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Daily Review (Newspaper) - May 13, 1986, Towanda, PennsylvaniaA a Dailet 106th year a no. 42,166 tuesday May 13, 1986 25 cent Kremlin doubles nuclear death injury toll Moscow apr the soviet Union announced monday six deaths from Burns and radiation in the chernobyl nuclear disaster and said 35 people Are in serious condition nearly twice the number acknowledged previously. The six dead apparently Are in addition to the two people previously reported killed in the april 26 explosion and fire at the ukrainian Plant 80 Miles North of Kiev. Plant officials were blamed and punished for the three Day delay in telling the world about the chernobyl nuclear disaster and a bungled evacuation that did not begin until 36 hours after the Accident. Mondays report on casualties from the Council of ministers distributed by the Tass news Agency was the first new official report of deaths in nearly two weeks. Previous official accounts said one person died of steam Burns and the other was killed by falling debris As firefighters battled the Blaze in chernobyl a no. 4 reactor. A medical and preventive measures Are being taken among the injured a a the Council of ministers statement said. A thirty five persons Are in grave condition six who suffered from Burns and radiation it did not elaborate. According to earlier official statistics 18 radiation victims were in serious condition. A total of 204 people were reported injured. The monday announcement said decontamination work was continuing at the Plant As Well As efforts to Cool the damaged reactor and build a Cement a a Tomb around its radioactive Core which Many Western scientists believe melted. A the radiation situation in byelorussian and the Ukraine including Kiev is improving a it said. A report on the cleanup published monday night in the government newspaper Izvestia said buildings at the Plant and nearby were being decontaminated with water that was drained away into a special filter system to free it of radioactive material. Topsoil in the a danger zone was being removed and the area covered with Concrete Izvestia said. It did not give the dimensions of the zone pravda the communist party daily said three local party officials were punished for underestimating the scope of the Accident and mishandling the evacuation of 92,000 people from an 18-mile radius. The reports gave no hint of whether top officials will suffer. Foreign governments have complained about slow and incomplete reporting of the Accident and its consequences. An explosion and fire at the Plant Early on saturday april 26, spewed an invisible Cloud of radioactivity Over Europe. The soviet Union did not acknowledge the Accident until monday night april 28, after High radiation Levels were reported in Scandinavia and Sweden demanded an explanation. In Brussels a senior official of the european common Market said monday the trading bloc had agreed to bar imports of fresh foods from the soviet Union and six East european countries within a 640-mile radius of chernobyl. Poland said the action could Cost it hundreds of millions of dollars and Nea graphic invited Western experts to inspect its anti radiation controls. Vladimir b Lomeiko the soviet foreign ministry spokesman told a news conference monday that local officials were guilty of any mistakes made in reporting and handling the disaster. Sayre stands Pat on Valley sewer tentative 1986-87 budget Calls for 12-Mill property tax increase Tow Anda school Board okays spending plan by John Towanda area school Board last night approved a proposed $7,558,600 school budget for 1986-87 which Calls for a 12-Mill hike in property taxes and a 300-Mill raise in occupational taxes. The proposed spending figure is up Only 1.1 percent Over last years budgets projected expenditure of $7,039,000. The proposed budget will be reviewed in the coming month and will be up for final approval at the next regular Board meeting in june. The state mandates that All new school budgets for the coming year be acted upon by june 30. If the budget is approved in its present form property taxes in the District will go from 50 Mills to 62 Mills. Just last year property taxes in the Towanda school District increased from 40 to 50 Mills. But according to Board president Budd Clark last year was the first year Towanda District raised taxes in four years. He said Towanda will still have one of the lowest tax rates in the county. A Mill represents $1 for every thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The proposed raise will mean that property owners will be paying an additional $12 per $1,000 of assessment. A property with a Market value of $30,000 is assessed at 25 percent or $7,500 for tax purposes. At the current 50-Mill level annual taxes on that property amount to $375, according to figures provided by school officials. If the 12-Mill increase passes with the proposed new budget next month taxes on that property would go up by $90 to $465. As the for the occupational tax an