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July 19, 2019

Crack seal work in Huron Farms, Dexter Crossing and the Industrial Park, will begin the week of July 22nd (weather permitting). This work is not expected to have a significant impact on residents or commuting traffic; some areas may be coned off temporarily as the crack seal cures. Please proceed carefully through work zones

July 19, 2019

Please do not allow grass clippings to blow into the street when mowing your lawn. These clippings travel into our storm sewer system which can cause the drains to clog. If you have a landscaping company that mows your lawn please pass this information along to them.

July 1, 2019

In an effort to protect our aquifers, conserve water resources, and control our peak hour water demand, the City of Dexter is continuing to enforce outdoor watering restrictions. Due to the weather, water usage has increased significantly and staff has noticed an increase in the number of violations of the restrictions.

Outdoor watering is prohibited between 6 am and 10 am and 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 numbered dates. Likewise, those with even numbered addresses (2, 4, 6, 8, 0) may do outdoor watering only on even numbered dates.A simple adjustment of the start time of your irrigation system control can achieve this.

If you are watering more than usual on your odd/even day, please make sure to read your water meter (or irrigation meter) before and after a few cycles so that you are aware of how much water is being used and are not surprised by the utility bill you receive. 

Thank you for your cooperation as we work to protect and conserve our water resources.

June 29, 2019

Waste Management is continuing to work on delivering trash/recycle containers. Delivery is expected to be complete by Saturday, July 13th. The new containers must be used for trash/recycle pick up starting Monday, July 15th.

Original Post

In cooperation with Waste Management, the City of Dexter will be switching to a toter collection system for refuse and recycling service. All residents in the City will be provided with toters for trash (green lid) and recycle (yellow lid) service under the City's new five-year contract with Waste Management. The standard toter sizes that will be initially delivered will be 96-gallons for trash and 64-gallons for recycling. All toter sizes have wheels to help facilitate getting them to the curb. Residents will have an opportunity to request an increase to a larger container for recycle and/or a smaller container for trash by completing and returning a postcard that will be included with the initial container delivery. If a residence requires more than one toter, an additional toter can be provided by Waste Management for a monthly fee.

Delivery of the toters is scheduled for the week of July 8th. If you have a toter with a lift bar that you would like to continue to use for trash, please leave it out at the curb the week of July 8th and, if Waste Management determines that it is an acceptable style cart, they will not deliver a new trash container. All residences will receive new recycle containers with the yellow lid. Collection will continue to occur on Mondays. The first collection day using the new toters will be Monday, July 15th.

Waste Management will only collect what has been placed in the toters except during specific bulk item collection days, which will now occur on the first Monday of each month. City-wide clean-up days will be held in the Spring and Fall. Residents that have bulk items that need to be picked-up on other days may request and pay for a special pick-up from Waste Management at 1-866-797-9018.

Residents who wish to dispose of their current cans may set them out during the bulk item collection day on August 5, 2019. Cans set out for removal must be empty and clearly identified as trash.

This is a change that the waste collection industry is making across the country because haulers are having an increasingly difficult time recruiting employees to pick up trash by hand, and with a toter based system, routes can be serviced with a single driver.

June 29, 2019

The Central Street project will start the week of July 15th. The contractor will start mobilizing equipment/finishing survey work on Monday. Central Street will be closed to thru traffic from just west of Fifth Street to Third Street once construction begins. The Third Street intersection will remain open. Stormwater work in the right of way will also be completed on Fifth Street between Central and Broad and on Fourth Street between Central and Dover. 

Original Post - June 28, 2019

Starting the week of July 8, 2019, the City will be reconstructing Central Street from Third to 300 feet west of Fifth Street, using a combination of federal funds and funds from the City's road millage. Stormwater work will also be completed on Fifth Street from Central to Broad, and on Fourth Street just south of Central Street. This project will continue many of the streetscape elements that are present on Central from the City limits to Third Street, including street lighting, designated parallel parking, and stamped colored concrete sidewalks. Central will be closed to thru traffic during the construction. Work is expected to last for approximately three months.

June 28, 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.

June 27, 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 27, 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.

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.