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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com or complete and return the feedback form available at the web address above.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about WCRC road closures visit wcroads.org/news-resources/road-work-advisories/.
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.
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.
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.