increase from 600 to 900 Mills will mean that a category 2 taxpayer will see an increase of $22.50 annually. Around two dozen persons including District residents and District teachers confronted the Board with their concerns about proposed staff reductions and possible program cuts. The Board will be facing teacher contract negotiations this year. Reductions in teaching staff due to chapter i remedial class funding cuts and other budgetary concerns were also proposed and approved see a Towanda a Page 13. General budget summary for 1986-87 Jujj object 1985-86 budget proposed 1986-87 budget amount of change signifies decrease Reg. Instruct. Prog. $2,990,526 $3,111,600 121,074 Reg. Spec. Iii. $229,404 $248,600 19,196 vocational id. $363,594 $448,900 85,306 Driver id. $31,000 $38,400 7,400 Pupil personnel $107,590 $114,300 6,710 school Library $123,588 $124,600 1,012 administration $554,629 $592,000 37,371 Pupil health $94,789 $101,200 6,411 Central business $106,838 $107,000 162 of. And Maint. $984,750 $987,000 2,250 Pupil trans. $452,300 $480,300 28,000 . Support serv. $21,000 $24,000 3,000 student activities $89,923 $95,700 5,777 Community services $22,000 $22,000 0 facilities Imp. $444,000 $50,000 394,000 debt service $584,818 $600,000 15,182 budgetary Reserve $50,000 $185,000 135,000 Ginial fund totals $7,250,749 $7,330,600 79,851 Libya orders 36 West european embassy staff to leave Tripoli Libya apr foam mar khad Afy a government said monday it will expel 36 staff members of seven West european embassies in retaliation for diplomatic sanctions imposed against Libya by those governments. West european nations have ordered dozens of libyan diplomats expelled since deciding april 21 to take the sanctions. The decision followed the . Bombing raid on this North african country. The official news Agency Jana said the foreign ministry ordered 17 West european diplomats and 19 non diplomatic italian staff members to leave Libya a former italian Colony in a week to 10 Days. Diplomats and staff members remaining at the seven embassies will not be permitted to travel outside Tripoli without permission Jana said. It said those with diplomatic rank were six italians four West germans two belgians two spaniards a Frenchman a dutchman and a Dane. Their names and positions were not Given. Jana said the expulsions were a tit for tat treatment and in response to the repressive measures taken by these states against some members of our Peoples bureaus embassies in their countries. A the Agency also said without elaboration that the foreign representatives were being evicted for a activities incompatible to their diplomatic the foreign ministry a reaffirms the existing relations of Friendship with the european nations in the belief that a the lasting relations Are Between nations and not Libya radio said the expulsions were ordered in retaliation for a the oppressive measures taken by european states under pressure from the United states of officials reached at the information and foreign ministries Here said no one was available for comment. Italian news agencies quoted foreign ministry sources in Rome As confirming that 25 italians were ordered out. By Jackie Page the Sayre Borough Council elected to table action on the proposed $5.6 million act 537 secondary sewer project until after a meeting wednesday night with All four Valley municipalities the Athens Sayre joint sewer authority and a representative from the department of environmental resources Der. Councilman Bill Baird suggested tabling the project until after wednesday in Hope of gaining More knowledge on the Valley wide project during the upcoming meeting. He advised the other Council members present a any piece of information you can pick up prior to this meeting wednesday will be More than what you have now a he said. Thus far Athens Borough South Waverly Borough and the sewer authority Are awaiting Sayre and Athens townships action on the project being mandated by the Federal environmental Protection Agency Epa and enforced by the state Der. Recently Sayre Borough made a request to obtain a second opinion on the project Cost but was met with objection at a recent sewer authority meeting. A we were turned Down on a second opinion request a said Peter Paul. He said his opinion on the project is a Why should i pay for something i will never receive and Are we talking about allowing All of Athens township from Milan to Wilawan on the sewer system a Peterpaul said he sees Sayre Borough As having two options a we either go it alone Sayre and Athens boroughs or go Valley wide including Athens township a councilman Gene Paluzzi however said a i done to see How we can sit Here and defy the Law we have an obligation. I done to like it sewer mandate but there Are some things you just have to a suppose we done to take action a then what a Sayre mayor Nicholas Chacona asked. He said he does no to think the Der or Epa will implement harsh fines for non cooperation. Athens Council seeks sewer Aid a Page 13. A a pretty Good Hammer