We were happy to have a couple of new women join our group and one of them, Sue Waters, led off our session with concerns about the herbicide spraying program being conducted by the Washtenaw Road Commission. The short version of the story is that the Road Commission has allowed all of Lodi Township to opt out, Webster Township has requested to be opted out and the County Commission is considering stopping the whole program. Lets keep in mind that this program was about safety for drivers not just intended to irritate the residents.
Forum notes are composed by co-moderators John Hansen and Karl Fink:
Folks used data from the MSDS sheets to justify their concern about the chemicals so we had to learn what MSDS sheets are all about. There is always someone at the Forum who knows what we need to know so we turned to John Scharf, our resident chemical engineer for an explanation. All chemicals come with a Materials Safety Data Sheet that explains their proper usage and the risks involved. This is helpful information if there is a spill or fire or accidental consumption.
Caryl (get your Gordon Hall raffle tickets) Burke called our attention to the fuss surrounding Scio Townships switch to a mandatory single hauler for solid waste disposal. It is happening. Not everybody likes it. But, it is happening.
Newly elected Lion’s Club President Rex Reeve wanted to know who was responsible for maintenance of the border-to-border trail. It turns out that the trail is composed of segments that are the responsibility of the unit that built them be it the Metro Park Authority, a city or a township.
Enthusiastic Infomercials were presented about an event for veterans at the Methodist church and a fund raiser for Habitat for Humanity.
We heard about a new twist in robo calls that show a caller ID for a local business name and a local number. It is called spoofing. We don’t like it.
We heard concerns about parking in downtown Dexter. Councilperson Zach Michels referred us back to a recent study done by the city on this subject. While things can get plenty crowded downtown the ‘availability’ of parking is closely tied to a persons perception of how far they are willing to walk after parking to get to their destination.
We ended with a brief discussion about the ‘affordable’ housing project on Dan Hoey Road that is the result of the collaboration of Avalon Housing, Faith in Action and the City of Dexter. There will be an open house at the Senior Center on Tuesday, July 16 at 5:00 PM to review the plan.
The next meeting of the Dexter Forum will be on Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 8:30 AM at the Dexter Wellness Center.