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By JOE NAPSHA
Collegian Staff Writer
The State College Tenants' Union established dues at their
Tuesday night meeting to pay for the operating expenses and
the hiring of State College lawyer Allan Ellis.
The legal insurance plan developed by Ellis and the tenants'
uninn stipulates only union members will be represented in
court and only on landlord-tenant matters.
Ellis said he is restricting membership because he "is trying
to push the tenants' union.
"The lawyer is the big value the tenants' union has to offer,"
The legal insurance plan would be composed Of-a 'tenant
legal worker lin each complex who takes complaints from
tenants and then decides if it requires court action," Ellis said.
If the complaint does not need court action, the tenants' union
can handle it, he said.
"The tenanti legal workers will get intensive legal training
by my legal office and will get enough experience to know
when there is A court case," Ellis said.
"Everyone it this operation will get paid and that is why it
will work." Ellis said
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The lawyer said he wants to bring in major test cases.
"We expect to be- challenging 'whether the tenant can
withhold rent• if the landlord breaches the 'warrant of
habitability,' by renting an apartment in very poor condition."
Ellis said. This idea is implied in all leases, he added.
Ellis said he also wants a test case to see if tenants can have
a repair and deduct s clause, which is now illegal in State
Thirty people voted to a l pcept the dues set at $7.50 for one
tenant per unit per year; $lO for two tenants per unit for one
year, and $l2 for three or mere tenants per unit per year.
Tenant organizer Cliff Weingus said Ellis will receive $5 for
each unit he represents. The rest of the money will go for
operating expenses such as paper and advertising, Weingus
"The basis for the lawyer is that the union will be engaging
in group action such as rentistrikes," Weingus said. '
Weingus predicted tile union will probably get more dues
paying members in areas with organized locals such as
Southgate and Laurel Glen.
To protect the money, VVeingus said the union will open a
checking account and make it mandatory for checks to be - ,
cosigned by two members.
Weingtis said the only way he could guarantee the money
won't - be misspent is to_promise "none of the money can be
spent except for the lawyer."
Thirty members of the potential 250 tenant members at
tended the meeting.
Weingus said that on Monday night, tenants' union
organizers "called all of the 250 members and got a good
response froth 80 per cent of them."
Weingus blamed the poor turnout on the rain and the elec
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Residents denied land;
PRD dispute continues
By DAVE SHAFFER
Collegian Staff Writer
A State College resident testified to
Borough Council:Monday night that he
and, his neighbors had been barred from
buying land adjacent to their lots.
William Leitzell, a resident of Penfield
Street, said he was told residents could
not buy the land because they opposed
the building of a planned residential
development in the area.
The Penfield residents have for months
fought the rezoning of the tract of land
next to the Centre Hills county Club from
single-family residential to Planned
Residential Development (PHD)...
William Leitzell said he and his neigh
bors raised about $BO,OOO and made
$l,OOO down payment to Kissinger,
Leonard and Heim Realtors. Before the
deed could be drawn up, "because we
were unsympathetic to the PRD, we
were told we could not purchase the
land," he said.
Leitzell said he made the an
nouncement in response to recent
rumors that Penfield residents were at
tempting to buy the 33-acre tract to hault
development of thiPPRD, which neigh
bors claim will bring unacceptable
population increases into the R-1 area.
The owner of the tract, the 322 Cor
poration, had the land up for sale at
$6,500 an acre, he said. Only a portion of
the development was available for sale,
"We were ready to put money on the
line," Leitzell said. He added later, "We
have opposed the PRD from the outset."
At least 15 other residents of Penfield
Street attended the third and final
hearing Monday. Attorney Reed Mc-
Cormick represented them and
reiterated their opposition to the develop
Winter parking rules set
Winter parking regulations
go into effect Noy. 15 through
April 1. Vehicles may not park
in restricted areas between
2:39 and 6 a.m. All-night
student parking is in parking
lots 83-N, 83-W, 43 and 42.
Temporary parking east of the
Ice Pavilion has been discon
Students with disibility and
special permits should contact
the Student Traffic Office to
comfirm parking assignments
in special areas.
For more information call
The Penn State Model
Railroad club will meet 7:30
tonight in 316 Boucke. All in
terested persons are welcome.
The Penn State Frisbee
Team will have an intersquad
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Sigma Delta Chi, Society of
Professional Journalists, will
hold a formal initiation Dec.
14. Anyone third term or
above intending to work in
some aspeet'of journalism af-
ter graduation is invited to
join. See John Foltz, 117 Car
negie by Dec. 6.
The National Art Education Recorded music of the Moody
Association will meet 7:30 Blues and America will be
tonight in 230 Chambers. played
A Free U Israeli dancing
course will be held 7:30 to 9:30
tonight at Hillel, 224 Locust
Lane. For information call
Special student rate tickets
The Penn State Varsity for Surrealism A
Celebration are available in
409 Keller Conference Center
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The development would consist of 130
single-family homes built on an irregular
lot scheme and two sections of row
houses. Also planned is development
playground and common parking areas
for the home-owners.
The neighbors' turn-out at the hearing
led Council President Arnold Addision to
remark, "Everbody wants the PRD ex
cept the people of the community."
Council is slated to accept or reject the
zoning request at the Dec. :3 Meeting
Council has, the options of totally ac
cepting or rejecting the plan or accepting
it with the possible provision that certain
design changes be made.
Also next Month. Council will recon
sider the entire question of a PRD or
dinance. Councilman Allen Patterson.
one of the council members %% ho upheld
the last veto of a bill to eliminate the or
dinance, said he could look favorahl at
action to rescind the ordinance
Chess Team meets 8 tonight in
503 Business Administration.
Young Life will meet 7 . 30
tonight at Grace Lutheran
associate professor of biology,
will speak on sexual
awareness 8 tonight in Irvin
The Hetzel Union Board will
sponsor "Concert in the Round
Series" 1 to 3 p.M. and 7 to 9
p.m. today in the HUB lounge.
Eco-Action has .stopped
recycling for the tefim Please
keep old papers until next
for student use are now
available in the Reserve
Reading Room of the Main
Undergraduate Library and in
Pollock Library. Charge is 25
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