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The Winners Take Over
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iVetc Councilmen Are Sworn
Five new Republican members of the
County Council, elected in a GOP sweep Nov.
6, are sworn into office along with two for
mer members, both Democrats, who were
reelected. Clayton K. Watkins, circuit court
clerk who administered the oaths has back to
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Freshman Legislators Con vene
Newly-elected legislators who will represent
Montgomery County’s Interests in the Mary
land Assembly hold their first formal ses
sion—a public hearing Monday on new laws
that should be considered. State Sen. Gilbert
Glide, center, is flanked by Miss Louise Gore
on his right and Janies S. McAuliffe, Jr.
Standing, from left: Janies R. Miller, Jr.,
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Three New School Heads
A radio newsman, left. Interviews three new
members of the eounty School Board, from
left. William E. Coyle, William I. Saunders,
and Everett H. Woodward, after they were
6 lmmediate Action 9 Asked
County P-TA Council Backs
School Community Shelters
“Immediate action” to build community shelters un
der school buildings has been asked of the county govem
ent by the Montgomery County Council of Parent-Teacher
Associations. i
In a resolution adopted last
week, the eounty P-TA group
asked the County Council to
“take immediate action to con
struct community shelters
under school grounds to provide
protection against blast, heat
and fallout for all of the resi
dents of the eounty.”
At the same time, the group
—pointing out that community
shelter construction cannot be
accomplished in six months—
asked the School Board to in
struct each county principal “to
submit an action plan for his
students in case of an attack.”
Such a plan, the group agreed,
should include existing and
potential shelter within the
school (if any), potential shel
ter in the vicinity of the school,
and problem areas in which
guidance and assistance are re
E. van der Smissen, civil de
fense i-ommftlee chairman of
the P-TA Council, said the
resolution asking for commu
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camera. The new county government heads,
front left, are John A. Floyd, John Henry
Hiser, Mrs. Mary Hepburn, Grover K. Walk
er, Jerry T. Williams. Kathryn E. Diggs,
and Dr. Thomas >l. Wilson.
new chairman of the House delegation. John
S. Mclnerney, Jr., Charles S. Bresler, Thomas
M. Anderson, Jr.. John P. Moore, W. Perry
Doing, and
cans enjoy a 6-4 majority on the delegation
and Glide, holding the lone State Senate seat,
is a Republican. Missing from photo is Edna
P. Cook, only incumbent legislator to he re-
sworn in Monday afternoon. The fourth.
Charles W. Bell, elected Monday night as the
new chairman, wa* sworn earlier in the day.
Sentinel Photos By Ed Mervls.
CD Siren Hurps ?
!\o 1 polonies
No. Virginia, there wasn’t
an air raid.
Rockville’s Civil Defense
siren simply had indigestion.
Now, everybody knows the
sirens are tested on tile first
of each month, but the county
seat horn honked for a couple
of seconds at 9 a.m. Wednes
But regional Civil Defense
officials in Olney blamed it
on a faulty switch.
“We conduct a silent, uh,
supposedly silent test
weekly,” an Olney official ex
plained. “A switch didn’t
“It was just a growl any
way," a County < ivil Defense
official said. Nobody offered
1 an “excuM me.”
P-TA Groups
To Petition
For Shelters
A petition asking that the
county government study the
i possibility of placing fallout
1 shelters in schools is now being
circulated by P-TA groups in
! this area.
The first 300 signatures were
\ obtained last Wednesday at a
; meeting of P-TA civil defense
! committees and interested per
sons at the Walt • Whitman
School. More than 500 attend
ed to hear several speaker*
talk on various aspects of civil
: defense.
Norman Ture, president of
the Thomas Pyle School P-TA
was moderator of the discus
sion. Speakers Included Dr.
William Thaler, Harold B. Hill,
Theodore Mariana and Mrs.
Joan Bishop.
