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Not For Its Own Property

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At Tuesday morning's meeting of the board of supervisors there was a hot parlimentary debate on the matter of the cotinty paying for its share of the contemplated paving on Hnron st. in front of the court house square. Chairman Hun ter got tangled up like a fish line in a boy's pocket, and when he founr! where he had landed the board, he valggled out with a dexterity that was amusing. Supervisor Childs moved that in case Ami Arbor decides to pave Huron st. from Ashley to State st. , that the board authoirze the payment of its share, the same not to exceed $1,500. It was stated that the entire expense of paving Huron st. in front of the court house, not including street crossings, which the city would take care of, would be $3, 200. Supervisor Oase stamped it as the most outrageous proposition that ever carne bef ore the board. "There is no law to coinpel us to pave. If it is right that we should pave, there would be a law to compel us, ' ' said he. He said that those who favored the motion could not point out a single case in the state where the county pays for paving under similar cirramstances. Supervisor Whittaker "remembered the Maine" in the way the city had iixed his town on the equalization, and he said that, while he was always favorable to a just amount for iniprovements, his oonstituents would not stand by him if he voted for the motion since recent developments. Supervisor Allmendinger said he was unable tn imderstand the paiiii y ui au, er risor (jase towarci tne oity of A1111 Arbor when his towu was at its very door. Mr. Allmeudiiiger said that the state paid for paving in front of the capítol. Supervisor Case said that there was not any paving at all around the capitol in Lausing. Mr. Allmendiuegr said there was, and proved it by Senator Ward, who happened to be present. Mr. Ward said there was paving on her streets. Supervisor Bacon moved that the county pay $1,000. "If the county can pay $830 for such a walk as we have on the west side, I guess it can pay $1,000 for paving," sad he. There was no second to his motion. The roll was called, and -the seven supervisors of Ann Arbor and Supervisors Seyler and Bacon voted "yes" but 15 country supervisors voted ' ' no. ' ' It was lost. Mr. Childs theii renewed Mr. Bacon 's motion. Mr. Schneider said that in Grand Rapids the county had paid its share for paving on three sides of the court house - and asphált at that. Mr. Bibbins said he could not vote on the question untü he was satisfied that other counties paid for pavements. He moved that the matter be left for a committee to investígate. It was seconded. Mr. Case moved that the whole question be indefinitely postponed. Mr. Allmendinger - "It looks as if somebody was afraid of having the facts brought out. ' ' On Mr. Case 's motion to indefintely postpone there was a tie vote, 15 to 15. Chairman Hunter - "The motion is lost." Mr. Childs - "I now cali for a vote on Mr. Bibbins' motion." Chairman Hunter - (Af ter a slight hesitatiou) - "I made a mistake. The motion was carried. A tie vote carries the motion. ' ' The chairman was called down on this, and Supervisor Case got in a motion to adjourn,which was carried.