Tuesday, November 27, 2012
The company is expanding its Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales operation in the village to include a distillery, winery and tasting room.
In its first official action as a new board following the Nov. 6 general election, the Dexter Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved a tax abatement for Northern United Brewing Company. Northern United, the parent company of Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, applied for an industrial facilities tax exemption for six years for $1.5 million in real property and seven years for $1.6 million in personal property. The company is planning to expand its current operations and expand to 2319 Bishop Circle East in order to build a distillery, winery, and brewery. The annual abatement is approximately $5,330 in real property and $5,490 in personal property taxes from the village, and $21,633 in real property and $22,282 in personal property taxes …
More than 80 families participated in the Dexter Community Garden program during the 2012 growing season.
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Despite unfavorable weather conditions for farmers across much of Southeast Michigan, the Village of Dexter's Community Garden celebrated the close of its third successful season in October. According to garden coordinator Melissa Kesterson, all of the garden's 16 plots and four raised gardening beds were rented to local families. "Who would've thought that through the devastation of a tornado, more people would become community gardeners? Amazingly, out of the wreckage of the March 2012 storm, that is exactly what happened this year in the community garden," she said. A survey sent out to the gardeners shows 86 people gardened in a plot this growing season and food was shared with friends, co-workers, Faith in Action food bank, extended …
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Design plans for the reconstruction of Ann Arbor Road at Baker Road to Kensington will begin in 2013.
Construction on a portion of Dexter-Ann Arbor Road from Baker Road to Kensington in the Village of Dexter is slated to begin in 2014. The project will be partially funded through a $400,000 federal grant the village applied for and received during the 2012 fiscal year. Additional revenue will come from a 20 percent match the village will provide from its road fund. Village President Shawn Keough said the project was chosen over other streets, including Baker Road and Central Street, to coincide with the Main Street repavement that was completed in May. "Because we can only use the federal dollars on one project, we picked Ann Arbor Street to finish off the corridor from the Main Street Bridge to Dan Hoey Road on the eastern limits of the …
Monday, October 22, 2012
The incumbent village council trustee is seeking another term on the board in November.
Name : Paul Cousins Also known as : Paul Age : 74 Place of residence : 7648 Forest St., Dexter MI. Attended college : Yes College : Bryan College Degree : Bachelor of Science Year of graduation : 1963 University : Michigan State University, University of Michigan Degree : Advanced courses in environmental education Year of graduation : Job titles held : Biology/ Environmental Education teacher; restaurant owner. Employers : Dexter Community Schools (1963-1983); Restaurateur (1983-2001). Party affiliation : Independent Running for a: Local office Running for position: Trustee, Village of Dexter Incumbent: Yes First elected: 1992 Previous elective offices : Dexter Village Council Spouse: Pat Cousins Children: Kevin, Dennis, Jonathan Cousins …
Monday, October 8, 2012
The former Dexter Township treasurer is seeking election to the Dexter Village Council on Nov. 6.
Name : Ms. Julie A Knight Date of birth : 13 May 1945 Place of residence : 7765 Third Street, Dexter Attended college : Yes College : Washtenaw Community College Degree : Pursuing an accounting degreee Job titles held : Dexter Township Treasurer/WCC Student Representative Employers : Dexter Township /Washtenaw Community College Party affiliation : Republican Running for a: Local office Running for position: Village Council Chamber/district: Incumbent: No Previous elective offices : Dexter Township Treasurer, Dexter Trustee Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : 52nd State Representative I am a lifelong resident of the Dexter area.
The incumbent village trustee is facing three other candidates for a seat on the board of trustees on Nov. 6.
Name : Mr. Joe Semifero Date of birth : 01 January 1970 Place of residence : Attended college : Yes College : Wayne State University Degree : BS - Electrical Engineering Year of graduation : 1990 University : Wayne State University Degree : MS - Electrical and Computer Controlled Systems Year of graduation : 1998 Job titles held : Engineer Employers : Detroit Edison, Ford, Visteon Party affiliation : Independent Running for a: Local office Running for position: Village Trustee Chamber/district: Dexter Village Incumbent: Yes First elected: 12 March 2002 Previous elective offices : None Unsuccessful bids for elective offices : None
The incumbent village council trustee is seeking a second term in November.
Name : Mr. James Smith Also known as : Jim Date of birth : 01 January 1970 Place of residence : Village of Dexter Attended college : Yes College : Washtenaw Community College, Eastern Michigan University Degree : Associates, Bachelor of Science Year of graduation : 1970, 1974 University : Eastern Michigan University Degree : MA in Educational Psychology and Education Technology Year of graduation : 1984 Job titles held : Air Traffic Controller, Computer Instructor and Trainer, Website Administration/Design Employers : FAA; Dexter Community Education; Eastern Michigan University; Schoolcraft College; Washtenaw Community College; University of Michigan Medical Center; UM Medical Center Information Technology Department Party affiliation : …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Smoking in public parks, recreational areas and playgrounds is prohibited in the village and could result in a civil infraction.
The Dexter Village Council unanimously approved a tobacco-free parks policy at its meeting on Monday. The policy was recommended by the Parks and Recreation Commission and prohibits smoking and the use of tobacco products, including "electronic cigarettes," in outdoor recreational areas owned by the village. “It (the policy) is a good public health policy," Allison Bishop, community development manager said. “It seems like the right thing to do.” According to information provided by the village, the new policy defines "recreational areas" as any public or private area open to the public for recreational purposes. The tobacco-free policy will be enforced on the same level as the village's alcohol-free policy. Violators will be asked to stop…
Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Dexter resident Shawn Keough says he is proud of the village's accomplishments during the last four years and will seek re-election in November.
Prior to Monday's village council meeting, Dexter Village President Shawn Keough officially announced his bid to seek re-election in November. “I’ve been asked by some of you, ‘What are my intentions for next year?’” he said. “I wanted all of you hear at the same time, rather than some people knowing and some people maybe feeling slighted if they didn’t know or find out. So, my intention was to disclose today what my plans were.” As was previously reported, Trustee Jim Carson filed paperwork in early July to run for the village presidency. Up until Keough’s announcement last night, Carson was running uncontested. Keough said he tried to keep his potential candidacy to himself, yet speculation about him making another bid began swirling …
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Reconstruction of Central Street from the Mast Road Bridge to Second Street could last through Labor Day.
The third time's a charm for the Dexter Village Council, which voted on Monday to allow two-way traffic flow through part of its planned Central Street rehabilitation project. The vote came after residents and business owners alike expressed frustration with a posted 8-mile detour of the construction site. The detour closed southbound traffic between Huron River Drive and Second Street, forcing southbound motorists to be detoured east along Joy Road, then south on Zeeb Road before following Dexter-Ann Arbor Road west into the village limits. "This is going to cause nothing but a major fiasco for our residents that go to work in the morning and come home at night. We can't get into town if you maintain the one-way system," resident Neil …