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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 Zoom for now). The group meets on the first and third Saturdays of the month.
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****** *** "We make the agenda at the meeting so you never know what's on peoples' minds until you ask." ****
========================================================== January 15, 2022
We were back in action after a little break and I am back at my desk after going out to fetch my free box of K95 masks. Distribution began at the western county building on Zeeb Road at 10 AM and concluded at 10:10 AM with long lines backed up in both directions. Better luck next time. At least lots of folks are taking the new mask guidelines seriously.
We started off with a discussion about redistricting - both efforts - county wide for commissioners and state wide for congress and state house and senate. We learned that the county grew about 8% in the last decade and since the growth was more or less evenly spread the committee did the sensible thing and left the lines pretty much alone.
Clerk Kestenbaum is delighted that all of Washtenaw County is now in one congressional district (the 6th). We do know that Debbie Dingell will move to this area to run for this seat which she already represents a significant part of. You have to look at the maps to understand the state senate and house districts - and you have to wait for the inevitable lawsuits to be settled to really know what is going on. In any case potential candidates need to file by April 19 to be on the November ballot.
Aimee from the Dexter Guardian let us know that the newspaper hopes to resume publishing again soon but currently will continue to be included in the Chelsea Guardian.
And then we heard about the struggles involved in spending the one-time funds coming our way as a result of pandemic induced federal spending. County wide broadband for sure, maybe a parking lot in Webster and lots to be determined.
The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, February 5, 2022 (January is a five Saturday month) at 8:30 AM on Zoom.
====================================================== Special Note -- Jan 01 2022
We have never done this before. All the first and third Saturdays have fallen in such a way that we never cancelled a meeting in all of our seven years. But, this one is different. New Years morning? And a big game the night before that probably won't end before midnight. Let's take a break.
There will NOT be a meeting of the Dexter Forum on Saturday, January 1, 2022. The next meeting will be on Saturday, January 15, 2022.
Happy New Year John and Karl
========================================================== December 18, 2021
We did not discuss the Omigod! variant because we wanted to stay positive in the spirit of the season.
We tried to rustle up some rumors about the future of the space formerly occupied by the Dexter Pharmacy but all we could come up with is that the building is basically a condominium and the offices there will be occupied by somebody someday.
Gordon Hall has a match type fundraising effort underway to pay for the cost of installing a geo-thermal heating system so the building can be used year round.
George Curtis introduced us to BraverAngels.org which is a national group with goals similar to ours - civil discussion of current events.
Councilwoman Sanam Arab talked about renovations to make the new city hall more user friendly and about the resuscitation of the fire station issue.
Lion Gene Utke thanked the community for the early sell-out at the tree lot and assured us that the profits will continue to enrich our town.
Commissioner Maciejewski talked about the deliberations involved in allocating the Washtenaw Rescue funds.
School board member Bruderly clued us in to the 4x4 block scheduling at the high school which allows students to take eight classes per semester instead of six which helps students explore more elective areas. Not all roads to success pass through 4-year colleges.
Ann Davis reminded us that it is time to renew our membership in the Senior Center, anyone can be a member/supporter, and since the dues are only $20 it would be easy to add on a little extra as the seniors plan for the future.
Ryan Henyard has re-issued his local giving guide for those of you who wish to expand your local philanthropy. Do your givin' while you're livin' so you're knowin' where it's goin'.
Karen Roberts and friends have been diligently working on a revision of our planning and zoning ordinances and they want you to pay attention now while it still matters.
Steve Bemis encouraged us to check with our tax preparers to make sure we take advantage of a one time only deal to donate up to $600 per household on top of the usual standard deduction.
And for no good reason other than a smile here are the words to the Dexter Choir recruitment anthem
"All God's creatures have a place in the choir
Some sing low and some sing higher
Some sing out loud on the telephone wire
And the others just clap their hands, or their paws, or whatever they got