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by John Hansen

We added three or four new faces to the group – always a good thing.   Almost 400 people have attended at least once over our four year history.

Our first topic was an update on pedestrian safety in the city.  (Just for the benefit of those who have never attended a meeting of the Forum we draw the agenda from those present and we try not to spend more than 15 minutes on any one topic.)  New, marked pedestrian crossings focused on the needs of school kids are coming and most should be installed before school starts in the fall.

Since we are more of an informational group than an arguing group we tend to focus a lot on local issues but today we moved up to the state level and talked about fixing the @#&$ roads.  There seems to be general agreement across political lines that the roads need to be fixed and that it will cost something to get the job done.  Maybe it was Pogo the Possum that said, “the hurrier I go the behinder I get.”  We haven’t been so good about the hurrier but we certainly have gotten behinder.

Our diverse group was able to come to agreement on a least a half dozen ways that we did not want to pay for road improvements.  Our taxation system is interconnected and sometimes based on outdated distribution formulas so everything had some kind of downside.  Then there is always that ‘trust’ factor.  Will the ‘new’ money be used for its intended purpose or will it just result in a reshuffling of the budget.  When we come to an agreement on how we do want to pay for the roads we will let you know.

We don’t know anything more than we did before about the future of the old Country Market space or the old Mill Creek Sporting Goods space for that matter.

Part of what makes our community strong is the efforts of non-profit groups that raise money to  invest in our people.  Most of these groups have some kind of big annual fundraiser and three of them are on the horizon.  The Education Foundation has their event on April 12 and the Rotary Club and the Senior Center both have theirs on April 13th.  All of these groups provide a great night of entertainment for your charitable dollar and appreciate your support.

The Washtenaw County Commission has scheduled a special off-site meeting on April 4 at the Sylvan Township Hall.  The idea here is that a bunch of folks from the western part of the county who would be unlikely to go into Ann Arbor for such a meeting will stop by to see their commission in action.  It is a working session focused on topics of interest to us westerners with opportunities for lots of public input.

March is a 5 Saturday month so the next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be in three weeks on April 6, 2019 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.

Back issues of the Forum notes are available on our web site  DexterForum.com   Just let John or Karl know if you would like to be added to our e-mail list which will get you meeting reminders and your own personal copy of the meeting notes.

The group is moderated by Karl Fink and John Hansen.
(John Hansen writes the notes but he knows that Karl is watching and might withdraw the privilege if he gets too far over the center line.)