Mrs. Pearl Hoffman, of the
Walt Whitman High School
P-TA committee, said that at a
special meeting Monday, It was
decided to canvass the area of
the school to ask neighbors to
take In students in case of an
attack. Such arrangements have
already been made at other
schools, for children who would
have a long distance to walk
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Are Axed
By Council
Montgomery County’s Re
publican-controlled Council
Tuesday accepted seven of
nine recommendations drawn
by a special budget consult
ant which could affect capital
and operating expenditures
totaling over $5.5 million if
pursued, through the coming
budget year.
The recommendaitons would
kill the remaining part of the
$5.6 million county incinerator
project now underway, freeze
113 unfilled county jobs, and
halt plans to install a data pro
cessing center.
Councilmen left two recom
mendations—the selection of an
auditor and a decision on the
immediate sale of some $15.7
million in authorized bonds—
for further study.
The nine-point “recommenda
tions for immediate considera
tion” was submitted by John F.
Briggs, a member of the Bu
reau of Government Research
at the University of Maryland.
The four incoming GOP council
men authorized an analysis of
the county’s operation by Briggs
shortly after their election
Nov. 6.
Major among the recom
mendations was Rrigg's sug
gestion that the County order
all work stopped on the in
cinerator project authorized
by the previous Council.
According to Briggs, the coun
ty has spent over $464,000 on
the project and encumbered
another $141,000.
In his comments, Briggs said:
“There Is reason to ques
tion whether the county
should undertake the refuse
collection and disposal func
tions from the Washington
Suburban Sanitary Commis
sion. and further, if they
should undertake these func
tions whether the plan cur
rently being followed is the
most satisfactory.”
He suggested- that until the
Council “can review all aspects
of this project, further work
should be suspended.”
Councilmen instructed Coun
ty Manager Mason Butcher to
ask design engineers Metcalf
and Eddy of Boston to hold up
on any further planning until
the future of the project is de
Aside from the approved con
tract for a road to the incinera
tor site. Butcher told the Coun
cil that the design work is the
only phase of the work current
ly costing money.
John Floyd, an incoming
Republican named president
of the council at Tuesday’s
meeting, said the council,
“will make a very early deci
sion” on tlie entire project.
The county incinerator was
conceived to make refuse collec
tion a proprietary function of
[ the county government rather
than of the WSSC. The VVSSC
has operated this phase of its
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GOP Winners Leaning Heavily
On 35 Year Old Fiscal Expert
A soft spoken but fast moving man who might look com
pletely at home on a college gridiron this week jumped to
the fore as a powerful voice In charting future fiscal policies
of Montgomery County .
John E. Briggs, 35, went calmly before the OOP-heavy
County Council Tuesday and quietly proposed that some pet.
projects launched by the recently unseated Democratic Coun
cil be stopped in their tracks for a long and hard look.
His ease before the Council was understandable because
he knew his nine-point economy plan was Just what the Re
publican members of the Council wanted to hear. It was the
four GOP members who had unleased him on what they con
sidered a hot trail of governmental extravagance.
It appears that Chicago-horn Briggs Is an Item much in
demand. Only hours before he met with the County Cnuncil,
he was huddled in a closed meeting with the Board of Educa
tion possibly discussing his retention as a consultant In that
XAA million operation. A clarification of Briggs’ role with the
School Board was Issued last night.
The session with the School Board lasted more them
three hours, but It failed to do the trick. Board President
Charles W. Bell said afterward the discussion matter waa
general and no decision had been reached.
Tuesday’s nine-point recommendation to the Council came
without charge, according to Briggs. A member of the Uni
versity of Maryland’s Bureau of Governmental Research, he
took a month’s leave from his Bureau chores to work with
out pay for the new Council.
He Is not being paid his regular salary by the University
nor is he getting so much as travel expenses from hi* College
Park home.
Crow-cut Briggs is no infant in the field of finance. He
has spent more than a decade ferreting out waste for both
private firms and governmental agencies.
The special budget consultant, married and th* father
of two boy*, hold* an advanced degree from to* University
School Funds Slash
Of 57% Is Proposed
Whittier’s Post Guarded
By Law, State Aide Says
Wide speculation that the
four new members of the
School Board may move to
Candidates Tell
Campaign Costs
Campaigners for county-wide offices in the November
general election admit spending more than $84,000, ac
cording to account sheets filed with the District Court Clerk
by all but 13 of the 62 candidates.
