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    March 17, 2019 Front Page

    March 12, 2019: The Board’s 4-Hour Bull Session – No Laughing Matter.

    By David Gordon, March 13, 2019 It was 10 minutes to 11pm when the Board of Trustees (BoT) finally adjourned.They started at 7pm and this is what they got done. Hired a policeman. Approved the Community Center holding a “Medication Take Back” event. Directed…
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    March 13, 2019 Front Page

    Factsheet: 3-12-2019 Township Board meeting

    Reports on Michigan Roads to consider while you're waiting: Free Press: Slingshot effect? What happens when a car hits a pothole, Eric D. Lawrence, 3-13-2019 TRIP: Modernizing Michigan’s Transportation System: Progress and Challenges, March, 2019 Free Press:…
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    March 10, 2019 Front Page

    Planning Commission to Board of Trustees: “Why Are You Selling the Historic Barker Road Fire Station?”

    Planning Commission to Board of Trustees: “Why R U Selling the Historic Barker Road Fire Station?” “What Are We Planners, Chopped Liver?” Report on the March 6, 2019 Planning Commission Meeting by David Gordon March 8, 2019 The Planning Commission last night…
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    February 20, 2019 Front Page

    2-20-2019 Pot, Master Planning, and Cottage Retail Discussed

    Documents in this meeting's packet, broken out 2019-02-20-Northfield-Township-Planning-Commission-meeting-Agenda.pdf Northfield-Township-Master-Plan-McKenna-Proposed-2019-02-15-draft.pdf Future-Land-Use-Master-Plan-Changes-McKenna-2019-02-15-draft.pdf…
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    February 20, 2019 Front Page

    Ann Arbor City Council Approves Lepkowski Farm Preservation Grant

    In a 10:1 vote, the Ann Arbor City Council has approved contributing over half of the $478,867 cost of preserving the 75 acre Lepkowski farm at 7084 Spencer Road. MLive: Ann Arbor officials have change of heart about preserving family farm - Ryan Stanton,…
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    February 15, 2019 Front Page

    BoT approves $2,000 for imperiled preservation deal.

    by David Gordon Feb. 15, 2019 The Northfield Township Board of Trustees (BoT) last night approved a $2,000 contribution to a local land preservation deal in an effort to get A2 City Council approval of the Greenbelt-recommended property. In January, the…
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    February 14, 2019 Front Page

    Given Chance, Board Makes-up at Valentines Day Do-Over

    Long story short, in a 4:2 vote, the Northfield Township Board of Trustees approved contributing $2,000.00 to the Lepkowski farm preservation effort. Trustee Dockett objected and voted NO for a new reason, calling the $2,000.00 "payola." The meaning of his…

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This note arrived in Monday, December 14th's email.  A similar message arrived last week.  Our Township Manager has converted the Township phone service from AT&T copper wire based land lines to Charter's Voice over Internet (VOIP).  He mentions this in his December 8 Manager's Report. Sounds very proactive and twenty-first century, doesn't it?

The problem is that Charter is not 100% reliable.  Anyone who has Charter internet has learned this. 

Charter subscribers learn to live with interruptions because we have no choice.  When it's running, which is most of the time, the Charter downlink clocks along at about 100 megabits per second.  When it's not running, it goes to zero.  Because Charter is intermittent, I lease a Verizon WIFI hotspot as a backup internet connection.

This is the long way around to telling my favorite Charter Cable horror story.  At least once a week Charter salespeople used to call me at home on my old fashioned but incredibly reliable AT&T land line.  They tried to convince me that I could save big money by converting my land line phone to Charter's internet phone service.  Although the irony seemed lost on the salespeople, several times their calls arrived in the middle of a Charter internet outage.

 

We received the above note because we're on the Township's mailing list.  They distribute the mailing list using MailChimp, an outside service.  MailChimp is the big brother of TinyLetter, the free service which Northfield Neighbors uses to email our mailing list.  TinyLetter is free for up to 5,000 subscribers.