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Serving the students and the University community since 1893
Copyright The Daily Tar Heel 1983
Volume 91, Issue q 00
Thursday, February 24, 1S33
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
NewsSportsArts 962 0245
BusinessAdvertising 9621 163
By PETE AUSTIN
When Winston Broadfoot finished presenting his
proposal Tuesday night to cut the salary of the
mayor of Chapel Hill, Mayor Joe Nassif bombard
ed Broadfoot and the other Town Council members
with a set of statistics that defended his
While denying that he and Nassif were involved
in a personal feud, Broadfoot proposed a reduction
in the number of council members from nine to
seven at a budget work session. He also said that the
mayor's salary was far too large for the duties re
quired, in comparison to cities of comparable size
and population to Chapel Hill.
Broadfoot presented figures from the N.C.
League of Municipalities that reported Charlotte's
mayor earned a salary of $11,000 a year, while the
mayor of Chapel Hill recieved $10,000.
"Our city's mayoral salary should be reduced in
light of Charlotte's larger size and its mayor having
no greater responsibilities (than Chapel Hill's
mayor),". Broadfoot said.
Nassif readily admitted that, according to Broad
foot's statistics, his (Nassif s) salary should be
reduced. However, after seemingly ignoring Broad
foot's proposal and moving to the next item on the
agenda, Nassif returned to the subject by quoting
.some figures of his own.
Nassif portrayed a history, beginning in the
1960s, of the Chapel Hill mayor's and council
members' salaries. In the 1960s, the mayor earned
$1,200 while the council members earned $400,
In the early 1970s, the Town Council voted to in
crease the mayor's salary to $3,000 and the council
members' salaries to $1,200. Starting in fiscal
1975-76, the salaries steadily increased from $5,000
to $8,000 and finally to $10,000 for mayor and rose
from $2,000 to $3,000 for the council members,
He said the person responsible for these salary in
creases was former Chapel Hill Mayor Jim Wallace.
These increases are justified because "an elected of
ficial should not be driven to the pborhouse,"
Nassif said. r
Citing statistics on mayor's salaries from five
cities across the state, Nassif said that he had per
sonally called the mayors of Charlotte, Wilmington,
Winston-Salem, Rocky Mount arid Greensboro.
The mayor of Winston-Salem earns a salary of
only $8,800, but he also receives an expense account
containing $3,300, for a "total annual compensa
tion" of $12,100. This salary is $2,100 greater than
that of Chapel Hill's mayor.
Since Broadfoot quoted Charlotte's mayor's
salary as being only $1,000 greater than Chapel
Hill's mayor's, Nassif brought that city's salary
. figures to the attention of the council.
While the Charlotte mayor earns $11,000 per
year, Nassif said that Charlotte's mayor also
receives an expense account of $4,700, in addition to
receiving the use of a car, which Nassif quoted as
being worth $4,000 per year. This brings the
Charlotte mayor's total annual compensation to
$19,970, nearly double what Mayor Nassif receives.
Nassif ended his speech by saying that "if
anything, Chapel Hill has taken advantage of its
Leaning back, placing his hands behind his head,
Broadfoot sighed and said, "I'm impressed with the
way Mayor Nassif has shot down my figures. My
figures obviously stink and are obviously no damn
Nassif then proceeded to show why Broadfoot's
reasons for reducing the size of the council and the
mayor's salary were not well-founded.
First, Nassif said, the size of a city's council
should be left to individual cities and should be in
dependent of other cities and the sizes of their councils.
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DTHAllen Dean Steele
Report by a youth of a stabbing on Wednesday led police on wild goose chase
... in spite of finding blood, the police were victims of an apparent hoax
Report hoaxes police
Search for victim called a waste
By JOHN CONWAY
Oty Editor ,
What Chapel Hill police had be
lieved to be a serious shooting or stab
bing incident on Caldwell Street
Wednesday afternoon turned out to be
According to police arrest records,
Charlie Greer Jr., 18, of 209 Broad St.,
Carrboro, was arrested for making
false reports to the police.
