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December 22, 2016

Over the past year, the City has been working with Foremost Development to determine whether they were the right development partners for the project at 3045 Broad. Three open forums were held to review concept plans for the site with the public. Unfortunately despite a good working relationship with Foremost, we were unable to come to terms to move forward with the development. The 3045 Broad Redevelopment Committee will meet in January 2017 to determine the next steps for this project.

We would like to thank all of the residents and members of the public that participated in the open forums.  Your input was a valuable part of the process.

December 20, 2016

The installation process has started for the ice rink in Monument Park. 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.

December 12, 2016

In preparation for inclement weather, please remove all cars from the street where possible.

Residents: Please clear your sidewalk of snow and ice within 48 hours of snow cessation.
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.      

Washtenaw County Sheriff Message - Sent Friday, December 16, 2016

Winter Weather Advisory until 12:00PM Saturday

...Snow developing tonight becoming heavy at times followed by a wintry mix Saturday morning...the National Weather Service in Detroit/Pontiac has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for snow, sleet and freezing rain in effect from 7 pm this evening to noon Saturday.

Snow developing by early this evening and becoming heavy at times during mid evening through early overnight.

Total accumulation ranging from around 3 inches toward the Ohio border to near 6 inches northern suburbs to Port Huron tonight through Saturday morning.

Snow becoming a wintry mix or freezing rain during Saturday morning but only resulting in a light glaze.

The snow and wintry mix will result in hazardous travel due to poor road conditions and limited visibility.

A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited visibility. Prepare...plan...and stay informed. Visit for more information on preparing for winter weather.

For full details, view this message on the web.

December 6, 2016

Bagged compost pick up by Waste Management ended Saturday, November 26, 2016. If you still have bags, they can be dropped off into compost dumpsters located at 7651 Dan Hoey (next to the Community Garden). The dumpsters will be there from Friday, December 2, 2016 to Monday, December 12, 2016.

Leaf pick up in the City is on-going. In past years the last day of leaf pick up would be in early December, however due to leaves falling later in the season we will be continuing to pick up piles likely for another one to two weeks. We thank you for your patience as we move through the neighborhoods. 

November 30, 2016

On Friday, December 2, 2016 the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will REOPEN Dexter-Chelsea Road between Fletcher Road and Lima Center Road in Lima Township after replacing a deteriorated culvert. On Monday, December 5, WCRC will complete final restoration work under flagged traffic control.

The Washtenaw County Road Commission offers our sincere thanks to the area residents, motorists, postal services, emergency services and school districts for their patience during this road closure.  

November 25, 2016

The decorative crosswalk at Ann Arbor Street and Hudson will be repaired on Tuesday, November 29, 2016. After the morning rush hour, traffic on Ann Arbor Street will be two way with flag control while the concrete is being removed and re-poured. Ann Arbor Street is expected to be back to regular two way traffic by the evening rush hour. Metal plates will be placed over the concrete so that the section of road does not need to remain closed while the concrete is curing.  

November 24, 2016

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.


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.
  • Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
  • Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
  • Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
  • Also, 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.


  • Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.
  • Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
  • Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
  • 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

November 11, 2016

Leaf pick up in the City is on-going. DPW crews have collected 17 truck loads of leaves this week (through the end of the day yesterday) and are continuing collection today. Once the leaves are collected, the load is taken to our certified compost site on Parker Road.

West Ridge, Dexter Crossing and Huron Farms will receive leaf pick up Monday, November 14, 2016. Leaf pick up in the other areas of the City will continue on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

 Please do not put any debris (garbage, sticks, etc) in the leaf piles and please do not rake leaves into the road, ditches, storm drains, or parking spots. Waste Management will continue to pick up compost bags through Saturday, November 26, 2016 (due to the Thanksgiving holiday).

Residents are encouraged to bundle their brush so that it can be hauled away by Waste Management. If you are unable to bundle the brush or have branches larger than 4" in diameter please contact the City Office (734-426-8303) so it can be picked up by the Department of Public Works. 

November 9, 2016

Voter turnout in the City of Dexter on November 8, 2016 was 79%.

To see the election results for Washtenaw County please visit -  

November 7, 2016

Fire Hydrant Replacement Project

The City Utility Department and Bidigare Contractors will be replacing fire hydrants along Huron River Drive from Friday, November 11, 2016 to Sunday, November 13, 2016. Locations that receive City water on Huron River Drive and Joy Rd. have been contacted and informed of the times that their water will be shut off. We do not anticipate that this work will have any impact on any other locations in the City. If you experience any pressure issues during this time and have not been notified by letter and/or personal visit, please call 734-426-4572 or 734-368-5212 (after 3:30 pm).

Shield Road Water Main Project

Due to the Shield Road Bridge reconstruction by the Washtenaw County Road Commission scheduled for summer 2017, the City has to relocate a water main that is located in Road Commission right of way on Shield Road. The only expected impact to Shield Road will occur while the contractor is installing a temporary access drive. The rest of the work will occur in the right of way and on school property north of Shield Road. This project is expected to start the week of November 7, 2016.