Nashua Telegraph from Nashua, New Hampshire on May 5, 1971 · Page 1
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7 Aldermen Reject New High School By CLAUDETTE DUROCHER Seven aldermen today flatly rejected plans for the proposed J21 million high school for Nashua and Issued instead a plan calling for the construction of a 3,000-pupil high school on North Common and a 1,000-pupil middle school on Charlotte Avenue. And to make the message stick, the seven pointed out that 10 votes are required from the Board of Aldermen to approve construction bond issues "and seven from 15 isn't 10." The seven aldermen issued their dissenting declaration at a press conference in City Hall. It virtu- ally dooms plans for the "super" high school. Declaration signers include Alderman-at-Large Alice L, Dube, Aldermen Donald C. Davidson, David W. Eldredge, Charles A. Bechard, A. Michael Richard, Henry L. Naro and Roger R. Boyer. Davidson, who conducted the conference, said the Board of Aldermen is scheduled to meet with School Supt. Edmund M. Keefe tomorrow night in City Hall to discuss alternatives for the high school construction. But he said the aldermen arc not keen on attending "because Mr. Keel'e is not the school board." An immediate response from the Board of Education was not available. Gerald R. Prunier, school board president, is vacationing in Spain and is expected to return next week. Alderman-at-Large Donald L. Ethier, joint school building committee chairman, said he had only been briefly briefed on today's development and would have to study the proposal put forth more closely before being able to comment on its long- range implications. He said a meeting of the al- dermen and school board members may be set up next week to discuss the entire situation and attempt some reconciliation. "I hope everybody starts bending a little so we can start building this fall," he added. Davidson said the other eight 7 ALDERMEN Page J Today's Chuckle One of the first things a boy learns with a chemistry set is that he isn't likely to get another one. Nashua Celeqraph . . . New Hampshire's Largest Evening Newspaper... C^ M 9. Weather Fair Tonight Cloudy Thursday Full Report on Page 2 VOL. 103 NO. 56 Continuing the New Hampshire Telegraph Established October 20. 1832 NASHUA, NEW HAMPSHIRE, WEDNESDAY, MAY 5, 1971 Second Class Postage Paid At Nashua, N. H. 48 PASES Price TEN CENTS Tyngsboro Youth Held In Death of Nashua Man Overflow from Jails Antiwar demonstrators, arrested during attempts to stall traffic and tie up downtown Washington in an effort to. halt the government, spent the night in blankets on the floor of the Washington Coliseum. In all, about 10,000 were arrested. (AP Wirephoto) By JOHN HABRIGAN TYNGSBORO -- A 17- year-old youth is being held without bail in the shooting death of a Nashua man, Paul Chapman, whose body was found in a wooded area yesterday. Police said Chapman, 52, of 3 Pratt St., apparently had been shot several times. Youth Charged Charged with the shooting is John Kalhauser, of Tyngsboro. He was arrested yesterday and was arraigned in Lowell District Court this morning. He is being held without bail in the Billerica House of Correction pending a hearing May 14. Details of the incident were not available, but it was learned the body was discovered after police investigated Chapman's bullet-riddled car, found abandoned in Tyngsboro Monday night. Authorities said Chapman's body was found in a wooded area near the Merrimack River, off Route 3-A and near the Dracut Pumping Station. A police spokesman said it does not appear robbery was a motive in the incident. However, he said, police will be uncertain about details in the case until they have had more time to confer with ballistics experts and pathologists. The suspected murder weapon had earlier been reported to be a .22 caliber pistol, but police said this morning they are not sure of the type of weapon used. Chapman lived with his moth- er, Mrs. David C. Marshall, at S Pratt St., here. He was director of industrial relations for tht Johns-Manville Products Corp., plant in Billevica, Mass. House Kills Gambling Bill Weakened, Wilting Protesters Pick Congress As New Target By LEE BYRD WASHINGTON (AP) - With a force buckled by more than 10,000 arrests and their strategy twice dissolved by massive police action, antiwar protesters still hadn't given up today. Congress was the new target. Militant leaders exhorted a diehard following, many suffering hunger and fatigue, to a march on the Capitol for a noon rally-similar to one waged at the Justice Department Tues- day in which 2,200 persons were arrested. Rennie Davis, himself just released from jail on $25,000 bond, vowed at a Tuesday night planning session to "hold the Congress hostage until they end the war." Although neither Davis nor other organizers had said what tactics would be employed, it was clear most were not anxious for a third test of their guerrilla-like design to close County Commission Slashes '71 Budget The Hillsborough C o u n t y Board of Commissioners today stated that the proposed 1971 county budget will r e q u i r e $456,000 less in taxation than the amount levied in taxation last year. A spokesman for the county commissioners said the county last year levied $2.83 million in taxation from communities throughout the county to support its operations but the amount required this year would be $2.38 million. The amount is contingent on approval of the county budget which is to be presented at the county convention May 21. The convention is made up of representatives to the legislature from the county. In their statement, the commissioners noted that their policy "of adhering to close scrutiny of spending and getting every possible source of revenue has applied over $360,000 in surplus to the 1971 budget. "Notwithstanding current criticisms