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Thursday, May 5, 1977


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Council discusses
'77-'78 city budget
At an important working session last night Ann Arbor City
Council members reviewed budget appropriations for the two
departments that cost the taxpayers the most money the police
and fire departments.
Last night's meeting was one of a series the council holds
before approving the city's budget, worked out by city adminis-
trator Sylvester Murray. Council members ask questions of both
Murray and the heads of individual city departments.
THE LARGEST expenditure in the budget is for the police
department. This year's proposed budget appropriates over $4.
million for the police department, an increase of 8.4 per cent over
last year.
In addition to submitting budget requests, each department
must list objectives for improving services and more efficient
use of city funds. The police department's goals include: a more
efficient system for receiving requests for police services, attempt-
ing to keep pace with the workload based on a limited number of
officers, a higher priority given to the inevestigation of criminal
offenses, and the possible establishment of a traffic control bureau.
Councilman Jaimie Kenworthy (D-Fourth Ward) criticized the
police department's objectives on the grounds that they were too
vague. Kenworthy asked Chief of Police Walter Krasny why
specific response times were not enumerated.
"WE SHOULD be able to tell the public what kind of services
we can give them," said Kenworthy.
Krasny responded that it was hard for the department to pin-
point a specific response time because of the "fluid movements
of the police cars.'
The proposed budget also appropriates nearly $3 million for
the fire department, an increase of 19.3 per cent over last year.
Fire Chief Fred Schmid said he hoped the department could cut
the response time city-wide from four mintues to three-and-a-half.
Other department outlays reviewed last night were the build-
ing and safety department, District Court, and the water depart-
George Gardner, the director of the building and safety de-
partment said that a complete inspection of the city's rented
dwellings has now been made. Gardner said that with the addition
of two inspectors, the department could complete an inspection
round every two years in accordance with the city code. But no
appropriation was made in the budget for two additional inspectors.
H 'spitl bond issuesk
State Representative Perry Bullard (D-Ann Arbor) has spon-
sored a bill that would place a bond issue for the funding of Uni-
versity Hospital renovation before Michigan voters in the Novem-
ber 1978 general eletion.
If the bond issue is approved, University Hospital will gain
$140 million for the construction of new facilities to replace the
antiquated 600-bed main hospital unit.
PLANNING FOR the proposed hospital renovations has been
underway for several years but the enactment of final plans has
been bottlenecked by the state's consideration of funding.
Bullard claims hospital expansion is often undertaken by hos-
pital officials whose main purpose is to raise the status of the
facility and their own professional standing. But, Bullard said,
the expansion of University Hospital is a different situation.
"This is a real apple pie issue. It would raise the status of
the entire state."
BULLARD SAID he expected voters to pass the bond issue
not only on the strength of its own merits but also under heavy
campaign pressure by the medical profession and existing insti-
The proposed renovation would replace the 50-year-old double-
main hospital unit. Although the main unit would still stand, hos-
pital functions carried on there would be greatly reduced. Medi-
cal Center officials have suggested the new complex be built on
Fuller Field. Other sites under consideration include the parking
See BULLARD, Page 8

SKIPPERS Larry McMahon and Ron Yapp and Commodore Sell bring their vessel into
port yesterday afternoon on the Ding in an effort to attract new members to the Sailing
Sailing Club drops a0Chor

No, the University hasn't decided to turn
the Diag into a marina, despite the fact that
there's now a sailboat docked there.
The boat is just the calling card for the
University of Michigan Sailing Club (UMSC)
which has started its spring-summer member-
ship drive. -
EVEN IF you don't know your stem from
your starboard, the club will be happy to have
you join its ranks. The old salts of UMSC will
teach you everything you need to know.
"We have boat school every Saturday morn-
ing," explained Commodore Ronald Sell, the
club's presiding officer. "People come out
and sign up and we take them out and teach
them. We start on the basic skills and work

up as fast as they can work."
It costs $20 to join the club, but members
receive free instruction and use of the club
facilities. This includes the use of the group's
14 Vanguard 470 sailboats.
SELL SAID the club expects to have 400
new members before the summer is over, and
on any weekend, half that number could be
"On a really, really nice day we might have
about 200 people," he said. "We have to wait
an hour or so to get a boat."
But, he added, "There are other things go-
ing on onshore that keep people interested-
sometimes volleyball games or Frisbee. If
(new members) haven't got their crew rating,
See SAILING, Page 8

VA nurse incompetent?

