Retired General Motors Corp. Chairman Roger Smith is finding he doesn't have as much sway outside the automotive giant.

Smith, who lives at the end of a dead-end street in the posh Detroit suburb of Bloomfield Hills, wanted city officials to let him put up an electronic gate to keep wayfaring motorists off his property.In September, Smith submitted a plan for an elaborate white gate to be added to the stone guard shack already at the head of the driveway.

But city officials turned it down, saying the color clashed with the town's official colors - black and gold - among other concerns.