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Design bus bid awarded
Council favors GM
By MICHELLE CHRISTENBURY "
1)TH Slaff Writer
The ChapeJ Hill Town .Council voted
unanimously Monday night to recommend
that a bid for the purchase of 12 advan
ced design buses be awarded to GMC
Truck and Coach division.
GMC is the manufacturer of the 16 ad
vanced design buses purchased by the
town last year.
The Council rejected the low bid made
by Neoplan USA Corporation because it
felt Neoplan was not a "responsible or re
Ron Secrist, Chapel Hill's interim town
manager, gave several reasons for the
Secrist said that Neoplan, a West
German-based manufacturer, had never
built an advanced design bus and did not
meet bid specifications.
He said the company had indicated a
desire to change specifications to meet the
requirements of the advanced design
buses, but not until after the contract was
awarded to them.
"There are specific inconsistencies in
the buses Neoplan manufactures,' Joan
Wilson, grants coordinator for the Cha
pel Hill Transportation Department, said
"For example, the windows do not
open the way the advanced design bus
windows do, and a maintenance worker
would have to use a step ladder to check
the oil level in Neoplan's buses.
"Neoplan probably builds a good
bus," Wilson said. "But we don't want
to be the testing ground for a new coach." '
Because Neoplan's only U.S. plant is in
Colorado, Secrist said there could have
been difficulty in securing repair parts or
maintenance personnel. .
On a site visitation of Neoplan's plant,
Secrist said that Bob Godding, director of
the Chapel Hill Transportation Depart
ment, observed transmission difficulties
in some of the buses.
' The Council's recommendation that
GMC be awarded the bid is contingent
upon approval by the U.S. Department
of Transportation. Eighty percent of the
funds used for the purchase of the buses
comes from that department.
Man arrested iri connection
with assault of UNG student
Chapel Hill police have arrested a
Mebane man in connection with a
Thursday night assault on a UNC
freshman in a rest room of the Happy
Store at 100 E. Franklin Street.
Police Department Administrative
Assistant Ben Callahan said Michael
Anthony Cousin, 23, of Route 2,.
Mebane, had been charged with com
mon law attempted murder.
According to police reports the vic
tim was in the women's rest room
alone around 11:30 p.m. when a man
stuck his head in the door of the rest
room. She asked the man to leave and
an argument ensued.
The victim was struck several times
by blows to the head, and neck.
Callahan said the victim's head had
been knocked against the rest room :
wall and sink, and that bones in the
victim's face were crushed and
Several store customers outside the
rest room heard the disturbance and
chased a man out o the rest room to
the alley near the Porthole restaurant.
The Chapel Hill Rescue Squad rushed
the victim to N.C. Memorial Hospital
where an emergency operation was
Cousin is on federal probation for a
similar offense and is being held with
out bond at the Orange County Jail
pending a preliminary hearing.
yveanesday, October 28, 1981The Daily Tar Heel3
The South Orange Black Caucus has
announced its candidate endorsements for
the Nov. 3 municipal elections in Chapel
Hill and Carrboro.
The caucus endorsed Joe Herzenberger,
Bill Thorpe and Lightning Brown as can
didates for Chapel Hill Town Council.
They endorsed Carrboro mayoral candi
date Robert Drakeford and Carrboro
Board of Aldermen candidates Hilliard
Caldwell, Braxton Foushee, Doug. Sharer
and Nancy White. - - ; .
For the Chapel HiU-Carrboro Board of
Education, the caucus favored candidates
Ted Parrish, Wallace Hill and Ron Strom.
In addition to the Carrboro mayorship.
the election will feature races for three
' seats on the Carrboro Board of Aldermen,
. four on the Chapel Hill Town Council and
-' jhree on; the school board.
hie-White distribution today
Distribution for the Nov. 21 Blue-White
basketball game begins today at 5 p.m. in
Carmichael Auditorium. Students may get
one ticket with an athletic-pass and buy one
" A few tickets still remain for the Nov. 7
Blue-White game and may be picked up at
the ticket office in Carmichael.
Dean Frank K. Walwer of The University of Tulsa
College of Law will be on campus Thursday, October 29th
from 10-11:30 to speak with interested pre-law students.
If you believe, as many do, that significant developments
regarding the country's future, and yours, are taking
place in the southwest, we suggest you make inquiries
about our law school, which supplements the traditional
study of law with a substantial program in energy and
other areas. Plus, we believe we have an ideal environ
ment for professional and personal growth. For further
University of North Carolina
Ms. Faye Goodwin
or write to:
The University of Tulsa College of Law
3120 East 4th Place
Tulsa, OK 74104
The University of Tulsa has an Equal Opportunity
Affirmative Action Program.
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