In July 2016, City Council passed an ordinance requiring that anyone applying pavement sealcoat within the City limits must register with the City of Dexter prior to applying the sealant. The purpose of this ordinance is to prevent the application of coal tar based products, which have demonstrated to be health and environmental risks. Such risks include increased cancer risk to humans and impaired water quality in streams.
As part of the preventative maintenance we perform on our sewer system, sewer manholes throughout the City are inspected each year. The inspection allows us to identify three major things: (1) the condition of the manhole (2) whether the sewer water flowing properly and (3) whether storm water is getting into the manhole causing unnecessary water flow to get to the waste water treatment plant. If an issue is identified, it can be dealt with before it becomes a larger problem, generally through having the line cleaned and televised.
Dog waste must be collected and disposed of in a trash can. The City has provided trash receptacles and dog waste disposal units throughout town. Dog waste is not suitable for recycle, compost or storm drains. Not collecting dog waste or intentionally throwing it into a City storm drain is an ordinance violation. (City Ordinance Sec. 10-37)
Trash cans, recyclables, and compost bags should be placed out at the street no earlier than 5 pm on Thursday. All materials must be out at the curb by 7 am Friday morning. (City Ordinance Sec. 38-74)
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.
The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office will begin their summer session of the Citizens Academy at the end of May 2017. The academy is designed to provide a broad overview of the Sheriff's Office and its operations. The academy meets 1 night a week on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm. The attendees receive presentations and tours of Corrections, EOC, Dispatch, Patrol Operations and many of the specialty units.
We have received a few more details about tomorrow's bike event. The group has 130 riders confirmed, but expects there to be more that participate. They will be staging in Monument Park and then heading out on Central, to Main, to Dexter Chelsea. Many of the riders will be carpooling to the site, however they will be using public parking areas, including along the adjacent side streets.
Registration is now open for the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival adult and kids' workshops.
We are very excited to offer an adult workshop with nationally known, award-winning artist Peggi Kroll Roberts this year as part of our Festival. Peggi is also our awarding judge for the Plein Air and Quick Draw Competitions.
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
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.
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