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Mail with Check to: Classifieds, The Michigan Daily
Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Two straws, no waiting Daily Photo by BRAD BENJAMIN
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Slip slidin' away: Treacherous
sidewalks plague pedestrians
By THOMAS KETTLER
As Ann Arbor's street traffic returns
to normal following the "Big Blizzard of
'78," pedestrians are still plagued by
ice, snow, and slush on many stretches
of the city's 396 miles of sidewalks.
Due to a lack of funds, the city
delegates responsibility for clearing
sidewalks bordering their property to
1 and 2 bedroom apartments,
available for Fall 1978 occupancy
Located at corner of
William and Thompson
individual porperty owners. John Rob-
bins, director of the city's department
of Street, Traffic, and Parking (STP),
said, "You get what you pay for and
Ann Arbor chooses not to pay jor
sidewalk snow removal."
"DEARBORN HAS 48 tractors that
clear sidewalks and perform
miscellaneous plowing operations while
Ann Arbor has none," said Robbins. "If
similar numbers of equipment and
manpower were available, the city
could clear all the walks in several
hours time." The city currently clears
only 11 miles pf designated safety
sidewalks and bikepaths.
The city will clear sidewalks on a
"complaint basis." If the STP depar-
tment gets a complaint about an un-
cleared walk, they contact the property
owners and tell them to clear the walk.
STP inspector John Dunkley said
sometimes it is hard to locate the
owners since so many residences are
If the owner fails to clean the walk,
the city may hire a company to clear
the walk and charge the property
owners for the snow removal. So far
this winter, no walks have been cleared
by the city as a result of complaints.
Last, year, the city cleared only eight
DUNKLEY SAID the city ordinance
on snow removal is outdated. This or-
dinance, which was last revised in 1970,
states that the city can charge the
property owner no more than 15 cents
per foot to clear a standard residential
"There is no way you can get
anybody to come in and clear a walk for
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15 cents a foot," said Dunkley. "Since
1970, the cost of clearing walks has
probably increased three or four
The University is responsible for
snow removal from its 45 miles of
walkway. It has its own set of priorities
for snow removal: hospital areas,
major bus routes, streets leading to
food services, residence halls, parking
facilities, and sidewalks.
KEN WANTY, University Landscape
Architecture and Grounds Manager,
said some sidewalks are cleared con-
currently with higher priority areas.
Wanty added that the recent blizzard
created the worst conditions he has
seen in 20 years, making snow removal
more difficult than usual.
"The rain which fell immediately
before the blizzard froze up, forming an
ice layer 21/2 inches thick .under the
snow," he said. The University's trac-
tors with rotary brooms which nor-
mally clear the sidewalks were useless
under these conditions.
Both the city and the University use
very little salt to melt ice on sidewalks.
Wanty said salt can be very damaging
to the grass and vegetation around the
An LSA junior, who sprained her
ankle last Thursday while walking
through the Diag, took a different view
on clearing sidewalks. She said, "Both
the city and the University should salt
major sidewalks. Some balance bet-
ween ecology and self-preservation
should be found."
Neither the University Heath Service
nor the University Hospital were able to
supply information on the number of in-
juries suffered since the blizzard as
result of slippery sidewalk conditions.
The. State Department, which has
had the responsibility for issuing.
passports since the 1780s, when it was
then called the Department of For-
eign Affairs, estimates that it issued
2.8 million passports in 1977 and
expects that figure to rise to 3.1
million this year.
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We will be interviewing at
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on February 15, 1978
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