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July 12, 2016

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; on Monday, June 27, 2016 the usage 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. City Utility Department will continue to distribute reminder door hangers on homes that are not following the restrictions.

July 8, 2016

The Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee is seeking a new member. The Committee meets on the firstTuesday 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 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.

Applicants for both positions 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    

July 5, 2016

The City is taking applications for a Department of Public Works employee. The position is open until filled. A first review of applications will occur after July 11, 2016.

Job Posting

Position Description

Application

July 1, 2016

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 owners 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.
 
Due to the dry weather conditions, extra care and responsibility must be taken to avoid starting a fire while using fireworks. Please pay very close attention to the area where the fireworks are being lit and the areas where they are landing to ensure that a fire does not start.

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 30, 2016

The Community Build Day for the playground at Lions Park on Saturday, June 18th was a huge success. Approximately 20 volunteers assisted with the construction. The development of this park has been a true community effort.

The City of Dexter would like to send a big thank you to the Park’s generous sponsors who helped to make the creation of this park possible:

Dexter Lions Club

Knight’s Grading and Excavating

Boullion Sales

Diubles Equipment Co.

Running Fit

Doors and Drawers

Thomson Shore

Dexter Community Schools

Robert Ewing of Charles Reinhart

Aubree’s Pizzeria and Grill

The Park should be open to the public by mid to late July.

June 27, 2016

The City of Dexter is seeking pictures of groups of people walking, running, biking, and recreating throughout the City. It is our goal to acquire publication-quality and advertisement-quality pictures of residents enjoying our City. Submit your best photos for the chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Hackney Hardware or a voucher for one free yoga class to Verapose Yoga Studio. You may submit your photos in one of the following ways: e-mail the photos to Jbreyer@dextermi.gov, or post the image to the City of Dexter’s Facebook page and send a private message with your e-mail address. To be eligible for the drawing, images must be submitted by August 1, 2016. Submitted pictures may be used in City publications and advertisements, and the submission of any photograph grants the City permission to use the picture for these purposes.

June 7, 2016

DTE will be trimming trees near power lines in the Dexter area. Below is a link to information that will be provided by DTE to impacted homeowners and a map of the targeted area.

DTE resident information

DTE tree trimming map

June 7, 2016

Washtenaw County Parks will be replacing the railing along the Border to Border Trail from Mill Creek Park North to West Ridge starting Thursday, June 9, 2016. The project should take approximately one week to complete. Thru traffic will be maintained on one side of the path while the work occurs.  

May 19, 2016

Please be reminded that before any work is done or materials are temporarily stored in a City right of way, a right of way permit is needed. The width of the right of way varies throughout the City. In the original village area it is a total of 99 feet wide, including the roadway. In the newer neighborhoods, it is generally a total of 60 feet wide including the roadway. In areas with sidewalks, the right of way includes the area between the sidewalk and the curb. In areas without sidewalks, it includes the area from the property line to the road. The permit is required to make sure that the work conforms with the City Engineering Standards and to make sure that the area is properly restored to the condition it was in before the work. For more information on obtaining a permit, please call the City Office at 734-426-8303. The form can be accessed online at http://dextermi.gov/node/144

May 13, 2016

Starting May 23, 2016 the City will be using a road treatment called cape seal on several roads throughout the community. The work will be performed by City contractor Highway Maintenance. A flyer with more information will be mailed to each property in the City. If the work is set to occur on your street, a door hanger will be placed by the contractor before the work is started.
 
Please proceed with caution through construction areas.
 
For an electronic copy of the flyer, a map of the roadwork locations and more information on the cape seal process please visit http://www.dextermi.gov/roads.