Dexter Township

Township Board

Dexter Township Officials

Diane Ratkovich, Supervisor
Office: (734) 426-3767
Email: supervisor@dextertownship.org
 
Michelle Stamboulellis, Clerk
Office: (734) 426-3767
Email: clerk@dextertownship.org
 
Maris Metz, Treasurer

Office Phone: (734) 426-3767
Email: treasurer@dextertownship.org

Laura Sanders, Trustee
Office Phone: (734) 726-7591
Email: lsanders@dextertownship.org

Karen Sikkenga, Trustee
Office Phone: (734) 726-7593
Email: ksikkenga@dextertownship.org

Karen Nolte, Trustee
Office Phone: (734) 726-7594
Email: knolte@dextertownship.org

Planning Commission

Planning Commission Members

Marty Straub – Chair
Term expires December 31, 2021
mstraub@dextertownship.org
 
Tom Lewis- Secretary
Term expires December 31, 2022
tlewis@dextertownship.org*
 
Karen Sikkenga – Ex-officio (Township Board)

Term not to exceed November 20, 2024
ksikkenga@dextertownship.org

Robert Nester
Term expires December 31, 2021
rnester@dextertownship.org*

Chandra Hurd
Term expires December 31, 2022
churd@dextertownship.org

Christina Maier
Term expires December 31, 2023
cmaier@dextertownship.org

Kimberly Marinelli
Term expires December 31, 2023
kmarinelli@dextertownship.org


Janis Miller- Recording Secretary
recordingsecretary@dextertownship.org


The Planning and Zoning Department is responsible for the administration and enforcement of the Township’s Zoning Ordinance and Anti-blight Ordinance.  Staff review and approve permits and act as liaison for the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals, Capital Improvement Committee, and other groups.

*The Planning Commission is supposed to make its decisions based on the information presented and available at the public hearing to all members of the Planning Commission and the public.

Communicating with Planning Commission members outside of a public meeting concerning any petition is “ex-parte contact,” which should be avoided.

Members of the public wishing to communicate with the Planning Commission should attend a public meeting, send email to the Director of Planning and Zoning, or send a letter to the Township Hall.

Planning Commission Resources

The Duties of the Planning Commission Include:

  • Educate the public about local planning issues, the master plan, and land use regulations;
  • Cooperate and coordinate with other units of government on planning matters;
  • Prepare, adopt, and maintain a master plan;
  • Review other community’s draft master plans when submitted for that purpose, and provide coordination of planning and zoning in other units of government;
  • Draft and present to the Township Board a zoning ordinance and amendments and advise on various zoning actions;
  • Review and comment on proposed public works;
  • Prepare and annually adopt a capital improvement program;
  • Prepare subdivision regulations and advise on proposed plats.
  • Review zoning amendment applications and make findings and recommendations to the Township Board;
  • Review and act on special land use permit applications;
  • Review and act on site plan applications;
  • Make other recommendations and/or take other actions as specified in the    Dexter Township Zoning Ordinance.

The Operational Responsibilities of the Planning Commission Include:

  • Meet at least four (4) times a year and keep good records of each meeting;
  • Conduct public hearings on the master plan, zoning, and subdivision regulations;
  • Adopt bylaws;
  • Prepare a budget and submit to the Township Board;
  • Prepare an annual report and submit to the Township Board

Zoning Board of Appeals

ZBA Members

Brook Smith – Chairperson
Term expires December 31, 2023
bsmith@dextertownship.org*

Beth Filip – Vice-chairperson
Term expires December 31, 2022
bfilip@dextertownship.org*

Jay Holland – Secretary
Term expires December 31, 2021
jholland@dextertownship.org*

Marty Straub – Ex-Officio (Planning Commission)
Term Expires December 31, 2021
mstraub@dextertownship.org

Donald Darnell – Alternate
Term expires December 31, 2022
ddarnell@dextertownship.org*

Peter Maier
Term expires December 31, 2023
pmaier@dextertownship.org


Janis Miller- Recording Secretary
recordingsecretary@dextertownship.org


*The Zoning Board of Appeals is a quasi-judicial body.  It is supposed to make its decisions based on the information presented and available at the public hearing to all members of the Zoning Board of Appeals and the public.

Communicating with Zoning Board of Appeals members outside of a public meeting concerning any petition is “ex-parte contact.”

