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The Michigan Daily-Thursday, April 10, 1980-Page 3
Funds for city road repair in jeopardy

B-y LEE KATTERMAN
Twenty city employees are tburing
Ann Arbor today, simply because it
ained yesterday.
After every spring storm, work crews
ride over every inch of 83 miles of
major city roads in search of potholes
needing attention, according to Street
Maintenance Supervisor. John
Millspaugh. And if it rains today, the
crews will be out tomorrow looking for
patching that washed away, as well as
any new holes.
IN PAST YEARS, potholes were a
Cnajor local political issue, but it rarely
ame up during the most recent City
Council campaign.
One reason could be that, in the words

of Streets, Traffic and Parking Director
John Robbins, is the streets are "better
than a year ago." With some major
roadbuilding projects recently com-
pleted - notably on S. Platt, N. Maple,
and State Streets - he said, "We've
eliminated some of the trouble spots."
But the improvements of the past few
years could be in'jeopardy. State funds
which Ann Arbor uses for road main-
tenance are likely to be reduced, said
Assistant City Administrator Patrick
Kenney.
THE CITY spends about $2 million
annually for street-related work such
as repairs, snow removal, street signs
and traffic signal maintenance, accor-
ding to kenney, Ninety per cent of the
funds for this work comes from the

state Weight and Gas Tax Fund, with
the city's portion for the last few years
hovering between $200,000 to $300,000.
Kenney said revenues from gasoline
and auto license sales - the fund's
source of money - have been declining.
Consequently, he expects the city's
share will also decline.
He said next year's city budget will
be drawn up with the goal of main-
taining the city's current level of fun-
ding for these activities: It's unlikely,
however, that any loss of state revenue
can be made up, according to Kenney.
IN THE MEANTIME, Robbins said,
the city will step up its patching
program. At this time of year holes are
filled with an asphalt-gravel mixture.
Where the rain or wear from autos

disrupts these patches, a more per-
manent hot fill is used. Robbins expects
the city to use about 15,000 tons of this
hot patching material, up about 3,000
tons from previous years.
One cause of potholes, said Robbins,
stems from water that gets trapped
between the pavement and the frozen
ground during late winter and early
spring. If drainage is poor, the road
surface almost "floats" on this water,
making it easy for cars to cause breaks
in the road covering.
He said drains have been put in under
Platt Road, Observatory and part of
Maple, which should extend the life of
those roads.
But while road reconstruction has

been increasing over the past six years,
Robbins predicted this year will be a
slow one. He explained that the major
financing for road rebuilding came
from the federal government, and that
most of the money has been used. "It'll
be another year or so until more money
comes into the area," said Robbins.
Some of the roads cited byRobbins as
being in greatest need of attention are
S. Maple, S. Industrial Highway,
Plymouth, Fuller, and sections of
Huron Parkway. One major street that
will be resurfaced this summer is
Washtenaw from Stadium to South
University, but this project will be
financed almost totally by the State
Highway Department, he said.

Government's role in energy
and environment considered

By JULIE BROWN
Are government regulations concern-
ing energy use and the environment
necessary and reasonable? Or does
government interference. hamper
productivity in business? These are two
of the questions addressed during a
panel discussion at the Michigan
Union's Pendleton Room last night.
The discusssion, part of a four-day
symposium sponsored by the
*University's School of Natural
Resources, attracted approximately
100 people. Last night's discussion
included representatives from
government agencies, industry, and
citizen groups.
"In talking about energy, I think we
ought to phrase it as an issue of
scarcity," said Richard Curry,
legislative assistant to the Director of
National Parks in Washington, D.C.
"We are overspending the resource
*capital of this earth."
Curry expressed optimism in saying
that government and educational
resources can effect necessary changes
in energy policy.
"The universities have a large.
measure of integrity, and they have the

people," he said.
John McCall, a senior staff consultant
for Chevron Oil Corp., claimed that
U.S. energy policy suffers from a lack
of coordination.
"No one is in charge in this country,"
he said. It is difficult to determine
exactly which land is government-
controlled and 50 to 70 statutes
governing resource exploration affect
these lands, he said.
Joseph Browder, special assistant to
the assistant secretary for land and
water, Department of the Interior,
responded that the government is in
fact aware of energy policy needs.
"If you look over the last 10 years, it's
apparent that there has been a serious
and rational realization by Congress
with respect to the environment, " he
said.
Responding to McCall's charges,
Browder said, "I think he (McCall)
knows who's in charge and just doesn't
like it." Exploration and production of
energy resources is not severely
inhibited by government regulation, he
said.
"You see we're in a battle of numbers
here, and it could go on all night,"

