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Biddeford Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - April 4, 1990, Biddeford, Maine 35 cents journal Ling april 4, 1990 wednesday boards wage budget Battle by Wendy Watkins staff writer Sanford a efforts to keep next years tax rate Down to a 5 percent increase could pit fire trucks against kindergarten teachers. That was the message delivered at tuesdays first Ever joint meeting of the Board of selectmen and school and warrant committees. The meeting was held to try to work out a method for cutting another $750,000 from both town and school budgets. A the cheese that binds us is that the Board of selectmen has to decide which services stay and which services go a a said town administrator John e. Webb who is forgoing a raise this year to save town Money. He said that May town meeting voters will have to decide Between school programs and town services. This is the first year in recent history both town and school budgets Are up for approval at the same time. The town approved moving its budget process from the fall to the Spring last year so town meeting voters would know the total effect of both budgets on the tax rate. Without the additional cuts the tax rate could jump up to 18 percent. Officials Are now shooting for a tax rate of $15.50 per $1,000 valuation. Last years tax rate was $14.75. More meetings Between the warrant committee and selectmen the school committee and town Hall department Heads Are scheduled in an Effort to streamline the budgets before they go to town meeting. Members of All three boards said they have heard More complaints about property taxes this year than in previous years selectmen chairwoman Faith Ballenger pointed out the town is owed nearly $2 million in unpaid property taxes an indicator that some people May not be Able to make ends meet. Warrant committee member Thomas Brook put it bluntly. A i think Sanford has reached the Point where it can to take any More tax increases a a he said. A people have got to eat. And in a sure they a rather eat than get some of the towns selectmen had earlier asked the school committee to trim another $300,000 from the local tax share of its $16 million budget $5.8 million of which comes from local taxes. In order to reach that goal a total of $900,000 would have to be Cut because of a state funding formula. School committee members were somewhat upset that they had a Sanford continued on Page 14 % tit m. A 60 pages Abby 10 business 7 classified 23-27 comics 22 Community 9,28 entertainment 11 lifestyle 20,21 lotteries 14 movies 10 obituaries 2 opinion 12,13 sports 15-19 television 10 world National 4,5 homicide victims son sought by Emily Caldwell and Tom be Ostaff writers York a police today Are searching for the son of a York businessman who May be Able to provide details in the shooting death of his father John w. Bevins killed at his posh waterfront Home tuesday afternoon. York police found Bevins 47, in his Valley Road Home at 1 10 . After a caller telephoned saying a there probably was a situation Here at the residence a according to state police sgt. Michael Harriman. Department of Public safety spokesman Stephen Mccausland called the death a homicide but described few circumstances involved. An autopsy which began at to . Today was to provide More information he said. A we have a very Good idea of what went on in the House a he said. A but we re not at the Point in our investigation where we would make any police put out an All Points bulletin for a 1989 Black Cadillac Deville belonging to Bevins wife Jacqueline 49, and possibly being driven by their 26-year-old son Peter. No arrest warrants have been issued Mccausland said but police want to talk to Peter Bevins because a murder continued on Page 14 a its shocking and sad. Two lives gone Down the Drain by Emily Caldwel staff writer Ogunquit a tuesdays shooting death of John Bevins has shocked this Seaside Community. Despite living in York where the shooting occurred both Bevins and wife a Jacqueline did work and owned businesses in town and were known Well by Many residents. It s shocking and sad a said Linda Abel an employee at the Village food Market. A two lives gone Down the Abel said Jacqueline often went to the store and they were known As Nice people. Several people indicated in conversations this morning that the Bevin ses had a Rocky relationship. A they kind of had a love hate relationship a said one Perkins Cove Fisherman one of two standing next to property that the Bevin ses had bought in december. The boarded up building is adjacent to Jackie a too a reaction continued on Page 14 High Waters Tom Wallace staff photograph motorists this morning found they had to get through a foot of water on Maple Street in Saco after heavy Rains tuesday and this morning caused some Small streams throughout York county to Rise above their Banks. Flood warnings this morning were expected to be cancelled by noon because of a Lack of heavy Runoff from melting Snow and a forecast of showers tapering off by thursday. City Council wrestles with corruption warnings were issued last year by Michele Valway staff writer Biddeford while the City Council authorized an extensive audit of the City a books tuesday it was revealed millions of dollars in funds have been mishandled. A routine year end financial review conducted last june showed More than $2 million in City deposits were neither insured in the event of Bank failures nor secured by collateral. Also Large amounts of Cash were left in non interest