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Page 6- The Michigan Daily/New Student Edition-City-Thursday, September 9, 1993

University,
City come
together at
City
by David Rheingold
Daily Staff Reporter
There are some college towns like
Ithaca, N.Y., where the college is the
town. There are othercollege towns like
Boston, where the college and the town
are completely separate entities, largely
indifferent to each other.
Then there are college towns like
Ann Arbor, where the college and the
town areintertwined inacomplex, sym-
biotic relationship.
The distinction between the Univer-
sity of Michigan and the city of Ann
Arbor may not seem immediately ap-
parent when you arrive on campus.
Yet understanding how the city of
Ann Arbor affects you is of vital impor-
tance. Once you step off campus prop-
erty, you fall under the city's jurisdic-
tion. That means if you are the victim of
a crime, or if you get in a dispute with
your landlord, or if your car is towed,
you inevitably will end up visiting City
Hall.
City Hall, located at 100 N. Fifth
Ave., serves as the city's nerve center.
Here is an abridged directory of its
various departments and the services
they provide.
9 Building department: This of-
fice, on the fourth floor, oversees build-
ingeinspections. It's a wise idea to stop
by here when you're looking atan apart-
menttomake sure it meets safety codes.
The number is 994-2674.
City clerk: This office, located on
the second floor, is responsible for reg-
istration-of voters, bicycles and dogs
-although student groups often solicit
students oncampus. Italsokeepsrecords
of City Council meetings. The number
is 994-2725.
Fire department: Actually, not

City council looks
for student input

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Ann Arbor's City Hall-looks much like any other City Hall. Ha, looks can be very deceiving.

every city department is located in City
Hall. This is across the street, and the
number is 994-2772 (911 for emergen-
cies).
Planning department: This de-
partMent, on the third floor, oversees
site plans and zoning changes for Ann
Arborhomes. It might not seem impor-
tant now, but if you join a fraternity or
sorority, odds are you'll have to stop by
here if your chapter wants to move into
a new house. Over the past several
years, fraternities have clashed with
Ann Arborites who don't want them in
theirneighborhood. Thenumberis 994-
2800.
Police department: In general,
Ann Arbor police patrol off-campus
and University police patrol on-cam-
pus. Soif you want toreportoff-campus
crime, you should call the Ann Arbor
police. If your car is missing, they can
tell you if it's been towed. The front
desk can be reached at 994-2875. Dial
911 for emergencies.
The Ann Arbor City Council is
an 11-member group that votes on city
policies. The city is divided into five
districts, called wards, that each have

two council members. The mayor is
elected city-wide.
You may call your council represen-
tative if you have aquestion or problem
concerning city services. If the council
is considering a controversial law or
resolution, you can also voice your opin-
ion to your council members.
Here's a brief listing with each
one's name and home telephone num-
ber. The city clerk's office has their
addresses as well.
First Ward (West Quad, Bursley,
Hill dorms): Tobi Hanna-Davies, 662-
7869, and Larry Hunter, 668-6165.
Second Ward (Markley): Peter
Fink, 662-3613, and Jane Lumm, 668-
7649.
Third Ward (East Quad, many
Greek houses): Bob Grady,971-2726,
and Ulrich Stoll, 662-7766.
Fourth Ward (South Quad): Peter
Nicolas, 665-8286, and Julie Creal, 973-
9230.
Fifth Ward (northwest Ann Ar-
bor): Thais Peterson, 663-6350, and
David Stead, 662-0006.
The council holds staggered elec-
tions. Every year, voters in each of the

five wards electa council member, who
serves a two-year term. The next year,
they elect a second council member for
their ward, who also serves a two-year
term.
The election process results in five
council members elected each year. The
mayor is elected every two years.
City elections historically have been
held in April, but beginning this fall,
they will be held in November. So you
have a few months to learn about the
candidates and the issues.
How can you do this? You can be-
come a keen government watchdog,
attend every council meeting and in-
tensely pore over the council agendas.
Or- in case you want to have a life
- you can read about what the council
does in the Daily, the Ann Arbor News,
and the Ann Arbor Observer, a local
monthly magazine.
Still, if you ever want to see what the
council does, you can tune in via cable
access or go to a meeting yourself.
The council meets on the first and
third Monday of every month on the
second floor of City Hall at 7:30 p.m.
The meetings are open to the public.

by J.B. Akins
Daily Staff Reporter
Ann Arbor, Mich., founded by John
Allen and Elisha Ramsey in 1824, is a
unique and historical city. The city was
named for the founders' wives - both
named Ann - and the trees that cover
the area.More than 110,000 people live
in Ann Arbor year round. During the
school year, this number swells tonearly
150,000.
Soon you will be moving to a big,
new city. Many anxieties may be run-
ning through your mind right now as
September quickly approaches. You're
wondering if your new roommate is
cool? Will you be able to get that wait-
listed class? Or maybe you're wonder-
ing what Ann Arbor is like?
The Ann Arbormayorand citycoun-
cil members would like to ease your
fears and anxieties about coming toAnn
Arbor.
"Welcome to Ann Arbor," newly
electedmayorIngrid Sheldon said. "I'm
glad tohave you as apart of our commu-
nity. We value your residence.
"The city council provides leader-
ship and government for the city,"
Sheldon explained. "Students can con-
sult council members to get help with
housing issues, such as inspections and
certifications, parking issues, and other
human service issues."
An 11-member partisan council of
the mayor and two elected representa-
tives each from the five wards represent
city residents. The new councilmembers
and the mayor were elected in April.
Students in West Quad, Bursley and
the Hill residence halls are represented
by Councilmembers Larry Hunter and
Tobi Hanna-Davies in the 1st Ward.
Democrat Hanna-Davies directs the
Interfaith Council for Peace and Justice
and co-chairs the city's Housing Policy
Board.
"I encourage (students) to give any
time they can to city issues." Davies

