Dexter Forum Notes 04-03-21

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From John Hansen

Today's Forum was more like a fireside chat. Lots of friendly conversation but no blockbuster revelations.

Kim Marinelli told us about a new cluster of homes under consideration on North Territorial near Dexter Town Hall Road. There is also a new commercial truck division of the LaFontaine franchise going in at that intersection. Aside from the project itself, it is great to see fresh, new faces getting involved in local government.

Joanne Westman thanked all of the people who stepped up to fund the new well needed by the Webster Historical Society.

Sometimes we also report on the news when there actually isn't any news which is the case with the fate of our Dexter Daze celebration. Last we heard, the sponsoring committee was looking to hold the event outside the city, and that's the last we have heard.

UPDATE: See article: Dexter Daze Committee Announces New Location for the Popular Summer Event

Catherine McClary, our county treasurer, has been a great addition to the Forum. It's not every day that you can chat with a woman who can write a check for a billion dollars that might actually clear the bank. Among other things, she called our attention to features of the recently passed American Rescue Plan (this is the thing with the stimulus checks in it) that will provide millions of dollars to local governments. She noted that this could be a transformational moment for governmental units that normally spend most of their time trying to figure out what they have to cut or not do at all.

The Dexter Forum's next meeting will be on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at 8:30 AM on Zoom.

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