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Page 2-The Michigan Daily-- Monday, March 1, 1993
Council fializes agreement for recycling facility with Connecticut firm

by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
The Ann Arbor City Council
awarded contracts for the construc-
tion of a Materials Recovery Facility
(MRF) last Monday night after a
two-year search.
Resource Recovery Systems
(RRS) of Essex, Conn. will build the
publicly-owned facility, which will
separate recyclables for cleaning and
ship them to manufacturers. It will
be located near Recycle Ann Arbor
at the corner of Ellsworth Road and

Platt Road.
Mayor Liz Brater, who sponsored
the original resolution, said this is a
positive step for the environment.
"We've come a very long way
with the procurement process," she
said. "I'm very, very pleased that
we've received a bid that staff has
recommended that will save us
money, that we will not have to raise
The University is negotiating its
own customer service agreement
with RRS.

The city's contract with RRS
cannot be signed until the University
has an agreement because combining
the two entities' recyclables would
result in lower fees.
Councilmember Peter Fink (R-
2nd Ward) said he thought the
search process was flawed.
"We should have had a request
for proposals for anything that
would help us," he said. "I don't see
the logic of building another MRF
when there are two within 20 miles
that could handle Ann Arbor's waste

stream. I think private firms can do a
better job with this."
Councilmember Larry Hunter (D-
1st Ward) disagreed with him, say-
ing he didn't "see anything wrong
with the public sector running a cost-
effective operation."
Councilmember Kurt Zimmer
(D-4th Ward) voiced concerns about
the figures city staff provided about
how much the city would receive for
the processed recyclables.
"I'd like to assume we can get to
the numbers on those charts. But

when I work it out with my calcula-
tor they don't seem to make sense,"
he said. "The numbers just don't add
up. RRS has to make a profit, and all
I see is loss."
Jim Frey, a local consultant from
Resource Recycling Systems, as-
sured Zimmer of RRS's ability to
deliver on its promises.
"The vendor you are getting a
proposal for is a premier marketer,"
he said. "If there is a weak market, it
would not be a risk to the city or the

Brater added her support, saying
she was "very confident" of the
staff's analytical abilities.
Zimmer continued his skepticism
in a phone interview on Thursday
and criticized the council for being
too concerned about getting re-
"I'm not saying (building the
MRF) is the wrong thing to do," he
said. "All they care about is what the
numbers look like during the cam-
paign, not what they really turn out
to be."



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by Jonathan Berndt
Daily City Reporter
Parking a car - a long-time
problem in Ann Arbor - may be-
come a little easier if you don't mind
walking a little bit.
The Ann Arbor City Council
passed a resolution at last Monday's
meeting that lifts a two-hour parking
restriction on Onondaga Street,
which is about four blocks east of
the Oxford Housing Complex and
about three-fourths of a mile from
East Quad residence hall.
The council placed the limit on
the street after residents signed a pe-
tition requesting parking restrictions.
That resolution also directed the ad-

ministrator's office to issue an order
that the limit be strictly enforced.
However, the residents came
back to City Council a few weeks
ago with another petition saying they
would like to have the restriction
City Administrator Alfred Gatta
assured the council at the meeting
that a consensus of the street's resi-
dents had asked that the restriction
be removed.
The resolution lifts the council's
directive to restrict parking, an ac-
tion which restores all-day parking
to the street.
The city is not expected to expe-
rience a decline in revenue due to
losing this source of funding.

Continued from page 1
But Whitaker said his investiga-
tion of changes to the academic cal-
endar is not a result of the football
schedule conflict.
"Discussion of calendar changes
long preceded the occurrences of
this fall," he said. "We are going to
try very diligently to make a win-
win situation, but there are costs."
Harrison said the Fall Term is
two days shorter than the Winter
Term, and this causes time shortage
problems for professors.
Deitch said the University should
be more careful when draftin., its
schedules in the future.
Regent Philip Power (D-Ann
Arbor) suggested that the University
develop an intense orientation for
first-year students to take place dur-
ing the extra first days.

Continued from page 1
Miller said she received a letter
from a friend applying to the pro-
gram, which stated: "I'm shocked
and disappointed."
School of Public Health graduate
student Paula Tavrow expressed
concern about the power structure of
the committee.
"My impression is that the exec-
utive committee doesn't operate by
secret ballot. So if the dean comes in
with a certain thing that she wants to
occur, then they just follow," she
Myron Wegnon, former School
of Public Health dean, said, "The
executive committee acts for the fac-
ulty. I had relatively little trouble
getting a consensus."
He added that PPIH was made a
department five or six years ago.



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who did not give her last name, said
the holiday was great for business
but complained, "You all get drunk,
and you don't know how to act.... I
think it stinks."
Marlon Defillo, spokesperson for
the New Orleans Police Department,
said while the partying did at times
get out of hand, the celebration was
on the whole relatively under con-
trol. Over the course of the holiday
police made about 2,300 arrests. The
vast majority were for such lesser
offenses as public intoxication, mi-
nor damage to property and trespass,
he said.
"Considering the number present,
we were very fortunate," Defillo
Locals were not the only ones to
see the negative side of Mardi Gras.
A relatively small but highly visible
contingent of evangelical Christians
were out to convince festival-goers
that the excesses of Mardi Gras were
leading them down the wrong path.
A man named Gene, who also

declined to give a last name, stood at
the corner of Bourbon and Canal
Streets with a large sign reading
"Repent or Perish."
He described the scene before
him with dismay.
"To me personally, it's just like
the days of Sodom and Gomorrah,"
he said. He said he was there "to let
people know that there is a heaven,
there is a hell, and there is a judg-
ment. The basics."
Most of the crowd, however, was
simply out for a good time. This in-
cluded third-year University law
students Brian McCabe and Doug
McCabe said the pair drove from
Ann Arbor to New Orleans because,
"This beats the hell out of Mardi
Gras night at Ashley's."
"And the weather's a lot
warmer,"Onsi added.
Did these aspiring attorneys flash
in return for Mardi Gras loot?
"On the advice of counsel and on
the basis of my fifth amendment
constitutional rights, I decline to an-
swer that question," Onsi said.

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said some fell in the no man's land
between front lines, about 10 miles
to the south.
Ibrahim Becirevic, a radio opera-
tor in Srebrenica, said the 53,000
residents were "losing their faith in
the airdrop" after having awaited aid
"with a desperate desire, as a
drowning man grasps at a straw."
U.S. Secretary of State Warren
Christopher said yesterday that the
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