Around Town: Thank You Message from the Mayor; Leaf Collection; Planning Commission Meeting

Thank You Message from the Mayor

Hello everyone and happy sunny Friday! As we flip the page on the calendar from March to April, I wanted to reach out and say thank you. The first thank you goes to those that are working hard each day to help all of us – that is our first responders (Police, Fire and Ambulance), our City of Dexter staff (office, public works, water and wastewater employees) and those in the service industries who continue to stock our shelves at the local grocery stores and pharmacies.

Thank you for being there for all of us during this difficult time where we have been asked to stay home. It appears our City residents are doing a good job of staying home and staying safe and I would like to thank everyone who is complying with the Governor’s Order. It is really important that we continue to “isolate ourselves together”. While Washtenaw County is not immune to this horrible virus, it is good to see everyone doing their part to stay at home and stay safe.

The latest data shows that our 48130 zip code represents about 2 percent of the total virus cases in Washtenaw County (as of April 2, 2020) –

If we keep staying at home, hopefully we can keep that number as low as possible by doing our part to limit the spread. The predictions are that the number of positive cases is going to continue to increase. In fact, the peak of this appears to be in the near future, so please remember we can do our part to minimize the impact by continuing to stay at home (and to wash your hands) and by continuing to stay positive. We will get through this and we can help each other stay positive even when we aren’t interacting in close proximity to each other. Please stay in touch with those you care about! Please call them, Facetime them, or wave to them across the street or if you pass them while on an exercise walk. Every time you say “hello”, “good evening” or ask “how are you doing?” to another person over the phone or from across the street, it serves as a reminder that we are all in this similar situation. Kind words serve as a good example that people come first. So while our current system is set up to keep us physically separated, please find virtual ways to stay connected to others. My last thank you goes out to everyone that has waved at me or emailed or texted to ask how I was doing. Our sense of community is still very strong here in Dexter. So thank you again. I wish each of you the best in the days ahead. Have a nice weekend!

Leaf Collection & Brush Chipping

Loose leaf collection will be done on Thursday, April 9, 2020. Leaves should be at the curb by 7 am. Please empty any yard waste bags that contain leaves at the curb. Only leaves can be collected by the equipment due to the requirements of the certified compost facility they are taken to.

Brush chipping is done every Wednesday. Brush should be at the curb by 7 am. Please place sticks and other brush in piles away from any leaf piles.

Planning Commission Meeting

The Planning Commission will hold their meeting on Monday, April 6, 2020 at 7 pm via the online meeting platform Zoom. The access information is provided below. The meeting packet will be available by the end of the day at – (click on 2020).

You can join the Join Zoom Meeting by clicking the following link:
Or you can join by phone by dialing (888)-788-0099 or (877) 853-5247 and then entering the Meeting ID: 333 567 311#.

Business Information

The City has a separate e-mail list that is used to send information directly to businesses as new assistance programs are announced. If you would like to be added to that list, please send an e-mail to Information on City businesses that are open and available assistance programs can be accessed on the City’s website at –

Outdoor Warning Siren Test

Washtenaw County’s 87 warning sirens (including those in the City of Dexter) will be tested at Noon on the first Saturday of every month from March through October. If there is a threat of severe weather on the day of a test, it will be cancelled.

Except for scheduled testing, the sirens will be activated for the following emergencies:

• The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning

• A severe thunderstorm has been detected with damaging winds in excess of 75 MPH

• A hazardous materials accident requires immediate protective action by the public

• An attack on the United States is imminent, underway or has recently occurred

Warning siren activation is a signal to members of the public to immediately go indoors and monitor local Emergency Alert System media outlets for official information. Washtenaw County’s emergency broadcasters are:

WEMU 89.1 FM
WWWW 102.9 FM
WQKL 107.1 FM
WTKA 1050 AM
WLBY 1290 AM

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