THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesday, March 1, 197
Page Six THE MICHiGAN DAILY Wednesday, March 1, 1972
TOO CLOSE TO ROAD?
Local groups cooperate
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Sunoco, city argue sign location in voter registration drive
By JOHN MARSTON
Better than a billboard, Chester
Ashworth's brand-new, illuminat-
ed SUNOCO sign rises 35 feet in
the Ann Arbor air on Jackson
Road by the I-94 overpass at
Chet's Service Station.
. The city, however, would like to
take it down, charging that it is
violating its new sign control or-
Ashworth and Sun Oil Company
have gone to court to keep the sign
Ashworth and Sun Oil began
seeking permission from the city
-to erect the sign ir truly, and were
directed to the Zoning Board of
Appeals. They appeared before
this board in early September and
were issued a permit to erect the
sign 16 ft. from the road.
By a new city law, a sign the
size of the SUNOCO sign should
be 87 feet back from the road.
During August, however, the city
had passed a new sign control or-
dinance, creating a Sign Board of
Appeals, which under the new law
should have considered the case.
Work was being done on the
sign in early December when the
city discovered that the wrong
board had approved the sign, and
sent notice revoking the perrmit
and calling for construction to
stop. The sign, however, was com-
The city then informed the star
tion that it should take down the
sign or it would be removed at
the station's expense.
However, shortly before the city
began to remove the sign, the
company obtained a restraining
order to leave the sign standing
pending consideration in court.
The pre-trial has been set for
According to Bill Brieger, a rep-
.resentative for Central Advertis-
ing, Inc., the firm that erected the
sign, it was necessary for the sign
to be closer to the road so that it
would not be blocked by the over- discriminatory, since there are (Continued from Page 1) student voters were registered at
pass bridge, and could be seen on similar signs nearby for other gas the fishbowl from 10 to 4 p.m. that time.
the road beyond it. stations and the surroundingshop- daily for several weeks. SGC and HRP estimate that
The present ordinance is the ping centers, some of which they Recently the registrars began a figure to have risen to 50 or high-
city's third attempt since 1966 to say are higher than the SUNOCO door-to-door campaign to register er at present, and are still expect-
put a billboard control law into sign. people throughout the city. ing a rush of late registrants in
effect. The two previous ordin-- In addition, the company's brief In response to a predicted rush ina rns o te da si
ances, both challenged by Central claims that the notice to stop work the last three days o"regtration A snlone orat o Boogie"
Advertising, were declared un- was invalid because it was issued SGC and HRP are currentlydcom- A secon stron Boe
constitutional. The decision is' to Ashworth and not to them or pleting coverage of dorms and oth- inteUinje o ~.t
presently being appealed by the Central Advertising. er student housing units, and p.m. Friday, will culminate the
flooding the campus with leaflets. week. Registration tables will re-
city. In answer to the charge that Also, a Voter Registration Mo- main open until the 8 p.m. dead-
Ashworth refused to make any taking down the sign would be bile equipped with registrars and line
comment concerning the case. Idiscriminatory, Chief Assistant information is cruising around the1
Bn the brief filed with ciruit City Attorney Bruce Laidlaw said city. LEADBELLY
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Right On. in the Residence Halls
REAPPLY FOR RESIDENCE HALL ACCOMMODATIONS
BETWEEN MARCH 19 AND MARCH 24, 1972
All students presently residing
in the residence halls"
must participate in the reapplication process. Materials
on the procedures relating to priorities and methods to
be utilized in selecting rooms for the 1972-1973 aca-
demic year will be made available to students before
court, Sun Oil took the position
that the new ordinance is uncon-
"The regulations . . . are a
transparent attempt to exclude all
billboards from the entire City of
Ann Arbor and as such are a vio-
lation of petitioner's constitution-
ally protected rights of freedom of
speech; press, and religion," the
Sun Oil also maintains that the
ordinance is not significantly dif-
ferent from the ones previously
The oil company also maintains
that to remove the sign would be
The world's fastest broadcaster
is thought to have been Canadian
ice hockey commentator Jerry
Wilmot who spoke at up to 300
words per minute. Raymond Glen-
denning of the BBC once spoke
176 words in 30 seconds during
a commentary on a greyhound
race. In December 1961, John Ken-
nedy said 327 words on a minute
speech. Peter Spiegal, 62, of Essen,
Germany is said to have attained
908 syllables in one minute at a
convention of shorthand experts.
that tne other signs had gone up
before the law was passed, and
would also come down if the city's
appeal of the earlier law is suc-
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