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August 23, 2017

Yellowbook phone books will be distributed in Dexter during the month of November. If you would like to opt out of receiving a book please visit Old books can be recycled.

August 21, 2017

The City's contractor M & M will be re-applying pavement markings on roadways throughout the City over the next several weeks. This Sunday they will start work on the centerlines of the major streets. Please proceed with caution in the areas where crews are working.

August 8, 2017

The Washtenaw County Road Commission is scheduled to chip seal Island Lake Road from Wylie to Dexter Pinckney on Tuesday, August 8, 2017. This work is weather dependent. 

July 21, 2017

Since the road was closed on June 12, the contractor has removed the old bridge, installed cofferdams (steel sheeting enclosure to keep water out of the work area), excavated soil for the foundations and started to install foundation piling.  The contractor plans to finish the foundation piling on Thursday, July 20 for the east foundation and pour a concrete pad inside the cofferdam enclosure, which will provide workers with a solid surface to build the concrete foundations.

The pedestrian bridge remains open next to the roadway, but the existing crosswalk across Shield Rd is closed during construction.  Pedestrians can follow the path delineated adjacent to Shield Rd to gain access to the Dexter High School.  Please remember this is a construction work zone and only authorized personnel are permitted in the work zone for safety reasons.

July 11, 2017

The City of Dexter has received grant funding from the State of Michigan to create an asset management plan for the storm water and sanitary sewer systems. The first project that will be completed is mapping all utility structures (water, sewer and storm water) throughout the City. The project will be completed by Ritter GIS. As part of this work, field crews will be entering rear yard areas, where necessary, to locate catch basins and manhole covers within public utility easements. Representatives from Ritter GIS will begin working in the City on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. 

July 7, 2017

In an effort to protect our aquifers, conserve water resources, and control our peak hour water demand, the City of Dexter is continuing to enforce outdoor watering restrictions. Due to the dry conditions, water usage has increased significantly. Typical daily usage in the winter is between 250,000 and 350,000 gallons of water per day; this week usage has reached over 900,000 gallons. Optimal summer usage for the water system is around 700,000 gallons per day. If you are watering more than usual on your odd/even day, please make sure to read your water meter (or irrigation meter) before and after a few cycles so that you are aware of how much water is being used and are not surprised by the water bill you receive.
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. The City Utility Department will be distributing reminder door hangers on homes that are not following the restrictions.

July 7, 2017

Work is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to reconstruct Hudson Street between Forest and Baker. During the construction, Hudson will be closed to thru traffic from Baker to Ann Arbor Street. Forest and Grand will also be closed at the Hudson intersection.

July 7, 2017

The Washtenaw  County Road Commission will be milling and resurfacing Island Lake Road between Dexter- Pinckney and Wylie on Thursday, July 6, 2017 and Friday, July 7, 2017.

**UPDATE - Do to the rain on July 7, 2017 the paving will be done on Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

The full text of the notice from the Road Commission is below.

On Thursday, July 6, 2017, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will begin mill and resurfacing work on Island Lake Road between Dexter-Pinckney Road and Wylie Road in Dexter Township. The road will not be closed to traffic, but the road will be under flag control and delays are possible.
The road work is expected to be complete by the end of the day on Friday, July 7, 2017. However, please be advised that due to weather conditions, all dates are tentative and subject to change.
The Road Commission thanks you in advance for your patience during this road improvement project.

If you have any questions concerning this road closure, please contact Michael J. Bernbeck, Operations Engineer, at (734) 327-6654, or via email at 

July 5, 2017

The Washtenaw County Road Commission will be closing Baker Road from Shield to Marshall on Wednesday, July 5, 2017 to chip seal the roadway. The closure is expected to last until 3 pm. The schedule is weather dependent.

The full text of the notice from the Road Commission is below.

On Wednesday, July 5, 2017, the Washtenaw County Road Commission will close Baker Road between Marshall Rd and the Shield Road to complete chip seal operations.

WCRC expects to reopen the road by 3 pm on Wednesday, July 5. The road will be closed to through traffic during operations, but access for local traffic will be maintained.

The Road Commission thanks you in advance for your patience during this road improvement project.

If you have any questions concerning this road closure, please contact Kenneth Harris, Assistant Superintendent of Maintenance, at (734) 327-6696, or via email at

June 30, 2017

With the Fourth of July approaching, we want to remind everyone that the use of fireworks in the City is prohibited by City Ordinance. State law however, requires that fireworks be permitted on the day before, the day of and the day following a national holiday. On these three days, State law permits fireworks to be used from 8 am to 1 am.   

State law does allow the City to regulate certain activities including the following:
- fireworks cannot be discharged in any public place, school property, church property or the property owned by another person without the other property owner's written permission.
- fireworks also cannot be discharged so that remnants from the fireworks land on any public place or the property of another person without the other property owners written permission.

Since the passage of this law in 2012, the City has received numerous complaints regarding the use of fireworks on the three days.  We are trying to encourage all residents to cooperate with their neighbors so that we minimize conflicts and complaints.   We would like to request that residents be respectful of their neighbors when using fireworks on the State approved days. If you are using fireworks and a neighbor asks you to stop or is concerned about debris or the proximity to their home, we expect our residents to be cooperative neighbors and honor the request.
All safety concerns related to fireworks activities should be directed to the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office. Please understand that the Sheriff’s Office personnel cannot supersede the State fireworks law, but they can discourage unsafe activity.   Most fireworks are loud, and noise is often the most common complaint that we receive.   The State fireworks law supersedes our noise ordinance within the permitted times of allowable use.   The City's goal is for all residents and property owners to have a safe and relaxing Fourth of July, so please be considerate of your neighbors. We thank you in advance for your cooperation and thoughtfulness.