Fitchburg Sentinel, February 26, 1970

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February 26, 1970

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Fitchburg Sentinel (Newspaper) - February 26, 1970, Fitchburg, Massachusetts FITCHBURG PUBLIC LIBRARY vuss. FEB261970 ORIGINAL VOICE ESTB. 1838 Vol. CXXXI ientircel FITCHBURG, MASS. 01420 THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 1970 A4 THE WEATHER Not So Cold SEE REPORT ON PAGE Z 10 CENTS Council Calls Flynn's Budget Tight Governor Charges 'Dirty Polities' House Cut Rejected By EDWARD R HORGAN jby pace pointing out cuts made Smith said that his Initial rear- tighten up He said he was hurt "tail Writer ,by the mayor, which the coun- lion was that .ruts were VITV that recreation improvements in City Council members re- cilors penciled in. 'severe in some departments his ward had to be suspended, ceived their individual copies of. The record high budget totals "It is a very stringent budget but the taxpayer simultaneous- the proposed 1970 budget As councilors noted and 1 don't think we'll be mak- ly. had to bo protected. Counci- nesday night. A sampling- of the cuts made by the mayor, ing many significant cuts .lor Gogucn hud no offhand EUK- comments afterwards indicated there were a number of com-' He said he didn't think the gcstions where further cuts uiat not much further cutting ments to the effect that there reaction among departments could be mode 01 tne budget can be expected, wasn't much left to be cut. had set in yet. "I would expect' He was however highly critl- Both Councilors C. Warren. Council President J. Harold there would he some of Wednesday's action by the imith. Jr.. and Emile J. Go- Lfmay instructed councilors to inn coming later." State Legislature in voting down guen called the budget "very study the budget between now He said that cuts were gen-' the cut in the size of the House, stringent and Tuesday and prepare to eral but were especially notice-' "Look at all the money that's BOSTON switch inibe determined by that conven- vote by a single member of theltion of citizens." Massachusetts Legislature! Wednesday night dealt the final! House Speaker David M. Bar- blow that killed the controversy. D-Holyoke. chief opponent sial proposal to cut the size the House cut. denied there the' House was any pressure for votes and said. "I categorically deny that The switch by Rep. John F. il brought any pressure on any Dolan, R-Ipswich, came after a'legislator." wild, half hour of uproar on the. floor of the House in which twoi Hartley told a news confer- other changes cropped up. ence he talked with Rep. Dolan before the switch, but said he There was also an effort to told him, "the people will be change the votes of other legis-1 better ofi with a 240 member lators who had voted for the house." measure, but I Rep. Marie Howe, Formal voting on the issue refused to switch. had ended with 71 votes for it and 183 against. But Senate The Dolan change cut the vote President Maurice A. Donahue, for the measure to less D-Holyoke. the convention than needed to send the issue to! chairman, did not announce the November ballots for decision vote immediately. by voters. Tumult erupted on the floor of the House as some legislators were besieged by others. Rep. All area legislators were recorded voting against reducing the size of the House from 240 to 160 members. In the House, George J. Bourque Ger- ald P. Lombard (D Fitch, Angelo Plcuccl (D-Leo- and Raymond M. LaFontilne (D-Gardner) were recorded against. In the Sin- ate, Joseph (D-Fikh- burg) voted against. The proposal, filed as an initi- ative petition with more than 100.000 signatures gathered Voters, would have cut the house from 240 to 160 members. It also would have required House members to serve one j Walter W. O'Brien. R-Raynham, [changed his vote to cut- I ting the total to 70. The total went back up to 71 briefly as Rep. Paul J. Corri- veau, R-Sturbridge. who had not voted, added his "Yes" vote. But after nearly 15 minutes of intense conversation with other Sen. Joseph D. Ward! An- drea Nuciforo. D-Pittsfield, changed his vote to "No." Then came Dolan's deciding Councilor John B Chittick note at that time in what areas' able in the bigger departments going to he wasted now. They're was critical of the deletion of they fee! more explanations are like Public Works, Building and fust thinking of saving their recreation and other needed. On the basis of the pro- Police and Fire and that virtual, jobs. This is the second highest programs blem areas noted and the num-'ly all overtime had been cur- legislature in the nation. They're Copies of the budget furnished her of department head? that tailed. not interested in savmc money, to the councilors contained 159 will be called in. a schedule of i ouncilor Goguen said he had .so I guess we have to do it all pages of departmental requests, budget study sessions will be been completely stunned by the here 1 admire Governor Sar- tit Auditor James B. Perault formulated. budget increase this year', but gent on attempting to tighten went through the budget page Commenting today, Councilor felt it meant everyone had to -up on taxes. Cut Of People' Programs Rapped Hard By Chittick Ward 4 City Councilor John 'care whether some people might least, unfair." He said that not knows tion of funds for recreation and that we have made some strides other "people" programs. He in that direction which to me is w'" charge "panic tactics" in dis- people helping sources, cussion of the coming tax rate. Councilor Chiltick continued. speculative figures guide Councilor Chittick's statement "To rut Si.OOO mil of the Neigh- "'.f course of any future pro He said that a continuous pro- -ua, allocations