Written by Bill Pearson - DEXTER - Those still mourning the loss of the town's Wild West Weekend celebration may find some solace that the Kiwanis Club has indicated interest in reviving a summer celebration. Town manager David Pearson reported Oct. 9 at the council meeting that the Kiwanis is considering sponsoring a one-day event tentatively planned for July 25 to replace the Wild West Weekend.
The preliminary plans indicate including the annual pig scramble and possibly events sponsored by the Dexter Lake Association into the one-day celebration. The event may also include fireworks, but that would require a decision from the council. The Fourth of July celebration includes a large fireworks display which may be followed by another in the next couple of weeks. If the town decides to include a fireworks display, it may decide to forego the fireworks celebration held during the winter festival.
Motorists traveling along the Airport Road had better slow down if they haven't already. The council voted to reduce the speed limit from 45 to 35 mph and place a stop sign at the intersection of the Jennings Hill Road. The council had placed an emergency stop sign at the intersection two months ago after an accident occurred along the route. The Airport Road is also under construction, so the council believed making the emergency measure permanent was a good idea.
Town manager David Pearson reported the Airport renovations were nearly completed and expected it to be finished by the end of the month. The project is in its 95th day and is expected to be completed ahead of the 140 days scheduled. The board also scheduled a public hearing next month on a proposal to lease the Airport. James Crane, a member of the Airport Committee, told the board he has a plan to construct and lease hangars on the property.
"The council should be commended for the work being done at the Airport because it looks real nice," Crane said. "I've had interest from people wanting hangar space there and the site does a lot for attracting people."
Crane wants to place gravel at the Airport this fall with plans of constructing two hangars next year and another in 2011. The proposed hangars would be 44'X40', according to Crane. His plans may be delayed because following the public hearing and council decision next month, citizens have an additional 30 days to file a referendum to reverse the council's decision. That would mean, Crane couldn't begin until Dec. 1.
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