McCall said."We have many instances
in writing of regulations that have in
one way or another inhibited
production."
Traverse City attorney James Olson,
who specializes in environmental law,
expressed a cautious optimism in the
future energy situation.
"I'm not a doomsdayer, but I do think
the problems are severe," he said.
*'There's a global responsibility.
Olson said concerned individuals
schould examine nuclear power policy,
and the concentration of energy in large
utilities. Alternative sources of energy,
including solar and wind power, must
be explored, he said.
Referring to a case he handled
several years ago, in which he
represented a group of mid-Michigan
organic farmers against the federal and
state agriculture departments, Olson
noted that the majority of them limited
their use of finite resources, and most
lived on two-lane dirt roads.
"Our energy future may revolve
around living on dirt roads," he said.

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FILMS

Ann Arbor Film Co-op-Night of the Living Dead, 7, 10:20 p.m., Detour,
8:40 p.m., Nat. Sci. Aud.
Cinema Guild-They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, 7, 9:30 p.m., Old Ar-
chitecture Aud.
SPEAKERS
Nuclear Engineering-Gary Was, "Synergistic Effects of Thermal
Treatment and Cathodic Polarization on Fatigue Crack Growth Behavior on
Iconel-600," 11 a. m., Baer Room, Cooley Building.
Center for Japanese Studies-Robert Danly, "Meiji Ambition: the Satiical
Side of Higuchi Ichiyo," noon, Lane Hall Commons Room.
Public' Health Students Association-Judy Ladinsky, ."Organization of
Health Care Systems in Vietnam," 3 p.m., School of Public Health Aud. II.
Mental Health Research Institute-David Kupfer, "EEG Sleep and Affec-
tive Disorders," 3:45 p.m., 1057 Mental Health Research Institute.
Department of Geological Sciences-Thomas Rollins, "The History of
Petroleum Development and Economics in the U.S.A. Since World War II,"
4 p.m., 4001 C.C. Little Building.
Department, of Chemistry-Romita Sen, "The Internal Structure of
Neurohormonal Storage Vesicles: A NMR Spectroscopic Vies," 4 p.m., 1200
Chem. Building.
Computing Center-Paul Pickelmann, "The Programming Language,
Pascal,"7 p.m., Seminar Room, Computing Center.
MEETINGS
Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations-Sexual Harrassment
Workshop, 12-2 p.m., Schorling Auditorium, School of Education.
Michigan Economics Society-Fall term officer elections, 5 p.m., 3rd floor
Economics Building.
Campus Weight Watchers! - weekly meeting, 5:30 p.m., Project Room,
Michigan League.
Greenspace-Weekly Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Michigan Union.
PIRGIM-Consumers' Task Force meeting, 7 p.m., 4th Floor Lobby,
Michigan Union.
Campus Crusade for Christ-Weekly meeting, 7 p.m., Angell Hall.
Michigan Students for Anderson-Mass meeting, 7 p.m., 2235 Angell Hall.
Ann Arbor Advocates for Safe Alternatives in Childbirth-Meeting on
"Home Birth," 7:30 p.m., 602 E. Huron.
Revolutionary Communist Youth Brigade-MAy Day action meeting, 8
p.m., Conf. Rm. 3, Michigan League.
PERFORMANCES
Studio Theatre-"How Do You Do?," 4:10 p.m., Arena Theatre, Frieze
Building.
Guild House-Poetry readings by Thomas Fitzsimmons and Gozo
Yoshimasu, 7:30 p.m., 802 Monroe.
Center for South and Southeast Asian Studies-Benefit for Cambodian
Refugees, 7:30 p.m., St. Mary's Student Chapel.
Sidda Yoga Dham-Gemini, 8p.m., 902 Baldwin.
Michifish-"Wet Treks," 8 p.m., Margaret Bell Pool.
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to the Gaines' Central Regional
Dog Obedience Championship*
April 12 & 13 (8:30 am -4:00 pm)
Track and Tennis Field House
University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
See trained dogs in exciting competitions
and'get information about total dog care.
frspecialevents
Saturday (12 to 1)
"Zeke"- Frisbee Catch-and-Fetch Champion
Trick-performing dogs - Obedience demonstration
Sunday.(12 to 1)
"Zeke"-Frisbee Catch-and-Fetch Champion
"Fly Ball" demonstration Dog Drill Team & Square Dance
Admission
General Admission: $1.00.
(Children under 12 admitted free when accompanied by an adult.)
Admission free when you present the
Gaines*Dog Symbol fromf
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