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May 17, 1978 - Image 3

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Statue
marks new
downtown
park
By DAN OBERDORFER
A gargantuan 15 by 18 foot statue -
erected yesterday in the new Urban
Statue Plaza near Farmers' Market -
was promptly hidden by a similarly
monstrous tarpaulin which will cover
the work of art until its unveiling this
Saturday at noon.
The unveiling will mark the official
opening of Ann Arbor's brand new
park. Located on Detroit St. between
Catherine and Fourth Ave., the park's
floor is composed of bricks which
radiate from the center where the
statue stands.
THE PARK has been under construc-
tion since September when City Council
allocated $20,000 for it.
It was the brainchild of Ann Arbor
Tomorrow (AAT), a downtown
revitalization organization.
The idea behind the park, says AAT
Director Carol Sullivan, is "to start to
get some public art in the downtown
See PARK, Page 8

Daily Photo by PETER SE RLING
SCULPTOR DAVID HEBERLING stands id front of a tiny corner of his tremendous statue which adorns the new sculpture
park near Farmers' Market. The statue is now covered, but will he unveiled Saturday.

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Council 0
By DAN OBERDORFER
City Council decided Monday night to switch from
lever voting machines to city-wide punch card ballot-
ing in elections but could not predict when the
changeover would take place.
Mayor Louis Belcher (R) said he hoped the new
system would be introduced in time for the August
primaries, but said he was not sure if all of the new
equipment would be available by then.
THE PLAN may be snagged, however, because of a
feud among Washtenaw County officials.
The city is planning to obtain the $185,000 worth of
equipment through County Clerk Robert Harrison.
Harrison, who favors the plan, must get approval for
the deal from the county Board of Commissioners, but
board chairwoman Meri Lou Murray may have other
ideas. "I would have to see very clearly that there is
today
Gone tomorrow
"If you can't stand the heat, get out of the
kitchen." Maybe the University Regents were
taking Harry Truman's advice to heart when they
switched a portion of their May activities to a dif-
ferent site. Their public meeting will be held at 2
tomorrow at the University's Dearborn campus'
Fairlane Conference Center. The public comments
sessions will follow at 4:30. Tomorrow, the Regents
will head back to Ann Arbor for their public
discussion meeting. That session will begin at 9 in
the Regents' Room of the Administration Building.
Happenings...
... kick off at 10 when the University's Actuarial
Program begins registration in the Michigan
League for its 75th anniversary celebration. Events
are scheduled throughout the day, including a 2
o'clock forum in MLP examining the prospects for
actuarial theory and practice over the next 25
years. A 3:35 forum on actuarial education at the
University over the next quarter century will be
moderated by Cecil Nesbit, professor of
mathematics. There will be a 5:45 reception in the
Michigan League, followed by dinner at 7. A.
H worth Robertson recent chief actuary of the
S ial Secur.A tration, w I discuss

KS PUnchcardvoting
no way the county is going to lose money on this deal "It's only the elected officials who don't like it,"
before I approve it," Murray said. "I didn't know any Harrison added.
of this was happening until just a few days ago." Monday night's seven to four decision split along
MURRAY, A Democrat, said she opposes the use of party lines with Republicans supporting the change
punch card balloting but would vote for it if it "does not and Democrats opposing it.
seem to be a financial burden." DESPITE THE INITIAL cost of $185,000, supporters
If the board rejects the proposal, Belcher said he of the system say it will save the city money. It is
would consider purchasing the equipment independen- estimated that punch card balloting can save as much
tly of the county. as $30,000 annually.
Harrison said he would ask the board to approve the Councilman Ken Latta (D-First Ward) said he sup-
plan to lease the equipment to Ann Arbor on May 24. If ports punch card balloting in principle but voted again-
it is approved by then, there will still be time to get the st it because it should be implemented gradually in or-
new ballot gear for the August primary, he said. der to educate voters in its use. He called the
HARRISON SAID he thought the board would honor Republicans "incompetent" for not checking with the
his request. "The voters like it (punch card balloting). Board of Commissioners before "trying to rush it
The precinct workerslove it. The county clerks and the through Council."
local clerks think it's the greatest thing since sliced
See COUNCIL, Page 3

"Reflections on Social Security in the Next Twenty-
Five Years ... meanwhile, -the Ann Arbor Public
Library offers a story hour for the kids at 10 a.m.
choral conductor and composer Eva Jesaye will
speak on "Black Music from My experience:
Roots-Church and Elsewhere" at noon in the Cen-
ter for Afroamerican and African Studies, 1100 S.
University . .. you provide your own brown bag lun-
ch and the Wesley Foundation will provide the
drinks, discussion, fellowship and volleyball at a
noon picnic on the lawn. That's at 602 E. Huron
(corner of State St.) .. . the Biological Research
Review Committee (Committee C) meets at 3 in
3087 School of Public Health I. Visitorsare welcome
but should.call 764-5435 in advance ... at 7:30, Bob
Whiting, field representative for the Michigan
Audobon Society (what a great name for a bird
lover), will present a program on Alaska at the
University's Botanical Gardens.
Free parking
It's a bit of a walk from campus, but there is a
place you can park your car without being
ticketed-Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake Public
Works Department announced Monday that it won't
ticket out-of-state vehicles parked illegally around
thelowntown Temple Suare.,Instead, al .vehic) s
tle with out-df-State'plates will receive "courteky'

tickets" that can be traded in at the Salt Lake Area
Chamber of Commerce for coupon books worth an
estimated $25. The coupons are good for ice cream
cones, salt crystals from the Great Salt Lake and
tickets to local attractions. Public Works Com-
missioner Jess Agraz said the idea is to encourage
folks to spend time in Utah. Besides, he said, most
out-of-staters ignore parking tickets anyway.
Put me in the zoo
Follow the signs marked "crocodiles" and you'll
find the home of the new Egyptian Minister of
Agriculture, Dr. Mahmoud Mohammed
Daoud-right in the middle of the Cairo Zoo. It
seems Cairo, like Ann Arbor, has quite a housing
crunch, and Daoud chose to live in the zoo bungalow
built by the late King Farouk rather than waste
time looking for an apartment.
On the outside...
Looks like the end is finally near-the end of this
lackluster weather, that is. It will be only partly
cloudy tomorrow with no rain in sight and a high in
the upper 60s. Tomorrow, if our luck contin es,
,GqoA9ld Solyovtrem per t im)',ads e
ddwn upon us.''- _ _ b

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