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June 23, 2017

Hydrant flushing for spring/summer 2017 is complete.

June 23, 2017

Our annual water quality report describing the source and quality of your drinking water is available at http://dextermi.gov/sites/dextermi.gov/files/client_files/documents/water_quality_report_2016.pdf

To receive a paper copy in the mail, please contact the Utility Department at 734-426-4572.

June 16, 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.

June 14, 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.

June 12, 2017

The City is seeking applications for temporary summer help. This position is in the Department of Public Works and will assist with mowing lawns as well as general maintenance. Work hours for this position are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from June through August/September (depending on availability). An application can be downloaded at  http://dextermi.gov/sites/dextermi.gov/files/client_files/forms/employment_application_3.pdf

June 7, 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. 

The Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee is seeking one new member. The Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and is a 11 member group that advises City Council on the development of arts, culture and heritage; promotes and publicizes projects that support arts, culture and heritage; serves as advocates for arts, culture, and heritage and encourages networking and collaborations of the arts, culture, and heritage of the City of Dexter.

The Planning Commission is seeking one new member.  The Planning Commission meets the first Monday of each month at 7:00 pm and is a 9 member commission 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 reviewed and or revised every 5 years.  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 Zoning Board of Appeals is seeking two new members to serve as alternates on the Board.  The ZBA meets as needed on the third Monday of the month at 7:00 pm to decide on requests for variances from the Zoning Ordinance.

Applicants for all positions, with the exception of the Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee, 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

For more information on any of the positions please contact the City Office at 734-426-8303.

June 5, 2017

Crack seal work will be completed in West Ridge, Huron Farms and Dexter Crossing over the next few weeks. This work is not expected to have a significant impact on residents or commuting traffic. Please proceed carefully through work zones.

June 5, 2017

Dexter Community Schools will be holding three public forums on the millage request that will be on the August 8, 2017 ballot. The meetings will be on June 12, July 17 and July 31, and will be held in the Creekside Cafeteria (2615 Baker) at 7 pm.

June 2, 2017

The Road Commission is scheduled to complete the following chip seal projects in the Dexter area next week (weather dependent):

Dexter Pinckney from North Territorial to Sarah Dr on June 5, 2017

Dexter Townhall from North Territorial to Island Lake on June 6, 2017

Island Lake from Lima Center to Dexter-Pinckney on June 7, 2017

Baker Road from Dexter City Limits to I-94 on June 8, 2017

Jackson Ave from Parker to 0.3 miles west of Baker on June 8, 2017

The Road Commission has indicated that the roads will not be closed; however lane restrictions and flagging will be necessary. For more information on these projects please visit -  http://www.wcroads.org/road-work-construction/projects/

June 1, 2017

If you are interested in attending the Fall 2017 WCSO Citizens Police Academy please visit http://www.ewashtenaw.org/government/sheriff/community/citizens-police-academy. The website provides the application and release forms which should be returned to Deputy Wion at wionj@ewashtenaw.org or faxed to 734-794-2128 by July 27, 2017. All forms must have an actual signature (email signatures and font signatures are not accepted). 

The Citizens Police Academy is designed to give you a behind the scenes, in-depth look into the everyday happenings of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office. Their goal is to make this course an informative and enjoyable experience for everyone involved. It's their opportunity to share what they do and how they do it. You'll meet command staff, learn how traffic stops are made, take a tour of the jail, meet our K-9 and Mounted members, learn how to process a crime scene, make an arrest, and much more. 

Class Schedule: 
September 7th to November 16, 2017
Every Thursday
Dinner served:  5:30pm
Class begins:  6:00pm

Location: 
County Service Center on Hogback Rd. 
Jury Assembly Room
2201 Hogback Rd.
 
Cost: FREE

Age: Must be at least 18 years old, unless part of the Washtenaw County Sheriff Office Explorer Program

Topics Covered: 
Meet the Sheriff
What is Community Engagement 
Community Outreach Program                                                           
Total Policing
Arrest Procedures
Community Corrections 
Juvenile Detention Center
Emergency Management 
Tour Metro Dispatch
K-9 demonstrations 
Mounted demonstrations
Traffic Crash Reconstruction 
Firearms Training Simulator (FATS)
Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) 
Marine/Underwater Search and Recovery Team (DIVE)
Crisis Negotiation Team (CNT) 
Crime Scene Investigations
Corrections/Jail Tour