When Dr. Joseph Zibrak ar-
rived at the bedside of Veteran's
Administration (VA) Hospital
patient Adam Alberg, who was
suffering a respiratory arrest in
the summer of 1975, he found it
"unusual" that no one had in-
itiated efforts to revive the man,
the doctor testified yesterday,
"As soon as it is recognized
that a pa tient is no longer
breathing, the first person with
the patient s h o a 1 d institute
cardio-pulminary resuscitation,"
Zibrak told the 16 jurors at the

trit Sexton, now tnis Mathewson it," said a spokesman for the
of Kirkland, the wife of a Wash- company. "It weighs more than
ington state patrolman. She was one kilogram (2.2 pounds). "The
13 and on a fishing trip with her suit is for sale, but if no one
parents when she put the note buys it, we will take it apart and
in the bottle. sell the gems separately," he
It took 19 years, but the note Goldmine .o
Iris Sexton stuffed in a bottle On the outside
and dropped into the water near An Israeli jewelry company
Sitka, Alaska, has been found. has produced what may be the It'll be mostly cloudy today,
The note and catsup bottle were most expensive bathing suit in with a chance of showers and
discovered three months ago by the world. The $120,000 bikini a high of 70. And tonight, look
Kenny Keys, an Atlantic Rich- offered by the Candide Jewelry for the dingy weather to keep on
field Co. manager at Yakutat, Co. of Tel Aviv is studded with rolling, with clouds, more show-
Alaska. Since then, Keys has 250 diamonds, pearls, sapphires era and a low in the high 50's,
been searching for the author. and rubies sewn together with Tomorrow will continue cloudy
"I was really flabbergasted gold thread. "I wouldn't recoin- with a high of-you guessed it
when I read the story," said mend anyone go swimming in -70,

VA murder trial.
THE FIRST person to find
Olberg not breathing was, by
previous testimony, VA nurse
Filipina Narciso, a defendant in
the case.
"Is t h i s (cardio - pulminary
resuscitation) something that a
registered nurse should know
how to do? Is this something
that a nurse especially in the
intensive care unit should know
how to do?" prosecutor Richard
Delonis asked. Zizrak replied:
Narciso-who with VA nurse
Leonora Perez is being charged
with two counts of murder,
seven counts of poisoning and
one count of conspiracy - was
assigned to the intensive care
unit at the time of Olbergas
breathing failure,
OLBERG'S DEATH is incor-
porated into the conspiracy
charge against Narciso and Pe-
rez. The prosecution, relying on
yesterday's testimony that 01-
berg's breathing failure was in-
consistant with his medical
problem, contend that Narciso
and Perez injected Pavulon, a
muscle relaxing drug, into the
patient's intravenous feeding
Another nurse, Pat Thomas,
had testified previously that she

and Narciso had found the pa-
tient not breathing. Thomas said
she immediately began mouth-
to-mouth resuscitation on 01-
Zizrak testified that there was
no one in Olberg's room when
he arrived. "Are you saying that
the room was empty?" asked
defense attorney Edward Stein.
"To the best of my knowledge,"
Zizrak replied. "There was no
nurse there giving mouth-to-
motuth?" Stein asked. Zibrak
replied that he didn't recall
DEFENSE attorney Thomas
O'Brien defended Narciso's de-
parture from the scene., "Isn't
that a specific function of a
nurse to inform the doctor of a
problem and ask hinm to re-
spond?" O'Brien asked.
O'Brien then asked Zibrak if
he was aware that nurses are
trained to go notify a doctor in
the case of a medical emer-
gency. "I haven't attended any
nurses' training classes," the
witness replied.
Olberg had been sent to the
VA Hospital from Saginaw on
July 30, 1975, for a pain in his
right hip believed to be an in-
fection of the hip joint. Dr.
Adam Good, who was the at-
tending staff physician on O-
berg's floor, said the patient
See VA, Page 8

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