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…and thank you for your interest in the town of Dexter and its council. Since my election in November 2020, I have distributed annotated agendas (see below) before each Board meeting. These bulletins are my personal effort to make it as quick and easy as possible for interested parties to know what the Board will be discussing and considering at each meeting. For the most part, the descriptions of the items on the agenda come directly from the meeting file. After each meeting (and when video links are available), I share links to video recordings of the discussion of each agenda item. Past meeting agendas, records, minutes, and video links (if available) can be found here:

Hearing from residents is one of my favorite parts of being a council member! If you have any questions, comments or concerns regarding upcoming Council business or any other Council or City matters, please feel free to email me at my official email address: jgriffin If you prefer to share your thoughts anonymously, please respond here:



Dexter Town Council Meeting

Monday, May 23, 2022 at 7 p.m.

3515 Broad Street, Dexter, MI 48130 and via Zoom

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Meeting program:

Reunion package:

Capital Improvement Plan 2022-2027:

As always there is two opportunities for unorganized public participation: one towards the beginning of the meeting and one towards the end of the meeting. See the agenda for more details.

During pre-established participationthe Council will hear Wylie Elementary Pupils in regards to their efforts to clean up around their school and along Mill Creek.

The board will consider (1) minutes of its last meetings and working sessions and (2) the list of upcoming meetings. We will also hear various staff updatesincluding the city ​​manager and the Mayor (note that the corresponding written reports are included in the meeting file).

Following the presentation and any discussion of these reports, The Board will consider the following items as part of the agenda by consent. Unless Council votes otherwise, these items are voted on as a single package without Council discussion.

  • Invoices and payroll in the amount of: $290,526.05
  • Proposal from Bostwick Company Inc. for sump pit repairs in an amount not to exceed $6,750
    • The Department of Public Works has requested quotes for the repair of cesspools at two locations in the city. Staff recommends approval of Bostwick Company Inc.’s proposal(s) for this work.
      • In front of Dexter Fastener Technologies (2110 Bishop Cir. E – Cost: $4,250
      • Southwest corner of Webster and Eastridge – Cost: $2,500
    • If approved, these repairs are expected to take place by July 1, 2022. These works have been included in the road fund budgets for the fiscal year 2021-22.
  • Appointment of Jeanette Frost to the Parks and Recreation Commission

The Board will discuss or consider (i.e., take action on) the following matters:

  • Special Land Use for Vacation Rental Units – 8040 Huron St.
    • The Planning Commission held a public hearing on Monday, May 2, 2022, for the purpose of considering a particular land use application. The Applicants, Douglas Neal and Lisa Belanger Neal (Owner), are offering vacation rental accommodation, for a property located at 8040 Huron Street ((08-03-32-360-005). In the Project Narrative attached to the application, the applicants describe the property as consisting of a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,489 square foot, single family home with 2 on-site parking spaces, as well as public on-street parking on the same side of the street that the site in question is zoned VR Village Residential District. Vacation rental housing is a special land use in the RV District.
    • (my words) During the public hearing, three people spoke, all of whom were neighbors expressing their support for the special land use.
    • The Planning Commission then voted unanimously to recommend approval of AP2021.22-12 Application for special land use for vacation rental accommodation.
  • Community survey
    • Beginning in November 2021, City staff were tasked with designing, creating, distributing and analyzing feedback collected through a City-wide community survey. During the review, City Council participated in the presentation and verbiage of the various issues. The purpose of the survey was to cover various topics and functions of the City, as well as to present a variety of priorities for residents to obtain their feedback.
    • As the survey closed in late April, the Dexter 2022 Community Survey received 730 responses. Using the 2020 census population of 4,500, staff received a total of 616 respondents in the city (84.6% of total respondents) and collected a sample of 13.7% (in the city) . Based on a previous survey conducted in 2011, only 109 residents (in the city) responded with an estimated sample size in the city of 2.8%.
    • Summaries of many of the open-ended questions and open-ended component questions are attached to this memo along with benchmarks between the 2011 survey and the 2022 survey.
    • Excerpts from the file that might interest you:
  • Recommended adoption of the capital improvement plan for fiscal year 2022-2027
    • The CIP is a program that projects and coordinates public spending to improve the City’s transportation and utility systems, facilities and other capital assets over a six-year period. The Planning Commission prepares and updates the CIP on an annual basis under the authority of the Planning Enabling Act (PA 33 of 2008), as amended. The Planning Commission’s goal is for the CIP to be used as a tool to implement the City’s master plan and help prepare the budget for the coming year.
    • A total of eighty-three (83) projects, including Cooperative and DDA, were postponed or initiated in this year’s PIC, with a six-year funding requirement of $19,408,000 and a funding requirement for the first year of $1,959,500. Please note that various funding sources contribute to the projects. For a full breakdown of project expenditure by funding source, please see the project and funding summary tables in the annexes. Also note that costs, funding sources and timelines are unknown for several major projects, including acquisition of downtown property, improvement of downtown facade, fire station project and any planned utility or street improvements in coordination with Dexter-Chelsea of ​​the Washtenaw County Road Commission. Dexter-Pinkney roundabout main project.
  • Dan Hoey Roadworks MDOT TED-B Grant Program Application Resolution
    • Following road planning discussions with OHM Advisors and DPW staff, staff recommend moving forward with construction planning on Dan Hoey for the summer of 2023. This recommendation is based on the current road conditions, PASER ratings, traffic level and time spent by staff on road maintenance. The build would encompass both sides of Dan Hoey as well as Lexington. Cost estimated by OHM Advisors is $557,000 to build (design and CE not included, and sidewalk on Dan Hoey not included).
    • The TED-B grant is available for villages and small towns for a maximum grant of $250,000. Dan Hoey is eligible for the TED-B grant program because it is not classified as a major state highway (and is not currently eligible for TIP funds). In order to apply for the TED-B program, the city council must approve a resolution authorizing the application.
  • Discussion about: Dexter-Ann Arbor Road Speed ​​Rating
    • In January, City Council discussed the posted speed limit on Dexter-Ann Arbor Road. following receipt of a request from a resident asking the City to consider reducing the speed near Carrington Dr. As described by OHM Advisors, the City has the ability to introduce a speed transition zone of 40 mph between Carrington Dr. and Dan Hoey Rd. This is due to the existing (and unusual) speed limit change of 15 mph (from 50 mph to 35 mph) on Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd. at Ryan/Dan Hoey.
    • If the City wishes to proceed with the speed reduction to 40 mph, OHM is prepared to establish a TCO reflecting the change. Staff would also work with the Washtenaw County Road Commission to request the installation of “Reduced Speeds Ahead” signage within the WCRC right-of-way outside the city limits toward the city.

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