The total includes individual
expenses listed by candidates
and almost SIB,OOO spent by
organizations formed to support
a particular candidate or cause.
It does not include the $27,590
the county’s Democratic State
Central Committee turned over
to state headquarters to pro
mote the ticket, on a state-wide
basis. No accounting by the
Republican State Central Com
mittee was on file by the dead
Failure of the 13 candi
dates to file account sheets
In accordance with state law
Is a repetition of the May pri
mary when 38 candidates
failed to meet the deadline.
At that time. State’s Attorney
Leonard Hardy said he planned
a grand jury jpyestigation Into
this as well as a number of
apparent accounting discrepan
cies reported by a Sentinel news
He said this week that his
office investigated some of the
account sheets filed following
the primary, but he said he
Bonds to
Be Sold
Bonds that will make possible
purchase of $4.1 million of
“open space” or parklands are
to be sold soon by the Mary
land-National Capital Park and
Planning Commission.
The money, when received,
will be used to huy 2500 acres
in Montgomery County and to
finance construction of the
Wheaton Youtth Center to be
located adjacent to the new
Wheaton Library on Georgia
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‘ lor Whittier appears un
i J founded in the light of state
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Leonard T. Kardy
... he missed deadline
found nothing to wairant grand
jury investigation.
Hardy was one of the 13 who
missed the filing deadline which
passed last week. Under law,
the accounting must be filed
within 20 days after the elec
He said this week he sees no
need for any charges against
those who missed the deadline.
"I’m not going to prosecute any
one for late filing,” he said.
Hardy's account sheet, filed
four days after the deadline,
listed contributions of $3,750.35
and expenses of $3,668.97.
Robert C. Heeney, Hardy’s
unsuccessful opponent, listed
expenses of $864.88, with contri
butions totaling $884.44.
Besides Kardy, five other
Democrats had not filed by
Thursday, three days after the
Monday deadline. They were
Leonard S. Blondes, Stanley
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of Denver in governmental management and is now Involved
in work toward a doctorate In the fields of finance and public
He has served on the Maryland University staff for th*
past two years, coming to this state from the State of Wash
ington where he served as director of the Washington State
Research Council for three years.
Before going to the West Coast, Briggs spent, seven year*
with a private research agency in Pennsylvania.
Briggs admits he doesn’t know definitely why he was
tapped by the new Councilmen for the 30-day analysis, but
he suspects It was because of a technical hook on “A Refined
Program Budget for State Governments” he recently had
He said the book was “put together over the years” on
the basis of other findings evolving from budget analysis.
Briggs avoids speculating on whether his free work for
this Council might give rise to something better In future
Alex Hancock, longtime county dii-ector of budget and
fiscal matters has indicated he will retire soon. But Briggs
says that neither this possible post nor any other has been
suggested by the Council.
“I was simply retained as liaison between the new Coun
cil and money matters,” he says. “The possibility of retaining
me for something further has not been mentioned.”
A U. S. Army veteran, Briggs feels his work can result
In savings for the taxpayers whether his recommendations
are apolied to the county, the schools, or both.
"On the basis of my experience,” he said, "I believe I
can handle both jobs effectively.”
What results he can achieve ig difficult to say. “But
economy is the reason behind my recommendations to the
Council Tuesday,” he said.
Th* extent of the saving can be determined by policy
decisions of ht* County Council.
laws governing the removal
of county school officials.
Dr. David W. Zimmerman,
deputy superintendent of the
Maryland School system, said
this week the board has no legal
authority to fire Dr. Whittier
before his contract terminates
some 30 months from now.
Dr. Zimmerman told the
Sentinel that only State School
Supt. Dr. Thomas S. Pullen
has removal authority, and
then only under specific con
According to the law, a coun
ty superintendent may be re
moved only after charges of
"Immorality, misconduct in of
fice, Insubordination, incompe
tency, or willful neglect of duty”
have been proved.
The law gives the accused
superintendent the right of a
hearing, Dr. Zimmerman said.
