federal employees Banks financial Real estate fjrms.......... District Agency staffs UW bd Total Objective n 150.000 100.000 50.000 United way ;