Welcome - For the near future, we will host VIRTUAL Meetings-
***The Forum is co-moderated by Karl Fink and John Hansen.
If you wish to be added to the Forum mailing list just send a request toRepHansen@aol.com. or KarlVFink@gmail.com -You will get meeting reminders, meeting notes and nothing else.-
The next virtual meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, April 18, 2020 at 8:30 AM
***** The meeting link will be open ~8:10am to let the hosts login and experiment with the controls. Others will be placed in a "waiting room" until we have things ready to let them in... a little before 8:30 **Viewers will need to click on the link to enter the meeting. It will Appear (HERE) a few days before the meeting.. plus John Hansen will include it in the Meeting Reminder the week of the meeting.... The Meeting will follow the same timeline from 8:30 to 9:30 (if no technical issues....)
(Before sign in with video.. recommend NO BRIGHT LIGHT source BEHIND YOU into the camera or you might be a "dark spot" on bright screen. ) **** *** A BIG Thank you to: John Newman | Community Manager john@TheBackOfficeStudio.com | 734-915-0721 ) The Back Office Studio for Providing the Zoom Hosting Link!! ***
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Who We Are-
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 in action- Picture credit to Amy Hydlauff from an Article in "Connected"
-Latest FORUM Notes--
"We make the agenda at the meeting so you never know what's on peoples' minds until you ask."
=========================================== Dexter Forum Notes. UPDATE 04-04-20
We did it! We had a Forum meeting on our computers using Zoom. We had 45 screens showing with a few twofers and a couple of four leggeds. Altogether a fine start at adapting to these strange times. As with any forum meeting there are always folks who know more than the rest of us and in this case it was Weaver our own wizard and John Newman from the Ypsilanti side who allowed us access to his Zoom account (Zoom is great but it isn't free).
We learned that the work on the railroad overpass was not to make it harder to hit but to keep stones (technical term = ballast) from falling off the tracks onto the cars below.
Our public officials at the city, township and county levels all explained how they are trying to do necessary business safely while still providing public access to the process in compliance with the open meetings act.
Our May 5th election date has been canceled with the fire hall issue being moved to August. There was lots of discussion about adjusting filing dates and nominating petition requirements but that all takes legislative action. The whole election might have to be done by absentee ballot to avoid contact with one another and because it is hard to get poll workers under these circumstances. We have 90 days to figure it all out.
Maggie Conger is still alive in her quest to be a member of the new election redistricting commission. The process will continue as specified by the new law and should be whittled down from 3,000 applicants to 200 by June.
School board Mara complimented the district's food and nutrition staff for preparing and distributing over 50,000 meals to area students. A big plus is the number of teachers who show up during the distribution time to wave at the kids in the cars.
Karl commented on the difficulty of determining what essential activities means.
We heard from both of our local charities who are serving the most vulnerable at this time. Mary Westoff, board member at the senior center and Sarah Shugart from Faith in Action both spoke. Both facilities are closed to clients but staff are working on the inside to deliver meals on wheels and groceries to those in need. This is not a time for good wishes - it is a time for cash. You can donate to FIA through their web site and the senior center will appreciate checks mailed to them at 7720 Ann Arbor St., Dexter 48130.
We were reminded to complete our 2020 census forms on line so we don't get a stranger knocking at our door. The count is obviously an "essential activity".
Abby Briggs works for the Red Cross and reinforced the need for blood. Many drives have been cancelled but the need for blood has not gone down.
Abby is also the face of the Dexter Community Players so I guess it was appropriate that the curtain fell while she was speaking. Remember we were using someone else's Zoom account and when your time is up your time is up.
We are going to do this again on Saturday, April 18. Same protocol. We will send you a link a few days before. Until then - be safe, follow the rules, wash your hands and get some take-out from our local restaurants - we want them to be there for us on the other side.
========================================== Dexter Forum UPDATE 3-21-20 There was NO meeting of the Dexter Forum today because of precautions taken to avoid spread of the COVID 19 virus. ---- Mayor Keough was kind enough to send along the following notes about items that probably would have come up had we met. -1. City Council held a special meeting on March 18th to postpone the May 5th election about the $9.9 million dollar facility bond. We felt it was better to wait until we are hopefully past the COVID 19 situation. -2. Mill Creek Park - Phase 2 Trail work got started this past week, just in case anyone wondered what all the orange fencing is along Baker. The contractor is just setting up the project limits and soil erosion protection in preparation for some tree removal and clearing. This path will go from the south side of Mill Creek Park and follow Mill Creek upstream behind Forest Lawn cemetery in order to connect to Baker road in the vicinity of the lot where the Lions sell Christmas trees. This should be another nice addition to the city’s pathway system. -3. With the Governor relaxing the Open Meetings Act rules to allow for virtual meetings, the city is looking at ways to do this effectively. Stay tuned in as we figure this out. -4. People may wonder what the white signs are adjacent to the parking areas along Main and Broad in downtown - those signs are identifying temporary dedicated take out spaces for our businesses that are providing this service. The City is trying to support these businesses during this difficult time. Perhaps the Forum audience would like to know that take out parking is convenient during this difficult time. I know our businesses appreciate any visits they get. ===================================