Ex-parte contact with members of the Zoning Board of Appeals is prohibited in §4.25(F) of the Zoning Ordinance: “No person shall communicate directly with any member of the Zoning Board of Appeals before a hearing with the intent to influence the member’s action or decision. Written comments may be submitted to the Zoning Administrator for distribution to the Zoning Board of Appeals.”

Members of the public wishing to communicate with the Zoning Board of Appeals should attend a public meeting, send email to the Director of Planning and Zoning, or send a letter to the Township Hall.

ZBA Resources

The legal authority for the Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) comes from the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act (P.A. 110 of 2006, as amended). The statutory responsibilities of the ZBA appear below in summary form. The ZBA:

  • Adopts rules of procedure (bylaws) to govern its actions as an appeals board.
  • Hears and acts upon all questions that may arise from the administration of the zoning ordinance, including text interpretation, and interpretation of the zoning map.
  • Hears and acts upon appeals made from any administrative order, requirement, decision, or determination made by an administrative official or body charged with enforcement of the zoning ordinance.
  • Hears and acts upon requests for variances, keeping in mind the spirit of the ordinance, public safety, and substantial justice.
  • May hear appeals with regard to special land uses and planned unit developments, only if expressly authorized in the zoning ordinance.
  • May impose reasonable conditions upon an affirmative decision.
  • Must state the basis or grounds for its decision. It must identify the facts which support the conclusions reached on the cases before it and state them on the record of the proceedings.
  • Conducts all meetings in public and makes a decision within a reasonable amount of time.

BroadBand COmmittee

Broadband Committee Members

Tracy Zaleski

tzaleski@dextertownship.org

Jim Michaud
jmichaud@dextertownship.org

Justin Heinze
jheinze@dextertownship.org

The Dexter Township Broadband Committee meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Dexter Fire Substation #2 on North Territorial at 8:00 a.m.

Board of Review

All non-exempt property must be assessed at 50 percent of true cash value and uniformly assessed with other property in the classification. The purpose of the board of review is to ascertain that this has been accomplished. A taxpayer may appeal his or her assessed value and/or taxable value. No person can appeal his or her assessment to the tax tribunal unless he or she has first appeared before the board of review.

The board of review consists of three members appointed by the township board for a two-year term that begins on January 1 of each odd-numbered year. Townships may appoint six- or nine-member boards of review to hear appeals in subcommittees composed of three members each. Two members of a subcommittee constitute a quorum. The assessment roll, however, must be endorsed by a majority of the entire board.

Each member must take the constitutional oath of office, administered by the clerk, within 10 days after appointment. Board of review members must be qualified electors, land owners and tax payers. No member of the school board or township board nor a spouse, mother, father, sister, brother, son or daughter, including an adopted child, of the assessor may serve on the board of review.

The township supervisor serves as board of review secretary and is statutorily responsible for the board of review minutes, but does not vote, except on poverty exemptions. In the absence of the supervisor, the board must appoint one of its members as secretary. The board of review's minutes should provide an accurate account of what occurred at the meetings, including all assessment roll changes. The minutes must be filed with the township clerk together with any statements made by persons assessed. The State Tax Commision may prescribe the form of the record.

The board of review meets on the Tuesday following the first Monday in March to review and examine the property assessment roll made by the assessor--this meeting is often referred to as the organizational meeting. The board of review is not required to hear individual assessment appeals at its organizational meeting. However, the Open Meetings Act requires that citizens be given an opportunity for public comment at any open meeting of a public body. The board of review is governed by the Open Meetings Act and must allow for a public comment period. The board can establish reasonable rules for the public comment period, including limiting the amount of time an individual may speak and the time on the agenda when public comment will be permitted. Any established rules or procedures should be posted where the board of review meetings will be held and additional copies should be available for individuals attending the meetings.

Notice of the board of review's meeting time, date and place must be published at least one week prior to the meeting in a newspaper of general circulation within the township. The notice must appear in three successive issues of the newspaper; if none is available, the notice must be posted in five conspicuous township places.

The board of review has the authority to do the following:

  • Change the assessed value of a parcel.
  • Change the tentative taxable value.
  • Change the classification.
  • Grant or deny a hardship or poverty exemption.
  • Change qualified agricultural property
  • Grant exempt status for non-profit organizations or certain religious or charitable properties.
  • Override the decision of the assessor on a principal residence exemption.
  • Change clerical errors, mutual mistakes of fact and items such as addresses, descriptions or name misspellings on the assessment roll at itrs July and December meetings.

The board of review must also meet on the second Monday in March from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for not less than six hours to hear taxpayer appeals. It shall also meet for not less than six hours during the remainder of that week. Those appearing to file an appeal at a scheduled meeting or appointment shall be given an opportunity to be heard by the board.

