As part of the 2017 Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, the City of Dexter's Arts, Culture, and Heritage Committee hosted a Youth Coloring Contest. Dexter area children were challenged to use their creativity to color pictures of iconic locations and monuments in the Dexter-area. A panel of judges reviewed the submissions and selected the 7 best pictures. The winning pieces were turned into banners, which have been hung on poles along Main Street in downtown Dexter. We would like to congratulate the coloring contest winners: Sasha Jones, Stevie Cattell, Natalie Harrell, Isabel Martinez, Kate Jacquot, Grace Byron, and Reagan Cattell. We would also like to thank the contest judges, Sandy Hansen, James Lippens, and Tom Rosenbaum.
Starting next week, trees will be removed in the area of Baker and Shield and Baker and Dan Hoey in preparation for the roundabout project. Property owners in the impacted area have been notified. The roundabout project is a cooperative public improvement project between the City of Dexter and the Washtenaw County Road Commission. The project is being implemented using funding from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ) and is aimed at improving the safety at these intersections. The City will continue to provide construction updates on this project as it moves forward.
Residents interested in having a tree planted in their lawn extension can participate in our 2018 Tree Planting Program. Please complete and return the form by February 23, 2018. Participation in the program is $150 per tree. The form can be accessed at http://dextermi.gov/sites/dextermi.gov/files/client_files/trees/2018/2018_Residential_Tree_Program.pdf
The ice rink in Monument Park is closed for the season.
Property taxes are due on Thursday, February 15, 2018. Payments must be received at the City Office by 5 pm, postmarks are not accepted.
To ensure receipt by Thursday at 5 pm payments can be dropped off to the City Office (8123 Main) between 9 am and 5 pm or placed into the drop box near the door to the Sheriff's Office (8140 Main). A 3% penalty will be applied to payments received from February 16th to February 28th. After March 1, 2018 all real property tax payments must be made directly to Washtenaw County. Tax information can be found at -https://www.accessmygov.com/?uid=386
February 9, 2018 Update
Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work through this snow storm.
DPW crews have been out since early Friday morning plowing the snow. They will be working throughout Friday evening and early Saturday morning to widen the roadways and clear the cul-de-sacs, downtown parking areas, and pedestrian paths.
Due to the predicted continuation of snow showers throughout the weekend, staff will be continuing to monitor the snow fall to determine the most appropriate times to remove additional accumulation.
Please avoid parking in the street whenever possible so that the roads can be cleared and remove trash/recycle containers from the right-of-way as soon as possible.
The City is committed to keeping downtown sidewalks, stairs and boardwalks cleared of ice and snow in a timely manner, however they can still be slippery. Please use caution when using these amenities in the winter months.
February 8, 2018 Update
A winter storm watch has been issued for Washtenaw County through late Friday night with total possible snowfall accumulations of 5-9 inches. Reduced visibility and poor driving conditions are expected Thursday night through Friday evening.
In preparation for the impending inclement weather, please remove all cars from the street as soon as possible, especially overnight.
Residents: Please clear your sidewalk of snow and ice within 48 hours of snow cessation. A drive around the City today resulted in the issuance of reminder letters to 85 property owners who have not shoveled the snow from the snowfall earlier this week.
Business owners: Please clear your sidewalks within 4 hours of snow cessation or by the start of your business day.
Please shovel the snow onto your property. It is against City Ordinance to shovel the snow into the street or onto a neighbor's property.
We also request that you please help the fire department by making sure that fire hydrants around your home or business are cleared of snow, accessible and visible from the street as soon as possible after a snow storm. Every second counts in an emergency situation.
The DPW will be doing a final round of loose leaf pick-up the week of January 22nd. Any leaves to be collected must be out to the curb by Friday morning (January 26) at 7 am. Compost bag collection will not start again until the first Friday in April. If you have a leaf pile to be picked up, please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
An error in the Resident's Handbook listed Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a Waste Management holiday. This is incorrect - trash day is not impacted by Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Due to the fact that some resident's trash/recycle was not out this morning, Waste Management will send trucks back tomorrow morning to pick up any trash/recycle that is out. Please make sure trash/recycle is set out to the curb by 7 am. We apologize for the error and will send out a correction to that page of the Resident's Handbook with a future City Newsletter.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Safe Boating Classes
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office is offering boating safety classes. For more information visit - http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff/services/Prevention%20Services/boat-safety
2018 Severe Weather "Skywarn Spotter" Training
Washtenaw County Sheriff Emergency Services in conjunction with the National Weather Service Detroit/Pontiac is offering Skywarn Spotter training free of charge to anyone 18 years of age or older who is interested in being trained in severe weather identification, protection, and reporting procedures. Classes will be held in Chelsea and Saline. The course is 1-1/2 hours long, and identification codes are issued to all who complete the program. Class sizes are limited so you must pre-register either electronically on the web at: http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/departments/emergency_management or by calling (734) 973-4900 (please provide your name, phone number, class date, and verify that you are at least 18 years of age).
Comcast has opened a new customer service location at 2915 Oak Valley Drive in Ann Arbor. The hours are Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm and Sunday from noon until 5 pm. They have discontinued customer service operations at their location on South Industrial in Ann Arbor.