Dexter Forum Notes 12-02-17

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From Moderator John Hansen,

“The first Saturday in December marks the beginning of the Holiday season in Dexter with festivals, sales and bazaars everywhere and, of course, a meeting of the Dexter Forum.  Our mission is to ‘listen and learn’ and, as we have evolved, to provide advice to our local government officials on future projects.

“In that spirit it was noted that the city council is seeking community input on the Broad Street redevelopment project.  There will be a special listening session on Wednesday, December 6 from 6-8 PM at Creekside School for that purpose.  This project has been in the hopper for about 30 years and there seems to be little controversy about the overall goals.  If there is one piece of advice to be passed on it seems that we prefer the bulk of the new residents to be pedestrians.

“In regard to the Central/Mast/Joy/Huron River Drive intersection that we discussed at our last meeting it was noted that the Webster Township board has gone on record as recommending that someone do something about it.  All great journeys begin with a bold first step.

“Councilman Zach Michels sought the group’s opinion on the City moving from odd to even year elections.  This is a real choice that the council can make but it opened a much larger discussion on how voters get information and alternative methods of voting.  Oregon, for example, does their elections exclusively by mail.  Zach did let on that the city will be adding an additional precinct and voting location to accommodate growth and ease parking problems.

“Joe Evans (check up front next time you fly Delta and see if he is at the wheel) explained the STRIVE program implemented by the Dexter Rotary Club.  The club has always offered scholarships to Dexter graduates but the focus now is on a continuing relationship with students in the alternative education program.  High school seniors in the program are assigned a mentor who stays with them as they complete their high school studies and then follows on as they attend the community college and sticks with them until they complete their program of studies.  These kids face a lot of barriers -some self generated- but nonetheless have great potential.  Most mentors now are Rotarians but there is room for others in several different roles as the program grows.  You can get more information from Joe at

“The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, December 16 at 8:30 AM at the Dexter Wellness Center.  The Forum is co-moderated by Karl Fink and John Hansen.

“The Dexter Forum is supported by the Dexter Wellness Coalition as part of the 5 Healthy Towns initiative to ‘help connect with others in healthy ways”.  The purpose of the Forum is to create an opportunity for interested women and men to gather to discuss important issues facing the community.  All are welcome on a drop-in basis.  The group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month.”