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May 31, 2017

The City will be conducting a traffic count during peak traffic periods on Thursday, June 1, 2017. Those conducting the count of car turning movements will be located at the Main/Broad, Main/Central and Main/Baker intersections.

May 10, 2017

The City would like to encourage Dexter High School seniors to register to vote before leaving for college. If the student will need an absentee ballot for future elections, he or she must register to vote in person at a City/Township Office or at the Secretary of State. If the student registers by mail, he or she will not be eligible to vote absentee at their first election. For more information, please contact Justin Breyer at 734-580-2234 or   

May 10, 2017

To the qualified electors of the City of Dexter, Washtenaw County, Michigan:

In accordance with City Charter Section 4.10, notice is hereby given that the filing deadline for candidates to be included on the November 7, 2017 General Election Ballot is July 25, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. The following offices will be included on the ballot:



The qualifications for these offices are as follows:

(1)   A candidate must be a registered elector residing within the boundaries of the City of Dexter for a minimum of one year prior to the date of the Election; and

 (2)   Submit an Affidavit of Identity and City/Township Nonpartisan Nominating Petition bearing the signatures of a minimum of 15 (maximum of 30) qualified electors residing within the boundaries of the City of Dexter.

All petitions and forms may be obtained at the City of Dexter Offices – 8123 Main St., 2nd Floor, Dexter, MI 48130. For more information, please contact the Dexter City Clerk at (734) 580-2234.

May 8, 2017

The City of Dexter is participating in a study regarding the control of reed canary grass, which is an invasive species. As part of this study, a prescribed burn is going to be conducted in Mill Creek Park South in the area south of Forest Lawn Cemetery on Monday, May 8, 2017 (weather permitting). The study will test the impacts of several treatments on preventing the spread and recurrence of the reed canary grass.

April 21, 2017

As part of the preventative maintenance we perform on our sewer system, sewer manholes throughout the City are inspected each year. The inspection allows us to identify three major things: (1) the condition of the manhole (2) whether the sewer water flowing properly and (3) whether storm water is getting into the manhole causing unnecessary water flow to get to the waste water treatment plant. If an issue is identified, it can be dealt with before it becomes a larger problem, generally through having the line cleaned and televised. In some cases manholes have become covered with grass and have sunk below the grade level of the lawn or sidewalk. Staff will be installing risers on these manholes to raise them to grade level. The manholes need to be easily accessible for preventative maintenance and for emergencies. 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. Thank you for your cooperation during this effort to maintain our sewer system.

April 21, 2017

In July 2016, City Council passed an ordinance requiring that anyone applying pavement sealcoat within the City limits must register with the City of Dexter prior to applying the sealant. The purpose of this ordinance is to prevent the application of coal tar based products, which have demonstrated to be health and environmental risks. Such risks include increased cancer risk to humans and impaired water quality in streams. A copy of the permit may be found on the City’s website at: .
Applying sealcoat in the City or allowing sealcoat to be applied to your property without a permit is a violation of the Ordinance and shall carry a fine of not more than $10,000 or imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both. (City Ordinance 2016-3).

April 18, 2017

Dog waste must be collected and disposed of in a trash can. The City has provided trash receptacles and dog waste disposal units throughout town. Dog waste is not suitable for recycle, compost or storm drains. Not collecting dog waste or intentionally throwing it into a City storm drain is an ordinance violation. (City Ordinance Sec. 10-37)

Trash cans, recyclables, and compost bags should be placed out at the street no earlier than 5 pm on Thursday. All materials must be out at the curb by 7 am Friday morning. (City Ordinance Sec. 38-74)

Riding a bicycle on the sidewalks downtown is not permitted. Bicycle riders should walk their bike on the sidewalk in the downtown area. This is especially important to avoid collisions right in front of entrances to our downtown businesses. (City Ordinance Section 54-133)

Spring is a time of rapid plant growth and also brings greater use of City sidewalks. If you have plants, shrubs or trees on your property that have grown over the sidewalk, please trim them back so that they are not obstructing the safe use of the sidewalks.

April 17, 2017

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office will begin their summer session of the Citizens Academy at the end of May 2017.   The academy is designed to provide a broad overview of the Sheriff's Office and its operations.   The academy meets 1 night a week on Wednesdays from 6 pm to 9 pm.   The attendees receive presentations and tours of Corrections, EOC, Dispatch, Patrol Operations and many of the specialty units. 

Click here for registration information.

April 12, 2017

We have received a few more details about tomorrow's bike event. The group has 130 riders confirmed, but expects there to be more that participate. They will be staging in Monument Park and then heading out on Central, to Main, to Dexter Chelsea. Many of the riders will be carpooling to the site, however they will be using public parking areas, including along the adjacent side streets.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office has informed the City that a local bicycle club will be holding a bike ride from Dexter to the Courthouse in Chelsea tomorrow morning (Thursday, April 13, 2017). The group is expected to include between 100 to 500 bicyclists and will leave from downtown Dexter around 8:30 am. The Sheriff's Office will be providing traffic control. If you are planning to travel through downtown during this time, please be prepared for a delay. The Sheriff will also accompany the bicyclists when they return to Dexter in late morning/early afternoon.

April 11, 2017

Registration is now open for the Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival adult and kids' workshops.

Adult Workshop

We are very excited to offer an adult workshop with nationally known, award-winning artist Peggi Kroll Roberts this year as part of our Festival. Peggi is also our awarding judge for the Plein Air and Quick Draw Competitions.

Her two-day workshop, "Still Life & Outdoor Settings" will be held on August 19 & 20, 2017. The cost to participate is $300 per person. Class size is limited. Please visit for more information or to register online.

Kids' Workshops

The Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival will host the Cookies and Canvass Children’s Painting Workshops on Wednesday, August 16th. The sessions are separated by age bracket - elementary, middle, and high school age. For more information, or to complete the online registration for one of these sessions, please visit

All art supplies are provided. Cost to participate is $10 per child/young adult.

Workshops are held rain or shine.