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May 18, 2017

The Parks & Recreation Commission is seeking one new member. The Parks & Recreation Commission meets on the third Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm and is a 7 member commission that is responsible for making recommendations to City Council on the planning and development of City parks.
 
The Tree Board is seeking one new member. The Tree Board assists in the development of a comprehensive tree management plan for the City of Dexter Michigan, including planning, tree planting, and maintenance programs for all public trees. The Board meets on an as needed basis. 

Applicants for both positions must be City of Dexter residents.
 
To apply for a position please complete and return an application which can be found here -  http://dextermi.gov/boards-commissions-committees

May 15, 2017

The start of hydrant flushing has been delayed until Friday, May 19, 2017. City utility department staff will be flushing hydrants throughout the City. The schedule for May 19 - May 26 is as follows:

Industrial Park, Huron Farms, Walkabout Creek, Dexter Crossing, Dexter High School

As crews flush hydrants there may be some discoloration of the water.  Residents who experience “rust colored” water should simply run the cold water tap for a few minutes to clear the household pipes.  The rust coloring is caused by a natural build up of minerals in the water system.  Some natural mineral deposits are stirred up in the water pipes when fire hydrants are first turned on.  If possible, try to avoid washing white clothes during this time. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Utility Department at 734-426-4572 during the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm. Thank you for your cooperation during this effort to maintain the quality of your water system.   

May 10, 2017

To the qualified electors of the City of Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan:

In accordance with City Charter Section 4.10, notice is hereby given that the filing deadline for candidates to be included on the November 7, 2017 General Election Ballot is July 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The following offices will be included on the ballot:

ONE (1) MAYOR

THREE (3) CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS

The qualifications for these offices are as follows:

(1)   A candidate must be a registered elector residing within the boundaries of the City of Dexter for a minimum of one year prior to the date of the Election; and

 (2)   Submit an Affidavit of Identity and City/Township Nonpartisan Nominating Petition bearing the signatures of a minimum of 15 (maximum of 30) qualified electors residing within the boundaries of the City of Dexter.

All petitions and forms may be obtained at the City of Dexter Offices – 8123 Main St., 2nd Floor, Dexter, MI 48130. For more information, please contact the Dexter City Clerk at (734) 580-2234.

May 10, 2017

The City would like to encourage Dexter High School seniors to register to vote before leaving for college. If the student will need an absentee ballot for future elections, he or she must register to vote in person at a City/Township Office or at the Secretary of State. If the student registers by mail, he or she will not be eligible to vote absentee at their first election. For more information, please contact Justin Breyer at 734-580-2234 or jbreyer@dextermi.gov.   

May 8, 2017

The City of Dexter is participating in a study regarding the control of reed canary grass, which is an invasive species. As part of this study, a prescribed burn is going to be conducted in Mill Creek Park South in the area south of Forest Lawn Cemetery on Monday, May 8, 2017 (weather permitting). The study will test the impacts of several treatments on preventing the spread and recurrence of the reed canary grass.

April 21, 2017

As part of the preventative maintenance we perform on our sewer system, sewer manholes throughout the City are inspected each year. The inspection allows us to identify three major things: (1) the condition of the manhole (2) whether the sewer water flowing properly and (3) whether storm water is getting into the manhole causing unnecessary water flow to get to the waste water treatment plant. If an issue is identified, it can be dealt with before it becomes a larger problem, generally through having the line cleaned and televised. In some cases manholes have become covered with grass and have sunk below the grade level of the lawn or sidewalk. Staff will be installing risers on these manholes to raise them to grade level. The manholes need to be easily accessible for preventative maintenance and for emergencies. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Utility Department at 734-426-4572 during the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm. Thank you for your cooperation during this effort to maintain our sewer system.

April 21, 2017

In July 2016, City Council passed an ordinance requiring that anyone applying pavement sealcoat within the City limits must register with the City of Dexter prior to applying the sealant. The purpose of this ordinance is to prevent the application of coal tar based products, which have demonstrated to be health and environmental risks. Such risks include increased cancer risk to humans and impaired water quality in streams. A copy of the permit may be found on the City’s website at: dextermi.gov/sites/dextermi.gov/files/client_files/forms/Seal_Coat_Applicators_Application_12-21-2016.pdf .
 
Applying sealcoat in the City or allowing sealcoat to be applied to your property without a permit is a violation of the Ordinance and shall carry a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both. (City Ordinance 2016-3).

April 18, 2017

In an effort to protect our aquifers, conserve water resources, and control our peak hour water demand, the City of Dexter will be continuing the water restrictions that were in place last summer.

Outdoor water usage is restricted to odd/even days. Residents and businesses with odd numbered addresses (ending in 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) may do outdoor watering only on odd numbered dates. Likewise, those with even numbered addresses (2, 4, 6, 8, 0) may do outdoor watering only on even numbered dates. In addition, outdoor watering is prohibited between 6 am and 10 am. A simple adjustment of the start time of your irrigation system control can achieve this.

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to protect and conserve our water resources.

April 18, 2017

Dog waste must be collected and disposed of in a trash can. The City has provided trash receptacles and dog waste disposal units throughout town. Dog waste is not suitable for recycle, compost or storm drains. Not collecting dog waste or intentionally throwing it into a City storm drain is an ordinance violation. (City Ordinance Sec. 10-37)

Trash cans, recyclables, and compost bags should be placed out at the street no earlier than 5 pm on Thursday. All materials must be out at the curb by 7 am Friday morning. (City Ordinance Sec. 38-74)

Riding a bicycle on the sidewalks downtown is not permitted. Bicycle riders should walk their bike on the sidewalk in the downtown area. This is especially important to avoid collisions right in front of entrances to our downtown businesses. (City Ordinance Section 54-133)

Spring is a time of rapid plant growth and also brings greater use of City sidewalks. If you have plants, shrubs or trees on your property that have grown over the sidewalk, please trim them back so that they are not obstructing the safe use of the sidewalks.

April 17, 2017

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office will begin their summer session of the Citizens Academy at the end of May 2017.   The academy is designed to provide a broad overview of the Sheriff's Office and its operations.   The academy meets 1 night a week on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm.   The attendees receive presentations and tours of Corrections, EOC, Dispatch, Patrol Operations and many of the specialty units. 

Click here for registration information.