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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Wednesday, August 4, 1971

Page Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Wednesday, August 4, 1971

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Court battle looms over sign law

(Continuedfrom Page1)
Finally, the judge said that the
division of the city into zones
for the purpose of the ordinance
was made without regard to
state regulations.
Since the circuit court decision,
the battle has been carried to a
higher court and seems destined
for the state supreme court be-
fore the issue is settled.
The ordinance passed Monday
night, according to its supporters,
is a "stop-gap" measure, to
serve Ann Arbor until the legal
fight over the 1966 ordinance has
been finally resolved.
The present ordinance is simi-
lar to that passed five years ago,
but rectifies two factors of the
old ordinance that Mahinske ob-
jected to: The absence of an open
hearing on the ordinance, and
the clause in the old ordinance
that made it retroactive.
The necessary hearing was
held before Council Monday night
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before the new ordinance was
passed.
Earlier, supporters of the ordi-
nance had picketed the City
Bldg. with signtess picket signs
to symbolize their opposition to
billboards.
Instead of a retroactive clause,
which would order all billboards
not complying with the new law
to be removed, the new ordi-
nance includes a clause which
forbids renewal or extensive re-
pair of what it calls "non-con-
forming signs."
In this way, the ordinance
states, the illegal billboards will
be eliminated "as expeditiously
as is reasonable," and this "shall
be effected so as to avoid any
unreasonable invasion of estab-
lished private property rights."
Despite. this clause, however,
the ordinance allows leeway for
certain "non-conforming" signs.
Special exemption from the law
can be granted by a six person

billboard Board of Appeals, to he
appointed by City Council.
The Board, besides granting
"variance from the strict appli-
cation" of the ordinance, shall
also serve as an appeals board to
determine whether there is "er-
ror in any order, requirement,
decision or determination" made
by the City Administrator, who
takes charge of enforcing the
law.
Sixteen speakers came before
Council Monday night to debate
the merits of the ordinance,
mostly supporting its passage.
Robert Stocker, an attorney
representing Central Outdoor Ad-
vertising Co. said that the adver-
tising company is willing to ne-
gotiate on the number of bill-
boards and esthetic limitations on
signs.
He also said the advertising
company would immediately take
the ordinance to court. "and
Central will prevail."

Staff pay raises still

(Continued from Page 1)
Milliken cut that figure to
6.5 per cent in his budget mes-
sage to the Legislature in Feb-
ruary. Last month, however,
state civil service employes -
who often set the trend for all
state employes' raises - won
an 8.5 per cent pay hike.
Last month, Fauri and other
University officials-met w it h

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members of the state Legislative
Fiscal Agency and asked for
sufficient funds to be added to
the Governor's proposal in or-
der to grant raises equal to
those won by the civil service
workers.
The agency, however, did not
add any funds for that pur-
pose before sending the bill to
the Senate for its subsequent
approval in that chamber.
When the House returns from
a week-long recess next week
it will be faced with acting on
the bill passed by the Senate.
Observers feel that the House
may add about $500,000 to the
appropriation - a difference
that would most likely be halv-
ed in a House-Senate confer-
ence committee.
That amount, however, could
be earmarked for any purpose
and is unlikely to add greatly to
the University's ability to grant
a more generous pay raise to
its staff.
In that case, University staff
would probably receive a 6:5 per
cent raise in both pay and

However, local lawyer John
Hathaway contested Stocker's 0
opinion, saying that the ordi-
nance would "ultimately be up-
held."
Some of the strongest com-
ments against the ordinance were
delivered by Douglas Fulton,
chairman of the city Natural
Resources Committee.
Fulton favored complete pro-
hibition of billboards in Ann Ar-
bor.
State Rep. Raymond Smith
(R-Ann Arbor spoke in favor of
the ordinance, saying that "It
would be a pretty garish city,
adorned with rotating signs and
flashing lights."
A spokesman for Central Ad-
vertising said yesterday that the
passage of the law "was an il-
legal action on the part of the
Council," but added that the com-
pany's lawyers had advised the
company not to comment fur-
ther.
uncertain
benefits, says Fauri. They would
not receive 6.5 per cent more
pay, but a lessor amount ac-
companied by increased bene-
fits, he explains.
The exact details of the in-
creased benefits have nothbeen
finalized, however, and will not
be until the University's allo-
cation from the state is agreed
upon by both houses of the
Legislature.
Fauri also says , it is uncer-
tain at this time whether the
University will make the even-
tual pay and benefit increases
retroactive to July 1 - the
beginning of 'the current fiscal
year.
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