The Dexter Area Historical Society and Museum is sponsoring several holiday events in December, including Christmas at the Mansion, display of the Christmas Village Collection, a Christmas Tea, and a Holiday Bazaar. More information can be found at - http://www.dexterhistory.org/
The Dexter Area Fire Department would like to share the following information about fire safety at Thanksgiving.
Did you know Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires? The number of home fires double on Thanksgiving. Keep these safety tips in mind as you prepare your meal:
If you are roasting your turkey, make sure you set a timer. This way, you won’t forget about the bird as you watch the parade or football.
If you are frying your turkey:
- Use a fryer with thermostat controls. This will ensure the oil does not become over heated.
- Thaw your turkey completely. Ice on the bird will cause the oil to splatter.
- Don’t overfill the pot with oil. If you do, the oil will overflow when you add the turkey causing a fire hazard.
- Keep children and pets at least three feet away from the fryer.
- Always use the fryer outdoors.
Stuffing and Potatoes
Stand by your stove when you are boiling your potatoes or frying onions for stuffing. It is best to stay in the kitchen when you are frying, boiling or broiling. If you are in the kitchen, it is easier to catch spills or hazardous conditions before they become a fire.
- Keep the area around the stove clear of packaging, paper towels, and dish cloths; anything that can burn.
- Be sure to clean up any spills as they happen.
- Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire
- Turn pot handles towards the back of the stove so you don’t bump them.
By following these safety tips you will have a delicious and fire safe Thanksgiving. For more information please visit https://www.usfa.fema.gov/prevention/outreach/cooking.html
Leaf pick-up by the Department of Public Works (DPW) will begin the week of October 9, 2017. This year, the DPW will be using new equipment. This equipment is able to store many more yards of leaves than the previous equipment, which will require less trips to dump the leaves, leading to a quicker collection process. The new equipment is larger, so please park cars as far away from leaf piles as possible. It is also very important to make sure that there is no debris in the leaf piles (garbage, sticks, etc). The leaves should be piled as close to the curb as possible and not placed into the road, ditches, storm drains or parking places. The closer the piles are to the curb, the quicker they are able to be collected by the new equipment.
Waste Management will continue to pick up compost bags through Saturday, November 25, 2017 (due to the Thanksgiving holiday).
The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) is implementing new Flex Route technology to manage congestion and improve safety along US-23 in Washtenaw and Livingston counties between M-14 and just south of M-36. Michigan's first Flex Route will use a lane control system comprised of overhead signs, cameras, and electronic message boards mounted on large gantries. The system will manage freeway traffic more efficiently during peak hours by opening and closing the median shoulder to traffic. This will promote safety by providing drivers with advance notice of delays and incidents ahead. For more information on the Flex Route including a video demonstration of how it will operate visit - http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616,7-151-9621_11008_78923---,00.html.
The City's contractor, West Shore Services, is scheduled to perform preventative maintenance on the outdoor warning sirens in the City on Friday, November 10, 2017. As part of the maintenance, the sirens will be activated for a brief period of time.
Election results can be accessed at - https://electionresults.ewashtenaw.org/electionreporting/nov2017/index.jsp
Please remember that political signs must not be placed in the City right-of-way, which is generally the area between the sidewalk and the curb in front of your home/business. If you do not have a sidewalk, please keep the sign closer to your home/business than the road. Thank you for your cooperation.
Crack seal work on the streets that were cape sealed last year has been re-scheduled for Thursday, November 2, 2017 (weather permitting). This work is not expected to have a significant impact on residents or commuting traffic. Please proceed carefully through work zones.
Trick or treat hours in the City will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 31, 2017. The Chamber of Commerce and local businesses will also be sponsoring a trick or treat opportunity in Monument Park on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 1 pm to 4 pm and at participating downtown businesses from 9 am to 4 pm.
Continuing the week of October 23, 2017, City Utility Department staff will be flushing hydrants throughout the City. The schedule for flushing next week includes:
Westridge, Cedars of Dexter
As crews flush hydrants there may be some discoloration of the water. Residents who experience “rust colored” water should simply run the cold water tap for a few minutes to clear the household pipes. The rust coloring is caused by a natural build up of minerals in the water system. Some natural mineral deposits are stirred up in the water pipes when fire hydrants are first turned on. If possible, try to avoid washing white clothes during this time. 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 the quality of your water system.