Candidate Interest Strong: Nineteen candidates are campaigning for various town offices in anticipation of the March 13 town election, and more are expected to be in various races before the Feb. 7 deadline for filing nomination papers. Candidates are: for selectman, Richard M. Ryan and Jon Plotkin; two assessors, Stanley L. Gould and Robert L. Meade; Health Board, Dr. Houston A. Kelly; Municipal Light Board, Louis C. Costa; School Committee (for two vacancies), David L. Dray, John P. Wholey, and Joseph J. Stofflet; and more.
Two Slates of Democrats: Following a controversial meeting of the Democratic Town Committee at the K of C Hall Tuesday, it appeared quite probable that two slates of nominees for the committee will be filed for the April primaries. Chairman Charles H. Brennan presided at the meeting, called for the purpose of filing a slate of 35 candidates for committee posts as required by state law. The list must be filed with the town clerk by Feb. 1 and with the secretary of state by Feb. 8. The first list of 35 nominated at the committee meeting included about 50 percent of present members, the rest being new nominees. The slate met opposition, and another list was also nominated.
Department Increases Tax Donation: The Hull Municipal Lighting Department has increased its annual contribution to the town in lieu of taxes from $25,000 to $33,000. Chairman Louis Costa, Commissioner Thayer Baldwin, and Plant Manager Everett Lutzy notified the selectmen of the increase at a recent meeting, when they also asked the selectmen to approve a license application for the Light Department to install and operate cable TV in Hull. Selectmen have the proposal under study. Regarding the increased contribution in lieu of taxes, Commissioner Baldwin said yesterday it represented an updating of the formula under which the ELD has paid the town at the rate of $25,000 to help reduce the general town tax impact, although the annual contribution to the town is passed on to electric power consumers.
Extent of Salary Talks Disputed: Two Hull School Committee members last night issued contradictory statements regarding the extent of bargaining sessions with teachers since November on a 1972 contract. A statement by member Neal Brown that the teachers several week ago proposed a pay hike of 5.5 percent, which was countered by an SC proposal for a merit raise plan based on teacher ability, was denied by Chairman Neil Dushan. “There have been no formal discussions on salaries. We did receive an agenda on proposals from the teachers at the start of the talks, which covered both working condition and salary area. The salary proposal in the second section of the agenda has not yet been argued. It proposed a base salary schedule to concur with maximum federal limitations and ratio adjustments,” said Dushan.
Gould Discusses Renewal: Hull Redevelopment Chairman Charles E. Gould traced the progress of urban renewal in a talk to Hull Improvement Association members at the VFW Hall Monday. Work by the Citizens Advisory Council as a factor in continual updating and recertification of the workable program for renewal was discussed, as were property owners’ rights in the renewal area.
Officials Study Public Beaches: Hull selectmen and other officials of area towns met last night at the Scituate Town Hall with state Rep. Richard J. Dwinell, House chairman of the Special Commission to Investigate the Availability and Accessibility of Massachusetts Public Beaches. The hearing focused on the extent of public recreation facilities, fees charged, and the control and management of the beaches.
Planner To Speak About Harbor Islands: Dramatic plans for public recreational uses of the Boston Harbor Islands, including several islands of the Hull shore, will be the subject of a talk by Metropolitan District Planning Council Director James A. Miller on Monday, Jan. 24, at 8 p.m., at the Hull Memorial School.
Salt Water Club Maps Plans: The Nantasket Beach Salt Water Club will program 1972 activities at a meeting Friday evening, Jan. 21, with new president Andy O’Keefe at the helm. The club is planning a Ladies’ Night for April and also a Fishing Derby, with Herb Issner and Harry Hussey as co-chairmen. Other events will be Father-Son and Father-Daughter fishing trips.