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July 3, 2018

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 owner's 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 owner's 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.

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.

July 3, 2018

The following is a message from the Washtenaw County Road Commission

On Tuesday, July 3, 2018, MDOT Office of Rail and the Washtenaw County Sheriff Department are scheduled to close Main St/Island Lake Road between Dexter-Chelsea Road and Dexter-Pinckney Road in Webster Township at approximately 9:30 a.m. to replace the overhead clearance signs on the railroad viaduct.

Separately, Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) crews will replace the warning signs leading up to the viaduct in both directions.

The new posted height will be 10’9” and reflects a corrected measurement based on current engineering standards.

The road will be back open to traffic within a couple of hours.

If you have any questions concerning this closure, please contact Matt MacDonell, Director of Engineering, at (734) 327- 6688 or

June 22, 2018

If sidewalk work was recently completed in your area, please check this weekend to make sure that your sprinkler lines were not damaged. The contractor is responsible for fixing the damage and will be starting work to fix any damaged areas the week of June 25, 2018.

June 22, 2018

As part of the new school construction project, Dexter Community Schools contractors will be constructing 1300 feet of center turn lane and relocated acceleration/deceleration lanes on Dan Hoey. This work is scheduled to start Monday, June 25, 2018. Two way traffic will be maintained.

June 19, 2018

The full closure of Baker Road from south of Shield to north of Dan Hoey will begin on Thursday, June 14, 2018. The road will be closed to facilitate the construction of roundabouts at Baker and Shield and Baker and Dan Hoey. 

In preparation for the roundabouts project, a DTE contractor will be relocating a gas main along Baker between Shield and Dan Hoey. During non-rush hour times, the contractor will need to reduce Baker Rd to one lane; two way traffic will be maintained with flagging. This project will start on Monday, May 7, 2018 at 9 am. This project will occur during the closure of Dexter Ann Arbor from Dan Hoey to Zeeb; drivers concerned about delay should consider taking Dexter Chelsea to Parker to Jackson to Baker to access I-94. 

The following is an advisory issued by the Washtenaw County Road Commission.

WHEN: Week of June 4, 2018

WHERE: Shield Road and Dan Hoey Road intersections at Baker Road in Scio Township & City of Dexter

WHY: DTE Gas line relocation

BACKGROUND: DTE Gas is planning the following road closures for gas line relocation ahead of this summer’s Baker Road Roundabout project.

  • Shield Road at Baker Road will be closed from approximately 7 p.m. on Monday, June 4 to approximately 7 a.m. on Tuesday, June 5.   
  • Dan Hoey Road at Baker Road will be closed from approximately 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5 to approximately 7 a.m. on Wednesday, June 6.
  • The DTE Gas contractor is scheduled to work from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. for the rest of the week (Wednesday, June 6 – Sunday, June 10) to help minimize traffic delays during lane restrictions.

However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions. A detour will be posted for all through traffic. Dexter Ann Arbor Road is expected to be re-opened by the time of these closures.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Rachel Franco from DTE Gas at or (313) 389-7609.

For more information about WCRC road closures visit

Please proceed with caution and patience through construction zones.

For updates on Dexter road projects throughout this construction season please visit -

June 18, 2018

Absentee ballot applications for the August 7, 2018 Election are available at the City Offices, (8123 Main St., Dexter, MI 48130) or by contacting Justin Breyer, Assistant to the City Manager/Clerk by e-mail at, or by phone at 734-580-2234

Precinct Worker Applications

The City of Dexter is currently recruiting for Election Inspectors to assist with administering elections at the polls from 6 am to 9 pm on election days. Workers are paid for their service. Upcoming elections will be held on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 and Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Anyone interested in serving as an election inspector should contact Justin Breyer, Assistant to the City Manager/Clerk by e-mail at, or by phone at 734-580-2234.

No prior experience is necessary.

June 9, 2018

The following is an update from the Washtenaw County Road Commission:

The closure of Huron River Drive between Brass Creek Drive and Mast Road in Webster Township will now remain in effect until the end of the day on Thursday, June 14.

WCRC apologizes for the extended closure. The weather has not cooperated and unfortunately pavement conditions were not favorable for paving today, Wednesday, June 13.

The road is expected to reopen under lane restrictions on Friday, June 15. However, all timelines are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

 For more information about WCRC road closures visit

May 21, 2018

Crack seal work on the streets that were cape sealed in 2016, along with other residential streets as needed, will begin on Monday, May 21, 2018. This work is not expected to have a significant impact on residents or commuting traffic. Please proceed carefully through work zones.

May 14, 2018

Hydrant flushing for Spring 2018 is complete.

May 11, 2018

If you are interested in attending the Fall 2018 Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office Citizens Police Academy please visit The website provides the application and release forms which should be returned to Deputy Wion at or faxed to 734-794-2128 by July 27, 2018. All forms must have an actual signature (email signatures and font signatures are not accepted). 

The Citizens Police Academy is designed to give you a behind the scenes, in-depth look into the everyday happenings of the Sheriff's Office. It is the Sheriff's Office goal to make this course an informative and enjoyable experience for everyone involved.They will share what they do and how they do it. You'll meet command staff, learn how traffic stops are made, take a tour of the jail, meet the K-9 and Mounted members, learn how to process a crime scene, make an arrest, and much more.