of the commissioners' administration of county government, we feel we have heard our citizens demands for econ- N.H. Road Toll Reaches 43 Mark TILTON, N.H. (AP) - New Hampshire's 1971 traffic fatality toll has risen to 43 with the death of Richard Eames, 42, of West Gloucester, Mass. State police said he died Tuesday night at a Concord hospital from injuries suffered late Monday on Interstate 93 here. omy in government and proposed that the proof of our ability to practice as well as talk economy is represented in this year's budget." The commissioners include Armand A. Beaulieu of Nashua, chairman, John J. Walsh of Manchester and Edward J. Lobacki of Peterborough. streets and government facilities. With more than 1,000 Marines and Army troops posted at bridges and traffic circles, rush-hour traffic moved without a hitch again today. Police officials reported, meanwhile, that more than 1,300 persons remained in jail or at temporary detention centers in midmorning. Protesters had intended Tuesday to tie up the city's traffic circles, but ran into an even stiffer pre-emptive show of forct by police and long lines of the battle-dressed military troops than they had Monday, ·when some 7,000 of their numbers were arrested. At the Capitol, Republican senators made today's threatened march an occasion for applauding the police and scoring the demonstrators. A half-dozen GOP senators, including Leader Hugh Scotl, of Pennsylvania, scheduled speeches. "Despite their boasting," said Sen. William Brock, R-Tenn., "the anarchists found them- selves not only outflanked, but outwitted." He said the demonstrations bad failed because President Nixon "made it perfectly clear that neither he nor the government of the United States was going to be intimidated--and we were not." Nixon had reiterated Tuesday his commendation of police authorities, and added praise for g o v e r n m e n t workers who stayed on the job. So imposing was the authorities' upper hand Tuesday that most of the antiwar youths chose to ignore their street- blocking mission, moving on instead to the rally at Justice. Still, about 685 were arrested for attempting traffic tieups-- many were charged with blocking sidewalks instead of streets--although even those cases were much more docile than Monday's activity On that day, demonstrators blocked roads with cars, threw nail-studded boards and other debris, and drew several tear gas attacks in clashes with police. PAUL ff. CHAPMAN CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire House has turned down gambling as a source of state revenue while the Senate moved to lift some state restrictions on construction in a battle that brought charges of threats of harassment. On a roll-call vote, the House voted overwhelmingly, 242-117, to kill the gambling bill sponsored by Rep. James Sayer, R- Salem. The Senate approved an amended version of" a'bill to repeal the state's little "Davis- Bacon" Act in its application tn construction contracts of $500,000 or less. Sayer said the main reason he offered the bill to legalize casino gambling under the supervision of the present sweepstakes commission-was to raise reve- nue to help solve the state's present fiscal dilemma. "This is an attempt to face up to the hypocritical situation we have had in New Hampshire for years," he said, contending that people gamble in New Hampshire and it would be better for the state to benefit from it. He said other state revenue sources would benefit from the business attracted to the state by gambling. Sayer charged that many of the opponents of his bill wera against it because "they want a broad-based tax... They know passage of House Bill 229 would make it a severe task to pass a broad-based tax." Rep. Robert Lawton, R-Meredith, who supported the bill, said that while Atty. Gen. Warren Rudman warned of a poten- GAMBLIMG BILL Page 2 Profits Tax Surpasses Latest Estimate, But Still Falls Short By JOE ZELLNER CONCORD, N.H. (AP) -Director Lawrence Blake of the state's Business Profits Tax Division said today Gcv. Walter Peterson's new 'ax has surpassed the latest legislative estimate and though more money will come, it will fall far short of the administration's original estimate, Blake said the state's new commuter income tax, meanwhile, is on schedule, and its Cobleigh Threatens Nashua Tax Hike, Loss of Aid, If Revenue Proposal Fails By JANE ST. MARY CONCORD -- House Speaker Marshall W. Cobleigh, R-Nashua, today said the city of Nashua faces the alarming possibility of huge property tax increases, and' the loss of millions of dollars worth of state and federal aid, if Nashua lawmakers do not support a major general tax measure during this session of the legislature. According to Cobleigh's statement today, "In terms of the proposed new sewage treatment facility in Nashua, on which the Board of Aldermen recently approved a S13.5 million bond issue . . . the state could not afford to pre-finance the federal payments, nor could the state carry its share of the financing, under the terms of the currently projected $133.5 million budget which was heard on the floor of the House Tuesday." The Nashua Republican explained, "The proposed facility to provide adequate sewage treatment facilities in the city of Nash- ua was originally slated to be funded by 40 per cent s t a t e funds, 50 per cent federal funds, and 10 per cent funding from the local community." "Without some sort of new and substantial revenue measure to bring the state's operating budget up to a par of at least-$175 million," Cobleigh said, "the state will not be able to afford its share of the necessary financing, or the pre-financing of any federal payments." Cobleigh went on to say, "If the city of Nashua were to attempt this necessary project alone, without the aid of state and federal financing, it would be at least a $3.16 hike in