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August 6, 2019

Absentee ballot applications for the August 6, 2019 Washtenaw Intermediate School District Special Millage Election are available at the City Offices (8123 Main St., Dexter, MI 48130) or by contacting City Clerk and Assistant to the City Manager Justin Breyer at 734-580-2234 or Absentee ballots may now be requested by all registered voters without providing a reason.

The City of Dexter maintains a permanent absentee voter list. This list will automatically generate an absentee ballot application that will be mailed to your house for each election. Permanent absentee voter list application forms are available at the City Office or by contacting the City Clerk.

Please keep in mind that it is against State of Michigan election law for the Clerk to give an absentee ballot over the counter to someone other than the person whose name is on the ballot. Receiving an absentee ballot in person at the City Office carries the same identification requirements as voting at the polls on Election Day.

July 5, 2019

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 specified days during specified times.

These days and times are:

1) Between 11am on December 31 and 1am on January 1.
2) Between 11am and 11:45pm on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Memorial Day.
3) Between 11am and 11:45pm on June 29, June 30, July 1, July 2, July 3 and July 4.
4) Between 11am and 11:45pm on July 5, if that date is a Friday or a Saturday.
5) Between 11am and 11:45pm on the Saturday and Sunday immediately preceding Labor Day.

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 initial passage of the State law in 2012, the City has received numerous complaints regarding the use of fireworks on the permissible 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. 

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 1, 2019

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. The next election will be held on August 6, 2019. Anyone interested in serving as an election inspector should contact Justin Breyer, City Clerk/Assistant to the City Manager by e-mail at, or by phone at 734-580-2234.

No prior experience is necessary; training will be provided. Election Inspectors must be at least 16 years of age. 

June 14, 2019

The City of Dexter is seeking candidates to fill a part-time, temporary summer position. This position is with the Department of Public Utilities and the primary task will be painting fire hydrants and other water system assets. The position may also include assistance with general maintenance. Work hours for this position are 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday from July 1 through September (depending on availability). Starting pay is $10 per hour. Applicants must be 18 or older. An application can be downloaded at and should be returned to the City Office - 8123 Main, 2nd floor of the PNC Bank. It can also be e-mailed to

June 5, 2019

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office will be filming a recruitment video in downtown Dexter on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. They will be in and around Joe & Rosie's (8074 Main) from 6 am to noon and in Monument Park from 2 pm to 6 pm.

May 24, 2019

Thank you to everyone who has brought plastic bags to the office to be recycled. Below is a photo of the first load of bags, collected since March 22nd, that we dropped off at the recycle center. When bringing plastic bags to the Office, please make sure that they are dry and do not contain food residue.

Original Information

The City of Dexter has partnered with Recycle Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County through the Plastic Pollution Solution Collection Network to offer a single-use plastic recycling drop-off location to City residents/business owners. The green drop-off bin is located at the Dexter City Offices, 8123 Main St., 2nd Floor of the PNC Bank. This program allows for the recycling of dry and clean plastic bags (grocery, zip seal, bubble wrap) and similar soft plastics.

The average life-span of a plastic bag is 14 minutes and they are the number one contaminant in curbside recycling programs. These plastics are not recyclable through standard curbside recycling and can cause jams in machines at recycling facilities. 

May 22, 2019

As of today, Wednesday, May 22, 2019, the work on the water tower has been completed and it has been brought back into service. With this work finished, the complete outdoor watering ban that has been in effect since April 1st is now lifted and City residents and businesses will return to the normal watering restrictions. Outdoor watering continues to be prohibited every day between 6:00 am - 10:00 am. Outdoor water usage is also 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 number dates. Likewise, those with even numbered addresses (2, 4, 6, 8, 0) may do outdoor watering only on even numbered dates. 

As water usage City-wide returns to normal, please ease into your outdoor water usage. The purpose of the complete ban and the continued watering restrictions is the protection of the City’s underground aquifers. We would like to continue our diligence and avoid taxing the aquifers despite the complete ban being lifted. 