said. "Come to city hall for our council
meetings on the first and third Monday
of the month."
The city's 2nd Ward, which repre-
sents Mary Markley residence hall and
the surrounding area, is represented by
Republicans PeterFinkandJane Lumnm.
Fink serves on the Park Advisory
Committee, the AirportAdvisory Com-
mittee and the Downtown Task Force.
He advises students, "Read The Ann
Arbor News and The Michigan Daily
every day. If you want to know what's
going on, pay attention to what's going
on."
Recently-elected Lumm serves on
the Human Services Task Force Fund-
ing Committee, the Solid Waste Com-
mission, the Housing Policy Board and
the Safe Celebration Task Force.
"When you arrive in Ann Arbor,
stop by city hall and find out about the
city. Pick up information about our re-
ally nice parks system," Lumm said.
East Quad and many Greek houses
comprise the 3rd Ward, represented by
Democrats Robert Grady and newly-
elected councilmember Ulrich Stoll.
Democrat Peter Nicolas, a gradu-
ated student, and Republican Julie Creal
represent South Quad residents in the
4th Ward.
Northwest Ann Arbor is represented
by Thais Peterson and David Stead.
Stead is involved in local environmen-
tal issues, including the financial re-
structuring of the troubled Recycle Ann
Arbor.
Stead serves on the Community and
University Relations Committee, the
Solid Waste Committee and many oth-
ers.
"Get involved in the community,"
Stead said. "Ann Arbor offers a wide
variety of experiences and cultures."
- Daily City Reporters Jonathan
Berndt and Christine Young contrib-
uted to this report.

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1992-93 an eventful year for Council "
Recycle Ann Arbor, riots among issues covered by City Council

by David Shepardson
Daily Staff Reporter
TheAnnArborCity Council. Rarely
is boredom provoked so easily.
But fear not. The city council is
relevant to the lives of students and
sometimes - wacky.
Take the latest example. In an April
Sports Illustrated article, the magazine
related the now-famous story of how
the Ann Arbor police budget for next
year was cut by $20,000.
The city was "certain" that Michi-
gan basketball star Chris Webber would
leave for the NBA at the end of the
season. The city would avoid having to
pay the overtime costs for providing
additional police for the traditional Fi-
nal Four rally on South University be--
cause without Webber, the city specu-
lated, the Wolverines could notpossibly
make it back for a third consecutive try
at a national championship.
Sports Illustrated aside, the biggest
news to hit the council was the ouster of
one-term Democratic mayor Liz Brater.
Replacing her in a narrow victory was
Republican Ingrid Sheldon.
The candidates - who played up
the national theme of cutting the fat
from the budget-focused on personal
issues and engaged in name calling,

rather than highlighting the few sub-
stantive differences between them.
Republicans charged that Brater and
the Democrats -who held an 8-1,ma-
jority on the council - cut the Repub-
licans out of the decision making pro-
cess, ignored procedure by allowing
questionable use of city cars and be-
came out of touch with city residents.
In what has become a traditional
position for city council candidates to
stake out, the newly-elected council
unanimously urged "more cooperation
between the city and the University."
Many city council members are still
angry at the University over the Re-
gents' 1990 decision to create its own
police force, costing the city millions of
dollars in revenue.
The future of Recycle Ann Arbor
came under fire last winter as the city
was asked to pay for additional costs.
Critics charged that the center was inef-
ficient and not cost-effective.
Housing continues to be a big issue
for the council as low-income housing
remains scarce in Ann Arbor. One year
ago, members of the Homeless Action
Committee demonstrated against the
lack of action by the council in creating
low income housing.
The group staged a 50-day "Tent

City" rally in an abandoned downtown
city park until officials removed their
permit.
But beyond the headlines, the Ann
Arbor city council-like mostcouncils
in the country - is responsible for
passage of ordinances and preparing
the budgets.
Chief among the ordinances affect-
ing students is the noise ordinance. Ev-
ery year the Ann Arbor police issue
hundreds of noise violations for loud
parties, resulting in thousands of dollars
in fines.
The city also has banned alcohol in
publicparks and vigorously enforces its
MIP (minor in possession) law. Also,
the council has passed a new stringent
ordinance creating jail terms for stu-
dents who use fake I.D.s to purchase
alcohol.
In addition, the council is respon-
sible for granting building permits and
regulating zoning.
The council has been obstinate in its
refusal to grant fraternities and sorori-
ties permits to expand capacity or move
to different locations. On several occa-
sions, students and fraternities have
taken the city to court to receive per-
mits.
These are the key areas where stu-
dents often feel short-shrifted by the
city. Area observers say the only time
students will see changes in theseprovi-
sions will occur when the city sees the
35,000 students as a threat to re-elec-
tion.
Until then, students will have to-live
with the city's decisions.

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