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Urban Renewal Opponents Charge City Harassment

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Urban Renewal Opponents Charge City Harassment
YPSILANTI- Mrs. Mattie Dorsey, president of the Ypsilanti Property Owners Association, told the City Council last night that her group has been the object of harassment by representatives of the city.
Mrs. Dorsey, whose group has long been opposed to the city's urban renewal project, said members of her group were subjected to annoyance by a representative of the city's Building Department.
Police have also been sent to the renewal area to eavesdrop on informal meetings outside the Dorsey's grocery store at 909 Jefferson St., she said.
Mrs. James E. Baylis, 904 Jefferson, said her husband had been annoyed by a man who said he was from the Building Department but who refused to give his name.
Baylis had been painting his house, Mrs. Baylis said, when the man approached and asked if Baylis was doing any building and if he had a building permit.
The man used provocative language, Mrs. Baylis said, and after a heated discussion left.
City Engineer Edward J. Kubiske, jr., said he had gotten an anonymous report that Bay. lis was doing some building without a permit and had sent a note to the Building Department requesting them to check on it.