bearing accounts. The City a auditors Cummings Lamont amp Mcnamee of Sanford in reports dated March and november 1989, criticized the City for its Lack of internal controls and urgently recommended the City use a double entry Ledger system and hire a finance director. During an audit of the City a Cash accounts the accountants noted that on june 30,1989, the City had More than $2 million in Bank deposits that were neither insured by the Federal Deposit insurance corp. Nor secured by collateral. The Odic insures Bank deposits up to $100,000 per account the auditors also reported that in March and november 1989 they had difficulty calculating year end deposits for june 30, 1988, and june 30,1989, in a checking account controlled by City clerk Luc a. Angers. Angers and personnel clerk Jacklyn d. Brunet were arrested last month under separate criminal allegations. A third official police commissioner Denis t. Letellier is under criminal investigation and a Street department employee Donald Sansoucy was summonsed tuesday for accepting an improper gift As a Public servant. The clerks receipts from june and july for both years were deposited together in july and receipt logs were incomplete according to the auditors. Some receipts such As those a audit continued on Page 14 angers leave up for review Biddeford a the City Council will hold a special meeting april to to decide whether to reconvene a hearing on the length of City clerk Luc a. Angers paid leave. A unanimous Council approved councilor Donald Guillerault a motion to schedule a meeting. Guillerault said the Council should be Given another Opportunity to discuss the length of the leave granted March 12. Angers 39, was charged with theft. Police allege he embezzled $7,000 in City funds. Councilor Roger f. Normand and several people attending the councils meeting tuesday wanted the Council to revoke angers paid leave. A we done to pay people to be out and pay them while under criminal investigation a resident Ron Giles of Channel Cove Lane said. A i ask the Council to rescind and take Back that Normand said any motion by him to reconsider the vote would be made in vain. He said he Learned that none of the five councillors who agreed to give angers a paid leave of absence wants to reconsider the action. City solicitor Erland b. Hardy said angers needs to be Given sufficient notice that the Council May reconsider its action. The Council also authorized councilor Gary Plamondon to review the transcript of the closed door meeting in which the Council discussed the evidence against angers. Guillerault and Normand later objected to a presentation by Paul Therrien of 18 Marial ave., who wanted to walk the Council through the events leading to and following angers arrest March 2. A Point of order. We have to Stop him. We have to Stop this right now. Some of this was discussed in executive session a Guillerault said As he Rose from his seat. A Anders continued on Page 14 Job Council continues to squabble despite plea Council seeks More information on Shapac plan weather rain Page 2. By Eric Wicklun staff writer old Orchard Beach three quarters of the Way through tuesday nights town Council meeting councilor Paul Ladakakos made an impassioned plea of his fellow councillors to work together to solve the towns burgeoning budget and management problems. A the time has come when five members of the Council. Have to think about old Orchard a he said. A we have to Cut the crap and unite. We have got to work together. We re in deep but to minutes later councillors Robert Lopresti and William Marshall were engaged in a heated argument bringing Back memories of a six hour Council meeting two weeks ago which almost led to a fistfight Between Ladakakos and Marshall. Tuesdays meeting ended with Lopresti who said Council decisions were being made without his knowledge warning that he would Contact the state attorney general a office if he Learned of any More secret Council meetings. A it better not happen again. In my of continued on Page 14 by Eric Wicklun staff writer old Orchard Beach despite pleas from representatives of the seashore performing arts Centre and charges of procrastination from former town manager Jerome Plante the town Council tuesday night refused to endorse renovation plans for Shapac until it received More information. Councillors postponed a vote on the plans for two weeks saying they needed to hear from town planner Martin Patrickus to make sure the plans were in the Best interests of the town. Biddeford attorney David r. Ordway representing Shapac operators Frank j. Russo and Dale blow told the Council his clients needed town approval As soon As possible so they could submit their plans to the state department of environmental Protection. Ordway said blow and Russo need to order material for the renovation project and rent a temporary stage for concerts planned this year. He noted the first phase of the renovation plan involves four to six weeks of construction time which they Hope to have done before memorial Day. If the Council delays its decision he said. Blow and Russo May not be Able to get the materials and the stage they want or have the work done before the concert season. A a it a a decision that has to be made within a matter of weeks a he a Scapa continued on Page 14 John w. Bevins body is moved to a Hearse by York police and Lucas amp Eaton funeral Home employees tuesday night after Bevins was found in his Valley Road Home. Police Are treating the death As a homicide

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