The Washtenaw County Emergency Operations Center will be conducting a test of 68 outdoor warning sirens (including the two located in the Village of Dexter) on Saturday March 1, 2014 at 12:00 Noon. These sirens are tested at Noon on the first Saturday of every month from March through September. If there is a threat of severe weather on the day of a test, it will be cancelled. Except for scheduled testing, the sirens will be activated for the following emergencies: 1.) The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Marine Division is offering Boater Safety Courses this year. Class Dates will be offered at the Learning Resource Center (LRC) Building (4135 Washtenaw Ave) from 8am-4pm on the following Saturdays: March 29, May 24, June 7, June 28, July 12, July 26, August 2, August 16, September 6, September 20.
Payments on delinquent 2013 Village property taxes can be accepted at the Village Offices until February 28, 2014. Reminder notices to property owners with unpaid taxes were mailed in early February. Payments must be received in the Village office by 5 p.m. on February 28th, postmarks cannot be accepted. After this date they must be paid at the Washtenaw County Treasurer’s Office.
Personal property taxes for commercial and industrial properties can still be accepted at the Village Offices past this date.
The Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is seeking a new member. The position must be filled by a resident of the DDA District. The Downtown Development Authority is responsible for preventing deterioration within the downtown business district, promoting economic growth, and encouraging commercial revitalization and historic preservation. The application form can be accessed at http://dextermi.gov/node/142
Residents interested in having a tree planted in their lawn extension can participate in our 2014 Tree Planting Program. The form can be accessed at http://dextermi.gov/tree-board. Please complete and return the form by Friday, March 21. Participation in the program is $135 per tree.
In preparation for the warmer temperatures and chance of rain this week, Village Staff will be working on digging out catch basins so that the water can reach the storm water system.
We would also like to recommend that residents with sump pumps check them to make sure they are working. Many residents have drain tile around their basements, so the melting snow or rain will drain down to drain tile and enter the sump pump. It is also important to make sure that the discharge line from the sump pump is not frozen.
Thank you to the residents/business owners who have helped to clear the snow from the 290 fire hydrants in the Village of Dexter. Staff from the Dexter Area Fire Department (DAFD) and Department of Public Works will be working today on digging out buried hydrants. Based on guidance from the DAFD, the hydrants are being cleaned out according to a plan which will result in an uncovered hydrant every 1000 feet.
The Village is soliciting proposals for an automotive themed sculpture to be placed in front of LaFontaine Chevrolet. Please follow this link for more information - http://www.dextermi.gov/sites/dextermi.gov/files/client_files/arts_committee/2014/Automotive_Art.pdf
The Village's Department of Public Works crew is continuing to work on cleaning up after our recent snow storms. Today they are sweeping downtown sidewalks/paths, pushing back snow piles along the sides of the roads and relocating snow piles. Pushing back snow piles along the sides of the roads can result in snow being pushed back onto driveways and sidewalks. While we apologize for this additional inconvenience, we need to maintain safe width on the traveling roadway.
The Village's Department of Public Works crew has been working on salting and plowing Village streets and downtown sidewalks. A summary of their activities is as follows:
Yesterday, in preparation for the snow, snow piles along the streets were pushed back and relocated where possible. As of 4:00 today, major streets and local streets have been plowed. Intersections and major streets have been salted. Downtown sidewalks have been plowed and salted. Parking spaces/lots are plowed as they are accessible. Crews will work overnight to remove snow from downtown parking areas.