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Page Fourteen

THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Page..Fourteen. THE MICHIGAN. DAILY

Council dispute endangers
Blues and Jazz Festival

Tuesday, May 11, 1976
Elsman plans to file
suit against Austin

By MIKE NORTON
It was apparent at last night's
City Council meeting that plans
for this year's Ann Arbor Blues
and Jazz Festival are rapidly
foundering in a sea of partisan
disputes over a site for the
August event.
The disagreement first sur-
faced last Monday when the Re-
publican-dominated C o u n ci Il
voted down a resolution by mem-
ber Jamie Kenworthy (D-4th
Ward) proposing Gallup Park
as a location for the festival.
Mayor Pro Tem Robert Henry
(R-3rd Ward) called the Gallup
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site "completely and totally un-
acceptable."
HENRY ADDED that the Re-
publicans would consider other
sites for the event, but although
several other locations have
been discussed, there has been
no agreement between Council
and the promoter, Paul An-
drews.
A committee appointed by the
mayor to look into alternate lo-
cations met last Friday with
Andrews to discuss using either
Marshall Park, at Plymouth
Road and D i x b o r o, or the
Knights of Columbus grounds on
Dexter Road. Both sites are out-
side the Ann Arbor city limits.
"What they're saying," said
Kenworthy, "is that they don't

have anything against a blues
and jazz festival, but they just
don't want it in Ann Arbor."
THE REPUBLICANS cite the
relative newness of Gallup Park
and the danger of vandalism
among their reasons for oppos-
ing the site, adding that the
park seems "too small" for the
12-15,00 people expected to at-
tend the' festival.
Republican Jerry Bell (5th
Ward), a self-proclaimed jazz
enthusiast, said he'd "like to
see it happen," but a more typ-
ical statement of the Republican
stand was made by Roger Ber-
toia (R-3rd Ward), who said he
was upset about the possibility
of "people in tents encroaching
on the local neighborhoods."
According to Council members
of both parties, several parties,
including the University, were
approached concerning the use
of land fur the festival. "The
University told us flat out: No
way," said Bell.

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Millender refused to reveal
how much money had been col-
lected from the fee branch man-
agers.
According to Deamud, "may-
be half of the 90 office man-
agers contributed from $100 to
$600 apiece," to the Austin
campaign. "I myself and a few
others contributed $1000 but my
office is one of the larger ones."
Deamud said the managers
had contributed not because
they were forced to, but be-
cause, "Mr. Austin has been
good to us."
Elsman said he first learned
with non politically appointed

that the employes were possib-
ly being pressured for contribu-
tions when he talked to Wald
Lake Secretary of State branch
manager Bob Wiseman. "Wise-
.man .told my secretary 'if I
didn't contribute (to the cam-
paign) I would lose my badge.' "
However when the Daily con-
tacted Wiseman, he denied ever
having made that statement say-
ing, "I never told Elsman I
was under any pressure to con-
tribute."
Deputy Secretary of State Nor-
man Berkowitz said that the
patronage offices were gradually
being phased out and replaced
civil service employes.

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definite suspension.
The issue came to a head on
May 7 when Foster received
a letter, signed by his supervis-
or, W. D. Morrow, informing
him that his employment had
been terminated.
The letter cited incidents oc-
curring in February where, it
stated, Foster's conduct was in
violation with regulations. But
according to Foster, "They can
take anything (he had done),
put it in a paragraph and make
it look bad."
FOSTER contends that the
real reason for his dismissal
stems from his complaints about
working conditions.
"Many workers have been at-
tending meetings, and staying
with upset patients while miss-
ing lunch, without legally receiv-
ing overtime compensations,"
he said.
"We're short staffed and work
a lot of extra time and they

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like 'we're trying to keep this
thing (the clinic) running ,here
and save your jobs'," Foster
explained.
ACCORDING to Joel Block,
president of AFSCME Local
1583, "the central issue is the
disagreeing with doctors about
the handling of patients. Foster
had been there longer than most
of the doctors."
Douglas Geister, the hospital's
staff and union relations man-
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situation, saying only that "the
problems raised by AFSCME
are being handled by the pro-
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way."
A meeting has tentatively
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