| 2 min read | by Doug Marrin, |

Highlights from the Dexter City Council meeting on Nov. 25, 2019.

DTE Substation Decommissioning: DTE had a brief power scheduled power outage in the downtown on Monday, November 18th to transfer the remaining electrical load from the downtown substation to the substation on Second St. With this completed, they will next begin dismantling the old substation.

New City Website: Launch date for the new website is scheduled for Friday, December 6.


Ice Rink Installation: The outdoor winter ice rink is scheduled to be installed this week in Mill Creek Park next to the playground.

Avalon Housing Development: Avalon submitted their Low-Income Housing Tax Credit application on October 1, 2019. The State released the list of projects that applied for funding with their self-evaluation scores. According to this, Avalon’s project ranked 2 out of the 5 that were submitted.

Avalon’s opinion is MSHDA will likely have funding for 4 projects. MSHDA will now review and score the projects. The award announcement is expected in January 2020. Avalon has also received $400,000 in funding from the Federal Home Loan Bank’s competitive grant program for affordable housing developments.

Senior Center Rental: The Dexter Senior Center and Encore Music Theatre have reached a rental agreement for the Seniors’ continued use of the space after Encore’s purchase is finalized. Everything will remain status quo through December 31, 2020. Starting January 1, 2021, the Senior Center will only have access to the building from 8 am to 4 pm and will not be permitted to rent out the room. Encore will be using it for events, rehearsals, etc in the evenings. The lease between Encore and the Senior Center will be for three years (2021-2023).

3045 Broad Street Project Update: The property is next to Mill Creek Park and the project involves the possible development and construction of three mixed use building. The 3045 Broad St Committee met with the Norfolk Team who is working to develop the site.

The City of Dexter is examining one of the buildings as a possible future home for city offices and possibly a Sheriff’s substation. At a joint meeting of City Council and Downtown Development Authority, Norfolk presented cost estimates and plans as to how to move forward.

The DDA was receptive to the idea. City Council had mixed thoughts about it. More recently, City Manager Courtney Nicholls and Mayor Shawn Keough met with Norfolk on November 15th. Norfolk agreed to attend upcoming council worksessions to introduction additional information and facilitate productive discussion.

New Businesses: Inland Pipe Restoration (IPR), Wolfe Pet Grooming, and Thompson Recycling are the newest businesses to locate in the City. IPR will be located at 7100 Huron River Dr; Wolfe Pet Grooming will be located at 7047 Dexter Ann Arbor Road; and Thompson Recycling (new office) will be located at 7061 Dexter Ann Arbor Road.

Tree Planting Bid: The Bid for 2020 & 2021 Tree Planting had been drafted and will be posted on the City’s website and Michigan Intergovernmental Network (MiTN), and published in the local paper.