City Of Dexter Appoints City Assessor, Sets Public Hearing, While Council Member Resigns





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By Lynne Beauchamp, lbeauchamp@thesuntimesnews.com

Marie Sherry, City of Dexter Finance Director/Treasurer, was unanimously appointed by City of Dexter Council members as City Assessor during the regular City Council meeting on October 8.

Sherry recently earned her level 2 Assessing certificate and is undergoing the training to receive her level 3 designation. According to City of Dexter documents, under Sherry’s current level of certification, she is eligible to sign the Assessment Roll as the City Assessor.



The position of City Assessor was recently made available and city staff contemplated on which direction to go for its assessing service. With cost being a factor and discovering options were limited, staff determined keeping the service “in house” may be a viable solution with delegating some additional duties to its current staff in the process.

Sherry told council members that during this transition, she will be receiving help and advice from others in the field if needed.

During this council meeting, council also set a Public Hearing for October 22, 2018 (7pm) to consider an ordinance allowing the city to lease property to Hotel Hickman for two years.

According to Courtney Nicholls, City Manager, the city’s lease agreement with Hotel Hickman, located at 8050 Main Street, will expire in November 2018. Nicholls said that according to the Dexter City Charter, leasing of property must be done via ordinance and ordinances require a public hearing.

The draft lease of the agreement is available for public inspection at the city offices located at 8123 Main Street in Dexter, weekdays between 9am-5pm. Any questions regarding this should be directed to the city Manager’s office at 734-580-2229.

The Public Hearing will take place during the regular City Council meeting that day and meetings are held at the Dexter Senior Center located at 7720 Dexter-Ann Arbor Road in Dexter.

Also, during the October 8 meeting, prior to going in to closed session to discuss potential purchase of property, council member Ray Tell announced his resignation.

Tell told fellow council members he regretted the decision, but due to a new opportunity that required a conflict of hours, his choice was unavoidable. Tell said after 25 years of service, it was time to let someone else have the opportunity. His last meeting will be October 22.

The City Council vacancy is posted on the City’s website at www.dextermi.gov.

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Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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