cou.d how much money Ulp bt> imaginative and constructive receive from outside while costing the city very little. If we are going to let The involve renovation at least SARGENT: 'SELFISH INTEREST WON i o e eig- is tlie first official criticism of borhuod Youth Centers budget 'erilni- a.. t.. present play areas wherever Sen. Donahue announced the vote seconds later. But before! he did, Rep. Charles M. Me- City Will Seize Tax-Due Prop nro Mayor William G. Flynn The measure is more expen- today tha, he may face'sive and n funding factors affecting snow creation improvement removal, road patching gar- grarn 'baee collection and other techni. "Panic Tactics" cal matters. nf froshman councilor said Raps Cuts that "panic tactics" regarding "But I do know that there JlL "A' Af special commission and stand-1rccognized and legal consequences tries to land courts extending as ardized the residence require- Hartley. ,publish the names of dclm- as five years. ments tor House, Senate and said later he laxpnvrrs so nr nii, nr. _, u j Council no; voted earlier and wanted to j The mavor sad that this is a perfectly honest budg ,___L.I_ ,__ _ rierpH inctdarl rir.-inorl me hn owiu uim r s v n There were 191 legislators are some "people" programs' which have been tampered with I lin this budget. Therefore I can-, !not subscribe to the fact that ..w. HUM nnnitu LU be able to WM dcrrt that properties be reiusea. scizea. somp heen The councilor said that he who voted agains't "the Hartley told a news confer-i __, "n" Ididn't think that it was right .ence, "1 was under the impres-1 mayor has ordered the about delinquent taxes were Is- to always select recreational ac- Gov Francis W. Sargent, jsion Rep. McGowan had already i City Treasurer's office to pre sued by his office about three counts to cut. "It's easy for .v." voted 'Yes.1 1 will try to apolo pare to take liens on some 200 weeks ago Because of abate-: anyom> lo say lnis is termed the action "a dirty jgize to him ff he believes he has nf ,e iyear lo undertake such a pro- fight" and criticized what he been harmed in any way .Parcels ol property on which meut claims still being calcu-ignm, if this is the wrong called pressure applied for! Dolan's change touched off nave not bre" lVt" 'ated 'he exact amount of still iyear, then can anyone tell me votes, 'roar of approval by other legis- "f such liens have to be ad- collectable money outstanding'when the right year is going to 'I certainly am saying the lators in Uie milling throng on'vertifed. .ls not known exactly, but leadership used every bit House floor. The legislators' mayor ventured to speculate; Councilor Chittick contended pressure, the Republican out of the chamber! Thr mayor said that he re- "there's still or more "we also have programs to help ernor told a news there were jubilant groups, ceived telephone calls tinning 'here." !the underpriviledged and I (ion't and say this it a sad day for singing in the corridors a few mm off the people of Massachusetts." .minutes later cal Sargent said he will begin, Three senators did not vote :actlon bclnS contemplated Immediately to campaign for and Sen. James A Kelly Jr D- somc the tax if approval of a proposed constitu- Worcester, voted "Present." names were published as threat- tional convention due for a de-1 there were 13 house members Pned The mavor conceded S dW not vole. S j Eighteen House Democrats citor he in fict 'he nn "If adopted." he said, "I two Senate Democrats vot- slippery zround urge that the size of the House ed for the House cut._________Cuppers ground. Thus he announced he was Man Faces 7 Charge- After Wild Car Chase j backing off from his original is a nasy Bv FELIX SELIGA Staff Writer plates. He gave chase. At the [Super Save lot on Summer News Digest 5 Marines Face Murder Charges A 24-year-old man the car turned aroundi Executive Chobyo Yara, 67, has the title if chief executive of the Ryu- ball game and there are people A 24-year-old man ap chief who will resort to almost anv-i'" District .Court today on seven'and headed toward the Victory, I, and, hnt h.V thing to get out of paying their motor vehlde char6" lot and continued up. KJ the amhassador of taxes." his arrest after a high speed Summer Street. ?f. ,T rollvlnci'd aflrr talking repeated, safety of mir children rank ,'v I'ar's not neeessary to without burdening ihe already ovrr-hurdonedlaxpayor.' Drug Education For Children? LAREDO, Tex (AP) Con- told an interviewer "It's B com- vinced that today's glue sniffer P'etely new area." may become tomorrow's narcot- .Trcvino agrees with a physi- ics addict, the Laredo school system will launch next month reaches junior-hiah-school ago an antidrug program starting indoetrin.-ition in the dangers of with the first grade. .drugs may come too late Financed by a federal grant "The glue sniffers and tho of two dozen teachers Gasoline sniffers are already spent months collecting infnr-.started." the physician said, mation on the subject and draw- "And that's where it all be- ing up classroom guide mate-.fiins" rial. Trcvinn said no classes would "We had nothing to go by." he devoted entirely to drug haz- Asst. School Supl. Vidal Trevmo ards. Instead, the suhioct u ill be U'Orked into present standard 'courses. i First, second and third grad- A V'C- IkirtC V lerc; lcarn about the enticing O irMUCAibottles in the family medidno chase in Uie Lunenburg-Summer The mayor said the publicity Streets areas Wednesday night. threat was intended as a prod. David Albert Zilli 24, o? '7 Acline Set" Le'n I nrinn anrf: to get taxes paid, but sVe.Galc St entered innoceni pleas Aux! "officer NeaT Ili- ceived word "they want to play it this way, to charges of using a motor ve-1 cruiser, en route to the market Okinawa's to Tan