A group of residents has been working to see if incorporating Sister Lakes is a good option. In many talks with local people - both permanent and seasonal - there has been a surprising amount of support behind the idea. ABC 57 stopped out to talk about it, has some nice footage of the area, and has more info on their site.
May 8th is the millage renewal vote for Dowagiac Union Schools. This is a renewal for non-homestead property taxes. The new High School bond issue will be later this year, it's looking like the August ballot.
It was brought to my attention that I was attacked by name on Facebook in context of township issues. This was awhile ago, it was during a long family medical crisis - 2 months hanging around a hospital in Cleveland is not a vacation - and I did mostly ignore everything else, so I'm just seeing this. I believe all of the information I've posted against either our elected officials or candidates, or contracted services has been factually based. I mostly shrug off this personal attack against me.
I'm working on a project and was wondering if anyone has seen any place advertising 'pay by phone' in the area. NFC, or Android Beam, allows you to pay for things by just tapping your cell phone against a payment spot. I know phone payments are common in other countries and am wondering if there has been any uptake in Southwest Michigan, or even Chicago for that matter. Trying to get a feel if it's a fad, up-and-coming tech, or a Meh sort of tech. I noticed the usage was a minor point made in the last Fringe.
The last few meetings of the school board made me wonder why Dowagiac School system needs a multi-million dollar bond to start actually using technology. I'm hoping others share my views so I'm posting this letter I sent to the board here.
The Monday evening meeting of the Dowagiac School board decided to pursue a 2.2 mil bond, for 18 million, to build a new High School connected to the existing Middle School. All 4 elementary schools would stay open as they are. The school board had no decision on what to do with the existing school, and they would continue to use the existing football field.