Voters Face Record Budget: About 20 percent of Hull’s 5,233 registered voters are expected to attend the annual town meeting March 1 at the Memorial School to act on a warrant that reflects a total expense of $5,335,294, the highest in town history and $340,349 higher than last year. Of the total budget, $2,851,744 is for school costs, untouchable under the current state law that gives autonomy to school committees over school budgets. Not reflected in the town budget are costs of a 6.4 percent salary increase plan for all town employees, which the Finance Committee will recommend at the town meeting.
Town Election Interest High: However the new Hull charter plan “grabs you,” it is clearly grabbing major interest for the March 8 town election. Public interest appears near the boiling point on the highly controversial aspects of the plan, mainly on the points of: proposed representative town government; appointment of an empowered town administrator by a Board of Selectmen increased from three to five members; proposed sweeping change in the administrative and executive branches; and proposed reduction of elective town offices from 15 to nine with the consolidation of some departments. People of all ages and both sexes are debating the highlights of the plan pro and con with vehemence and spirit on the street corners, in shops, at coffee hours, civic meetings, by telephone, and in letters to the editor of the Times.
Funding for Renewal Partly Approved: The administrative part of a $2.5 million first phase Hull renewal project has been approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Hull Redevelopment Authority Chairman Charles E. Gould said Friday that he had been told by HUD’s Boston office that the town’s Workable Program for community improvement will be recertified next week. “Once this is done, the go-ahead for … the Hull renewal first phase is expected to follow immediately,” said Gould.
Dump Expansion Cost at Issue: Selectmen discussed a purchase price for land to expand the town dump at Rockaway in a conference with dump abutter Claude Aiken and his counsel, Gunnar Jacobsen, of Westborough. Jacobsen said earlier he felt his client should get $10,000 and then said they would settle for $8,000 “rather than go to court.” The property is assessed for $4,000.
Data on MDC Land Delayed: Kevin Healey, chairman of a study committee on a proposed takeover of Nantasket MDC property by the town, wrote selectmen that there is no decision as yet due to late facts and cost estimates from MDC and town agencies. The study committee was appointed in October.
Oil Slick on Hull Shore: A 5-mile heavy oil slick came ashore Wednesday along Nantasket Beach oceanfront from Atlantic Rocks to a point off the Allerton section of the town. Hull and state health department crews, along with the Nantasket MDC police, began clearance efforts of the heavy bunker oil, which soaked seaweed and covered the sands in large globules. Nantasket MDC Capt. Joseph Denehy, after an area check of MDC beaches, said the oil had come ashore all the way from Scituate to Revere. Lt. Cookes, First Coast Guard duty officer, said the Coast Guard is conducting an aerial search from Cape Cod to New Hampshire, seeking to determine the source of the oil slick.
Five Hull All-Stars: Hull High School title winner in the South Shore Hockey League placed five players on the league All-Star team and will meet Matignon High School in the tournament quarter-finals at the Boston Arena on Wed., March 3, at 3:30 p.m. Hull All-Stars include Howard White, goal; Patrick Cannon and Russ LoPilato, forwards; and Kevin McNamara and Richard Toole, defense.
Allerton Hillites Party: With 100 in attendance at the annual midwinter cocktail-dinner party of the Point Allerton Association, held last Saturday evening at the K of C Hall, the affair was a most enjoyable get-together of the Allerton Hillites and their guests. In charge of the arrangements were Mrs. John Cusick, Mrs. Herbert Fleck Jr., and Raymond Vinton, assisted by Stephen Mahoney, president. Following the dinner, “Steve” greeted the guests and made presentations on behalf of the organization to Richard Musmeci and Charlie Brennan, who were responsible for the beautiful lighted Star of David placed on the tower on the Jacobs property during the holiday season.