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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1971 edition of the Press & Journal

Posted 11/7/17

Electric workload shortcircuits borough’s 1971 budget

With only two months left in 1971, it appears the borough’s financial report will be written in red ink.

The deficit — amounting to …

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From the Vault: News from the Wednesday, Nov. 10, 1971 edition of the Press & Journal


Electric workload shortcircuits borough’s 1971 budget

With only two months left in 1971, it appears the borough’s financial report will be written in red ink.

The deficit — amounting to approximately $46,210.41 — was revealed for the first time as public information during Monday night’s regular monthly session.

Questioned after the meeting, Finance Committee Chairman Edwin Gaster attributed the deficit to unforeseen expenses resulting from the extension of high voltage lines to the Village of Pineford. Only $18,000 was projected in the 1971 budget for this type of work. To date the electric department has spent $99,500.

The deficit would have remained unannounced except for the fact that several council members mentioned the borough’s financial straits when they spoke out against a proposed move to have the borough pay 100 percent of insurance costs for all borough workers under age 65.

Gaster, recommending the proposal, said the 100 percent coverage would cost the borough $3,490 at the end of the first year.

Councilmen John Stotz, Robert Reid and Vincent Tritch spoke out against the program.

Stotz said “this is a terrific fringe benefit to which I am opposed.”

Reid agreed. “If we’re facing a, $138,000 deficit in next year’s budget, it is readily apparent we’re in no position to pay for such benefits now.”

Earlier Gaster had explained the ramifications of President Nixon’s Phase 2 program which precludes any tax millage increase to compensate for additional borough expenses. Councilman Elmer Givler favored the insurance payment proposal but agreed that a tax increase was out of the question. He argued the $3,490 could be raised by adjusting department budgets.

Mayor Harry Judy said the borough should give its employees something in insurance at the time of their retirement. He said it was his understanding that council, in approving last year’s cost-of-living increase for employees, had purposely trimmed the rate to 3 percent in order to budget money for an insurance package.

Councilman James Miller’s motion to return the insurance matter back to committee for further study was approved after Gaster and Givler agreed to withdraw their motions.

As proposed Monday night, insurance payments for those borough employees under 65 would bypass two veteran departmental superintendents over 65 and one administrative employee approaching 65.

Raiders come alive late, win 14-0 over Spartans

Something very unnatural happened last Saturday afternoon in Hershey Stadium.

Middletown's Blue Raiders — accustomed to almost 45 points per game — suddenly found themselves on a starvation diet for three quarters against the upset-happy Milton Hershey Spartans.

But Middletown’s class finally surfaced in the final period to the tune of two touchdowns and they left the field a 14-0 victor. It was their ninth straight win of the campaign and kept them in undisputed first place in the Capital Area Conference.

The team will get another acid test this Friday night as Cumberland Valley's on-and-off-again Eagles move into Memorial Field for the last home game of the 1971 campaign.

Although Don Shupp and Rod Wert were able to come up with the game-winning TD points, the triumph focused attention on Middletown's stout defensive unit.

When the offense sputtered in the first half, it was the brilliant play of the defense that stopped one major Milton Hershey threat in the early minutes of the second quarter.

The Spartans had to punt on the first play of the final quarter. The boot was short and the Raiders gained possession on their own 48.

Rod Wert eventually took it 12 yards, bulling to the 1 and Don Shupp capped the drive by sneaking in for the first TD.

Union Hose Company to dedicate new firetruck

The Rescue Squad of Union Hose Company will dedicate and formally place in service a 1971 Chevrolet Rescue Truck this Thursday, Nov. 11.

The apparatus will be dedicated at a short ceremony at 7:30 p.m. which will be held at the fire house on East Water Street, near Pine Street. Invitations have been sent to all area fire departments and the public is also invited and encouraged to attend the short service.

After the dedication there will be a public display of the apparatus. The rescue unit was built by the Swab Wagon Co. in Elizabethville, and mounted on a Chevrolet chassis supplied by Alex Chevrolet Inc. of Middletown.

The new vehicle replaces the original one which was placed in service in 1958. Custom built to Union Hose Company specifications, all equipment is carried in individual compartments, and all men riding the truck are inside to assure their safety and also protection from the elements.

Headlines from the edition

• Humane society to open new animal shelter

• Santa to ride in yule parade here

• Middletown school directors OK $7,500 for band uniforms

• Farm experts look to zoning as urban sprawl takes farmland

• Auto racer Bob Veith will speak in local high school

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