Page 10-Wednesday, December 6, 1978-The Michigan Daily
Council Dems halt land purchase
By JUDY RAKOWSKY
City Council Democrats thwarted a
Republican effort Monday night to
show adequate support for the purchase
of land on E. Washington St. on which to
build a seven-story parking structure.
The vote was taken so City Ad-
ministrator Sylvester Murray could
exhibit political backing for the project
when it was considered yesterday mor-
ning by the State Municipal Finance
Commission (MFC). The bond was ap-
proved by the MFC yesterday, accor-
ding to assistant City Administrator
Godfrey Collins. The commission's ap-
proval was required in order to sell the
$3.1 million bond, which Murray said
would begin on December 20, with the
'COUNCIL VOTED p.rtisanly 7 to 4
on Oct. 16 in favor of the project. Eight
votes are necessary for the land pur-
chase, and two Republicans cannot par-
ticipate in the final vote because of
possible conflict of interest. Coun-
cilman David Fisher (R-Fourth Ward)
and Clifford Sheld (R-Third Ward) are
both employees of Ann Arbor Bank,
whose land Council intends to purchase.
. The city already owns most of the
land on the parking structure site, but
needs about 7,700 square feet from the
bank. Murray estimated the cost of that
plot at $165,000-the appraised value.
The structure would be built and owned
by the local Building Authority.
The conflict has centered on com-
bining uses of the building and adding
some housing units on top of the struc-
ture. The Democrats have repeatedly
asked for an idea of what the entire
project would look like.
MURRAY SAID he has discussed the
housing addition with several
developers-the First Martin Cor-
poration in particular-and they wan-
ted to be assured that Council favored
the project before expending efforts
and drawing up plans.
Mayor Louis Belcher once again
issued a plea for bi-partisan support of
the plan, but was unsuccessful.
Councilwoman Leslie Morris (D-
Second Ward) said she could only vote
for one parking structure, and the city
could only afford one over the next five
years. Since she did not feel this is the
best location for such a structure and
she said does not feel assured that it
will be a multi-use project, she could
not vote for it.
COUNCILMAN Earl Greene (D-
Second Ward) said his no vote was "a
matter of trust. I don't trust what's
going on." He restated his concern
about a multi-purpose carport and that
he wanted to make sure the parking and
housing facets blend together well.
Councilman Kenneth Latta (D-First
Ward) refuted Murray's reasoning for
wanting a resolution from Council to
take to the MFC. "Cities tell the MFC
plenty of times that they need approval
because of city politics." Latta added,
"They just took this vote to put
pressure on the Democrats."
During the meeting Belcher accused
the Democrats of previously saying
they would vote for the plan if housing
was included, and then not voting for it
even though housing was promised but
ALL FOUR Democrats refuted
Belcher's charge following the
meeting, saying that they never in-
dicated before that they would vote for
the plan in its current form.
"A sensible and wise leader would
have sat down with Council and talked
about the parking problem," said
Councilwoman Susan Greenberg (D-
First Ward). "It's one of the few times
in our lives that we've had any control
between now and April."
Morris said she had tried to discuss
their diffefences with Belcher before it
became clear eight votes were needed
to approve the sale of the land. "He
didn't even hear me," she said.
Latta termed the whole affair "a
hoax" and said the vote "was a par-
ticular fraud because Murray already
knew how we would vote." Latta men-
tioned earlier in the meeting that the
vote was pointless because Murray had
already individually polled the
Democrats and discovered their
feelings on the matter.
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Recipients for 1978-79 are Suzanne
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WITH Wire Service Reports
The head of the Ann Arbor office of
the Internal Revenue Service (IRS)
was among five persons arrested Mon-
day on charges of bribery and con-
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Robert Magon, 52, an IRS super-
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Detroit builder John Downing, in ex-
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IRS OFFICERS Ernest Iczkovitz,
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Federal Bureau of Investigation
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'entertainment expenses,' the indic-
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If convicted, the five men could be
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