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Municipal Police Ask Pay for Bust


The occupation and mill-in at University Hall have already cost Harvard $17,533, and the bills are still coming in.

Two communities have billed Harvard for the overtime expenses of their police during the April 10 raid. The City of Cambridge sent a bill for $5007 on Friday, and Boston sent one yesterday for $1226.

"We have offered to pay the cost to any police department involved," L. Gard Wiggins, administrative vice-president of the University, said yesterday, "but we don't know whether the other communities will bill us or not." Wiggins said he has not heard from the State Police or the Metropolitan District Commission.


Wiggins said that cleaning up University Hall after the occupation cost Harvard $10,200 for labor. Cleaning up after the mill-in April 21 added another $1100 to the bill. He said these figures represented a "partial compilation" and did not include other expenses such as the cost of repairing ripped upholstery in the Faculty room.

"Something Constructive"

Most of these clean-up costs are the salaries of Buildings and Grounds employees who would have been paid by Harvard in any case. These salaries are included in the total cost of the bust and clean-up, Wiggins said, because "if they weren't doing this they'd be doing something constructive."

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