Greer wgs arrested at 2:30 p.m. by
Lt. Robert Brooks of the Chapel Hill
Police Department and was released
later on an unsecured bond.
Chapel Hill police received a report
Wednesday at about 1:20 p.m. of a
stabbing incident near the intersection
of Caldwell Street and Mitchell Lane.
When police arrived on the scene, they
found a poof of "blood on the sidewalk
of Caldwell Street. .
Police began searching an adjacent
gulley for a possible victim as well as a
suspect. Police also questioned
residents of the neighborhood for
possible clues to the mysterious inci
dent. Police continued searching neighbor
ing areas. Blood stains were also found
in a second location, according to Lt.
Ralph Pendergraph of the CHPD.
"There is no indication at all that it
was an actual situation," Pendergraph
A total of 10 officers were eventually
See SHOOTING on page 3
See NASSIF on page 5
The Associated Press
RALEIGH Gov. Jim Hunt's
drunken driving program cleared an im
portant hurdle Wednesday, only to hit a
snag when a state senator claimed it would
cost $1 million more than it would pro
duce. The Senate Finance Committee gave an
amended version of Hunt's bill a favorable
report, a move that Lt. Gov. Jimmy Green
said .last.wesk could et.jt..to tticenate
floor by today Or Friday; -.
But prospects ; dimmed when Sen.
Harold Hardison, D-Lenoir, called for the
bill to be sent to the Senate Appropriations
Committee, which he chairs. Hardison
said the Ways and Means Committee also
might need to study the bill before it
reaches the floor.
Hardison said legislative analysts had
predicted that the bill, expected o generate
up to $2.5 million annually through fee
assessment, would cost $1 million more
than that by creating a need for more
judges, prosecutors and court clerks.
"We're got to meet the costs of the son
of a gun," he said. "There's no use kid
ding ourselves this bill is going to cost
The bill, an amended version of the one
Hunt originally backed, was approved last
week by the Senate Judiciary III Commit
tee after a month-long probe.
It rewrites drunken driving laws,
creating a new driving while impaired of
fense expected to boost conviction rates.
Mandatory jail terms would be required in
most cases. '
Plea bargaining would be eliminated,
while cars could be impounded in extreme
cases. Prosecutors would have to explain
in writing when they dismiss charges, the
drinking age would be increased from 18
to 19, and civil liability would be imposed
on shopkeepers or bar operators who sell
to people already drunk or under age who
later cause accidents.
Hardison said the Legislature should
have no trouble corning up with money to
fund the bill, although the budget is so
tight that spending cuts are being con
sidered to keep it balanced.
"We'll just have to find out how much
it's going to cost and appropriate the
money," he said. "The people of North
Carolina can't expect us to pass a bill
without appropriating the money to pay
Hardison wouldn't predict how long it
; wplci.take-lQ get the . bill, to, the Senate
floor, but said the Appropriations Com
mittee would begin work on it "im
mediately." He denied that the further
committee work was a delaying tactic.
" There's no use in throwing up our
hands and saying we've got to rush this bill
through so we can get drunks off the road.
We'll get them off the road but we've got
to do it right." T '
Zeb Alley, Hunt's legislative liaison,
said he wasn't . worried that the delay
would hurt the bill's prospects for passage.
"It's just part of their careful considera
tion of the bill," said Alley. "It doesn't
take effect until Oct. 1, anyway. The bill
will move along in good time."
. Hardison said he was determined to pin
down how much the bill would cost,
though some observers said it would be all
but impossible to do.
Franklin Freeman, director of the
Acurrinistrative Office of the Courts, said
he had recommended an additional
$500,000 be appropriated to pay attorney's
fees. That cost would be created by the
bill's requirement that sentencing hearings
follow any conviction of driving while im
paired., Freeman said more money would be
needed to pay for eight assistant court
clerks and eight assistant district attorneys.
