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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 http://www.dextermi.gov/facilities. If you have feedback you would like to provide, please send an e-mail to cnicholls@dextermi.gov 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.

April 23, 2019

WHEN: Starting Friday, April 26, 2019

WHERE: Baker Road between I-94 and Shield Road in Scio Township

WHY: Road resurfacing

BACKGROUND: On Friday, April 26, 2019, the Washtenaw County Road Commission (WCRC) will begin road resurfacing on Baker Road between I-94 and Shield Road in Scio Township.

The road will not be closed to traffic, but delays are likely due to lane restrictions. WCRC encourages motorists, emergency services and others to use an alternate route.

The road improvements are expected to take approximately 6 days. However, all dates are tentative and subject to change due to weather conditions.

CONTACT: If you have any questions concerning this work, please contact Aaron Berkholz, (734) 327-6648, or via email at berkholza@wcroads.org

For more information about WCRC road closures visit wcroads.org/news-resources/road-work-advisories/.

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 JBreyer@dextermi.gov.

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.