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Council to consider


City" Council last night approved a
resolution to consider a new 1978-79
budget, after the previously-approved
budget was declared void by a Circuit
Court Judge Sept. 12.
The old budget - approved in May -
was tossed outby Judge Gene Schnelz
after he found that the seven
Republicans on Council violated the
Michigan Open Meetings act by
deciding on that budget in an uncon-
stitutional closed caucus meeting.
THE NEW budget is now being con-
sidered in a more open forum, and a
'public hearing on the proposed changes
will be held on October 9. Final con-
sideration will take place October 16.
The judge ordered the city to revert
to the City Administrator's budget until
Council could approve a new one. The
budget before Council last night was the
administrator's budget, revised to in-
clude updated proposals on expen-
ditures and revenue ,intake, and the

Republican and Democratic caucus
Ken Latta, (D-First Ward) said
before the meeting that the fact that the
Republican amendment proposals and
Phe administrator's budget were com-
bined means "collusion" between the
Mayor and the city administrator.
HOWEVER, Murray said the judge's
order said the budget should not be
"one man's opinion," and the supposed
Republican amendments on the list
were previously approved by Council,
and therefore he hoped they are the
concensus of the Democrats also.
Part of the problem in reverting back
to City Administrator Sylvester
Murray's original budget is that much
of the appropriations have already been
spent, such as the street repair funds.
Murray originally appropriated
$225,000 for street repair from the
general fund and the Republicans
boosted the figure to $475,000. The list of

changes included $40,000 more than ex-
pected for street patching costs.
were set at $316,000 by Murray, then the
Republicans sliced $91,000 off the
allocation in the spring. The newest
budget, proposed to replace $60,000 of
the funds cut by the Republican caucus,
leaving $286,000 in the forestry fund.
The $60,000 addition was proposed
before Schnelz's decision. That money
is supposed to provide for planting of
500 more street trees than Murray
originally recommended. Therefore,
1300 trees will be planted this fall. -
Another appropriation the
Republicans included in the
previously-approved budget was
$50,000 to re-institute a fall leaf pickup
program and another $50,000 to install a
tornado warning system, $18,000 for a
gravel study, and septic field at the air-
port, a 6.5 per cent salary increase to

The Democrats proposed to delete the
expenditures for the fall leaf pickup
program, the tornado warning system,
and the gravel study and septic field at
the airport. They also proposed to add
$6,000 from the general fund for part of
the salary for a city historian, $25,000
for a contingency fund, and $12,400 for
spring street sweeping.
First Ward) objected to the $19,000
reduction 'in street lighting ap-
propriations and said Council has
retracted its previous advocacy of in-
creased street lighting to reduce crime.
The memo, which contained the
Democratic proposals, stated objec-
tions to the present funding level of
street repair. "We would have proposed
a smaller road program which would do
less damage to other city service levels,
and would have tried (o avoid the
dangerous practice of spending more
than our year's income," stated the

Democratic memo.
The over-extension whi
mentions was clarified
cilwoman Leslie Morris
Ward). She pointed to an
which the city has acqui
last two years and object
on general fund surpl
previous years to make
deficits. This year the but
to be balanced because c
$74,600 in fund reserv
reducing this fund at sucl
very soon it's going to be
Morris, referring to the
dollar reduction in genera
ves from last year.
"We're misleading the c
we're spending this yea
spend every year," Morris
Mayor Louis Belcher sc
spend anything we want
stitute it from other areaG
priorities, we can cut sere

places if Council wants to do it." He a
ch the memo ded that he is going to ask Murray to
d by Coun- stitute zero-based budgeting next yeai
(D-Second Morris said earlier that the $16,0
actual deficit originally appropriated for a co
red over the tingency fund has already been used f
ed to relying roadwork. She cautioned that the ci
usses from would be in trouble if it has to rely 4
up for the that fund.
dget appears Murray said some type of reser,
of the use of fund is necessary in view of the $400,0
'es. "We're the city spends on payrolls every tv
h a rate that weeks. Revenues may balance tho:
gone," said outlays at the end of the year, but 1
half million said the money should be available.
l fund reser- Near the end of the budget discussio
a few barbs were exchanged referrir
itizens. What to the recent court case. Mayor PJ
ar, we can't Tem Gerald Bell (R-Fifth Warc
said. cautioned the Democrats, "They'z
aid, "We can going to have to be careful with prival
if we recon- meetings of the Democratic Caucus."
s and reorder Morris retorted, "Democrati
vices in other caucuses are open."

Air collision kills
147 in San Diego;

worst ever in

SAN DIEGO (AP)-A packed Boeing
727 and a student pilot's rented plane
collided head-on yesterday, and both
planes crashed in flaming fragments
into a populous residential area. Of-
ficials said at least 147 persons were
killed in the worst air disaster in U.S.
The pilots of both planes had been
warned that they were on a collision
course, and both acknowledged the
warning, Federal Aviation Ad-
ministration (FAA) spokesman Bruce
Chambers said in Los Angeles. The
National Transportation Safety Board
was analyzing cockpit and control
tower tapes.
BURNING DEBRIS from the Pacific
Southwest Airlines (PSA) jetliner
rained down and ignited at least nine
wood frame houses and two businesses.
Parts of burned bodies dropped onto
rooftops and into streets. The neigh-
borhood's mostly elderly residents
tried frantically to douse the flames
with garden hoses, sending clouds of
gray-black smoke billowing over the
AP Photo The FAA said none of the 135 persons
aboard the PSA flight 182 from
aller plane Sacramento survived the collision. PSA
had originally reported that 136 persons
were aboard the jet. Both persons in the
rented Cessna 172 were killed.
At least ten persons on the ground
were killed by falling bodies and debris
S or the resulting fires. At least nine
others were treated at local hospitals.
THE BURNING wreckage gutted
ng) will be half a block of homes.
. go for the Bill Gibbs, president of the Gibbs
said Flying Service here, said the Cessna
said. carried a student pilot and his flying in-

