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Residents Voice Resolutions for Dexter in 2013

Dexter Patch asked our readers what they would like to see improved in the village for the new year.

More than 45 percent of Americans make a resolution every year, according to statisticbrain.com. Some people vow to live a healthier lifestyle, others promise to spend more time with family, and many say they will try to save money.

As millions of Americans make resolutions to improve their lives, what could we do right here in Dexter to make it an even better place to live?

  • Are there certain roads you think need to be repaired?
  • Are there new programs or events you'd like to see in the community?
  • Is there a business you'd like to see move into town?

Dexter Patch asked our readers to share their ideas for improvements in the community for 2013:

Susan Shay writes: "I love Dexter. I would like to see more restaurant choices and businesses staying open later in the evening."

Erin Paup writes: "Better restaurants! More retail! Otherwise Dexter is great!"

Cassandra Thompson says she would like to see a traffic light at the intersection of Shield and Baker roads.

Tracy Mattice said she would like to see traffic control west of the tunnel bridge into Dexter in the mornings.

Susan Thompson writes: "Downtown needs a coffee shop that stays open past 6 p.m."

Stephanie Brenton said she would like a Mexican restaurant that "makes good drinks."

What is on your Dexter wish list? What is one thing you would improve in 2013?

Tell us in the comment section below or tell us why you love living here!

Donna Low December 29, 2012 at 12:50 PM
I agree with Tracy M above....Dexter needs a bypass around the downtown area.
Marilyn Wilkie December 29, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I would like to see a Dollar General store, or something similar, go into the shopping center east of town. It would be good to have a place to buy sundries without driving out to the freeway. Also, a restaurant that serves good healthy food in a clean eating way.
Kristen Novak December 29, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I love walking in the village in the evening and the way the steeple at St. Joe's is a beacon. Perhaps the shops could plan ahead and stay open together, at least one night a week, so that we don't have to shop elsewhere? Thursdays? Fridays? Until 9? People who come in for dinner can shop then, too. I love Friday night concerts in the summer. I love the quick response time of the village people whenever I have a question. I love the sound of the trains passing through. I love, love, love the new boardwalk from end to end. I love the turkey sandwich at Joe and Rosie's. I love the apple fritters at the bakery. I love Sunday morning breakfast at the new Coney Island.
DexterMama December 29, 2012 at 03:08 PM
Would love more restaurant choices (Mexican, Thai, etc) or good American farm-to-table as there are so many amazing local farm in the area. Can't wait to see what Alex Young does with new property off Island Lake. A wine/tapas bar with an outdoor patio is also on wish list. Lastly more retail however NO dollar general. Research has shown it lowers property values! Stores staying open later would be great too.
Daniel Lai December 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Great comments! Keep them coming.
Jeanette Brooks December 29, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I love our town, especially the downtown area! There are so many beautiful things about Dexter and I am so thankful to live here! One thing I would love to see is nicer signage on the ice skating rink, especially since this is one of the first things people see as they're driving into town via Baker or Dexter-Ann Arbor Road. Right now the sign that says "Danger - Keep Out" looks kind of temporary and unwelcoming. I totally see why we need the sign there for when the rink is closed, but it would be cool to see a more permanent-looking sign that is styled more like the other signage downtown (I'm thinking something similar to the nice green signs that say "Parking Area" and whatnot). Maybe something that says "The skating rink is now (open/closed)".
Linda December 29, 2012 at 10:02 PM
I echo Kristen N, DexterMama, and Jeannette B; their statements are spot on. I want to add however, an additional wish to the list which I feel must be addressed soon. It is to create a safer 5 point intersection at Mast Rd., Huron River Dr. and Joy Rd. This intersection has always been one of concern, but the increasing amount of traffic going into and out of Dexter, along with the un-designated entrance/exit to the party store has made this intersection the most dangerous in the area. Finding the solution will not be an easy a task, for it must incorporate the needs of the Huron River, the bridge by the cider mill, and the party store, which all need safe access for walkers, bikers as well as drivers. The 3 stop signs currently in use no longer create an effective safety stop, perhaps a traffic signal or round-a-bout should be considered.
kevin klein December 30, 2012 at 03:31 AM
The stone bridge at the end of Town is a beautiful and historical landmark. It deserves a little TLC the fascia should be cleared of all the wild overgrowth and cleaned and have lighting to show off this one ofa kind Dexter ttreasure.
Marilyn Wilkie December 30, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Who Designed the Viaduct (Bridge, Tunnel) and When Was It Built? Frederick Blackburn Pelham (Fred Pelham), according to an Ann Arbor News article on February 22, 2000 (page D-1), "designed 18 to 20 bridges for the Michigan Central line between Detroit and Chicago." "Amtrak passengers whiz over two of them in Dexter. One over Dexter-Pinckney Road at the village edge is familiar to drivers who must slow down to pass under it. The narrow opening creates a bottleneck for today's heavy auto traffic and has sparked debate about possible traffic rerouting." The bridge was built in 1890. "A much higher and more impressive stone bridge designed by Pelham lies a few hundred yards northeast in the park behind the Dexter fire department. Its high arch spans Mill Creek." This article and one other article say that Pelham was the second black civil engineer trained at the University of Michigan. The University's website says "The first African American graduate in Civil Engineering was Fred B. Pelham who completed his degree in 1887." The article mentions Pelham’s niece, Adah, traveling this route from Missouri to attend the integrated Detroit schools. “Adah rode the train by herself, name tag and ticket clipped to her dress, handed from conductor to conductor on the long trip. From Chicago to Detroit, she rode over the bridges her uncle had designed. When the train would approach one, writes Mallas, “She always told her seat mate, ‘My uncle built that bridge.’””
Marilyn Wilkie December 30, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Yes, Dollar General would probably attract the riff-raff and we certainly wouldn't want that in our precious town.
Dexter resident January 04, 2013 at 06:12 PM
Eek! No Dollar General!
Laura Jones January 05, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Welcome to the decades old debate about bypassing Dexter Village. It has been proposed many times to create bypass thoroughfares to manage the heavy and increasing traffic of new residents getting to and from work daily. The Village has opposed all changes in order to keep traffic running down Main Street. The two entries, Central and Main St at Island Lake are a nightmare of people trying to find a way to pass through and enter the Village without having to wait up to 20 minutes to make it half a mile during peak travel. It will only get worse, as has been predicted and studies have shown. The Joy-Huron River-Mast Road is no worse than the Island Lake debacle at rush hour, but perhaps more dangerous due to the ability of people to take chances, which they do. I for one skip shopping in Dexter during these times, preferring instead to head for less congestion if possible. I think the time to make a bypass has more than come.

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