the property tax per thousand dollars evaluation." Basis for Prediction The house speaker said he based his (ax hike prediction on the projection that the-city could negotiate a 20-year bond issue at one half per cent interest for the $13.5 million project. "If this were done," said Cob- leigh, "the first interest payment would amount to ?607,500 and the principal of $675,000 plus the necessary state and federal government share, which would also have to be financed, handing the ^."ashua property taxpayer a $1,154,250 additional payment each year. Based on the 1970 net valuation in the city of Nashua this would amount to a $3.16 increase per thousand dollars worth of property evaluation. "Water pollution programs, such as the proposed sewage treatment plant in Nashua are important, and should not be neglected if we are to preserve our environment for future generations. Programs such as the pro-, posed sewage treatment plant in Nashua, cannot be neglected. The longer we wail the more it will cost Ihe city later, due to increased pollution and rising construction and labor costs," said Cobleigh. "Looking at the current fiscal situation," Cobleigh said, "it would be irresponsible for our city legislative delegation to oppose new revenue measures, because if they do, they are cutting the throats of the very people they represent, by cutting off these necessary funds, and dumping the problem back into the laps of the Nashua property taxpayer." Cobleigh then said, "The proposed new sewage treatment facility is just one of the many programs that will be severely- affected in the city of Nashua and across the state if a new and substantial revenue measure is not enacted during this session of the House." COBLEIGH Page 2 TONIGHT IN THE TELEGRAPH Anderson 4 Nashua Scene 4 37 2 Classifieds 44, 45. 46, 47 SMILE Sailing scene season soon! Secure your sloop, through Indian Head . . . Attractive rates at the Red Carpet Bank. Member F D I C SPRING WALLPAPER SALE Hundreds of Patterns Nashua Wallpaper Co 129 W. Pearl St. 882-9491 Mon. thru Sat. 7:30-5:30 Open Thurs. Nitet 'Til I SALE! Premium Grade WHITE LATEX HOUSE PAINT 4.95 Gal. In 2 gallon Ronne Bucket. Sava $B on every Gal. Stain and Floor Deck Paint Sale, Too Fletcher's Paint Work's Route 101, Mlllord Open Friday Nites 'til » Comics Crossword Dear Abby Editorial Financial Health Horoscope 44 Oakley Obituaries Sports 32. 33 Suburban 40, 41 Sulzberger Taylor Television Weather 37 4 39 2 revenue will surpass the original estimates. In a report on collections through the filing deadline for the 6 per cent profits tax, Blake said the levy has produced §11.6 million in revenue, compared with the Ways and Means Committee estimate of ?11 million. He predicted that eventually the state would take in $16 million from the tax for its first year. That figure, though higher than the latest legislative and administration estimates, falls short of the $22.8 million projected by the administration last year when it prepared its supplemental budget and it leaves the state in a deficit budget position. The failure of Peterson's new tax to produce the revenue estimated last year has plunged the state into a financial crisis. As a result, Peterson has proposed a 1 per cent payroll tax to make up the difference and, casting aside a campaign pledge to "go to the mat" against broad-based taxes, has proposed a 3 per cent income tax to finance his next budget of nearly $265 million. Blake said more than SO per cent of the corporations which do business in New Hampshire had complied with the new tax law -- a "very good" response for a new tax -- and his office already has begun work to secure compliance from those remaining. Asked if he cnuld assure the legislature they would have $16 million from the tax, Blake said, "I don't have it in the bank, but these are our projections." He said indications are that the tax will produce another $4.3 million from land sales profits, quarterly estimates and late returns. Blake, noting that legislation is pending to increase financial penalties for late filers, said slightly more than 50 per cent EVERYTHING for SUMMER LIVING on tht NASHUA MALL 35 gi««t ilor«« to itrva you PIZZA by Charles PLAIN PIZZA SPECIAL 7C- Every Tuesday ' ^*147 W. Pearl St. 889-4542 of the partnerships had filed along with 67 per cent of the proprietorships and nearly 25 per cent of the fiduciaries. "All signs point to the business profits tax living up to its expectations," he said, referring to his own division's projections. He said he saw no indication that the tax would reach Peterson's original estimate of $22.8 million. Revenue from the commuter income tax, which will not be complete till June 30, was listed at $1.5 million, and Blake predicted it would surpass the $1.7 million projected last year. The hike in anticipated collections of the business profits tax will help narrow the $14 million gap left in the House Appropriations Committee's budget from current revenues which was released Tuesday. Chairman Arthur Drake, R-Lancaster, said his group had only ?130 million with which to work but could reduce the budget only to ?144 million. 10th Anniversary Of Shepard Feat Marked by U.S. Alan B. Shepard Jr., of Oerry and a recent visitor to this area, became America's first man In space Just 10 years ago today. On May 5, 1961, it took Shopard -- then a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy -- only 15 minutes to travel 166 miles high and 302 miles down (he At- lanlic missile range. That trip, a great triumph, was followed by subsequent flights of other spacemen which led to successful vis- Its to the moon. Shcpard-now a rear admiral- was on the most recent moon jaunt himself, thus participating, as of now, In both the earliest and the most recent of American space flights. 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