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Vol. XCV, No. 34-S
Friday, July 19, 1985
Council considers alternative to towing
By NADINE IAVAGNINO
Denver boots may be making a comeback in
The boots, devices that lock onto a car's tires
as an alternative to towing, were used from
1978 to 1981 when detachment difficulties for-
ced the city to drop the program.
BUT AT a public hearing planned for Aug. 5,
members of the Ann Arbor City Council will get
feedback on reviving the boots, three of which
are stored in the Parking Violations Building
on West Huron.
Councilmember Kathy Edgren (D-Fifth
Ward), who has been working on the proposal
to bring back the boot, said it's too early to tell
what kind of reaction the idea will get, but the
boot has worked well in other cities.
Michael Scott, manager of the parking
systems, said he thinks the boot will go into ef-
fect, and transportation director John Robbins
said he doesn't have any problems with the
"THE DEVELOPED program of towing is
really quite efficient. However, if that is what
the people want, I'm for it," Robbins said.
One group that seems to oppose the boots are
the towing companies who reap the benefits of
scofflaws, people who don't pay their parking
tickets. "We wouldn't want the boot back
because it may cut out half the towing for the
city," said Mark Stemich. manager of Triangle
Towing Co. on Jackson Rd.
Triangle is one of three companies that tow
illegally parked cars and cars with more than
six outstanding parking tickets for the city.
IF THE boot idea is passed by the city coun-
cil, people who have gotten more than six
parking tickets may find a boot clamped
around the front wheel rim and cover of the
car. The boot goes over the hubcap so the
owner cannot take off the tire.
See ANN ARBOR, Page 2
to be new
By KERY MURAKAMI
John D'Arms, a professor of
Classical Studies at the University, is
expected to become the next dean of
the Rackham School of Graduate
The Board of Regents must still ap-
prove D'Arms atits Aug. 1 meeting,
but in recommending him for the post,
Billy Frye, the University's vice
president for academic affairs, said
he doesn't expect any problems.
D'ARMS would replace Prof. Alfred
Sussman, who has served since 1980
as the interim dean of graduate
studies and vice president for resear-
ch. Sussman is retiring to resume
research and teaching botany.
Prof. Linda Wilson from the
University of Illinois at Champaign-
Urbana was selected to take over
Sussman's research position in June.
"We made the decision because he
is a renowned scholar, a teacher, and
he's also had experience as an ad-
ministrator at U. of M.," Frye said,
"He's extraordinarily qualified to
take over the position of dean."
ACCORDING to Frye, D'Arms will
be key in an effort to give the
gradaute studies dean and the
research vice president a greater in-
fluence over academic affairs.
Frye said he will ask the new dean
to help make decisions about the
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