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Regent must pay $24,000 bill
By JACKIE YOUNG
University Regent Deane Baker (R-
Ann Arbor) has been ordered by a Cir-
cuit Court judge to pay a Saline con-'
tractor more than $24,000 in a dispute
over construction of a group of con-
dominiums in Ann Arbor.
Washtenaw Circuit Court Judge
William Ager, Jr. upheld an ar-
bitrator's decision that required the
Deane Baker Co. of Dearborn to pay
York Contracting Inc. $24,198.
THE CIVIL suit against Baker's
company began in the summer of 1982
when York Contracting filed suit in Cir-
cuit Court claiming that the Deane
Baker Co. refused to pay bills totaling
$35,522 for work done back in 1979 on the
Newport West Condominiums in Ann
Baker Co. attorney's said they did not
pay York Contracting the full amount of
money because some of the work was
unsatisfactory. The Baker Company
then countersued York Contracting for
$380,000 saying that they were liable for
this amount because the faulty work
caused a delay of work on the con-
dominiums and other problems.
Sinceiboth companies signed contrac-
ts calling for disagreements to be set-
tled in arbitration, an arbitrator made
the first judgement on the case. The ar-
bitrator awarded York Contracting
$24,599 and said that Baker's company
submitted their evidence against York
Contracting too late. The arbitrator
decided Baker Co. had no cause to
countersue and didn't award them
THE BAKER CO. appealed the
decision to Circuit Court. Ager then
upheld the arbitrator's decision on Nov.
10th although he modified the payment
Last week Ager issued an order
calling for the Baker Co. to pay York
the money within 20 days. David Foster
of Southfield, attorney for York Con-
tracting, said so far "to this date they
have not paid a penny." If Baker Co.
doesn't pay York in the required time
Foster said he will go to court to deter-
mine what assets he can take to get the
Richard Sanders of Detroit,one of the
attorneys representing Baker Co., said
the company hasn't decided yet
whether they will appeal the ruling.
"The company maintained that York
did work that was not up to proper
standards," Sanders said.
Deane Baker yesterday called the
case "an ordinary business
disagreement over quality of work"
and declined to say whether or not he
would pay York Contracting.
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presently involved in a brutality suit
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Gordon learned yesterday that
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him in the month-old case. Adams, who
tried to stop Wright from hitting
another student with his nightstick, had
been told last week.
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"This position (vice-provost) was
created to provide some central ad-
ministration of focused leadership for
bringing together the University's
hospital and medical school," said
Robin Jacoby, assistant to Frye.
In October of this year, Dr. Donald.
Harrison, a Stanford ,University car-
diologist, was nominated for the same
position, but turned down the offer days
before the regents were to vote on his
".'Zuidema's name had surfaced the
first time we were looking for a
nominee," said Jacoby, "but Harrison
was given the nomination."
"Dr. Zuidema is an accomplished,
scholar and has had considerable ex-
perience with financial issues," Frye
said. "He is knowledgeable about4
current and future issues concerning
health care delivery."
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