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November 15, 2013

Hydrant flushing will continue the week of November 18, 2013. The schedule for the final week of flushing is as follows:

Westridge, Dexter Ann Arbor Rd/Downtown, Original Village neighborhoods

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 426-4572 during the hours of 7:00am and 3:30pm. Thank you for your cooperation during this effort to maintain the quality of your water system.

November 5, 2013

The Charter Commission Election results can be viewed at the link below. Details on the first meeting will be posted as soon as they are available.

The election to select City Charter Commissioners will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. To find out if you are registered to vote and view a copy of your sample ballot visit - If you will be out of town on Election Day, are age 60 or older, or unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another you can request an absentee ballot by contacting your Township Clerk’s Office:
Scio – 734-369-9400
Webster – 734-426-5103

For more information about cityhood please visit - Information about each candidate was included in the Village's fall newsletter which was mailed yesterday. The newsletter can be viewed electronically at -

The Dexter Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a candidate's forum on Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 2 pm at the Dexter District Library.

November 1, 2013

Washtenaw County conducts monthly tests of the outdoor warning sirens, including those in the Village of Dexter, from March to September. Recently Dexter Township has installed outdoor warning sirens throughout the Township. They have decided to test their sirens throughout the fall and winter. The tests will continue to occur on the first Saturday of the month at noon.

Effective with the November 2nd test, they will be testing the voice capability, in addition to the tone.

The testing protocol will go as follows:

A five (5) second tone, followed by a voice saying that “This is a test of the Dexter Township Outdoor Warning System, it is only a test”, followed by a one (1) minute tone, followed by a voice saying, “This has been a test of the Dexter Township Outdoor Warning System”.

October 31, 2013

Leaf pick-up by the Department of Public Works (DPW) has started. The DPW will be focusing on leaf pick-up on Monday and Tuesday of each week (weather permitting). Please do not put any debris (garbage, sticks, etc) in the leaf piles and please do not rake leaves into the road, ditches, storm drains, or parking spots. Waste Management will continue to pick up compost bags through the last Saturday in November (due to the Thanksgiving holiday).

Residents are encouraged to bundle their brush so that it can be hauled away by Waste Management. If you are unable to bundle the brush or have branches larger than 4" in diameter please contact the Village Office (734-426-8303) so it can be picked up by the Department of Public Works.

A flyer with more information on trash/recycle/compost pick-up in the Village can be viewed by clicking

October 31, 2013

Trick or treat hours in the Village will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31.

October 31, 2013

The Village's water system includes a 500,000 gallon water storage tower. Maintenance work has been scheduled on the tower, which will require it to be out of service. Iron can build up in the bowl of the tower, so a valve is being installed that will allow the Village Utility Department to remove the iron while keeping the tower in use. The work will take 7-10 days and is scheduled for October 30 to November 8. Our water system is capable of operating without the use of the tower, however to ensure a smooth process we are asking that our residents and businesses reduce their water usage during this time period. Thank you for your cooperation as we conduct this maintenance on our water system.

October 31, 2013

Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 3, 2013 – Remember to set your clocks back one hour. This is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

October 26, 2013

The Farmers Market will be wrapping up the 2013 season with two October events:

October 19 - Free Pumpkin Painting for kids 12 and under from 10 am to noon

October 26 - Dress Up Your Dog for Halloween Contest - Judging at noon

The last days of the 2013 Market will be Tuesday, October 22 and Saturday, October 26.

October 10, 2013

A right of way permit has been issued to West Bay Geophysical to conduct seismic testing along Baker and Central Streets. Sensors will be placed along the right of way tomorrow (October 9). The testing will occur between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 10, which involves a machine emitting a vibration similar to an asphalt roller traveling slowly down the street. The work is starting and ending outside the Village jurisdiction (from Baker and I-94 to Central and up Mast through Webster Township). During operations, an instrument truck will be parked alongside the roadway with a company representative available to answer questions from residents.

October 8, 2013

The Village of Dexter, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have continued to meet over the past several months regarding the path alignment to complete the trail from Central Street to Dexter Huron Metropark.  The final portion of the path will be constructed in the railroad right of way. The tracks and right of way are now owned by MDOT, after completing their purchase from Norfolk Southern last year.   The Village currently uses a portion of the railroad right-of-way to access our Department of Public Works building.  The main point of review over the past several months has been how to safely align the walking/bike path in the vicinity of the access driveway in such a way that it does not place the walkers and bikers in conflict with the day to day DPW vehicle traffic.  The Village and County had previously requested that the pedestrian/biking path alignment be parallel to, yet between, the DPW access driveway and the railroad tracks.  MDOT on the other hand wants the pathway as far away from the tracks as possible, which means that the pedestrian/bike path is likely going to have to cross the DPW access driveway.  Revised plans showing this new alignment are being submitted to MDOT for their approval based on the meetings/discussion that have occurred.   It is likely that the construction of the remaining portion of the path will begin sometime in spring 2014.   We appreciate your patience as work through these details so that all forms of transportation can safely share the use of the railroad right-of-way.