Please enjoy your December issue of the Delta Township  e-Newsletter "Talk of the Township" which includes updates about current and future projects and events happening within the township.
December 2015
Delta Township News and Information

Are You Registered to Vote in the Michigan Presidential Primary?

If not, don't miss your chance!

The Michigan Presidential Primary Election will be held Tuesday, March 8, 2016.  The last day to register to vote in this election is February 8.  Voters wanting or needing to vote by absentee ballot must register to vote in person with a valid ID.  The Township Clerk's office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  or one may register to vote during one of our Passport Nights listed below.

Passport Night
  • Thursday, January 7, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 
     
  • Wednesday, January 20, 5:00 pm-7:00 pm.
2015 Winter Property Tax Deadlines Coming Up

Winter 2015 property taxes are payable to Delta Township December 1, 2015 - February 16, 2016. After February 16, interest and penalties apply .
 
As of March 1, 2016 real property taxes (land and structures) are no longer payable to Delta Charter Township;  payments must be submitted to the Eaton County Treasurer.
Waste Water Treatment Plant Upgrades
The Delta Waste Water Treatment Plant is currently undergoing capital improvements.  These improvements include replacing a gabon wall, replacing ultra violet disinfectant units, and new splitter box. The project is expected to last until July 2016.  The Waste Water Treatment Plant is located at 7000 W. Willow Hwy, Lansing, MI 48917. There should be no impacts to residents during this project.  If you have any concerns regarding the construction of the improvements over the next 7-8 months, please contact the Township utilities Department at 323-8570. Thank you.
Solar Project Coming to Delta Township
On December 7, 2015 the Township Board approved a Special Land Use Permit request from the groSolar Company to establish the region's first solar farms in Delta Township.  

The solar farms will be erected on land owned by Mr. Terry Hanks in Sections 29 and 31 of the Township.   The 189 acre Section 29 site is the home of Sundance Riding Stables at 9250 Nixon Road.  The 102 acre Section 31 site is vacant agricultural land located on the west side of Nixon Road, approximately 1,400 feet south of Sundance Highway.  groSolar will be leasing the land area for the solar farms from Mr. Hanks. 

As proposed, the solar panel arrays will cover approximately 75 acres of the 102 acre Section 31 parcel, and approximately 34 acres of the 189 acre Section 29 parcel.  The Sundance Riding Stables are located on the Section 29 parcel and will continue to operate alongside the solar farm.  

groSolar is currently in the process of preparing detailed site plans for the project, which will be reviewed by the Delta Township Planning Commission early in 2016.  Questions regarding the project can be directed Gary Bozek in the Township Planning Division by phone at 517-323-8560 or via email at gbozek@deltami.gov.

Former Days Inn Used for Police and Fire Training
The former Days Inn Property at the corner of Saginaw Hwy. and Canal St. has been the site of intensive police and fire training during the month of December.  The Delta Township Fire Department along with crews from Delhi Township, Lansing Township, Grand Ledge, and Windsor Township Fire Departments, worked in conjunction with MSP to conduct live fire suppression training. 

Additionally, the department is working with EFI Global to conduct research on high-heat fires for the purpose of better identifying cause of future incidences. Full demolition of the building is estimated to begin before the end of 2015. 

Above is a video from one of the research fires in a room at the Day's Inn on 12/17. The video shows the progression of a small (incipient stage) fire that starts at the edge of the bed and wall. The progression of the fire and smoke shows rapid change in conditions that take place during a fire. The progression of the fire goes to black-out smoke conditions in just under five minutes:
  • 1 minute  - lampshade melts and fire ignites the comforter on the first bed
  • 2 minutes - smoke begins to bank down in the room (Conditions in the room are not survivable at this point due to super-heated gasses and toxic smoke)
  • 3½  minutes - the comforter on the second bed starts to melt
  • 4 minutes - heavy smoke begins to develop at waist level
  • 4½ minutes the smoke level is less than 2 feet above the floor
  • Just under 5 minutes - as the camera is removed from the room, the dark, black smoke level drops to the floor
Shop with a Hero Event Brings Christmas to 59 Children in Delta Township
On December 15, the Eaton County Sheriff's Office coordinated a "Shop with a Hero" event at the Meijer in Delta Township. Heroes participated from the Eaton County Sheriff's Office, Delta Township Fire Department, Grand Ledge Police Department and the Michigan State Police. There were a total of 59 children that attended. This event was fully funded by Meijer and coordinated by Deputy Jon Vancore of the Eaton County Sheriff's Office. Thank to you to all who participated in this event.  


