Dexter Forum Notes: 02-17-18

From John Hansen:

The inevitable has happened.  We have grown out of our training wheels and we have become…..

You can now read about our activities anywhere in the world.  Thanks to Richard Weaver for the nudge and the technical assistance.

The snack table was covered with those little things that look like oranges, valentine chocolates and another sign of the season – Girl Scout cookies.

We congratulated former Judge Fink on his new position as assistant magistrate – a position that reports to the head magistrate and first daughter Elisha Fink.

The road commission happily announced that it had received a grant that would allow the removal of lots of big old trees that had wandered too close to some of our beautiful rural roads and become targets for a certain category of drivers.  We quickly agreed that the dead trees should go first.  The heritage trees deserve a little more respect and we were informed that there are resistance efforts underway.

Public transportation (or the lack of) is becoming a more frequent topic.  The WAVE gets high marks for its door to door services and it is acknowledged that it can get you to Ann Arbor with a transfer to an AATA bus at Meijer’s. But, it would seem that with our increased population density in and around the city that it is time for a more direct, regular service to downtown and the hospital area.

We moved our infomercial segment to the middle of the meeting to better accommodate the growing number of announcements.  We see these announcements as an important public service and recognize that folks tell us more than just dates and times.  We get to hear about the substance of community events from folks who are personally involved.  Today we had eight infomercials.  That said, if you want people to take home the exact information please bring some written material and place it on the back table so interested people can take it home with them.

Dexter is a growing area and we all care about what is coming next so it is always a treat when John Evans, our preeminent local commercial realtor, shows up and we can try to wring some information out of him.  We ask trick questions and he gives trick answers and now we all know what is happening.

We learned about a group called Reclaim our American Democracy (ROAD). Their mission is to reduce the impact of dark money on our political system preferably by repealing the Citizen’s United decision.

The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be held on Saturday, March 3 at 8:30 AM at the Dexter Wellness Center.

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 our community.  All are welcome on a drop-in basis.  The group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

The Forum is co-moderated by Karl Fink and John Hansen.

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