He sai J the present number of district
court judges 142 with six available for
emergency duty probably would be
enough for the 1983-84 fiscal year but was
reluctant to predict the need for ensuing
years. , -
Two new superior court judgeships
needed by 1985 might have to be created
earlier because of the bill. Freeman added.
The Finance Committee approved the
bill after questioning its sponsor, Sen.
Henson Barnes, D-Wayne, about fees it
imposes.' They include:
$15 for driver's license revocation
when a person blows at least a .10 on the
$15 if a law enforcement officer is re-
''$23-i- of the .'defendant . requests a
revocation hearing before a magistrate.
$100 to attend a drunken driving
school, the cost of which could not be
waived as is sometimes done under existing
The Finance Committee heeded the plea
of its chairman, Sen. Marshall Rauch,
D-Gaston, that it confine itself to examin
ing the monetary aspects of the drunken
driving bill instead of delving into other
parts such as the controversial dram shop
and drinking age provisions.
An amendment proposed by Rep. Dan
Blue, D-Wake, to keep the drinking age at
18 under certain circumstances appeared
to have passed Tuesday when House
Judiciary III Committee members voted
for it by an 8-7 margin. But Rep. Charles
Evans, D-Dare, acting as temporary chair
man, then cast a negative vote.
Since an amendment must pass by ma
jority vote, the 8-8 tie killed it.
Blue said later that chairmen usually
vote only to break a tie not to create
one. ' :
"It (the amendment) passed until they
(opponents) used the strange tactic of
allowing the chiairman to vote," said Blue.
But committee chairman Rep. Martin
Lancaster, D-Wayne, who passed the chair
to Evans so he could speak and vote
against the amendment, said there was
nothing wrong with Evans' vote.
"It's been done many times before. It's
not inappropriate at all," he said.
See DRAM on page 5
Chapel Mil board cUsciisses M ideas
By KATHERINE FARLEY
The Chapel Hill Planning Board made
some partial decisions Tuesday night on
the proposed thoroughfare plan,' in
cluding a 6-3 vote to strike from consi
deration any route that would divide the
environmentally valuable Mason Farm
The Board also voted unanimously to
keep the Estes Drive extension part of the
thoroughfare, plan as well as the extension
of McCauley Street, Pittsboro Street and
the concept of one-way pairings in town.
The planning board members and staff
officials considered all possible alter
natives for each recommendation of the
thoroughfare plan. Two . elements, the
South Loop and Estes Drive extension,
drew the most discussion. .
The South Loop was originally propos
ed to cut through the middle of Mason
Farm, property owned by the University
and used for biological research.
At a public hearing on Jan. 31, several
University students and conservationists
expressed concern about the possible
destruction of the land. The board's deci
sion, however, did not answer the ques
tion of how far south the loop should go.
Planning Board member Alice Ingram
proposed building a road farther south, ;
adding 2.2 miles to the originally propos
Planning Director Mike Jennings dis
agreed with Ingram's proposed route,
saying the route is too far south. Jennings
proposed a route that "skirts" around
Mason Farm. This proposal brings up the
question of flood plains and biological
impact considerations of Mason Farm.
Both the board and the planning staff
agreed that a compromise can be made.
They will consider both alternatives and
make a concrete decision by the planning
board's March 1 meeting.
The Estes Drive extension, which
would connect Estes Drive to U.S. 15-501
Bypass, involves extreme costs in many
areas, planning board member Roscoe
Reeve said. Reeve motioned immediately
that the Estes Drive extension be elimi
nated from the thoroughfare plan and
suggested that this might be considered as
a "hypothetical route to be taken by the
Planning officials warned that without
the extension, traffic would increase in
nearby residential areas. The board voted
to keep the extension as part of the
thoroughfare plan for its long range goals
See BOARD on page 3
DECEMBER 7. 1982
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