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Renewal Battle Flares Up Again

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22
Month
January
Year
1963
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YPSILANTI - Another round in the urban renewal struggle was fought at last night's City Council meeting, as Mrs. Mat. tie Dorsey charged that city employees were afraid to voice their opposition to the project for fear of losing their jobs.
The council immediately took up the challenge and asked that she substantiate her claims and name names.
Councilman John H. Burton sponsored a motion, approved unanimously, that a spot on the next council agenda be reserved for Mrs. Dorsey so that she may have time to document her charges.
Councilman Jack A. Keller,jr., interrupted Mrs. Dorsey as she began making her charges, saying, "Who said this, Mrs. Dorsey, and when did they say lit?”
Mrs. Dorsey replied that she had letters from city employees saying that they were afraid to oppose urban renewal, and that she had not presented them to council for fear of hurting the employes.
The urban renewal discussion arose after City Clerk Betty E. Fenker read a letter from the Parkridge Neighborhood Council, requesting the City Council to authorize the urban renewal staff to assist in setting up workshops in the area.
The workshops would assist residents in their efforts to rehabilitate their homes and to finance new homes.
The Parkridge Council also suggested that the renewal staff give consideration to the development of recreation areas and the construction of signs to mark the renewal area.
City Manager Richard D. Riley said that the signs would be built, and the city council accepted the letter and authorized the renewal staff to give the Parkridge Council all necessary assistance.
Following some discussion of the plight of an elderly woman on the city's south side, a subject which has taken up much of the council's time in the past several weeks, the council said that no further public discussion of the matter would be in order.
Mrs. Dorsey brought the matter up at every council meeting.
Riley said again last night that the appropriate county agencies are involved in the case and that there is nothing further the city' can do.