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ZONING CHANGE PROPOSED
City reviews Black Pond
By PAM KRAMER
Even while the City Planning Com-
mission is considering a developer's
plan for the Black Pond area, City
Council last night gave preliminary ap-
proval for a zoning change in the land
north of the city.
The council's decision to consider
changing the zoning on a section of land
still under planning commission con-
sideration is a precedent-setting move.
"WE ARE BREAKING some new
ground here which has been long over-
due in breaking," said Councilman Lou
Senunas (R-Third Ward), in supporting
passage of the first reading of the
zoning amendment. Senunas noted the
council's recent resolve to examine
zoning in certain areas that may have
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Council members Earl Greene (D-
Second Ward) and Susan Greenberg
(D-First Ward) proposed the amen-
dment that would rezone the Black
Pond area from a multiple-family
dwelling district to a single family
The Black Pond area has been a cen-
ter of controversy in the several months
since developer Dennis Dahlmann an-
nounced a plan for a high-density
development there, which a neigh-
borhood group said would destroy
natural resources in the area.
CITY COUNCIL'S decision is a great
step forward, according to Tom
Smedes, a representative of the
The developer also has requested the
present zoning be changed to allow for
an alternative to his original develop-
ment plan. Unlike last night's amen-
dment, the change he is suggesting
would not lower the density.
Gale Kramer, another representative
of the neighborhood group, said the
council must consider the effect on the
city as population densities increase
while vacant land grows more scarce.
He cited a 1979 study which showed 17
percent of the city's multiple family
dwellings located on the city's north
side, a figure he said is dispropor-
tionate to the population of this area.
In a statement to the council early in
the meeting, Smedes suggested the
formation of a task force to deal with
the problems surrounding land use
changes over time.
Halfway house proposal
City Council last night gave
preliminary approval to an ordinan-
ce that would require the state
Department of Corrections to
register local halfway houses and
other facilities with the city.
The council gave the measure
preliminary approval pending
clarification of the city's authority to
pass legislation that potentially
places restrictions on the state
government. The ordinance was the
first of three on the issue of local
correctional facilities that will be
placed before the council in the
coming weeks, Greene said.
City to sue state
In other action, council authorized
the city to file suit against the state
for failing to renew fire protection
subsidies to state-owned facilities,
including the University. Mayor
Louis Belcher, who is currently at-
tending Ronald Reagan's inaugural
in Washington, D.C., has contacted
23 of 53 communities affected by the
state funding withdrawal to ask
them to join in the suit, according to
City Administrator Terry Sprenkel.
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Board approves Chrysler loan
WASHINGTON-The Chrylser Loan Guarantee Board yesterday ap-
proved up to $400 million in additional loan guarantees for the Chrysler Corp.
Treasury Secretary G. William Miller, chairman of the panel, said the new
guarantees should make it possible for the No. 3 automaker to "keep in
business." However, Miller noted the future of the entire U.S. auto industry
Chrysler's survival bid cleared another major hurdle yesterday when a
United Auto Workers Union advisory group recommended that Chrysler
workers ratify a scaled-down contract granting $622 million in contract con-
Reagan picks pass first test
WASHINGTON-Senate committees approved eight more of President-
elect Ronald Reagan's Cabinet choices yesterday, including Defense
Secretary-designate Caspar Weinberger and prepared for the first confir-
mation votes in the full Senate on Inauguration Day.
Other Reagan choices who won unanimous approval from the committees
which reviewed them were Treasury Secretary-designate Donald Regan,
Commerce Secretary-designate Malcolm Baldridge, Transportation
Secretary-designate Drew Lewis, Agriculture Secretary-designate John
Block, Human Services Secretary-designate Richard Schweiker, Budget
Director-designate David Stockman, and William Brock, special trade
The action yesterday prepared the way for the full Senate to receive
Reagan's formal nominations shortly after his inauguration.
Off icials say prisons will be
dangerously overcrowded soon
LANSING-Michigan's prisons will be dangerously overcrowded by early
spring, forcing Gov. William Milliken to use his new emergency powers to let
some convicts free, state Department of Corrections officials said yester-
The emegency prison overcrowding act, expected to be signed into law
within the next week, will give the governor authorization to reduce prison
sentences and give as many as 1,200 inmates early releases.
Michigan now is trying to comply. with a court order instructing the state
to rectify the prison overcrowding problem. An attempt failed in November
to win voter approval for a slight income tax increase earmarked for prison
Arab waterway filling with silt
BASRA, Iraq-The Shat al-Arab waterway dividing pre-war Iran and Iraq
is filling with silt and war debris so fast that sources fear the 70 foreign ships
stranded there since the war began may be stuck for some time, even if a
U.N. mission wins their freedom.
The constant dredging needed to keep portions of the 120-mile-long channel
open to the Persian Gulf was halted more than 17 weeks ago when Iran and
Iraq began fighting.
Adding to the problem is concern that captains of the trapped ships will not
dare to sail for fear of striking an undetonated shell in shallow waters. When
the fighting began, the foreign ships came under heavy artillery fire and at
least two ships were reported to have sunk.
Fire marshal cites deficiencies
LANSING-The state fire marshal's office has concluded there are
"serious fire deficiencies" in Michigan's nearly 3,000 hotels and motels, and
says a $1.6 million inspection program is needed to correct them.
The conclusion is contained in a report requested by Gov. William Milliken
following tragic hotel fires in Las Vegas and suburban New York and a
foster care facility in Michigan last fall.
The report noted the lack of any state-wide fire safety code for hotels and
cites deficiencies in schools, apartment buildings, foster care facilities,
prisons, and hospitals.
State labor director resigns
LANSING-Gov. William Milliken accepted with "profound regret and
reluctance" yesterday the resignation of Labor Director Patrick Babock-a
close aide who reportedly is considering running for mayor of Lansing.
Babock is the third department head to announce his departure in the past
two months, indicating a significant turnover in an administration which is
about to break Michigan's longevity record.
Milliken spokesmen have called the series of departures a coincidence.
Babock, in a widely anticipated letter of resignation submitted Friday,
said only that he was stepping down effective March 1 to "pursue other in-
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