a you do have a pretty Good Hammer Here you re dealing with a solicitor Pat Barrett said. Borough manager Gene Osmun noted that there have been communities that have been sued by the Epa for not complying with their mandate. Councilwoman Nancy Farr said she wants to see some funding made available before she agrees to the project a we have no Choice a Paluzzi said. He said he would like to see the Valley communities work together on the project. Meanwhile Osmun has drawn up letters to sen. Arlen Specter sen. John Heinz and gov. Richard Thornburgh requesting help for funding the project. The letter to Thornburgh requests that a portion of the states surplus be allocated to municipalities being required to update their sewage systems where the letters to the senators ask for their support of the Kanjorski amendments to the clean water act amendments which would provide for 75 percent funding for the project. Also last night Athens Borough went on record As being in favor of allowing a hens township and South Waverly Borough to join the Athens Sayre joint sewer authority which would lower the Cost of the proposed secondary sewage treatment s Why we Don t identify the writers of our editorials a recent letter to the editor from Towanda businessman Pat Sherburne asked several questions. He inquired about How policemen could be individually named in our editorial calling for higher police visibility Here a published letter to the editor must carry the authors signature but the writer of the police editorial could remain Anonymous. If in a not mistaken we re like the vast majority of newspapers in that we do not byline our editorials. There a Good reason for that. We be described in this paper previously a though not recently a How we arrive at our editorial position on local issues. That procedure bears repeating. An editorial represents the opinion of the publications manage in Black amp and White v by Denny irvine1mem ment. At some newspapers that opinion might come from the owners or publisher. At this newspaper like Many others our editorial position on local issues is decided via a majority vote of our editorial Board. Members of that Board Here Are publisher Jim Towner news editor Wes Skillings and i. There Are occasions when others on our staff May handle the somewhat mechanical chore of writing the actual editorial As described to them by a representative of the Board but since the opinion being expressed May not coincide with that of the editorials writer we do not use a byline. If it matters though i wrote the one about police visibility and am not afraid to say so. Sherburne a letter also asked a and who is this group of about ? eight area citizens in charge of to Wanda a Public safety a the letter was questioning a statement in the police editorial that said a group of about eight area citizens interested in to Wanda a betterment were recently asked to name the towns leading Public safety need they said a visibility of to explain those eight were among about 40 area people who recently attended the Towanda Rev up committees meeting to set priorities for Community improvement efforts Here. The 40 were divided randomly into five committees one of them being a Public safety a i doubt most of the eight on the Public safety committee came to the meeting to specifically discuss that aspect of life Here but the random assign ments left them with no other Choice. Though in a not sure of a couple of the names i believe among the eight on the Public safety group were Harvey Chernosky Sharon Weed Gus Spentzas de Barrett Linda Strope Susan Block and i i suggested the police visibility problem to the group but they voted it into the top spot. Sherburne asked another ques tion that especially hit Home a when was the last time your Edi tor left his office and a walked the beat conversed with those he happened to meet on the Street and a stopped for a moment to Chat at the various businesses a a an editor can never talk to his readers enough its important for me to know what you re thinking what you like and done to like. I do my Best to keep in touch and i believe i have a pretty accurate idea of what son your minds but there a never enough time to do All id like across the spectrum of subjects and the two and a half county area we cover be that talking to you covering More writing More working with the staff and management More Etc in roughly the last month in be spent two Days and a couple of evenings away from my desk expressly talking to readers about the newspaper or attending a Public meeting where situations important to this area were being discussed that does no to count the hours in be spent in the office talking newspaper concerns with readers via phone or in person i honestly believe in be personally talked about the newspaper with 300 or 400 of you in the last month. I try but there a always room for improvement so i shall continue to try my Best to meet and talk with As Many of you As often As possible

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