Medical Facility Opens: Hull partially solved its medical service problems as a temporary medical center opened in the basement of Dr. John A. Silva’s dental office at the corner of B Street and Nantasket Avenue, Feb. 14. Dr. Sidney Dushan, 75, of Newton, Tufts University Medical School staff member and school physician in Hull, began public office hours at the temporary center following opening ceremonies. Dr. Silva provided the basement area rent-free for one year to the Hull Medical Center Corporation pending completion of a planned permanent center on George Washington Boulevard.
Ranges to $990 Pay Hike Plan: The Hull Finance Committee has recommended favorable action to the March 6 town meeting on a graded pay hike plan for town employees proposed by the Personnel Board, in a report booklet expected to be delivered to voters in a few days. Among raises recommended by the PB, the basis of the area median plus the uniform percentage increase are: fire and police chiefs, $950, deputy fire chief $730, fire captain $750, police captain $970, police sergeant $990, firefighter $660, police patrolman $900. Also: Highway W-2 laborer $218.47; W-3 laborer $105.58, W-4 laborer $152.92.
SC Turns Down $7,750 Pay Bid: The Hull School Committee and the Hull Teachers’ Association met again Feb. 9 in the fifth session of current collective bargaining negotiations. In the continuing discussions involving salary proposals as submitted by the Hull Teachers’ Association, the School Committee rejected a counter proposal of a $7,750 base and an increase in the ratio index (5.0) at steps 5-10. The School Committee, after caucusing, submitted a counter proposal to change ratio (5.5) at Step 11 only. The present base pay for teachers is $7,300.
Fin Com Reports: The Hull Finance Committee, in a report of recommendations to the March 6 town meeting, recommends a final all-inclusive total budget of $5,586,000, an increase of $404,000 over last year. The board recommends favorable action and a ballot vote of the Personnel Board’s graded pay scale plan under Article 13, but calls for no action and ballot votes on Articles 14, 15, 15-A, 16 and 17, which seek an 8% raise for highway department employees, a reduction from 5 to 3 years in the time required for town employees to reach maximum pay, a 24-hour work week for firefighters, a 7% pay increase for officers on night patrol duties and added compensation for town employees who have accumulated 90 days sick leave.
Sewer Funds Delayed: The state emergency finance board has with-held approval of a $5.1 million bond issue for Hull sewer extension funds, pending receipt of properly executed federal grant forms. Selectman David Berman, who with Town Accountant Joseph Chase, Town Treasurer Carlton O’Donnell, Sewer Commission Chairman George Rosenberg, and Health Director Joseph Lanata attended a meeting with the state board yesterday, said the town must reapply for the funds.
Chief’s Plans: Police Chief Robert L. Shannon briefed selectmen last night on police department objectives for 1972. Highlighted in the report were the chief’s plans for an open-ended highly professionalized service in the public interest, officer assignments based on seniority and experience, continued and improved training procedures, better street and park lighting. Also, surveillance without harassment of street corner youth gatherings, crackdown on hitchhiking and speeding, encouragement of street hockey as a crime deterrent, personal warnings to parents about kids mixing with drug pushers and stepped-up night patrols in cruisers.
News Brief: A poll of abutters at the Kenberma playground informed the Hull Police safety officer that all-night lighting on the playground as a safety measure was not desired. The residents still want the lights turned off at 10 p.m.
News Briefs: State Census Director William Sullivan advised selectmen that the town cannot have another census to correct the total of 8,961 residents reported by a 1971 census here. Selectmen protested the total in comparison with a federal census of 1970 which showed Hull with 10,057 residents… Selectman Ryan said that the MDC has agreed to flood the parking areas at Nantasket for public skating upon notice of the Hull Park Department.
As published in The Hull-Nantasket Times
Compiled by John J. Galluzzo