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| 2 min read | by Doug Marrin, dmarrin@thesuntimesnews.com |

Updates were submitted to Dexter City Council at their Oct. 14, 2019 meeting. The entire report can be found at this link beginning on page 21. Here are some highlights.

Huron River access property

An offer for the property at the corner of Huron River Dr. and Mast Rd. was submitted by the City of Dexter to the property owners on Friday, Oct. 4. The offer is under consideration by the owners.

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Central Street

Most of the paving has been completed on Central Street. The colored crosswalks are currently being cut, poured, and stamped. The rebuilding of Central Street first began its planning process in 2009 with the first reconstruction work beginning in 2012. The City Council is considering a ribbon-cutting ceremony to recognize and celebrate the scope of the project once completed. Work is expected to be finished in two weeks.

Pedestrian Safety

Work on the two new crosswalks on Ann Arbor St. at Kensington and on Dan Hoey Rd. at Lexington along with the installation of all Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons (RRFBs) is expected to begin the week of Oct. 21.

Once the RRFBs are installed, the City will be working with M-1 Studio on producing a video explanation proper use of the new signals. Production may be delayed until spring depending on the weather.

The City is still looking to hire crossing guards for the Ann Arbor Rd. at Kensington intersection. Pay is $12.50 for the morning rush and the same again for the afternoon rush.

There have been requests to install a three-way stop on Grand St. at Wylie Elementary School. The City’s engineer conducted a study that does not support the implementation of a three-way stop at the corner but they do make recommendations for landscaping and traffic control at the next intersection to help the congestion. No decision has been made and the City Council is taking it into consideration.

Hilltop View Apartments

Avalon submitted the Low Income Housing Tax Credit application on Oct. 1, 2019 for Hilltop View Apartments. The State released the list of projects that applied for funding with their self-evaluation scores. Avalon’s opinion is MSHDA will likely have funding for 4 of the 5 projects submitted. MSHDA will now review and score the projects. The funding awards are expected to be announced in January 2020.

Dexter Chamber Ice Festival

City staff met on Oct. 7 with the Dexter Chamber of Commerce and Aubree’s to discuss a potential winter event in downtown Dexter. A tentative date of Sat. January 18 has been suggested for an event that could include ice sculptures, a snowman competition, warming stations, and sledding.

Mill Creek Park Phase II

Mill Creek Park Phase II is the extension of the Mill Creek Park trail to the schools. MDOT will review the final plans over the next few weeks. The SmithGroup, who is managing the project, expects the bidding process then to begin in January with completion as early as July.

Ice Rink

The winter ice-skating rink has been located in Monument Park. But due to an uneven grade, the lower end of the rink with more water is slower to freeze causing problems for skaters and the rink alike. The ice rink is being relocated to Mill Creek Park North (by the library). Work has begun grading and smoothing the ground. Since the City no longer has to wait until after the annual Holiday Hustle 5K held downtown to put up the rink, installation is likely to occur the first week of December.

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