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July 13, 2018

Water usage in the City is now exceeding 1 million gallons per day. Typical usage in the winter is between 250,000 and 350,000 gallons per day. It is essential that everyone adheres to the prohibition on watering between 6 am and 10 am and the odd/even restrictions. If you are watering regularly, please check your automatic sprinkler systems to make sure they are set to match your odd/even address and to water earlier or later in the day.

Since we started the water restrictions in 2013, we have only handed out reminder notices. According to City Ordinance, however, we are able to issue tickets for an amount up to $500 per occurrence to those who have been repeatedly caught violating the water restrictions. Please help us conserve our water resources by cooperating with the restrictions.

Water Discoloration

This week, the City received several calls about discolored water. This is a consequence of both the high water usage and the various construction projects that require connections to the water system. The discoloration is caused by a natural build up of minerals in the water lines. These mineral deposits are stirred up when the usage is high and when valves are turned to allow for connections to made to the water system. The discoloration can be cleared by running the cold water in the highest bathtub or shower in the house until the water runs clear.

July 13, 2018

The City has received a grant from the State of Michigan to televise sewer main in the City. The goal of the grant is to help cities create an asset management plan for the sewer system. Starting the week of July 16, 2018 city contractor Metro Environmental will be televising the sewer lines south of Ann Arbor Street on Forest, Grand and Inverness. If necessary, in addition to the televising, the sewer mains will be cleaned with a vactor truck, which puts high pressure water through the main. The process requires accessing the sewer lines through manholes. Please proceed with caution when driving through these areas while the work is occurring.

If you have any questions about the work, please contact the Utility Department at 734-426-4572 - Monday through Friday from 7 am to 3:30 pm.

July 12, 2018

Water/sewer/refuse bills for May/June will be mailed out on Monday, July 16, 2018. The bills are now a full page stuffed in an envelope instead of a postcard. This new format allows us to provide more detailed information on the payment options, as well as usage history. If you are interested in having the bill automatically withdrawn from your financial institution and/or receiving your bill via e-mail, please reply to this e-mail.

July 4, 2018

The City of Dexter is seeking an energetic, highly organized, and self-motivated Assistant Planner. Under the supervision of the Community Development Manager, this position will be tasked with responsibilities such as managing and implementing projects related to land use planning, plan implementation, permitting, code enforcement, site inspections, and committee management. In addition, the City is currently experiencing significant redevelopment, in and around the downtown.

A link to the full Job Posting may be accessed HERE

Required Qualifications

  • Possess a Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a major in urban planning, public administration, business administration or a related field.
  • Thorough knowledge of federal, state, and local laws governing community planning and zoning.
  • Knowledge of modern principles and practices of city planning, community development, zoning, and redevelopment.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office products, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in the use of, and the ability to learn, various information technologies and software.
  • Reliable Transportation
  • Ability to attend meetings scheduled at times other than normal business hours, travel to other locations within the City and State.
  • Ability to perform multiple tasks accurately and efficiently under time constraints.
  • Ability to gather and analyze data for the purpose of preparing accurate and timely reports, recommendations, memoranda, letters, and responses to requests for information.
  • Ability to communicate and present information effectively both in verbal and written manner to varied audiences.
  • Possession of a valid Michigan driver’s license.

 Desired Qualifications

  • Possess a Master’s Degree in urban planning or public administration from an accredited college or university
  • A minimum of 2 years of experience in municipal or urban planning.
  • Considerable ability to exercise equitable and mature judgment in analyzing problems and recommending solutions.

Work Schedule

Regular office hours are Monday – Friday from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Attendance may be required at meetings held before or after normal working hours.


A cover letter, application, and resume should be sent no later than 5:00pm on Thursday, July 19, 2018, to the attention of Justin Breyer, Assistant to the City Manager/Clerk at 8140 Main St., Dexter, MI 48130, Candidates may also contact the City Offices by phone at 734-426-8303 for more information.

The Employment Application may be found at the following link:

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.