The board must hold at least three hours of its required sessions during the week of the second Monday in March after 6 p.m. The board shall meet a total of at least 12 hours during the week beginning the second Monday in March to hear appeals. It must make such changes on the assessment roll as will make the valuation of property relatively just and equal. It may examine on oath any person appearing before it. A non-resident taxpayer may file an appearance or appeal by letter. If the township board chooses, they may pass a resolution or ordinance to also permit resident taxpayers to file an appeal to the board of review in writing, thus waiving the requirement of a personal appearance. Taxpayers must be notified by mail or in the published notice of such right to appear by letter.

The board of review must schedule a final meeting after it makes any change in the assessment of property or adds property to the roll. Every person who makes an appeal shall be notified in writing by the board not later than the first Monday in June of the board's action on the appeal. This notice must include information concerning the right to further appeal to the Michigan Tax Tribunal, the time limits for such appeal and the tribunal's address. A majority of the board must endorse the roll and sign a statement to the effect of its approval of the roll as amended. The completed roll must be delivered by the supervisor or assessor to the county equalization director not later than the 10th day after the board of review's adjournment or the Wednesday following the first Monday in April, whichever date first occurs.

The board of review may also meet on the Tuesday following the second Monday in December, and on the Tuesday after the third Monday in July to review and correct any clerical errors or mutual mistakes of fact on assessments where such errors or mistakes are certified by the township supervisor or assessor. The mistakes can involve the current or preceding tax year. Public Act 74 of 1995 also allows the July or December board of review to grant a principal residence or agricultural exemption in the year for which the exemption was claimed or the immediate succeeding year.

The board may also grant poverty or hardship exemptions to qualified individuals under federal and township guidelines, including deviations from those guidelines for substantial and compelling reasons. A poverty exemption appeal may be heard at the July or December board of review, but only for the year in which the appeal is made.

Information based from Authorities & Responsibilities of Michigan Township Officials, Boards and Commissions. 2000 Revised edition. Author John H. Bauckham.

Board of Review Members

David Diesing
Term expires December 31, 2022
ddiesing@dextertownship.org
 
Ryan Doletzky

Term expires December 31, 2022
rdoletzky@dextertownship.org

Paul LaRoe
Term expires December 31, 2022
plaroe@dextertownship.org

Alternate Position Open

Chelsea Library Board

Chelsea Library Board Members

Charles Taylor
7560 Lake Shore Dr, Chelsea, Mi. 48118
(734) 475-2172

Dexter Library Board

Dexter Library Board Members

Rosemary Quigley
12170 Quigley Rd., Dexter 48130
Phone:  (734) 426-3637

James LaVoie
9460 Horseshoe Bend, Dexter 48130
Phone:  (734) 426-3484

Fire Substation

Fire Substation #2

12154 North Territorial Road, Dexter MI 48130
(734) 426-0883
(734) 726-5327

Township Officials

Dexter Township Board

Supervisor
Diane Ratkovich
11400 North Territorial Road, Dexter MI 48130
Office: (734) 426-3767
supervisor@dextertownship.org

Clerk
Michelle Stamboulellis
5985 Madden Road, Dexter MI 48130
Home: (734) 476-0956 Office: (734) 426-3767
clerk@dextertownship.org

Deputy Clerk
Janet Logghe
Office: (734) 426-3767
deputyclerk@dextertownship.org

Treasurer
Maris Metz
9800 Toma Road, Pinckney MI 48169
Office: (734) 426-3767
treasurer@dextertownship.org

Deputy Treasurer
Matt Dedes
Office: (734) 426-3767
deptreasurer@dextertownship.org

Assessor
Chris Renius
Office: (734) 426-3767
assessor@dextertownship.org

Office Manager
Kimberly Jordan
Office: (734) 426-3767
kjordan@dextertownship.org

Office Manager
Michelle DeLancey
Office: (734) 426-3767
mdelancey@dextertownship.org

Director of Planning and Zoning
Dave Rohr
Office: (734) 426-3767
dpz@dextertownship.org

Ordinance Officer
Mike Zsenyuk
Office: (734) 426-3767
zoningofficer@dextertownship.org

Western Washtenaw Recycle Authority
Michelle Stamboulellis
(734) 426-3767
clerk@dextertownship.org
 
Alternate, Vacant
 

Western Washtenaw Recycling Authority
https://www.wwrarecycles.org/