Co-chair of the Dexter Forum, John Hansen, passed along the following update:
“The gray skies of November prompted a warm discussion of important issues beginning with a review of our recent election.
“John Scharf noted that if three people had changed their vote to no the folks in Webster Township would have had to put out their own fires and catch their own bad guys. That is sort of a paraphrase but John was a happy guy.
“No one was surprised that the special education millage passed since it was a renewal for a long standing program but everyone was surprised at the passage of the county millage since it was fresh money for a complicated purpose.
“We congratulated Paul Cousins on his council victory and encouraged Cole Miller to keep his chin up and continue to be involved.
“Then followed a lot of discussion about how hard it is to get information out about candidates and issues. The City of Dexter got high praise for its e-mail update system with some township members indicating that they subscribe because it helps them too.
“John Scharf noted that the Webster Twp. board was going to be discussing the Joy/Mast/Central/Huron River Drive spaghetti bowl and he sought our advice on alternatives. This is something we do well at the Forum – problem analysis. You do not have to identify your political party to pass through that intersection – even though there is a party store right in the middle (couldn’t resist that one). Bottom line here is that while this is a challenging intersection there are no easy solutions, maybe a roundabout, and no budget and no timeline.
“We called on Lana Theis to help us understand the current efforts in the Michigan Legislature to ‘reform’ our auto insurance laws. Lana is the current State Representative from the Brighton and Howell area and a candidate for the senate seat that includes the Dexter area. We will probably see her on our stump later next year but at this time she is heavily involved in the auto insurance issue and we appreciated her explanation. We pay high rates for the medical part of our car insurance and we are the only state in the nation to offer lifetime benefits for persons injured in car accidents. This is an ongoing issue and there is no bill on track to passage at this time.
“Joy Gee let us know about the Dexter Community Players new youth theatre. Their first presentation will be Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with audition and show information available at dextercommunityplayers.org.
“The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, December 2 at 8:30 AM at the Dexter Wellness Center.”