Echoes from the Past: January 13, 1966

A look back at local stories from 50 years ago in the Agassiz-Harrison community

Municipal Outside Workers Given 10 Percent Pay Raise

Kent municipality’s outside staff received a lot of praise and a raise at Monday’s council meeting. Reeve Wes Johnson proposed a 10 percent increase on present hourly rates for labourers and for machine operators, and this was supported by other councillors except John Broughall.

New rates will range from $3.07 an hour for labour to a top rate of $3.43. The Reeve said outside workers in some other municipalities were asking $3.50 minimum and a substantial raise would have to be given. The foreman`s pay was raised to $455.00 a month.

Councillor Jake Hoogendorm complimented the Reeve, the public works chairman Norman Morrow, the foreman and the crew for their work removing snow and said he believed the farmers were well satisfied.

 

Lots of Sun, Snow

Weather was very close to average for temperatures and rainfall, but there was a good deal more snow than usual and quite a bit more sunshine. Mean temperature for the year was 49.8, exactly  the 73 year average. Rainfall was 55.04 inches compared to an average of 59.95, and total precipitation 61.70 inches, compared to 63.54.

Snowfall however, was 66.6 inches almost double the 37.49 inch average. The sun shone 1,589.2 hours, much better than the average of 1,375.8. December didn’t contribute any thing spectacular to the figures except a heavy snowfall, 37.2 inches compared to an average of 9.78. Maximum temperature was 60 and minimum 15, with a mean of 35.5, compared to an average of 37.4. The sun shone 36.8 hours, 36 minutes less than average. Rainfall was 6.06 inches, less than the average of 7.67.

~ Compiled by Heather Doerksen