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Ann Arbor Fire Inspector Doug Warsinski presented to MSA and other interested students on Tuesday night, trying to convince them of the need for a ban on outdoor couches. Also in attendance were 3rd Ward Councilmember Leigh Greden, Old Fourth Ward President Chris Crockett, and three representatives of landlord companies.
Three major arguments were presented by the Fire Inspector,
Students were given only around 10 minutes to respond or ask questions after the Inspector’s presentation, and I at least was dissatisfied with the results. My own question about why an ordinance was necessary – why landlords couldn’t just include a ban on couches in their leases – was not satisfactorily answered. One landlord dismissively noted that, “It is banned in my leases, but students don’t pay attention to it,” and I was not given a chance to ask why contracts would be harder to enforce than an ordinance.
A question (by fellow AU writer Matt Hollerbach?) on whether insurance premiums were valid backing for making a public safety case against couches was fielded by Crockett, who stated that insurance rates are based on risk estimates, including liability for resident deaths.
The Ann Arbor News’ article on the forum attempts to teach me that I shouldn’t make any statement that can be poorly hacked in half to make less sense.
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