The Village formed a City Study
Committee to investigate cityhood for the Village of Dexter. The
City Study Committee reported back to the Village Council that pursuing
cityhood was recommended. The Village contracted with OHM (an engineering
firm which works with the Village) to complete an up to date and
accurate survey of the current boundary of the Village. This boundary
map was completed in December 2008. Petitions were circulated and
164 signatures were collected. The cityhood submittal was sent to
the State Boundary Commission on November 6, 2009 (docket #09-I-1).
The Boundary Commission discussed the petition at their meeting
on February 11, 2010. Click here
for a summary of the meeting. On March 9, 2010, Village representatives
met with Boundary Commission staff. A summary of that meeting can
be viewed here.
At their March 18, 2010 meeting, the Boundary Commission found the
Village's petition legally insufficient.
Village Council amended the
proposed legal description for clarity and contiguity. New signatures
were collected and the petition was mailed to the Boundary Commission
on December 15, 2010 (docket #10-I-2).
The legal sufficiency hearing
was held on June 16, 2011. Click on the following links to view
On June 16, 2011 the State
Boundary Commission met to consider the Villages cityhood
petition. The petition was reviewed by Boundary Commission staff
and their opinion was that it meets the criteria for legal sufficiency.
An objection was raised at the hearing by Webster Township as to
whether or not property included in a 425 agreement can be included
in the area proposed for incorporation into the new city. An objection
to being drawn into the boundary was also raised by the Dexter Area
Historical Society. The Boundary Commission decided to request an
opinion from the State Attorney General's Office on whether 425
areas could be included in the proposed boundary.
At the August 18, 2011 meeting,
the Boundary Commission voted 4-0 to find the Village's petition
legally insufficient. Though the Boundary Commission staff and Attorney
General concluded that land covered under a 425 could be included
in the petition, the Boundary Commission disagreed. At the hearing
the Village requested a copy of the Attorney General's Opinion but
it was not released because they said it was covered by attorney-client
On August 23, 2011 the Village
submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of the
transcript of the hearing and all documents related to the first
and second petition filing, with hopes of obtaining the Attorney
General's opinion and other insight into the Boundary Commission's
On September 1, 2011 President
Keough attended the Dexter Area Historical Society meeting to hear
their concerns about being included in the Village boundary.
On September 15, 2011 the Boundary
Commission met and officially adopted the "findings of fact"
that summarized the reasons for legal insufficiency, with a 5-0
vote, which can be viewed here.
The Boundary Commission is a recommending body so the "findings
of fact" document was forwarded to the Director of Licensing
and Regulatory Affairs for final approval. During this meeting the
Commission decided to release a copy of the Attorney General's opinion
which can be viewed here.
At the September 26, 2011 Village
Council meeting, Council discussed the Village's options moving
forward (view the memo here)
and decided that the best next step was directing staff to contact
the Director and explain our concerns about the process and the
recommendation made by the Boundary Commission. The Director was
contacted on September 27, 2011. The e-mail sent to the Director
can be viewed here.
On October 4, 2011 the Village
received the documents from the Freedom of Information Act request.
Several items related to contact between the staff/Commissioners
and the Attorney were withheld due to attorney-client privilege.
At the October 10, 2011 Village
Council meeting, Council supported the idea that President Keough
should meet with Webster Township to talk through their concerns
about the petition.
The Village President, Assistant
Village Manager and the Village's cityhood attorney participated
in a conference call with the Director and his Deputy on October
14, 2011 to further explain the Village's position and answer any
questions. The Director explained that they were doing an internal
review of the petition. Village representatives indicated that we
were planning to meet with Webster Township and would inform them
of the outcome of the meeting.
On October 26, 2011 the Village
received a "findings of fact" signed by the Director declaring
the petition legally sufficient and instructing the Boundary Commission
to set a public hearing. A copy of this document can be viewed here.
On October 28, 2011 the Village
President and Assistant Village Manager met with the Webster Township
On November 2, 2011 President
Keough, Supervisor Kingsley and Assistant Manager Nicholls met with
a member of the boundary commission staff to discuss options for
the boundary that would satisfy all parties.
The Village drafted a boundary
map that was acceptable to Webster Township and the Historical Society.
The updated map can be viewed here.
On November 14, 2011 Village
Council supported the idea of presenting the new proposed boundary
to the Commission at their meeting on November 17, 2011.
At the November 17, 2011 Boundary
Commission meeting the public hearing was set for January 17, 2012
at 4 p.m. at the Dexter District Library. The boundary for the public
hearing will be the boundary proposed in the petition filing. At
the public hearing the Village will request that the Commission
adopt the new proposed boundary as the final boundary.
The Boundary Commission held
a public hearing in the Village on January 17, 2012 at 4 p.m. at
the Dexter District Library - 3255 Alpine. The Boundary Commission
submitted a questionnaire to the Village which was completed and
returned on December 9, 2011. A copy of the questionnaire can be
The 30 day comment period ended February 18, 2012.
The Boundary Commission has
posted information received during the 30 day comment period. Please
and then scroll down to the bottom to find the Village of Dexter's
portion. The petitioner's seven day rebuttal period ended on March
19th - click here
for the rebuttal letter.
The next Boundary Commission
meeting is scheduled for May 9, 2012. The agenda has been posted
to the SBC website at the following links: Main
Meeting Agenda; Washtenaw
On May 9, 2012 the State
Boundary Commission voted 5-0 to recommend that the Director of
Licensing and Regulatory Affairs approve the Village' s cityhood
petition with the revised boundary that was presented by the Village
and Webster Township. The final Boundary Map can be viewed here.
The Commission met on June
13, 2012 and approved their "SUMMARY
FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW", which has been
transmitted to the Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.
The Director signed the order
on July 13, 2012. A copy of the signed order can be viewed here.
The 45 day referendum period
ends on August 27, 2012. Within
45 days any citizen can obtain signatures on a petition to call
for a referendum on whether or not the Village should become a city.
The Village received notification on August 23, 2012 that a petition
has been filed. The document can be viewed here.
The Boundary Commission met
on October 10, 2012 to determine the legal sufficiency of the petitions.
The Boundary Commission sent out an agenda
and a memo
regarding the petitions.
At the October 10, 2012 meeting
the petitions were found to be legally sufficient. The order was
signed by the Director of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.