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April 5, 2019

Maintenance work has been scheduled on Monument Park Gazebo stairs starting the week of April 22, 2019. The work is expected to take between 1 and 1.5 weeks to complete. While this work is taking place, residents are asked to avoid the gazebo area. Sidewalks and the remainder of Monument Park will continue to be accessible while work takes place.

March 24, 2019

At the recommendation of the City’s native landscaping contractor, the Parks and Recreation Commission and City Council have approved a controlled burn for the natural areas of Mill Creek Park. The burn is scheduled to occur the afternoon of April 4, 2019. This burn will not impact landscaped beds or trees.

A controlled burn was performed in the rain gardens along Jeffords St. in 2018, which resulted in re-greening within a few weeks and very positive results for the native species that were planted there.

You may be wondering, “why burn?”  Fire effectively stimulates many native plant species to grow more vigorously by increasing the soil temperature, adding nutrients, and by discouraging invasive plants that are not adapted to fire. Today, many undesirable plants have invaded our native fire-adapted ecosystems, which typically decreases a site’s diversity of plants and the animals those plants support.  The aggressive spread of weeds such as reed canary grass is symptomatic of a disruption to a vital process in our natural landscape.  In many cases bringing fire back into a site can help to restore that site to its natural splendor.

March 23, 2019

DTE will be temporarily shutting off the power to four areas for approximately one half hour each during the day tomorrow (Saturday, March 23, 2019) as part of finalizing the work on the new transformer. No outage is expected within the City limits, however we wanted to help get the word out to our Township neighbors. The general areas of the outages and the estimated times are as follows:

- Dexter-Chelsea and Steinbach area (11 am) - approx. 53 customers
- Steinbach, Gross and Jackson in Lima Township (12 pm) - approx. 133 customers
- Baker from just north of Newman to south of Marshall including Marshall Rd (1 pm) - approx. 150 customers
- Dexter Ann Arbor between Forshee and just east of Morrison, including Morrison (2 pm) - approx. 51 customers

DTE is calling impacted customers with an automated message today.

March 18, 2019

The City of Dexter is proud to host the 9th Annual Easter Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 20, 2019! Come for a fun-filled family experience with live bunnies, egg scrambles, pictures with the Easter Bunny, and face painting! The event will be held at Community Park (3575 Ryan Dr.). The Easter Bunny will be at the Park from 10am – 11am, and the Easter egg scrambles will begin promptly at 10:30am.

Advance tickets are $2 per child or $4 for two or more children. Tickets at the event will be $3 per child or $5 for two or more children. To purchase advance tickets, please visit the Dexter City Office at 8123 Main St., Second Floor of the PNC Bank building. For more information, or to purchase advance tickets, please contact Justin Breyer, Assistant to the City Manager/Clerk at 734-580-2234 or by e-mail at

March 18, 2019

On Saturday, March 16, 2019 the City was informed by DTE that an emergency repair was needed to the substation on Second Street. This was going to necessitate a power outage for approximately five hours. Within approximately a half an hour the City had used its various communication methods (website, Facebook, e-mail update) to assist DTE in getting the message out to their customers. DTE also sent a computer generated phone call out to their customers prior to the outage. If you did not receive this call, please contact DTE at 800-477-4747 to make sure they have the correct phone number on file.

The emergency repair was a replacement of the transformer at the substation. The problem with the transformer was discovered during an inspection that was done on Saturday morning. If it were to fail unexpectedly with no replacement transformer or specialized crew readily available, the resulting outage could have lasted much longer. The new transformer that DTE installed is more technologically advanced and will be able to accommodate load growth and economic development in Dexter, improving reliability.

Though this was an emergency repair that needed to be done immediately, the City did receive a couple of questions we would like to address. One question was why the work couldn’t be done at night. DTE would not choose to have the power off during the night. This would mean all street lights and traffic signals would be out, creating the potential for issues on the roadways and in dark neighborhoods. Another question is why the work couldn’t have been done during the week. Having the power out during the week impacts even more businesses and would also require the closure of schools.

The City understands the frustration of our residents and business owners due to this outage. Unfortunately, as with any provider of essential services, difficult decisions sometimes need to be made to preserve the long-term functionality of the system. The City trusts that DTE did not make this decision lightly, but did so to be proactive in preventing a much larger problem in the future.

March 15, 2019

Yard waste collection by Waste Management will start on Monday, April 1, 2019.

The Department of Public Works will be chipping brush on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 and then resume their weekly Wednesday brush pick up on April 3, 2019. 

February 22, 2019

Unfortunately due to unrepairable holes in the liner, the ice rink is closed for the season.

February 22, 2019

The “Dexter Art Gardens” is an annual outdoor artwork exhibition sponsored by the Dexter Arts, Culture & Heritage Committee and the City of Dexter. Three (3) temporary outdoor artworks will be juried and placed on temporary display along with the City’s permanent collection for one (1) year: June 2019 – May 2020. The selected pieces will be installed on concrete pads in highly trafficked locations throughout Dexter. For more information or to submit an application, please visit the City of Dexter’s Call for Entries platform, CaFE at: Submitting an application via the CaFE site is free. The deadline for submissions is March 27, 2019.   

February 22, 2019

Registration is now OPEN for the 2019 Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival. Artists utilizing a wide-variety of mediums are encouraged to register to participate. Space is limited for both professional and emerging artists. Register soon to ensure your spot. This year’s Festival will run from Monday, August 12 - Saturday, August 17, 2019.  To participate in this year’s festival, please register at

February 15, 2019

The City of Dexter is seeking an energetic, highly organized, and self-motivated Farmers Market Manager. The Farmers Market Manager is a paid part-time position, and will work 450 approximately hours per calendar year at $14 per hour, including during all Saturday and Tuesday Farmers Market dates. The Farmers Market is open from May through October. The successful candidate will be under the direction of the City Manager or their designee. The Market Manager will be responsible for the successful operation of the Dexter Farmers Market, including: managing the Market during its hours of operation and coordinating market day logistics such as assignment of stalls, customer service, programming, community group participation, and monitoring safety and cleanliness. The position will also be responsible for such duties as: vendor recruitment, advertisement, engaging community partners, event planning, and exploration and implementation of the use of food assistance programs at the Market. The Manager will also be required to produce an end of the season report that will be distributed to City Council and made available on the City website. Full time City Staff will retain the responsibility of collecting and processing vendor fees.

The position description can be viewed by clicking here. The City’s employment application can be accessed by clicking here.

Applicants are asked to submit a completed application form, cover letter, and resume to the City of Dexter, 8123 Main St., 2nd Floor, Dexter, MI 48130. The position is open until filled, but a first review of applications will be Friday, February 15, 2019 at 2:00pm.