structor. Gibbs said the student,
Marine Sgt. David Boswell, had a licen-
se to fly but was being instructed on in-
strument landings. He had been given
his approach pattern by local con-
trollers, *and "he was just where he sas
supposed to be," said Gibbs.
The instructor was identified by Gib-
bs as Martin Kazy.
AS IS COMMON practice when
students are learning to fly by in-
struments, Bozwell's vision was inten-
tionally blocked at the time of the
collision but the instructor had full

vision and complete access to ti
plane's controls.
"They hit head on, it was u:
believable," said Lt. George Farrell,
Navy flight surgeon. He said the 7
went into a tailspin, "what we call
graveyard spin in the Navy with tl
other plane trailing after it."
THE PSA BOEING 727 was on a fligi
from Sacramento with a stop in Li
Angeles, one of the airline's busie
commuter runs. The weather was clef
See AIR, Page 12

Fitzgerald blasts
Gov. for PBB crisis

INVESTIGATORS in San Diego comb through the remains of a Pacific Southwest plane that collided with a sm
yesterday, killing 147 persons in the worst air disaster in U.S. history.
GEO' president resign:

DETROIT (UPI) - Democratic
challenger William Fitzgerald accused
Republican Gov. William Milliken in a
face-to-face debate yesterday of bot-
ching the state's PBB catastrophe.
MIlliken, in turir, charged that
legislative inaction also was to blame,
with Fitzgerald skipping crucial votes
on the issue.
THE TWO candidates appeared in
their first debate before the Economic
Club of Detroit, with each challenging
his opponent's leadership
Fitzgerald, a bachelor state senator
from Detroit, charged that the gover-
nor's slow response to the state's 1973
PBB crisis - the impact of which still is
being felt today - was "symptomatic
of his failure to manage the branches of

"The legislature is not responsible fi
the management of the Department
Natural Resources, Public Health ar
Agriculture," he said. "If I had bet
governor I would have fire
Agriculture director B. Dale Ball."
MILLIKEN defended his activities
the PBB livestock feed mixup but a
mitted "that with a bit of hindsight,
probably would have acted different
some ways."
He said the legislature "for 14 monti
K sat on its duff and refused to act on t
reduction of PBB tolerance levels."
Fitzgerald missed three crucial rc
call votes on PBB legislation, Millik
said, and "also wasn't around for vot
on four bills specifically designed

Graduate Employees Organization
(GEO) President Mike Clark resigned
yesterday, citing overwork as the
major factor behind his decision.
A special election to choose Clark's
successor will be held "no later than
November" according to GEO
Secretary Gregory Scott.
Until the election, GEO Vice-
President David Lechner will serve as
acting president.
CLARK SAID the time he devoted to
his position, as well as his teaching
assistantship in the Speech Department
and his responsibilities as a graduate
student had proved too much for him
this year.
"It's like holding down three jobs,"
Clark saic4. The former president has
also been very active in the Michigan
Employment Relations Commission
(MERC) hearing which will ultimately
determine whether GEO may exist.
The hearings began in May.
The GEO Executive Committee will
open nominations for a new president at
a meeting tomorrow night in the
Rackham Auditorium.
* Allan Bakke starts medical
school at University of California at

CLARK, WHO was elected president
by the 250 paid members of GEO in
spring of 1977, said he intends to con-
tinue his work on the MERC hearing.
"We're winning now, and I want to
stay on the winning road. I'm sitting
back and feeling very comfortable
about the court case right now. I'm vir-
tually certain we will win it," Clark
"I wish he (Clark) was still
president," said Scott. Mike's been a
very hard worker and I hate to see him
cut back in any way."
MERC hearing, Clark will head the
GEO Legal Committee, whose primary
concern will be to assist GEO counsel
Mark Cousens on the MERC hearing.

"This (the MERC hearin
where most of my efforts wil
rest of the semester," Clark

Cdark saiadne doesnt regret any move
he has made while in office. "I stand
behind all of my decisions.
"I'M PLEASED with my year and a
half in office, and I learned a lot from it.
I probably received more from GEO
than they ever got from me," Clark ad-
Clark, who said he first began
thinking about resigning two weeks,
ago, said he would like to teach at a
junior college after he gets his doc-
torate in about a year and a half.
"I'm a teacher first, above anything
else I do," Clark said.

Ford stumps
for balance
boosts Griffin y.,..
in local visit
Special to The Daily
DEARBORN - Because there is no
''real legitimate competition'' between . ..
the two parties in Congress, Gerald ,''~
Ford showed up here yesterday to x.
promote political balance - and con-
tributions for a favorite Republican.
Ford's appearance for a press
briefing,. $500-a-person reception, and
$125-a-plate dinner follows a similar
visit to Detroit last week by a former
Ford Cabinet . member, Henry
Kissinger, who raised around $100,00
with a $500-a-plate dinner in the
Rendsance Center for the campain

Carter plans economy
boosting measures

Carter said yesterday he will soon an-
nounce new measures to promote ex-
ports, control inflation and help build a
stronger U.S. economy that will support
the dollar.

Carter did not disclose details of his
upcoming export and inflation
programs, but it is known that in his an-
ti-inflation plan he is considering set-
ting formal, but voluntary, guidelines
for wage and price increases in the next

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