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April 7, 2017

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has asked that we pass along the following warning from the Federal Communications Commission regarding a phone scam that has been occurring in the Dexter/Chelsea area.

CONSUMER ALERT: 'CAN YOU HEAR ME' SCAMS

Phone Fraudsters Recording Consumers’ Voice Responses

WASHINGTON, March 27, 2017 - The Federal Communications Commission is alerting consumers to
be on the lookout for scam callers seeking to get victims to say the word “yes” during a call and later use
a recording of the response to authorize unwanted charges on the victim's utility or credit card account.

According to complaints the FCC has received and public news reports, the fraudulent callers
impersonate representatives from organizations that provide a service and may be familiar to the person
receiving the call, such as a mortgage lender or utility, to establish a legitimate reason for trying to reach
the consumer.

The scam begins when a consumer answers a call and the person at the end of the line asks, “Can you
hear me?” The caller then records the consumer's "Yes" response and thus obtains a voice signature.
This signature can later be used by the scammers to pretend to be the consumer and authorize fraudulent
charges via telephone.

If you receive this type of call, immediately hang up. If you have already responded to this type of call,
review all of your statements such as those from your bank, credit card lender, or telephone company for
unauthorized charges. If you notice unauthorized charges on these and other types of statements, you
have likely been a victim of “cramming”.

Anyone who believes they have been targeted by this scam should immediately report the incident to the
Better Business Bureau’s Scam Tracker and to the FCC Consumer Help Center.
Consumers should always be on alert for telephone scams. The following tips can help ward off
unwanted calls and scams:

  • Don’t answer calls from unknown numbers. Let them go to voicemail.
  • If you answer and the caller (often a recording) asks you to hit a button to stop receiving calls, just hang up. Scammers often use these tricks to identify, and then target, live respondents.
  • If you receive a scam call, write down the number and file a complaint with the FCC so we can help identify and take appropriate action to help consumers targeted by illegal callers.
  • Ask your phone service provider if it offers a robocall blocking service. If not, encourage your provider to offer one. You can also visit the FCC’s website for information and resources on available robocall blocking tools to help reduce unwanted calls.
  • Consider registering all of your telephone numbers in the National Do Not Call Registry.

 

As the Agency that implements and enforces the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, the FCC reviews
all consumer complaints. The Agency will continue, when appropriate, to issue consumer alerts based on
those complaints and other public information related to possible scams and frauds in hopes of informing
and empowering consumers.

Consumer Complaints:
Online: https://consumercomplaints.fcc.gov
Phone: (888) 225-5322
TTY: (888) 835-5322

April 6, 2017

The City has started a Spring sweeping of the streets. On Thursday, April 6, 2017, streets will be swept in West Ridge, Dexter Crossing and Huron Farms. Please remove all vehicles from the street, where possible, by 7 am so that the sweeper can clean the curb line/edge of roadway.   

April 3, 2017

Residents interested in having a tree planted in their lawn extension can participate in our 2017 Tree Planting Program. Please complete and return the form by Friday, April 28, 2017.  Participation in the program is $150 per tree. The form can be accessed at  http://dextermi.gov/sites/dextermi.gov/files/client_files/trees/2017/Spring_2017.resident.cost_sharing.EXTENDED.pdf

April 2, 2017

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has offered the assistance of its Community Work Program to the City. The Community Work Program is an alternative to incarceration program that substitutes community labor, rather than incarceration, for carefully selected offenders.  The Work Program provides service to local municipalities and other non-profit organizations throughout Washtenaw County.  

Participants in the program, accompanied by a Washtenaw County Sheriff's Deputy, will be working on cleaning up trash and debris in Downtown Dexter and in City Parks. Work is anticipated to occur (weather permitting) from 8 am to 4 pm on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 and over the weekend on April 1st and 2nd.

March 28, 2017

The 2017 Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival will be held from August 14, 2017 to August 20, 2017. Artist registration for the Festival is now available at http://paintdexter.org/registration

March 10, 2017

Thank you for your patience as we continue to clean up after Wednesday's storm. Please place any downed branches/trees into an organized pile (branches facing one way, etc) at the curb for chipping by the Department of Public Works next week. 

March 9, 2017

Earlier today (March 8) a Waste Management garbage truck accidentally dumped a load of garbage onto Dan Hoey and Dexter Ann Arbor. Representatives from Waste Management were on site to pick up trash in the impacted area. Due to the high winds, they will be returning to the area tomorrow to pick up any remaining trash. If you have trash on your property from this incident that has not been picked up, please send an e-mail to cnicholls@dextermi.gov or contact the City Office at 734-426-8303.

March 8, 2017

The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning. An advisory message from the Washtenaw County Sheriff is below. The City has been experiencing very high winds causing intermittent power outages. Power outages will cause the traffic signals to stop working - please treat the intersections as four way stops.

If you see a tree blocking a roadway in the City please contact the City Office at 734-426-8303. If no one answers it could be due to a power outage so please call the emergency on-call phone at 734-368-5212.

Advisory: A HIGH WIND WARNING IS IN EFFECT FROM 10:00 AM THROUGH 7:00 PM TODAY

The National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a High
Wind Warning, which is in effect from 10 AM to 7 PM EST
Wednesday. The High Wind Watch is no longer in effect. 

HAZARDOUS WEATHER...

* West winds will increase in strength over southeastern Michigan
during the late morning hours on Wednesday. A long duration of
sustained winds of 30 to 35 mph are anticipated throughout the
afternoon hours.

* The potential exists for wind gusts of 50 mph or greater during
the late morning and afternoon hours.

* The strong west winds are expected to diminish rapidly after 6
PM EDT.

IMPACTS...

* Power outages possible.
* Large limbs downed.
* Downed trees possible.
* Loose objects will be blown around.
* Difficult driving conditions, particularly for high profile vehicles.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. Sustained wind speeds of at least 40 mph or gusts
of 58 mph or more can lead to property damage.

* Prepare, plan and stay informed. Visit http://go.usa.gov/c7kkP 

February 28, 2017

Today (February 28, 2017) is the last day to make real property tax payments directly to the City. Payments can be made online using the link below, dropped off to 8123 Main Street (2nd floor of the PNC Bank) until 5 pm or placed in the drop box next to the Sheriff's Office door at 8140 Main Street. All payments starting March 1, 2017 must be submitted directly to Washtenaw County. Tax information can be found at -https://www.accessmygov.com/?uid=386   

February 28, 2017

A survey of Hudson Street from Baker Road to Ann Arbor Street will occur the week of March 6, 2017. Surveyors from city engineering consultant OHM will be in the area surveying the road and right of way. This is being done in preparation for a summer road project. Further information will be provided to residents and business owners in the project area in mid-March.