Thursday, February 21, 2013
Three separate parcels of land are being considered for a permanent fire station in Dexter Township.
With mounting pressure from local taxpayers, the Dexter Township Board of Trustees voted to begin negotiations with three property owners to purchase land for a permanent fire station at its meeting on Tuesday. Township Trustee Jason Maciejewski asked the board to vote on a motion allowing Supervisor Pat Kelly to enter into a purchase agreement for 11485 North Territorial Road. The 5-acre parcel was the planned location for the fire station, however it was sold to Dexter Plaza One, LLC. in December before the board authorized a purchase agreement. The owners of the property have since publically stated that they would be willing to sell the land to Dexter Township for its purchase and clean-up cost. "I've said many times that I'm not …
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The township will seek requests for proposals to reconstruct the parking lot in the summer.
The Dexter Board of Trustees unanimously voted to move forward with a construction project to rehabilitate the parking lot at the township hall at 6880 Dexter-Pinckney Road. On Tuesday, board members directed the Livonia-based engineering firm of Orchard, Hiltz & McCliment, Inc. to post requests for proposals for the project, which is estimated to cost roughly $135,000. According to information provided by the board, the township's 2012-2013 fiscal year budget includes an allocation of $142,000 to cover the project. The rehabilitation will include repaving the lot, adding a handicap accessible ramp, lighting improvements, and landscaping improvements. Township Supervisor Pat Kelly said township officials will ask the Western Washtenaw …
Friday, January 25, 2013
The Dexter Area Fire Department responded to a house fire in the 10000 block of Fleming Road on Friday.
The Dexter Area Fire Department responded to a home fire in the 10000 block of Fleming Road in Dexter Township on Friday. According to Ann Arbor.com, firefighters were dispatched at 9:28 a.m. for reports of smoke in the basement. The homeowners were evacuated from the property uninjured. The newspaper reports that the fire was isolated to the basement near a wood-burning stove, and was extinguished in about 10 minutes. The basement was the only part of the house that suffered smoke damage. Fire crews cleared the scene around 10:22 a.m. Read the complete story on Ann Arbor.com.
Monday, January 21, 2013
The council will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the township hall to review fire station location options.
Alternative locations for a proposed permanent fire station in Dexter Township will be discussed at a special meeting of the Board of Trustees at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 28. Officials are looking for land to purchase in order to build the station to replace the township's temporary substation at the MultiLakes Sewer Authority. The township had planned to purchase 5 acres of property and build the station at 11485 N. Territorial Road, however the property was sold to the Inverness Inn in Chelsea after the township failed to complete a purchase agreement in December. Township Supervisor Pat Kelly said said the board is considering several options, including the possibility of condemning and taking the property through eminent domain. "Personally I…
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Township residents Bob Nester and Tom Ehman will serve on the Planning Commission through 2015.
"I'm very surprised with the supervisor's recommendation of Mr. Ehman considering that for years madam supervisor has said she wouldn't appoint Tom Ehman to anything if he was the last person on earth." -- Harley Rider The Dexter Township Board of Trustees gave its nod of approval to two of three appointments to the Planning Commission at its meeting on Tuesday. Township Supervisor Pat Kelly nominated residents Bob Nester and Tom Ehman to the commission after receiving five applications of interest. "I would not hesitate to appoint all five candidates to the Planning Commission. They would all provide good service to the township," Kelly said. "One of the supervisor's jobs, however, is to look at the commission as a whole, and try to mix …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Representatives from DTE commended the township for being proactive in its recent public safety efforts.
Dexter Township officials received a surprise gift during their regular meeting on Tuesday. Representatives from DTE Energy presented the township board of trustees a check for $2,500 to help offset the cost of installing 16 outdoor warning sirens in the community. "DTE is very proud to be part of the Dexter community," Paul Ganz, regional manager said. Ganz, who has lived in the township for the past 20 years, said he admires the board's decision to move forward with purchasing and installing the sirens at a cost of $370,000. "When the siren warning system came up, I said 'that's the kind of heads up thinking that has really become a hallmark for this township,'" he said. "The township's response to the (March 15, 2012) tornado was just …
Friday, January 11, 2013
Residents can participate in a hands-on assessment of the township’s natural areas and provide input for its protection and enhancement.
Friday, January 11
The Huron River Watershed Council and Dexter Township invite township residents to help create a Green Infrastructure Vision at a special meeting on Feb. 7. Green infrastructure is the interconnected network of open spaces, natural areas and waterways that supports native species, maintains natural ecological processes, sustains air and water resources, and contributes to residents' health and quality of life. Attendees will study maps of Dexter Township natural areas, water resources, recreational areas, and the master plan, and participate in a hands-on assessment of the township’s green infrastructure and potential future plans for its protection and enhancement. This visioning process will inform development of a Green Infrastructure …
Saturday, January 5, 2013
The 5-acre parcel of land the township planned to purchase for the fire station was sold on Dec. 31, 2012.
Plans to build a permanent fire substation in Dexter Township are in limbo after the property the township planned to purchase was sold on Dec. 31. According to Dexter Township Supervisor Pat Kelly, talks with PJK Dexter, LLC, who owns the 5-acre property at 11485 N. Territorial Road fell through after the township failed to purchase the property at a cost of $262,000 prior to the expiration of its purchase agreement on Nov. 14, 2012. Kelly said by the time the board authorized approval at its Dec. 18 meeting, the landowner was already in negotiations with the owners of the Inverness Inn in Chelsea. The township had planned to purchase the property and build the station, which would put 98 percent of the township's residents within 5 miles…
Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Local residents will serve as township representatives on various local and county boards.
The Dexter Township Board of Trustees appointed Don Darnell to the township Zoning Board of Appeals for a three-year term ending on Dec. 31, 2015. Darnell was one of several appointments the board made at its meeting on Dec. 18. Jamie Hodges was appointed to fill the remainder of a term on the ZBA ending Dec. 31, 2013; and Brook Smith was appointed to fill the remainder of a term ending on Dec. 31, 2014. James Cormier was appointed as an alternate through Dec. 31, 2014. Peggy Clough, Dave Diesing, and Nina Doletzzke-Rachkham were appointed as members of the Board of Review, and Jim Drolett was named as an alternate. All were appointed for two-year terms ending Dec. 31, 2014. Trustee Jason Maciejewski will continue to serve on the Western …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Placements of the sirens and permitting issues delay the installation of the sirens for weeks.
Plans to install 16 outdoor warning sirens throughout Dexter Township came to an abrupt halt on Tuesday. Construction crews with Front Line Plus, Inc., the supplier of the sirens, were asked to suspend installation immediately until the Washtenaw County Road Commission could approve permits for the siren poles. "There has been some miscommunication with the contractor and the Road Commission," Matthew MacDonnell, senior project manager for permits and construction at the WCRC said. "Sirens were going up in locations that were undesirable or us before we could issue permits." According to MacDonnell, the Road Commission had approved five of the 13 permits last week for sirens located near roads in the county's right-of-way, however, he said…