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December 14, 2018

As part of the Grandview Commons condominium project, a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) has been installed at the intersection of Baker and Grand. The RRFB can be activated by a pedestrian to increase driver awareness of people who want to cross Baker at the existing crosswalk at Grand Street. Baker is 3 lanes wide at this location and caution should be used whenever using this new device or crossing at this location.

According to State Law, drivers must yield to pedestrians within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is in or near the same half of the street as the driver. Drivers can choose to stop at a crosswalk to allow a pedestrian waiting to cross the street to cross, but it is not required regardless of the presence of the beacon.

If you are a pedestrian, please check for traffic before using any crosswalk. Walk defensively and make eye contact with drivers to ensure that they see you. Never assume that you are seen or that a motorist will yield. Don't leave the curb or go into the path of a vehicle which is so close that the driver can't yield.

For additional tips on how to use the RRFB for both pedestrians and drivers please click here. This instruction sheet is also posted on the RRFB at the Baker/Grand intersection.

December 13, 2018

The last day for loose leaf collection via vacuum truck is Friday, December 14, 2018. If you have a pile to be collected, please send an e-mail to cnicholls@dextermi.gov. 

Leaves that fall after the bulk leaf collection ends can be bagged for pick up by the DPW on December 26th, January 9th and January 23rd (weather permitting). Bagged leaves should be put out to the curb by 7 am.

No bagged yard waste will be collected in February or March. Waste Management will resume bagged yard waste pick up on Monday, April 1, 2019.

December 13, 2018

The ice rink in Monument Park has been installed. Opening day will be announced on the website, e-mail update and Facebook page. Please do not use the rink until it has been officially opened to avoid damaging the liner.

November 30, 2018

The City of Dexter is seeking four (4) candidates interested in serving as members of the City’s Housing Task Force - a new committee created by the City Council on November 12, 2018. Task Force objectives will include: inventorying existing housing stock; identifying housing needs; identifying and researching housing case studies from other communities; researching strategies to address missing housing needs and affordable housing; and present findings to City Council for additional study or action.

Interested candidates are asked to complete and submit a Committee Application Form, which is available on the City’s website at: http://dextermi.gov/sites/dextermi.gov/files/client_files/forms/committee_application_2018_11.pdf.

Completed forms should be submitted to Courtney Nicholls, Dexter City Manager, no later than Friday, November 30, 2018 at 5:00 pm at:

E-mail - CNicholls@dextermi.gov

Physical address - 8123 Main St., 2nd Floor, Dexter, MI 48130

Mailing Address - City of Dexter, 8140 Main St., Dexter, MI 48130

November 27, 2018

The Planning Commission is seeking one new member. The Planning Commission is a 9 member board of City residents that is responsible for the creation and adoption of a master plan, which is a long range plan for the physical development of the City of Dexter.  The plan is currently undergoing a revision.  The Commission is also responsible for holding required public hearings on changes to the zoning ordinance and recommending the boundaries of zoning districts. The Commission also reviews site plans and annually reviews the Capital Improvements Plan which is a program to evaluate, prioritize and structure the financing of public improvement projects.

The Planning Commission meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 pm.

To apply for the position, please complete and return an application which can be found here -  http://dextermi.gov/sites/dextermi.gov/files/client_files/forms/committee_application_2018_11.pdf

November 22, 2018

The Dexter Area Fire Department would like to share the following information about fire safety at Thanksgiving.

Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. Keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal:

Turkey
If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.

If you are frying your turkey:
- Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.
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Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
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Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
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Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
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Always use the fryer outdoors.

Stuffing and Potatoes
Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.

Vegetables
- Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.
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Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
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Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
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Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.

By following these safety tips you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving. For more information please visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html

November 21, 2018

The Washtenaw Area Transportation Study is currently developing its 2045 Long Range Transportation Plan, which provides a vision for transportation planning over the next 25 years for Washtenaw County. This effort is being done in partnership with the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Regional Transportation Plan development.

The series of meeting in November will focus on Plan Goals, Project Emphasis Areas and Project locations.

- Monday Nov 26, 2018 4-6pm, Ann Arbor District Library Westgate branch

- Tuesday Nov 27, 2018 4-6pm, Ypsilanti District Library Michigan Ave branch

- Wednesday Nov 28, 2018 11am-1pm, 200 N. Main St. Lobby

- Wednesday Nov 28, 2018 4-6pm, Chelsea Public Library

- Thursday Nov 29, 2018 4-6pm, Whitmore Lake Library

For more information please visit - http://www.miwats.org/2045lrp/

November 13, 2018

At the November 12, 2018 City Council meeting, Scott Bell was appointed by Council to fill the term that was vacated by Ray Tell. Council Member Bell's term expires in November 2020. The City would like to thank all 13 candidates who applied to fill the vacancy. 

November 6, 2018

Monday, November 5, 2018 until 4 pm is the final opportunity to receive an absentee ballot. The ballot must be requested in-person and voted at the City Office. It is against State of Michigan election law for the Clerk to give an absentee ballot over the counter to someone other than the person whose name is on the ballot.

If you would like to check to see if your absentee ballot has been received by our office please visit - http://www.michigan.gov/vote. For election related questions, please contact City Clerk Justin Breyer at 734-580-2234 or via e-mail at jbreyer@dextermi.gov.

Polls will be open on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 from 7 am to 8 pm. Precincts 1 & 3 are located at Dexter Senior Center (7720 Ann Arbor St); Precinct 2 is located at St. Andrew's Church (7610 Ann Arbor St). To view a copy of your sample ballot and confirm your precinct location please visit -  http://www.michigan.gov/vote.

Due to the length of the ballot, we suggest that voters review the sample ballot prior to visiting the polls. Voters can also bring a marked up copy of the sample ballot to use when filling out the official ballot in the voting booth.

October 29, 2018

Crack seal work in Huron Farms/Orchard River Hills will continue on Saturday, November 3, 2018. The contractor has approximately one half day left of work to finish in this area. This work is not expected to have a significant impact on residents or commuting traffic. Please proceed carefully through work zones.