City of Dexter City Council Work Session and Meeting


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City of Dexter City Council in-person (3515 Broad Street) and virtual (via Zoom) work session (6 p.m.) and regular meeting (7 p.m.) on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Work Session @ 6 p.m.

The purpose of this work session is to discuss Fire Station Guiding Principles. If you would like to share any guiding principles for Council’s consideration, please do so. You can share your thoughts in many ways: by speaking during non-arranged participation during our meeting, emailing me or any member of Council, etc. You can also provide an anonymous response by completing this brief survey that is my own personal effort: https://polco.us/sgf4h2.

Regular Meeting @ 7 p.m.

As always, there are two opportunities for non-arranged public participation: one near the beginning of the meeting and one near the end of the meeting. See the agenda for details.

During pre-arranged participation, Partners in Architecture will provide an update about the proposed renovations of the new City Hall (3515 Broad Street).

Council will discuss and/or consider (i.e., take action on) the following (with clarifying excerpts from the packet):

  • Application for Amendment to Conditional Rezoning Agreement for 7714 Ann Arbor St., Encore Theatre (Michelle Aniol, Community Development Manager)
    • City Council is scheduled to consider a recommendation from the Planning Commission to approve an Application for Amendment to Conditional Rezoning Agreement with the Encore Music Theatre Company. The applicant is requesting the elimination of certain voluntarily offered and approved conditions regarding exterior improvements to the property located at 7714 Ann Arbor St. Additionally, the applicant is voluntarily offering to remove existing nuisance exterior lighting fixtures on the Hudson Street façade, and replacing them with decorative shielded fixtures.
  • Text Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance for Plug-In Electric Vehicle (PEV) Stations (Michelle Aniol, Community Development Manager)
    • The proposed text amendment establishes a set of regulations that allows plug-in electric vehicle stations in residential, commercial and industrial districts, as an accessory use. Any new residential development or dwelling will be required to be PEV ready. Although not required, the regulations encourage developers of new commercial/industrial projects or commercial/industrial redevelopment projects to provide or make-ready a site for PEVs.
  • Amendment to City Council Rules (Justin Breyer, City Manager and City Clerk)
    • Proposed new process for filling vacancies on City Council:
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  • First Street Park Sidewalk Connection and Project Recommendation from Parks and Recreation Commission (Justin Breyer, City Manager and City Clerk)
    • During discussion of the Second Street water main and sidewalk project, City Council expressed an interest in exploring the possibility of having new sidewalk installed to connect Second St. to First Street Park (near the former Adair Printing building). The sidewalk connection would be fairly straight-forward in terms of alignment, and OHM has estimated the cost to be around $30,000. OHM has provided a memo and project rendering, which are attached.
    • City Council is also asked to consider the recommendation from the Parks and Recreation Commission to provide $20,000 for a First Street Park Improvement project.
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  • Community Input Request (Justin Breyer, City Manager and City Clerk)
    • On November 15, 2021, Council Member Arab submitted a memo with a request to have a discussion item included on the November 22, 2021 City Council agenda related to the solicitation of community input.
    • My words: Ms. Arab has expressed concern that my personal survey efforts “have not been implemented with appropriate processes.” Per her memo: “Council Member Arab is willing to create a policy/guideline document for the Council’s consideration to make sure current and the future Council are aware of the appropriate ways in which they can reach out to the public.”
  • Rental Inspection Ordinance and Property Maintenance Code (Justin Breyer, City Manager and Mike Auerbach, Assistant Planner)
    • This memorandum is an update about the status of the draft Rental Inspection and Property Maintenance Ordinances, and staffs’ recommendations for proceeding with a review of the drafts.
  • Road Intersection and Signal Concerns (Justin Breyer, City Manager and City Clerk)
    • As briefly discussed at the November 8, 2021 meeting, Council Member Griffin and Council Member Hubbard shared a number of resident concerns related to:
      • 5th St. and Dover – a resident requested a review of the appropriateness of a four-way stop at the intersection of 5th St. and Dover.
      • Traffic signal at Main St. and Baker Rd. – a request from a resident to give additional consideration to pedestrians at the Main St. and Baker Rd. intersection, including looking at a leading pedestrian interval.
      • Traffic signal at Ann Arbor St. and Meadowview – A resident expressed concern about long wait times to turn left from Ann Arbor St. into Mill Creek Middle School. Staff received another verbal complaint about the short time period for school traffic to turn left from Mill Creek Middle School onto Ann Arbor St.
      • Traffic signal at Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd. and Dan Hoey – Council Member Hubbard indicated that she received an e-mail expressing concern about the interval for pedestrians to cross Dexter-Ann Arbor Rd. at Dan Hoey Rd. is too short.
    • In light of these concerns, staff spoke with OHM Advisors, which provided the attached proposal to review the individual locations in question and provide recommendations. If City Council is supportive of reviewing one or more of these locations, staff can bring this item back for consideration.

REMINDER: Video recordings of past Council meetings are now available on the City's website (in addition to the City's YouTube channel): https://www.dextermi.gov/government/cc.php. If there's a particular past discussion you're interested in watching, just let me know and I'll do my best to point you to the relevant excerpt.

**If you  would like to receive my personal meeting reminders via email, please visit https://www.griffinfordexter.com/ and scroll to the bottom to enter your email address where directed. 

Work Session Agenda: https://files.dextermi.gov/City_Council/2021/Agendas/2021-11-22-CC-A-WS.pdf

Work Session Packet: https://files.dextermi.gov/City_Council/2021/Packets/2021-11-22-CC-WS-P.pdf

Meeting Agenda: https://files.dextermi.gov/City_Council/2021/Agendas/2021-11-22-CC-A.pdf

Meeting Packet: https://files.dextermi.gov/City_Council/2021/Packets/2021-11-22-CC-P.pdf

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