The Village's water system includes a 500,000 gallon water storage tower. Maintenance work has been scheduled on the tower, which will require it to be out of service. Iron can build up in the bowl of the tower, so a valve is being installed that will allow the Village Utility Department to remove the iron while keeping the tower in use. The work will take 7-10 days and is scheduled for October 30 to November 8. Our water system is capable of operating without the use of the tower, however to ensure a smooth process we are asking that our residents and businesses reduce their water usage during this time period. Thank you for your cooperation as we conduct this maintenance on our water system.
Daylight savings time ends on Sunday, November 3, 2013 – Remember to set your clocks back one hour. This is also a good time to change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.
The Farmers Market will be wrapping up the 2013 season with two October events:
October 19 - Free Pumpkin Painting for kids 12 and under from 10 am to noon
October 26 - Dress Up Your Dog for Halloween Contest - Judging at noon
The last days of the 2013 Market will be Tuesday, October 22 and Saturday, October 26.
A right of way permit has been issued to West Bay Geophysical to conduct seismic testing along Baker and Central Streets. Sensors will be placed along the right of way tomorrow (October 9). The testing will occur between 9:00 am and 2:30 pm on Thursday, October 10, which involves a machine emitting a vibration similar to an asphalt roller traveling slowly down the street. The work is starting and ending outside the Village jurisdiction (from Baker and I-94 to Central and up Mast through Webster Township). During operations, an instrument truck will be parked alongside the roadway with a company representative available to answer questions from residents.
The Village of Dexter, Washtenaw County Parks & Recreation and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) have continued to meet over the past several months regarding the path alignment to complete the trail from Central Street to Dexter Huron Metropark. The final portion of the path will be constructed in the railroad right of way. The tracks and right of way are now owned by MDOT, after completing their purchase from Norfolk Southern last year. The Village currently uses a portion of the railroad right-of-way to access our Department of Public Works building. The main point of review over the past several months has been how to safely align the walking/bike path in the vicinity of the access driveway in such a way that it does not place the walkers and bikers in conflict with the day to day DPW vehicle traffic. The Village and County had previously requested that the pedestrian/biking path alignment be parallel to, yet between, the DPW access driveway and the railroad tracks. MDOT on the other hand wants the pathway as far away from the tracks as possible, which means that the pedestrian/bike path is likely going to have to cross the DPW access driveway. Revised plans showing this new alignment are being submitted to MDOT for their approval based on the meetings/discussion that have occurred. It is likely that the construction of the remaining portion of the path will begin sometime in spring 2014. We appreciate your patience as work through these details so that all forms of transportation can safely share the use of the railroad right-of-way.
The last day to register to vote for the November 5, 2013 Charter Commission Election is Monday, October 7, 2013. To find out if you are registered to vote and view a copy of your sample ballot visit - http://www.michigan.gov/vote If you will be out of town on Election Day, are age 60 or older, or unable to attend the polls without the assistance of another you can request an absentee ballot by contacting your Township Clerk’s Office:
Scio – 734-369-9400
Webster – 734-426-5103
Washtenaw County conducts monthly tests of the outdoor warning sirens, including those in the Village of Dexter, from March to September. Recently Dexter Township has installed outdoor warning sirens throughout the Township. They have decided to test their sirens throughout the fall and winter. The tests will continue to occur on the first Saturday of the month at noon.
The Washtenaw County Office of Community & Economic Development Weatherization Assistance Program can help eligible homeowners improve their homes, while lowering their energy bills. A flyer with more information about the program can be accessed by clicking here.
The annual Homecoming Parade will be held Thursday, October 3, 2013 from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm. The following road closures will be in effect:
Starting at 1:30 pm – Main Street between Dexter Chelsea and Baker
Starting at 1:45 pm – Baker Rd between Main Street and Dan Hoey
The railroad is working on improvements to the tracks through the Village. The work will require closures of the Broad and Central crossings. The crossing over Central Street is scheduled to be closed on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. The crossing over Broad Street is scheduled to be closed on Wednesday, October 2, 2013.
Crossings outside of the Village are also impacted. The Zeeb Road crossing (between Peters Road and Huron River Drive) will be closed on Monday, September 30, 2013. The Wylie Road crossing (between Dexter Chelsea and Island Lake) will be closed on Thursday, October 3, 2013.