The City would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during this process. We have had to do very little enforcement of the ban and our water usage has stayed very consistent. We understand the inconvenience that the outdoor watering ban has been to our water users. It has also a significant and stressful challenge for City staff to keep the water system functioning properly without the availability of the tower. Fortunately, re-coating of the inside of the tower only needs to be done approximately once every 20 years.

Thank you again for your cooperation during this effort to maintain the quality of your water system. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Utility Department at 734-426-4572 during the hours of 7:00 am and 3:30 pm.

May 21, 2019

The City Utility Department has started the process of bringing the water tower back into service. This will require completely filling the tower, emptying the tower and filling it again over the course of approximately 6 days. During this time, to fill the tower as quickly as possible, more water than usual will be flowing through the water system. This is the same situation as hydrant flushing or the use of hydrants for fire fighting, which can cause discoloration of the water. The discolored water is caused by a natural build up of minerals in the water system, which are stirred up when the water is moving through the mains at a high volume. Residents who experience this should simply run the cold water tap for a few minutes to clear the household pipes. 

A message will be sent once the ban on outdoor watering has been lifted and the City returns to odd/even water restrictions. The ban on outdoor watering from 6 am to 10 am, that has been in place for several years, will also continue.

May 6, 2019 Update

The rain over the past two weeks has been great for lawns and plants, but has caused some delay in the water tower project. The coating on the interior of the tower had to be applied while the humidity and temperature were at a certain level, plus the access panel on the top of the tower had to be open for proper ventilation for the workers inside. Despite the weather challenges, the contractor is completing the last interior coat application on the tower today (Monday, May 6th). We now enter a 7-10 day curing period for the coating. To ensure that it is properly cured, a generator will be operating a dehumidifier and heater (if necessary) 24/7 for the next 7-10 days.

Once the coating is cured, we will begin the approximately 6-day process for bringing the tower back into service. The procedures for bringing the tower back online are governed by the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (formerly MDEQ). The estimated time period in which we should be able to return to odd even water restrictions is between May 20th and May 23rd. A notice will be sent out as soon as the ban is lifted.

The City would like to thank everyone for their cooperation during this process. We have had to do very little enforcement of the ban and our water usage has stayed very consistent. We understand the inconvenience that the outdoor watering ban is to our water users. It is also a significant and stressful challenge for staff to keep the water system functioning properly without the availability of the tower. Fortunately, re-coating of the inside of the tower only needs to be done approximately once every 20 years.

Original Information

On Monday, April 1, 2019 the preventative maintenance work on the City's 500,000 gallon water storage tower will begin. The work is expected to take approximately 6 weeks and requires the tower to be drained of water. Starting April 1st, all outdoor watering (car washing, irrigation, etc) is prohibited. This temporary ban is necessary because the City will not have the ability to store water; we will only have the ability to put into the system what we can get directly from the wells. To avoid excess strain on the wells during this time, water use must be limited to indoor usage only. The ban will be strictly enforced. Once the work is complete, a notice will be sent out that the odd/even water restrictions are back in effect.

The water tower is located in the Dexter Business and Research Park. The preventative maintenance is being done on the inside of the tower. Those in the area may hear noise as the contractor uses a vacuum system as part of the work. Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm Monday through Saturday.

May 3, 2019

Thank you to all who attended the Town Hall Meeting on City Facilities on Saturday, April 27, 2019. To view the poster boards and Powerpoint slides from the meeting please visit If you have feedback you would like to provide, please send an e-mail to or complete and return the feedback form available at the web address above. 

April 26, 2019

Corby Energy Services, on behalf of DTE, will be changing the fixtures on the street light poles in the roundabouts on Sunday, April 28, 2019 from 8 am to 2 pm. Intermittent lane closures will be necessary. Please proceed with caution through this area.