Dexter Forum Notes: 03-03-18

It was another enjoyable Saturday morning meeting with a big subject softened with a little humor. Here are John Hansen’s notes:

Our mission is to Listen and Learn so we tend to avoid highly controversial subjects where people pretty much have their mind already made up but we could not resist talking about guns.  There was general agreement that we need to do something but the something is not clear.  Research.  Mental health care. Insurance. Metal detectors. Age limits.  We are as bewildered as the nation as a whole.  Our only original suggestion came from Mary Ellen Miller and that was to ban boys (presumably excluding her two fine sons).

We cleared up the timing of the rebuilding of Central Street between 3d and 5th street – not this year. We look forward to the improvements to Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd. between Dan Hoey and Zeeb which WILL occur this spring.  Dan Hoey Road may be re-opened in a couple of days after repair of a collapsed drain (the new school construction project had a role to play here).  And, of course, we just can’t wait for our new roundabout on Baker Road which will be built this summer.
Michael Champ dropped the fact that nearly half of all babies born in Michigan are born under the Medicaid program by way of encouraging attendance at the St. James Episcopal Coffee and Conversation session on women’s health next Thursday at 6:30 PM.
The trees are coming down along North Territorial Road as announced.
Urban living is on its way to Dexter as all three of our proposed condo projects are moving forward.  The most dramatic evidence is the demolition of the old industrial buildings on Grand Street.
Folks are encouraged to check out Bridge magazine.  This is an on-line only magazine with a mission similar to ours – civil discussion. We will be hosting one of their community information sessions in a few weeks.  They are at
The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will on Saturday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) 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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