Such charges probably would
originate through Dr. Pullen, he
said. However, he said “they
can come from the School
Board, I suppose, since they
must come from somewhere.”
“A superintendent can’t be
removed just because a new
board comes Into office,” he
He said that so far as he can
recall, no county superintendent
has ever been rmoved from of
fice under the law.
Last week, Dr. Whittier told
the four new members of the
board that, he does not Intend to
resign because of the election
He said, however, that if
things aren't satisfactory in the
future under any board situa
tion, “then I will have to reap
praise things.”
"I am not making any de
cisions until we have experience
together,” he said.
Dr. Whittier’s statement came
after the new board members—
Charles W. Bell, William E.
Coyle, William Saunders and
Everett H. Woodward— said In a
statement earlier that they de
manded “confirmation or denial
from Dr. Whittier of persistent
rumors that he is planning to
leave” the school system.
Dr. W hittier’s programs and
policies were under attack by
the HiiiM-eesful candidate* dur
ing their eaniimlgns.
The superintendent said he
plans to stay in his post “until
it should become apparent that
the atmosphere is hot conducive
to my own long-range plans for
the system.”
Whittier Plea
Nine Million
Under ’62 Total
By BiU MeAda
Sentinel Reporter
School Supt. C. Taylor
Whittier this week revealed
a requested 1963-64 budget
for capital expenditures to
taling $7,160,931, the small
est amount sought for per
manent improvements and
expansion in a decade.
The current capital budget is
$16.5 million.
The total of this phase of the
budget is almost exactly half
the sl4 million budget officials
anticipated would be needed
when they made the estimate
for this budget a year ago.
Deferral of a number of proj
ects programmed In last year's
estimates and the apparent
leveling off of the county’s stu
dent population explosion led
to the unusually low amount
sought, Dr. Whittier said.
The 128-page budget proposal
went to the School Board for
mally Wednesday evening. Pub
lic hearings are tentatively set
for mid-January.
The second part of the
year’s budget, the operating
budget, will be revealed In a
public meeting the board has
scheduled for 8 pm., Dec. 12.
Montgomery County's current
school operating budget Is $50.4
Dr. Whittier, questioned by
newsmen during informal pres
entation of his proposed capital
budget, was evasive when asked
directly whether the election to
ffie boaftf of a moderate to con
servative slate played a part In
the sharp reduction In the capi
tal budget.
“We have requested what we
think we will need Just as w#
have in the past,” he said. "This
budget Is based on the same
premise as in the past: Provid
ing for the kids,” he said.
The four new board members,
sworn into office Monday, were
critical of the previous board’s
spending policies. The four,
who can control future policies
with their voting majority, have
said they favor tighter controls
of the purse strings.
A number of projects tenta
tively programmed at budget
time last year have been deleted
or postponed resulting In a
more than $6.5 million cut In
anticpated expenditures of the
L 963-64 year.
Removed from active con
sideration at this time are a
large auditorium, a school for
handicapped children, several
building renovation projects, an
addition to the administrative
center, and a dollar boost for
the future sites account.
A request for construction
funds for the Kemp Mill Junior
High .School, Tilden Lane and
Glenallen Elementary Schools,
and a sizeable addition to Albert
Einstein High School have been
deferred until next year.
“I hasten to point out that
almost all of the Items men
tioned . . . are not deletions
from the budget, but rather a
deferral,” Dr. Whittier said ill
his budget transmittal letter. |
These plans presumably will
be put into next year’s budget
and would become a pari of the
$57.3 million school officials
figure will be needed for capi
tal improvements between now
and the 1967-68 school year.
Projected capital expenditure*
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Harris Racked
For Seat on
Planning Board
Jerome J. Hams of Chevy
Chase, a foimer president of the
Montgomery County Civic Fed
eration, has been named by tha
Citizens Planning Association
as Its choice to fill a vacancy
on the County Planning Board.
Harris, a District insurance
man, would replace John A.
Floyd who resigned from the
Board Tuesday with this inaug
uration into the County CoundL
The Association named Harris
in a letter to the Council.
The Council took no action on
an appointment to the vacancy
at it* meeting. “We will do that
to time,” Floyd said.

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