New Rally's Build Underway
On Saginaw Hwy just east of Elmwood Blvd, Rally's is set to build a new location at the site of the old Mancinos building. Construction crews have been in the area working on relocating a 30 inch intercounty drain.  Once the drain work is complete, construction on the building will resume.
Snow Removal Information
Snow Removal Reminder
Now that the snow has arrived, Delta Township property owners are reminded that they need to make arrangements to clear the snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to their property. 
Section 34-92 of the Delta Township Code of Ordinances requires that snow and ice be removed from the sidewalk within 24 hours of a snowfall. The code applies even if the property is vacant or the building on the premises is unoccupied.


Contact the Delta Township Community Development Department, Planning Division, at 517-323-8560 with any questions regarding the Township's Snow Removal Ordinance.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation!  


Overnight Parking Ordinance
Please note that no  person shall  park  any vehicle, including a vehicle used for commercial or recreational purposes, or any trailer on either side of any highway, freeway, street or roadway located within the township between 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day.

A person who violates this section is responsible for a municipal civil infraction. The civil fine associated with this section shall be set from time to time by the township board by resolution.


Winter Road Plowing  in Delta Township

Eaton County Road Commission (ECRC) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) are charged with snow removal in Delta Township. MDOT is charged with snow removal for I-96, I-69, and Saginaw Highway, ECRC is responsible for all other public roadways.  

For questions or concerns please contact:

Eaton County Road Commission
(517) 543-1630

Michigan Department of Transportation
(517) 627-3276

Read All About It
Delta Township District Library News and Information

Delta Township Names Mary Rzepczynski as New Library Director
Interim Director Mary Rzepczynski was selected as the new full-time director of the Delta Township District Library. 

Rzepczynski has been the library's assistant director since 2008 and has been serving as interim director since October. 

She will assume the full-time director's position in January.


Battle of the Books  Comes to Delta Township
New this year! Delta Township District Library is partnering with Grand Ledge Area District Library to present the 2016 Battle of the Books . Some programs will be held at DTDL, some at GLADL and the Grand Ledge City Hall. Books will be available for checkout at both locations. Two libraries, two communities, one great Battle of the Books program! Visit dtdl.org/battle for more information. The 2016 Battle of the Books is possible due to the generous support of the Friends of the Delta Township District Library.
 
Vol. 1  Issue: 2
In This Issue

Delta Township Board

Supervisor

Clerk

Treasurer

Trustee

Trustee

Trustee


Eaton County Satellite Office

The Eaton County Clerk and Treasurers office will hold hours in the Delta Township Administration Building. Please see the following schedule for days and times the satellite office will be open:

County Clerk will hold hours every first and third Friday of each month from 8 a.m. to
1 pm

County Treasurer will hold hours every second and fourth Friday of each month from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Delta Township Employees

Manager

Fire Chief

Eaton Co. Sheriff's  Office Delta Patrol

Finance Director

Assessing Director

Engineering Director

Parks/Recreation/Cemeteries
Director 

Community Development Director

Utilities Director


Upcoming Events

Winter Warm-Up
Kick Off Event
Saturday, February 16
9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Lansing Mall

Information will be provided on the Couch to 5K program sponsored by 8 communities in the Greater Lansing area including Delta Township as well as information on other healthy life style programs.  

Aquatics Open House
Friday, January 29
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
The Delta Pool at 
Waverly East
3131 W. Michigan Ave.

The Aquatics Open House is an opportunity for the Township to raise awareness of the program, and for residents to try out the program for free.


Delta Public Transportation Options

CATA/Redi-Ride
Use Delta Redi-Ride to travel within Delta Township, or to connect with the following CATA fixed-route buses for seamless service to downtown Lansing and the greater Lansing area.
Delta Redi-Ride will not provide transportation to or from schools when school bus transportation is available to a student.

Call to schedule a ride at 
(517) 394-CATA (2282)

The Redi-Ride Reservation Line is open:
  • Monday through Friday: 6:30 a.m.
    to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday: 8 a.m.
    to 5 p.m.

Click the map to view the service area.


 
EATRAN
EATRAN is a countywide open-door, curb-to-curb public transportation service offered in Eaton County.  

Click the map to view the service area.


Call to Schedule a ride at: 517-543-4087
517-371-3312

Click here for more information.


Have questions, comments or suggestions?

E-mail the Editor at 

Township Clerk
(517)  323-8500

Township Manager's  Office
(517) 323-8590

Delta Township Office
7710 W. Saginaw Hwy
Lansing, MI 48917



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